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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Ethan organises student strike for climate action

A Year 8 student at Brisbane Water Secondary College at Umina was the driving force behind the March 15 student strike in Gosford for climate action.

Ethan Hill said he saw the first school strike for climate action in 2015 and wanted to do something so he decided this time he would organise it.

About 350 students and supporting adults turned up for the strike at the Anglican Church in Mann St, Gosford, including students from Woy Woy South Public School and 30 other regional schools.

They came to protest against the Federal and State Government's lack of action on climate change.

"There were over 350 people in attendance from babies through to grandparents,'' Ethan said.

"All of them are fearful of what the future holds if we don't take urgent action."

A total of 75 stories written by students were delivered to the office of the Federal Member for Roberston Ms Lucy Wicks.

Ethan said the letters included the following quotes:

"This is the world our generation is growing up in and it's dying" (13 year old).

"There is no Planet B and I want to have a good future" (11 year old).

"Save the Earth - we notice" (6 year old).

"If we continue like this, we will have no future" (10 year old).

"The Government doesn't listen" (13 year old).

"Important grown-ups just don't care enough" (6 year old).

"I don't know if I'll be alive to see my grandchildren grow up" (13 year old).

The rally was addressed by two students as well as Ethan.

An eight-year-old from Take Three for the Sea spoke about turtles and the impact on gender from increasing water temperatures.

Ethan spoke about waste management.

"Did you know we throw out one tonne of plastic every single minute. This is terrible!" he said.

"This means we will throw out 120 tonnes of plastic just while we're here today.

"But plastic isn't the most thrown-out item, can anyone guess what it might be?

"It's actually food.

"One third of our red bins are edible food waste.

"You're probably thinking: food is biodegradable, what's the big deal?

"Well, when biodegradable waste enters landfill, it releases a green house gas called methane which is 23 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide, contributing to global warming.

"So how do we stop Australia's massive waste problems?

"Well it's all in three simple steps: reduce, reuse, recycle.

"Reducing is an easy way to help the environment.

"Reducing includes not buying excessive packaged products, fixing any broken items instead of putting it out for council for pick up and planning your meals to reduce food waste.

"But if we're not going to use single use plastics what are we going to use?

"Well, we reuse.

"Hands up if mum or dad brings a reusable shopping bag when they go to the shops?

"Hands up who brings their own coffee cup to their favourite cafe?

"Hands up who takes their own water bottle to school or work each day?

"Hands up who takes their own cup and straw to Maccas when you get a thick shake?

"Reusing is a great way to help the environment but, it doesn't always work, so we go to our last resort: Recycling.

"Here on the Central Coast, we can recycle paper, cardboard, plastic bottles and containers, steel, aluminium and aerosol cans, and glass bottles and jars.

"But not everything fits in to those categories, such as plastic bags and wrappers.

"These items can be taken back to your local Coles where they will get made into useful items such as outdoor furniture for schools.

"I'd like everyone just to have a little think about some little things we can do to reduce our waste."

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