I oppose stadium lighting of Tunks Park Reserve and the intensification of organised sport on the site.
The visual quality of Tunks Park Reserve is established by its bushland backdrop, its seclusion as a consequence of topography, the openness of the site and the spectacular views east across the harbour and west to Northbridge Suspension Bridge and Flat Rock Gully.
The topography of the valley provides Tunks Park Reserve with a sense of seclusion, which is enhanced by the canopy of native forest species on the ridges. The vegetation of the ridges provides a scenically significant green backdrop to Tunks Park Reserve. The Flat Rock Creek Track, the views of State historical significant Northbridge Suspension Bridge, the open grassed areas to the foreshore of Sydney Harbour Long Bay are significant locally for its aesthetic and historic value, and regionally for its social value.
The Tunks Park Reserve is used for organised sport but its main use and value is as a peaceful social meeting place for picnics, walking, fitness, boating and family or small group pleasure activities. This is and has been the main use and value of Tunks Park Reserve before and after the landfill in the 1930’s, when the large grassed areas were established.
A happy co-existence and tolerance has developed over time between this main use and the use for organised sport but if there is an intensifying of organised sport then it will negatively impact both the use for pleasure activities in the Reserve and the important Regional Significance the Reserve plays as a refuge for native animals who use the park as their dormitory, nesting and breeding refuge after sun set from the surrounding lit urban environment. ... See MoreSee Less
Vale Jill Taylor. Those who knew Jill will be saddened to learn of her death on Monday (30 October). Few worked harder than Jill to preserve the beauty of Port Stephens and of course its koala population. Prior to her involvement with koalas, Jill had been a member of the Tilligerry Bush Preservation Society, joining in 1988 and serving as Secretary for 9 years. In 1994 she was involved in rescuing a koala in the Tomago and Salt Ash fires which prompted her to join the Hunter Koala Preservation Society. She served as President and Koala Care Coordinator from 1997 until she retired from those positions in September 2011. Jill regularly attended NWC meetings in its early years and when she couldn't physically attend, she often took part by phone. In her day Jill stood up to bulldozers and helped get land in Tilligerry rezoned for environmental protection. She was made an honorary member of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia in 2007 and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2012. Jill's volunteering also included 5 years for Meals on Wheels and 10 years counselling for Lifeline After a long battle with cancer Jill slipped away surrounded by family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 10am at the Catholic Church in Mallabula tomorrow (3 November). ... See MoreSee Less
This is Simone aka 300, we were really worried about her health recently and reported her to Friends of the Koala Inc. They took her in, fixed her up and here she is with her latest joey. Nice work S...