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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
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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

Dredged sand to replenish Ocean and Umina beaches

Dredging of the Ettalong Channel is planned to start again in April, with dredged sand to be deposited on Ocean and Umina beaches, according to Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales said that Crown Lands had recently confirmed with the Chamber that arrangements had been made.

"This decision came about following meetings between Crown Lands, the dredging contractor and Central Coast Council in late February which established the logistics around the dredging and sand placement along the beachfront.

"Crowns Lands has advised that an expanded compound area is required to accommodate additional equipment, pipes and dredging/pump machinery.

"The dredging contractor is currently organising the additional equipment and will undertake a pre-dredging bed level survey of the channel in late March ahead of the main dredging works".

"The Chamber is particularly pleased that both the NSW State Government and Central Coast Council have acted quickly on this next phase of the dredging works which form part of the long-term solution to the regular maintenance of the Ettalong Channel.

"I think everyone will welcome the proposed renourishment works along Ocean Beach which has been severely impacted by storm events and erosion over the last 12 months to the point where some parts of the beach were almost unusable".

Mr Wales said the chamber would now push council to restore the beach access points both outside the Ocean Beach Surf Club and east along The Esplanade opposite Norman St which have been closed for months due to unstable dune conditions.

"The Ocean Beach foreshore is an extremely important piece of our coastal infrastructure that contributes to our local tourist industry.

"Therefore, it was vitally important that both the NSW State Government and the Council take the renourishment and beach restoration works seriously.

"Finally we will be seeing some positive action which will be widely welcomed across the local community", he said.

Peninsula Waterways Committee agreed.

"It is about time that action was seen to be taken, rather than just talked about," committee chair Mr Mike Allsop said.

"In particular, it should be welcome news for those interested in the beachfront.

"I would hope that the location and method of sand distribution aligns with engineering recommendations developed for the Department of Lands.

"To date we have not heard any specifics regarding additional channel works, but these are welcome in principle.

"We look forward to seeing the plans for these works and getting more insight into the anticipated results for the performance of the channel,'' Mr Allsop said.

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