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29 Jun 2020
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Road works receive $1.4 million in government funding
Community events granted $42,000
Working bees weed and mulch Runway Park gardens
Phegans Bay rock climber rescued by helicopter
Funds committed to improve facilities for commuters
Certificate issued for rail tunnel phone tower
Investigation under way after human jawbone found
Council to look into installing soap in public toilets
Soap is the best hand cleaner, student experiment finds
Soap is the best hand cleaner, students show
Water and sewerage maintenance projects announced
Former Member for Gosford dies aged 90
Construction certificate for $2.3 million gymnasium
Application to build three townhouses
Construction certificate for Ettalong multi-dwellings
Council biodiversity strategy to be redrafted
Councillors decide to attend briefings remotely
Landscaping work in Woy Woy town centre
Dedicated team for Woy Woy
Libraries re-open on a limited basis
Progress association launches online fundraising effort
Cenotaph to be restored and featured on website
Planning Panel proves to be more costly, says Tesch
Rate notices to include hardship advice
New Rotary president at Woy Woy
No clear Covid roadmap for tourism, Tesch claims
Support line advertised in shopping centres
MP recognises a Woy Woy business in parliament
One quarter of average rainfall recorded for June
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Someone needed to stand up to buzzword-led invasion
Call to Council to publish a full response
Are public toilets cleaned regularly and well?
Commuter bus could not be booked by phone
Average bloke cannot afford extra tolls
Economic Strategy is same meaningless flummery
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Second edition of Stories from Patonga is planned
Award winner finds success as 'mature model'
Gallery re-opens in Ettalong
Television appearance for 79-year-old 'singing caddie'
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Archaeological dig to be conducted at school
Pick up and drop off rules enforced
Kindergarten information sessions to be held in July
Music bus returns after hiatus
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Bowling greens re-open for normal use this week
Peninsula loses 'all-time great sporting identity'
Woy Woy Lions resume training
Life Saving Club prepares for 100th birthday

Economic Strategy is same meaningless flummery

Heaven help us all, on top of the Covid-19 epidemic, we now have the Council's draft Economic Development Strategy 2020-2040 to cope with.

Anyone who anticipated that it would be the same flummery as the Local Strategic Planning Statement will be pleased to know that the expectation has been fully justified.

Pages and pages of meaningless jargon lead only into the wilderness of insubstantial conclusions and unverifiably vague forward directions, leaving not a wrack of substance behind.

How much unproductive time (and ratepayers' money) is being spent on churning out these unreadable and pointless documents that are fit only to swell the contents of the recycling bin on garbage-collection days.

To take only one example (there is an "embarras de richesses" to choose from), the Strategy's Performance Framework sets out, as the "Performance Dimension" (whatever that means) for Programs and Projects, the Objectives of "deliver(ing) high-quality projects and programs, increas(ing) participation in economic development programs (and) ensur(ing) programs and projects address community and customer needs", and the success of these efforts will be measured through "project management metrics and milestones, level, frequency and distribution of participation (and) program design and engagement".

I am sure that every resident will be heartened to see that the Council has come fully to grips with the outstanding issues that we shall face over the next 20 years, with such a firm basis for moving forward.

If only we knew what this verbiage meant, beyond the banally obvious.

We don't need any more reports telling us that we need more studies, reports, reviews, assessments, consultations, analyses and discussions.

We have wasted a whole Council term of office without being any further forward with usable tools for guiding the city's future.

How much more procrastination do we have to put up with from the current crop of councillors?

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