General News

janinerSat, 19/06/2021 - 4:18pm

Local Council Elections will be held on Saturday 4 September 2021.

Voting is compulsory for local residents. You are also eligible to vote as a non-resident in a council area if you are:

an owner of rateable land in the council area an occupier or rate-paying lessee of rateable land in the council area.

Non-residential rolls provide people who are non-resident owners, occupiers and rate-paying lessees of rateable land within the MidCoast Council area an opportunity to have a say in who is elected to Council.

There are two non-residential rolls: the roll of non-resident owners of...
janinerSat, 19/06/2021 - 3:45pm
Steering group

Last year, MidCoast Council sent out a postcard asking residents and property owners what they liked about the North Arm Cove and Carrington area and what improvements they would like to see. This was a prelude to forming a steering group to develop a Local Community Plan (LCP).

Council’s idea for a Community Plan is "for people within a community to come together, have a conversation about what they want for the future and develop a plan for how they will get there." We were told at the last NACCAi meeting by our local council representative, Len Roberts, that...

bobreidSun, 30/05/2021 - 9:31am

Last Friday 28 May 2021 MidCoast Council sent out an email which provided an update on its Zoning In project and preparation of its Rural Strategy.

The Rural Strategy is important for North Arm Cove as it will determine the future of the non-urban land surrounding the village. This land is currently zoned Rural and is a "paper subdivision". 

dougkFri, 28/05/2021 - 8:43pm

A  bulky waste kerbside collection for North Arm Cove residents will take place between 4-10 June. It's a great opportunity to dispose of those bulky, unwanted items without even leaving the Cove BUT it is important not to place items out before Wednesday 2 June.

Council advises that, to make the most of Bulky Waste and avoid being fined, we should take some time beforehand to understand what items will be accepted (and what won't), how it should be presented for collection, and when to place it out.

janinerTue, 25/05/2021 - 2:59pm

We have received the following message from Dr Hennes at Karuah Medical Centre.

"People aged 40-49 can register for the Pfizer vaccine here: People will be contacted when a booking is available at John Hunter Hospital."

Remember that the Pfizer vaccine has to be stored at very low temperatures and it will not be as readily available at your local GP as the Astrazeneca Vaccine. You may have to attend a dedicated clinic where there are adequate storage facilities.

janinerThu, 20/05/2021 - 12:15pm

It is still Volunteers Week. In my article on volunteers, I forgot one of our most important volunteers, the editor of Cove News, Loal Conroy.

Last year, Loal took on the task of providing us with the Cove News. I know from many discussions with the previous editor, Maureen Kelly, that this can be a big job. Many of us seniors prefer the written word in hard copy, so a big thank you to Loal and all the volunteers who help her. Your hard work is much appreciated.

janinerThu, 20/05/2021 - 12:04pm

At the last NACCAi meeting Councillor Len Roberts was asked about rates.

MidCoast Council is currently reviewing all rates in a process called rates harmonisation. The amalgamation of three councils has led to a complicated rating system. This has been reviewed and a single rating system will replace the old system in July 2021. According to Council, there will be no changes or even a decrease for 80% of landowners.

There is more information plus a rates calculator on Council’s website. Go to

We used the calculator for our property as well as the...

janinerMon, 17/05/2021 - 11:00am

It is Volunteer Week this week.

Across the Mid Coast region there are 16,000 volunteers. 2000 volunteer with the Mid Coast Council. There is a meeting on Thursday in Tea Gardens (the Boat House) for those interested in volunteering in this area. It is run by Midcoast Assist and you can call in for a chat about volunteering and a free coffee. For more details, go to

We have many volunteers in the Cove. Some you may know about, but many work behind the scenes to benefit both our local area or our society...

janinerTue, 11/05/2021 - 7:50pm

We have received the following message from Dr Marguerite Hennes at Karuah:

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for eligible people, vaccine appointments are limited at this stage. First check your eligibility at . If you are eligible call us on 02 49975510 or 02 49975912 to fill and sign the consent form and appointment.

janinerSun, 09/05/2021 - 3:41pm
Traffic advice sign

There are several groups of residents who regularly cycle, jog or walk along the bitumen roads between the village and the highway. Some have had near misses with vehicles speeding along the roads. The problem is particularly noticeable in the early mornings when tradesmen are coming to work in the village.

Peter C has been lobbying the various government authorities to get some signage regarding the distance required when passing cyclists on the road. He has had one short term success. Midcoast Council has put up an electronic sign on a trailer close to the entry to the Cove....



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