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SW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, visited Gosford Train Station on December 5, to announce that the Central Coast would benefit from significantly reduced travel times, after being included in one of the four proposed fast rail routes identified by the NSW Government. In July, the government released, A 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW. One of the key elements of that vision is better connectivity between regional centres, and from cities and international gateways. Premier Berejiklian said a fast rail network is a game changing project which would attract more investment and generate new job opportunities for the Central Coast. “We know fast rail would transform the way people get to and from the Central Coast forever,” Berejiklian said. “It would slash travel times allowing more people to leave the car at home and catch the train to either Sydney or Newcastle,” she added. The delivery of fast rail to the Central Coast has the potential to reduce travel times by up to 75 per cent. The NSW Government has appointed Professor Andrew McNaughton, to lead an expert panel to provide advice to the Premier on how the government should best deliver a fast rail network to connect the state. “Long distance fast and high speed rail studies have been undertaken in Australia over many years,” Premier Berejiklian said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, with Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch and the Liberal candidate for Gosford, Sue Dengate, at Gosford Train Station

“These studies have usually focused on linking the major Eastern Seaboard cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne, and focused on rail as a competitor to air and road transport options. “Most of the studies found that the costs and required ticket prices of an interstate high-speed rail network would be insurmountably high compared to likely customer volumes. “Until now, limited work has been done on the potential for a fast rail network connecting regional cities within NSW. “The Fast Rail Network Strategy will, for the first time, provide a comprehensive assessment focused on connecting regional cities,” Berejiklian said. “The NSW Government is committed to moving from

high-level vision to planning, and on to delivery,” the Premier continued. “Having a strategy will ensure that future investment decisions on fast rail are well considered. “Preparing the Fast Rail Network Strategy in 2019 is the first significant step in taking the network from vision to delivery,” she said. Under the Strategy, preliminary works will commence on that first stage of the fast rail network in the next term of government, if the Liberal Nationals retain power. Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, joined the Premier in making her announcement and said a fast rail link from the Central Coast to Sydney and Newcastle would transform the region. “This announcement is also

on top of the New Intercity Fleet Trains which will enter service late next year,” Crouch said. Sue Dengate, Liberal Candidate for Gosford, said fast rail will be a huge boost for the Central Coast. “Faster travel times will mean that workers can spend less time commuting and more time with their families,” Dengate said. Following the Premier’s announcement, several Central Coast government agencies, politicians, development agencies and community figures weighed in on the Coast’s possible inclusion on the fast train route. Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said faster rail for the region was a dream many residents of the Central Coast would like to see

realised. “We have many residents who leave the Coast early in the morning and return to their families late in the evening due to job opportunities being in Sydney and Newcastle, and so today’s announcement is very welcomed. “This announcement builds on the process that was first started in September 2017 when the Federal Government launched the Faster Rail Prospectus at Gosford Station, and this Prospectus was all about calling for new and upgraded rail infrastructure to help link cities and the regions,” Wicks said. “This announcement has huge potential for the Central Coast and will slash commute times and has huge returns for residents. “This announcement is for

our hard working commuters and those people who use our trains on a regular basis who want to live on the Central Coast and be linked to two great cities that surround it, Sydney and Newcastle,” Wicks said. Central Coast Council Mayor, Jane Smith, has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a northern high speed rail route which could reduce travel times between Sydney and the Central Coast. Mayor Smith said this would make a significant difference to thousands of Central Coast residents who commute to Sydney every day, often spending up to four hours a day on a return train journey between the Coast and their destination. “We know commuting is a major issue for our community, with many Coasties having to travel off the Coast every day for work or study,” Mayor Smith said. “Reducing the commute to Sydney from around 90 minutes to 30 minutes would allow the community to have an additional two hours per day or as much as 10 hours per week for other activities at home or in their community, like spending time with their family, rather than sitting on a train,” Mayor Smith said. “This could also have a flow on effect of encouraging those who drive to Sydney each day to leave their cars at home and hop on a train, which would also reduce traffic on our major roads and deliver benefits to the environment. Continued P3

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tephen Goodwin from the Mountain Districts Association has called for all who use tap water to make a submission to the EPA to stop another 1.3 million tonne of waste being dumped at the landfill at Mangrove Mountain. MDA held a public meeting at the Mangrove Mountain Hall on Wednesday, November 28 to provide the public with information about why the landfill does not belong in the water catchment of the Central Coast.

Ourimbah Creek provides potable water for the Central Coast.” The site currently holds between 800,000 and one million cubic metres of waste and is 85 per cent unlined. The landfill operator wants licence variations which could see another 1.3 million tonnes of solid waste dumped over 10 years. “Leachate, the liquid bi-product of decomposing process within a solid waste mound… is black and it stinks, you can stand alongside the leachate pond at the moment, it stinks, it is offensive and toxic,” Dr Goodwin said.

According to Goodwin the current site was never appropriate for a landfill. “It is within 40 metres from a water course that flows down into Ourimbah Creek and we all know

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NRMA buys Palm Beach ferry service The NRMA has bought Fantasea Cruising, operators of the Palm Beach to Patonga, Ettalong and Wagstaffe ferry service.

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roposals to expand and redevelop the Wyong Race Club have created an uncertain future for several large community organisations who are based on Race Club land, according to Central Coast Councillors Doug Vincent and Kyle MacGregor. In August Wyong Race Club announced a $6 million track and training master plan. Councillors adopted a motion introduced by Clr Vincent and Clr MacGregor at their ordinary meeting on Monday, October 29, to request CEO Gary Murphy hold a master planning workshop “to review historical information and establish a community-focused vision for the future of Baker Park and the race course area in Wyong”. Clr Kyle MacGregor said he believed the precinct around the race track and Baker Park was “one of the most significant recreational facilities for the region. “It was a major Council election issue in the Wyong ward in 2017, I had been approached before the election by community members and groups who were fearful

for the future of the area,” MacGregor said. Central Coast Volunteer Rescue Squad and Central Coast Poultry Club are two major community organisations that will be required to leave their long-term homes within the Race Club site. Anthony Bliim, Captain of Central Coast Volunteer Rescue Squad, addressed the Council meeting. He said the squad was formed in 1975 and had grown on the site but Wyong Race Club had terminated its lease. “Our primary role is rescue, such as road crash, industrial accidents, domestic rescues and animal rescue,” Bliim said.

Wyong Race Club and, inset, the poultry pavilion “We also provide allow for community use community awareness with separate access to about road safety, with meeting rooms, kitchen programmes such as and toilets. Driver Reviver,” he said. “Some of the “In 1980 a 25 year lease community groups that was negotiated with have in the past or still the Wyong and District use the facility are, the Agricultural Association Multiple Sclerosis society, for a parcel of community Wyong Quilters Club, land fronting onto Rose St Central Coast Quilters, Wyong with any building Lions Club of Wyong, to remain the property Men’s Support groups, of the Volunteer Rescue WICEN to name a few. Squad. “It has also been “With community used as an emergency donations we proceeded evacuation centre in to construct the building the 1994 bushfires, and to house vehicles and Wyong Council itself equipment and to provide has in the past used the training facilities for its facility to service its staff volunteer members. vehicles. “As the building was “In 2016 the Volunteer funded by donations from Rescue Squad the community of Wyong approached Wyong Race Shire it was decided Club for approval to allow to design the facility to a training company to

use our training rooms to raise funds. “It was then discovered that with the multiple changes of membership to both the squad and the Agricultural Society that the lease was misplaced and forgotten about and it had in fact expired in 2004. “In December 2017 a new licence deed for 12 months was presented to the Volunteer Rescue Squad by Wyong Race Club which was a very poor outcome for us. “The Volunteer Rescue Squad felt obliged to sign this deed or else occupation of our building would be terminated. “This 12 month extension is about to expire and our organisation faces the

overwhelming task of finding and funding a new headquarters location as well as gathering the resources and volunteer man-hours needed to move the facilities and equipment. “We always believed that the land on which our building is located was for community use and over the past 40-plus years of our tenancy we believe we have provided a valuable community service both as a primary accredited rescue organisation and by providing a venue for other community services to gather and conduct their voluntary support services. “As such we seek clarification as to the history of the land ownership on which the racecourse occupies. “We would also be interested in the planning limitations and permitted usage of this land. “In saying this it should be noted that our organisation would fully support the review into the community use of this land,” he said. Speaking after the meeting, Clr Doug Vincent said the Wyong race course was originally the agricultural showground and the first show took place in 1905.

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NRMA Group chief Mr Rohan Lund announced the acquisition on Thursday, October 25, as part of the NRMA’s aim to become Australia’s largest provider of transport and tourism services. “Today’s announcement of NRMA’s acquisition of Fantasea, 12 months after we bought Manly Fast Ferry, sees our fleet of vessels grow to 31 and boosts our capacity to unlock the potential of Sydney’s waterways, offer fantastic experiences to people wanting to enjoy our city and connect the Central Coast with Palm Beach,”

Mr Lund said. “When Sydney was born the majority of its transport needs were met by our sprawling harbour and network of waterways; 200 years later and the NRMA wants the city to again realise the potential of its waterways,” he said. Fantasea provides a range of transport and tourism services, harbour cruises, ferry services and yellow water taxis across Sydney Harbour in addition to the Palm Beach to Central Coast service.. The Fantasea fleet comprises 10 ferries and 10 water taxis. “Fantasea has a diverse and modern fleet of vessels and their operational approach to customer service aligns with the NRMA,” Mr Lund said.

“We welcome their staff to the NRMA family and look forward to working to deliver unique experiences to our customers in Sydney and the Central Coast,” he said. “As the NRMA group of businesses grows so too does our capacity to provide much-needed transport solutions to a community keen to get around faster and provide membership value to our 2.6 million members.” NRMA members currently get 20 per cent discounts on selected Fantasea services and the organisation will look to provide further member-exclusive offers and specials, Mr Lund said.

SOURCE: Media release, 25 Oct 2018 Peter Khoury, NRMA

Strata committee to sue Ettalong Diggers The strata committee representing unit owners in the resort section of the Ettalong Diggers complex have commenced legal action against the club.

Mantra Building strata committee chair Mr Barry Sale said the legal action was related to damage, caused to units and common property, from leaks in the roof on the eighth floor. Mr Sale said the leaks were caused by three telecommunication companies - Telstra, Optus and Vodafone - drilling through the waterproof membrane on the roof to anchor at least 20 radio frequency transmission devices located on the roof of the building. Ettalong Diggers Memorial Club chief Mr Bill Jackson said the club was just as anxious as the unit owners to seek a solution to the ongoing leaks. Mr Jackson said unit owners had engaged in legal action over the issue before and some had already received monies from insurance claims. He said there were around 25 devices on the roof but they may not all be operational. He said he believed the total paid by the three telecommunications companies per year was $70,000. Mr Sale said he noticed the devices when he purchased his unit, which is located on the eighth floor and has incurred water damage but said, at the time of

purchase, he did not take much notice. “The situation was that the club built the building and then operated the club in one section of it and sold off the hotel part of it so that the club had a base and the bulk of the cost would be met by selling off the units,” Mr Sale said. “One of the things the club claimed ownership of was the two service towers on the roof,” he said. The reason they kept ownership of those towers was because they were able to sell spaces on those towers to the telecommunications companies. “The club owns the towers but for the telcos to use those towers they needed to drill into our part of the building in order to anchor their towers. “There was never any arrangement or understanding of the strata owners or holders

as to any agreement with the telecommunication companies. “Our permission never sought and never given. “By them drilling into the roof of the building, they drilled through the waterproof membrane. “They punctured the membrane and consequently every time it rains it leaks and it is still happening. “This fight has been going on for around about nine years. “It is not just water getting in because in those two towers is a huge number of pigeons both dead and alive. “The water leaking through the roof is yellow. “In two cases the water is dripping in the kitchen areas of two of the units.” Mr Sale said he had attempted to resolve the issue directly with the telecommunications companies but had no success.

“Strata had to arrange for collection trays at our cost to be put into the ceilings, then from the collection trays the water was piped down into buckets into the units affected. “We have had to pay for mould removal.” Mr Sale said Diggers chief Mr Jackson had attempted to work with the strata committee to resolve the problem. “The club has applied to Council to put a cover over the towers which was approved but has now gone back to Council because the telecommunications companies have required other restrictions. “Nobody seems to be able to move these telcos to get the job done they just keep stalling.” Mr Sale said the unit owners were also aware of the health issues associated with electromagnetic fields surrounding the devices on the roof of the building. “That issue is a very difficult one to prove and the telcos will tell you the rays go outwards and not down and therefore the eighth floor is not affected,” Mr Sale said. “I believe there is a safety issue there. “Interestingly enough I wanted to go up and inspect the pigeon poo but I have a pace maker and I was told under no circumstances was I to go up to that level.” The Strata Committee has now decided to initiate legal action against the club.

“We cannot have legal action against the telcos because we have no agreement with the telcos, even though they drilled into our roof, but we do have an issue with the club because the club is responsible for our roof being damaged,” Mr Sale said. “We had a memorandum of understanding from the club that it would definitely be fixed by June 30 this year. “The club signed off on that and we signed off on that and we were paid out by the insurance company for loss of rent up to that period.” Mr Jackson confirmed Ettalong Diggers was resubmitting its application to Council to cover the towers. “The issue needs to be rectified so legal action is probably the best thing the stata committee could do. “The complexity of the whole arrangement makes it difficult to resolve; the club owns two plant rooms up there but not the roof. “Under the towers are two concrete slabs six inches deep but the club only owns the top inch,” he said. SOURCE: Interview, 1 Nov 2018 Barry Sale, Mantra Building Strata Committee Interview, 1 Nov 2018 Bill Jackson, Ettalong Diggers Memorial Club Reporter: Jackie Pearson

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Support sought to oppose the re-opening of the Mangrove Mountain landfill

esidents in the southern areas of the Central Coast have been asked to support a campaign to protect the region’s water supply by opposing the reopening of the Mangrove Mountain landfill.

“In this edition of Coast Community News, a Public Notice has been inserted by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), under instruction from the Land and Environment Court (LEC),” said Stephen Goodwin, spokesperson for the Mountain Districts Association. “The aim is to invite the public to make submissions on the Mangrove Mountain Landfill issue to the EPA, who will pass them on to the Court and the landfill operator, Verde Terra Pty Ltd, which has applied to have its licence renewed,” he said. “This public consultation is a pivotal moment for the community. “If it fails to voice its opposition, in a decisive manner, to having a massive landfill in the Central Coast’s water catchment area, the Court may see that as tacit

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support for the landfill. “We can’t let that happen. “It will open the doors for a further 10 years of waste importation at the landfill. “Mountain Districts Association is asking you to make a submission opposing the application to have EPL 11395 varied. “Mountain Districts Association can help you with your submission. “The EPA and Central Coast Council are joined in opposition to Verde Terra,” Goodwin said.

Mangrove Mountain Landfill is located at the Mangrove Mountain Golf Course on the boundary between Gosford LGA and Wyong LGA. “It is a threat to the Central Coast drinking water supply and both Central Coast Council and the EPA admit this fact,” Goodwin said. “The landfill sits at the highest point of the catchment for the regional water supply. “The landfill has lain idle since 2014, although there is still the matter of 800,000

cubic metres of waste sitting there, most of which does not have an effective lining underneath to prevent the escape of toxic leachate into the groundwater. “Scientific study has demonstrated that almost half of the stream flow in Ourimbah Creek comes from this groundwater. “Central Coast Council pumps out of Ourimbah Creek into Mardi Dam. “Water in Mardi Dam is shared with Mangrove Creek

Dam. “These are the two potable water storage facilities for the entire Central Coast. “On behalf of the entire Central Coast community, Mountain Districts Association has been intensively engaged, for over four years, to end this threat to the regional water supply. “Presently, the matter is in the Court, as is explained in the EPA Public Notice. “The landfill operator, Verde Terra Pty Ltd, has applied to have EPL 11395, that regulates the activities at the landfill site, varied to enable it to resume operations. “Its application was refused by the EPA, and Verde Terra is appealing this decision in the Court. “If successful, this will authorise the importation of 1.318 million tonnes of new waste in addition to the existing vast waste mound. “On behalf of the community, Mountain Districts Association vigorously opposes this application and calls on members of the general public to do the same by making a submission to the EPA. “In addition to the Verde Terra application, there are a large number of supporting

documents. “These are the documents submitted to the Court with the application. “It is not necessary for members of the general public, who are concerned about the threat of this landfill to their water supply, to read all of these, but if you wish to be fully informed, they will be available for viewing at specified locations. “Mountain Districts Association is familiar with the content of most if not all of the supporting documents and is preparing information to assist members of the public. “The supporting documents will contain the essential facts and reasons why this licence application is a bad thing and should be opposed and will contain a brief background of the issue and how to prepare a submission to send to the EPA.” Register your interest in receiving a copy of the briefing note from Mountain Districts Association by following the link http:// mountaindistrictsassociation. com.au Source: Media release, Oct 30 Stephen Goodwin, Mountain Districts Association

Crunch time for coal mine approval

he legal challenge in the Land & Environment Court (LEC) against the approval of the Wallarah 2 Coal mine, situated in the major water catchment of the Central Coast, commences on Monday, November 12. It is expected to run for a

minimum of four days. The Central Coast Community Group, the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), is challenging the validity of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC) approval in January. The ACA has brought this action against the proponent (Wyong Coal Pty Ltd – Wallarah 2) and the Minister for Planning, because it is in

the public interest to do so. The ACA will be holding a rally in the Domain, behind Parliament House, at 10am, on the day the legal challenge commences. Campaign Director of the ACA, Alan Hayes, said: “The challenge in the Land & Environment Court is an historic moment for the Central Coast. “The community have been

fighting for twenty-three years to protect the Central Coast’s major water supply district. “The legal challenge is the culmination of the community’s strength not to give in but to fight to win. “We don’t have the luxury of another water supply or water catchment.” Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, David Harris, said that stopping the Wallarah

2 Coal mine is essential to ensure the quality of our water catchment on the Coast. “This court case is another stage in this long running battle,” said David Harris. “The Liberals could end this madness tomorrow, but if they won’t then I hope the courts will. “Wallarah 2 would be a disaster for our beautiful

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region, we have to stop it and I hope the Australian Coal Alliance is successful.” Korea Resource Corporation is the major shareholder of Wyong Coal Pty Ltd, the proponents of the proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine. Source: Media alert, Nov 5 Alan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance

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round 70 residents from across the Central Coast travelled to Sydney on Monday, November 12, to participate in a Water not Coal rally in the Domain, against the approval of the Wallarah II coal mine.

The rally was held to mark the commencement of action in the Land and Environment Court, brought by the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) community group, against the NSW Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, and Wyong Coal Pty Ltd. “For a Monday morning and for people having to travel down from the Central Coast, it was very well attended,’ said Alan Hayes, ACA’s founder and spokesperson. “It was exceptionally pleasing to see so many Central Coast people who care about their water catchment turning up to demonstrate that concern,’ Hayes said. Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, David Harris, attended the demonstration, and again, reinforced his long-term opposition to the Wallarah II mine and his views about the importance of stopping the long-wall coal mine from going ahead in the Central Coast’s water catchment area. Nick Clyde from the Lock the Gate campaign

A group of around 70 Central Coast residents rallied in Sydney’s Domain also spoke about the importance of protecting the Dooralong and Yarramalong valleys. Former Wyong Mayor and MP, Bob Graham, also attended and spoke about how important it was to protect the water supply. “The irony was that we had won this fight two times before,” Alan Hayes told the crowd. Darkinjung LALC ensured the mine was not approved in 2013-14, when they denied access to their land. In 2011, David Harris had heavily lobbied the then Keneally Labor NSW Government resulting in Labor’s Planning Minister, Tony Kelly, rejecting the DA on the grounds that

it was not in the public interest. “The Liberal party in opposition, agreed that there should not be any coal mining,” Hayes said. “Barry O’Farrell said the next Coalition Government would not allow coal mining, not only in the valleys, but in any catchment, ‘no ifs, no buts a guarantee’,” he said. “This government does not deserve to be in office because as soon as they won the election, they reneged. “We are going to be running a very strong campaign throughout the Central Coast, and also Sydney, to oust [Member for Terrigal] Adam Crouch and other Liberals to

ensure that this Liberal Government is brought to their knees and is not reelected.” Hayes said ACA would mount the campaign in the lead up to the March, 2019, state election, because the Land and Environment Court probably would not give its ruling before March. “The Liberals committed the ultimate act of bastardry against the Central Coast people in February, when they approved the mine,” he said. The ACA is being represented in its LEC action by the Environmental Defenders Office with some financial assistance from Central Coast Council.

“We have 10 solid grounds against the approval of the mine in February, which was unlawful because it failed to consider certain aspects of the mining SEPP (State Environmental Planning Policy) and other criteria. “We have commenced this action because we do believe the approval was invalid, and we are doing it because it is in the public interest to do so.” When asked why challenging the NSW Government was left to a small community group instead of being mounted by Central Coast Council, in its capacity as the region’s water authority, Hayes said: “Well that is a good question.

“Probably because that small group of people believe it is important to leave, for generations to come, what we have enjoyed, and that is a reliable water source on the Central Coast. “The NSW Government doesn’t care less. “It is wanting to put 45,000 more homes in the northern part of the Coast over next 20 years and to do that they need water, but they tend to pander to their developer mates and forget about the needs of their community. “The greatest asset we have on the CC is our water supply, and sometimes in life, you have just got to stand up and be counted. “The age that we all are now, it would not impact on us, but it will impact on our children and their children. The LEC action commenced after the rally in front of a packed court room. “There was not enough space inside, people had to stand at the door or sit outside,” Hayes said. “All you could see in the court room was red t-shirts with ‘Water not Coal. “It just shows you how much people do care,” he said. The case is expected to continue for four days. Source: Interview, Nov 12 Alan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Ferry service should be back to normal this week The ferry service between Wagstaffe, Ettalong and Palm Beach should be back to normal this week.

New ferry owner, the NRMA, advised Peninsula News on Friday afternoon that it had the “all clear” from NSW Roads and Maritime Services for full services to Wagstaffe and Ettalong. The service was planned to start today (Monday). The first service out of Wagstaffe was due to leave at 5:50am this morning and from Ettalong at 6am, with 10 return services from each location daily. Services between Palm Beach and Ettalong and Wagstaffe have not run since April and commuters have needed to make their own way to and from Patonga in order to utilise the ferry to Sydney’s northern beaches. Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch said on Thursday she had received confirmation that the ferry operator, Fantasea Cruises, was conducting test runs of the navigation channel to determine whether or not it was safe to resume its full service.

She said that the dredge was still working off Lobster Beach. The Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association circulated a dredging update to its members on the same day which stated: “We have been advised by the Department of Lands that dredging operations in the Ettalong Channel should reach a stage next week to enable ferry services to complete their safety testing. “The channel mouth off Little Box Head where the original problem arose has been made 60m wide and is now clear. “The final stage of dredging off Lobster Beach will provide a 30m wide channel with a minimum clearance at low tide of some 2.5m. “After ferries resume, this will be widened further to 40m. “Roads and Maritime will then move the channel markers to delineate the new channel boundaries.” Ms Tesch said the resumption of the full ferry service would be welcomed by the local community and business operators but the NSW Government’s efforts to provide the Peninsula with a safe and operational navigation channel

still needed scrutiny. “I have put questions on notice in the Legislative Assembly about how many days the dredge has worked and not worked,” she said. “The Minister’s suggestion that the ferry could run a tidal service and use the channel on mediumto high-tides is not tenable. “It would have meant people could take the ferry trip to Palm Beach in the morning but be stuck at Patonga on the return trip. “This government has already spent over $1 million on emergency dredging but my questions have revealed it had no plans of introducing a shuttle bus for commuters between Patonga and the other regular ferry stops. “We know a long term solution is needed and we know $1.255 million with the same amount matched by Council will not be near enough to ensure the ferry service does not have to be diverted for another seven months at some stage in the future,” she said.

