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25 Jul 2022
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Umina loses its last bank branch
Census figures show increased skew to older age
Bruce Judd celebrates 93rd birthday
Brigade members help a neighbour
Dr Reid visits CWA branch
Beekeepers urged to remain vigilant
Missing children found
Trees planted in Lone Pine Ave for National Tree Day
Council plants dune vegetation for National Tree Day
Umina man wins $2.6 million
Retired principal to stand for Legislative Council
Garbage truck dumps its load in Ettalong
Woytopia festival stalls available
Council to discuss including youth in community life
Queen Jubilee grant for mature waterfront fig tree
Clean4Shore removes polystyrene from Patonga
Community spirit shown in beach clean-up
Historic ferry 'in action again'
Greens ask Minister for immediate council elections
CWA branch attends inquiry into homelessness
CWA branch sells jams through local cafe
Take care around schools, Crouch urges
Wettest year recorded in 18 years
Review sought of Paton St refusal
ACF branch calls for Austin Butler sale to be rescinded
Petition started for Ettalong foreshore lighting
Approval granted for 273 Peninsula trees
Feature native vegetation for a better business plan
Council should have started rock pool safety work
Will history repeat itself?
Work at aged care home continues despite rain
Aged care home suffers virus outbreak
Central Coast Health provides boosters at Woy Woy
Mental health sessions offered
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Pearl Beach Singers to hold concert
Little Theatre stages David Williamson's Travelling North
Winners of ephemeral art trail announced
Plenty of patchwork projects at crafts centre
Volunteers wanted for book fair
Teacher has baby girl
School raises seven times heart appeal target
Cheerleading team qualifies for national championships
Replacing lantana with local species
Daisy is Griffin of the Week
Designing and controlling their own models
Grandparents' day at St John's
School creates Year 2 Museum
Savannah is 14th in the state
Target program interviews to be held in August
Students prepare for Laycock St showcase
Preschool takes part in National Pyjama Week
Chickens at community childcare
Picnic lunch at Ettalong for Education Week
School athletics carnival postponed
Parents reminded to observe parking signage
President's Cup attracts 11 bridge pairs
Umina women finally complete Major Singles
Roosters to hold Old Boys Day
League Tag win against Terrigal
Surf clubs hold pool rescue championships
Applications open for netball representative season
Junior basketball season starts
Round one defeats in pennant competition
Presented with reserve champion prizes
Roosters' Reserves win Terrigal game
Softball registrations open
Swans presentation night
Touch coaches wanted for representative season
Soccer presentation postponed until October



Census figures show increased skew to older age

Recently-released figures for the Peninsula from the 2021 Census show a relatively modest population growth rate of around four per cent in the last five years, compared to a national rate of 8.6 per cent.

Both population and dwelling numbers on the Peninsula have grown in the same proportion.

There continues to be a significantly higher number of older people than for NSW and nationally, with the numbers of 70-80 year olds increasing significantly.

The figures are for the Level 2 statistical areas for Woy Woy and Umina, which together comprise the Peninsula to its road boundaries at The Rip Bridge, Spike Milligan Bridge and Staples Lookout on Woy Woy Rd.

The figures show a lower number of married people and higher numbers of separated, divorced and widowed compared to 2016.

The Peninsula continues to be significantly under-represented in university student numbers, but have above-average participation in government primary and secondary schools and at TAFE.

We report a much higher level of Anglo-Celtic and Australian heritage than at a state or national level. Our aboriginal heritage is also higher than average.

More than three-quarters of us were born in Australia, 10 per cent more than at a state or national level.

England is the next most common birth country, with five per cent of our population being born there - around twice the state and national averages.

Around 40 per cent of us say we have no religion, one third more than five years ago, and 10 per cent more than the national average.

About 21 per cent are Catholic on a par with state and national figures, but down by four per cent over five years.

Anglicans are the next most frequent at about 17 per cent, also down four per cent over five years, but much higher than the national figure of 10 per cent.

Most common languages spoken at home other than English include Spanish, Italian, Thai, Russian and Mandarin.

While incomes have increased by at least 20 per cent over five years, the averages remain at 83 per cent or less than the state and national averages.

Unpaid domestic work, child care and health, disability and aged care remain at around the national average, but involvement in voluntary groups has dropped four per cent to around 12 per cent.

Nationally, the figure is higher at 14.1 per cent, but down to three quarters of the level five years ago when voluntary involvement stood at 19 per cent.

The Peninsula has a high rate of chronic health issues, with around 50 per cent of the population affected.

Nationally, only 40 per cent of the population is affected by chronic health issues.

Rates of lung disease are 88 per cent higher than average.

Stroke and dementia are around two-thirds higher, and arthritis is 50 per cent higher than average.

Figures for six other conditions are 20 per cent or more higher than average.

Two thirds of us live in separate houses, close to the state average.

However, at 20 per cent, more of us live in semi-detached units and townhouses, almost twice state average of 11.7 per cent.

Around seven per cent of us live in flats and apartments, about half the national average and one third the state figure.

There are around 30 per cent more three bedroom homes than average, and around 30 per cent less homes with four or more bedrooms.

About 20 per cent more of us than average own our own home outright, and correspondingly fewer own a home with a mortgage.

The rental rate of around 33 per cent is close to the state average.

However, close to one half of renters are paying more than the affordability benchmark of 30 per cent of their income on rent, where around one third of people pay more than 30 per cent nationally.

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