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  • Is it possible to have a footpath at the intersection (roundabout) of irrawang st and Glenelg st going along past the men’s shed into Elizabeth ave up to the bus shelter area as this is a high pedestrian area for people accessing the town centre and is very dangerous for the public people in wheelchairs mothers with prams and kids on bikes are forces to stay on the road as the area off road is very uneven rocky and lots of tree debris hope this can be fixed before a fatality happens thanks kay

    Kay asked 22 days ago

    Footpaths near to the Glenelg/Elizabeth/Irrawang Streets intersection are identified on Council's Pathway Plans. Please follow this link to view the relevant pathways plan for Raymond Terrace.

    However there is no budget currently available to fund this particular project or many of the other paths identified in the pathways plan. Council are working towards seeking funding for a wide variety of projects at all times through a variety of means including grants. 

    Also, I have organised a street sweeping crew to go to this corner to remove the debris to help make this safer. A Customer Request has been raised to undertake this maintenance works and the reference number for these works is 262515. You can ring our customer service team on 4980 2555 to keep a track of this request.  


  • Has any thought gone into removing the No Right Turn debacle on the corner of Richardson Road and Halloran Way? I have had more close calls in one year doing a U turn at the roundabout of Richardson Road and Benjamin Lee Drive than the previous 2 years turning right into Halloran Way. If no thought has gone into it, how do I bring it to Councils attention?

    Tapps asked 27 days ago

    Hi there

    Thank you for your comments. The works associated at this intersection were as a result of the subdivision on Richardson Road. Richardson Road is a RMS managed road and RMS therefore imposed conditions regarding the entry and exit points on the subdivision including the right turn from Richardson Road into Halloran Way.

    The relevant condition of consent relating specifically to this is as follows:

    17A. The Richardson Road / Halloran Way intersection shall be upgraded as follows:
    • The right turn from Richardson Road into Halloran Way shall be closed to the satisfaction of RMS and Council.
    • The left turn deceleration lane on Richardson Road shall be designed to separate from Richardson Road (become a slip lane) before it meets Hallroan Way.
    • A concrete median, minimum 900mm wide, shall be constructed in Halloran Way to enhance delineation and provide some protection for right turning vehicles to the satisfaction of RMS and Council. A 'Stop' sign shall also be erected at this intersection to enhance safety.
    • The intersection upgrade shall include provision for cyclists through the intersection.
    • The above upgrades shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the Austroads Guide to Road Design (with RMS supplements), to the satisfaction of RMS and Council.

    I understand that new traffic conditions can be difficult to get used to not only for you but for other road users but it is unlikely that these road conditions, as they have only been reasonably recently implemented, will be changed at this point.

  • I've asked this question some time ago (more than 2 days ago!) but as yet have not received an answer. Why have council removed the roadside trees along Spinnaker Way near the intersection (round-a-about) with Bagnalls Beach road?

    duk asked about 1 month ago

    Hi there I'm sorry I haven't gotten back to you earlier but I can now advise the following. The trees were removed as they were causing damage to infrastructure in the area which included significant cracking of driveways, pavements and kerbs. The plan is that these trees will be replaced with more suitable species. Residents in the immediate area were provided a copy of the flyer below with more information. 


  • Where can we go on PS Council website to find information on the proposed realignment of Nelson Bay road that has been spoken of on the radio recently? Thank you.

    Toby asked about 1 month ago

    Hi thank you for your enquiry and I'm sorry I haven't got back to you before now. The information about this RMS project was on Council's facebook page posted on the 30 September 2019. 

    Please click on this link to view the project overview and potential route alignment options

    As you no doubt heard on the radio Community and stakeholders are invited to comment on the route alignment options for the duplication of Nelson Bay road from Williamtown to Bobs Farm.

    The community is invited to provide comment by 5pm on Friday 11 October 2019 to:

    • nelsonbayroad@rms.nsw.gov.au
    • Nelson Bay Road project team: Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bay 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300
    • For more information call RMS on 1800 512 277


  • Hi, Has the EPA made any decision regarding the revoking of Port Stephens Council's licence to use the compost material in our red bins for land rehabilitation? Is it correct that since October last year, once composted, the contents of our red bins have been going to landfill? When does Council expect new guidelines from the EPA? Thank you.

    Love LTP asked about 2 months ago

    Yes it is correct that since October last year the composted material has been going to landfill due to the EPA suspending the exemption for its use on land rehabilitation. While this is far from the ideal outcome, the material is inert when placed in the landfill meaning it won’t produce any gases or leachate.

    We are expecting a response from the EPA in the near future.


  • Along the Mambo wetland Road (Foreshore Drive) the issues are the following: 1. Bicyclists: There is no suitable room for cyclists and drivers to safely share this road. 2. Trucks over 3 Tonne regularly utilise this road despite the signage which is degrading the road and all that seems to happen is patching up which degrades with the next bout of rain. 3. Speed is also an issue on this road and has multiple concerns (Wildlife, Road safety for drivers and Cyclists alike, Noise pollution - especially with drivers turning at the intersection) I have a suggestion for this issue - Reclaim the road into a park and recreational area. Have access at either end of the road where there are homes. Provide parking at either end. Make it a park area with cyclist and walking track and picnic areas. Drivers can utilise the main road of Foreshore Drive and Port Stephens Drive to Salamander Way and drive around. My thoughts and major concerns as a resident.

    Concerned Resident asked about 2 months ago

    Thank you for your comments.

    At Council we are aware that the area at the corner of Foreshore Drive and Port Stephens Drive, Salamander Bay is a problematic area and it was inspected by the Local Traffic Committee in the past and there were no actions were recommended at this time.

    Any accidents in Port Stephens should be reported to the Police. Reporting accidents to the Police helps highlight areas which have problems with speed, negligent driving, road conditions etc. Furthermore, these statistics are then used to help Council apply for funding to identify and address problem areas through obtaining specific black spot funding.

    With regard to the section of Foreshore Drive between Sandy Point Road and Port Stephens Drive, alongside Mambo Wetlands, the issues that you have raised are well-known and a priority for Port Stephens Council. We have been undertaking a compliance campaign against heavy vehicles who are illegally using this section of road. You may also be interested to know that in 2012 it was proposed to shut this section of Foreshore Drive however this proposal was considered unfavourably by many other residents. Consequently, Port Stephens Council are committed to keeping this section of Foreshore Drive open.

    We are presently in the planning stages planning to undertake works along Foreshore Drive between in February-March 2020 which will involve the installation of four more traffic calming speed bumps. This project is a result of a $190,000 successful grant from the NSW Government through the Safer Roads program.

    These works will be accompanied by further other roadworks which will work towards improving the pavement along this section of road including improving shoulder widths where possible. These works were recently funded through the Port Stephens 2020 Priority Projects process and total approximately $400,000. These works were covered under a previous Development Application and accompanying Environmental Impact Statement which was sent to nearby properties in late 2018 which focused on the replacement of the culvert across Foreshore Drive. Unfortunately, Council does not have sufficient funding to undertake all of the works along Foreshore Drive and are attempting these works as a staged process. The culvert replacement works (mid-way along Foreshore Drive) remain currently unfunded and unprogrammed. The culvert area will remain, despite the planned road works, a potential problem for cyclists and pedestrians as it will be a pinch point.  

    We will be in touch with residents in the immediate areas to these works once the details of these projects are further planned out. However, it is envisaged that Foreshore drive will be closed to through traffic for an extended period whilst the above works occur.

    The above planned roadworks may change the way that people use Foreshore Drive in general and we will review the usage of the road post works to monitor the usage and speed with the additional speed humps installed. 

    Hope this helps answer your queries.

    PSC_LizA



  • On Friday 13th September yet again another accident occurred along Foreshore Drive & Port Stephens Drive. The car would have gone through their house and possibly killed someone if it were not for their cars parked out front. This is a notoriously dangerous bend and intersection. I have been informed by long term residents that there have been multiple accidents along this stretch. Check with the police regarding the many accidents along this stretch of road and intersection. My request is the following: 1.That you place traffic calming speed bumps along the bend and the approach of the bend along where Port Stephens Drive and Foreshore Drive meet to slow drivers down. 2. Have larger and better signage for drivers approaching the bend both ways to inform them that there are driveways along there. (There is one sign when you come from Port Stephens Drive but it is not attention grabbing at all). Note: I also live on this bend and it is Russian Roulette getting out of your driveway. 3. Speeding is a major issue along with noise of speeding drivers. If we could have signage to please keep noise to a minimum for residents along with larger speed limit signage.

    Concerned Resident asked about 2 months ago

    I've included the answer to the following question above.

  • Would you consider placing speed bumps to slow traffic down at the top end of Adelaide street near Richardson’s Rd?

    Photography82648 asked 2 months ago

    Hi yes we would consider your request. These considerations would include an investigation into the need for traffic calming in the area. This investigation includes obtaining data around traffic volumes, traffic speed, surrounding land use and crash history. 

    We would also need some more information to proceed with this investigation and whilst we can pass on your request to our traffic engineer it may be worthwhile to talk directly with the correct area within Council. Please call our customer service team on 4988 0225 and ask for the Traffic Engineer. 

  • Where does one locate the pdf of the Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan on this website. A search reveals nothing and it's no longer on "Have your Say"

    Margaret Wilkinson asked 3 months ago

    Hi Margaret,

    You can view the Nelson Bay Public Domain Plan page (with a copy of the PDF) here -

    https://haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/nelson-bay-public-domain-plan

    There is also a page dedicated to the Nelson Bay Town Centre and Foreshore Strategy on Council's website and the document is available on that page as well -

    https://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/grow/local-area-planning-strategies/nelson-bay-town-centre-and-foreshore-strategy

    Let me know if you have any further issues accessing the documents.

