rate rise

Direct democracy ‘our only hope’

Forum – Not content with loading ratepayers with massive rate increases, the Administrator now wants to force a 34 per cent hike in water rates on suffering residents (CCN312). The…





Framework needed to stop developer favours

Forum – Mr Hart’s concern about the draft Bill on developer contributions (“Hart backs backlash over daft developer funding Bill”, Chronicle p24 Aug 25) seems to be very narrowly focussed…


Zombie myths from Administrator

Forum – Central Coast Council Administrator Rik Hart continues to defend Gosford’s 42 per cent rate hike with zombie myths – i.e., myths that refuse to die despite the evidence…


Wasted chance to learn from mistakes

Forum – Congratulations to the Pelican Post on running the story “Will keeping submissions private serve the public interest” on its front page regarding the current Central Coast Council Public…



Hart must clarify ‘unlawful’ matters

Forum – I received my rate notice and with anticipation I opened it and saw that the proposed increase had started, however it was the glossy brochure enclosed that caught…


One happy rate payer

Forum – I have some good news for Wyong ratepayers. I have just received my latest annual rate notice with a total cost of $1856, a saving of $163. Note…


Hyland Bytes: Omelette or scrambled eggs?

Forum – It is astonishing that people you would expect to think in better than one-issue terms, apparently, imagine that demerging Gosford and Wyong is the most important problem we…



Sophistry of the highest order

Forum – I would like to respond to (Council Administrator) Rik Hart’s suggestion that the rate rise (of 15 per cent) is needed beyond three years (CCN301). He has accused…