Milton Library Service Review - Your Comments
  • I would like to strongly voice my opinion of the closure of Milton Library. I patronise the library myself and find it very convenient. It would seem a backward step taking away a service we have had for so long to save not a huge amount of money. Please reconsider closing the Milton Library.

  • Hi, My name is xxxxxxxx, I am 11 years old and go to Milton Public School. I was upset when mum told me that the Library may be closing down. I think it's great that the community got together and rallied to keep it open. I love it when mum takes us to the library. We get to browse, borrow books and sometimes I find stuff to help me with my homework. Because I will be living nearby to the library very soon and as I'm going into high school, it would not be great to have it shut down just when I need it most. It's also a great place to meet friends when we have group assignments. It's a quite place for us to work and help each other. From Eve McDonald

  • Dear Councillors, I have heard that the Milton Library may be closing down soon. When I heard this news I was very surprised. I was surprised because I know quite a few people and families that use the Milton Library regularly. I am thirteen and moving to Milton, I was really looking forward to studying and doing assignments in the library, but I'm not sure I will be able to due to the closing down of the library. I also love reading and I read books quite fast so my mum can't keep buying books (which cost twenty dollars) for me every week. So having the option to borrow them from a library nearby where I will be living would be good. I have two younger sisters who are starting to read a bit as well, so they would love to walk up to Milton Library to borrow a book. From Lilli McDonald

  • The Library at Milton is integral to the Community and visitors like myself make use of the Library services when in town.

  • i believe Milton Library should remain open with a view to it evolving into a new library service. i feel none of the current options being proposed fulfil its potential nor purpose. - The current opening hours do not optimise potential usage - As wages are no doubt a concern, a volunteer librarian initiative could be considered. Any number of local residents, particularly the older demographic, may be interested in a role such as this - under the training and supervision of a part-time professional. - Internet access and borrowing arrangements with Ulladulla library should be some of the services/ initiatives offered at Milton library, and more regularly available - A more interactive approach could be taken to foster community support and involvement (eg Regular book club, story telling and storybook readings) - The fact that Milton village has its own distinct character and feel is a positive not only for its residents, but also for the wider local region and for those visiting from out of the area - and community facilities such as the library are all important elements in maintaining that distinction.

  • My wife and two little girls regularly visit the library at Milton as we live at Yatte Yattah. The cosy feel and the very friendly staff make the Milton Library experience one which they cherish. It would be a shame to see it close.

  • My wife xxxxx and I have been using the Milton Library for more than 20 years. Because of our ages (>80yrs.) we have downsized & moved to Milton CBD and enjoy our closer link with the Library. To close this facility would be a great disappointment to us and we would consider it as a great loss.

  • I am sight impaired and find using the smaller Milton Library is more user friendly and a safer environment for me and other sight impaired residents of the area. Children, the elderly and disabled residents also need to have the use of this Library. I know the Ulladulla area has a new library, but the larger area can be very daunting to vulnerable people. Milton Library serves a very special purpose to all residents in the area. Please do not close this essential service for the ratepayers. Thank you :)

  • I sincerely want Milton Library to stay open. It is an essential and key service for Milton and the town's surrounding areas. PLEASE TH INK OF YOUR RATEPAYERS NEEDS!! Thank you and fingers crossed for a happy outcome for Milton Library.

  • What is a small town without its local library? My entire peer group and I have grown up in the local area and lived here for most of our lives. The Milton Library was where we got our first library cards - for me it was something I could put in my wallet to make me feel like a grown up. A decade later that little town library was where my friends and I would go to study for the HSC. Now it's where my younger cousins go to find their first chapter books, and hopefully, in a couple of years time, my little sister will find peace, quite and support there like I did as she completes her final high school exams. The Milton library has been a part of our town for as long as I can remember. It saddens me that such a beloved community hub is having to be fought for to even remain open, but I'm proud to be a part of the strong local community that will fight for something we love. I sincerely hope the library will remain open and I would like to see its opening hours extended. Places like the library make up the heart and soul of the local area and Milton wouldn't be the same without it.

  • It is really difficult to compare the performance of a very limited library service (10 hours a week) with "full time" services (40 hours or more per week) - the restricted hours restrict the use of the facility by the community and the ability to "showcase" the library. I realise that the comparison has been undertaken on a "per hour basis" but this does not address the fact that the limited hours offered preclude a proportion of the Milton population from using the library - anyone who works, anyone who does not come into town on a Wednesday or Friday, anyone who is in town between 12:30 - 2:00pm, etc. The harder you make a service to use the less people will use it - particularly in this time of instant gratification and continuous access/communication. Further reduction of hours would only exacerbate this. In regard to the "more equitable access to library service" and the "14,910 items...which are only available 2 days per week" - through the shared library service, any item held at Milton can be requested by ANY library member any time they are at their library, making the items available 6 days per week! Of course, they can only be dispatched 2 days a week, but as it takes a week to 10 days for books to come from other libraries, this should not be a real issue. I SUPPORT OPTION 1 - MAINTAIN CURRENT SERVICES, however I would more fully support an expansion of services and use of the facility. Some suggestions... + It is possible to borrow books from Ulladulla library without a librarian - all self-service! Could this be introduced at Milton to extend the hours? + Encourage use of the facility by appropriate community groups - possibly things like Playgroup story time, use by historical society for meetings and research, study space/computer access for students...and allow borrowing during this time through "self-service". + Add "Showcasing" to Milton library and really advertise the increasing eResources available. I know this is all about "financial viability" but why must ALL "services" meet this requirement? Surely the very word "service" implies more that "financially successful"! The following are quotes from the recent Media release on showcasing Shoalhaven libraries... "Public libraries remain a great public resource providing the community with a range of services, programs and events at little cost or free of charge." “Public Libraries are an essential part of the local community, having evolved into public meeting hubs they provide local residents with access to a host of facilities and events,...” This can only be true for Milton if the Library remains open.

  • As a parent, a preschool educator and a regular visitor to the Milton area I would be deeply saddened to see the closure of Milton Library. A community needs such a valuable and precious service and especially one within close range of the township. I would like to see Milton Library stay open for the community and have the operating hours extended to more days so as to suit more patrons. I would think this would increase use and borrowing and then statistics would be on a more competitive and honest level.

  • Re Milton Library. Option 1 The residents of Milton are growing. Many of the readers are pensioners who are probably the greatest members at present and do not travel far from home. As a resident of Ulladulla, I rarely go to Milton because of the cost of petrol. For the Milton folk to have to spend a great deal of time and money to get here will prove a great deterrant to one of the great joys in life, that is reading.

  • Milton library needs to open more days of the week... the best way to kill it off is to restrict access by keeping or reducing the hours of operation. 4 to 5 days a week would be preferred even if limited hours each day. The library can be a focus for the community and all should be encouraged to use the services.. not discouraged by trying to pushing people to Ulladulla... If Milton is the "Gateway to the Budawangs" why does the library not have tourist information on the local area... why is this restricted to Ulladulla ?? If the library is for the provision of information services then make sure the library provides information on council and government services. Council and Library Services should promote a "friends of the library" to allow volunteer to help provide services and staff at the libraries. U3A is near by to Milton Library... how can they be encouraged to use and extend the utilisation of the library ?? Service organisations and sports clubs etc have space provided in the local paper... but when have we ever seen a "Whats on at the library" in the Milton Ulladulla Times... seems that the head librarian or council think that a calendar page on the web site is OK...well not quite... how about thinking out aside the square and actually promoting the services provided. Why does only Nowra library appear to have a book club promoted by library services... why not in every library ?? I have tertiary qualifications and regularly use library services..although for more technical matters...I believe that everyone and especially school children should be encouraged and given every opportunity to use library services.. Milton Library is well situated near 2 primary schools and every effort should be made to extend the opening days to encourage the use of this facility.. My feelings are that little will be saved.. 10 hrs labour costs..... by closing Milton Library.. Council should undertake a complete review of library services with the aim of promoting and improving the services provided and not restricting those services by closing smaller libraries. ... and why does your web site not accept english english but defaults to american english..??