    Kind regards,

    Dominique

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • I live at One Mile and implore you to please add markings to the two speed bumps each side of the hill on Reflection Drive. At certain times of the day they become invisible. If we could have a few reflective stripes on the humps and maybe something on the road leading up to the them. Thank you.

    PaulaJ asked 4 months ago

    Hi Paula,

    Thanks for getting in touch, we have forwarded your suggestion to Council's traffic engineer.

    Kind regards,

    Dominique

  • Good Morning, Are the council looking at putting in more safe cycleways/footpaths for people looking to commute from PS to Newcastle? My partner wants to be able to cycle into stockton to catch the ferry to work, but Nelson bay road between Fern bay and the RAAF base is way too dangerous on a bike. Currently Lake Mac and NCC have MUCH better infrastructure in this area and it is one of the reasons he wants to leave PS. In an area with fantastic natural beauty, we don't make it safely accessible for pedestrians/cyclists. Cheers, Elissa

    epeattie asked 3 months ago

    Hi Elissa,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    Council’s Pathways Plans show existing footpaths and shared paths in Port Stephens as well as identifying locations for future pathways construction as funding becomes available. You can have a look at what is planned for the Williamtown/Fern Bay area here.

    http://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/grow/development-controls-plans-and-strategies/pathway-plans

    Some of this work has been prioritised in the Mayor’s upcoming Notice of Motion which will go to Council on 27 August 2019 which will see $1 million invested into creating a pathway link between Bayway Village and the southern extent of Port Stephens boundary with City of Newcastle.

    The draft Fern Bay and North Stockton Strategy which is currently in development also highlights the need for improved pedestrian and cycling access in this area.

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    Dominique

    Community Engagement Team


  • Hi.. I would like to ask 2 questions: Has Council considered permanent fairy lighting on the trees in Magnus St Nelson Bay? It's a lovely street with its cafes and restaurants and outdoor seating and this would enhance the area tremendously. (I'm not a property owner in the street). Secondly, are there any plans to enhance the 2 roundabouts near the Salamander shops in Bagnalls Beach Road with foliage? Native grasses would look good and wouldn't be too hard to maintain, Would Council agree to residents doing the planting if they provided the plants? Thank you, Barbara

    barbara asked 5 months ago

    Hi Barbara

    Permanent fairy lighting or something similar is something that our Economic Development and Tourism team are considering for future grant applications. The recent draft Public Domain Plan for Nelson Bay considered street lighting options around Nelson Bay CBD as well. 

    The Tomaree Business Chamber have helped to undertake temporary installation of fairy lights along Magnus Street for the Christmas Period and they do look fantastic and it maybe worthwhile touching base with them as well regarding permanent solution ideas as Council works with them closely. Their contact details are available online or by calling 0455844751.

    With regard to your comment regarding enhancing roundabouts and at present we do not have additional resources to commit to beautification works. Also, Port Stephens Council are very hesitant to grant approval to residents doing planting on roundabouts and around roads in general due to safety concerns. Stringent, and also expensive, conditions need to be met to make sure that safety standards are met. Also, many of the issues with roundabout care stem back to access to a consistent water supply as many of the environments within the roundabouts result in high plant mortality particularly during summer periods due to the high exposure of such sites. 

    I hope this helps to answer your queries. 

    Liz@PSC

  • Hi, I would like to know if there are any plans of constructing a cycleway/footpath along Waropara Road. There are quite a lot of children who are walking and biking to and from Medowie Christian School and/or Medowie Public School via Waropara Road. As there is no footpath, the children are walking or riding on Waropara Road itself, which is extremely busy (and obviously dangerous) around school drop off and pick up times. Installation of a footpath would be a much safer alternative for these children and would most likely encourage others to use this route. I look forward to hearing from you. Rachel from Medowie

    rsande10 asked 6 months ago

    Hi Rachel

    We do have plans for a footpath along Waropara Road, Medowie and you can view these future plans on our website here https://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/grow/development-controls-plans-and-strategies/pathway-plans 

    The funding for this footpath construction is highlighted as an area of need, and was one of the many projects included in Councils proposal for a Special Rate Variation. However due to the recent IPART determination where the proposal was refused, the funding for the construction of this section of pathway is now uncertain. The proposed Waropara Road pathway remains on Councils Pathways Plan and we will continue to seek alternate funding sources for its construction.

    I have forwarded your email to our assets team to ensure that there is a record of your request for a footpath alongside Waropara Road.

  • Good afternoon I was hoping someone would be able to point me in the right direction of who to talk to about the bat problem at Ross Walbridge Reserve Raymond Terrace There was a community forum back in 2015/2016 with both Kate Washington and Meryl Swanson. We were told that they along with the council would be looking into the problem. We have since heard nothing from anyone. As Kate has recently been re-elected and Meryl is up for re-election I was wondering if there was going to be any updates or another forum for the community to have their say There is a video that has been uploaded to the “you know your from the terrace” Facebook page along with multiple comments (this is not my video but would be happy to get some) Any suggestion as to who we need to talk to would be greatly appreciated Thank you Kind regards Lauren Walker

    Lauren Walker asked 7 months ago

    Hi Lauren,

    The Raymond Terrace Flying-fox Camp Management Plan was endorsed by Council in 2018 and we are currently carrying out active monitoring of flying fox numbers at Ross Walbridge Reserve. Flying-foxes are highly mobile and camp populations vary at different times due to food resource availability. Flying-fox numbers have decreased since their peak in April and May 2016, and were at their lowest in July 2018. Experience has shown that attempts to move camps are generally unsuccessful, expensive, and likely to result in either the relocation and/or increase of problems.

    While Council empathises with the concern from community due to noise, smell, and the perceived health risk by the community, grey-headed flying-foxes (which are the predominant species at the camp) are listed as a threatened species under both NSW and Commonwealth legislation, and therefore disturbing flying-foxes and their habitat is restricted. The Raymond Terrace Flying-fox Camp is also protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) as it is considered a Nationally Important Camp.

    Flying-foxes are very important species for the health of our environment. They make a unique contribution to the ecosystem through their ability to move seeds and pollen over long distances. This contributes directly to the reproduction, regeneration and viability of forest ecosystems. Flying-foxes are considered ‘keystone’ species given their contribution to the health, longevity and diversity among and between vegetation communities. Flying-foxes are increasingly being driven to camp in urban areas due to:

    ·  loss of native habitat and urban expansion;

    ·  disturbance events such as drought, fires and cyclones;

    ·  human disturbance or culling at non-urban roosts or orchards;

    ·  urban effects on local climate;

    There are many people in the Raymond Terrace area who enjoy the camp and would prefer it is not disturbed. Council conducted community engagement when working through the camp management plan and found positive feedback stems from people who:

    ·  recognise the landscape-scale benefits flying-foxes provide through seed dispersal and pollination

    ·  acknowledge the need to conserve flying-foxes as an important native species

    ·  enjoy watching flying-foxes at the camp and/or flying out or in

    ·  appreciate the intrinsic value of the camp

    ·  appreciate the natural values of the camp and habitat

    ·  recognise the need for people and wildlife to live together.

    Council will continue to monitor the camp at Raymond Terrace in line with the Camp Management Plan, which you can access here. If you would like to learn more about the importance of Flying-foxes head to: http://littleaussiebat.com.au/

    If you need any more information please contact Natural Resources on 02 4988 0255

    Kind regards,

    Natural Resources Team

  • Could you please advise what township improvement or beautification will be carried out at Anna Bay shopping complex, anything similar to Nelson Bay?. I feel as though Anna Bay is the poor cousin, of the Bay Peninsular. They have to put up with an eye sore of "the resort". Lack of good roads, curb & guttering, and facilities. While the money is poured into Nelson Bay and foreshore surrounding suburbs. I do feel they do not get a fair share of money spent, by council

    NormAyre asked 9 months ago

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    The revitalisation of Anna Bay town centre is listed in the proposed Special Rate Variation (SRV) projects. If the SRV is successful we will be going out to the community with a design of the main street upgrade to make sure we have the look and feel that the people of Anna Bay are after.

    Council’s capital works program is reviewed annually when we review the Community Strategic Plan. This is an ideal time for the community to comment on the proposed future works. It should be noted that most of the Capital Works are actually set by gaining grants from other levels of government, so while we are grateful to gain these grants, we are not always in the position to pick priorities.

    Thanks,

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • I am wondering why there is no signage on Morna Point Rd Anna Bay asking motorists to slow down and stay at the 50 mph speed limit. Cars, buses and trucks continually speed up and down the road particularly approaching the crest wher visibility is very low to non existent. I have seen solar powered signs and flashing lights warning motorists to slow down in other areas such as Boat Harbour, Salamander and Soldiers Point yet we do not even have a normal 50kph sign. We have previously requested speed humps and been rejected. I feel the safety of residents is not being considered. As rate payers we seem to be neglected on what is one of the main thoroughfares in Anna Bay. Do we need a serious accident to occur before anything is done?

    Cathy asked 10 months ago

    Hi Cathy,

    The issue of speeding traffic is not restricted to Anna Bay and Council receives  complaints from all parts of the LGA regarding speeding. There is a limited amount that Council can do with regard to deterring drivers from speeding, as the main responsibility rests with Police as the enforcers of speed limits. Council does play an active role in education and has installed temporary advisory radar signs at various locations to assist in making people aware of what speed they should be driving at. A request will be made to include Morna Point Road in this program.

    The need for traffic calming facilities is assessed using a range of criteria which includes the average traffic speed, the surrounding land use, traffic safety, facility benefits and local topography. Council will arrange for the collection of traffic volume data and an assessment to be undertaken for Morna Point Road using the criteria adopted by Port Stephens Council, with the results to be reported to the Local Traffic Committee.

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • Thank you for your explanation of 'traffic calming devices'. I travel that road regularly, and have not seen speeding or disorderly traffic. What I have seen is cyclists putting themselves in danger on a narrow road that does not have an adequate bike lane. Rather than additional speed bumps, the $190,000 would be better spent on building a decent bike lane. Neil

    Neil asked 10 months ago

    Hi Neil,

    To clarify - number 27 Foreshore Drive - culvert construction and road upgrade actually includes widening to make this road safer for pedestrians and cyclists. 

