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Current public exhibitions

There are many ways to have your say on issues that affect you. Provide feedback on formal public exhibitions and have your say on community consultation projects below.

These are policies, strategies and plans that are available for comment by the public:

At its meeting on 14 June 2022, Council resolved to exhibit the draft Communications and Engagement Strategy.

This draft Communication and Engagement Strategy creates a blueprint for successful and meaningful communications and engagement. The Strategy reflects Council’s commitment to inform and improve community awareness of programs, activities and services. It also shows Councils commitment to nurture a relationship with our community built on transparency and trust by listening and using community ideas to help shape the future direction of Port Stephens.

Your feedback over the past 12 months has driven the direction for the draft Communication & Engagement Strategy.

The strategy is on public exhibition from 17 June to 15 July 2022 on Council's website and at the following locations:

  • Council's Administration Building, 116 Adelaide Street, Raymond Terrace (during normal business hours)
  • Tomaree Library, 7 Community Close, Salamander Bay

We want to know if our proposed direction for communication and community engagement over the next 5 years is headed in the right direction. Let us know what you think by completing the online survey or providing a submission.

Downloads: Draft Communication & Engagement Strategy

Online Survey

Share your feedback via the online survey.

Submissions:

Submissions are invited and can be lodged in writing to the General Manager at Port Stephens Council until 5pm Friday 15 July 2022:

Please quote file number PSC2013-00406-56 with your submission. Submissions may be made in any format, which is able to be sent via email and is less than 10MB in size. This may include a video file or audio voice recording in addition to more traditional written format.

Enquiries: Please phone Emily Livens 4988 0503.

Local Government Act 1993 Section 644

Port Stephens Council has resolved to place the re-establishment of the Alcohol Free Zones (AFZ) at Medowie and Shoal Bay, including the expansion of the Medowie AFZ, on exhibition.

Medowie

In Medowie, the AFZ currently includes the road and footpaths on Ferodale Road from the eastern boundary of the Bull ‘n’ Bush Hotel car park across Medowie Road to the western boundary of Boyd Oval (except during the specified times which are advised to Council when the Medowie & District Rugby Union Club House is exercising its function liquor licence); the road and footpath on Peppertree Road; the private land and shopping centre car parks in the Medowie town centre. It is proposed to extend the AFZ west along Ferodale Road to the intersection with Kirrang Drive, north on Peppertree and Medowie Roads to Muir Street and along the entire length of Muir Street.

Shoal Bay

In Shoal Bay, the AFZ includes the road and footpath on Shoal Bay Road from Lillian Street to the entrance of Shoal Bay Caravan Park; Government Road from the intersection of Shoal Bay Road to Messines Street; Bullecourt Street and Lillian Street; Tomaree Road from the intersection of Shoal Bay Road to Messines Street; the foreshore walkway between Lillian Street and Shoal Bay Road intersection to the beginning of the walkway opposite Shoal Bay Caravan Park; the waterfront/beach between these locations.

Downloads: Proposed re-establishment of Alcohol Free Zones in Medowie and Shoal Bay

The document will be on public exhibition from 21 June 2022 to 21 July 2022 and will be available at the following locations during normal business hours:

  • Port Stephens Council Administration Building, 116 Adelaide Street, Raymond Terrace
  • Raymond Terrace Library, 18a Sturgeon Street, Raymond Terrace
  • Tomaree Library, 7 Community Close, Salamander Bay
  • Port Stephens Council Website

Submissions can be sent to rezoning@portstephens.nsw.gov.au by 5pm on 19 July 2022, quoting file number PSC2018-03515.

Should you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Sarah Connell on 4988 0462 during normal business hours.

At its meeting on 14 June 2022, Council resolved to exhibit the Parks and Roadside Memorials Policy (file number: PSC2008-1759-043).

The policies will be on exhibition from 15 June to 12 July 2022 at the following locations, subject to COVID-19 restrictions:

Downloads: Parks and Roadside Memorials Policy (PDF 572.1 KB)

Submissions:

Submissions are invited and can be lodged in writing to the General Manager at Port Stephens Council until 5pm Tuesday 12 July 2022:

Please quote file number PSC2008-1759-043 with your submission. Submissions may be made in any format, which is able to be sent via email and is less than 10MB in size. This may include a video file or audio voice recording in addition to more traditional written format.

Enquiries: Please phone John Maretich on 02 4988 0255.

Council at its meeting of 14 June 2022 resolved to place on public exhibition for 28 days the allocation of $750 from East Ward funds to the following individual:

November Sheehan – donation towards the cost of the production of handmade cards for elderly residents in aged care facilities.

