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New push for restoration of Empire Bay Marina

Celebrating Remembrance Day across the Coast

Thousands of Central Coast residents are expected to observe a minute’s silence at 11 am on Friday, November 11, with services to take place all over the region in honour of Remembrance Day.

Doyalson-Wyee RSL subbranch Vice-President, Bob Dokter, said Remembrance Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is one of the most important days on the commemorative calendar.

“It’s a day when we acknowledge those who died while serving in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations,” he said.

“Remembrance Day is held on November 11 each year; the anniversary of the Armistice that ended fighting with Germany in World War I.

“People in Australia, and many other countries, observe one minute’s silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month because that’s when the Armistice came into effect.

“It’s a time to honour our service personnel who died in service of Australia.”

The Doyalson-Wyee RSL Sub Branch will hold a Remembrance Day Commemorative Service commencing at 10.50am on November 11 at the DoyalsonWyee RSL Club (Doylo).

Other services around the region to be held on November include: Toukley cenotaph at 10.45 am (also commemorating all who have served in Afghanistan and Iraq); The Entrance cenotaph at 11 am;

Ourimbah-Lisarow Bowling Club at 10.30 am; the carpark at Club Wyong at 10.30 am for 10.45; and the Memorial Wall adjacent to The Davo at 10.55 am.

On the Peninsula, there will be

services at the Vietnam Veterans’ memorial at Ettalong and at the Woy Woy cenotaph, both at 11 am.

The Navy Veterans’ Welfare Association of NSW will conduct a service on the lawn area adjacent to the Copacabana Surf Life Saving Club commencing at 10:30.

“It is my hope that as a community we can come together to reflect and remember those who have served in our defence forces and those who did not return,” spokesperson Roque Hammal said.

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A new association has been formed to push for the preservation of the Empire Bay Marina, following a public meeting held on site on November 5 which attracted more than 200 concerned residents.
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Woolworths Erina, Gosford and Lisarow and OzHarvest are partnering with Central Coast charities to help provide meals for those in need as Christmas approaches.
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Harlisha Newie-Joe of Point Frederick has won the First Nations Award for her film Roots in the SF3 (SmartFone Flick Fest) Online festival for films made on smartphones.
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More than 200 people attended Saturday’s meeting
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A previous Remembrance Day service at The Entrance

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80th birthday bash raises $4,600 for Guide Dogs

Pearl Beach resident Beverley Lapacek celebrated her 80th Birthday recently with friends, family and community members at the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall.

A large crowd of over 100 filled the hall to enjoy a massive afternoon tea prepared and hosted by her many friends, which doubled as a fundraiser for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

They enjoyed a film reminiscing Lapacek’s life in song and family memories of her amazing life in community services and fundraising activities.

Lapacek has been involved in a number of Pearl Beach community groups, including managing the Pearl Beach walking group, The Plodders, for many years.

She has also been a keen member of the Craft Group, enjoys laying Mahjong, walks dogs for locals who are on holidays and is a member of the Pearl Beach Singers.

The Birthday Bash was a fundraising party for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Central Coast Community Group.

The group held a merchandise sale, managed by Central Coast

“I marvel at our community, and don’t think any ‘village’ does it as well as we do,”
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Source: Media release, Nov 9 Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Beverley Lapacek with Guide Dogs client Angela Allen
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New push for restoration of Empire Bay Marina

A new association has been formed to push for the preservation of the Empire Bay Marina, following a public meeting held on site on November 5 which attracted more than 200 concerned residents.

More than 12 months after a report conducted by the NSW government found that the marina building and jetties are unsafe and have major structural defects no decision has yet been made on whether or not the boatshed can be restored or needs to be demolished.

Errol Baker, who has been agitating for retention of the marina for some years, said there had been quite a bit of “stonewalling” from the Government on future actions since the report came out in August last year.

“We took a vote at the meeting on Saturday and all but two of those present were in favour of saving the boatshed,” he said.

“We needed $187 to start up an association.

“We raised that and more on the day and lodged our association application on November 7.”

The new Empire Bay Heritage Boat Shed Association will start out with a membership of 196. The meeting was attended and

supported by Member for Robertson, Gordon Reid, and Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, who was unable to attend the public meeting due to a prior engagement, is expected to meet on November 28 with Association and Crown Lands representatives.

Tesch gave an impassioned speech in Parliament on November 8 calling on Crouch to work with Crown Lands and the community to save the “gorgeous heritage boatshed”, which she said was the third building to be built in Empire Bay.

She said while there was a lot of work needed to bring the boatshed “up to scratch”, it was a symbol of the boat building industry on Central Coast and there was a lot of community momentum to save it.

She said a representative from the Maritime Museum had reinforced the importance of the boatshed on the day.

“What has to be paramount is the safety of the community,” he said.

“I look forward to working with new Association and Crown Lands (on the future of the boatshed).”

Baker said the people of Empire Bay had “spoken with their feet” in attending the meeting.

“The Government hasn’t spent a cent on the marina in three years and our aim is to put pressure on them to do some maintenance,” he said.


Meanwhile, the group has started work on a financial plan, giving multiple options to ensure the ongoing viability of the boatshed, with the revenue stream to be based solely upon revenues from wharf berths.

“Wehavegatheredcomparative berth costings and also comparative outgoings from a similar local venture,” the group’s Facebook page says.

“So far, the financials look very encouraging and there are

Fleet to compliment the boatshed, with berths set aside for Central Coast Ferries and a few full paying berths.”

The group cites Davistown’s Putt Putt Wharf, which is run under a co-operative model and is totally self-sustaining and very successful.

Davistown Progress Association President, Jenny McCulla, said that along with Davistown and Daleys Point, Empire Bay has strong historical connections to the boat building industry on Brisbane Water.

“Built circa 1920 the Boat Shed has fallen into disrepair under the management and custodianship of NSW Crown Lands and currently requires restoration, as well as site remediation to address contamination in some areas of the lease,” she said.

McCulla said the boatshed is listed under the Gosford LEP on the State Heritage Register and described as an important heritage component of the waterfront precinct.

More than 700 signatures have been collected on a petition to Save the Boat Shed.

“Partridge Heritage Structural Engineers have provided a structural review and recommendation report that strongly recommends the structure be restored and have provided a methodology to stabilise the structure long term that they feel is an economical approach to its retention,” McCulla said.

A spokesperson for Crown Lands said the future of the former marina structures is still under review.

“The Environment Protection Authority has declared the site significantly contaminated, and SafeWork NSW has issued a notice for the underground fuel tanks and associated equipment toberemoved,”thespokesperson said.

“Crown Lands has engaged a consultant to advise on how best to safely remove the fuel tanks and equipment and clean up

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More than 200 people attended Saturday’s meeting

Region’s estuarine waterways are in good shape

The region’s estuarine waterways are in good shape despite torrential rains and flooding over the past two years, with Council’s 2020-21 Central Coast Waterways Report Card revealing that 75 per cent of the sites scored ranking as either good or excellent – an improvement on 50 per cent from just two years ago.

The fourth combined report card for waterways in the region gives each waterway a score from A (excellent) to F (very poor) and is used to track long-term trends in water quality and ecological health and identify where the need to focus management actions lies.

Just five waterways slipped in ranking.

Lake Munmorah went from good to fair, as did Wyong River.

Woy Woy Bay, Cockle Bay and Booker Bay all went from excellent to good.

On the brighter side, several upgrades in score were recorded region-wide.

Lake Haven went from fair to excellent, as did Canton Beach.

The Entrance went from good to excellent and Tumbi Creek, Narara Creek and Erina Creek went from fair to good.

The best result was recorded at Avoca Lagoon, which went from very poor to good.

Council says the results are incredibly encouraging, given that whatever enters our creeks, rivers, groundwater or stormwater ends up impacting

on water quality in our lakes.

Of the testing sites, 82 per cent remained stable or improved from last year, with small actions such as picking up dog poo and lawn clippings contributing to large scale positive impacts.

The 2020-21 Waterways Report Card includes Southern Lake Macquarie, Tuggerah Lakes, Brisbane Water, the

Gosford public wharf to close for repairs

Essential maintenance works to Gosford public wharf will commence in early December, to ensure it remains fit for purpose and safe for users who temporarily moor their vessels at the wharf and the general public.

Due to these maintenance

works the wharf will be temporarily closed from Monday, December 5, to both public access and the mooring of vessels.

Notice has been provided to those currently mooring at the wharf.

Access to the commercial wharf for use of the pump-out

facility will be unaffected.

On-site signage advises the public of the temporary closure.

Further notification will advise the community once the works are completed and the wharf re-opened to the public.

Lower Hawkesbury River and the coastal lagoons – providing a clear picture of the entire waterways network.

Overall, of the 36 sites sampled, 25 per cent were rated excellent, 50 per cent good and 25 per cent fair, with no waterways rated poor or very poor.

Water quality and ecological health in the three southern

bays of Lake Macquarie remained excellent for the fourth consecutive year and Tuggerah Lakes scored four excellent rankings for the first time ever.

Water quality throughout Brisbane Water was graded good with the exception of Kincumber Broadwater which received a fair grade.

Cockrone, Terrigal and

Wamberal Lagoons all remained consistent with last year, ranging from excellent at Cockrone to fair at Terrigal and Wamberal.

All sites on the Hawkesbury River remained consistent with last year, ranging from excellent at Patonga Creek to fair at Mooney Mooney Creek.

Data presented was collected throughout 2020-21, with turbidity (water clarity), chlorophyll (levels of microalgae and nutrients) and seagrass depth range (water clarity over longer time periods) measured.

The report also outlines how our waterways support an incredible diversity of life –from osprey and sea eagles to while spoonbills and stilts.

Migratory birds travel to the area from Asia and North America to visit, rest and feed.

Small-mouth hardyhead, sea mullet and flathead gudgeon graze amongst estuary plants, tolerating the extremes of fresh and salt water.

Source: Media release, Nov 9, 2022, Central Coast Council Gosford public wharf will be closed for repairs from December 5 Primary source: Central Coast Council website and 2020-21 Central Coast Waterways Report Card
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Avoca Lagoon went from very poor to good

Preparing the region for natural disasters

Central Coast Council is partnering with the Australian Resilience Corps (The Corps) and Disaster Relief Australia to support on ground disaster resilience action across the region.

The Corps is a national volunteer network established by Minderoo Foundation and NRMA Insurance, working to grow Australia’s largest resource of disaster resilience volunteers to help communities prepare for fires and floods before they occur.

This week, The Corps deployed volunteers across the country to help communities prepare for fires and floods, following a year of successive extreme weather events.

The Central Coast Council is partnering in the initiative with three Central Coast sites being targeted for the on-ground work being undertaken by over 100 volunteers at Shelly and Killcare beaches and Kincumba Mountain.

Central Coast Council Director Environment and Planning, Alice Howe, said the initiative highlights the importance of preparing for natural disasters ahead of time and extends Council’s volunteering program, which provides opportunities for residents to become involved in bush regeneration, habitat restoration and enhancing the

resilience of the natural environment.

“The 100 volunteers from The Corps are giving their time over a three-day period this week, working under supervision of trained Disaster Relief Australia personnel, to assist our community to build resilience for future fire and floods,” she said.

“The initiative helps add value to the significant ongoing contributions of the 600+ volunteers already actively participating in Council’s Environmental Volunteering Program.

“During their time on the ground at Shelly and Killcare beaches, the volunteers from The Corps have been removing weeds and litter from coastal dunes, to better stabilise and enhance natural dune systems and the biodiversity that they support.

“As with other parts of our community, which have been placed under pressure from various disaster impacts, our dune systems have been placed under significant pressure from coastal erosion.”

Howe said volunteers undertook maintenance of fire

trails, including removal of accumulated sediment, minor reshaping of drainage lines and pruning of encroaching vegetation, as well as removing weeds from areas of native vegetation at Kincumba Mountain.

“Kincumba Mountain is a very important asset during natural disasters as it houses a telecommunications tower, which is a vital asset for broadcasting during emergencies,” she said.

“It is also rich in biodiversity and Aboriginal heritage sites, which also need to be protected

Try and Fly

On Saturday, 29th October, the Central Coast AeroClub held a very successful “Try n Fly’ day from 7.30 in the morning, the last passengers landing back around 4pm.

Attending the event were over 40 participants together with friends and relatives to watch them take to the skies for around 20 minutes.

The day featured scenic

flights which with the clear blue skies provided a breathtaking view of the Central Coast and for some more adventurous souls the rare chance to take the controls of a light aircraft, all under the close supervision of the AeroClub’s flight Instructors, Andrew Smith (the AeroClub’s CEO and Senior Flight Instructor )

Ben, Chris, Jack and Lucy made up the rest of the highly

experienced team.

Some lucky fliers were able to take their flight in the Club’s recently acquired Cessna 150 Commuter (shown above).

The aircraft joined the fleet after being flown to the Central Coast from Perth by Flight Instructor Lucy, a journey of five days with around 20 hours flying time.

It is a beautiful aircraft with significantly more power than the other Cessna’s in the

AeroClub’s fleet.

It is an easy aircraft to spot when taking off as it has a climb rate three times greater than the other Club aircraft.

During opening times 7.30 to 4pm daily the public are always welcome to watch the aircraft movements from the forecourt, next to the clubhouse which looks out towards the runway.”

from the threats of natural disasters.”

Australian Resilience Corps Project Lead, Nadine De Santis, said volunteers play a pivotal role in helping their communities adapt to and prepare for a changing climate and the natural threats that come with it.

“If we can lift the resilience of communities across the country, we can reduce the risk of devastation from another Black Summer Fire or East Coast flooding event,” she said.

“We can’t do this without the help of volunteers.”

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said Council was pleased to be a partner in the important initiative.

“Extreme weather events are happening more frequently and with greater severity,’ he said.

“This has been very evident here on the Central Coast, with devastating results for many in the community.

“We are in total agreement with Disaster Relief Australia and the Australian Resilience Corps that this is the time to focus on resilience to enable communities to break out of the cycle of response and recovery.

“We need to change the culture in our country and make year on year preparation the norm.”

To find out what you can do to Get Ready for natural disasters go to Central Coast Council’s Disaster Dashboard: www. emergency.centralcoast.nsw.

To learn more about environmental volunteering on the Central Coast visit https:// au/ or email environmentalvolunteering@

Source: Media release, Nov 9 Central Coast Council Bush regeneration and habitat restoration is part of the plan Email, Oct 31 Allan Cooper, BlueHaven

Coasties urged to double down on recycling efforts

The Central Coast community is being urged to double down on its recycling efforts this week to mark National Recycling Week.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said the theme this year is Waste isn’t Waste until it’s Wasted.

“This is an important week because it helps remind us about how we can each waste less and recycle more in our daily lives,” Crouch said.

“For example, if you’re not already turning trash into treasure through our Return and Earn scheme, I encourage you to start collecting your bottles and taking them into a local drop off point to get your refund and give those containers a new life.

“Since 2017, more than eight billion containers have been returned, delivering $800M in refunds to the people of NSW, more than $35M in donations to community groups and charities, and helping us reduce drink container litter by

a massive 52 per cent.

“If you have waste that you don’t know what to do with –like batteries, chemicals or paint –get in touch with the Jilliby Community Recycling Centre, where they’ll take it off your hands for free and recycle it correctly.”

