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Collapse Issue 463 - 11 Feb 2019Issue 463 - 11 Feb 2019
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Nature strip parking fines withdrawn after protest
On-demand bus service will extend into The Bays
Woy Woy wharf to receive $4M upgrade
Surf club members praised for rescue of injured man
A 60th and a 70th anniversary held on Valentines Day
Empire Bay post office closes after lease expires
West St development to be considered by Council
Car and trailer in water after 'launching mishap'
Farnell Rd decision likely before the end of March
Corkwood tree may stay on proposed nursing home site
Woy Woy celebrations attracts 12,000, says council
Wagstaffe flag-raising
New boat for Marine Rescue
Chamber describes tunnel as economic game-changer
Applicant to take Killcare fence dispute to court
Comment period extended for caravan park proposal
Marquart asks for flood maps to be added to plan
Community Garden consulted about new policy
Tree group meets with council staff about urban strategy
CWA branch meets with urban tree group
Workshop about draft climate change policy
No money for St Huberts Island dredging, council told
Act now to prevents oil and gas rigs, says activist
Balloon twisting for children
Peninsula group pampers homeless people
Police seek help after home invasion
Young man wanted over store theft
Memorial garden for dolphin receives a refresh
Volunteers recognised at special ceremony
Peninsula events in Seniors' Festival program
Peninsula events for women's festival
Vintage cars on show at Ettalong
Tesch greets man on treaty mission walk
Free counselling offered for problem gambling
Charity holds fundraiser in Ettalong
Wicks drops in on home park
Another example of short-sighted non-compliance
Accolades go to those who worked for wharf upgrade
Conservation claims require comment
Thanks for TV guide
Aged care facility says it supports Royal Commission
Stroke volunteer asks locals to tell of 'stroke champions'
Money raised for family with ill son
Peninsula Village development to start in March
Money donated to woman diagnosed with cancer
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Noel Coward play opens Little Theatre year
Umina artist wins exhibition
Double header special at folk club
New playground equipment ordered
Music bus visits Umina
Dinosaur toys wanted
Straight into schoolwork on first day back
Healthy Harold visits Ettalong
Kindergarten students start school
Five new teachers at Umina
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Ettalong confirmed for national bowls championships
Junior lifesaver of the year
Ocean Beach finishes seventh in junior championships
Jemma was part of successful NSW team
Swans recruit new AFL players
Female soccer players wanted

Community Garden consulted about new policy

Woy Woy Community Garden is being consulted by Central Coast Council about a new community garden policy.

Cr Jillian Hogan accompanied a council staff member on a visit to the garden last Tuesday, February 5 , which came while the group was still coming to terms with an arson attack on January 20.

Garden founder Ms Jill Meredith hosted the visit.

"We're trying to turn a negative into a positive but emotionally it's a bit of a rollercoaster,'' Ms Meredith said.

The garden has so far raised $3000 for a new garden shed after a fire burnt out a container which housed all the garden's equipment.

Community gardens are on the council agenda after Cr Kyle MacGregor asked the council if it had a community garden policy or program.

The answer came at the first meeting of the council this year.

"Community Gardens are currently managed using the procedures of the two former Councils,'' a staff report said.

"Staff are in the process of preparing a consolidated draft Community Garden Policy. This policy is being prepared with the input of key stakeholders and will be brought to Council for consideration in the first quarter of 2019.''

Cr MacGregor said he asked the question after attending the opening of a "wonderful new community garden in my ward at Dunbar Way in North Gosford late last year".

"Attending this event was inspiring to see the way that it brought people together and created great benefits for local residents.,'' he said.

"I saw how the garden was a social place that brought people together and provided a sense of community as well as activity and even fresh produce for the people that lived in the area.

"I was pleased to see the response that council is developing a consolidated community garden policy and I hope that this leads to the delivery of many more community gardens.

"These are the kind of initiatives that prompted me to run for council, freely available public spaces that bring people together, generate community and create social cohesion amongst our community.

"Community gardens and the like are essential pieces of community infrastructure that are led by and provide a sense of ownership to people in their community.

"I look forward to the further introduction of more community gardens across the coast in the near future."

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