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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

Project wants reports of whale sightings

The Central Coast Dolphin Project is wanting to hear of local whale and dolphin sightings.

Project coordinator Mr Ronny Ling said some of the best spots to observe the whales were on the Bouddi Peninsula.

He said whales had started their annual migration north.

"Humpback whales travel over 5000 kilometres from their summer feeding grounds near Antarctica, to the warmer waters off Queensland and the Coral Sea, to give birth and mate," Mr Ling said.

"The northern migration will peak in late June and early July, with the whales and their new calves returning on their southern migration from September to late November.

"More than 30,000 humpback whales are expected to migrate north along the east coast this year.

"Numbers are increasing by about 10 percent each year but they are still not as abundant as they were in pre-whaling days."

"Whale watching is always the luck of the draw with weather and sea conditions playing a big part," Mr Ling said.

"Morning is usually the best time to go with the rising sun silhouetting the whales' blow and the breeze usually at its minimum strength.

"Humpback whales are the most common whale sighted and they travel singularly or in pods which range from two to eight animals.

"These whales are the most acrobatic of the whale species and their behavior includes breaching, tail and fin slapping, spy hopping and lunging.

"Their blow is quite bushy and about three metres high.

"Minke whales also migrate at this time of year and they are smaller and faster than the humpbacks."

Mr Ling said whale watchers might be lucky enough to spot a Southern Right or two around the end of June and early July.

"These rare whales were almost hunted into extinction and have been very slow to recover," he said.

"Killer whales, seals and different types of dolphins have also been known to visit the Central Coast beaches at this time of year.

"If you are on the water, you need to be aware of whale approach regulations as penalties apply to breaches of the whale watching rules." Mr Ling said.

To report sightings, call the Central Coast Dolphin Project on 0435 348 552, post your sighting on their facebook page or send an email to centralcoastdolphins@gmail.com



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