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A third generation family business operating one of Australia’s top tourist attractions has launched a philanthropic campaign to give back to the community and preserve its environment. Clare Joyce reports.

First published 11 December, 2017

As a child, Scenic World Managing Director Anthea Hammon would visit her grandparents in the picturesque village of Leura in the Blue Mountains 100km west of Sydney. She loved to play among the cherry trees. shaking branches so cherry blossoms would rain down on her head.

This drew a sharp reaction from her grandmother. “Don’t ruin the garden,” she would admonish her young granddaughter, her thoughts with the people who good money to visit every spring during the Leura Gardens Festival. That money was for the Blue Mountains Hospital and the old Greystanes' Home for Children.

“We grew up watching Grandma and Grandpa give back to community their whole lives," says Anthea “It was a really lovely influence.”

A family adventure

The funds for the family's philanthropy came from Scenic World. The family business, perched on a cliff above the Jamison Valley in Katoomba, was established in 1945 on the site…
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