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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
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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
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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
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Two students among top three writers
Student leaders deliver care packs
Donations of toiletries wanted
Olympian meets with sports students
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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

Let's have reasoned debate, not unsubstantiated slurs

There is a need for boarding-house accommodation as part of a comprehensive shelter mix, and it is the responsibility of any proper society to make provision for this kind of development.

In my younger days, I lived in a boarding house and had many friends who lived in boarding houses, so I strongly resent Kevin Woods' characterisation of boarding-house occupants as criminals who will threaten children and senior citizens and cause a deterioration in community standards ("Inappropriate developments will destroy local ambience", edition 480).

Leaving aside the fact that it would be difficult to damage the ambience of Ocean Beach Rd, does Mr Wood have any evidence of the level of anti-social activity by boarding-house residents, compared to the standard level that prevails in all neighbourhoods?

I can only say that, the only time I ever had to take out an AVO, it was against a neighbour in a regular Umina street of single-family houses, not, I hasten to add, against Mr Wood.

In principle, Ocean Beach Rd is an appropriate location for this kind of residence, as it is convenient to community facilities and served by a regular bus schedule which is adequate for transportation purposes. (I use it myself.)

The area, in fact, is zoned for this kind of use, and there is no reason to suppose that a development of this sort will detract from the neighbourhood environment, provided that it observes all the standards laid down in the relevant planning instruments.

It is the purpose of a development-control plan to ensure that all permitted residential developments are respectful of one another and provide appropriate living conditions for the occupants, while protecting the quality of life of adjoining residents.

The last time I checked, we were all human beings living together, so the stigmatizing of one group, on no grounds but personal bias, is not acceptable.

Of course, I cannot say that the proposed development at 454 Ocean Beach Rd hews to this requirement: on the face of it, it appears probably not.

Again, I can only say that, in our boarding house, everybody had a car, so that a provision of six spaces for 11 rooms seems ridiculously inadequate, bearing in mind that it will eventually be necessary to ban parking on Ocean Beach Rd so that proper parking on site seems an essential.

This is particularly the case, if, as the developers claim, the target group will not be low-income.

However, it is a little puzzling that the residents will "live independently rather than share facilities", since it is the sharing of facilities that is the defining feature of a boarding house.

This leads to the suspicion that the building is actually an apartment block, masquerading as a boarding house, in order to avoid meeting proper planning standards.

Not being noted for acuteness of perception, our planning administrators are quite likely to fall for this subterfuge.

Let us have a reasoned debate on the merits and otherwise of this development but let us avoid personality slurs against particular social groups as a whole, especially when they are based on nothing but hearsay and shock-jock emotionalism.

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