Little Free Library at Belmont lookout

The Little Free Library was painted by Ken Farmer and created by Belmont Men’s Shed. Picture: Emily Doherty.
The Little Free Library was painted by Ken Farmer and created by Belmont Men’s Shed. Picture: Emily Doherty.

READING with a view of the Swan River was made easier with a little library designed to celebrate the Aboriginal connection to its Rivervale location.

The newest addition of the Little Free Libraries for people to exchange books in the City of Belmont is at the Bilya Kard Boodja lookout.

Rivervale artist Ken Farmer said it took about two and a half months to finish painting the library, which included details of animals and their footprints.

“My artwork was the story about being close to the Swan river and what the Indigenous people believe in,” he said.

“The Aboriginal people also believe bobtails made the path for the Aboriginal people to walk.”

Local representatives attended the opening of the Little Free Library last week, including City of Belmont Councillor Robert Rossi and Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe.

Mr Farmer said there was a good turnout at the opening to unveil this collaboration with community members and Belmont Men’s Shed.

“I went back there a second time and I was blown away by it,” he said.

“Not because it’s mine but because of the location of the lookout, the view and you can just take a book and sit.

“This is what it’s about, it doesn’t matter what colour or what breed, it’s about uniting as one.”