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Collapse Issue 518:<br />3 May 2021<br />_____________Issue 518:
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


Trees and cool open space are of more public benefit

The recent council agenda item exposed the plan for Peninsula Plaza to purchase a section of Lot 1 in the Austin Butler access road, Woy Woy, before the public had been consulted.

This land has been zoned for recreation for over 50 years, but now Council wants to do a deal with the plaza and sell it off to them for parking.

It is incredible to believe this can be proposed for a functional parcel of land which used to have playground equipment and tables and chairs until the council removed them, has over 30 mature original stand melaleucas which is a food source for bats and is frequented by a myriad of urban fauna enjoyed by many.

In the council report, the council officers stated: "Given the proposed development by the plaza, the current zoning of the land does not support the upgrade to the plaza."

However, as the land is heavily flood affected, it is unlikely that the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment Land would support a rezoning of the land.

As such, it may be possible that the Plaza could seek an amendment to the Gosford Local Environment Plan for the land to be included as an Additional Permitted Use to facilitate this ancillary use".

To achieve this, the plaza would need to demonstrate that there is substantial public benefit associated with the amendment to allow the change, which included providing a pathway that already exists and "beautifying" the flood channel.

The existing 30 mature trees and cool open space are more of an environmental and public benefit then a dodgy benefit for taking this parcel of land under the guise of job security.

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