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Collapse Issue 485 - 23 Dec 2019Issue 485 - 23 Dec 2019
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Proposal to divert dredging funds
Proposal for nine flats approved without debate
National Park closed due to bushfire danger
High risk fishing locations identified
Crouch appointed Secretary for the Central Coast
Surfer breaks leg at Umina Beach
Yacht runs aground in smoke haze
Conservation group donates trees to Peninsula
Woman's 100th birthday celebration attracts 120
Koala project group has first meeting
Water quality good around the Peninsula, says council
Money for Killcare roadworks
Men's Shed seeks approval for larger workshop
Council defers adoption of consolidated planning
Hall improvements in time for centenary celebrations
Holstein calls for discussion about water restrictions
Acknowledged as a 'hidden treasure'
Aboriginal engagement day at PCYC
Christmas lights competition winners announced
Seaside Cinema at Killcare
Bushfire donations raised at nursing home
New Year's Eve events to support bushfire victims
Christmas lunch for Mary Mac's volunteers
Life saving president speaks to Rotary club
Rotary sells 275 Christmas trees in Woy Woy
Christmas Eve carols
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
We have painted ourselves into a corner
Corrupt process too often means no community loyalty
Non-compliance is to the benefit of the developer only
Lack of understanding of roundabout problem
Beyond the tipping point
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Nurse recognised in State awards
Bowling club raises $4000 for research
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Day trip to Archibald Prize exhibition
Art by the Sea becomes Five Lands Exhibition
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
Five named in HSC Merits List
Students build bookshelves from flat-packs
Students to restore remnant native bushland
Ethics teachers wanted for Kindergarten
'Better way' for transition to retirement
Staff changes at Woy Woy campus
Ag students visit Forbes
Student given phone for good attendance
Responses to letters to Santa
Students take part in multicultural games
Students visit science circus
College wins zone sports day
Large hampers donated for bushfire relief
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
Peninsula wins two touch titles
PCYC boxers win their divisions
Local surfers compete at interbranch championships
Jemma Smith competes for State
Boardriders seek children for Grommets program
Killcare surf club members qualify
Smith wins silver in ocean paddling
New coach at soccer club
Ocean Beach compete at surf boat carnival
Southern Spirit lose first innings in round 12
Patron's Graded Pairs
Two are named Bowler of the Year
Five kilometre run on Christmas Day
Umina bowler of the year
Southern Spirit holds pink stumps day
Everglades Men win mid-week triples
Soccer club seeks volunteers

Corrupt process too often means no community loyalty

This is an open letter to all Central Coast councillors.

Due to a number of private issues that have grounded me for much of the last 12 months, I've had plenty of time to make submissions on various policies, observe, and analyse the progress of Central Coast Council while simultaneously hearing much of the frustration being vented, especially by some of the independent councillors.

No doubt the Liberal and Labor councillors feel similar frustrations, maybe for different reasons.

In my opinion, there are some councillors capable of rigorous intellectual engagement, and some not, in each of the political sectors represented on Council: Independent, Labor and Liberal.

I can understand the frustration when one group sees another group locked up on an issue, seemingly irrespective of the logic of the debate, common sense, or community wishes.

I too believe that practice to be an abuse of democratic ideals, even more damningly so when the lock-up is imposed by a factional heavy from outside the Council but within a political party.

So, sometimes we see sensible, intellectually capable and ethically motivated councillors voting against their own views and their community's wishes, in order to remain loyal to their faction-within-their-party.

It is a corruption of democratic political processes.

As a result, many in the electorate and many of the people of the Central Coast regard political parties as interested only in promoting themselves, promoting their party irrespective of the wishes of their communities.

The political loyalty of local politicians is, too often, a loyalty to their faction and party, not a loyalty to the community.

That is what frustrates me.

Now I believe there are good and intelligent councillors mixed with others in each of the political groupings.

The trick is to find a way to advance the matters on which good and intelligent councillors can get a common sense agreement and which accords with the wishes of the community.

That is, is it possible to collect together the matters on which we can agree, and then facilitate their democratic passage through Council?

The proposed agreement might be called a unity for community.

We still retain our differences, and each councillor badges themselves accordingly but on core and agreed matters our councillors might consider a broad and united front.

My intention is to facilitate a collaboration across political divides with the goal of negotiating an agreed document which unashamedly focusses on the needs of the Central Coast community.

In 2020 we face another Council election and, despite some good initiatives taken over the past three years, the Council appears politically directionless.

In my opinion Council has two possible directions: continuing its laissez faire approach or developing a community based plan.

I believe most councillors would feel comfortable discussing a planning spine for a community-based plan as there is nothing ideologically tram-lined in acknowledging a delicate environment, choosing only industries friendly to that environment, supporting a local university and TAFE, or running a high-engagement policy for our youth.

It occurs to me that the thinkers on Council and future candidates, regardless of party lines, would be unlikely to rail against any of the elements I've included in the spine.

It is unlikely that I will be a candidate for Council so, if I felt even a small tremor of interest across-spectrum of those wishing to discuss a community-based plan for the Central Coast then I would be happy to host a small meeting of current councillors and interested candidates and members of the public at my home in Pearl Beach on January 12.

I would proceed with the meeting with even just a very small number because I believe there is value in pursuing the concept of unity of purpose for defined community good.

Anyone interested in attending the meeting can email me at vandavy@hotmail.com

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