Column: We’ve listened to our community

Great effort: Mayor Peta Pinson said the whale removal was the best outcome for the community.
Great effort: Mayor Peta Pinson said the whale removal was the best outcome for the community.

Great appreciation goes out to all who have worked towards the task of removing the deceased whale from Nobbys Beach and gratitude is extended to Port Macquarie MP Leslie Williams for her assistance in sourcing funding for the unpleasant task.

The community, Council and the State Government have demonstrated what is possible when working together.

Gastronomic Motorcycle Tour

Last week celebrity Chef Matt Golinski embarked on a three day Gastronomic Motorcycle Tour of our region, visiting a number of local producers and farm gates along the way.

Matt was in town to capture footage to be used in the promotion of Tastings on Hastings this year, and to showcase Wauchope’s Motorcycle Friendly Town initiative.

From shucking oysters, picking blueberries and avocados, lunching with locals and even showing off his musical talents on a locally crafted guitar, Matt’s tour certainly portrayed our region’s food, beverage and scenic wonderland in an outstanding fashion.

A big thanks to Matt, Mud N’ Tar Motorcycles in Wauchope for loaning Matt a motorcycle to use over the three days and to all of the fantastic local producers that participated in this great initiative to promote our region’s thriving food culture. Keep an eye out for a video of Matt’s ride on Facebook in the coming weeks at

Vote for your ‘Favourite Foodie’

If you have a local café, restaurant or craft brewery that you simply adore, then now’s the time to show them a little foodie love by casting your vote in the Port Macquarie-Hastings ‘Favourite Foodie’ awards.

More than 600 votes have poured in so far for the 85 local businesses who are nominated in the inaugural awards, with winners to be announced at Tastings on Hastings between October 27-29. 

Visit to cast your vote