Barnaby Joyce delivers win for Small Business

Barnaby Joyce with Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie.

Federal Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie has congratulated Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on delivering a significant win for small business after Federal Cabinet supported major changes to misuse of market power provisions in the Competition and Consumer Act (CCA). The Nationals have fought to secure these protections for small business against… click for more

Great Lakes Council Employees attend Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Awareness Session

Great Lakes Council employees and other service providers were recently asked “how would you like to be treated if you had dementia?” at an Alzheimer’s Australia Dementia Awareness Session. Almost 40 Council staff and 20 staff from service providers (like Community Transport), attended the session, delivered by Judy Bartholomew, Educator for Alzheimer’s Australia. A challenging part… click for more

Australia’s Deadly and Dangerous on feature at Australian Reptile Park

Tim Faulkner from the Australian Reptile Park with a venomous Komodo Dragon

Australia is renowned to have some of the most deadly and dangerous animals in the world. To fulfill the ever curious mindset of visitors, Australia Reptile Park will feature Deadly & Dangerous Live on Stage at the park in the April school holidays (9 to 25 April), educating guests on Australia’s most venomous creatures. Learn about… click for more

Greens candidate Julie Lyford wanting to hear concerns, issues and ideas

Judith Pickett (Barrington Tops Greens Convenor), Julie Lyford (Greens candidate for Lyne), Sue Kingston (Secretary, Lyford for Lyne campaign team).

Even with a blackout across the region, pouring rain and thunder claps, 62 residents attended a candlelit community conversation with Greens candidate for Lyne Julie Lyford. Also present at the meeting was Michael Osborne the Newcastle Greens councillor and Greens Senate candidate for NSW. Robust questions on employment, water issues, federal grants for infrastructure and roads,… click for more

Rock Fishing Requirements

It never ceases to amaze me to see the levels some people will go to catch a fish. I’m not talking about beach fishing or even from the confines of a vessel, but rock fishing. Rock fishing has been in the spotlight for many years now with many ‘fisho’s’ needlessly losing their lives by putting themselves… click for more

Information Sessions on potential merger between Great Lakes, Taree and Gloucester Councils

Great Lakes Council will be holding information sessions on the proposed three-way merger between Great Lakes, Taree and Gloucester Councils. Presented by Great Lakes General Manager Glenn Handford, the purpose of the meetings is to present details of the proposal to ratepayers. A NSW Government report on the proposed merger released last week, shows the new… click for more

Easter Celebrations in Bulahdelah, Karuah, Tea Gardens & Hawks Nest

Claire Tufrey, Charlie Garemyn, Ruby Plummer, Lillian Jenkins and Jade Pickett are looking forward to Easter.

Chocolate, hot cross buns, family, church services and long weekend, Easter is celebrated in many different ways. With traditional Easter Hat Parades, egg hunts and visits from the Easter Bunny occurring in schools and pre-schools this week, News of the Area spoke to some of our younger community members to find out what they are… click for more

Proposed Great Lakes, Taree and Gloucester Council Merger


A series of public meetings will be held over the proposed merger of Great Lakes, Taree and Gloucester Councils which is officially back on the table. The proposal made by Gloucester Shire, was a surprise to Great Lakes Council having been deemed fit to continue as a standalone council by the State Government. With no business… click for more