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5 Sep 2022
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Expect no sunlight for two months a year
Disabled access being installed at The Pavilion
Calls for Woy Woy plan after authentic consultation
Man arrested for thefts from cars
Lions Club holds car boot sale on September 25
Ferry diverted
Power cut to Woy Woy
Bays fire brigade to hold 'get ready' weekend
Long-time Woy Woy resident celebrates 100 years
Tenders called for skatepark construction
Tip monitoring to be outsourced
CWA branch holds 'four-in-one' day
Bushcare group to meet near Gurdon Reserve
Visitor information given by Rotary volunteers
Historical information provided at Runway park
Trainee radio operators wanted
Bridge club holds annual meeting
Food and Wine Fare at Pearl Beach in October
Community garden to be part of edible garden trail
August rain below average but close to median
Stormwater outlet erosion 'solution being finalised'
Sod turned for ambulance station at hospital site
Does panel dismiss civic-minded views of older people?
Enforce rules on offending dog owners
Potholes around the Peninsula
Facing backwards at Woy Woy
Affordable housing should have breathable environment
Education needed on benefits of native tree planting
Change to Darkinjung names needs discussion
Council ignores importance of endangered bushland
Is council clever enough to fix the roads?
Council tree removal an act of vandalism
Building work at aged care home gathers momentum
Active Covid cases drop to lowest since Boxing Day
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Folk club to hold performers' night
Free art sessions offered at Ettalong Diggers
Many hands make light work of pinning quilts
Radio presenter to discuss gardening book
Students stage Mary Poppins for charity
College seeks employers offering work experience
Dancers win places in Challenge
Umina recorder ensemble takes to Opera House stage
Rugby league team crowned City Champions
Student greeting cards sold at college
Olivia wins place in civics and citizenship program
College parents' association to hold meeting
Amaya plays clarinet in State wind band
Jeans for Genes day at Woy Woy South
Jett is name Griffin of the Week
Boys' touch team makes it to top four
Native garden to be planted for Queen's jubilee
Parent tours of Woy Woy campus
Volunteer recognised with Education Week award
Three junior teams in rugby league grand finals
Under-15 girls win 10s format premiership
Umina Bunnies in grand finals
Five Ettalong Eagles teams make netball grand finals
Joint premiers in rugby union
Ettalong has clean sweep of Zone Pairs
Ettalong bowlers to represent zone
Bridge club holds teams tournament
Cricket try out day for girls and women
Margaret Smith selected for State side
Minor Pairs championship played at Umina
Umina women's major pairs
Open day at Umina surf club
Umina green to be taken out of use
New heaters and air conditioners
Netball association choses representative squads
Bowls club re-elects president and secretary
Peninsula Swans present players awards
Roosters seek coaching applications



Council ignores importance of endangered bushland

Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland is very rare and highly-endangered bushland vegetation is being once again minimised in importance by Central Coast Council, and formerly Gosford City Council (Peninsula News 551, p1).

The new proposal, rather than foster and protect the known areas, continues the incremental clearing of precious areas, reducing their biodiversity and capacity to foster regeneration.

The vegetation was first identified by Robert Payne and registered.

Since that time Council has allowed a fenced off and signposted block immediately behind Umina Public School to be invaded by foreign plants and degraded and the fence not maintained.

When I drew this to Council's attention some years back, the first response was a denial that it was part of the protected area as it was not on their maps.

I sent them a picture of their own signage, confirming its status, and they said they did not have funds to maintain it.

I was advised that funds were likely to be available to support Gosford Council on application.

And this was to occur but the funds, if they were applied for and materialised, were never applied to this particular pristine area.

Since that time, the council has approved clearing of other areas.

After community engagement with the Catholic Church as developer of another pristine area on the corner of Hillview St opposite Umina campus of Brisbane Water Secondary College, that property passed to a private developer.

Clearing was done of the major part of the internal area of the block, leaving the street sides protected from view of the clearing.

A subsequent developer obtained Council approval to destroy much of what was left for a residential facility on the grounds that the residual area was not so significant that a bit more clearing could not occur.

Now we have a new assault on another area: to clear 1948 square metres in Macleay Ave for residential development.

The NRMA carpark at Umina Beach has also been responsible for incremental clearing of areas in the UCSW conservation area where they occupy land.

Some of it was actually sold to them by Gosford Council, because facilities had been accidentally built in the area managed by the council.

I fear that unless substantial fines are imposed, with a full identification and mapping of the areas, we shall continue to lose precious vegetation until the entire endangered ecological community is lost forever.

Action is needed to ensure Central Coast Council understands its responsibilities and take action to pay for independent mapping of the areas ensure that this does not happen.

Adequate and informed mapping and notification of landholders (including our schools) is essential and is urgent and should be the responsibility of Central Coast Council.

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