NEWS ARCHIVES

31 May 2021

Landmark recycling laws fall short in year one

The Grapevine can reveal that evidence obtained in last week’s Senate Estimates again shows the Grand Canyon that exists between announcement and delivery with the Morrison Government, this time with a new installment of inaction when it comes to tackling Australia’s plastic waste crisis.

31 May 2021

Terrigal BMX Track open for all

Central Coast Council and the NSW Government have today officially opened the newly redeveloped Terrigal BMX Track, the last piece of the Duffy’s Oval Recreation Precinct revitalisation project.

31 May 2021

Central Coast Academy of Sport winter program heating up

The Central Coast Academy of Sport’s Mingara One Swimming Program and Gosford RSL Touch Football Program are officially underway after the squad’s online orientation.

28 May 2021

Vegetation loss from over-development will be denuding and unsightly

Proposed amendments to the State Significant Development at 89 John Whiteway Drive, Gosford will not address the excessive bulk and scale of the proposal or the substantial loss of vegetation

28 May 2021

Council directors briefed on the state of The Entrance Township

Member for The Entrance, David Mehan and Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride have welcomed the briefing from Central Coast Council’s Directors about the concerning state of The Entrance township.

28 May 2021

Don’t miss out on round four of the Stronger Communities Funding

Round four of the Stronger Communities Funding, which aims to enhance experiences in regional communities, is now open.

27 May 2021

Lakes Festival is back

Central Coast Council is looking for exciting local events, programs and activities that shine the light on our region’s lakes and waterways, which are among the largest and most magnificent in Australia.

27 May 2021

Nurse gains top marks in Covid-19 Infection control course
Eddralin (Eddy) Ronquillo had just started her Registered Nursing career at local aged care facility, when just two weeks in she took on the challenge to become the organisation’s Infection Prevention and Control lead, gaining a distinction and the second highest score possible in the course.

27 May 2021

What’s the government’s problem with renewables?
The name says it all - the Renewable Energy Agency should fund renewable technology, yet the Morrison Government seems to missing the connection.

26 May 2021

Saying it how it is - an over reaction to the air show story
(OPINION PIECE)

All stories reported by the Grapevine are always based on fact and not hearsay, regardless or whether everyone agrees or disagrees.

26 May 2021

More doctors welcomed to Peninsula

After years of a shortage of doctors on the Woy Woy Peninsula, Liesl Tesch MP, Member for Gosford is welcoming the new GP clinic, a few doors down from her office.

26 May 2021

Gosford City Bowling Club must stay

The Central Coast Council asset sales have targeted the Gosford community with the Gosford City Bowling Club to be zoned for commercial use.

26 May 2021

Unspent disaster fund a cash cow for the Morrison Government

Shocking new data has revealed that the Morrison Government will collect more than $1 billion in interest on a fund that has not spent a cent to help disaster victims.

25 May 2021

Buy local this Australian made week

Local manufacturers, Rigon Headwear, have hired 10 new employees in their 22nd year of business and are looking to expand further.

25 May 2021

Farewell to our unique fauna

The Morrison Government’s belatedly-released threatened species strategy is inadequate and is nothing less than a joke and does absolutely nothing to ensure the survival of our unique and threatened species.

25 May 2021

Home away from home

Last week Terrigal Bowling Club played host to some very special visitors to the Central Coast – the New Zealand Warriors.

25 May 2021

Pack your bags Josh, Buenos Aires and the Carmen Miranda singers beckon you with a chorus from 'Down Argentine Way'.

Last week Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg gave Treasurer Josh Frydenburg some sound advice, to not interfere in how super funds should be invested.

24 May 2021

Berejiklian Government pockets funds meant to tackle erosion

The Berejiklian Government must explain why it shortchanged Central Coast Council that was desperate to fix and improve waterways throughout their community.

24 May 2021

The strident sound of jets echoed across the sky to the finale of Warnervale Air Show

The sky above Warnervale echoed to the strident sound of aircraft over the weekend as the Paul Bennett Air Show wreaked havoc.

21 May 2021

Community rally to save public assets

People are angry at Council’s proposed sell-off of community land, and rightly so. The groundswell of opposition and increased anger to the proposed land sell-off of community assets will culminate at a rally on Sunday May 23 at The Entrance.

21 May 2021

Pork-barrelling grants rort scapegoat

The $252 million Stronger Community Fund grants rort has left the Central Coast community angry because the Berejiklian Government played favourites and much needed and promised funds were not forth coming.

