RACQ invests in Bundaberg landmark

RACQ has donated funds to the redevelopment of a famous Bundaberg site, in a move that echoes the Club’s history in the region.

The Hummock was bought by RACQ back in 1930 with the purpose of turning the hill into a landmark, complete with a public lookout. The President of RACQ’s Bundaberg branch D.S.M Finmore declared at the time that it was a long-term desire of the Club to transform the Hummock:

“For some time the Club had their eyes on this property, realising what a wonderful asset it would be to the district if this hill could be purchased and the summit secured,” Mr Finemore said.

A commemorative plaque at The Hummock lookout showing RACQ’s donation of the site to the people of Bundaberg

On 8 October 1930 the Club purchased the land and began constructing a road to the top of the hill. Multiple working bees were arranged where RACQ members cleared the area, put up fences, planted trees and carted water. Less than one year later, the road and lookout were complete.

A newspaper article published at the time of The Hummock’s official opening states: “The Club felt that in providing this lookout it had done a ‘community service’,” offering a vantage point over Bundaberg’s “beauty spots and seaside resorts” as well as “the vast acreage” of land being cultivated for the sugar industry.

A newspaper article from 1931 reporting on RACQ’s official opening of The Hummock. Pic: RACQ Archives

The Club sold the land back to council in the 1960s. Now, RACQ has answered calls for funding for redevelopment of the site. While the carpark was improved last year, there are further plans for the area.

“The Club’s transformation of The Hummock is an important part of our history, and just like former RACQ representatives, we want to ensure it remains a beautiful focal point for Bundaberg residents,” RACQ spokesperson David Contarini said.

“Whether it’s testing out new wheels, showing visitors the panoramic view or watching the sun go down with family, Bundy residents all seem to have a story to tell about The Hummock.”

Mr Contarini said it was expected the money RACQ donated to The Hummock’s redevelopment would be used for new vegetation.

“In the 1930s the Club paid for palm trees to be planted, lining the road to the summit. The fact that our recent donation will be used for a similar thing is a lovely hark back to that time.”

Hummock Rd in the 1960s

Mr Contarini said it was expected the money RACQ donated to The Hummock’s redevelopment would be used for new vegetation.

“In the 1930s the Club paid for palm trees to be planted, lining the road to the summit. The fact that our recent donation will be used for a similar thing is a lovely hark back to that time.”