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schMon, 31/07/2017 - 12:46pm

Although i am now an ex-resident, I still take a keen interest in the happenings at NAC. As a boat ramp has been a No.1 priority for residents since Adam was a pup, maybe the time has come to take matters into your own hands. I suggest that NACRA appoint a person(s) to gain individual quotes for the installation of a boat ramp at Medina Bay. I have no doubt that the cost will be less that Council's estimate. When the new council is elected it may be possible to gain approval to go ahead, albeit with Council acting as project manager. Am I living in LaLa Land?

siriusMon, 31/07/2017 - 10:40am

Former Greater Taree City Councillor, Peter Epov, today called for an independent review of the MidCoast amalgamation saying that he has serious reservations about the success of the amalgamation experiment, and the ability of the new Council to effectively service the ratepayers and residents of the new Local Government Area.

Land Sale Ad 1982siriusTue, 11/07/2017 - 12:23pm

A change.org petion has been set up by non-urban land owners frustrated that they are obliged to continue to pay rates on blocks of land for which no services are provided and on which they cannot build. In some cases, they cannot even access their land thanks to the poor state of the non-urban roads. Council has, over the years, become the owner of hundreds of these lots as other owners have given up in despair.

Between 1919 and 1922, Stroud Council had approved subdivisions involving many thousands of lots around the North Arm Cove peninsular...

Mooring a runabout is costlypeterfSun, 09/07/2017 - 5:35pm

As North Arm Cove residents come to terms with MidCoast Council’s decision not only to reject the proposed boat ramp at Medina Bay but also to rule out a public boat ramp being constructed anywhere else in the village area, those keen to get on the water need to consider other options,

One involves investigating the practicality of mooring a small runabout in the Cove waterway. The viability of mooring a boat has been enhanced by the recent completion of official dinghy launch ramps at Casuarina Park and Water Street. Some residents also keep and launch dinghies at Medina...

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dougkSun, 18/06/2017 - 4:17pm

It was standing room only at the Community Centre yesterday (Saturday 17 June) for a Public Meeting to discuss the implications of the DA proposal for a private quarry at Bundabah. Well in excess of a hundred people from the Cove, Bundabah, Pindimar and further afield listened intently to a detailed presentation of the history of the site and the very concerning discrepancies between the content of the DA proposal and the known facts.

After an extensive Q&A-and-comments session, a sea of hands showed overwhelming support for a motion that this meeting calls upon Council to reject Development Application...

Paying for emergency servicespeterfSun, 04/06/2017 - 4:42pm

The proposed introduction of a new Fire and Emergency Services Levy has been put on hold with the NSW Government arguing that new modelling has indicated that the new system would have had an unexpected and unfair impact on a range of land owners, including the owners of some commercial and industrial property. It is even possible the levy will be abandoned altogether.

This is great news for those who own non-urban blocks in North Arm Cove as they would have been hit by at least the base rate of $100 even though the land’s value is very low...

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...

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