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22 Feb 2021
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Empire Bay Marina to be assessed for contamination
Marina closure will not affect ferry service
Powerline helicopters inspect Peninsula
Residents question need for demolition of native trees
Amended Farnell Rd proposal reduces number of units
Young man airlifted to hospital after fall onto rocks
Comment sought on Umina drainage concept plans
Planning panel knocks back six-storey Ettalong proposal
South St comments close March 5
GUST seeks progress on Greener Places strategy
Rotary club celebrates 45 years
Bays group committee re-elected for another year
Rotary club presents $500 cheque to Mary Macs Place
Fascinated by turtles
CWA hall is available for hire again
Meditation on Women's Day
Companion award for regular research donor
Suspended from parliament
Forget Me Not cafe at Umina today
Security camera images released
CWA branch offers media training
PCYC holds open day
Church offers alternatives to Sunday morning worship
Country club takes wedding venue award
Online business opens shopfront
Dry start to year continues
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We elect them to work for us and not against us
Loss of every tree on building site a huge loss
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Aged care residents to receive Covid vaccine this week
Medical practice to move from Umina to Woy Woy
Aged care staff receive service awards
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Craft classes resume with 50 students
Centre looks for new people for committee
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Charli presents proposal in Legislative Council chamber
Donation supports breakfast club
Morning cafe for students and staff
Gardening club starts for the year
Only two gates open in the mornings
Sport house captains elected
Poster entries sought for Night under the Stars
College prepares for next year's Year 7 students
College plans snow sports excursion
Open days at St John's school
Trees survive summer holidays
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Soccer coaching company withdraws training program
Umina women play triples championships
New change rooms help female participation in sport
Eagles hold junior grading sessions
Netball association runs umpiring workshops
Junior non-competition soccer players wanted
Valentines Day Pairs bridge results
Southern Spirit cricket results
Junior touch scores
Riding a loop around the Peninsula
Soccer president appreciates five years of hard work

We elect them to work for us and not against us

I continue with my concerns about our democracy.

I understand that the employees at our Council were able to access and redirect restricted funds which required the permission of Minister for Local Government Ms Shelley Hancock, or councillors.

It seems that that never happened.

The Administrator has admitted that using restricted reserves was either unlawful or done without the approval of the elected body.

If this is the case why isn't the Administrator pursuing this matter instead of telling us that we have to make up the shortfall with increases in our rates or the selling of our amenities?

Someone must be responsible.

How long have such matters been going on with our Council?

What is Mr Crouch doing about it, or Liesl Tesch, or the council's audit committee, or the State Government's Audit Office?

They have all failed us.

We were led along like lemmings to believe that the amalgamation of Gosford and Wyong Councils would be a great thing for us all.

Well it has failed. The Government has let us down.

People may say that Australia is so much more democratic than other countries.

At least I can write this letter, but I believe that we are heading in the wrong direction.

Ministers are found to have done questionable things such as the Sports Rorts, the letter from Angus Taylor about Clover More, Michaela Cash sending in the AFP to the Union and many more and no one loses their job.

We need to watch carefully and we need to demand that the Administrator gets to the bottom of this matter and finds out what happened to all this money and who authorised it.

It's always the people at the bottom who end up paying the price.

It's up to us to demand an explanation and demand that the Minister help.

We elect them to work for us not against us.





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