Port Macquarie-Hastings Council respectfully acknowledge the Birpai people as the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we work and live. Council commits to building positive relationships, respect and opportunities with our local Aboriginal community.
Port Macquarie's Bicentenary Year
This year marks the 200th anniversary since the establishment of Port Macquarie as one of Australia’s earliest Penal Settlements. Council acknowledges that this caused suffering and displacement for the traditional owners, the Birpai people. Recognising this long, diverse and challenging history, Council and its Bicentenary Working Group invited residents and visitors in a wide range of activities designed to reflect on our past, celebrate our present, and look forward to an inclusive and positive future.
The main program ran from 10 -18 April 2021, with additional events scheduled for later in the year.
The program included the grand opening of Wakulda ' Weaving our stories as one', a 10 minute immersive sound and light projection onto the Port Macquarie Historic Courthouse. This projection will continue to run once a night, visit this page for viewing times and to read more on the production and stories captured.
Additionally the event featured over 40 satellite events, foreshore activities, Coral Trekker temporary residency, RAAF Roulettes display, Art Exhibitions, and an Artists' Open Studio Weekend.
Due to the March flooding and some wet weather during the event period some Bicentenary events have been postponed. See below for postponed events.
- Coming up later this year will be the Yapang Bila Yapun.yapun (Wauchope Sculpture Trail). Currently postponed due to the March 2021 floods, visit the link above for updates.
- Lost Plot Community Gardens Open Day - Rescheduled to 1 May 2021
- The 6th Sense of Country Open Studio - TBA
Image Gallery from the Bicentenary Event
The Bicentenary event from 10 - 18 April was proudly presented by Port Macquarie-Hastings Council. The Bicentenary event & Wakulda Digital Projection received funding by the Australian Government under the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program; Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery grants program, an Australian Government bushfire recovery initiative; Building Better Regions Fund; as well as Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.