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4 Oct 2022
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Three council reserves still on the market, CEN claims
One per cent of council grants for Peninsula community
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Men's Shed receives further $20,000 grant
Three groups benefit from Club Grants
Umina CWA cooking competition
Call to support establishment of alternative schools
Ferries diverted
Firefighters called to Umina house fire
Vietnam Vets receive support service grant
Tender sought for landfill cell design at Woy Woy tip
Volunteers wanted for Woytopia Festival
Naidoc event at Mingaletta
Teddy bear tribute to a late husband
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Sydney's 'Roaring 20s' to be relived
'Slime lab' at shopping centre
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September rainfall was well above average
Four-unit development planned adjacent to bowls club
Dual occupancy application requests street tree removal
More than 120 DAs remain 'under assessment'
Simple and safe solution is to install roundabout
Dementia sufferers often feel isolated
Ratepayers' objections overridden at ratepayers' cost
Council decisions - administrator or dictator?
'Putinesque' is legitimate description of DA process
Is placing Council under administration not intervention?
'Girls' Night In' to raise funds for Cancer Council
Hospital visiting restrictions change
New Telehealth system for aged care home
Sit Saturday Sunrise meditations start
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Little Theatre holds auditions
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Bridget wins silver medal with Sydney North tennis team
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Great North Walk to receive upgrade
Stage 2 students share $100 prize pool for reading
Twilight Spring Fair planned for October 15
Umina United beat SEU 6-0 in women's grand final
Rugby club to have most important meeting since 1975
SEU Reserves win WPL grand final
Bridge club plays Spring Pairs
Charity bowls raises $1320 at Ettalong
Women's charity day raises $2000
Access restricted to leisure centre
Spectacular Twenty Twenty Two
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Junior touch rep team trials announced
Rooster Juniors seek coaching interest



Is placing Council under administration not intervention?

I am offended by the disregard and disrespect in responses from the office of the Minister for Local Government Ms Wendy Tuckerman.

I am also appalled at disingenuity and apparent dysfunction in her office - but not surprised.

Her letter to me of July 15 claims that she can neither intervene in nor review council matters.

Yet she intervened by suspending (elected) councillors, sending the Central Coast Council into administration and appointing her own (unelected) Administrator.

More recently she or others of the NSW Government have allowed her Administrator to raise rates and charges within this Local Government Area - as well as continue to expend NSW Government taxpayer money.

The additional reply from her office of September 16 still did not answer three direct questions I asked of her regarding the accountability of her appointed administrator.

It is signed by the "Director, Sector Performance and Intervention" - yes, her director responsible for intervention.

How is it that placing the Council under administration and appointing an administrator is not "intervention"?

How is it that approving/endorsing/allowing her appointed Administrator to both raise local rates and charges as well as expend NSW Government grant monies is not a form of action in "review" of Council planning, processes or determinations?

What does the Director, Sector Performance and Intervention, intervene in if not operation and processes of the local government sector?

Does the Office of Local Government only take action after councils fail rather than take action - or intervene - to ensure that they succeed?

I remain determined in anticipation of direct, open, transparent and honest answers to my questions by the Minister.

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