With National Recycling Week being held during the second week of November every year, the NSW Government has revealed it is increasing the state’s recycling capacity by 3.2 million tonnes, which is equivalent to a staggering 120-thousand semi-trailers stretched end-to-end from

Sydney to Cairns.

Minister for Environment James Griffin said the data from the latest report card on the Waste Less Recycle More program details the success of more than 3,000 NSW Government-supported projects in the waste and

resource recovery sector.

“The $802.7M Waste Less Recycle More program is the largest waste and recycling program in Australia, and it has achieved fantastic results since we rolled it out 10 years ago,” Griffin said.

“This NSW Government program is helping us divert an enormous amount of waste from landfill and driving down greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’ve funded infrastructure to increase recycling capacity by 3.2 million tonnes, delivered a 43 per cent reduction in litter, reduced illegal dumping, and managed problem waste like chemicals and batteries better.

“We’ve supported almost 40,000 businesses reduce their waste fees through the BinTrim program, built new roads and footpaths with 11,600 tonnes of recycled glass, and built or expanded 41 composting facilities to increase capacity by 763,00 thousand tonnes.

“For people in need across NSW, the program has supported delivery of 21 million

meals through food donation programs, saving unsold fresh food from the bin, and reducing emissions at the same time.”

Waste Less Recycle More ran from 2012 until 2022 and the Government’s new $356M Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy is tackling plastic waste, boosting infrastructure investment, lowering carbon emissions, and protecting the community from waste pollution.

Grant funding opportunities under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy are available on the EPA Grants Calendar: https://www.epa. grants.

To find out more about your nearest Community Recycling Centre, visit https://www.epa. recycling-and-reuse/ household-recyclingoverview/communityrecycling-centres.

New tree and plaque at Woy Woy honour late Queen

A plaque at the site of a newly planted gum tree recognising Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee was unveiled recently by Member for Robertson, Gordon Reid, and community members at Woy Woy Waterfront.

Members from Peninsula Environment Group (PEG) and Grow Urban Shade Trees (GUST) were involved with securing grant funding through the Federal Government’s Planting Trees for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Program, through which the project was granted $8,380.

Reid congratulated group members for their efforts undertaking the project.

“This was my first plaque

unveiling since I was elected Member for Robertson and it was a privilege to do so in the year that Queen Elizabeth II, passed,” he said.

“The tree and plaque look excellent gracing the foreshore of Woy Woy Waterfront and will bring much benefit to the community, who come to play, exercise, or simply enjoy a walk along the foreshore.”

GUST Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Project spokesperson, Lesley Harvey, said the new Angophora Costata or Sydney Red Gum was funded by the Government to acknowledge the 70 years of service to Australia of the late Queen.

“It is a long-lived tree to add shade and amenity for the residents of the Peninsula for many years to come,” she said.

“Peninsula residents would be familiar with GUST’s verge trees planted in boxes.

“Now on the beautiful Woy Woy foreshore, here is the Queen’s tree in a sandstone box.”

Harvey encouraged all residents to come by and enjoy the tree adjacent to the Woy Woy War Memorial on Brick Wharf Rd.

“GUST thanks Central Coast Council for helping bring this project to life and Dr Reid and Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, for being a part of the plaque unveiling ceremony,” she said.

Source: Media release, Nov 8, 2022, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch
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Woolies and OzHarvest helping feed those in need

and the ACT receive assistance from food relief organisations in a typical month.

The ambitious goal of $3.5M has been set for the OzHarvest Christmas Appeal, with Woolworths customers able to support vulnerable Australians by simply rounding up their supermarket shop to the nearest dollar while in store, or by adding a 50 cent token to their basket between now and December 25.

This year’s OzHarvest Christmas Appeal comes as recent reports shows that 337,000 households in NSW

OzHarvest delivers fresh and nutritious food to more than 1,800 charities which help feed people who are affected by food insecurity. 61% of the charities that receive OzHarvest food have seen an increase in demand in the last six months.

Woolworths Supermarkets Head of Community and Sponsorships, Sarah De La Mare, said many many Australians will do it tough this festive season after what has been another challenging year.

“We are committed to helping feed those in the Gosford district who are in need through our long term partnership with OzHarvest,” she said.

“Together we’ve been providing food relief to local Aussie communities for more than 10 years.

“Thanks to our annual financial commitment, donation of surplus food from stores and the generous support of our customers, OzHarvest has been able to deliver millions of meals to vulnerable Australians.

“This Christmas, a little change will go a long way as together we aim to help provide the equivalent of seven million meals to local communities in need across the country.”

OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said supported charities say over a third of their clients are seeking food relief for the first time, with

families with children the hardest hit.

“The incredible level of generosity that comes from Erina, Gosford and Lisarow and their customers allows OzHarvest to go that extra mile, delivering more food to those who need it most,” Kahn said.

“Our impact goes way beyond the meals we deliver, offering comfort and hope, especially at this tough time of year.”

For more information on how to support the OzHarvest Christmas Appeal, please visit shop/discover/community/ ozharvest.

tree planting at Springfield

Springfield Residents Association will hold a special tree-planting ceremony at Bushlands Reserve on Sunday, November 20.

The small community group has had a long- term involvement with Bushlands Reserve at Springfield and was the instigator of the park which

was created more than 20 years ago.

Over the years, much-needed essentials have been added to the park thanks to community grants and working in partnership with Central Coast Council.

The Association has now received a grant from the Planting Trees for the Queen’s

Jubilee Program and the November 20 event will honour the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and commemorate her passing.

Plant a Tree For The Queen’s Jubilee will be held at 10am, with two clumps of three trees each to be planted.

A sausage sizzle and cold drinks will be available, along

with children’s activities and music.

This project will be jointly funded by Springfield Residents Association and the Australian Government’s Planting Trees for the Queens Jubilee Program.

Source: Media release, Nov 8 Springfield Residents Association

Erina, Gosford and Lisarow and OzHarvest are partnering with Central Coast charities to help provide meals for those in need as Christmas approaches.
Source: Media release, Nov 10 Woolworths
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The site at Bushlands Reserve where the trees will be planted

Six Cities plan “concerning and unsustainable”: CEN

The Community Environment Network (CEN) has labelled the NSW Government’s Six Cities Region strategy “concerning and unsustainable”, in responding to the Discussion Paper now on public exhibition.

CEN undertook a review of the Greater Cities Commission Act 2022 (GCCA) and the Environmental Protection and Assessment Act 1979 (EPAA) to understand the context of how the Paper was to be implemented.

“It appears the NSW Government is using the Greater Cities Commission to shift more costs to local councils and ratepayers at the same time as it is shifting decision-making away from those same councils and

ratepayers,” CEN Chair Gary Chestnut said.

“The strategy to house an additional two million people between the Illawarra and the Hunter appears to have involved the NSW Government sidelining its own core environmental planning and assessment law to centralise control over planning

decisions including land use and development.”

Chestnut said local authorities will be required to have regard to any report prepared by the Greater Cities Commission in preparing their own regional plans.

“CEN believes this gives the GCC power that is too broad,” he said.

“There is no check or balance that any report prepared by the Commission has been subject to any public consultation.

“CEN strongly supports that all planning decisions need community input – without community input, planning decisions could be highjacked by vested interests.

“This strategy places an additional burden on local ratepayers with no real State Government oversight.”

Chestnut said a provision that local councils should provide the Commission with staff and facilities, or other assistance, as may be required was an “open cheque” with no limit or definition of purpose for such requests.

“In its current form the GCCA fails to recognise the EPAA, stating “the implementation of strategic plans made under the Planning Act, Division 3.1 for the Six Cities Region.

“The State Government has not enacted a Planning Act.

“Rather, the current planning legislation is contained in the EPAA.

“We do not understand why the reference is not to the EPAA, but we believe it needs to be amended.

“Fundamental to

government operations is that planning should not be considered in isolation –planning needs to take into consideration not only the built and natural environment but it needs to be assessed as to whether a plan is sustainable.”

Chestnut said he was concerned by low levels of community consultation.

“Out of a population of 6,000,000 only 2,804 have completed the online survey,” he said.

“This means that only 0.04 per cent of the population within the region has provided a response to the Commission.

“CEN notes that the (Discussion Paper) is titled Delivering global competitiveness and local liveability’.

“To achieve this aim the

discussion paper presents six visions identifying: First Nation; Connections; Housing; Infrastructure; Jobs & Economics; and Climate.

“The SCRDP has omitted an essential priority –understanding and looking at the multiple impacts upon our environment.

“The Commission needs to identify and map the natural characteristics across the six regions and their connectivity.

“Unless we understand how the natural environment functions across the region, any plan will fail.”

Six Cities Discussion Paper has its drawbacks: Davy

Pearl Beach political activist Dr Van Davy has submitted a comprehensive and detailed response to the Six Cities Discussion Paper, concluding that the Greater Cities Commission is obliterating local government democracy in all important matters.

Davy pulls no punches, claiming the Commission is “replacing a system of locally elected governments and their locally-determined plans of integrated social, economic, environmental and equity policies, strategies, and actions with a distant, Sydney-

appointed bureau”.

“The reasonable objective of Shoalhaven-to-Hunter integrated planning can best be achieved with a small, supportive, intellect-driven Commission with strong links to multi-disciplinary, intellectual centres and with a brief to support local government in its endeavours to pursue many of the excellent ideas contained in your Discussion Paper,” the submission says.

But Davy says despite three or four important omissions, the contents of much of the Paper’s six “region shapers”

are positive picking up on many policy matters advocated by progressive community commentators and political activists for many years.

He praises the Paper’s inclusion of a Voice for First Nations people and acknowledgement of the existence of Guringai peoples and the urgent need for top quality connectivity digitally, freight and fast train; pepper and salt housing and highinterest public amenity close to homes and work.

“In respect of economic and green shapers, I believe there to be some more conceptual

work to be done,” he says.

The submission says there is a need to encourage only industries that are benign, or regenerative, of the Central Coast environment … a policy against which all other economic/industry initiatives should be measured.

Davy says there is a need for more than research, photos, reviews and counts of koalas and habitat, with a need for a practical effort to save species from extinction – a mega sanctuary of national parks surrounding the Sydney basin.

He says choosing to obliterate local democracies is not a good


“Strengthening and supporting local democracies is the way to go.”

Davy contends the Greater Cities Commission is not independent, with all six City Commissioners appointed by the Government.

Any Government appointment is likely to involve political influences rather that demonstrated community concern, competence or relevant experience, he says.

He also asks when Council and Government policies differ, which will be implemented?

He says a one-month

consultation period was inadequate, with many items in the Paper having been met with silence, or derision, over the years.

The Central Coast Council is best placed to lead discussions on implementing the Paper’s vision because it has a relationship with the fuller community, he says.

“It is a fouled relationship right now but the best way to earn trust and respect is to build layers of communityoriented policies.”

The fish cleaning station adjacent to the Davistown boat ramp is set to be enhanced with a shelter with solar sensor lighting, thanks to a $9,492 grant from the NSW Government’s

Recreational Fishing Trust to the Three Villages Community Group.

Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch MP said the annual grants program puts fishers’ licence fees to work by

reinvesting them into projects that will benefit the area.

“The great thing about this program is that it draws directly on the knowledge and experience of our passionate fishing community to identify

opportunities that will make a real difference locally,” he said.

“Fishing is one of our favourite pastimes across the region, so it’s wonderful that we can make this experience even better for everyone to enjoy.”

Minister for Agriculture, Dugald Saunders, said 43 new projects will be delivered under the program.

“More than one million anglers across our state take to our waterways each year and these projects will improve the health and vitality of our local fisheries,” Saunders said.

“The recreational fishing sector contributes more than $3.4B to the NSW economy, while increasing tourism and business opportunities and accounting for more than 14,000 full-time jobs.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the industry, through these grants

programs, which will provide a welcome boost through improved infrastructure.”

The next round of Recreational Fishing Trust grants will be advertised in early 2023 and anglers and community groups are encouraged to start thinking of ideas for projects that could improve fishing in their


For more information on Recreational Fishing Trust Grants and other grant programs go to www.dpi.nsw.

Source: Media release, Nov 10 Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch Source: Media release, Nov 7 Community Environment Network CEN Chair Gary Chestnut
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Fire reduces Charmhaven home to rubble

A Charmhaven house has been totally destroyed despite the efforts of about 30 firefighters who battled the blaze which engulfed the two-storey property.

A spokesperson for NSW Fire & Rescue said their crews and Rural Fire Service firefighters were called to the house in Panorama Ave at about 11pm on Saturday, November 5.

“The house was well alight

and starting to collapse,” she said.

A car and caravan were also destroyed in the fire.

The fire didn’t spread to neighbouring properties, however, people were evacuated until it was completely extinguished by fire crews.

Four people from the house escaped relatively unhurt although one was taken by ambulance to Wyong Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and other medical

Invitation to Coffee With a Cop

There’s an open invitation to the community to come and have a conversation with the local police officers over a free coffee.

The Coffee With a Cop morning is a chance to get to know the police officers in your neighbourhood – no agenda or speeches, just an opportunity to ask questions or voice your concerns.

The event will be held at Euro Bean Café at 119 The Entrance Rd, The Entrance on Monday, November 21 from 8.30am to 10am.

There are similar events planned for early 2023 to be held in the Wyong and Toukley areas.

Appeal for information about fire

Police are investigating a fire at Railway St, Woy Woy on Friday, November 4.

They are appealing for anyone who has dashcam footage from Railway St, Hillview St, Dunban Rd, Pratley St or Macarthur Pde on Friday, November 4 between 5pm and 6pm to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about these incidents should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page:

Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Drug bust at Chittaway Bay

A 49-year-old woman has been charged with a number of drug-related offences after Police executed a search warrant in relation to a drug investigation.

Police allege they seized a number of drugs at the Chittaway Bay residence

including methylamphetamine, cannabis and LSD.

Two arrests after The Entrance home invasion

Police were called to the house at about 11.15am on Friday, October 21.

Police will allege a 23-year-

old female and a 29-year-old male forced their way into the house, assaulted the male occupant and stole a sum of cash.

The female was arrested by detectives and Tuggerah Lakes Police a short time later in the

nearby vicinity and she was taken to Wyong Police Station to be charged with aggravated break, enter and steal.

The 29-year-old male was located and arrested on Thursday, November 3.

Westpac helicopter to the rescue

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Critical Care Medical Team were called to the Central Coast twice over the past week to take seriously injured patients to John Hunter Hospital.

A man fell from a height at a Lake Haven residence and sustained serious injuries.

Local Paramedics commenced treatment on the patient before being joined by the Westpac Helicopter team and then flown to hospital.

In another incident a woman

was dragged underneath a trailer at Wyong and suffered asphalt burns, pelvic and leg injuries.

She was stabilised by Paramedics on the ground before being airlifted to John Hunter Hospital for further treatment.

Source: Tuggerah Lakes Police
A man and woman have been arrested by Tuggerah Lakes Police following an alleged home invasion at The Entrance. Source: Tuggerah Lakes Police conditions. Sue Murray The burnt-out house at Charmhaven Source: Tuggerah Lakes Police Source: Brisbane Water Police Photo: NBN News

Urgent call to oppose Toukley boarding house

I am writing to alert all residents of the Toukley area that another amendment has been lodged with Council for the Development Application (DA) 222/ 2021 for the change of use from a nursing home to a Boarding house for up to 90 boarders, mostly men.

