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Collapse Issue 413 - 20 Feb 2017Issue 413 - 20 Feb 2017
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Kathy Smith resigns due to return of cancer
Council withdraws Bullion St carpark from sale
Fines issued over pelican attack
Council presses Cabinet on channel dredging
Chief magistrate presses on with court changes
Lawyer receives scathing letter from chief magistrate
Labor branch condemns rail crossing decision
Demand for new villas and large homes
Time for a new Member, says Chamber
One Nation not registered for Gosford by-election
Belinda Neal may seek election for Gosford
Labor will have strong candidate, says senator
Liberal candidate to be announced soon
Best wishes for Kathy Smith
Third MP to resign due to illness or to die in office
Roads Minister visit was 'important', says MacDonald
Seven intersections, nine roads need funds - Chamber
Chamber warns of voter backlash
Nursing student seriously assaulted
Government insists election will be held on September 9
Let administrator merge planning schemes, says Wales
Gosford audit report delayed until March
More water refill stations
Premier confirms election timing
Progress association to hold annual meeting
New member at Rotary
Rotary donates defibrillator
Community fair
Stall raises funds for guide dogs
Cafe owner leaves 20-year fast food career
Travel expo attracts 30 service providers
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No evidence new wharf is needed
Apply jetski ban to Central Coast
Disappointed to have been misquoted
Justification for underpass has been made
No wonder Trump is president
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Lifeline offers counselling in Woy Woy
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Eyeing the life of a travelling musician
Seasoned folk musicians play at Troubadour
Dancers come to Ettalong
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Maintenance backlog tops $3M, say Shadow Minister
Volunteer ethics teachers sought
Former teacher dies
Yarning circle complete
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PCYC gym club is small club of the year
Woy Woy bowler wins Hawaii trip
Women's golf club seeks playing members
Outstanding results in tough conditions
Hayden is junior lifesaver of the year
Social golf club celebrates 50 years
Annual match with blind cricket team
No victories for Peninsula teams

Time for a new Member, says Chamber

In sending its condolences to Ms Kathy Smith, the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce said it was time for the Gosford to have a Member of Parliament that would "go into bat for the community".

"This is a very sad time for Kathy Smith," said Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales.

"I've met Kathy a couple of times and, from the business community's point of view, it is very sad she has had to resign and obviously a very difficult time for her and her family," Mr Wales said.

However, he said the decision was not unexpected and the Chamber believed the by-election would take place within the next six-to-eight weeks.

"This community needs to be adequately represented and sadly the Seat of Gosford has not had satisfactory representation, through no fault of Kathy's, for some time," Mr Wales said.

"Now the community needs to get an MP who is prepared to go into bat for them," he said.

Mr Wales said he believed the forced amalgamation of Gosford with Wyong Council would have a bearing on the election although most people were supportive of the amalgamation."

"We should all be very careful about how the Government decision has impacted on the community.

"A lot of people are still upset about the closure of the Woy Woy RMS," he said.

"Any front line services taken away or modified is a negative and that has also been reflected in the Government's recently-announced changes to the Local Court at Woy Woy.

"This is another example of the Government not listening to the community and chipping away at our services in a way the community believes it is not entitled to do," he said.

Mr Wales said he did not belong to any political party and would not consider running as an independent in the by-election.

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