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15 May 2023
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Call for strategy to 'focus on housing people'
Liesl Tesch makes jacket for parliament
CWA considers evening meetings
Tesch 'disappointed' shopper carpark will be privatised
Renovated CWA hall expected to open this week
Freshwater crocodile found in Umina
Injured driver flown to Royal North Shore Hospital
Clean4Shore to remove derelict vessels in Phegans Bay
Pelican sightings sought
Grant to plant wildlife corridor
Sunset session held on waterfront
New personal training
Appreciation for Linda Burney
CWA branch holds Mother's Day stall
Shade tree group plants dwarf variety of local tree
'Girls' night in' to encourage female players
Mingaletta hosts plumbing session for women
Teen dance party commended
Ferries diverted
Fire at Myola Rd
Bringing fun back to Sydney
Incident met with large police presence
Forum about learner driver program
Moving office in Parliament House
Trivia night to raise money for wildlife rescue
May rainfall is just 5.9mm so far
Five-bedroom Pearl Beach house would lose 15 trees
Application for gym to operate 24/7
Simplified process needed for affordable housing - Hart
Planning panel given report about court appeal
Changes needed for planning to succeed
Is the Peninsula another Paradise Lost?
Council still not accountable for budget spending
Dr Reid organises women's health forum
Hospital auxiliary runs Mother's Day stall
Aged care facility accredited for another three years
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Annual music concerts to be held on Saturday
New kiln for arts and crafts centre
Raucous folk group returns to the Troubadour
Two travel-themed books to be launched at library
Concert raises $10,000 for Lifeline
Free book launch and family day at writers' festival
Staff win volleyball trophy back from students
Buddy guided tours at St John the Baptist
Top student featured in college social media
Coffee and cake curriculum sessions offered
Top marks for visual design
Boys freestyle relay team win gold
Breakfast for mothers before school
Girls relay team finishes fifth
Jacob wins gold at swimming championships
Schools compete in touch football
Uniform shop opens on first Thursdays
Netball association holds grand opening
TKT has double celebration at netball centre opening
One-way traffic for Woy Woy Lions
Umina boardriders make the finals
Club holds blessing of new canoe
Woy Woy Bowling Club plays last game after 90 years
Novice bridge teams play championship
Tour de Central Coast includes Peninsula
Selected for Touch World Youth Cup
Cricket nets project under way at Rogers Park
Eric Tweedale celebrates 102nd birthday
Holly Parker recognised in Parliament
Bowling arm tournament attracts 48 bowlers
Masters swimming point score meet at Woy Woy
Kelsey wins bronze medal
Women's rugby team seeks more players
Southern and Ettalong United defeats Terrigal 5-2
Women's Premier League win to Umina
More touch teams for winter competition
Little aths presentation night promoted
Cricket club holds annual meeting
Water polo presentations
The look of success



Is the Peninsula another Paradise Lost?

The latest ABS data, based on the 2021 Census, was released last week.

It contains a detailed, suburb by suburb, picture of advantage and disadvantage across Australia.

Disadvantage is measure by the Socio-economic Index for Areas (SEIFA) score and reflects income levels, education levels and housing costs across the country.

The Central Coast overall is a disadvantaged area with a SEIFA index of 994 and with 61 per cent of areas in Australia having a higher index.

But the Peninsula is even more disadvantaged with 76 per cent of areas having a higher index.

This is about the same level as the Entrance and the Northern Lakes districts to the north.

These indices are reflected in median household income levels with the median household income for the Peninsula standing at $1300 per week compared to $1534 for the Coast as a whole and $1849 for the whole of NSW.

Within the Peninsula, however, there is some divergence. It's like a mosaic.

Median weekly househiold income levels vary from $1466 in Umina to $1129 in Ettalong and $1115 in Woy Woy.

But Patonga, Pearl Beach, Booker Bay, Umina Heights and the Esplanade income levels are far higher at over $2500 per week.

It's like a doughnut.

The rim of the Peninsula are far more advantaged and compares with Teririgal, Avoca and Holgate while the centre is disadvantaged and compares with Toukley, San Remo, Budgewoi and Gorokan to the north.

There is a big gulf between a few "haves" (about 20 per cent) and a majority of "have nots" (about 80 per cent).

Because of this it is economically inert.

It's almost a subsistence economy where, for most, housing and food costs eat up most of the household income.

What's left seems to go on big brekkies and the pokies, with the Peninsula having the same number of poker machines as the other NSW hotspot, Fairfield.

No wonder the high streets are dead after 3pm.

No wonder, when I come back from overseas, my first question is now "What's closed?" rather than "What's changed?"

The Peninsula needs three things.

1. Massive business investment - not just more retail and real estate - to stimulate the economy and generate more jobs.

2. More affordable housing - the median income levels and median house price are way out of whack and drain money from the local economy.

3. An identity - in a divided community, there is no common ground beyond the beach and that is generic to every coastal town in the world.

Why would I go into the centre of Umina or Ettalong or Woy Woy except to go to Coles or Woolies or IGA or Bunnings or the doctor's or the chemist or whatever?

If the Peninsula is to become such a dormitory suburb, so be it.

But this has big implications for the development of the Peninsula.

When it is the closest bit of the Central Coast to Sydney, this all seems like a missed opportunity.

With open water on three sides and a National Park on the other, is this just another Paradise Lost?

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