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sset Energy has been given permission to use underwater seismic blasts to search for coal and gas off the Central Coast, according to the Central Coast Greens. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority granted Asset Energy permission to do the testing in an area close to Toukley, Budgewoi and the Lake Munmorah Conservation Area, and north to Newcastle. “Central Coast Greens have long stood for no new coal and no gas extraction on the Coast, and extend that call for a ban to off-shore areas too,” said Ms Abigail Boyd, Spokesperson for The Greens on the Central Coast. “The majority of Australians, backed by the Greens, want more investment in renewable energy providing sustainable jobs, and reducing the risks of climate change,” Ms Boyd said. “Ms Abigail Boyd and Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Mr Jeremy Buckingham, spoke at a public meeting on Saturday, January 27, to recommit their opposition to the Wallarah 2 long-wall coal

Catherine Hill Bay Lake Munmorah Budgewoi Toukley

The NOPSEMA location map for the seismic testing mine. Mr Josh Frydenberg, to with the start of this year’s According to Ms Boyd, overturn the approval whale migration. the mine “will undermine for seismic testing and The details were our water supplies, and also deny a licence for released with the Wallarah 2. pollute our air. publication of the “He has these powers Environment Plan “We will not let this new threat go unopposed under the Environment, Summary and Statement Protection and of Reasons, coming either,” she said. Biodiversity Conservation a fortnight after the “Not only will both Act (EPBC), and must announcement of the seismic testing and act before March 7,” she approval. long-wall coal mining said. Seismic testing has directly damage our local Greens NSW been approved to run for environment, putting parliamentarian, Mr up to four day for 24 hours our water supplies at Justin Field, has drawn a day between March 15 risk, and impacting on attention to the dangers and May 30, excluding our cherished marine environment, both to marine life, including the Easter period. projects are seeking to migrating whales, from Mr Field called on the the seismic testing. find more fossil fuel. NSW Government to “Central Coast intervene and ensure the “Only fossil fools look for coal and gas any Greens will join the local proposed testing for oil community in actions to and gas did not go ahead. more. “This is the wrong “The science is in, ensure that governments climate change will and investors are left in project at the wrong produce more droughts, no doubt about the level time in the wrong area more floods, more of opposition from the and will put at risk our local community,” he precious marine life disruption, more risk. said. including threatened and “We must act now to Mr Field said vulnerable whales,” he meet our international documents released on said. targets to prevent the February 1 regarding the “The approval runs worst effects. seismic testing approved to May 30 while the “We call on the Federal by the Federal regulator offi cial start of the Environment Minister, show it risks clashing

whale migration is June 1, last year the NSW Environment Department issued a media release announcing sighting of whales along the coast in late May. “Allowing night time operation means it will be next to impossible to identify whale movements in the danger area of the blasts, risking threatened and vulnerable species like the Southern Right Whale and Humpback Whale.” The seismic testing will occur in an area that is recognised to be home to 22 threatened species including whales, turtles and migratory birds and has the potential to injure fish up to 1km from the air blasts. “The document shows that a large number of threatened and vulnerable species occur in the area of the testing, Mr Field said. “The report accepts that fin fish are likely to suffer permanent injury and death within 70 metres of the airgun and accept temporary hearing loss is possible out to 1km. “This testing will mean a massive air explosion every 3-4 seconds for a period of 3-4 days, 24 hours a day and the company has acknowledged the risk of animal mortality. “There is a real issue with transparency and

consultation with the federal regulator. “It’s unacceptable that an approval is granted before the public is able to see and respond to the environment plans of the company. “The Greens are opposed to this exploration and opposed to any plan for future oil or gas development off the NSW Coast. “We need to end the obsession with fossil fuels which is put our planet and the environment we love and rely on at risk.” A search of the EPBC Act Protected Matters Database was undertaken to identify the likelihood of occurrence of listed fauna within and around the Operational Area. The search resulted in the following areas/ species identified: 36 listed threatened species (22 likely to occur in the survey area); 42 migratory species (23 considered likely to occur in the survey area and 23 also listed as threatened); and 32 whales and other cetaceans.

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Source: Media release, Feb 2 Jane Garcia, office of Justin Field Media release, Feb 5 Abigail Boyd, The Greens Central Coast Website, Feb 5 NOPSEMA, Baleen 2D HR Seismic Survey


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Councillors want to consult with the community over the airport ouncillor Greg Best, with the support of Clrs Bruce McLachlan and Jilly Pilon, planned to overturn the resolution made by Council at its November meeting, to suspend works and stop further development at the Central Coast Airport.

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The three Councillors lodged a Rescission Motion, in an attempt to reverse a motion put by Clr Doug Vincent and adopted by Central Coast Council, at its ordinary meeting in Wyong, on November 27. The Rescission Motion was to be debated at the final ordinary Council meeting for 2017, in the Gosford Chamber on Monday, December 18. Rather than debate a recommendation from staff, that would have resulted in the public exhibition of a draft Central Coast Aviation Hub Concept Plan and supporting documents, Clr Vincent put an alternative motion. As a result, Council resolved to fully support the Warnervale Airport Restrictions Act (WAR Act) (1996). The adopted motion also resolved that Council would not approve any development at the Warnervale Airport which is not consistent with the WAR Act (1996), and that Council would not immediately extend or

Three Councillors called for the decision to stop work on the airport expansion to be reversed remove the current 1,196 meeting for approval of fundamental obligation asset servicing some the strategy. to consult with its 350,000 coast residents metre runway. Council also resolved community and that this and that, it is with The Council also understanding, resolved not to alter the to maintain the current corner stone of good this Council now position, length, width, site zoning, unaltered, governance is enshrined that engages formally with thickness or strength and not approve rezoning in regulation.” Clr Best’s motion also its community for the of the current runway, to SP2. and immediately to The resolution was also called upon his fellow first time on this issue suspend all works, intended to permanently Councillors to note that through an independently land acquisitions and protect all of the Porters community consultation conducted, statistically expenditure on the Creek Wetland, owned had been a principle valid, survey seeking Central Coast Airport, by Council, and south that was of significant direction and better except where those of the current runway, community interest and a u n d e r s t a n d i n g community works are required by from development for key contributor in the lead on law, or the suspension biodiversity, emergency up to the 2017 Council expectations.” If Clr Best’s motion of those works would drinking water supply and elections. put Council in breach protection of the water Clr Best was on the was adopted, prior to of existing contractual quality into the Tuggerah former Wyong Council, conducting any such process, obligations and/or Lakes Estuary. which held the majority consultation expose Council to claims At the December of its discussions about all survey questions for damages or variation 18 meeting, Clr Best its future plans for the would be the subject of under any such contract. planned to move that airport in confidential a full Council briefing Council also voted the resolution carried sessions, and did not with selected survey on November 27 to at the previous ordinary release key documents specialists. Subject to the into the public domain. reallocate the budget for meeting be rescinded. survey the Airport of $6 million to Clr Best’s motion called independent Should the rescission employment generating motion have been carried, for the new Central Coast results, Council would projects across the Clrs Best, McLachlan Council to “recognise formally reconsider its former Wyong Shire, with and Pilon then intended that the new Central position with a view to staff to prepare a strategy to move a motion “that Coast Airport is of exhibiting the current and report to Council by Council recognises its regional significance and Central Coast draft airport the February 12, 2018, is now an infrastructure masterplan, or move for

a total cessation of all uncontracted activities/ obligations at the airport. Prior to the meeting, Clr Kyle MacGregor said: “I think the motion at the last meeting was pretty unequivocal and well in line with what has been happening, and I think the original motion should stand and not be rescinded.” He said he believed Council needed to release the 2013 report that “talked about the industrial use of the land” which has never been made public. “I’d say that the best thing to do is to have things out in the open and made public, and if someone is not adhering to that, you have to consider why and what is their motivation,” Clr MacGregor said of the secrecy with which the former Wyong Council had made decisions about the airport. “The airport was one of the first things that people in the area raised with me, well before the election, and people were not in favour of it,” he said. “As I said at the last meeting, the only real support for the airport seems to be coming from inside the [Council] building.

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Liquor and Gaming to review interests at Sporties

Waterfront group asks Council to oppose development The Save Woy Woy Waterfront group has called on Central Coast Council to oppose the redevelopment of Sporties at Woy Woy. It has asked the council to make a submission to the Joint Regional Planning Panel against the current proposal for land at the corner of Brick Wharf Rd and North Burge Rd, Woy Woy. Mr Ross McMurtrie of Woy Woy told a Council-organised residents’ forum that the group was “very well represented” and pointed to members in the public gallery holding Save Woy Woy Waterfront signs. He said the site was in “Woy Woy’s prominent premier recreational space next to the waterfront, a recently refurbished children’s playground, a dragon boat club, Sea Scouts hall and fishing club. “My family has been living in one of the foreshore cottages for the past 40 years,” he said. Mr McMurtrie said the proposal to include an “indoor fishing club” as part of the three-building

proposal for the site was “obviously inadequate and many of the fishing people are very unhappy about it”. The views of the community had been summed up by the 84 submissions which could be seen on the Council website, he said, and offered a summary of the salient points made in those submissions. He said there was “no mechanism to ensure the supposed senior living quarters will be occupied by seniors”. “They could all be rented out on Airbnb.” “The top issue raised with the most objections was the issue of flooding,” he said. He urged councillors to visit the site at high tide between January 2 and 5 when king tides were expected “and see what a high tide is like down there”. Privacy, parking and the community’s loss of a competitive bowling club were other issues raised in objections that had been registered with council, he said. Mr McMurtrie called for the elected Central Coast Council to

form a position on the development and make a submission to the planning panel. He also asked that Council adopt uniform building height and floor space ratio standards for all RE2 zoned lands across the whole Central Coast area. “Under the Gosford Local Environmental Plan, all RE1 and RE2 land has no maximum height level, whereas every RE1 and RE2 piece of land in the former Wyong Council has height and floor space ratio limits. “So I think, now we are amalgamated, we should do something and I know which way I would go,” he said. In response to a question, Council Environment and Planning director Mr Scott Cox said “I am aware of other councils that have made submissions on matters going to the Panel so there is nothing stopping this council from putting in a submission,” he said. SOURCE: Meeting notes, 18 Dec 2017 Residents’ forum, Central Coast Council Reporter: Jackie Pearson

Liquor and Gaming NSW has undertaken to review any potential undisclosed financial interests in relation to the Woy Woy Sporties Bowling Club. The government agency has issued a statement following reports in the previous edition of Peninsula News that Sporties had advertised through Clubs NSW for expressions of interest from other registered clubs to explore an amalgamation or merger. The call for mergers was made days after the Sporties’ annual general meeting which saw landlord Mr Tony Altavilla elected to the club’s board of directors. “A landlord can also be a director of a club if this is disclosed in the club’s annual report,” a statement from Liquor and Gaming said. “Under registered clubs legislation, directors must declare any interest in any contract and would need to abstain from discussions on the matter,” the statement said. “The board of a club is permitted to approach the market regarding any potential amalgamation. “Any such proposal would need approval of members in order to proceed. “Liquor and Gaming NSW is reviewing any potential undisclosed financial interests in relation to the Woy Woy Sporties,”

it said. The $30 million development application lodged on October 16 by Woy Woy Holdings Pty Ltd to redevelop the Sporties site has prompted over 80 submissions from community members to Central Coast Council. In a written statement, Clubs NSW told Peninsula News: “ClubsNSW encourages its member clubs to consider amalgamations when it is in their best interests to do so. “In many cases, particularly when a club has experienced a sustained period of financial difficulty, amalgamation represents the best way to ensure the longterm viability of the club. “Dozens of clubs issue an expressions of interest for an amalgamation each year, but amalgamations do not eventuate in every case. “First, an amalgamation partner must be found and then the members of both clubs must vote in favour of any amalgamation proposal. “If the membership of either club feels the proposal is not in the best interests of their club, they can vote it down,” the statement said. SOURCES: Media statement, 11 Dec 2017 Eric Aubert, Liquor, Gaming and Racing NSW Media statement, 20 Dec 2017 Darren Flynn, Clubs NSW

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BlueWave Living’s oldest resident, Ms Molly Bonamy, celebrated her 105th birthday on January 2. Molly was born Jean Mary Sailer on January 2, 1913, at a home in Summer Hill, Sydney. Her father thought Jean was too grown up a name for a little baby and she has been known as Molly ever since. Ms Bonamy’s father died when she was four years old and she grew up with her mother, grandparents and brother Geoff in Summer Hill. She attended Summer Hill School and later the domestic science school and left for secretarial college at age 15. Eventually she became a shorthand teacher at the same college, leaving some years later to pursue a career as a legal secretary. As a young girl, she enjoyed movies, ballroom dancing and singing and was an accomplished soprano and soloist in her local Congregational church choir. Ms Bonamy also enjoyed amateur dramatics. At 28, she married Mr Geoff Bonamy, a young solicitor whose family had been friends of her family for many years. They moved to Ashfield where they raised their daughter.

She was able to help him in his legal practice. During World War I, Ms Bonamy worked part time as the secretary to a major based in Sydney and also made camouflage nets for the army. Ms Bonamy was always involved in secretarial work for charity, both for the church and the Scottish Hospital in Paddington as well as several other organisations. Ms Bonamy, her husband and daughter moved to Dover Heights, Sydney, in 1960 to be closer to relatives and they became involved in the local church at Vaucluse. After her husband’s death in 1978, Ms Bonamy remained in Dover Heights until 1999, when she moved to Umina to be close to her daughter and grandson. At the age of 101, she moved to Blue Wave Living in Woy Woy. Ms Bonamy has a daughter, Sue, a grandson, Geoff, and two great granddaughters, Sophie and Abigail. She said it was a cause of constant amazement to her that she has lived to the age of 105 years. When asked the secret of her long life, she always says she doesn’t really know. SOURCE: Media release, 22 Dec 2017 Kylie Scott, BlueWave Living

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Factors combined for rail chaos Trackwork, hot weather, driver shortages and a new train timetable with no room for flexibility combined to cause rail chaos and confusion for Woy Woy commuters on January 8 and 9, according to NSW Opposition Central Coast spokesman Mr David Harris.

major incident, Mr Harris said. “We warned the government that this new timetable would be a disaster for Central Coast commuters and the Minister laughed it off,” he said. “Our commuters have some of the longest travel times on the network and it is unacceptable that their service has declined and their needs are being ignored. “It took some people more than twice the travel time to get home and they should be refunded to acknowledge the inconvenience caused by the government’s lack of foresight and proper resourcing of the network.” According to Mr Harris, the suspension of services between Berowra and Hornsby meant that “when they got into strife they couldn’t use any trains coming from the Coast or Newcastle because they were all terminating at Berowra. “They have also sectionalised the network and drivers are now only qualified to drive on certain lines so drivers couldn’t be used to add capacity to the system and vacant positions have not been filled.” Mr Harris said it was fortunate the problems occurred before the commencement of the school year but the problems could happen again. “If it had happened when school went back it would have been a

huge disaster. “The leaked memo told the government its new timetable would put the system at saturation and if there was an incident it would tip the whole system over because there was no spare capacity. “We pursued this issue in the last week of parliament last year and the Minister laughed at us but all the drivers were saying there was no spare capacity. “If they lose one or two services or lines then everything crashes and so there is no guarantee it won’t happen again.” NSW Opposition Leader Mr Luke Foley demanded refunds for affected commuters and the suspension of the new timetable. Mr Foley said the Premier and her Transport Minister must accept that a lack of resources, particularly drivers, was the root of the problem. He said that the new timetable should be suspended until more drivers and trains could deliver it. SOURCES: Media release, 10 Jan 2018 Luke Foley, NSW Opposition Leader Interview, 10 Jan 2018 David Harris, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Website, 10 Jan 2018 Train patronage data, Transport for NSW Reporter: Jackie Pearson Read More P5 and P6

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Wallarah 2 underground coal mine has been granted conditional approval despite the 2011 promise that the mine would never go ahead

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he Planning Assessment Commission has granted consent to the Wallarah 2 underground coal mine west of Wyong, subject to conditions, despite admitting that the location is sensitive to the Central Coast’s drinking water supply. The decision follows the public meeting in Wyong on November 3, 2017. According to a Statement of Facts (SOF) released to the public on January 17, the Commission has determined the proposal is in the public interest. “The creation of 300 operational jobs and 450 construction jobs, along with the investment in the local area, would have significant local benefits for the community, provide investment in the Central Coast and contribute to the growth of the region,” the SOF read. “The mine would also

generate royalties for the State and the people of NSW, while providing a source of high quality thermal coal during the global transition to a decarbonised economy. “Impacts and potential risks can be appropriately managed through the framework of rigorous controls and requirements in place to manage, mitigate, minimise, compensate and offset those impacts. “In considering the suitability of the site for underground mining, the Commission acknowledged its location under a sensitive drinking water catchment, the strategic context of a growing population, an uncertain future global coal market along with the need to curb carbon emissions, and reliance on coal fired power stations,” the SOF read. “The Commission heard and acknowledged strong calls for it to take a precautionary approach given the potential for impacts to the Central Coast’s drinking water supply

catchment. “The issue has been assessed in detail. “Impacts were assessed to be small and acceptable, with no net impact on the availability of water for the Central Coast drinking water supply catchment during the life of the mine,” the report stated. “The framework of conditions requires formal reviews of the subsidence predictions and impacts, adaptive management, compensatory water supply and ultimately, include requirements for mining to cease if this is deemed necessary. “The Commission has found that these extensive conditions will provide a precautionary approach to protecting the drinking water supply catchment. “The Commission has noted the impacts of subsidence on flood levels and emergency evacuation routes and the requirements for works to be undertaken to raise or relocate dwellings and relevant road

levels. “Conditions will also ensure air and noise emissions from the pit top facilities and coal transport process will be monitored and managed. “In reaching this decision, the Commission considered carefully the concerns raised by the community, the Department of Planning and Environment’s assessment and recommendation for approval, and previous Planning Assessment Commission reviews of the project,” the SOF concluded. The Australian Coal Alliance’s (ACA) Mr Allan Hayes, said the ACA was already preparing a legal challenge. “The Central Coast community needs to know that we have a government that let them down and a government that has put their drinking water supply at risk, all to placate the machinations of a foreign government and a South Korean mining company,” Mr Hayes said. “The PAC is risking the region’s entire water supply all

so a coal company can send coal overseas. “Wyong Coal needs to know that the community will not accept this. “This fight is far from over,” Mr Hayes said. Member for Wyong and Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris, said that despite overwhelming opposition from the community, the PAC has approved this controversial project, which has been the subject of a long and bitter community campaign against it. “Central Coast residents need to know that this determination means that 300 megalitres, or 120 Olympic sized swimming pools, of treated mine water waste will be released into the Central Coast water supply each year. “This is a clear cut broken promise from the Liberal Government, which promised in 2011 to stop the mine going ahead, with then Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell, notoriously photographed

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Peninsula commuters were given advanced notice that buses would replace trains during offpeak periods between Berowra and Hornsby to accommodate track work. This combined with a series of unexpected system problems, including the weather and staff absences, resulted in a meltdown that saw significant delays and cancellations, according to Mr Harris. “I had people contacting me on social media who were due to catch their normal train home from work at 5:30pm who didn’t get home until after 9pm,” he said. He said Opal data revealed that the majority of the Coast’s commuters started and ended their daily journeys from Woy Woy station. The Labor Opposition foreshadowed the impact the timetable would have on the train network when it obtained a Transport memo warning of massive delays in the wake of a

