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12 May 2017
Upgrade complete at Gloucester Tops
While the recent wet weather may have caused havoc for MidCoast Council road crews, nothing can put a dampener on the completion of an extensive upgrade to Gloucester Tops Road.
11 May 2017
Boomerang Bags to Launch in Gloucester
In keeping with its ‘Tidy Town’ reputation, the Gloucester Community, in partnership with MidCoast Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is excited to launch a local Boomerang Bags initiative on Tuesday 6 June at the Gloucester Senior Citizens Centre.
11 May 2017
Pix from the Stix
Entries for the Pix from the Stix are now open! This annual photographic competition captures perceptions and interpretations of Gloucester and its people and is always hotly contested as the winner gets front page on the local directory.
11 May 2017
World Environment Day
The Senior Citizens Centre will be hosting a free film to celebrate World Environment Day on Tuesday 6 June 2017 between 5 - 7pm.
19 Apr 2017
Local roads to benefit from change in legislation
Legislation passed in NSW Parliament earlier this month has provided the opportunity for MidCoast Council to apply for a Special Rate Variation, an important step forward in addressing the condition of the region’s transport network and Council’s ongoing financial sustainability.
10 Apr 2017
Road Upgrade for Gloucester Tops
MidCoast Council road crews will soon be on top of the world as they continue the Gloucester roadworks program, this time upgrading a 1.4km section of Gloucester Tops Road.
14 Mar 2017
Scores on Doors is coming to Gloucester
Gloucester retail food businesses will have a fantastic opportunity to showcase the high quality of their business operations as MidCoast Council rolls out the NSW Food Authority's Scores on Doors program.
14 Mar 2017
A Bright Future for Wingham and Gloucester
The team at MidCoast Council is excited to announce that the towns of Wingham and Gloucester both received a $50,000 grant in the NSW Government’s $1 million Future Towns Program.
10 Feb 2017
Stronger roads for stronger communities
It was resolved in Wednesday’s Council meeting that the NSW Government’s $14million Stronger Communities – Major Projects Fund will best serve the MidCoast community through investment in the region’s transport network.
9 Feb 2017
Stop safely at schools
Ensuring our children arrive and leave school safely is behind the ongoing campaign by MidCoast Council, which urges all parents and caregivers to brush up on car parking rules near schools and be aware of the meaning of the signs.
9 Feb 2017
A holistic approach to planning
Since the merger in May last year, the team at MidCoast Council has been focused on consolidating processes and projects across the region and in yesterday’s council meeting, strategic planning was in the spotlight.
9 Feb 2017
Council road crews come up with merger benefits
MidCoast Council road crews have been sharing equipment allowing road repairs to be fast tracked in Gloucester and specialist equipment used to improve Forster's Bullring Ocean Baths.
1 Feb 2017
Roads reap merger rewards
Cost savings realised through the formation of MidCoast Council are already making a positive difference to roads across the region, with almost 3km of incremental reseals now complete and plenty more on the way.
20 Jan 2017
Reading support program coming to Gloucester
The team at MidCoast Libraries are excited to announce that the Better Reading Better Communities (BRBC) program will be rolled out to the Gloucester community over the coming months.
17 Jan 2017
MidCoast Council Meeting - Gloucester
The next MidCoast Council meeting will be held at the Gloucester Administration Centre, 89 King Street, Gloucester on Wednesday 8 February 2017 from 2pm.
23 Dec 2016
Holding Pattern for SRV
The special rate variation proposed by MidCoast Council to address the region’s roads and bridges has been placed on hold, with the Office of Local Government ruling out 2017/18 SRV applications for NSW’s merged councils.
22 Dec 2016
MidCoast Council and MidCoast Water integration proposal
A proposal to integrate MidCoast Water into MidCoast Council will proceed to public exhibition
30 Nov 2016
Vibrant Spaces expands
Following the success of the Vibrant Spaces initiative across the Manning Region, MidCoast Council has given the green light to extend the program to the town centres of Bulahdelah, Gloucester, Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest, Pacific Palms and Stroud, on a six month trial basis.
25 Nov 2016
Stronger communities funding announced
Over $500,000 was allocated to a range of deserving community projects at Wednesday’s MidCoast Council meeting, with the first round of the Stronger Communities Grants Program recipients announced.
24 Nov 2016
SRV Approval given for intention to apply
At MidCoast Council’s meeting yesterday, Administrator John Turner gave the go-ahead for a notice of intention to apply for a special rate variation (SRV) to be provided to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).
