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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


Residents 'should reclaim standing' in planning process

Peninsula residents may need to join together to "reclaim their standing" in the planning process, a leading town planner said last week.

Mr Mike Day, a partner in award-winning town planning firm Hatch Roberts Day, said "the community has a right to be heard", particularly in areas subject to growth pressure.

Residents should be provided with the opportunity to "advise the changes they want to see to create a town they are proud of and will love to continue calling home".

Designer of the Perth suburb of Ellenbrook, Mr Day said regional areas and those like the Peninsula "are expected to grow further as the work-from-home trend and affordable housing is seeing more residents leave the metropolitan cities".

The community had to make itself heard if it did not want to "lose the essence of what makes these towns so attractive in the first place", he said.

"Developers and planners must ensure they maintain the character and sense of place in these towns and villages, or face local community backlash."

He said there were advantages for councils, planners and developers if they gained the support of the community.

"Councils, planners and developers must get feedback from the community at all stages of planning and development.

"Interactive mapping and community forums provide locals with the opportunity to voice their opinions and achieve built form outcomes they feel meet local needs."

Mr Day said that, to be persuasive, the community needed to find "exemplars" of the sorts of developments and redevelopments that would like to see locally, if it did not like those being proposed.

It also needed "champions" within the planning process to ensure there was engagement with the community.

Mr Day said: "When local residents are involved early in the planning process, they can provide feedback and advise the changes they want to see to create a town they are proud of and will love to continue calling home.

"Councils and planners can get meaningful input from the community through engaging with residents, planning design forums where the community and stakeholders explore solutions and design ideas through interactive workshops, and social media.

"By capturing residents' feedback, designers and planners can ensure the community's views are reflected in the design and development of any future projects."

Among Mr Day's recommendations to councils, planners and developers were: developing codes and guidelines which respected local settings, engaging and consulting early, creating local jobs, reinforcing walkable neighbourhoods, providing housing diversity and maintaining community engagement in perpetuity.

Mr Day said he would like to "reinstate the art of town planning" in an industry dominated by "policy and process planners".

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