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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ACF branch calls for Austin Butler sale to be rescinded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



Feature native vegetation for a better business plan

I refer to the alleged unauthorised poisoning of the majestic coastal banksias near the Atlantis Building at Ettalong.

There's always a reason (as pathetic as it may be) for such an extreme and illegal act.

You've got to ask why take such a risk of being caught for this type of criminal activity.

Is it to have a clear view of the beach by a selfish home owner or a commercial development?

Maybe they need to clear the land for more car parking along the beachfront.

So who will benefit from this action?

This will turn our beautiful waterfront into another Gold Coast or worse - a Rhodes by the Sea, if allowed. (Apologies to the good people of Rhodes.)

Residents and tourists don't want that.

A better business plan, to entice tourists to our wonderful beaches and unique coastal townships, would be to enhance the beauty of our coastline and not denude its precious greenspace.

Some Councils do this well, eg Cairns Council.

Just have a look at the beachside township of Palm Cove and how they worked around the natural vegetation by deliberately allowing some of the trees to be merged into the infrastructure.

To walk down their main shopping strip as a visitor is a delight passing various shops, restaurants, holiday apartments and other tourist attractions lined with an avenue of large melaleucas, tall palm trees and many other tropical plants.

They even bend the escarpment pavement around their trees.

This clever development has a charm of old and new stylish architecture looking out through these magnificent trees.

It created or kept a unique experience that the locals, business houses and tourists embrace.

Central Coast Council and its administrator Mr Rik Hart please take note.

In our case, the council is on the verge of going down the wrong track by allowing some hideous developments, which are potential slums.

Development is fine and necessary.

But for goodness sake, consult with an architect whose brief is to capture and enhance a similar style and character of that era of our unique townships (like Ettalong).

Blending infrastructure, old and new, and the waterfront with existing old growth trees is not hard to do.

All the big players will still make money and everybody will benefit and be proud to work and live in a well-designed environment.

So we the people, ratepayers, want some answers in the investigation of this vandalism.

Who poisoned these trees and why?

Until then, Central Coast Council could put in place of the dead trees a shipping container (or two), to hopefully discourage vandalism of this sort, just like other councils have done with some success.

Some of these banksias take hundreds of years to grow to this height, so you might have to leave the containers there for a long time.

You could consign a local artist to paint the containers with local flora just to soften the look until replaced with trees of equal species and height.

At least install some CCTV cameras for safety and security purposes.

These trees not only beautify the foreshore, provide shade, attract birds and habitat for wildlife, but are crucial and a cheaper alternative to the stability of the beachfront against coastal erosion.

Climate changes are real and storms and large wave surges are becoming more frequent and regularly impacting coastal foreshores and infrastructures.

We should be planting more trees on waterfronts instead of sneaking around like a rat in the night killing them.

One thinks of the legend of the Lost City of Atlantis sliding into the sea.

Hopefully that will not happen in our case.

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