    Thanks,

    CD&E Team

  • We are considering moving to Fern Bay. At present there is no access to a Supermarket. According to Council records there was a survey plan for this to be submitted mid 1918. I cannot find anything on your records. According to the locals this is a high priority as more and more development is apparently coming into this area. Could you please advise of the progress. Thank you. We need to know this as we are no longer young. Moyra Miller

    MMILLER asked 10 months ago

    Thanks for your question Moyra.

    Council is aware of the Fern Bay community’s desire for improved shopping facilities in the local area. Council’s role in this regard is to help facilitate development by ensuring land is suitably zoned and permits a supermarket or neighbourhood shop. Currently, a site within the Seaside Estate is appropriately zoned for a neighbourhood centre.

    At the end of 2017, Council sought to identify if a more appropriate site could be identified to enable a supermarket development to progress. The investigation became a key focus of consultation with the community in 2017 at the preliminary stages of developing a land use strategy for Fern Bay and North Stockton with Newcastle City Council.

    A draft of the land use strategy has now been prepared drawing on the initial community consultation that was undertaken last year. This included a number of comments from the community in relation to infrastructure that would support the future growth of Fern Bay (e.g. paths, potential open space improvements etc.).  The draft strategy has recently been referred to State agencies for review and comment.  At this stage, public exhibition of the draft strategy will likely occur in the first half of 2019.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact William Oxley, Acting Principal Strategic Planner on 4988 0251.


  • You have presumably had negative feedback regarding the unreadable text on your recent "Our Projects" publication. The colour scheme chosen for the "Projects" headings (faint orange) was disgraceful. We trust you will rectify this in future publications. Bill Shannon Lemon Tree Passage

    winney asked 10 months ago

    Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your feedback. We will pass on to our design team.

    Kind regards,

    CD+E

  • The leaflet that was enclosed in the recent rates instalment notice lists a project in Foreshore drive Salamander Bay as follows: Installation of traffic calming devices. Could we be advised what that actually means please? Thanks. Neil

    Neil asked 10 months ago

    Hi Neil,

    The traffic calming devices are a type of speed hump similar to the existing speed humps along Foreshore Drive.

    Thanks for your question.

    Jess

    Community Development and Engagement Team


  • I have recently moved to a narrow cul-de-sac in Boat Harbour. In an effort to allow cars to pass safely, many use the rolled kerb to put two wheels up on the nature strip. The nature strip is quite wide and there is plenty of room left for pedestrians. Does council allow this or are the cars risking a fine for their attempts to improve the traffic flow?

    Judy asked 10 months ago

    Hi Judy,

    Thanks for getting in touch. 

    It is a NSW wide regulation that you cannot park on nature strips. In regard to Council enforcing this, depending on the situation and impact on these areas, as well as pedestrian safety the issuing officer  makes a discretionary decision on whether an Infringement is warranted in the particular circumstance, therefore the issuing of an infringement may be undertaken in some cases and not in others. The amount of the fine is set by the NSW government not by Council.

    Fines have been known to be issued on nature strips due to vehicles causing damage to them and if the vehicles obstruct pedestrian access.

    Road Rules 2014 - Reg 197

    A driver must not stop on a bicycle path, footpath, shared path or dividing strip, or a nature strip adjacent to a length of road in a built-up area, unless:

    (a) the driver stops at a place on a length of road, or in an area, to which a parking control sign applies and the driver is permitted to stop at that place under these Rules, or

    (b) the driver is permitted to stop under another law of this jurisdiction.

    Not being able to know the specific location you are referring to and the amount of the nature strip in question being occupied by cars means it is hard to determine whether a fine could be issued, but as mentioned earlier it is a State wide regulation and fines are at the discretion of our Rangers.

    If you would like any further information regarding this issue give Council a call on 02 49 880 255.

    Kind regards,

    Jess

    Community Development and Engagement Officer

  • I noticed on Council's website that the full contents of our red bin is going straight to landfill since EPA revoked Port Stephens Council's licence to use Mixed Waste Organic Material in October 2018? If this is correct, doesn't it follow that our green waste shouldn't be going in the red bin anymore. Is Council looking at alternatives for residents to manage household rubbish and garden waste? Thanks

    Love LTP asked 11 months ago

    Hi Love LTP,

    Thanks for your question. I have been in touch with our Waste Team and hope that the following answers your question. 

    The decision by the EPA to revoke the exemption for the use of compost produced from red bin waste involved the banning of its use in agriculture and as rehabilitation for mining land. The EPA have ordered this to allow them to gather more information on composting processes and necessary controls that may need to be implemented. As the majority of Port Stephens red bin waste is used in the rehabilitation of mining land, Council are hopeful that once the EPA gather further data the compost produced from our waste will again be used as it was intended in land rehabilitation.

    The EPA have indicated that they expect to have a position in 6 to 12 month’s time so until then Council's actions will be to process the contents of the red bin into a compost before putting it into landfill as has now been stipulated by the EPA. While it is not ideal for the waste to go to landfill it has been treated prior to being landfilled and therefore will not produce any harmful gasses or leachate that would occur if the raw waste was landfilled directly from the bin.

    As Council is anticipating that the process will be back up and running once the EPA have finished their investigations no alternative system is being developed at this point in time. However, if the EPA do decide to ban the use of compost from mining rehabilitation then Council will look to alter our current system. 

    Council does run the free green waste drop off days on Sundays and residents are able to take their green waste free of charge if they have the vehicle to do so but putting green waste into the red bin is still acceptable.

    Please don't hesitate to ask if you require any further information.

    Kind regards,

    Jess

  • PPamco asked a question about the rate rise. Recent figures show that as many as 75% of residents were against it. You didn't answer their question about why you proceeded to instigate it. So far, your actions as a council have shown clear disregard for what the community value. Here's another question for you: why not adopt a development plan like Noosa? High rises are utterly inappropriate for this area. By allowing them to be built you as a minority will forever ruin things for the majority. Noosa is a highly developed area and probably the most popular tourist spot on the East Coast. The same goes for Byron Bay. Both areas pride themselves on NOT having high rises, among other things. You can see Noosa's development philosophy on their website. It's freely available to all. Why do you suppose they are doing so well? This is what Port Stephens needs. As I continue to point out, I am a young, well-travelled individual and despite all the countries I have been to, this area is unmatchable, for now. I am sure that most residents would like to keep it that way and see a much more sympathetic development plan that works for the council and everyone who lives here. Speak to the CEO of Noosa council. Just take the time and ask them what they have done right.

    Olivia Taylor asked 11 months ago

    Thanks for your post.

    In relation to planning for the Nelson Bay Town Centre, Council adopted the Progressing the Nelson Bay Town Centre and Foreshore Strategy: A revised implementation and delivery program (Delivery Program) on 25 September 2018 following extensive community consultation over a period of two years.  The Delivery Program Council adopted included amendments which directly responded to community submissions. The adopted Delivery Program sets a forward direction by listing over 30 recommendations to encourage investment and improve the amenity and vibrancy of Nelson Bay town centre. 


  • Why is the Web page for the SRV not accepting any further comment when the Mayor in his article in the Newcastle Herald this past week stated the ratepayers could continue to make comments until 21 December 2018? Is this another example of left hand not knowing what right hand is doing or staff with an agenda that differs from that of the Executive!!??

    John G asked 11 months ago

    Hi John G,

    We are currently accepting comments on the IP and R draft documents to include amendments based on the SRV. You can add your submission here.

    This is also accessible from the front page of the Have Your Say Page. You will also be able to make a submission directly to IPART if Council submits application in February. You can keep updated on the SRV have your say page.

    Regards,

    CD and E Team 

  • What is happening about rezoning land for a shopping site in the Fullerton Cove / Fern Bay area? Residents in Fullerton Cove / Fern Bay have were promised local shops years ago, but still nothing has happened. People are growing tired of vague promises of something happening, but the only plans appear to be decades away - shops are needed now!

    Allan Dorrington asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question Allan.

    Council is aware of the Fern Bay community’s desire for improved shopping facilities in the local area. Council’s role in this regard is to help facilitate development by ensuring land is suitably zoned and permits a supermarket or neighbourhood shop. Currently, a site within the Seaside Estate is appropriately zoned for a neighbourhood centre.

    At the end of 2017, Council sought to identify if a more appropriate site could be identified to enable a supermarket development to progress. The investigation became a key focus of consultation with the community in 2017 at the preliminary stages of developing a land use strategy for Fern Bay and North Stockton with Newcastle City Council.

    A draft of the land use strategy has now been prepared drawing on the initial community consultation that was undertaken last year. This included a number of comments from the community in relation to infrastructure that would support the future growth of Fern Bay (e.g. paths, potential open space improvements etc.).  The draft strategy has recently been referred to State agencies for review and comment.  At this stage, public exhibition of the draft strategy will likely occur in the first half of 2019.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact William Oxley, Acting Principal Strategic Planner on 4988 0251.


  • RE: Survey regarding Robinson Reserve Birubi Point. I just completed the survey, but there were only questions about children's park usage and play areas. There were no questions reflecting the use of this park for dog exercise. Every day a huge number of people use this Robinson Reserve to park, and walk their dog over the dunes to the off lead area. How can I register my concern about this biased survey, and provide feedback about the improvements I would like to see in Robinson Reserve which reflect the needs of dog owners and dogs.

    Monty asked about 1 year ago

    Hi and thanks for your question. 

    The reason behind the survey focussing on the skate park and playground was to get feedback from youth about what kinds of elements they would want to see at Robinson Reserve. At this Stage of consultation we wanted to get a feel for the design of the new park but we’ll go back to the community for further consultation once the concept designs have been developed, with construction of Stage 1 on track to start next year. 

