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he area around Gosford’s Kibble Park has been identified by the NSW Government Architect as, potentially, the city’s renewed civic heart, as part of its work on the Gosford Urban Design Implementation Framework (UDIF), due to be completed in May. A refurbished Imperial Centre, John Singleton’s Bonython Tower in Mann St and plans to build the new regional library in Donnison St, are currently the strongest signs of life in this part of the CBD. Deputy Government Architect, Mr Ben Hewitt, said it was an area that had been overlooked in recent years because government investment had focused on the waterfront and the hospital precinct. President of the GosfordErina and Coastal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Rod Dever, said a lot of work had already been put in, over many years, to make Kibble Park a more accessible, activated area with more events. “The Chamber and GBid (Gosford Business Improvement District) realised that the park’s activation would bring back life to the city and that adds something to the commercial district,” Mr Dever said. “So when you talk about a civic heart, then Kibble Park is the obvious meeting place, a place to come together, to

Kibble Park and surrounds have been identified as Gosford’s civic heart by the Government Architect

celebrate, so the Chamber supports bringing the park’s surroundings into a current and more modern environment,” he said. Mr Dever said it was obviously investors like Mr Paul Lederer of the Lederer Group, which owns the Imperial Centre and the Kibbleplex site, and Mr John Singleton, who is building Bonython Tower in Mann St, who were the early adaptors taking the city forward. “I drove along Mann St this morning and there were people just stopping and looking up,” Mr Dever said of the removal of the scaffolding from the

Mann St frontage of the first six storeys of Bonython Tower. “This is going to be a grand building and to actually see the shape of the building rising up out of the ground, the size and scale they are actually delivering, was quite a sight,” he said. “People say little old Gosford, but little old Gosford is the capital of the Central Coast, and it is about to take pride of place. “Bonython has certainly generated a lot of interest and so much business confidence, as well as confidence for other developers.

“It just took one person to have the gumption and the money to make the first move,” Mr Dever said. “I met with Council yesterday [March 13], we spoke about their ability to deliver two shovel ready projects at the same time, and Council are very confident of their ability to do that. “I walked away from that meeting with the Mayor and General Manager very confident that their planning was sound and they had the commitment to make this happen. “They are willing to listen to

community and Lee Shearer’s team, so we won’t end up with a disjointed two speed system,” he said. The progress is positive, but significant swathes of the city’s ‘civic heart’ currently remain depressed and dilapidated. The depressed areas include two massive development sites, Waterside Towers, on the corner of Georgiana Tce and Baker St, and Mariner Towers, on the corner of Donnison and Mann St. They were approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) with a combined value of almost $400m, which have

not progressed very far beyond the development approvals given in 2015. Mayor Jane Smith has this week thrown the ball back into the court of the city’s developers and landowners to do their part in return for the incentives provided by the former Gosford Council, and the substantial investment that’s already been made by all three levels of government in an attempt to revitalise the city. So, in preparation for the Government Architect’s unveiling of the UDIF in May, Coast Community News looks at what’s beating strongest in the so-called civic heart of Gosford, what’s barely breathing and what’s dead as a dodo. Today’s edition has examined the CBD area between Georgiana Terace and Erina St, bounded by Henry Parry Dve and Baker St. In future editions we will examine the waterfront, the area between the waterfront and the civic heart and the hospital and schools’ precincts.

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Source: Gosford DA Tracker, Mar 14 Central Coast Council Interview, Mar 14 Rod Dever, Gosford-Erina Coastal Chamber of Commerce Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Crouch on his dream job n his first Central Coast Newspapers Video News interview, Member for Gosford, Mr Adam Crouch, talks about why he considers being an MP a dream job.


“It was an incredible privilege to be elected,” Mr Crouch said, adding there was “never a more humbling moment. “It is such a privilege and such an honour and not a day goes by when there is not something new to do,” he said, confirming he would be standing as the incumbent Liberal Party candidate in the March 2019 state election for the seat of Terrigal. Mr Crouch said it was not just the big projects, such as delivery of the redevelopment of Gosford Hospital, that he loved but also

the little challenges of helping his constituents to solve problems. Mr Crouch spoke about one of his pet projects, the roundabout that joins Avoca Dve and the Scenic Highway at Kincumber and said he was confident the redevelopment of the intersection was on track to commence this year. Twenty five thousand people use that intersection every day,

according to the Member for Terrigal. He said he was proud of the delivery of the scoping work and community consultation which favoured a two-lane roundabout over traffic lights. Mr Crouch also shared his views on the new Central Coast Council, erosion at Wamberal and the redevelopment of Gosford Hospital.

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Ettalong Bowling Club proposes merger with Sporties Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club has proposed an amalgamation with Woy Woy Bowling Club, in response to a call for expressions of interest by the Sporties’ club. Ettalong’s merger offer is conditional on trading from the existing Sporties premises ceasing at the time of completion of the amalgamation. All of the Sporties’ “operations” would be relocated to the Ettalong club’s premises. The four-page proposal, signed by Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club Ltd chairperson Mr Robert Henderson and CEO Mr Timothy McGavin stated that the proposal was open to negotiation. However, some core requirements were made clear from the first page of the club’s four-page offer, including the surrender of the existing Sporties club liquor licence and transfer of poker machine revenue. “We are open to negotiations with the landlord about the possibility of maintaining some smaller registered club operation from the site if some mutually beneficial arrangement can be struck. “We are not in a position to make that a condition of the proposed amalgamation … nor to hold up the proposed amalgamation on that account.” The merger conditions would appear to result in the current

proposal to redevelop the site on the corner of Brick Wharf Rd and North Burge Rd becoming invalid. That is because the seniors housing component of the proposed redevelopment could only go ahead on RE2 zoned land if it were a component of a registered club. The Ettalong club’s proposal said the amalgamation would have to be complete by September 30 “with the total liabilities and provisions of Sporties that we pay out not exceeding $800,000.” Ettalong Bowling Club members will also need to make a small change to their club’s constitution to facilitate the amalgamation. “Approval will be needed from Bowls NSW for the proposed Pennant arrangements,” the document said. All Sporties members would be automatically admitted as members of the Ettalong Bowling Club for their current annual subscription. “We propose fostering a new and separate Sporites or Woy Woy Bowling Club sub-club and for so long as the new sub-club has a viable number of members [above either 90 or 150] to provide support for it.” That support would include making a green available to facilitate continuation of the existing Woy Woy bowls calendar without charge. Basic funding for the new sub club would come from allowing it to

charge and keep the full amount of each green fee above a minimum of $3. The transferred members would be given personal lockers, support to enable the sub-club to provide the same internal championships with additional marketing, continuation of Pennants, transfer of life members, preservation of honour boards and historical records, continuation of social events, administrative support and access to bowls professional and State Match committee member Mr John Roberts. Employees of the Ettalong club would not be affected and Sporties employees would be able to apply for any positions available at the time of the merger. Sporties’ current month-tomonth tenancy agreement would need to be terminated to take effect at the time of completion of the amalgamation. Gaming machine entitlements would be transferred to the Ettalong club. SOURCE: Proposal document, 7 Feb 2018 Robert Henderson, Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club Ltd

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Boom gate failure adds to level crossing danger The failure of boom gates at the Rawson Rd level crossing and an inadequate response from NSW Trains has added to the danger of the level crossing, according to Member of Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch. Boom-gates and hazard lights malfunctioned in what Ms Tesch described as “the latest terrifying incident” that caused hours of mayhem and delays after their failure at about 9pm on Wednesday, January 31, she said. “I’m told there was disarray for four hours with traffic banking up, drivers stopping in the middle of the crossing, backing up, and doing U-turns across traffic just to get out of the situation,” Ms Tesch said. “Even more worrying were reports from locals who contacted NSW Trains about the incident and were told that as a safety precaution trains were ordered to simply slow down to avoid vehicles and pedestrians on the tracks,” she said. Ms Tesch said she would continue her calls for the NSW Government to come back to the

table to work on a permanent solution for the fatal intersection. “Rawson Road is one of the most dangerous level crossings in the state, but this is a government that cares more about saving the dollars needed to end this madness and less about human lives,” she said. Ms Tesch said that one barrier stuck down at about 9pm and red lights continued to flash without oncoming trains. As a result, cars were driving around barriers on the opposite side of the road to get through. “What I’m hearing about the night’s events is terrifying, and we are lucky that there wasn’t loss of life,” Ms Tesch said. “Governments around the country are investing the money needed to get rid of dangerous level crossings, but the NSW Liberal Government doesn’t seem to care,” Ms Tesch said. “Last night’s chaos comes only a year after an elderly man lost his life when he was hit by a train while crossing at Rawson Rd.” SOURCE: Media release, 1 Feb 2018 Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford

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arara native, Matt Graham, has won a silver medal in the moguls at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic games on Monday, February 12.

Graham is Australia’s first medallist this Winter Olympic Games and was awarded a score of 82.57 in the moguls to win the silver medal. Graham was sitting in top spot in the six-man Super Final, but was beaten by Canada’s mogul great, Mikael Kingsbury. The talented world number three came second to Kingsbury, who was awarded gold with a score of 86.63, and Japan’s, Daichi Hara, received the bronze medal with a score of 82.19. Not only has Graham become Australia’s first Olympic Medallist at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, but Australia’s eleventh Winter Olympic medallist of all time. He had achieved four podium finishes within the 2016/2017 world cup season, with three bronze medals and one silver, coming into the Winter Olympic Games. At the age of 19, Graham made his Olympic debut in moguls at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, heartbreakingly missing out on the super-finals by 0.01 of a point to American mogul skier, Deneen. After being away from home for long periods of time and training extensively, Graham said that he believed it was all worth it for his 2018 silver medal.

“These past 12 months have been really brutal, and I’ve been home for less than 70 days of the year, and it’s all worth it now,” Graham told Coast Community News from PyeongChang. “It’s the best feeling in the world,” he said. Graham’s ski journey began from a young age with endless support from his family. Originally a budding sailor on Central Coast waters, he started his skiing journey after family ski trips to Perisher Blue Ski Resort in the Snowy Mountains. “I first skied when I was three years old with the family and it started off as just family holiday,” he said.

“I joined the Perisher Winter sports program when I was seven and it just snowballed from there. “It’s where we found the passion,” Graham said. Graham had tried all aspects of skiing whilst training at Perisher but found moguls to be his favourite. “I think it was the challenge of it, it’s so bloody hard and I guess it encompasses so many aspects of skiing,” said the Olympic silver medallist. When it came to the gruelling task of deciding between the waves and the slopes, Graham chose to follow the family connection of skiing and began to see his potential as a competitive skier.

“I knew from a pretty early age I had more potential with skiing than sailing. “I knew I was in a good position from a young age with the sport,” Graham said. Graham’s sporting career became challenging for himself and his family, travelling to Perisher Blue every Friday night and returning to Gosford on the Sunday in the Winter months. “The six-hour drive twice a week, the thing that kept us going, was the fact that we enjoyed skiing so much. “Once I started getting selected in teams, I started spending a lot of time away from school.” Matt Graham said he was

thankful for having a strong support network starting with his family. “My closest support network is my family, they’ve been there from day one, along with my coaches, my support staff and the Australian skiing community. “They’ve pushed me as hard as they can, and without them, I’d be less of a skier,” he said. The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) Chief Executive, Kate Palmer, said of his medal victory: “Matt described it best when he said that the final 25 second run was the summation of a lifetime’s work, because his silver medal performance represents the dedication he,

his family and his support network have shown over his 23 years. “Matt deserves to savour this moment and it’s incredible that his network of family, friends and his high-performance support staff can share the jubilation with him,” Palmer said. The 23 year old said that he would return to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games. “I’m only 23 years old and I’m looking forward to the future and getting back to work soon, in due time, I’ll be back.” Until then, the young silver medallist will be undertaking the rest of his double degree at the University of Newcastle. After making Australian history, Matt Graham said he still called the Central Coast home. “Overall, I would like to thank the Central Coast community for getting behind me and I see the Central Coast as a small, close knit community”. Source: Media release, Feb 12 Kate Palmer, Australian Sports Commission Website, Feb 12 Australian Olympic Team Athlete Profiles: Matt Graham Official Olympic Men’s Mogul Race Results Interview, Feb 13 Matt Graham, Narara Hannah Moore, journalist

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AAI still expecting Latest power station to move to Airport demolition the largest together with 17 explosives demolition in NSW other interested


he final boiler and coal hopper structures at Munmorah Power Station were demolished on February 7, using controlled explosive d e m o l i t i o n techniques.

The demolition was carried out at around 9:00am. The boilers were the largest demolished in NSW so far. Weighing in at 32,200 tonnes and 60 metres in height, the combined boilers and coal hoppers were amongst the heaviest structures to be demolished using explosives in Australia. Contracted to carry out the demolition of the entire power station, specialist contractor, Liberty Industrial, used a controlled blast to bring the boilers down. Following the successful demolition of the chimney stacks in March, 2017, and boilers three and four in May, 2017, the blast was the last explosive demolition event to be carried out during the course of the power station’s removal. The demolition of the 60 metre high, 32,200 tonne boiler house was achieved utilising an engineered induced collapse technique. The process involved a carefully designed and

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“AAI has development m p h i b i a n A e r o s p a c e approval for Stage 1 of a Industries Pty Ltd two-stage project. “Stage 1 is the announced in October 2016 that it construction of the aircraft would be moving its assembling hangar and office space. headquarters to the “Stage 2 is the main Central Coast manufacturing facility. Airport.

Drones captured the demolition of the boiler and coal hopper structures at Munmorah Power Station calculated sequence of “Wonderful to see the managed and executed structural pre-weakening final explosive demolition these events. explosions, followed event safely completed “This team is made up by the detonation of at Munmorah Power of local and international strategically placed Station. experts with highly explosives charges to “Our site team has specialised knowledge. collapse the structure in a worked tirelessly over “Ensuring all checks predetermined direction. the past three months are made and key The technique was preparing for this event,” stakeholders are used to safely reduce Mr Gill said. informed of the progress, the structure to suitable “The success of this is an integral part of height for mechanical event is testament to the process, and GPM processing. their dedication and continues to work Liberty Industrial’s giant hard work, and further closely with authorities demolition excavator was highlights Liberty to achieve a safe put to work processing Industrial’s capability and environmentally the debris. in the field of explosive responsible outcome.” The machine boasts demolition,” he said. One final major the largest demolition Stephen Saladine, demolition event is shear anywhere in the Managing Director of planned for 2018 and the world and will make light Generator Property completion of the removal work of the large steel Management (GPM), said, of the power station is members associated “As we near completion expected to be finalised with the heavy boilers. of the demolition of the by October, 2018. Liberty Industrial former Power Station Source: Director, Mr Simon Gill, site, it’s timely to Media release, Feb 7 Brooke Simons, Pursuit praised the project team acknowledge the great Communications work of the team that has for their efforts.

The signing of the agreement between Wyong Council and AAI was attended by the then NSW Premier, Mr Mike Baird. According to documents released by Central Coast Council staff about plans to develop the airport into a general aviation hub and regular passenger transport airport, “AAI has leased 5.2 hectares of land in the north eastern sector of the aviation hub immediately north of the proposed Regular Public Transport Terminal. “Under the terms of the AAI lease, Council agreed to relocate Jack Grant Ave and associated services to include the 5.2 hectare site into the aviation hub land holding. “Once Council has completed the relocation of Jack Grant Ave and associated services, AAI will be able to commence design and construction of the main manufacturing facility.

