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20 Jan 2020
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Umina power blackout on 43 degree day
Council approves plans for IOOF housing site
Australia Day celebrations to be held at Woy Woy
'Business as usual' despite factory fire
'We're not guilty,' says aged care provider
Busy day for Marine Rescue
Ettalong to get a spruce-up
Fire at Woy Woy tip took 90 minutes to locate
Call for more council funding for free open-air film nights
New proposal submitted for six-storey development
Hardware store proposal criticised by neighbours
Woy Woy CWA donates to Disaster Relief
Free emergency accommodation offered
Ministers' association holds prayers for bushfire victims
CWA branch delivers donations to South Coast
Community raises $14,000 for Pearl Beach fire brigade
Sewing bee to help injured wildlife
Arboretum receives second $20,000 grant
Group plans to plant 100 trees
New community garden in Umina
Talk about tree hollows as habitat
First Bays' breakfast of the year
Rotary club chooses exchange student
Free putt putt golf for children
Titanic theme for Pearl Beach dinner
Cinema under the stars
Taking part in breakfast program
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Councillors need to say no to destruction of our lifestyle
Turn down temperature in the Peninsula oven
Council has forgotten it is there to ensure equal rights
Council should pause and question population targets
Why do we bother with council and its elected officials?
Permanent budget needed to keep waterways open
Act on dredging and bad driving, but not roundabout
Find time to toast success
Watering grass and concrete
Constructive political action is needed
Climate action rejected for 40 years
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Men's activities result in improvement to well-being
Prosthetic limbs donated to 29 children
Cricket club raises $519 for cancer support
Film about gut health to be shown in Ettalong
Hospital staff provide drought aid and firefighter support
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Aboriginal history group shows four films
Choir holds registration day
Young singer wins music competition
English singer at folk club
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Teachers' photos in social media campaign
Fun fair to show centre's program
Aged care course to be held again
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Jemma Smith wins silver in debut appearance
Netball player conducts training session at Woy Woy
Graded Pairs held at Umina
Bowling clubs name Club Persons

Constructive political action is needed

We have a Prime Minister who tells us that organising water-bombing aircraft is a state responsibility and outside his jurisdiction.

This is the same Prime Minister who, during the recent campaign, assumed responsibility for municipal carparks as a vote-buying tactic in Central Coast electorates.

It appears that federal jurisdiction extends to whatever the Prime Minister feels like on the day, but, weighing the relative importance of the two issues, an impartial person might expect that a national catastrophe on the scale of our bushfires would draw a more responsive attitude from someone who purports to be our national leader.

Calling in the army reserves, as a panic move and without any consultation with the operational leaders on the ground, is not a substitute for thoughtful consideration of our current and future fire-protection needs.

Perhaps, he is still praying for guidance (or for rain), but seeking divine intervention is not a constructive political action in the current context.




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