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Local economy needs attention

Posted by Edgar Adams on 9 April 2021
Local economy needs attention
This month CCBR starts a new segment, the Central Coast Economy. Going back ten years and beyond the Hunter Valley Research Foundation produced a half yearly Economic Indicators for the Central Coast. It ran from 1993 until the newly elected Liberal Government stopped funding it. In the Hunter it is now run by the University of Newcastle and funded by business and local councils and quarterly economic reporting continues very valuable service for that region. The Central Coast Economi...
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5 minutes to midnight

Posted by Edgar Adams on 15 March 2021
5 minutes to midnight
As we go to press it is exactly six months to the next Local Government Elections. Saturday 4th September 2021 promises to be a defining day for the Central Coast which has endured four years of infantile petty politics and mismanagement across the board resulting in the appointment of an Administrator on 30th October last year. Looking at the fifteen councillors that we voted in only two should be considered for re-election if they should choose to run Councillors Greg Best and Bruce M...
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Plenty of confidence as we move into 2021

Posted by Edgar Adams on 5 February 2021
Plenty of confidence as we move into 2021
With 2020 now behind us a quick look back would have to tell us that (a) Australia has handled the COVID-19 pandemic exceptionally well and (b) we are lucky to be living on the Central Coast. It was the same at the start of last year when this region dodged a bullet with the catastrophic bushfires.  We escaped what could have been our own catastrophe had they not been stopped at Mangrove Mountain.  With that in mind and trying to get a handle on what we might expect as we move...
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Our annus horribilis

Posted by Edgar Adams on 14 December 2020
Our annus horribilis
It started with the most devastating bush fire season in history although for our region it could have been much worse. By February storms and floods in early February saw parts of Wamberal Beach and North Entrance beach washed away and all around the lakes extensive flooding causing the Government to declare a natural disaster. And came COVID-19 that saw the state locked down and borders, state and international, closed. That was March and it went on until June and beyond that too. ...
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Minister's patience runs out with Central Coast Council

Posted by Edgar Adams on 9 November 2020
Minister's patience runs out with Central Coast Council
It has happened.  At 3.30pm on Friday, 30th October the Minister for Local Government suspended Central Coast Council and appointed an interim administrator. This Council could no longer pay the wages or pay its suppliers and had wracked up a deficit of $84 million (could be more, could be less who knows?) This is how it works with government. But if this Council was a company the Receivers would have been called in and the directors could all be looking at going to gaol for tr...
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