“AAI currently operate out of a hangar at Melbourne’s Avalon airport and will move its operations to Warnervale when the terms of its contract with Council have been met. AAI has been joined by 17 other organisations in showing interest in moving their businesses to the Central Coast general aviation hub. According to Council, the March 2017 EOI campaign resulted in 137 registrations and 35 EOIs received. The initial expressions of interests have progressed to securing 17 signed, non-binding, letters of offer from eight tourism operators, four private users, three maintenance and repair organisations, one government contractor and one fuel supplier. Source: Central Coast Aviation Hub Concept Plan November 2017

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Woy Woy bowling club makes steps towards Ettalong Woy Woy Bowling Club has decided to make steps towards amalgamating with Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club. Woy Woy Sporties general manager Mr Kevin Jenkins has written to members describing the Ettalong proposal as a “genuine solid offer”. “Through discussions with our bowling members, the landlord’s offer of an underground bowling green, albeit considerate, was deemed unsuitable for us to remain a viable bowling club,” Mr Jenkins said. “Armed with this knowledge, the board has been exploring all and any suitable alternatives,” it said. “In December, we released an Expression of Interest regarding any local clubs interested in a possible amalgamation. “Various calls and emails were answered from local clubs,” he said. The board of Ettalong Bowling Club made its offer in writing. “On review of the offer, the board of the Woy Woy Bowling Club has resolved to proceed with the first steps towards amalgamation,” he said. Mr Jenkins’ letter explained that a club amalgamation was not an overnight exercise. “We are currently at step two of a five-step process,” Mr Jenkins said. The five steps included the initial call for expressions of interest, which has been completed and the selection of a preferred amalgamation partner. According to Mr Jenkins, both clubs are currently negotiating requirements and feasibility and preparing a Deed of Arrangement. Under the Registered Clubs Act 1976, a Memorandum of Understanding is required to outline the proposed amalgamation, which

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is step three and, according to Mr Jenkins, will need to be prepared by the lawyers representing each club. Step four is seeking members’ approval. “Both clubs must vote on the amalgamation based on the Memorandum of Understanding. “Both clubs must have an approved majority based on their own constitutions.” Finally, “as long as the members of both clubs have a majority ‘Yes’ vote, the Office of Liquor and Gaming NSW will review the proposed amalgamation and, given they approve, the merger may then proceed. “As we are currently at the stage of step two in the negotiations with Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club, now is the time to ask questions, raise concerns or maybe even show support in this endeavour, with not only your fellow members but also the board and management.” Mr Jenkins put forward the reasons why he believed the amalgamation was worthy of consideration. These included that “a DA of some description, at some point, will go ahead on this site”. Others included downturn in trade including bar, poker machines and membership; uncertainty in the club’s future; and escalating costs and increased pressure on most small standalone clubs’ viability “a trend which appears nationwide”. Mr Jenkins assured members the decision was not made lightly by members of the board. “The board as a whole truly believes this is the only viable option to ensure Woy Woy Men’s and Woy Woy Women’s Bowling Clubs continue well into the foreseeable future,” he said. SOURCE: Letter, 1 Feb 2018 Kevin Jenkins, Woy Woy Bowling Club Ltd



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Street view of the single dwelling to be replaced with four new dwellings

Another non-complying application is lodged Another development application has been lodged with Central Coast Council, arguing that it should not have to comply with planning guidelines. The proposal is for four new dwellings in Edwards St, Woy Woy. The application acknowledged that the proposed development did not comply with current planning controls for setbacks, parking and open space, but listed 14 recent approvals to justify the noncompliance. The 14 are: DA 45890/2014 – 14 Whiting Street, Ettalong Beach; DA 46204/2014 – 4-6 King Street, Umina Beach; DA 46490/2014 - 12 King Street, Umina Beach; DA 46946/2014 – 176 Bourke Road, Umina Beach; DA 47271/2015 – 177 Blackwall Road, Woy Woy; DA 47687/2015 – 7 Greene Street, Woy Woy; DA 47716/2015 - 117 Booker Bay Road, Booker Bay; DA48127/2015 - 174 The Esplanade, Umina Beach; DA49404/2015 – 127 The Esplanade, Umina Beach; DA50019/2016 - 16 Berith Street, Umina Beach; DA49124/2016 – 46 Berith Street, Umina Beach; DA48944/2015 – 8 Osborne Avenue, Umina Beach; DA52242/2017 – 9 Priestman Avenue, Umina Beach; DA52934/2017 – 7 Gallipoli Avenue, Blackwall.

Council concedes controls are ‘unrealistic’, developer claims “Council in its planning assessment have conceded that the prescriptive requirements outlined within the Multi-Unit Housing and Residential Flat Buildings chapter are unrealistic for medium density development to occur within the Peninsula area,” the application argued. The applicant has argued that the development would have the same scale, site cover and setbacks as other recently-approved development applications. “Consequently the proposal provides for additional dwellings within smaller households that is consistent with the built form that has been approved in the area. “Given that the evolving form of medium density development has occurred in the locale the proposal is consistent with the established and evolving character of the immediate vicinity and surrounding area,” the applicant said. “The proposed multi-housing development is considered as minor scale development that merely seeks to upgrade the existing housing stock in the locality. “The proposed development is

located in a low volume trafficked street. “Given the site is zoned as medium density residential, the absorption capacity is considered as acceptable in this instance.” The 980 square metre site is located on the western side of the road reserve and is relatively flat, according to the development application. It currently contains a single dwelling and a driveway. The surrounding neighbourhood consists of medium density housing and a blend of one and two storey houses. The application seeks to demolish the existing house and erect four single-storey brick veneer dwellings. Access would be via a driveway running along the southern boundary with a separate garage for each unit. The proposed units include front courtyard fencing that provide areas to store rubbish bins away from the street and from the courtyard areas within the site. SOURCE: Gosford DA Tracker, 20 Feb 2018 DA53647/2018, Central Coast Council

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he Central Coast Coordinator General, Ms Lee Shearer, and the Government Architect, have launched an intensive four-week campaign, called Go Gosford, to give the community its say on the revitalisation of Gosford City Centre. Ms Shearer commissioned an Urban Design Implementation Framework (UDIF) for Gosford in August 2017, and has held six workshops, including with other State Government agencies and Central Coast Council staff, to gather information for the Government Architect to prepare the UDIF. In terms of what the city and region will end up with as a result of the UDIF, Ms Shearer said: “It will have some very clear parameters about what areas are key, how any DAs, when they come forward, will be assessed, they will have visuals about what this city should look like.” In terms of money available from the NSW Government to deliver the vision, Ms Shearer said: “The money is always a question that will need to be resolved, and that is really not within my capacity to resolve. “We will be looking at the best ways to implement the outcomes of the architect’s work and if there are proposals that need to be taken forward for money, that will be considered at the right time,” she said. “The main focus for us is, how do we activate this city? “Often the money does look after itself,” she said, citing the rejuvenation of Newcastle and Parramatta as recent success stories. The NSW Department of

The state finance building (right) under construction next to the ATO

Planning has launched a Go Gosford website as another avenue for the public to share their ideas. The public has also been invited to participate in a photo competition. The website launch was announced at a workshop hosted by Ms Shearer and the Government Architect on February 27. “With a revitalised Gosford City Centre so crucial to the development of the Central Coast, it’s vital we continue to engage the community to understand how people want their regional capital to evolve,” she said. Ms Shearer said she and the Government Architect had learned a great deal about expectations for Gosford at the first six workshops. “We have learned that there is a real appetite for things to happen here and to activate this city,” she said. “We have learned that the people who work and live in

this area want a place to come and enjoy and play. “We have learned that they certainly want the waterfront to be something more than it is at the moment,” she said. “Gosford is so important from a regional perspective. “It is the driver of economic development. “It is the driver of jobs, if you get it right,” she said. Ms Shearer and the Government Architect have not yet held a workshop for the Central Coast Councillors, but will be doing so. Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, who attended the February 27 community workshop, said: “I am disappointed that the Coordinator General and Government Architect have not come to the elected council to workshop very early in the process. “Councillors are elected to represent community and should have been part of the process right from the

Bonython Tower well under way in Mann St

beginning,” Mayor Smith said. “I have asked for some clarification about the Coordinator General’s delegations and I did not receive correspondence from Mr Scot MacDonald, our Parliamentary Secretary, that indicated that the Planning Minister has given the Coordinator General delegations under Section 23 of the NSW EP&A Act,” Mayor Smith said. The Mayor said that the elected Council and its staff were already working on activating councilowned property in the CBD and tackling issues such as parking. Mr Ben Hewitt, NSW’s Deputy Government Architect, said the team charged with delivering the UDIF for Gosford would be taking a design-led approach. “It is a fundamental belief that we have that we need to involve as many people as possible as early as possible,” Mr Hewitt told the participants of the workshop. Mr Hewitt said the

Government Architect’s work for Gosford would be born out of what had already been put in play, including the Our City, Our Destiny masterplan of 2010. The masterplan included the Gosford school land being part of a cultural precinct. However, the area was later rezoned to facilitate the sale of the school site by the NSW Government, and it is now occupied by the ATO, the NSW Government finance building, and the proposed St Hillier’s mixed use precinct. Ms Shearer said she understood the community’s disquiet about the loss of the school site but it was time to focus on the fact that its redevelopment had resulted in 1,000 new jobs for the city. Mr Hewitt said he believed Gosford was suffering from planning fatigue, a lack of quality stock in terms of buildings, the longterm timeframes for new developments and a high perceived investment risk.

He said the first six workshops had revealed that Gosford’s stakeholders wanted the city to have cultural vitality, a healthy economy and a protected environment. However, those stakeholders were unable to name places and landmarks that they valued, apart from Kibble Park. “Relative to other regional centres, Gosford is starting to build, but does not have the facilities of other cities,” he said. To date, the focus of investment had been on the hospital and the waterfront, but they were geographically too far apart to lead to a revitalisation of the CBD. The Government Architect had identified four places that could be sites for more government investment to catalyse private investment. Those four places were the subject of discussion at the workshop. They were: Kibble Park and surrounds, called the civic heart; city park and surrounds, called opening the door; the area west of the station, including the hospital and schools; and, the waterfront, described by Mr Hewitt as a “unique and amazing asset”. At the outset of the workshop, Mr Hewitt said he hoped the period of intensive consultation, including Go Gosford, would uncover “what has not yet been understood that needs to be in play”. Source: Media release, Feb 26 Matt Porter, NSW Department of Planning and Environment Interview, Feb 27 Lee Shearer, Coordinator General Central Coast Interview, Feb 27 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Workshop notes, Feb 27 Ben Hewitt, NSW Government Architect Jackie Pearson, journalist

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ederal Minister for the Environment and Energy, Mr Josh Frydenberg, has officially extended the time in which he has to make a decision on whether to approve the Wallarah 2 Coal Project.

Prior to becoming Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull had been supportive of the Australian Coal Alliance; now Mr Alan Hayes (right) hopes Minister for the Environment, Mr Josh Frydenberg, will stop the mine

Mr Frydenberg is responsible for approving Wallarah 2 as a Controlled Action under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act), 1999. “The relevant period in which the Minister must make a decision whether or not to approve the controlled action is extended by 126 business days, to September 7,” The Department of the Environment and Energy’s official notification said. “This specification is provided for the purposes of section 130(1A), 130(1B) and 130(4) of the EPBC Act,” it said.

The proposed action being considered under the EPBC is to construct and operate an underground coal mine 4.7km north-west of Wyong, and the variation of the proposal approved on September 9, 2016. Mr Alan Hayes of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), who met with Mr Frydenberg at Parliament House in Canberra on Monday, February 26, said the Minister had asked for a comprehensive understanding about the social and economic impact of the proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine on the community. Mr Hayes said the meeting with Mr Frydenberg had been arranged by the Federal member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, who had made it clear she was taking the community’s concerns about the mine very seriously. “It is good news that he wants to know about the impact the mine would have on people’s lives and people’s homes, because there are

240 homes that would subside by between one metre and 2.6 metres, and they have never been properly consulted,” Mr Hayes said. “There has never been a social licence, the people of this community have never said this mine is OK,” he said. “Obviously Mr Frydenberg has taken this issue very seriously, and ACA has already heard from The Department of Environment and Energy’s northern NSW Director of Environmental Standards,” he said. Mr Hayes said he believed the current Minister was aware of the Howard Government’s opposition to the mine. “I am very pleased with Mr Frydenberg because he is at least showing that he is a man of his word,” Mr Hayes said. Source: Notification, Feb 28 Josh Frydenberg, Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy Interview, Mar 2 Alan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance Jackie Pearson, journalist

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The NSW Government has identified the Peninsula as having a high gambling risk and will cap the number of poker machines at current levels. The Peninsula has 768 poker machines or around one per every 46 people based on a population of around 36,000. NSW Minister for Racing, Mr Paul Toole, who announced the caps on March 6 said, “Local community caps are an appropriate response to concerns that some areas have too many gaming machines. “Local community caps are part of a package of reforms that represent the most significant changes to gambling regulation in NSW for a decade,” he said. Under proposed changes to the scheme, classifications will move from using local government area boundaries to Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) boundaries. SA2s are geographical boundaries set by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. Each area will be classified as Band 1 (low risk), Band 2 (medium risk) and Band 3 (high risk and subject to an area cap). The whole area of the Peninsula has been classified as Band 3 high risk so poker machines will be capped at current numbers. In the area classified as Umina, Booker Bay and Patonga, there are three clubs and three hotels with 504 poker machines across 10 permits. Woy Woy-Blackwall has three clubs and two hotels with an entitlement of 250 machines spread across four permits. “The reforms include an overhaul of the Local Impact Assessment (LIA) scheme that regulates gaming machine movements,” Mr Toole said. “These changes will deliver more


A Umina grandmother has started a petition to get play equipment returned to the Brisbane Ave playground

This map indicates that all gaming venues on the Peninsula will be subject to a new local cap

transparency, more community consultation and greater certainty for industry,” he said. A leasing scheme will be introduced for gaming machines held by small hotels and clubs, providing a new pathway for them to go machine-free. Regulation of clubs will be streamlined and tougher penalties introduced for directors who do the wrong thing. “These reforms follow extensive consultation and represent a reset of the way gambling is regulated in NSW. “They recognise concerns about gambling harm, while focusing regulation on where there is real risk,” Mr Toole said. The reforms come on top of changes in January to bolster the Responsible Gambling Fund to support responsible gambling and minimise the risk of gamblingrelated harm in the community. SOURCE: Media release, 6 Mar 2018 Ashley Gardiner, Office of Paul Toole Website, 7 Mar 2018 LIA Band interactive map, Liquor and Gaming NSW


Gosford’s civic heart is beating stronger than ever Petition calls on council to reinstate play equipment A Umina grandmother has started a petition for reinstatement of play equipment in the Brisbane Ave and Paul St playgrounds. Ms Margaret Myles of Umina has also called on Central Coast Council to “stick by” its adopted Playground Strategy. “On Monday, February 19, Council sent letters to residents within a 400m radius of our local park at Brisbane Ave, Umina, advising that removal of playground equipment would begin on the same day,” Ms Margaret Myles said. “Both sets of swings were removed on February 19, before the community had any chance to object to the removal of the playground equipment,” she said. Ms Myles decided to start a petition on and, by March 6, 230 people had signed it. “This park was once a fabulous local park that my now-grown children loved playing in, with swings, slides and a whirly ball. “This park has been neglected

to the point that prior to February 19, two old swing sets were all that was left. “Despite this, my grandson loved to play at this park. “This is the latest travesty of a Council that clearly places no importance on local recreation facilities for ratepayers. “The Woy Woy Peninsula is already underprovided with local playground facilities. “Why remove more? “Paul St is another playground that comes to mind that was much needed by the residents in the vicinity. “Now this area has no local parks within Central Coast Council, it is not good enough to advise the community that we can travel 2km to the Umina Recreation Precinct if we want to visit a park. “Some residents do not have vehicles, and travelling on foot or by bicycle is difficult with children, because the state of our roads is so poor, and we lack access to bike paths. “Council should provide

a playground network that encourages more active lifestyles by offering well distributed and accessible recreation facilities. “It is not good enough to not allow the community to have their say in the removal of these items. “It is not good enough to claim that the removal was due to safety issues. “If Council was genuinely concerned about safety in this park, it would have acted on the numerous complaints about tree branches overhanging the swings where children play. “This was the only safety concern within this park. “The swingsets were in good condition. “It is not good enough to prepare a Playground Strategy and not stick by it. “Bring back the playground at Brisbane Ave, bring back the playground at Paul St and prioritise community-building over profits,” she said. SOURCE: Website, 6 Mar 2017 Margaret Myles, Umina

he area around Gosford’s Kibble Park has been identified by the NSW Government Architect as, potentially, the city’s renewed civic heart, as part of its work on the Gosford Urban Design Implementation Framework (UDIF), due to be completed in May. A refurbished Imperial Centre, John Singleton’s Bonython Tower in Mann St and plans to build the new regional library in Donnison St, are currently the strongest signs of life in this part of the CBD. Deputy Government Architect, Mr Ben Hewitt, said it was an area that had been overlooked in recent years because government investment had focused on the waterfront and the hospital precinct. President of the GosfordErina and Coastal Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr Rod Dever, said a lot of work had already been put in, over many years, to make Kibble Park a more accessible, activated area with more events. “The Chamber and GBid (Gosford Business Improvement District) realised that the park’s activation would bring back life to the city and that adds something to the commercial district,” Mr Dever said. “So when you talk about a civic heart, then Kibble Park is the obvious meeting place, a place to come together, to

Kibble Park and surrounds have been identified as Gosford’s civic heart by the Government Architect

celebrate, so the Chamber supports bringing the park’s surroundings into a current and more modern environment,” he said. Mr Dever said it was obviously investors like Mr Paul Lederer of the Lederer Group, which owns the Imperial Centre and the Kibbleplex site, and Mr John Singleton, who is building Bonython Tower in Mann St, who were the early adaptors taking the city forward. “I drove along Mann St this morning and there were people just stopping and looking up,” Mr Dever said of the removal of the scaffolding from the

Mann St frontage of the first six storeys of Bonython Tower. “This is going to be a grand building and to actually see the shape of the building rising up out of the ground, the size and scale they are actually delivering, was quite a sight,” he said. “People say little old Gosford, but little old Gosford is the capital of the Central Coast, and it is about to take pride of place. “Bonython has certainly generated a lot of interest and so much business confidence, as well as confidence for other developers.

