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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ACF branch calls for Austin Butler sale to be rescinded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



Council should have started rock pool safety work

I am writing to you to express my concern of the unsafe access to Pearl Beach rock pool.

As a life member of the Umina Blue Swimmers Winter Swimming Club, we have been frequently utilising the facility at Pearl Beach since our establishment in 1968.

Over the years, the access to the pool has become unsafe due to the nature of the surface being compromised by its surroundings, which makes its inaccessible to not only our members but the broader community who wish to use the pool.

I am urging the community to get behind this project as I am a firm believer that the pool should be enjoyed by all without the risk of injuring themselves in the process.

We have had several members be injured by falling over on the slippery rock surface, and many members not being able to continue to swim with us as they cannot safely get to the pool.

We have approached the council who advised that a study had been done to upgrade the safe access to the pool and funds were allocated to carry out the project 16 months ago.

However no action has been taken to date.

A local company has confirmed that the study was in fact carried out and was assured that the money would be put aside to commence the work.

However the council is yet to act.

In the interest of safety for the broader community, I want to shed light on the matter to make people aware of this issue.

I am a firm believer that, as the study was completed, this work should have already been commenced by the council to protect the community from harm when trying to access a heritage listed site.

I have also approached the Pearl Beach Progress Association who are in full support of this venture, as their aging population simply can't get across the current state of the surface to access the facility.

Please get behind us and support our local community to rectify this issue.

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