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Legal action initiated against Councillors and community members for alleged defamation F

ormer Wyong Mayor, Mr Doug Eaton, has initiated legal action against several Central Coast Councillors and community members for alleged defamation.

“I am not saying it is not true,” Mr Eaton said when contacted by Wyong Regional Chronicle. “I can confirm that legal action is underway,” he said. “I am not going to go on the record any more than that. “The matter will be in the courts in the near future and I am not available to make comment. “It is just not appropriate when matters are before the court to make any comment. “Some time ago I made it known I was going to take action.” The Wyong Regional Chronicle has received copies of letters, via an anonymous Gmail account, addressed to Councillors Lisa Matthews and Kyle MacGregor, from Effective Legal Solutions, acting for Mr Eaton. Clr MacGregor’s letter was also addressed to Ms Ruth Punch and Ms Narelle Rich, both of whom stood as candidates in the September, 2017, Central

Coast Council election, on the same ticket as MacGregor. Wyong Creek resident and founding member of the Community Environment Network, Mr Laurie Eyes, has also received a letter, but said he would not comment. Clr Louise Greenaway, who was named in a News Limited paper as another Councillor that Mr Eaton was taking legal action against, said that she had not received any correspondence from his lawyers. The letters are Concerns Notices, under Section 14 of the NSW Defamation Act. According to the Act, a Concerns Notice must be made in writing, and informs the person(s) accused of publishing defamatory imputations, about the aggrieved person. This gives those accused of making defamatory statements 28 days to offer amends. The Act sets out a number of subsequent steps that can be taken by both parties before the matter would be listed by either the NSW Supreme Court or the District Court, both of which deal with defamation cases in NSW. According to the Concerns Notice sent to Clr MacGregor, Mr

Former Wyong Mayor, Mr Doug Eaton Eaton believed he had been falsely and unfairly defamed by posts on facebook and comments on websites during the Council election campaign. Effective Legal Solutions then listed four posts and comments which Mr Eaton considered “false and defamatory”, and that had caused Mr Eaton to “suffer ridicule and contempt”. Fewer posts and comments, and fewer

imputations, were listed in the letter to Clr Matthews. The Concerns Notice required the posts to be deleted from the Facebook page within seven days and for a retraction and apology, in suitable terms, to be published within seven days. Clr MacGregor said he would not be commenting on the matter and was awaiting instructions from his lawyers. Following receipt of

the Concerns Notice on March 1, Clr Matthews deleted the posts from her facebook page. She then received an email from Effective Legal Solutions thanking her for her prompt response and stating: “In order to further mitigate our client’s damages we require you to publish the following apology on your facebook page: ‘I unreservedly withdraw any and all comments made by me or published by me on this page that were critical of Doug Eaton, the former Mayor of Wyong Council, and unreservedly apologise to him. “’I acknowledge that Mr Eaton was a competent and capable Mayor. “’Under his leadership the finances of Wyong Council were reformed and many notable public works were built, including the Lake Haven Cinemas, the Wyong Art House and Bateau Bay Skatepark”. Clr Matthews said she would not be publishing the suggested apology. “I strongly deny any such alleged imputations,” she said. “The matter has been dealt with by my solicitors and Mr Eaton has received a response from them.” Mr Eaton confirmed that he was the principal

solicitor in the Effective Legal Solutions law firm, based at Tuggerah, the same law firm that is representing him in the alleged defamation matters. “I am the principal solicitor in a legal practice that started well over a year ago,” Mr Eaton said. Mr Eaton said he was also doing a “bit of travel and a bit of golf and a bit of consulting. “I am still working on my vineyard, I am semiretired you might say”. Mr Eaton said he had no intention of returning to politics. “No, I’ve got no ambition to return to that,” he said. Mr Eaton said he did not think it had been “particularly helpful” for the News limited paper to publish the article about his legal matters. “Once the matters are concluded, I will be happy to comment and I am sure they will be concluded in my favour,” he said. Source: Email, Mar 7 Anonymous Gmail account Interview, Mar 16 Doug Eaton, Effective Legal Solutions Interview, Mar 16 Kyle MacGregor, Central Coast Council Interview, Mar 16 Laurie Eyes, Wyong Creek Interview, Mar 16 Lisa Matthews, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Emma McBride says NBN and NDIS biggest issues


he Wyong Chronicle in partnership with Calibre Artist Management would like to offer two lucky readers a double pass to see The Thundamentals live when they perform at The Entrance Leagues Club on April 28.

more than a decade and have hit every major music festival in the country, played hundreds of live shows since coming together in 2005 and cast doubt over the dance cred of girls named Sally nationwide. it’s fair to say the Thundamentals are an absolute mainstay of the Australian HipHop scene and easily one of the nation’s most popular live acts. Ticket sales for

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s Emma McBride, the Member for Dobell, has spent most of the past two years as a federal parliamentarian helping her constituents to navigate the national broadband network, NDIS and services like my aged care.

this show ended on February 17 so this is Coasties last chance to see The Thundamentals when they visit Bateau Bay. For your chance to win the double pass write your full name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and mail it to Wyong Regional Chronicle Thundamentals Competition, PO Box 1056, Gosford, NSW, 2250 before 5pm on Monday, April 16.

Ms McBride said she definitely considered being the Member for Dobell as her dream job. “I grew up in Wyong,

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Government changing its mind and funding the redevelopment of the hospital without entering a publicprivate partnership. Other problems have not been so easy to solve: constituents’ ongoing frustrations with the NBN is one issue that has taken up a remarkable amount of the MP’s time. Ms McBride said most people looked forward to the NBN but its roll out has caused in mass frustration.

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and went to high school in Tuggerah;… I was once that kid in that classroom and now I have the opportunity to stand up and represent the area,” she said. She had not delivered her maiden speech in parliament before an issue very close to her heart blew up – the NSW Government’s plans to privatise Wyong hospital, where she had worked for 10 years as a pharmacist. An extensive community campaign resulted in the NSW

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bonython Tower well under way in Mann St

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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Peninsula identified as having high gambling risk


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gosford’s civic heart is beating stronger than ever T

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


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Legal action initiated against Councillors and community members for alleged defamation F

ormer Wyong Mayor, Mr Doug Eaton, has initiated legal action against several Central Coast Councillors and community members for alleged defamation.

“I am not saying it is not true,” Mr Eaton said when contacted by Wyong Regional Chronicle. “I can confirm that legal action is underway,” he said. “I am not going to go on the record any more than that. “The matter will be in the courts in the near future and I am not available to make comment. “It is just not appropriate when matters are before the court to make any comment. “Some time ago I made it known I was going to take action.” The Wyong Regional Chronicle has received copies of letters, via an anonymous Gmail account, addressed to Councillors Lisa Matthews and Kyle MacGregor, from Effective Legal Solutions, acting for Mr Eaton. Clr MacGregor’s letter was also addressed to Ms Ruth Punch and Ms Narelle Rich, both of whom stood as candidates in the September, 2017, Central

Coast Council election, on the same ticket as MacGregor. Wyong Creek resident and founding member of the Community Environment Network, Mr Laurie Eyes, has also received a letter, but said he would not comment. Clr Louise Greenaway, who was named in a News Limited paper as another Councillor that Mr Eaton was taking legal action against, said that she had not received any correspondence from his lawyers. The letters are Concerns Notices, under Section 14 of the NSW Defamation Act. According to the Act, a Concerns Notice must be made in writing, and informs the person(s) accused of publishing defamatory imputations, about the aggrieved person. This gives those accused of making defamatory statements 28 days to offer amends. The Act sets out a number of subsequent steps that can be taken by both parties before the matter would be listed by either the NSW Supreme Court or the District Court, both of which deal with defamation cases in NSW. According to the Concerns Notice sent to Clr MacGregor, Mr

Former Wyong Mayor, Mr Doug Eaton Eaton believed he had been falsely and unfairly defamed by posts on facebook and comments on websites during the Council election campaign. Effective Legal Solutions then listed four posts and comments which Mr Eaton considered “false and defamatory”, and that had caused Mr Eaton to “suffer ridicule and contempt”. Fewer posts and comments, and fewer

imputations, were listed in the letter to Clr Matthews. The Concerns Notice required the posts to be deleted from the Facebook page within seven days and for a retraction and apology, in suitable terms, to be published within seven days. Clr MacGregor said he would not be commenting on the matter and was awaiting instructions from his lawyers. Following receipt of

the Concerns Notice on March 1, Clr Matthews deleted the posts from her facebook page. She then received an email from Effective Legal Solutions thanking her for her prompt response and stating: “In order to further mitigate our client’s damages we require you to publish the following apology on your facebook page: ‘I unreservedly withdraw any and all comments made by me or published by me on this page that were critical of Doug Eaton, the former Mayor of Wyong Council, and unreservedly apologise to him. “’I acknowledge that Mr Eaton was a competent and capable Mayor. “’Under his leadership the finances of Wyong Council were reformed and many notable public works were built, including the Lake Haven Cinemas, the Wyong Art House and Bateau Bay Skatepark”. Clr Matthews said she would not be publishing the suggested apology. “I strongly deny any such alleged imputations,” she said. “The matter has been dealt with by my solicitors and Mr Eaton has received a response from them.” Mr Eaton confirmed that he was the principal

solicitor in the Effective Legal Solutions law firm, based at Tuggerah, the same law firm that is representing him in the alleged defamation matters. “I am the principal solicitor in a legal practice that started well over a year ago,” Mr Eaton said. Mr Eaton said he was also doing a “bit of travel and a bit of golf and a bit of consulting. “I am still working on my vineyard, I am semiretired you might say”. Mr Eaton said he had no intention of returning to politics. “No, I’ve got no ambition to return to that,” he said. Mr Eaton said he did not think it had been “particularly helpful” for the News limited paper to publish the article about his legal matters. “Once the matters are concluded, I will be happy to comment and I am sure they will be concluded in my favour,” he said. Source: Email, Mar 7 Anonymous Gmail account Interview, Mar 16 Doug Eaton, Effective Legal Solutions Interview, Mar 16 Kyle MacGregor, Central Coast Council Interview, Mar 16 Laurie Eyes, Wyong Creek Interview, Mar 16 Lisa Matthews, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

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New retirement lifestyle village to be built at golf course T

he Royal Freemasons’ B e n e v o l e n t Institution (RFBI) and Wyong Golf Club have joined forces to create a new golf and retirement lifestyle village.

A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Wyong Golf Club and RFBI to develop the existing Wyong Golf Club site. This development will incorporate retirement apartments, a full service residential care centre, and a modern club house that supports the 18 hole golf course. This is a significant investment and reflects the passion both RFBI and Wyong Golf Club have for improving their local communities. RFBI CEO, Mr Frank Price, said that partnering with like-minded service providers was something RFBI wanted to do more off. “We are always on


the lookout for partners whom we can work with to deliver innovative ways of creating positive aging experiences,” Mr Price said. “Our core purpose at RFBI is about improving people’s lives and we want to do this through more than just delivering great care,” he said. “We want our villages to be places that our residents love to live in and are a resource that the whole community can enjoy.” General Manager of Wyong Golf Club, Mr David Lulham, said that he was also excited by what the partnership would bring for his members and the wider Wyong and Central Coast community. “This presents a unique opportunity for us to add value to the Wyong and Central Coast community to create a range of services that the whole community will be able to enjoy,” Mr Lulham said. “We have 4,000 members at Wyong Golf

Club,” he said. “At our recent AGM, we advised the membership of the proposed development and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with many patrons wanting to know when they could move in.” Features of the proposed new village included a café, licensed restaurant and bar, hair dressing salon and BBQ facilities. The building will incorporate photovoltaic cells to harness solar energy, and water harvesting abilities to make it environmentally friendly. Construction of the Village is expected to commence towards the end of this year and information sessions about the proposed development will be scheduled in the coming months.

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Source: Media release, Mar 14 Milly Waldren, Royal Freemasons’ Benevolent Institution

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Bill to prohibit mining in water catchment area introduced


bill to prohibit mining in the Wyong water catchment area, the Wyong (Special Area Protection Bill) 2018, has been introduced into the NSW Legislative Council, on March 6, by Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy, Mr Adam Searle. It has the support of the Labor Opposition and the Greens in the Legislative

Council, which is the upper house in the NSW Parliament. The Bill would effectively stop any chance of the Wallarah 2 mine proceeding after 20 years of community opposition to the mine. Previous versions of the Bill, introduced to the lower house by Shadow Minister for the Central Coast and Member for Wyong, Mr David Harris, were voted down and defeated by the Liberal and National parties. “It is hoped that support can be gained from the Shooters, Fishers and

Farmers party, Animal Justice party MLC, Mark Pearson, and Fred Nile’s, Christian Democrats, to pass the Bill and force the Government to reconsider passing it in the lower house,” Mr Harris said. “The Government has failed to allow this Bill through the lower house, but the numbers are a lot tighter in the upper house, where no one has a clear majority,” he said. “Labor and the Greens are for it, I’m hoping that the rest of the cross bench will vote in the interests of the Central

Coast and stop this mine going ahead. “This Bill is designed to protect our precious Central Coast water supply from destructive longwall mining. “We will fight this through every avenue we can until the mine is stopped.” On March 19, Mr Harris confirmed that the Bill has had its second reading in the Legislative Council, and that lobbying of cross bench Members of the Legislative Council would continue until parliament resumed in the second week of April.

“If we get it through the upper house, the government will have to take it to the lower house again,” Mr Harris said. He said he believed it was significant that the Federal Minister for Environment and Energy, Mr Josh Frydenberg, had decided to extend by six months his consideration of Wallarah II under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act). “It means that they are having a proper look at it,” Mr Harris said. “The Kores submission

covered the bare minimum, and the Water Trigger, and the spotlight on the Adani decision, mean the Federal Government are being extra cautious. “The Federal Government also has a very marginal seat in Robertson and I think they are starting to realise that Wallarah II will have an effect across the region,” he said. Source: Media release, Mar 6 Zachary Harrison, office of David Harris Interview, Mar 19 David Harris, Member for Wyong Jackie Pearson, journalist


Community Environment Network Chairman’s Report Everyone needs clean drinking water, humans and wildlife alike. It is a food. Recent announcements on Wallarah 2 coal mine and the Kangy Angy Railyards are likely to be bad news for people and Platypus. The Wallarah 2 approval provides for the discharge of large quantities of contaminated mining water into our drinking water catchment. It is claimed that the water will be treated by Reverse Osmosis (RO) to high standard to remove dissolved solids. RO is a water treatment technology which reduces contamination in one half of a water flow by increasing concentrations in the other half of a water flow. The health effects of drinking water from mines is unknown, uncertain and long term. Meanwhile, the contracts have been let for the Kangy Angy Railyards. Platypus and frogs downstream are about to be subject to a major industrial development which will change and probably destroy their habitat. It permanently destroys approximately 16 Ha. of sensitive wetland being one of only three locations where Mahony’s Toadlet is known to occur. The land was originally obtained by council and zoned E2 to permanently protect the wetland values. In both cases Sustainability goes backwards as these developments have permanent and long lasting effects. Residents, their children and the natural environment will bear the legacy.