“It just took one person to have the gumption and the money to make the first move,” Mr Dever said. “I met with Council yesterday [March 13], we spoke about their ability to deliver two shovel ready projects at the same time, and Council are very confident of their ability to do that. “I walked away from that meeting with the Mayor and General Manager very confident that their planning was sound and they had the commitment to make this happen. “They are willing to listen to

community and Lee Shearer’s team, so we won’t end up with a disjointed two speed system,” he said. The progress is positive, but significant swathes of the city’s ‘civic heart’ currently remain depressed and dilapidated. The depressed areas include two massive development sites, Waterside Towers, on the corner of Georgiana Tce and Baker St, and Mariner Towers, on the corner of Donnison and Mann St. They were approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) with a combined value of almost $400m, which have

not progressed very far beyond the development approvals given in 2015. Mayor Jane Smith has this week thrown the ball back into the court of the city’s developers and landowners to do their part in return for the incentives provided by the former Gosford Council, and the substantial investment that’s already been made by all three levels of government in an attempt to revitalise the city. So, in preparation for the Government Architect’s unveiling of the UDIF in May, Coast Community News looks at what’s beating strongest in the so-called civic heart of Gosford, what’s barely breathing and what’s dead as a dodo. Today’s edition has examined the CBD area between Georgiana Terace and Erina St, bounded by Henry Parry Dve and Baker St. In future editions we will examine the waterfront, the area between the waterfront and the civic heart and the hospital and schools’ precincts.

See profiles of significant civic heart projects and sites P3 to P8

Source: Gosford DA Tracker, Mar 14 Central Coast Council Interview, Mar 14 Rod Dever, Gosford-Erina Coastal Chamber of Commerce Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Gosford’s civic heart is beating stronger than ever

Bonython Tower – Rising from Duttons Tavern 159 Mann Street Owned by Bonython Property and Investments Value: $19.3m

Bonython Tower looking across Mann St towards the building site

The 13-floor, mixed use development, including restaurant, offices and shop top housing (56 units) is due for completion by the end of 2018. The DA (40756/2015) was approved in December, 2015, and has been amended four times since

then. Demolition of former buildings commenced in mid-2017, and by March 14, 2018, the first six floors of the development were complete, according to Bonython Director, Ms Monique Anderson. The last amendment to the development that was approved by Central Coast Council increased the amount of commercial space and car parking and decreased the number of residential units. It sought to link the strata titling of the commercial units to the residential units, to promote a “live and work lifestyle” in Gosford.


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The Imperial Shopping Centre – Gosford’s life support 171 Mann St Owned by Lederer Property Group Value: Unknown

Lederer committed to an $18m refurbishment of the centre in 2015, which was completed in 2016. The Imperial Shopping Centre is the CBD’s only shopping centre, it opened in 1972 and anchor tenants are Woolworths and Aldi.

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Gosford’s civic heart is Value: Concept 1: $21m or Concept 2: $64m

Regional Library – Hope springs eternal 123-125 Donnison St Owned by Central Coast Council (concept 1) and ET Australia (part of concept 2) Imperial Centre

Central Coast Council has exhibited two concepts. Concept 1 is the current Parkside building in Donnison St and Concept 2 includes the Parkside Building and 123B-125 Donnison St, currently owned by ET Australia. Concept 1 is a standalone library and Concept 2 extends the site to the adjacent parcel of land and creates additional space for

ET Australia, commercial office and retail space. Rod Dever from the Gosford Chamber said the business community preferred Concept 2 and it has also been given the thumbs up by Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch. Council plans to deliver the completed project by 2020 (Concept 1) with Concept 2 taking six months longer.


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beating stronger than ever

Waterside Triple Towers – in dispute over asbestos

Mariner Plaza Double Towers – Wooden Spooners!

50 to 70 Mann St and 114 Georgiana Tce

108 Donnison and 110 to 118 Mann St

Owned by New Hong Kong Macau Australian Pty Ltd Value: $234.36m

Triple tower, mixed use development, including commercial, residential, shop top housing, cinema, hotel and tavern. A section 96 application was approved by Council in May, 2017, to allow demolition of part of the site prior to issue of a construction certificate. The demolition means that the development has commenced, so the December, 2017, expiry


Owned by Gosford City Development Pty Ltd Value: $157 million

Waterside Towers’ future site during demolition

date of the JRPP consent is no longer relevant. It is understood that the Chinese owners of the project are currently in dispute with the demolition company over the costs of asbestos removal. Mr Rod Dever, President of the Gosford-Erina Chamber of Commerce said: “I think we will see the project go

ahead and with all respect, we are dealing with slight cultural differences, which means that the owners have slightly different expectations, so everything has stopped because of contamination on the site,” Mr Dever said. “Eventually they will realise it is their responsibility to fix and pay

for the contamination. They are continuing to consult with their teams in Australia and they will come to a point where they move ahead. “It is just a matter of ironing out some of the creases,” he said.

This twin-tower mixed use development, consisting of commercial, retail, supermarket, hotel and shop top housing, approved by the JRPP in May, 2015, is currently letting the team down. According to the notice of determination, consent lapsed two years from that date, which was May 21, 2017. A Section 96 application was lodged with Council on October 26, 2016, to

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Retail and Shop Top Housing – Section 96 pending 122-124 Erina St and 138142 Henry Parry Dve Owned by AO Gosford

Originally approved by the Joint Regional Planning Panel on May 20, 2015, a fresh Section 96 amendment was lodged on March 5, 2018, and has not yet been considered by Council. The proposal is for retail space and 180 units of shop top housing. A previous Section 96 lodged in November, 2016, and approved in March,

Dilapidated Kibbleplex

2017, added staging to the development. However, the approval of that amendment did not extend the term of the original consent which expired on May 20, 2017. The proponent of the development is Central Real, backed by entrepreneur and owner of the Gosford Car Museum, Mr Tony Denny.

Kibbleplex – The elephant in the city 136-146 Donnison St Owned by Lederer Property Group Value: $650m master plan proposed

The former Marketplace shopping centre, that is bounded by Henry Parry Dve, Donnison St, Albany St N and William St, was purchased by Gosford Council for $11m, including a $7m grant. It was one of the sites proposed for the regional library and smart work hub, but was declared riddled with concrete cancer, inappropriate for the library, and subsequently sold to Lederer Group in March, 2016, for $13 million.

Lederer then launched ‘Gosford Alive’ and unveiled its 20 year vision, that included the staged development of 8,000 square metres of retail and commercial space, 300 parking spaces, 730 residential apartments and the revitalisation of Kibble Park. Lederer was working on a proposed average building height of 23 metres, which was contingent on approval of the planning proposal

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Gosford’s civic heart is beating stronger than ever for the CBD that has just been terminated by the NSW Government. “If I was Paul Lederer, and I was part of the property group, I would be a bit disappointed with the stalling, considering there was so much hype and activity,” said Mr Rod Dever from the Chamber. “They are a key group, their investment in the city in terms of the upgrade has been significant, they spent a lot of money supporting the city and the Mariners,” he said. “I would like to think that there is a way forward and all of the parties to come to the table and come up with something that can satisfy everybody. “I would like to think somebody who has that sort of commitment gets fair and equal footing in the discussions about what is going to be involved in revitalising the city, so they can review their desires and plans,” he said.

Conservatorium of Music – RPAC at the top of the hill 41 Mann St Owned by Crown Land Value: Unknown An artist’s impression of the Lederer Group’s master plan for the Kibbleplex site

Commercial Hotel – Council’s land bank 59 Mann St Owned by Central Coast Council Value: Unknown

This is another site acquired by the former Gosford Council as a location for a regional library, that now sits dormant and decrepit in Mann St, next to the Central Coast Council building. Mr Dever, Gosford Chamber President, said he would love to see the site activated and it may be one of the six currently under consideration for the Regional Performing Arts Centre that remain

“commercial in confidence”. “We know there are six sites, but nobody knows which sites, and that could possibly be one of them,” Mr Dever said. “I think Council are acting responsibly in that they are aiming to deliver the RPAC and library concurrently, so to throw another one into the mix right away would probably be too much on Council’s plate to ensure the quality the community would expect,


so it is probably more about responsible management than land banking,” he said. “Then they can start to move towards the next project, whether that is to activate the site, develop it to build new council facilities, or to sell it. “As a business chamber we would love to see activity happen.”

The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music was promised $2m by the NSW Government for a building adjoining the Regional Performing Arts Centre for studio and learning space. The board of the Conservatorium has recently been lobbying for the $32m RPAC to be built on Crown and Council-owned land at the top of Georgiana Tce, backing on to Henry Parry Dve at the rear of its current heritage building. It is not known whether the site is one of the six currently under investigation by Central Coast Council.

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Gosford CBD planning proposal terminated


entral Coast’s Coordinator General, Ms Lee Shearer, has flexed her muscles and announced the termination of a planning proposal for Gosford’s CBD. The proposal, versions of which had been in play since 2014, was intended to redefine Gosford’s commercial core by refocusing it around Kibble Park and towards the waterfront. It included new height and gross floor area incentives, introduced new design and development controls for tall buildings, and included preparation of a Voluntary Planning Agreements policy that would’ve enabled Council to collect additional funding from developers. Ms Shearer wrote, on February 23, to inform Central Coast Council that it was the intention of the NSW Department of Planning and the Environment to terminate the planning proposal. According to a report from Council’s Environment and Planning Directorate, reasons given by Ms Shearer included that conditions that led to the planning proposal had changed and it may no longer be an appropriate planning response for Gosford. The Council’s current timetable meant that the

Ms Lee Shearer, Coordinator General for the Central Coast outside the Central Coast Regional Plan Information Centre in Mann St

planning proposal was not likely to be ready for finalisation until the second half of 2018. Ms Shearer also argued that uncertainty existed within Council and the community on where the proposal and the planning controls for Gosford were headed. Given the work of the Government Architect on the Urban Design Implementation Framework for Gosford, Ms Shearer said she considered it inappropriate to continue with the planning proposal until the recommendations of the Government Architect were known. Existing planning controls for Gosford City were complex and the planning proposal would only add to the

complexity, rather than lead to simplification. Moving the zone boundaries between the B3 and B4 zones, and extending the B3 zone south and east, as set out in the planning proposal, were also yet to be adequately justified. “The decision to terminate the planning proposal has been endorsed by the Delivery Coordination and Monitoring Committee, which is charged with progressing the implementation of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036, and comprises multiple government stakeholders, including Central Coast Council,” Ms Shearer said. “The bonus incentive planning proposal had taken too long and was no longer

an appropriate response for Gosford.” The proposal was initially intended to be finalised in 2016 and to operate for two years. Following a period of extensive consultation with key stakeholders, the Government Architect is preparing recommendations for the UDIF to guide the revitalisation of Gosford City Centre that are due for submission to the NSW Government by May. Once the recommendations have been received, the Government will be in a position to consider how best to proceed with the revitalisation of Gosford City Centre. As a result of the letter from Ms Shearer, Council

staff will review options for planning and development in the Gosford’s centre against the recommendations of the Urban Design Implementation Framework. At its March 12 meeting, Council asked its Acting CEO, Mr Brian Glendenning, to prepare a detailed report and brief Councillors on the current planning controls and initiatives for the Gosford CBD. Mayor Jane Smith, who was a strong opponent of the planning proposal before she was elected to Council, said she believed it was not well known that current planning controls already allow developments up to around 20 storeys in different locations. Council formally noted the extensive work of the former Gosford Council to incentivise development in the CBD, with development incentives, and extensive investment by all levels of Government. Mayor Smith said it was time to find ways to activate the development consents in place already. “Council has been doing what it can to get development moving on the Coast, we have planning controls in place and are directly investing millions in catalyst projects,” she said. “There are numerous empty or dilapidated buildings in the CBD that were granted consent under generous planning incentives, and they

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could be built now, that is what we are all waiting for. “It’s time that developers step up and deliver on the approved development applications. “Gosford is the regional capital of the Central Coast and should reflect that title and we will continue to do everything we can possibly do to ensure that happens.” Mayor Smith said it was now time for the developers, particularly those who had DA approvals when the former Gosford Council’s bonus provisions were in place, to step up and activate those approvals. “They need to start delivering because there has been a lot of land banking,” she said. The Mayor did not apologise to landholders who may have acquired property on the expectation that the planning proposal would result in changes to the Gosford LEP to support their plans. “They have got to fit in with the planning controls we have got, and we can’t write planning controls to suite one developer,” Mayor Smith said. She also commented on some of the bigger projects that had been approved by JRPP in line with the former Gosford Council’s bonus provisions. The Waterside triple towers development on the corner of Baker St and Georgiana Terrace was one such example. “It has an approval on it, it went to the JRPP, and that has perhaps highlighted why that planning proposal has not been delivered,” she said. Source: Agenda item 4.2, Mar 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Media release, Mar 12 Central Coast Council media Interview, Mar 13 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Media release, Mar 13 Matthew Porter, NSW Planning Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Study on reduction of train travel times between Sydney and Newcastle funded


ederal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, was joined by local state parliamentarians and a business leader, at Gosford railway station, on Friday, March 9, to announce that the NSW Government would receive Federal support to look at how to cut one hour off the train trip between Sydney and Newcastle.

