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20 Jan 2020
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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

Council should pause and question population targets

The Council is consistent in continuing to approve non-complying, oversized multi-unit residential developments on the Peninsula.

As to why this is occurring continues to puzzle and outrage some residents, even more so when their opinion is ignored.

The bigger the development, the more it benefits the developer but also the Council which depends on developers for contributions to their budget - as do all councils in NSW, a system that operates under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979.

This contribution helps to pay for infrastructure to support new homes and other Council essential services.

In Council's proposed 2019-20 capital works program $16.6M will be funded by developer contributions.

Council is developing a strategy and plans to deliver the capital works projects that developer contributions are being collected for.

It should be noted that developer contributions generally fund up to 20 per cent of the project cost and additional sources of funds need to be found to fund the balance of the project costs.

However, the Council is also under obligation to meet population targets imposed on them by the State Government and this I believe is their main driving factor in approving these excessive development applications.

In the light of the climate change connection to our bushfires, it would be wise for our Council to pause and question if the population target is an environmentally sustainable one.

This debate ought to be conducted with both the Federal and State Governments who are respectively driving population growth and responding to it.

The Council cannot continue to accept this population target without considering it in the greater context of environmental sustainability and climate change impact.

The Peninsula has the hottest suburbs on the Coast as per a consultant's report to Council in 2019, a report that must have informed their Greener Places strategy.

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