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Permanent protection sought for wetland I

nitial steps have been taken by Central Coast Council to permanently protect Porters Creek Wetland.

Mayor Jane Smith replaced a staff recommendation to defer the permanent protection of the wetland, with an alternate motion for Council to request Acting CEO, Mr Brian Glendenning, to arrange a meeting with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Department of Planning, and other relevant stakeholders, to discuss how to permanently protect the wetland. The Mayor’s motion was seconded by Clr Kyle MacGregor. Clr Greg Best asked questions about the meaning of “permanent protection” and Mayor Smith answered that it could include things like conservation agreements, but

From Watanobbi Knoll looking out over the Porters Creek wetland mechanisms had changed due to recent changes in NSW laws around biodiversity. Clr Best also asked if permanent protection of Porters Creek would have any economic impact on the Central Coast. Director, Mike Dowling, responded that the Porters Creek Wetland was part of much larger parcel of

land that incorporated employment-generating land, but it could be subdivided “so Porters Creek Wetland stands alone,” Mr Dowling said. Clr Rebecca Gale Collins also asked what the purpose of permanent protection would be and Mr Glendenning responded that the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) covering

the wetland already made it subject to rigorous protections, but as part of the NSW Government’s changes to biodiversification, there may be new avenues open to Council to embellish that existing protection with additional funding. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the Mayor’s alternate motion in spite of a staff


recommendation that the matter be deferred until all matters regarding the Central Coast Airport were resolved. Porters Creek Wetland adjoins the airport at Warnervale, and some plans for the proposed future expansion of the airport, extending the runway through the protected wetlands. On November 27, when

Councillors resolved to stop expenditure on the expansion of the airport, and divert budgeted funds to employment-creating projects, they also resolved to permanently protect all of the Porters Creek Wetland owned by Council, and south of the current runway, from development, for biodiversity, emergency drinking water supply and protection of the water quality into the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary. The staff report said: “Council is considering a number of complex matters, including confidential privileged legal advice on the Central Coast airport, and it is too early to provide a report for resolution of the Council on the Porters Creek Wetland until these matters are resolved.” Source: Agenda item 4.3, Mar 12 Meeting notes, Mar 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Kangy Angy rail maintenance facility could end up being a multi-billion dollar development M

r David Harris, speaking in his role as Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, said he did not believe there was any hope of stopping the intercity rail maintenance facility from being constructed on flood-prone land at Kangy Angy, even though residents vowed to continue to fight the multi-billion dollar development. Mr Harris said he believed that Transport for NSW was the “most belligerent government department ever known, and never takes a backward step. “I have said to that group of residents right from the start and ever since… that Transport for NSW was not required to complete an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), only a Report on Environmental Effects (REF), so there has been no study of the consequences of the development beyond the development site,” Mr Harris said. He said he believed the Kangy Angy Action Group’s (KARAG’s) claims that flooding from Lisarow through to Chittaway Bay would be exacerbated by the facility, which includes a

Flooded Turpentine Rd, Kangy Angy near site of rail maintenance facility bridge over the railway it is only a matter of off Enterprise Dve, and time before they begin massive fill to build land construction,” he said. along Bangalow Creek up KARAG campaigner to the level of the current and Orchard Rd Kangy railway line. Angy resident, Ms Tracey “One can only assume Stewart, said she would it will cause issues, keep fighting. because Transport “We have sent another for NSW has not had letter to Council asking to demonstrate its them to still help, to consequences on the advocate on our behalf,” rest of the catchment,” Ms Stewart said, following Mr Harris said. correspondence between If properties not Mayor Jane Smith, and Constance previously flooded did Minister experience flooding after refusing Central Coast offer for the construction of the rail Council’s maintenance facility, or if Transport for NSW to flooding was worsened move the development by the presence of the to the site they originally facility, “it would be up preferred at Warnervale. to residents to sue the “The response from government, which they Andrew Constance was can do,” Mr Harris said. the same response he’d “I think it is at a stage sent to another letter in now, because they have April 2016,” she said. let the contract, that Ms Stewart repeated

KARAG’s claims that TfNSW continued to ignore information from its own Review of Environmental Factors (REF) showing that Warnervale was a better site than Kangy Angy on “flooding, noise and environmental grounds”. “This is the Ourimbah flood plain, and I already know from speaking with construction staff that they are finding it very hard to find footings, because there is no bedrock. “This is the point, they are aware of those facts, yet they are still pursuing this,” Ms Stewart. “We heard they have already changed from pile driving to clamping to get their footings for the bridge. “Yes, of course you can build practically anything on any sort of substrate, but it is the cost that becomes the factor. “How much are you prepared to put into this bottomless pit?” Ms Stewart asked. “They still haven’t come out with a final figure, and it is going to be so way over their estimated $300m budget. “They could still get this thing in at Warnervale way before the end of next year, which is when the first trains arrive. “It is a relatively straight fast track section and there is no reversing back

down the line required like there will be at Kangy Angy, because there is northbound line. “From the very start of this, my absolute and genuine concern has been about what is going to happen with the flooding in this area,” Ms Stewart said. “The effects of filling this site, doing what they are doing, it is a monumental failure of the system to do what they are proposing to do. “We have a meeting with construction company, John Holland, and Transport next Thursday, March 22. “We are going to remind them that there are no services, no water, sewerage, no gas lines for their facility; if we have gas at our houses, it comes from a bottle in a truck,” she said. “I was shocked by how quickly the Federal Minister, Josh Frydenberg, wrote off the endangered Mahoney’s toadlet. “It is so frustrating, to consider that 3,984 endangered Melaleuca biconvexa will be bulldozed, but they don’t care, because it is only 1.6 per cent of the local population. “They don’t seem to understand the role those trees play in stabilising the floodplain,” she said. “There is an issue

literally at every turn with this thing. “We wrote to Luke Foley and Jody McKay about the safety issue of getting the trains back up the line, with the Wyong Chronicle article attached, but we haven’t heard back from anybody. “We have only been here for 15 years, but I have seen the 2007 flood and a couple of people nearly literally lost their lives that night here. “We have since lost a cow in a flood, so knowing how much worse it is going to get when they fill the land over here and take away the Melaleuca biconvexa, it is worrying.” “Then there is the matter of TfNSW’s financial irresponsibility, and if Kangy Angy was the only place that they could put this facility, it would be too bad for us, but it is not the only place, and that is what keeps driving me as there is a way more suitable place for this to go. Their original preferred location has become available. “It has been offered to them by Council and they said no,” she said. Source: Interview, Mar 16 Tracey Stewart, KARAG Interview, Mar 19 David Harris, Shadow Minister for Central Coast Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Safety concerns acknowledged O

ngoing traffic issues at Carters Rd, Lake Munmorah, have been acknowledged by Central Coast Council as t h r e a t e n i n g pedestrian and motorist safety.

In response to a motion from Clr Jillian Hogan at the March 12 ordinary meeting, Councillors unanimously noted that the safety concerns for Carters Rd required urgent attention. Councillors resolved that Carters Rd be prioritised when applying for funding for large infrastructure projects. In the interim, Council committed to funding a feasibility study in the 2018-19 budget to investigate the costs of options to address the ongoing issues. Those options are to include, but will not be limited to: the construction of a through road from Carters Rd to Tall Timbers Rd; the construction of a through road from Carters Rd to Scaysbrook Ave, Chain Valley Bay; and/or the construction of a through road from Carters Rd to Chain Valley Bay North. Councillors also resolved that staff advise what stage the Lake Munmorah Masterplan is at, its timeframe for completion, and when it will go on exhibition for community comment. Speaking for the motion, Ms Jenny Davis, of Lake Munmorah, said that Carters Rd was

a dead end with four schools and a preschool in a bush fire prone area. “I do not believe everyone could be evacuated safely,” Ms Davis said of a scenario where the area was under threat from a fire. “If we could not allow everyone to be evacuated safely, then why on earth did we allow four schools and a preschool to be built in one road,” she said. Ms Davis also explained that there was no access for emergency service vehicles and that the congestion in Carters Rd had a flow-on effect to the surrounding roads. “We need to encourage our children to walk to school, but we need to make it safe to do so…we have been trying for many years to get something done about it, but don’t seem to be getting heard. Ms Davis asked Central Coast Council to “step up. Clr Hogan said it can take 20 to 30 minutes to get over the highway. “Member for Swansea, Ms Yasmin Catley, has been calling on the State Government to fund a solution for three years, and we are now calling on Central Coast Council,” Clr Hogan said. “We urge all councillors to support this motion,” she said. Source: Agenda item 6.8, Mar 12 Meeting notes, Mar 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Jackie Pearson, journalist


Ourimbah Master Plan did not reflect community consultation process

The Ourimbah Master Plan artist's impressions showing Jaques St north


urimbah Region Residents’ Association (ORRA) has written to all Central Coast C o u n c i l l o r s requesting that the Ourimbah Master Plan and Land Use Strategy be referred back to the community before any decision is made on implementation. The draft plan, presented to nearly 200 residents at a public meeting in May 2016, was almost universally condemned. Speakers made it very clear that this plan did not reflect the community consultation process. At that time, comments included “they threw out the community’s ideas and suddenly replaced sleepy Ourimbah with Chatswood” and “what is presented is so extreme that the village

atmosphere, the natural environment and heritage values of Ourimbah find no place in the plan”. “They’ve crammed multi storey buildings into every possible location and many more where it just isn’t possible,” was another comment. “From the freeway exit all the way past the Tall Timbers Hotel, we see up to six storey buildings and more.” That plan has been redrafted, but residents cannot access the new draft until Councillors have been briefed. “We stress that we are not opposed to appropriate development in Ourimbah,” said Ms Di Willard, President of ORRA. “We believe the interests of the existing 4,000 Ourimbah residents should carry some weight in any plan,” Ms Willard said. She said the

consultants who drafted the Master Plan faced many challenges to find suitable land for development. “The village sits on a flood plain in a narrow valley between steep hillsides,” she said. “The railway line, in theory, makes Ourimbah attractive for potential development, but the train service is poor, and the rail line and fourlane highway bisect the suburb, isolating the eastern and western sides of the line. “More than $200m in essential infrastructure spending was identified in the plan for two new bridges over the railway line, a new railway station, development of the town centre, and upgrading Enterprise Drive. “ORRA is sceptical that the money will ever materialise,” said Ms Willard. “Especially as the government has now

committed to spending $50 to $100m on an unnecessary bridge to nowhere, for the Kangy Angy Rail Maintenance Facility. “This heavy industrial rail maintenance facility is now being built on sensitive environmental land covering half the floodplain that drains flood waters from the Ourimbah Valleys. “The whole community has grave concerns about additional flooding impacts from this completely inappropriatly located development. “Any such flooding would invalidate much of the existing Master Plan and stifle plans for growth in the area. “We will be asking Central Coast Councillors to carefully consider the residents’ concerns before signing off on this plan,” Ms Willard said. Source: Media release, Mar 16 Allan Benson, ORRA



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Specialised materials handling excavator helps reduce landfill

Council’s total income from continuing operations tops $723m


entral Coast Council is continuing to i m p l e m e n t innovative methods to reduce the amount of waste directed to landfill, with the recent purchase of a specialised, materials handling, excavator. Sorting through household kerbside collection waste at Buttonderry Waste Management Facility, the excavator is recovering scrap metal, mattresses and other recyclable

he auditor’s report for the first consolidated Central Coast Council financial statements will be presented at the next meeting on Monday, March 26.


available for inspection at Council’s Offices in Gosford and Wyong, at Libraries, and online at the Your Voice Our Coast website. Any person may make written submission to Council with respect to the audited financial statements until Monday, April 2. Also available for inspection are the audited financial statements and auditor’s report for activities as a water supply authority, under the Water Management Act 2000, prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Public Finance and Audit Act, 1983.


