One of the region’s most loved venues, the Burdekin Library Ayr, celebrated its 30th birthday this week.
Burdekin Shire Council Library Manager John Scott said the main library at Ayr was opened on March 31, 1984.
“Ayr was officially opened by the then Shire Chairman Cr John Trace and the Home Hill Branch Library was opened a week later on April 7 by Cr Jack Hinkson, who was the longest serving councillor at the time,” he said.
“The Burdekin Library Ayr has two remarkably unique pieces of art – the renowned Mirka Mora Mural ‘The Painting of Life’ and a beautiful stained glass window by Gary Burgess.
“At the time Gary Burgess described his artwork as a series of stained glass panels which give the impression of water flowing, falling and finally coming to a momentary rest in a quiet pool.
“We are very fortunate to have such a fabulous facility to service the Burdekin community.”
Mr Scott said much had changed in libraries over the past 30 years.
“What has not changed is a passion by library staff present and past to serve their community through innovative programs creating a sense of enjoyment for residents visiting both libraries, and I thank them for their dedication,” he said.