Midcoast Riverbank Restorations

Partnerships to restore riverbanks. Three riverbank restoration projects will provide long term improvements in water quality and fish habitat. Extensive work in the Wallamba River. Over 11 kilometres of riverbank has been stabilised. They are due to a partnership between local landholders, MidCoast Council and NSW Department of Primary Industries.

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Midcoast Draft Rural Strategy

Changes proposed for rural and environmental lands. Proposed changes to the way the region’s waterways, rural and environmental lands are managed are currently open for community feedback as part of the draft MidCoast Rural Strategy. The draft Rural Strategy sets out a proposed framework for clear and consistent land use

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This Dog is Not Hungry

Please stop feeding the dingoes. Dingo photographed at Hawks Nest recently. Image: Midcoast Council MidCoast Council renewed its warning to stop feeding, or even interacting with, dingoes in the Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest region. This comes from an increasing number of reports to Council about locals and tourists feeding

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Barrington Coast Art Trail ~ Artists Wanted

MidCoast Council is calling on artists to submit expressions of interest to develop one or more artworks that will contribute to the Barrington Coast Art Trail – The Tanks. Supported by the NSW Government through the Regional Tourism Bushfire Recovery Grants, the project will deliver silo art installations at the

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Right Whale Turns Left into Wallis Lake

A 20 kilometre speed limit on the Forster Tuncurry bridge and its approaches could be enforced at any time over the next few days or so, as experts try to shepherd a southern right whale under the bridge and out to sea. Forster Tuncurry motorists are being asked to be

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Tuncurry’s Ocean Pool Rocks

Work starts this week on Tuncurry’s rock pool surrounds. The project to upgrade the promenade will be carried out in two distinct stages, beginning with the area directly in front of the café. In this first stage, the shared walkway will be extended and widened, tiered steps that double as

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A Local’s Guide to Barrington Coast

Barrington Coast is the glorious coastal, waterland, and mountainous expanse of one of NSW’s most beautiful regions. MidCoast Council is promoting it as a destination on a tourism website “Barrington Coast” to showcase the immersive experiences of the region. Bundabah, a typical example for Midcoast Council’s promotion of the region

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Bulky Waste Collection Resumes for MidCoast

Bulky waste collection to resume in 2021. Yearly bulky waste and scrap metal kerbside collection service resumes for the MidCoast region in 2021. The service was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. The service offers residents a way to dispose of larger unwanted household items by placing them on the

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Keeping the Country Well at Midcoast

Yalawanyi Ganya’s first exhibition. The public gallery space at MidCoast Council’s admin centre – Yalawanyi Ganya – has an inaugural exhibit close to curator Rachel Piercy’s heart. Saltwater Freshwater weavings – a collaboration between local Aboriginal Elders and community members, including Aunty Lynnette Davis, Angie Davis and Jai Ord, Aunty

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Forster & Tuncurry Developments

Lake Street planning proposal. Residents can comment on a proposal to rezone land at Lake Street, Forster to high-density redevelopment. Artists concept of possible Lake Street redevelopment. The total combined site area of the proposed rezoning is approximately 9,015m2 and currently includes: Gallipoli Court self-contained holiday apartments, Sunseeker Motor Inn

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Welcome to Yalawanyi Ganya

MidCoast Council’s new administration and customer service centre at Yalawanyi Ganya on Biripi Way, Tare opens on 7 January. The customer service centre in Yalawanyi Ganya will provide a modern concierge model customer experience, supported by Council’s online services. We are pleased to be welcoming the community to our new building

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Hawks Nest Golf Club Rezoning

Plans for the rezoning of land adjoining the Hawks Nest Golf Club are on exhibition for community comment. MidCoast Council seeks feedback from the community on the proposal to expand the area for medium density residential development.  The site proposed is located on Sanderling Avenue at Hawks Nest, east of

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New Walking Track at McBrides Beach

New walking track for Cape Hawke’s McBrides Beach. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has started work on a walking track to access McBrides Beach in Booti Booti National Park. McBride’s Beach from Cape Hawke. Forster and Tuncurry in distance. View north. Photo: John Spencer DPIE NSW. NPWS

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Tuncurry Rockpool Wall Repairs

Repairs to the Tuncurry Rockpool retaining wall will take place in early 2021. MidCoast Council will call for the tenders for this major structural project. We were hoping to be able to undertake the works before Christmas, but quotations exceeded our initial estimates of the value of the works,” said

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Gloucester Community Garden Concept

Gloucester Community Garden concept grows. Community feedback is sought on a proposal to establish a community garden at Gloucester. A local community group has developed plans for a community-based garden that will produce fruit, vegetables and herbs, as well as other plants for the community’s benefit. Council supports the use

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Hawks Nest Dredging Concludes

