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Nature strip parking fines withdrawn after protest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

Tesch greets man on treaty mission walk

He is more than 3000 kilometres from where he started, but Alwyn Doolan stopped off in Ettalong Beach on his walk from Bamaga on the tip of Cape York to Canberra to put a treaty with First Nations' peoples back on the national agenda.

One of the people to greet him was local Labor MP Liesl Tesch, who shares his vision.

"I taught Aboriginal Studies for 12 years and am passionate about making sure that our indigenous brothers and sisters get the recognition and respect that they deserve," Ms Tesch said.

"We should all share Alwyn's mission, but successive governments have failed to address the injustice that continues in our community when it comes to aboriginal peoples.

Ms Tesch said she was pleased that NSW Labor had committed to seek a treaty with aboriginal peoples if elected at the March State election.

"I am proud to be a part of a party that wants to work with aboriginal people to not only recognise the facts of history, and acknowledge the wrongs of the past, but help to put things right for the future"

"This dispossession of our indigenous people, its inherent injustice and its ongoing consequences, is the oldest continuing problem in our society.

"An elected Labor Government will take the next step and establish a treaty process in NSW, in consultation and negotiation with the state's indigenous representatives."

Treaties with Indigenous communities have been reached in Canada and New Zealand, and Victoria and South Australia are already proceeding with their own negotiations.

The contents of a treaty would be determined by negotiation; but could cover such things as the recognition of historic wrongs, an agreement of how services like health and education are provided, economic development opportunities and language rights.

"It is time to build on the existing relationship with the NSW aboriginal community to achieve lasting generational change," Ms Tesch said.

"A treaty is a fitting way to honestly acknowledge the past, but more importantly, to create a meaningful way forward, to make a practical difference for the health, education and employment of indigenous Australians in NSW."

Ms Tesch wished Alwyn the best of luck with the rest of his walk and his cause.

"He has come so far, and touched so many people's hearts on the way.

"I just hope that his story and his mission can also move the Prime Minister to do better for our First Nations' people," she said.

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