Friday, 12 July 2019

National Tree Days- CPPS & Yarul

National Tree Day 28/7/19 at the Cloud Watching Place – Yarul Reserve.

Everyone is welcome to join in our community National Tree Day helping to redefine a
community asset on the lake’s edge at Carey Bay on Sunday 28th July, 9am-noon.

Yarul reserve, at the northernmost end of Laycock Street-2a, will get some grasses and shrubs planted to assist in protecting the small remnant, along with a border planting of Lomandra to help define the reserve edge.

There'll be some exotic grasses to chip out for those that like to wield a mini mattock, mulch to manoeuvre for those that like a bit of a workout and plants to plant for those who like to ponder new life.

BYO gloves and favourite tools and RSVP to assist with catering if you’d like to join us for lunch at noon, coalpointprogress@gmail or register with the national Tree Day site.

There'll also be Bocce/Boules to play for those who want to enjoy the space.

Schools Tree Day

Coal Point Public School will be celebrating Schools Tree Day launching their Bee Project with a school planting on Thursday 25th July for students and their families.

Musical Moments for Members and more…

Put aside Saturday 9th November for a community get together with a musical theme. Whether it’s tickling your tonsils or the ivories we’re looking for performers and practitioners.

Do you like a sing-along…let us know the tune we can create a community chorus.

Can you play a piano...there are two to choose from!

Are you in a band…there’s a stage to strut you stuffJ

This end of year social is a chance to meet the members of your community, get your friends to join in and join up, make some music and let your heart if not your voice sing.

If you’d like to perform or would like to hear a unique rendition of your favourite song please get in touch with Suzanne,

Save the date Saturday 9th November, 5-8pm.

NAIDOC Week - Naming of 2 reserves

The history of the Awabakal peoples is written in our landscape. Locally many of our reserve names connect us to the language of the oldest culture on earth.
  • Yarul - cloud watching place
  • Wombal - the sea beach
  • Wippi - wind
  • Birriban – the talented Awabakal linguist
  • Gurranba – the place of brambles
  • Puntei – narrow place, or any narrow neck of land
  • Killibinbin – bright, shining, beautiful
On exhibition from 8/7/19 to 5/8/19 is the proposed naming of two local reserves, the former Pony club, proposed to be named Puntei Park and the unnamed foreshore reserve at the southern end of Laycock Street proposed to be named Killibinbin Reserve.

Submissions on the naming can be sent to by close of business Monday 5 August 2019.

Can our gardens help save the planet?

The Environmental Trust that funded the Threatened Species Last Stand on the Coal Point peninsula project (TSLS) is calling for expressions of interest for new projects.

The CPPA is wondering is anyone interested in being a part of a new project that would assist landowners; by providing on-ground support to manage weeds, providing plants and garden plans to transition existing garden beds to native garden patches that support biodiversity and help address the climate emergency.

One of the issues that was identified in the TSLS project was how people’s gardens impacted on the adjacent bushland, through exotic grasses and weeds escaping beyond the back fence. The new project would assist to create a buffer garden bed that backs onto the bushland so that this threat is removed.

Another issue that the TSLS project explored was how to maintain a corridor of connectivity for Squirrel Gliders to be able to move along the peninsula, this new project would provide suitable plants and nest boxes for people’s yards to help join the dots of corridor connectivity and provide valuable food for the threatened fauna.

With many places across the world recognising the climate emergency this new project would make a commitment to addressing the emergency at a local level, looking at ways to use vegetation to stabilise foreshores, provide connective hope for the plants and animals that live locally and capture some carbon in the process.

Is there a willingness within the community to take on such a project? If you have a garden or some green space and are interested please contact Suzanne 0438 596 741 or email by the end of July.

Just Judes gets a Makeover

We would like to give a huge shout out to a long-standing member of the community, CPPA supporter, the Prima Donna of Perms, the Queen of Quiff; Judy MacDonald.

She’s brought such colour to so many family’s follicles for 28 years and we hope you join us as we say thank you for all you’ve done as she takes a step back from the mirror.

Fear not petitioners of pompadours! You will still be able to get your magnificent mane moulded by the spectacular Sonya; whom I am sure you would have seen performing perfect artistry of the mop-top mastery.