  • I believe that Milton Library is a necessary service for the town of Milton. I hope it stays open and is given extended hours so that everyone can enjoy and benefit from this cultural space. It is a wonderful resource for all.

  • I urge Council to retain Milton Library as a service to Milton residents and those in surrounding areas who do not wish to travel the extra 7 kilometres into Ulladulla. The bus service to Ulladulla is woeful, only 3 trips per day, whereas I can walk 600 metres to Milton Library, even though it is only open twice a week. This is where I live and shop and like many others around here do not go into Ulladulla unless I absolutely have to. I have never needed or wanted to use Ulladulla Library in the 16 years I have lived here and a decent local library service is part of the service for which we pay our rates. Big is not always wanted by everyone. We love our small Milton Library and the town would be the poorer for its loss.

  • I would like to keep the Milton Library open and have extended hours for this most needed service. I live, work, & buy our food in Milton. Having the library operating more, would be and advantage for people like myself, who only visit Ulladulla on the odd occasion. I do take offence, that whilst our population is expanding, Shoalhaven City Council (like the other levels of government) is seeking to reduce services to the community. Why is this? If the population is growing, services need to be increased NOT REDUCED. I object to a centralised system. I do understand why all levels of government want this. I do not wish to live like that, it's not conducive to my health and well-being. I live in Milton because of the smaller community, the beauty, the people, to say hello to someone and they say hello back - not to be ignored ( which does happen in larger centralized communities) - the Milton Library is a fantastic hub of this wonderful community and should be there for the people who wish to utilize this most needed service. The benefits to the community to keeping and expanding this service, will no doubt contribute to the social health and well-being of everyone, which in the longer term will reduce the economic pressure of other services in this community. Thank you.

  • Please keep our library open !!!!!!

  • I would be so disappointed to see Milton Library disappear! My daughter uses it for a lot of research and she would be lost without it. It's a valuable source to the South Coast. Please save Milton Library!

  • There are some things you can not put a price on. I am unable to get my head around why closing Milton Library would be beneficial to the community in any way. Surely a design could incorporate the library and public buildings with a commercial area.....say....under a glass covered area. A little 'Louvre' in Milton.

  • Milton Library is at the heart of our town and provides a meeting place and vital centre for all ages. My preference is for Option One - to retain the current operating schedule and library provision to be reviewed in 12 months after consultation with the community. Thank you.

  • I have lived in Milton my entire life and have always used the library, My daughters are 7 and 8 and have recently displayed a passion for reading to match my own and have been excited to recently join the library and see the world of books that are available to them. They love it. Living and working in Milton, we will not use the Ulladulla Library as it is out of our way and inconvienient for us to get to around school and work hours.It would be a great shame to close the Milton Library and lose such a valuable resource.

  • With more people moving to our area, the Milton library is a fantastic place to gain community information and provide a safe nurturing place for young children with of course, access to literature. When my family first arrived here, the library provided us with local information, new friends and entertainment for my young children. It epitomises our community and what we have to offer here..not flashy mod cons. Keep the library at Milton..it's more than just a library.

  • Milon library needs to stay open. Perhaps it is time to up date how the library is used. Just like Museums and libraries across the world have made their spaces more user friendly so must our local library. Let's be creative and revitalize this library. It's got great potential.

  • WE need our library. I have only been in Milton for 18 months and in that time have only used the library three times. My neglect. This community needs its library. Particularly for the very young and the aging. Being able to walk to the library, as I get older and give up driving will become a highlight of my day as I'm sure it is for others. WE need to extend hours and services and make this library come alive for all Milton residents and others. I would be willing to avail my services in any way to help keep Milton library open.

  • I would like to see Milton Library kept open and the opening times extended to include other days of the week. Not only is it important for the residents of Milton, but, for people who live to the north of Milton, having to travel to Ulladulla to use the new library means an extra 20 minutes travelling time.

  • I am writing concerning milton libary and it's importance for the community of Milton and surrounding areas. Young and old use this service. And without it it will create a great disservice, in convenience and may even stop people visiting a library at all. The library may not even be about the books for some people, it's about social interaction, friendly faces and an outing. With the response given from the community you should be challenging yourselves to do what ever you can to help these people not only to keep the library open but to extend the hours of service. Thank you for reading and I hope to hear good news for the community of Milton.

  • Dear Shoalhaven Council, We live in Milton and have been living here for 9 years now. Milton library has always been within walking distance from our house, school and our parent’s work. It has so many loving and kind people working there. If you close Milton Library you would not only stop people being able to walk there from our beautiful little town you would also lose the memories of children reading books and looking at the pictures in their favourite library. Milton Library is part of the puzzle here in the Milton Ulladulla district and if you close it we would lose a piece of that puzzle and the picture would never look the same again. Please keep Milton Library Open!

  • Retain the status quo and Milton Library to remain open at current operating schedule and library service provision to be reviewed in 12 months. This was the Option voted on at the UDCF October 2014 General Meeting, in support of Milton Library to remain open with the hope that hours and days will be increased to meet the needs of Milton and other residents and ratepayers who also wish to use the facilities.

  • Please keep Milton Library open; it is a much loved historical feature of Milton township and a practical feature at that. It would be sad if our children do not grow up with their local library.

  • It is pointless to quote the figures used to justify the closure of Milton Library when basically it has been starved of funding for years; it is obvious that the answer to increasing the use of the library is to spend more money on it and to offer longer opening hours, daily in fact. If council did this and offered more programs to engage the community and visitors then usage would increase. Milton is the original and real town in this area, it has a courthouse, heritage churches and should have a library too, it is a back step to remove a facility which contributes to the overall lifestyle and sense of community in the town. The library is important to everyone in Milton but especially to less mobile people like the elderly or parents with young children, lack of public transport makes it difficult to access services in Ulladulla when instead Milton library provides a service within walking distance. The social and community welfare aspect of the library should not be overlooked, it provides a meeting point, information, friendly faces and a sense of belonging that is important in lessening loneliness and isolation especially for the people just mentioned. A mobile service every month or even fortnight just will not do this.We in the southern part of the the Shoalhaven pay the same rates and charges as elsewhere in the area but as usual seem to be shortchanged when it comes to money being spent on the area a and now council even wants to take away facilities! It is a mistake to close the library, add to the facility don't destroy it!

