Bored to Tears? Not on the Tilli!

Are you the type of person who waits all day for the mailman to arrive? Perhaps putting out the wheelie bin is the highlight of your week? Is a trip to the supermarket and wandering the aisles aimlessly your idea of a fun day out? 

Answer “Yes' to any of these and you are bored. 

If so, Tilligerry is the type of place with endless possibilities to make you want to jump out of bed and get involved. You can learn new skills, get satisfaction from 'putting something back', make friends and get that all important social interaction so important for mental and physical well being. If you don't like these activities, just give them away and try something different. 

To get started just go to tilligerry.com and click on 'Community Directory' in the left green side bar and find one to your liking. 

Here are just a few to whet your appetite: 

Lions Club; Probus;CWA; FishingClub; Darts; Bridge; Euchre; Mah-jong; Men's Shed; Patchwork; Habitat; RFS; Art; Senior Citizens.....and lots more.  

You really don't have to have specific skills: For example, to join Marine Rescue, there is no need to punch your way through mountainous seas at night on rescue missions. They need fundraisers so you might be the type who would like to sit at a table selling raffle tickets. Our Men's Shed welcomes those who just like to talk to other blokes without ever going near a router or a lathe.

Always wanted to play bridge but would feel embarrassed? Not a problem! There are beginners' lessons. 

Photos: Marine Rescue; The Men's Shed and our Bridge Club....new members most welcome.

 


Down but not Out 

Tilligerry.com has been a bit down lately. You see two ambulances and our local fire truck were needed to get one of our reporters into an ambulance for a trip to hospital where he was put on a drip for a severe infection.The team of microbiologists identified the culprits as Morganella and Enterobactor – two multi resisrant organisms which were trearted with IV Meropenem with de-escalation to PO Ciprofloxacin. 

This seemed to do the trick with the patient discharged and continuing on the medication in pill form. 

We look forward to bringing you the news you want to read, free from bias and the AI scourge that has had us fed 'fake' news for too long. 


All Done.....Well almost. 

Apart from some some finishing touches, the serpentine pathway linking Henderson Park  to Jenny Rudd Reserve via the foreshore is complete. 

Shaded seating along the way is yet to be added for picnickers as well as  some rest areas for the energy challenged. But where to now? 

Cr Steve Tucker said that there were numerous options for bike riders and walkers once they came to the end. 

“ People can follow the rim of the bay all the way to Mallabula and Tanilba Bay,” he said. “Alternatively, they can use the existing road network up to the water tower hill and the BoM 'golf ball'. From here there are numerous fire trails and bush tracks with many possibilities,” he added. 

“Council needs to signpost all of this, particularly for visitors so that they know where they're going.” he concluded. 

The end of the new pathway has much historical significance as beside it was the Doyle family home. It was here that Dr A A Doyle spent his final years living with his son Barney, an oyster farmer. 

Dr Doyle was a renowned specialist in Brisbane and a cousin of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes books. 

He tended to the 30 or so locals and the late Jimmy Rooke had Dr Doyle to thank for saving his life. 

His mother took her sickly baby to see the doctor. He advised her to get a cow and nourish her son with the fresh milk. This she did. Jimmy recovered but sadly, some time later, the cow died.      

 Photos: The end of the new pathway at Rudd Reserve.....and a screenshot from one the Sherlock home movies.

 


Squeaky Clean 

Tilligerry would have to be one of the cleanest areas in Port Stephens after the 'Clean up Australia Day.' 

You see, a concerted effort by NSW Government agencies virtually got rid of all foreshore rubbish and floating debris just a few weeks back. They paid particular attention to the mangroves in and around the oyster leases. 

They combined with oyster farmers and concerned residents to remove a truckload of rubbish which now sits in two large skips in Henderson Park ready for a trip to the tip.

 This was followed up by the National Clean up Day with the central registration point at RAF Park Tanilba Bay. This venue also doubled up as a collection point where bottles, plastics and cardboard were sorted for recycling. 

That's not all: The Tilligerry Scouts took it upon themselves to clean in and around the stormwater settling pond beside their hall and the RSL oval. 

Long time community worker Leonie Auld said that there was not much rubbish to be gathered: 

“People are more aware of the environment these days,” she said. “ They dump very little rubbish in the bush and Council makes it easy for them with their kerbside collections and special open tip days for specific items including toxic chemicals,” she stated. “They advertise these days to lift the level of community awareness,” she remarked. 

“ The pile of material gathered this year was far smaller than previous years,” she said. 

