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D-_TRRA_TRRA-Website_Website-Images_Logos_TRRA-Inc-wwwTomaree Ratepayers And Residents Association is an Incorporated Community Group based in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens on the Tomaree Peninsula, NSW, Australia.  More Info HERE.      Subscribe in the  Sidebar on the right with your email address to be notified of all major posts.

New Website 2 Welcome to our New Format Website for 2016 !

Click the link above to see how it works. Heaps more archived posts in the TRRA Back Burner File, click on the Logo below to go there ………


Statement: 25 November 2016 – Apology and removal of article

The TRRA apologies to Mr MacKenzie for the hurt caused to him by the headline in an article published on its website on 28 July 2015

Posted 25 November 2016


The Next TRRA event will be our Christmas Function, 06:30 pm, Tuesday 06 December 2016 Nelson Bay Bowling Club Dining Room. Join the Management Committee for Dinner and a convivial drink for our last gathering for 2016. RSVP president@trra.com.au or leave a message on 4981 3916 to help the club with numbers.

120716 PIC 2 TRRAThe last TRRA General Meeting was the AGM & General Meeting, Tuesday 18 October 2016 at Nelson Bay Bowling Club Crows Nest Room, 7.00pm  Guest Speaker: Ron Land, Vice Pres. Hunter Koala Preservation Society.  Minutes and AGM Presentation, AGM Notice & Info pageCommittee Nomination Form, Membership Form

 All TRRA General Meeting dates for 2016  HERE

Newsletter IconNovember 2016 TRRA Inc. Newsletter

Posted 27 Nov 2016

Latest Update before Xmas, Includes Letter to Government re: Council Merger timetable

0 KoalaKoala Protection Society Vice President RON LAND  is Guest speaker at  TRRA 2016 AGM

Proposed ‘Koala Hospital’ at Samurai etc…………..

0 Koala04 October 2016: Update on Mambo Wetlands Issue – ‘Come And Walk the Mambo Wetlands

Sold off ‘by mistake’

Whats The PlanDA Watch September 2016

Updates Include: Shoal Bay: Height Limits; Catalina Motel , Nelson Bay: Car Parks re-development, Corlette: New shops and services at Salamander Centre, Port Stephens: Pathways Plan.

PSSPN- 2016 Walk With Us 2Walk With Us – Port Stephens Suicide Prevention Network

Saturday  10 September 2016, Iluka Reserve, Boat Harbour

Bribe_20151009121118ICAC Report – Operation Spicer Report Released 30 Aug 2016 *

Long Awaited Report Finally released – Even More ICAC Stories: HERE

Media Stories Updated to 24 November 2016


August 31 2016: We are still waiting for an announcement on the proposed mergers…………….Maybe after the other Council Elections are over??

Click on anything here to go to the TRRA Council Amalgamation page for the latest updates!

Layout 1 (Page 1) TRRA Draft Submission to Delegate inquiry – PSC/ Dungog Merger

Posted 07 June 2016

PS CouncilOPINION: Musing on Mergers – Out of the frying pan, into…..?

Posted 31 May 2016

  NSW Council amalgamations announced by Premier Mike Baird  

Posted 12 May 2016

 What does this mean for Port Stephens ?


Baird & Co1






TRRA Will be providing an in depth analysis on what the proposed Council amalgamations will mean to the people of  the Tomaree Peninsula, and an aggregation of what the media is saying about  it. TRRA says: ” keep a cool head at this stage, no one really knows how this is going to work yet!”

Merger-Lewis All Council Amalgamation News is now updated regularly on  Council Amalgamations
Is this the new Port Stephens Promotion Logo? Dungog We Luv U





Newcastle Herald 18 Nov 2016: Hunter council merger chaos to continue 

Newcastle Herald 18 Nov 2016 – Editorial: Premier Mike Baird’s changes to ICAC are a bad look for this government   More HERE

Sydney Morning Herald Nov 14 2016: Mike Baird to continue with council mergers after Orange shock 

Newcastle Herald Nov 11 2016: Government accused of using Trump as cover for controversial bill

Newcastle Herald Nov 11 2016: Merger Decision on ice, MP says

Sydney Morning Herald 08 Oct 2016: ‘Wholesale Gutting’: Opposition warning as environmental bills introduced

Sydney Morning Herald 23 Oct 2016: Warnings of Crown land ‘fire sale’ by Baird government

Examiner October 21 2016: Merger Outcome No Clearer After Councils Conference – Video                     How to make friends and influence people at Newcastle Council!!

