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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

Save our beach - our future may depend on it

The dune areas at both Umina and Ocean Beach are an absolute disgrace and an ugly eyesore.

Under the pretence of stopping erosion, they are protected with gusto, being full of lantana, bitou bush and years of garden waste.

The erosion is happening from underneath the root system, losing more and more sand every high tide.

Council has only contributed to the problem by pushing sand from the beach to the dune using an excavator dropping the sand level as they go and losing the sand the next high tide.

The council seem to have no answers.

Mayor Jane Smith thinks building fences, planting new garden beds, mulching and top soils is the answer.

It makes you wonder if she has ever been to Ocean Beach to take a look at what's happening.

Wind erosion is not the problem here.

It's the high tide combined with big swells.

This is not a new problem either.

I have a photo from the 1950s showing the problem then.

I would say the issue is worse now and won't improve by planting lovely Aussie Indigenous species on what's left of the dune.

The entire beach needs renourishment.

This alone won't solve the problem.

The correct advice from experts in this field is paramount.

This means money. Yes, money.

Council must have a will to fix this, or we will lose our beach like Old Bar on the Mid-North Coast.

With pebbles and rocks only on the beach, property prices could fall, tourism could slow, local jobs could disappear, and a beautiful asset could be lost.

Is this the future we can expect?

We have the most spectacular ocean views, better than most.

Our beach is a treasured asset used by locals and shared with tourists.

Childhood lifetime memories are forged at our beach.

We need our beach as it has been through many generations.

We must save it as our future may depend on it.

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