Port Stephens news in brief for Friday, September 18

News in brief: September 18

Free mattress and tyre drop off

Spring cleaning? Have some mattresses or tyres to get rid off? Drop them off at Port Stephens Council's Raymond Terrace administration building carpark on Saturday free of charge.

The council will be accepting tyres and mattresses in the carpark of the building in Adelaide Street from 8am to 12pm (noon) on September 19.

"Since the beginning of the year we have recycled 873 mattresses and 979 tyres from our drop off day events. By dropping your used goods to us you are saving space in landfill, reducing your environmental impact all while having a spring clean," the council said.

The council will also be taking green waste at Lemon Tree Passage on Sunday, September 20. Drop off is from 9am to 2pm at the Old Waste Depot (off Lemon Tree Passage Road near Crawley Avenue). Booking is essential. Phone (02) 4988 0255. Accepted materials include: tree cuttings, shrub cuttings, loose leaves, grass clippings.

Community grants to honour Hunter veterans

Hunter-based RSLs and schools, such as those in Port Stephens, are among the community organisations eligible to apply for NSW Government funding to deliver projects that improve veteran well-being and celebrate their important contributions.

"The Anzac Community Grants Program provides organisations up to $2000 to commence, enhance or complete a local community project as part of a commemorative and educational program," Catherine Cusack, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter, said.

"Funding is available to individuals and not-for-profit organisations across the Hunter, including educational institutions, ex-service organisations, community groups, local government associations, museums and historical societies.

"I particularly hope local schools will consider applying for this grant. Many have honour rolls and/or memorials to students who have served and they may need some maintenance or enhancing - it's a great opportunity to check on those. Or even consider an activity connecting students with veterans, particularly from World War II, who belong to a passing generation whose own experience of youth was forfeit to war."

Acting Minister for Veterans Geoff Lee said the program provides relief to community groups at a time when fundraising is challenging.

"Feelings of isolation are heightened because of this pandemic so we want to assist projects which enrich the lives of our veterans as well as increase the appreciation of military service personnel," Mr Lee said.

"Groups are also encouraged to apply for grants for public commemorative events including virtual services, projects which either enhance local historical research and education or preserve and display war memorabilia."

Last year, $50,000 from the Anzac Community Grants Programwas shared between 38 projects.

Applications for the grant program will close at 5pm on Remembrance Day, November 11. Apply at: veterans.nsw.gov.au

In other Port Stephens news

Birubi Beach. Picture: Port Stephens Council

Birubi Beach. Picture: Port Stephens Council

Facelift for Birubi headland 

Port Stephens Council is preparing to undertake works that will give the Birubi headland a facelift.

The culturally significant Aboriginal Place is currently heavily impeded by Bitou bush, limiting its use for cultural education.

In October, the council will start works to rehabilitate the Birubi Headland and reduce the impact of Bitou bush. As well as reducing the abundance of Bitou bush, the council will also carry out re-vegetation works on the newly exposed areas.

"We will use native species that will compliment the trees and plants that already exist on the headland," the council said.

The works will be carried out in stages in order to mitigate the potential for sand drift and erosion. This low impact work will also ensure there is minimum impact on visitors of the area. Stage one will take about three months to complete.

Mambo Wetlands working bee

Port Stephens Council will host its next Mambo Wetlands working bee on Wednesday, September 30.

Volunteers are being called upon to join the working bee from 8.30am to 11am, which will help restore and rehabilitate the wetlands by managing invasive species.

"On the day you will work alongside volunteers and qualified bush re-generators to learn about local flora and fauna and make a real connection to the local environment and community," the council said.

Meet in the Tomaree Library car park. Ensure you wear long pants and sleeves, enclosed footwear, a hat and gloves. Take your own drinking water, snack, pen, sunscreen and repellent.