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Anglican parish decides to sell St Andrews church
Tesch calls for more Return and Earn machines
Beach sculptures 'pop up' after storms
Future of Peninsula real estate given mixed assessment
Biddy turns 103
Work starts on traffic measures in Memorial Ave
Discussion about Mt Ettalong reserve plan invited
Mattress recycle project may extend to Woy Woy tip
All future council meetings to be held in Wyong
Council supports Coastal Twist festival with $50,000
Chair of Local Planning Panel announced
Springwood St seniors housing project to start this year
Two road projects approved
Local author's story included among 100
Rotary club hosts 20 exchange students for weekend
Golden retriever starts fortnightly visits
CWA branch receives donation for sock campaign
Evening patchwork in Ettalong
Village residents raise $1050 for bushfire appeal
Company grows from Ettalong lounge room
Union claims power delays due to job cuts
Rotary club provides shirts for Ugandan school teachers
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Pacific Link proposal reduces social housing
Rubbish spoils thoroughfare to beach
Repeating an action and expecting a different result?
Council has always been opposed to Wallarah 2
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Woy Woy Hospital to receive four new nurses
Clowns entertain aged care residents
Golf club donates pumps for 'chemo at home'
Hosts wanted for mental health barbecues
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Two contribute to award-winning film
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School adopts web software for administrative efficiency
Laptops and smartboards usher in new era
Leave precious items at home, parents warned
Canteen manager celebrates 25 years
Sunscreen and mosquito repellent use encouraged
Learning to make sushi
Annabelle returns with medals
Student artworks chosen for regional exhibition
School library transformed to match book fair theme
Charlotte receives scholarship for further education
Parents reminded about cycling helmets
Students selected for mentoring program
A taste of rugby league
Praise for settling in quickly
Splash-A-Thon to be held at Umina
Education department officials visit school
Staff win first round of volleyball tournament
Four well-being programs are offered
Science and technology program for indigenous girls
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Umina boxers in Olympic qualifying round
Soccer club rejoins Premier League after 30 years
Social cup celebrates 40 years of touch football
Spirit beaten for minor premiership in narrow win
Surf club member to provide livestream coverage
Pirates win medals in country championships
Narrowly beaten for bronze
Surf club mourns loss of long-time member
Major Fours hotly contested

Repeating an action and expecting a different result?

Many moons ago, someone, much cleverer than I, told me that to repeat an action and expect a different result was a sign of silliness.

I have only just realised I am guilty of that very thing.

Every few months I write to the Peninsula News complaining about the method of repairing potholes used by Central Coast Council and expect that something will be done.

Silly boy.

In my latest Council Bulletin, which arrived with my water rates notice, is an article telling me what they are doing to fix potholes, both great and small.

The answer: the same thing that didn't fix it last time.

Or the time before that, or the time before that, ad infinitum.

Late last year I travelled to Junee, on to Hillston, and returned via Bathurst.

Not the entire state but a pretty representative cross-section.

I studied the roads as I went and can safely say we have the worst roads in NSW bar none.

Council's bulletin poses the question 'Why do potholes form?' and posits that the main cause is water getting through the road surface.

The reason water lays there waiting to be pushed through the surface is because the road, when built, has no proper camber.

That is, the road should slope toward the gutter, so the rain runs off.

If the road had been built properly in the first place most of our potholes wouldn't have formed at all.

Unfortunately, it is too late to re-build all the roads on the Peninsula, but surely they can do better than the bloke observed a fortnight ago stamping down cold mix with his foot at the intersection of Victoria St and Ocean Beach Rd.

Could the Council at least test-drive one pothole-filling truck for a couple of weeks?

Go to Google and you will find this wonderful machine completing a seamless repair in minutes.

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