Posted by: northsidepa | September 24, 2019


Council has confirmed that this will take place on 16 October  2019 and notices have been placed on the boards at both ferries.

A few hints for those of you new to this process:

  • If you haven’t registered for the Council’s SMS now’s the time to do so. Staff has said that we will be contacted immediately if the smaller ferry breaks down
  • An ambulance will be stationed on the North Shore while the Hibbard ferry is towed to Settlement Pt. ( a sight worth watching)
  • Parking is available in “Kangaroo” Park. Many residents leave their cars over the River and walk onto the ferry to the south side
  • Consider car pooling or riding your bikes. A commuter bus service  will run twice a day during weekdays – 6:25 am to 9:00 am and 3:00 pm to
  • Parents of HSC students should subscribe to the  Council’s SMS and have a back up plan if the ferry breaks down. There will be two mechanics available and Glenn Reece who oversights the ferry in Council  has stated that the small ferry is in better mechanical condition than last slipping.
  • Rural Fire Service HQ has given a gloomy forecast for rain i.e. little until January, so if you need water, consider filling up your tanks before the 16th October and stock up your Emergency Shelf in the pantry.
  • In the event of a bushfire on the North Shore, Brigades will come from Crescent  Head etc.

Further enquiries: Kingsley Searle President M. 0 419 615 509 Narelle Milligan Secretary M: 0411236124 T. 65 843 271

Port Macquarie Hastings Council: or call Council on 6581 8111

Posted by: northsidepa | September 6, 2019

Extreme Fire Danger

It’s all good on the North Shore at present and members of the RSF think tomorrow might be a higher risk as the change comes through from the south. Make sure you have a Fire Plan and know what it is! DON’T PANIC.

Download the app.”Fires Near Me:” onto your phone or computer.

Posted by: northsidepa | August 7, 2019

Various news and no news

Work has commenced at  the Coal Wharf Reserve to install the furniture. This will replace facilities that were widely used by Hastings residents in the 1930’s but fell into disuse  by the then Council or were vandalised. Residents used to row across the River to fish and picnic.d

John Hanlon  the Council Traffic Engineer has advised he’s trying to set another date with the contractor for the sealing of the road around the Settlement Pt north landing.

The official fire season has started early so make sure you have your bushfire plan ready to go.

Council has advised that they will encourage the setting up of Friends of Kangaroo Park to enable some beautification. We are waiting for a Memorandum of Understanding.

Posted by: northsidepa | July 26, 2019


Over the next few days there’ll be a contractor putting in slabs for “furniture” ie. picnic tables with  chairs and seats. This is a result of a combined grant with Council as part of the Stronger Communities funding from NSW Government and we acknowledge our local MP Leslie Williams for making this possible. We also  thank Council for the carriage of this grant.

The facilities will restore historic Coal Wharf to the 1930’s era when it provided recreation opportunities for Port Macquarie and resident rowed across at the weekends to picnic. The Coal Wharf once had a bunker for coal and then made  a crucial contribution to the building of the North Wall. Rock was blasted out of the quarry on Plomer Rd and moved by rail to the North Wall.

Posted by: northsidepa | June 7, 2019


The Riverside Street library will be launched at No 85 on  this Sunday 10 June at 2.30pm. Come for a chat, drinks and nibbles. Let’s celebrate the award from the Council Library to the Northside Progress Assoc. Inc. and the generosity of Anne  Mangeant and Jacques Bernard  who will install the library in their front yard.


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