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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

Fight for our land 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 wild life 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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