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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

Climate change policy is a winner

Central Coast Council's draft climate change policy is a winner.

There is no doubt that climate change is happening and the consequences of it are affecting our daily lives here on the Peninsula.

Record temperatures over the most recent summer bears witness this.

To deny climate change is folly in the extreme.

The time for opinion is over. The time to act is almost too late.

Thankfully, Central Coast Council's deliberation of its draft climate change policy on Monday, July 8, after many months of community consultation, ushers in a new phase in how we can work together to tackle the effect of climate change on the Peninsula.

I commend the climate change draft policy as a practical and valid document that will see Council join the vanguard of Australian local councils as they grapple with the reality of climate change and how they can best serve their ratepayers by making practical policy decisions to reduce their carbon emissions as well as sending a clear message that businesses and households can follow suit.

The development of a climate change action plan, with relevant strategies that outline actions on climate change within the Central Coast community, and development, business and industry sectors, is essential.

Council should take advantage of the opportunities that the reality of a carbon-constrained future presents to us, particularly in the business and industry sectors where local firms will be able to participate in the exponential growth of the renewable energy sector.

Council support for the uptake of renewable energy, particularly solar panel installations, which are now more affordable than ever, whether on rooftops, in solar farms or solar gardens, will deliver huge savings on electricity prices to its ratepayers, as well as drastically reduce carbon emissions.

This is an eminently sensible policy and will, ultimately, save Peninsula residents money and angst.

I would like to challenge Council to consider an even more ambitious target of achieving net zero emissions by 2030 rather than the modest goal of doing so by 2050.

Already we see communities across Australia, such as Monash University, the City of Sydney and the ACT, whose population is equivalent to that of the Central Coast LGA, aiming for that goal.

By implementing a strong climate change action plan, Council will become a leader in pragmatic and productive climate change policy that will shine as an example to other local councils.

The adage "Act local, think global" most certainly applies to the Peninsula.

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