CCN Daily News Brief – 25th February, 2021

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Thursday February 25th, 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:

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has fined the Forestry Corporation of NSW $15,000 for failing to mark a protected zone during a logging operation at Olney State Forest.

EPA officers identified the licence breach while inspecting a timber harvest site in the forest, which is west of Lake Macquarie in the Watagan Mountains.

The failure to mark the exclusion zone resulted in three mature trees being felled and 2,300sqm of riparian vegetation removed to create a snig transport track.

Surrounding vegetation was also disturbed during the logging.

An e-petition calling for a judicial inquiry into Central Coast Council has reached its target of 20,000 signatures and will now be debated in State Parliament.

At 5pm on Wednesday, the number of signatures had reached 20,788, two days short of its February 26 deadline.

Organised by two residents, Susan Greene and Marianne Hamilton, the petition asks the State Government to hold a judicial inquiry into the financial crisis facing Council.

It needed to attract 20,000 signatures to ensure it is debated in Parliament and in less than three weeks achieved its target.

Council has released its draft plan to manage flood risk in the northern lakes area of the Tuggerah lakes lagoon system for public feedback.

The plan covers 33.5 square kilometres including suburbs immediately surrounding Lake Munmorah, Budgewoi Lake and north from Tuggerawong in Tuggerah Lake.

The draft plan covers a range of measures including land use controls, infrastructure planning, management procedure, flood awareness education and emergency management planning.

The Entrance has ranked number 10 most favourite tourist destination in Australia in the Aussie Town of the Year Awards.

Now in its fourth year, the travel website Wotif’s annual tourism awards recognise some of the country’s best destinations for the year to encourage Australians to hit the road and see more of their own country.

The Entrance is one of only four NSW destinations to make the national top 10 list.

The awards are given based on their accommodation quality, affordability and traveller satisfaction.

There are changed traffic conditions on Tooheys Rd at Bushells Ridge for roadworks taking place until late March.

The work includes culvert maintenance, pressure cleaning, painting and installation of height clearance signs and will take place on weekdays between 7am and 6pm.

The Housing Industry Authority for the Central Coast and Hunter regions has reported that the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on new home building approvals indicate that home activity across those regions performed strongly in 2020, despite the impact of the global pandemic and a recession.

House approvals were up 15 percent on the Central Coast, and single dwelling remained the preference for home buyers locally, accounting for 64.7 percent on the Central Coast.

Shelly Beach local, Molly Picklum, has won the first event in the World Surf League professional qualifying series event.

Throughout a week of wind, rain and location changes from Boomerang Beach to Tuncurry, Picklum was victorious over the Sunshine Coast’s, Sophie McCulloch.

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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