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janinerSun, 09/08/2015 - 3:38pm

Fish Port Stephens by John ‘Stinker’ Clarke .

John ‘Stinker’ Clarke’s latest book is about fishing in Port Stephens. John is an expert amateur fisherman and has written a fishing column for the Port Stephens examiner for the last 25 years. He is passionate about Port Stephens and the sport of fishing.

John separates fishermen/women into “anglers” and “danglers” and his book will be of interest to both. The first few chapters are an autobiography of John’s fishing experiences up to the time he came to Port Stephens as a high school teacher in 1975. The...

White Lady Finger Orchid
janinerSun, 26/07/2015 - 6:07pm

Lady Finger Orchids (caladenia catenata) have been in flower in the Cove since April. The plants are about 15cm tall and there is usually a single flower on a single stem. The flowers are white with a yellow tipped labellum. The plants are deciduous and die back to the ground in summer.

If you wish to see these plants, they can occasionally be seen along the bush tracks in the Cove. There are also quite a few on the western side of Cove Boulevarde south of Point Circuit.

There are also some pale pink orchids which are probably...

Kate Washington visit.mpicklesSat, 16/05/2015 - 2:42pm

Put 9:30 am on Friday 22 May in your diary to attend an important forum.

The Minister for Emergency Services NSW has called on Local MPs to conduct meetings with the community to gather information through Storm Emergency and Recovery Community Feedback Forums. Kate Washington MP for Port Stephens will be conducting the forum for North Arm Cove residents 9:30 am on Friday 22 May at the Community Hall. This is a great opportunity to put forward issues for NAC around communication and emergency response. Kate is keen to gather as much information as possible in this exercise that...

Looking for a home for winterjaninerThu, 30/04/2015 - 9:34pm
Diamond Python

A week after the April storms, our resident diamond python is looking for a dry home for winter. Our new boatshed seemed to provide an ideal location. He examined the door for about ten minutes before he decided that it was firmly shut. We have had regular visits by a diamond python of this size for the last 25 years. I don't know if it is the original one or if there is a family of them.

Maria and Elizabeth tonyhSun, 01/03/2015 - 3:23pm


I was seriously concerned that, if we got a good attendance this year, there might not be enough rubbish to go around, so to speak.

Well, we had an amazing turn out. A total of twenty three willing helpers gave up their Sunday morning to pick up this year's detritus. That's 15% of our resident population! Tell that to Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest.

As for the rubbish, our generous benefactors - the passing general public - had made quite sure we wouldn't go short. I'm guessing we collected another two...

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