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wearing a “Water not Coal” T shirt with his Central Coast candidates.” David Harris has called on the Premier to urgently address this issue and deliver on the Liberal’s promise to stop the mine. The Commission’s full report into the mine can be viewed at the Planning Assessment Commission’s website by searching for Wallarah 2 Coal Project. For a full analysis of the PAC report and community reaction, see the Wyong Regional Chronicle, edition 133, out on Tuesday, January 23. Source: Document, Jan 17 NSW Planning Assessment Commission Determination Wallarah 2 underground coal mine (SSD 4974) Summary Fact Sheet Interview, Jan 17 Allan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance Media release, Jan 17 David Harris, Shadow Minister for the Central Coast Dilon Luke, Journalist

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he Planning Assessment Commission has recommended consent to the Minister for the Wallarah 2 underground coal mine, subject to conditions, despite admitting that the location is sensitive to the Central Coast’s drinking water supply. The decision follows the public meeting in Wyong on November 3, 2017. According to a Statement of Facts (SOF) released to the public on January 17, the Commission has determined the proposal is in the public interest. “The creation of 300 operational jobs and 450 construction jobs, along with the investment in the local area, would have significant local benefits for the community, provide investment in the Central Coast and contribute to the growth of the region,” the SOF read. “The mine would also generate royalties for the State and the people of NSW, while providing a source of high quality thermal coal during the global transition to a

A public protest against Wallarah 2 at a 2017 PAC hearing strong calls for it to take a has found that these decarbonised economy. “Impacts and precautionary approach extensive conditions will potential risks can be given the potential for provide a precautionary appropriately managed impacts to the Central approach to protecting through the framework Coast’s drinking water the drinking water supply catchment. of rigorous controls and supply catchment. “The Commission “The issue has been requirements in place has noted the impacts to manage, mitigate, assessed in detail. minimise, compensate “Impacts were of subsidence on flood and offset those impacts. assessed to be small and levels and emergency “In considering the acceptable, with no net evacuation routes and the suitability of the site for impact on the availability requirements for works to underground mining, of water for the Central be undertaken to raise or the Commission Coast drinking water relocate dwellings and acknowledged its supply catchment during relevant road levels. “Conditions will also location under a the life of the mine,” the ensure air and noise sensitive drinking water report stated. catchment, the strategic “The framework of emissions from the pit context of a growing conditions requires formal top facilities and coal population, an uncertain reviews of the subsidence transport process will be future global coal market predictions and impacts, monitored and managed. along with the need to adaptive management, “In reaching this curb carbon emissions, compensatory water decision, the Commission and reliance on coal fired supply and ultimately, considered carefully power stations,” the SOF include requirements for the concerns raised read. mining to cease if this is by the community, the Department of Planning “The Commission deemed necessary. Environment’s heard and acknowledged “The Commission and

assessment and recommendation for approval, and previous Planning Assessment Commission reviews of the project,” the SOF concluded. The Australian Coal Alliance’s (ACA) Mr Allan Hayes, said the ACA was already preparing a legal challenge. “The Central Coast community needs to know that we have a government that let them down and a government that has put their drinking water supply at risk, all to placate the machinations of a foreign government and a South Korean mining company,” Mr Hayes said. “The PAC is risking the region’s entire water supply all so a coal company can send coal overseas. “Wyong Coal needs to know that the community will not accept this. “This fight is far from over,” Mr Hayes said. Member for Wyong and Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris, said that despite overwhelming opposition from the community, the PAC has approved this controversial project, which has been the subject of a long and bitter community campaign against it.

“Central Coast residents need to know that this determination means that 300 megalitres, or 120 Olympic sized swimming pools, of treated mine water waste will be released into the Central Coast water supply each year. “This is a clear cut broken promise from the Liberal Government, which promised in 2011 to stop the mine going ahead, with then Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell, notoriously photographed wearing a “Water not Coal” T shirt with his Central Coast candidates.” David Harris has called on the Premier to urgently address this issue and deliver on the Liberal’s promise to stop the mine. The Commission’s full report into the mine can be viewed at the Planning Assessment Commission’s website by searching for Wallarah 2 Coal Project. Source: Document, Jan 17 NSW Planning Assessment Commission Determination Wallarah 2 underground coal mine (SSD 4974) Summary Fact Sheet Interview, Jan 17 Allan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance Media release, Jan 17 David Harris, Shadow Minister for the Central Coast Dilon Luke, Journalist

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Holstein moves to revive Rawson Rd level crossing work Deputy mayor Cr Chris Holstein is planning to have Central Coast Council support the resumption of work to replace the Rawson Rd level crossing. Cr Holstein said he had submitted a notice of motion about the replacement of the level crossing which he expected would be debated at a February council meeting. Cr Holstein said he would be calling on council to make representations to the NSW Premier, relevant Ministers and to Mr Scot MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast. “The works are imperative,” Cr Holstein said. “I believe the rationale and reasons for discontinuing it were not substantiated enough and were not valid,” he said. The former Gosford Council, according to Cr Holstein, “went and did a gold ribbon solution on the pedestrian underpass, the road underpass works commenced and then the Government came back and said it was cost-prohibitive. “I have an understanding of why the project was canned or put to the side and it was around dollars, but the option they were considering was farcical and not justifiable and about removing the project from the agenda,” Cr Holstein said. “Their reason for pulling out of it was that it was going to be too cost-prohibitive but it wasn’t costprohibitive until they came up with the railway’s solution. “I think that was an excuse: They found the most costly solution and that sent the project away. “At no stage beforehand had cost been an issue. “Railways said what their requirements to construct the underpass would be and they were unrealistic conditions because they would not be prepared to see any closures of the line. “They actually wanted to put bypass rails on either side of the underpass so the line could continue to operate while the underpass was constructed and that would be a physical impossibility.” Cr Holstein said he did not believe money already spent on roadworks at Bulls Hill was wasted.

Traffic waiting to cross the rail line and, inset, NSW Government’s promise of 2018 completion

“There is still a definite need to have safer access, a formal secondary access to the Peninsula. “We have seen it with what happened the other morning when we had a burst water main on Brisbane Water Dve. “We have seen that with bushfires. We have seen that with road accidents.” Cr Holstein said his motion would include council writing to the leader of the NSW Opposition seeking his support if Labor won government in March 2019. “The reality is we have had incidents at that crossing. “It is not safe. “We need a more effective and faster rail service and you are not going to get that if you still have level crossings. “Movement of traffic on the Peninsula from north to south is a further consideration. “The benefits of a Rawson Rd underpass go beyond the electorate of Gosford. “It would greatly benefit the people who come from the Terrigal electorate via Maitland Bay Dve to use the M1,” Cr Holstein said. Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, has vowed to continue to fight for the Rawson Road Level Crossing Replacement Project, a NSW Government project, which was due for completion in 2018. Ms Tesch said the current NSW

Government would be bringing down its final budget before the March 2019 election in June. She said she would be reminding the Government in the months prior to the budget that the Peninsula community “still wants a solution to the replacement of the dangerous Rawson Rd level crossing”. “Labor has agreed that, if elected in March 2019, we will replace the level crossing and I am now talking to engineers about alternative proposals that will cost less than the $110 million that was this Government’s last estimate,” Ms Tesch said. According to documents obtained by the Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris, using the state’s Government Information Public Access law, by October 20, 2016, the NSW Government had paid Gosford and Central Coast Council $15.2 million. Of that, $4.1 million had been spent on project management and consultancy fees, $5.8 million on the pedestrian underpass and adjacent road and footpath work and $5.3 million on preparatory works and road construction at the base of Bull’s Hill. Funds were allocated up until June 2016 but the NSW Government appeared to get cold feet about the project much earlier

even though they kept paying Council’s bills for work completed. Payment claims had been submitted monthly by the Council and paid regularly by the NSW Government. In February 2014, internal correspondence between officers of Gosford Council indicated a program for the replacement of the level crossing. Construction of the rail underpass was to commence in December 2014 and was estimated to take 18 months with completion slated for mid-2016. The former Council believed the level crossing would be closed in July 2017. Its breakdown of stages and budgets estimated the total project would cost $92 million but those plans never came to fruition. Although a great deal of the information in the GiPA documents has been blacked out, cost blow-outs and a communication breakdown between Council and NSW Transport appeared to start in 2014. In October 2014, NSW Roads and Maritime Services disputed Council’s $92 million estimate and claimed the total cost of the project would be $130 million. A project control group was appointed in late 2014 and it was at that time that Council received a directive stating that, “effective

immediately”, all rail bridges within the rail corridor would be managed by Transport for NSW and that all road bridges over rail infrastructure would be managed by Roads and Maritime Services. As a result control of the project was moved from Gosford Council to Transport for NSW. Road works adjoining the proposed rail bridge at Bulls Hill were well under construction by February 2015, according to the correspondence. Project timelines continued to blow out due to Transport for NSW reviewing all plans and decisions. “Nearly four months has passed and I am now being advised that the plans will have to be reviewed by TPD,” said one email from Mr Scott Burton, of Gosford Council. “Historically, reviews undertaken by TPD take a considerable period of time. “Combined with the fact that road works on site will now need to stop due to this delay, this places this project in a very difficult position of delivery within the State Government’s expected timeframe.” In March 2015, according to the documents, a Brisbane based consultant produced an options estimate report for Transport for NSW on the project that incorporated the Woy Woy rail underbridge, Shoalhaven Dve underbridge upgrade and removal of Rawson Rd level crossing. Six alternate designs were considered but the estimated cost information and risk analysis was completely deleted from the GiPA documents. Gosford Council representatives were not included in meetings to discuss the various options with NSW Government representatives. A final business case assurance review report was then prepared by Transport for NSW in June 2015 but its contents was completed redacted from the GiPA document. SOURCES: Interview, 23 Jan 2018 Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford Interview, 24 Jan 2018 Chris Holstein, Central Coast Council GiPA emails and reports, 2014-2016 Clarinda Campbell, NSW Roads and Maritime Reporter: Jackie Pearson

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goals of the MDA and its r Stephen “This is a critical juncture. Goodwin of the “The landfill site is part of a reasons for participating in Mountain Districts 40ha parcel of land that was the advisory committee were Association (MDA) bequeathed to the community to eliminate the environmental risk posed by the existing outlined the community’s by a local returned serviceman to provide a permanent home waste mound. expectations at the first “We recommend that for the Mangrove Mountain meeting of the Mangrove RSL Sub Branch. Council liaise with the EPA to Mountain and Spencer “That this land was lost undertake feasibility studies Advisory Committee on to the community when the for alternative options to January 30. golf course and landfill was achieve this outcome, with

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he Mangrove Mountain and Spencer advisory committee held its inaugural meeting at the Mangrove Mountain Hall on Tuesday, January 30, to bed down issues such as its terms of reference and frequency of meetings. All members of the committee were required by Central Coast Council to attend code of conduct training which was held in Wyong on the day before the meeting. The first meeting considered a draft terms of reference for the committee. The draft terms of reference identified the responsibilities of the committee as providing advice and feedback to Council on the current situation at the Mangrove Mountain landfill

site and the illegal dumping at Spencer, recommendations to address issues raised relating to the Mangrove Mountain landfill site the illegal dumping at Spencer, and, the implementation of actions in relation to Mangrove Mountain landfill site and the illegal dumping at Spencer. According to the draft terms of reference, the membership of the committee consists of Mayor Jane Smith, Deputy Mayor Chris Holstein, Councillors Troy Marquart, Richard Mehrtens, and Kyle MacGregor. Community representatives are: Mr John Asquith, chair of the Community Environment Network; Mr Gary Chestnut, a former Gosford Council employee; Dr Stephen Goodwin from the Mountain Districts Association; Mr Wolfgang Koerner from Central Coast Greens; Ms Margaret Pontifex

of the Mangrove Mountain District Community Group Inc; Ms Marilyn Steiner from Mountain Districts Association; Mr Danny Willmott, a former trustee of the land; Mr Stephen Rickards, Ms Pam O’Sullivan, Ms Joy Cooper and Ms Lillias Bovell. The councillors and community representatives will have voting rights. The following Council staff will be non-voting members of the committee: the CEO, Executive Manager of Governance, Director of Environment and Planning, Director of Connected Communities and other relevant staff as required. Directors can choose to send delegates. All 11 local residents who expressed interest in joining the committee were invited to become members. Continued p3

“There is broad acknowledgement that the Mangrove Mountain Landfill presents a huge dilemma for Central Coast Council to resolve,” Dr Goodwin said. “There are many guilty parties behind how this small golf course redevelopment was allowed to grow like topsy, far beyond the development consent, to become a major landfill, with potentially worse to come. “Gosford City Council shares some of this blame, and Central Coast Council must take on this responsibility. “It is up to Council to make the decision as to whether to draw a line in the sand and fight, or to knuckle under pressure from the landfill owners and let it go ahead. “We believe it is in Council’s legislative power to stop further development. “If it does not … the risk to the Central Coast’s water supply will increase enormously. “There is almost no oversight of this landfill, which is deeply disturbing, as it potentially affects us all.

sold to the landfill operator in 2014 is a sore point, and may be the subject of an ongoing investigation.” Dr Goodwin outlined the history of the site from 1991 to the present day. Over that time, according to Dr Goodwin: “The discrete excavation of 20,000 cubic metres of soil and rock on site has exploded to a massive excavation pit of almost one million cubic metres capacity. “How this came about is subject to legal privilege, but gives some idea of the difficulties of taking on the operator. “Take it on though Council must, or give up any semblance of authority to control developments and protect the community from environmental harm,” he said. Council and the EPA failed to meet their statutory obligations, which resulted in the current problem, according to Dr Goodwin. “Records show that of the total environmental waste levy of $22.5m collected by the EPA at the site, almost $22m of this was illegally obtained. Dr Goodwin said the primary

costings and a timetable for completion, to ensure the ongoing risk to the integrity of the Central Coast’s water supply is eliminated.” He called upon Council to prevent “further waste from being brought onto the landfill and golf course site”, and to “review Council practices in handling compliance matters to make sure that issues such as this are not repeated. “While this may bring short term pain, we reiterate our call for an Inquiry into the circumstances surrounding this environmental and public health disaster. “We recommend that Central Coast Council endorse the call for a Special Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the EPA and the former GCC in relation to Mangrove Mountain Landfill.” He tabled a list of 17 issues which he believed needed to be considered by the committee, so that all committee members could be “properly informed”. Source: Presentation, Jan 30 Stephen Goodwin, Mountain Districts Association

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sset Energy has been given permission to use underwater seismic blasts to search for coal and gas off the Central Coast, according to the Central Coast Greens. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority granted Asset Energy permission to do the testing in an area close to Toukley, Budgewoi and the Lake Munmorah Conservation Area, and north to Newcastle. “Central Coast Greens have long stood for no new coal and no gas extraction on the Coast, and extend that call for a ban to off-shore areas too,” said Ms Abigail Boyd, Spokesperson for The Greens on the Central Coast. “The majority of Australians, backed by the Greens, want more investment in renewable energy providing sustainable jobs, and reducing the risks of climate change,” Ms Boyd said. “Ms Abigail Boyd and Greens Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Mr Jeremy Buckingham, spoke at a public meeting on Saturday, January 27, to recommit their opposition to the Wallarah 2 long-wall coal

The NOPSEMA location map for the seismic testing Mr Josh Frydenberg, to February 1 regarding the mine. According to Ms Boyd, overturn the approval seismic testing approved the mine “will undermine for seismic testing and by the Federal regulator our water supplies, and also deny a licence for show it risks clashing Wallarah 2. with the start of this year’s pollute our air. “He has these powers whale migration. “We will not let this new The details were threat go unopposed under the Environment, with the Protection and released either,” she said. of the “Not only will both Biodiversity Conservation publication Plan seismic testing and Act (EPBC), and must Environment long-wall coal mining act before March 7,” she Summary and Statement of Reasons, coming directly damage our local said. Greens MP, Justin Field, a fortnight after the environment, putting our water supplies at has also drawn attention announcement of the risk, and impacting on to the dangers to marine approval. Seismic testing has our cherished marine life, including migrating environment, both whales, from the seismic been approved to run for up to four day for 24 hours projects are seeking to testing. find more fossil fuel. “Central Coast a day between March 15 “Only fossil fools look Greens will join the local and May 30, excluding for coal and gas any community in actions to the Easter period. Mr Field called on the ensure that governments more. “The science is in, and investors are left in NSW Government to climate change will no doubt about the level intervene and ensure the produce more droughts, of opposition from the proposed testing for oil more floods, more local community,” he and gas did not go ahead. said. “This is the wrong disruption, more risk. “We will work together project at the wrong “We must act now to meet our international to protect the Coast, time in the wrong area targets to prevent the when State and Federal and will put at risk our precious marine life Governments will not.” worst effects. Mr Field said including threatened and “We call on the Federal Environment Minister, documents released on vulnerable whales,” he said.

“The approval runs to May 30 while the official start of the whale migration is June 1, last year the NSW Environment Department issued a media release announcing sighting of whales along the coast in late May. “Allowing night time operation means it will be next to impossible to identify whale movements in the danger area of the blasts, risking threatened and vulnerable species like the Southern Right Whale and Humpback Whale.” The seismic testing will occur in an area that is recognised to be home to 22 threatened species including whales, turtles and migratory birds and has the potential to injure fish up to 1km from the air blasts. “The document shows that a large number of threatened and vulnerable species occur in the area of the testing, Mr Field said. “The report accepts that fin fish are likely to suffer permanent injury and death within 70 metres of the airgun and accept temporary hearing loss is possible out to 1km. “This testing will mean a massive air explosion every 3-4 seconds for a period of 3-4 days, 24 hours a day and the company has acknowledged the risk of

animal mortality. “There is a real issue with transparency and consultation with the federal regulator. “It’s unacceptable that an approval is granted before the public is able to see and respond to the environment plans of the company. “The Greens are opposed to this exploration and opposed to any plan for future oil or gas development off the NSW Coast. “We need to end the obsession with fossil fuels which is put our planet and the environment we love and rely on at risk.” A search of the EPBC Act Protected Matters Database was undertaken to identify the likelihood of occurrence of listed fauna within and around the Operational Area. The search resulted in the following areas/ species identified: 36 listed threatened species (22 likely to occur in the survey area); 42 migratory species (23 considered likely to occur in the survey area and 23 also listed as threatened); and 32 whales and other cetaceans. Source: Media release, Feb 2 Jane Garcia, office of Justin Field Media release, Feb 5 Abigail Boyd, The Greens Central Coast Website, Feb 5 NOPSEMA, Baleen 2D HR Seismic Survey

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hadow Minister for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris, has called on NSW Premier, Ms Gladys Berejiklian, and Planning Minister, Mr Anthony Roberts, to review all decisions made by former Resources and Energy Minister, Mr Chris Hartcher, following allegations outlined on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday, February 5. Mr Harris said there had been numerous questions around Mr Hartcher’s interactions with mining companies, documented since 2012, which would undermine public confidence that decisions made were free of undue influence. “The NSW Liberal Government’s backflip on the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine after former Minister Hartcher and Premier O’Farrell’s “ironclad” commitment to prevent mining if elected, has

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led to high levels of public mistrust in the state’s mining approvals system,” Mr Harris said. “Mr Hartcher’s relationship with proponents of the Wallarah 2 project raises serious questions which, coupled with the allegations in the Sydney Morning Herald, should lead the Premier

Mr Nick Di Girolamo and Mr Chris Hartcher and Planning Minister to 2014, to disclose what review all decisions made contacts Mr Hartcher had with Mr Di Girolamo between 2012 and 2014. Mr Harris’ list of the regarding the Wallarah 2 interactions that could proposal. Then there was have undermined public Premier, Mr confidence included Mr former Hartcher’s 2014 trip to Barry O’Farrell’s, forced South Korea with KORES resignation in 2014 over a lobbyist Mr Mick Di bottle of Penfold’s Grange that he received as a gift Girolamo. He also listed the NSW from Mr Di Girolamo, and Government’s refusal, in again, in 2014, when it

was revealed that Mr Hartcher had dinner with Kores executives at the home of Mr Di Girolamo. “The whole mining approval process in NSW has lost the public’s confidence and the Premier needs to act,” Mr Harris said. “In 2011, Barry O’Farrell said there were no ifs and no buts about the mine

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he NSW Government is compromising the Central Coast’s drinking water, along with that of Newcastle and Sydney, according to a submission to the g o v e r n m e n t ’s drinking water catchment review by the Lock the Gate Alliance.

