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Issue 142 13 June, 2018

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Unannounced urgency motion embarrasses Mayor

Standing room only in the public gallery of the Gosford Chamber


n d e p e n d e n t Councillor for Budgewoi, Clr Greg Best, wants his fellow Councillors and Mayor Jane Smith to attend a workshop entitled, Chairing and Effective Meeting procedures.

When Council met on June 12, Clr Best was to move a motion that also called for Central Coast Council to make an apology to members of the public who had to stand and sit on the floor at a Council meeting held in the Gosford Chamber on May 14. Hundreds of members of the public attended the meeting, many for the debate about a Wamberal DA, and others for a

motion about emergency dredging of the Brisbane Water Channel. The latter was an urgency motion that Mayor Jane Smith said she had not been made aware of prior to the commencement of the meeting. “Council notes that the adjournment of the Ordinary Meeting held on May 14 caused significant inconvenience to the community that attended,” Clr Best’s motion to be debated during the June 12 ordinary Council meeting, said. He called for the Mayor and Councillors to “apologise to the hundreds of residents and ratepayers who attended this meeting, including many senior citizens, who were required to sit

on the Chamber floor for more than two hours, before the business that they attended to see was reached by Council”. Clr Best’s motion requested the Acting CEO to “provide a report to Council on the facilities provided for meetings of the Council, with the report to address public safety and identify opportunities for better managing large attendances at those meetings (including opportunities for spill out rooms where the proceedings are broadcast to). “That Council note that meetings have regularly ended around midnight and that weekly meetings may be imminent, and so that Council respectfully request the Acting CEO arrange for an opportunity

for the Mayor and Councillors to attend a workshop titled ‘Chairing and Effective Meeting Procedures’, hosted by Local Government NSW.” The motion also called for Council to thank the Acting Executive Manager, Governance, and her Councillor Support Team, for their efforts on the night to manage what Clr Best referred to as “this most difficult and unfortunate situation”. The Clr Best “apology motion” relates to an urgency motion put during the May 14 meeting regarding the dredging of the Brisbane Water Channel at Ettalong. Several other Councillors, including Mayor Jane Smith, said the reason why the item

was not placed earlier on the agenda was because the Councillors involved in introducing the urgency motion did not mention it to the Mayor prior to the start of the meeting. As a result, Mayor Smith prioritised the agenda items for which there were public speakers. She said if she had known of the existence of the urgency motion, it could have been debated earlier and any inconvenience to members of the public avoided. Wyong Ward Labor Councillor, Kyle MacGregor, said Clr Best had not attended the briefing prior to the May 14 meeting, nor the agenda review committee meeting. “At dinner before the

meeting, Clr Best said he hadn’t written an urgency motion and had no knowledge of any motion. “Then during the meeting, Clr Best stood to say his colleague had an urgency motion which Clr Gale Collins then moved,” Clr MacGregor said. Members of the public and media were given printed copies of the urgency motion before the start of the meeting, with Clr Best’s name at the bottom.

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Source: Agenda item 4.2, Jun 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Interview, May 15 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Interview, May 18 Kyle MacGregor, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist


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n the latest Central Coast Newspapers Video News interview, Mr Matthew Wales, 20year veteran President of the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, argues that the Woy Woy Peninsula deserves a better deal from Central Coast Council.

to win a family pass, write your full name, address and daytime phone number on the back of an envelope and mail it to Wyong Chronicle Hope Estate Competition, PO Box 1056, Gosford, NSW, 2250, before 5pm on Monday, June 25. The winner of the Peachies Beauty Voucher was Ms Letty Ryan of Summerland Point.

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beaches and community facilities are upgraded and I guess if I have a regret it is that we have never had a council, be it the old Gosford Council or the new Central Coast Council that has taken the Peninsula seriously when it comes to infrastructure funds,” Mr Wales said. “It baffles me that the Peninsula is nothing

more than a cash cow for rates,” he said. With a population of 38,000 people, the Peninsula represents 30 per cent of the rate base for the old Gosford Council “but we never seem to get, in our view, our cut of the rates pie”. According to Mr Wales, the lack of action on dredging the channel for Brisbane Water and the “collapsing” stretch of Umina and Ocean Beach are both the responsibility of Council. “This to me is symptomatic of how Council sees the Peninsula.”

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Councillors fighting to uphold community’s preference for regional library


he 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. 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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Council goes for 50-50 dredge funding


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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.


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





$164.63 $483.28 $128.32

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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, Council libraries and offices at Wyong and Gosford. Submissions will be received up until 5:00pm on Thursday, June 14.

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Central Coast Council has agreed to apply for 50-50 funding to dredge Ettalong Channel following a fortnight of sustained community and political pressure, which saw 400 residents attend a meeting at Ettalong. The Council has also called, again, for the NSW Government to complete another round of emergency dredging to ensure the navigation channel is at least restored, temporarily, to a navigable state. The indefinite cancellation of ferry services to Ettalong and Wagstaffe prompted a wellattended community meeting at Ettalong Diggers on May 10. Following the meeting, chaired by Diggers chief Mr Bill Jackson, Central Coast mayor and councillors were advised of a motion calling for “joint funding by Council and State Government for dredging of the Ettalong Channel area this month”. “A meeting attended by over 400 people was held at the Ettalong Diggers Club tonight, called by Ettalong Diggers, to discuss the problems caused by the suspension of the ferry service to Ettalong and Wagstaffe, and its diversion to Patonga,” Mr Jackson said in his post-meeting letter to Councillors. “It is requested that Council consider this matter at its meeting to be held on Monday, May 14,” the letter said. “The following motion was passed unanimously by those present at the meeting, for consideration at the Council meeting next Monday (motion proposed by Ms Peta Colebatch, seconded by Mr Peter Mote): That this meeting requests both the State Government and the Central Coast Council to work together to fund immediate dredging works (this month) so that the ferry service to Ettalong and Wagstaffe can resume (the Council to submit a compliant application for funding to the State Government next week); and that this meeting requests that in the longer term, a working party of stakeholders assess the appropriate approach for the future, looking at maintenance dredging, technical issues, environmental implications, community impacts (including work, tourism, educational issues), and funding. “A number of comments were

An over-flowing public gallery at Central Coast Council’s Gosford chamber on May 14

made at the meeting, some concerning different viewpoints on funding responsibility. “However the community strongly expressed the need for immediate action so that normal ferry services can be resumed. “People at Patonga are having difficulties also, from the presence of the ferry there and the impact of parking. “And there are major tourism, business, recreation, family, and educational impacts, with people’s work being curtailed (for example, builders using the ferry to get to Palm Beach) and family visits also being stopped.” It was standing room only in the Gosford Chamber of Central Coast Council on Monday, May 14, as the community rallied to support the Ettalong meeting’s call for an immediate end to the impasse between Council and the State Government. An urgency motion was circulated to members of the public and media but, according to Central Coast Council Mayor Cr Jane Smith, none of the councillors had informed her that there was an urgency motion to be put. The meeting proceeded according to the agenda, frustrating the packed gallery until Cr Greg Best announced there was an urgency motion but left it to Cr Rebecca Gale Collins to move the motion.

The debate was heated and frustrating with loud interjections from the public gallery leading to Cr Smith calling for a 15-minute recess. Gosford West Ward Councillor Richard Mehrtens utilised the recess to write an amendment which he said better reflected the sentiment of the community meeting than the urgency motion that Cr Gale Collins put to the meeting, understood to have been written by Cr Greg Best. “We finally moved a motion that the dredging of the channel was a State Government matter so we are still holding the government to that standard and the majority of councillors still have that same belief,” Clr Mehrtens told Peninsula News following the meeting. “Now what the Council is doing is being the more responsible level of government on this while the State is still throwing up road blocks,” he said. “This is a thing that was made very obvious at the Council meeting on Monday night, the State Government has the authority to dredge this channel, which is Crown Land, whenever it chooses to do so, it owns a dredge and on two occasions in the past 12 months it came in one day, did its scraping and left,” he said. According to Cr Mehrtens the Council’s decision to apply for 5050 funding under the Rescuing

Our Waterways program would not provide an adequate solution to the problems facing the entrance to Brisbane Water. “The funding available is completely inadequate and that was one of the reasons we were reticent to support applying under Rescuing Our Waterways,” he said. According to Council the maximum that can be applied for by the state is $1.3 million and it may take until January 2019 for the outcome of the 50-50 application to be known. However, Councillors have been informed by staff that the annual cost of maintaining the channel is more than the total $3 million that would be made available via a 5050 agreement and then it would be at the mercy of the State to provide the funding annually. “We do need a longer term program for this waterway, otherwise the State Government will be holding Central Coast Council to ransom every year. “If we received $400,000 one year and then missed a year it would take more than $800,000 the following year to get it back to an acceptable standard. “We have no guarantee we will get the maximum $1.3 million when the maximum available for all coastal councils is $6 million and we are up against 13 other councils,” Cr Mehrtens said.

