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.
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
Download the Submission from Hornsby Council 447.83 KB raising their concerns
Download our submission guide here377.81 KB
Click here to use our online submission form
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:
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.
Save Peat Island
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.
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 now has its own web site -
All the content here can be found on the above site, including links to our facebook groups.
The situation is dire - we have delayed for more than 30 years.
ACTION: "immediate, rapid and large-scale cuts in emissions"
SOLUTIONS: Detailed in our Community Plan 2021 - written for the Central Caost:
Electric vehicles (charged from renewables)
Increased energy efficiency
Decreased consumption and waste
New renewable energy industry for jobs - a just transition
Do what you can yourself, talk to our political leaders, write letters, call them. We need leadership now, not more delay.
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
Phone CEN on +61 2 4349 4756
The 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.
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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PO Box 149 Ourimbah NSW 2258
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