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Geelong confirms closure of three library branches

A campaign to save three Geelong libraries from closure has failed, with Geelong council confirming it will close the libraries at the end of September, reports the Geelong Advertiser.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Geelong council announced it would close libraries in Chilwell, Highton and Barwon Heads by the end of June. Two separate petitions with 2500 and 1300 signatures respectively were presented at a council meeting in support of keeping the libraries open.

Former Geelong city councillor Ron Nelson said residents were angry about the lack of consultation on the issue. ‘It’s just enraging people,’ said Nelson. ‘The administrators are pushing it out for another four months to try and take the heat out of the debate.’

Campaigners have said they will pressure the state government to intervene following the council’s decision.


Category: Library news