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Kathy Smith wins by just 203 votes
Seawall to cost $900,000
Council to review alcohol-free zones
Request to lift alcohol ban
Man airlifted to hospital
Two Anzac Day services
Three-day Anzac exhibition at Pearl Beach
Wicks seeks support for military personnel
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Marine Rescue supported outrigger race
Peninsula polling booth counts - Gosford electorate
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Petition about noise
Complaint about neglected property
Central Coast university would mean self-determination
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Outrageous water plan
Perfection is unlikely to be achieved
Nothing has occurred to warrant change
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Margaret Pomeranz campaigns to save SBS
Author writes biography of early aviator
Students win in photographic project
Soiree by the Sea at Pearl Beach
Roweth duo at folk club
Pearl Beach artist exhibits at botanic garden
Retrospective exhibition in Gosford
Art show at Wagstaffe
School to release three-year plan
New support unit at Umina campus
School wins at cattle show
Young leaders join others
Students have artwork displayed
Swimmers selected for regional carnival
Cricket battle
African music for Harmony Day
Students wore orange
Harmony on Down Syndrome Day
Polling day fundraising
Woy Woy to make poppies
Students sleep on library floor
Splashathon starts fundraising drive
Pupil-free day
Training in early numeracy
Priest blesses bowling green
Alicia Molik coaches nine-year-old at Umina
Bronte will attend development camp
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Major fours final
Bowls day raised $1000
Saving Woy Woy council chambers

Kathy Smith wins by just 203 votes

Labor candidate for Gosford Ms Kathy Smith has been declared the winner of the seat following a close count with a final result of 50.23 per cent compared with Liberal candidate Chris Holsten's 49.77 per cent.

Despite former Member Holstein receiving more first preference votes with 20,535 to Smith's 18,654, the distribution of preferences saw Smith finish with a total of 22,029 votes to Holstein's 21,826.

Greens candidate Kate da Costa followed Holstein with 4346 first preference votes and a final total of 5039.

Independent Jake Cassar received 2698 first preference votes and a final total of 2856 while Christian Democratic Party candidate Andrew Church received 1091 first preference votes and a final total of 1126 and No Land Tax candidate Matthew Maroney received 938 first preference votes.

Ms Smith wrote on her Facebook page: "I will be a strong voice for the Central Coast and make sure that the people of the Central Coast are no longer forgotten and get our fair share of funding.

"Looking forward to a positive and bright future for the Central Coast," she said.

Ms Smith said the campaign was "quite nerve-wracking".

"We did everything we could.

"We spoke to thousands of people.

"I got lots of opinions and there are lots of things that need fixing.

"What this election has shown is that the Central Coast shouldn't be taken for granted.

"The Liberals swept our region at the 2011 election but failed to listen to local concerns about cuts to the roads budget, cuts to health, cuts to our local schools, and despite a massive community backlash the Liberal Government will continue with their plans to privatise our state electricity assets.

"The Liberal Party lost the faith of Central Coast residents for failing to listen to the community, and instead focusing on internal party squabbles and scandals relating to potentially illegal donations.

"Labor presented a positive plan for the Central Coast.

"We pledged more than $1 billion across the region for local roads, building new classrooms, upgrading Wyong and Gosford Hospitals, and investing in important infrastructure like the Ettalong to Umina Foreshore and a regional performing arts centre in Gosford.

"Unlike the former Liberal Members of Parliament, I will not sit idly by while millions of dollars are ripped out of our region.

"I will be a strong voice for Gosford and will stand up for local residents against continued cuts by the Liberals."

Former Member for Gosford Chris Holstein was contacted for comment but could not be reached.


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