Council should accept responsibility for maintaining the headland reserves including the Lions Lookout at Gaol Point and Mrs York's Garden

 Picturesque: Mrs York's Garden is a place for peaceful reflection - 1970. Photos: Port Macquarie Museum.
Picturesque: Mrs York's Garden is a place for peaceful reflection - 1970. Photos: Port Macquarie Museum.

Council to maintain foreshore reserves

The municipal council will assume responsibility for the maintenance of the foreshore reserves between Mrs. York's Garden and Pilot House and will give added assistance to Mrs. York in the maintenance of her gardens.

This follows a successful motion put to council by the mayor of Port Macquarie, Alderman Adams.

Ald Adams said the time had come when council should accept responsibility for maintaining the headland reserves, including the Lions Club Lookout on Gaol Point.

He said the Lions had done a magnificent job and it was up to council to relieve them of the burden of maintaining the area. He said Mrs. York was an example of a garden lover who had improved the headland, mostly at her own cost.

He thought council should maintain the area for her. Ald Boardman said that if Mrs. York wished this, then he was happy to support the motion. It's been a big job for her, he said.

Ald Thurling said he wanted to be sure that if council were to maintain any area, they should have complete and unfettered control over it.

 Good shot: Competitors at the Port Macquarie Rifle Range, 1970.

Good shot: Competitors at the Port Macquarie Rifle Range, 1970.

Rifle union

Port Macquarie RSL Rifle Club was again host club for the Macleay and District Rifle Clubs' annual Champion of Champions competition.

The shoot was conducted in beautiful mid-winter weather over the four Commonwealth competition ranges viz. 300, 600, 700, and 900 yards.

Five club champions competed in the senior division with Bob McKay represented the host club.

The junior division was won by Eric Toms of Port Macquarie RSL Rifle Club with a score of 178.

At the conclusion of the shoot the annual general meeting of the union was held at the Port Macquarie RSL Club.

Shot: Port Macquarie Rifle Range for the Macleay and District Rifle Unions contest.

Shot: Port Macquarie Rifle Range for the Macleay and District Rifle Unions contest.

Town goes exotic

With the majority of Port Macquarie's business houses decorating their shop windows to an international theme, the town will present an exotic face for the AFTA convention, which begins next week.

Decorations range from colourful posters to the elaborate sight and sound spectacular being presented by St. Clairs.

Many business houses have adopted countries in line with their scope of business, i.e. the Tourist Hotel's theme is Germany.

The municipal council is also playing its part in the town beautification. Besides various works such as the full sealing of Short Street, the council has had the tourist information centre repainted and its general area cleaned up.

They have also purchased 3000 feet of bunting and this, along with a quantity of bunting they already had, will be used in Horton Street, the Plaza, William and Clarence Streets to add to the gala atmosphere.

With prizes on offer for the best-decorated shop, proprietors have gone to a great deal of time and trouble to go international.

Crisps in the Port Arcade, has attracted much interest with its display of ancient Egyptian jewellery, plaques and handicrafts. St. Clairs, in conjunction with Sharp, have gone Japanese.

Their Horton Street store now has a Japanese rock garden with a fountain, a cherry tree in bloom and a scale model of Expo '70 exposition. Japanese televisions, radios, record players and tape recorders also carry the theme.

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