The Port Macquarie-Hastings Bicentenary 2021 is an opportunity for our community and visitors to come together and commemorate our past; our present and our future across a range of activities aligned with our vision:
To walk our place and discover the stories that weave together to make Port Macquarie-Hastings the region it was, it is, and will be.
In recognition of this milestone in our history and within the framework of Council’s 2018 - 2021 Cultural Plan, a program of activities and initiatives is being planned for 10-18 April 2021.
Council will lead a number of key events and invite community associations and local businesses and organisations to get involved and run additional activities to provide experiences for our community and visitors.
The centerpiece of the program will be an immersive night-time legacy installation; weaving culture and heritage in a world-class immersive story-telling experience on the façade of the Historic Courthouse on Clarence Street, Port Macquarie. Set to launch on Saturday 10 April, the CBD will come to life with a number of COVIDSafe night-time activities to explore.
Council will also launch the Wauchope Bicentenary Riverside Sculpture Trail during this period and is working together with the Local Aboriginal Land Council representatives to identify further appropriate activities to recognise sites of historical and cultural significance.
How you can get involved
There is a wide variety of opportunities for our community to get involved and participate, including:
- Hastings River Aquatic and Visiting Vessels Activities: including a visit by the Sydney Harbour Tall Ship, Coral Trekker, and foreshore activations on 16-18 April 2021. More information to follow in early 2021.
- Community Art Exhibition: Creating a visual response to the varied natural, cultural, historic and popular elements that make positive contributions to our local community. Opportunity open now - see below for more information.
- Education resources for local schools: free online education resource for Stage 1 to Stage 5 NSW Education History Syllabus based on Port Macquarie’s Bicentenary milestone. Available in early 2021.
- Food, Wine, Art and Cultural Trails: a new initiative to develop themed trails with local operators across the region. Expressions of Interest are open now - see below for more information.
- Satellite events program: a program showcasing opportunities for our community and visitors to engage directly with activities that encourage discovery of place. Expressions of Interest are open now - see below for more information.
Community Art Exhibition
10-18 April 2021
Mezzanine Foyer, Glasshouse Port Macquarie
All residents of the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA are invited to create an artwork in any medium and interpret the exhibition theme:
‘Creating a visual response to the varied natural, cultural, historic and popular elements that make positive contributions to our local community’
To be involved, visit any Council Customer Service Desk, register at a cost of $5.00 (incl. GST) to receive a blank canvas [28cm x 35.5cm] and get creating!
All artworks submitted will be exhibited, unless deemed offensive/inappropriate by the Assessment Panel.
Award Categories include:
- Best response to theme
- Best application of technique
- Emerging Artist Encouragement Award
- People’s Choice (voted throughout the exhibition)
All submitted artworks can be collected by the artist at the completion of the exhibition. Any uncollected works by deadline will be donated/disposed by Council.
Noting, artworks can only be submitted from artists residing within the Port Macquarie-Hastings LGA.
Submissions close on Sunday 17 January 2021 - artworks and completed registration forms to be dropped off to the Glasshouse Customer Service desk only.
Download the Registration Form here291KB pdf(PDF, 291KB)
Or collect a hard copy form when picking up the blank canvas at any Council Customer Service Desk.
10-18 April 2021
Port Macquarie-Hastings region
Do you have an event or initiative you could run at some point during 10-18 April 2021 as part of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Bicentenary event period? We are looking to showcase opportunities for our community and visitors to engage directly with activities that encourage discovery of place and stories that weave together to form the Port Macquarie-Hastings region.
The Port Macquarie-Hastings Destination and Cultural Development team are currently seeking expressions of interest for events, activities and initiatives offered by community groups, associations and other businesses during the identified event period (10-18 April 2021) which celebrate our vision: ‘To walk our place and discover the stories that weave together to make Port Macquarie-Hastings the region it was, it is, and will be.’
PMHC support will include development of an online platform and printed booklet to capture all activities.
All ideas are welcome. We are looking for activities which:
- actively support inclusion
- respect the diversity of our community
- consider the region’s future generations
- encourage multi-generational storytelling of all cultures
- partnerships with enduring outcomes
- enable learning by listening
- respect the environment of our place - mountains, fresh and saltwater rivers, bush and ocean - and how it evolves over time.
Expressions of interest close on 8 January 2021. The Destination and Cultural Development team at PMHC will review and respond to initial submissions by 22 January 2021, with further questions or next steps.
Tasting, Arts and Cultural Trails
10-18 April 2021
Port Macquarie-Hastings region
The Port Macquarie-Hastings Destination and Cultural Development team are calling for Expressions of Interest from cultural, arts, creative, food, wine, brewery/pub and producer businesses to take part in an initiative to develop themed Tasting, Arts and Cultural Trails within the region. Perhaps you have an original concept or a unique experience to offer locals and visitors that could help to showcase what our amazing region has on offer?
There are two different ways you can participate in the Trails initiative:
- Ongoing: If you are an existing business that is currently open to the public on a regular basis (preferably on weekends), you can nominate to be a part of ongoing themed trails being developed
- One-off: For businesses/creative studios/attractions who wish to open to the public as part of a one-off special event for the Bicentenary week
We will be launching these Trails during our Port Macquarie-Hastings Bicentenary 2021 event week (10-18 April 2021). The permanent Trail offering will receive ongoing marketing support from PMHC including promotion on the Destination Port Macquarie website and in a hard copy map.
Expressions of Interest close on the 8 December 2020. The Destination and Cultural Development team at PMHC will review and respond with initial questions and next steps by 8 January 2021.
Things to know about the Port Macquarie-Hastings Bicentenary 2021 event period
The revised event program has considered the following significant influences:
- COVID-19 gathering restrictions will continue to impact event planning leading up to, and through, April 2021. Consequently, the program provides for event planning with minimal impact on delivery in a fluid regulatory environment.
- Funding opportunities from Austrade Bushfire Tourism Recovery Fund and PMHC COVID Recovery Projects have been leveraged to extend reach of identified projects and amplify investment.
- Gathang language and cultural design will be incorporated across the branding and marketing platforms to support cultural inclusivity in the event program.
Port Macquarie-Hastings Bicentenary 2021 - Additional Projects
At the recommendation of Council’s Bicentenary Working Group (BWG), Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has endorsed two further initiatives for the Port Macquarie-Hastings Bicentenary 2021 to commemorate the establishment of Port Macquarie settlement:
- Port Macquarie Bicentennial Foreshore Project: construction and planning for sculptural elements from Westport Park to Town Green, including walkway upgrades from Buller Street to the Koolonbung Creek Nature Reserve Arboretum.
- The Town Beach Flagstaff redevelopment: design, manufacture and installation of a replica 1821 flagstaff (80ft) and modified viewing platform located on Flagstaff Hill, at the eastern headland point of Port Macquarie’s Town Beach. Noting, at 1 July Council meeting it was unanimously carried this project be considered in the drafting of Council’s 2021-22 budget as a key attraction project, whilst pursuing suitable grant opportunities to plan and deliver the project by 2024. The project responsibility currently resides with Council’s Cultural Steering Group.
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This page was last updated on: 24 November 2020