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Collapse Issue 435 - 25 Dec 2017Issue 435 - 25 Dec 2017
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Liquor and Gaming to review interests at Sporties
Waterfront group asks Council to oppose development
Dredging 'largely ineffective', says residents' group
Christmas petrol prices consistently higher here
Council asks for beach erosion funds
Fitness stations installed by community association
Charge cover 85 per cent of centre costs
Council seeks report on asbestos disposal best practice
Illegal camping and littering targeted
Library work on schedule
Surf club stalwart dies
Council awaits lagoon plan approval
Grants for community groups
Woy Woy masterplan due in 2020
Community carols on Hardys Bay waterfront
Carols at Dusk to be held at Peninsula Village
Community group granted rate relief
Surf club to support Coast Shelter youth cottage
Beach wheelchairs available for disability use
Peninsula works program boosted by $2.2 million
General manager will replace chief executive officer
Council sets up six advisory committees
Apprentice completes jewellery certificate
Holiday reading book sale
Car break-ins investigated
Council offices to close for Christmas
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Too much traffic in Hillview St already
Aerial view is misleading
Why have guidelines if the council doesn't follow them
Jetskis threaten peace of tourist destination
Rates for our roadworks have gone elsewhere
Only system changes could make councillors responsive
Party councillors have been missing in action
ABC Radio Nation is under threat
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
New doctor joins skin cancer clinic
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Chris Masters speaks of our forces in Afghanistan
Artist creates Christmas wildlife theme display
Children's activities at Pearl Beach in January
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More than $20,000 raised at Woy Woy
Deadly awards at Woy Woy campus
Building work at Woy Woy over the holidays
Ettalong announces next year's leaders
Teachers leave Umina school
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Jemma and Rachel named for State squad
Surf club to get new tractor
Life membership for services to zone bowls
Last charity bowls day for the year
Jemma takes leader role
Mixed pairs final
Sea kayaker nominated for award

Jetskis threaten peace of tourist destination

Coastal charm really describes our beautiful region.

Recent tourism research shows 66 per cent of visitors surveyed come to the Coast simply to relax and rest.

We have wonderful amenities, bushland, services, beaches and lakes for this relaxation.

It would, however, be important for any campaign to consider not including any images or references to jet ski activity.

A small group of people benefit from jet skis and enjoy themselves at the expense of a lot of other people's rest and relaxation time.

They are bullies in our playground.

Skis have increased in numbers in each of the recent five years.

The sounds of summer will not just be cicadas or cockatoos.

Instead, just like our feathered noisy birds, these guys will make their presence felt.

The noise, speed and antics upset quiet fishing, a relaxing nap, picnics and quiet time on the beach.

Groaning motors, smelly fumes, yelling bad language and their constant returns to the waterfront is annoying.

Would you call it restful?

One of the most affected areas is from Blackwall Point Wharf around to half-tide Rocks.

Mostly on the weekends, long weekends, Easter, Christmas, school holidays and on New Year's Day, as well as Australia Day last year, it was bedlam.

The little Ettalong beaches are now being overtaken by flocks of jet skis.

This summer we will see a repeat of confrontations, anger, upset and probably more trailers parked on grassland at the Ettalong esplanade.

What is happening in your area?

Where do they go?

Up to the Gosford Sailing Club?

Affinity and local tourism businesses plan to market our area.

This marketing should not include images or references to jet skis as being what this area wants as part of its seaside culture.

You can consider joining the lobby to ban jet skis on our Brisbane waterway.

Be ethical when you invite tourists here to rest and relax.

Consider sending a letter or email to the ranger at Council, Ms Julie Vaughn, director of connected communities at Council, and also to Ms Liesel Tesch our Local Member.

Perhaps, you could even write to the paper about your experience with jet skis and how they affect you and your friends.

Let us reclaim our fun playground so that visitors and locals cans enjoy their rest and relaxation without the sound of a swarm of bees.

Reclaim the qualities and values that make our area special.

Return to the fun and restful times by the sea.

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