This DA amendment is the 6th attempt to have the old nursing home at 51 Peel St turned into a very large


boarding house which would be considered one of the largest in NSW.

A boarding house of this size belongs in a high-density area of a large city which would be able to provide appropriate public transport and other services for a large number of boarders.

Its scale is entirely inappropriate in the Toukley area.

Most, if not all, of the social and other services that would be needed by the boarders, simply do not exist in Toukley where currently locals have difficulty obtaining medical and other services support.

While the developer has made changes in the amendment to improve certain living conditions within the building, by adding ensuites to all rooms and cooking facilities to most rooms, the developer has done nothing to improve

Gappy teeth in an open mouth

To me, the Gosford waterfront is almost irredeemable.

I visit this area regularly as I enjoy riding along the wonderful bike paths which take the cyclist by the scenic and peaceful Brisbane Waters.

However, when looking at the existing swimming centre from the waterside at Gosford my heart sinks; it is nothing short of hideous – great, ugly, blank cream painted walls face the water and the shared path which runs between it and the water and there are all sorts of pumps and other


industrial equipment attached to the outside of the concrete walls on the waterfront.

It needs lovely glass walls so that swimmers don’t feel like prisoners.

In “Coast Connect”, 4 November, I see a picture of proposed plans for the waterfront which include many non-descript white painted buildings which steal land from the water itself and look like unfortunate gappy teeth in an open mouth.

There is nothing remotely

compatible with that precious environment.

If we need more buildings, Council and the state government need to make developers pay current market prices for land and leave the waterfront area uncluttered and the shoreline itself welcoming with shady trees and gardens for everyone to freely enjoy and the actual water left untouched.

Bits have been nibbled away in the past and It is way past time to say “no more”.

Email, Nov 7 Lance Dover

internal communal space which remains at 46sqm on each of the levels one and two and only 19sqm on the ground for the total of 90 occupants.

Parking facilities remain unchanged at only 32 car parks allocated on site for the 90-plus residents. The developer has stated in the DA amendment that boarders will be encouraged to park at nearby Osbourne Park or Toukley Lookout on Peel St which faces the lake.

These areas are currently

used by Marine Rescue, The Dragon Boat Club, boat racing clubs, boat ramp users, young families, retirees, etc, on a regular basis.

The obvious question would be: Where do we, the community, park our cars when using this public amenity?

I urge readers who are concerned about the proposed development to write a submission to Council, objecting to the issues that most concern them.

Further information can be obtained by joining the Facebook Group “Concerned Residents of Proposal for Boarding Toukley” where a number of points of objection can be taken to assist in the articulation objections to Council.

The closing date for submissions is Friday 18th November 2022.

Vale Pat Harrison


Patricia was a long serving member of the local community, a champion for women’s right, the first female Mayor of Gosford and a long serving medical practitioner.

Pat started her vocation as a doctor of medicine, qualifying at the University of London in 1959 and after her graduation she spent two years with the British Army in Libya as medical doctor to the Army families.

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career and BPW activities, Pat undertook many business and public life commitments.

Waterfront waste

I would like to thank Bruce Hyland and Brad Godfrey for expressing their opinion against the proposed Gosford waterfront waste of ratepayers’ money.

The Council could make improvements to the


waterfront but nothing like there proposal is needed. More seating, picnic facilities and perhaps some artwork on the huge wall behind the pool. They should try and understand this is Central

Coast Council NOT Gosford Council and as such the money needs to be spent equally across the whole area.

Thanks again, and I hope they listen

Email, Nov 7 Phil Morrison

In 1966, with John her husband, also a doctor, and her two older children Pat migrated to New South Wales, Australia Umina Beach and then had a lifetime of working in general practice, specialising in women’s health.

Her family grew to three daughters and one son and now with 8 grandchildren.

Alongside her medical

These included being Chair of a media group that published two local newspapers (The Sun) and specialised publications in the city of Gosford, where she was the elected to the council for 8 years of which she served as Mayor for four years (1983- 1991).

She was also the one the founding board for Central Coast Grammar school.

She was also on the foundation committee for the

Women’s Health Centre formally Gosford now Wyoming (1976).

Pat also chaired a language college in Gosford (Magill Language College) which taught English to overseas students, and she served on the Board of NSW Economic Development Corporation.

In 1992, she was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to local government and women’s affairs and in 2000 became an Honorary Doctorate, University of Newcastle in establishing satellite campus locally

Patricia will be dearly missed by her extended family and her many friends and her family and friends are warmly invited to attend a celebration of Pat’s life at Greenway Chapel Green Point Friday 18th November 2022 commencing at 10am,

Toukley Veteran Center “Diggers

Email, Nov 9 David Paul Isaac Toukley Dr Patricia Lesley Harrison of Ocean Beach Umina died peacefully on October 12 after a short illness aged 86. Email, Nov 9 Mark Harrison
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Young artists applauded

Marcia Hines was a special guest when 21 young Central Coast artists received grants ranging from $500 to $5000 on Sunday, November 6, at the annual Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Awards Day at Wagstaffe Hall.

Chairman of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, Shakespearean actor and theatrical director John Bell, presented awards totalling $57,600 in a ceremony featuring presentations from four grantees and capped by a stirring rendition by Hines of

the song You.

Since its inception in 2011, the Foundation has made 186 grants worth over $375,500.

Award grantee Fletcher Pilon, a singer/songwriter from Wamberal whose aim is to be “a headline act in a big arena concert,” opened on stage with his original and evocative tune Nothing is Here for Long.

Young and already accomplished flautist, Brooklyn resident Kayla Lush, amazed the audience with her unaccompanied Debussy piece for flute, Syrinx.

Promising Umina Beach

writer, actor, and director Max Lindhardt-Ward brought down the house with his comedic monologue between a son and a deceased mother.

Rising Musical Theatre singer and dancer Lily Kennedy-Head, of Avoca Beach, wrapped up grantee performances with a beautiful cover of Quiet by Jonathan Reid Gealt, made famous by Natalie Weiss.

“Every year, I am astonished at the depth of talent among young people from the Central Coast and 2022 is no exception,” Bell said.

“Indeed, the level of artistry displayed seems to be

improving despite the debilitating effects of the pandemic on the arts and artists across Australia and the world.”

The 21 grants cover a wide range of artistic pursuits, including traditional and classical dance, contemporary and classical music, songwriting, theatrical prop making, filmmaking, painting and musical theatre.

Grantees hail from 14 suburbs across the Central Coast.

Following the presentation of grants, Bell interviewed Hines on her more than four-decade career in Australia, beginning in

Fun twist and new artists at Fab Fakes art show

The 2022 Fab Fakes competition and exhibition by Tuggerah Lakes Art Society is an outstanding success with many new and different artists as well as a new section called Fun Fakes.

Art Society President, Rasheeda Flight, said it was an “absolutely stunning exhibition” which will be open daily until November 30 at The Art House in Wyong.

“So many people came to the launch last Friday and it is wonderful that we had a lot of different, new entries from local artists we’ve not seen before,” she said.

“We also introduced a new section this year called Fun Fakes and we’re very pleased with the amount of entries received.”

The artists had to take an old master and make it a fun painting, such as the Mona Lisa with a packet of Macca’s fries

and another one of Whistler’s Mother sitting with a can of VB watching Rabbitohs playing footy on the TV.

“The artists have not just been clever with their art but also clever with the way they have represented the Fun Fakes,” Flight said.

This year’s Fab Fakes winner is Kelly Hackett for her Portrait of an Old Man, runner-up is Jenny Cattonar for Italian Gardens 2 and Corinne Adams was highly commended for St

Bernard Puppies.

First place in the Fun Fakes was Phil Meatchem for You What! and Lee Meatchem was runner-up for Whistler’s Mother and highly commended for Napolean along with a highly commended for Steven Beckett’s The Creation of Adam.

Winners share a prize pool of over $4,000.

April 1970 when, at the age of 16, she debuted in the Australian stage production of“Hair.

Hines offered valuable and inspirational career guidance from her own experience –including career and personal challenges – to the assembled young artists as they begin their careers in the arts.

Born in Boston to Jamaican parents, Hines told the young people she gained her love for music performing in church choirs, where her love of gospel music was also born.

“When I entered the arts, I was asked ‘Why don’t you get

a real job?’,” she said.

“But you have to keep your eye on the prize and practise constantly.

“If you get offered a gig and don’t know if you can do it – say yes and then find someone who can teach you how to do it.”

Hines also donated tickets to her December 22 opening of Velvet Rewired at the Sydney Opera House as the raffle prize.

Grant applications for 2023 will open in March/April of next year.

Terry Collins The grant recipients Marcia Hines in interview with John Bell Sue Murray Guest of honour Klara Kaye with Kelly Hackett, winner for her Portrait of an Old Man

Woy Woy CWA celebrates a special member’s 70th birthday

Woy Woy CWA celebrated the 70th birthday of a very special member recently when around 20 members attended a party for Gail Treweek at Club Umina.

Also attending were Gail’s brother Leon, her sister-in-law Jan, 60 other family members and friends and fellow residents of her share home.

CWA branch president, Jane Bowtell, said Gail’s story is one of survival, love, family and new friendships.

“It started when the facility she now lives in rang our branch four years ago and asked if it was possible for Gail to join and attend with her nurse, Marina,” Bowtell said.

“Gail had spent many years in institutions before moving to a

An extraordinary project featuring eight remarkable pelican sculptures designed by Coast schoolchildren has been unveiled at The Entrance.

Initiated by Central Coast Council, The Project Pelican is a fusion of environmental education and creative art to inspire students and the community to connect with the challenges and solutions involved in protecting and restoring the Tuggerah Lakes estuary.

Developed and delivered by Council’s Estuary Management team, in collaboration with

purpose-built home with other ladies.

“Her entire life she has been

supported and loved by her siblings and extended family; this was so evident at her

birthday party.

“When Gail first came to the CWA she was shy and

overwhelmed by the noise and constant chatter that circulated the hall.

“She was welcomed with open arms, fussed over and made tea.

“After about four months Gail blossomed into a smiling, vibrant member who enthusiastically participated in pickle making as well as choosing baby wool for beanies she helps Marina make on the loom.

“These go to the NSW Ambulance service for the birthing kits they carry on board.”

Bowtell said Gail has a great sense of humour and is not afraid to tell members to be quiet if they are making too much noise.

“This is especially helpful

Pelican sculptures unveiled at The Entrance

estuaries on the Central Coast,” Smith said.

Central Coast Council’s Director Community and Recreation Services, Melanie Smith, said the aim of The Project Pelican was to help students increase their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the Tuggerah Lakes system and what is needed to protect and restore this fragile environment.

“Tuggerah Lakes is one of the most important and iconic

“Its health is important to the Central Coast community who value the estuary as a place to enjoy for recreation, for its scenic qualities and as a habitat for wildlife.

“The Pelican Project was an opportunity to bring the community and Council together to share the challenges of managing a sensitive coastal lake, and to empower and inspire people to help make a change.

“There is always something new to learn and we can all play our part in protecting Tuggerah Lakes now and into the future.”

All high schools within the catchment of Tuggerah Lakes were invited to participate, with eight taking up the opportunity to be involved: Northlakes High School; Wyong High School; Wadalba Community School; Gorokan High School; Mackillop Catholic College; Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College, Tumbi Umbi Campus; Central Coast Steiner School; and Hopetown School.

Over the past three months, Council has been working with Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre on the creative art project.

“The project has involved the participating high schools

working to create an artwork based around a sculpture of a pelican,” Smith said.

“As part of the process students learnt about the Tuggerah Lakes system, the issues that impact on the health of this ecosystem and some of the solutions to those problems.

“Each art student created an A3 paper version of their vision for the pelican sculpture, with eight designs (one from each school) being selected to be made into sculptures.

“The winning designs were bought to life, being created into life-size fibreglass pelican sculptures.”

“The sculptures are quite extraordinary, and the students should be extremely proud of what they have achieved, with the support of their teachers.”

The sculptures have been installed at The Entrance foreshore (near the play area) as part of the Lakes Festival.

Each has been given a name, and an interpretive sign explains the sculpture purpose and what it represents.

during our monthly business meeting; she will often participate in discussions and listens intently,” Bowtell said.

“She has formed such beautiful friendships with us and beams as soon as she enters the hall.

“Everyone says hello; the joy on her face is clear and she loves to chat with everyone.

“She talks about her brother, her nieces and nephews and loves seeing any grand babies or children of members who visit us.

“She is a valued, loved and respected member of our branch who contributes to her community and we are proud to call her our CWA sister.”

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said The Pelican Project was a fantastic example of how the community, in this case schoolchildren on the Coast, can raise awareness of the magnificent Tuggerah Lakes system and the need for us all to be involved in the sustainable management of this environment.

“We hope that this can then lead to greater protection and restoration of this environment through both the actions of and support from our community,” Hart said.

The community is invited to visit the sculptures and submit their People’s Choice for the most outstanding pelican sculpture.

Voting closes on November 30, with the winner to be announced early in December.

To vote visit: https://www. peopleschoice.

Source: Media release, Nov 4 Woy Woy CWA Gail Treweek with her CWA friends Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre, with funding from the Australian Government, the project has involved art students in years 9 and 10 from eight secondary schools. Source: Media release, Nov 4 Central Coast Council
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Wyong High School students with the sculpture of Frederick the pelican

Point Frederick filmmaker takes top award

Harlisha Newie-Joe of Point Frederick has won the First Nations Award for her film Roots in the SF3 (SmartFone Flick Fest) Online festival for films made on smartphones.

The NAISDA Dance Academy student picked up a prize package valued at $7,000 at the awards ceremony on November 5.

“I was very surprised when

my name was called out,” she said.

“In fact, I pretty much froze and gave a very awkward acceptance speech – I was not mentally prepared.”

The film had its beginnings with an assessment unit for Newie-Joe’s studies at NAISDA.

“I had to do a cultural dance assignment in 2020 and the idea came from there,” she said.

“During the COVID-19 lockdown I returned home to Cape York in Queensland when we were all studying online.

“My uncle came to visit while I was there and I took the opportunity to talk to him about the history of the family.

“I had grown up as a Torres Strait Islander but during our conversations, my uncle told me some things about my ancestors and where we came from.

“I hadn’t realised that I also had ancestors from Samoa and Niue – a small island in Polynesia.

“So I made a painting based around that and took the idea through to a dance film for the assessment.”

As Newie-Joe began to do more research and have even more conversations with family members the film started to take shape.

“I hadn’t realised my ancestry

was so varied – it was quite a shock and I was really happy to discover it,” she said.

“I started researching and planning in May.

“It took quite a while because I wanted everything to be correct and respectful as far as the dance and costumes went.

“It was fascinating learning about new cultures and dance.

“I filmed it over three-four weekends at Spoon Bay.”

Newie-Joe consulted experts in Samoan and Niuean dance and featured them in the film. Now hooked on filmmaking, her next project will probably be a more in-depth cultural exploration of her family line or her own story.

Films in the SF3 competition will continue to be available online until Nov at www.sf3.