The materials handling excavator in action products that would Council Waste commercial and otherwise be directed Services Unit industrial waste at our to landfill. Manager, Mr Andrew Buttonderry Waste Pearce, said that since Management Facility,” Advertisement it started operating in Mr Pearce said. The report and financial September, a number “These trials Report from the Parliamentary statements for the of environmental, have recovered Secretary for the Central Coast 13-and-a-half-month social and economic approximately 50 statutory period, confirm Scot MacDonald MLC benefits had been tonnes of cardboard, a total income from realised. soft plastic, untreated continuing operations Return & Earn for Wyong “In the first five timber and hard of $723.7m, a surplus A Return & Earn reverse vending machine has been months of operation, plastic. of $65.4m, and an asset installed and is operational at Wadalba Coles, Figtree the excavator has “We are currently base worth $6.9b. Blvd & Orchid Way. I expect to see further sites rolled out successfully recovered analysing the results These are the first across the Central Coast in the months ahead. Over 6.5 more than 1,000 from the latest trial to consolidated financial million containers have been returned across the Central tonnes of scrap metal inform future business statements for Central Coast since the scheme began. Discarded containers and 1,400 mattresses,” decisions and identify Coast Council and are make up about 50% of the litter load and it is great to Mr Pearce said. new markets for from May 13, 2016, until see the community backing this important environmental “The mattresses recoverable products.” June 30, 2017. strategy. are shredded to both The audited financial Source: Source: recover the metal and Stronger Country Communities Fund Media release, Mar 8 statements and the Media release, Mar 15 to achieve improved The second round of the Stronger Country Communities Central Coast Council Central Coast Council auditor’s report are media compaction in the Fund is currently open and accepting submissions from Media landfill, until such time Central Coast Council. Please get in contact with my as we can find a market office if you have an idea for local community or sporting for this material. infrastructure. See“From this we are nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/strongerable to gain additional country-communities/ for further details. economic benefits What does the sale of NSWs’ share of Snowy Hydro from the sale of scrap mean for the Central Coast metal, saving of Earlier this month the NSW Government relinquished it’s valuable landfill space, stake in the Snowy Hydro scheme, resulting in a $4.154 as well as a refund billion windfall that will be invested in regional and rural of the Environment NSW. The Central Coast is eligible. Premier Berejiklian Protection Authority’s has agreed these funds must be invested in productive (EPA) waste levy.” infrastructure. That is capital works that underpins and The purchase of the stimulates the economy. I have begun discussions with YEAR excavator was made GUARANTEE Central Coast Council to ensure the best proposals are possible through a put forward to support future employment opportunities. $200,000 grant from WWW.DREAMDOORS.COM.AU the EPA’s Resource Intercity Fleet Rail Fleet Recovery Facility I look forward to the rollout of the new Intercity Fleet Expansion and commencing in 2019. Comfort for longer distance was Enhancement Grants the principal factor in the seating design. Half of the seats Program. will be facing the direction of travel, while the seats at Mr Pearce said either end of the saloon will cater for families and groups. he was hopeful that Reversible seating could only have been accommodated Council would be by significantly compromising on comfort and seating successful in obtaining amenities. Customer feedback indicated that comfort Transform the look of your kitchen by fitting replacement further grants under was a key priority. Power for charging mobile devices at doors, drawer fronts, panels, handles and bench tops. the EPA’s, Waste the seats and tray tables was only possible with fixed Less Recycle More, seating. Preparations for the $2.3 billion Intercity fleet are Create a brand new look and feel with no compromise on program. underway including the $300 million maintenance facility quality, choice and design. “We have since at Kangy Angy. conducted further Scot MacDonald MLC Phone: 02 9230 2393 trials on construction, Email: d e m o l i t i o n ,



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Shadow Minister promises assistance to T manufacturers F ederal Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing and Science, Mr Nick Champion, has visited Sanitarium and Masterfood with the Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride.

Mr Champion was in town to announce that, if elected at the next Federal poll, a Shorten Labor Government would back Central Coast industry and support local jobs through a range of new industry policy measures. Mr Champion and Ms McBride, accompanied by Labor’s Candidate for Robertson, Ms Anne Charlton, met the Central Coast manufacturers to discuss opportunities to support local industry and create local jobs. Meeting with local industry is critical to informing Labor’s industry policy development processes, Mr Champion said. He said previous consultations have helped inform a range of recent policy announcements. “Labor has announced that a Shorten Labor Government will create an Australian Investment Guarantee (AIG) that provides accelerated depreciation incentives for new capital equipment investments,” Mr Champion said.

He said the guarantee would assist longerterm manufacturers who needed assistance to replace and upgrade their plant and equipment. Labor has also pledged to establish a $1b Advanced Manufacturing Future Fund (AMFF) to support innovative manufacturing firms who want to grow their businesses and create jobs, but who might find it difficult to obtain private sources of finance Mr Champion was also in town to discuss toughening Anti-Dumping measures, including tripling penalties for circumventing trade remedies, better resourcing the AntiDumping Commission, and creating a one-stop shop under a tougher regime that will safeguard Australian manufacturing and agricultural jobs now and into the future. “Labor’s focus is maintaining and enhancing local jobs by backing Aussie businesses that employ Australians to make things in Australia. “Labor wants Australia to be a successful advanced manufacturing nation, and to achieve this, it will assist firms to modernise and move into high-value, high skill production.

Source: Media release, Mar 19 Richard Brooks, office of Nick Champion


Review of affordable housing policy sought

he NSW Minister for Planning and Infrastructure will receive a letter from Central Coast Council seeking a review of the affordable housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP), as a result of a motion put by Councillor Louise Greenaway.

Clr Greenaway said the motion calling for a review of the Affordable Housing SEPP was the result of concerns raised by resident groups who have been fighting the development of boarding houses in quiet residential areas on the Coast. She said three recent examples of boarding house developments that did not respect the local character and amenity of existing communities were in Ourimbah, Lake Haven and Warnervale. The Stop Glenn Road campaign in Ourimbah has been campaigning against various versions of a development application to build a multi-storey boarding house since 2014. Residents in Gorokan Dve, Lake Haven, most of whom are public housing or Aboriginal Housing tenants, have also asked Clr Greenaway for assistance in opposing a boarding house approved by Wyong Council in 2016, at 33 Gorokan Dve. A single dwelling will be replaced by a 20-room, two-storey boarding house,

The house that will be demolished to make way for a boarding house at Lake Haven including a manager’s residence, according to the development assessment report that was completed by Wyong Council at the time the project was granted approval. Councillor Greenaway said residents were not informed about the DA prior to approval, because letters were sent to the landowners, not the occupants of surrounding properties. She said they were concerned about parking, overdevelopment, the lack of offsets and the general inappropriate density of the development in a neighbourhood characterised by single dwelling and singlestorey properties. “Why put it in a residential area, why not put it near Warnervale shopping centre?” said one Aboriginal Housing tenant, who did not wish to be named, but had lived nearby for 11 years.

“Tenders finished on January 11, and now the $800,000 building is valued at $1.5 million,” he said. “I contacted Council and asked to see the plans, and it is a massive monstrosity that will cover the whole block except for 25 metres at the back, which was allocated for four car parks, which will not be enough when there can be 8 to 16 people living there.” “The house line in this area is back about six metres from the footpath, but the building on this block will be 1.8 metres from the footpath and two storeys tall. “It is a standard house block and they are building a massive complex, they say it is not allowed to be out of character for the area, but the second storey is going to be looking into my backyard and the privacy of the five flats on the other side will be

invaded,” he said. Clr Greenaway said residents of Wyreema Rd at Warnervale were also fighting a boarding house proposal that had not yet been approved by Council. She said the circumstances were very similar to those of the Lake Haven and Gorokan experiences, where the proposed affordable housing would change the character of the area. “I am seeking a review of the Affordable Housing SEPP to provide for this much-needed housing in a form that respects local character and the amenity of the whole community, and allows us to plan infrastructure to support them,” Clr Greenaway said. “Public transport, onsite parking or car share arrangements, and density controls, should be included in the review,” she said. Clr Greenaway’s motion, which was adopted unanimously, also called for Council to work with the NSW Government to deliver appropriate affordable housing outcomes for the Coast. She said she was aware of other Councils who had also called for a review of the SEPP. Source: Agenda item 6.5, Mar 12 Interview, Mar 16 Louise Greenaway, Central Coast Council DA371/2016, Wyong DA Tracker Jackie Pearson, journalist


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Psychologist reveals all in autobiography Forresters Beach resident with a longstanding love affair with Soldiers Beach and Norah Head, has published a book.


Self-described rock and roll psychologist, Dr Carlos Camacho, has reflected on his life and career in his latest work, Goodbye Charlie. When he was just 18, Dr Camacho thought he would die, stuck in the middle of an Australian desert, with a brokendown Holden and a limited supply of food and water. This was one of many of Dr Camacho’s closecalls as he travelled across Australia, Cuba, Peru, Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay in search of himself. A powerhouse of intellectual and creative energy, Dr Camacho has a Masters in Psychology, an Honours degree in Philosophy and has recorded four music albums in English and Spanish, as well as 4 EP’s as a solo artist. He has also written and produced theatrical plays after founding a Theatre Club at University, written books of poetry, short stories, and now

his autobiography, in Goodbye Charlie. “As a psychologist, I have the privilege of helping people facing difficult issues, so I thought it a good idea to describe my own rise and fall, and what I had to do to rebuild my life,” Dr Camacho said. “I also wanted to describe my parents’ struggle to get us established in Australia, after arriving from Uruguay in 1970,” he added. After travelling in Latin America, Dr Camacho eventually returned to the Central Coast and his beloved Soldiers Beach, where he spent the last 30 summers, and where he raised his children. “I have a connection with this ocean, when I’m near Norah Head, I feel alive,” he said. Dr Comacho now works as a psychologist for Axion from the grounds of Wyong Hospital, and still has his private practice in Sydney’s western suburbs. Dr Camacho was certainly challenged by the conditions of his adolescence, having spent those years in Uruguay and Argentina. “I had to keep re-

starting my life in different countries, and it was sometimes a struggle to make friends. “It made me independent and determined to keep getting up, whenever I was knocked down. “This is a guide to how to build, destroy and rebuild your life. “I have faced some very tough challenges over the years and I found that I needed to make sense of the good and bad decisions in my life,” Dr Camacho said. “Goodbye Charlie was seven years in the making. “I went through a difficult and complex time in my life and thought I would write about it. “Once I started however, I realised I had to start from the beginning, that is, from my childhood. “I also realised I need to stand back from myself, and so I wrote it in third person from the point of view of someone that doesn’t really like me. “It was a lot of fun, as I was able to laugh at myself and criticise some of my decisions in life. “Like most autobiographical writing, it was a cathartic experience,” he continued. “It turned out to be an autobiographical novel, with a couple of fictional characters and a plot with a few twists,” Dr Camacho concluded. Source: Media release, Feb 19 Dr Carlos Camacho, Wyong Hospital

New intercity train fleet will be a step backwards ccording to Member for Wyong and Shadow Member for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris, half of all train passengers travelling from the Central Coast to Sydney will be forced to travel backwards on the new intercity fleet.


“Seating will be fixed, not reversible, on the new intercity trains, including ones to the Central Coast. “The Berejiklian government made this decision will full knowledge that passengers have a strong preference for seats that face the direction of travel,” Mr Harris said. Documents obtained by NSW Labor under Freedom of Information laws reveal that the government was warned that “half the passengers

from South Korea, with no local content in their manufacture. “Premier Berejiklian has regularly said ‘the customer is at the centre of everything we do’, except it seems when it comes to providing passengers a comfortable journey. “These documents reveal that the government knows that this will be an issue, but it’s going ahead with it anyway,” Ms McKay said. “For some passengers who suffer motion sickness, travelling backwards is just not an option,” Mr Harris said. “The journey for some Central Coast passengers can be almost two hours, that’s a long time to sit facing backwards or to be forced to stand,” he concluded. Source: Media release, Mar 15 Jodi McKay MP

Boat ramp closed and no funds


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on a fixed seating train usually face backwards, which is not always popular for passengers on long journeys.” According to Shadow Minister for Transport, Ms Jodi McKay, passenger feedback on the design for the new trains indicated that there is strength of preference for reversible seating, and that fixed seats are perceived as a backward step. “Instead of providing passengers with what they want on long distance train journeys, the government has proposed a spin campaign to manage customer expectations prior to the trains arriving without reversible seating. “The Berejiklian Government has previously faced strong criticism for purchasing the trains

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allocated in the last Wyong Council budget to renew the boat ramp, install a jetty and formalise the trailer and car parking. As a result of a question on notice from Clr Lisa Matthews, Council staff reported to the March 12 ordinary meeting that work identified in the 2014 Wyong Shire Aquatic Infrastructure Strategy had not been undertaken, due to a lack of funding. The strategy, according to the staff report, had identified the Kalua Dve boat ramp as a project with actions to be undertaken in the 201617 budget. “No budget was identified in the Wyong Council strategic plan for 2016-17, or to date, and

as such, no works have commenced,” the staff report said. “The Transport for NSW Regional Boating Plan for Lake Macquarie Tuggerah Lakes Region has listed ‘Install pontoon at boat ramp at Kalua Dve, Chittaway Bay’ as a priority project and as such grant funding would likely be available. “The cost of the boat ramp and jetty would need to come from Council funds or other sources. “Due to the informal nature of the site and the risk to community of using this informal boat ramp, the ramp was closed to the public,” the report said. Source: Agenda item 5.2, Mar 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting

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SES volunteers complete flood Three year delay over amenities training exercises at Budgewoi building M replacement S takeholder engagement on the replacement of the Tigers’ Stand at EDSACC Oval, Bateau Bay, which was destroyed by vandals in 2015, is scheduled to finally commence in MarchApril.

In response to a question on notice by Clr Bruce MacLachlan, Council staff advised the ordinary meeting of March 12 that it had received approval from its insurer, Statewide Mutual, to demolish the damaged building and construct a completely new amenities building. “Significant damage was caused to the amenities building at the site by vandals on

August 21, 2015,� the staff report in response to Clr McLachlan’s question stated. “Since that date, Council has been working with Statewide Mutual and sporting groups to rebuild the amenities building. “The new building is not required to be constructed on the same footprint or be of the same design. “ S t a k e h o l d e r engagement on the best site to construct the amenities building and the design of the building is scheduled to commence in MarchApril, with construction anticipated to commence in August 2018. Source: Agenda item 5.3, Mar 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting

ore than 100 SES volunteers from the Northern Sydney Region assembled at McKenzie Reserve, Budgewoi, on Saturday, March 10, for a flood training exercise.

The aim of the exercise was to ensure that all volunteers had the opportunity to practice the required skills. A variety of simulated flood rescue scenarios were set up to test the teams, including rescuing victims from a partly submerged car, rescuing people trapped on a flooded house roof, and rescuing a person marooned in a tree. The teams also practiced retrieving large animals trapped in flood water, a common event for Wyong SES. This exercise is part of ongoing training to keep the flood rescue teams


Local SES officers engaged in flood training at Budgewoi at the maximum level of preparedness, as NSW SES was called on 648 times in 2017 to carry out flood rescues. Wyong SES Deputy Local Controller, Mr Matt Le Clercq, coordinated the exercise and said: “SES Flood Rescues Crews are well trained and ready to respond to any flood emergency, but we much prefer that our skills are not required.

“Repeated warnings about driving into flood waters are still being ignored. “Dramatic footage of a rescue of an elderly woman from a partly submerged car in fast flowing flood waters near Taree recently, clearly demonstrated what can so easily go wrong. “This endangered not only the occupant’s life, but put at risk the SES

personnel tasked to rescue her. “The last major flood event on the Central Coast was in April, 2015, and even though we have been through a long dry spell lately, this could change tomorrow,� Mr Le Clercq said. Source: Media release, Mar 11 Allan Benson, Wyong SES









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Tourism marketing campaign prospectus to be launched

Sporting complex renamed T

he new regional sporting and recreation complex at Tuggerah has been renamed the Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex following a u n a n i m o u s resolution of Central Coast Council.

