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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
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
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
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
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
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



Rate rise is Liberal Merger Tax, says Tesch

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has blamed the State Liberal Government for the rate rise she is calling the "Liberal Merger Tax".

"This rate rise is a Liberal Merger Tax being forced onto our community to prop up a mega-Council which wasn't fit-for-future," she said.

"Liberal Government amalgamation and revolving-door-administration has left the Coast with higher bills to pay, less services, massive cuts to local jobs and a huge public land fire sale."

She said the Peninsula community would now be forced to fork out up an extra 45 per cent in rates while services get cut, jobs slashed and roads get put on the never-never.

"We're going to be paying more for even less - all of this on top of the massive sell-off of public assets is just a kick in the guts.

"Anyone who thinks the merger of Wyong and Gosford Council's was a success must be joking.

"When this Liberal Government forced Gosford and Wyong together without a vote from our community, they plagued us with now almost half a decade of debt and poor service delivery," she said

"We know that the costs of merging our Gosford with Wyong was close to $100 million with on-going costs in the tens of millions and yet the NSW Liberal Government only provided $10 million to cover their bungled amalgamation."

"Eight out of the 10 Councils which are currently in IPART asking for huge rate rises are Councils which were merged under the Liberal botched amalgamations.

"Council's across New South Wales which were forced to merge are being hit by this huge tax to pay and feeling this same pain."

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