CCN Daily News Brief – 10th March, 2021

Wednesday 10th March, 2021. Today’s ‘must know stories from across the Central Coast, fresh from the CCN newsroom. Read by Charlea Tonnet.

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And here’s the latest news from Central Coast Newspapers:

Scores of people were at a community rally in The Entrance on Tuesday to voice their anger about the loss of essential services in the township and plans to close the library.

The Entrance MP, David Mehan, said two banks had already abandoned the town and he was outraged by the news that Central Coast Council was planning to close The Entrance library.

Mehan said that the Administrator publicly stated that he would not be seeking to cut Council services, however, if this library shuts its doors that is exactly what will occur.

Environmental group, Future Sooner, is convening a community meeting to plan the next stage in a campaign to improve local air quality and cut toxic emissions from Vales Point Power Station.

It will be held on Saturday, March 13 from 10am at Kariong Eco Garden Hall.

This follows a community awareness campaign in January when members of Future Sooner and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW placed hundreds of child silhouettes along the Lake Macquarie foreshore in front of the power station at Mannering Park to visualise the number of children with asthma impacted by the emissions.

That was in response to an application by the power station owners, Delta Electricity, seeking a five-year extension on its licence relating to emission levels of nitrogen dioxide.

A new planning policy being proposed by the State Government will have major development design impacts for the Central Coast.

NSW Minister for Planning and Public Space, Rob Stokes, said the proposed Design and Place State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) was about creating liveable spaces, beautiful neighbourhoods, better public spaces and leafier suburbs.

Chair of the Central Coast Chapter of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA), Caine King, says the Design and Place SEPP would be a significant change.

“It will have major implications on apartment design as well as greenfield master planning,” he said.

Council is also looking into how the new policy would have an impact on the region.

Council is considering reducing the amount of time that its agenda paper is available to the public for scrutiny before a council meeting.

It would mean that residents would have only three days’ notice of important decisions to be made at a council meeting.

This is a reduction from six days.

For more on these stories and lots of other local news, pick up a copy of your free Central Coast Newspaper from one of hundreds of outlets around the Coast or read us online at coastcommunitynews.com.au.

I’m Charlea Tonnet for Central Coast Newspapers.

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