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Collapse Issue 414 - 06 Mar 2017Issue 414 - 06 Mar 2017
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Fast ferry service proposal presented to Premier
Centenarians celebrate birthdays
Gosford by-election to be held on April 8
'Beautiful opportunity' for Liesl Tesch
Woy Woy channel 'worse than halftide rocks'
Memorial erected to lone dolphin
Petrol prices skyrocket to 13 cents more than Gosford
Power interrupted with thunderstorms
Association writes to Premier about jetskis
Council to spend $1 million on Peninsula
Vietnam Vets plan to expand its Ettalong office
Film proceeds donated to Mary Mac's
Senator congratulates Tesch as Labor candidate
Labor candidate selection 'undemocratic', says Crouch
Chamber calls for Liberals to select local candidate
Environment network seeks volunteers
Residents' group opposes home park expansion
Talk about kayak journey inspired by Killcare resident
A week of activities for seniors
Community fair at Hardys Bay
President's position not filled
New set down and pick up area
Attorney-General asked about court closure
Chamber welcomes penalty rate cuts
Pedestrian injured in motorcycle accident
Umina man to face court
Council holds developers' forum
Rotary club recognised at Parliament House
New restaurant opens
Business decision pays off
Collapse  FORUM FORUM
Elections must go ahead
Action needed on fuel price fixing
Less opportunity with penalty rate cuts
Rail crossing missing link needs funding
Back to square one
Party heavyweights won't change vote
Don't re-elect Gosford councillors
Traffic blind spots need correction
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Sod turned for hospital redevelopment
Wicks speaks about Peninsula GP shortage
GP 'emergency' a political stunt, says O'Neill
Collapse  ARTS ARTS
Williamson play at Little Theatre
George Mann to perform at folk club
Umina singer cast in opera
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
School writes to the Council
Kaelan is ACT judo champion
Attention to helmets at Umina
Three students set 10 records
Principal describes school's targets
New sports attire
Push bike donated as prize
Reading Buddies program runs in libraries
Goalball team to be selected
Performing arts groups formed
Softball session at Pretty Beach
School holds swimming carnival
Writers' workshops at lunch time
Collapse  SPORT SPORT
Surf clubs each receive almost $10,000
Umina launches new surf boat
Heat interrupts pairs championship
Ocean Beach returns from carnival
Roosters have first hit-out
Charity bowls attracts 50 players
Ettalong dominates Triples finals

Chamber calls for Liberals to select local candidate

The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has expressed disappointment at the Liberal Party's inability to select a candidate for the Gosford by-election who was a resident of the electorate.

Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council CEO, Mr Sean Gordon, who is a Newcastle resident, has withdrawn from contention to become the Liberal preselected candidate.

It is understood that former Gosford councillor Ms Deanna Bocking, who lives on the Bouddi Peninsula, and Ms Jilly Pillon from Wamberal are the leading contenders for the Liberals.

"You would think that of the 55,000 voters in this electorate, you could find at least one outstanding person to represent our community without having to recruit from outside the area," Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales said.

"From our perspective, our major concern is that the parties preselect or consider candidates that live in the electorate.

"That is a key consideration for us.

"Our view is they need to have a clear understanding of what our local issues are particularly on the Peninsula and we will certainly as a chamber be looking to engage the preselected candidates from both the major parties.

"We are certainly keen as a business organisation to talk to Ms Tesch, particularly regarding the Woy Woy underpass," Mr Wales said.

"Our focus is ensuring that not only does the Labor Party identify the underpass as a key project but also understands that there are other significant road priorities that we want addressed.

"The cornerstone for us is that the NSW Liberals also make a commitment to funding and resolving the underpass issue and that, whether they win the by-election or not, they honour those commitments," he said.

Mr Wales said he understood the funds pledged by the NSW Government for the rail level crossing replacement project at Woy Woy had been returned to consolidated revenue.

"I don't believe the funds have been quarantined but we have made it very clear to Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scott MacDonald, that we want those funds either reallocated to the underpass project or targeted to other key road projects which we have already publicly announced.

"Those priorities have not changed and we will certainly be ramping up our representations leading up to the by election," he said.

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