‘A Port Stephens Community Voice’
TRRA Inc. actively represents the Tomaree community on issues such as planning and development, protecting the built and natural environment. TRRA also takes an active stance on economic development, tourism, culture and other grass roots issues.
TRRA Inc. was formed early in 2008, initially responding to the decision by Port Stephens Council to disband the existing ‘Precinct” system of ratepayer representation. Since then TRRA has presented many submissons in response to, at times, controversial issues such as building heights and the Special Rate Variation sought by the council. Copies of these submissions are contained in the archives, available on the TRRA Inc. website. – Click Here
TRRA inc. networks with other local organisations on shared issues of interest, and works to encourage the Council to consult with the community and maintain transparency and accountability in its’ processes.
The objectives of the Association are:
To act and be a representative voice for the ratepayers & residents of the Tomaree Peninsula in all matters that will enhance and protect their residential amenity and the local environment, both natural and built.
To provide a forum for discussion of the critical issues and needs of the local area.
To be a conduit of communication between the community, its elected Councillors and Port Stephens Council, on strategic matters and in decision-making, to assist Councillors and Council (see – http://www.portstephens.nsw.gov.au/ ) to better understand community priorities and needs.
To work with other community associations in the Port Stephens Local Government Area on issues of general concern.
To communicate with bodies outside the local area such as state and Federal Governments and private organizations in relation to matters impacting on the Tomaree community.
Community interests were represented in the Port Stephens local government area by nine Precinct Committees which were established by Port Stephens Council in 1992. In December 2007 the Port Stephens Council withdrew its support for the Precinct Committees and replaced them with a Council-sponsored Residents’ Panel.
Following meetings of concerned residents representing several precincts on the Tomaree Peninsula, it was decided to form a new independent Peninsula-wide group called the Tomaree Ratepayers & Residents Association to give voice to community concerns and to encourage a more consultative working relationship with the Council.
The inaugural meeting was held on February 1st 2008. TRRA Inc. now holds regular meetings on the every two months and maintains contact by e-mail and post with its members.
The Tomaree Peninsula
The Tomaree Peninsula is part of the Port Stephens local government area and encompasses Nelson Bay, Shoal Bay, Fingal Bay, Corlette, Salamander Bay, Anna Bay, Taylors Beach, Boat Harbour, Fishermans Bay and Soldiers Point. The area is located approximately 50 minutes north of Newcastle, 2.5 hours north of Sydney and only 25 minutes from Newcastle Airport with daily flights to most State capital cities and regional airports. A Ward Map of the area covered is: Here
This ‘Blue Water Paradise’ is home to approximately 22,000 residents, and is an idyllic beach resort with an array of bay and ocean beaches, surrounded by national parks with an abundance of native floral and fauna. The area has two major shopping centres with a number of smaller local beach shopping areas and a vast array of tourist accommodation, facilities and activities.
**NB: TRRA Inc. is now registered as an Incorporated Association under the NSW Associations Incorporation Act 2009. Date of Incorporation 23 April 2012. Incorporation No: INC9897168
The INCORPORATED CONSTITUTION IS: Here