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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

Plans for new Umina Mall 'shovel-ready', says owner

Umina Mall owner Laundy Exhibition is hoping work can start almost immediately to rebuild Umina Mall.

Mr Craig Laundy said he had been told that Central Coast Council will again begin negotiations to sell two lanes behind the current site which was burnt out by arson in January of this year.

"I am yet to hear from the general manager. However we are excited at the prospect of reaching a deal,'' said Mr Laundy, the former Federal Liberal Member for Reid, who retired from Parliament at the end of his term earlier this year.

He said work could start on the site immediately on the mall which would be four times the size of the previous structure. Plans had been "shovel-ready" since 2015, he said.

His comments came after the council voted in a confidential session on October 8 to again offer to sell the lanes if the owner of the adjoining properties was still interested.

"We're desperate to invest in the Central Coast but we've been hamstrung,'' Mr Laundy said.

He praised the work of Labor's Cr Richard Mehrtens and Wyong MP Mr David Harris for getting the process underway again.

Council has agreed to seek an updated valuation of the current market value of the land and offer to sell the land to the owner of the adjoining blocks in line with Council policies and procedures.

The square site takes in properties fronting Ocean Beach Rd between Pozieres and Lone Pine Ave and blocks fronting Pozieres and Lone Pine with one lane running parallel to Ocean Beach behind the mall and a second lane running between the blocks of land in Pozieres and Lone Pine.

Mr Laundy said that once the lanes were consolidated into the site, work could recommence.

The development application (DA37199/2009), first approved in 2010, had been activated with some demolition work on one of the blocks behind the mall and was still current.

He said the new centre would cost about $10m to build and local builders and tradesmen would be employed.

When finished, he expected about 200 permanent local jobs would be generated.

The negotiations for the sale of the lanes stalled first with a disagreement over the price and then again when the former Gosford Council was merged with the former Wyong Council.

Cr Richard Mehrtens said he was pleased that Council resolved to re-start discussions and he hoped it would be a first step towards getting Umina Mall back up and running.

"There are a number of issues that Central Coast Council staff are attempting to unravel regarding how the former Gosford Council was progressing with this matter, and I look forward to receiving further information from staff as it becomes available," he said.

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