Bench seat to be installed at Horseshoe Bay headland

Media release - 20 March 2017

Two red cedar tree trunks, donated by Kempsey Shire Council, are being used to create a large bench seat for the eastern headland at Horseshoe Bay.

The South West Rocks Arts Council has been working closely with Council on the project since last year.

“The trees were removed from the intersection of Belgrave and Johns Streets in Kempsey as the roots were starting to lift up the footpaths in the area,” said Council’’s Coordinator of Civic Services, Steve Pellen.

“Council replaced them with native frangipani trees and relocated the old trunks to Council’s depot before they were milled and donated to the Arts Council.”

Joan Crisp, secretary of the Arts Council, said the group were thrilled with the donation and have since engaged Wauchope artist and sculptor Stephen Killick to construct the seat.

Ms Crisp said the seat will be shaped into a boat to reflect the importance of the Macleay River and South West Rock’s maritime history.

“Using red cedar for the project is an unexpected bonus,” Joan said. “Cedar was hauled from the Upper Macleay and sent by river out to sea. My great-grandfather Johnny Hudson hauled cedar down to Kempsey in the early 1900’s.”

“I think the seat will be well used. People of all ages visit the headland and want a place to sit comfortably - surfers, locals and visitors drive to this spot to check the surf, watch the whales, check the fishing conditions or just to have a chat. Many just sit and contemplate.”

Funding for the seat has come from the Arts Council, Council’s Mayoral Fund, the South West Rocks Country Club and the South West Rocks Lions and Rotary Clubs.

It is expected that the seat will be installed by Easter 2017.

The eastern headland of Horseshoe Bay.A large timber bench seat will be installed on the eastern headland of Horseshoe Bay