Lock the Gate’s submission argued that current regulations would not protect water catchments against a swathe of new coal mines and expansions, with mounting evidence that coal mining is reducing water flowing into dams. “In the creation of the new environmental SEPP, we recommend the

Department consider the water security of other major cities, particularly Newcastle and the Central Coast,” the Lock the Gate submission said. “The recent approval of the Wallarah 2 coal mine in the Jilliby State Conservation Area, in the catchment of the Wyong River, which provides drinking water to the Central Coast, was opposed by Central Coast Water and Central Coast Council, because of the loss of water to the catchment that it will cause, and the risk to water security for an area that has suffered water shortages in the past,” the submission said. “The Central Coast regional plan includes the goal to ‘Protect water catchments to sustain high quality

and dependable water supplies across the region’. “The approval of Wallarah 2 has put this goal in jeopardy. “The area mapped as the surface water catchment in the regional plan must be added to Schedule 1 of the Mining SEPP, and made off limits to forms of extractive industry,” the submission said. Lock the Gate spokesperson, Ms Georgina Woods, said: “Our drinking water is being depleted by coal mining and it’s only set to get worse, with another coal mine just approved in the Central Coast catchment, and a new coal mine and two large mine expansions proposed in the Sydney catchment.

“Underground mining cracks creeks and collapses the swamps that feed clean fresh water to Sydney’s dams,” Ms Woods said. “A report prepared for the Department of Planning showed that rainfall that should be feeding Sydney’s dams and drinking water supply is being drawn into the mining goafs beneath the surface at Dendrobium mine, the largest of the catchment mines.” Mr Alan Hayes, from the Australian Coal Alliance, said the Dendrobium experience was evidence of the impact the Wallarah 2 mine could have on the Central Coast’s water supply. The “Height of Cracking” report, commissioned by the Department and

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undertaken by Pells, Sullivan and Meynink (PSM), confirms seam to surface connected fracturing, groundwater diversion and drainage, landscape slippage and valley bulging, causing fracture pathways for leakage from below the reservoirs,” according to the Lock the Gate submission. “Damage to the upland swamps that filter and release clean fresh water to the catchment is occurring well beyond the longwall panels themselves, as much as 900m away,” the submission said. “A new mine has just been approved under the drinking water catchment for the Central Coast. “None of our drinking water catchments are protected from mining.

“The Premier has said that she doesn’t want anything compromising our water security. “Well that’s exactly what the coal mines are doing and it needs to be stopped. “It’s just common sense that water should take priority over coal mining.” She said the Department of Planning’s consultation paper failed to provide new protections. Source: Media release, Feb 2 Monique Vandeleur, Lock the Gate Interview, Feb 2 Alan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance Submission, Feb 2 Lock the Gate’s submission on NSW Government drinking water catchment review Jackie Pearson, journalist

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pproximately 200 Central Coast residents attended a public meeting, held at Ourimbah on Saturday, January 27, in opposition to the Wallarah 2 coal mine. Meeting convenor, Dr Van Davy from Community Plan Central Coast, said the meeting carried two motions unanimously. The first was moved by former Wyong Mayor, Mr Bob Graham, and seconded by the Green’s, Mr Jeremy Buckingham. “It read: the community continues to reaffirm its support of the Australian Coal Alliance (ACA) in its continuing fight to stop the Wallarah 2 Coal Mine, and applaud the ACA’s past success and determination, using both political clout and scientific evidence to overturn the

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previous two approval recommendations by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC). “The community supports the Australian Coal Alliance in its legal challenge to the Planning Assessment C o m m i s s i o n ’s recommendation to

approve the Wallarah 2 Coal mine. “We note also that both former Premier Baird and Premier Berejiklian were both members of the O’Farrell cabinet decision to stop Wallarah 2. “We ask that the Labor Party continue to highlight this decision

through the next State Election campaign. “We ask that the community give generously to the fighting fund and consider more than one donation over the next six months.” The second motion was moved by, Mr David Abrahams, of Community

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he future of the Central Coast’s drinking water sits with the Federal Government, which will assess the Wallarah 2 Coal Project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, following the NSW Planning A s s e s s m e n t C o m m i s s i o n ’s determination in January that the mine was in the public interest.

Approval for the project will depend on Federal Environment Minister, Josh Frydenberg’s, decision about the mine’s impact on threatened species and water resources. In a letter to Federal Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, the Minister said consideration would include advice from a 2013 Independent Expert Scientific Committee report. That Independent Expert Scientific Committee, in its 2013 advice to the Minister, said: “there are significant risks associated with the proposed project having a detrimental and long-lasting effect on an already stressed water supply catchment. “The proposal is located within the Jilliby Creek Catchment, a major water source for the Gosford-Wyong Water Supply Scheme, which provides water to 285,000 people. “The proposal has the

An aerial view of the suburbs around and under which the Wallarah 2 coal mine will be located potential to significantly regimes, causing regional context, through the water quality of the reduce surface runoff, localised ponding/ robust analysis of similar Gosford-Wyong Water with the project area damming of catchment projects in the area. Supply Scheme. covering five per cent runoff waters. “The forested hill areas “Due to the potential of the entire scheme’s “This has the potential of the proposed project risk involved, a rigorous catchment area. to cause change in depth are susceptible to surface groundwater monitoring “The proposal has of water bodies leading deformation and cracking system is needed to the potential to change to inundation or water due to subsidence. identify and then mitigate surface and groundwater logging of emergent “This has the potential any impacts. dynamics within the or marginal/riparian to destabilise soils and “It is recommended that Jilliby Creek Catchment vegetation, and causing sediments and mobilise the proponent develop a through subsidence- aquatic habitat alteration these into creeks and post-mine management related impacts. due to draining or streams increasing plan to reduce the “Subsidence can lead additional deepening of sediment loads and impacts on water to increased drainage existing ponds, wetlands nutrient loads. resources from continued between aquifers, altering or dams. after “The proposal depressurisation water table heights, flow “The proponent has indicates that brine and mining. rates and water quality. indicated that fracturing salt concentrate could “The predicted “ G r o u n d w a t e r - as a result of subsidence potentially be stored c o n t i n u e d dependent ecosystems, will extend upwards to a below ground within the depressurisation 500 which rely on shallow maximum of 200 metres extracted coal seam. years after cessation water tables, have been from the coal seam. “Monitoring of is likely to impact the identified along surface “The potential impact groundwater water quality, surrounding drainage channels within caused by fracturing particularly in relation extraction sources by the project boundary. through the entire strata to the storage of salt creating a groundwater “Regular monitoring of would have detrimental concentrate, along with sink, having the potential the water table in these effects, including the mitigation measures, to impact on existing areas is needed to ensure reduction of surface flow would be required to groundwater bores and to that any variation in and draining of shallow ensure water quality is contribute to cumulative on which not degraded. impacts with surrounding level can be resolved by aquifers, groundwater-dependant remediation measures. “Contamination of the mines. “There is insufficient “The predicted ecosystems depend. regional groundwater “Findings need to be supply subsidence has the could have evidence to support the potential to alter flooding based on both localised severe ramifications for proponent’s conclusion modelling, and within a of negligible cumulative

impacts. “In particular, the potential cumulative impacts brought about by the potential Mandalong Southern Extension Project are likely to have impacts within the Jilliby Creek Catchment. “It is recommended that an assessment of cumulative groundwater and surface water impacts be undertaken, incorporating, where possible, current and future mining and other extractive industries. “The proponent’s assessments regarding the extent of aquifer connectivity are not justified by the data,” the committee concluded. “A regional water balance, which is considered essential to appropriately assess the regional cumulative impacts and risks to the Gosford-Wyong Water Supply Scheme, has not been provided. “The proponent has not considered the potential impacts on the surrounding creeks and water quality as a result of uncontrolled discharge from the mine operation’s dams. “The mine operation’s dams are currently designed to contain a 100 year average recurrence interval, 72-hour storm event. “Consideration should be given to mine operation dams being redesigned to contain a larger storm event (one in 1,000 year average recurrence interval) to minimise the potential for downstream water quality and ecological impacts.

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ort expresses grave concerns over coal mine “Further assessment is recommended to gauge the extent of water interaction within the extraction boundary. “The proponent has assessed the calibration of the runoff model using a gauging station on Wallarah Creek. “It is noted that the station only operated from 1965 to 1976 and is not located within the main project area. “This dataset provides limited confidence in the calibration of the surface water balance. “The proponent has stated that a water treatment plant will treat mine water to a quality that is similar to existing Wallarah Creek water quality values, before being discharged into the creek system. “Further clarification is needed on what the proponent specifies as ‘existing water quality values’ proposed for treated water released into the Wallarah Creek.

“All site and surface water plans should be constructed in accordance with the National Water Quality Management Strategy. “The release of controlled treated mine water is likely to occur when there is no natural flow in Wallarah Creek, and these releases have the potential to change flow regimes of the creek. “The proponent has stated that Wallarah Creek will remain ephemeral in nature, after water releases have been made. “It is suggested that an assessment be made on the potential impacts of extracting water from town sources, during extreme weather periods, including drought conditions.� The committee, in its key conclusions, found that relevant data and information had not been provided on the risks associated with the potential reduction

of surface runoff caused by subsidence and the adverse effects on the Gosford-Wyong water supply scheme. Other relevant data and information that had not been supplied, in the opinion of the Expert Scientific Committee included: the fracture potential of the strata between the targeted coal seam and the surface; changes to the regional water balance; the potential impacts of the project on aquatic ecology; and, cumulative impacts associated with current and future mines within the area. The committee advised the department and the minister that key methodologies and assessments that would be needed to fully assess the project, had not been provided. The missing methodologies included a regional water balance that gave particular consideration to both

surface and groundwater impacts to the GosfordWyong water supply scheme, and assessment of subsidence issues associated with longwall mining, relating to the changing catchment characteristics, variation in groundwater aquifers and potential increased surface water and aquifer connectivity. The proponent had also failed to produce “a comprehensive risk assessment of the impacts of the proposed project on surface water and groundwater dependent ecosystems�, according to the scientific committee. Finally, the committee concluded that the Wyong Areas Coal Joint Venture had failed to provide “a cumulative impact assessment associated with creek systems flowing from the Mandalong Southern Extension Project directly through the proposed extraction site�.

The committee said: “The draft Environmental Impact Assessment generally uses reasonable values and parameters in calculations, with the exception of the use of data from Wallarah Creek, in the water balance and the discussion on water quality. “The monitoring point located outside the proposed main extraction site may not be an appropriate calibration tool for the site water balance. “A lack of supporting information on flood events and impacts on aquatic ecology has also limited the onsite assessments. “The proponent has relied heavily on literature reviews to provide analysis and assessments. “The committee considers that while the proponent has provided water resources and management information, there is

limited information on: the full suite of groundwater impacts; risks to the regional water balance; subsidencerelated impacts; impacts on aquatic ecology; and, the project’s risk to the Gosford-Wyong Water Supply Scheme.� Ms McBride said she called on Mr Frydenberg to intervene and use his powers to stop the mine. “Minister Frydenberg has the chance to stop this mine,� Ms McBride said. “If he doesn’t, he’s not only ignoring our community, he is ignoring the advice of experts that clearly say this mine is a threat to our water catchment,� she said. “Our waterways are precious and this mine could have an impact for decades to come. “Minister Frydenberg, do the right thing and reject this mine,� she said. Continued P8

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Independent Expert Scientific Committee Report expresses grave concerns over coal mine

Power station demolition breaks Australian records

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he future of the Central Coast’s drinking water sits with the Federal Government, which will assess the Wallarah 2 Coal Project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act, following the NSW Planning A s s e s s m e n t C o m m i s s i o n ’s determination in January that the mine was in the public interest.

The Munmorah Power Station following the first explosive demolition of its boilers last May

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he demolition of the Munmorah Power Station is moving ahead with an imminent blast event scheduled to demolish the remaining boiler house.

The explosive demolition was originally planned for September, but is now likely to take place in February. To ensure the demolition is safe, the public will not be given advanced notice of the date or time, but Liberty Industrial, the specialist company charged with the demolition of the power station, will release drone and digital footage shortly after the event.

Two of Munmorah Power Station’s boilers were demolished in May, 2017, using controlled explosive demolition techniques. The boilers were the largest demolished in Australia so far. They also represented the largest explosive demolition undertaken anywhere in Australia to date. Weighing in at 23,000 tonnes and 60 metres in height, they were the heaviest structure to be demolished using explosives in Australia. Following the successful demolition of the chimney stacks in March 2017, the blast was the second of three explosive demolition events to be carried out

during the course of the power station’s removal. The demolition of the boilers was achieved utilising an engineered induced collapse technique. Liberty Industrial’s giant excavator has been put to work processing the debris. The machine boasts the largest demolition shear anywhere in the world. Demolition of the remaining boiler house will be the last explosive demolition event planned. The removal of the power station is expected to be completed by September, 2018. Source: Website, Feb 5 Simon Gill, Liberty Industrial

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“The community opposes this mine and Labor opposes this mine,” said Ms McBride’s NSW colleague, the Shadow Minister for the Central Coast and Member for Wyong, Mr David Harris. “The NSW Liberals said they would oppose it, but so far they’ve done nothing but break their promise to the people of the Central Coast,” Mr Harris said. “If NSW Premier, Ms Gladys Berejiklian, won’t stand up for the Coast, hopefully her colleague at the Federal level will,” he said. The Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy has been called upon

twice to assess the Wallarah 2 coal mine. The first application under the EPBC Act was made in 2007 and withdrawn in 2012. The latest referral (2012/6388) was made in May 2012. On June 15, 2012, the federal department ruled that the referral was a controlled action and would be assessed by accredited assessment under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. That meant the Federal Government would be mostly reliant on information from the NSW Government in making its determination. However, the EPBC Act includes a ‘water trigger’ that requires Federal Government approval of any coal seam gas or mining project that could have an impact on a water catchment. Wallarah 2 was, as a result, assessed by an Independent Expert Scientific Committee on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development, and the final advice sent to the government in May 2013. In October 23, the then Minister, Mr Greg Hunt, confirmed that Sections 24D and 24E of the EPBC Act were controlling provisions for Wallarah 2. “The controlling provisions relate to the

impacts of coal seam gas development and large coal mining development on water resources. “The consequence of this decision is that the proposed action must be approved for the purposes of this controlling provision before it can proceed.” In October 2016, the applicant, Wyong Areas Coal Joint Venture, requested a variation to the proposal which was accepted by the Federal Department. However, Mr Frydenberg and his department have not yet made their determination in relation to Wallarah 2 and the project cannot go ahead without Federal Government approval. Wyong Regional Chronicle has asked the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy for an update on the status of its EPBC Act assessment of Wallarah 2. Questions have also been sent to Mr Kenny Barry of Wyong Coal Pty Ltd about how the proponent has addressed issues raised by the Independent Expert Scientific Committee. Source: Media release, Jan 23 Heather Robins, office of Emma McBride Website, Feb 2 EPBC Act referral 2012/3881 Department of the Environment and Energy

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proposal has been received by Central Coast Council to build a $1.4m child care facility at 98 to 112 Chittaway Rd, Fountaindale. According to reports submitted in support of the application to build a second child care centre on the site, the development, if approved, would provide more than 10 full time jobs. As a result, the application has been classed as an “employment generating development�, which means that it will be given priority assessment by Central Coast Council. The applicant is Go Kindy Early Education Centres, and the centre is proposed to provide 81 childcare places. Go Kindy currently operates an existing childcare centre on the site, called Follyfoot Farm.

The existing child care centre located on the site “This operates out of an characteristics of the development controls. existing building within site‌essentially ensures Parking has been the north-eastern end the two childcare centres allocated at one of the property, as well are run independently,â€? spot per child, which as a large open space the SEE said. also complies, so within the centre, which The proposed second the Statement of houses the farm aspect, centre to be built on the Environmental Effects including a handful of site will have 3.25 square concluded that the farm animals,â€? according metres per child of indoor proposed childcare to the Statement of space, or a total of 280 centre achieves all key Environmental Effects square metres of indoor planning controls. (SEE) submitted in space, which complies The subject site is support of the DA. with the required 263.25 located within the E4 The application square metres. Environmental Living proposes to build a as depicted Outdoor space will total Zone, second centre on the seven square metres under the Wyong Local south-west portion of the per child, or a total of Environmental Plan 2013 property, replacing an 752 square metres, (LEP), where a centreexisting residence. which complies with the based child care facility is “The physical minimum of 567 square a permissible use. separation and metres required under

Beyond the LEP, the new centre has been designed in accordance with the recently gazetted State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017 and the supporting Child Care Planning Guideline. The site consists of a long narrow parcel of land which is bound on its two long sides by Old Chittaway Rd and Enterprise Dve. Its south-western boundary is also shared by Turpentine Rd. The centre of the site contains various small paddocks for a few farm animals which are part of the child care centre’s operations. The existing residence and child care centre are separated by a fence and are in no way connected in their occupation. The new building will incorporate playrooms, cot rooms, kitchen and dining area, education room, reception and various supporting rooms

and amenities to cater for the maximum capacity of 81 children and 22 staff. The outdoor play area will involve play equipment, sand pits, shade structures and landscaping. The DA also requests permission for two free-standing business identification signs. The proposed child care centre would operate Monday to Friday from 6:30am to 6:30pm. In summary, according to the SEE, the proposed Child Care Centre complies with SEPP (Educational Establishments and Child Care Facilities) 2017; Wyong Local Environmental Plan 2013 as well as the relevant chapters of the Wyong Development Control Plan 2013 (“DCP�) and “on this basis Council is requested to grant consent to the application�. Source: Website, Feb 2 DA Tracker, DA37/2018

                 

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Seniors’ housing proposal receives State Government approval

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seniors’ housing proposal in Kanwal has been given State Government approval by the Department of Planning and Environment.