SOURCE: Interview, 15 Nov 2018 Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford Media statement, 15 Nov 2018 Ian Bull, WTKCA Reporter: Jackie Pearson

Group member Ms Debbie Sunartha said the group had found an increasing demand for urban shade tree planting and education. “Our volunteers are working overtime to meet the community’s growing demand.” However, she said council policies were exacerbating the situation. “As Council as rolls out large projects, our group has observed that mature trees that once shaded our walk home or kept the car cool in summer are being removed at an extremely fast rate,” she said. “Tree advocates across the Central Coast feel that policy is urgently needed to support developers, both residential and commercial, to understand that trees are an asset which adds value to properties and to make all efforts to retain and/or replace

them,” Ms Sunartha said. Ms Sunartha quoted a public statement by mayor Cr Jane Smith that “maintaining our natural assets is a critical component of what we value as a community”. “Jane Smith is asking residents to plant a tree, but what we have discovered is that with minimal resources allocated to trees, residents are unsure of what and where to plant,” Ms Sunartha said. Ms Sunartha said Grow Urban Shade Trees aimed to help the Peninsula community select and plant new shade trees. “The group is spreading the word on the value of trees for cooler streetscapes, added beauty, wildlife habitat, clean air, energy savings and water storage,” she said. She encouraged Peninsula residents to view the tree policy and provide feedback to address the increasing heat-bowl effect in our suburbs. Council’s tree policy is available on the Your Voice Our Coast website. SOURCE: Media release, 12 Nov 2018 Debbie Sunartha, GUST

GUST members Ms Melissa Chandler, Ms Debbie Sunartha and Ms Jan Wilder

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Community up in arms over clearing of Crown Land

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he NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has launched an official compliance investigation into alleged clearing of Crown Land at MacMasters Beach, while Central Coast Council continues to work, with multiple agencies, on an investigation of alleged clearing without permission on private land at a James Norton Rd property, located between Bensville and MacMasters Beach. For over two weeks, concerned MacMasters Beach residents have been waiting for Central Coast Council, and or OEH, to respond to reports of what they consider to be clearing of bushland by a private landowner without appropriate permissions. Coast Community News has contacted a family member of the land owners, believed to be three siblings, and they are expected to issue a statement through their legal representatives. Kel Butcher, spokesperson for the unnamed group of concerned MacMasters Beach residents, said that over two weeks ago, one of his neighbours heard machinery in the bush, “went and had a look, and saw two machines starting to clear the bush. “He was told it was only clearing along the fence line, but the contractor went on to clearing large patches of land that had nothing to do with the boundary fence,” Butcher said.

Note how little the man is in relation to space cleared

“Big trees have been cut down in addition to the bush that has been cleared with the machines,” he said. Butcher said residents were particularly concerned about clearing that has occurred on non-private land, since confirmed as Crown Land. A neighbouring property has a native conservation caveat over some of its land which has also, allegedly, been cleared, along with remnant rainforest on the Crown Land at the MacMasters Beach end of the property. The site has been visited by Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, and Labor Candidate for the seat of Terrigal, Central Coast Councillor, Jeff Sundstrom.

Police have also been called to the area on several occasions since the land clearing commenced. “The Mayor was fairly guarded in her comments. “It’s nice that she came to visit, and we all respect the fact that there is an investigation underway,” Butcher said. “What we want to know is why it has taken so long for someone to make a decision about what is allowable and what is not allowable. “It is 16 days since this started, we know Council has issued the stop work order, but is there going to be any punitive action for the damage caused? “We have not yet been told what remedies are available. “OEH has jurisdiction over

the public land, but we are just going around in circles at the moment, nobody is taking responsibility for what is happening. “No one is saying ‘yes’, this is our jurisdiction, but we also do understand that it is a complex investigation by Council, and they are saying that they are doing everything in their power. “There are quite a few adjoining neighbours keeping an eye and ear out for any further action that may take place. “We have a very concerned community group that will respond very quickly if anything does happen. “The chainsawed trees included 100, or more, year old angophoras, and you won’t

get trees of that maturity back for the next three generations, and they are habitat, once they are down, they are lost for generations. “We all respect people and we understand that land owners have rights, but we want things done according to the law and through the right channels, we don’t think anyone can just go in and ignore the laws and destroy the bush like that.” Adam Crouch issued a statement on Monday, November 19, that National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Central Coast Council were working together and had appropriately intervened to prevent any further illegal clearing. “I thank the number of local

residents who contacted me and brought this to my attention,” Crouch said. “As such, I was subsequently able to arrange for Central Coast Council to take necessary steps, including a stop work notification,” he said. “No clearing of native vegetation on a private property can be undertaken without Council approvals and oversight. “NPWS and Council rangers have been patrolling the site on a very frequent basis. “Thank you to the Macmasters Beach community for their ongoing vigilance, and I stand with them in not tolerating any illegal clearing in our local area,” Crouch said. Compliance officers from OEH subsequently inspected the site, which resulted in the official compliance investigation being launched. On Thursday, November 15, the Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, had sent urgent emails to the NSW Minister for Lands, Paul Toole, and the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, as a result of calls from distressed members of the local community. “The community in the Terrigal electorate are very concerned re tree felling on a border between private and Crown Land between Bensville and the Scenic Drive, DP659496, 20 James Norton Rd, Bensville,” Tesch’s email to the Ministers said. The property is zoned 7A, including endangered ecological community, protected under the Biodiversity Conservation Act.

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ublicly available air quality monitoring should be conducted at Wyee, a community with an aging coal-fired power station, but with no current air m o n i t o r i n g , according to a new report into the health burden of fine particle pollution from coal-fired power stations. According to the report, over the remaining 12 years of operational life for Vales Point, it will result in 547 additional deaths, 475 lower birth weight babies, and 709 additional cases of new onset diabetes. In the remaining 12 years of operation for Eraring, it will lead to 1,219 additional expected deaths, 1,058 low birth weight babies, and 1,579 additional cases of new onset diabetes. Local residents will have an opportunity to discuss the findings of the report at a public forum on Thursday, November 29. The report’s author, Dr Ben Ewald, Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle’s Centre for Clinical Epidemiology

Dr Ben Ewald and Biostatistics, and, Dr James Whelan, from Environmental Justice Australia (EJA), will be guest speakers at the meeting, to be held at the Wyee Community Hall from 6:30 to 8:00pm. Mike Campbell from the Community Environment Network (CEN) will also speak at the meeting. EJA recently commissioned the report into the health impacts of air pollution from NSW power stations.

It is the first report of its kind in Australia. The report found that coal-fired power stations are one of the biggest sources of air pollution in Australia, causing asthma and other respiratory problems, reduced birthweight, diabetes and premature death. It concluded that public health is impacted in communities near power stations and up to 200km away, and that air pollution is poorly

controlled in NSW. Vales Point Power Station, at Mannering Park, is the only one out of the five still operating in NSW that is located within the Central Coast local government area, but the nearby Eraring Power Station, in the Lake Macquarie LGA, would, according to the report, also have detrimental health impacts on the Central Coast community. “The form of pollution that has the strongest

effect on health is fine particles (PM2.5) and one of the major sources of PM2.5 in the Sydney Greater Metropolitan region is burning coal for electricity,” the report said. “Eraring and Vales Point … make the largest contribution to the health burden from power generation, since prevailing weather patterns are most likely to carry pollutants from these sources into the Sydney basin where

the largest population resides,” it said. “The continued operation of all the coalfired generators in NSW imposes a substantial health burden that could be alleviated by imposing stricter licensing conditions for operators that would require postcombustion capture of sulphur dioxide (SO2) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx), or by bringing forward closure of plants.” “It’s shocking to think that based on the current operating life of the five power stations, the air pollution they produce will kill 3,429 more people,” Ewald said. “As a Newcastle doctor, I knew that air pollution from coal fired power stations is harming local communities, but as a researcher, I never imagined that the scale of their impact would be so severe,” he said. “Literally hundreds of people are dying premature deaths every year because of coalfired power.” The study coincides with the review of pollution licences for the Vales Point and Eraring Power Stations.

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Premier’s proposed fast train study met with support and scepticism

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SW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, visited Gosford Train Station on December 5, to announce that the Central Coast would benefit from significantly reduced travel times, after being included in one of the four proposed fast rail routes identified by the NSW Government. In July, the government released, A 20-Year Economic Vision for Regional NSW. One of the key elements of that vision is better connectivity between regional centres, and from cities and international gateways. Premier Berejiklian said a fast rail network is a game changing project which would attract more investment and generate new job opportunities for the Central Coast. “We know fast rail would transform the way people get to and from the Central Coast forever,” Berejiklian said. “It would slash travel times allowing more people to leave the car at home and catch the train to either Sydney or Newcastle,” she added. The delivery of fast rail to the Central Coast has the potential to reduce travel times by up to 75 per cent. The NSW Government has appointed Professor Andrew McNaughton, to lead an expert panel to provide advice to the Premier on how the government should best deliver a fast rail network to connect the state. “Long distance fast and high speed rail studies have been undertaken in Australia over many years,” Premier Berejiklian said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, with Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch and the Liberal candidate for Gosford, Sue Dengate, at Gosford Train Station

“These studies have usually focused on linking the major Eastern Seaboard cities of Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne, and focused on rail as a competitor to air and road transport options. “Most of the studies found that the costs and required ticket prices of an interstate high-speed rail network would be insurmountably high compared to likely customer volumes. “Until now, limited work has been done on the potential for a fast rail network connecting regional cities within NSW. “The Fast Rail Network Strategy will, for the first time, provide a comprehensive assessment focused on connecting regional cities,” Berejiklian said. “The NSW Government is committed to moving from

high-level vision to planning, and on to delivery,” the Premier continued. “Having a strategy will ensure that future investment decisions on fast rail are well considered. “Preparing the Fast Rail Network Strategy in 2019 is the first significant step in taking the network from vision to delivery,” she said. Under the Strategy, preliminary works will commence on that first stage of the fast rail network in the next term of government, if the Liberal Nationals retain power. Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, joined the Premier in making her announcement and said a fast rail link from the Central Coast to Sydney and Newcastle would transform the region. “This announcement is also

on top of the New Intercity Fleet Trains which will enter service late next year,” Crouch said. Sue Dengate, Liberal Candidate for Gosford, said fast rail will be a huge boost for the Central Coast. “Faster travel times will mean that workers can spend less time commuting and more time with their families,” Dengate said. Following the Premier’s announcement, several Central Coast government agencies, politicians, development agencies and community figures weighed in on the Coast’s possible inclusion on the fast train route. Federal Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said faster rail for the region was a dream many residents of the Central Coast would like to see

realised. “We have many residents who leave the Coast early in the morning and return to their families late in the evening due to job opportunities being in Sydney and Newcastle, and so today’s announcement is very welcomed. “This announcement builds on the process that was first started in September 2017 when the Federal Government launched the Faster Rail Prospectus at Gosford Station, and this Prospectus was all about calling for new and upgraded rail infrastructure to help link cities and the regions,” Wicks said. “This announcement has huge potential for the Central Coast and will slash commute times and has huge returns for residents. “This announcement is for

our hard working commuters and those people who use our trains on a regular basis who want to live on the Central Coast and be linked to two great cities that surround it, Sydney and Newcastle,” Wicks said. Central Coast Council Mayor, Jane Smith, has welcomed the State Government’s announcement of a northern high speed rail route which could reduce travel times between Sydney and the Central Coast. Mayor Smith said this would make a significant difference to thousands of Central Coast residents who commute to Sydney every day, often spending up to four hours a day on a return train journey between the Coast and their destination. “We know commuting is a major issue for our community, with many Coasties having to travel off the Coast every day for work or study,” Mayor Smith said. “Reducing the commute to Sydney from around 90 minutes to 30 minutes would allow the community to have an additional two hours per day or as much as 10 hours per week for other activities at home or in their community, like spending time with their family, rather than sitting on a train,” Mayor Smith said. “This could also have a flow on effect of encouraging those who drive to Sydney each day to leave their cars at home and hop on a train, which would also reduce traffic on our major roads and deliver benefits to the environment. Continued P3

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“The State Government will need to prioritise and significantly increase investment in commuter parking stations on the northern rail route so that commuters can have a choice of where they can park to access the fast train service. “Major investment in infrastructure, such as this proposal by the State Government, has the potential to bring jobs and drive economic development on the Coast and this is something that Council is committed to delivering for our community.” Regional Development Australia, Central Coast (RDACC), CEO, John Mouland, said the project will be a critical factor in growing the Central Coast economy and creating more employment opportunities. “Following the release of the Sandstone Mega Region Report earlier this year, we strongly supported the recommendation for further investigation into the

establishment of a High Speed Rail (HSR) network,” said Mouland. “Improving our transport linkages to Sydney, particularly through enhancements to our rail network, could lead to the creation of an additional 3,875 jobs in Gosford by 2036. “The establishment of a fast rail network underpins the concept of developing economies of scale, as outlined in the Mega Region Report, by establishing greater regional connectivity and focusing on individual regional strengths. “Improving and increasing the effectiveness of our transportation corridors for both people and freight will only serve to benefit our local economy and support greater productivity and prosperity.” Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, said election pandering was coming into play. “After eight years of government, the LiberalNationals have decided, four months out from the next state election, to adopt Labor’s position for faster rail to the regions,” Tesch said.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch

“These are the kind of hollow election stunts that saw the Liberals lose the seat of Wagga Wagga. “I seriously doubt that a government that can’t get a tram line from Sydney’s eastern suburbs to the CBD will be able to deliver fast rail to the regions,” Tesch said. Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, notched up the announcement to election pandering. “There have been no upgrades to Central Coast rail

stations since 2011,” Mehan said. “On November 9, my State Labor colleagues and I announced that we will build a lift at Tuggerah Station, this remains the only firm promise to improve rail travel for Central Coast Commuters at State level. “The cost of this project is approximately $5m. “Federal Labor has promised $15m for extra parking at local stations. “The Premier has announced

a report into fast rail at a cost of approximately $4m. “This will be nothing more than a desk study. “Better access and parking are the most pressing issues to address at local rail stations. “I support any study which will look at a faster journey time for Central Coast people, however, the Premier needs to commit to better access and parking at stations as an immediate priority,” Mehan said. Kevin Armstrong of the Gosford Waterfront Alliance questioned the timing of the announcement. “Whether we like it or not, the Central Coast is only 7080km from Sydney. “No fast train in the world runs over such short distances at anything like 300kph, that’s reserved for long distance travel,” Armstrong said. Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, David Harris, said a report on the matter was completed by Labor in 2013. “So Central Coast Council has welcomed a proposal that,

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should the Libs be elected, they will write a report on the feasibility of a proposal,” Harris said. “Of all the routes identified, the Sydney-Canberra route is the most obvious one, as it has the more favourable terrain, but has the lowest passenger need. “The Sydney-Newcastle leg is problematic as you have the wide Hawkesbury River and the sandstone cliffs and escarpments to deal with, and it could cost $40b alone. “The report finished in 2013 stated that the cost of Brisbane to Melbourne was in the vicinity of $112b in 2011,” he added. Source: Media releases, Dec 5 Miles Godfrey, Office of Gladys Berejiklian, Lucy Wicks, Member for Robertson, Central Coast Council Media, John Mouland, RDACC, Liesl Tesch, David Mehan MP Kevin Armstrong, Gosford Waterfront Alliance David Harris MP Press Conference, Dec 5 Gladys Berejiklian NSW Premier Website, Dec 5 Fast Rail Future for NSW, NSW Government Dilon Luke, Journalist

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o c u m e n t s proactively released by Central Coast Council appear to make a mockery of the NSW Government’s new, recently gazetted, planning controls to deliver the revitalisation of the Gosford CBD.

The documents reveal that, in February, Councillors were briefed on pre-existing high level analysis about the development feasibility for

Gosford CBD. The briefing told Councillors that four internal working documents had been made available on their “hub”, but were not for external or further circulation, and had been watermarked ‘confidential’. The Councillor briefing paper, although partly redacted, offered a summary of those documents, and indicated that future development of Gosford CBD to the scale that has been put in place by NSW Planning, is mostly economically unviable.

A Gosford City Centre Statement of Strategic Intent 2014, considered findings of an Urban Feasibility Model (UFM) developed by the Department of Planning as part of their report, recommending the former Gosford Council adopt a new approach to planning in the CBD. According to that UFM, Gosford Local Environmental Plan 2014 (GLEP 2014) provided the potential for 16,474 additional dwellings in the city centre, but only 19 per cent of those, 3073, were

feasible to develop. Less than one per cent of the development zoned B3 and B4 was considered feasible. Another scenario within the UFM provided potential for over 20,000 additional dwellings, but only 23 per cent, 4684, were economically feasible to develop. It found that the “largest increase in dwelling potential” was in four-storey, or greater, residential flat buildings. The second document referred to in the Councillor briefing paper was the Gosford

Regional Economic Corridor Master Plan 2015, which tested a number of commercial development scenarios using existing controls. “All development scenarios were unfeasible”. The third document was the Gosford City Centre Floor Space Incentive Contribution Rate Study 2016, which described development markets in Gosford as “fragile” and recommended that any floor space bonuses should not “undermine development activity or thwart business

investment in the area”. It said there was no demand for space in the CBD from “large or institutional occupiers” which would give lenders a reason to precommit finance to developers. “Commercial development is likely to occur on a small-scale and in an incremental rate,” the document said. “At present multi-unit residential living in the CBD is not as yet established, with limited, albeit growing, depth.

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over Gosford CBD developments “At present price levels, large-scale tower development is unlikely to eventuate,” it said. “Gosford does not as yet benefit from a volume of residential demand able to justify a large number of towers.” It was important for Council to continue to encourage residential development and to also consider a program of public domain works. The final document, the Central Coast Subregional Summary Report – Dwelling Potential and Feasibility, prepared by NSW Planning, was not summarised in the Councillors’ briefing. Mayor Jane Smith said she could not comment on why the documents were not made available previously. “The current Council is trying to be more proactive and transparent so I am really pleased those documents are available on the website now. “I am disappointed that they were not released earlier. “I don’t know whether it was a conscious decision not to release them, but certainly I

Mayor Jane Smith says the proliferation of cranes in the skies of Gosford are due to the existing planning controls, and not the new SEPP and DCP

pushed that motion for them to be released. “I have not been entirely happy with the State Government’s approach to the revitalisation of Gosford, as in the past, when developers have been given incentives, it has led to land banking and stalled development.

“My key priority is that we do want the revitalisation of Gosford CBD. “I don’t think the Planning Minister’s SEPP will lead to those changes we want to see, especially when we still want to look at transport and parking. “The unlimited heights that

now apply to some areas make it difficult to do the planning and create the infrastructure we need. “I would like a new state government to cast their eyes over it,” Mayor Smith said of the impending March state election. She said she encouraged

the community to read the documents for a better understanding of the direction chosen by the current NSW Government. Former Mayor and local Liberal MP, Malcolm Brooks, said he had been calling for the release of the documents for the past 18 months, and said

they should have been made available to fully inform the public during the consultation period. “The documents have not been forthcoming, which leads to the question of why they were not made available and who authorised that,” Brooks said. He said it undermined the consultation process and made the new Gosford SEPP and DCP look like they were tailor made to satisfy the needs of a handful of developers at the expense of the community and the future of Gosford. The documents along with others on Mangrove Mountain landfill and Wamberal Beach erosion, that have been proactively released by the current Council, can be found under News and Publications, Access to Information, Authorised Proactive Release. Source: Website, Dec 3 News and Publications, Central Coast Council Interview, Dec 5 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Interview, Dec 5 Malcolm Brooks, Gosford Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Premier announces additional school funding

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SW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister, Rob Stokes, visited Valley View Public School on December 5 to announce an additional $100m will be added to the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government’s school maintenance fund. The additional $100m brings

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Education Minister, Rob Stokes, visited Valley View Public School to announce additional funding

the total investment in NSW schools by the Liberals and Nationals Government to $847m over four years. According to the Premier, the additional money is being allocated to schools with the highest maintenance needs, and $260m of the funding will be invested this financial year. “This investment will ensure that every student, in every school, has an equal opportunity to achieve

excellence,” Berejiklian said. “When the NSW Liberals and Nationals came to government we inherited a large maintenance liability from Labor. “Once again we are fixing the mess that Labor left for NSW. “Boosting the school maintenance fund by another $100m is only possible due to the strong economic management of the NSW Liberals and National’s

Government,” Berejiklian said. Minister Stokes said that managing school maintenance is an ongoing challenge that the NSW Government is confronting head on. “Just like any other buildings, schools need constant maintenance. “We’re getting on with the job of ensuring our schools remain in tip-top condition because that is what our teachers and students deserve,” Stokes

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said. “Our public schools are some of the most important tools in building a bright future for NSW. “We want communities to have pride in their schools, just like we have pride in their hard working students and teachers,” Stokes added. Source: Media release, Dec 5 Miles Godfrey, Office of Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Premier

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ver 100 concerned c o m m u n i t y members braved torrential rain to express their concerns about the future of the Mangrove Mountain Landfill, at a community meeting on Wednesday, November 28.

The Mangrove Mountain Landfill has a troubled history, punctuated by financial corruption and cronyism in the NSW RSL, according to the Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, who attended, and spoke at, the meeting. “The EPA has publically acknowledged that the landfill represents a potential human and environmental risk, yet an application has been made to reopen the landfill and expand dumping by an additional 1.3 million tonnes of rubbish into the water catchment,” Tesch said. “The application submitted by Verde Terra Pty Ltd, an affiliate of the waste company, Bingo, featured in the ABC 4 Corners expose last year, has been rejected by the EPA and is now in the hands of the Land and Environment Court,” she

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said. “Should this application be approved, the waste company’s license will be extended for a further 10 years. “There are only two potable water storage facilities for the entire Central Coast, and, at the meeting, concerned community members heard at length the potential dangers additional dumping at the site could cause, including the effect that leachate could have on our water supply.

“Residents were all encouraged to visit the Mountain Districts Association website and make a submission to the Land and Environment Court to protect our water supply.” Tesch said she was supporting the community’s “Keep this crap out of your tap” campaign and encouraged all members of the Central Coast community to visit the Mangrove Districts Association website and have their say. “We need as many

submissions as possible to show the developers that the Central Coast is not just a tip for the rest of the state,” she said. “This is not just a fight for the people who live in the Mountain Districts, this is a fight for the whole of the Central Coast, for our children, our grandchildren, and beyond… our water supply is forever, and we must protect it. “The construction of an urban waste facility in a water catchment is illegal, and it is

important that our community voices are heard loud and clear in the consideration of this application. “We have to show that this community won’t put up with more dumping on Mangrove Mountain.” Tesch said she again called on the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, to support the NSW Opposition’s calls for an independent inquiry into the matter. “The Minister has the power to initiate an independent inquiry into this matter. “Our water supply is at risk.” The community meeting panel consisted of Marilyn Steiner (Mountain Districts Association, Landfill Subcommittee), Stephen Goodwin (Mountain Districts Association, Landfill Subcommittee), Gary Chestnut (local Government consultant), Danny Wilmott (resident of 36 years and President of RSL Sub Branch from 2010-2017), and Stephen Rickards (owner of property adjacent to landfill). Guest speakers were Mayor Jane Smith, Greens Candidate for Robertson, Cath Connor and Liesl Tesch.

