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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'



Committee wants council reinstatement or election

A Labor Central Coast Local Government Committee has called for reinstatement of the elected council or a date for a Central Coast Council election.

Committee president Ms Vicki Scott, a former Gosford councillor, said: "It has been over 12 months since our elected Councillors were suspended and we are still waiting for this Liberal-National State Government to let us know whether our councillors will be returned or when we will be allowed to have an election.

"The not-so public inquiry has now finished but we have been given no timeline for when the commissioner will report to the Minister for Local Government or when the government will reveal or take action on the findings of Commissioner McCulloch's report."

"The 100 submissions and public evidence given make it clear that the problems within Council were largely the responsibility of the staff and were, in fact, out of the control of the elected councillors or, worse, hidden from them."

Ms Scott said a just outcome would be for our elected councillors to be restored with additional assistance from the NSW Government to complete the amalgamation process.

"But I doubt very much that will happen," said Ms Scott.

"The Central Coast Local Government Committee has no faith that the Minister for Local Government will acknowledge that its forced amalgamation of Wyong and Gosford Council has been an abject failure that the NSW Government should put right.

"That is why we are calling for a Legislative Council inquiry into the 2016 amalgamations so that this whole disturbing and expensive debacle can be examined and put right" Ms Scott said.

"Meanwhile, residents should be writing to their state local members and the Minister for Local Government, calling for the reinstatement of our elected council or, at the very least, a firm date for the next local government election."

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