21 May 2021

Urgent flood relief for Coast oyster farmers

The recent heavy rains and flooding caused havoc for local oyster farmers who are struggling to survive. The Berrijklian Government must slash red tape that’s hindering them from accessing financial assistance, but have so far refused to do so.

20 May 2021

Media freedom still at risk

For the second time in nine months a Parliamentary Inquiry has found media freedom is under threat in Australia, and still the Morrison Government fails to act.

20 May 2021

Volunteers rally despite covid challenges

Landcare and bushcare volunteers in the Central Coast have continued to rally for the local environment despite the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

20 May 2021

Calls for local planning panels to monitor excessive variations to development standards

The Community Environment Network has called for audits and penalties to stop excessive development variations through over-use of Clause 4.6 of the Standard Instrument LEP.

19 May 2021

It's time to stand up for our koalas again

June 5 is the Koala Day of Action! This is a chance to demand the NSW Government end the destruction of koala habitat.

19 May 2021

Council has benefited from increased library funding

Member for The Entrance, David Mehan is calling on Council to reconsider its decision to close The Entrance Library after it was revealed that Council has benefited from increased library funding since 2018 and further increases scheduled up to 2023.

18 May 2021

15% rate hike will leave ratepayers hurting financially

IPART has kowtowed to the previous Central Coast Administrator’s request for a 15% rate hike, holding Central Coast ratepayers to ransom for the Council’s financial crisis.

18 May 2021

School strike 4 climate 2021

This coming Friday, 21 May, school students from across the Central Coast will rally together at 12 pm at Kibble Park, Gosford in the annual School Strike 4 Climate, in unity with hundreds across the nation.

17 May 2021

Launch of Central Coast Friends of Democracy

Ex-councillor Jane Smith launched the Central Coast Friends of Democracy initiative to enable Central Coast residents to have a voice over recent events that have occurred since the dismissal of the Council and its merger.

17 May 2021

Hands off our reserve

Residents from the Peninsula have sent a clear message to the Central Coast Council Administrator that Blackwall Reserve is an important community asset and should not be sold to solve Council’s financial crisis.

17 May 2021

More NDIS dirty tricks from the Morrison Government

Disabled persons living on the Central Coast will be disgusted to learn that the Morrison Government has been caught tampering with expert evidence in a desperate bid to steamroll through its unpopular Independent Assessments in the National Disability Insurance Scheme!

17 May 2021

Top award for leagues club park transformation

The Hunter and Central Coast Development Corporation is delighted to win top accolades for its $10 million Leagues Club Park transformation in Gosford, taking home the 2021 National Trust Heritage Award for Aboriginal Heritage as well as the top gong, the Judges’ Choice Award.

14 May 2021

Vales Point power station - toxic and terminal

Alarming new data confirms that the Vales Point Power Station has reported an almost three-fold increase in PM 2.5 pollution, which represents a significant risk to the respiratory health of Central Coast communities.

13 May 2021

Why are the Central Coast ratepayers subsidising the ‘boys with expensive toys’ club?

The entitled, privileged members of the Central Coast Aero Club should do the right thing by the Central Coast community and immediately vacate the airport site.

13 May 2021

One last blow to Central Coast ratepayers

Departing Council Administrator Dick Persson drove the State Government's knife into the heart of the Central Coast yesterday before celebrating his tenure, which was at the expense of Central Coast ratepayers

13 May 2021

Fighting for a reprieve

With The Entrance Library’s head resting on the chopping block, waiting for the axman’s final blow, will a community petition be enough to save this public asset?

12 May 2021

Constitutional referendum on councillor and ward numbers

A constitutional referendum to determine the future number of Central Coast councillors and wards will be held on 4 September 2021.

12 May 2021

More marketing, mismanagement and missed opportunities

Josh Frydenberg's budget claims to be an economic plan that has something for everyone; a budget with priorities to protect the country from coronavirus, create jobs and guarantee essential services. Yet there is a gap between what the Treasurer says and what the Budget papers show.

12 May 2021

NDIS budget lies exposed

Scotty from marketing is at it again - using taxpayers’ money like it was Liberal Party money, while at the same time Minister Lynda Reynolds was tearing apart piecemeal the NDIS. This will have a profound impact on disabled persons on the Central Coast.

11 May 2021

VIDEO STORY

Community petition brought to a head in parliamentary debate

Following the parliamentary debate last week, the Central Coast community has won some serious improvements from Minister for Local Government Shelley Hancock. Watch the video story.