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Margaret Pontifex, OAM, Secretary of the Mangrove Mountain and Districts Community Group, who has been campaigning against the landfill since 1998 said, “The rest of the community and I are totally against any expansion of dumping at the Mangrove landfill site. “This generation has no right to destroy the drinking water for the next generation,” Pontifex said. “We’re facing climate change and an uncertain future, we need our water catchments to stay intact for future generations,” she said. “My parents used to say that this generation is only here because of the last. “The next generation relies on us.” All submissions will be provided to the Court and the company for consideration. Submissions can be made to MMLSubmissions@epa. nsw.gov.au or through www. mountaindistrictsassociation. com.au and close on December 20.

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he founder of an independent arts and vocational college at Kincumber, has called for an independent inquiry into why the school has been closed. Gabrielle McIntosh said the Eagle Arts and Vocational College (EAVC) caters for some of the most vulnerable students in the state. “On the Central Coast, up to 50 teenage students, have been re-engaging with schooling at EAVC and achieving great results,” McIntosh said. “Most students have seen a big improvement in their literacy and numeracy, and some have obtained apprenticeships. “Now Minister Stokes, in an undated letter, has told our school to close. “He has not spoken once to the Principal, nor answered the many letters from Central Coast parents, as to the reason for the closure. “Most of our students have nowhere to go, as they were expelled from previous schools or refuse to go to that school. “Why did Minister Stokes ignore independent psychologist’s reports showing that students thrived at EAVC? “Why were the findings of two reports from the Anti-Discrimination Board suggesting the school has been discriminated against on

the grounds of isolated rural/ regional, Indigenous status and psychosocial disability, ignored. “The NSW Education and Standards Authority (NESA), based in Sydney, but under the control of Minister Stokes, ignored the findings of the Anti-Discrimination Board. “Not one, but two reports suggest discrimination by a government authority against our students on the Central Coast and Western Sydney. “Why was the option of mediation ignored by Minister Stokes, when the AntiDiscrimination Board said that mediation was urgent to keep the school open. “EAVC calls for an Independent report from a retired school Principal or Deputy Principal, outside of NESA’s control, to unravel the fiasco that resulted in the closing of Eagle Arts and Vocational College, putting 103 vulnerable students back onto the streets. “These teenagers have nowhere to go, having rejected mainstream schools or having been expelled. “Most will not re-engage in education.” The NSW Department of Education referred Coast Community News inquiries about this matter to NESA and NESA has not yet responded to our questions. Source: Media release, Nov 26 Gabrielle McIntosh, Eagle Arts and Vocational College

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etire Australia Pty Ltd has proposed to build 54 assisted living units in a new four-storey building on vacant land at Tarragal Glen retirement village, valued at $19.95m.

The application to Central Coast Council has been made under the provisions of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Housing for Seniors and People with a Disability) 2004, as an extension to the immediate south of the Tarragal Glen Manor assisted living complex. “The building is to be constructed as an extension to The Manor to allow use of the existing kitchen and dining room and the extensive range of on-site community, recreational and support services already provided in that building,” a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) submitted to support the application said. “A two-storey maintenance shed and staff room building is to be constructed in the extreme north-west corner of the site immediately to the south of the medical centre and adjacent to the western property boundary near the McDonalds carpark,” it said. “This building will both replace and rationalise existing staff and maintenance buildings near The Manor, required to be demolished to make way for the proposed apartments. “Consent is also sought for

Looking north across the site of the proposed apartment building with the existing Manor behind.

adjustments to the existing back-of-house facilities of The Manor and civil works across the site including excavation, cut and fill, provision of services, construction of footpaths and retaining walls, and adjustment of internal driveways and parking as necessary. “As with the 75 assisted care apartments recently approved at Forresters Beach Retirement Village, and the 70 assisted care apartments currently under construction at Glengara Retirement Village at Tumbi Umbi, the 54 apartments proposed under this application are aimed at addressing the increasing demand for an assisted care product on the Central Coast, allowing existing residents the opportunity to “age in place” within their existing communities,” the SEE said. The SEE argued that the increase in traffic would be minor and could be catered for by the existing road network

within and surrounding the site, and that parking in excess of the SEPP requirements would be provided. The site is burdened by a sewer easement, two rights of carriageway and three restrictions on the use of land, but they have been addressed in the SEE. One of the restrictions is a prohibition on direct access from Terrigal Dve, but the application said no such access was required for the development. According to the application, the building will consist of car parking for 31 vehicles and two buggies on the ground floor, along with scooter parking, lobby, multipurpose room, office, toilets and mail room. The ground floor will also locate the residents’ café and barbecue area, communal terrace, outdoor seating and landscaped gardens, a village workshop, lift and stairwell.

Eighteen one-bedroom apartments will be located on the first floor along with a multipurpose room, interview room and staff touchdown and powder room, residents’ lounge, activities area, informal seating areas and a residents’ laundry with a carers’ room. An enclosed walkway to the existing Manor will also be on the first floor of the new building. A further 36 units will be located on the second and third floors (18 on each floor), along with all the other utilities included on the first floor. There are currently 20 staff employed at The Manor and this is expected to increase by six to cater for the additional residents, and the extended complex will continue to be staffed 24 hours per day, according to the SEE. Source: DA55728, Dec 5 Gosford DA Tracker, Central Coast Council

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he exhibition of Central Coast Council’s draft climate change policy has been delayed until February, but Mayor, Jane Smith, has cautioned the community not to believe “misleading” messages about the policy’s intent.

Close up of a map showing coastal flooding around Brisbane Water for a projected sea level rise of 0.9m

“It doesn’t capture the fact that the draft policy is a high level policy that includes a whole suite of strategies that Council will investigate further,” she said. “My view is that Council, at this point, needs to have all options available for consideration, but planned retreat is not the primary option. “It is in one section of the policy along with five other options Council is likely to consider. “That section itself looks at reviewing and updating the sea level rise planning levels and then it talks about how

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Landowners, who believe they will be negatively impacted by the strategy, have already met to kick start their resistance to what they consider to be key elements of Council’s approach. Pat Aiken, Secretary of Coastal Residents Incorporated, said 120 people attended a meeting at Davistown RSL on Saturday, November 24, to discuss the rights of home owners in areas of coastal vulnerability. Discussions at the meeting were based on the premise that the idea of “planned retreat” has been embedded in Council’s draft climate change policy. A new website, intended to kick-start a community campaign to oppose the Council’s draft approach to climate change, has also been launched. Mayor, Jane Smith, said the discussion at the meeting and the content of the website did “absolutely not” reflect the intent of the draft policy. “My reading of that website is that it is designed to be quite alarmist,” Mayor Smith said.

we then look at developing appropriate strategies to respond to those projected sea level rise planning levels. “It looks at six options in total. “I am keen that we do go out and have that conversation with communities. “I am a fan of what Lake Macquarie Council has done in developing adaptation plans, and developing those plans with a lot of community ownership. “Once people understand the issues and the options, it is the community that has come up with the plan for the future.

“At the moment, we have an online survey available, and that closes on Friday, December 14, so we are very keen to have as many people as possible complete that survey about their attitudes on climate change. “The survey allows them to express interest in being part of the five workshops that we will be running next year. “The formal submission period will be in February.” When asked whether she believed the intent of the website and whether the Davistown meeting was political and designed to discredit Council, Mayor Smith

said: “It is disappointing that may be what is behind this website. “Certainly, what is clear at all levels of government, and we are seeing the current UN conference in Poland calling for and stating very clearly, that we need action on climate change and we need action at all levels. “We need business and community to come together to look at how we mitigate and adapt. “The current State Government has a policy in place, and an aspirational target of zero net emissions by 2050, so I think what Council

is doing is beginning work to align with our current State Government,” Smith said. Those at the Davistown meeting were told that coastal hazard threats have been part of the history of the Central Coast that have not stopped the region from adapting and growing. Presenters outlined the potential impact of Council’s proposals on landowners, including sterilisation of land from future development via Development Control Plans and notations on planning certificates attached to contracts for sale that could damage the property’s market value. The meeting was told that SES could refuse to protect homes in certain vulnerable areas and that home insurance could be refused, making it impossible to get a home loan. Aiken said he explained how planned retreat impacts negatively on a property’s value and that owners cannot protect their homes by, for instance, building revetment walls. A website, called tellcouncil. com has been launched as “the voice of ratepayers and residents on the Central Coast”. Source: Media release, Nov 26 Pat Aiken, Coastal Residents Inc Interview, Dec 5 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

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roperty NSW, the state government’s real estate agent, is close to resubmitting a proposal to determine the future of Peat Island and Mooney Mooney to Central Coast Council.

John Andrews, Secretary of the Mooney-Cheero Progress Association, said representatives of Property NSW had met with community members at the beginning of November and stated they were getting closer to finalising the proposal to rezone land decommissioned as a mental health institution in 2010. Property NSW informed community representatives that their final planning proposal would have some differences to the 2016-17 proposal. “My feeling is they haven’t changed much,” Andrews said. If the proposal remains largely unchanged, nine sites would be used for medium-density residential developments, up to three storeys, on both sides of the M1 Motorway. “For the past 18 months, they have been responding to the Planning Department, which said they had to get some more comment from various government agencies,” he said. “Those government agencies have reported back, but we don’t see those reports until they make their final submission to Central Coast Council.” The progress association has been corresponding with Council regarding the three-

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month community consultation period. “We want a discussion with Council before the consultation,” Andrews said. “We want to have some ability to agree on the consultation process rather than just have it thrown at us,” he said. Council’s Director of Environment and Planning, Scott Cox, wrote to the association agreeing to a preconsultation discussion. “I regard that as a great point that has been reached,” Andrews said. “Most of these consultations aren’t consultations at all, they are simply ‘we are telling you what we are going to do and you can make a comment if you like, but we will do it anyway’,” he said. “We are trying to make sure the consultation is between Council and us, and that Property NSW, who will want to make a shiny presentation, are not part of it,” he said. Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, said the saga of Peat Island was continuing, with the State Government revealing its latest concept plan. “The latest iteration is another in a long line of applications made by the Liberal Government to rezone the land for sale,” Tesch said. “Despite the history of applications and promises from the Liberal Government, Mooney Mooney locals have never been consulted regarding the site, which will have far reaching impacts on their community,” she said. “The State Government has

The land subject to the proposal according to the 2017 documents from Central Coast Council

been sitting on their hands with Peat Island for eight years, and all of a sudden we have a Minister talking about how many berths the marina will have, and how many buildings there will be in what precincts, without a skerrick of consultation with anyone outside of property developers. “This land is the gateway to the Coast and should be more than a mini Gold Coast. “The community have been asking for years for proper consultation so the Government can strike the right balance between nature, heritage and development. “The Minister for Finance and Property NSW need to understand that Peat Island isn’t a ghost story used to attract potential investors.” The Concept Masterplan to

be presented to Council will include tourism, retail, marina and dry dock, and residential dwellings on the 38 hectare site. The public exhibition and community consultation are scheduled to take place in 2019, along with “rezoning, gazettal and market sounding”. The land is zoned SP2 Hospital, and the new zoning would be tourism, local centre, residential and open space. The benefits of the rezoning would be activation of dormant land, diversity of residential dwellings and an “economic driver for the local community, including 150-plus jobs. “A key component to the proposal is the unlocking of Peat Island, where the current land use zoning reflects the former institutional land use,

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limiting permissible uses. “The revised proposal includes more than 21 hectares of open space for the community, including an 11.3 hectare expansion of the adjacent Popran National Park.” Property NSW has projected that the rezoning will “yield” 268 dwellings and 93 tourist units on the land. The intended outcomes will require amendment of Additional Permitted Uses, Floor Space Ratio, Height of Building, Land Zoning and Lot Size maps. Height of Building limits will be changed to maximum heights of 8.5m, 9m and 12m to specific land within the site. Minimum lot sizes of 400 square metres and 550 square metres will be applied. An Ecological Review of the Concept Plan identified that proposed RE2 Private Recreation zone and marina, represent a high marine impact risk. “This locality comprises sensitive mangrove vegetation and an estuarine environment. “The review recommends that an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) would likely need to be prepared for these aspects of the proposal. “Future survey and impact assessment will be required across the site to determine impacts and further mitigation measures and management options ... where potential impacts are identified. “A search of the Aboriginal Heritage Information Management System (AHIMS) identifies that the site

comprises items and/or places of Aboriginal heritage. “A due diligence Aboriginal heritage assessment ... identified both recorded Aboriginal sites and areas where Aboriginal sites are likely to occur. “Further archaeological investigations of the study area are required. “It is envisaged that conservation management requirements may be included in a site-specific Development Control Plan (DCP).” The site also includes the grave of Francis Peat and ruins of Singleton Mill, and Peat Island itself has been identified as a place of high heritage significance. Central Coast Council’s existing water and sewer systems do not have the capacity to accommodate the proposed land uses, and upgrades would need to be paid for by government or future developers of the site. “Additional studies are required to determine upgrade requirements. “These will be required to be undertaken prior to any development taking place.” Source: Interview, Nov 30 John Andrews, Mooney-Cheero Progress Association Website, Dec 3 LEP Tracking, NSW Planning Website, Dec 3 Peat Island, Property NSW Media release, Nov 26 Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Mangrove Mountain Landfill community meeting well attended

t a packed meeting at Mangrove Mountain Hall on Wednesday, November 28, guest speaker, Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, pledged that a future Labor Government would establish an independent inquiry to investigate the operation, regulation and approvals of the Mangrove Mountain Landfill site. “This was the announcement the community has been waiting for,” said Mountain Districts Association spokesperson. Stephen Goodwin. “If Premier Berejiklian is unwilling to order an inquiry into this threat to our water supply, then we know that if elected in March, a Labor Government will,” Goodwin said. Guest speaker, Central Coast Council’s Mayor, Jane Smith, reported on Council’s initiatives in the establishment of an Advisory Committee on Mangrove Mountain and Spencer, and Council’s support for an independent inquiry. Mayor Smith was limited in what she could say because the matter is in the Land and Environment Court.

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A show of hands from the community members who attended the Mangrove Mountain meeting to oppose any decision to re-open the landfill

“We were appreciative that she agreed to speak and offer support,” Goodwin said. Organisers of the meeting expected that the extreme weather conditions would keep people at home, but a large number of locals and numerous concerned residents from other parts of the Coast, from as far afield as, Budgewoi, Forresters Beach, McMasters Beach and elsewhere, turned up on the night.

“This was a great response to the front page article calling for community support for a campaign to protect the region’s water supply by opposing the reopening of the Mangrove Mountain landfill, that appeared in the last issue of Coast Community News,” Goodwin said. The meeting was also well supported by local politicians and other members of Central Coast Council. These included Council CEO,

Gary Murphy, Councillors, Kyle MacGregor and Louise Greenaway, and, Member for The Entrance, David Mehan. In attending, David Mehan represented his community’s concerns. “David knows that this problem extends far beyond just the Mountain Districts and has an impact on the whole Central Coast community,” Goodwin said. “David has committed to encouraging residents living

in The Entrance to write submissions opposing the renewal of the dump licence,” he said. “Cath Connor, Greens candidate for the federal seat of Robertson, spoke on the Greens’ support for the community’s campaign, which was gratefully received.” In further comments, Liesl Tesch, gave an impassioned address throwing her full support behind the community opposition to the landfill

through the campaign to get community members, and in particular children, to make a submission and send it to the EPA. “Liesl’s commitment to supporting the campaign for community submissions currently being advertised by the EPA, greatly encouraged community members present at the meeting,” Goodwin said. To assist residents to make a submission, Mountain Districts Association offers two avenues of support. Information on that is available from Stephen Goodwin on 0408 442 062 or on MDA website at mountaindistrictsassociation. com.au The deadline for Submissions is December 20. “I urge all Central Coast residents, wherever they may live, to consider the future of the water supply for their children and their children’s children. It is that important. “Make a Submission now. “Parents should speak with their school Principals about encouraging pupils to make a Submission. “It can be short and simple it will make the point.” Source: Media release, Dec 2 Stephen Goodwin, Mountain Districts Association

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he Somersby to Erina growth corridor is likely to be a focal point for the NSW Government and Central Coast Council in 2019, according to a draft strategy considered by councillors. It is set to protect the area’s history and landscape whist providing certainty for land owners and developers. A new use for the Old Sydney Town site is also touted. According to the Central Coast Regional Plan, precinct planning is due to take place for Somersby Business Park, Mount Penang and Kariong, to expand employment in the regional gateway. Central Coast Councillors voted to place the Draft Somersby to Erina Growth Corridor Strategy on exhibition for 60 days, but that period has not yet commenced and it is unclear when it will be exhibited. It refers to the Somersby Industrial area as the “second largest industrial node north of Central Sydney”, as a “successful industrial node and an “important strategic asset”. However, the corridor strategy acknowledges that future demand is projected to be modest, based on new census data, growth in manufacturing, transport uses

Aerial view of parts of the Somersby employment area

and construction. “More work is required to understand future demand for industrial land, and investigating broader trends and advancements in technology that might influence demand and supply. “Is the remaining land suitable, well-serviced, affordable and developable?” Currently around 50 per cent (159 hectares) of the Somersby precinct is undeveloped and a significant portion of that land is impacted by environmental and archaeological constraints.

However, NSW Planning and Central Coast Council state that their vision for Somersby is the “continued success of the Somersby Employment area which continues to attract new and diverse businesses and investment. “The services, quick bus link to Gosford Town Centre and bush setting, make Somersby a beautiful and inspiring place to work, and businesses can attract great staff,” the draft Somersby precinct strategy said. The draft strategy does

acknowledge the area’s rich Aboriginal history. The area is particularly known for its rock art and sites that contain Aboriginal objects and are of Aboriginal heritage significance, and actions are required to protect and enhance them to ensure that their value is preserved for future generations,” it said. “Further studies are required to ascertain the future demand and supply of industrial lands to ensure that the Somersby employment area continues to grow and service the needs

of the corridor and broader region. “Following the implementation of a Plan of Management and a clearer understanding of the development capacity of the remaining land, Council will undertake an employment lands study that will consider projections for all employment types, and assess the supply of both industrial and commercially zoned land. “In the meantime, it is important that industrial land is reserved for industrial uses

and rezoning applications are resisted.” Another action in the strategy is for Council to prepare a brief and engage consultants to consider options for the future use of the Old Sydney Town site, to inform discussions with the landowner. The strategy recommends amending the Development Control Plan to implement the existing 2005 Somersby Plan of Management “and provide certainty for industrial land owners and developers. “The new DCP should clearly identify and provide clear guidance for development in areas of high value vegetation and areas of Aboriginal or archaeological significance,” the draft strategy said. Council will also seek funding for, and then commission, a public domain strategy for the Somersby employment area. It also outlines a “catalyst project” in the form of a Somersby Hub, a place to meet and relax during the working day. The strategy could result in 11 per cent of new dwelling requirements on the Central Coast being located along the Corridor between Somersby and Erina. It could also result in a population increase of 6,495 residents or eight per cent of the anticipated 75,500 population growth expected for the Central Coast by 2036.

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ridor is to be a key focal point The forecast jobs growth, an increase of 9,866 jobs, is estimated to generate $5,010m net gross value added (GVA) for the Central Coast LGA. Catalyst projects identified in the strategy include a Somersby to Erina Rapid Transit Bus Route, the Gosford Great Weekender Trail, a food and entertainment festival at Central Coast Mariners home games and Mount Penang Forest Trails. The ‘Southern Growth Corridor’ now known as the Somersby to Erina Corridor, describes the centres along the Central Coast Highway between Somersby and Erina: Somersby, Mount Penang/ Kariong, West Gosford, Gosford City Centre, East Gosford/Point Frederick and Erina. The purpose of the Corridor Strategy is to provide: a vision for the Corridor at a local and state level; a policy that supports the State Government and Council‘s decisions about land use planning; a framework for assessing DAs and Planning Proposals; a guide on how to prioritise public spending; a basis for collaboration with Transport for NSW regarding the proposed Rapid Transit bus service; and, a plan to market and celebrate the many great businesses and events in Gosford. “The strategy aims to not compromise those attributes that the community have identified that make the area such a unique and desirable place to live and work,” a

Land use map includes employment lands and protected industrial zoned land (blue), national park and pink spots are areas of primary Aboriginal significance

Council staff report said. A number of development options were assessed against planning, economic, transport and liveability criteria, to determine a preferred development approach for the Corridor. The preferred development option was one with a focus on Gosford City Centre and the provision of a Rapid Transit Bus system.

It seeks to concentrate investment in Gosford City Centre, support job growth and provide adequate land for population growth. Key aspects include to maintain the employment focus and zoning in West Gosford and Erina centre, and to maintain and support the industrial zone in Somersby. Residential development will be focused in existing centres

of Gosford CBD, East Gosford and Point Frederick in the short to moderate term, with the most density in Gosford City Centre. The Corridor will be promoted as one of the State’s best weekender destinations. The proposed “Great Weekender Trail” Catalyst Project will help promote weekend tourism, anchored by food and drinks, art and

culture, sport and festivals, and events at Mount Penang. “The success of the Corridor and Gosford City Centre as a Regional Centre will be reliant on creating six successful centres within the Corridor – each with their own unique role and character. “Maximising active and public transport connections between activity nodes and between centres, and Gosford

to Sydney, is central to the success of each centre. “The proposed new Rapid Transit Bus network connecting all centres to Gosford in under 10 minutes, is the priority action for transport in the Corridor. “The Corridor already accommodates a great variety of cultural activities, landscape and natural attractions, and cottage industries. “Collectively, with further planning, a strategically located trail could ensure that these existing attractions, and the walk or cycle between them, can be a destination in its own right. “The Trail could also form the basis for future civic and cultural activities. “The Corridor faces some major risks including bushfires, flooding, inundation from rising water levels, traffic congestion, and lack of public transport connectivity across the Corridor. “Planning for resilience across the Corridor is essential to respond to changes associated with population increases and risks posed by changing weather patterns.” The Corridor Strategy will be used to formulate character statements for each centre in a new comprehensive Development Control Plan. Source: Agenda item 2.2, Nov 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Draft Somersby to Erina Corridor Strategy, Nov 12 Central Coast Council

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Community members Public hearing learns of failure attend Winney Bay Cliff Top of Job Active Network Walk site inspection

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he Job Active Network is failing to help the unemployed, according to Senator Deborah O’Neill.

