Fifty years ago there wasn't enough places to park your car either in Port Macquarie

Carpark site: Old School of Arts building, corner of Hay and Clarence Streets, 1969. Photo supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.
Carpark site: Old School of Arts building, corner of Hay and Clarence Streets, 1969. Photo supplied by Port Macquarie Museum.

The municipal council is to be informed the land on the corner of Clarence and Hay streets is not be used for the building of a town hall, but for a car park.

That is the substance of a motion carried by the Chamber of Commerce at its regular monthly meeting at the golf club on Thursday.

Ken Wilson moved the motion, and Peter King seconded it. Speaking to his motion, Mr Wilson said if the land was used for town hall purposes it would do away with the only available parking space to serve the northern section of the town's shopping area. He went so far as to describe it as "commercial suicide" should a town hall precede parking.

Les Davies spoke for the motion. He said he recognised the need for a town hall, but if it were put on that land there would be none left in the vicinity for parking. Mr Davies said he didn't think the land was big enough for town hall purposes, and posed the question: "If you put the town hall there where are you going to put the cars that use it?". The chamber carried the motion and will inform the council.

Mrs Jo Gott and mayor Ald C.C. Adams welcome delegates to the Little People's Convention, 1968.

Mrs Jo Gott and mayor Ald C.C. Adams welcome delegates to the Little People's Convention, 1968.

Convention underway

The second Little People's Convention began in earnest yesterday at the RSL auditorium. A well attended meeting was an informal affair where members could get to know each other first. The association had a rise of 30 in the little people's section and an overall rise of 50 in membership over last year.

By plane and train the little people moved in at the weekend, and more than 60 of them, several accompanied by parents, are at present in Port Macquarie. They will be in town all this week, with the George Whitakers and Aubrey Gribble, of Fantasy Glades, taking a special interest in their welfare. The delightful weather prevailing is adding to their enjoyment, with river cruises and bus tours.

Overlooking Westport Bowling Club, c1968.

Overlooking Westport Bowling Club, c1968.

Bowls and Fishes

President of the Royal NSW Bowling Association Don Bray notched up two important firsts at Westport Macquarie Bowling Club on Saturday. He officially opened the club's new waterfront green saying it was the first time he had ever opened a green in such a beautiful setting, surrounded on three sides by water. It was also the first time he had ever caught a fish in between ends. With the Hastings River at high water, club member Bert Bailey landed three flathead and Mr Bray a bream.

The green, built on a reclaimed site jutting out into the river cost the club $47,000 to construct. It was a gala day at Westport with 180 bowlers and the official guests in attendance at high tea.

This story Chamber wants the corner lot for carpark first appeared on Port Macquarie News.

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