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Koala in October 1994 janinerSat, 14/04/2012 - 9:30pm
Koala at North Arm Cove

I was taking an afternoon walk along Eastslopes Way last January when a couple of young women asked whether I had seen any koalas. They were hoping for a koala sighting on their walk. It is hard to spot a koala in a treetop even when you know it is there, and the young women did not seem to realise that their chances of just randomly spotting a koala were slim.

When we first bought our block at North Arm Cove, we wanted to encourage the wildlife. We bought gum trees recommended by the Forestry Commission as suitable for...

mpicklesMon, 20/02/2012 - 9:24am

Migrating wader birds in the Cove

Small numbers of Bar Tailed Godwits who live in the arctic tundra of Siberia and Alaska in the Northern Hemisphere summer and in Australia during our summer have been in the cove for the past few months. In early summer there was a group of 4 and now there are 8! There are hundreds of godwits currently living in the Kooragang Island wetlands and Stockton sands after considerable effort by volunteers to preserve the habitats. The Godwits share the amazing East Asian- Australian Flyway migratory path with about 55 other wading birds. Tracking...

Sanctuary zones in pinkjaninerTue, 14/02/2012 - 5:41pm
Marine Park Map North Arm Cove Area

The Port Stephens -Great Lakes Marine Park was declared in December 2005. It covers an area of 98,000 hectares and includes all estuarine waters of Port Stephens and the Karuah River, the Myall River, Myall and Smiths Lakes and all the other creeks and tributaries to the limit of their tidal influence. It extends approximately 3 nautical miles offshore. The waters of North Arm Cove are within the Marine Park.

OL86/140 in September, 2011janinerSun, 12/02/2012 - 8:25pm

The Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy (OISAS) was gazetted in December, 2006. This document can be viewed on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website. It recommended that a number of leases in North Arm Cove be designated “priority leases”. This designation provides a streamlined approvals process for oyster farm proposals that lie within these areas. It also provides a framework to protect the environment of these areas.

There are several priority leases in North Arm Cove, including the two leases off Cove Boulevarde and East Slopes Way. The priority designation of these leases means that these areas will...

Water Sampling LocationsjaninerMon, 06/02/2012 - 2:01pm
Food Authority Water Sampling Locations

The NSW Food Authority has tested the water quality in North Arm Cove since 2003. When these results are compared to local rainfall data, an estimate can be made as to whether the water is safe for recreational activities.

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