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12 Feb 2024
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Year 10 students spend first day at new campus
'Pre-consultation' starts for community land review
'Is Ocean Beach sea wall still planned?' ACF group asks
Prime Minister has Medicare cake in Umina
Peninsula groups to pilot local energy trading network
Everglades opens grant applications*
Plenty of activities at Patonga fire station
Craft day held on long weekend
Talks to help residents become energy efficient
Dunecare work resumes
Umina CWA to hold fabric sale
Ferries diverted to Patonga*
Reminder of the world's oldest living culture
Report of Australia Day fireworks grass fire*
Local Member presents flags for Australia Day*
Food donations delivered*
Jam will be made on Thursday*
Lunch club meets on the first Monday*
Marine Rescue unit has busy Australia Day weekend
Ettalong mural is finished*
Sensitive storytime at Woy Woy library
Group to discuss Tao Te Ching*
Fire brigade holds training night*
January records 99mm rainfall
Affordable housing proposal has 17 one-bedroom units
Proposal to replace one 'gun-barrel' with another
CEN announces campaign to fix planning scheme
Blanket planning rules could change the Peninsula
Miticide used for varroa mite
'Cinderalla' reserve should be community land
Fortress mentality widespread within Council
Most complaints about Central Coast Council*
Celebrating her 105th birthday
Charity bowls day raises $1035
Retirement village residents celebrate Australia Day
Psychiatry specialist joins hospital team
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Patchwork group 'happy to be back'
Little Theatre holds free play readings
New silvercraft tutor starts at arts and crafts centre
'Rising star' to perform at Opera in the Arboretum*
Little Theatre announces 2024 season
Free basket and textiles project starts for women
Cross country training starts at Woy Woy South
Reminder to update phone app
Professional learning for school staff
Families will 'meet the teacher'
Students finish Year 6 typing faster than they write
Fours championship bowls final played at Umina
Woy Woy Wolves open baseball registration
Rugby club to celebrate 50 years*
Bunnies start 'boot bank'
Bridge club plays Australia Day pairs
Junior registration days for Umina Bunnies*
Canoe club to host regatta at Patonga
Floorball starts tomorrow*
Grommets' start delayed*
Kane Williams signs with Roosters*
Junior rugby players help at Mary Mac's*
Umina life savers spend at day at The Entrance
Pool 'regularly unavailable' over next five weeks
Grant for cricket pitch roller
Woy Woy Rugby holds annual sports luncheon*
Women rugby players 'better get in quick'
New team formation process at Southern and Ettalong
Umina hosts regional surf boat event*
Girls should give Aussie Rules a try, says Liesl Tesch
Swiss pairs results after three matches*
Umina United announces women's coach*



'Cinderalla' reserve should be community land

The reserve known as lots 21-23 Memorial Ave, Blackwall, is a Cinderella reserve.

It doesn't have a spectacular view of the ocean like the Paul Landa Reserve, nor is it in the heart of Woy Woy like Austin Butler.

No, this reserve's location is less desirable.

On one side its neighbour is an unremarkable block of units, and on the other side is a paddock, waiting to become 12 dwellings.

Its frontage, which gives onto an unnamed laneway, serves as a carpark thanks to Council positioning sandstone blocks a vehicle's length away from the boundary.

In 2021, when this reserve was one of a group of Council properties intended to be sold off, many local residents held rallies and signed petitions to save it.

Since then, however, Council has left it in limbo by refusing to maintain it.

Weeds and tree-strangling creepers run riot.

And yet, this reserve is much loved by those of us lucky enough to live nearby.

Its trees, rare remnant of Umina Sand Plain Woodland, grow tall and handsome.

Up in the canopy a family of microbats sleep the days away.

In the background looms the mysterious presence of Blackwall Mountain.

Underneath the weeds lies treasure.

The local indigenous people used this space as a gathering place, and a place to feast on shellfish.

The evidence is all over the reserve, which is a registered midden.

While Council sold off all the other lots on the north side of the laneway, Lots 21-23 remained in its possession.

Being the lowest point in Blackwall, this land was retained as flood mitigation.

During heavy rain, the cars parked along its boundary get bogged down, waterlogged and occasionally written off.

Building units on this reserve, even if that were possible, would be disastrous for the surrounding houses.

The Administrator's avowed aim is to sell it to a developer, which he is able to do because it is classified as operational land.

In order to stop this happening, this reserve should be included in the group of properties whose classification is to be changed to community land.

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