RICHMOND Valley Council’s Evans Head office has reopened after a short period of renovations, with new opening hours for the library and council services.
And the office will have a reminder of a piece of Evans Head’s history, courtesy of the Evans Head Living Museum. This month marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Thomas Paddon, the first white settler in Evans Head.
Captain Paddon was an accomplished sailor.
After settling in Evans Head, he tried his hand at gold mining, and then operated hotels.
He also was the first to venture into oyster farming on a commercial scale.
The Evans Head Living Museum has created a series of posters detailing some of the life and times of Captain Paddon and his family, which will be on display in the council office and library.
Meanwhile, the renovations allow the Evans Head office and library to be open full-time, five days a week, and Saturday mornings.
The new office hours for the council office are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9.30am to 12pm Saturday.
The Evans Head Library will be gaining four new Dell all-in-one public access computers as part of the renovations. This will provide library users with an improved computing experience.