Photos: The 2024 registration and recycling point at Tanilba......and the retrieved estuarine rubbish at Henderson Park Lemon Tree Passage.


 Sitting on a Gold Mine 

People who own real estate at Tanilba Bay or Mallabula could very well be sitting on a gold mine and don't realize it. 

You see, the townships were developed in the 1930s so blocks were large and the streets were extremely wide. What's more, there were vast areas of public space in the form of parks and reserves. 

So much of this existed that Port Stephens Council sold lots of them off  because they simply couldn't afford to maintain them. 

The recently demolished  Tilligerry Plaza was one such 'park'. So was the 'Coles' land. Another was the Baptist Church allotment and Monash Close was yet another one. 

What this means is that properties are very attractive to investors and home buyers when compared to the tiny blocks on offer in new subdivisions such as Koala Bay and those at Medowie and Maitland. On top of this, the proximity to the waterways makes them very desirable. 

As the back streets become kerbed and guttered, these  suburbs will become hot property. Currently, one large block of land in Mallabula which was purchased in the 1980s for $16 000 has recently been valued at $500 000. 

We have to thank visionary developer Henry Halloran for his foresight in creating such a well planned and people friendly subdivision. 

In all of this, waterfront properties and those with the magic of a water view are those which command most interest. It is not uncommon to see perfectly good homes in these locations bulldozed as city folk escape the rat race to build a dream home and live in peace and tranquility. 

Photos: The arched gates as they were.....The recently upgraded Ave of the Allies and visionary developer Henry Halloran.

 


Arches Rich in History 

The complete rebuild of Avenue of the Allies at Tanilba Bay has ended underneath the arched gates. 

Perhaps it's time to unveil the rich history that is associated with the structure for those new to the area and for others who are curious. Detailed  information can be found in the book 'A History of the Tilligerry Peninsula'. Our library has copies. The book sold 1100 copies and there is talk of republishing it on a disk or a 'stick' as we journey into the electronic future. 

Henry Halloran, a visionary developer, had the gates constructed in the 1930s along with other stone structures found near Tanilba House. He was a true son of Mother England and the streets were named after WW1 military heroes and allied leaders. Google them for an interesting read. 

The stonework is conglomerate rock and porphyry quartz blasted from a quarry behind our soccer ovals. Mr Blanch carted the rock in a horse drawn dray. 

In the 1980s the arched gates were rebuilt and raised to give greater clearance after trucks had clipped them. 

The bollards which sit on top of the stone pillars are from the original HMAS Sydney which recorded our first sea victory of WW1 when it trapped the German cruiser 'Emden' at the Cocus Islands and reduced it to a smouldering wreck. 

The second 'Sydney' was the ship that suffered our greatest naval tragedy when, in WW2 it was sunk by the German raider 'Cormoran' in the Indian Ocean with the loss of all hands. 

Barbara Evans who lives close to the gates remembers all too well that fateful day. You see, her father was one of those lost. She still has his officer's sword and photos of him. 

Pictures: Our Local History book......The original arched  gates.....The gates being raised........The original Sydney......and Barbara Evans with pictures of her father.


Tide to Tip Triumph 

For the fifth year in a row, the annual 'Tide to Tip' waterway clean-up has been an outstanding success. 

Under the umbrella of  'Oceanwatch', a not for profit organization dedicated to protecting our fisheries and marine environment, the day saw the retrieval of a truckload of debris. Oyster farmers, state fisheries and other interested parties all chipped in. They based their operation at the Lemon Tree Passage boat ramp. 

In 2023, some 20 individual sites comprising 211 volunteers  saw a staggering 11870 kg of rubbish retrieved and disposed of. This year is shaping up to exceed that. 

The day is also a great opportunity for interaction between those involved in the oyster industry and waterways administration. 

This initiative was given a boost just last year when the State Government contracted out a huge program to clean up the estuarine system following the devastating floods. 

Twice their teams visited Port Stephens to restore the waterways and shorelines to their natural state. They also removed floating navigational hazards.   

Pictures: Last year's clean up crew......Brian Hughes with this year's haul...and contractors in 2023 retrieving their scow and boat.


Water Water Everywhere 

If you look at the topography of Tilligerry  you will see that it is one giant swamp which has sand dunes on either side. Indeed the early settlers gained access via two tracks which followed the dunes. 

One track ended at 'The Gibbers' on the creek side and the other at Lemon Tree Passage on the northern perimeter. 

