RESTORATION OF OLD COURTHOUSE-STATIONMASTERS COTTAGE
The newly established publicly owned and managed Hastings Gateway Company was setup as a Presentation of Our Community by our community for our community.
Community involvement in the Hastings Gateway Project is the foundation on which the whole organisation is founded. This guiding principle has been the background of all the decisions designed to establish this publicly run and funded organisation. It also ensured that the founding directors would be local minded citizens with a proven record of community work as can be seen from the list of directors published elsewhere.
The Hastings Gateway Ltd, a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee incorporated on 26 June 2015, was set up to meet a range of social and cultural needs of Wauchope and district community in perpetuity. Clause X of its constitution provides that it will pursue the following charitable purposes:
- To advance education;
- To advance social and public welfare
- To advance culture
- To advance other purposes beneficial to the general public.
One of the first major projects is the complete restoration and upgrading of the former 1902 Police Station/Courthouse/Station Master’s cottage at Wauchope. In this valuable and historic building, the Gateway Company is establishing Wauchope’s first official Information Centre, which will be available to all organisations in the district.
The restoration plan inside the Cottage -Wauchope’s first Courthouse includes placement of the original Magistrate’s table completely restored to its former glory.
Given Wauchope’s history as ‘The Timbertown’, the NSW Forestry Corporation has agreed to relocate it’s outstanding ‘Henry Kendall Collection of Fine Wood Art’ into this building. Established in the 1980’s, it is a magnificent display of outstanding craftsmanship that is recognised as the best in the state, and can be seen nowhere else.
As an independent body and using the Information Centre, the Hastings Gateway will provide: A comprehensive plan to advertise the Hastings with links to other community groups and businesses encompassing the whole Port Macquarie Hastings area. This is designed to highlight and support to the fullest extent, our local area, and its attractions in an extremely professional manner without fear or favour. Design and implement plans for heritage train rides when/and where required, and Explore and develop plans to encourage ideas and projects that will develop and improve employment opportunities in the Hastings.