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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

Richard Mehrtens - Group G Labor Party

Running with: Vicki Scott and Brad Ernst

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

A. As a local that lives and works in Gosford West Ward, I see the issues that our community faces every day.

The last 12 months without an elected Council, and in the dying days of Gosford Council, we know how vital it is that the community has a strong voice in local government to stand up for proper services, transparency in decision making, and genuine consultation with the community.

As a Labor Councillor, I will fight to bring accountability and transparency back to Council by changing procedures to ensure that we start off on the right foot and truly represent the community.

More Council meetings need to be open to the community, fewer held behind closed doors and with active outreach and consultation with residents where they live about the issues that affect them.

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

A. We need to make the amalgamation work for the community and for the region.

We need to unite and work together so we get our fair share.

Whatever people's opinion of the amalgamation, we have the opportunity to build a strong and hardworking Council that will make the Coast an even better place to live, work, and raise a family.

We have everything we need right here on the Coast to make that happen.

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

As one of the biggest employers and purchasers on the Coast, Central Coast Council should be looking here first when hiring and buying.

We have locals who want to work, and businesses that want to grow.

That's why I will be fighting for a Local Preference Policy that will mean that local workers and businesses get the first look at tenders and jobs.

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