Man died while fishing off breakwall at Tuncurry


A man has drowned while fishing and was pulled from the breakwall at Tuncurry. He was located on the Tuncurry side of the breakwall. At around 11.30am June 9, Forster Paramedics tried to revive the man but were unsuccessful. Shortly before mid-day, the Surf Life Saving NSW State Operations Centre was alerted by police that… click for more

Great Lakes Council’s Big Morning Tea

Mayor Jan McWilliams

Over 100 people including councillors, staff and members of the public attended the Biggest Morning Tea at Great Lakes Council head office at Forster last week. Local businesses generously supported the morning by offering donations of food and/or raffle prizes. An incredible total of $1,126.20 was raised, an increase on last year. Great Lakes Mayor, Cr… click for more

Ted Fitzgerald gives a gift on his 100th birthday

Ted Fitzgerald and Chris Jones

Great Lakes Library is the lucky recipient of a generous donation from a local centenarian. Forster resident and long-term library member Ted Fitzgerald recently turned 100 years old. As part of his 100th birthday celebration, Ted kindly decided to donate the sum of $500 to the Library. The library has increasingly become an important part of Ted’s… click for more

Great Lakes Parks Become Solar Powered

tuncurry solar 1

Great Lakes Council has been busy making two of their parks ‘greener’ than ever, with the installation of environmentally friendly solar lighting. Council has recently replaced the park lighting at Oxley Park in Tuncurry and Providence Park in Hawks Nest with new solar powered units. This lighting retrofit is part of a larger energy efficiency… click for more

Great Lakes Council’s ‘Weed Wine and Dine’ friendly bush gardening

Helen Kemp from Great Lakes Council, and Rachel Kempers from National Parks and Wildlife

After a fantastic community response to the first event, Great Lakes Council hosted its second ‘Weed, Wine and Dine’ evening, on the 20th May. The special event formed part of the ‘Backyard Bushcare’ program, which aims to help protect the biodiversity of the Great Lakes coastal strip through community involvement. Across the two evenings, 99… click for more

Green Army team on ground in Forster


A Green Army team has been deployed to enhance Forster’s coastline and environment. Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Member for Paterson, Bob Baldwin, visited the team today and saw first-hand the impact they’re already making to the area. “Over the coming months, the team will be revegetating, propagating plants, treating weeds,… click for more

Stephen Bromhead met with Annabelle Daniel CEO of Women’s Community Shelters

Stephen Bromhead with Annabelle Daniel

Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead met this week with Annabelle Daniel, CEO of Women’s Community Shelters (WCS) to discuss the assistance her organisation could provide for the establishment and running of a women’s shelter in Foster/Tuncurry. Mr Bromhead said that WCS is an organisation that is supported by a range of charitable foundations and trusts… click for more

Felicity Carter ‘Library Champion’ for 2014

Felicity Carter

Great Lakes Library volunteer Felicity Carter has been elected as the ‘Library Champion’ for 2014 because of her dedication and passion toward supporting literacy in the community. Felicity is a volunteer literacy tutor and spends tireless hours in the community, networking and spreading the word of the wonderful ‘Better Reading Better Communities’ Project. Felicity is also… click for more