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Collapse Issue 469 - 13 May 2019Issue 469 - 13 May 2019
Collapse  NEWS NEWS
Fish kills could come with seismic testing - Abrahams
Dead fish came from commercial fishing
Councillors inspect Farnell Rd site
Public transport scores 65/100
Precinct committees suggested at residents' meeting
Fran turns 101
Ribbon awarded to cookery judge
Fire station opens its doors
Liberals promise $22M in road upgrades
Promises targeting the Peninsula
History of Robertson electorate
Polling booths
Mehrtens concerned about short-term accommodation
Nine-unit proposal referred to Ausgrid
Brewery proposal 'referred to applicant'
Aged care building construction 'on schedule'
Townhouse comment period still open
Approval for five townhouses
Capital works significantly over budget
Council to demolish after-school care building
Council abandons attempts to trap foxes
More attend Anzac events
Children at Anzac service 'encouraging'
Anzac service at surf club
Community association attends Anzac service
Rotary members attend dawn service
In-house Anzac commemoration
Rotary club honours final wishes
Soup and bread night for Rotary
Children learn to swim
Morning tea at Hardys Bay
Program for parents of adolescents
Trash and treasure raises $5000
Rotary hears about men's shed activities
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
PUDS aimed to balance growth with infrastructure
Time to think about a different society
Recycling machine - traffic, rubbish, noise and graffiti
Treat wetlands with more respect
Declare property portfolios
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Breast screening available until July
Volunteers sought by dementia services provider
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Woy Woy could become gay-friendly arts precinct
Folk club anniversary attracts 100 guests
Author to speak at Umina library
Arts grants close at month's end
Little Theatre presents Priestley classic
Workshop held for Flash Festival
Greeting cards donated
Artists open new exhibition
Troubadour to host gypsy jazz-makers
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Parents raise $29,000
Rewards for readers of fiction stories
Students offered a taste of beauty therapy course
Parents asked to be considerate
Anzac assembly at Umina campus
School crossing is upgraded
First place at Performing Arts Challenge
Campus shows support for farmers
Donations sought for Junkyard Playground
Parents asked to keep assembly area clear
School oval re-turfed
Aboriginal education worker starts
New gym program at Woy Woy South
Anzac Day special assembly
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
Semi-finalists not recorded in official life saving results
Woy Woy beaten in 'most exciting' rugby union match
PCYC boxers win medals in Warsaw
Both parties promise new netball clubhouse
Two flags for Ettalong women bowlers
Floorball women are national champions
Women's soccer teams leave opponents pointless
Joshua wins nine medals at Arafura Games
Long-time member wins first major singles title
Surf club holds Nipper presentations
Favourites defeated in bowls singles championship
Swans to hold Pink Socks Day

PUDS aimed to balance growth with infrastructure

One of the major flaws of the amalgamated council was highlighted at a recent meeting to discuss the over-development of Farnell Rd.

Council staff and majority of councillors had no clue what the Peninsula Urban Direction Strategy (PUDS) was or even if it was adopted by Council when the strategy was used to support the development.

The urban directions strategy was passed in May 2006 to guide for future planning controls, and urban design of the Peninsula.

The strategy was prepared on the basis of limiting the impacts of growth on the already stressed infrastructure capacities.

In the presentations to council it was claimed the Farnell Rd Development Application was supported by the strategy, yet PUDS only outlined different scenarios of development and doesn't support a specific option.

The only thing similar between the development proposal and the strategy is the suggested amalgamations of blocks. That's where the similarities stop.

One option in the strategy did include a three-storey building on three consolidated blocks with 16 units, which is a far cry from the proposed 26 plus units in this proposal.

Other glaring differences are the distance from the town centre, claimed as short walk, but it is actually over 1km on substandard footpaths, far beyond the 400-800m mark for walkability, not to mention the lack of public transport and the cumulative impacts on congestion and parking of the cars on the local roads.

These same local roads in 2004 were nearing environmental and traffic capacity, with 80 per cent of transport trips by vehicle recorded in PUDS.

Allfield Rd development fronts Blackwall Rd 2004 had 19,641 car movements a day.

Add in the population growth of 15 years and that figure is significantly increased, and many can attest to being stuck in traffic on Blackwall Rd.

The traffic lights one block south were installed to improve the traffic flow from this increased population, yet the council report states this development would lead to no significant increase and ignore the cumulative impacts of this next wave of mega infill development that is changing the amenity and liveability of the local areas.

It seems like the community is in a never-ending spiral of population growth with no supporting public transport infrastructure.

In 2001 there were 18,934 dwellings in the Peninsula, 10.6 per cent increase on the previous 10 years.

The 2016 Census shows there is approximately 38,000 people across the Peninsula, just 2000 people short of the 40,000 maximum population for the peninsula stated in PUDS.

The consultant actually recommended in the 2005 report that "It would be prudent to delay significant growth in Woy Woy until there are more definite improvements to transport".

Fast forward to 2019: there is more traffic congestion, crowded trains and less and less car parking to cater for the over-population.

It's 20 years on and the calls for funding a better transport system are deafening with their silence.

There have been no significant improvements in the local transport system, or increase in bus service, development of light rail or other micro mobility as a service (MAAS) except the very limited community transport.

Yet the people and development such as Farnell Rd keep pouring in supported by a regional strategy that purports to create liveability.

In fact, it is more like creating a living hell for the existing residents with no thought for the future amenity, sustainability, climate impacts or carrying capacity of the area.

Density can work if done right with sustainable buildings, sufficient open space and efficient regular public transit and supporting services, but all the Peninsula gets is the non-complying developments and increased growth.

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