  • Why is the council proceeding with a proposed rate rise of 7.5% when councils own figures show that 61% of survey respondants are against any increase in rates?

    ppamco asked about 1 year ago

    Hi -

    Our community has told us that they would like us to improve where they live which is why the idea of the special rate variation proposal has been developed. The proposed improvements would also not just provide better infrastructure and services through a program of works but will also provide more local jobs, stimulate the local economy, encourage business growth and enhance our town centres.

    Council at this stage are taking the necessary steps to make application to IPART who will determine whether the rate rise will be approved.

    One of the key steps is to revise our suite of key organizational documents, known as the Integrated Planning and Reporting framework. These documents detail how Council would deliver the proposed rate increase are on public exhibition from yesterday. These documents can be found either on Council's website or under the have your say platform https://haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/ipr for your comment. You are also welcome to attend the upcoming community information sessions which are documented on this page as well.

    After this public exhibition period the comments will be collated and the application will then be made to IPART in February 2019. The decision about the rate rise by IPART is expected to occur in May 2019.

    For more information please go to our website here: http://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/your-council/about-council/public-exhibition/investing-in-our-community

    If you do have specific enquiries regarding the SRV you are welcome to talk to our dedicated officer for this project. You can call the Council Admin Building on 02 49880255 for more information. Or check out the SRV page

    Thanks

    CD+E Team

  • Where can the public provide feedback on the 2 proposed concept plans for the skate park and playground at Robinson Reserve ?

    Carl Boardman asked about 1 year ago

    Hi - thanks for your question. 

    Public feedback for the concept plans of the Robinson Reserve revamp was between the 8th - 28th October. We’ll go back to the community for further consultation once the concept designs have been developed, with construction of Stage 1 on track to start next year. As the park is within a declared Aboriginal Place, we are working closely with registered Aboriginal parties to understand the cultural significance of the site and how to appropriately manage any potential impacts the project may have, as well as gathering feedback on what elements should be included, as well as how the design should look and feel. 

    Check back to the Robinson Reserve EnagagementHQ page for more information in the coming months. 

    Thanks

    Project team

  • As a Raymond Terrace ratepayer I would like to know why no projects are indicated for this part of the LGA. This is precisely why this Council cannot be trusted with increased rates and any pretence of fairness.

    Bob Blackie asked about 1 year ago

    Hi - if you're writing in response to the recent project newsletter sent out these are just some of the current projects that Council are currently undertaking 

    You can see a full list of projects, including location and costs on our website in regard to the Proposed Special Rate variation which inlcude undertakings in Raymond terrace http://bit.ly/2NrgLRK.

    Thanks

    Project team

  • How do I report people who take dogs onto the non-dog beach’s?

    Mybludog asked about 1 year ago

    Thanks for your question. You can contact the Council Administration Building on (02)49880255 and they can put you through to one of our Rangers. 


  • Hi, I submitted a question here around 3 months ago and still have not received a reply. The question was : I understand Tomaree Road, Shoal Bay, has been earmarked for upgrading and improvements for quite some time and is included in Council's forward works program. This road has been neglected for a long time and as a result, is in an appalling state, with numerous dangerous potholes and crumbling edges. Drainage is also an issue after rain. When will works finally commence on this heavily used main road between Shoal and Fingal Bay?? Thanks. Christina

    Christina asked about 1 year ago

    UPDATE:

    Hi Christina,

    I have now been updated from Capital Works. Unfortunately, the works on Tomaree Road have had to be delayed until May 2019. A number of factors resulted in this delay including issues with the design. But rest assured Council will be undertaking the works before the end of this financial year now that these issues are being resolved and other projects are on the way to being finalised.

    I hope this has helped answer your question. Sorry again at the delay. Please let me know if you require any further clarification.

    Jess 

    CD+E



  • At which Council meeting will the community feedback regarding the Special Rate variation be presented? I would like to be notified so I can attend that meeting. Bill Doran.

    Billy D asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Bill, 

    The report on results of the community consultation on the proposed SRV  is scheduled to be tabled at Council on Tuesday 9 October.  Members of the public can check Council’s website from the Friday before to see the agenda.   Click here to see the agendas

    Thanks, Jess

    Community Development and Engagement Team 

  • Why is Port Stephens Council intending to sell 109 Foreshore Drive Salamander Bay. This parcel of land is an important access point for our koala population to access the foreshore.This council cannot publicly state their support for the declining koala population and then sell off valuable waterfront land inhabited by koalas. Selling this land will set a precedent for the council to sell off more of our waterfront. I certainly will reflect my thoughts on this council at the next election.

    Brianp asked over 1 year ago

    Hi there

    Council has chosen to defer the decision to sell 109 Foreshore Drive, Salamander Bay to allow Councillors to visit the site and to allow for community comment.

    Please click here to complete a survey and provide comment to help inform Council's decision making process on this matter.

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    - Community Development & Engagement Team


  • Why would council consider selling 109 Foreshore drive when it is a often used for Koalas and also a common meeting area for rate payers. Personally my husband and I walk to this area every day and often swim there in summer as it is not as busy as some other beach areas. Please think of the long term consequences of selling off waterfront land and not the short term fix of money.thankyou sandra

    Sandrab asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Sandra

    Council has chosen to defer the decision to sell 109 Foreshore Drive, Salamander Bay to allow Councillors to visit the site and to allow for community comment.

    Please click here to complete a survey and provide comment to help inform Council's decision making process on this matter.

    - Community Development & Engagement Team

  • Can I have more informaton on the proposed sale of 109 Foreshore Drive Salamander Bay. If sold will a reserve and beach access still remain next to the lot and how big. In the summer this area is popular with families as beach and picnic access. We walk daily through this land to access the beach and have observed many species of wildlife in this area including koalas. Why destroy another habitat for our native animals.

    Brianp asked over 1 year ago

    Hi there

    Thank you for your questions and comments.

    Mayor Ryan Palmer has proposed the sale of 109 Foreshore Drive, Salamander Bay in order to use the proceeds to kick start the redevelopment of the Tomaree Sports Complex. The Tomaree Sports Complex Master Plan is currently on public exhibition and can be viewed here.

    The property at 109 Foreshore Drive is a stand-alone parcel adjoining a reserve with beach access. Should the land be sold the reserve and beach access portion will remain as is and will continue to be maintained by Council.

    Mayor Palmer is expected to present plans for a sale at the next Council meeting on 22 May.

    I hope this helps.

    - Community Development & Engagement Team

    UPDATE: At the Council meeting on 22 May the decision on the sale of 109 Foreshore Drive was deferred. Please click here for further information.

  • Robinson Reserve playground has recently been boarded up and is down to just a pair of swings. This playground was due for an upgrade 2 years ago according to the capital works brochures. I understand there is a Birubi master plan under consideration, but it mentions a detailed design requirement for the new playground. I presume this will take another year after the master plan is approved. Is there any reason why this can't happen now? My daughter has been asking for 2 years when the new playground is coming! Thanks, Hugh

    hughg asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Hugh

    The Robinson Reserve playground has been boarded up due to safety concerns because the equipment has some severe corrosion. The swing has been deemed safe.

    Council has been successful in applying for $700,000 to construct a recreational precinct at Robinson Reserve, including a new playground, skate park, Aboriginal Place interpretative signage, BBQ facilities, accessible amenities, native landscaping and supporting park infrastructure. Construction is scheduled for March 2019, pending approvals.

    We understand that it's frustrating waiting for the new playground to be built. We appreciate your patience and the end result will definitely be worth the wait.

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    - The Community Development and Engagement Team

  • Is PSSC considering restricting or removing off lead dog areas in the Tomaree area, and if so on for what reasons. Also it has been stated among the circles of community discussion that Bagnall Beach off lead / dog area was a condition from the original owner when they donated the land back to the community, is that correct. Thanks Steve

    Steve 1 asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Steve

    Thanks for your questions.

    Port Stephens Council has no intentions of restricting or removing any of the off lead dog areas, including those in the Tomaree area. Please click here if you'd like to view maps of the dog exercise areas that are currently in place.

    With regards to the Bagnalls Beach dog area, I can report that the land is Crown land reserve which is simply maintained by Council.

    I hope this helps.

    - Community Development and Engagement Team.

  • With the installation of roundabout at Avenue of the Allies intersection perhaps now is the time for the long ago promised upgrade of the Avenue the patch up on the edge still doesn't give room to pass a car with safety without moving over to the gravel I have a small car and find this often happens.

    Gert asked over 1 year ago

    Hi there, works to Avenue of the Allies are scheduled in our 10 year plan in both 2022/2023 (estimated cost $1,103,728) and 2023/2024 (estimated cost $903,728). These works are significant in size, complexity and in the amount of funding required.

    You can download our Strategic Asset Management Plan from Council's website here http://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/your-council/policies-forms-publications/integrated-plans 

    Works such as these can be brought forward should alternative funding sources be found for example through grants or political decisions.

    Thanks for getting in touch.

  • I am thinking of buying a caravan in the near future but have a question in regards to parking it for long periods of time. There is alot parked on the nature strip in front of residences in the shire. Is it legal to do so? Or do I put in a Development Application for council approval? .

    Les Van Eldik asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi

    Thank you for your question.

    It is legal to park caravans for an extended period if they meet a few basic requirements. They are as follows:

    • The caravan must be legally parked (i.e. facing direction of travel and not within defined No Stopping area, etc.)

    • The caravan must be registered

    • The caravan cannot be deemed to be a visual hazard (i.e. blocking the view from a corner or vehicles entering/exiting a driveway)

    • The caravan must not block pedestrian access. There must be enough room for all pedestrians (including wheelchairs and mobility scooters) to pass on the nature strip without having to step onto the roadway. Generally we go off approx. 1 meter of pedestrian clearance.

    I hope this answers your questions.

