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Ettalong Bowling Club proposes merger with Sporties
Council to consider making a submission about Sporties
Regional planning panel inspects Sporties site
Waterfront group calls for withdrawal of Sporties' plans
Mehrtens considers independent Sporties' assessment
Sporties' proposal big enough for panel referral
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Boom gate failure adds to level crossing danger
Almost $1 million to be spent on beach erosion
Fund may go to Patonga boat ramp and Woy Woy wharf
Holstein lists Peninsula roadworks
Playgroup calls on Council to justify herbicide use
Scientific paper written about our cultured pearls
Second youth festival to be smaller evening event
Exchange student returns for Rotary club's birthday
Solar business claims to have been misrepresented
Tree group prepares for National Tree Day
Library wants children for 'some creative building'
Updated map of Brisbane Water is released
Volunteers praised
MP to hold 'Listening Post'
Plan Ahead Day at Woy Woy courthouse
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Few applications heard by council, fewer rejected
New smart planning paradigms should mean less cars
Council approval unacceptable
Democracy needed in planning process
Where is the Peninsula Urban Directions Strategy?
We're already fat enough
Ocean Beach is quite different to Ettalong foreshore
Save our beach - our future may depend on it
Fight for our land before it is gone forever
The Peninsula has been forgotten
Constructing a Swiss cheese plan with holes of neglect?
Barry Cohen was popular and energetic Member
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New rehabilitation ward at private hospital
Fitness equipment installed at Killcare
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Bouddi Gallery celebrates 10 years
Duo and folk singer to appear at folk club
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Local schools have received $1.5M, says MacDonald
School crossing supervisor needed at Umina
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Kaylah wins Australian under-16 championship
Young player invited to train with West Ham United
Bowling club celebrates member's 100th birthday
Two Umina surf club members win Council awards
Rookie of the month
Local lifesavers in winning State team
Lions to support women's rugby
Bridge clubs introduces new activities

Almost $1 million to be spent on beach erosion

Central Coast Council will put in nearly $500,000 to match a NSW Government grant to tackle beach erosion at Ocean and Umina Beaches.

Central director Mr Mike Dowling said that the rate of erosion was drastically exacerbated in April 2015 during a significant coastal storm.

"This new funding will enable us to identify a long-term protective option for The Esplanade and the vital infrastructure located in it including water and drainage systems and electricity and telecommunications services.

"It will also investigate the feasibility of beach nourishment by understanding the complex sediment transport system within Broken Bay."

The funding received will allow the first two phases of a larger project to go ahead, this includes an analysis of the coastal processes and sediment dynamics for Broken Bay, options to improve beach access and amenities, the risks associated with vertical erosion scarps and the development of a long term solution for protecting The Esplanade.

"Council has a short-term strategy in place to protect The Esplanade, as a result of the storm in April 2015," he said.

"This includes the ongoing beach monitoring program, a temporary wall covering over 100 metres of beach and an ongoing beach scraping program that brings available sand further up the beach."

Mayor Cr Jane Smith said the funding strengthened Council's commitment to improving environmental and community assets and providing a safe environment for the community.

"This funding will provide for the development of concept designs to address public safety due to steep erosion escarpments, beach and windblown dune erosion, dune ecology and general amenity at Ocean and Umina Beaches," she said.

"The design will consider improved pedestrian access to the beach and The Esplanade helping ensure our community can stay safely connected to their local environment.

"This type of funding is important for Council, as it allows us to research the local environment and the way it works, and then design the best possible outcomes for everyone."

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce welcomed the funding announcement.

"This is welcome news even if it is long overdue," said Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales.

"The $500,000 of matching State Government and Council funding is at least a start in correcting the massive erosion that has occurred between Ettalong Point and the Ocean Beach Surf Club," Mr Wales said.

"Even though this is only a short term solution, we strongly encourage the Council to move quickly with the required studies and repair works before the erosion and vertical scarps become worse," he said.

"We understand that studies have to be undertaken, but we don't want to see massive amounts of funds spent on paperwork when we need action on the ground.

"There is a lot of concern in the community over the safety risk the erosion is causing along the beach escarpment and the lack beach access particularly for people with disabilities.

"Ultimately we see the restoration of Ocean Beach and Umina Beach tied in with the dredging of the Ettalong Beach Channel through a sand renourishment process.

"Now more than ever before, it is essential that the NSW Government approve the recent Council funding application for the dredging and let Council get on with the job," Mr Wales said.

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