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janinerSun, 09/05/2021 - 12:35pm

The 2021 Review of the NSW Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy (OISAS) is currently on public exhibition

The Department of Primary Industries is seeking public comment on the 2021 review of the Strategy, last published in 2016. Submissions are due by 28 May, 2021.

I have not had a chance to read the whole document yet. The NACCAi Aquaculture Subcommittee will prepare a submission, but local residents are encouraged to make their own submissions.

For more details and to download the document, go to https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/aquaculture/2021-review-of-the-nsw-oy... .

janinerFri, 23/04/2021 - 4:27pm

News from Birdlife Australia: Shorebird Directory Launches

After years of painstaking research, the National Directory of Important Migratory Shorebird Habitat launched on 21 April — a vital step towards effective migratory shorebird habitat protection around Australia.

The National Directory of Important Migratory Shorebird Habitat ('Directory') identifies, and guides investment into the protection and restoration of, important migratory shorebird habitat around Australia. It builds community awareness and Indigenous knowledge, helps achieve the goals of the Australian Government’s Wildlife Conservation Plan for Migratory Shorebirds and contributes to the implementation of Australia’s international obligations to the conservation and management of migratory...

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bobreidSun, 04/04/2021 - 9:10pm

According to my weather station we had 605mm of rain in March - an awful lot of rain. It's no wonder the ground is so wet and sodden!

The wettest day was 18 March when we had 260mm, and the highest rain rate was during the magnificent storm on the night of 28 March when we had 49mm in about half an hour, at a rate of 106mm per hour.

I am wondering if our March rainfall is the most we have ever had in a month - it is the most monthly rainfall that I have recorded over the past few years - does anyone have historical records that can confirm this?

janinerTue, 30/03/2021 - 4:04pm
Bennetts Beach, Hawks Nest

We have had a lot of rain in the last few weeks. In the big event ten days ago we had about 450ml and then on Monday night we had an amazing storm about 1am which added a further 50ml. The water is a dirty brown colour and there are logs, sticks and lots of flotsam. The Easter break is just a few days away and we still have dirty brown water coming down from the catchment. So is swimming in the water a safe activity?

I have previously recommended that people need to look at the NSW Food...

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bobreidSun, 28/03/2021 - 10:42pm

This animal was seen last Saturday 23 March near 110 Cove Boulevarde at about noon.

Is it someone's pet, or a dingo? Does anyone know and can answer the riddle?

We do know that dingo's have been spotted in the bush near Goorengi Road and this animal might be one of them. 

janinerSat, 20/03/2021 - 2:59pm
Waterfall with person for scale

We have been at North Arm Cove for over 30 years but we did not know about our own little waterfall until Mark from KBL Projects told us. We finally went for a look a few weeks ago and there it was, not far from Gooreengi Rd. The drop over the rocks is several metres and there is a small pool at the base. With the current downpour, it is definitely worth checking it out.

To find it, park at the southern end of Gooreengi Rd and walk though the gateway leading to the powerline easement. On Google Maps...

janinerSun, 14/02/2021 - 3:55pm

Tony and Pat have raised the issue of why we like to live in North Arm Cove and the changes that will happen if dual occupancies are allowed.

There are three types of dual occupancy- duplexes, detached separate dwellings and granny flats. Governments of all persuasions like them because they provide affordable housing and they make the best use of existing services such as water, electricity and sewerage, meaning that greenfield areas do not have to be opened up.

We live in a special area without two of those major services, water and sewerage. In addition, we are...

janinerSun, 14/02/2021 - 3:23pm

The Annnual Tide to Tip Estuary Clean-up will be held in our area on Wednesday, 17 February.

If you have retrieved any waste from the waterway and still have it on site, please leave it visible on the shore. Local oyster farmers (and others) will move through the area at high tide on Wednesday and collect any rubbish they find. If you live near any parks or public land, you can help by piling up any rubbish from these areas as well. If you know of any concentrations of shoreline rubbish outside the village area, please send a screenshot...

janinerSun, 03/01/2021 - 8:46pm

We have had a lot of rain in the past two weeks and the Cove waters are a muddy brown colour. The colour is caused by both silt and tannins (from the breakdown of vegetation), and it is an indicator that the water may be polluted. One measure of pollution is the bacterial content in faecal coliforms. If the level exceeds 150 faecal coliforms per 100ml the water is unsafe for swimming.

There is a long history of water testing in the Cove for the oyster industry. After heavy rain, it takes about 6 days for the bacterial levels...

janinerSat, 12/12/2020 - 4:02pm
Bonnet orchid

Just behind the Community Hall there are some more orchids in flower. They can be found along the edge of some of the gravel roads. Try Hexam Place and Singleton Parkway for some large patches. The Bonnet Orchid, Cryptostylus erecta, is about 40cm tall and the Large Tongue Orchid, Cryptostylus subulata, is a bit taller with some being up to 80cm high. Both varieties have specimens at various stages of growth and they look like they may be around for a couple more weeks.

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