    - Community Engagement Team


  • Hi. I would like to know how I can make a suggestion about the new playground getting built in Shoal Bay. Thank you

    Kimmoi asked over 1 year ago

    Hi there

    Thank you for your question.

    Please feel free to email your suggestion to council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au and it will be forwarded to Council's Community and Recreation Coordinator for consideration.

    Warm regards

    - Community Engagagement Team

  • I asked a question & it hasn’t been answered, why is that?

    Matthew asked over 1 year ago

    Hi there

    I apologise for the delay in getting back to you. Sometimes it takes longer than expected to find out the facts surrounding your question.

    As mentioned in more detail below, Council seeks contributions for kerb and gutter but not for footpaths.

    Kind regards

    - The Community Engagement Team

  • Why do I have to pay for a footpath that anyone can use & that I don’t want that is being built on council land, also can I object to the footpath being built? Why do rates not pay for this work? I can’t afford this unneeded cost that will be a burden on my family. Even further why are people on the other side of the road not expected to pay. This is totally unfair.

    Matthew asked over 1 year ago

    Hi

    Council asks for contributions towards kerb and gutter but not for footpaths.

    Under Section 217 of the Roads Act 1993 and Council’s Kerb and Gutter Contributions Policy, a contribution towards the kerb and gutter construction will be required from property owners adjacent to the new kerb and gutter only. The contribution will be charged as per Council’s annual fees and charges.

    There are various payment methods should you incur a kerb and gutter contribution.

    For information relating to your specific property, please call Council on 02 4988 0255 or email council@portstephens.nsw.gov.au

    Kind regards

    The Community Engagement Team 

  • Hi, I heard on radio, council may look at changing the Australia Day celebration date. Can you give any information on this please?

    mytown asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi,

    Mayor Palmer released a statement yesterday in response to the media attention regarding Australia Day.

    "Australia Day is an important day for our nation which celebrates the unity of all Australians and Port Stephens Council has no appetite to change the date from the 26 January. I'm looking forward to celebrating unity and diversity with everyone next week in Port Stephens on Australia Day 2018."

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    Community Engagement Team.


  • Hello, I would like to know why Jet Skis, Boats, People Fishing and Camping are allowed on our Corlete/Bagnall Dog Beach when our dogs are not allowed on the numerous beaches we have for the general public for there activities. They also are taking parking spaces which then leads to parking on Sandy Point Road, which is dangerous enough as the majority of drivers do not obey the speed limit and we are unable to get another sign placed, that states the road speed limit.

    Pie asked almost 2 years ago

    Hello, our beaches are open to be used by the public at all times. You, and your dog, are also welcome to go to other beaches as long as your dog stays on the lead. During this very busy holiday time of the year it is understandable that people are spilling out into areas which have not been as heavily used by people during other times of the year. I have provided a link to the dog exercise map for the Nelson Bay area for your reference.

    Other maps for other areas of the local government area are available on Council's website

  • I read in this morning's 'Bay News of the Area' that ABT Morton are seeking to double their sand mining operations in Port Stephens. Is this true? Where can I comment on this? If successful, this would significantly reduce both the environmental value of the area and the lifestyle of Port Stephens residents. At the very least this proposal needs appropriate public consultation.

    Greg Field asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there yes this is true. This project is being assessed by the State Government not Port Stephens Council. This project is currently on public exhibition which is due to close on 15 January 2018. For more information please go to the Department of Planning's website and follow the links or copy this link into your browser http://majorprojects.planning.nsw.gov.au/index.pl?action=view_job&job_id=8930 

  • When are you planning on upgrading the Tanilla Bay/Nelson Bay Rd roundabout. We are at a standstill, again, right back at the double lanes at Bobs Farm. This happens every day at all times of the day during peak times and morning peak hour during off peak times. I have a picture from today to show, but I’m sure the council is already fully aware of this.

    Kylie M asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there, Nelson Bay Road is a state owned road with Council primarily looking after the maintenance of this road as a subcontractor to RMS. Therefore, any significant capital expenditure to improve this well known bottleneck along Nelson Bay Road would be the undertaken by RMS. As far as Council is aware RMS have no immediate plans to improve this area. Your feedback direct to RMS, TransportNSW, and/or your local state member about this problem may assist in highlighting this area of concern.

  • I am very concerned about the number of Port Stephens coaches that are using Rocky Point Rd Fingal Bay everyday. In June this year it was announced that there would be an additional 100 buses per week going to Fingal Bay. This seems so ridiculous for such a small community. The buses fly along Rocky Point Rd and most times are empty. They also finish late at night, sometimes speeding over the limit. As the Christmas holidays are coming up fast I fear that there is an accident waiting to happen with the lack of footpaths, visitors and locals walking/riding anywhere between the beach and the Sporting club on the road and negotiating cars and buses all day long. If the buses are being used to take people to the beach why can't they use Marine Drive instead of Rocky Point Rd? It appears that the termination of buses at Fingal Bay is good at certain times of the day for commuters and school children, but what about other areas of the peninsula that are missing out on bus services altogether? Is it possible to have an investigation into the number of buses that run down Rocky Point Rd without anyone in them, in either direction, and possibly reduce the over supply? Not only are they creating a dangerous situation but are causing road damage and pollution from the exhaust.

    Fingal resident asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi there, thank you for your email and your concerns regarding buses in the Fingal Bay area. The setting of bus routes is set down by NSW Government. Council has no say in the setting of these routes. Perhaps it would be good to contact Port Stephens Coaches directly to discuss your concerns with them. Also, Transport for NSW might be a good starting point as well. Sorry this isn't more helpful.

  • Hi, We have noticed that bins in the area of the new lights at Shoal Bay have been removed WILL they be replaced as the existing few overflow.

    Pie asked almost 2 years ago

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    Due to the recent road construction works at the Shoal Bay lights a set of bins were required to be removed. The decision to not relocate them was made as Council is looking into replacing all the bins along the Shoal Bay foreshore area with metal bin surrounds. So relocating these 2 bins would have required a new concrete slab to be constructed that may not be required long term if the surrounds are installed.

    At this time of year the bins at a number of locations on the Tomaree Peninsula including Shoal Bay are heavily used and in some cases overflow, however, they are serviced 7 days a week to ensure that at the start of every day the area is clean and tidy. 

    Kind regards,

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • I am a carer who supports a lady in an electric wheelchair. Since the moving of the taxi rank at the salamnder shopping centre the safety of her has greatly increased. If I am with her it is better but still very unsatisfactory. There is one footpath access to the rank and it leads onto the road and traffic coming in the other direction. The taxi drivers are obliging but if her taxi is up behind another taxi, she is unable to see it. I have taken photos which I can submit to you if you direct to me to a site to post them. So often when traffic changes are made by centres or council, the people with disabilities are not consulted. Please reply to my question and I trust you or the shopping centre will remediate the problem. I am sure you must be aware of the disaster which is the intersection near the service station on Salamnder Way, so many near misses. The locals understand but the visitors don't. They yell abuse , honk their horns. It is terrible. a face book page has already been set up. Maybe staff should check it out. Yours in anticipation, Rev. Lissy Vittali-Ross, Then there is the new bus shelter. No cover to get to if it rains. Elderly have to get there with trolley etc. Vinnies Bin obscures the site line right on pedestrian crossing opposite McDonalds. I hope that your safety officer might meet with people....it has been very distressing for them...and it is not lit at night. This is the first time I have felt compelled to write . I have to advocate for those who cannot do it for themselves.

    I and E Ross asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Rev. Vittali-Ross,

    The works being undertaken in the shopping centre car park were the subject of a Development Application which would have addressed relevant Disability Discrimination Act requirements. Once the works are nearing completion (early February 2018) inspection will be undertaken by Council officers to confirm that the conditions of the Development Application have been complied with.

    Thanks for getting in touch - we will pass your comments onto our Property services team and traffic engineers for their consideration.

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • As someone who works with the frail and aged in the bay I am concerned about the bus terminal at Salamander shops it requires these vulnerable people to make their way in all sorts of weather with their shopping from the exit at Coles in the open to catch a bus. There are people who do not live in aged care facility’s and don’t have acces to the transport they provide or catch Community transport. For the sake of these people I’m asking can another solution be found. Many thanks Garry Blunt.

    Garry & Sharon Blunt asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Garry,

    The proposal to relocate the bus stop to a point outside the shopping centre car park was supported by both Port Stephens Coaches and the shopping centre owners, primarily on car park safety and bus manoeuvrability grounds.  Covered access through the shopping centre car park would be a matter for the shopping centre owners to address however does not occur over a Public Road (i.e. where the new pedestrian crossing has been positioned adjacent McDonalds).

    Thanks for your comment - we will pass onto our property services and traffic engineers for consideration.

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • Hi, I submitted a question here around 11 days ago and still haven't received a reply: 'Hi, There was talk a while back of Port Stephens Council creating a new recreational Reserve and picnic tables/facilities in an area of the bushland adjoining the dirt car park, behind the Western end of Shoal Bay beach. This would be a fantastic addition to the existing limited picnic facilities around Shoal Bay which are really not enough for the huge number of visitors to the Shoal Bay waterfront, especially over Summer. A lightly cleared area of reserve so close to parking facilities and the beach would be a lovely peaceful spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a picnic or just relaxing in an unspoilt bushland setting. Can you tell me if this is going ahead ?? '

    Christina asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi

    I apologise for the delay in getting back to you. It took longer than expected to find out the facts surrounding your question.

    As mentioned below, the area you describe sounds like the parcel of land adjacent to Shoal Bay Road and Beach Road. This is Crown land and is maintained by Council. The land presently has on it an undetermined Aboriginal Land Claim under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act. We are aware that the NSW State government has a large number of claims to process and it will take some time before this one is resolved.

