Central Coast Council

The Weekly News 5@5

The week’s top stories from the Central Coast’s largest newsroom, March 5, 2021. David Farmer is the new council CEO, Labor calls for a council reform, PEP11, Rik Hart explains…


Council deficit reduced by $7.7M

Central Coast Council’s total actual debt is now down to $458M. Administrator, Dick Persson, had forecast a $565M debt in his 30-Day Report in December 2020, but Chief Financial Officer,…


No action on wetland weeds

A year after Coast Community News reported an uncontrolled weed infestation at the Springfield Wetland, residents are frustrated that a solution is still not in sight. The iconic wetland is…


One-woman pothole warning system

One Saratoga women is doing her bit to keep the community safe, spray painting circles and love hearts around potholes in her neighbourhood. Jennifer Hartich said unfinished road works on…


Broady on the block

The future of the former Broadwater Hotel site on Mann St, Gosford, hangs in the balance, with Central Coast Council resolving to decline all tender submissions for demolition and continue…



Amalgamation costs

The cost of implementing an IT system for a proposed new Central Coast Council was $70M back in 2015. The former Wyong and Gosford councils prior to merger identified that…



Don’t be too hard on councillors

Forum – Amalgamation is seldom easy, just remember your family and your partner’s family when you got married and multiply that saga by at least 1,000. The amalgamation of councils…






Questions for an eventual Inquiry

Former Central Coast Council CEO, Gary Murphy, has joined the chorus of people calling for a fuller inquiry into how the financial crisis occurred. In his interview, Murphy set out…


Sacked CEO sets the record straight

In an exclusive interview with Coast News, former Central Coast Council CEO, Gary Murphy, has accepted responsibility for his actions, says he has been denied “natural justice” and has added…


You get the local government you deserve

Forum – The letters in the Chronicle are full of finger pointing about the predicament of the Council and many suggestions as to who should pay for the financial debacle,…