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Peninsula should speak up about planning, says Smith
Dredging of Lobster Beach next, says committee
Tesch urges Premier to deliver underpass not insults
Good Samaritan removes graffiti
Residents urged to keep cars locked
Residents asked about Empire Bay flood management
Three-storey building proposed for Ed James' site
Councillors to inspect three-unit development site
Council approves 'shop top' plan not above shops
Councillors approve five-townhouse development
Boutique boarding house plan resubmitted with changes
Chairlift concept proposed for tourism plan
Beach water quality remains stable, says report
Annual fete at Ettalong senior citizens' centre
Bowling club staff raise money for Rural Aid
Public bins destroyed in Umina
Playgroup started in aged care home
Bring your bills to the Peninsula Community Centre
Building sites to face sediment control blitz
Residents asked to be respectful
Successful grant application
Trivia night for RSPCA shelter
Aged care home opens new tea house
Retirement villages hold open day
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Inappropriate developments will destroy local ambience
A 'village' not as attractive to developers
Let's crowd-fund our own pothole-fixing truck
Party politics claim strains credulity
Excellent newspapers
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Non-profit started to support domestic violence sufferers
Workshop discusses diverse needs of older people
Bowling club donates $6100 to Gosford Hospital
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Coast Twist festival exceeds expectations
Little Theatre presents Venetian Twins for three weeks
Rotary club to hold youth gala ball
Oyster Festival celebrates 20 years
Hundreds follow Bouddi art trail
Free family movie night
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Formal wear thrift shop takes off
Aboriginal smoking ceremony to open bush garden
'Young, black and ready' information session
Morning workshop to help parents talk about divorce
Ethics teachers recognised in volunteer awards
Halloween night disco
Six students attend camp
Parking information given to parents
PCYC provides holiday activities
Woy Woy students to present Wolf's Tale
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Oldest former international sports players at trivia day
Bowling club supports RUOK Day

Party politics claim strains credulity

Mayor Matthews must be funning us when she maintains that party politics are not a factor in the Council's operation (New mayor denies 'party lines' operate at council, edition 479).

Most of the councillors wouldn't even be in office were it not for the above-the-line donkey vote that almost automatically gives one-third of the seats each to the Labor and Liberal candidates, so it strains credulity to imagine that party loyalties don't play a big part in councillors' behaviour.

The Labor councillors were outmanoeuvred by the Liberals in the election of the first mayor, but clearly the unlikely coalition that elected ex-mayor Smith has now fallen apart, possibly, in part, because of her lack-lustre performance in the role.

It remains to be seen whether the change of mayor will result in any change in the council's notoriously secretive and unresponsive attitude towards ratepayers.

It is not encouraging that the reach of Mayor Matthew's imagination is exemplified by the fact that her only goal in office (apart from being re-elected) is to beg for State and Federal money, rather than set priority targets and marshal the council's resources to achieve these targets.

As a Labor mayor, she will have an unenviable task, if she is relying on higher-level Liberal governments to bail her out any hole that the council falls into as a result of its well-recognized incompetence.

When one considers that, after two years in office, the council hasn't even sorted out a workable administrative structure for the amalgamated city, it seems unlikely that we'll see any strides forward over the next two years.

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