  • I work at GumNut PreKinder. There are times that we take the children on excursions to the Milton Township. We have on occasions visited the Milton Library which promotes the importance of reading and literacy to the children. These excursions are enjoyed by the children and provide them with a connection to their local community as well as being part of our transition to school/school readiness program. If the Milton Library was closed either in full or cutting down even further - this would hinder us in providing the service to our children. We are restricted on certain days to go depending on children's capabilities and staff availability so having an option of more than one day would be more than ideal and suitable. The location of Milton Library is appropriate as we don't have to hire a bus for transport, rather taking a leisurely stroll with the children to enjoy our local surroundings. On a personal level, my daughter and I often attend Milton Library after school pick up at Milton Public School and prior to travelling home to Fishermans Paradise. Otherwise we would have to visit the Ulladulla Library only when it suits on a Saturday, which often doesn't suit us. Please keep Milton Library open at current days and hours or even better more days.

  • Milton Library's use-by date has gone long ago. Only one third of books are now printed($28) and two thirds are ebooks ($8). Readers are voting with their wallets. Within 5 years school libraries will not have any printed matter. Sad, but true. I would like my rates used for the benefit of the community as a whole not just for those who believe they are entitled to a printed fiction repository paid for by council. As for being too far from Ulladulla, the residents of Tabourie and Lake Conjola must be slitting their wrists. The lady who likes to speak to her friends on the way to the library will speak to those same people if she goes to the coffee shop or the park at the top of the hill. Milton is loosing sight of the opportunity to have the space rented for 1-3 months at a time for exhibitions and the like. At least that will generate community involvement, tourism and jobs. The real fight is to keep Ulladulla Library operating as digitisation rolls ever onwards.

  • Milton Library must stay open and indeed have its days of operation extended. No consideration has been given to the people who live north of Milton and the extra distance we would have to travel to Ulladulla.

  • I would like Milton library to remain open with extended hours. I reserve my books on line and I pick them up and return them at Milton library. I live at Conjola and work in Milton,therefore it is more convenient for me to use Milton library. With extended hours more people would frequent the library, At the moment I can only visit the library on a Friday afternoon. The library is a great community centre were parents take their children after school to read books and play with the toys. With three primary schools and pre-schools in Milton, this community resource must be available every afternoon which means extended hours. The elderly from the retirement village borrow books from Milton library or spend time there meeting and chatting to others. The current space is used by the community now on a limited basis.There should be provision for extended hours so that this community resource is given back to the community not offered to various groups as a space they can use. A library encompasses all the community whereas a group may only be a small selection of people. All the community need the skills of reading and writing.

  • I would like to express my deep hope that Milton Library will not only remain open to the public, but will eventually extend its opening hours. This library is a small but very significant part of the Milton community. It provides a cool, quiet space for children and parents to delve into the nurturing world of books after the noise and business of daily life, and offers a means of informal social connectivity to old and new community members alike. Libraries such as Milton kickstart imagination and help that important essence of creativity to flourish in our increasingly regimented world. LONG LIVE MILTON LIBRARY!

  • Although I am not an avid reader, I visit Milton Library with my kids and do borrow the odd book. Being in Milton definitely makes a difference to us as the Library is so accessible in our daily lives. I understand there are many elderly members of the Milton community who would otherwise be unable to access Ulladulla Library as there is no public transportation available, as you would be aware. Where we live, we receive very few services, and this is a service which we believe should be retained and one our family certainly appreciate and utilise.

  • Can you please keep our library open as we love spending time there. We visit every week just to read and now when Mum works in the holidays and we spend time with her at work, we like to go to the library to have some fun playing games and borrowing books. My Nana and Grandma even come with us when they are visiting and it's easy for them to get to.

  • I moved to Milton 12 years ago and was taken by the village atmosphere here and the facilities which were available here, even though we had no services (garbage collection, water) to our 5 acre property on Evans Lane. Our children have grown up utilising the Milton Library, spending time in there reading and playing games, as well as making use o the borrowing facilities. I believe having easy access to these facilities encourages our kids to read and understand the enjoyment this can bring. If Milton Library was to close, I know that we would not frequent the library so much due to it's proximity to our daily routine. We would really appreciate the future of our kids and the enjoyment they and I get out of our visits to Milton Library be considered by Council.

  • I want Council to vote to keep Milton library open and have the hours extended. I am currently a high school student at St John’s in Nowra, travelling from Milton everyday on the bus. I often use Milton Library to refer to non-fiction books for school assignments and projects and also use it to study while my sisters are at after school activities in town. I love reading and borrow lots of fiction books from the library every week after getting off the school bus. I like being able to take my time to review books and make my selection. I have been using the library since I was very small and I often read books for my younger sisters in the kids area. I love Milton library and think it is an important part of the community and think it should be here for future generations. Lots of old people also use the library and I know they would find it very difficult to get to Ulladulla. Please vote to keep Milton Library open.

  • I believe that Milton Library needs to stay open not just as a carrier of books, but as a way of linking a community where there is no cost to the individual (apart from our rates). The statistics only show the "borrowing" of books to show the usage of the library. What it does not show is the importance of having a place of belonging for our community citizens. a place with a familiar space and face. You cannot put a price on this in contributing to the well being of a community. Once it's gone, it's gone!

  • i select option 1...to retain the status quo and for Milton library to remain open at the current operating schedule and library service provision to be reviewed in 12 months

  • I think milton library should remain open. I think the hours should be extended to open from 9.30am which would make it a lot more convenient for mothers who are dropping older children to school and who would then like to take a younger child to the library.

  • I am 6 years old and go to Milton Public School. I like to go to the library and borrow books. Please don't close the library.

  • I would like to see Milton Library remain open at least in the current state it is now. My daughter attends Milton Public School and it is quite convenient for library services after school. It is convenient and is easily accessible for the residents of Sarah Claydon Retirement Village. Milton has lost the Police Station and the bank, please don't let the library go too.

  • With regard to the proposed closure of Milton Library I would like to point out that, with regard to your statistics above, borrowings at the library have grown over the years from 28218 items in 2009/10 to 86088 in 2013/14. Comparing this to the Nowra statistic for 2013/14 of 268434 - and remembering that Milton only operates for 10 hrs a week while Nowra is 53 hours per week - it means that the average for Nowra is 5093 lendings while Milton is 8608! What we need at Milton is for the library to be open longer - we have 3 schools in the area as well as IRT, an older population cannot always get to Ulladulla - and a mobile library once a month - carrying limited stock - is not supplying a service to our community. Rightly or wrongly we at Milton feel that we are losing our identity as a village - being forced to Ulladulla for services and having to continually fight to retain what service we have. Please remember councillors - you serve us not business interests - people should come first.

  • I am a resident of Ulladulla and am involved in various organisations in Milton so frequent the Milton Library all the time. I think it is important that it remain open as it is a cultural community based venue enjoyed by young and old alike. I love to go there - the atmosphere is informal and the staff welcoming. I and many Milton residents will be saddened to see it close if it closes. It should remain open as is the present opening days (Wed Fri)

  • Please keep Milton Library as it is aprt of Milton which is trying to become a village suitable for the community and visitors to visit, the library is the centre of any town to advise and cherish the people there are a lot of people who use it and it is a more personal library for the senior folk to use, lets face it we are all getting older and hopefully if we can keep the library WISER by reading the Newspapers etc Narelle Ober O.A.M.

