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October 20, 2016

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Native Title claims cast doubt over arts centre nresolved Native Title and Land Title claims could see Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront frozen for years, making it impossible to build a Regional Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on the NSW Government’s preferred site in the foreseeable future.


According to the Central Coast Council, a Native Title Claim and a Land Title Claim over Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront are a factor being considered by the new Council in its attempts to determine the best location for the RPAC. The Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, recently confirmed that the NSW Government’s $12 million funding commitment to the RPAC was conditional on the facility being located on Gosford City Park (also known as Poppy Park). The park is located on the corner of Dane Dve and Vaughan Ave, Gosford, directly across Vaughan Ave from the former Gosford Public School site. Mr Crouch said the NSW Government was not willing to change its mind about the location of the RPAC. He said the new Central Coast Council now had responsibility for advancing the project. If the Central Coast Council decided on another site for the Centre, it would be reliant on $10 million promised in Federal Government funding and its own funds to deliver the project which has been sought by the community for decades. It is understood that Gosford City Park is Crown Land that is managed by Central Coast Council.

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Ms Lynne Hamilton, Planning and Development Manager for the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, said the organisation lodged a Land Claim under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act with NSW Crown Land in 2014 over vacant Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront. Ms Hamilton said the claim did not cover all Crown Land on the waterfront and Coast Community News has asked Crown Land NSW to confirm that the claim does cover Gosford City Park. Ms Hamilton said such claims can take “a long, long time to resolve. “We still have land claims unresolved from the 1990s,” she said. According to the National Native Title Tribunal’s Register of Native Title Claims, the Awabakal and Guringai People have made a Native Title claim for the

right to hunt, gather and fish on lands spanning from Wahroonga in Sydney’s North to Maitland. The claim was lodged in 2013 and appears to apply to Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront including Gosford City Park. “It also takes a very long time for a Native Title claim to be resolved,” Ms Hamilton from Darkinjung LALC said. “And the Federal Court is taking its time resolving this one, but there is nothing stopping the Central Coast Council from saying it has been affected by the matter,” she said. Meanwhile, according to Ms Hamilton, the Awabakal and Guringai People Native Title claim means the subject land is frozen until the matter is resolved. This casts a cloud over whether the Central Coast Community will ever receive the promised NSW

Government funding for the RPAC. If the Native Title and the Land Title claims are successful, future use of any Crown Land subject to those claims will need to be negotiated with the Native Title holders. Coast Community News asked Central Coast Council for an update on its progress with the development of the Centre. A written statement from the Council said: “There has long been a proposal to put a Regional Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on the Gosford Waterfront on the Gosford City Park site. “Council is evaluating this option but notes there is a Native Title claim over the land as well as a Land Title claim which needs to be considered.” This is the first time that the Central Coast Council or the former Gosford Council have referred to the Native

The area subject to the Awabakal-Guringai Native Title claim currently being dealt with by the Federal Court

and Land Title claims as a factor in the location of the RPAC, at least in the past 18 months of coverage by Coast Community News. As previously reported in Coast Community News, the former Gosford City Council had talked to a number of developers to gauge interest in including the Regional Performing Arts Centre in their own development plans in locations other than Gosford City Park. The owners of the Mariners Plaza development (on the corner of Mann St and Donnison St) and the Waterside Development (corner of Mann St and Georgiana Tce) both said they had submitted plans

to Council indicating how a smaller version of a Performing Arts Centre could have been included in their development designs. At this stage, both the security of the NSW Government’s $12 million pledge and the location of the RPAC remain unresolved. Media statement, Oct 17, 2016 Central Coast Council media Interview, Oct 18, 2016 Lynne Hamilton, Darkinjung LALC Website, Oct 18, 2016 Register of Native Title Claim Details, NC2013/002 Awabakal and Guringai People

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The Central Coast Council’s Local Representation Committee has failed to achieve its aim of “ensuring all communities within the new LGA have a voice”, according an article in the newsletter of the Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Association. “The lines of communication that the residents of the Central Coast have always enjoyed through their representatives, the councillors, have been closed in all but name only and will remain that way until the elections, a long 12 months away,” association

member Mr Ian Bull wrote. “We had hoped that the recently announced Local Representation Committee, comprised of excouncillors, would restore interaction with Council,” Mr Bull said. “Unfortunately our hopes have been dashed as it appears our ‘representatives’ have been corralled and refused vital lines of communication such as the phones and email addresses that had been previously provided to them as councillors. “They are not permitted to speak to the media either individually or as a group as, in accepting appointment to the committee, they were required to sign over

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He said a proposal by Mr Bruce Kerr of Woy Woy was listed by council as at 23 Memorial Ave, Blackwall, where in fact it was located at 19, 21 and 21A Memorial Ave. Land at 23 Memorial Ave had been listed by council as councilowned “operational land” which

was to be sold as surplus to requirements. The error resulted in a page three article in the last issue of Peninsula News claiming “First proposal submitted for Council land sale site”. Mr Wales said the development application lodged by Mr Bruce Kerr did not relate to land previously owned by the Central Coast Council, as reported in the article. He said Mr Kerr had owned the subject lands for some considerable number of years. The lands to the east of the site, which do not form part of Mr Kerr’s application were operational land

Newsletter, 7 Sep 2016 Ian Bull, WTKCA

Town crier wins national championships Gosford City Town Crier Mr Stephen Clarke of Umina has just returned from the 25th National Town Crier Championships with three first place wins. The championships were held in Redland Queensland and Mr Clarke represented the Central Coast Council. Mr Clarke won first prize for the Best Dressed Crier, first prize for the Best Cry and first for Champion

of Champions. The Best Cry prize was judged on vocal and word content only. This is the third time Mr Clarke has attained the top prize of Champion of Champions and this year he competed against criers from Australia and New Zealand. Mr Clarke has been the official Gosford and Central Coast Town Crier since 1990. Email, 6 Sep 2016 Stephen Clarke, Umina

From iconic site to construction site, the ATO land on Gosford’s Waterfront

laims and counter claims in the Land and Environment Court, the JRPP’s decision to defer a ruling on the NSW Finance building, and the growing perception that the Central Coast Council is neglecting Gosford, have left the city’s waterfront seeming more like a battlefield than an iconic site.


Doma, the developer of the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) building on the corner of Mann St and Georgiana Tce in Gosford, has launched its own Land and Environment Court action to secure coverage for legal costs in response to the Gosford Waterfront Alliance’s application to the Court to stop the development.

Meanwhile, the ATO site has already been cleared, with a large mound of covered fill, exposed historic building remnants and tree stumps greeting all those who approach the city from Brian McGowan Bridge. The NSW Government’s second proposed development on the former Gosford Public School land,

to house staff from the NSW Department of Finance, has also hit a snag with the developer, in this case the Crown itself, in the form of the NSW Government, asking, at the September 15 briefing, for the JRPP to defer its decision on the development. Concerns about the impact of the Land and Environment Court action

were cited as one reason for requesting a deferral, because if the ATO building does not go ahead, the plans for the NSW Finance building will need to be rejigged. Gosford’s business leaders have argued, with increasing volume, that the mess on the Gosford Waterfront and the ongoing decay of the CBD, is being compounded by what it considers to be the new Central Coast Council’s failure to make the reinvigoration of the regional capital one of its priorities.

The surprise resignation of Ms Judy Jaeger, the recently appointed Group Leader of Customer and Community Relations, has compounded fears that the new Council under Administration has a Wyong or Northern Central Coast bias that has left committed and keen Gosford investors hanging. Ms Jaeger was the only remaining executive-level manager from the former Gosford Council on the new council’s leadership team. The NSW Government’s regional plan for the Central

that was recently placed on the market by Central Coast Council as part of the former Gosford Council’s land sale strategy. According to Mr Wales, whose Wales and Associates consultancy prepared the Statement of Environmental Effects that accompanied Mr Kerr’s application, Gosford Council had recorded part of Mr Kerr’s land and the operational land as located at 23 Memorial Avenue. The council subsequently confirmed that Mr Kerr’s land had been incorrectly addressed and was, in fact, located at 19, 21 and 21A Memorial Avenue. Mr Wales said the Council’s

erroneous lot identification had caused Mr Kerr to be criticised for being part of the Central Coast Council’s land sale strategy when, in fact, he had nothing to do with that strategy and was intending to develop land that had been in his possession for some time. Ms Sue Chidgey from Save Central Coast Reserves has been lobbying since September last year for the Council to provide more information about the land sale strategy, including identification of the exact lots listed for potential reclassification and sale. It was months before the former Gosford Council would even agree to identifying the located of

Email, 13 Sep 2016 Matthew Wales, Wales and Associates

Exposed foundations on the Doma ATO site on the Gosford Waterfront

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Council drops land sale plans Area to be retained Area to be removed Areas to be removed from No1 Extension and included in Swansea North Entrance MSD

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The site for the proposed ATO building with exposed tree stumps

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Swansea, North Entrance and No 1 Extension Mines Subsidence District

Hue Hue Mines Subsidence District

residential and submission said. dwelling construction in NSW Government review of Central Coast Mines Subsidence of According to the these locations.” Districts Boundaries has received support from staff at Central employment land as well as removal of red tape. submission, the Swansea Their removal may Coast Council.


The new boundaries would mean that approximately 6,500 hectares of land would be removed from the Central Coast Mines Subsidence Districts. Staff of the Central Coast Council have made a submission in response to the Revised Mine Subsidence District Boundaries. According to a report to the Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, regarding the staff’s submission: “A number of development precincts shown in the NSW Government’s North

Wyong Shire Structure Plan are proposed to be excluded from the Central Coast Mine Subsidence Districts. “It is estimated that 5,000 dwellings and 1,200 jobs will be created within these future employment and residential precincts. “This is particularly important due to the significant amount of new investment which is proposed to occur in these areas over the coming decade. “Mine Subsidence Districts are also proposed to be removed from many established

suburbs as well, which will be redeveloped over time. “The proposed mapping amendment means that 6,500 hectares of land would no longer need to obtain Mines Subsidence Board approvals and would no longer need to meet the particular construction standards and materials specifications for development,” the report said. “The amendments proposed will have positive economic impacts in terms of facilitating orderly development and release

“It is for these reasons that the proposed amendments are supported by staff,” it said. According to the submission, the area identified to be removed from the Wyong Mine Subsidence District “will provide more certainty for development on land south of Yarramalong Rd. “Council is currently assessing a large rezoning proposal for a rural residential development, Old Farm at Old Maitland Rd, Mardi. “The removal of this site from the Wyong Mine Subsidence District (MSD) is supported,” the

North Entrance and No 1 Extension Mine Subsidence District are to be significantly reduced. Parts of Kanwal, Wyongah, Gorokan, Norah Head, Canton Beach, Toukley, Budgewoi, parts of Blue Haven, parts of Lake Munmorah, Frazer Park, Freemans and Wyburg are proposed to be removed. “Urban land release areas at Hamlyn Terrace, Woongarrah and Wadalba are also proposed to be removed,” the submission said. “The reduction in MSD boundaries will reduce development costs for subdivision and

also allow for the timing of land release to be re-examined in some locations. According to the submission, the removal of land from the Hue Hue Subsidence District will provide the Central Coast Council with certainty when planning for the development of a precinct identified for future employment, generating purposes that is expected to create 500 additional jobs in the next 10 years. Agenda item 4.1, Sep 28, 2016 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting

Five Peninsula community parks and reserves have been saved as a result of a concerted community campaign to stop their reclassification and sale by Council. The former Gosford Council’s “highly contentious” Land Sale Strategy was abandoned by Central Coast Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, at an ordinary council meeting on September 28. The “affection” expressed by the community towards their reserves also resulted in Mr Reynolds calling for Central Coast Council staff to explore establishing an Adopt a Park Scheme. Mr Reynolds said the newlymerged Central Coast Council could find more efficiencies and savings in its consolidated budget than the former Gosford Council had access to. He said the economies of scale that could be achieved by the newly-merged Council meant there was “no reason to reclassify and sell” the parcels of community land that had been listed as part of Gosford Council’s “land sale strategy”. A report prepared by the unit of the Chief Executive Officer, Mr Rob Noble, and presented to Mr Reynolds at the meeting, suggested that the new Council may wish to reconsider whether

to implement some or all of the strategy but fell short of recommending that the new Council either adopt or abandon the proposed reclassification of six sites on the Peninsula. However, after listening to three speakers on the issue, Mr Reynolds said: “In no uncertain terms the community has made its views clear to me and Council. “I know a lot of people are interested in this report and issue because they have been raising it with me on a regular basis since I arrived here in May,” he said. Council had listened to the community and taken decisive action by not implementing the proposed strategy, Mr Reynolds said. He said the community had not only shown a desire to save their reserves but had expressed affection for them. “I see some merit in Council looking at an Adopt a Park Scheme,” Mr Reynolds said. “The environmental assets in the community are important to them and they love them,” he said and requested that the CEO provide a report on an Adopt a Park Scheme in due course. Mr Reynolds then formally resolved to take no further action in relation to resolutions that had been made by Gosford Council to reclassify and sell community land. “This is a clear expression of my views,” Mr Reynolds said as the

formal resolution was greeted with applause from the public gallery at Wyong’s Council Chamber. The sixth block listed for potential sale on the Peninsula, at 23 Memorial Ave Blackwall, was already classified as operational land. After the meeting, a media statement from Council provided the following clarification on the potential sale of that site: “Irrespective of the land classification of any site, Council carries out a rigorous due diligence process before finalising decisions on whether any parcel will be sold or retained”. According to the statement, that process involves a review, marketing and then the subsequent sale and that will be the process applied to the Blackwall land. The other five Peninsula locations were classified as community land and most were actively used by the local community as reserves and parks. The Peninsula’s parks and reserves that will remain as community land were located at: Brisbane Ave, Umina; 40 and 42 Albion St, Umina; 40, 42 and 46 Pozieres Ave, Umina; 9 to 11 Mackenzie Ave, Woy Woy, and 10 to 12 Jumbuck Close, Woy Woy. Ms Sue Chidgey, the founder of Save Central Coast Reserves, the umbrella group that coordinated the community’s campaign against the land sale strategy, said Mr

Reynold’s decision had “brought immense relief to the communities whose neighbourhood sites were threatened. “Save Central Coast Reserves, the Community Environment Network and eight additional community groups across the Gosford region have campaigned for over a year for the protection of their 25 local reserves, parks and green spaces,” Ms Chidgey said. “Only two councillors voted against the Land Sale Strategy, Ms Vicki Scott and Ms Hillary Morris. “In the campaign that followed hundreds of community emails and submissions were sent to the Mayor, CEO and Councillors as well as a large petition. “In addition, rallies were held as the community pleaded for the protection of their sites. “Then in early 2016, with the Council Amalgamation, the community again rose up and sent huge numbers of emails and submissions to the new Administrator and CEO,” Ms Chidgey said. “Many of our communities now look forward to joining with Council in the ‘Adopt a Park’ initiative to enhance their community sites for the well-being of their community and for the urban environment. “I wish to extend my sincere thanks to every community member or group who supported the campaign to achieve this wonderful outcome.”

Ms Jane Smith of Community Environment Network said: “An overwhelming groundswell of community support has saved these precious sites from sell-off and development.” Mr Noble’s status report provided a clear explanation of the process involved in the reclassification of community land. “Public land that is classified as community may be reclassified as operational by way of a Local Environmental Plan made under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979,” the status report said. According to the report, the EP&A Act prescribed mandatory steps in the making of a Local Environmental Plan. The first of those steps was the submission of a planning proposal to the NSW Minister for Planning. According to Mr Noble’s status report, the former Gosford Council did not ever take that first step in executing its Land Sale Strategy. “The LG Act and the EP&A Act prescribe a number of mandatory steps that must be taken to effect re-classification of public land from community to operational by way of an LEP,” the status report said. “The former Gosford Council did not initiate any of those steps. “The [Central Coast] Council has not initiated any of those steps.

Mr Ian Reynolds, Administrator of the Central Coast Council abandoned the former Gosford Council’s Land Sale Strategy at the September 28 council meeting. Ms Sue Chidgey, the founder of Save Central Coast Reserves, the umbrella group that coordinated the community’s campaign against the land sale strategy, said Mr Reynold’s decision had “brought immense relief to the communities whose neighbourhood sites were threatened. “Save Central Coast Reserves, the Community Environment Network and eight additional community groups across the Gosford region have campaigned for over a year for the protection of their 25 local reserves, parks and green spaces,” Ms Chidgey said. “Only two Councillors voted against the Land Sale Strategy when it was first announced, Ms Vicki Scott and Ms Hillary Morris. “In the campaign that followed, hundreds of community emails and submissions were sent to the Mayor, CEO and

Councillors, as well as a large petition. “In addition, rallies were held, as the community pleaded for the protection of their sites. “Then in early 2016, with the Council Amalgamation, the community again rose up and sent huge numbers of emails and submissions to the new Administrator and CEO,” Ms Chidgey said. “Many of our communities now look forward to joining with Council in the ‘Adopt a Park’ initiative to enhance their community sites for the well-being of their

community and for the urban environment. “I wish to extend my sincere thanks to every community member or group who supported the campaign to achieve this wonderful outcome.”

Ms Jane Smith of Community Environment Network said: “An overwhelming groundswell of community support has saved these precious sites from sell-off and development.”

"An overwhelming groundswell of community support has saved these precious sites from sell-off and development.”

The sites being considered for reclassification were located in: Isis St, Wyoming; Perratt Cl, Eagle Cl and Winter Cl, Lisarow; George St, Wells and Coburg St, East Gosford; Ocean View Dve, Dover and Lakeview Rd, Wamberal; Yarram Rd, Bensville; Bluewave Cres, Forresters Beach; Riviera Ave, Terrigal; James Sea Dve, Green Point; Hely St, West Gosford; Jerribin St, Wyoming; Kateena Ave, Tascott; Alan St, Delaware Rd, Niagara Park; Ilumba Ave, Davistown; and Warren

Ave, Avoca Beach. In late 2015, the former Gosford Council resolved to reclassify the identified parcels of public land from “community” to “operational”. A consultant was appointed in early 2016 to review the potential reclassification of community land, and to undertake the community consultation process on Council’s behalf, including public meetings to gauge the views of the community. Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said the former Council had started the process with the best intention to help fund its infrastructure backlog, but in the end, the numbers didn’t stack up. “After weighing it all up in the context of the merged Council, I believe Council can find more efficiencies and savings in our now consolidated budget without the need to sell community land as a strategy,” Mr Reynolds said. “This will be welcome news to the many residents who approached me directly with concerns about the potential loss of open space in their neighbourhood and the hundreds who put in submissions. “There is genuine benefit for Council to listen to the community. Continued P3

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12 month community campaign has won its battle to stop the reclassification and potential sale of 25 community reserves and parks across the city of Gosford.

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Coast has clearly positioned Gosford as the region’s capital, but the city may have to wait until after the September 2017 local government election for a new governing body to pick up the pieces that appear to have been dropped by the current administration. See inside for separate articles on each of these issues.

affected land on its website. The exact ownership of some of the community allotments involved in the land sale strategy is still a subject of debate and disagreement between some community groups and council. Central Coast Council was expected to consider a report from staff about the land sale strategy at its September 14 meeting but the issue was deferred to the September 28 meeting, which will be held at the Wyong chamber. The Peninsula News is awaiting answers from council about the identification of the allotments.

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Community campaign results in land sale strategy being abandoned

Site preparation under way at the ATO site on the Gosford Waterfront

Gosford’s battlefield

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From left: Mr Stephen Clarke, Gosford City Town Crier with Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds

Not 23 Memorial Avenue

Central Coast Council has made an error that has resulted in a development proposal being confused with land that was part of the Council’s “land sale strategy”, according to planning consultant Mr Matthew Wales.

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Mines Subsidence Districts Boundaries reduced by 6,500 hectares

those rights to the all-powerful administrator. “We have been advised by Council that contact with a few committee members is possible via their personal phones and email addresses that can be found at (About Council). “Council also advise you can reach the committee by emailing ask@centralcoast. or via: www. “Regrettably these interpose a level of bureaucracy between you and your ‘representatives’,’ Mr Bull said.

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Muck raking tabloid journalism at its worst he negative coverage of an announcement that Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) would relocate its operations to the Central Coast has been described by Central Coast Council CEO, Mr Rob Noble as: “Quite seriously muck raking tabloid journalism at its worst.”


He described the US-based AAI as a “burgeoning company”. “If that’s how every burgeoning company that wants to move its business to the Central Coast gets treated, then they will soon realise this is not a region they want to come to.” Mr Noble said he was confident Council staff had done their due diligence thoroughly. “My understanding is AAI will be refurbishing planes and eventually building new ones. “We are confident they have the wherewithal, the authorisation and the legal capacity to do what they have said they will do. “This company has the Type Certifications for the Grumman amphibian aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration

announcement means thousands of jobs for the region with a significant flow on to the Central Coast economy,” Mr Baird said. Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said: “Bringing jobs to this region and enabling employment growth are some of the key priorities of Central Coast Council. “There were a number of locations that AAI was investigating and we’re pleased to have successfully attracted AAI to the Central Coast,” he said. Mr Reynolds said the lease agreement with AAI is part of a wider vision to make the Airport a hub for light to medium commercial general aviation. “Having an anchor tenant like AAI at Central Coast Airport will help put our region on the aviation industry map,” Mr Reynolds said. The Albatross at sea and the $100 million factory proposed for Warnervale inset “It will stimulate the According to the Central Coast to become in the United States and privy to a great deal of will move its operations that is not an easy thing information that was, for from the USA to a site Central Coast Council, nationally recognised the present, commercial at Central Coast Airport the deal will create 240 and help in attracting to do. “Council’s senior staff in confidence, that would under a 40 year lease. direct jobs in aircraft additional investment NSW Premier, Mr manufacturing, as well as from related industries have been working with demonstrate the flowthis company for about a on benefits of Council’s Mike Baird, visited the thousands of indirect jobs and innovators and Coast on September 27 in auxiliary industries growing our economy. agreement with AAI. year. AAI is the Type to announce that AAI like “We are talking about parts supply, an 18,000 square metre Certificate holder to would become the first instrumentation, interior Continued P3 hangar, it really is a major the HU-16 Models A-E transport category aircraft fitouts and avionics. and G-111 Albatross manufacturer to set up in development. “This is a great day for Mr Noble said he was Amphibian Aircraft, and Australia since the 1940s. the Central Coast; this

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Administrator to review Council defibrillator refusal Central Coast Council administrator Mr Ian Reynolds has called for a review of Council’s decision to refuse approval for a publiclyaccessible defibrillator to be installed at Pearl Beach along with rescue tubes and resuscitation diagrams. The Pearl Beach Progress Association announced a campaign to raise funds to purchase a defibrillator for the beach in December 2015. The goal was to have a defibrillator and rescue tubes and resuscitation diagrams on the beachfront and at the rock pool. The response to the campaign was so positive that the association was able to purchase four defibrillators. The Pearl Beach Safety Advisory Group, a working group of Pearl Beach residents with professional backgrounds in health and safety, was formed. The Progress Association also received support from the Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, who organised a grant of $8250 under the Stronger Communities Program for a cabinet to house the defibrillator. Upon application, the Council declined to allow the devices to be made available to the public at the Pearl Beach beachfront or rock pool. A statement from Central Coast Council on Wednesday, October 12, said that Mr Reynolds had received a letter from the association and had already asked Council staff to review the decision. That review is currently underway, according to the statement. “Council staff are more than happy to meet with the association to find the best possible solution for the community.” The statement said Council’s reasons for declining to approve the defibrillator had been outlined in previous correspondence to the progress association. Those reasons included “concerns about damage, vandalism, and equipment being used by untrained people. “The reserve they are talking about putting the equipment in received damage from storms previously and is exposed to impacts of environment,” the statement said.

