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Issue 140 16 May, 2018

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esidents and ratepayers have one month to comment on a draft of the historic first combined Central Coast Council Delivery Program and Operational Plan for the 2018-19 financial year. The 2018-19 Draft Delivery Program, Operational Plan including the budget and draft Resourcing Strategy are among a suite of documents Council has placed on exhibition for public comment after being endorsed at the May 14 Council meeting. Council aims to achieve a tiny surplus of $64,000 but an average ratepayer from the old Wyong LGA will see their rates go up by $33.50 for the year. Mayor Jane Smith said it was now the community’s opportunity to write to Council to let them know where they’ve got it right and wrong before the plan was adopted and rates officially set on June 25. Council’s plan aims to deliver $561.5 million in essential services and $199.8 million in capital works in priority areas from the Community Strategic Plan (CSP). Those priority areas include the road network, water and sewer service, infrastructure, protecting and enhancing the local environment, community

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facilities, open space and recreation. Mayor Smith said the draft plan was the beginning of an evolving culture within Council that was more responsive to, and better reflected, community priorities and aspirations in line with the CSP. “This is our contract with the community,” Mayor Smith said. “It details every project and initiative we will deliver over the next year with a strong focus on financial and environmental sustainability,” she said. “We will be delivering just a small surplus, $64,000, as we want to invest every dollar we can on delivering the services and infrastructure our growing community have told us they need, want and value.” Hundreds of projects are planned right across

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the Coast in the $199.8 million capital works program. Major projects include: $1.3 million to deliver the Norah Head Masterplan and deliver key amenity upgrades in the key tourism area; $2 million to construct the Mardi to Warnervale trunk water pipe; $1.8 million for a regional skate park and play space at Lake Munmorah; and $2.5 million to finish construction of the Central Coast Regional Sporting Complex at Tuggerah. “Our community have identified their vision of where they want to see the Coast grow and be in 10 years’ time. “This draft Operational Plan outlines a clear promise to our community, a promise we look forward to delivering.” In addition to rates and charges, the Council expects to receive $48.4

Typical rates for Wyong 2018-19 million capital grants and contributions to fund its $199.8 million capital works program. It is proposed that 78 per cent of operating and capital expenditure will be invested in the following priority areas: roads, transport and drainage ($186.92 million or 24.6 per cent of total spend). Water and sewer will see a $196.12 million total spend or 25.8 per cent of budgeted funds. Waste services and business development have been allocated a total $89.92 million or 11.8 per cent of total spend. Open space and recreation has been allocated $45.13 million or 5.9 per cent, leisure and lifestyle $16.81 million or 2.2 per cent, and waterways and coastal protection $20.01 million or 2.6 per cent. Natural and environmental assets

have been given a total budget of $18.2 million or 2.4 per cent of total spend; learning and education $9.46 million or 1.2 per cent; and libraries $11.36 million or 1.5 per cent. A rate path freeze for merged councils still applies for Central Coast Council. This means Council is required to maintain the rate path that was last applied by the former Gosford and Wyong Councils until June 30, 2020. The freeze in the rate path is not a freeze on the amount Council can levy by way of rates. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has approved an annual rate peg increase so Council’s permissible rates income for 2018-19 is the sum of the rates income for each of the former local government areas, as if the amalgamation had

not occurred, plus the allowable rate peg. For 2018-19 IPART approved a rate peg of 2.3 per cent. The rates and annual charges applicable to a residence in the former Wyong LGA with an average unimproved land value will increase $33.50 or 1.4 per cent in 2018-19 which is made up of a $22.55 increase in ordinary rates and an $11 increase in domestic waste charges. Maps showing the parts of the Local Government Area to which each category and subcategory of ordinary and special rates proposed will be available at the Council’s Wyong office (and Gosford office). Final adoption of the plan and making of rates and charges will take place at the June 25 Council meeting. Council has encouraged the community to make submissions on the draft plans via yourvoiceourcoast.com, Council libraries and offices at Wyong and Gosford. Submissions will be received up until 5:00pm on Thursday, June 14.

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The Government Architect’s first proposal, to turn Kibble Park into a city square, was placed on public exhibition on April 9. “The plan is to create a regionally-significant city square, that strengthens connectivity and improves the city’s commercial, retail, lifestyle and cultural life,” said NSW Minister for Planning and Housing, Mr Anthony Roberts. Mr Roberts visited Kibble Park to announce that he had appointed Mr Michael Cassel, as the new CEO of the CCRDC. According to the Minister, while the Department of Planning and Environment coordinates the delivery of the Urban Design Implementation Framework (UDIF) for Gosford, the CCRDC will identify development opportunities to drive economic growth. Mr Roberts said Mr Cassel’s appointment was part of repurposing the CCRDC to support delivery of Gosford City Centre’s renewal. “Mr Cassel coming in as part of my team, signals to everyone that I am serious, and this government is serious, in delivering to the people, not just of Gosford, but the Central Coast,” said Mr Roberts. Mr Robert’s said Mr Cassel’s proven record in delivering the revitalisation of Newcastle meant he had the capacity to recognise and build on the potential of Gosford. Mr Cassel will continue as

Mr Taylor Martin MLC, Mr Anthony Roberts NSW Minister for Planning, Ms Lee Shearer Coordinator General and Mr Scot MacDonald Parliamentary Secretary, release the report on proposals for Kibble Park

CEO of Hunter Development Corporation. “I want to be very clear, the Central Coast is not Newcastle and Newcastle is not the Central Coast,” Mr Cassel said. “They are two different areas, but the same philosophies will apply for the organisation that I lead, and that’s all about collaboration and working with the key stakeholders,” he said. “I look forward to working with Coordinator General for the Central Coast, Ms Lee Shearer, Central Coast Council and many other stakeholders, to help bring the bold vision for the region, and its capital, to life,” Mr Cassel said. Kibble Park has been labelled the civic heart of the Gosford city centre in the development plans. NSW Government Architect, Mr Peter Poulet, said: “It is crucial that the first stage of the project to revitalise Gosford City Centre concentrates on the very heart of the region’s capital. “Our focus is to enhance Kibble Park to create a significant area for people to gather and celebrate, a centre that is both a green space and a place of civic

and commercial activity. “Our focus on Kibble Park and the heart of the city is strategic in intent, because it brings together a whole lot of opportunities that have currently been slow in the uptake. “Gosford, with its potential, is only going to grow from its centre. “The potential to revitalise the city centre is a gift to the people here,” Mr Poulet said. Mr Roberts said, “The idea is to concentrate on investment and new offices, shops and cafes, to bring life back to the edges of Kibble Park.” Central Coast Council has welcomed plans to activate Gosford CBD. Mayor Jane Smith said Council planned to look closely at the proposed activation. “Council is pleased that the Government Architect has released the plans for the public to see and I can assure you that our staff will be looking closely at these over the coming weeks, and preparing a report for Council,” Mayor Smith said. “As the closest tier of

government to this, Council needs to be at the centre of decision making going forward,” she said. “Whilst we welcome the design principles, the devil can be in the detail, so we need thorough, open and transparent consultation as we progress these plans to reality. “Some of the issues Council wants to understand in the Government Architect’s plans include: what the proposed Gosford CBD activation will deliver for business and the community; how it will stimulate economic development; the impacts on traffic, congestion and parking; impacts on local planning controls and consents; and, how these plans align with the long term vision for the city of Gosford.” Mr Roberts and Mayor Smith agreed that the announcement was a step forward in creating a vibrant and sustainable region that the Gosford community wants and needs. Mayor Smith said she encouraged the community to play an active role in the ongoing discussions concerning

their city. Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, said, “Central Coast people are desperate to see action on revitalising Gosford’s CBD, and today’s announcement has delivered stage 1 of that action to deliver a thriving, prosperous capital that this region needs and deserves. “It is fantastic to have this first report from the Government Architect released for public exhibition to give the community ample opportunity to provide feedback and have their say,” Mr MacDonald said. “With the NorthConnex coming, only about a year away now, we’ve got people moving backwards and forward there, we’ve got industry coming, $348 million dollars spent on the hospital, it’s all happening, it’s now about taking those next steps,” he said. Ms Shearer also said she welcomed the release of the discussion paper. “This report is a blueprint on how to inject lifeblood to ensure Gosford’s civic heart beats as strongly as it can, which is vital

to the continued revitalisation of the region’s hub,” Ms Shearer said. Mr Taylor Martin, Member of the NSW Legislative Council, said: “We will hear from some saying that this is just another plan, but it is not. “We now have the resources, thanks to the State Government, to revitalise Gosford and deliver what’s needed.” Mr Roberts said: “I’ve put together a team of proven doers, a team of proven achievers. “What the Central Coast needs most of all is the support of the State Government to bring those plans together - provide funding where it’s required. “It certainly has not reached the potential it deserves, but following this, not anymore,” said Mr Roberts. “There’s been a large amount of discussion and consultation about that journey, and we are embarking on that journey today, with this announcement. “The prosperity for Gosford and the Central Coast is now the key priority of the NSW Government.” Two further reports are due to be released in coming weeks which focus on the Government Architect’s vision for the corridor between Gosford Hospital to the train station in the north and the Waterfront precinct in the south. Source: Media Release, Apr 9 Anthony Roberts, NSW Minister for Planning Media release, Apr 9 Kit Hale, office of Scot MacDonald Media conference, Apr 9 Lee Shearer, Coordinator General Central Coast Taylor Martin, Member Legislative Council Scot MacDonald, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Michael Cassel, Central Coast Regional Development Corporation Peter Poulet, NSW Government Architect Kajal Buhagiar, journalist

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Three gold, five silver and one bronze medal to Coast athletes

Water supply cut after main bursts Water supply was cut to properties in Woy Woy after a water main burst at the corner of Blackwall Rd and Railway St, Woy Woy, in the early hours of Thursday, March 29

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he 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast have concluded, and young athletes from across the region have left their mark on Australian sporting history.

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By far and away the Coast’s most successful athlete was Mingara Aquatic swimmer, Brad Woodward. The 20-year-old rising star will return home with three medals. Woodward is the Coast’s golden boy, quite literally, having won a gold medal in his final event at the Games, the Men’s 4 x 100 Medley Relay on April 11.

The impressive result comes off the back of two silver medals for the 100m and 200m Backstroke earlier in the Games. Further to the medals, Woodward swam some incredible Personal Bests, including a 1:56.57 in the 200m Backstroke, an amazing result for a swimmer who only broke 2:00.00 in January. Hockey star and 2008/09 CCAS Male Athlete of the Year, Matt Dawson, didn’t let a significant eye injury hold him back, with the Australian Men’s Hockey team, The Kookaburras, blitzing through the Men’s competition to claim the gold in the final against New Zealand.

The Kookaburras were the number one ranked team in the world going into the Games, and with this gold, have reached a milestone of six consecutive Commonwealth Games’ titles. Track cyclist, Nicholas Yallouris, finished 10th in the 1,000m Individual Time Trial. It was heartbreak for the former Kincumber High School student and 2016 Olympic gold medallist, Ellia Green, when the Women’s Rugby 7’s team lost in the final against New Zealand. Despite walking away with the silver medal, the Women’s team will be forever haunted by the now infamous ‘brain

Matt Dawson snap’ of Cassie Staples, who punted the ball into the stands on the regular time bell with scores tied at 12-12. Commentators speculated Staples was unaware of the locked score, believing Australia to have won. Green had been on the wing waiting to receive the ball from Staples, when she made her premature victory kick. Following the unfortunate lapse in judgement, the Kiwis were able to score the clincher with a long range try after the siren in the first period of extra time, to claim the gold with a 17-12 win. Members of the Aussie team were seen visibly

Nicola McDermott weeping following the result. Local boy, Australian Rugby 7’s veteran and 2018 Commonwealth Games Team Captain, Jesse Parahi, also lost out in the Men’s Rugby 7s, going down 26-17 against England in their final four qualifying match. Former Green Point Christian College student and Sydney University Athletics Club star, Nicola McDermott, returns home with a bronze in the Women’s High Jump. McDermott is a standout in her field and was one of the favourites for the gold on the Aussie team, having placed equal third at the 2018 Australian Athletic

Championships, with a clearance of 1.80m, which was supported by a string of Games qualifying jumps. Boxer, Anja Stridsman, was another standout local hero, and returns home with a gold in the Women’s 60kg Boxing Division. Last but not least, Aron Sherriff, the long-time Coastie who made the move to the Gold Coast in late 2017, also medalled at the Games. He walked away with two silver medals in Lawn Bowls for the Men’s Triples and Men’s Fours events.

“A team was immediately sent to the site to complete emergency restoration works, which required the water supply to be cut to surrounding properties,” according to a statement issued by Central Coast Council general manager Mr Brian Glendenning. “An interim water supply was made available and water was restored by approximately 7am on Friday, March 30. “Water released by the break damaged part of Blackwall Rd and an adjacent footpath, and removed some fill material underneath a pavement. “Council has temporarily restored the site, backfilled where possible and installed an extensive

barricade to ensure the safety of residents, businesses, road users and pedestrians. “A detailed assessment of the site has revealed that final restoration works will include the removal of damaged paving and further backfilling. “The issue was as a result of a burst water main, which has been rectified and the majority of the site restored. “Final restoration work will be completed as soon as possible and every effort will be made to minimise the impact on residents, businesses, road users and pedestrians,” he said. “Council assures the community that a ‘sink hole’ has not been created at the site.” SOURCE: Media statement, 19 Apr 2018 Brian Glendenning, Central Coast Council See page 8 for more

Source: Website, Apr 16 Commonwealth Games 2018 Results Register Dilon Luke, Journalist

Council workers dealing with the aftermath of the burst water main near the corner of Blackwall Rd and Railway St on April 4

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Planning Minister welcomes major recommendation for Gosford City centre he NSW Government Architect has released the first of three recommendations for the revitalisation of Gosford, and the State Minister for Planning has announced a repurposed Central Coast Regional Development Corporation to drive investment in the city.

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Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch with Shadow Minister for the Central Coast Mr David Harris at the level crossing

Labor commits to replace level crossing A State Labor Government would replace the Rawson Rd level crossing if elected in March next year. Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch said she did not need to be pressed to make the commitment. “It is something we would like to deliver in this community,” she said Ms Tesch said she believed Central Coast Council staff were in the process of writing to her seeking her commitment to deliver the Woy Woy level crossing replacement project if elected to the Government benches next year. She said she did not feel the need to wait for the letter before informing Council and the public that she would make a commitment to deliver the project. Ms Tesch said she expected some of the cost of the project could be borne by the Federal Government. She referred to a recent joint State and Federal Government announcement to examine how to deliver a faster train service. “I would think the Liberals will be investing at a Federal level as part of their business case for making the train trip between here and Sydney a faster one,” Ms Tesch. “They don’t need to spend $20 million on investigating options to know this level crossing should go,” she said. Cr Richard Mehrtens said he was hopeful that both major parties would commit to funding

the Rawson Rd level crossing replacement as part of their election campaigns. “It is less than 12 months until the next state election and the Government and Opposition will be putting together their promise packages together, so I hope letters from council staff are being sent to both asking for their commitment,” Cr Mehrtens said. Council staff were also working on a reassessment of the costs of the project, he said. He said the “whole back and forth” between Council and the State Government before the project was canned in 2016 had been about costs, scope of the project and outcomes. “What we need to do is get back to basics on what the project will look like. “Will it be further up Woy Woy Rd or close to where rail crossing is now? “I think the current State Government has a better idea of what it is going to cost than the Opposition. “They were the ones who originally came up with the program. “Let’s hope we can get it down to a more reasonable project and more reasonable costs.” Cr Mehrtens said: “The State Government and the Opposition are aware that people have died at this level crossing. “If that had occurred on any other road or any other crossing it

would be fixed by now.” Deputy mayor Cr Chris Holstein said he believed Council needed to meet with the Government and the Opposition to make it happen. “It is currently with Council officers to make those representations and it is up to the mayor and general manager to put together those representations but I would expect it to be in the form of a delegation for meetings with the Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Member for Gosford,” Cr Holstein said. Cr Holstein said the future of the Rawson Rd crossing replacement project was the key to fixing the Peninsula’s growing east-west traffic problems. “I am still keen about addressing the problems with vehicular movements east-west,” he said. “I still think the Peninsula has major issues around eastwest traffic movement but it is all dependent on making the alternate route through Woy Woy Rd to the freeway open up and safer and that was all going to be a flow on from underpass. “It sits in the bailiwick of the level crossing and we have got to keep reminding the Government that we need infrastructure,” he said. SOURCE: Interviews, 18 Apr 2018 Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford Chris Holstein, Central Coast Council Richard Mehrtens, Central Coast Council Reporter: Jackie Pearson

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Holstein and seconded by Clr Chris Burke. Clr Holstein said he had used rescission motions on five occasions in his 25 years in local government. Arguing in favour of the motion, Clr Holstein said the budget for the RPAC was short by $20m, and that money from the sale of the Old Broadwater Hotel could be used to contribute to the building of the RPACC on another site. “I believe we need to have a waterfront that is active... is there anybody here who can say that the waterfront is an inappropriate site for a RPACC?” Clr Holstein said in conclusion. Source: Media release, Apr 24 Central Coast Council media Meeting notes, Apr 23 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Jackie Pearson, journalist

