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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

Turn down temperature in the Peninsula oven

The weather forecast or your weather app might say the temperature is, say, 30 degrees on the Peninsula.

But research conducted over the last two weeks of November gives quite a different picture.

Your weather app might say the temperature is 30 degrees but the real temperature in some parts of the Peninsula can be as high as 40 degrees or more.

West St in Umina, the whole of Woy Woy and the shopping strip in Ettalong are generally far hotter than other places on the Central Coast.

But it's not just high streets. Retirement homes, most schools and hospitals are just as hot if not hotter.

What's more, the hotter the day the more the hot spots are even hotter.

The health risks of this are enormous and rise almost exponentially once the ambient temperature passes 35 degrees.

These risks are amplified with the elderly, the young and the infirm.

It's a real climate crisis with real implications.

It is more than likely that temperatures of 40 degrees or more will be commonplace this summer for the Peninsula.

This would result in temperatures over 50 degrees in hot spots such as the Peninsula's high streets and surrounding areas.

What can be done?

Awnings and occasional trees can reduce the heat impact by some 25 percent but no more.

However, full tree cover reduces the heat impact by up to 60 percent.

So the Peninsula needs a massive commitment to, and investment in, many, many more trees, not just for aesthetic reasons but also for real health and welfare reasons.

Council has a plan for this that does not yet go far enough.

The local organisation, Grow Urban Shade Trees, are doing great work and has planted some 300 new trees.

Council is planning to plant 1500 new trees on the Peninsula.

Sadly, local residents continue to cut trees down. This is rank stupidity.

So far, far more needs to be done.

Many parts of the Peninsula are like an oven and we need to turn the temperature down.

Otherwise we'll fry.

Coupled with smoke from bush fires, the health risk is terrifying.

Emergency hospital admissions could rise by over 25 percent and anyone with a cardio vascular condition or diabetes is at risk.

It's a crisis. Not in the distant future but now.

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