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Collapse Issue 487:<br />3 Feb 2020<br />_____________Issue 487:
3 Feb 2020
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Collapse  NEWS NEWS
Southern Spirit fined $1000 for Pink Day fundraiser
Community group calls for Umina Mall clean-up
Supermarket fixes leaking stormwater pipe
High winds cause widespread damage
Kingsview Hill residents petition for maintenance work
Association gives qualified support to mobile tower plan
Residents' group says new plans are 'even worse'
Bays Community Group prepares for fair
Energy company withdraws seismic testing application
Honour for service to animal conservation
Coastal Twist founder is Women of the Year finalist
Tesch urges seniors to take up travel card
Girls' lemonade stand raises $152 for Wires
Skate park work 'unlikely' before July
Fundraiser for firefighters' socks
Council invites businesses to disability access forum
Information about grants
Tree group learns about value of dead trees
Presentation about staying safe online
Paddle board beach party for vision-impaired youth
Toastmasters to hold speaking course
Lawyer returns from international cricket win
Work starts on five-storey apartment block
Real estate agents wins three franchise awards
Man charged over stabbing incident
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Social housing: What is the alternative?
Lucky streaks don't last forever
Doctor is harder to see than the Queen
Unnecessary watering is a waste
Doom and gloom prophecy or indisputable fact?
What about proportional representation in Council
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Aged care provider adopts new model
Luncheon to raise money for clown doctors
Hairdressers can help in cancer detection, says surgeon
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Environment group seeks volunteers for festival
The Final Test opens new season at Little Theatre
Opera conductor chosen for summer school
Family orchestra at Troubadour
Umina craft group supports wildlife carers
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Wide-ranging report in first newsletter of the year
Program to provide information about eating well
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
Jemma finishes seventh in Ironwoman Series
Pink Stumps Day final tally was $5108
Umina has two candidates for Junior Lifesaver award
Jemma excels in interstate championships
Ollier appointed junior soccer technical director
Skate, scooter and BMX competition heat at Umina
Charity bowls returns to Woy Woy
Two speakers at Lions luncheon
Basketball at leisure centre

Doom and gloom prophecy or indisputable fact?

Famous biologist and environmental commentator Dr David Suzuki has been described as Dr Doom and Gloom.

There is no need for a second opinion now that the term accurately describes our actions and devastated natural environment.

We have experienced the hottest and driest year on record (2019) without any certainty regarding weather conditions in the future.

Air pollution has been deadly with cancellation of transport services and council services unprecedented on this scale.

Regular media warnings recommending deferment of activities to protect personal health and reduce hospital admissions continued throughout the fire season.

Millions of hectares of biodiversity have been lost with the total cost of the loss never to be known.

I wish I could report Dr Suzuki's response to this catastrophe.

Regrowth and re-establishment of six million hectares of flora and fauna is impossible.

Is this another doom and gloom prophecy or indisputable fact, scoffed at by the ignorant?

Who do you believe?

I expect there will be many who believe the current fire storm season is a 1:5000 year event.

How will the insurance industry respond to an enormous increase in claims and what precautions will the industry implement in the near future?

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