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he NSW Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and Central Coast Council do not believe there is any need to close Wamberal or Terrigal Beaches, but, Mr Pat Aiken, from Coastal Residents’ Association, said his message to the public is “don’t go there”. The EPA issued a statement in response to questions about the safety of Terrigal and Wamberal Beaches following recent asbestos findings. “The NSW EPA is aware of the asbestos issue at Wamberal and Terrigal Beaches; Central Coast Council is the responsible authority for this matter,” the statement said. “The EPA has met with

Council about this matter to ensure asbestos is being appropriately managed. “Council has committed to undertake regular inspections of the affected areas and ensure any exposed asbestos is removed,” the statement said. “Don’t go there,” Mr Aiken said in response to the position taken by Council and the EPA. “Don’t let your kids go there,” he said. “I have had the material tested, and I have no doubt in my mind that it is absolutely bonded asbestos. “Bonded asbestos is comparatively safe in situ as cladding on a roof or a wall lining in older houses, but once it becomes damaged and the fibres are exposed, then it becomes friable. “In this case, small pieces of asbestos cement, some quite

large in size, have gone into the surf, been rumbled around for, and we know it must be, at least two years, and now it is appearing on the beach. “It most likely came in as the beach recovered, so can anyone tell me that the particles, the fibres, didn’t come up with the sand as well, and dry? “You don’t want to take that risk with children, because if at some stage down the track, they close the beach and decontaminate it, all those people who have been on the beach should be able to register as people who have been exposed to asbestos,” Mr Aiken said. Mr Aiken said he identified the asbestos at Wamberal in November 2016. Continued P3

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w a n d a l a n children, parents and grandparents held a rally on Tuesday, May 1, to ask Central Coast Councillors to help them fight for a promised park and playground in their new residential subdivision. The promised park was deleted as part of an amendment to the development application for the Rosecorp subdivision on Kanangra Dve, Gwandalan. “The former Wyong Council, NSW Government and the developer conspired to delete the Playground Park from the Rosecorp subdivision without any local exhibition or consultation with residents,” said Mr Bill Symington, Chairman

Gwandalan residents gathered at the site of their deleted playgound to call for assistance from Council of the Gwandalan and but now we are going had approached Central Wyong LEP. Summerland Point to have to walk a great Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, In lieu of Section 94 Peninsula Improvement distance to a skate park but had not yet been contributions and the that they can’t really use. successful at arranging a deleted park, Rosecorp Group Inc. has to provide a “Or, you have to take meeting with her. One local mother, Ms He said he was hopeful shared pathway from Jade Liston, said one of them all the way down to subdivision to the reasons why she and the water, and if you take that local Councillors the Reserve, her husband purchased them down there, it is too would come to the aid Tunkawallin land in the subdivision far and they can’t walk of the community and but that reserve is on the was because of the back up. and the only push for the developer other side of Kanangra promised playground for playground in the whole to dedicate 0.5 hectares Dve and is a significant area is for toddlers,” she of the blocks that had walking distance away their two young sons. not yet been sold in the from most houses. “We did buy the land said. Ms Emma Wells and subdivision to reinstate with a plan that said The 187-block there was going to be a her husband acquired the residents’ park- subdivision was playground park included their land when she playground. approved as a State “When we doorknocked Significant Development with this development, was pregnant with her residents to let them under which we were very daughter. the now excited about, because The park had been know about our rally, just defunct Part 3A of the we had Tye (aged six) deleted from the about every house had Environmental Planning and Brodie (aged 4),” Ms development by that children, so a playground and Assessment Act. Liston said. stage, which was one is an important part of The Wyong LEP year after Ms Liston had the development of this requires new housing “I feel ripped off. community,” Ms Wells developments to have a acquired her land. “I feel really annoyed. greenspace park within “It was only when we said. “We were previously The approved plans for 500 metres of any of the going to be able to walk started speaking to our up the road to a park that neighbours that they let the development showed properties within the was safe and had easy us know about a park the park as part of the subdivision. “Council have refused access, and we could that is now non-existent,” LEP, but it was deemed to be 0.1 hectares smaller to meet with the local have kept the kids active, she said. Mr Symington said he than the minimum size community for over two which is really important, for a park required in the years, and are hiding,

behind the excuse is that this is all the State’s doing. “But, Council’s hands are all over the secret approval for the deletion of the park, in fact they suggested the removal,” Mr Symington said. The construction of at least one home has already commenced on the site of the deleted park, in a cul-de-sac central to the subdivision, so reinstatement of the original playground is not an option. Residents want other land to be offered by the developer as an alternate site for their promised park. Source: Media statement, Apr 30 Bill Symington, Gwandalan and Summerland Point Peninsula Improvement Group Inc Interview, May 1 Jade Liston, Gwandalan Emma Wells, Gwandalan Jackie Pearson, journalist

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One of the Peninsula’s libraries could be closed, discussion at the latest meeting of Central Coast Council has revealed. Cr Troy Marquart raised the possibility of library closures on the Peninsula as part of Council’s debate about the long-promised regional library proposed for Gosford. Cr Greg Best said he recalled Council director Ms Julie Vaughan previously “outlining to this chamber that Umina and Woy Woy would merge”. Ms Vaughan said she had been referring to an independent

study commissioned by the former Gosford Council in 2015. “The question was did that report recommend any closures, and I clarified certain recommendations within that report particularly in relation to Peninsula,” she said. According to Ms Vaughan, those recommendations were based on the perception that Woy Woy and Umina libraries did not adequately address the community’s needs. “One option was to explore rationalisation but further library service reviews would be needed to streamline services,” she said. “Are you saying no libraries will shut down?” Cr Marquart asked. Ms Vaughan failed to rule out

the possibility of a library closure. “As I have said to Cr Best earlier, the former report identified that there was an under-servicing at a base line level [on the Peninsula] so the expectation is services would not be reduced but we would just look at better ways to meet the community’s needs.” “There is no contingency that says once the regional library up and running, it would accelerate closures?” Cr Marquart asked. “They are two different questions,” Ms Vaughan said. “The development of the regional library is not dependent on closures,” she said. “There have been reviews

done earlier, and it is something that would need to be done in consultation with the community,” she said. She pointed out that Council was “currently doing quite a lot of work at Woy Woy Library” which it was unlikely to be undertaking if the intention was to close the library. Cr Lisa Matthews then asked Ms Vaughan to confirm that “any closure of any library would have to come through the chamber”. Ms Vaughan responded that was correct to which Cr Matthews said she was certain the majority of councillors would not be voting in favour of any library closures.

Ms Vaughan said it was “misinformation” that either Woy Woy or Umina Library could close to make way for the building of a new regional library in Gosford. “I do reiterate the regional library and development of that is not dependent on closure of any other libraries,” she said. “It gives me great pleasure to clarify the misinformation, and state that the development of the regional library is not dependent on the closure of any other libraries,” Ms Vaughan said. SOURCE: Item 6.2, 23 Apr 2018 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Reporter: Jackie Pearson

Wicks told ACCC ‘cannot act’ on petrol prices The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has told the Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks that it cannot act on the Peninsula’s inflated petrol prices. It would only be able to intervene where there was evidence of illegal anti-competitive behaviour. Ms Wicks said she had written to over 1000 residents who had signed her petition on petrol

prices outlining the Commission’s response. “Your voice has seen the competition watchdog take a close look at the petrol price issues you’ve raised on the Central Coast,” Ms Wicks said in her letter to petition respondents. According to Ms Wicks, the Commission found that the average cost of regular unleaded petrol across the Central Coast market was 136 cents per litre

in March 2018 which was, on average, three cents per litre lower than Newcastle’s average price for the same time period. “They also did a spot check at Woy Woy and Gosford, which found as much as a 15 cents per litre difference between the highest and lowest E10 prices,” Ms Wicks said. The Peninsula News has been tracking fuel prices for over 12 months and has found price

differences as high as 35 cents per litre. Ms Wicks said it was disappointing that the Commission would only take action if presented with evidence of anti-competitive behaviour. “While this may be disappointing, we can work together to take action now by using widely available information on where the cheapest prices are on the Coast. “There are a few apps and

websites, like Fuel Check, which helps to find cheaper petrol and rewards retailers where the prices are lowest,” she said. Meanwhile, the State Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, said she would continue to urge Peninsula residents to exercise their consumer rights and, where possible, purchase cheaper petrol in nearby West Gosford. SOURCE: Media release, 2 May 2018 Tim Sowden, Office of Lucy Wicks

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historians, Ms Merrill Jackson ouncil reconfirmed, enough. at its April 23 “Our energy and focus must and Ms Kay Williams, and, meeting, that a be on making it a reality and Mr Peter Carstairs, from the Gosford Waterfront Action Regional Performing that is what we intend to do. Group. Arts and Conference “The RPACC will be key Following the speakers, the Centre (RPACC) will be drawcard to the Gosford CBD, rescission motion was moved built in the Gosford CBD. and will help create an active by Deputy Mayor, Clr Chis and engaged arts and cultural hub in the region’s capital. “We can now move with confidence to the design phase and are committed to working with all our partners, including the Conservatorium of Music, to ensure that we meet the needs of arts and the broader community, by delivering an iconic and economically viable facility that we can all be proud of.” The community and key stakeholders will be consulted on the detailed design as this project moves forward. The build is expected to get underway in January 2019 and will take 18 months. Four community representatives spoke against the motion to rescind the Council’s April 10 resolution to choose the old Broadwater Hotel as the site for the RPAC. They were Mr Kevin Armstrong from Gosford Waterfront Alliance, local

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A rescission motion, to move the site to Poppy Park instead, was lost, with the Mayor using her casting vote to confirm that the RPACC will be built as part of a cultural precinct, starting at 51-71 Mann Street (Old Broadwater Hotel site). Mayor Jane Smith said that with the discussion and debate now finalised, it was time to work together with the community and the State and Federal Governments to ensure that this key project is delivered. “There is significant State and Federal funding at stake that we will lose if we do not get on with delivering this project,” Mayor Smith said. “We have run out of time to deliberate - it is time for decisive action. “The community has significant investment and interest in progressing this project, and have waited long

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On April 11 the Council resolved to build a stand-alone regional library in Donnison St, even though the majority of community participants in an online survey had voted for a library integrated with a commercial building. A rescission motion at the April 23 Central Coast Council meeting was successful, and that earlier decision was reversed. However, after a scrappy and directionless debate, Councillors once again deferred a final decision on the location and form of the new library. It is understood that the absence of one councillor at the May 28 meeting, and a change to the voting status of another, may result in a third option making it over the line, which would see the regional library built in Donnison St, with commercial space, and guarantees to ensure the project’s financial viability. Mayor Jane Smith is not in favour of such a proposal and has expressed concerns that a library integrated with commercial space could represent a financial risk to Council. All Councillors voted in favour of the rescission motion except, Mayor Jane Smith and Clr Louise Greenaway, and Clr Doug Vincent was absent. The deferral was finally accepted: “to consider the commercial viability of a modern facility that the

Concept 2 (above) was preferred by the community; it has 10 storeys including A-grade commercial space and three levels of basement parking

community have said they want for the Gosford CBD.” “Following a detailed Councillor workshop, a further report on a revised proposal for a Regional Library in Gosford will be presented to the May 28 Council meeting,” Mayor Jane Smith said. “We need to ensure that we create a truly iconic building in the city centre, helping to attract business and investment to the area, as well as increase connectivity amongst educational institutions,” Mayor Smith said. “This catalyst project for the CBD must be a central meeting point for locals and visitors alike, creating a true innovation centre and drawcard to the city centre,” she said. “Libraries are at the heart of creating liveable, connected and sustainable cities, and that is definitely what we want to see for the Gosford CBD.”

After the meeting, Mayor Smith said she was concerned about the financial risks involved in committing to build commercial space with so much private development coming on line in the CBD and surrounds. “With some major projects, such as RPAC and the library, I don’t want to overextend without sufficient guarantee that funding will be forthcoming,” Mayor Smith said. “Right around NSW there are stories of councils that have been a little ambitious and have come down with over extending, and I am a little cautious about our risk management. “I think a regional library is a great project for the Central Coast, and for Gosford’s city centre in particular, so really, my specific concern is about the financial risk and making sure we have got that covered,” she said. “We have got some large

projects, and whenever we put up a large amount of money, that means that we are not putting it up on something else, and we need to ensure it will be successful.” On April 11, Councillors had voted in favour of the standalone library option, wholly on Council-owned land, at 123A Donnision Street. The building was to be redesigned to accommodate possible additional levels of commercial development if further funding was secured. However, a rescission motion to reverse Council’s decision was put forward by Councillors Greg Best, Bruce McLachlan, Jilly Pilon, Rebecca Gale Collins and Troy Marquart, for the April 23 ordinary Council meeting. Mr Tony Mylan, from ET Australia, which is a current tenant of the 123A Donnison St property and owns the adjoining building, spoke against the rescission motion.

“It puts further stress and concern on all of the people involved in this development,” Mr Mylan said. “The description in the rescission motion of this being ad hoc I find a bit peculiar, because I have been working with Gosford Council and Central Coast Council for three years, and it has been anything other than ad hoc. “I commend staff, directors and the Acting CEO for the work they have been doing negotiating and consulting with us and the general public.” Mr Mylan pointed out that 70 per cent of respondents to a survey about the library were in favour of Concept 2, a library combined with commercial space built across the Council and ET’s building site. “Despite public support for Concept 2, Council voted for Concept 1. “I am at a loss to the politics, but I wanted to indicate to the

meeting this evening that the rescission motion has some general points in it that leave ET Australia and other tenants with no timeline as to what might happen next, unsure what to do with tenants in the building, how it will impact on the school year, how it will impact tenants. “It will leave us with more questions than we had before this evening.” He said he appreciated Council’s willingness to vary Concept 1 so that all current Parkside tenants would be accommodated. Clr Jillian Hogan asked Mr Mylan to explain the impact the rescission motion was having on the tenants, many of whom were community service providers. “We have a tenant in that building whose lease expires on November 30, and we have been exchanging correspondence about an extension to the lease, and our tenants, who are a state government department, are extremely keen to extend the lease. “They wish to have a five year lease with a five year option, so they can refit and refurbish their premises. “We have been giving them a please wait response. “We wrote to Council asking for a timeline for development, indicating why we needed to do that, and as a result of that, we have now entered negotiations with the state government department to extend their lease. “If we do that, the space in Donnison St, and the car park, would be tied up for the next 10 years. Continued P4

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Rate rise and tiny surplus in historic Council budget esidents and ratepayers have one month to comment on a draft of the historic first combined Central Coast Council Delivery Program and Operational Plan for the 2018-19 financial year.

