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Collapse Issue 488 - 17 Feb 2020Issue 488 - 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
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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
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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
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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
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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

Pearl Beach residents trapped in street after storm

Residents in Cornelian Rd, Pearl Beach, were trapped in their street most of last week because of a fallen tree over power lines.

Crews from Gosford State Emergency Service unit and Pearl Beach Rural Fire Service isolated the scene for safety but deputy commander Mr Werner Klumpp said they could not continue until Ausgrid workers attended to de-energise the wires and remove the tree.

Resident Ms Kay Williams said the tree was moving in the wind and creating a dangerous situation which could cut power to the neighbourhood at any time.

"Cornelian Rd remains blocked and one resident living below the affected power line, which is adjacent the main junction box for all of Pearl Beach, was advised not to sleep in her house as the live wires could come down on her house," Mrs Williams said.

She said this was a foreseeable consequence of clear felling of trees on the steep block of land between Jade Place and 23 Cornelian Rd in preparation for construction of two residences.

She said she and other residents were seeking answers from Central Coast Council but inquiries were falling on deaf ears.

"I have asked whether Council gave approval for specific approval for the removal of trees which were cut down in December.

"By taking out every tree, the owner has undermined the stability of the block and during the weekend of the severe storms the mud from that block washed down the steep block from Jade Pl into Cornelian Rd and taken the tree with it, that eventually finished up hanging on the power lines.

"These situations of taking out every mature tree should not be allowed to happen as it makes the road structure dangerous, let alone taking the shade for the hotter months," Ms Williams said.

Development documents show the owners Mr Gene Yu and Ms Judy Wang are planning to build a main residence over four levels fronting Jade St and a secondary, smaller residence at the bottom of the sloping block of land and fronting Cornelian Rd.

The development consent stated that all recommendations were to be adhered to in the Aboricultural Impact Assessment, which accompanied the application.

The assessment, done in December 2016 by Advanced Treescape Consulting in December 2016, said there were 32 trees on the site.

Each tree was assessed and rated for tree retention value and the report lists certain trees to be retained and recommendations about how to protect those trees and how to clear the remaining trees.

A Construction Certificate by private certifying authority, Certibuild, was issued in October last year to allow commencement of the secondary dwelling.

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