A Draft Strategy, A Brand and $140,000 Invested in Nelson Bay Next Port Stephens LGA Port Stephens News by News Of The Area - Modern Media - February 27, 2018 Mayor Ryan Palmer launches Nelson Bay Next the brand. Photo by Marian Sampson. WHAT’s next for Nelson Bay is no longer a question but a plan that the community is being asked to comment on. Modern Media: Advertise with News Of The Area and you get your ad in 1) in Print, 2) on the News Website (like this ad), and 3) on our Social Media news site. A much more efficient way to advertise. Reach a HUGE audience for a LOW price TODAY! Call us on 02 4983 2134. Or [email protected] Or CLICK FOR ADVERT QUOTE A diverse mix of Nelson Bay and Tomaree Peninsula residents and stakeholders were invited to attend the launch of Nelson Bay Next which was held at Broughtons. Alongside a draft strategy which was place on exhibition this week the new Nelson Bay Next logo was launched. Importantly The Honourable Taylor Martin MLC was on hand to provide the community with a $70,000 contribution for Nelson Bay which will be matched dollar for dollar by Port Stephens Council. Taylor Martin MLC told News Of The Area, “The $140,000 in funds will be used for engaging a consultant, improving pedestrian access, traffic flow, parking, and streetscapes. “The funds are available now, this financial year, so Council can get started now on improvements to the town,” he said. Nelson Bay Next represents energy, ideas, a vibe and a healthy community. The draft ‘Progressing the Nelson Bay Town Centre & Foreshore Strategy: A revised Implementation and Delivery Program 2017’ was also placed on public exhibition for an extended six week period, closing Wednesday 4 April 2018. The presentations at the launch of Nelson Bay Next focused on some of the issues within the draft strategy including built height for the Nelson Bay CBD. Council staff and potential investors in developing the Nelson Bay CBD spoke at the event and a video was released sharing the Mayor’s vision for Nelson Bay Next. Council is holding drop in sessions for the community in Apex Park on 7 March 1-3 and 4-6pm to discuss the draft strategy and express any concerns. The Tomaree Residents and Ratepayers Association (TRRA) are holding a public meeting at Nelson Bay Bowling Club at 7pm on 6 March to address key issues in the draft strategy. Geoffrey Washington of TRRA told News Of The Area, “The forum will be open for both sides to have their say, everyone is welcome.” By Marian SAMPSON Mayor Ryan Palmer accepting the $70,000 grant from The Honourable Taylor Martin MLC. Photo by Marian Sampson. Port Stephens Council General Manager Wayne Wallis, with Mayor Ryan Palmer, Member for Paterson Meryl Swanson, The Honourable Taylor Martin MLC, and Member for Port Stephens and Kate Washington with the $70,000 State Government contribution to Nelson Bay CBD’s amenity. Photo by Marian Sampson.