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mareli121Mon, 22/01/2018 - 10:12amClean Up Day 4 March

Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 4th of March - 8am to 10am.

Looking for experienced and new Volunteers....

Yes, we will be looking forward to Clean Up North Arm Cove for 2018, and hope to increase the volunteer count from the healthy number of 27 keen (but wet) souls last year, to well....even more.

For those that haven't done this before, the general process is that volunteers present in the ways listed below, are given gloves/bags/etc (referred to as 'kit') sign on and combined into a group to clean up a...

dougkMon, 22/01/2018 - 12:00am

The jumbo-sized puzzle below completes the trilogy of Cove Holiday Cryptic Crossword Puzzles. This time round, many of the clues and/or answers have a bit of Australian flavour.

If you can't quite get to grips with cryptic crosswords then cruciverbalist (crossword setter) David Astle has written some books that might help. Here is my 2011 review of his first.

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dougkMon, 22/01/2018 - 12:00am

MidCoast Council wants our feedback on their Draft Community Strategic Plan - Vision and Values. And we need to let them know what we think.

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janinerSun, 21/01/2018 - 9:24pmLooking for insects in the grass at high tide

We have had a pair of nesting herons for most of January. In breeding season the adult birds have plumes on their back, breast, neck and nape.

The nest is high up in a gum tree and about 50m from the water. Unfortunately the pair abandoned the nest about a week ago. I am not sure whether the hail storm damaged the eggs or whether there was another reason to leave the nest. The birds were not particularly diligent...

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dougkSun, 14/01/2018 - 8:51pm

What has happened to the money previously allocated for infrastructure in the Cove? That is the mystery!

And it is a timely question after a week of storms with drains overflowing and roads covered in debris. In expressing our concerns about the risks to our Village from proposed merger back in April 2016 we wrote:

The North Arm Cove Residents Association has worked hard over many years to gain the attention of Great Lakes Council

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dougkSun, 14/01/2018 - 7:42pm

Casuarina Park's "Friends of Casuarina" have been doing some landscaping work this week - including new plantings. It was surprising how dry and rock-hard the soil was just a few centimetres down. Hopefully a little steady rain will come and give those new plants an early boost.

Of course there are some volunteer tasks that seem to never end.
Like the collection of twigs...

News
janinerSat, 13/01/2018 - 2:47pmStorm over Port Stephens

The Cove experienced storms on both Monday and Tuesday evenings.

The first storm hit just before 8pm and came from the northwest in a line from the Barrington Tops area. Wind speeds were high enough to blow the doors off our neighbour’s garden shed. The thunder, lightning, wind and rain passed very quickly but the storm left us without power for 3 hours. The power flickered a few times before finally dying at about 8pm. It was not restored until 11pm, so it was an evening spent finding the emergency lamps and wondering whether it was worth the effort...

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janinerFri, 05/01/2018 - 12:44pmFlooding by King Tide

The Cove had some minor flooding this week. It coincided with the summer king tide, which this year was higher than normal.

Spring tides occur every fortnight and roughly coincide with the new and full moons. There are two king tides a year, one in summer and one in winter. This is all caused by the orbit of the moon around the earth and to a lesser extent the orbit of the earth around the sun.

The first full moon this year was a “super moon” when the moon was closest to the earth- a full 50,000km closer...

Today's featured article

dougkSat, 18/11/2017 - 12:12pm

This is not a story about the army take-over of our peninsular. Those events are however mentioned in the book about our village – which is of course a great gift option for family and friends! Instead, this is a story about the past efforts of the local community to change the name of our village.

The two neighbouring villages to our east, Bundabah and Pindimar, bear names of Aboriginal origin. In 1983, the North Arm Cove community felt that our village too should be known by the Aboriginal name for the area: “Baromee”. But as...

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