Shellharbour Rotary Club wins international award in 50th year

Construction of a commemorative garden to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rotary Club of Shellharbour has earned it an international award.

Upgrades to the park and construction of the new garden to commemorate the club’s service to the community have been recognised with a Rotary International Significant Achievement Award. 

A commemorative plaque will be unveiled onsite at Rotary Park at Albion Park, in front of Albion Park Railway Station, on Monday 17 July at 10.30am.

The park was established in 1972. Preparation for the project took more than a year of planning, including approvals from local government agencies, with restrictions around the rail station requiring the work to be completed quickly.

Club members had their work cut out for them, with the 450 square metre garden requiring installation of 180 keystone concrete blocks and caps, erection of treated wooden sleepers, moving and inserting 90 tonnes of garden soil and 50 tonnes of mulch, and planting 110 Australian native plants.

Immediate past president Robert Beveridge said the club was proud of the club’s achievements, especially the Rotary International Significant Achievement Award.

“The club has served the community for 50 years and this new garden will be a long and ongoing reminder of the great history and service of Rotary and our club, in particular,” Mr Beveridge said.

Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba said the garden would not only enhance the natural beauty of the railway station but would make the community and rail commuters proud.

“The work these club members have undertaken is remarkable. It’s truly a huge effort and I congratulate them on receiving this award, and on the club reaching its 50th anniversary milestone,” Cr Saliba said.

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