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The 2018-19 Draft Delivery Program, Operational Plan including the budget and draft Resourcing Strategy are among a suite of documents Council has placed on exhibition for public comment after being endorsed at the May 14 Council meeting. Council aims to achieve a tiny surplus of $64,000 but an average ratepayer from the old Wyong LGA will see their rates go up by $33.50 for the year. Mayor Jane Smith said it was now the community’s opportunity to write to Council to let them know where they’ve got it right and wrong before the plan was adopted and rates officially set on June 25. Council’s plan aims to deliver $561.5 million in essential services and $199.8 million in capital works in priority areas from the Community Strategic Plan (CSP). Those priority areas include the road network, water and sewer service, infrastructure, protecting and enhancing the local environment, community

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The first operational plan of the new Central Coast Council is now on exhibition for public comment facilities, open space and recreation. Mayor Smith said the draft plan was the beginning of an evolving culture within Council that was more responsive to, and better reflected, community priorities and aspirations in line with the CSP. “This is our contract with the community,” Mayor Smith said. “It details every project and initiative we will deliver over the next year with a strong focus on financial and environmental sustainability,” she said. “We will be delivering just a small surplus, $64,000, as we want to invest every dollar we can on delivering the services and infrastructure our growing community have told us they need, want and value.” Hundreds of projects are planned right across

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the Coast in the $199.8 million capital works program. Major projects include: $1.3 million to deliver the Norah Head Masterplan and deliver key amenity upgrades in the key tourism area; $2 million to construct the Mardi to Warnervale trunk water pipe; $1.8 million for a regional skate park and play space at Lake Munmorah; and $2.5 million to finish construction of the Central Coast Regional Sporting Complex at Tuggerah. “Our community have identified their vision of where they want to see the Coast grow and be in 10 years’ time. “This draft Operational Plan outlines a clear promise to our community, a promise we look forward to delivering.” In addition to rates and charges, the Council expects to receive $48.4

Typical rates for Wyong 2018-19 million capital grants and contributions to fund its $199.8 million capital works program. It is proposed that 78 per cent of operating and capital expenditure will be invested in the following priority areas: roads, transport and drainage ($186.92 million or 24.6 per cent of total spend). Water and sewer will see a $196.12 million total spend or 25.8 per cent of budgeted funds. Waste services and business development have been allocated a total $89.92 million or 11.8 per cent of total spend. Open space and recreation has been allocated $45.13 million or 5.9 per cent, leisure and lifestyle $16.81 million or 2.2 per cent, and waterways and coastal protection $20.01 million or 2.6 per cent. Natural and environmental assets

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have been given a total budget of $18.2 million or 2.4 per cent of total spend; learning and education $9.46 million or 1.2 per cent; and libraries $11.36 million or 1.5 per cent. A rate path freeze for merged councils still applies for Central Coast Council. This means Council is required to maintain the rate path that was last applied by the former Gosford and Wyong Councils until June 30, 2020. The freeze in the rate path is not a freeze on the amount Council can levy by way of rates. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has approved an annual rate peg increase so Council’s permissible rates income for 2018-19 is the sum of the rates income for each of the former local government areas, as if the amalgamation had

not occurred, plus the allowable rate peg. For 2018-19 IPART approved a rate peg of 2.3 per cent. The rates and annual charges applicable to a residence in the former Wyong LGA with an average unimproved land value will increase $33.50 or 1.4 per cent in 2018-19 which is made up of a $22.55 increase in ordinary rates and an $11 increase in domestic waste charges. Maps showing the parts of the Local Government Area to which each category and subcategory of ordinary and special rates proposed will be available at the Council’s Wyong office (and Gosford office). Final adoption of the plan and making of rates and charges will take place at the June 25 Council meeting. Council has encouraged the community to make submissions on the draft plans via yourvoiceourcoast.com, Council libraries and offices at Wyong and Gosford. Submissions will be received up until 5:00pm on Thursday, June 14. Source: Media release, May 14 Central Coast Council media Item 3.1, May 14 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Jackie Pearson, journalist

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ales Point coalfired power station may face stricter and more consistent pollution licencing as a result of recommendations from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Following a review of power station emissions, the EPA recommended stricter and more consistent pollution licences for five power stations in NSW, including Vales Point. Environmental Justice Australia sparked the review 12 months ago by asking the EPA to investigate pollution reports from the power stations that appeared to be in error. “The report confirmed the concerns raised in EJA’s complaint to the EPA and recommended

Vales Point power station at Mannering Park sweeping changes to the limits and obligations, as that are twice the level Environment Protection well as more consistent permitted for the Eraring Licences (EPLs) held by arrangements for power station just 25km electricity generators,” monitoring and reporting away, while Vales Point’s said EJA researcher, Dr air pollution,” Dr Whelan mercury concentration James Whelan. said. limits can be up to five “The EPA proposed “At present Vales Point times higher than those new EPLs so all five power station is licenced from Eraring,” he said. Representatives met power stations had more to emit concentrations consistent emission of fine particle pollution with the CEO and Chair of

the NSW EPA, Ms Anissa Levy, on Thursday, May 3, seeking a commitment to reviewing power station licences and to establishing additional air pollution monitoring stations on the Central Coast. There is only one monitoring station between Newcastle and Sydney, at the Wyong race track. “The Central Coast community has a right to know much more about how the two massive coal-fired power stations pollute the air we breathe,” said Community Environment Network executive member, Mr Mike Campbell. “It’s very disappointing that the EPA remains unwilling to expand its air pollution monitoring network in our community,” Mr Campbell said. “Health authorities

should be assessing the health impacts of the power stations, including hospital admissions when asthma rates spike,” he said. “Previous studies have confirmed that we have a much higher rate of asthma here than in other parts of NSW,” said Mr Campbell. Dr Ben Ewald, a member of Doctors for the Environment Australia, said sulfurdioxide and toxic fine particles travelled long distances. “Around 17 per cent of Sydney’s fine particle pollution comes from a coal fired power station, even though the nearest one is 100 kilometres away on the Central Coast,” Dr Ewald said. Source: Media release, May 4 James Whelan, Environmental Justice Australia


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he Central Coast Council has resolved to step back from the former Wyong Council’s masterplan to build a Regional Airport at Warnervale but pro- and antiairport campaigns continue and Council’s plans to reallocate airport money to create jobs are moving slowly. In the eight-month life of the first elected Central Coast Council, it has considered items related

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to the Warnervale Airport 10 times, including two rescission motions. The plans of the former Wyong Council to develop a Regional Airport, at multiple sites, continue to be a major legacy issue for the Central Coast Council. In a recent interview with the Wyong Regional Chronicle, Central Coast Mayor, Jane Smith, clarified her position on the airport. Mayor Smith said protection of the Porters Creek Wetland to the south of the existing Airport was

her key priority. “We identified that the money that was allocated to the Airport expansion would be reallocated to employment-generating activities across the whole Coast and Council is looking at the best allocation of funds,” Mayor Smith said. “I think the majority of Councillors recognise we want that funding allocated to employmentgenerating activities and we want that delivered sooner than it would have

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f Warnervale Airport ever been achieved through the [Airport] masterplan,” she said. As for the existing Airport, Mayor Smith said: “My position has always been I don’t have a problem with the current operation of the Airport. “I don’t support the bigger Airport plans and I think there are a few mixed messages coming from the aerodrome and Council needs to get an understanding of their intentions,” she said. The Central Coast Aero Club’s authority to operate from the Warnervale aerodrome runs out in 2021 and those who wish to see the Airport land developed as an industrial park believe they should find another location from that date. Mayor Smith confirmed she had met with the head of the Aero Club, Mr Andrew Smith, and other board members. “I had a meeting with Andrew Smith and a couple of members of the board because none of the

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current resolutions affects the current operations on the Aero Club,” Mayor Smith said. “I was pleased to meet with Andrew Smith and discuss their lease and I suggested Andrew write to me formally as the Mayor so he has written

Artist’s impression of an expanded Warnervale Airport by 2037 to me and that is being of certainty,” she said. considered,” she said. Mayor Smith said her “My first priority is support for the Central to secure protection of Coast Aero Club did Porters Creek Wetland and not have anything to once secured I will divert do with Liberal Party my attention to the future life member and former licence or lease for the Gosford Mayor and MP, Aero Club; I do understand Mr Malcolm Brookes, who the board, they want a bit is understood to have

supported her campaign to run for Council and Mayor. “There was no pressure from Malcolm, I consider Malcolm as a friend but he and I disagree on a number of things,” she said. Mayor Smith said Council was “not stepping

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away from the Wyong Employment Zone (WEZ),” but it was not only the Airport land and other WEZ land that was being considered for job creation. The WEZ was earmarked as a state significant site to be developed for job creation but has not been progressed for 20 years. “Timing is the key consideration; … the intention is that it is done properly to deliver that capacity for employmentgenerating land,” she said, pointing to the WEZ land owned by Council but also to land zoned industrial but privately owned in other locations. “I don’t know why some Councillors want to continue to advocate for that Airport masterplan, I think it is misguided and doesn’t deliver the outcomes that are the best for the community,” she said. Source: Interview, May 15 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

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nother rescission motion aiming to reverse the Central Coast Council’s current position on the future of the Warnervale Airport will be debated at a July Council meeting. Leading the charge to keep the Airport as a hot button issue for the Council is independent Central Coast Councillor, and former Wyong Council Mayor and Councillor, Greg Best. Clr Best said he could confirm the rescission motion, which has already failed twice, would be reintroduced on July 9 to reverse Council’s decision to stop all works on the expansion of the Airport at Warnervale. If Clr Best’s rescission motion were to be adopted, he would call for the latest Airport masterplan to be put

The Stage 7 blueprint in the latest masterplan for Warnervale Airport all uncontracted on public exhibition Warnervale. Subject to the survey of and for the community All masterplan results, Clr Best would activities and obligations to be consulted about documents are already then want Council to at the Airport. whether or not they available on Council’s either exhibit the draft As a Wyong Councillor Airport masterplan or and Mayor, Clr Best want an expanded website. move for a total cessation general aviation hub at

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was criticised by fellow Councillors for not being the champion of transparency and community consultation that he is today, In matters such as the abolition of the former Council’s precinct committees after the 2012 Local Government election and the making of decisions about the acquisition of new Mayoral Chains in confidential meetings, Clr Best was criticised by some of his fellow Councillors. The new Central Coast Council is proactively releasing many documents that were kept confidential by the former Wyong Council and many of those related to more recent plans for the expansion of the Warnervale Airport into the Central Coast Regional Airport. Continued P8

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rescission motion aiming to reverse the Central Coast Council’s current position on the future of the Warnervale Airport will be debated at a July Council meeting. From P6 The Central Coast Council has, in fact, already conducted statistically-valid research about community interest in the Airport as part of its preparation of the first Central Coast Community Strategic Plan. According to Micromex Research, of all those asked to imagine what they would like the Central Coast to be in 10 years, only 1.2 per cent of respondents said they wanted an Airport. When asked what residents loved about the Central Coast, “close to an Airport” garnered a low 1.2 per cent response rate. In response to the question ‘what would make their suburb better’, only 0.19 per cent of respondents chose building an Airport as a priority and only 1.86 per cent of respondents said an Airport would make the Central Coast better. Much higher preferences were for infrastructure that kept pace with the growing population, no overdevelopment and improved drainage, kerbs and guttering. As part of the former Wyong Council, Clr Best’s position on the future of

Clr Greg Best being sworn in to the amalgamated Central Coast Council the Warnervale air strip changed several times. In February 2003, Clr Best moved an amendment to a motion: “That Council proceed, as a matter of priority, with the necessary investigations to rezone and develop the surplus Airport land on the western side of the existing runway for industrial uses; that Council not proceed with plans to develop Warnervale Airport as a Central Coast Regional Airport; [and] that no capital funding be allocated to the Airport.” As a result of that amendment, the then Wyong Council resolved to proceed, as a matter of priority, with the necessary investigations to rezone and develop the land for industrial purposes and not proceed with plans to develop Warnervale

Airport. Clr Best said he had lobbied against the Airport in the 1990s because a major consortium wanted to expand it for use by jets. “What I lobbied for and ran one election on was we did not want further jet aircraft noise, it was the Airport noise I was on about particularly at Watanobbi,” Clr Best said. He said his 2003 decisions were based on a firm offer for the land from the Aldi supermarket company. “At the time we had a formal request from the Aldi supermarket chain to seek to establish its major distribution centre at Warnervale in close proximity to Woolworth because there was a cluster beginning to develop there. “Aldi in principle indicated they would like

to purchase the business park (the Airport land) and relocate themselves to the facility and we had an in-principle deal with them but they had to have clarity on whether Council would do this,” he said. “The Council mucked around with the whole thing, played politics with it and voted it down and Aldi went and built their facility at Hexham and it was around 600 jobs and a multi-multi-million dollar facility,” he said. With the exception of the Aero Club, the Airport site and the 40 hectares of land between the existing Airport and the Warnervale business park, including the land earmarked for the Chappie Pie Chinese Theme Park, has remained undeveloped since 2003. By 2015 Clr Best, after supporting plans to build

a Regional Airport at Kiar Ridge, swung back behind the development of a Regional Airport at Warnervale but most of the discussions were kept confidential, including a cost-benefit analysis which showed that the land was of more benefit to the community if sold or developed for industrial use. Clr Best said he did not support an expansion of the Airport into a jet aircraft passenger terminal or to any stage that would see it in breach of the Wyong Airport Restrictions Act (WAR Act). Wyong Regional Chronicle asked Clr Best why Central Coast Council staff had pursued and paid consultants to develop a seven-stage aviation hub development through to 2037 which included a longer (1799 metre) and a wider, strengthened runway, a south-western taxiway, expanded helicopter base, public car parking, extended western and eastern aprons, etc. This work continued when the new Central Coast Council was under administration and despite years of documented public statements by staff that the constraints of the site meant a longer runway and expanded Airport was not logistically possible or safe at Warnervale. “You will have to ask the Administrator that,” Clr Best said. “The only plan that I would countenance

would be the first five stages and that would not require any changes to the WAR Act, and no expansion, it would purely bring the aerodrome into a business park model that generates employment for our kids,” he said. “I wasn’t on the Council when they did this; the Administrator put the fence up, did the study, built the road. “I didn’t know all that work was being done until they did it. “I don’t think there is one vote for the sevenstep plan in the chamber but, where it came from, you’d better ask the Administrator. “But where are we now? “We are back in step with the community; we want the jobs, the maintenance, services storage to all occur in a business park aviation hub with no change to the Airport Restriction Act what so ever, so it is a win-win-win,” he said. “The people who don’t want to expand the Airport win, the people who want jobs win and the business community wins. “Every LGA has got a business park but very few have got the ability to have an Airport business park, it is fundamental supply and demand, we are in the box seat,” he said. Source: Interview, May 15 Greg Best, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

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r John Codrington, founder of the new Your Central Coast Airport Association (YCCAA), whilst arguing that the existing Airport should stay, said he does not believe jet aircraft would ever be able to operate out of Warnervale. “The anti-Airport minority, for the last 18 years or so, has been advocating that jet airline aircraft could operate out of Warnervale,” Mr Codrington said. “The advent of jet airline aircraft being operated from the Central Coast Airport is scaremongering and misleading the residents of the Central Coast,” he said. “To explain why, operationally, the aerodrome at Warnervale would never suit jet airline operations, we need to understand the dynamics of aircraft operations along with the aerodrome

This Airbus could never use Warnervale Airport even if it had a longer landing strip length; and government can become cloudy with point has been set up, infrastructure limitations. Standard storms, winds; and the International “Unlike a motor vehicle, regulations. Atmospheric (ISA), to be variations continue and there are several factors “Every day of the year used on all calculations continually affect how that must be taken into the weather is continually to ensure uniformity. account before an aircraft changing: it is cooler in aircraft perform. “Standard ISA is set at can take to the air and fly: the morning, gets hotter “To ascertain ground speed; air speed; during the day then performance criteria an temperature 15 degrees weight, temperature; air becomes cooler in the internationally recognised celsius, altitude 0 or sea pressure; altitude, runway evening; it can be fine or check point or reference level and air pressure

1013.25hPa (most pilots will refer to it as QNH which is an adjustable graduated scale on the Altimeter in the aircraft). “Most people will recognise this as the wavy lines printed on a weather map and it assumes there is no breeze or wind blowing. “Warnervale achieves Standard ISA regularly which, in autumn, is usually around 7:30am to 8:00am, fine, clear blue sky and so close to sea level we can refer to it as 0. “At Standard ISA, air speed will match ground speed. “As the temperature increases the air expands and becomes less dense (same as boiling a kettle where the water becomes steam vapour). “The engines then burn more fuel as they work harder to achieve the same performance as that achieved at the lower temperature. Continued P10

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Jet aircraft could never operate out of Warnervale r John Codrington, founder of the new Your Central Coast Airport Association (YCCAA), whilst arguing that the existing Airport should stay, said he does not believe jet aircraft would ever be able to operate out of Warnervale.

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From P9 “For example, if a person goes for a run in the cool of the morning when the temperature is 10 degrees, upon completion he/she will have burned oxygen, built up perspiration and will recover quickly. “If the same person carries out the exact

same run in the middle of the day when it is 30 degrees, they will perspire far more heavily, be more out of breath and far more exhausted and take longer to recover from the extra exertion as the heat has expanded the air and the person’s lungs had to work so much harder to harvest the same amount of oxygen that they used in the early-morning run. “A jet engine, as well as a piston engine, is no different; the hotter the day, the longer it will take the jet engines to achieve the desired air speed which means the ground speed becomes much faster than the air speed the aircraft is travelling at and conversely uses up a greater distance of runway before the

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desired air speed needed for take-off is reached. “This is to ensure there is sufficient air pressure generated over the wings to create the lift forces required for the aircraft to leave the ground and fly. “This combination of temperature, altitude and air pressure is known as Density Altitude. “The higher the Density Altitude the longer everything takes. “So serious is this that in very hot climates and particularly where the airport is at high altitude, many airlines will schedule services to depart in either morning or late afternoon, not in the middle of the day as the aircraft may not have enough runway to reach the air speed required or they may have to offload passengers and fuel to lighten the weight to be able to take off which then makes the trip no longer cost effective. “At Warnervale, on very hot summer days of 40 degrees plus even the small Cessnas will have difficulty leaving the ground unless lightly loaded because their performance criteria are not powerful enough irrespective of runway length,” he said. Mr Codrington said 34

jet airline aircraft currently in service around the world today would not be able to operate from the current Warnervale runway of 1196 metres or from the proposed extended length of 1800 metres. They include Airbus 300B4-200, 300-600, 318, 319, 320,321,330200,330-300, 380, Boeing 737-300, 737-400, 737500, 747 SP, 747-100, 747-200, 747-300, 747400, 747-8, 767-200, 767-200ER, 767-300, 767-300ER, 767-300F, 767-400ER, 777-200, 777-200ER, 777-200LR, 777-F, 777-300, 777300ER, 787-8, 787-9, 787-10, 717- MD90. “There is one aircraft, the Airbus 318 which sneaks in at 1780 metres at ISA, but, would be precluded due to operational safety constraints set out by Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and certainly once the temperature reached 20 degrees celsius. “There are no Airbus 318s operating in Australia and the distances for takeoff do not allow for the additional run-offs of up to 300 metres required at an airport in case of an emergency failed take off. “CASA states that any

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airport that wishes to operate jet airline aircraft must meet a minimum requirement of a Category 4 airport where one of the mandatory requirements is a minimum runway length of 2100 metres and the Warnervale Airport Restrictions Act precludes this. “It should be noted that the main general aviation aerodrome around Australia such as Bankstown, Moorabbin, Archerfield, Jandakot all have runway lengths of approximately the same distance with Bankstown Centre Runway being the longest at 1416 metres and its northern parallel runway 1100 metres so the need for any lengthening of the current Warnervale runway of 1196 metres is not considered necessary or required in our view. “The current length of 1196 metres is completely suitable for the general aviation airport business hub but even if the runway was ever lengthened to 1800 metres as set out in the Central Coast Airport Development Report, which we do not advocate, it still would not meet CASA’s requirements for jet airline aircraft operations ever to be permitted and

falls short by 300 metres plus run off requirements let alone the other requirements that would need to be included. “These requirements have been in place since 2002 and prior to this these requirements were in effect as far back as 1990 under the recommended Practices for Aerodromes. “Therefore the ability for jet airline aircraft to operate from the Warnervale aerodrome would not have been permitted since that time, a total of 28 years. “Given the wetlands at the southern end of the existing airport runway, the cost of any extension in length in our view would be uncommercial, due to the extra expense that would be incurred to stabilise the proposed additional runway footprint and we would be concerned as to the impact on the ecological balance as the current improvements provide a balance and protection of the wetlands area,” he said. Source: Media release, May 11 John Codrington, YCCAA


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City metro hurts Coast commuters arnervale and W y o n g commuters will suffer from a deterioration in services as a result of the $20 billion spent to introduce metro rail services to Sydney, according to the Member for Wyong and Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, Mr David Harris.

