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17 Apr 2023
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Chamber is 'partner' in waterfront project
Book fair raises more than $11,000
New breakfast offering at Lions car boot sale
Reid welcomes completion of Haynes Rd resurfacing
Patonga car fire false alarm
Extra working bee at community garden
Waterfront tree recognised as 'significant'
Arboretum founding member dies
Marine Rescue members receive ratings and certificates
District assembly training
Markets resume on the Woy Woy waterfront
Reid takes a tour of Pozieres House
Exchange students speak as Rotary program resumes
Tesch supports disability lanyard program
Patonga fire brigade seeks volunteers
Rotary club holds quiz night
CWA Easter raffle drawn
Rotary club to collect for Red Shield Appeal
Reid welcomes medals for Vietnam veterans
April has highest 14-day rainfall this year
Dual occupancy proposed for Adelaide Ave
New information on Brickwharf Rd flat open for comment
Council's private partnerships threaten democracy
Barmah Forest virus found at Empire Bay
Aged care home attends career expo
Kathy Murphy retires
Four employees celebrate service milestones
First winner of new competition
Call to maintain covid and flu vigilance
Virus numbers remain steady in 2257 area
Women's health centre program released
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Auditions now for October production
Two new classes offered at arts and crafts centre
Locally-made movie preview held at Ettalong
Quilt completed
Tickets on sale for music scholarship concert
Donation for non-profit community band
Little Theatre holds volunteers' get-together
Soccer competition culminates in staff-students match
College farm wins ribbons at Royal Easter Show
Umina school raises $30,000 through splashathon
Students to take part in Anzac ceremony
Crowd-funding for teacher diagnosed with cancer
New canteen supervisor appointed at Woy Woy
School holds colour run
Debating team wins round two
Easter hat parades attended by community members
Library assistant praised for productivity and positivity
Teacher shows staff meeting her baby
Kids on the Move program for pre-schoolers
Three schools adopt parent portal for term two
Lions beaten by Razorbacks in first round rugby match
Umina holds two-bowl Mixed Triples event
Junior cricket presentation night
Cycle group to go on nature walk
Bridge club has pairs competition on Easter Monday
Season end for disabled surfers
Goalkeepers wanted for Men's Premier League
New jerseys for women's soccer team
Open day in new club facilities for 2023 netball season
Noah gains netball umpiring badge
Little athletics holds presentation night
Record numbers at Woy Woy Parkrun
Ettalong Pelicans wins State points score trophy
Good day for Umina men's pennant teams
Netball teams finish third and fourth in their divisions
Swim club to hold open day
Bowls club unification discussions to continue
Umina women play Triples final

Council's private partnerships threaten democracy

Many years ago governments were responsible for the delivery of essential services.

Over time, this has changed with private enterprise becoming an essential partner in the delivery of services.

This is based on financial gain to industries involved, which does not necessarily protect the purposes of government.

An example is the Central Coast Regional Plan's development of residential properties.

The council relies on industry to complete this action.

This creates a strong partnership between government and private enterprise, which excludes the public and treats it as an inconvenience.

The interests of these private stakeholders are the focus ahead of decisions on important developments.

Consideration of the public interest is left until the issues have been sorted to the satisfaction of the key players, and they cannot be changed.

How many essential services and infrastructure have been sold, out-sourced, traded-off and sacrificed since this model was adopted?

The relationship between government and private enterprise has political ramifications due to the obvious fact the government puts itself in a position of not being able to supply services without the assistance of private enterprise.

This results in the situation where now some political parties do not support democracy because it conflicts with the relationship between government and private enterprise.

This can be seen at Central Coast Council meetings where comment in the public forum is all but ignored.

This enables the council to proceed with grandiose plans without public support.

The public voice should have precedence but is downplayed in council's desire for stardom and awards.

The council's asset sales highlight the reliance on these commercial partnerships at the expense of a return to democracy.

Residents should consider what actions are appropriate to regain their voice.

Some Peninsula residents have established community organisations for the purpose of regaining a democratic voice.

Well done to those organisations.

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