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6 Mar 2023
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Call for council to reconsider carpark sale
Brigade helps with low-hanging power line
Missed opportunity with Chemical Clean-Out
Dog owners urged to remain vigilant for baits
Teachers hope to establish alternative school
Nominate a teacher for an OAM, says Reid
Uniting Church continues despite shortage of ministers
Rotary club raises funds for youth program at theatre
The Bays community group elects committee
Giant chequebook opened
Gurdon Reserve playground to be upgraded
Beach sunrise meditation to celebrate Women's Day
Yoga to raise awareness and to support Coast Shelter
Beanies for Red Cross lifeblood campaign
'Masses of polystyrene' collected at Patonga headland
Solar panels installed at Woy Woy courthouse
All ages attended Mardi Gras viewing party
Electoral Commissioner to conduct council elections
CWA branch visits Japanese garden
Club provides two coaches for youth program
Council does away with internal ombudsman
Stallholders wanted for bacon and egg takeaway days
Basic tools workshop held in Umina
February's rainfall was one third of the average
Council agrees to rezone Ettalong foreshore land
Planning proposal attracts 95 objections
Summary given of support for rezoning
Council decides to sell commuter carpark
Residents call to 'genuinely consult' on car park sale
Housing strategy to be exhibited for public comment
Street design manual open for comment
One more example of ratepayers being kept in the dark
Planning system is at stake, COSS protection is urgent
Thank you for article on joint rally
Is Western Sydney getting attention at our expense?
Peninsula's oldest resident celebrates 106th birthday
New aged care wing to open in weeks
Coronavirus numbers level off
Club sponsors medical gowns for little heroes
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Tickets selling for Opera in the Arboretum
Opera singer flies from England to perform with his wife
Crafts centre offers floristry workshop
Landscapes exhibited at the Erina Centre Gallery
Troubadour to hold performers' night and house concert
Patchwork group makes faux cathedral windows
Free 'life writing' workshop at Woy Woy library
Guitarists to present journey through jazz rhythms
Five artworks selected for regional exhibition
Two new assistant principals at Ettalong
School gives behavioural advice to students and parents
After-school homework help offered at Umina library
Parents offered 'chats' with teachers
Colour run at Woy Woy South
Collection point changed as parents distract students
Bus company provides bus safety talk
Demonstrating the school motto
High school choices must be in before end of month
First disco, barbecue and raffle planned
Parents' association seeks members
Relieving deputy principal appointed
Money for outdoor area revamp
School adopts Sentral parent portal
Holly to shoot for Australia in archery championship
Umina comes 10th in surf life saving championships
Lions return to first grade competition
Eagles win five of eight pennant games
Umina's four grades win pennant round
Male netball players wanted for State titles
Soccer club appoints WPL coaching team
Bridge club plays open teams championship
Charity bowls raises $1078
Event attracts 49 surfers and 128 volunteers
Grant for new cricket nets



One more example of ratepayers being kept in the dark

The astonishing news that the Administrator is planning to sell off the municipal parking in Woy Woy is just one more example of the way in which ratepayers are being kept in the dark about long-term decisions with potentially dramatic effects on their future.

It might well be that this is a sound decision, but who can know, when there is no information on the transaction and no analysis of any benefits that are supposed to flow from it.

It is notable that, when private interests buy property from Council, the price always seems to be low, whereas any property bought by Council from private owners always seems to be significantly overvalued.

This is community property that is being sold, but history suggests that, in many cases, not much effort is made to negotiate a proper return to the community on its asset.

Furthermore, the Council does not have a sterling record on protecting the public interest when there is a conflict with private benefit.

Anyone who recalls the turgid response of Council to the "Taj Mahal" episode at Koolewong will wonder whether anybody at the Council offices really cares at all about the community at large.

There is a vague promise that the commuter and shopper parking will be maintained, but how much stock can we put in that?

The ineptitude of the Council in negotiating with private companies is well documented, and who knows what loopholes might be found in any agreement reached by Council with a buyer, if the legalities are tested down the track?

Let us have a full and open discussion of this proposal, so that, when all objections are overridden by the Administrator (which is what we'd expect), we are, at least aware of all the facts and can reach our own conclusion n the merit of what transpires.

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