23 Nov 2016
Don't play renovation roulette with asbestos
MidCoast Council is supporting National Asbestos Awareness Month this November and is urging residents to avoid becoming part of the ‘third wave’ of asbestos related diseases caused by inhaling asbestos fibres while renovating or maintaining homes.
23 Nov 2016
Free 2017 Safer Seniors Calendar
Back by popular demand, the 2017 edition of the Safer Seniors Calendar is now available across the MidCoast region.
17 Oct 2016
Council makes submission on Rocky Hill proposal
In yesterday's extraordinary meeting, MidCoast Council resolved to proceed with its submission in response to the NSW Government Department of Planning and Environment's (DPE) proposed Rocky Hill Coal Mine proposal and has recommended against the Rocky Hill Coal Mine Proposal, and nominated over 50 conditions of consent considered necessary if the DPE decides to approve the Proposal.
22 Sep 2016
Rocky Hill Coal Project Gloucester - Community Meeting Questions & Answers
Rocky Hill Coal Project Gloucester, questions and answers from the Community Meeting Tuesday 6 September 2016
7 Sep 2016
MidCoast Council to provide submission on Rocky Hill Coal Mine
MidCoast Council will prepare a submission to the NSW Department of Planning and Environment after the Department placed an amended Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Rocky Hill Coal Mine, near Gloucester, on public exhibition on Wednesday 17 August.
4 Jul 2016
Forster Break-wall Reinforced
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI - Lands) has begun work to reinforce Forster Breakwall after storm damage over time caused structural damage to the end of the wall.
1 Jul 2016
Waste Transfer Station - Tuncurry Waste Management Centre
MidCoast Council recently commissioned the first of two new weighbridges at the Tuncurry Waste Management Centre in readiness for the closure of the existing landfill and construction of a Waste Transfer Station.
22 Jun 2016
More work on the way for Taree CBD
Complementing a busy schedule of roadworks in Taree’s town centre, another project kicks off on Monday 4 July in the southern end of Manning Street, between Victoria Street and Queen Elizabeth Park.
9 Jun 2016
MidCoast Council Area
MidCoast Council was formed by NSW Government proclamation on Thursday 12 May 2016 through the merger of the former Great Lakes, Greater Taree and Gloucester Shire Councils. For information on the maps and Council areas go to
19 May 2016
Service NSW
Midcoast Council (Gloucester) and Service NSW have partnered to provide more NSW Government Services at the Service NSW Gloucester Agency.
19 May 2016
Proclamation of Amalgamations
The Minister for Local Government has proclaimed the amalgamation of Gloucester, Great Lakes and Greater Taree Councils. Accordingly Gloucester Shire Council was dissolved on 12 May 2016.
10 May 2016
Hydrotherapy Pool
The Hydrotherapy Pool will be open weekdays 6.00am – 5.00pm and 8.00am - 11.00am Saturdays, closed Sundays and Public Holidays.
21 Mar 2016
RAAF Operations in Gloucester
The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Base Williamtown are currently upgrading their website to improve communications with local residents in the Gloucester Shire area. The aim of the program is to provide information to the public regarding flight operations so as people can better understand the regular (but infrequent) training programs over Gloucester Shire Council areas.
15 Mar 2016
2016 Local Council Elections
The NSW Electoral Commission will be conducting the 2016 local council elections on Saturday 10th September 2016, unless advised otherwise. For information on the elections go to
11 Mar 2016
Local Government Review - Update
Council has submitted an alternative merger proposal to the State's proposal of a Gloucester and Dungog Council merger. The alternative merger is a 3 way merger of Great Lakes, Greater Taree and Gloucester Councils.
23 Feb 2016
Disabled Toilet - Billabong Park
Council wishes to advise that it has been trialling leaving the disabled toilet at Billabong Park unlocked for all to use. Due to to recent acts of vandalism Council will be locking this toilet again overnight.
15 Jan 2016
Media Release - Council Concerned on Proposed Merger
Gloucester Council is considering the merger proposal with Dungog as presented to it just prior to Christmas. At this stage there are serious concerns with some of the information in the document supporting the merger.
15 Jan 2016
Media Release - Work Begins on Reviewing Community Targets
The Community Strategic Plan (CSP) is the key planning document that underpins Council’s operations and works program. General Manager, Danny Green, said that “this Plan is derived from the targets and objectives that the community have said they want Council to carry out in the long term”.
15 Dec 2015
Waste Update
Do you have tricky household waste items you're not sure what to do with?
11 Nov 2015
Local Government Review - IPART Report
The IPART report into the Local Government Review has been released. This culminates a wide ranging introspection over the past 3 years.

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