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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
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Breastscreen bus at Woy Woy for June
Hospital is supported by 17 volunteers
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Folk club holds house concert
Ephemeral art trail to be held over three weeks
Coastal Twist Festival preparation starts
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
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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Council threat to mental and physical health and welfare

When I look at the proposals put forward by the new administrator to get our Council back in the black, I find them not to my liking.

I feel that we, as residents, are being penalised for a crime we have not committed.

According to what I read, there are many Councils which were amalgamated by Mr Baird in 2016, presumably to save money, which are now in a similar position.

I know that we did not misuse the money and we certainly didn't walk away with our redundancy package intact.

This is a problem which belongs to the State Government and it needs to solve it.

Proposals to sell off and reduce library monies mean that the libraries will be used less and less and so inevitably they all will be closed and sold.

Libraries should be exciting places where people can drop in at odd times to get help with assignments or new technology; where people can extend their horizons and expand their vision of society and the world.

It is known that better education leads to higher standards of health and to less crime.

Surely this is what we need on the Central Coast, now the third largest Council in NSW.

We need more money for libraries, universities, the ABC, public education and for our TAFES.

Many of our TAFE faculties are lying idle. Why?

It is believed that the plan is to privatise them. Again Why?

Our TAFE system is or was the envy of many other countries, such as Singapore and South Korea.

Why should we exploit other countries by inviting their trained citizens to fill the gaps on temporary visas? Why can we not train our own citizens?

Private colleges have failed and wasted a great deal of public money.

We are also the only country I know of which gives public money to private schools, which has led to elitism and a divided society.

Surely a fair civilisation would want the absolute best education for all its citizens.

The selling of any public land on the Peninsula is ridiculous.

The enormous population growth here and the subsequent loss of trees and green space has led to an increase of about two degrees in the temperature as well as very crowded roads, more pollution, more accidents and more flooding.

Our mental and physical health and the welfare of all the other animals which share this land, require more green space and trees not less.

We need to write to the new administrator, Mr David Farmer, as well as to the NSW Minister for Local Government, Ms Shelley Hancock, expressing our disgust at these proposals.

The people on the Central Coast are just as important as the people in her electorate of the South Coast.





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