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In a debate on the creation of the Sydney Metro Corporation, in parliament on May 3, Mr Harris said while almost $20 billion was being spent to introduce metro rail services to Sydney these same upgrades would lead to a deterioration of services for Central Coast commuters particularly for Warnervale and Wyong. Mr Harris said improving services for parts of Sydney should not be at the detriment of the Central Coast. “There is great concern about what this project will do to services on the Central Coast,” Mr Harris said. “The first concern that the community on the Central Coast has is that NSW already has two entities that operate trains: NSW Trains and Sydney Trains. “It was plain from the time those entities were set up that NSW Trains is the poor cousin. “In terms of maintenance and investment, NSW Trains loses out big time compared with Sydney Trains. “Now the Government is proposing to set up a

third entity to run railways in NSW called the Sydney Metro. “It is plain to the people of the Central Coast that we are in second place regarding railway needs for public transport, and the establishment of Sydney Metro will push us into third place, the bottom of the pile, in terms of investment. “The cost of the Sydney Metro Northwest is $8.3 billion and the cost of the Sydney Metro City and Southwest is estimated to be between $11.5 billion and $12.5 billion, and it will probably be more if one looks at what is happening with light rail. “However, if $1 billion were spent on the main northern line it would make a substantial difference. “People on the Central Coast … have asked: is this huge expenditure going to deliver the extra benefits that are being promised? “People living in those areas will lose capacity. “Planning documents obtained by the ABC suggest that Central Coast commuters may

Warnervale train station also face a shock in 2019 with the end of direct train services from Wyong and Gosford down the North Shore line. “That has not been denied by the Government. “It has accused us of scaremongering and it has accused the ABC of scaremongering, even though this information was in the Department of Transport’s own documents. “Instead of peak-hour services via Chatswood to the city, it appears that Central Coast trains may be rerouted down the main northern line via Strathfield, with most services commencing from Gosford. “People in my area will have to change trains to get onto those services. “The re-timetabling of peak-hour trains and slower stopping patterns will also occur on the northern line. “One would expect that the introduction of new rail lines would bring an improvement, more services, but it is clear that people on the Central Coast will get fewer. “They pay the same

taxes and they are spending more time on trains than most commuters, but they will get reduced services. “The Government is setting this up and talking about the great things that are happening for other parts of Sydney, but I represent the community of the Central Coast and it is clear that this is not great news for us. “I want to be able to tell those people in my electorate who are getting up at 5:00am to travel down to Sydney, and quite a few of them travel on the North Shore line, that at that time of the morning, particularly in winter, they will not be forced to change trains once, twice or three times just to get to the city. “It is clearly unfair that, when so much money is being spent on other projects, the people of the Central Coast will lose out. “Until the tunnel to connect the two metro systems is built, there will be no increased capacity on the North Shore line. “This means there is a possibility that other services will be cut under

a new timetable. “The number of trains currently running will not fit in with the new Metro Northwest line, nor will it fit in with the two lines that currently cross the Harbour Bridge. “Central Coast commuters are not silly. “They see what is happening, they read what is in the media and, when they hear nothing from the Government, they have to assume that after the election the Government will give them the bad news of a declining service. “They also understand that at the moment there are more trains going past stations and there are more cancellations of their current services. “I have spoken in this place before about the fact that even commuters are standing up even before their trains arrive in Gosford. “I showed pictures in the House in the last sitting week of an instance where a four-car service replaced an eight-car service where the one before it had been cancelled, and people were packed like cattle into a railcar. “People are saying, ‘If the Government is spending this much money, how come we’re not seeing the benefits? “‘How come we’re not seeing the improvements promised to other parts of the State?’ “It is hard for me to say that all this money is being spent and things will get better when it is clear from the documents obtained by the ABC that the Government lacks direction in refuting what has been suggested.

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“Train drivers and people who work in the system have said it is inevitable that this will happen. “There is clearly no capacity to meet the needs of a growing Central Coast. “My electorate is supposed to take 40,000 more residents. “In my area there are houses being built with no word about the North Warnervale railway station or commuter car parking along the train line. “People are moving into the houses and all we are hearing is, ‘sorry, you’re going to get fewer services, not more’. “If this government is governing for the whole state and spending these amounts of money, it should ensure that the existing services are maintained and not cut back to deal with issues happening in other areas. “People are moving from Western Sydney to growth areas on the Central Coast for a better lifestyle but instead they are finding that things are getting worse rather than better. “The Government talks about liveability, but Central Coast people spend the most time travelling on public transport, which has a great impact on their lives. “They are being dudded for other parts of Sydney, and that is simply not fair.” Source: Media release, May 5 Zachary Harrison, office of David Harris Legislative Assembly Hansard, May 3

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new report recommending traffic calming measures for specific areas in Kanwal, Wyong, Woongarrah, Hamlyn Terrace and Warnervale has been welcomed by Central Coast Council. The report looked at crash history and recent traffic survey data on the volume of vehicles and their speeds for local roads where speeding has been raised as an issue. It was in response to a notice of motion from Wyong Ward Councillor Kyle MacGregor. Mayor Jane Smith said the report offered insight into road user behaviour in these areas and proposed practical recommendations to calm traffic. “This report paints a clear picture of specific roads in our north region that have been flagged as areas prone to speeding,” Mayor Smith said. “Council has recommended new signage, line marking and pavement stencilling for a number of roads and in many cases additional NSW Police enforcement has been requested.” Through the Local Traffic Committee, Council Senior Manager

Roads, Transport and Drainage has discussed the speeds recorded in these areas with a representative of the Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command of the NSW Police Force. According to the report, traffic surveys were completed in Pearce and Wahroonga Roads and Craigie, Hughes, Walker and Dalton Avenues in Kanwal; Byron Street and Anzac Avenue in Wyong; Hakone and Mataram Roads in Woongarrah; Hiawatha and Louisiana Roads in Hamlyn Terrace; and Warnervale Road in Warnervale. “The results of the analysis of this data, along with visual inspections and crash history, are valuable in assisting Council officers determine the most appropriate course of action to address any identified issues,” the report said. “All of the streets included in the review were 50 km/h with the inclusion of a number of School Zones which have a temporary speed limit of 40 km/h during school zone times,” it said. According to the report five crashes had been recorded in Wahroonga Rd since 2013, it services residential properties, semi-rural properties and two aged care facilities.

“Recent crash history does not identify speed as a main contributing factor in the recorded five crashes,” the report said. “It is proposed to install additional 50 km/h signposting and ‘50’ pavement stencilling to reinforce the speed limit for motorists travelling through the semi-rural area of Wahroonga Rd. “It is also proposed to install centreline marking and edgelines to narrow the travel lanes. “The NSW Police Force through the Tuggerah Lakes Area Command has also been requested to undertake enforcement activities in this section of Wahroonga Rd. “Speed cushions (small speed humps favoured by bus operators) within the semi-rural area, in the vicinity of the aged care facility, will be investigated.” Five crashes were recorded on Walker Ave which services residential properties and a local shopping centre near its intersection with Wallarah Rd. Speed was not identified as the main contributing factor but Tuggerah Lakes Area Command have been requested to undertake enforcement activities in Walker Ave. “Council officers have also nominated Walker

Ave for consideration as a mobile speed camera site through the NSW Government’s Centre for Road Safety,” the report said. Centre line marking and edge lines will be installed on Mataram Rd. It is proposed to install 50 km/h signposting and ‘50’ pavement stencilling to reinforce the speed limit for motorists travelling through the semi-rural area of Hiawatha Rd. Tuggerah Lakes Area Command has also been requested to undertake enforcement activities in Hiawatha Rd. “With current and future subdivisions planned, Warnervale Rd will be upgraded as part of these residential developments, which is expected to reduce traffic speeds,” the report said. “It is proposed to install 50 km/h signposting and ‘50’ pavement stencilling to reinforce the speed limit for motorists travelling along Warnervale Rd. “It is also proposed to install centreline and edgeline markings, where practical, to narrow the travel lanes,” it said. Source: Media release, May 14 Central Coast Council media Item 4.1, May 14 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Jackie Pearson, journalist

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arliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, said he encouraged local communities to apply to the Community Road Safety Grants Program.

Applications are now open for the Community Road Safety Grants Program for local initiatives ranging from young driver education programs, radio campaigns and workshops for seniors. Two categories of grants are available, with up to $5000 for smaller projects and up to $30,000 for more substantial projects. Mr MacDonald said that the key to identifying and addressing local road safety issues is working with communities themselves. “We know the value of local knowledge, so I encourage all community

groups to put forward ideas to help bring their local road toll Towards Zero,” Mr MacDonald said. “Last year, 392 people lost their lives on NSW roads. “These are not just numbers, they are real people lost to their families forever. “These locally run projects will help increase road safety awareness and support and encourage safer driving on our roads.” The NSW Government is awarding up to $1.6 million in grants over four years, with funding made available through the Community Road Safety Fund. Since 2015, the Government has invested in 76 local community road safety initiatives across the state. Applications close Sunday, June 10. Source: Media release, May 11 Kit Hale, office of Scot MacDonald

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ccording to the c a r e t a k e r Senator for Dobell, Arthur Sinodinos, Dobell families are set for more support to access early childhood education and care.

Senator Sinodinos said he welcomed the announcement of $51,000 in funding through the Turnbull Government’s new Community Child Care Fund (CCCF) for Wyong Baptist Church Out Of School Hours Care. “The funding will deliver added security and support for local families,� Senator Sinodinos said. “It will ensure local services are sustainable and deliver for our community, by helping to overcome some of the unique challenges that child care outside bigger cities like Sydney faces.� Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham, said the new, targeted CCCF is a key part of the Turnbull Government’s $2.5 billion reforms to make child care more affordable for

those families who need it most. “We want to help these valuable child care and early learning services take advantage of the Turnbull Government’s broader overhaul of the system to deliver more support for more families,� Senator Birmingham said. “We recognise that budget based funded services, in particular, often operate in regional and and Indigenous communities and face unique circumstances, which is why we’ve guaranteed them specific funding within the CCCF.� Minister Birmingham said the switchover to the new child care and early learning system starts on July 2, but urged families not to wait to the last minute to take action. “Visit the website to estimate your new subsidy, and complete the myGov Child Care Subsidy Assessment to start the switchover,� Senator Birmingham said. Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, said she believed almost 2,500 families on the Central

Coast would be worse off under the child care package. “With one in four working people commuting outside the Coast for work, many of these are young families who rely on quality and affordable childcare,� Ms McBride said. “These unfair changes to child care will hit families on the Coast hard. “The new system is extremely complex and will be difficult for many families to understand. “Families will need to know how they fit into one of three criteria to understand the rate they are subsided, including combined family income and an activity test. “These changes are on top of the 18 per cent hike in fees since the election of the Liberal Government, which means families are on average paying more than $2000 a year, since the Liberal Government was elected in 2013.�

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Major milestone reached at Super Centre

ventus Property Group (APG) has confirmed that the multi-million dollar re-development works at the Tuggerah Super Centre have reached a major milestone. From Wednesday, May 9, customers have had access to the new Level 1 via a travelator and lift linking to the Ground Floor retail, and direct access from the reopened Level 1 car park. New stores opening on the refurbish Level 1 include Spotlight (expanded store), Homeland Furniture, Rivers, Frame Today, Eureka Street Furniture and Sleepy’s. Other retailers opening over the coming weeks include The Reject Shop, The Shed CafĂŠ, James Lane Furniture, Planet Fitness Gym and an Oz Education Childcare centre. “We look forward to celebrating the completion of the project

The refurbished Tuggerah Super Centre in early July this year, when all of the new stores will be open, and we unveil our new food court seating area and a fantastic additional new play area,� Centre Manager, Ms Julie Meehan, said. “The 11 new stores take the centre to 33 in total, with over 120 additional car spaces,� Ms Meehan said. “With our mall upgrades, new and improved amenities, connectivity and landscaping we feel well placed to deliver on our goal to create the leading destination for home and lifestyle shopping on the Coast,� she said.

“The centre has expanded by over 10,000 square metres and now spans 2 levels with a mix of national and independent brands including Services NSW, NRMA, Bunnings, Spotlight, Fantastic Furniture, The Good Guys, Adairs and Rivers. The refurbished and expanded centre will generate more than 50 new retail jobs for local people, significantly contribute to the local economy and provide a welcoming, spacious new hub for the community. Source: Media release, May 4 Kate Parkinson, Aventus Property Group

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World record stargazing attempt at Lake Munmorah

Department disagrees with article

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r Geoff Allan, Deputy Director General of the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, has written to the Wyong Regional Chronicle regarding an article published in edition 139. “I would like to correct the record with regard to your article: Fishing bans in place around Budgewoi Creek and Lake,” Dr Allan said. “The article incorrectly implies fishing bans are in place due to investigations into the presence of PFAS in the area. “There are no fishing bans in place because of the PFAS investigations,” he said. “There are long standing closures on net fishing in Budgewoi Creek, and its tributaries, to limit commercial and recreational fishing in the area, and there is a seasonal night time closure in place for Budgewoi Lake, between May and August each year, to protect harvest of juvenile fish species,” Dr Allan said. According to Dr Allan, the whole of the waters of Budgewoi Creek and its tributaries, upstream from the traffic road bridge to the pedestrian bridge at the entrance to Lake Munmorah, are closed to any method involving the use of a net other than a dip or scoop net (prawns)

or a landing net. This restriction has been in place for over 30 years to limit commercial fishing in the area. Dr Allan said the whole of the waters of that part of Munmorah Power House outlet canal, Budgewoi Lake, northeast of a line bearing 140 across the canal from the southwestern most extremity of the breakwater on the south-western side of the canal to Orringo Point are closed to all methods of fishing in the period, May 1 to August 31 (inclusive) each year, from 6pm to 6am. “Further information regarding these closures can be found at the NSW DPI’s website,” he said. “Sampling of aquatic biota in the area is currently being undertaken by Snowy Hydro Limited, the operator of the Colongra Power Station, to assess PFAS concentrations. “This will assist the NSW Government in determining if any precautionary dietary advice is needed for high consumers of seafood from the lakes. “Results are not yet available; the community will be informed if any precautions are required. “More information about PFAS can be found at the NSW EPA’s website,” Dr Allan said. Source: Email, May 3 Dr Geoff Allan, NSW DPI Fisheries

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t Brigid’s Catholic College, Lake Munmorah, will host an Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Stargazing Live Star Party, from 7pm on May 23. Across the country on that day, the ABC, in partnership with The Australian National University, will lead a Guinness World Record attempt for the most people stargazing across multiple venues. The current record, set

in 2015 by the Australian National University, is 7,960 people across 37 locations. The ABC is aiming to set a new record so large that it will be difficult to break again. This community event, which is entry via gold coin donation, will include a live screening of Stargazing Live with Brian Cox. The world record attempt and actual stargazing will begin between 8pm and 9pm, concluding at 10pm. For this record,

participants will stargaze at the moon through a telescope or binoculars for a 10-minute period simultaneously, across multiple sites throughout Australia. Participants should bring their own binoculars or telescope and should note that anyone caught sharing their binoculars/telescope will be excluded from the official world record attempt as participants are not considered to be stargazing if they do not have their own device. All are welcome to attend the event, but the

ABC advises that while there is no minimum/ maximum age for participants, attendees should note that World Record participants must be able to look through a telescope/binoculars for a 10 minute period while remaining in a specific area. The event is free, but those interested in participating still need to register with the ABC for tickets. Source: Website, May 8 St Brigid’s Catholic College, Lake Munmorah, Facebook page

Young creatives urged to apply for grants Y

oung Central Coast artists between the ages of 15 and 25 have been encouraged to apply for grants of up to $5000 from the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts. Fields of artistic endeavour addressed by the grants program include music, the visual arts, performing arts, literature, community arts, Aboriginal arts, film, electronic arts, and craft. The Foundation is grateful to generous, multi-year donations from numerous private members of the

community, including Mr Graeme Anderson, family of the (late) Lee Casey, and Mr John Bell of the Bell Shakespeare Company, along with many smaller, but critical donations from members of the community. The grants may be used for any purpose that advances the development of an artist’s talents including, but not limited to, the purchase of equipment and materials; tuition and education; attendance at symposia and workshops; participation in performances; membership of professional and artistic bodies; recording and

publication costs. Young artists are encouraged to express their interest in receiving a grant by email to bouddiarts@gmail.com or writing to The Secretary, Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, PO Box 4081, Wagstaffe, NSW, 2257. Applications open on May 17 and expressions of interest should be submitted no later than July 17. Assessment and shortlisting will take place between July 18 and 30 and auditions will be held at Wagstaffe Hall and Hardys Bay Community Hall on August 26. The presentation of

2018 grants will take place on November 18 at Wagstaffe Hall. Shortlisted applicants may be contacted in late July to provide further information in an interview or audition. Assessments will be carried out by panels of judges with notable expertise in the applicable artistic field. The 2018 grants will be announced by John Bell AO OBE, the Chairman of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts on November 18. Source: Media release, May 3 Joy Park, Bouddi Foundation for the Arts

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More night work at Tuggerah

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.

