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16 Nov 2020
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Remembrance Day ceremony held at Ettalong
Umina Mall demolition makes way for new centre
Fire hazard reduction burns planned for The Bays
Blackwall Mountain 'severely damaged', says Trust
Ettalong Bowls Club weathers coronavirus pandemic
Information centre receives level two accreditation
Bridge Warriors renew letter-writing campaign
Council backs off on street tree planting
Men's Shed to hold garage sale in former car yard
Restrictions impact school farm operation, Rotary told
New graduate appointed to Umina fire station
Survey to understand arboretum use
Rotary holds christmas tree sale
Litter collected from Woy Woy Bay
Continued success with bacon and egg rolls
Help sought to locate missing man
Fire brigade holds 'relay training'
Group pursues environmental options
Historic newsletters wanted
Letters to let people know they are not forgotten
Opera raffle closes next week
Safer driver's course offered through PCYC
More than $6000 raised in Cup sweep for Rotary
Bags being filled with toiletries
Markets held at Umina
Almost 40mm in 13 days
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Were mergers really making councils 'fit for future'?
A complete bungle on the part of the Council
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Aged care home resumes bus outings
Christmas drummer bear included in decorations
Aged care residents buy ECG machine
Bently is 'cutest pet'
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Hoping mural will be the first of many
Author launches new children's book
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Vice-captain appointed to Minister's steering committee
New building planned for Ettalong school
Woy Woy campus captains chosen
School seeks voluntary ethics teachers
Nominations open for SRC and school captains
Students were voluntary referees
Preschool children plant vegetables and flowers
Learning about the life cycle of silkworms
'Naughty or nice' fundraiser
Students tutored in lawn bowls
Swimming zone champions receive certificates
Rugby league and touch teams make it to the finals
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Umina United women win soccer grand final
Daniel celebrates his 100th First Grade game
Women's bowls club celebrates 61st birthday
State bowls championships to be held at Ettalong
Representative netball players selected
Southern Spirit cricket results
With more players, four Ducks teams are fielded
Christmas Party entries close early
Bicycle group holds 'coffee cruise'

Were mergers really making councils 'fit for future'?

While it was unavoidable for the State Government to appoint an interim administrator to manage the Central Coast Council for the next three months, given Council's debt of $89 million, for me a major concern is that the State Government may try to extend its tentacles further into local government.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported on October 31 that 19 of the 20 super, merged councils have lost money since the merger and chronically underperformed compared to the remaining 108 NSW councils that weren't forced to merge.

Consulting firm, LSI Consulting, which reviewed the performance of councils for three decades and provided consulting to find efficiencies, concluded that: "Mismanagement, a lack of transparency and inefficiencies due to a failure to control costs and understand efficiencies and productivity, sums up what's going wrong with councils," LSI principal Mr Ian Fahy said.

Perhaps the merger impositions were more a case of political extension by State Government over local government and local communities to further their state agendas, rather than a well-researched exercise into making councils more fit for the future and less financially dependent on the state government.





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