CENTRAL Coast Council will engage an external specialist to undertake a survey and analysis of the height of trees at both ends of the runway at Central Coast Airport, at Warnervale. The assessment will be completed in conjunction with environmental studies in order to guide council on options available to improve safety for runway users. Council also resolved to seek a meeting with the Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, and representatives from the airport users to "work through key issues".
Plans to start VIEW Club in Dora Creek
A VIEW Club is being formed at Dora Creek. VIEW (voice, interests and education of women) is the only national women's organisation focussed on supporting and advocating for the education of young disadvantaged Australians through its partnership with the Smith Family. An information session and morning tea for prospective members will be held at Dora Creek Workers Club at 9.30am on Monday, August 26. For further information, and to book a place at the meeting, phone Lynda on 0400 472 877.
Have a say on draft plan for community participation
LAKE Macquarie City Council has endorsed the draft Lake Macquarie Community Participation Plan for community consultation. The purpose of the plan is to provide a document the community can access that sets out all of council's community participation requirements under the planning legislation. Mayor Kay Fraser said: "The intention of our Community Participation Plan is to make it easier and clearer for people to participate in planning matters under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act."
Artists invited to brighten Lake Mac Libraries for children
LAKE Macquarie City Council is calling for expressions of interest from artists to design and install artworks that will engage and delight children in three Lake Mac Libraries. Artists are invited to submit one design per library to be assessed by a selection panel for its relevance to the audience, quality of visual representation, and ability to create a sense of place and community identity. A commission of up to $3,000 per library is available. Visit lakemac.com.au
Council approves more than $17,000 in annual donations
LAKE Macquarie City Council approved more than $17,000 in annual donations to local organisations at its meeting on Monday night. Among the recipients was Macquarie Shores Swimming Club, in Toronto ($600) for a water safety and CPR promotion event, Makai Lakes Outrigger Canoe Club ($2000) for a racing craft, Hunter Homeless Connect ($2000) for an annual event, Toronto Bridge Club ($500) for an annual congress, and Mum's Cottage ($1500) for an event for volunteers.
Cooranbong Men's Shed looking for more restoration and repair jobs
COORANBONG Men's Shed (CMS) recently restored an antique iron and timber garden seat for a local resident. But that was just the beginning. The CMS blokes are keen to tackle similar projects. They're offering assessments of any restoration or repair project on a materials-only cost basis. "Shed members meet on Tuesday and Friday mornings in the 'Music Bowl' on Cooranbong Common, and new members are always welcome," CMS secretary Peter Trimmer said.