Flashback 1971: Council makes a stand on harbour works

Fishing from the Port Macquarie breakwall, at the entrance to Hastings River, 1971.
Fishing from the Port Macquarie breakwall, at the entrance to Hastings River, 1971.

The municipal council took a firm stand when it resolved to send a telegram to its parliamentary representative, requesting an appointment with the Premier to discuss Port Macquarie's harbour works.

Decision to send the telegram to Mr Bruce Cowan arose out of a letter Mr Davis Hughes, Minister for Public Works, had forwarded to Mr Cowan.

The Minister for Public Works has now said that it is difficult to justify expenditure on the work solely on the basis of benefit to the fishing industry.

Port Macquarie, however, not so many years ago, had quite a sizeable outside fishing fleet, and many of the boats fishing out of other ports would still be operating from Port Macquarie but for continued difficulties in negotiating the bar.

Ald Westerweller expressed surprise at the delay in arranging an interview with the Premier and moved for a telegram to be sent to the Member for Oxley. It was a unanimous decision of council.

Cemetery too close

Port Macquarie Municipal Council reaffirmed its decision to establish a lawn cemetery in the municipality, but at the moment does not favour any extension of the existing cemetery.

The town clerk, Mr W.G. Alcock, who presented a report on the Lawn Cemetery proposal, said within two years the council would need to acquire additional land for interments.

Ald Westweller said he considered the present cemetery too close to town. It was a not a good thing that good class homes should have an outlook over a cemetery.

He said like a lot of other towns, Port Macquarie had extended right out to the cemetery and would soon engulf it. It is time, he said, we looked for another area much further out.

Port Macquaries picturesque Flagstaff photographed from Oxley Beach, 1971.

Port Macquaries picturesque Flagstaff photographed from Oxley Beach, 1971.

Pioneer Week abandoned

The president of the Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce at its last meeting released a statement regarding plans for the proposed Pioneer Week which was to be held in June.

In his statement, Mr. Little spoke of the lack of support from local business people in making arrangements for such a project.

He said, following last year's very successful Shopping Fair, held during the A.F.T.A. convention, the Chamber has endeavoured to carry on with a similar project this year, utilising the forthcoming Country Party Conference.

The almost complete lack of response from the retail section of the Chamber has forced your executive to cancel all aspects of the project with the exception of our first annual ball.

Visiting fisherman, Ron Player, with his 4lbs. 4 ozs. bream caught at Point Plomer, 1971.

Visiting fisherman, Ron Player, with his 4lbs. 4 ozs. bream caught at Point Plomer, 1971.

Flagstaff slipping away - Editorial

It is a very sorry sight to see Port Macquarie's most photographed beauty spot slowly slipping away.

The Flagstaff, as it is known, is so naturally lovely and is the ideal spot that artists seek to bring alive with brush and paint.

More regrettably, the big slip on the southern side has started since a shelf was cut to carry a now disused septic pipe line from the High School.

The earth above the shelf has slowly broken and the crumbling process has now reached the top of this beautiful landmark.

Time, with the help of wind and rain, will destroy what's left, unless some corrective measures are taken.

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