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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
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Council gives 20 per cent weighting for local business
Council financial statements show breach of Act
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Buddies Club forms in Pearl Beach
CWA flag stolen again
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Events for residents over long weekend
Association has several things on agenda
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Next president named
Recycled products at children's market
Film screening by Eco Network
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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
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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
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Two acts for folk club concert
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Tesch launches petition to save Gosford TAFE
Precautions in preparation for maintenance work
Aboriginal Welcome Barbecue at Umina
Books donated to children overseas
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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
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Open Fours finals played
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Margaret crowned district singles champion
Boxers defeated in Olympic qualifier

Flooding and capacity limits highlighted in plan feedback

Central Coast Council has considered the outcomes of the draft Urban Spatial Plan community consultation and public exhibition which was completed late last year.

More than 170 submissions were received online throughout the consultation process with stakeholders and the public also engaging through community information sessions.

Key components of feedback about the Peninsula was that the plan did not adequately address the constraints of flood, sea level rise and coastal erosion on the Woy Woy Peninsula.

Feedback also indicated plans to more densely populate/develop Woy Woy because it was close to the railway station did not take into account the current and worsening flood risk on this part of the Peninsula and capacity of the road network.

Community feedback and the plan is expected to provide an initial framework for the development of the Central Coast's first Local Strategic Planning Statement.

The statement will focus on the vision and planning priorities for land use planning in the region over the next 20 years and together with Council's Community Strategic Plan will identify the long-term social, environmental and economic aspirations of the community and provide a clear direction for growth that will inform future strategic plans and planning instruments.

Mayor Cr Lisa Matthews said the Community Strategic Plan, or One Central Coast ,was a platform to build a region that all the community could be proud of.

"The upcoming statement is an opportunity for the community to have their say and engage as we seek to make the Central Coast an even more liveable and desirable place to call home," Cr Matthews said.

Comments from the public about that plan, specific to the Peninsula area, covered a variety of topics and included the following comments.

Transport infrastructure was said to be 20 years behind where it should be. Major Pacific Highway upgrades and key transport links needed to occur before population was increased.

Footpaths and shared pathway connections were needed to Woy Woy station.

Deepwater Plaza performed a key economic and social role in Woy Woy and planning should aim to facilitate a mix of land uses to ensure the priorities for Woy Woy are achieved.

Local jobs were critical for the region

There should be financial incentives for businesses, including cheap land and tax breaks.

Growth corridors should not become walls of high rise buildings with inadequate sunlight, views, trees, green spaces and amenities.

The huge increase in granny flats and other ad hoc development had had a very detrimental impact on the wider community.

Natural bushland, green spaces, wetlands and their catchments between urban centres should be protected. Developers were attempting to use State planning laws to override local planning.

Public consultation of the Local Strategic Planning Statement is proposed to start on April 6 until May 12.

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