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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
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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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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
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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

Safety concerns recorded for Peninsula schools

Safety concerns have been recorded for seven schools on the Peninsula in the State Opposition's NSW School Safety Survey, according to Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch.

Ms Tesch said the survey revealed local trouble spots requiring vital improvements to pedestrian crossings, footpaths, parking, drop-off zones and cycling infrastructure around Peninsula schools that would make it easier for parents to leave the car at home and allow more kids to walk or wheel to school.

Ms Tesch said she would be making submissions to Central Coast Council and to the NSW Government to fix the worst hotspots, following the survey to which 137 parents, teachers and residents responded in the Gosford electorate.

More than half the local responses were about Umina Public School, with around 70 people giving their views.

Next most responses for any one school were from 10 people concerning Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina campus.

Needs listed for Umina Public school included: footpaths in Melbourne Ave to connect with existing walk ways; footpaths in Rabaul Rd and Kingsview Rd; lights and a roundabout near Hobart Ave; more pedestrian crossings within 500m of the school; a crossing at the intersection of Ocean Beach Rd and West St; a pedestrian island in Rabaul Rd; speed bumps along Mt Ettalong Rd; flashing lights for crossings near the school; parking control; an extended kiss and drop zone; and extended Opal card eligibility.

Needs listed for Brisbane Water Secondary College included a zebra crossing with flashing lights on Veron Rd, and maintenance and improved drainage on Veron Rd.

Needs listed for Ettalong Public School included extending the kiss and drop zone, a crossing guard at Uligandi St, an extended shared pathway to connect Uligandi St to the Barrenjoey Rd crossing, and provide a crossing with guard near Broken Bay Rd.

For St John the Baptist primary school, there was a need for a safe crossing on Veron Rd between Hillview and Carpenter Sts, and Opal card eligibility needed to be extended.

Umina Beach Day Care needed footpaths to connect existing pathways between Brisbane Ave and Hobart Ave.

Woy Woy Public School needed footpaths with kerb and guttering on all surrounding streets.

Needs listed for Woy Woy South Public School included a footpath to join with Ryan's Rd and Veron Rd, and safety railings on Ocean Beach Rd.

Ms Tesch said now was the time for action.

She said: "There is no cookie-cutter solution to traffic issues around our schools.

"We must listen to the parents, teachers and neighbours who know better than anyone how to fix these issues.

"Parents clearly want their kids to walk or ride to school, and this survey shows us how we can make it a safe option for families.

"Getting families to walk or ride to school is better for kids' health, is cheaper, cleaner and critically, gets cars off our busy streets.

Ms Tesch said that across the state more than 3000 people responded to the survey with information about 509 schools.

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