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Collapse Issue 480 - 14 Oct 2019Issue 480 - 14 Oct 2019
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Peninsula should speak up about planning, says Smith
Dredging of Lobster Beach next, says committee
Tesch urges Premier to deliver underpass not insults
Good Samaritan removes graffiti
Residents urged to keep cars locked
Residents asked about Empire Bay flood management
Three-storey building proposed for Ed James' site
Councillors to inspect three-unit development site
Council approves 'shop top' plan not above shops
Councillors approve five-townhouse development
Boutique boarding house plan resubmitted with changes
Chairlift concept proposed for tourism plan
Beach water quality remains stable, says report
Annual fete at Ettalong senior citizens' centre
Bowling club staff raise money for Rural Aid
Public bins destroyed in Umina
Playgroup started in aged care home
Bring your bills to the Peninsula Community Centre
Building sites to face sediment control blitz
Residents asked to be respectful
Successful grant application
Trivia night for RSPCA shelter
Aged care home opens new tea house
Retirement villages hold open day
Inappropriate developments will destroy local ambience
A 'village' not as attractive to developers
Let's crowd-fund our own pothole-fixing truck
Party politics claim strains credulity
Excellent newspapers
Non-profit started to support domestic violence sufferers
Workshop discusses diverse needs of older people
Bowling club donates $6100 to Gosford Hospital
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Coast Twist festival exceeds expectations
Little Theatre presents Venetian Twins for three weeks
Rotary club to hold youth gala ball
Oyster Festival celebrates 20 years
Hundreds follow Bouddi art trail
Free family movie night
Formal wear thrift shop takes off
Aboriginal smoking ceremony to open bush garden
'Young, black and ready' information session
Morning workshop to help parents talk about divorce
Ethics teachers recognised in volunteer awards
Halloween night disco
Six students attend camp
Parking information given to parents
PCYC provides holiday activities
Woy Woy students to present Wolf's Tale
Oldest former international sports players at trivia day
Bowling club supports RUOK Day

Building sites to face sediment control blitz

Building sites on the Peninsula are being targeted in a one-day blitz on Tuesday, October 15, to protect the waterways from run-off.

The blitz aims to build on a month-long campaign in May when more than 1110 building sites across 19 council areas in NSW were inspected by officers from the NSW Environment Protection Authority, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment and council officers.

A total of $290,700 in fines was issued for sites that failed to follow the rules on controlling erosion and sediment control on construction sites.

Environmental Protection Authority regional director Ms Giselle Howard said construction sites were getting the message about sediment control.

"While we won't hesitate to issue them for a breach, the real aim is to stop runoff.

"That means educating developers and builders about the role they can play to improve the health of our waterways by managing and preventing sediment-laden runoff," she said.

"Many tradies and construction workers also like to fish in their time off, or to picnic with their families around our iconic waterways, so at work it is possible for them to make the connection to help keep our environment clean and healthy."

She said sediment spills could destroy aquatic habitats and smother native plants and animals that live in our waterways.

They could polluting creek, rivers and harbours by filling them with dirt, soil, sand and mud, leading to poorer water quality, affecting swimming or leisure activities in and around our waterways.

They could block stormwater drains, leading to flooding and overflows, and erosion of creek and riverbanks.

Pollution incidents, including poor sediment control, can be reported to the authority's 24/7 Environment Line on 131 555.

More information about the campaign and the importance of erosion and sediment control is available at:

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