The Art House will be the venue for the Prospectus launch


ourism Central Coast’s 2018-19 marketing campaign prospectus will be launched on March 21.

the region have been invited to The Art House, Wyong, for the launch. “Following extensive visitor research, industry consultation, testing of multiple brand positions

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The event is free to attend upon registering with Council. Source: Newsletter, Mar 2 Tourism Central Coast Media

A staff report from the Directorate of Assets, Infrastructure and Business, recommended the name change be adopted prior to the practical completion of the facility, which is currently under construction. Procurement and marketing campaigns are due to be launched in an effort to attract mass participating events with regional economic significance. According to the report, the current complex name, Tuggerah Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex, was created prior to the formation of Central Coast Council in May 2016. Funding for the development of stage 1 of the complex was

acquired through a $10m Australian Government grant, with a further $13.71m committed by Central Coast Council. Stage 1 covers 18.28 hectares and will consist of nine playing fields, public amenities, and car and bus parking. Currently unfunded, stage 2 consists of a proposed multipurpose indoor centre and grandstands for the premier field. “This is the largest community infrastructure project for sports and recreation on the Central Coast and will be the first of its kind in the region, realising Council’s tourism vision to become a premier destination for large scale and regionally significant sporting events,” the report said. In January the Federal department of Infrastructure and Regional Development confirmed that the proposed name change to Central Coast Regional Sporting and Recreation Complex was acceptable. Source: Agenda item 3.3, Mar 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting

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Wyong gets its first reverse vending machine P

arliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, has announced the latest reverse vending machine for the Return and Earn container deposit scheme has been located at Coles, Wadalba.

It is the first reverse vending machine for Wyong and is located at Figtree Blvd & Orchid Way. “People will be able to choose to donate their refund directly to charities, receive a docket redeemable for cash, or an electronic transfer using PayPal at the machines,� Mr MacDonald said. “Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction initiative to be introduced in NSW, and now the Wyong community can get involved,� he said. “The NSW Government

is committed to the Return and Earn scheme and further reverse vending machines and other collection points will be developed across the Central Coast in the coming months. “There has been widespread community support for Return and Earn, with over 150 million containers returned across the state since December 1, 2017,� NSW Environment Minister, Ms Gabrielle Upton, said. Over five million containers have been returned to reverse vending machines on the Central Coast. Most drink containers between 150ml and three litres are eligible for the 10 cent refund. Containers should be intact, not crushed or broken, and have a readable barcode to be eligible. Source: Media release, Mar 14 Kit Hale, office of Scot MacDonald

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Feedback sought on funded pedestrian safety improvements

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he community has been invited to provide feedback on a proposal to improve pedestrian safety on Oakland Ave, The Entrance.

Member of the Legislative Council, Mr Taylor Martin, said the NSW Government had allocated $150,000 for a proposal to install a pedestrian refuge north of the Oakland and Ashton Aves intersection, to help pedestrians cross the road safely. “The proposal also involves installing concrete footpaths, islands, and pram ramps on both sides of the street, to improve access to the new pedestrian refuge,� Mr Martin said. “Not only will it improve access, the new refuge will also improve safety for pedestrians by allowing them to cross one direction of traffic at a time,� he said. “This crossing will also provide a safer access to the local shopping precinct. “Concrete islands will improve sight distance between motorists and pedestrians as they will provide motorists with a better view of pedestrians waiting to cross the road. “To ensure there is enough line of sight for the safety of motorists and pedestrians crossing, the new pedestrian refuge would result in some loss of on-street parking spaces. “Roads and Maritime

will aim to reduce the loss of parking space wherever possible. “One mature tree will also need to be removed to allow this work to be carried out. “Additional trees on the western side of Oakland Ave will be assessed by an arborist and may need

to be removed or trimmed to allow installation of the footpath and pram ramps.� The community is encouraged to send feedback by Friday, March 23, to Roads and Maritime Services. “All feedback received will be taken into

consideration with work expected to start midyear, weather permitting.� The community will continue to be kept updated as the project progresses. Source: Media release, Mar 9 Todd Kirby, office of Taylor Martin




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Naming of The Entrance Ocean Baths welcomed by family ember for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, has expressed her family’s gratitude in hearing that The Entrance Ocean Baths will officially be renamed, The Grant McBride Baths, in memoriam of her father and former Member for The Entrance, Mr Grant McBride.


“It is such an honour to learn that the Central Coast Council will officially rename The Entrance Ocean Baths as The Grant McBride Baths,” Ms McBride said. “My family is overwhelmed, and my mum is so grateful. “How wonderful it is for Grant’s children and grandchildren to see his legacy commemorated in such a way,” she added. As Member for The Entrance, Mr McBride petitioned to have the

Ms Emma McBride with her father Grant McBride's petition calling for the heritage listing of the then Entrance Ocean Baths “Since the 1930s, the 1930s-built pool heritage Pool has been part of life listed. In a newsletter to on the Coast, especially constituents in 2002, in summer. “Thousands of young he wrote: “Like many Central Coast residents, people have learnt to I treasure the memories swim there, and many of swimming at The others have competed in the Amateur Swimming Entrance Pool.

Club races, and even in winter, the hardy Tuggerah Tuffs swim in the Pool every Sunday. “The Entrance Pool is unique on the Coast. “It’s our only ocean pool and it must be saved for all time. “I am asking the NSW Government to protect the Pool by giving it heritage listing. “Let’s save The Entrance Pool.” The Pool was heritage listed the following year. After an injection of funds from the NSW Labor Government, Wyong Shire Council, and community groups, the baths were overhauled and upgraded, and officially re-opened by Premier Bob Carr. “We look forward to working with council on the renaming,” Ms McBride said. Source: Media release, MAR 13 Alysson Watson, Office of Emma McBride MP

The Entrance Ocean Baths to be named after Grant McBride M

ember for The Entrance, Mr David Mehan, has welcomed Central Coast Council’s decision to name The Entrance Ocean Baths after the former Member for The Entrance, Mr Grant McBride. Mr McBride was Member for The Entrance from 1992 until his retirement in 2011, serving in the CarrIemma Governments as a Minister between 2003 and 2007. Mr McBride passed away in February, 2018, after a short battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was a keen supporter of the Ocean

Baths and campaigned with local residents, in 2002, to have the Baths placed on the heritage list to protect them. More than 9,000 signatures were collected in the campaign, with local community groups and small businesses assisting. “It is a fitting tribute to a man that has done so much for the Central Coast and the Entrance electorate. “Grant was a huge supporter of these baths and to have them named after him is a great way for Council and the community to honour him,” Mr Mehan said. Source: Media release, Mar 13 David Mehan, Member for The Entrance

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Alexandra Travers to receive $10,000 arts grant O ne of the brightest artistic talents from Woongarrah is to receive a significant boost to their career with a grant announced by Minister for the Arts, Mr Don Harwin, and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald MLC.

Ms Alexandra Travers will receive $10,000 to develop physical theatre practice through an international short course in Paris, at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, as well as collaborating with regional artists to develop

and perform ‘Sleep, Perchance to Dream’. Minister Harwin said the program selected young artists who show exciting promise in extending the appeal of arts across the state. “I am delighted to continue our support for emerging NSW artists with funding that clearly opens up a world of exciting new opportunities,” he said. “From new textile works in Penrith, to physical theatre study in Paris and mentorships for Dubbo dancers, our recipients’ works span a varied range of art forms and practices and will attract wide-ranging audiences and new-found acclaim.” “Nurturing young

artistic talent will ensure a vibrant cultural life for the Central Coast long into the future,” Mr MacDonald added. Each year, the Young Regional Artist Scholarship initiative rewards 25 artists aged 18-25 across the state, with the initiative covering a wide range of art forms. The current round will fund 13 artists sharing $130,000 for self-directed career development. Recipients will also get the chance to attend a two-day professional development training program run by Create NSW later this year. Source: Media release, Mar 16 Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald

Thought-provoking production


new production focusing on the role of and opinions of Christianity in modern Australia is coming to The Art House Wyong. Never mention religion or politics at the dinner table, or so the saying goes, but it seems that playwright, Mr David Williams, doesn’t care for that. His production, Quiet Faith, delves deep into both subjects, and in an immersive production, audiences discover the surprising world of the quietly, progressively faithful. With the role of Christianity in modern Australian politics often linked to conservatism and intolerance, Quiet Faith takes a revealing and heartfelt look at the real ways Christianity

underpins religious life in Australia, and is an eye-opening exploration of the role of religion in modern civic life. Produced by Alternative Facts, and coming to The Art House as part of a national tour, Quiet Faith is based on interviews from real Australian Christians, the quietly, progressively faithful. Mr Williams conducted interviews with Christian Australians, both congregation and clergy from all walks of life, to ask them about their faith and the way they feel religion and politics should be balanced. The words delivered on stage are taken directly from their interviews. Seated on pews, onstage, in an intimate space, the audience hear from a doctor and a community worker,

an Anglican and a Methodist, those driven to action by the Gospels, and those who work with sinners. Audiences hear real Australian’s experiences: an eight-year-old girl kicked out of church; a woman judged by Christians for getting a divorce; a man who received a vision; a doctor sharing about an Imam and his visa troubles, and more. The performers reproduce the voice and cadences of the interviewees in a beautiful, immersive and thought-provoking exploration of modern Christian Australia. Quiet Faith will run at The Art House from May 3-4. Source: Media release, Mar 14 Emily Miller, The Art House Wyong

Other Regional News - In brief Wyong Regional Chronicle focuses on news specifically relating to post code areas 2258, 2259, 2261, 2262, & 2263. Given the arrival of new Central Coast Council, following is a summary of news articles published in

the most recent edition of each of our sister Central Coast publications. The full articles and more, as well as all previously published editions, can be seen on line on our website www.CentralCoastNews.

net Copies of these other publications may be obtained from our offices in Gosford, by subscription, or from a myriad of locations in the areas covered by each publication.

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

Peninsula identified as having high gambling risk

Petition calls on council to reinstate play equipment

Injured girl waits 24 hours for rescue

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

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

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

‘Standards set out in DCP have Council grants six nonConstruction certifi cate issued not been complied with’ complying DAs in three months for multi-dwelling project An application to build three townhouses in Augusta St, Umina, has been approved by Central Coast Council on March 2, with the application acknowledging that it did not comply with planning

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

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

Endangered bushland is not ‘signifi cant’ to Council

Liberal and Labor lobby for position on dredge purchase

Innovative waterways solutions needed, says Holstein

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

Liberal and Labor councillors are claiming the moral high ground after a motion to take steps to purchase a “super dredge” was defeated at a council meeting on February 26.

Both the NSW Government and Central Coast Council need to look for innovative solutions to ensuring local waterways remain safe to navigate, according to Central Coast deputy mayor, Cr Chris

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Coast Community News focuses on news specifically relating to post code areas 2250, 2251 & 2260

Gosford’s civic heart is beating stronger than ever

Gosford CBD planning proposal terminated

The area around Gosford’s Kibble Park has been identifi ed by the NSW Government Architect as, potentially, the city’s renewed civic heart, as part of its work on the Gosford Urban Design

Central Coast’s Coordinator General, Ms Lee Shearer, has fl exed her muscles and announced the termination of a planning proposal for Gosford’s CBD.

Performing Arts Centre preferred site to be decided upon once and for all Six potential sites in the Gosford CBD will be urgently reviewed by Central Coast Council staff in a move to expedite the building of the Regional Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). Algal bloom danger averted Beach goers were warned against swimming and recreational fi shing at Terrigal, Avoca and Copacabana beaches, following the discovery of marine algal blooms on Monday, March 12.

Study on reduction of train travel times between Sydney and Newcastle funded Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, was joined by local state parliamentarians and a business leader, at Gosford railway station, on Friday, March 9, to announce that the NSW

Therapy dogs to join the team at Gosford Courthouse

Rotary Club donates $90,000 to suicide prevention projects

Victims and witnesses at Gosford Courthouse will soon have the support of therapy dogs, Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, said.

North Gosford Rotary Club held a Benefactors and Benefi ciaries Dinner on February 26 to thank Central Coast people, schools and businesses for getting behind its Save Our Kids (SOKS) suicide

Service provider workshop in Gosford

Scholarships available for struggling apprentices

The Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN) will conduct a service provider workshop in Gosford on April 12.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, is encouraging fi rst-year apprentices in the region who are experiencing fi nancial or other personal

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No room for luggage on busy trains O

ver the past few weeks, we have seen on the local news bulletins, coverage of the fiasco that is Sydney trains, and all of it has been concentrated on what is happening in Sydney.

The Central Coast and Newcastle train services never rate a mention. This just shows how Sydney centric our electronic local news bulletins are. On January 23, the 9:22am train from Tuggerah was cancelled due to overheating of wires north of Wyong. The 9.42am train arrived, and thankfully was an eight-carriage train rather than the normal four-carriage one, but this train terminated at Gosford, and all were offloaded to board a four-carriage train that was pretty well full of passengers from the

FORUM previous cancelled train and the usual service. Seating was at a premium, and by Woy Woy, it was a full house, with passengers sitting on the steps or standing. An elderly couple boarded our carriage, the man using a walking stick, and were trying to find a seat, ending up in a very heated argument with a young couple who had a seat next to them occupied by luggage. Their argument was that they were on first, so their luggage was OK and damn the elderly standing gentleman. After receiving comments and abuse from fellow travellers, they reluctantly moved their luggage. An isolated incident? No. It is a regular occurrence on trains on the SydneyNewcastle line. Berejiklian’s muchtouted new timetable is a

farce, and from checking the new timetable against the old, we on the Newcastle-Sydney line have missed out completely. It seems a few changes to the weekend timetable and we are left with the same poor service, with many trains offering only four carriages, which does result in arguments over seating for passengers versus seating for luggage. Scot MacDonald may want to continue blaming Labor and the unions for each and every problem in NSW, but his Government has been in power for nearly seven years and nothing has been done to improve our rail links to Sydney, with his Sydneycentric Government concentrating their spending on Sydney, and bugger the Labor dominated seats in Newcastle and the Central Coast. Email, Jan 29 Errol Grace, Fountaindale

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For the record, most people born here are born out of wedlock.

