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Dog population expected to be more than 8000 by 2032
NRMA signs memorandum with Darkinjung
Tree vandalism to be raised with Council
Chamber calls on Council to maintain Ettalong
Intersection upgrades to proceed following State Budget
Despite false rumours, we are here to stay
Book fair raises $2000 for PCYC
Woy Woy school continues to collect bottle caps
'Coffee with a cop' at Woy Woy
Students invited to submit films about democracy
MPs attend Dying with Dignity meeting
Students convince Rotary club about First Aid donation
Free technology classes in Ettalong
MediSim workshops for Marine Rescue members
New MP holds thank you barbecue
Gordon Reid opens electorate office in West Gosford
Reid urges support for winter appeal for Coast Shelter
Church holds trivia night for disaster relief
June rainfall may be lowest in 18 years
Alfred St 'shop-top' proposal resubmitted for review
New planning controls to start in August, says Crouch
Audit finds failure to manage State planning portal risks
Caricature of planning diverts from what is really needed
Another botched waterfront park?
Conflict between estuary management and masterplan
Waterfront plan has estuary impacts
Active cases jump by 23 per cent in a fortnight
Aged care building work progresses in sunny weather
Employment program students graduate
Volunteers wanted to socialise with elderly residents
Hospital waiting times increase by up to 21 per cent
Roofing work completed ahead of schedule
Teachers set to strike on Thursday
Grant for project to build bee garden
School needs canteen volunteers
School to celebrate Naidoc Week
Woy Woy Bowling Club closes its doors after 90 years
Grant Watson wins Umina Minor Singles Championship
Umina women's triples championship
Sighted guides wanted for low vision athletes
'Relaxed' ride around Brisbane Water
Free AFL clinic
Bridge club holds annual Teams of Three match
Bowls pennant side managers needed
Southern Spirit seeks junior registrar
Clubhouse gets a roof
Woy Woy Wombats seek winter water polo interest
Water polo coaches and managers wanted



Chamber calls on Council to maintain Ettalong

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has called on Central Coast Council to re-invest in the Ettalong Beach town centre.

"A recent inspection by the Chamber of Commerce has confirmed what we already knew. Ettalong Beach town centre maintenance is at an all time low", said Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales.

"Ocean View Rd is badly potholed, landscaping is in poor condition, tree guards are being lifted out of the ground, pedestrian crossings are crumbling, trees have not been pruned, the beachfront is overgrown and graffiti is epidemic."

Mr Wales questioned the Council's spending priorities.

"Council can spend thousands of dollars on an art program called Changing Faces in Ettalong Beach but can't find the dollars to look after the street infrastructure," he said.

"While art and culture is important to our community, it should take a back seat to maintaining the existing footpaths and roads that are supposed to service locals and visitors alike.

"It's pointless for Council to commission expensive art works and produce glossy photos and advertising when visitors arriving via the Palm Beach Ferry or coming up the freeway see crumbling roads, weed infested beachfronts, grubby footpaths and graffitied buildings.

"Sadly, after 20 years of hard work by the Chamber and local business to create the real face of Ettalong Beach, the Council is letting this slip away through lack of maintenance and no prospect in the foreseeable future of new capital works.

"As the Administrator has recently confirmed, the budget is now back in the black and more attention should be paid to improving town centre maintenance," said Mr Wales.

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