11 May 2021

Administrator extends community consultation period on proposed asset sales

Council Administrator has decided to extend the community consultation period on the proposed asset sales and reclassification list, yet the community still complain that it is insufficient time.

11 May 2021

New carpark for Carters Road, Lake Munmorah

Central Coast Council has started construction of a new carpark on the existing grassed area in front of Lake Munmorah High School on Carters Road.

10 May 2021

Do Parliamentary Secretary claims need to be fact checked?

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Adam Crouch has claimed that “A group of eight Councillors repeatedly concealed the council’s true financial state from the community and the NSW Government by holding confidential meetings.”

10 May 2021

Morrison's empty bushfire promises exposed

It’s taken less than a day for the Morrison Government to backflip on its commitment to natural disaster resilience, with the Prime Minister snubbing vital recommendations from a Black Summer bushfire Senate inquiry.

7 May 2021

Morrison's announcement no fix for climate emergency

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s recent announcement on the Central Coast that his government will spend a total of $539 million on five hydrogen hubs and carbon capture projects will not be sufficient to handle the climate emergency.

7 May 2021

A shopping list for developers - wholesale public land sell off

The Berejiklian Government’s establishment of a new government property portal only exists to line the pockets of the property developers and big business using the proceeds of publicly owned assets.

7 May 2021

How will Coast businesses fare - latest JobMaker job shambles

Having stuffed up the vaccine rollout, mucked up hotel quarantine, mixed up the cost of JobKeeper by an eyewatering $60 billion, and fluffed up the COVIDSafe app, Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg now appear to have given up on the JobMaker hiring credits.

7 May 2021

COVID-19 restrictions update

Given the latest cases of community transmission and updated health advice from the Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant, COVID-19 restrictions will be temporarily tightened across Greater Sydney.

6 May 2021

Minister must refuse proposal to rezone environmental land

The Central Coast Community Better Planning Group and the Community Environment Network have urged NSW Minister for Planning and Public Spaces, The Hon Rob Stokes MP, to refuse a planning proposal from Central Coast Council.

6 May 2021

The farm gates are ready to open as Harvest Festival returns

Foodies, families and fun-seekers will flock to the Central Coast hinterland over the June long weekend for the return of one of Central Coast Council’s most anticipated annual events, Harvest Festival.

6 May 2021

How many jobs will be lost from electricity sell-off?

The NSW Treasurer and Deputy Premier have refused to confirm how many jobs will be lost when the Government privatises the rest of the NSW electricity network and to confirm the impact of their actions will have on electricity prices.

5 May 2021

Battle to save community land begins now

Central Coast Council is moving forward to sell off community land under the guise that it needs to do so to help to solve its financial problems. Yet the Administrator has failed to recognise that community land cannot be sold unless it is first rezoned to operational land.

5 May 2021

History of Studies on The Entrance now available

Central Coast Council has released the Stage 1 report for the Tuggerah Lakes Entrance Management Study.

4 May 2021

Year of the mate! But what about jobseekers on the Central Coast?

Scott Morrison has been caught out handing out high-paying Government jobs at a rate of almost one job a week to his mates so far in 2021, while everyday Australians are being left behind.

4 May 2021

Flu vaccine now available

Flu vaccines are now available at your local GPs, community health clinics and chemists as part of the National Immunisation Program.

4 May 2021

Schools in some electorates are being left behind

The ‘Schools Deserve Better’, meeting last Thursday evening, hosted by Liesl Tesch MP, broke the ice for a number of schools who are currently being forgotten, when it comes to infrastructure, by the Berejiklian Government.

3 May 2021

Abandoned by Premier’s lack of action

NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay insists the Berejiklian Government must listen to the Central Coast community and establish a broad inquiry to investigate the Central Coast Council’s dire financial woes.

3 May 2021

Morrison Government Bill opens door for new robodebt

A new Government proposal for data sharing would be an unacceptable attack on privacy and opens the door to another Robodebt-like attack on the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

3 May 2021

Learn to create better new drivers

A joint Central Coast Council and Transport for NSW initiative is helping parents and supervisors with the important task of teaching learner drivers.

3 May 2021

Upgrade of the Coast Walking Track, Wyrrabalong National Park

Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, has welcomed the start of work to upgrade the Coast Walking Track in Wyrrabalong National Park at Bateau Bay.

3 May 2021

Get ready to ‘skate the snake’ at revamped Narara Skate Park

Construction has begun on an exciting new redevelopment of the Narara Skate Park, one of the Central Coast’s oldest skate parks.