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Tuesday 1 September 2020 - Copa Medical Centre
With sustained community transmission across the state, NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant recommends (direct from NSW Health) wearing a mask under these circumstances:
When it is hard to maintain 1.5 metres of physical distance from others
When in high-risk enclosed areas such as public transport, supermarkets, shops, places of worship and entertainment venues
When caring for or serving vulnerable people
When working in a cafe, restaurant, pub, club or in other high-risk indoor venues
And at all times outside the house if you are over 70, have a compromised immune system, or chronic medical condition.
Why is wearing of masks recommended?
One way COVID-19 is spread is when an infected person coughs or sneezes near another person. A mask helps to contain airborne droplets when a person coughs or sneezes and helps reduce the likelihood of COVID-19 spreading.
What types of masks are effective?
The mask should cover your nose and mouth. It should fit securely around your face (that is snugly under your chin, over the bridge of your nose and against the sides of your face).
Single-use, surgical masks
Use surgical masks made with a non-woven, meltblown polypropylene layer.
Do not buy masks that have holes or a valve.
Buy single-use surgical masks from reputable retail outlets including chemists, hardware stores and other shops.
Reusable cloth masks
Properly constructed reusable cloth masks are made from at least 3 layers of materials, including a water-resistant outer layer.
You will need more than one reusable mask to allow for laundering between uses.
People who are unable to wear a mask may find it easier to wear a face shield but it is not a substitute for a mask.
Ensure the face shield covers the sides of the face and below the chin. Clean and disinfect reusable face shields after each use.
Wear disposable face shields only once.
Scarves and bandanas are not recommended
A scarf or bandana does not offer the same protection as a well fitted mask.
How do I wear a mask safely?
For each new situation put on a clean mask. For example, you might wear a mask on public transport until you get to work. You shouldn’t re-use the same mask during your journey home. Carry clean masks with you in a paper or zip-lock bag. Don’t touch the mask while you are wearing it. If you do touch it, wash or sanitise your hands. If your mask gets soiled or damp, replace it with a new one.
And ensure you remove your mask safely:
Removal: When removing your mask, avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times. Remove your mask outside and away from other people, if possible, by grasping the ear loops or untying the ties. For masks with a pair of ties, unfasten the bottom one first, then the top one.
Disposal: Dispose of single-use masks responsibly in the rubbish bin. For safety, put it into a sealed bag before putting it in the bin to ensure others won’t touch it.
Laundering: Wash and dry reusable cloth masks after each use in the washing machine with other clothes or by hand using soap. Store in a plastic or zip-lock bag until you have an opportunity to wash them. Lay out flat to dry (in the sun if possible) or put in the dryer. Store in a clean, dry place.
After removing your mask, always wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use alcohol-based hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
WHAT IS THE CORRECT WAY TO PUT ON A MASK TO BE SURE IT IS EFFECTIVE?
Before putting on your mask, wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Or use hand sanitiser with at least 60% alcohol.
Ensure you are using a new surgical mask or clean and dry cloth mask. Do not reuse surgical masks.
Check the mask for defects, such as tears or broken loops.
If you are wearing a surgical mask, position the coloured side of the mask outward.
If the mask has:
Ear loops: Hold the mask by both ear loops and place one loop over each ear.
Ties: Hold the mask by the upper strings. Tie the upper strings in a secure bow near the crown of your head. Tie the bottom strings in a bow near the nape of your neck.
Dual elastic bands: Pull the bottom band over your head and position it against the nape of your neck. Pull the top band over your head and position it against the crown of your head.
A metallic strip or wire: Mould the bendable metallic upper strip to the shape of your nose by pinching and pressing down on it with your fingers.
Pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin. Be sure your mask fits snugly.
WE'RE HERE TO HELP:
If you would like some advice about the wearing of masks call Copa Medical Centre on 4381 1576 before dropping in and we will be happy to answer any queries you may have.
If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms (runny nose, temperature, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, loss of sense of taste or smell) you must isolate, arrange to be tested and then continue to isolate while waiting the result of your test. If you think you may have COVID-19, please call (do not visit) Copa Medical Centre for advice.