From left: Mr David Kenny from the Pearl Beach Safety Advisory Group holds a rescue tube and Mr Ross Christie, President of the Pearl Beach Progress Association, holds a defibrillator Photo: Patrick Everett

However, Pearl Beach resident Mr Dave Kennedy, a Safety Advisory Group member and professional firefighter for Fire Rescue NSW, said the concerns were unwarranted. He said: “I have undertaken over 100 rescues in the past 14 years as a professional council lifeguard. “As an example, saving a fiveyear-old girl was made possible with a rescue tube, and we need equipment on our beach to save lives.” Since moving to Pearl Beach about a year ago, Mr Kennedy, who is a qualified CPR trainer, offered to train community members as a way of supporting the association’s beach safety initiatives. Mr Kennedy said he had no concerns about the defibrillators being used by untrained individuals. “It is quite the opposite. They are designed for use by members of the public,” he said. According to Mr Kennedy, Mosman Council had four defibrillators located at Balmoral Beach. “They are public access devices that have been used twice and both people were bought back to

life as a result.” The positive result was achieved because members of the public were able to use the defibrillators on the cardiac arrest victims within the first five minutes of the attack. They still dialled 000 but did not have to wait the 10 or more minutes for the paramedics to arrive. “It is common knowledge that a person’s survival chances are reduced by 10 per cent for every minute lost before resuscitation begins,” Mr Kennedy said. “If we can get that defibrillator on them during the first five minutes their chances of survival shoot through the roof,” he said. The Pearl Beach Progress Association has organised for their defibrillators to be monitored by an alarm company, in an attempt to appease Council’s concerns. Anyone needing to use the device will have to call the alarm company first to receive a security code. “The user will need to call 000 then press the button on the device and basically they will get someone talking to them who gives them the code. “You will start seeing defibrillators in train stations, shopping centres and other public

places. “That is already happening in Europe,” he said. In an open letter to Mr Reynolds, Pearl Beach Progress Association president Mr Ross Christie said the Council had placed impediments in the way of improving safety at Pearl Beach. “I note that the Central Coast Council has: failed to respond to the report of the Coroner on the drowning of Chayce Kelly; refused permission for the Pearl Beach Progress Association, at its expense, to establish a defibrillator unit on the foreshore; failed to reply to a June 20 letter appealing against the decision of Council not to allow the Pearl beach Progress Association, again at its expense, to place rescue tubes and resuscitation charts on the beach and near the rockpool; and not responded to repeated requests to meet with you to discuss this matter,” Mr Christie said. “I trust that my file which evidences unreasonable impediments to improving beach safety at Pearl Beach never has to be tendered to the Coroner as evidence at some time in the future,” he said. Mr Christie said Council’s

decision did not take cognisance of the current state of defibrillator technology. “They are specifically designed for public access and to be used by untrained people,” he said. “The embedded system avoids misuse and danger to operators and defibrillators are being rolled out in public reserves around Australia.” Mr Christie said the drowning of five-year-old Chayce Kelly at Pearl Beach in 2014 had “triggered a whole lot of beach safety issues including rescue tubes and angel rings or life buoys as they used to be called. “I have offered to meet with council and bring a new-generation defibrillator with me so they could see it has been designed for public access,” he said. “We have already had training for about 50-60 people in the village but you turn it on and a TV screen comes on and tells you what to do.” There is already a defibrillator located at the Pearl Beach shop but public access is limited to the shop’s opening hours. “I think they’ve got some misplaced concept of liability but there is no case law about anybody ever getting into trouble by attempting to save a life.” Mr Christie said the progress association wanted the equipment in place before the beginning of the 2016-17 beach season. “It is a very popular spot and very heavily populated. “I would have thought that on a sunny day 400 to 500 people would be on Pearl Beach.” Mr Christie said former Gosford councillor Mr Bob Ward had agreed to make representations to Mr Reynolds. “There is no doubt we are on the right side of history. “It is just a question of people waking up to themselves. “We raised $26,000, and I would say $15,000 came from medicos and doctors who were very supportive of the appeal.” Email, 11 Oct 2016 Lynne Lillico, Pearl Beach Progress Association Interview, 12 Oct 2016 Ross Christie, Pearl Beach Progress Association Interview, 12 Oct 2016 David Kennedy, Pearl Beach Safety Advisory Group Media statement, 12 Oct 2016 Ian Reynolds, Central Coast Council Reporter: Jackie Pearson

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Native Title Claims cast doubt over arts centre nresolved Native Title and Land Title claims could see Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront frozen for years, making it impossible to build a Regional Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on the NSW Government’s preferred site in the foreseeable future.


According to the Central Coast Council, a Native Title Claim and a Land Title Claim over Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront are a factor being considered by the new Council in its attempts to determine the best location for the RPAC. The Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, recently confirmed that the NSW Government’s $12 million funding commitment to the RPAC was conditional on the facility being located on Gosford City Park (also known as Poppy Park). The park is located on the corner of Dane Dve and Vaughan Ave, Gosford, directly across Vaughan Ave from the former Gosford Public School site. Mr Crouch said the NSW Government was not willing to change its mind about the location of the RPAC. He said the new Central Coast Council now had responsibility for advancing the project. If the Central Coast Council decided on another site for the Centre, it would be reliant on $10 million promised in Federal Government funding and its own funds to deliver the project which has been sought by the community for decades. It is understood that Gosford City Park is Crown Land that is managed by Central Coast Council.

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Ms Lynne Hamilton, Planning and Development Manager for the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, said the organisation lodged a Land Claim under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act with NSW Crown Land in 2014 over vacant Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront. Ms Hamilton said the claim did not cover all Crown Land on the waterfront and Coast Community News has asked Crown Land NSW to confirm that the claim does cover Gosford City Park. Ms Hamilton said such claims can take “a long, long time to resolve. “We still have land claims unresolved from the 1990s,” she said. According to the National Native Title Tribunal’s Register of Native Title Claims, the Awabakal and Guringai People have made a Native Title claim for the right to hunt, gather and

fish on lands spanning from Wahroonga in Sydney’s North to Maitland. The claim was lodged in 2013 and appears to apply to Crown Land on the Gosford Waterfront including Gosford City Park. “It also takes a very long time for a Native Title claim to be resolved,” Ms Hamilton from Darkinjung LALC said. “And the Federal Court is taking its time resolving this one, but there is nothing stopping the Central Coast Council from saying it has been affected by the matter,” she said. Meanwhile, according to Ms Hamilton, the Awabakal and Guringai People Native Title claim means the subject land is frozen until the matter is resolved. This casts a cloud over whether the Central Coast Community will ever receive the promised NSW Government funding for the

RPAC. If the Native Title and the Land Title claims are successful, future use of any Crown Land subject to those claims will need to be negotiated with the Native Title holders. Coast Community News asked Central Coast Council for an update on its progress with the development of the Centre. A written statement from the Council said: “There has long been a proposal to put a Regional Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) on the Gosford Waterfront on the Gosford City Park site. “Council is evaluating this option but notes there is a Native Title claim over the land as well as a Land Title claim which needs to be considered.” This is the first time that the Central Coast Council or the former Gosford Council have referred to the Native and Land Title claims as a

The area subject to the Awabakal-Guringai Native Title claim currently being dealt with by the Federal Court

factor in the location of the RPAC, at least in the past 18 months of coverage by Coast Community News. As previously reported in Coast Community News, the former Gosford City Council had talked to a number of developers to gauge interest in including the Regional Performing Arts Centre in their own development plans in locations other than Gosford City Park. The owners of the Mariners Plaza development (on the corner of Mann St and Donnison St) and the Waterside Development (corner of Mann St and Georgiana Tce) both said they had submitted plans to Council indicating how a smaller version of a

Performing Arts Centre could have been included in their development designs. At this stage, both the security of the NSW Government’s $12 million pledge and the location of the RPAC remain unresolved. Media statement, Oct 17, 2016 Central Coast Council media Interview, Oct 18, 2016 Lynne Hamilton, Darkinjung LALC Website, Oct 18, 2016 Register of Native Title Claim Details, NC2013/002 Awabakal and Guringai People

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Public support sought for Land and Environment Court challenge r Matthew Fraser, the barrister representing the Gosford Waterfront Alliance in the Land and Environment Court (LEC), has called on the NSW Government and the Central Coast Council to immediately stop work on all projects on the Gosford School site and rezone the land.


According to Mr Frazer, the newly-released Central Coast Regional Plan referred to the public land bounded by the Central Coast Hwy and Georgiana Tce as an arts and entertainment precinct. The government’s intent, represented in its regional plan, should be honoured by the state and local government to ensure the waterfront land is used for the purpose shown in the final document, he said. Mr Fraser said there was nothing stopping the Central

The newly-released Central Coast 2036 Regional Plan shows the Arts and Entertainment Precinct as the former Gosford Public School site

Coast Council from getting behind the community by initiating a brand new gateway process to rezone the land for a cultural and recreational precinct. Mr Reynolds was a

“fantastic and able person” according to Mr Fraser, but in his current role, he was “holding the whole area back”. “The state government has other sites available

for office buildings, this area should be kept for the community,” Mr Fraser said. He said he encouraged community members to make the trip to Sydney for the case.

“The proceedings on November 1 and 2 will be in open court, so the public is encouraged to come along to Macquarie St so the Court knows there is a high level of public interest in the

matter,” Mr Fraser said. He said he cautioned that even if he succeeds in persuading the court that the design excellence requirements in the Gosford Local Environment Plan were not met by Doma, the developer of the ATO building on part of the old Gosford Public School site could lodge another development application and start the process all over again. Mr Fraser said he would be arguing that: “It was irrational or manifestly unreasonable for the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) to be satisfied that the design met the LEC’s design excellence criteria.” At the very least, the barrister said, Doma should have to redesign the ATO building as a result of the action taken by the Gosford Waterfront Alliance. “The ideal outcome would be that the consent would be declared invalid on any of the grounds raised,” he said. Continued P4


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He also said that it was important for the matter to be heard and could set a legal precedent. Mr Fraser will also argue that the JRPP did not properly explain how the panel came to the conclusions they did. “Existing case law doesn’t say they have to explain their reasons, so we will be trying to set a precedent, especially on the point of design excellence, that the JRPP should have explained its reasons for approving the design when it did not meet the requirements of the LEP,” he said. Mr Fraser said the matter would be heard by a judge, as it was a judicial challenge, which involved identifying a legal defect in how the JRPP made its decision. He made it clear that it would be difficult to succeed and that the great majority of judicial challenges are

unsuccessful. “Having said that, it is important for such matters to be heard so that bona fide community organisations can have their concerns heard in the Land and Environment Court,” he said. According to the summons for the judicial review, Mr Fraser will argue that the JRPP did not conduct its merit assessment for design excellence in the manner required and “consequently did not form the requisite state of mind mandated … that the consent authority considers that the development exhibits design excellence” and thus did not have the power to grant consent; and that the JRPP also failed to have regard to all the matters specified as mandatory for consideration. The summons said: “The exercise of the planning discretion by the JRPP in

considering Part 8 of the Gosford Local Environment Plan was so devoid of plausible justification and so irrational that no reasonable person could have granted planning consent, such that the exercise of the planning discretion miscarried andor amounted to an abuse of power.” The GWA case will also argue that the JRPP deferred assessment of the use of the former School of Arts building and surrounds to a future development application when the matter was essential for consideration prior to determination of the DA. Interview, Oct 18, 2016 Matthew Fraser, Barrister JRPP determination, June 30, 2016 2016HCC009 Summons (judicial review), Aug 15, 2016 Land and Environment Court of NSW, Case number 16/245156 Jackie Pearson, journalist

n online petition called Stop the Minority Ruining the Gosford Revitalisation, has been started by North Gosford resident, Mr Stine Haastrup.


The petition was initiated on on October 12 and, by October 19, had garnered only 18 supporters. “As a community, we need to stop the minority from trying to ban all development in the Gosford CBD,” Mr Haastrup said. “The minority are feeding biased information to the media and the community to stop projects like the Australian Tax Office relocating to the old Gosford School Site,” he said. “The ATO was proposing to build in a small back corner of the lot not smack bang in the middle of the waterfront as the minority would have you believe.

“Relocating the ATO into Gosford means more jobs, less commuting and eventually better infrastructure. “The flow-on economic benefits of the ATO relocating to Gosford are enormous, not only will it provide more local job opportunities, but will encourage others to relocate, creating increased business and eventually increased salary levels (we all know that local workers are paid less as a ‘lifestyle choice’), house prices, restaurants etc. the list goes on. “If the minority wins the upcoming case in the Land and Environment Court, it will be a sad day for Gosford,


and possibly the last chance to really revitalise this area. “The majority need to stop keeping quiet and thinking that someone will stop them, we can only start to raise our voice and hope that common sense prevails.” Mr Haastrup said he urged locals to contact Mr Jason Perica, chair of the Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel, or Mr Rob Noble, Central Coast Council Chief Executive Officer “and make yourselves heard before it is too late”. Email, Oct 12, 2016 Stine Haastrup, North Gosford



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Waterfront Alliance updates community on its campaign he Gosford Waterfront A l l i a n c e (GWA) held a public meeting to update the community on its campaign to relocate the ATO and State Finance developments from the waterfront to other sites in the Gosford CBD so that the waterfront can become activated as an arts and recreation precinct.


The meeting was held at the Anglican Church in Mann St, Gosford, on October 19, and was addressed by Ms Margaret Hardy, a stalwart of the Central Coast arts community, and Mr Matthew Fraser, the barrister who will represent the Alliance in the Land and Environment Court on November 1 and 2. Ms Claire Braund, President of the Gosford Waterfront Alliance, said she hoped the meeting would give community members a fuller understanding of the position of those advocating for arts and recreation on the

site of the former Gosford Public School. Alliance member, Mr David Abrahams, also addressed the meeting about proposed realistic alternative sites in the Gosford CBD that the Alliance had identified for the ATO and State Finance Department office buildings. Mr Abrahams told the crowd he had moved his business to Gosford 15 years ago because he believed in the city’s potential. “It is in fact a first rate place to run and grow an outwardly looking organisation; a great place to help grow a family,” Mr Abrahams said. He said the city had a large, skilled and motivated workforce and many commuters who would jump at the opportunities of working closer to home. Gosford, according to Mr Abrahams, also has a world class full fibre optic telecommunication network, incredibly accessible recreation, sport and cultural activities, and a high capacity transport

system. According to Mr Abrahams, the office developments on the waterfront for the ATO and Finance NSW were not part of the plan for Gosford’s future. “They betray the planning work done. “They were snuck though in an opaque fashion by officials that had no regard for the planning work, that had superficial regard for local history and heritage, and that have little regard for the local community. “They break the social contract that we had here in Gosford. “This is why we are so indignant, this is why we are pushing back, this is why we are fighting this. “We are fighting to get things back to the agreed plan, the consensus we had. “We are appealing to everyone to support the plan, because it is this that we can all get behind, something that will make Gosford not just a great city, but a beautiful and intelligent city. Continued P6

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“We at the GWA have an alternative plan for a smart finance precinct, not on the waterfront, but in the Central Business District (CBD). “We have found state government land in Gosford CBD, good land with great potential to make an intelligent relocation that will accelerate the CBD’s business growth and release the waterfront to be a great place for celebration. “It seems parts of the State Government agree with some of the plan. “Last week’s release of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 defines the Arts and Entertainment Precinct, roughly as outlined in the Masterplan. “It has however corrupted the CBD zone away from the city centre and quietly encroaches on public land. “This is clearly a major mistake that will deprive existing CBD businesses of

their aggregated livelihood. “We propose that the ATO and Finance Department build colocated facilities that meet the exacting requirements of such facilities. “We propose that the developments on the Waterfront be sold back to the Council and that land be used for its intended purpose, performing arts, entertainment andeducation, all growth industries,” Mr Abrahams said. The meeting also discussed a workable and consensus-based solution for the waterfront to involve the State and Federal Governments, community and business groups, Central Coast Council and other involved stakeholders. Ms Braund said the GWA was a formally constituted body advocating for a revitalisation of Gosford as the cultural and regional capital of the Central Coast. “We have a broad membership from business owners and residents who

have a common interest to pursue the redevelopment of Gosford,” she said. “Our committee is drawn from a wide interest base. “While our current focus is the retention and promotion of the old school site and surrounding land on the Gosford waterfront as a cultural and performing arts precinct, we are committed to making the waterfront a vibrant cultural, recreational and educational precinct. “As such we are strong advocates for the Gosford City Master plan that was created on the back of more than 1,000 submissions during the Our City Our Destiny process. “We believe this plan was of very high quality and represents a blueprint, not just for the waterfront, but for all the power precincts in Gosford. “This represents a major opportunity for the relocation of the ATO and State Finance office in the CBD,” she said. Ms Margaret Hardy addressed the meeting about the history and

context of performing arts on the Central Coast, and some of the historical background to that location that is currently the subject of the GWA’s Land and Environment Court challenge to the Doma Australian Taxation Office development. A second NSW Government development application on the former public school land is currently waiting for a decision from the Joint Regional Planning Panel. The barrister who has taken on the GWA’s Court Case for no fee, Mr Matthew Fraser, updated the meeting on the status of the Land and Environment Court (LEC) action and outlined the particular procedural points the Alliance planned to move forward with in the Court. Ms Barbara Gardiner, a local resident, told the meeting how she had moved her young family from Sydney based on the excitement around the master plan and Gosford challenge.

Ms Gardiner outlined her frustration with the lack of commitment from local government to deliver the master plan. “We have put a hand out to everybody,” said Mr Abrahams. “We have talked to almost every single former councillor in Gosford and Wyong about our commitment and our plans,” he said. The Alliance was due to meet, for the first time, with Central Coast Council CEO, Mr Rob Noble, in the week after the public meeting. “We will also be having a face-to-face meeting with the CEO for the state chamber of commerce on the Central Coast, Mr Dan Farmer, to inform him of our positive, pro development vision for Gosford.” The Alliance is also attempting to meet with the Gosford Chamber following the public meeting in an attempt to explain its position. Ms Ali Vidler, President of the Gosford Chamber, has spoken in support of the

current ATO development at the Joint Regional Planning Panel. State Member for Terrigal declined an invitation to send a representative to the public meeting and did not attend because the NSW Parliament was sitting. Representatives attended on behalf of the Member for Gosford, Ms Kathy Smith, and the Member for Wyong, Mr David Harris. Ms Tracie Howie performed the welcome to country. Chairman of the Central Coast Conservatorium, Mr Peter Brandon, introduced special guest, acclaimed violinist, Ms Charmian Gadd, who performed Bach at the meeting. Email, Oct 17, 2016 Claire Braund, Gosford Waterfront Alliance Interview, Oct 18, 2016 David Abrahams, Gosford Waterfront Alliance Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Proposals for development of remainder of former school site currently being assessed roperty NSW, the arm of the Department of Finance charged with the sale of the former Gosford Public School site, is still looking for partners to complete the development of former school site.


The construction of the Australian Taxation Office by Doma has been approved but has been stalled by action taken in the Land and Environment Court by the Gosford Waterfront Alliance. The second building, to house staff from the Department of Finance, is still waiting for Joint Regional Planning Panel approval. The development application for the second building was lodged by the NSW Government as a crown application because it is yet to find a partner for the project. Property NSW also appears to be looking for partners to develop the remainder of the land. A media statement issued by Property NSW in response to questions from Coast Community News said it was: “Currently assessing proposals for a development partner to

deliver the proposed mixeduse building at 32 Mann St,” referring to the proposed Department of Finance building. The media statement did not specify how many expressions of interest had been received from developers to partner with the NSW Government to deliver the Department of Finance building. “Following an assessment of the EOI responses, an invitation will be extended to a shortlist to participate in a tender process,” it said. “From this, Property NSW will select a preferred proponent. “It is proposed that the outcome of this process will be announced publicly by the end of 2016. “Property NSW was pleased with the responses received for its EOI process, which is separate from the ATO development process.”

It did not state when an announcement would be made in relation to any further development on the former school site or respond directly to a question about whether it had called for expressions of interest in a potential hotel development on part of the site adjoining the proposed NSW Finance office building. “Property NSW has received a strong response to the public expressions of interest (EOI) process to deliver the mix of different development opportunities for the [remainder of the] site, including restaurants, car parking, short-term accommodation, residential and … open space,” the statement said. In response to a question about whether the Land and Environment Court action by the Gosford Waterfront Alliance against the Doma Group had any

impact on the number of expressions of interest received, the Property NSW media statement said: “The Land and Environment Court action relates to the Doma development and is unrelated to the Government’s process.” “It is intended that the government’s development partner will purchase the mixed use precinct for development into a vibrant and active area comprising a range of uses … that connects the Gosford CBD to the waterfront with generous public open space. “By partnering with the private sector, the Government can effectively deliver on its pledge to invest in the Gosford economy, extend and revitalise the CBD and deliver hundreds of new jobs to the region.” Media statement, Sep 29, 2016 Amy Cook, NSW Department of Finance Jackie Pearson, journalist

Lucy Wicks elected to the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the NBN ederal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, released a statement pertaining to her election to the Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Broadband Network (NBN).


Ms Wicks described her election as a privilege and assured that the Committee was still dedicated to bringing families and businesses across Australia reliable and affordable broadband as soon as possible. “My electorate of Robertson has been at the forefront of the NBN rollout, with suburbs like Woy Woy and Gosford among the first to log on to high speed internet,” Ms Wicks said. “The NBN has the potential to connect even more premises right around Australia to the global market place, generating local jobs and opportunities, while making life easier

through improved access to online services. “I also believe this Committee has an opportunity to be a thorough, reasoned platform for debate, while delivering direct input from the community into Parliament through hearings and submissions. “I look forward to working closely with all members of the Committee, and congratulate the Member for Fremantle on his election as Deputy Chair,” Ms Wicks said. Media statement, Oct 13, 2016 Tim Sowden, Office of Lucy Wicks MP

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Report recommending wind up of trusts omitted important information and held by the former Gosford C o u n c i l ’ s Protection of the Environment Trust may make it more difficult to wind up the trust than the Central Coast Council first believed.


