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13 Nov 2023
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Hart tree plan sees minimal canopy increase, panel told
Sunshine welcomed crowds to festival and market stalls
Peninsula News: A community activity
Booker Bay listed as top location for future climate risk
Peninsula may miss out on Crown Lands funding
Remembrance Day service held at Vietnam memorial
Burst water main affects Ocean Beach Rd
A rewarding day for Clean4Shore co-ordinator
Aunty Di to speak at 'tent embassy' installation
Club prepares for annual Christmas tree sale
Patonga brigade gets a fire boat
Ferry Rd foreshore trees to be replaced
Trivia quiz is on Saturday, not Sunday
Rotary club to hold annual volunteers' Christmas lunch
Indian restaurant is named best in regional NSW
Apprentice chef wins London trip with scholarship award
Marine Rescue Central Coast splits for new Terrigal unit*
A different fire truck in Pearl Beach*
Morning teas mark personal milestones
Supporting persons with disabilities to seek higher office
Crime prevention officer addresses CWA and Rotary*
Christmas at The Bays trivia night*
Tawny frogmouth family back together
CWA branch hold Remembrance Days ceremony*
Line marking agreed for Cowper Rd*
Visitor information centre seeks volunteers*
Pearl Beach Christmas dinner*
Tribute to Jane Bowtell in State Parliament*
Games Month celebrated at library*
Rotary club sponsors Ugandan sewing workshop*
Fashion and luncheon at pre-school*
Woy Woy CWA branch sees largest increase*
Activities planned for Umina library*
Prepare an emergency kit, brigade urges*
Three falls of more than 10mm
Amendment seeks 'coastal' design and tree removal
Two-storey arched window planned for waterfront house
Council recommends refusal for multi-dwelling proposal
Study finds Government resists risk-based planning
Coastal guidelines have 'no statutory power'
Men's Shed saga continues with amendment lodged
Beachfront properties could become 'stranded assets'
What we need is ambition for ourselves
Just say 'no' and re-organise carpark
Many unanswered questions on Woy Woy baths repair
General practices to receive government grants
New 'household' on display at aged care home
Bowls club donates $2600 to Central Coast Health*
New ward billed as largest private unit on the Coast*
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Troubadour Concert will feature two ensembles
A creative Christmas with polymer beading*
School musical costs $55 for 'family of four'
School for Seniors faces closure without new committee
Selected for State water polo team
Students learn of the day Greece said no: OXI Day
Federal Speaker visits Woy Woy
Teachers win excellence awards
Evacuation practice held at Woy Woy South*
St John's bands perform at Bandfest*
College principal to attend primary parents' meeting
Principal and deputy put on 'delicious spread'
Rotary club to support First Aid for all primary schools
School collects gifts for St Vincent de Paul*
Voting for school captains takes place this week*
Aboriginal activities at Year 6 transition program*
Saskia wins 'reconciliation challenge' award*
Parent forum for school planning*
Eight teams compete in League Tag gala day*
Teaching award for Woy Woy South
Legacy opens applications for scholarship program*
College student is women's golf champion of champions
Umina crews finish strongly in first round of competition
Liesl Tesch is a legend, says Basketball NSW
Major Fours final at Everglades
Disabled surfers association holds volunteer training
Southern Spirit cricket results
'A real problem to solve' at bridge
Youth bowls tournament has $1000 in prizes
Netball association announces representative teams
Rugby club announces coaches for next year
Selected for inter-branch surf life saving competition
Electronic keypad for tennis courts
Outrigger club brings home the gold*
'Good week' for pennant teams*
Six bridge players in Tomaree Congress
Cup Day was a day to remember*



Peninsula may miss out on Crown Lands funding

The Peninsula seems unlikely to benefit from State Government funding to "maintain and improve" Crown Land, despite a call from Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch to apply.

"Crown Land managers - including community organisations, Councils and user groups seeking to maintain and improve Crown reserves and facilities - can now apply for funding under the NSW Government's Crown Reserves Improvement Fund," she said.

"I strongly encourage eligible applicants to apply for a total of around $16 million in funding through the Fund."

Central Coast Council manages Crown Land on the Peninsula, but does not appear to intend to apply for the funding.

The Peninsula's Crown Land is mainly foreshore reserves, but also includes the Council's Woy Woy depot, part of the Everglades lagoon system and the Burrawang bushland reserve in Hillview St as well as a large part of Blackwall Mountain.

One piece of Crown Land of almost three hectares at Woy Woy adjacent to the railway line has been identified as a priority by the Save Our Species program of the Office of Environment and Heritage for its endangered Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland, with a recommendation for "site-based weed control".

Another is the weed-infested old Sanitary Depot off Patonga Dr, surrounded by National Park, which was never restored to bushland after its use as a raw sewage dump.

Ms Tesch said: "These grants help maintain and upgrade reserves, and facilities on them, for residents' use and enjoyment, as well as to protect areas of important environmental land.

"Grants support weed and pest management projects to ensure we have healthy public reserves that help protect native plants and animals from invasive species."

However, in a statement on behalf of Central Coast Council chief executive Mr David Farmer, Peninsula News was told: "Council is not currently in a position to apply to the Crown Reserves Improvement Fund for the Crown Land at Woy Woy.

"While the site is not included in the Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland Endangered Ecological Community Restoration and Rehabilitation Management Plan, it is however likely that there are some patches of Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland vegetation on the site along with other vegetation communities such as saltmarsh.

"Council officers have been in discussion with the Save Our Species team from the Department of Planning and Environment about the site.

"Further planning in consultation with the Saving Our Species Team is required prior to any vegetation management or bush regeneration works being undertaken including in the Umina Coastal Sandplain Woodland patches.

"There are some priority actions, such as access control and the removal of a historically dumped car body, that Council is working towards implementing.

"Council is focusing on ensuring the first priorities and planning are undertaken.

"The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund, particularly the weed projects stream, is a potential source of funds that Council may investigate further once the planning has progressed towards completion."

The statement gave no indication of how long this work was expected to take.

Ms Tesch said that Crown reserves supported communities by protecting the environment and providing open spaces and facilities for parks, ovals, walking, cycling, camping and other sports and recreation activities.

"We all know the benefits that these reserves and facilities bring to our community and that a healthy community is a happy community."

Applications for the NSW Government's Crown Reserves Improvement Fund close on Friday, November 17.

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