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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Nature strip parking fines withdrawn after protest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

Act now to prevents oil and gas rigs, says activist

Peninsular residents need to act to make sure they don't see oil and gas rigs of their beaches, says Empire Bay activist Mr Gregory Olsen.

"By the end of this year, Woy Woy Peninsular residents may be enjoying our wonderful beaches and maritime pursuits under the spectre of massive oil and gas rigs, just off the coast, courtesy of the Federal Government,'' he said.

"However, before these rigs can be constructed, 3D seismic testing, in an 80 square kilometre section off our coast will occur, killing all marine life in that area as well as affecting dolphins and whales within a huge area beyond.

"This will start next month, in March 2019, if final approval is given."

"Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 has been approved by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority, despite the total absence of any consultation with the Central Coast beach and coast-using community, or the Central Coast fishing and sea-life community, or the Central Coast Council, who oppose it unanimously," he said.

Council voted last year to oppose the oil and gas exploration and wrote to the Federal Minister for the Environment requesting he receive a delegation from council.

The council received a response which said there were would be a number of consultation events in early 2019 but it did not agree to a council delegation.

Minister for Resources Mr Matthew Canavan said these events would be in Newcastle.

He urged the council to attend a roundtable meeting in Newcastle and a community drop-in session that would provide members of the public with information about the regulation of offshore petroleum, including seismic activities.

Cr Best moved at the Central Coast Council's February 11 meeting that council respectfully request community forums be held on the Central Coast.

He said council should, on behalf of its 340,000 residents and ratepayers affirm its "strident opposition" to the exploration using controversial seismic blasting.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people were expected to attend a rally in Newcastle last Thursday, February 7, including the independent candidate for Robertson, Mr David Abrahams.

Mr Olsen said it was outrageous that public meetings were not being held on the Central Coast.

He said the said the risks to the lifestyle and amenity of the Peninsula were immense.

"Residents will be subjected to the smell of oil and gas on a daily basis, not the mention the visual pollution.

"Marine craft will be prohibited from venturing near the rigs.

"Oil and gas leaks are virtually inevitable and the risks of fire is high.

"An uncontained oil spill will devastate the beaches we love and enjoy not to mention the long term damage to the environment and marine life and sea birds.

"Only foreign oil and gas corporations will benefit as they are the major stakeholders,'' he said.

"There will be no direct employment generated, except in the cleaning up of oil spills on our beaches and collecting dead marine life."

Mr Olsen said anyone opposing the plan should write to their local Federal Member of Parliament and relevant Ministers.

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