Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Association

Welcome

We are people living in the villages of Wagstaffe, Pretty Beach, Hardys Bay, Killcare and Killcare Heights on the Bouddi Peninsula of NSW’s Central Coast. This is one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Australia and, being a relatively isolated area, a unique sense of community has developed over time.

The aims of our Association are to preserve & protect that beautiful environment, both natural & built; to preserve the low-density residential nature of the area; to promote environmental awareness; to maintain the principles of ecologically sustainable development; and to build and strengthen community bonds. If you are a local resident we invite you to join us and become involved with our community in pursuit of these aims. ... read more about us

Also, under licence from Central Coast Council, the Association manages & maintains the Wagstaffe Community Hall & the Turo Park Tennis Court. Both these facilities are available for hire. The Hall is well equipped and is an excellent venue for weddings, parties, meetings etc.
... read more about Hall & Court  Hire

 


PRESIDENT’S  REPORT 2018-19
 
I would like to acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Land on which we meet and pay my respects to the Elders past and present.

After many crowded and busy years, I have decided it is important that I step down to encourage new and younger people to step forward to work with us on community issues and to bring in fresh perspectives.  So I am very pleased to announce that Mike Allsop has taken over as President, and that Gaye Follington is a new member on the Committee, while Ian Bull, Fay Gunther, Robyn Warburton, Brent Walker and Helen Fergson are the other members of the Committee.  And we look forward to many of our stalwarts continuing their support behind the scenes which is vitally needed for us to be able to operate the Hall, tennis courts, bush care, Talking Turkey, the website, and the many and varied project activities, together with our lobbying work on behalf of the community. I look forward to hearing that the new Committee is able to bring to fruition many of the projects which we have worked on for many years, and which we have set up.  So I wish them all well, and know that you will give the incoming Committee your support.

Many things remain the same as in the last year.  And some of our challenges remain.  I have been checking some of the Minutes for 2010, and find that concerns were expressed about the speed limit for the Peninsula, in the hope that a 40 kph limit would be imposed as in Mosman, that we had flagged that we might need to pay for a Hall organiser, and there were concerns about mangroves in the creek.  So while progress is made, it takes time and constant attention, and most things take longer than we would hope.  And it needs of course, the cooperation of many people and many organisations:  as Weber said, ‘Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards.  It takes both passion and perspective’.  

The Hall continues to operate successfully, with a full range of regular activities during the week, and weekend celebrations and community group activities taking place. However overall rentals are down. The tennis court continues to be well used and well-tended by its regular players headed by Bob Eddington, and takings are up.  Talking Turkey continues to appear each month, delivered by all those many people behind the scenes walking the streets so it can be delivered.  Our two main community events, the Australia Day breakfast and the Easter Saturday Trash and Treasure fund raising continue with success, with fewer people attending the Australia Day breakfast on this our second go-it-alone event with much warm community feeling but no Council support.  And Trash and Treasure continues to unearth a multiplicity of items to be sold and the remainder disposed of afterwards, but helping to reduce the number of goods going to landfill and allowing recycling to take place, though with much wear and tear on some of us as we age!    The June and September long weekend art shows continue to delight, and to raise funds for us and the other sponsors, and volunteers work diligently to bring all of these events to fruition.  Other community groups such as the Bouddi Society and its Foundation for the Arts continue to hold successful events, delighting audiences with their presentations and the skills available in this small area.  We look forward to ongoing use of the Hall for these community purposes, and hope that an even wider array of events can be put on in future.  However, there are some battles which remain.

