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29 Jun 2020
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Road works receive $1.4 million in government funding
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Funds committed to improve facilities for commuters
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Former Member for Gosford dies aged 90
Construction certificate for $2.3 million gymnasium
Application to build three townhouses
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Council biodiversity strategy to be redrafted
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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
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Support line advertised in shopping centres
MP recognises a Woy Woy business in parliament
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Someone needed to stand up to buzzword-led invasion
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Councillors decide to attend briefings remotely

Councillors may attend council briefings remotely when they are not confidential, the Council decided at its meeting on June 22.

A report showing the councillors' attendance at council briefings was tabled earlier in the meeting.

The table included attendance figures for the three Gosford West ward councillors, who represent the Peninsula.

Cr Chris Holstein attended 60 of 78 available briefings and 11 of 12 "CEO Weekly Updates" on coronavirus measures.

Cr Richard Mehrtens attended 59 briefings and three Updates.

Cr Troy Marquart attended 20 briefings and no Updates.

The table showed that deputy mayor Cr Jane Smith had attended the most briefings of any councillor in the past two years (72) and all 12 Updates.

Cr Greg Best had attended the least briefings (17) and one Update.

Cr Smith argued that councillors needed a valid reason for not turning up to briefings in person but other councillors said dialing-in saved time.

Cr Jillian Hogan said Zoom meetings were a better use of time and Cr Doug VIncent said it saved two hours' travelling time.

The CEO Weekly Covid-19 Updates were recorded, and councillors could access them later.

Councillors adopted a list of meeting dates for the rest of the year and decided the council meetings would continue to be held at Wyong when they were able to be held in public again.

Council had decided in February to meet only at Wyong because it had better facilities to cater for more public gallery members than the Gosford chambers.

No date has been set for face-to-face meetings but the Wyong council building foyer is being renovated and the building won't be available for meetings until about September.

In the meantime, if council meetings are allowed to be held in council chambers without public attendance, they will be held at Gosford.

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