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Kathy Smith resigns due to return of cancer
Council withdraws Bullion St carpark from sale
Fines issued over pelican attack
Council presses Cabinet on channel dredging
Chief magistrate presses on with court changes
Lawyer receives scathing letter from chief magistrate
Labor branch condemns rail crossing decision
Demand for new villas and large homes
Time for a new Member, says Chamber
One Nation not registered for Gosford by-election
Belinda Neal may seek election for Gosford
Labor will have strong candidate, says senator
Liberal candidate to be announced soon
Best wishes for Kathy Smith
Third MP to resign due to illness or to die in office
Roads Minister visit was 'important', says MacDonald
Seven intersections, nine roads need funds - Chamber
Chamber warns of voter backlash
Nursing student seriously assaulted
Government insists election will be held on September 9
Let administrator merge planning schemes, says Wales
Gosford audit report delayed until March
More water refill stations
Premier confirms election timing
Progress association to hold annual meeting
New member at Rotary
Rotary donates defibrillator
Community fair
Stall raises funds for guide dogs
Cafe owner leaves 20-year fast food career
Travel expo attracts 30 service providers
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No evidence new wharf is needed
Apply jetski ban to Central Coast
Disappointed to have been misquoted
Justification for underpass has been made
No wonder Trump is president
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Lifeline offers counselling in Woy Woy
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Eyeing the life of a travelling musician
Seasoned folk musicians play at Troubadour
Dancers come to Ettalong
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Maintenance backlog tops $3M, say Shadow Minister
Volunteer ethics teachers sought
Former teacher dies
Yarning circle complete
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PCYC gym club is small club of the year
Woy Woy bowler wins Hawaii trip
Women's golf club seeks playing members
Outstanding results in tough conditions
Hayden is junior lifesaver of the year
Social golf club celebrates 50 years
Annual match with blind cricket team
No victories for Peninsula teams

Labor will have strong candidate, says senator

The Labor Party will have a strong candidate in the Gosford by-election, according to Senator Deborah O'Neill who is a member of the party's State Executive Committee.

Former Member for Robertson, Senator Deborah O'Neill is Junior Vice President of the NSW Labor executive team.

She said she did not believe the community cared about the internal workings of the Labor Party.

"What is going to matter is we have a candidate ready to defend the Coast against the State Government," Senator O'Neill said.

In paying respects to the outgoing sitting Member for Gosford, Ms Kathy Smith, Senator O'Neill said: "The Labor Party put up a great candidate who won the election and worked hard for the community."

The Senator said she acknowledged that "rank and file preselection means a lot to local members of the party".

The preselection of Ms Smith for the 2015 NSW election was broadly criticised by local ALP members as a process dictated by the party's NSW head office and not determined by the rank and file.

There are seven ALP branches in the Gosford electorate, three of which are located on the Peninsula (Umina-Ettalong, Woy Woy and the Peninsula Day Branch).

Some members remain concerned the NSW head office will still dictate who the party preselects as its candidate in the impending by-election.

A rank-and-file preselection would involve candidates being nominated.

Those candidates do not have to live in the Gosford electorate but they need to be a financial and qualified party member.

Only members within the electorate's branches can vote.

All members are entitled to a vote and the candidate with the most votes is endorsed by the party.

A compromise may be to give the party's NSW electoral committee and the State Administrative Committee an equal say in the selection of the candidate.

"This will take its course," Senator O'Neill said.

She said she believed the community was more concerned about voting for an MP who would deliver on their promises.

"One thing is very clear, when the Liberals win government, the Central Coast loses and when the sitting member is also Liberal the Central Coast loses twice," she said.

She said the closure of Woy Woy RMS and the withdrawal of the NSW Government from the replacement of the Rawson Road rail crossing were two recent examples of those "losses".

"The underpass was promised by a Liberal member and a Liberal Government abandoned it," she said.

"With Labor, the commitments we make we deliver," she said.

Ms Anne Charlton, a Wamberal resident and former employee of Senator O'Neill, who stood for Labor in the Robertson electorate in the 2016 in the Federal election, has expressed her interest in preselection.

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