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10 Aug 2020
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Comment sought on Umina intersection upgrade plans
Ground water treatment starts again
Rotary club celebrates 70 years in Woy Woy
Councillor explains his absence from three meetings
Aged care home stays in a state of isolation
Pedestrian crossing petition attracts 500 signatures
Tree Day sees 100 plantings at The Runway Park
Cycling group welcomes increase in people cycling
Police investigate tyre spikes on national park trail
Parking plan re-opened for public comment
Planning decisions now allowed without public scrutiny
Councillors keep pay rise
Rotary club accepts two new members
Ettalong Red Carpet Day is postponed
Energy bill advice offered by phone
Work starts on James Browne oval improvements
Empire Bay playground officially opened
Tesch thanks church food pantry
Wet week pushes total well above average
New cafe
Payrise for $20 million debt per year
Time that council demonstrated their vision
Will Council buy some paint, or prosecute me?
What we always wanted - graphics, colours, words
Provider pays bonus to all aged care staff
Group meditation sessions return to Ocean Beach
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Home video competition
Coastal Twist festival is cancelled for this year
Rare artefacts found at Woy Woy Public School
Umina Eagles soccer results
Everglades major pairs
Netball results
Nippers to resume at Killcare
Lions come from behind to beat Kariong
Southern and Ettalong soccer results

Payrise for $20 million debt per year

I was astonished to read the front page article (Peninsula News, 27 July 2020), regarding our wonderful Central Coast councillors awarding themselves a pay rise.

This council, when elected, had a budget surplus of around $70 million I think, and now it is going to leave us with a 2019/20 budget deficit of around $40 million.

This council will have lost the central coast community over $100 million.

If this was not bad enough, they have now awarded themselves a pay rise costing the ratepayers an additional $35,650 per year.

If you add all their salaries together, it will cost us now around $600,000 per year for councillors' salaries, just for them to put this council into debt on average $20 million per year.

They can't blame the Covid-19 pandemic for the council's financial crisis as it's only been around for eight months, but to then put their snouts into the trough for more money doesn't pass the pub test.

The thing that really gets me annoyed is that they could have reversed their decision for the pay rise at the meeting on July 27 but didn't.

And our local Gosford West Ward councillors all voted for the pay rise with Cr Holstein being the original mover of the motion to award themselves this out of touch pay rise.

People are hurting out there.

Shame on all councillors who voted for this pay rise.

Watch out at the next election.

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