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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ACF branch calls for Austin Butler sale to be rescinded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



Petition started for Ettalong foreshore lighting

An Ettalong woman has started an online petition in an attempt to persuade Central Coast Council to install solar safety lighting on the Ettalong foreshore.

Ms Shery Stewart said she would like to see five safety lights on the promenade path and solar fairy lights in the three major tree trunks near the playground in front of the "Lest we forget" signs.

"This whole foreshore is in complete darkness from sundown, at a time when residents and tourists would like to enjoy the area, go to restaurants and cafes safely, and walk dogs and exercise for a few more hours after dark."

She said she had made a proposal to Central Coast Council with the support of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

However, council staff had variously said the council had no money for them, that the lights would attract anti-social behaviour and that the council did not consider Ettalong to be a priority.

Ms Stewart said anti-social behaviour was happening now in Ettalong due to the absence of light, with the recent poisoning of banksia trees in front of the Atlantis being an example.

She said people working at the Diggers Club and the pharmacy could not walk safely along that area because it was "pitch black".

She said, if the council was paying $1 million for solar lighting for tourist parks at Patonga Beach and Umina, it was warranted at Ettalong.

Ms Stewart, who runs an "I love Ettalong Beach" social media page, said a number of coastal towns had invigorated their foreshores with lighting and fairy lights.

Port Stephens was an example.

She said the lights could be on the beach side only, designed not to spill light and in keeping with the village character.

"The area has grown organically with cafes and pop-ups and is now the most densely populated area on the Central Coast.

"Lighting makes economic sense as well."

The petition for solar lighting on the Ettalong foreshore can be found at, and within a week of its launch had attracted more than 150 signatures.

"I want to see lights there by September, and make an event of it," said Ms Stewart.

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