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07 Sep 2020
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Man and daughter test positive to coronavirus
Solar panels to shade carpark
Council to install soap in at least 12 public toilet blocks
Community group welcomes shared zone grant
CWA members make trauma teddies
Panel approves boarding house 'in the public interest'
Hardware supply store approved with noise conditions
Median DA time is 34 days, says mayor
New workshop approved for Men's Shed
Council proposes alcohol-free zones
Celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary
Group cleans up for Covid-safe events
Covid-Safe registrations jump in the past month
Car boot sale put on hold until next year
Bridge players asked to pre-book sessions
Recognising the unsung heroes
Knitting rugs and quilts for Elsie's Retreat
Association is close to fundraising target for hall upgrade
Cake ingredients wanted
School holiday program at PCYC
Website for women with disabilities welcomed
Ettalong bakery wins prizes in national competition
Vouchers and rebates for energy bills
Woy Woy Bay has 5G coverage
No rain in almost three weeks
Outdoor healthy space in danger of being destroyed
Worst of the worst roam Chambers Place
Why not have shared zone on Ettalong waterfront?
Seating will only make thin lane thinner
Paperbarks slashed yet again
What is council spending supposed to achieve?
Covid testing shows no increase with local clinic opening
Aged care homes are closed to visitors
Reminder to stay alert, says public health director
Pozieres House opens with household-model aged care
Help sought to keep school pick-ups safe
Students implode watermelon in science experiment
Book Week Parade was 'outstanding' community effort
Students walk 11km on environmental excursion
Two reach 175 nights of home reading
Students sit international science assessment
Drama students study special effects make-up
Umina wins three lifesaving excellence awards
No spectators allowed at rugby union finals at Woy Woy
Tennis club celebrates member's 94th birthday
Ourimbah avoided an upset at Woy Woy oval
Outrigger club blesses its newest canoe
Semi-finals played for Umina Minor Pairs
New president for Umina bowls
Soccer results
Netball results

What is council spending supposed to achieve?

Central Coast Council is going to spend $300,000 on works in the Woy Woy Town Centre (Peninsula News 501), without any indication of what the purpose of these works would be or what long-term goal they serve, if any.

We are still waiting for the long-promised Woy Woy Town Centre Plan which was scheduled for mid-2020 but which seems as far from reality as ever.

In the meantime, without any integrated program to set priorities, Council is embarking on a grab bag of bits and pieces whose point is hard to discern.

There will be tree surrounds at a cost of nearly $200,000 and a $30,000 art installation, but what is all this supposed to achieve?

To quote the classic phrase, it is putting lipstick on a pig.

The Woy Woy Town Centre is a mess, and a few tree surrounds aren't going to change that.

What is needed is a serious assessment of priority improvements and an implementation timetable for what has to be done.

To revamp Woy Woy into a competitive centre, if it is possible at all, will require fundamental changes dependent on Council initiative - a quality not generally demonstrated by this Council - not a paint and patch job designed, presumably, as a gesture to show the Peninsula has not been forgotten in the carving up of the budget for which we are going into deep debt.

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