A resolution to wind up the trust, along with an affordable housing trust and a foundation trust, was deferred at the Central Coast Council meeting on September 28 when community representatives provided information about the trust’s role that was not included in a report from the unit of the Chief Executive Officer. In particular, the report did not mention the substantial property holdings of the Protection of the Environment Trust. Nor did the report to Council outline the trust’s taxation status which allows land donors to claim the value of their land as a tax credit. Minutes from the trust’s management committee, as reported in Gosford Council business papers from 2010 to 2016, indicate the Protection of the Environment Trust has substantial property holdings. Over time, developers and other donors passed land to the Trust in order to claim the generous tax credits it was intentionally registered to offer, particularly to land holders in the Somersby Industrial Estate who were unable to develop the land because of its Indigenous heritage or ecological status. According to publicly available records, the Protection of the Environment Trust owns land in Ainslie Cl, Raverson Cl, Somersby Falls Rd, Deodar Rd, along with 13 hectares at Toomeys Rd, Mount Elliot. The cultural sensitivity of some of the trust’s land holdings means their exact location must legally be protected by Council. The transfer of Somersby land to the trust was confirmed in the trust’s management committee minutes, as early as 2011, as being in line with the Somersby Industrial Estate’s Plan of Management. The Trust’s integral role in relation to the industrial estate’s plan of management was a major omission in the report from the CEO’s unit that recommended the winding up of the trust and indicated that the author of the report may not have

fully understood the trust’s purpose. Until 2015, the management committee meeting minutes made it clear that the land held by the trust was intended to be classified as community land, which means it cannot be sold by Council. In 2015, the committee recommended that some Somersby land received by the trust because of its Aboriginal sensitivity, should be classified as operational. “Since [the lot] has significant Aboriginal heritage, the management of the site by the Aboriginal community is desirable. “Classification of the land as operational would allow greater flexibility for any future arrangements for management of the lot with the Aboriginal community.” Minutes from the trust’s management committee meetings also provide insight into how money was transferred into the Protection of the Environment Trust and the former Council’s intentions about how interest earned from cash holdings was to be spent. The report to Council’s September 28 meeting was a simplification of the trust’s current cash holdings. For example, in 2011, Fire and Rescue New South Wales paid $94,795 into the trust as a condition of its construction of new fire station at Kincumber. A condition of the development consent required the Service to contribute to protection of nearby trees. The $94,795.90 was to be held in Trust pending expenditure on the conservation area and interest was to be retained by the trust. Ms Jane Smith, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Environment Network, said this type of agreement had been a common use of the Protection of the Environment Trust. In terms of the use of interest accumulated by the trust, in March 2010, the committee recommended, and Council subsequently adopted, plans to spend money on the maintenance and enhancement of lands within the Coastal Open Spaces System (COSS). The committee listed 30 projects that had been identified for the Coastal Open Space System in consultation with Council’s Natural Open Space Unit for the consideration for funding through the Gosford City Council Protection of the Environment Trust.

Recently the Central Coast Council has indicated that the cost of COSS maintenance and enhancement could be met out of Council’s operational budget although some community groups have expressed concerns that Council is not keeping up with necessary maintenance let alone embellishment of its COSS holdings. From 2010, the management committee of the Protection of the Environment Trust made recommendations that were adopted by the former Gosford Council to allocate money from the Trust Fund for Bush Care programs and the promotion of those programs to attract recruits to local groups, management of Asset Protection Zones within COSS, along with funding of the council’s fox control program. Gosford Council advertised for applications for projects (but not in this newspaper) to be funded by the Gosford Protection of the Environment Trust in 2016-17, but the dismissal of Gosford Council and its replacement with the Central Coast Council in May put a halt to the process. Applications for the 2016 funding round closed on March 2016 and it is unclear whether applicants were ever informed about the status of their submissions. Members of the trust’s management committee have said they have requested meetings with the new administrator and called for legal advice about the future of the trust but those requests have not been responded to. Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, has called for an additional report before making a decision about the winding up of the trust. A cursory browse of the Gosford Council’s business papers over the past six years may provide more insight into the role played by the trust than the staff report he received on September 28. Business papers, 20102016 Gosford Council, Protection of the Environment Trust Management Committee meeting minutes Agenda item 3.5, Sep 28, 2016 Meeting notes, Sep 28, 2016 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Jackie Pearson, journalist

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New Medical Precinct Taskforce for the Central Coast Lucy Wicks MP Federal Member for Robertson

The Central Coast Medical School and Medical Research Institute is a The Coalition Government has $72.5 million project including established a ground-breaking new $32.5 million from the Australian Medical Precinct Taskforce for the Government. Central Coast. In addition, $20 million will The Taskforce will build on the $32.5 million investment in the Central Coast Medical School and Medical Research Institute.

be provided by the NSW State Government and $20 million from the University of Newcastle. It is expected that the facility will commence operating from 2019, generating more than 750 jobs over the next 10 years.

We’re determined to create a globally connected, but regionally focused institute here in Gosford to grow more industry, innovation, local jobs, and more opportunities This is an unprecedented opportunity for people on the Central Coast. for Gosford to become a centre of The Taskforce’s aim will be to excellence for health and education build a plan for a Medical Precinct, Together with the delivery of 600 ZLWK WKHLU ¿UVW PHHWLQJ WR EH KHOG new Federal jobs by the end of next within two months, and a six month year, we are building an economic GHDGOLQHWRGHOLYHUD¿YH\HDUYLVLRQ foundation for our region’s future. that will include consultation and collaboration with the community.

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Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 released he Central Coast in 2036 will be a thriving regional economy with well-connected communities, jobs close to where people live and a healthy natural environment, according to the region’s Parliamentary Secretary, Mr Scot MacDonald, who launched the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 on Friday, October 14.


According to Mr MacDonald, the plan sets out a new vision that will see Gosford and the wider region grow with improved professional, government and health services, better transport and public open space. This will be underpinned by the hundreds of millions of dollars the NSW Government is investing in the Central Coast, including $550 million for Gosford and Wyong hospitals, funding for schools such as $9 million for works at Point Clare Public School and more than $600 million for road improvements, Mr MacDonald said. NSW Planning Minister, Mr Rob Stokes, said the regional plan sets out the blueprint for a vibrant, sustainable and productive regional community over the next 20 years. “This plan sets out the vision for the Central Coast to ensure this wonderful region grows and flourishes into the future with more jobs close to home, better transport, improved public facilities and high quality greenspace areas,” Mr

Stokes said. “With our huge investment in infrastructure and services, we want to make people’s lives better as this region grows and changes.” Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Mr Scot MacDonald and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch welcomed the new vision for the region. “I’m pleased the NSW Government has delivered this important blueprint for the Central Coast to ensure the environmental values are protected and the local community and its economy grow sustainably,” Mr MacDonald said. The new Central Coast Regional Plan will help the community grow and thrive, according to the Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch. Mr Crouch said: “We

now have one Council, one region and one plan to take us confidently into the future,” he said. Mr Stokes said the regional plan set out the blueprint for a vibrant, sustainable and productive regional community over the next 20 years. “With our huge investment in infrastructure and services, we want to make people’s lives better as this region grows and changes,” he said. Central Coast Council has welcomed the release of the State Government’s Regional Plan for the Central Coast. “The plan is designed as a ‘blueprint’ for growing the regional economy, accelerating housing supply and protecting and enhancing the natural environment over the next

20 years,” according to Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds. Population growth figures for the Central Coast were revised in September and are now projected to increase to 415,000 by 2036, bigger than the population of Canberra today. Mr Reynolds said he hoped the plan provided the right toolset to meet the needs of what is now a much faster-growing community. “We submitted our strong views on the Draft Plan and, like others on the Coast, are looking forward to seeing how our feedback has been adopted in the final plan,” he said. “Our community values our natural environment, amenities, relaxed lifestyle and sense of community and we want to sustain and

enhance that. “We need to accommodate a lot more people here over the next 20 years and the only way we can do that is by creating more housing options, more local jobs and more infrastructure so our growing community can continue to live and thrive here. “We have done a lot of work already to identify the key areas and projects we need to drive investment and jobs growth in our region. “Council looks forward to working constructively with the State Government to deliver the best possible outcomes for our community.” Under the Plan, a Central Coast Delivery, Co-ordination and Monitoring Committee has

been established to be accountable for achieving the Plan’s vision and goals, with representatives from Council and State Government agencies. “As the only region in the State that has one Council, we welcome our seat at the table to help ensure we move the Central Coast forward,” Mr Reynolds said. “Delivering a sustainable future for the Central Coast will require ongoing adequate funding of projects by the State and Federal Governments as well as Council.” Mr Craig Jennion, Executive Director of the Housing Industry Association of Australia for the Hunter said the HIA had hoped the Central Coast Regional Plan could assist with ensuring the provision of affordable housing for families by bringing more land to market and reducing the red tape and regulatory hurdles that hamper the delivery of new housing. “Whilst there are hints of this in the plan, there are also some initiatives that have the potential to do the very opposite,” Mr Jennion said. “Iit is pleasing to see that there is recognition in the plan of the need to address housing demand in both greenfield and infield locations,” he said. Media release, Oct 17, 2016 Debra Wales, office of Adam Crouch Media release, Oct 14, 2016 Craig Jennion, HIA Media release, Oct 14, 2016 Central Coast Council media

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Draft Medium Density Design Guide to make it easier and quicker to build homes he NSW Government’s new draft Medium Density Design Guide will help make it easier to build well-designed low rise, medium density homes across NSW, according to the Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch.


it,” Mr Crouch said. “Medium-density housing such as terraces are also generally more affordable than freestanding because they require less land area,” he said. The draft Medium Density Housing Code contains building and design standards that promote a streamlined assessment of proposals and will apply across NSW, Mr Crouch said. He said the code will allow a range of homes including townhouses, terraces, dual occupancies and manor homes to be assessed as complying developments as long as they meet specific design standards, saving time and money for homeowners. A complying development is faster than traditional development

The majority of homes currently under construction in NSW are freestanding houses and apartments, but a third of homeowners surveyed by the Department of Planning said they would consider downsizing to terraces – preferences which are being driven by changing lifestyles and demographics. Mr Crouch said the draft policy strives to promote well-designed terraces, townhouses and dual occupancies (two houses on one block) in locations where this type of home is already permitted under local council zoning. “NSW, and in particular our local area, needs and deserves more choice in the types of housing stock available than the types we are currently building, and this policy will help to deliver


applications, taking about 22 days compared to 71 days, as it meets alreadyagreed stringent standards. Proposed two storey building height limits are designed to ensure the size and scale of a complying development is low rise and will easily fit into established streetscapes. The need for more high quality medium-sized houses comes as the latest population projection data revealed our state is projected to grow by more than 100,000 people every year until 2036. The draft policy can be viewed at: planning.nsw. Community-Consultations, Mr Crouch said. Media release, Oct 12, 2016 Debra Wales, office of Adam Crouch

Council meetings now reduced to once a month

Grants issued to assist at risk youths isadvantaged youth on the Central Coast will benefit from $80,000 in grants thanks to a unique collaboration between philanthropic groups and the NSW Government as part of a three year, $1 million partnership for innovative community projects.


Regional Youth Support Services at Gosford, and the Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi Aboriginal Corporation at Wyong, have each received $40,000 from the Innovation for Community Impact (I4CI) program, according to Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald. “This program is a clever initiative where government provides half the funding for community grants and philanthropic groups match it,” Mr MacDonald said. “The grants help regional communities to tackle social problems like domestic violence, educational disengagement and youth unemployment,” he added. Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS) will use its funding to set up a mobile youth centre, staffed by two youth workers, to engage with at risk youth in an effort

to decrease antisocial and criminal behaviour on the Coast. The I4Cl is a partnership between FACS, Philanthropy Australia, and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Donors include the Snow Foundation, nib foundation, Flannery Foundation, Katz Family Foundation, Doc Ross Foundation, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation, Sally Foundation and Cages Foundation. Mr MacDonald praised the philanthropic trusts and foundations involved in I4CI for their generosity and urged other corporate and private foundations to participate. “Government cannot tackle social disadvantage alone. “It is a whole of community problem, so we value initiatives like this

which empower people to set-up early intervention, prevention and support programs to help those at risk,” Mr MacDonald said. Chief Executive Officer of Philanthropy Australia, Ms Sarah Davies, said: “Close and effective collaboration between government, philanthropy and local communities is critical to finding new and innovative solutions to social challenges. “Once again, we have had some innovative projects that address real local challenges in a way that will implement tangible and sustainable change for the community,” added Chief Executive Officer for FRRR, Ms Natalie Egleton.

he frequency of Central Coast Council meetings will be halved following the adoption of amendments to its Code of Meeting Practice.

Only two submissions were received during the public exhibition period for the Code amendments, which included moving from meetings on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to a single monthly meeting on the fourth Wednesday. The amendments also

included a proposal to trial webcasting of council meetings. Mr Ian Reynolds, Central Coast Council Administrator, adopted the amended Code of Meeting Practice at the ordinary meeting on September 28. The monthly meeting will alternate between the

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History and importance of art within the community outlined s Margaret Hardy, a long-term patron of, and activist for, the arts community on the Central Coast, outlined the history and importance of art within the local community at a public meeting on Wednesday, October 19.


“It has been the community who has pushed and worked for venues,” she said outlining the longterm campaigns behind the creation of the Central Coast Conservatorium, the Laycock Street Theatre and the Regional Gallery at Caroline Bay. Ms Hardy told the audience why it was important to have good facilities on a good site with architecture that meets society needs and fits with the environment and zoning. She said she believed the former Gosford Public School site ticked all the boxes including appropriate zoning. “For music you need space with good acoustics, suited to all sorts of music and accessible to all local and visiting musical groups. “Some people advise we need 1,000 seats plus a 500 seat space, but also needed are green rooms, dressing rooms, a good, large foyer space, meeting rooms and possible space for storage, bus drop offs and access to parking,” she said. “Architecture is a wonderful art form in its own right and has the ability to encourage people to visit from far and wide to access good music, with space inside and outside for families to enjoy. “It has been proved at Caroline Bay where the Regional Art Gallery and Edogowa Garden welcomes

people from many parts of Sydney who tell you it is their favourite gallery and garden. “They enjoy the open space provided by the garden and parklands and use the café as a meeting place. “The children’s playground is a credit to council’s playground committee as it always has kids and parents enjoying this space. “It is well designed and a pleasure for all. “This precinct enables you to leave the mad world for a short time to enjoy peace and beauty in a relaxed community environment. “Since the gallery was built, the East Gosford shopping centre has improved, with good shops and good coffee. “The arts have been used all over the world for promotion of tourism and to encourage business planners to bring cities and towns alive. “If you travel anywhere in the world, no matter if it is Europe, Asia, South East Asia, the Americas, Pacific Islands, islands everywhere, you will find galleries, murals, museums and exhibitions showing creative visual arts, glorious music or performances, some telling the story of the place where they are situated. “Some have beautiful architecture, some are built in the local style using

local materials, but they all represent the cultural heritage of that place and show us the pride that place has in cultural heritage in giving us a sense of place,” Ms Hardy said. “In the old days we had school of arts buildings, including the building on the corner of Mann St and Georgiana Tce, where many functions were held,” Ms Hardy said. “What exists now is at least half the size of the original building, but the original footings are now being investigated for archaeological information, as the NSW Government sold this block to Doma to build a tax office,” she said. According to Ms Hardy, the Gosford Musical Society had shows at Gosford Showground’s Dwyer Pavilion for many years. The Art Society started in 1971 and enjoyed the use of Kincumber School of Arts from about the 1980s to 2000, on a 20 year lease, for donating money to fix the hall. “There were several art groups, such as the mixed media group, who held exhibitions around town. “Other artists, such as Ms Joan Matthews, had galleries and the Potters Society had exhibitions at Terrigal, and then built the workshops in Russell Drysdale St, East Gosford. “We had a very successful arts council in the 1990s which held

wonderful outdoor concerts …with visiting performers such as James Morrison and even opera.” Changes to public liability insurance in the early 2000s made it difficult for community groups to run outdoor events. Ms Hardy said the battle for better and bigger facilities started in the early 1980s as the bi-centenary approached. “People in the arts started thinking about grants and fund raising to build a theatre, an art gallery and the use of the old court house in Gosford. “The people behind Laycock Street Theatre worked hard for Gosford Musical Society (GMS), people like Don Craig, Kevin Booth and Hans Drielsma. “They applied for and received funding from the government, but also did a lot of fund raising and received donations to make Laycock Street a successful reality. “Despite the problems of being built between a sewerage works and a specialty-built fire station, it has continued to provide a home for GMS with many other touring shows visiting. “It is owned by Central Coast Council as is the Peninsula Theatre, lobbied for by Woy Woy Little Theatre.” Ms Hardy said individuals within the Gosford arts community negotiated with the NSW Government to get funding to lease the old court house for a Conservatorium without council involvement.

“I don’t know who got the biggest shock when the news was announced, Council or other groups working for facilities. “It is now leased from Newcastle University and has many students of all ages; we need the Conservatorium to be part of the performing arts precinct,” she said. “Caroline Bay at East Gosford had been zoned in the 1970s for a cultural precinct on what is now Elizabeth Ross Park, but due to the people who lived next door, who didn’t want it built there, they lobbied and gained the support of local MPs. “Of course they made a big fuss, but were listened to. “We agreed it would be better to move next door to the disused old sewerage pit at 36 Webb St. “At that time, we had a cultural advisory committee which enabled us to make sure it was put on the agenda, and were able to lobby the mayor and councillors to agree to build an arts centre on this land. “The Mayor at this time was Dr Patricia Harrison, who was negotiating with Price Waterhouse to sell this land for a canal development with 31 million dollar houses on it. “It was fortunate for our aims that the developer’s environment study supported our environment policy and agreed Caroline Bay was a shallow bay with fish breeding weed which didn’t allow for what they were planning.

“We got our arts space, so it is important to do your history studies.” The Multi Arts confederation was set up in 1983 with representatives from 35 groups and many individuals. “In 1988 Gosford and Edogawa had signed a sister city agreement. “Mayor Nakazato liked Mayor Harrison and offered her a Japanese Garden which gave the arts community an opportunity to encourage the garden to be located at Caroline Bay to advance the idea of building an art gallery which blended into the environment, and was a living space with world class gardens and parklands. “We didn’t get exactly what we wanted, which including a tiered space for lectures, films, etc., but at least we saved the land thanks to the generosity of Edogawa City office who paid for the garden and also shared the cost of stage 1, as the toilets and coffee shop were shared. “Where are all the thousands planned to live in Gosford going to go for entertainment? “Why should we lose our beautiful waterfront views for inappropriate office buildings?” She urged those present to join the Gosford Waterfront Alliance and continue the push for the activation of an arts and recreation precinct on the city’s waterfront. Email, Oct 19, 2016 Margaret Hardy, Multi Arts Confederation

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Senator O’Neill appointed Senate representative for Shadow Minister for Communications



Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council extremely satisfied with new regional plan

enator Deborah O’Neill has been appointed the representative for the Shadow Minister for Communications in the Senate, and made her first use of the role in scrutinising the Government’s communications policy during Senate Estimates on October 18.


Senate Estimates is the means by which Senators closely examine the use of Government expenditure and questions ministers and government departments. Sen O’Neill said she aimed to ask critical questions during Senate Estimates to the Department of Communications and the National Broadband Network (NBN). The Shadow Minister for Communications holds the Minister accountable for Government decisions and is responsible for Federal Opposition policy for Australia’s broadcasting industry, the information economy, and telecommunications. “Communications is a critical element in Labor’s mission to create the jobs of the future and progress the causes of equality and opportunity,” Sen O’Neill said. “Every Australian expects a reliable communications network that puts the needs of our economy and our community first,” she said. “The internet is a crucial part of the postmining boom economy; this means a reliable communications policy that promotes accessibility and affordability must be paramount in our efforts to create real jobs of the future. “The quality of our education systems to provide accessible teaching methods, the free flow of information to our students and provide our teachers

with the new tools to teach our children is reliant on a strong, innovative communication policy that makes education a priority. “The quality and affordability of our healthcare is reliant on a communication network that intertwines with our hospitals and healthcare centres to provide doctors new tools to provide worldclass care to those who need it, regardless of their postcode or their wealth.” Sen O’Neill said a dynamic technology-driven communications policy is vital for the long-term job security of the 44 per cent of Australians who are employed by small business. “This means the issues of accessibility and affordability must be the highest priorities,” she said. “Mr Turnbull’s secondrate NBN is a disaster for our economy. “As every major economy in the world begins to invest in fast and reliable broadband technology and the future-economy, the Liberals turned their back on the digital future and set course for a last century economy,” said Sen O’Neill. “Under the Liberals’ Fibre-to-the-node scheme, Australia has fallen from 30th to 60th in the world for relative internet speeds,” she said. Media release, Oct 18, 2016 Rhys Zorro, office of Deborah O’Neill

From left: Dr Brok Glenn, Dean of Central Coast Campus of UON, Mr Adam Crouch, Mr Rob Stokes, Mr Scot MacDonald, Mr Ian Reynolds and Mr Sean Gordon

arkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) Chief Executive Officer, Mr Sean Gordon, who attended the launch of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 on Friday, October 14, said he was extremely satisfied with the vision presented.


“It’s amazing the outcomes that can be achieved when governments and community work together under an empowerment framework,” Mr Gordon said. “It is enormously pleasing when governments don’t just hear, but actually listen to what has been said and the release of the plan is the result of exactly that,” he said. The plan presented a 20-year blueprint which encompasses a vision for the future of a healthy natural environment, a flourishing economy and wellconnected communities on the Central Coast, Mr Gordon said. The Plan states that the NSW Government and Central Coast Council will

work with Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council to identify how its land can best be planned, managed and developed. “Encouraging Aboriginal people to gain economic benefit from their land will support broader regional development, biodiversity and social outcomes,” he said. “The NSW Government and Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council will work towards achieving the overall aim of the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983 (NSW) which lays the foundations for a more secure economic and self-reliant future for all

Aboriginal people in NSW.” Actions that have been outlined in the report include that the NSW Government will collaborate with the Central Coast Council and the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council to strategically assess the Land Council’s landholdings and identify priority sites to create a pipeline of projects. Darkinjung Chairperson, Ms Tina West, said: “Darkinjung is looking forward to working with the NSW Government and the Central Coast Council over the coming years to implement the actions of the plan.

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“Now is the time to strengthen the economic self-determination of Aboriginal communities and provide Aboriginal people the tools to take responsibility for their own future,” Ms West said. “Our aim is to empower our people to recognise their potential which will ultimately help build the foundation for future generations. “It is our hope that through working with the NSW Government and Central Coast Council, we can contribute to the economic development and growth of the Central Coast,” Mr Gordon said.

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New regional plan clearly sets out the future of the Central Coast in detail he Central Coast 2036 Regional Plan clearly identifies Gosford as the capital of the region.


