NSW Government

Stronger Councils | Stronger Communities

Mid-Coast Council

The merger of Gloucester Shire, Great Lakes and Greater Taree City councils

On 12 May 2016 the Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, announced the newly formed “Mid-Coast” Council.

Stronger more efficient councils will work harder for residents and deliver better services and infrastructure like roads, parks, playgrounds and sporting facilities.

  • Each new council will receive up to $15 million to invest in community projects like junior sporting facilities, playgrounds and library or pool upgrades.
  • Each new council will receive up to $10 million to streamline administrative processes and cut red tape. (Unspent funds may be redirected to community projects)
  • Ratepayers, in new council areas, will have their rates protected against future increases, meaning they will pay no more for their rates than they would have under their old council for 4 years.

Elections for new councils will take place on 9 September 2017. Details of the new council are contained in the proclamation.

Key information about the new council:

Population: 90,504

Area (sq Km): 10,053

Number of councillors: 11


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Merger Benefits

Managing the implementation

An Administrator and Interim General Manager have been appointed to oversee the implementation of the new council through to the election.

Name: John Turner

Interim General Manager
Name: Glenn Handford 

For more information please call 1300 813 020 (This service is available 24/7)

Stronger Communities Fund 

With the funding provided by the NSW Government, the Council has funded community projects and major projects. Details of these projects appear below. If there are no major projects listed, this means that the Council has yet to finalise the projects that will be funded.

Projects for Mid Coast Council

Major Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Thunderbolts Way Giro - Thunderbolts Way - Preparation of design and construction $1,500,000
Road Resealing Program Road Resealing $1,500,000
Bridges Bridge replacements and upgrades $1,500,000
Road Renewals various $3,500,000
Road Resealing Program Road resealing $1,500,000
Bridges $1,500,000
Road Renewals $3,000,000
Community Projects
Project Purpose Amount
Coomba Aquatic Club Inc. Boatshed construction with upper level observation deck $40,000
Cuddlepie Early Childhood Learning Centre Wood be Good- of two-stage project to create new outdoor environment for children $21,740
Cundletown & Lower Manning Historical Society Inc. Preserving the Future for the Past - purpose built pavilion for dairy industry artefacts $23,385
Flourish Australia Taree Community Garden - Supply and installation of irrigation system for community garden $8,186
Forster Tuncurry Girl Guides Tree removal and refurbishment of building $25,000
Friends of Browns Creek (Crooked Creek) Browns Creek Walkway/Exercise Trail - board walk project to make the creek area accessible to the community $50,000
Gloucester Preschool  Inc. Early Years Learning Centre - removal of asbestos to prepare for new building $39,000
Great Lakes United Football Club Lighting for No. 3 Field $50,000
Hawks Nest Bridge Club Inc. HN Bridge Club Community Arts & Cultural Building $33,000
Manning Valley Neighbourhood Services Inc. Collaborating to Inspire & Aspire - establishment of coffee cart at Taree Local Court, staffed by volunteers, work for the dole participants and people working off fines $14,200
Marine Rescue Forster Tuncurry Remote Monitoring Project - installation of Radio over internet protocol $29,200
Marlee Hall and Progress Association Inc. Hall extension - Construct 6 x 2.5m extension to rear of the hall for storage $17,800
North Arm Cove Residents' Association Inc. Give Us a Heart! - create community precinct including village green and enhancing the community centre $47,940
Pacific Palms Football Club Refurbishment of Pacific Palms Community Sporting Club canteen $23,744
Stroud Community Lodge Inc. Stroud Community Services - establish a home care service for aged and disabled in the Stroud community $50,000
Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Preschool Kindergarten Inc. Playground improvements - organisation is required to extend play area to meet requirements of mandatory child area ratio $30,000
Waukivory Community Hall Renovation and innovation - renovate hall flooring which was made 81 years ago from local timber $5,000
1st Bulahdelah Scout Group New equipment purchase $10,650
Bucketts Way Neighbourhood Group Bilton Street project $50,000
Combined Community Services Clubs of Taree Manning Riverstage $50,000
Forster Surf Life Saving Club Purchase of beach patrol vehicle $35,910
Gloucester Bowling and Recreation Club Accessability and safety project $9,135
Gloucester Senior Citizens Club Kitchen makeover $9,910
Hanman Vale P&C Tennis Club Lighten Up $7,950
Lions Club of Hallidays Point Lions Park walkway/cycleway $25,000
Lions Club of Harrington Stage in local function room $12,897
Marlee Hall and Progress Association Ammenities upgrade $16,650
Old Bar Barbarians Football Club Inc. EG Trads Fields all weather awning $50,000
Pacific Palms Surf Life Saving Club Footpaths and bike racks $12,000
Rotary Club of Gloucester Disability friendly exercise station $35,686
Taree Athletic Club Kitchen Fitout $20,000
Taree Motor Cycle Club Environmentally friendly stormwater filtration system $40,330
Tea Gardens Hawks Nest Men's Shed Erection of pre fabricated building $23,650
Tea Gardens Soccer Club Seating at Memorial Park $14,000
Tinonee Soccer Club Clubhouse awning and sheltered grandstand $46,162
Wingham Junior League Football Club Purchase of 4 x 4 tier aluminium stands $29,550