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19 Oct 2020
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Collapse  CRISIS CRISIS
Council seeks $100M loan 'to maintain liquidity'
Government won't 'bail out' Council, says Crouch
Not clear whether Murphy was advised of financial crisis
West Ward councillor response to council financial crisis
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Heritage ferry has its engine replaced
Peninsula has highest numbers of elderly,
Wheelchair converted to multi-purpose cart
Provisional driver charged following Pearl Beach crash
Elections to be held for Ettalong Diggers
Alcohol-free zones are re-established
Construction certificate issued for three units
Application to renovate Booker Bay marina
New proposal received for Ettalong site
Water mostly good for swimming, says council report
Path to be built at Pearl Beach?
Application for two-lot subdivision
Bridge club to seek review of community centre use
Umina to host women's network meeting
Ride to Work Day ride
Raffle held in lieu of Opera in the Arboretum
Rotary club plans to start dementia cafe
Rotary members celebrate hat day
High tea at the arboretum
Raffle raises almost $3000 for Pearl Beach hall
Club hears about Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
Almost no rain falls
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Beachgoers deserve to feel safe
Inconvenient track work
Fake traffic studies for development applications?
Coronavirus prevention more luck than good practice
No reason why bridge ritual should not continue
Getting rid of states has complications
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Infectious visitors 'no risk', says health chief
Meditation group to raise funds for Lifeline
Hospital encourages traditional mental health therapies
Grant improves the walk to podiatry service
Eczema sufferer takes advantage of telehealth
Donations received for children's charity
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Folk club to hold first live concert since restrictions
Koala painting donated to arboretum
Art trail was 'well received'
Art gallery returns to regular hours
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College delivered football course online
Breakfast club to run four days a week
Band practice resumes
Mobile dental clinic expected at Ettalong next month
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Jemma Smith to compete with Newport
Plans for 'spot' skatepark in Woy Woy or Ettalong
Lachlan helps save Port Jackson sharks
Umina United takes over-45s title
Teeball and modball players wanted
Veteran Pairs bowls finals
Disabled Surfers cancel December event

Government won't 'bail out' Council, says Crouch

The NSW Government will not bail out Central Coast Council from its financial mismanagement, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Mr Adam Crouch said last week.

"There will be no State funding or legislative exemptions," he said.

He said the council should also draw on the expertise of its own audit and risk committee and not seek experts from the Office of Local Government

Mr Crouch said the community expected councillors and Council staff to do their job, balance the books and provide services to local residents.

"Under the Local Government Act, councils are independent, autonomous bodies with many statutory responsibilities in serving their communities and that includes sound financial management," Mr Crouch said.

"The NSW Government will not bend the rules for a council that has fundamentally failed to do the job the community expects them to do.

"The councillors are Council's governing body and are responsible for these operational failings

"Mayor Cr Lisa Matthews needs to stand up and take responsibility for the problems she was elected to oversee.

"She needs to show some leadership and work with her fellow councillors and tell the community what they are going to do about it."

"It's been over a week since Central Coast Council found out about its financial dire straits and all it has done is write a letter and set up yet another Finance Committee.

"Council's so-called 100-Day Recovery Action Plan has not even been published for the community to see.

"I have spoken extensively with the Minister for Local Government and the Government will not be strong-armed into taking responsibility for Central Coast Council's failings.

Mr Crouch said the Office of Local Government has been in contact with Central Coast Council's Audit, Risk and Improvement Committee, which has the knowledge, skills and experience to advise councillors about these matters.

"This committee - which is already in place and has extensive knowledge of the Council - has independent experts with extensive financial and human resources skills," Mr Crouch said.

"The Office of Local Government has written to the Committee's independent chairperson Dr Col Gellatly to request that he play a key role in advising councillors on how to address these matters as quickly as possible.

"This includes advising councillors on the Council's current financial position, its statutory responsibility for managing its finances, the effectiveness of any actions taken by the Council, and any recommendations for the future."

Mr Crouch said Dr Gellatly has had a distinguished career in the public service and previously held the position of the Director General of the NSW Premier's Department for 13 years.

He also had a wealth of local government experience as administrator of Wollongong City Council and chair of Newcastle City Council and City of Parramatta Council's Audit Committees, Mr Crouch said.





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