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Collapse Issue 482 - 11 Nov 2019Issue 482 - 11 Nov 2019
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Edna celebrates her 100th birthday
Young artist aims to raise $5000 for support service
Two marine rescues near Lion Island
Tawny frogmouth population under threat, say carers
Heritage study being prepared for Woy Woy
One more week to comment on roundabout plans
Remembrance Day
Empire Bay wharf will close for replacement program
Trust asks about use of endangered bushland money
Mayor may visit Peninsula on 'travelling roadshow'
Council refuses to rezone Ettalong land
Council approves five two-storey units at Ettalong
Dredging program 'complete', says Crouch
Partly-restored ferry towed to Blackwall
Library renovation
Marquart opposes water tank scheme
Gosford council chambers security costs to be tabled
Council decides not to set up ethical standards unit
Council pecuniary interests register to go on website
Abrahams criticises election donation disclosure system
Community input sought for flood study
Dark Corner carpark upgrade is completed
Council proposal leads to call on Federal Government
Council staff propose grant for Ducks
CWA branch member awarded life membership
Bill Graham granted life membership at Men's Shed
Umina CWA almost doubles membership in a year
Members of original Guide group celebrate 70 years
Kate Da Costa re-elected to NCC
Rotary has lawyer as guest speaker
Ettalong to light up for Christmas
Rotary club announces Pride of Workmanship awards
Funding available for safety projects
Organiser claim 6000 at Coastal Twist
Staff celebrate anniversaries
Record fair
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Strategic planning should be based on real communities
What is the point of having planning controls?
Council fence creates reserve instead of urban forest
If councillors want our opinions, read Peninsula News
Roundabout expense could buy 35 homes
New ferry wharf will open onto 'scourge of the Coast'
Why is Chambers Place so ugly?
Urinating for all to see
We should support the use of mobility scooters
Constitution is frozen in time
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Bladder scanner donated to aged care home
Film documents 'long walk' for effective drug treatment
Mingaletta wins Koori Mini Olympics
Pink Day in Woy Woy raises $12,000
Assistance dogs provided to veterans
Free healing group sessions
Money raised for mental health service
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Council seeks sculpture for Anderson Park
Blues and roots duo at folk club
Free children's Christmas party
Satirical variety show promoted for Lakes Festival
Council seeks artists for its art competition
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Rotary club donates five computers
Geography students add to school world map mural
Garden club holds first produce sale
Para-athlete returns with bronze medal
Students take indigenous cooking lessons
Students partner with Rotary for international aid
Senior choir performs at choral festival
Mini fete at Woy Woy South
Camp Quality puppet show visits Woy Woy
Two win Hunter TAFE Foundation awards
Big Bouddi beach bushwalk
Private preschool receives gazebo grant
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Jemma Smith comes second in Coolangatta Gold
Back from round of swimming world cup
Awards for Woy Woy club
Umina United holds presentation
Mixed results for Peninsula Ducks
Surf club celebrates 50 years of 'rubber ducky'
Ettalong pair wins Champion Pairs title
Veterans' Pairs champions

Dredging program 'complete', says Crouch

The current program of six months of dredging of the Ettalong Channel is complete, according to Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch

He said 22,000 cubic metres of sand had been removed from shoals in Ettalong's channel, across a 30m width and a 2.5m depth.

"About 10,000 cubic metres of dredged sand has been placed on Ocean Beach to improve the condition of the beach and counter the impacts of coastal erosion," he said.

"This latest dredging work has taken place in three locations upstream of Half Tide Rocks, adjacent Lobster Beach, to intercept a sand shoal encroaching on the channel, and adjacent Little Box Head.

"The channel needs occasional dredging because of its dynamic nature with shifting sand creating shoals that threaten boating access."

Mr Crouch said the NSW Government and Central Coast Council each committed $1.225M in 2018 as part of Phase 5 of the Rescuing Our Waterways program.

"Central Coast Council will now continue to monitor the condition of Ettalong Channel and undertake further dredging, using $1.45M in remaining funds under this Rescuing Our Waterways partnership.

"Keeping Ettalong Channel safe and accessible to recreational and commercial vessels requires repeated dredging.

"We know that there is no such thing as a one-off fix.

"Council has a long-term dredging strategy for this local waterway and I encourage them to ensure it remains in an appropriate condition," Mr Crouch said.

Peninsula Waterways Committee chairman Mr Mike Allsop said he was pleased with the dredging works.

"This was long overdue when commenced last year, and was subject to disgraceful wrangling between Central Coast Council and the State Government while the community suffered," Mr Allsop said.

"Access for ferry services, deeper keel leisure craft and commercial vessels was restored about 12 months ago, and we were pleased to see a continuation of works to secure the channel and at the same time contribute sand spoil for beach nourishment.

"However, we do feel two primary issues remain," Mr Allsop said.

"Firstly, while the main problem at Little Box Head was resolved, the channel itself around Lobster Beach is still too narrow with tight turns making it difficult for vessels to pass in opposite directions.

"This needs to be widened a bit further toward the west and the red markers moved accordingly to allow safe passage, especially under a running tide.

"Secondly, we have had no indication from Central Coast Council as to what maintenance arrangements will apply to the channel now that the State Government has spent its share of the funds.

"How will future maintenance or emergency works be funded and resourced?

"The community will be in uproar if we see a repeat of the 2018 debacle.

"We are disappointed to see the dredge being stood down while some further work would actually complete the job.

"We would agree that there is probably no case for a permanent dredge if the channel is profiled correctly and if either council or the State could ensure diligent oversight of the channel and speedy deployment of appropriate equipment for maintenance purposes and emergencies.

"However, there has been stark silence on this," Mr Allsop said.

Central Coast Council was contacted by this newspaper for information about Council's ongoing maintenance plans but there was no response to our inquiries before publication.

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