“This thriving centre is a smart hub for health and education,” the plan said. The plan described what Gosford will be like in 2036: “The renewal of the city centre has attracted new residents, jobs, business and investment.” The plan sets out actions that will result in the growth of Gosford as the region’s capital including: “Coordinating government initiatives to attract business, residential development and complementary growth… will have flow-on benefits in helping to revitalise Gosford City Centre as a vibrant capital of the region.” “The NSW Government will work with Council to promote commercial development through public investment and the relocation of public sector employment to the city centre,” remains a key platform in the government’s thinking about the city’s future. It points out that additional residential development will “help to build a livelier, more attractive and safer city centre. “The expansion of cultural and night time activities will support the tourism role of the city centre and complement tourism opportunities elsewhere in the region,” the plan said. “Precinct planning will identify opportunities to grow and support the revitalisation of the city centre. “The focus will be on improving amenity, integrating transport,

encouraging higher density housing within walking distance of the city centre and delivering community infrastructure.” According to the plan, the redevelopment of Gosford Hospital, including the addition of a Central Coast Medical School and Health and Medical Research Institute, will drive further investment in allied health and research. It also acknowledged the need to integrate planning for transport and car parking so that residents and workers can access the city centre. The actions listed to grow Gosford as the region’s capital include focusing

on professional, civic and health services for the region’s population, which suggests the city’s centre is expected to be the local government’s headquarters and main professional hub. The NSW Government’s final regional plan commits to undertaking and integrating precinct planning “for the waterfront, arts and entertainment, city core, railway and hospital precincts to grow jobs and coordinate the delivery of improved transport infrastructure”. Another action listed is to: “Attract and facilitate greater commercial development in Gosford City Centre by improving

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the public domain and providing opportunities for development through local planning controls”. Gosford City Centre will also be promoted as an attractive place to live, work and play through local planning controls that “support vibrant and safe cultural, entertainment and visitor activities”. Opportunities will be sought to better connect the east and west sides of the Gosford Railway Station, the plan said. The plan also promises to “ensure the development in Gosford City Centre responds to its natural setting and complements the public domain”. Access to the city centre from the West and the North will also be improved under the plan. “The economy is strong and diversified and is supported by efficient freight and passenger connections to adjoining regions. “Proximity to Greater Sydney and Newcastle, bolstered by investment in transport infrastructure, has made it possible for residents to access a wider variety of jobs and services both within and beyond the region. “Tourism and recreation have become mainstays of the economy,” the plan said. The Regional Plan’s vision for the Central Coast is for settlement to be concentrated around existing urban and employment areas in the south and existing rural villages. It said “the scenic values and distinctive character of communities” would continue to underpin the social and cultural identity of the region.” Communities will be better connected by an integrated transport system that prioritises cycling, walking and public

transport. There will be enough housing to satisfy demand around Gosford City Centre, in growth corridors and local centres across the region. Greater housing supply will make housing more affordable. “The region’s renowned natural environment provides attractive settings for a range of lifestyles and is a drawcard for visitors beyond the region,” the plan said. Protecting the region’s coastal areas, water resources and biodiversity will assure the lifestyles, economic prosperity and environmental health of the region, the plan said. To achieve the vision, the NSW Government set four goals for the region: a prosperous Central Coast with more jobs close to home; protect the natural environment and manage the use of agricultural and resource lands; wellconnected communities and attractive lifestyles; and, a variety of housing choice to suit needs and lifestyles. The plan puts contentious local issues such as land use west of the M1 motorway back on the agenda. For example, one “key action” in the plan is to: “Address land use needs west of the M1 Pacific Motorway to provide integrated and adaptable planning outcomes for natural assets, productive lands and rural lifestyles”. The NSW Government has released an implementation plan for 2016-18. “A government direction will be issued to the Council so that when it prepares new planning proposals or updates local planning controls, they are consistent with the vision and guiding principles of this plan,” it said.

An annual report will be prepared that presents indicators for housing, employment, communities and the environment, as well as advice to the government on the delivery of short-term actions, and the plan will be reviewed and adjusted every five years. According to the plan, the key to the future prosperity of the Central Coast “lies in leveraging the region’s many competitive advantages. “They include a single Council, a strong labour force, a growing population, cost-effective housing and employment land, access to major markets, viable business locations, good transport infrastructure, an enviable natural environment and a community that cares about its future.” However, according to the plan, “At present there is a disconnect from these advantages. “Many people leave the region for work. “There is also a separation between infrastructure and growth, and the land use planning and policy decisions that will sustain the environment and resources for the future.” The plan is intended to empower the Central Coast Council to work with the NSW Government to: foster economic development in strategic corridors and transport gateways; improve the network of vibrant centres that are accessible to residents; accelerate housing supply and increase housing choice within a well-planned and compact settlement pattern; and, secure environmental corridors to protect water resources, coastal areas and biodiversity. Website, Oct 19, 2016 NSW Planning and Environment, Central Coast Regional Plan Jackie Pearson, journalist

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New industrial washing machine and dryer for CoastShelter NSW Government Grant will fund the purchase of a new industrial washing machine and dryer for CoastShelter, to help homeless adults, families and young people get back on their feet.


Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, said the $1,200 grant would enable the community centre to continue providing a simple clothes washing and drying service, which makes a big difference to the lives of the disadvantaged. “ C o a s t S h e l t e r ’s community centre and its volunteers do incredible work to support the vulnerable in our community

day-in, day-out,” Mr MacDonald said. “They provide assistance to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by providing meals and referrals to many services, including legal aid and medical services, as well as providing facilities to enable the homeless to wash and dry their clothes. “The simple luxury of being able to wash and dry our clothes is something that

many of us take for granted, so when the government was contacted about CoastShelter’s broken down washer and dryer, we were more than happy to help,” Mr MacDonald said. The Centre supports more than 1,000 people per week and provides nearly 51,000 free meals annually. Media release, Oct 5, 2016 Mitchell Cutting, Office of Scot MacDonald MLC

Administrator clarifies discussion


entral Coast Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, has clarified discussions he had with former Group Leader of Customer and Community Relationships, Ms Judy Jaeger, before her resignation. “When Judy informed me of her decision to leave Council, I expressed my disappointment as I felt she would have continued to make a fine contribution to the new Council,” Mr

Reynolds said. “However I indicated I understood everyone must make their own decisions about their career paths, as I have done myself several times, after considering

family and other factors,” he said. “I wished her well.” Media statement, Sep 23, 2016 Central Coast Council media

Road work on Avoca Drive oads and Maritime Services advises motorists changed traffic conditions will be in place from October 21, on Avoca Dr at Green Point.


G e o t e c h n i c a l investigations are required to help plan future road maintenance work. Investigations involve drilling boreholes in the road surface on Avoca Dr between Algona Rd and 500 metres west of Elvys Ave, to determine the road surface

conditions. This work will be carried out between 7:30pm and 4:30am and is expected to be completed in four shifts from October 21-28, weather permitting. For the safety of workers and all road users, intermittent lane closures, a

temporary 40 km/h speed limit, traffic control and signs will be in place during work hours. Media release, Oct 13, 2016 Roads and Maritime Services NSW

Other Regional News - In brief Coast Community News focuses on news specifically relating to post code areas 2250, 2251 & 2260. Given the advent of a Central Coast Council, following is

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Wyong Regional Chronicle focuses on news specifically relating to post code areas 2258, 2259, 2261, 2262, & 2263.

Commercial fishers to go out of business under share trading scheme Not all of the commercial fishers currently operating in Tuggerah Lakes will keep their businesses after June 2017.

Muck raking tabloid journalism at its worst

Glenning Valley developer expected to submit an amended development proposal

The negative coverage of an announcement that Amphibian Aerospace Industries (AAI) would relocate its operations to the Central Coast has been

A Land and Environment Court site visit and section 34 conference has resulted in a small win for the Say No to the Glenning Valley Development Group.

Airport Action Group questions viability of seaplane manufacturing plan

Fixed-wing seaplanes are becoming increasingly viable as fire-fighting planes

Independent consultant appointed to assess Buddhist temple

Mr Laurie Eyes, a vocal opponent of the development of a regional airport on the Central Coast, has questioned the viability of a proposal to build Albatross seaplanes at Warnervale.

Albatross Amphibian Aircraft are described by seaplane experts as highly capable aircraft and the consensus from sources consulted for this article is that the Amphibian Aerospace

The controversial nature of the proposed development of a Buddhist temple on Warren Rd, Warnervale, has resulted in Central Coast Council deciding to appoint an independent consultant to

Rock groyne is a band-aid solution

Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive status for aircraft manufacturer confirmed

The future of Central Coast Tourism still unclear

The rock groyne proposed The Federal Department of Rebates for up to $1,000 for Innovation and greywater treatment systems by the State Government to Industry, ease erosion on the southern Science has confirmed that and rainwater tanks ceased end of The Entrance Beach it has provided a finding from Wednesday, September has failed to meet its plan in relation to the Research 14, when Central Coast proposal construction and Development (R&D) Tax Council Administrator, Mr Ian .... deadline of September 2016. Incentive status of .... The full articles and more can be seen on our website

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Peninsula News focuses on news specifically relating to post code areas 2256 & 2257.

Administrator to review Council defibrillator refusal

Proposal to increase Palm Beach ferry price

Wicks urges Council to reconsider defibrillator decision

Central Coast Council administrator Mr Ian Reynolds has called for a review of Council’s decision to refuse approval for a publicly accessible defibrillator to be

Fares for the Palm Beach Ferry Service would increase under recommendations from the NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal but Central Coast Ferries ticket

The Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, has urged Central Coast Council to reconsider its decision not to grant permission for Pearl Beach Progress Association

Crash leaves homes without power

Algae specialist suspects old tip leachate and fertiliser

Pelican rescuer claims vindication in EPA letter

The NSW Department of Primary Industries has claimed it has no legal power to manage the impact of algal blooms on the fauna of Brisbane Water.

Department claims it cannot manage algal blooms The NSW Department of Primary Industries has claimed it has no legal power to manage the impact of algal blooms on the fauna of Brisbane Water.

Blue-green algae specialist Dr Guastaaf Hallegraeff has said leachate from the old Woy Woy tip and the use of fertiliser on nearby playing surfaces could both be contributing factors to ongoing bird deaths at

Pelican rescuer Ms Wendy Gillespie said her campaign to get to the bottom of bird deaths at Blackwall had been vindicated by a letter from the NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

Rotary seeks graffiti day volunteers

Council to hold ‘pop-up engagement stall’

The Rotary Club of Woy Woy has encouraged local residents to become involved in Graffi ti Removal Day on Sunday, October 30.

Central Coast Council will have a “pop-up engagement stall” in Umina on Thursday, October 20.

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Urban planning Not impressed with council’s first 100 days principles subjugated to ill thought out promises A

fter reading an article about council s review of its first hundred days of operation, I suggest that the editor seriously consider a Fact or Fiction page for the Central Coast Council s media reports. A he es den s figh ng o ac on on he andfi wa e qua y wa e p o ec on sa e o commun y and flood ng and d a nage eas ng o commun y ha s Gos o d wa e on e c w d sag ee ha he Cen a Coas Counc has a ea ocus on cus ome se v ce and engag ng n ou commun y The med a un has a ed o accu a e y desc be engag ng as nega ve Who a e he a nees o he med a un ? Wh ch s a e gove nmen au ho y s espons b e o p o ec s equ ng h ghe assessmen han sha ed pa hways ? Comp e on o a po on o a sha ed pa hway on

Gos o d Wa e on e c When he Cen a Coas Counc has had he oppo un y o mp ove he env onmen a and soc a cha ac e o he LGA has chosen o he w se hus nega ve y engag ng he commun y Does he ow g ade qua y o he Cen a Coas Counc s med a e ease m o he counc s adm n s a on? The counc s hyb d adm n s a on has a ed o mp ess du ng s n oduc o y s age expec mo e o he same s h s he mode o he nex 300 days?

FORUM he Pen nsu a s a ed as a “ma o p o ec ” Based on he counc s ow p ofi e p o ec capab y Mas e p ans o he Gos o d Wa e on and CBD a e beyond he Cen a Coas Counc s adm n s a o The med a e ease a so s a es The Execu ve Team have been ge ng a ound o a s a n he pas wo weeks o ouch base sha e good news s o es he good news s o es w no be abou andfi wa e qua y wa e p o ec on sa e o commun y and flood ng and d a nage eas ng o commun y ha s

Le er Sep ember 27 2016 Norman Harr s Um na

Safe walkway required from station to carpark n response to the Commuter Car Parking at Gosford Station issue, following my previous letter, I believe there is no point complaining if you don t suggest a reasonable solution.


Ve y s mp y Bake S Ca Pa k shou d become a ded ca ed commu e ca pa k To ach eve hs as commu e s en e hey ake a pa k ng cke A e hey go h ough he cke ba e on he p a o m s de a mach ne va da es he cke g v ng hem depa u e om he ca pa k A so S a e T anspo shou d bu d a cove ed wa kway om he ca pa k s eve 1 ove S a e Ra and d ec o he s a on a ongs de p a o m 1 W h my fi s sugges on see h ee p ob ems wh ch

o commu e s? have ae a pho og aphs show ng S a e Ra ands The sa e wa kway no h ng e se s essen a pu h s o Pa amen a y Sec e a y o he Cen a Coas M Sco MacDona d MLC on June 8 s a S a e Gove nmen espons b y o p ov de sa e access o a cus ome s o he s a ons Th s wa kway shou d have been bu yea s ago The e s no po n n be ng mpo an you don do any h ng

can be ove come The second pedes an access o Bake S espec a y a n gh s we known o be ex eme y dange ous be eve Sae Gove nmen and Counc owe o commu e s om Te ga Ma cham Sp ngfie d and o he ou y ng a eas o have conven en sa e pa k ng s no og ca o use a ca pa k bes de he a way s a on a wo m nu e wa k once he new wa kway s

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The review by KPMG was initially commissioned after concerns were raised that FWA were taking too long to investigate financial mismanagement issues. “The spurious allegations and claims against me in the findings of the Fair Work Australia report have been completely discredited by the KPMG review,” said Mr Thomson. “I am vindicated and the FWA report is totally discredited. “The key findings of the KPMG review are that the investigations by FWA were hampered by the absence of relevant

Union personnel, including investigation standards investigations says the media reports regarding and procedures, document security arrangements the police investigation and case management over documents were into Kathy Jackson, further vindicate my position that protocols and insufficient inadequate. appropriately qualified and “In my response to the FWA investigation experienced personnel. FWA, I indicated that and report were grossly “When you consider documents that existed that deficient and inaccurate. “While KPMG says that the investigator based would clear me had gone his conclusions on blatant missing or were destroyed. it could not ‘identify any assertions, this review by “KPMG’s review indications of potential interference in the HSU KPMG makes a complete confirms this. mockery of the so called “I have said on many investigations’, KPMG investigation by FWA. occasions that FWA did also says FWA Vice“Right from the outset, not consider all relevant President Lawler’s records were not made available. I have said that the documents and evidence. “This finding by investigation by Fair Work “This position is Australia was flawed. also vindicated in other KPMG therefore, must “This review confirms findings, that: ‘FWA did be left open, given the my concerns. not consider all potential investigation by Victorian “One of the many sources of information…’, Police into this matter,” findings dealing with and that ‘FWA did not said Mr Thomson. Email, 31 Aug 2012 deficiencies in the have protocols in place for David Gardiner, conduct of the FWA the collection and retention Office of Craig Thomson, MP


yong Council has released a reminder to residents that not the public a chance to the mayor) to enable increase from 10 to 11. If the vote to the only will they have the chance to vote for councillors on change this process if they the election of five Saturday, September 8, but they can also vote on the way a wish,” Mr Whittaker said. Councillors from the two referendum question is no, the elected council On election day, the wards?” mayor is elected in the future.


The public will be fellow councillors. “Currently, the mayor asked to complete a referendum question to of Wyong Shire is decided decide if future mayors on a yearly basis by a of Wyong Shire should vote from Councillors,” be elected by the public general manager Mr for a four year term, or Michael Whittaker said. “The Local continue to be elected by

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If the majority vote to will continue to determine public will be asked to Government Act dictates answer either yes or no the referendum question the mayor on a yearly mayors elected by to the following question; is yes, the mayor would basis and the number of Councillors can only serve “Do you favour the be elected by the public Councillors will remain a 12 month term and they election of the Mayor by for a four-year term at 10. must renominate should electors for a four year starting from the 2016 they wish to be considered term and an increase of Local Media release, 27 Aug 2012 Government Wyong Council Media for another year. the number of Councillors elections, and the number “This referendum gives from 10 to 11 (including of councillors would

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arkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC) at Wyong is building a new 109 lot development at Menindee Ridge, Blue Haven.

Flooded road in Yarramalong Valley

Estate comprised of 251 Following the sale of our region.” A discussion dwellings. almost all stage one lots “Along with delivering in less than six months paper released by the at Menindee Ridge, Department of Planning affordable and sustainable Darkinjung LALC is and Infrastructure titled residences to the local preparing to release stage Sydney over the next 20 community, this project 1A lot sales in the coming years has revealed that will create a number Sydney’s population of employment and months. Commenting on estimates for 2031 are far enterprise development the December 2012 higher than anticipated opportunities,” he said. Housing Affordability in its 2005 Metropolitan Media release, 18 Mar 2013 Review commissioned Strategy, resulting in Alison Orren, Brilliant Logic by Pacific Link Housing, demand for more than Darkinjung LALC’s CEO 570,000 new homes. In response to this, Mr Sean Gordon said that developments such Mr Gordon said that the as Menindee Ridge were Central Coast must be essential to the future prepared to accommodate the on-flow of Sydney’s planning for the region. The research projected burgeoning population. “As the largest land that the Central Coast’s population would owner on the Central grow by 39% in 2036, Coast, we understand that presenting a number of it is our responsibility infrastructure challenges to work with other key and highlighting the need stakeholders to ensure the to prioritise affordable region is prepared for the future,” said Mr Gordon. housing. “In addition to “It is concerning to Ridge, hear that by 2036, the Menindee Central Coast will need Darkinjung is continually more than 50,000 new exploring opportunities to houses to accommodate offer affordable housing the population’s growth,” options to the region. “We are currently in said Mr Gordon. “Menindee Ridge the process of working demonstrates a real through a development with opportunity to meet application

Issue 9

Council in negotiations with developer over proposed $500M Chinese Theme Park


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Constitutional recognition of local government is vital for federal funding he mayors of both Wyong and Gosford Councils have encouraged residents to support a campaign to give constitutional recognition to local government.

Issue 21


yong Council’s draft Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2012, travel by car for hours A type three regional of money spent on which will be placed on public exhibition from Wednesday, to get to an airport and airport is defined as a infrastructure including January 9, identifies land in the Shire’s north as the potential every other major region limited service airport, upgrading road and rail in Australia has one. with a single runway of links,” said Cr Eaton. site for a future regional airport. Land at Bushells Ridge has been identified as the potential site, and Council endorsed a revised map for the Draft LEP, indicating this strategic future location, at its Ordinary Council Meeting held on Wednesday, December 12.

The map will be displayed for public comment along with the Draft LEP. “What this is about, at this stage, is simply the need to identify an ideal site for a future airport in the Shire,” said Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton. “In my view, any

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proposed airport is at least 10 years away, but it will certainly be a major boost to the area. “As the Central Coast population approaches 400,000 there is enough local demand in our own region for an airport. “Our residents shouldn’t be required to

“We are simply being disadvantaged by not having this asset. “We are only talking about smaller planes going to destinations such as Melbourne and Brisbane and that in itself will be an enormous boost for local businesses,” said mayor Cr Eaton.

up to 2600 metres in length. Cr Eaton said an airport such as this would provide the Central Coast with a significant economic boost. “And, obviously for this to happen, there would need to be a significant amount

“When you add it all up with the amount of jobs created, the economic benefits and improvements to local infrastructure, there are very few negatives.”

Media release, 14 Dec 2012 Wyong Council Media

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Craig Thomson facing new charges

an $80 million grant from A referendum will be the Federal Government held at the upcoming for the Mardi-Mangrove September 14 Federal Link project, which has election and both Gosford secured the region’s and Wyong Councils have water supply. joined 85% of Councils In Wyong, the Federal around Australia to Government’s Caring for support the campaign Country grant provided for constitutional $20 million for the recognition. Tuggerah Lakes Estuary A high court decision Management Program ruled the federal and $5 million for two government cannot directly fund local new surf clubs at Shelly and Soldiers Beach. government, which puts Other projects include federal government $520,000 for a playground funding across the at Canton Beach which Central Coast at risk. would be able to be used If constitutional by visually impaired recognition is supported, children, $400,000 for this would allow for six new netball courts direct federal funding of Council’s income and majority of states. local government. Gosford mayor at Wyong’s Baker Park Wyong Shire Council “The present climate has always been grateful Cr Lawrie McKinna and $200,000 to upgrade ineteen new charges have been laid means government grants for any funding we have encouraged all residents community halls around against Dobell MP Mr Craig Thomson are decreasing and it received from the Federal to support the referendum the Wyong area and a in 25 volumes of new material presented would be disastrous if we and State Governments. at the upcoming election. number of grants to help lost any type of federal “Local Councils, complete Wyong’s shared during a hearing at Melbourne Magistrates’ “The Constitutional Court on Wednesday, May 22. funding,” Wyong mayor Recognition of Local including Gosford and pathway network. “Quite simply, federal Cr Doug Eaton said. The new charges the large volume of new Government will enable Wyong, often rely heavily “Local Government the Federal Government on federal funding to grants are important for a include allegations that evidence to consider. is the only level of to have the capacity to improve our roads and number of projects right Mr Thomson used a The case has been government in Australia fund Councils directly community facilities,” across the community,” Health Services Union adjourned until Monday, that is not financially to achieve national mayor Cr McKinna said. mayor Cr Eaton said. credit card to pay for July 1, and Mr Thomson’s “That is why it is so pornographic recognised in the objectives at a local movies bail has been renewed. “By voting yes in the Australian Constitution level, such as major referendum, Mr Thomson’s office residents important people vote at the Swissotel in and our income funding infrastructure projects and are voting to continue yes at the referendum to Sydney and the Pacific offered no comment when is limited in relation job creation ventures,” he to access this funding, ensure this continues,” he International Suites in contacted by Wyong to the services we are added. Regional Chronicle. Melbourne. which contributes to concluded. expected to provide to Mr Thomson’s defence For the referendum to many major projects Media release, 21 May 2013 Website, 22 May 2013 our community. be successful there needs in our local areas,” he Wyong Council Media and lawyer Mr David Galbally Mark Russell, “Government funding to be a majority of yes added. Gosford Council Media asked the magistrate for The Age is such a vital part of any votes from voters in a an adjournment due to Both Councils received



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Potential Airport site at Bushells Ridge


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Bushells Ridge land set aside for regional airport

Bushells Ridge

received a conditional on the site that will be offer to purchase the site used to guide future for $10 million from the decision making on this Australia Theme Park site Pty Ltd. The mayor and general The conditions manager of Council imposed inappropriate have been requested to risk and obligations on report the outcomes of Council and as such the the negotiations at the offer was rejected and next ordinary Council the Australia Theme meeting on Wednesday, Park Pty Ltd was advised November 28. accordingly. Council Agenda, Council staff are 14 Nov 2012 currently preparing a 7.4, Wyong Council land economics report


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New 109 lot development at Menindee Ridge D

Damage of a Yarramalong Road

Catchments in the yong Council is cleaning up Yarramalong and Dooralong closed road instructions. personnel said they were Deputy State frustrated that time and Wyong region also Valleys, following damage to roads from heavy rains and Emergency operations resources were being received heavy rainfall, fallen trees on the weekend of Saturday, February 23. controller Assistant wasted to rescue motorists with Jilliby recording Alan who were ignoring signs 68 millimetres, Wyong “We had crews out trees from road reserves better understanding Commissioner 72 millimetres, over the weekend putting in both valleys, but of the amount of work Clarke said if roads were that roads were closed. “It is dangerous for Ourimbah Creek 74 out water over road mainly the Yarramalong still required by the end closed it’s for a very good signs in many locations Valley, as it seemed of the week when we reason; they are flooded them and for those who millimetres, Mardi Dam 83 millimetres and have to rescue them.” throughout Yarramalong to cop the brunt of the can collect more and dangerous. Motorists driving Toukley 81. “We are again and Dooralong Valleys poor weather. information following appealing for motorists, through Tuggerah on the and closing roads in “We have an extra Rural thorough inspections.” Email, 26 Feb 2013 those locations as Grading crew working to The bad weather and members of the Saturday were diverted Wyong Council Media well as at Warnervale,” repair the gravel roads in coincided with an urgent public to never enter through the Woodbury Media release, 23 Feb 2013

W Airport asset is being fully utilised,” said Mr Hartcher.

