Port Macquarie News - Tuesday 7 October 1969
Our mayor's appearance, on more than one occasion over the holiday weekend in mayoral robes of office, was appropriate indeed.
The functions he attended were enhanced by the dignity which his robes lent to them.
Regrettably, however, the robes were borrowed property.
Having our mayor suitably attired, especially at times when he is welcoming important people to the town, is all part of the growing up which Port Macquarie has been experiencing for the past, several years, and it is essential that this important aspect of Port Macquarie's enhancing status be scoffed at no longer.
The important need should not be considered in terms of who is mayor or whether he wants to wear robes or not; it is the dignity of the office of mayor that is involved, and our No. 1. Citizen, whoever it might be, will always lend more status to the community as a whole when appropriately attired.
There are occasions coming up this year, and 1970 is already being hailed as "the year of conventions" in Port Macquarie - all of which warrant mayoral robes.
If our council cannot afford to dip into rate monies to purchase them, perhaps the body of women who did so well for the Air Ambulance Appeal could be prevailed upon for one more street stall?
However the objective is achieved, the time is certainly here for mayoral robes of office.
Gordon Street Works
On Friday last, much to the amusement of the long-suffering residents and business people, who have had a lot to put up with all this year during the reconstruction of Gordon Street, one of Mr. Tom Minter's huge transports became bogged.
A council grader had to be called in to pull the truck clear of the mire in front of the Golden Fleece service station.
While Gordon Street people reckon it was 'the last straw', the constructing authority - the municipal council - was rather unlucky. Only the day before they had loosened up the roadway to cut sand in and thus bind it finally prior to sealing, hut heavy rain fell - 40 points - during Thursday night, and again on Friday morning.
There's a bright side however, for assistant engineer Mick Roohan said the stir up would do the roadway more good than harm in the final analysis.
Fallen Comrades Remembered
One hundred and twenty-six members of the 2/4th Australian infantry Battalion killed in action, or who died later of wounds in World War 2, were fittingly remembered in a brief but solemn ceremony at the Port Macquarie War Memorial on Saturday afternoon.
Former members of the Battalion visiting Port Macquarie for the annual re-union marched from the R.S.L. Club in Short Street to the memorial in its impressive new setting.
They stepped out smartly to the skirl of the pipes and the beat of the drums of the Parramatta Caledonian Pipe Band, which for many years has accompanied them on all their ceremonial parades. The procession was headed by two bearers holding aloft the battalion banner with its famous white-over-green colour patch, followed by the standard bearers carrying the Union Jack and the Australian flag.