We need to have further discussions on the approach to Australia Day, now we no longer have Council financial support yet many of the costs for this derive from Council. We have been lucky with generous donations being made ($850 this year) and these are very much appreciated. But do we ask for a gold coin donation for the breakfast, or do we pay for the breakfast out of WTKCA funds?  Or do we make application for Council funds?  I for one do not think it appropriate to go through bureaucratic hoops for something which is an annual event.  I’d rather that the Council made a policy decision to waive its fees, and nor do I think it appropriate that hard earned Association funds be used to provide a free breakfast.  I’d rather have donations to defray our costs, with any left-over going to one of our other volunteer organisations for whom we collect each year (and this year we raised $385 for the P&C in addition to their collection, but after the donations, the cost to us was still $837).  But this is a matter for the future Committee to consider.  

We also need to be careful with Council’s facilities review, to ensure that onerous charges are not placed upon us for the Hall licence, that they do not impose a restricted range of licence fees which significantly affect what we need to charge community groups for their use of the Hall, or require us to add expensive facilities.  The Hall services us all, and in my view it would be a retrograde step to consider it as a commercial undertaking.  And with all of us getting older, we may yet have to consider paying someone in the future for some of the Hall management – again, an issue for the future Committee when and if we do not have a willing volunteer to carry out this task.  But one thing is clear:  the Hall was built by volunteer labour, its upgrades have been paid for by the community, and volunteers work long and hard to maintain it.  It should not be considered as a commercial entity by Council.

Progress on some of our projects remains slow and frustrating.  Endless negotiations have continued with National Parks to try to upgrade the Half Tide Rocks track, as we have the funds available.  However the Department has remained unresponsive, and approaches to the politicians are now being tried.  The informal track continues to degrade.  Similarly we have had bureaucratic frustrations with the amalgamated Council and our previously approved Turo Park extension upgrades, as following an initial positive response to our requests, progress has stalled.  However, discussions continue with Council officers on the need for sandstone multi-purpose blocks, infill and prevention of flooding, the footbridge over Turo creek, and sculptures.  This will be pursued in the coming year, and we hope that we will be successful in having some carved sculptures there, and elsewhere in the Peninsula, so that we can end up with our own sculpture walk.

Discussions with Council continue on a range of matters. Meetings and letters have produced little response to the long-term challenges facing residents in Hawke Head Drive and Albert Street, who do not receive garbage services.  To date the Council has failed to require the contracted service to provide a small garbage truck that can service these areas, and again, this will continue to be pursued.  This is a matter of Council policy which should be simple in my view, but Council seems impervious to community needs. Similarly we continue to have ongoing battles in our attempts to retain our local low key, friendly, bush and beach aware community standards when developments occur.  With growing developments and the building on previously unbuilt blocks, it is inevitable that tree cover (and hence bird and animal habitats) are reduced. While some of this is inevitable, it appears that many people who are attracted to this area may not be aware of the community standards, and new houses may reflect a more suburban than the past low scale approach.  Moreover, the amalgamated Council staff may reflect the more liberal approaches of the former Wyong Council and height and boundary changes may result.  The Council is preparing new combined approaches to the very large Council area it now oversees. The Association remains concerned that our local needs will be swamped in this rush to centralisation and uniformity of planning approaches.  We have proposed that the character statements be retained, and that a separate chapter with our planning requirements be used for clarity, similar to the one used in the past by Gosford for Pearl Beach.  Similar concerns are felt with regard to the destruction of trees and having clarity of approach so that large trees are not removed without a qualified assessment of whether they pose any risk.  Again, this will need to be pursued with vigour by the incoming Committee.

The Peninsula awaits also the development of improved mobile reception, but the slow process (we started major lobbying work in 2014) to build the required tower is now underway.  It remains to be seen whether the single tower approach will solve our problems, so again an issue to be monitored.  The issue of jet skis remains, as does that of mountain bikes using tracks and creating tracks in the National Park.  Again, these are issues on which opinion can be sharply divided between the users and those affected by them, but if jet skis are to be banned from National Park, a concentrated campaign at the State level will be required.  However, there is some good news.  We provided support to the Bouddi Society scholarship winner Alyse Faith to help her with her London expenses, and our energetic bushcare volunteers continue their labours under Toni Trent each Monday afternoon.  And with the marvellous work of Ken Tough and Julie Ho, a wonderfully crafted seat was suitably launched on 10 December in memory of Tom Jackson and all his work, with Ann and other members of his family present.  

