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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*



'Is Ocean Beach sea wall still planned?' ACF group asks

Central Coast Council has provided inadequate information about its Coastal Management Plan for the Peninsula, according to the Australian Conservation Foundation Central Coast group.

Among the questions not answered in the current round of consultations about the plan was whether a sea wall, or "terminal structure", was still proposed along The Esplanade at Ocean Beach.

"The coastal zone management objectives and actions should reflect community and stakeholder opinions and values," said group secretary Mr Norm Harris.

"How can the community have effective input when they don't know what the focus of the Plan is?

"What are the priority actions proposed by council to provide medium to long term resilience of the beaches from Umina to Ettalong with ongoing climate change?

"Will Council update the hazard lines for Ettalong and Umina Beach?

"There should be significant investment by council in awareness, education, and negotiation of the issue affecting our beaches defined in the coastal beach zone."

Mr Harris said that, while the council was wanting feedback on matters such as beach and rockpool access and dune safety, the Coastal Management Plan was required by legislation to show how the council would protect and enhance natural processes and environmental values of the coast line.

"It must facilitate ecologically sustainable development and promote sustainable land use planning that looks to long-term resilience, and mitigates current and future risks from coastal hazards, taking into account the effects of climate change including impacts of extreme storm events."

"If the plan is to be based on scientific evidence, will they accept that sea walls kill beaches and have a detrimental impact on the coastal ecosystems, contrary to the objects of the Coastal Management Act?

"There has been erosion around Ettalong Beach for the past 80 years, and the suburb is rated highly for climate risk to erosion in a study by Core Risk.

"Why has there been no public consultation on the Peninsula regarding these beaches?

"We are encouraging residents to contact the council to ask these questions now, rather than wait until the document is set in stone and the next storm arrives."

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