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Fast ferry service proposal presented to Premier
Centenarians celebrate birthdays
Gosford by-election to be held on April 8
'Beautiful opportunity' for Liesl Tesch
Woy Woy channel 'worse than halftide rocks'
Memorial erected to lone dolphin
Petrol prices skyrocket to 13 cents more than Gosford
Power interrupted with thunderstorms
Association writes to Premier about jetskis
Council to spend $1 million on Peninsula
Vietnam Vets plan to expand its Ettalong office
Film proceeds donated to Mary Mac's
Senator congratulates Tesch as Labor candidate
Labor candidate selection 'undemocratic', says Crouch
Chamber calls for Liberals to select local candidate
Environment network seeks volunteers
Residents' group opposes home park expansion
Talk about kayak journey inspired by Killcare resident
A week of activities for seniors
Community fair at Hardys Bay
President's position not filled
New set down and pick up area
Attorney-General asked about court closure
Chamber welcomes penalty rate cuts
Pedestrian injured in motorcycle accident
Umina man to face court
Council holds developers' forum
Rotary club recognised at Parliament House
New restaurant opens
Business decision pays off
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Elections must go ahead
Action needed on fuel price fixing
Less opportunity with penalty rate cuts
Rail crossing missing link needs funding
Back to square one
Party heavyweights won't change vote
Don't re-elect Gosford councillors
Traffic blind spots need correction
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Sod turned for hospital redevelopment
Wicks speaks about Peninsula GP shortage
GP 'emergency' a political stunt, says O'Neill
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Williamson play at Little Theatre
George Mann to perform at folk club
Umina singer cast in opera
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School writes to the Council
Kaelan is ACT judo champion
Attention to helmets at Umina
Three students set 10 records
Principal describes school's targets
New sports attire
Push bike donated as prize
Reading Buddies program runs in libraries
Goalball team to be selected
Performing arts groups formed
Softball session at Pretty Beach
School holds swimming carnival
Writers' workshops at lunch time
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Surf clubs each receive almost $10,000
Umina launches new surf boat
Heat interrupts pairs championship
Ocean Beach returns from carnival
Roosters have first hit-out
Charity bowls attracts 50 players
Ettalong dominates Triples finals

Chamber welcomes penalty rate cuts

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce welcomed the decision by the Fair Work Commission to cut some penalty rates, particularly on Sundays, after the Commission's decision was handed down last week.

"There has been a long held belief that penalty rates particularly on weekends has been a significant impediment to small business especially in the hospitality and retail sectors," said Chamber president, Mr Matthew Wales.

"In many cases, penalty rates have caused some Peninsula businesses to limit their opening hours and in some cases, not open at all on weekends and particularly Sundays.

"This has been a brake on part-time and casual employment and created missed opportunities for businesses who have struggled with wages bills," said Mr Wales.

"Whilst we acknowledge that the Fair Work Commission decision will impact on some employee wages, we genuinely believe that the reduction in penalty rates will create more job opportunities, encourage businesses to extend trading hours and generally improve the bottom line for hard working small business operators.

"The penalty rates changes are quite modest but will allow employers to hire more staff and, in the case of many hospitality venues, encourage these to operate on Sundays.

"The hospitality and retail sectors are tough at the best of times so rationalising penalty rates will be welcome by many small businesses across the Peninsula who have been burdened by the high cost of wages," said Mr Wales.

"We want our local businesses to be successful and we also want them to open over weekends and employ more people.

"This is a fair and reasonable decision and we welcome the benefits it will bring to local business operators," Mr Wales said.

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