We continued our liaison with the others supporting the improvements to the Hardy’s Bay waterfront, and are optimistic that some progress will actually be made in this coming year!  However, concerns remain with the overall planning system, and moves to uniformity. Submissions were made on the proposed LEP, the former COSS lands still need to be protected, and large tree destruction remains rampant.  Again this will be an issue for the incoming Committee to pursue.  And one of the sagas of the last year, the long colourbond fence on Wards Hill Road, continues as despite the Council not approving the fence, an appeal had already been lodged in December to the Land and Environment Court.  But the hearing date is not until 11 September, given Court pressures, so keep tuned.  But this is an issue of principle, of what should happen when no DA is lodged and one is required, and how Council then responds.  So this has some months to run.

The other long running issue during 2018 was the absence of the ferry service and the need for dredging.  Following much lobbying, in which we played a part as I moved the initial motion requiring all sides of Council to come together to realise that action and funding was required (Mike Allsop now chairs a community group for ongoing monitoring). The ferry services resumed on 19 November. But this was not before a lot of individual turmoil and disruption, and the loss of jobs and businesses affected by the ferry absence.  

So what of the future?  I am stepping down, in the hope that we can encourage new and younger members to step up and work with us to protect our special area.  I would like to pay tribute to all the committee members over the years who have worked hard to protect and improve the services in this area, but none of us own any of this (apart from our own homes of course).  It is ours to be shared and protected.  This year I have been walking along the Putty Beach, marvelling at the sands and waves which approach and then retreat, stirring up sand in their crests at times, at other times being of a beautiful azure tint. And no matter what happens, the tide rolls in and out.  So we committee members are a bit like that.  We vary in tone and size, but we too roll in and out, and in my view we need an injection of new blood, new ideas, new visions.  We share a solid core, but one which needs shaking up at times.  So I would like to thank the committee members for their support, thank all of those who turn up to our events, who work behind the scenes, and all those people who have expressed their appreciation to me for my part in this.  It encourages us to try harder: some comments though are likely to deflate and deter volunteers. And we may need to look at a review of our Constitution, to update and simplify it if possible, and to clearly outline our vision. But let the future be one in which we welcome newcomers to our shores and those who make this Bouddi Peninsula their home.  We should encourage tolerance and respect, recognition of the past, including the Aboriginal past, while maintaining key values and principles. We want this to continue to be a beautiful, inclusive, welcoming, nurturing, sustainable and collaborative community.

So some final words.  We live in a delightful area with an interesting mix of people – full-timers and part-timers, working families and retirees, children and teenagers, and of course lots of holidaymakers.  The streetscape may change as vacant lots are filled and holiday shacks give way to more substantial houses, but the beaches, the water and the national park remain to delight us all.  Our governing changes too, as Gosford Council gives way to the new Central Coast Council, which is more bureaucratic and less attentive to the distinctive needs of Wagstaffe to Killcare.  So the Association has to be active in identifying and asserting our local needs.  We have to make sure that we are representing all segments of the community, especially its younger and time-poor members who may find it difficult to get to meetings and be reluctant to put themselves forward.  And we have to be proactive rather than just reactive, being alert to the concerns of relevant outsiders, and making the needs of our community part of their agendas.  In this way, we can make sure that the vibrant local spirit that we see on Australia Day is reflected in the governing of our community life and our surroundings.  Good luck!
 

Peta Colebatch, President, 13 May 2019
 

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WTKCA PRESS RELEASE - Ferry Service resumes 19 Nov 2018

We were delighted that on Monday 19 November at 5:50am ferry services to Wagstaffe and Ettalong finally resumed.  Over the next three hours or so there was a good contingent of local supporters on the wharf to meet the ferry, as well as a growing number of passengers becoming reacquainted with their ferry service.  We also had political representation for the 9:20am service, led by local member Adam Crouch. 