When the main road was constructed, it went straight down the centre after the low areas were filled. Rookes and Browns roads are all that is left of the original access tracks. 

Drainage has always been a problem so Council constructed two large open easements which cross the golf course and direct the water through the mangrove swamps and into Tilligerry Creek. 

The pipes which drain Tanilba under the main road clog up after heavy rain  and  a huge pool of water develops in front of the low lying businesses in President Wilson Walk. 

At Mallabula, water cascades over the main road near the ovals as the pipes can't handle the volume. Cars have actually aquaplaned into the drain. 

In LTP an unsolvable problem has developed in the CBD. You see, Cook Pde is below the level of the king tides. Before one-way flaps were put on the stormwater pipes, salt water would well up through the grates and flow along the gutters. Unsuspecting motorists would park in the puddles and then wonder why their cars rusted out. 

This problem still exists when heavy downpours coincide with a king tide. There is nowhere for the water to go and a large lake develops and backs up to the entrance of the shops. Our local firies come to the rescue and pump the water into the creek. 

The tidal surge created by a king tide and a 'Black Nor' Easter' years ago even washed through the takeaway food outlet on the waterfront. It could very well happen again given the right conditions. 

Photos: 'The Poyers' restaurant over the water at  LTP showing the height of the creek on a king tide.....and water pooling outside the businesses on Cook Pde.


Is there a movie star in our midst???? Maybe someone was celebrating a special occasion. What a great way to visit LTP and the Tilli Peninsula.

Photo: Visiting "The Poyers" or "John Dory"?

 

 

 

 


Bookworm Bonus 

Let's face it: Libraries used to be dull and boring.  Not anymore! To remain relevant in these changing times libraries must adapt or fade away. Today, they are happy colourful places with games, toys and puzzles for the kids and encourage interaction and the exchange of ideas amongst the users. 

The Lemon Tree Library also offers free internet & computer access, wi-fi, photo copying (25c B/W, 65c Colour) as well as free help in operating mobile phones, laptops and ipads (Thursday only). 

They have just introduced a reward system for regular borrowers. It is roughly similar to the type of thing supermarkets dish out but there won't be any free flybuys or steak knives. 

To celebrate Senior’s Week, the council have provided a grab-bag full of goodies which include a ball point pen, a reusable straw and cleaner, tea bags and coffee satchel and biscuits plus brochures and lots more. 

There is a limit on the number of kits available at each library (which includes the mobile) so get in early to avoid disappointment. 

Pictures: LTP resident Barry Dicker with his bag of goodies …..and one of our Volunteers with some of the thousands of books on offer.


Hot Stuff 

During the current heat wave, the Thermal Heat Index at Alan Gibson's Tanilba automatic weather station reached  51.1C at 4.04 pm.This put those who were working outside at serious risk of heat stroke. 

The heat index is a combination of temperature and humidity. In short, it is the real heat impacting on your body at any given time.

Heat stroke occurs when the human body cannot cool its core  temperature through evaporating sweat or by moving to a cool environment. Air conditioning is the most used tool these days but in older times, fans, wet towels or an atomizer spray were used. Even a wet towel could do the job. 

If the body temperature can't be reduced to below about 40C, symptoms such as headache, extreme thirst, nausea, confusion and disorientation result. Organ failure and death can ensue. 

Its onset can be sudden as local councillor Steve Tucker found out recently.

“ I was working on the golf course on a very hot day and felt dizzy. I then spent the next few days in bed recovering,” he said. “Rest in a cool

 room with plenty of fluids did the trick,” he said. 

The young and the elderly are particularly vulnerable and treatment includes cool showers, ice packs, sponging and covering with wet sheets. 

Club Lemon Tree President Kevin Colman said that the club had strict protocols to guard against heat stroke. 

“We have shaded seating at the ends of our greens and  water bubblers as well,” he said. 

“On top of this we have a machine which monitors heat factors including wind, temperature, humidity and reflectivity,” he added. 

“When the index reaches 30, all social bowls cease and at 32 competition bowls is stopped. Should the reading drop, bowls can resume,” he stated.     

To standardize protocol, Bowls Australia have adopted a 'heat' policy which all clubs must adhere to. 

 tanilbabayweather.com will give you every detail of up to the minute weather readings and forecasts plus historic data to research. Alan also has a series of drone videos of the Tilligerry Peninsula which you can view on you tube. 

Photos: Steve Tucker: Heat stroke victim.......Alan Gibson at his Tanilba Bay weather station.....and Club Lemon Tree....' Heat stress closely monitored'.


