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Police call off search for kayaker
Culverts planned for Woy Woy Rd
Sewage pumps replaced
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Job offer after career course
August release for estuary plan
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Mary Mac's Place praised
Wagstaffe call for human rights law
Street lights wanted
Certificates awarded
Rainfall remains above average
Fire prompts business move
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Hospital is vote winner
Coastal protection needed, not beautification
Foreshore plan is outdated and inappropriate
Shooting in national parks
Begin debate on governance change
Foreshore properties not worth a postage stamp
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Ettalong to get connected
Students in dance festival
Debate defeat
Farewells at Ettalong
State quarter finals
Students excel in geography comp
College comes third in State bowls
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Teacher joins select few
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Surf club receives interest-free loan
President's day
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Fun run from Woy Woy
Wobbly Boot Cup declared a success
Judo medal winners
Matches played against Erina
Surf conditions normal for malibu
Underground tanks at Ocean Beach
Bowls singles
Presentations at Umina surf club
Holiday tennis camp
Harbord wins Umina triples
Rugby union washed out
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Students perform in schools' showcase
Blue Goose at folk club
Part of national tour
Busker started at a young age
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Four generations work for hospital
Centre receives $80,000 for HACC
Morning tea for 100
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Trains in the days of steam
Rogers Park named for disaster hero
Pride of Erin danced at debut
Brisbane Water Dr ends isolation
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Winner

Coastal protection needed, not beautification

It beggars belief to see that Gosford Council has applied for more than $2.8 million from the Federal Government for the foreshore at Ettalong.

This demonstrates very clearly the complete lack of liaison, or communication between council departments.

Residents presume that employees in Open Spaces and Leisure Services talk to the people in charge of the Coast and Estuary or the Bushcare departments.

This would seem not to be the case.

It is also obvious that the people at Open Spaces and Leisure have not taken a walk along the open space at Ocean Beach recently.

This space is being reduced at a fast rate due to high tides, storms and strong south east winds, especially over the past three years and this is not factoring in any sea level rise.

Perhaps these same people believe that erosion at Ocean Beach is nothing to do with Ettalong Beach because that is in the estuary.

Most people however understand that when one force meets another force, as in the ocean coming through The Heads and meeting the estuary coming out, there is deadlock and this would result in "pumping" taking place.

This would exacerbate local flooding around the catchment.

The power of this can already be seen at Ettalong, near the Vietnam Memorial and at Lance Web Reserve, where the rocks placed in both places by council, have caused erosion behind them.

Furthermore, the storm drains put in to take storm water out to sea can also work in reverse and bring that ocean water back up the drain into the town.

This is already happening at some places in Sydney.

Vegetation on dunes helps to build up the sand and provides a little protection from the water but this has been removed, so Ettalong is now very vulnerable to the elements of nature.

I very strongly believe therefore that the Federal Government's first priority is to the residents of Ettalong and the Peninsula.

Foreshore protection is extremely expensive and its effects not very certain but you only have to observe the effects of the recent storms not only at Ocean Beach but also at North Entrance and other places along the coast, to realise that many previous planning decisions have been mistakes.

With limited Federal Funding available, it is vital that priority is given to coastal protection instead of coastal "beautification" measures.

Coastal protection will benefit all residents of the Peninsula at least for a time.

As the last president of the USA found to his detriment, it does not pay to ignore the warning signs of nature and the calls from scientists for more understanding.

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