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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?
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Prostate cancer day raises $7500
Teddy bears help soothe children's fears, says hospital
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
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

Discovering the truth about disabled parking

Up until a few months ago I didn't think about the number of disabled parking spaces provided by all sorts of service providers.

Now that I can't get about like I used to I am discovering the truth.

Basically, nobody thinks about the problems we have getting to and from shops, railway stations, sporting venues and just about everywhere.

Take a look at Peninsula Plaza, five spaces.

The lucky ones who spring a spot think they have won the lottery.

By the time you have collected your trolley, wandered around the various shops and made it back to your car way over in the back rows you are exhausted.

About the only way to get to park there is to be there before dawn.

Oh I forgot about the one provided by the Council not far from the library.

That's right, one space in the whole of the Woy Woy CBD.

Deepwater Plaza isn't much better.

Aldi at Umina, has two.

I used to like catching the train.

Getting about seeing NSW and visiting old mates.

No can do now.

No spaces anywhere near Woy Woy Station, or any other station for that matter.

If you want to go to Woy Woy Oval, better be early, only two spaces.

Then the nearest spaces are time restricted and the Council inspectors just love booking patrons on a Sunday afternoon.

Must be sports lovers.

If the team is playing away the numbers of reserved places at other venues range from none to very few.

The only answer I can see is for the various levels of governments to introduce a requirement for the numbers of spaces to be a specific percentage of the total spaces on any particular site.

The ageing population of the whole of Australia, and the Peninsula in particular, need to be able to continue to enjoy their mobility and freedom to go wherever they want with a reasonable chance that we all will be able to park without difficulty.

It would only take a few minutes with a stencil and a can of paint to do this.

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