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Umina power blackout on 43 degree day
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'Business as usual' despite factory fire
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Teachers' photos in social media campaign
Fun fair to show centre's program
Aged care course to be held again
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Jemma Smith wins silver in debut appearance
Netball player conducts training session at Woy Woy
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Bowling clubs name Club Persons

Councillors need to say no to destruction of our lifestyle

The refusal of our councillors to vote against the totally non-complying development at 145 Blackwall Rd is not a foot in the door.

It is the opening of the floodgates.

Not one of the 26 submissions objecting to the development were even considered by them to be worthy of their consideration.

From now on, every single dwelling block that hits the market will be snapped up and immediately be the subject of another such outrageous development application.

Take time to read the front page of Peninsula News edition 484 and read how big this thing really is.

Sorry, I forgot about the statement by Council staff that this building design has "architectural interest".

Possibly it's a long lost Jorn Utzon with sails or maybe an undiscovered Frank Lloyd Wright.

Being such a wonderful attraction, visitors from all over the world will bring economic benefits to our small town.

Also, more fighting for parking spaces on an already very busy main thoroughfare.

Also, the variation was compensated by "adequate boundary landscaping" and the proximity of a public recreational space 550m away.

Perhaps they could explain how all this wonderful work will be achieved when the proposal has only eight per cent open space when 25 per cent is recommended.

The bulk and scale of the development will adversely affect a large number of residents to its south who currently enjoy views as far as the hills on the far side of the Bays area.

All we will see after its completion is somebody's blank wall.

Now consider a similar monstrosity only a metre from your side fence.

Gone forever is your privacy, your sunlight and your lifestyle.

Instead of two or three neighbours prepare for as many20 to 30, and that is before they build another one on the other side.

Good luck in selling your house.

Who would want to live there now?

Do our councillors care?

As two out of the three don't even live here, I don't think they are really worried as long as such approvals are not permitted in their suburb.

Bring on the September elections and some candidates who are prepared to say no to further destruction of our lifestyle and represent what we, the people of the Peninsula, really want.

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