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Collapse Issue 462 - 28 Jan 2019Issue 462 - 28 Jan 2019
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Fire destroys Umina Mall
Panel signals nursing home approval in rare bushland
Community garden seeks help after fire
Woman airlifted from walking track
Aboriginal basket-making at Pearl Beach
Association to speak against fence
Fledgling kookaburra 'reunited' with its parents
Rotary club farewells exchange student
Bill Cook receives Australia Day honour
David Thompson awarded for services to lifesaving
Political candidate leads under-water clean-up
Panel listens to nursing home developer and objectors
Peninsula planning is 'sorely tested', says ACF branch
Association wants local planning provisions
Businesses affected by Umina Mall fire
Umina Mall site could have bright future, says Mehrtens
Rotary club to celebrate 44 years
Homeless care packs target exceeded
Fire brigade receives $6000 grant
James Browne Oval to get upgrade
Beach groups seeks more Peninsula residents
CWA members 'deconstruct' wedding gowns
Police investigate restaurant hold-up
Donations for Mary Mac's Place
Rotary club elects new president
Council accepts grant applications
Nominations open for Rotary awards
Trivia night for Friends fans
Woy Woy confectionary features in tourism campaign
Newly-weds start new anti-waste business
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Mayor should convene meetings about development
Non-complying approvals change planning controls
West St development of concern
Use smaller buses on Killcare peninsula
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Man taken to hospital with multiple wasp stings
Daughter gives a special kind of support
Surgeon encourages women to stop drinking alcohol
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Dancing by the Water attracts 20 dancers
Rotary club holds 14th Opera in the Arboretum
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Hoping to bring samurai arts to life
Mentoring program offered to Year 6 boys
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Ocean Beach comes ninth in junior carnival
Jemma in top 10 kayak placings
State bowls team to play at Ettalong
First charity bowls for the year
Hundreds expected for children's events

Businesses affected by Umina Mall fire

Jane Raj Is finished.

She's looking for a job, after the Umina Mall fire burnt down her dreams of running her own business.

Ms Raj opened Artisan Gifts and Therapies in the mall last August, only to lose everything in the fire two weeks ago.

Yes, she was insured.

"But how do you get reimbursed for your time,'' she asks.

Ms Raj sold handmade goods:

"Every day I would make something.''

Now, she is looking for a job because she cannot afford the rents being asked for other shops in the area.

Sid's Barbershop has started a Go Fund Me page to try to raise $20,000 to go towards rebuilding both the barber shop and the cafe his family had started only a week before the fire.

However, perhaps the greatest number of customers affected will be those of the Blooms pharmacy.

Blooms The Chemist Umina pharmacist Mr Markos Atalla said he and his staff were busy trying to assist their hundreds of customers.

"Our biggest headache is that we used to keep lot of scripts on file, losing the business is bad but we are doing a lot of running around trying to calm people's nerves,'' Mr Atalla said.

Some scripts and customer folders were rescued while others were damaged.

Blooms staff are driving to customers' homes - the only sure way they can make contact - with many customers with an average age of more than 80 years.

"We have many loyal customers. We would hate to lose their trust in us,'' Mr Atalla said.

"They trusted me with their prescriptions and medications."

He said customers had the choice of what they wanted to do.

They could take their scripts back.

They could find another pharmacy of their own choice.

They could return to their doctor for new scripts.

They could ask to be transferred to another Blooms pharmacy or they could ask Umina Pharmacy to dispense.

Mr Atalla is currently working from the Erina Blooms pharmacy but was looking for new premises.

"We have to find a place,'' he said.

"I have been here nearly 12 years and I want to stay here.

"I know them all personally."

He said a petition to council asking for the process of renewal to be quick received 700 signatures in seven hours.

"There has been a development application on this site for eight or nine years and there's a sticking point with the laneway,'' he said.

"My personal feeling is the price is unreasonable.''

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