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Collapse Issue 577:<br />4 Sep 2023<br />_____________Issue 577:
4 Sep 2023
Community groups oppose Austin Butler reserve sale
Reclassification to proceed
Tesch opposes reserve reclassification and sale
Hart urges community to consider options
Residents reject tree trade-off and call for planning review
Woolworths has 'no detailed plans'
Tree planting should be routine for Council, says GUST*
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Butchery passes out of family after almost 100 years
Mechanical issues cause pause in dredging
Pelican Island vandalism investigated
Bays group seeks submissions about road safety
Pirate and nature themes chosen for Pelican Park playground
CWA branch president steps down
Medal awarded for fighting fires overseas
Three gardens listed for Edible Garden Trail*
Pearl Beach community breakfast
Men's Shed installs library box for Girl Guides
Rotary team raises $13,500 in Variety Bash
Two automatic restaurant fire alarms in three days*
Bushfire survival planning advice is offered
Rotary club is 'busier than ever'*
Rotary seeks unused mobile phones
Dog plan signals 'enhancements' at Ettalong*
Baking a moist apricot roll
'Cross-generational' gaming model workshop*
'Get Ready' event at Patonga
Lions urge residents to book fire safety visit
Registered club joins with others to donate to charity*
Successful barbecue at West Gosford*
Visit to marine discovery centre*
Rotarians take time out for coffee*
Above average rainfall for August
Strategic review consultation is dropped
Thank you for finding my card
Memorial Ave land needs protection
The banks want a cashless society: This is why
Save last remaining shade trees in Woy Woy
Ambulance station officially opens
Aboriginal artwork part of new hospital display
Activities broaden at aged care home*
Rotary clubs hear about women's health centre*
New wing of aged care home to be occupied in October*
More overseas workers for aged care
Information about services for older people*
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Baby quilts to be donated
Ephemeral Art Trail to open for a month
Painting workshop held at library*
Patchwork group member shows baby quilt*
School survey shows decrease in bullying
Book Week parade 'enjoyed by one and all'
Parents seek members after stall is cancelled
Volunteers wanted for disco
Jacob's national best
Holly is now top archer
Visit to Lucas Heights
Success in regional Oz Tag gala day*
Students spend Skills Week 'learning by doing'*
Skiping raises $4075
Talent show at Woy Woy
Kindergarten open day
Woy Woy Oval to host rugby union finals
Woy Woy defeated 73-0 in last game of rugby season*
Umina women's major pairs final
Two pairs sponsored to State bridge play-offs*
Best weather for charity bowls*
Father's Day bowls
Annual RUOK bowls daya at Umina
Surf club seeks teams for 24-hour rowing fundraiser*
Grants for surf club equipment*
Netball association starts finals series
Net Set Go presentations
Surf club wins innovation award*
Grant for new goal post pads*
Cycle ride to Gosford*
Swans receive Federal grant*



Memorial Ave land needs protection

Having written to the council Administrator several times about the progressive destruction of the once-beautiful park at 23 Memorial Ave, Blackwall, it was not a pleasant task to write again.

I can only hope that this time he will not delegate the reply to his writer-in-chief of platitudes.

This land, and our community, have suffered enough.

As you may remember, the reserve was taken over by mountain bike riders two years ago.

Since then, the locals who used the park for peaceful purposes have been afraid to enter.

To create an exciting biking experience, unknown men have dug deep holes and built huge bumps covered with carpet.

They have then invited other bikers to come and enjoy wrecking a beautiful natural environment - stealing it, in fact, from the local community.

What was once a place to hold yoga classes, walk, or just sit and listen to the wind in the trees, is now covered with weeds and rubbish, deep holes and earth mounds - not to mention the speeding bikes and their yelling riders.

Three days ago I was setting off on my walk when I noticed a boy going into the reserve through the trees.

Normally I don't do into the reserve alone, but, throwing caution to the wind, I followed him.

In the clearing was a young man digging new holes with a very sharp shovel.

He had already rebuilt some speed bumps and put new carpet over them.

When I took out my phone to take photos of the improvements, two younger boys took off on their bikes.

The older one hid behind a tree with his bag over his face.

I had no intention of taking their photos, but why were they so afraid unless they felt guilty? The "improvements" remain.

So does the rubbish, and the weed covered holes into which a member of the public risks falling.

I have asked the Administrator to restore this land to the condition it was in before the wreckers arrived: Remove the speed bumps, fill in the holes, cut back the weeds, mow the clearing and remove the feral creepers from the remnant trees of the Umina sand plain forest.

Protect the reserve from further incursions of spade-wielding bikers. In no society ever has it been OK to destroy public property just because you felt like it.

The reserve contains a registered midden, which should be preserved.

Both the Administrator and council staff have a duty of care to rate-paying residents, and a duty of protection to Council land.

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