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26 Jul 2021
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Council staff recommend Peninsula land be kept
Council to decide reserve land sale to shopping centre
Mt Ettalong Reserve Masterplan up for adoption
Dominic appointed as law firm partner
Initial meeting held to discuss residents' association
Shade trees group joins environment group
Adoption of Greener Spaces Strategy recommended
Maps show Peninsula 'heat island' without vegetation
Woy Woy is 'case study' in Greener Spaces Strategy
Tesch welcomes recommendation to keep council land
Council fails to acknowledge Peninsula News coverage
Bid to repair whale tail sculptures
Koala translocation research funding secured
Survey fails to find koalas at Pearl Beach
Online shopping increase during lockdown
Shopping centre is open for essential shopping
Ferries cancelled
Ferries diverted
Davistown ferry cancelled
Association seeks $20,000 in donations for hall
Tesch urges businesses to apply for new payments
Car boot sale set to resume in August
Rotary club announces board
More uses for native trees
Tower is part of emergency network
Recognised by British 'twin club'
Tesch calls for reintroduction of JobKeeper
Wicks seeks review of Central Coast's regional status
Coast is already stand-alone region, says Crouch
Dry July is drier than usual
Three storeys 'better than generic, bland gun-barrel'
Resident submission leads to comment period extension
Three-unit proposal for Bowden Rd
Proposal for four two-bedroom units in Farnell Rd
More staff and technology for major project assessment
Austin Butler oval sale offers no quick fix
Referendum is a serious affront to democracy
Take up a hobby, CWA branch suggests
Get vaccinated is doctor's advice
Hospital sponsors mental health art competition
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Art trail scheduled for long weekend
Art exhibition planned for Coastal Twist festival
Jazz in Spring planned for October
Patchwork group shows term's work
Snow trip cancelled for second year
School office is temporarily relocated
Ettalong undergoes 'external validation'
Teachers read children's books on video channel
Suggested home learning times
Kindergarten open day cancelled
School staff limited to between two and five
Artwork submitted in secondary school artists comp
Zoo excursion is rescheduled
Bicycle Tour 'placed in hibernation'
Bridge closed for lockdown
Netball association to hold Koori gala day
Bowls club postpones Kingfisher carnivals
Southern Spirit seeks players for coming season
Nominated as youth volunteer of the year



Maps show Peninsula 'heat island' without vegetation

Maps within Central Coast Council's draft Greener Spaces Strategy show the relationship between lack of vegetation on the Peninsula and the "heat island effect".

The Peninsula is shown to be more than four degrees hotter where vegetation does not exist than baseline temperatures on hot summer days.

"For example, the forest within Blackwall Mountain is more than four degrees Celsius cooler than nearby urban housing in Ettalong Beach," the strategy states.

"An urban heat island occurs when the urban area is significantly warmer than the surrounding less developed areas.

"Heat islands develop due to urban materials such as concrete, asphalt, tiled rooves and gravel absorbing rather than reflecting heat which occurs when the area is more heavily vegetated.

"The concept of the urban heat island has been in existence for over 50 years.

"However, as society becomes more urbanised, greater emphasis needs to be placed upon the effect during urban planning.

"Houses and other buildings will be hotter in areas where the heat island effect is operating."

The strategy said this would result in higher cooling costs or less comfort indoors.

Taking a walk outdoors on hot days would also be less comfortable than if canopy cover was present.

If left unabated, "the effects of the Urban Heat Island will continue and possibly intensify as a result of continued development intensification of the urban centres," the strategy stated.

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