Tourists and locals will notice a new look at Streeton Lookout thanks to some great collaboration between the Rotary Club of Windsor and Hawkesbury City Council in upgrading the landscaping of this special place.
Streeton Lookout at Terrace Road, Freemans Reach is frequented by visitors and locals alike who stop to take in the beautiful views across the Hawkesbury River and Richmond lowlands, the same views that encouraged artist Sir Arthur Streeton to paint ‘The Purple Noon’s Transparent Might’ in 1896, which records his interpretation of the view from the lookout. This painting is now part of the Art Gallery of Victoria Collection but it has been represented on the upgraded sign at the site.
Sir Arthur commented in his memoirs his sense of discovering ‘the great hidden poetry’ of the Australian landscape in the ‘glory of river and plain spread before me’.
The Mayor of Hawkesbury, Councillor Kim Ford, joined Rotarians and Hawkesbury MP Dominic Perrottet at Streeton Lookout on Monday, 27 June 2016 to see the upgraded lookout, and recognise the input of the Rotarians who worked on the project.
Hawkesbury City Council is proud to be working with the Rotary Club of Windsor on their various projects for the Hawkesbury, according to Mayor Ford.
“It’s great to revisit Streeton Lookout and see it updated so well, thanks to the hard work of our local Rotarians,” Mayor Ford said.
When the Rotary Club of Windsor decided to take up the restoration of Streeton Lookout as a project, Council took it on board to support the Club’s dedication.
As a result, Council upgraded the area with the installation of the concrete pathways to replace the paths that were deteriorating, carried out repairs to other granite pathways, and provided a new bin enclosure and signage upgrades.
“Council was also happy to install a new water tap and supply plants from Hawkesbury Community Nursery to landscape the area, with Rotarian Mal Roughley and others lending a big hand by planting, watering and spreading mulch on the new plants,” Mayor Ford said.
“Seeing the upgrade of this lookout today, it is a great example of our community partnership with Windsor Rotary and a great example of their commitment to our region. Council will continue to work with the Rotary Club to carry out further development to the site,” Mayor Ford added.
“Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Windsor, now also celebrating their 60 th anniversary.” Rotary Club of Windsor President, Terry Munsey, said Rotary would continue to make local areas better for tourism, in collaboration with Council.
“Windsor Rotary continues to have an excellent relationship with Council and this will be only one of many projects that we will do in future with Council,” Mr Munsey said.