We're recognised, but not officially
Gosford Council has resolved to acknowledge that the suburbs of Woy Woy, Umina Beach, Ettalong Beach, Blackwall and Booker Bay are known as "The Woy Woy Peninsula".
At the same time, it resolved not to submit the name to the Geographical Names Board for official recognition.
Cr Terri Latella, seconded by Cr Chris Holstein, added the acknowledgement at council's meeting of March 27 to a council staff recommendation not to seek official recognition.
"I note the positives of why it is beneficial to name it that way," Cr Latella said.
"I think it's socially important that the Peninsula be recognised as our Peninsula area."
Cr Latella said that, given that a couple of submissions had come from the outside, she felt it was of importance to take the recommendation "out to the community to see what the community thought" but stated that she would accept the motion regardless.
"Given that we do have a wonderful leisure centre down there, leave it as it is," Cr Latella said.
Cr Jim Macfadyen asked why the suburbs of Wagstaffe, Pretty Beach, Hardys Bay and Killcare were included in a map of the Peninsula distributed on the night but not listed in the recommendation.
Cr Holstein said that the officers report had come back "mindful and aware that it has always been those five (areas)".
"If you start taking it out into areas suggested by Cr Macfadyen you'll get into all types of issues," Cr Holstein said.
"We are not talking about the Geographical Naming Board, just acknowledging that the area is commonly known as the Peninsula."
Cr Malcolm Brooks suggested that it be acknowledged as the Woy Woy Peninsula, as Woy Woy was the gateway to the other suburbs.
Council agenda COR.20, March 27
Lyle Stone, March 28