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Narangba Library closure sparks anger from residents

KEEPING CONNECTED: Melina Dahms, with son Christian, and Janice Ridley are upset at the closure of Narangba Library.
KEEPING CONNECTED: Melina Dahms, with son Christian, and Janice Ridley are upset at the closure of Narangba Library. Jorge Branco

WHEN Melina Dahms's son, Christian, was a newborn, she toured the region's libraries to settle him down - and she discovered something.

"I really noticed how important they were to the local community and how you could actually see the community reflected in libraries," she said.

That is why she is angry with the Moreton Bay Regional Council's decision to close Narangba and Kallangur libraries.

The former school teacher is not alone. Her Save Moreton Bay Libraries Facebook page gathered more than 1000 supporters in one week.

"A lot of people don't know about the closures. They don't understand why," she said.

Residents will still be able to access all of the same resources and facilities at larger libraries in Burpengary, Strathpine and North Lakes when the libraries close in October. The new $30 million North Lakes Library will open in September and the council said there would be no reduction in staff numbers.

The closures are part of a council plan to invest in "modern, new regional libraries" and include Beachmere Community Library becoming a mobile library, with a 50% increase in borrowing resources.

But Narangba retiree Janice Ridley said the community would lose out.

"I think it's going to have a bigger impact on a lot of people than most people realise," she said.

Division 11 councillor Bob Millar voted against the closures in council earlier this month (along with Division 2 councillor Peter Flannery) but said he could understand the decision.

"We're in leased premises (at Narangba). Its patronage is declining," he said.

"We've refurbished Burpengary, which is just up the road, and also we're in the process of building a significant new facility at North Lakes. It's always a challenge balancing between the delivery of services that people might wish to have very accessible and the cost of delivering these services."

Visit http://www.facebook.com/SaveMoretonBayLibraries to show your support.

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