Mayor Jane Smith and Clr Jeff Sundstrom speaking with locals at Winney Bay Photos: Elaine Odgers Norling

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hree out of the 15 elected Central Coast Councillors were met by over 25 community members, when they attended their inspection of the Winney Bay Cliff Top Walk site at 2pm, on Monday, December 3. According to Elaine Odgers Norling, one of the Winney Bay Warriors, the site visit, which Councillors voted in favour of at their last October meeting, was attended by Mayor, Jane

Smith, and Clrs Jeff Sundstrom and Jilly Pilon. Mayor Smith offered the locals a question and answer session at the site on the morning of Saturday, December 8 at 10am. Odgers Norling said she urged residents concerned about over development of the area to contact all Central Coast Councillors before their next council meeting on Monday, December 10, and to attend the meeting. She said Copacabana Aboriginal elder, John Oates, spoke of the significance of

the Bullbararing headland with Mayor Smith during the site visit. Representative from the Avoca Beach Community Group, Mike Rubbo, showed Mayor Smith photos of walkways from around the world that were natural and considered world’s best practice. “Locals had many questions but were given few answers,” Odgers Norling said. Source: Media release, Dec 3 Elaine Odgers Norling, Copacabana

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Senator O’Neill was speaking with Coast Community News from a Public Hearing of the Senate Inquiry into Jobactive, Australia’s main employment service for the unemployed, held at the Crown Plaza, Terrigal, on Tuesday, November 20. Among the witnesses were representatives from ET Training College, Gosford, and the Australian Council of Social Services. Senator O’Neill said the aim of the hearing was “to receive evidence from within the Job Active provider network and from the people forced to engage with it. “It is simply not doing what you would expect when you become unemployed,” she said. “This is a profoundly punitive system, where the government is not listening to the providers of the service or the unemployed. “The government is driving a system rather than supporting people, that is the key to the problem,” she said. Witnesses, including local employers, NGOs and advocates detailed flaws with the Jobactive program, including a failure to work with local businesses, no incentives for providers to work together, and a constant “churn” of unemployed locals recycling back into the system. Tony Moylan from ET Training College in Gosford, cited a lack of commitment by Jobactive service providers to engage

with employers as a significant barrier for local businesses to employ through Job Active. “I don’t know any local employer who has used Job Active in the last 12 months,” Moyan said, adding these failures were contributing to the Coast’s youth unemployment crisis. “Job Active is no longer adequate,” to deal with our unemployment crisis, he said. During the Hearing, Senior Advisor from ACOSS, Peter Davidson, offered criticism of the Government’s jobs plan. Citing a report released by ACOSS titled “Voices of the Unemployed”, Davidson highlighted case studies including a testimony from a local single mother who said her experience with Job Active service providers was ‘painful, annoying, waste of time, soul destroying’. The report found the concern for many unemployed users to be that “providers were motivated by profits rather than improving people’s lives”. The NSW Chamber of Business outlined what it saw as a skills shortage due to cuts to TAFE, apprentices and training incentives. “There are clear skills shortages in regional pockets across NSW,” said Luke Aitken, Senior manager at the NSW Chamber of Business. Megan Petrass, also representing the Chamber, said: “Apprenticeships have generally been in decline for the last five years”. Community Environment Network (CEN) used a Job Active provider to employ three workers under the Government’s ‘work-for-thedole’ scheme. John Asquith, Chair of CEN,

said the workers were vastly underqualified for the IT work they were hired to undertake, and after nearly six months, the organisation was left short changed when the Job Active provider failed to deliver the subsidy promised. The provider never returned their calls and emails and CEN was forced to absorb the $8,000 loss. For many locals, all of this isn’t a surprise, Senator O’Neill concluded. “At 15.5 per cent, the Central Coast ranks as the fourth highest youth unemployment rate in NSW,” she said. “Since 2013, the number of local apprenticeships has fallen by 37 per cent and enrolments at Hunter TAFE have plummeted by thousands. “These are the institutions which should be equipping our young people to gain employment. “Today’s hearing demonstrated that the government’s jobs program doesn’t work and these cuts in education have left our young people without the skills to get a job. “We know only 35 per cent of people in this government’s Work for the Dole program find employment with only 16 per cent getting full time work. “We heard that jobseekers are being churned through appointment after appointment, provider after provider, and not securing work.” Source: Interview, Nov 20 Deborah O’Neill, Senator for NSW Media release, Nov 20 Rhys Zorro, office of Deborah O’Neill Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Four 50,000 bird poultry sheds proposed

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n application has been received by Central Coast Council for a designated and integrated poultry farm at 1411 Peats Ridge Rd, Peats Ridge. The estimated cost of work for the project is $1.75 million. The proposed development is defined in its application as “intensive livestock agriculture” and requires a specified permit under the Water Management Act 2000. The subject site is already used to grow avocados and citrus by Olivetree Grove Pty Ltd, which will also operate the additional poultry sheds. The sheds will grow meat birds for human consumption in four, tunnel-ventilated, fully enclosed, climate controlled poultry sheds. Each shed will hold 50,000 birds, to give a maximum annual farm population of 1 million birds, over 5.2 production cycles per annum, allowing for a 4-5 per cent bird mortality rate per batch. The Environmental Impact Statement submitted with the application, including specific reports on noise, traffic, odour and bushfire risk, concluded that Central Coast Council should support the proposal. Tunnel fans will expel air to the north and east of the sheds, and stirrer fans will be located inside the sheds. Eleven properties were included in an acoustic assessment submitted with the DA. The main noise generating activities include operation of the tunnel and stirrer fans, feed delivery operations and bird pickup operations. The nearest residential dwelling is located approximately 750 metres from the closest proposed

Aerial view of the site

shed. “Given the close proximity of the most affected premises and the setting of the site, the potential for noise impacts has been carefully evaluated,” the acoustic report said. “This noise impact assessment finds that predicted noise levels will be below the criteria set out in accordance with the NSW Industrial Noise Policy, at all residential receivers and time periods,” the acoustic report concluded. The bushfire risk was also assessed to be minimal. According to the EIS: “Development of an additional and legitimate intensive form of agricultural production upon the site is not anticipated to pose any significant or long term adverse impact to the local environment or surrounding populace, and is deemed consistent with the intent of the zone for agricultural production. “The predicted odour concentrations will meet the adopted assessment

criteria at all privately owned surrounding residences, as addressed in the detailed Air Quality Assessment.” In terms of dust and particulate matter, the EIS found: “The predicted cumulative ground level impacts for PM10 and TSP 24 hour and annual averaging periods are predicted to comply with the relevant

criteria. “Compliance is achieved without the need for specific and purpose built or generated mitigative strategies or site controls. Given the controlled environment in which the development will operate, it is considered to pose a low risk to local water resources and no detectable impact is

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expected. “The poultry industry, within the Central Coast region, plays an ever increasing role in the expansion of local agribusiness. “It is widely appreciated that the poultry industry has a good strategic fit and high recognition factor within the area. “The Development will employ a total of two full time employees, one of which lives on site (Farm Manager) and an additional family member (Assistant Manager) who lives elsewhere in the local area, along with several casual farm hands, as required. In addition to this, the development of the poultry farm assists with the ongoing employment of those service related industries associated with poultry production. “The contribution, therefore, of the new poultry farm is greater than those directly employed on farm. “The new poultry farm is yet to be contracted under long-term agreements with

nominated poultry processors, however it is anticipated that Baiada Chickens are the preferred processor.” A letter of intent between Baiada and the owners accompanied the application. “Intensive Livestock Agriculture is permitted with development consent on the land.” The property is not currently connected to mains water supply. “The water demand for the development is estimated at approximately 14ML per annum, which allows for the poultry drinking water, cool cell pads and shed wash down. “In order to service the water demands for the development, the owners will rely upon the availability of licensed waters under WAL 17486 (27 megalitres per annum), being more than sufficient to service both existing and proposed land uses. “The development will also include rainwater tanks as part of the stormwater quality treatment train. In terms of potential impacts upon groundwater sources: “We submit that the 300 mmthick compacted (engineered) clay floor possesses very low hydraulic conductivity (effective permeability).” Dead birds will be collected from the poultry sheds on a daily basis and stored in an onsite Biobin. “A Biobin is an on-site, capture and containment system used for organic material processing (starting the composting process) in an odour-free, easily accessible vessel. Source: DA55491/2018, Nov 6 Gosford DA Tracker, Central Coast Council

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State government is threatening our quality of life ur quality of life is under threat by FORUM the current State

Government’s, develop at any cost, policy.

If not, why then are Council’s planning policies being taken over by the State Government and handed to unelected bureaucrats for determination? Is that the new definition of democracy? Planning bureaucrats have been watching too much of that TV series, Yes Minister. Packing more and more people into the Central Coast is not going to solve our unemployment problem. It will aggravate it. It won’t ease our commuting problem. It will add to it. It will not solve our traffic congestion. It will only make it worse. The Development Control Plan (DCP) has no limit on the number of storeys in Gosford in some locations. Buildings could be 30 storeys or more in height, ignoring an unpublished economic feasibility study from 201718 that predicted buildings in

excess of 10 storeys as not feasible in Gosford. Bureaucrats have removed many of the controls recommended by the consultants, with no justification. The proposed changes in this DCP are of such magnitude, that as a total package, it is undemocratic, and implementation will further diminish our, and our children’s, quality of life. Government’s prime objective should be to raise our quality of life, not diminish it. The NSW Minister for Planning, Anthony Roberts, should be demanding that the Federal Minister for Immigration immediately reduce our immigrant intake from 262,500 per year to 100,000 per year. Such a move would solve some of Minister Roberts’ problems. Australia needs a national population policy for the next 30 to 50 years. This would allow State

Governments and local councils time to plan and implement infrastructure within a more sound and financial strategy, not in the ad hoc way now being undertaken in the Gosford CBD. According to a Productivity Commission paper on the economic impact of migration and population growth, the economic benefits of a larger population are very small, and it makes no sense to continue to overpopulate Australia with the highest net migration intake ever. We do not have sufficient infrastructure, and the impact on our environment would be disastrous. The CSIRO’s report, Future Dilemmas, published in 2002, predicted dire consequences if Australia’s population was not kept under control, and whilst it is not practicable to limit our population growth by birth control, like China’s one child policy, it is practicable to limit growth by proper immigration control, and this would be most beneficial to the Central Coast’s future. Letter, Nov 22 Malcolm Brooks, Gosford

Copacabana resident unhappy with closed shop committee

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s a long term resident of Copacabana, and an original 5 Lands walker, it is with great distress that I have observed a wonderful low key community based idea morph into a takeover by a few individuals, with more concern for their power and position than the people of our lands. I reference the 5 Lands Walk Inc., now run as a closed shop, as witnessed at their recent AGM. The mantra for 5 Lands is “People to people and people to place”, but by people it seems to mean only those approved by the committee, otherwise you cannot be a member or have a say.

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See Page 2 for contribution conditions When it comes to place, the mantra seems to be “the beauty we have will be irrevocably changed, tourist first, residents last”. Take Winney Bay Reserve, once traversed by local fishermen and bushwalkers via adequate tracks, is now a paved roadway with a second run of hundreds of meters of concrete steps, all at the behest of 5 Lands Walk Inc. Trees, many with bird

attracting hollows, have been felled, and cleansing rains will no longer be able to nourish the bush tracks. Total spend $10m dollars, whilst Copacabana has no safe road or footpath to the existing Captain Cook and Winney Bay Lookouts, Community consultation has, sadly, been lacking, as this scheme has progressed. Of the $10m, $4.6m is still to be spent. The burning question is, can it be diverted from the proposed additional road, pathways a bridge and third lookout, to better use by the community? The recent Council survey did not adequately address this issue. Email, Nov 14 Elaine Odgers Norling, Copacabana

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The EPA has refused the Company’s Application. The Company has appealed to the Land and Environment Court against that refusal. The Company has not made a separate application to Central Coast Council for development consent for these activities and seeks to rely on, amongst other things, an existing development consent DA23042/1998 (as varied).

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The Land and Environment Court has directed that the EPA invite public submissions about the Application. All submissions provided to the EPA will be provided to the Court and the Company. The Application that is now before the Court, and related documents, are available on the EPA’s website at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/community-engagement/ community-news/mangrove-mountain-landfill.

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School Principal incensed by article

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ur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School Principal, Frank Cohen, has expressed his concerns regarding an article concerning the funding of religious schools published in the Sydney Morning Herald.

“A parent brought to my attention this morning an article written by Ross Gittins. “The point of the article was that through government funding of religious schools, we now have a ‘have and have not’ class society. “Mr Gittins basically stated that no money should be directed to religious based schools as it reinforces a ‘them and us’ existence. “Apart from the fact that it is pure dribble, I was incensed by his inferences and generalisations, and you should be too,” Cohen said. “Mr Gittins would have you believe that you are stealing from others in sending your child to a Catholic School. “Despite the fact that you pay your taxes, you are also subsidising the state system by paying school fees to ensure you receive the education you are wanting for your child. “Your taxes are paying for a state school child to receive their education. “Our school educates families from all different backgrounds. “We educate the rich, middle

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See Page 2 for contribution conditions class and children of families who struggle to make ends meet. “We educate the afflicted, disabled, cognitively challenged, non Catholic and non religious. “We educate children from the same suburbs that our local public schools do, but according to Mr Gittins, we are reinforcing, if not creating, a class warfare system and should not be entitled to funding,” Cohen continued. “We have a very good relationship with all of the local public and independent schools. “Many of our local public schools enjoy resources we don’t have, and if you consider our new building, three quarters of the funds to build it came from the building levy that families in our system pay. “For some, the school fees we charge are minimal, and yet for other families, they are a challenge. “For every $1 the state school student receives, we get 85c in that dollar from the government.

“The other remaining 15c is made up from school fees. “The little extras we have in our school, such as the basketball court, have been funded from cake stalls, trivia nights, fun runs and other Parent Council functions. “If I was in the state system I would expect to have such a facility built by the government with little parental contribution. “I for one do not call out the state school system for having opportunity classes or selective schools which, in my opinion, do discriminate, as the facts show that many families with the means to do so pay for their child to receive external tuition to get a place in these schools. “Based on Mr Gittins’ argument, that is an example of entrenchment of class warfare and a move away from egalitarian ideals. “We have a right to exist like every other school, state and non-state run. “Our public schools in the local area do a wonderful job and so do we. “We should celebrate our diversity and not create a class warfare that only exists in the minds of people whose real aim is to run down those who believe that a God exists. “Parents should call people like, Ross Gittins, out for peddling myth,” Cohen concluded. Newsletter, Nov 14 Frank Cohen, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Primary School, Wyoming

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Environment report finds that hundreds of people are dying premature deaths

Environment report finds that hundreds of people are dying premature deaths Publicly available air quality monitoring should be conducted at Wyee, a community with an aging coal-fired power station, but with no current air monitoring, according to a new report into the health burden

Transport for NSW has provided information on Kangy Angy flooding arrangements Transport for NSW has provided information to Kangy Angy residents regarding the intercity fleet train maintenance facility hydrology and flood model.

Further removal of melaleuca biconvexa to take place following broken promises Due to poor planning and lack of foresight by Transport for NSW (TFNSW) and TFNSW Contractor, John Holland, further removal of melaleuca biconvexa, that provide habitat to the critically endangered

Exploration Permit PPetroleum allows for inquiry to assess

Greens introduced a Bill to set pollution limits for coal fired power stations The Greens have introduced a Bill to the NSW Parliament which would set pollution limits for coal fired power stations to bring them into line with the rest of the world, and force them to install modern

the largest population Petroleum Exploration resides,” it said. Permit “The continued allows for three-dimensional operation of all the coalfiredtesting generators in NSW seismic imposes a substantial Three-dimensional (3D)thatseismic health burden could be alleviated by imposing testing for natural gas licensing deposits stricter within a 500 conditions squarefor operators kilometre that would require postcombustion capture of area off the Central Coast is likely sulphur dioxide (SO2) and to occur in 2020, and a $15m oxides of nitrogen (NOx),gas by bringing forward exploration wellorclosure could be drilled of plants.”

ublicly available air quality monitoring should be conducted at Wyee, a community with an aging coal-fired power station, but with no current air m o n i t o r i n g , according to a new report into the health burden of fine particle pollution from coal-fired power stations.

coal mine approvals The Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) has backed calls for a fresh, independent investigation into the NSW Planning Department’s processes for assessing coal mine approvals.

“It’s shocking to think According to the report, that based on the current over the remaining 12 operating life of the five years of operational life power stations, the air for Vales Point, it will pollution they produce result in 547 additional will kill 3,429 more deaths, 475 lower birth people,” Ewald said. weight babies, and 709 “As a Newcastle doctor, additional cases of new I knew that air pollution onset diabetes. from coal fired power Dr Ben Ewald In the remaining 12 stations is harming local years of operation for and Biostatistics, and, It is the first report of its controlled in NSW. effect on health is fine communities, but as Eraring, it will lead to Dr James Whelan, from kind in Australia. Vales Point Power particles (PM2.5) and a researcher, I never 1,219 additional expected Environmental Justice The report found that Station, at Mannering one of the major sources imagined that the scale deaths, 1,058 low birth Australia (EJA), will be coal-fired power stations Park, is the only one out of PM2.5 in the Sydney of their impact would be weight babies, and 1,579 guest speakers at the Metropolitan so severe,” he said. are one of the biggest of the five still operating Greater additional cases of new meeting, to be held at the “Literally hundreds sources of air pollution in in NSW that is located region is burning coal onset diabetes. Wyee Community Hall focuses electricity,” report of 2261, people are dying Australia,on causing asthma within the Central to Coast Wyong Regional Chronicle news specifically relating post for code areas the 2258, 2259, Local residents will from 6:30 to 8:00pm. said. premature deaths every and other respiratory local government area, & 2263. The full articles and more can be seen on our website www.centralcoastnews.net have an opportunity 2262, to Mike Campbell from the problems, reduced but the nearby Eraring “Eraring and Vales year because of coaldiscuss the findings of Community Environment birthweight, diabetes and Power Station, in the Lake Point … make the fired power.” the report at a public Network (CEN) will also premature death. Macquarie LGA, would, largest contribution The study coincides forum on Thursday, speak at the meeting. It concluded that according to the report, to the health burden with the review of November 29. EJA recently public health is impacted also have detrimental from power generation, pollution licences for the The report’s author, commissioned the report in communities near health impacts on the since prevailing weather Vales Point and Eraring Dr Ben Ewald, Senior into the health impacts power stations and up Central Coast community. patterns are most likely Power Stations. Lecturer at the University of air pollution from NSW to 200km away, and that “The form of pollution to carry pollutants from of Newcastle’s Centre power stations. Continued page 3 air pollution is poorly that has the strongest these sources into the for Clinical Epidemiology Sydney basin where

CEN warns against threedimensional seismic testing for gas Three-dimensional (3D) seismic testing for gas off the shores of the Central Coast could have substantial negative impacts on marine and bird species across a vast area, according to Chair of the

Auditor General to be invited to look into all matters relating to the airport Through an endorsed Mayoral Minute, Central Coast Council will request that the NSW Auditor General conduct an independent financial audit and performance review into all matters relating to

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Residents to have say in new skate park design Local residents will get a say in the design of a new skate park at Umina oval, according to Central Coast Council.

Captain’s Call is the latest attempt to deal with a major legacy issue Mayor of Central Coast Council, Jane Smith’s, Captain’s Call to request her CEO, Gary Murphy, to ask the NSW Auditor General to conduct an independent financial audit and performance review

Office: 3 Amy Close, Wyong Phone: 4325 7369 Mail: PO Box 1056, Gosford 2250 E-mail: editorial@centralcoastnews.net Website: www.centralcoastnews.net fishing shed

Bowling Ridinggreen a Harley atand 86 fishing shed to go has been Riding on the back of a Harley December the first thing that forDavidson ‘newisn’tconcept’

A local fishing club informed it has until 17 to vacate its long-term home comes to mind in the day of an The fishing club received a A local fishing club has within the grounds of the Woybeen Woy 86-year-old within letter from theliving club’s board saying informed it has until resident it had instructions from the landlord December 17 to vacate its Sporties Bowling Club. an independent living village. long-term home within the that, along with him further utilising grounds of the Woy Woy Sporties Bowling Club.

Ferry service cancelled during ‘severe’ weather

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Bowling green and to go for ‘new concept’

The Woy Woy Bowling Club has been a sponsor of the Pelicans

the waterside bowling green from December, he also requires the back toilet block and the Pelicans fishing shed. The board attributed its decision to a sudden downturn in revenue and decline in membership and stated it had no choice but to accept the landlord’s request. The shed is also used by Ocean Beach Hotel Fishing Club and the Umina Fishing Club. It is understood the Pelicans were hopeful of reaching a deal to rent space in the nearby Sea Scouts hall off Lions Park, Woy Woy.

Fishing Club for atInvestigation least 30 years. Men’s shed land lease signals recommends Sporties manager Mr Kevin confirmed channel the softer approach Jenkins has better management decision. He said the front green, adjacent

The Palm Beach, Wagstaffe A decision to lease land toto thethe Anwas “about investigation into the waterfront, to be for the benefit of the and Ettalong ferry service was Umina Beach Men’s Shed further for utilised a grounding of a ferry in the Ettalong club”. He said it would no longer be cancelled late on Wednesday, nominal rent appears to represent in July last year has available forchannel use as a bowling green and that the fishing club November 28, due to severe and a softening of Council policy on resulted in recommendations for would also, unfortunately, be displaced. better management of the channel 16. redevelopment will “provide Local residents get a website until December contracts SOURCE: dangerous seawillconditions. for community facilities. “An exciting new concept is to The Umina Skate Park and additional socially inclusive Website, 27 Nov 2018 say in the design of a new space but I government cannot Savedepartments Woy Woy Waterfront by the skate park at Umina oval, precinct redevelopment section recreational opportunities for come for that Interview, 30 Nov 2018 announce details yet,” Mr Jenkins

Residents to have say in new skate park design

of the website said: “We have a range of ages, abilities and Kevin Jenkins, Woy Woy Sporties received strong community support sporting skills, attract families to said. Reporter: Jackie Pearson for this project and are actively congregate in the area, provide Mayor Cr Jane Smith said seeking funding from all levels of a safe and accessible venue for “community feedback” would be government for the redevelopment community activities and attract used to guide the direction of the of the skate park.” regional and significant community concept design for Umina Skate The website provides three skate events”. Park and plans for the adjoining interactive tools for community “The design will complement open space areas, including members to provide feedback and contribute to the recreation the BMX pump track and half including a skate/scoot/bike precinct in aesthetic value basketball court. survey, a precinct survey and an and functionality to improve Once designed, the Council will interactive map that enables users connectivity and community seek funding for the project. to leave comments on design. engagement across the reserve,” Cr Smith said the project would There’s also an option that Cr Smith said. deliver a revitalised Peninsula allows community members to Comments from the community Recreation Precinct, the parkland leave their email address so they will be collected, reviewed and area located between Umina Oval can follow project updates. “play an important part in the and the beachfront. A community information development of the concept design An online survey is now open session will be held on site at and other plans for this area”. and “community engagement the Umina Skate Park on Friday, The community would have the sessions” would be run in The Uminafull articles and more can be seen on line on our website www.CentralCoastNews.net December 7, between 4pm and opportunity for further comment from Friday, December 7, to They can alsoonce be the seen on www.PeninsulaNews.info 6pm,. concept plans had been Sunday, December 9. Another session in the Broken drafted. Cr Smith said: “The community Bay Room, upstairs at the Umina According to the timeline for has told us they want to partner with Surf Life Saving Club, on Saturday, this project the concept design and Council and engage in meaningful December 8 from 1pm to 3pm. other plans for the area are due to dialogue so their participation is A final community session will be be developed in early 2019 along used to inform decisions. held at the Peninsula Recreation with a second round of community “We have invested funding Precinct Playground area next to consultation. this year to engage a specialist the Sydney Ave carpark entrance Plans will be finalised in 2019 contractor, Trinity Skate Parks,

according to Central Coast Council.

Ferry resumption ‘is not the end Community group calls for tree of the problem’ policy submissions

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The newly-formed Peninsula Waterways Committee has welcomed the resumption of ferry services to Ettalong and Wagstaffe on Monday, November 19.

Bravery award for firefighter

The Bays Community Group An Empire Bay firefighter has is urging residents to make been awarded a 2018 Royal submissions about Central Coast Humane Society Bravery Award. Council’s proposed tree policy.


