Here's what was making headlines in the Port Macquarie News on July 15, 1971
Sailing Club presentations
The Port Macquarie Sailing Club's Presentation Night was held at the Golf Club on Saturday Night with 100 members and guests in attendance. An address was given by Mr Ted Hill, commodore of Manning River Sailing Club, before trophies for the year were presented.
Motel approval rescinded
By seven votes to two Port Macquarie Municipal Council, on Tuesday night, rescinded its approval of a development application for the construction of a $480,000, multi storey, oceanfront motel on Windmill Hill.
The proposal, approved on June 8, was for the site on the eastern side of Pacific Drive.
The rescission motion which bore the names of Aldermen C.C. Adams, C. Chapman, P. Hatsatouris, and K. Westerweller was opposed by Aldermen J. Boardman and C. Huxley, who asked that their names be recorded in the minutes as having voted in opposition.
The seven-storey motel was to have 35 units and 15 units constructed over a ground floor restaurant. All would have had uninterrupted views of ocean and shoreline. An inclinator was proposed to give visitors access to the beach.
The packed gallery at the meeting reflected the strong public interest in the proposal. The council had before it several letters and two petitions objecting to the motel being erected on the shoreline.
One petition had more than 20 signatures and the other 695. Ald. Adams had given notice to the meeting of his intention to move: "That appropriate steps be taken to restrict high rise buildings along the foreshore and estuary waters of the Hastings River.
Red Cross annual general meeting
Mrs L.G. Nelson was re-elected president of the Port Macquarie branch of the Red Cross for the seventh year in succession at their annual meeting held in the Port Macquarie RSL on Friday last.
All other office bearers, patrons and patronesses were re-elected unopposed.
There was one exception with the sudden death of Mrs Newberry early on Friday morning. Mrs Newberry was the hospital librarian and all members expressed sorrow at her sad passing.
Mrs Nelson thanked branch officers for their co-operation and the competent way they carried out their duties, and all members for their time and service so generously given throughout the year.
Settlement Shores objection
The Sporting and Leagues Club, in a letter to the last meeting of the Port Macquarie Municipal Council, stated that they objected to the proposed Settlement Shores project.
The club gave four main reasons for their objection to the project. They said that unless the Leagues Club ground at Hibbard was connected, to Settlement Point area by a bridge, the club development could become a "white elephant".
Also, that the problem of debris in the canals during floods could constitute a major hazard and cause considerable damage to adjoining properties.
They also requested the developers be required to ensure that the weir would not increase flooding of the club's and that compensation be paid to the club by the developers if the club's property is damaged by flood waters.
Ald Boardman moved that these objections and requests be adhered to by council. Ald Adams seconded the motion and it was carried.
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