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4 Oct 2022
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Three council reserves still on the market, CEN claims
One per cent of council grants for Peninsula community
Council starts beach patrols early
Men's Shed receives further $20,000 grant
Three groups benefit from Club Grants
Umina CWA cooking competition
Call to support establishment of alternative schools
Ferries diverted
Firefighters called to Umina house fire
Vietnam Vets receive support service grant
Tender sought for landfill cell design at Woy Woy tip
Volunteers wanted for Woytopia Festival
Naidoc event at Mingaletta
Teddy bear tribute to a late husband
Fire brigade seeks four part-time fire fighters
Sydney's 'Roaring 20s' to be relived
'Slime lab' at shopping centre
Coronavirus case numbers level off to 190
September rainfall was well above average
Four-unit development planned adjacent to bowls club
Dual occupancy application requests street tree removal
More than 120 DAs remain 'under assessment'
Simple and safe solution is to install roundabout
Dementia sufferers often feel isolated
Ratepayers' objections overridden at ratepayers' cost
Council decisions - administrator or dictator?
'Putinesque' is legitimate description of DA process
Is placing Council under administration not intervention?
'Girls' Night In' to raise funds for Cancer Council
Hospital visiting restrictions change
New Telehealth system for aged care home
Sit Saturday Sunrise meditations start
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Little Theatre holds auditions
Awards made for Little Theatre's Flash Festival
Folk club to hold performers' night
Patchwork group shares achievements
Bridget wins silver medal with Sydney North tennis team
Students present projects at 'sustainability convention'
Ettalong's HeadStart program is about to start
Preschool to set up 'loose parts' play yard
Great North Walk to receive upgrade
Stage 2 students share $100 prize pool for reading
Twilight Spring Fair planned for October 15
Umina United beat SEU 6-0 in women's grand final
Rugby club to have most important meeting since 1975
SEU Reserves win WPL grand final
Bridge club plays Spring Pairs
Charity bowls raises $1320 at Ettalong
Women's charity day raises $2000
Access restricted to leisure centre
Spectacular Twenty Twenty Two
Tennis club wins grant for re-fencing project
Junior touch rep team trials announced
Rooster Juniors seek coaching interest



'Putinesque' is legitimate description of DA process

Mr Wiffen's informed email (Peninsula News, September 19) exposes the development application submission and assessment processes again for their ad hoc approach to assessment,

His use of the term "Putinesque" is a legitimate description of the process that ignores and rejects public input.

This can also be seen in Gosford's revitalisation policy which states: "Where existing development currently receives less sunlight than this requirement (three hours on June 21), this should not be unreasonably reduced."

The public will not be given any definition to quantify the term "unreasonably reduced".

Instead confidential negotiations between the proponent and council staff will decide.

How can this process amount to "planning"?

It begs the questions: What qualifications are needed to become a town planner? Does town planning cease at the qualification presentation ceremony?

Will those involved in development applications that include reduced and nil solar access advise potential residents of this non-compliance in advance of negotiations?

Reduced solar access will be responsible for increased energy consumption, increased infrastructure costs and health decline.

Will the proponents include expert reports on these matters in the development application?

Unfortunate residents and workers in Gosford's town centre, living with reduced solar access, will now be joined by those on the Peninsula and shortly also by more residents across the whole local government area.

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