Association calls for pilot Peninsula Green Grid project
The Woy Woy Peninsula Residents' Association has called on Central Coast Council to implement a Green Grid plan and pilot project for the Woy Woy Peninsula as a priority.
The association made the request in a submission to the council's Draft Central Coast Green Grid: Our Place Strategy
"The Peninsula with its unique and stunning environment and population of some 40,000 people is well suited for a pilot project," said association committee member Ms Penny Rogers.
"The environmental and social problems it is facing are well known and documented.
"They include urban heat island effect, increased dwelling density, endangered bushland and habitat, lack of adequate green canopy and spaces, increasing threat of foreshore erosion, groundwater extraction risks, and stormwater drainage and flood plain management."
Ms Rogers said: "Too often these problems are addressed as an afterthought or in an ad hoc, reactive way.
"The Green Grid initiative offers the opportunity for Council to respond to and meet local needs in a strategic way across the Central Coast.
"We strongly support the Peninsula's needs being addressed across the board as a discrete 'social planning district' and welcome its application in this Central Coast Green Grid initiative.
"A well planned, designed and managed network of interconnected green spaces is vital in supporting the Peninsula community's amenity, living, health and wellbeing; in protecting and enhancing our environment and habitat; and in helping to adapt to climate change.
"The community must be an active partner in the process and the Association has offered to facilitate community consultation for the project."
The association aimed to serve as a non-partisan forum and give the residents of the Woy Woy Peninsula a collective voice on matters affecting the Peninsula's quality of life.
Media release, 7 Nov 2021
Penny Rogers, Peninsula Residents' Association