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26 Jul 2021
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Council staff recommend Peninsula land be kept
Council to decide reserve land sale to shopping centre
Mt Ettalong Reserve Masterplan up for adoption
Dominic appointed as law firm partner
Initial meeting held to discuss residents' association
Shade trees group joins environment group
Adoption of Greener Spaces Strategy recommended
Maps show Peninsula 'heat island' without vegetation
Woy Woy is 'case study' in Greener Spaces Strategy
Tesch welcomes recommendation to keep council land
Council fails to acknowledge Peninsula News coverage
Bid to repair whale tail sculptures
Koala translocation research funding secured
Survey fails to find koalas at Pearl Beach
Online shopping increase during lockdown
Shopping centre is open for essential shopping
Ferries cancelled
Ferries diverted
Davistown ferry cancelled
Association seeks $20,000 in donations for hall
Tesch urges businesses to apply for new payments
Car boot sale set to resume in August
Rotary club announces board
More uses for native trees
Tower is part of emergency network
Recognised by British 'twin club'
Tesch calls for reintroduction of JobKeeper
Wicks seeks review of Central Coast's regional status
Coast is already stand-alone region, says Crouch
Dry July is drier than usual
Three storeys 'better than generic, bland gun-barrel'
Resident submission leads to comment period extension
Three-unit proposal for Bowden Rd
Proposal for four two-bedroom units in Farnell Rd
More staff and technology for major project assessment
Austin Butler oval sale offers no quick fix
Referendum is a serious affront to democracy
Take up a hobby, CWA branch suggests
Get vaccinated is doctor's advice
Hospital sponsors mental health art competition
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Art trail scheduled for long weekend
Art exhibition planned for Coastal Twist festival
Jazz in Spring planned for October
Patchwork group shows term's work
Snow trip cancelled for second year
School office is temporarily relocated
Ettalong undergoes 'external validation'
Teachers read children's books on video channel
Suggested home learning times
Kindergarten open day cancelled
School staff limited to between two and five
Artwork submitted in secondary school artists comp
Zoo excursion is rescheduled
Bicycle Tour 'placed in hibernation'
Bridge closed for lockdown
Netball association to hold Koori gala day
Bowls club postpones Kingfisher carnivals
Southern Spirit seeks players for coming season
Nominated as youth volunteer of the year



Referendum is a serious affront to democracy

Unlike other citizens across the state, residents of the Peninsula are not entitled to vote to select who will represent us on Council on September 4.

Instead we are to be offered a "referendum" about the number of councillors.

What a joke.

Under Commonwealth Law, a referendum is a vote used to approve a change to the Australian Constitution.

The rules are set out in Section 128 of the Constitution.

Importantly, the referendum question must start as a bill (ie, a proposed law) that is presented to the Australian Parliament.

If, and only if, the bill is passed by the Parliament can the proposal then be presented to Australian voters as a referendum.

To succeed, the vote must be passed by a double majority: a majority of the voters in a majority (at least four) of the states.

Voting is compulsory, and can only take place after the Australian Electoral Commission has ensured that a statement of the proposed change and an authorised summary of both the "Yes" and "No" cases has been sent to every Australian on the electoral roll.

On the Central Coast, there has been no bill passed by elected representatives.

There has been no debate by councillors.

There has been no call from the population for changes of the kind set out in our proposal.

No, this measure was decided entirely without public debate or consideration by any elected representatives whatsoever.

The scheduled referendum is not likely to save money, nor will it even be conducted by the NSW Electoral Commission.

Rather it is to be managed by a private company for a cost to ratepayers of almost $2 million, far exceeding any annual savings in payments to councillors.

This is a serious affront to democracy.

If it's not corrupt, it certainly has the feeling of a corrupt and dodgy deal about it.

Something that one might expect in a poor third world country with a failed state rather than a democratic system of government.

It's time for ordinary people to have a chance to elect representatives we choose ourselves.

We want a proper democratic process.

We want to vote and have a say in any reforms to council.

Is there anyone who would prefer a system in which the powerful manipulate rules and procedures to their own benefit, while ordinary people pay increased rates for the privilege of paying for expensive "referendums"?

That's a question we should be putting to the vote in September.

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