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Pocket parks face renewed threat, says reserves group
Woy Woy postmaster retires after 35-year career
Council approves five-storey hotel for Ettalong
Video meeting of community groups welcomed
Masterplan on display for second time
Draft plan envisages revitalisation of Woy Woy
Draft strategy 'well-considered and consistent', says Cox
Council appoints panel, but records its objection
Hardy's Bay club seeks $100,000 to avoid closure
Clothing ready for distribution
Rotary club connects with English club in video call
Salvos asks for online donations for Red Shield Appeal
Open space and footpath projects continue
Powers of council chief to be reviewed
Chamber of Commerce joins in Buy Local campaign
Many gamblers helped by lockdown, says counsellor
Ideas wanted for Wagstaffe Square garden
Residents asked to check their eligibility for vouchers
Donations sought of study and care packages
CWA produce becomes raffle prizes
Tip re-opens
Aged care facilities receive extra funding
Stores to re-open
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Council starts to respond to lack of toilet soap
Local planning panel is a win for developers
Deserving public acknowledgement
Rotary thanks patrons and sponsors
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Approval for Woy Woy aged care $12 million alterations
Fundraising for rescue helicopter by kayak
Staff look over new aged care wing
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Fifth time lucky for Archibald Prize entrant?
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Online access for religious and ethics education
Maintenance work carried out over Easter break
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New water play park at Leisure Centre
Surf club uses grant to buy tractor
Roosters junior registration continues
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Tribute to Pearl Beach fire brigade
Brigade formed early to fight fires at Pearl Beach
... and the fires continue

Local planning panel is a win for developers

I agree with Central Coast councillor Jillian Hogan, in her remarks that the State Government directive to implement a local planning panel for Central Coast Council is a means to silence residents.

Residents wish to have their voices heard with respect to development applications in their neighbourhood and to have input into the character, quality and nature of Central Coast living.

The panel will decide on developments that are contentious, non-compliant with development standards by more than 10 percent, or more than three storeys high.

It gives the nod to developers to continue to push the envelope as far as they can in respect to development guidelines, where we have seen many development applications contravene development standards, in size and height with much loss of mature trees and other vegetation with new developments.

I have little faith in the claim that community complaints will have avenues for appeal. The developers and the state government are the winners in this directive.

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