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What The Papers Are Saying !







2017 Clippings

02 June 2017: Dungog Council expected to hold extraordinary meeting on poll questions

01 June 2017: Michael Johnsen MP reassures Dungog Council staff 

02 June 2017: Press Release – Dungog Council – Irresponsible Resignations

Meltdown at Dungog Council…….


02 June 2017: Dungog mayor and three councillors walk out, calls for state government to act after day of chaos

01 June 2017: Dungog general manager Craig Deasey and councillor Neville Bale have resigned

16 May 2017: Dungog says no, again, to a merger with Port Stephens  More HERE

11 May 2017: Developer Rod Salmon ready to build apartments on stalled Donald Street ‘holes’ 

28 April 2017: Mayor Bruce Mackenzie’s Salt Ash BMX track plan has ended with a deadline

17 April 2017: Church Street apartments on hold in Nelson Bay after rescission motion 

12 April 2017: Ascent apartments amended for Church Street site but Urban Design Consultative Group still not happy 

08 April 2017: Port Stephens mayor Bruce MacKenzie’s family company has pleaded not guilty to waste dumping 

05 Apr 2017: Port Stephens councillor Geoff Dingle questions code of conduct case

29 Mar 1017: ‘Enough already’ with code of conduct

17 Mar 2017: Port Stephens’ controversial Gardenland composting project is approved – but with strings attached 

17 Feb 2017: Port Stephens Council agrees to $6m loan for Yacaaba Street extension – (Webmaster: We are in ‘Election Mode” already………!)

17 Feb 2017: Port Stephens Council rejects umpire’s decision on code of conduct case 

14 Feb 2017: Calls for an apology after case review

11 Feb 2017: Port Stephens Council sees monsters in the dark 

01 Feb 2017: Eagleton Rock Syndicate revives plans for hard rock quarry within Grahamstown Dam drinking water catchment

18 Nov 2016 – Editorial: Premier Mike Baird’s changes to ICAC are a bad look for this government   More HERE

2016 Clippings

11 November 2016: Government accused of using Trump as cover for controversial bill

08 Oct 2016: ‘Wholesale Gutting’: Opposition warning as environmental bills introduced

23 Oct 2016:  Warnings of Crown land ‘fire sale’ by Baird government

30 May 2016: Administrator finds new Chinese buyer for Birubi resort  (Story Here)

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

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??? 

20 May 2016:   Port Stephens Council paid a developer $750,000 for an agreement that didn’t hold water (Story Here)

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

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

28 March 2016: Port Stephens Council is under challenge over a Nelson Bay development (Story Here)

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

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

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

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”   Jan 28 2016: Port gift gaffe sparks Australia Day storm