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yong Council received an updated report on the status of the proposed site for a Chinese Cultural Theme Park on Warren Rd, Warnervale, at its ordinary meeting of Wednesday, November 19. Chinese Theme being resolved between agreement. The terms of the Park representative Council and Australia agreement identified that Ms Amanda Lee Theme Park Pty. The site, at Lot 3 Council grant ACCFI a addressed the meeting and explained how the Warren Rd, Warnervale, non-exclusive licence to venue would provide has a total area of enter the land for the sole purpose of carrying out jobs for residents of 179.277 Ha. Wyong Shire and would The site includes investigatory works to be a boost for the local Warnervale Airport and support the development a portion of Porters of the project. economy. The period of the Ms Lee said while Creek wetland. The village would be agreement was from the majority of the revenue for the theme a working village with Friday, July 1, 2011, to park would come from accommodation, shops, Thursday, June 30, 2012, private proprietors, the restaurants, galleries and with the agreement Chinese Government tourist accommodation. having now lapsed. During the period of The proposal is was supportive of their plan to construct in expected to cost in the the agreement ACCFI consultants vicinity of $500 million engaged Warnervale. It was resolved at the making it one of the Cardno to undertake desktop review meeting that the mayor largest private sector a environment, and general manager developments in Wyong of urgently negotiate Shire and the Central engineering and planning constraints with Australia Theme Coast. In March last year with regard to the Park Pty Ltd with the considered proposed development. objective of achieving Council The review identified an agreement for sale a Mayoral Minute in of the proposed site relation to the proposal that the current zoning of where Council’s risks from Australia China the property as Industrial Foundation would not permit all and liabilities would be Cultural minimised and where a Incorporated (ACCFI) of their proposed uses, satisfactory sale price to develop a Chinese however, this matter with particular emphasis Park on could be addressed by being placed on the was offered by the Theme models Council owned land at making a submission to financial purchaser. rezone the land to permit available to this project. Council has received Warnervale. In August this year, Council resolved the proposed land use a number of visits and documents from Chinese among others matters to through the exhibition an offer to purchase the site from Council delegates during the past enter into a co-operation period of LEP 2012. The cost of this review was received from Mr two years, with many agreement to continue to undertaken by Cardno Zhong, however, this influential businessmen progress the project. This agreement was is reported to be in the offer was considered and Government unacceptable to Council officials indicating formally entered into vicinity of $250,000. At a councillor with a response being on Monday, August support for the project. detailing All support is 15, 2011 with mayor briefing session held forwarded dependent upon the Cr Doug Eaton and the in June of this year, an Council's position in the issue of land tenure President of ACCFI, Mr update of the current matter. In October, Council and zoning issues Bruce Zhong signing the situation was presented


Issue 15

Over 70mm rain causes major council clean up

s Marlene Pennings of The Entrance North was named Wyong Shire’s Citizen of the Year at the Wyong Council Civic Centre on Thursday, January 24.

The evening also paid time for many other Volunteer Award went causes to Mr Allen Currie tribute to other members community of the Wyong Shire including the Wyong and the Youth of the Community Year award went to Ms community who have Shire Tuggerah Rachel Davis. aided others through a Nursery, Lakes Reserve Trust, Other winners service. Guests heard that, Wycare-CEN Liaison included Brackets and over the past 12 Committee, Landcare, Jam event stalwart Ms years, Ms Pennings the steering committee Julie Smith in the Arts Empowering and Culture division, was responsible for for obtaining almost $1 Aboriginal Women and martial artist Mr John million in grants to help Wyong Shire Council’s Gill in the Sportsperson Vision Committee. of the Year category, Mr the community. Last year Marlene was Tim Silverwood from Ms Penning’s work has included driving included on the Hidden the Take 3-A Clean roles with Coastcare Treasures Honour Roll, Beach Initiative won the The Entrance North, the organised by the NSW Environment Award and Tuggerah Lakes Estuary, Department of Primary both the Central Coast Coastline and Flood Industries to highlight Outreach Service and Plain Management the work of outstanding TNC Lakes Food Care Committee, The volunteers in regional shared the honours for Entrance Community and rural areas. outstanding Community Precinct Committee, Wyong Shire service organisation. The Entrance North Council’s Australia Day Media release, Progress Association award for a Business 25 Jan 2013 and Wycare. Person went to Mr Don Wyong Council Media Ms Pennings has Dagger. also volunteered her The Community

“The NSW Central Coast which is artcher has rejected to increase capacity has why we need to ensure tral Coast, including at Sydney Airport to Government boost efficiency. written to the Federal the existing Sydney ng Shire.

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ings is Citizen of the Year

Coast airport ruled out “While Sydney Government proposing “We will not support Airport is a matter for a joint approach proposal that dumps the Commonwealth, we addressing aviation rcraft noise on want to see maximum capacity and operational

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enable them to go back to China and source additional funding to raise the necessary capital for the project. “We know this project already has the support of sectors of the Chinese The delegates met Government which with council to find is critical for getting out about development corporate support in opportunities in the China,” said Cr Graham. Shire, with council “This has the potential presenting an outline of to be one of the biggest economic opportunities tourism developments in the Shire and an in New South Wales in overview of future a number of years and planning projects. also create more than Delegates were given 1,000 jobs in the local a full overview of the area. Warnervale Chinese “The delegation was Cultural Theme Park certainly very interested proposal by the Australia in being briefed on China Foundation the progress of this Association (ACFA). development and they “Council is delighted were very enthusiastic to be one of the few about the work Council select areas chosen to has done to assist in visit by this delegation getting it to this level,” of Chinese Government said Cr Graham. officials,” said mayor, Council expects to Cr Bob Graham. Cr Bob Graham and Cr Doug Eaton meet with representatives of the Beijing Government at Council’s Civic Centre make a further statement “What it shows is $500 million about the proposed potential home of a the that we have a strong a lot of projects we have Cr Graham. Chinese Cultural Theme Last year, an Chinese Cultural Theme Cultural Theme Park. reputation when it comes currently and projects The ACFA required Park in the coming to future proposals that are coming up agreement was signed Park. The agreement access to Council land months. involving economic and how we go about between the Australia Foundation allowed the proponents in order to fully develop development in the managing these projects. China Media Release, 17 Sep 2012 (ACFA) to investigate a potential a proposal that would “It is a great coup Association Shire. Wyong Council Media Email, 26 Sep 2012 “Our visitors were for Council to have our and Wyong Council 15 hectare site, on have a detailed business Cameron Bell, very keen to learn about work recognised at an to investigate a site Council land, for the plan, financial strategy, Wyong Shire Council International level,” said at Warnervale as the purpose of constructing benefits and costs, to

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ember for Dobell Mr Craig Thomson has said the allegations of documents’. “New matters and claims against him in the findings of the Fair Work Australia (FWA) report have been completely discredited by concerning investigations into key Health Services the KPMG advisory group review.

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day spa, restaurant for day and night time influenced by studies for over a year now in and from around Australia the development of the nd bar, surrounded by a entertainment and internationally concept for the site”, ndscaped and treed roof relaxation. A proposed Novotel whereby best practice said a spokesperson for arden environment. designs Wyong Council Media. The position on Hotel would comprise architectural “The recently adopted e fourth floor of the 220 plus rooms, an have been ‘cherry picked’ uilding would offer 800 seat conference and integrated into the master plan for the entrance town centre was ninterrupted views out and function centre, design”. the lake and coast, yet introducing The Entrance The Entrance Chamber prepared in conjunction of Commerce president their concept.” ould enable the roof to thousands of visitors. Both towers would Mr Wes Newman said the “Council has received arden to still feel part of be in an elliptical shape, development was positive a planning proposal for e town. spot rezoning of the At ground level, the designed to offer 360 for The Entrance. “To get this far has lakeside plaza site, which azza has been designed degree views, allowing become the town wind to pass, avoiding the been a great achievement is currently being assed.” uare, providing open down drafts associated and is very positive for ace and amenities, with more conventional The Entrance,” said Mr Magazine, 1 Jul 2012 Newman. rrounded by restaurants, designs. Lakeside Plaza “We have been working Edgar Adams, Central Coast fes, hospitality venues Business Review nd specialist retail that proprietor Mr Bob Dunnet closely with the owners 8 Aug 2012 ould make it popular said “The design has been and their representatives Wy Wyong Council Media

Mr Spence said this was a great win for the people of the Central Coast. “The NSW The restructure lake improvements and provide a central focus has aims to achieve an put a concerted effort on tourism, identifying Government equitable distribution of into drainage issues that and assisting in grasping committed to funding responsibilities across the previously have been of a opportunities that will the upgrades of the four impact the Wyong Shire. pinch-point intersections lower priority. organisation. Open Space will be on Wyong Rd in full, The changes also mean It also attempts to support council’s there will be no unit renamed Open Space totalling over $100 strategic priorities, in dealing specifically with and Recreation to more million,” he said. Mr Webber also accurately reflect its particular, a renewed the environment. said that day after day, Instead, Wyong function. focus on stimulating local Council has also motorists sat bumper to Council general manager economic development. Wyong mayor Cr Mr Michael Whittaker adopted a reduced target bumper on Wyong Rd. “The intersections Doug Eaton said the said the environment for total full time staff changes would allow would become entrenched equivalent numbers of at Pacific Highway, to get them underway,” intersection upgrades at council to maximise the in the roles of 1,200 1,000 by the end of 2016 - Enterprise Dr, Mingara he said. Tumbi Rd and Mingara 2017, while resolving that Dr and Tumbi Rd have community’s value for council staff members. “This year we have Dr, a further $800,000 in “Having [the no existing permanent long been identified as money. a total of $5.6 million progress planning for the “It clearly shows environment] in one area award staff member problematic, and we are allocated, including Enterprise Dr intersection, our increased focus on makes people think it’s would be impacted by the excited that this budget has delivered the funding $800,000 in progress and $4 million f commercial activities and only one person’s job,” change. planning for the The restructure functions, as opposed to a Mr Whittaker said. “We need everyone to continues the trend traditional public service middle understand that they have to decrease provision role,” he said. In terms of responsibility for the management with the number of service unit Infrastructure and environment.” The Sport, Leisure managers reducing from Operations, the new structure will allow and Recreation Unit will 20 in 2011, to 26 in 2012, Community, and 19 from the adoption resources to be dedicated become to the areas of major Business and Tourism of the latest structure. Staff and staff concern raised through under the restructure groups recent community and will focus on those representation community services that now have the opportunity consultation. to comment on the These are roads, are a business. This will incorporate restructure. lakes - natural areas and

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Issue 33

Long Jetty Village Centre Improvement Masterplan formally adopted be done and I’m very fter extensive excited about what community the future holds for consultation, this village precinct, Wyong Council particularly when the formally adopted main street and jetties the Long Jetty are done up,” Cr Eaton Village Centre said. Improvement C o m m u n i t y Masterplan on participation was a Wednesday, October 23. vital aspect of the development of the The Masterplan will Masterplan, with see the implementation of forums, stakeholder practical and affordable working group meetings, improvements which surveys, postcard drop will build on the natural offs to business owners, strengths of the area. and presentations to These strengths relevant community and include the proximity of business groups taking the Long Jetty Village place. to Tuggerah Lakes; The plan focuses on existing parks and practical, affordable playgrounds; and good projects which are able transport links. to be maintained. Part of The Entrance It will also focus on Peninsula Planning public and private urban Strategy adopted in domain improvements April 2009, the Long designed to enhance Jetty Village Masterplan the quality of physical also improves public assets surrounding the spaces in the area, with at Watkins Jetty; and of council and local seen new banners go said. “Now this plan will foreshore area. upgrades to Saltwater identification of four residents and businesses up along the Central sitting down and coming Coast Highway and guide council’s own Creek Park and Lions ‘activity hubs’. Wyong mayor Cr up with practical other streetscape spending in line with the Wyong Council Agenda, 4.1 Park; embellishment of 23 Oct 2013 improvements suggested community’s vision. existing jetties; plans Doug Eaton said this solutions together. “We’ve already by residents,” Cr Eaton “This is how it should for a water play park was a great example



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Issue 45

Serious objections raised to SDA Church at Tumbi Umbi T

he relaxed rural lifestyle of residents of six rural dwellings in a small cul-de-sac at Tumbi Umbi is under threat from a large development proposed by the Seventh Day Adventist Church, according to Wyong Shire Ratepayers and Residents Association.


The Church wants consent, if ‘unlikely to trees, many 15-18m high, to amalgamate its detract from the scenic will be removed within congregations from Erina quality of rural lands’ and the building-carpark and The Entrance into if ‘compatible with rural footprint, destroying one larger facility. residential development’. a significant corridor Proposed is a 400-seat Local residents between Forresters and church with a meeting contend that commercial Tumbi Umbi wetlands hall/function centre, development that is and severely detracting large commercial kitchen five times larger than from the scenic value and six Sabbath School surrounding houses of what the applicants classrooms. and much higher is described as a site with Also proposed are incompatible with the ‘high flora biodiversity’. internal roads and a car quiet ambience of a rural “Other anticipated park for over 90 vehicles. cul-de-sac. problems include noise “The scale of the They claim that - with up to 800 people proposed buildings is extensive clearing for this opening and closing car such that all the houses in large building and car doors, talking, playing Kyte Place could easily park would detract from music and singing and fit inside its building the scenic quality of the stormwater disposal footprint,” said a resident area and should not be from an additional 6,000 of the cul-de-sac Mr Brett given consent. m2 of ‘hardstand’ roof/ Little. “Even in six houses car park into an already “And that doesn’t combined, local residents inadequate system. include the extra 5,000m2 do not have parking for “In a two hour period of car parking.” 100 vehicles, or have on Saturday, traffic will The real rub for local 400 to 500 friends over increase from the current residents is that neither a every Saturday, or have four traffic movements ‘place of public worship’ 17 toilets or a commercial in Kyte Place to 194 nor a ‘function centre’ kitchen,” said Wyong movements, a 4,850% are permissible in an E4 Shire Ratepayers and increase. (Environmental Living) Residents Association “Onsite disposal of an zoning anywhere in NSW president Mr Kevin estimated 7,500 litres of or under Wyong Shire’s Armstrong. effluent per week onto a current LEP - gazetted in “Both the elevation small grassed area with December 2013. to Bellevue Rd and underlying clay soils is Under council’s former Kyte Place are around likely to cause problems LEP, dating back to 1991, 50m with the roof of the - especially as run-off non-residential uses were church rising to over 9m, will flow into adjoining permissible in a 7c zoning far larger than any local properties and wetlands. (small rural residential residence. “This development holdings), subject to “About 48 mature is not permissible under



Residents concerned about the development

Wyong’s current LEP. would want to look so far Infrastructure,” said Mr “This development backwards rather than use Armstrong. is only permissible if the new LEP - which was Media release, 15 Apr 2014 council considers it unanimously endorsed Kevin Armstrong, Wyong under a now repealed by all councillors and Shire Ratepayers and 23 year-old LEP - it’s the NSW Department Residents Association hard to see why council of Planning and


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entral Coast Liberal MPs under investigation as part of Operation Spicer will be heard by ICAC in the week commencing Monday, May 12.

Member for The allegations that they were Entrance Ms Chris Spence, involved in corruptly Member for Wyong soliciting, receiving or Mr Darren Webber and concealing payments in Member for Terrigal Mr return for having their Chris Hartcher are being interests favoured. investigated as part of The ICAC inquiry

will then adjourn for three months to allow investigators to follow further leads and gather fresh information before resuming. Cec Bucello, 8 May 2014

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November 7, 2014

Issue 57

Alison Homestead rebuild about to commence




ocal firm, Collaborative Construction Solutions, has signed the contract to rebuild the historic Alison Homestead with the first sod on the project turned on Wednesday, November 5. Wyong Council mayor 2011. Cr Doug Eaton joined Historical Society members of the Wyong vice president Ms Liz District Museum and Hogston said, in the last Historical Society to three years, a number of turn the first sod that will significant heritage items restore the Homestead had been recovered from to its former glory and the building. re-establish its heritage “We managed to status as a dedicated retrieve furniture, history museum and learning and family records and centre. even clothing after the Mayor Cr Eaton said fire,” said Ms Hogston. council had worked “Donations have also closely with the Historical been flooding in from Society to come up with the community so we the right plans for the will be able to furnish the restoration. Homestead in the manner “The Historical to which it has been Society has been behind accustomed. this project right from “It has been a long wait the start and has been but we are very happy instrumental in ensuring that construction is about Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton with members of the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society this historic homestead to start.” considered to be of will be funded through an asset’s significant cultural year 2015. can rise again,” said The construction insurance claim. heritage can be enjoyed Alison Homestead is historical significance at mayor Cr Eaton. contract includes “I believe we have and understood by future set on two hectares of a regional level, being “Alison Homestead demolition, salvage, found the right company generations. rural land at 1 Cape Rd, representative of the will once again be a restoration works to for the job and it is arrival, locational choice, “This is a significant Wyong. vibrant museum and Alison wing, the building fantastic that they are milestone and truly a This location was the lifestyle and working life heritage centre for of a new building within local,” mayor Cr Eaton great day for everyone Shire’s first land grant of one of the region’s residents and tourists the original footprint, said. who cares about Alison given to William Cape in best-known pioneering alike.” civil works and site 1825 and purchased by families. “The quality of the Homestead,” he said. The original services. design will ensure this Works are expected William Alison in 1875. Media release, 5 Nov 2014 The contract is worth treasured Homestead was destroyed The Homestead is community to be completed by midWyong Council media by fire on December 3, almost $1 million and



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Issue 69

Residents oppose rezoning west of the motorway

Residents object to plans to redevelop farmland at Mardi

Map of proposed Mardi development

“These lands support submissions relating to flooding, fire risks, and ands Off the Old Farm (HOOF) held a public meeting at Wyong agricultural production the Mardi development social impacts. RSL on Tuesday, May 12 to discuss the old farm development and contain water supply up until Friday May 15. The group is also catchments which must “Many local Residents objecting to what it proposed for Mardi, west of the freeway. be protected from urban have concerns about this considers to be a lack According to HOOF, long-standing state Motorway. the proposal would government policy that The Central Coast and rural residential proposal,” Ms Cselko of public consultation, said. a lack of data about rezone 224 hectares there be no intensification Regional Strategy uses,” Ms Cselko said. “If this proposal gets HOOF has already how much land will be of land currently of development west of (2006-2031) stated that submissions destroyed and the impact zoned rural, or for the freeway,” she said. it would limit expansion through there will be made environmental protection Ms Cselko said 59 of the urban footprint no stopping council’s to council outlining on existing rate payers or management, to allow people attended the by protecting land allowing developers to its opposition to the of the cost of sewer and water services. 300 dwellings plus a meeting and passed a west of the F3 freeway destroy our drinking proposed development. Objections include: commercial area. resolution to oppose the from further residential water catchment areas Email, 8 May 2015 and agricultural lands.” its proximity to Mardi “One of the main rezoning of the old farm development. Trish Cselko, Hands Off the According to HOOF, Dam and the state forest, issues is that this opens land. It noted that the Old Farm (HOOF) Interview, 13 May 2015 up areas for development The meeting also western half of the region community opposition is the destruction of forest Trish Cselko, Hands Off the west of the freeway,” passed a resolution (west of the Freeway) is building to the proposed vegetation and fauna. Old Farm HOOF is also HOOF spokesperson, Ms to oppose small lot largely comprised of the development. Powerpoint presentation Wyong Council concerned about traffic Trish Cselko said. residential expansion Central Coast plateaus 12 May 2015 extended the due date for on Old Maitland Rd, “It has been a west of the M1 and Wyong valleys. HOOF


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Issue 81

Council resolves to acquire part of Wyong Grove T

he acting CEO of Wyong Council has been authorised to acquire approximately one quarter of the Wyong Grove school site and carriage way at a fair market value. A mayoral minute presented to the November 11 ordinary meeting of Wyong Council resulted in the Council resolving to go ahead with an attempt to acquire those parts of the former public school considered essential for Wyong Drama Group members protest the sale of the Grove organisations such as the acquisition of part of the community,” Cr Eaton site, it will be subject government for public director following a Wyong Drama Group. to the normal Council purposes, is acquired discussion with the said. The plan is to acquire site. “I even told bidders development application by negotiation and purchaser of Wyong The entire school site those land and buildings agreement between Grove. either by agreement or was recently sold by the at the auction we would process. Department of Education, seek to compulsorily “They are in discussion “This whole process the landholder and the compulsory process. with another buyer for the The council authorised at auction, to a Sydney acquire the site – so has caused a great deal acquiring authority. The process is expected purchase of a small part the acting CEO to developer, for $4.45 everyone knew what we of stress in the local wanted to do. of the site that is similar community which has to take several months. execute all necessary million. “So now it is time to been really unnecessary,” If the Minister gives “Obviously the hall to what we are looking documentation relevant his consent, then Council act. is not included on the at,” Mr Noble said. Cr Eaton said. to the acquisition. “We can’t afford the “The level of pricing “The State Government basis that the arthouse The school site, can begin negotiations when purchased, will be with the new owner to whole site, so we will now broke its promise to the is developed and it has they are looking at is classified as operational acquire the part of the move to try to acquire the community but Council a studio of the size of rather alarming to me and land for the purposes of site currently used as the part of the site which will will not, and will now step the hall and is more we need to keep that in the Local Government Wyong Grove Cultural provides the best value in and attempt to save this adaptable,” Cr Eaton mind,” he said. for the community.” and Community Hub. The motion to important community said at the November Act 1993. Council spent over facility.” Mayor, Cr Doug Eaton 11 general meeting of move forward with the If the site has to compulsory acquisition In NSW, all levels of Wyong Council. be obtained using a OAM, said Council $100,000 upgrading the Cr Eaton said he of a portion of the site compulsory process, it was true to its word former school buildings government can acquire will be done “pursuant to and would now pursue which are currently home privately owned land for expected the fair market was carried unanimously. value of the area Wyong the Land Acquisition (Just compulsory acquisition to a number of local public purposes. Mayoral minute 1.6, wishes to They may acquire the Council Terms Compensation) so this important site can community and drama Nov 11, 2015 whole property, part of a purchase to be between Act 1991,” according continue as a community groups. Wyong Council It is these buildings property or an interest in $1 million and $1.5 Media release, Nov 11, 2015 to the adopted mayoral facility. “We went to the Council will now seek to the property, including million. Wyong Council media minute. Meeting transcript, Acting CEO of Wyong Council will make auction in good faith and acquire under compulsory easements for power Nov 11, 2015 Council, Mr Rob Noble an application to the were hopeful of securing acquisition arrangements. lines, sewer or water. Wyong Council ordinary If the owner wishes to Most privately said he had received a Minister for Finance to the site ourselves due to meeting Jackie Pearson, journalist commence compulsory its high importance to our develop the rest of the owned land, required by briefing from the relevant

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Issue 93

Council’s first property decision angers residents he new Central Coast Council’s administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, has agreed, at the council’s first public meeting on May 25, to sell land in Orchard Rd, Kangy Angy to the NSW Government to build a multi-million dollar train maintenance facility.

meeting. “Resident, Mr Neil Bolte and Community Environment Network representative, Mr Mike Campbell, were both given reasonable time to voice the Kangy Angy residents’ concerns about the transfer of the land,” Ms Nicholson said. “Tonight’s decision by Central Coast Council’s new administrator to offload flood prone, environmentally sensitive Kangy Angy residents land to Transport for have been fighting NSW to build a $300 the land sale and the million train facility proposed development is irresponsible and is since they learned about detrimental to the Kangy it in September. Angy and Ourimbah area. Transport for NSW “Let’s hope the has also announced the reckless decision tonight Review of Environmental is not a sign of things Factors (REF) and Flooding of the Kangy Angy access road near the proposed train maintenance site on June 4 and 5 to come from the new concept plan for the facility will be on public use as the maintenance “It is likely the State the NSW Government, “Council has been amalgamated council. “Residents will exhibition from June 6 to and stabling facility for Government would have Mr Reynolds was simply forced into a situation of moved to compulsorily doing its bidding, he said: agreeing to sell or forced continue to fight the its new intercity fleet. July 4. Documents obtained acquire this land if “The decision was would to accept terms that may proposed development Ms Michelle Nicholson from the Kangy Angy under the Government council had not agreed to I agree to sell the land. not be beneficial to the that is being built in a ridiculous location. Public sell it. Residents Action Group Information “I am independent of community. “The facility would “This decision government influence, said Transport for NSW Access (GIPA) Act “It is really sad when representatives met with indicate that Transport guarantees the best I am not here to do the potential impacts arise on have no access in, would residents on Friday, for NSW wanted their outcome for council and government’s bidding, the people of that area,” be built by filling in a wetland and wasting our May 27 “to fulfil their facility to be built on land residents.” I am here to serve the he said. Mr Reynolds said council,” Mr Reynolds obligations to engage in at Warnervale but Wyong Mr Noble said he tax payer dollars. “Transport’s community consultation. Council discouraged that the new facility would said. would defend the decision “When we raised location as it interfered have the potential to to keep the sale price of consultants put forward “Business goes on. our concerns about the with the former council’s create hundreds of local “We have to deal with the land confidential until eight preferred sites and Kangy Angy was not one flooding the project plan to develop Wyong as construction jobs and business as usual and the the deal was finalised. director said it was ‘their a business and education ongoing employment. “The price will of them. state government said if “Transport for NSW “The decision I had to we don’t sell it, it will be eventually become public precinct. risk’. “We believe this is In September, make was about the land compulsorily acquired,” but … commercial in need to rethink their illnot their risk to take, as Transport for NSW transfer,” Mr Reynolds he said. confidence is a really conceived plan.” they are also risking our named the flood-prone said at a media conference Central Coast Council important element of Email, Jun 2, 2016 CEO, Mr Rob Noble: business deals when tax payer dollars, the Kangy Angy land as the after the meeting. Michelle Nicholson, Kangy “There is a separate “You could align the money is involved,” Mr endangered species, and preferred location to Angy Residents Action worsening the flooding in establish the new Fleet question about whether decision about the Kangy Noble said. Group Agenda item 3.4, May 25, our area,” Ms Nicholson Management Facility. “We are shocked by the facility should be Angy land with the Sword 2016 said. In making his first developed and that is part of Damocles that came the decision made by the Meeting transcript, May 25, The land was identified planning decision in the of a planning process,” he down with the immediate administrator,” Kangy 2016 by the former Wyong position of administrator said. sacking of all councillors. Angy Residents Action Central Coast Council “We have had a sword Group spokesperson, Ms In responding to extraordinary meeting Council as an alternative with the newly-formed Jackie Pearson, journalist site to land at Warnervale Central Coast Council, comments from residents held over our heads,” Mr Michelle Nicholson said for Transport for NSW to Mr Ian Reynolds said: that as an appointee of Noble said. following the council


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Kincumber pedestrian bashed

Another person charged over using deceased person’s credit card n another act of sickening selfishness, the finances of deceased Central Coast aged care nurse, Ms Kay Shaylor, have again been targeted by thieves.


