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22 Aug 2022
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Government pledges support for local newspapers
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Three-unit gun barrel proposal for Gallipoli Ave
Three units proposed for under-sized Edward St block
Increase sought to restaurant seating
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Peninsula loses local business as fruit market closes
Essential details missing about 'superior development'
If the Minister is not responsible, who is?
Remove signs from dog-friendly beach
Our obligation to the future is to protect what's left
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Multicultural wellness day at health centre
Aged care home construction work continues
Indoor golf competition
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Most Coastal Twist festival events will be free
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Creativity at 'show and tell' session
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House names may change to Darkinjung language
Fundraiser for Year 12 student to develop tennis career
Teacher retires after career of more than 40 years
Enjoying alfresco numeracy
Panel to select new assistant principal
Cheer team flies to Gold Coast
Combined activities to be held on Wednesday
School garden shapes up for spring
Xander is Griffin of the Week
Work experience in State Parliament
Putting photographic theory into practice
Woy Woy student makes community service pitch
A week with a local plumbing business
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Recorder ensemble and dance group perform
Three performances accepted for Showcase
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Umina Bowls event on RU OK Day
New Futsal court opened at Umina
Greg and John receive 'Wednesday clubman' awards
Penrith Interclub physie results
Bridge club to hold annual meeting
Bunnies win places in grand final
New cricket players sought
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Under-14 Lions through to finals
Men's 35A soccer team leads table
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Swans win last game of season
Soccer club to hold senior presentation
Three teams in grand finals



If the Minister is not responsible, who is?

I am calling for honesty and transparency from Central Coast Council and I am calling for them to do first things first.

When, how and through whom will we be able to hold Central Coast Council to account for their performance in delivering service to the ratepayers?

Over recent months, I have raised issues with council staff and administrator Mr Rik Hart about council maintenance and works in Umina.

Under Mr Hart's administration, the Council continues to misspend money on discretionary and low priority, unnecessary activities while matters of core business remain under-funded and not repaired, maintained or completed.

My approaches to the council have been met with obfuscation, denial and deceit, avoiding accountability and acceptance of responsibility to this community.

I raised my concerns with Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch who made representations to Minister for Local Government Ms Wendy Tuckerman.

In the Minister's response, she said she could neither "...intervene in the day-to-day operations..." of Central Coast Council, nor " council's planning and development processes or determinations..." overseen by the Administrator.

It was the Minister and the NSW Government who sent the Central Coast Council into administration.

It was the Minister and the NSW Government who appointed an administrator to administer the Council.

She acknowledged that there was a "need for councils to be accountable and responsible to their communities".

But, as an unelected unfettered authority, the administrator is certainly not "...accountable and responsible to ..." our Central Coast community.

How can our community hold Administrator Hart to account for not meeting the community requirements and expectations if not through the Minister?

To whom is Administrator Hart accountable for the spending of ratepayers' money as well as NSW taxpayers' money if not the Minister?

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