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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
The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
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
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
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

The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula

I sympathize with Luke Chell (Forum edition 490) about the dire trend in planning approvals on the Peninsula and so do Bryan Ellis, June Mitchell, Laurie Powell and Uncle Tom Cobley and all.

I am proud to say that not one candidate I voted for in local, state or federal election was elected, so I can afford to be critical.

Developers know that the so-called planning standards are a joke and that it isn't even necessary to make a plausible case to get council approval for non-complying projects.

The latest manifestation of this is the Blackwall-Burge townhouse application that exceeds the permissible density, does not meet setback requirements and falls below the required parking standard, all of which requirements are airily dismissed as "not appropriate for this project".

As I have said multiple times before, if the current standards are not appropriate, let us have new ones.

But new ones that have been properly arrived at by rational research and analysis, not arbitrary project-by-project variations by bureaucratic whimsy.

And certainly they should not be arrived at by the mess of unsupported and inconsistent requirements of the draft Development Plan which will only lead to more of the same.

What we need are property speculators and real-estate agents off councils, and more planning panels that can take development decisions out of the hands of incompetent councillors by establishing reliable protocols that reflect the best way forward for the community.

Oh, and world peace and the elimination of global poverty.

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