“The North Coast has a specific list item for dredging in the State Budget each year but we have to sit here and wait. “I can’t understand how anyone can say it is not a navigable waterway when it is a public transport corridor. “My interpretation of the community meeting at the Diggers was the long term solution was a State Government responsibility but short term people wanted to see Council apply for the funding. “They were annoyed by the stalemate and wanted to get it done, with the State Government being obstinate. “A change of government was the only way the meeting believed the State would take responsibility. “As Cr Bruce McLachlan told the community meeting, the State Government was not going to move on this,” he said. Cr McLachlan along with Crs Jilly Pilon, Gale Collins and Mehrtens spoke at the community meeting. “I said I would be happy to look at any motion for 50-50 funding but it also had to request that the State Government pay for emergency dredging as an act of good faith,” he said. “We arrived at Council on Monday night under the impression there would be an emergency motion but when the Mayor asked each of the councillors she was told ‘no’. “When Cr Best arrived later the Mayor also asked him and he replied ‘no’ but they were planning to introduce the motion the entire time and to do so without any notice, without allowing the other councillors time to read it was incendiary. “It didn’t reflect the motion that Bill Jackson and the public meeting had decided on so it was necessary to introduce an amendment to get something agreeable but it is not a long-term solution,” Cr Mehrtens said. SOURCE: Urgency motion, 14 May 2018 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Interview, 15 May 2018 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Interview 16 May 2018 Richard Mehrtens, Central Coast Council Letter, 10 May 2018 Bill Jackson, Ettalong Diggers Reporter: Jackie Pearson More on pages 8 & 10

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‘Christianist’ terrorists invade Gosford Anglican Church

St Hilliers’ development reaches major milestone


osford Anglican Church was invaded by a group of alleged ultranationalist neo-Nazis. On May 19, The Church’s Saturday night mass was interrupted by five Melbourne men, belonging to Nationalist far right group, the Cooks Convicts. One of the men entered the congregation wielding a whip, whilst another was brandishing a fake sword, according to Fr Rod Bower. “This was an extremely traumatising event,” said Fr Bower. “Fortunately, many regular parishioners were absent, so the devastation was somewhat minimised. “This was in my view a terrorist attack. “One cannot imagine that had these men been Muslims, they would have been allowed to walk away from this act of violence and intimidation,” Fr Bower said. “These people are to Christianity what Isis is to Islam. “This attack shows how far we have gone down the road of right wing extremism. “Such an attack on a church could not have been imagined only a few years ago,” he added. The Cooks Convicts filmed the incident and posted the video to their Facebook page. The footage begins by condemning Fr Bower’s left wing and at times controversial approach to teaching the Christian faith. This commences with a monologue, believed to have been recorded by Cooks Convict leader and the instigator of the May 19 Church incident, Mr Neil Erikson.


riday, May 25, will mark a milestone for property development and construction company St Hilliers, with its 32 Mann St development in Gosford reaching the highest point in the building of the structure.

The letter board at the front of Gosford Anglican Church

Mr Erikson said Fr Bower had been “Pissing a lot of people off, especially Christians. “He claims to be a Christian, but as Jesus always said, many will come in my name and Rod Bower’s one of them. “He supports gay marriage, he supports Sharia Law, he blesses the Burqa and he disrespects our ANZACS. “Rod Bower gives all of his worship to his ego,” Mr Erikson said. Following these statements, the video shows the Cooks Convicts interrupting Fr Bower’s service. The congregation is shown to be visibly disturbed by the intrusion, with one woman screaming in fear, as Mr Erikson, dressed as Jesus, and the other Cooks Convicts, enter the chapel. In the footage, Fr Bower is shown to ask the men to leave, whilst Mr Erikson, through a megaphone, proclaims: “What have you done to my house? “You have desecrated my father’s house,” Mr Erikson

was seen to say before Fr Bower and his congregation began singing a hymn until the Cooks Convicts left. Mr Erikson was then filmed in front of the Church’s letter board, which frequently features some of Fr Bower’s more controversial messages and teachings, cracking a whip. He then continued his tirade and attack on Fr Bower’s character. Still invoking the image of Jesus Christ, Mr Erikson is seen to say: “What you have done to the Christian church is unforgiveable. “You have desecrated the house of God. “This man is a traitor to his religion. “He’s a traitor to my father’s house. “This man is a media harlot; he doesn’t care for me or my father. The matter is now in the hands of Gosford Police and the church is conducting yet another security review.

This follows a similar confrontation in August, 2016, where members of the now defunct Party for Freedom, disrupted a sermon, dressed in traditional Muslim garb. Mr Erikson was one of the members of the Party for Freedom that took part in the 2016 Church raid as well. Following the incident, Fr Bower wrote on the Parish’s Facebook page: “We will not be silenced. “These ‘Christianist’ terrorists used violence and intimidation to try and silence our message of love and inclusion,” he wrote. On May 21, the Church’s letter board had changed to “We’re into hail Marys, not heil Hitlers.” Fr Bower will appear on the panel on the ABC’s Q&A on Monday, May 28. Source: Media release, video and websites, May 23 Cooks Convicts Facebook page Fr Rod Bower, Anglican Parish of Gosford

The organisation will celebrate the milestone for the NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation building with a Topping Out ceremony. The celebration of construction meeting this highpoint means that the 1.1 hectare mixed use commercial building is one step closer to providing 300 local job opportunities at the relocated NSW Department of Finance, Services and Innovation (DFSI) offices, according to St Hilliers. “The 32 Mann St development is more than just about the bricks and mortar,” said Mr Dan Hinton, Group General Manager, St Hilliers. “It is about building opportunities and connecting communities,” Mr Hinton said. “We are proud to be a part of creating local jobs and developing the Gosford CBD as a key business hub, located just one hour from Sydney,” he said. “Progress is tracking well and on schedule with the building expected to be open in late 2018,” he said. “While development and construction is our expertise,

4 June 2018

Cafes and council promote reusable coffee cups


we also pride ourselves on ensuring the community is engaged from the onset of our projects. “We have achieved this with the 32 Mann St development and intend to continue to work with local businesses, residents and Council to ensure they remain part of the progress of the development of the remainder of this site.” Member of the NSW Legislative Council, Mr Taylor Martin, said: “This project supports the future development of the Gosford CBD as a centre for business and employment on the Central Coast. “It will improve value for NSW taxpayers and deliver world class, fit for purpose, office space for DFSI staff,” Mr Martin said. “The Topping Out is a great achievement for the development and for the Central Coast CBD,” he said. “The Government is leading the way in delivering on relocating jobs to the Central Coast and contributing to making Gosford a vibrant city. “This is best demonstrated by 60 per cent of inductees to the 32 Mann St site residing in the Central Coast and Hunter regions. “Six of these inductees are also apprentices, demonstrating both the Government’s and St Hilliers’ commitment to youth and local job participation,” he said. Source: Media release, May 23 Katey Small, Brilliant Logic

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Council cleared

Work underway on Intercity its own land Fleet Maintenance Facility but it has despite community objections refused to approve the clearance


arliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, performed a sod turn to mark the start of major construction of the new Intercity Fleet Maintenance Facility at Kangy Angy.

He said the project would boost employment and skills on the Central Coast. “When complete, the facility will service and maintain more than 500 train carriages being delivered by the NSW Government as part of the new Intercity Fleet project,” he said. “The new fleet will provide more reliable and comfortable journeys for customers travelling to and from the Central Coast, Newcastle, Blue Mountains and South Coast. “The transition to major construction, including site clearing and piling, is now underway,” Mr MacDonald said. “The $300m investment in the maintenance facility at Kangy Angy is expected to create 300 positions during construction, and 200 positions in operation, for the Central Coast,” he said.


development application for the clearing of native vegetation at 140 Sparks Rd, Warnervale, submitted by Central Coast Council, for work on land owned by Central Coast Council, has been refused by Central Coast Council.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald, with Mr Steve Tolley, Project Director, John Holland Group, and Mr Andrew Mackay, new Intercity Fleet Project Director, Transport for NSW “During construction, there are opportunities for traineeship and apprenticeship programs to provide on the job training and create much needed jobs for locals. “Once built, the operation of the facility will also include ongoing apprenticeships, internships, local workforce hire and work

experience placements via engagements with local universities, TAFEs and other colleges. “Kangy Angy will be the primary location for the maintenance of the new Intercity Fleet and is set to open its doors in 2020. “Construction of the facility will include about six kilometres

of electrified rail lines, offices, ancillary buildings, amenities and staff parking. “An access road for local residents, via a new bridge, will connect Enterprise Dve to Orchard Rd.” Source: Media release, May 21 Kit Hale, office of Scot MacDonald

The application was lodged in 2017 as part of works to accommodate the Amphibian Aerospace Industries’ (AAI) hangar within the Central Coast Airport site at Warnervale. However, Council cleared the land prior to even lodging the DA. The reasons for the refusal were that the proposal would have had an unacceptable impact on Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs) under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, and the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. Council’s reasons for refusal also included that

“no development control plan (DCP) applies to the site to allow for the development application to be approved, as required by Clause 6.3 of the Wyong Local Environmental Plan 2013. “The proposed development would not be in the public interest as it pre-empts the Biocertification process underway and detailed planning required for the area under Section 79C(1) (e) of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979,” the refusal letter said. Amphibian Aerospace Industries intended to establish an amphibious aircraft manufacturing business on the site. According to the Landrum and Brown Central Coast Aviation Hub Planning Summary, tabled at the November 27 meeting of Central Coast Council, AAI would construct, at their cost, hangars and ancillary buildings to support the business.

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Four cafes on the Peninsula have partnered with Central Coast Council to promote the use of reusable coffee cups. The Council has identified disposable coffee cups as a major contributor to litter in the area. “Reusable coffee cups are a better choice and it is easy to get into the habit of taking a reusable cup to your local cafe,” according to Council’s environmental education section. “Central Coast Council is partnering with local responsible cafes to support the community in

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch with Save Woy Woy Waterfront community group president Mr Ross Cochrane

Community meeting calls for Crown Land buy back A community meeting, held at the Everglades Country Club on Sunday, May 27, voted unanimously to call on the NSW Government to re-acquire Crown Land that was sold to the owners of the Woy Woy Sporties land. A triangular piece of Crown Land was purchased by Woy Woy Holdings, owners of the Sporties site on the corner of Brick Wharf and North Burge Rd, from the State in June 2015 for $38,830. It had been leased on a longterm basis by Woy Woy Bowling Club which facilitated its sale to Woy Woy Holdings for a price significantly below its market value. President of Save Woy Woy Waterfront community group, Mr Ross Cochrane, said the meeting had to be relocated from the Woy Woy CWA Hall to Everglades because of the strong community interest. “It was a very positive meeting and we ended up getting 97 people which was great considering we only gave four days’ notice of the venue change,” Mr Cochrane said. “We also received quite a few apologies and some people also went to the CWA Hall and didn’t find out about the venue change,” he said. “The objective of the meeting was to pass on whatever information we knew about the development application for the Woy Woy Sporties site.” The $30.4 million development application would see integrated senior living accommodation built on the land along with a new club house.

