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Collapse Issue 475 - 05 Aug 2019Issue 475 - 05 Aug 2019
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Service NSW opens shop in Woy Woy
Pollutant trap installation delayed by asbestos find
Environment groups call for ban on polystyrene filling
Patonga hotel sold for a second time in 12 months
'Planned retreat' not understood, says residents' group
Efforts to have Half Tide Rocks walking track restored
Council adopts flying fox management strategy
Council defers consideration of draft consolidated plan
Country club seeks permission to build covered area
Government 'too slow' with roadworks, says Chamber
Gabby Greyem honoured with Paul Harris Fellowship
Ettalong businesses asked to join in Red Carpet Day
Peninsula to host Mardi Gras in October
Chamber seeks sponsors for Oyster Festival
Volunteers help with planting on National Tree Day
Community group opposes 5G proposal for Empire Bay
Contribution of outgoing president acknowledged
Association pays respects to former member
Euchre club donates to school
More than 200 people attend Naidoc celebration
Collection bin installed for animal rescue
New exchange student for Rotary club
Pearl producer expands into Hawkesbury River
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Outdated Council engineering symptom of failed merger
Where have ducklings gone?
The future
Roads not keeping pace with population increase
Will councillors join our fight for our community?
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Pharmacy introduces medication packing robot
Anniversaries celebrated
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Little Theatre opens third play for the year
Choir to raise funds for brain cancer
Interest sought in folk music group
Contribution to folk music recognised with award
Umina artist features in internet video
Support wanted for charity ball
Trio brings Scottish music to Woy Woy
Art competition held this month
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Sophie wins scholarship for ANU
Kindergarten students celebrate 100 days
Mental health program for Year 9 students
Selected for Central Coast school showcase
Improvements made over school holidays
Make-over for library garden
Students graduate from Top Blokes program
School competes for garden set
Staff learn about effects of video games
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Woy Woy suffers 133-nil rugby union defeat
Southern and Ettalong United pull further ahead
Peninsula Ducks seek softball players
Stridsman wins women's Thailand Open
Annabelle sells sweets to compete in Global Games
Surf club completes IRB competition with medals
Roberts wins third consecutive bowls singles title
Soccer club raises money for new clubhouse
Goodman retains record in super bantamweight
Basketball back at leisure centre
Charity bowlers raise $650
Ken wins first major singles title
League champion soccer teams
Thirsty Thursday bowls group celebrates

Volunteers help with planting on National Tree Day

The Grow Urban Shade Trees group's National Tree Day planting on July 28 attracted 15 volunteers to Ocean Beach Rd in Umina.

Group members were joined by 15 volunteers who helped plant a mix of native species along the road including water gum, brushbox, blueberry ash and tuckeroo.

All up, six saplings were planted along the southern end of Ocean Beach Rd between 9:30am and midday.

Organiser Ms Jennifer Wilder said the day was successful.

"It was a wonderful day made all the better by our enthusiastic volunteers who were involved in every step of the planting from digging through to mulching," Ms Wilder said.

The project was funded by a Central Coast Council grant awarded to the Umina Community Group of which the tree group is part.

Ms Wilder said donations had also been received from local businesses.

Ms Wilder said the group was disappointed with Council's rejection of other sites on the street for additional planting.

According to Ms Wilder, 29 residents had indicated they were keen to have a tree planted on their verge, but the Council had rejected all but the six that went ahead, citing potential damage to underground infrastructure.

"Our goal is to establish an urban canopy on the Peninsula to ensure a greener, cooler, future for the area which is a known heat island.

"We were disappointed we weren't able to plant more trees but were encouraged by the number of residents who wanted trees planted," Ms Wilder said.

Ms Wilder said the group hoped Council would continue to support planting initiatives on the Peninsula in the future.

"It is no secret that Council has been slow to respond to the desperate need for an urban canopy on the Peninsula but we're hopeful that will change as the trend towards greening local government areas was catching on across Councils in the Greater Sydney Area," she said.

"For instance, Hornsby Council has been doing a fantastic job of planting and greening their streets and suburbs and we hope Central Coast Council will take note of their approach.

"It's confusing and disheartening to see places with higher density and more established, complex infrastructure undertaking mass planting.

"It's unclear why it's so much slower to get trees in the ground here, especially since the heat maps prove the Peninsula is in dire need of more trees," Ms Wilder said.

As the Peninsula enters the final month of winter, Ms Wilder said residents should start thinking about summer now.

"It's easy to forget how hot and dry the Peninsula gets with its lack of shade and trees in these colder months, but summer is just around the corner and the more trees we plant now means more shaded verges in the future," she said.

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