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Bellinger Valley Historical Society Museums

Preserving and displaying the Aboriginal and European history of the Bellinger Valley.

The Bellinger Valley Historical Society is a non-profit organisation of volunteers, dedicated to preserving the history of the Bellinger Valley and surrounding areas on the Mid-North Coast of New South Wales, Australia. The Society began in the 1960s, and a Urunga branch of the Museum has been open since that time. The Urunga Museum is now permanently settled�in the old School of Arts building, opposite the Morgo Street Caravan Park.

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URUNGA ADDITIVES 2011

With my recent wondering about URUNGA and what looks like neglect to me, followed by the SEA LIDO RALLY I am taking a retro look at the Papers to see what its been like – previously. Surely some of the good can be brought into the present. A seaside town with no swimming. Get a  Grip ! WHY do people say “ ah well the effluent flows into the lagoon from the Sewage Treatment works” . What sort of explanation is that ? Hello ! Its 2011.

After a good bit of coastal travel between Brisbane and Bateman’s Bay – I am left wondering. Why take away all that was good about the past to treat the uncared for present and create a future without history.  Many of these other little towns have reclaimed their heritage and brought it back to life as well as incorporating it in modern developments.

There are some excellent URUNGA tales which are simply being lost. Lets dig ‘em out and see what they are. Check the PEGUMS’ new PILOT HOUSE book “ Crossing the Bar” at the Library in Urunga or Museum in Bello.  We have a fascinating history.

PS. I do not apologise for any duplication of data from earlier posts.

Back to other times :

URUNGA : THE LITTLE TOWN THAT TIME FORGOT.  TOWN OF SWIMMERS. LET US SWIM !

OLD TALES

MODERN IMAGES

The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW : 1843-1893), Thursday 17 November 1870
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PERCY The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser (NSW 1843-1893), Thursday 17 November 1870

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FROM ANCHOR’S WHARF RESTAURANT.

"SWIMMING." The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954) 29 Dec 1926: 11

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BOXING DAYThe Sydney Morning Herald  Wednesday 29 December 1926

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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Wednesday 13 July 1927,
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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 10 December 1932,
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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Thursday 25 May 1939,
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POOL The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954), Thursday 25 May 1939,
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The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842-1954), Saturday 13 September 1952,
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OVH The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW 1842-1954), Saturday 13 September 1952,

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We want a tidal pool: Urunga – Local News – News – General – Bellingen Courier Sun

 

 

Mr Petitt said water in the lagoon was meeting environmental standards. “I haven’t heard of anyone getting sick after swimming in the Lido.”

“Urunga is the jewel in the crown of Bellingen Shire. Other centres have their swimming facilities. We want one here in Urunga at the old Lido site,” Mr Petitt concluded.

The Committee was empowered to begin negotiations with Council and the relevant government departments for a tidal swimming facility on the site of the old Sea Lido.

via We want a tidal pool: Urunga – Local News – News – General – Bellingen Courier Sun.

BEST DO SOME ADDING AND WISHING FOR 2011

I am away in Port Macquarie at the moment. Time to take some back looking at  the Bellingen Shire. I love this Shire but there are SOME things which have me wondering. Here’s a brief list without explanation or dissection. My opinion might not match anyone else’s. These things trouble me :

  • the coach stop at Urunga.
  • the railway station at Urunga.
  • the lack of swimming at Urunga.
  • why does the effluent go into the Lagoon – at Urunga ?
  • need for takeaways – in Urunga.
  • add to that the air of general neglect in much of the Shire.
  • the lack of caravan parks and other cheap accommodations in Bellingen. Congrats to the Backpackers.
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I am enjoying the North Beach Store with its takeaways and verandah for outdoor eating. Would like to be able to buy some food out at Hungry Head. Haven’t been out since I came back so I don’t know how the Surf Club Canteen is functioning. Up above there useterbe a shop at the Caravan Park. It was a mystery cavern to me when I was little.

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Visited Flynn’s Beach yesterday. Packed.

Plenty  of good beach type takeaways.

Then again, as Kati B says, if you have lots of places for people to stay, then you will have lots of people staying there and having just escaped the Tweed which was being eaten by the Gold Coast, maybe Urunga is dandy just as it is.

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ON THE BENCH : URUNGA COACH STOP

Thought I would 026re-visit the bench in the URUNGA COACH STOP.

A truly sad example of the bench. The structure around it is unmaintained and dirty. The bench is low and uncomfortable.Exposed to elements from all directions except the East. No toilet facilities near to hand. No bus timetable. A place of despair and discomfort rather than a meeting place for holidaymakers. Shame on you, Bello Council !

Take a look at Nambucca Coach Stop.  It had some fine benches as well and the drivers and travellers alike were sitting there yaaning.

It is also situated on the edge of the river. Pretty. Comfortable and clean with toilets.

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