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19 Apr 2022
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Sandstone block unveiled at Anderson Park
Oyster farmers need government support
Wicks promotes Woy Woy commuter carpark
Residents call for public plans for bushland restoration
Chamber opposes water rate rise
Students in Woy Woy Anzac march
Case numbers return to level three months ago
Rotary clubs hold joint meeting
Overseas trip after lottery win
Mingaletta has visit from Linda Burney
Mobile broadband may be disrupted
Clean4Shore continues to secure floating logs
Field day events postponed
Labor launch at Ocean Beach
Tony Winch profiled in council exhibition
Chamber renews call for railway crossing traffic lights
Chamber opposes the extension of special rate variation
Tesch disappointed with Mangrove tip decision
Third highest daily rainfall in 18 years
Council urges Paton St approval despite 64 objections
Chamber foreshadows Ettalong 'resurgence'
Breaking the rules about advertising material
When the bands all cease to play
No kerbside collection excuse does not wash
Not one vacant parking spot in South St in the rain
There should be single-councillor electorates
Reid promises improved aged care
Hospital named finalist in clinical excellence awards
New staff members
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Auditions this week
Ephemeral art closing date extended
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Patchwork achievements
School raises $35,000 in colour day
Students help Clean4Shore in Riley Bay
Stations of the Cross for Good Friday
Easter presents for Hammond Care
Baby Harper Mabel is born
Night under Stars held at Woy Woy campus
Open day for next year's kindergarten
State outrigger titles held at Patonga
Ettalong Major Singles champion
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Brett Harrod officially inducted as SLSA life member
Flood relief charity bridge day
Redevelopment starts with tennis facility
Extra dollar idea for Umina lucky bowler draw
Tributes for Lyle Besley
Water police lead outrigger rescue
Shane wins through to quarter finals
Riley wins five gold medals in Australian championships
Sports hall closed
Swiss pairs championship at bridge club
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Ninth in men's open flags
Women's fours championships played at Umina



Chamber opposes water rate rise

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has made a submission opposing an increase in water rates.

"The Chamber is deeply disappointed at the draft decision by IPART to increase yearly water rates by $200," said Peninsula Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales.

"This comes at a time when Central Coast Council has attempting to extend the special variation to the general rates for a further seven years beyond the three years already approved by IPART".

"Residents and business owners on the Peninsula are already coming to terms with between a 30 to 40 per cent increase in rates and now Council is wanting to extract further dollars from the already empty pockets of the community", said Mr Wales.

"I don't know what the current Council administration thinks, but ordinary small business owners and Peninsula residents don't have endless piles of cash to bale out the mistakes of the former Central Coast Council".

"The Chamber still believes that Council should consider selling down part or all of the Central Coast Water Authority and use the billions that could be raised to pay down its huge debts and set up a Future Fund to pay for the ongoing operations of the Council and the huge backlog of infrastructure works", said Mr Wales.

"It's up to Council how they do this and how they manoeuvre around the legislative and valuation issues".

"Let's not forget that the former Central Coast Council had racked up the largest local government debt in Australian history and they expect us to pay for it over the next 10 years without any thing tangible in return other than the status quo".

"This is unacceptable to the business community and the Chamber will be making submissions accordingly," said Mr Wales.

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