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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



Open space policies under threat, says green group

Central Coast Council's requirements for "economic liquidation" should not override policies which protect the open spaces, trees, reserves, and remnant vegetation of the Peninsula, according to the Central Coast branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Branch president Mr Mark Ellis said the council should remove the land at Memorial Ave from its sale list for this reason.

"Throughout all the Central Coast council strategic policies, green spaces, liveability, and walkability play a major part in providing lifestyle and amenity to residents," he said.

Mr Ellis said outdated planning was not protecting the Peninsula, "as more people and higher residential densities will inevitably create a demand for local open space".

The changes had meant the loss of private open space in the form of backyards and outdoor entertaining areas and spacious standalone quarter acre blocks were decreasing in number.

"Planning standards for open space derived from the early 20th century do not accommodate the needs of a population in higher density areas now."

Mr Ellis said a study of land use on the Peninsula was used in the Council's draft Greening Strategy as justification of the statement: "If permitted unchecked, the ongoing pattern of land cover change, particularly the significant tree canopy loss, has substantial implications for the future liveability, health and wellbeing of urban environments and communities".

"From the graph it can clearly be seen the loss of tree canopy, the increase in impervious surfaces, and the rise of unplantable space across the Woy Woy Peninsula which has been exacerbated in the past five years," he said.

"Council has the data on the impact on liveability (a key focus in their strategic planning documents) of the removal of more trees and creation of more hard services, including urban heat island impacts."

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