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Peninsula exhibitors win at Royal Easter Show
Flying fox colony established near the Everglades
Sandstone steps to be installed on coastal walk
Free morning activities
Fox bait warning
New president for community group
Rotary presents Opera proceeds
Council website lists 60 Peninsula projects
Council waits for details while Woy Woy channel silts up
Rotary provides early morning tea and biscuits
Medals reunited with family
Association life member dies
Volunteer lifesavers carry out double rescue
Application for adult shop in Woy Woy
Beach erosion and shoaling addressed at Patonga
Identified for temporary protection
Council adopts coastal management plan
Roads to be included in council condition assessment
Townhouses proposed for Ettalong
Ridge walk is featured
Comment wanted on planning notice changes
Independent members appointed
Council webcast to continue
Dry month after a wet start
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NBN so poor telephone connections are lost
Sewerage and water is overpriced
Another tree goes with a developer-friendly decision
Dawn service special at Patonga
Wrong colour
We deserve our fair share
Where is the evidence for sustainability?
Is letterhead next in displacement operetta?
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Coast Shelter starts awareness campaign
Rotary club back campaign for palliative care facility
Retirement village commemorates Anzac Day
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School to celebrate Star Wars Day
Suiting up for science at Empire Bay
Pacific Island group performs
Dance group selected
Easter hat parade
Students and staff attend Anzac march
Students join veterans
Students in Anzac ceremony
Naplan advice at Ettalong
New teacher at Woy Woy South
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Coach is confident of successful season
Woy Woy players selected for Barcelona tour
Silver medals for aquatic rescue

Where is the evidence for sustainability?

Council's recent media reports regarding developer forums are intended to instil confidence in the council's administration but the lack of detail in the council's development plans undermines this.

Administrator Mr Ian Reynolds has referred to sustainability, without providing details about how 41,500 houses and associated development will follow sustainability principles.

Without details, it cannot be assumed these houses will be sustainable.

There is no credible evidence to suggest that this development will be at all environmentally friendly.

Even energy-efficient houses designed and constructed to meet the challenges of climate change are not necessarily environmentally-sustainable.

If nothing else, their construction and use will add new materials to the waste stream.

The history of the Mangrove Mountain waste dump, for example, reinforces the message that there is a major problem with waste management.

This is highlighted in Gosford Council's waste strategy from 2013.

A recommendation by Council staff to use Bulls Hill quarry as a waste processing facility was opposed by the public, which was rightly concerned about the location.

It was a desperate unsuccessful recommendation by a council struggling to manage waste.

Claiming that the construction of 41,500 houses and ongoing works will be sustainable requires a waste strategy beyond 2036.

A strategy of this magnitude will not be achieved at two developer forums.

The project cannot be declared sustainable until there is a waste strategy that is already 100 per cent successful and can be anticipated to continue to be so over the long term, meaning well beyond 2036.

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