Copacabana Community Men’s Shed: Development Application for approval Tuesday 1 September 2020
The Development Application to build the new Copacabana Community Men’s Shed behind the RFS station (see artist’s impression left) finally went before the Central Coast Local Planning Panel on August 6.
The assessors’ report was very positive, including statements that the shed ‘will promote high levels of on street activity [but] not disrupt the established main-street development patterns of this traditional strip-shopping village’; ‘maintains the streetscape appearance and informal qualities of the scenic quality on the site and the surrounding natural vegetation’ and ‘is centrally located and will provide a much-needed permanent base for the Copacabana Men’s Shed group who have worked over a number of years to find a permanent location’. In summary, the shed ‘is considered a good planning outcome for the site’.
The shed workshop will be allowed to operate between 8.30am and 3.30pm weekdays, but we don’t expect to go beyond 12.30pm and initially only on one day a week. At that time, children will be at school and the skate park should be empty. The social area may be used until 10.00pm, but only when the workshop is closed and only to approved community groups like a book club. No alcohol may be consumed on the premises, and strict conditions will be put in place to avoid any disturbance to the neighbours.
As usual, there are a number of conditions that must be fulfilled (more reports and plans!), which will add to the cost and the delay. However, we can now anticipate starting construction within the next two or three months.
We still need to raise substantial funds to complete the project, and we shall be actively exploring more sources of grants and sponsorship as well as donations of building materials from local businesses. If you feel able to help in this respect, please contact me on 0435 609 606 or email me at email@example.com. We do have the facility to accept tax deductible donations.
I would be happy to provide more details to anyone who is interested.
Mike Mitchelmore, Shed Coordinator
Susan Fahey Park - an Update from the Project Manager Monday 31 August 2020
The works at Susan Fahey Reserve for the playspace upgrade got off to
a great start last week with site establishment and demolition
Council crews have been in and done a small renovation to the toilets
to make them suitable for public use. The brick partition wall has
been removed to provide better passive surveillance to the toilet
block, vacant/occupied locks have been fitted as well as unisex signs
on the doors. The security doors have swapped sides and now open back
against the building. These works have been completed so the toilets
will be ready to open as soon as the reserve upgrades are completed.
This week the bulk earthworks, sandstone retaining walls and drainage
installation will commence.
We have been very lucky with the weather so far and hoping the
sunshine and dry weather continue, which is fabulous news for
Emma Wallace, Parks & Playgrounds Officer, Central Coast Council
Ph: 4325 8458
Works Commence at Susan Fahey Park Monday 24 August 2020
After vigorous inputs from many residents and community members, works for the major upgrade to Susan Fahey Park commence today August 24.
See the final plan below and the letter to nearby residents sent by Council last week. (Click on them to enlarge to full size)
Sections of the park will be closed off to allow works to proceed, but as sections are completed, they will be gradually re-opened. Council has asked that residents be patient while these major works are in progress.
Weekly updates will be posted here as they become available.
If you have any questions, please direct them to Parks & Playgrounds Officer, Emma Wallace at Emma.Wallace@centralcoast.nsw.gov.au or call her at the Council offices on 4325 8458.
Thursday 23 July 2020
BEAUTIFUL IMAGES BY CHRIS DICK
How lucky are we to have access to these fantastic photos of Copa by talented Avoca local, Chris Dick. We want to thank him for sharing, and for showcasing our beautiful neighbourhood.
Monday 1 June 2020
5 Lands Walk 2020
Connecting People to People and People to Place and timed to correspond with the Winter Solstice and peak northerly whale migration season, the 5 Lands Walk is a collaboration between Community Members, including over 700 volunteers and sponsors, to provide a uniquely special, free experience for local residents and visitors alike.
Whilst sadly this year’s event is a victim of the COVID-19 restrictions, a highlight of the 5 Lands Walk, the Opening Ceremony will go ahead as planned if only in a slightly amended format.
