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8 Feb 2021
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Centrelink move to Woy Woy heralds 'new era' - Wicks
Tesch condemns Ettalong service centre closure
Public inquiry could be held into Central Coast Council
Tesch calls for public inquiry into 'failed amalgamation'
Busy Australia Day for Marine Rescue
Lions Club 'astounded' by cake sale success
Real estate agent tells of Peninsula challenges
Proposal adds car spaces and mezzanine to Umina Mall
South St proposal attracts second-most comments
Council administration extended three months
Administrator releases three-month report
Referendum on having nine councillors
Celebrating 60,000 years of human history
'But the dog ate my ... cake'
Ferry has hull restored
Posthumous OAM to Geoff Melville
Honour for service to women in business
Car boot sale resumes after long break
Umina Community Group receives recognition
Arts and crafts centre seeks a treasurer
Men's Shed provides a mower that cannot be started
Grant to paint Patonga hall
Peninsula events for women's festival
Next year's leaders chosen for Woy Woy Rotary club
Men's Shed seeks trainers and teachers
Working bee at arboretum
Cherished model yacht successfully restored
January rainfall one third below average
Open letter to acting Council CEO
Display raised a record $1956
Democracy is fragile: be careful what you wish for
Is PUDS dead?
Aged care man visits his parents
Rotary club continues music therapy project
Three aged care residents turn 100
Hospital offers nursing diploma scholarships
Coronavirus testing starts at Sea Scouts hall
Solicitors donate time to helicopter rescue service
Visitor restrictions relaxed
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Talent agencies seek extras in Umina
Students complete first lesson in watercolours
Rotary club donates backpacks to Umina campus
Reading for 10 minutes a day 'makes a difference'
Umina school holds swimming carnival on Friday
Philip Westcott named Ettalong bowler of the year
Men's Fours decided at the Everglades
State bowls championship starts Wednesday
Australia Day Pairs bridge results
Southern Spirit cricket results
Bridge events planned
Ride from Woy Woy to Cowan
Selected for university rugby squad
Second round of Handicap Pairs
Activities resume at PCYC
Philip Westcott wins Bowler of the Year trophy

Open letter to acting Council CEO

I refer to your letter of January 13 concerning a possible increase in council rates.

It appears apparent that ratepayers are going to have to pick up the bill for the incompetence of council in recent times.

From your letter it would appear that an increase will have to take place no matter what - it is the amount that is in question.

As a ratepayer I understand the necessity to replenish funds given that it is unlikely the State government will intervene with "a bail out".

While I will have no alternative but to accept your end decision, I advise I will not pay any increased rate until such time as council publicly advises the following:

Who authorised the use of the so-called restricted funds?

Why were funds spent on "nice to have" projects instead of pressing items such as road maintenance - and did the full council approve such use?

On what date will council release the unredacted minutes of all Audit committee meetings and correspondence for the period 1 January, 2017 to 30 December 2020?

What action - legal and/or otherwise - has, or will be taken, against persons both elected and employed for this use/misuse of council funds, and when is this action scheduled to be taken?

Council is employed by us ratepayers and we have a right to know the answers to these questions.

Hiding facts and actions under the guise of such information not being in the interest of council in general, employees and councillors is not acceptable and cannot be justified.

This matter is a public issue that requires immediate release of complete truth and openness.

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