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Collapse Issue 493:<br />4 May 2020<br />_____________Issue 493:
4 May 2020
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Petrol is cheaper at Broken Hill than on the Peninsula
Nine groups granted a total of almost $200,000
Bridge safety plan 'overkill', says association
Permission obtained for remembrance activities
John Twiner pays his respects
Council provides financial relief to ratepayers
Cancelled event turns a profit for thankful Rotary club
Community groups ask visitors to stay at home
Repairs made to walking track in national park
The Bays residents' lives change dramatically
Group asks residents to remain vigilant against weed
Travel card eligibility widened
Cafe closes after suffering break-in
Driest fortnight this year
Ratepayers are becoming desperate
Confidence wanted in council management of funds
Work from home after lockdown ends
Esplanade footpath needs access for scooters and bikes
Extended library services should be expanded
Fuel profiteering as we are asked to pull together
Queensland Council installs toilet soap dispensers
Council replies to toilet letter
Pearl Beach resident starts online support group
New aged care wing to be named Pozieres House
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Little Theatre turns to video conferencing
Carol's quilting selected for Australasian finals
Students' return based on house groups
Students to be continue to study online
Work packs prepared for five weeks
Umina campus starts staged returns next Monday
School canteen to re-open on Monday
Preschool will meet in groups of 10
Pick-up process changed at Woy Woy South
Killcare Surf Life Saving Club reports active season
Bay-to-Bay run cancelled
Cricket awards held by social media live stream
Hoop pines planted to represent Woy Woy's fallen

Confidence wanted in council management of funds

Thanks for publishing your article (Town centres, wharf and drainage get budget allocation, Peninsula News, April 20).

I draw attention to this excerpt from Central Coast Council's operational plan: "If the economy moves into recession there will be impacts on the Central Coast economy which will likely impact the revenue base and also place cost pressures on operations".

When Gosford and Wyong councils merged, how many staff were made redundant?

What's the total number of staff at the new council?

What's the annual wage and salary cost?

What is this cost as a percentage of revenue?

Nothing is published but my intel is its 1500 full time staff and 900 contractors, (ie. the second largest council in NSW).

I'm certainly not opposed to a strong council employing locals, but as a ratepayer I would like some confidence that my funds are not a very generous "work for the dole" arrangement for back office staff to shuffle papers around while enjoying picturesque views from a skyscraper overlooking Brisbane Water.

Our council has huge revenues and I certainly hope they manage funds to ensure these very important capital works are delivered.

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