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Friday, June 14, 2019



The Australian Government provides regular updates to the community on the development and progress of programs and services for Norfolk Island.

As the community is aware, in November 2018, the NSW Government advised the Commonwealth that new arrangements for the provision of health and education services on Norfolk Island will be required after June 2021. The Department is committed to continuing to engage with the community on the requirements for these critical services and informing them when decisions are made. In line with this commitment, Megan Scott and Laura Sverdrupsen will be returning to the Island for the week of 17-21 June to continue working with the NICS P&C and staff on education transition matters. They will be attending a P&C meeting on the evening of 19 June to provide an update on the work to date, so please contact a P&C representative if you would like to attend. Alternatively, if you have a question you would like answered, please send it through to NI.Education@infrastructure.gov.au.

During their last visit to the Island, Megan and Laura, in conjunction with ThinkPlace Australia, undertook further consultation work with interested people on the Norfolk Island Community Engagement Framework (CEF). The CEF has now been finalised and published digitally, following the incorporation of feedback from those who attended our information sessions. You can view the CEF at https://sway.office.com/7ZVCzjd9B6MGrEOA Megan and Laura will be available throughout the week to meet with people who may wish to discuss the CEF and its intended use going forward, so please get in contact with us by phone on 51585 or at NI.Education@infrastructure.gov.au to set up a time. You can also drop in and see us at 11 Quality Row Tuesday-Thursday between 10-12 or 3-5.

Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development June 2019

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Norfolk Island Polynesian Settlement Site at Emily Bay

Friday, June 14, 2019


As communicated in the Cultural Landscape Management Plan consultations and my KAVHA Update in the Norfolk Islander and Norfolk Online News last month, a tree removal permit has now been granted by the Council to remove a number of trees at the former Polynesian site at Emily Bay.

Work is expected to take place between the 18th and 28th of June. This work is being undertaken to safeguard the archaeology in this area that dates back to the Polynesian settlement of Norfolk Island. It is also a public safety measure given that a number of the trees are damaged or diseased.


The 22 plantation grown trees to be removed are grouped closely together in the hollow that housed the Polynesian archaeological excavations. The work is confined to this area, at the extreme west end of the pine plantation, and no other areas are affected.


A ring of mature pines will remain around the higher ground on the perimeter of the site.


This important work will open visual access and allow better interpretation of the Island’s Polynesian story. Care is being taken to ensure that native flora and fauna are not unduly affected and that habitat is enhanced by the work. The trees will be felled well above ground level and stumps left to rot down naturally and the open space created, through these works, will be maintained to encourage native plant growth at the site’s periphery.


Additional works are also planned around KAVHA, including improving the site’s amenities. Following on from the upgrade of toilet facilities at Emily Bay, the upgrade to the toilets and changing facilities at Slaughter Bay are scheduled to start on 1 July, with work lasting for several weeks.

The restoration and provision of additional picnic benches will occur before next spring and the restoration of the BBQs will continue over winter.

I would like to apologise for any inconvenience to visitors to the site during these works, but I am sure you will all enjoy the improved facilities.


Martin Purslow - Heritage Manager, KAVHA

June 2019

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News from the World of Norfolk Island

Thursday, June 13, 2019



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Museums and Research Centre Opening Hours for Queen's Birthday long weekend

Thursday, June 13, 2019


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Products/ Service Available on island

Thursday, June 13, 2019


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Radio Serial - The man in the mist

Friday, June 07, 2019


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Interesting Items from the Collection

Friday, June 07, 2019


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Milk Cartons are Non Recyclable

Friday, June 07, 2019


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Culvert Replacement

Friday, June 07, 2019


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Mayor's Update - Keeping the Community Informed

Friday, June 07, 2019



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