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25 Sep 2023
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After-hours medical service announces closure*
Who isn't a fan of The Big Red Truck?
Varroa mite detection reported at Blackwall
Channel dredging to finish this week
Ferry company welcomes 'deeper and wider' channel*
Decisions soon on after-hours GPs and Urgent Care
Women's march calls for protection of 'sacred lands'
Clean-up in Woy Woy Bay nets 440kg
CWA branch recycles banners as tote bags and bunting
Help wanted to find missing plaque
Rail interruptions could get worse before they get better
Demolition order issued for Empire Bay Marina
Fundraising day for Mary Mac's Place
Rotary club raises almost $7000 at charity golf day
Police renew appeal for help to find missing woman
Volunteer firefighter has chainsaw training*
Have more trees and community education, says GUST*
Children to be taught to knit and crochet
Fly larvae could help recycle food waste, club told*
Service award for Marine Rescue member
Mingaletta to hold free school holiday activities
Online business wins national award*
Donations of mixed fruit wanted
New food pantry opens in Woy Woy
Rotary club to fund sewing workshop at Ugandan school
Community group runs plumbing workshop for women
Community garden holds produce swap*
Yellow theme at Rotary club fundraiser*
Run for The Voice arrives in Ettalong*
Paper quilling workshop to be held at library
Parliamentary recognition for Umina CWA*
Only 7.7mm of rain in two weeks
Application received for seven two-bedroom dwellings*
Arboretum seeks to change 'cottage' verandah design
Planning Panel withdraws permission to speak
Council seeks feedback on strategic plans
Key strategies unavailable for Austin Butler submissions
Panel told Peninsula strategic review is not planned*
Fourth attempt in 10 years to sell off open space
Bio-offset unlikely to be done in a hurry
Get behind Dr Duff to save after hours medical service
Stalls raise money for stroke recovery club
Hollywood event raises $29,500 for Cancer Council
Pat Hutch retires after more than 30 years' service
Maintenance staff become 'fish whisperers'
Aged care facility holds mental health activities*
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Free Fair Day is centrepiece of Coastal Twist Festival
Pride Poetry night to be held in Woy Woy
Youth dance at Mingaletta for Coastal Twist Festival
First concert 'with a rock vibe' at Pearl Beach arboretum
Americana theme at next Troubadour concert
Flash Festival to be held next weekend
Choir donates to Elsie's Retreat
Arts centre students prepare for annual exhibition*
Netball team makes it to North Sydney final*
Year 6 students return from Canberra visit
Students attend IT and cyber day at Newcastle Uni
College wins four Minister's Awards
Residents wanted as primary school ethics teachers
Head Start program to be held from October 18
Student wins phone for good attendance
Trivia night for the Raad family
Southern Spirit wins trial match
Surf club raises $9350 in 24-hour row
Soccer grand final win for Southern 45A team
New executive elected at bridge club
Super-size bridge field for AGM Pairs
Business house bowls competition planned
Everglades men play Major Pairs final
Most surf club members sign up again
Bowling club raises $1000 on RUOK Day
Association seeks interest in netball development squad
Bicycle group reverses 'boomerang' ride
Rugby club to hold annual general meeting
Turn out to try softball was 'fantastic'*
Junior Touch seeks expressions of interest
Wolves win A Division baseball grand final*
Soccer presentations planned for October
Ron wins Minor Singles title*



Fourth attempt in 10 years to sell off open space

How long does the community need to fight to protect its community land and playgrounds?

The Peninsula news edition 284 in February 2012 documents the removal of the playground from Austin Butler reserve and the promise not to sell it.

Fast forward four years and the Council put the playgrounds back up for sale.

Peninsula News edition 403 reported the first Administrator Mr Ian Reynolds rejected the proposed strategy to sell the parks and reserves on the Peninsula.

He said Council had listened to the community who had shown "a desire to save their reserve but also expressed affection for them".

He also stated at the council meeting in 2016 that "environmental assets in the community are important to them, and they love them."

Nothing has changed in 2023.

The community still loves the environmental assets of the green space and trees in Austin Butler reserve.

And for the fourth time in 10 years, the council still under administration continues to push the sell off agenda of recreational open space.

When will the bureaucrats in council understand green Infrastructure is more Important than concrete and a balanced budget in an increasingly urbanised world?

As global temperatures continue to rise, mitigating the consequences of a concentrated humanity becomes all the more urgent.

Urban planners and designers should be more aware of ecological planning and design in managing increasing urban heat island impacts, especially on the Woy Woy Peninsula.

The Council, in moving forward with the reclassification of Lot 9 Austin Butler, sent the planning proposal to the Local Planning Panel, for the Panel to discuss the proposal behind closed doors and reject community members requests to speak against the proposal.

A request was made by the Australian Conservation Foundation Central Coast group for a "public briefing meeting" which the Panel can hold to hear submissions in a public forum about items with considerable interest and to meet with key stakeholders to discuss unresolved issues.

The Austin Butler reclassification has considerable community interest and has galvanised the community of the Woy Woy Peninsula to reject any reclassification, rezoning or Gateway proposal and yet the community is being ignored.

No response was received to our request and the Panel has sent its secret advice back to the Council under administration.

The Administrator needs to follow Mr Reynolds' lead and listen to the community and withdraw any proposal to reclassify and sell off Austin Butler.

Please email and phone the Administrator to tell him to save Austin Butler's trees and green space, and that you want him to withdraw it from the bulk reclassification.

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