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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

Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services

The Peninsula Leisure Centre, the Peninsula Theatre, and council libraries and halls have been closed as Central Coast Council winds up facilities it deems non-essential.

Council chief executive Mr Gary Murphy announced the new measures which came into effect on the March 23.

Mr Murphy said the decision was made in response to the rapidly evolving coronavirus situation and State Government directives.

Mr Murphy said the decision was made with the public's health in mind.

He said the move would allow council to focus on delivering essential services.

"Our job right now is ensuring we play our part in managing as best we can the spread of coronavirus, and to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and community.

"A number of our services are not interrupted and these include essential services such as water and sewer, collection and management of waste, development assessments, road repairs, child care centres and public toilets which will remain open.

"Maintenance of sports fields, parks and reserves, such as mowing and other services will be evaluated as the situation unfolds.

"Beaches remain open and we will continue to monitor public attendance to comply with the restrictions around outdoor gatherings.

"We will still attend to customer service queries by phone on 1300 463 954 and via council's website and keep the community updated through council's information channels including social media, e-news and advertising," Mr Murphy said.

Mr Murphy said that council would have to deliver services differently and that staff were evaluating all options and taking on the advice of health authorities.

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