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Author S.M. Matthews to tackle tough topic of domestic violence at Port Libraries

Raymond Terrace and Tomaree Community Libraries will host author Steve Matthews at a free event to discuss his new novel about domestic violence on Thursday 27 June. Based on true events, ‘The Skinny Girl’ is a thought-provoking novel about a victim of emotional abuse, how attitudes, values and culture contribute to abuse, and the path [...]

By |2019-06-13T11:54:49+10:00June 13th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on Author S.M. Matthews to tackle tough topic of domestic violence at Port Libraries

Festival of Surf returns to Port Stephens

The Port Stephens Surf Festival is returning for the second year and will welcome over 600 stand-up paddle boarders and long boarders for 6 days of action to crown multiple champions across all divisions at One Mile and Birubi Beach. Starting on Wednesday 19 June, the event incorporates the 2019 NSW SUP State Titles and [...]

By |2019-06-11T10:22:31+10:00June 11th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on Festival of Surf returns to Port Stephens

7 NEW BEERS COMING THIS JUNE TO MURRAY’S BREWERY ‘DARK BEER & BBQ FESTIVAL’

Featuring: The iconic ‘Wild Thing’ Imperial Stout Cherry Porter and Raspberry Dark Sour ‘Nitrogenised’ Coco Hops Belgian Darks Black IPA From Saturday 1 June to Sunday 30 June Murray’s Brewery’s dark beer line-up will be unleashed this June during its annual Dark Beer & BBQ Festival celebrations. SEVEN crazy beers will be progressively released from [...]

By |2019-05-29T07:34:42+10:00May 29th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on 7 NEW BEERS COMING THIS JUNE TO MURRAY’S BREWERY ‘DARK BEER & BBQ FESTIVAL’

Jason Owen to perform at Bluewater Country Music Festival

Charismatic country boy Jason Owen is bringing his high energy show to the Bluewater Country Music Festival. The chart-topping music artist will perform a selection of fan favourites, mixed-in with songs from his back catalogue during the Broughtons at the Bay event on Saturday, June 8 at 6pm. “I can’t wait,” Jason said of the upcoming [...]

By |2019-05-13T10:51:46+10:00May 13th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on Jason Owen to perform at Bluewater Country Music Festival

Some community projects on hold as Council’s rate increase rejected

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has delivered its determination, rejecting Port Stephens Council’s application for a Special Rate Variation (SRV). If approved, the rate increase would have funded a number of community projects across Port Stephens, including rejuvenated town centres, many road and drainage upgrades, better sports facilities, more events, improved community amenities [...]

By |2019-05-13T10:16:57+10:00May 13th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on Some community projects on hold as Council’s rate increase rejected

Adult Education: Jumpstart Your Future

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Nestled on an expansive site in Nelson Bay originally donated to the community in 1892 by John Dalton, the Tomaree Community College is a Registered Training Organisation employing over 20 staff and delivering training to more than 3000 students annually. Operational for 32 years, Linda Drake has worked at the college [...]

By |2019-04-21T11:39:07+10:00April 21st, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Adult Education: Jumpstart Your Future

Introducing Angel Tots Early Learning Centre

by Joanna Atherfold Finn It is fitting that Karin Hensley originates from South Africa. Angel Tots, the 56-place Salamander Bay Early Learning Centre she owns with husband Steve, closely follows the philosophy of the African proverb that it takes a village to raise a child. As Angel Tots Centre Director Melinda Lewis explained, “The service [...]

By |2019-04-21T11:34:17+10:00April 21st, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Introducing Angel Tots Early Learning Centre

What is self regulation and how can it make a difference to you and your children?

by Joanna Atherfold Finn What’s On In Our Backyard spoke to Occupational Therapist and Founder of Homebase Hope Rhiannon Crispe to find out. As Rhiannon explains, we are not born with the ability to self regulate. It is something that has to be taught. “Self regulation is our ability to control emotional and behavioural reactions [...]

By |2019-04-21T11:26:34+10:00April 21st, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on What is self regulation and how can it make a difference to you and your children?

Introducing Michael Dunn, a local expert in Chiropractic Care

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Most of us have some idea that chiropractors are allied health professionals who use adjusting techniques to help ease pain, but what else can chiropractors assist with and what is their philosophy? To find out more, we caught up with chiropractor Dr Michael Dunn. Michael recently joined the allied services team [...]