Never again should we experience this disruption”, said Peta Colebatch, WTKCA President, “we call on our local state members and councillors to ensure long term maintenance of the waterway and an agreed funding arrangement to avoid the recent nonsense over responsibility”.

To that end the Peninsula Waterways Committee chaired by our own Mike Allsop are drawing together the collective efforts of several interest groups around Brisbane Water to consolidate the case for long term actions in the interests of all waterways users.  They will also keep residents on both sides of the waterway properly informed as to the positions advised by the various levels of government.  WTKCA strongly supports this approach.  Any views from our community can be sent to Mike and the Waterways Committee via our WTKCA email address - secretary.wtkca@gmail.com

Pic: First arrival at Wagstaffe Wharf at 05:50am

Friday 16 November 2018: The NRMA can today announce that the popular Palm Beach to Wagstaffe and Ettalong ferry service run by Fantasea will resume operation commencing Monday.

The NRMA announced its acquisition of Fantasea last month and is now the largest privately owned ferry service in Sydney and the Central Coast. It also owns Manly Fast Ferry.

The 30-minute service, which carries around 3,800 commuters and tourists weekly, was halted in May for safety concerns due to rapid deterioration and shoaling of the channel.

Dredging operations have been conducted by the NSW Government and as of last week Fantasea vessels have conducted several trials to ensure commuters could again use the service safely.  

The NRMA and Fantasea have worked closely with local stakeholder groups and Council since the NRMA announced its acquisition of Fantasea to ensure the service is up and running as quickly as possible.

NRMA Ferries CEO Richard Ford said the resumption of the popular service would help commuters get to work and home faster and boost local businesses and tourist locations that rely on passengers getting from Sydney’s northern beaches to the Central Coast quickly.

“Getting this popular local service up and running as quickly as possible has been a priority for the NRMA in recent weeks and, working closely with the local community, that has now been delivered,” Mr Ford said.

“The NRMA’s commitment to use waterways to help commuters get around faster and open up tourist opportunities for coastal areas like the Central Coast is strong. We know how much this service means to the local community and businesses and are pleased to see the boats moving again.”

The first service out of Wagstaffe on Monday will leave at 5:50am and from Ettalong at 6:00am, with 10 return services from each location daily. For weekday and weekend schedules visit https://www.fantasea.com.au/palm-beach-ferries/timetable/

Contact: Bridget Ahern 0423 505 854 

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WTKCA MAY 14th CONFLICTS WITH COUNCIL MEETING

Given the issues described above, the WTKCA Committee encourage as many members, friends and other residents as possible to attend the Council Meeting to impress the need for urgent action on Council in the short term, and to work with the State Government on a longer term plan of management.

We hope to have a sufficient quorum at the WTKCA AGM to permit business to be conducted as it should, but believe that the Ettalong Channel issue is of such importance that members consider attending the Council meeting instead:

Monday, ​​​14 May 2018 - 6:30 pm
Council Chambers, ​49 Mann Street, ​​​Gosford

WTKCA


 

KILLCARE CELLARS REDEVELOPMENT

Note from Assistant Project Manager Kim Stamper

Dear members of the community,

 I wanted to reach out to the local community groups to introduce ourselves as the project managers for Killcare Cellars redevelopment project. This is an important location and it will require cooperation from project team and community to ensure impacts to business, residents and quality of living are mitigated as much as possible.

 Demolition has commenced and construction will be underway for the next 12 months in varying degrees. While the works are underway, there will be some unavoidable disruptions to the traffic as well as noise and dust generation, however it is our goal to make these disruptions as minimal as possible. We aim keep you updated about any major upcoming disruptions so that the residents can at least be informed and know what to expect.

