"Phoenix-Spirit of Recovery"Print Page
The Phoenix monument in Paul Keating Park was created by artist / sculptor Alan Somerville and took approximately 3 months . It represents rebuilding from the fire of July 1st 1997 and is a symbol of prosperity for the entire Bankstown area. Symbolising rising from the ashes and the rebirth of spirit. Bankstown's motto throughout the recovery effort was "Operation Phoenix - Spirit of Recovery'. The monument includes an historic plaque that tells the story of the devastating fire and recovery for future generations. In a gesture of friendship, Bankstown Council received funds towards the statue from its Sister City, Suita in Japan.
|Address:||The Mall , Paul Keating Park, Bankstown, 2200|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -33.915909|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||01-July-1997|
|Actual Event End Date:||01-July-1997|
|Monument Designer:||Alan Somerville|
"Phoenix - Spirit of Recovery"
This monument symbolises the remarkable effort made by
Bankstown Council staff, residents and friends of the
City of Bankstown to recover after fire destroyed
Councils Administration building on July 1st 1997.
The Phoenix bird represents prosperity, rebirth and growth from
the ashes. According to legend the Phoenix lived more than
500 years, when it felt death approaching, would set itself on fire.
After 3 days a new Phoenix would emerge from the ashes.
Operation "Phoenix - Spirit of Recovery" was the project name adopted by
Council to capture the determination of all involved to overcome
the fire and restore vital services. Despite difficult circumstances within
24 hours, staff were working from demountable offices in the car park
and phone lines were connected.
The effort to rebuild was immense.
Throughout, Council never lost the "Spirit of Recovery"
Bankstown's Sister City "Suita" in Japan was quick to show
support with a donation that went towards this sculpture.
This monument acknowledges the spirit, dedication and
support of all Council staff, the Bankstown community and
our Sister City "Suita" in Japan.