For this week’s From the Archives, we go back to 1999.
The lead news story in the Examiner’s November 3, 1999 edition covered Nelson Bay Town Management and the business chamber’s wish to install closed-circuit security cameras (CCTV) in the town centre.
The move, a first for any Port Stephens town, was a bid to cut down on anti-social behaviour.
The organisations approached Port Stephens Council to trial the cameras in Nelson Bay as a prelude to developing a security management plan.
It came after East Ward councillor Bob Baldwin successfully moved for the council to introduce an alcohol-free zone in the Bay CBD.
Also on the front page was a story about beetles and dog poo.
Two thousand dung beetles were released across Port Stephens – in Raymond Terrace, Medowie, on the Tilligerry Peninsula and Nelson Bay – to tackle poop pollution.
This edition of the Examiner also included a street poll on asking people how they would vote in the November 6 referendum to amend the Constitution of Australia (to become a republic) and a full page advertisement from the Yes Committee encouraging readers to vote yes.
(Side note: 45.13 per cent of Australians voted yes in the referendum, 54.87 per cent – or 6,410,787 people – voted no).
Finalists for the Examiner’s small business awards were also announced in a special feature in the paper.