Jan 28 2016: The stubby holder and a timely message

21 Jan 2016: Peter Kafer calls to reinstate webcasting of council meetings 

19 Jan 2016: Kate Washington Promoted to front bench

17 Jan 2016: Banned Aid – NSW Electoral Commission investigates banned Hunter developer donations to the Liberal Party

13 Jan 2016: Mayor to ‘shirtfront’ Chinese President Xi Jinping…….! Birubi Resort a ‘blight’ on Chinese relations

13 Jan 2016: Holiday Parks Thou Walla and Trescapes in financial difficulty 

Examiner 07 Jan 2016: Strategy the key for Nelson Bay business 

Newcastle Herald 10 Jan 2016: Macka’s quarry plans queried 

Newcastle Herald 04 Jan 2016: Dingle asks state to stop Port’s spend

Examiner 01 Jan 2016: Lime solution to fix Salt Ash BMX stockpile

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

Port Stephens Examiner 11 April 2018 – Click Here

19 Sept 2017: Confidence in a bright Port Stephens Future

18 Sept 2017: The buck always stops with the Councillors

18 Sept 2017: Mayor-elect congratulates his new team

14 Sept 2017: Dungog decision time looming after vote

12 Sept 2017: Port Stephens Council Mayor-elect Ryan Palmer says he’ll be dedicated full time to the role


12 Sept 2017: Who’s who at the horseshoe

12 Sept 2017: Voting turns physical in Port

09 Sept 2017: Port Stephens mayor: Ryan palmer clinches 2017 Council elections

09 Sept 2017: Newcastle, Port Stephens, Maitland, Dungog local government elections 2017

Sept 09 2017 – Editorial Comment: Democracy might be messy, but it’s vital

09 Sept 2017: Palmer in box seat to become Port Stephens Mayor

11 Sept 2017: Washington mayor-elect after Labor’s mixed showing

09 Sept 2017: Palmer in box seat to become Port Stephens Mayor


05 Sept 2017: Meet the Central Ward Candidates

05 Sept 2017: Meet the East Ward Candidates

05 Sept 2017: Meet the West Ward Candidates

05 Sept 2017: Lords Prayer evokes heated pre-poll exchange

05 Sept 2017: Flyers sent in bid to sway voters ahead of Port Stephens local government elections

05 Sept 2017: Council ‘how to vote’ material accidentally bundled with candidate promotional materials

16 August 2017: TRRA confident a new Port Stephens Council will resume live webcast of meetings

16 August 2017: TRRA Letter to the Editor -Live Webcasting Fears Unfounded

14 August 2017: Cr Geoff Dingle to run for Port Stephens mayor but won’t seek re-election as central ward councillor

16 Aug 2017: ‘Sexist, homophobic’ posts haunt mayoral candidate

09 Aug 2017: Independent Ryan Palmer draws ballot place number one in mayoral race for Port Stephens

09 August 2017: Macka announces retirement ahead of council election

08 Aug 2017: Geoff Dingle seeks the Port Stephens Council’s top job

Des Maslen leads the ALP ticket in race for mayor

08 Aug 2017: Peter Kafer takes on the heavyweights in mayoral election

08 Aug 2017:Ryan Palmer is youngest of Port Stephens mayoral candidates

08 Aug 2017: Candidates to face questions

04 Aug 2017: BMX soil almost a ‘windfall’

03 Aug 2017: Dover says ‘lets finish what we started’

02 Aug 2017: Council Changes tact on Salt Ash BMX track

02 Aug 2017: Council brings forward Koala Facility planning

01 Aug 2017: Final Port Stephens Council to tackle 900-page agenda

15 Aug 2017* Opinion – State’s neglect of peninsular getting old**
This is a Must Read!  Phillip O’Neill is professor of economic geography at Western Sydney University.

30 July 2017: Jamie Abbott takes a shot at Port Council Spot

28 July 2017: Port Stephens ratepayers to help foot the bill for defamation cases

28 July 2017: OPINION: Time for real change in Port Stephens this election year

26 July 2017 – (Video): Port Stephens Council Walkout

26 July 2017: Hunter and Central Coast local government elections are a chance for change

26 July 2017: Councillors walk out over 900 page agenda

25 July 2017: Mammoth Port Stephens Council Meeting falls short

25 July 2017: Monster final Port Stephens Council agenda panned

25 July 2017: Dingle bid as Port Stephens Mayor

15 July 2017:  Port Stephens defamation case to test Macka’s teflon talents

07 July 2017: Labor candidates under Des Maslen want council meetings broadcast live if elected

05 July 2017: Councillor Nell to run again for Port Stephens Council after 30 years of service

01 July 2017: Port Stephens residents go polls council elections

27 June 2017  TRRA OpinionMore consultative council is what’s wanted 

27 June 2017: Fuse is lit on September council elections

27 June 2017 Opinion: Port Stephens Council shows there’s more to local government than meets the eye

27 June 2017: Port Stephens Councillor Ken Jordan slams Labor’s ‘party politics’

26 June 2017: Port Stephens Labor Candidates Revealed

23 June 2017: Desmond Maslen to lead Labor team in Port Stephens local government election

22 June 2017: Councillor Dover Declares She Will Run in Upcoming Port Stephens Council elections

16 May 20017: Like a Boomerang Jillian Lye is back but this time she wants to be a Port Stephens Councillor

28 Feb 2017: Cr John Nell asks for Port Stephens Council to abandon polling days 

06 Jan 2017: Ryan Palmer, the man behind the public persona

Nov 30 2016: Councils respond to election delay: ‘It’s blackmailing by the state government’ 

13 October 2015: Port councillor John Nell to retire from politics after 29 years 

30 October 2015: Des Maslen has thrown his hat into the ring for the September 2016 local government election 

3 Dec 2013: Councillor reveals election plot for pro-development council 

The 2012 Council Elections – TRRA analysed the result and the Newcastle Herald carried out a major investigation over a week of articles. Read all about it HERE 

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