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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


Safety needed to walk or cycle to school, says Tesch

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has called for "safe infrastructure" that would encourage school children to walk or cycle to school.

"Kids should be able to feel safe on their way to school," she said.

"Kids and parents really do want to be active and walk or cycle to and from school but the measures in place are simply not good enough."

"Parents are angry and they so should be.

"They are not asking for much, just safe infrastructure to ensure their kids get to and from school safely.

"The red tape needs to be cut and changes need to be implemented at first instance to ensure parents don't have to refuse to let their children to get to their school (on their own) because of safety concerns."

She said there were "severely insufficient safety measures currently in place".

She was speaking in the lead-up to Walk to School Day

Ms Tesch, a former school teacher, invited Shadow Minister for Active Transport Ms Jo Haylen to a local meeting to discuss the safety concerns with the community.

She said representatives from Umina Beach Public School and Woy Woy South Public School attended.

Ms Haylen said: "Parents know the health benefits of their kids walking or riding to school and they know it helps beat congestion on our roads, too, but many believe it's just not safe for them to do so"

"It won't come as a surprise that of the million or so school students that will be travelling to and from school today, only 30 per will get there by walking or riding, compared to 75 per cent 40 years ago.

"Our NSW School Safety Survey conducted last year displayed the enthusiasm local residents have for walking or riding to school.

"It also showed the safety concerns parents are faced with in deciding whether to allow their kids to take that mode of transport to school."

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