 We recognise that the clean calm environment valued by residents will be affected by these works, and are willing to listen to any concerns or comments you may have. We ask that these concerns be directed to one point of contact for your group that can then liaise with us, for consistency.  Should you have any big upcoming events or gatherings, please make us aware in advance and we will do our best to minimise the impact of the building site operations while still working towards tight deadlines.  

 We want to work with you to ensure day to day activities on the bay are able to continue as normal.

 Please see the attached FAQ document which will hopefully answer any initial questions you may have.

Kind regards,

Kim Stamper

Central Coast Manager

Assistant Project Manager

Barker Ryan Stewart Project Solutions

 ckfinder/userfiles/files/FAQs.pdf


 

HARDYS BAY FORESHORE RENEWAL PROPOSAL 

August 2017

 
An imaginative design proposal to reinvigorate the foreshore of Hardys Bay has been developed by longstanding community minded residents, passionate about the special place we live in, together with highly experienced and community minded landscape architects who have donated their time and expertise.
 
WTKCA, Killcare Wagstaffe Trust and Central Coast Council support progressing the proposal. In order to do this we are seeking input from YOU, the community. Plans will be refined in the light of input received.
 

Click here to be taken directly to the website where the plans may be viewed in full.

The concept design brings into focus the bay-side setting through themes of identity and connections. Celebrating the region’s beach and bay culture, the foreshore and Yum Yum tree special place has the potential to become a vibrant node within the Peninsula region providing new pathways, foreshore access and planted with new vegetation. 
 
The site beneath the Yum Yum trees (Erythnia spp.) beside the public wharf is highly valued by the community as a gathering place and the design proposes to renew this area with paving, planting, furniture and pathway connections to both the foreshore and bus stop. Connecting Wagstaffe to Hardy’s Bay along a continuous foreshore walk through simple clarity of space and accessibility was an essential component of the concept. Access to Brisbane Water is provided at multiple points along the bay with the design drawing on the robust coastal vernacular of the region with local sandstone, timber detailing and indigenous species. The site is envisioned with shared pathways, green open space, indigenous tree and shrub plantings and the restoration of mangrove habitat. Sandstone steps provide people with access to the water, opportunities for play and invites local ecologies to take up residence amongst the thoughtfully placed blocks. Indigenous trees are proposed to be situated throughout the area with careful consideration of the views from the properties that overlook the bay, providing amenity for the foreshore users and habitat for local wildlife.
 
The renewal of this site will provide the community with an open and inviting foreshore place that can be used for gathering and events, celebrating this place as the setting of some of our fondest memories.
 
Note: This plan is restricted to providing a vision for the foreshore and adjoining parkland. One thing at a time! It does not address the vexed issue of parking because Council insist that parking be kept separate as it involves state government departments and the inevitable complexity that entails. The plan’s proponents do intend turning their attention to parking following resolution of the foreshore proposal.
WTKCA
 

 SHARED SPACES:
DEALING with DOGS, DRAKES and JET SKIS

We are lucky to live in such a great area, with bush and beach, a great community and some challenges.  Some challenges come from this great area, i.e. how we share it with outsiders, and how we share it with each other when not all of us have the same views. But share it we do – we hope gracefully and with tolerance – but there are niggles.  And the ‘niggles’ are different for each of us.  
 
The Conversation, an online discussion forum (https: theconversation.com/au) has been publishing a range of articles on shared spaces, and they provide another perspective for those of you who wish to research the issue further.  In the meantime, we have our own challenges and niggles!
 
DUCKS:  Some people are concerned at the ever growing preponderance of ducks in our area:  around Wagstaffe and outside the Hardys Bay Club near the creek.  And while they can act as a traffic calming device, they also pollute Wagstaffe Beach where small children play, as well as neighbours’ gardens.
 
This may be an issue on which more discussion is needed, so let us know what you think.  But certainly we’re aware of growing concerns:  as duck families grow, the problem grows with them .
 
