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14 Jun 2022
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No council option to retain Pelican Park playground
Woy Woy consultation open for three more weeks
Tesch encourages locals to have their say
Council holds 15-minute online information sessions
Peninsula News readers disadvantaged
Vietnam Veterans' case officer awarded OAM
Umina oval and leisure centre are major budget items
Council elections delayed more than two years
Labor call for council democracy 'sooner, not later'
Bonanza Book Fair to benefit PCYC
Maritime historian speaks to Umina Rotary club
Woy Woy library to be repainted
Car boot sales prove opportunity for Men's Shed
Rotary club raises $25,000 from Opera in Arboretum
Random patrols at shopping centre
New patron for Rotary club
Microplastics workshop to be held at Patonga
Support available following plastic bag ban
More than 630 houses to be without power this month
Rotary club members collect $6000 for Salvos
Men's Shed to operate at two sites while shed is built
Senior surf presentation held at Diggers
Need for community education about trees, says GUST
Just 6mm in 16 days is well below average
Channel plan to cost $1.2M for five 'precincts'
Peninsula News launches Peninsula planning portal
Repair Pelican Park, don't remove it
Feeble justification for delay in council democracy
Masterplan leaves unanswered questions
Council operating budget needs to fix problems
Administrator should be replaced before election
Unelected council should not keep spending our money
Active cases lowest since January 2
Baby baskets donated to mark branch birthday
Aged care volunteers wanted
BreastScreen returns to Woy Woy CWA
Sister Carmel Silvas retires after 49 years' nursing
Women's Health Donor Circle started for health centre
Aged care residents make 'fiddle quilts'
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Music scholarships announced after annual concert
'Great families of folk' to perform at folk club
Monthly play readings resume
'Curved piecing' in patchwork workshop
Watercolour perspectives in the landscape
New art gallery from local artists
Woy Woy Roosters look to bounce back
'Come and try' outrigger canoes
Donation for hospital surgical area paging system
Bridge club to hold national qualifying event
Woy Woy in 28-0 rugby union defeat



Council elections delayed more than two years

Local Government Minister Ms Wendy Tuckerman has announced Central Coast Council's next elections will be held in two years' time - on September 14, 2024.

The election will be held with the next round of local government elections.

Ms Tuckerman said this "ensures that Council and ratepayers are not burdened with the substantial of cost of holding two elections in a relatively short period".

"The recovery at Central Coast Council is well under way, but it's critical we allow the administrator and general manager time to complete the reforms necessary to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the council.

"Keeping an administrator in place until the next local government elections in 2024 will provide stability for residents and enable the council to address the recommendations from the public inquiry, before councillors return."

Ms Tuckerman said that Commissioner Roslyn McCulloch made eight recommendations following the public inquiry into Central Coast Council, including recommendations to vacate all civic offices and extend the term of the administrator.

She said the other recommendations were "supported in-principle, noting some are to be implemented by the council and others would require legislative change".

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Mr Adam Crouch said the decision to remain in administration until 2024 would benefit local residents.

"The people of the Central Coast are telling me their key concern is having a functioning, sustainable council that's servicing their needs effectively," Mr Crouch said.

"We don't want to return to the bad old days of the previous council.

"Taking this extra time to put important processes and protections in place will ensure that doesn't happen, while also sparing ratepayers the cost and inconvenience of holding two elections in just over two years."

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