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Kathy Smith resigns due to return of cancer
Council withdraws Bullion St carpark from sale
Fines issued over pelican attack
Council presses Cabinet on channel dredging
Chief magistrate presses on with court changes
Lawyer receives scathing letter from chief magistrate
Labor branch condemns rail crossing decision
Demand for new villas and large homes
Time for a new Member, says Chamber
One Nation not registered for Gosford by-election
Belinda Neal may seek election for Gosford
Labor will have strong candidate, says senator
Liberal candidate to be announced soon
Best wishes for Kathy Smith
Third MP to resign due to illness or to die in office
Roads Minister visit was 'important', says MacDonald
Seven intersections, nine roads need funds - Chamber
Chamber warns of voter backlash
Nursing student seriously assaulted
Government insists election will be held on September 9
Let administrator merge planning schemes, says Wales
Gosford audit report delayed until March
More water refill stations
Premier confirms election timing
Progress association to hold annual meeting
New member at Rotary
Rotary donates defibrillator
Community fair
Stall raises funds for guide dogs
Cafe owner leaves 20-year fast food career
Travel expo attracts 30 service providers
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No evidence new wharf is needed
Apply jetski ban to Central Coast
Disappointed to have been misquoted
Justification for underpass has been made
No wonder Trump is president
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Lifeline offers counselling in Woy Woy
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Eyeing the life of a travelling musician
Seasoned folk musicians play at Troubadour
Dancers come to Ettalong
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Maintenance backlog tops $3M, say Shadow Minister
Volunteer ethics teachers sought
Former teacher dies
Yarning circle complete
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PCYC gym club is small club of the year
Woy Woy bowler wins Hawaii trip
Women's golf club seeks playing members
Outstanding results in tough conditions
Hayden is junior lifesaver of the year
Social golf club celebrates 50 years
Annual match with blind cricket team
No victories for Peninsula teams

One Nation not registered for Gosford by-election

Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party will not be able to run candidates in the Gosford by-election, despite having "a better chance of winning" than the Liberals.

The party has not been registered as a political party in NSW in time for the by-election.

Ms Hanson has said she intended to have the party registered to contend the NSW State election in 2019.

However, One Nation supporters could run in the Gosford by-election as independent candidates.

Shortly after the announcement of Ms Kathy Smith's resignation as the State Member for Gosford, Sportsbet tipped Labor to win the by-election but also predicted that One Nation had a better chance of winning the seat than the Liberals.

Mr Will Byrne from Sportsbet said: "The Liberals would usually be challenging for favouritism but it's One Nation who follow Labor ($1.60 to win) at odds of $4.

"Further down the pecking order on $5 is the Liberal Party with the Christian Democratic (Fred Nile) Party ($51) and Greens ($101), the outsiders.

"The Liberal Party lost Gosford at the election by only a couple of hundred votes but this time the odds are very much against them, reducing that margin and it looks a safe Labor hold," Mr Byrnes said.

Independent candidates could spoil Sportsbet's predictions.

Former Liberal Member for Gosford, Mr Chris Holstein, who lost the seat at the last NSW state election to Ms Smith by 203 votes has not ruled out having another tilt, this time as an independent.

"I am going to weigh up who is there and whether they have the interests of the Central Coast at heart," Mr Holstein said.

"We will need to look very closely to see the quality of candidates from all parties," he said.

Mr Holstein expressed his sympathies for Ms Smith and her family and said he would "pray Kathy Smith gets a positive outcome" from her next round of cancer treatment.

Mr Holstein is currently chairman of the Central Coast Taskforce, an advocacy group set up and backing by entrepreneur Mr John Singleton.

"The job of the Taskforce has always been to point out to the government what it needs to do for the Central Coast community," Mr Holstein said.

Mr Singleton has property development interests which may mean he is a prohibited donor in NSW.

The NSW Electoral Commission lists property developers as prohibited donors and defines them as: "a corporation engaged in a business that regularly involves the making of relevant planning applications by or on behalf of the corporation in connection with the residential or commercial development of land, with the ultimate purpose of the sale or lease of the land for profit".

The Commission also defines a "close associate" of a banned donor and gives provision for entities to "apply to be determined as not a prohibited donor".

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