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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
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
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

Ferry resumption 'is not the end of the problem'

The newly-formed Peninsula Waterways Committee has welcomed the resumption of ferry services to Ettalong and Wagstaffe on Monday, November 19.

However, committee chair Mr Mike Allsop said: "We are very happy to see the ferry back but that is not the end of the problem."

He said the committee would continue to focus on "the long-term maintenance and funding of our waterways".

"A number of local residents from Wagstaffe were on hand to greet the ferry and its passengers for the various morning services, as were others at Ettalong," Mr Allsop said.

"It will take a little while for the normal passenger profile to re-establish, but these early runs certainly had their share of commuters, tradies and kids as well as the occasional day-tripper, which was great to see," he said.

"Although the ferry services has resumed, our committee sees this as just the first step.

"We are drawing together the collective efforts of several interest groups around Brisbane Water to consolidate the case for long-term actions in the interests of all waterways users.

"We now need to ensure that Central Coast Council and the NSW Government work together to agree on the various responsibilities and actions for long-term maintenance of the waterway along with funding arrangements.

"We are sure that NRMA, as new owners of the ferry service, will have exactly the same view."

Mr Allsop said organisation's the committee had already opened dialogue with over the future maintenance of the channel included Gosford Sailing Club, various mariner operators, Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Association, Hardys Bay Residents Group.

"We are open to talking with others from Ettalong, Umina and Woy Woy who have an interest," he said.

"We are on a voyage of discovery at the moment.

"We found most of the parties that were interested in the issue have other businesses, this is an issue parallel to their business which means they are not focusing on it so we are trying to help that, to focus the issue to make sure it is built on fact and clear communication.

"You've got to look at what the factual history is, not the anecdotal history and there has been some very good work done in the past, it just hasn't been acted on.

"We know the political issues and we are apolitical."

Mr Allsop said the Peninsula Waterways Committee currently had 12 active members.

"It struck me the reason the NSW Government had been able to release the emergency funding was because it did not touch the Rescuing Our Waterways money.

"Rescuing Our Waterways funding will not be sufficient to maintain the channel in perpetuity.

"We would like to participate in an advisory capacity in whatever studies are undertaken," he said.

The committee has had preliminary meetings with the Central Coast Council mayor Cr Jane Smith, and Council chief Mr Gary Murphy.

"We are meeting various councillors and state members, a variety of other marine stakeholders, and the ferry operator, and we will talk to trawler owners.

"We are trying to look at it as a waterways issue. One of the users is the ferry service, but there are many other users.

"One of the foundations of our charter is to consolidate a story that is based on fact so people can understand what is happening, why it is happening and who the people are who are influencing."

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