07 Sept 2017: Mambo Sale among $9 billion in asset sales
Update 04 October 2016
There has been a major initiative from the Hunter Koala Protection Society to highlight the loss of Koala habitat and to promote the idea of a Koala Hospital for the area. The proposed site is the old Samurai, now TreeEscape site at One Mile Beach, Crown Land, Leased by PSC. There has been saturation coverage of this campaign in the Examiner of late. TRRA has invited RON LAND, the Vice president of the Society to address this as the guest speaker at our TRRA AGM, Tuesday 18 September 2016, 7:00 pm at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club. – Press release HERE
We now discover that the Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter has belatedly admitted that the Mambo wetlands site was sold off by ‘mistake’ and we have finally found out who bought it.
Examiner 27 Sept 2016: Scott MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, says Mambo sale shouldn’t have happened.
Newcastle Herald 28 Sept 2016: Port Stephens MP Kate Washington asks government to reverse Mambo Wanda wetlands sale.
This is an initiative by the Greens to draw attention to the Mambo Wetlands issue, save the date…..
95 Spectacular Pictures of the fauna and flora of Mambo Wetlands By Guy Innes, Available to download HERE (Caution Large PDF File, 25 MB, give it time to load) Can we afford to lose any of this?
What you can do: 160524 Mambo Wetlands forum – handout
160607 TRRA Letter to Minister for Education & Community Services
Newcastle Herald 07 June 2016: Bidders meet reserve in sale of Salamander Bay land covering Mambo Wanda Wetlands | poll
Newcastle Herald 06 June 2016: Port Stephens koala habitat at risk by ‘secret’ government land sale
Examiner May 24 2016: Department of Education land sale prompts Save Mambo Wetlands forum
Newcastle Herald 24 May 2016: Community forum to discuss school land sale at Salamander Bay
Newcastle Herald 24 May 2016: Port Stephens Council urges Adrian Piccoli to ‘stop the clock’ on land sale
Update 20 May 2016: Letter from Kate Washington MP to all Community Groups Re: ‘Save Mambo Wetlands’ Community Forum 5:45 PM Thursday 26 May 2016 Horizons Golf Course. TRRA will be supporting this initiative, we will see you there!
Update 18 May 2016: We received A passionate email today HERE from a resident of Foreshore Drive that he has given permission to use, to assist in our submissions objecting to the sale of the 6 hectares of land in the wetlands currently owned by the Education Dept. who, it seems, have instructions from Mr Baird to sell off all surplus land.
Report on Community Meeting 14 May 2016 Below
Original Post – 12 May 2016 : Some very observant local activists noticed this ad in the Newcastle Herald Saturday 7 May 2016 and contacted PS Council for a response:
“A number of Department of Education sites were listed for sale in the Newcastle Herald on 7 May 2016. We have received a number of queries in relation to these sites as have Councillors.
182 and 246-248 Port Stephens Dr and 10-14 Short Rd, Salamander Bay
The land for sale includes seven lots, with six of the lots between 657m² and 680m² in size and one lot being 5.6ha in size (182 Port Stephens Drive). The sites are all zoned E2- Environmental Conservation and are currently heavily vegetated. Port Stephens Council owns the sites to the east and west of 182 Port Stephens Drive (see diagram below). The minimum lot size for subdivision of these lots is 40ha, with all of the lots being under this requirement.
The constraints on the site include bushfire, acid sulphate soils, Koala habitat (supplementary) and flooding. The site is also subject to the provisions of SEPP 71 – Coastal Protection.
Council has not received any planning proposal to rezone the land or has had any meetings regarding the future development of these sites. The site is noted by the Office of Environmental Heritage as having high environmental value.
Under the current environmental zoning, any future development is limited and must be in accordance with the Local Environmental Plan.”
TRRA contacted Walter Lamond, Chair of the 355B Landcare Group that has been caring for the site on behalf of the local residents for the last 20 years and he indicated that although they were aware of who owned the land, they had no indication that the department had now designated the land as surplus to requirements and that it was to be sold off in an online auction on 9 June 2016. He also indicated that an application
had been put in some time in 2011 for all the Mambo Wetlands to be declared an Aboriginal place, because artifacts etc. had been found on the site.
Local Member Kate Washington has been contacted and is investigating this proposal and has put a question in Parliament to the Education Minister.
The Mambo Wetlands Community Group has set up a Facebook Page and have arranged for NBN3 TV to cover a meeting they are having on Saturday 14 May 2016 at 10:00 am at the site and have asked concerned people and local Community Groups to show support.
The Maps show the site bounded by Foreshore Drive and Port Stephens Drive with Council land on either side, and this is all in what most of the Community thought was the Mambo Wetlands Reserve.
Dick Appleby – TRRA MEDIA Officer
Examiner 12 may 2016: Department of Education lists Salamander Bay and Fullerton Cove properties for sale
Newcastle Herald 12 May 2016: Port Stephens Drive school land sale at Salamander Bay sparks Mambo Wanda wetlands fears
Update 14 May 2016 – Community Meeting: The meeting at the Mambo Wetlands site was very well attended by about 120 people, which shows what can be done when local community groups work together to mobilize their membership at short notice on a good cause. The meeting was addressed by State MP Kate Washington, Federal Labor Candidate for Paterson Meryl Swanson, representatives of the Greens, community groups including TRRA. NBN3 TV arrived towards the end of the meeting and interviewed some of the speakers.
The community gathering on 14 May 2016 endorsed, by acclamation, the plan put forward by Walter Lamond of the Mambo Wanda Wetlands Landcare Committee that was as follows:
1. CALL ON THE NSW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION TO CANCEL THE AUCTION
2. CALL ON THE OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENT AND HERITAGE TO EXPEDITE THE APPLICATION TO HAVE MAMBO DECLARED AN ABORIGINAL PLACE.
3. CALL ON THE NSW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION TO PASS OWNERSHIP OF THE LOTS TO THE PORT STEPHENS COUNCIL.
4. CALL ON THE PORT STEPHENS COUNCIL TO MOVE TO HAVE ALL THE LOTS WITHIN THE MAMBO WETLANDS CONSOLIDATED INTO A SINGLE RESERVE