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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
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
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
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
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

Pacific Link proposal reduces social housing

Luke Chell (Forum, edition 487) expresses commendable sentiments.

There is a real need for social housing.

However, exactly what is provider Pacific Link proposing for its site near the busy industrial area, locale of the Ocean Beach Rd-Rawson Rd roundabout?

The address of the site is 1 Waratah Ave, Woy Woy, but its long side is in Ocean Beach Rd and the development it proposes would face into Ocean Beach Rd with all resident traffic entering and exiting from there.

A three-story structure with 12 one- and two-bedroom units is proposed.

This large, high building would cover the long, narrow land almost completely, with all resident parking underneath it at ground level and all washing and drying indoors.

Currently, Pacific Link's proposed site is occupied by two neat brick cottages each with a back and front yard and single brick garage and each built to accommodate a typical family of two adults and two children, a total of eight people being comfortably housed.

These cottages are owned by Pacific Link and are social housing.

Pacific Link's new proposal is very different from the current two neat brick cottages.

Occupancy planned averages 1.5 persons per unit for each of 12 units, totaling 18 occupants in all.

Only three of the units are to be for social housing.

The other nine are to be for private sale.

Pacific Link has told me each of the three social housing units would be occupied by one person only, total of three persons accommodated in social housing as compared with the current two neat brick cottages providing for eight.

Thus, what is planned would result in a net decrease in social housing of five persons.

Meanwhile, the rear (western) wall of Pacific Link's proposed three-storey structure would present the residents of the pleasant four-villa complex behind it at 3 Waratah Avenue with a high, blank concrete wall, blocking summer breezes, reflecting massive summer heat onto them and overshadowing.

Paradoxically, these four villas are all social housing properties being provided by Housing NSW.

Thus, the proposed Pacific Link development will not only reduce their own social housing from eight persons to five but will also destroy the amenity enjoyed by the social housing residents next door to it.

The Peninsula has a long history of embracing social housing and NSW housing residents are found in Railway St, Farnell Rd, and Camellia Circle, Woy Woy, as well as the large development for the most seriously disadvantaged, just to the east of Woy Woy's Blackwall Rd shopping area.

The Peninsula has become expansive, over-developed and over-trafficked to the point of discomfort.

Cheaper, less restricted land is available further to the north and to the west.

Presumably that is where Pacific Link is proposing to invest the millions of profits it is seeking to reap at 1 Waratah Ave.

Unfortunately, the site is very unsuitable for the development Pacific Link proposes, much too large for the long, narrow land it has, destroys the amenity at 3 Waratah Ave and creates a major traffic hazard with its residents' cars having to enter and exit via Ocean Beach Rd.

And don't mention the weekly prospect of pedestrians having to negotiate 24 large garbage bins clogging the footpath on their way to the bus stop.

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