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Collapse Issue 473 - 08 Jul 2019Issue 473 - 08 Jul 2019
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Council to consider urban shade and green space
Unemployment is worse on the Peninsula, says Tesch
Upgrade for Patonga boat ramp carpark
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Bulk-billing medical practice opens in Umina
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Community group tackles abandoned boats
Real estate employee mauled by dogs during inspection
Film about Mingaletta Aunties premieres this week
Tourism group welcomes Council plan
Comments sought on Bouddi park management plan
Mountain bike trails proposed for national park
Draft park plan includes climate change responses
Mains cleaning at Umina Heights and Pearl Beach
Quarterly bills introduced with lower water rates
Permission sought for underground tanks
Council approves five applications
New house subject to council approval
Emily to use fun run to raise money for Clown Doctors
Helen Ferguson succumbs to injuries
Unaware he had won
Community grants
Changeover at Woy Woy Rotary
High tea raises $950
Rotary club farewells exchange student
Ettalong garden beds to get a makeover
New president outlines his goals
Branch president named Woman of the Year
Beds 'important' for sporting and ageing populations
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Medium density plan will change local character forever
Need to remove dead tree
Full recovery expected after surfing accident
Climate change policy is a winner
What priority is given to species protection?
Developers have won hands down
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Umina resident shaves her head
Defibrillators installed in supermarkets
Staff celebrate anniversaries
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Free family-friendly jazz festival for Ettalong
Weaving workshop
Blues Across the Bay plans progress well
Three artists announced for art show
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Former student designs indigenous rugby jersey
Crossing supervisor leaves after 18 years
Farm welcomes twin lambs
Kindergarten students shown college farm
Knocked out of knockout competition
Comedy club to perform at eisteddfod
Peninsula students attend dance festival
Jesse takes part in vocal program
New campus principal appointed
Picnic in schoolgrounds over the holidays?
Recycled materials used to make sailboats
University students observe kitchen garden program
Learning woodworking at the Men's Shed
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Women's soccer clubs both win
Women's bowling club unfurls flags
Tom Payne takes out longboard title
Sherriff takes out third singles title
Qualified for world boxing championships
Raising money for amenities block
Umina boxer to make television debut
Elected to regional cricket board
Major Pairs champions
Woy Woy was beaten by Avoca Beach

Medium density plan will change local character forever

The Peninsula News edition 472 raises Central Coast Council's plan for a one kilometre radius around Woy Woy to be designated medium density residential.

The built form will be a low to medium rise development with a focus on town houses and villa development.

Under the Department of Planning's definition of medium density housing, this could mean dual occupancies, manor houses (buildings of between two to four dwellings) and multi dwellings houses (terraces, town houses and villas).

Under the code, certain types of medium density housing would be classified as "complying development", making it much easier for landowners and developers to gain development approval, but the code will apply only in areas where medium density housing is allowed under planning laws developed by councils.

The NSW Planning department imposed this medium density housing proposal on all councils with a July 1 deadline.

Both Save our Suburbs, a Sydney based organization, and Chris Johnson, the chief executive of the Urban Taskforce, have come out in opposition to this planning approach, on the basis it will result in widespread change to the character of our suburbs and in our case on the Central Coast, of our towns and villages.

The NSW Government is advocating for a medium density of low-rise but bulky, multi-density housing inserted extensively.

I believe that the proliferation of medium-density, low-rise dwellings will generate more car congestion and will forever change the local character.

It may be a one kilometre radius today, but it may be extended further in the future.

Woy Woy is at risk of being transformed by medium density housing, losing its village appeal and tourist attraction.

I am concerned about the potential loss of the distinctive and variable architectural character of our houses and our gardens.

The pause button needs to be pushed on Central Coast rezoning.

Sydney is facing a glut of apartments.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald (June 11) about 54,000 apartments built between 2018 and 2019 are about to flood the market and this, combined with low buyer and tenant activity, will lead to an oversupply of units.

It also (June 22-23, 2019) reported that another 140,000 will be built in the next five years.

While Central Coast Council would like to see more working opportunities, providing key services to surrounding communities, the reality is that now and for the foreseeable future, most Woy Woy residents commute to Sydney for employment.

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