“It was to tell them about the 84 submissions received by Central Coast Council in opposition to the development so we summarised what people were most concerned about in their submissions,” he said. Of the 84 submissions made to Council, 66 raised concerns about flooding, tidal inundation and climate change making the proposed development unsuitable for the site, 60 expressed concerns about the development leading to loss of amenity around noise, traffic, parking, overshadowing, 57 said it was incompatible with the character of the area, 52 were worried about the less of community space and the recreational area, and 42 said the bulk and scale was inappropriate. Other reasons for objecting to the DA included the uncertain future of the bowling club, objections to the retail leases, stormwater management, safety, threat to the fishing club, no mechanism to ensure the units would be habited by seniors and the crown land sale to the developer. “We also outlined what happens now as the development application progresses to the Joint Regional Planning Panel. “We let people know that it was not too late to make submissions to the Council.” Mr Cochrane said Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch attended the meeting to offer her support to the community’s opposition to what they consider to be an overdevelopment of the site on the corner of Brick Wharf Rd and North Burge Rd, Woy Woy. Independent Central Coast

councillor Louise Greenaway also addressed the meeting. Deputy Mayor Cr Chris Holstein, a Gosford West Ward councillor, has declared a conflict of interest on the matter and Cr Richard Mehrtens gave his apologies. “When we talked about the sale of the Crown Land to the developer, it was a total ‘Oh my goodness are you kidding me’ moment,” Mr Cochrane said. “Someone moved a motion from the floor that the NSW Government re-acquire the block and it resulted in a unanimous show of hands so Save Woy Woy Waterfront will be calling on the NSW Government to re-acquire the Crown Land,” he said. Ms June Mitchell, the 92-yearold North Burge Ave resident who started the campaign, also addressed the meeting. “We also made people aware that if they put in a submission they will get an invitation to make a verbal submission at the JRPP hearing.” Save Woy Woy Waterfront also recruited around 30 new members at the meeting and started a petition to support their campaign. Mr Cochrane said Save Woy Woy Waterfront was also considering getting legal advice about whether or not permanent JRPP Panel member Mr Michael Leavey should be allowed to consider the Woy Woy matter when he was simultaneously acting as a consultant for a similar development at Koolewong. SOURCE: Interview, 30 May 2018 Ross Cochrane, Save Woy Woy Waterfront Inc Reporter: Jackie Pearson

making simple changes to reduce litter. “Council is providing partnering cafes with a limited number of reusable coffee cups to give away to regular customers who would otherwise buy coffee in disposable cups.” Participating cafes are Treble Clef in Umina, Helado in Ettalong, Fudge Monkey in Woy Woy and Jasmine Greens in Umina. SOURCE: Website, 30 May 2018 Environmental education, Central Coast Council

Brisbane Water Secondary College students with the Prime Minister

Students have chance meeting with PM Students from Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina campus have had a chance meeting with Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Turnbull on a Sydney-bound train. The students were returning to the Peninsula from a barista training course at Ourimbah TAFE on May 25, when they bumped into Mr Turnbull on the train.

Mr Turnbull was on the Coast to make an NDIS funding announcement with Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks and was returning to Sydney by train. The students took the time to chat with Mr Turnbull about their education, school and career aspirations. SOURCE: Facebook, 25 May 2018 Brent Walker, BWSC Umina

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SW Minister for Planning and Housing, Mr Anthony Roberts, visited Gosford on May 28 to announce funding of $52m for infrastructure and public space in Gosford.

Mr Roberts also announced a new Gosford City State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP), which provides a new development assessment and approvals framework giving the NSW Department of Planning, not Central Coast Council, authority over developments in the Gosford CBD valued at $10m or over. Mr Roberts said his announcements were a watershed moment for the capital of the Central Coast. He said the $52m would see well-overdue work being done to upgrade the infrastructure and public domain, which will attract development, improve business opportunities and attract residents. “The time for Gosford to shine has finally arrived,” Mr Roberts said. “After listening to the community, we have developed a multi-pronged, design-led delivery to ensure the Central Coast has a regional capital it can be proud of,” he said. “The $52m announcement involves $42m to upgrade vital infrastructure in Gosford City Centre, plus $10m for public domain upgrades. “That will include the creation of a significant regional playground as part of a major renewal of the parklands and streetscapes near the Gosford

Mr Taylor Martin MLC, Mr Adam Crouch Member for Terrigal, Mr Anthony Roberts NSW Planning Minister, Mr Scot MacDonald Parliamentary Secretary, Ms Lee Shearer Coordinator General, Mr Michael Cassel CEO CCRDC

waterfront. “This funding is in addition to the $406m that has been invested by this Government on the hospital redevelopment, associated infrastructure and other city centre upgrades, further to the 300 Office of Finance and Services jobs we are bringing to the City.” The NSW Government Architect released another two reports for the community to view and comment on. Place Report 2 focuses on connecting Gosford Hospital to the city over the train station (See separate article for more detail). Place Report 3 focuses on linking the city to the waterfront parklands in the city’s south west (See separate article for more detail).

“The Government Architect’s recommendations focus on connections between Gosford Hospital and Mann St, as well as making the waterfront parklands a destination for visitors and the community,” Mr Roberts said. He said the new Gosford City State Environment Planning Policy (SEPP) would provide design-led, streamlined, flexible and efficient statutory development controls. “The new State Planning Policy will be supported by a new development assessment and approvals framework and case management process. “A Special Infrastructure Contribution (SIC) will also be applied to Gosford City Centre to enable the Department of Planning and Environment to collect contributions for

revitalisation of infrastructure that supports growth as the program continues to roll out. “The proposal is that the overall amount to be collected will reduce from 4 per cent of the value of development to 3 per cent. “The reduction in contributions will encourage investment and is a big vote of confidence by the NSW Government in Gosford, and a demonstration of our commitment to delivering a revitalised city centre. “The planning policy and the infrastructure contribution will align with the Government Architect’s recommendations to drive the continued renewal of Gosford City Centre.” The new planning framework will remain a stand-alone state policy until the Central

Coast Council completes its comprehensive LEP, which could be some years away. Mr Roberts also unveiled the City of Gosford Design Advisory Panel, a body that brings together the highest calibre planning and design minds in the country to assess, advise and ensure design excellence of proposed developments in Gosford City Centre. The Panel comprises NSW Government Architect, Mr Peter Poulet, Coordinator General for the Central Coast, Ms Lee Shearer, NSW Chief Planner, Mr Gary White, and two additional panel members drawn from an established group of practitioners. The Planning Department, in close collaboration with Central Coast Council, Roads and Maritime Services, and

Transport for NSW, has also formed a Traffic and Parking Subcommittee to tackle the issue of car parking in Gosford City Centre. Central Coast Council welcomed the announcement. Mayor Jane Smith said investment in the CBD was welcomed, however Council would be calling for an extension to the public exhibition period to the end of July on the planning changes. “Whilst the promise of $52m is certainly welcome, we need to ensure the proposed changes to planning controls serve the community’s best interests,” Mayor Smith said. “Council does not feel that the community will have enough time to view and comment on the draft SEPP and SIC contained in the Consultation Paper or the first two Government Architect reports, and will be calling on the NSW Government to extend this timeline. “Council and the community need to examine in detail these proposed planning controls to ensure decisions for Gosford are inclusive of both Council and the community. “Council and the community should be at the heart of the revitalisation of the Gosford city centre and it’s critical that we remain at the centre of the planning and approval process for development. “That is why I will be asking the CEO to look very closely at the announcement and ask for an urgent briefing to Council from the Department of Planning and Environment and Continued P4

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ndependent Councillor for Budgewoi, Clr Greg Best, wants his fellow Councillors and Mayor Jane Smith to attend a workshop entitled, Chairing and Effective Meeting procedures. When Council met on June 12, Clr Best was to move a motion that also called for Central Coast Council to make an apology to members of the public who had to stand and sit on the floor at a Council meeting held in the Gosford Chamber on May 14. Hundreds of members of the public attended the meeting, many for the debate about a Wamberal DA, and others for a

motion about emergency dredging of the Brisbane Water Channel. The latter was an urgency motion that Mayor Jane Smith said she had not been made aware of prior to the commencement of the meeting. “Council notes that the adjournment of the Ordinary Meeting held on May 14 caused significant inconvenience to the community that attended,” Clr Best’s motion to be debated during the June 12 ordinary Council meeting, said. He called for the Mayor and Councillors to “apologise to the hundreds of residents and ratepayers who attended this meeting, including many senior citizens, who were required to sit

on the Chamber floor for more than two hours, before the business that they attended to see was reached by Council”. Clr Best’s motion requested the Acting CEO to “provide a report to Council on the facilities provided for meetings of the Council, with the report to address public safety and identify opportunities for better managing large attendances at those meetings (including opportunities for spill out rooms where the proceedings are broadcast to). “That Council note that meetings have regularly ended around midnight and that weekly meetings may be imminent, and so that Council respectfully request the Acting CEO arrange for an opportunity

for the Mayor and Councillors to attend a workshop titled ‘Chairing and Effective Meeting Procedures’, hosted by Local Government NSW.” The motion also called for Council to thank the Acting Executive Manager, Governance, and her Councillor Support Team, for their efforts on the night to manage what Clr Best referred to as “this most difficult and unfortunate situation”. The Clr Best “apology motion” relates to an urgency motion put during the May 14 meeting regarding the dredging of the Brisbane Water Channel at Ettalong. Several other Councillors, including Mayor Jane Smith, said the reason why the item

was not placed earlier on the agenda was because the Councillors involved in introducing the urgency motion did not mention it to the Mayor prior to the start of the meeting. As a result, Mayor Smith prioritised the agenda items for which there were public speakers. She said if she had known of the existence of the urgency motion, it could have been debated earlier and any inconvenience to members of the public avoided. Wyong Ward Labor Councillor, Kyle MacGregor, said Clr Best had not attended the briefing prior to the May 14 meeting, nor the agenda review committee meeting. “At dinner before the

meeting, Clr Best said he hadn’t written an urgency motion and had no knowledge of any motion. “Then during the meeting, Clr Best stood to say his colleague had an urgency motion which Clr Gale Collins then moved,” Clr MacGregor said. Members of the public and media were given printed copies of the urgency motion before the start of the meeting, with Clr Best’s name at the bottom. Source: Agenda item 4.2, Jun 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Interview, May 15 Jane Smith, Central Coast Council Interview, May 18 Kyle MacGregor, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Colin and Vivien Paulson each receive a Medal of the Order of Australia H

amlyn Terrace’s Mr and Ms Colin and Vivien Paulson each received a 2018 Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to youth and the community through Scouts.

