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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 ………


‘Save Mambo Wetlands’ Community Forum – 5:45 PM Thursday 26 May – Horizons Golf course

Forum 3

Next TRRA General Meeting will be Held at Nelson Bay Bowling Club at 7:00 pm, 21 June 2016, All TRRA General Meeting dates for 2016  HERE

The Last TRRA General Meeting was in the East Bay Room, Nelson Bay Bowling Club, 7:00 pm, Tuesday 19 April 2016.

Guest Speaker was  Bianca Gordon-Smith, Telstra NBN Manager, Port Stephens – Progress with the Rollout of the NBN Network on the Tomaree Peninsula. Draft Agenda HERE, Minutes HERE


2016 'Meet The Candidates' Forum Flyer 1


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

*Breaking News*:  12 May 2016:  NSW Council amalgamations announced by Premier Mike Baird  

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

Posted 31 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 26 May 2016: Gloucester protesters stopped the inaugural meeting of their new merged council 

ABC News 25 May 2016: Inner West Council’s new administrator spat on during rowdy meeting – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

I wonder what the new ‘City of the Hunter Coast Council’ will make of this when they get the multi-million dollar bill next year??? 

Newcastle Herald 20 May 2016:   Port Stephens Council paid a developer $750,000 for an agreement that didn’t hold water

Newcastle Herald 29 April 2016: Port Stephens Council wants Dungog option reviewed under threat of legal action

Examiner 27 April 2016: Boomerang Park plan of management approved at Port Stephens Council meeting

Examiner 14 April 2016: Minister Paul Toole tight lipped on Newcastle, Port Stephens and Dungog inquiry report 

Newcastle Herald 12 April 2016: Call for Medowie venue to “go for a beer together and watch sport”

Newcastle Herald 28 March 2016: Port Stephens Council is under challenge over a Nelson Bay development More HERE. Major report coming up on this story soon!

Examiner 23 March 2016: Mayor, Bruce MacKenzie and Cr Geoff Dingle in heated council debate 

Examiner 18 March 2016: Room for growth at Williamtown (read Comments!)

Newcastle Herald 27 Feb 2016: Port Stephens mayor Bruce Mackenzie’s alligator weed plan has the EPA recommending boundaries 

Newcastle Herald 16 Feb 2016: Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie’s family sand quarry stands alone in compliance audit 

“Beauty is in the eye of the Beerholder”  Newcastle Herald Jan 28 2016: Port gift gaffe sparks Australia Day storm

 Newcastle Herald Jan 28 2016: The stubby holder and a timely message


Mambo 4Are The Mambo Wetlands Under Threat?

Posted 12 May 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

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 15 May 2016)

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 27 September 2015

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: Soldiers Point Marina, Anna Bay Resort, Seniors living at Diggers, more ‘caravan park’ housing, Rural residential Strategy, Floodplain Management, Corlette Point Foreshore


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’s Mafia……………

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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