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4 Apr 2022
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Budget gives 'more' money for lower-cost carpark
Active case numbers reach highest figure yet of 1479
Not a pleasant sight
Official dedication at Anderson Park
Rotary club plans for book sale
Next car boot sale at end of month
Jonathan Holmes to speak at the Everglades
Walk from Patonga to Pearl Beach starts tour series
Professor addresses Rotary about dying with dignity
Parishioners ask about voluntary assisted dying
Grant for Umina CWA hall upgrade
Surf club wins $25,000 for upgrades
Reid launches petition for roads funding
Cold weather gear for the unhoused
Ferry operator regrets exclusion from Opal ticketing
Ferries diverted
Fire crews help with flood relief
Former chief executive discontinues defamation action
Flare disposal
Government announces $11.4M for social housing
A pleasure to help shade westerly verge
Proposal for four 'gun-barrel' units in West St
Panel adds tree conditions to Webb Rd approval
'Complete council woodland survey,' says GUST
Council staff sense concern about track closures
Thoughts wanted on local car charging stations
Neither Crouch nor Tesch talk about ward system
LEP should be rational, consistent and reliable in future
When evacuation is needed, it is not 'nuisance flooding'
Ettalong ambulance station still needed, says Tesch
Building works progress well at aged care home
Listing of cystic fibrosis medication welcomed
New staff for aged care home
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Auditions this week for August production
Flash festival deadline extended
Swing into Jazz at Pearl Beach
Glazed items emerge from kiln
Rainbow dance party for 12-17 year olds
Helpers sought for charity sewing project
School bus route change for April
Year 7 student wins four mountain bike events
Colour Run fundraiser to be held on Wednesday
Mara recites pi to 314 places
Promoted to principal role near Newcastle
Easter raffle raises $2000 for flood victims
Pizza day raises $950 for Lismore school flood relief
Waterwatch testing in Teatree Creek
Parents elect new committee
Cross country run to be held on Friday
Outrageous hair styles and Easter hats
Mobile planter box built over two days
Wet weather did not dampen Harmony Day spirit
Open day at Catholic primary school
School band recruits members
Basketball season awards announced
Sienna wins with personal bests at nationals
Boardriders hold Point Master event
Lachlan Cork becomes 'overseas cricketer for 2022'
Disabled surfing event cancelled
Softball association Member of the Year
Flood relief charity day at bridge club
Little aths plans presentation night
Netball representative teams selected
Bridge club holds open teams championship
Physie club has women's classes
Rugby union board to decide about abandoned round
Southern and Ettalong appoint new junior director
Tech-savvy person wanted
Junior touch annual meeting
Soccer club holds trivia night
Bridge club holds Upside Down Pairs
Junior rugby league training starts



Neither Crouch nor Tesch talk about ward system

Readers of Peninsula News (edition 540) will be familiar with issues at Central Coast Council and our inadequate form of governance and subsequent interventions by the State.

It is comforting that the commissioner appointed by the State has got it sorted with her eight recommendations for our salvation.

Guaranteeing our salvation is Central Coast Parliamentary Secretary Mr Adam Crouch welcoming the report from the public inquiry into Central Coast Council.

Crouch continues: "It is important to note that that Commissioner McCulloch's report reaffirms that the voluntary amalgamation of both Gosford and Wyong Council in 2016 did not contribute to Central Coast Council's financial issue".

Well I'm glad we've got that sorted.

Interestingly in the following piece from the State Member for Gosford, "Inquiry outcome 'disappointing' , says Tesch", she declares: "It is very clear that the Central Coast needs financial assistance as a result of this forced amalgamation ..."

Voluntary or forced amalgamation?

I was at the council meeting the night that the amalgamation was decided and I can tell you that while a few councillors expressed reservations about merger, the vote was not forced.

Our representatives agreed to the merger.

It is worth noting that all of the councils that rejected the merger eventually forced the State Government to back off.

Shame on our councillors.

Either way, it is passing strange that neither Crouch nor Tesch want to talk about the corrupt five ward system that "government" has forced us to suffer.

Could it be that this undemocratic, ill-thought system ensures that one of the big parties gets the chocolates, with small parties and independents forced to scrap for the third place in each ward.

One of Labor or Liberal needs only two seats in one ward to guarantee government, or a deal with a friendly independent or stooge party, of which there are many.

And this passes for democracy?

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