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27 Jul 2020
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Crouch welcomes low-rise planning code
Councillors give themselves a pay rise
Councillors abolish tree register fee
Seals sighted in Woy Woy Bay
Ferry to use commercial wharf in Woy Woy
Ferry service disrupted
Woytopia Festival is cancelled
Activities start again at women's health centre
Activation framework and identity package for Peninsula
Council includes 21 playgrounds in draft strategy
Playgrounds upgraded, as 'playspace' strategy drafted
Church receives permission for alterations
Application for three three-bedroom villas
Proposal for three-storey six-unit flats open for comment
Six units proposed to replace two houses in one street
Two changes requested for aged care development
Customer service transactions resume at library
Bookmobile service returns
Online auction raises $4700 for hall upgrade
CWA hall to remain closed
Bruce Croft becomes Rotary president at Umina
Christmas in July raises money for Mary Mac's Place
Volunteers wanted for dunecare
'Collection dog' to raise money for Guide Dogs
Warrah Trig road closed
Level One water restrictions to remain until November
Amalgamation money redirected, Tesch claims
Photographer captures lightning storm
Bodies of elderly women found in Ettalong home
Wicks welcomes extension of coronavirus payments
Peninsula sees 46mm rainfall in three weeks
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Council is removed from realities of the times
More important problems that need rectification
Money needed on decaying local road network
Real work of council languishes in the doldrums
Councillors give themselves a pay rise
Darkinjung proposal will have impact on Woy Woy
If we can do it, why can't the mega-pubs of Sydney?
Woy Woy Rd has changed little in 100 years
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Aged care facility set to open in August
Patrick Brennan thanks 'wonderful neighbours'
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Folk club to hold open-air performance at Hardys Bay
Group receives funding for tables
Exhibition at Ettalong
Wagstaffe artist has work on display in Gosford
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Students achieve 'bronze' status
Mural installed on Umina school library wall
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Women's soccer teams successful
Local teams avoid losses in Premier League
Southern and Ettalong United suffer narrow loss
Lions teams defeated in first round
Woy Woy Roosters looks at its options
Ken Young is Everglades major singles bowls champ
Glen becomes Umina's major singles champion
Woy Woy 'far from disgraced' in 70-nil defeat

Seals sighted in Woy Woy Bay

Seals have been sighted in Woy Woy Bay in recent weeks, according to the Central Coast Dolphin Project.

Project co-ordinator Mr Ronny Ling said the group had spotted bachelor seals exploring the Brisbane Waters.

He said the Project had been monitoring several seals for quite a while and sightings had been recorded in recent weeks at Point Clare, Tascott, Koolewong, Avoca and Copacabana, as well as Woy Woy Bay.

"These seals are part of a bachelor seal colony at Barrenjoey which sometimes venture into Brisbane Water," he said.

"The Barranjoey colony consists of up to 15 long-nosed fur seals.

"These are almost sexually-mature male seals known as bachelors and they explore and extend territories.

"Sometimes they are joined by smaller seals who are around five years old and are serving an apprenticeship as they learn to hunt fish, squid and penguins.

"While they are based at Barranjoey, the seals will often go exploring to check out what's to eat and we are hoping that within seven to 10 years we may start to get females there as well.

"There is just one breeding colony in NSW at the moment, at Montague Island off Narooma, but the bachelor colonies are setting up all along the coast claiming lands for possible future breeding."

Mr Ling said some seals followed the fish out of area, but monitoring of the Barranjoey colony showed that many were returning.

"This is a great sign. They are setting up a new residence," he said.

Mr Ling said it was important never to try to touch, pat or feed the seals.

"These are wild animals and can be unpredictable," he said.

"You shouldn't go closer than 40 metres, but it's perfectly safe to enjoy them from a distance."

He said the mammals were most likely to be spotted sunning themselves on rocks or jetties in daylight hour.

"They are nocturnal feeders," he said.

"They party all night and sleep all day - much like teenage boys."

The Central Coast Dolphin Project encouraged residents to send in any pictures they might take of the seals to help with the monitoring process.

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