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12 Jul 2021
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Audit finds Woy Woy car spaces will cost $211,000 each
Ferry service abandons pet ban plan
'We cannot afford to be complacent' - Crouch
CWA still waiting for compensation for wharf land
Group may ask for Bays roads to be 'shared zones'
CWA branch calls on council to be 'fair and transparent'
ACF branch calls for retention of playground and tree
Media release ignores facts of playground strategy
Palm Beach ferries diverted
Actions of first Administrator should be examined - CEN
Grants program opens with $900,000
Wicks wants the Central Coast 'a stand-alone region'
More improvements to Patonga hall
MPs call for more government support
Speed camera program raises fines not safety - Tesch
Use vouchers with local businesses, Tesch urges
MP runs colouring and drawing competition
Pearl Beach Challenge postponed due to lockdown
Rotary club takes 'Christmas' holiday
Six topics identified for church purpose statement
Umina Rotary hears about Clean4Shore success
Egg and bacon roll morning still planned
Garage sale might have been better with good weather
Date for fete at Patonga
Four books to discuss at next CWA book club
Guide dog puppy raising is 'giving back to community'
Bays group registers for QR code
A new theme for a new president
Leadership positions vacant at Baptist church
Tree lovers welcomed
Pandemic winner
Clean4shore to hold annual meeting
Rotary awards honorary memberships
Fellowship awarded to club treasurer
Plans to fly to England
Shops offer online ordering and contact-free pick-up
Thanks to Rotary club from Uganda
Little rain for start of July
Four-unit development proposed for Paul St
Planning comments may go unnoticed
Three-unit development proposed for Bowden Rd
Liquour licence applications considered
Go ahead given for Mutu St factory
Where are the commuter parking spaces?
No limit to high-handed council behaviour
Short-term gain at economic, social, environmental cost
Access is 'main obstacle' to aged care staff vaccination
Tribute paid to 'learned and loved older Australians'
A sign of brighter days ahead
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The Bays art show postponed until October
Dates set for rescheduled Bays art show
Bays' book on sale
Book launch postponed
Learning from home this week
Preschool celebrates Naidoc Week
Students sent letters about targeted programs
Bowls club raises $5000 on charity day
Cycling 'tour' continues
Cycling Tour duration extended
Tesch congratulates Wimbledon winners
Golf club publishes 10km map
Junior touch registrations start
Bowls clubs proceed with Mixed Kingfisher carnival
Oval availability welcomed
New infrastructure for soccer field
Tribute paid to Freddy Querruel
Southern Spirit registrations start for all teams
Tennis registration postponed
Umina surf club opens online registrations



Media release ignores facts of playground strategy

Central Coast Council justified its decision in June to remove the Pelican Park playground, without acknowledging that just a month earlier it had adopted a 20-year strategy which identified it as one of the parks to be retained.

The strategy made no mention of a playground in Anderson Park or the demolition of the Pelican Park playground or its relocation to Anderson Park.

However, a media release by Council Administrator Mr Rik Hart issued on Saturday, June 26, claimed the new Anderson Park playground "reflects the recently-adopted Central Coast playspace strategy developed with community input".

He said it would complement the soon-to-be-completed Woy Woy Wharf opposite this reserve and the periodic events held at this foreshore site, such as markets and other community activities.

The media release suggested the relocation had been planned "since October 2019".

"The completion of this new playspace has been timed to coincide with the unfortunate need to soon remove the ageing but much-loved playground unit 75 metres away at Pelican Park," he said.

"This removal is required due to a safety audit showing that the equipment no longer meets current Australian safety standards.

"With the roots of the adjoining mature tree continuing to cause safety hazards, this site was not suitable for a new playspace to be built.

"However, the site of the existing Pelican Park playground will remain as a public open space area, with the existing shaded picnic tables and fencing to remain and the area that currently has the play equipment being freshly turfed."

Mr Hart said the Council had been improving Woy Woy Town Centre for the community and have been in discussions with local businesses and residents on plans since October 2019.

However, at the council meeting, the following Tuesday, June 29, Mr Hart decided to put the playground demolition on hold "to enable further consultation and engagement with the broader community".

The Central Coast branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation has called for details of the reports which led to the proposal to demolish the Pelican Park playground.

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