History preserved and restored in Herons Creek: PHOTOS

MONTHS of TLC and rejuvenation work at Herons Creek Cemetery culminated in the historic site's centennial celebrations last weekend.

"The cemetery is not just a burial site, it's an important historic landmark and popular tourist attraction, which tells the story of our area's pioneers and earliest settlers," Port Macquarie-Hastings mayor Peter Besseling said.

"Thanks to Martin Parish and the dedicated volunteers associated with Herons Creek Chapel and Herons Creek Heritage and Tourist Trails, the area is looking fantastic.

"On behalf of the local community, I thank you for the many hours of hard work poured into this project.

"I believe there's even a 'bucket list' of improvements to ensure future generations can continue to enjoy and appreciate the site's significance."

Some of the items on the 'bucket list' include glazed bricks to mark unnamed graves, heritage listing, a visual memorial of the historic Turpentine Railway Line and memorial art sculpture with honour board for local servicemen and women.

With the theme 'Making peace with our forebears', last Saturday's celebrations included morning tea, an official ceremony, guided tours of the cemetery and a barbecue lunch. A new picnic shelter was also opened as a gift from members of Herons Creek Chapel.