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Collapse Issue 527:<br />6 Sep 2021<br />_____________Issue 527:
6 Sep 2021
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Peninsula residents have 17,000 jabs in a month
Three more residents test positive
Sorrento replaces Saratoga for ferry service
ABC Friends postpone evening function for second time
Mingaletta Aunties 'spread happiness and joy'
Clean4shore seeks new members
Car boot sale cancelled again
Pleased with footpath library
Donations of old phones and laptops collected
Men's Shed sets meeting date, but not method
Complete tree survey, group urges
Raffle for youth leadership program
Albert Quilkey dies
Tesch joins anti-PEP meeting
Running maintenance
Two days of rain brings month's total close to average
Collapse  PLANNING PLANNING
Double storey dual occupancy proposal for Booker Bay
Two-storey dual occupancy proposed for Norman St
Noticeable change expected on the Peninsula
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
Sale of Austin Butler reserve land is unacceptable
Problem exists when poll results in contrary actions
Reclassify reserve as 'community land'
The importance of ABC local radio
Fire up the chainsaws
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Tesch criticises suspension of Breastscreen services
Vaccinations now offered at Woy Woy pharmacy
Community commended for helping others
MP hopes our lockdown will end sooner than Sydney
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Festival moves to January with many ways to participate
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Competition to create book covers
Acknowledgement of Country sign installed at school
Thriving community under electronic sign
St John offers transition to kindergarten program
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
Cricket club brothers in car rally for cancer research
Representative netball team interest sought
Bowling club cancels RU OK Day
Softball club hopes to field men's team
Surf club registration days cancelled

Sale of Austin Butler reserve land is unacceptable

The proposed sale of 4130sq metres of public land in Austin Butler reserve to the owners of the Peninsula Plaza is unacceptable.

This area includes over 30 mature melaleuca trees.

Given that Woy Woy has been experiencing the adverse effects of over development with substantial tree loss and heat island effect for many years, it should not be contemplated.

A report commissioned by Council in 2018 found that the area of tree canopy cover at Woy Woy declined by 173 hectares between 2005 and 2014, while the area of impervious surfaces increased by 84 hectares and unplantable space increased by 113 hectares.

It has only worsened since then.

With Council debt being less than expected to the tune of savings of $110million, there is no reason for Council to proceed with this sale of public land.

If they believe in their Greener Places Strategy, they should practise what they preach and save what we already have.

It would take decades to replace the ecological and environmental benefits of these trees and this area could be enhanced to improve urban forest canopy and to continue to provide a shady retreat for people and local fauna to enjoy.





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