The Bass Coast Shire Council (BCSC) will decide on the location of the permanent Waterline Library location at the next meeting (17 July at 5pm, Cowes).
Grantville has been suggested as the location for a permanent Library to service the Waterline towns and outlying areas by the West Gippsland Regional Library Board. The location – the Grantville Transaction Centre.
Bass Council have committed to an enhanced service to replace the retiring Mobile Library Truck.
It is clear from community meetings organised by the community (2 June, 2019) that the definition of enhanced is:
1. Being closer to more people;
2. More hours with a librarian;
3. More resources (eg. books) and services; and
4. Accessibility.
We want a permanent Library with books and resources in it. We want a place with space to sit and read comfortably.
Social connection is highly valued in our area.
Ultimately as ratepayers we would expect some sort of input into the decision rather than having it thrust upon us.
This was also the view of the Community Advisory Committee that advised the West Gippsland Library.
The personal experience of physically choosing a book cannot be substituted nor should the entire Waterline accept anything less than the Library Services available in towns such as Inverloch.
The Waterline population is growing and is a similar size.
We have a right to free access for all without discrimination to a building with a Library in it that reflects the size of our population. With books.
Linda Nicholls, Coronet Bay.