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Liberal funding advert 'hugely inflated', say teachers
Council refuses caravan park expansion
Police tell riders to wait till dawn
Bob Puffett to stand for council
Community plan generated in Pearl Beach
State Budget shows little care for the Peninsula
More buses on route 64
No sign of road funding, says Tesch
National parks suffer from Budget, says association
Action against former Gosford Council staff not ruled out
Proposal to build childcare centre in Booker Bay
Community Group makes submission to Council
Council appoints senior staff ahead of elections
Missing children found
Young Australian of the Year addresses Rotary clubs
CWA hall painted for first time in 40 years
Grant to Mingaletta
Council candidate signals ongoing dredging campaign
Co-working space to open in Umina
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Audit outcome - more about appearance than substance
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What about the cars and nurturing the plants
'Ex-employee' answers council inquiry
I will fight for the Peninsula
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Aged care provider surveys the community
Hospital hosts free exercise classes
Talk about diets for autistic children
Flown to Royal North Shore
Donations to funeral costs
Yoga classes held at surf club
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Calling young Peninsula artists
Photographic competition at Patonga
Locals win regional photo competition
Lord of the Strings at folk club
Lightness and transparency in new exhibition
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Gonski billboard visits schools
Band performs eight songs
Students visit wildlife park
Excursion for World Environment Day
Parade was case of 'happily ever after'
Celebrating Naidoc Week
Horse riding for special students
Pyjama day
School raises more than $500
Students attend netball cup
Learning about a sustainable lifestyle
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Surf clubs take out major awards
Junior floorball open held on Peninsula
Gym coach to perform in Denmark
Lions defeated by Terrigal at Woy Woy
Katelyn returns from Thailand with placings
English soccer club to hold coaching camp
Umina bowling championship
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When Woy Woy controlled its own destiny

When Woy Woy controlled its own destiny

In 1977, Keith Whitfield, Dennis Swadling and Geoff Breene were elected to Gosford Shire Council on an ALP ticket.

As Keith Whitfield had a special interest in Australian History and Heritage, in the early 80s Dennis Swadling nominated Keith to be the first chairman of the Gosford Australia Day Committee.

The Blue Mountains Council had nominated buildings of local and national significance in a register, so Keith thought an investigation into heritage buildings on the Woy Woy Peninsula was warranted.

Members of the Brisbane Water Historical Research Association accompanied him to point out some still existing guest houses and buildings like the Old Woy Woy Hotel.

A registrar of interest was later developed.

In 1979, Gosford Council received a proposal from AV Jennings to purchase the Public Library and Office buildings at Woy Woy to construct a two storey building and lease space back to council for the Library and office.

The alternative plan suggested retaining the Library building and developing the rest of the site.

This library building was originally the Woy Woy Shire Council Chambers.

Woy Woy was formally constituted as a separate shire on August 1, 1928, and existed for its own local government administration until the Woy Woy Shire was dissolved on December 31, 1946.

The Council building was constructed in 1931 in the manner of the architecture of the period.

The shopping centre development next door had much support, for the population growth had demanded such a centre.

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce supported it as did the majority of aldermen.

Public meetings were held by both sides and they were stormy and virulent.

The progress associations, heritage associations and some ALP branches supported retention of the Council Chambers, as a vital part of Woy Woy's history.

Eventually, the State Local Member, Keith O'Connell, and the Minister Paul Landa, gave support to saving the chambers.

Then an interim heritage order was given on the building.

Meanwhile, business interests were planning and properties were bought.

In the finale, Woy Woy got two shopping centres, and saved a building that signified that, once upon a time, Woy Woy controlled its own destiny.

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