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11 Jan 2021
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Petrol prices cheapest on Coast
Four coronavirus cases in 2257
Peninsula News' role - supporting local democracy
Two young life savers conduct successful rescue
Higher crime rate in Woy Woy than in Umina-Ettalong
Shop at aged care home replaces supermarket outings
Both old and new trees needed, says GUST
The world needs altruists, says Rotary club president
Expired flares to be collected at Lions Park
Petrol station neighbours hit by noise and parking limit
Statements made about local coronavirus cases
One ferry stops while other continues
Crime rate drops on the Peninsula
'Busiest holiday season ever', say tourism operators
'Strict new laws' to control short-term rentals
Market stall for Uganda project
Bank contributes $160,000 to local projects
Developer seeks to move planned building one metre
Certificate allows construction of multi-dwelling project
New bridge built at arboretum
Tree-planting tally reaches 473
Long-serving Rotary members move on
Blue boat removed from mangroves
Coast could be hit with privatisation, says Tesch
Email the council 'if a tree is removed', says tree group
Wharf construction resumes for new year
Wettest December in wettest year in 16 years
Does council give credence to inaccurate traffic studies?
Elderly patients forced to wait outside on foot
Free weekly women's exercise class
Peninsula loses free immunisation clinic
Only two aged care visitors a day, relatives told
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External groups create artworks at Woy Woy and Umina
Church reviews its part in religious education program
College students offered tertiary places
Shade trees planted outside school
Back packs and school supplies for families in need
O'Farrell scores 111 for Southern Spirt
Donations sought for new soccer clubhouse
Bunnies ask junior players to register
Women's soccer coach sought
Year's first red point event for bridge club
Virus restrictions change Pennants Trial
Netball club sets registration fees
Bridge club championship
Soccer trials and training start at SEU

Peninsula News' role - supporting local democracy

The price of liberty, and its democratic expression, is eternal vigilance.

Perhaps nothing brings this home as starkly as last week's storming of the Capitol in the United States.

That should be a cause for some reflection, and not just in terms of how national democratic processes and institutions can be hijacked or put under threat.

Coming so soon after the financial failure of the amalgamated Central Coast Council, it highlights the questions of the scale and the nature of democracy that we want for our community here on the Peninsula.

It raises questions of the obligations of our democratic representatives.

It also raises questions of the role and responsibility of the media.

As Peninsula News enters its 23rd year, we are reminded of the reason that Peninsula News was started.

That was to provide information to our readers so that the Peninsula community could take the maximum responsibility for and control over the quality of our own community life.

This should not be a remarkable idea for a population of 40,000 people.

More than half the councils in the state have lower populations than this, all of which went through the amalgamation review.

Peninsula News' role requires it to provide an accurate, comprehensive and attributed coverage of local events.

It requires us to regard the community as real identifiable people, and to avoid manipulation by anonymous influencers.

It requires us to write from the perspective of the ordinary member of the community and to resist pressure to modify our reporting to suit the rich and powerful.

We believe that Peninsula News' structure as a voluntary non-profit association provides the best opportunity for us to do so.

We believe that the most successful democracies are those where ordinary people actively participate and speak up.

We encourage you to do so. We ask for your continued support.

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