FORUM Hence we are a nation of bastards. So cheer up you old bastards. Imagine if we did not have the media, we could live in peace and


harmony, and no one would know anything. I bet we also have quite a lot of two faced bastards working for the media. Email, Mar 5 Richard Ryan, Summerland Point

Key questions remain unanswered W

hy would Transport for NSW opt to develop a site zoned E2 and E3 (rural and protected), when an alternative site zoned industrial is available?

Why would Transport choose a site that needed an extra $50m, as a conservative estimate, spent on a bridge to be built for access, when another is waiting with immediate entry? Why would Transport build in a known flood zone, threatening the surrounding area with increased inundation? Why would Transport

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FORUM place their facility at a point to enter and exit an 80kph busy main line, endangering the lives of railway workers, when a completely safe zone is ready? Why do Transport insist on destroying a

unique pristine area that presents them with multiple development problems and expense, when approximately 10k down the track, a Council endorsed, eminently suitable site, is on offer? Why does Transport not place value on rare and endangered flora and fauna that need to be protected? Until these questions are answered the residents of Kangy Angy cannot accept Transport’s proposal to build a Rail Maintenance facility in their backyard. Email, Mar 12 Susan Zgraja, Fountaindale

Diverging right lane on M1 is an accident waiting to happen


’m sure I am not alone in being fed up with the negligent drivers on the M1, but there is a particular breed of stupid that will eventually kill someone if left unchecked.

Everyone who drives the M1 regularly is aware of the upgrade taking place between Tuggerah and Doyalson, and I’m sure that everyone has their own horror stories of other motorists impacting their commute, but what I cannot stand, and what is truly dangerous, are the idiots who don’t pay attention to the diverging right lane just before the twin servos. Ever since this diverging lane was instated, I have seen, and been involved in myself, several near misses,

FORUM where an unobservant motorist in the right lane, will veer off as quickly as they can into the left lane, because they think, for whatever reason, that the lane diverges off the M1. This awful and inconsiderate behaviour has become so common, that a second sign warning of the diverging lane, has been erected another 500 metres before the first one. This behaviour needs to stop. Aside from the fact that it is incredibly reckless to merge into the left lane in the changed conditions, to do it right before a diverging lane adds insult to injury, as all diverging traffic and all traffic continuing on down the left lane, often has to come to a sudden

stop, to allow for the one driver quickly leaving the right lane to re-enter the left safely. This is an accident waiting to happen. I have almost been rear-ended twice now from having to come to a sudden stop to allow someone to merge just before the diverging lane. I’ve also been stuck in the congestion this causes in both lanes, as well as the congestion the Tuggerah off ramp causes just before you get to this now perilous piece of roadwork. I’m generally concerned that someone is going to die here. So people, can we please just pay attention to the conditions we’re driving in? Email, Mar 19 Luke James, Budgewoi

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Woman bites police officer Driver charged with while resisting arrest causing fatal crash P A olice were forced to use OC spray to detach a woman biting the arm of an officer who was attempting to arrest her in Hamlyn Terrace.

Two officers from Tuggerah Lakes Police District were sent to Warnervale Rd, Hamlyn Terrace, after a parked car was struck by a vehicle shortly before 9pm on Friday, March 2. The driver allegedly fled

the scene. When the alleged driver, a 32-year-old woman, was found in nearby Primrose Dve a short time later, police attempted to take her into custody. It was during the arrest that the woman allegedly bit the officer’s right forearm. OC spray had to be deployed to detach the woman from his arm. The officer was taken

to Wyong Hospital where he has had a tetanus shot and antibiotic treatment. He is undergoing tests as a precaution. The woman was charged with assault police occasioning actual bodily harm, resist police, assault police, and not provide particulars to other driver. She was granted conditional bail to appear in Wyong Local Court. Source: Media release, Mar 3 NSW Police Media

Students to hear about correct usage of social media


n March 29, a Police Youth Liaison Officer will visit Budgewoi Public School to speak to Stage 3 students about correct usage of social media.

There are specific ages for when children are allowed to have social media. Most Social Media applications advise the user to be 13 years and older. The Telethon Kids Institute and Headspace have released a document

with advice for children who are experiencing difficulty on social media, and the Officer will speak to Stage 3 students about some of the issues and advice raised in the document. Some advice given includes: “Don’t respond to the people cyberbullying; talk to your parents, carer, teacher or another trusted adult; tell them what is happening, do not keep it to yourself; keep everything that is sent to you, such as emails, texts, instant messages and

comments on Facebook or Instagram and give them to someone you trust; block the person or people from being able to contact you and keep blocking them if they try to contact you; delete your current online account, such as on a social networking site, and start a new account, and only give your new details to a small list of trusted friends; and, report any bullying to the site where it is occurring, sites such as Facebook have a report button you can use. “If the bullying continues and you are feeling afraid or threatened, seek help to report the bullying from the Police or eSafety Commissioner”, students will be told. The eSafety Commission have a helpful website for parents of children experiencing difficulty with social media. Source: Newsletter, Mar 5 Kerry Moore, Budgewoi Public School

25-year-old Wyong motorist at the centre of a fatal crash on the M1 at Mt White will remain behind bars until his next court appearance in April.

The fatal incident occurred on Friday, March 9, with Highway Patrol originally investigating the incident as a two vehicle motor vehicle accident before dashcam footage obtained from a witness revealed the involvement of a third vehicle, driven by the 25-year-old. The footage shows the Wyong man’s Black Ford Ranger approaching heavy traffic at speed, just before 5pm, and pull into the right lane of the motorway. The Ford Ranger than jerks quickly back into the centre lane, in front of another utility driven by a 46-year-old man. The 46-year-old driver’s utility then careens into the left lane colliding with a Coles semi-trailer. Both vehicles exit the road coming to a stop in

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nearby bushland. The 46-year-old man’s utility was severely crushed from the impact, and he later died whilst emergency services worked to free him. The driver of the semitrailer was taken for mandatory blood and alcohol testing. Chief Inspector Phil Brooks, of Highway Patrol Command, spoke to media on Monday, March 12, to discuss the incident. Mr Brooks said the revealing dashcam footage coincided with original witness reports that claimed the Ford Ranger had caused the accident.

Mr Brooks told media that the Wyong driver had pulled over following the incident, but fled the scene prior to the arrival of emergency services. Highway Patrol detectives later tracked down the driver at his home. He presented at Wyong Courthouse on Saturday, March 10, where he was charged with Dangerous Driving Occasioning Death, Negligent Driving Occasioning Death, Fail to Stop at an Accident, and Impact Causing Death and not Give Particulars to Police. The incident, investigation and cleanup, caused major delays for motorists travelling north on the M1, with traffic congested for up to 20km and delays lasting well into the evening. The driver did not apply for bail. Sources: Media release, Mar 10 NSW Police Media Press conference, Mar 12 Chief Insp Phil Brooks, Highway Patrol Command NSW

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On Wednesday, March 14, a woman reported to police that shots were fired into her property in Hakone Rd, Woongarrah. It’s believed the shooting occurred sometime over the weekend. No one was injured.

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Smith-Magenis Syndrome (SMS) Family Camp began on Friday, March 16.

Supported by more than 100 volunteers and staff, 19 families who have a child with SMS came together to enjoy friendship, fun and laughter, and share information and research into SMS. Since 2003, 57 Australian families from across Australia have attended this unique four-day camp, an event that only happens once every two years. Smith-Magenis Syndrome is a rare disorder characterised by congenital, behavioural and cognitive issues including mild to moderate intellectual disability, disrupted sleep patterns and self-harm. In fact, the symptoms, though they do not appear in every child with SMS, are extensive. Camp Breakaway is highly regarded for its camps for children and

Lions clubs raise funds for a wheel chair assisted vehicle


he Lions Club of Wyong, with help from several other local Lions clubs, has donated a wheel chair assisted vehicle to a local family.

Camp Breakaway's SMS Family Camp commenced on March 16 adults with a disability, other parents in the same and they are seen as situation. more like a holiday than “They can share simply respite. experiences and gain “But, the SMS camp support from each other.” is special,” said Camp Professor Smith, a Breakaway’s General geneticist from the Manager, Mr Terry Hayes. National Institute of “Over the past 15 years, Health, located in Professor Ann Smith, Bethesda, Maryland, co-discoverer of the USA, arrived at Camp syndrome, has travelled Breakaway on March 13. from the United States “It is one of the to San Remo to meet highlights of my work. with the families, and to “I am honoured to be bring them up to date on here, and I thank Camp research to assist parents Breakaway for making in the management of it all happen,” said Prof this complex syndrome,” Smith. said Mr Hayes. Source: “It is always a unique Media release, Mar 14 opportunity for parents Denise Pastor, Camp Breakaway to learn and to meet with Prof Smith as well as

The Cerebral Palsy Alliance approached the club last year to assist Kody and his mother Karen to enable them to be able to get out of the house. Kody is confined to a wheel chair, and without transport, it was difficult for the family to get about. The Lions Club regularly do the Sausage Sizzle at Bunnings on a Monday, and it took several months of sizzling to raise half of the funds necessary to apply to the Australian Lions Foundation for a 50/50 grant. Several other clubs in the area also contributed to enable the club to reach its target. “We purchased a Toyota Noah Welcab

Kody and his mother Karen were presented with the vehicle by local Lions Club members factory-built vehicle from Sydney City Traders,” said Lions Club of Wyong President, Mr Colin Slack. “Many of our members, and also some members from the contributing clubs, attended the handover of the vehicle on Thursday, March 15,” he said. “It is a wonderful feeling when you know that you make a difference to the lives of others less fortunate than ourselves. “Our Lions Clubs also assist many other causes including Childhood

Cancer Research, Children’s Mobility, Disaster Relief, Diabetes, and numerous other causes, and the best part is that 100 per cent of funds raised go to the project it is being raised for. “We are participating in the World’s Biggest BBQ to raise funds for the Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation on Easter Monday at Bunning’s at Tuggerah.” Source: Media release, Mar 15 Glenda Hofland, Lions Club of Wyong

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Outreach Programs to close

Year 10 students undertake a university course T

he Federal Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, has joined the chorus of local leaders calling for the NSW Government to stop the closure of Outreach Programs at Wyong TAFE Campus.

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wo students from Lake Munmorah High School have been accepted into the High Performing Students Program.

The Program gives exceptional high school students the opportunity to get a taste of tertiary education by undertaking first year university courses while still at school. The University of Newcastle program provides students with opportunities to fulfil their academic potential, help with career decisions, and can lead to credit for university studies. Students in this program become actual university students, they have access to all University facilities and all innovative educational technologies relevant to their course. Tegan Jenkins, and Joshua Dowse of Year 10 were both accepted into the program after

an extensive selection process. Tegan Jenkins was accepted into the course of Globalisation and International Management, which analyses the challenges and opportunities presented by the globalisation of markets and production, for managers in both domestic and multinational corporations. Joshua Dowse was accepted into Introductory Chemistry, which examines basic atomic molecular structure, introduces the chemistry of carbon compounds, and illustrates basic physical concepts central to an understanding in the discipline. Both students will be participating in three hours of lectures per week, over a 15 week long period. These lectures will be given by professors

from the University of Newcastle, at Merewether High School. When the course is successfully completed, both students will be eligible for a credit transfer to a relevant university degree. Lake Munmorah High School will be providing both students with time, mentors, and the resources to help to complete their chosen courses to the very best of their abilities. This is the first time Lake Munmorah High School has been offered this opportunity, and to have two students gain placement in the program is very exciting. Both students are very keen, and eager to get started on their courses, and cannot wait to learn new things, develop new skills, and meet new people. Source: Newsletter, Mar 2 Tony Keevill, Lake Munmorah High School

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Ms McBride said the programs help more than 1,000 marginalised students a year. “We have been told that Outreach Programs are scheduled to end in April, under a TAFENSW restructure,” Ms McBride said. “We support the Central Coast Council motion to write to the NSW Government to stop the closure of Wyong TAFE Outreach Programs, and we commend Councillor Lisa Matthews for raising the issue,” she said. “TAFE Outreach

“Outreach programs have made such a tremendous difference to the lives of many people on the Central Coast, and their families and communities,” Ms McBride said. “They take away the barriers to education and give people the opportunity to succeed.” Member for Wyong and Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris, said: “It is important that governments continue to invest in Outreach Programs as a means of ensuring equal opportunity, access and equity, social inclusion and employability, and community development. “We will be making sure the Berejiklian Government hears our concerns.” Source: Media release, Mar 13 Alysson Watson, office of Emma McBride

Selector praises triallists’ behaviour T

he Wallarah Zone Soccer Convenor has praised students from Budgewoi Public School for their exceptional behaviour during the squad selection.