In Safe Hands 

 Future directions of Lemon Tree's Marine Rescue seem to be in safe hands with the election of a new commander and an influx of enthusiastic members. 

David Aselford brings with him a lifetime background in the IT industry and looks forward to the proposed new challenges with a degree of excitement. 

“An influx of some 30 new members as young as 16 has given us a great boost, “ he said. “It's just what we need at this critical point in time with upgrades in technology and developments on the foreshore,” he added. 

“We are to be integrated into development of Henderson Park and Port Stephens Council will be handing over the old amenities block to us once the new facility has been built,” he stated. 

“This prime location will give us access to equipment for the boat and be great as a storage facility and as a dressing room when our crews take to the water,” he said. 

Although funded by The State Body, the local structure is required to buy fuel for their twin engined rescue craft. It can cost as much as $900 per day to be operational  and the public is encouraged to support them at their sausage sizzles and fundraisers. 

More members are always welcome to fill a variety of roles whether it be as a boat crew, radio operator or as a fundraiser. 

A visit to their website will explain everything. 

Photos: David at the base station atop Whitbread Drive LTP …...the rescue craft in its cradle at the waterfront......and a fundraised and awareness day at the boatramp.


 Big Field For Regatta 

 A fleet of some 40 catamarans faced the starter's gun for the annual Big Boat Regatta this year. 

Sailed on the waters between Tanilba Bay and Snapper Island in three sections, the  event saw entries from as far afield as Sydney, Newcastle, The Central Coast, The Blue Mountains, The Northern Rivers and Port Stephens. 

Tanilba sailors were largely absent from the winners' circle as they were too busy manning the canteen, answering queries, organizing the starts and recording results. 

Results were: 

 18 foot two handed:

  1st Archie Gargett & Beau White in 'Thee Too'

  2nd Peter Skewers & Bailey  in 'Mostly Harmless'

  3rd James Henderson & Emiy in 'Jamen'

  Mixed Fleet(non-spinnaker craft)

 1st Adam Beattie in 'Harken WIP'

 2nd Bec Greentree in 'Waitpinga'

 3rd Craig Harden in 'Helter Skelter'

  Hobie 18 foot

 1st John Forbes in & Bronte in '18 @ Heart'

 2nd Patrick Butler & Ellie Knorre in 'Oldie'

 3rd Geogia Davis & Nick Hord in 'Splice Line'

To add colour to the regatta, a start boat, the fully restored 47 foot lugger 'Big Foot' was at hand.


Meet our New Principal 

Pauline Smith is the new principal of Tanilba Bay School.

It is not the first time she has been there as it was her first appointment as a classroom teacher some 22 years ago. 

Ms Smith said that she was looking forward to the challenge with enthusiasm. 

“I was made feel welcome by the staff, students and families,” she said .  “I am passionate about public education and believe that a school should provide a learmning environment where every child matters every day,” she added. 

 “I am looking forward to working alongside the staff and families to improve the academic, social and emotional outcomes for our amazing students,” she stated. 

Former Principal Lloyd Hogg, now retired and living in Tanilba Bay was impressed by Pauline all those years ago. 

“Pauline was an outstanding teacher and I feel that she has the ability and dedication to be an excellent principal,” he said. “I wish her all the best for the future,” he added. 

Photos: Pauline flanked by student leaders Jayden Breaden and Georgina Clarke......and Lloyd Hogg (front centre) in an old staff photo.


Dirty Rotten Dumpers 

Recently down Oyster Cove Rd an individual was fined $100 000 for the illegal dumping of asbestos waste. 

It is therefore unbelievable that people still risk heavy fines by dumping, particularly when council will pick it up and dispose of it for free with their kerbside collections. 

There was a time when our tip at Lemon Tree Passage was open 24/7/365 and the problem was far less. Today it is a transfer station with restricted hours and limits on the types of rubbish that they will take. 

This has led to the dumping of rubbish in the bush which costs council and owners of properties a fortune to dispose of. 

So brazen were dumpers that a few years back a houseload of furniture was actually dumped near the boatramp in Henderson Park in full view of nearby homes. 

But, dear readers, spare a thought for the dopey dumpers who went out of their way to get caught by leaving their unsaleable trash up against the fence of our Vinnies charity store at Tanilba Bay. 

Pleading illiteracy cuts no ice in court as the rubbish was actually dumped beneath a sign which warned of a hefty fine and stated that the site was under surveillance. 

