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Collapse Issue 579:<br />09 Oct 2023<br />_____________Issue 579:
09 Oct 2023
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Council withdraws reserve from reclassification process
Ettalong ferry service may not resume for weeks
After-hours medical service announces closure
Umina chosen for Urgent Care Clinic
Baiting program to target wild dogs and foxes
Church holds Blessing of the Pets
Brigade members walk to Little Wobby to fight fire
Ferry wharf trees removed
Four gardens take part in Edible Garden Trail
Varroa mite eradication efforts abandoned
Grants to local groups*
Cooking competition held at Umina CWA*
Shade tree group seeks 'watering angels'
Monthly community breakfast raises funds for hall*
Dementia cafe held last week*
The reward of removing a weed
Crafts centre to hold exhibition and sale*
Food donated to Mary Macs for pets
Pelican Park and cricket club benefit in State Budget*
Official 'farewell' as Jane steps down from presidency*
Heritage boat challenge to run along Woy Woy channel*
Gardening club meets at Umina library*
Marine rescue training*
Rotary club holds Swinging 60s night*
Rotary club holds trivia night*
Council announces second year of 'stable' finances*
Free graffiti removal kits*
Low monthly rainfall for September
Planning Panel insists on boundary landscaping
Proposal for 21 flats in Trafalgar Ave
Submission claims consultant's remarks are offensive
Removal of large street tree approved by planning panel*
Architects show options for Peninsula Plaza
Lions Park future joins other Peninsula consultations
Two petitions oppose Austin Butler reclassification
Little about Peninsula in Strategic Planning Statement*
Reserve is less than a metre above sea level*
C'mon Rik, hit up that nice Mr Minns for some trees
Trees are not the enemy, urban heat is
Keep an eye out for sick pelicans as weather warms
No action on Peninsula heat island health crisis
Change of Hart, but not out of the woods
Yes, no or I don't know*
Aunt moves in to aged care facility to be near neice
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Umina artist wins ephemeral art prize
Musicians support Yes vote*
Patchwork group member showns three recent quilts*
Early childhood educators meet up at St John's
Woy Woy South is 'excelling', says principal
Positive behaviour brings joy, says principal
Call for parents to label jumpers
School raises almost $5000 through skipping challenge
A range of improvements at Woy Woy South*
New roofs on two school blocks
Students take part in netball gala day
Ettalong holds 'shelter in place' drill*
Donations wanted for Christmas raffle*
Ettalong Eagles in zone bowls finals
Woy Woy Lions under-12s show them how it is done
Ettalong charity bowls raises $1000
Outrigger club attends first regatta for season
Bunnies to hold annual general meeting*
Cricket club receives grant for mobile scoreboard*
Cycling club holds two rides from Woy Woy
Bridge club announces Saturday 'best three' winners
Fab Fenton hosts sports trivia quiz*
Beach patrol season starts
Surf club team completes Kokoda Trail trek
Association announces 'phase two' netball players
Social bowls ahead of NRL final
Photographers wanted for park run
Roosters announce signings for 2024
Two major soccer awards to Southern and Ettalong
Council grants $2000 for soccer marquee*
Boardriders hold joint party*
Swans receive grant for canteen equipment*



Keep an eye out for sick pelicans as weather warms

Please keep an eye out for sick pelicans.

Spring's warm weather signifies the start of pelican sickness around the Central Coast.

The primary cause of the sickness in the Peninsula area and beyond is "ingestion of blue green algal toxin" from a storm water drain that the Council refuses to remediate in the Brisbane Water.

The toxin that results from algal blooms that grow in the drain nine months of the year is the primary source of gross incapacity, suffering and death of our precious pelicans on the Central Coast.

These significant losses have been occurring for over 25 years.

In 2016, my six years of rallying and significant media culminated in the NSW Environment Protection Authority finally testing one of the offending drains.

Blue green algal toxin was determined to be the cause of the unacceptable losses and suffering.

The then Gosford Council was ordered to remediate and plant out the drain to prevent the growth of blooms.

Correspondence received from the Environment Minister in 2017 stated that the Council had completed the works and there was no longer any issue.

By 2018, I was repeatedly advised by the NSW Environment Protection Authority that Council was no longer required to "remediate the drain further".

Negligible work has been conducted on this primary source of toxin and our iconic pelicans continue to suffer and die cruelly at a significant rate 25 years on.

I have been proactively rescuing and attempting to rehabilitate these poor birds for the past 13 years with significant success, but at least 250 have died cruelly despite my full-time efforts.

Each pelican cost me $100 or more to rehabilitate, so all help is appreciated.

Despite sick pelicans looking like they're on death's door, many can be saved with electrolyte therapy, probiotics, physio and other support measures.

My average "return to the wild" time is four days.

They don't need to be euthanased.

My contact is 0458 975 498, and please send a picture and leave a message.

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