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bobreidSun, 16/01/2022 - 10:14pm

This post is a reminder that the deadline for submissions on Council's draft Rural Strategy is 4:30pm on Friday 28 January.

This strategy proposes to rezone the North Arm Cove non-urban area as Environmental Management and Environmental Conservation zones to reflect its environmental values and it being unsuitable for residential development.

If you are interested in the future of the non-urban area you should lodge a submission on the draft strategy. If you haven't done so yet, you have only 12 days left to do so.

janinerThu, 23/12/2021 - 4:52pm

Dr Hennes at Karuah Medical Centre has advised us of her Christmas trading hours.

We will be closed the public holidays 27 and 28th of December 2021 , then the 3rd of January 2022
For Covid 19 booster dose and kids' vaccine 5-11 years old , will be January 2022
Kind regards
Dr M Hennes

dougkWed, 22/12/2021 - 7:33pm

Do you remember voting in a council election way back on 4 December? The results of that election were finally declared this morning (Wednesday 22 December).

Why did the results take so long to come? Optional preferential voting was relatively easy (despite the 80 candidates). The method of counting however is complex. The voting process is represented in a complicated spreadsheet with 1765 rows and 371 columns.

The newly elected Councillors were:

* Elected immediately having achieved a quota:

Loal ConroyWed, 22/12/2021 - 5:07pm


MidCoast Council will NOT supply additional waste bins at the Community Centre during the holiday period and have recommended that the Community Centre's own waste bins be removed during the holiday period. Campers and visitors to the area are requested to dispose of their waste at the Tea Gardens Waste Management Centre or take their rubbish away with them.

Tea Gardens Waste Management Centre is open:

Monday and Wednesday – 12 noon to 4 pm
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 8 am to 12 noon...

janinerSun, 19/12/2021 - 9:13pm

Some of our website sponsors have let us know their trading times over the Christmas/New Year holiday break.

Gutter-Vac Lower Mid North Coast : Closed from 24 December to 4 January.

Hunter Quarries: Closed from 24 December to 3 January.

Reopen 4 January Ex bin collection only 7am to 4pm

Normal Trade 10 January, 2022.

Port Stephens Moorings: We will be closed for Normal Business from the 24/12/21 Till the 4/1/22. But we will have our one Call service for emergencies which will be there for 24hr support


tonyhSun, 12/12/2021 - 5:23pm

For your information, the wait period for a covid booster shot has been reduced from 6 months to 5 months. See:

A Christmas bonus maybe for some who are travelling outside the Cove.

Tony H

tonyhSat, 27/11/2021 - 12:00pm

I expect that many people in our village will have watched the ABC For Corners program broadcast on November 8 which reported on the proposed $100-million development for at least 140 apartments in Sanderling Avenue next to the golf course at Hawks Nest.

Here’s a link to the story if you missed it:

The report resulted in a massive reaction from concerned locals. This has resulted in formally registered ePetition to State Parliament instigated by the Myall Koalas group to protect the area by rezoning it to Zone RE1 Public Recreation.


dougkThu, 04/11/2021 - 10:04am

On Monday the NSW Government released a draft Management Plan for the NSW Mainland Marine Park Network (2021-2031) for community consultation over the next three months. Port Stephens-Great Lakes is one of the five mainland marine parks that make up just over 30% of the NSW coast.

The draft 10-year plan identifies the environmental, social, cultural and economic values to be conserved by marine parks, the threats to those values and a road map for their future management.

bobreidSun, 31/10/2021 - 9:16pm

MidCoast Council has extended the consultation period for its draft Rural Strategy for 10 weeks until 28 January 2022.

This is because Council and Councillors were getting many phone calls and emails on the strategy and wanted to make sure that affected landowners had sufficient time to review the proposal and to contact Council officers with any queries.

The draft Rural Strategy affects all landowners in North Arm Cove - it applies to all rural zoned land, and the North Arm Cove village is zoned Rural RU5, and the surrounding non-urban land is zoned Rural RU2.

tonyhThu, 21/10/2021 - 9:19am

This article from Len Yearsley

For your information, below is a letter sent to Hon Matt Kean, Treasurer and Minister for Environment and Energy, on behalf of our Sub Committee and copied to Hon Kate Washington and the Director of the Conservation Branch National Parks and Wildlife Service who has previously indicated NPWS would consider purchasing the Fame Cove Land should it be offered for sale.

Mr and Mrs Lee's present circumstances open the possibility that the land may again come on the market presenting the opportunity of obtaining it for public ownership. ...



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