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Collapse Issue 459 - 03 Dec 2018Issue 459 - 03 Dec 2018
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Residents to have say in new skate park design
Bowling green and fishing shed to go for 'new concept'
Riding a Harley at 86
Men's shed land lease signals softer approach
Investigation recommends better channel management
Ferry service cancelled during 'severe' weather
Ferry resumption 'is not the end of the problem'
Bravery award for firefighter
Council to close successful community garden
Community group calls for tree policy submissions
Tree policy comment period extended
All council meetings to be held at Wyong
Ettalong and Umina parking surveys planned
Chamber calls for 'smarter' parking strategies
Community support grants approved
Session to discuss Killcare mobile phone tower proposal
Aboriginal group seeks funding for 'community place'
Students speak at Rotary club
Residents wanted for community fire units
Couple recommends batteries use with solar panels
CWA to put on ceramics exhibition
CWA receives $200 flagpole grant
College graduate receives Colombo Plan scholarship
Rotary awards pride of workmanship
Ettalong businesses compete for Christmas prizes
Food drive for Mary Mac's
Postponed Woytopia festival 'a success'
Petition circulated to stop seismic testing
Rotary runs barbecue at waste information day
Collection for drought relief
Signs to be replaced on Woy Woy Bay Rd
Rotary club completes graffiti removal
Council announces green investment
Hotel wins association awards
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Another roundabout - no, no, no, no, no, no
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Trusty post lady resigns after 23 years
Take collective action now to reduce global warming
Arts business plans have been submitted
Others take Paris Accord seriously
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Six new surgeons at hospital
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Initial sales of surf safety book 'promising'
Authors' event at local book shop
Environment group to hold Club Woytopia
Free outdoor film screening
Resident organises online music competition
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Student enterprises raise $700 for Mary Mac's Place
Almost $10,000 raised in fun run
Three classes get pet rabbits
Preschool playground receives design award
Awards for Ettalong school canteen
Grandparents' day
Gymnastics classes see students stretching and twirling
Stage 1 students have local history walk
Children's author visits Year 4 students
Kindergarten orientation was a success
Mini fete raises $1700
Preschool staff win award for program
Students create mural
Lessons focus on cyber safety and responsibility
Young, black and ready for school
White Ribbon Day at Umina campus
Primary students perform at college
Gold award for sporting challenge
Radio station broadcasts from Woy Woy school
Surf fun day at Terrigal
Swim and survive program
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School supports wishing tree
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Bradman Best trains with the Knights
Netball committee positions vacant
Umina life savers win medals at world championships
Golf day raised $1500 for cancer research
Umina bowling club holds annual competition
Charity bowlers raise $690
Taekwon-do fundraiser
Soccer club elects committee

Council to close successful community garden

Central Coast Council has threatened to fine Booker Bay residents who have started a successful community garden on the nature strip.

However the council says it is located on a footpath and has ordered it to be moved.

Mr Paul Smedley, the resident who started the garden, said that Council had received a complaint about the garden blocking the footpath.

"The Council has asked us to pull it down by December 1 or they will fine us," Mr Smedley said.

"I used to grow a couple of chokos for the old girls behind us, and it grew from there, everyone came along," Mr Smedley said.

"We have over 100 different edible vegetables growing, the kids come past on the way to preschool and eat some snow peas," he said.

"One of the best spin-offs has been that everyone is in touch with each other again.

"The children are involved, the old people are out toiling in the garden, everyone is friends, and everyone knows first names.

"We don't live in each other's pockets but we keep an eye on each other, and we all care about what each other is doing.

"If someone is loitering around someone else's house we are all in touch, it is just how we are in Booker Bay but the garden has definitely bought it together more.

"I have met another hundred people while we have had the garden going," he said.

Another resident, Mr Ken Woolcott, said he thought the garden was "a wonderful idea".

"These things are advocated on all the gardening shows.

"It gets the community involved, it is free food for everybody and it gives everyone something to do.

"I think Council think they own the verge and they need to say yay or nay on everything.

"They need to pull their head in," Mr Woolcott said.

Woy Woy Public School student Abbey Pritchard also said she loved the garden,

"We can all come together and have fun and water the plants and learn how to take care of them," she said.

Another resident said: "I live on my own and I just find this such a wonderful spot to come to.

"It is people socialising, getting to know one another.

"We have got a lot of apartments around here with very small gardens and that is drawing those who have not got their own garden into the community," she said.

According to Council, a garden on public/council property, the nature strip, would be considered trespass on public property and causes an obstruction to pedestrians of what is consider part of the roadway.

It may also be over essential services and potentially causes issues if Council and service-providers need access to this public property to access services.

It is understood a fence has been constructed around the garden making it difficult for pedestrians to pass without walking on the road,

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