Terry Collins Harlisha Newie-Joe with her award
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10:20The Cry (M l) [s]

11:20Mystery Road: Origin (M l) [s]

PRIME (C61/60) NINE (C81/80) TEN (C10) SBS (C30)

6:00Sunrise [s]

9:00The Morning Show [s]

11:30Seven Morning News [s]

12:00Movie: “Maid Of Honor” (M v) (’06) – An insanely jealous woman wants to prevent her brother-in-law, a widower, from marrying another woman. Stars: Linda Purl, Linden Ashby

2:00House Of Wellness (PG) [s]

3:00The Chase UK (PG) [s]

4:00Seven News At 4 [s]

5:00Program To Be Advised 6:00Seven News [s]

7:00Better Homes And Gardens [s]

8:30Movie: “We Bought A Zoo” (PG) (’11) – Set in Southern California, a father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. Stars: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Thomas Haden Church

11:05This Is Your Life: Rebecca Gibney (PG) [s]

1:00Home Shopping

6:00Home Shopping

7:00Weekend Sunrise [s]

10:00The Morning Show - Weekend

12:00Seven’s Horse Racing: Cranbourne/ Newcastle *Live*

5:30Border Security - Australia’s Front Line (PG) [s]

6:00Seven News [s]

7:00Border Security - Australia’s Front Line (PG) [s]

7:30Movie: “Avengers: Endgame” (PG) (’19) – After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to reverse Thanos’ actions and restore balance to the universe.

Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle

11:15Australia’s Got Talent: Semi-Final 1 (PG) [s]

1:30Home Shopping

6:00Home Shopping

7:00Weekend Sunrise [s]

10:00The Morning Show - Weekend (PG) [s]

12:00House Of Wellness (PG) [s]

1:00Border Security - Australia’s Front Line (PG) [s]

1:30Cricket: WBBL: Melbourne Renegades v Sydney Thunder *Live* From Blundstone Arena

5:00Seven News At 5 [s]

5:30Sydney Weekender [s]

6:00Seven News [s]

7:00Australia’s Got Talent: Semi-Final 2 (PG) [s]

8:45Code 1: Minute By Minute: Terror In The City (M v) [s]

9:45HMP Styal: Women Behind Bars (M) [s]

11:00Born To Kill?: Wesley Shermantine And Loren Herzog (Speed Freaks) (M) [s]

12:00World’s Deadliest: Bail Outs (M) [s]

1:00Home Shopping

6:00Today [s]

9:00Today Extra [s]

11:30NINE’s Morning News [s] 12:00The Home Front (M) [s] 2:00Pointless (PG) [s] 3:00Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00NINE News [s]

7:00A Current Affair (PG) [s]

7:30Taronga: Who’s Who In The Zoo: Lion Pride (PG) [s]

8:30Movie: “The Shawshank Redemption” (M l,s,v) (’94) –Red, serving a life sentence, and Andy, a mild-mannered banker wrongly convicted of murder, forge an unlikely bond in prison that will span more than twenty years. Stars: Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins 11:20Reported Missing: Jean (M) [s] 12:40Tipping Point (PG) [s] 1:30Home Shopping 4:00Religious Programs 4:30Home Shopping

6:00Hello SA (PG) [s]

6:30A Current Affair (PG) [s]

7:00Weekend Today [s]

10:00Today Extra Saturday [s] 12:00Surfing Australia TV [s] 12:30Rivals (PG) [s]

1:00Drive TV [s]

1:30Cross Court [s]

2:00My Way (PG) [s]

2:30Movie: “The Man In The Moon” (PG) (’91) Stars: Sam Waterston, Tess Harper

4:30The Garden Gurus [s]

5:00NINE News: First At Five [s] 5:30Getaway (PG) [s]

6:00NINE News Saturday [s]

7:00A Current Affair (PG) [s]

7:30Movie: “The Magnificent Seven” (M v) (’16) Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt 10:10Movie: “Young Guns” (M v) (’88) Stars: Emilio Estevez 12:10Movie: “Get Out” (MA15+) (’17) Stars: Daniel Kaluuya 2:00Home Shopping 5:30Skippy - The Bush Kangaroo

6:00Rivals [s]

6:30A Current Affair (PG) [s] 7:00Weekend Today [s] 10:00Sports Sunday (PG) [s] 11:00Reel Destinations [s] 11:30Fishing Australia [s] 12:00Great Australian Detour [s] 12:30Surf Boat Tsunami [s] 1:30Bondi Lifeguard World Adventures (PG) [s]

2:00The Block (PG) [s] 4:00Bondi Vet (PG) [s]

5:00NINE News: First At Five [s]

5:30RBT: New Year Mistake (PG) [s]

6:00NINE News Sunday [s] 7:00Cricket: ICC Men’s T20 World Cup: Final: Teams TBA *Live* From The MCG [s] 10:00NINE News Late [s] 10:30The First 48: Deadly Lies/ Stay Down (M v) [s] 11:30Killer Couples: Sandy Murphy And Rick Tabish (MA15+) [s] 12:30Tipping Point (PG) [s] 1:30Home Shopping

6:00The Talk [s]

7:00Judge Judy (PG) [s]

7:30The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s]

8:0010 News First [s]

8:30Studio 10 (PG) [s] 12:00Dr Phil (M) [s]

1:00The Living Room (PG) [s]

2:00Entertainment Tonight [s]

2:30Good Chef Bad Chef [s]

3:00Judge Judy (PG) [s]

3:30My Market Kitchen [s]

4:00Farm To Fork [s]

4:30The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s]

5:0010 News First [s]

6:30The Project (PG) [s]

7:30The Living Room (PG) [s]

8:30The Graham Norton Show (M) [s]

9:30Have You Been Paying Attention? (M l,s) [s]

10:30Just For Laughs Australia (M l,s) [s]

11:00Just For Laughs Uncut (MA15+) [s]

6:00Reel Action [s]

6:30Religious Programs [s]

7:00Escape Fishing With ET [s]

8:00Road To The Melbourne Cup Carnival [s]

7:30Pat Callinan’s 4X4 Adventures

8:30What’s Up Down Under [s]

9:00Australia By Design: Architecture [s]

9:30Studio 10: Saturday [s]

12:00The Living Room (PG) [s]

1:00My Market Kitchen [s]

1:30Bondi Rescue (PG) [s]

2:00Football: Matildas v Sweden *Live* From AAMI Park [s]

5:0010 News First [s]

6:00Bondi Rescue (PG) [s]

7:00Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders [s]

7:30Blue Bloods: Life During Wartime (M) [s]

8:30CSI: Vegas: Koala (M v) [s]

9:30NCIS: Leave No Trace (M) [s]

10:30My Life Is Murder (M) [s] 11:30The Cheap Seats (M) [s] 12:30Home Shopping 4:30Authentic (PG) [s]

6:00Religious Programs [s]

8:00The Living Room [s] 9:00Luca’s Key Ingredient [s] 9:30Studio 10: Sunday (PG) [s] 12:00The Traitors (PG) [s]

1:10My Market Kitchen [s]

1:30Good Chef Bad Chef [s]

2:00Everyday Gourmet With Justine Schofield [s]

2:30Jamie’s One-Pan Wonders [s]

3:00Cook With Luke [s]

3:30Farm To Fork (PG) [s]

4:00Well Traveller (PG) [s]

4:30Taste Of Australia With Hayden Quinn [s]

5:0010 News First [s]

6:30The Sunday Project (PG) [s]

7:30The Traitors (PG) [s] – With a big pile of silver up for grabs and the finish line in sight, do the Faithful have what it takes to win?

9:00NCIS: Hawaii: Primal Fear (M v) [s]

10:00FBI: Walk The Line (M v) [s] 11:00The Sunday Project (PG) [s]


9:00Peer To Peer: Lorne Michaels (PG)

10:00Living With The Boss (M)

11:00Hugh’s Wild West (PG)


2:00An Australian Hero: Keith Payne (M l,v)

3:00NITV News: Nula

3:30Destination Flavour China Bitesize

3:35The Cook Up With Adam Liaw (PG)

4:05Paradise Soldiers (PG)

5:05Jeopardy! (PG)

5:30Letters And Numbers

6:00Mastermind (PG)

6:30SBS World News

7:35Jerusalem: Builders Of The Holy City (PG)

8:35Good With Wood (PG)

9:30Back To The Titanic (PG)

10:30SBS World News Late

11:00Das Boot (MA15+) (In German/ English)

11:55The Sleepers (M l,n) (In Czech)

5:00Worldwatch 9:00Britain’s Great Outdoors

10:00The World From Above (PG) 11:00Paul O’Grady For The Love Of Dogs (PG)


2:00Figure Skating: ISU Grand Prix France

4:00FIFA World Cup 2022 Magazine

4:30Raffles: Remaking An Icon (PG)

4:45I’m Not A Runner (PG)

5:30Trains At War (PG) (In English/ French)

6:30SBS World News

7:35Michael Palin - Travels Of A Lifetime (PG)

8:25Secrets Of The Royal Palaces: Whitehall (PG)

9:20Death Of The Pyramids (PG)

10:15Celebrity Letters And Numbers (PG)

11:15Movie: “Dallas Buyers Club” (MA15+) (’13) Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner

5:00Worldwatch 9:00Britain’s Great Outdoors 10:00The World From Above (PG) 11:00Paul O’Grady For The Love Of Dogs (PG)

12:00Worldwatch 1:00Motor Sports: Speedweek 3:00Football: Countdown To Qatar

3:30Figure Skating: ISU Grand Prix France

5:30Ascot Kayaking 5:35Trains At War: 1940 - Full Steam Towards The Battle Of Britain (PG) (In English/ French)

6:30SBS World News

7:30Titanic: Into The Heart Of The Wreck (PG)

9:00The Assassination Of JFK (M v)

10:15Diego Maradona (M l,n) (In English/ Italian/ Spanish)

12:40Planet Expedition (PG) 1:40The Great Escape With Guy Martin (M l,n) 3:15Fergal Keane: Living With PTSD (MA15+)

Friday 11 November Also see: ABC PLUS (Channel 22) ABC ME (Channel 23) ABC NEWS (Channel 24) Also see: 7TWO (Channel 62) 7MATE (Channel 63) 7FLIX (Channel 66) Also see: GEM (Channel 82) GO! (Channel 83/88) LIFE (Channel 84) Also see: 10 PEACH (Channel 11) 10 BOLD (Channel 12) Also see: SBS VICELAND (Channel 31) SBS MOVIES (Channel 32) SBS FOOD (Channel 33) SBS NITV (Channel 34) Saturday 12 November Sunday 13 November Classifications: (G) General, (PG) Parental Guidance, (M) Mature Audiences, (MA15+) Mature Audience Over 15 Years, [s] Subtitles Consumer Advice: (d) drug references, (s) sexual references or sex scenes (h) horror, (l) language, (mp) medical procedures, (n) nudity, (v) violence Builders Licence # 204179C • LICENSED TRADESMAN AND QUALITY WORK • LOCATED ON THE CENTRAL COAST • OVER 15 YEARS EXPERIENCE AND FULLY INSURED • ENTIRE JOB MANAGED BY ONE PROJECT MANAGER • ANY RECONFIGURATIONS ARE EASILY MANAGED - Phone Scotty on 0401 601 082 for a free quotation SCAN FOR MORE INFO

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6:00News Breakfast [s]

9:00ABC News Mornings [s]

10:00Landline [s]

11:00Antiques Roadshow [s]

12:00ABC News At Noon [s]

1:00Rosehaven (PG) [s]

1:25Vera (M v) [s]

2:55Gardening Australia [s]

4:10George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (PG) [s]

5:00Back Roads (PG) [s]

5:30Hard Quiz (PG) [s]

6:00The Drum [s]

7:00ABC News [s]

7:307.30 (PG) [s]

8:00Australian Story (PG) [s]

8:30Four Corners (PG) [s]

9:20Media Watch (PG) [s]

9:35Planet America [s]

10:05Parkinson In Australia (PG) [s]

11:00ABC Late News [s]

11:15The Business [s]

11:30Q+A [s]

12:35The Pacific - In The Wake Of Captain Cook With Sam Neill: Endeavour And New Zealand [s]

6:00News Breakfast [s]

9:00ABC News Mornings [s]

10:00Kurt Fearnley’s One Plus One (PG) [s]

10:30Planet America [s]

11:00Restoration Australia (PG) [s]

12:00ABC News At Noon [s]

1:00The Capture (M l,v) [s]

2:10Sanditon (PG) [s]

3:00Gardening Australia [s]

4:10George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (PG) [s]

5:00Back Roads (PG) [s]

5:30Hard Quiz (PG) [s]

6:00The Drum [s]

7:00ABC News [s]

7:307.30 [s]

8:00Stuff The British Stole (PG) [s]

8:30Magda’s Big National Health Check (M l) [s]

9:30Nude Next Door (M) [s]

10:30Space 22 (PG) [s]

11:00ABC Late News [s]

11:15The Business [s]

11:30Four Corners [s]

12:20Media Watch [s]

6:00News Breakfast [s]

6:00Sunrise [s]

9:00The Morning Show [s]

11:30Seven Morning News [s]

12:00Movie: “Framed For Murder” (M s) (’07) Stars: Elisa Donovan

2:00World’s Deadliest: Perilous Pursuits (PG) [s]

3:00The Chase UK (PG) [s]

4:00Seven News At 4 [s]

5:00The Chase Australia (PG) [s]

6:00Seven News [s]

7:00Home And Away (PG) [s]

7:30This Is Your Life: Tina Arena (PG) [s] – In this spellbinding episode of This is Your Life, Australian and international guests pay tribute to one of our most successful female performers of all time - Tina Arena.

9:159-1-1: Cursed (M) [s]

10:15S.W.A.T.: U-Turn (M v) [s]

11:15The Latest Seven News [s]

11:45Heartbreak Island Australia (M l) [s]

1:00Home Shopping

6:00Sunrise [s]

9:00The Morning Show [s]

11:30Seven Morning News [s]

12:00Movie: “Her Last Will” (M v) (’16) Stars: Rya Kihlstedt, Patrick Fischler, Harriet Sansom Harris, Fiona Dourif, Michael Graziadei, Lauren Bowles

2:00World’s Deadliest: Whatchamacallits (PG) [s]

3:00The Chase UK (PG) [s]

4:00Seven News At 4 [s]

5:00The Chase Australia (PG) [s]

6:00Seven News [s]

7:00Home And Away (PG) [s]

7:30Kitchen Nightmares Australia: Aracauria (PG) [s]

8:35The Good Doctor: Hot And Bothered (M v) [s]

9:3510 Years Younger In 10 Days: Lynn And Martin (M) [s]

10:35The Latest Seven News [s]

11:05Chicago Fire: Keep You Safe (M) [s]

12:05The Resident: Free Fall (M) [s]

1:00Home Shopping

6:00Sunrise [s]

6:00Today [s]

9:00Today Extra [s]

11:30NINE’s Morning News [s] 12:00Movie: “The Work Wife” (M v) (’19) Stars: Cerina Vincent, Elisabeth Harnois, Kevin Sizemore, Preeti Desai

1:45Talking Honey (PG) [s]

2:00Pointless (PG) [s]

3:00Tipping Point (PG) [s]

4:00NINE’s Afternoon News [s]

5:00Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00NINE News [s]

7:00A Current Affair (PG) [s] 7:30My Mum, Your Dad (PG) [s] 9:10Under Investigation: Slug Gate (M) [s] 10:10Suburban Gangsters: The Fugitives (M) [s] 11:10NINE News Late [s] 11:40The Equalizer: Judgement Day (M v) [s] 12:35Almost Family: Pilot (M) [s] 1:30Home Shopping 4:00Religious Programs 4:30A Current Affair (PG) [s]

6:00Today [s]

9:00Today Extra [s]

11:30NINE’s Morning News [s]

12:00My Mum, Your Dad (PG) [s] 1:30Getaway (PG) [s]

2:00Pointless (PG) [s] 3:00Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00NINE News [s]

7:00A Current Affair (PG) [s] 7:30My Mum, Your Dad (PG) [s] –More new arrivals get the Mums and Dads excited as two kids get secretly involved in their parents’ romantic date.

