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Edna celebrates her 100th birthday
Young artist aims to raise $5000 for support service
Two marine rescues near Lion Island
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Heritage study being prepared for Woy Woy
One more week to comment on roundabout plans
Remembrance Day
Empire Bay wharf will close for replacement program
Trust asks about use of endangered bushland money
Mayor may visit Peninsula on 'travelling roadshow'
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Council approves five two-storey units at Ettalong
Dredging program 'complete', says Crouch
Partly-restored ferry towed to Blackwall
Library renovation
Marquart opposes water tank scheme
Gosford council chambers security costs to be tabled
Council decides not to set up ethical standards unit
Council pecuniary interests register to go on website
Abrahams criticises election donation disclosure system
Community input sought for flood study
Dark Corner carpark upgrade is completed
Council proposal leads to call on Federal Government
Council staff propose grant for Ducks
CWA branch member awarded life membership
Bill Graham granted life membership at Men's Shed
Umina CWA almost doubles membership in a year
Members of original Guide group celebrate 70 years
Kate Da Costa re-elected to NCC
Rotary has lawyer as guest speaker
Ettalong to light up for Christmas
Rotary club announces Pride of Workmanship awards
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Staff celebrate anniversaries
Record fair
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Council fence creates reserve instead of urban forest
If councillors want our opinions, read Peninsula News
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Why is Chambers Place so ugly?
Urinating for all to see
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Constitution is frozen in time
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Bladder scanner donated to aged care home
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Mingaletta wins Koori Mini Olympics
Pink Day in Woy Woy raises $12,000
Assistance dogs provided to veterans
Free healing group sessions
Money raised for mental health service
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Council seeks sculpture for Anderson Park
Blues and roots duo at folk club
Free children's Christmas party
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Council pecuniary interests register to go on website

Central Coast Council has decided that their privacy is an "overriding public interest reason" why their pecuniary or financial interests register should not go on the Council website for public consumption.

The decision to keep the register off the website went through unremarked and undebated at the October 28 council meeting as part of a number of items passed en masse.

The councillors accepted the staff recommendation to simply table the register, which means that the chief executive officer has a copy of it.

The staff said that after weighing the public interest considerations, personal information would be an overriding factor against disclosure and would need to be redacted prior to being released to Council's website.

"This redaction in effect would result in the returns being meaningless, as details of addresses of places of residence and other properties owned form part of the type of information which might be relied upon to determine a pecuniary interest.

"If that information is removed from the return, the return has considerably less value."

Council's Code of Conduct states that the pecuniary interest register must be publicly displayed on Council's website each year unless there is an overriding public interest reason why they should not go up on the website.

The Government Information Public Access Act (GIPA Act) defines the pecuniary interest returns as open access information which must be made publicly available free of charge on Council's website, but it also states "unless there is an overriding public interest against disclosure".

The Local Government Act places specific obligations on councillors, council delegates, council staff and other people involved in making decisions or giving advice on Council matters to act honestly and responsibly in carrying out their functions.

Generally, those obligations include the lodgement of disclosure of interest returns, the lodgement of written declarations and the disclosure of pecuniary interests at council and council committee meetings.

The staff report to Council said that all required returns by councillors, the chief executive officer, other senior staff and those council staff identified as designated persons, had been lodged before the statutory date with the exception of seven staff who were designated persons.

"These seven staff are currently on extended leave and will be required to complete a return on resuming their Council duties," the report said.

The Council's Code of Conduct also states that councillors and designated persons must disclose whether they were a property developer, or a close associate of a corporation that is a property developer.

The unredacted returns will be available for view only by an application for inspection, as per Council's current practice.

This means that any member of the public can ask to view them.

"It should be noted that in the past, Council has experienced very few requests to view the returns," the report stated.

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