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 urges residents and other interested parties to make submissions to Council by 4 April, objecting to the proposals 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! 

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, Tuesday 17 October 2017 Nelson Bay Bowling Club , Agenda: Click HereMinutes  Click Here

The last TRRA general meeting was held on Monday 12th February 2018 at 7 pm at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club (Crows Nest Room).  Minutes will be produced soon and be posted on this site. Note that this was the original date for a special public meeting on CBD Building Heights which has been moved to Tuesday 6th March. Council has delayed the exhibition period to not commence until mid February.  Notifications will be sent.

All TRRA General Meeting dates for 2018  Click Here

Agenda for General Meeting on 12th February 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 14th March Member Communication 

TRRA’s public forum held at the Nelson Bay Bowling Club on 12 March was promoted as ‘Save Nelson Bay from High Rise’. It was attended by over 300 people and not surprisingly, they were overwhelmingly opposed to the doubling or more of height limits proposed by Council.

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. 

Click here for December 25 2017 Newsletter 

Community Protests Nelson Bay Strategy – Council has it Wrong

Click here for Update – 23 December 2017

Council tries to impose high rise on Nelson Bay. 2 Mambo Wetlands – Developer tries again.

Click Here for 08 December 2017 Special Newsletter – Building Heights

Details of proposal to Double the Height Limit throughout the entire Town Centre!

 All TRRA Press Releases Are Available Click Here

Latest Below:


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:
 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.


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.





December 25 2017:  Community Protests Nelson Bay Strategy -Council has it Wrong

22 Sept 2017: Macka wins the Golden Ernie

Posted 25 May 2017            Thou Shalt not ‘impute’
Journalist Joanne McCarthy has finally made public in today’s Newcastle Herald, 24 May 2017, some of what we were aware has been going on behind the scenes at Port Stephens Council for some time.

25 July 2017: Monster final Port Stephens Council Panned


Council Decisions:

Ngioka Centre, can it survive?

Posted 14 June 2017 – Updated 28 June 2017

Port Stephens Council will reconsider its financial support of horticultural services at the Ngioka Centre, Little Beach.

Soldiers Point Marina Extension Update

Soldiers Point Community Group

   Click Here for the Council Amalgamations/Merger Page!

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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