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21 Sep 2020
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Wicks called to intervene in bridge dispute
Policy changed to allow burning at Patonga properties
Online and on-site voting for Diggers' board
Chickens hatch at Woy Woy
Woy Woy bingo resumes in Ettalong
Council to spend $7.5 million from contribution plans
He can remember the Harbour Bridge being built
Brigade offers online advice instead of open day
CWA branch receives grant for internet and television
Trolley loads of groceries donated to Mary Mac's Place
No firm date for water main project, despite 22 breaks
Over-55s village is almost finished
House demolition permitted
Changes approved for renovations at club
Proposal for three two-storey units
Application for granny flat display centre
Councillors achieve three years in office
House fire attended by 40 firefighters
CWA branch sells jams and pickles
Rotary hears about rainforest book
Rotary club makes workmanship award
Men's Shed annual meeting
Recognised with life membership
Library opening hours extended
Book fair postponed until restrictions are eased
Food and wine donated for fundraising raffle
Peninsula businesses named as awards finalists
Below average rainfall so far this month
Raising money while walking the streets
Support sought for funding application
Take your own trolley if you want to put your dog in it
Dog poo is a pollutant and health hazard
Use of bikes in parks is not black and white
Spend taxpayer and ratepayer money for all
Frustrated with trend to advertising litter?
Second aged care provider pays bonus shortfall
New resident moves in at 103
Aged care home reviews future in-person visits
Podcasts made for Women's Health Week
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Arts Trail held on long weekend
Bouddi Foundation awards initial round of grants
Students discover flying fox skull
Student finishes in top five of national music competition
CWA branch sponsors student excursions and activities
Student reports on Girrakool and Bulgandry excursions
Yuki completes five-month leadership program
School photos taken individually
Scholarship available for Bays resident
Excursion to outdoor education camp
Umina surf club hold awards presentation online
Three finals played at Umina on 'Super Saturday'
Junior touch accepts registrations
'Come and try' water polo
Bicycle group holds 'coffee cruise' to Woy Woy
Netball results
Soccer results
Bridge club attendance halves

Use of bikes in parks is not black and white

It is with increasing anxiety that I have been watching the developments between the mountain bike and national park community groups. ("Police investigate tyre spikes on national park trail, Peninsula News 500, 10 August 2020)

I fear that views on how we use the park are becoming more divisive and arguments, on each side, are very black and white.

I understand points on both sides and hope I can contribute some compromise and clarity.

I can't see exactly how the coronavirus situation has directly contributed to polarising the debate but I do sense the huge influx of people at this time has also increased the tensions.

It is precisely at times like this we need to be kind to each other and understand we all have to find ways to ease the growing stress.

There are many shades of grey within the riding community and some of us have been riding in this area for many years without issues.

We ride the trails as a passive way to be in nature and appreciate our beautiful environment.

On the road we are not safe from the aggression and abuse of drivers and when we cycle the trails we are respectful and careful of the indigenous sites, flora, fauna and other users.

I have noticed recently an increase in the creation of extreme side trails with jumps and turns.

I have been increasingly concerned that some of the people creating these adrenaline-inducing trails are doing it without thought to the damage caused to the fragile flora.

I support the requests from this group to have an area created for this style of mountain biking and I can understand the appeal (if only I was younger).

With proper planning and development by qualified specialists, the sport can be a drawcard for Central Coast tourism.

Promoting collaboration between National Parks and Wildlife Service and trail designers we could have a valuable addition to our area while at the same time preserving the integrity of the park.

However, I am alarmed and saddened when I read comments by some locals, and others, wanting all biking banned from all areas of the park or banished to a concentrated section for the "hardcore" cyclists.

As a long term hiking and cycling resident of Killcare, I am seeking a guarantee that I will be able to access the park trails adjacent to our property for local commuting, exercise, riding with grandchildren and friends.

This would enable myself and many others I know to sustain positive mental and physical health.

Fear creates friction, so if we all want to keep using the trails, together we must observe proper etiquette, be aware and courteous.

Riders should call out and be vigilant so as to not scare hikers.

The natural bushland fragile areas should be respected.

I appeal to all sides to be understanding and communicate with each other.

Let's make our interactions congenial and respectful and, when passing on the trails, greet each other with a smile.

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