Flashback to 1970: Port Macquarie Municipal Council asks Hastings Shire Council to share cost to re-open Lake Cathie to restore its popularity

Hats on: Pupils at the Port Macquarie Infant School parade their hats as the percussion band plays.
Hats on: Pupils at the Port Macquarie Infant School parade their hats as the percussion band plays.

Port Macquarie Municipal Council, on Tuesday night, decided to request Hastings Shire council to reopen Lake Cathie to the sea, the cost to be equally shared by the two councils.

Ald Hatsatouris, whose notice of motion brought the proposal forward for discussion, said that because the lake had been closed off from the sea for so long it was not the popular picnic spot it once was.

He said recently many families, coming out in cars, had taken one look at the lake and gone back. Alderman Hatsatouris said ratepayers were constantly contacting him seeking opening of the lake due to the very unpleasant smell and the bad appearance of the lake.

He moved that steps be taken through the Hastings Shire Council and the Minister for Local Government to affect the opening of Lake Cathie prior to the Christmas holiday period.

Ald Hatsatouris said it would not cost either council anything as residents and fishermen were prepared to contribute the cost.

Ald Thurling said the level of the lake was high on Saturday morning when he was there. As there was an opportunity of the lake being opened without cost to Council he was in favour of "having a punt" on a successful opening.

Good turn out: Dal Burke with West Port Bowling Club life member George Bale at the Riverview Bowls Carnival, 1970.

Good turn out: Dal Burke with West Port Bowling Club life member George Bale at the Riverview Bowls Carnival, 1970.

Riverview Bowls Carnival

The North Haven Bowling Club's 1970 Twelfth Annual Riverview Bowls Carnival was officially opened by Jack Eggert, the president of the Lower North Coast Bowling Association last Saturday.

A large crowd was in attendance with 112 bowlers present from across the state. The carnival continues until Sunday.

I made that: A variety of hats paraded by students at Port Macquarie Infant School, 1970.

I made that: A variety of hats paraded by students at Port Macquarie Infant School, 1970.

Infant school Hat Parade

At last week's infant school mothers' club cake stall, the children, under the guidance of the teachers, put on a Hat Parade. The children gave a very bright display to a large number of parents who attended. The morning opened with a couple of numbers from the percussion band before the hats were paraded.

Anniversary of Armistice

The 52nd anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended the fighting in World War I was observed in Port Macquarie yesterday, at 11am, at a simple ceremony at the war memorial on the river front park.

Forty returned ex-servicemen paraded for the occasion. The ceremony was conducted by RSL Club secretary manager, Mr H.C. Butler.

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