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Kathy Smith resigns due to return of cancer
Council withdraws Bullion St carpark from sale
Fines issued over pelican attack
Council presses Cabinet on channel dredging
Chief magistrate presses on with court changes
Lawyer receives scathing letter from chief magistrate
Labor branch condemns rail crossing decision
Demand for new villas and large homes
Time for a new Member, says Chamber
One Nation not registered for Gosford by-election
Belinda Neal may seek election for Gosford
Labor will have strong candidate, says senator
Liberal candidate to be announced soon
Best wishes for Kathy Smith
Third MP to resign due to illness or to die in office
Roads Minister visit was 'important', says MacDonald
Seven intersections, nine roads need funds - Chamber
Chamber warns of voter backlash
Nursing student seriously assaulted
Government insists election will be held on September 9
Let administrator merge planning schemes, says Wales
Gosford audit report delayed until March
More water refill stations
Premier confirms election timing
Progress association to hold annual meeting
New member at Rotary
Rotary donates defibrillator
Community fair
Stall raises funds for guide dogs
Cafe owner leaves 20-year fast food career
Travel expo attracts 30 service providers
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No evidence new wharf is needed
Apply jetski ban to Central Coast
Disappointed to have been misquoted
Justification for underpass has been made
No wonder Trump is president
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Lifeline offers counselling in Woy Woy
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Eyeing the life of a travelling musician
Seasoned folk musicians play at Troubadour
Dancers come to Ettalong
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Maintenance backlog tops $3M, say Shadow Minister
Volunteer ethics teachers sought
Former teacher dies
Yarning circle complete
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PCYC gym club is small club of the year
Woy Woy bowler wins Hawaii trip
Women's golf club seeks playing members
Outstanding results in tough conditions
Hayden is junior lifesaver of the year
Social golf club celebrates 50 years
Annual match with blind cricket team
No victories for Peninsula teams

No evidence new wharf is needed

Mr Matthew Wales' notion that a new wharf at Bangalow St is somehow going to prevent traffic pile-ups on the M1 ("New ferry services 'urgently needed', says Chamber", February 6) is so breathtakingly fatuous that he has outdone himself over all previous efforts.

Furthermore, the idea that the so-called Bangalow wharf has an "active consent", when the approval is 15 years old and has long since lapsed for lack of "substantial action" to implement the project, is completely ridiculous.

In addition, there is no evidence whatsoever from ferry operators (existing or potential) that a new wharf is needed at Ettalong: the existing wharf is ludicrously underutilized and can easily be upgraded, if there is any foreseeable need to extend services.

As to the argument that the existing wharf is a "poor cousin" to the "state-of-the-art" wharf at Palm Beach, I am glad to see that you have published a photograph of the Palm Beach wharf, so that we can all judge what Mr Wales considers to be state-of-the-art.

If I couldn't do better than that with a renovation of the existing Ettalong Wharf, I'd hand in my architecture degree.

Why is Mr Wales so obsessed with this nonsensical idea (this is not his first outburst on the subject), and how many members of his Chamber of Commerce endorse this campaign?

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