 
 
 
 
DOGS ON BEACHES: Australians in general have long defended their right to free access to open coastline, particularly beaches. Many beach activities are accepted and not contentious, as long as they do not cause undue interference to other users of the shared space. The Killcare Surf Beach has a broad area on which dogs are allowed, but they are prohibited at the Surf Club end, and at the Putty Beach National Park end.  
 
However, some people are ignoring this approach to sharing the coast-line, and continue to let their dogs wander freely on  areas reserved for swimmers and walkers.  
For example, observed recently, a ball being thrown into the surf where children were swimming, the dog bounding into the water alongside the children to retrieve the ball.  
 
The implications for this type of behaviour are obvious, so please, do the right thing, and share our superb environment by keeping dogs off the areas where they are not permitted because people are swimming.
 
JET SKIS: This peninsula is not alone in having concerns about the unfettered use of jet skis.  They have been banned from Sydney Harbour, and increased monitoring is taking place in the Georges River area, as well as in our locality – though the single person employed to undertake this task must be sorely tested during the summer months!  
 
Following individuals raising concerns in the past, the Association has now passed a motion raising its concerns at our last meeting.  We wrote to the Premier and many other Ministers asking for an interdepartmental committee to be formed, to assess what further action could be taken. In particular, we asked for a ban on the landing of jet skis on areas of the Bouddi National Park located nearby i.e. Lobster and Tallow Beaches.  
 
It is openly recognised that some jet skiers are not using the waterways in a courteous manner and are, as a consequence, displaying the type of unwanted behaviour that is constantly causing concern amongst both residents and other waterways users. Roads & Maritime Services have already introduced a range of measures aimed at cracking down on dangerous and anti-social jet-ski riding. They include:
  • Increased high visibility patrols;
  • Additional speed restrictions in the area, including the reduction from 8 to 4 knot speed zones at Wagstaffe and nearby Lobster Beach;
  • A review of those persons identified as repeat offenders with consideration being given to cancelling licences.
The Association has contacted other groups in surrounding areas about this matter, and asked them for feedback. And we have been speaking with officials in the affected departments.  Kayakers from Pearl Beach as well as other areas have reported unpleasant incidents involving jet skis, and we know that some are concerned about high speeds used by the jet skis in waters close to moored boats.  And yet others are concerned about the noise that drones on in the summer months.  We will continue to discuss approaches with government agencies.  
 
But in the meantime, please let us know of any incidents that you have observed or experienced, as we would like to better understand what has been going on.  Maritime services are currently investigating the use of CCTV cameras and compliance and regulatory functions before considering further measures to deter illegal activity and catch offenders.  
 
However, while these can deter some, they also are ‘after the event’ activities, and require extensive monitoring.  And National Parks are an important part of our environment, and we want to have them protected and available for peaceful enjoyment by passive recreation users.
 
So let us know your views.  Please, do the right thing, and share our superb environment in a way that does not cause undue interference to others. That way we all stay happy!!!!
Peta Colebatch  WTKCA President

 Mobile Black Spots on the Bouddi Peninsula

In 2014, following many complaints of poor mobile, TV and radio reception on the Bouddi Peninsula this Association conducted a survey aimed at assessing the extent of the problem.  That survey identified mobile and TV reception as significant problems.

Efforts at the time to have this area registered under federal black spot programs were stymied by the fact that these programs were specifically directed at ‘regional’ areas and we were considered to be part of ‘Greater Sydney’ and not regional.

After hearing Lucy Wicks promise to get Killcare into the Federal Mobile Black Spot Program we resolved to conduct a new survey to more clearly define our mobile black spots in order to assist Lucy’s efforts to have them addressed.

We thank Lucy for progressing this issue and for hosting a community forum at the Surf Club in December 2016.

