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DRAFT Local Strategic Planning Statement – Open for Public Consultation Friday 8 May 2020

 

THIS IS THE 20 YEAR ‘VISION’ FOR THE COAST AND OUR WARD – HAVE YOUR SAY

 

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE MONDAY 8 JUNE

 

The Copacabana Community Association (CCA) is reviewing the Local Strategic Planning Statement and will make a formal submission. That submission will be shared with CCA members and the broader community ahead of the deadline date MONDAY 8TH JUNE so that individuals can use that submission as a template for personal submissions on the LSPS.
Here is the link to the documentation: 
https://www.yourvoiceourcoast.com/lsps

What is the draft Local Strategic Planning Statement (LSPS)?

 

The draft LSPS is a 20-year planning vision, including land use, infrastructure and sustainability objectives to demonstrate how the Central Coast will change to meet the community’s needs into the future. 

 

The draft LSPS responds to the goals and direction of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 at the local level by setting clear local priorities and actions to deliver the jobs, homes, services and facilities that the Central Coast community will require in response to future population growth. 

 

All Councils are required to have an LSPS which is prepared under Part 3B of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979. The Central Coast LSPS is required to be in place by 1 July 2020.

 

Key Components of the draft LSPS

  •  One Direction for Growth:
     To grow within our existing and future planned infrastructure and services capacity.

 

  •  Pillars of Planning:
     The Four Pillars of Planning of Place, Environment, Lifestyle and Infrastructure provide the framework to guide future planning priorities.

 

  •  Growth Strategies: The following Growth Strategies will together inform the creation of future places, infrastructure and protection of   the environment of the region.
    - Revitalise our Centres,
    - Renew the Urban Form,
    - Refine the Urban Edge and,
    - Resilience Planning

 

  •  Key Initiatives:
     The following key initiatives will ensure that the Region will grow in a manner that recognises and reinforces the best of
     Central Coast living.
    - Centres and Corridors
    - Housing
    - Economics
    - Environment
    - Agricultural and Rural Land
    - Open Space
    - Community and Culture
    - Heritage, Transport
    -  Water and Sewer

 

  • Prorities and Actions: The list of Priorities and Actions that will be undertaken by Council, over the short, medium and long term, to help achieve our vision and direction for growth.

 

Please send any questions and comments to Info@copanews.com.au with LSPS in the subject line.

Sue Steedman

SEND US YOUR STORIES FOR OUR 'VIRAL KINDNESS' ISSUE OF COPA NEWS Monday 11 May 2020

 

Dear Members and Friends

 

The Winter issue of Copa News is due out June 1st and we are putting the content together now. We want this issue to reflect the best of our wonderful community by sharing stories of resilience, kindness, reflections and 'neighbourliness'. 

 

Please send us your positive stories about ways you've adapted through the COVID emergency. Some thought-starters:

  • Have you done (or received) a good deed or special kindness during the past couple of months? 

  • How are you managing home schooling?  

  • What new ways are you finding to entertain yourself or your family? 

  • Are you learning anything new or taking up a new hobby? 

  • Have you started a vegie patch or found new ways to live more sustainably? 

  • What are you missing (or NOT missing) during the social isolation phase?  

  • What new behaviours would you like to stay in place after the emergency period has passed 

  • And how about working from home? Is it working for you?

 

Any pics welcome in HIGH RES jpg please. Send your pics and stories to info@copanews.com.au

 

We'll try to include everyone's stories in the newsletter, or on this website. We hope to hear from you!

 

Thanks and hope you are all well and safe out there.

Sue Steedman

Copacabana Remembers those who made the Ultimate Sacrifice Monday 11 May 2020

 

Due to the social distancing restrictions in place during this pandemic, we were unable to hold our usual ANZAC Day Dawn Service this year.

However, we take this opportunity to sincerely thank Roque Hammal, long time Copacabana resident, Advocate and Founder of the Australian Navy in Vietnam Veterans’ Welfare Association for WA & NSW for keeping the ANZAC spirit alive and the lights burning.