Hawks Nest sand dredging operation complete. Dredging to remove 120,000 cubic metres of sand from the eastern channel of the Lower Myall River at Hawks Nest has finished. Sand recovery from Myall River at Hawks Nest.   Photo ~ Terri Mekin. MidCoast Council’s contractors, Dredging Solutions, will demobilise the dredge this

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One in 2000 Year Deluge

One in two thousand year rain even. Monday 26 October saw an intense rain system impact on roads and sewers from Tea Gardens north to Pacific Palms over a four hour period. Water at Viney Creek Road near Tea Gardens wondering where to go during the once in a millennia

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Gathang Name for New Council Building

Gathang name for new Council building on meeting agenda. Midcoast councillors will consider naming the former Master’s building on Biripi Way in Gathang to honour local Aboriginal culture. ‘Yalawanyi Gunyah’, which means sitting/meeting place, is the proposed name for the building that will house MidCoast Council’s new administration and customer

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Extreme Weather Damaged Northern Waterways

Waterway health: bushfires, floods take a toll. Northern waterways have been affected by the 2019-2020 season of extreme events, described in the 2020 Waterways and Catchment Report Card. The 2019-2020 monitoring period was one of extreme climatic conditions including drought, bushfires and flooding all of which can have a significant

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Conservation Framework for Midcoast Region

Looking out for the future of our environment. The first stage in developing a Biodiversity Framework for the MidCoast region is underway with an online survey. Everyone has a role to play in protecting plants, animals and natural environment. MidCoast Council is preparing a road map for the local community,

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Apprenticeships at Mid Coast Council

Seventeen apprentice, trainee, and graduate positions. MidCoast Council will offer 17 new apprenticeship, traineeship, and graduate opportunities at Taree, Forster, Tuncurry, Gloucester and Bootawa to start January 2021. Council is advertising the new positions on their website and other employment websites. On offer are traditional trade apprenticeships in electrical, automotive,

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One Good Tern Deserves Another

No travel restrictions for these international visitors. Each year beaches and inlets become a refuge for some very special international fly-in visitors. Little Terns at Farquhar Inlet. Migratory shorebirds make their way to nest and feed from as far away as Japan and Russia. With nesting season now underway, signage

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Farquhar Channel Licence Secured

Ten-year Crown Lands licence for draining the Farquhar Inlet at Old Bar. The licence that has been secured will allow Council to implement a notch in the sand when it reaches a certain height. Farguhar Inlet flood release channel in February 2020. The notch does not in itself open the

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Historic Seal Rocks Cottage

Seal Rock’s Davies Cottage ready for guests. Davies Cottage at Seal Rocks. Photo: Brent Mail NPWS National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said to the historic Davies Cottage is available for holiday bookings. With views over Sugarloaf Bay and set against bushland of Myall Lakes National Park, the three-bedroom cottage

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Rainforest Work at Blackhead

Rainforest restoration and safety clearing at Blackhead.  Blackhead bowling club adjacent to protected forest. MidCoast Council will conduct a limited and approved vegetation clearing operation in a sensitive area of protected littoral rainforest in Blackhead next Friday 25 September. The operation is restricted to undertaking minor work on 12 identified

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Twenty Five Newbies to the North

Australian Citizenship Day, Thursday 17 September 2020. MidCoast Council will welcome 25 new citizens tomorrow at its first citizenship ceremony since COVID-19 restrictions were introduced. The conferees from 12 countries including England, Ireland, Brazil, Thailand, Philippines, Denmark, and Germany, will become Australian citizens as part of a ceremony at 10.30am.

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Forster Ocean Baths Open

Forster Ocean Baths upgrade complete. Forster Ocean Baths has reopened with an improved access ramp and general maintenance complete. During the community consultation for Forster’s Main Beach Masterplan in 2018, the community requested improvements be made to the access ramp for the Baths, and we’re pleased we have now delivered

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NSW RFS Get Ready Weekend at MidCoast

Now is the time to confront risks after last year’s bushfires. Don Pattison rebuilding his home at Caparra after the 2019 bushfires. Mark Get Ready Weekend on the calendar on 19th and 20th September. Local NSW RFS brigades will be holding events to help residents prepare for the bushfire season

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No Random Swimmers Please

COVID restrictions limit Manning swimming pool visitors to bookings only. MidCoast Council says district public swimming pools are open only for group bookings across the region for now, due to current NSW Government COVID-19 requirements. Our district swimming pools at Tea Gardens, Stroud, Bulahdelah, Nabiac, and Krambach will remain closed

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Vouchers for Cancelled Kerbside Collection

Waste disposal vouchers replace missed bulk waste kerbside collection. Two waste disposal vouchers will be provided to every MidCoast Council ratepayer who receives a domestic waste service, in lieu of this year’s annual kerbside bulky waste collection. Councillors voted to provide vouchers valid until 30 June 2021 to offer people

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