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13 Dec 2021
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Regional plan unclear on intentions for the Peninsula
Workshop about planning on the Peninsula discussed
Residents' group calls for 'healthy' ambulance station
Woy Woy power cut by 'overhead line damage'
Blackwall Rd session held with one day's notice
Rubbish removed from Woy Woy Bays area
Annual Christmas lights to raise money for charity
Joice Tee celebrates 102nd birthday at her home
Meeting at arboretum discusses koala relocation
Lions Club car boot sale resumes
Final CWA market for the year
Council proposes 10-year leases of community facilities
Council media release praises Morrison government
Umina Rotary presents awards to two members
Great day at Christmas Fair
Marine Rescue wins grant for remote-controlled lifebuoy
Men's Shed holds annual sale
Men's shed elects new committee
Peter Swain leads Remembrance Day service
Competition raises $2000 for hall upgrade
Low rate of disability employment, Tesch tells unions
Water quality declines according to 'report card'
December market cancelled
Deluge brings majority of monthly rainfall
Local lifestyle promoted in draft regional plan
Planning needs to reflect other council policies - GUST
Panel decision expected on Alfred St proposal
Semi-basement parking proposed for dual occupancy
Planning Panel to review Jedaclew proposal for Ettalong
Three units proposed for $1.2 million development
Webb Rd application quotes from Gallipoli Ave approval
Vales Point affects our health
The community needs to find a new strategy
Exclusion is still commonplace for people with disability
Council not answering questions of project justification
Successful stall
Governments have failed to address disability - Tesch
Village residents play 'elf on the shelf'
Peninsula records first coronavirus case in five weeks
Free group exercise program for women
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Bays group confirms art show dates
Phegans Bay artists win Bouddi Foundation awards
Christmas party and concert for Troubadour
Five free Peninsula events in Coastal Twist festival
Year 12 students offered 'early entry'
Photos taken at presentation days for parents
Gingerbread office
Learning about leaf insects and hermit crabs
Last session for next year's kindergarten
Reading in Challenge for four years
Staff win annual sports competition with students
Living the Dream!
Lesley Swales wins bowls official of the year award
Bridge club results
Netball games and grading convenor wanted
Southern Spirit cricket results
Junior ironperson round held at Umina
Junior Lifesaver representatives chosen
Awards presented at President and Officers' Day
Seagull Nippers start fifth season
Simo returns
Award for Di Barrymore
Peninsula Ducks softball results
Umina Bunnies hold presentation day
New office bearers at bowling club



Residents' group calls for 'healthy' ambulance station

The Peninsula Residents Association has called on NSW Health to adopt a "healthy" design for its proposed Woy Woy ambulance station to ensure it does not contribute to summer heat on the Peninsula.

Indicative plans circulated by the department show a footprint that would require the removal of at least one large shade tree and possibly more from the gardens surrounding Woy Woy Hospital, according to association chair Mr Mark Snell.

"The removal of shade trees and leafy gardens is the primary cause of summer heating, known as the heat island effect, which sees temperatures on the Peninsula more than four degrees higher than surrounding bushy areas," he said.

The heat island effect is known to have a detrimental health impact, particularly on vulnerable elderly people.

"More than a quarter of our population is over the age of 65, compared to a state average of 16.5 per cent.

"So, with about one and half times the numbers of elderly, our community is more vulnerable than most."

Mr Snell said: "We are urging NSW Health to show responsible leadership in the siting, design and development of the new ambulance station which would model development standards that help protect the health of the Peninsula community."

He said the department should consider minimising shade tree removal, incorporating a rooftop garden and using material with a high solar reflective index for the buildings and paved areas around it, as well as other ways it might compensate for its contribution to summer heat.

"We welcome moves to improve the local ambulance service, but it is important that the station itself does not add to our health problems."

Five years ago more than half of the Peninsula had less than 20 per cent vegetative cover, Mr Snell said.

"Tree canopy was even less and has been reduced since," he said.

"New developments are being approved that are removing tree and vegetative cover generally and are making the situation worse.

"This compares to a State Government canopy target of 40 per cent for urban areas, a figure we would support."

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