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    Community Development and Engagement Team


  • Can you please inform me if the car park adjacent to the caravan park is to be cover by blue metal or a hot mix of tar? Having spent all that money of the road changes and traffic lights it seems a logical process to complete a decent job on the car park rather than take the cheap option of covering it with loose dirt material as it currently is. After visiting friends in the caravan park the dust storm which results from the car park is something that needs to be resolved.

    Andrew asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi

    I'm afraid the car park is on Crown land and Council only maintains it. The car park has recently had a worksite on it as part of the road changes. When the worksite is cleaned up, Council will grade the site to fill in the holes and top up the gravel. However, no upgrades to the site are planned at this stage to seal the car park.

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    Community Development and Engagement Team


  • Hi, There was talk a while back of Port Stephens Council creating a new recreational Reserve and picnic tables/facilities in an area of the bushland adjoining the dirt car park, behind the Western end of Shoal Bay beach. This would be a fantastic addition to the existing limited picnic facilities around Shoal Bay which are really not enough for the huge number of visitors to the Shoal Bay waterfront, especially over Summer. A lightly cleared area of reserve so close to parking facilities and the beach would be a lovely peaceful spot for locals and visitors alike to enjoy a picnic or just relaxing in an unspoilt bushland setting.

    Christina asked almost 2 years ago

    Thank you for your question in relation to the possibility of a picnic reserve in Shoal Bay.

    The area you describe sounds like the parcel of land adjacent to Shoal Bay Road and Beach Road. This parcel of land is Crown land and is maintained by Council. The land presently has on it an undetermined Aboriginal Land Claim under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act. We are aware that the NSW State government has a large number of claims to process and it will take some time before this one is resolved.

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • I have lived in the new Salamander Grove Estate for the past 9 months and the council has yet to make any effort to either mow the entrance to the estate or keep the undergrowth down in the water easement at the estate entrance. As a member of this small estate community who has moved here from other council areas in the state it is disappointing to see that the only way we can showcase our area is maintain the council land ourselves.

    Brianp asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi

    Thank you for your comment.

    The mowing throughout Port Stephens is on a schedule. The Salamander Grove Estate entrance is due to be mowed in early December. The cutting back of the undergrowth in the water easement has been flagged to be done at the same time.

    I hope this assists.

  • Why is the removal of the "old" amenities block in Boomerang Park still shown as an upcoming project on the Boomerang Park web site when Council recently voted unanimously to retain the amenities block? Regards, Dave.

    Dave Davies asked almost 2 years ago

    Hi Dave

    You are correct that the toilet block near the water tower will now be retained. The Boomerang Park webpage has been updated to reflect this change.

    Thanks for bringing it to our attention,

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • I notice in the upcoming Capital Works for 2017-2018 that there is going to be a new skate park in Robinson Reserve, Anna Bay. While an upgrade of the existing skate park would be beneficial, has there been any consideration of a more modern, cheaper and attractive option that would be used by skaters, scooters and bikes - namely a pump track? A pump track is a cross between a skate park, bmx track and a mountain bike track and there are Australian and international companies that can make them with an asphalt surface that will last 20 years. For example - http://www.world-trail.com/asphalt-pump-tracks/ (QLD). We already have many skate parks in Port Stephens - could we have one location that has a unique variation on this theme?

    nev asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback, this looks like a fantastic idea!

    We've sent the details to our Community and Recreation Team for them to consider.

    Cheers,

    Dominique - Community Development and Engagement Team

  • Fantastic effort in Boomerang Park tonight. Any chance of a family-friendly event with 9pm fireworks for New Years? A similar picnic with food trucks, live music and fireworks is something we'd really be keen to attend.

    aluminium asked almost 2 years ago

    Thanks for your feedback! 

    The Illuminate event was about 8 months in the planning and involved a significant contribution from community groups and volunteers so we aren't planning on organising a similar event for New Years but that does sound fun.

    We are looking at launching a survey later in the week about Illuminate to gather some feedback about possible future events and would love to hear your ideas.

    Cheers, 

    Dominique - Community Development and Engagement Team

  • Dear Port Stephens Council I am enquiring if Council intends to seal the car park on the corner of Shoal Bay Road and Government Road Shoal Bay?. This is an extremely popular car park all year round and a number of visitors and tourists ask when is Council going to seal this car park and improve the appearance of a highly visible reference point. Regards Kevin

    Kevin Griffey asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Kevin

    Council maintains the car park however it is not Council-owned land. Because of this Council is not able to undertake capital improvements such as sealing.

    A portion of the car park is currently being used as a storage compound for equipment relating to the Shoal Bay roadworks. This compound is soon to be removed and the car park will be cleaned up and made neat before the busy holiday period.

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • Why are there no tap handles on taps at grass area at little beach ? These are sorely needed.

    cvm53 asked about 2 years ago

    Hi thank you for the query.

    Our field staff have advised that there should only be anti vandal taps on the outside and inside of the amenities at Little Beach. The remaining taps in the grassed area should be standard taps with handles and will double check the taps in the grassed area next week and rectify if not. 

    I hope this assists.

  • Can you please tell me when I can expect to be able to view the council meetings online? Thanks

    theabells asked about 2 years ago

    Council currently has the Code of Meeting Practice (Code) on public exhibition for comment.  Council must update its Code if there are changes to the way the Council wishes to conducts its Council meetings – this is the purpose of the Code.  Webcasting has been added hence the public exhibition.

    Please follow this link for more information regarding the public exhibition of the revised code which closes on 16 November 2017.

    Following the close of public exhibition, two things can happen:

    1.  If there are no submissions Council can commence webcasting; or

    2.  If there are any submissions then Council needs to consider the submissions at Council – a report will be required for Council.

    I hope this go towards answering your question and that there are a few legislative steps to go through before council meetings can be viewed online. 

  • Can you please confirm if there are any development applications lodged for subdividing any property within Brandy Hill or within 10kms of Brandy Hill? Thanks

    theabells asked about 2 years ago

    The best place to keep up to date with any development applications in your suburb or nearby suburbs is via our online DA tracker program http://datracker.portstephens.nsw.gov.au

    DA Tracker is an easy to use tool that is designed to enable the community to monitor the status and history of development and building applications wtihin Port Stephens. 

    Choose the search function, select Development Applications (subdivisions are development applications and will come up within this search) and type in your suburb.

    Hope this assists and happy tracking! 


  • Hi, we live in Brandy Hill and note that a section of Brandy Hill Drive is currently (like today) being resealed. How do I go about organizing to have the huge pot holes in front of my property fixed as they present a real danger to us (and visitors) everyday. Looking forward to your prompt reply.

    theabells asked about 2 years ago

    The best way to report problems is to call Council directly on 4980 0255 and report the problem. The Customer Service team will need information like the nearest cross streets etc in order to locate the problem. It is also worthwhile to ask for a CRM number so that you can follow up your request should it not be completed in a reasonable time frame.

  • I reside in Brandy Hill and it's seems the RAAF flight path has changed.. Jets are passing as late as 930pm daily and at unusual times throughout the day. Could you direct me to where I can make a complaint about this issue please?

    Craig asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Craig,

    This page should help with your query -

    http://www.defence.gov.au/aircraftnoise/ContactUs.asp

    Thanks for getting in touch,

    Community Development and Engagement Team

  • There is all this talk about illegal dumping in our shire. Why is it that people can dump their rubbish like cars tyres etc on National Park and Wildlife property especially. Rutile Road betwen Tanilba Bay and Oyster Cove is a disgrace. This area is used by Defence Dept, Water Board, NPWS and Ausgrid and PSC. Why is it that none of these departments take any responsibility with the access routes onto this land. Huge gates on both ends of Rutile Rd are open 24/7. All access routes onto this land should be locked and inspected ocasionally to reduce dumping and illegal use. Most are damaged and/or left open for easy access.

    Les Van Eldik asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Les,

    Council is continuing to work with the relevant authorities, and land owners in that area to reduce illegal dumping.

    However, specific issues on National Parks land should be referred to them in the first instance.

    Thanks for your comment,

    Community Engagement Team.

  • Speed limits on LemonTree Passage Road were decreased by 10 kph on various sections. This has been an enormous overkill as the statistics will show since implementation. RMS and Lisa Lovegrove (PSC) agreed and implemented these changes. Speed limits have to be changed back to previous limits as current limits are absolutely ridiculous.

    Les Van Eldik asked about 2 years ago

    All speed limits across NSW are set by RMS not local governments, please follow this link for more information http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/saferroadsnsw/how-speedlimits-are-set.pdf

    The speed limits have only been in place for a short period of time so any statistics would not be valid. The speed limits were introduced particularly to address speed related crashes. Research has shown that small reductions in vehicle speed can reduce the number of deaths and the severity of injuries caused by crashes. There are no plans, as far as Port Stephens Council knows, to reinstate the previous speed limits.

  • There has been a Tilligerry Festival on the third Sat in November for about 10 years that I know about. Do you think it was good planning and fair to the people of the Peninsula to have a do on the same day at boomerang Park. Planning is definitely not the long suit of Port Stephens Council!!!!! Bay Marshall Tanilba Bay

    Baffled asked about 2 years ago

    Thanks for your comment Bay.

    The Illuminate Festival in Boomerang Park is focused primarily on engaging with the local Raymond Terrace community. We appreciate it is a busy time of year and we apologise that the event clashes with the Tilligerry Festival.  At present it is only scheduled as a one off event.

    Council is more than happy to assist with promotion of the Tilligerry Festival where possible through our networks and social media channels.  Through our sponsorship arrangement with the Greater a lantern making workshop will feature at the Tilligerry Festival and will be free for everyone in the Tilligerry Community to participate.


