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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
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Aged care organisation celebrates 30 years
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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

Responsible development group forms with 80 people

The inaugural public meeting of Residents for Responsible Ettalong Development was held on March 19 with about 80 people attending.

The room divider panels had to be pushed further out into the auditorium at Ettalong Bowling Club to cater for the number of people who turned up.

They heard about the number of non-complying issues relating to a proposed development at 227-231 Ocean View Rd, Ettalong, the catalyst for the new action group to form.

The already-approved proposal for the Centrelink site just up the road also got an airing as did the Atlantis building fronting the Esplanade.

As one participant said: "It's the strip along Ocean View Rd from the Diggers to the markets."

The group's spokesman Mr Peter Gillis showed zoning maps and said the village was under attack from developers wanting to remove their summer breezes and sightlines to the beach.

But Mr Gillis said the group was not about attacking developers.

It was about working with council to keep the feel of their small tourist village.

The group would meet with and lobby both council and State Government representatives to object to the height, the bulk, and the scale of proposed developments which were not suitable for the nature of the area and would detract from its natural beauty.

"It is not in keeping with how we would like Ettalong to progress,'' Mr Gillis said.

"Two to three storeys is what we'd like to see. We are already the highest density suburb on the Central Coast.''

Nearby resident Mr Peter Brell spoke about a wall of development cutting residents off from the ocean and destroying views to Blackwall Mountain.

"Somehow we need to stop council passing non-complying developments.

"There is power in a group of people,'' he said, to applause

The meeting heard stories from two other community groups formed to object to other developments proposed for the Peninsula - the Save Woy Woy Waterfront group and Save Our Woy Woy.

Mr Harvey McDougall from Save Our Woy Woy spoke about his experiences living in Farnell Rd, Woy Woy, and finding out a 27 unit and five villa development was proposed for his street.

He outlined the strategies the new group would need to take.

"We're here tonight to work with you and you work with us and let's see what we can achieve,'' he said.

He explained his dealings with the three ward councillors: Liberal Cr Troy Marquart, Labor Cr Richard Mehrtens and independent Cr Chris Holstein.

"Troy doesn't appear at any meetings. The mayor (Cr Jane Smith) and the other two councillors come but you get no commitment from them,'' he said.

He told the new group members that they needed to be prepared.

His comments were echoed by Mr Ross Cochrane from the Save Woy Woy Waterfront group, formed to object to an over-sized proposal for the Sporties at Woy Woy registered club.

The proposal was refused by the Joint Regional Planning Panel late last year.

The council sent a report to the Panel rejecting the proposal.

Mr Cochrane noted the work of resident Ms June Mitchell who he said was about "181 years old" and had been out there handing out pamphlets and letterboxing residents.

"It is all about noise.

"You'll never hear from the Liberals because they've been told to pass them.''

He was referring to the State Government's 2036 regional plan that dictated that council needed to make room for an extra 75000 residents on the Central Coast by 2036.

The meeting ended with organisers vowing to continue the push against the developments.

People who attended would be contacted with the next steps and dates.

For further information, email info@rrettalong.org or visit the website rrettalong.org.

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