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Collapse Issue 450 - 30 Jul 2018Issue 450 - 30 Jul 2018
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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?
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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

Emergency dredging has taken too long - Tesch

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has claimed that the "emergency dredging" of the Ettalong Channel has taken too long and no long term solution is in sight.

"The State Government's failure to implement a long-term solution for the Ettalong Channel is continuing to impact on local commuters, school students and businesses.

"The emergency dredging is only now beginning, despite being announced nine weeks ago, and the community knows that this will fail to provide relief to the ongoing problem in the channel," Ms Tesch said.

She said the NSW Government must take responsibility for their navigable waterway which is clearly a state responsibility.

"The Liberal Government is more than happy to draw an income from boat licences and moorings on our waterways yet they continually fail to provide a real solution to the Ettalong Channel," Ms Tesch said.

"The community is fed up.

"They want to be safe on our local waterways and to use the public transport ferry to get to and from work and school, to visit family and friends and provide a viable service for tourists to access our community," she said.

"Dredging of the channel is economically very important to communities on both sides of the channel.

"Despite the Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, announcing that the $660,000 emergency dredging started on June 25, locals report that they are yet to see the dredge in operation.

"The lack of action is simply not good enough and the Liberal Government is yet again ignoring thousands of people who have signed my petition to the NSW Parliament calling for a proper solution to our dredging concerns.

"The State Liberal Government must stop cost shifting to rate-payers and finally take responsibility for this issue.

"The local community cannot afford to wait any longer for action in our channel.

"Stop spending money on stadiums in Sydney and fix our vital waterway," Ms Tesch said. Ms Tesch said she had received a written update from NSW Roads and Maritime Services on July 19 implying that the dredging would commence early in the week of July 22.

The update came via the RMS from Crown Lands who are responsible for the delivery of the dredging.

"The contractor, Sandpiper Dredging, has delivered the necessary dredge components and has them located near the Woy Woy boat ramp site," the update said.

"It is the contractor's intention to have a crane available for July 20 to assemble the components by lifting and placing them into the water at the Woy Woy boat ramp," it said.

"During this operation the public boat ramp will be occupied for around six hours, but is subject to crane availability, tides and conducive weather condition.

"The nearby more popular boat ramp will not be affected and will remain available to other users wishing to launch their vessels.

"A pre-construction meeting with the Contractor was held on Wednesday, July 18, NSW RMS was also in attendance.

"Crown Lands, RMS, the contractor and a representative from the Umina Boardriders Club travelled to the entrance of Ettalong Channel to observe the problematic shoaling and discuss the scope of the project.

"Deeper areas to the west of the dredging site for placement of the dredged sand were also identified.

"Placement of sand in these deeper locations has the potential to enhance the popular surf break.

"Today [July 19], the contractor is assembling the pipework at Ettalong Beach.

"At this stage, the weather forecast for early next week looks favourable but conditions could change.

"The dredge will require relatively stable sea conditions (low swell) to operate effectively."

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