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Ettalong Bowling Club proposes merger with Sporties
Council to consider making a submission about Sporties
Regional planning panel inspects Sporties site
Waterfront group calls for withdrawal of Sporties' plans
Mehrtens considers independent Sporties' assessment
Sporties' proposal big enough for panel referral
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Boom gate failure adds to level crossing danger
Almost $1 million to be spent on beach erosion
Fund may go to Patonga boat ramp and Woy Woy wharf
Holstein lists Peninsula roadworks
Playgroup calls on Council to justify herbicide use
Scientific paper written about our cultured pearls
Second youth festival to be smaller evening event
Exchange student returns for Rotary club's birthday
Solar business claims to have been misrepresented
Tree group prepares for National Tree Day
Library wants children for 'some creative building'
Updated map of Brisbane Water is released
Volunteers praised
MP to hold 'Listening Post'
Plan Ahead Day at Woy Woy courthouse
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Few applications heard by council, fewer rejected
New smart planning paradigms should mean less cars
Council approval unacceptable
Democracy needed in planning process
Where is the Peninsula Urban Directions Strategy?
We're already fat enough
Ocean Beach is quite different to Ettalong foreshore
Save our beach - our future may depend on it
Fight for our land before it is gone forever
The Peninsula has been forgotten
Constructing a Swiss cheese plan with holes of neglect?
Barry Cohen was popular and energetic Member
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New rehabilitation ward at private hospital
Fitness equipment installed at Killcare
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Bouddi Gallery celebrates 10 years
Duo and folk singer to appear at folk club
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Local schools have received $1.5M, says MacDonald
School crossing supervisor needed at Umina
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Kaylah wins Australian under-16 championship
Young player invited to train with West Ham United
Bowling club celebrates member's 100th birthday
Two Umina surf club members win Council awards
Rookie of the month
Local lifesavers in winning State team
Lions to support women's rugby
Bridge clubs introduces new activities

Few applications heard by council, fewer rejected

Your reporter states that "'Under Mr Ian Reynolds' administration, the 50 submissions policy was adopted by Council".

Reynolds was the "council" and the 50 figure declared by Reynolds, without debate, no reasons given.

Cr Bruce McLachlan said: "Councillors are not trained town planners and should not impede the business of council."

"I have concerns about the implications that this will have on council staff, resources, extra expense to rate payers, slowing down DA approvals, costing people time and money," said Cr Jilly Pillon.

It should be pointed out that if DAs put to council are complying developments, the community usually has no avenue for objection and you would have to have some compelling reason to convince a councillor to take it to council.

It was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on January 16 under the heading "The councils most likely to refuse renovation plans", that, in the years 2014 to 2016, Gosford councillers decided 99 applications while the staff (doing what they are paid to do) decided 3739 applications.

In the financial year 2014 to the financial year of 2016, Gosford council refused less than one per cent of applications that came to it.

Cr McLachlan's facetious statement that he is "looking forward to the garden sheds and car ports in future meetings" illustrates the ignorance of the councillors who are trying to remove the residents from the decision-making in our council.

Shame on them.

Garden sheds and carports are exempt developments and you can have both and more up to 20 metres square each.

Mosman "refers after three objections," according to Mosman Mayor Carolyn Corrigan in the Sydney Morning Herald report.

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