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02 May 2022
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Green Grid could see Peninsula tree planting projects
Residents' association makes eight submissions
Biodiversity and archaeological studies at Woy Woy tip
New bush firefighters at Pearl Beach
Floating Landcare removes weeds from remote beach
Local traditional custodians challenge council 'accord'
Shade tree group plants 700th tree
Reid launches campaign at Umina with 300 supporters
Scholarships open for young people with disabilities
Council announces staging of Umina oval upgrades
Kerbside bulk waste collection resumes
Nine seniors receive local achievement awards
Applications wanted for National Parks advisory group
Ferry engine replaced after 35,000 hours
Work in progress
Mary Mac's Place holds autumn fair
Fire brigades remove tree from road
Rotary to hear about online project management tool
Welcome return to public Anzac Day services
History cruise departs from Patonga
Crafts centre starts crochet class
Peninsula records second highest March rainfall
Ettalong lacks open space, study finds
Five-level residence proposed at The Sanctuary
Six-unit development would remove 'high value' trees
Planning panel unanimously rejects Paton St proposal
Exceptional multi-unit proposal complies with setbacks
GUST highlights benefits of trees in tight spaces
Work starts on $3.85M leisure centre upgrade
Megacity thought bubble lacks substance
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Cases level off at 1000
Flown to Westmead after injury at college
Couple tell of journey with Alzheimer's
Missing a much-loved face
Anzac ceremony held at hospital
Lesbian workshops held at Ettalong
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Classic cinema club starts in Pearl Beach
College wins $500 youth week award
Cross country run held at the school
Big day for school photographers
Childcare AGM
Mother's Day stall
Parents invited to targeted programs evening
Roosters play Erina Eagles in 'tale of two halves'
Woy Woy suffers 51-5 rugby union defeat
Cycle group to hold 45km 'relaxed' ride
Appeal for $7000 drinking fountain
Southern Spirit Cricket awards presentations
Paul was 'swimmer of the meet'
Bailey Meti 'pipped at the post'
Boardriders' mums treated to champagne breakfast
Bridge club plays Easter Pairs and Anzac Pairs
Bridge club holds mixed pairs championship
Ettalong Major Pairs games
Little athletics holds annual meeting and presentations
Age group swimming champions
A great day at the office
Vacancies in SEU soccer teams
Officials wanted for State bowls championships
Swans play at Killarney Vale
Two-bowl mixed triples event played at Umina
Veteran Pairs played after weeks of rain
Through to volleyball quarter finals



Megacity thought bubble lacks substance

A little while back, our Premier released a thought bubble about an East Coast Megacity, and, now, it seems that a legislative framework has been set up to give some semblance of reality to the idea.

Of course, over the years, we have seen many administrative structures come and go, with great promises of the benefits they were going to confer but with little or no impact on the ground.

Does anyone recall the fanfare that accompanied the appointment of our modern Coordinator-General so recently, and can anyone point to a single improvement that resulted from that appointment?

Even more recently, the Greater Sydney Commission was hailed as a moving force towards transformational action in Central Coast, but has anyone seen any impact, after all the talk at the time?

Appointing a new Commission bears more resemblance to the action of a Council in appointing a subcommittee than it does to a real-world attempt to meet the needs of the six cities involved in this initiative.

The powers of this new Commission are undefined, the qualifications of the Commission members are uncertain, and the relationship of the Commission to all the other actors involved in regional development seems as nebulous as ever.

Confidence in this new move would have been strengthened, if somebody had defined beforehand exactly why this body was needed, exactly how it would function and exactly how it would link to the local government authorities who make up the megacity.

As it is, it looks more like political grandstanding with no substance and no recognizable role, beyond providing a few jobs for the boys.

Of course, we have the usual mantra about "streamlining the planning process" which, by now, we all recognize as code for reducing community involvement in all planning decisions and offering developers the freest possible rein in undertaking profitable projects.

Other than that, I have yet to see a statement that indicates that anyone has grasped what would be required to establish a workable megacity.

What I foresee is just more opportunities for squabbling about the priorities of the constituent parts of the megacity, with no sense of principles, goals, standards or implementation mechanisms that should underpin a real new direction in regional integration.

In other words, just another bass-ackwards political gesture whose real intent is probably yet to emerge but which will, almost certainly, prove to be to our disadvantage.

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