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Pile Burning a health risk

This is a very bad policy that will impact the health of many people with asthma as it allows burning without a permit and increases the amount of fuel by 270%.

The existing RFS/NSWFB Policy on Pile Burning does all that is needed for keeping properties clear of fuel around buildings. In areas within the Sydney Air Shed (i.e. from the Hunter to Illawarra via the Central Coast) Pile Burning should not be allowed as nearly 5 million people (roughly 450,000 of whom have asthma) are impacted by what is discretionary burning.

The asthma foundation has previously raised the issue with the NSW Government, see file:///C:/Users/CCEN/AppData/Local/Temp/wlmail-433777574/supfiles2A14595/Clean%20Air%20for%20New%20South%20Wales_Submission.pdf

In particular:

The NSW Rural Fire Service has an existing Pile Burning Standard (See: https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0012/13323/Standards-for-Pile-Burning.pdf )which notes:

If the pile burn could be of danger to a building (at any time of the year) or the burn is during the Bush Fire Danger Period, you must have a Fire Permit issued by the RFS or Fire and Rescue NSW. This standard provides advice regarding the construction of vegetation piles in order to allow safe and efficient burning.

The CC Council has been lobbied by locals (I think associated with landholders rights groups and local RFS superintendent) to implement a Central Coast Council draft Pile Burning policy which is on exhibition until 19th December. The policy is a massive expansion of the scale of burning (i.e. Increases the size (diameter) of logs from 150 mm to 300 mm , an increase of 400%, Increases the bulk of Open Pile Burns from 1.5 by 2 metres to 2 metres by 4 metres an increase of 270%). It also seeks to remove the need for a permit and instead allow for self assessment and burns at any time. 

The current draft allows self assessment for:

D1           Parcels of land must be:

  • Greater than 4,000m2in area; and
    • RE2 Private Recreation, 
    • R5 Large Lot Residential, 
    • RU1 Primary Production, 
    • RU2 Rural Landscape,
    • RU5 Village or 
    • RU6 Transition under the Local Environment Plan.
      • Self assessment means nothing.

bonfire2 webA permit is proposed when burning on Environmentally Zones land – but there is huge pressure on councillors for this to be dropped.

RFS tell me there are 3 major considerations each comes under different legislation:

  1. Safety and Controlling Wildfire is the responsibility of the RFS and the Bushfires Act;
  2. Smoke is the regulatory responsibility of the EPA and CC Council. The person who lights the fire (either with or without a permit) is responsible for any deleterious effects on neighbours;
  3. Environment(vegetation) is the responsibility of the CC Council and clearing or burning needs their approval.

However, RFS are missing a significant aspect, being the impact of pollution on public health. As this policy covers the discretionary burning of a heap of dry vegetation at any time except during days of total fire bans it is not emergency or critical part of the fire risk management strategy. The fuel could just as easily be disposed of by other means which do not generate smoke – such as mulching or dumping at a waste facility. Air Pollution in the Sydney Air Shed can come from anywhere from the Central Coast to the Illawarra as the winds recirculate being trapped between the mountains and the coast.

There are many areas on the Central Coast where blocks of rural residential of 4,000 + square metres could be burnt regularly. For example, In the immediate area surrounding Glenning Valley, (Ourimbah, Berkeley Vale) there are nearly 14,000 people who are likely to be adversely impacted by smoke. Hence, the policy should not apply near urban areas.

Where burning may be conducted without a Permit, there is nothing to stop people burning each time a pile of leaves can be raked up, this could be almost continually. 1 in 9 Australians suffer from asthma and wood smoke is a source which is almost impossible to avoid.

It is not that hard to take vegetation to the tip – just laziness and disregard for the health of others by some landowners.

If you are affected by smoke or live in an area where people like to light up every weekend say NO to more pollution. Put a submission which asks CC Council to always require a Permit for Pile Burning.

Submissions: https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/draftopenpileburnpolicy by 19th December

The Central Coast Council has recently placed its Draft Tree and Vegetation Management Chapter XXX on exhibition for public comment.

While the draft chapter generally requires landowners to obtain a Permit from Council to remove or prune a tree, the draft also describes Exemptions to avoid having to obtain a Council Permit.

The Draft Chapter and Submission details are available through the following link: https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/draft-development-control-plan-xx-tree-and-vegetation-management.

