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So what now? Administration,

de-amalgamation, and other options

The Central Coast Friends of Democracy (CCFoD) will be hosting a community information session on Monday 14 June at 6pm to consider options about the future of our Central Coast Council.

10 June 2021

 

CCFoD is a community initiative that was launched on 12 May 2021 by Jane Smith, a community advocate for over 20 years and elected to Central Coast Council in 2017.

 

“I am pleased to have Associate Professor Joseph Drew, a speaker of international standing, give of his own time to present to the meeting” said Jane Smith, Coordinator of CCFoD. “This event is the beginning of a conversation that the community should have about options to restore local democracy to our Central Coast community and reclaim our Council.

 

“Our speaker has experience advising governments in Australia and abroad. There will also be an opportunity for questions from the audience. The presentation will provide information so that the community can make an informed decision going forward.“

 

On 12 May, 5 years after the merger of Gosford and Wyong Councils, the Central Coast Friends of Democracy was launched. On the same day the NSW Government appointed Administrator wrote to the Minister proposing that she “introduce measures that would prevent dismissed Councillors from standing in the next election”. This was 4 weeks after the Administrator recommended that the Minister “take whatever action necessary to prevent the return” of democratically elected Councillors.

 

“No doubt, everybody will have a view about what has gone wrong at our Council. Some of that will be explored through the Public Inquiry that has been announced however, fundamental democracy should not be the casualty. Our community needs to consider next steps for our Council.”

 

Attendance at the event is free however, donations are appreciated to help with costs. Bookings are essential. Register at: www.ccfriendsofdemocracy.com/events

 

The Friends of Democracy will focus on returning democracy to our community and reclaiming our Council. The Friends of Democracy is not politically aligned. We are currently inviting Expressions of Interest from individuals with relevant knowledge, skills and /or experience to join a Working Group for an initial  period of 12 months. More information at: Invitation - Expressions of Interest - Working Group (ccfriendsofdemocracy.com)

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