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Collapse Issue 436 - 15 Jan 2018Issue 436 - 15 Jan 2018
Collapse  RAIL CHAOS RAIL CHAOS
Factors combined for rail chaos
Commuters describe four-hour journeys
'Train' trip took three hours from Central
MacDonald apologises for train disruptions
Trackwork to be completed this week
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Molly celebrates 105th birthday
Australia Day activities on Woy Woy waterfront
Visit by NSW Maritime fails to result in fines
Ocean Beach area is dangerous, says Mehrtens
Tesch calls for Woy Woy wharf upgrade
Councillor questions need for study before action
Plans for sand study supported by community group
Rawson Rd was only crossing with two fatalities
Six tonnes of sand to be sculpted
Accident proves need for train guards - Tesch
Encourage development in Woy Woy, says Chamber
MP supports Umina youth festival
New electronic waste contractor engaged at the tip
Permanent dredging solution is supported - Tesch
Chamber opposes lower submission threshold
Rotary club pays for three Ugandan classrooms
Mary Mac's receives Rotary donations
Little 'trickle down' despite tourism success - Chamber
Council to appoint interim general manager
Surf club holds first seaside market
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A ray of hope on the horizon
Sand creates hazard on footpaths
Any system is better than this unwieldy, exclusive one
Council could never be accused of acting in haste
Bank inquiry is good news
Open letter sent to Central Coast Council
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Program to reduce risk of falling
Lymphoedema common on the Peninsula
Project success for retirement village and graduate
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Arts and crafts centre announces upgrades
Little Theatre performs satirical comedy Australia Day
Canadian duo first up at folk club
Blues Angels at Hardy's Bay

A ray of hope on the horizon

At last I see a ray of hope on the horizon.

Mayor Jane Smith's proposal, asking the Deputy of Planning to create a new zone to protect conservation lands, was unanimously endorsed at the NSW Local Government Conference.

This should see the expansion of our Coastal Open Spaces System lands extended throughout the whole of our new Council area.

This will mean that a new zone, E5 Public Conservation, will be applied to all public land designated as conservation land, presently not within National Parks or Reserves.

At last, our Council is a leader and we can be justifiably proud of the local initiative to start and develop these lands, which enable wild life to move more safely through larger areas and to move away from the coast to feed, when necessary, at different times of the year.

It is just unbelievable that at last it will be extended throughout the Central Coast, thus giving consideration to the needs of other animal species that share this space with us, wildlife that is part of the real Australia.

At last, we seem perhaps to have a Council that seriously considers a number of elements that constitute a pleasant and healthy region, not just development, hard surfaces and money.

For the first time in nearly 50 years, I am looking forward with some optimism to the future.

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