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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

Someone needed to stand up to buzzword-led invasion

It is not often I agree with one of our State Ministers, and I will try not to make a habit of it.

However, I must agree with Police Minister Mr David Elliott in his being opposed to the massive re-development proposed in the Baulkham Hills area.

It seems only a Minister complaining to his Ministerial colleague can get his voice heard.

He wants the local infrastructure upgraded before massive over-development is built.

I reckon Woy Woy is facing much the same problem.

In the mid-1980s, I worked in an office on the corner of Old Northern and Windsor Rds, Baulkham Hills - all gone now.

I was even secretary of the local Chamber of Commerce.

It was a very pleasant township with the birds singing and bush everywhere and the Bull and Bush Hotel just across road, a great place to work and play.

While our Central Coast Council spends inordinate sums on airy-fairy plans for the future with thousands of new residents and dwellings, there are no plans to expand existing schools, roads, shopping centres, car parks or public transport to accommodate this enormous influx.

Sorry, a car park 800m from the railway station with a shuttle bus? What a joke!

It strikes me that our local bureaucrats have swallowed a buzzword generator.

I have never read so many big highfalutin words jammed into such a small space as the innumerable number of plans proposed for our Peninsula - most of which, when combined into a phrase mean absolutely nothing.

They sound great until you read between the lines.

Their intention is to get as much money as possible out of our leafy village at the expense of a ghetto.

The average block of land on the Peninsula is between 9m and 12m wide and, to build multi-storey monstrosities, they will have to be at the very edge of the block to allow the maximum number of flats to be built on each block.

The new owners might like to join your neighbour's singalong when you are in your respective showers.

And what of the hundreds of new owner's cars that will be parking/ blocking our streets?

Of course there are building codes that apply, but those are quickly swept under the table when developers want taller and taller and bigger and bigger buildings meaning bigger and bigger profits and more rates revenue.

Check out the recently approved monolith next to Church of England church in Blackwall Rd.

It's an absolute disgrace.

What we need is someone to stand up to this invasion and say NO.

One of our councillors would be a start.

Perhaps he could organise a public meeting where he could find out what we really want and go back to Council with the views of his electorate to back him up, instead of hiding his head in the sand.

Any takers?

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