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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
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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

Peninsula's endangered bushland 'of importance'

The Peninsula's endangered Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland (UCSW) is rated as an area of importance in the Central Coast Council's draft Biodiversity Strategy 2019.

The entire area of the woodlands is reduced to less than 14 ha, the report said.

Originally it was the vegetation on the coastal sandplains at Umina, Woy Woy and Pearl Beach on the dunes and swales and their associated swamps and creeks.

"Historically, this flatter area has been drained and used for housing," the report said.

"The UCSW's entire area is reduced to less than 14 ha and, as such, is one of the smallest threatened ecological communities."

The Central Coast Council strategy sets out a five-year program to guide conservation on the coast with a number of specific actions and targets, one of them being to protect biodiversity through land use planning.

It proposes establishing a Conservation Fund and the sale of biodiversity credits to help buy lands and to dispose of lands with no biodiversity or recreational value.

It plans to provide by the end of 2020-21 guidance for biodiversity management on private land with published guidelines for land owners.

Australian Conservation Foundation Central Coast branch president Mr Mark Ellis said inclusion of the Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland in the strategy justified again the importance of this endangered ecological community which had been ignored by the State Government when it approved the Hillview St nursing home at Woy Woy earlier this year.

The site contains one of the last significant remnants of the woodlands.

The Office of Environment and Heritage has identified nine conservation management actions that need to be undertaken on the site to ensure the population of threatened species is sustained, saying threats included disturbance from recreational users, illegal dumping, inappropriate fire regime, slashing and spraying,and mixed weeds.

But all possible actions are only at the "proposed" stage.

Other sites of the woodlands are Woy Woy station, Umina Oval and Pearl Beach but the website site shows all management of these sites are only "proposed".

The draft biodiversity strategy shows that across the Central Coast, excluding the national parks and state forests, 20 locally significant plant community types have less than 100 hectares remaining, the majority of them threatened ecological communities with a high conservation priority.

"If global trends are any indication of how local conditions may change, the Central Coast region can expect higher temperatures, an increase in bushfires, more intense rainfall contributing to more floods, more droughts, and sea level rise,'' the report stated.

"Expected impacts on local plant and animal species include lowered populations, a synchronous flowering and emergence of pollinators, local extinctions and the spread of new diseases and weeds."

It names the hooded plover and curlew sandpiper among the local endangered wildlife.

The report shows the extent of council's Coastal Open Space (in 2017 it was 2597 hectares) and the land proposed for acquisition.

Central Coast Council voted at its August 26 meeting to put the draft out for public comment for a period of at least 60 days.

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