Council is required to seek public comment when proposing to provide financial assistance to individuals. For more information please contact Council on 4988 0245.

Submissions:

Submissions are invited and can be lodged in writing to the General Manager at Port Stephens Council until 5pm 13 July 2022:

Please quote file number PSC2021-04205 with your submission. Submissions may be made in any format, which is able to be sent via email and is less than 10MB in size. This may include a video file or audio voice recording in addition to more traditional written format.

Enquiries: Please phone Ashley Walker on 02 4988 0245.

At its meeting on 14 June 2022, Council resolved to exhibit the Planning Matters to be Reported to Council Policy. It will be on exhibition from 15 June 2022 to 14 July 2022 at:

Downloads:

Submissions:

Submissions are invited and can be lodged in writing to the General Manager at Port Stephens Council until 5pm 14 July 2022:

Please quote file number PSC2013-00406 with your submission. Submissions may be made in any format, which is able to be sent via email and is less than 10MB in size. This may include a video file or audio voice recording in addition to more traditional written format.

Enquiries:

Please phone Kate Drinan on 02 4988 0255.

Calling for submissions

Council at its meeting of 28 June 2022, resolved to place the revised Code of Meeting Practice on public exhibition.

The revised Code is available for viewing from Council’s website or for enquiries telephone Council on 4988 0187.

The policy will be on exhibition from 4 July to 1 August 2022.

Submissions are invited and can be lodged, in writing (including email) with the General Manager up until Monday 15 August 2022.

Please note, submissions may be made in any format, which is able to be sent via email and is less than 10mb in size.

This may include a video file or audio voice recording in addition to more traditional written format.

Calling for submissions

Council at its meeting of 28 June 2022, resolved to place the revised Alternative Dispute Resolution Policy on public exhibition.

The revised Policy is available for viewing from Council’s website or for enquiries telephone Council on 4988 0377.

The policy will be on exhibition from 4 July to 1 August 2022.

Submissions are invited and can be lodged, in writing (including email) with the General Manager up until Monday 1 August 2022.

Please note, submissions may be made in any format, which is able to be sent via email and is less than 10mb in size.

This may include a video file or audio voice recording in addition to more traditional written format.

Calling for submissions

Council at its meeting of 28 June 2022, resolved to place the revised Council Prosecutions Policy on public exhibition.

The revised Policy is available for viewing from Council’s website or for enquiries telephone Council on 4988 0377.

The policy will be on exhibition from 4 July to 1 August 2022.

Submissions are invited and can be lodged, in writing (including email) with the General Manager up until Monday 1 August 2022.

Please note, submissions may be made in any format, which is able to be sent via email and is less than 10mb in size.

This may include a video file or audio voice recording in addition to more traditional written format.

Public notices

Changes to Business and Industrial Zones

The Department of Planning and Environment is currently exhibiting the translation of existing Business and Industrial zones into the new Employment zones.  The exhibition is being held on the department’s Planning Portal for 6 weeks from Tuesday 31 May to Tuesday 12 July 2022.

This is the implementation stage of a reform that replaces Business and Industrial zones with Employment zones within individual local environmental plans across NSW. Implementation follows the introduction the Employment zones within the Standard Instrument (Local Environmental Plans) Order 2006 in December 2021.

The department has worked closely with each council to ensure LEPs are amended, consistent with the intent of the reform, while also ensuring the land-use planning outcomes are locally appropriate. After the exhibition the department will be working with councils to finalise implementation ahead of the new zones coming into force on 1 December 2022.

To view the detail of the exhibition and make a submission please visit the department’s Planning Portal and Employment Zones Reform webpage for general information on the reform process.

If you have any questions, please contact the Department of Planning and Environment on 1300 420 596 or by email at employment.zones@planning.nsw.gov.au


Notice of intention to treat infestations of aquatic weeds

Notice is given that Port Stephens Council intends to treat infestations of aquatic weeds on or in drains, depressions and waterways throughout the Council area. Herbicides containing active ingredient 600g/kg Metsulfuron methyl and/or active ingredient 360g/l glyphosate will be used.

Residents in the treatment area should not use, drink or swim in the water during the period of treatment. Small scale reapplications may occur within 30 days of the date of the original treatment.

Any further enquiries may be directed to Council on 02 4988 0255.

Have your say on current projects

Get involved and help us make informed decisions by providing quick online feedback on a range of projects at Have Your Say.