THE Save our Mobile Library Group has submitted a petition with 2435 signatures and background information to Bass Coast, South Gippsland and Baw Baw councils, members of the West Gippsland Regional Library Corporation.
Spokesperson, Libby Skidmore, believes this indicates extensive community support to retain the mobile library service in Bass Coast.
“We were very grateful that the three Western Port councillors met with us in February and agreed to investigate the figures on mobile library usage and the cost of purchasing a new prime mover.”
In the meantime, the group has proceeded with submitting the petition in time for the February council meetings in the three shires.
“We were unable to reach the South Gippsland residents affected by the cancellation of the service, so the petition was submitted on behalf of Bass Coast residents.
“Three former Bass Coast mayors including Neville Goodwin, John Hulley and Veronica Dowman have signed the petition,” Libby said.
The group believes the mobile library service has great protentional.
“It needs to be re-vamped and promoted extensively. It’s too valuable to lose.
“Once it’s gone – it’s gone forever.”
The Save our Mobile Library Group strongly believe a few small library depots which require people to drive and many cannot, plus drop off and pick up points, cannot compete with a well-run mobile library service that can visit many towns, schools, aged care facilities and be included at special events.