Plaque to mark Coopernook forest centenary

THE Coopernook and Lansdowne Forest History Group (CALF) is conducting a centenary celebration ceremony at Forest Headquarters, Forest Road, Coopernook at 10am Thursday, September 4.

State member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams will be unveiling the centenary plaque.

CALF organiser Bob Smith BM said Forest Corporation of NSW had provided the plaque made by Barrier Signs of Taree, which depicts the timber curved bridge of the Langley Vale tramway and the State Forest declaration that occurred on January 21, 1914.

Coopernook and Moorland schools, which have a long association with the local forests, will be providing some good National Anthem singers along with the accompanying music.

Mrs Williams has provided CALF with an Aussie flag that will be raised during the ceremony on a new flagpole at the group's cottage restoration project. The public is invited to attend with morning tea available.

The Thursday ceremony is a lead up to the group's big day on Saturday, September 6 from 10am to 2pm when CALF is inviting the public to a celebration day and a fundraiser planned at the cottage with morning tea, barbecue and forest history photo displays (at a small charge). The Rural Fire Service will be displaying their wares along with other local displays and Forestry Corporation information. The Harrington Artists will also have their art on display.

CALF will also give a briefing of the project planned for the Foreman's Cottage restoration.

Access to the Forest Headquarters is via Forest Road South Moorland, Pinchgut Road off Lansdowne Road or follow Bangalow Road in Coopernook.

Further information contact Bob Smith on 6556 0338 or 0411 695 282.

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