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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*



Varroa mite detection reported at Blackwall

A new varroa mite infection has been reported at Blackwall by the NSW Department of Primary Industries on Tuesday, September 5.

The Peninsula is already within an eradication emergency (red) zone.

The detection was reported on the same day as detections at Cuttabri and Vineyard.

The department said the detection at Cuttabri, west of Narrabri, was a result of tracing activities by the department.

"The detection at Vineyard was reported after a beekeeper undertook a mandatory 16-week alcohol wash," according to deputy incident controller Dr Shannon Mulholland.

However, he did not explain the origin of Blackwall infection, which came at a time when high numbers of European honey bees were present in local gardens.

Peninsula News asked what was being done about the high numbers of honey bees on the Peninsula.

The answer provided by the department did not give a direct answer.

It referred to "specially-constructed feeder stations to target wild European honey bees only" with a second fipronil program having started on March 8 and still "currently happening".

"A noticeable decrease in localised wild European honey bee numbers can be typically observed within weeks of activation."

It stated: "The removal of wild European Honey Bees from Red Zones is not an instantaneous process and involves several factors including program initiation date, location and dispersal of feeder stations, existing European honey bee populations and interaction, staffing and resourcing availability, competing floral and seasonal resources and existing management priorities."

It did not mention whether media inquiries were another factor.

However, a noticeable decrease in local bee numbers was observed within days of the Peninsula News inquiry.

In his media release, Dr Mulholland said the department "remains focused on tracing and will begin surveillance efforts within five kilometres of the new infested premises".

"The goal National Varroa Mite Response remains to eradicate the introduced pest from Australia."

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