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Collapse Issue 466 - 25 Mar 2019Issue 466 - 25 Mar 2019
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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

Action group founders step aside

It took over two years of lobbying for the Central Coast Council and the NSW Government to join to fund the complete upgrade of Greenfield Rd, Empire Bay.

The upgrade will include two new paths, one dual purpose, kerbing, guttering, on-street parking and resurfacing of the widened road.

Now that the campaign of the Empire Bay and Districts Roads Action Group has been successful, its founders Leeanne and Greg Olsen have decided to step aside.

They are hoping that other community members will now take up the cudgels and lobby for the upgrade of Rickard Rd, the next major concern for residents.

"Leeanne and I would like to thank the president of the Empire Bay Progress Association, Carolen Barripp, who has supported Group from day one.

We hope that Empire Bay residents, families and friends, will appreciate the safer pedestrian and bicycle access, as well as the pothole-free road surface, once work has been completed later this year," Mr Olsen concluded.

"The fact that there's State and Federal elections this year may be seen by some as an incentive for them to do what is really a fundamental role of Government, namely to provide for its constituents, and it's certainly a coincidence that the funding allocation has arrived at that time.

We're just pleased that something is finally being done to improve the amenity of Empire Bay", Mr Olsen added.

Mr Olsen said, having moved to this waterside suburb in December 2015, they soon discovered that the area had been overlooked for many years for road and drainage upgrades.

They formed the Empire Bay and Districts Roads Action Group and facilitated two public meetings, with the assistance of the Empire Bay Progress Association, to give voice to what the community wanted fixed first.

The two big issues identified were the terrible state of the only vehicular access into Empire Bay, Greenfield Rd, and the constant flooding of the Sher Close-Shelly Beach Rd area.

Last year, the blocked drains in were finally opened and Mr Olsen said reports from residents indicate a dramatic improvement.

Constant monitoring would be needed to make sure the problem did not re-emerge in the future, he said.

"It's been a hard slog to get the ball rolling on Greenfield Rd", Mr Olsen said.

"We've been in regular communication for a very long time with Council and our NSW Government representative, Mr Adam Crouch, both of whom have been very supportive. "However, without our lobbying, nothing would have been done, that's for sure."

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