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Collapse Issue 518:<br />3 May 2021<br />_____________Issue 518:
3 May 2021
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Council plans to sell Peninsula land
Tesch speaks against carpark sale
GUST welcomes consultation on park sale plans
Council budgets $13 million for the Peninsula
Government announces public inquiry into council
NSW Opposition calls for 'broad inquiry' into council
Council inquiry terms of reference released
Vietnam Vets join impromptu march to memorial
Local Member at Anzac ceremonies
Biscuit theme for Anzac Day
Search and rescue training for the Bays brigade
More bike storage needed at station, says Tesch
Bike paths should 'go all the way', says user group
Safety needed to walk or cycle to school, says Tesch
Bingo at Ettalong on Wednesdays
Umina CWA wins cookery trophy
CWA branch makes bereavement bags
Storm debris clean-up continues
Dunes planted with 2000 new plants
Guides hear of importance of speaking up
Lions accept entries for tea cosy show
Second driest April in 16 years
Application to modify three-storey Blackwall Rd plan
Two more townhouse proposals for Warrah St
Council sets strategic planning priorities
Panel appointments extended
Invalid application
Memorial Ave land provides significant habitat
Trees and cool open space are of more public benefit
Outrageous that local park sale is on agenda again
Contentment of ad hoc Anzac march
Leave wooded block intact for a hotter future
Bush parkland was reason for buying in Blackwall
'Improved planning outcome' test may still be subjective
Democracy should never be put on hold
Distress at sale of land and other council assets
Sell-off should be paused for much deeper inquiry
Aged care providers jointly call for government action
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Folk club holds house concert
Patchwork group completes many projects
Variety Night performances to be held over two nights
School opens gates to parents for student pick-up
Annabelle wins four Australia athletics medals
Students congratulated on Anzac speeches
Catafalque party at Anzac assembly
Geography students study coastal processes
Secondary students investigate global warming
Umina starts enrolments for next year's kindergarten
Life membership for former childcare employee
Shadow Minister meets parents' groups
Ettalong Eagles firsts lead in pennant season
Umina pennant bowls results
Boxing starts again at PCYC
Bridge club holds special events
Bridge lessons for beginners
Diggers' Day at bowls clubs
Netball draw updated
Softball club to hold annual meeting
Goalkeeper training starts for Umina United
Coaches wanted for junior touch
The Lakes proved too strong for the Lions
Defeated in all grades
Netball association splits Junior Blue grade
Trial game at Woy Woy
Bowling clubs to vote on unification proposal


Sell-off should be paused for much deeper inquiry

Mr Persson's investigation concluded (Persson calls for administration while merger proceeds, Peninsula News, April 19) that "by far, the greatest reason the council became insolvent was due to mismanagement of their budget over the years following the merger".

You don't say!

Although he does acknowledge "unusual circumstances accelerated the collapse of the operating budget" that is, bushfires, floods, coastal erosion at Wamberal, the pandemic - and the advice council received about potential loss of income due to it.

He then goes on to state "nothing excuses the negligence of those in charge for their relative inaction".

Who does he mean?

The executive leadership team?

It was the use of restricted funds that caused councillors to be suspended, but Mr Persson said that was not the reason why the budget blew out.

"Even if those in charge thought those funds could be used for their expanded spending, they must have known they would eventually run out," he said.

I understand that the councillors did not know the restricted funds were being used.

I very much hope a public inquiry does get to the bottom of this.

And I don't believe this financial crisis should be used to sell off the communities assets: our green spaces; our community land; our mobile home parks providing affordable housing; our car parks that support the small businesses of West St, Umina.

The sell-off needs to be paused and alternative financial solutions should be considered.

The State and Federal Governments could come to our aid.

It is not clear to me or to many other residents that the councillors are all at fault.

Many of us think the causes are much deeper and need to be explored in order to be avoided in the future.

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