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13 Dec 2021
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Regional plan unclear on intentions for the Peninsula
Workshop about planning on the Peninsula discussed
Residents' group calls for 'healthy' ambulance station
Woy Woy power cut by 'overhead line damage'
Blackwall Rd session held with one day's notice
Rubbish removed from Woy Woy Bays area
Annual Christmas lights to raise money for charity
Joice Tee celebrates 102nd birthday at her home
Meeting at arboretum discusses koala relocation
Lions Club car boot sale resumes
Final CWA market for the year
Council proposes 10-year leases of community facilities
Council media release praises Morrison government
Umina Rotary presents awards to two members
Great day at Christmas Fair
Marine Rescue wins grant for remote-controlled lifebuoy
Men's Shed holds annual sale
Men's shed elects new committee
Peter Swain leads Remembrance Day service
Competition raises $2000 for hall upgrade
Low rate of disability employment, Tesch tells unions
Water quality declines according to 'report card'
December market cancelled
Deluge brings majority of monthly rainfall
Local lifestyle promoted in draft regional plan
Planning needs to reflect other council policies - GUST
Panel decision expected on Alfred St proposal
Semi-basement parking proposed for dual occupancy
Planning Panel to review Jedaclew proposal for Ettalong
Three units proposed for $1.2 million development
Webb Rd application quotes from Gallipoli Ave approval
Vales Point affects our health
The community needs to find a new strategy
Exclusion is still commonplace for people with disability
Council not answering questions of project justification
Successful stall
Governments have failed to address disability - Tesch
Village residents play 'elf on the shelf'
Peninsula records first coronavirus case in five weeks
Free group exercise program for women
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Bays group confirms art show dates
Phegans Bay artists win Bouddi Foundation awards
Christmas party and concert for Troubadour
Five free Peninsula events in Coastal Twist festival
Year 12 students offered 'early entry'
Photos taken at presentation days for parents
Gingerbread office
Learning about leaf insects and hermit crabs
Last session for next year's kindergarten
Reading in Challenge for four years
Staff win annual sports competition with students
Living the Dream!
Lesley Swales wins bowls official of the year award
Bridge club results
Netball games and grading convenor wanted
Southern Spirit cricket results
Junior ironperson round held at Umina
Junior Lifesaver representatives chosen
Awards presented at President and Officers' Day
Seagull Nippers start fifth season
Simo returns
Award for Di Barrymore
Peninsula Ducks softball results
Umina Bunnies hold presentation day
New office bearers at bowling club



Governments have failed to address disability - Tesch

Despite the rhetoric, governments across Australia have failed to address disability employment gaps, according to Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch.

"Discrimination in our workplaces is still a constant," she said, speaking on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Friday, December 3.

In an essay on the topic, to be published in this week's Peninsula News EXTRA, Ms Tesch said: "Even as a Parliamentarian, the barriers remain.

"In 2017. I was elected as the Member for Gosford.

"As I was forced to take the back entrance on my first day of work, the silent discrimination was louder than ever before.

"When I first arrived, I was reminded regularly that 'this is the oldest Parliament in Australia' as though this is a license to discriminate against people with disabilities.

"The inaccessibility of Parliament was obvious and there were parts of my workplace I couldn't dream of getting to.

"After four years of meetings and letter-writing, this year ramps were finally built in the Speaker's Garden and the north side of the building.

"I was wheeled out for the opening of one of these ramps but the emotions I felt were very mixed.

"On the one hand, I was very happy that people with various physical disabilities can now access that beautiful garden and one side of the building.

But I was bitterly disappointed, and I still am, that this kind of infrastructure has taken four years to install and there are still many areas within the building which are still so hard for people like me to reach.

"Since I arrived in Macquarie St, the ongoing conversations with both the Parliament and the Government about the accessibility to our workplace have been tiresome.

"Every year I make submissions to Parliament's Disability Inclusion Plan.

"This year I was asked for my input but I found myself writing the same suggestions that I have been making for four years- with little confidence that the fundamental changes we desperately need will be taken seriously and acted upon.

"I hope all Parliamentarians believe the NSW Parliament should be the People's Parliament.

"However without a serious determination to fix these issues, this sentiment is only lip-service.

"It is hard to feel included when parts of your own workspace are inaccessible.

"This is the same battle being fought by people with disabilities in workplaces across our community.

"How can people who are disabled feel included when there are so many barriers?"

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