Avoca based musical maestro Yantra De Vilder has again created and orchestrated a Musical Celebration of the People and Places of the 5 Lands, this year entitled “Home -A Place of Belonging”, featuring Internationally acclaimed flautist Jane Rutter, Indigenous performer Gavi Duncan, International Cultural Performers, Indigenous Dancers and the Ephemera Choir and Ensemble, a taste of which can be viewed on https://youtu.be/JT8HafQCUI0
The complete performance will be available for viewing from 8pm June 19, 2020 on https://youtu.be/sLWMt8UMqa0
On the premise of COVID-19 restrictions having been lifted, the 10km 5 Lands Walk from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal, via Copacabana, Avoca and North Avoca Beaches will return in 2021.
For some the 5 Lands Walk is a physical pursuit, for others a time for family, friends and reflection. Whatever the 5 Lands Walk means to you, we look forward to welcoming your participation in 2021 and in the meantime hope you enjoy this year’s celebration in music, June 19.
Con Ryan – President 5 Lands Walk Inc.
Monday 1 June 2020
Coasties ‘got creative’ with materials from nature during the pandemic, using driftwood washed up on our beaches after the big storms of February, and writing inspiring messages on rocks and stones. We’ve had our own version of ‘Sculptures by the Sea’ in Copa, and along many of the beaches up and down the coast. The beautiful ‘war horse’ sculpture at Terrigal by Wamberal artist, Pete Rush - made to symbolise Anzac Day - has been photographed over and over and featured in local media. Copa has had its own horse sculpture and many others including the piano pictured here to enjoy – made by clever local creative, River Ingham. (We tried to track her down for this story – love your work River!).
The only sour note was that for reasons unknown, some of the sculptures were burned down one night with our local fireys having to attend the small blaze. Luckily we still have many photos of this wonderful work to enjoy. Thanks to all the artists who contributed.
And during the lock-down, some people clearly wanted to ‘spread the love’, writing messages of hope and encouragement on stones which they placed around Copa for locals to stumble across.
That’s a couple of examples of fantastic community spirit – ways our residents have managed to find joy – and spread it – during long periods of social isolation. We’ve been lucky to enjoy some lovely, sunny Autumn days here in Copa and I’m sure we’re all grateful to have our beautiful beach to ‘escape’ to. Especially with the beauty of the sculptures to add to the wonderful vistas from the sand. Well done to all concerned.
Monday 1 June 2020
Some tips to help ease the financial burden during the pandemic
We know that many people are doing it tough during these days of ‘staying home’ so here’s a few pointers which may help you navigate and identify some ways to save costs.
Working from home? You can claim a tax deduction simply and easily
If you are an employee who is working from home during the pandemic, you can claim a tax deduction of 80c per hour to help cover expenses. That may not sound like much, but if you work (say) a 40 hour week x 12 weeks, that’s $384 – can’t hurt!
Here’s an extract from the ATO website on the ‘Shortcut method’ for claiming.
You can claim a deduction of 80 cents for each hour you work from home due to COVID-19 as long as you are:
working from home to fulfil your employment duties and not just carrying out minimal tasks such as occasionally checking emails or taking calls
incurring additional deductible running expenses as a result of working from home.
You do not have to have a separate or dedicated area of your home set aside for working, such as a private study. The shortcut method rate covers all deductible running expenses, including:
electricity for lighting, cooling or heating and running electronic items used for work (for example your computer), and gas heating expenses
the decline in value and repair of capital items, such as home office furniture and furnishings
your phone costs, including the decline in value of the handset
your internet costs
computer consumables, such as printer ink
the decline in value of a computer, laptop or similar device.
For further information CLICK HERE
Or you may be eligible for a $50 voucher towards your energy bills from Service NSW
If you’re having difficulty paying your household energy bill because of a short-term financial crisis or emergency, such as unexpected medical bills, or reduced income due to COVID-19, you could be eligible for Energy Accounts Payment Assistance (EAPA) $50 vouchers.
For further information CLICK HERE
You may also qualify for any of 70 rebates or savings offered by Service NSW
For rebates on other public transport, recreation and leisure services. It’s easy to find out your eligibility – just go on to the website and answer a few simple questions at: www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/cost-living
Good luck – hope you find some easy ways to save money using some of these tips.
Monday 1 June 2020
The look on his face says it all...
Many of us have seen young Archie Kennedy getting around Copa on his new bike. It’s his first ever, specially modified for his use. His proud Mum Briohny is thrilled that he can finally join in this healthy activity with other kids. A perfect boredom-busting activity during periods of lock down and home-schooling.
