General News

tonyhFri, 24/09/2021 - 5:07pm

Readers of this website will know that a small action group of local residents has, for some 15 years, been watching the steady environmental desecration of the 400-hectare farmland holding known as Fame Cove to our east. More than this, the group has been actively campaigning for local and state government authorities to bring the owner to order - action which finally resulted in Land and Environment court orders placed on the owner for millions of dollars of restitution in 2017. (See on this website for a background summary).

However, despite the court orders, not much...

dougkFri, 10/09/2021 - 10:07pm

The Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, announced earlier this evening.that, as of midnight tonight (Friday 10 September), the lockdown of the MidCoast local government area has been lifted.

bobreidTue, 07/09/2021 - 8:03am

This morning I received the following media release from Kate Washington, MP:


In response to the urging of local MP Kate Washington, we are pleased to announce the commencement of a covid-19 testing service for the community of Tea Gardens (and surrounds) on Thursday 9th September.

bobreidSun, 05/09/2021 - 9:45pm

Essential Energy has advised that there will be a planned power outage this Wednesday, 8 September, from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

It will affect all of North Arm Cove.

For more information call 13 20 80.

bobreidTue, 31/08/2021 - 6:13pm

MidCoast Council has completed its Draft Rural Strategy and placed it on public exhibition on its website. It is open for review and feedback until Friday 19 November 2021.

This draft strategy has been developed over the past couple of years and is based on a rigorous and systematic analysis of the issues associated with the use and protection of rural land within the MidCoast area.

bobreidSun, 15/08/2021 - 10:02pm

One of our residents rang me this afternoon to ask what did the lock down mean about leaving her home - could she go the shops for example? She said a few residents were not sure about what it meant and what they could or could not do.

The lock down means that stay at home restrictions apply to all of regional and rural NSW until 12.01am on Sunday 22 August.NSW. To summarise these restrictions:

tonyhThu, 12/08/2021 - 11:34am

We have been warned by the MCC to expect loud noises coming from the Fame Cove property next week. This could go on for some time and is part of the court order impositions placed on the owners, Tea Garden Farms, for site restitution.

Apparently, a weir was constructed as a thoroughfare near the western shore line instead of an appropriate causeway. The structure is 700mm high and blocks the passage of water run-off into Cove waters. Tens of thousands of dollars of concrete are to be broken up and removed.

So, you can now add ear muffs...

bobreidFri, 06/08/2021 - 2:38pm

Shortly after Tonyh published his article “Coronavirus confusion” this morning we received an email from Kate Washington containing the latest advice from the Hunter New England Local Health District. A copy of this advice is attached.

To summarise the situation for North Arm Cove residents:

tonyhFri, 06/08/2021 - 10:21am

The current situation with the lockdown on our border has caused us some confusion.

It used to be, and I think still is, that self-isolation is only required if you have been in a hotspot location – see the hotspot links at the end of this article. For those that have been in the Newcastle/Hunter area (which includes the Terrace) since July 31st, it seems we are committed to the stay-at-home rules which are different. This is as as far as I can work it out.

This is just a bunch of notes with links that I have...

bobreidThu, 29/07/2021 - 2:06pm

The second episode of John "Stinker" Clarke's series on ABC Radio on fishing in Port Stephens was broadcast last Saturday 24 July.

This episode was all about how Port Stephens became the biggest oyster farm in the world.

You can listen to this episode on the following link:

John 'Stinker' Clarke tells you how Port Stephens became the biggest oyster farm in the world - Saturday Breakfast - ABC Radio



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