Ms Shaylor died from injuries she sustained in a horror crash, in which the other driver was alleged to be on drugs. Family and friends of Ms Shaylor were horrified to learn that witnesses to the incident that claimed her life, stole her handbag from the scene and used her credit cards to purchase food, cigarettes and other items. The pair of thieves, Mr Jason Hall and Ms Silvia Maria Schreuder, were arrested in September and presented to Gosford Local Court following an investigation. Mr Hall was refused bail

to appear again on October 25 while Ms Schreuder was granted bail. Police now allege that a second woman who found a credit card of Ms Shaylor’s, possibly discarded by Mr Hall and Ms Schreuder, used the dead woman’s finances for personal gain. Last month, officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command launched an investigation after being alerted to numerous transactions being conducted on a woman’s bank accounts after her death.

As part of the inquiries, on October 10, a 32 year old woman attended Gosford Police Station and spoke with investigators. The woman was issued a Future Service Court Attendance Notice for stealing (by find), dishonestly obtain property by deception and dishonestly obtain property by deception for an unrelated matter. She will appear at Gosford Local Court on November 29. Media release, Oct 11, 2016 NSW Police Media Dilon Luke, Journalist

Man stabbed at Erina after aggravated break-in olice are appealing for information after a man was stabbed during an aggravated break-in at Erina on October 10.


At about 9:00pm, a 47-year-old man was inside a unit on Karalta Rd, Erina, when two unknown males forced entry to the property. Police have been told the 47-year-old man was stabbed during a physical altercation, before the two

males left the unit, stealing the injured man’s keys. He was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics at the scene before being taken to Gosford Hospital



for treatment for a laceration to his stomach and elbow. He was released from hospital the following day. Detectives from Brisbane Water Local Area Command are investigating the incident and would like to speak to the two men that forced entry. The first man is described as being aged in his early 20s, about 185cm tall and of thin build. The second man is described as also being aged in his early 20s, about 170cm tall and of average build. Media release, Oct 12, 2016 NSW Police Media

Victim, Joel Barker, needed 10 stictches in his head after the assault

Theresa Callaghan's photo of her son’s wound she posted to her Facebook page

23 year old Kincumber man was brutally bashed over the head in a seemingly random attack on October 11.


Police were told at about 3:40pm that victim, Mr Joel Barker, was walking west along Scenic Rd, near the intersection at Cullens Rd, Kincumber. A maroon coloured car, possibly a Mitsubishi Magna Sedan with red “P” plates, drove past, did a U-turn and stopped beside Mr Barker. The front passenger became aggressive towards Mr Barker and then struck him over the head with a stick. The offender and the witnesses in the car then drove off in the direction of Empire Bay. Following the assault, Mr Barker presented himself to Gosford Hospital where he received several stiches to his head. Police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command have commenced investigations into the incident. Officers would like to speak with the front passenger who is described as being of Caucasian

Anyone with information about these incidents should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 appearance, about 18 years old, with a thin build and brown curly hair. He was last seen wearing a red t-shirt, shorts and white joggers. Friends and family of Mr Barker have also appealed to the public for help in identifying his attacker, with his mother, Ms Theresa Callaghan, putting out a Facebook plea for information. Ms Callaghan wrote on her Facebook page about the sickening attack that left her son with so much blood pouring from his head to his face that he could not see the number plate of the offenders’ vehicle. “My son was walking down the road when a car with two men in the front

and a woman in the back drove past asking him what he was looking at,” Ms Callaghan wrote. “They then turned around and approached him again. “The front passenger tried getting out of the car to fight my son. “My son slammed the door shut so he couldn’t get out. “The front passenger then asked the back passenger for the pool cue in the car, and when she handed it to him, he got out of the car and smashed it onto Joel’s head two times, once over the top and once in the side. “He then got back into the car and the group drove off. “My son had so much blood on his face that he couldn’t make out the car’s number plate,” Ms Callaghan wrote. She then appealed for anyone with information about the incident to contact her or the police. Media release, Oct 11, 2016 NSW Police Media Website, Oct 11, 2016 Theresa Callaghan, Kincumber Dilon Luke, Journalist

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Pink Ribbon Day Greyhound Race Meeting raises funds for breast cancer research

Federal Government slammed for cuts to NSW health system peaking to the Final Report by the Select Committee on Health, Senator Deborah O’Neill slammed the Federal Government’s decision to cut Medicare to the effect of $17.6 billion in NSW alone.


The Pink Ribbon Greyhound Race Day was a huge success

he Pink Ribbon Day Greyhound Race Meeting organised by Central Coast trainer Ms Raelee Shearer, on October 4, was a successful event, and raised $4,818 from online donations from people within the industry and the community.


Ms Shearer extends her congratulations to the winner of the feature event on the night, Pink Ribbon Day Stake 2016, which was “Red Calibre” trained by Mr John Callaughan and owned by Massive Racing. Mr Callaughan and Massive Racing accepted the presentation rug donated by Ms Margaret Dunn, Cessnock Greyhound Breeders and Trainers Association (GBOTA)

Branch Treasurer and the trophy. Ms Shearer is a breast cancer survivor and said she knows how important ongoing research, and the invaluable work done by volunteers, is and hopefully their combined efforts will provide more opportunities to finding a prevention. “I would like to thank the GBOTA Management, Ellen Harris GBOTA Operations Manager and Rachael

Harrington, Gosford Operations Manager and the staff from Gosford Greyhound Race Club,” Ms Shearer said. “A big thank you to the sponsors; BBF Café Woy Woy, Bliss Demolition, Gosford Greyhounds Staff, Hunter GBOTA Directors, Michael Eberand, Pride Clothesline Care and Tony Pickles,” she added. Ms Shearer also extended her gratitude to

Shannon and Jenny Boyd for organising a BBQ to support the event with all proceeds going to the fundraiser. “There were many people who also assisted in making this event so successful, including those who donated prizes for the raffle; Julie Legge, Katie Henry, Pets Domain Lake Haven and Mars Pet Care and the volunteers, Sandra Becker and Charles King. “The funds raised will help the countless women affected by breast and gynaecological cancers. “Cancer Council NSW is the only charity that supports women through the entire journey from diagnosis and treatment, to recovery and life after cancer, so every dollar raised is funding vital research, prevention programs and support services for women. “I am proud to be associated with the greyhound industry as the support that was shown to me again this year, I think, says it all,” Ms Shearer concluded. Email, Oct 7, 2016 Raelee Shearer, Pink Ribbon Day Greyhound Race organiser

“The Turnbull Government has backed in savage cuts introduced by the Abbott Government in its unpopular 2014-15 budget, causing the New South Wales health system to feel the pinch of Liberal privatisation,” Sen O’Neill said. “On Tuesday, October 11, the government voted against a bill that would guarantee Medicare would be kept in public hands as a universal health insurance scheme for all Australians; a guarantee to protect bulk billing so that every Australian can see their doctor when they need to and not only when they can afford to. Sen O’Neill called for the Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull to: “Reverse his harmful cuts to Medicare by unfreezing the indexation of the Medicare Benefits Schedule; reverse his cuts to pathology that will mean Australians with cancer will pay more for blood tests; to reverse his cuts to breast screening, MRIs, X-rays and other diagnostic imaging which will mean Australians will pay more for vital scans; to abandon his plans to make all Australians, even pensioners, pay more for vital medicines; and to develop a long-term agreement to properly fund our public hospitals so Australians don’t languish in our emergency departments or on long waiting lists for important surgery.” The $17.6 billion Medicare cut for NSW was “the equivalent to closing

five and a half hospitals the size of Westmead Hospital,” according to Professor Bradley Frankum, Vice President of the NSW Branch of the Australian Medical Association. The Final Report of the Senate Select Committee on Health found the cuts would “make it impossible for NSW hospitals to keep up with population growth and demand for services”. Mr Jeff Andrew, Vice President of the Australian Paramedics Association, said the cuts have had a significant impact on ambulance waiting times. At the Gosford Select Committee on Health hearing, Mr Andrew said a two-hour ramp at peak periods was not unusual, and that a recent experience of a six hour ‘ramp’ would become common. Mr Andrew said it was “fair to say” the whole system was “overwhelmed”. Sen O’Neill said, “The evidence presented and documented in the report only confirms what we all know. She said the community “wont cop” proposals to place public hospitals, including Wyong Hospital, in private hands. “The Turnbull government has revealed a chilling agenda of Medicare and hospitals cuts and slashes in parliament. “To add insult to injury, The Turnbull government has also confirmed it is set to cut the bulk billing incentive on January 1, 2018, making patients pay another $30 per test.” Media release, Oct 13, 2016 Rhys Zorro, office of Senator Deborah O’Neill

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Ronald McDonald Family Room volunteers win Volunteer Team of the Year Award he volunteers from the Ronald M c D o n a l d Family Room at Gosford Hospital were awarded the Volunteer Team of the Year, Central Coast Award at the Central Coast Volunteer Awards held on October 5, at the Shelley Beach Golf Club.


The 94 member strong team is made up of dedicated and passionate volunteers from all walks of life who provide a haven within the hospital for families with sick children. The Family Room is a special place for these families where they can retire from the reality of an extended hospital stay in a warm, welcoming and homely environment whilst remaining in close proximity to their kids. Each month anywhere between 1200-1400 people

Members of the volunteer team at the Ronald McDonald Family Room

walk through the Family Room’s purple door seeking a much needed break from the clinical environment of the hospital and the volunteer team ensures that each week there is someone to meet, greet, welcome and above all support these families. Ms Kami Dibden, the Operations Manager of the

Gosford Family Room and person who nominated the Family Room team, said since opening its doors in May 2013, the Family Room and its volunteer team have been there to support over 35,000 people connected to a child patient at Gosford Hospital. “Volunteers come from all walks of life,” Ms Dibden

said. “We’re husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, young and old, and every team member brings something different and meaningful to the Family Room,” she added. The Family Room is open seven days a week, 364 days a year, and Ms

Hearing Bus to visit Kincumber and Lisarow


he Hearing Bus will visit Kincumber and Lisarow during October to offer free hearing checks and raise hearing health awareness.

Manager of Australian Hearing Erina, Mr Matthew Reid, said that because age-related hearing loss develops gradually, it is common for people to be unaware their hearing is diminishing. “A hearing check is a quick and easy way to measure the sounds you can and can’t hear. “Our team will also be on

hand to guide you through what next steps you may have to take in regards to your hearing,” Mr Reid said. As well as having a hearing check, visitors to the bus can find information on a range of common hearing issues and view a display of easy-to-use hearing devices for around the home, including headsets for watching TV and alert

systems for doorbells. “Not everyone who is experiencing problems hearing needs a hearing aid. “Sometimes it’s just hearing the TV at normal volumes, hearing your doorbell, or hearing your friends on the phone that’s the problem,” Mr Reid said. The Australian Hearing bus will be at Kincumber

Shopping Centre from October 21 to 24 and Lisarow Shopping Centre from October 25 to 26. No appointment is necessary, and Australian Hearing will provide hearing checks to any interested adults who visit the bus on the day. Media release, Sep 20, 2016 Grace Gabriel, Australian Hearing

Dibden said the volunteers were able to help more and families than ever before thanks to the amount of time each volunteer donates to making the Family Room the haven that it is. “The one thing I am thankful for each day is that volunteers give us the one thing you can’t buy, and that’s time. “All Family Room volunteers are just that, volunteers, and are not paid financially for the time that they give. “In saying that, if you ask any of them why they do it and why they like to come back each week, you will see what a special group of people they are. “They don’t do it for the

small thank you gift they get each year, or because they want the recognition. “They want to give back, they love their time in the room, they love what Ronald McDonald House Programs provide, they know they are able to help and support someone else who is going through a tough time and it makes them feel good,” Ms Dibden said. Ms Judy Riley is the Family Room’s official nominated volunteer for the awards. Media release, Oct 4, 2016 Jacqueline Hole, The Centre for Volunteering Interview, Oct 5, 2016 Kami Dibden, Ronald McDonald House Programs Dilon Luke, Journalist


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Free support for survivors Newcastle University’s marine research projects of childhood trauma urvivors of childhood trauma living in Gosford and surrounds have been reminded that Interrelate provides free support to anyone who may be directly or indirectly affected by the issues raised in the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Blue Knot Day, on October 24, is the Blue Knot Foundation’s national day to raise awareness and support for adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse. “There are an estimated 5 million Australian adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma,” said Interrelate Area Manager, Mr Mike Sheargold. “Blue Knot Day is important for raising awareness of child abuse, tackling the stigma, fostering hope and promoting recovery for survivors,” Mr Sheargold said. “At Interrelate, we can assist with counselling and free Royal Commission

Community Based Support Services (RCCBSS) that can help members of the community deal with the effects of childhood trauma so they can build supportive and healthy relationships that aid in their recovery,” he said. Interrelate’s free service provides comprehensive therapeutic support to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse through: information; counselling (face-to-face or via phone); assistance to engage with, and attend, the Royal Commission; debriefing after the Royal Commission; and, referral to other services as needed. “Last year, Interrelate

assisted 322 survivors through this free service. “One of these clients told his counsellor that he feels his little boy is healing and he knows that he has become confident to be himself, to make choices because he knows what happened to him wasn’t his fault. “We hope to help many more people in the same way this year and are committed to ensuring that survivors experience an approach that will meet their specific and diverse needs,” he said.

ustralian Red Cross Blood Services said Gosford needs nearly 80 new donors in October to help bolster blood stocks following a cold and flu driven donation slump.


fewer donors bookedin with appointments in October and beyond. To bolster low stocks, the Blood Service has launched the “Hunt for Red

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he Marine Discovery Centre, Terrigal, will host the University of Newcastle’s researching marine and coastal environments’ event on October 27.

The evening will feature three presentations, one from Dr Troy Gaston, Redmap and Ms Karen O’Neill. Dr Gaston, from the University of Newcastle, will provide an overview of some of the investigations currently being undertaken by researchers at the University, including an update on the Redmap project.

in October” campaign to highlight the need for new donors. The spokesperson said one in three people would need blood in their lifetime, yet only one in 30 donated, making October’s hunt for red a serious matter. “We’re appealing to donors who might not have been able to give in winter to come back and start giving blood again,” he said. “We’d also like to extend the invitation to anyone else who is thinking about giving blood. “It only takes an hour to do and you can save three lives with every donation. “More importantly, you’ll be saving the lives of cancer patients, road trauma victims, pregnant mothers, unborn babies and people undergoing emergency surgeries,” the spokesperson concluded. Media release, Oct 14, 2016 Ronny Maroun, Australian Red Cross Blood Service


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Redmap stands for Range Extension Database and Mapping project. This project invites Australians to share sightings of marine species that are uncommon to their local seas. Over time, Redmap will use this citizen science data to map which Australian marine species may be extending their distribution range in response to

changes in the marine environment, such as ocean warming. Ms O’Neill, a PhD candidate, also from the University, will also speak about her current research project, investigating algae in our coastal lagoons. An entry fee applies. Media release, Oct 15, 2016 Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre

Halloween Fete at Kincumber

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The “Hunt for Red in October” is on A Red Cross spokesperson said colds and flus resulted in a seasonal drop-off in donor numbers which extended into September, leaving

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incumber Public School will host a Halloween Fete on Saturday, October 29.


Spooky attractions include a haunted house, a yucky dip and tattoos, with a Terrifying Triage Team on hand to put on plaster casts and bloody bandages. There will be plenty of fete favourite stalls for parents, including second hand books and toys, gift baskets, plants and preloved clothing, and for those with a sweet tooth, there will be cakes and slices, biscuit

decoration, lollies and fairy floss. For the kids, there will be rides, pony rides, show bags, face painting, rock painting, plaster painting and sand art. Those feeling lucky can enter the silent auction, chocolate wheel, lucky dip and the major raffle that will be drawn on the day. The first prize in the raffle is $1500 cash, second prize

is $1000 and third prize is $500, with tickets only $2 each. All proceeds from the fete will go towards developing student health and wellbeing by improving resources for sports and activities for the students of Kincumber Public School. Email, Oct 12, 2016 Michelle Foreshew, Kincumber Public School

School readiness workshops at Kariong


he Kariong Neighbourhood Centre is hosting new workshops this October and November.

Designed for children who are gearing up for their first year of school, the School Readiness Program aims to extend the basic skills for children aged between three and five. The program includes lessons on colours, shapes, names, letters, maths and more.

The School Readiness Program runs weekly from October 17 to November 28. Prices are $15 per child per two hour session or $80 for the full six week program. Art and craft lessons are starting up and will include painting, drawing, mosaics,

card making, shell art and collage. All materials are supplied and all abilities are welcome. The art and craft lessons run weekly from October 17 to November 28, and are $10 per session. Email, Oct 12, 2016 Fiona Simpson, Kariong Neighbourhood Centre


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Free “Love Food Hate Waste” community information session osford Regional Community Services is hosting a free community information session, “Love Food Hate Waste” on November 7, at Wyoming Community Centre.


Australians throw out up to 20 per cent of the food they purchase, resulting in an annual food waste figure of $8 billion. In an attempt to reduce this statistic, community members are invited to attend the workshop, which is an initiative of Central Coast Council’s Green Living Program, and aims to raise awareness about the environmental, economic and social impacts of food waste and reduce the amount of good food being sent to landfill. Executive Officer of Gosford Regional Community Services, Ms Kathy Sokk, said that the workshop will provide families and young people with important hints and tips

on reducing unnecessary food waste and saving money in the process. “Simple factors such as the temperature of your fridge, planning meals and controlling portions. can prevent you from throwing out thousands of dollars’ worth of food each year,” Ms Sokk said. “Many would be shocked to find out how a little bit of common sense and forward thinking can have such a positive impact on your savings account, weekly waste levels and even your waistline. “And it’s not just individual households that can benefit from being food wise, it’s the environment. “Every time good food is sent to landfill,

it is contributing to the generation of methane gas and the pollution of our local groundwater and waterways. “The damage being caused by food waste is so severe that, if we were to stop food waste in NSW alone, the environmental impact would be the equivalent of taking 117,000 cars off the road. “This workshop is the perfect opportunity to find out how you can save time and money, eat well and benefit the environment by making simple changes to your everyday habits,” Ms Sokk concluded. Media release, Oct 17, 2016 Alison Orren, Brilliant Logic

School to introduce computer coding classes from K to Year 6


ur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, Wyoming, will be adding to its fleet of Chromebooks and iPads, to prepare students for the technology careers of the future.

The purchase is to ensure the school has enough tools as they plan to introduce computer coding classes across kindergarten to Year 6 in 2017. This term, the school’s Year 3 students will be learning coding and programming for smart apps, animation and robotic

applications. “It is our school’s view that the skills required of students for tomorrow will be about being technologically adept and discerning problem solvers,” said Principal, Mr Frank Cohen. “It is no longer just acceptable to be able

to read, write, and do arithmetic. “Students need to be able to gather information, synthesise it and apply it in all manner of work places and situations,” he said. Newsletter, Oct 12, 2016 Frank Cohen, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School

Introductory Training Day for Wildlife Arc members ildlife Arc will host an Introductory Training Day on November 6, at the Wyoming Community Centre.


Wildlife Arc is a volunteer, not for profit organisation, that rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wildlife on the Central Coast. Membership Officer for Wildlife Arc, Ms Kelly Hunt, said the introductory training is for new members, to give them the basics of rescuing and first aid for injured and orphaned animals. “Members are welcome That

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r John Seed will give a talk on Deep Ecology and the Conservation of Nature, at the Narara Eco Village at the conclusion of its monthly open day on Saturday, October 22.


Deep Ecology is a philosophy of Nature which sees that, underlying the environmental crisis, there is a psychological or spiritual disease stemming from the illusion of separation between humans and the rest of the natural world. The late Arne Naess, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy from Oslo University, Norway, who coined the term “deep ecology”, pointed out that “ecological ideas are not enough to protect the Earth, we need ecological identity, ecological self”. With a presentation which includes music and poetry, John Seed will show how to nourish an ecological identity and align oneself with Earth. The talk will also be an introduction to the Deep Ecology Workshop that will be held at the Eco Village on November 12 and 13.

John Seed is an author, filmmaker, lecturer, activist and founder of the Rainforest Information Centre. He has written and lectured extensively on deep ecology, conducting “Council of All Beings” and other re-earthing workshops world-wide for 30 years. With Joanna Macy, Pat Fleming and Arne Naess he co-authored ‘Thinking Like a Mountain: Towards a Council of All Beings’, (translated into 10 languages). In 1995 John was awarded the Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for services to conservation and the environment. He is a member of the Narara Ecovillage. The usual open day activities will include site tours, afternoon tea and a presentation and question and answer session on the Eco Village.

