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Mabel turns 101
Vehicle-activated speed signs to be trialled in Hillview St
Ethan organises student strike for climate action
Shepard St flooding expected to improve in 18 months
Ettalong to get recycling bins
Responsible development group forms with 80 people
Strata subdivision is approved
Bouddi Foundation seeks grant applications
Law firm welcomes new partners as others retire
Action group founders step aside
Fishing club closes after 30 years
Channel needs State planning, says committee chair
Dredged sand to replenish Ocean and Umina beaches
Specific dredging plans still needed, says committee
First class in permaculture held at Killcare
Salvos at Bring Your Bills day
Euchre club donates to local schools
Community fair held at Phegans Bay
Church publicises Easter festival events
Easter fete at Patonga
School holiday activities announced
Another fire at community garden
Unit fire in Warwick St
Three grants from Council
Retirees help charities distribute food
Activities for St Patrick's Day
Parking fines to be reduced
New playground for Empire Bay
Preschool celebrates 30 years in August
CWA bakes vegan scones for festival
Woy Woy residents targeted for heritage walk
Planning controls were result of exhaustive consultation
Council decisions will destroy the Peninsula
Flood was 27th in five years
More thought needed for pre-polling venue
We didn't win
Put Peninsula ahead of political ambitions
Aged care organisation celebrates 30 years
Brothers celebrate 50 years in medicine
New book compiled as breast cancer resource
Ground-breaking ceremony for 114-bed extension
Suicide prevention briefing to be held in Woy Woy
Geriatrician writes book on medical care for older people
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Opera in the Arboretum despite difficult five weeks
Troubadour president to speak at regional seminar
Rotary club pledges $40,000 for music program
Artist holds exhibition in Botanic Garden
Local pair produce TV program on men and their sheds
Children's film in Woy Woy
Meet the authors at library talks
Artists' collective moves to Ettalong
Principal stresses importance of reading program
Robotics to be taught at primary school
Assembly for day against violence and bullying
Year's first Interact meeting at Umina campus
Scholarship will help pay for university studies
Garden bed restored
Harmony Day held at Pretty Beach
Ettalong misses out
Swimmers qualify for zone carnival
Teddy Bears' Picnic at Woy Woy South
Students compete in zone swimming carnival
Umina was top-performing surf life saving club
Roosters have first loss of season
Premier League competition starts without Umina
Champions emerge in Handicap Pairs
Netball club seeks players
New oxygen kits for surf clubs
Retired international to develop SEU juniors
Southern Spirit wins champion player awards
Ettalong wins Seniors Triple title

Channel needs State planning, says committee chair

The Peninsula Waterways Committee has contacted local candidates for the major parties about maintenance of the Ettalong Channel, committee chair Mr Mike Allsop has said.

"There is a growing sense that the State Government needs to realise the importance of this waterway to tourism, public transport, commercial users and recreational users, and include this waterway in State planning where currently no mention is made," he said.

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

Mr Allsop said: "The dredge is idle, waiting on a program of work to distribute the sand already re-moved to a spot further down towards Umina Beach.

"That piece of the puzzle needs sorting as soon as possible so that future resilience can be built into the waterway interface to Broken Bay.

Writing in the latest edition of the Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Association newsletter, Mr Allsop said: "As you may know the Peninsula Waterways Committee was set up in October to keep focus on channel dredging, future works, responsibilities and funding.

"I chair this group with members from both sides of the waterway.

"The group has been very focussed on meeting with local Members and council representatives to get their perspective on the issues surrounding waterways' maintenance and maintaining both a program of work and ongoing funding.

"We have also met with various technical experts as well as marina operators and deep keel users.

"What are they saying about the channel?

"It's a bit mixed, but much better than it was nine months ago," Mr Allsop said.

"They all say that a long-term program of work is needed, informed by proper analysis.

"Fair enough, but we still have the issue of 'I'll pay if you pay' between council and the State which needs to be settled," he said.

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