“The Federal and State Governments are announcing that the NSW Government will be one of three successful cases, as part of the National Rail Program, to look at how we can speed up the journey between Newcastle and Sydney, from an average of three hours to two hours,” Ms Wicks said. Ms Wicks said the Federal Government was making $20m available, to be shared by all three business cases. “We’ve got around 30,000 commuters, so many of them leave their homes early in the morning and return home late at night, and I know when I’m standing on the train station in the morning greeting them, that one of the things that they often raise is, “how can we get a faster journey to Sydney or to Newcastle?” she said. “The Sydney to Newcastle Corridor was one of the regions chosen as part of a highly competitive tender process, which speaks volumes for the future of this region. “The business case, once that’s completed, as the project is expected to cost over $100m, would then go for assessment

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to an independent body called Infrastructure Australia. “This is certainly a giant leap forward and a fantastic next step for Central Coast businesses and commuters. “I acknowledge there is difficult typography and terrain, particularly that stretch between Woy Woy to Hornsby. “I think there are no less than seven tunnels that need to be navigated, so it is a very difficult challenge, but I think that the improvements that it would bring for Central Coast residents, the housing supply it would open up, the job opportunities that it would bring to people here in Gosford and indeed the entire Central Coast, it’s a huge consideration, it’s a huge opportunity. “Taking this next step is a very important first step,” she said. The business cases are expected to be delivered over the

next 12 months, and the Turnbull Government’s funding for the business cases will be combined with funding provided by the project’s proponents, the NSW Government in this instance. The intention of this process is to develop detailed proposals for faster rail services between major cities and surrounding regional areas. NSW Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, said National Rail Program business cases had been selected across the country. “For the Central Coast to be one of those trials is incredible,” Mr MacDonald said. “So for the first time, we’ll get some rigour, some business costing, some design, around that, and from the State Government’s perspective, I think this neatly complements what we’re doing over the next year

or so with our $2.3b dollar new intercity fleet that is starting to roll out in 2019,” he said. “If we can marry that up with what Lucy’s talking about, improvements to this critical corridor, I think that bodes very, very well for the Central Coast,” Mr MacDonald said. “This is a great step forward to have a business case being put forward, one of three in the country,” said Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch. “I know that people in my electorate are pleased and excited about the possibility of travel times being improved, so this is a really exciting time for everybody in the Terrigal electorate as well,” he said. Member for the NSW Legislative Council, Mr Taylor Martin, said some of the strategies that could be examined to reduce travel times included “straightening the

rail tracks, removing deviations, having a look at level crossings and improving the safety for commuters. “I used to do this commute day in, day out, and I’m very aware of the impact that it has on the quality of life for those on the Central Coast who seek employment outside of their own region. “I’m pleased to see the Federal Coalition Government, working with the state Coalition Government to deliver a longterm plan,” Mr Martin said. Mr Rod Dever, President of the Gosford-Erina Chamber of Commerce acknowledged Ms Wicks’ advocacy. “This opportunity presents so much for commuters, into and out of the Central Coast, and that creates opportunities for business, by looking at things like improving safety, improving

travel times and reliability. “It gives more confidence to businesses when they are considering employment opportunities for people from the Coast, and more confidence for businesses to come and set up their business here on the Coast and to increase the current level of business that they work in,” Mr Dever said. “The business case will investigate works including reducing track curvature, deviations and realignments, removal of level crossings, junction rearrangement and better segregation of passenger and freight services,” he said. “The combined funding commitment by both levels of government to fund this initiative endorses the need for progress and improvement. “Accessibility and reliability of our rail services and required supporting infrastructure has been a topic of discussion for many years. “Over this time, various groups have touted options of high speed rail, dedicated freight lines and new facilities to improve our linkage to the city and regional transport hubs, however, no one has ever come to the table with funding to allow for a true assessment of needs and the viability of any actions to take place.” Source: Transcript, Mar 9 Tim Sowden, office of Lucy Wicks Media release, Mar 9 Rod Dever, Gosford-Erina Business Chamber Media release, Mar 9 Sam Edwards, Infrastructure Australia


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Performing Arts Centre preferred site to be decided ix potential sites in the Gosford CBD will be urgently reviewed by Central Coast Council staff in a move to expedite the building of the Regional Performing Arts Centre (RPAC).


The six sites were identified as an outcome of Council’s February 26 resolution that the Acting CEO, Mr Brian Glendenning, report on March 12, on potential alternative sites. The sites have been kept confidential, but they meet the operational requirements of the project and the funding agreements with the NSW and Federal Governments. According to Mr Glendenning’s report, they include land owned by Council and land that might be compulsorily acquired. Mayor Jane Smith said she would not disclose the location of the sites or confirm whether or not a site proposed by the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, in Georgiana Tce, was included. Mayor Smith said the RPAC was a key project for the Gosford CBD and the Coast, and a site needed to be confirmed once and for all. “Everything is in place for this project, the business case, the community support, Federal, State and Council funding commitments, it is all good to go, we just need to decide on the best possible site, once and for all,” Mayor Smith said. “The RPAC is one of the catalyst projects to stimulate the revitalisation of the Gosford CBD and we will deliver it for

our community,” she said. “Once the site is finalised, it will be all systems go to the design phase to create a world-class, financially-viable, stage for our local and touring talent to shine.” In December, 2017, Council revised the RPAC business model and venue specifications to ensure they met community needs and were economically viable. The modelling showed the RPAC would need to include a 950-1000 seat auditorium, fly tower, orchestra pit, smaller function and meeting rooms and a large foyer over two storeys. Mr Glendenning’s report to the March 12 meeting said the RPAC would be a multi-functional venue that would host local and national performances, music, events, functions, conferences and meetings for a wide range of ages, abilities and backgrounds. It would be designed to ensure the technical specifications provided the quality and functionality for broad use. Council has projected a likely operating cost of $1.8m in years one through to three, then $1.4m in years four and five, including depreciation cost. Funding available to build the RPAC is $32m. The NSW Government made a pre-election commitment of $12m on March 28, 2015, including $2m for rehearsal and lesson spaces for the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, currently based in Mann St. Council continues to work with the Conservatorium to

identify appropriate locations to meet their growing needs, with their latest plans, to build on the current site, Mr Glendenning’s report said. Gosford Council committed $10m, plus $635,000 for staff resources, including project management. Funding was then applied for under the Federal Government’s Stronger Regions Fund, and the third $10m was secured. Additional costs Council may incur could include any potential land acquisition, investigations and consultants’ reports. Site analysis and negotiations were expected to take about six weeks, meaning the outcome should be reported back to Council by the end of April. In 2016 and 2017, Gosford Council, and later Central Coast Council, investigated six sites. They were in close proximity to Gosford CBD and the waterfront, and were considered in the context of the RPAC being a catalyst for the revitalisation of Gosford and the requirements of Commonwealth and NSW funding bodies. On February 22, 2017, Council resolved that Leagues Club Field was the preferred site, but if it proved unsuitable, Council would investigate the potential for the RPAC to be situated on the former Gosford Public School site, the remainder of which is now controlled by construction company, St Hilliers. Council resolved to proceed to expedite Native Title Claims and Land Claims on Leagues Club Field, to acquire a portion

of Leagues Club Field from the NSW Government, to revise the proposed RPAC business plan, and commence a detailed design phase. In June, 2017, Council received a geotechnical survey which identified that parts of the Leagues Club Field were suitable for construction. On June 30, the Federal Court advised that native title proceedings had been discontinued, but the Leagues Club Field is Crown land and has unresolved claims under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983. The former Gosford Public School site was handed over St Hillier’s in May, 2017, following an expression of interest by the NSW Government. From July to February, 2018, Council staff had discussions with St Hillier’s to position the RPAC on the mixed use site. On February 9, St Hillier’s wrote to the Mayor, informing Council that St Hillier’s would not permit an RPAC on the site. According to Mr Glendenning’s report, over two floors, the RPAC would be approximately 6,500 square metres, and an additional 1,000 square metres is needed for the loading bay. The base floor plate would be 4,000 square metres. There is a potential financial risk of the NSW Government and Federal Government funding not being committed, with any significant project delays, Mr Glendenning’s report pointed out. “There is also high reputational damage for the organisation, if the project is not delivered,” it said. Project timelines have been completed to cover initiation,

scoping, planning and delivery. Its proposed construction would commence in January, 2019, with an 18 month build period. The proposed opening of the facility would be expected in 2020. A tender for detailed design of the RPAC is currently being prepared. Extensive consultation has occurred since the establishment of the Friends of the Performing Arts Precinct (FOPAP) in 2005, according to Council. FOPAP has worked to lobby the various tiers of Government to construct a high quality performing arts centre in Gosford. An initial concept plan was completed to establish a facility on the former Gosford Public Primary School site, which was identified as possibly surplus to requirements in the future. The former Gosford Council and the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) identified a need for a regional performing arts centre in Gosford, and various feasibility studies, research, analysis and plans have been completed since 2007. In 2007, Gosford Council commissioned consultants to develop a Cultural Spaces and Places Framework. The report proposed a mix of performing art spaces, with 1,000 seating and a flexible black box performance space accommodating 250 seating. In 2010, the Gosford Challenge was launched with a dedicated team focused on the revitalisation of the city centre and waterfront. Over the years, different

masterplans, including the Our City, Destiny Plan in 2010, were completed with the RPAC as a key component. In 2010, Central Coast Leagues Club proposed refurbishing a large part of its existing building as a Performing Arts and Conference facility. The costs were estimated by quantity surveyors at $28.849m, a business plan was completed, but the project did not progress. Create NSW commissioned, Lois Randall Creative Consulting, in 2010, to identify the unmet art needs of communities of the Central Coast, and to develop a plan to support more effective professional arts, cultural programming and community partnerships. The Central Coast Art and Community Plan and Mapping Report were endorsed in 2011. In 2011, CCRDC commissioned a needs analysis and a national benchmarking study for the RPAC that benchmarked best practice regional performing art centres including Wollongong, Geelong and Port Macquarie. It concluded that approximately $75m would be required to produce an iconic architecture building on the waterfront, a 1,000 seat performance space and 500 seated flexible black box space. The project did not proceed due to high costs and lack of funds. A new project brief was developed in May, 2013, with an auditorium for 1,000 and a black box studio with 200 seating.

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summary of news articles published in the most recent edition of each of our sister Central Coast publications. The full articles and more, as well as all previously published editions, can be seen on line on our website Copies of these other publications may be obtained from our offices in Gosford, by subscription, or from a myriad of locations in the areas covered by each publication.

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The Conservatorium wants the RPAC built at the top of Georgiana Terrace

The Conservatorium was to be included as a separate building in a second stage, with 150 seating and a site plan of less than 1,500 square metres. The site used for concept designs was Memorial Park, Gosford, but no detailed site investigation occurred. An architecture competition was organised and two submissions preferred. An Assessment Panel was formed in 2013 to review tenders and to be responsible for determining the selection of the successful consultant. No location was determined,

although a prominent place on the waterfront/Gosford CBD was a key factor in attracting tourism. The Assessment Panel determined that Peruma Pedavoli Architects offered the best option out of all the designs submitted, and this was endorsed by Gosford Council in August, 2013. This project was part of the Central Coast Infrastructure Priority List and fully aligned with all other regional planning documents. The need for a conference centre at the RPAC was incorporated into the 2015

Federal Government’s Stronger Regions application. The conference aspect was also a key part of the Economic Analysis and Business Plan completed in 2015. Site investigations occurred throughout 2016, with six potential sites identified. Due to the opening of the Art House in Wyong and Central Coast Grammar School’s 750 seat auditorium in 2016, venue specifications were re-tested. Source: Urgency motion, Mar 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Media release, Mar 12 Central Coast Council media

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Federal decision on coal mine extended by six months Federal Minister for the Environment and Energy, Mr Josh Frydenberg, has officially extended the time in which he has to make a decision on whether to approve the Wallarah 2 Coal Project.

Kangy Angy remains as the only site for train maintenance facility A letter from Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, to NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Mr Andrew Constance, has not resulted in any reconsideration of sites other than Kangy Angy

Permanent plan to keep The Entrance Channel open called for A motion to acquire a super dredge to address the imminent closure of The Entrance Channel, as well as the channel of Brisbane Water, was defeated at the Central Coast Council meeting of February

Bateau Bay Square to have Decision on budget allocations Coast wide tree policy adopted major alterations and additions for airport deferred A $20m application for alterations and additions to the Bateau Bay Square shopping centre has been placed on exhibition by Central Coast Council.

A site inspection and confidential briefing that took place between February 12 and 26, has resulted in the further deferral of any decision on budget allocations for the Central Coast Airport.

The former Wyong Council’s controversial tree policy has been replaced with the Tree and Vegetation Management Chapter of the Gosford Development Control Plan 2013.

Additional monies allocated to McBride calls on Frydenberg to Stronger Country Communities reject coal mine Fund A $35m residential aged care Member for Dobell, Ms Emma Parliamentary Secretary for facility has been proposed for 2.2 McBride, has directly called the Central Coast, Mr Scot hectares of land at 390 Pacific for the Federal Minister for the MacDonald, said he welcomed the Hwy, Wyong. Environment and Energy, Mr Josh announcement that an additional Frydenberg, to “reject the Wallarah $200m would be available for 2 coal mine”. Round Two of the Stronger C o u n t 209 bed residential aged care facility proposed

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12 March 2018

Peninsula identified as having high gambling risk

Petition calls on council to reinstate play equipment

Injured girl waits 24 hours for rescue

The NSW Government has identifi ed the Peninsula as having a high gambling risk and will cap the number of poker machines at current levels. The Peninsula

A Umina grandmother has started a petition for reinstatement of play equipment in the Brisbane Ave and Paul St playgrounds.

A 15-year-old injured girl has had to wait almost 24 hours in Brisbane Water National Park to be rescued in an operation involving police, NSW Ambulance and Fire and Rescue NSW on February 26.

‘Standards set out in DCP have Council grants six nonConstruction certifi cate issued not been complied with’ complying DAs in three months for multi-dwelling project

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An application to build three townhouses in Augusta St, Umina, has been approved by Central Coast Council on March 2, with the application acknowledging that it did not comply with planning

Central Coast Council has admitted it approved six development applications on and around the Peninsula between October and December that didn’t comply with development standards.

A construction certifi cate has been issued to enable commencement of a multidwelling housing project at 9 Priestman Ave, Umina.

Endangered bushland is not ‘signifi cant’ to Council

Liberal and Labor lobby for position on dredge purchase

Innovative waterways solutions needed, says Holstein

Endangered bushland on the Peninsula has not been recognised as regionally signifi cant, despite being gazetted as endangered at a State level.

Liberal and Labor councillors are Both the NSW Government and claiming the moral high ground Central Coast Council need to look after a motion to take steps to for innovative solutions to ensuring purchase a “super dredge” was local waterways remain safe to defeated at a council meeting on navigate, according to Central February 26. Coast deputy mayor, Cr Chris The full articles and more can be seen on line on our website They can also be seen on

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Go Gosford campaign brings Groundhog Day to mind ne has to be excused for FORUM thinking it’s


Groundhog Day when reading of the Go Gosford campaign to give the community a say on the revitalisation of Gosford (Government architect

sets the scene for the future of Gosford CBD; Coast Community News March 1).

According to the Central Coast Coordinator General, the



Urban Design Implementation Framework, and the accompanying short fourweek campaign, will provide clear parameters about the key city areas including “the provision of visuals about what this city would look like.” Isn’t this exactly what Our City Our Destiny Gosford City Masterplan already provided, with the Masterplan involving a lengthy and comprehensive consultation process and visuals of how it could look? It’s quite ironic that while this process is now being duplicated, albeit with much less rigour, the Government architect tells us he believes Gosford is suffering from planning fatigue. Given the rather short attention span of government officials and the limited budget for this campaign, can l provide them with the very good renderings already available in the original Masterplan? This plan was totally ignored by state officials to instead implement the planning disasters we now see on our waterfront. Perhaps the Coordinator General and the Deputy Government Architect can save us more time and money by simply telling us what the politicians intend to do, regardless of the views of the broader community, and finally bring this farce to an end? Email, Mar 6 Dr Tahir Turk, Springfield





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Councillors need to be more involved in assessing development applications


understand that elected Councillors feel reluctant to consider a large number of Development Applications that would be referred to an ordinary meeting of Council as a result of a lowered threshold in the number of objections. Nonetheless, I consider it to be a core function of Councillors to consider DAs and re-zoning applications which do not enjoy sufficient support from either neighbouring, local or region-wide residents. The professional standards and diligence of our Council’s planning staff notwithstanding, the recent track record of approvals (under delegation) involving concessional variations from LEPs and DCPs have, in themselves, set a precedent and have lowered the bar for compliance with the agreed, and communityset, development standards. In this context, a greater degree of oversight and revision by elected representatives would help to

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See Page 2 for contribution conditions reverse this trend and help to affirm and uphold acceptable development standards. In addition, reviews and consideration by Councillors in a public setting (Council meeting) facilitate the revelation of any conflict between statutory (planning law) conditions that may be applied to a DA and any differing community expectations regarding acceptable development. Councillors will not be able to recognise any patterns of conflict between existing planning policy settings and planning outcomes if they do not engage in frequent reviews and considerations of DA and re-zoning submissions.