 

Copacabana residents were delighted to awake to the sound of ‘The Last Post’ echoing in our valley as the sun rose at 6 am, while the 2 flags at the green were also lowered to half mast.

Roque and his wife Isabella arranged with Council for the mobile memorial to be positioned on the green in front of the flags, one week before and after Anzac Day.

 

During this time, families were welcome while out on their daily exercise routine to place flowers from their garden and to include a short ‘Lest we Forget’ note.

 

Wreaths were provided beforehand, then as the sun rose on Anzac Day, Roque laid them on behalf of the many Government, local businesses and individuals who had contributed and were unable to attend.

 

More flowers and small commemorative flags were also progressively placed by many Copacabana residents at the memorial throughout the day.

 

Again our thanks to Roque and Isabella for their support in our community at this time.

John Atkinson​

Holiday Home Owners Latest Thursday 9 April 2020

 

The Prime Minister has warned Australians in his latest address, that they are not to travel right now.

"People should not be going away for Easter holidays," he said. "People should not be getting in their cars and going to other places."

For those who own or rent holiday properties outside of their city, this means staying put.

Beyond the Easter holiday period, it's unclear whether these travel restrictions will remain.

The health department currently have a ban on overseas and all non-essential domestic travel, whether that be by air, road, or train.

So is it OK to go to your holiday home?

 

Basically: NO. The official advisory is Australians must avoid all non-essential domestic travel right now and stay home, as drilled home by the PM's latest address. These measures all aim to contain the coronavirus and restrict non-essential travel to and from residences.

Residents of New South Wales are now legally obliged to stay in their homes, unless they likewise have a "reasonable excuse" to leave, and two-person gathering limits apply.

Beach Usage Restricted to Exercise ONLY Thursday 9 April 2020

 

On April 2nd it was announced that Central Coast beaches can ONLY be used for exercise activities... which includes walking, running, swimming and surfing.

Sitting on the beach and reading a book, sunbaking and chatting to friends is NOT PERMITTED.

This is a difficult decision but it's an absolutely necessary decision to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Police have made it very clear to our community that they will be enforcing these restrictions with on-the-spot fines, including during Easter and the school holidays.

Stay informed Thursday 9 April 2020

 

In response to the evolving situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), Central Coast Council are taking measured precautions to keep their staff and community safe.

They are monitoring information supplied by NSW Health and Federal authorities daily and will provide regular updates to our community.

They will also tell you about any service interruptions. This will be via their information channels, including their website, social media and e-newsletters.

To make sure you are getting the latest information, subscribe to their weekly community update, Coast Connect.

Community and business support  Thursday 9 April 2020

 

Central Coast Council has developed a Community and Business Support Package to help local businesses and the community through the COVID-19 crisis.

 

We recognise that the current situation with COVID-19 impacts on local community groups and businesses and we understand concerns around reduced revenue, financial obligations, management of employees, legal obligations, maintaining workplace health and planning around disruptions.

 

In the initial phase of the plan, Council will focus on industries that have been impacted by the current lockdown measures.

FIND OUT MORE >

Information for the community from the CCA  Thursday 19 March 2020

 

In view of the health warnings regarding COVID-19, CCA meetings will be cancelled until further notice and our Anzac Day service will not be held this year.

The CCA management committee group extends our best wishes to all for continued good health and safety. We will be conducting 'virtual' committee meetings and report to members and those on our wider mailing list regarding any updates.

Copacabana Men’s Shed Update

 

In September 2019, it was announced that the Copacabana Community Men’s Shed Incorporated had been awarded a My Community Project grant of $130,000 to enable a new shed to be erected. CCMSI received the grant because it was the most popular community project in the Terrigal electorate. The group thanks all who voted for them. 

As you will see from the artist’s impression, the building has been designed to look more aesthetically pleasing than a regular shed. The design employs a novel roof structure that follows the slope of the land (behind the RFS station).

