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13 Nov 2023
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Hart tree plan sees minimal canopy increase, panel told
Sunshine welcomed crowds to festival and market stalls
Peninsula News: A community activity
Booker Bay listed as top location for future climate risk
Peninsula may miss out on Crown Lands funding
Remembrance Day service held at Vietnam memorial
Burst water main affects Ocean Beach Rd
A rewarding day for Clean4Shore co-ordinator
Aunty Di to speak at 'tent embassy' installation
Club prepares for annual Christmas tree sale
Patonga brigade gets a fire boat
Ferry Rd foreshore trees to be replaced
Trivia quiz is on Saturday, not Sunday
Rotary club to hold annual volunteers' Christmas lunch
Indian restaurant is named best in regional NSW
Apprentice chef wins London trip with scholarship award
Marine Rescue Central Coast splits for new Terrigal unit*
A different fire truck in Pearl Beach*
Morning teas mark personal milestones
Supporting persons with disabilities to seek higher office
Crime prevention officer addresses CWA and Rotary*
Christmas at The Bays trivia night*
Tawny frogmouth family back together
CWA branch hold Remembrance Days ceremony*
Line marking agreed for Cowper Rd*
Visitor information centre seeks volunteers*
Pearl Beach Christmas dinner*
Tribute to Jane Bowtell in State Parliament*
Games Month celebrated at library*
Rotary club sponsors Ugandan sewing workshop*
Fashion and luncheon at pre-school*
Woy Woy CWA branch sees largest increase*
Activities planned for Umina library*
Prepare an emergency kit, brigade urges*
Three falls of more than 10mm
Amendment seeks 'coastal' design and tree removal
Two-storey arched window planned for waterfront house
Council recommends refusal for multi-dwelling proposal
Study finds Government resists risk-based planning
Coastal guidelines have 'no statutory power'
Men's Shed saga continues with amendment lodged
Beachfront properties could become 'stranded assets'
What we need is ambition for ourselves
Just say 'no' and re-organise carpark
Many unanswered questions on Woy Woy baths repair
General practices to receive government grants
New 'household' on display at aged care home
Bowls club donates $2600 to Central Coast Health*
New ward billed as largest private unit on the Coast*
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Troubadour Concert will feature two ensembles
A creative Christmas with polymer beading*
School musical costs $55 for 'family of four'
School for Seniors faces closure without new committee
Selected for State water polo team
Students learn of the day Greece said no: OXI Day
Federal Speaker visits Woy Woy
Teachers win excellence awards
Evacuation practice held at Woy Woy South*
St John's bands perform at Bandfest*
College principal to attend primary parents' meeting
Principal and deputy put on 'delicious spread'
Rotary club to support First Aid for all primary schools
School collects gifts for St Vincent de Paul*
Voting for school captains takes place this week*
Aboriginal activities at Year 6 transition program*
Saskia wins 'reconciliation challenge' award*
Parent forum for school planning*
Eight teams compete in League Tag gala day*
Teaching award for Woy Woy South
Legacy opens applications for scholarship program*
College student is women's golf champion of champions
Umina crews finish strongly in first round of competition
Liesl Tesch is a legend, says Basketball NSW
Major Fours final at Everglades
Disabled surfers association holds volunteer training
Southern Spirit cricket results
'A real problem to solve' at bridge
Youth bowls tournament has $1000 in prizes
Netball association announces representative teams
Rugby club announces coaches for next year
Selected for inter-branch surf life saving competition
Electronic keypad for tennis courts
Outrigger club brings home the gold*
'Good week' for pennant teams*
Six bridge players in Tomaree Congress
Cup Day was a day to remember*



Hart tree plan sees minimal canopy increase, panel told

The proposal by Central Coast Council Administrator Mr Rik Hart to plant 8500 trees to "green" the Peninsula over 10 years would see only a three per cent increase in tree canopy, according to the Peninsula Residents Association.

With a Greater Cities Commission target of 40 per cent by 2036 and existing canopy as low as 10 per cent, the Peninsula would need a net increase of as much as 10 times Mr Hart's proposal to reach the target.

Association representative Mr Frank Wiffen told the Local Planning Panel last week that, if all 8500 were planted immediately and "optimistically" survived to have a tree canopy of 50 square metres each in 10 years' time, it would represent a canopy of 0.425 square kilometres.

"While this is a lot, the Peninsula is 14.8 square kilometres, so the 8500 trees would shade about three per cent," he said.

"They would not be nearly enough."

Mr Wiffen said at least 30 per cent tree canopy was needed to help alleviate the predicted extended periods of high temperatures due to climate change.

"It is not just the Association that is calling for more tree canopy and vegetation cover on the Peninsula.

"It is specifically mentioned in the Central Coast Regional Plan 2041.

"Under Planning for the Narara District, Planning Priority No 2, it states that Woy Woy is the most populous and urbanised area on the Central Coast and that future planning will consider the potential impacts of climate change including the urban heat island effect and that the urban tree canopy will be increased."

Mr Wiffen was speaking in support of a council recommendation to refuse a proposed multi-dwelling development at 8 Priestman Ave, Umina.

"If you look at number 8 Priestman Ave on Google Maps satellite view you will see quite a lot of green vegetation, roughly 30 per cent.

"This proposal, as with virtually all gunbarrels, proposes to reduce that to zero.

"Of course there may be some token landscaping planted at project completion but, if you look at other gun barrels on Google maps that have been completed, you'll see that this is generally of such a small scale as to be virtually undetectable."

As well as planting more trees, the council needed the prevent tree loss.

He said the council needed to refuse applications "such as this one which push us even further into the red zone".

Mr Wiffen later told Peninsula News that, with 182km of roads on the Peninsula, 8500 street trees equated to only one tree on each side of the road every 40 metres.

Central Coast Council's online community poll about the sale of the Austin Butler reserve to fund the planting of 8500 trees closes tonight at

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