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Medium density plan for Woy Woy
Development issues not addressed, councillors told
Rotary club plans youth charity ball
Abigail wins regional training award
New construction method used
Trees removed from the dog track
Clean-up collects bottles, cans, straws and butts
Local bee features in native bee stamp and coin set
Helicopters used for bushfire safety patrol
Seven village residents aged over 100 years
Amendments to Berith St approval
Outdoor play space upgraded
Application for manufactured home
Tesch disappointed with State Budget
Ashes scattered at sea
Running festival attracts 3000
Rotary club changes presidents
Service recognised with life membership
Cinema under the stars
Dementia carer finds computer literacy liberating
Yoga festival to be held in Umina
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Ticks for emergency services
Alpaca visit fantastic stimulus
Are councillors against destruction of our community?
Is an attractive denser urban environment possible?
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Rotary may start dementia-friendly cafe
Hospital staff nominated for awards
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Eight productions presented at Flash Festival
Scholarship awarded to pass on aboriginal arts
Packed hall gives standing ovations
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Fairy bread in maths lesson
Succes in goalball competition
Hall work
Students take part in transport workshop at museum
School unveils new playground
New principal at Pretty Beach
Wednesdays to be wrapper-free
Puppet show raises cancer issues
Pyjama days
Pyjama day
Art piece for National Sorry Day
Stage band performs
Griffins narrowly defeated in AFL
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Umina surf club named Club of the Year
Two chosen for NSW squad
Woy Woy secures first rugby union win
Southern and Ettalong return to top of the ladder
Influx of female cricket players expected

Are councillors against destruction of our community?

For many months now, I have been reading about our Council recommending and our elected representatives approving, non-complying development applications on our Peninsula.

While I have expressed sympathy with those who have objected most strongly and read that their protestations have fallen on deaf ears, I have not become a card-carrying, banner-waving protestor.

That was until I read the article "Submissions to close" on page 10 of Peninsula News edition 471.

Unfortunately, it was last Saturday when I read it, so I am too late to lodge my vehement objections.

My fault.

As the land was cleared before Christmas, I mistakenly thought that as I only live three doors away, when a development application was finally lodged, I might have received a notice from the Council.

Apparently this is no longer a requirement.

But while there is life there is hope.

Perhaps, just this once, our councillors will band together and vote against the further destruction of our community and the way of life we wish to continue enjoying.

Of course, it is unfortunate that they don't reside here and make themselves available for discussion and consultation with those they supposedly represent.

But as I said, now it is personal.

I reside in a two-storey villa and have lived here over 20 years.

I have a view over the church to the hills on the other side of the bays and like to see the smoke from the warming fires rising over the treetops and the fog as it lifts from the water.

I'm very easily pleased.

Now I read that a further totally non-complying monstrosity is proposed just next to the church.

When the pre-existing residence was purchased we all knew what would happen.

Sure enough, the demolishers quickly moved in and down she came.

Now the applicant wants approval for a floor space ratio to grossly exceed the existing requirements because he considers them unreasonable and unnecessary.

Perhaps he should have measured the block before he purchased it, not after.

This is only one of a multitude of non-compliance problems.

Or did he think that he would be able to get approval because others were profiteering by doing the same?

I am also not happy that once completed, I will have four or five nosey neighbours eyeballing my lounge room.

I have my privacy now and would like to keep it.

It is time for us all to man the battlements and tell our councillors what we want and expect from them.

Not a continuation of these approvals, but a true representation of our wishes.

Come down from your ivory tower ladies and gentlemen and talk to the people you are selling up the river.

We have to tell them that enough is enough.

This has to stop and now is the time.

Don't think that just because it hasn't happened to you yet that it won't.

When it does, you, like me, will realise how some bloke's money grab can adversely affect you and your family.

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