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Collapse Issue 439 - 26 Feb 2018Issue 439 - 26 Feb 2018
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Woy Woy bowling club makes steps towards Ettalong
Vinnies plans to spend half a million on op shop
Play equipment to be removed from three playgrounds
Nursing home proposal resubmitted for Hillview St
Council considers making submission on Sporties
Landowner disappointed at council intervention
Petrol station construction gets the go-ahead
NRMA applies to upgrade cabins at Ocean Beach
Renovations for hotel
Questions asked about sandstone blocks
Cr Marquart given 12 weeks' leave
Council should spend up to $20M on dredge - Chamber
Exchange student reports on 12 months in Mexico
New school building opens in Uganda
Community housing project officially opened
Community group foreshadows coming events
Boatshed receives heritage grant
Guide dog group to have a stall
Baptist annual fete
Council changes mind on planning submissions
Nominations sought for council groups
Environment group holds annual meeting
Day of Prayer service at Woy Woy
Scouts visit Gosford waterfront
Sale donations wanted
Where do our articles come from?
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Precinct system is potential model for Central Coast
Intention was to first tell members directly
Rudeness shown by Member for Terrigal
Free independent advice on solar systems
Council has to set standards
Insulting to building industry and council planners
Rocks on beach since work on Ettalong dunes
Beach will only get worse before it gets official help
Peninsula News is bad for my health
Beach needs more than tinkering at the edges
Need for footpaths and kerbing does not require survey
Council has no imagination beyond the ad hoc
Time to rethink underpass - without Holstein
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Medical students visit Ocean Beach surf club
Hearing checks at Ettalong
Free afternoon tea at women's health centre
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Pair to perform at folk club
Scottish folk singer performs at Woy Woy
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Ethics co-ordinator attends official reception
Crackdown on hats at Woy Woy
Ettalong to celebrate Harmony Day
School leaders welcomed
Testing to take place online
Classes move as roof is replaced
School reflects on Sorry Day
Swimming carnival
Woy Woy gains an extra teacher
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Roosters notch up opening win
Locals recognised by Bowls Central Coast
Charity bowls day raises $1100
Life savers in exchange program
Event for non-registered bowlers
Charity day for Cambodian orphans

Peninsula News is bad for my health

I think I had better stop reading the Peninsula News.

It is bad for my health.

I believe I have understood correctly that there really are people who believe that a sea wall should be built right around Australia (Council Upgrades Umina Beach Viewing Area, Peninsula News Edition 437, January 29).

They surely do not just want to protect their own little patch?

Have these people considered the effect of a wall at Ocean Beach on surrounding beaches, such as Umina and even Ettalong Beach?

Perhaps they have not been here long enough to remember the effect of the placement of rocks at the Point, in the late 1970s, after which a complete beach in front of the now Vietnam Memorial disappeared and Ettalong Beach was severely impacted.

Do these people have any qualifications or knowledge of beach morphology, environmental science or climatology?

Whatever humans do to the planet has an effect somewhere.

I have always admired how all other animal species on the planet manage to provide shelter, progenerate, feed themselves and leave no sign behind them.

They certainly do not litter or destroy their only nest.

And they keep their numbers in check.

Even the First Peoples in Australia changed it very little and led healthy, interesting lives, even though very different from what we expect.

When, as a politician commented recently, the great "Western Civilisation" arrived in Australia, I believe the rampage or destruction of Australia began.

In just over 200 years, we have changed Australia forever.

We lead the world in small mammal extinctions and are near the top of the list for many other extinctions.

The human species is not travelling too well either: female characteristics and reduced sperm counts being of concern.

We are only now realizing that many of our discoveries or achievements, of advantage to the business fraternity and indeed the economy, are in fact leading to disaster.

The tobacco industry provided jobs for many people for many years but until we woke up, it also led to many cases of cancer.

Fire retardants, used on our clothing, timbers, furniture, plastics, insulation and electrical cables, to name a few, cause cancer and are, according to the UN, among the world's most dangerous, toxic chemicals.

BPA employed to make plastics more malleable and used in bottles, toys and food containers, is now banned for use in many states of the USA and in the EU and is restricted in Australia.

You have only to look at the news to wonder if human society really knows or thinks about what it is doing.

Despite protestations to the contrary, we are not the only species on the planet: we are just one of the animal species.

Build a wall by all means, by ignoring the fact that it will eventually end up under the sea.

Greenland's freshwater icesheet is melting at an alarming rate and the permafrost in Siberia is also melting.

Our Peninsula was completely under the sea a couple of thousand years ago.

I used to think that was a mighty long time ago but now as I get nearer to my first 100, I realize that it is nothing.

Surely the making of money at all costs is not our only desire and reason for existence.

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