Council is constantly working on a wide range of projects, strategies and initiatives to improve the MidCoast region.
Click on the headings below to find out more.
Waterways Report Card 2019 Results
We're developing a Manning River Estuary and Coastal Management Program which will guide us, together with community, to manage this important natural resource. Read more about the project here.
As part of our aim to deliver further efficiencies and streamline our operations, we are undertaking a project to consolidate our administrative functions in Taree and Forster into a single head office location.
Find out here about all of our road safety initiatives, undertaken in partnership with Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).
We are committed to working with families to ensure the restoration of the headstones that were incorrectly laid down.
Together with our community, we've developed a masterplan for the Forster Main Beach area, which provides a blueprint for the future development of this beautiful part of Forster. Read more about the masterplan here.
The Manning Entertainment Centre is expanding thanks to generous grants from the State Government’s Regional Cultural Fund and the Estate of Beryl June Flett.The combined donations of $2.55 million will see a state of the art, multi-purpose new studio space built, that will bring a greater variety of shows for patrons.
Construction is underway on Forster's civic precinct, with the build of community facilities in Stage One of the project. Read more here.
Along with Take3 for the Sea and the Hunter Local Land Services, we've been working with Student Representative Leaders from High Schools in the Mid Coast region to create awareness in their respective schools and find solutions to protect the ecology of our marine environments.
We asked the public to help us create a premier recreation area, right by the water in Fazio Park. We wanted your ideas to repurpose the existing Tuncurry pool site into a unique, fun, inclusive play space that caters for little kids and big kids alike!
As a community it is important for us to have a document that expresses how we want to develop into the future. It needs to bring together the whole community - individuals, businesses, community groups and government agencies; to work collaboratively towards a shared vision. This document is called MidCoast 2030: Shared Vision, Shared Responsibility.
We're introducing a new streamlined process for answering development enquiries from Monday 2 July, with the focus on improving customer service.
Barrington Coast is the name that will be used in a marketing campaign to attract additional tourists to our region.
Working with key stakeholders, we've engaged leading international tourism and trails specialists, TRC Tourism, to develop a feasibility study for a proposed internationally significant 'Great Lakes Great Walks and Aquatic Trail' along a 100km stretch of coast from Forster to Hawks Nest, incorporating Myall Lakes and Booti Booti National Parks.
We're working with the NSW Government to develop a Regional Economic Development Strategy. Find out more and get involved in the project here!
The DMP provides a framework to guide sustainable tourism development over the next 15 to 20 years. View the document here and find out more about the DMP.
Erosion is a significant environmental issue affecting the health and stability of our waterways.
The project contributes to the improvement of the water quality of the Manning River by restoring a state-recognised acid sulphate soil ‘hot spot’.
Council is focused on protecting waterways from the effects of urban development through the implementation of a water sensitive design policy that makes up part of the Development Control Plan (DCP).
Council works to reduce erosionand sediment reaching lakes and waterways, implementing erosion and sediment controls on all Council projects and developments in the area.
Aquatic weed management remains a focus for Council.
Litter and marine debris is one of the biggest environmental issues facing us today. It is the rubbish from our everyday lives that washes into our creeks, rivers and oceans creating unhealthy waterways.
Land for Wildlife is a national voluntary registration scheme for landowners who manage areas of their property for biodiversity and wildlife habitat. The program encourages and assists landholders to include nature conservation in their land management.
Water Report Card 2018
Wetland protection and restoration plays an important role in the maintenance and improvement of water quality and aquatic health.
This project involves various actions to enhance the habitat of the Squirrel Glider population across 53-hectares of Council reserves in South Forster.
Get involved online or through a workshop and learn how to turn kitchen scraps into compost for free.
Where trees, native vegetation or wildlife habitat are affected by development or infrastructure improvements, we are committed to offset planting and habitat rebuilding to compensate.
'Creek to Coast' is a Natural Resource Management newsletter for the whole MidCoast region. It keeps you up to date with positive actions and opportunities to care for our natural resources including waterways, agricultural land, urban areas and biodiversity.
Participate in FREE amazing education experiences and learn more about our unique and diverse marine environments.
Find out how to get involved and make your own garden more beautiful and wildlife-friendly, learn about weed issues, and make a difference in your local environment.
Our mobile Community Recycling trailer will be visiting neighbourhoods right across the MidCoast region, helping you dispose of those hazardous problem waste items that are gathering dust on your garage shelves.
Waterwatch is all about communities caring for catchments. Waterwatch volunteers monitor the health of their waterway, collecting data on any or all of water quality, water bugs, and site characteristics. Anyone can get involved!
The economic and social fabric of the catchment - including agriculture,oyster farming, lifestyle and tourism activities - is inherently linked to the condition and function of thenatural environment and the sustained delivery of environmental services.
To understand the factors driving drops in oyster production, and to guide investment in adapting their farming practices to improve production into the future, a partnership led by Local Land Services involving MidCoast Council, oyster farmers, professional fishers and research organisations has been developed.
A new constructed wetland beside The Lakes Way in South Forster provides an effective filter for urban runoff entering Wallis Lake, helping protect water quality in one of our most important natural assets.
Lowland Rainforest is an endangered ecological community with just 1% of this rainforest type remaining in NSW. In the MidCoast area we are lucky to have a number of different reserves where Lowland Rainforest occurs and Council recognises it is important to regenerate these areas to conserve this rare ecosystem.
We are committed to being involved with our local community and environmental education is one of a range of ways in which we work with our residents.
Find out more here about the unique coastal environment of Manning Point and Old Bar / Farquhar Inlet and what you can do to protect it.
NSW Department of Primary Industries is trialling the SMART drumline shark management system in the Forster/Tuncurry region for 6 months from August 2017. It’s a new tag and relocate system that uses technology to keep our beaches safe, at the same time protecting sharks and collating data on their movements along our coastline.
MidCoast Council is calling on residents to report sightings of koalas as part of a project that maps and defines the distribution, population and trends of the species across the Council region.
We are currently working to implement the priority actions of the Manning Valley Environmental Action Plan, and you can view our progress here.
As the gateway to Wingham, the Cedar Party Creek Bridge forms part of a regional road that connects communities, and provides an important freight route supporting local industry. Now nearing the end of its serviceable life, a project is underway to design its future replacement.
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