Under the proposed chapter, trees may be removed without a Permit if Council is “satisfied” that they are dead or are assessed as posing a risk to persons or property and are not required as habitat for native fauna. Evidence of these assessments is required to be kept by the landowner for 6 months after the removal.

THE COMMUNITY'S CHANCE TO STOP MANGROVE MOUNTAIN LANDFILL

You may or may not have heard of Mangrove Mountain Landfill. It sits at the highest point of the Central Coast water catchment and threatens the quality of the community's water supply. Both Central Coast Council and the EPA admit this fact. The Landfill is located at the Mangrove Mountain Golf Course on the boundary between Gosford LGA and Wyong LGA. The threat comes from escaping leachate produced by the landfill that can seep into the underlying groundwater aquifer. This landfill has been getting bigger since 2001 and is currently 10X its approved size.

The landfill has lain idle since 2014, following action in the Land and Environment Court, although there is still the matter of 800,000 cubic metres of waste sitting there without an effective lining underneath to prevent the escape of toxic leachate into the groundwater.

The shark was found at a popular NSW central coast diving spot

The shark was found at a popular NSW central coast diving spot.

Our oceans are under threat, with warming oceans, pollution and over fishing we need to ensure we establish protected marine environments for future generations.

Shark Drowned in Marine Sanctuary

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-29/divers-find-shark-strung-up/4850334

The Shark was caught, stabbed and drowned in a marine sanctuary.

The State Government has released a series of documents.
They are colourful, have lots of photos and drawings.
But the devil is in the detail.
This fact sheet explores the detail.

pdfHere is the detail - download

The State Government is proposing to take away planning controls of Council; allow overshadowing of parks; eliminate planning controls on both the maximum height & FSR on large sites; reduce parking requirements for specific developments and on specific sites.
In other words, the State Government is opening the door to developers where the State Government is both the assessing authority and the determining authority. What check and balance does the community have?

Have your say lodge a submission.

Thoughts for inclusion in a submission

  • Councillor representation should be on all decision making bodies including Design Review Panel. “No taxation without representation”;
  • Council to have responsibility for assessment of all applications no matter what value to ensure effective community consultation is included in the assessment process. “Elected representatives to ensure ratepayers voice is heard”;
  • No overshadowing of any public parks including Kibble, Burns and Leagues Club between 9 am and 3 pm at winter solstice. “A park is not a park without sunlight”;
  • Ridgeline views to be contiguous with from waterfront. “Public Space maintains amenity”;
  • Impact of large buildings on views from lookouts to be assessed and not to be impacting horizon; “Maintain uninterrupted horizon views from public reserves (such as Rumbalara and Presidents Hill)”;
  • Car parking to match most likely demand, not idealised projections or wishful thinking; “Number of car parking spaces based on actual demand”; and
  • Place Manager to be employed by Council.

Submissions can be emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
You can post a submission to the
Department of Planning and Environment,
PO Box 1148
Gosford NSW 2250
Submissions close on 29 June, 2018

INVITATION

COMMUNITY PUBLIC MEETING

Gosford CBD Community Alliance  Invite you to a Community Meeting  at

Gosford Angosford aerialglican Church, 3 Mann Street Gosford

Wednesday 5th September, 2018

6pm for 6:30 start

 

The Department of Planning currently has a development control plan on exhibition for the Gosford City Centre. The proposed control plans for Gosford are out on exhibition for a short 28 days. 

An alliance of groups has come together to raise concerns about these proposed changes.

The Alliance is calling for better planning for Gosford City Centre - and we need your help!

Did you know?

There is no traffic or parking study for Gosford?

Yet there is a plan to allow unlimited heights of some  buildings in Gosford

& excessive shadowing of Kibble Park and Leagues Club Field

To have this and more explained - please come along.

Please register here to assist with logistics

For more information please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This community public meeting is organised by the Gosford CBD Community Alliance - an alliance of groups and individuals working for better planning in Gosford City Centre. The Alliance includes Better Planning Central Coast, Gosford Waterfront Alliance, Friends of Gosford Inc., and the Community Environment Network.

Mountain Districts Association (MDA) and the Community Environment Network (CEN) are now calling for an Independent Commission of Inquiry and investigation by the NSW Police into the Mangrove Mountain Landfill as a matter of urgencyWe are also calling on the NSW Premier to sack the EPA Board.