Mr Graham Booth, the Convenor, wrote to Budgewoi Public School’s Principal, Ms Kerry Moore, to express his delight. “My name is Graham Booth, and along with Phil Church, the girls coach, we had the pleasure of selecting the boys’ Wallarah Zone

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boys’ soccer team. “I am writing to say thank you for selecting the boys that you sent and to let you know of the magnificent day we had. “The main reason I’m writing is to inform you on how I commend the boys on their exemplary behaviour and the brilliant sportsmanship that they showed both on and off the field. “It was a pleasure to see. “There was not one negative word spoken and the joy on the boys’ faces said everything. “This is an attribute

that should be conveyed to not only the boys, but their parents that came along. “The games were of a high standard, and as a coach, it was extremely hard to select a side due to this. “Thank you to the teachers that sent the boys to the trials and I look forward to seeing the boys that were finally selected at Killarney Vale. “Well done to all and thank you again,” Mr Booth wrote. Source: Newsletter, Mar 5 Kerry Moore, Budgewoi Public School


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Students prepare Royal Easter Show district exhibit S

tudents from W a d a l b a Community School will partner with farmers to create the 2018 Royal Easter Show District Exhibit for Central District. The work, already completed at school, will be delivered to the Easter Show where students will then work to add the produce grown by Central District farmers. The theme for this year’s display is The Suburban Farmer. “The students’ largescale, interdisciplinary work, partnering across faculties inside the school, and with farmers in the district, represents many great attributes about learning in the 21st century,” said Wadalba Community School Principal, Mr Jason McGrath. Team coordinator and Visual Arts Teacher, Ms Melissa Morris, said it was Wadalba’s third year participating in

Georgia Watts, Katelyn Miller, Brian Pepper (President, Central District) Jessie Cooper and Abbie Fisk start preparation of the exhibit at the Show opportunity to go and see the District Exhibition last year,” she said. Schools’ Division. Participating students behind the scenes and I “It is great to see a are proud of their part in can’t wait to see the end group of students so the exhibition that each result,” said a fellow Year passionate about their year ranks as one of the 10 student, Ms Rebecca creative learning,” Ms Royal Easter Show’s top Panjer. “I loved doing this, attractions. Norris said. “Each year new skills “I am really looking it was a great way to are being developed and forward to seeing the channel our creativity,” Ms Charlotte enhanced. end result, and I really said Coleman of Year 10. appreciate Ms Norris’s “This year it has been “The countless hours efforts and giving us this a pleasure to watch the of painting and seeding opportunity,” said Year older students mentor the younger ones, and 10 student, Ms Georgia will pay off as we see the amazing end result,” Ms pass on advice and skill Watts. “This is a great Coleman said. they learnt at the show “This is the opportunity

of a lifetime,” said Ms Katelyn Miller, another of the Year 10 students involved in the project. “I have worked with an amazing team and have learnt valuable lessons that I can use later in life.” “This was such a great opportunity and experience. “As a team, we have worked together to create this piece,” said Ms Hayley Peterson. “I can’t wait to see the end result, with all the produce and finishing touches.” Ms Laura Wood of Year 11 said it was her second year of participating in the schools’ District Exhibits at the Royal Easter Show. “It was a great opportunity to be able to contribute and mentor a new group of students. “I look forward to our next week, building, constructing and placing all our produce,” Ms Wood said. The students’ design, the Suburban Farmer, explores the concept of

bringing the farm into backyards. “In today’s society where budgets are tight and the environment is a concern, many suburban families have adopted small farming concepts into their backyards,” the students said in their submission to the Show. “We have based our design on what a typical backyard can look like around the suburbs in our Central District. “Our school Ag farm also gives many students and staff a look at how to grow your own vegetables and care for animals at home. “We invite the viewers to look over the colour bond fences of the average backyard to see that they are equipped with a compost heap, vegie patch and, of course, the chicken coop.” Source: Media release, Mar 15 Grant Hatch, Education NSW

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The Thundamentals to perform at The Entrance A

ustralian Hip Hop mainstays and chart toppers, The Thundamentals, will play their first ever live show on the Central Coast in April. The boys from the Blue Mountains have been stalwarts of Australia’s Hip Hop scene for over a decade, and will bring their groove laden and thought provoking fourth studio album, Everyone We Know, alive, when they perform at The Entrance Leagues Club, on April 28, as part of their Decade of the Thundercat regional tour. The Thundamentals have had an assortment of Australian talent grace their line-up over the years, but at their core, the Thundas, as they are affectionately known by their fans, consist of DJ Morgs, MC Tuka and MC Jeswon. DJ Morgs acts as the groups producer and is a self-confessed audiophile. MCs Tuka and Jeswon are the songwriters and lyricists of the trio. Long-time friend and producer, Pon Cho, also helped throughout the production of Everyone We Know. The Wyong Chronicle spoke to MC Jeswon about all things Thundamentals, the success of Everyone We Know and their upcoming tour. The Thundas have gone from strength to strength, and major music festival to major music festival, since dropping Everyone We Know in February, 2017. “It’s been an incredible year for us really,” MC Jeswon said. After performing a host of their own shows and being invited to gig at Australia’s major music festivals, Splendour in the Grass, Groovin the Moo and Falls Festival, by the time the Hottest 100 2017 rolled around, Thundas’ fans had a difficult task in

casting their votes across Everyone We Know’s beat riddled and emotive track list. “It was such an amazing feeling to see our track, Sally, come in at number 8 on the Hottest 100,” MC Jeswon said. “It’s our highest ever placing in the countdown, and it feels so good to think that people are listening, and that they’re liking what we’re putting out; that it’s resonating with them,” he added. “We’ve been on such a massive wave since the album released. “We got to sell out the Enmore Theatre, a place we’ve always dreamed of gigging since we started in Katoomba, and that was really special. “The response has just been insane from the fans. “The heartfelt messages we get from people about the music is really the biggest payoff you can get as a musician. “It’s just such a retrospective moment when you realise your music is connecting with people,” MC Jeswon said. MC Jeswon went on to explain the concept behind Everyone We Know and confirmed the persona behind their titular track, Sally, is indeed real and she really can’t dance. “There are 15 tracks on the album, and each song is loosely based on a conversation with someone we know, or are about conversations we wish we had had with people at the time. “It’s a really reflective

set list in that sense. “The idea behind it is that the listener will hopefully recognise the archetypes of the people we are speaking to in their own lives. “Hopefully, everyone can recognise aspects of their own lives in the music,” MC Jeswon explained. “Everyone has that crazy friend that can’t dance or can’t do something but isn’t afraid to wholeheartedly try, and everyone has that relationship that’s in disrepair. “Everyone’s been in love. “We just tried to take these universal concepts but boiled them down into relatable titbits based on our own lives. “This album really is about everyone we know,” he said. Everyone We Know is the Thundas’ fourth studio album, and according to MC Jeswon, is the group’s cleanest production yet. “Writing and production wise, this was definitely our cleanest project to date. “I feel like we’ve all really honed our skills and know a lot more clearly what we bring to the table, what we like, what we don’t, and what we’re good at. “I feel like I’m a better songwriter now than what I was five, two, even one, year ago, and we’re all definitely way better performers now than what we were at this time last year. “For us, it was all just about making what we

had come together in the most cohesive way possible. “Like a jigsaw. “We just had to streamline our process to get things to fall into place quicker, to make a more interesting whole (the album),” MC Jeswon said. MC Jeswon said a huge part of The Thundas sound was the fact that none of the members are classically trained musicians. “We’re all self-taught. “Music for us was all about discovery and working things out for ourselves. “I think that gave us an advantage because when you’re taught to do something a certain way, I think you have less options. “It feels like we are less limited. “We don’t have formulas. “We work off what feels good and what sounds good to us,” MC Jeswon said. “We’re just mongrel musicians, but there’s a lot of freedom in that approach.” A huge part of Everyone We Know was its album cover and associated art, which sparked an exhibition tour that took place throughout 2017. “The art is the visual representation of what we touched on with the album concept. “Each song is almost like a reflection on a person or interaction, and we wanted the art to reflect that, but not in a super literal way.

“We collaborated with good friend and artist, Benjamin Funnell, of April77 Creative. “Ben’s massively influential within the realm of Australian hip hop releases for his cover and album artwork. “Each song has its own character and all of those characters are represented on the album cover in a more abstract form,” MC Jeswon explained. “It’s all very surreal and very suggestive,” he added. The visual richness of the imagery inspired The Thundas to make the artwork a more central part of their Everyone We Know Tour. “We combined the idea of a gallery exhibition with a listening party and a meet and greet. “Normally, at a listening party, you just hear the tracks from an album back to back, and maybe you’ll get to ask the artist some questions, but we didn’t like that idea. “We had each character for the 15 songs blown up on their own poster and hung up. “In front of each poster, were headphones that played the song that that character represented. “Morgs and Tucka were also around throughout to chat about it all too,” MC Jeswon said. “We thought it was just like a really cool experience to combine a gallery with a silent disco and an artist meet and greet. “It was our take on a listening party and it went really well and garnered a lot of interest in the album,” he added. The recurring theme of the album appears to be connection and the spectrum of human emotion, as top tier dance tracks, Sally and Déjà vu, can attest, but the theme is also explored, perhaps more poignantly in some of the album’s more downbeat tracks. One such track, Blue

Balloons, is MC Jeswon’s favourite. “It’s hard to pick a favourite track, but, Blue Balloons, is a special one. “We wrote it in memory of a fan from the Blue Mountains, Jarrod Sampson-Hills. “He was a young guy, a skater, who passed away under tragic circumstances. “We had never met Jarrod, but we were invited to his memorial. “There was a moment during the memorial where all Jarrod’s friends and family released blue balloons. “Standing there with everyone having just launched their balloons was one of the most touching and beautiful moments of my life,” he said. The ability to explore and express complex emotions and experiences in their music has elevated The Thundamentals through the hip-hop scene. “This whole album’s sort of like a metaphor for our career. “It was only once we realised that addressing our insecurities and showing our vulnerabilities, that our music started to resonate with people,” MC Jeswon said. “Jarrod is real. “Sally is real, she’s a friend of Tuka’s, and she really can’t dance, but that doesn’t let that stop her,” he said. The Decade of the Thundercat Tour kicked off from the end of February and will see The Thundas visit regional centres and towns across the country. The Wyong Regional Chronicle is offering two double passes as part of its reader competition. See page 2 for details. Source: Interview, Feb 14 MC Jeswon, The Thundamentals Dilon Luke, Journalist

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Harmony Day T

he Coast’s first Harmony Day, Flavours by the Sea, will take place on March 24 at Memorial Park, The Entrance.

From 3:30pm, Memorial Park will come alive with a myriad of food, music and art. Flavours by the Sea is Central Coast Council’s ode to Harmony Day, and aims to connect locals with the wider world through their tastebuds, as a range of spices, sights and sounds activate Memorial Park. The festivities of Flavours by the Sea will spread across the main stage, Flavour Food Alley, and the Harmonic Forest. An array of artists will take to the main stage throughout the event including The Glen Dancers, Central Coast Regal Chinese Dance Group, Russian Community Group, Nga Waka E Whitu Maori Club, Aussi Malayalam Cultural Association, The Rhythm Hut, and headlining acts, King Tide and Harry James Angus, lead singer

and trumpet player from Cat Empire. Flavour Food Alley will be a makeshift alley featuring food trucks offering delicacies from all corners of the world. More than 10 trucks will be spruiking Indian, Vietnamese, Mexican, German, Asian, and Sri Lankan foods. The Harmonic Forest will be a unique installation illuminated by trees narrating visual stories told by local residents. During the event, visitors will also have the opportunity to participate in a workshop on the day to create designs and images that will be catalogued and projected in the forest. There will also be a range of cultural stalls, craft experiences and other activities available at the festival. The aim of Harmony Day and the festival is to spread the message that everybody belongs. Source: Website, Mar 19 The


Limited edition Commonwealth Games coins available W

yong region residents can get into the spirit of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games with the first of three $2 limited edition coins becoming available as change for s h o p p e r s , exclusively via W o o l w o r t h s nationwide.

Created by The Royal Australian Mint, the coins, which have commenced their circulation journey at Woolworths Bateau Bay, Lake Haven, Lake Munmorah and Tuggerah, capture the essence of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, with designs honouring the Australian team, the host city and this event’s iconic mascot, Borobi. The three coloured rings around each $2 coin draw inspiration from the Gold Coast landscape, the yellow sun, blue sky and sea, and the lush

Royal Australian Mint CEO Mr Ross MacDiarmid with Aus Paralympian Brenden Hall green hinterland and its Royal Australian colourful wildlife. Mint CEO, Mr Ross A total of 8 million MacDiarmid said: “The special edition Gold Coast Royal Australian Mint 2018 Commonwealth has a proud tradition Games $2 coins will enter of marking our nation’s greatest sporting circulation until April 4. moments through coins, The Royal Australian medals and medallions. Mint is also releasing a “Capturing the essence limited edition Gold Coast of the Gold Coast 2018 2018 Commonwealth Commonwealth Games, Games Coin Collection this unique seven coin album that will be set will be a fi tting available exclusively at symbol of the unity, Woolworths.

athletic prowess, culture and passion that will be displayed on the Gold Coast in April 2018. “Finding and keeping these coins will give you a taste of coin collecting, one of the oldest and most popular hobbies in the world.” Woolworths’ North Central Coast Group Manager, Mr Bert Vandenberg, said “We love that we can bring a taste of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games to the local community. “The release of this coin collection exclusive through Woolworths is just one of the ways we are helping our customers support our Australian team at Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and we hope it inspires a new generation of home grown athletes and sporting champions.” Source: Media release, Mar 14 Fiona Mcgill, PPR

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Over 200 performers on three stages at 20th GOATS festival 2

018 marks the 20th anniversary of GOATS, an event that has made its mark as the Coast’s largest annual music event featuring young people from across the Central Coast.

