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Collapse Issue 491 - 30 Mar 2020Issue 491 - 30 Mar 2020
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Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach
Fishing operators say they struggle to stay viable
Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop
Early end to patrols, but beaches remain open
'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward
'Resilience plan writes itself' as needs arise
Rotary president returns to home confinement
New York trip turns to nightmare
Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services
Bays Fair won't be held until next year
Italian festival postponed
Rotary club cancels Opera in the Arboretum
Information on government website
Chamber joins in buy-local campaign
Wicks urges residents to remain calm
Council forecasts $32.5 million deficit before virus costs
Council elections postponed 12 months
Council to tender for after hours call service
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The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
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Health District 'as prepared as humanly possible'
Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery
Private hospital offers surgery to 'relieve load'
Woy Woy Hospital changes visiting hours
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Photographers and artists wanted by arboretum group
Art prize winners announced
Benefit concert postponed
Folk club cancels March concert
Theatre group reschedules plays to next year
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College campuses transition to online learning
Teachers are designing activities for home learning
School adopts Batlow as 'bushfire buddy'
Schoolwork prepared for online learning
Students take part in photography workshop
Events cancelled, postponed and proceeding
Umina launches Learning at Home portal
School attendance drops to 15 per cent
School subscribes to online learning programs
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Southern Spirit declared runners-up after washout
Women's sevens final played at Woy Woy
Netball association may face tough decisions
Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May
Soccer players wait for news about season's future
Swans season deferred

Council to tender for after hours call service

Central Coast Council will tender for an After Hours Call Centre Service, deciding it was a cheaper option than to bring the service in-house.

The decision was made at the March 9 meeting where councillors heard the current arrangement costs about $350,000 a year with the after-hours service provided by one supplier on a month-to-month basis.

The cost of bringing that service in-house was estimated at $1.34 million.

Cr Kyle MacGregor said he didn't believe it would cost that much and pushed for council to start the process to bring it in-house.

But he did not get the support of other councillors.

The Liberal and independent councillors voted instead to take the cheaper option as recommended in the report from staff.

They won the vote nine against the six Labor councillors.

The report stated that the service received a small number of calls - 6,300 per year or 17 calls per day. Of the 17, an average of 12 were escalated to council staff on after hours duty.

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