 

Construction of the shed will commence as soon as possible after the Development Application - which was submitted in August 2019 - is approved by Council.

 

It is hoped that the shed can be erected by July 2020.

Members will be recruited as soon as the shed is built. Their first job will be to help fit out the shed to create a pleasant social area as well as a mezzanine area to store materials. An application will shortly be submitted to Council for a Community Infrastructure Grant to cover this extra work.

For further information, please contact Mike Mitchelmore on 0435 609 606 or coordinator@copamensshed.org.au

‘Our Josi’ nominated for Australia Day Awards

 

Neighbourhood Watch Co-ordinator for twenty-five years and long-time CCA Committee member Josi Fudge said she was honoured and proud to attend the Australia Day Awards Ceremony at the Laycock Theatre, for which she was nominated in the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award. She received a Certificate of Appreciation for her many years of voluntary service to our community, including nine years at the East Gosford Regional Art Gallery.

 

For many years Josi produced the Neighbourhood Watch newsletter, keeping the community informed about crime and other issues of interest to local residents. Josi said ‘I want to thank all involved for my nomination and award. I look forward to continuing my voluntary service to the Copa community and the Gallery for as long as I am able’. 

The CCA joins the rest of the community in thanking Josi for her many years of service and warmly congratulates her on this well-deserved recognition.

SAVE OUR COAST.ORG.AU

a grassroots community organisation fighting Seismic Testing

 

The group was founded in 2018 as the Stop Seismic Testing campaign and has since evolved into the not for profit community group Save Our Coast. Natasha Deen, Founder and Chair explains how the campaign began, after testing off Newcastle.

‘When I started to search for information about seismic testing, I was horrified to learn that it uses intense and explosive underwater air gun blasts that fire continuously every 3-10 seconds, 24 hours a day for days, weeks or months to detect oil or gas reserves beneath the sea floor. 

To inflict this torment and harm that is seismic blasting, in the whale migration path, in an area of rich biodiversity that includes dolphins and endangered sea turtles, to search for fossil fuels in a climate emergency, that will not only exacerbate climate damage but risk devastating our beautiful coast forever, is simply unconscionable. I’ve lived in Newcastle for 40 years and I love coastal walks and the serenity and peace it brings me. Knowing whales and dolphins and turtles are nearby swimming freely in their domain brings us all a feeling of joy. I felt it was imperative to take action’.

What is seismic testing and what is the impact?

Petroleum Exploration Permit 11 allows for fossil fuel exploration over 4,500 square kilometres of ocean from Manly through the Central Coast to Newcastle, in some areas only 5.5 km from shore. Seismic blasts are known to be amongst the loudest human made sound in the ocean, between 200-257 decibels, which penetrate hundreds of metres into the ocean floor and have been detected thousands of kilometres away. Peer-reviewed academic and scientific sources state the devastating impact of seismic blasts and underwater noise on marine life, including killing plankton and krill larvae over 1 km away (with impacts to our living ocean, atmospheric health and climate resilience) to causing stress, hearing damage, disruption of critical behaviour, and injury to marine life including fish, penguins, dolphins and whales.

Where is the campaign at now?

Save Our Coast has been in the news, after delivering a 60,000 strong petition opposing seismic testing to the federal parliament via Independent MP Zali Steggal. This was the culmination of two years hard work – 15 major events; dozens of film screenings & information evenings; over 14,000 conversations in the community. The campaign was nominated for the Best Environmental Campaign of 2019.

Subsequently, ADVENT Energy has cancelled plans for 1000 kilometres of seismic blasting off our coast but have now stated they are awaiting approval to apply for drilling.  There will be a Senate Inquiry on the Impact of Seismic Testing, which will be heard in Gosford on March 17 with a community event planned for March 15. The battle is far from over.

Information for this article has been provided by Dr Natasha Deen, BDS(Syd), MPH (Dist), Founder and Chair, Save Our Coast.