So, sincere thanks to all who took the time to complete our mobile reception survey, flagged in December Talking Turkey and conducted over December/January. Survey questionnaires were distributed only to those areas of poor reception identified in our 2014 survey. We were encouraged by a nearly 35% response, particularly considering that many properties in the area are holiday rentals. Respondents universally expressed appreciation that the issue is finally being addressed.

We supplemented these responses with our own careful street level survey utilising a Telstra connected mobile phone, stopping at approximately 50m intervals, waiting for the signal to stabilise and then recording the stable signal strength. This took approximately 10 hours spread over two days.

Each response is indicated on the map below with an appropriately coloured dot placed within that property’s boundaries. Signal levels recorded by our street level survey are indicated with similar dots placed on the street centre. PDFs of the map can be downloaded here for A3 size (140KB) or here for full resolution A2 size (4MB).

 The map quite graphically highlights four distinct black spots. The arrows show the direction of the source of our mobile signals (antennas on the Mantra, Ettalong and on Blackwall Mountain) and the black spots all clearly lie in the shadow of our beloved sandstone escarpment (outlined in dark grey).

The escarpment effectively creates three separate 'bowls' - Wagstaffe/Pretty Beach, Hardys Bay/Killcare and Killcare Beach. These 'bowls' are separated from each other in such a way that it is not possible for a single tower to solve our reception problems all at once - simply because there is no single location where a tower could be placed which could beam into each of these black spots - mobile signals travel very much in straight lines and don't like obstructions of any kind. Sandstone absolutely obstructs and tree leaves, although they do not obstruct totally, do attenuate mobile signals, the more leaves and more moisture in them, the more attenuation. Building structures also obstruct.

We have delivered the map to Lucy and asked that, rather than attempting to fix all these black spots with a single tower, which is demonstrably not possible, the government’s communications experts seriously consider a solution proposed  by Dave Abrahams at Lucy's December forum. This was to use individual micro towers to address each black spot separately. As opposed to a highly intrusive regular 30m high tower, micro towers are unobtrusive and able to effectively service individual black spots of the size we have here.

Coincidentally we are in the midst of the NBN changeover which brings with it consequent loss of fixed line reliability + incompatibility with ’back to base’ monitors, alarms and medical reporting devices. The importance of alternate means of communication increases dramatically and cannot be overstated.

We look forward to a positive response from the powers that be!

 

 WTKCA Activities (updated 21 Aug 2016)

