DA FOR 1 YACAABA STREET. – DA (16 – 2018 – 386 – 1) – Comments to PSC were required by 22nd November 2018

It’s Back! – with minor modifications.

The two upper levels have been set back slightly and the solid balconies have been broken with some glass panels but the overall bulk and size of the development remains unacceptable for the heart of the CBD.

Before                               After






The height (33.5 metres) is not only more than twice the current (15 metre) LEP height limit but is 20% higher than even the revised 28 metre height limit for the site recently adopted by Council

The height and bulk of the proposed building are excessive and inconsistent with the planning framework and standards.

The applicant claims that: ‘The proposed additional height does not provide any additional significant impacts in relation to design impacts such solar access, overshadowing, ventilation, than would be the case if the building met the current LEP height limit.’ This claim is not credible.

The Nelson Bay Strategy states ‘It is critical that the wooded ridge and headlands that surround the Bay be visible and not eclipsed by buildings’ and refers to a ‘need to protect the ‘natural amphitheatre’ character of the town centre’.  A 10 storey building on this site would clearly not be consistent with the Strategy, even with the revised Delivery Program.

The applicant needs to demonstrate both that compliance with the development standard (i.e. the height limit is unreasonable or unnecessary and that there are sufficient environmental planning grounds to justify contravening the standard. The application does neither.

November Submission – Click Here

Comments on July’s Original Submission

A Development Application has been submitted to build a 10 storey apartment building (with commercial space at street level and 60 residential units on 9 levels) at the corner of Yacaaba and Donald Streets in the heart of Nelson Bay, on the site of the temporary carpark.

We welcome investment in the township but totally reject the proposed size and bulk of this development

TRRA’s July Submission  Click Here


Port Stephens Council Proposal for Special Rate Variation  – 2.5% or 6.5% or 7.5% or 8.5% for 7 years

TRRA Submission  Click Here

7.5% for 7 years it is – Council Votes to apply to IPART for a Special Rate Variation.

All Councillors spoke on this contentious issue, and acknowledged concerns about affordability, but most were of the opinion that the community wanted spending on new projects and that an SRV was necessary to deliver this.  The motion was carried 6:2 with only Cllrs Arnott and Doohan voting against. Cllrs Abbott and Jordan were absent,

The proposed SRV project list (spread over 10 years commencing 2019-20) has been incorporated into revised Integrated Planning documents which were considered at the Council meeting of 13th November.  Attachment 5 of the Draft Strategic Asset Management Plan lists those projects  Click here.

This time there will not be a session in East Ward on the actual projects proposed, the nearest being at Birubi Surf Club commencing at 5.30 pm on Thursday 29th November.  If you cannot make it there, the same information will be shared at sessions at Raymond Terrace on Wednesday 5th and Medowie on 6th December (see Council website for venues) Submissions will close on 21st December


Nelson Bay Strategy voted on at the 25 September Council meeting.

The Council decision on Tuesday night was to adopt the Nelson Bay ‘Delivery Program’ largely unchanged from the draft earlier this year except for a hastily cobbled together last minute ‘compromise’ on building heights.  TRRA thinks 8 storeys in most of the town centre (and 12 up at the Bowling Club) is still too high and ignores the more than 2300+ individual objections to high-rise.

Council’s revised version of the Nelson Bay Delivery Program  (see pages 25-27 for  building heights ,FSR changes) – Click Here

TRRA’s Newsletter – Click Here

TRRA’s Press Release – Click Here


Lagoons Estate –

Council loses case it was warned off.  Newcastle Herald article.- Click Here

History of matter:

2017 Click Here

For more use search field with this text – Lagoons Estate.



The Report presented by President, Geoff Washington, to the TRRA Annual General Meeting on 15 October, 2018 is available – Click Here.  The associated Powerpoint presentation, which includes  a report on planning proposals and issues considered by the Association, is – Click Here


Koala Sanctuary (eco-tourist facility) at Treescape Holiday Park

DA 16-2018-534-1     Advertising 23/08/2018 to 06/09/2018

Notes on DA –  Click Here


Simulated impact on the skyline should 10 Story Buildings be approved across the Nelson Bay CBD. We are not suggesting that any of the four buildings shown are actual proposals – they are just a simple visual indication as to how high buildings could go under the proposed new height limit – the proposed variation policy could let them go even higher. Any ground level landscaping would be unlikely to impact the views of the waterfront or distant hills. TRRA was criticised for producing this image and accused of being alarmist. In light of the DA above maybe this view should be revisited.

Port Stephens Council prepares ‘Exemption to Development Standards’ policy to govern clause 4.6 applications.

“It more or less invites developers to apply for major variations such as the more than doubling of the height limit for the Church Street apartment tower in Nelson Bay, which council approved in 2017,”  – TRRA planning committee convenor Nigel Waters

Port Stephens Examiner article – 11 April 2018 – Click Here

TRRA’s submissions to Port Stephens Council relating to:

‘Progressing the Nelson Bay Town Centre & Foreshore Strategy: A revised Implementation and Delivery Program 2017Click Here

‘Draft policy on Exceptions to Development Standards (file no PSC2007-1204V3)’: Click Here





Council’s latest Draft placed on Exhibition on 21 February “Progressing the Nelson Bay Town Centre and Foreshore Strategy” still includes a proposal to more than double building heights across Nelson Bay Town Centre based on the argument that this is essential for developers to achieve viability and to attract permanent residents to bolster retail businesses.

TRRA believes that the height issue is critical to the future of Nelson Bay.

For more information Click Here

Hot TRRA  Issues for 2018

Latest Newsletters Click Here – Latest Press Releases Click Here

Click Here for How High? – High Rise In Nelson Bay Page!  
See more of Save Nelson Bay from High Rise on Facebook
TRRA critique of Nelson Bay Strategy “Draft Delivery Program” December 2017. 

