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Collapse Issue 478 - 16 Sep 2019Issue 478 - 16 Sep 2019
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Clydesdale horses visit aged care facility
Urban spatial plan goes on public exhibition
Testing 'stopped' of water blamed for pelican deaths
Only six Peninsula bike paths in list of 142
Peter Bagnall steps down as surf club president
Bushwalking family rescued after night outdoors
Electorate's community projects are on the Peninsula
Cafe owner asks for removal of conditions
Call for disability facilities in playground upgrades
Drifting yacht recoverd by RMS
Proposal for two-storey gym at Club Umina
Councillors differ on local planning panels
Umina skate park design report released
Three two-storey townhouse development replicated
Applications to demolish homes and erect townhouses
Short-term accommodation approved
Two homes to be replaced by double-storey building
Manufactured home approved under delegation
Council to set sports fields charges
Water restrictions being considered
Mayor and deputy mayor to face election
Program of events for 90th anniversary
Celebratory event has boutique wine and gourmet food
Girl Guides to celebrate 70 years
Ethan is organiser of school strike
Matthew Calbert is named Young Volunteer of the Year
CWA branch receives recognition statement
New Rotary club receives its charter
Men's Shed holds its Spring garage sale
Dog event raises $5000 for Guide Dogs
Nine trees planted in Springwood St
CWA branch has morning tea with youth service
Church holds service of appreciation
Rotary to use grant for aged care equipment
Rotary club hears about PCYC
Sites sign up for garage sale trail
Tree removal threatens local beauty
Thanks for rescuing me
The Great Uneducated?
Alleviation works fail to address flooding problem
Brenda receives her OAM for stroke awareness
Finalist in business awards
Hospital staff take colourful approach to Stroke Week
Surf club takes on RUOK Day message
Scuba diving offered as physical therapy
Surgeon accredited to use laser for haemorrhoids
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Bouddi arts trail over long weekend
Jazz, roots and blues singers at folk club
New musical is 'proof of concept'
Exhibition to launch Coastal Twist Festival
MP supports Rainbow Windows competition
Artisan market at Woy Woy
Umina resident helps organise women's jazz festival
Students use 3D printer
College welcomes new Umina principal
First excursion for kindergarten students
Keearn makes national Oztag team
Goalball teams play in State championships
Logs have 'mysteriously disappeared'
Annabelle's success continues
Teacher honoured with Education Week award
Pretty Beach staff members honoured
Students raise $1000 in backpack challenge
Superheroes in parade
Students take part in Cultural Continuum excursion
Working bee results in new look garden beds
College students and staff visit Empire Bay
Students raise funds for Legacy
Students show off cooking skills
Students paint with light
Brainstorming ways to make learning more innovative
Jemma takes gold in canoe world championships
Umina crown NSW Surf Life Saving Club of the Year
Southern and Ettalong United defeated by Gosford City
Bailey makes finals of Ironman trials
Three boxers succeed at Queensland Golden Gloves
Asha to compete in dirt track titles
Women's Seven team hang up their boots
Roosters under-10 team undefeated in five years
Club offers free training in return for work
Rugby Union presentations

Councillors differ on local planning panels

The three Central Coast councillors whose ward covers the Peninsula have completely different reactions to the local planning panels introduced by the State Government.

The panels will take planning decisions away from the council from early next year for the developments costed above $5 million and less than $20 million.

Liberal Cr Troy Marquart said the establishment of local planning panels would be a huge boost for development on the Coast.

Labor's Cr Richard Marquart said the council was ahead of its housing targets and the State Government could not hide behind "some strawman argument" that development was being held back by council.

Independent Cr Chris Holstein said he was still seeking clarification on the scope of the panels, its level of impact and associated impacts.

Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch announced on August 25 that the NSW Government would introduce a Local Planning Panel to the Coast.

Planning and Public Spaces Minister Rob Stokes said that, with Central Coast Council managing a large and growing population and economy, it made sense that a Local Planning Panel be extended to the region.

"Independent reviews of existing panels in NSW have demonstrated they are performing very well to deliver better planning outcomes which is why we've established a Local Planning Panel for the Central Coast," Mr Stokes said.

"The panel will free up councillors to focus on the long-term strategic planning to lead the delivery of the region's goals and priorities across its large jurisdiction."

Cr Marquart said: "We are a region growing at a frantic pace and any assistance that the Central Coast Council can receive, in regards to sensitive, complex, high-value development is a positive that should be embraced.

"The Local Planning Panel will consist of independent industry experts and the creation of this panel is backed by development professionals such as the Central Coast chapter of Urban Development Australia."

Cr Mehrtens said: "It is an utter nonsense for the Liberal Government to claim that the introduction of Local Planning Panels is anything but a power grab for their developer mates.

"All the Local Planning Panel will do is make decision-making more opaque and take away power from the community which is exactly what the government wants.

"A Local Planning Panel not accountable to the community, not elected by the community and not from the community, is a major step backwards for local decision making.

"Central Coast Council is ahead of our housing targets.

"We've got new developments in Gosford.

"The government wants a panel that will just tick-and-flick any development that gets put before it without any questioning or scrutiny as we have seen with the Joint Regional Planning Panel which has ignored community anger and even approved developments on endangered ecological land.

"Central Coast Council has to plan and deliver for the whole Coast so we should be the ones to determine all planning matters in the region to make sure we are able to support and cater to all development."

The panel is expected to be in place by early 2020 and will consist of a chair and two independent experts appointed by council from a NSW Planning Minister-endorsed pool of independent, qualified people, plus one community representative.

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