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16 Mar 2020
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Call for lifeguards at Pearl Beach
Wrong picture
Church sells for $1.43 million
$12 million aged care upgrade planned
Wellington pays second visit
Open forum with local councillors
Tesch asks RMS for more time for resident engagement
Flooding and capacity limits highlighted in plan feedback
Environmental projects receive almost $175,000
Volunteers sought to restore park into nature reserve
Plans for six three-storey townhouses
Council seeks insights about leisure centre and theatre
Upgrades for Woy Woy Rd
Council gives 20 per cent weighting for local business
Council financial statements show breach of Act
Association plans hall upgrade
Volunteer sought to co-ordinate Anzac service
Buddies Club forms in Pearl Beach
CWA flag stolen again
Save Our Coast holds celebratory gathering
Events for residents over long weekend
Association has several things on agenda
CWA seeks bedding donations for bushfire relief
Bridge club hosts teacher training program
Next president named
Recycled products at children's market
Film screening by Eco Network
Happy without the noisy intrusion
Fire actions needed immediately
Everyone is entitled to solar access
Ocean Beach Rd intersection already too busy
Return machine needed next door to Liesl Tesch's home
Looked after while I was ill
Many causes for potholes
Times have changed
All council toilets should have hand cleaners
Suitable trees under powerlines are a good idea
Comfort cushions made for cancer care unit
Computer games and puzzles for the elderly
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Italian festival in Ettalong in April
Concert to raise money for ballerina's schooling
Concert for bushfire and flood victims
Two acts for folk club concert
Tesch launches petition to save Gosford TAFE
Precautions in preparation for maintenance work
Aboriginal Welcome Barbecue at Umina
Books donated to children overseas
Southern Spirit women win place in grand final
Ducks softball players win their way to finals
Umina comes 10th in surf life saving championships
Golfers win their way to national finals
Life savers chosen as leading women
Goodman retains unbeaten fight record
Surf clubs win medals in age championships
Umina wins medals in Masters championships
Annabelle wins medals in athletics championships
Open Fours finals played
Margaret crowned district singles champion
Boxers defeated in Olympic qualifier

Open forum with local councillors

Peninsula residents will have the chance to speak directly to their ward councillors in an open forum on March 17.

The meeting aims to provide an opportunity to ask questions or learn more about what's going on across the Peninsula.

Gosford West ward's Crs Richard Mehrtens and Cr Chris Holstein will be available for a "town hall-style" public meeting to allow the community to raise issues, seek guidance and gain updates.

The ward's other representative, Cr Troy Marquart, is unavailable on the night.

Cr Marquart said he hoped Peninsula residents would take the opportunity to have their say.

"It is difficult for councillors to reach out and speak with the community like other politicians as we don't have a community engagement budget like MPs do," Cr Marquart said.

"I welcome this new opportunity that we have created for people to come along, meet their councillors, have their say, or provide us with some issues that we can follow up.

"We've had several shopping centre pop-ups which have been well attended by local residents."

Cr Holstein said he was disappointed that the sessions were happening in only two of the five wards - the other being Gosford East ward.

"They are based on councillors making themselves available," he said.

"Councillors should be interacting with the community every day, if they are undertaking their roles as councillors," Cr Holstein said.

Cr Troy Marquart said he was unavailable to attend the session.

"I informed staff that I was unavailable on this evening and offered my apologies the moment this date was proposed," he said.

"While I am not against this particular type of public interaction, I do question the timing.

"If particular individuals wanted to frame or create such a public forum, why have they waited two-and-a-half years to raise the idea.

"A cynical individual might conclude that a re-election soap box has been created at two minutes to midnight," Cr Marquart said.

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