Your rates allow us to provide a broad range of services right across the MidCoast, helping to make our region a vibrant and enjoyable place, to live, work and play. Along with maintaining local roads and collecting kerbside bins, there are hundreds of different services you use every day… some you probably rarely think about, but you’d miss them if they weren’t there.
Click through the headings below to explore some of the work we’ve achieved over the past 12 months (snapshot prepared September 2019).
Water and environment
With a continued focus on sustaining our stunning natural assets, managing the health of our waterways, and maintaining our 190km coastline, we have been busy over the past 12 months.
The much anticipated Jimmys Beach Sand Transfer System was completed, the first of its kind on the NSW coast. Along with sand scraping at Old Bar, another of our erosion hot spots, our coastal management efforts assisted in preventing any significant loss of assets during a recent weather event.
Other achievements related to our water supplies and the environment include:
Find out more about our environmental projects here.
Sustainability and waste management
With an overarching goal to reduce the amount of waste ending up in our landfills, initiatives undertaken over the past 12 months have focused on helping our community to reduce, re-use and recycle.
Our waste team has continued visiting neighbourhoods across the region with the mobile Community Recycling Trailer, giving locals the chance to dispose of hazardous problem waste items such as old gas bottles, motor oils and car batteries, fluoro globes and tubes, and old paint. These visits are also a great way to chat with people about what they can be doing to help with sustainability.
Other recent waste-related news has included:
Find out more about our how we manage waste across the region here.
Parks and recreation
From mowing and maintaining play equipment, to providing structured or natural shade, managing almost 90 playgrounds across the MidCoast region is anything but child’s play. Add to that 58 full size playing fields, 75 public amenity blocks, 87 public barbecues and 3,000 hectares of parks and open space, and there’s no doubt our parks team have been busy over the past year.
Construction works commenced in July to deliver our region's first inclusive playground - Livvi's Place. Centrally located in Fotheringham Park Taree, Livvi's Place will provide a play space where residents and visitors of all ages, stages and abilities can meet, socialise and play side-by-side. Due to open in time for Summer, the project includes construction of a new accessible public toilet block.
In other parks across the MidCoast:
- The playground at Providence Bay Reserve Hawks Nest received a makeover
- Work commenced in August on a dedicated leash-free dog exercise park in Harrington
- Playground shade at Allan Park Stroud has recently been installed
- Playgrounds in Palmgrove Park Forster, Lone Pine Park in Tuncurry, Central Park in Wingham, and Coolongolook Oval will also soon benefit from the installation of shade structures
Find a reserve or park in your area here.
Roads and infrastructure
We have continued our focus over the last 12 months on improving the roads that connect our community. Just some of the projects undertaken have included rehabilitation or reconstruction of sections of Gloucester Road, Manning Point Road, Crawford Street in Bulahdelah, Avalon Road at Krambach, Old Bar Road, Commerce Street in Taree, The Bucketts Way in Tinonee, Blackhead Road, The Lakes Way, Farquhar Street in Wingham, Victoria Street in Taree, and Thunderbolts Way.
While roads are an on-going priority, other infrastructure works to make a difference across the region have included:
Find out more about our commitment to improving our transport network here.
Community and culture
With 296 individual towns and villages across the region, understanding your priorities and delivering meaningful outcomes can be challenging. Our new-format Community Conversations involved visiting 12 different locations across the region with a record number of people attending. Conversations are set to continue in more locations later this year, including the popular Q&A reporting for those who can’t attend.
Specific projects delivered with and for our community have included:
- HSC support, school holiday programs and library activities across 11 different locations
- Free workshops including “Supervising Learner Drivers”, “Cyber Safety”, “Council Tenders”, and “Scoot Aware”
- Pedestrian safety signage, partnering with Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation
- Community consultation on projects such as Forster’s Main Beach Master Plan, road improvement works for Wingham Road and in Gloucester, Hawks Nest Community hall redevelopment, and our communications and engagement strategies
- Funding programs - Community Donations, Event Sponsorship and Local Heritage Fund
- Supporting and celebrating important events including Reconciliation Week, Volunteer Week, RU OK? Day, Dying to Know Day, International Day of People with a Disability, and NAIDOC Week
- Youth events and endorsement of the MidCoast Youth Strategic Plan
Right now, local community planning is kicking off in Gloucester and Wingham in September – find out more here.
Pets and animals
Our four-legged friends are a much loved part of the MidCoast community, so promoting responsible pet ownership continues as an ongoing focus. This includes the importance of having your pet registered and microchipped, and keeping its details up to date so we can help them find their way home if they get lost.
- To assist in reuniting pets with their owners, we established an online pound register earlier this year
- As well as helping lost pets find their way home, the register has assisted us in our work with local animal rescue organisations in rehoming unwanted animals
- Changes introduced by the Department of Primary Industries from 1 July require an identification number to be shown when advertising of kittens, cats, puppies or dogs for sale in NSW – this may be a microchip number, a breeder identification number or a rehoming organisation number
Find out more about responsible pet ownership here.