  • I believe a town's library is an essential hub and service for a community and especially a small community like Milton. A library is part of a town's identity and each town needs their own separate identity, not to be just grouped into a larger pool for convenience. Milton has a great small town community spirit and strength and besides the library there are not many venues that can support this precious characteristic. The Milton swimming pool (at a small cost) and Mick Ryan Park are other places that come to mind where community can get together without much cost. The library strengthens community and family relationships which is what a village like Milton is all about Besides a meeting hub of course Milton library provides an essential service to all children and adults not just in the Milton area but the extended smaller communities beyond. It is where our future champions will develop. A town needs a library, the people who want a library in their town deserve to have a library. The council need to listen to the people they are representing. Council should be supporting Milton Library and seeing it for what it is- a precious community commodity that needs protecting. If it were to go,this would in turn destroy a strong part of a tight knit community. Too often we see the binding forces of communities like libraries, banks, post offices, police and fire stations and hospitals melt away leaving communities/towns compromised and lessened. The small and strong community feel of Milton proves to be an attractive tourism draw-card too which benefits the whole area. Do you really want to start risking a communities foundations by closing their library. There are not many places that accommodate parents, grandparents,carers, young people and children through interests, activities and books...all in one spot. Milton and surrounds is an area that is only going to grow in population so the bigger picture lends for an even greater need in the future. Milton library offers many more services and opportunities than just borrowing and I wonder if the councils statistics of use include: those that come and use the computers and internet those needing photocopying services those that come to read the variety of magazines and newspapers available those looking to research something the children that use the children's area to quietly read, engaged with puzzles or games, do homework or colour in those children and parents who attend the valuable story time service family's who come in for some down time and some precious family reading time, role modelling for their children My children often frequent the Milton library but do not always borrow. They sometimes look for school project information, they often just like to sit down on the comfy cushions and do a puzzle or choose a book and wind down after a busy school day. As a parent I think that is golden, a behaviour that should be encouraged and nurtured not dismissed as unimportant and not even worth being considered in the statistics of the use of a library. How can the statistics of a Library open for just a few hour during the week be used by council in a fair and accurate comparison with other libraries that are open longer hours throughout a full week? Milton has an abundance of cafes and coffee shops, as well as many art spaces. Other community groups come and go...quite swiftly sometimes but a library is something that is cemented into a community at it's basic foundations. Please allow Milton to keep it's library. I would like to see Milton library kept open I don't think there is room to share this already small space with another facility I would like to see Milton library open more often during the week to be available for all patrons Thank you

  • I believe it would be a great shame if the Milton Library was to continue on its current terminal course. I have two young children, aged 5 and 8 going to Milton Public School and I think it is extremely important that they have access to the town library. Contrary to the apparent council objective i would like to see the librarys opening hours extended rather than restricted. It just doesnt seem right to plan the weeks activities around the couple of hours that the library is open. Its a basic community asset that the ratepayers deserve to have increased services in a growing community, rather than decreasing the existing services.

  • Milton library has a real community feel and is a lovely place to relax and choose books with my children. It is painful that it is only open for a few hours a week, and I think it would benefit the whole community if it was open longer. I think it would be a real shame for it to shut for everyone in the area.

  • I want Milton library to stay open and be open longer. If it was open longer then there would be more chance to use it. I go to Milton Public School and although we have a library there, we are only given 10mins to choose a book. We are only allowed to borrow one book at a time and we can only have the book for 2 weeks. The library is also not open after school. I like to be able to go to the Milton library with my Mum so I can take my time to choose a book and so she can help suggest books she knows I would like. I can also relax in the beanbags and read books there. Because I go the library so much I have been reading lots of books. I often meet my friends there after school. I sometimes borrow books for my school assignments and projects and sometimes do my homework or study there. I think Milton library is important to our community. There are lots of kids and old people who use the library. I think Milton should be allowed to keep our library.

  • I am in favor of keeping the library. Lounge library concept a good one as long X enough hours are offered and enough books and services. Don't make it so little of z library that you end up destroying it. Keep library and keep community v

  • I go to school at Milton Public School and go to the library after school with my Mum and sisters. I love Milton library and think it should stay open and be open more days. I love borrowing lots of books, movies and puzzles. At school we only get a few minutes to choose our books but at Milton library I have time to look through them all. Please don’t close my library.

  • Please keep Milton Library open and open it more days so I can go to the library more. I have been going to the library since I was born. My Mum has always taken me to the library and read me lots of books. I borrow books every week and use these books to practice my reading. I like sitting in the bean bags looking through all the books and DVDs and doing the puzzles. I meet my friends and cousin there. I like being able to choose my own books.

  • Hi there. I am 13 and have great memories of going to Milton library every week after school to change our books over. In the school holidays we used to go to the craft things that were organised and get lots of books for the holidays. I am sad to think that you are going to close it? What about all the kids that will only ever hear about this great library "we used to have". Why don't you ask the 3 schools in Milton to let all the parents know about all the great programs (if you still run them) and maybe more people will come. From Jess

  • Have you ever been to towns out west... you know the ones that have become unloved and decrepit and abandoned? Milton is extremely lucky to have a strong community that uses it, loves it and benefits from this beautiful small town. No one can argue that it is well used by local residents. Once you start taking away the community services (and I truly believe that once the axe falls on one community service... it doesn't stop there). To lose Milton Library would be the beginning of the end for Milton as a community. Eventually it would become a tourist town with no local heart and soul... and because that's essentially what tourists are coming for...eventually it would start resembling an unloved deserted town like we see out west. Council would then have to start spending thousands of dollars (as they now are in Nowra) to "beautify" the town... essentially because it has lost it's heart and soul! Don't shut down the community and you won't generate a problem for our future. The statistics (though they do appear to be skewed slightly and not apportioned relative to the number of hours Milton Library is actually open) are showing Milton Library as underused... do you not consider that every single local person that goes to Milton is contributing to our community. They are not only going to the library, they are buying bread, picking up a video, posting their letters and doing their banking. It appers that the best residents can hope for is to retain current operating hours for another 12 months... the other ideas proposed are ludicrous... how can other community groups fit in the already squished library?... reducing the hours further??? (can you not see that this equates to closure?). And finally... rent it out... instead of trying to make more money by taking away community services and renting properties... try doing a cost analysis of your business and stop wasting so much money!

  • A library is a valuable resource in a community. t allows people of similar interests to come together and pass a quiet time without any fuss. It can be used to encourage discussion, reading for children and an improvement in education. Please keep the library open for those not able to travel often to other areas

  • Please keep Milton Library operating. Its important that the people of Milton and those in areas north of Milton have access to a library without the inconvenience of having to trek to Ulladulla.The Milton Library is a landmark and in my opinion to stop it operating would be discriminating against not only the people of Milton but those in the communities to the north as far as Fishermans Paradise.

  • I am 9 years old. Milton library is a good library and people will be very sad if it closes. Children at the local schools won't be able to use it and have to organise to go all the way to Ulladulla to borrow a book or do a school project. If it closes I will miss being able to just go in after school. I love the friendly ladies at the library. They are always helpful and I feel safe and comfortable at Milton library. It is small and friendly and there is always someone I know in there. Keep Milton Library open and it needs to be open on more days because I can't always get there on a Wednesday or Friday. I am glad it is open till 5.00pm. I don't think there is any room to share with something else in there either. It's just good as the library. I really like it

  • Why do the powers that be always seem to want to close something that has operated well for years,,making life more difficult for local residents.A library is a very beneficial facility for residents to make use of.It seems providing services for ratepayers are being reduced all the time,but no corresponding reduction in rates! Keep the library open

  • The Milton Library is a facility that is a service for those who reside, work or attend the many schools and facilities in Milton and the surrounding districts. Included are those attending three local schools, patients of Milton Hospital, clients of Illawarra Retirement Trust facility, including Sarah Claydon Residential and high level care and the many workers in businesses in Milton, as well as those who have homes in Milton and the surrounding districts. To have to travel 7 km to Ulladulla and back would disadvantage most of these people both time wise and expense wise. Those who use Milton Library should continue to have access to a local library and its facilities. To this end, Milton Library should remain open and available to those who benefit from the services a library provides.

