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18 May 2020
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Pocket parks face renewed threat, says reserves group
Woy Woy postmaster retires after 35-year career
Council approves five-storey hotel for Ettalong
Video meeting of community groups welcomed
Masterplan on display for second time
Draft plan envisages revitalisation of Woy Woy
Draft strategy 'well-considered and consistent', says Cox
Council appoints panel, but records its objection
Hardy's Bay club seeks $100,000 to avoid closure
Clothing ready for distribution
Rotary club connects with English club in video call
Salvos asks for online donations for Red Shield Appeal
Open space and footpath projects continue
Powers of council chief to be reviewed
Chamber of Commerce joins in Buy Local campaign
Many gamblers helped by lockdown, says counsellor
Ideas wanted for Wagstaffe Square garden
Residents asked to check their eligibility for vouchers
Donations sought of study and care packages
CWA produce becomes raffle prizes
Tip re-opens
Aged care facilities receive extra funding
Stores to re-open
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Council starts to respond to lack of toilet soap
Local planning panel is a win for developers
Deserving public acknowledgement
Rotary thanks patrons and sponsors
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Approval for Woy Woy aged care $12 million alterations
Fundraising for rescue helicopter by kayak
Staff look over new aged care wing
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Fifth time lucky for Archibald Prize entrant?
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Online access for religious and ethics education
Maintenance work carried out over Easter break
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New water play park at Leisure Centre
Surf club uses grant to buy tractor
Roosters junior registration continues
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Tribute to Pearl Beach fire brigade
Brigade formed early to fight fires at Pearl Beach
... and the fires continue

... and the fires continue

In a devastating fire in December 1990, houses and property were lost, and in more recent times, fire once again threatened the unique and fragile environment.

In 1994, Pearl Beach was isolated when the F3 was closed, and in November 2001 two helicopters and 17 tankers were called to contain a fire out at the waterfall.

On New Year's Day 2006, many residents living at the northern end were ushered down to the beach joining a large holiday crowd watching helicopters with their flimsy buckets of water delivering water to the fire.

Thankfully the wind turned and the residents were safe.

More recently, on December 19, 2016, a large fire started burning along Patonga Rd, threatening Pearl Beach Dve.

Again, the helicopters and their buckets were filled off shore at Pearl Beach, then swooping low over homes to reach the fires and drop much-needed water, greatly assisting our Rural Fire Service brigade on the ground.

Pearl Beach Rural Fire Brigade holds a special place in the life of the community.

A new vehicle in 2014, and more recently a trailer, were presented to the brigade.

In January this year, two barbecues were held which along with raffles sales, cash donations and the sausage sizzle sales, raised $15,000.

The brigade's current wish list includes two-way radios for the local community volunteers, night lights at the Pearl Beach station, fit out for the station extension, and another Community Fire Unit trailer including equipment.

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