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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


Bush parkland was reason for buying in Blackwall

One of the reasons for buying my townhouse in Blackwall was the beautiful trees - paperbarks, swamp mahogany and blackbutts - growing partly on the two lots in Memorial Ave in danger of being sold by council.

There were many more trees on adjacent land belonging to a developer, who has since clear felled his part of the mini forest.

The trees that remain are doubly precious now, providing shelter to those birds, microbats, and other animals displaced by chainsaws as well as the original inhabitants.

As a volunteer for Wildlife Arc, I usually release birds found injured locally into this forest (when they are well enough), which is where many species live and breed.

The sale of these lots will make a relatively small amount of money compared to Council's debts.

At the same time, the people will have lost an irreplaceable green space, mature native trees, and the wildlife that live there.

The wildlife of course will have lost their homes, many their lives.

The two lots in question are very low lying.

It would not be a propitious place to put high density dwellings.

Besides, the only access to this land is from a narrow, unnamed laneway.

About three years ago, Council agreed to retain these lots as a reserve.

There are two signs forbidding the public to do a variety of harmful things, and there are sandstone blocks to keep cars out.

Along with other residents of the Peninsula who love trees and wildlife, I felt the land was safe.

We intended, with Council's permission, to remove the non-native weeds and care for the existing trees.

The Grow Urban Shade Trees group has promised to supply native shrubs.

The plan was to create a native forest park, where people could walk and sit and enjoy nature.

One of the blessings of this location is that it is flat and easily accessible in an increasingly built-up area.

We would create a bushcare group to permanently look after the site.

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