Mayor says no library jobs at risk

ALLEGATIONS of misinformation about the security of library jobs have continued as a petition drive against the City Hub grows.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the council received reports of anti-hub campaigners urging shoppers and library visitors to sign the petition to help save library staff jobs when none were under threat.

"While I respect people's right to express their views, it's important that everyone is aware of the facts about the hub project and forms an opinion based on correct information," she said.

Stop the Hub convener Diane Quinlin said the claims were not made by anyone she was aware of.

The group's petition does not mention library staff.

"Why would we say that when they are doubling the area of the libraries and increasing the number of libraries from four to five?" Ms Quinlin said.

"We think there are going to be more jobs - our concern is the central library [to be built as part of the City Hub] is not in a good location and we don't think we need another council chamber."

She said the council was using "diversionary tactics".

"I think [the council is] trying to to spread misinformation - they're criticising the messenger, not the message," she said.

"They need to be more specific, really, in saying anything about people."

The Stop the Hub petition has collected more than 6000 signatures.

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