CCN Daily News Brief – 2nd March, 2021

Tuesday 2nd 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 voters will be asked to consider reducing the number of councillors from 15 to 9 and a consequent re-evaluation of the Ward system when they go to the polls for the local government election in September.

Central Coast Council Administrator, Dick Persson, said the current number of councillors should be reduced to nine for better governance and collaboration for the benefit of all residents.

If the number changes, there would need to be a change to the Ward structure.

The choice would be between having no wards, with all councillors representing the entire region, or three wards, each having three councillors.

Avoca surfer, Adrian Buchan, has joined a host of other Australian sports stars in calling for greater action on climate change

Buchan said the new Climate Council report, “Game, Set, Match: Calling Time on Climate Inaction” finds that by 2040, heatwaves in Sydney and Melbourne could reach highs of 50°C, threatening the viability of summer sport as it is currently played.

Buchan said greenhouse gas emissions, coastal erosion and rising sea levels were putting water sports, as well as other sports, at risk.

A 26-year-old man has been charged with sexual touching offences following four separate incidents on public transport across Sydney on Monday, after one of the incidents was reported at Gosford Railway Station.

The man allegedly touched a 17-year-old girl at Central Railway Station around 11am before boarding another train bound for Newcastle and allegedly approaching a 21-year-old woman about 11.20am, making her feel uncomfortable.

She moved away to an adjoining carriage before the man exited the train at Epping.

The woman remained on the train and reported the incident to police at Gosford railway station.

Following two further incidents, at Macquarie University Metro Railway Station, the man was arrested by Ryde police and charged with various offences.

A new Chief Executive Officer has been appointed for Central Coast Council.

The appointment of David Farmer to the position was announced on Tuesday.

Farmer has had 40 years’ experience in Local Government in NSW and Queensland, with each of his last three roles involving major challenges in governance and finance.

Administrator, Dick Persson, said Farmer has a proven track record of success in operating large councils and has been selected based on his experience.

Farmer will commence duties on April 12.

The opening of the Central Coast’s own palliative care unit is just weeks away, with construction scheduled for completion in late March.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said the NSW Government was transforming Gosford Hospital’s former maternity ward into a 10-bed dedicated palliative care unit.

Construction began in December, with the majority of internal work now completed.

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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