From time to time, a development proposal may be submitted that, while meeting all existing statutory requirements, would result in unreasonable and disproportionate adverse impact(s). Consideration and determination by Councillors can facilitate a re-submission of such a development proposal without the attendant adverse impacts, or with impacts reduced to an acceptable level. I strongly support the lower threshold of 15 objections to trigger consideration by a Council meeting. I would like to point out that Councillors are free to form a duly authorised and constituted committee for the purpose of reviewing planning matters, if this is deemed necessary or appropriate. I would like to suggest that a clause be added that would enshrine a regular and formal review of this policy. I would like to suggest a set five-year review cycle. Email, Mar 11 Wolfgang Koerner, Point Clare

Closing roads in Terrigal will not ease congestion fully agree with Ms Griffith’s arguments and concerns (Terrigal is being choked by its own development) in the forum of Coast Community News, March 1.


I looked at the proposed stage 1 and 2 concept diagrams for Terrigal traffic flow and have grave concerns. We moved from Sydney, after living and fighting the traffic for 34 years, to the Central Coast at Terrigal, not only for its unique beach and beautiful ambience, but also its laid back atmosphere and proximity to all amenities. Yet within two years, we find it so difficult to drive through or park, especially during weekends. Surely, the multiple developments approved by Council play a part in this congestion. However, one can’t resist development, but surely one can find better ways of traffic flow rather than restricting what there is. To provide two examples of where Councils tried to stop vehicle traffic and make it only for pedestrians, where

both have ended in failures, Parramatta’s Church St, where Council reopened the previously closed Church St, due to increased crime and complaints from the shopkeepers, and Manly Corso, with sleepy, cheap, shops and not much in the way of tourist attraction. A constant traffic does have its benefit of preventing criminal elements taking over

the zone and providing interest and life to the area. Instead of increasing the available roads for traffic, restricting it further would be a mistake. I sincerely hope that Council has no intention of building above ground parking station monstrosities in the haven. Email, Mar 2 Dr Nalini Gayer, Terrigal

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25-year-old Wyong man faced Wyong local court on Saturday, March 10, after allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal crash on the M1 freeway at Mount White.


About 4.45pm on Friday, March 9, two utilities and a Pantech truck collided on the M1 at Mount White. The 46-year-old male driver of one of the utilities died at the scene. The male driver of the Pantech truck was not seriously injured. He was taken to hospital where he underwent

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mandatory blood and urine tests. The driver of the second utility was alleged to have left the scene. Following further inquiries by crash investigators, a 25-yearold man was arrested at a Wyong address.

He was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death, fail to stop and render assistance – impact causing death and not give particulars to police. The 25-year-old was refused bail and faced Wyong Local Court on Saturday, March 10. Inquiries into events leading up to the crash continued. Two northbound lanes of the M1 were blocked for over three hours causing extensive delays. A report is to be prepared for the coroner. Source: Media release, Mar 10 NSW Police Media

Off duty police officers assaulted


man has been charged after assaulting an offduty police officer in Copacabana. At about 8:40pm on Monday, March 5, a man was seen walking through the front yard of a number of properties in Copacabana. A woman saw the man approach her home. When the man saw her, he ran from the location. Police were told the man yelled obscenities at

the woman and verbally threatened her. An off-duty police officer detained the man a short distance away. A resident assisted the officer in restraining the man, who it is alleged, became increasingly aggressive. A second off-duty police officer was allegedly assaulted, when he assisted in detaining the man. Police from Brisbane Water

Police District attended and arrested the man before taking him to Gosford Police Station. A 29-year-old man was charged with common assault, assault officer in execution of duty (x2), resist officer in execution of duty, stalk/intimidate intend fear, intimidate police officer in execution of duty and with outstanding warrants. He was refused bail to appear Gosford Local Court. Source: Media release, Mar 6 NSW Police Media

38-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital in a serious but stable condition after a welding-related accident in Kincumber, on February 8.


The man suffered burns to the face and upper body when he was welding a beer tank

which caused an explosion at a brewery. CareFlight’s rapid response rescue helicopter was tasked shortly after 4:30pm, landing in a park near the incident. Ambulance crews providing initial treatment transported the man to meet the helicopter.

CareFlight’s specialist doctor and critical care paramedic treated the man further, placing him in an induced coma to stabilise him. He was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital’s specialist burns unit for ongoing treatment. Source: Website, Feb 9 CareFlight Facebook page

Four injured by explosion


nvestigations are underway following an explosion at a unit in East Gosford. At about 3pm on Wednesday, March 7, emergency services were called to a residential unit on Albany St, East Gosford, following reports of an explosion. Fire-fighters extinguished the blaze. Officers from Brisbane Water Police District attended and established a crime scene. Two men aged 23 and 25 sustained serious burns and were taken to Gosford Hospital where they remain in a serious condition. A 25-year-old man, and an 11-month-old boy sustained

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FORUM Airtight legislation required if euthanasia is to be approved found the Dying with FORUM Dignity article in Coast SHARE


Community News, January 18, alarming, but not because I am opposed to voluntary assisted dying. What I object to is the Hitlerism that appears every time a “moral issue” is considered. The vilification of a group of people, in Hitler’s time it was the Gypsies and the Jews, these days it is the religious far righ but it is not only people with religious conviction who question these of issues. It is generally impossible to get any media to present an unbiased report on the “other point of view”. It’s always about the rights of the person wanting to change or modify the law but the religious far right have no rights. What is in place to protect a person’s right not to participate in something they believe to be morally or spiritually wrong be it abortion, suicide, gay marriage, corruption or exploitation? I believe a doctor can be de-registered for not referring someone who wants an


abortion on to someone who will perform it. Is this just or fair? Can nurses, social workers, etc, opt out without jeopardizing status or career? If one is targeted simply because they are Caucasian, heterosexual or Christian, they have no protection under the Discrimination Act. I know: it happened to me and cost my job and, ultimately, my career. When I studied the Constitution, it clearly stated: “Members of the Upper House shall be non-party political and vote according to the wishes of their constituents and their conscience”. Their purpose is to protect us, the common people, from the idiosyncrasies of government and the corrupting influence of the rich and powerful. Remember Don Chipp, who set up the Democrats to “keep the bastards honest”? To give the Upper House a conscience vote is an admission they normally act in contempt of the Constitution and the Australian people. On the issue of safeguards,

I visited my father’s bedside, he had been improving 36 hours previously, but now was apparently unconscious. Being a nurse, I scanned his chart and found a 30mg dose of morphine had been given, 15 times the normal dose. When I challenged the doctor, he told me dad was very old, homeless and had a history of mental illness. He then altered my father’s chart and had stopped the antibiotics. Dad subsequently died. We could not get an inquest, although one was scheduled several times. I would want airtight legislation on relaxing the law. It should be a specific area set aside if in care. Why should old people on reaching a certain degree of fragility, fear being admitted to hospital? Both sides of the issue should be explored, which is not what the Hitlerists want. What we need is for the Upper House to be voted in on a regional basis, so that we know who we are voting for and can hold them to account. Letter, Feb 17 Clara Jones, Murrays Run

Key stakeholders still need to include community consultation


t is heartening that Planning NSW is going to allow a privileged group into the secret of the preparation process for the GCUDIF (“CBD Urban Design Framework to be previewed”, Coast Community News, January 15) and that this group of unidentified “key stakeholders” will actually include the Central Coast Council which, in any rational world, would have been the primary mover in the project. We are all stakeholders in

FORUM the GCUDIF but, apparently, we are not “key” stakeholders, and thus, not worthy of consultation in the arcane process of deciding the future of our “regional capital” (whatever that means, given the improbable assumption that it means anything). It would be interesting to know the composition of this mysterious cabal, how its members were selected and what weight will be given to any contribution they choose to make. It is difficult to imagine any input from Central Coast

Council that would have a decisive influence on the outcome. It is easy to dismiss this device as just another bit of futile map-colouring as a substitute for concrete action, but let us be wary of any policy decisions that might flow from this exercise to our detriment. The crucial point is whether the “key stakeholders” will be sworn to secrecy as a condition of involvement, or whether our Council representatives will be allowed to divulge to us the outcome of the consultation and the substance of any input made on our behalf. Email, Feb 20 Bruce Hyland, Woy Woy

Terrigal was once the jewel of the Central Coast Terrigal was once the jewel of the Central Coast, but who would say that now? Yes, the gorgeous beach is still there, but the place is a nightmare to get in and out of, as we all know. Then to add insult to injury, there have been so many DA’s passed, that it’s going to look like a giant Westfield by the

FORUM sea when they’re all built. At least the Westfield’s are relatively easy to get to and have masses of parking. However, unlike a Westfield, Terrigal has masses of vacant shops, with many more to come, so who will tenant them all?

There never was any planning at Terrigal from the very beginning, with the first roads being just formalised wild cattle-tracks. I think that the cattle would have the last laugh if they could see what’s going on there today. Email, Mar 4 Liz Parkinson, Avoca

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Therapy dogs to join the team at Gosford Courthouse


ictims and w i t n e s s e s at Gosford Courthouse will soon have the support of therapy dogs, Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, said. Mr Crouch welcomed the announcement by Attorney General, Mark Speakman, that Gosford Court is among nine new locations chosen, following the success of Manly Local Court’s Canine Court Companion pilot. “It’s very exciting that therapy dogs will join the team at Gosford Courthouse, providing much-needed support to victims and witnesses,” Mr Crouch said. “The calming presence of a furry friend will ensure all court users feel safer and more comfortable in the unfamiliar environment of a courthouse. “Gosford is one of the busiest regional courts in NSW, so having therapy dogs available to provide a helping paw will certainly reduce pressure and stress levels for everyone

who visits or works at the courthouse,” Mr Crouch said. Gosford is one of ten locations to introduce the Therapy Dog program. The other locations are Burwood, Campbelltown, Goulburn, Lismore, Manly, Nowra, Orange, Sutherland and Taree. Volunteers will visit Gosford Courthouse with their dogs on one or more mornings a week. “The therapy dog program is one of the most popular programs trialled in NSW courts. “But it wouldn’t exist without the dedicated volunteers who pause their busy schedules, giving up their time so court users can lap up the dogs’ non-judgmental support,” Attorney General Speakman said. At Gosford Courthouse therapy dogs will be available in foyers, waiting rooms, safe areas and witness rooms. Source: Media release, Mar 1 Ben Sheath, Office of Adam Crouch MP



Rotary Club donates $90,000 to suicide prevention projects


orth Gosford Rotary Club held a Benefactors and Beneficiaries Dinner on February 26 to thank Central Coast people, schools and businesses for getting behind its Save Our Kids (SOKS) suicide prevention project, other youth support projects, and to pledge further funds.

Another $76,000 was donated to Lifeline Central Coast, $10,000 to Top Blokes, and $4,000 donated to Stand Tall. Around 240 people attended the dinner at Mingara, Tumbi Umbi, including The Hon, Tanya Davies MP, NSW Minister for Mental Health. The Club’s SOKS team chair, Mr Lester Pearson, told those gathered about the work done under SOKS and introduced some of the young people who have benefited from the program. SOKS funds Lifeline Central Coast to provide safeTALKs, a three-hour course training school staff, teachers, welfare

Mr Rob Sams and Mr Lester Pearson at the dinner

people and counsellors about how to identify and approach someone who was contemplating suicide. Last year the program was expanded to provide a safeTALK program for Year 11 students. Mr Pearson said that since 2012, more than 2,000 people have been trained, and Lifeline estimates almost 500 local lives have been saved. Top Blokes Foundation teaches life skills to Year 9 and 10 students. Stand Tall provides young people with support and relief in dealing with lifestyle

behavioural addictions, such as drug, alcohol and eating disorder dependency, all types of bullying and other forms of violence. “Without the benefactors who contribute vital financial support of the SOKS Project, we would not have been able to achieve these great and lasting results for our community,” Mr Pearson said. Lifeline Central Coast regional manager, Mr Rob Sams, congratulated the Club on its commitment to serving local young people and saving precious local lives. “The men and women of

this wonderful local Rotary Club, and their supporters, are helping Lifeline and other organisations to save lives,” Mr Sams said. “Importantly we are building resilience and capacity in the community to save more lives in the years to come,” he said. “Self-harming behaviour has increased over the last few years, especially in those aged 10-17, particularly among girls. “Self-harming behaviour is not necessarily of suicidal intent, but the means chosen and the frequent tendency of these behaviours, can place a person at risk. “Early intervention is always the goal and awareness training around self-harm is in our training mix,” Mr Sams said. Almost 3,000 Australians die by suicide each year, around double the road toll. Suicide is the leading cause of death for all Australians aged between 15 and 44. Source: Media release, Feb 27 Craig Eardley, North Gosford Rotary

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Algal bloom danger averted

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each goers were warned against swimming and recreational fishing at Terrigal, Avoca and Copacabana beaches, following the discovery of marine algal blooms on Monday, March 12. The red coloured algae that has appeared on some local beaches has been identified as Trichodesmium erythraeum, commonly referred to as ‘red tide’ or ‘sea sawdust’. A similar algal bloom was detected on Sydney beaches over the weekend. Contact with the red coloured algae in the affected water. in some cases. can cause skin rashes, asthma and eye and ear irritations. Anyone who comes into contact and experiences health effects should seek medical attention, according to the precautionary warning issued by Central Coast Council. Council advised people to avoid eating recreationallycollected shellfish in affected waters. There is some evidence that small quantities of algal toxins may enter seafood flesh if a


he Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN) will conduct a service provider workshop in Gosford on April 12. The red algal bloom was similar to that found on Sydney beaches

bloom produces toxins. Finfish caught in the area should be well cleaned, washed with uncontaminated water and any internal organs disposed of before consumption. Seafood must be properly cooked. Trichodesmium or Red Tide as it’s known, is a common occurrence on the east coast of NSW and is caused by upwelling of nutrient-rich deep ocean waters that come down

the coast in the warm waters of the Eastern Australian Current. It can be observed as redbrown slick of saw-dust like particles at the water surface. The bloom appears as a yellow-brown surface scum with an oil slick type of appearance. When it decomposes, it may release a pinkish colour into the surrounding water and take on a pale green colour.

The Council warning said the bloom was likely to dissipate naturally in a few days and beach goers were advised to look out for signs of the algal bloom before entering the water. The beaches affected have been reopened as of Tuesday, March 13, with the dangerous blooms having dissipated. Source: Media release, Mar 12 Central Coast Council media

This workshop is designed for professionals who, in their work, provide support/services for adult male survivors of child sexual abuse (CSA). This workshop will explore the impacts of CSA on boys and men, along with strategies that can help them recover. The session concludes with a discussion with the cofounders of SAMSN. The workshop will be of benefit to psychologists, General Practitioners, psychiatrists, police, mental

health nurses, social workers, psychotherapists, counsellors, or anyone working with adult male survivors of child sexual abuse. Participants will learn about: the impact of the trauma of CSA on children; the effects of grooming and shame on the abused child; traumainformed care in working with adult male survivors, both individually and in groups; the particular impacts of CSA on males; what SAMSN have learned from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse; and, the advantages that peer support brings to the recovery process. Source: Media release, Mar 12 Breige Bailey, SAMSN

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Preschoolers to learn a foreign language


ore than 600 children at 20 preschools in the Robertson electorate will be given the opportunity to learn a second language this year, thanks to the Coalition Government’s Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program.

Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, said it was encouraging to see so many preschools taking part in the program. “We know the positive impact learning a second language can have on a child’s engagement and development,” Ms Wicks said. “This will be the start of a life-long interest in language learning for Central Coast children while at the same time boosting their English and problem-solving skills.” The program, which is

backed by $15.7m nationally in funding from the Coalition Government, now includes nine languages, with the introduction of Hindi and Modern Greek, in addition to Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Indonesian, Japanese, Italian and Spanish. Minister for Education and Training, Mr Simon Birmingham, said that more than 80,000 children at almost 2,500 preschools across the country will take part in the program. “The enthusiastic feedback we’ve been getting from educators and parents means that this year we’ll have record numbers of children learning a second language in our preschools,” Minister Birmingham said. “Exposure to another language and culture can have significant benefits on children from a young age, it expands their horizons and opens up exciting opportunities around the world when they reach the

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Scholarships available for struggling apprentices arliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, is encouraging first-year apprentices in the region who are experiencing financial or other personal hardship, to apply for a $15,000 Bert Evans Scholarship.


Mr MacDonald said applications for Bert Evans Scholarships, which are worth $5,000 a year over three years, are now open. “The scholarships help to buy new tools, cover fuel and car maintenance costs, pay for extra training courses or cover the cost of living,” Mr MacDonald said. “There can be many reasons why apprentices face personal

hardships. “They may be living away from home without any support and struggling to meet living and training costs, have a disability, or may come from difficult family situations. “I strongly encourage any local apprentices who meet the criteria to apply now for a scholarship,” he said. Local apprentices who started their training between March 1, 2017, and May 30, 2018, are eligible to apply for this year’s scholarships. Applications for this year’s scholarships close on May 30. Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, Mr John Barilaro, said more students, parents and employers were recognising the value of vocational education and training (VET) to deliver rewarding careers and build skills that are in high

demand in the community. “A career through VET can transform lives and we want to see people overcome financial or personal hardship through our VET system to set themselves up for a positive and rewarding life,” Mr Barilaro said. “These scholarships are open to both female and male apprentices and trainees and have already helped hundreds of young people succeed in their career and make a positive contribution to their families and communities. These scholarships were named after the late Bert Evans AO, who was a passionate advocate of the VET sector for over 30 years. Source: Media release, Mar 5 Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald MLC

Seven new school zone traffic offences all have fines and demerits


hertsey Public School Principal, Ms Toni Skinner, has reiterated seven new school zone traffic offences initiated by Roads and Maritime Services in 2018. These all relate to drivers dropping off or picking up students to and from school and all come with new fines. They do not attract demerit points when committed elsewhere on the road, but in a school zone, they each come with two point penalties. Four of the changes are: stopping in an intersection; stopping within 20m of intersection with traffic lights; stopping within 10m of intersection with no traffic lights; and, stopping near bicycle crossing lights. Under the new changes, if a driver commits any of these offences in a school zone, they will receive a penalty of $439 and 2 demerit points. The three other changes are: obstruct access to ramp/path/ passageway; not parallel park in the direction of travel; and, parallel park close to dividing line. Under these changes, if a

driver commits this offence in a school zone, they will receive a penalty of $330 and 2 demerit points.

Source: Newsletter, Feb 20 Toni Skinner, Chertsey Primary School


School rewards promotion underway


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Alyse Faith to study at the Royal Academy of Music in London

receipts, and nominate the school of their choice to donate to. Plus, customers who do register to be a part of the ‘School Rewards’ promotion will automatically be entered into the draw to win a $2,000 Imperial Centre Shopping Voucher. All participating schools appear on the ‘School Rewards’ leader board on the campaign website, which charts each school’s place, with live updates throughout the campaign. Source: Newsletter, Mar 12 Mary Hunt, Valley View Public School

School announces parent council membership ur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School (OLR) Wyoming, has announced its new Parent Council membership.


and social). “The Parent Council (PC) has three main goals,” OLR Principal, Mr Frank Cohen said. “The PC is to arrange social events, raise funds for school resources and to act as a sounding board for the principal in the operation of the school. “At last night’s meeting we discussed the School Improvement Plan for 2018. “There was also a chat about the 40th Year celebration of our school,” Mr Cohen added. Source: Newsletter, Feb 14 Frank Cohen, OLR Catholic Primary School Wyoming


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Fundraising stalls

NAISDA artists performed at the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras


he Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW/ ACT Volunteer Support Group will have a fundraising stalls at various shopping centres throughout the region in the lead up to International Guide Dog Day. The first event in the Gosford area will take place at Wyoming Shopping Centre on March 23, and will culminate at the Imperial Shopping Centre in Gosford on April 26, International Guide Dog Day.

The Support Group runs around 30 fundraising stalls a year at shopping centres across the Central Coast to raise much-needed funds for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT. Guide Dogs NSW/ACT uses the funds to provide free services to enable people who are blind or vision impaired, move around independently, so that they can live the life they choose. Source: Media release, Feb 17 Lynne Lillico, Guide Dogs Central Coast

Roundtable on water safety held NAISDA DA's performed at the 2018 Madri Gras celebration in Sydney

AISDA Dance College developing artists (DAs) performed at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on March 3.


“With this year marking the 40th anniversary of the Mardi Gras Parade, as well as the 30th anniversary of the First Nation Float, there was plenty

to celebrate. “Even more exciting, the event marked the first Mardi Gras after the YES vote,” said NAISDA CEO, Mr Kim Walker. “2018 is the fourth year that NAISDA DAs have performed at Mardi Gras. “The choreography is always developed by a Diploma DA, and this year, was devised by the talented, Neville Williams-

Boney,” said Mr Walker. “I developed choreography to highlight the individualism of our culture and celebrate our culture,” Mr WilliamsBoney said. “The brief I received was to make it a protest dance without any aggression, so I was stumped. “Instead, I created a dance through celebration and joy.


“The dancers all had so much pride, you could feel it. “They all had extreme fun. “I am immensely proud of all the dancers that participated and would like to thank them all for their effort and for making my vision shine through,” he added. Source: Newsletter, Mar 13 Kim Walker, NAISDA

voca Beach Surf Life Saving Club was the venue for a Federal Labor roundtable on swimming and water safety, on Wednesday, March 14.


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McBride, the Member for Dobell, and Ms Anne Charlton, the Labor candidate for the federal seat of Robertson, attended the event. The roundtable was part of the Federal Opposition’s development of a stronger national approach to help to prevent drownings. Source: Media alert, Feb 13 Alysson Watson, office of Emma McBride





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ustralian property and construction group, St Hilliers, who are developing the site at 26 Mann St Gosford, has partnered with Coast Shelter. In supporting the local charity, the St Hilliers project team, that includes more than 65 locals on site in Gosford, will run barbeques, raffles and auctions throughout the year to raise money for the organisation and support the charity in its endeavours to alleviate the region of homelessness. Mr Mark Dixon, Property Development and Investment Manager of St Hilliers, says that forging alliances with organisations such as Coast Shelter, that support the community, is an integral part of the company’s contribution to the region. “Organisations such as Coast Shelter are to be congratulated for their commitment and contribution. “It is a privilege to be able to support them and assist them in their efforts,� he said. Operating for over 25 years, Coast Shelter provides accommodation to more than 150 men, women, families

and youth every night, as well as coordinating the provision of 1,000 free meals every week through their Coast Community Centre. Coast Shelter has grown to include nine refuges and 60 outreach properties spread across the Coast. The organisation also works to advocate for the homeless and campaigns for social inclusion of disadvantaged members of the community. “Many of our clients are disadvantaged because of diminished living, social and communication skills. “Numeracy and literacy problems are high, as is substance abuse,� said Mr Laurie Maher, Chief Executive Officer at Coast Shelter. “With care, support and educational programs, many of these people transcend their current predicaments and become contributing members of our community. “The demand for repeat assistance is declining rapidly, which reflects our commitment to offering a hand-up, not a hand-out, but corporate support like that of St Hilliers is essential,� he said. Source: Media release, Mar 12 Katey Small, Brilliant Logic

ward-winning Peruvian tribal folk rock outfit, Amaru Pumac Kuntur (APK), will hit Australian shores for the first time, in 2018, with their Rainbow Snake Tour.


Based in the Andean capital of Cusco, and coined “Rock of the Gods� by Peruvian newspaper, La Republica, APK are selfproclaimed ‘messengers of the mountains’, and have been constantly packing out dance floors in Peru since they began in 2004. They bring earth-shattering energy, celestial ceremony and ecstatic tribal dance music, truly delivering something not yet witnessed in Australia. They recently welcomed Australian medicine woman and sound healer, Fire Mane, to the band, recognising her as ‘the voice of Pachamama.’ Delivering a solid sound that fuses Andean folk music, tribal percussion and rock, APK are a super-tight, high-energy outfit, complete with theatrics of high ceremony. This is dance music at its finest: pure, celebratory and breathtaking. Soaring pan flutes and zamponas, powerful djembe,

sweet charango and convicted, chanting voices from the high Andes, make APK an unforgettable act. APK will be supported by Mapstone. Mapstone will activate your energy with growling didge and bass grooves that lock onto drum and percussion rhythms, melodic guitars, folk harmonica, ukes, soaring flutes and vocals, all this from the dynamic threesome of Dion,

Prhlad, Chris, and a forever expanding and changing group of guest musicians. Mapstone have quickly emerged onto the roots music scenes in Australia, Canada and Bali. Together for just 18 months, they have already shared the stage with Nahko and Medicine for the People, Dustin Thomas, the Beautiful Girls, Murray Kyle and more. Mapstone have been moving

the dance floor and delighting ears wherever they go, including prestigious festivals such as Woodford Folk Festival, Bali Spirit Festival and Island Vibe Festival. APK and Mapstone will perform at Gosford’s The Rhythm Hut from 6pm on March 18. Source: Media release, Mar 12 Lou Sawilejskij, The Rhythm Hut






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Dolly Woods is very happy to be 100

Gosford CBD businesses boosted by extra workers but jobless rate still high


entral Coast businesses are reporting a major boost to business in the Gosford CBD, as new jobs continue to flow into the new ATO building in Georgiana Tce and builders work in the CBD on the various construction sites.

Ms Heather ‘Dolly’ Woods celebrated her 100th birthday on March 6


ntegrated Living Gosford have helped a very special friend celebrate her 100th birthday. Ms Heather ‘Dolly’ Woods celebrated the milestone birthday on March 6, at Integrated Living’s Gosford Activity Centre. Dolly volunteered for 57 years with the Red Cross, at branches across the Central Coast. She was a well-recognised face at the Red Cross stall in Gosford for many years. She has also provided many knitted and crocheted items to be sold by the Red Cross. Dolly said she still enjoys knitting and crocheting. “I can’t knit quite as quickly

as I used to, but I still love doing it,” said Dolly. “I am very happy to be 100. “I enjoy spending time with my friends here at the Integrated Living Gosford Activity Centre, we have tea and play games, or listen to music and watch movies, and today is so lovely, because there are even more friends here”, said Dolly. On her secret to staying young, Dolly said: “I like to keep doing things and helping other people. “I think it is important to help others and it is great when you are 100 and there are lovely people to help you.” Integrated Living staff and volunteers came together at the organisation’s Gosford Day Centre to celebrate Dolly’s big day.


They were joined by Red Cross volunteers and Dolly’s friend that she had met at the day centre. Dolly was presented with several gifts, including a ‘100 Years of the Red Cross’ commemorative book, which features Dolly’s name. She also received flowers and a congratulatory letter from Integrated Living CEO, Ms Catherine Daley. “A quietly spoken lady, Dolly’s smile lit up the room as she enjoyed lunch and birthday cake with her friends,” said Integrated Living’s Communication Assistant, Ms Janelle Kelly. Source: Media release, Mar 12 Janelle Kelly, Integrated Living Australia

During a recent visit to the Gosford ATO site, Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, met with the ATO to deliver feedback on the Coalition’s commitment to the region. “The first of the 600 new ATO employees started work at their desks last year, which is fantastic news for our community,” Ms Wicks said. “I’m pleased to confirm that we are already seeing an uplift in Gosford CBD that’s being felt by businesses, local families and the wider community. “This ‘coffee shop economics’, based on the simple premise that each of the 600 employees will be grabbing their coffee in Gosford, and not in Sydney or Newcastle, creates more confidence and more jobs.” The Good Bits Co, a new coffee shop near Kibble Park, has seen profit from the new wporkers. Ms Lydia said, ‘the popularity of our cafe is spread through word of mouth, and we’ve now got some great regular customers that are ATO staff. “We’re all about pumping up Gosford, and these jobs have really made a difference to the area.’ Ms Jan Gairn, from Ray White, Gosford, said that with greater career opportunities it’s making Gosford and the local area a more vibrant region,

and the economic stimulation is already significant at a grassroots level. She said that this has become evident with small business owners opening their doors in and around the Gosford CBD. “The minority of people travelling from the Hills District and the North Shore area of Sydney to Gosford for employment, anecdotally, are saying that they are considering making a permanent move to the coast because of our region’s lifestyle and affordability,’ Ms Gairn said. Mr Peter Blacker, from Central Coast Leagues Club, also said that the injection of jobs from the ATO has been really positive for Gosford. Mr Blacker said that they have seen an increase of people walking the streets, Gosford hasn’t been like that in a long time. Mr Rod Dever, President of the Gosford-Erina Chamber of Commerce, confirmed that the construction of the ATO and the commitment to deliver 600 new jobs has been a positive development in terms of the Gosford area. Mr Dever said, the ATO has held a number of information sessions and has been fantastic in terms of outreach to local businesses, and that having a government department available at a local level has meant that obtaining information is easier. Local businesses are still being contacted to assess the economic impact these policies are having and are encouraged to add their voice. Mr Dever said, “We’ve now had 16 consecutive months of jobs growth, which is the longest run of jobs growth ever recorded.

“Our business tax cuts are helping small business to invest, hire and grow. “We want to create even more jobs and opportunities, including for families and businesses on the Central Coast.” Labor Senator Deborah O’Neill said Ms Wicks should stop patting herself on the back for building a big grey brick box on the waterfront and accept that an unemployment crisis has grown under her watch. “The community was promised public lands on the Gosford waterfront and a performing arts centre on the Gosford Public School site,” Sen O’Neill said. “The Liberals broke their promise and there is still no sign of a performing arts centre, four years later,” she said. “Labor has always supported the creation of more local jobs in our community but there isn’t any indication that the tax office has had any significant impact on our unemployment figures. “Unemployment on the Coast has skyrocketed to 6.5 per cent, that’s way higher than the state average and well above the national average. “There are 1,300 more jobless people on the Coast since Ms Wicks was elected, and yet she continues to deny that our region faces an unemployment crisis, particularly with youth unemployment at 19 per cent,” Sen O’Neill said. Source: Media release, Mar 7 Tim Sowden, office of Lucy Wicks Media statement, Mar 13 Rhys Zorro, office of Deborah O’Neill



$36,000 grant to target litter hotspots


arliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, and Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, have announced that Central Coast Council had been awarded a $36,000 grant from the NSW Liberal National Government to deliver projects targeting litter hotspots.

The grants have been awarded under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s ‘Waste Less, Recycle More’, initiative. Central Coast Council was one of 18 projects successful in accessing funding under Round 4 of the Litter Prevention Grants program. A total of $1.18m was

awarded in this round, to projects that will target local litter hotspots and work to improve community behaviour when it comes to doing the right thing. The project aims to reduce roadside litter along key Central Coast arterial roads. The project will target regular commuters using localised roadside banners, promotion of the ‘Report to EPA’ littering from vehicles program, and a broader education campaign. In-car dash-cams will be installed in ranger vehicles to enforce roadside littering. In-car tidy bags will be provided to commuters, and distributed through local business and service stations, to encourage people to take their rubbish with them. “Through the Litter

Prevention grants, the NSW Government is working with councils to tackle litter at a local level”, Mr MacDonald said. “These grants support councils to run programs that assist with litter clean-ups, and community education. “We all know what it means to do the right thing when it comes litter, but these grants will help ensure that we put that awareness into action. “I’m so pleased that through this funding, the State Liberal Government can work together with Council to improve our local environment, especially along our beautiful coastline”, Mr Crouch said. Source: Media release, Mar 7 Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald MLC

Vintage Fair Erina closes airhaven Services’ first long-term popup shop closed on March 8.


