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16 Mar 2020
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Call for lifeguards at Pearl Beach
Wrong picture
Church sells for $1.43 million
$12 million aged care upgrade planned
Wellington pays second visit
Open forum with local councillors
Tesch asks RMS for more time for resident engagement
Flooding and capacity limits highlighted in plan feedback
Environmental projects receive almost $175,000
Volunteers sought to restore park into nature reserve
Plans for six three-storey townhouses
Council seeks insights about leisure centre and theatre
Upgrades for Woy Woy Rd
Council gives 20 per cent weighting for local business
Council financial statements show breach of Act
Association plans hall upgrade
Volunteer sought to co-ordinate Anzac service
Buddies Club forms in Pearl Beach
CWA flag stolen again
Save Our Coast holds celebratory gathering
Events for residents over long weekend
Association has several things on agenda
CWA seeks bedding donations for bushfire relief
Bridge club hosts teacher training program
Next president named
Recycled products at children's market
Film screening by Eco Network
Happy without the noisy intrusion
Fire actions needed immediately
Everyone is entitled to solar access
Ocean Beach Rd intersection already too busy
Return machine needed next door to Liesl Tesch's home
Looked after while I was ill
Many causes for potholes
Times have changed
All council toilets should have hand cleaners
Suitable trees under powerlines are a good idea
Comfort cushions made for cancer care unit
Computer games and puzzles for the elderly
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Italian festival in Ettalong in April
Concert to raise money for ballerina's schooling
Concert for bushfire and flood victims
Two acts for folk club concert
Tesch launches petition to save Gosford TAFE
Precautions in preparation for maintenance work
Aboriginal Welcome Barbecue at Umina
Books donated to children overseas
Southern Spirit women win place in grand final
Ducks softball players win their way to finals
Umina comes 10th in surf life saving championships
Golfers win their way to national finals
Life savers chosen as leading women
Goodman retains unbeaten fight record
Surf clubs win medals in age championships
Umina wins medals in Masters championships
Annabelle wins medals in athletics championships
Open Fours finals played
Margaret crowned district singles champion
Boxers defeated in Olympic qualifier

Fire actions needed immediately

The next six months provides us with an opportunity to improve the readiness of the Bouddi Peninsula to cope with next year's fire season.

The expert NSW inquiry into the bushfires is commendable.

However, its recommendations are unlikely to be comprehensively implemented before the next fire season arises.

I note that Central Coast Council recently confirmed its commitment "to undertaking responsible decision-making regarding mitigation, adaptation and risk management" as a result of the 2019-20 bush fire season.

However, it opted to wait for the NSW Inquiry findings rather than immediately consider actions which help to reduce the fuel load ahead of next year's fire season since, it is unlikely that such findings could be comprehensively implemented in the shorter time period.

While this approach is understandable given the scaremongering, finger pointing and a poor community awareness of the issues, there must be some actions which can be immediately implemented which have strong expert and community support.

At the Climate Change Meeting at Killcare Surf Life Saving Club on February 27, fire management expert Bob Conroy said lightning strikes overwhelming started most of the fires, not arsonists.

He also pointed out that past fuel burns in national parks were only partially successful in slowing the fires and very little effort had gone into fuel reduction of privately-owned tracts of land close to national parks.

Bouddi Peninsula's centrepiece is our national parks.

Alas, land which has been left to accumulate fuel by absentee landowners is probably a greater fire risk which could be addressed without waiting for the Inquiry's recommendations.

Council could take the lead and work co-operatively with the Rural Fire Service and National Parks to readily identify these properties and use the powers under the Rural Fires Act NSW to issue a notice requiring specified bush fire hazard reduction work.

Additionally, key fire escape routes such as Wards Hill Rd, The Scenic Rd and Maitland Bay Dr need overhanging trees cleared so that there is less likelihood of fallen trees closing off escape routes.

The further clearing of fire trails is also a no brainer.

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