Mr and Ms Paulson have a long list of achievements that have led to their recognition on the Queen’s Honour Roll, including services to Scouts Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy. “We’ve done it because we’ve loved doing it, and it’s nice to be recognised for what we’ve done for the community and what we’ve enjoyed doing,” Ms Paulson said. Both Mr and Ms Paulson have been involved with Scouts Australia and the Australian Institute of Energy since the mid1970’s Their prolonged involvement with the Scouts comes from a


desire to teach children. “The main reason we do it is for the children, we teach them good values in scouting,” Ms Paulson said. The Paulsons believe that the skills taught in Scouts are invaluable for young people, especially in a world where children are turning towards their screens and away from outdoor activities. “Children have this compulsion to be on their phones, and that is not healthy, they need to get out and be active. “The Scouting movement is an active movement, they can hike, climb, canoe,” Ms Paulson said. Mr Paulson also pointed out the success of ex-Scouts in Australia and worldwide. “Scouts give kids a start in life which is very important. “Every man that walked on the moon was an eagle scout, that says something about the

Mr and Ms Vivienne and Colin Paulson system. “You have people like, Dick Smith, who will tell you that part of their achievement comes from their involvement with the Scouts,” Mr Paulson said. The Paulsons’ are firm believers in preventing climate change, which has led to their continual involvement with the Australian Institute of Energy. “The Institute of Energy is a terribly important organisation. “It is a public forum for the young, and for politicians who should

start to think and learn more about the energy situation today,” Mr Paulson said. Ms Paulson regards politicians who don’t believe in climate change as dangerous, arguing that they’re leaving behind destruction for younger generations to suffer from. Ms Paulson was also President of the Warnervale Annual Fair planning committee, from 2003-2012, and Mr Paulson was the Treasurer from 20072013. “It grew from a very small fair with a few stalls

and jumping castles to something magnificent. “We had musical entertainment, camel rides, just about everything you can think of,” she said. Ms Paulson retired from the committee in 2012, and shortly after her stepping down, the Fair itself ceased to run. “I put a lot of time and energy into that and I was devastated when it closed. “If I had been physically able to continue, I would have,” she said. Ms Paulson is also being recognised for her service to the Budgewoi Ladies Choir as musical director, and Norah Head Women’s Bowling Club as President. Mr Paulson is also being recognised for his service to the Warnervale Family and Community Centre as Chair, and Norah Head Lighthouse as Treasurer and tour guide. The Paulsons have been stalwarts of their

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Wallarah II coal mine court action date announced T

he Australian Coal Alliance’s (ACA) Land and Environment Court (LEC) action against the Wallarah II coal mine, will be heard on November 12.

Mr Alan Hayes, ACA’s Campaign Director, said the LEC had allocated four days to hear the case,

which is being backed by the Environmental Defender’s Office. The dates were set at a directions hearing held on Friday, June 8. “We are going to organise for as many of ACA’s members and supporters as possible to be there on the first day, in their red T-shirts, outside the LEC, and then invite

the media to attend,” Mr Hayes said. “The hearing will not be finished until at least November 15, and we won’t get a decision for at least three months,” he said. “It is very pleasing that we have finally got a date to deal with these matters in court. “It has been a long time

coming, and this is the best way to prove and establish, without doubt, that this mine is not good for the Central Coast, not good for the water catchment. “It is the best way for the mine to be quashed,” he said. Meanwhile, the Federal Minister for the Environment, Mr Josh

Frydenberg, is yet to make a decision about whether or not the mine can be approved under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act. He is expected to do so by September 7. The bill designed to prohibit mining in the Wyong water catchment area, the Wyong (Special

Area Protection Bill) is before the NSW Legislative Council but is not expected to be considered by the Legislative Assembly before the LEC case is heard. Source: Interview, Jun 12 Alan Hayes, Australian Coal Alliance Jackie Pearson, journalist


Community Environment Network Happy World Environment Day - 5 June .... and Happy World Oceans Day on 8 June.

CEN Annual Forum and AGM Sun, 17 June, 2018

Although many would consider these as token days - they do cause us to pause and consider the importance of protecting our environment, including our oceans, for future generations. This year marks 21 years since CEN was founded. In that time, we have advocated for sustainability and tried to keep our focus on the issue not the staff or elected officials. This means we deal in facts and evidence not emotions and politics. This is challenging for everyone, however, there is no alternative if our community is to be supported and successful and society is to progress with a healthy and enjoyable environment. The Marine Discovery Centre recently received a $1.5 million grant to upgrade our facilities at Terrigal. Facilities such as this and Citizen Science and Education are the future for the environment. Planning in Gosford CBD is up in the air with announcements of new Planning Controls. One of the greatest concerns is the loss of sunlight into Kibble Park at the centre of Gosford. Don’t let this happen, read what is planned and write a submission.

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The CEN Annual Forum will be held on Sunday, 17 June at the Central Coast Campus of the University of Newcastle, Ourimbah. CEN is a network of individuals, community and environment groups from across the region – so we are inviting all individuals and groups that care about our local environment and communities to come along. Hear great speakers, find out about what local groups are doing, perhaps CEN’s Waterwatch Program and Central Coast Council are inviting even join an existing program or campaign. Our Annual Forum is from 9:30am-3pm. CEN’s AGM will be held prior to the Forum at 8:30am. Coffee/tea available upon arrival and there is a small charge for lunch Local groups and networks are invited to set up stall/tables. For more information email: We hope that you will join us. Bookings are essential. For more information and to book - visit

Waterwatch Training - Ourimbah Creek Come along to a free Waterwatch training workshop and learn how you can protect your local waterway. Sunday 8th July 2018 at Ourimbah Creek, Chittaway Point. Participants will use a Waterwatch kit to test the Ourimbah Creek water quality. It will be a great opportunity to chat with like minded members of the community and to discuss opportunities to join a Waterwatch group with your local Waterwatch coordinator. Bookings are essential: For more information or to register visit www. or ph: 4349 4757 or email:

local and nearby residents to come along to our Urban Wetlands Survey workshop on Saturday 16th June 2018 8:30am-10:30am to find out more about the wetland, its importance for water quality and wildlife habitat. Locally, our coastal wetlands also provide key services in catchments with filtration of water, habitat for migratory birds, wildlife refuges and home of Endangered Ecological Communities and threatened species. This workshop is part of a larger project being coordinated by Central Coast Council to improve the condition of the Brisbane Water Estuary, which is listed as a Wetland of National Significance by the Australian government. Participate in a wetlands Survey and water quality activities. Please wear enclosed boots/ gumboots Bookings are essential: For more information or to register visit www. or ph: 43494757 or email:

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Warnervale residents say they are eight shopping centres under-serviced C

onstruction has started on a $6 million, 140 lot subdivision at 111 Sparks Rd, Woongarrah, to be built over five stages.

It is the latest increase to housing stock in the area earmarked for the Warnervale Town Centre, and existing residents want to know when, if ever, they will see the train station, shopping centre and other long-promised facilities to support the housing explosion. Long-term Warnervale resident, and former Chairman of the Watanobbi-Warnervale Precinct Committee, Mr Jack Harris, said the latest housing development will create further congestion on an already struggling road network, and will result in more young families moving to the area with the expectation of having

The latest residential subdivision at 111 Sparks Road access to services such as nearby shops. “There is nothing wrong with Lake Haven Shopping Centre, the problem is, it was built 32 years ago to cater for the people at that time,” Mr Harris said. “Even though Woolworths is building at Wadalba, they still own the land in Woongarah that was meant to be the for Warnervale Town

Centre shopping centre, but they are not prepared to sell it in case someone else buys it and goes into competition with them,” he said. Mr Harris said he had written to the new owners of Westfield Shopping Centres, and they had responded that if the land became available, they might consider acquiring it. “Let Woolworths sell

it to Scentre Group on the clear understanding that they can become the tenant rather than the developer,” he said. The most recent 140lot subdivision is on land originally owned by Landcom, that is now understood to be owned by Chinese developers. “The big thing that makes me scratch my head here is that at one time, Woolworths,

Landcom and Wyong Council spent $3m to build the road to the planned shopping centre, and $23m to extend Sparks Rd. “Now we are going to have over 1,200 new residents, but no shopping centre, no railway station and it is time to find out why. “Now there is nothing happening other than the ambulance station is being built, a private hospital and a service station, but these are not State Government matters, and I think there is something wrong here. “I feel that there is going to be an implosion, the sheer weight of the people coming in is going to force the authorities to do something, but that is when you start making mistakes. “They are not stopping the residential development, but they are not providing any

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infrastructure. “We are eight shopping centres under-serviced, and that is before you look at the number of people moving in. “The police station at Wyong was built 11 years ago and it is already overloaded now by the sheer weight of people coming in. “The population growth affects the hospital, roads, police and emergency services. “The main problem I see here is the lack of development in the area where the shopping centre was supposed to go. “This is a people problem, not a political program, and it is time to look at the overall picture,” Mr Harris said. Source: Interview, Jun 8 Jack Harris, Warnervale Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Mayor supports community to have promised playground restored ayor Jane Smith has offered her support to members of the Gwandalan community who have been campaigning to have a proposed playground restored to their residential housing estate.


