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Collapse Issue 530:<br />18 Oct 2021<br />_____________Issue 530:
18 Oct 2021
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Labor candidate calls for release of skate park money
CWA installs second footpath library
Walk-in Pfizer clinic at Woy Woy hospital on Friday
Association makes public inquiry submissions available
Peninsula close to 75 per cent fully-vaccinated
Woy Woy Bay wharf repairs to start in November
Face-to-face bridge games to resume
Lions Club cancels car boot sale until next year
Umina CWA resumes meetings
Community garden covers beds for summer
Overseas trips are imagined
Online fundraiser is now open
Tesch co-sponsors voluntary assisted dying bill
Window display competition will run again
Thunderstorm brings 28.1mm of rain
Petition on Ettalong building height presented to Minister
Booker Bay site to be levelled for dual occupancy
When Open Forum is not open
Village needs a balance of bush and risk management
Residents rightly concerned about Ettalong character
Inquiry's anticipated scenario playing out?
Hospital visiting guidelines change
First rapid antigen tests arrive on the Peninsula
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Two plays presented virtually to end a long drought
Author shortlisted for Victorian Premier's history award
Art trail scheduled for December
College elections under way
Classroom doors and windows to be kept open
Netball 'clubhouse pack-up' starts
Women's bowling AGM
Players wanted for all girls' cricket
Athletics uniform recycling encouraged
Roster for greens use as bowls resumes
Free shirt and cap for men's softball players
Junior cricket launch at Umina
Umina men's bowling annual meeting
Unicycle club to meet at community centre

Village needs a balance of bush and risk management

Pearl Beach Environment Group claims planning provisions are ignored (Peninsula News 529) and is seeking a meeting with Central Coast Council Administrator Mr Rik Hart.

Their concern is maintaining the "tree canopy for the village".

Hopefully Mr Hart will know that the village has several groups of volunteers focused on looking after the nature attributes of the village: the Arboretum team, bush care, dune care and the Progress Association which with the aid of the Council have achieved great results and a beautiful environment.

The writer has been a resident for 35 years and is a bush lover.

If one scans back to aerial photos of Pearl Beach from current to say 30 years ago, the increased tree canopy enveloping the village is clear to see.

In fact if Ausgrid didn't trim trees on the roadside to protect power cables, today the roads would not be visible from the air, like many of the homes.

For years Pearl Beach was a village of beach cottages and tiny fibro shacks plus two or three small farms.

Overtime these have naturally been upgraded to more suitable modern homes, which naturally cover a larger area of the site - but not excessively - so some trees have to be removed.

Potential bush fire risks can be seen in the aerial photos of the National Park, Council and Arboretum areas and the viilage itself, which has a single road access.

Crown fires or ground level fires present a massive challenge to the village and more with the increased bush coverage.

Then add global warming.

There has to be sensible limits for bush coverage in residential areas.

Trees and plants in close proximity to dwellings rain leaf litter onto roofs.

Does this environment group consider safety issues?

The Council require one to obtain a permit to remove a tree on your own property, but you can plant trees without one.

How sensible is that, in terms of a safety zone?

Trees are regularly planted on streetscapes by locals, on the edge of intersections and tight corners, impairing driver visibility.

Planted in the path of pedestrians, they push them onto the road way.

They can also interfere with services, when planted under power lines and over underground service connections.

Let's stay with sensibility, safety and balance and focus more on the issues of village safety and preparedness for climatic challenges.

The village requires a sensible balance of natural bush and nature with a strong reality of risk management and accompanying limits.

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