janinerSun, 20/05/2018 - 9:42pm

Over the last few weeks the oyster posts on OL86/140 were removed by the lessee. However, a few posts were missed so be very cautious navigating in the area. There is no requirement for all the posts within the lease area to be removed and it is up to the skipper of any boat to navigate with care. The posts marking the navigation channel and the boundaries of the lease are still present.

NSW DPI will carry out their triennial inspection at the end of May.

tonyhSat, 19/05/2018 - 5:32pm

They've gone! The ugly encrusted and abandoned posts in oyster lease OL86/140 have at last been removed. The lease boundary posts remain but now the water is largely clear of an environmental and visual blight that has taken a very long time for Fisheries to acknowledge and addess.

We don't know exactly what happens next. We are led to believe that the lease holder may try a suspended net system for oyster farming. Whatever, we trust that any future installation is designed to leave a less damaging environmental foot print. It will be interesting to see if water flow...

tonyhThu, 26/04/2018 - 3:25pm

This email, sent from Donna Hudson, Coordinator Communications & Stakeholder Management at MidCoast Council, is follow up information to the report Tea Gardens Drinking Water Okay on this website dated 20/2/2018. Regards, Gary Sylvaney, President, NACRA.


Following recent media we would like to provide clarification and more information around the alleged activities in Tea Gardens. It would be appreciated if you could share this information with others in the Tea Gardens / Hawks Nest community.

We are aware of community concerns in...

janinerMon, 23/04/2018 - 1:45pm
Posts on OL86/140

We have been informed by NSW DPI (Fisheries) that they have been in contact with the lessee of OL86/140 and that the lessee will be commencing remediation work on the early morning low tides at the end of April.

The lease holder has indicated his intentions to cultivate OL86/140 and move away from post and rail infrastructure to floating basket cultivation. This will require the removal of the vast majority of posts from OL86/140. The lease holder has been made aware of our concerns about the impact overgrown clumps may have in the shallows.

NSW DPI compliance staff...

mpicklesSun, 08/04/2018 - 10:24am

North Arm Cove has been invaded by a large flock of the Little Corella. Vibrant, noisy, amusing birds that can be mistaken for White Cockatoos.

They have pesky behavior, trimming the new growth on trees, taking over the nesting sites of less prevalent birds like the rosella, galah, kookaburra and our Glossy Black Cockatoos. A couple have been busy in our neighbours yard working on a tree hollow that has previously been the goal of rosellas.

They can also be destructive to human habitats, destroying guttering, paneling and other things like tarpaulins and shade...

dougkThu, 15/03/2018 - 9:50pm

For the past two decades, usually just before the end of each Financial Year, Council has offered a bulky waste collection service. Sometimes, it is true, the streets of the Cove were not always a beauteous sight for several weeks with some residents putting their bulky rubbish out far too early. Others mistakenly put out items from the Council's will-not-be-collected list. Some of these rejected items stayed by the roadside for weeks afterwards.

tonyhFri, 02/03/2018 - 6:01pm


The Common Myna was introduced into Melbourne’s markets between 1863 and 1872 to control insects. It is now regarded as major pest - the flying cane toad. The Myna bird has been declared the second greatest threat to native birds after land clearing.

Once the birds are established, dramatic increases in density occur. One web site (below) gives numbers: “From one breeding pair, within five years they have the potential for reaching nearly 13,000 birds.”

As scavengers, they are a pest to fruit trees, especially fig, and raid soft fruit...

dougkSun, 04/02/2018 - 6:49pm

Just before Christmas 2017, concerns were raised about a canal - up to 16 kilometres long - being carved out of the 2400+ hectare former Australian Pine Plantation property off Viney Creek Road East. In an article posted today (Sunday 4 Feb) on the SMH website, Domain journalist Lucy Macken reports on a stop-work order being issued to the owner Phillip Lee.

mareli121Mon, 22/01/2018 - 10:12am
Clean Up Day 4 March

Clean Up Australia Day is on Sunday 4th of March - 8am to 10am.

Looking for experienced and new Volunteers....

Yes, we will be looking forward to Clean Up North Arm Cove for 2018, and hope to increase the volunteer count from the healthy number of 27 keen (but wet) souls last year, to well....even more.

For those that haven't done this before, the general process is that volunteers present in the ways listed below, are given gloves/bags/etc (referred to as 'kit') sign on and combined into a group to clean up a...

janinerSun, 21/01/2018 - 9:24pm
Looking for insects in the grass at high tide

We have had a pair of nesting herons for most of January. In breeding season the adult birds have plumes on their back, breast, neck and nape.

The nest is high up in a gum tree and about 50m from the water. Unfortunately the pair abandoned the nest about a week ago. I am not sure whether the hail storm damaged the eggs or whether there was another reason to leave the nest. The birds were not particularly diligent in sitting on the nest, so perhaps the eggs just failed to develop.




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