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Collapse Issue 539:<br />7 Mar 2022<br />_____________Issue 539:
7 Mar 2022
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The Peninsula avoids very intense rain
Meditation for International Women's Day
Residents' association calls for limits to housing growth
Tickets still available for Opera in the Arboretum
Greens announce Robertson candidate
Two vessels removed by low loader
'Keep out of the water', surf chief warns
Arboretum boardwalk collapses due to 'wash-away'
Group urges help with beach clean-up
Flood warning for Woy Woy with high tide
Roads closed over three days
Lions club hosts a free sausage sizzle
New CWA member brings joy to branch
Tesch calls for more open space for dogs
Woy Woy carpark project remains while others scrapped
More than the usual channel activity
Dementia cafe to be held next Monday
Time to fix West Gosford drainage, says Tesch
Tribute to Bill Jackson
Ettalong Diggers donates $5000 for flood relief
Fundraisers for Mingaletta
Bingo session cancelled
Food swap at community garden
Good weather for ... fungi
Coastal Twist at Sydney Mardi Gras
Women MPs hear of Pathways to Politics program
PCYC committee annual meeting
PCYC to be part of Star Jump Challenge
The wisdom of age
February rainfall second highest in 18 years
Collapse  PLANNING PLANNING
Residents' association supports early say on rezonings
Application for detached dual occupancy
Townhouse proposal justified as affordable housing
Pearl Beach call for complying development moratorium
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
Plenty of off-leash beach
IPART should decline additional seven-year increase
Simple desire for liveable and sustainable environment
Wicks quiet about rail carpark. What next?
March4Justice one year on - working towards change
What's reason for flooding at traffic lights?
Survey needed of climate change vulnerabilities
Land use conflict signalled long ago
Recreational space demands still not addressed
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Builders' award for aging-in-place development
Cases decline to half their peak
Celebrating her 105th birthday
Aged care virus outbreak declared closed
Major project starts at aged care home
Mental health sports fund now available
Hospital opens up visiting hours
Film night raises $600 for polio campaign
Tesch calls for drug for cystic fibrosis
Free mental health workshops offered
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Folk club concert was first in many months
Didge and dance group returns
'Arboretum' exhibition at the Botanic Gardens
Arboretum plans second ephemeral art trail
Table runners and rings produced at craft centre
Crafts centre annual meeting
Dancers to compete in Sydney Eisteddfod
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Detectives in the library
A day full of twos
Educational pathways
Hospitality students prepare for breakfast
Ettalong introduces online information system
Aboriginal studies project recognised with award
Max become lifeguard
Students complete Best Start assessments
Leadership and passion for the environment wins award
Patting pet python Pebbles
Whole school assembly is held online
Nice to have morning assembly
'Heart-warming' to see children together again
PCYC to run Easter holiday activities
Parents and visitors back on site
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Four relaxed rides planned around Brisbane Water
Lachlan Cork is player of match in T20 final
Peter Springett is on the mend
Bridge club results
Open Girls have soccer victory over Erina
Netball reps attend development day
Autumn pairs event brings tied result
Under-12s win bronze in board relay
Junior rugby league club seeks more coaches
Netball meet and greet
Netball meet and greet postponed
Responding to flood call
Runners avoid the rain
Call to donate to flood relief
Touch football feedback sought
More soccer players wanted
Open singles champion

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Wicks quiet about rail carpark. What next?

It is notable that Lucy Wicks has been preternaturally quiet of late about the ephemeral Gosford and Woy Woy rail car parks.

Normally, there would be an announcement every couple of months that the start of the projects is "imminent", so it would be interesting to know the current state of play, in the lead-up to the soon-to-be-announced election.

Given that NSW Transport has just repaved the Railway St parking lot, it would be easy to conclude that the department doesn't expect this land to become a construction site any time soon, so what site is on offer?

The workable dimensions for a parking structure are such that there is no obvious parcel of land for such a facility in the immediate vicinity of the station, so where is Ms. Wicks going to conjure up the required space?

The obvious place is over the train tracks, but there are severe problems involved in raising a building over operating tracks.

Dealing with the constraints of maintaining a rail service, while putting in place a heavy structure, leads to significant costs.

Of course, this Government has never been backward about squandering taxpayer funds, if it sees a political advantage in it, so this might not be a consideration.

Alternatively, the structure could be built over Railway St, combining parking with an improved bus interchange: this would come closest to meeting Ms.Wicks' claim that the parking would be "in the station", but the negotiations involved might be long and complicated, perhaps putting the project off for the 2025 election.

In any event, it will be enlightening to see how Ms. Wicks navigates this debacle in the upcoming campaign: she can hardly plausibly make new promises when she is already three years behind with her old ones, but the ingenuity of politicians in putting a new spin on failure can never be discounted.





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