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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
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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
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Aboriginal history group shows four films
Choir holds registration day
Young singer wins music competition
English singer at folk club
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Teachers' photos in social media campaign
Fun fair to show centre's program
Aged care course to be held again
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
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 has forgotten it is there to ensure equal rights

I wish to comment on the article on the front page of edition 485.

The article related a meeting of Gosford Council where Council approved the construction of nine three-storey flats in a narrow (12m wide) block that would normally have a single house on it, and possibly a granny flat at the back.

The Council has admitted that this development doesn't comply with its own planning regulations.

The proposal increases the population density of the block by 800 per cent, where other similar developments in the area have only increased by 200 to 300 per cent.

It has less than the required parking places, so potentially 18 to 20 cars could require parking spots outside the block.

The main impact of this over-development will fall on the church next door.

The report from council said that "given the church was a non-residential use no detailed controls specifically applied".

This means that the new flats can be built closer to the fence than if the church was a residence.

Despite a gallery full of church community and a speaker presenting their arguments as to why this development will negatively impact on their activities, their concerns were dismissed without a mention.

No debate took place.

The council approved the application without objection.

I would like here to remind council of the importance of quality of life and individual wellbeing, how important these are to the health and happiness of the Peninsula community.

Even if there are no rules to protect church people, they are human beings and deserve protection at least in accordance with basic human rights.

I know many practicing Christians.

Church attendance provides them with support and belonging.

Many are lonely, elderly and vulnerable people in our community.

This building will put pressure on the church as a support system.

The community will pick up the tab in the physical and mental health services.

During Sunday services, weddings and funerals, hymn singing could disturb the neighbours who may turn up their TV to drown the sound.

Quiet contemplative prayer sequences could be disturbed with kids playing, cars starting or neighbours having domestic arguments.

The new buildings are taller than the church so will overshadow the sunlight, cooling the church and dimming the light on the stained-glass windows.

Churchgoers provide social services such as feeding or clothing homeless people, donating to all kinds of worthy charitable institutions, and providing a safe place for various groups to meet such as Alcoholics Anonymous.

I believe that disregarding human rights to churches and their worshippers is discriminatory and cruel.

It is happening overtly and publicly right here under our noses.

Are we going to allow our council to use the technicality of council law to bully defenceless and vulnerable people in our community?

Has the council forgotten that the law is there to give every person in the community equal rights, to protect the weak?

It seems that this council has no real concern for community protection, only for untrammelled development and support of those driven by greed.

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