A special Rotary dinner was held at the Crown Hotel to gift the completed Kings Beach viewing deck to the City of Victor Harbor.
Special guests including Federal Member for Mayo Rebekha Sharkie and Member for Finniss David Basham watched as Mayor Moira Jenkins accepted the gift on behalf of council.
The City of Victor Harbor collaborated closely with Rotary Victor Harbor to make this facility a proud addition to the tourist trail around Victor Harbor.
In 2019, members of Rotary Victor Harbor put forward an idea for the development of a facility at the end of Kings Beach Road that would enable locals and visitors to enjoy the amazing panoramic view across to West Island and around the bay.
An application for a Commonwealth Building Better Regions grant to assist with the cost was successful. Money raised through the year by Rotary Victor Harbor funded half the cost of the project, which was $35,000 and $35,000 from the Federal Government.
Completed in April 2020, the deck has been well used by tourists and locals over the past nine months, as it is a perfect spot for a picnic, to whale watch during the season and as a resting spot for those walking along the Southern Ocean Heysen Trail.
The Rotary team wanted to make sure the viewing deck blended into the local environment. Rotary project leader Mal Menadue said the building material used was recycled wood and plastic pellets made from discarded milk containers.
"Up to 13,000kg of recycled plastic went into the material for the decking," Mal said.
"Local contractors were used where possible to ensure money raised within Victor Harbor stayed in the town. Only the special recycled material was purchased outside the region and that came from Adelaide. It is projects such as this that make you proud to be a member of Rotary. "
The Kings Beach area is acknowledged as a special place and assistance from the local Aboriginal language group resulted in the viewing deck being named Nakumari Kondoli (whale lookout).
Signage on the deck provides visitors with information about the Aboriginal history of the area, including the fish traps that can still be seen at low tide, the history of West Island and the whales that visit.
Local volunteer groups such as Victor Coastcare provided hundreds of hours of work at the site to support the build, to revegetate the surrounds with native plants and to help make Nakumari Kondoli a site that walkers along the coast trail will enjoy as a resting place along their journey.
Ms Sharkie said the lookout would aid tourism and gave access to people living with a disability. "It is a view for everyone," she said.
Dr Jenkins said the Rotary Club should be proud of making the community the best it could be. "The lookout is an incredibly generous gift from Rotary. The views are majestic and has a great connection with the Heysen Trail," Dr Jenkins said.
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