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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

West Ward councillor response to council financial crisis

The three West Ward councillors who represent the Peninsula, Cr Chris Holstein, Cr Richard Mehrtens and Cr Troy Marquart, , have taken differing stances on the Council's financial crisis.

At the October 13 council meeting, Cr Chris Holstein defended the move to seek Government help to borrow or use restricted funds.

Cr Holstein said the only other option was for the Minister to dismiss the council and install an administrator.

Cr Louise Greenaway asked councillors, if they accepted there was a problem but it didn't want to borrow or use restricted funds, "where was the solution"?

Cr Rebecca Gale asked how common it was for a council to appeal to the Minister to use restricted funds.

Both a staff response and a response from Cr Chris Holstein seemed to indicate it was not uncommon.

Mayor Cr Lisa Matthews had said earlier in the evening that the installation of an administrator was always a possibility.

Cr Jilly Pilon said it may be the best option while Cr Richard Mehrtens said it was last thing the community needed.

After the meeting, Cr Mehrtens said there were many questions that needed to be answered including how the situation came about, how long it has been going on, how the council can get back on track and what can be done to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"An elected Council needs to enjoy the trust of its electors, and it is the work of the 15 of us to work together to see our community through this difficult time.

"This matter is not about budget deficits that some are conveniently trying to portray.

"These are fundamental and structural issues within the financial systems and controls of Central Coast Council.

"Councillors have been trying to get as much information as possible about the nature of the issues at hand."

Cr Marquart was one of four signatories to a Notice of Motion at the Council meeting, entitled "Collapse of Confidence in Council's Internal Controls and Financial Management", which triggered the debate.

After the meeting, Cr Marquart blamed "Labor and the green-minded independent councillors", saying they had "burnt money hand over fist and have total disregard for balancing the books".

"I would not trust the majority of the current councillors with a pocket full of pennies.

"There is not a sufficient amount of available funds to continue to pay for all the services our community is accustomed to.

"The majority of councillors have spent the ratepayers' dollars like drunken soldiers, which has assisted the collapse and disaster we now reside within.

"Myself and my conservative colleagues have practically begged the Labor and Green-minded independent councillor alliance to consider responsible spending for three years, but to no avail.

"Other people's money is of no importance to them.

"If a Financial Committee of these very same councillors is our only saviour moving forward, then God help us all," Cr Marquart said.





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