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29 Jun 2020
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Road works receive $1.4 million in government funding
Community events granted $42,000
Working bees weed and mulch Runway Park gardens
Phegans Bay rock climber rescued by helicopter
Funds committed to improve facilities for commuters
Certificate issued for rail tunnel phone tower
Investigation under way after human jawbone found
Council to look into installing soap in public toilets
Soap is the best hand cleaner, student experiment finds
Soap is the best hand cleaner, students show
Water and sewerage maintenance projects announced
Former Member for Gosford dies aged 90
Construction certificate for $2.3 million gymnasium
Application to build three townhouses
Construction certificate for Ettalong multi-dwellings
Council biodiversity strategy to be redrafted
Councillors decide to attend briefings remotely
Landscaping work in Woy Woy town centre
Dedicated team for Woy Woy
Libraries re-open on a limited basis
Progress association launches online fundraising effort
Cenotaph to be restored and featured on website
Planning Panel proves to be more costly, says Tesch
Rate notices to include hardship advice
New Rotary president at Woy Woy
No clear Covid roadmap for tourism, Tesch claims
Support line advertised in shopping centres
MP recognises a Woy Woy business in parliament
One quarter of average rainfall recorded for June
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Someone needed to stand up to buzzword-led invasion
Call to Council to publish a full response
Are public toilets cleaned regularly and well?
Commuter bus could not be booked by phone
Average bloke cannot afford extra tolls
Economic Strategy is same meaningless flummery
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Second edition of Stories from Patonga is planned
Award winner finds success as 'mature model'
Gallery re-opens in Ettalong
Television appearance for 79-year-old 'singing caddie'
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Archaeological dig to be conducted at school
Pick up and drop off rules enforced
Kindergarten information sessions to be held in July
Music bus returns after hiatus
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Bowling greens re-open for normal use this week
Peninsula loses 'all-time great sporting identity'
Woy Woy Lions resume training
Life Saving Club prepares for 100th birthday

Council biodiversity strategy to be redrafted

Councillors have asked council staff to make changes to a draft biodiversity strategy to include reference to the Coastal Open Space System before they considered adopting it.

The draft strategy came to the Central Coast Council's June 22 meeting with a staff recommendation for adoption after it had been on public exhibition.

Only 62 submissions were received during the exhibition period, including nine from around the Peninsula.

Three were received from Umina, two from Ettalong, and one from Pearl Beach, as well as two from Hardys Bay and one from Killcare.

However, deputy mayor Cr Jane Smith said the strategy still needed amendments and clarifications, to include a theme called Protect and to expand on the Coastal Open Space System.

She asked for a history of the System, an explanation of its mechanisms including the Bonus Lot Provision, the System levy, its committee and the voluntary acquisition process.

She asked for it to outline actions related to expanding the System, protecting its lands and funding options that were independent of a reliance on biodiversity offsetting arrangements.

Cr Jane Smith said the significance of the System had to be written into the document.

It was not just branding, she said.

Cr Smith said it was a significant strategy but council still hadn't got the processes right and councillors needed a bit more time to discuss these with council staff.

She said details such as adding a sentence addressing no net loss of biodiversity and removing an action recommending the disposal of small parcels of council-owned land, details which were in the staff recommendation, would not be lost.

Her amendments were adopted unanimously.

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