Councillor seeks support for Morpeth bicentenary plan
Tonight a Maitland councillor will push for the formation of a committee that would oversee events surrounding Morpeth’s bicentenary.
Cr Mitchell Griffin has submitted a Notice of Motion to Tuesday’s meeting that calls for a council-led celebration in November 2021, a date based on the arrival of Lieutenant Edward Charles Close, who received the first land grant in the area.
The motion also seeks the appointment of six Morpeth residents or businesspeople who, with Maitland’s three North Ward councillors, would oversee the event.
“Morpeth locals love their town, they love their history and they love their lifestyle,” Cr Griffin said.
“This is a great chance for them to be involved and celebrate their rich and unique history.”
In response, Council officers have suggested four community members join the North Ward councillors and the mayor on the committee including a local historian, young person, Morpeth resident and Morpeth businessperson.
Ceremonies celebrating the town’s history have previously been held in 1921 and 1971.