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$2.99 million development application has been lodged with Central Coast Council to build a multi-dwelling housing development at 47 to 49 Peel St, Toukley. The multi-dwelling housing development would consist of seven three-bedroom units with 16 basement car parking spaces. The development consists of two distinct blocks, A (units one to three) and block B (units four to seven), on a site that has a total area of 1,494 square metres. Located opposite Budgewoi Lake and Osbourne Park, and near Toukley Town Centre, the site is on the southern side of Peel St. The site evolved from a 2014 subdivision

and is currently vacant “detracting from the existing streetscape along Peel St.” A larger subdivided parcel now contains a seniors’ living development to the south. The site is zoned R1 General Residential, and has a maximum floor space ratio of 0.6:1 and a height limit of 16 metres. No part of the proposal exceeds the maximum height and the proposed floor space ratio is also compliant at 0.5.4:1 The R1 zone permits a mix of low, medium and high density residential, including the proposed multi-dwelling housing. “The site itself is bounded by a large aged care facility to its eastern boundary, and the large two storey senior living complex to the south, indicating

higher density housing, including medium density housing, is appropriate,” a Statement of Environmental Effects supporting the proposal said. “The subject area is ideal for future urban intensification as it is located within walking distance to an established commercial centre, a local school, child care centres and recreational opportunities, with bus stops with services to Lake Haven, Bateau Bay Square, and Noraville, and Wyong Hospital is within a 500m walking radius of the subject site. “Key arterial roads such as Main Rd and Wilfred Barrett Dve are located within close proximity to the subject site. Source: Website, Feb 5 Wyong DA Tracker, DA69/2018

The proposal, consisting of 30 twostorey, self-contained units, with a supporting communal room and swimming pool, is planned to be built on 3.2 hectares of land at 66 Wahroonga Rd, Kanwal. Following consultation with Central Coast Council, Coordinator General for the Central Coast, Ms Lee Shearer, issued a Site Compatibility Certificate for the site, under the state policy for seniors’ housing (State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) (Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability) 2004. Under the Housing for Seniors SEPP, a consent authority, such as Central Coast Council, must not consent to a DA to develop land that adjoins land zoned primarily for ubran purposes, unless the proposed development is for a hostel, residential care facility or serviced selfcare housing. The consent authority must not consent to serviced self-care housing unless satisfied that the housing will be provided for people with a disability, or in combination with a residential care facility, or as a retirement village. The policy provides for seniors’ housing

proposals on land adjoining urban land, provided it satisfies criteria such as compatibility with the surrounding environment and land uses. According to the SEPP, site compatibility certificates are required for seniors’ housing on land adjoining land zoned for urban purposes, land that is within a ‘special uses’ zone, or land used as an existing registered club. Another reason an applicant would need a site compatibility certificate would be if the DA involved buildings having a floor space ratio exceeding that permitted under another environmental planning instrument, by a bonus of 0.5 added to the gross floor area component of that floor space ratio. Wyong Regional Chronicle has asked Ms Shearer for more information about why the applicant needed a compatibility certificate. The Wahroonga Rd site is within the North Wyong Shire Structure Plan for residential development and is well-located for seniors’ housing, being just 800m from Wyong Hospital, and close to public transport links, according to Ms Shearer. The development also meets one of the four key goals of the Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 “to deliver greater housing diversity to accommodate a population forecast to grow by 75,500 people over the next 20 years,

55 per cent of whom will be people aged 65 or older,” she said. “Having explored all the relevant issues, we found this to be a development proposal that aligns closely with our stated goal to provide a variety of housing choice to suit all needs and lifestyles,” Ms Shearer said. “It is vital that we accommodate senior members of our community in wellplanned, safe and affordable housing. “It’s also important that housing is near family, friends and the services and amenities they need to continue leading an active, happy and fulfilling life.” With the certificate now issued, the applicant can lodge a development application with Central Coast Council. The proposal will be subject to development a s s e s s m e n t processes, including the opportunity for community consultation in accordance with Council’s policies. According to Central Coast Council’s online development application tracker for Wyong, no DA has been lodged for the property. Source: Media release, Jan 24 Matt Porter, NSW Planning and Environment Website, Feb 2 Applications for 66 Wahroonga Rd, Kanwal Lot 1 DP553840 Website, Feb 2 NSW Government Legislation, SEPP Housing for Seniors or People with a Disability 2004

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Nexus hosts its own Shark Tank S

ix of the region’s e n t re p re n e u r s pitched their innovative ideas to a full house of investors, industry experts and local business people at the Central Coast’s Nexus Smart Hub in December. After working their way through the Business Centre’s Start House 100 incubation program, these six startups launched their ideas via the first of a series of pitching evenings planned for the Central Coast. Mr Pierre Malou, CEO of the Business Centre, said six business plans and proposals were pitched by Chezleon, Accessibility in The City, Obelisk Systems, Medconnex, Cube Performance and Dr Creds, to a crowd of investors and fellow innovators. “The Business Centre is incredibly pleased with the calibre of the pitches that our participants presented. “The promising future of these innovators was realised by those in attendance and this is just the start of their business journeys,” said

Nexus Smart Hub Mr Malou. “We are so pleased to be part of the innovation corridor and to grow and nurture these startups on their way to global growth.” Mr Damien Wilde, Director of the Henry Kendall Group, which opened the Nexus Smart Hub at Wyong to provide a hub to Central Coast businesses, said that they were excited to host the Pitch Night and see the up and coming entrepreneurs of the region. “The quality of the pitches on the night was amazing and just goes to show the depth of entrepreneurial potential that exists on the Central Coast and in the Hunter

region. “I can’t wait for the next pitch night,” he said. First place on the night was awarded to Cube Performance, followed by Chezleon, and Obelisk Systems taking home third. Mr Matthew Jones, of Cube Performance, described his business intelligence software platform, The Cube, as a way for businesses to make educated decisions regarding all manner of forecasting and reporting that is not available in a similar platform at this point in time. Chezleon is the brainchild of CEO and inventor, Ms Cheryl Pollock, who developed a

way to treat Lymphedema after being diagnosed with cancer and suffering from this debilitating and painful condition herself. Lymphedema is the blockage of lymph vessels which can lead to excessive fluid retention, often encountered after cancer treatment. Chezleon passive massage wear allows the limbs to be constantly massaged to encourage the flow of fluid. With patents pending in hundreds of countries around the world, and

already granted in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, Chezleon is expected to be a godsend for the 45 million people suffering from Edema across the world, and a boon for this Central Coast based company. Mr Lewis Quill, CEO and one of the founders of Obelisk Systems, made an pitch on behalf of his company, which has designed an extensive programme of STEM (Science Technology Mathematics

and Engineering) robotics and resources to ensure this crucial subject, which is being introduced into schools across the country, is able to be easily incorporated by already time-strapped teachers. In collaboration with the Business Centre and its Start House 100 incubator program, Nexus Smart Hub is now seen as the launch pad for the Central Coast’s innovation community. Start House 100 is a dedicated business incubator and accelerator program aimed to help high value businesses to start-up and maximise their potential. The program aims to see 100 businesses succeed over the next five years. It also has a target of seeing 50 women founders graduate from the program, and the creation of 500 high value jobs in the region. Source: Media release, Dec 11 Jo-Anne Christie, The Business Centre

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Five storey, 40-unit, affordable housing proposal

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$9.1m residential flat building has been proposed for 6 to 10 Dunleigh St, Toukley. A development application has been submitted to Central Coast Council by Yoomin Choi for the five storey, 40-unit, affordable housing proposal. The applicant is asking for Council and the JRPP to vary their maximum height and floor space ratio controls, arguing that the changes would “enhance the activation of the Toukley Local Centre and provide a more sustainable development and broader benefit to the public. The site is in an area that allows a maximum height of 12 metres, and the proposed development has a height of 18 metres. The applicant has submitted a request for the maximum height to be varied. The maximum floor space ratio in the area of the proposed development, including bonus space allowed for affordable housing, is 1.5:1, but the proposed development seeks 1.71:1. The Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel (JRPP) will assess

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the application under the State Environmental Planning Policy (Affordable Rental Housing) 2009 (AHSEPP) because it is valued at over $5 million. SEPP 65 also applies to the development, because it is a residential flat building that is at least three storeys high, and contains at least four units. The proposal includes demolition of existing dwellings and construction of a residential flat building with car parking and landscaping, and the amalgamation of three existing lots. “The proposed development represents an opportunity to provide 40 affordable housing units within an area that has been strategically identified for regional

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and local significance,” a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) submitted with the DA said. The site fronts Dunleigh St and Tamar Ave, and is connected, due east to Toukley and due west to Wyong, via Main Rd. It has an approximate area of 2,161 square metres and is currently occupied by three residential dwelling with associated yards, fences, gardens, sheds and outbuildings. The ground floor of the proposed development will include integrated car parking for 20 cars, including two accessible spaces, foyer, waste collection area, lift, circulation corridor and fire stairs, tree planting and landscaping of dedicated private and communal open space. It will include a community garden and pedestrian access to the street. There will be four ground-floor units, including two onebedroom dwellings and two two-bedroom. The ground floor will also have 14 bicycle lockers. Levels one to four will each include eight units, all with two bedrooms and balconies, garbage chute and services, lift,

circulation corridors and fire stairs. Level five will have four two-bedroom units including balconies, a garbage chute and services and a life, circulation corridors and fire stairs. Vehicle access is proposed to be via Tamar Ave. According to the SEE: “The proposed development is consistent with the aim of the [Affordable Housing] SEPP to respond to housing demand, as reflected in the changing social and demographic profile of the locality, including decreased household size, the desire to age in place and the need for smaller units to fill the gap in the provision of low-cost housing. “These trends point to a deficiency in the current housing stock in terms of both dwelling size and affordability. “The proposed development is designed to meet this deficiency through the provision of small, affordable dwellings within the Toukley local centre,” the SEE said. Source: Website, Feb 5 Wyong DA Tracker, DA44/2018

The Commission also found that Mr Di Girolamo, and others, acted with the intention of evading the election funding laws relating to the disclosure of political donations. ICAC found that during November and December 2010, the Free Enterprise Foundation was used to channel donations to the NSW Liberal Party for its 2011 state election campaign so that the identity of the true donors was disguised. ICAC also found that there were payments made by property developers, who were prohibited donors, to help fund NSW Liberal Party candidates’ campaigns in the Hunter. The true nature of these payments was disguised, for example, as consultancy services or funnelled through another company, with the intention of evading the election funding laws. The Spicer report noted findings of fact, not findings of corrupt conduct. As a result of operation Spicer, but ICAC called for the advice of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) with respect to the prosecution of Mr Hartcher for an offence of larceny. At the time of going to press no decision by the DPP had been made. Allegations raised in the Sydney Morning Herald on February 5 point to the use of “offshore accounts” to make donations to the Liberal Party in return for access to Mr Hartcher by foreign entities wishing to acquire mines in NSW. The Sydney Morning Herald report refers to meetings that took place

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at the Little Teapot café in Davistown, and to a Liberal Party insider called “Richard”. Mr Harris said ICAC’s Operation Spicer addressed matters that took place prior to the 2011 election, “but no one has ever investigated, as far as we are aware, what happened in 2012, after the election. “There is clear evidence that there were meetings,” Mr Harris said. “Mr Di Girolamo and Mr Hartcher both went to Korea,” he said. “I have thought for a long time that for Mr O’Farrell, Mr Hartcher and the whole shadow cabinet to publicly promise to stop the mine and then to backflip without ever providing an explanation, there must have been something else that happened. “The NSW Government never came out and said ‘we are really sorry but there were legal impediments to what we wanted to do to stop the mine’. “Now there have been links drawn, links to relationships with Kores after the fact. “You might call it coincidence or you might ask was there influence. “That is why I am now asking the Premier and Minister whether there needs to be a close look at decisions made while Mr Hartcher was a minister because the community has no confidence in the process. “The average person on the street looks at all these things and then says the relationship between Government and mining is adverse to our interests. “If they hadn’t flown together to South Korea, if they hadn’t had dinner with Kores executives, people may not have asked questions,” Mr Harris said. Source: Media release, Feb 5 Zachary Harrison, office of David Harris Website, Feb 5 Operation Spicer report, NSW ICAC Interview, Feb 5 David Harris, Shadow Minister for the Central Coast Jackie Pearson, journalist


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recruitment company called Davidson, has been appointed to assist Central Coast Council to recruit a permanent General Manager. The appointment followed an Expression of Interest process, with three shortlisted agencies addressing a confidential session of an extraordinary council meeting, held at the Gosford Chamber on Monday, January 31. “We are now a major regional Council and a key growth area in the State, and I am confident that we will get quality candidates wanting to fill this role,” Mayor Smith said. “This is the first crucial step in the process, and we are hopeful of a permanent General Manager within a few months,” she said. “In the meantime, it is business as usual, and we are being ably led by Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Brian Glendenning.” The recruitment agency will shortlist a number of candidates for interview by a selection panel consisting of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillors Burke and Hogan as well as a representative from Davidson. “The General Manager is the only position at Council that is appointed by the Council, and it is important to have an independent and robust process” Mayor Smith said. “While the selection panel will make recommendations on preferred candidates, the final decision will be one

of the full Council.” At the beginning of the Extraordinary Meeting, Cr Greg Best questioned why the recruitment agency briefings needed to be held in confidence and could not be viewed by the public. Cr Best asked Acting CEO, Mr Glendenning, if any commercially confidential information could be handled in a confidential meeting but non-sensitive information presented in the public domain. Mr Glendenning said the issue was about the “unique practices” of the short-listed agencies who may have assumed their information would be kept confidential. “Those processes have commercial value and are confidential,” Mr Glendenning said. “To suggest there is special knowledge that they and only they have, is a long bow to draw, surely,” Clr Best said. “It may be a long bow but it is how those providers perceive it,” responded Mr Glendenning. “They would have submitted the information they had to Council on the understanding that it would be kept confidential and we may be breaching that implied undertaking if we were to discuss aspects of their proposals in a public session,” Mr Glendenning said. Clr Louise Greenaway said she had raised a question of confidentiality with the former CEO. “Why do we get agents to act on our behalf who insist on keeping their information confidential?” Clr Greenaway said. “Could we not make it a policy of council that

we at least ask, we don’t want to keep your stuff confidential, if you insist on it, we may not be able to consider you because we are trying to be an open and transparent council.” Clr Greenaway asked Mr Glendenning to answer the specific question of whether the three recruitment agencies were asked if they would agree to make their presentations in a public meeting. “Not specifically, but the expectation I would have thought in that sphere was that they probably would have said no, having dealt with those sort of people before,” Mr Glendenning said. Clr Kyle MacGregor asked why executive leaders, Mr Mike Dowling, Mr Scott Cox and Ms Julie Vaughan, were not at the meeting. “I don’t know whether any of those might well be candidates for the job and it is better to avoid that potential conflict of interest, so I made the decision to tell them they were not required,” Mr Glendenning said. Following the meeting, Mayor Smith said, “Davidson ... were strongest in terms of meeting the Councillors’ needs,” she said. “Their process involved quite a lot of consultation with Councillors as a whole, but all three presentations were very strong.” Source: Media release, Jan 29 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Podcast, Jan 29 Central Coast Council You Tube Interview, Jan 30 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

ong Jetty resident, Mr Stephen Emerson, was awarded an Order of Australia Medal, in the general division, for his services to veterans and their families.

Mr Emerson’s services to veterans and veteran’s families include: Vietnam Veterans’ Peacekeepers’ and Peacemakers’ Association of Australia (VVPPAA) New South Wales Branch executive positions; Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Veterans’ Association of New South Wales Director since 2005; Returned and Services League of Australia, City of Fairfield Sub-Branch, VVPPAA Representative; Parade Marshall and Master of Ceremonies, ANZAC and Remembrance Day commemorations; Veterans’ and Veterans’ Families Counselling Service Volunteer and VVPPAA Representative, since 2002. Mr Emerson helped set up the Operation Life suicide prevention program. Since being honoured, Mr Emerson said he’d been on cloud nine. “My feet have only just started to touch the ground again, it’s a wonderful feeling,” he said. Mr Emerson served in the Vietnam War and said it was some of his darkest moments during the war that led him to become so involved with veterans and ex-servicemens’ organisations and outreach programs. “I medically retired from work after going through a bad spot.

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“I had PTSD from the war years and after retirement found myself frustrated. “That’s how I got into volunteer work with the Vietnam Veterans’ Federation at Granville. “I loved it, I still do. “It was extremely therapeutic to be able to help people just beginning to go through the things I went through and I’ve stuck with it ever since,” he said. Since commencing volunteer work, Mr Emerson started working as a veteran’s advocate and as a counselling liaison. He moved to Long Jetty just over 18 months ago with his wife Pam to be closer to their son and three grandchildren. When he is not volunteering in Sydney, Mr Emerson said he was

getting used to his new home on the Coast and was enjoying the perks of Coastal living. “I was a mad surfer back in the day, and since moving here, I have connected with the Retired Surfers Fraternity and have been really enjoying the Surf Club at Toowoon Bay. “My son’s family is heavily involved in Nippers here and Pam and I find ourselves becoming more and more involved,” he added. When asked about the highlights of his volunteer work, Mr Emerson said it was simply a matter of giving. “Being able to help veterans, ex-servicemen, and their families, with their pensions or their emotional issues, or whatever else I can, has been a wonderful way to spend the last 20 years. “Helping people live their best lives after service is truly an honour,” Mr Emerson said. Source: Interview, Feb 5 Stephen Emerson, Long Jetty Dilon Luke, Journalist Media release, Jan 23 Kaye Browning, Australian Honours and Awards Secretariat


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Mr Neville Glover receives Order of Australia for services to Rugby League hain Valley Bay resident, Mr Neville Glover, has been honoured with an Order of Australia for services to Rugby League.

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Mr Glover’s services include: Parramatta Eels Rugby League Club Player, 1975-1981, being named in the ‘Team of the Century’, 2001, Player, Penrith Panthers Rugby League Club, 1983, Represented Australia and NSW, 1978; Men of League Foundation member since 2008; Active Member, Tuggerah Lakes Committee; Coach, Wyong Rugby League Football Club, for many years; and, an active supporter and fundraiser for a number of charities including: Ronald McDonald House Charities, Cystic Fibrosis,

Camp Quality, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Make-AWish Australia. Mr Glover was also Senior Sergeant, Prosecuting Branch, New South Wales Police Force, until 2017, and a NSW Officer from 19812017. He was a recipient of the New South Wales Police Medal, 2013 and Police Prosecutor of the Year, 2008. Mr Glover said he never expected any kudos for his charity work, much less an OAM. “I really wasn’t expecting this. “I just do the charity work I do because I like helping people less fortunate than myself,” he said. Mr Glover started playing Rugby League at

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the age of 7, and stuck with it all throughout his youth. “I started with the Eels and then spent nine years in the NRL,” Mr Glover said. But after a time, Mr Glover began thinking about a career with a little more security. “After a while I began thinking of the long haul and I always knew football wasn’t gonna last forever.” Mr Glover recalled the conversation that sparked his interest in the NSW Police Force. “I never wanted to be a labourer as my father was one, and I was thinking about what I could potentially do as a career move. “I had a police officer living two doors up from me at the time and we had a chat about it. “He said he reckoned I’d make a good police officer and that was that,” he said. Mr Glover played first grade and worked as a police officer for a few years before another career move in 1984 saw him become a court constable. Not long after, Mr Glover was promoted to a court prosecutor and came to the Central Coast in 1996 as the region’s head prosecutor. During this time, Mr Glover coached junior league and league teams across Wyong and Cessnock. Nowadays, Mr Glover likes to spend his time with his charitable endeavours. “I do a lot of stuff with the Men of League, I get around and see what functions they have and try to be of help however I can,” he said. Source: Interview, Feb 5 Neville Glover, Chain Valley Bay Dilon Luke, Journalist

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entral Coast Councillor, Greg Best, has issued a Rescission Motion in relation to the Development A p p l i c a t i o n objections being reduced to 15 from 50. The policy change was made during Council’s December 18 meeting, having been raised as a matter of urgency by Councillor Jeff Sundstrom, just before 1am. “Upon reflection and consultation with colleagues and staff, I feel Council need to take a more thorough look at what such a policy shift would mean,” Clr Best said. “The irony of this matter is that this may well result in enormous further chamber time and it was decided at 12:45am. “It was literally decision by exhaustion, so I’m calling for this matter to be reconsidered with the support of a comprehensive staff report on costing, time and staff resources. “Regardless, of whether you support five or 55 objections to trigger a DA to come before Council, the safety mechanism for the community was already in place whereby any two Councillors can call a matter to Council regardless of the number of objections,” Clr Best continued. “Where my real frustrations lie is in that this new, inexperienced Council is changing policies in the dead of night with little to no comprehension of its impact. “We cannot run a super Council in this fashion. “We are not the operational arm of Council, we are the strategic arm and should not be bogged down in operational matters,” Clr

Best said. Clr Bests’ Motion is entitled Improved DA Consultation Process Review and includes “That Council reaffirms its full confidence in staff and the importance of consultation with staff prior to any major variations to key policies and procedures particularly those affecting operational activities. The motion also states: “That Council recognises the need for transparency and the benefits of continually refining the public consultation process and that it is with this understanding that Council, in partnership with staff and the community, explore all options that will optimise

the public DA review process. Additionally, the motion adds that Council request the General Manager report on the extra resources, costs, staffing and impacts on service delivery as a consequence of Council reducing the DA call up figure to 15 objections and that further, Council notes that any DA, regardless of the level of objections, can be called to full Council by any two Councillors at any time prior to determination.” Source: Interview and document, Jan 17 Greg Best, Central Coast Councillor Rescission MotionImproved DA Consultation Process Review Dilon Luke, Journalist

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ransport for NSW will receive a letter from Central Coast Council requesting that the site of the rail maintenance facility for the Central Coast be changed from Kangy Angy to Warnervale.

However, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, said work on the facility at Kangy Angy would begin in early 2018 to prepare for the arrival of the state-of-the-art $2.3 billion New Intercity Fleet. “We have awarded a key contract for the detailed design and construction of the new maintenance facility to service trains at Kangy Angy,” Mr MacDonald said. “Infrastructure and property group, John Holland, will now begin pre-construction activities, with major construction expected to start early in 2018.” “The project is expected to generate 300 jobs on the Central Coast, including local apprenticeships, during construction, and 200 jobs ongoing, once in

operation.” In 2014, a Transport NSW consultant report recommended that land adjacent to Link Rd, Warnervale, was the ideal site for the facility instead of the current location at Kangy Angy. Mayor Jane Smith said Council was supportive of a rail maintenance facility for the local jobs that it would create, but wanted to ensure that it was in the right location on the Central Coast. “Warnervale is where the growth on the Coast

Flood prone land under water at Kangy Angy will be, where there is Ms Susan Zaranja said the space and industrial she believed the recentlyland to accommodate elected Councillors a facility of this size and had been mandated to scale,” Mayor Jane Smith seriously consider the will said. of the electorate. “The State Government She said to have has changed its mind on transparency of operation other key issues for the within Council was both State, and we are asking laudable and essential. for them to make the right With that in mind, she decision for the Central said she believed the Coast,” she said. community considered Two members of the it essential that the new Kangy Angy Residents’ Central Coast Council Action Group (KARAG) review the decisions addressed the Council of the previous Wyong meeting on November 27, Council, and called the in favour of the Mayoral selection of Kangy Angy Minute. for the proposed NSW

Government inter-city fleet rail maintenance facility a “hot spot” worthy of review. She said the selection of Kangy Angy was riddled “with inconsistencies and obfuscations from the word go” and was “not fit for purpose, compared with the eminent suitability of Warnervale”. Issues including unsuitable topography, the volume of infill required, flooding issues, the need to build a $50 million bridge, difficulties in finding a solid base for the required footings,

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along with the threat to rare and endangered species, and the close proximity to existing residents, made the site unsuitable. “Warnervale has none of these problems, so it beggars belief why Kangy Angy has favour over Warnervale,” she said. “There will undoubtedly be serious repercussions for you to solve if this project goes ahead.” “Right a terrible wrong that has been committed. “We need you to stand up and take the necessary steps against this disaster. “If you achieve nothing else in your tenure, you will be worthy of our vote.” Mr Alton Caldersmith said: “Most of the Councillors here tonight were not part of the Council when the decision was made to recommend to the railways that they use Kangy Angy as the location.” Mr Caldersmith said that before Wyong Council intervention, Transport for NSW had decided the maintenance facility needed to be North of Wyong and South of Wyee.

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ouncillor Greg Best, with the support of Clrs Bruce McLachlan and Jilly Pilon, planned to overturn the resolution made by Council at its November meeting, to suspend works and stop further development at the Central Coast Airport.

The three Councillors lodged a Rescission Motion, in an attempt to reverse a motion put by Clr Doug Vincent and adopted by Central Coast Council, at its ordinary meeting in Wyong, on November 27. The Rescission Motion was to be debated at the final ordinary Council meeting for 2017, in the Gosford Chamber on Monday, December 18. Rather than debate a recommendation from staff, that would have resulted in the public exhibition of a draft Central Coast Aviation Hub Concept Plan and supporting documents, Clr Vincent put an alternative motion. As a result, Council resolved to fully support the Warnervale Airport Restrictions Act (WAR Act) (1996). The adopted motion also resolved that Council would not approve any development at the Warnervale Airport which is not consistent with the WAR Act (1996), and that Council would not immediately extend or

Three Councillors called for the decision to stop work on the airport expansion to be reversed remove the current 1,196 meeting for approval of fundamental obligation asset servicing some to consult with its 350,000 coast residents metre runway. the strategy. The Council also Council also resolved community and that this and that, it is with understanding, resolved not to alter the to maintain the current corner stone of good this Council now position, length, width, site zoning, unaltered, governance is enshrined that engages formally with thickness or strength and not approve rezoning in regulation.” Clr Best’s motion also its community for the of the current runway, to SP2. and immediately to The resolution was also called upon his fellow first time on this issue suspend all works, intended to permanently Councillors to note that through an independently land acquisitions and protect all of the Porters community consultation conducted, statistically expenditure on the Creek Wetland, owned had been a principle valid, survey seeking and better Central Coast Airport, by Council, and south that was of significant direction except where those of the current runway, community interest and a u n d e r s t a n d i n g community works are required by from development for key contributor in the lead on law, or the suspension biodiversity, emergency up to the 2017 Council expectations.” If Clr Best’s motion of those works would drinking water supply and elections. put Council in breach protection of the water Clr Best was on the was adopted, prior to of existing contractual quality into the Tuggerah former Wyong Council, conducting any such process, obligations and/or Lakes Estuary. which held the majority consultation survey questions expose Council to claims At the December of its discussions about all for damages or variation 18 meeting, Clr Best its future plans for the would be the subject of under any such contract. planned to move that airport in confidential a full Council briefing Council also voted the resolution carried sessions, and did not with selected survey on November 27 to at the previous ordinary release key documents specialists. into the public domain. Subject to the reallocate the budget for meeting be rescinded. survey the Airport of $6 million to Clr Best’s motion called independent Should the rescission employment generating motion have been carried, for the new Central Coast results, Council would projects across the Clrs Best, McLachlan Council to “recognise formally reconsider its former Wyong Shire, with and Pilon then intended that the new Central position with a view to staff to prepare a strategy to move a motion “that Coast Airport is of exhibiting the current and report to Council by Council recognises its regional significance and Central Coast draft airport the February 12, 2018, is now an infrastructure masterplan, or move for

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a total cessation of all uncontracted activities/ obligations at the airport. Prior to the meeting, Clr Kyle MacGregor said: “I think the motion at the last meeting was pretty unequivocal and well in line with what has been happening, and I think the original motion should stand and not be rescinded.” He said he believed Council needed to release the 2013 report that “talked about the industrial use of the land” which has never been made public. “I’d say that the best thing to do is to have things out in the open and made public, and if someone is not adhering to that, you have to consider why and what is their motivation,” Clr MacGregor said of the secrecy with which the former Wyong Council had made decisions about the airport. “The airport was one of the first things that people in the area raised with me, well before the election, and people were not in favour of it,” he said. “As I said at the last meeting, the only real support for the airport seems to be coming from inside the [Council] building. Source: Agenda item 8.1, Dec 18 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Interview, Dec 15 Kyle MacGregor, Central Coast Council Interview, Dec 12 Greg Best, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

Coal mine approval recommended to Minister despite risk to drinking water he Planning Assessment Commission has recommended consent to the Minister for the Wallarah 2 underground coal mine, subject to conditions, despite admitting that the location is sensitive to the Central Coast’s drinking water supply.

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The decision follows the public meeting in Wyong on November 3, 2017. According to a Statement of Facts (SOF) released to the public on January 17, the Commission has determined the proposal is in the public interest. “The creation of 300 operational jobs and 450 construction jobs, along with the investment in the local area, would have significant local benefits for the community, provide investment in the Central Coast and contribute to the growth of the region,” the SOF read. “The mine would also generate royalties for the State and the people of NSW, while providing a source of high quality thermal coal during the global transition to a

A public protest against Wallarah 2 at a 2017 PAC hearing decarbonised economy. strong calls for it to take a has found that these “Impacts and precautionary approach extensive conditions will potential risks can be given the potential for provide a precautionary appropriately managed impacts to the Central approach to protecting through the framework Coast’s drinking water the drinking water supply catchment. of rigorous controls and supply catchment. requirements in place “The issue has been “The Commission to manage, mitigate, assessed in detail. has noted the impacts minimise, compensate “Impacts were of subsidence on flood and offset those impacts. assessed to be small and levels and emergency “In considering the acceptable, with no net evacuation routes and the suitability of the site for impact on the availability requirements for works to underground mining, of water for the Central be undertaken to raise or the Commission Coast drinking water relocate dwellings and acknowledged its supply catchment during relevant road levels. location under a the life of the mine,” the “Conditions will also sensitive drinking water report stated. ensure air and noise catchment, the strategic “The framework of emissions from the pit context of a growing conditions requires formal top facilities and coal population, an uncertain reviews of the subsidence transport process will be future global coal market predictions and impacts, monitored and managed. along with the need to adaptive management, “In reaching this curb carbon emissions, compensatory water decision, the Commission and reliance on coal fired supply and ultimately, considered carefully power stations,” the SOF include requirements for the concerns raised read. mining to cease if this is by the community, the “The Commission deemed necessary. Department of Planning heard and acknowledged Environment’s “The Commission and

assessment and recommendation for approval, and previous Planning Assessment Commission reviews of the project,” the SOF concluded. The Australian Coal Alliance’s (ACA) Mr Allan Hayes, said the ACA was already preparing a legal challenge. “The Central Coast community needs to know that we have a government that let them down and a government that has put their drinking water supply at risk, all to placate the machinations of a foreign government and a South Korean mining company,” Mr Hayes said. “The PAC is risking the region’s entire water supply all so a coal company can send coal overseas. “Wyong Coal needs to know that the community will not accept this. “This fight is far from over,” Mr Hayes said. Member for Wyong and Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris, said that despite overwhelming opposition from the community, the PAC has approved this controversial project, which has been the subject of a long and bitter community campaign against it.

“Central Coast residents need to know that this determination means that 300 megalitres, or 120 Olympic sized swimming pools, of treated mine water waste will be released into the Central Coast water supply each year. “This is a clear cut broken promise from the Liberal Government, which promised in 2011 to stop the mine going ahead, with then Opposition Leader, Barry O’Farrell, notoriously photographed wearing a “Water not Coal” T shirt with his Central Coast candidates.” David Harris has called on the Premier to urgently address this issue and deliver on the Liberal’s promise to stop the mine. The Commission’s full report into the mine can be viewed at the Planning Assessment Commission’s website by searching for Wallarah 2 Coal Project. Source: Document, Jan 17 NSW Planning Assessment Commission Determination Wallarah 2 underground coal mine (SSD 4974) Summary Fact Sheet Interview, Jan 17 Allan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance Media release, Jan 17 David Harris, Shadow Minister for the Central Coast Dilon Luke, Journalist

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ember of the Legislative Council, Mr Taylor Martin, is calling on the Central Coast Council to reverse its decision which would see only 15 objections needed to be received for a Development Application (DA) to be automatically reviewed by Councillors. The move to reduce the number of objections required, which was initiated by Labor Councillors, will mean that Development Applications could take up to 28 days longer to approve. This is due to the length of time required to prepare the report to be considered by Council and for a decision to be made. “Central Coast residents should expect that their applications be reviewed fairly and consistently. “If there are any rules that Councillors object to, they should change the Local Environment Plan to ensure that there is a clear guide for businesses and residents of what is and isn’t acceptable. “Central Coast residents should not be subject to the whims of councillors at late-night Council meetings,” Mr

Mr Taylor Martin Martin said. The previous threshold of 50 submissions required to trigger an automatic referral to Council was adopted in 2016. Following the merge of Wyong and Gosford Councils, the new Council placed on public exhibition a draft Public Submissions Policy for the community to comment. Following the public consultation, where community feedback was received, a policy of 50 submissions was adopted. “The NSW Government has been working hard to assist councils to reduce the time that it takes for a council to determine the outcome of Development Applications. “To support the Premier’s commitment to deliver 61,000 housing completions, on average,

per year, the government has set a target of 90 per cent of housing approvals determined within 40 days, by 2019. “The decision by Central Coast Council will jeopardise its ability to reach that target,” Mr Martin said. The Central Coast Regional Plan expects that the population of the Central Coast will increase from 339,550 in 2016 to 415,050 in 2036. To support the population increase of 75,500, the Central Coast will require 24,674 new jobs and 41,500 new dwellings. “It is only going to make the Council’s task of accommodating these numbers, of creating more jobs and facilitating the supply of more affordable housing much more difficult if Central Coast residents have longer approval times for development applications”. Mr Martin said that the NSW Government and local Liberal Councillors want our region to thrive. “The Labor Party and its Councillors seem determined for the Central Coast to struggle and fail to meet the needs of residents,” he concluded. Source: Media release, Jan 17 Todd Kirby, Office of Taylor Martin MLC

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ollowing the death of a woman at Snapper Point on January 3, Member for Swansea, Ms Yasmin Catley, has renewed her attack on the NSW Government over their failure to legislate for the mandatory wearing of life jackets for rock fishers in NSW. Ms Catley that the latest tragedy comes just weeks after the NSW Government announced that they would be further delaying the decision to introduce mandatory life jackets for rock fishers by a further six months.

In 2016/17, the NSW Government ran a 12 month trial of mandatory life jackets for rock fishers in the Randwick Local Government Area only, despite Ms Catley requesting that the Munmorah State Conservation Area be included. During the trial, rock fishing deaths continued to be recorded outside of the Randwick Local Government Area, including one at Susan Gilmore Beach in Newcastle. “Rock fishing is one of the most dangerous sports, and Snapper Point is notoriously deadly, with now 17

deaths since 2008. “For the last two years, I have been calling on the Minister to prevent rock fishing deaths at Snapper Point by making life jackets mandatory. “We know that efforts to reduce rock fishing deaths thus far, including education campaigns, have been ineffective. “The reality is, life jackets are the most effective means of ensuring a successful rescue, rather than retrieval. “The ugly truth is that this was a preventable tragedy,” Ms Catley said. Source: Media release, Jan 4 Yasmin Catley MP

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entral Coast Councillors voted to appoint Brian Glendenning as the Interim Chief Executive, following the resignation of Mr Brian Bell for health reasons, effective on January 26.

Councillors met at an Extraordinary Council Meeting on January 15, at the Wyong Chamber to discuss the matter. Most of the meeting was held in confidence, in line with the Local Government Act 1993 pertaining to personnel issues. A brief discussion prior to the in confidence session by the Council ensued and a formal motion was passed to that effect. Mr Glendenning is currently the General Counsel, and Executive Manager, Governance, at Central Coast Council, a position he was appointed to in May 2016 under the then Wyong Council.

Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, said Mr Glendenning has the full support of Council and would lead the organisation whilst the process to recruit a permanent Chief Executive Officer was undertaken. “I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to Brian Bell, and thank him personally, and on behalf of Council,” Mayor Smith said. “Brian Bell has done an important job leading Council through the transition to an elected Council following the administration period. “His leadership, advice, experience and compassion will be missed. “Council is in good hands, with elected Councillors working together with the leadership team and our dedicated staff to deliver the services residents need, want and value. “This year is going to be a year of consultation, consolidation and

commitment to doing the very best for our community and I am looking forward to the challenges ahead,” she said. Mr Glendenning will receive a pay rise commensurate with the existing Chief Executive’s pay for the period that he is in the position. It was not made known who will act in Mr Glendenning’s current role. Council also informed those present at the meeting, and viewing the livestream, that an Extraordinary Meeting will be held in the coming weeks to appoint the agency to undertake the process of recruiting for a new permanent Chief Executive Officer. This process is expected to take approximately three months. Source: Extraordinary Council Meeting, Jan 15 Central Coast Council Wyong Chambers Media release, Jan 15 Central Coast Council Media

Holstein moves to revive Rawson Rd level crossing work

Water main break causes extensive traffic delays

Councillor calls for banners in West St

Deputy mayor Cr Chris Holstein is planning to have Central Coast Council support the resumption of work to replace the Rawson Rd level crossing.

A large water main break on Brisbane Water Dr, between the Spike Milligan Bridge and the Boulevarde intersection at Woy Woy, resulted in extensive traffi c delays on Monday, January 22.

Cr Richard Mehrtens.has called for the return of banners to West St, Umina, for occasions like Australia Day, Easter and Christmas.

Ryans Rd construction starts after two-month delay

Council approves noncomplying development

Man refused bail on animal cruelty charges

The 37-week reconstruction of Central Coast Council has allowed Ryans Rd, Umina, has started after another development that does not a two-month delay. comply with planning guidelines on the basis that nearby buildings do not comply either.

Caution urged with door-todoor solar salesmen Peninsula residents should be cautious in dealing with any organisation selling “discount” solar energy packages doortodoor.

Council upgrades Umina Beach viewing area

A man faced Gosford Local Court on Tuesday, January 23, on animal cruelty charges after allegedly shooting a dog with a spear gun in Woy Woy.

Hotel applies for $2 million renovation

Central Coast Council has A local hotel has applied for upgraded the Umina Beach permission to undertake a $2 viewing area and removed rubbish million renovation. from the area, with the help of local surf clubs and community groups.

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Mangrove Mountain and Spencer advisory committee holds fi rst meeting The Mangrove Mountain and Spencer advisory committee held its inaugural meeting at the Mangrove Mountain Hall on Tuesday, January 30, to bed down issues such as its terms Recruitment company appointed A r e c r u i t m e n t company called Davidson, has been appointed to assist the Central Coast Council to recruit a permanent General Manager. Leslie Dell receives Order of Australia for service to education and the community East Gosford resident, Mr Leslie Dell, has been honoured with a Medal of the Order of Australia for his service to business, education and the community.