9:10Travel Guides: Byron (PG) [s] 10:10Botched: Send Me A Mir-EarAcle (MA15+) [s] 11:10NINE News Late [s] 11:40Skin A&E (M v) [s] 12:35Bluff City Law: 25 Years To Life (PG) [s] 1:30Home Shopping 4:00Religious Programs 4:30A Current Affair (PG) [s]

6:00The Talk [s]

7:00Judge Judy (PG) [s]

7:30The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s]

8:0010 News First [s]

8:30Studio 10 (PG) [s]

12:00Dr Phil (M) [s]

1:00The Traitors (PG) [s]

2:30Entertainment Tonight [s]

3:00Judge Judy (PG) [s]

3:30My Market Kitchen [s]

4:00Farm To Fork [s]

4:30The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s]

5:0010 News First [s]

6:30The Project (PG) [s]

7:30The Challenge Australia: You Wanna Win Or Knot? (M) [s]

8:30Ghosts: Halloween 2: The Ghost Of Hetty’s Past (M) [s]

9:00FBI: Most Wanted: Iron Pipeline (M) [s]

10:00FBI: Most Wanted: Dopesick (M) [s]

11:00The Project (PG) [s]

12:00The Late Show (PG) [s]

6:00The Talk [s]

7:00Judge Judy (PG) [s]

7:30The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s]

8:0010 News First [s] 8:30Studio 10 (PG) [s] 12:00Dr Phil (M) [s]

1:00Program To Be Advised

2:00Entertainment Tonight [s]

2:30Good Chef Bad Chef [s]

3:00Judge Judy (PG) [s]

3:30My Market Kitchen [s]

4:00Farm To Fork [s]

4:30The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s]

5:0010 News First [s]

6:30The Project (PG) [s]

7:30The Challenge Australia (M) [s]

8:30The Cheap Seats (PG) [s]

9:30NCIS: Guardian (M v) [s]

10:30NCIS: Thick As Thieves (M) [s]

11:30The Project (PG) [s]

12:30The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (PG) [s]

1:30Home Shopping


9:10Peer To Peer: Jeff Bezos (PG)

10:05Living With The Boss: Allstar Cheersport (M)

11:05Good With Wood (PG)


2:00Saving Lives At Sea (PG)

3:05Journey Through Albania: Saranda

3:35The Cook Up With Adam Liaw (PG)

4:05Tony Robinson’s World By Rail: Europe (PG)

5:00Jeopardy! (PG)

5:30Letters And Numbers

6:00Mastermind (PG)

6:30SBS World News

7:30Celebrity Letters And Numbers (M)

8:30Scotland’s Extreme Medics (M l)

9:25Making Sense Of Cancer With Hannah Fry (M)

10:25SBS World News Late 10:55The Promise (M l) (In French) 12:00Outlander (MA15+)

5:00Worldwatch 9:10Peer To Peer: Anthony M. Kennedy

10:05Living With The Boss: Cityguard Security (M) 11:05Good With Wood (PG)


2:00Saving Lives At Sea (PG)

3:00Journey Through Albania: Exploring The Albanian Riviera

3:35The Cook Up With Adam Liaw (PG)

4:10Tony Robinson’s World By Rail: South America (PG)

5:05Jeopardy! (PG)

5:30Letters And Numbers

6:00Mastermind (PG)

6:30SBS World News

7:30Great Coastal Railway Journeys: Milford Haven To Fishguard (PG)

8:30Kids Raising Kids (M d,l)

9:30Miscarriage And Me (MA15+) 10:25SBS World News Late 10:55Wisting (MA15+) (In Norwegian)

9:00ABC News Mornings [s]

10:00Four Corners (PG) [s]

11:05Australia Remastered: Great Barrier Reef [s]

12:00ABC News At Noon [s]

12:30National Press Club Address

1:40Media Watch (PG) [s]

3:00Gardening Australia [s]

4:10George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces (PG) [s]

5:00Back Roads (PG) [s]

5:30Hard Quiz (PG) [s]

6:00The Drum [s]

7:00ABC News [s]

7:307.30 [s]

8:00Hard Quiz (PG) [s]

8:30Question Everything (PG) [s]

9:00Fisk: A Very Handsome Woman (MA15+) [s]

9:30Would I Lie To You? (PG) [s]

10:00QI: Quirky (PG) [s]

10:35ABC Late News [s]

10:50The Business [s]

11:05Death In Paradise (M v) [s]

12:05Marcella (M l,v) [s]

9:00The Morning Show [s]

11:30Seven Morning News [s]

12:00Movie: “I Am Elizabeth Smart” (M v) (’17) – After being kidnapped, a 14-year-old girl must endure months of brutality as she tries to figure out how to escape. Stars: Elizabeth Smart, Alana Boden, Skeet Ulrich

2:00World’s Deadliest: Expect The Unexpected (PG) [s]

3:00The Chase UK (PG) [s]

4:00Seven News At 4 [s]

5:00The Chase Australia (PG) [s]

6:00Seven News [s]

7:00Home And Away (PG) [s]

7:30Hey Hey It’s 100 Years (PG) [s]

9:20Air Crash Investigations: Seconds From Touchdown (PG) [s]

10:20The Latest Seven News [s]

10:50The Amazing Race (PG) [s]

11:45Program To Be Advised

12:10Mean Mums (PG) [s]

12:30Home Shopping

6:00Sunrise [s]

9:00The Morning Show [s]

11:30Seven Morning News [s]

12:00Movie: “A Daughter’s Revenge” (M v) (’18)

6:00Today [s] 9:00Today Extra [s] 11:30NINE’s Morning News [s] 12:00My Mum, Your Dad (PG) [s] 1:30My Way (PG) [s] 2:00Pointless (PG) [s] 3:00Tipping Point (PG) [s] 4:00NINE’s Afternoon News [s] 5:00Millionaire Hot Seat [s] 6:00NINE News [s]

6:00The Talk [s]

7:00Judge Judy (PG) [s]

7:30The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s]

8:0010 News First [s]

8:30Studio 10 (PG) [s]

12:00Dr Phil (M) [s]

1:00The Real Love Boat Australia (PG) [s]

2:00Entertainment Tonight [s]

5:00Worldwatch 9:05Peer To Peer: John Rogers/ Jack Nicklaus (PG) 10:05Living With The Boss: Go Rentals (M) 11:05Good With Wood (PG) 12:00Worldwatch 2:00Saving Lives At Sea (PG)

3:05Luke Nguyen’s Railway Vietnam

7:00A Current Affair (PG) [s] 7:30Country Home Rescue With Shaynna Blaze (PG) [s] 8:40Dream Listings Byron Bay (PG) [s]

9:40Program To Be Advised 10:40NINE News Late [s] 11:10Family Law: Under The Influence (M s) [s] 12:05Bluff City Law: 25 Years To Life (PG) [s] 1:00Drive TV [s]

1:30Home Shopping 4:00Religious Programs

4:30A Current Affair (PG) [s]

2:30Good Chef Bad Chef [s]

3:00Judge Judy (PG) [s]

3:30My Market Kitchen [s]

4:00Farm To Fork [s] 4:30The Bold And The Beautiful (PG) [s]

5:0010 News First [s]

6:30The Project (PG) [s]

7:30The Dog House Australia (PG) [s]

8:30The Real Love Boat Australia (PG) [s]

10:00My Life Is Murder (M) [s]

11:00The Project (PG) [s]

12:00The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (PG) [s]

3:40The Cook Up With Adam Liaw 4:10Tony Robinson’s World By Rail: Mexico (PG)

5:05Jeopardy! (PG)

5:30Letters And Numbers 6:00Mastermind (PG)

6:30SBS World News

7:30The Secrets Of Cola - The Billion Dollar Beverage (PG) 8:35Stolen - Catching The Art Thieves: Stockholm (M) 9:35Nine Perfect Strangers: Ever After (MA15+) 10:35SBS World News Late 11:05No Man’s Land (MA15+) (In French/ Arabic/ English)

Surgeons (M) [s]

10:25Stuff The British Stole (M v) [s]

10:55ABC Late News [s]

11:10The Business [s]

Stars: Jessica Sipos, Sierra Wooldridge

2:00Kochie’s Business Builders

2:30Border Security International (PG) [s]

3:00The Chase UK (PG) [s]

4:00Seven News At 4 [s]

5:00The Chase Australia (PG) [s]

6:00Seven News [s]

7:00Home And Away (PG) [s]

8:30The Front Bar: All Sports - Year In Review (M) [s] – Join Sam Pang, Mick Molloy and Andy Maher as they share a laugh about the world of sport and catch up with stars from the past year.

9:30Kath & Kim: House/ Roots/ Lust/ Wedding Of The Century (PG) [s]

12:00Program To Be Advised

12:30Home Shopping

6:00Today [s]

9:00Today Extra [s] 11:30NINE’s Morning News [s] 12:00Movie: “Love Is A Piece Of Cake” (PG) (’20) Stars: Lindsey Gort, Greyston Holt, Julia Benson, Lindsay Winch, Jaime M. Callica, Mila Jones

1:50Explore [s]

2:00Pointless (PG) [s]

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Huge calendar of events through spring and summer

Several Central Coast Council flagship events are set to return during the spring and summer months as life in the region returns to normal following COVID-19 restrictions in recent years.

Making a return this year are The Lakes Festival, which is currently underway, Love Lanes and Flavours by the Sea. Also back on the calendar are New Year’s Eve at The Entrance and Australia Day at Gosford celebrations.

Council Unit Manager Community and Culture, Glenn Cannard, said there would be an eclectic mix of entertainment and activities for locals and visitors to enjoy through to the end of summer.

“Events are an important part of our community framework, providing opportunity for residents, businesses, local creatives and visitors to connect,” Cannard said.

“We also had a number of Event Expressions of Interest (EOI’s) go to market this year,

allowing businesses and local community groups to submit their ideas to get involved and help take our local events to the next level.

“Due to the pandemic and also the extreme weather conditions experienced on the Central Coast, we have missed

the opportunity to come together with our friends, family and neighbours over the past few years.

“The coming event season offers us all the chance to once again celebrate why we continue to live, work and play on the Central Coast.”

Council Administrator Rik Hart said it was great to watch local events continue to grow, with the input of ideas and participation from residents and businesses.

“Our local events continue to get bigger and better, putting the Central Coast on the map

as a favourable destination to visit,” he said.

“Given that a number of Council’s major events are happening this spring and summer, we will undoubtedly see an increase in visitors to our region which brings with it an important economic boost

for local businesses.”

The Lakes Festival runs until November 13.

Love Lanes will be held at Wyong on February 11, with Flavours by the Sea to return on March 25.

Also on the calendar are: NYE at The Entrance on December 31; Social Spaces, Coastwide, from December-May 2023; Australia Day in Gosford on January 26.

Further events to be funded by Council include: Christmas Carols at The Entrance in December; Christmas at Toukley in December; Entrance Markets at Waterfront Plaza to run quarterly from now until June, 2023; and the Toukley Hot Rod Show, running in March.

To view upcoming events near you, visit centralcoast.

Years ago, I reviewed Less. (Yes years, hard to believe they have kept me on that long, I know.)

I really enjoyed reading that book and in fact it remains one of my favourite books, so I was happy to learn that Andrew Sean Greer has prolonged the life of Arthur Less with his new book, Less is Lost … and boy is he ever.

Less’s former lover, Robert Brownburn has passed way.

While mourning his death Less finds out that he owes back rent on the “Shack”, the house in San Francisco owned

where Less has been living rent free for ten years.

You see, Less thought there was an “understanding” when he and Brownburn split up that he could just keep living there, indefinitely, rent free.

The executor of the estate says otherwise.

Arthur had planned to travel to Maine to be with Freddy, his partner, who is there for three months on a sabbatical.

But Arthur now has one month to come up with the funds so has to cancel his trip to Maine and instead undertakes a journey across

America to get the funds to pay the rent, “It begins in San Francisco, and it end in San Francisco. In between: a donkey, a pug, a whale, and a moose.”

The first leg of this journey is to write a profile on H.H.H. Mandern, “One of the most famous writers of our time.”

He flies out to Palm Springs to do an interview with Mandern and ends up driving Mandern to someone he needs to find, “We stop tonight in the desert. And tomorrow in an oasis where she was last seen. And then we arrive in Santa Fe for our event.”

And you got it, there will be zany and wild adventures along the way in Rosina the campervan and with Dolly the pug.

And, oh, how Less will love that pug.

What Less will do for money.

He will he hear from his estranged father, “Archie, I will see you in the South. I am delighted to support your literary efforts at last. Wir sehen un sim Suden.”

And now Less fears about being ambushed along his trip

and the reader will be entertained with some badly translated German.

For the Less family are Walloons.

Less leaves Mandern and heads onward to the South to meet up with a group of actors that are performing one of his works, one that Less thinks is funded by his father.

He will lose his suit and grow a moustache.

People will think he is from the Netherlands.

He will catch up with is sister in Delaware where Rosina will finally break down and Less will meet the other Arthur Less, yes dear reader, there are two of them, which creates a lot of confusion at literary events.

I really enjoyed Less and maybe for that reason I put too many expectations on Less is Lost.

There are some wonderfully funny observations and dialogue, but I just felt the plot was a little forced and the situations a little too manufactured.

Spoiler alert here… for the first book, we find out that the narrator was Freddy.

In this book we are told from the beginning that Freddy Pelu, Less’s partner, is narrating.

Which makes me wonder how the heck Freddy can possibly know all this.

Source: Media release, Nov 7 Central Coast Council Love Lanes will be held at Wyong on February 11 by Robert Brownburn, Kim Reardon
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It’s no secret there are plenty of good pies in Australia, but Shhmoakesys Gourmet Pies at Kincumber has come out on top in Wotif’s Uniquely Aussie Awards.

Shhmoakesys took out the top gong thanks to the smoked meat filling that’s prepared over eight hours by pie-maker and business owner, Chris Oakes.

Delicate melt-in-your-mouth pastry and a generous size also made his pies a crowd favourite in the Uniquely Aussie awards, which are voted on by the general public.

“It’s great to get the award, the business is going really good – it’s turned my life upside down trying to keep up with demand – but it’s a great problem to have,” Oakes said.

He said it all started as a hobby, making pies on a Sunday trying to raise some money to help a sick friend by joining the Bouddi House Trails where people across the Peninsula sold their goodies from front yards on an honesty system.

“That’s how my name initially got out there, a friend let me use his front yard at Killcare

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Best pie in uniquely Aussie awards

and from there my pies got a bit of traction – and then COVID-19 hit.”

Work at his usual job folded so in the first Covid lockdown Oakes went into pie-making full-time with five local pick-up spots for customers and when things opened up again, he branched out to home delivery.

“It’s just blown up – from 30 on a Sunday, to 100 at the

markets and now we’re doing 1,500 to 2,000 a week,” he said.

“I’m the only full-time worker in the business but my partner helps me after her work and friends help out on weekends.

