Here you will find out about us, about our group,
and where we live.
We are a group of retired and semi retired persons from different walks of life
who have been brought together by a common interest namely Computers and Information
Technology. We enjoy getting together at Meetings and helping others.
To read our Aims click here
The History of our Group
The Port Macquarie Seniors Computer Group was established in 2000 as an initiative by the
Port College of Adult Education (now called the Port Macquarie Community College) as part of an
access and equity strategy for senior citizens. The first group President was the late Harold Paterson,
who with a group of dedicated committee members, some of whom are still in our Group.
Since then the group has grown and developed until it eventually became too large to use the
College premises. In 2002 the Group moved its meetings to the Port Macquarie Library and in 2006
to the Tacking Point Tavern. In 2017 we moved the Meetings to Port City Bowling Club.
In October 2003 the Group separated from the Port Macquarie Community College and
incorporated as the Port Macquarie Seniors Computer Group Inc.
A brief look at where we live
Port Macquarie is a large and attractive holiday destination on the Mid North Coast.
It has everything: a history which dates back to convict times, superb nature reserves in the area,
some interesting historical buildings, lovely beaches with good surfing and excellent fishing opportunities,
a fine museum, beautiful walking tracks around the headlands and beaches, lots of amusements for the kids;
even a koala hospital. And, of course, it has every kind of accommodation imaginable.
Port Macquarie is located 407 km north-east of Sydney and 17 metres above sea-level at the mouth
of the Hastings River. With over 65,000 residents it is a rapidly expanding centre which serves as a
regional capital to other resorts of the south such as Camden Haven.
Tourism is obviously central to the local economy,although fishing, oyster farming, manufacturing
and mineral processing are also important.
Places worth a visit:
The Koala Hospital - is the world's first hospital dedicated solely to the care and preservation
of koalas. The Hospital has a treatment room, eight Intensive Care Units,
a 24 Hour Rescue and Treatment operation and multiple recovery yards.
The Hospital has a research affiliation with the University of Sydney, Australia.
Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
Covering some 52 hectares, the Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park has been developed to preserve
an area of natural bushland with walking tracks and boardwalks where visitors can wander and
enjoy the beauty of the area and the relevant eco-systems.
A visit to Port Macquarie will be complete after a visit to Kooloonbung Creek Nature Park
The Historic Cemetery
In the Historic Cemetery are graves of notable early settlers of the Hastings area.
Because of its historical significance the Cemetery is maintained to a high standard.
The Ruins Way
Major Archibald Clunes Innes was a man with a vision - unfortunately he got it wrong.
Innes thought Port Macquarie would be come the gateway to the coast surrounding Hastings River
and the New England region. He built an enormous house complex with convict labour, but with the
depression of the 1840s he was ruined. The house decayed into the imposing ruins it is today.
Archaeological excavations have been carried out at the house to find out more about Innes and his plans.
You can learn more about him and the archaeology on a tour run by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Contact the Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre for more information.