Keep on cruising Archie!
Monday 1 June 2020
Copa Tennis Courts Available for Hire and Coaching
During the lockdown both inside and outside areas of the Clubhouse, BBQ table and seats, and both toilets and surrounds have been deep steam pressure cleaned.
The courts are now open again, and here are the guidelines we are following, recommended by Tennis NSW.
Players must arrive at time of booking and leave as soon as play is finished
There will be no access to the clubhouse
No changing ends during games
Racquet touch or elbow bump rather than handshake
Hand washing & sanitising to continue before and after games
Physical distancing to be observed
So please continue to practise physical distancing, use new balls and replace racquet grips and clean/disinfect all your tennis gear to help keep us all safe.
A message for all our regular players about night lighting:
If you are an employee who is working from home during the pandemic, you can claim a tax deduction of 80c per hour to help cover expenses. That may not sound like much, but if you work (say) a 40 hour week x 12 weeks, that’s $384 – can’t hurt!
Book your court with Leanne at
the Post Office – 4382 2442
Please contact Mark Pressdee,
Tennis Coach, on 0403 499 308
Monday 1 June 2020
Local Business Owners Say
Thank You Copa
The lack of tourists and visitors has hit some local businesses hard, but they are managing to stay afloat thanks to continued support and loyalty from residents. We asked a few business owners how business had been during the lock-down period and it was pleasing to hear that they are all fairly optimistic now that some of the government restrictions have eased.
Ocean Bar Cantina
After being open for just 3 weeks and 2 days, Jerome Dekker said that Ocean Bar’s forced closure ‘wasn’t in the business plan’ but that they had enjoyed a great honeymoon period, with locals turning out to eat and drink at the venue in big numbers.
Jerome commented that he is ‘eternally grateful’ for the support, with take-aways proving a hit, especially cocktails. He was able to keep three chefs including Dave Robinson employed on a casual basis and with restrictions eased now to allow up to 50 diners (adhering to social distancing guidelines) business should pick up considerably. Ocean Bar now has a new Head Chef, Andrew Percival (ex-Bombini and Bells) and chef Elyse Vella (ex-Bells) so looks like Copa locals are in for a treat when they rock up to Ocean Bar next time.
Sue would like to shout out a huge thank you to all of her customers for their loyal support, especially over the last few months. She says that even though it has been a challenge to remain open with no holiday-makers, her regulars have kept the shop going and also provided much needed humour and kindness over these strange times. “We are lucky to live in such a wonderful neighbourhood and recent restrictions seem to have made everyone even more caring than usual. I feel blessed to be a part of the Copa community and hope that we can all get back to normal soon.”
We’re sure everyone has been grateful to have this fantastic local business open, as usual, 7am till 7pm every day and continuing to keep 4 or 5 young local people (including Neil’s daughter) employed. For people avoiding the large supermarkets during the lock-down, it’s been great to be able to pop in for essentials without battling the crowds. Neil must be one of the hardest-working people in Copa and over this period he’s been even busier than usual, keeping the shop stocked with staples such as milk and bread and coping with supplier shortages. Neil said that although Easter was quieter than usual for all Copa businesses, he is ‘very thankful for the support and kindness of his customers’, many of whom have been ‘checking in’ to see how he’s going. And with restrictions easing, he’s pleased that other local businesses will be able to serve more people, which is good for the whole strip.
Hayley & Jo Burnt Honey Bakery
Beautiful breads, pastries and great coffee have been welcomed with open arms. It’s been so long since we were able to buy freshly-baked treats locally, and the ‘menu’ at Burnt Honey is full of treats made from wonderful ingredients and cooked to perfection. It seems the business has fared pretty well, with the bakery continuing to sell out. Long may it continue!
Tammy Schreiber Snips Hairdressing
After 30+ years in Copa, Tammy is certainly a ‘survivor’ but with government restrictions and physical distancing protocols in place, the last few months have been very challenging for her business. Tammy says she has tried to remain open – following all the guidelines - and provide services as normal but said that some customers have been a bit cautious about coming into the salon, which she fully understands. For some customers desperate for colour, Tammy applied it in the salon and then let them ‘go home’ until it was ready to be removed - now that’s service. Tammy says business is starting to pick up again now that restrictions have eased and we’re sure her ‘regulars’ will continue to support her.