For more details go to saveourcoast.org.au

 

The CCA management committee has been busy - here is a brief rundown on some of the issues we are currently working on:

Central Coast Council Draft Consolidated Local Environment Plan/Development Control Plan 

We continue to be concerned about new development controls and regulations proposed in R2 zones under the new (draft) LEP/DCP currently with Central Coast Council for consideration. We have made two submissions regarding this and continue to push Council Planning Staff and local Ward Councillors to ensure that the unique local character we enjoy in Copa is respected, valued and retained. We are hoping the Council will not adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach to planning regulations across the Coast – we do not have the resources or infrastructure for increased population densities here.

We held a special meeting at the Surf Club to discuss this issue, well attended by many CCA members and residents. Deputy Mayor Jane Smith and Ward Councillor Jeff Sundstrom attended to answer questions and concerns from the floor. Locals made valuable contributions to the discussions and the Councillors provided suggestions as to how the community can make their concerns heard. The two Councillors appreciate the special character of Copacabana and were sympathetic to the group’s concerns. Updates will be posted on our website and emailed to members, so stay tuned.

CCA Management Committee members attended a 3 hour workshop hosted by Councillor Smith to explain the Planning system with strategic documents presented by the Environmental Defenders Office which was very valuable.

Meetings with Lucy Wicks, Adam Crouch and senior Council staff

We’ve attended several meetings over the past couple of months to further discuss issues relating to Copacabana. Amongst the many agenda items were:

Susan Fahey Park Upgrade

Concept plans still have a way to go as far as we are concerned. Discussions were constructive and we are waiting on further advice before we come back to the community with news and progress. We thank Adam Richards, President of the Surf Club, for his major contributions to this project.

LEP/DCP 

We strongly argued that the local character of small seaside suburbs such as Copacabana must be protected and that new planning regulations must consider how the local environment will be affected by the introduction of new rules. Both elected representatives were sympathetic and agreed that these places are unique and must not be over-run by inappropriate development. Council advised that Local Character statements are factored into planning and development deliberations and undertook to consult with the community should there be any changes to existing Local Character statements.

We also made it clear to senior planning executives that we were not satisfied with the Draft LEP/DCP as it currently stands, and again raised our major objections to the proposed new rules under R2 zoning.

Water quality and lagoon management

We discussed the need for better communication between the Council and community regarding the management of Cochrone Lagoon, and particularly the need to monitor events such as fish and bird kills that can occur when the lagoon is opened to the sea (either manually by Council or from natural weather and tidal conditions). Council will communicate directly with Dr Margaret Platell (CCA Management Committee member) in order to ensure we are kept informed, and that there is a conduit for local reporting of issues about this and water issues generally.

 

Traffic and parking issues 

We received an update from Council about the upgrade to Del Monte Place:  Preparation works will commence before the end of the financial year and will include drainage works and a new footpath. Construction works will be spread over four stages and will take a couple of years to complete. We also presented our Parking and Traffic survey and discussed the best methods for making the area adjacent to the shops safer for motorists and pedestrians. The Council is working on solutions and we will update the community as more information comes to hand.

There are a number of other projects in progress such as early stage planning for an upgrade to the foreshores around the surf club and Bonnie Lookout; planning and preparations for our annual Anzac Day Dawn Service; preparations for local Clean Up Australia Day activities; liaison with the Save Our Coast organisation regarding seismic testing as well as regular meetings and communications with members and residents.

Del Monte Place Road Upgrade: Drop-in information Session - Tuesday March 3rd

 

 

Location: Copacabana Surf Life Saving Club
 

 

No formal presentation is being provided as part of this information session. This is not a 4 hour meeting. Staff will be present from 3pm to 7pm for one on one conversations, to answer any questions, and to provide any other relevant information in regards to the project. 

Drop in at any time that suits you during that period for a quick chat.

See FAQ's here.

There is a new community consultation survey open for the Upgrade to Del Monte Place.

 

Click here to have your say.