Landfill is at a critical juncture Dr Stephen Goodwin of the Mountain Districts Association (MDA) outlined the community’s expectations at the fi rst meeting of the Mangrove Mountain and Spencer Advisory Committee on Legal action of Mangrove Mountain Landfill under consideration Acting CEO of Central Coast Council, Mr Brian Glendenning, has indicated it is likely, but not guaranteed, that Council will take further legal action against the operators of the Mangrove Tesch claims that dredging decision is a slap in the face to Gosford The Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, has labelled the NSW Government’s decision to fund dredging at The Entrance Channel, but refuse to fund the Ettalong Channel dredging, a slap in the

Mangrove Mountain and Spencer advisory committee holds first meeting The Mangrove Mountain and Spencer advisory committee held its inaugural meeting at the Mangrove Mountain Hall on Tuesday, January 30, to bed down issues such as its terms Thomas Bagnat receives OAM for service to public administration Born in Wollongong and now a resident of Springfi eld, Thomas John Bagnat, has received his OAM for service to public administration in NSW.

Crouch keen to see higher number of objections required Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, has called on Central Coast Council to reverse its recent decision which decreased the number of objections required for a Development Application to be

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FORUM

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Our representatives do not represent us A

s we lead into an exciting new year for the Central Coast and having a rejuvenated council, there are those amongst us that don’t seem to want to listen to our community. In my opinion, one such person is Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scott Macdonald. After years of opposition from residents, and some 611 written submissions from the public objecting to the latest application for the Wallarah 2 Coal mine near Wyong, this so called representative, which none of the Central Coast residents appointed, is totally in favour of the mine. It is my understanding that he is doing his best to cover-up, or at least sweep under the carpet, other major impacting environmental issues, such as the PFAS contamination of Lake Munmorah and Colongra Bay. The Central Coast will have to endure the damage this man will create until March 2019, when his term of service expires and hopefully his political party as well. His Masters of Environmental Management, has let him, and us, the residents of the Central Coast, down, yet his membership of the standing committee on state development, and the title of Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, says it all. His total failure as a representative of residents of the Central Coast is reflected in his non-response, since

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FORUM 2015, to several issues raised with him by email or letter from me, representing registered charitable organisations on the Coast. The NSW Government’s Central Coast Regional Plan 2036 has earmarked some $180m per annum of mining extractions throughout the northern part of the Central Coast. Possibly sand, gravel, clay, sandstone, coal, gas or petroleum. What beach will be next for sand mining or what farm for gas extraction? A mooted extra 40,500 residential developments (over 100,000 new residents) mixed with all forms of extractions, this is not very good planning Mr Macdonald. Only he and his Liberal mates know the details, because they are in favour of this and other proposals, including the Wallarah 2 coal mine, and they can’t or won’t answer any of the hard questions. No mining company closes its eyes and points to a site on a map for a mine of any sort. Yet Mr MacDonald has known for some time, where, how big and how much impact will be created by his systematic support of unwelcome developments. Yet, he is willing to

go ahead with these developments just because his job demands it, as part of a NSW Planning collective that systematically ticks boxes and then ignores the resident’s wishes. Mr MacDonald, along with his Liberal cohort, Central Coast Coordinator General, Ms Lee Shearer, appointed by the NSW Liberal Government, along with an assortment of faceless bureaucrats, are making sure this Regional Plan 2036 is implemented. They are making all the crucial development decisions, whether the residents like it or not. Neither have a direct Central Coast connection by living on the Coast. Mr MacDonald lives in Guyra, on the Northern Tablelands, and Ms Shearer lives in either Sydney or Maitland. Over the past decade, there have been at least 14 state members and or candidates from the Central Coast or nearby, mostly Liberal, some Labor, that have either resigned or been sacked, due to the findings of alleged corruption through ICAC. This is an epidemic which should never be forgotten by the Central Coast’s residents. It is my opinion that unless the NSW Liberal Coalition is totally demolished at the next election by Central Coast residents, environmental pillage and human health issues will persist, and it won’t be the exciting start to 2018, as we, the community, thought or expected. Email, Jan 31 Gary Blaschke, Lake Munmorah

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Small house blocks create horizontal apartment style living

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t is becoming increasingly more apparent that large scale land developments are being downsized into what can only be described as horizontal apartment blocks, carved up into a majority of proposed blocks of less than 500 square metres.

These anti-social blocks are then expected to contain a family home for four or five members, usually a second time buyer with upcoming teenage kids, also wanting their own vehicles along with Mum and Dad’s vehicles. The front setbacks are short to the kerb, the roads are narrow to discourage on-road parking, the blocks are so

FORUM narrow you’re lucky if you could walk between the two neighbouring houses along the obligatory six foot colorbond fence, and there’s no backyard to place all these vehicles. Let’s not think about owning a trailer, boat or caravan to be able to get it out of the squalid place to actually enjoy the great surroundings of wide open space that is Australia. The heat generated by these inappropriate blocks, with their massive concrete and brick structures requiring continuous air conditioning, and the severely restricted air flow due to maze effect of structures, and the lack of garden space to restore balance, defies logic on the Coast, where

land is in abundance, and space is a lifestyle we all come here to enjoy. If you don’t believe me, checkout Kellyville’s new developments for example, and compare what’s being proposed for Johns Rd, Wadalba, and Geoffrey Rd, Chittaway Point, to name but two. Our problem is our bureaucrats, in local and state levels, who think this should be the norm, and our complacency in accepting this, rather than objecting to it, for what it is, ugly high-density horizontal apartment style living. The only winners are developers, gutting out all open space, Councils, receiving maximum numbers of rates, and real estate agencies, churning undesirable homes. Email, Jan 30 Rob Pilon, Chittaway Point

British Empire caused much harm R

hodes Scholar and former dumped Prime Minister, Mr Tony Abbott, tells us that, more or less, the British Empire was good for the original inhabitants of this continent.

University drop out, Andrew Bolt, claims the

FORUM Stolen Generation was a “myth”. I claim the British Empire was founded on pillage, rape, murder and racism where the Aborigines were concerned. Not long ago, the Aborigine was allowed to fight in wars, but when

they returned, they were not allowed to mix with white people. The Union Jack on the Australian Flag is a symbol of the horrors of conquest to the original inhabitants of this land. Email, Feb 1 Richard Ryan, Summerland Point


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M1 northbound lane diverted M otorists have been advised of changed traffic conditions in place on the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wyong River for work to build the third northbound lane of the motorway. Night work will be carried out Sunday to Thursday between 8:30pm and 4:30am and on Fridays from 10:00pm to 5:00am to remove existing line marking and install barriers and new line marking in preparation for an upcoming lane separation. The two northbound travel lanes of the M1

have been separated for 800 metres from around two kilometres north of the Tuggerah interchange to just after the Alison Rd overpass. One lane will be shifted to the east and across the Wyong River bridge onto the southbound side, before re-joining the existing northbound arrangement beneath the Alison Rd overpass, to allow work on the third northbound lane. The new lane arrangement will be in place until Wednesday, March 28, weather permitting. Motorists are reminded to follow the road signs

and stay in one lane. Both lanes will provide access to the northbound Service Centre and allow motorists to continue their journey on the M1. Heavy vehicles are encouraged to stay in the left lane which will have a straighter alignment. There is no change to the existing two southbound travel lanes during this work. Speed limits will remain at 80 km/h for the safety of workers and all road users. For further information on the M1 upgrades, visit rms.work/M1Upgrades. Source: Media release, Jan 24 Stephanie Madonis, Roads and maritime Services

Alleged serial robber arrested A

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money. The man allegedly took cash and then left the scene. At about 11am on Monday, January 15, police will allege a man threatened an employee with a firearm at a registered club on York La, Kempsey, before fleeing with cash. Police will allege that at about 9:15pm on Tuesday, January 16, a man entered a registered club on Bias Ave, Bateau Bay, armed with a firearm. He approached a staff member and demanded cash. He allegedly fled the area with cash. Following extensive inquiries, police attended a licensed premise on The Entrance Rd, The Entrance, at about 2:40pm on Wednesday, January 17 and arrested a 21-year-old man. He was taken to Tuggerah Lakes Police Station where he was charged with robbery x 3, larceny, take and drive conveyance without consent of owner x 2, and be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner. The man was refused bail to appear at Wyong Local Court on Thursday, January 18. Source: Media release, Jan 18 NSW Police Media

ONTHEBEAT

Rock fishing fatality S

urf Life Saving NSW (SLS NSW) have released a media statement regarding the latest drowning death at Snapper Point. “Lifeguards from Frazer Park had finished their patrol duties for the day when they received an urgent call for assistance from the State Operations Centre at around 5:15pm,” an SLS NSW spokesperson said. “Fortunately, their gear hadn’t been locked up for the night and they were immediately able to turn around and return to the beach. “Police and Paramedics also rushed to the scene, while the Westpac Lifesaving Helicopter was placed on standby. “Once the lifeguards arrived on scene, it was learned that a woman thought to be in her 30s, and a visitor to the area, had been rock fishing when she was washed off the rocks. “Both lifeguards entered the water on the Jet Ski and quickly

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headed to the direction of an angel ring that had been thrown into the water by members of the public in an effort to save the woman. “After several minutes of searching, they were able to locate the unconscious woman and transport her to shore. “CPR treatment was performed, but all efforts to revive her were unsuccessful. “At the time of the incident, there was a king low tide in effect, which meant that more of the rocks were exposed than usual, while the medium sized swell was described as choppy. “She was fully clothed and was not wearing

a lifejacket,” the spokesperson said. Surf Life Saving NSW CEO, Mr Steven Pearce, said the tragic incident is a sad reminder of how dangerous the ocean can be, while also praising the professionalism of the responding lifeguards. “I would also like to acknowledge the efforts of the lifeguards who immediately switched their focus to rescue mode and conducted a highly professional operation under very challenging circumstances,” said Mr Pearce. “On behalf of everyone in the lifesaving community, I wish to extend our deepest sympathies to the woman’s family and friends at this difficult time,” Mr Pearce said. Today’s incident is the second drowning in the Munmorah Conservation Area in three days after a young man lost his life at Fraser Park Beach on New Year’s Eve. Source: Media release, Jan 3 Liam Howitt, SLS NSW Media

Man drowns report is being prepared for the Coroner after a man drowned in the Munmorah State Conservation area on December 31.

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At about 3pm, emergency services were called to Frazer Park Beach, in the Munmorah State Conservation area,

following reports of a man in trouble in the water. The man, a 30-year-old from Parramatta, was found face down in the water. Surf lifesavers on duty commenced CPR until police and NSW

Ambulance Paramedics arrived, but he died at the scene. Officers from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command have commenced investigations into the incident. Source: Media release, Jan 1 NSW Police Media


HEALTH

Page 20 February 6, 2018

Bateau Bay paramedics Camp Breakaway runs included in new trial its first camps for 2018 C

amp Breakaway, San Remo, began 2018 with three camps that focused on young carers and siblings, and children with autism.

Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch, Mr Taylor Martin Member of the Legislative Council, Minister for Health Mr Brad Hazzard with Bateau Bay paramedics provide paramedics with ateau Bay telecommunications. “Every second counts multiple communications Paramedics have under the been chosen to trial in an emergency and a tools revolutionary Vehicle reliable communication h i g h - t e c h , “ r u g g e d i z e d ” channel could mean the Area Network program. “The Vehicle Area smartphones under difference between life program and death for a patient,” Network a $314,000 trial to brings four radio and Mr Hazzard said. tackle mobile “These smartphones satellite networks into blackspots in rural are a smart investment one communication and regional areas. hub to overcome and will ensure c o m m u n i c ations have NSW Minister for paramedics challenges presented phone Health, Mr Brad Hazzard, undisrupted joined NSW Ambulance’s connection at all times by the varying terrains Acting Executive Director, and can respond faster and topographies across Operational Logistics, and with confidence in NSW,” Mr Elliott said. “This hub streamlines Mr Peter Elliott, and any weather condition by paramedics at Bateau from any corner of the communications providing one access Bay Ambulance Station, state.” for calls or The devices are shock- point to announce that the trial is underway at Bateau proof, waterproof and communications made or and accessed by paramedics Bay, as well as Batemans dust-resistant, function more efficiently in the field.” Bay and Dubbo. The NSW Government’s The trial which will see than satellite phones in $35m ongoing investment 200 vehicles fitted with many environments. Mr Elliott said the includes new in-vehicle the high-tech devices, will and portable radios, which is part of a $35m smartphones existing upgrades to regional ongoing investment complement frequency in radio and critical radio communications to ultra-high infrastructure, new mobile data terminals Over 40 for vehicles, and a new, Family years’ long range digital radio Business network for isolated experience regions.

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“These are the first of approximately 30 camps that we will run this year,” said Breakaway’s General Manager, Mr Terry Hayes. “We like to run camps for children during school holiday periods because that is the time of year when many supports are not available and families are needing a break, and our volunteers and staff particularly like these camps because the

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EDUCATION

February 6, 2018

Food Industry Showcase held L

ocal high school students from Wyong, Tuggerah Lakes and Berkeley Vale, were given a taste for careers in the booming food industry, when they took part in the inaugural Central Coast Food Industry Showcase, held at the Ourimbah Campus.

On Wednesday, November 1, more than 70 students from these schools took part in a series of activities at the event, which aimed to encourage an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) related careers across all food industry sectors. The students were given insights and an understanding of careers from a variety of industries that included the agriculture, food production, food manufacturing and hospitality industry. The students were able to learn from the experiences of inspiring professionals, researchers and teachers working in these fields. Funded by NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet, Office of Regional Development, and delivered by Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central Coast, this regional educational event was delivered in partnership with the University of Newcastle (UON), Central Coast Community College, TAFE NSW, Department of Primary Industry (DPI) and P-Tech (Pathways to Technology program),

to showcase the opportunities available for students to build a rewarding career in the food industry on the Central Coast. RDA Central Coast CEO, Mr John Mouland said, “Food manufacturing and production is a major growth opportunity for the Central Coast economy, and by all regional stakeholders working together to grow this important regional industry, it will directly assist the Coast to deliver the 24,674 additional jobs required in our region by 2036. “The Central Coast Food Industry Showcase is an essential component of industry growth, as it is essential that we have willing, trained and skilled residents that are ready to fill the jobs of tomorrow. “The Showcase was a taste of some of the outstanding food industry careers available on the Central Coast and across the globe, and an opportunity to highlight the world-class educational facilities available at our local student’s doorstep,” Mr Mouland said. The students had the opportunity to savour the new food products developed, created and packaged by UON Food Science and Human Nutrition Students. They also took a tour of the DPI research facilities and TAFE commercial cookery spaces, and learned Barista skills at the Central Coast Community College. Source: Media release, November 3 John Mouland, Regional Development Australia

Free ethics teacher training in Ourimbah F

ree ethics teacher training will be available in Ourimbah on the last weekend in February. Ethics teachers are members of the public who receive free training to be able to give a class of children a chance to learn decision-making skills that will help them today and prepare them for tomorrow. Ethics classes are free for children in public primary schools across NSW. Volunteers are taught to facilitate the classes using a curriculum developed by philosophy and education specialist, Dr Sue Knight, and the notfor-profit organisation, Primary Ethics. Primary Ethics also coordinates volunteer training and provides ongoing support to schools and volunteers. There are 25 schools on the Central Coast that ran ethics classes in 2017, with more planned to start this year. The classes are an alternative to nonscripture, a regular time for children to reflect on ethical issues and work together to build understanding and solutions. Lessons use stories and questions to encourage curiosity and discussion. For example, topics from the kindergarten curriculum include “Doing harm without meaning to” and “Telling on someone”. Older years discuss topics including being greedy, stealing and voting. Altogether, there are 79 topics, all reviewed by the Department of Education, that encourage children to think deeply and well about questions to which there are no simple answers. Mr Brett Haydon offered to get the ethics

program started in 2017 at his son’s school at The Entrance. After teaching for one year, he is set to start up again in 2018, both at The Entrance and also at Killarney Vale Public School. “I got into it just to get involved in my son’s

school, but once I did the training and started the classes, I realised that it was actually going to transform my life as well,” Mr Haydon said. “I work full-time with computers and I found that it’s being incredibly helpful to me applying the skills I’ve learned to my workplace, managing

projects and applying those facilitation skills. “The highlight of my week is going in and teaching my ethics class,” said Mr Haydon. More volunteers are sought for The Entrance. Source: Media release, Feb 2 Heidi McElnea, Primary Ethics

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Stage one of the Wyong Hospital Meals on Wheels redevelopment underway Central Coast inducts three new Life Members M

eals on Wheels Central Coast has inducted three new Life Members who have done more than 60 years of volunteering for the Tuggerah based branch between them.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard with Terrigal State Liberal MP Adam Crouch, MLC Taylor Martin and staff from Central Coast Local Health District and Health Infrastructure

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he NSW Government has marked a significant milestone in the $200m Wyong H o s p i t a l redevelopment with the start of construction of the new 500-space car

park. Minister for Health, Mr Brad Hazzard, together with Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, and Member of the Legislative Council, Mr Taylor Martin, attended a sod-turning event, marking the first step towards the

transformation of Wyong Hospital. “The NSW Government is delivering on its election commitment for a firstclass Wyong Hospital, which will future-proof health services for the growing region,” Mr Hazzard said. “This $200m

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redevelopment is part of the NSW Government’s total $600m investment in health services on the Central Coast.” The single-level car park will replace the existing visitor car park, which will then become the location for the new hospital building. By 2026, the Wyong region’s population is expected to grow by 13.9 per cent to 188,040, more than twice the rate of Gosford. The Wyong Hospital redevelopment will include: new emergency department; new intensive care unit; new paediatric assessment unit; additional inpatient units; expanded surgical services including additional operating theatre capacity; and, increased maternity services. The car park is due for completion by the end of 2018, when main works will begin. Source: Media release, Jan 29 Natasha Wallace, office of Brad Hazzard

“When it comes to dedicated volunteers, you don’t need to look any further than Meals on Wheels Central Coast,” said Central Coast Meals on Wheels’, Ms Pip Wilson. “Serving the community for 50 years, Meals on Wheels’ commitment to the Central Coast is demonstrated by the consistent stream of people lining up to volunteer for this respected organisation. “Giving their time freely, these valued team members have helped shape Meals on Wheels Central Coast, supporting the organisation through times of change and helping them move towards a positive future. “It’s an extremely special event when the honour of Life Membership is bestowed upon volunteers. “This respectful title is awarded to those who have gone above and beyond during their time of service,” she continued. “Not one, but three Life Members have just

joined the ranks of a minority before them, their names announced at the Meals on Wheels Central Coast AGM in November, 2017. “Between them, Ms Gail Ransley, Ms Dorothy (Dot) Phillips and Ms Margo Lowe, have over 60 years of loyal service to Meals on Wheels Central Coast, acting in various volunteer roles over the years,” Ms Wilson explained. “Involved with Meals on Wheels Central Coast for 24 years as a meal deliverer, Ms Ransley has also served on the board for 17 years, holding various executive roles during this time. “Working in the community, Ms Lowe, has spent 16 years delivering food to valued clients, her 14 years spent on the board also involving a variety of executive roles. “A well know face around the Coast, Ms Phillips served as Treasurer on the board for 11 years, also serving up meals at our Community Restaurants for around 20 years,” Ms Wilson said. At a special presentation at the Meals on Wheels Central Coast head office at Tuggerah on December 18, Board Chair, Mr Ron Thomsen, and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Dennis Taylor, presented these exceptional women with their Life Membership awards. “Meals on Wheels Central Coast is honoured that these wonderful Central Coast residents have devoted so much of their time over the years to not only this organisation, but to the local community,” Ms Wilson concluded. Source: Media release, Dec 19 Pip Wilson, Meals on Wheels Central Coast


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OUT&ABOUT

Love Lanes Festival to showcase Wyong C

entral Coast Council has released the full program for Gallery Precinct 2259 Love Lanes Festival, which will take over the Wyong CBD on February 17.

