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6 Apr 2021
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Two-year delay in dredging decision announcement
Ettalong channel decision long overdue, says Tesch
Comment sought on Esplanade shared zone design
Tesch welcomes State dredging of Ettalong channel
Residents 'should reclaim standing' in planning process
Minimal feedback sought on intersection plans
Help wanted to restore folding bikes
Three townhouse gun-barrel development proposed
Group calls for submissions on design and place policy
Save Our Woy Woy submits objection on Farnell Rd
Environment group decides 'priority actions'
Subdivision recommended for Mrs Wilson's shop site
Comment on nothing?
Submissions raise 14 issues with intersection plans
Council to proceed with paid foreshore parking
Tesch welcomes easing of restrictions
Bookings open for Seniors Festival activities
Emergency planning workshop for seniors
Expired flares collected at Lions Park
Headsets provided for music therapy
Food drive for Coast Shelter
Tesch suggests groups apply for women's sport grants
Church newsletter suggests supporting Mingaletta
Morning tea for Rotary women
Lack of debate on petition draws criticism from Tesch
Marine Rescue offers radio licence course
Titanic Dinner is 'well on track'
Raffle tickets and auction bids available despite sell-out
New signboard for St John's church?
Helping with flood clean-up
Fundraising event for Rotary project in Uganda
Accommodation booked out for Easter
Different activity each day in imagination zone
Third wettest month in 16 years
Stop the sham of 'public exhibition'
Concern at secret parking meters proposal
Pretend consultation while secret decisions are made
Hospital walls decorated with colouring-in
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Another sold-out concert at the Troubadour folk club
Children's leaf artwork workshop at Woy Woy library
Ephemeral art entries close on Monday
Writers' Festival announces six featured authors
Guitar concert planned for Pearl Beach
Blues music brought to Ettalong
Art works on display in Ettalong
Historic first student win in annual volleyball tournament
New mural at Woy Woy South
Parents told of need for Working with Children checks
School disco raises $1740
Parents' group elects new committee
Teachers take part in Connecting to Country course
School leaders attend young leaders' conference
Touch football win
Reading on 25 nights
Libraries resume Storytime sessions
School publishes strategic plan
Charli calls for nominations to Minister's Student Council
Targeted well-being programs support 45 students
School motto resonates with mural artist
Steps to access support from external providers
Unicycle hockey team starts at community centre
Novice bridge championship results
Cricket players win association awards
Junior cricketers receive association awards
Footy Bowls Day attracts 80 bowlers
John Goddard awarded life membership
Free skateboard building workshop at Woy Woy oval
Boat crews win their sections in regional series
Umina bowls results
Touch players make NSW Catholic championships
Delay in championship bowls schedule
Netball results
Inflatable obstacle course for school holidays
Ourimbah to play Lions in first rugby union round
Sets of bowls go missing
Netball teams make it to Hunter League finals
Umina wins two out of three pennant games
Bridge club to hold four red point events this month
Touch association to hold annual meeting
Ettalong bowlers represent zone


Two-year delay in dredging decision announcement

The State Government accepted responsibility for dredging the Ettalong Channel two years ago when it adopted the NSW Coastal Dredging Strategy 2019-2024.

However, it failed to advise Central Coast Council until discussions were held on October 30 last year.

And it has only made a public announcement about it in the last month.

The Council's catchment committee for Brisbane Water was told that council staff met with State representatives about the "responsibility for dredging in Brisbane Water" where they learnt that the State now "manages dredging" at Ettalong under the Coastal Dredging Strategy.

The committee resolved on November 24 to "seek written confirmation of meeting discussions held" on October 30, according to the committee meeting record.

The strategy document states: "The Coastal Dredging Strategy identifies the state government as being responsible for the dredging of navigational channels identified in the Maritime Infrastructure Plan (Key Investment Locations)."

A table in the document lists the "key investment location" as Lower Hawkesbury, Pittwater and Brisbane Water.

The dredging need is listed as "Entrance to Brisbane Water (Ettalong Channel)" and nourishment potential as Ocean/Umina Beach.

"The NSW Government is committed to taking a strategic and proactive approach to delivering dredging for coastal communities in regional NSW," according to the document.

"Fourteen strategically significant locations have been identified based on waterway user activity, existing infrastructure and broader economic performance in combination with how these locations align with broader NSW Government priorities as described in the Management Infrastructure Plan.

"The Coastal Dredging Strategy is coordinated by Maritime Infrastructure Delivery Office to help collate market information, refine the planning and regulatory approval processes and monitor relative performance and longevity of dredging works.

"The Strategy aims to maximise the sustainability and value of dredging by working with nature to best utilise our limited sand resources for the benefit of coastal communities.

"The Office will establish a waterway monitoring framework at key locations that complements existing data programs."

The Maritime Infrastructure Plan lists five priorities "to support current demands and future growth of recreational boaters, the commercial fishing industry and tourism in Pittwater, Brisbane Water and the Lower Hawkesbury River".

The first priority was "clearly marked and accessible navigation channels for recreational and commercial vessels, particularly at Brisbane Water".

The second was "sufficient on-water and land based storage capacity that meets demand for local recreational and commercial vessels in addition to recreational vessels visiting by sea".

The third was "sufficient fuel, sewage pump-out and vessel maintenance and repair facilities that meet needs of recreational, tourism and commercial fishing vessels".

The fourth was "modern boat ramp infrastructure with capacity to meet demand from recreational boaters during peak periods".

The fifth was "suitable wharves for recreational and commercial vessels to tie up to and load and unload passengers".

The 2019 Plan stated: "Recent investments include over $1 million under the Coastal Dredging Strategy to improve boating access at the mouth of Brisbane Water (Ettalong Channel)."

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