Examiner August 30 2016: Nelson Bay NOW formed to liaise with Port Stephens Council 


2016 'Meet The Candidates' Forum Flyer 1A Candidates Forum and TRRA General Meeting was held Wednesday 15 June 2016. 

Guest Speakers were the Federal Election Campaign Candidates. General Meeting Agenda: HERE,  Press Release: HERE, Sub-Committee Forum Report: HERE, Minutes: HERE, Letter to successful candidate HERE

NBN 2The NBN is in Nelson Bay!

Posted 01 June 2016

Watch out for the spin

Mambo Land Sale‘Save Mambo Wetlands’ Community Forum 

 5:45 PM Thursday 26 May – Horizons Golf course

Posted 12 May 2016 – Updated 01 June 2016

Mambo 4Are The Mambo Wetlands Under Threat?

Posted 12 May 2016 –Updated 01 June 2016

Big slice of Mambo Wetlands On Sale 09 June

DoohanLetters: Examiner April 12 2016 MP’S Actions Prove Costly

Posted April 14 2016

Press Release WTRRA Media Release 11 April 2016: Merger Enquiry to be Kept Under Wraps


NBN 2The NBN IS Coming, But What Are We Getting?

Posted 12 April 2016

Plagued by delays and speed issues? 

Lawyers1Lawyers Picnic at Lagoons Estate

12 Years of litigation, and the only winners are the lawyers!

Posted 12 April 2016 (Updated to 20 May 2016)

Money-down-drain 1Ratepayers Millions down The Drain?

Posted 19 June 2015 (Updated to 5 April 2016) More Soon!

Lagoons Estate – Court Battles With PSC

 CaptureICAC Still Under Threat

Posted 12 December 2015 (Updated 30 August 2016) Report Now Tabled

Opinion: Could a pair of fake breasts have triggered a saga that changes forever the powers of the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption?


Layout 1 (Page 1)26 February 2016: TRRA Submission to Delegate Ian Reynolds:

TRRA Inc. Submission to Council Boundary Review – Newcastle-Port Stephens


NewcastleA Quite Different Perspective – Newcastle Merger Public Inquiry meetings

Posted 09 February 2016

The other side of the story – Margaret Wilkinson


160204 EnquiryReport on Public Inquiry into Merger Proposal

Posted 04 Feb 2016

Report on Horizons Meeting.


Pros and ConsFebruary 2016 Newsletter-Merger  Pros & Cons

Posted 02 Feb 2016

Council Merger analysis from TRRA Management Committee


Press Release W29 Jan 2016: TRRA Press Release

Posted 29 Jan 2016

Full TRRA Analysis

boxing-gloves-punching-sq1Extra Ordinary!  Merger Meeting Report

Posted 25 Jan 2016

What is $200 K of your money going to be spent on?

Press Release W25 Jan 2016: TRRA Press Release!

Proposed Merger Port Stephens Newcastle Council Councils


Newsletter IconJanuary 2016 Newsletter 

More detail on merger Press Release, Public meeting dates


Newsletter IconNovember 2015 Newsletter

The Latest from TRRA Inc.


McCloyMcCloy High Court Challenge Fails

Posted October 09 2015

Q: When will we ever see the full ICAC report?

A: When big developers run out of Lawyer Money……


Newsletter IconOctober 2015 Newsletter

The Latest from TRRA Inc.


Macka 3Minister Toole’s Belated Response to Background Briefing Program

Posted 17 December 2015

TRRA Asks: How much more of this sort of behavior will be tolerated by this Government and its Minister before some action will be taken?


Pony Club BMXAlexander Park Dressage, Salt Ash Pony Club or Bruce’s BMX?

Posted October 09 2015, Updated to 20 Jan 2016

More Fallout from the ABC Background Briefing Show. Get the full story! 


Macka 3The Sand Mining Mayor Who Loves A Deal 

Posted October 02 2015

Background Briefing-ABC Radio National 9:00 AM Sunday 04 Oct.

Update Sunday 04 October 2015: Audio Link to full Show

The show was certainly an insight on how things get done by our Mayor at Port Stephens Council. The show is a result of about 22 Hours of recordings done by Anne Arnold in her research into this issue. If you missed it, they are repeating it on Tuesday evening at 9:00 PM on ABC Radio National (FM 98.3 up here) 

Planning Issues

Whats The PlanTRRA D.A. WATCH

Posted 18 September 2016

TRRA Planning Sub Committee monitors all D.A.’s of interest submitted to Council and the Department of Planning. Check this link regularly for the latest updates and comment

DA Watch


Updates Include: Shoal Bay: Height Limits; Catalina Motel , Nelson Bay: Car Parks re-development, Corlette: New shops and services at Salamander Centre, Port Stephens: Pathways Plan.