Love Lanes showcases Wyong in its best light. Visitors can explore hidden gems and rediscover forgotten laneways. The whole family can enjoy the abundance of colour, sounds and smells of this unique outdoor festival. The Love Lanes Festival takes its name and inspiration from Valentine’s Day, and will be held in the Wyong CBD on the weekend following the most romantic day of the year. For the second year in a row, Love Lanes Festival is turning three of Wyong’s heritage laneways into a hub of art, culture and culinary experiences. Festival goers will be treated to fantastic local food and wine experiences with the dining under the star’s precinct aiming to turn everyone into a true romantic. The gastronomic options on offer will feature produce grown with love by local producers, and cooked with passion by local chefs. Art installations will feature on local buildings and beautifully designed market stalls, with bespoke designs and creations by local

artisans, are a good place to pick up a gift for your sweetheart. Finally, there will be free live music across multiple stages, roving entertainment, and a spectacular circus precinct. Live music will be split across three stages during the event, with the Bendigo Bank Stage (4pm to 10pm) featuring Bob Evans, Cabtalk, Mike McCarthy, Jacqie Lomas, Dearly Departed and Beth Gleeson. The Grand Hotel (4pm to 11pm) will feature Howard Shearman, and the MMAD Stage (4pm to 9:30pm), will feature an array of buskers and performers from Musicians Making a Difference’s (MMAD) The Lounge Room and SpeakUP. An array of unique events will also take place during Love Lanes. The Wyong Family

History Group and the Wyong District Museum and Historical Society will lead a 20 minute walking tour of Alison Rd, showcasing the buildings that made Wyong the region’s first township. Activities and entertainment will be broken up across the three ‘Love Lanes’, Holiday Park Lane, Coastwide First National Lane and Grand Hotel Lane. Highlights of the Holiday Park Lane include mesmeric interactive art, the MMAD Stage and the WOOSH Kidz Zone. The CCHP Chillout Zone is also located in Holiday Park Lane, where festival goers can go to take a break, unwind and receive a free lanyard. The Teenage Zone is also located in this lane. Shopping and dining are the features of the Coastwide First National Lane, which features

the Bendigo Bank Main Stage, Gallery Precinct 2259 Dining Area, the Coastwide First National Chill Out Zone and the Fish Bowl Arcade. Last but not least, the Grand Hotel Lane will feature Loves Lanes’ not to be missed aerial and circus performances, and is also the only venue

and space in the Festival where alcohol can be bought and consumed. Temporary road closures will be in effect during the Festival. Alison Rd, Wyong (between Pacific Hwy and Hely St) from 6:00am to11:30pm. Bakers La, Wyong (between Pacific Hwy

and Rankins Court) from 11am to 1:30pm. Robleys La, Wyong (between Pacific Hwy and Hely St) from 11am to11:30pm; and Peters La, Wyong from 11am to 11:30pm. Source: Document, Feb 1 Love Lanes 2018 Festival Program

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1200 reusable coffee cups distributed

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Queen’s Baton Relay event was held on Saturday, February 3, with residents from across the region participating in the Central Coast leg of the relay.

Mayor Jane Smith illustrating how many single use coffee cups she diverts from landfill through the working week

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eep cups, 1,200 in total, have been distributed by Central Coast Council to local cafés, to provide to their customers, free of charge, in an effort to reduce single use coffee cup litter.

The initiative forms part of Council’s commitment to the Hey Tosser campaign this financial year, which continues to remind residents and visitors to dispose of waste responsibly. Mayor Jane Smith said she encouraged the community to add use of reusable coffee cups to their list of new resolutions. “With so many avid coffee drinkers on the Coast, distributing the reusable coffee cups is a simple way that Council is helping to enable the community to reduce litter to keep the Coast clean,” Mayor Smith said. “By remembering to take your reusable keep

cup, not only are you helping to reduce waste, you may also be eligible for a discount. “Alternatively, if you do forget your reusable coffee cup, you can take a seat and enjoy your cuppa at your local café rather than having a take away. “Council are leading by example when it comes to reducing their waste, by implementing initiatives to encourage staff to also use their own reusable coffee cups. “With around one billion single use coffee cups ending up in landfill every year, reusable coffee cups can help reduce this statistic, one coffee at a time.” Even though single use coffee cups are mostly made from paper, the different types of plastic lined, wax-coated and polystyrene cups manufactured makes it difficult to determine the difference between products, which is why they are not recycled on

the Central Coast. Mayor Smith said she urged residents and visitors to make sure they disposed of all their waste correctly. “Summer is one of the busiest times of the year for the Central Coast and unfortunately, this season, there has been an increase in litter on our beaches and in our reserves,” Mayor Smith added. “Take away containers account for 24 percent of litter in New South Wales, so please, if you do find yourself in need of using a single use coffee cup, or have any other rubbish with you, ensure it is placed in the waste bins provided, or take it home with you to place in your red-lidded bin. “It is all our responsibility to ensure we protect our pristine waterways and valleys from plastics and pollution.” Source: Media release, Jan 31 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council

The Coast’s north was well represented amongst the 16 locals chosen to run the Baton, with eight of the runners from the former Wyong LGA. The Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) is a Games tradition that celebrates the Commonwealth’s diversity, inspires community pride and excites people about the world-class event of sports and culture to come. The Relay is the longest

continual promotion of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018). It provides an organic global reach for GC2018 across the 288-day International sector, and the 100-day domestic sector throughout Australia. The Central Coast Sector was run between Laycock St and the Gosford waterfront, with many activities centred on Central Coast Stadium, where a amily Fun Hub event took place. The goal of the QBR Family Fun Hub event was to raise awareness of the Gold Coast event to local residents, creating excitement in the lead up to the Commonwealth Games, that will be held in March.

The Following is a list of Central Coast locals who carried the Baton: Rae Anderson of Wamberal; Margaret Beardslee of Killarney Vale; Mary Betts of Jindalee; Benjamin Brown of Bateau Bay; Graeme Carroll of Woy Woy; Angela Deacon of Davistown; Christopher Dodd of Springfield; Dimitry Douglas of Lisarow; Sara Evans of Hamlyn Terrace; Stuart Hayward of Alison; Maria McConville, Green Point; Lester Pearson of Fountaindale; Jamie Pittman of Shortland; Kallan Strong of Wadalba; Peter Thomson of Erina; Teigan Van Roosmalen of Bateau Bay; and, Phil Walker of Blue Bay. Source: Website, Jan 31 Central Coast Council Queen’s Baton Relay

FACS Scholarships available T he NSW Government has doubled the number of financial scholarships on offer for disadvantaged young people to stay in school and reach their education and training goals, according to Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald.

Worth $1,000 a year, scholarship funds can be used for expenses like text books, course costs and computer equipment. Students are eligible to apply if they are living in social housing, on the NSW Housing Register, receiving private rental

assistance. or living in crisis or supported accommodation, or outof-home care. They can also apply if they are studying in Year 10, 11 or 12 at a NSW high school or TAFE, undertaking a schoolbased apprenticeship or traineeship, or studying a Vocational Education and Training (VET) subject at school in 2018. They must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Scholarship recipients can get financial support for over seven years, from Year 10 until the completion of tertiary education. “I am encouraging young people from our local community to apply for the FACS Scholarships Program, this will help

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our most disadvantaged students get ahead,” Mr MacDonald said. “These scholarships will support our young people in our local schools and TAFEs to achieve their educational goals. “We know education is key to breaking the cycle of social disadvantage, and this scheme will offer significant help to successful applicants in our area. “The program is a great example of how the NSW Government continues to work with our local community to help those most in need.” Applications close on February 23. Source: Media release, Feb 2 Kit Hale, office of Scot MacDonald

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l e n g a r a Retirement Village, Tumbi Umbi, resident, Ms Margaret Smith, has taken out the Highly C o m m e n d e d Community Service and Activity, Central Coast Australia Day, Award.

Ms Smith spent three years as head of the village’s social committee, organised numerous events and activities enjoyed by many, and raised thousands of dollars for charity in the process. In nominating Ms Smith, fellow resident, Ms Janice Thompson, described her as someone who always puts herself last, and loves giving back to the community and doing things for other people. Ms Smith said the ceremony was a wonderful, humbling experience. “I felt very honoured because I was in such incredible company, with

people who have done so much,” she said. “It made me wonder ‘Why me?’ “There was a big luncheon for Australia Day and it was announced to the residents,” she said. The nomination and award is a win for more than just her, Ms Smith said. “I had a wonderful team of ladies working with me, and it’s also for the Glengara residents, who supported us at all the functions and activities that we put on.” Ms Smith has recently given up her social committee duties to focus on spending time with her husband, Ian. “We’re very fortunate here, that Glengara is a fantastic village and there are a lot of residents that do a lot to keep the village happy and active,” she said. “It’s a pretty great place to live,” she concluded. Source: Media release, Jan 31 Paul McBride, Retire Australia

Margaret and Ian Smith

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Food Innovation Region Initiative established

partnership between the University of Newcastle, Regional Development Australia (RDA) Central Coast NSW, and Central Coast Industry Connect (CCIC) has been established to build the Coast’s reputation as an internationally renowned centre of excellence in food innovation. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by representatives of the three groups on Friday, February 2, The Central Coast Food Innovation Region Initiative is about leveraging the Central Coast’s existing strengths and realising economic benefit through growing and innovating the local food industry. The premium food, food security and food innovation movement is gaining momentum around the world and gradually being embraced on the Central Coast. International research has shown that innovating the food value chain is integral to enhancing regional economic development. The overarching objective of this initiative is to grow jobs, build regional business competitiveness and encourage national and international trade. This will be achieved through a united

UON, RDACC and CCIC sign a Memorandum of Understanding

vision, unprecedented collaboration, innovation, education and research. The initiative has been endorsed by regional industry and strategy groups, Council and state government departments as a strategic regional initiative to drive economic growth. RDA Central Coast has successfully coordinated a number of catalyst projects which include: mapping food related activity across key regional stakeholders; undertaking stakeholder and industry consultation; and, developing catalyst projects that would attract State and Federal Funding. In June, 2016, RDA Central Coast delivered a catalyst project which engaged local growers to take the first step in establishing a local value chain with local end consumers. A group of industry representatives has been created to develop the Central Coast Food Collective.

RAYMOND CROWE THE UNUSUALIST SATURDAY 17 FEBRUARY 7:30PM Magician, comedian, inventor, master of illusion, ventriloquist, shadow and mime artist - don’t miss this multifaceted Aussie genius.

This initiative has resulted in the formal establishment of the organisation as a Not for Profit entity. An independent report was commissioned by RDA Central Coast from RMIT University to confirm the Food Innovation initiative’s broad intentions, major projects and potential regional benefits. Marketing the Central Coast as a food destination initiative has commenced with the production of a video highlighting regional food suppliers and users. A proposed Food Innovation Centre has been shortlisted as one of the priority projects for the region. In 2017, RDA Central Coast and CCIC partnered to deliver a sustainable food innovationmanufacturing model. CCIC and RDA Central Coast have held a number of high level meetings and have gained support from the University of Newcastle,

ALICE IN WONDERLAND

FRIDAY 2 MARCH Lewis Carroll’s whirling, fantastical masterpiece is faithfully and beautifully recreated as a nonstop, madcap theatrical adventure for the whole family

Monash University, RMIT University, CSIRO, FIAL, all levels of government and regional business leaders, to discuss opportunities to deliver the industry, technical, educational, innovation, entrepreneurial and advanced manufacturing components of the Food Innovation Region Initiative. In December 2017, the parties agreed to formally develop the partnership MOU, which was signed on February 2 The partnership with the University of Newcastle and NIER will allow the Central Coast to leverage expertise from the recently implemented Global Impact Cluster for Energy, Resources, Food and Water, which is aimed at accelerating innovation in the food and agriculture sectors through focused industry engagement, transdisciplinary research collaboration and commercial output. Over the coming months, an implementation strategy will be jointly developed by RDA Central Coast and CCIC in partnership with the University of Newcastle and NIER, in consultation with all relevant regional stakeholders, including industry, the education sector and all levels of government. Source: Media release, Jan 31 Elizabeth Westrup, RDA Central Coast

TOM BURLINSON

NOW WE’RE SWINGIN’

SATURDAY 3 MARCH 8PM Come fly with Tom Burlinson and a fabulous band of top musicians as Tom salutes the masters of vocal swing: Frank Sinatra, Nat ‘King’ Cole, Dean Martin and many more.


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COMMUNITY GROUPS Bateau Bay Men’s Shed Environment for mature aged men to repair items, share and learn skills and socialise 9am to 1.30pm Tue to Thur 1 Bay Village Road, Bateau Bay 0435 807 633 bateaubayshed@gmail.com

Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre Financial Counselling, Tool Library, Computer Hub and Computer Lessons, Private Art Therapy Sessions, Homework Help, Self Esteem Group, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Group, EAPA-Energy Accounts Payment Assistance, Early Links Outreach Worker, Tax Help, Holiday activities for kids and young people, Community Garden, Events, Referral Services, Op Shop and Food Store. Community BBQ on first Thurs 4332 7450 http://bbnc.org.au

dinners, BBQs, picnics, trips Volunteering away etc. Central Coast Monthly Meet & Chat Refer potential volunteers 0422 243 101 to community organisations email cco30s@live.com.au and provide support to volunteers and community The Creative organisations. Compassion Centre Inc. Training for volunteers and Secondhand Shopping, managers of volunteers Upcycling Minimalism, Information Sessions held Creativity, Community regularly across the Coast Lounge Area, Free Wifi, or a 4329 7122 cuppa and chat, call in recruit@volcc.org.au and see us at 5/22-32 Pacific Highway Wyong Neighbourhood (Next to BYO Cellars) Centre Opening hours Supporting disadvantaged Mon-Sat 9-4pm vulnerable and isolated 0437 048 815 members of our community offering a range of Gambling Solutions community services, events, Gambling help counsellors projects, workshops, arts providing free confidential programs and an open professional service to community garden. gamblers, family and friends 4353 1750 Woy Woy, Kincumber, Gosford and The Entrance Wyong Toastmasters 4344 7992 Club Wedding speeches, work Freemasons presentations, Annual event 4th Thurs in put your butterflies into May each year formation. Regular event 4th Thurs monthly We are here to assist from 10am 10.30am - 1st, 3rd & 5th Ladies are invited Friday Wyong RSL Anzac Morisset Masonic Centre Avenue Wyong Westlake Daylight 0415 158 733 Masonic Lodge wyongtoastmasters@gmail.com 5 Yambo Street Morisset Jack Harris 4392 1231

Berkeley Vale Neighbourhood Centre Indoor bowls, mahjong, walking for pleasure, Lake Munmorah Senior slimmers support, hand and Citizens Club foot Bolivia cards, Toy library Computer Classes, dancing, and community garden exercise, pilates, yoga, craft, 4388 5801 carpet bowls and Tai Chi. manager@bvnc.org.au 4358 8390 www.bvnc.org.au

Diggers Toastmasters Club 2nd & 4th Monday Diggers@TheEntrance Club Improve your confidence in communication Meetings are interesting, informative and fun. Contact Ron 0419 766 502 ron@ihold.com.au Central Coast Community Legal Centre Not for profit service providing free legal advice. Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

4353 4988 centralcoast@clc.net.au

Central Coast 50+ Singles Social Group Invites Ladies & Gents for dinner, dancing - BBQs & Socialising each w/e. Monthly programme for all areas of the coast 0412 200 571 0437 699 366 50pssg@gmail.com

Central Coast Social Group Social contact, entertainment events, new friendships, for 30’s-60’s Live music, house parties,

Long Jetty Senior Citizens Club Computer classes, line dancing, tai chi and zumba gold - M-F, 9am to 3pm for full list of activities 4332 5522 Long Jetty Over 50s Club Indoor bowls, computers, exercises, yoga, linedancing, tai chi and more 9am to 3pm 4332 5522 Mingaletta Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Corporation Meeting place and referral hub for education, health, well-being and cultural programs through consultative services and community programs Mon-Fri 9am 4pm 4342 7515 admin@mingaletta.com.au

The NSW Justices Association Inc Seeking volunteers for 8 community JP Desks in Wyong Area Free Insurance and training provided 0418 493 388

GARDEN CLUBS

Central Coast Cactus and Succulent Club 3rd Sat 1 to 3.30pm Plants for Sale, Raffles, afternoon tea Charmhaven Community Centre 0401 544 052 4399 2420 Central Coast Permaculture meet friendly like minded people at our information night held at Tuggerah Community Hall on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. 6:30 for 7pm start Bob on 0412 133 808

HEALTH GROUPS Better Hearing Australia Central Coast Hearing loss management Support and educational groups providing practical experience and confidence Learn the benefits of hearing aids 4321 0275 Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Gosford) Meet last Fri Terrigal Uniting Church 380 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal 9.30am to 12 noon 4367 9600 www.pcfa.org.au

Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Wyong) Meet last Mon Toukley RSL Club, Holmes Ave Toukley 10.00am to 12 noon 4356 9300 www.pcfa.org.au

Warnervale Branch - NSW Labor Party To support and promote NSW Labor within the Warnervale area. 3rd Tue 7pm Hamlyn Terrace Community Centre 0419 128 497

Northern Settlement Services - Volunteers Friendly visits to the elderly in nursing homes. People with a second language encouraged to apply. Training & support provided 4334 3877

warnervale.labor@gmail.com

cvscc@nsservices.com.au

Central Coast Soaring Club Inc Gliding Club, Learn to fly, Instruction FREE to members. 14 Y/O and up for Training Thur, Sat, Sun (weather permitting) Bloodtree Rd Mangrove Mountain 0412 164 082 0414 635 047

