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Gosford West ward covers the Peninsula
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Gary Chestnut - Group A New Independents
Chris Holstein - Group B Independent
Kate da Costa - Group C The Greens
Troy Marquart - Group D Liberal
Gabby Greyem - Group E Independent
Carl Veugen - Group F Save Tuggerah Lakes
Richard Mehrtens - Group G Labor Party
Skyla Wagstaff - Animal Justice Party
Christine Keene - Independent
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Gosford East ward borders Peninsula
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Rebecca Gale Collins - Group A Liberal
Claire Braund - Group B Next Generation Independents
Stephen Pearson - Group C The Greens
Jane Smith - Group C New Independents
Jeff Sundstrom - Group E Labor
Pat Aiken - Group F Save Tuggerah Lakes
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Council expects to make remaining appointments soon
Chemical cleanout day held at Gosford
Pensioner escapes scam, says O'Neill
Collection for Mary Mac's
Rotary club awards Paul Harris Fellowship
Expo to publicise assistance available
ACF branch supports marine park proposal
Community plan group supports council candidates
Pre-polling open at Woy Woy oval
Holstein claims support of former mayors
Liberals to 'uphold Australian values'
Liberal candidates take up wheelchair access
New members wanted in food network
Fair Trading to talk about children's products
Linda Burney speaks at Mingaletta
Park kiosk wins sustainable business award
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Developer meetings show one in four success rate
Washing powder waffle does not justify planning breach
Service us, or go back to the drawing board
Kiosk dispute is typical semantic obfuscation
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Donation for children at Gosford Hospital
Suicide prevention walk to be held at Umina Beach
Shopping centre charity day to aid paediatric services
Volunteers wanted for high care facility
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Portrait of actor by a young man hung in Archibald
Librarian to talk about entertainment photography
Art night full to capacity
Exhibition at aged care home
Art fair and buskers at Patonga
Twins co-write fantasy novel
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Jo receives appreciation award
Jo receives appreciation award
Character parade
Students to make hospital care packages
Dance and recorder groups perform
A winning public speaker
Speech pathology screening at Umina
School conducts voluntary parent survey
Success at zone athletics
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Two from Umina surf club selected for junior academy
Rugby union semi-finals to take place at Woy Woy
Boxers compete in State titles
Bridge club celebrates formation
Monthly charity day

Claire Braund - Group B Next Generation Independents

Running with: Diane Bull and Danielle Habib

Q. What do you consider to be the most important issue facing the Ward you would be elected to represent?

A. Aside from the major centre of Gosford, East Ward is comprised of many 'villages' who all have different local issues.

Many of these are specific to their waterfront / public land areas such as development versus preservation of the natural environment, maintenance of public facilities and services, and accessibility and transport.

If you take this up a level, the big issue is around how the views, expertise and knowledge of residents and ratepayers to address the many small problems which over-time can become a giant headache, are heard, understood and acted on in Council.

Q. What do you consider to be the most important issue facing the Central Coast Local Government Area?

A. The Central Coast is sandwiched between Newcastle and Sydney and lacks a clear identify both internally and externally.

We also compete for services and facilities between the north (Wyong) and south (Gosford) and lack strong advocates into the state and federal government systems.

This means we are often disadvantage by poor planning and policy decisions.

Good examples are the rail facility at flood prone Kangy Angy (rather than Warnervale) and the ATO and NSW Finance Office on the former waterfront public school site (rather than in Gosford CBD).

Q. How would you, if elected to Council, set about addressing that issue for (a) your Ward, (b) the region?

A. Local Government is about putting people first.

Here are some ideas that combine the resources of Council and the ingenuity of local people that don't cost the earth or take years to deliver.

Establish ward or precinct committees fed by local groups; Progress Associations, sports and member clubs and cultural and arts groups to inform on multiple issues.

Invest in ICT infrastructure, smart mobile Apps and web -based systems so councillors and council staff have access to the right technologies to manage interactions with thousands of residents and ratepayers.

Advocate strongly for the Central Coast as a region in its own right.

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