CCA objects to inappropriate development

 

A proposal for an over 50s lifestyle resort on the site of the former Bangaloe Stud at Avoca has rung alarm bells with the Kincumber and Picketts Valley Community Action Group (KPVCAG).

CCA members voted to send a letter to Kincumber Picketts Valley Residents Action Group to support their objection to the DA for the former Bangaloe Stud currently with Council for consideration.

 

Read the letter of support here.

Welcome  Ocean Bar-Cantina!

 

A warm welcome to Jerome Dekker’s Ocean Bar-Cantina, which has just opened. Jerome is serving up some fantastic food including tapas, bar nibbles and share plates, as well as the beachside classics we all love, like fish and chips. Beer lovers rejoice as Ocean Bar will have their own beer on tap as well as Coopers and a third tap for a changing variety of beers. And they also offer traditional Sangria!

The decor is casual and cool and a perfect gathering place for hungry beach-goers, groups of friends, or special occasions.

Ocean Bar is open 10am till 11pm 7 days a week (closes 10pm on Sundays), so why wait for the weekend? Get on down and support this great new local eatery. 

Check out facebook.com/oceanbarcantina for more info.

Photo from NBN News

Naval War Memorial Unveiled at Copa Beach

 

Residents of the Central Coast gathered at Copacabana Beach on Remembrance Day to unveil a new Naval Memorial specially dedicated to all naval personnel in war and peace time whose final resting place was the ocean bed.

The Memorial was designed and the service arranged by Roque ‘Rocky’ Hammal, a long-time resident of Copacabana who served as a naval diver and marine engineer and was also the founder of the ‘Australian Navy in Vietnam Veterans Welfare Association’ in WA and NSW.

VIPs attending this special service and laying wreaths included Captain Tony Rayner RAN; Lucy Wicks MP, Federal Member for Robertson; Adam Crouch MP, Member for Terrigal; Councillor Jeff Sundstrom, Central Coast Council; HMAS Voyager Survivors Association; Naval Association of NSW; Legacy; Students and teachers from Copacabana Public School; Peter Hill, Solicitor and past President of the Copacabana Community Association and Steve Boucher, current President of the CCA.

Those recognised as being lost at sea included:

  • 19 November 1941: HMAS Sydney was sunk by the German auxiliary cruiser Kormoran, with all 645 hands aboard lost.

  • 10 February 1964: 82 of the 314 on board destroyer HMAS Voyager who died immediately or were trapped in the heavy bow section which sank in 10 minutes, after colliding with the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne.

The Naval Memorial at Copacabana included this somber reminder from the Naval Ode:

They have no grave but the cruel sea

No flowers lay at their head

A rusting hulk is their tombstone

A’fast on the ocean bed.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:

Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.

At the going down of the sun and in the morning

We will remember them.

LEST WE FORGET

Creator of the memorial, Roque Hammal explained ‘The anchor represents the final resting place for them. A chain is set in a figure of eight around two bollards to denote infinity. The propeller shaft and ‘A’ bracket are turned upside down. It means the ship has sunk. We’ve finished with the main engine. Your duty is over. Thank you for your service’.

Captain Tony Rayner RAN said ‘It’s a great thing to have for a small community like this for people to have a place to focus their Remembrance activities ‘.

During the Service, the new Memorial was covered by a Naval Battle Ensign which saw active service in the 1991 First Gulf War. 101 students from Copacabana Public School all laid poppies at this moving Service and 10 helped VIPs to officially unveil the new Naval Memorial.

11th November marked 101 years since the guns fell silent in World War 1. At the 11th hour, attendees held a minute’s silence to reflect on the great toll war has had on Australians in the past and in the present.

Adam Crouch MP reflected ‘Our nation paid a very high price with more than 60,000 lives being lost, hundreds of thousands of soldiers wounded and injured during that time. And it’s great to see our nation stop, pause and reflect and give thanks to those people who paid the ultimate price for the freedoms that we enjoy here today’.

