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Umina power blackout on 43 degree day
Council approves plans for IOOF housing site
Australia Day celebrations to be held at Woy Woy
'Business as usual' despite factory fire
'We're not guilty,' says aged care provider
Busy day for Marine Rescue
Ettalong to get a spruce-up
Fire at Woy Woy tip took 90 minutes to locate
Call for more council funding for free open-air film nights
New proposal submitted for six-storey development
Hardware store proposal criticised by neighbours
Woy Woy CWA donates to Disaster Relief
Free emergency accommodation offered
Ministers' association holds prayers for bushfire victims
CWA branch delivers donations to South Coast
Community raises $14,000 for Pearl Beach fire brigade
Sewing bee to help injured wildlife
Arboretum receives second $20,000 grant
Group plans to plant 100 trees
New community garden in Umina
Talk about tree hollows as habitat
First Bays' breakfast of the year
Rotary club chooses exchange student
Free putt putt golf for children
Titanic theme for Pearl Beach dinner
Cinema under the stars
Taking part in breakfast program
Councillors need to say no to destruction of our lifestyle
Turn down temperature in the Peninsula oven
Council has forgotten it is there to ensure equal rights
Council should pause and question population targets
Why do we bother with council and its elected officials?
Permanent budget needed to keep waterways open
Act on dredging and bad driving, but not roundabout
Find time to toast success
Watering grass and concrete
Constructive political action is needed
Climate action rejected for 40 years
Men's activities result in improvement to well-being
Prosthetic limbs donated to 29 children
Cricket club raises $519 for cancer support
Film about gut health to be shown in Ettalong
Hospital staff provide drought aid and firefighter support
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Aboriginal history group shows four films
Choir holds registration day
Young singer wins music competition
English singer at folk club
Teachers' photos in social media campaign
Fun fair to show centre's program
Aged care course to be held again
Jemma Smith wins silver in debut appearance
Netball player conducts training session at Woy Woy
Graded Pairs held at Umina
Bowling clubs name Club Persons

'Business as usual' despite factory fire

The operator of a marine repair business, boat dealership and marine supply store will continue "business as usual" after his Woy Woy factory burnt to the ground two weeks ago..

Despite feeling "devastated", Umina X-treme Marine owner Mr Don Terrill said: "I'll be going mobile and operating out of another factory, to get the business back on its feet.".

Umina Fire and Rescue Unit was called to a factory fire at 15 Alma Ave, Woy Woy, around the corner from the fire station, at 5am on Wednesday, January 8.

Station officer Mr Gordon Jones said a man working in the bakery across the road raised the alarm and then checked surrounding buildings to make sure no one was inside.

"It was quite a dangerous environment for fire crews with explosions from gas bottles and other products," Mr Jones said.

"Police evacuated neighbouring properties and especially the residences at the back of the factory because when we first got there we thought the fire could spread.

"After an aggressive attack by about 40 firefighters and 10 appliances, we managed to contain the fire to just one premises."

Mr Jones said Umina fire brigade was assisted by others from Toukley, Gosford, Terrigal, Bateau Bay, Saratoga and Kincumber to bring the fire under control.

"The initial extinguishment took about three hours and crews returned in the afternoon and again the following morning to put out flare ups and eventually we had to bring in a truck from Toronto to cover the site in a foam blanket to fully extinguish the whole thing," Mr Jones said.

Investigators spent the day examining the scene to determine the cause of the fire and the investigation is ongoing.

Mr Terrill said it was thought to be an electrical fault.

"I'm devastated," he said.

"To spend 16 to 18 hours a day working to build up the business just to watch it all burn in front of me.

"There was a heap of stock in there: my own boats that I was doing up, parts, motors, jet skis, the lot."

Mr Terrill moved his business into the Alma Ave factory in 2010 after operating a successful mobile service and repair business in the area for many years.

"I'll scrape some tools together and go back to where I started - doing mobile work and find another factory," he said.

"I just have to stay positive and get going to rebuild - and I want all my customers to know that it's business as usual," Mr Terrill said. SOURCE Interview (Sue Murray), 12 Jan 2020 Don Terrill, Umina X-treme Marine Website, 8 Jan 2020 Interview (Sue Murray), 12 Jan 2020 Gordon Jones, Fire and Rescue NSW

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