All the stage one lots within the Narara Eco Village have been sold and names are now being taken for stage two. At the same time, many members are designing their houses in the expectation of getting titles for their lots by mid-2017. Members are consulting with architects, solar power companies, earthship builders and modular home companies. Vigourous debates are also taking place over the fine tuning of the community’s rules, such as for dogs and cats, and the implementation of the village’s consent-based decision making system, known as Sociocracy or Dynamic Governance. Newsletter, Oct 18, 2016 Narara Eco Living Network media

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Internationally renowned cellist to perform at the Imperial Centre e n o w n e d international c e l l i s t , Dave Loew, will perform at the Imperial Centre on November 3 and 24 from 10am to 3pm, in centre court. Mr Loew also announced the release of three new Art Series albums in partnership with Fanfare Records. The three albums are designed to suit music lovers who enjoy the romantic and touching sounds of the cello. All three albums have quality audio sound compiled by Loew and recorded at the height of his career, and are packaged with beautiful Impressionist art covers. “Pure Classics” CD 1, includes Meditation (Massenet) to Romance (Shostakovich) and


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guitar legend) and Peter Casey (Cats, Les Miserables etc) to world famous arrangers such as the late Geoffrey Burgon (Brideshead Revisited) and Dave Arch (Royal Command Performance London 007 movies etc) and Graham Preskett (Billy Connilly documentaries). Loew has played in many of the great London orchestras as well as on countless film and pop sessions (from Superman to The Omen Trilogy) and in West End shows such as Song and Dance and Cats, and draws from all his experiences in what he has produced on his albums. Media release, Oct 14, 2016 Dave Loew, Dave Loew Music Productions




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Reptile Park has introduced a baby animal nursery

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Whistle Dixie to join BluesAngels at Hotel Gosford

Emu chicks are part of the rotating nursery display at The Australian Reptile Park

he Australian Reptile Park is experiencing a baby boom this spring.

The park has introduced a baby animal nursery for visitors to admire the zooborns, as you would visiting a maternity ward in a hospital admiring newborns. The baby animals are rotated in the animal nursery between feeds, and are on watch by a keeper regularly to ensure their wellbeing. Set up in a nocturnal environment, the nursery

displays the babies behind glass, under heat lights, cuddling up with each other or their surrogate mothers (a duplicate soft teddy of their species). On rotational display in the nursery are baby emus, wombats, Tasmanian devils, quolls, possums and tortoises. The spring babies also made an appearance in

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the park’s school holidays baby animal show, with the star attraction being the Tasmanian devil twins, Moose and Marley, and hand raised baby koala, May. Media release, Sep 30, 2016 Lizzie Doyle, The Australian Reptile Park

Devil twins Moose and Marley keep keepers busy

Whistle Dixie


he Central Coast’s own BluesAngels will be duelling banjos with Newcastle’s Whistle Dixie at Hotel Gosford’s first Saturdays’ blues, jazz and roots evening on November 5.

Whistle Dixie are a new four-piece country and bluegrass outfit featuring original songwriters from Newcastle. The quartet present double bass, guitar, banjo, harmonica, percussion and the sweetest harmonies. The group has taken their sound from Newcastle cafes and bars to the Lost Highway bluegrass festival, headlined Lizottes at Newcastle twice ,and

supported acts such as The Whitlams, Grinspoon’s Phil Jamieson and Alex Lloyd, with the sounds and feel of Hank Williams, the CarterCash consortium and the incomparable, Dolly P. Perhaps some of their style will rub off on rumbling house regulars BluesAngels, Tom, Cec and Hugh, bassless in November, for a folksier evening of good food and drink, civilised listening and fine acoustic blues,

jazz, jug, folk, bluegrass and country at Hotel Gosford, the like of which you won’t find anywhere else on the Coast. BluesAngels kick off from 7-9pm with Whistle Dixie taking the stage from 9-11pm. Entry, as usual is free and booking a table for meals is recommended. Media release, Oct 18, 2016 Tom Flood, BluesAngels


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Free green living workshops

Mangrove Mountain and Districts Country Fair has it all he 2016 funfilled Mangrove Mountain and Districts Country Fair will be held on Saturday, October 29, from 10am to 4pm.


The venue for the fair will be the corner of Wisemans Ferry Rd and Waratah Rd, Mangrove Mountain. The fair began in 1963 as a community fundraiser, when locals in the mountain district needed to find funding for a bush nurse. The bush nurse has long gone, but this extremely popular event has continued as a family fun day and fundraiser for local community groups from the Mangrove Mountains district. The event is a real, oldfashioned country fair, with sheep shearing, spinners, weavers, steam-powered machinery, lots of farm animals to see, pet and feed, native reptiles to touch and learn about, as well as old-fashioned homemade jams, preserves and scones to enjoy. The Fair goes out of its way to be a great day for children of all ages with pony rides, mini jeep rides and loads of other rides and activities. Other attractions include delicious food, plants, flowers, organic market stall, arts and crafts,

entral Coast Council is holding a series of free green living workshops to help residents live sustainably and reduce their environmental impact around the home.


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photography, floral displays, gifts, chocolate wheel, fantastic raffles and much more. Those who are arty, or crafty, may wish to enter the Adults’ or Children’s art or crafts competitions that have art, crafts, cooking, invention, flowers, photography and produce categories to choose from. This year’s Contemporary Art theme is Que Sera Sera. Entry information for all the arts and crafts competitions are available on the Country Fair’s website and Facebook pages.

The wild and whacky Mountain Mayhem Billy Cart Derby will be held all morning with racing underway around 9:30am. The Mountain Mayhem Billy Cart Derby was such a success in 2015 that the 2016 Derby is expected to attract many more entries, from traditional wooden billy carts through to clever, outlandish creations. For others, whose idea of fun is to relax under some trees, eat and drink delicious treats, listen to great music, then this year’s Fair also aims to please, with three stages of live entertainment

– from acoustic singers and musicians to country music favourites, from ukuleles to Zumba displays. There will be Dark Ages sword fights, muscle cars, motor bikes and tractors, vintage machinery and farm equipment, and even Clydesdale horses. Entry is free and there’s more information at countryfair. or facebook. Media release, Oct 17, 2016 Shane Eastman, Mangrove Mountain Country Fair

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Attendees will learn from experts in their field on how to compost, setup an organic garden, use Australian bush flower essences, eat sustainable food, keep backyard chickens and clean their house without chemicals. To celebrate National Recycle Week, from November 7-13, Council has a range of workshops that focus on recycling around the home, including in the kitchen, backyard and even in the wardrobe. Council’s Environmental Education Officer, Ms Anni Griffiths, said there are workshops to suit all households. “Regardless of what size your backyard is or whether you live in a unit, we have a range of workshops to suit everyone’s lifestyle and sustainability goals,� Ms Griffiths said. “By making small changes you can easily live a greener lifestyle. “Discover how to turn your junk into treasure, make more sustainable food choices, and create a healthy and bountiful garden.

“We are also giving a free compost bin or worm farm to each attending household that completes the compost and worm farm workshop,� she concluded. The free workshops are held at various locations around the Coast until the end of the year. Dates for the Gosford LGA include: October 22, Compost and Worm Farming, East Gosford Training Centre, 9 Russel Drysdale St, East Gosford; November 7, Love Food Hate Waste, Wyoming Community Centre; November 9, Upcycle Kitchen Garden, Kincumber Library; November 13, Keeping Backyard Chickens; Compost and Worm Farming, Erina Fair Meeting Space 3; December 7, Sustainable Eating, also at Erina Fair Meeting Space 3; and, December 10, Compost and Worm Farming, and Practical Backyard Permaculture, at The Coast Christian School. Media release, Sep 28, 2016 Central Coast Council Media

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Call to arms on Graffiti Removal Day

Canadian visitors hosted by Friendship Force he Central Coast branch of international social organisation, Friendship Force, has welcomed members from Friendship Force Calgary, Canada, for a one week cultural exchange and homestay visit.


Friendship Force is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organisation that began in the 1970’s in the United States. The mission of Friendship Force is to accept people, no matter their religion, race, creed, sexual persuasion or colour, and to spread peace and understanding across the world. Friendship Force Central Coast is one of 360 clubs worldwide. Following their arrival in Sydney, the Central Coast club treated the Calgary club to lunch at the Star Buffet, Central Coast Leagues Club, after which the international visitors were welcomed by Central Coast Council’s, Mr Ian Reynolds. The welcome took place with a customary tree planting at Sensory Park, Gosford, with both Friendship Force groups preparing and planting a symbolic Canadian Red Maple sapling. Calgary members will be spread throughout the Coast during their homestay visits, with members heading to Central Coast Friendship Force homes in Lisarow, Terrigal, Charmhaven, Buff Point and Lake Munmorah. Exchange director Central Coast Friendship Force, Ms Cathie Stone, said the 14 Canadian visitors will be treated to some of the Coast’s biggest attractions as part of their exchange itinerary, as well as to hidden gems known only to their hosts. According to Ms Stone, the visitors will have a

scheduled activity for each day of their visit, including kayaking in Summerland Point, visiting the Car Museum in West Gosford, Firecreek Winery, and pelican feeding at The Entrance among others. “There is also a scheduled free day were hosts can show guests their favourite spots on the Coast. “Trips to The Hunter Valley and Palm Beach are already high on hosts’ lists of ideas,” Ms Stone said. The Central Coast branch of the Friendship Force was the first branch established in NSW and the second in Australia. The branch has hosted previous visits from international clubs including the United States, Japan, Russia, Brazil and the Ukraine. “We share our home, daily life, culture, family and friends with our guests, as well showcasing different areas of the Coast’s beauty,” Ms Stone said. “We make lifelong friends during the week, which is really the best part of our home stay program, and we learn about each other’s lives while sharing meals during potluck dinners or a simple meal at home,” she concluded. The Canadian contingent will be on the Coast from October 17-23, before moving along to Adelaide and the Mount Baker Friendship Force. Interview, Sep 30, 2016 Cathie Stone, Friendship Force Central Coast Dilon Luke, Journalist

en, Women and children have been encouraged to become local heroes in the fight against graffiti by getting involved in Graffiti Removal Day on or around Sunday, October 30.


Graffiti vandalism costs local businesses, households, NSW Government and Central Coast Council millions of dollars each year. This is money which could be invested into roads, sporting facilities, schools and hospitals. Graffiti Removal Day draws attention to the fight against graffiti vandalism and encourages people to get involved in the removal and prevention of graffiti, according to local Rotarian, Mr Grahame Black, who is assisting coordination of paintouts. “The Rotary Club of Gosford North and other Rotary Clubs are committed to combating graffiti, which is why they are proud to be working with the NSW Government, Graffiti Removal Australia and sponsors such as Dulux, Selleys and Smart Graffiti, on this event,” Mr Black said. “Graffiti Removal Day is a day where our community can come together in the fight against graffiti and make a real difference to the appearance of our local community. “Last year across NSW over 2,000 volunteers removed 21,000 square metres of graffiti from 450 sites. “We hope this year will be even bigger and better. “Become a local hero in the fight against graffiti by volunteering on October 30. “You can help by painting out graffiti in your neighbourhood or you can register to help or suggest a clean-up site by completing the forms available on the Graffiti Removal Day Website graffitiremovalday. “If you know of a graffiti offender please report their

Different stalls alternate weeks New stalls welcome Live music & pony rides

Volunteers on the job during Grafitti Removal Day 2015

details to the police. “There may be a reward if they are prosecuted. “Rotary have reported graffiti on sites owned by Central Coast Council and Ausgrid and they will aim to remove the graffiti as soon as possible. “People who volunteer to help out on the Day will be supplied with free cleaning material, paint, safety equipment and training on how to safely remove graffiti. “Rotary are keen to see our Central Coast be graffiti free and seek your help,” Mr

Black said. Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch also urged residents to get on board with Graffiti Removal Day. There’s no better way of condemning graffiti and showing your pride in our area than joining this inspiring day of community action,” Mr Crouch said. “Graffiti is ugly, often offensive and can make people feel unsafe. “We need to get rid of it quickly to deny vandals any satisfaction and we can make an enormous difference on Graffiti

Removal Day,” he added. “Volunteers range from Girl Guides to octogenarians which demonstrates graffiti is a problem that impacts all of us in the community,” said Mr Crouch. The Central Coast had one of the highest participation rates in 2015. Media release, Oct 7, 2016 Debra Wales, Office of Adam Crouch MP Media release, Oct 11, 2016 Grahame Black, Rotary Club of Gosford North




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NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATIONS DIRECTORY ARTS & CULTURE Art Studios Gallery & Cooperative Artworks by members and local artists through solo and group exhibitions and community events. Classes available. 4339 3349

Central Coast Art Society Lectures, demonstrations and discussion. Weekly paintouts Tuesdays 4349 5860 for locations Workshops - 4363 1156 9.30am - 12.30pm 1st and 3rd Wed Social Meetings 1.30pm 4th Wed Gosford City Arts Centre. 4325 1420

Central Coast Handweavers, Spinners and Textile Arts Guild Spinning and weaving, patchwork and quilting, felting and other fibre and fabric crafts, community quilting bees - Day and Night Groups 4325 4743

Fellowship of Australian Writers A friendly and supportive group for new and old writers. Encouragement and critique of work. Workshops and competitions 10am 3rd Sun Conference rm. Gosford Hotel 4363 2627

COMMUNITY GROUPS ABC - “The Friends” Support group for Public Broadcaster. Aims. safeguard ABC’s independence, funding, & standards. Meetings through the year + social afternoons Well-known guest speakers 4341 5170

Big Futures in school mentor program Become a volunteer mentor 2 hrs/ week, Free Training, No qualifications needed Be a young persons champion 0413 624 529 bigfutures

Central Coast Social Group Social contact, entertainment events, new friendships, for 30’s-60’s Live music, house parties, dinners, BBQs, picnics, trips away etc. Monthly Meet & Chat 0422 243 101 email

Central Coast 50+ Singles Social Group Invites Ladies & Gents for dinner, dancing - BBQs & socialising each w/e. Friendly group monthly programme all areas 4396 3640 0437 699 366

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Meets 4th Tuesday at the Grange Hotel for more information contact Craig 43225560 Monthyl meeting 4th Tuesday Grange Hotel 10am Northern Settlement Services - Volunteers Volunteers needed for friendly visits to the elderly in nursing homes. People with a second language encouraged to apply. Training support provided

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Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Wyong) Meet last Monday Month Toukley RSL Club Homes Ave Toukley 10.00am to 12 noon 4356 9300

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Green Point Community Centre OOSH cave, exersize classes, school holiday programs, playgroup, arts & craft, room hire, and much more. 4367 7591

Dying with Dignity NSW, Central Coast Working to give those suffering unrelievedly from terminal or incurable illness the legal right to request & receive medical help to die Quarterly Meetings 4369 8053

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Probus Club of Avoca 10.15am 3rd Mon Avoca Beach Bowling Club microsites/avocabeach

4382 3372 Seniors Computer Club Central Coast Inc. Classes Mon to Fri for over 50 Basics: Mon , Tues and Thurs 10am to 12noon Different programs every day, 10am - 12noon or 1-3pm Apple-Mac: Mon, Tues, Wed All at Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre 02 4369 5692 Terrigal Wamberal RSL Sub-Branch At Breakers Country Club pension and welfare officers available to assist with DVA compensation claims and benefits Wed & Fri 10am – Midday Meetings 2nd Sat 10am 43842661

Gosford-Narara Neighbourhood Centre School Holiday activities, playgroup, multicultural programs, community activities - Rooms for Hire

Kariong Neighbourhood Centre Early childhood clinic, free family law advice, active playgroup, computer classes, OOSH services, fitness classes, arts & crafts, over 50’s friendship group, youth group, social groups and many more services. 4340 1724

Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre • Exercise classes U3A Central Coast • Yoga for adults and children Mature age people are invited • Community eco garden to participate in a wide range of • Room hire courses to broaden the mind • Health support groups and make new friends • Counselling 0408 704 701 • After school activities 4363 1044

Gosford Gumnuts Playgroup Parents and children meet socially. Make friends, learn more about parenting. 0 to 5 yrs Wed - Fri 10am-12noon Gosford Uniting Church Hall 129 Donnison St Gosford 4325 3695

Volunteering Central Coast Refer potential volunteers to community organisations. Provide support to volunteers and community organisations. Provide training to volunteers and managers of volunteers Information sessions “Bridge to Volunteering” held regularly. 4329 7122

Mingaletta Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Corporation A meeting place and referral hub for education, health, wellbeing and cultural programs through consultative services and community programs. Mon-Fri 9am-4pm 6 Sydney Ave Umina 4342 7515

Terrigal Fifty Plus Leisure and Learning Centre Activities include fitness, yoga, bridge, mahjong, zumba gold, line dancing, tai chi, painting, craft and computer classes. Please phone 43845152 for more info

Wyoming Koolewong, Point Clare Community Centre & Tascott Progress Yoga & Zumba classes, Art Association and Craft classes, Playgroup Provide resources for & Vacation Care, Support communication. Special guests, groups, Book Club, Community community involvement, Garden, Rooms for Hire, Work heritage, diversity, education, Development Orders, Centrelink safety and small business Volunteer hours opportunities. 4323 7483 Point Clare Community Hall 2nd Thurs Bi Monthly. HEALTH GROUPS 0412 462 218

Wildlife ARC We rescue and care for injured and orphan native animals. 24hr/day, 7days/ week. Come join us. Gen Meeting 3rd Sun Wyoming Community Centre, Maidens Brush Rd Wyoming at 10am 02 4325 0666

COMMUNITY CENTRES Coimmunity Centres provide the local community with a meeting place and hub for groups, services and information. Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre Handicraft, Painting, Knitting, Tai Chi, Scrabble, Darts, Table Tennis, Indoor Bowls, Patchwork, Yoga, Fitness, Gentle Swimming, Line Dancing, Cards, Variety Social, Womens Group, Zumba, Crochet, Computers 4304 7065

Alcoholics Anonymous meet every Wed 12.30pm Someone cares Anglican Church 3 Mann St Gosford 4323 3890

Gambling Solutions Counsellors provide free, confidential, professional service to gamblers, family and friends. Woy Woy, Kincumber, Gosford, The Entrance. 4344 7992 GROW Support Groups Small friendly groups formed to learn how to overcome anxiety, depression and loneliness and to improve mental health and well-being. Anonymous, free and open to all. Weekly at Woy Woy, Bateau Bay and Wyong 1800 558 268

Meals on Wheels Delicious meals delivered free Join us for a midday meal Help with shopping and cooking classes 4363 7111 Medusa Moves Is a gentle movement class catering for people with Parkinson’s Disease for Parkinsons’s sufferers & over 50s, stretching, guided dance moves 1st & 3rd Tues. The Rhythm Hut Faunce St Gosford 0439 856 554 0417 223 543 ParaQuad Specialist healthcare products delivered to your door, for all your continence, wound care and respiratory and nutrition requirements Professional Support available 1300 886 601

HISTORY GROUPS Central Coast Family History Society Inc. Help and advice with your family history research. Tue to Fri, 930am to 2pm Lions Community Hall, 8 Russell Drysdale St, E. Gosford.

4324 5164 Brisbane Water Historical Society • Coach tours • School educational tours • Annual Street Stalls • Participation in History Heritage Week Celebration Margaret Pearce 4325 2270

Better Hearing Australia Central Coast Hearing loss management Support and educational group 7 groups across the coast Providing practical experience and confidence Learn the benefits to hearing aids 4321 0275

Fellowship of First Fleeters Central Coast For anyone interested in early history or early family histories. Don’t need to be a First Fleeter. Wyong RSL Club 2nd Sat 10:30am 4311 6254



Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Gosford) Meet last Friday Month Terrigal Uniting Church 380 Terrigal Dre, Terrigal 9.30am to 12 noon 4367 9600

Brisbane Water Brass Brass Band entertainment for the community playing all types of popular music Rehearsal every Tues. 7.30pm-10pm 0419 274 012

JAZZLEAGUE Live Jazz Bands - Come to listen, Come to dance

Free - Every Sun Central Coast Leagues Club Gosford 2-5pm

Soundwaves Men’s acapella 4 part harmony chorus - all ages 7pm Mon Central Coast Leagues Club Kieran - 0407 267 675

projects Regular social outings. 2nd Wed 7pm 21 Old Penang Rd Kariong 4362 3139

Central Coast Pension & Welfare Officer Network Group of Volunteers, trained by DVA, to look after servicemen & women. Ourimbah RSL Club 10:30am 2nd Fri - Feb to Nov 4322 1505

Inner Wheel Club of Terrigal Share friendship, social activities as well as fundraising for local, National Parks Association Central Coast national and international Twice weekly bush walks, projects. 3rd Mon, 12noon Sydney Welsh Choir varying distances and grades of Terrigal 50+ leisure centre, Cultural organisation performing difficulty. Explore, enjoy scenery, Duffy Rd Terrigal at various venues to promote fauna, floral, history. Keep fit 4369 0302 - 4384 1490 the Welsh culture with singing, and make friends. Also performing for charity fund 4389 4423 or 4332 7378 raising. Lions Club of Woy Woy 4369 3378 Spirituality in the Pub 1st and 3rd Mon. Woy Woy A forum with Q&A and two Leagues Club Tempo Terrific Community Make new friends and have fun speakers prompt conversations Showband within to encourage dialogue while serving your community. Active showband available about spirituality. 0478 959 895 to play at your community 1st Tues March to October function. Wide ranging 2nd Tues November Rotary Club of repertuore. Always seeking new 7.30 to 9pm Gosford North members, come and have Grange Hotel Wyoming Active community minded club. fun with music. Follow us on 4328 2596 - 0498 588 261 Many projects focussed on Facebook - Every Mon 5 - 7pm assisting youth. Support our WOMEN’S GROUPS Kincumber Uniting Church great projects, get involved with 4365 4414 our fun club. Graham Black BPW Central Coast 0410 509 071, Empowering women of all ages in the areas of work, education, Tuggerah Lakes Showband Rotary Club of well-being and friendship. Play brass instruments, meet Kariong/Somersby Monthly dinner meetings and every Tues & Thurs to rehearse . International service club speaker. crowd-pleasing music and play improves lives of communities Community transport available at community events in Australia and overseas. Funto and from centre Park Rd Band Hall filled activities, fellowship and Chris Levis 0438 989 199 Tues 7.30pm Thur 6.30pm friendship breakfasts. Phillip 0407 406 669 House, 21 Old Mount Penang Rd (opp Shell) - Fri 7:15am POLITICAL PARTY Brisbane Water 4340 4529 Evening View Club Central Coast Greens Social activities, outings and SPECIAL INTEREST The Central Coast Greens functions monthly. For a fairer, more transparent Tours, Dinners, Lunches, and accountable government Theatre/Cinema, fashion Brisbane Water based on democratic principles parades Caravan Club Local, state-wide, national Dinner meeting with guest located on the Central Coast and international issues and speaker 4th Tues and looking for new members campaigns - Council and 4325 1688 or 0466 513 600 parliamentary representation 4344 4363 Developing a new economy Country Women’s Protecting our environment Biz Plus Networking Association (CWA) Peaceful conflict resolution Association Quilting, patchwork, spinning, Community participation Attention business owners - if knitting, crochet and more We meet monthly every 3rd you keen to grow your business 9am-2pm Thu - Details and info: and in the process build Every Fri, Opposite worthwhile relationships, attend Terrigal Bowling Club a Biz Networking breakfast. 4385 9503 or 4384 3696 Every Thur 7:15am - 9am Australian Labor Party Erina Leagues Club Gosford RSL Ourimbah/ Narara Branch Geoff Neilson Sub-branch Discussion/action community Women’s Auxiliary issues - 3 levels of Government Raise money for the welfare of Niagara Park Primary School CCLC Bridge Club veterans and their families. RSL 7.30pm 1st Mon each month Duplicate Bridge-partner not Club West Gosford 0410 309 494 required for most sessions. 4th Mon 2pm Central Coast Leagues Club 4323 7336 12.30pm Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri. Politics in the Pub Sat 1.30pm Wed 7.15pm Mon Central Coast Women’s Central Coast 4325 9854 Health Centre Discussion of important political, Counseling, therapeutic and social, economic, education, social groups, workshops, and philosophy issues in a non domestic violence and abuse partisan manner - The Grange Central Coast Cake issues. All services provided by Hotel 4th Thur besides Dec Decorators Guild women for women Sugarcraft demonstrations PUBLIC SPEAKING 4324 2533 conversation and lunch Develop confidence by improving your speaking skills. Meetings are entertaining and educational. Brisbane Waters Breakfast Toastmasters Club 8:30am-10:30am 2nd and Last Sat - The Hive and Library, Erina Shopping Centre 0459 240 183 Blue Gum Flat Toastmasters Mthly meetings 1st and 3rd Mon 7.15-9.30pm Ourimbah RSL 4362 7227

SERVICE GROUPS Inner Wheel Club of Gosford North Inc Community minded women who enjoy fundraising for local, national and international

Visitors welcome 4th Sat - 10am 50+ leisure and Learning Centre Gosford 4382 6236

Central Coast Lapidary Club Minerals & Gems Learn silverwork, Cabochons, Faceting, Enamelling, Stone Field-trips & fossicking Weekly Workshops Tues and Thurs 8.30am 2.30pm. Thurs 6-10pm 10 Ourimbah Creek Rd Ourimbah 4362 2246 Central Coast Soaring Club Inc Gliding Club, Learn to fly, Instruction FREE to members 14 and up for Training Flying at Bloodtree Rd Mangrove Mountain Thur, Sat, Sun ( weather permitting) 0412 164 082 0414 635 047

Soroptimist International Brisbane Water Soroptimists speak for women and girls of all nations through awareness advocacy and action by supporting national and international programs 2nd Thur 6:45pm - Breakers Country Club, Dover Rd Wamberal 4367 6331

WOWGIRLS Wave of Wisdom Inc WOWGIRLS Wave of Wisdom connects women and local businesses around a common theme of well-being. to share wisdom and explore life’s potential. Regular Powwows, WOW Wisdom gatherings, WOW days and WOW courses check our website for activities.

