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22 Aug 2022
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Rare bushland given 'potential irreversible impact status'
Peninsula loses its last greengrocer
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Tesch gains pre-selection for March election
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'Lock your cars,' police urge
Book drive for children in need
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Lobster Beach and Half Tide Rocks area cleaned up
Questions asked about recycling station
Club learns of scuba gym therapy
Rotary club hears of Warriors Path youth program
Government pledges support for local newspapers
Help distribute Peninsula News
Only 17mm of rain for month so far
Three-unit gun barrel proposal for Gallipoli Ave
Three units proposed for under-sized Edward St block
Increase sought to restaurant seating
Plant native vegetation and watch the money follow
Peninsula loses local business as fruit market closes
Essential details missing about 'superior development'
If the Minister is not responsible, who is?
Remove signs from dog-friendly beach
Our obligation to the future is to protect what's left
Coronavirus cases drop by one third in a fortnight
BreastScreen bus moves under cover of darkness
Multicultural wellness day at health centre
Aged care home construction work continues
Indoor golf competition
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Most Coastal Twist festival events will be free
Four actors have varied backgrounds
Creativity at 'show and tell' session
Watercolour lesson 'challenging'
House names may change to Darkinjung language
Fundraiser for Year 12 student to develop tennis career
Teacher retires after career of more than 40 years
Enjoying alfresco numeracy
Panel to select new assistant principal
Cheer team flies to Gold Coast
Combined activities to be held on Wednesday
School garden shapes up for spring
Xander is Griffin of the Week
Work experience in State Parliament
Putting photographic theory into practice
Woy Woy student makes community service pitch
A week with a local plumbing business
Rebecca is recognised with award
Recorder ensemble and dance group perform
Three performances accepted for Showcase
Death mourned with a 'paddle out'
July charity bowls event raises $890
Umina Bowls event on RU OK Day
New Futsal court opened at Umina
Greg and John receive 'Wednesday clubman' awards
Penrith Interclub physie results
Bridge club to hold annual meeting
Bunnies win places in grand final
New cricket players sought
Expression of interest sought
Under-14 Lions through to finals
Men's 35A soccer team leads table
Softball registrations open
Swans win last game of season
Soccer club to hold senior presentation
Three teams in grand finals



Plant native vegetation and watch the money follow

The recent poisoning of several native coastal banksia along the Ettalong foreshore has brought into focus the subject of trees and views.

Most people with eyes and a functioning internal thermostat enjoy both of these things but at what cost do we remove one for the other?

The Chamber of Commerce has called the dune area between Picnic Parade and Beach St - the tree lined stretch in front of the Atlantis Apartments where the trees were found to be poisoned - "an embarrassment" and "too dense" to allow for "views".

They are calling on Council to "maintain" this area urgently.

Indeed "maintenance" is great but how much "maintenance" is too much?

Was someone trying to "maintain" this area by poisoning the iconic local native banksia trees?

It's true that a view is desirable but Ettalong's economy will not fall into disrepair if a few diners and residents lose their view or have it filtered through trees.

Quite the contrary. The native vegetation planted by trained land managers was put in place for good reason.

Both tourism and business is enhanced by stable, tree and vegetation-lined dunes which support wildlife and provide vital shade for beach-goers.

Let's talk about surrounding villages like Pearl Beach, where attracting tourists, day trippers and cashed-up property investors is certainly not a problem.

At Pearl Beach, the dunes are a symphony of tall local native trees - bangalay, paperbark, angophora, banksia and a swathe of smaller shrubs.

It is stunningly beautiful and offers glorious dappled shade in the baking hot summers.

But don't take my word for it, compare the market on!

Alternatively, the urban heat along the foreshore roads which hug the Umina and Ettalong coastline, is unbearable in summer.

It deters people from going to the beach for most of the day as it's simply too hot.

Parking, riding or walking there is extremely unpleasant and finding any shade on the beach - forget it.

We also have sand inundation issues because of the woeful lack of vegetation on The Esplanade, Rickard and Augusta Sts, Umina.

What is this going to cost ratepayers in remediation works and ongoing maintenance?

The Council has little budget.

Vegetation is such incredibly useful and inexpensive infrastructure. Clever communities deploy it.

Not only that, the Esplanade is incredibly ugly for all but the few waterfront residents, some of whom believe uninterrupted 180 degree views of the ocean are better than the same view through a little foliage.

They may be surprised to learn that the equivalent beach front properties, nestled in the trees at Pearl Beach, Palm Beach, Wagstaff, Palm Cove and numerous other affluent suburbs with ocean views filtered through trees, are infinitely more desirable and worth three times as much as their own property.

Let's consider what long term desirability and liveability truly look like and plan with sensitivity.

Watch the money follow.

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