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From the GM: Moving forward, reflecting back

Publish Date 18/05/2017

Raymond Terrace is a unique place – an historical town, but one that is steadily headed towards the future, evolving before our eyes with exciting improvements happening everywhere.

Wayne Wallis

From the new public art mural, Botanica, in William Street, to exciting new retailers who are bringing us the newest and best in food, coffee and culture, Raymond Terrace is buzzing with a palpable energy.

Raymond Terrace is a unique place – an historical town, but one that is steadily headed towards the future, evolving before our eyes with exciting improvements happening everywhere.

From the new public art mural, Botanica, in William Street, to exciting new retailers who are bringing us the newest and best in food, coffee and culture, Raymond Terrace is buzzing with a palpable energy.

With any evolution, however, it's important to remember where we've come from, and this Australian Heritage Week, we're celebrating Port Stephens' oldest and most colourful town.

Reflecting on the past helps establish a sense of understanding of who we are and can guide us into the future, and the King Street Heritage Festival, happening this Saturday 20 May, is a wonderful way for our community come together, have fun and celebrate our shared history.

Another incredibly exciting event I'm proud to announce during Heritage Week is Port Stephens Council's Festival of Lights, coming up 18 November in Boomerang Park. The festival will celebrate the history of the park with lots of fun activities for the whole family, and, with a focus of lantern-making and lights, celebrate the bright future of the park and of the town.

These sorts of events are a small part of the exciting changes we see happening in Raymond Terrace, but are a vital part of how we connect with the place we live, and at the heart of it all is you – our passionate community.