At the June 12 ordinary meeting of Central Coast Council, Mayor Smith moved that the Acting CEO investigate options for the provision of a local playground in the vicinity of a recent subdivision near Kanangra Dve, Gwandalan. She also asked staff to report on the balance of the Section 94 contributions from the subdivision, the status of work on Tunkawallin Park, and opportunities to reallocate funding to the provision of a local park and options to amend the section 94 plan to provide opportunities for funding to be allocated to open

Gwandalan residents protesting about their deleted playground space. The Mayor’s notice of motion also called for a consultation meeting to be held with local residents to discuss options. Mayor Smith requested a report back to Council on the above issues by the last ordinary meeting in July. She also called for Council to review its

policies in relation to the provision of playgrounds, particularly recognising the benefits of providing local playgrounds. “On May 3, 2011, the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) granted approval to an application made under Part 3A of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act, 1979, by Lakeside Living

Pty Ltd (a Rose Property Group company), for the subdivision of 187 residential lots at Kanangra Dve, Gwandalan,” Mayor Smith said in support of her motion. “The approval related to the subdivision of the site into a total of 190 lots comprising: 187 residential lots; two lots for public open space;


one residual lot for the existing main dwelling on the site and stormwater management works to service the subdivision; associated bulk earthworks; infrastructure including roads, drainage works and utility services provision; and public domain landscaping. “Local residents have raised concerns about the lack of a local

playground which was originally intended as part of the subdivision,” she said. As reported previously in the Wyong Regional Chronicle, the promised park was deleted as part of an amendment to the development application. Source: Agenda item 7.1, Jun 12 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting

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Former town planner finds many R

esidents of Glen Rd, Ourimbah, have vowed to take their opposition to a proposed drug rehabilitation facility, all the way to the Land and Environment Court if necessary. They have employed a former Gosford City town planner to help them fight the development application, which they believe Council should refuse on many grounds. Mr Gary Chestnut, a former Gosford Council manager, has questioned the Central Coast Council’s interpretation of the law in relation to the latest contentious Glen Rd DA. “I strongly believe that the Council report has not interpreted the legislation as applied by the Land and Environment Court, or appropriately exercised its discretion,” said Mr Chestnut. “I observed within the Council report that staff have confirmed that the proposed development does not fall within the parameters of State Environmental Planning Policy Affordable Rental Housing SEPP (ARH) 2009,” Mr Chestnut said in a letter to all 15 Central Coast Councillors. “This is despite the

Neville McGuckin and Terry Donelly live either side of the proposed development request from Council in ‘transitional group home’ should operate. bushfire hazard, plus, a pre-DA meeting that has been considered on “Given the statement the bushfire hazard the applicant should multiple occasions in the that the kitchen and must be assessed address the SEPP Land and Environment laundry has not been in accordance with requirements,” he said. Court. designed to service the ‘Planning for Bush Fire prepared “I agree that the “The court has facility or that residents Protection’, proposed development determined that a will not be undertaking by the NSW Rural Fire does not fall within the ‘transitional group domestic chores such Service. parameters of SEPP home’ must contain as preparing meals The applicant has (ARH) 2009, however, both a kitchen and a and laundry activities submitted two Bushfire the Council report does laundry that operate in for the common Reports, the first of which not identify on what the context of a single good, the question in was rejected because grounds. traditional household. law arises: does the an adjacent property “One of the grounds “In the current proposed facility fall owner was not willing the application may fall application there is within the definition of to provide a bushfire outside the SEPP (AHR) a dilemma in law… a ‘transitional group easement, and the NSW Rural Fire Service did 2009 is because the caused by the fact that home’?” proposed development the consultant that According to Mr not accept the analysis by the may not fall within prepared the on-site Chestnut, the EPA Act undertaken the definition of a effluent management states that Council Bushfire Consultant to transitional group home. plan stated that, due can’t grant consent address the fact that “The definition of a to site characteristics, unless it has taken the ‘transitional group no kitchen or laundry into consideration the home’ was required to

be assessed under the special fire protection provision of the relevant law, and a consideration was introduced by the consultant that was not appropriate. “When Council forwarded the second Bushfire Assessment Report to the NSW Rural Fire Service, they advised the Service to assess the report against the residential provisions, rather than special fire protection provisions. “I cannot understand the reasoning or logic as to why Council staff took this position,” Mr Chestnut said. “The legislation clearly states that a ‘group home’ which includes a ‘transitional group home’ for rehabilitation, must be assessed in accordance with the special fire protection provision. “The implications of assessing the application under the residential provision, rather than the special fire protection provision, are significant. “I believe the actions of Council are not only unlawful, but they are placing the safety of future residents and staff of the proposed ‘transitional group home’ into jeopardy,” he said.

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grounds for development refusal According to Mr Chestnut, the residential provision requires a 20 metre inner protection zone (APZ), but the special fire protection provision requires it to be 60 metres. The applicant’s 35 metre proposal is compliant for the residential provision, but falls well short of the special fire protection provision. “If Council was to apply a 60 metre wide APZ, this has other implications. “If you examine the location of the proposed facility to the centre of the adjacent creek, the distance is approximately 56 metres. “Therefore, when you apply an APZ in accordance with the special fire protection provision, this will result in clearing vegetation four metres beyond the centre of the creek. “The riparian vegetation located along Dog Trap Gully has been identified as Coastal Wet Gully Forest, which comprises the Lowland Rainforest Endangered Ecological Community (EEC). “Therefore, clearing of the EEC in accordance with a 60 meter wide APZ will trigger Part 7 of the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.” Council has not considered or assessed the application in relation to the potential clearing of the EEC. The site is not connected to the Council’s sewerage network and requires onsite disposal of effluent. “Neither the applicant nor Council has applied

the [relevant] guideline and standard in accordance with the site characteristics or the scale of the proposed development. “The applicant has submitted an on-site effluent management plan based upon the design criteria for a single household. “A single household is defined as containing 10 persons, however, the proposal is for a ‘transitional group home’ with up to 20 persons. “The applicant, acknowledging that the effluent load is double that of a single household, and acknowledging the site characteristics, states that the facility cannot operate a kitchen or laundry. “By not operating a kitchen or laundry, the consultant preparing the on-site effluent management system calculates that up to 16,800 litres per week of effluent will be generated. “However, the design

Indicative view from veranda of adjoining property specifications for a single In his letter to household are for 14,000 Councillors, Mr Chestnut litres of effluent per week. said he wished to draw “This means that their attention to facts the amount of effluent that he believed had not generated by the been fully considered in transitional group home the Council report. is 20 per cent greater. He pointed to the Development “If Council was to apply Wyong a 50 metre buffer, which Control Plan 2013 which is a 20 per cent increase identified the need for above the guideline, developments to be with the and apply this buffer at compatible the outer edge of the existing character of the rainforest EEC, there is no area and appropriate for physical space available the context of the local on site for any onsite area. effluent disposal system. The height of the building needs to be “As identified by compatible with the Councillors at the Council height, bulk and scale of meeting where it was the existing locality and resolved to undertake a site inspection, the social ensure the amenity of the impact of a drug and neighbouring properties, rehabilitation facility are in respect to privacy, is protected. complex.” Hence the building According to Mr Chestnut, Councillors height is set at 10 metres are being requested and should generally not to consider multiple exceed two storeys. variations in respect “Three storey dwellings to bulk, scale, height, will generally only be setbacks and character supported on steeply which the Council sloping sites, where the report is advising are three-storey component acceptable. extends for only a small

section of the dwelling, or where the lowest storey is contained predominantly within a basement level below natural ground, and the maximum building heights are not exceeded,” according to the Wyong DCP. “The proposed building height in the Council report states the building is 11.3 metres, however, the building height on the exhibited plans is 11.8 metres,” Mr Chestnut said. “Whatever the building height, … 88 per cent of the lower story is above ground. “The proposed building is not consistent with the development controls. “In respect to bulk and scale, within the Council report, it states the proposed building footprint is similar in scale to adjoining development, so the proposed development is acceptable. “However, taking into consideration only

the footprint of the building is not taking into consideration all aspects of bulk and scale. “Comparing the floor area of the adjoining homes, including verandas and garages, the proposed building is 4.2 times greater in bulk and scale compared to adjoining residences. “The Council report recommends that to address privacy, the first floor balconies on the eastern elevation are to be reduced from a depth of 2.95m to 1.64m, and that landscaping of the site will provide suitable screening. “The so-called basement has a full length balcony attached to a function room. “The ground floor has another full length balcony and the top floor still retains balconies. “Consequently, from all sides of the building facing the residents at 72 Glen Rd, recreational areas are overlooking their property. “The Council report suggests that landscaping will provide privacy screening. “However, in accordance with the bushfire assessment, this vegetation screen is not allowed to grow into one another or overhang.” Mr Chestnut also said that he did not believe the Council’s report had properly taken noise impacts into consideration. Source: Email, Jun 6 Interview, Jun 8 Gary Chestnut, town planner Jackie Pearson, journalise



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Acting Council CEO defies request from Councillor I

ndependent Wyong Ward Councillor, Louise Greenaway, said she was “shocked and disappointed” when Acting CEO, Mr Brian Glendenning, said he would not be adhering to her request to publish links and documents relating to Warnervale Airport on Council’s website.

“I am very much in favour of open and transparent government, so I am very much in favour of having documents released to the public,” Clr Greenaway said. When Council met on June 4, Clr Greenaway asked for four documents to either be linked to, or published on, Council’s website, within the pages of the site that relate to the Warnervale Airport. In response to Clr Greenaway’s request, Mr Glendenning said: “Are you intending to submit those for me to then consider proactively releasing them, or are you proposing that somehow this Council does something it has no legal authority to do? “I am not sure what it is you are proposing?” Mr Glendenning was referring to the fact that, under the Government