Alison Young Copaccino’s
After four and a half years serving coffee and great café food to locals, Alison thought she had seen everything: but this last few months ‘take the cake’ for the biggest challenge her business has faced so far. Alison has managed to keep the business going by adapting to the changes, serving take-aways instead of sit-down meals and offering home deliveries. Her loyal ‘regulars’ have kept coming though, enjoying their usual coffees and those great bacon and egg rolls. An influx of tradies certainly helped, with crews working on the pipeline and local building projects popping in for food during their breaks. Alison wants to send a big thank you to her customers for their support and said it was just ‘lovely to see people and have a chat’ even if they did have to stand outside. She is optimistic about the potential for more visitors now that the regional travel bans have been lifted but says she remains committed to the social distancing recommendations and will ‘proceed with caution’ to serve her customers efficiently and safely.
Carol Boekeman Artie’s Place – the kiosk at the Surf Club
Carol would like to thank local community members who have gone out of their way to support Artie’s Place and also all other Copa businesses during the lockdown. She is also grateful to Copacabana SLSC for their support with rent relief which has helped keep staff employed and the kiosk operating 7 days a week. Carol would like to thank her wonderful team who she says have worked hard to keep Artie’s Place open and running smoothly with great service. They’ll continue to open 7 days (7am-3pm), serving great coffee, muffins, burgers and fish and chips. With restrictions easing and more tables and chairs out, Carol would like to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to social distancing rules to help keep our community safe.
And of course, we are lucky to have all the other businesses ‘at our fingertips’ in Copa who have continued to serve us all so well: Leanne at the newsagents and post office who is devoted to the welfare of the community and wants to thank everyone for their patience; the local real estate agents for all of their support; fantastic pizzas (and other Italian specialities) at Lady Copa; Cabana now serving again for fabulous breakfast and café food; Havana; Luca’s chemist; Copacabana Cellars and Copa Medical who always greet locals with a smile. We thank you all for ‘being there’ and helping to make Copa the terrific community it is. It’s important we all remember to ‘buy local’ whenever possible as we want ‘our’ shops and businesses to thrive, not just survive.
Monday 1 June 2020
The threat has not passed, the infection is still circulating, social distancing and hand hygiene protocols are just as important now as they were in March. We have been warned by NSW Health that If people don’t continue to proactively protect themselves against COVID-19, we can expect big spikes, especially amongst our older, immuno-supressed and vulnerable neighbours. Just because government restrictions have eased, it does not mean that the potential for infection has lessened. It simply means that our hospitals are now better equipped to deal with a bigger surge in cases. Personal responsibility and vigilance are the only way for people to avoid contracting this dangerous, highly infectious disease. If you have ANY symptoms, please arrange to be tested and isolate at home until you get the results.
Reported symptoms of COVID-19 are varied and range from very mild to severe. The most common symptoms include fever, cough, sore/scratchy throat and shortness of breath. In severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia with severe acute respiratory distress.
Other reported symptoms include loss of smell or taste, runny nose, muscle/joint pain, diarrhoea, nausea/vomiting, loss of appetite, conjunctivitis, skin rash, or discolouration of fingers or toes and tiredness.
If you are experiencing severe symptoms, including shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, chest pain or pressure, loss of speech or movement you should present to the emergency department of your local hospital or contact “000” and ask for an ambulance.
If you are experiencing any symptoms that do not require urgent attention or you have a fever, you should contact your GP BEFORE presenting at the surgery so that additional information can be obtained prior to a consultation.
WHERE TO BE TESTED LOCALLY
No matter how mild your symptoms are, NSW Health recommends that anyone with respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever should be tested.
Federally funded testing requirements via respiratory clinics like the one run by Central Coast Primary Care at Erina (see table below) have broader criteria for testing, which include other known symptoms of COVID-19 in addition to fever and respiratory symptoms.
The test involves a throat and nose swab. Results generally take 1-2 days.