  • Option 1 - please save Milton Library. I live in Uladulla but every week I visit Milton and have been a Milton Library user since 1980's. I used to take my children to story week in the 1990's and borrowed toys from the toy library. Now I use it mainly to borrow books but have also used the computers. Ratepayers living in Milton and areas north, west, east and even south of Milton will be disadvantaged if Milton Libray is closed. Especially elderly or disabled citizens who find it easier to park or walk to Milton.

  • Milton Library is a vital part of the community structure especially for the older folk in Sarah Claydon. Dont let it be closed down!

  • Milton library should remain open with extended hours. It's important to our community for a number of reasons including: 1. Aging community - The library provides a place for inter-generational contact and interaction - Many older members of the community no longer drive or don't feel comfortable driving the busy highway to Ulladulla. While book borrowing needs can be addressed with the mobile library, other library services are not accessible. 2. High local levels of unemployment - Accessibility to services is vital for job seekers who do not have computers/printers/copiers at home, or the means to travel to Ulladulla. 3. Rising petrol costs Trips to Ulladulla add up for local Milton and 'north of Milton' residents. Reliance on the Ulladulla library for services adds to mileage and household expenditure. 4. Extended hours for library opening and on-going 'events' at the library (e.g. school holiday activities) contribute to overall Milton community well-being, both socially and economically (drivers for visitation).

  • Milton Libraery should be retained exactly as it, with no change to opening hours. All us oldies know the days, and the opening hours. They are committed to memory. So many of us do U3A courses at Milton, and the Library is a godsend, not only for borrowing of books, doing research, etc. And really, 10 hrs per week. It's a mere drop in the ocean. It would be a despicable, miserable act on the part of any Council, to deprive a rate-paying, voting community of this facility.

  • Is this the beginning of councillors rrwanting to eradicate Milton? "Do away with the library," say some unwise people. Next, the same people will say to do away with the churches and the people can go to Ulladulla. Do away with the Court House, as only very few people use it. They can go to Nowra. Do away with the hospital & Sarah Claydon. No, this is not what we want. The library in Milton should be retained to provide the service the locals need.

  • Please retain the current status of the library and review it again in 12 months. This service is needed by the community and more important by pensioners and older people. We need a local library service for the rates we pay.

  • The Milton Library should not be closed as it provides an excellent outlet for the local High School, The Retirement Village, Local Residents and visitors to the area who wish to gain more information on the area. I vote for Option 1 with Option 4 as a good working alternative.

  • milton library should not be closed. it is well loved & patronised & is invaluable to our community.option 1 retain status quo for milton library

  • I go to Milton Public School and I am 8 and a half years old and I am in Year 2. I am also writing for my best friend Paige. My favourite colour is red. I always go to the Milton Library on Fridays. I can't go on Wednesdays as I have swimming lessons and this really annoys me. I think Milton Library should be open for a bit longer every single day then me and more people can use this library on Thursdays. I have finished my German book. Milton Library has the best joke books and lots of children use it as you can borrow toys too.

  • Milton's attraction for many is that it is a totally self contained village in the old sense of the word. It is possible to live in Milton and have all the facilities and services within walking distance. It makes it attractive to our ageing population and young families with children. Surely in an age where we are encouraged to walk more and drive less this is a huge consideration. If it is purely a matter of funding then I suggest our community as a whole will be less well off if we have lose the library. What about even one day per week from 10-5? The lunch time closure is inconvenient anyway. Sort the library so it can have a more multipurpose function. Keep as much of our historic Milton as we can. The library is part of that history.

  • I think Milton Library should stay open and increase hours back to how they were (6 days per week). You should be giving us users the time to browse at hours that we are available (like after work). The library should minimise the hours to nothing. We have a Milton Library. It is part of our community. Let us keep it! If the library is open longer it can have more resources and be used by more people. I remember it when I was little with Naomi. It was a great part of my life and forever always will be.

  • At the least retain the status quo. Milton is a unique village and many people live outside the township (eg Woodburn Rd, Croobyar Rd, Little Forrest). Many of these people bank and grocery shop in Milton and require the library to be available. Many elderly people may not be able to get transport to Ulladulla and children need to be driven there by parents.

  • Needs to become a tourist information centre for weekends Sat 10-2 and Sun 10-2. Library hours 3 days per week or current plus weekends. Costs kept down by use of volunteers. Essential to community not just as a library but community centre and point of contact with local government in Milton.

  • Milton Library needs to remain open at least for the present number of hours - preferably more. the library is a focus in the local community and is far more accessible for the elderly or those with mobility issues who need to park nearby. There is a demonstrable need for a library in Milton. Keep it open!

  • I feel to close the library is a crying shame to Council to even consider this. We have a growing population of old and young, especially due to subdivisions of land in the area. It is not possible for a lot of aged people to go to Ulladulla. The building and atmosphere are part of Milton that we love.

  • The present service is inadequate as it doesn't allow for lunchtime library visits. The closure of our little cultural space will deprive older people who can't drive (to Ulladulla) and the kids coming each day after school for homework. If we lose the heritage building to more commercial interests, we lose a little of our sense of community to economic rationalism.

  • The current service is inconvenient to use. A 10.30am opening time is difficult to get to when you drop your children off at 9-9.30am and then wait for the library to open. It should open at 9.30am to 12.30 and 2-5pm for at least 3 days a week. Greater usage as a tourist/information facility. Greater usage by all community groups at no charge for informal meetings. The figure of 1,868 registered users is misleading and not relevant. You say that adding Milton's items to the general library stock is a better use of the Council's limited resources and money. Whey then did you eret two ghastly carbuncles (signs) either side of Ulladulla that not one community member requested. $100,000 on these eyesores could be far better spent on library, health, roads, nursing and education in Ulladulla.

  • I choose Option No. 1 and it would be ideal for it to open more days also.

  • Milton Library must remain open at least one or two days each week (preferably Friday and one other day). The hours should be extended to suit the older and young people currently using the facilities ie Friday 10.30am to 5pm. At least one other day (eg Tuesday or Wednesday) and two or four hour periods between 2pm and 5pm would better suit the local community.

  • Sometimes statistics are irrelevant. Milton is the original town before Ulladulla. It is the cultural centre of the area. it is also the destination for many retirees because of the services that Milton offers. Council does not need to make profit on all the Shoalhaven facilities. Milton Library and Milton Pool should be maintained. I visited Ulladulla Library the other day and it was full of children. A great sight to see but for the older age demographic quite daunting. Milton provides a good service for these people. The best option is Option 1. Don't let Milton Library be the next bum tree. It helps the community and is in no way dangerous!

  • I think at the very least the library should remain open as it is. No review in 12 months unless to extend the hours. Your idea to close the library and lease the building will raise so little money in 12 months, how could you even think of it? My Option 5 is to keep library open as it is, review only to extend hours. I feel the library is not only for borrowing books but also as a meeting place for people with similar interests to meet on common ground. This is very important to our community especially to the aged of whom there are quite a lot.