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Kariong accident caused significant delays

Mother grateful for help received in an emergency

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amberal Surf Life Saving Club has been thanked for their assistance during an incident at Wamberal Lagoon on November 11. The Club received the following letter from a woman who did not wish to be named. “I just wanted to express my family’s gratitude to the patrol members and other Surf Club volunteers that were on patrol in the morning, during Nippers,” the letter reads. “My child had a nasty accident at the lagoon with a surfboard fin hitting him on the

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The incident occurred around 3:30pm at the traffic lights on the corner of Curringa Rd, near the Kariong Fire Station.

Investigations are underway as to how the incident occurred, but it is believed that speed may have played a factor in the head on collision of the two vehicles, which both ended up on their sides, causing extensive blockages along the roadway. Emergency services attended the scene and there have been

the difference to the overall seriousness of the injuries that occurred. “Their advice and response had us in theatre for surgery within two hours of the accident. “I am pleased to report that my child is recovering well and it looks like he will be back to his usual old self, plus a Harry Potter scar, in no time. “Please pass on my thanks and gratitude to the appropriate members,” the letter reads. Source: Website, Nov 19 Wamberal SLSC

Two men sought for service station robbery

A passing motorist caught this image of the incident

two vehicle motor accident in Kariong caused significant delays along the Central Coast Highway on December 3.

head, leading to great distress, with head injuries and lots of bleeding. “I also had my other children with me on the day, who were also very distressed, and unfortunately the shock of the accident hadn’t left me in the best decision making mind frame. “The patrol and club members not only provided first aid to my child, they took care of my other children, comforting them whilst we waited for family and ambulance to arrive. “I have no doubt that the support and guidance of the members on the day made

no reports of serious injury. Both vehicles were removed from the road after an initial investigation, but motorists were feeling the pinch, with traffic remaining congested for around 3 hours. Source: Website, Dec 3 Central Coast Incident Alerts

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olice have released CCTV images and are appealing for public assistance to help identify two men who might be able to assist with inquiries into an armed robbery in Forresters Beach.

At about 3:20am on Thursday, October 11, two men armed with hammers, smashed through the entrance of a service station located on the corner of Bellevue Rd and The Entrance Rd, Forresters

Beach. Fearing for his safety, a station attendant on duty locked himself in a rear office and called 000 for assistance. Once inside, the two men climbed over the front counter and stole cigarettes, and money from the till. Officers from Brisbane Water Police District commenced inquiries and have released CCTV images of the two men. The first man is described as being approximately 160 -170 cm tall, wearing a black mask with white dots, black hooded jumper and long black pants/

jeans. The second man is also described as being approximately 160 - 170 cm tall, wearing a black mask, and a hooded jumper (colour unknown). The men fled on foot and were last seen on Bellevue Rd. Detectives from Gosford Police Station are undertaking the investigation and are urging anyone with information to contact Crime Stoppers. Source: Media release, Nov 13 NSW Police Media

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Around 8pm on Tuesday, November 6, two men aged 20 and 57, had a verbal argument inside the shopping centre on Erina St.

As reported in Coast Community News edition 195, the two men had a physical altercation leading to the older man being hospitalised with critical head injuries. On Thursday, November 8, the 57-year-old man died in hospital.

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Police to gain Child Protection and Elder Abuse officers

Assaulted man has died in hospital man has died in hospital after being seriously assaulted outside the Imperial Shopping Centre, Gosford.

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At the time, the 20-year-old man was arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and recklessly cause grievous bodily harm. He remains before the court and investigations are continuing. Source: Media release, Nov 13 NSW Police Media

Man charged with having sexual intercourse with minor

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man faced court on November 16, after being charged by the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad over the alleged sexual assault of a teenage girl in Umina. In October, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad commenced an investigation after receiving reports that a teenage girl had been sexually assaulted earlier

this year by a man known to her. Following investigations, detectives made numerous attempts to locate the man, without success. Just after 3pm on Thursday, November 15, officers from Gosford Target Action Group arrested a 21-year-old man at a home at Woy Woy.

He was taken to Gosford Police Station, where he was met by detectives and charged with two counts of ‘have sexual intercourse with person aged 14-16’. Police will allege in court that the man had sex with the 14-year-old girl on a number of occasions at a home at Umina Beach in May. Source: Media release, Nov 16 NSW Police Media

Juvenile Justice Officer arrested

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Juvenile Justice Officer has been charged, after a detainee was allegedly assaulted at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre at Kariong. On Monday, November 12, officers from Brisbane Water Police District attended the Centre, after reports a 17-year-old detainee had been

assaulted. Police were notified after the teen suffered facial injuries during an alleged assault by an officer on Saturday, November 10. Following inquiries, investigators arrested a 54-year-old man at Tumbi Umbi on Tuesday, November

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13. He was taken to Wyong Police Station and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm. The man was granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday, December 4. Source: Media release, Nov 13 NSW Police Media

Brisbane Water Police District will gain a Child Protection Officer and an Elder Abuse Officer

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risbane Water Police District is set to gain two new specialist officers as part of the NSW Government’s $583m investment in the NSW Police Force.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, and Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, welcomed the NSW Government’s announcement that all 58 area commands across the state will gain a Child Protection Officer and an Elder Abuse Prevention Officer. “The NSW Government has already delivered more than 1,000 new police since we were elected, and these new recruits will put more police where they are needed,” MacDonald said. “NSW has some of the lowest crime rates in 20 years, and with this boost to police numbers, our men and women in blue will be able to meet future crime challenges head on,” he said. Crouch said the NSW Police Force is at record authorised strength levels. “There have been continuous year-on-year increases in police positions since 2011, and this new allocation builds on our strong record, particularly in the Brisbane Water Police District,” he said. NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said the safety and security of NSW communities is the government’s highest

priority. Minister for Police, Troy Grant, said protecting some of the most vulnerable members of our community, our children and the elderly, is undoubtedly

one of the most important roles that NSW Police perform. Source: Media release, Nov 20 Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald MLC


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White Ribbon Information Day held

Year one progress of Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan reviewed

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entral Coast Council has released a community report, Making the Coast and Council Inclusive and Accessible, which highlights the year one progress from Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP).

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entral Coast Council’s White Ribbon Information Day event was held in Gosford’s Kibble Park on November 30.

“A giant banner bearing the number 52 was a feature of

the Day. “Made from biodegradable materials, the banner reminds us that at least one Australian woman dies each week as a result of domestic violence,” said Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith. Another prominent feature

of the event was the Central Coast Cubes, which told the stories of Central Coast women who experienced violence at the hands of loved one. The campaign included the stories of Blair Dalton and Leonie Ivanoff, who were both murdered by their partners in

2017. The day also featured information stalls from support services and other community organisations battling gender based violence. Source: Website, Nov 30 Central Coast Council Media

Mayor Jane Smith said Council has implemented a number of actions over the past 12 months to improve inclusiveness and accessibility on the Coast. “Implementing a plan with strategies and actions that enable people with disabilities to participate in all aspects of community life creates a sense of belonging and inclusion, which is one of the key goals from our Community Strategic Plan,” Mayor Smith said. Central Coast Council Director of Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan, said creating an inclusive and accessible community, involves developing positive community attitudes and behaviours, creating liveable communities, supporting access to meaningful employment, and improving access to services through better systems and processes. “These are the strategies of Council’s DIAP 2017-2021,” she said. “Council has a dedicated Disability Inclusion Officer to oversee the implementation of the DIAP, and to provide subject matter expertise and support to the business units that are responsible for implementing the actions. “To create liveable communities, some of the implemented actions include the completion of access audits for 72 Council owned assets, purchase of new beach wheelchairs, building a new accessible waterway pontoon and pathways to fishing

platforms, installation of wheelchair accessible picnic facilities, preparation of a draft Pedestrian and Access Mobility Plan, the continued delivery of inclusive and accessible playgrounds and participation in the working group for the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play initiative,” Vaughan said. According to Vaughan, a number of delivered actions developed positive attitudes and behaviours, both within Council and the broader community. These include the introduction of awareness and educational staff training programs and Council partnership with local groups to run awareness campaigns through art initiatives and exhibitions. “Council has improved access to services and information by creating better systems and processes. “A new website compatible to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, has been prepared with Vision Australia engaged to test content, including listing of accessible playgrounds. “New hearing loops have been installed at both Council chambers to improve accessibility. “Council is an equal opportunity employer and now includes accessibility statements in job vacancy advertisements, and provides reasonable adjustment needs for job applicants whilst continuing to support staff living with disabilities. “I am pleased with the successful implementation of a number of DIAP actions under each community focused strategy, and to see the momentum grow as we now progress through the plan’s second year,” Vaughan said. Source: Media release, Nov 7 Central Coast Council Media


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Think Outside The Chair inclusion campaign launched

hink Outside The Chair, a new collaborative movement designed to challenge the current thinking surrounding disability launched at Gosford’s Imperial Centre, on December 6. “Our campaign name, Think Outside the Chair, is an effort to see beyond the physical indicators of disability, seeking to inform, engage and educate the community to see all Australians live harmoniously in communities that celebrate inclusion and diversity,” said Think Outside The Chair

founder, Marni Walkerden. Marni not only works in the disability space through Ability Links, but knows and understands what it’s like living with her own disability. “People living with disabilities have a lot to consider when they venture out into the community, sometimes it’s negotiating parking spots and sometimes it’s the availability of bathrooms. The abuse that can happen on a daily basis is at times unbearable. “To add abuse on top of what they need to accomplish makes everyday living challenging, and can become isolating,” Marni said.

“The abuse and confrontations that can occur sometimes mean staying at home is easier than going out and trying to feel included in the community,” she added. The campaign will be focusing on increasing community awareness around the daily struggles of those living with disability face when they enter a public space, to promote understanding amongst the wider community, and to gain a greater sense of inclusivity and respect for those living with disability. Source: Media release, Nov 27 Caitlin Robson, Fairhaven

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Historic Australian first spinal surgery at Gosford

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Gosford Private H o s p i t a l Neurosurgeon has become the first surgeon in Australia to successfully implant artificial spacers into the spine. Dr Marc Coughlan specialises in minimally invasive spinal procedures, including using a new technique called, lateral access surgery, which involves going through a keyhole in the side of the body and placing an artificial, 3D printed, spacer or a generic spacer in the space between the vertebrae of the spine. The implants are tailored to cater for each individual patient’s unique anatomy and allow for the treatment of multiple conditions. “Using the lateral access technique to place the implants allows multiple levels of the spine to be accessed through the same keyhole, creating minimal disruption and thus very quick recoveries,” Dr Coughlan said.

Dr Marc Coughlin

“We are fortunate at Gosford Private Hospital to also have a CT navigation system, BodyTom, which can be used throughout the surgery and allows visualisation in all three planes, ensuring that the implants are perfectly placed and positioned without the need to use X-ray. “The use of these procedures has massively reduced the recovery with complex spinal patients, and allows us to operate on more frail osteoporotic patients,” he

added. As part of a dedicated team of Neurosurgeons treating patients on the Central Coast over the past 13 years, Dr Coughlan has helped to introduce a number of procedures including minimally invasive lumbar decompression, spinal fusion techniques using lateral and anterior access, and disc replacement surgery to treat chronic lower back pain. “We’re proud to be leading the way in the provision of high end, innovative Neurosurgical procedures for patients here on the Central Coast. “Our team of specialist Neurosurgeons and experienced staff at Gosford Private are second-to-none, providing world class services locally and allowing patients to remain close to home and their family,” said Gosford Private Hospital CEO, Matt Kelly. Source: Media release, Nov 20 Haydn Murray, Healthe Care Australia

What are DIGITAL DENTAL IMPLANTS? Central Coast Council held a special showcase event for local young people living with disability

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o celebrate International Day of People with a Disability, Central Coast Council ran an arts showcase for Central Coast youth living with disability, on December 3. “We ran the celebratory

event to showcase art forms created by a group of local youths with a lived experience of a disability that participated in the Seen and Heard inclusive arts initiative,” said Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith. “This program is the delivery of an action within Council’s Disability Inclusion Action Plan. “It was run in partnership

with Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD) and Ability Links to creatively raise awareness in the community about access and inclusion through the participant’s individual stories,” Mayor Smith said. Source: Website, Dec 3 Central Coast Council Media

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Locals excel in mathematics competition

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Narara Public School is having a growth spurt

arara Public School Principal, Dave Stitt, said the Narara community can expect a bigger and better Narara Public School in 2019. “There will be many new faces and assets at Narara Public School as our little school grows a tad bigger,” Stitt said. “Currently we are expecting 64 kindergarten enrolments, which will increase our class numbers from 15 to 16 mainstream classes. “With our Early Intervention Class, it will be 17 classes, and

Major Award winners, Zhixing Ding and Eric Hwang

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District Award winners, Seoyun Kim, Lucas Ma and Charlotte Burneikis

ix budding mathematicians from schools across the former Gosford City have excelled in the Newcastle Permanent 2018 Maths Competition.

Now in its 38th year, the competition was developed by Newcastle Permanent to help Year 5 and 6 students across the Central Coast and Hunter develop their mathematical skills, and promote enjoyment of the subject through friendly competition.

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The program has since spread across NSW, and in August, almost 19,000 students from 316 primary schools across the Coast, Hunter, Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast, New England and Central West regions took part in the 35 question competition exam paper. Given the popularity of the competition, awards are given per region, and this year, Gosford Public School and Central Coast Grammar School led the Central Coast Region Competition, taking out six award categories. Gosford Public School’s, Eric Hwang, and, Zhixing Ding, took out first place in Year 6 and second place in Year 5 for the region respectively. Gosford’s, Charlotte Burneikis, won a Central Coast Year 6 District Award. Central Coast Grammar School’s, Lucas Ma, also won a Year 6 District Award. Gosford Public School’s, Ethan Cooney, and, Seoyun Kim, both won Year 5 District Awards. Source: Media release, Nov 8 Sophie Hanlon, Engima PR

I can proudly announce that in 2019, Narara Public School will have two Multi-Categorical classes, which will be placed in the two classrooms at the front of the school. “This makes a total of 19 classes. “These classes are support units for children who typically have an Autism diagnosis, and an additional diagnosis which may be cognitive or physical,” Stitt explained. “Typically around eight children are placed in each class. “We are currently going about the recruitment process for the teachers and teacher’s

aides. “With many of our teachers having babies or finding permanent employment elsewhere, we have currently employed some new faces for 2019. “We would like to welcome, Kerryn Surwald, Sally Austin, Carmelina Cascio, Stephanie Goldie and Taiya Franklin. “There are still a couple of positions to fill as we are waiting to see what is happening to some of our other teachers,” Stitt said. Source: Newsletter, Nov 19 Dave Stitt, Narara Public School

Aboriginal students receive Education Recognition Awards

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tudents from Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Kincumber, received awards at the 2018 Tjudibaring Aboriginal Education Consultative Group’s (AECG) third annual Recognition Awards Evening, on November 13. This night is held each year to celebrate the success of Aboriginal students in schools within the local area. Holy Cross students were nominated in three categories:

Sporting Achievement, Resilience and Performing Arts. “Jayden M and Nyah C were successful in winning the Primary School Awards in he Resilience and Performing Arts categories respectively, receiving certificates and prizes for their efforts,” said Holy Cross Principal, Craig McNee. “Jayden was recognised for overcoming several hurdles this year and continuing to apply himself to his studies with a smile on his face. “Nyah was commended for

her efforts in singing, which have included performances to staff, students and community alike, and a successful audition to study at Hunter Performing Arts High School next year,” he said. Following the presentation, Nyah led a performance of a traditional Aboriginal song. She also performed a rendition of, Gary Jules, song, Mad World. Source: Website, Nov 17 Craig McNee, Holy Cross Catholic Primary School, Kincumber

Report to accompany school’s needs based funding

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ll Central Coast Public Schools received a School Budget Allocation Report with their funding for the 2019 school year in

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Lisarow and Point Clare Public Schools to receive air conditioning

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isarow and Point Clare Public Schools are to receive funding from the first round of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Cooler Classrooms Fund.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, said he welcomed the announcement of the record $500m program, which he said was the largest investment of its kind in NSW history. “Air conditioning has long been a cause lobbied for by school communities and P and C groups on the Central Coast, and I am pleased that the Premier and Education Minister have highlighted the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering air conditioning to more students across the Central Coast”, MacDonald said. “The NSW Liberal National Government’s Cooler Classrooms Fund is being run concurrently with the

installation of solar panels and smart systems, highlighting an economically and environmentally sustainable program, in contrast to Labor’s plans,” he added. “I will lobby for more schools to be considered in the second round of applications in early 2019 “Our students and teachers deserve it,” said Sue Dengate, Liberal candidate for Gosford. Schools in areas that have an average maximum January temperature of 30 degrees or more, will now automatically receive air conditioning in their classrooms and libraries, while all other schools can apply for funding under the Cooler Classrooms Fund, on a needs basis. Previously, only schools with an average maximum January temperature of 33 degrees or more were air conditioned. Source: Media release, Nov 27 Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald MLC

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New buildings should have been air conditioned from outset

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ember for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, has labelled the NSW Government’s inclusion of Point Clare Public School on its ‘cool schools’ list to be air conditioned, as a pork barrelling exercise.

“Based on my request, and that of the Point Clare P&C, Scot McDonald, is finally going to air-condition Point Clare Public School, even though students and staff have been sweating it out since the new buildings were completed in 2016,” Tesch said. “In March, the NSW Labor Opposition announced that a future Labor government would take back $300m from the Berejiklian Government’s multi-billion dollar Sydney stadium splurge to air condition hundreds of NSW public schools for the first time,” she said. “In June, during the 20182019 Budget debate, Labor committed to increasing this to $800m, and said that it would air condition every public school in NSW. “Importantly, any new school built would have airconditioning from day one, and I know the parents of Point Clare were speechless when they discovered that their brand new buildings did not have air conditioning at the beginning of the 2016 school year. “Under our policy, every school would be eligible, there is no artificial maximum

Point Clare students in the school hall that does not have air conditioning

temperature hoop for schools to jump through. “Smart and sustainable solar panels will be used to

offset the running costs of airconditioning, providing many other benefits to schools,” she said.

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Gosford City Christmas Parade held

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he Gosford Business Improvement District (GBID) brought the North Pole to Gosford City Centre on November 24, with their annual Gosford City Christmas Parade. In a celebration of all things

Christmas, hundreds of residents turned up to Mann St, Gosford, to watch the parade. Gingerbread men, elves, live reindeer, and Santa himself, were all in attendance for the parade, as were a variety of other special guests including Mickey and Minnie Mouse,

Cinderella and more. The parade culminated in a special family event in Kibble Park, featuring a Christmas concert from local children, amusement rides, and live entertainment. Source: Website, Dec 4 GBID

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Christmas tree lighting attracts hundreds to Kibble Park

Christmas tree sales help disadvantaged children

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otary Clubs from across the Central Coast are coming together in December for their annual Christmas tree community project.

The lighting of the Kibble Park Christmas tree

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undreds of r e s i d e n t s descended on Gosford’s Kibble Park for the annual lighting of the Christmas tree, on November 30.

The lighting of the Kibble Park Christmas tree is a yearly tradition that signals the commencement of Central

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This year’s lighting event saw Santa and Mrs Claus make a special appearance and an evening of live music, Christmas carols, free children’s craft activities, food trucks and entertainment, take over Kibble Park. Source: Media release, Nov 30 Central Coast Council Media

Town Cryer wins national championship

t Philip’s Christian College, Gosford, P r i n c i p a l , Michelle Cairelli, has congratulated Gosford Town Cryer, Stephen Clarke, on his recent success during the National Town Crying Championships. “We

Coast Council’s program of Christmas themed events. “Hundreds turned up to see the magical moment when the Christmas tree’s twinkling lights were switched on for the first time, lighting up Kibble Park and kicking off this year’s festive season,” said Central Coast Council Unit Manager, Community Partnerships, Glenn Cannard.

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congratulate Stephen on his recent achievement. “Stephen is a member of our Principal’s Advisory Council and a Board Member of the St Philips Education Foundation Board. “He is the Gosford Town Cryer and has been part of our College community, officially opening our Middle School Buildings and our recent Junior School Building.

“Stephen competed in the National Town Crying Championship in Victoria. “He represented the Central Coast and won first place Champion of Champions. “This is the highest honour a Town Cryer can receive in Australia,” said Cairelli. Source: Website, Nov 8 Michelle Cairelli, St Philip’s Christian College Gosford

Local Rotary Clubs have been selling Christmas trees for the past 11 years to raise funds for projects benefitting people on the Central Coast. This year’s beneficiary is, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (GRG), a specialist not-for-profit organisation that assists grandparents with the transition of becoming the primary carer of their grandchildren. “Many children are living with their grandparents as their guardian, often a result of the children being subjected to physical abuse, parental substance abuse,

child neglect or other issues,” said Northlakes Toukley Rotary Club Publicity Officer, Maurie Schokman. “Since starting the annual Christmas tree sales in 2009, Rotary Clubs on the Central Coast have sold over 10,000 trees; raising nearly $300,000 for local Rotary projects,” he said. “The GRG program is managed by Central Coast Family Support Services (CCFSS); with generous support from 10 Rotary Clubs, Inner Wheel, Lions and The Pandora Committee. “However, the community has just as much involvement in this program. “By buying a Christmas tree you are investing in the future of this program. “Today the GRG program has over 160 families with over 490 children.

“With your financial support, and the support of community groups, CCFSS is able to provide several workshops, picnic days and a camp for the families. “Your support could make the world of a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children, so please think of us when getting ready for Christmas this year,” Schokman said. Rotary will be selling trees at several locations on December 8 and 9. Across the former Gosford LGA sales will be held at: Fagans Park, Point Clare; Rotary Park, Terrigal; and, Anaconda’s parking lot, West Gosford from 7am. Source: Media release, Nov 18 Maurie Schokman, Northlakes Toukley Rotary Club

Free family Christmas carol event at Kincumber

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i n c u m b e r Uniting Church is presenting a Christmas Carols event from 6pm on December 16.

The carols will take place on the lawn at the rear of the Church, which is located at the corner of Avoca Dve and Killuna St, opposite Kincumber Public School. “The event is family friendly,

with a free sausage sizzle and drinks provided, or you can bring your own picnic dinner, as well as a rug or chairs to sit on,’ said the Church’s, Tom Raeside. “Sing along to all the classic carols and other Christmas songs, with music provided by the Tempo Terrific Big Band. “The kids can get involved in a special audience nativity play that will give them a chance to release their inner shepherd,

angel, donkey or sheep. “If bad weather prevails, the event will still go ahead inside the air-conditioned church centre,” Raeside said. The Church will also open its doors to anyone who would like to attend their Christmas Day service at 9:30am on December 25. Source: Media release, Dec 4 Tom Raeside, Kincumber Uniting Church

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Imperial Centre is gearing Gosford locals encouraged up for Christmas to connect with their community over Christmas

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his Christmas, The Salvation Army is encouraging Gosford locals to connect with their community, whether it is through participating in Christmas activities, giving a hand up to someone in need, or reaching out to the Salvos for help. Christmas is one of the hardest times of the year for Australians doing it tough, but Gosford Salvation Army Officer, Major Melanie-Anne Holland, said just a small contribution can make a big difference in helping to give hope where it’s needed most. “For just $29, you can provide food on the table and a present under the Christmas tree to

help give hope to someone in need this Christmas,” Major Holland said. Research from The Salvation Army has revealed that 95 per cent of all households who access the Salvos’ emergency services are living in poverty, with 74 per cent experiencing food insecurity and 67 per cent reporting that food affordability is their greatest daily challenge. “At Christmas, the Salvos will serve over 100,000 meals, distribute more than 500,000 gifts and toys, and support more than 70,000 families in need, but we can only do this with the support of the Australian public,” Major Holland said. Christmas is the busiest time of year for the Salvos. The Salvation Army in Gosford is running its annual

Christmas Cheer operation, to provide toys and food for those in need. It is also preparing for a special Christmas Day service. On Christmas Day, The Salvation Army is inviting the public to gather to celebrate the hope and joy of Christmas. The Christmas Day service will be held at 9:30am at The Salvation Army Gosford base in Greenpoint. All are welcome to attend. “Whether you are by yourself, or with friends and family, Christmas is a time that is best spent together. “So join us, so we can share the true spirit of Christmas,” Major Holland said. Source: Media release, Nov 11 Lea Coghlan, The Salvation Army

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Santa has arrived at the Imperial Centre, Gosford

osford’s Imperial Centre is gearing up for Christmas with a range of activities taking place across the Centre in December.

