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Rate Increase

Our future. Our Port Stephens. On Tuesday, Port Stephens Council endorsed a decision to proceed with an application to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for a rate increase. Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer says with over 20 community consultation events held throughout July and August it’s now time for Council to take a [...]

By |2018-10-12T06:22:18+00:00October 12th, 2018|In The News|Comments Off on Rate Increase

Story Tellers Festival to weave tales in Raymond Terrace

Writers, poets, artists, filmmakers and photographers will share their skills and showcase their work as part of the new Story Tellers Festival in Raymond Terrace from 24-28 October 2018. Proudly supported by Port Stephens Council’s Cultural Projects fund, the festival incorporates a number of events including the Real Film Festival, a photography exhibition, workshops, open [...]

By |2018-10-12T06:16:27+00:00October 12th, 2018|In The News|Comments Off on Story Tellers Festival to weave tales in Raymond Terrace

Have a say on revamp of Robinson Reserve

Skaters, riders, kids and kids at heart are invited to help design the new skate park and playground at Anna Bay’s Robinson Reserve as part of upgrades to the Birubi Point Aboriginal Place. Port Stephens Council has successfully secured $1.35m funding from the NSW Government under the Stronger Country Communities Fund, and will contribute a [...]

By |2018-10-08T10:43:43+00:00October 8th, 2018|In The News|Comments Off on Have a say on revamp of Robinson Reserve

Council brings the STEAM Shack to town

Port Stephens Council will bring a host of new activities to Anna Bay’s Robinson Reserve this spring and summer until new facilities are constructed. The first event will see Council support Youth Express to connect with local kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) through the STEAM Shack these school holidays. Based [...]

By |2018-09-28T12:32:06+00:00September 28th, 2018|In The News|Comments Off on Council brings the STEAM Shack to town

Council supports the future of Nelson Bay

Port Stephens Council has adopted a new town centre and foreshore implementation plan, after an amendment was moved by Cr Nell at last night’s Council meeting. Cr Nell’s amendment, which was based on 5 storeys in the core of the town centre and 8 storeys along the edges of the centre which was supported 5 [...]

By |2018-09-26T06:55:35+00:00September 26th, 2018|In The News|Comments Off on Council supports the future of Nelson Bay

Port Stephens Council elects new Deputy Mayor

Port Stephens Council has tonight elected a new Deputy Mayor in Councillor Sarah Smith. Newly elected Deputy Mayor Smith says it’s an exciting time to take on this new role on Council: “Having been newly elected to Council last year, I am honoured to be elected as Deputy Mayor in 2018. I am passionate about [...]

By |2018-09-26T05:55:48+00:00September 26th, 2018|In The News|Comments Off on Port Stephens Council elects new Deputy Mayor

$50,000 To Keep Caring For Port Stephens Youth

Port Stephens students will learn vital life and resilience skills to support improved mental health and wellbeing, through a series of workshops being funded through a $50,000 investment by the Berejiklian Government. Port Stephens Duty MLC, Catherine Cusack today announced the investment for Caring for Our Port Stephens Youth (COPSY) to deliver around 70 workshops, [...]

By |2018-09-25T07:28:41+00:00September 25th, 2018|In The News|Comments Off on $50,000 To Keep Caring For Port Stephens Youth

Boosting Small Business This October

Small Business Month 1st-31st October Small businesses will have the opportunity to boost their digital skills, workshop new ideas and connect with other businesses as part of Small Business Month celebrations from 1-31 October 2018. A NSW Government initiative, Small Business Month is an opportunity to promote and celebrate the success of small and medium [...]

By |2018-09-25T06:30:21+00:00September 25th, 2018|In The News|Comments Off on Boosting Small Business This October

5 Minute Hair with Zeo Natural’s New Dry Shampoo

Recently and quite by accident, I discovered a product which, despite it’s name, doubles up as a miracle hair product! Now stay with me ladies (and gents) because I don't use the word “miracle” lightly. In fact for many years I have succumbed to all manner of “miracle” products which have promised to make me [...]

By |2018-09-22T12:02:09+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on 5 Minute Hair with Zeo Natural’s New Dry Shampoo

5 Fun Historial Facts About Port Stephens

by Claire Schroeder, age 13 Living in Port Stephens, you might think you know everything about it, but there is a lot of our history unknown to most. There is so much information about the past, that is worth knowing. Read on to discover 5 fun facts which I'm sure you will find interesting! I [...]

