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Tweed Shire Council is considering a report that could see it withdraw from the shared library service if the proposed county council model is proceeded with.

If the model is adopted, the council would consider running a joint library service with Gold Coast City Council instead.

Tweed mayor Barry Longland told ABC radio this morning, ‘I just want to reiterate to the other councils that the county council model is not the path that we want to go down’.

He added that the planned Cobaki development for 5,000 homes on the Tweed side of the border is closer to Gold Coast libraries.

The library service, which is shared by four LGAs, has been a source of concern since the Library Committee authorised Lismore City Council to run the service in 2009 following reports that the county council model may be legally invalid.

But since then, the state government has legislated to allow the model to be used specifically for library services and all three other participating councils (Lismore, Byron and Ballina) have voted to re-examine the possibility of operating under that model.


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