Santa has arrived in centre court for Christmas photos and will be there until December 24.

Ride on Reindeers, a free family fun event will take place at the Centre from December 17 to the 24th, from 9am and to 4pm daily. Children who visit the Centre will get to ride on their own push powered reindeer. The centre’s Tree of Hope has also been placed in centre court and will be accepting gift

donations for disadvantaged children until December 24. Gift wrapping will also be available from December 19 to 21 in centre court, from 10am to 4pm daily, for a gold coin donation. Source: Media release, Nov 29 Jane Slattery, Leader Group

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A COMPREHENSIVE LISTING OF EVENTS OVER THE NEXT THREE WEEKS ON THE CENTRAL COAST THURSDAY, DEC 6 Christmas Craft for Adults with Kerry from Jellyfish Art, Free, Toukley Library, Bookings required, 1pm - 3pm

Cartel + The Big Ilch, The Rhythm Hut, Ticketed, 6:30pm

Ugly Christmas Jumper Photos, Erina Fair (Entrance to the Food Court) 8 - 9/12, 11am - 3pm

Revitalise Peninsula Precinct, Peninsula Recreation Precint, 10am - 12pm

Mad about Science - Lets make snow! Face painting, JazzLeague: Zackerbilks Balloons & Disco, Stratford Music: End of Year - 8 piece band from Everglades Country Club Concert in the Orchard! Canberra, Woy Woy, Free, The Pecan Orchard Central Coast Leagues 6pm Somersby, Ticketed, Santa Storytime at Your Club, Free, 08/12 - 3pm - 5pm, Library, 2 - 5pm Carols on the Grass 09/12 - 11am - 1pm Gosford Library - 10.30am, evening, Tuggerah Library - 11am TreeTops Central Coast Our Lady of the Rosary Avoca Beachside Markets, celebrates 10th birthday! Catholic Primary School, Heazlett Park Foreshore, Gosford Raceday, Ourimbah State Forest, 7pm Central Coast Council The Entertainment Grounds 11am - 2pm Pop up Stall - Have your Gosford, Robson Partners Economic say: Revitalise Peninsula Lior - Between You And Me, Ticketed,12pm Breakfast, Precinct, Laycock Street Community Breakers Country Club, Umina Surf Life Saving Community Christmas Theatre, Ticketed, Dover Road Wambera, Club, Morning Tea, 7:30pm 1 - 3pm Building 1, 8 Rankens Court Ticketed, 7:30am - 9am Wyong, 10:30am JIMEOIN – ‘RESULT’ Intrepid Landcare Christmas Contra With Comedy Show, Pastrami on Ryebuck Wave Of Wisdom Christmas eadership Retreat: young Mingara Recreation Club, people & Julie Bishop Calling, Surf & Beach Day, Ticketed passionate about the East Gosford Progress Hall, Avoca Beach, environment, Ticketed, 7:30 - 11pm 9:30am 4th Annual Carols on the Point Wolstoncroft Sport Green, and Recreation Centre, Coast Classic Theatre The CMPNY’s First Annual Everglades Country Club 7/12 - 9/12, Company present: Vita and Concert 2018, Woy Woy, Free, Applications close 18/11 Virginia, The Art House Wyong, 7pm - 8:30pm Gosford Regional Gallery, Ticketed, 6 & 7/12, The Community Christmas Bookings essential, 7:30pm The Dew Cats, Carols, 5:30pm Hardys Bay Club, Valley View Public School, FRIDAY, DEC 7 3pm 4 - 8pm JIMEOIN – ‘RESULT’ Comedy Show, Christina Henson Central Coast Concert Band Housos and Fat Pizza, Ettalong Diggers, Odyssey Concert, Productions: Outlaw Woy Woy Leagues club, Ticketed Gosford RSL, Opera, Ticketed, 8p Ticketed, 1 - 3PM Avoca Beach Picture Literary Lovers at the Theatre, Gallery, SATURDAY, DEC 8 Central Coast Mariners 7 & 14/12, Gosford Regional Art Youth vs. Sydney FC Youth, Ticketed, 7:30pm Gallery, Avoca Christmas Central Coast Mariners Ticketed, 6pm Centre of Excellence, Twilight Markets, Aussie Nightmarkets, Ticketed, 4:30pm Avoca Beach (next to The Entertainment Grounds, Waterline: Exhibition by The tennis court) 5 9pm 5pm Makers Studio Central Phoenix Collective Presents Apply at http://www.fixxTwilight Market, Coast, Tango Origins and Passion, events.com.au/apply-here/ Living Timbre 370 Pacific Art Gallery Cafe Ettalong, Greenway Chapel Hwy Wyong, 4 - 6pm Greenpoint, Riding the waves A Free, 4 - 9pm Ticketed, 2:30pm Concert for Harp, Guitar Work Christmas Party, and Choir: Michael The Entertainment Grounds Central Coast Council MONDAY, DEC 10 Johnson and Evripides Gosford, Pop up Stall - Have Evripidou, Ticketed, 5:30pm your Say: Revitalise Christmas Card Creation for Erina Community Peninsula Precinct, Local Nursing Homes, Baptist Church, SUNDAY, DEC 9 Umina Skate Park, Bateau Bay Library, Ticketed, 3pm 4 - 6pm 10 - 12/12, www.michaeljohnson.com.au/ 10am - 12pm, riding.php Discovered vocal competition - Grand Final Santa Storytime at Your Central Coast Council 2018, Library, Pop up Stall - Have The Hub Erina Youth Woy Woy Library The Italian Tenors, your Say: Revitalise Entertainment Venue, 10.30am Ettalong Diggers, Peninsula Precinct, 7pm Ticketed, 4pm Umina Surf Life Saving Deepwater’s Free 4343 0111 Magic Tree House: A Ghost Club, 1 - 3pm Christmas Food Giveaway, www.ettalongdiggers.com Tale for Mr Dickens JR, Deepwater Plaza Woy Woy, The Wyong Grove Theatre, 10 - 21/12, 10am Dave Wells, A Taste of Irish Christmas, Ticketed, 7 - 16/12, Hardys Bay Club, Central Coast Leagues 7:30pm TUESDAY, DEC 11 Parview Room, Launch Night - Your Story, Ticketed, 2:30pm Your Place: The Story Fairhaven Christmas Fair, Save our Woy Woy, Making Series, Fairhaven Shopping Village Woy Woy Leagues Club, Central Coast The Lounge Room Gosford, Point Clare, 7:30pm Council Pop up Stall 7pm 9am - 2pm

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Timomatic ‘Mash Up’ Live Performance, Ettalong Diggers, Ticketed, 7pm 4343 0111 www.ettalongdiggers.com

Christmas Day Breakfast, Florida Beach Bar, Ticketed, 7am - 10:30am Christmas Lunch, Seasalt Restaurant, Ticketed, 12pm - 3:30pm Christmas Lunch – Grand Ballroom, Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Ticketed, 12:30pm - 3:30pm Celebrate Christmas at Archies, Archies Brasserie, Ticketed, 11:30am - 1pm, 1:30pm

‘Let Me Be Frank’ A Christmas Special, Laycock Street Community Theatre, Ticketed, 11am

Christmas Wreath THURSDAY, DEC 20 Workshops, Ticketed, Erina Fair Stand Up Competition, THURSDAY, DEC 27 (Between Lorna Jane and Comedy Night and Comedy Surf Dive N’ Ski) Open Mic, Bookings required, Killcare Art Show The Hive Erina Fair, Ever Green Wreath Opening Night, Ticketed, 7pm workshop - 10am, Ticketed, 6pm Native Christmas Wreath RSVP at finance@killcaresurfworkshop - 1pm FRIDAY, DEC 21

John Sheehan talks on Beethoven/an Interesting Life, Terrigal Haven Men’s Probus Club Inc.

Johnny Devilseed and 5 Lands Band, Everglades Country Club, Ticketed, 7pm - 11:30pm

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Christmas Carols, Central Coast Stadium, Ticketed, 4pm Christmas Craft & Disco, Everglades Country Club Woy Woy, Free, 6pm

Santa Storytime at Your Cheese High Tea: A Cheesy Library, Indulgence, Bateau Bay Library - 11am Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Ticketed, 1:30pm SATURDAY, DEC 22

THURSDAY, DEC 13

Jackal Slide, Hardys Bay Club, Green Living Workshop: Sustainable Christmas Food 7:30pm and Gifts – Beeswax Wraps, Tuggerah Library, Free, SUNDAY, DEC 16 Bookings required, 9:30am - 12:00pm Christmas Fest! Star Academy - This Is Me, The Art House Wyong, Ticketed, 6pm Santa Storytime at Your Library, Erina Library - 10.30am, The Entrance Library 11am

FRIDAY, DEC 14 Wooden Christmas Craft, Free, Lake Haven Library, Bookings required, 3pm - 4:30pm

Free Outdoor Film Screening - The Grinch, Everglades Country Club Woy Woy, 6pm

Kibble Park Gosford, Free event, 5:30pm - 9pm Shirleys Sunday Lunch Bunch, Breakers Country Club Wamberal (Look for the yellow balloons in Dining area) Bookings required, 12pm JazzLeague: Jingle Boys Jazz Band, Central Coast Leagues Club, Free, 2 - 5pm Multicultral Christmas Carols, Woy Woy Presbyterian Church, Free, 5pm

Trouble in Paradise ‘I’m So Much Happy’ EP Launch TC’s Open Mic, w/ Port Royal + Cookbook Hardys Bay Club, Book Club, 3pm The Rhythm Hut, Free, 7pm MONDAY, DEC 17 Santa Storytime at Your Library, Kincumber Library 10.30am

Ride On Reindeers, 17 - 21/12, Free, Imperial Centre Gosford

Seasonal Mindfulness Meditations, Forest Of Tranquility, Bookings required, 2pm Bushcraft and Survival Skills, Glenworth Valley, Bookings required Blue & the Doctor, Hardys Bay Club, 7:30pm

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FRIDAY, DEC 28 Superhero Dressups, Face Painting & Disco, Everglades Country Club Woy Woy, Free, 6pm Krazee Karaoke, Hardys Bay Club, 7pm

Art by the Sea, Killcare Surf Life Saving Club, 28/12 - 6/01, 10am - 3pm SATURDAY, DEC 29 Bohemian Bees, Hardys Bay Club, 7:30pm

SUNDAY, DEC 30 Swing Sets w/ Nielson

Anglican Christmas Gough, Hardys Bay Club, Services, 3pm All Saints Anglican Church The Entrance, MONDAY, DEC 31 Sunday - 9am, Christmas Eve 10:30pm, Christmas day - 9am JazzLeague: Eric Gibbins’ New Orleanians, Central Coast Leagues Club, Free, 2 - 5pm

2018 New Years Eve Celebration Ft Pseudo Echo, Memorial Park The Entrance, Free, Christmas Deck Session w/ Grizzlee Train, 6 - 9pm Hardys Bay Club, 3pm

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Tree of Joy at East Gosford

he Rotary Club of East Gosford has located its, Tree of Joy, in the Community Bank Branch, Bendigo Bank, at 101 Victoria St, East Gosford. The tree has been decorated with cards which describe people in need at Christmas. Members of the community are invited to choose a card, purchase an affordable gift and return it to the tree, with the card attached, no later than Monday, December 24.

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The Rotary Club will then arrange for the gift to reach its recipient in time for Christmas. Past President of the Rotary Club of East Gosford, Rod Chippendale, said it was the 19th year of locating the tree in the East Gosford Community Branch of Bendigo Bank. All presents received this year will be distributed to Coast Shelter’s Womens’ and Childrens’ refuges. Source: Media release, Nov 9 Rod Chippendale, Rotary Club of East Gosford Inc

Tango Origins and Passion concert

he Phoenix Collective’s fourth concert of 2018, Tango Origins and Passion, will take place on December 9 at the Greenway Chapel, Greenpoint.

Phoenix Collective are bringing acclaimed international musicians, Dan Russell (violin), Maggie Ferguson (bandoneon), and Katie Robinson (piano), together to perform Tango Origins and Passions for one afternoon only.

Showcasing classical music with a uniquely Australian edge,

Source: Media release, Nov 5 Dan Russell, Phoenix Collective

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Indigenous youth want community places

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he Central Coast A b o r i g i n a l community hopes to benefit from innovative youth hubs proposed in several locations across the region. These hubs, or more appropriately called, community places, are requested by Aboriginal youth who say that cultural programs must work in combination with providing opportunities to affirm their Aboriginal identity and build social and economic independence. Kariong’s Barang Regional Alliance is working in partnership with Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi Aboriginal Corporation to respond to this request and establish the first community place in Wyong. A suitable building with large, open space, has been selected on Church St, because of its central location and potential, but it requires renovation work and funding for programs at the site. Simone Hudson, Manager of

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Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi, said: “The name of our organisation is from the Darkinjung local Aboriginal language, meaning ‘listen to the children’, and that’s exactly what we have been doing since our inception in 2013. “Our youth are our priority, and it’s their request to address education, legal, social and economic issues, underpinned by a strong connection to Aboriginal culture, that we’ve listened to. “In response to this, we are

talking up these needs to all levels of government and the private sector, seeking funding,” Hudson said. Under guidance from Gudjagang Ngara Li-dhi, an Aboriginal youth group has formed and is named Barudir, which means ‘butterfly’ in Darkinjung language. “One member of Barudir, Bryce, was placed in out of home care over 10 years ago. “He has expressed that he finds participation in the group highly beneficial and told us

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13 Day Vietnam Holiday Special Tour (Special) *$3,180, NOW fr $2,380, departing monthly from now to Nov. 2019 except for Dec. & Jan., covering the must-see highlights in Vietnam from North to South.

23 Day Spain, Portugal & Morocco Vista *$6,280, NOW $5,580, departing 10/05/19 including many mustsee highlights in Spain, Portugal & Morocco.

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*$5,580, NOW fr. $5,080, departing 06/03, 08/05, 03/09 & 06/11/19, including many must-see highlights in India and Sri Lanka. (14 Day Panoramic Sri Lanka Tour only: $3,980)

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*$3,490, NOW $2,990, departing 17/05/19, including Kunming, Shangri-la, Lijiang, Dali, Jianshui, Yuanyang, Pu’er and Xishuangbanna.

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NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANISATIONS 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

publicity@artcentralcoast.asn.au

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 www.cottagecrafts.net.au

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

COMMUNITY CENTRES

accounts@gosfordcommunity.org.au www.gosfordcommunity.org.au

4323 7483

HISTORY GROUPS

Meets 4th Tuesday at the Grange Hotel Monthy meeting 4th Tuesday Grange Hotel 10am 43225560

COMMUNITY CENTRES

HEALTH GROUPS

CENTRAL COAST FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC.

FREEMASONS

GOSFORD 50+ LEISURE AND LEARNING CENTRE

GOSFORD NORTH PROBUS CLUB

Who are they? What do they do? Find out about the wolrd’s oldest fraternal organisation and how we help our community. Gosford Masonic Centre 86 Mann St Gosford www.tccl2001.org

TERRIGAL WAMBERAL RSL SUB-BRANCH

At Breakers Country Club pension and welfare officers available to assist with DVA compensation claims and benefits Wed & Fri 10am – Midday Meetings 2nd Sat 10am 4384 2661 rsl@breakerscc.com.au

TERRIGAL HAVEN PROBUS CLUB INC

A male only club, meets monthly 10am, 2nd Monday 0407 890 722

www.fabcnsw.org.au

mcmillar5@bigpond.com

CENTRAL COAST CARAVANNERS INC

THE NSW JUSTICES ASSOCIATION INC

3rd Sun Monthly Visitors - New Members welcome, Trips Away, Social Outings, friendship 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

Seeking volunteers for added community desks Monday Erina Fair & Imperial Centre Gosford 9am-1pm 5th Monday 2.00 to 5.00pm Tuesday Gosford Court 9.30am-1pm Friday Kincumber Library 10.30am-1pm Free Insurance and training provided 0418 203 671 marketing@nswja.org

provide the local community with a meeting place and hub for groups, services and information.

Mon-Fri Chess, Darts, Handicraft, Indoor Bowls, Knitting, Line Dancing, Origami, Painting, Pencil Drawing, Scrabble, Scrapbooking, Sit & Sew, Table Tennis, Ukulele 4304 7065

GOSFORD-NARARA NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

School Holiday activities, playgroup, multicultural programs, community activities - Rooms for Hire 4329 4477 admin@gnnc.com.au

POINT CLARE COMMUNITY HALL

Community Garden - Playgroup Craft and Exercise Groups Function or Meeting Hire Managed by Gosford Regional Community Services Enquiries regarding hire to 4323 7483 accounts@gosfordcommunity. org.au www.gosfordcommunity.org.au

GREEN POINT COMMUNITY CENTRE

• Room Hire • JP Service • Yoga • School holiday programs • Food hampers • Community Garden And much more 4367 7591

KARIONG NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS

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

BETTER HEARING AUSTRALIA CENTRAL COAST

Hearing loss management Support and educational groups providing practical experience and confidence Learn the benefits of hearing aids 4321 0275

CENTRAL COAST PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP (GOSFORD)

Meet last Friday Month Terrigal Uniting Church 380 Terrigal Dre, Terrigal 9.30am to 12 noon 4367 9600 www.pcfa.org.au

DYING WITH DIGNITY

Campaigning to give those suffering unrelievable terminal or incurable illness the choice to receive legal medical help to die. Quarterly meetings, Erina Fair. 02 4369 8053 j2@heelstone.com.au

FAIRHAVEN SERVICES

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

4349 5500

Open Tue to Fri 9.30am 2.30pm First Sat 9.30 - noon Thur 7pm - 9pm Other times by appointment. 4324 5164 www.centralcoastfhs.org.au admin@centralcoasths.org.au

BRISBANE WATER HISTORICAL SOCIETY

• Coach tours • School educational tours • Annual Street Stalls • Participation in History Heritage Week Celebration Margaret Pearce 4325 2270

FELLOWSHIP OF FIRST FLEETERS CENTRAL COAST

For anyone interested in early history or early family histories. Don’t need to be a First Fleeter. Point Clare Community Hall 2nd Sat 10:30am 4392 1926 4311 6254

MUSIC BRISBANE WATER BRASS Brass Band entertainment for the community playing all types of popular music Rehearsal every Tues. 7.30pm-10pm 0419 274 012

COASTAL A CAPPELLA Dynamic award winning women’s a cappella chorus new members always welcome. Music eduction provided Lots of Performance opportunities, or hire us for your next event. 0412 948 450

coastalacappella@gmail.com

SOUNDWAVES

Protecting our environment Peaceful conflict resolution Community participation We meet monthly every 3rd Thu - Details and info:

centralcoast.nsw.greens.org.au centralcoastgreens@gmail.com

AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY OURIMBAH/ NARARA BRANCH

Discussion/action community issues - 3 levels of Government Niagara Park Primary School 7.30pm 1st Mon each month 0410 309 494

SPECIAL INTEREST CCLC BRIDGE CLUB

Duplicate Bridge-partner not required for most sessions. Central Coast Leagues Club 12.30pm Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri. Sat 1.30pm Wed 7.15pm Mon 4325 9854

www.cclcbridgeclub.asn.au cclcbridgeclub@westnet.com.au

CENTRAL COAST GOJU-KAI KARATE

PUBLIC SPEAKING

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

Develop confidence by improving your speaking skills. Meetings are entertaining and educational.

