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Collapse Issue 494:<br />18 May 2020<br />_____________Issue 494:
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
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
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?
Online access for religious and ethics education
Maintenance work carried out over Easter break
New water play park at Leisure Centre
Surf club uses grant to buy tractor
Roosters junior registration continues
Tribute to Pearl Beach fire brigade
Brigade formed early to fight fires at Pearl Beach
... and the fires continue

Draft strategy 'well-considered and consistent', says Cox

Central Coast Council's director for planning, Mr Scott Cox, has claimed the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement gave a well-considered and consistent approach to planning for the forecasted population growth in the Central Coast's future.

"The land use vision aims to create the Central Coast of tomorrow - showing leadership in place-making, environmental protection, sustainability, infrastructure and community resilience," he said.

"A region where our town centres will thrive with more living and working opportunities and provide key services to surrounding communities.

"Importantly, a region with physically connected communities through appropriate infrastructure and socially connected through strong relationships and a sense of unity."

Mayor Cr Lisa Matthews said that the plan had already been put together with community involvement and she hoped this would continue.

"Our community's opinion is highly valued, and the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement has been guided by the extensive community consultation undertaken for the preparation of the Community Strategic Plan 2018 and draft Urban Spatial Plan," she said.

"I encourage the community to take this opportunity to now have their say on the Draft Local Strategic Planning Statement."

The Statement aims to define the way state and regional plans will be implemented in the Central Coast, taking into account the NSW Government's Central Coast Regional Plan 2036, the State's Environmental Planning and Assessment Act and community priorities.

The Statement proposes the Central Coast's future as a satellite city, positioned between the two "global gateway cities" of Sydney and Newcastle.

The growth target set out in the Statement is for 75,500 more people, 41,500 more dwellings and 24,674 more jobs.

The Statements describes "Four Pillars" that guide the priorities as "place, environment, lifestyle and infrastructure" with aims of providing adequate housing and transport, maintaining the Coast's community identity and way of life, and protecting the natural environment.

The Council will undertake its community consultation online from May 8 to June 8.

The full Local Strategic Planning Statement can be viewed, and comments made, at

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