50th Anniversary of Rotary International (Mount Keira Summit Park)Print Page
In 1955 the Rotary Club of Wollongong, with the active support of local government and businesses, constructed the summit lookout. In 2005, the Summit Park refurbishment provided an opening up of magnificent vistas of the coastal plain from Kiama to Sydney, and is managed as an annex of the Wollongong Botanic Garden. It contains 9.4 hectares of land and it is a major tourist destination, many visitors to Wollongong climbing the Ken Ausburn Track.
Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, or political preference.
The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, at Harris' friend Gustave E. Loehr's office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905.
|Address:||Queen Elizabeth Drive, Mount Keira Summit Lookout, Mount Keira , 2500|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.40249|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1905|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1955|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1955|
THIS PARKLAND WAS DONATED PARTLY BY
E.VICKERY & SONS LIMITED
IN 1925 AND PARTLY BY
AUSTRALIAN IRON & STEEL LIMITED
THE CONSTRUCTION OF
QUEEN ELIZABETH DRIVE AND DEVELOPMENT OF
THE PARK WAS UNDERTAKEN BY
THE WOLLONGONG ROTARY CLUB
TO COMMEMORATE THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF
ROTARY INTERNATIONAL IN 1954 ~ 1955.
THE PROJECT WAS ONLY MADE POSSIBLE BY
THE VOLUNTARY EFFORTS OF MANY ORGANISATIONS
WHO GENEROUSLY PROVIDED FINANCE, EQUIPMENT AND LABOUR.
THE PARK IS AN EXAMPLE OF TRUE COMMUNITY SERVICE.