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Collapse Issue 494:<br />18 May 2020<br />_____________Issue 494:
18 May 2020
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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
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
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?
Online access for religious and ethics education
Maintenance work carried out over Easter break
New water play park at Leisure Centre
Surf club uses grant to buy tractor
Roosters junior registration continues
Tribute to Pearl Beach fire brigade
Brigade formed early to fight fires at Pearl Beach
... and the fires continue

Residents asked to check their eligibility for vouchers

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has encouraged residents to check their eligibility for vouchers from the State Government's Energy Accounts Payment Assistance scheme.

Vouchers were available to households struggling to pay their energy bills because of a short-term financial crisis or emergency, she said.

"Covid-19 is putting added stress on households; between spending more time at home running up the electricity bills and people losing work, it's never been harder to make ends meet," Ms Tesch said.

"All levels of government are doing what they can to provide financial assistance or cut fees and charges during the pandemic to make it just that bit easier for households."

Customers can apply for the scheme through Service NSW, with vouchers applied directly to energy accounts to minimise upfront costs to customers.

"It can be tough to know all the support available to households, but speaking with a Cost of Living Advisor at a Service NSW Centre, or even going online to the Service NSW website, can save locals hundreds or thousands of dollars."

Further information is available at or call 13 77 88.

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