Since it opened in April, 2017, Vintage Fair Erina has welcomed tens of thousands of customers through its doors, raised over $165,000, and held a number of special events, including an Antiques Roadshow in August, and a ReCreate upcycled furniture expo in January. Erina Fair’s only second

hand store was well-known for selling a wide variety of antiques, books and ReCreate homeware items, created by the charity’s supported employees. Ms Monique Cardon, Fairhaven Service’s CEO, said: “Fairhaven is immensely grateful to Centre Management Lendlease for the opportunity to showcase our disability enterprise. “The shop has enabled us to raise awareness of disability and the work we do.”

If you’re reading this, so could up to 150,000 other people

Store Supervisor, Mr Mitchell Gordon, added: “I would like to say a big thank you to our volunteers, loyal customers, and Lendlease, who have supported us over the past 11 months. “We hope our customers will continue to support Fairhaven by visiting our Point Clare Shopping Village on Brisbane Water Dve.” The store’s staff and volunteers will be relocated to the Point Clare store until a permanent retail space can be secured. Source: Media release, Feb 28 Tracey Honig, Fairhaven Services



Fifty years of saving children celebrated

Gosford's Save the Children are celebrating 50 years of charitable service and compassion towards disadvantaged children


he Gosford Branch of Save the Children is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Over the years, the group has been involved in many charitable pursuits to raise aid funds centred around childcare and development in developing countries.

Domestically, Save the Children provides play buses for pre-school children, mobile youth vans to support vulnerable teenagers, parental support and juvenile justice mentoring. “Drawing on our history and experience, Save the Children continues to grow and reach out to children in need, both in Australia and overseas,”

said the group’s Ms Bronwen Ozanne. In celebration of their anniversary, the Gosford Branch will be holding a Devonshire Morning Tea at Narara Uniting Church from 10am on March 16. Source: Media release, Feb 16 Bronwen Ozanne, Save the Children Gosford

New people at the helm of Bush Dance Association


he Central Coast Bush Dance and Music Association held its Annual General Meeting on February 10. The meeting saw the retirement of members Ms Anne Maree Turner, Mr Philip Evans and Ms Carmel Gerrie. The meeting also ushered in new committee members, with the Association welcoming Mr Mike Young as its new

President, Mr David Potter as Treasurer, and Ms Robyn Northwood as Secretary. This February also marked the Association’s 20th

anniversary. Source: Media release, Feb 14 Robyn Northwood, CCBDMA




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ARTS & CULTURE CENTRAL COAST ART SOCIETY Lectures, demonstrations and discussion. Weekly paint-outs 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

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

CENTRAL COAST CARAVANNERS CLUB INC 3rd Sun Monthly Visitors - New Members welcome, Trips Away, Social Outings, Flowship with like minded senior folk - Details from Geoff 0447 882 150

CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITY LEGAL CENTRE Not for profit service providing free legal advice. Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 4353 4988

claims and benefits Wed & Fri 10am – Midday Meetings 2nd Sat 10am 4384 2661

The NSW Justices Association Inc Seeking volunteers for 8 community JP Desks Monday Erina Fair & Imperial Centre Gosford 9am-1pm Tuesday Gosford Court 9.30am-1pm Thursday Kincumber Library 10am-1pm Free Insurance and training provided 0418 493 388

U3A CENTRAL COAST Enjoy a diverse range of courses and activities for seniors. Keep your mind active and make new friends. Your retirement years can be the best years of all. 0408 704 701

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


We rescue and care for injured and orphan native animals. 24hr/ day, 7days/week. Come join us. Gen Meeting 3rd Sun Wyoming CENTRAL COAST 50+ Community Centre, Maidens SINGLES SOCIAL GROUP Brush Rd Wyoming at 10am Invites Ladies & Gents for dinner, 4325 0666 dancing - BBQs & socialising each w/e. Friendly group COMMUNITY CENTRES monthly programme all areas 0412 200 571 COMMUNITY CENTRES 0437 699 366 provide the local community with a meeting place and hub for groups, services and information. CENTRAL COAST

SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH (Singles over 55) Luncheons 1st and 3rd Sundays monthly at various licensed venues 43321 695 (after 2pm)




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

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



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

Enabling People who live with a disability to achieve their goals and aspirations. Since 1962 Independant Living, community participation, life skills & more NDIS Provider.

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• Exercise classes • Yoga for adults and children • Community eco garden • Room hire • Health support groups • Counselling • After school activities 4363 1044

MINGALETTA ABORIGINAL TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER CORPORATION A meeting place and referral hub for education, health, well-being 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. 43845152


SYDNEY WELSH CHOIR Cultural organisation performing at various venues to promote the Welsh culture with singing, Also performing for charity fund raising. 4369 3378

SYMPHONY CENTRAL COAST Community Orchestra welcomes new memberships to join our ranks Rehearsales every Wednesday 7.30 to 9.45pm at Erina info@sympnony


Active showband available to Counsellors provide free, confidential, professional service play at your community function. to gamblers, family and friends. Wide ranging repertuore. Always Woy Woy, Kincumber, Gosford, seeking new members, come and have fun with music. Follow us on The Entrance. Facebook - Every Mon 5 - 7pm 4344 7992 Kincumber Uniting Church 4365 4414 GROW Support Groups Small friendly groups formed to learn how to overcome anxiety, depression and loneliness and to improve mental health and wellbeing. Anonymous, free and open to all. Weekly at Woy Woy, Bateau CENTRAL COAST GREENS Bay and Wyong The Central Coast Greens 1800 558 268 For a fairer, more transparent and accountable government based on democratic principles Local, state-wide, national MEALS ON WHEELS and international issues and Delicious meals delivered free campaigns - Council and Join us for a midday meal parliamentary representation Help with shopping and cooking Developing a new economy classes Protecting our environment 4363 7111 Peaceful conflict resolution Community participation We meet monthly every 3rd Thu - Details and info: CENTRAL COAST FAMILY




while making new friends. Enjoy social outings and community involvment. Wyong Club Meets 3rd Wed 6.30pm Terrigal Club Meets 3rd Mon 12 noon Gosford North 2nd Wed 7pm 0417 480 549 or 0407 008 555

LIONS CLUB OF WOY WOY 1st and 3rd Mon. Woy Woy Leagues Club Make new friends and have fun while serving your community. 0478 959 895

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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


Twice weekly bush walks, varying distances and grades of difficulty. Explore, enjoy scenery, fauna, ROTARY CLUB OF floral, history. Keep fit and make GOSFORD friends. Gosford Golf Club 6pm Thursdays 4389 4423 or 4332 7378 Supporting local and overseas communities come along and SPIRITUALITY IN THE PUB share fellowship and fun. Ecumenical & Interfaith Speakers 0414 777 748 Forum & Q&A with focus on developing understanding and encouraging dialogue about ROTARY CLUB OF spirituality through people GOSFORD NORTH sharing their life journeys. Active community minded club. 1st Tues March to October Many projects focussed on 2nd Tues November assisting youth. Support our great 7.30 to 9pm projects, get involved with our Grange Hotel Wyoming fun club. New member enquiries 4328 2596 - 0498 588 261 welcomed Graham Black - 0410 509 071

ROTARY CLUB OF KARIONG/SOMERSBY International service club improves lives of communities in Australia and overseas. Funfilled activities, fellowship and friendship breakfasts. Phillip House, 21 Old Mount Penang Rd (opp Shell) - Fri 7:15am 4340 4529



Empowering women of all ages in the areas of work, education, well-being and friendship. Monthly dinner meetings and speaker. Community transport available to and from centre Chris Levis 0438 989 199


Open Tue to Fri 9.30am - 2.30pm ASSOCIATION (CWA) First Sat 9.30 - noon Quilting, patchwork, spinning, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY Thur 7pm - 9pm knitting, crochet and more BIZ PLUS NETWORKING OURIMBAH/ NARARA Other times by appointment. 9am-2pm ASSOCIATION BRANCH 4324 5164 Every Fri, Opposite WYOMING Attention business owners if Discussion/action community Terrigal Bowling Club COMMUNITY CENTRE you keen to grow your business issues - 3 levels of Government 4385 9503 or 4384 3696 Community Support, Zumba and in the process build Niagara Park Primary School Book Club, Community Garden, worthwhile relationships, attend a 7.30pm 1st Mon each month BRISBANE WATER GOSFORD RSL Facility Hire, EAPA, Fine Biz Networking breakfast. 0410 309 494 HISTORICAL SOCIETY Assistance, Volunteer Opportunity, SUB-BRANCH Every Thur 7:15am - 9am • Coach tours • School CDAT, OSHC/Vacation Care WOMEN’S AUXILIARY Erina Leagues Club educational tours • Annual Street Manager Gosford Regional Raise money for the welfare of Geoff Neilson Stalls • Participation in History Community Services veterans and their families. RSL Heritage Week Celebration 4323 7483 Club West Gosford Develop confidence by improving Margaret Pearce 4th Mon 2pm CCLC BRIDGE CLUB your speaking skills. Meetings are 4325 2270 4323 7336 Duplicate Bridge-partner not entertaining and educational. required for most sessions. FELLOWSHIP OF FIRST CENTRAL COAST WOMEN’S Central Coast Leagues Club BRISBANE WATERS FLEETERS CENTRAL COAST 12.30pm Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri. HEALTH CENTRE BREAKFAST For anyone interested in early ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Sat 1.30pm Wed 7.15pm Mon Counseling, therapeutic and TOASTMASTERS CLUB history or early family histories. meet every Wed 12.30pm 4325 9854 social groups, workshops, 8:30am-10:30am Someone cares - Anglican Church Don’t need to be a First Fleeter. domestic violence and abuse 2nd and Last Sat The Hive and Point Clare Community Hall 3 Mann St Gosford issues. All services provided by Library, Erina Shopping Centre 2nd Sat 10:30am 4323 3890 women for women 0459 240 183 4392 1926 4311 6254 CENTRAL COAST 4324 2533



Handicraft, Painting, Knitting, Tai Chi, Scrabble, Darts, Table Tennis, Indoor Bowls, Patchwork, Yoga, BETTER HEARING Fitness, Gentle Swimming, Line BLUE GUM FLAT AUSTRALIA CENTRAL Dancing, Cards, Variety Social, TOASTMASTERS GOSFORD NORTH Womens Group, Zumba, Crochet, COAST Mthly meetings 1st and PROBUS CLUB BRISBANE WATER BRASS Computers Hearing loss management 3rd Mon 7.15-9.30pm Meets 4th Tuesday at the Grange 4304 7065 Support and educational groups Brass Band entertainment for the Ourimbah RSL Hotel Monthy meeting 4th community playing all types of providing practical experience 4362 7227 Tuesday Grange Hotel 10am popular music and confi dence GOSFORD-NARARA 43225560 Rehearsal every Tues. NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE Learn the benefits of hearing aids 7.30pm-10pm 4321 0275 School Holiday activities, 0419 274 012 PROBUS CLUB OF AVOCA playgroup, multicultural GOSFORD WORLD VISION 10.15am 3rd Mon programs, community activities - CENTRAL COAST PROSTATE Avoca Beach Bowling Club COMMUNITY GROUP COASTAL A CAPPELLA Rooms for Hire CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 4382 3372 Dynamic award winning women’s Make new friends while helping 4329 4477 (GOSFORD) your local world vision group a cappella chorus Meet last Friday Month microsites/avocabeach raise funds, monies raised new members always welcome. Terrigal Uniting Church benefits Indigenious Australians Music eduction provided POINT CLARE COMMUNITY 380 Terrigal Dre, Terrigal FREEMASONS and families and communities Lots of Performance 9.30am to 12 noon HALL Who are they? What do they do? opportunities, or hire us for your world wide to overcome poverty 4367 9600 Community Garden Playgroup Find out about the wolrd’s oldest and injustice. next event. Craft and Exercise Groups fraternal organisation and how 4th Tue monthly 11am 0412 948 450 Function or Meeting Hire we help our community. Presbyterian Church Young St Managed by Gosford Regional CENTRAL COAST PROSTATE Gosford Masonic Centre West Gosford Community Services CANCER SUPPORT GROUP 86 Mann St Gosford 0400 586 760 SOUNDWAVES Enquiries regarding hire to (WYONG) A cappella harmony for Men 4323 7483 Meet last Monday Month INNER WHEEL CLUBS OF – new members welcome. Toukley RSL Club - Homes Ave TERRIGAL WAMBERAL CENTRAL COAST Rehearsals Mondays 7.00pm to Toukley - 10.00am to 12 noon RSL SUB-BRANCH Wyong, Terrigal & 9.30pm Central Coast Leagues 4356 9300 At Breakers Country Club pension Gosford North Clubs Club, Dane Drive, Gosford and welfare officers available to Women working together to make Ring Max on 4324 3631 assist with DVA compensation a difference and imprive lives or Kieran 4324 1977




Traditional Karate & Self Defence for Teens & Adults No Contracts, Cheap Rates Wamberal - Mon 630pm Kincumber - Thurs 715pm 0417 697 096



Making a difference in the lives of women and girls through Awareness, Advocacy and Action by supporting local and national projects 2nd Thur 7 pm Breakers Country Club, Dover Rd, Wamberal Learn silverwork, Cabochons, Faceting, Enamelling, Stone Field-trips & fossicking ZONTA CLUB OF CENTRAL Weekly Workshops Tues and Thurs 8.30am COAST 2.30pm. Thurs 6-10pm Friendly group making a real 10 Ourimbah Creek Rd Ourimbah difference to the future of women 4362 2246 and girls, emphasis on education and domestic violence prevention Monthly dinner meetings with CENTRAL COAST speaker. 2nd Tues 6:15pm SOARING CLUB INC Terrigal Bowling Club Gliding Club, Learn to fly, 0414 449 930 Instruction FREE to members 14 and up for Training Flying at Bloodtree Rd Mangrove Mountain Thur, Sat, Sun ( weather permitting)

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East Gosford Rotary has raised over $2.5m over 50 years he Rotary Club of East Gosford has celebrated over 50 years of community service in February with a commemorative dinner and celebration evening.