  • It would be great for me if Milton Library could stay open for the usual days of Wednesdays and Fridays. I live in a retirement village in Milton and I'm unable to drive a car due to medical reasons. The Milton Library is much more accessible than Ulladulla as I depend on the local bus service. Plus I'm on an allowance and don't have enough money for a taxi if I was to miss the bus. So I for one would like our Milton Library to stay open for at least 2 days a week. Thank you.

  • Please consider an Option 5 - open every day through volunteer supplementation. We are a committed and passionate community that is more than capable in forming a committee and running additional hours and service.

  • My husband and I have recently moved to Milton and are still becoming established. The library has been a minor priority because of the limited opening times. Ulladulla maybe the larger library but I shop and socialise in Milton and would find extended days - hours - more convenient. Milton is a village but should not be penalised because of that. Option 5 - extended opening hours please!

     

  • On 17 October 2014, Council upt out an email for a newspaper article - quote "Public libraries are an essential part of the local community, having evolved into public meeting hubs they provide local residents with access to a host of facilities and events", said Mrs Taylor. Public libraries remain a great public resource providing the community with a range of services.

  • Actually Milton Library should be open three days a week. I consider that SCC has allocated its resources wastefully. $7M on the Civic Centre in Ulladulla and small return from bookings likely as people are using the RSL club in preference as a cheaper venue, so a white elephant. It costs $50,000pa to run Milton on its current 2 days a week - an extremely efficient use of resources and of huge community benefit. The SCC is obviously looking for ways to recoup its losses but it should not be at our expense. For a start, the SCC could pressure the NSW government for its proper library subsidy. The uncertainty around the status of Milton Library is not tenable and it is because of Council's incompetence that this matter has arisen at all!

  • The Milton Library is an essential part of Milton. It provides a service to retired people and students. Many of my customers rely on the library and, after collecting their favourite books, they come to my business, buy a coffee and read. By closing the library you will cause a major loss of business to me and the competition.

  • PLEASE KEEP OUR LIBRARY OPEN! Thank you for the chance to have a say. I would like to see the Milton Library remain open, preferably extending the opening hours to three or even five days a week. We live north of town and our library use would be limited if Milton closed. My son is an avid reader and delights in a trip to Milton Library for a pile of books. My mother who is 83 visits the Milton Library because it is more convenient and a smaller space for her failing health to manage. The Milton Library has been significant as a place to meet local people. Naomi has been wonderful in engaging my son over his primary years in the reading of books and is always patient and listens to his requests. I know when I come into Milton Library that there will always be a welcome smile and greeting from Naomi. My son who is now in high school, still enjoys reading and visiting the library. It is wonderful to come into the old building with it's quiet atmosphere and thick, solid walls. Thank you.

  • The library is a wonderful place for the lower social society to come to use the internet. There are a lot of people who cannot afford the internet so they sue the one at the library. by closing or reducing hours these people's access to communication tools will be lost. You need to increase the days that the library is open.

  • I certainly agree at the very least to retain the status quo for Milton Library to remain open at the current schedule, and library service provisions to be reviewed in 12 months. there is no saving to Shoalhaven Council if the current employment is transferred to Ulladulla. I'm convinced there would be sufficient residents of Milton who would be prepared to volunteer their services to man the Library, so no cost to the Shoalhaven Council. Residents would find a Mobile Library unacceptable as in our own Milton Library we can relax in chairs to read and decide what we like. I could submit a list of volunteers to cater to the Milton residents to keep our library open.

  • The library should be retained especially given the costs involved balanced against the educational benefits to the overall community .ulladulla provides a excellant facility but this doesnt negate the need to continue the community service a service council has an obligation to provide irrespective of budgetry constraints . The vcost vs the benifits is miniscule and savings elsewhere can be easily reallocated if management are doing there job efficiently .

  • The town of Milton continues to develop and grow becoming a much preferred town in the immediate vicinity. People have chosen this town for the services that are provided including the library facilities. This is an integral part of the community and serves all people in the area. The people of this community deserve to have this facility kept open.

  • I live at Sarah Claydon Village in Milton and I like using my iPad often so I would like to have access to Milton Library as I do not drive a car due to Medical reasons... Thanking you.. Laurie.

  • We need to reduce excess expenditure. Milton Library is an unnecessary expense. There is another library 5 mins down the road. Close this and reinvest the money back into another project in Milton which hasn't been able to be completed due to a lack of funding.

  • People may very well use the Ulladulla Library not "in preference to the Milton Library" but because they can't access Milton Library. It is never open except during working hours. There should be at least one more option under consideration - to keep Milton Library open for more hours on more days.

  • I agree with Option 3 - Review the hours of operation - but instead of reducing the hours they should be extended and the use of the facility promoted. If the reason council has for not keeping the library open is due to cost of manning, then call for volunteers. Milton Library is 'part and parcel' of our community - LEAVE IT ALONE. It appears by comments made by Team Gash Councillors that they have already made their decision. WHAT IS THEIR MOTIVE? .

  • The age old saying.Take banks away, take libraries away and what you have is no sense of community. Why close something that works !! Milton is a small community for young and old alike,it is a very special place that others towns should emulate. Please keep Milton Library in some capacity. Reading books should not have a price tag or postcode restriction on it. It is not selfish if people want to be educated and to read.

     

  • Milton library is friendly, convenient and a great source of books and informstion. It is difficult to use because of the very restricted opening hours. I think the system would work more effectively if Council didn't charge $2 to reserve books from other libraries. People might be more inclined to see all the libraries in Shoalhaven as their own. It seems to me that the council should be encouraging people to reserve books from across the network, not punishing them. That's the best way to maximise use of limited resouces across a wide geographic area.

     

  • I urge you to keep Milton Library open. I am a teacher at Budawang School which is a school for special needs. I have been taking my classes to Milton Lubrary for 9 years now. The size of the library suits my students, as bigger libraries can be too noisy and threatening to several autistic children. Naomi the librarian on a Wednesday greets us enthusiastically and is patient and caring towards these students. There are many elderly patrons at the library when my class is there and they enjoy talking to my students. This is wonderful for the student's communication skills and enables them to improve their social skills. Please continue to keep this valuable place open.

     

  • The statistics and comparisons offered by Council are neither altogether relevant nor helpful. Statistics can be used to prove and disprove any argument. The real question should be: does this facility provide a useful service to the community and can it be improved or made more cost effective? All services providing education and enlightenment are by definition useful. Councils prepared to diminish such opportunities are little more than 21st century Luddites seeking to change the social compact regarding educational amenity that has existed for almost 200 years and which has produced the highest levels of community education and general achievement in the history of mankind. There seems to be a general trend in the thinking of the current ruling group of councillors to save money buy pruning items and services from the edges of the council area. Not only is this the action of people with little imagination and less intelligence, it represents the failure of responsible behaviour on their part. There will always be a need to subsidise some services for the greater good – this is the basic function of all government. The doctrine of Thatcherism that states there is not such thing as society and that everything must be profitable has long since been discredited amongst everyone except those who believe they form some sort of elite. The rank failure of the latest Federal Budget based on this selfishness should be a signal lesson to politicians of all stripes. The Milton Library may cost the council some $50,000 a year – but this is cheap compared to some of its less useful assets such as the Entertainment Centre that costs considerably more to provide what seems to be an endless stream of tribute bands in competition with established commercial and community organisations such as clubs. Rather than considering the continuation of the current part-time opening, council should be seeking engagement with the community on how the facility can be opened six days a week through enhanced service and attractions. Other councils have shown how easily this can be achieved.

