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dougkSat, 02/09/2017 - 3:40pm

If you enjoy filling out a Senate ballot paper, you will certainly be happy with next Saturday's election. For the eleven positions to be filled on new MidCoast Council we have to choose from 69 candidates. There are eleven groups of candidates (groups A-K) with five of the candidates ungrouped. Two groups are officially nominated by political parties but a number of other candidates have political affiliations which are shown below in parentheses.

How do we make sense of all that? Not an easy task - but the table of candidates below may assist with its links to information...

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dougkSun, 20/08/2017 - 9:40pm

On Sunday afternoon (20 August), after weeks of unseasonally warm and dry days, finally a little bit of winter arrived in the Cove - just as more than a hundred attendees were assembled by the Hall to celebrate the opening of our new park, the launch of the Cove booklet and the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Residents Association.

Brief patches of warming sunshine gave glimmers of hope that the planned outdoor activities might yet be achievable. But as 2.30pm approached another chilling shower sent all of us to the warmth and shelter offered by the Hall....

More volunteers needed.dougkSun, 06/08/2017 - 8:32pm

Our new, wider, ride-on mower has arrived. The new shed is in place behind the Hall. Nine locals have already received the required induction training - last Tuesday (1 August) from MidCoast Council's Steve Howard. This new mower is being shared with Carrington and its larger size will certainly make the work of mowing the village's reserves a much easier task.

Nine volunteers trained is a good start but what we really need is a few more willing hands to share the load. Steve Howard is happy to undertake the necessary training. We will need to keep the reserves...

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dougkFri, 28/07/2017 - 11:05am

Some positive news that this morning (Friday 20 July) Soil Conservation Service has commenced implementation of sediment and erosion control measures on the Fame Cove-Bundabah site. This work is one step in a wider process to address the many significant issues resulting from past actions undertaken on this site. These actions had led to several court actions initiated by Council and State Government departments.

Earlier this month Brett Peterkin, the consultant engaged by the site owner (LDF enterprises) met with representatives from Bundabah, Pindimar and North Arm Cove to explain his role in more detail and the actions being...

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dougkTue, 25/07/2017 - 12:12pm

Highly! Rates are up.

At the Extraordinary Meeting held on 21 July, Council approved the rate levels for the 2017-18 year. IPART, having considered MidCoasts application for increases, agreed to increases of 10% for this current financial year and 5% for the following two years. This year's approved increase was one percent less than Council requested because the "rate peg" had been dropped from 2.5% to 1.5%.

What does this mean for the 401 North Arm Cove urban (village) properties?
Council expects to collect $557,354 in rates from our village area. To do this it...

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