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9 Jan 2023
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Council to classify 357 blocks as 'community land'
Power blackout across the Peninsula
Peninsula groups benefit from Gosford electorate grants
Marine flare collection
Banner celebrates last school visit by Nambus
Lions Club raises $12,000 in cake and pudding sales
Council rejects grant applications from Peninsula groups
Shade trees group highlights 'good' developments
Pearl Beach establishes neighbour messaging network
Older women raise $3500 for food hampers
Woy Woy law firm recognised in leading legal directory
Beach wheelchairs and matting available over summer
Volunteer wins Paul Harris Award from Rotary
Local submissions wanted for Federal Budget
World of Magic at Woy Woy library
Groups encouraged to apply for war memorial grants
Learn about creatures that live in rock pools
Equal wettest year in 58 years
Three-storey block of flats proposed for Broken Bay Rd
'Pre-DA' comments reveal council staff thinking
Dual occupancy exhibited without application details
Proposal for four townhouses in Allfield Rd
Dual occupancy subdivision gives 310 square metre lot
Two-storey child care centre proposed for quiet area
New kitchen and gaming area plans for hotel renovation
Development control needs root and branch rethink
Not community consultation, and not sustainable
Heat island effect will be out of control in five years' time
Jet skis - we need to do something
Value your local newspaper - support Peninsula News
Aged care home surveys relatives about its services
After Christmas, craft group prepares for Mother's Day
Virus numbers increase by half before dropping more
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Bush dance to be held at Pearl Beach
Little Theatre to hold auditions for Agatha Christie play
Tutor wanted for silver jewellery-making classes
Special assembly for long-serving school librarian
Ettalong staff move on
Tesch calls for nominations for youth parliament
School holidays course for learner drivers
Call to move pennant finals when Ettalong plays
Bridge team is NSW Country Champions
Umina bowling club appoints new treasurer
Bicycle group plans two rides from Woy Woy
Bunnies Juniors introduce high performance academy
Applications open for defibrillator grants
Year's first red-point event attracts 28 pairs
Bowling club announces smartphone app
Physie club to hold information stall

Value your local newspaper - support Peninsula News

Hands up those readers who remember issue 506 of the Peninsula News!

The publication date was November 2, 2020, and the headline was "Council is suspended for three months" with a picture of interim administrator Mr Dick Persson.

The heading of the "Blue Panel" on the front page read "Peninsula News goes it alone" with a sub heading "Help and support needed for our own local newspaper".

The previous issue of the Peninsula News, issue 505, had been 32 pages. Issue 506 was just eight pages.

So what had happened between issues 505 and 506 to bring things to such a sorry state?

As explained in the Blue Panel at the time, Central Coast Newspapers, which had been responsible for advertising, printing and distribution, had advised that they would no longer produce the paper on behalf of Peninsula News.

Overnight most of the advertising revenue vanished as advertisers were steered to "The Pelican Post", which was misleadingly paraded as the "new" Peninsula News.

Remember the Pelican Post?

It produced 52 issues in the 17 months before it closed in March last year.

The main difference between Peninsula News and Pelican Post was the commitment of Peninsula News to comprehensive local news coverage of the Peninsula - without puff and padding, or extraneous regional coverage.

Despite the difference in the number of pages, Peninsula News provided a greater number of local news items. It has always prided itself on providing more local news than all the other media combined.

The other major difference was of course the fact that Peninsula News was, and is, a non-profit incorporated association run by the community for the community and Pelican Post was a private enterprise.

This is not to say that there is anything intrinsically wrong with running a newspaper for profit. The profit motive goes hand in hand with efficiency in business.

However the profit motive cannot motivate every single facet of our lives or satisfy everyone's needs.

One of those needs is to feel connected to the local community especially as one gets a bit older.

What better way to do this than a local community newspaper run by the community?

The editor of Peninsula News at the time of the "split" was, and still is, Mark Snell. He has been the editor since issue number one all those years ago, back in March 1999.

In all that time Mark has never asked for, or been paid, a cent for his unceasing work and dedication to ensure the high standards of the paper.

He had a vision which was to provide residents of the Peninsula with free, truly independent and unbiased local news coverage and through this to support and improve the community.

In those difficult months after the parting of the ways with Central Coast Newspapers, many people thought that Peninsula News' demise was a foregone conclusion.

Mark's determination never wavered however.

With the help of a few loyal advertisers, volunteers and the community including generous support from Lions and Rotary, Peninsula News somehow managed to scrape through, only slightly delaying a single issue.

Issue number 529 was delayed for a week, being published on October 11, 2021, instead of October 5, the Blue Panel at the time read "Time off for running repairs" and was required because Mark had to go to hospital for an operation. But he came back and is still going strong.

A lot of communities in Australia have lost their local newspaper altogether.

As the song goes: "You don't know what you've got till it's gone".

Please support Peninsula News so that doesn't happen here.

You can support Peninsula News by supporting its advertisers, those worthy souls who have stood by the paper and the community through thick and thin.

If you are a local business, please consider supporting Peninsula News through advertising even in a small way.

Readers can also show support by volunteering to help with the myriad tasks involved in producing the paper, and by spreading the good word about the value of the paper.

Peninsula News also accepts donations towards the printing costs of the paper, which can be deposited at the Ettalong Community Bendigo Bank branch.

Here's to a great year for Peninsula News and its readers in 2023.

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