“It’s all happened a lot earlier than I expected which is good, it kind of forced my hand, and I’ve got parents and friends trying to help out to get a few

things in place for me because I’m on the tools all day.”

Business is booming with more and more cafes coming on board with orders and now Oakes is looking for bigger premises and more staff.

The Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards are based on public nominations throughout the first two weeks of September covering some favourite things

to eat, see and do in Australia, including Best Hotel View, Best Island, Best Festival, Best Ice Creamery and Best Neenish Tart.

Wotif Managing Director Daniel Finch said the Awards prove that locals know best, and their recommendations are often the best.

“There’s plenty to love about Australia, whether it’s quirky

baked goods or breathtaking hotel views, and every year the Wotif Uniquely Aussie Awards prove just how much Aussies love sharing their local knowledge,” he said.

Business owner and pie-maker extraordinaire, Chris Oakes

Quick senior card registration for businesses

Businesses will now be able to register for the NSW Seniors Card program faster and more efficiently online, thanks to the new digital registration process.

Minister for Customer Service and Digital Government, Victor Dominello, said the new and improved digital registration process will save businesses time and make it easier for them to update their discounts and business details.

“Until now, businesses were required to submit paper forms and wait up to four weeks to get approved to join the program with on average (of) just 15 new businesses on boarded

each month,” he said.

“With the new online registration process, we have the ability to register hundreds of new businesses every week.

“For most businesses the registration process will take less than 10 minutes.

“We have also added a new enhanced map experience that will provide seniors with a bird’s-eye view of the savings on offer.

“Since launching the Digital Seniors Card in April, we have had an average of 24,000 seniors joining the program every month.

“Our digital savvy seniors are really enjoying the experience with a customer satisfaction

rate of 90 per cent.”

Minister for Seniors, Mark Coure, said increasing business participation in the NSW Seniors Card program was a win-win for seniors and businesses.

“By reducing the registration time, we are making it much easier for businesses across the state to get involved in the program and promote themselves to the almost two million seniors in NSW,” he said.

“The new digital platform will also allow new and existing businesses to easily update their discounts with the click of a button.

“This is a great opportunity

for businesses to directly reach one of the state’s biggest markets.

To register their business for the NSW Seniors Card program, business representatives must be authorised to act on behalf of the business by being listed as an associate in the Australian Business Register.

For more information or to register, call Service NSW on 13 77 88 for assistance or to complete the online form go to: au/transaction/apply-be-nswseniors-card-programparticipating-business.

11 to comment on a revised proposal for a 47-room ‘co-living’ housing development at 18 Watt St, Gosford.

A 44-room boarding house was approved for the site in September, 2019, comprising towers – one of five storeys fronting Watt St and one of 14 storeys fronting Keevers Lane.

The DA was not activated, with the proponent deciding the configuration of buildings on the site would not be financially viable with the returns expected from a boarding house.

On December 23, 2020, a modification reducing the 14-storey tower to seven storeys was refused as being not substantially the same development.

The latest proposal is for one six-storey and one eight-storey tower, with a small ground floor convenience store.

A Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) submitted with the DA says the development is close to the Gosford CBD and public transport and would provide affordable rental accommodation, likely to be utilised by employees of Gosford Hospital, hotels in the

CBD and the Imperial Shopping Centre.

Of the 47 rooms, 38 would be double sized, and five singles.

A Co- Living Housing Development is a new form of affordable rental housing introduced under the Housing SEPP, 2021.

Each tower would have a lift and laundry, with the smaller tower including a common room and the larger containing


Car parking would be provided onsite within a two-level carpark.

The proposed convenience store would also double as a reception for accommodation and operate from 7am-10pm seven days a week.

It would employ two people, one of whom would also act as the manager of the development.

The store is intended to make the development more self contained with everyday items (such as bread and milk) available on site and to serve to serve the nearby residential flat development further north along Watt St.

Source: Central Coast Council DA tracker DA2153/2022

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Sleek modern update for Lakeside Gardens at Toukley

The developer of a largescale $33M residential project – Lakeside Gardens – on the shore of Budgewoi Lake at Toukley is seeking approval from Central Coast Council to make some changes.

The Land and Environment Court gave consent in 2017, following an appeal by the developer, to build 71 residential units, 38 tourist units, three commercial premises and basement car parking in the area on Main Rd between Beachcomber Hotel Resort and Toukley Gardens which backs on to Rowland Tce.

In 2018 Council approved the change from tourist accommodation to residential units.

Bathla Group, on behalf of the owner UPG 181 Pty Ltd, now wants approval to amend the architectural design such as

materials and finishes to the façade, a building height increase from 34.6m to 34.68 (the limit is 36m) and a different mix of apartments which will decrease the number by one, to 108.

The new proposal is for 19

one-bedroom residential apartments, 56 two-bedroom, 31 three-bedroom and one each of four and five bedrooms.

There are changes to the configuration of the three commercial premises at ground level and there will be

156 car parking spaces with 20 for the businesses, 113 for residents, 22 for visitors and one service bay on street level.

According to the application for modifications, the substance of the previously approved development remains, with the

same building footprint and floor space ratio, even though the number of units has decreased.

The development will be two buildings linked by a central core with amendments to include highly articulated

facades, lighter frames and improved materials and colours resulting in a more modernised and sleek looking building as well as a new landscape plan.

There will be almost 3,000sqm of communal open space mainly facing Budgewoi Lake at the rear of the buildings with a swimming pool, a couple of spas, barbecue area, deck spaces, water features, lawn areas and walking paths linking with Toukley Gardens.

The amended development application (731/2016A) is on public exhibition until Friday, November 25, and submissions can be lodged on the Central Coast Council website.

Development consent will lapse on January 24, 2025 if construction on the project does not start before then – an extension of two years due to COVID-19.

New plan to expand village at Chain Valley Bay

Teraglin Lakeshore Village will be upgraded and expanded with 78 new home sites and more community facilities for the residents.

Hometown Australia bought the manufactured home village in 2020 and set expansion plans in motion to improve the village on the shores of Lake Macquarie in Mulloway Rd, Chain Valley Bay.

A previous development application to Central Coast Council in 2021 was withdrawn while Hometown conducted further consultation with residents living in the 230 homes at the village.

Also, Council had raised issues relating to ecology,

planning, engineering and social impact.

Hometown’s new, modified development application has more detail in regard to tree protection and removal, bushfire management, biodiversity, landscaping, amenity and operations.

The new proposal involves another 78 new home sites with 69 of those in the area currently used as an informal golf course, an upgrade of existing and construction of new community facilities as well as better drainage to manage stormwater flow and flood resilience, new internal roads including a second entry/ exit to Mulloway Rd, and visitor parking.

as well as a second swimming pool, men’s shed, bowling green, barbecue area and amenities.

This $1.8M investment in village community amenities is the most significant for more than 30 years.

The main development area of 1.27ha in the north-east corner of the site is offset by 4.3ha of adjoining open space at 10 Mulloway Rd (Lot 22 –also owned by Hometown) which will remain undeveloped and managed and protected with a Vegetation and Fauna Management Plan.

A house on the site will remain and Hometown says it is committed to implementing the Plan including removal of

stock (horses) currently reducing the biodiversity of the area and rehabilitation and revegetation for connectivity through the Lot between Lake Macquarie Conservation Area and the waterfront vegetation. The new development application (1708/2021) is on public exhibition until Friday, December 9. It contains a waste management plan, traffic report, Aboriginal heritage assessment, social impact assessment, architectural and landscape plans along with about 40 submissions which are almost equal in number, for and against.

Work to begin on new Visitor Space at Mangrove Dam

Central Coast Council is set to commence the construction of a new visitor centre and an upgrade of the picnic area at Mangrove Dam on Monday, November 14.

The work follows the destruction of the amenities building in the 2019 Three Mile Fire.

The upgraded Visitor Space will feature a new amenities building, an improved picnic area and educational elements.

Council Director Water and Sewer, Jamie Loader, said the design of the new Visitor Space takes into consideration extensive community feedback on how it can support locals and visitors alike.

“In March this year we invited

community members to share their aspirations for the space on interactive concept plans, which have influenced the final design of an exciting new Visitor Space at this significant site,” Loader said.

“We received a positive response from our community on the Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space concept plan, with strong support surrounding key features including a new interactive visitor education centre and new accessible family friendly amenities and new picnic facilities.”

Council Administrator, Rik Hart, said that Council is looking forward to providing the community with a new and modern interactive Visitor Centre and picnic area for all to enjoy.

“Following much needed Australian and NSW Government funding for this project, it’s exciting to see plans in action to rebuild the popular Mangrove Creek Dam facilities that were lost in the devasting Three Mile Fire,” he said.

“Mangrove Creek Dam is a highlight destination for the region, and we wanted to create a Visitor Space that encourages both locals and tourists to spend more time enjoying this beautiful area and support local businesses within the Coast’s mountain and hinterland regions.

“The community told us what they would like to see in this space during the consultation earlier this year and we are proud to have re-designed the initial plans to now deliver features that are valued by our community.”

The new Mangrove Creek Dam Visitor Space will feature: a new interactive visitor education centre; a new accessible family friendly amenities block; a new children’s play space; new picnic table shelters, pergola shelters, bins and bench seating; new soft native landscaping to picnic areas; wayfinding and interpretive signage; improved pedestrian and vehicle access including new parallel bus parking; and integrated public art on the

facade of building, to be installed post construction.

Access to Mangrove Creek Dam and picnic area will be temporarily closed during the construction period, which is expected to conclude in June next year, weather permitting.

Central Coast Council received $2.567M from the Australian and NSW Governments’ Bushfire Local Economic Recovery (BLER) Fund to complete the project and the design and construction contract has been awarded to North Construction & Building. For more information and to view project updates visit MCDvisitorspace.

Media release, Nov 9 Central Coast Council

View of Lakeside Gardens from Budgewoi Lake The existing community building, pool and barbecue will remain and there’ll be another new clubhouse with kitchen, dining, amenities, lounge, games room and gym, Sue Murray Expansion of Teraglin Lakeside Village will be in the open area of Lot 1 Source: An artist’s impression of how the new visitor centre will look

Whale Rock to be protected under Somersby development proposal

An Aboriginal Ceremony and Dreaming site known as Whale Rock is to be protected under a development proposal for a steel fabrication plant at 7 Ainslie Cl, Somersby.

The building would have overall dimensions of 30m X 12m and a maximum height of 8.06m with a mezzanine level in the front northeast corner of the building above a small office area.

Access to the building would primarily be via three roller doors facing the car parking area.

Earthworks, retaining walls and some tree removals are also proposed as part of the application.

The property is located at the western end of Ainslie Cl, approximately 100m from its intersection with Debenham Rd North at Somersby.

The land is currently vacant.

A previous development application for a factory building and associated works at the site was refused by the former Gosford Council in March 2011 primarily due to its potential impact on Whale Rock and other sites, with those concerns having been addressed in the current application.

Documents provided with the Development Application (DA) say the project would: allow for the establishment of an employment generating industry on the site; produce no adverse effects on any other land uses; and facilitate the use of the site for local manufacturing.

An Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment Report accompanying the DA was

prepared by Heritage Now, after a site survey was completed on April 20 by Sarah Mané from Heritage Now and Jacob Cain from Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council.

Aside from Whale Rock, no additional sites were identified in the project area.

The report says the site is of cultural and archaeological significance on a local level, with high education potential in

demonstrating the cultural beliefs and practices of Aboriginal people in the local area.

The report gives several recommendations, including that Whale Rock be fenced off during construction, with vegetation surrounding it to be retained to maintain a visual and physical buffer between the site and the industrial development.

All on-site personnel are to be made aware of their obligations under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 regarding protection of Aboriginal sites and the reporting of any new Aboriginal, or suspected Aboriginal, heritage sites.

“In the unlikely event that Aboriginal or suspected Aboriginal archaeological material is uncovered during the development, then works in

that area are to stop and the area is to be cordoned off,” the report says.

“The project manager is to contact the heritage consultant to make an assessment as to whether the material is classed as Aboriginal object/s under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 and advise on the required management and mitigation measures.

“Works are not to recommence in the cordoned off area until heritage clearance has been given and/or the required management and mitigation measures have been implemented.”

The report also outlines that in the unlikely event that human remains, or suspected human remains, are uncovered during the development, works are to be stopped and the police contacted, along with Heritage NSW.

The proposal is open for public comment with written submissions to close on November 25.

It can be found on Council’s DA tracker.

Source: Central Coast Council DA tracker DA3057/2022

Photo: Central Coast Council Online Mapping Tool 2021

Banks fight back, taking apps to the next level

It seems like only yesterday that the most exciting thing that could happen when you opened your banking app was that you could instantly check your balance.

Frequent visits to a bank branch or an ATM became a thing of the past.

But that changed a few years ago with the arrival of budget and savings apps that helped people feel more in control of their bank balance.

Features like how to track your spending, how to pay off your debt and where to get re tailer discounts can all be done through finance apps outside traditional banking channels.

Now banks are catching up and outdoing standalone finance apps at their own game.

Here are just some of the new features that are already available through your bank.

Cash you didn’t know you had It’s hard to keep up with laws about concessions and benefits, but banks can play a role in this

because they already have most, if not all, of the information the government needs to validate applications, including contact details and proof of income.

In September 2019, Com monwealth Bank launched the Benefits Finder on its app.

Its purpose is to help connect customers with unclaimed grants and rebates, such as ASIC’s “unclaimed money”.

It allowed millions of people to discover pandemic-related benefits such as energy rebates, Parents NSW vouchers and Creative Kids vouchers.

To date, more than $481 million has been saved across utility bills and additional government payments through this feature.

The bank continues to expand the list, with 400 types of benefits, refunds and rebates connected to Benefits Finder.

Cashbacks also used to be the domain of non-bank reward programs and credit cards but not anymore.

cost of living pressures continue, our customers benefit when they use the CommBank app,” says Rochelle Eldridge, general manager, shopping, pointing out that 75% of CommBank Rewards have been redeemed to cover groceries, fuel, food deliveries, medicines and pet food.

Savings on fuel

The average two-car household spends more than $5100 a year on fuel.

To beat rising costs, apps such as MotorMouth and PetrolSpy Australia are becoming a perma nent fixture on smart phones.

Now Commonwealth Bank has joined the party, piloting its Fuel Finder feature in September.

You have to turn on the “fuel alert” on the app and provide details such as your location and the type of fuel you use, then it will automatically notify you of the cheapest fuel nearby.

Goodbye to spreadsheets

Some people have become adept at using a spreadsheet to tally up their expenses or man age their budget, but banks are inching in on this space too.

Westpac, for example, has a Top Expenses feature that will help its customers find out where their biggest expenses are, apart from mortgage and car repayments.

The bank is also about to launch another feature that will help customers manage their expenses by allowing them to “tag” those items that they need to categorise for tax purposes.

The cheque’s in the phone

tion to deposit cheques through their phones

A NAB customer can simply log into their account and take a photo of the cheque on their mobile phone.

Once it’s verified, the bank can process it and deposit the funds into their account.

Another old school item that the bank is taking to the next stage is tax receipts.

with participating retailers, but in time smart receipts will become ubiquitous.

Reach savings goals faster

The ability to create savings goals has now become a stan dard among all the major banks.

ANZ has taken this concept to the next level through ANZ Plus (a separate app from the classic banking app ANZ and only avail able on mobile).

