bobreidTue, 15/09/2020 - 9:22pm

MidCoast Council prepared a comprehensive stormwater management strategy for North Arm Cove in 2017. Drainage works undertaken in the Cove are based on this strategy. 

Council has now published the strategy on its web site.

It can be accessed by clicking on the following link:


bobreidSat, 29/08/2020 - 7:13am

Two large containers were left on Eastslope Way, just south of Water Street, a few years ago.

0n 27 August a MidCoast Council Ranger put abandoned articles tape and stickers on them. The stickers state that the containers are regarded as abandoned articles and will be removed by Council if the containers are still there after 28 days.

If you own, or know who owns these containers, please contact the Council on council@midcoast.nsw.gov.au and let them know. 

janinerTue, 24/12/2019 - 2:54pm
Oyster basket

The oyster farmers have asked us to report any infrastructure that washes ashore off their leases. They will then come and collect their infrastructure. The infrastructure has a dollar value to the oyster farmers but left loose in the water it is a source of pollution, so it is in everyone's interests for the debris to be collected. The basket in the photo washed ashore in early December. It had about two hundred immature oysters which are worth about 0.75c each when mature.

The oyster farmers also asked us to let them know if there is any damage to...

mpicklesMon, 07/09/2020 - 5:46pm

There are many weeds in the Cove, some are easy to identify and you may have noticed that there are some fast spreading weeds that will take over large sections of the forest and village – if we don’t control it!

The weed we can focus on now, that is flowering on properties and the verges, is Polygala, a purple flowering bush.

This has been widely cultivated as a garden ornamental - particularly in the temperate regions of Australia.

Now is an opportunity to remove these weeds easily pulled out by hand or...

mpicklesThu, 20/08/2020 - 11:33am

Lets make Koalas Welcome in the Cove

Over the last couple of years there have been sightings of a large male koala at the end of East Slope and more lately at the southern end of Cove Boulevard.

During spring male koalas have been sighted along Gorrengi Road in the last 10 years perhaps seeking out mates.

This is encouraging that koalas may be making use of the cove as territory.

How can we make koalas welcome?

Save as many trees as possible, especially wildlife food trees: ...

Oyster basket washed ashorejaninerTue, 11/08/2020 - 2:57pm
Oyster basket washed ashore in 2019

The wind and waves over the weekend resulted in many of the oyster baskets being flipped over. Sometimes in wild weather the baskets break free of their lines and wash ashore. We now have a new phone number to ring if any baskets or other oyster debris is found along the shore- 0492 987 195 .

Sometimes wild weather causes other problems.For example if any boats break free of their moorings and end up tangled in the leases you should also ring the above number as well as the Marine Rescue at Port Stephens on 02 4981 3585.

mpicklesTue, 28/07/2020 - 8:01pm

Some unusual and beautiful fungi have been popping up along the East Coast a fungi feast after the long drought. A few specimens are posted here, I am sure there are photographers who could challenge these shots taken with a Samsung Phone. If you are a keen follower there is great guide to be found on the Dept of Environment website.

A guide to common fungi of Hunter and Central Rivers Region

Or for more fungi go to Australian Fungi Identification Pictures

mpicklesWed, 15/07/2020 - 11:44am

Last week Inspector Ian Cook
Community Protection Planner | Planning & Environment Services (North)

visited the Community Centre and Garden to catch up with the community and to see how the management of the APZ area was progressing.

His main concern is the fire preparedness around the Cove, particularly as the moisture content in the soil has not recovered in most of the area of northern NSW. This will mean that this summer we need to be more vigilant.

Ian pointed to the regrowth strip along the Ridgeway and Yallawah Park...

janinerWed, 01/07/2020 - 2:04pm

This year has not been good for oyster farming. The state's oyster farmers were first hit by bushfires, then floods and now by the shut down of restaurants due to the Covid-19 virus. It has been a hard year and we are just half way through. Our area has at least avoided the fires and floods.

DPI Fisheries have put out a video about the bushfire disaster. It is fronted by Ian Lyall, Program Leader Aquaculture. Ian addressed the oyster meeting last year in the community hall. To view the video, go to the bottom of the page at...

janinerSun, 03/05/2020 - 10:12pm

Community groups were invited to participate in a zoom workshop on migratory shore birds in the Port Stephens Estuary. I represented the North Arm Cove Community Association.There were about 30 participants, mostly from government agencies.

The main focus was on Corrie Island, Swan Bay and the islands off Soldiers Point. The morning was spent discussing the risks to the birds and in the afternoon a list of actions was developed to help protect the birds. We may be able to help by getting some local people to participate in bird surveys.



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