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Collapse Issue 491 - 30 Mar 2020Issue 491 - 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

When the Peninsula relied on bore water

Growing up in the 60s and 70s in Umina, I have vivid memories of the importance our bore water played in our everyday lives.

Most houses had vegetable gardens and a chook pen, no town water.

We all had tanks for drinking water and washing. Thunder box dunnies were the go.

If you had the septic on, you were classed as rich.

How many sprinklers you ran off your billabong pump was a measure of a man's masculinity.

Many a time I would hear the men joke over a long neck that Jack Stokes down the road ran five sprinklers at once.

He was our local spear pump guru. No wonder Jack had five children. The man was a legend, they all would laugh.

On Saturday mornings in autumn, the local men would gather in the morning to pull up a neighbour's gal spear point, to clean and sink it again.

A very demanding job, everybody took it very seriously.

As a young fella, it was a rite of passage to be included and learn the ropes,

Not politically correct now, men were men back then.

The men would then all have just a couple of beers, until mum sent my sister to tell us, tea was ready.

During drought times (yes, we did have droughts then), mum would fill the tank with bore water.

It would rain for the next couple of days and the old man would say: "Told ya".

There were clay roads and lots of bush, and only one high school.

Picture shows were held at Ettalong, Umina and Patonga.

Woy Woy was the biggest one.

A shilling would get you the bus fare each way, entry, a chocy and a drink.

Just a thought of how it was.

Three storey units do not foster a great future for the next generation.

I suppose I am just lucky to have these golden memories of old Umina.

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