     

  • I would like to see expanded hours of library operation for the purpose of an increase in library services. I think Shoalhaven Council could source grant funding options for community development to include toddler/ junior after-school and senior book-clubs. Also, an increase in access to internet services for the purpose of both information and learning opportunities. The Milton library is well placed in a Council owned centre for cultural enrichment . This review is a perfect opportunity to open discussion about funding options to augment the culture of literacy and learning in Milton. Literacy is an essential requirement for the future of Milton residents. The Milton Library is more than a building or a book service> it is a cultural venue. Sorry Historical Society>find another location.

     

  • I am writing to Shoalhaven Council to express my outrage at your proposal to curtail or close the Milton Library. It would seem that in your haste to find over two million dollars in service level savings as part of the “ongoing organisational transformation” that you have forgotten that council’s overarching obligation is to the ratepayers that fund you. You seem so intent on finding “savings” that you have become distracted from your core business, which is the delivery of services particularly to the most vulnerable [school aged children, the elderly or those without transport]. Milton is the home of three schools and a large and expanding retirement centre [Sarah Claydon]. Its population is set to expand exponentially over the next 10-20 years. There is no viable public transport system or shared pathway access to Ulladulla. How are the elderly, those without transport and school aged children supposed to access Ulladulla Library. Protecting and assisting the most vulnerable of our community should be a core priority for local government. If you are looking for savings why do you not consider cutting back or privatising your enormous car fleet [since when was Council supposed to run a car fleet anyway?] or privatise your information technology support which would save you millions. Other ways of sourcing funding may be to request sponsorship from Shoalhaven Water [we all use them] or the Shoalhaven Council Tourist Parks in Lake Conjola whose visitors will use Milton as their service centre when on holidays. Shoalhaven Council has no mandate to close Milton Library as this was not taken to the last Local Government elections as a key policy of Team Gash. Many people who voted for you from Milton and surrounding areas, may have not have if they had known this was what you had planned. My advice is to keep Milton Library services as is or expand them depending on community input until the next election where you can propose this as one of your future policies. If you close this library then you must expect a vocal and loud backlash at the next election. I remind you that 3000 signatures against Milton Library closure should equal 3000 votes. I read with interest your webpage set up to examine the issues surrounding Milton Library’s future and it seems designed to reinforce the need to close the facility. Whichever Council staff member was responsible for the webpage’s development and for the internal council document listing the four options for future use should be reprimanded for obvious bias. Requesting comments while providing a very biased point of view seems illogical unless you have already made up your mind. A more fair and reasonable web page would list reasons for both expanding, keeping as is and closing Milton Library so that the rate payers can get a fair and unbiased view of the debate and make up their own mind. The webpage suggests illogically that since other small towns of similar population size to Milton do not have a bricks and mortar Library then it is only “equitable” that Milton’s library close. If this ridiculous type of thinking were used across all local, state and federal government then we would be closing libaries, schools and hospitals across the state. I state again that your role as core service providers is to improve and not erode services for your constituents, taking particular care to protect the most vulnerable in our society ie the elderly, children and those without transport. My advice is to contact the Berry Alliance [the community consultative body for Berry] and seek comment on the impact of Berry’s Library closure in 2000. For example you could ask them these evidence based questions: For example; Shoalhaven Council is implying that a mobile library service every 2 weeks is sufficient. What is your experience? What effect has the Berry Library closure had on local schools and people with transport issues in gaining access to resource material and literature.

     

  • The Milton library offers a unique and valuable service to the residents of Milton. I think the last option, to look at alternative options (in addition to library services) should be investigated. This building should be utilised as a community centre with a variety of uses.

     

  • Dear Members of the Shoalhaven Council, I wish to object, in the strongest possible terms, to the proposal to close the Milton Library. I also wish to object to the statistics used by the council to support the motion to close our library. It is hardly fair or reasonable to use statistics from a library open just a few hours each week in comparison to those open Monday to Friday from 9am til 4pm. Milton is a vibrant, concerned, involved and strong community in its own right. Its town centre serves a wide catchment and the Library, located next to the Theatre, should serve the community, not just as a library, but as a drop-in centre and meeting place for older residents and children in particular. However, the current operating hours have so diminished opportunities for its use, that many residents have been forced to travel to Ulladulla Library, or not use the library at all. Even so, the statistics indicate that there is a strong cohort of users of the Library in Milton – 20% of borrowers registered at both Ulladulla and Milton Libraries, yet Milton’s population is only 7.7% of the population of Planning Area 5. It should also be noted that the statistics are from the 2011 census. It is now 2014 and many more people – retirees, families, including ours – have moved to this attractive town. Further subdivisions are planned. With an aging population, and the doubling of the Milton Primary Schools kindergarted numbers in recent years, it is short sighted in the extreme to propose closure of the Library and the handover of the building to one organisation, excluding its use by others. It is proposed that people can access the collection electronically. This is simply not an option for many older people. And this is no substitute for children who need to physically see the range of books in order to make their selection. I urge Council to sit down with the community and work with them to find a way to (a) keep the library alive at Milton; (b) extend its hours of operation; (c) broaden its use for a range of other activities - from an information centre to a meeting centre for community groups . This may be achieved through deploying volunteers. Milton needs the Library as its community hub. As Milton expands, so will the need for accessible community space.

     

  • Open more days and have set times for children as Ulladulla is open to children at any time and there is NO wall to keep the sound of sometimes screaming kids with parents who don't control them and staff who ignore it all. Why did they spend all this money but not put in a wall? Libraries are supposed to be friggin' quiet.

     

  • The new library is dark, the shelves being dark make the books seem unattractive and at a terrible height. I find it very difficult to view 2 of the shelves, making 2/3 of the library inaccessable to me. Today I went back to Milton library and it was a joy, I spent 45 minutes there just looking at books before I chose 3, please do not take this weekly pleasure away.

     

  • The only Option for our Library is Option 1 which I VOTE for. The Milton Library is the one where the local people of Milton have an opportunity to be part of their community. The history of the Library alone is unique. The argument that we can access the Ulladulla Library is a cop-out excuse to distract from the Milton Library and its need by locals and the wider community. Not everything has to revolve around Ulladulla. The population in Ulladulla will always be greater than Milton and need larger infrastructure but that doesn't take away from the fact that Milton also needs its own infrastructure and resources. Not everyone can travel to Ulladulla and the fact that Milton Library is in walking distance from the local schools who all access the Library. Are they expected to catch a bus to Ulladulla to borrow a book when there is one available at Milton just because you think they should and want them to so you can close Their Library! Residents at Sarah Clayton can use the Milton Library who don't need to be shafted out of town to Ulladulla to access a Library. This is where a decent Council use some common sense and look at what we need not the cost to Council. You can spend money on some outrageous things but loose sight of the basic needs of the voters and their community. Its a shame we don't get to make the decisions that affect us rather than letting Councillors do it with little common sense or reality to what the people want. What next you will close Milton Hospital and build one in Ulladulla because there is a bigger population there and then just close down Milton's? please leave our Library alone what will it become if you have your way another Coffee Shop!

     

  • I strongly object to any proposal to reduce or close our wonderful Milton Library if anything Council should consider opening on more days rather than reducing services. It is an invaluable asset to the Milton community especially to us aged pensioners who value this facility highly. The library fits in well the Milton's country style heritage & it would be a BAD MOVE to alter this!

