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20 Mar 2023
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Varroa mite found on the Peninsula
Bus catches alight in Brisbane Ave
Italian Weekend planned for Ettalong in April
Happy ending for extended magpie family
First prizes to CWA branch members
Clean-up program 'uncertain' after trailer failure
Minister says koala translocation budget is exhausted
Fire brigade holds information night
Residents asked to complain about phone reception
The attraction of arboretum working bees
Fire fighters visit pre-schoolers
House fire in Booker Bay
Greens would introduce free public transport
Four election candidate join to protect Kariong land
Six groups receive Community Building funding
New kitchen opens at aged care home
Award for Latvian dresses doll
'Creative building fun' at library
Meditation to celebrate International Women's Day
Progress association wins top Tidy Towns award
Inner peace at Woy Woy library
Peninsula groups raise money through monster raffle
Painting workshop at Woy Woy library
CWA branch holds annual Easter raffle
Marine Rescue members receive new ratings
Brigade removes tree branch from road
Rotary club plants peace poles in Uganda
Restaurant celebrates five years of trading
Another dry month for the Peninsula?
Dual occupancy 'complies with planning provisions'
Parking and open space not compliant in three-unit plan
No greater disservice than to disenfranchise the voters
Where's the 'fair go' in this election?
When 'all Australia' does not include New South Wales
Gosford waterfront may stall at the drawings stage
Active case numbers triple in Woy Woy
Hospital phones temporarily out of action
Super-hero gift packs prepared for Gosford Hospital
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Opera was 'great success with beautiful weather'
Keith Potger to pay tribute to the Seekers at Troubadour
Cushion covers completed over two weeks
Organist wanted by nursing home
Student leaders attend young leaders conference
Music students to present a Night Under The Stars
Splashathon to be held on the last day of term
Fostering an intergenerational relationship
Donations made to Ettalong Public School
Under-14s team makes Buckley Shield final
Harmony Day to be celebrated on Friday
Parent-teacher interviews to require internet access
Kiera is Griffin of the Week
Students produce their own podcasts
Breakfast club serves 300 slices of bread
Boys water polo team plays in championships
St John's holds open days
Three Ettalong bowlers play in senior zone final
Swampies golf club donate to Kids in Need
Rugby club seeks players with 'transferable skills'
Top tennis results in junior state championships
Ducklings make it to grand final
Turn Around Triples attracts 28 teams
Bridge competition attracts less experienced players
Upside Down Pairs held at bridge club
Netball association holds meet and greet for umpires
Junior touch club holds presentations
First round of triples championship
Our 24th birthday - and another election
Pre-polling and polling booths on the Peninsula
GREENS - Hilary van Haren
LIBERAL - Dee Bocking
LABOR - Liesl Tesch
INDEPENDENT - Lisa Bellamy
Questions for the candidates: Do you support?
How responsive are our candidates to local concerns?
Two residents are Upper House candidates



GREENS - Hilary van Haren

N I am a lawyer, mother and community volunteer with a commitment to social justice and sustainability. I grew up on the Central Coast and am grateful to be able to raise my own family here.

After leaving a career in state public service, I now work alongside individuals, not-for-profits and grassroots organisations to make sure governments and politicians deliver for the community.

The Greens is the only party that will ban new coal and gas, stand up for renters, provide free transport and TAFE, and keep big business, the mining industry and the gambling lobby out of NSW politics.

I'm proud to present the Greens policies to the Peninsula community - with your help we can let the major parties know we expect more. ANSWERS TO RESIDENT QUESTIONS

Council Administration

The Greens have been vocal on the failure of the bungled amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong Councils and the extraordinary lack of democracy on the Central Coast. We support Local Government elections and a public vote on de-amalgamation before the end of 2023.

Representation, Ward Boundaries and Governance

The Greens have always advocated for genuine local democracy, where residents have a real say in the issues that affect them in their neighbourhoods.

The Central Coast Greens favour abolishing the ward system to allow residents to elect representatives for the entire area and encourage councillors to cooperate across the wide range of issues in our region.

This was recommended in the original 2016 Boundary Commission report, which also recommended retaining 15 councillors. The proposal for nine councillors would risk the region having the least representative government in the country.

We see this as the best way to reduce the impact of party politics on council, and ensure representatives govern for the whole community.

In terms of the performance of Council, we consider the issues have arisen predominantly as a result of the Liberal Government's amalgamation debacle, which had limited community involvement and short-changed the region.

While operational matters will need to be considered, our priority is to reinstate democratically elected local government as soon as possible.

Meaningful and Enforceable Planning Laws

I have worked extensively in law reform, and firmly believe that laws should be clear, unambiguous, and provide certainty for those impacted.

This is the same for local government strategy and policy.

The Greens will continue to make submissions on local issues, regardless of the outcome of the State election, and I will gladly provide Council or the administrator with input on drafting.

The enforceability of the Development Control Plan should be considered in the context of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

However, the Greens' preference is for a full review of the Local Environment Plan, to make sure development approaches are planned, clear, consulted, and meet community expectations.

Liveable Neighbourhoods

The Greens want to see vibrant and sustainable communities, by increasing public transport, and improving infrastructure to create "walkable, rideable" neighbourhoods.

We will fund Council to plant urban shade trees, to reduce the impact of climate-induced heatwaves and bring down the heat island effect.

We will also invest in arts, music and culture, to support the organisations and events that bring together the diverse communities across the Peninsula.

Housing Diversity

We are in the midst of a housing crisis, and the Greens commit to a massive investment in social and affordable housing.

At the same time, we recognise that good housing needs to be planned and delivered sensitively and in a way that benefits communities.

Townhouses and other medium density projects form part of a diverse housing mix and meet the needs of some members of the community.

However, these should not be developed at the expense of public green spaces, significant shade trees and critical habitat.

Community and Youth Engagement

The Greens agree that community engagement is central to a thriving democracy.

We want to see a return to town hall meetings, greater opportunities to participate early in policy development, and a robust network of community advisory groups.

In particular, we recognise that young people are disengaged from politics, as a result of both major parties looking after the interests of older, wealthier voters.

Our policies recognise that young people want politicians to prioritise their future, by reforming the rental market, providing free TAFE and transport, and making huge investments in social and affordable housing.

Most importantly we will ban new coal and gas and end fossil fuels by 2030, to give young people confidence they will inherit a planet they can live on.

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