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22 Aug 2022
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Rare bushland given 'potential irreversible impact status'
Peninsula loses its last greengrocer
What's on fire? Here's the answer
Lone Pine Plaza landscape plan 'yet to be approved'
Tesch gains pre-selection for March election
Sessions planned anyone with a 'true story worth telling'
'Lock your cars,' police urge
Book drive for children in need
Liesl Tesch named Commonwealth disability champion
Lobster Beach and Half Tide Rocks area cleaned up
Questions asked about recycling station
Club learns of scuba gym therapy
Rotary club hears of Warriors Path youth program
Government pledges support for local newspapers
Help distribute Peninsula News
Only 17mm of rain for month so far
Three-unit gun barrel proposal for Gallipoli Ave
Three units proposed for under-sized Edward St block
Increase sought to restaurant seating
Plant native vegetation and watch the money follow
Peninsula loses local business as fruit market closes
Essential details missing about 'superior development'
If the Minister is not responsible, who is?
Remove signs from dog-friendly beach
Our obligation to the future is to protect what's left
Coronavirus cases drop by one third in a fortnight
BreastScreen bus moves under cover of darkness
Multicultural wellness day at health centre
Aged care home construction work continues
Indoor golf competition
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Most Coastal Twist festival events will be free
Four actors have varied backgrounds
Creativity at 'show and tell' session
Watercolour lesson 'challenging'
House names may change to Darkinjung language
Fundraiser for Year 12 student to develop tennis career
Teacher retires after career of more than 40 years
Enjoying alfresco numeracy
Panel to select new assistant principal
Cheer team flies to Gold Coast
Combined activities to be held on Wednesday
School garden shapes up for spring
Xander is Griffin of the Week
Work experience in State Parliament
Putting photographic theory into practice
Woy Woy student makes community service pitch
A week with a local plumbing business
Rebecca is recognised with award
Recorder ensemble and dance group perform
Three performances accepted for Showcase
Death mourned with a 'paddle out'
July charity bowls event raises $890
Umina Bowls event on RU OK Day
New Futsal court opened at Umina
Greg and John receive 'Wednesday clubman' awards
Penrith Interclub physie results
Bridge club to hold annual meeting
Bunnies win places in grand final
New cricket players sought
Expression of interest sought
Under-14 Lions through to finals
Men's 35A soccer team leads table
Softball registrations open
Swans win last game of season
Soccer club to hold senior presentation
Three teams in grand finals



Our obligation to the future is to protect what's left

In the article in the August 12 issue of Coast Community News "Chamber demands action on overgrown foreshore", Debra Wales and the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce seem to believe that the Ettalong waterfront exists to enhance the views from nearby restaurants and to protect view lines from the town centre and adjacent developments.

There is no consideration of the scene from the waterway or Wagstaffe peninsula for those who prefer to see less human impact and where the vegetation in question actually softens the view of dominating foreshore buildings.

If the wide, pristine sandy foreshore shown in the "before" picture existed today, does Debra Wales think it would offer any protection for the area to hold back high seas or the surging waves of an intense east coast low?

And this is the predicted future as climate change strikes our coastline.

Vegetation is essential foreshore protection.

If this self-interested belief in the priority of views is widespread, it perhaps explains the vandalism and death of so many mature banksia trees along the Ettalong waterfront.

Is it not possible for visitors, locals or tourists to walk a bit further and enjoy the view from the paths either side of the vegetation?

Sadly this wave of tree vandalism is not unique to Ettalong and it marches across the Coast waterways, destroying the natural environment that many residents want to enjoy.

Birds and wildlife can't live on your waterfront verandas and we can't eat money.The recently-released State of the Environment Report 2021 paints a bleak picture of our impact on our land.

Two statements jump out.

"Australia's environment is deteriorating" and "Environmental decline and destruction is harming our well-being."

Of course there is more detail in the report but In short: our time of profiting from domination over our environment must end.

We should stop stealing from our future or, more bluntly, stop fouling our nest.

We have an obligation now to future generations to take responsibility to protect what we have left and live in harmony with our environment.

Does anybody care?

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