Edition 444

7 May 2018

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

Wicks told ACCC ‘cannot act’ on petrol prices

Subdivision proposed in Killcare Heights

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has told the Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks that it cannot act on the Peninsula’s infl ated petrol prices.

Plans to subdivide fi ve lots of land on Maitland Bay Dr, Killcare Heights, have been submitted to Central Coast Council

HSC students miss out

Cruiser rescued in channel

Central Coast Council will seek information from relevant NSW government agencies to determine the income to the NSW Government from the marine activities in Brisbane Waters, following the

The Peninsula will miss out on free workshops offered to HSC students through council libraries elsewhere on the Coast.

Marine Rescue Central Coast was called to the Brisbane Water Channel on Saturday, April 14, when a 12-metre cruiser ran aground.

Waterfront carpark closed

Morning tea for cancer research

Peninsula library could close

Location of the nightwork on the old westbound bridge over the rail line

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otorists are advised of changed traffic conditions from Wednesday, May 9, at the intersection of the Pacific Highway and Wyong Road at Tuggerah. Work will involve replacement of the bearings on the old

westbound bridge across the rail line. Work is expected to be completed by end of June, weather permitting. To minimise traffic impacts, work will be carried out between 7:00pm and 5:00am Sunday to Thursday. Work will also be carried out during the long

weekend on Saturday and Sunday June 9 and 10 between 7:00am and 6pm. For the safety of motorists and workers, lane closures, traffic control and a reduced speed limit of 40 km/h will be in place. Source: Media release, May 4 Michael Gunawan, RMS

MacDonald claims jobs at risk through Labor Bill P

arliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, has confirmed that 48 hours after revealing a reckless, job destroying feature of Labor’s Wyong Special Area (Protection) Bill 2018, Labor have not tabled an amendment to change the area or c o n s e n t requirements within their Bill, that would shut down Boral’s Montoro clay mine

quarry at Wyee, and therefore force the closure of their manufacturing plant. “It is not good enough to wait until the Bill is debated or simply to write to Boral. What counts is their actions in Parliament,” Mr MacDonald said. “Labor needs to fix this now. “Their rank stupidity creates uncertainty for the owners and 45 workers.” “I am calling for Opposition Leader, Mr Luke Foley, to sack, David

Harris MP, as Shadow Minister for the Central Coast, and the Hon. Mr Adam Searle MLC, as Shadow Minister for Industry, Resources and Energy.” “They are responsible for this debacle. “They are continuing a Labor pattern of recklessly meddling with mining licenses and applications that was exposed by ICAC,” Mr MacDonald said. Source: Media release, May 4 Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald MLC

One of the Peninsula’s libraries could be closed, discussion at the latest meeting of Central Coast Council has revealed.

Council seeks marine income figures

The southern end of Koolewong A Daley’s Point retirement village Waterfront Reserve Carpark has will host its annual Biggest been closed for about six weeks Morning Tea on May 29. for the undertaking of significant upgrades

Agencies attend information day The Energy and Water Ombudsman NSW, NSW Fair Trading, the Department of Human Services, St Vincent de Paul, Ability Links and Services NSW were among agencies providing

The full articles and more can be seen on line on our website www.CentralCoastNews.net They can also be seen on www.PeninsulaNews.info

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

Councillors fighting to uphold community’s preference for regional library The community’s preference for a regional library integrated with a-grade commercial space may be upheld when Central Coast Council votes on the matter on May 28.

Support sought for the last remaining signifi cant Aboriginal Women’s site in NSW The last remaining significant Aboriginal Women’s site in NSW, as well as an immediate cultural landscape, is being considered for listing by the NSW Heritage Council.

Conservatorium seeks assurance on RPAC internal design quality The Central Coast Conservatorium of Music has congratulated Central Coast Council on submitting a business case to the NSW Government to build a Regional Performing Arts Centre in Mann

Gary Murphy appointed as Council’s new permanent Chief Executive Officer Central Coast Council has appointed, Mr Gary Murphy, as its new permanent Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Program receives federal funding

Free flu immunisations at Erina

Central Coast Disability Network (CCDN), will launch a new disability advocacy program, Community before Corrections, to support people with cognitive impairment who are at risk of a custodial

Free flu immunisations will be available from 2:30pm to 4:30pm on May 10 at a pop-up shop outside Erina Library, Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, said.

5 Lands Walk Masterplan in Copacabana causing controversy Senator Deborah O’Neill has written to, Mayor Jane Smith, and Acting CEO, Mr Brian Glendenning, requesting Council halt construction of Stage 1 of the 5 Lands Walk Masterplan in Federal budget welcomed by some and denigrated by others The Turnbull Government is sticking to its plan to build a stronger economy to benefit all Australians, Federal Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, said in response to the 2018 Federal Nurses and midwives meet Gosford based nurses and midwives gathered at Gosford Golf Club, during their own time, on April 17, to highlight the pressures they are under as a result of understaffing, increased

The full articles and more can be seen on line on our website www.centralcoastnews.net Coast Community News focusses on news specifically related to post code areas 2250, 2251, 2260 and articles can also be read and shared on your mobile phone by going to www.coastcommunitynews.com.au.


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Students’ decline in Maths and Science performance is no surprise hy am I not at all surprised to learn of our school students’ decline in Maths and Science performance?

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I am a retired High School teacher, with over 40 years of experience, many as Head Teacher Mathematics, and I have witnessed the decline in teaching standards in the classroom over the past 20 years. Why? What are the problems and what are the solutions? Teacher remuneration. In order to attract our brightest HSC students into Maths and Science teaching, we need to offer pay rates commensurate with what is available outside. The State Government must take on the NSW Teachers’ Federation, which has blocked previous suggestions of different pay rates for teachers of different subjects. Maths and Science teachers must be paid at a higher rate. Teacher training. The quality of graduates entering the teaching profession is generally below par. Some years ago, I was supervising a college practice teaching student who was clearly

FORUM incompetent in Maths. When asked why he had taken up Maths teaching, he replied that “I didn’t get a high enough HSC score to get into PE (Physical Education) teaching.” While I was teaching in a casual capacity after retirement, I was asked to give a demonstration lesson to a Year 11 Maths class at a local high school. Their regular teacher was PE trained, and she was a long way out of her depth in Maths, despite her earnest endeavours. She had had no training whatsoever in the teaching of Mathematics. One of my brothers was a Science Head Teacher at a high school south of Sydney, before his retirement. In the 10 years prior to his departure from teaching, he became bewildered by the number of incompetent teachers who were sent to his school to teach Science. He had the impossible task of trying to teach them how to deliver a lesson, as well as teaching them subject matter which they did not possess. If we are going to

better utilise the time in the classroom to effectively teach Maths and Science, the teacher must have more control, the students need to be disciplined, and parents and their offspring need to value competence in these subjects. Just ask the many teachers who go on exchange in order to teach in overseas locations such as Singapore. There, students actually respect the teacher, listen to what is being taught and strive hard to achieve success. Compare this with our classrooms, where teachers have to contend with endless interruptions and lack of respect from both students and departmental decisionmakers. Two years ago, I wrote a letter to the editor about the value of corporal punishment, which was an important tool in an effective learning environment. I taught both before and after the cane was banned, and I saw the effect on teacher morale. Teachers must be allowed to teach, without the endless distraction of badly behaving children, who are told, “don’t be naughty”. You can imagine what effect that has on classroom discipline. Political decisions are vital to change. I have mentioned teacher training, teacher remuneration and decisions which effect

classroom teaching. Too much time is demanded of teachers to evaluate their teaching, to write copious comments on student progress, (what was so wrong with a percentage mark and position in class) and to attend in-service on irrelevant matters. Classroom teaching and improved results should be the number one priority. Promotion in the teaching ranks used to be gauged by competent subject inspectors. In today’s world, you can accelerate your promotion by getting out of the classroom and undertaking training and development in such diverse topics as student welfare and the environment. The question: “How effective is your classroom teaching?” takes a much lower priority than how well you can sell yourself, backed up by the evidence of involvement in ‘mickey mouse’ courses outside the classroom. While the solutions to students’ poor performance in Maths and Science are varied, it would take radical change in the administration of the NSW Department of Education, and, most unfortunately, I do not anticipate that any state government has the courage to instigate effective reform. Email, May 9 John Smyth, Ourimbah

Kangy Angy is a problematic choice

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am an aesthete, and I regularly view the site of the proposed rail facility at Kangy Angy when commuting via the railway there. Following on from previous articles in the Chronicle, I wish to state that the subject of stormwater detention will need to be conformed with under the usual best practice seen in most level government areas, and be open to public scrutiny. The arithmetic for stormwater detention calculations will have to be determined on the whole of the site. Volumes for extreme rainfall events will have to be calculated. Our Council has expertise in this area and will have to be the consent authority for transport for NSW’s stormwater detention plans. This is a fair call, our NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, would agree. The order of the day will be a massive bund (wall) surrounding the site and/ or very huge detention pits, combined with many

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FORUM multiples of 100,000 litre water tanks to take roof water. Suitability for enviro cycle or septic tanks would also need to be assessed. By way of comparison, a duplex site in a Sydney suburb of 750m2, requires detention capability of some 40,000 litres in addition to rainwater tanks. There can be no doubt then that as stated by Kevin Armstrong in the Forum of the WRC edition 138, that there will be “significant engineering challenges” which could be well to the order of mega-litres. As an aesthete, I am opposed to the Kangy Angy rail facility proposals. Letter, Apr 24 Graham Hansen, Wyong

Truth is the first casualty of war “

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aws are Silent in War” (Cicero 106-43 BC).

The 15th Anniversary of the Iraq Invasion by Australia, a war based on lies, took place recently. Then Prime Minister, Mr John Howard, danced

FORUM in tune to American war tom toms, resulting in the deaths of thousands of innocent men, women and children of Iraq. A leader who goes all the way with the USA, and sends a nation into war, is not fit to be a leader, and could be tried as a war criminal. Oh yes. Truth is a rare thing in war. As for Iraq, well Andrew Bolt is a great supporter of the Iraq war, and a Stolen Generation denier once told us the war was won and over. The casualty of war is always the truth. Email, Mar 22 Richard Ryan, Summerland Point


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Do you know this man? P

olice have released an image of a man who may be able to assist in the investigation into an assault in Wyong.

Tuggerah Lakes Police District commenced an investigation. Investigators have released a COMFIT image of a man who may be able to assist with their enquiries. He has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged between 30 and 40, 175cm to 180cm tall, of a medium build, and with blue eyes.

At about 2:15pm on Thursday, April 19, police have been told that up to five men repeatedly assaulted a 45-year-old man outside a property in Boyce Ave, Wyong. The man later received medical treatment. Officers from

Source: Media release, May 7 NSW Police Media

Central Coast has 50% less police officers than the NSW average ember for the Entrance, Mr David Mehan, is calling on the Berejiklian State Government to explain why the Central Coast has received none of the police who graduated from the Goulbourn Academy in April.

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Figures released by NSW Police show that of the 234 new probationary constables, most will be allocated to Sydney Police Districts, and Central Coast Police Districts received none. According to Mr Mehan, dwindling numbers of police on the Central Coast has been an ongoing issue, with the Berejiklian Government concealing the details of police numbers on the Coast by referring questions on notice tabled in Parliament to the Police website, which only reports figures to

Anyone with information about these incidents should call

Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: http://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/ Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

2015. A recently released Productivity Commission report revealed that on average, NSW has 239 police officers for every 100,000 citizens, and nationally there are 274 police per 100,000 citizens. These figures show that the Central Coast is well below this average, with 119 police per 100,000 citizens. The report also indicated that in the period from January 2011 to September 2017, the Central Coast had recorded a loss of 45

police officer positions, down from 445 in 2011 to 400 in 2017. “Central Coast Police Districts are under-staffed and over-stretched,” Mr Mehan said. “Only 26 out of the 234 allocations were to regional areas. “NSW Labor supports the NSW Police Association in their call for a major increase in officers over the next five years,” Mr Mehan said. Source: Media release, Apr 27 David Mehan MP

A dozen face 210 charges in massive drug strike A

dozen people faced court after being charged with more than 200 offences after police executed search warrants across the Tuggerah Lakes Police District on Friday, May 11.

Police from the Tuggerah Lakes Target Action Group established Strike Force Mahratta in November 2017 to investigate the alleged mid-level supply of methylamphetamines on the Central Coast. Police simultaneously executed seven search warrants at around 6:00am at homes in Watanobbi, Wyong, Tumbi Umbi and Long Jetty. Drugs, knives, knuckledusters, mobile phones and other drugrelated items were seized by police along with property suspected of being stolen. Eight men and four women were arrested and taken to Wyong Police Station. They were charged with 210 offences including supply prohibited drug, possess prohibited drug, knowingly participate in a criminal group, goods in custody, use prohibited weapon, use carriage

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risbane Water Police are c u r r e n t l y investigating theft and subsequent fraud offences, around Gosford and Tuggerah, committed in April.

Police are seeking the assistance of the community to identify the male person depicted

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above. The person of interest is described as: Male, Caucasian, 40 to 50 years old, large build, bald/ shaved head and olive skin. Source: Website, May 10 Brisbane Water Police District Facebook page

service to threaten serious harm and knowingly deal in proceeds of crime. A 28-year-old man from Tumbi Umbi was charged with 74 offences. A 43-year-old man from Watanobbi was charged with 28 offences. A 26-year-old man from Tumbi Umbi was charged with 25 offences. A 31-year-old man from Wyong was charged with 15 offences. A 43-year-old man from Long Jetty was charged with 10 offences. A 63-year-old woman from Wadalba was charged with eight offences. A 32-year-old man from Watanobi was charged with five offences. A 23-year-old man from Gorokan was charged with four offences. All were refused bail and

appeared in Wyong Local Court on Saturday, May 12. A 24-year-old woman from Tumbi Umbi has been charged with one offence and has been conditionally bailed to appear in Wyong Local Court on Wednesday, May 30. A 35-year-old woman from Wadalba was charged with 22 offences. A 31-year-old woman from Watanobbi was charged with 12 offences. A 36-year-old man from Woy Woy was charged with six offences. These three were refused bail to appear in Wyong Local Court on Tuesday, July 17. Police were not prepared to make further comment on the case given those charged were before the courts. Source: Media release, May 11 NSW Police Media


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Charity day raises funds for Wyong Hospital

Nurse Unit Manager Aimee Palmer (right) with members of the Wyong Women's Bowling Club their family. embers of generosity. “The high back chairs, Nurse Unit Manager of Wyong Women’s Bowling Club, have M1, Ms Aimee Palmer, which are comfortable continued their long said the donation would and adjustable chairs history of support for be greatly appreciated by used during patient Wyong Hospital, with patients and their loved rehabilitation, will also improve the comfort of ones. another generous “M1 is the Geriatric patients,” Ms Palmer donation to improve Ward treating patients said. the comfort of with age-related illnesses. Wyong Women’s patients and their “The nature of our Bowling Club President, loved ones. ward means that we are Ms Dot Brook, visited providing Wyong Hospital with Following their charity sometimes palliative and end of some of the other club day held late in 2017, life care to patients and members recently to the Club has donated see first-hand how supporting their carers three sofa bed chairs, their donation would be and family members,” Ms two high back chairs and making a difference for Palmer said. two wheelchairs to the “Sofa chairs enable staff and patients. hospital. Medical Ward 1 (M1), family members to stay Source: Media release, Apr 17 the Intensive Care Unit, with their loved one the Rehabilitation Ward during this time, which is Sharna Ryan, Central Coast Local Health District and Outpatients were all important to the wellbeing beneficiaries of the Club’s of both the patient and

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Auxiliary seeks members T

he next meeting of the Long Jetty Hospital Auxiliary will take place on Monday, May 14.

