I woke this morning to grey skies and a hanging rain. I think most of the North Coast is still suffering from Post Flood Stress Disorder. I know that I am.  Today doesn’t actually feature much rain. Just chilly and dark.

I found this site about the PACIFIC HIGHWAY. Add that to the disorders I am familiar with after years in  the SHIRE.  That’s FLOODS and PACIFIC HIGHWAY. Some more historical phobias are likely to arise as time passes. Returning at the age of 60, I have them all up for challenge. I am attempting to come back open minded and willing to explore as if I had never been jaded here before.

Check this link for the details of the PACIFIC HIGHWAY DEVELOPMENTS.

Whoever made the PACIFIC HIGHWAY site seems to have travelled and photographed the whole length from Hexham to Tweed and fills in the history. The Urunga Section has a photo of the bridge being built over the Kalang.






On the BELLIGENWEB sites, There is a HANLY FAMILY Page which has some local parish maps and anecdotes about Bellingen History.



We missed out last year due to the FLOODS.


Bellingen Agri-Cultural Show

The 120th Bellingen Show

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th May 2010

Mantova 8th May 2010

The Secretary
P O Box 149, Bellingen NSW 2454
Ph 02 6655 1430

Sitting here on a wet day with the air growing cooler and cooler, its a good time for looking through the Net.  One of the things I have noticed since returning to the Shire is the Closure of most of  the caravan parks. Brigalow and Gundamain, Urunga Waters and Cedar in Bellingen – they are all gone and present a neglected and overgrown appearance.

I wonder what effect these closures will have on tourism. Bellingen caters well for the B& B type traveller but the loss of the caravan parks means the loss of icons, of people with less to spend on their accommodation, of people who choose camping as a decided preference. What is the Council thinking ?

When I was a child, Hungry Head was also a camping ground. I once received a handkerchief from a hermit who lived out there under the edge of the cliff. I was fascinated by him. Looking back, my Dad kept a close eye on things but I loved him.

Hungry Head featured a kiosk and cabins and caravans and camping in where there is now just a mass of scrub. We spent some good times there in the early 1970s with campfires burning.


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