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Mayor's Weekly Message: Monday 6 May 2019

Released on: 06 May 2019

Released on: 06 May 2019

Getting Creative in Wauchope

If you’ve been in Wauchope during the past week you may have noticed the Faces of the Hastings popping up on various walls around town.

The initiative is a really interesting temporary public art installation that has been developed as part of the 2019 Creative Wauchope Festival, taking place this coming Saturday 11 May.

The images have been captured by talented local photographer Ronnie Grammatica, who has worked with Council to embrace this contemporary reflection of who we are as a community today… depicting everyday people, everyday lives and everyday stories.

The outdoor photographic exhibition showcases the diversity in our community, providing a small window into who we are, where we have come from and what community means to us. This is the second Faces of the Hastings exhibition, with the first being showcased in Port Macquarie in April last year as part of the Artwalk exhibition.

As a Council, we’re committed to ensuring arts, heritage and culture play a strong role in the development of our region’s future, our identity, and sense of place. We’re quickly becoming a cultural destination of choice, and this exhibition is a wonderful example of the community pride and passion that exists.

One of the great things about Faces of the Hastings is the guided audio tour, where our community is able to listen to the people featured in the portraits as they talk about their community.

You can download the tour and listen to the local stories at

It really is fascinating, and I encourage everyone to visit the display on Hastings Street, Brownings Lane and Oxley Lane in Wauchope throughout May.

And don’t forget to come along to the Creative Wauchope Festival this Saturday… Ronnie will be conducting an artist’s talk and tour at 10.30am… meeting at Hastings St. For a full list of what’s on head to

And while we’re in a creative mood, make sure you pencil Artwalk in your diary… taking place in Port Macquarie on Thursday 18 July.