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Where have all the flowers gone?
The Whitfields celebrate 60 years of marriage
Ettalong channel dredging starts - or does it?
Tesch calls for outreach resources for homelessness
Food drive sees Mary Mac's stocked well into spring
Koolewong reserve carpark closed
Residents meet with council over Umina oval security
CCTV installed free of charge
Council calls failed wharf applications 'excellent'
Wharf upgrade rejected
Pathway and amenities applications rejected
Association objects to 150m long metal fence
Two-storey units may replace end-of-life fibro house
Proposal to replace single dwelling with three units
Wales to consult client before meeting residents
Peninsula flooding to be studied
Tidal baths inspection may lead to remedial work
Committee will focus on waters around the Peninsula
Car park to built near Dark Corner boat ramp
Emergency dredging has taken too long - Tesch
Ferry services may start in four weeks, says association
Plan shows dredging as government responsibility
Council acts on dune erosion
Tesch seeks submissions on disability scheme
Ettalong home park has bake-off
Fire brigade benefits from bar sale
Fire near Blackwall Mountain
Renovations for retirement village
Presbyterian church receives heritage grant
Probus club receives grant
Mentoring program for young men starts in Woy Woy
Rotary clubs join to raise money for drought areas
Latest exchange student is from Denmark
Commendation for Bouddi architect
Belinda Neal fights party expulsion
Free English classes at church
Man charged over Killcare break-ins
Lions donate trauma teddies
Spike Milligan exhibition opens at library
Woytopia to be held again in October
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Negative response, yet the trend continues
Pleas ignored by indolent council
Discovering the truth about disabled parking
Kerb and gutter in my lifetime?
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Prostate cancer day raises $7500
Teddy bears help soothe children's fears, says hospital
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Author talks about beach safety children's book
Wagstaffe art show to be held in September
Children hold market at Killcare
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Two students given early entry to university
Buddy Benches unveiled
Fun Friends program at Umina
Students learn about micro-organisms
Cross country placings
Umina school plans open day
Photograph donated to Umina campus
Knocked out of netball comp
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Five selected for pool rescue team
Woy Woy topples Gosford in rugby union
Soccer club holds fundraiser
Successful weekend at pool rescue championships
Junior clubs travel to Cardiff
Local clubs in winners' circle
Bowler receives long-service award
Charity bowlers raise $995

Where have all the flowers gone?

Concreted over every one ... Central Coast Council has concreted over flowers planted in the shape of the Australian flag in the Memorial Garden in Woy Woy.

The flowers have been replaced with coloured concrete blocks.

The move has been met with strong criticism from local residents.

Save Woy Woy Waterfront president Mr Ross Cochrane has described the concreting as "ridiculous, cheapskate, disrespectful".

Phegans Bay events manager Ms Ylenna Zajec commented on social media: "Just wait until the graffiti artists starting painting the concrete slabs.

"Maybe they will paint flowers."

Cr Jeff Sundstrom said he had made ward councillors aware of the issue along with the Mayor Cr Jane Smith and Council acting-director Mr Boris Bolgoff.

In a written statement, Council chief Mr Gary Murphy said the concrete was installed because the plants were "continually affected" by salt "through sea spray and diffusion through the soil".

The garden in Brickwharf Rd which contains Woy Woy's cenotaph is adjacent to the Woy Woy channel.

"This has significantly affected the survival rate of plants in the garden bed, often leaving the gardens sparse or bare," he said.

"In addition, the popularity of Anzac celebrations at the site is increasing and the area is unable to effectively and safely accommodate the rising crowds."

Mr Murphy said the Woy Woy and Ettalong Returned and Services League sub-branch had "agreed that by concreting these areas it will provide more room for people to attend due to the reduced risk of trampling garden beds".

According to the Register of War Memorials of NSW, the site was dedicated as a Soldiers Memorial Park by NSW Governor Sir Philip Game in 1932.

It commemorates those from the district who served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

It was originally erected in memory of the fallen and those who served in World War I. Those who died in World War II were added.

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