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Tenants selected for affordable housing project
Kathy Smith dies
Ferry wharf closed for upgrade
Proposal to landscape Hardys Bay foreshore
Environment group objects to aged care proposal
Mingaletta holds Naidoc Day events
Cable fencing installed around bushland reserve
Coastal zone management 'in chaos', says candidate
Consolidated planning is urgently needed, says Wales
Greens start council pre-selection
Safety bollards for Melbourne Ave
Renovations at Leisure Centre
Night work on bridge
Wicks visits oval amenities project
Gosford Council financial statements presented
Bouddi history project now on the internet
Opportunity to encourage flying foxes, says rescuer
Red Cross presentation at library
Mother's Day success at Mary Mac's
Highly-commended at Easter show
Pursuing a career as a florist
Store has 10th birthday
Italian restaurant opens in Ettalong
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Woy Woy will stagnate as Wyong booms
Cardboard to landfill?
Shaken after attempted break-in
Time for tree policy is now
Open air public areas are a valuable commodity
Consistent with what?
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Donation to shuttle service
Hospital redevelopment to be finished by December
Improving the future for muscular dystrophy sufferers
New welfare team co-ordinator
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Foundation announces arts grants program
Village choir performs at Somersby school
Documentary about boxer re-broadcast
Two invited to folk club
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College wins Landcare award
Counting chickens as they hatch
Arguing against watching the news
More fun than most schools, says principal
Students encouraged to write about Anzac centenary
Soccer selection
Search for new principal starts
Environment day at Ettalong
Visits to Men's Shed
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Woy Woy causes minor upset
Local bowling clubs raise funds for cancer services
Bridge club elects new committee
Ocean Beach hosts rescue boat champs
Surf club holds fundraiser
Grade wins for Ettalong and Woy Woy
Triathlon club meets Peace Run
Women's bowling club celebrates 60 years
Annual prostate cancer charity day
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Booker Bay burial site may be considered by council

Consolidated planning is urgently needed, says Wales

A consolidated planning scheme is urgently need for the Central Coast if development across the region is not to be "seriously slowed down", according to Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

"Through no fault of the current Council administration, the new consolidated planning instrument is not likely to be placed on public exhibition until after the September local government elections," said Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales.

"This could delay the introduction of the new merged planning controls and seriously slow down development across the new local government area.

"Delays to the consolidated plan could also have a knock-on effect for the desperately needed comprehensive review of all Council's planning and development control guidelines at a time when the development and building industry needs more certainty.

"Without that certainty and quick action, the prospect of accommodating the anticipated growth across the Central Coast could be placed in jeopardy," he said.

"To Council's credit, they have moved quickly to review all the key planning controls but holding over key decisions until after September could string out the process for years.

"The fact is that the current NSW planning legislation is archaic, dating back to 1979, and this underscores the problems that local government has in navigating changes that reflect the growth needs of communities", Mr Wales said.

"The lack of action by the NSW Government on the Planning White Paper is a major problem with the proposed updating of the planning laws stuck in limbo for the last four years.

"We understand that the new Minister for Planning, Mr Anthony Roberts, has been trying to kick start the process after such a long delay but the lack of action could seriously impede growth across the state.

"The business community needs the Central Coast Consolidated Plan, the comprehensive review of planning controls and the NSW planning legislation to be sorted out so the business and development industry can regain confidence in the planning system," he concluded.

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