Floating Restaurant after King Tide at Lemon Tree Passage

 'The Poyer's' at low tide.
‘The Poyer’s’ at low tide.


WITH the recent king tides, visitors to Lemon Tree Passage could easily be under the impression that ‘The Poyer’s’ was actually a floating restaurant instead of being built out over the water.

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Such was the height of the water that it lapped up against the bearers on which the structure was built.

Unsuspecting locals were also caught out as the two metre (plus) tides backed up into the storm water drains and welled up through the grates in Cook Parade.

This left pools of salt water higher than the kerbing and flooding onto the footpath. By unknowingly parking in the salt water, car owners could easily see their vehicles rusted out some time in the future.

Port Stephens Council fitted ‘one way’ flaps to the storm water pipes but they seemed not to be working during the recent tidal event.

Waterfront businesses have come under threat in the past when a big tide coincided with a torrential downpour. Put simply, the water had nowhere to go and Cook Pde turned into a lake. The RFS and SES responded last time, pumping the water into the Bay.


Salt water pooling outside the medical centre in Cook Pde.
Salt water pooling outside the medical centre in Cook Pde.

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