Geraldton’s yellow submarine set to get a new home

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The yellow submarine was paraded through Geraldton’s Marine Terrace during the recent Sunshine Festival.
Camera IconThe yellow submarine was paraded through Geraldton’s Marine Terrace during the recent Sunshine Festival. Credit: Adam Poulsen

Efforts are under way to restore Geraldton’s much-loved yellow submarine and have it displayed as a northern entry statement to the city.

The Rotary Club of Batavia Coast has taken on the project, with members hoping to raise $40,000 to cover the cost.

The submarine was for many years a familiar landmark on the Geraldton foreshore, until it was removed to make way for the construction of the multipurpose centre and kept in storage.

Rotary Club of Batavia Coast president Sue Svensson said after years of neglect it was now in a sorry state.

“It’s such an iconic expression of Geraldton that we thought it was very sad to lose it,” she said.

“The idea is that we will take it back to its original, pristine glory.”

Mrs Svensson said the club planned to complete the project by late June next year.

It will then find a new home next to the 440 Roadhouse, about 13km north of Geraldton on North West Coastal Highway.

“Hopefully it will freshen up our signage and make a statement at the start of the city,” Ms Svennson said.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the city supported the initiative, having gifted the submarine to the Rotary club.

“Everyone loves and has extremely fond memories of the yellow submarine and I know how passionate our community is about it,” he said.

“It’s great that this old relic will continue to give back to the community by helping to raise funds for a local club, something that couldn’t happen if it was placed back on the foreshore.

“It will also provide a great tourism photo opportunity that will be unique to Geraldton.”

The submarine was built in Dongara in the early 1970s, reportedly in a failed bid to catch cray-fish.

The Rotary Club of Batavia Coast will hold a Dead Reds fundraiser for the project at the Gerald Apartment Hotel tonight.

“We invite people to bring a bottle of red wine that’s over 10 years old, and then we have a judging panel, and the worst bottle wins the prize,” Ms Svensson said.

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