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15 Jun 2021
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Council asked to rezone recreation land to residential
Tesch urges more consultation on Blackwall Rd
Ettalong wins tourism town itinerary award
Memorial Ave in CEN 'green community space' list
Call for holiday park to employ lifeguards
Power line tree-trimming trial starts on Peninsula
Bays group calls for slower, courteous driving
Empire Bay doctor receives Queens Birthday Honour
Casuarinas planted at arboretum
Stalls to continue on bacon and egg roll day
Courtesy bus 'back and running'
Event recognises Eric Tweedale's role in RSL
Hand tools still skilfully used
Helpers hear of programs funded by Red Shield appeal
Men's Shed makes library boxes
Microplastics workshop at Patonga
Uniting church elects elders and church councillors
Voucher expiry extended
Minister attends preaching conference
Rotary Club raises $7000 in Red Shield collection
Rotary club represented at plaque unveiling
Yoga held at Memorial Ave reserve
Just 21mm so far in 'wettest' month
But I sent it in! To us?
Dual occupancy proposed in Booker Bay
Peninsula loses 0.6Ha open space a year to granny flats
To be advertised
Application for dual occupancy in Norman St
Recreation zone 'inappropriate' and 'not needed'
Petition for action against Indian mynahs
We need a spreadsheet and an economic argument
Petrol prices: Something rotten in the State of Denmark
Gun barrel developments create future ghettos
Shipping container should be removed
Labor and Green councillors should be held accountable
We have nobody to blame but ourselves
Who covers flooding and draining costs?
Aged care staff 'unable to access Covid vaccine'
Aged card accommodation 'locked down'
Activities team nominated for industry award
Made for memory support unit
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Auntie Di to launch book about her life
The New Graces to feature at folk club
Indian embroidery presentation
Scholarships won at Pearl Beach concerts
Featured artist
Police on bicycle helmet patrol
School bands perform at Umina
Mr Betts leads the school
School canteen is a learning facility
Umina school holds athletics carnival
Attempt to reduce need for casual teachers
Teachers to use communication platform
Wins in two out of three games
Teacher training for more active students
Kindergarten information sessions
Learning the Darkinjung language
Students meet community members
Oz Tag boys win through to State championship
Pyjama day for Coast Shelter
Raising money for drink refill stations
Relieving college principal appointed until end of term
Runner to compete in State championship
Staff to wear special shirts on Wednesdays
Entire school attends Wellbeing Show
School starts worm farms
Peninsula surf club members win Central Coast awards
Ettalong Eagles bowlers make it to zone singles finals
Lions trouble Terrigal in hard-fought rugby match
Former Woy Woy bowlers take out Everglades Pairs
Shane is Ettalong Major Singles champion
West Ham talent camp returns
Umina grade four side takes pennant
Volunteers allow soccer goal purchase
Men of League hold annual bowls day
Soccer goalposts repaired
Umina holds inaugural two-bowl graded triples challenge
Umina Major Pairs games
Netball results
Good bridge results in online and country competition



We have nobody to blame but ourselves

Of course, we understand that Opposition politicians have to criticise the Government about everything, but Ms Tesch really has to get over the amalgamation hurdle and focus on something a bit more constructive ("Rate rise is Liberal Merger Tax, says Tesch", PN 520).

The amalgamation has nothing to do with the financial quagmire that Peninsula residents find themselves in, as has been made clear in all the reports.

The disaster is the result of electing incompetent political hacks to the Council, and, for that, the electors have nobody to blame but themselves.

Any ratepayer had the opportunity to look at candidates' qualifications and to examine their record, before filling in the ballot paper.

What is annoying is that the ones who didn't vote for any of these thankfully defrocked seatwarmers have to bear the cost of their blunders, despite having no responsibility for the debacle.

Councils (and businesses) have been merged since the dawn of local government.

The point of a merger is to realize economies of scale and to benefit from the synergies that can be created by imaginative reorganization.

We have a Council with more staff than was employed by the two councils combined before the amalgamation.

We still have an administration split between two separate locations.

We have a top-heavy management structure unjustified by the scale and complexity of the tasks to be undertaken.

On top of that, we have a Council squandering money on unnecessary studies, plans, strategies, programmes and self-aggrandising gestures, instead of dealing with the core job of local government which is to provide efficient, economical infrastructure for its communities.

If our councillors had a fragment of conscience remaining, they would return the ill-gotten payments they were quick to award themselves when they took office, particularly our full-time, paid mayor.

If Ms Tesch wants to make a worthwhile contribution, she might work towards an effective electoral system that would give qualified candidates some prospect of actually winning a seat on a council not hamstrung by factional disputes.

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