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Five storey development approved for Morris St corner
Labor pledges funding for palliative care centre
Another five-storey development submitted
Two shops heritage-nominated on development site
Community workshop on climate change
Draft plan may be re-released with maps
Ombudsman present to explain bills
CWA branch supports appeal for siblings group
Cakes and biscuits wanted for Bays Fair
Ettalong is entered in Tidy Towns competition
Different responses to Morris St development decision
Council considers urban tree strategy
Is this familiar?
Committee challenges candidates on dredging policy
Labor promise wouldn't build half a carpark, says Wicks
Grants to lifesaving club
PCYC receives $2000 for equipment
Funding for Pearl Beach lagoon
Lifeline shop gets a revamp
Brigade holds recruitment evening
Meals on Wheels holds open day
Rotarian enjoys first day back at school
Former church volunteer charged with sexual assault
Annual meeting
Sausages at community day
Council changes water restriction trigger point
Skate competition at Umina
Valentine's event at club
Children visit retirement village for Valentine's Day
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Developers should not be able to change regulations
Bus service needed for children and shoppers
Congratulations on good eyesight
Privacy breach with garbage service
How long do we have to wait?
Restore title of Venice of Australia
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Tears fall with palliative care centre announcement
Long-serving staff recognised
Hospital staff donate money to Townsville colleagues
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Pearl Beach resident wins short film competition
History group to release book
Author writes about work-life balance
Early childhood music program launched in Woy Woy
Keneallys to talk about Monserrat series
New arts and crafts market
Risque cabaret for Festival of Women
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College principal signals shift to individual teaching
Students start Grease rehearsals
Recognition for HSIE students
Parent-teacher interviews at Umina
Tennis player takes out championship
Grant for outdoor musical equipment
College establishes one-stop Student Services
SRC members to help in canteen
Swimming carnival held
Parents group prepares for election day
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Umina surf club dominates branch championships
Mixed results for Ettalong Eagles
Lions to hold annual luncheon
Ettalong bowler wins pairs championship
Disability bowler of the year
Lifesaving clubs receive $280,000 in funding
Volunteers wanted for Smiles on Dials
Wolves season had just one loss
Zenden named in Australian Joeys squad

Committee challenges candidates on dredging policy

Peninsula Waterways Committee chairman Mr Mike Allsop has called on all candidates in the upcoming State election to indicate their stance on the Ettalong dredging issue.

Mr Allsop said the association was apolitical and simply wanted to ensure the waterways remain open to watercraft at all times.

One of its aims is to make sure residents are never again stranded after the Palm Beach to Ettalong-Wagstaffe ferry could not operate for about eight months last year causing inconvenience to travellers to and from the Coast and financial damage to local businesses.

He said the committee would invite all candidates in the upcoming State election to provide a statement of policy and intention with regard to the ongoing maintenance and enhancement of these waterways, and an explanation of the basis for funding to be made available for such works.

"We will be posting this letter on our Facebook page (Peninsula Waterways Committee) and on our website."

The committee was formed in October last year and spent time meeting with local MPs and council representatives to get their perspective on the issues surrounding the waterways maintenance and ongoing funding.

Technical experts, marina operators and deep keel users have also been contacted.

Mr Allsop said that nine months after the "great blocked channel standoff" everyone was saying a long-term program of work was needed, informed by proper analysis but the costs issue between council the State still needed to be settled.

He said there was on-going debate between Council and the State Government as to what works were required now and into the future, how they would be undertaken and funded.

"A clear, consistent, effective and responsive process is required.

"Our sense is that there is still concern in the waterways user fraternity, especially yachties, although the ferry operator is satisfied at present,'' Mr Allsop said.

"The dredge is idle, waiting on the program of work ... to distribute the sand already removed to a spot further down towards Umina Beach.

"We'd like that piece of the puzzle sorted as soon as possible so that future resilience can be built into the waterway interface to Broken Bay.

"We'll keep on pushing, and especially look to our election candidates to provide due consideration to this important issue as they refine their promises to us all,'' he said.

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