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Collapse Issue 477 - 02 Sep 2019Issue 477 - 02 Sep 2019
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Council to receive confidential report about Umina Mall
Save Our Woy Woy criticises local planning panel move
Peninsula's endangered bushland 'of importance'
Grandfather riled by slow reponse to asbestos on beach
Two gardens featured in open gardens scheme
Strom talk to become annual event
Application for single-story multi-dwelling development
House on hillside approved at Pretty Beach
Arboretum celebrates 43rd birthday
Hope to reintroduce koalas to Pearl Beach
Council declares 'climate emergency'
No balloons at council events
Umina supermarket offers 'quiet hour'
Proposed gym complies with planning guidelines
Community asked to forget it had seen parking plans
Tourism officer signs up as open space champion
Council herbicide motion to go to conference
Answer to councillor gives no further detail on skate park
Marquart calls motion supporters 'the great unwashed'
Vietnam veterans attend war memorial
Development approvals
Drag queen bingo night
Mingaletta presents certificate of appreciation
Mary Mac's Place receives more than $5000
Schools open for Education Week
Fire brigade helps locals prepare for fire season
Bays' bus shelter vandalised
Film screening for Ugandan women
Donation to Mary Mac's
Police Paddle to start from Ettalong
Umina CWA holds garage sale for Awareness Week
Concert band performs for aged care residents
Break-ins reported
Worm farm donated to nursing home
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Where is the replanting of trees?
We have have to breathe life into the area
Unless development changes, heat trend will continue
Run down in the carpark
Vietnam veterans leading by example
State Member working for us
I do miss the duck
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Hospital auxiliary donates equipment for wound care
Raising funds for research into genetic disease
Young authentic and social hangout at Ettalong
Lost bird project to aid mental health
Paper planes donated for mental health awareness
Doctor honoured for service
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Foundation to award $42,000 of arts grants
Memorial hall filled to capacity for farewell
Art show success at The Bays
Photographer recognised for work with newborn babies
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Students participate in mock council
Raising funds for specialty high school
Performances at primary schools
Formal wear thrift shop
HSC information night
Students make prosthetic legs
Junior Master Chef competition
Administration team celebrated
Science fair displays cover range of topics
Umina performs at school showcase
Staff members pick up awards
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Ettalong wins women's soccer semi-final
Proposal to merge touch associations
McEvoy Oval secured for pre-season Little Aths
Women's rugby union team move to preliminary final
Bradman Best debuts with Knights
Tristan chosen for baseball training camp
Lions hold annual yabby race
Club raises more than $10,000
Charity bowls attracts 24 bowlers
Baseball registration open
Trial day for softball
Surf clubs prepare for season
Netball celebration for end of season
Athletes return from cross country championships
Touch football player selected
Soccer trophies presented
Bowling club president re-elected

Grandfather riled by slow reponse to asbestos on beach

It took an accident to his young grandson to get Mr Alf Quinten riled up about the slow response to reports of broken tiles and fibro building material washing up every day on Booker Bay and Ettalong beaches.

Until the young boy cut his foot, Mr Quinten had been quietly picking up the material and piling it up in one spot near his house.

But after the accident, he rang council and told them about the building rubble, including what he believed was asbestos.

He says he rang them three times in one week and each time he was advised it would be cleaned up.

Last Monday, firefighters from Umina Fire Station and a specialist Hazmat crew from Berkeley Vale turned up.

The crews bagged a small amount of fibro material, and left it on Mr Quinten's front lawn for council to collect.

Mr Quinten said a council staff member rang him on Wednesday to say the council would pick up the bag and it did disappear on Thursday morning.

Also on Wednesday, an employee from the Crown Lands Department, Mr Martin Dawson, inspected the beaches and spoke to a couple of residents.

Mr Quinlen said that Mr Dawson said to him that something had to be done about this, that "this is not good".

Meanwhile the building rubble continues to wash up on the beach.

A council staff member sent Mr Quinlen a response to a letter sent to Cr Chris Holstein on August 18.

Coastal protection section manager Mr Ben Fullager said council was aware that rocks and debris had become uncovered exposing a rock revetment wall which had been covered in sand as part of an upgrade by the former Gosford council.

He said rocks would continue to be exposed as the beach eroded, a phase it was in at the moment that was part of the natural cycle that resulted from a range of environmental factors.

"Weekly inspections of Ettalong Beach are carried out and any asbestos material found is removed, bagged and taken to local land fill,'' Mr Fullagar said.

"However, the area around the ferry wharf has a heritage order over it, prohibiting any work at this location."

Mr Fullager said more than 550 ton of rocks and rubble had been removed during the past two years and taken to land fill only to find that after the next large swell more rocks had become uncovered and the beach was back in the same state as before they had removed any rocks.

"Removal of the rocks is not a financially viable solution.

"The rocks are scattered down through the sand profile, not just on the surface so it is not a simple exercise to scrape them off the top,'' Mr Fullagar wrote.

"Leaving the rocks in place will in fact help to slow the erosion currently taking place.

"Upon advice from a coastal engineer, rock and rubble were removed from exposed areas and buried at the toe of the revetment wall.

"These works have been carried out on five occasions, the latest occurring on July 10 and 11.

"Council currently has a study underway to consider erosion processes in the Ocean Beach and Ettalong areas.

"The outcomes of this study will enable council to better identify effective measures than can be utilised to mitigate further erosion."

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