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12 Jul 2021
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Audit finds Woy Woy car spaces will cost $211,000 each
Ferry service abandons pet ban plan
'We cannot afford to be complacent' - Crouch
CWA still waiting for compensation for wharf land
Group may ask for Bays roads to be 'shared zones'
CWA branch calls on council to be 'fair and transparent'
ACF branch calls for retention of playground and tree
Media release ignores facts of playground strategy
Palm Beach ferries diverted
Actions of first Administrator should be examined - CEN
Grants program opens with $900,000
Wicks wants the Central Coast 'a stand-alone region'
More improvements to Patonga hall
MPs call for more government support
Speed camera program raises fines not safety - Tesch
Use vouchers with local businesses, Tesch urges
MP runs colouring and drawing competition
Pearl Beach Challenge postponed due to lockdown
Rotary club takes 'Christmas' holiday
Six topics identified for church purpose statement
Umina Rotary hears about Clean4Shore success
Egg and bacon roll morning still planned
Garage sale might have been better with good weather
Date for fete at Patonga
Four books to discuss at next CWA book club
Guide dog puppy raising is 'giving back to community'
Bays group registers for QR code
A new theme for a new president
Leadership positions vacant at Baptist church
Tree lovers welcomed
Pandemic winner
Clean4shore to hold annual meeting
Rotary awards honorary memberships
Fellowship awarded to club treasurer
Plans to fly to England
Shops offer online ordering and contact-free pick-up
Thanks to Rotary club from Uganda
Little rain for start of July
Four-unit development proposed for Paul St
Planning comments may go unnoticed
Three-unit development proposed for Bowden Rd
Liquour licence applications considered
Go ahead given for Mutu St factory
Where are the commuter parking spaces?
No limit to high-handed council behaviour
Short-term gain at economic, social, environmental cost
Access is 'main obstacle' to aged care staff vaccination
Tribute paid to 'learned and loved older Australians'
A sign of brighter days ahead
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The Bays art show postponed until October
Dates set for rescheduled Bays art show
Bays' book on sale
Book launch postponed
Learning from home this week
Preschool celebrates Naidoc Week
Students sent letters about targeted programs
Bowls club raises $5000 on charity day
Cycling 'tour' continues
Cycling Tour duration extended
Tesch congratulates Wimbledon winners
Golf club publishes 10km map
Junior touch registrations start
Bowls clubs proceed with Mixed Kingfisher carnival
Oval availability welcomed
New infrastructure for soccer field
Tribute paid to Freddy Querruel
Southern Spirit registrations start for all teams
Tennis registration postponed
Umina surf club opens online registrations



Wicks wants the Central Coast 'a stand-alone region'

Federal Liberal Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks has started a petition "to make the Central Coast a stand-alone region".

"The Central Coast needs to be declared a stand-alone region with Gosford as its capital city, not as part of the Greater Sydney, Newcastle or Hunter regions."

However, State Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch said the petition was unnecessary.

"NSW Labor declared the Central Coast a stand alone Region in 2010.

"It just needs government departments to implement the policy that's already there."

Ms Wicks said: "The Central Coast needs to be declared a stand-alone region with Gosford as its capital city, not as part of the Greater Sydney, Newcastle or Hunter regions.

"The extended Covid-19 lockdown has highlighted the need for the Central Coast region to be excluded from the Greater Sydney catchment definition.

"Central Coast businesses are suffering under this extended lockdown and, while I applaud the NSW Government for prioritising lives and keeping people safe, it has really highlighted the challenges of being lumped in with Greater Sydney.

"The Central Coast has a unique identity.

"We are now one Central Coast Council and home to over 340,000 residents, a population larger than Wollongong, Geelong and Hobart.

"I have faith that the Premier can require the NSW Government to agree to a common definition for the Central Coast and declare Gosford as our capital city and I am calling on the state government to do so."

Ms Tesch said it had been Liberal Governments which had "watered down our status" and had "reverted back in education, tourism, planning and development"

She said the region was recognised in the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, but Central Coast Tourism, Central Coast Development Corporation and the Central Coast Education Region had all gone.

"It's been a deliberate policy of State and Federal Liberal governments.

"Now those same politicians who supported the watering down of our regional status are complaining."

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