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Friday, January 22, 2021

Archaeological investigation digs in

The site of the future Maitland City Council Administration Centre is to be closed to the public as preliminary archaeological investigations start next week.

From Monday 30 November, a widespread team of archaeologists will be in attendance methodically excavating through the soil with the anticipation of possibly unearthing evidence of significant structures and artefacts, including that of a potential flour mill that operated in the early 19th century.

“The preliminary archaeological investigation provides an opportunity to prepare the site, adjacent to Town Hall on High Street, for construction next year and possibly to uncover a lost piece of Maitland history,” council’s senior project architect Aaron Cook said.

“It will allow the new Maitland City Council Administration Centre to proceed with reduced risk of finding unexpected archaeological remains during construction.”

The site will be closed for the investigation for approximately four weeks, however it may vary due to the unpredictable nature of the task.

The Maitland City Council Administration Centre will position the organisation to provide contemporary services to the growing community both now and in the future.

Earlier this week, council also launched a new business opportunity prospectus for Morpeth that will help see the township continue to thrive and evolve as a destination of choice for residents and visitors.

The prospectus is designed to inspire interest and attract investment from business types identified through community engagement that included existing Morpeth businesses.

Based on the results of the research, people want to see the current business offering complemented with additional businesses like artisan food and produce stores, small bars, espresso bars, homewares and wellbeing enterprises.

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