CENTRAL COAST SOARING CLUB INC

kyle.macgregor@hotmail.com

BLUE GUM FLAT TOASTMASTERS

Mthly meetings 1st and 3rd Mon 7.15-9.30pm Ourimbah RSL 4362 7227

SERVICE GROUPS INNER WHEEL CLUBS OF CENTRAL COAST

Wyong, Terrigal & Gosford North Clubs Women working together to make a difference and imprive lives 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

www.centralcoastgojukaikarate.com.au

Gliding Club, Learn to fly, Instruction FREE to members 14 and up for Training Flying at Bloodtree Rd Mangrove Mountain Thur, Sat, Sun ( weather permitting) 0412 164 082 0414 635 047 www.ccsoaring.com.au

SPIRITUALITY IN THE PUB

Ecumenical & Interfaith Speakers Forum & Q&A with focus on developing understanding and encouraging dialogue about spirituality through people sharing their life journeys. 1st Tues March to October 2nd Tues November 7.30 to 9pm Grange Hotel Wyoming 4328 2596 - 0498 588 261

WOMEN’S GROUPS CENTRAL COAST WOMEN’S HEALTH CENTRE

A cappella harmony for Men Counseling, therapeutic and GAMBLING SOLUTIONS – new members welcome. social groups, workshops, Early childhood clinic, free Counsellors provide free, Enjoy a diverse range of Rehearsals Mondays 7.00pm domestic violence and abuse family law advice, active confidential, professional courses and activities for to 9.30pm Central Coast issues. All services provided by CENTRAL COAST 50+ seniors. Keep your mind active playgroup, computer classes, service to gamblers, family and Leagues Club, Dane Drive, women for women OOSH services, fitness classes, friends. Woy Woy, Kincumber, SINGLES SOCIAL GROUP and make new friends. Your Gosford 4324 2533 arts & crafts, over 50’s Gosford, The Entrance. ROTARY CLUB OF retirement years can be the Invites Ladies & Gents for www.cccwhc.com.au Ring Max on 4324 3631 friendship group, youth group, 4344 7992 best years of all. GOSFORD dinner, dancing - BBQs & or Kieran 4324 1977 social groups and many more 0408 704 701 Gosford Golf Club 6pm socialising each w/e. Friendly SOROPTIMIST services. www.centralcoast.u3anet.org.au GROW Support Groups Thursdays group SYMPHONY 4340 1724 INTERNATIONAL Small friendly groups formed Supporting local and overseas monthly programme all areas wwww.knc.net.au CENTRAL COAST BRISBANE WATER to learn how to overcome communities come along and VOLUNTEERING 0412 200 571 Community Orchestra Making a difference in the lives anxiety, depression and share fellowship and fun. 0437 699 366 CENTRAL COAST welcomes new memberships TERRIGAL FIFTY PLUS of women and girls through loneliness and to improve 0414 777 748 50pssg@gmail.com Refer potential volunteers to to join our ranks. Rehearsals Awareness, Advocacy and LEISURE AND LEARNING www.gosfordrotary.org.au mental health and well-being. community organisations. every Wednesday 7.30 to Action by supporting local and CENTRE Anonymous, free and open to CENTRAL COAST Provide support to volunteers 9.45pm national projects ROTARY CLUB OF SUNDAY LUNCH BUNCH and community organisations. Activities include fitness, yoga, all. Weekly at Woy Woy, Bateau at Erina 2nd Thur 7 pm Breakers Bay and Wyong Provide training to volunteers bridge, mahjong, zumba gold, GOSFORD NORTH (Singles over 55) info@sympnony Country Club, Dover Rd, line dancing, tai chi, painting, 1800 558 268 and managers of volunteers Active community minded club. Luncheons centralcoast.com.au Wamberal www.grow.org.au Many projects focussed on 1st and 3rd Sundays monthly Information sessions “Bridge to craft and computer classes. sibrisbanewater@@siswp.org 43845152 Volunteering” held regularly. assisting youth. Support our at various licensed venues www.siswp.org MEALS ON WHEELS 4329 7122 great projects, get involved 0418 772 569 (after 2pm) WYOMING Delicious meals delivered free recruit@volcc.org.au with our fun club. New CENTRAL COAST GREENS member Join us for a midday meal COMMUNITY CENTRE enquiries welcomed CCLC INDOOR BOWLS The Central Coast Greens Help with shopping and Community Support, Zumba Graham Black - 0410 509 071 WILDLIFE ARC Mon - Ladies Social For a fairer, more transparent cooking classes Book Club, Community grahamblack@outlook.com.au We rescue and care for injured Wed Night - Mixed Social and accountable government 4363 7111 Garden, Facility Hire, EAPA, and orphan native animals. Sat - Mixed Social based on democratic principles Fine Assistance, Volunteer 24hr/day, 7days/week.Gen New members welcome Local, state-wide, national Opportunity, CDAT, OSHC/ Meeting 3rd Sun Wyoming - tuition given and international issues and Vacation Care Community Centre, Maidens level 2 Central Coast campaigns - Council and Managed by Gosford Regional Brush Rd Wyoming at 10am Leagues Club parliamentary representation Community Services 4325 0666 4334 3800 Developing a new economy centralcoast@clc.net.au

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POLITICAL PARTY

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


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The two Matts make the A-League’s Team of the Week Inaugural mixed bowls

3 August 2015

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clash with his former club, and he solid Week for Round 6. “The speedy Millar was put on a typical full-blooded performance of the Central Coast deployed as a right wing-back display. “Simon was a real handful Mariners against Sydney by Coach, Mike Mulvey, and was a major threat to Sydney’s for Sydney FC’s centre-backs, FC, at Gosford, on and the losing team. defence all afternoon,” John Alexrink Wilkinson and Jop van der Woy Woy Bowling Club held Saturday, December 1, A meat e was also held. its inaugural Tuesday Mixed Greco’s A-League write up raffl Linden, pressuring them into whilst noton rewarded with July It is planned this the willline now Bowls Tuesday, said. 28. errors that and leading for continue as a weekly event, with competition points, wasat 1pm Play commenced with his side superbly. “It was Millar’s all inch-perfect bowlers are welcome. 40 least bowlers out playing a game of at acknowledged cross which set-up, MattMedia “Herelease, capped29 his best Jul 2015 triples. by the inclusion of two Simon’s, goal, while he gave, performance Gaye Scarfe, Woyseason Woy of the At the end of play, prizes were Women’s Bowling Club players thetheHyundai Zullo, a torrid time with the opening goal in the awardedinfor winning Michael rink team A-League’s Team of the with his direct running and 2-1 loss on Saturday afternoon, close dribbling skills. edging out, Craig Goodwin, for Week. Matt Millar and Captain, Matthew Simon, were both rewarded with inclusion in the competition’s Team of the

“The 22-year-old didn’t deserve to be on a losing side.” As for, Matt Simon, Greco said: “The ‘Wizard of Woy Woy’ was pumped up for the

a spot in the top 11.”

Source: Hyundai A-League Media release, Dec 3

Four sports clubs receive funds to purchase a defibrillator

Matthew Simon congratulated by team mates for scoring the opener

SERVICES DIRECTORY Bowls carnival he

From left Glen Simington, Dale Phillips and Dick Nowland with Scott Wil

AMBULANCE, POLICE, FIRE 000

in worst condition

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander The 2015 Umina Kingfisher Organisations Carnival, held on Thursday,

Competitors in the inaugural Woy Woy mixed bowls competition

Runabout towed to Davistown

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Avoca Beach SLSC

“We have a strong sporting ember for Breakers Country Club, Erina Rugby League Football Club spirit on the Central Coast, Te r r i g a l , and Terrigal Wamberal Rugby which is why we want to Adam Crouch, League and Youth Club. ensure that life-saving has announced aboard Central Coast 22. Marine Rescue cohas towed equipment is on-hand keep Crouch said an Automated The rescue boat was tothen a six-metre funding from the NSW half-cabin participants and spectators External Defibrillator (AED) to locate and secure two runabout with Government for two four people on assigned safe,” Crouch said. to safe large logs deemed hazards isthelife-saving technology board from south of Rip sports clubs to purchase that navigation seen around the many Rip assists people following According to Crouch, to Davistown. Bridge area. aBridge defibrillator. cardiac arrest. local sports clubs across the The motor had failed on Sunday,

The logs were located. One was June 7, at around 9:15am, and are benefitting from the “Defibrillators can quite asCoast described “huge”. The successful recipients they required help to get backmake to grant funding. literally a difference They were placed ashore for of through the grant rampfunding, adjacent to Davistown removal by Council. between life and death for the LocalWharf. Sport Defibrillator Public 8 June Source: 2015 people by following cardiacMedia release, Program, The are towAvoca wasBeach completed Media release, Nov 30 Ron Cole, Marine Rescue arrest. Mr Mr AlLife Howes, Karl Liepa, Ben Sheath,Coast Office of Unit Adam Surf SavingMr Club, NSW Central Paul Oliver and Mr Bruce Larking Crouch MP

Aboriginal Legal Service 8842 8000 July 16 and Friday, July 17 Community Options 4351 3388 was Aboriginal playedAssociation in the worst Bungree 4397 7700 conditions Mingaletta 4342 7515 that organisers could Home recall 44Aboriginal Care 4321in 7215 the year history of the bowls Drug & Alcohol rehab 4388 6360 competition. Respite Care Options 4351 3388 An Duncan initial Aboriginal downpour flooded Eleanor Health 4351 1040 all three greens requiring matches to Darkinjung Local Land Council 4351 2930 be played on only two greens but

Accommodation

Dept. of Housing Gosford 4323 5211 Regional Youth Support Services 4323 2374 Coast Shelter 4324 7239 Neleh House 4340 1052 Elandra Women and Children’s Refuge 4396 4263 Kara Women and Children’s Refuge 4323 1709 Coimba Mens Refuge 4324 7239 Rumbalara Youth Refuge 4325 7555 Wyong Youth Refuge 4351 1922 Youth Angle 4341 8830 Woy Woy Youth Cottage 4341 9027 Maya Young Womens Refuge 4323 1636 Pacific Link Com Housing 4324 7617 Rumbalara Youth Refuge 4325 7555 Youth Angle • Woy Woy 4341 8830 Temporary Accommodation 1800 152 152

Animal Rescue

Wildlife Arc 4325 0666 Wires 1300 094 737

Counselling

Mensline - talk with a bloke 1300 789 978 Lifecare Family Services 1300 130 225 CatholicCare: 4356 2600 Relationship Australia: 1300 364 277 Interrelate: 1800 449 118

Emergency

Police Assistance Line 131 444 Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 Woy Woy Police Station 4323 5599 Energy Australia 13 13 88 Gas Emergency 131 909 Gosford City Council 4325 8222 Marine Rescue - Central Coast 4325 7929 SES - Storm and Flood Emergency 132 500

Crisis Services and Helplines

WAR MEMORABILIA WANTED

Lifeline - 24 hr. 13 11 14 Suicide Helpline 1800 191 919 Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 Parents Helpline 13 20 55 Indigenous Call Centre 136 380 Family Relationship Advice Line 1800 050 321

Family Drug Support 1300 368 186 G-line GamblingfiHelpline 1800 633 635 26 -teams nally made it onto the Credit Helpline 1800 808 488 greens. Child Support Agencywas 13 12 72 The start delayed Friday Australian Injury Helpline 1800problems 223 363 due to continuing with Veteran Net work 1300 551 918conditions the Affairs weather, however Mens Domestic Violence 1800 000 and 599 despite improved once again Sexual Resource 1800 199winds 888 the Assault bitterly cold and Gay and Lesbian Counselling 1800 184 527games threatening skies, all three Gay and Lesbian Support 1800 249 377 results were completed and Youth Sexuality Network 4320 2856 decided. Vietnam Veterans 1800 011 046 The winners of the carnival Victims Services 1800 633 063 with lead wereSupport a composite team, Translation and Interpreting Service 13 14 50

Family and Relationships

Parents Helpline 132 055 Central Coast Family Support Service 4340 1099 Horizons (For men with children) 4351 5008 Interrelate - Family Relationships 1300 736 966 Uniting Care Burnside Gosford 1800 067 967

Health

Gosford Hospital 4320 2111 Cancer Hotline 131 120 Mental Health info Service 1300 794 991 Sexual Health @ Gosford Hospital 4320 2114 Beyond Blue (Depression) 1300 22 4636

Problems, Habits & Addiction

G-Line Telephone Counsel 1800 633 635 Gamblers Anonymous 9726 6625 Alcoholics Anonymous 4323 3890 Narcotics Anonymous 4325 0524 Quitline 131 848

Phone services:

Mental Health Line 1800 011 511 Beyondblue 1300 224 636 Domestic Violence Line 1800 656 463 Lifeline 13 11 14 Kids Help Line 1800 551 800 Griefline 1300 845 745 Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467

Welfare Services

Donnison St. Restaurant 4325 3510 Central Coast Family Support Services 4340 1585 Horizons Family Services 4351 5008 Meals on Wheels Gosford 4363 7111 Woy Woy 4341 6699 Department of Community Services Gosford - 4336 2400 The Salvation Army 4325 5733 Samaritans Emergency Relief 4393 2450 St Vincent De Paul Society HELPLINE 4323 6081

also, see the Not for Profit organisations directory inside

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BUILDERS

ELECTRICIAN

Petition launched for Calming Souls floodlights for baseball park

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he Central Coast Baseball Association, in partnership with Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, has launched a petition to see lights installed at Hylton Moore Baseball Park.

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advertising rates in print and on-line Classified advertising is the cheapest form of newspaper advertising. This newspaper is published on line on the night before publication date, and is read that way by hundreds of people. All advertisements, including these classified advertising pages, appear in full on-line as an additional benefit for free. See www.CentralCoastNewspapers.com or www.CentralCoastNews.net Central Coast Newspapers’ advertising rates are relatively much lower than in other newspapers and at the same time much larger than in other newspapers, with the minimum size being 50mm X 42mm. Approximately 16,000 copies of each newspaper are printed and distributed every fortnight.

Personal and Not For Profit Organisations

As Central Coast Newspapers are community newspapers, the cost of advertising not for profit organisations’ events is subsidised. This makes them the same rate as non business advertisements. A mono 5cm advertisement only costs $33. Each additional cm costs $6.60 as does colour, and/or a photograph or a logo. Private advertisements need to be paid for at the time of booking.

Business rates

The minimum size of 5cm X a single column only costs $40 + GST in mono and an extra $8 + GST for colour, a logo or a photograph, every two weeks. Most businesses choose to advertise on an ongoing basis and discounts apply for multiple bookings, if they are paid for in full, in advance. Having an advertisement run for 3 months only costs $215 + GST, for 6 months it is $385 + GST, and for 12 months advertising, the total cost is only $700 + GST – Approximately $14 per week. Artwork is free and advertisers are encouraged to change their advertisements frequently

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Massage

Remedial Massage Therapist Infant Massage Instructor Paediatric Massage Consultant

Call Kate 0423 150 561 calmingsoulsmassage@gmail.com PAINTER

The Troubadour Folk and Acoustic Music Club

DEC 15 at 7pm

A WILD AND WACKY CHRISTMAS St Luke’s hall - Woy Woy

Price $5 Bring a plate to share www.troubadour.org.au

4342 6716 BluesAngels

Your total acoustic blues/roots package, top to toe, and then some. Minnie the Moocher to Eagle Rock and on into indie roots, beatnik jazz, backhills bluegrass and prog folk. Available as duo, trio or band negotiable for your party, event or venue.

tomflood@hotmail.com

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BUCELLO’S Painting Services

• Residential and Commercial • Interior and Exterior • New Work and Repaints Free Quotes All work guaranteed

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“Floodlights would provide a significant boost in playing time for local players. “Currently, baseball games can only be played during the daylight hours, which limits playing time to Saturdays and Sundays only,” said Crouch. “Floodlights would also help to increase the number of visiting games as part of the NSW State League baseball competition.

PLUMBER

Your local plasterer

No jobs over $1,000.

Ph: Neville 0417 426 254

PHIL BOURKE PLASTERING

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REMOVALS

TILING

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Small Jobs, Free Quotes Reliable Service

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Affordable rates

Call for free quote 0497 800 074 0421 084 650

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• Michelle Umback - 2 Funky, Terrigal • Modern Asian Cuisine, • Audrey’s Family Restaurant, George Nouri •T  ony Fitzpatrick trading as Victoria Street East Gosford Futurtek Roofing

PH: 0411 816 674

House, office units

Gyprock, Renovations

formerly

Person required to assist with maintenance of large Erina Heights garden. Should be experienced in power equipment use. Would suite semi retired person.

Allways Moving Removals

Over 36 yrs exp

Computers Gosford

WORK AVAILABLE PART TIME

Blocked drains, Leaking taps and toilets, Hot water and all aspects Of pluming drainage and gas fitting.

Central Coast Newspapers has a very liberal credit policy for advertisers and realises that from time to time, people, businesses and organisations get into financial difficulty and may need assistance and time to get things back on track. However, some people, businesses and organisations take advantage of this generosity they use advertising but simply don’t pay their account after several months and need to be taken to court to do so. From time to time, as necessary, we will name these people, businesses or organisations as a warning to our readers so that they will be wary when dealing with them. • Renotek, Tascott

POSITIONS VACANT

Tilers

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Gyprock plasterboard, small jobs, walls, ceilings and cornices. Over 30 year’s experience.

Source: Document, Nov 19 Floodlights for Hylton Moore Baseball Park Petition

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“With your help, I am working to secure $200,000 to install the floodlights,” Crouch said. The petition is available on Crouch’s website.

Decorative Fabrics & • AAA Coastal Painting •  Furnishings Steve McGinty, Service, Greg Sutherland, •S  helley Walker - Previously Wyoming trading as Headmasters Hair North Gosford Ezy Homes - Freddies • Dean Lampard - Trading as Design, Park Plaza Gosford •  Warehouse, Gosford Central Lampard Painting • Jessica Davis - A1 Cleaning Plaza Services, Erina • Coast and Country • Thomas James Clinton, Removalists - Gosford • Inspire P/L trading as CUP Trading as TMA Products

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CASH PAID for good quality Swords, Knives and War memorabilia.

For large collections home visit available

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Resuming at 5/45 in chase of Narara-Wyoming’s first innings total of 148, Terrigal looked set for victory, after, Mitch Bowring (39) and Ryan James (57), saw them needing 6 runs for victory, with two wickets remaining. The Lions however, once again displayed their never say die attitude and attacked, led by underrated paceman, Kieran Lawson. They were able to dismiss, Josh Bridge, with the score on 143, and then Lawson trapped James in front, with the scores tied. Amazingly, it is NararaWyoming’s third tie in the last couple of years. James, in his first bat for the year, displayed his class to record an effortless half century, whilst Lawson was a standout, taking 5/9 off 16 overs. Brisbane Water recorded their second consecutive outright win, defeating Southern Spirit

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by nine wickets at Col Gooley Field. Winless after the first five rounds, the Bluetongues now find themselves just one point outside the top four. After being in complete control after day one, Brisbane Water were defied by Southern Spirit, who put in their best batting performance of the year, and led by 76 not out from skipper, Daniel Friend. Eventually, they were dismissed in the 70th over for 188, leaving Brisbane Water requiring 92 runs for victory, which they duly achieved in the 18th over, with, Ben Cohen, continuing a fine match with the bat, finishing 53 not out. Trent Scott 3/39 and Kevin Searle 3/55, were the pick of the Brisbane Water bowling. In the final game, LisarowOurimbah recorded a first innings win over Kincumber Avoca at Erina Oval. With Lisarow already taking first innings points on day one, neither side were able to force an outright win, with Kincumber-Avoca batting out the day to finish on 8/132 when stumps were called. Source: Media release, Dec 2 Garry Burkinshaw, Cricket NSW

(L to R) – (Back) Taylor Martin MLC, Sue Dengate, GBOTA CEO, Brenton Scott (Front) Minister for Racing, Paul Toole, GRNSW CEO, Tony Mestrov, Gosford Greyhounds Manager, Ryan Freedman.

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reyhound racing will return to Gosford following a $762,000 upgrade of Gosford Greyhound Racetrack, funded by the NSW Liberal and National Government.

Martin and representatives of Gosford Greyhounds and the NSW Greyhound Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association. Toole said the modernised track would now be one of the safest in Australia and will secure the sport’s future in the region. “This major upgrade is great news for the region as it has enabled racing to recommence at the track after being suspended in February,” Toole said.

Minister for Racing, Paul Toole, officially unveiled the upgraded track on November 27, with Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) CEO, Tony Mestrov, Member of the Legislative Council, Taylor

“The project has included remediation of the track, installation of a new safety rail, an upgraded irrigation system and a variable speed motor lure.” Mestrov thanked the NSW Government for its investment into upgrading regional greyhound racetracks. “It’s great to see the Gosford club ready to resume racing on a safer and better-designed track that ensures its future as a vital part of the industry,” Mestrov said.

Martin said the NSW Government’s Greyhound Racing Capital Grants Program would fund project upgrades to racetracks. “This is a key part of the NSW Government’s reforms to ensure a sustainable greyhound racing industry based on the highest standards of animal welfare,” Martin said. Source: Media release, Nov 27 Eleisha Rogers, Office of Paul Toole MP

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Matt Graham has been named the Coast’s 2018 Sportsperson of the Year

The annual event is presented by Central Coast Sport, the Coast’s independent sporting agency, with this year’s awards held at the Gosford RSL Club,

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he number of cranes filling the Gosford skyline is the clearest indicator of the massive transformation the city is currently undergoing.

The number of cranes now fluctuates from one week to the next as some projects approach completion and new ones come on line, but according to the city’s skyline, at long last, something is happening. The 12 development sites featured in this report, all with cranes on site when our photographer did a drive by, represent $216m worth of works and will result in 595 new residences, mostly one, two and three-bedroom units in flat buildings. That’s in addition to the hospital car park and medical school building, new street level retail and A1 commercial space. The NSW Government claims that the new State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), covering Gosford CBD, will result in a revitalisation of the city, but by the clearest measure, that transformation is already taking place, before the new planning controls are in place. The SEPP and DCP were gazetted on Friday, October 12, days after the Planning Minister, Anthony Roberts, announced, at a Gosford Erina and Coastal Chamber of Commerce luncheon, he’d signed off on the new controls.

Roberts also announced the merger of the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation with Hunter Development Corporation under the leadership of, Michael Cassel, the man responsible for the transformation of Newcastle’s city centre. Central Coast Council Mayor, Jane Smith, has proudly said, repeatedly, that $1.79b worth of development has been approved in the Gosford CBD since the Council amalgamation in May, 2016. Cain King, Director of CKDS Architecture, and Chair of the Central Coast Chapter of the Urban Design Institute of Australia (UDIA) said he was “genuinely excited” about Gosford’s future. “You do need a city centre for everything else to filter out from, so I do agree with the process that the NSW Government has used,” King said. However, he said a great deal of the current development activity, the cranes already in the sky, were due to the bonus incentives put in place by the former Gosford Council. “Everything we are seeing, apart from hospital, tax office and finance building, are directly from the bonus height and floor space ratio (FSR) incentives that Gosford Council put in place to encourage developers to come to the Coast. “Those cranes are a direct result of that, and that was a great benefit of Gosford

Crane on site for 15-storey Merindah Apartments in Mann Street

Council’s initiative,” King said. Whilst praising the former Council, King said he was also a “big believer” in the regional Central Coast Council. “We are in a new era now,” he said. “In support of the Council, they have had a lot of things to deal with as a result of the amalgamation, full stop, and the community needs to understand and be patient with that,” King said. “At the moment, Council does not have the number of planners it needs to support the number of projects coming through.” CKDS is involved with several significant developments in the CBD, including John Singleton’s Bonython Tower in Mann St and the triple tower Waterside development on the Froggy’s site, to name two of the biggest. “The community needs to know the new confidence that developers have in Gosford, as a result of State Government taking over development in the city until Council has its new consolidated Local Environmental Plan (LEP) in place,” he said. “The benefits for the local community of the State Government stepping in are phenomenal. “They are throwing in millions of dollars for infrastructure, so local money does not have to be spent on those items.

“Developers coming in won’t have to make those contributions, hence the Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) is being reduced to 3 per cent. “The measurable requirements within the state LEP will give a little more confidence to developers to come in and invest,” he said. King said he was confident that the emphasis on design excellence would deliver A-grade or B-grade commercial space to the city. “Currently we are C, D and below”. Bank finance remained a problem for developers but, according to King, they are “being smarter about it this time around. “A lot of the developers we have now have been far more intelligent in selling Gosford and attracting investment. “Developers are digging into their own pockets to build certain developments that are happening because finance is only made available at certain stages in the process. “Developers are having to dig into their own contingencies and their own money to get to a certain point where they can finance.” King said other developers have largely underwritten their own projects, namely John Singleton and Tony Denny.

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on November 29. Narara’s, Matt Graham, took out the top honour of Sportsperson of the Year. Graham, a mogul skier, took out the major award for his massive year on the slopes, highlighted by his Olympic silver medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Throughout the World Cup season leading in to the Olympics, Graham was a consistent performer, landing

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“In this edition of Coast Community News, a Public Notice has been inserted by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), under instruction from the Land and Environment Court (LEC),” said Stephen Goodwin, spokesperson for the Mountain Districts Association. “The aim is to invite the public to make submissions on the Mangrove Mountain Landfill issue to the EPA, who will pass them on to the Court and the landfill operator, Verde Terra Pty Ltd, which has applied to have its licence renewed,” he said. “This public consultation is a pivotal moment for the community. “If it fails to voice its opposition, in a decisive manner, to having a massive landfill in the Central Coast’s water catchment area, the Court may see that as tacit

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Support sought to oppose the re-opening of the Mangrove Mountain landfill

esidents in the southern areas of the Central Coast have been asked to support a campaign to protect the region’s water supply by opposing the reopening of the Mangrove Mountain landfill.

The EPA and Council admit Mangrove Mountain landfill is a threat to the Coast’s drinking water

support for the landfill. “We can’t let that happen. “It will open the doors for a further 10 years of waste importation at the landfill. “Mountain Districts Association is asking you to make a submission opposing the application to have EPL 11395 varied. “Mountain Districts Association can help you with your submission. “The EPA and Central Coast Council are joined in opposition to Verde Terra,” Goodwin said.