GROW Support Groups Marine Rescue Small friendly groups Tuggerah Lakes www.ccsoaring.com.au formed to learn how Volunteers wanted, Toowoon Bay to overcome anxiety, challenging conditions, Probus Club Bridge Club depression and loneliness interrupted meals, early Morning tea, guest speakers Social bridge Tues, 9.45amand to improve mental starts, breathtaking talking on topics relevant to 1pm health and well-being. Tuggerah Lakes views. Seniors, as well as regular The Greens The Entrance Anonymous, free and open Rewards: - Saving exciting social events. 4th (with or without a partner) to all. Weekly meetings at distressed boaters or maybe Thur 10am. Len 4332 6989 Bateau Bay and Wyong saving a life Anglican Church Hall, David 4392 0606 1800 558 268 0488 442 051 Cnr Brooke Ave & Eastern www.grow.org.au uc.tuggerahlakes@marinerescuensw. Rd., Bateau Bay Tuggerah Lakes U3A com.au 4334 3979 Long Jetty - Discussions, play reading, cryptic SPECIAL INTEREST Soundwaves Tuggerah Combined crosswords, talks, readers Men’s acapella 4 part Biz Plus Networking Probus Club Inc group, Mahjong harmony chorus - all Association Toukley - Creative writing, Meet new friends and enjoy ages 7pm Mon Grow your business French conversation social events. Central Coast and in the process build Berkeley Vale - Music 2nd Thur., 10:30am, guest Leagues Club worthwhile relationships. Appreciation speakers. John 0413 276 698 Biz Networking breakfasts Chittaway Bay - Movies Social outings 3rd Thur. jbthomson51@gmail.com Every Thur 7:15- 9am 4390 2451 Woodbury Park Community www.tugglakesu3a.info Erina Leagues Club Hall, Mardi Coastal a Cappella Geoff Neilson 4351 0450 Dynamic award winning Mingara Indoor network@bizplus.com.au women’s a cappella chorus Bowls Club new members Central Coast Tenants’ Daily competition (singles, always welcome. pairs & triples) Winner’s Advice and Advocacy Inner Wheel Club Music eduction provided Prize Strongly social. Sun Service Wyong Lots of Performance 9.30am- Noon. Free telephone advice and Women’s club with the opportunities, or hire us Mon 6.30–9pm. advocacy for all tenants common interest of giving for your next event. Wed 9.30am-2pm as well as residents in back to the community 0412 948 450 Ray 4389 2567 residential parks while developing lasting coastalacappella@gmail.com Mingara Club 4353 5515 friendships. 4349 7799 cctaas@hotmail.com 7.00 pm 3rd Wed Wyong raymurphy1935@hotmail.com Uniting Church Australian Labor Party National Parks 4393 2755 Ourimbah/ Narara iiw.au.wyong@gmail.com Association Branch Central Coast KI-DO Mingara Judo Discussion/action The Lions Club of Twice weekly bush walks, Academy community issues varying distances and Wyong Inc Junior boys and girls 3 levels of Government grades of difficulty. 47 years supporting Mon and Wed Two classes Niagara Park Primary Explore, enjoy scenery, local activities School 7.30pm 1st Mon 6-8.30pm from 7yrs Kangy fauna, flora, history. Keep Join us - Meet new friends 0410 309 494 Angy fit and make friends 4th Tues Monthly 6:30pm kyle.macgregor@hotmail.com 0413 237 010 4389 4423 & Don Small / Lions www.kidomingarajudo.com.au Central Coast Greens 4332 7378 retirement village The Central Coast Greens WOMENS GROUPS Call James For a fairer, more transparent Naval Association 0415 909 269 BPW Central Coast and accountable government www.wyong.nsw.lions.org.au of Australia Empowering women of all based on democratic principles Tuggerah Lakes SS ages in the areas of work, Local, state-wide, national The Rotary Club Meeting of serving and and international issues and education, well-being and of the Entrance Inc. ex-serving naval personnel campaigns - Council and friendship. A small, friendly and male and female who will parliamentary representation Monthly dinner meetings, have an interest in naval effective club supporting Developing a new economy two course meal and ways and discussing the many local organisations, Protecting our environment speaker. ways of the present Navy and international Rotary Peaceful conflict resolution 2nd Sat monthly at Diggers Community transport avail. Community participation Activities. Chris Levis We meet monthly every 3rd Club, The Entrance Meetings 6.30 pm Tues 0438 989 199 Thu - Details and info: 4389 4004 Mingara Recreation Club bpwcentralcoast@hotmail.com centralcoast.nsw.greens.org.au 0409 449 498 www.bpw.com.au/central-coast centralcoastgreens@gmail.com Central Coast Lapidary rotarytheentrance@gmail.com Club Minerals & Gems Northern Women’s NSW Labor Party Learn silverwork, Torchbearers for Health Centre The Entrance Day Branch Cabochons, Faceting, Legacy Toukley Family law advice, Monthly meetings to Raising funds for Brisbane Enamelling, Stone Fieldtrips counselling, therapeutic and discuss and debate policy & fossicking Weekly Waters Legacy. Harry social groups, workshops, as well as campaign for Workshops Tues and Thurs Moore Golf Day, Garage domestic violence and local labor candidates and 8.30am-2.30pm markets and street stalls. abuse issues. Members of Parliament. Thurs 6-10pm 10 Ourimbah All services are provided by 2nd Mon 9.30am Norah 2nd Mon 2pm The Creek Rd Ourimbah Head Legacy women for women Entrance Leagues Club 4362 2246 0414 701 489 4351 1152 4332 2907

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Alice in Wonderland is an Aboriginal AFL player A

new adaptation of children’s classic, Alice in Wonderland, which has been receiving rave reviews in its world premiere season at Sydney Festival, is heading to The Art House on March 2. Alice in Wonderland is adapted by, Mary Anne Butler, and brought to life by producer, Michael Sieders, who reimagines Alice in a colourful children’s playground, and brings through the storyline, strong messages of empowerment for women and girls and the importance of following your dreams, as well as

a healthy dose of Aussie culture. The character of Alice is played by, Dubs Yunupingu, the first Indigenous woman to play the role. The feisty Dubs brings the character to life flawlessly. Alice is a girl that just wants to play AFL, but is constantly hampered by society’s expectations that she engage in more ‘girly’ activities, as well as a tight, uncomfortable dress she is forced to wear. A little toy rabbit lies on the floor of the stage and suddenly comes to life, stealing Alice’s long white hair ribbon and disappearing down the rabbit hole, set up as a

giant slippery dip on the stage. The familiar characters of the Mad Hatter, the Caterpillar and the Queen of hearts are brought to life by three talented other young performers, and the show brings together drama, dance and puppetry. With enough happening on the stage to keep very little ones entertained, and a strong moral message that adults and older children will appreciate, Alice in Wonderland is a beautifully directed and timely reminder than all children should have the opportunities to follow their dreams. Source: Media release, Jan 22 Emily Miller, The Art House

The Wyong Diary For events in post code areas 2258, 2259, 2261, 2262 and 2263

Thursday, Feb 8

Friday, Feb 16

2018 NRL and State of Origin Preview Dinner, The Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay, 6:30pm, ticketed event, bookings essential

Screening: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Metro Retro Back to the 80’s Film Festival, Metro Cinemas Lake Haven, 6:45pm, tickets essential

Street Food Friday’s at The Doylo, Doyalson RSL Club, 5:00pm, multiple vendors Screening: The Breakfast Club, Retro Metro Back to the 80’s Film Festival, Metro Cinemas Lake Haven, 6:45pm until Feb 17, tickets essential Jeff Duff presents Bowie Unzipped, The Art House, Wyong, tickets essential

Saturday, Feb 10

Saturday, Feb 17

Friday, Feb 9

Introduction to Stage Management Workshop, The Art House, Wyong, 10:00am to 1:00pm, tickets essential Wyee Markets, grounds of the Wyee Community Hall, 114 Wyee Road, Wyee, 8:30am to 1:00pm DIY Beeswax Wraps Workshop, Tuggerah Library, Westfield Tuggerah, 10:00am to 12:00pm, bookings essential spaces limited

Raymond Crowe, The Unusalist, The Art House, Wyong, 7:30pm, ticketed event Gallery Precinct 2259 Love Lanes Festival, Wyong CBD, 4:00pm to 10:00pm Wednesday, Feb 21 State Archives: Discover what your ancestor did for a living, Tuggerah Library, 10:30am to 12:30pm, bookings essential The Gut Health Seminar, Mingara

Recreation Club, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, tickets essential

Dubs Yunupingu is the first Aboriginal actress to play Alice in Wonderland

WYONG SERVICES

DIRECTORY Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organisations Aboriginal Legal Service 8842 8000 Community Options 4351 3388 Bungree Aboriginal Association 4397 7700 Mingaletta 4342 7515 Aboriginal Home Care 4321 7215 Drug & Alcohol rehab 4388 6360 Respite Care Options 4351 3388 Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health 4351 1040 Darkinjung Local Land Council 4351 2930

Saturday, Feb 24

Accommodation

Free Pet Microchipping Day, Central Coast Animal Care Facility Charmhaven or Erina, 10:00am to 4:00pm

Dept. of Housing Wyong 4352 4400 Regional Youth Support Services 4323 2374 Coast Shelter 4324 7239 Neleh House 4340 1052 Elandra Women and Children’s Refuge 4396 4263 Kara Women and Children’s Refuge 4323 1709 Coimba Mens Refuge 4324 7239 Rumbalara Youth Refuge 4325 7555 Wyong Youth Refuge 4351 1922 Youth Angle 4341 8830 Woy Woy Youth Cottage 4341 9027 Maya Young Womens Refuge 4323 1636 Pacific Link Com Housing 4324 7617 Rumbalara Youth Refuge 4325 7555 Samaritans Youth Services 4351 1922 Youth Angle • Woy Woy 4341 8830 Temporary Accommodation 1800 152 152

Friday, Mar 2 Mary Anne Butler’s production of Alice in Wonderland, The Art House, Wyong, multiple viewings, ticketed event Screening: Back to the Future, Retro Metro Back to the 80’s Film Festival, Metro Cinemas Lake Haven, 6:45pm until Mar 3, tickets essential Wyong Family History Group presents: Family History Beginners Course, Wyong Family History Group Cottage, 6 Rankens Court, Wyong, 9:45 to 12:00pm over four weeks, bookings essential

See the Peninsula News for events in post code areas 2256 & 2257 and the COAST Community News for events in post code areas 2250, 2260 and 2251 If you’ve got something happening in the Wyong Region over the next few weeks, let us know about it and we’ll list it here for you, for free. Contact details are on page 2.

Indigenous Call Centre 136 380 Family Relationship Advice Line 1800 050 321 Family Drug Support 1300 368 186 G-line - Gambling Helpline 1800 633 635 Credit Helpline 1800 808 488 Child Support Agency 13 12 72 Australian Injury Helpline 1800 223 363 Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918 Mens Domestic Violence 1800 000 599 Sexual Assault Resource 1800 199 888 Gay and Lesbian Counselling 1800 184 527 Gay and Lesbian Support 1800 249 377 Youth Sexuality Network 4320 2856 Vietnam Veterans 1800 043 503 Victims Support Services 1800 633 063 Translation and Interpreting Service 13 14 50

Family and Relationships Parents Helpline 132 055 Oasis Youth Centre 4353 9799 Horizons (For families) 4351 5008 Interrelate - Family Relationships 1300 736 966

Health Wyong Hospital 4394 8000 Cancer Hotline 131 120 Mental Health info Service 1300 794 991 Beyond Blue (Depression) 1300 22 4636 Community Women’s Health Centre 4351 1152

Legal Legal Aid 4324 5611

Animal Rescue

Problems, Habits & Addiction

Wires 1300 094 737

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

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

Emergency Police Assistance Line 131 444 Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 Wyong Police Station 4356 6099 Energy Australia 13 13 88 Gas Emergency 131 909 Wyong Shire Council 4350 5555 Marine Rescue - Central Coast 4325 7929 SES - Storm and Flood Emergency 132 500

Crisis Services and Helplines Lifeline - 24 hr. 13 11 14 Suicide Helpline 1800 191 919 Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 Parents Helpline 13 20 55

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

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The Provincial Championships are kicking off in Wyong this March

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Kwabena Appiah transfers to K League 1 team K

wabena Appiah has taken an opportunity to continue his football journey overseas following the Central Coast Mariners’ acceptance of an undisclosed transfer with immediate effect.

The 25-year-oldattacker agreed to terms with an unnamed K League 1 team who compete in the top tier of football in South Korea. Appiah returned to the Central Coast Mariners in July 2016 after previously winning a Foxtel National Youth League with the

club in 2011. During his time with the Central Coast Mariners, Wellington Phoenix and the Western Sydney Wanderers, Appiah has made 79 appearances in the Hyundai A-League. Appiah first caught the eye of the Asian football market after playing a crucial role in the Wanderers’ 2014 AFC Champions League campaign that saw the lightning-fast attacker take home the club’s ACL Player of the Year award. Appiah leaves the Central Coast Mariners with the best wishes from the club and thanked everyone on the Central

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Coast upon his departure. Appiah made special mentions of Head Coach, Paul Okon, and the Mariners’ fans. “I am really excited, this is a dream come true,” Appiah said. “This came out of nowhere really and everything has happened so quickly. “Before I came to the Central Coast Mariners, my career wasn’t moving in the direction I had hoped. “My move to the Mariners has really ignited my career. “I can’t thank Paul Okon enough, he helped refine my game, and my form this season is testimony to that. “Paolo gave me the opportunity to showcase myself and has been a very important person in my life, me and my family hold the highest amount of respect for Paul Okon, so I can’t thank him enough. “After playing in the Champions League with the Wanderers, I always said I wanted to play in Korea or Japan, and now it’s a reality. “In my second stint here, the fans have been fantastic, I’ve gained confidence, the staff have been amazing and the players have been

first class. “I want to say a big thank you to the fans. “I have enjoyed the fans vocally getting behind me in such a positive manner and I wish I could have repaid them with more goals for the team. “I want to wish the boys the best of luck for the rest of the season. “I am more than confident that they will make the top six. “We will go on a run and finish where we deserve to finish,” Appiah said. Central Coast Mariners CEO, Shaun Mielekamp, congratulated Appiah and wished him all the best. “The club is extremely proud of Kwabena and the progress he has made whilst he has been with us,” Mielekamp said. “This is an absolute testament to Kwabena himself and the coaching staff who have ensured that his development has been rapid enough to create this opportunity. “Kwabena’s transfer is a great example of the direction that this club is committed to when it comes to developing and selling players. “We are confident that many players will follow in the footsteps of Kwabena and continue to make waves in big leagues overseas. “Personally, I couldn’t be more excited for Kwabena, who knows that the door will always be open at the Mariners. “Once a Mariner, always a Mariner,” Mielekamp said. Source: Media release, Jan 31 Tyson Scott, Central Coast Mariners

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n their pursuit to keep the Central Coast feeling well, moving well and performing well, a provider of allied health and sports medicine services, Coast Sport, has recently partnered with Wyong Lakes Australian Rules Football Club.

The Magpies, or ‘Pies’ as they are affectionately known, are excited to have a premium health care partner on board and look forward to a long term partnership with the Tuggerah based allied health provider. Located in the Mariners’ Centre of Excellence Building in Tuggerah, Coast Sport provides Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Exercise Physiology, Sports Nutrition, Clinical Pilates and Massage Therapy services to Central Coast communities. The team at Coast Sport work closely with many elite sporting teams and organisations including the Australian Dolphins Swim team, Central Coast Academy of Sport, Central Coast Mariners FC and Academy, Central Coast Heart Netball, Central Coast Crusaders and NSW Basketball. The team at Coast Sport will be providing physiotherapy coverage at all home and away matches for the senior women’s and Black Diamond Cup teams as well as providing preseason screenings to senior players. Coast Sport recognises the importance of education for players, coaches and their families when it comes to things

like injury prevention and management, as well as nutrition, optimal training and recovery for performance. “We will be providing a number of educational sessions to ensure players are performing at their best and are fully supported to minimise injury occurrence,” states Coast Sport Director, Mr Brett Doring. As part of their partnership commitment, Coast Sport will also be providing access for players to their state of the art and highly equipped gym, along with the latest technology and techniques that they utilise on all their elite athletes. Coast Sport Physiotherapist and Director, Mr Mathew Cranney, said he endeavours to highlight the importance of nurturing local talent and providing them with the best opportunity to shine in the future. “At Coast Sport, we genuinely care about our athletes and work closely with them on their sporting journey, helping them to achieve their goals and dreams,” Mr Cranney said. “Established in 1975, Wyong Lakes Australian Rules Football Club prides themselves on providing a fun, family atmosphere for players of all ages. “The club is currently working hard towards developing and growing its junior base, which now also includes two female squads,” Mr Cranney concluded. Source: Media release, Jan 14 Leonie Arnebark, Reality Marketing

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Mariners’ fans disappointed by first half performance E

ver-patient Central Coast Mariners’ fans witnessed a disappointing performance when the Mariners were defeated by the Western Sydney Wanderers at Central Coast Stadium on Sunday, February 4.

In the first half, the Mariners appeared to lack conviction and enthusiasm and conceded two goals in the first 30 minutes of the game. The home side definitely missed recently-departed Kwabena Appiah, and suspended captain Baro and midfielder Brama. New recruit Peter Skapetis was the star of the show, scoring a header for a corner within seconds of taking the field as a substitute, in the 75th minute. The Mariners certainly came back from the half time break with more determination than they exhibited in the first 45. They managed to keep a clean sheet through a grinding second half, but overall, this was a mustwin game for Coach, Paul Okon, to deliver on his objective of a top six spot for Central Coast in the 2017-18 season, and the home side failed, some would say, abysmally. “I just don’t get the selections and the tactics; so disappointing week after week, what do we work on at training?” said one post-match

Peter Skapetis gave Mariners' supporters something to cheer about when he scored within a minute of taking the field facebook comment. The Wanderers’ attack looked dangerous from the opening. Early chances for Raul Llorenete and Mark Bridge were kept clear by shot-stopper Ben Kennedy, who was hardworking as usual. A well-rehearsed set piece and a powerful volley from Sotirio put the Wanderers ahead in the 14th minute. For the Mariners, Danny De Silva’s work rate was unquestionably commendable and Lachlan Wales and Blake Powell were also hardworking during the first 45 minutes. Oriol Riera took the visitors to a 0-2 lead in the 30th minute, with a precision header that bounced past Kennedy into the bottom right corner.

The Mariners nearly took a goal back in the final 10 minutes of the first half, when a cross from Hoole grazed the top of Blake Powell’s head by the far post, but the Coast stayed scoreless at the break. The Mariners returned from the dressing room with an improved attitude and Western Sydney found themselves on the back foot, as opportunities kept coming for the Central Coast. De Silva, Hoole, Powell and substitute, Trent Buhagiar, made promising appearances in the penalty area, and a gutsy distance strike from Jacob Melling had keeper Janjetovic diving to clear the ball. Okon decided to give Peter Skapetis his Central Coast Stadium debut at the 75th minute, as a

substitute for Powell, and within seconds, he made it count. With his very first touch, he got behind a cross from Melling and headed the ball into the back of the net. As the final whistle drew nearer, there was still plenty of energy on the pitch as the Central Coast fought hard for an equaliser. Trent Buhagiar came close in stoppage time, putting in a curling strike from out wide, but the ball found the post instead of the net, and the Wanderers crossed the finish line with their lead intact. Now in ninth place on the A-League table, the Mariners will need to drastically alter their form and start to win games if they are to have a chance of making it into the final

six. “I thought we looked really flat” said Mariners’ Coach, Paul Okon, in his post-match press conference. “The energy wasn’t great, then we conceded two,” he said. “I’m disappointed that we gave away two goals. “It becomes really difficult to get back into the game in the first half, because the heads drop, you’re second guessing yourself a little bit. “Then we get a response in the second half, and we probably could have drawn the game at the end there. “Powell definitely had a good chance after half time to score, and if that goes in, obviously you have more time to get another one. “In the end, we left it a little bit too late.

“The second half was a really good effort, but it becomes difficult when you go in 2-0 down to a very good football team. “If we started the game like we played the second half, then I’m quite confident that we would have a different result, but you can’t whinge or complain when you do that, and that’s the disappointing thing. “We didn’t give ourselves a big enough chance today to win the football game, with the way we performed in the first half.” In response to questions about the Mariners’ now obvious lack of strike power, Mr Okon said: “We tried really hard [to sign a striker], but unfortunately when it comes time to find out how much the nines want, the numbers just don’t stack up. “We have six attackers at the football club, and we will soldier on with those six attackers. “Peter’s goal – I think he took that really well. “We do feel like we have people that can find the back of the net, but we know that’s an area that, all season, we’ve been disappointing in. “We also understand where we are as a football club, in being able to spend what maybe other clubs do for that position,” Okon said. Source: Media release, Feb 4 Ellie Taylor, Central Coast Mariners Match notes, Feb 4 Jackie Pearson, journalist

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