It costs a fortune for charity shops to clean up the unwanted mess dumped outside the stores or in the collection bin. Therefore,donors are asked to visit the store in business hours and have their items assessed by the staff before they leave them. 

Photos: The dumped rubbish in Henderson Park......The latest dumping underneath the warning sign.......The sign in the window says it all.....and....Staff with unwanted items.


Memories of the Plaza 

A bare lunar landscape with just one pile of masonry and another of scrap metal are all that is left of the once bustling centre which was once the social and shopping hub of Tilligerry. 

It was very much a people friendly place where traders looked after one another and locals could socialise and interact. 

The wide, tiled forecourt with two entrances lead down to Bi Lo and the newsagency. Shoppers made friends with the business owners along the way. You could more or less get anything you wanted which kept cash in the town as there was really no real need to leave the peninsular. 

Some of the businesses included a hot bread shop, two banks and a building society, a couple of real estate agencies, a fish shop, a cafe, dress shops, a men's wear, a shoe shop, a butcher, a greengrocer and others. There was also a chemist and a haberdashery and a flower stall. A music shop and a jeweller traded for a while. 

Before the electronic age swamped in, few people had personal computers and mobile phones were more or less unknown. This left a need for internet access and Port Stephens Shire Council stepped in and kick started TACE (Tilligerry Adult and Community Education) a shopfront which was more or less an internet cafe where residents could use computers, photocopy and be taught the new age technology. They could also practise art and crafts. 

TACE relocated to the LTP Library when the plaza was vacated. It is has more or less shed the name TACE with the various groups and clubs which operated under its umbrella now operating out of the Old Lemon Tree School Site. 

Free lessons in electronic gadgetry are still given each Thursday and free Wi Fi  is on tap six morning each week. 

Tilligerry.com our own online news service is still put together there which gives residents local news which they can't get anywhere else. At its peak it had as many as 2000 'hits' each month and could be viewed from anywhere in the world. The advent of social media has somewhat decreased the readership. 

Photos: The Plaza site after demolition, and Lynley Keers and Heather Hargreaves from our Lions Club handing over a cheque to TACE volunteers Mary Kay, Sue Hamilton and Carole Walker.


Lift for Library 

But where is it? This is most asked question by those wanting to borrow books in Tilligerry. 

The town public library is situated on the main road opposite the Lemon Tree Passage Motel and when open, has a 'library' flag fluttering from a pole in front of it. 

It's been there for decades and is staffed by volunteers and operates from 10am until noon six days per week. (Monday to Saturday). 

A big makeover a couple of years back saw new carpet, reader friendly furniture and a slick paint job spruce it up. 

What's more, a heavy cull of the least read books and an injection of new stock has something for everyone, including children. 

Tilligerry Men's Shed workers have just removed the old overgrown sign and have carved  a new one which is much more visible. 

Business is more or less back to normal after a year or so of roadwork disruptions and the construction of a new police station two doors away. Council have taken over the computer access and has 2 brand new computers. A new scanner is on order and you will now be able to print A4 colour pages.

The library augments the mobile service which visits the villages of Tanilba Bay, Mallabula and Lemon Tree Passage on a rotational basis. 

Both services have now recovered from the Covid lockdown restrictions and are back up to pace. 

Photos: The LTP Library after the makeover......and the new sign giving it better visibility.


 

Book Donations

 

Tilligerry Community Library has always enjoyed the support of the community donating their books. Whilst we do appreciate them, we can only accept them with prior consultation. Our hours are 10-12 noon Monday to Saturday and our phone number is 4982 3477 if you wanted to call up or pop in and check with us before bringing them in. Please don’t leave them at the door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


More than Just a News Service

You've seen our illuminated sign 'tilligerry.com' beside the main road near the golf club as you drive into town at night.

With news services moving away from the print media, tilligerry.com for over 10 years now has moved with the times and gives local residents the news that they can't get anywhere else. Indeed, those travelling around Australia or internationally can keep up to date with a click on a mouse or a mobile phone.

Before our 'hit meter' broke down we were averaging around 2000 views each month. We have a few businesses supporting us but we really don't want advertisers as we are a not for profit community service.

It gets even better. There are constant requests, usually from residents new to the area, for general information about available services and organizations out this way.

We now have an extensive community directory listing some 80 of these which includes: churches, clubs, social groups, cultural events, schools, tourist information, community support, JPs, medical services, play groups and pre schools.

Photo: tilligerry.com more than just news.

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