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janinerThu, 13/01/2022 - 4:30pm

General information is available about the Draft NSW Mainland Marine Park Network Management Plan on the Have Your Say website and on the DPI website. The information is mostly promotional. I had trouble locating the actual draft management plan. To save you time, go to https://yoursay.marine.nsw.gov.au/stage-1 , and scroll half way down the page. The link is in a column on the right hand side labelled documents.

One of the criticisms of the document is that it allows the Government a lot of wriggle room when there are competing interests. Pages 15 and 16 talk about "trade-offs" in...

janinerThu, 13/01/2022 - 3:17pm

A community webinar will be held on Wednesday 19th January at 6-7pm on the draft Management Plan for the NSW Mainland Marine Park Network. Port Stephens is part of the five marine parks covered by this management plan. If you would like to attend the webinar, details are in the letter below. Public consultation on the draft plan closes on 31 January 2022.

Dear marine park stakeholder,

As you may be aware the NSW Government has recently released a draft Management Plan for the NSW Mainland Marine Park Network (2021-2031) to seek stakeholder and community input into the future of the...

janinerSun, 19/12/2021 - 9:38pm

With the holiday season nearly upon us and further rainfall predicted, it is worthwhile remembering that our water quality can be affected by heavy rain. If the water is brown or we have had recent heavy rain, it is better to be cautious. If in doubt, one way of checking the water quality is to go to the Food Authority website and see whether the Port Stephens oyster harvest areas are open. https://www.foodauthority.nsw.gov.au/industry/shellfish/status

The oyster farmers test the water to see if it is contaminated. If a harvest area is not open, then it would be a...

janinerSun, 19/12/2021 - 9:23pm

The 4th Edition of the Oyster Industry Sustainable Aquaculture Strategy was released in August. For further details go to https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fishing/aquaculture/publications/oysters/indu...

The main object of the revision was to take into account the new floating infrastructure such as we have in North Arm Cove.

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bobreidWed, 10/11/2021 - 9:39pm

Further to Bushman's blog entry on the vandalism at Beauty Point on Saturday night/Sunday, I have added a few photos to illustrate some of the mess.

It was really disgusting what was done and the rubbish that was left there. As well as the rubbish, the "grubs" that did the damage also broke a large branch off our 200 year old fig tree.

We found some information that may help us identify the culprits with police assistance. I heard that as well as the vehicles on Beauty Point, there were also a number of vehicles parked along Promontory Way next to Brackens Bay. 

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bobreidThu, 14/10/2021 - 9:58am

On Tuesday night Channel 9 broadcast a feaure in its "A Current Affair" show on developer Mr Phillip Dong Fang Lee and the rehabilitation of his Fame Cove property and his $273 million tax problem. The ATO has frozen Mr Lee's assets which includes the Fame Cove property.

The feature included interviews with Len Yearsley who is the convenor of the NACCAi Fame Cove Subcommittee.

To watch the feature click on the following link:

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janinerSun, 10/10/2021 - 2:25pm
Baby cuckoo

It is spring and the Cove is again full of the sound of birds. Some visitors to the Cove every spring come from a long distance. We get two migratory cuckoos, the Channel Billed Cuckoo and the eastern Koel. The following information about these cuckoos was copied from the Aussie Birdlife Website- https://birdlife.org.au

Eastern Koel

If you live in some parts of northern or eastern Australia, one of the characteristic birds of spring is undoubtedly the Eastern (or Common) Koel. Its monotonous and feverish cry of cooee, cooee, cooee ringing through the evening...

janinerSun, 10/10/2021 - 1:50pm
Little Corella

The Aussie Backyard Bird Count is on again this week from 18 October to 24 October. Volunteers just do a bird count for 20 minutes from anywhere they wish. All you have to do is Register, download the App and count the birds for 20 minutes. You can do it as many times as you like.

You don't have to be an expert. The App helps you identify the birds, and if you don't know, you just leave it out. The App continues to work even after the count is over, so you will have a free bird identification...

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bobreidSun, 19/09/2021 - 10:00pm

My neighbour Mark from across the road rang me tonight to tell me that fireflies were flying around the bush on the edge of his property, so I went up and had a look with him.

Sure enough, there they were. A few dozen bright twinkling lights flying around the scrub. They were very bright and could easily be seen from many metres away.

A couple of them were stationary, and when we had a look with a torch we could see that they were caught in spider webs.

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bobreidSun, 08/08/2021 - 12:02pm

NACCAi has been an affiliated member of Port Stephens EcoNetwork for some years.

Most of the EcoNetwork goals and initiatives are relevant to North Arm Cove, so we will periodically provide an update on it's activities.

EcoNetwork is a Port Stephens based conservation, sustainability and natural heritage network, with a vision for an eco-oriented culture for sustainable communities and the transfer of intact eco-systems to future generations.

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