Snips Hairdressing – 31 years in Copa and still going strong

 

Snips is a local gem of a business serving locals as well as loyal customers from near and far over the past 31 years. Tammy Schreiber loves her job and her customers love her. After having a salon on the Northern Beaches for ten years, Tammy moved up to the coast and many of her customers still visit her regularly from Sydney to have their hair done. She also has one customer – Tracy Guest - who visits her every couple of months from Alice Springs. Now that’s loyalty!

 

It’s been a family affair as Tammy’s grand-daughter Chloe worked at Snips for 3 years and completed her apprenticeship, getting her qualifications under Tammy’s watchful eye.

 

It’s wonderful to see that Tammy has lots of local ‘regulars’ supporting her business as well. 

 

The salon specialises in braiding (Saturdays). Call Tammy for an appointment on 4382 2009 or follow her Facebook page @Copacabanasnipshairandbeauty for more info.

A roaring success for our Copa artists!

 

The first ever “Copa Creative” art show was held at the surf club on the long weekend. There was a fantastic attendance by both locals and tourists and some artists sold their first ever artworks which was very exciting!

 

The event was organised by a small team led by Suzie Goumas. Everyone involved put in a huge effort to make this a roaring success. Entry fee and 10% of all sales was donated to Nippers.

 

A big thank you to all of the artists who exhibited (unfortunately we only have room to picture a handful here). We are all looking forward to the show again next year which I’m sure will have even more local artists displaying their talents.

28th NSW Coastal Conference at Crowne Plaza in Terrigal – By Margaret Platell, CCA Committee Member 

 

The 28th Annual NSW Coastal Conference was held in Terrigal in the last week of October, with its overall conference theme of “Connecting Coast, Catchment and Community”. The annual conference has a different host council each year – this was Central Coast Council’s turn and it will be Byron Bay/Tweed Council next year. I was able to attend as a University representative and presented some findings of fish in Brisbane Water estuary via a scientific poster.

 

For each of the three days, proceedings either started or finished with some very high calibre keynote speakers. Key messages provided a stark reminder of how the twin threats of increasing population and climate change are rarely considered together, that we need to act collectively rather than individually to deal with the potential impacts of increasing sea levels, and that we are in good hands via youth engagement within the Central Coast Council. One fascinating talk consisted of using indigenous oral traditions all around Australia to track responses to natural sea level rise which stopped around 7,000 years ago, and which covered at least 50,000 years of occupation. During this period landbridges were common (but are now often just offshore islands on our current maps) and efforts by indigenous peoples to stop the rising seas were frequently recorded. 

 

There were a wide variety of talks from conference delegates, which included council staff from all over NSW, other governmental agencies and consultancy groups. And most importantly, our emerging scientists (or students as we call them) gave some standout presentations – using microbial signatures to understand environmental impacts, assessing restoration effectiveness of coastal saltmarsh, what happens to a beached (and deceased) whale when it is buried on a beach etc. A student from the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah campus, received the Student Research award for using new techniques to monitor large fish entering restored saltmarsh – so this region does rate well over the state.

 

I was so lucky to have been there for the full programme  and would love to share more information about this conference with you: Please email Margaret.Platell@newcastle.edu.au with questions or comments.

Welcome  Burnt Honey Bakery!

 

Have you checked out those mouth watering pastries yet? Hayley and Jo opened their doors on Saturday 16th Nov and had a great reception with everything selling out within just a few short hours! - Well done ladies, everything looked and tasted positively delicious.

 

The bakery is open from 7am to 2pm Wednesday to Saturday and 8am to 12pm on Sundays (or until sold out) so be sure to get in quick for those treats before they walk out the door.

 

They are also hiring a casual all rounder for serving and help with prep. If interested pop down and say hello.

Following widespread community concern about the effects on wildlife resulting from recent lagoon openings, the CCA has developed a briefing paper for Central Coast Council, recommending a review of processes. The CCA intends to pursue this as a priority issue with the assistance and expertise of Margaret Platell, CCA Committee Member and Lecturer in Environmental Science at Newcastle University. This aligns with Council’s ongoing development of a better understanding on ways to predict when lagoon openings are required. 

