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Environmental issues on the Central Coast

These are some of the issues that the CEN is currently working on in the following areas:

CEN has three Planning Committees one for each of the local government areas of Gosford, Wyong and Lake Macquarie.The committees respond to planning proposals particularly the larger ones and formulate submissions to the relevant council with the aim of ensuring the proposed development is in accord with the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development. They consult with the Environmental Defenders Office when necessary.The planning committees generally meet monthly and communicate regularly via email.

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Peat Island: Gateway to the Hawkesbury

Join our campaign to keep Peat Island and its surrounds in community hands for future generations.

Submissions on the latest proposal are due on 20 December, 2021

pdfDownload the Submission from Hornsby Council 447.83 KB  raising their concerns

 pdfDownload our submission guide here377.81 KB

Click here to use our online submission form


In September 2021, the situation is as follows:

The latest Peat Island Planning Proposal is now on Public Exhibition

According to the NSW Government, the proposal aims to "open Peat Island to the public, while also revitalising Mooney Mooney with new housing, community facilities and job opportunities".

The NSW Government proposal claims the following key features:

  • Nearly 270 new houses at Mooney Mooney,
  • Retention of nine historical buildings on the island, and four on the mainland,
  • New retail and café or restaurant opportunities,
  • Approximately 9.65 hectares of open space, including opportunities for walking and cycling tracks, parklands and recreational facilities,
  • Retention of the chapel and surrounding land for community use, and
  • 10.4 hectares of bushland dedicated as a conservation area.

At first glance this is an improvement on previous proposals but there is a BETTER VISION for this iconic site.

For the past 12 months CEN has been championing the formation of the Dyarubbin Peat Island Lands Association (DPIA), an incorporated, not-for-profit community-driven movement to transform Peat Island and lands west of the M1 into the nationally and globally significant location it deserves to be.

We are now working with the Lower Hawkesbury River communities to campaign for a BETTER VISION for Peat Island Lands - a vision that incorporates culture, heritage, history, environment and community. Our vision has all the positives of the planning proposal with none of the negatives and will guarantee Peat Island's preservation as a public asset for future generations.

  • Read more about the DPIA's BETTER VISION here
  • Sign up (see Friends of Peat Island on the right of this page) to receive updates about the new Association, including assistance with making a submission in response to the latest planning proposal and for more information about our a BETTER VISION.
  • Follow the campaign on facebook

Read on below to find out how long CEN has been actively working to protect and enhance Peat Island from privatisation and  over-development.


Save Peat Island

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Background

Peat Island was originally established as a hospital for mental health patients. It has been closed for 5 years and the land is now being considered for other uses.

CEN supports:

  • Aesthetic of the Hawkesbury Valley to be maintained;
  • Public Use and Access Improved.

For Example:
The western area should be for day-trippers to stay at (picnic, walks, etc. places to buy food and for large numbers to move through, on to the river and the National Parks. There would be opportunity for basic waterfront camping and heritage buildings would hold displays on National Parks, Hospital and Tourism.”


 

Climate Future 

We have to face the fact that we are to blame for heating up our planet and act rapidly to transition to the zero carbon economy.

Our climate has already changed. Increased heatwaves, bushfires, droughts and flooding is occuring alongside reports of rising seas, melting ice, acidifying oceans with plants, animals and people dying.

The situation is dire because we have delayed effective action for more than 30 years.

We must make "immediate, rapid and large-scale cuts in emissions" or we will not be able to stay below the Paris goals. This means there will be catastrophic destabilization of the global climate with unpredictable and sudden impacts on people everywhere. A situation we cannot allow to happen.

To stay in touch and receive announcements, Like our Facebook page:         https://www.facebook.com/climatefuturecentralcoast/

To discuss the issues or get active - Join our Facebook discussion group:   https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClimateFuture

It is now more than 30 years since Dr James Hansen's testimony to the US Congress warning of what has now become reality and 160 years since Eunice Foote described the role of CO2 in the greenhouse effect.

The amont of warming we experience depends on the sum total of human emissions. This means that we have a limited "budget" before the Paris Goal of below 2C will be out of reach. 

At current rates, we will exhaust this budget within this decade. Emissions cuts are not just urgent, they must start immediately. 

We can do our bit to cut our own emissions footprint (changing to renewable electricity, driving an EV, consuming less, etc) But we must also impress upon our leaders and politicians that action is required now and must not be delayed any longer.

This is an ethical and moral issue. Justice demands action. We are living at the expense of our descendants - we will all suffer if we don't take the necessary action.

Please talk to our political leaders, write letters, call them. We need leadership now, not more delay.

Contact:
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Phone CEN on +61 2 4349 4756 

 

fairview4 webThe Importance of Heritage

 The significance that we attach to our ‘heritage’ is growing each year. The past is all around us - historic buildings, landscapes and other physical survivals of our past. Our heritage is fundamental to how we see ourselves as individuals, communities and as a nation. Historic buildings can become a focus of community identity and pride and create a sense of local unity.

 

Issues relating to the protection of wildlife and natural habitat.

This website assists all community members, whether scientist, student or interested residents with their queries about water issues on the Central Coast. Its goal is to help community members to better understand water issues and to join those making 'wise use ' of water.

  • Develop a better understanding of local and regional water issues
  • Explain water related terminology
  • Forming an educated opinion about local water issues
  • Find useful links to relevant authorities or additional information
  • De-mystify some of the 'foggy' issues in relation to water recycling and desalination plants
  • Participate actively in water saving and recycling
  • Attempt to represent the water discussion from a sustainable developmental point-of-view.


Water restriction information

If you want to find up-to-date information on water restriction or you have specific questions, go to the Central Coast Love water use it wisely website or call the Central Coast Council call centre on 1300 463 954.

Funding for the CEN water portal provided by the Myer Foundation.

Clean fresh water is one of our most valuable assets. It is essential for sustaining aquatic environmental, agriculture and human health. (Waterwatch Australia). Since the Central Coast draws drinking water mainly from rivers, it is vital to maintain a healthy river system.

CEN Networking nights are a gathering of members and other interested parties to meet and discuss current issues. The night provides a forum for people to make others aware of what they are doing and to meet other like minded groups and individuals.

The Central Coast Council has passed a motion to permanently protect Porters Creek wetland.

Read the newspaper report of the Mayor’s comments See: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/12/action-taken-to-protect-the-largest-fresh-water-wetland-on-the-central-coast/

For educational resources on the wetland see: http://www.blueplanet.nsw.edu.au/porters-creek-case-study/.aspx

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