Mangrove Mountain Landfill is located at the Mangrove Mountain Golf Course on the boundary between Gosford LGA and Wyong LGA. “It is a threat to the Central Coast drinking water supply and both Central Coast Council and the EPA admit this fact,” Goodwin said. “The landfill sits at the highest point of the catchment for the regional water supply. “The landfill has lain idle since 2014, although there is still the matter of 800,000

cubic metres of waste sitting there, most of which does not have an effective lining underneath to prevent the escape of toxic leachate into the groundwater. “Scientific study has demonstrated that almost half of the stream flow in Ourimbah Creek comes from this groundwater. “Central Coast Council pumps out of Ourimbah Creek into Mardi Dam. “Water in Mardi Dam is shared with Mangrove Creek

Dam. “These are the two potable water storage facilities for the entire Central Coast. “On behalf of the entire Central Coast community, Mountain Districts Association has been intensively engaged, for over four years, to end this threat to the regional water supply. “Presently, the matter is in the Court, as is explained in the EPA Public Notice. “The landfill operator, Verde Terra Pty Ltd, has applied to have EPL 11395, that regulates the activities at the landfill site, varied to enable it to resume operations. “Its application was refused by the EPA, and Verde Terra is appealing this decision in the Court. “If successful, this will authorise the importation of 1.318 million tonnes of new waste in addition to the existing vast waste mound. “On behalf of the community, Mountain Districts Association vigorously opposes this application and calls on members of the general public to do the same by making a submission to the EPA. “In addition to the Verde Terra application, there are a large number of supporting

documents. “These are the documents submitted to the Court with the application. “It is not necessary for members of the general public, who are concerned about the threat of this landfill to their water supply, to read all of these, but if you wish to be fully informed, they will be available for viewing at specified locations. “Mountain Districts Association is familiar with the content of most if not all of the supporting documents and is preparing information to assist members of the public. “The supporting documents will contain the essential facts and reasons why this licence application is a bad thing and should be opposed and will contain a brief background of the issue and how to prepare a submission to send to the EPA.” Register your interest in receiving a copy of the briefing note from Mountain Districts Association by following the link http:// mountaindistrictsassociation. com.au Source: Media release, Oct 30 Stephen Goodwin, Mountain Districts Association

Crunch time for coal mine approval

he legal challenge in the Land & Environment Court (LEC) against the approval of the Wallarah 2 Coal mine, situated in the major water catchment of the Central Coast, commences on Monday, November 12. It is expected to run for a

minimum of four days. The Central Coast Community Group, the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA), is challenging the validity of the NSW Planning Assessment Commission’s (PAC) approval in January. The ACA has brought this action against the proponent (Wyong Coal Pty Ltd – Wallarah 2) and the Minister for Planning, because it is in

the public interest to do so. The ACA will be holding a rally in the Domain, behind Parliament House, at 10am, on the day the legal challenge commences. Campaign Director of the ACA, Alan Hayes, said: “The challenge in the Land & Environment Court is an historic moment for the Central Coast. “The community have been

fighting for twenty-three years to protect the Central Coast’s major water supply district. “The legal challenge is the culmination of the community’s strength not to give in but to fight to win. “We don’t have the luxury of another water supply or water catchment.” Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, David Harris, said that stopping the Wallarah

2 Coal mine is essential to ensure the quality of our water catchment on the Coast. “This court case is another stage in this long running battle,” said David Harris. “The Liberals could end this madness tomorrow, but if they won’t then I hope the courts will. “Wallarah 2 would be a disaster for our beautiful

region, we have to stop it and I hope the Australian Coal Alliance is successful.” Korea Resource Corporation is the major shareholder of Wyong Coal Pty Ltd, the proponents of the proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine. Source: Media alert, Nov 5 Alan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance

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he NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) has launched an official compliance investigation into alleged clearing of Crown Land at MacMasters Beach, while Central Coast Council continues to work, with multiple agencies, on an investigation of alleged clearing without permission on private land at a James Norton Rd property, located between Bensville and MacMasters Beach. For over two weeks, concerned MacMasters Beach residents have been waiting for Central Coast Council, and or OEH, to respond to reports of what they consider to be clearing of bushland by a private landowner without appropriate permissions. Coast Community News has contacted a family member of the land owners, believed to be three siblings, and they are expected to issue a statement through their legal representatives. Kel Butcher, spokesperson for the unnamed group of concerned MacMasters Beach residents, said that over two weeks ago, one of his neighbours heard machinery in the bush, “went and had a look, and saw two machines starting to clear the bush. “He was told it was only clearing along the fence line, but the contractor went on to clearing large patches of land that had nothing to do with the boundary fence,” Butcher said.

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“Big trees have been cut down in addition to the bush that has been cleared with the machines,” he said. Butcher said residents were particularly concerned about clearing that has occurred on non-private land, since confirmed as Crown Land. A neighbouring property has a native conservation caveat over some of its land which has also, allegedly, been cleared, along with remnant rainforest on the Crown Land at the MacMasters Beach end of the property. The site has been visited by Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, and Labor Candidate for the seat of Terrigal, Central Coast Councillor, Jeff Sundstrom.

Police have also been called to the area on several occasions since the land clearing commenced. “The Mayor was fairly guarded in her comments. “It’s nice that she came to visit, and we all respect the fact that there is an investigation underway,” Butcher said. “What we want to know is why it has taken so long for someone to make a decision about what is allowable and what is not allowable. “It is 16 days since this started, we know Council has issued the stop work order, but is there going to be any punitive action for the damage caused? “We have not yet been told what remedies are available. “OEH has jurisdiction over

the public land, but we are just going around in circles at the moment, nobody is taking responsibility for what is happening. “No one is saying ‘yes’, this is our jurisdiction, but we also do understand that it is a complex investigation by Council, and they are saying that they are doing everything in their power. “There are quite a few adjoining neighbours keeping an eye and ear out for any further action that may take place. “We have a very concerned community group that will respond very quickly if anything does happen. “The chainsawed trees included 100, or more, year old angophoras, and you won’t

get trees of that maturity back for the next three generations, and they are habitat, once they are down, they are lost for generations. “We all respect people and we understand that land owners have rights, but we want things done according to the law and through the right channels, we don’t think anyone can just go in and ignore the laws and destroy the bush like that.” Adam Crouch issued a statement on Monday, November 19, that National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and Central Coast Council were working together and had appropriately intervened to prevent any further illegal clearing. “I thank the number of local

residents who contacted me and brought this to my attention,” Crouch said. “As such, I was subsequently able to arrange for Central Coast Council to take necessary steps, including a stop work notification,” he said. “No clearing of native vegetation on a private property can be undertaken without Council approvals and oversight. “NPWS and Council rangers have been patrolling the site on a very frequent basis. “Thank you to the Macmasters Beach community for their ongoing vigilance, and I stand with them in not tolerating any illegal clearing in our local area,” Crouch said. Compliance officers from OEH subsequently inspected the site, which resulted in the official compliance investigation being launched. On Thursday, November 15, the Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, had sent urgent emails to the NSW Minister for Lands, Paul Toole, and the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, as a result of calls from distressed members of the local community. “The community in the Terrigal electorate are very concerned re tree felling on a border between private and Crown Land between Bensville and the Scenic Drive, DP659496, 20 James Norton Rd, Bensville,” Tesch’s email to the Ministers said. The property is zoned 7A, including endangered ecological community, protected under the Biodiversity Conservation Act.

on the podium four out of seven rounds. Graham has competed on the World Cup series since he was 15, however this Olympics was his biggest test, as he put it: “A lifetime of hard work came down to 25 seconds.” Team of the Year went to Central Coast Heart, the Coast’s combined netball squad. Comprised of the best players from the region’s three Netball Associations (Gosford, Wyong and Woy Woy), the Heart is the only team outside of Sydney to be granted a licence to compete in the Netball NSW Premier League, which they won this year. The Heart’s, Amber Cross, took out the Coach of the Year Award. Cross was a driving force behind the inception of the Hearts and was the inaugural Head Coach of the Heart’s

Premier League Opens team, a position which she still holds today. Through Cross’ development, local players have achieved their goals of playing elite netball at various levels. Cross was recently named Coach of the Year at the NSW Netball Awards. Masters Sportsperson of the Year went to Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club’s (SLSC), Paul Lemmon. In 2018, Lemmon has travelled around Australia, competing at a Master’s level at the Surf Life Saving Australia championship events, resulting in a haul of 51 medals across the season. Lemmon was also named the Surf Life Saving Central Coast Masters Athlete of the Year, and was a finalist in the Surf Life Saving NSW Masters Athlete of the Year.

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Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability, Dylan Littlehales

Avoca Kayak Club’s, Dylan Littlehales, took out the Sportsperson of the Year with a Disability. During 2018, Littlehales’ results at a state, national and international level have been impressive. Littlehales took out Gold in the men’s Open KL3 Sprint Canoe 200m at the NSW State Championship. At the national level, Littlehales was awarded bronze in the Men’s Open K2 200m and gold in the Men’s Open KL3 Sprint Canoe 200m, at the 2018 National Championships. He also attended the 2018 ICF World Championships at Portugal, where he obtained a fifth place position in the Men’s Open KL3 Sprint Canoe 200m. At the 2018 World Cup in Hungary, he took out a bronze medal in the same event. He then went on to attend the 2018 British Nationals at Nottingham, where his stellar performance secured him first place in Men’s Open KL3 Sprint Canoe 200m. Littlehales was bestowed the 2018 Paddler with a Disability Award by Paddle NSW, and has been awarded the Donnica Clark Scholarship for the past three consecutive years. Avoca SLSC took out the Inclusive Club of the Year for their hugely successful Sharks Nippers program. Designed in 2016 to help children with additional needs enjoy the great Aussie pastime of Nippers, the program has since been adopted by 10 other SLSC’s across the region and has been a marked success for Avoca SLSC, reinvigorating their club community and leading the way for accessibility on the Coast. Avoca SLSC has also introduced mobi-matting, which improves beach wheelchair mobility, allowing people in wheelchairs to enjoy Avoca Beach more than ever before.

Kariong’s, Kit Poole, received a Recognition of Service to Sport Award. These awards are given to people for their exceptional voluntary contribution to sport over a period of 15 years or more. Poole received her award for contributions to gymnastics on the Coast. Poole opened her first preschool movement program in Kariong in 1991, where it was known as Scallywags Gym for Kids. She is now the owner of Scallywags Gymnastics Academy, a family orientated club that has grown in popularity so much that it has required multiple moves to larger facilities. Scallywags was the first gymnastics club in the region to register more than 1,000 members in a year and has continued to grow from there, with current membership exceeding 1,300. In 2007 Scallywags won the Central Coast Business of the Year Award. On multiple occasions, Poole has been awarded both the National and NSW Gymnastics and Kindergym Coach of the Year. In 2007, she was the recipient of the Lance Otto Award by Gymnastics Australia, and has received the Queens Medal for her contribution to Gymnastics. Several young coaches, referees and advisors also picked up Recognition of Young Official Awards on the night. Awardees included Terrigal SLSC’s, Emersyn Pettiford, Gosford City Basketball Stadium’s Kiralee Smith, Gynmastics NSW LEAP Panel’s, Rhianna Howlett, and NSW Talented Referee Youth Squad’s, Deacon Cameron. Source: Media release, Nov 3 Mardi Love, Sport NSW


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he President of the Black Diamond AFL Board has slammed the takeover of the Hunter Central Coast AFL management by AFL NSW/ACT, and said the Board had been bullied out of operations. “It has taken five years, but AFL NSW/ACT will be running AFL in the region in 2019,” Board President, Wal Bembic said. “Despite two failed ‘democratic’ attempts to bring the senior and junior bodies to agree to their governance model, AFL NSW/ACT resorted to bullying tactics to take over the running of football in the region. “The bullying tactics involved the BDAFL being advised that under no circumstances would they be offered affiliation in 2019 (the only league in Australia not to be offered affiliation) and that AFL NSW/ ACT would be establishing a new identity to govern football in the region,” Bembic said. “An identity which AFL NSW/ ACT said would be locally owned. “Interestingly enough, of the 13 positions that will run AFL in 2019, nine of them will be either AFL NSW/ACT staff or AFL NSW/ACT appointees, which leaves just four positions in which the clubs get to vote in. “Certainly, a different

version of locally owned,” he continued. “This is despite the BDAFL being financially independent, well administered and exceeding all reasonable expectations in relation to participation and community involvement. “The performance of the BDAFL was such that many clubs expressed a desire for the BDAFL to be the organisation that runs both senior and junior AFL in the region. “Whilst the majority of the BDAFL clubs expressed a willingness to remain with the BDAFL, it was just not feasible to run an unaffiliated league, or more importantly, two senior competitions in the region. “Subsequently, the clubs made the sensible decision to join the new entity and we wish them well. “Over the past five years, the BDAFL has been trying to work with AFL NSW/ACT on ways in which the BDAFL could continue. However, as is the case with many other leagues across Australia, this proved unsuccessful, as the might of the AFL looks to control the code across the nation,” Bembic said. “Ultimately this whole process has been about control. “I have no doubt that the performance of the BDAFL, which became self-funded,

grew club health, encouraged new teams, grew community connections and became the face of football in the region, did not suit the AFL who believe that they are the only ones who can run AFL competitions. “Their actions have driven many long-time volunteers from the game. “There is no doubt that senior AFL in the region has never been healthier, whilst from many people’s observations, junior AFL as currently run by AFL NSW/ACT, is struggling,” Bembic said. “AFL NSW/ACT have never been open to the BDAFL running both senior and junior football, despite many clubs expressing a desire for this to happen, and by their actions over the last two years, and their ‘meet the approval of AFL NSW/ACT’ policy. “It is hoped that the stakeholders hold AFL NSW/ ACT to account for both their promises and actions in the future. “We can hope that any new board has the same respect and dedication to its clubs over and above the AFL NSW/ACT key performance indicators, and displays the same transparency as the BDAFL Board has through its annual report and media in the future,” Bembic concluded. Source: Document, Oct 29 Black Diamond AFL 2018 Annual Report

Peter Wylie OAM receives special Commemoration of Service Award

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errigal Surf Life Saving Club’s longest serving member, Peter Wylie OAM, was honoured with a special Award for Service at the Club, on November 18.

Wylie has been a member of Terrigal SLSC for 75 years, and was honoured with a special Commemoration of Service Award for his dedication to the Club and to the Central Coast Surf Life Saving community. In celebration of Wylie’s achievement, the first of its

kind across any Central Coast club, a special presentation evening and dinner was held in Wylie’s honour to coincide with his award. Source: Website, Nov 18 Paul Quick, Terrigal Surf Life Saving Club

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Cheerleading Club wins Australian Cheerleading Championships

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West Gosford’s Central Allstars Cheerleading Club at the 2018 Australian Cheerleading National Championships

est Gosford’s Central Allstars Cheerleading Club have returned from the 2018 Australian Cheerleading Championships as national champions. Central Allstars is the Coast’s only All Stars cheerleading club and have been teaching interested boys and girls the American sport of cheerleading, which combines fast paced gymnastics, acrobatics and stunting skills with dance and floor routines. It’s a far cry from the pom-poms and pyramids Australians traditionally associate with cheerleading, according to Central Allstars Founder and Gym Director, Lauren Gosson. “The sport has become increasingly popular in Australia due to its seamless combination of the technical aspects of gymnastic and dance with the social setting of a team sport.” Gosson grew up as an elite Sydney gymnast and spent

her childhood training up to 30 hours per week. She would later go on to represent NSW in the sport several times, before becoming a gymnastics coach. Gosson first discovered All Stars Cheerleading (ASC) in 2010, and fell in love with the sport. Taking her newfound love for cheerleading and combining it with her gymnastics background, Gosson has since coached teams to the Cheerleading World Championships and other prestigious events, including the NCA Nationals, the USA’s largest cheerleading competition. Her passion culminated in the opening of Central Allstars in 2016, and fastforward two years, all four of her competitive teams landed on the podium at this year’s 2018 Australian Cheerleading Championships, with her senior team being crowned national champions, and her junior teams picking up two second place trophies and a third place as well. For Gosson and her

competitive cheerleaders, it was a monumental achievement, given the fact they’d only been involved in competitive ASC for a year. “Nationals was crazy,” Gosson said. “All the girls and parents are beyond happy, and there were more than a few tears on the day,” she said. This year’s national championships attracted over 100 ASC clubs and saw more than 12,000 cheerleaders battle it out for national titles. The turnout at nationals is a testament to the ASC’s growing popularity and according to Gosson, this was being reflected at Central Allstars. Gosson currently has around 80 students who come to her gym for various reasons. “Some come for the competition, others come to enjoy specialised classes, and others are just looking to try something new,” Gosson said. Source: Interview, 4 Dec 2018 Lauren Gosson, Central Allstars Dilon Luke, Journalist

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Mariners lose but haven’t lost faith

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ike Mulvey’s Mariners put in a gutsy performance against Sydney FC at Central Coast Stadium on Saturday, December 1, and were unlucky not to come away with a point.

Captain Matthew Simon scores at the 16th minute to silence the Sydeny FC supporters

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The 8,000-plus crowd responded well to the side’s conviction and determination. The Central Coast Mariners’ formation for the match was a defensive 5-4-1 but they played a positive, highpressing game that was rewarded early, when Captain, Matthew Simon, opened the score line at the 16th minute. Matthew Millar marked his first A-League home game for the Mariners with an excellent cross that Simon managed to convert to take the Mariners to the lead. The Mariners continued their brave performance, and defenders, McGing, Rowles and Golec, held firm against a dangerous front three for Sydney, that were slowly getting into the rhythm of the game. Matthew Simon was definitely one of the most outstanding players on the field, causing havoc for Sydney’s central pairing, winning many aerial challenges, setting up, Connor Pain, who put his driven shot narrowly wide of the post. It looked like the Mariners were going to hold on to their lead to go to the sheds with a clean sheet, but it was not to be. Sydney were awarded a penalty after, Rhyan Grant, went down in the box. Adam Le Fondre converted the spot kick. The second half saw Sydney become more dominant in possession, but failed to worry a stubborn Mariners’ defence

Simon and Melling celebrate the goal

that denied Sydney any-clearcut threat on goal. The Mariners continued to be energetic in the front third, but struggled to make their chances count, with several crosses into the box coming to no avail for the boys in Yellow and Navy. Sydney’s much improved second half was rewarded after, Brandon O’Neill, gave them the lead with a classy 25-yard screamer. The Central Coast were not down and out and continued to push for a much-needed equaliser. Aiden O’Neill forced a great save from, Andrew Redmayne, after his shot from distance was parried by the Sydney shot stopper. The Mariners could not find the leveller as the game finished 2-1, in favour of the visitors. “I’m not happy,” Mulvey said after the match. “We lost. “That’s the only emotion that really matters right now. “People are looking at where the Mariners are right now, bottom of the table, lost, again. “If you dig underneath that, we are on the right track.

“I thought we played some really good stuff today, we took it to Sydney and we took it to Perth last week. “We’re competitive, but still blighted by some mistakes that cost us, and today, we lost to a penalty and a 25-yard bomb. “The first thing we need to do is make sure we don’t lose the belief, which we haven’t done. “I think we’ve had one poor game this season and that was Adelaide at home. “We were into it up to our ears at Perth last week. “We were into it today, with one of the best teams in the competition. “We’re not far away, we must not lose belief, and we need to get a little more quality, particularly in decision making, that’s the key. “That’s the difference between the top and the bottom, decision making. “I would say we had a winning gallop in training, we were fantastic in training. “We brought most of that to the game today, just those lapses in concentration, when we were on our heels for the penalty, and were standing off O’Neill before he unloaded.

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“Matty Millar, we’ve been waiting for him to turn the corner and he has done. “He did very well last week and caused problems in the first half. “That system we have gone into now seems to be complementary to the players we have,” Mulvey said. The Mariners play away to the Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday, December 7, and will have Cisse back from his one-week suspension. Mulvey said he did not expect, Tommy Oar, to be match-fit for the Wanderers game and said young, Jonathan Aspropotamitis, who is recovering from an ACL injury, may be ready for a Youth League game. “He has done a lot of training, he’s not far off,” Mulvey said. “I like Jonathan, but my experience of ACL injuries is that it takes another few months after their return to get to the level of performance that I’m happy with,” he said. “Jonathan is a young lad, he’s ahead of schedule, and we want him back.” Source: Media release, Dec 1 Tyson Scott, Central Coast Mariners


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Riley is the Men’s World Surf Ski champion

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voca Kayak Club’s, Riley Fitzsimmons, has taken out the Men’s World Surf Ski Titles, in the World InterClub Open Ocean Event, at the 2018 Lifesaving World Championships, in Glenelg, Adelaide. Fitzsimmons, and a large number of other Australian Paddle Team athletes, started their surf sport careers in surf lifesaving, and the now sprint kayakers enjoyed a hit-out in the ocean before starting their 2018/19 Olympic kayak season, at the Grand Prix 1, at West Lakes, Adelaide in December. Fitzsimmons took out the Title against a strong field of international competitors, despite very little preparation.

“These days, the kayaks are the priority,” Fitzsimmons said. “I got down to Adelaide a few days before racing, so I was doing a few sessions in the ski to get used to it again. “I definitely thought I had a good shot at being in the top five or so, but the field was so strong and it was pretty hard even in the heats and semifinals. “I am super happy with how the race went. “I had a plan going into it, and everyone knew that with the conditions, whoever was first to the cans was going to be very hard to beat on the way in,” Fitzsimmons said. “All of us kayakers started out in surf lifesaving, so we always love going and having a race. “It’s also nice to give back to

our surf clubs. “I know I definitely wouldn’t have gone to the Olympics without the help of Avoca Surf Lifesaving Club,” he said. Fitzsimmons has been back in training for the sprint kayak season for the last month, after a short break following the 2018 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships at the end of August, and will join the Olympic sprint action in the new year. “I’ve been back training for about four weeks now and I want to get some solid training down before Christmas, so I’m ready to go for the first few races in the New Year,” he said. Source: Media release, Dec 3 Paddle Australia

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Pitch invasion raises questions about security at Central Coast Stadium

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pitch invasion which interrupted the Central Coast Mariners home game against Sydney FC on December 1, has raised questions about security at Central Coast Stadium. Stadium Patrons are wondering how the man, who was on crutches and wearing a moonboot, was able to bypass security and interrupt the game. What started as a comical incident with the man brandishing his crutches and hyping up the crowd from the six yard box during the final 20 minutes of play, quickly turned ugly, with the man attacking security guards with his crutches, threatening to punch them and allegedly head butting one security guard after they attempted to escort him off the pitch. The incident has raised safety concerns about the

Pitch invader at Central Coast Stadium

Stadium and the effectiveness of security at the venue. Game commentators even got involved, labelling the incident “some pretty slack stewarding” and asked the question punters were dying to know, “How is a man on crutches in a moonboot able to get from the stands over the advertising wall and onto the pitch?” The Mariners are billed around $5,000 per home game by Central Coast Council, which owns the stadium, for security. In a media statement, Council said stadium staff are reviewing the incident and that safety of patrons was paramount to Council. “Staff are reviewing CCTV footage of the incident and will continue to work with all stakeholders on this matter,” the statement reads. No charges have been laid against the man thus far, but the man could face a $5,000 fine and a lengthy ban from all

A-League games, pending a police investigation, which is currently underway, according to Mariners CEO, Shaun Mielekamp. “An incident like this wields a lengthy ban from all A-League matches and also a ban from all events at Central Coast Stadium. “It is unacceptable behaviour from any member of the public,” Mielekamp said. He went on to say that incidents such as this were not common occurrences at Mariners’ home games, and that the Mariners would be working closely with Central Coast Council and the police to see how the security contractor’s measures can be improved. Source: Video, Dec 1 Fox Sports Media statement, Dec 3 Central Coast Council Media statement, Dec 3 Shaun Mielekamp, Central Coast Mariners


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