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15 Nov 2021
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Funding agreement signed for Umina oval facilities
All ages acknowledge Remembrance Day
Construction starts on Rogers Park amenities building
Amenities include change rooms, canteen and storage
Memorial seat at Patonga for Malcolm Waters
Association calls for pilot Peninsula Green Grid project
Men's Shed to hold twice-yearly sale in Woy Woy
Planning to sell Christmas trees
No cases this month with dose rate over 90 per cent
Council to repair Umina whale tail sculptures
Council gives grants to four Peninsula festivals
Council starts work on Woy Woy Bay wharf
Tesch seeks disabled access to shopping complex
Lucy Wicks hits the hustings
Produce swap planned
Bacon and egg rolls resume
Song meter installed at arboretum
New facilities under construction
Social evening at Lions Park
Three Rotary clubs make joint donation
Monitor website for Pearl Beach carols details
Bays group restarts activities
Pictures of Sydney red gums wanted
Club raises $6000 in Melbourne Cup sweep
Dual occupancy proposal for Barrenjoey Rd corner
Amendment allows earlier start on Umina Mall site
Planning approvals total more than $5 million
ACF branch holds its own 'engagement' meeting
Housing for older women at risk
Sleeping bags and swags for the 'hidden homeless'
Committee wants council reinstatement or election
Water asset sale should not be dismissed
Prime Minister's plan is like Regional Plan
Vale Ettalong
Australia is becoming a stupid country
Answer for recreation precinct
Request for Breastscreen bus 'sooner rather than later'
Jed provides support at clinic
New approach to geriatric care trialled at hospital
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Coastal Twist festival receives $73,000 in grants
Patchwork group learns to make cosmetic bags
Fred Smith to perform at Troubadour folk club
Three-day open-air exhibition at Pearl Beach
School air-conditioning applications unsuccessful
Local teachers' association supports pay rise call
Great book swap at Ettalong
Car parts wanted
Class artwork on display
Letters delivered to Hammond Care residents
Opportunity class assessments online at school
Class requests wanted before November 26
Parent survey on student engagement
Hoping for a smooth transition to secondary school
Students help plant local native trees
Shane Waddell wins Umina Major Singles title
Past presidents' bowls association re-elects committee
Outrigger canoe club seeks new members
Brisbane Water Bridge Club results
Umina Bunnies look for junior players
Southern Spirit cricket results
Brett Harrod awarded SLSA life membership
Little Athletes back at training
Junior touch trials
Hoping to fill second under-12 water polo team
CWA will celebrate 100 years of service
Historian role 'innocently put on myself'
Malcolm Waters - 'loved this place with a passion'



Water asset sale should not be dismissed

At the just-closed almost-public hearing, Mr Rob Noble made the suggestion that Central Coast's water assets might be sold, as part of the reorganization of Council's finances.

This idea has some merit and shouldn't be arbitrarily dismissed, as the Administrator has apparently done.

We are already selling real estate holdings, at a financial loss, to try to reduce the debt burden, and this kind of sale represents a concrete reduction of community assets that can never be recovered.

On the other hand, to pass the water-supply service to another agency merely means that the operation will continue under a different authority, in the same way as before, while the cash value to be realized could be applied to the Council debt, thus obviating the need for permanent rate increases on which our Administrator is so keen.

Central Coast is one of the few councils that are also a water authority, and putting the system into the hands of an agency that is specialized in the field might lead to greater management efficiencies.

It would be difficult to imagine that the service could be worse managed than it was under Central Coast Council, and it is not clear why the Administrator is so dead set against it.

That said, any transfer would have to be subject to some assurances that changes in water rates would be controlled in some way, or we could be even worse off.

While Sydney Water does not have an outstanding reputation with respect to service standards or price moderation, we already have agreements with Hunter Water, so why can't the possibility of a takeover be properly explored?

Our Administrator seems to be so obsessed with jacking up all our rates that I wonder how seriously he is exploring other avenues for meeting our revenue requirements.

Obviously, the idea of privatising the system would raise many other issues, but that is not what is being suggested here: What is being proposed is to transfer the responsibilities to another agency.

I'd be prepared to accept spending some money on a study of this possibility.

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