Information Public Access (GiPA) Act, it is the sole discretion of a Council’s chief officer to determine whether or not to proactively release a document. Clr Greenaway said because the documents were already in the public domain she thought the request was straightforward. “Firstly I am not going to proactively release a document that is a public document on a state legislation website,” Mr Glendenning said. “I am just asking that it be linked the same way that we link to Companion Animals legislation,” Clr Greenaway said. “No I won’t be doing that,” Mr Glendenning said. “I won’t be doing that, Councillor, but if there are documents that you would also like to submit, that you would also like to be proactively released, then of course I will consider that,” Mr Glendenning said. To which Clr Greenaway replied: “You can defy the request by all means but I am requesting that it be linked, that’s all, as well as the Minister’s reasons for retaining the Act.” She said she believed documents related to the airport should be located on the “particular part of the website that refers to

the airport, and unless you know what is there, it is difficult to find. “I don’t see it would be that much of an imposition.” Clr Doug Vincent, who seconded Clr Greenaway’s motion said: “This is just one more move in allowing the new Central Coast Council to be transparent, it is good practice that local government bodies recommend for Councils to be as transparent as possible. “I know previous Councils, and some Councillors, have had the view that if you can just put stuff up behind closed doors and deal with it, they know what is best for the public, and if they could just get rid of the pesky rate payers that keep asking questions, that would make for good governance and good local government, but when you go out and speak to the community, when you are in forums… what they want is to know what is happening in their Council,” Clr Vincent said. “I know it must be difficult when people for the last four or five years have said run in one direction, and now, a new Council is saying could you please run in a different direction,” he said. Clr Greg Best rose

to ask questions of Mr Glendenning to confirm the Warnervale Airport Restrictions Act, one of the four documents requested to be linked to, was a public domain document. “Do you think in a productive working relationship with staff, that we might actually ask you for a report on these documents, and then you can come back and tell us, and then we will know if we have got a law-breaking situation or whether it can legally be done, and then we can go forward,” Clr Best said. In relation to Mr Glendenning stating that he may not do as requested by Clr Greenaway, Clr Best said: “I have never heard a general manager say that before.” “It is a decision that can’t be determined by a resolution of the Council, it has to be the General Manager, whoever that might be, so that is why it is phrased in terms of a request rather than a binding direction,” Mr Glendenning said. “I don’t see a great problem with this, providing it is lawful,” Clr Best said. “We are trying to build a relationship with our professional arm,” he said. “I don’t think it sends

a really good message when I hear a General Manager, and I have never heard it said before, ‘I may defy that direction by the Board of the Council’ and clearly, on lawful grounds, but this is not the spirit of where we are meant to be going. “I take the point that it could help if they sat on Council’s website, but this is not how you introduce them to council,” Clr Best said. After the meeting, Clr Greenaway told the Wyong Regional Chronicle that there were already precedents for linking to relevant legislation from the Council website. “It wasn’t anything new, I wasn’t breaking new ground, I wasn’t asking him to breach anything,” she said. “We voted to send the request to the CEO, so I will be interested to see if those documents go on the website, given that Mr Glendenning said he will not do it. “He has already indicated his intention in a public place not to do it.” The four documents were a link to the Warnervale Airport Restrictions Act, to the Minister’s decision for retaining Act, a March 13 letter from Lake Macquarie Council

expressing concerns their concerns about any expansion of the airport at Warnervale, and the notice of determination for a development application (DA1055/2017) refusing the clearing of land already cleared without approval by Council, at the airport site. During the debate, Clr Greenaway stood to make a point of order in relation to Clr Best “making a personal attack” which Mayor Smith ruled against. Clr Jeff Sundstrom asked Mr Glendenning what his response would be if he came across material that showed Council had been negligent, irresponsible or acted illegally. Mr Glendenning said it was a very broad question that would depend entirely on the circumstances, but he would need to consider whether the information was defamatory, or likely to prejudice a police or ICAC investigation, so he couldn’t give a blanket answer, but would “follow the Act to a T when making a decision”. Source: Agenda item 3.9, Jun 4 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Interview, Jun 7 Louise Greenaway, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Magenta Golf Course seeks approval to reconfigure lake M

agenta Golf Management Pty Ltd has applied to Central Coast Council for approval to use a reconfigured irrigation lake for the d a y - t o - d a y maintenance of the golf course, and to treat residual biosolids removed from a previous lake. The decision to lodge the DA came after discussions and meetings between Magenta Golf Management and Council regarding Council’s concerns about the configuration of the lake and the treatment of biosolids onsite. Treated water is received by the irrigation lake directly from the Toukley Sewage Treatment Works on a daily basis. The lake acts as a settling pond, and the waste water received is diluted with fresh water and used to irrigate the golf course. According to a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) submitted to Council in support of the application: “The irrigation lake provides the only external source of water for irrigating the golf course and is therefore fundamental to allowing the land to be used for recreational purposes. “The golf course is the major ancillary use to the surrounding residential and tourism development. “Removal of biosolids

An aerial view of the irrigation lake at Magenta with the shaded area in the coastal zone from a safe cell and their subsequent treatment and stabilisation will enable the material to be utilised over parts of the golf course, which will further enhance the condition and overall appearance of the course.” As Central Coast Council was of the opinion the proposal would have little or no environmental impact, public notification was not required. The original irrigation lake was constructed as part of a 2003 DA that was approved by the NSW Minister for Planning in 2004 (the Lake Consent). The DA was submitted for approval at the same time as the Stage 1 Masterplan DA for the integrated tourist facility, now known as Magenta Shores. The Lake Consent provided for the construction and operation of the irrigation lake to store and re-use

reclaimed water from the Toukley Sewerage Treatment Plant for irrigation of the approved golf course. Investigations in 2016 revealed that the liner of the irrigation lake was failing and steps were taken by Magenta Golf Management Pty Ltd to replace the liner and enlarge the capacity of the lake. The new, enlarged, 3,635 square metre lake was constructed generally in the same location as the previous lake, adjacent to the 12th fairway, and approximately 60 metres to the nearest dwelling at 24 Edgewood Pl, Magenta. JM Environments prepared a report on options for the disposal of the biosolids from the former irrigation lake. The preferred option was to construct a safe cell 120 metres to the east of the lake beside the 13th fairway.

All works were completed in 2016. In November 2017, Council wrote to Magenta Shores Golf and Country Club Ltd raising concerns about the construction of the new lake and disposal of the biosolids in the safe cell. Following a series of discussions and meetings, a decision was taken to prepare a DA for Council approval for the use of the new lake and on-site treatment of the biosolids. Once treated, it was proposed to use the stabilised biosolids on parts of the golf course. A copy of a management plan for the operation, on-going management and maintenance requirements of the lake were submitted with the DA. The Operations and Maintenance Plan detailed the monitoring and management requirements for the lake and aimed to ensure all

activities associated with the lake do not damage the overall facility. Use of water from the lake was defined as a “water reticulation system” and the treatment of the biosolids formed part of a “water treatment facility”. Below ground works involved the treatment of the biosolids in-situ and then the removal of the material for use on the golf course. The excavated area will then be backfilled with surrounding sand and topsoil and restored to its original level. Once the safe cell has been removed, the liner is proposed to be disposed of at the Buttonderry Waste Management Facility. JM Environments (JME) were engaged to assess disposal options for the biosolids within the lake. JME estimated that the former lake had an area of 2,800 square metres and the depth of biosolid material was approximately 0.2 metres, equating to 560 cubic metres of wet biosolid. JME collected biosolid samples, had them analysed in a lab and compared the results against relevant guidelines. The containment grading of the biosolids was assessed as being Contaminant Grade B, which can be used on public contact sites (including golf courses) provided the biosolids meet Stabilisation Grade A pathogen reduction process and vector

attraction requirements. JME have again been engaged to provide a Biosolid Validation Strategy to achieve Grade A biosolids, and the strategy has been submitted to Council with the DA. The method will include removal of the sand and soil covering the safe cell and exposing the liner of the cell to the sun. The temperature of the biosolids will be monitored within the safe cell until the readings meet at least one thermally treated threshold. The biosolids will then be analysed to ensure they meet at least one of the vector attraction requirements in the strategy. A report will be provided certifying that the biosolids have reached a standard suitable for use on the golf course. JME advised that a similar process could be used for any future removal of biosolids from the new lake, but the process (when required) would need to be subject to a separate sampling regime. All works associated with the stabilisation of the biosolids will occur within the existing excavated area containing the safe cell, which is well away from any dwelling. “As such, these works are not expected to have any impact on the built environment,” the SEE said. Source: DA536/2018, May 29 Wyong DA Tracker, Central Coast Council


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Chain Valley Bay Rd Hely Street Carpark to flooding soon to be a remain open to the public thing of the past T he Hely Street Carpark in Wyong will remain open to the public following a unanimous Council resolution.

A project to ease flooding impact on Chain Valley Bay Rd is underway entral Coast sitting on the road, which residents of this close knit Council has will be welcome news community can breathe a started a $1.7m for the Chain Valley Bay little easier during periods project to minimise community,” said Mr of heavy rain.” Chain Valley Bay Rd the risk of flooding Bolgoff. The 2.4m high by will be raised using 2,000 on Chain Valley Bay almost 2m wide culverts tonnes of material, and Rd, Chain Valley Bay. will be placed three wide a new road pavement The project involves and five deep to form surface will be installed. raising 300 metres of a significant drainage One lane of Chain Valley Chain Valley Bay Rd channel. Bay Rd will be closed and replacing an older Mayor Jane Smith said during works. drainage system with 15 the size and diversity of The project will be large concrete culverts to the Central Coast region complete by late June, transport water under the called for a range of weather permitting. road, rather than over it. innovative infrastructure Council’s Roads Council Acting Director, solutions. Transport and Drainage Assets, Infrastructure “Chain Valley Bay is a department is on track to and Business, Mr Boris beautiful part of the Coast deliver 570 projects in the Bolgoff, said the project that is unfortunately 2017-18 financial year, would significantly prone to flooding at this part of a record capital reduce the risk of flooding location,” said Mayor works program spend of and overtopping on this Smith. over $72m. important access road. “The culvert system Source: “The solution we are and new road we are Media release, Jun 3 delivering will dramatically installing, will mean Central Coast Council Media reduce flood incidents that Chain Valley Bay and prevent water from


The boom gates on the carpark will remain open to provide the community and visitors equal access to the Wyong CBD. The carpark will remain open to the public 24 hours a day, unless future changes are required due to the license agreement between Council and The Art House. Acting CEO, Mr Brian Glendenning, confirmed that there was an existing licensing agreement that gave The Art House use of the carpark for performances. “However, its position is that at the moment, it doesn’t need it, and it doesn’t believe it will need it in the foreseeable future,” Mr Glendenning said. “The Art House had indicated that parking has not been an issue at any time to date,” said Ms Julie Vaughan, Council’s Director of Connected Communities. Councillor Louise Greenaway, who has been campaigning for the car park to the open to the public since before she was elected said: “Essentially it is a community funded public car park that had a boomgate on it preventing anyone from using it. “Since the original

motion was passed in March, I have had very positive feedback that members of the community are able to get to their business, their workplace, or have found having the car park is very useful,” Clr Greenaway said. “This is a public car park and now it is accessible to the public,” she said. “The land was part of the Oasis Youth Centre and they are no longer able to use it. “It is right near Centrelink, the police station and the court house, all very vital services. “I know police in particular were looking forward to being able to park close to the car park. “It is self-evident that it is good for the community that they are able to park in a carpark they paid for.” Clr Jilly Pilon asked staff for information about the impact of opening the car park to the public. Mr Glendenning said: “The impact generally is that there is a loss of nearby parking for staff who have to travel from other locations. “They are having to park more remotely and spend time walking. “There were also a number of issues concerning staff safety, however, we have managed that risk by putting on a secure bus service.