BPAGBoomerang Park Raymond Terrace – ‘A Walk In The Park

Walk with the Action Group for an insight into this historic site Flyer HERE

Fundraiser Movie night Thursday 04 November 2015


Boomerang IconBoomerang Park/RT Mens Shed

This needed to be published but it still needs a bit of work


Anna Bay 1Major Victory For Anna Bay Community Action Group

Posted 20 August 2015



Bay Resort 1$230 Mill Anna Bay Resort

Posted 16 August 2015

Submission made to Council


Kate 1Local MP Takes On PSC Mayor

Posted 13 August 2015

Has Macka Finally Met His Match?


Mackas SandUrgent! Macka’s Sand To Increase Sand Truck Movements 200%

Posted 5:00pm Friday 07 August 2015 –

Community Forum: Williamtown Public Hall, Nelson Bay Road

Update: Newcastle Herald 10 Jan 2016: Macka’s quarry plans queried


Port Stephens CouncilAn Evening With Macka……………

Posted 06 August 2015

Report on PS Council Meeting 28 July 2015

What your Elected Representatives are up to…………


CQP 1Cabbage Tree Road Sandmine

Posted 25 July 2015

Will The Port Stephens Ratepayers Ever Get the ‘Cabbage’ from the Cabbage Tree Road Sand Mine? Part 1 Updated 20 August 2015: Part 2


Australian Dollar Notes Bundles StackIs Port Stephens Council As Financially Viable As They Would Like Us To Believe?

Posted 25 July 2015

Councillor Geoff Dingle on  the current financial status of our Council. 


Tree Removal 1Update On Tree Policy Changes

Posted 19 June 2015

Council’s proposed changes to its tree removal policy are on public exhibition, until 30 July.


truck pic 4New Waste Collection Service

Posted 30 June 2015

Details Of New Service


billsWarning ! Pensioner Council Rates Trap….

Posted 17 June 2015

Check your Rates Assessment Notice! 


Whats The PlanPositive Planning Initiatives

Posted 14 June 2015

New LEP, DA Tracker etc. 


IMG_1457AAfter The Storm

Posted 06 May 2015

Is The Council Going To Do A Green Waste Pickup For Residents?

PSC Storm Recovery Information

Updated PSC Media Release 11 May 2015


Dungog 14Reaction to Mayor’s Controversial Tree Cull Proposal

PSC – 03 June 2015: Update: Dangerous Tree Removal Statement May 2015

Check this story before you cut down any trees……!


Dungog 10Developments On Floodmounds – Rampant Approval

Posted 05 June 2015

Mackenzie: ‘Have not seen any houses floating past yet” !!


ParkingConcern Re Commercial Development Of Donald Street Car Parks

Posted June 05 2015

What are PSC Property Services doing with our car parks?


ParkingA Double Whammy For Nelson Bay CBD

Posted October 29 2014

Donald Street East And Coles Closure will cause Parking Chaos in Nelson Bay

A report is being prepared on a new proposal for this site


What is going on at WALLALONG?   

Posted October 31, **Updated 23 July 2014**

Is PS Council looking after the big developers or its own ratepayers? 


Bruce01Karuah Mens Shed – Because He Can……

Posted 06 July 2014

Recomendations Are Just Recomendations………..!


In Depth P.S.C. Financial Investigation: 

balancesheetWhat is the true state Of The Books At PSC?

First posted 23 December 2014

Why Have Council Removed The Business Units From The Annual Financial Statements?                                    
Financial-StatementsPart One 03 Dec. 2014. 

Part Two 05 Feb 2015                         

Part Three  18 April  2015


Port Stephens Council Holiday Park Management

Nudist Girls 2B1. Samurai Beach Resort – The Naked TruthSamurai TNT 2

2. Samurai Beach Resort – More Naked Truths

3. Samurai Beach Resort – The Last Naked Truth

4. Samurai TreEscape Updated To 31 January 2015

Originally Posted 28 January 2014

How Port Stephens Ratepayers lost Their Shirt ! 

Listen to the interview on ABC Newcastle Local Radio 1233 Monday 17 Feb HERE (give it time to download!)


Sand Mining In Port Stephens

Bobs Farm MineBobs Farm Sand Mine – Information

Update 09 Januaruy 2015 – EDO Community Workshop!

Welcome To Bob’s Farm Mine!


Bobs Farm MineWho The Heck Was Bob?

Saturday 18 April 2015

An afternoon of stories celebrating the heritage of Bobs Farm



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