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27 Jul 2020
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Crouch welcomes low-rise planning code
Councillors give themselves a pay rise
Councillors abolish tree register fee
Seals sighted in Woy Woy Bay
Ferry to use commercial wharf in Woy Woy
Ferry service disrupted
Woytopia Festival is cancelled
Activities start again at women's health centre
Activation framework and identity package for Peninsula
Council includes 21 playgrounds in draft strategy
Playgrounds upgraded, as 'playspace' strategy drafted
Church receives permission for alterations
Application for three three-bedroom villas
Proposal for three-storey six-unit flats open for comment
Six units proposed to replace two houses in one street
Two changes requested for aged care development
Customer service transactions resume at library
Bookmobile service returns
Online auction raises $4700 for hall upgrade
CWA hall to remain closed
Bruce Croft becomes Rotary president at Umina
Christmas in July raises money for Mary Mac's Place
Volunteers wanted for dunecare
'Collection dog' to raise money for Guide Dogs
Warrah Trig road closed
Level One water restrictions to remain until November
Amalgamation money redirected, Tesch claims
Photographer captures lightning storm
Bodies of elderly women found in Ettalong home
Wicks welcomes extension of coronavirus payments
Peninsula sees 46mm rainfall in three weeks
Council is removed from realities of the times
More important problems that need rectification
Money needed on decaying local road network
Real work of council languishes in the doldrums
Councillors give themselves a pay rise
Darkinjung proposal will have impact on Woy Woy
If we can do it, why can't the mega-pubs of Sydney?
Woy Woy Rd has changed little in 100 years
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Folk club to hold open-air performance at Hardys Bay
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Exhibition at Ettalong
Wagstaffe artist has work on display in Gosford
Students achieve 'bronze' status
Mural installed on Umina school library wall
Women's soccer teams successful
Local teams avoid losses in Premier League
Southern and Ettalong United suffer narrow loss
Lions teams defeated in first round
Woy Woy Roosters looks at its options
Ken Young is Everglades major singles bowls champ
Glen becomes Umina's major singles champion
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Amalgamation money redirected, Tesch claims

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch has claimed money to support Central Coast Council with the costs of amalgamation has instead been redirected to councils in Coalition-held electorates which didn't undergo amalgamation.

Ms Tesch said extra funding could have helped with projects such as a bike path connecting Gosford and Point Clare, kerb and guttering and the education precinct in the Gosford town centre.

"We deserve more, and we don't want to see pork barrelling and delivery in other electorates," she said.

Shadow Minister for Central Coast, Mr David Harris, said it was totally unacceptable that more than $100M of the $250M Stronger Communities Fund Tied Grants program had been redirected.

"Central Coast Council has missed out on funding which could have fast-tracked infrastructure and better supported the amalgamation of the Gosford and Wyong councils which was forced on ratepayers in a completely undemocratic way," he said.

He was speaking at a press conference on July 13, where he was joined by Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch and Member for The Entrance Mr David Mehan.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Adam Crouch, said the Government committed $10M for infrastructure and $10M for amalgamation costs to the newly-merged Central Coast Council in 2016.

"Every single dollar has been delivered to Council," he said.

"In 2018, the NSW Government committed a further $5.5M for Central Coast Council to deliver park upgrades, surf clubs, renovations, roadworks, upgraded sporting and recreation facilities and improved youth facilities.

"All funding allocations have followed established guidelines.

"In the past two years alone, Central Coast Council has received $104M in grant funding from the NSW Government.

"This is more than almost any other council in NSW."

Mr Harris claims some of that money came from different grant funding programs, other than the Stronger Communities Fund Tied program in question.

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