Flashback: Lake Innes should be conserved as a saltwater lake and safe breeding ground for prawns and fish

Open it: Popular with tourists and locals, Lake Cathie, is again the topic of conversation regarding its opening to the ocean and the impact of tourism and fish population. c 1969
Open it: Popular with tourists and locals, Lake Cathie, is again the topic of conversation regarding its opening to the ocean and the impact of tourism and fish population. c 1969

Hotels to be auctioned

The Macquarie Hotel and the Royal Hotel will be sold separately Bryant Investments Pty. Ltd., who have owned the motels for the past nine years, have offered them for sale by auction in Sydney on April 7.

The Macquarie Hotel comprises several bars, games room, cabaret lounge, cellar and cool rooms, dining room, kitchen quarters and laundry.

On the first floor there are 27 bedrooms. The Royal has four bars, a dining room and other facilities.

Its motel block, overlooking the harbour, has 21 units in its three floors. There are also 17 motel-type suites on the first floor.

Hotel Macquarie, 1960s. Photos supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

Hotel Macquarie, 1960s. Photos supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

Lake Cathie - stagnant, smelly

The need to have clear, fresh salt water in Lake Cathie, especially at holiday time, is again referred to in a letter to the editor.

Sir, there has been very little said in regards to the opening of Lake Cathie in recent weeks. This does not mean that this problem should not be resolved as soon as possible, or that the fishermen have no opinion in this regard.

I am giving my own opinions below on this matter but feel that I have the support of all the professional fishermen in this district, as well as most ratepayers and tourists.

Last summer Lake Cathie was stagnant, smelly and unfit for swimming or fishing.

There were many complaints by regular visitors and two flat owners that I know have had their bookings cancelled for next year because of this.

Lake Innes is the breeding ground for many different species of fish and also school prawns. It has never been so thickly populated as at present. These will die as the lake becomes increasingly fresh.

Are the conservationists only concerned with what they can see above the water? Surely the life which exists below the water in a natural salt lake must have its right to be conserved!

I have been told that Lake Innes has been naturally open to the sea for many years at different times. Why can't Lake Innes be left in its natural state as a salt water lake, and be made a sanctuary as such?

Royal Hotel, 1960s.

Royal Hotel, 1960s.

Fishermen are very happy for it to be made a sanctuary but strongly oppose the closing of the lake to the sea. The Fisheries Department has inspected Lake Innes and are very concerned that this prolific nursery for fish and other seafood is doomed if prevented from being given access to the sea.

On a more mundane level, I would have thought that the Port Macquarie Council would be very concerned about this detriment to the tourist industry, which was growing rapidly in this area.

Yours faithfully, W. BISHOP, Port Macquarie

Bi-Centenary tourist road

Work has begun on Hastings Shire Council's Captain Cook Bi-Centenary Celebrations project.

The project is to build a road to the top of North Brother Mountain.

Council is confident that work can be sufficiently advanced to allow cars to proceed to the summit by April 29, the day of the public holiday to mark the bicentenary.

The Forestry Commission has said it will contribute $15,000 towards the project which is estimated to cost $34,000.

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