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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Nature strip parking fines withdrawn after protest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

Another example of short-sighted non-compliance

I am responding to your front page report in edition 461 and follow up letters in edition 462 regarding non-complying development.

I have lived in my home on Woy Woy Rd for over 15 years.

When I bought, I applied to renovate and extend the property.

During this process, I enquired about subdivision potential as the block of land was large (about 1100m2).

I was told categorically that the block was not big enough as to subdivide and that I would need 650m2 for the block, adjoining the water and 550m2 for the block adjoining the main road.

These were the local planning provisions.

I could easily do the mathematics and realised that my block did not comply.

Two years ago, my neighbours sold their house and moved.

The house was bought by a man from Sydney.

Sometime later he informed me that he was applying for a subdivision on his newly-acquired home.

I wished him luck but, as his block was no bigger than mine, I presumed he would get the same answer as I had previously as the planning provisions were still the same.

I was shocked when I was informed that he had succeeded.

On further investigation, from Council records, I found out that neither block complied.

One block varied by 22.4 per cent and the other by 14 per cent from the provisions.

Now an application for a "granny flat" has been passed on the front block.

This means that three dwellings will now cover a block, which according to the provisions, is not big enough for two.

Indeed, if one extrapolates the area taken up by the drive serving the three proposed properties (113.8m2) then the average size of the blocks is barely 325m2.

Woy Woy Rd is a very busy road and records show that well over 20,000 vehicles use it daily.

A single carriage way drive services this site.

This is inadequate: More cars, no on street parking, limited off street parking, more storm water from three rooves and sewage.

I could go on.

This is just one personal example of this Council and non-compliance.

It is short-sighted and I cannot understand why the provisions are in place but not enforced.

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