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2 Mar 2020
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Anglican parish decides to sell St Andrews church
Tesch calls for more Return and Earn machines
Beach sculptures 'pop up' after storms
Future of Peninsula real estate given mixed assessment
Biddy turns 103
Work starts on traffic measures in Memorial Ave
Discussion about Mt Ettalong reserve plan invited
Mattress recycle project may extend to Woy Woy tip
All future council meetings to be held in Wyong
Council supports Coastal Twist festival with $50,000
Chair of Local Planning Panel announced
Springwood St seniors housing project to start this year
Two road projects approved
Local author's story included among 100
Rotary club hosts 20 exchange students for weekend
Golden retriever starts fortnightly visits
CWA branch receives donation for sock campaign
Evening patchwork in Ettalong
Village residents raise $1050 for bushfire appeal
Company grows from Ettalong lounge room
Union claims power delays due to job cuts
Rotary club provides shirts for Ugandan school teachers
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Pacific Link proposal reduces social housing
Rubbish spoils thoroughfare to beach
Repeating an action and expecting a different result?
Council has always been opposed to Wallarah 2
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Woy Woy Hospital to receive four new nurses
Clowns entertain aged care residents
Golf club donates pumps for 'chemo at home'
Hosts wanted for mental health barbecues
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Two contribute to award-winning film
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School adopts web software for administrative efficiency
Laptops and smartboards usher in new era
Leave precious items at home, parents warned
Canteen manager celebrates 25 years
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent use encouraged
Learning to make sushi
Annabelle returns with medals
Student artworks chosen for regional exhibition
School library transformed to match book fair theme
Charlotte receives scholarship for further education
Parents reminded about cycling helmets
Students selected for mentoring program
A taste of rugby league
Praise for settling in quickly
Splash-A-Thon to be held at Umina
Education department officials visit school
Staff win first round of volleyball tournament
Four well-being programs are offered
Science and technology program for indigenous girls
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Umina boxers in Olympic qualifying round
Soccer club rejoins Premier League after 30 years
Social cup celebrates 40 years of touch football
Spirit beaten for minor premiership in narrow win
Surf club member to provide livestream coverage
Pirates win medals in country championships
Narrowly beaten for bronze
Surf club mourns loss of long-time member
Major Fours hotly contested

Tesch calls for more Return and Earn machines

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has called on the NSW Government to replace the Return and Earn machine destroyed in the Umina Mall fire over a year ago.

She has also called on the Government to provide extra machines on the Peninsula to meet demand and to cover for breakdowns.

"The Umina Mall fire in January 2019 destroyed the former Return and Earn machine at that site but the NSW Government has failed to replace this vital facility in another location," she said.

She said the remaining machine in Woy Woy was often over-filled and regularly broke down.

Ms Tesch was commenting on a statement by Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch that Woy Woy and Umina Return and Earn stations have recycled a combined total 7,858,704 drink containers in the two years of their operation.

He said the volume through the Umina Return and Earn was 4,238,941 and at Woy Woy it was 3,619,763.

Ms Tesch said: "While there are four reverse vending machines in the Terrigal electorate, there is only one operating on the whole Peninsula.

"That isn't fair."

She said there were errors in the information supplied by Mr Crouch about the location of the Woy Woy machine.

"Mr Crouch is talking about a Return and Earn machine in Woy Woy Woolworths that doesn't exist," she said.

"If Mr Crouch visited Woy Woy he would know that it probably refers to a machine in a completely unrelated carpark in Oval Ave.

"The government has failed to act and, after several weeks of trying, I've had no response to my attempts to speak with representatives from NSW Department of Environment, provided by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Environment, to try and fix the errors.

"Since the program started two years ago, Return and Earn has now soared past 130 million drink containers across the 20 collection points on the Central Coast," Mr Crouch said.

"The growth of Return and Earn on the Coast has been phenomenal and it highlights a shift in our community's thinking and behavior around litter," he said.

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