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17 Feb 2020
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Power cut, roads closed and trains cancelled after storm
Southern Spirit women's captain out for four weeks
School sets up phone charging station
Water restrictions imposed after big rain
Pearl Beach residents trapped in street after storm
Community group asks residents to complete survey
Killcare residents query support for phone tower
Council grants $7500 to Peninsula projects
Australia Day festivities attract 10,000 to Woy Woy
Marquart calls Wallarah decision 'environment crap'
CWA branch submits plans for Umina hall
Hazardous chemical disposal
Clydesdales visit child care centre
Dancers for Chinese New Year
Joy celebrates 101 years
Opera in the Arboretum returns for 15th year
Exchange student tells of experience in Austria
Rotary club celebrates 44th year
Events held in lead-up to International Women's Day
Stall provides information about guide dogs
Smiles on Dials for disabled surfers
Roles for volunteers at Bays Fair
Float planned for Mardi Gras
Extend tidy town spirit indefinitely
We call ourselves civilised
Council issues order to remove native ground cover
Peninsula has 1000 water bores
Train disruptions becoming more frequent
Panel discussion about autism spectrum disorder
Heart health promoted on Valentine's Day
Surgeons complete breast operation
Auto-immune disease attacked brain cells
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Dancing by the Water series starts at Lions Park
All-round entertainer at folk club
Author talk in Woy Woy
Pearl Beach literary lunch attracts 100
Debbie Ritchie nominated for State association award
Students urged to apply for performing arts program
Guessing competition for injured wildlife
School to hold Teddy Bears' Picnic
Students attend anti-bullying show
Ettalong students succeed at swimming carnival
Woy Woy students selected
Swimming carnival at leisure centre
Golf course affected by flood and storm damage
Swans offer opportunity to try Aussie Rules
Ettalong women take out Summer League
Tahlia to compete in Para World Swimming Cup
Former Ettalong player named in Australian bowls team
Boxer defends unbeaten record
Local rugby league players make NRL Rookies list
Vacancies in netball and boxing

Council issues order to remove native ground cover

Maggie Bartlett's suggestion (Forum edition 487) that road verges should be planted with native cover, instead of imported grasses is a very good one, but unfortunately, the Council does not agree and actually prohibits such use.

At some expense, I removed the mud and weeds from my front verge and planted climate-appropriate native ground cover.

I immediately received a Council order to remove my planting and to return the verge to its original condition.

When I objected to this instruction, I was told that the native cover constituted a hazard and that a fine would be imposed, if it was not removed.

There was no explanation of how the native cover could possibly constitute a hazard, since the verge is unusable, and pedestrians have to walk on the road pavement.

The only recourse in this situation is an appeal to the Land and Environment Court which, of course, is prohibitively expensive for any houseowner, let alone a pensioner, so that the Council knows it can never be challenged on its decision.

It is obvious that matters of this scale should be dealt with by a simple submission to NCAT, but nobody is going to change the legislation, when few people are affected and there is no advantage to either state or local government to allow individuals access to a usable appeal channel.

This is something that might be taken up by the Community Environment Network, since road verges constitute a significant part of our urban environment and should be treated in a way that is appropriate to our local conditions.

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