The Bicentenary of Port Macquarie is an opportunity for our community and visitors to come together and celebrate our past; our present and our future across a range of year-round activities. Plans include transforming the township with activation and capital infrastructure projects which support our current and future community, and growing number of visitors to our region.
At the recommendation of our Bicentenary Working Group, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has endorsed three initiatives for Bicentenary 2021:
The Town Beach Flagstaff redevelopment
This heritage icon steeped in maritime historyislocated on Flagstaff Hill, at the eastern headland point of Port Macquarie’s Town Beach. The 80ft flagstaff was one of the first installations when the 48th Regiment of Foot arrived under the command of Captain Allman in 1821. Established on Windmill Hill, the first signal station was adjacent to the penal settlement. A beacon fire burned constantly through the night warning of the dangerous tidal bar across the entry to the Hastings River.
The proposed Flagstaff redevelopment with modified viewing platform will provide a key tourist destination point along the famed Port Macquarie Coastal Walk, as well being a short walk from the town centre and Maritime Museum building on William Street. It is anticipated the investment in public infrastructure which provides access to historical attractions within Port Macquarie’s stunning natural environment will allow the wider tourism sector to build on existing promotional activities.
Identified as a legacy project, the Foreshore walkway project supports Port Macquarie-Hastings Council’s aim to achieve a continuous promenade to encourage pedestrian activation along out the Town Centre foreshore.
This section of walkway will provide a vital link between the completed Westport Park walkway, Town Green East and soon to be constructed Town Green West. It will also refresh the tired and narrow sections to form a linear parkland corridor that encourages community and business interfaces.
The design for this project is well underway and walkway construction funding is now being sought along with an investment in public art/sculptural elements which will add to the cultural and aesthetic value of the foreshore, as well as reflect our community identity and foster community pride and sense of belonging.
Bicentenary event (10-18 April 2021)
A nine-day festival program consisting of Council and community-led events is being planned with Council working together with the Local Aboriginal Land Council representatives to identify appropriate activities to open the festival program and recognise sites of historical and cultural significance throughout the event.
In recognition of the Port Macquarie landing site at Town Green, a focus on aquatic events on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 April 2021 will see invitations extended to national historic maritime associations to visit and engage with on-water activities, coordinated with local on-water groups and clubs.
Council will also support the delivery of community day on Town Green on Sunday 18 April to showcase 100-mile farm food providores, hand-made in the Hastings markets, and a community concert.
More information on how to get involved with this event program will be shared here and on Council’s wider communication channels in due course!
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This page was last updated on: 28 May 2020