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Have your say on future for Fraser Coast libraries

10 July 2019

Fraser Coast residents are being encouraged to provide feedback on the region’s libraries to help ensure the services are accessible and continue to meet community needs into the future.

Mayor George Seymour said Council was developing a new five-year Fraser Coast Libraries Strategic Plan and was keen to engage the community as part of the process.

“Fraser Coast libraries are a popular choice for all ages and offer welcoming and comfortable spaces, cutting edge online information sources and a wide array of physical resources and technologies,” he said.

“In addition to the great range of books, DVDS and toys for borrowing, our libraries also connect communities and encourage social engagement and learning by offering a diverse range of community programs and activities.

“The Fraser Coast Libraries team has achieved many of its previous strategic goals such as improving equity and access by removing computer and WiFi charges, increasing digital initiatives, offering a broader range of community programs, and through ongoing refurbishments of public areas.

“As part of the strategic planning process for the next five years, the libraries team has developed a survey to ask the community how they currently use the service and their perception of the quality of the service, facilities and resources.

“From today (Wednesday 10 July) through to 7 August 2019, both library users and non-users across the Fraser Coast are encouraged to complete the survey and provide their feedback.

“With a dynamic vision for the future, Fraser Coast Libraries are looking forward to providing more exciting improvements in services and facilities as part of Council’s plan to build better communities.”

The survey will be available online on Council’s website and also in hard copy at the six Fraser Coast libraries at Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Howard, Burrum Heads, Maryborough Toy and Special Needs Library, and Tiaro, as well as at Council customer service centres.

An incentive prize of an Apple iPad is being offered to those who wish to enter by submitting a fully-completed survey with their contact details, with the prize drawn on Monday 12 August.

Almost 40,000 people are Fraser Coast libraries’ members – more than a third of the region’s population.