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20 Mar 2023
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Varroa mite found on the Peninsula
Bus catches alight in Brisbane Ave
Italian Weekend planned for Ettalong in April
Happy ending for extended magpie family
First prizes to CWA branch members
Clean-up program 'uncertain' after trailer failure
Minister says koala translocation budget is exhausted
Fire brigade holds information night
Residents asked to complain about phone reception
The attraction of arboretum working bees
Fire fighters visit pre-schoolers
House fire in Booker Bay
Greens would introduce free public transport
Four election candidate join to protect Kariong land
Six groups receive Community Building funding
New kitchen opens at aged care home
Award for Latvian dresses doll
'Creative building fun' at library
Meditation to celebrate International Women's Day
Progress association wins top Tidy Towns award
Inner peace at Woy Woy library
Peninsula groups raise money through monster raffle
Painting workshop at Woy Woy library
CWA branch holds annual Easter raffle
Marine Rescue members receive new ratings
Brigade removes tree branch from road
Rotary club plants peace poles in Uganda
Restaurant celebrates five years of trading
Another dry month for the Peninsula?
Dual occupancy 'complies with planning provisions'
Parking and open space not compliant in three-unit plan
No greater disservice than to disenfranchise the voters
Where's the 'fair go' in this election?
When 'all Australia' does not include New South Wales
Gosford waterfront may stall at the drawings stage
Active case numbers triple in Woy Woy
Hospital phones temporarily out of action
Super-hero gift packs prepared for Gosford Hospital
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Opera was 'great success with beautiful weather'
Keith Potger to pay tribute to the Seekers at Troubadour
Cushion covers completed over two weeks
Organist wanted by nursing home
Student leaders attend young leaders conference
Music students to present a Night Under The Stars
Splashathon to be held on the last day of term
Fostering an intergenerational relationship
Donations made to Ettalong Public School
Under-14s team makes Buckley Shield final
Harmony Day to be celebrated on Friday
Parent-teacher interviews to require internet access
Kiera is Griffin of the Week
Students produce their own podcasts
Breakfast club serves 300 slices of bread
Boys water polo team plays in championships
St John's holds open days
Three Ettalong bowlers play in senior zone final
Swampies golf club donate to Kids in Need
Rugby club seeks players with 'transferable skills'
Top tennis results in junior state championships
Ducklings make it to grand final
Turn Around Triples attracts 28 teams
Bridge competition attracts less experienced players
Upside Down Pairs held at bridge club
Netball association holds meet and greet for umpires
Junior touch club holds presentations
First round of triples championship
Our 24th birthday - and another election
Pre-polling and polling booths on the Peninsula
GREENS - Hilary van Haren
LIBERAL - Dee Bocking
LABOR - Liesl Tesch
INDEPENDENT - Lisa Bellamy
Questions for the candidates: Do you support?
How responsive are our candidates to local concerns?
Two residents are Upper House candidates



Four election candidate join to protect Kariong land

Four State election candidates have issued a joint statement calling for protection of the "Kariong Sacred Lands".

Representatives from the Animal Justice Party, the Sustainable Australia Party and independent candidates Ms Lisa Bellamy and Aunty Colleen Fuller said sensitive bushland should not be rezoned for housing developments.

"If Local Aboriginal Land Councils across NSW are given the green light by the Government to rezone and develop highly ecologically and culturally sensitive bushland, then the impacts will be disastrous and permanent," the group stated.The group said the development would also add traffic to Woy Woy Rd, increase the fire risk in the area, and pollute the surrounding National Park.

Animal Justice Party candidate Ms Emily McCallum said: "This part of Kariong is registered as an Area of Regional Koala Significance and is full of rare, threatened and endangered species.

"These include the red-crowned toadlet, the giant burrowing frog and the eastern pigmy possum, the smallest possum species in the world.

"These animals rely on the endangered wetlands at Kariong Sacred Lands for their very existence."

"This development would bulldoze all of the trees, remove all of the rock - including the cultural heritage, fill in the endangered wetlands, and leave nothing but a huge pile of dirt."

Independent candidate for Gosford Ms Lisa Bellamy said: "The proposed development has caused great division, distress and conflict in our community and we really need leadership here."

Ms Bellamy said land was zoned E2 Environmental Conservation "so it couldn't be developed".

"Allowing a private land developer to claim, rezone and develop highly sensitive bushland could set a precedent that has far-reaching implications for the environment across the State."

Upper House candidate for the Sustainable Australia Party, North Sydney councillor William Bourke, said: "Our Central Coast candidates fully appreciate the need for affordable housing and advocate for that, but there are other places on the Central Coast where such development would be much more suitable and welcomed by locals."

"The Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council should be treated fairly and equitably, and that all stakeholders including traditional custodians should be heard by the Government.

"With the potential for legislation that weakens environmental protection to be rolled out across the State, we feel the State election gives us the perfect platform to create awareness on this issue," Cr Bourke said.

Independent Legislative Council candidate Aunty Colleen Fuller said: "As an aboriginal woman with ancestral ties to the Central Coast, it's at the core of my culture to care for country and community.

"Seeing these other candidates join forces to support looking after our Sacred lands gives me hope that other First Nations people will be supported when their precious local bushland is under threat."

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