Robert Major and Corrina Millar atop the Hardacre Star with some of the current fleet alongside.
Robert Major and Corrina Millar atop the Hardacre Star with some of the current fleet alongside. Rob Wright

Cabbies celebrate big milestone

COFFS Harbour's cabbies have taken a drive down memory lane as they mark a major milestone in our city's history.

This year is the 100th anniversary of motorised taxis in Coffs Harbour and the crew at Coffs Harbour Taxis today dressed in period costume to celebrate.

They also hauled out the Hardacre Star, Coffs Harbour's first taxi, from its resting place at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.

"We think this anniversary is pretty special and the fact the industry is viable and still going strong," said Coffs Harbour Taxis manager Kevin McKenzie.

"Our industry has grown from one cab in 1911 which ran between the Jetty and Top Town to a current fleet of 27 vehicles, of which 12 are wheelchair accessible, and we now serve the area from Bonville in the south to Emerald Beach in the north and Nana Glen in the west.

"We have grown to a point where we can be on the road 24/7, with 14 administration and call centre staff and 110 taxi drivers.

"Our call centre is also expanding to handle calls from other areas."