Attracting more than 7,000 people every year, the festival is much more than a showcase for the region’s young talent, it is an intergenerational success story that has inspired musos and communities across the Central Coast. Going Off At The Swamp, or GOATS as it is more commonly known, is the brainchild of Central Coast Councillor, Ms Jillian Hogan, who 20 years ago identified

that there were few opportunities for young

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people to celebrate their talents in a drug and alcohol free event. Looking for positive ways to connect young people to their community, Clr Hogan organised the first ever GOATS Festival with two young bands performing on the back of a truck. That small event was so popular that she decided to make it an annual event, encouraging the involvement of young people in the planning phase as well as on the day. Today, the festival takes more than six months of planning, with over 50 volunteers of all ages

involved in the lead up to the day. Three stages host over 40 acts, with more than 200 performers, aged between 5 and 25. Mentoring is a strong component of the planning process and includes opportunities for young people to experience all aspects of organising a festival including coordination, stage management, public speaking, roaming entertainment, event management and sound production. Clr Hogan is nowadays affectionately known as Mother GOAT, and continues to lead and

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mentor in all aspects of the event, from inception to the festival day. Now spanning three generations, it is not unusual to see past performers bringing their own children back to the place where they once performed. Bands and performers who are succeeding in the music industry, return to inspire those starting out, and remember GOATS as an opportunity to perform. Rock and heavy metal bands can be seen jamming with younger folk artists, paying respect to all genres of music, and networking


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Billy Graham’s Last Crusade “My Hope” is the last great outreach of Billy Graham, repeating his life’s message of over 70 years that Jesus Saves. You are invited to All Saints Anglican Church, The Entrance on Good Friday at 2pm to discover, rediscover and remember this life changing message of Hope, and the meaning of The Cross, from the world’s greatest evangelist.” it is a 30-minute video shown free of charge. ‘The Cross’, produced by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA).

between musicians, which consistently leads to more performance opportunities and collaborative gigs. The event has always been free entry, and prides itself on being drug and alcohol free, so it is a rare opportunity for families and all ages to enjoy music, and at the same time, learn about their local community from the many community stalls, markets, rides, petting zoo, art, food, free activities and more. An array of special guests will be joining the GOATS family this year in celebration of the anniversary. Mark Gable from The Choirboys will also feature at the official opening. Also performing will be: Central Coast local, Fletcher Pilon; Greg Gould, who performed at GOATS years ago and has since gone onto international acclaim; October Rage, a GOATS favourite for many years and just back from an international tour; and, Ella Roberts, another GOATS regular who is taking the Celtic music world by storm. Joining them will be 100 young people performing throughout the day on three separate stages in bands, duos and solo acts. Source: Media release, Mar 15 Veronique Moseley, GOATS Family Festival

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Sporting Horse competitions are just one of many events

The Entrance Rotary Club makes local youth its new priority


a r r a m a l o n g ’s Central Coast Sporting Horse Association and the Toukley Branch of Torchbearers for Legacy, will be representing the Coast’s north at the Central Coast Regional Show in April. The Sporting Horse Association will host the Duel Shootout Competition for Barrels, Flagging and Bending. The Torchbearers have been stalwarts of the Show for years and will return in 2018 with their regular fundraising stall. All things tasty will be available from the Torchbearers, with preserves, cakes and slices on offer, along with a range of other sweet treats. The Central Coast Regional Show will return to its spiritual home at Gosford Showground for two action packed days of entertainment, agriculture and local produce, from April 14 to 15. This community event, conducted by the Show Committee of Gosford Showground Trust, always presents something new and different to interest and entertain visitors of all ages. On the 14th, notable attractions include: Circaholics Anonymous


T Crowds at a previous Central Coast Regional Show Circus Skills workshops; Games and Strong Man for them. the Sporting Horse Competition are not to be The Memphis Moovers, Championship; Duel missed. also from Queensland, in Shoot Out Barrels, “These traditional their zany mini car, will Bending and Flagging; Scottish games will bring their own take on and, a Drones Flying amaze Show-goers with rock and roll legends. Display. their performances,” she “It’ll be non-stop A special Saturday said. entertainment with two feature commences Special attractions big stages, rides and from 3pm, with the on both days include fairground attractions,” 2018 judging of Central lots of action from The Ms Stonestreet said. Coast Junior and Teen Flippin’ Disc Dogz, which The regular Agricultural Showgirls. are Border Collies that competitions will also be From 4pm onwards, the perform aerial and ground there, with everything evening entertainment acrobatics and tricks. from arts and craft, pets, kicks off with the Flippin The Reptile Park display produce, fruit and veg Disc Dogz Games, a will be doing walkabouts school, animal displays country rock performance with an array of reptiles and lapidary. by Paul Costa and band, and other creatures. Entries are still open a fire dancing display Kindifarm Animal in the Junior and Teen from the Circaholics, and Petting Nursery will also Showgirl Competition concludes with a fantastic be about, letting the and the Dress Up Pet fireworks display. littlies get up close and Parade. “Last years’ fireworks personal. A range of great prizes were voted the best Moovin Balloonin, is on offer. ever, so bring the family all the way from Source: along,” said Trust Chair, Queensland, will delight Media release, Mar 16 Ms Roma Stonestreet. the kiddies lining up for a Roma Stonestreet, Gosford Showground Trust “On the 15th, the special balloon made just Highland Muscle

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he Entrance Rotary Club began the year with a strategic planning meeting to determine the style of club it wanted to be under the incoming President, Mr Gordon Crawford.

The Entrance Rotary Club’s new prime purpose is supporting youth on the Central Coast through organisations such as the PCYC, Aspect School Terrigal, Scouts and Girl Guides, and they are already producing results. An Interact Club was also inaugurated at Tumbi Umbi Secondary School. “Under this focus, a charity theatre night was supported by Woy Woy Little Theatre giving over the whole theatre to us, and with sponsors such as Chapmans Accounting and Storage King, and with food supplied by Disability Options, over $5,000 was raised on the

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night. “With the theatre night and Bunnings barbecues, the club will have more than doubled its revenue raised for charities, taking it to over $70,000 for the year,” said The Entrance Rotary Club’s publicity officer, Mr David Adermann. “Big changes like this are not always welcomed by all, but the results certainly speak for themselves and are appreciated by most. “The traditional activities carried out in Rotary Meetings were replaced by a much stronger focus on the charitable and social activities of Rotary. “Different members chair the meeting, and once a month, they replace a normal meeting with a social event,” he concluded. Source: Media release, Mar 5 David Adermann, The Entrance Rotary Club



SATURDAY 5 MAY Experience all the hilarity of James Valentine’s Afternoon radio program from ABC Radio Sydney but after dark! And in a theatre.


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NSW Labor Party The Entrance Day Branch Monthly meetings to discuss and debate policy as well as campaign for local labor candidates and Members of Parliament. 2nd Mon 2pm The Entrance Leagues Club 4332 2907 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

Torchbearers for Legacy Toukley Raising funds for Brisbane Waters Legacy. Harry Moore Golf Day, Garage markets and street stalls. 2nd Mon 9.30am Norah Head Legacy 0414 701 489

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 GROW Support Groups Small friendly groups formed to learn how Marine Rescue to overcome anxiety, Tuggerah Lakes Toowoon Bay depression and loneliness Volunteers wanted, Probus Club and to improve mental challenging conditions, Morning tea, guest speakers health and well-being. interrupted meals, early Anonymous, free and open talking on topics relevant to starts, breathtaking Seniors, as well as regular to all. Weekly meetings at Tuggerah Lakes views. exciting social events. 4th Bateau Bay and Wyong Rewards: - Saving Thur 10am. 1800 558 268 distressed boaters or maybe Anglican Church Hall, saving a life Cnr Brooke Ave & Eastern 0488 442 051 Rd., Bateau Bay uc.tuggerahlakes@marinerescuensw. 4334 3979 Soundwaves Men’s acapella 4 part Tuggerah Combined SPECIAL INTEREST harmony chorus - all Probus Club Inc Biz Plus Networking ages 7pm Mon Meet new friends and enjoy Association Central Coast social events. Grow your business Leagues Club 2nd Thur., 10:30am, guest and in the process build John 0413 276 698 speakers. worthwhile relationships. Social outings 3rd Thur. Biz Networking breakfasts Woodbury Park Community Coastal a Cappella Every Thur 7:15- 9am Hall, Mardi Dynamic award winning Erina Leagues Club 4351 0450 women’s a cappella chorus Geoff Neilson new members always welcome. Music eduction provided Central Coast Tenants’ Inner Wheel Club Lots of Performance Advice and Advocacy Wyong opportunities, or hire us Service Women’s club with the for your next event. Free telephone advice and common interest of giving 0412 948 450 advocacy for all tenants back to the community as well as residents in while developing lasting residential parks friendships. 4353 5515 7.00 pm 3rd Wed Wyong Australian Labor Party Uniting Church Ourimbah/ Narara 4393 2755 National Parks Branch Association Discussion/action community issues Central Coast The Lions Club of 3 levels of Government Twice weekly bush walks, Wyong Inc Niagara Park Primary varying distances and 47 years supporting School 7.30pm 1st Mon grades of difficulty. local activities 0410 309 494 Explore, enjoy scenery, Join us - Meet new friends fauna, flora, history. Keep 4th Tues Monthly 6:30pm fit and make friends Central Coast Greens Don Small / Lions 4389 4423 & The Central Coast Greens retirement village 4332 7378 For a fairer, more transparent Call James and accountable government 0415 909 269 based on democratic principles Central Coast Lapidary Local, state-wide, national Club Minerals & Gems and international issues and Learn silverwork, The Rotary Club campaigns - Council and Cabochons, Faceting, of the Entrance Inc. parliamentary representation Enamelling, Stone Fieldtrips A small, friendly and Developing a new economy & fossicking Weekly effective club supporting Protecting our environment many local organisations, Workshops Tues and Thurs Peaceful conflict resolution 8.30am-2.30pm and international Rotary Community participation Thurs 6-10pm 10 Ourimbah We meet monthly every 3rd Activities. Creek Rd Ourimbah Thu - Details and info: Meetings 6.30 pm Tues 4362 2246 Mingara Recreation Club 0409 449 498





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

Bridge Club Social bridge Tues, 9.45am-1pm The Greens The Entrance (with or without a partner) Len 4332 6989 David 4392 0606 Tuggerah Lakes U3A Long Jetty - Discussions, play reading, cryptic crosswords, talks, readers group, Mahjong Toukley - Creative writing, French conversation Berkeley Vale - Music Appreciation Chittaway Bay - Movies 4390 2451

Mingara Indoor Bowls Club Daily competition (singles, pairs & triples) Winner’s Prize Strongly social. Sun 9.30am- Noon. Mon 6.30–9pm. Wed 9.30am-2pm Ray 4389 2567 Mingara Club 4349 7799

SPORT KI-DO Mingara Judo Academy Junior boys and girls Mon and Wed Two classes 6-8.30pm from 7yrs Kangy Angy 0413 237 010

WOMENS GROUPS BPW Central Coast Empowering women of all ages in the areas of work, education, well-being and friendship. Monthly dinner meetings, two course meal and speaker. Community transport avail. Chris Levis 0438 989 199

Northern Women’s Health Centre Family law advice, counselling, therapeutic and social groups, workshops, domestic violence and abuse issues. All services are provided by women for women 4351 1152

If you would like your Community Organisation listed here, see www. or for the forms or contact Central Coast Newspapers on - 4325 7369

Entries in the Not For Profit Community Organisations Directory are free. However, we require each organisation to subscribe to each newspaper to ensure that someone from that organisation keeps their entry up to date.

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Nicole is finalist in Miss Australian Global Pageant an Remo beauty, Ms Nicole Sialeipata, is a national finalist in the Miss Australian Global International Pageant.


Ms Sialeipata was selected as a national finalist for the competition which recognises that everyone has the right to be their own kind of beautiful and share their diversity between cultures. “Unlike most other pageants, the Australian Global International Pageant System honours inner beauty and therefore has no height, weight or size restrictions for its finalists,” Ms Sialeipata said. Ms Sialeipata said this competition has driven her to step up on a national stage and be a role model to women everywhere. “My mission throughout this journey j y is to be an

Ms Nicole Sialeipata empowered woman, empowering women,” she said. “I don’t believe in society’s expectations and standards of beauty, I and everyone else exude their own kind of beauty. “I’m excited to be named a national finalist as it will give me the opportunity to make new friends from all over our great nation, embrace new experiences and try new challenges,” she added. With national finals now

only months away, Ms Sialeipata is preparing herself for the stage with the hopes of taking out the title. Ms Sialeipata will compete in various stages of judging including a personal interview, onstage evening gown, fashion wear and swimwear rounds. The top five will progress forward to an onstage question round of competition. Should Ms Sialeipata be crowned her division winner she will fly to Jamaica in June to compete in the International Global Pageant Final, as well as take home an array of prizes from beauty products to shoes and clothing as well scholarships and more. Source: Media release, Mar 6 Nicole Siapeilata, San Remo

Tourism Central Coast Marketing Campaign Prospectus Launch, The Art House Wyong, 5:30pm, RSVP to Council

Saturday, Mar 24 Raw Challenge Doyalson, The Doylo, 8:00am to 4:00pm, tickets essential Flavours by the Sea, Memorial Park The Entrance, 3:30pm to 8:30pm, free event Watercolour Art Exhibition By The Lake hosted by Penny’s Art Studio, 10:00am, continues on March 25 Love, The Artist, The Glass Onion Society, Long Jetty, 6:00pm Earth Hour Meditation, Bateau Bay Beach,

7:45pm permitting)


Sunday, Mar 25 Kingdom Sounds presents The Smith Street Band at Long Jetty Hotel, Long Jetty, 7:00pm to 11:00pm, ticketed event Lucky Starr Scholarships in Radiotherapy Benefit Concert supported by the Funkydodo Band, Mingara Recreation Club, 2:00pm, ticketed event Workshop: Master the Art of Eyes, Karen Bloomfield Fine Art, Wyong, 10:00am to 1:00pm, booking fee Raw Challenge Doyalson, The Doylo, 8:00am to 4:00pm, tickets essential International Games

BC 702 Radio a f t e r n o o n presenter, James Valentine, is heading to Wyong on Saturday, May 5, as part of his NSW tour.

Direct from sold out seasons, including at the Sydney Opera House, James Valentine tours his wildly funny stage show across regional NSW throughout May, and will perform at The Art House Wyong from 7:30pm. Experience all the hilarity of James Valentine’s Afternoon radio program from ABC Radio, but after dark and in a theatre. Expect live versions of such legendary segments as This Is What

I Live With, Ex, The New Normal and Petty Crime Stoppers, they’ll all be there. No one looks at the world quite like James Valentine, and just when you think it can’t get any better, it does. Afternoons Tonight! is

Coaching Course Central Coast, The Entrance Leagues Club, 10:00am to 2:30pm, tickets essential

Monday, Mar 26 W o r k p l a c e Communication Skills Session 1 and 2, The Entrance Community Centre, 10:45am to 1:45pm, tickets essential

Tuesday, Mar 27 National Seniors Australia Wyong Branch March meeting, Canton Beach Sports Club, 2:00pm

Thursday, Mar 29 Puppetry of the Penis, The Art House, Wyong, 8:00pm, tickets 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.

a funny and interactive night at the theatre and a great insight into how his radio show really works. James Valentine has worked as a journalist, author, television host and musician. A saxophonist, Valentine has performed with many acclaimed acts including: Jo Jo Zep, Models and Absent Friends. Valentine also hosts the ABC Podcast, Head Room, which expands on musings and questions posed during James’ Afternoons radio show, from 1-3pm weekdays, on ABC Radio Sydney and NSW. Source: Media release, Mar 8 Amanda Buckworth, AB Publicity


DIRECTORY Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 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

For events in post code areas 2258, 2259, 2261, 2262 and 2263 Wednesday, Mar 21

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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organisations

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Accommodation 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

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

Welfare Services Coast Community Centre 4325 3510 Horizons Family Services 4351 5008 Meals on Wheels Wyong - 4333 6942 Department of Community Services Wyong 4352 6500 The Salvation Army 4325 5733 Samaritans Emergency Relief 4393 2450 St Vincent De Paul Society HELPLINE 4323 6081

also, see the Not for Profit organisations directory inside


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A Better Picture


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Fully licensed and insured asbestos removals from houses, garages, sheds, bathrooms etc. Ph: Tom 0422 653 794 or 4393 9890

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

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• Residential and Commercial • Interior and Exterior • New Work and Repaints Free Quotes All work guaranteed Quality’s my game and Ryan’s my name

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Shane Holmes wins Pro Surfing Series event C

entral Coast surfers had an excellent showing at the 2018 Vissla Central Coast Pro Series held at Avoca Beach, with Shelly Beach local, Shane Holmes, taking out first in the Men’s, and Avoca local, KirraBelle Olsson, taking out second place in the Women’s event. Shane Holmes is no stranger to the Central

POSITIONS VACANT Wine Business looking for a Sales / Business development manager in Somersby area. Wine knowledge essential. Email resume to

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Classifieds advertising rates - in print and on-line Classified advertising is the cheapest form of newspaper advertising. This newspaper is published on line on the night before publication date, and is read that way by hundreds of people. All advertisements, including these classified advertising pages, appear in full on-line as an additional benefit for free. See

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Central Coast Newspapers’ advertising rates are relatively much lower than in other newspapers and at the same time much larger than in other newspapers, with the minimum size being 50mm X 42mm. Approximately 16,000 copies of each newspaper are printed and distributed every fortnight.

