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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
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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

Landcare group seeks answers about damaged trees

Ettymalong Creek Landcare is seeking answers from Central Coast Council and State Government representatives about recent damage to native vegetation along Kahibah Creek Reserve at Umina.

Landcare group convenor Ms Sue Ellis said over 23 trees, including eucalypts, banksias and casuarinas between Osborne and Poziers Aves, had been damaged apparently by large machinery.

"They have all had branches smashed, leaving them in a poor state and now open to disease and pests," she said.

"Some have also been cut down or completely smashed."

Ettymalong Creek Landcare has worked with Council's waterways and Landcare teams for the past 26 years to help rehabilitate the local creek network and provide shade, food and shelter for local wildlife.

"To see this work undermined in such a manner is heartbreaking," Ms Ellis said.

"It takes extensive resources and many years to revegetate degraded areas and the creek network is just beginning to show the benefits of this long-term work.

"Many of these trees along this part of the creek were planted and maintained by Council as part of a compensatory planting agreement authorised by the Federal Government under the Environmental Protection Biodiversity Conservation Act, to replace other trees removed for flood mitigation works.

"The eucalyptus robusta trees in particular are a very important winter food source for several endangered species including the critically endangered migratory swift parrot.

"Ironically, some of this damage has occurred right in front of the Council sign stating fines will apply under S632 Local Government Act if damage is done to trees on the reserve.

"These trees were considered important enough for the Federal Government to require their planting and maintenance, yet they can be easily destroyed or damaged by such senseless acts.

"We are seeking sanctions and redress from the perpetrators of this negligent action to set an example and prevent similar damage occurring in the future.

"We look forward to hearing from Council and our Gosford MP, Liesl Tesch, regarding what action will be taken," Ms Ellis said.

Central Coast Council declined to comment to Peninsula News.

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