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Group granted $100,000 to solve doctor shortage
Pearl Beach properties vulnerable, says coastal plan
Council could divert Budget money away from Peninsula
Dredging needed now to keep ferry, says Chamber
Jetski riders argue for responsible use
Liesl Tesch is sworn in
New dune to be built at southern end of Pearl Beach
Ettalong residents in long-distance drive for charity
Charged with property damage and theft
Drainage work considers rare bushland
Surf patrol captain describes dramatic rescue
Commercial fisherman starts digital publication
Rotary presents Pride of Workmanship awards
Residents given 30 days to comment on council budget
Labor forum compares Robertson to Wentworth
Films shown by Bouddi Society
Fire station open day
New levy with rates
Lifejacket van visits Patonga
Collection for Mary Mac's
Empire Bay Probus Club forms
Craft group to hold high tea
Trash and treasure raises money for fire brigade
New name for refurbished market stalls
Mortgage brokers listed as awards finalists
Rain recorded on just one day
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Pothole exercise is excuse to do nothing
Halt DA supported by 'theoretical strategy'
Peninsula might end up with no representation at all
Anzac Day at Patonga
I will fight for the people of Gosford West ward
A far cry from former Prime Ministers
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Mobile dialysis in Umina
Fundraiser for accident victim
Cupcake challenge for Cancer Council
Planning to support the Cancer Council
Volunteers are thanked with special lunch
Spreading the word about polymyositis
What aged care is wanted?
New psychologist at private hospital
Burpees on the beach
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Weekend of music at Pearl Beach
Illustrator gives presentation to Rotary club
Farce to open for Woy Woy Little Theatre
Lime and Steel to play at folk club
Exhibiting at the Botanical Gardens
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College wins grand champion purebred steer award
Parents ask for help to learn for Naplan tests
Comprehensive heritage calendar
Senior boys win Woy Woy Cup
Maintenance works
Primary parents invited to College forums
Wins in softball and football
Live broadcast
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Cycling medals for Hugh Gray
Volunteers wanted for Nippers with special needs
First win to Woy Woy
Lorna Buckworth Shield played at Umina
Zac wins Rookie award
Bowling club holds rescheduled charity day
Stableford competition at Everglades
Bridge winners
Men's Fours

Pearl Beach properties vulnerable, says coastal plan

Multi-million dollar waterfront properties built on the beachfront dune in Coral Cres, Pearl Beach, are vulnerable to storm erosion and little can be done to protect them, a management plan adopted by Central Coast Council has found.

Options such as building up a dune in front of the properties to create a buffer against storm erosion were "not likely to be feasible in this location".

Some of the properties already had erosion protection measures installed and the plan does allow for properties to complete erosion protection works.

Such works would be completed at the cost of the landowner and would require development approval by Council or the NSW Coastal Panel.

Residents at a similar location on Wamberal Beach are currently in the Land and Environment Court challenging the NSW Coastal Panel's deemed refusal of their application for protection works.

The immediate and future erosion risk is identified as the main hazard to be addressed in this area of Pearl Beach.

Post-storm management measures were included in the plan and beach scraping would be used to build up sand from the beach berm to re-establish protection to the erosion escarpment and assist natural recovery of the beach.

Dunecare groups would be encouraged to maintain and revegetate any existing dune after a storm "using appropriate endemic vegetation".

The recommendations in the Gosford Beaches Coastal Zone Management Plan have been endorsed by Central Coast Council administrator Mr Ian Reynolds, but not yet approved by the NSW Government.

Some strategies in the plan, such as dune care and dune revegetation, are to be completed across the whole new local government area, even though the former Wyong Shire had a completely different approach to coastal hazard management and its draft plan has not yet been sent to the NSW Government for approval.

If the plan is approved by the NSW Government, in the first few years of its implementation, Central Coast Council will be responsible for redefining a building line and development controls for development within a hazard zone for this portion of the beach.

New buildings will be required to be built in a 2100 Stable Foundation Zone, which is not defined in the plan.

In the long term, Council, NSW Government and landowners will be required to design erosion protection works which would be "implemented once the erosion escarpment reaches a set trigger distance from the building line" but were "likely not to be required for several years".

No budget has been allocated for such works prior to 2025.

The plan divides the management of Pearl Beach into four precincts.

Precinct 1 covers the area south of Green Point Creek; Precinct 2 is the area between Green Point Creek and Middle Creek entrances; Precinct 3 is between Middle Creek and the Pearl Beach Lagoon outlet; and Precinct 4 covers the Coral Cres beachfront properties.

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