The name Just Judes is getting the chop, though you will still be able to see Jude if you slide into the chair on a Friday.

The new Carey Bay Hair Art crew look forward to continuing to support the community and will be at the same place in the Carey Bay Shopping Village.

The Carey Bay Hair Art team is also looking for another connoisseur of cuts to help out part-time. So, if you’re interested in becoming part of the team, come on down to Carey Bay Hair Art and say hello.

LMCC Petitions Policy up for comment

In the June Chronicle it was stated that Council has recently made a decision to not accept online petitions…this was incorrect.

It is a welcome document that provides clarity on what subjects can be petitioned, how to present the community concerns to council, and also what response can be expected.

The Policy statement says “Petitions must concern matters that Council is authorised to determine.

However, petitions concerning objections to Development Applications will not be accepted under this policy. The most appropriate way for Council to consider objections to development applications is through the development application notification process.”

The policy states that “Council will decide what action, if any, it will take on a petition. Generally, Council refers the petition to the CEO. Council’s decision can be accessed in the minutes of the relevant meeting”.

There is also a clause for repeat petitions stating that “A petition will not normally be considered where it is received within 24 months of another petition being considered by Council on the same matter or a substantively similar subject.”

For the 5300 people who signed the ‘Save Our Toronto Foreshore Park from
Development’ petition, sincere thanks for signing and helping to bring about clarity in the community communication process with Council. 

We will be keeping the signatories of this petition up to date as new events unfold.

Why Is it so Important for Toronto Foreshore to be Parkland?

Foreshore Parks are invariably popular places.  As in Sydney or Newcastle, parks with a vista over the water are busy with people seeking a break from the fast pace and congestion of our hectic lifestyle.  They also provide the opportunity to catch up and socialise with friends and family.  Attractive parks create “open space” that people want to visit which in turn results in economic benefits for the Town it serves.

Looking towards Arnott house (in background) and RMYC site
Toronto became a popular place for visitors and picnickers when the hotel and railway were opened in the late 1880s. Concern was raised as early as 1887 over the alienation of foreshore land around Toronto. Unfortunately, this objection was unsuccessful and much of the foreshore was subsequently subdivided and developed.  Since then numerous Councils over many years brought these properties back into public ownership.

In 1980 Council engaged a firm of architects and urban designers to prepare a planning strategy for the future growth of Toronto.  This strategy was distributed widely around Toronto and a number of its recommendations have been implemented.  The pamphlet stated that “it is Council’s intention to extend the foreshore park” and later “The foreshore park should be extended to Bath Street” with an accompanying drawing showing parkland from Wharf Road to Bath Street.

Within Council however there were some differing opinions, which showed up in a 1985 report that recommended Council purchase 4 Bath Street.  The Property Manager indicated that good financial returns could be made by developing units on this site however the City Planner argued that “it is not ideal for luxury units or any units”.  Given the difference of opinion within the two Departments, Council resolved to purchase the property, requesting that a later report be submitted “on the future use of the subject property”.

Toronto has grown rapidly since that time. Council projects the town’s population to swell 20% by 2030.  Council’s Development Contributions Plan identifies that this growth will “generate additional demand for open space and recreational facilities” and goes on to specify that “an additional 2.12 hectares of community land” will be required for Toronto.  Much of the development occurring around Toronto is for apartment blocks close to the Town Centre, making the provision of more parkland all the more important.

Last year the State Government introduced two reforms that apply to the Bath Street site.  The first, in April, was the Coastal reforms, which classified Coastal Land (including estuaries) as important areas requiring protection under a State Environmental Planning Policy.  The entire Toronto Foreshore falls within the zone which provides, amongst others, a need to avoid impacts on “existing public open space”.  Then in September the State Department of Planning introduced the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan, which covers Toronto, and requires Council to “protect and enhance waterfront parkland areas”.

In March this year, Andrew Hoyne, a consultant specialising in “place making”, and David Bartlett, the former Premier of Tasmania, visited Newcastle to speak to business and political leaders on promotion of tourism.  The message was “that cities should spend less time worrying about building hotels and tourist attractions and more on engaging their residents, which would in turn create an ‘authentic’ culture attractive to visitors”.
We need to keep raising all these issues and continue to build the groundswell that is occurring within the community.  Discuss it with your friends and neighbours and ask your Councillors - Where will our children play?

