YET – no meeting has taken place, however, again we are able to report on some developments within the Hawks Nest Tea Gardens Progress Association, the Southern Reference Group and the Myall River Action Group.
Concerns about Covid testing
The Covid pandemic is growing and not far from our doorstep.
Our State Representative, Kate Washington, expressed concern that this community does not have testing facilities locally and that citizens must travel to Raymond Terrace. She identified several possible sites and brought the matter to the attention of the Department of Health.
She also raised the issue of sewer sampling at the TG / HN facility.
Ms Washington then received a response from the NSW Department of Health, which denied the TGHN station’s sewer inspection request.
The ministry reportedly said, âThe sewage flows are so low that we actually cannot get a reliable sample.
“The area is at very low risk as there are no known close or occasional contacts from the area.”
We are yet to hear about the test stations.
Our talented artistic ladies from U3A Art Group completed the mural on the wall of the convenience building adjacent to the Hawks Nest Community Hall.
Looks great ladies.
Now the equally talented ladies of the Myall River Art Walk have started a new project of painting flannel flowers on a number of power poles at Tea Gardens.
At this point they are limited to a certain number by the Council and we hope that they will be able to increase their number shortly.
Local council news has been mostly good, with repairs to the shelter above Marine Dr’s barbecue soon to be undertaken.
The figs of Port Jackson, very affected by the fig beetle last summer, should be evaluated and replaced if necessary.
Steps must be taken to prevent a recurrence this year.
The new launching ramp is in the design stage, yet to be finalized, tenders for construction will follow but there is no chance that it will be installed in time for the next navigation season. .
Singing bridge solution
We have good news regarding the Singing Bridge and the demand for one-way trails for wheeled traffic.
The Council accepted the proposal for a walkway under the bridge on the side of Tea Gardens and asked the designers to finalize the concept.
We hope that the exit will be on the side of Tea Gardens under the bridge.
They plan to use a boardwalk made from recycled plastic materials suitable for marine display conditions.
They hope the design and costs will be finalized by the end of September, but will still need to secure funding and approval from the Marine Parks Authority.
In the meantime, to begin one-way traffic on the bridge, Council will seek to establish a pedestrian refuge, connecting existing trails and ramps, allowing people to cross Myall Street safely, until that the connection below the bridge is completed.
Success of the slipway
The Tea Gardens slipway is in the final stages of completion and the MRAG would like to congratulate Paul Bendy and his committee for meeting and overcoming a very poor decision to immediately shut down the utility by government authorities .
This notice was attached to the Slipway building on May 13, 2019 announcing the closure with immediate effect.
As this is the only facility on the north side of Port Stephens, this exposed our boat owners to having to use slip facilities on the south side of the harbor, not only an added expense, but had the potential to devastate the sea. quality of our river in case of accident or negligence.
Paul and his group were successful in securing government grants and conducted a replacement program involving a new building and equipment.
Electricity, plumbing, repositioning and landscaping all followed.
It is not uncommon to see Paul on site 7 days a week.
Steve Mount joins MRAG
The Myall River Action Group is very pleased to welcome a new member to the group.
Steve Mount is well known in our community for being a âlocal boyâ.
Steve was previously a reporter and presenter at Channel 9, based in Newcastle with NBN TV and has presented many stories around our area.
In his spare time, he earned a law degree and became a partner in a long-time law firm at Tea Gardens.
He is passionate about protecting our environment and working with the community and will prove to be an asset for the Group.
By Gordon GRAINGER