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Ettalong Bowling Club proposes merger with Sporties
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Regional planning panel inspects Sporties site
Waterfront group calls for withdrawal of Sporties' plans
Mehrtens considers independent Sporties' assessment
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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'
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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

Boom gate failure adds to level crossing danger

The failure of boom gates at the Rawson Rd and an inadequate response from NSW Trains has added to the danger of the level crossing, according to Member of Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch.

Boom-gates and hazard lights malfunctioned in what Ms Tesch described as "the latest terrifying incident" that caused hours of mayhem and delays after their failure at about 9pm on Wednesday, January 31, she said.

"I'm told there was disarray for four hours with traffic banking up, drivers stopping in the middle of the crossing, backing up, and doing U-turns across traffic just to get out of the situation," Ms Tesch said.

"Even more worrying were reports from locals who contacted NSW Trains about the incident and were told that as a safety precaution trains were ordered to simply slow down to avoid vehicles and pedestrians on the tracks," she said.

Ms Tesch said she would continue her calls for the NSW Government to come back to the table to work on a permanent solution for the fatal intersection.

"Rawson Road is one of the most dangerous level crossings in the state, but this is a government that cares more about saving the dollars needed to end this madness and less about human lives," she said.

Ms Tesch said that one barrier stuck down at about 9pm and red lights continued to flash without oncoming trains.

As a result, cars were driving around barriers on the opposite side of the road to get through.

"What I'm hearing about the night's events is terrifying, and we are lucky that there wasn't loss of life," Ms Tesch said.

"Governments around the country are investing the money needed to get rid of dangerous level crossings, but the NSW Liberal Government doesn't seem to care," Ms Tesch said.

"Last night's chaos comes only a year after an elderly man lost his life when he was hit by a train while crossing at Rawson Rd."

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