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Peninsula identified as having high gambling risk
Petition calls on council to reinstate play equipment
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'Standards set out in DCP have not been complied with'
Construction certificate issued for multi-dwelling project
Endangered bushland is not 'significant' to Council
Council works start ahead of schedule
Liberal and Labor lobby for position on dredge purchase
Innovative waterways solutions needed, says Holstein
Council is procrastinating, says Chamber
Woy Woy tip to get upgrades
No jetski incidents were reported
Fuel prices continue to be up to 35 cents higher
Award recipient objects to nursing home
Petition calls for skate park upgrade
Holstein to seek council support for rail underpass
Floating pontoons should replace wharf, says Mehrtens
Book fair on Easter Saturday at Pearl Beach
No start date set for on-demand buses, says Tesch
New members at Rotary
Wicks starts roads petition
Candidate blames state of roads for pensioner's fall
Umina woman chosen for council advisory group
Agency helps prepare wills and powers of attorney
Top real estate performers
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Precedence is not acceptable for flaunting the rules
Planning codes and standards do not meet the need
Planning democracy? Not from this council
'Significant' applies to issues raised, not numbers
Flood level can be a matter of life and death
The most streets without footpaths?
Better use for sandstone blocks
Revisit 1977 breakwater option
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Disability service provider opens homes at Booker Bay
Lifeline presents domestic violence awareness session
Patients pay $32.45 to see a doctor, says candidate
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Lifeline presents suicide intervention session
Discount during International Coeliac Week
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Proceeds to Rotary projects
Pearl Beach artist presents wildlife exhibition
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Parents told of play equipment ban
Maintenance work at Woy Woy
Sandpit toys wanted
Registered for action against bullying
Polynesian dance troupe
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Aron Sherriff moves to Queensland
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Social club donates to Woy Woy Juniors
Season launch for Woy Woy Rugby Union
Busy month for Umina Surf Life Savers
Event to raise money for village
Mixed bowls

Flood level can be a matter of life and death

I applaud Council's decision to consider making a submission on the plan to redevelop Woy Woy Bowling Club (Peninsula News edition 439).

Firstly, it is right for an elected Council to consider the matter because it, unlike the JRPP and Council staff, has a responsibility and is answerable to the community, which is overwhelmingly opposed to this development.

But there is another compelling reason.

Elected Council has no greater responsibility than its duty of care for the wellbeing of residents, and especially of our most vulnerable residents in aged care, and housing for seniors or people with a disability.

Those of us who reside near Woy Woy Bowling Club know that the greatest threat to wellbeing is the frequent flooding of surrounding streets during king tides and coastal storms.

A recent Bureau of Meteorology study revealed that flooding during past storms has caused 150 deaths on the coast between Taree and Wollongong, and warned that "if such events were to occur today they would have catastrophic impacts due to the massive increase in urban development".

From the council website, we learn that approximately 50 per cent of deaths are caused by people trying to escape from a flood affected area via vehicle or on foot.

This explains why Gosford Development Control Plan 2013 requires that for seniors housing in flood-prone areas: "floor levels, whether habitable or non-habitable, are to be above the PMF (Probable Maximal Flood) flood level", and that "all access roads and driveways, and external parking areas are to be above the PMF to provide the ability to safely receive and evacuate occupants or contents without having to cross floodwaters of any depth in all flood events".

The Woy Woy Bowling Club application does not comply with these requirements.

These are matters of potential life and death for senior residents.

An underground carpark as proposed that is more than two metres below current street level seems a potential death-trap in any future tidal or storm-related flood.

Thankyou Councillors Mehrtens, Smith and co for putting the interests of residents first.

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