Flashback: Port Macquarie airport terminal to get upgrade but Oxley Beach not to be developed

Times have changed: Overlooking Oxley Beach and Windmill Hill, circa 1960s. Photo: supplied
Times have changed: Overlooking Oxley Beach and Windmill Hill, circa 1960s. Photo: supplied

Oxley Beach favourite

A Lithgow woman has written to say how pleased she is Oxley Beach is not to be "developed". Miss Margaret Klam, wrote to the mayor, and said how pleased she was to read in the Sydney Morning Herald of July 14, of council's decision not to develop the beach.

She wrote in these terms: "I enclose a photograph which undoubtedly poor, but it is my favourite among the many taken in your lovely district, because it represents for me the last wonderful day of a wonderful holiday In Port Macquarie. I spent the whole day quietly at Oxley and in the Flagstaff area. I think the only people I saw were a man and his dog - the man looking for beachstones and quite rightly, resentful at an intruder in his peaceful world - he left behind him his footprints in the sand, to be washed out by wind and water...."

In the beginning: Opening of Port Macquarie aerodrome terminal, 1963.

In the beginning: Opening of Port Macquarie aerodrome terminal, 1963.

Plans for terminal

Oxley County Council's engineer has submitted a plan of the general layout of proposed alterations at the aerodrome terminal building, and council has authorised the consulting engineer to draw up plans and specifications set out in his layout plan in order that tenders may called for this work.

The access road ramp will be widened to accommodate increased traffic. The present width is considered to be too narrow for safety. Construction of the cross strip for light aircraft was also considered.

Fundraiser: Diana Devrey with the Joy Boys Band at the Apex Club's Swing In, 1970.

Fundraiser: Diana Devrey with the Joy Boys Band at the Apex Club's Swing In, 1970.

Apex Club aid

In the year ending June 30, Port Macquarie Apex Club members worked 1865 hours in community service.

This was revealed in the annual report of the club's retiring service director, Ron Badger, at the club's change-over night on Friday.

The report stated in part: "The 70 Swing In was our biggest scheme, and we have all heard much about this and its outcome. We have gained a reasonable amount of money, a large amount of good will in the town and a tremendous amount of experience in staging such a show. The cost was 796 service hours spent in West Port Park plus the many unaccounted hours of the organising committee for months prior to the night.

"Operation Respiration, our door- knock in February, was a great success and any misgivings held were soon quelled by the generosity and willingness to help by the general public. A mere 133 hours realised some $1000 in two consecutive Sunday mornings.

All in all this has been a very active year for many of the club members and a very large number of hours have been put in by committees preparing our big schemes which are not included in the total figure".

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