Council pushes for review into library costs

The Town of Mosman Park is pushing for a review into The Grove Library Precinct.
The Town of Mosman Park is pushing for a review into The Grove Library Precinct.

THE Town of Mosman Park is pushing for a working group to be formed to look into The Grove Library Precinct’s “deplorable agreement”.

Mosman Park runs the library with the Cottesloe and Peppermint Grove councils and it houses the latter council’s facilities.

The issue of how much the library costs the Town of Mosman Park has been bubbling under the surface for many years, with its contribution being about 15 per cent of its rate revenue.

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At last week’s council meeting, councillors ticked off on the precinct’s 2019-20 operating budget of about $1.4 million and agreed a working group should be formed.

The Library Management Committee(LMC) agreed at its June 6 meeting that a working group should be formed on the condition that the councils approved the library’s 2019-20 budget.

Mosman Park Mayor Brett Pollock.

Mayor Brett Pollock said that after 10 years of operation, the library review was needed and Mosman Park residents deserved a good library that was sustainable.

He likened the need to pass the operating budget to get the LMC to agree to a working group as the Town being “held to ransom”.

Councillor Zenda Johnson said each Mosman Park resident was paying $300 per year for the library and as the agreement had no end date, it was “deplorable”.