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

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


Tiling Wall & Floor Property Maintenance 0439 589 426

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

• Golden Scissors Hairdressing, Wyong • Tony trading Roofing


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

Coast Pro, having placed second in 2016 and marking himself as one to watch. This was Holmes’ first win in an elite Qualifying Series event, and was one of his strongest performances yet, with two excellent wave scores of 8.50 and 9.15, giving Holmes a massive 17.65 total score for the final. His opponent, Jordin Watson, was hard pressed to keep up, and with a total score of 13.20, it was a strong finish for Holmes. Holmes was over the moon with his win. “I’ve been doing the QS for a few years now and have come second in events in the past, but I haven’t been able to get myself a win. “To claim a victory at a beach that’s only 20 minutes away from where I live feels insane. “Hopefully, I can get a few more decent results in the next six months or so to help my seed going into the back end of the year,” Holmes said. Having the home turf advantage worked wonders for Olsson, who was on debut in her first Qualifying Series event. “It’s nice to be able to

Thomas James Clinton, Trading as TMA Products & AthroBalm & Effective Business Solutions of Ettalong

• Lee Critchley of Lake Munmorah, currently trading at Lakehaven Shopping Centre • Gary Rudge of Midea AirConditioning, Budgewoi

• Jessica Davis of Erina - trading as A1 cleaning • In Style Real Estate, Long services Jetty • Rattananporn • Decorative Fabrics & Massage, Wyong Furnishings - Steve • Darren Rucker, Tiler - McGinty, Wyoming Killarney Vale • Emma Knowles Blacksmith NSW

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Ashley Pernecker is preparing to become a world class runner


oung aspiring Mardi athlete, Ashley Pernecker, has been selected to compete at the 2018 Track and Field Tour, held in Canada in July. At just 13 years of age, the pocket rocket is already an inspiration to many, juggling school

and a heavy training schedule. With a dream to study in America on a sports scholarship and to compete at the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, Pernecker is ready to do all it takes to become a world class runner. Despite being in her teens, Ashley has already

achieved a lot in her athletic career, with her most recent achievement being selected to compete in Canada. “When I was 8, I ran the HRIS Cross country (XC), and out of 100 runners, I came 18th,” Ashley said. “After that I wanted a coach and never wanted to go on holidays again,” Pernecker said.

“A few months later, after continuing to pester my parents, my mum phoned my now coach, Tom Ristuccia. “I started training with him that year and medalled at HRIS every year since. “Once I started winning medals, I became very competitive and fell in love with the sport even

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more,” she continued. Pernecker is currently competing in a range of events, but said she enjoys track and field the most. “I haven’t decided yet what main distance to focus on long term, however if I am at a serious event, I focus on the 800m, 1,500m and 3km. “I also enjoy longer road runs, and have competed overseas and won races in 5km and 10km events. “I also find the City 2 Surf and Bay 2 Bay challenging but fun. “I have won a 5km race in Florida, USA, as a 12-year-old, a 3km race in New Zealand, where I wasn’t allowed to run a longer race because I was too young, and also won a 10km race in Hawaii last year,” Pernecker said. “When I first started training, my coach told me he had a threeyear plan to qualify for Nationals. “I am pleased to say we achieved that goal together and have not looked back. “I have since been to the Nationals several times for both track and XC. “My long-term goal for the 800m is to run as close to two minutes as possible. “I would also like to run a half marathon and eventually a full marathon, and who knows, maybe

one day, a 100km run. “I would like to qualify for the Commonwealth Games in a track event. “I also hope to one day represent Australia at the Olympics, and study at University in America to become a Paediatrician, whilst on a sports scholarship,” Pernecker said. Integrated healthcare services organisation, Coast Sport Tuggerah, has been supporting Pernecker through her journey and have even appointed her as a Coast Sport Ambassador. “Coast Sport provides valuable access to their gym and facilities, not to mention the comprehensive support of a fully integrated team to assist her in all aspects of professional athleticism,” said Ashley’s mum, Julie Pernecker. “Like so many elite athletes, the journey to greatness is often a costly one. “That’s why we are working hard to raise funds to ensure she can race in Canada.” Ashley’s mum, Julie Pernecker has launched a Go Fund Me Campaign. As of March 14, Ms Pernecker’s Go Fund Me Campaign for Ashley’s Canada trip has reached $1,200 of its $5,000 goal. Source: Media release, Mar 6 Julie Pernecker, Mardi


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Too little, too late from Mariners in high scoring encounter T

he Central Coast Mariners lost in their clash with the Melbourne Victory on March 18.

Connor Pain bagged a brace against his former club, but it was a case of too little, too late, against a clinical Melbourne Victory, headlined by hat-trick-hero, Besart Berisha. The Yellow and Navy

started both halves in the driver’s seat and finished the game strongly, with Pain’s two goals, but Victory made the most of their opportunities across the 90 minutes to move into third spot. The opening stages went all in favour of the Mariners, who should have been a goal up in the third minute of play. It started with a pinpoint through ball from Andrew

Hoole to Pain, to earn a corner. The corner fell to the feet of Antony Golec, who fired at goal, beat a diving goal keeper, Lawrence Thomas, but it was somehow cleared off the line by Rhys Williams to keep it 0-0. But in the 15th minute, Berisha would chip in to hurt the Mariners, when he assisted Leroy George for the opening goal. George made no mistake with his one-onone opportunity, to give Melbourne Victory a 1-0 lead. Ten minutes later, the Albanian and Dutchman linked up again to double the Victory’s lead, with George assisting Berisha in the 25th minute. It was a horror end to the first half, when Golec awkwardly collided with Victory’s goalkeeper, Lawrence Thomas. Golec was treated on the spot by paramedics and taken straight from the field to play no further part in the match. The Mariners came out flying in the second half, keeping the ball and creating all the chances. The Yellow and Navy looked certain to score in the 51st minute, when a ball from Pain found the head of McGing. McGing’s header across goal was straight at Powell, who looked certain to head home, but the effort was wide. Despite a dominant


LAT 33° 51’ S - LONG 151° 14’ E - TIME ZONE - 1000 Times and Heights(m) of high and low waters Times are in local standard time (UTC +10:00) or daylight savings time (UTC +11:00) when in effect.

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APPROX. TIME LAG AFTER FORT DENISON Ettalong 40 min, Rip Bridge 2hrs - Wisemans Ferry 2 hrs 30 min, Koolewong 2 hrs 10 min In view of the variations caused by local conditions and meteorological effects, these times are approximate and must be considered as a guide only. They are not to be relied on for critical depth calculations for safe navigation. Actual times of High and Low Water may occur before or after the times indicated

start to the second half by the Mariners, Victory had their third goal in the 54th minute and Berisha had his brace. Twenty minutes, later the Albanian headed home for his hat-trick. In the final 10 minutes of play, substitute, Christian Theoharous, found the back of the net and Victory’s fifth goal of the night. Then in the 87th minute, Mariners’ substitute, Trent Buhagiar, created something from nothing down the right wing with his blistering speed. He found himself in behind the Victory back four, and Pain was on the back post to get on the scoresheet for the Mariners. In the seventh minute of stoppage time, Pain pulled the trigger on a sensational volley from distance to emphatically earn the first brace of his Hyundai A-League career. Speaking after the game, Mariners’ head

coach, Paul Okon, said: “We worked all week on transition moments and rest defence, because we know that Victory are the best when it comes to punishing you when you make mistakes. “Their top four are clinical and that’s exactly how it went. “I don’t think Ben Kennedy made a save. “Victory had five moments in front of goal and scored five goals. “We had just as many, if not more. “We only managed to score two. “Victory deserved to win, but I think we deserved to score more goals than we did. “I’m happy for Connor that he scored two goals. “We never seem to get gifted goals, every one of them this season we’ve had to work ever so hard for. “Victory have a front four that don’t miss opportunities, that’s why they are one of the best

clubs in the country,” he said. Okon said the Mariners approach would not change in the lead up to their match with Sydney FC. “We need to continue to work hard like we’ve done all season. “We approach the next game against Sydney no differently than we approached today’s game. “At times we were really good with the ball. “We created opportunities to score, that hasn’t been any different in, I would say, 95 per cent of our games this season. “But, you have to have that quality to be able to convert those opportunities into goals which translates into winning games, more points, higher up the ladder. “We finish the game with a 19-year-old left centre back, a 20-yearold right centre back, a 19-year-old striker. “Danny De Silva has just turned 21. “I reckon I wouldn’t be far off saying that our average age would have been close to 21/22. “That’s where the club is at the moment, it gives those opportunities and we will continue to do that,” Okon said. Source: Website, Mar 18 Central Coast Mariners homepage

Norah Head, New South Wales March 2018 Daily Weather Observations Date


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Daniel Villani and Caroline Hain win gold at International Open Championships T

he Kido Judo Academy, Kangy Angy, started its competition year with the ACT International Open Championships, and secured three medals.

“The ACT International Open Championships, attracted a large following and teams from all states,” said Kido Coaching Director, Mr Peter Acciari. “It was hotly contested, since Senior National Points were on offer towards the Oceania Championship. “It was the final event deciding the Cadets’ the team for the Russian/ European Tour,” he said. Daniel Villani made a great showing in the 66kg Cadet U17 division, disposing of his four opponents with a variety of techniques, followed with lightning speed and transition to groundwork. “At times, he modified his entries, winning all his bouts in less than two minutes, by Ippon (full point outright win), and a great finish, earning him a gold medal.” His result earned him a place on the Australian Cadet Team. Villani won his first bout with a quality throwing

combination but, is still seeking the approach needed to win in the U21s. In the quarter finals, his groundwork position was overturned, losing by hold-down, placing him in the bronze playoff. A loose high grip attempt was seized upon by his Victorian opponent, to throw him with a classical urenage (sacrifice) throw, and Villani placed fifth. Caroline Hain, 48kg National Title holder, showed her dominance in the Senior Women’s Division by dismissing all opponents by full point wins. “She calls on her groundwork and strong command of submission techniques to win her bouts,” Mr Acciari said. “In the finals, Caroline met her rival and previous Commonwealth Games medallist, defeating her with a speedy throw, followed by a pin, for the gold. “She gained vital national points and ensured her stay in the selectors’ eyes.” Madison Clarke, usually competing in U36kg division, but anticipating growth in the lead up to the Nationals, chose to test out the 40kg Senior Girl’s Division.

“She found the heavier players more difficult to manoeuvre to apply her seoi nage or harai goshi throws. “Having to rely on her groundwork, Maddison managed the bouts well, being stopped in the finals, for the silver.” Angelina Yokoyama was finding her way back from injury in the 57kg U21 division. “Although losing her first bout, she had strong attacks with good entries in all bouts. ‘The younger developing KIDO players tested their skills and determined the main obstacle to master. “Mitchell Whitley decided to use his left seoi attack. “With this approach, he seized full control of the surprised opponent’s upper body.” “Jackson Whitley was using too much power in his entry attempts to successfully throw, therefore unable to score with his otherwise well planned uchimata attack.” “The club is building a new Junior Boys and Girls competition team. Source: Media release, Mar 9 Peter Acciari, Kido Judo Academy


Shelly Beach Golf Club team to compete for national title

The team from Shelly Beach Golf Club is off to the Holden Scramble in May


he Shelly Beach Golf Club will be represented in Australia’s largest and most successful pro-amateur team’s event, the Holden Scramble, at the e v e n t ’ s Championship Final on the Sunshine Coast.

After qualifying at their local event earlier in the year, the team led by PGA Professional, Jason Hart, together with, Matt Ayton, Ron Ayton, Justin Daley and Rob Crowther, held off a host of teams to gain the one spot available at the Regional Final, played at Kooindah Waters Golf Club. The team will now compete for the national title at the Holden Scramble Championship Final, to be held at Twin Waters Golf Club, from

May 18-21. “Between us all, we played really well, there were a lot of close shots. “We ended up scoring 16 birdies and two pars throughout the day,” said Jason Hart. “We never once felt like we were in trouble. “We all play together regularly, so I think this helps as we know how everyone plays.” This will be Hart’s fourth Championship Final, and he is excited to get the team ready. “Everyone is eager to play in the championships. “We actually qualified together five years ago at Kooindah Waters Regional Finals and played the same course. “Unfortunately, we pulled up short, so it’s exciting to make it to the next stage this time, with the same team,” he said.

Holden Scramble Championship Final teams will play four days of golf, played in full tournament conditions. “All teams have won just by getting to the final, having beaten roughly 8,750 teams at the local level and 500 teams at the Regional Final, to be one of just 30 teams participating in the Championship Final,” said Mr Michael Chard, National Events Manager at the PGA of Australia. “Winning the Final will just be icing on the cake to what is already an unbelievable achievement,” he concluded. The Holden Scramble is a pro amateur club team’s event managed by the PGA of Australia. Source: Media release, Mar 14 Madeleine De Amicis, PGA of Australia


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