A time to celebrate time as new clock is unveiled

The new Sawtell Rotary clock.
The new Sawtell Rotary clock.

MANY say Sawtell has a timeless quality, yet that sentiment had the ring of truth to it yesterday when the village's new clock was unveiled and the time wasn't set.

But the 100-strong crowd was not deterred in welcoming Sawtell Rotary's lasting gift to the community.

Sawtell Rotary past president, Michael Fayle, said a number of partnerships between council, businesses and local groups are responsible for the project.

“Various professional, businesses and tradesmen saw this project as a way of giving something back to the community by donating labour, services and materials at cost or in kind,” Mr Fayle said.

Five years in the making and insured for $75,000, the clock was unveiled along with a major refurbishment of First Avenue, which includes a heritage garden to commemorate the early residents who first established the gardens during the 1950s.

Ron Vincent's grandfather, Bob Quick, was president of the Sawtell Progress Association in his time, and what Ron remembers most about Bob was his love of gardening.

“He'd get up early and go for a swim, then soon enough he'd put the hoe against his shoulder and get to work on the gardens,” Ron said.

Elizabeth Mooney's mother, Noreen Anderson, was also one of the pioneering gardeners.

“She was community minded and a great influence on Sawtell,” Elizabeth said.

Coffs Harbour mayor Keith Rhoades said the clock and the refurbishment will further enhance the area, to retain the popularity the village has enjoyed with visitors and locals for generations.

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