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30 Mar 2020
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Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach
Fishing operators say they struggle to stay viable
Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop
Early end to patrols, but beaches remain open
'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward
'Resilience plan writes itself' as needs arise
Rotary president returns to home confinement
New York trip turns to nightmare
Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services
Bays Fair won't be held until next year
Italian festival postponed
Rotary club cancels Opera in the Arboretum
Information on government website
Chamber joins in buy-local campaign
Wicks urges residents to remain calm
Council forecasts $32.5 million deficit before virus costs
Council elections postponed 12 months
Council to tender for after hours call service
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The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
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Health District 'as prepared as humanly possible'
Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery
Private hospital offers surgery to 'relieve load'
Woy Woy Hospital changes visiting hours
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Photographers and artists wanted by arboretum group
Art prize winners announced
Benefit concert postponed
Folk club cancels March concert
Theatre group reschedules plays to next year
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College campuses transition to online learning
Teachers are designing activities for home learning
School adopts Batlow as 'bushfire buddy'
Schoolwork prepared for online learning
Students take part in photography workshop
Events cancelled, postponed and proceeding
Umina launches Learning at Home portal
School attendance drops to 15 per cent
School subscribes to online learning programs
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Southern Spirit declared runners-up after washout
Women's sevens final played at Woy Woy
Netball association may face tough decisions
Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May
Soccer players wait for news about season's future
Swans season deferred

Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach

Umina Surf Lifesaving Club conducted 52 rescues over the weekend of March 21 and 22, when terrible surf, several rips, warm weather and Sydney beach closures saw an increase of beachgoers at the beach.

Club president Mr Stephen Scahill said: "It was a very difficult weekend for members, particularly as beachgoers were spread out and not swimming between the flags.

"It got to the point where patrollers ended up taking up positions along the beach all the way to Kiddies Corner to ensure we had the coverage we needed," Mr Scahill said.

He said so much strain was placed on patrollers that the club was forced to call in off-duty members to assist.

Both Surf Life Saving Central Coast and Central Coast Council have since opted to end the patrol season.

Mr Scahill admitted the sudden cessation of patrols while the beach remained open had him worried, but he was hopeful that the beach would not see a crowd like that again as the temperature cooled and the public adopted more stringent social distancing practices.

"It is a little concerning and I would definitely advise not to go swimming for the time being," he said.





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