  • Hi, Are there any plans to change the intersection of Raymond Terrace Rd and Seaham Rd. This intersection has many, many accidents surely you must know this? All driving members of our household(3) have had to stop to assist tramatised victims. I am sure people must have died there. When you drive through it towards seaham from raymond terrace, often you feel like you may get turned into. There are many ways this intersection could be improved. One 'cheap' idea is to have a left turn lane from raymond terrace road to seaham road. It could merge some 20 -30 metres away to avoid congesting the area. This will reduce the line up on raymond terrace road which is causing people to take more risks turning towards raymond terrace. If this is done then also move the 60km zone past this intersection. There are plenty of other ideas. Thanks, Jonathan

    jonathan asked about 2 years ago

    Hi Jonathan,

    Yes there are plans to upgrade this intersection. The RMS have successfully applied for Federal Black Spot funding to construct a roundabout at this location and we understand they are currently finalising the design.  RMS will provide information once the design is finalised and we will then know more information and timeframes.

    Thanks for getting in touch.

    Dominique - Community Development and Engagement Officer



  • When will Avenue of The Allies Tanilba Bay be revitalized into a useful and safe carriageway for walkers,bikes and vehicles.

    garden asked about 2 years ago

    Hi there, Council is pleased to advise that the works are scheduled in our 10 year plan in both 2021/2022 (estimated cost $1,103,728) and 2022/2023 (estimated cost $903,728). These works are significant in size, complexity and in the amount of funding required.

    You can download our Strategic Asset Management Plan from Council's website here http://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/your-council/policies-forms-publications/integrated-plans 

    Works such as these can be brought forward should alternative funding sources be found for example through grants or political decisions. 

  • Would it be possible to put in seniors exercise equipment along the walk e.g.Koala Reserve at Lemon Tree Passage?Thank you

    fish asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your suggestion. At this stage Council does not have any funding specifically allocated for exercise equipment along the foreshore at Lemon Tree Passage. However, Council will now include this in our list for suggested community projects.

  • How do I make a suggestion or comment. I thought it would be a good idea to install a water bubbler at the bottom of the Tomaree Head walk so that people could fill up water bottles or have a drink before starting or on their return. This is a very popular walk and from what I could see today, there are no taps or bubblers around the start.

    Rich1065 asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your idea, it was very timely.

    We have been in recent discussions with Hunter Water about this very matter. They are keen to partner with us to place water Fountains along some of our more iconic landmarks and walking trails.

    We are in the process of finalizing the locations at the moment. Stay tuned!


  • is it true you are building a new skatepark near Anna bay

    Daniel Matalone asked over 2 years ago

    Hi yes it is true! The funding for a new skate park at Anna Bay was provided at Council's recent meeting on the 13 June 2016. Consultation regarding the elements and style of the skate park will need to be undertaken. We will let you know for sure when the consultation is open for your comment.

    In the meantime the next stage of consultation regarding the Birubi Point Aboriginal Place will soon begin which will focus on the Master Plan for this area. This will cover the location of the skate park so it is worthwhile being involved in this consultation as well. Please keep up to date with this project here Birubi Point Aboriginal Place Management Plan

  • why do you not upgrade the skate park and playground facilities in anna bay for the community and thousands of visitors per year annabay and onemile would attract a very high percentage of visitors that visit port stephens every year and you would think that the council would like these visitors going home and talking about how great these facilities were and that the council must be doing a great job unfortunately this is not the case with many visitors that stay in our holiday parks and I know this as I have run a small business in anna bay for 18 years and face the barrage of questions that come from people asking why the facilities are lacking very badly out here , o to me it is not only a community issue but a business and council issue and we would all benefit from better facilities

    fen asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments.

    The replacement of the playground at Robinson Reserve, Anna Bay is a priority for Council and funding for this project has been allocated. However, before Council can undertake the project we are awaiting the resolution of the Birubi Point Aboriginal Plan Management Plan. The land on which the playground is located is part of the Birubi Point Aboriginal Place.

    If you would like to keep up to date with this project you can visit our dedicated online engagement page http://haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/birubi-point-aboriginal-place-management-plan. Once consultation for this plan has been completed and the outcomes of the plan have been identified, the replacement playground will be able to be designed and constructed.  


  • Please advise on the proposed road repairs for Tomaree Rd Shoal Bay, known locally, as pot hole and patches Rd for obvious reasons. This problem has been so for a number of years now, with no work listed as forthcoming on Councils site. In addition, the recent and ongoing roadworks and the ensuing traffic holdups, highlight again, the need for the Shoal Bay/ Fingal Bay bypass, that has been deemed a necessity for the 36 years I have been a resident. Please advise of proposals or refer to the appropriate representative for the solution. Thank you Sue Ware

    Sue Ware asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. The following is a lengthy answer but we think your questions are particularly pertinent to a lot of residents and require a detailed answer:

    Re: Tomaree Road

    Port Stephens Council is pleased to advise that Tomaree Road is scheduled to be reconstructed as per out future works plans set out in our Strategic Asset Management Plan which can be found on Council's website here http://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/your-council/policies-forms-publications/integrated-plans (refer pages 95 and 98).

    This document details that Tomaree Road is scheduled for repair in stages over two financial years. Stage 1, will work along Tomaree Road between Marine Drive to Garden Place and has an estimated cost of $972,228. Stage 2, is scheduled to begin in the following financial year 2018/2019, and will work along Tomaree Road between Garden Place to Verona Street and has an estimated cost of $753,728. The exact timing for when these works are to happen has not been finalized as yet. 

    re: Fingal Bay Link Road

    Whilst this project will not occur in the near foreseeable future, the project has not shut down. Council need to get over one of the larger hurdles being land acquisition.

    And to provide more details regarding the process for Fingal Bay Link Road there are a number of studies and designs required before the first sod of soil can be turned. These include:

    • Environmental Assessment
    • Archaeological Review
    • Preliminary Clearing
    • Survey
    • Geotechnical Investigation
    • Traffic Study
    • Road Geometric Design
    • Quantity Surveyor
    • Community Consultation
    Prior to these studies can commence we need to acquire some land. As these planning / design studies listed above have a shelf life of about 2 years it would be a waste to commence these until we are certain we can acquire the land. This issue is being discussed with the land holder.

    It should also be noted that the allocation of funds from other levels of government is about $3m which is more than enough to carry out the land acquisition and the planning / design studies. This figure is about a minimum of $60m short of what it will be to build the road based on current contractor rates. 


  • Lakeside New Playground Any chance that some bench seating or new picnic tables and a tap can be located beside the new playground in Lakeside? The current picnic table is too far away for parents to supervise children going between the two. Shade and toilet facilities would also improve this area.

    aluminium asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you for your comments. As you may be aware Port Stephens Council will soon begin work on the new skate park to be located adjacent to the playground. Once the civil construction works are complete Council will look at options for landscape and park furniture improvements to the area in order to fully integrate the new playground and skate park. 

  • Hello, I'm concerned about the high rise suggested for Nelson Bay, this beautiful township and area will be ruined if 10 story units and more are built in Nelson Bay. I have seen the results of high rise at the Entrance nsw and Redcliffe/Scarborough qld,. These areas have gone from holiday villages to streets of dark shadows, lining the foreshore. The developers are only eager for money, building as high as possible. the residents that live in the streets behind these developments never see the ocean or bay. What do the the council have in mind for Port Stephens? a commercialized Gold Coast? Please give our areas a height restriction of no more than 5 stories, leave us in out small village atmosphere. WE only have visitors Christmas and Easter holidays there is plenty of accommodation. Please leave Port Stephens natural and unspoiled

    kezz asked over 2 years ago

    Hello Kezz, thanks for your feedback on the Discussion Paper - Progress of the Nelson Bay Town Centre and Foreshore Strategy, your comments will be considered by Council when assessing the current strategy when the public exhibition period ends on March 13. 

    Ryan

  • You have removed some of the dangerous gum trees on Bagnall Beach road, Thank you - when do you plan to make the rest safe? and plant some more appropriate trees for a residential area, the gums are destroying the pathway and damaging the road, and constantly drop limbs on the road and footpath, do you have public liability insurance to cover death, injury and property damage?

    Terry asked almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for your question.

    Tree works are determined using a risk based priority.

    Port Stephen Council has additional funding in our maintenance budget which has provided us some flexibility to remove trees in problem areas.

    Several areas in Corlette have been identified and funds allocated to these areas. Bagnall Beach road has had some removals take place in the last few years and we will continue to stage works over the coming years.

    This current financial year will see several tree removals take place in and around Sergeant Baker Drive, Corlette and Links Drive, Raymond Terrace.

    Further to this we will find suitable locations and types of plants for reinstatement/ beautification of road reserve areas.

    Port Stephens Council has appropriate liability to cover council in the event of a claim.


  • What time is the information session for Nelson Bay? http://haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/discussion-paper-progress-of-the-nelson-bay-town-centre-foreshore-strategy/key_dates#20041

    crinau asked over 2 years ago

    Thanks for your enquiry. We've updated the page to make this information easier to find.

    We have two drop in sessions planned -

    4-6pm Thursday 23 February at the Ngioka Centre (Cnr Victoria Pde and Dixon Drive, Little Beach, Nelson Bay).

    4-8pm Friday 10 March at the Sacred Tree Markets, d'Albora Marinas, Nelson Bay.

    Hope to see you at one of the sessions.

  • Hello council, Are there plans in place for a more complete cycle way throughout the Nelson Bay area i.e a cycle way/walkway from Corlette to Fingal Bay. At present the cycle way leaves you in no safe position to continue your journey. The stretch along big beach at Shoal Bay is of most concern to me. I think with some creative thinking the gravel road running parallel to the beach could be linked up with the partially completed path in the bushes. I think it could be a tourist attraction. I have in mind something similar to the elevated walkway from Warners Bay to Eleebana. I realize there's a path behind the Shoal Bay van park but people want to enjoy the breeze & view of the bay. I think to either walk or cycle the route with council & other people with similar interests would be advantageous. I'm happy to discuss in more detail. Regards, Simon.