The app offers the option to set up as many as 99 savings goals under the one bank account and, in keeping with social media trends, customers can give each of their multiple goals a custom ised emoji for extra motivation and entertainment.

As cybersecurity becomes a bigger problem, ANZ Plus adds extra security through a dynamic CVV, which means a different CVV is logged every time a customer does a transaction so that previous credit or debit card data cannot be used.

The occasional cheque can be a hassle, as it forces you to either go to the bank or an ATM.

It’s common these days for parents looking to give children a head start to in vest money on behalf of the kids from an early age.

They can do this either by opening a savings account or investing in shares.

That way, a nest egg can accumulate which the child

“We have delivered more than $20 million in cashbacks ... as can draw on when they become an adult.

Depending on how the investment is structured, very different tax outcomes can be achieved.

To work out who pays the tax, it’s necessary to consider who provided the funds for the investment, who receives the

The budgeting feature became standard in their apps this year, but now they’re going a step further. income from the investment and who makes the investment decisions.

Watch for tax traps in helping the kids to save

But now National Australia Bank gives its customers the op ings accounts are opened in the child’s name.

• The child’s TFN is quoted.

If you consent to its smart receipts feature, you can do away with the paper receipt and get the receipt sent to your bank instead and stored under its receipts feature.

This feature is only available

Another feature that could help people manage their budget is that ANZ Plus can track so-called “hotspot spending locations” so that you can identify how often you frequent those places and whether you could save money by avoiding them.

For the child to be liable for tax, the income and the assets that produce the income must demonstrably belong to them.

Indications that this is the case include:

• Assets are acquired or sav

• The child has access to the funds and can use them as they see fit.

If the parent provides the funds that are used to make the investment and then receives the investment income to use as they

wish (even if they decide to use it for the benefit of the child), the income belongs to the parent or other adult and must be disclosed on their tax return, where it will be taxed at their marginal rate.

Similarly, any capital gains or losses belong to the parent.

Often a trust will be formed

to look after the funds invested on the child’s behalf.

If there is a formal trust (with a trust deed in place, for instance), investments should be made using the trust’s TFN (otherwise tax will be withheld at 47%) and income will be reported by the trust separately.

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Reid rolls sleeve up for COVID vaccination #4

Member for Robertson, Gordon Reid, is urging residents to make sure they are up to date with any COVID-19 vaccinations they are eligible for, after receiving his own fourth dose recently at Amcal Pharmacy, West Gosford.

“It is important Australians stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations –COVID-19 is still circulating in the community and is a risk to people’s health,” Reid said.

“As I have recently become eligible for my fourth dose, I booked myself into the

nearest pharmacy at West Gosford, to receive my fourth vaccination.

“I encourage all eligible residents on the Central Coast to stay up to date with their vaccinations and thank all our hardworking frontline healthcare workers who have been caring for COVID-19 patients and for their work during the past few years battling the pandemic.

Reid’s example comes against a backdrop of increasing complacency over new COVID infections and indifference toward booster vaccinations.

According to The Guardian

(Nov 8), the vaccination rates for the third does remained at just 50 per cent, while only 41 per cent of Australians have had a fourth dose.

The Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI) recommends Australians aged 50 and older get their fourth or latest dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

To book a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, head to: https://covid-vaccine.

Source: Media release, Nov 7 Member

Free access to RATs extended

Central Coast residents most vulnerable to COVID-19 will continue to be supported in protecting themselves against the virus with the NSW Government extending free access to Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to January 31 next year.

Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services, Natasha Maclaren-Jones, said the NSW Government is committed

to keeping those most vulnerable to the virus safe.

“It’s essential that people who need it most are able to take the test when they feel sick or exposed to the virus, to help with early detection and treatment ,” she said.

“We want to help ease the cost of living pressures on the community in any way we can, and RATs are an added cost vulnerable communities

should not have to worry about.”

The Government has already made millions of tests available to vulnerable and multicultural communities, homelessness services, social housing tenants, children and young people in out-of-home care, and Commonwealth Concession Card holders.

Minister for Multiculturalism and Minister for Seniors, Mark

Coure, said the Government is filling a gap left by the Federal Government after it ditched its program in July this year.

“The extension of this program is about doing the right thing for those most vulnerable to COVID-19—not leaving them behind,” he said.

“We want people to be focusing on spending time with loved ones as we approach the holiday period,

not worrying about accessing RATs and extending this program is the key to helping them do that.”

Eligible Commonwealth Concession Card holders in NSW can access a further 10 Rapid Antigen Tests over three months until January 31, 2023.

Tests are available through neighbourhood and community centres, and

Service NSW centres across the state.

To find one near you, visit

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Meeting the need for more disability workers

A collaboration between TAFE NSW Gosford and Central Coast disability care provider Trilogy has kickstarted the careers of almost 100 new support workers.

The NDIS National Workforce Plan estimates the disability support sector will require an additional 83,000 workers by 2024, a 31 per cent increase.

Trilogy Disability Services offers students a six-week paid employment and study program, including the completion of a Certificate III in

Allied Health with TAFE NSW as they begin their new careers and fill a skills gap on the Coast.

Ryan Bros, 19, of Shelly Beach is a recent Trilogy trainee and has found a career shift to the support industry a rewarding experience.

“I decided that I needed a change from working in the hospitality industry and had friends who worked in individual support that highly recommend this line of work,” he said.

“Studying at TAFE NSW was great, especially learning the

practical side such as manual handling and the correct procedures.

“I felt well prepared when I finished my course to begin work and get some experience.

“My co-workers and I look out for each other, and the work we do for the participants is really rewarding – it feels good to help someone in need and make a difference in their life.”

Trilogy’s Training & Education Coordinator, Petrina Heinze, said the program is giving Central Coast locals a fulfilling career where they provide support and independence to

Mind health day at Tuggerah

Parents Beyond Breakup and Dads in Distress will host a free Mind Health Day at the Tuggerah Community Centre on November 19.

Parents Beyond Breakup Project Manager Hunter New England, Rob Hoile, said the idea for the day came from brainstorming with the Central Coast Local Health Area Management team.

“We saw the need to get better cooperation with groups operating in the mental health area on the Central Coast to get better outcomes for the public,”

he said.

“So far, the day will have information, presentations and practical demonstrations from: the Local Health Area District; a physical and mental health coach; an expert in cathartic breath work techniques; life coaches; solicitors; LifeLine, Resilience NSW; Dads In Distress; Parents Beyond Breakup; and Men’s Table.”

Attendees will be able to experience new ways of keeping both physically and mentally fit, learn about proven techniques for mindfulness and cathartic breathing and

talk to mental health experts about practical ways to be mentally fit.

There will be a free sausage sizzle available as attendees meet with mental health experts.

“This will be an opportunity to ‘show and tell’ and experience services and programs that will give you a positive mind health,” Hoile said.

“There will be displays of mind fit health programs and cathartic breathing and information on services and support programs.”

The day will also see the launch of the peersWALK suicide prevention program.

The program offers four-hour training which will allow participants to gain the confidence, skills and tools needed for engaging each other and responding to suicide.

Situational suicide prevention acknowledges the distress of peers rather than automatically assuming mental illness or disorder.

It responds to significantly challenging experiences of mind including thoughts,

emotions, sensations or behaviours associated with an inability to compensate for a distressing event such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, change in health status, natural disasters, pandemics, financial, or occupational difficulties.

Participants will gain confidence, skills and tools to know what to do if someone is in distress, knowledge of simple models and the ability to apply them straight away, hands-on skills practice and development and knowledge and practical experience to

participants while gaining a qualification with TAFE NSW.

“The collaboration between Trilogy and TAFE NSW provides a practical pathway into a rewarding career in disability support work,” she said.

“Almost 100 new workers have already completed the program, and we’ll have a new intake in January to meet the increasing demand for skilled workers on the Central Coast.”

intervene earlier and practically, to prevent a downward spiral into distress.

Details on the program are available at https:// peerswalk/

The Mind Health Day will be held at Tuggerah Community Hall, 9 Anzac Rd, from 10am1pm on November 19.

A helpline is available at 1300 853 437.


Waratah Super Battery Energy Storage System

Application No SSI-48492458

Location Former Munmorah Power Station Site, Lake Munmorah Proponent Energy Corporation of New South Wales

Council Area Central Coast Approval Authority Minister for Planning

Description of proposal

Development of up to 850 MW / 2,680 MWh battery energy storage system with System Integrity Protection System and associated infrastructure.

About the exhibition

An exhibition process allows any individual or organisation to have their say about a proposed development.

The Department of Planning and Environment (Department) has received a Critical State significant infrastructure (CSSI) application for the abovementioned proposal. The application, environmental impact statement, and accompanying documents are on exhibition from Friday 11 November 2022 until Thursday 8 December

2022. You can view these documents online at

At the time of publishing this advertisement, the Minister for Planning has not directed that a public hearing should be held.

Have your say

The Department encourages online submissions. To have your say online, search for this project at and click on ‘Make a submission’. You will need to log in or create a user account.

If you cannot submit online, post or drop your submission to the address below, to arrive before the close of exhibition. If you would like your personal information to be withheld from publication, please clarify this in a separate cover sheet and only provide your personal information in that cover sheet. Do not include personal information in your submission as your submission will be published in full.

If you choose to send a paper-based submission, it is important that both the submission and mailing envelope are addressed to the nominated contact person below.

Please be aware that if you choose to send a paperbased submission and it is not addressed to the nominated contact person, the submission will not be received by the Department and will instead be returned to sender.

Before making your submission: You should read the Department’s:

• disclaimer and declaration at disclaimer-and-declaration; and

• privacy statement at privacy.

Please call 1300 305 695 if you wish to be provided with a copy. Your submission will be published on the NSW planning portal in accordance with our privacy statement and disclaimer and declaration.

In your submission, please include:

• your name and address (please ensure your personal details are provided in a separate cover sheet if you would like your details to be withheld from publication);

• the name of the project and the application number; a statement on whether you ‘support’ or ‘ object’ to the application or if you are simply providing comment;

• the reasons why you support or object to the application;

• a declaration of any reportable political donations you have made in the last two years (visit DonationsandGiftDisclosure or phone 1300 305 695 to find out more); and

• a statement indicating you acknowledge and accept the Department’s disclaimer and declaration.

For more information, including a copy of the Department’s submissions policy, please go to have-your-say.

For more information: Contact (02) 9995 5207 or 1300 305 695

Address: Director – Energy Assessments, Development Assessment, Department of Planning and Environment, Locked Bag 5022, Parramatta NSW 2124

Source: Media release, Nov 9 Parents Beyond Breakup and Dads in Distress Source: Media release, Nov 7 TAFE NSW Disability support worker Ryan Bros and client Henry

Tree planting acknowledges Crestani Scholarships

A wattle tree was planted recently at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus to acknowledge Crestani Scholarships and the role it plays in helping to achieve better outcomes for Central Coast cancer patients.

The wattle, a native to the area, was planted outside the café.

Professor Deborah Cockrell and Karen Tucker from the university joined Crestani Scholarships founder Yvonne Crestani, a number of volunteers and scholarship donor Erika Reen, who is visiting from Connecticut, USA.

Indigenous Education and Research elder and university staff member, Bronwyn Chambers, performed the Welcome to Country ceremony.

The tree planting ceremony and morning tea aimed to recognise Crestani Scholarships’ role in advancing

radiotherapy skills and techniques – through education – achieving better outcomes for local cancer patients.

Reen and her husband Mike have financially supported the Foundation since its inception in 2007 after meeting Crestani and her late husband Chris in 2001 in their American hometown.

She last visited Australia in 2018 to catch up with the Foundation and its work.

“We got to meet Mitchell, a radiotherapy student we had sponsored, at the scholarship presentation at Gosford Hospital which was nice,” Reen said.

“We got to meet him again in Newcastle this visit.”

Crestani and her dedicated band of volunteers have raised thousands of dollars over more than a decade to fund scholarships which are awarded to local radiotherapists to advance their education by learning new techniques and


This has resulted in bringing the latest international stateof-the-art techniques and treatments available to help cancer patients on the Central Coast and Newcastle.

“We were very pleased that our work was acknowledged and honoured in this way,” Crestani said.

“Our single aim has always been to achieve better outcomes for cancer patients here on the Central Coast.”

The Crestani Foundation was set up in memory of Crestani’s husband Chris, who was chief radiotherapist at St Vincents Hospital before he succumbed to cancer in 2006 after treating cancer patients for more than 40 years.

For more information contact info@crestanischolarships. or call 0416 241 110.

Mingara Relay For Life returns this weekend

Mingara Relay For Life is set to be held on November 12 and 13 to raise funds for the Cancer Council.

Teams of friends, families and colleagues will raise money in the lead up to the overnight event, during which team members can take turns walking around a track to

signify that cancer never rests, so neither do we.

Organised by volunteers, Mingara Relay For Life, is a chance for the community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors and those going through a cancer experience and their carers and to honour and remember loved ones lost as money is

raised to help save more lives.

With one in two Australians diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, Mingara Relay For Life Volunteer Committee member, Ray Davidson, hopes the Community can embrace the importance of the event.

“Relay for Life was initially important to me to honour and

remember a family member who succumbed to cancer,” Davidson said.

“It was then to raise awareness and funds for research and then it was important for me as someone who was diagnosed with cancer to be around others who were also going through what I was.”

Relay For Life events are held across Australia, with more than 134,000 participants raising over $14M each year.

Every dollar raised goes towards funding Cancer Council’s vital research, prevention, and support programs.

Research shows that 61,000 Australian lives have been saved by improvements in cancer prevention, screening and treatment over the past 20


But with an estimated 134,000 new cases of cancer expected to be diagnosed in Australia this year, the vital work needs to continue.

To find out more or to register or donate go to https://www. mingara-2022/home.

Schedule 1:

• Crown road at Jilliby and Little Jilliby, within 440 Jilliby Road and 81 Little Jilliby Road. (File Ref: 22/06432, Cluster: 637216)

All interested persons are hereby invited to make submissions concerning the proposal to Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands, PO Box 2215, DANGAR NSW 2309 within twenty-eight (28) days of the date of this advertisement. Any person is entitled to make submissions with respect to the sale or disposal of the road. Please note that submissions may be referred to third parties (such as council or the applicant) for consideration in accordance with the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009 For the Manager, Business Centre Newcastle

For further enquiries please visit the website or contact Amanda Walker by email at or on (02) 4428 9152 quoting file references above.


Notice of 1080 program

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is conducting ground baiting programs in Wyrrabalong National Park, Tuggerah Nature Reserve and Tuggerah State Conservation Area from 6 November 2022 to 22 November 2022

The operation will use 1080 (sodium fluoroacetate) poison for the control of foxes.

The program is designed to minimise predator impacts on wildlife, especially threatened species.

Signs will be placed at the entry to the baiting location. Domestic pets are not permitted in NSW National Parks managed lands. Pets and working dogs may be affected (1080 is lethal to cats and dogs). Pets and working dogs must be restrained or muzzled in the vicinity and must not enter the baiting location. In the event of accidental poisoning seek immediate veterinary assistance.

Please contact the local Central Coast NPWS area office for more information on (02) 4972 9000.

