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Port Macquarie-Hastings Bicentenary 2021

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Port Macquarie-Hastings Council respectfully acknowledge the Birpai people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live. Council commits to building positive relationships, respect and opportunities with our local Aboriginal community.

This year marks the 200th anniversary since the establishment of Port Macquarie as one of Australia’s earliest Penal Settlements. Council acknowledges that this caused suffering and displacement for the traditional owners, the Birpai people. Recognising this long, diverse and challenging history, Council and its Bicentenary Working Group invited residents and visitors in a wide range of activities designed to reflect on our past, celebrate our present, and look forward to an inclusive and positive future. 

The main program ran from 10 -18 April 2021, with additional events scheduled for later in the year. 

The program included the grand opening of Wakulda ' Weaving our stories as one', a 10 minute immersive sound and light projection onto the Port Macquarie Historic Courthouse. This projection will continue to run once a night, visit this page for viewing times and to read more on the production and stories captured.  

Additionally the event featured over 40 satellite events, foreshore activities, Coral Trekker temporary residency, RAAF Roulettes display, Art Exhibitions, and an Artists' Open Studio Weekend.

Check out an image gallery from the Bicentenary event program here!

 Due to the March flooding and some wet weather during the event period some Bicentenary events have been postponed. See below for postponed events. 

  • Coming up later this year will be the Yapang Bila Yapun.yapun (Wauchope Sculpture Trail). Currently postponed due to the March 2021 floods, visit the link above for updates.  
  • Lost Plot Community Gardens Open Day - Rescheduled to 1 May 2021
  • The 6th Sense of Country Open Studio - TBA
  • Taste Trails

Did you enjoy our Bicentenary Program? Take our event survey to let us know your thoughts!

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.

Things to note:

  • The Port Macquarie-Hastings Bicentenary 2021 program is subject to COVID-19 gathering restrictions. Consequently, the program provides for event planning with minimal impact on delivery in a fluid regulatory environment. We will continue to monitor the restrictions leading up to, and through April 2021.
  • Funding opportunities from Austrade Bushfire Tourism Recovery Fund and PMHC COVID Recovery Projects have been leveraged to extend reach of the 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.

 For more information on our Bicentenary:

The Bicentenary event from 10 - 18 April was proudly presented by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. The Bicentenary event & Wakulda Digital Projection received funding by the Australian Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program; Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative; Building Better Regions Fund; as well as Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

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This page was last updated on: 22 April 2021