23 August, 2013

August 23 Keep fighting to save Dunolly's Library service!

A Red Cross Concert and sale of goods was held at Bet Bet in the local school, entertainment by the Dunolly Quartette comprising of Mr. and Mrs. Stafford, Miss Stafford and Mr. Walker with humorous recitals by Mr. Johnson of Ballarat.

Some great coverage of the protest rally yesterday with the Bendigo Advertiser running a story the day before.

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Let the councillors know what you think about the decision to replace the existing mobile library service with a van on the following numbers:
Cr Geoff Lovett Maryborough Ward
E: mail@cgoldshire,vic.gov.au
P: 0428 307 800
Cr Barry Rinaldi (Mayor) Maryborough Ward
E: mail©cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
P: 0419 558 754
Cr Wendy Melvor Maryborough Ward
E: mail@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
P: 0408 363 582
Cr Paula Nixon Maryborough Ward
E: mail©cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
P: 0438 535 685
Cr John Van Beveren Paddys Ranges Ward
E: mail@cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
P: 0429 312 988
Cr Ian Robertson Tullaroop Ward
E: mail©cgoldshire.vic.gov.au
P: 0428 571 846

If you have not already signed the petition please sign below and drop it into The Welcome Record letterbox; if you are unable to drop it in then scan it, print it, sign it and either post it to The Welcome Record, Dunolly Town Hall, 85 Broadway, Dunolly, 3472 
email it welcomerecords@iinet.net.au 
 by Monday, 26 August, 2013 so that the petition can be presented at the Council Meeting on Tuesday 27 August.

Closure of the Goldfields Library Corporation Mobile Library Service from Bendigo to Dunolly, Bealiba and Moliagul by Central Goldfields Shire Council from 3 October 2013.
To the Central Goldfields Shire Council
The Petition of the residents of Dunolly, Moliagul, Bealiba, Betley, Bromley and surrounding districts
Point out to the Council that:
We, the undersigned residents of Central Goldfields Shire and Mobile Library Service users humbly
petition Central Goldfields Shire Council to overrule the decision made by Ms Sharon Fraser, General
Manager of Go Goldfields, to replace the quality Mobile Library Service provided by the Goldfields
Library Corporation with an inferior option to be offered through the Maryborough Library. Her decision
is ill-informed, ill-judged, made without community consultation and without discussion and approval by Council.
The unilateral decision to remove the existing Mobile Library Service to Bealiba, Moliagul and Dunolly was made at a time when residents of Flynn Ward have no Council representation.
The Mobile Library is well patronised and offers a high quality and responsive service in a well-stocked, state-of-the-art van. There is space to socialise and browse in comfort. The proposed replacement is a downgraded option for Flynn Ward and neighbouring residents.
The petitioners therefore request that the Central Goldfields Shire Council Require Go Goldfields to have further thought and consultation to establish how that program can effectively meet its aim within the Flynn Ward to ‘a focus on prevention and early intervention, Go Goldfields involves families to deliver improved literacy for children aged 0 – 8 years; building speech and language skills to provide a great start to learning’. (CGSC website) It should not be done by taking the funds from a well-established, successful and cost-effective service that is patronised by people of all ages.

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Make sure you can get to the council meeting on Tuesday 27 August 7pm  in the Community Hub 48 Burns Street Maryborough, as the council will be making a decision on this ridiculous Guerrilla Van concept.

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