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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*



Planning Panel withdraws permission to speak

Opponents of the sale of the Austin Butler reserve have been refused the opportunity to address the Local Planning Panel about the associated Planning Proposal.

Initially, told they may address the Panel, the permission was later withdrawn.

The Panel appears to have the power to hear community submissions but chose not to.

Mr Julian Bowker from the Peninsula Residents' Association and Woy Woy resident Mr Mark Ellis from the Australian Conservation Foundation Central Coast branch were originally granted permission to speak.

However, before the meeting, Panel secretary Ms Lisa Martin advised them: "Upon further review of the item you wish to speak against, unfortunately Item 4.1 is not part of the Public meeting, therefore we are unable to process your Request to Speak at this time."

The Panel has not responded to a request by Mr Ellis to call a "public briefing meeting" which may be held "if the matter before the Panel attracts significant community interest".

People who wrote letters to the Panel were told after the meeting that the Panel was "just advisory" and was not decision-making.

They were told to apply to speak at the council's Public Forum, which has a limit of two speakers on any one topic.

It appears that at least twice this number of people either requested to speak or made a submission to the Panel.

The reply from the Panel stated: "The Panel's role in regard to Planning Proposals is to provide Council with advice, however Council is the decision-maker for them, not the Panel.

"The Panel has therefore asked me to provide a copy of your email to Council to assist it in its consideration of the matter.

"I understand a report on the matter is expected to be included on the Agenda for the Council's Ordinary Meeting on Tuesday 26 September 2023, which is an opportunity for members of the public to address any concerns to Council, through the Public Forum.

"To be able to speak on this matter, you will need to complete a 'Request to Speak Form' which needs to be submitted by 10am on the day of the Council meeting.

"Further information regarding the Public Forum process, including permitted number of speakers is available in the Public Forum Policy.

"Should the matter progress, I am advised that you would also have another opportunity to have your say after the Department of Planning and Environment has reviewed any prepared Planning Proposal and approved same for progression in the rezoning process, at which time it would be opened for consultation and exhibition."

The minutes of the Panel meeting are not expected to be published until later this week.

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