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Collapse Issue 481 - 28 Oct 2019Issue 481 - 28 Oct 2019
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New Woy Woy wharf plans announced
Bowling club celebrates Kitty's birthday
Plans for new Umina Mall 'shovel-ready', says owner
Month-long consultation about Woy Woy
Man dies following head-on crash
Workshop about planning for emergencies
Secure housing found for homeless people
Work begins on Hillview St nursing home
Proposal submitted for oval facilities
Council meeting proposed to answer resident questions
Proposal for four townhouses in Allfield Rd
Five townhouses approved under delegation
Council staff urge refusal of four-storey development
Amended fence plans approved for Wards Hill Rd
Construction certificate issued for group home
Vietname Vets receive support grant
New seismic testing film to be screened at Everglades
CWA branch visits guide dogs centre
Man charged over armed robberies
Awards for pride of workmanship
New aged care activity
Vintage craft picnic
Hospital staff dress colourfully
Mobile farm visits Umina
Pensioners may benefit from free solar power
Business wins travel industry award
Business award for outstanding employer
Food pick-up available through online app
Thanks for the coverage
Place phone tower in car park
Skill shortage remains a joke
Any reason for having to dredge of Lobster Beach?
The costs of dredging
Mallard ducks have disappeared
Let's have reasoned debate, not unsubstantiated slurs
A glimpse of the future
Woy Woy student helps children's hospital
Hospital delivers produce boxes
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Blues festival accessible only by water
Marion crowned Reciter of the Year
Free open air screening
Backyard concert will feature American singer
Play tells of East German survival
Two students among top three writers
Student leaders deliver care packs
Donations of toiletries wanted
Olympian meets with sports students
First victory for women's cricket team
Bailey wins medals in bowls championships
Pelicans win medals in State championships
Men's pairs champions
Swimming club recognises life members with plaque
Surf club members meet Prince Edward
Southern Spirit struggles after strong start
Junior futsal starts
Free training for disabled surfer volunteers
Peninsula Ducks start softball season

Work begins on Hillview St nursing home

Work has begun on a three-storey nursing home in Hillview St, Woy Woy.

The work will see a 1.8m protection fence going up around the bush management zone within the site and a second chain link fence around the entire site.

The bush management zone contains some of Umina's last remnant vegetation of ecologically-endangered Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland.

Thompson Health Care was given approval for the development by the Regional Joint Planning Panel in March this year.

The proposal included the removal of the corkwood tree located in the centre of the site and construction manager Andrew Elmslie said that tree had been removed and eventually it would be replaced with a eucalyptus robusta.

The conditions of consent said that no less than two weeks prior to the commencement of clearing, no less than six nesting boxes were to be installed in retained vegetation.

"The nesting boxes are to be constructed of durable materials such as high density polyethylene and cypress pine and maintained for no less than five years," the consent said.

"The ecologist report and evidence of the installation of the required nesting boxes must be received by Council prior to the issue of a construction certificate.

"Nesting boxes must be placed in areas of vegetation which will not be disturbed for a minimum of 10 years unless consent is sought from Council for their removal."

Mr Elmslie said those nesting boxes had been installed.

He said an arborist was on site as was an ecologist monitoring the removal of leaf litter, pruning of branches and weeds.

A couple of trees had been removed to put up the fences, the line for which had been surveyed and pegged out.

The removal of weeds would continue to gradually allow the bush to regenerate.

The work was in preparation of applying for a construction certificate and, once work commenced, it would take about 22 months to complete the building.

Central Coast Branch president of the Australian Conservation Foundation Mr Mark Ellis said that to much despair of many local residents the development had begun.

"After 15 years of fighting to protect this endangered ecological community, the joint regional planning panel approved a development on the site.

"Whilst the panel and planners state the process has been followed, the process is flawed if State protected endangered ecological community legislation is not enforced, and the vegetation it is supposed to protect can be threatened by development and the continual push for urban growth."

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