All in all, TRRA contends that the document is not fit for exhibition purpose and cannot form the basis of further consultation on the Nelson Bay Strategy without major changes:   Click Here

Draft Nelson Bay and Foreshore Strategy Delivery Program, December 2017 Click Here

Foreshore Strategy April 2012 – Compare Building Heights P60-P65 Click Here

Upwards not Forwards – History of Building Height increase proposals Click Here

Affected Areas  2017 – Click Here    2012 – Click here

Have your say on Building Heights – Click Here

Attention Nelson Bay Community!

This crane is 35 meters high, this is the 10 Storey height limit for high rise buildings (with open ended provision for even higher exceptions) that your Council is proposing for the whole Nelson Bay CBD! 


Lot 424 Halifax Holiday Park.- Councillors’ site inspection took place on 27 August at 4:30 pm.

Those present – Cr john Nell, Cr Sarah Smith, Carmel Foster, Group Manager Corporate Services and another Council Officer. Apologises had been received from the Mayor who is familiar with the site.

John Nell, East ward councillor, addressed the assembled group of about 50 people, all of whom are concerned that the holiday park will be extended into what is currently being used as a public park. He explained that the area is crown land and in the past was designated by the state government as part of the holiday park (2013?). A Carmel Foster also explained there will be a public consultation process in Sept/Oct on the issue of whether or not the council should agree to let the park management expand the holiday park into this area.

It was suggested that representations to both the local councillors and Kate Washington may help sway the decision.

History of previous action over this issue. Click Here

As an aside, Councillor Nell conformed he would not be standing for election next time round.

Images of a Koala in a threatened tree between the apartments and the caravan park.



Sports Complex Master Plan

 Port Stephens Council’s vision is that  the precinct would be Port Stephens’ largest sporting complex with a diverse range of active sporting uses and is home to a number of sporting clubs. The park is not only enjoyed by sports players but residents, school children, active fitness groups and recreational walkers. The purpose of the Master Plan is to provide a clear vision and guide future sporting facility and public domain improvements

Please click here to read the Master Plan, or download from the document library

Full size version (33.3mb) https://haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/35296/documents/75766

Low resolution (1.45 mb) https://haveyoursay.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/35296/documents/76293

For TRRA’s submission to PSC click here


109 Foreshore Drive Sale Update. On Hold

Port Stephens Examiner Article – Click Here

The Bay  – Anna Bay – Newcastle Herald Story

Click Here


Background information – Click Here

TRRA Submission – Draft Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan – Click Here

Click Here for The Mambo Wetlands Land Sale Story


 ‘A Port Stephens Community Voice’

Tomaree Ratepayers And Residents Association is an Incorporated Community Group based in Nelson Bay, Port Stephens on the Tomaree Peninsula, NSW, Australia.  More Info Click Here. 

The design of this site has enabled the TRRA Inc. Management Committee to keep our membership and other interested parties up to date on current issues by posting our Reports, Submissions and Developments directly onto the site. Our mission is to appreciate and defend this lifestyle and environment for ourselves and our children. 

TRRA Meetings:

The Last TRRA  Annual General meeting held 7:00 pm, TMonday 15th October 2018 Nelson Bay Bowling Club Minutes  Available soon


All TRRA General Meeting dates for 2018   Click Here


Click Here for The TRRA Council Election Page !
New Look Council, but old culture survives…….

Posted 03 Oct 2017

The new Mayor and Councillors have made a disappointing start, at their first meeting

 All TRRA Newsletters are available Click Here

Latest below:

Click Here for 2nd October Member Communication

Incredibly, the core proposals had not changed from those exhibited in February 2018, despite around at least 95% of the more than 2600 public responses objecting to the doubling of building heights to 10 storeys across most of the town.

Click here for January 30th Newsletter

This promises to be a year of great challenge to Tomaree Ratepayers and Residents Association Inc. First up, we will need your full support to object to Council lifting the lid on building heights in our town centre – A Battle we Must Win. 

 All TRRA Press Releases Are Available Click Here

Latest Below:


Press release on AGM 2018Posted 17th October 2018

Council decides on Nelson Bay Strategy – Posted 27th September 2018

Special Rate Variation Proposal – Posted 31 July 2018

Council ‘surrender’ on variations – Posted 09 Apr 2018

Hopeful signs of a solution to the contentious issue of building heights in Nelson Bay emerged at a packed public forum last Tuesday night (6 March).- Posted 09 Mar 2018

The threats to the ambience of the Double Bay village raised in the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 January, are also playing out in one of the State’s iconic coastal towns, Nelson Bay on Port Stephens   – Posted 02 Feb 2018

Battle lines drawn – the height war the Nelson Bay community must win. – Posted 08 Dec 2017


Planning Issues:

Port Stephens Council prepares ‘Exemption to Development Standards’ policy to govern clause 4.6 applications.

Port Stephens Examiner 11 April 2018 – Click Here

 Long term planning vision and environmental provision is what’s needed in Port Stephens | TRRA OPINION

Posted 15 Aug 2017

Nigel Waters is on the planning assessment sub-committee of the Tomaree Ratepayers and Residents Association. 

** Opinion – State’s neglect of peninsular getting old**

Posted 30 July 2017

This is a Must Read!  Phillip O’Neill is professor of economic geography at Western Sydney University.


Posted 12 September 2018

Council loses case it was warned off – Lagoons Estate                     __________________________________________________________________

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.

TRRA is proud to be associated with this initiative. More Information HERE  This meeting was a great success with over 500 people attending: – News of The Area 11 May 2017:  Mental Illness Forum draws much community support   –   Lifting the lid on Mental Illness

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