The auxiliary raises money for extra equipment and amenities, aiming to benefit both

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patients and staff. The group accomplishes this by hosting many fundraising events such as hospital stalls, raffles and sightseeing tours. Annually they host a fete, golf-day and carols services at the hospital.

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Any contribution is welcomed, even sewing, knitting or jam making skills. The Auxiliary meets on the second Monday of every month in the cottage at 8 Hume Bvde, Killarney Vale. Source: Media release, Apr 28 Thelma Peck, Publicity officer

Government call centres unable to deal with the volume of enquiries

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ember for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, said she was appalled by the revelation that more than 10,000 calls to the Federal Government’s My Aged Care call centres went unanswered in just three months. “In the Answers to Estimates Questions on Notice, Senate Community Affairs Committee, it was revealed that from December 1, 2017, to February 28, 2018, 10,972 calls were not answered by the My Aged Care consumer line,” Ms McBride said.

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or the first time, Diabetes NSW and ACT, is bringing its leading diabetes education event, the Live Your Life Expo, to the Central Coast on Saturday, May 12. The event will be held at the Mingara Recreation Club, with the full-day program promising to educate and inspire through sessions tailored to the specific needs and interests of those living with either type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Mr Sturt Eastwood, CEO of Diabetes NSW and ACT said: “The Live Your Life Expo is all about providing people living with diabetes, their families, friends and carers with the latest and most relevant information so they can better

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manage their diabetes. “There’s almost 20,000 people on the Central Coast living with diabetes, and we want to ensure that they have the information and support they need to manage their condition and live well.” “The Expo will also provide a fantastic opportunity for people to share experiences and connect with others in the local area. “Having a strong support network is important for those living with diabetes and we’re glad we can play a part in making that happen through this event. Ms Lisa Harris, who will be speaking at the Expo, has been living with type 1 diabetes for 45 years. Her father, Mr Stanley Clark, revolutionised diabetes management with his invention of the world’s first portable, battery operated, blood glucose monitor. It was Lisa’s diagnosis at just 5 years old that

motivated Stanley, an electronics engineer, to put his skills and passion for inventing into something that would help his daughter. Ms Harris remembers the freedom the machine brought to her and other children living with type 1 diabetes and the pressure it took off their families. “I really encourage people living with diabetes and their families to come along to the Expo,” she added. Diabetes NSW and ACT is bringing a range of experts to the Expo, who will cover topics as varied as diabetes technology, eating out, maintaining your motivation to move, and the importance annual health checks. There will also be many opportunities to talk to diabetes educators, exercise physiologists and dietitians throughout the day. Source: Media release, Apr 16 Roseanne Scott, Filtered Media

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Lions Club donates $12,000

Fashion parade and luncheon to support cord blood research

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iggers at The Entrance will host the Inner Wheel Clubs of the Central Coast’s Fashion Parade and Luncheon, on Saturday, May 26. With over 100,000 members, Inner Wheel is a worldwide service and friendship organisation which aims to help the needy of the world, particularly women, children and families. The function will bring attention to the work of Inner Wheel and Cord Blood Research, Inner Wheel Australia’s current national project. Guest Speaker, Dr Sylvie Shen, Children’s Cancer Centre, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, who was the Inner Wheel Australia Cord Blood grant awardee in 2016 and

2017, will enlighten guests on the latest outcomes in this field. Cord blood is used to assist in the treatment of conditions such as juvenile diabetes, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis and leukaemia. “This is a chance for guests to add to their winter wardrobes. “With a drink upon arrival, a delicious two course lunch, interesting guest speaker and a stylish fashion parade, guests are bound to have a special day out. “At the same time, they will hear of Inner Wheel’s wonderful work around the world,” said A52 District Inner Wheel Committee Inc.’s Publicity Officer, Ms Glenis Marshall. Source: Media release, Apr 23 Glenis Marshall, A52 District Inner Wheel Committee Inc

HEALTH

Chittaway Bay Lions Club members with Surgical Admission Centre (SAC) staff and the bariatric trolley

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he Chittaway Bay Lions, with help from the Australian Lions Foundation, have once again shown their support for Wyong Hospital with a donation of almost $12,000.

The donation was given to the hospital’s Surgical Admission Centre (SAC) to purchase a trolley suitable for patients to be x-rayed on. Nurse Unit Manager of the SAC Unit, Ms Kim Picker, said the new

trolley was especially designed to transport and care for bariatric patients. “A bariatric patient is the term applied to someone whose weight far exceeds recommended guidelines and their body size restricts their mobility, health, or access to available services,” Ms Picker said. “This new trolley will be used for bariatric patients receiving care in our unit and the Endoscopy Unit. “If an x-ray is required, the patient is managed

on the trolley without the need to move them off the trolley,” she said. “This will greatly improve the comfort of the patient and will also be of great benefit to our staff. “We are very grateful to the Lions Club of Chittaway Bay, and the Australian Lions Foundation for their hard work in raising the funds for this trolley and for their ongoing support of Wyong Hospital,” Ms Picker said. Members of the Lions

Club of Chittaway Bay visited Wyong Hospital recently to see the new trolley and chat with staff about how it would benefit patients. “It was wonderful to speak to staff about the difference the new trolley will make. “Thank you to everyone who assisted in our fundraising efforts,” Lions Club member, Ms Di Barrett, said. Source: Media release, May 2 Jan Richens, Central Coast Local Health District

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Early years Educator of the Year finalists announced

Director of the Vatican Observatory visits college F

inalists in Australia’s Biggest Early Years Education Awards have been a n n o u n c e d , including two from the Central Coast’s North.

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t Peter’s Catholic C o l l e g e , Tuggerah, was visited by the Holy Catholic Church’s official astronomer, Jesuit Brother, Guy Consolmango.

Brother Guy Consolmango Brother Guy is the Director of the Vatican Observatory, and visited St Peter’s College to discuss the importance of mainstream science, its relationship with the church, and some of the finer details of his work documenting the

heavens for the Vatican. Brother Guy explored these themes in his presentation entitled: Looking up at the Stars: We’re All Connected. Source: Website, May 1 St Peter’s Catholic College Homepage

Ms Chantell Fozzard of Holistic Approach Family Day Care, Killarney Vale, and Strawberry Field Cottage Child Care Centre, Kanwal, is up for awards in the Educator of the Year and Service of the Year categories. Ms Cassandra Weymouth of Jelli Beanz Kindergarten is also up for the Educator of the Year. Selected from over 1,680 nominees, the finalists are now vying to

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udgewoi Public School has welcomed many new staff members at the commencement of Term 2.. Mr Peter Gaul has been successful in obtaining the Assistant Principal role, and has joined us from Swansea Public School, teaching 4P, and supervising Years 3 and 4. Ms Renee MacPherson has been successful in obtaining a permanent classroom teacher

position and will be teaching 5R. Ms Sarah Osman has transferred from Enfield PS and will be teaching 1H from Week 2. “As she is on part time maternity leave, Ms Hayleigh Gould, will be teaching the class on Fridays,” Principal, Ms Kerry Moore, said. “We welcome Mr Gaul, Ms MacPherson, Ms Osman and Ms Gould to the staff at Budgewoi PS. “We thank Mr Prisk and Mr Reynolds for their

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ake Munmorah High School art students have commenced work on an art project with a Cessnock based Indigenous artist. Ms Tracey Coombes

and commitment to improving the wellbeing of the children, improving the children’s program, improving the early childhood service, ongoing professional learning and development, and improving inclusive interactions and partnerships with families. Each of these five key areas are aligned with the National Quality Standards. The national winners of each category will be announced at the Australian Early Education and Care Awards Gala Event on June 15. Source: Media release, May 7 Adele Feletto, Adele Feletto PR

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work with 4P and 5R during Term 1. “Ms Harris has obtained a teaching position at Kooloora Pre-School, Toukley. “Ms Rea Brennan will be commencing on Unit 1 on May 14, as Relieving Assistant Principal, Special Ed, as Ms Nicole Pattison commences her permanent role at Niagara Park PS,” Ms Moore said. Source: Newsletter, Apr 11 Kerry Moore, Budgewoi Public School

Indigenous art project underway at Lake Munmorah visited the art students on May 3 to brainstorm ideas for the piece in conjunction with NAIDOC week and the Sean Lonergan Art Project. Students under the guidance of Ms Coombes have begun working on

be named State Winners in the country’s biggest early years’ education awards. The Australian Early Education and Care Awards is now in its 14th year, with over $85,000 in prizes, including more than $40,000 in training and professional development grants. Nominations received from family, friends, colleagues and parents with children in care are accepted across all private and community program types, and are open to all levels of experience and qualification. This year’s finalists are now required to demonstrate to the judging panel their achievements in practice

the piece, which when finished, will be put on display in Gosford Regional Gallery. Source: Website, May 3 Lake Munmorah High School Facebook page

St Peter's dance team had some great results at the Gosford Eisteddfod

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t Peter’s Catholic College Tuggerah students have returned from the Gosford Eisteddfod with second and third place finishes. “They

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against some schools that had been performing the dance for a year, whilst St Peters had just finished one dance that same afternoon, and also had to rearrange another of the dances due to injury.

“We are extremely proud of the team with only one mark between first place and second place,” said Principal, Mr Tim Hildebrandt. Source: Website, May 5 St Peter’s Catholic College Tuggerah Facebook page


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College commemorates ANZAC Day

Indiana receives an AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship erkeley Vale resident, Ms Indiana Rhind, has been announced as a recipient of the annual 2018 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship, which r e c o g n i s e s leadership potential and commitment to the future of A u s t r a l i a n agriculture. Following an extensive judging process focused on the applicants’ commitment to agriculture, leadership impact and potential, plus career aspirations, 14 students from across the country have been awarded the scholarships. Ms Rhind is sponsored by AgriFutures Australia and will receive $5,000 for the two years of her degree to assist with university study and living expenses, plus access to professional d e v e l o p m e n t opportunities, including workshops and work placements, to kick start her agricultural career. AgriFutures Australia Managing Director, Mr John Harvey, congratulated the students on their success and welcomed the up-

and-coming leaders to the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program. “We are thrilled to welcome the 2018 cohort, who were selected from a talented pool of over 200 applicants. “These students are the future leaders of Australian agriculture and it’s very exciting to have them as part of our AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program,” said Mr Harvey. Ms Rhind, who is undertaking a Bachelor of Engineering at University of Southern Queensland, was thrilled to receive the scholarship. “It’s an honour to receive the scholarship, not only will it open doors and connect me with industry professionals, but I will gain valuable experience in the agricultural industry. “I’m excited to meet other students involved in the program, learn more about the challenges and trends across the agricultural sector, and how I can make a positive impact on the future of Australian agriculture,” Ms Rhind said. “I actively pursued my interest, signing up to as many engineering and agricultural related activities as possible.

“Due to this, I have been involved in many programs, including the 2016 Women In Engineering Camp (WIEC), hosted by UNSW, work placement with the National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA), which is a research centre at the University of Southern Queensland,” she added. Ms Rhind has a specific focus on humane indoor farming in urban areas and will explore this through her university degree, and is excited about the networks and opportunities the Horizon Scholarship will provide her. All students on the AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program will attend a four-day workshop in Wagga Wagga, NSW, in July, focused on leadership and personal development, underpinned by the theme of game changers. The workshop will feature special guest speakers, industry experts, field trips, and the opportunity to network, meet sponsors and discuss innovations and challenges in the agricultural sector.

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Workers who have died in the workplace commemorated

NSW Fire and Rescue Open Day T

he annual memorial service to commemorate the International Day of Mourning, was held on April 28, at the Ourimbah Wall of Remembrance.

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SW Fire and Rescue will host their state-wide Open Day on May 19.

Stations across NSW will open to the public, who can drop in to meet their local firefighters and other volunteers, explore the inner workings of a

fire station, and watch live demonstrations and fire safety tips in practice. Stations participating in the Open Day on the Coast’s north include: Budgewoi, Doyalson, Hamlyn Terrace, The Entrance, Toukley and Wyong.

Pearl Beach Junior Showcase Concert

Coast residents are in for a musical delight when 20 junior and senior musicians from the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music and the community perform in two concerts at Pearl Beach Memorial Hall on May 26 & 27. Many hours are spent learning and practicing and music, but performing in front of a live audience is when the magic happens. I’m very proud of our young musicians; these concerts are all about inspiring them and giving them an opportunity to express themselves. The Pearl Beach Junior Showcase concert is on Saturday May 26 at 2pm and the second concert on Sunday May 27 at 2pm is the Pearl Beach Scholarship Competition for high-calibre high school students. Students in the competition will perform two contrasting pieces and the winner will receive $1,000. Both concerts are open to the public and we would like to take this opportunity to invite you to come and support these talented young musicians. For more information call 02 4344 2319 or pearlbeachprogress@ hotmail.com.

The fun kicks off from 10am and concludes at 2pm. Source: Website, May 10 Fire NSW homepage

Every year, on April 28, countries around the world take a moment to commemorate workers who have died in the workplace. This first such service to commence on the Central Coast, occurred in 2006, allowing the local community to remember and honour those workers who have lost their lives whilst at work. Member for The

New Jack and the Beanstalk to premiere at Wyong

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new familyf r i e n d l y production, The High Adventure of Jack and the Beanstalk, will premiere at The Art House, Wyong, on June 15 and 16. Written by Mr Daniel Widdowson and presented by the Salt House Theatre Company, Jack is the only person who can save the town of Alltrades from a ferocious Giant and the Big Bad Wolf, but Jack is a very naughty boy. Will he place his

dreams of fame and fortune above the safety of his town? Luckily his sister Jill acts as Jack’s moral compass. Join the high adventure of Jack and the Beanstalk and meet some wonderful characters along the way, like Humpty Dumpty, Captain Hook and the Queen of Hearts. Cheer the heroes and boo the villains, if you can tell which ones are which. Source: Media release, May 2 Daniel Widdowson, Playwrite

Aenonn Jusces of the Peace! e! His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of NSW, Mrs Hurley, NSW Attorney General Mark Speakman SC MP, Emma McBride MP, Det. Supt. Deborah Wallace APM, and other prominent Guest Speakers are attending the NSW Justices Association State Conference at Mingara Recreation Club, Saturday May 19th, 2018. ALL JPs are invited to attend a FREE 3 pm to 5 pm educational training session, presented by Dr John Brodie JP PhD, a man with a lifetime of education, training experience, is set to share his knowledge with JPs of the Central Coast. A great opportunity for all JPs to learn how to deal with difficult documents and situations. RSVP to Bruce tuggerahlakes@nswja.org.au or txt/call 0418 493 388 to secure a seat.

Entrance, Mr David Mehan, was a key advocate and behind the push for the Ourimbah Wall of Remembrance, which was made in 2006. “Outside of Sydney, the Central Coast was one of the first to hold the International Day of Mourning, and ever since the construction of the Remembrance Wall, we have been holding the ceremony there,” Mr Mehan said. This commemoration was hosted by Unions NSW, together with Central Coast Community Union Alliance and SafeWork NSW. Mr Mehan said: “It is a time of reflection and remembrance for all those who have suffered whilst at work, and we need to honour this. “There was a large turn out this year, gratifying the importance of this event. “The attendees included Federal Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, as well as representatives from Central Coast Council, Central Coast Unions and Unions NSW, Safe Work NSW, the Asbestos and Disease Association NSW, and community members, as well as friends and family of those who have lost their loved ones due to death

in the workplace.” According to Mr Mehan, the service encouraged people to acknowledge and use the time to remember the importance of a safe and healthy workplace, and to reflect on the unfortunate circumstances which take place at work that contribute to these tragedies. “The International Day of Mourning is important because it is the one day of the year alone where we specifically ask people to remember that work is still a place of risk. “Even though we’ve seen improvements in workplace safety, so far this year, 40 people have died in a workplace incident. “This follows the deaths of 182 workers in 2017, and in 2016, the death of186 workers. “Work shouldn’t be a dangerous place, the danger should be controlled, and individuals should return home to their family after a day of work,” Mr Mehan said. Source: Media Release and Interview, Apr 26-30 David Mehan MP Kajal Buhagiar, Assistant Journalist


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Red Shield Appeal officially opened

Autumn Art Exhibiton raising funds for Salvation Army T

he Toukley and Districts Art Society’s Autumn Art Exhibition will be held on May 25, at Federation Gallery, Gorokan.

The evening is a special one for the Society, who welcome the Salvation Army on as exhibition beneficiary.

