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13 Jul 2020
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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

Residents call for Umina Mall buildings to be razed

A group of Umina residents is appealing to Central Coast Council to urgently remedy the "unsightly mess" surrounding Umina Mall which was destroyed by fire almost 18 months ago.

"Is it not time to act on the issue of civic pride?" Gary and Kerry Yates said in a letter to Council.

The Yates said they were speaking on behalf of an informal group of concerned private citizens with the opinion that it was long past time that the mess was sorted out.

"We are aware that council will arrange for pick-up of the rubbish.

"However, our point is that this whole situation should be addressed by the owner - that the site be razed and cleared and then contained securely.

"At least then, the delay in new construction does not constitute such an offensive and ugly eyesore in everyone else's world.

"We're just asking for some civic pride to be enforced.

"While understanding the restrictions of budgets and bylaws, surely it is possible, even mandatory, that Council insist on a decent level of tidiness and aesthetics from ratepayers regarding their properties, in particular where there is an added health or safety issue.

"In particular, the area which encompasses the site of what was Umina Mall and the surrounding blocks, both vacant and with dilapidated buildings, should surely be razed by now, at the very least, to eliminate its current use by some homeless people and vandals and rubbish dumpers.

"This is an ongoing issue which should be being addressed by the owners."

In their letter to Council, the Yates asked why the owner was not being pushed to tidy up this dangerous, ugly mess and then ensure, by way of demolition, that this stays tidy until construction begins.

"Surely Council has authority to enforce such action."

Central Coast Council declined to comment on inquiries about this issue and no response was received to requests for information from Mr Craig Laundy, of Laundy Exhibition, the property owner.

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