CCN Daily News Brief – 18th March, 2021

Thursday 18th March, 2021. Today’s ‘must know stories from across the Central Coast, fresh from the CCN newsroom. Read by Charlea Tonnet.

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And here’s the latest news from Central Coast Newspapers:

Central Coast Council is set to complete a 320m section of the “missing link” pathway along Malinya Road at Davistown.

The move follows a campaign orchestrated by Davistown Progress Association, during which more than a thousand signatures were collected on a petition calling for the work, and after approaches were made to Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, to point Council in the right direction for securing Federal grants.

The project will be funded through the Federal Government’s Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program and will be completed this financial year.

It will be the first stage in completing a missing section of the pathway between Henderson Rd and Coomal Ave.

Gosford Courthouse users will once again benefit from some Labrador love, with the return of the Canine Court Companion Program after a year long pause due to COVID-19.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said therapy dogs and their volunteer handlers make a massive difference to vulnerable witnesses, young children and nervous people who are daunted by the experience of attending a courthouse.

The Bureau of Meteorology is predicting heavy rainfall and thunderstorms across the Central Coast beginning on Thursday and continuing over the weekend.

The bureau warns of the potential for flash flooding and riverine flooding.

Widespread rainfall of 50 to 100mm is forecast with some isolated heavy downfalls up to 200mm possible.

NSW SES Northern Zone Chief Superintendent, Steve Patterson, has urged residents to prepare their homes now, especially if there is a break in the weather.

The next stage of the organisational and staff restructure is underway at Central Coast Council but it has cast uncertainty among the workforce that there could be forced redundancies and jobs axed in service areas through outsourcing of the work.

The United Services Union and Council have been in negotiation since October, when Council’s financial crisis was revealed.

The Union says staff cuts are right across the board with every single service area and unit affected, but at this stage there haven’t been any forced redundancies or people sacked.

The Union also says that they have not heard anything about outsourcing of work in the operational and trades areas.

People have been informed if their position will go in the staff restructure, or their position has been merged with another, and that’s more likely at the professional or management level.

Council and the Union have been working through the process of a voluntary redundancy program to try and find savings of $31M.

For more on these stories and lots of other local news, pick up a copy of your free Central Coast Newspaper from one of hundreds of outlets around the Coast or read us online at coastcommunitynews.com.au.

I’m Charlea Tonnet for Central Coast Newspapers.

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