President Kevin Carter and committee member Irene Worth with the nine tonne Alunite Boulder awaiting transport to Canberra. mn-ncrock-13 President Kevin Carter and committee member Irene Worth with the nine tonne Alunite Boulder awaiting transport to Canberra. CONTRIBUTED.
A NINE tonne alunite boulder removed from the base of Bulahdelah Mountain during the bypass construction has been accepted into the National Rock Garden.
President of the Bulahdelah Historical Society Kevin Carter said the rock played an important role in explaining the industrial history of alunite mining on the mountain.
“Bulahdelah Mountain is quite unique in that it is the largest outcrop of Alunite in Australia . . . as well as being the second largest in the world,” Mr Carter said.
The National Rock Garden is a six hectare site in Canberra developed by the Geological Society of Australia.
The landscaped site features 100 diverse rocks from throughout Australia, including iron ore from the Pilbara and granite from Moruya used for the Sydney harbour Bridge pillions.
Mr Carter said having this story and boulder feature in the National Rock Garden would be a boost to the town post-bypass.
“It should attract interested people who see or hear about Bulahdelah Mountain via the Canberra site to visit and possibly stay in out great little town,” he said.
Transport is still required to Canberra so the Society is looking for a freight company to assist with its delivery.
Anyone who can help should contact the society via president Kevin Carter on 4997 4741.
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