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31 May 2021
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Residents to pay $8M more after 42.1 per cent rate rise
Rate rise is Liberal Merger Tax, says Tesch
Public inquiry into council is open for submissions
Crouch urges residents to make inquiry submissions
Greens to start de-merger petitions
Administrator's 'facts' are wrong, says community group
Rotary club to hold book fair at PCYC
Men's Shed to hold annual sale
Arboretum receives 'koala song meter'
Open space policies under threat, says green group
Strategy lists 21 playgrounds but 20-year wait for others
Tree group gives reasons for saving council reserves
Petition to save Memorial Ave reserve sent to council
Rotary donates $1000 to each of five community groups
Tea Cosy Expo with Devonshire Teas
Fishing club donates to Vietnam veterans
Student driving course available free of charge
Special Rotary evening
Lion Island penguins benefit from Hawkesbury cleanup
Preschoolers use their own Opal cards
PCYC calls for volunteers
Encouragement to buy locally
Pearl Beach pool cleaned
Gabrielle named Volunteer of the Year
Tesch calls for support for oyster growers
MP hopeful that doctor shortage is lessening
Wednesday Wanderers travel to Davistown
New restaurant
Year's rainfall is spot on average
Details of five-storey Umina proposal available
CEN criticises 'excessive' approval of non-compliance
Contribution requirement reduced by $1200
More time for comment after portal anomalies revealed
Three townhouses proposed for sub-standard site
Flats proposal still in pre-lodgement review
Urgency to protect what green spaces we have left
State policy to protect and invest in open space
Council threat to mental and physical health and welfare
Put toll on M1 to pay council's debts
Reserve is oasis in rotting neighbourhood
Why not solar panels at carpark?
Austin Butler land should not be sold
Regional plan requires investment in open space
Breastscreen bus at Woy Woy for June
Hospital is supported by 17 volunteers
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Folk club holds house concert
Ephemeral art trail to be held over three weeks
Coastal Twist Festival preparation starts
Charli Grant appointed to Minister's student council
Umina campus students walk to Patonga
Last day for scholarship applications
Students visit Newcastle stadium for numeracy day
Whole school listens to book reading in space
Defeated in penalty shoot-out
Office staff thanked on Public Education Day
Dress rehearsal for dance performances
Three dance groups attend dress rehearsals
Outing to the shops
A virtual classroom hosts cattle farmer
Charity bowls raises $32,600
Grade 6 Pennant comes down to the wire for Umina
Ettalong Red loses to Bateau Bay for Grade 7 pennant
Slow start for Woy Woy in hard-fought encounter
Hornsby rubgy union victory in round seven
Tour de Central Coast stages to start at Woy Woy
Restricted bridge championship winners
Ducks elect new committee
Apply for funding, now, says Tesch



Reserve is oasis in rotting neighbourhood

The neighbourhood surrounding the reserve in Memorial Ave, proposed for sale by Central Coast Council, has been left to rot by successive Council administrations.

Zoned "high density", it faces a laneway with no footpaths or kerbs or gutters or street lighting.

The surrounding streets also lack the basics.

In Warwick Street the street numbering is woefully weird.

I live in 1 Warwick St, but further up the road there are three houses which also claim to be 1 Warwick St.

Misdirected pizzas are one thing, but lost emergency ambulances are more serious.

The land bounded by Wallaby St, Memorial Av, Warwick St and the laneway all belonged to a local developer.

He sold lots 23 and 23A to the Council for widening of Memorial Ave 60 years ago.

The road has just been widened recently.

He sold lot 27 for innocuous villa development, then lot 25 to a builder who created the most dysfunctional housing on the Central Coast.

If you don't believe me come and see for yourself.

The defect which affects the rest of the community the most is the lack of parking.

The garages are too small for a normal car resulting in residents parking boats and cars in neighbouring streets, on the reserve and blocking the laneway.

Does Council not have responsibility for ensuring that multiple housing development is at least functional?

Was any inspection carried out during the building of the four dwellings on lot 25?

The same developer has disposed of the three lots between our reserve and Wallaby St, which were recently clear felled.

One swamp mahogany was so massive it was estimated to have been 150 years old.

That land will soon be covered by 12 dwellings.

Let us hope that the builder allows for enough parking to avoid utter chaos in the unnamed, unlit and extremely narrow laneway.

Since the announcement of the planned sell-off of our reserve, many people have visited and understood the importance of these beautiful trees.

It is important not just for the wildlife or as a jigsaw piece in the fight against global heating, but as a breathing space for us.

It is an oasis in a badly-designed, malfunctioning desert of concrete.

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