LP0074 Proposed Road Disposal Section 152D Roads Act 1993 In accordance with section 152D of the Roads Act 1993, notice is hereby given of the proposed sale of the Crown public roads listed in Schedule 1. If a sale proceeds, the road(s)
will cease to be a public road upon transfer of the road to freehold land in accordance with section 152H of the Act.
Source: Media release, Nov 4 Crestani Scholarships Bronwyn Chambers, Professor Yolanda Surjan, Yvonne Crestani, Professor Deborah Cockrell and American donor Erika Reen at the tree planting Source: Media release, Nov 3 Mingara Relay For Life Mingara Relay For Life returns on November 12-13


While a lot of time, resources and effort is currently put into ornamental houseplants, why not branch out and start growing plants indoors than not only add a green design element but are also good for your dinner plate?

Most plants need the same group of things to grow successfully and they are soil, water, food, air, light and warmth. Some may then need various forms of support, shelter and supervision.

By supervision, I mean tending to your plant, giving it a prune, replant, additional food and water and of course, pest or disease management.

Plants in their natural native environment do pretty well on their own but once we start

growing them in areas they are not from, we start running into challenges that need to be addressed.

When the area is outside, many plants can surprise us and adapt somewhat to their new homers and humans have become experts in breeding plants to fit into the environments we like to live in.

Once you start asking plants to grow indoors, in our homes, that’s a whole new matter.

The only plants that can do well are those that are used to higher humidity and low light and that usually means temperate rainforest plants and their friends.

It does not include sun loving vegetables and herbs! There is

no ignoring the needs of plants, they will just fail to thrive and then die but it’s not impossible to grow edibles inside, as long as you meet their needs.

You can either create an environment from scratch yourself or use one of the commercial methods that are gaining popularity across the world.

Tiiun from LG is an advanced hydroponic (water growing based) system which is completely self-contained and looks like a small commercial glass walled fridge.

The Tiiun (Korean for ‘to sprout’) has a weather control system that regulates temperature, light and moisture. Is there an app? You better


Sustainable Future Festival

11–13 November, Mingara Recreation Club

Learn interesting and innovative ways to reduce waste, minimise our carbon footprint and keep our coast as beautiful as ever. Be inspired, educated and motivated to make a difference.

Bells Spring Garden Tours

Join Megan Jackson, Bells Grounds Manager and Horticulturist of Bells at Killcare every Friday morning throughout Spring, and explore our abundant kitchen garden with Megan, whilst learning about our organic growing techniques, Closed Loop Composting System, and see what we have growing and why!

Holgate Matcham Produce Share

10am Sun 13 Nov @ Fires Creek Winery, 192 Wattle Tree Rd Holgate

Come along and bring some produce to share. It’s FREE to attend. If you don’t have anything to bring this month, make a donation to our nominated charity of the month. Produce can include vegies, fruit, herbs, preserves, pickles, eggs, seeds, plants, cuttings, worm juice, horse poo.


believe it! Although this futuristic styled indoor garden can look after itself once set up for your individual plant needs, you can watch your plants grow from your smart phone and will be alerted when the unit needs the water refilled.

Winning the USA 2022 Consumer Technology Association Innovation Award for design, technology and consumer benefit, the LG Tiiun will probably be brilliant for apartment living.

If you still like to get your hands somewhat dirty then ‘Kitchen Garden’ by Vegepod is for you.

It’s a self-contained benchtop herb and vegetable garden that still uses soil.

‘Kitchen Garden’ has been

designed to inspire home cooks, help fight the cost of living and thrive in even the most compact of dwellings.

The fact that this system still uses soil as a medium and is open to the surrounding air is a plus for those looking for a closer to nature experience.

Light is available via LEDs that are set within the Kitchen Garden unit.

Vegepod Director Simon explains, “No matter how much space you have, introducing a Vegepod Kitchen.

Gardenindoorswillsignificantly enhance your life; your cooking repertoire and it’ll help the hippocket as the cost of living continues to soar.

Kitchen Garden is also very


Typical of the older established properties of the time, when Kerrie bought her Holgate home 17 years ago it came with an established garden of mostly non edible trees and traditional garden plants.

Although Kerrie didn’t know a lot about gardening to begin with, she took on intensive study of permaculture and organic techniques and since then she has been steadily implementing her own permaculture design.

Creating this permaculture paradise inspired her with the realisation that this was her life’s work and lead Kerrie to ultimately share her skills with others.

She now teaches these techniques as a muchrespected Permaculture teacher privately and for various councils as well as at TAFE.

Kerri’s garden features systems as well as plants that will interest and inspire those gardeners looking at a friendly and more sustainable way to

user-friendly; simply fill it with the quality potting mix included in the box, plant your seeds or seedlings, water, turn on the UV spectrum LED lights and start growing your food.”

Creating one of these systems from scratch yourself is possible with a container, soil or growing medium, the right lighting and temperature and could be the answer for those wanting to grow edibles indoors for whatever reason or need.

For those of us lucky enough to have an outdoor space, I have to admit, I still find the idea of growing herbs indoors as an alternative or compliment to ornamentals appealing and I’m tempted to give it a go myself.

garden and you have the opportunity to visit this brilliant working Permaculture example during the upcoming Central Coast Edible Garden Trail, 19th and 20th November.

To find out more go to Facebook and search for Central Coast Edible Garden Trail


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While it may seem a strange proposal to many of us, growing edibles as indoor plants is a great solution for those lacking an outdoor area.
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Picklum qualifies for World Surfing League Championship


Central Coast surfing prodigy Molly Picklum has qualified for the 2023 World Surfing League Championship Tour (CT) via this year’s Challenger Series.

Only the top five ranked women in the Series qualify for the CT and on Sunday, November

6, at the Saquarema Pro in Brazil, Picklum secured her place among the world’s best.

Picklum, 19, has had an impressive run throughout this year’s Challenger Series, finishing in the top five four times, including a huge win at the Ballita Pro in South Africa.

As she begins to prepare for the final Challenger Series

stop, the Haleiwa Challenger in Hawaii this December, Picklum is looking forward to 2023 as she reflects on what it took to get back on the Tour.

“I’m so happy to qualify for the 2023 Championship Tour,” she said.

“I’ve worked hard for this moment and feel proud to be back at the top level.

“There is so much talent in women’s surfing at the moment and I can’t wait to challenge myself against the best in the world next year.”

The 2023 CT kicks off with the Billabong Pro Pipeline in Hawaii next January.

It will mark Picklum’s second time on the CT, after her debut in 2022 where she finished

below the midseason cut line.

“The midseason cut was definitely tough, but my goal was to refocus after Margaret River and make the most of every opportunity,” she said.

“I want to keep enjoying the journey and I’m excited to see where it takes me next season.”

The 2023 WSL CT is the top of the hierarchy in the Olympic

Rock fishing safety program at Avoca


Surf Life Saving NSW’s ground-breaking rock fishing safety program come to Avoca Beach this month, teaching rock fishers about vital safety measures and skillbuilding, with each participant receiving a free lifejacket.

Following the success of the Gone Fishing program launch at Port Kembla in September, Avoca Beach SLSC will be the site of the second workshop on Sunday, November 20.

Eleven people lost their lives while rock fishing between June, 2021 and June, 2022, in NSW.

With the support of the NSW

Government through the Department of Primary Industries, Surf Life Saving NSW will host a minimum of 10 coastal and 10 in-community workshops aimed specifically at multicultural and at-risk groups, including giving out 1,000 free lifejackets and offering crucial lifejacketfitting advice from experts.

Minister for Agriculture, Dugald Saunders announced in July that the NSW Recreational Fishing Fund would invest $205,000 toward the delivery of the workshops.

“Our focus for this day is to provide rock fishing safety education to at-risk communities,” SLSNSW Community Education Manager, Julia Kiss, said.

“Workshop sessions are held in the morning and include the reviewing and wearing of correct lifejackets, safe and unsafe clothes and footwear,

what to wear in different conditions, what to pack and not to pack when rock fishing and expert fishing tips.

“After lunch participants will

do location specific sessions to highlight the hazards, risks, conditions and unsafe fishing locations in the Avoca area.

“They will learn about tides, swell, signage and different types of emergencies, how to handle them and how emergency services can respond.

“In these sessions, experts including experienced lifeguards, lifesavers, and local rock fishers will deliver vital information on what you can do to keep yourself safe while rock fishing.”

SLSNSW CEO, Steve Pearce, said the day aims to equip rock fishers with the tools to safely visit the coastline and then return home to their families.

Trauma training at North Avoca

A training session in trauma and bleeding control training was held at North Avoca on November 9, with surfers, bodyboarders, club officials, surf instructors and coaches taking part.

Funded by the NSW Government’s DPI Shark Management Plan, Surfers Rescue 24/7 provided vital training by TacMed Australia Military Medics.

Surfers Rescue 24/7 is a government funded program led by Surfing NSW with a strong mission that offers surfers across NSW with free

crucial training courses to assist in an emergency situation and the skills that could save lives in a variety of scenarios, including shark attacks.

Barely a day goes by on the Coast where a surfer is not in the water or scanning the waves from the sand.

Surfers Rescue 24/7 offers members of the community specific courses in CPR, first aid, shark attack and trauma training to upskill those who are in many instances the first responders to serious incidents.

The three-hour Trauma Training course is a specific

and detailed overview of “bleeding control” in an aquatic environment, designed to arm surfers and ocean users with lifesaving skills.

Surfing NSW’s Head of Programs and Community, Matt Lawson, said TacMed Australia Military Medics leverage training based off their real world experience within Special Operations in both military and civilian settings around the world.

“These practical skills are designed to be applied in real life situations that are taught on the beach using state of the art simulated equipment and

mock scenarios,” he said.

The Trauma Training course places participants in highpressure real-life scenarios.

As Australia heads into the warmer months and school holidays, Central Coast beaches will see a huge increase in numbers with the chances of incidents also increasing.

Just two months ago, a 16-year-old boy was attacked by a great white shark at Avoca Beach with thankfully minor injuries.

qualification system for the world’s best surfers.

The WSL CT rankings at the end of the 2023 season, starting at the Billabong Pro Pipeline and ending at the SHISEIDO Tahiti Pro, will determine 18 of 48 spots at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games (10 men and 8 women).

“Many people think Surf Life Saving is about volunteers on the beach and swimming between the red and yellow flags, but our educational reach extends so much further,” he said.

“We’re excited to continue delivering these workshops, which we hope will have a positive impact on at-risk communities and our coastal drowning toll.”

Interested rock fishers are encouraged to register for the workshop by visiting https:// or emailing community@

Terry Collins Molly Picklum in Brazil Molly Picklum in action Source: Media release, Nov 9 Surf Life Saving NSW Participants will learn safety tips Photo Red Bull Content Pool Photo Thiago Diz/World Surf League Source: Media release, Nov 9 Surfing NSW Trauma training was conducted at North Avoca on November 9 Photo: surfing NSW

Kaiden McNamara named Athlete of the Year

The Central Coast Academy of Sport major award winners for 2022 were announced at a formal presentation evening earlier this month with AFL player Kaiden McNamara taking out Athlete of the Year.

Academy (CCAS) Operations Manager, Emily BurgessMoore said that in a year of so many outstanding achievements by so many squad members it was difficult to select just one athlete for this award.

AFL Head Coach, Mitch Ede, said McNamara was a stand out with amazing results achieved by an athlete who was just at the start of his AFL journey.

“He’s had an incredible year of personal growth and development,” he said.

On the back of his involvement with CCAS AFL Program, he was selected in the CHS State side and had an opportunity to trial for the Sydney Swans Academy.

He also had strong performances in the Challenge Cup and Northern NSW representative carnivals.

The Chair’s Award was presented to golfer Georgie Clune who has been an integral member of the CCAS JNJG Golf program over the past four years.

After a tough start to the season Clune represented the CCAS with distinction at the North versus South tournament

and then finished off her season by winning the Ladies club foursomes at Everglades by 15 shots.

The Ray Sandell Dedication to Sporting Excellence went to netballers Allie Reid and Charlotte Rousell.

Head Coach Jess Morgan said Reid had been an outstanding role model, athlete and teammate in her three years within the program.

“She embodies what it means to be a CCAS athlete and engages with integrity and pride,” she said.

“Allie is the athlete you want on your team; she’s humble, self-motivated, shows initiative, elevates and supports others, does everything with passion and is mighty talented

to top it all off.

“Her instinct and ability when it comes to netball is frighteningly good.

“We can already see pathways opening up for her and no doubt there will be more open up in the future.”

The coach said Charlotte Rousell’s dedication to training, her enthusiasm towards the CCAS netball program and her growth in skill and leadership had been a delight to witness.

“She always represents CCAS with the upmost pride and respect through her actions and behaviours and as a netballer, she demonstrates and embodies many of the characteristics of a high performance athlete,” Morgan said.

“Charlotte is a talented athlete across various codes, who no doubt will experience more and more success in her future.”

Triathlon athlete, Robyn LowHart, was presented with the RASi Coaches Award.

Operations Manager, Emily Burgess-Moore said Low-Hart had brought an extensive background to the CCAS Triathlon Program.

“Robyn has had significant success with her coaching of junior athletes and the CCAS is extremely fortunate to benefit from her commitment to the sport and her athletes,” she said.

“The sport of triathlon attracts athletes with a diverse range of skills and ‘talent transfer’ is a

Mariners demolish Wanderers


The Central Coast Mariners have demolished the Western Sydney Wanderers (WSW) 3-0 at CommBank Stadium in a dominant display of football against the A-league table leaders.

The win for the Mariners comes after a stunning 4-2 comeback victory against Western United the weekend before.

The three points catapult the Mariners to fourth on the A-league ladder before this coming Sunday’s game against Macarther at Central Coast Stadium.

This will be the final game for a month before the World Cup freezes the local league competition.

The first half against WSW was a repeat of last week’s game with the Mariners dominating the field with their accurate passing and strong defence.

After 45 minutes of football however, the scoreline was still nil all.

Football matches are won in the second half, and once again the Mariners goal kicking machine once switched on in the second stanza.

Striker Jason Cummings

initially went close to scoring as the Mariners launched repeatedly attacks.

Coach Montgomery again turned to his bench early for solutions, with Michael Ruhs and Garang Kuol joining the field.

The move succeeded again, with the pair pouncing twice in the next 10 minutes to give the Mariners the lead with Kuol passing to Ruhs, who finished the job with style.

The two subs produced the goods a second time with Kuol finding the ball after a Mariner’s counterattack, slotting to Ruhs who sunk his

second into the net.

Then it was time for the young Sammy Silvera after a selfless set of passes from Jacob Farrell and Cummings to slot the final and perhaps most stunning goal of the game.

Long-term club favourite Storm Roux notched up his 200th A-League game.

The man of the match was unquestionably awarded to Michael Ruhs in recognition of his two goals and aggressive forward play.

Sunday’s game against Macarthur kicks off at 3pm.

critical element of talent identification and advancement up the performance pathway.

“Small ‘wins’ like improving a new technical aspect on the bike can make skill advancement proceed quickly if you are able to sequence the improvement.

“For a junior athlete this is a helpful outcome for motivation as the improved performance results are often seen quickly.

“When you hear and read of Robyn’s commitment to the sport of triathlon, it is easy to understand why the CCAS Tri Program has grown so quickly in a relatively short period of time,” Burgess-Moore said.

Sue Murray From left: Kaiden McNamara, Allie Reid, Charlotte Rousell, Georgie Clune and Robyn Low-Hart David Abrahams Michael Ruhs scored twice in the match Photo: Paramount

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