     

  • Retain the status quo and Milton Library to remain open at current operating schedule and library service provision to be reviewed in 12 months.

     

  • I support the continuation of the status quo at Milton Library with a re-evaluation in 12 months. The library provides an intimate and essential service for local residents. It provides a hub for local engagement and a much needed resource for the young families in Milton. It allows parents to walk to the library with young children and have them engage with reading, literature and the library convention - without all the other benefits this library offers this alone makes it invaluable.

     

  • I support Option 1 ; the continuation of the service. Also, If the library was opened more days, it would be used more often, as not everyone can get to Milton on Wednesdays and Fridays. I would like to see it open on Saturday morning for working people to use it.

     

  • Milton and the northern villages and properties like Conjola, Fishermans Paradise, Yatte Yattah, Little Forest Bendelong, Manyana are all residents who live a long way away from Ulladulla or Sussex Inlet. Milton is a much more classy, culturally advanced town than Ulladulla or Sussex in my opinion and a library is essential. There are many people living in the area below the poverty line, as you are aware and that is set to increase in the future. People need a Library service, free wifi somewhere within reach, as costs push people out of the digital age and the gap widens. Access is a right.

     

  • I agree with reviewing the operational hours of Milton Library - it should be open 7 days per week.People should be encouraged to visit this beautiful building and take part in organised activities there - whether it be Playgroups, Children's Reading Times or Seniors Mornings. Milton is a Village and this is the centre of it and could be better used instead of scaled down. As a long time resident of Milton I attended the Save The Milton Library Rally Saturday October 4 and I was disappointed with the apathy shown by two of the Ward 3 Councillors from Team Gash who spoke and the deceit that was apparent. Milton Library is needed by our community and it should be seriously noted that Milton is not Ulladulla - its residents are more vocal and have good memories.

     

  • The Council voted to sponsor a community consultation to review library services at Milton Library. However, the background information and terms of reference presented are written without regard for methods that would retain, promote or improve the library services to meet the needs of the community. To my mind, most of the options presented would only be discussed after a decision had been made to close the library. I strongly oppose this poorly constructed consultation, which excludes a needs analysis of library services at Milton. The library is an integral component of the community, and the service represents promotion of literacy for junior readers, and a connection to books for the Milton community and surrounds. I live in a village serviced by a mobile library, and find it useless as a library option. The mobile library is a book mobile and certainly could not be considered as a substitute for the Milton Library. It is my understanding that many people in Berry regret the loss of their library, and possibly this has been a significant error in judgement by Shoalhaven Council, which should not be repeated in Milton. Within the profoundly limited options provided, I support: Option 1> Retain the status quo and Milton Library to remain open at current operating schedule and library service provision to be reviewed in 12 months.

     

  • I support Council in its review of the necessity to retain library services at Milton in light of the refurbished and extended facility at Ulladulla. My opinion is that the historical builing in Milton could be put to better service for the community. I hope Council is encouraging the objectors in Milton to give serious consideration to alternative uses that will fill a community need.

     

  • The Milton Library is needed for young, middle and aged persons who may not have the time to get to Ulladulla or who no longer drive a car. People at Milton read and they want the convenience of a library situated nearby

     

  • As business proprietors in Milton and Districts the Directors of the Community Bank are opposed to its closure. A Library is an essential service in a community type like Milton. The monetary cost to the Council to operate the facility is far outweighed by the intangible benefits to the local community,including benefits to students , casual readers , retirees and many more. As a corporate, community citizen who ploughs all of its resources back into the community we believe it is an essential service.From a purely capitalist point of view , whether the Library makes a profit or not should not even be a consideration as to its continued existence.

     

  • The Milton library needs to be kept open at the current operating hours as a minimum ( more hours would be better) for the many elderly and young residents of the area. Many do not have transport. Southern Shoalhaven deserves decent services. A mobile service is NOT sufficient.

     

  • Please keep the Milton library open. I know how very sad I would be if Nowra library was to close. Many members of Milton library are unable to travel to Ulladulla. Thankyou.

     

  • The library is an integral part of the Milton community . I t is a beautiful building and is very conducive to study and relaxation . It is a meeting place for 'like minds' . It MUST stay open and maybe longer opening hours . Also it is very difficult for the elderly , of whom we have quite a few , to just pop in to Ulladulla especially if they do not have a car .

     

  • Both young and older people need to have a local library; please retain Milton Library. Although I live near the Nowra Library, and don't have the need for the Milton Library, I can't imagine not have a nearby library which I use often.

     

  • Please KEEP Milton Library. We have young children who enjoy a trip to the library, also the pre schools make a trip too, its wonderful to see all the young children crossing the road excited to be vising the library in the wonderful old building its situated in.In today's age of computers and parents trying to encourage young people to move away from the computer screen, we should be hanging onto these wonderful places instead of closing them. Why close something so special in a town that loves its library? You mention a mobile library, who wants to visit a van and feel rushed to choose books? A library is a place to sit down and read books in a quiet, tranquil place. Also consider all the elderly people who can walk to the library for social reasons as well as making something of their day. Thank you.

     

  • I love Milton Library. I can find the books I like much easier, the girls are very friendly and the building is just lovely. It gives you a peaceful feeling where as at Ulladulla there seems to be children being a bit noisy and just too much going on in the building. I want to see Milton retained as a Library even if it is only for the same hours as now.

     

  • the library needs to stay open it offers a great place for people to meet and also a place for people to study. If it goes it is just another part of the town closing what will it be next. the more council shuts he more the town shuts. keep it open

     

  • I urge you to keep Milton Library open. It serves the people of Milton plus other areas and, in many cases, the thought of driving that much further to Ulladulla is too much of a burden and we would tend not to do so.

     

  • I would like to see the Milton library to retain its status quo and remain open at current operating schedule and the library service provision to be indefinite.

     

  • It is vital that services are provided in small rural/regional communities. The issue of access is paramount regarding the Milton library. Although the library may be only 7km away from the Civic Centre in Ulladulla, the public transport links are insufficient to provide ready and regular access. For an area in which many people cannot afford to run a car or cannot afford to have internet access at home, local access to a local library is VITAL for health, wellbeing, study and the kind of personal/social development that provides individual community members with opportunities to significantly contribute to a functioning and thriving community which is able to contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. It is also vital to consider the role that heritage buildings and services play in the tourist economy. A monthly mobile library service is no substitute for a library service within a heritage building which is part of the core fabric and infrastructure of a community. The Milton library is an integral part of the heritage fabric of the community which has huge appeal for visitors and tourists as well as the proud local community. These socially and economically valuable characteristics of our local library are known and valued by the community members and need to be protected and PROMOTED by council, not removed.

     

  • It is only very selfish people that want the Milton Library to remain open. Reading the attached figures it's obvious the beautiful heritage building could be much better used by either a commercial or not-for-profit community use. The local history society has a brilliant collection of local heritage items gathering dust unseen. The continued development of electronic media platforms will only see the future use of the library diminish. There would be very few Milton residents who don't visit Ulladulla at least once a fortnight where they could fulfil their need for a physical library. I'm sure the Council are on the right path and can see that rate payers (like me) monies could be better utilised. To repeat a recent public quote, "The age of entitlement is over...". Maybe some in Milton don't believe it is.

     

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