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01 Jun 2020
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Woy Woy could see up to 6000 new dwellings
Woy Woy to be 'high density' residential and office area
Population projected to grow less than national average
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Statement is tragic reflection of planning system
Only interested in inappropriate development?
Travesty to take park from so many who enjoy it
Council is destroying a wonderful place to live
Strategic plan is as much use as a hole in the head
Residents are completely ignored
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Parking meters and carpark with shuttle bus proposed
Coastal walking track to undergo $1.4 million upgrade
Conservatorium artistic director airlifted to Sydney
Jayne Mote named volunteering 'living legend'
Helicopter patrols power lines for bushfire prevention
Council to act on lagoon plan, seven years later
Feedback opportunity for Mt Ettalong Reserve
Keep natural look and feel at Mt Ettalong, survey finds
Tesch wants ideas for shared public spaces
Council approves work on Umina CWA hall
Rotary club makes donations to regional charities
Boat ramp closed
Rotary club hosts international speaker online
CWA work continues despite restrictions
Volunteer recognised for 15 years of pet therapy
Council rebrands bushcare program
Council chief keeps power to decide all tenders
Tesch calls for bee industry recovery plan
Restrictions on passenger numbers 'unworkable'
Local business vital in unprecedented times, says MP
Club hears about Rotary project in Nepal
Police seek whereabouts of missing woman
Aged care resident pays surprise visit for 94th birthday
Lottery win
Project wants reports of whale sightings
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Fuel prices: Talking, writing and urging is not working
Plastic debris on beaches almost unbelievable
Try local police station for lost keys
Make dog signs bigger
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Pearl Beach music scholarship concert is postponed
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Woy Woy loses demountable classroom
Social distancing not required on buses, says operator
Year Five opportunity class placements delayed
Kindergarten information sessions rescheduled
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Surfing coach wins award
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Wrecked at Bouddi Point
Paddle steamer wreck gives Maitland Bay its name

Feedback opportunity for Mt Ettalong Reserve

Residents have until Thursday, June 4, to provide feedback on concept plans for a complete redesign of Mt Ettalong Reserve.

According to a Council media release, the aim of the upgrade and redesign was "to make it more accessible, functional and safe for the community".

The proposal includes detailed plans for a new southern- and eastern-facing lookout on the point.

If the Council's masterplan goes ahead, timber decking would lead out to the lookout - and step up to a smaller viewing platform.

"Integrated seats are then built into the edges of this decking, with arm rests and backings.

"Two separate angled seat plinths with backings and armrest provide wide views out to the south east, east and north east.

"Steel mesh surface finishes flush with the timber decking provide a light touch surface, that floats on-top of the rock platform.

"Steel rod balustrades provide a contemporary, low maintenance material that safely allow people to hold and enjoy views."

There would also be an "opportunity to include indigenous and flora/fauna representation in surface finishes and furniture items, for example, stingray referenced in balustrade handrail or a phrase written in dialect and etched in timber."

Council conducted an initial survey between February and March to understand how the community uses Mount Ettalong Reserve and what changes they would like to see incorporated into the Masterplan for its redesign.

The majority of survey respondents identified as residents of the area (78 per cent) and 20 per cent identified as having a disability.

Forty six per cent of respondents, the largest group, said they visited the site a few times a year.

The main purposes for visiting were leisure, exercise, site seeing and photography.

When asked to rate the importance of future attributes of the reserve, retention of natural pathways and bush trails was described as very important by 64 per cent of participants.

Some 69 per cent of respondents said concrete pathways were not at all important.

Ninety four percent of respondents said improvements should "keep a natural look and feel" and 76 per cent said the improvements should be "less formalised".

The survey did not appear to ask for feedback on the proposed new lookouts.

"Due to the restrictions on public gatherings Council was unable to deliver a planned community engagement workshop, however public submissions are still welcomed on the project online.

"Phase two of consultation with the public involves Council seeking feedback on the draft concept designs, which have been informed by the results of the initial surveys."

The overall landscape concept plan put to the community included the resurfacing of the walking track with "granitic sand".

The Concept Plan said "existing embedded rocks on trail track to be retained where possible," implying that some rock would be removed from the site.

The car park and the entry path are to be "formalised and resurfaced" and planting and seating benches added along the path leading up to the gate.

An area of timber paving will be added at the front of the gate "to signify the start of the trail track".

The Council has proposed re-levelling, resurfacing and grading the path to "ensure safer access throughout trail.

It has also proposed installing seated rest stops at various locations along the trail to "ensure a variety of seating to allow for all ability access, backrests, arm rests, picnic and flexible bench seating".

Beverage Williams, a land development and infrastructure design consultant, has been engaged to develop the Masterplan and conduct the community consultation "to ensure the designs for the reserve reflect what the community wants to see," according to the yourvoiceourcoast website.

The community can explore the concept plans for Mount Ettalong Reserve Masterplan and fill out the feedback form by Thursday 4 June to have their say: yourvoiceourcoast.com/mount-ettalong-reserve-masterplan

In addition to the feedback form, an interactive tool on the yourvoiceourcoast website gives residents the opportunity to give a thumbs up or thumbs down to each element of the masterplan which, at the time of writing, had garnered little response.

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