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Teenager charged with Umina Mall arson
Handmade rug donated to charity show
Peninsula has greater social disadvantage
Gym plans lack environmental detail, says submission
Dance group entertains aged care residents
Council removes conditions on cafe
Killcare resident becomes accredited speaker
Pizza store proposal meets with opposition
Matthews voted mayor, Smith deputy
New mayor denies 'party lines' operate at council
Mary Mac's receives $15,000
New two-storey residence to be built
Construction certificate for dual occupancy
Work to start on aroma therapy salon
Mother asks for help to find missing bangle
Tesch calls for State funding for bike path strategy
Non-parole period increased for arsonists
Claim refund
Rotary club hears from Red Cross
Tourism network hears tips for making videos
Progress association to hold Jazz in the Arboretum
Red Carpet Day held at Ettalong
New roof for Umina CWA hall
Rotarians splashed the cash in Canowindra
Warehouse application approved
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Open day has family activities
Suicide prevention attracts 100 walkers
Doctor praised for services to medicine
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Jocelyn Maughan wins Gosford Art Prize
Ettalong painter wins Grandma Moses packers' award
Ukelele group raises money for Rotary club
Free screening of horror film
British singer calls in as she cycles to Hobart
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College students take barista course at Umina cafe
Packages for children in Gosford Hospital
Parents reminded of code of conduct
Parents offered anxiety program for their children
Connect Four set to be used in outdoor play
College holds graduation ceremony for Year 12
Dance students attend masterclass
Ettalong finishes 16th in State debating
Nick wins all nine tennis singles games
Student art exhibition
Students raise $1200 in 40-Hour Famine
Students cater for multicultural food festival
Netball team takes sixth place
Kindergarten attends Possum Magic performance
School to get new electronic sign
Students learn swimming and water safety
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Wolves win one of three baseball premiership games
Bailey Meti selected for State under-18s bowls team
Softball players still wanted
Southern Spirit to field eight teams
Netball association offers range of programs
Davara selected for development
Everglades holds bowling club members' day
Ettalong pair named champion of champions
Charity bowls raises $555

Gym plans lack environmental detail, says submission

A proposal to build a two-storey $2.3 million gym at Club Umina has failed to provide adequate detail to assess its environmental impact, according to a submission to Central Coast Council.

The application did not state that the development was in close proximity to endangered bushland, nor did it disclose the effect on existing vegetation, the submission said.

The development application stated that all storm water would be gravity drained to the existing storm water system located in the public car parking area to the south of the site.

However, the submission said the storm water concept plans were not on public exhibition and this was of concern if water fed into Ettymalong billabong which was subject to the Kahibah Floodplain Management Plan.

"This catchment and the properties within it are already under undue flooding impacts from increased urban development.

"It would be much more appropriate for the storm water to be managed on site through filtration or storage for future watering of greens," it said.

"The current storm water pipes to the north of the development feed into the creek from Carawa St are currently not functioning as huge amounts of silt and rubbish is being delivered through the storm water drain into the creek.

"This drain is currently almost completely blocked by silt and rubbish.

"Council has been unable to rectify this despite at least 10 years of lobbying by the community.

"This development will only exacerbate this dysfunctional situation and the flooding impact on surrounding properties at the most critical times of high rainfall.

"It is not acceptable to channel drainage from commercial properties into endangered ecological community vegetation.

"I submit that an alternative to the proposed storm water management system that facilitates the transfer of storm water to the groundwater system be implemented."

The same submission also asked about the statements that there would be no effect on existing vegetation but that didn't take into account the proposed driveway across a nature strip into the council parking area which had a number of significant Banksia Serrata and Eucalyptus on it.

"As these are not shown on the plans, it is not clear if they will be impacted by the driveway construction or required sight lines for access and exit.

"There does not appear to be a need to have a vehicle exit at this side of the site and creating one would also require the reduction of public car parking spaces.

"I submit that this should be changed to a pedestrian gate to facilitate access and ensure the retention of important native vegetation. This would also improve the crime prevention aspects of the development."

The submission said the siting of the two-storey building would impact the mature trees in the scout hall side of the site as the canopy goes over both sites."

It asked that the assessing officer assess these mature trees and make sure the development does not impinge on their viability.

It went on to say a bowling green was being replaced by significant hard surface areas, thus increasing the heat island effect.

Significant native plantings should be provided as part of the development for shade, scenic quality and general amenity.

It said the applicant, Quattro Architecture, referred in its statement supporting the application to additional perimeter landscaping but no details were on exhibition.

"Neither does it refer to the fact that the site is in close proximity to the Umina Coastal Woodland and the Swamp Sclerophyll Forest on Coastal Floodplain endangered ecological communities.

"Species from these communities should be included in any landscaping to provide peripheral environmental sustainability support and to meet the requirements of the Development Control Plan.

Another submission said the plans for the development added 18 car spaces and asked for the designers to plant well advanced trees that offer shade to the visitors.

"In the heat of summer, returning to a car that has been baking in a hot asphalt car park is unpleasant and stressful especially if one is elderly or has young children in tow," the submission said.

"The heat that emanates from a hot car park needs to be offset with shady trees that reach a height of six to10 metres with a wide canopy.

"Let's be creative, forward thinking and prepared for increased temperatures that come with climate change."

The club submitted a proposal to council on August 14 and the concept was on public exhibition until September 5.

Club Umina has been contacted twice for comment.

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