An opportunity for community discussion

Welcome to the inaugural edition of the Peninsula News.

It’s wonderful that our local area has now got its own newspaper aimed at providing a broad coverage of those things which make the Peninsula a unique and interesting place to live.

As we move towards the end of the century it is important for us to discuss, as a community, how we want to move forward into the new millennium.

What do we want for the Peninsula and more importantly what are we absolutely against?

How should we tackle important issues such as the lack of local employment which leads to far too many of us having to travel great distances to find work?

How can we keep the Peninsula’s population at a manageable level so that we don’t become simply an outlying Sydney suburb and lose the things that make this area a good place to live?

How should we address important matters such as infrastructure provision, medium density development, social and law & order problems, local environmental blackspots, and youth unemployment?

How can we ensure that we get our fair share of State and Federal government funding?

The opportunity to communicate via the pages of this new local paper is a welcome development in open community debate about how we are going to shape our future.

I hope to be able to use the pages of the Peninsula News to tell you what’s happening at Council and to keep you informed of decisions which can have a profound effect on our lives.

It is a fact that 28% of Gosford City’s population lives on the Peninsula and we need to be continually vigilant to ensure our interests are being looked after. One thing I am sure of is that we don’t get 28% of Council’s total expenditure and we need, as a community, to examine ways that this can be brought about.

One of the most effective ways is to ensure that the people who represent us, and those who aspire to, Federal, State and local, know our views and know that we expect them to put the Peninsula and its community first at all times.

It seems to many local residents that other areas of the Central Coast, and other areas of the state, do very much better than our area and this must change.

Knowing that their actions are going to be open to greater public scrutiny is no bad thing.

For far too long politicians have voted against their community’s interest safe in the knowledge that the will not be scrutinised. Our own local paper should change all that!

I would like to congratulate the Peninsula Community Access Newspaper Committee which have been planning this paper over the last 12 months.

I am sure the paper will extremely successful and will be welcomed as a genuine community asset.

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