Did you see the ABC 4Corners story exposing the waste industry and disaster at Mangrove Mountain Landfill?

There needs to be an investigation into the sordid facts behind Gosford City Council (GCC) and NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA)’s apparent gross neglect of statutory responsibilities.

This landfill site is in our drinking water catchment.We need this waste dump cleaned up and the site rehabilitated.

Mountains Districts Association has submitted a lenghty document to the NSW Premier detailing major irregularities in the licensing, operation and management of Mangrove Mountain Landfill over a period of 18 years.

We need your help now. Click here to send a submission to the NSW Premier calling for an Independent Commission of Inquiry, the sacking of the EPA Board and an investigation by the NSW Police.

The NSW Premier must act now!... send your submission today.

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Our Wildwatch Program is all about connecting kids with nature.

Research over the past decade has built up an impressive body of evidence demonstrating the value of connecting children with nature in a way that results in an increase in environmental knowledge, a deeper, more personal, understanding of the way their world functions, academic gains, and higher social and emotional functioning, especially in self-esteem, calculated risk taking and confidence. (AAEE website)

Wildwatch is an opportunity for children (and families) to engage in a program that promotes a love of nature, opportunities to observe nature and grow in knowledge, skills and understanding.

By signing up to Wildwatch, your children will receive:

  • A Wildwatch Pack - including a certificate, badge, a Wildwatch family membership card, our current newsletter and a set of Wildwatch Fact Cards
  • a Wildwatch Diary - to record your nature observations
  • a bi-monthly kid friendly newsletter
  • special invitations to family friendly events and activities (eg. tree planting events, bushwalks, citizen science events etc)
  • invitations to participate in 4 Wildwatch "actions"each year - eg. monitor the birds in your backyard

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Click here to sign up to Wildwatch!

  

 Want to find out more? - then email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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As part of our 20th Anniversary Celebrations, CEN will be holding an Amateur Photographic Competition.

Objectives of the Competition: 

To showcase the Environment of the Central Coast. That is, the flora and fauna, native to the region and the beaches, waterways and landforms from the Hawkesbury River in the south to the Hunter River in the north. The western boundary is defined by the McPherson, Olney and Wattagan State Forests.  

Competition Categories:

  • Youth: a person under the age of 18 years
  • Adult: a person over the age of 18 years
  • Monochrome: is defined as any print containing shades of only one colour. If toning is carried out it must be over the whole image.
  • Colour: any photograph which is not monochrome, including monochrome images which have been partially toned or had colour added will be classed as colour prints.
  • Flora: flowers, trees, shrubs native to the Central Coast
  • Fauna: land, sea or air-borne native to the Central Coast (including insects or migratory birds which visit the Central Coast)
  • Waterways, Underwater and Landforms: includes the beaches, creeks, rivers, waterfalls, wetlands, underwater and natural geographical features of the Central Coast.

Entry Fee and payment:

 $8:00 per photograph

Key Dates:
  • Entries are to be received by 4:30 pm on Wednesday 17th May 2017
  • Exhibition Dates: Friday 26th May to Wednesday 31st May 2017 at The Entrance Gallery
  • On Wednesday 31st May 2017 collect from the Gallery between the hours of noon and 3pm

For further details - pdfDownload our Terms and Conditions / Entry Form.

ONLINE ENTRY FORM

For more information - phone Barbara - ph: 4332 3597 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Wyong and Wyee residents have banded together to oppose the proposed Warnervale Airport.

Make your voice heard - and ensure that the proposal to increase the capacity of Warnervale airport is not carried forward in the Central Coast Regional Plan.

Do not accept Wyong Council’s proposal for a B737 and A320 capable 1800m jet airport with flight paths over your home.

The Central Coast Draft Regional Plan is currently on exhibition - submissions close on 28 February, 2016.

What you can do to help:

Click here to complete an online submission to Department of Planning

Want to find out about some of the good and bad things that are happening with decision makers in relation to the Gosford environment and efforts to achieve environmental sustainability?

Sign up to the Gosford Observer here

Read the latest Gosford Observer

The Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is a network of reserves supporting natural vegetation that are managed by Gosford Council for a number of environmental and community values. COSS lands provide important ecological habitats (or homes) and essential linkages (wildlife corridors) for diverse fauna and flora. These natural areas are also popular places for leisure and relaxation with residents and visitors alike.

