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News and Events April 2018

Free Marine Environment Course


There is a fantastic free course starting in Nelson Bay in May about the marine environment.

The information/registration night is on Wed 2nd May at 7pm at the Tomaree Community Centre, Salamander Bay.

The course is held on the Wednesday nights during May, with weekend field excursions.

New Shoal Bay Playground


Attached some renders of the new playground to be installed at Bernie Thompson Park.

The fencing, landscaping and seating that are part of the project are not shown on the renders.

The timber elements have been chosen to match the treed setting of the park.

The sandstone logs will be used for informal seating to match the barrier works used for the adjacent carpark.

The estimated commencement of works will be June 2018.

Note: Hopefully the bike rack in front of Aura should be replaced in early May along with the upgraded

dinghy rack and dingy beach ramp.

Have your say on the future of Port Stephens

What should Port Stephens look like in 2028?


You're invited to get involved and help shape the vision for the future of our region, as part of the Community Strategic Plan ‘Port Stephens 2021-2028'.

There is further information and more detailed plans on the Council website at:

Compulsory acquisition of an easement for access over part of 6 Government Road Shoal Bay

It has been recommended that Council compulsorily acquire an easement for access over part of Lot 508 DP 729026 at Shoal Bay to provide a new exit point from Shoal Bay Holiday Park (SBHP) and formalise the adjoining car park access to improve local traffic and car parking issues.


This is designed to reduce congestion at the current combined entrance/exit to SBHP located on Shoal Bay Road and improve local car parking, a road design has been approved by Council's Traffic Engineers which requires an easement for access over the two Crown Reserves.


This easement and the consequent road works will benefit both local residents and visitors through improved road safety for vehicles and pedestrians in Shoal Bay and will provide enhanced Holiday Park guest experiences through reduced check in and check out times at SBHP.


The project will include the addition of an exit gate in the south east corner of SBHP and road construction across the southern end of the Park, intersecting with Government Road.

Information from: 'Item 13  - 27 March -Ordinary Council agenda'

Another great year for the Dragon Boats and Sail Port Stephens

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