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Nature strip parking fines withdrawn after protest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
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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
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Another example of short-sighted non-compliance
Accolades go to those who worked for wharf upgrade
Conservation claims require comment
Thanks for TV guide
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Aged care facility says it supports Royal Commission
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Money raised for family with ill son
Peninsula Village development to start in March
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Umina artist wins exhibition
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New playground equipment ordered
Music bus visits Umina
Dinosaur toys wanted
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Female soccer players wanted

Tree group meets with council staff about urban strategy

An Umina community group campaigning for a greener Peninsula has met with other environment groups and council planners to discuss Central Coast Council's Urban Forest Strategy.

Members of the Grow Urban Shade Trees group met with members of Save Wyong Trees, the Central Coast Community Environment Network and senior strategists and policy writers from Central Coast Council on January 29.

Group member Ms Debbi Sunartha said that Council's Urban Forest Strategy was of particular significance to the Peninsula, which suffered from a severe lack of urban trees and dedicated greenspaces.

She said the urban forest strategy was "possibly the most important strategy this Council has drafted for decades".

"It's looking like the Central Coast Urban Forest Strategy is emphatically moving ahead, and with it our dream for a strategic framework for extending and improving the provision of green space, landscaping and shade trees in urban areas not just on the Peninsula, but across the entire Central Coast.

"It will spell out the benefits of plants and open spaces, and identify opportunities, responsibilities, systems and processes for protecting and improving on the trees and green spaces we have as well as planning for smarter, greener, cooler and more sustainable cities and suburbs," she said.

Ms Sunartha said the benefits of an environmentally-sound strategy would be enormous.

"This is something that will benefit not just our environment and the humans and animals that share it, but industries like tourism, building and landscape design, horticulture and real estate.

"Most importantly it will protect our health and the health of our children by providing clean air and shade now and in the future.

"The meeting reminded us that ordinary people can help make a difference.

"We are just regular people who found each other and share a passion for good planning and the value of trees.

"If you have something you feel strongly about, pick up the lap top, phone or the good old pen and paper and tell your decision-makers your vision," Ms Sunartha said.

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