Proceeds raised throughout the evening will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Central Coast Red Shield Appeal. Member for Wyong, Mr David Harris, will officially open the evening and he will be joined in attendance by Member for The Entrance, Mr David Mehan. A range of sponsors

have come on board in support of the Red Shield Appeal and the Society. The evening commences from 6pm and will feature a variety of activities to fundraise including raffles and an art competition. Source: Media release, May 10 Escha Gartside, Toukley and Districts Art Society

State Conference to be held at Mingara A

ll Justices of the Peace on the Central Coast are invited to attend the 3pm session of the NSW Justices Association State Conference, held at Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi, on May 19. The event is free for JP’s who simply need to register their interest with Mr Bruce Gibbs JP. His Excellency the Governor of NSW, The NSW Attorney General,

prominent members of the NSW Police Force, and many invited guest speakers from across NSW are attending the conference. The free 3 to 4:50pm Audio Visual session will be presented by Dr John Brodie JP PhD, who is responsible for Education and Training for the NSW Justices Association. The work conducted by JPs becomes more complex as they keep up with modern regulatory requirements, varied documents presented by

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the public and the digital world. Topics covered will include: JP Code of Conduct; JP Duty of Care; JP Conflict of Interest; and the three duties of a JP, Affidavits, Statutory Declarations and Certified Copies. To RSVP simply contact Mr Gibbs via email: Tuggerahlakes@nswja. org.au Source: Media release, May 9 Bill Donaldson JP, NSW Justice Association Inc. Tuggerah Lakes Branch

Mr Nathan Hindmarsh was the keynote speaker at the Central Coast Red Shield Appeal 2018 official opening

ustralian Rugby League player, Mr Nathan Hindmarsh, was keynote speaker at the Central Coast Red Shield Appeal official opening breakfast, held at Mingara Recreation Club, on May 4.

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Mr Hindmarsh, who is an ambassador for the Clubs NSW ClubSAFE Program, spoke candidly about his career and his experience with gambling. “I share my personal struggle with gambling to raise awareness of the support services available to people facing that same struggle, and in the hope that it will encourage others to reach out for help.

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“I am delighted to be in a position to lend my support to The Salvation Army, and I do so knowing that the Red Shield Appeal is vital to their work,” he said. Nationally, the Red Shield Appeal contributes close to $4m to The Salvation Army’s social services on the Central Coast. Services like Dooralong Transformation Centre, Oasis Central Coast, Moneycare Financial Counselling and Court Chaplaincy are among the many local programs that receive considerable funding as a result of the Appeal. Salvation Army Area Officer, Major Mark Everitt, said the assistance provided by Mr Hindmarsh and the

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region’s business and community leaders is invaluable. “There’s no denying that we all face challenges, but many face challenges so significant that they are almost unthinkable. “The Salvation Army has the privilege of supporting people through their time of need, and we simply couldn’t do this without the generosity of the Central Coast community,” said Major Everitt. This year The Salvation Army hopes to raise over $250,000 as result of the Central Coast Red Shield Appeal. The opening breakfast raised more than $50,000 for the Appeal. Source: Media release, May 5 Nicole Jenkinson, Salvation Army

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This home has plenty of space for everything! Kids, boats, caravans, cars, friends to entertain‌..With 2 storeys, 5 bedrooms, lots of living and storage space all on a massive 980sqm block, there are not many homes on the Peninsula like this one. Upon entry to this home you will find the formal living and dining rooms, and the study or 5th bedroom. These lead to the back of the home where the Kitchen and informal living areas are located. The kitchen is modern in design having been upgraded only a few years ago, with soft close draws, Miele appliances and plenty of bench and storage space. This overlooks the large family room and meals area. There is also a bathroom and laundry located on this level. Up the sweeping stair case to the first floor, you will find the huge Master bedroom suite with walk in robe and en-suite bathroom. There are also 3 other good sized bedrooms with builtin robes, a large living area and the main bathroom on this level. Outside offers a great undercover entertaining area with ceiling fans that leads out to the huge backyard. Plenty of space for the kids to run around in, for play equipment or to put in a pool. Garaging is not an issue in this home with a drive through double garage out the front that leads to another 1.5 car garage out the back. There is also a large carport out the front to park your caravan or boat. The home also offers ducted air-conditioning throughout and a security system. All this in an ideal location within an easy walk to the waterfront, Ettalong markets, cinemas, the Palm Beach Ferry and Ettalong town centre.

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Freemasons A Cabaret Circus visits Mingara helping the homeless T

he Freemasons on The Central Coast have started collecting Sox and Soup with the Central Coast Bulldogs.

The Sox and Soup Drive is this year’s charity project by the Central Coast Bulldogs. The Freemasons are sponsors of the Bulldogs, and Coastal branches have decided to assist the club in their charity drive. The Sox and Soup will be donated to the Shoebox Revolution on May 23, in an attempt to put a warm meal in the stomachs and with the Sox, some heat on the feet, to the more unfortunate in our local community. Freemasons on the

Central Coast have also been collecting for the Smith Family, to assist in the schooling of needy children in the former Wyong Shire. A luncheon was held on April 22, and $3,000 was raised. This amount was matched, dollar for dollar, by Masonicare, the Freemasons’ Grand Charity. A cheque for $6,000 will be handed over to representatives of the Smith Family at the Freemasons’ next luncheon, Christmas in July, at The Wyong Masonic Centre, on July 1. Source: Media release, May 10 Chris Mathews, Freemasons Central Coast

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fter a stellar season at the Spiegel Big Top at Gosford waterfront, Infamous, the adultsonly, cabaret-style circus production, is headed to the grounds of Mingara Recreation Club from May 18 to June 3.

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a 10-metre-high spinning apparatus, leaves guests on the edge of their seats,” said Mr Ashton. “We’ve had some amazing feedback so far from our audiences in Gosford. “A lot of people have even come back to see the show for a second or third time,” he continued. Before their stint at Gosford, Infamous circus artists performed highflying trapeze acts for a crowd of thousands at

the Sydney Royal Easter Show. “Our Big Top shows are a much more intimate affair, with premium ringside seats available for those who want to get up close and personal with the action. “Guests can enjoy a fully-licensed bar that opens an hour before each performance. “It’s a great chance for friends to meet after work, have a drink and enjoy some quality entertainment,” said Mr Ashton. “Now’s your last chance to catch a once in a lifetime performance while Infamous is still on the Coast,” concluded Mr Ashton. Early-bird tickets are available until May 13 with a discount of 20 per cent for A and B Reserve seating. After Mingara, Infamous will head to Newcastle followed by the Gold Coast. Source: Media release, May 8 Caitlin Vine, Brilliant Logic


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Creativity, Community The Entrance Leagues Lounge Area, Free Wifi, or a Club, Bateau Bay cuppa and chat, call in Improve your confidence in and see us at 5/22-32 communication Pacific Highway Meetings are interesting, (Next to BYO Cellars) informative and fun. Opening hours Contact Ron Mon-Sat 9-4pm 0419766502 0437 048 815 ron@ihold.com.au Gambling Solutions Gambling help counsellors providing free confidential professional service to gamblers, family and friends Woy Woy, Kincumber, Gosford and The Entrance 4344 7992 Freemasons Annual event 4th Thurs in May each year Regular event 4th Thurs monthly from 10am Ladies are invited Morisset Masonic Centre Westlake Daylight Masonic Lodge 5 Yambo Street Morisset Jack Harris 4392 1231

Volunteering Central Coast Refer potential volunteers to community organisations and provide support to volunteers and community organisations. Training for volunteers and managers of volunteers Information Sessions held regularly across the Coast 4329 7122 recruit@volcc.org.au

Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Supporting disadvantaged vulnerable and isolated members of our community admin@bbnc.org.au offering a range of https://bbnc.org.au/ Freemasons community services, events, Lodge Toukley 933 projects, workshops, arts Berkeley Vale Meets 1st Wednesday each programs and an open Neighbourhood Centre month - Toukley Memorial community garden. Information & Referral, Talks Hall Pearce Street Toukley 4353 1750 & Information Sessions. John Jenkins 4392 1631 Energy Account Assistance Wyong Toastmasters (EAPA), Counselling Lake Munmorah Senior Club (concession available), Citizens Club is an encouraging Food Help, & Access to Computer Classes, dancing, PCs, Internet & Printing. exercise, pilates, yoga, craft, environment - no failures improve your confidence in Toy Library, Community carpet bowls and Tai Chi. communication Garden & Activities Groups 4358 8390 10.30am - 1st, 3rd & 5th including Cards, Indoor Friday Bowls, Mah-jong & Berkeley Long Jetty Senior Wyong RSL Anzac Ave Vale Walking for Pleasure. Citizens Club Wyong School Holiday Activities & Computer classes, line 0415 158 733 Workshops. dancing, tai chi and zumba wyongtoastmasters@gmail.com 4388 5801 gold - M-F, 9am to 3pm manager@bvnc.org.au for full list of activities www.bvnc.org.au 4332 5522 Central Coast Cactus Central Coast Long Jetty Over and Succulent Club Caravanners Inc 50s Club 3rd Sat 1 to 3.30pm 3rd Sun Monthly Indoor bowls, computers, Plants for Sale, Raffles, Visitors - New Members exercises, yoga, lineafternoon tea welcome, Trips Away, Social dancing, tai chi and more Charmhaven Outings, friendship with like 9am to 3pm Community Centre minded senior folk 4332 5522 0401 544 052 Details from Geoff 4399 2420 0447 882 150 Mingaletta Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Central Coast Central Coast Corporation Permaculture Community Legal Meeting place and meet friendly like minded Centre referral hub for education, people at our information Not for profit service health, well-being and night held at Tuggerah providing free legal advice. cultural programs through Community Hall on the 3rd Monday to Friday consultative services and Tuesday of each month. 9am to 5pm community programs 6:30 for 7pm start 4353 4988 Mon-Fri 9am 4pm centralcoast@clc.net.au Bob on 0412 133 808 4342 7515 admin@mingaletta.com.au Central Coast 50+ Singles Social Group The NSW Justices Better Hearing Invites Ladies & Gents for Association Inc Australia Central Coast dinner, dancing - BBQs & Seeking volunteers for Hearing loss management Socialising each w/e. added community desks Support and educational Monthly programme for all in Wyong Area groups providing practical areas of the coast Free Insurance and experience and confidence 0412 200 571 training provided Learn the benefits of 0437 699 366 0418 493 388 hearing aids 50pssg@gmail.com marketing@nswja.org 4321 0275 The Creative Tuggerah Lakes Central Coast Prostate Compassion Centre Inc. Toastmasters Club Cancer Support Group Secondhand Shopping, 2nd & 4th Monday (Gosford) Upcycling Minimalism,

GARDEN CLUBS

HEALTH GROUPS

Meet last Fri Terrigal Uniting Church 380 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal 9.30am to 12 noon 4367 9600

Peaceful conflict resolution Community participation We meet monthly every 3rd Thu - Details and info: centralcoast.nsw.greens.org.au centralcoastgreens@gmail.com

www.pcfa.org.au

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

GROW Support Groups Small friendly groups formed to learn how to overcome anxiety, depression and loneliness and to improve mental health and well-being. Anonymous, free and open to all. Weekly meetings at Bateau Bay and Wyong 1800 558 268 www.grow.org.au

HISTORY GROUPS Museum & Hostorical Society Wyong District Groups/Schools Welcome Morning tea/lunch for group bookings, wheelchair friendly, Alison Homestead 1 Cape Rd Wyong Open Sun-Thur 10am-2pm www.alisonhomestead.com.au

MUSIC Soundwaves Men’s acapella 4 part harmony chorus - all ages 7pm Mon Central Coast Leagues Club John 0413 276 698 jbthomson51@gmail.com

Coastal a Cappella Dynamic award winning women’s a cappella chorus new members always welcome. Music eduction provided Lots of Performance opportunities, or hire us for your next event. 0412 948 450 coastalacappella@gmail.com

POLITICAL GROUPS Australian Labor Party Ourimbah/ Narara Branch Discussion/action community issues 3 levels of Government Niagara Park Primary School 7.30pm 1st Mon 0410 309 494 kyle.macgregor@hotmail.com

Central Coast Greens The Central Coast Greens For a fairer, more transparent and accountable government based on democratic principles Local, state-wide, national and international issues and campaigns - Council and parliamentary representation Developing a new economy Protecting our environment

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

Meetings 6.30 pm Tues Mingara Recreation Club 0409 449 498 rotarytheentrance@gmail.com

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 cvscc@nsservices.com.au

Marine Rescue Tuggerah Lakes Volunteers wanted, Toowoon Bay challenging conditions, Probus Club interrupted meals, early Morning tea, guest speakers starts, breathtaking talking on topics relevant to Tuggerah Lakes views. Seniors, as well as regular Rewards: - Saving exciting social events. 4th distressed boaters or maybe Thur 10am. saving a life Anglican Church Hall, 0488 442 051 Cnr Brooke Ave & Eastern uc.tuggerahlakes@marinerescuensw.com.au Rd., Bateau Bay SPECIAL INTEREST 4334 3979

PROBUS CLUBS

SERVICE GROUPS Inner Wheel Club Wyong Women’s club with the common interest of giving back to the community while developing lasting friendships. 7.00 pm 3rd Wed Wyong Uniting Church 4393 2755 iiw.au.wyong@gmail.com

The Lions Club of Wyong Inc 47 years supporting local activities Join us - Meet new friends 4th Tues Monthly 6:30pm Don Small / Lions retirement village Call James 0415 909 269 www.wyong.nsw.lions.org.au

The Rotary Club of the Entrance Inc. A small, friendly and effective club supporting many local organisations, and international Rotary Activities.

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

hartas@bigpond.net. aurotarytheentrance@gmail.com

warnervale.labor@gmail.com

Tuggerah Combined Probus Club Inc Meet new friends and enjoy social events. 2nd Thur., 10:30am, guest speakers. Social outings 3rd Thur. Woodbury Park Community Hall, Mardi 4351 0450

cclapidary@optusnet.com.au

Biz Plus Networking Association Grow your business and in the process build worthwhile relationships. Biz Networking breakfasts Every Thur 7:15- 9am Erina Leagues Club Geoff Neilson network@bizplus.com.au

Central Coast Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service Free telephone advice and advocacy for all tenants as well as residents in residential parks 4353 5515 cctaas@hotmail.com

National Parks Association Central Coast Twice weekly bush walks, varying distances and grades of difficulty. Explore, enjoy scenery, fauna, flora, history. Keep fit and make friends 4389 4423 & 4332 7378

www.ccsoaring.com.au

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 www.tugglakesu3a.info

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 raymurphy1935@hotmail.com

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 www.kidomingarajudo.com.au

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 bpwcentralcoast@hotmail.com www.bpw.com.au/central-coast

Northern Women’s Central Coast Lapidary Health Centre Club Minerals & Gems Family law advice, Learn silverwork, counselling, therapeutic and Cabochons, Faceting, Enamelling, Stone Fieldtrips social groups, workshops, domestic violence and & fossicking Weekly abuse issues. Workshops Tues and Thurs All services are provided by 8.30am-2.30pm women for women Thurs 6-10pm 10 Ourimbah 4351 1152 Creek Rd Ourimbah www.cccwhc.com.au 4362 2246

If you would like your Community Organisation listed here, see www. duckscrossing.org or www.centralcoastnewspapers.com 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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Jack Clisby joins the Mariners J

ack Clisby is another new signing for the Mariners as head coach, Mike Mulvey, goes about establishing his squad for the next season. Clisby arrived on the Central Coast from the Western Sydney Wanderers after putting pen-to-paper on a oneyear-deal on May 7. Since debuting in the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season for Perth Glory, the reliable defender boasts experience beyond his years, having already played 97 games in Australia’s top flight during his time with Perth, Melbourne City and the Western Sydney Wanderers. Clisby is an accomplished left or centre back and is wellknown to A-League opponents for his overlapping runs to offer an outlet in attack. In his first season under

Tony Popovic, Clisby managed 30 appearances across all competitions for the Western Sydney Wanderers, during which they qualified for the finals series, only to be knocked out by Brisbane Roar in a penalty shootout. There’s a sense of Déjà vu to Clisby’s signing, as he reunites with Jacob Melling, a teammate at both the Western Sydney Wanderers and Melbourne City.

“I can’t wait to get started with the Central Coast Mariners,” Clisby said. “I’ve already had the opportunity to visit the club and from the first moment; Mike, Monty and the whole club have been very welcoming. “I was shown around the training complex and very impressed with the facilities. “Once I heard that, Mike Mulvey, was going to be appointed Head Coach, I

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

Marina Prior and David Hobson: The 2 Of UsUp Close and Personal, The Art House, Wyong, 8:00pm until May 17, ticketed event

Friday, May 18 Roy Orbison and Johnny Cash in Concert: The Men in Black Tour, The Art House, Wyong, 8:00pm, ticketed event Amateur Bee Keepers Association 2018 Conference and Field Day, Diggers at The Entrance, 6:00pm to 8:30pm, tickets essential Circus Fans of Australia 2018 Convention, Camp Breakaway San Remo, 2:00pm, bookings essential

Saturday, May 19 MULGA Artist Dinner,

The Glass Onion Society Long Jetty, 7:00pm, ticketed event Toowoon Bay SLSC 2018 Awards of Excellence, Long Jetty Hotel, 6:00pm to 11:30pm

Friday, May 25

Sunday, May 20

The Central Coast’s 22nd Annual Dolls, Bears and Collectables Craft Show, Wyong Race Club, 9:30am to 3:00pm, entry fee Helicopter High Tea on the Green presented by Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, Pullman Magenta Shore Resort, 2:00pm to 5:00pm, ticketed event

Film: Event Cinemas Tuggerah Sensory Screening Day- Peter Rabbit, Westfield Tuggerah, 10:30am to 12:30pm, tickets essential Doyalson Psychic and Alternative Fair, The Doylo, 10:00am to 5:00pm

Thursday, May 24 Kidz HQ Wyong Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea, 10:00am to 11:00pm

go out there and prove to everyone what I’m capable of,” Clisby said. The Mariners also announced that exciting attacker, Connor Pain, and defender, Kye Rowles, have both signed oneyear contract extensions that will see them remain in Yellow and Navy until at least the completion of the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 season. At just 24-years-old, Pain reached a Hyundai A-League milestone this season by making his 100th appearance in the competition, and now he has 102 in total, including his time with Melbourne Victory. Known for his fastpaced attacking exploits,

Busby Marou Got Your Back Tour Central Coast, Long Jetty Hotel, 8:00pm to 11:55pm, ticketed event

Sunday, May 27

Monday, May 28 Just For Fun Concert the Lakes Singers, Toukley Presbyterian Church, 2:00pm, entry by $8 donation,

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.

