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15 Jun 2020
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On-demand commuter bus service stops abruptly
Council resists campaign for soap in public toilets
Keep coral trees, says shade tree group
Ownership mistake discovered
Registered clubs re-open to limited numbers of patrons
Her own teeth, a sense of humour and an able body
Landcare group seeks answers about damaged trees
Parking meters removed from implementation plan
Proposed swimming pool removal prompts action
Hardy's Bay hall re-roofed
Closing date extended for comment on facilities policy
'Play space' strategy online soon
Library offers select and collect service
Economic strategy to be open for public comment
Holstein elected to fire management committees
Local picnic spots miss out on Council listing
Safety concerns recorded for Peninsula schools
John Della Bosca honoured for service to public health
Friendship led to career seeking social justice
Peninsula more vulnerable than average to job losses
Check for unclaimed money, says Crouch
Council and national park campsites reopen
Umina PCYC plans to resume classes
Coronavirus puts damper on 70th birthday celebrations
Designs wanted
Peninsula records low rainfall in wettest month
Mutu St upgrade was needed
Exhaust all public transport and current parking options
Council's parking essay must make us all tremble
Planning Statement raises two queries
Issues keep circulating on planner merry-go-round
Planning vacuum fails to consider flooding
Principal asks that children wear helmets
Woy Woy school is yet to reopen to parents and carers
New plan for Year 5 opportunity class
Digital scoreboard installed at Woy Woy oval
Roosters expect to field three teams this season
Netball association frustrated by lack of clear guidelines
Charity bowls expected to resume soon
Leisure Centre re-opens for exercise
Pretty Beach tennis court reopens
Real estate interest led to local development

Keep coral trees, says shade tree group

Central Coast Council should keep coral trees due to be removed today from a Woy Woy reserve, according to local community group Grow Urban Shade Trees.

Group member Ms Debbie Sunartha said: "We would rather no trees at all were removed and that only offending limbs be removed," despite the fact coral trees were regarded as a weed.

The Council identified four trees in the Brick Wharf Rd as being in declining health and dropping limbs without warning, and plans to replace them with native species.

"We hope that Council is using their AQF5 qualified aborists to assess these trees," Ms Sunartha said.

"Also, we would also like Council aborists to focus on protection and retaining trees rather than look for trees that may be a problem in the future.

"The Peninsula is losing trees at a frightening rate."

She said the coral tree was listed as an environmental weed in NSW and Queensland, "but then, so is the jacaranda, which we love".

"If the coral trees cannot be retained, these should be replaced with advanced trees that add biodiversity and provide food and habitat for birds."

Ms Sunartha said trees such as paperbarks, brushbox, yellow bloodwood, flowering gums were good choices - but not necessarily the all-too-prevalent, tuckeroo, which was a "safe" option for Council but not a tree that birds favoured.

"Council has a policy to replace two trees for every tree removed," she said.

"We would like to ensure that this happens at Brick Wharf Rd."

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