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Council staff recommend Farnell Rd proposal approval
Work to start on Woy Woy wharf
Quick survey finds Woy Woy Bay in 'good condition'
Everglades catchment drain upgrade completed
Exchange student celebrates birthday in Australia
Red Shield doorknock planned for May
Man escapes serious injury in shore dump
Ettalong residents group to hear about development
Handful of people attend ballot draw
Approval recommended for house exceeding limits
Patonga Wharf is declared safe and satisfactory
No 'stench' or corrosion found
NBN would fix home cabling under Labor, says Charlton
Papua New Guinea delicacies on show
Easter hat parade
Woman loses 28 points in one incident
Baptist church holds annual fete
Fire safety advice was 'pertinent'
CWA branch sponsors Guide Dog puppy
Surprise visit from Scottish relative
Easter theme at Kids' Market
Retiree becomes a millionaire
Grandmother and granddaughter receive awards
Police urge residents to lock their cars
Anzac service conducted at aged care home
Biggest Morning Tea held at church
Interactive wildlife evening at Rotary
Retiree writes about earlier life
Over-dependency on cars remains
Fix the parking in Ettalong
Add $10 million for foreshore work
CCTV needed in Chambers Place
More open parliamentary discussion time needed
Meals on Wheels opens 'community restaurant'
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Rotary club forms committee for Opera in the Arboretum
Folk club to celebrate 20 years
Pearl Beach concert to showcase student achievements
School requires shirt swap
Teachers and students donate hair in fundraiser
Selected for Global Games
Term ends with cross country run
Umina comes second in Woy Woy Cup
Students visit retirement village
Toy cars wanted
Students plant a garden bed
College excels at Royal Easter Show
Productive term at Woy Woy
Students and staff join in hat parade
Local surf clubs return from Aussies with medals
Bowls championship ends at Ettalong
Tahlia wins five medals at Australian championships
Gymnastics coach selected for world competition
End of an era as JB finishes his last patrol
Soccer secretary wins administrator award
Woy Woy loses hard-fought rugby union match
Charity bowls held at Everglades
Host to masters' darts titles
Flags lowered with pizza and music
Surf club to hold annual meeting

Handful of people attend ballot draw

Only a handful of people, including five of the eight candidates standing for the Federal seat of Robertson, turned up to witness one of the steps of democracy in action - choosing the ballot list order for the election on May 18.

Media advisors to the major party candidates, journalists and five candidates turned up to watch the process on Wednesday, April 24, in a small office in Mann St, Gosford.

It involved an employee of the Australian Electoral Commission reading out what she was about to do and then us watching as she did exactly as she said she would.

The process was repeated across the country in each electorate with the same script being followed and starting at exactly noon.

Eight wooden balls were put into a wire cage and the handle turned.

The people in the room were asked if they too wanted to turn the handle.

I volunteered and turned the handle of democracy.

A second Australian Electoral officer sat behind the cage, with a black mask over her face. She pulled the numbers out of the cage and handed them to a third employee who declared the numbers.

The first name out of the barrel won the coveted first place on the ballot paper, commonly believed to favour the so-called donkey vote.

As a result of the draw, the ballot paper will have the names in this order:

Judy Singer, Sustainable Australia.

Robert Marks, United Australia Party.

Fiona Stucken, Christian Democrat Party, Fred Nile Group.

David Abrahams, independent.

Luck Wicks, Liberal.

Cath Conner, Greens

Sean Young, Animal Justice Party.

Anne Charlton, ALP.

Sitting Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks said it was important people knew who they were voting for and why.

Mr David Abrahams said he couldn't complain: four was his lucky number.

Greens candidate Ms Cath Connor said it was nice to have the official part of the proceedings done.

"We are now off and running," she said.

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