Club President, Mr Dave Tanare, and his wife, Eva, were joined by over 130 people for dinner, as they announced that the Club had raised over $2.5m over the past five decades for local, national and international projects. Rotary royalty from as far afield as the Blue Mountains and Wellington, New Zealand, attended, such was the impact of this celebration. Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, led the dancing, along with many Rotarians and supporters of the Club. A partnership with the Central Coast Cancer Centre and the Crestani Scholarships in Radiotherapy was announced during the evening, with an initial donation of $5,000 towards a study project for a local radiotherapist, along with another $5,000 to the Cancer Council for a new project. “Sometimes our community sees Rotary as an old fashioned club that run a few local barbeques, but it is so much more. “The Rotary Club of East Gosford and Bowelcare Australia

Rotarians from East Gosford celebrated 50 years of community service in February

have run the Bowelscan/ Bowelcare program for over 25 years, providing low cost, effective, home testing kits for the early detection of potential, or actual, Bowel Cancer. “As we all know, early detection is the key,” Mr Tanare said. “This program has been a co-operative project involving Rotary Clubs from all over NSW. “Rotary teams have worked together, and many lives have been saved, using this simple test kit. “Projects over the 50 years have been varied, and most recently, the major project has been the creation of the East Gosford Community Garden, a project connecting the local

community through plants, vegetables and friendships. “Funded through local council, Federal Government and Rotary Foundation grants, together with sponsorship from the Bendigo Bank in East Gosford, this garden embraces all that the word community means, as locals of all ages dig, plant and share a cuppa. “Creating opportunities for our youth is an important part of Rotary’s focus, and two amazing young ladies from St Joseph’s College, Elana Chaperon and Brooke Porter, spoke on their experience recently, attending the Rotary National Youth Science Forum (NYSF). “It’s a two week, live in program for our young elite

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

Friday, Mar 16 Terrigal Wamberal Sharks Present Lunch With Matty Jones hosted by Jimmy Goddard with special guests, The Terrigal Hotel, 12:00pm, bookings essential

Saturday, Mar 17 Discover Hawaiian Spirituality Workshop and Hula for Beginners class, Bamboo Buddha, 9:30am to 5:30pm, event continues on March 18, tickets essential St Patrick’s Day Race Day, The Entertainment Grounds Gosford, 12:00pm to 5:00pm, tickets essential St Patrick’s Day Celebrations, The Terrigal Hotel, 3:00pm

Sunday, Mar 18 John Mac Nally presents

Irish Eyes Are Smiling with Greg Hooper, Laycock St Theatre, Gosford, bookings essential WOW Stand Up Paddle Boarding for Guys and Girls, AQUAFUN Avoca Lake, 10:30am to 12:00pm Central Coast Speedway Kart Club Championships Round 2, Showground Rd Gosford, 7:00am to 4:00pm

day concludes at 6:00pm AUDITION: My Fair Lady, Gosford Musical Society, Laycock St Theatre Gosford, 7:00pm to 10:30pm

Tuesday, Mar 20

Saturday, Mar 24

Beginner Cake Decorating Class, Cakes By Kyla, Gosford, 5:30pm to 9:30pm, tickets essential

San Cisco live, The Florida Beach Bar Terrigal, 8:00pm to 1:00am, tickets essential Alive Plant Based Festival, Kibble Park Gosford, 10:00am to 5:00pm, free event Mariners VS Sydney FC, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford, 5:35pm to 8:35pm, tickets essential

Wednesday, Mar 21 Turfcare Race Day, The Entertainment Grounds Gosford, gates open from 12:00pm (free entry for this event) first race scheduled for 1:00pm subject to change,

Friday, Mar 23 David Strassman Presents ITedE, Laycock St Theatre Gosford, 7:00pm to 9:00pm, tickets essential

students, exposing them to career and study opportunities available in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. “The Rotary Club of East Gosford has been sponsoring local students to attend every

year for the last ten years. “What a thrill for everyone at the dinner, as Elana and Brooke presented their report with poise and confidence,” Mr Tanare continued. “Along with exposing them to study and career options, at NYSF they created friendships and networks that will be beneficial throughout their careers. “In fact, at this 50 Year Celebration Dinner, they were approached by local business people offering to mentor and assist in their careers. “We will watch their careers unfold with great interest. “They are both real credits to the Central Coast and we should all be proud,” Mr Tanare said. “This dinner highlighted the professional respect Rotary has for their supporters, with a committee of four Rotarians who should be praised for

their efforts in creating a truly memorable event. “Janne Maggs, Margaret Berger, Sue Evans and Dave Tanare worked for many weeks to ensure guests had a night to remember. “They fine-tuned everything from decorations, table settings, gifts for everyone and limited speeches. “Rod and Joan Chippindale also worked behind the scenes and their guidance was invaluable. “It was a night to remember for the Central Coast. “We can’t wait for the next celebration the Rotary Club of East Gosford presents,” said friend of the Club, Ms Vicki de Carle. Source: Media release, Mar 1 Vicki de Carle, Vick de Carle and Associates

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The Gosford Kariong Club invariably finds itself in a state of suspended animation each and every off-season, following the implementation of a Central Coast rugby league policy handed down in 2012. The Storm have become wholly reliant on one of the established first grade clubs, in this instance the Panthers, acknowledging that they do not have enough players on their roster to field three senior teams. This then allows the Storm to step in and fill the vacant 11:30am slot. A similar situation arises for last season’s grand finalists St Edwards, who, having subbed for Woy Woy in recent seasons, will this year find themselves on the under card at Ourimbah. A relieved Gosford Kariong team spokesman, Mr Chris Finneran, said: “The boys

have been training their hearts out since before Christmas,” describing the wait to find out whether the club had been included into the 2018 draw as, “stressful”. In further good news for the Gosford Kariong Senior Club, the Storm welcomes the Elanora Hotel as its major sponsor for 2018. This partnership enjoys a deep historical significance, as the Cusick family and the Gosford rugby league club first joined forces in the preseason of 1931. The Elanora Hotel’s General Manager and Licensee, Mr Damien Cusick, is the grandson of Mr Alton Cusick, who arrived in Gosford from Newcastle during November of 1930, to take up the running of Hotel Gosford. By kick off to the 1931 football season, the former Eastern Suburbs reserve grade three-quarter, had become an enthusiastic supporter of the local rugby league club; supplying both the Gosford first and second grade teams with a full set of brand new jerseys. Source: Media release, Mar 8 Andrew Stark, Gosford Kariong Storm RLFC

Shane Holmes dominated at the Central Coast Pro Photos: Ethan Smith World Surf League


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where I live, and I think I was able to keep a good routine over the course of the event. “My parents were here supporting me over the week as well, which makes the result so much better,” Olsson said. That routine helped propel Olsson onwards towards the finals, where she was in fine form, catching 11 waves and racking up a total score of 10.15 in the decider. But it was not to be, as South African opponent, Sarah Braum, was just too good on the day, locking down a solid lead with a 7.25 wave score, which culminated in an 11.65 for her overall performance

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Locals take a 1st and a 2nd in Pro Surfing Series

Gosford Kariong Storm Open Grade to sub for Berkeley Vale he Gosford Kariong Storm Open Grade team have received the go-ahead from host club, Berkeley Vale, and will now line up in the 2018 Central Coast rugby league competition, which kicks off on April 8.







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Kirra-Belle Olsson had a hard fought final at the Vissla and took home the silver

and the win. Shane Holmes is no stranger to the Central Coast Pro, having placed second in 2016 and marking himself as one to watch. This was Holmes’ first win in an elite Qualifying Series event, and was one of his strongest performances yet, with two excellent wave scores of 8.50 and 9.15, giving Holmes a massive 17.65 total score for the final. His opponent, Jordin Watson, was hard pressed to keep up, with Holmes and ended the day with a total score of 13.20. Holmes was over the moon with his win.

“I’ve been doing the QS for a few years now and have come second in events in the past, but I haven’t been able to get myself a win. “To claim a victory at a beach that’s only 20 minutes away from where I live feels insane. “Hopefully, I can get a few more decent results in the next six months or so to help my seed going into the back end of the year,” Holmes said. Source: Press conferences, Mar 11 Shane Holmes and Kirra-Belle Olsson, Vissla Central Coast Pro Website, Mar 11 World Surf League Vissla Central Coast Pro Rankings

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Five Valley View swimmers to go on to zone championships

Ross Clarke-Jones rode a 130 foot wave


Valley View Public School's champion swimmers are off to Sydney North

Tide Chart T

wenty-nine students from Valley View Public School went to Woy Woy Leisure Centre on March 9 to compete in the Brisbane Water PSSA Swimming Carnival.

FORT DENISON LAT 33° 51’ S - LONG 151° 14’ E - TIME ZONE - 1000 Times and Heights(m) of high and low waters

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Principal, Ms Mary Hunt made a particular mention to: Ava H, first place in 8 years’ freestyle; Liam T, first in Junior Boys breaststroke, first in Junior Boys butterfly, second in Junior Boys backstroke, and Junior Boys Age Champion; Baxter P, first Junior Boys backstroke and third in 10 years’ freestyle; Olivia B, first in 10 year’s freestyle, second in Junior Girls backstroke and Junior Girls breaststroke; and, Emma B, second in Senior Girls backstroke. “These five students will also go on to represent our school and our zone at the Sydney North swimming carnival on March 29 at Sydney Olympic Park,” Ms Hunt said.

0251 0.45 0909 1.72 1531 0.34 2135 1.57


0455 0.39 1107 1.64 1715 0.37 2330 1.69


0103 1.67 0732 0.49 1335 1.37 1928 0.58


0420 1.64 0306 1.62 1112 0.48 0958 0.52 1602 1.27 MON 1722 1.31 2303 0.63 2146 0.67


0011 0.55 0531 1.69 0634 1.76 1217 0.41 1827 1.40 WED 1313 0.34 1921 1.50


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0111 0.47 0729 1.81 1400 0.29 2009 1.59

I love proving them all wrong and pushing myself to up the ante and go bigger each time,” added Clarke-Jones. “I am, however, looking forward to heading back closer to home when I’ll be chasing big waves in the Southern Hemisphere for the next few months,” he said. The XXL Big Wave award competition period draws to a close in March, and while he already has two epic entries in Ride of the Year and 10 entries into XXL Biggest Wave, Clarke-Jones is ready to put his body on the line to score an even bigger ride with big surf forecast in Nazare over the next few weeks. In a fearless category all of their own, Clarke-Jones and his big wave peers regularly take on waves that are higher than 80 feet and have the force of a freight train. Born in Sydney, Clarke-Jones grew up in Terrigal and now splits his time between homes in Victoria’s Torquay, Nazare Portugal and Hawaii.

Clarke-Jones. “And who knows, what’s to come for the rest of the season.” Despite all of Clarke-Jones’ achievements, he has always been true to himself with a down to earth rawness. When he mastered the freak 130ft titan wave in Nazare, the biggest ever ridden at the extreme wave mecca, with tow partner, Benjamin Sanchis (Hossegor, France) in January, in typical Clarke-Jones style, the massive feat was taken in his stride and with little fan fare. The enigmatic big wave legend preferred to let the historic ride speak for itself. With the new Personal Best ride under his belt and thousands of kilometres already travelled this year chasing big waves in Hawaii, California and Portugal, there are no signs of the legendary surfer slowing down. “When I hit 50, a lot of people said that I’d start to worry about my mortality and that the fear would finally get to me. “More than 12 months on,

errigal’s big wave royalty, Ross Clarke-Jones is riding harder, faster, and higher in 2018, having recently smashed his personal big wave (and World) record by taking on the ‘Big Mama’ at Portugal’s Nazare. With his fearless and inimitable style, Clarke-Jones remains the only surfer in the world to ride right over on ‘Big Mama’, an awe-inspiring wave peak considered to be one of the most dangerous on the planet, and the one closest to the lighthouse at Nazare that dominates iconic images around the world. Almost 20 years to the day, Clarke-Jones rode the largest swells in history outside Log Cabins, on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii, known as ‘Biggest Wednesday’ (Wednesday, January 28, 1998). “That was my first Big Wednesday, so to do it all again on an even bigger wave was a massive thrill,” said

Source: Media release, Feb 21 Kylie Edwards, Cardinal Spin


Source: Newsletter, Mar 12 Mary Hunt, Valley View Public School

Ettalong 40 min, Rip Bridge 2hrs - Wisemans Ferry 2 hrs 30 min, Koolewong 2 hrs 10 min

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Clarke-Jones snapped riding Big Mama

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Surf clubs win 31 medals large contingent of Central Coast competitors made the short trek north to the 2018 NSW Age Surf Life Saving Championships at Blacksmiths Beach.


For the second year in succession, no Central Coast club was able to crack the coveted top 10 in the overall point score, but that didn’t stop them returning home with 31 medals from the three-day competition. Avoca Beach led the charge amongst Coast Clubs, finishing in 12th spot overall, with 11 medals. The U13 Male Beach Relay team of Toby Armstrong, Jackson O’Mara, Declan Richardson, and Jack Wilson, were the Club’s only gold medallists. Mia Cracknell (U13s) won three silver medals, including individually in the Surf Race, while Ella Parker, Ciara Williams, and Emily Prior, were multiple silver medallists in their first attempt at the State Titles in the U9s, after enjoying success in the team events. The emergence of Wamberal as a force in junior surf lifesaving continued, with the club finishing with an impressive six medals.

Daniel McCarthy took gold in the U12 Beach Flags. The Male U12 Beach Relay combined for a silver medal, and Hayden McGregor (U9 Surf Race) claimed an individual silver medal as well. Other strong performances came from Keenan White (U13s Beach Run), Matthew Humphries (U12 Board), and Noah Nakagawa (U12 Beach Sprint), who all finished with a bronze medal. Umina Beach finished with four medals, with Sienna Scahill (U13 Female Beach Run) leading the charge with a gold medal. Terrigal SLSC claimed Branch honours for the first time in several seasons earlier this year, and entered the championships full of confidence. “The last couple of years we’ve really worked on building up our training squad, and this year, our goal has been to win the overall branch point score, which we did, so that was a huge achievement for us,” said Nipper Head Coach, Ms Rachelle King. “For State, it’s about getting as many teams and individuals into finals, and just having a really good time.” No Terrigal member had quite as good a time as Emelyn

Wheeler, who won the Sprint/ Flag double in the U13s. Bree Josling (MacMasters Beach SLSC) won bronze in the U11 Beach Sprint, while her club mates Ben Sapsford and Hamish Taylor, combined to finish third in the U11 Board Rescue. North Avoca’s Emma Duggan showed her water skills to finish with bronze in both the U11 Ironwoman and Surf Race. Rounding off the Central Coast medallists were Copacabana’s Cooper Hobbs (3rd U11 Beach Flags), Killcare’s Alexis Sheppard (3rd U9 Beach Flags), and Sienna Kennedy-Wilkie (North Entrance), who won gold in her first ever State Champs in the U9 Board Race. NSW Surf Sports Manager, Mr Rob Pidgeon, said that it was a highly successful competition for the young athletes. “Some of our older Nipper competitors will now go on to get their first taste of national level racing at the April Australian Championships, while our younger ones can look forward to an exciting finish with their club season,” Mr Pidgeon said. Source: Media release, Mar 6 Liam Howitt, SLS NSW Media

Gosford athletes excel


osford Senior Athletics Club had an excellent showing at the NSW Open Championships. Tyler Gunn won the 400m Sprint, with a new personal best, and a World Junior Qualifier time of 47.18

seconds. Kelly Hunter competed in both the Shot and Discus. She placed fifth in Discus, with a throw of 43m, which was very close to her personal best, and eighth in Shot, with a throw of 11.39m. Oscar Tebbutt Walked in the 5km and came 4th, with a time

of 22:28.89, and Katie Gunn (15), stepped up to compete against the big girls, placing seventh in the Long Jump, with a new personal best of 5.56m. Source: Website, Feb 4 Gosford Senior Athletics Facebook page

Gosford Kariong under 8s coach Richard Simmons has a chat with his promising young squad Photo - Andrew Stark

Round two of SG Ball and Matthews Cups decided


brace of rapid fire tries, scored just before halftime, paved the way for an impressive Central Coast Roosters victory over the Western Suburbs Magpies, in round two action of the SG Ball Cup at Kanwal on February 18. An even opening had seen the scores locked at four a piece approaching the half hour mark, before fullback, Lewis Sheens, ran off his five eighth, Harry Edwards, to push the Roosters out to a lead. Two minutes after Sheens’ success, and in the shadows of halftime, hooker, Fletcher Berry, split the Magpies’ defence out of dummy half. The Kincumber rake galloped up centre field before linking with Edwards in a 60 metre

movement that ensured the home side would take a 16-4 advantage into the break. Second half tries to Erina centre, Jack Frasca, and Peninsula prop forward, Brae Verheyen, kept the tenacious Magpies at bay, and the Mark O’Meley coached Central Coast were able to complete a well-deserved 24-10 win. The victory has pushed the Roosters up the premiership ladder and they are now handily placed heading into a round three bye, before a much anticipated clash with Manly at Brookvale on March 3. The Matthews Cup Under 16 game saw the Coast stage a remarkable second half fight back before falling agonizingly short of victory. Trailing 18-0 at oranges, it all looked lost for the young Roosters, however, three sparkling tries in 18 minutes

after the break, reduced the deficit to just four. The Magpies suddenly had the staggers and all the momentum was with the home team, as reinvigorated forwards; Jerry Ratabua, Jack Bishop, Matthew Russell and team captain, Zac Montgomery, led the charge. Sadly, for the pro Roosters crowd, a Wests’ try, scored totally against the run of play, sealed the result with four minutes remaining on the clock. The Coast hit back with a late four pointer to Wyong’s, Matthew Russell, closing out the scoring at 22-18 in favour of the Magpies, on a day in which a sluggish opening ultimately led to the Roosters’ downfall. Source: Media release, Feb 20 Andrew Stark, Gosford Kariong Storm RLFC

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