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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
The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
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
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
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 elections postponed 12 months

The NSW Government has postponed the September Central Coast Council elections for 12 months in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Central Coast mayor Cr Lisa Matthews said: "The decision to postpone local government elections provides stability for our community in the face of adversity.

"It is a sensible decision."

The amendment to the Local Government Act gives the Minister the power to call a possible further extension to December 31 next year.

It also allows councils to hold official meetings electronically instead of physically.

Local ward representative Cr Chris Holstein said: "At any election, the transition period and getting new councilors up to speed will be extensive for themselves and, in turn, the organisation.

"The current council's continuation in this current situation allows continuity for staff and one less challenge for them in these challenging circumstances," he said.

"With four to five councillors indicating they are not standing at the next election would mean that challenge will be there.

"The extension still needs commitment from all current councillors, re-standing or not, to continue in fulfilling their duties to support the community and staff operations.

"The current crisis may also allow some to reflect on the priorities in this region and show a greater unity, rather than political or self-interest," Cr Holstein said.

The postponement of the September 2020 elections will not change the future schedule of council elections, and the subsequent elections will still proceed in September 2024.

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