Historically, Ernest Place has been the focus for community based events including the Crows Nest Fair, Carols by Candlelight and the Crows Nest Markets which occur every third Saturday of the month. The public space in front of the Crows Nest Centre is used as a performance space for bands, choirs and other performers. The outdoor space is seen as an extension of the community facilities and events occurring within the centre.
“Council has worked closely with Crows Nest Mainstreet to redefine and upgrade Ernest Place as the cultural hub of Crows Nest. It is fitting that the stage is named after John Griffin who was the driving force behind much of the redevelopment of the Crows Nest village over the past few decades.”
John Griffin, who was known locally as Mr Crows Nest, was a long-standing member of Crows Nest Chamber of Commerce and founder of the Crows Nest Mainstreet Committee. He lost his battle with cancer in 2008.
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Quote from North Sydney Council media release 8th February 2013.