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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

Union claims power delays due to job cuts

The Electrical Trades Union has claimed that length delays in the restoration of power following the recent storms were the direct result of massive job cuts in the energy sector.

Ausgrid announced through its website on February 20 that power had been restored on the Peninsula following the storm on February 8 and 9.

Union secretary Mr Justin Page said there had been 5000 job losses since 2015 at electrical distributors Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy.

"Our members have been working around the clock during and since the storms, desperately trying to restore power to homes and businesses but the fact is that with 5000 fewer workers there simply isn't as many highly skilled people available to do the work," Mr Page said.

"Despite the network growing in size and the risks posed by extreme weather and climate change increasing, staffing levels in the NSW electricity network have never been as low as they currently are.

"Power workers have been doing emergency restoration works for months straight, including throughout the recent bushfire crisis, repairing unprecedented amounts of damage to vital electricity infrastructure.

"While the bushfires may have been unprecedented, scientists have long warned that climate change would cause more frequent and extreme weather events, yet rather than increase resources to make our power network more resilient, we continue to see the loss of specialist distribution workers."





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