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Collapse Issue 487:<br />3 Feb 2020<br />_____________Issue 487:
3 Feb 2020
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Southern Spirit fined $1000 for Pink Day fundraiser
Community group calls for Umina Mall clean-up
Supermarket fixes leaking stormwater pipe
High winds cause widespread damage
Kingsview Hill residents petition for maintenance work
Association gives qualified support to mobile tower plan
Residents' group says new plans are 'even worse'
Bays Community Group prepares for fair
Energy company withdraws seismic testing application
Honour for service to animal conservation
Coastal Twist founder is Women of the Year finalist
Tesch urges seniors to take up travel card
Girls' lemonade stand raises $152 for Wires
Skate park work 'unlikely' before July
Fundraiser for firefighters' socks
Council invites businesses to disability access forum
Information about grants
Tree group learns about value of dead trees
Presentation about staying safe online
Paddle board beach party for vision-impaired youth
Toastmasters to hold speaking course
Lawyer returns from international cricket win
Work starts on five-storey apartment block
Real estate agents wins three franchise awards
Man charged over stabbing incident
Social housing: What is the alternative?
Lucky streaks don't last forever
Doctor is harder to see than the Queen
Unnecessary watering is a waste
Doom and gloom prophecy or indisputable fact?
What about proportional representation in Council
Aged care provider adopts new model
Luncheon to raise money for clown doctors
Hairdressers can help in cancer detection, says surgeon
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Environment group seeks volunteers for festival
The Final Test opens new season at Little Theatre
Opera conductor chosen for summer school
Family orchestra at Troubadour
Umina craft group supports wildlife carers
Wide-ranging report in first newsletter of the year
Program to provide information about eating well
Jemma finishes seventh in Ironwoman Series
Pink Stumps Day final tally was $5108
Umina has two candidates for Junior Lifesaver award
Jemma excels in interstate championships
Ollier appointed junior soccer technical director
Skate, scooter and BMX competition heat at Umina
Charity bowls returns to Woy Woy
Two speakers at Lions luncheon
Basketball at leisure centre

What about proportional representation in Council

Laurie Powell is distressing himself to no good purpose when he laments Council's repeated approval of non-conforming developments on the Peninsula ("Councillors need to say no to destruction of our lifestyle", edition 486).

It seems as though everybody on the Peninsula (including myself) has written with this same complaint, but it is obvious that Council has no concern for these objections and no intention of reviewing the development standards to set stable and rational controls that we can rely on into the future.

As it is, the current plan is taken by developers to be no more than a general suggestion of the level that they can aim to get below, with the connivance of our elected representatives.

As they say, you get the government you deserve, and these councillors are plainly what we deserve.

As he points out, two of our three ward members don't even live in the ward, so how can they be interested in representing us, when their re-election depends on being affiliated with the right party and not on responding to our concerns.

I have previously suggested that residency in the ward should be a condition for a candidate, but, as it stands, a candidate doesn't even have to live on the Central Coast and can still be elected by the above-the-line donkey vote.

On top of this, the ward boundaries are so drawn that there is no community of interest across the whole area, which means that, with the best will in the world, councillors are going to have a problem in reconciling different demands from different parts of the electorate.

The mayor has suggested that we could change to a three-ward system which would seem likely to exacerbate the problem.

As it stands, we could hope for a 5-5-5 distribution on the Council, but a three-ward system is likely to lead to a 6-6-3 distribution which is the last thing we want.

As I have said before, my preference is for a 15-ward system, in hopes that having a small number of electors in each ward will lead to a demand for candidates to give specific assurances to voters about policies and intentions.

At the very least, voters might learn the name of the candidate they are electing, which is, many times, not the case now.

It also gives an unmistakable identity to the person responsible who can be approached as a channel of communication with Council.

Alternatively, what about a proportional-representation system that would give fair dibs for everybody?

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