CCN Daily News Brief – 24th March, 2021

Wednesday 24th 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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Central Coast Council is to consider new legislation introduced by the State Government which could allow for rates harmonisation to take place over the next four years.

This could mean that residents of the former Gosford Council area would not be slugged with a huge harmonisation rise this year.

The Local Government Amendment (Rating) Bill 2021 proposes options for councils to ensure a fairer and more flexible rating system for ratepayers.

But a Council spokesperson said that while the Bill would be open for the consideration of Council, there was a lot to consider.

“We need to understand the impacts on all parties, including those due for a rate reduction since 2016,” the spokesperson said.

Central Coast surf clubs have sent rescue crews to the lower North Coast in response to the unfolding flood crisis.

Surf lifesavers from North Avoca, Terrigal, Toowoon Bay and Macmasters Beach travelled to assist with flood rescue duties, with boats from Umina, Wamberal and North Avoca sent up alongside the crews.

Ocean Beach and Umina SLSC have also been put on notice and have prepared additional resources and call out crews to be rescue ready for the continuing crisis unfolding along the Hawkesbury region.

Owners of a former nursing home at 51 Peel St, Toukley, want to turn it into a boarding house for up to 84 residents, which is a proposal that local residents are vehemently resisting.

A previous proposal was rejected in September by the Local Planning Panel and residents say the new proposal isn’t any better.

Coles West Gosford has been recognised in State Parliament for donating essential supplies to the Kariong Neighbourhood Centre’s Christmas appeal for care hamper deliveries to families in need.

Neighbourhood Centre Manager, Shayne Silvers, and Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, thanked the Coles team on Friday for making the hampers possible.

The store was also named the third most generous Coles in NSW for its 2020 Christmas Campaign.

Coles West Gosford raised $11,434, which was passed on to SecondBite, National Children’s Cancer Charity and Redkite.

Tuggerah Lakes Art Society has had to cancel it meeting on Thursday because of the flood conditions in the Long Jetty and The Entrance area.

The next scheduled meeting is on April 22.

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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