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War memorial to get a facelift
Crouch defends need for $7 million roundabout
Bays group has second attempt to elect committee
Community group seeks upgrade to pedestrian crossing
Roadwork funding for Hillview St and North Burge Rd
Council introduces tree register nomination fee
Residents call for Umina Mall buildings to be razed
Free wifi at Woy Woy station
Coastal open space retained in planning statement
Volunteer-run club aims to raise $100,000
Woy Woy tip fees help fund Council solar power project
Councillors to vote on own pay rise
Opposition leader joins Tesch in preschool call
Harwin reinstated as State Government Minister
Maurie Ellis dies - 60 years on the Peninsula
Rotary club holds virtual dog show
New Rotary club keeps most of board for second year
Community group restarts its dunecare program
Bays bushcare group resumes
Garden tour and induction day
Association re-opens Wagstaffe Hall
Charity group holds gathering at Hardys Bay
Wagstaffe Square revitalisation continues
Help wanted for Pretty Beach bushcare
A chance to work in the 'most incredible locations'
Public transport capacity limits eased
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Lockdown library service appreciated
We are losing trees in reserves and on private land
Shuddered at Mt Ettalong Reserve plan
Does Council respond any better than Planning Panel?
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Tesch calls for funding for mental health organisation
Shopping centre donates $3500 to community nurses
Aged care executive says bonus splits workforce
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Young Umina actor to take lead role in Kings Cross play
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Students celebrate International Mud Day
Search finds no asbestos contamination
School planning welcomed at Woy Woy
Education Week to be shared online at Woy Woy South
School to hold kindergarten student interviews
School sets new dates for school photographs
Normal school library rules to apply next term
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Two bowlers could be in both pairs and singles finals
Singles and pairs played at Ettalong
Netball association seeks vice-president

Community group restarts its dunecare program

Umina Community Group has restarted its dunecare program, with the lifting of coronavirus restrictions.

It has also doubled its number of dunecare teams.

"From July 1, the program will be re launched and expanded while operating under strict Covid-19 guidelines," said group vice-president Mr Rod Unsworth.

The group would now run four Wednesday dunecare teams each month, where previously it had run two, he said.

Now two teams will be run at South St. One will be held at Berith St, and the other will be held at Ocean Beach Rd, adjacent to the Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club.

The Ocean Beach Rd team will meet on the first Wednesday of the month, led by Ms Jan Deighton.

The Berith St team will meet on the second Wednesday of the month, led by Mr Mark Nitsos.

On the third Wednesday of the month, a team led by Ms Alison Winch will meet at South St.

On the fourth Wednesday of the month, a team led by Ms Debbie Sunartha will also meet at South St.

"Our leadership group for this expanded initiative, of Jan, Mark, Alison and Debbie, provide a wealth of experience," Mr Unsworth said.

He said the group was calling for volunteers to help with the work of restoring the health of the dunes at Umina Beach.

Mr Nitsos is the other vice-president of the Community Group.

He said: "Our work sessions provide an interesting outdoor activity in a great environment with the opportunity to meet with enthusiastic community minded locals while providing the satisfaction of contributing to a better local environment.

"Over the past five years, a string of enduring friendships have been built while valuable work has been done on the dunes."

He said the work was conducted under the supervision of Central Coast Council's Landcare program.

"Council will provide protective gloves, tools and ongoing training while each session will be supervised by a qualified environmental specialist."

Mr Nitsos said the program started in 2014 and had "clocked-up" more than 1000 volunteer hours.

He said it "has had a significant impact on the health of the dunes through removal of weeds and revegetation with local plants species".

The dunecare teams will meet from 9am to 11am in the winter months from April to October and from 8am to 10am in summer.

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