Get ready to vote for a Coal Point Community Project!

Coal Point Public School has submitted a wonderful project to provide creative, explorational and passive play activities against the backdrop of the natural bushland setting, within the school grounds and accessible for all to use. The project is to create a naturespace for the school and wider community to gather, make connections and enjoy healthy outdoor exercise during leisure time.

Designed as an 'Everyone Can Play' space, it will be accessible by a wide, pram and
wheelchair friendly path from the Rofe St entrance and it will be the first playspace of its type on our peninsula.

The project will create a naturescape of activity zones, interwoven gardens and winding paths, by revitilising school grounds that border the bushland. This will benefit school families, walkers travelling on the bush trail and the fitness conscious; making a desirable space for people to gather and enjoy the outdoors. The public school grounds are open in holidays, so the whole community can access the naturescape during extended leisure time. 

Between 15 July and 15 August you will be able to vote for the inaugural round of My Community Projects that you want delivered in our local area. This program is funded by the NSW Government and aims to improve the wellbeing of people and communities in NSW, across six categories: accessible communities, cultural communities, healthy communities, liveable communities, revitalising communities and safe communities.

Voting takes place online, or in person at any Service NSW Service Centre and you can only vote once. You are eligible to vote if you are 16 years and over with a valid Medicare card and have, or register for, a MyServiceNSW Account.  You will be able to select three to five projects as part of your vote. For more information on My Community Project, go to and see the Voting Fact Sheet at

We are anticipating some great local project ideas that will benefit our community, and your vote will count! So next time you’re in Toronto visit the Service NSW centre and cast your vote.

DAs In play as at 8/7/19

Here is an abridged list of local DA activity as at 8/7/19. The list is compiled to support community understanding of DAs in our area that may impact on the community character.

Please consult LMCC’s application Tracking website for details and a complete listing.
·      22 Brighton Avenue: Multiple Dwelling Housing, Subdivision and Demolition - Section 4.55(2) Amended Plans: Under Assessment
·      161 Brighton Avenue: - Footpath construction, Driveway and 1 Street Tree (Landscaping)- approved
·      323 Coal Point Road: 1 into 2 Lot Subdivision : Withdrawn
·      232 Coal Point Rd: Alterations and additions to existing dwelling house: Awaiting information requested
·      36 Jarrett Street: Removal Eighteen (18) Trees- refused
·      36 Jarrett Street: Dwelling House -approved

Thank you to the locals who provided feedback on the value of the monthly DA listing. It was very heartening to hear that it was an appreciated and valuable service. This comment for a local sums it up
“I wholeheartedly agree with your comments that council only informing adjacent neighbours who they believe will be impacted by a development is a step backwards. 
This is from my own experience where council was happy to proceed with an adjacent development despite it breaking various rules and standards and with little consideration or engagement with the neighbours. 
By knowing in advance about this proposed development and being able to access plans I was able to seek professional views and guidance from which I could respond (as could other neighbours). 
From this engagement a really good outcome was reached - for the land owner and for the neighbours. 
On paper and from afar I do see how council could reach this point and not truly understand the impact of what looks to be a regular development or how the positioning of a deck, glass facing over the border, height of a building and positioning could impact on another property so greatly. Even the planting of certain trees!
This would be the same for a brand new development and also what may be deemed minor amendments to an existing development.
This potential issues can only be known and determined by being on site, with the plans, tape measure and talking to the neighbours - no one knows the area, the properties and the possible impact like those that live there!
Council’s move is clearly a backward step.
The Chronicle is a wonderful, insightful, local publication. It brings to peoples attention many things important to the area that may well otherwise not be recognised.
I would suggest that it is more important now than ever before, especially after councils move to decrease communication about pending developments and the increasing proposals to develop the area that The Chronicle continue to publish all DA’s not just the ones that are deemed from afar as to potentially have an impact.
Otherwise The Chronicle will simply be replicating what council does (deciding what gets notified from afar) and not highlighting things to the community that may actually have an impact on the people in the surrounding areas.
Keep up the great work with the The Chronicle and I do hope that you continue to list all local DA’s as this is a very valuable community service and one now relied upon by the Coal Point community.”