A blood test (serology) is not required or reliable for diagnosis and is not routinely done. For more information see www.tga.gov.au/covid-19-point-care-tests.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ‘SELF-ISOLATE’?
While you have symptoms, and while you are waiting for your test results, you must self-isolate. This means you must not leave home, unless it is an emergency or unless you are seeking medical care or attending a medical appointment. ‘Self-isolate’ means you cannot go for a walk or to the shops and you must not have visitors. Tips for self-isolating, especially when you live with others, can be found on the NSW Health website. Continue to take essential medications unless you are advised not to by your GP.
IF YOU ARE CONCERNED THAT YOU MAY HAVE SYMPTOMS, OR HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO HAS SYMPTOMS, CALL COPA MEDICAL BEFORE YOU COME IN TO DISCUSS YOUR CONCERNS.
THE COPA MEDICAL TEAM IS HERE TO HELP
Dr Risto and his team are ready to assist you with concerns about COVID-19 or any other medical issues you are experiencing. Please remember that it is highly recommended that all adults are immunised against flu at this time, particularly children over 6 months, those with certain medical conditions and people over 65. There is a free vaccine against shingles for those aged 70-79. Here at Copa Medical we currently have vaccines for all ages groups. A pneumococcal vaccine is available free to persons meeting eligibility requirements. However, there is currently a shortage of this vaccine.
Please be vigilant, stay safe and call us to make an appointment. We’re here to help.
Central Coast Respiratory Clinic
331 Terrigal Drive, Erina
Central Coast Primary Care
currently open from 1 May 2020 for 3 months
no referral required
appointment must be made online here or HotDoc or phone 0435 813 865
open 10:30am to 5:30pm Mon to Sun
respiratory symptoms (incl cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), fever, tiredness and other COVID-19 symptoms
mild to moderate symptoms
Gosford COVID-19 Clinic
75 Holden Street, Gosford
(Adjacent to hospital P2 carpark)
verbal referral from GP preferable
appointment must be made by calling
02 4320 5055
open 9am to 5pm weekdays and
10am to 4pm weekends
respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever
(broader symptoms may be considered for testing)
Private Pathology providers
(eg, Douglass Hanly Moir,
Laverty and Clinical Labs)
requires written referral from GP
there are dedicated collection centres. Your GP can assist you with the specific details and provide you with a referral.
respiratory symptoms or unexplained fever
generally low risk patients/mild symptoms
bulk billed provided testing criteria are satisfied
FOR CURRENT INFORMATION ON COVID-19
Tucked away in Kincumber opposite the high school, KNC (Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre) is a hive of activity on weekdays, despite dealing with necessary changes during these days of COVID-19. With many of the centre’s regular volunteers being vulnerable to infection and unable to attend, Centre Manager Colette Baron and Senior Staff member Leanne Clarke are working hard with a small team of volunteers to continue the great programs at KNC despite the challenges. Services at KNC are currently in even greater demand from disadvantaged people in the community due to job or income losses and with school students gradually returning, programs like the Youth Brekky Club will be as important as ever to support local families.
During term time, KNC volunteers serve a hot breakfast to high school students from 7.30am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, serving an average of 650 meals a month. The benefit to both students and volunteers is apparent – the kids get a hot, nutritious breakfast to help set them up for the day’s learning and the volunteers get to interact with younger people and connect with the community in a really meaningful way. KNC Youth Brekky Club is not funded, however Bendigo Bank at Kincumber have been making regular donations to help keep this program running. Please consider a cash donation to support this important program.
Another important KNC community activity is their Food Pantry & Second Bite program:
For a $5 donation, people in need receive two bags of fresh food, groceries and toiletry items. The programme runs every Wednesday at 10.30am and much of the food is donated by local businesses – helping to avoid food waste.
The $5 donation makes it possible to include the extra items that families need every week. Usually the public are allowed to choose what they need from tables of produce and products to fill their own bags, but the centre is currently pre-packing bags to ensure that social distancing protocols are in place.
Copacabana Community Association (CCA) representatives visited the centre in May, to check out the Second Bite programme in action and meet key staff. We were delighted to make a donation of grocery vouchers to the value of $600 - on behalf of CCA members and Copa News sponsors – to assist KNC with supplies for their food programs.
