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Granite a chip off the block for community projects

11/06/2018 / by admin

GRANITE IDEA: Karin Geiselhart wants to use Moruya granite to promote the region.
Nanjing Night Net

Moruya gave Sydney landmarks a beautiful gift – its stunning granite was used in major buildings and on the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons.

With Australia’s most iconic bridge celebrating its 80th birthday in March, an enterprising Moruya Heads resident has been busy on a new project to sell small blocks of our famous granite to tourists.

Karin Geiselhart spoke about her plan at a Moruya Chamber of Commerce meeting to gauge interest.

Speaking later, Ms Geiselhart said she wanted a collaborative partnership with the Chamber on the project although it was still at an experimental “product pilot stage”.

“My idea is to produce granite souvenirs and use the money for community projects,” she said.

“I am particularly interested in first finishing off the shared bicycle pathway at South Head. I do some cycling and it would be a lot safer for children.”

Ms Geiselhart has received strong interest in early discussions with the owner of the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb shop, who is keen to sell the granite souvenirs because of their significance.

Ms Geiselhart said the project had also received support from the Moruya granite committee.

Her first idea was to carve the granite into small replicas of the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

However, it was hard to cut and Ms Geiselhart decided that at this early developmental stage it was beyond the scope of the small project and she would keep it

simple.

The souvenir packaging of the Moruya granite, or its shop display stand, would likely include photos of the area to show its natural beauty and hopefully lure more people to the South Coast.

If the idea takes off, the budding entrepreneur, wants Eurobodalla giftshops to stock the items.

More than 170,000 blocks of Moruya granite were used for the harbour bridge.

Blocks were used for the base of the Cenotaph in Sydney’s Martin Place, the base of the Captain Cook statue in Hyde Park, and the pillars outside Sydney GPO.

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