By |2018-09-22T10:26:22+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on 5 Fun Historial Facts About Port Stephens

Shoal Bay Country Club

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Shoal Bay Country Club’s recent refurbishment teamed with its exciting array of holiday activities makes Shoal Bay a haven for locals and tourists alike. What’s On In Our Backyard caught up with owner Andrew Lazarus. Shoal Bay, with its white sandy shores, pristine waters and stunning bushland, is a family-friendly destination. [...]

By |2018-09-22T09:56:20+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Shoal Bay Country Club

Join The FootGolf Revolution

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Most people associate Horizons Golf Resort at Salamander Bay with its 18-hole championship golf course, picturesque waterways and abundant wildlife, but did you know that Horizons is also the only accredited FootGolf provider in Port Stephens? What’s On In Our Backyard caught up with Horizons Marketing Director Shiana Tyler. If you [...]

By |2018-09-22T06:50:28+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Join The FootGolf Revolution

The Developing Newborn

by Sean Mahony You can never underestimate the importance of a good start in life. Chiropractors who have undertaken further study in the neuro-development of children of all ages, from the first day born until later on in life, are the best people to assess the health of children. Labour and birth is an intense [...]

By |2018-09-22T06:33:48+00:00September 22nd, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on The Developing Newborn

Is Dental Fear Affecting Your Family

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Is the sound of the dentist’s drill enough to have you running for the nearest exit? Dental fear is a very real problem affecting up to one in six Australian adults and around one in ten children. Thankfully there are measures you and your dentist can implement to assist, as John [...]

By |2018-09-21T10:14:48+00:00September 21st, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Is Dental Fear Affecting Your Family

The Greenhouse Eatery – Review

"Who thought lunch with young kids could be fun and relaxing!" by Saffron Quantrell What's On In Our Backyard magazine discovered that the enigma of a quiet lunch with your munchkins is certainly achievable at The Greenhouse Eatery. Nestled in the grounds of Pacific Dunes at Medowie, the Greenhouse Eatery will welcome you and your [...]

By |2018-09-21T07:20:18+00:00September 21st, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on The Greenhouse Eatery – Review

Wat’s On The Menu Catering

"A friendly and welcoming family dining venue, offering delicious fresh food that won’t break the budget! by Saffron Quantrell What's On In Our Backyard were recently invited to dine at the new cafe and bar Wats-On The Menu Catering at Horizons Golf Resort, Salamander Bay. Here is our review of our experience! The café and [...]

By |2018-09-21T07:09:54+00:00September 21st, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Wat’s On The Menu Catering

The House Build With Love at The Bower Medowie

More than 950 children are diagnosed with cancer each year in Australia, and one in six children dies as a result. Sadly, around 50 of those children diagnosed are from the Hunter. This September, International Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, McCloy Group and McDonald Jones Homes will join forces with the Children's Cancer Institute to launch [...]

By |2018-09-21T06:57:07+00:00September 21st, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on The House Build With Love at The Bower Medowie

7 Top Tips For A Digital Detox

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Like it or not, we exist in a digital world with people ‘plugged in’ to devices to socialise, research, work and communicate. Digital media can create a sense of belonging, but it can also result in constant distractions and feelings of disconnection. Digital overuse is an issue that Geraldine Zadkiel from [...]

By |2018-09-21T06:41:03+00:00September 21st, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on 7 Top Tips For A Digital Detox

Future Stars Are Born

by Saffron Quantrell Emily Kenny - All I Want Silver Medal Lyrical It's always incredibly heart warming to hear of the wonderful stories and achievements of children in our local area and in a little town called Tanilba Bay on the Tilligerry Peninsula, big dreams are coming true. What’s On In Our Backyard [...]

By |2018-09-20T20:07:19+00:00September 20th, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Future Stars Are Born

Zone Active: The Small Family Club Where Big Things Happen

by Joanna Atherfold Finn Have you ever marvelled at the gravity-defying aerial silk skills that are a feature of Cirque du Soleil or those made famous by the breathtaking acrobatics of celebrity singer Pink? Aerial Silk training involves performing aerial acrobatics while suspended from fabric. It is visually spectacular, and has the added bonus of [...]

By |2018-09-19T11:35:06+00:00September 19th, 2018|Articles|Comments Off on Zone Active: The Small Family Club Where Big Things Happen