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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
Roundabout is wrong solution
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
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Donations sought to assist with cancer treatment
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
Parents and carers supply items for school
School supports wishing tree
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Boxer defeated by top Finnish boxer
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

Petition circulated to stop seismic testing

A petition to stop three-dimensional seismic testing for oil and gas off the Central Coast was presented to members of the public at the recent Woytopia festival at the Umina Markets by the Save Our Coast organisation.

Organisation members and local volunteers spoke to members of the Central Coast public throughout the day at Woytopia on Sunday, November 18, about the threat of seismic testing and planned oil or gas rigs off the coast.

"Most people are not aware that seismic testing for oil or gas occurred 22km off Swansea earlier this year," said Save Our Coast member Mr Gary Blaschke.

"There is now a proposal underway to conduct significantly more destructive seismic testing over 500 square kilometres of ocean from Umina to Newcastle in the search for oil or gas that could result in a line of gas rigs off our beaches," he said.

"The public are horrified to hear of these plans, and very pleased that we have alerted them and are doing something to raise awareness to try to stop this horrendous plan," he said.

"Seismic testing involves intense and explosive underwater airgun blasts, which detonate every few seconds for 24 hours continuously for days or weeks on end, in the search for oil or gas" according to Save Our Coast founder Dr Natasha Deen.

"Seismic blasts have been shown to harm marine life from killing plankton over 1km away and causing malformations in oysters, to harming and deafening fish, turtles, penguins, whales and dolphins," Dr Deen said.

"Fishermen from around the world report loss of catch, and seismic testing decimated the oyster industries in Tasmania and Victoria," she said.

The oil and gas exploration company claims it is currently under negotiation with the regulator to pass the environmental plans for this testing, to determine the best targets for an oil or gas field.

When located, the area is up for grabs from oil and gas companies, with two-thirds of Australia's gas exported, with the potential of oil or gas rigs off our favourite beaches, according to Dr Deen.

The petroleum exploration permit 11 stretches more than 4500 square km from the northern beaches of Sydney through to Newcastle.

"Our coast has been opened up for petroleum oil and gas exploration and extraction and this has been imposed on the local community by the federal government without consultation.

"To expose our marine animals to this harm, and risk devastating our beautiful coastline, is unconscionable," she said.

"If we act together and speak up, we can make a difference.

"We hope to protect our precious marine animals and save our coast.

"You can sign and get more information on our website saveourcoast.org.au"

Locals interested in learning more are invited to an information session and free screening of the award winning film Sonic Sea, about the symphony of ocean sound and the impact of noise on marine animals, at Soul Food Cafe, Woy Woy on Wednesday, December 12 from 5:45pm.

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