WTKCA currently have a numbers of active projects on the go, including:-
Bush Classroom at Pretty Beach Public School In co-operation with the School P & C and Killcare Wagstaffe Trust, WTKCA is investigating the viability of  re-establishing the School’s ‘bush classroom’. The open air ‘classroom’, an area with basic seating, situated amongst the trees on the slope above the school grounds had to be abandoned some years ago due to Dept. of Education safety concerns around fear of falling branches.
As a first step we engaged an arboriculturist to prepare a report to meet the Department’s requirements. We were pleased to have the assistance of local resident, Kate Consterdine, with her extensive knowledge of both the bush environment and of the past operation of the classroom.
The report has been received and we are currently obtaining arborist assessments of the cost of carrying out the work required and will proceed on the basis of this.
Turo Park Extension - the arrangement of sandstone blocks was disturbed during recent Council work. Council will replace blocks used during the work and re-arrange the blocks in consultation with Terry Baker.
Design of a footbridge, crossing the creek between the barbeque area and the sandstone blocks, has been accepted by Council and we are currently obtaining quotes.
Bench Seats on the Dog Track - For the benefit of those in the community who walk the Dog Track for health and exercise and would like the opportunity to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet, WTKCA recently funded two bench seats. These have now been installed by Council about half way along the track. Enjoy!
Wagstaffe Beach Revetment - back in 2012, after representations from WTKCA, Council installed coir logs in an endeavour to reverse erosion and undermining of the foreshore where the park behind Wagstaffe Hall meets the small beach adjacent to the Wagstaffe Wharf. The beach has since built up to the point that the stakes which held the coir logs in place have almost been covered with sand and present a hazard to people walking on the beach. We are talking with Council about fixing this problem.
In the meantime take care if you or your children use this area.
Half Tide Rocks Track still a project in its early stages – We obtained quotes some time ago and are waiting on confirmation from National Parks that this project will receive approval and gain listing in a new Plan of Management for Bouddi. We understand that there will be a community consultation about the Plan in the next few months. We will let you know when we have a firm date.
Waggie Carvers our hardy carvers headed by Terry Baker will soon be back on Saturdays working on a new table. Terry and Walter Koppen travelled north recently and brought back a magnificent slab of  timber for the new table top.
Improvements around the Hall the rapidly deteriorating log barriers will soon be replaced with bollards similar to those along the Wagstaffe Ave side and a hedge will be planted to screen the sewer station. One thing the log barriers have proved useful for in the past has been as hitching points for bicycles – we are looking at installing some bicycle racks to fill that void.
Fitness Equipment Project - regrettably this project has attracted opposition from property owners located near the area proposed for installation. Attempts to address their concerns have not borne fruit and we are now looking for alternate locations including Turo Park and the park area adjacent to Killcare Beach and the Surf Club.
There is unfortunately little available space in Turo as we do not wish to encroach on the popular picnic area or the open area used for informal ball games. Discussion and consultation with Council over location continues.   Discussion also continues with Council to ensure equipment chosen will be warranted suitable for  installation near saltwater.
Musings - many committee members have been away in warmer climes during this colder season. But everyone shares roles, and our stalwart members continue to assist with maintaining an eagle eye on the state of the Hall, the tennis courts, delivering Talking Turkey, and supporting us in all we do behind the scenes.  This is very much a volunteer community. We are in the process of updating our website to keep you better informed.
So please keep in touch, provide local articles for TT, and we'll endeavour to respond. 
A big thank you to all those who assist us in our work.
Peta Colebatch - President
 
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  •  CLICK HERE FOR SOME PICTURES OF THE 2015 STORM IN THE BOUDDI AREA
  • TO FEED OR NOT TO FEED WILDLIFE

    Many people like to feed wildlife that comes to their property. There are pros and cons. Click the heading above to go to our summary and some links to authoritative websites on the subject. Click on heading to read more 
  • ASSOCIATION VIEW ON AMALGAMATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS

     At a recent meeting at the Wagstaffe Hall two Gosford Council councillors, Mrs Deanna Bocking and Vicki Scott spoke to and answered questions from the members about the proposed amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong councils.
    At the end of the session the members were asked to vote by a show of hands whether they supported the amalgamation or not. All present, except for one person, voted against.
    Click on the heading above to read WTKCA's letter to council and a submission from one of our members,
    Dr Hal Colebatch.
     
  • THREE SPIRIT POLES AND A BEAUTIFUL 'WHALE' TABLE FINISHED AND ERECTED - MORE TO COME

    Terry Baker and his team of wood carvers have finished work on the fourth and last spirit pole. They have now all been l erected in the park behind Wagstaffe Hall. The fourth pole honours the work of the local 'firies' who helped keep us all safe during the large bushfire in 2012 in Bouddi National Park and surrounding bush.  The general consensus by local people and others arriving by ferry is that 'the poles look terrific'. Also installed in 2015, a beautiful table and bench set in the shape of a whale, with hopefully more of the same to come. Click on the heading above to read more.

  • ASSOCIATION OPPOSES PLAN TO BUILD 50 HOUSES IN KILLCARE HEIGHTS

      In mid 2015 a developer proposed a rezoning of two blocks of land in the sensitive 'triangle' area of Killcare eights to allow the construction of 50 houses. Along with the other residents in the triangle, the Association opposes this development. Click on title above to read about the history of this development proposal.

 
 

 

 

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