 

At a recent meeting with Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson, the matter was raised by CCA delegates as an issue of concern.  Ms Wicks indicated that she takes a keen interest in water quality in regional waterways and committed to work with the CCA over the next six months to ensure that best practice is followed. 

 

We have prepared the following Briefing Paper, which we intend to present to Council over coming weeks.

Statement re Cockrone Lagoon 

 

The Copacabana Community Association recognises that coastal lagoons of the Central Coast are complex systems that enhance the natural amenity and biodiversity of environments, including Cockrone Lagoon located between the suburbs of Copacabana and MacMasters Beach. These systems are typically closed to the ocean and fill from land-based discharge up to a certain water level (trigger point) which results in an artificial opening (by Council) of that lagoon which rapidly reduces the water level and transports any contaminants and loose sediments to the nearby ocean. Further, this enables some marine fish species to leave the lagoon and complete their life cycle in the nearby ocean, while the young of others may enter from the ocean and thrive in the productive lagoon waters

 

We understand that these trigger levels are set to avoid flooding and subsequent damage to housing and other infrastructure and that the sudden release of water provides a valuable release and improvement of water quality within the lagoons. The entrances remain open for a short period, which allows some marine life to colonise the lagoon from the ocean, before being closed by wave action that deposits oceanic sediments. 

 

The two most recent Cockrone Lagoon opening events, in January and August 2019, resulted in mass losses of biodiversity, with substantial numbers and diversity of fish (January) and birds (August) being affected. This has obvious implications for the natural amenity of this area. The reasons for the biodiversity losses are not entirely clear, but we do believe that such a situation has not previously occurred for this Lagoon. Images and comments have been quite widely circulated on social and other media and have increased community awareness of this potentially sensitive issue. 

 

It is of obvious significance that, in the Draft Urban Spatial Plan currently open for public comment, Council states that “The region contains important coastal lakes” and that “Council will continue to prioritise protection of environmentally sensitive areas, and conservation of the natural terrestrial, riparian and aquatic ecosystems”.

 

With that statement in mind, we ask that Council considers a review of the entrance opening strategy for Cockrone Lagoon, in order to address and mitigate against such mass mortalities in the future. 

 

The review should include:

  • An understanding of the factors that can lead to such mass kills in Cockrone Lagoon.

  • Whether such mass kills have had a significant effect on the natural qualities of this ecosystem.

  • Consideration of monitoring and reporting of the aquatic health of Cockrone Lagoon in the period following future lagoon openings.

  • A forecasting of how climate change, in terms of sea level rise and ocean warming, may affect Cockrone Lagoon

  • Provision of this information to the residents of Copacabana & MacMasters Beach, to enhance community understanding of these complex ecosystem processes, the role and limitations by Council and to promote conservation of this natural area.

Winney Bay fire trail restoration to commence  

Central Coast Council is set to commence important restoration works on the Winney Bay fire trail that runs between Cape Three Points Road, Avoca Beach and the base of Winney Bay.

 

"The Winney Bay fire trail provides essential access to manage the bush fire risk on the headland and across the reserve, including any potential impacts on neighbouring properties,” Mr Cox said.

 

The trail will be resurfaced to ensure safe access for fire fighting, emergency and maintenance vehicles.

 

Despite ongoing maintenance, it’s now time to undertake more comprehensive restoration of the trail.

As with all fire trails, we need to ensure that our emergency services can safely access the site when required.

To do this we will be resurfacing the trail with crushed sandstone to repair erosion damage and trimming vegetation two metres either side of the trail to ensure the safe passage of emergency response vehicles.

Erosion controls will also be put in place to limit future damage caused by water movement down the trail.