Become a Friend of COSS Member

The Community Environment Network (CEN) is proud to offer the services of a professional Bush Regeneration Team. CEN has been conducting professional Bush Regeneration Services for over 6 years.

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  • Join the Friends of COSS

    The Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is a network of reserves supporting natural vegetation that are managed by Gosford Council for a number of environmental and community values. COSS lands provide important ecological habitats (or homes) and essential linkages (wildlife corridors) for diverse fauna and flora. These natural areas are

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  • New Council Pile Burning Policy

    This is a very bad policy that will impact the health of many people with asthma as it allows burning without a permit and increases the amount of fuel by 270%. The existing RFS/NSWFB Policy on Pile Burning does all that is needed for keeping properties clear of fuel around

    Read More
  • THE COMMUNITY'S CHANCE TO STOP MANGROVE MOUNTAIN LANDFILL

    You may or may not have heard of Mangrove Mountain Landfill. It sits at the highest point of the Central Coast water catchment and threatens the quality of the community's water supply. Both Central Coast Council and the EPA admit this fact. The Landfill is located at the Mangrove Mountain

    Read More
  • The Community's chance to save the trees in the back yards of the Central Coast

    The Central Coast Council has recently placed its Draft Tree and Vegetation Management Chapter XXX on exhibition for public comment. While the draft chapter generally requires landowners to obtain a Permit from Council to remove or prune a tree, the draft also describes Exemptions to avoid having to obtain a

    Read More
  • Save our Fish - The Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion assessment Plan

    The shark was found at a popular NSW central coast diving spot. Our oceans are under threat, with warming oceans, pollution and over fishing we need to ensure we establish protected marine environments for future generations. Shark Drowned in Marine Sanctuary http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-29/divers-find-shark-strung-up/4850334 The Shark was caught, stabbed and drowned in

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  • Community Public Meeting - Planning in Gosford City Centre

    INVITATION COMMUNITY PUBLIC MEETING Gosford CBD Community Alliance  Invite you to a Community Meeting  at Gosford Anglican Church, 3 Mann Street Gosford Wednesday 5th September, 2018 6pm for 6:30 start   The Department of Planning currently has a development control plan on exhibition for the Gosford City Centre. The proposed

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  • What is the Future of Gosford City

    The State Government has released a series of documents.They are colourful, have lots of photos and drawings.But the devil is in the detail.This fact sheet explores the detail. Here is the detail - download The State Government is proposing to take away planning controls of Council; allow overshadowing of parks; eliminate

    Read More
  • ABC 4Corners expose of waste industry and Mangrove Mountain landfill - calls for a Commission of Inquiry

    Mountain Districts Association (MDA) and the Community Environment Network (CEN) are now calling for an Independent Commission of Inquiry and investigation by the NSW Police into the Mangrove Mountain Landfill as a matter of urgency. We are also calling on the NSW Premier to sack the EPA Board. Did you see the ABC 4Corners story exposing the waste

    Read More
  • CEN 20th Anniversary Amateur Photographic Competition

    As part of our 20th Anniversary Celebrations, CEN will be holding an Amateur Photographic Competition. Objectives of the Competition:  To showcase the Environment of the Central Coast. That is, the flora and fauna, native to the region and the beaches, waterways and landforms from the Hawkesbury River in the south

    Read More
  • Wildwatch - Connecting Kids with Nature

    Our Wildwatch Program is all about connecting kids with nature. Research over the past decade has built up an impressive body of evidence demonstrating the value of connecting children with nature in a way that results in an increase in environmental knowledge, a deeper, more personal, understanding of the way

    Read More
  • Residents Oppose Warnervale Airport proposal

    Wyong and Wyee residents have banded together to oppose the proposed Warnervale Airport. Make your voice heard - and ensure that the proposal to increase the capacity of Warnervale airport is not carried forward in the Central Coast Regional Plan. Do not accept Wyong Council’s proposal for a B737 and A320

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  • CEN Bush Regen Team Available

    The Community Environment Network (CEN) is proud to offer the services of a professional Bush Regeneration Team. CEN has been conducting professional Bush Regeneration Services for over 6 years.

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  • Sign up to Gosford Observer

    Want to find out about some of the good and bad things that are happening with decision makers in relation to the Gosford environment and efforts to achieve environmental sustainability? Sign up to the Gosford Observer here Read the latest Gosford Observer

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