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Collapse Issue 476 - 12 Aug 2019Issue 476 - 12 Aug 2019
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Peninsula has hottest suburbs on the Coast
Consultation on intersection upgrade 'in six months'
Council to seek greater integrity in assessment process
Crouch welcomes Service NSW centre opening
Bouddi bushcare group wins regional award
Council retains tree register under new tree policy
Privacy screening no longer required for nursing home
Eight one-bedroom dwellings proposed for Umina
Applicant asks Council to review its refusal
Council completes sporting works program
Mehrtens welcomes call for Newstart increase
Historic family photos discovered at Mt Ettalong
David Dufty dies
Animal group calls for dogs to be walked on leash
Trivia night for animal care and protection
New rubbish bins damaged
Annual dinner dance
Storytime for children's book week
Community groups benefit from run
Alleged oil spill a matter for Council, says EPA
Tesch supports health and fitness program
Local tourism season launched
Rotary Club hears about history of aged care facility
Rotary raises money for Mary Macs
Umina Rotary may fund Somoan college projects
Month-long donation drive for Mary Mac's
Free movie screenings planned for Umina
CWA members create memorial quilt
Inquiries continue into forced entry
No community interest served by avoiding science
Local needs completely ignored
Thanks to Liesl Tesch
Not a moment to lose with climate emergency
Are governments planning for demographic change?
A tribute to David Dufty
Di celebrates 25 years serving in chemist shop
Father and daughter raise $2500 for Stroke Foundation
Suicide prevention walk at Umina Beach
Old and young join in activities
Hospital introduces therapy dog
Nurses learn about endoscopy
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Glee Club concerts this week
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Aunties film met with pride and sadness
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Local artists launch new art prize
Artists wanted to participate in festival
Principal asks parents to obey traffic law
New principal starts at Pretty Beach
Canteen volunteers wanted
Students participate in road safety course
Animation workshop
Woy Woy complete debating challenge
Schools celebrate Education Week
Rugby League team competes in State carnival
Textiles students produce handbags
Students play in mass recorder group
Students plant native shrubs
Helping the homeless
Students complete walk
Aged care trainee is finalist
Upcycled art show
Ettalong women not yet soccer champions
Umina wins seven pool rescue medals
Jemma competes in world canoe championships
Former Bunnies player debuts with Melbourne Storm
Woy Woy wins soccer championship
Woy Woy wins battle of the Lions
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Everglades championships
Floorball registration opens
Ducks recruit softball players
Surf club mourns loss of life member
Rugby club holds Old Boys' Day

Mehrtens welcomes call for Newstart increase

Cr Richard Mehrtens has welcomed a decision by Central Coast Council to make a submission the Federal Government for an increase in the Newstart Allowance.

Cr Mehrtens told the Peninsula News the last census showed that there were 1200 unemployed people on the Peninsula, most of whom would be getting by on only $300 a week.

"People who live on the Peninsula shop on the Peninsula," he said.

"If you give 1200 people a pay rise then that money goes straight into the shops on Blackwall Rd, or in Deepwater Plaza, and helps support local small business owners who are also doing it tough,'' he said.

"What the federal government needs to realise is that by increasing the rate of Newstart, you are directly injecting that money into local economies.''

Cr Mehrtens said no one deserved to be treated as poorly as successive Federal Governments had treated people on Newstart.

"To expect a single-parent family to live on $300 means that you are condemning children to living in poverty and that is disgraceful,'' he said.

"A payment of $300 a week doesn't even pay for rent on the Peninsula, let alone food, bills, clothing, or school costs.''

The motion to make a submission to the Federal Government was raised by Cr Jillian Hogan.

She said more than 30 council had made formal submissions to the Federal Government calling it to "Raise the Rate" and the Australian Local Government Association had added its voice.

The association motion had said that the burden was placed on local government areas to respond to the needs and challenges of people living in poverty and homelessness.

It called upon the Federal Government to raise the allowances to the level of the Henderson Poverty Line to increase the wellbeing and life chances of many in the community.

The March quarter 2019 poverty line, inclusive of housing costs, was $994.68 for a family of two adults, one of whom was working, with two dependent children.

Cr Hogan's motion called on council's submission to the Federal Government to include the rationale from a statistical, economic and social perspective relevant to the Central Coast region.

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