By |2019-04-21T11:22:36+10:00April 21st, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Introducing Michael Dunn, a local expert in Chiropractic Care

Velvet Beetroot & Bitter Chocolate Cupcakes

An indulgent chocolate treat for the family! Ingredients 120g plain flour 1½ tsp baking powder 60g good quality cocoa powder 150g golden caster sugar 17g cooked chopped beetroot 2 eggs 140ml vegetable oil 1tsp vanilla bean paste Icing 150g full fat cream cheese 100g icing sugar Decorate with a dust of cocoa powder or if [...]

By |2019-04-21T10:53:49+10:00April 21st, 2019|Recipes|Comments Off on Velvet Beetroot & Bitter Chocolate Cupcakes

Reconnecting Families

Port Stephens resident Jewell Drury is the Media and Marketing Officer of a registered charity organisation, COPSY, who are launching a free counselling service for youth aged 12 to 18 years in Port Stephens. Jewell believes that the family unit is the core and lifeblood of society. As a mother of seven, foster parent to [...]

By |2019-04-21T10:46:59+10:00April 21st, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Reconnecting Families

So What’s It Really Like To Be A Foster Sibling?

Foster Care involves a child who is unable to live with their biological family for a range of reasons living with another family unit able to offer a safe, reliable and nurturing environment. Foster children may need to live with another family due to issues including family illness, neglect or abuse, mental health issues and [...]

By |2019-04-21T10:42:36+10:00April 21st, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on So What’s It Really Like To Be A Foster Sibling?

Why Smart People Switch To Solar

More and more people are doing their bit for the environment with renewable energy reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. Research indicates almost one quarter of Australian households have invested in rooftop solar. Here are some other benefits that may help you to take the plunge. As with most emerging technologies, the price of solar [...]

By |2019-04-21T10:37:33+10:00April 21st, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on Why Smart People Switch To Solar

6 things you didn’t know about the importance of regular dental checks.

by Joanna Atherfold Finn It’s tempting to wait until a toothache before making a dental appointment, but you may be contributing to chronic disease or costly problems through avoidance. The importance of regular dental checkups can’t be overstated. What’s On In Our Backyard caught up with Bay Dental to find out more. Bay Dental was [...]

By |2019-04-15T10:58:46+10:00April 15th, 2019|Articles|Comments Off on 6 things you didn’t know about the importance of regular dental checks.

$170,000 to kick-start community projects

Port Stephens residents with bright ideas for community-minded projects are being encouraged to apply for a share of more than $170,000 in grants. Mayor Ryan Palmer says Council’s annual grant programs launch today. “This year, we have more than $170,000 available for community, culture, environment, heritage and Aboriginal projects. It’s a broad range which means [...]

By |2019-04-10T13:26:58+10:00April 10th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on $170,000 to kick-start community projects

Twilight markets headline Port’s Youth Week celebrations

Twilight markets, a skate competition and a youth get-together will be highlights of this year’s Youth Week celebrations across Port Stephens. National Youth Week is the largest celebration for young people in Australia. Thousands of youth aged 12 to 25 get together to share ideas, attend live events and celebrate their contribution to our community. [...]

By |2019-04-04T06:45:14+10:00April 4th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on Twilight markets headline Port’s Youth Week celebrations

$100,000 grant to help rehabilitate Mambo Wetlands

One of Port Stephens’ most significant environmental assets — the Mambo Wetlands — is set to benefit from a $100,000 grant to rehabilitate and protect the area for future generations. Port Stephens Council successfully applied for the grant from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust to restore and rehabilitate the Mambo Wetlands and protect it from [...]

By |2019-03-27T18:38:59+10:00March 27th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on $100,000 grant to help rehabilitate Mambo Wetlands

Events and people friendly spaces key to driving growth

Creating vibrant people friendly spaces and attracting more events are two recommendations of a new strategy aimed at driving economic growth in Port Stephens. Speaking at tonight’s Council meeting, Mayor Ryan Palmer says Council unanimously endorsed the new Economic Development and Tourism Strategy. “Port Stephens is renowned for its incredible beauty. Our coastline is seemingly [...]

By |2019-03-26T19:34:17+10:00March 26th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on Events and people friendly spaces key to driving growth

Easter Sunday Kids Funday: Family fun for a cause

Local fundraiser featuring: Giant Easter Egg Hunt Interactive Easter game (byo mobile device!) VIP visit from the Easter Bunny Kids’ activities Free family blues concert Special release Easter beers for mums and dads Sunday 21 April, from 11am A giant Easter egg hunt, Easter-themed interactive game, Easter-themed arts and crafts, egg and spoon races, face [...]

By |2019-03-25T11:34:56+10:00March 25th, 2019|In The News|Comments Off on Easter Sunday Kids Funday: Family fun for a cause