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Collapse Issue 452 - 27 Aug 2018Issue 452 - 27 Aug 2018
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Planning Panel rejects Sporties development
Sporties refusal may 'sterilise' our future, says Chamber
Crown land sale referred to ICAC
Crown Land sale avoided statutory assessment
Climate change impact raised at planning panel
Sporties developer gives emotional address
Waterfront group calls for community to revive Sporties
Alliance calls for Crown land details
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Bushfire destroys nine hectares
Report says derelict oyster farms are major pollutant
Primary students threatened with 'adult' law
Parliamentary secretary endorses planning variations
Application to replace house with three town houses
Vietnam vets commemorate Battle of Long Tan
Councillors available to talk for two hours
Koolewong boat ramp officially opened
Fire brigade holds Get Ready Day
Wildlife photographer to speak at Rotary club
Volunteer grants program opens
Wildlife carer seeks funds for native animal humidicrib
Market raises money for free permaculture course
Association votes to support farmers
Probus club celebrates 38 years
Council use of glyphosate to continue
Animal Justice Party meets
Liberal Democrats meet
Marina to offer short-stay accommodation?
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Council should buy Sporties 'stranded' asset
Surely Council can help with a few dollars
Long-term dredging solution needed
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Aged care provider holds dinner dance
Suicide awareness walk at Umina Beach
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Choir holds annual performance
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Parents and students warned of nesting plovers
New SRC at St John's
Annabelle dominates at carnival
Umina teams debate each other
Empire Bay has Fiver for a Farmer fundraiser
School collects to buy bales for farmers
Fun in the sun at athletics carnival
Time machine musical performed at Umina
Spelling and speaking results
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Tahlia wins four medals in Spain
Home advantage for rugby union semi-final
Woy Woy swimmer wins five golds and a bronze
Bridge club pays tribute to foundation president
Surf club to offer Duke of Edinburgh awards
Killcare loses another old time member
Little aths registration day
Surf clubs hold registration days

Council should buy Sporties 'stranded' asset

The Joint Regional Planning Panel's decision on August 23, to unanimously reject the redevelopment of the Sporties Bowling Club as an integrated seniors' living accommodation was the right decision.

However, the club's owner, Woy Woy Holdings Ltd, has a stranded asset that apparently is losing money.

It would be in the best interests of the owners and the local community, if this bowling club was acquired by Central Coast Council with financial assistance from the NSW Government.

The facility lies on primarily recreational land and is a valuable recreational resource.

It is also in a flood hazard zone, with flooding risk augmented by the impact of increasing climate change effects.

What better authority than the Council to own and manage this resource?

As a model I recommend consideration of the successful resumption of the South Strathfield Bowling Club by Strathfield Council.

That club was renovated with a grant of $495,000 from the Department of Aging, Disability and Home Care.

From late 2012 it has been operating as the Dutton Centre, which gives priority to services and programs for aged and disability groups.

Our outcome if it is purchased by local government with state government assistance, of course will be different, depending on what best meets the needs of our community.

I believe State Government should step up given the sale of about 1100sq metres of what was formerly Crown land to the owners for far less than market value and which now is part of the club site.

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