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Collapse Issue 461 - 14 Jan 2019Issue 461 - 14 Jan 2019
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Mayor criticises non-complying development approvals
Measles alert issued for the Peninsula
Station building may become retail space
Change of faces at Peninsula News
Chamber reports strong Christmas trade
Peninsula Tourism Partners claim council neglect
West St development attracts 40 submissions
Peninsula properties deleted from heritage list
Nursing home proposal to go before planning panel
Council staff sum up Woy Woy plans in two paragraphs
Peninsula won't reach potential without plan - Mehrtens
CWA branch joins tourism campaign
Short-term rental strategy deferred
Mayor calls residents' views on planning controls
Council reject 'mystery shopper' for service assessment
Council forms social issues committee
Former mayor named as Australia Day ambassador
Lantern parade returns for Australia Day
Lantern-making workshops
Chamber outlines agenda for 2019
Free cooking workshop
Technology workshops at library
Gamer tournament comes to Woy Woy
Euchre school makes $500 donation
Juggling demonstration held for local children
Christmas lunch held for volunteers
Mehrtens asks: Is development leading to lower quality?
Record fair to be held at bowling club
Ask residents first about apartment blocks
No more free passes to the races
Zoning changes usually come after a plan not before it
Read draft climate change policy
Determine climate policy before planning review
Council should take a stand against whale slaughter
Where are the wharf and mooring levies going?
Why single out dual occupancies in new standards?
Tidy up the Peninsula
Reorientation follows resident traffic observations
Golf enthusiast raises funds for Cancer Council
Hospital staff raise money for mental health support
Big year at local hospital
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Association revives Dancing by the Water
Beach gathering for full moon
Folk club concert
Blues and beers
Brent Walker decides to move on
Changes to bus zone in Sydney Ave
Aboriginal education centre has new sign
Aboriginal cultural enrichment day
Alternatives offered with religious education
Class placements may change at Woy Woy
Principal warns of impact of online game
End-of-year excursion
Student leaders elected
Christmas concerts
Jemma Smith named in State life saving team
Woy Woy player named Star of 2019
Lachlan is finalist for gymnastics awards
Surf club scatters ashes of former member
Membership milestone
Social golf club makes presentations
Surprise gift

Peninsula won't reach potential without plan - Mehrtens

Gosford West Ward councillor Richard Mehrtens believes the Peninsula will not reach its full potential until Woy Woy has a masterplan.

"When I talk to people from the Peninsula, and as someone who works in Woy Woy, it didn't surprise me to see that Council didn't have a master plan for Woy Woy, and that there won't be one until at least 2020," he said.

"Right now, Woy Woy doesn't feel like a place with a plan or overarching vision."

This is despite Woy Woy last month being designated a principal town centre, in the same category as Gosford, The Entrance, and Terrigal.

"Gosford and The Entrance have had dedicated Business Improvement Districts to oversee events and place activation ... Woy Woy needs that same attention.

"With this designation should come the same level of attention and investment that those town centres see, and a determined vision of what Woy Woy should be in the next decade and beyond."

Cr Mehrtens said there was a renewed push for better support and recognition for Woy Woy.

"There is a residential and business population crying out for more attention and more services to make the most of Woy Woy and ensure it can properly cope with being a principal town centre," he said.

"There are great things happening in Woy Woy, with new food and beverage options that are bringing visitors to the Coast and giving locals new places to try.

"Having met with these operators, they are seeking opportunities to show off what they have on offer, and since the Oyster Festival left its original home in Woy Woy some years ago and moved to Ettalong, there hasn't been a local food-focused event in Woy Woy to replace it."

Cr Mehrtens said that Woy Woy's assets were not being used to their full potential.

"We've got a brand new oval and grandstand that is under-utilised," he said.

"A kiosk that was built as part of the oval redevelopment has sat idle for three years as it requires too much investment even to bring it up to a level to use it as a small cafe.

"The only piece of green space in the town centre sits next to the oval redevelopment but is completely unused because of a lack of shading and public amenity to make it a nice place to be.

"Despite this being prime public space, we have just had Christmas and New Year pass without any community events on the Peninsula - despite a local population of more than 35,000, good transport and parking, and great public spaces to use.

"The Peninsula just doesn't have the events that it should do for the population.

"A festival like the Council-run Love Lanes Festival in Wyong would be perfect for Woy Woy.

"With transport and parking close by, and with established food vendors in the area, these are the opportunities that Council should be looking at bringing to Woy Woy."

Without a plan for the town centre, Cr Mehrtens said sprawl into residential suburbs would continue.

"With so much development happening uncontrolled and unplanned across the Peninsula, without a 'master plan' for Woy Woy, it means that we are losing the opportunity to better direct the development away from the residential suburbs and keep it close to the town centre," he said.

"More needs to be done to protect the character of our low-density suburbs, and ensure that our roads and infrastructure can keep up with the demand.

"Our roads and drainage on the Peninsula are already struggling under the current population, and we have seen two major water-main bursts in the last 12 months in Woy Woy.

"I worry about the strain that Council infrastructure will be under as populations continue to grow.

"More and more people are moving from Sydney, and we need to make sure that locals don't become a victim of all that makes the Peninsula a great place to live."

Despite these concerns, Cr Mehrtens said that the future of Woy Woy was bright.

"Woy Woy has everything going for it - good transport, a great environment, a growing food and drink scene - all that make it the envy of the rest of the Coast."

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