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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

Specific dredging plans still needed, says committee

The Peninsula Waterways Committee is calling on the major political parties to forward "specific plans of action" for the Ettalong Channel, after having received responses from local political candidates.

Committee chair Mr Mike Allsop said no obvious plan of action had actually been raised by either side.

"We have seen a promise from the Labor Party to assume full responsibility for the upkeep of the channel, which would be a positive development, but this needs to be accompanied by specific plans of action put in place very soon.

"We know the position of the Liberal Party on shared responsibility with Council, and recognise the sums set aside for these works.

"Again, there is no obvious plan of action to actually get work done.

"We call on both parties to commit to immediate action on the channel and surrounding waters if elected to govern the state," Mr Allsop said.

The Committee received responses from Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch (Labor), Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch (Liberal) and Liberal candidate for Gosford Ms Sue Dengate.

Ms Dengate told the committee: "The NSW Government has granted $1.225 million (with council matching dollar-for-dollar) for the next stage of channel dredging and this was on top of the $660,000 that the government gave for emergency dredging.

"It is my understanding that Central Coast Council has the funds and that planning is underway for the next phase.

"At my next meeting with Councilm I want to find out exactly where we are up to with this plan, what is proposed for the next step and when that is likely to occur.

"Also please be aware that this funding grant of $1.225 million is available from the State Government every year.

"If I am fortunate enough to be elected to represent the seat of Gosford I will fight in Parliament for a permanent solution so that the channel always remains open."

Ms Tesch said: "A NSW Labor Government will deliver a $10 million Central Coast Cleaner Waterways Fund.

"This will provide $5 million for a long-term dredging plan to maintain the safe navigability of the Ettalong Channel.

"The other $5 million will go towards pollution management across Central Coast beaches and maintenance of Tuggerah Lakes.

"This money won't require matched funding from Council.

"This is just about getting the job done.

"Labor will sit down with Central Coast Council to work towards a long-term plan for the Ettalong Channel and put an end to the buck-passing and blame game that had characterised the issue over the last eight years.

"We guarantee that the Ettalong Channel will be kept open for boating and public transport.

"The community just want council and the State Government to get it sorted, and with this funding from NSW Labor, it will be."

Mr Crouch said: "Ettalong Channel is defined as a local waterway and is therefore the responsibility of the local council.

"For more than a decade, governments of both persuasions, Liberal and Labor, have co-funded dredging in Ettalong Channel.

The NSW Liberal Government has introduced the Rescuing Our Waterways funding program, which co-funds all maintenance dredging work.

"Last year I announced $1.225 million for Central Coast Council to implement a long-term plan for Ettalong Channel.

"We also provided emergency dredging funding around $1 million on three occasions in 2018.

"I am 100 per cent committed to ensuring this local waterway remains safe and accessible to all, but it is also important that Council continue to work collaboratively with the NSW Government.

"We never want to see a repeat of the past 18 months."

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