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31 May 2021
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Residents to pay $8M more after 42.1 per cent rate rise
Rate rise is Liberal Merger Tax, says Tesch
Public inquiry into council is open for submissions
Crouch urges residents to make inquiry submissions
Greens to start de-merger petitions
Administrator's 'facts' are wrong, says community group
Rotary club to hold book fair at PCYC
Men's Shed to hold annual sale
Arboretum receives 'koala song meter'
Open space policies under threat, says green group
Strategy lists 21 playgrounds but 20-year wait for others
Tree group gives reasons for saving council reserves
Petition to save Memorial Ave reserve sent to council
Rotary donates $1000 to each of five community groups
Tea Cosy Expo with Devonshire Teas
Fishing club donates to Vietnam veterans
Student driving course available free of charge
Special Rotary evening
Lion Island penguins benefit from Hawkesbury cleanup
Preschoolers use their own Opal cards
PCYC calls for volunteers
Encouragement to buy locally
Pearl Beach pool cleaned
Gabrielle named Volunteer of the Year
Tesch calls for support for oyster growers
MP hopeful that doctor shortage is lessening
Wednesday Wanderers travel to Davistown
New restaurant
Year's rainfall is spot on average
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Details of five-storey Umina proposal available
CEN criticises 'excessive' approval of non-compliance
Contribution requirement reduced by $1200
More time for comment after portal anomalies revealed
Three townhouses proposed for sub-standard site
Flats proposal still in pre-lodgement review
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Urgency to protect what green spaces we have left
State policy to protect and invest in open space
Council threat to mental and physical health and welfare
Put toll on M1 to pay council's debts
Reserve is oasis in rotting neighbourhood
Why not solar panels at carpark?
Austin Butler land should not be sold
Regional plan requires investment in open space
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Breastscreen bus at Woy Woy for June
Hospital is supported by 17 volunteers
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Folk club holds house concert
Ephemeral art trail to be held over three weeks
Coastal Twist Festival preparation starts
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Charli Grant appointed to Minister's student council
Umina campus students walk to Patonga
Last day for scholarship applications
Students visit Newcastle stadium for numeracy day
Whole school listens to book reading in space
Defeated in penalty shoot-out
Office staff thanked on Public Education Day
Dress rehearsal for dance performances
Three dance groups attend dress rehearsals
Outing to the shops
A virtual classroom hosts cattle farmer
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Charity bowls raises $32,600
Grade 6 Pennant comes down to the wire for Umina
Ettalong Red loses to Bateau Bay for Grade 7 pennant
Slow start for Woy Woy in hard-fought encounter
Hornsby rubgy union victory in round seven
Tour de Central Coast stages to start at Woy Woy
Restricted bridge championship winners
Ducks elect new committee
Apply for funding, now, says Tesch

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Apply for funding, now, says Tesch

Sporting groups should apply for Stronger Communities Funding, which is now open, according to Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch.

"The funding round aims to enhance experiences in regional communities, is now open," she said.

"This round's funding is directed at enhancements to women's sporting facilities, with $50 million to be allocated across regional communities."

Ms Tesch said: "Growing up I always played sport, with my wheelchair basketball career beginning in the men's team."

"These experiences made me realise the importance of having female dedicated sports and facilities to ensure our experiences are just as good as the men's."

Ms Tesch's comments come in the wake of the NSW Parliamentary inquiry into grant schemes where it was found the Stronger Communities Fund had been pork-barrelled with 95 per cent of funds being directed to Councils with Coalition-held or marginal seats in the tied grants round.

Ms Tesch said there was no excuse for this behaviour.

"The inquiry found the Stronger Communities Funding was deliberately used as a means to pork-barrel, with due process and merit assessment severely lacking when it came to applications."

"This fund was supposed to help merged councils, yet instead it just dug our debt a little deeper, by favouring Liberal and marginal seats."

Under the Stronger Communities Funding eleven projects specific for the Electorate of Terrigal were granted, totalling almost $4.7 million.

Meanwhile five projects specific to the Gosford electorate were granted which amounted to almost $2.2 million, despite the Gosford electorate covering over 700 square kilometres more than Terrigal.

"The more community groups we have applying for these grants, the more grants I hope we can get here in Gosford so I really encourage you all to submit an application to ensure our community and our future female sporting leaders are awarded what they deserve."

Applications will close at 12pm on June 25.





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