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CCTV cameras fail to capture vandalism
Norma celebrates 100th birthday
Aunty Di's image on clocktower for Naidoc Week
Service NSW to open shopfront in Woy Woy
Tesch welcomes Service NSW shopfront announcement
Emergency dredging work starts
Community campaign results in 70 objections
Developer argues multi-unit flat is 'relatively low density'
Red Shield Appeal raises $38,000 on the Peninsula
Woy Woy Bay flood study starts
Residents ask: Why was tree cut down?
Council reduces fee increases for Senior Cits Centre
Council plans 66 projects for the Peninsula
Plans to be drawn up for skate park upgrade
Council says it is keen to lease oval forecourt cafe
Council to seek special conservation zoning
New president welcomed at Woy Woy Rotary
Solicitor appointed Rotary club president
Jet skiers rescued from cliff face
Boy struck while crossing road
Time limits proposed for council meetings
Depot safety project almost complete
Council narrowly avoids financial shutdown
No dates set for panel hearings
Council releases first strategic plan
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The beginning of the end of the Peninsula we all love
Excessive over-development is not what residents want
Farnell Rd proposal raises climate change questions
Bring back the boarding house
Let's not deafen whales with oil testing
The ABC is not an indulgence
The ABC is doing its job
Labor members have our backs
What will happen when tower collapses?
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Breast screening at Woy Woy CWA
Wicks tells Parliament of GP increase
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Two-day workshop for directors and actors
Traditional arts and crafts from local women on display
Bouddi Foundation offers artist grants of up to $5000
Writer launches debut novel
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Nominated for two awards
College students participate in model UN Assembly
Students remove oyster lease debris from Pelican Island
Empire Bay student wins encouragement award
Students take titles in aerobics and cheer competition
Pretty Beach wins through to State goalball titles
Classes take part in international art project
Umina teams compete in debating challenge
Girls teams compete in knockout competitions
Soccer teams suffer defeats
Schools hold pyjama days
Students speak on multiculturalism
Performance held for Naidoc Week
Kindergarten students visit wildlife park
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Squad of 21 takes out 32 swimming medals
Jemma contributes to Australian win
Surfing stalwart dies
Charity run winners
Charity bowlers raise $650
Brothers fight out Minor Singles

Bring back the boarding house

When I left the bush for the bright lights, it was to Brisbane in 1959.

There were only two beggars that I saw.

They were both at or near the southern end of the old Victoria Bridge, and by the end of 1960 they were both gone.

I did not see another beggar until the late 1970s near Central Station, Sydney, at the beginning of the Economic Rationalist era.

Men would come up and ask for a dollar.

Now beggars and homeless people can be seen everywhere.

So much for progress.

Back in the 1960's and 70's, pensioners and minimum wage earners could find a bed in boarding houses in the inner suburbs.

The room might be shared but the bed was warm and the roof waterproof.

These days the inner suburbs are gentrified and any remaining boarding houses are fire-regulated out of existence.

What's available these days?

Perhaps a place in a share house or flat, subject to approval by the other inhabitants.

What's it's like for someone on the wrong side of 50 to find such accommodation?

I shudder to think.

I have seen single people's flats built by the Housing Commission: Very luxurious bedroom, living area, bathroom and kitchen for each person, must be very expensive.

No wonder the government is not building them by the thousands.

So a there's 10-year wait.

How about modernising the old boarding house idea?

Small single bedrooms with shared bathrooms and toilets, shared kitchens, and a person to collect the rent, clean the place, and keep order and garages for extra rent for those who don't want to let go of their cars.

Surely such places could be built at ultimately little or no cost to the taxpayer?

By the way, what's happened to my boat that was supposed to be lifted high on the rising tide of Economic Rationalist wealth?

Well, I reckon it got hijacked by a one-percenter to help finance a fancy flat and Porsche for his mistress.

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