    Simon asked over 2 years ago

    Hi Simon, Thanks for you question. For more information on what the plans are for pathways in the Nelson Bay area please check out Councils Pathways Plans . Community support for various proposed paths in the plans will contribute to Council prioritising these works. If you would like to discuss the paths in the Nelson Bay area further the Shoal Bay Beach Preservation Committee will be good to get in contact with.

    Thanks,


    Ryan

  • Hello Council, Is there any chance you can spray for mosquitoes? We're getting eaten alive over here (Lakeside) even with insect repellent. We are starting to worry about Ross River. With all these low-lying wet areas (behind the pool and houses in Lakeside, the wetlands, the open drains etc) around the place, it'd be good if council could take active measures to curb mosquito growth. Thanks

    aluminium asked almost 3 years ago

    Hello, thank you for your query.

    We can certainly appreciate that mosquitoes create nuisance and health problems during seasonal plagues throughout most of Port Stephens. Whilst Council has historically undertaken some control measures to ameliorate the impacts of mosquitoes, although there is no legislation in NSW requiring councils or owners of land to control mosquito breeding. Changes to various legislation in the last few years has reduced the ability of Council to conduct even limited control measures.

    A regional mosquito management strategy has been prepared which guides Councils and other land managers in responding to mosquito management issues. The document is available from the Hunter New England Health website please see here hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/mosquitoes 

    This website also contains some good factsheets on ways to live with mosquitoes.

    The Lakeside reserves #2 and #3 are scheduled to be mown on a monthly basis. However, this is strictly determined by weather conditions and sometimes due to damp and soft ground conditions our machines are unable to mow these areas.

    I hope this information help but if you have further concerns please contact our Customer Service team on 4980 0255.

    Elizabeth Akerman, Community Engagement Officer


  • Hi guys, Do you have any information as to who brought the council land surrounding the Salamander Bay shopping centre and what residents can expect in the future regarding the development? There's been so much talk about it, but blocks have already been sold and no new information has been released. Surely residents have a right to be informed as to what they can expect and who council have sold the land to, etc. Thanks in advance.

    Matt.s asked almost 3 years ago

    The current works at Salamander Shopping Centre are aimed at subdividing some of the land adjacent to the Salamander Shopping Centre. Work on this subdivision will recommence early 2017 and should be completed by mid 2017. The details of the end users and their respective negotiations with Council are subject to commercial in confidence provisions until each individual lot sale settles, at which time the details will be on the public record. For more information regarding the works in this area please refer to this link News item 8 December 2016


  • Why don't we have any water drinking stations on our major walking tracks ? The pathway from Corlette to Nelson Bay and onto Little Beach is used by many thousands of people. Whilst there are toilet facilities at regular intervals there are no `bubblers' to drink from. Many other popular pathways in other localities have drinking stations often sponsored by local water authorities. Could Port Stephens Council put this on the agenda please?

    Rory Milne asked almost 3 years ago

    Thank you for your suggestion. Unfortunately there is no funding currently available to install bubblers along the Corlette- Little Beach Foreshore.  Council does provide water taps in the popular reserves for the public to access. Your comments have been added to the Community and Recreation's forward works community request list. 


  • How should I dispose of BROKEN fluorescent tubes? I know unbroken tubes should be dropped off along with chemical waste on the specified days, wasn't sure if this still applied if they were already broken

    Andy asked almost 3 years ago

    Hi Andy,


    Thanks for the question. 

    Broken florescent tubes that are in a sealed container can be disposed of for free at the chemical drop off days. They can also be disposed of at the Salamander Bay Waste Transfer Station at any time for free.


  • Hi, Would council consider building a concrete or paved pathway between the end of Purser Street, Salamander Bay and the Salamander shopping complex to make pedestrian access easier rather than having to walk all the way around to McDonald's and in that way. This would make walking to the shops for everybody that lives between the centre and the water easier particularly those of us with mobility issues. Please advise. Kind regards, Stewart Yarroll

    Stewart asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Stewart,

    Thanks for your question. Port Stephens Council does plan to build a path through to the Salamander shopping complex from the end of Purser Street, it is part of our Pathways Plan. For more information please visit the below link to our webpage, you can open a map of the Salamander Bay/Corlette/Nelson Bay (PDF File - 566.5 KB) or look at the whole page Pathways Plan for detail of the plan LGA wide.

  • Hi guys, There has been alot of talk across Facebook and throughout town as to the condition of Tomaree Road, Shoal Bay. Some residents have started a petition which Im guessing will be submitted to council. I do understand there is plans to upgrade Tomaree Road. Was just wondering when council plans/expects to upgrade Tomaree Road and what will be involved with the work?

    Matt.s asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Matt,

    Tomaree Road, Shoal Bay is in the 10 year plan to commence reconstruction of this road next financial year, with funding spanning two financial years due to the amount of works required.

    Council will be reconstructing this road from Marine Drive (road to Fingal Bay) through to Verona Road. This will include construction of kerb and guttering, paths and new stormwater drainage system as well as reconstructing and widening the road pavement.

    Design for this project has already commenced. We are expecting construction to commence in  the 2017/18 financial year, most likely at a time when traffic volumes decrease in the bay area.



  • Hi guys, A couple of questions. Firstly, is there any indication as to when work is expected to commence on the proposed traffic lights at Shoal Bay? Plenty of talk, but no information for residents provided. Secondly, with cars flying round the sharp bend at Government Road at Shoal Bay, on a daily basis, (Gov road and Sylvia Street bend), someone is going to be killed or seriously injured sooner or later. Cars speed around this bend regularly and often loose control, crossing onto the other side of the road or leaving the road and colliding with poles, etc. Residents have contacted council many times before, but nothing has been done for years, sparking fears of a serious accident. A concrete or rubber median strip and traffic calming measures need to be implemented by council.

    Matt.s asked over 3 years ago

    Hi, Council has been in ongoing discussions regarding funding for proposed scope variation changes with Roads and Maritime Services in order to finalise the final design and project management plans for the Shoal Bay Road traffic lights. The project has now been rolled forward into the current financial year to allow for these discussions to occur and as soon as Council receives advice regarding funding, from both Roads and Maritime Services and the Federal Government, construction will take place. We apologise for the delay in the project but we need to ensure the project is fully funded prior to proceeding.

    With regard to Government Road and Sylvia Street bend we will ask our Assets group to investigate the issue and will let your know the outcome when available.

  • Hi, I'd like to add a photo of a koala to the Gallery on the koalas page. How do I do it? Thanks

    Love LTP asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Love LTP, if you send the photo through to me ryan.mouthaan@portstephens.nsw.gov.au I will post it up. You can include (if you'd like) a title for the photo and a short description (where, when etc).

    Thanks,

    Ryan

  • Hi is there any plans to fix , widen and kerb and gutter Avenue of the Allies in Tanilba Bay ?

    Ruby asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Ruby, thank you for the question. In our 10 year plan we are have allocated funds to reconstruct the Avenue of the Allies, Tanilba Bay over two financial years commencing in 2021/2022.

    It will be a massive job and has currently just over $2 million allocated. The works will entail widening and a form of kerb and guttering which will be determined at the detailed design stage. The kerb and guttering may be the traditional type or a smaller concrete edge style similar to what will soon be constructed along Clemenceau Crescent, Tanilba Bay. This kerb style has been used in parts of the new Fern Bay estate. The project will also involve improvements to drainage and the provision of shared pathways.

    If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.

  • When will shade cover be arranged at Henderson Park Lemon Tree Passage over the children's park/play area. This is used by so many, nearly always a child there but no shade and would hate to see a person get skin cancer or burnt from there being no cover provided. Henderson Park is a main area used by both residents and visitors to the area and with the current improvements more and more are visiting daily. Thank you

    Christine Iles asked over 3 years ago

    Thanks for your question Christine,

    Presently there is no plan to provide a shade sail at the Henderson Park children's play area. Council does endeavor to provide areas of shade for playground users. The preference for this shade provision is through natural means where practical as this allows features such as trees to add to the playground experience. Natural shade features are also less likely to be vandalized. Council has provided artificial shade in locations which prohibit the provision of natural shade such as the Nelson Bay Foreshore Playground. The provision of shade sails comes with a significant installation and maintenance cost and the installation of them in a public place needs careful consideration in regards to vandalism. 


  • In 1991/92 Council held a public exhibition regarding proposed Fingal Bay bypass link roads, one of which, Route 3A, was to go from the southern end of our street (Government Road, Shoal Bay) to Nelson Bay Road. I still have the original plans of the proposals. Some 25 years down the track it has still not happened, yet the traffic on our street has become far heavier, and is fraught with impatient drivers passing up to 3 cars in a row at high speed several times a day. It is only a matter of time before an innocent person is maimed or killed if this insanity is allowed to continue. Is the original proposal still on the agenda, or are we to wait for the inevitable tragedy before something is done to reduce the heavy, dangerous traffic flow in our street, particularly in holiday time? Regards Bob

    bobnmas asked over 3 years ago

    Hi Bob thank you for enquiring about the Fingal Bay Link Road.

    The proposal is still on the agenda however at this moment in time we need to acquire some land before planning works can proceed. Until the land is acquired the planning / design studies (see list below) cannot start as they only have a shelf life of about 2 years. It would be a waste to commence these studies until we are certain we can acquire the land. The acquisition of the land is an ongoing discussion with the land owner which is progressing.

    It should also be noted that the allocation of funds from other levels of government is about $3 million which is more than enough to carry out the land acquisition and the planning / design studies. The construction costs would be more than $60 million based on current prices. The planning / design studies would need to be completed before the works can be costed and a source of funds allocated.

    The planning and design studies include:

    • Environmental Assessment
    • Archaeological Review
    • Preliminary Clearing
    • Survey
    • Geotechnical Investigation
    • Traffic Study
    • Road Geometric Design
    • Quantity Surveyor
    • Community Consultation

    If you would like more information Port Stephens Council staff are happy to discuss and can be contacted via our general Customer Service number 4980 0255.