“We will monitor the use of the carpark, and if it is being used as de facto commuter car park and is not getting the desired outcome, we will look at imposing additional controls if necessary,” Mr Glendenning said. “When I first mentioned it in the election campaign, I did not think it would take this long. “I just went and spoke to Brian Bell and expected him to say great idea. “As far as I am aware, there is a chronic shortage of parking in Wyong, therefore, this under-utilised car park should be accessible to the public. “I spoke to representatives of The Art House before the motion was put up in March, and again before it was debated on Monday, June 4. “The staff recommendation was that it be open from 4:00pm to 4:00am and that just wasn’t a practical solution, because it would not be supporting businesses and people who work in the court house, family services etc and their customers,” she said. Source: Media release, Jun 4 Central Coast Council media Agenda item 3.2, Jun 4 Central Coast Council ordinary meeting Interview, Jun 7 Louise Greenaway, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist


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New wing to be officially opened

Councillors feel they are being treated like mushrooms


lr Lisa Matthews believes the 15 elected Central Coast Councillors, now in the job for nine months, have had very little access to the inner workings of the organisation they govern.

“I made the statement some time ago that we are really not getting a lot of information about staff, what departments people are in and under, we don’t know how many women, how many employees under 18 or 25,� Clr Matthews said. “We really still don’t have a flow chart,� she said. “I am hoping this is information the new General Manager, Mr Gary Murphy, will provide when he arrives in July, but many staff might say it is not the Councillors’ business. “We don’t know who

sits where and what that person does, and who is responsible for them. “It is still very difficult to know what is going on, in my opinion.� Clr Matthews is also concerned that many issues have fallen through the cracks in the period between the dismissal of Wyong Council and the present day. For instance, she is planning to ask staff, via a public Council meeting, about the former Wyong Council’s plans to acquire The Grove, the former public school site in Wyong. “My question will be, can staff advise whatever happened to the so-called acquisition, because it dropped off the face of the earth,� she said. “There are so many things that have been left unfinished and yet, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm on the day of a recent Council meeting, we had Ipad

training. “Instead of doing a visit for a site inspection on an important DA, we were doing Ipad Microsoft office training. “I have been asking for weeks when are we doing site visits and these are the things that are getting all too hard. “Site visits have dropped off the pile. “We have not been given information about DAs approved under delegation and people just don’t know what to ask for. “What is disappointing for me is some of the newbies are just not interested in listening to what I have to say. “I think, as a group, we could do good things, but we are not getting an opportunity to do good things,� she said. Source: Interview, May 13 Lisa Matthews, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist



ot for profit aged care provider, Central Coast Community Care A s s o c i a t i o n (CCCCA), will host an opening ceremony for the new extension of their Killarney Court aged care facility, on Wednesday, June 6, with special guest, Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride. Located at Killarney Vale, the newly completed extension will be on display for industry professionals and local

dignitaries from 2pm. Upgrades to the established facility include 29 premium rooms for residents, a large open lounge area, as well as modern landscaped courtyards and garden areas. Ms McBride is invited as a special guest to officially open the new wing. The organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Greg Williams, said the group is looking forward to the official opening, with the chance for aged care leaders to explore the new residential aged care rooms and see the

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13 June, 2018

Wyee is the only train station identified for an upgrade W

yee is the only train station in the Central Coast local government area that has been identified for an upgrade in the NSW Government’s $2b public transport access upgrade announcement. Member for The Entrance, Mr David Mehan, slammed the NSW Government over

its failure to invest in the Coast, after the NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance’s, announcement of access upgrades across the rail network failed to include any other Central Coast Stations. The Transport Access Program aims to ensure that all stations are accessible, by providing lifts and other access improvements. A strong community campaign has been


Report from the Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC 6 months of Return and Earn Friday 1st June marked six months since the Return & Earn Container Deposit Scheme began to be rolled out. Return & Earn has been embraced on the Central Coast. Over 16.5 million containers have been returned so far to reverse vending machines on the Central Coast. More than 4 million containers have been returned to the Bateau Bay unit alone, making it one of the most popular in the state. This scheme benefits both the environment and local community groups and charities. I look forward to the further rollout of collection points across the Central Coast and I encourage local Central Coast charities to apply to be a donation partner. For more information visit Parking issue resolved at Wyong Station I dropped by Albert’s Café in Wyong on Friday 1st June to see Steve and Catherine Clissold on the parking issues they were experiencing outside their café. This has now been resolved with new RMS approved signage. Steve and Catherine run a great café there and I stand ready to assist small businesses across the Central Coast. Service NSW One Stop Shops On Tuesday 5th June Premier Berejiklian announced Service NSW centres will become one stop shops for cost of living support measures as part of the 2018 Budget. Families will receive tailored advice on all NSW Government programs available to assist to reduce cost of living. This includes energy bill relief, Active Kids vouchers and lower Green Slips. The new service is being trialled at select Service NSW outlets across the state with the aim to undertake a state-wide rollout later in the year. Pedestrian works at The Entrance On Sunday 27th May I joined Central Coast Councillor Jilly Pilon to announce the start of pedestrian works on Oakland Avenue at The Entrance. The NSW Liberal National Government has provided $150,000 to improve pedestrian safety and connections to the local shopping precinct for the community. It was great to be joined by community members who have advocated for these upgrades. This was a small project but will make a material difference to the local residents. For more information


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fighting the Government to have lifts installed at Tuggerah Train Station, with over 2,500 signatures gathered on a petition tabled in parliament. “Whilst money has been found to upgrade small stations such as Wyee, no money has been allocated for a lift at Tuggerah Station,” Mr Mehan said. “The only time the Liberals care about the Central Coast is at election time,” he said. “No Central Coast station has had an accessibility upgrade by this State Government, so that is eight years. “I have got a number of railway stations in my electorate, but certainly the people who live anywhere from Bateau Bay to The Entrance, and back to Tuggerah, that is the station they go to geographically. “Tuggerah is the biggest and busiest station on the Central Coast without lifts. “Ourimbah doesn’t get talked about much either, but it is the university station with a lot of disabled people. “If they want to change platforms they can either go to Tuggerah and use the ramps, or Wyong and use the lifts,” he said. As an Opposition MP, Mr Mehan said he had the same rights as those who sat on the Government benches to make representations in the leadup to the state budget. “What the government says is they have a criteria and an

assessment process which is independent and transparent and rigorous, and I don’t disagree to a certain extent. “They have ranked all the stations, but they don’t make it publicly available unless you do freedom of information applications, and then you get the details. “I have currently got applications in to find out about all my stations and see where they are ranked. “I have been told Tuggerah is way down the line because it has ramps, but the community are frustrated with the ramps because the journey takes so long. “People tell me they have missed the bus because they get off the train on the other side and by the time they get across, the bus has left. “Tuggerah Station grew from nothing, and grew in fits and starts, and we put a lot of work into upgrading the current station to its current level, but that was a long time ago. “We gave it 500 parking spots and a bus interchange. “In the past eight years, the government has added three parking stations by taking them off the staff, but they have done nothing else there, and that is the case with all the stations,” he said. Source: Media release, Jun 6 Marc Pooley, office of David Mehan Interview, Jun 7 David Mehan, Member for The Entrance Jackie Pearson, journalist

Wyong Ward may not be getting its fair share of expenditure R

esidents in the Wyong Ward of the new Central Coast Local Government Area have been urged to take a close look at the Council’s 201819 Operational Plan.

“I don’t think the spend is equitable or appropriate,” said Wyong Ward Councillor, Kyle MacGregor. “Wyong is the most populous ward, with the most new housing, so it should be getting the biggest proportion of infrastructure spend, not the lowest,’ Clr MacGregor said. According to the Capital Works summary provided to Councillors, region-wide projects make up $174.9m, or 87.5 per cent, of the capital works program budget for the coming year. Of the local-scale projects, those in the Wyong Ward were valued at $3.4m, or 1.7 per cent, of the overall capital works program spend, the lowest of the five wards. Gosford East Ward will receive the biggest slice of local-scale capital works spending at $6.7m, or 3.3 per cent, followed by Budgewoi, at $6.5m, also 3.3 per cent, then The Entrance, at $4.4m or 2.2 per cent, and then Gosford West, at $3.9m or 1.9 per cent. “I have no idea,” Clr MacGregor said when asked to explain why Wyong received such a

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low capital works budget. “I have heard multiple explanations about the different metrics used, but we need more infrastructure and services and we are not receiving what I think we should in the operational plan. “Staff have worked hard on it but they are running a 10 per cent surplus, and we have tens of millions of dollars of infrastructure backlog. “I haven’t seen the submissions from the community about the plan, but I have been told there usually aren’t many. “A couple of people have been asking about putting public recreation equipment on walkways and in playgrounds. “It is a low-cost measure for big public impact, but it is not included in the operational plan. “Our sporting fields and public recreation areas need to be upgraded and clubs are using facilities that are at capacity or damaged. “I have asked why we can’t have regional skate parks at Narara, Munmorah and Umina. “I have raised Narara several times and there is no movement on it,” he said. Clr MacGregor said he also had ongoing concerns about the upkeep of local roads and also speed mitigation. “The traffic committee didn’t even have any Council representatives on it until October,” he said. Submissions on the operational plan will be accepted until 5:00pm on Thursday, June 14, and information is available via yourvoiceourcoast. com. Source: Interview, May 25 Kyle MacGregor, Central Coast Council Jackie Pearson, journalist

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Maintenance on The Entrance Bridge is underway

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.

