100 Years of the Long Jetty
The iconic Long Jetty will be turning 100 years old this month, and to celebrate, Wyong Shire Council will host a free morning tea for the community and launch the newest edition to our Public Art collection.
The jetty was first built in 1915 and has become the namesake of the town of Long Jetty. The public artworks are a showcase of the history of the area - the pioneers who built the jetty and the local community, plus the many generations of visitors who spent time on and around Tuggerah Lake.
Since January the Community and Cultural Programs team has been working with local residents, historical groups and published writers in order to collect stories about the history of Long Jetty. Through the course of the project at least 10 descendants of the first pioneers have emerged, offering family photos and a wealth of information. The investigative phase of the project culminated in Council collecting over 300 historical images, around 100 of which will be showcased in the artwork, many not seen publicly before.
The morning tea and launch will also coincide with finalisation of foreshore upgrades. Council has been working on renewing the Long Jetty public space precinct for the past 24 months; with works including re-decking older parts of the jetty, updating landscaping and the installation of gross pollutant traps. The jetty predates the formation of Wyong Shire Council in 1947, but is none the less recognised as one of our most valuable local assets.
The public are invited to attend the free morning tea and to be among the first to view the public artworks. There will be free activities for children; face painting and giant Jenga and Connect Four games, sausage sizzle, celebration cake, live music and give aways of commemorative tea towels. The Mayor of Wyong Shire, Councillor Doug Eaton, will also present the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society with a formal letter, honouring the jetty’s 100th
Wednesday April 15
10:00am to 12:00pm
Long Jetty Foreshore, corner of Tuggerah Parade and Archbold Road, Long Jetty
Below is an excerpt from the artwork that will be unveiled on 15 April
For more information, please email Ellen.Bridge@wyong.nsw.gov.au