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Collapse Issue 437 - 29 Jan 2018Issue 437 - 29 Jan 2018
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Holstein moves to revive Rawson Rd level crossing work
Water main break causes extensive traffic delays
Councillor calls for banners in West St
Ryans Rd construction starts after two-month delay
Council approves non-complying development
Caution urged with door-to-door solar salesmen
Peaceful outcome to 'seige'
Man refused bail on animal cruelty charges
Council upgrades Umina Beach viewing area
Hotel applies for $2 million renovations
Bays community group to hold Fair on the Green
Tie dredging to beach renourishment, says Chamber
Rescue helicopter called off
Justice support volunteers sought by disability service
The Entrance dredging at 'a slap in the face' - Tesch
New service 'established' at Killcare
Pelican rescue season 'most traumatic'
Funding campaign for injured dog
Tesch pleased with support for youth festival
Council lodges application with itself for library changes
Traffic lights needed at roundabout, says Chamber
Council meeting rescheduled
Registered club promotes responsible drinking
Bowling club to celebrate 100-year-old ex-serviceman
Sand sculptures to come down
Tesch looks at transport issues
Donated truck already put to use
Women invited to be apply for advisory group positions
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Would road repairs spoil 'vast eternal plan'?
Peninsula housing affordability problem won't go away
Make the Peninsula accessible to all ages
Everyone is a Woy Woy town centre stakeholder
We should all have the opportunity to participate
A pity if commendable community plan came to nothing
Our beaches are completely unnatural
Fight for our bio-diversity before it is gone forever
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Theatre groups starts search for playwrights
Filmmaker to speak at Woy Woy library
Patonga artist supports junior portrait prize
New gallery to be established in Ettalong
Choir practice resumes
The lady with the pink hair
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Killcare hosts Central Coast Nippers carnival
Charity bowls raises $1275
Surf clubs to raise money through container collection
Mixed fours championship held in the heat

Fight for our bio-diversity before it is gone forever

Many bush carers on the Central Coast will be dismayed to hear that we no longer have Deb Holloman, our vibrant bush-care leader.

Due to cost cutting at the NSW National Parks, a number of experienced officers have lost their jobs.

Deb's expertise and enthusiasm has imbued countless people in this area to work as volunteers for many hours, because they have learned to appreciate the unique bio-diversity still here in Australia, but unfortunately under great threat.

In addition, we learn that just before Christmas a new toothless, draft plan was quietly issued by Mr Freudenberg, the Federal Environment Minister, with no fanfare, obviously, because it says nothing.

It has no specific targets and so our wildlife extinctions will continue to reach record heights.

Since the new State Bio-Diversity Conservation Act was passed last year, our land is being stripped of native vegetation; a further loss of habitat.

Our State National Parks, so deprived of funding, will become harbours of weeds, feral animals and sources of bush fires.

Developers waiting in the wings to encroach on this still beautiful land, will build resorts and "eco" camps and laugh all the way to the bank.

Future generations will grow up thinking that farmland and suburbia are the natural Australia and that our native animals are dogs and cats, birds in cages or fish in bowls.

Our politicians seem not to understand that many overseas tourists come to Australia to see the natural wild spaces.

Why would they want to come to see our built environment?

If our World Heritage Barrier Reef further deteriorates, as is expected, it won't just be a great environmental loss it will be a huge economic loss.

The Federal Government expects the Reef to adapt to changing climatic conditions because it just will not say no to the Adani coal mine or address the toxic runoff from farms.

People will celebrate Australia Day, not realising that the real Australia is being destroyed.

Australia is not just a National flag and a National Anthem, it is a fascinating, exciting land.

Have you taken your children to visit the Marine Centre at Terrigal?

Or to the Reptile Centre at Somersby, to see amongst other things the funnel web spiders being milked for their venom.

What about explorations amongst the rocks with the Ocean and Coastal Care Initiative, right here on the Peninsula.

Do you watch David Attenborough (ABC TV), who at 91 is still vitally interested in the natural world and has been re-visiting our Great Barrier Reef to see the changes over the past 30 years?

Are you aware that we have a world expert on peacock spiders living here on the Peninsula?

These tiny intriguing creatures, which are right beneath our feet, in the detritus, as we go for a bush walk.

We must get out and explore our land.

Learn more about it and fight for it, before it is gone for ever.

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