If you would like your Community Organisation listed here, call us on 4325 7369 or see Entries in the Not For Profit Community Organisations Directory are free. However, we require each organisation to subscribe to each newspaper to ensure that someone from that organisation keeps their entry up to date. Australia Post is about to increase their postage rates by over 42% and we can no longer continue to absorb these increases. Subscription rates have therefore needed to be increased from $50 to $75 for 25 editions.

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Storm Roux to return to Mariners’ squad after five month recovery

Hockey NSW U15’s Indoor State Championships held at Niagara Park iagara Park Stadium played host to some of the most talented young sportspeople from across NSW when they converged on the Coast for the 2016 Hockey NSW U15’s Indoor State Championships.


The Championships were held over four days from October 14, culminating in the grand final on October 17. The event saw over 50 teams in action from as far as Grafton, Tamworth and Parkes, with approximately 750 players and officials involved. Hockey NSW projected over $1.5m will be injected into the Central Coast economy as a result of the Championships. Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said council made a significant investment in this popular sporting facility to attract events of this calibre to the Central Coast. “Niagara Park Stadium won the rights to host this

tournament after a $68,000 court surface refurbishment, which has created one of the best playing surfaces in NSW,” Mr Reynolds said. “We have also recently upgraded all scoreboards at the facility to a new wireless system, which represents the benchmark in sports scoring technology. “Council is committed to providing world class sporting facilities within our local community, with the economic, social and tourism benefits being felt across the region,” he added. In November, the Stadium will again play host to another round of Hockey NSW State Championships, this time for competitors in the U13’s division.

This event will see over 60 teams compete, with over 2,000 players and spectators attending the venue. Hockey NSW estimates the combined value of the two tournaments to be over $3 million. Following the Championships Hockey NSW also announced the U15 NSW Boys and Girls teams for 2017. The Coast’s own Brad Smith and Joel Tweedie were selected for the Boys team. Media release, Oct 14, 2016 Central Coast Council Media Website, Oct 19, 2016 Hockey NSW U15s 2017 team announcement

The Gosford Diary For events in post code areas 2250, 2260 and 2251

If you’ve got something happening in Gosford LGA area over the next few weeks, let us know about it and we’ll list it here for you, for free. Contact details are on page 2.

See the Peninsula News for events in post code areas 2256 & 2257 and the Wyong Regional Chronicle for events in post code areas 2258, 2259, 2261, 2262 & 2263

Thursday, Oct 20

Thursday, Oct 27

Monday, Oct 31

Council pop up stalls at Erina Fair from 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Hearing Bus, Lisarow Shopping Centre from 8:30am to 3:30pm till Oct 26

HCF Hands On doctor led Q&A session at Silver Tree Café from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Friday, Oct 28

Thursday, Nov 3

Prrim playing at Central Coast Conservatorium from 7pm The Button Collective at Foghorn Brewhouse Erina from 8:30pm

David Loew at Imperial Centre from 10:00am to 3:00pm

Friday, Oct 21 Andrew West presents Religion and Ethics Report and Late Night Live at Central Coast Leagues Club from 6:00pm to 8:00pm Live from 5 at Kibble Park, Gosford from 5:00pm to 8:00pm Hearing Bus, Kincumber Shopping Centre Car Park, Avoca Drive, Kincumber, 8:30am to 3:30pm and Oct 24

Saturday, Oct 22 Narara Ecovillage Open Day with a talk by John Seed on Deep Ecology and Rainforest conservation Central Coast Mariners v Brisbane Roar, Central Coast Stadium, 5:30pm

Wednesday, Oct 26 Gosfrod Bush Poets will be meeting at Gosford Hotel, Conference Room from 7:00pm

Saturday, Oct 29 Annual Mountain Mayhem Billy Cart Derby, Waratah Rd, Mangrove Mountain from 7:30am Breakout live at Central Coast Leagues Club from 9:00pm Save Central Coast reserves are will be holding a picnic at Gosford Sailing Club from 12:00pm Kincumber Public School Halloween Fete from 11:00am to 3:00pm Mark ‘n’ the Blues at Foghorn Brewhouse Erina from 8:30pm

Sunday, Oct 30 Baby & Kids Market, Scholastic Sports Stadium, Terrigal 9:00am to 12:00pm

Friday, Nov 4 Live from 5 at Kibble Park, Gosford from 5:00pm to 8:00pm The Ex-HMAS Adelaide Mast Dinner at Davistown RSL Club from 5:30pm Council pop up stalls at Karoing Shops from 1:30pm to 4:00pm Children’s Medical Research Institute will be holding a Garden Party at 80 Broadwater Dr, Saratoga from 12:00pm BluesAngels at Whistle Dixie Hotel, Gosford from 7:00pm

Storm Roux receiving treatment on January 30

entral Coast Mariners’ right back, Storm Roux, has said he is looking forward to the A-League’s first home game against Brisbane Roar at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday, October

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Roux’s 2015-16 A-League season was cut short when he broke his fibula, damaged ligaments and dislocated his shoulder in a game against Melbourne City on January 30. He said the support of fans had helped him through lonely rehabilitation and gym sessions during his long, five month recovery. “I can go out there and show my appreciation to the fans that did actually really help me get through it,” Roux said. “All the messages I received and all the help; it really did help me get through those lonely rehab sessions and gym sessions, so I am very thankful,” he said. “Out for five months without touching a ball is hard to do and I definitely think it has made me stronger as a person too, coming back from that. “As I said, I just want to put it all behind me now and look forward to playing football.” According to Roux, despite the Mariners’ fournil defeat by Sydney FC in the second round, the squad is confident that the wins will come. “We have shown great signs in the games we have played. “It was a tough loss

mistakes. “It’s tough after conceding so many goals last season, it is something we really need to work on, and every week in training, and every day in training, we are getting better and better at sorting out defensively as well as going forward,” Roux said. Brisbane Roar will also be coming to the Central Coast Stadium after a fournil loss at Newcastle against the Jets in round two. The round two losses for both clubs mean they are currently placed eighth (Mariners) and ninth (Roar) on the A-League table. The Mariners have scored three goals to the Roar’s one, but the Mariners have conceded seven to the Roar’s five. Although the two teams are currently neck-and-neck statistically and the Mariners would be expected to have the home side advantage, Brisbane Roar have been tipped to win the Central Coast Stadium clash that kicks off at 5:30pm. Audio transcript, Oct 18, 2016 Tyson Scott, Central Coast Mariners Website, Oct 19, 2016 A-League competition ladder Jackie Pearson, journalist.


1 in 10 Australian children are living in disadvantage*. They don’t have the basics they need for their education such as the right uniform, bag or even books. By sponsoring an Australian child today you will give them the essentials they need to succeed at school.

Friday, Nov 11 Creative Craft Christmas Magic Exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery from 9:30am to 4:00pm till Nov 20

against Sydney, you know, four-nil; I don’t think we quite deserved that score line, but we just need to iron out a few mistakes and just work on things that we are doing well, and hopefully the results will come.” Roux had nothing but praise for the club’s new coach, Paulo Okon. “Paulo has only had us for five weeks and that is a really short time to implement your playing style, but we are already showing great signs of it and the boys are all confident that the wins are going to come; we really believe that. “Obviously he has spent a lot of time in the national set up with the youth, with the under 20s and taking them over to under 20s World Cups and all that, so he has helped through a lot of youth and a lot of great players have come through his squad. “You can tell the way he goes about his business, that he gets the best out of the young players in the team. “We’ve got such a young squad, it is only a positive for us, so hopefully the boys can grow under him and become great players.” Roux, as an experienced defender, said the squad’s back line is cognisant that it needs to get rid of defensive

*Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013).

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A mono 5cm advertisement only costs $20 + GST. Each additional cm is only an additional $4 + GST, colour is $6 + GST and a photograph or logo is an additional $6 + GST.

Private advertisements Each additional cm costs $6.60 as does colour, and a photograph or a logo. Private advertisements need to be paid for at the time of booking.

Business rates A one off advertisement only costs $40 + GST in mono and an extra $8 + GST for colour, a logo or a photograph. Advertising on an ongoing basis attracts discounts if paid for in full in advance. 3 months $215 , 6 months $385 + GST, 12 months $700 + GST – Approximately $14 per week. Having the same advertisement in one of the other Central Coast Newspapers as well attracts an additional 10% discount for those advertisements. If in the third paper as well, it will attract a 15% discount which drops to $11.50 + GST per week in that paper. Artwork is free and advertisers are encouraged to change their advertisements frequently.

Online classified advertising rates

Online only is one of a network of 10 websites which form one of the largest independent online classifieds network in NSW with over 350,000 annual visitors, over 80,000 online advertisements and over 15,000 business advertisements. A premium VIP online business advertisement on only costs $299 for 3 months, $399 for 6 months and, $499 for 12 months. It costs a similar amount to go on any one of the other nine Sydney based websites as well, or only $1699 for all sites for 12 months. The other sites cover Bondi, Manly, Newtown, Cronulla, South Sydney, St George, West Sydney, North Sydney, Wollongong and suburbs surrounding those areas. All that we require for you to have an online advertisement such as this is: 1) Heading for the advertisement; 2) Text for the body; and, 3) Up to 3 images if required i.e. logos etc.

Combined online and print advertising Having a Gosford classifieds premium on line advertisement plus a printed advertisement in one newspaper will only cost $495 for 3 months, $695 for 6 months and $999 for 12 months. Having it in two newspapers as well as online costs $595 for 3 months, $995 for 6 months and $1499 for 12 months. To be in all three newspapers as well as online costs $795 for 3 months, $1395 for 6 months and $1899 for 12 months.


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First Indigenous Talent ID program being launched


he Central Coast Academy of Sport will launch its Indigenous Talent ID program, the first in the region, on October 25 at the Scholastic Sports Stadium, Terrigal.

The concept, developed in partnership between the Central Coast Academy of Sport (CCAS) and Underwriting Agencies Australia (UAA), is designed to unearth local indigenous talent from the Central Coast. Sixty athletes will get an opportunity to come under the watchful eyes of key sport’s coaches from the Academy with the intent of identifying talent in a fun day of minor games, fundamental skill assessments, tests and measurements. The ultimate goal will be the provision of sporting scholarships to 16 athletes who participate on the day. UAA is providing the funding to ensure the program is developed with the highest standards in terms of identification principles. UAA will then fully fund identified athletes into full scholarship positions with the Central Coast Academy of Sport Programs. The Talent ID Day will focus on six sports including: Athletics, AFL, Basketball, Netball, Golf, and Rugby Sevens.


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The Talent ID Day promises to be an exciting time for those lucky enough to attend,. 30 minute performance time slots across each sport will guarantee a full day of participation and games. “The response to the program has been outstanding, we supplied applications to high schools with the full support of the Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (AECG) and already one third of places are full,” Mr Ian Robilliard, the Managing Director of the Central Coast Academy of Sport, said. “This tells you the intent of the day has really hit the mark, and the extension to the Academy’s Sporting Programs will be another important factor to provide sustainability to the program,” he continued. Mr Robilliard also announced former Academy student and netballer, Ms Sharnie Aston, has started as the Academy’s Indigenous Talent ID Coordinator. “Sharnie will provide the administrative support to make this day one to cherish. “Exciting times ahead in this space for the Central Coast,” Mr Robilliard said. The CEO of Underwriting Agencies Australia, Mr Michael Murphy, said of the program: “As the largest

specialist insurer of mobile plant and equipment in Australia, and with more than 70 per cent of our clients in regional Australia, we have always been looking to partner with a quality organisation to work up a specific program to support and unearth great indigenous talent. “We believe that the CCAS is the perfect partnership and that our goals are aligned. “We are delighted to support this program, the first of its type for academies of sport, and know this will be highly successful, and is a small way to say thank you to the communities that support us.” Mr Matt Sonter, a Central Coast Council Indigenous Community Development Worker and well know sportsman, said the talent ID will be aimed at unleashing the next wave of Indigenous athletes on the Central Coast. “I work with so many Aboriginal youth, and see crazy amounts of ability. “Programs like this will allow our children a chance to experience top level coaching in a number of sports,” Mr Sonter said. Media release, Sep 30, 2016 Emily Burgess-Moore, Central Coast Academy of Sport

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Highly ranked surfers compete in France

Central Coast Rush make it past first round of Regional Bash


Avoca’s Adrian Buchan

ompetition for the 2016 Quicksilver Pro got underway on October 4, in Landes, Novvelle-Aquitaine, on the South West coast of France.


Central Coast locals, Adrian Buchan (Avoca) and Matt Wilkinson (Copacabana) are both competing this year in the hopes of making the finals. Defending champion, Gabriel Medina, won the French event decisively in 2015 and is expected to place well again this year, along with John John Florence, the current ranked

world number one. Beach breaks are definitely favouring surfers like Medina and Filipe Toledo, who both grew up surfing similar beach breaks in Brazil, and will no doubt be threats to Buchan and Wilkinson. Wilkinson got off to a flying start to 2016, winning the first two championship events on the Gold Coast


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The Rush lost to last year’s Sixers Conference runners up, the Illawarra Flames, in the opening round of their 2015 campaign, but made amends on Sunday, October 16 by winning the opening match by 87 runs and making eight for 138. The Central Coast fielded a squad brimming with talent, including NSW Blues wicketkeeper Jay Lenton, and BBL05 Sixers Academy members Simon Keen and Adam Semple. The teams clashed at Ourimbah’s Sohiers Oval. The winning Central Coast Rush squad was made up of: Jack Shelley (Narara Wyoming CC); Simon Keen (Blacktown); Kaine Harmsworth (Narara Wyoming CC); Jay Lenton (Northern Power CC / Manly Warringah); Adam Semple (Randwick-Petersham / The Entrance District CC); Reece Bombas (Terrigal


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The ‘What’s Your Plan B? Your Guide to a Safe Trip Home’ campaign encourages drivers to plan ahead and get home safely after a night out on the Central Coast. Plastic cups with the message ‘RBT means you need a Plan B’ will be launched as part of the initiative at the Central Coast Mariners’ opening game against Brisbane Roar. Central Coast Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said when residents are out on the Central Coast, they need

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to plan their trip and arrive home safely. “Drink driving is one of the biggest causes of collisions and deaths on our roads,” said Mr Reynolds. From 2011 until 2015, alcohol was a contributing factor in 7.4 percent of road crashes on the Central Coast. This statistic is far greater than the NSW state average of 4.3 percent. Of these crashes, 20 people were killed and over 400 people injured. “The message is simple: if you drink, don’t drive,”

said Mr Reynolds. “There are plenty of alternative options to get home safely. “There is absolutely no excuse to drink and drive. “Don’t put yourself and others at risk.” Central Coast Stadium Manager, Ms Kath Casey, said the campaign’s message is an important one. “The initiative aims to change the attitudes towards drink driving and to promote safe transport options,” said Ms Casey. “Central Coast Stadium is a proud supporter of this important community campaign, as we certainly want our patrons to enjoy the game and get home safely afterwards.” The road safety initiative is funded by NSW Roads and Maritime Services through the Local Government Road Safety Program (LGRSP) and supported by Central Coast Council and Central Coast Stadium.

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premiership. Lisarow also won their first round game at home with eight for 299 against Wyong who scored 105 in the first innings and were all out for 117 in the second. Narara declared at six for 280 against The Entrance who accumulated 126 runs in the first innings at their home field (Jubilee Park) and were three out for 167 in the second. Northern Power (eight for 211) also enjoyed a win away from home against Southern Spirit (all out for 209). At their Duffy’s Rd home ground, Terrigal (203 and 2 for 51) defeated Kincumber (111 and 140).

s Central Coast Stadium prepares for the first home game of the Central Coast Mariners A-League on Saturday, October 22, patrons are encouraged to have a ‘Plan B’ before travelling home.

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Matcham CC); Lachy Bell (Terrigal Matcham CC); Chris Archer (Northern Power CC); Matt Jones (Southern Spirit CC); Alex Patterson (Terrigal Matcham CC); Josh Bridge (Terrigal Matcham CC); Jaime Brien (Terrigal Matcham CC); Brady Pennington (Lisarow Ourimbah CC); Daniel Heuston (Kincumber Avoca CC); Mitch Starkey (The Entrance District CC); Dane Hokin (Narara Wyoming CC); Brendan Charlton (Northern Power CC); Michael Glassock (The Entrance District CC); Russell Wheaton (The Entrance District CC). Meanwhile, in Round One of the 2016-17 Central Coast First Grade Cricket competition: Warnervale played at home against Brisbane Water at Wongarrah Oval and defeated the visitors 149 to 107 in the two day

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and Bells Beach, and is currently ranked third in the world. Buchan’s best results of 2016 were two third place finishes in Fiji and Tahiti, and he is ranked seventh overall. There are two remaining events following the French Quicksilver Pro, Portugal for the Rip Curl Pro and then finishing in Hawaii for the Billabong Pro at Pipeline, where the world title will be up for grabs. Buchan is competing against Jeremy Flores and Stuart Kennedy in the first round, while Wilkinson has drawn strong competition in Miguel Pupo and Leonardo Fioravanti whom both favour beach breaks. Wilkinson holds a good chance to be tour champion in 2016.

he Central Coast Rush have fulfilled their ambition to beat the Illawarra Flames and make it past the first round of the 2016 Plan B Regional Bash.


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Mixed response to Greyhound Racing ban reversal

Greyhounds in full flight at Gosford track on October 11

osford’s usual Greyhound Race meeting at the city’s showground track turned into a champagne sipping affair on Tuesday, October 11, following NSW Premier Mike Baird’s backflip on the decision to ban the sport in NSW.


Mr Baird’s move, made just 13 weeks after his initial announcement to outlaw the sport, has been received with mixed reactions, applauded by the industry but condemned by animal rights advocates. Kevin Gordon from the NSW Greyhound Racing Industry Alliance said: “We are excited that the premier announced that he made a mistake, he listened to the truth, we have been speaking the truth for the last 13 weeks. “We believe that we now need to repay that lifeline that he has given us.” At the Gosford Greyhound race meeting on the same day as Mr Baird’s announcement, there was

elation about the decision. Matt Flint, 39, from Fairfield, and owner of threeyear-old Fab Surfy, said: “It’s good news, a boost for everyone with greyhounds. “We have a bit of a future now.” Dean Hansen, 42, from Tenambit, who has been involved in the industry for only 12 months, said: “It’s been a bit downhill but good news today.” Breeders and trainers said they retained concerns about speculation surrounding breeding limits and an ongoing air of uncertainty. Carole Eaton from Jilliby, owner of Queen Albury, a three-year-old dog, said: “It is a beautiful family sport.

“My mother had greyhounds and my kids want to get involved as well. “Track closures will limit the number of races available.” Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MP, Mr Robert Borsak, said on October 11: “We caught the National Party with their pants down in Upper House Question Time today when they failed to rule-out greyhound track closures in or adjacent to the electorate of Orange.” The Gosford track employs 30 people according to Rachael Harrington, Gosford Greyhound Racing’s Operations Manager. Ms Harrington said she

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had been involved in the industry for 21 years and had been saddened by the bad press of late that had undermined some of the good work being done. “We held a Pink Ribbon benefit here and nobody wanted to know us” she said. The event raised $5000.00 for breast cancer.” The Liberal Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, who had supported Mr Baird’s ban, said that the NSW Government would give in principle support for greyhound racing to have one final chance in NSW, subject to the industry agreeing to the strictest regulations in the country to clamp down on animal cruelty. Mr Bairds’ political opponents have labelled the move as gutless. Dr Mehreen Faruqi,

Greens MP and Animal welfare spokesperson, said Mr Baird was a “political coward”. “We have seen a gutless Premier sign the death warrant on thousands of greyhounds today,” she said. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) spokesperson, Claire Fryer, said “Today is a sad day for the thousands of dogs who will now continue to suffer in this cruel and unjustifiable industry, but also for democracy.” Greyhound Breeders Owners and Training Association (GBOTA) Hunter Director, Mr Bradley Sabotic, said he was pleased with the result and fully supported reforms in the industry. “We have been reforming over the last two years and we want a regulatory

framework that will push out the small percentage of those that don’t do the right thing.” he said. A board will be set up, headed by former NSW Premier, Mr Morris Iemma, to map the direction of the industry in NSW. Interviews, Oct 11, 2016 Matt Flint, Dean Hansen, Carole Eaton, Rachele Harrington, Gosford Greyhound Racing Media releases, Oct 11, 2016 Kevin Gordon, NSW Greyhound Racing Industry Alliance Robert Borsak, NSW Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party Debra Wales, office of Adam Crouch Mehreen Faruqi, NSW Greens Claire Fryer, PETA Brad Sabotic, GBOTA Hunter Noel Fisher, Photojournalist

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