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Federal Parliament told of unpopular library closure plan

October 20, 2010

Chris Hayes MP, Federal Member for Fowler, has called on the Federal Parliament to share his anger over the plan instigated by Liverpool City Council to close to investigate closing Green Valley, Miller, Moorebank and Casula public libraries.


Mr Hayes has submitted a Notice of Motion – seconded by Werriwa MP Laurie Ferguson - which calls on the Parliament to express concern over the library closures plan and to note the strong community outrage and concern being felt by the people of Liverpool.


“It is well-documented that public libraries provide an invaluable service to the community and I cannot understand why the Liberal and Independent members of Liverpool City Council fail to recognise that,” Mr Hayes said.


“If those Councillors won’t listen to the concerns of local residents then I hope my Parliamentary colleagues will and that they help send a strong message in support of our local community.”


Mr Hayes said our local libraries provide residents with crucial access to educational, recreational and technological resources. He said they also helped create a more harmonious community by ensuring all residents have free and equitable access to the libraries’ collections.


“I hope that by drawing the Federal Parliament’s attention to this issue, the Council will review this unpopular plan and commit to maintaining all of local libraries in our community,” he said.