Flashback: A life member, a new Rotary president, a surf club awards presentation night and an editorial on a new high rise set the tone this time in 1971

Great support: Presbyterian Women's Association members at the Presbyterian Hall for the life membership presentations, 1971.
Great support: Presbyterian Women's Association members at the Presbyterian Hall for the life membership presentations, 1971.

Life Membership

Miss Annie McLaren was the first woman in Port Macquarie to receive the life membership badge of the Presbyterian Women's Association.

The mayoress, Mrs D.S. Kennedy, presented the badge to Miss McLaren and the second badge went to Miss B. McClintock.

Miss McLaren was the secretary treasurer for 40 years of the first Amalgamated Guilds - now known as the Presbyterian Women's Association.

Miss McClintock was the secretary of the Presbyterian Women's Association for 12 years and is still a member.

The presentation took place in the Presbyterian Hall last Thursday.

Mayoress Mrs M Kennedy presents Annie McLaren with her PWA life membership.

Mayoress Mrs M Kennedy presents Annie McLaren with her PWA life membership.

Neville Anderson gives his badge of office to incoming president, Reverend R J Allan.

Neville Anderson gives his badge of office to incoming president, Reverend R J Allan.

Rotary Changeover

"Good will begins with you, the individual", said Reverend Bob Allan after he had been installed as the president of Port Macquarie Rotary Club for the coming year last week in the RSL Auditorium.

After the incoming officers were inducted, the mayor, Ald D.S. Kennedy then presented spoons to 100 per cent attenders.

The past president, Neville Anderson was presented with a bound volume of all bulletins published during his term of office.

Dennis Green congratulates Peter Waters as Junior Club Champion, 1971.

Dennis Green congratulates Peter Waters as Junior Club Champion, 1971.

Surf Club Presentation Night

Former Australian ski champion and Olympic representative, Dennis Green, was the guest speaker at the annual dinner and presentation night of the Port Macquarie Surf Club held in the Flynns Beach pavilion last Friday night.

In his address he spoke mainly of the Olympic Games and his experiences at the four games he had attended. Jim Pollock, president of the Port Macquarie Surf Life Saving Club, opened the dinner and welcomed over 100 guests.

A vote of thanks to the guest speaker was moved by Jim Pullen, a former Australian double ski champion. The presentation of trophies by the guest speaker and the club captain, Roger Quinn, was the highlight of a wonderful evening.

High Rise - Editorial

The opposing views and criticisms of the municipal council in the spate of letters following the announcement of a seven storey motel project by the sea shore on Windmill Hill were only to be expected.

The several blocks of land on top of the headland, on one of which the motel is proposed to be built, would not be released anywhere for private ownership today; moreover the proposal comes at a time of acute awareness among the people generally of their rights to the ecology, the atmosphere, and the view.

When a council comes in for criticism the bucket is tipped invariably on the heads of the unpaid aldermen, and while some expect - and accept - criticism for what it is worth, others resent it bitterly. But why the aldermen?

Flowery speeches and gruff rebuke combined gave assurances that our expensive town plan, plus a retained consultant, would ensure an ever beautiful, functional, and comfortable-living Port Macquarie, but despite all that this town's greatest asset - the foreshore drive from the post office to the Lighthouse Beach Estate - is not protected as efficiently as we were led to believe.

Council's senior staff and its planning consultant should be on the receiving end of the criticisms and alerted to find out what else is wrong with their precious plan besides that already evident in Clarence Street and on Windmill Hill.

  • Photos from Port Macquarie Museum
Holding court: Dennis Green, guest speaker at the Surf Club presentation night, 1971.

Holding court: Dennis Green, guest speaker at the Surf Club presentation night, 1971.

Well done: Mayor Ald D.S. Kennedy presents a spoon to Rotarian Bob Plain for his 100 per cent attendance record over the past year, 1971.

Well done: Mayor Ald D.S. Kennedy presents a spoon to Rotarian Bob Plain for his 100 per cent attendance record over the past year, 1971.

Dressed up: The official table at the Surf Club presentation night, 1971.

Dressed up: The official table at the Surf Club presentation night, 1971.

Happy exchanges: At the Rotary changeover dinner, from left, Harry and Mrs Butler, Mrs and Mr Len Carragher, and Mrs Allan and the Reverend Allan, 1971.

Happy exchanges: At the Rotary changeover dinner, from left, Harry and Mrs Butler, Mrs and Mr Len Carragher, and Mrs Allan and the Reverend Allan, 1971.

Great job: Mrs McLelland presents the Fried McLelland memorial trophy to Nipper of the Year, Neil Smith, 1971.

Great job: Mrs McLelland presents the Fried McLelland memorial trophy to Nipper of the Year, Neil Smith, 1971.

This story Presentations and celebrations in 1971 first appeared on Port Macquarie News.