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Westpac closes Woy Woy branch
Kariong land rally held outside Tesch's office
We're proud of our talented volunteers
Residents call for more detail about floodplain works
Disaster funding review will benefit electorate, says Reid
Koala 'translocation' not ruled out, says Minister
Chamber calls funds to upgrade and rebuild roads
Council to get $4.08 million to fix 2238km of roads
Greens announce Gosford candidate
Dog baits found at Pearl Beach
Chess club seeks more members
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Umina dunecare resumes
Clean-up at Pearl Beach
Pearl Beach fire brigade seeks new members
Call for 'single ladies' for home maintenance workshop
Reid launches Friends of Uluru Statement group
Full-fibre NBN upgrades available in Umina next year
'Distressed vessel' towed back to Lions Park
Arts and crafts centre holds annual meeting
Environment group holds annual meeting
Country women meet at surf club
Read Aloud Book Club meets
Lotto win
Dry start to February
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Council refuses multi-dwelling development
Three identical multi-dwelling proposals in the one street
Second storey dwelling proposed for laneway house
Ettalong medical centre could be relocated
ACF group calls for 'due process' in council land plan
Draft plan of management may be unlawful, says CEN
Interactive online map of council-managed land
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Practically impossible to comment on transport plan
'Future of Housing' meeting shows lack of participation
Booker Bay Christmas lights raise $2752
Swimming pools are in short supply
When will the council take action on flooding?
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New technology helps detect pressure injuries
Aged care home explores ways to fill staff shortage
Active case numbers remain steady
Health self-management workshops at library
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Enda Kenny to appear at folk club after lockdown delay
Annual charity event to be held at arboretum
Patchwork group completes projects
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College is third-most improved in State
First whole school assembly in three years
Courtney represents college at 'First Class' exhibition
Bridget to represent region in tennis championships
Students learn 'safe dance practice'
School holds parents' evenings
Woy Woy South meeting on Thursday
Selected for rugby league combined zone trial
New swim caps in house colours
Students selected for touch football zone team
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Spirit passed at five wickets down
Three runners celebrate milestones at park run
Women's bowling club plays Fours Championship final
Malibu club takes part in three-way charity challenge
'Sensational day' at Mixed Fours Carnival
Valentine's Day bridge attracts big field
Blair wins bridge club individual championship
Woy Woy Lions to hold annual sport lunch
Free training to become swimming teacher
Women's soccer players wanted
Under-18s soccer coach wanted
Disabled surfers need help
Surf club holds Rainbow Beaches event

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'Future of Housing' meeting shows lack of participation

Was the invitation to hear development plans for Central Coast revealed to the community as a fait accompli too good to refuse?

The meeting about "The Future of Housing on the Central Coast" last Tuesday at the Laycock St Theatre was announced with the Newspeak:

"The Central Coast is expected to grow by nearly 100,000 people between 2019 and 2041.

"To accommodate the growth and make the city more productive and liveable, better housing will be a focus for the city.

"Our Question and Answer panel includes Alice Howe from Central Coast Council, Dr Julia Cook from University of Newcastle and Ian Lynch from Pacific Link Housing. They will delve into how they see this happening.

"As Central Coast City Commissioner, Robyn Parker brings extensive expertise to undertaking important work shaping Australia's first global region.

"Her expertise spans as a bureaucrat, roles in child and family services, aged and disability services, and Minister for the Environment and Heritage between 2011 and 2014."

It should have read: "The Government is intent on increasing the population of the Central Coast by 100,000 people between 2029 and 2041."

That includes the recent new "strategic policy" target of development of land west of the M1, including former Crown Land now owned by Darkinjung LALC.

By what means is our population "expected to grow"?

How did the community participate in establishing these targets and the unilateral declaration of "Australia's first Global Region"?

What is a "Global Region", apart from a contradiction in terms?

How will infrastructure costs be met?

By increasing our rates again and reducing our quality of life and our natural environment? Who set these targets and how?

Are these three people equipped to answer these questions of Government policy formulation?

The Administrator has actually said Central Coast Council does not have the resources to provide infrastructure for these Government declared initiatives. But they are happening.

Why is this not a State election proposal rather than a fait accompli?

Where is community consent?

It is more than a housing issue

How did "Our New Commissioner" Robyn Parker get appointed? By us?

Is this how we now do democracy in the absence of an elected Council?

Through a limited attendance ticketed community briefing event on apparent declared policy, while we further defer appointment of elected councillors?

And while the Administrator determines he will hold a corruption inquiry into previous elected councillors, instead of an investigation into the State Government Wyong-Gosford amalgamation?





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