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Booklet to be launcheddougkFri, 02/06/2017 - 3:50pm

Many people have contributed to a booklet on the Cove being produced to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Residents Association's establishment. The booklet will be launched at the celebration on the afternoon of August 20. As well as noting the achievements of the Cove's various community groups, the booklet explores our local history and natural beauty. This limited-edition publication is packed with photos and will be both a collectors item and a wonderful gift for family and friends. Don't miss out. Reserve one or more copies now by transferring $20 per copy using the (recently changed) Association bank details...

Meeting 10am 17 June
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tonyhWed, 31/05/2017 - 3:52pm

Quarry Threat Casts Shadow Over Local Villages

MidCoast Council last week put on exhibition DA269/2017 which is for a rock mining quarry on the iconic Fame Cove property bordering Port Stephens.

This quarry may require the services each year of up to 5000 truck movements and all the necessary industrial equipment to process up to 25,000 cu m of ultra hard volcanic Andesite rock.

The DA does not explain exactly how the rock will be extracted or crushed except that there will be no blasting. We are told there will be no noise or vibration, but not...

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tonyhThu, 11/05/2017 - 8:35pm

".... 'Ole in the ground, so big and sort o' round it was

And there was I, diggin' it deep

It was flat at the bottom and the sides were steep...."

Our neighbour, Mr Lee, owner of the 409 hectares commonly known as Fame Cove, has submitted a DA through his company Tea Garden Farms Pty Ltd for the operation of a rock quarry on his property - Lot 101 in DP 1049845.

We understand that the application DA 269/2017 is...

Legislative council verdictpeterfSun, 16/04/2017 - 6:45pm

The hope that MidCoast Council would be prevented from applying for a special rate increase has been dashed. For while the NSW parliament recently passed legislation preventing the state’s merged councils from putting up rates it included one exception - MidCoast Council.

As a result of this legislation – the Local Government Amendment (Rates – Merged Council Areas) Bill 2017 – our council will now be the only merged council with the right to apply to IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) for a special rate variation.

This is despite the NSW Office of Local Government late last...

The new team ready to help
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dougkFri, 07/04/2017 - 9:21am

Many of the Cove community are familiar with popular pharmacist Wilson Soh from his time at the Karuah then Tea Gardens Pharmacies. So it is great news to find that Wilson has returned to the Karuah Pharmacy, this time as Manager.

With the goal of providing quality, accessible, affordable and friendly services to the communities, Wilson will be ably supported by the always welcoming team of Shauna, Skye and Rebecca.

In announcing this change to the Cove community, Wilson says

During the transition period, our team will endeavor to restock the pharmacy, upgrade technology and foster

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dougkFri, 24/03/2017 - 1:55pm

The proposal to merge MidCoast Council with MidCoast Water is on public exhibition until 12 April. Details of the proposal and explanations on how to make a submission can be found here: http://www.midcoast.nsw.gov.au/Have-Your-Say/MidCoast-Council-and-MidCoa...

How will this merger affect North Arm Cove?

Probably not very much - given that we have neither sewer nor town water and are unlikely to be provided with those services in the foreseeable future. Possibly there will be some side effects.

There is an expected $3million in savings but, on previous experience, none of that will head our way....

lenySat, 18/03/2017 - 9:44am

The owner of the iconic Fame Cove/North Arm Cove waterfront site in Port Stephens will front the Land and Environment Court again next Friday (24 March) to face continuing charges of causing serious environmental damage and carrying out unauthorised work.

The court appearance follows a previous court decision imposing a four month stop work order on the site. This was in response to investigations by Mid Coast Council that revealed prolific devastation due to work being carried out beyond development consent, without permit or consultation.

Coeliac AwarenessdougkFri, 17/03/2017 - 6:43pm

It seems every day of the year and every week has been allocated one or more names. This week has been designated as Coeliac Awareness Week . As a Coeliac diagnosed somewhat late in life, I do feel I should do my bit to make people aware of the issues. The attached poster highlights how symptoms of Coeliac Disease can be very diverse, differing from one individual to another. Some people do not get the abdominal symptoms at all. In children undiagnosed Coeliac Disease may be the cause of otherwise unexplained behavioural or learning problems.

Recent research...

dougkSun, 05/03/2017 - 8:31pm

Drenched, dripping and bedraggled they may have become but an enthusiastic band of Clean Up Australia volunteers braved some persistent Sunday showers to bag an abundance of bottles, cans and vast range of other miscellaneous litter from roadways and verges around the Cove.

Information
dougkSat, 25/02/2017 - 7:49pm

MidCoast Council have advised that the next community update session to be held at Tea Gardens Baptist Church Hall will be on Tuesday 7 March 6pm. The session will include important news on Council's upcoming September elections, asset management, financial position and merger progress.

These meetings are also a great opportunity to find out about key Council issues.  There'll be an opportunity to ask questions.

Interim General Manager, Glenn Handford and Directors Lisa Schiff, Steve Embry, Paul De Szell and Ron Hartley will host the meetings. 

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