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Factors combined for rail chaos
Commuters describe four-hour journeys
'Train' trip took three hours from Central
MacDonald apologises for train disruptions
Trackwork to be completed this week
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Molly celebrates 105th birthday
Australia Day activities on Woy Woy waterfront
Visit by NSW Maritime fails to result in fines
Ocean Beach area is dangerous, says Mehrtens
Tesch calls for Woy Woy wharf upgrade
Councillor questions need for study before action
Plans for sand study supported by community group
Rawson Rd was only crossing with two fatalities
Six tonnes of sand to be sculpted
Accident proves need for train guards - Tesch
Encourage development in Woy Woy, says Chamber
MP supports Umina youth festival
New electronic waste contractor engaged at the tip
Permanent dredging solution is supported - Tesch
Chamber opposes lower submission threshold
Rotary club pays for three Ugandan classrooms
Mary Mac's receives Rotary donations
Little 'trickle down' despite tourism success - Chamber
Council to appoint interim general manager
Surf club holds first seaside market
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A ray of hope on the horizon
Sand creates hazard on footpaths
Any system is better than this unwieldy, exclusive one
Council could never be accused of acting in haste
Bank inquiry is good news
Open letter sent to Central Coast Council
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Program to reduce risk of falling
Lymphoedema common on the Peninsula
Project success for retirement village and graduate
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Arts and crafts centre announces upgrades
Little Theatre performs satirical comedy Australia Day
Canadian duo first up at folk club
Blues Angels at Hardy's Bay

Any system is better than this unwieldy, exclusive one

I would like to respond to the assertions from Bruce Hyland, Peninsula News (December 22).

Mr Hyland states that to make the system of electing our councillors more fair we should have a system of "15 one-member wards" and that "there should be no party affiliations shown on the ballot paper".

Such a system would ensure that only members of the Labor or Liberal parties or extremely wealthy individuals would have any chance of being elected.

He continues " a voter should have to fill in every box (or perhaps, a minimum number of boxes) in the order of preference: this will give every elector an incentive, at least, to know the names of the candidates".

Again the big parties or wealthy individuals would benefit by being able to flood the letterboxes of the electorate with how-to-vote cards and employ their members to stand at the booths spruiking their candidates.

Given that most people vote the ticket or simply vote to avoid a fine only the donkey would gain any benefit and chaos at the booth would be guaranteed. What fun!

Noting that the Labor Party has vowed to dismantle the forced mergers and a return to 10 member councils, a mixed member proportional or Hare Clark system would be a better outcome.

Any system, other than the Gosford Council we had before the merger, has to be better than this unwieldy and exclusive system.

Wards were never a good idea.

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