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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



Gosford waterfront may stall at the drawings stage

The Council is forging ahead with its highly speculative scheme for the Gosford waterfront, planning to spend $2.2 million of our money on a master planning exercise.

There is no indication that funding for this extravaganza will ever become available to carry it beyond the coloured-drawings stage.

The Administrator justifies this decision with a claim that positive feedback on the proposal was received from 93 per cent of Central Coast residents, which, right there, is enough to show that any consultation was a complete sham.

Mother Theresa wouldn't get a 93 per cent approval rating in any real-world survey, so we can see what reliance to put on the support that the Administrator avers is so overwhelming.

This is just another case of the Council tailoring the facts to suit the decision it had already taken, regardless of what opinion might be expressed by the community.

There have been numerous iterations of this waterfront thought bubble to date, most of the other proposals superior to the one now determined on by the Council.

There was, in fact, one prepared by a disinterested local group that was well worth pursuing, assuming that some preliminary expressions of investment interest could have been found.

However, the present proposition is notable for being dismally mediocre in certain aspects and absurdly unrealistic in others.

So it is quite worrying, given that the dismally mediocre parts are the ones most likely to be carried out, if anything comes of this exercise at all.

Taking into account the Council's record of success in these enterprises, perhaps our best hope is that it never gets beyond the coloured-drawings stage, even if it does cost us $2.2 million.

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