Pain will continue to be a key asset in Mike Mulvey’s front third on the Central Coast. After a run of imposing pre-season performances last year, Rowles was hampered by a hyper-extension of the knee at the end of preseason, which forced him to wait until round seven to make his Mariners’ debut. A natural centre-back by trade, Rowles earned most of his Mariners’ opportunities at left-back, which he took with both hands on 11 occasions last season. Source: Media release, May 8 Tyson Scott, Central Coast Mariners Media

WYONG SERVICES

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

The Wyong Diary Wednesday, May 16

was very interested. “I’ve got a few mates throughout the A-League who have played under him and they all have nothing but positive things to say. “We’ve seen how successful he was at Brisbane, with him coming to the Mariners it’s a really exciting prospect for the club. “I wish pre-season started tomorrow to be honest. “Mike’s building a great squad, we’ve got plenty of time to gel and it’s something I am really excited to be a part of. “I’m at a point in my career where I should be hitting peak form and I cannot wait to

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


CLASSIFIEDS ANTENNAS A Better Picture

Antenna & Digital Installations & Tuning New home specialist Credit cards OK HAYWARD VIDEO All areas Gosford 4323 6367 Woy Woy 4344 4414 Warnervale 1800 244 456 0412 685 555

ASBESTOS

Asbestos Removal Fully licensed and insured asbestos removals from houses, garages, sheds, bathrooms etc. Ph: Tom 0422 653 794 or 4393 9890 Safe Work NSW Lic. AD212564

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CARPENTER

ENTERTAINMENT

Carpenter Handyman Odd jobs Home maintenance and repairs - Decks, Pergolas and Patios Small jobs welcome 30 years’ experience Ph: Glen 0424 265 324

The Troubadour

To advertise here call 4325 7369

homes2nv@gmail.com

prices start from $20 a week

ELECTRICIAN

Folk and Acoustic Music Club May 26 at 7pm

TUITION

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MAD ADAM

Same day service Guaranteed

CWA Hall - Woy Woy

No job too small.

www.troubadour.org.au

Lic number 265652C

4342 6716

Lic 178637c

ELECTRICIAN Lighting, Power Points, Phone & Data, Fault Finding, Seniors Discount.

4308 6771 ENTERTAINMENT

Brians Building Services

BluesAngels

NO JOB TOO SMALL Brian Turton

Gold Lic 40809 - Contractor Lic 88814c

40yrs Experience

0451 943 705

Tiling Wall & Floor Property Maintenance 0439 589 426

BUILDERS Call our experienced team for a free quote

TILING

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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4787 5689

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 www.CentralCoastNewspapers.com www.CentralCoastNews.net

or

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

WITH MYSTERY GUESTS

Price $10, $13 and $15

ENGLISH COACHING AVAILABLE Essay writing & critical analysis of set texts foe Yr11 Preliminary and Yr12 HSC Standard or Advanced English courses.

PLUMBING

Also junior English - Yrs 9-10 Writing and Reading Comprehension. Rates $60 per hour. Contact Jeff on 0402 139 837

YOUR LOCAL

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PLUMBER Same day service Guaranteed

Blocked drains, Leaking taps and toilets, Hot water and all aspects of plumbing drainage and gas fitting. Lic number 265652C

4346 4057 MASSAGE

Calming Souls Massage Remedial Massage Therapist Infant Massage Instructor Paediatric Massage Consultant

Learn to play harmonica at your own pace via Skype www.harmonicatom.com.au phone 02 4787 5689 email tom@tomflood.com.au $40 hr or $25 1/2 hr

CASH PAID

PUBLIC NOTICE INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING? COME TO THE EXPO AND SPEAK WITH OVER 40 COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS TO; LEARN NEW SKILLS AND MEET PEOPLE • IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH AND WELLBEING • GET ON-THE-JOB EXPERIENCE • FOLLOW A PATHWAY TO EMPLOYMENT • GIVE BACK TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY

1OAM - 2PM 30TH MAY ERINA CENTRE, NORTH SOUTH ROAD, ERINA FAIR, ERINA

for good quality Swords, Knives and War memorabilia.

PHONE:4329 7122 OR EMAIL:RECRUIT@VOLCC.ORG.AU

POSITION VACANT

For large collections

Aubrey Downer Aged Care Home

home visit available Shop 12 Ebbtide Mall

Point Clare

Permanent Part-Time Cook

155 The Entrance Rd The Entrance

Hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Must be able to work weekends and public holidays

4333 8555

Skyperharp: pay by PayPal

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PROFFESOR DE TENNIS International Player/Coach with 40yrs Experience Bryan P Turton

Call Kate 0423 150 561 0451 943 705 calmingsoulsmassage@gmail.com PAINTING

POSITIONS VACANT

BUCELLO’S COASTAL PAINTING SERVICES

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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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To advertise here call 4325 7369 This size starts from $20 a week 4325 7369

If you would like to become a part of our team at Aubrey Downer Aged Care Home or would like some further information please contact Amit Malhotra, NSW Operations Manager on

amalhotra@hallprior.com.au or Ph. 02 9427 8978 www.hallprior.com.au

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

as

Fitzpatrick Futurtek

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

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.

• Bakefresh, Wyong

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.

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

Artwork is free and advertisers are encouraged to change their advertisements frequently

• Frazer Park Pty Ltd formerly trading as The Big Prawn at Crangan Bay • David Hill, Long Jetty

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


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Brad Woodward named in the Australian Life Saving Team Squad

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ewly minted 2018 Commonwealth Games medallist, and local athlete to watch, Brad Woodward, has been named in the 38 strong Australian Life Saving Team Squad.

The Squad will represent Surf Life Saving Australia and Royal Life Saving at various events across the 2018 International Life Saving calendar, including the Life Saving World Championships, held later this year. Woodward, from Shelly Beach/The Hills Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC), will be joined by other prominent local surf sport stars, Jemma Smith and

Momochi Beach, where they will look to test their skills against rival nations New Zealand, Japan and South Africa, aiming to retain the Cup for the 11th consecutive year. A modified format of the German Cup will again be hosted in Warendorf, Germany, in September, just eight weeks prior to LWC2018, serving as a key lead-in event for final preparations for the Australian Team ahead of the World Championships in Adelaide. The squad will be whittled down in the coming weeks, with the Open and Youth Australian Lifesaving teams to be named later this month.

Rachel Wood, who hail from Umina SLSC. Talking about the squad selection, head coach, Kurt Wilson, said that it was important that the 2018 squad and the coaching structures surrounding these athletes continue to build on the platform that was developed last year. “Our biggest strengths are the blend of experience and youth throughout the wider squad, along with an extremely positive teamfirst culture that has formed throughout the Australian Life Saving Team,” he said. In the lead up to the World Championships, the Australian Team will also head to Japan in June for the Sanyo Cup, hosted in Fukuoka, at

Source: Media release, May 3 SLS Aus Media

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James Koch dominates Lifeguard Carnival C

entral Coast C o u n c i l Lifeguard and Shelly Beach Surf Life Saving Club member, James Koch, dominated at this year’s Australian Professional Ocean L i f e g u a r d A s s o c i a t i o n ’s (APOLA) Conference at Coffs Harbour. The Conference, held at Park Beach on May 4, saw Koch take out first place in the Lifeguard Carnival surf race, board race and lifeguard mission, a great achievement to see out the end of the beach patrol season. Mayor Jane Smith was pleased with Koch’s efforts and congratulated him on a well-deserved win. “We always knew our

Mr James Koch Lifeguards were the best in the business and James’ success across all events has confirmed this,” Mayor Smith said. “I would like to congratulate James on his win and the entire Beach Safety team for another great season.” Mayor Jane Smith said the Conference, attended by a number

of coastal councils across NSW and Gold Coast City Lifeguards, focused on beach water safety programs and the role of knowledgeable bystanders, and highlighted the importance of educating the public to look out for one another. Central Coast Council beach patrol season came to an official close on April 30, with the past summer season seeing over three million people visit the Coast’s patrolled beaches. Beach Safety staff completed a total of 779 rescues and treated over 5092 first aid incidents with 53,109 preventative actions. Source: Media release, May 11 Central Coast Council Media

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Matt Simon returns to the Mariners he Central Coast Mariners are excited to announce that the club’s alltime leading goal scorer, Matt Simon, will once again wear Yellow and Navy, after signing a twoyear contract with the club.

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An East Gosford junior, Simon quickly became a fan favourite at the Mariners upon signing his first professional contract in 2006, from Central Coast Lightning. Simon experienced his breakout season during the Mariners’ 2008/09 campaign, where he

headed home his maiden goal, in round one, against the Newcastle Jets, before ultimately scoring 11 goals that season. At the completion of the 2008/09 season, which saw the Mariners finish in fourth position on the ladder, Simon was voted by his peers as the best player, claiming the 2009 Mariners’ Medal. With a grand total of 46 goals in the Hyundai A-League, Simon’s appetite and leadership in the front third will be crucial to head coach Mike Mulvey’s attack this season. After three seasons with Sydney FC, where Simon

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was crowned a Hyundai A-League Champion, the 32-year-old marksman is rapt to make his Mariners return. “It’s great to be coming back to the Mariners,” Simon said. “As soon as Mike rang me to talk about bringing me back, speaking to him and hearing the vision he has for the club, I’m really

excited to play a big part in that. “I’ve really enjoyed my time at Sydney but it’s great now that I’ve been given this opportunity to come back to the Mariners where it all started, so I am really looking forward to being a part of Mike’s plans for the club and I can’t wait to get stuck in.

“This is my hometown, all of my family are on the Central Coast, so that’s something that really excites me. “I am really looking forward to the next couple of years ahead,” Simon said. Mulvey spoke of Matt Simon’s importance to the club. “Matt Simon epitomises everything that’s good about the Central Coast Mariners,” Mulvey said. “He was one of the first people I thought of. “I was keen to explore the opportunity of bringing one or maybe more former Mariners back, but I am absolutely delighted that Matt has made the decision to come back and join us. “He’s from here, he lives here, he brings passion for the Mariners’ badge. “Nobody could ever suggest that he doesn’t have passion for this club.

“That passion will rub off and it will work to our benefit in the dressing room and on the pitch. “I want to bring characters to this club. “When you look at players like Corey Gameiro and Matt Simon, there’s not too many players in the league who will look forward to playing against those two. “So, we’re building a squad with a great spirit, and we only want people here who will wear this badge on their heart with pride, that will give 100 per cent to the cause every week,” Mulvey said Simon will return to the Central Coast Mariners Centre of Excellence in June to train with his new teammates and commence the Hyundai A-League 2018/19 preseason. Source: Media release, May 11 Tyson Scott, Central Coast Mariners Media

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r Taylor Martin MLC, has announced Central Coast Council has received $260,000 in funding to upgrade the amenities at North Entrance Surf Club, as part of Round 1 of the NSW C o a l i t i o n G o v e r n m e n t ’s $200m Stronger C o u n t r y Communities fund. Mr Martin said the project will involve upgrading the existing amenities block at the surf club to a first class

standard. “Works include refurbishing the current facilities to a purpose built, fully accessible, public facility that provides toilet and change facilities for beach and park users,” Mr Martin said. “North Entrance Beach is popular in summer, so it is important that the facilities are of an acceptable standard.” “This is one of several projects receiving funding through Round 1 of the Stronger Country Communities Fund, and there is now an additional $200m available for

community projects through Round 2 of this fund,” he added. Central Coast Councillor, Ms Jilly Pilon, welcomed the announcement, saying that the Stronger Country Communities Funding was illustrative of the State Government’s support for the development of infrastructure in regional communities. “The funding will make North Entrance Beach more popular and accessible for locals and tourists,” Cr Pilon said. “I am excited that the NSW Government

is investing in our community facilities. “This investment will ensure that the facilities within our asset portfolio continue to grow and improve,” she added. Investigation and design work will commence this year, with Council to nominate a successful tenderer in early 2019. Construction works are expected to begin at the end of the 2018/19 summer and be completed by June 2019. Source: Media release, May 9 Todd Kirby, Office of Taylor Martin MLC


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a d a l b a resident,15year-old Kallan Strong, has received a Variety Heart Scholarship to help him overcome barriers to reach his full potential in ten pin bowling. The scholarship, which is awarded to Aussie kids with an existing talent living with a disability, chronic illness or financial hardship, has been awarded to Strong, who has autism. Strong’s coach believes he is on the path to become one of the best ten pin bowling competitors in Australia over the next few years. In the last two years, Strong has won 52 gold

medals and trophies, including the NSW State Championships Classic Cup, in 2017. This year, Strong has the exciting opportunity to represent NSW in the Australian National Ten Pin Bowling Disability Championships. His scholarship will be used for uniform, training and competition costs. Variety, the Children’s Charity, NSW/ACT CEO, Mr David Sexton, said the Variety Heart Scholarships help kids build on their existing talent and enthusiasm for their passion. “A Variety Heart Scholarship can help remove some of the financial barriers which can prevent Aussie kids from pursuing their

dreams and exploring their full potential. “No request is too small or too specialised when it comes to applying for a Variety Heart Scholarship. In the past, we’ve helped kids with art, trampoline and dance classes as well as helping others attend sports tournaments and buy equipment,” Mr Sexton said. More than 215 children have been assisted by the Variety Heart Scholarships program since it began in 2014. Scholarships are awarded up to the value of $5,000, and can be used towards developing the recipient’s talent. Source: Media release, Apr 13 Zannie Abbott, Variety media

St Peters’ teams do well at regional Cross Country T he St Peters’ re p re s e n t a t i v e team had much success in the Broken Bay Cross Country.

“Our Under 13 and 15 Boys Teams’ both came overall third place in each of their divisions with James Miller coming in third position,” Principal, Mr Tim Hildebrandt, said. “The Under 17 Boys

Team came in second place with Cameron Dodd coming in fourth with Riley Edwards right behind, in fifth place. “Natalie Hotham came in sixth place in the Under 14 Girls division with the girl’s overall team coming in seventh place,” he added. A standout performance for St Peters was their Under 18 Boys team, who placed first in

their division. Individually, Cody Ison, placed first in the 18 Boys, Liam Hassall, second and ,Connor Pocock, sixth. “ M a s s i v e congratulations to all who competed and who made it through to the next round of representation,” Mr Hildebrandt said. Source: Website, May 4 St Peter’s Catholic College, Tuggerah, Facebook page

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he champions of the Central Coast Skateboard Series 2018 were awarded during National Youth Week at Bato Yard.

Three heats were held at Wadalba Skate Park, Umina Skate Park and Bato Yard, where young riders of all ages and abilities showed off their skills on skate, BMX, scooter or WCMX (wheelchair) for their chance to claim the Central Coast Series Champion title in the final. The winners for skate included: Under 12s champion, Logan Graffi, and runner up, Harvey Campbell; Under 16s champion, Duke Cooper and runner up, Karen Barry; Open champion,

Andrew MacDougall; sponsored champion, Mitchell-Bullard, followed by runner up, Ben Field, and Women’s division champion, Zahra Johns, and runner up, Lexi Russel. Champions and runner ups of the Scooter category included: Under 12s, Joel Croan, and runner up, Riley Reid; Under 16s first place going to Brock Moore, followed by second place, Cooper Linde; Open’s champion, Travis Browne, sponsored winners, first Jack Lindsay and second Jacob Poulos, followed by Women’s champion, Tabitha Blake. The winners of the BMX category included Under 12s champion, Ace Hendry, Under 16s

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champion, Coby Forrest, and sponsored success for, Michael Hodgins. Council Unit Manager Community Partnerships, Mr Glenn Cannard, said the event continues to be extremely popular, with large crowds, strong competition and a lot of fun had by all those involved. “This event gets bigger and better each year with more competitors, the use of new venues and a larger prize pool. “It is an important event run by the Council during National Youth Week, providing a great opportunity for young people on the Central Coast,” Mr Cannard said. Source: Media release, Apr 24 Rebecca Ius, Central Coast Council


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