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3 May 2021
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Council plans to sell Peninsula land
Tesch speaks against carpark sale
GUST welcomes consultation on park sale plans
Council budgets $13 million for the Peninsula
Government announces public inquiry into council
NSW Opposition calls for 'broad inquiry' into council
Council inquiry terms of reference released
Vietnam Vets join impromptu march to memorial
Local Member at Anzac ceremonies
Biscuit theme for Anzac Day
Search and rescue training for the Bays brigade
More bike storage needed at station, says Tesch
Bike paths should 'go all the way', says user group
Safety needed to walk or cycle to school, says Tesch
Bingo at Ettalong on Wednesdays
Umina CWA wins cookery trophy
CWA branch makes bereavement bags
Storm debris clean-up continues
Dunes planted with 2000 new plants
Guides hear of importance of speaking up
Lions accept entries for tea cosy show
Second driest April in 16 years
Application to modify three-storey Blackwall Rd plan
Two more townhouse proposals for Warrah St
Council sets strategic planning priorities
Panel appointments extended
Invalid application
Memorial Ave land provides significant habitat
Trees and cool open space are of more public benefit
Outrageous that local park sale is on agenda again
Contentment of ad hoc Anzac march
Leave wooded block intact for a hotter future
Bush parkland was reason for buying in Blackwall
'Improved planning outcome' test may still be subjective
Democracy should never be put on hold
Distress at sale of land and other council assets
Sell-off should be paused for much deeper inquiry
Aged care providers jointly call for government action
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Folk club holds house concert
Patchwork group completes many projects
Variety Night performances to be held over two nights
School opens gates to parents for student pick-up
Annabelle wins four Australia athletics medals
Students congratulated on Anzac speeches
Catafalque party at Anzac assembly
Geography students study coastal processes
Secondary students investigate global warming
Umina starts enrolments for next year's kindergarten
Life membership for former childcare employee
Shadow Minister meets parents' groups
Ettalong Eagles firsts lead in pennant season
Umina pennant bowls results
Boxing starts again at PCYC
Bridge club holds special events
Bridge lessons for beginners
Diggers' Day at bowls clubs
Netball draw updated
Softball club to hold annual meeting
Goalkeeper training starts for Umina United
Coaches wanted for junior touch
The Lakes proved too strong for the Lions
Defeated in all grades
Netball association splits Junior Blue grade
Trial game at Woy Woy
Bowling clubs to vote on unification proposal


Council budgets $13 million for the Peninsula

Central Coast Council has budgeted to spend almost $13 million on the Peninsula in the next financial year, according to a draft budget endorsed at its April 27 meeting.

The draft will be exhibited for public comment until May 26.

The budget reveals the Ocean Beach Rd-Rawson Rd upgrade is expected to take four years and that major work on the Umina skate park upgrade is not expected to start before the 2022-23 financial year.

The council will spend $6.5 million from general revenue on the Peninsula next financial year.

More than half of this will be spent on the Peninsula Leisure Centre.

The majority of the $3.5 million allocated to the centre will be spent on replacement of the ventilation system, with $300,000 spent on a gym equipment upgrade.

The next largest allocation from general revenue is $1.2 to be spent on sewer infrastructure renewal and replacement.

This includes $580,000 for rising main replacement in Maitland Bay Dr and more than $570,000 towards pumping station renewal at Cowper Rd, Umina, and Lagoon St, Ettalong.

A further $1.8 million of sewer infrastructure spending is foreshadowed for the following two years.

Embankment stabilisation for Mt Ettalong Rd, Patonga Dr and Pearl Beach Dr will cost a total of $305,000.

Another $600,000 will be spent on the Castle Circuit and Homan Close escarpment.

Woy Woy Bay wharf will be replaced at a cost of $395,000.

Ettalong, Umina and Woy Woy town centres will each get kerb ramp upgrades at a combined cost of $138,000.

The Ettalong senior citizens centre has been allocated $60,000 for roller door replacement and flooring and ceiling work.

Patonga campground has been allocated $30,000 fo "reactive capital renewal" and the Woy Woy commuter carpark $13,750 for "reactive works".

A further $6.1 million of projects next financial year will be funded from grants.

Among these is an allocation of $1 million towards the $32.5 million intersection upgrade at Ocean Beach and Rawson Rds.

The intersection upgrade is anticipated to take four years to complete.

The other major road and drainage project is an upgrade of Springwood St at a cost of almost $1.3 million.

Grants are expected to cover the cost of a $1.4 million renewal of the Lemon Grove netball courts amenities building in Ettalong and the $1.05 million renewal of the Rogers Park sportsground amenities building in Woy Woy.

A grant of $720,000 is expected to cover the cost of a sports fields, parks and playgornds car park and road upgrade at Sydney Ave, Umina.

The renewal of the Umina Oval amenities building has been allocated $210,000 from grant funding for the next financial year, with $2.5 million foreshadowed for the following year.

Only $15,000 has been allocated to the Umina skate park upgrade, with $3.75 million foreshadowed for the following financial year.

The Esplanade shared zone project in Umina has been allocated $282,000 and tMt Ettalong Rd safety improvements $130,000.

A further $130,000 will come from developer contributions to renew the Umina oval irrigation.

The draft budget is based on approval of a 15 per cent special rate variation by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Authority, which is yet to be given.

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