Bruce McRae

On behalf of Bruce McRae's family, we wish to thank all who were involved in helping him on Monday 7th October, the day he passed away at Del Rio Drive Copacabana. Special thanks to the trained nurse James, who started CPR, all the residents whom offered their care and support, to Adam Richards and his fellow lifesavers and police & ambulance staff in attendance. We are truly grateful to everybody who helped on the day as Bruce so much loved Copacabana and its wonderful community. Many thanks Lynne, Zoe, Nic and family. 

Grandma Moses Art Competition Awards  
(Photo by Elaine Odgers Norling)

Copa local David Charles won Section 5 - Central Coast Inspired Work section, titled THE MAGIC of COPACABANA

 

Each year, budding artists aged 50 and over pick up their paintbrushes and enter the prestigious Grandma Moses Art Competition and Exhibition.

 

This long-standing figure on the cultural calendar takes inspiration from the life of Mary Robertson Moses. 'Grandma Moses’ became famous for her evocative artworks that depicted American rural life, after taking up painting in her late 70s.

 

With more than $3,000 in prize money on offer, this annual competition provides opportunities for all kinds of artistic endeavours and proves age is no barrier to success."

COPA BUSHCARE GROUP  

Come and Join us!

 

We meet on the first Saturday of the month: 2-4pm. Join us at the viewing platform opposite the shops. We’ll always need new volunteers and you’ll be made very welcome. 

For more information: 

Contact our Bushcare Convenor, Bernadine Mitchell, 0418 420 737 or our Bushcare Supervisor, Nicole Hetta, 0404 135 597. 

Copacabana Bushcare was established in 1993. Our aims are to improve and restore habitat for native birds and to stabilise the sand dunes. Over the years we have won several grants, enabling us to build the viewing platform and information signs that you see on our foreshores. Our major achievement has been to preserve and improve the coastal vegetation in the dune area. Without the hard work of our volunteers over the years, the native plants would be overrun with weeds, including the dreaded Bitou Bush (pictured above), which we are ultimately trying to eradicate. 

If you’d like to help improve our environment but don’t have a lot of time, come along to the Copacabana Bushcare afternoons where you can make a difference (and some new friends). We’ll help you to understand the importance of the dune plants while you are helping to restore, enhance and protect our fragile coastal environment. You’ll help with seed collection and propagation, learn bush regeneration techniques, flora identification and how to tell the good native plants from the weeds. 

Bitou Bush is a major threat to NSW Coastal ecosystems and biodiversity.

Bitou bush is native to South Africa and was planted along the NSW coast between 1946 and 1968 to stabilize the dunes. However, it spread rapidly and is now found along 46% of the NSW coastline. In some cases, the weed has spread 10 kilometres inland. 

Bitou invades native coastal heathlands, grasslands and woodlands. It grows quickly and forms dense stands, replacing native plants and destroying the habitat of native animals. Infestations can smother sand dune, headland and coastal vegetation communities. Many threatened species and plant communities have been affected. 

The NSW Scientific Committee has listed the Invasion of native plant communities by Bitou bush and boneseed as a key threatening process impacting both native plants and animals. 

A Threat Abatement Plan (TAP) has been prepared to reduce the threat posed by bitou bush and boneseed to threatened species, populations and ecological communities and species, which may become threatened as a result of invasion.

 

If you have Bitou Bush in your garden, PLEASE remove it and cut and paint any roots with herbicide.
Our Council no longer removes it.

The CCA pays tribute to the fallen Saturday 25 April 2020

 

It was very special to see so many people quietly standing on their driveways in Copa this morning with candles in hand, waiting for the sun to rise. And for a few lucky locals, lovely to receive the delicious Anzac biscuits being handed out by good neighbour Christine.

Representatives from the Copacabana Community Association yesterday laid a wreath on behalf of CCA members and the broader community at the Terrigal Foreshore War Memorial.

This morning's quiet, individual reflections on Anzac Day were very different from our normal Dawn Service, but it was a memorable Anzac morning for many of us, celebrating 'apart but together'.

 

Lest We Forget.

Copa Gets Creative Again - A must see whilst exercising on the beach near the lagoon.  Sunday 19 April 2020

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