A Port Macquarie surfing museum has taken another step forward with the opening of an information pop-up shop on Horton Street.
And, a preferred site for the museum has also been made clearer.
Port Macquarie Surfing History Association president Alan Jeffrey says the main aim of the pop-up is to provide information to the public on their plans.
"Our objective is to give advice and information to the general public and raise exposure about our proposal for the surf museum," he said.
"The owners of the building have been very generous in providing us this space, until such time as they find a suitable tenant.
"We are unsure just how long we will be able stay here," he said.
"When people come in we are also providing information to them about our preferred site for our museum on Town Beach."
In the 12 months since the museum process started, Mr Jeffrey said a preferred site was now well in their planning.
"We are still negotiating with Port Macquarie-Hastings Council and Crown Lands on the site," he said.
"Initially we had looked at a site at the northern end of Town Beach. But due to environmental issues we were told this site would not be possible.
"Our ambition is now on a site more toward the amenities block end of Town Beach, near the car park.
"We are continuing to work through this process to achieve that goal."
Mr Jeffrey said the preferred site was on the left of the main car park, behind the surf rescue tower.
He said the museum would sit in the open space, tucked in behind the embankment and blending in with the environment.
"We envisage a flat, grassed-roofed building that fits in with the surrounds," he added.
The surfing museum would be dedicated to Port Macquarie's rich, over 100 year history of surfing.
It would house surfboards and memorabilia honouring the efforts of some of Port Macquarie's early pioneering surfers and the wider surfing industry.
As well, it would be home to collections and pieces of surfing history currently held by private collectors.
Mr Jeffrey said some of the first visitors through the doors of the pop-up were intrigued by Port Macquarie's surfing history and also wanted information on the planned museum.
As part of the fundraising push for the museum, new and second hand retro T-shirts and posters relating to regional surfing competitions, caps and stickers are on sale.
The pop-up shop display will changeover at least once a month to refresh and give people another reason to visit.
Along with Mr Jeffrey, other surfing legends to man the information pop-up shop include Ken Williams, Keith McMullen, Steve O'Connor, Peter Hudson, Geoff Branch and Glenn Dick.
Mr Jeffrey said he was pleased to see that the surfing traditions of Port Macquarie were continuing, particularly at the highest levels, through the current crop of surfers including Matt Banting.
The Port Macquarie Surfing History Association information pop-up centre is on 113 Horton Street, Port Macquarie, next to Saltwater Wine.
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