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Community collaboration project officially open for trading

A new street library has come to fruition at Guyra’s popular camping grounds, Mother of Ducks Lagoon, thanks to a community collaboration project between Armidale Regional Libraries and Guyra Men’s Shed Inc.

Funded by Guyra Men’s Shed, the street library offers a free book exchange service focused on sharing the joy of reading and building community.

Armidale Regional Council Deputy Mayor Todd Redwood said Mother of Ducks Lagoon camping grounds was identified as an ideal space for the street library, attracting book lovers in both the local community and travellers from afar.

“People will now be a little richer in reading content with the street library easily accessible to enjoy a book or magazine during their stay, or give a book for others to read in the street library network,” said Cr Redwood.

Guyra Men’s Shed members John Jackson, Peter King, Peter Brazier, David Mackay and Ronald Levan all contributed in the design, construction and installation of the street library.

“We jumped at the opportunity to build the street library and came up with several designs before deciding on the final one, which now sits at Mother of Ducks Lagoon,” said Mr Jackson.

“It’s now readily available and full of books and we’ve already seen an incredible response from both travellers and members of the community utilising the facility, what a great thing for our town.”

Armidale Regional Council would like to acknowledge the contributions of Guyra Men’s Shed member Mr Ronald Levan who had partaken in the design and construction of the street library prior to his passing.


Pictured L-R: Peter Brazier, David Mackay, Narelle Levan (wife of Ronald), Armidale Regional Council Deputy Mayor Todd Redwood, John Jackson, Armidale Regional Council staff members Wendy Warner and Aimee Hutton, and Peter King. 

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