Donations of staple foods and toiletries are always welcome as are new volunteers. Contact the centre for more information at www.kincumbernc.com.au or call 4363 1044 and ask for Leanne or Colette.
We have noticed lots of people turning their home gardens into productive patches during the lock-down. It’s very satisfying growing things you can eat (as well as saving you a trip to a crowded supermarket). Here are my tips if you’re just getting started – maximum output for minimal cost and effort. Even if you have a brown thumb, give it a try – start small and then build up to a bigger patch – and your kids will love to help plant and pick.
Choosing a ‘patch’
The spot needs a minimum of 6 hours sun a day. Pick a place where watering is easy.
Garden Beds – If raised about 50cm or more will make them easier to tend and save your back.
Old guttering run along the fence or between balcony poles or pots and hanging baskets may also suit your situation.
Soil – Is the key to healthy plants. Improve your soil by having a compost bin and or worm farm so the soil can be continually replenished or buy in some good organic soil to kick off with.
Can be very basic and still do the job well. Start with gloves, bucket, small and full-sized trowel and fork, scissors/secateurs, permanent marker for plant tags, ties. Always clean tools after use as it helps prevent infections.
What and when to plant
Google details about what and how you can plant each month. An easy place to start is by watching ABC TV Gardening Australia live or on iView. Specific topics are often covered by short Youtube clips - just type in what you are looking for.
What to plant when you’re starting out
Seeds and a mix of some small vegetable seedlings is a good starting point. Stagger the plantings to avoid gluts. Start with plants that grow and reward quickly like rocket, spinach, radish, beetroot, parsley, basil and rosemary.
If space permits, a citrus tree is worth considering and some come in dwarf size.
Despite their small proportions, dwarf lemon and lime trees produce full-size fruit. Usually it will take up to three years for a tree to reach mature fruit production.
Protect your patch
Here in Copa gardens often fall victim to rabbits, possums, destructive brush turkeys and odd creatures of the night. It’s easy to protect your garden with some second-hand fly screen wire, netting or chicken wire. Use old broom handles or timbers easily found in street ‘rubbish’ for
supporting posts. Pests and insects are less likely when you plant a variety rather than mass planting but if they strike seek information from your nursery. Companion planting can help.
Enjoy your produce fresh or preserved
Freezing, drying, pickling, and canning are all great ways to preserve the vegetables, fruits, and herbs you grow during the season.
Drying is the easiest method of preserving herbs. Simply expose the leaves, flowers or seeds to warm, dry air. Leave the herbs in a well-ventilated area until the moisture evaporates. Sun drying is not recommended because the herbs can lose flavour and colour.
Good luck with your growing. Send your photos to and we’ll put them on the website.
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:
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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
‘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.
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.
There is a new community consultation survey open for the Upgrade to Del Monte Place.
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 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.
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.
Advice received from Council regarding pruning at Lookouts 23/24 September Mon 14 September 2020
Council has listened to community concerns about their enjoyment of Captain Cook and Winney Bay Lookouts being impacted by vegetation growth, and we will be undertaking vegetation pruning at both lookouts on the 23 and 24 September.
The management works will take no longer than two days and include minor and strategic pruning and removal to maintain the scenic value of the coastal lookouts and increase accessibility.
Some lookout closures are expected whilst works are being completed, and signage will be placed on site.
We ask the community to obey the signs and stick to the formal tracks.
Susan Fahey Park - Project Manager Emma Wallace reports Monday 14 September 2020
I know the community is watching with keen interest as the project takes shape. I have had a few lovely conversations with locals about their excitement for the finished product.
The formwork has commenced for the footpaths and picnic shelter and concrete will start being poured this week. Keep your fingers crossed for sunny weather.
Sandstone blocks are also due for delivery this week so the retaining walls around the tennis building will also start to take shape.
The contractor (James from Ascape) is working to schedule deliveries and concrete pours around school times so as to make sure the carpark is free for parking and safe for the kids to make their way to school.
The project is still currently on track for completion at the end of October.
Emma Wallace, Parks & Playgrounds Officer, Central Coast Council
Ph: 4325 8458