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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Nature strip parking fines withdrawn after protest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
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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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Swans recruit new AFL players
Female soccer players wanted

Corkwood tree may stay on proposed nursing home site

A corkwood tree that was to be removed to build a proposed nursing home at Woy Woy can stay, subject to council approval, the site owner says.

"I'm in no hurry to take the tree out,'' Thompson Health Care owner Mr Doug Thompson told Peninsula News.

"It will only be removed on council advice that it has to go.

"Council was suggesting a swamp mahogany but it would be nice if the cork tree stays.''

Mr Thompson, who owns Tarragal House at Erina, is awaiting a decision from the Joint Regional Planning Panel on the future of his proposed 160-bed three-storey nursing home at 45 Hillview St, Woy Woy.

The panel held a meeting to hear submissions from the public on January 24.

The panel voted to support the proposal conceptually but was reviewing consent details.

The panel expected to make a decision within weeks.

Objectors wanted to see the site protected.

The land is home to some of the last examples of ecologically endangered Umina coastal sandplain woodland.

The Australian Conservation Foundation Central Coast branch said the three-storey proposal was non complying in an area where only one and two storey developments were allowed.

Branch president Mr Mark Ellis said planning provisions should not be whittled away by an accumulation of incremental precedents which become the de facto benchmark but bear little resemblance to the forma provisions.

The branch says the development would have significant impact on the rare bushland on site.

But Mr Thompson said he believed the site would benefit from his development

He is proposing to build a three-storey nursing home on a site that was partly cleared in 2007 to build independent senior housing.

"I'm sure when finished, the greatest detractors will be happy,'' he said.

He said he had already spoken to his ecologist about planting only endemic native species and no exotic species would be introduced.

The land would be better cared for than it was now because his company would be looking after the land, hand clearing the weeds carefully under council supervision.

It would become be a better site for birds and animals

"We will plant more trees in the area but nothing will be planted that doesn't come from the area,'' Mr Thompson said.

He described it as a wonderful site and he was only building on that area that had already been cleared.

He said he was never a fan of a proposed boardwalk which would have only given shelter to rats and feral cats.

The boardwalk through the site was discussed at the panel meeting and Mr Thompson said at the meeting that he was happy to remove it from the plan.

He said he was happy to meet on site with interested people.

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