Bargara Rotary Club president Ross Fisher, Cr Tony Ricciardi and Rotary Club secretary Rod Medew celebrate Q150 with the unveiling of one of nine coastal plaques.
Bargara Rotary Club president Ross Fisher, Cr Tony Ricciardi and Rotary Club secretary Rod Medew celebrate Q150 with the unveiling of one of nine coastal plaques. Max Fleet

Coastal plaques bring history

A PROJECT to install plaques around the Bundaberg coastline may have taken a few years to reach fruition, but Rotary Club of Bargara secretary Rod Medew hopes its benefit will live on for future generations.

The nine plaques hold historical information about sites including Burnett Heads, Nielson Park, The Basin, The Hummock, and Moore Park Beach, marking the places where significant events have occurred.

“Not many people knew that Kanakas built The Basin, but now historical information like that is built into the plaques for a new generation of residents and visitors,” Mr Medew said.

The project, which was officially opened on Saturday by Bundaberg Regional Councillor Tony Ricciardi, was funded by an $8500 Q150 grant from the Queensland Government.

“These plaques are a wonderful way to bring our history alive — not only for residents — but for the many tourists who visit,” Cr Ricciardi said.

“They will be a wonderful reminder of our past for generations to come, and I congratulate everyone involved.”

Members of the Rotary Club of Bargara worked tirelessly on the project, with advice from Len Lemura from the Rotary Club of Bundaberg East, Bundaberg Regional Council staff, and Sue Gammon from Bundaberg Library Service, who did historical research.



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