A detailed discussion has been held between Port Macquarie Municipal Council and its planning consultant on the preparation of a firm policy on future high rise developments within the town boundaries.
A council spokesman says the discussion covered a number of pertinent aspects and it was agreed the policy should be determined as quickly as possible.
The reason for this was to maintain the traditional 'character' of Port Macquarie without frustrating its development and to also protect property owners and land purchasers.
The prompt action of the recently elected municipal council in coming to grips with the problem of high rise development has been lauded by rate payers.
A News survey of public opinion on the matter reveals that most people are happy with bigger buildings being constructed provided they do not block out well known skylines and sunshine.
The general reaction is that the centre of the town should be allowed to grow taller but the beach and river bank areas should be restricted.
A fear has also been expressed in some quarters that any sudden relaxation of high rise restrictions could mean the influx of speculative builders using shoddy multi-storey construction designs and techniques.
Hundreds of Port Macquarie people including businessmen, aldermen, motel owners and service club office bearers have spent many hours during the past four days huddled in earnest conversation over the promised convention here of up to 2000 anglers from all over Australia.
The Australian Angling Association has chosen Port Macquarie as the venue for its bi-annual convention in 1973 which is expected to last for two weeks.
At a meeting of the Chamber of Commerce on Monday night, Ald. Warwick St. Clair warned that, unless Port Macquarie people pulled their weight from the very start, Coffs Harbour would be used as an alternative venue.
A number of senior Port Macquarie businessmen and members of the Chamber of Commerce have spoken out in support of Port Macquarie getting a drive-in theatre for the good of the town's youth and the overall entertainment of visitors.
A meeting of the chamber, held on Monday night, was asked by a firm of solicitors representing the theatre licence applicant to give its views on whether the construction of a drive-in was in the public interest.
This follows an appeal by the applicant against the Film Commission's recent decision not to allow a drive-in theatre to be built as it would cause "undue competition" and "economic waste."
Sir, having recently become a permanent resident of Port Macquarie, I am amazed and disappointed that this township does not possess tidal ocean baths.
Port Macquarie is one of the very few seaside tourist resorts, although boasting of its amenities for tourists and residents that does not offer this essential need.
A great percentage of the population could enjoy a daily immersion in salt water which is most beneficial.
The foreshores of Port Macquarie are ideally suited for the building of tidal ocean baths at no great cost to the taxpayer.
Sincerely, H. F Clarkson
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