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10 Aug 2020
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Comment sought on Umina intersection upgrade plans
Ground water treatment starts again
Rotary club celebrates 70 years in Woy Woy
Councillor explains his absence from three meetings
Aged care home stays in a state of isolation
Pedestrian crossing petition attracts 500 signatures
Tree Day sees 100 plantings at The Runway Park
Cycling group welcomes increase in people cycling
Police investigate tyre spikes on national park trail
Parking plan re-opened for public comment
Planning decisions now allowed without public scrutiny
Councillors keep pay rise
Rotary club accepts two new members
Ettalong Red Carpet Day is postponed
Energy bill advice offered by phone
Work starts on James Browne oval improvements
Empire Bay playground officially opened
Tesch thanks church food pantry
Wet week pushes total well above average
New cafe
Payrise for $20 million debt per year
Time that council demonstrated their vision
Will Council buy some paint, or prosecute me?
What we always wanted - graphics, colours, words
Provider pays bonus to all aged care staff
Group meditation sessions return to Ocean Beach
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Home video competition
Coastal Twist festival is cancelled for this year
Rare artefacts found at Woy Woy Public School
Umina Eagles soccer results
Everglades major pairs
Netball results
Nippers to resume at Killcare
Lions come from behind to beat Kariong
Southern and Ettalong soccer results

What we always wanted - graphics, colours, words

On top of everything else, we now have to cope with a Place Activation Framework for the Peninsula ("Activation framework and identity package for Peninsula", PN 499).

Since there seems to be no mention of this phenomenon on Central Coast Council's website, it is impossible to have a definitive opinion on it, but to read that its purpose for the Peninsula is to "facilitate creative patterns of activity, exchange and connection that support its ongoing social, recreational, cultural and economic role and celebrate its unique character" must strike fear into all hearts.

One wonders who participated in the secret consultations that led up to the formulation of this document - clearly not the general population of the Peninsula who might have very different priorities to the ones mentioned.

For instance, it would be revealing to know how many residents of Woy Woy see, as a high priority, "an activation team (whatever that means), large-scale event (whatever that means), interactive boardwalk (whatever that means), streetscape beautification (well, at least, that's intelligible if vague), artistic mural (don't we already have one of those at the oval), greenery (what?) and colour (of what?) and a business hashtag (I don't have the faintest idea what that is intended to achieve)".

There will also be an Identity Package, consisting of "an assembly of graphics, colours, words and phrases designed to express the town centre's unique image and essence".

This is undoubtedly what we have always wanted, and the very thought of it is enough to make one fully appreciative of the herculean efforts the Council is making on our behalf.

If only someone would fix the potholes and the drainage and the parking and the traffic jams, our joy would be complete.

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