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4 June 2018

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

Mr Taylor Martin, Member of the Legislative Council with Central Coast Councillor, Ms Jilly Pilon, inspecting The Entrance Bridge The treatment involves a of the railing, reduces ember of the number of coats, starting future maintenance NSW Legislative with a neutralisation requirements and Council, Mr Taylor coating, followed by zinc preserves the integrity Martin, has welcomed the news rich primers and a sealing of the bridge,” Mr Martin coat. said. that maintenance on Other maintenance “I am glad that the The Entrance Bridge will also be completed, Berejiklian Government is underway. including replacing any has responded to the The NSW Government deteriorated hold down requests of locals to undertake this important is funding the repair nuts. and repainting of the Mr Martin said that work”. handrails, which will he had been contacted The maintenance and ensure the bridge is safe by a number of locals painting is expected to and looking good. who had highlighted the be completed in July, The estimated cost of need for the bridge to be weather permitting. repainted. the project is $400,000. Source: “This is a cost NSW Roads and Media release, May 14 method of Todd Kirby, office of Taylor Maritime are identifying effective Martin maintenance which areas on the railing for preserves the function treatment.






Community meeting calls for Crown Land buy back

Cafes and council promote reusable coffee cups

Students have chance meeting with PM

A community meeting, held at the Everglades Country Club on Sunday, May 27, voted unanimously to call on the NSW Government to re-acquire Crown Land that was sold to the owners

Four cafes on the Peninsula have partnered with Central Coast Council to promote the use of reusable coffee cups.

Students from Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina campus have had a chance meeting with Prime Minister Mr Malcolm Turnbull on a Sydney-bound train.

On-demand transport pilot launches at Woy Woy

Grants for work on heritage buildings

Not one cent used to recruit a GP, says O’Neill

The on-demand public transport pilot for the Woy Woy Peninsula launched on May 31 at Woy Woy station.

Two heritage buildings in Blackwall Rd, Woy Woy, have received funding under the latest round of Central Coast Council’s 2017- 18 Community Support, Heritage and Place Activation

The Department of Health has revealed in a Senate Estimates hearing that only $2000 of the $100,000 promised to the Peninsula GP Committee has been used by the committee.

Peninsula attractions included on website

Branch has largest member increase

At least 54 tourist attractions on the Peninsula have been included on the new Visit Central Coast website.

Woy Woy Country Women Association Branch was awarded fi rst place at the 2018 Australian Event Services Award State Conference in Armidale.

CWA offi cer visits sister branch Woy Woy Country Women’s Association international officer Ms Kate Jagger has meet with the branch’s UK sister branch in Greenside, Newcastle.

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“The time for Gosford to shine has finally arrived,” - NSW Planning Minister NSW Minister for Planning and Housing, Mr Anthony Roberts, visited Gosford on May 28 to announce funding of $52m for infrastructure and public space in Gosford.

Gosford UDIF Place Report 2: City North

Gosford UDIF Place Report 3: City South

The NSW Government Architect has a vision for the northern precinct of Gosford that connects the redeveloped hospital to the CBD, remodels the Gosford Train Station and sees the area evolve

The Government Architect’s (GA) third and fi nal place-based report creates a vision for Gosford’s southern precinct, but it does not mention the waterfront.

Central Coast Council has resigned the sister city agreement with Edogawa City Council, which will see a stronger cultural exchange and continued benefi ts f

Regional Development Australia welcomes Planning Minister’s announcements Regional Development Australia, Central Coast, (RDACC) has welcomed several key elements of the announcements by the Minister for Planning.

Gosford City Centre Revitalisation - Proposed Delivery Mechanisms A pivotal consultation paper has been released detailing the NSW Government’s revitalisation program for Gosford, and the deadline for community submissions is June 28.

Historic NDIS agreement signing at Point Clare

Community before Corrections disability programme launched

Prime Minister, Mr Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier, Ms Gladys Berejiklian, alongside state and federal ministers, and local MPs, visited Fairhaven Services in Point Clare on May 25 to sign an NDIS

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

Sister city agreement renewed



Canine Court Companion service extended to Gosford Courthouse Attorney General, Mr Mark Speakman, visited Gosford Courthouse on June 1, to announce the Canine Court Companion service.

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Scot MacDonald’s justification is disingenuous

Cancers blamed on coal I

t is of the upmost importance that the people of the Wyong Local Government Area read the facts about Wallarah 2 Coal Mine.

I live in Blue Haven and I was very healthy when I first moved here. Now, I have had three cancers cut out, including a tumour on my eye. The lady next door has cancer, and two people just died that lived across the road from me. That would not even be the tip of the iceberg, because this is all to do with the coal. They have been pumping that much mercury into the air, and fine particles of coal dust that is toxic, it has resulted in Blue Haven having a 16 per cent higher cancer rate than the rest of the state, and now they want

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FORUM to smother Blue Haven in coal dust every time the westerly wind blows. They want to have four train loads a day, which takes one and a half hours to load. All the train carriages are open and they will also have an extra stockpile of coal not far away. I can just imagine not only the dust but the noise. Now they want to do this for 28 years. They want to take out hundreds of millions of

tonnes. Can you imagine the hole under the ground? The subsidence will cause that much damage to the water catchment area, it won’t be funny. The people doing this are South Korean and Japanese, so they don’t give a damn what they do to this very important catchment area. I can just imagine trying to do the same thing over there. You would not get to first base. Your paper has been covering the water catchment area but you have not been covering the pollution part. Here is all the evidence you need to do a story on what is happening. It has to be stopped. With your help we might be able to do that. Letter, May 30 D. Dale, Blue Haven


fter a three-year battle with Transport NSW, regarding the Kangy Angy site for the Rail Maintenance facility, it is very difficult to read Scot MacDonald’s justification for the location being that travellers will get a more comfortable ride, and residents a bridge. The residents of Kangy Angy have been trying to persuade Transport NSW to move their proposed site less than 10km further North to Warnervale. This would put the facility, by Transport’s own assessment team, in the preferred location North of Wyong, in an industrially zoned site,

FORUM thereby saving Transport the cost of a $50m bridge just to access the Kangy Angy site. Warnervale is a Council endorsed location that offers Transport NSW use of a safe part of the rail line. Kangy Angy is on the fast 80kph section of the mainline that trains will enter and exit at all hours. Kangy Angy is zoned rural E2 and E3 ecologically important, supporting several endangered species and their habitat. Kangy Angy is a flood plain and water storage area that regularly floods to car covering levels. Warnervale has none of these issues or constraints.

In regard to the employment prospects for the facility, the residents welcome the new employment opportunities, opportunities that would still be on offer at Warnervale. It is disingenuous of Mr MacDonald to infer that the comfortable ride, the access bridge and the jobs are predicated on the Kangy Angy site. Transport NSW have refused to speak with the residents or explain why they are so adamant to develop, at enormous cost, a site that is not fit for purpose and studiously ignore one that is eminently suitable and available. Sensible decision, I don’t think so. Email, May 31 Susan Zgraja, Fountaindale

Don’t miss opportunity to extend airport Trade unions must take I FORUM direct action now n reply to your article on the War and Peace of Warnervale Airport, Jet aircraft could not operate at Wa r n e r v a l e ,

according to, Mr John Codrington, but this is not the case. In December, 1986, the

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late Minister, Mr Barry Cohen, and myself, picked up the Prime Minister, Mr Robert Hawke, when he arrived by RAAF jet to open the Mooney Mooney Bridge, the new development at Gosford Golf Club and the Cricket Museum at Central Coast Leagues Club. Talking of airports, in 1982, the Somersby Plateau could have been the site, for in 1968, it was selected under major airports for Sydney. However, the then Chamber of Commerce in Gosford, in 1982, refused to meet with the Federal Treasurer, Mr Paul Keating, and Minister for Tourism in Canberra, which I had arranged. That was the biggest chance for long-term property for the Central Coast, so how stupid could they have been. Wherever airports are built, property will follow, so don’t miss the opportunity to extend Warnervale. Letter, Jun 1 Jenny Fowler, Green Point

overnments that have raided union offices are Hitler’s Germany, Franco’s Spain, Mussolini’s Italy, Pinochet’s Chile, Galtieri’s Argentina, Salazar’s Portugal,


FORUM and now, Turnbull’s Australia. What next, a ban on trade unions? Historically, Liberal Governments have always made it a priority

to destroy trade unions. This has been a $600m witch hunt. As a former trade union member, trade unions must take direct action now. Email, Jun 6 Richard Ryan, Summerland Point

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Australian Police and Fire Service Medals awarded


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T Mr Wayne Young received a 2018 Australian Fire Service Medal


he Central Coast had a record number of Order of Australia Medal honourees during the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours, but two local emergency services personnel were also honoured over the June long weekend.

Tuggerah Lakes Police Superintendent, Mr John Gralton, received the Australian Police Medal

Tuggerah Lakes Police District Superintendent John Gralton with Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride in honour of his 30 year career with the NSW Police Force. Joining the force in 1988, Superintendent Gralton rose through the ranks before landing his current rank in 2007. One of his most notable achievements include helming the police force responsible for the 2007 World Youth Day celebrations, which Pope Benedict XVI attended, and required coordination and deployment of multiagency resources.

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Berkeley Vale Fire and Rescue NSW Station Officer, Mr Wayne Young, was also honoured and received a 2018 Australian Fire Service Medal. Mr Young received his medal for his 30 year long commitment to firefighting across the Central Coast and Sydney. Some of Mr Young’s most notable services to the community and Fire and Rescue NSW include responding to the 1997 Thredbo landslide and the 2007 Pasha Bulker grounding. Source: Document, Jun 4 Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2018

uggerah Lakes Police are seeking to identify the three males (pictured) in captured CCTV footage relating to an aggravated break

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Man rescued from Snapper Point Blow Hole N

orthern Surf Life Saving Clubs, duty officers from Surf Life Saving Central Coast, and SMAR Rescue Swimmers, all responded to an incident at the notorious Snapper Point, on June 6. Reports first came in around 4pm of a group of young men who had gotten into trouble after jumping off one of Snapper Point’s rock platforms, off North

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Frazer Beach. One of the young men was unable to return to the rock platform and was swept into the Snapper

Point Cave, more commonly known as the Snapper Point Blow Hole, by rough seas. Surf Life Saving Central Coast despatched local lifesavers on jet skis and the SMAR Rescue Swimmers. However, a nearby recreational jet-skier managed to rescue the man from the cave and convey him to safety. The man was uninjured. Source: Website, Jun 6 Graham Sherer, Toowoon Bay SLSC Facebook page

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Breakfast for Bowel Cancer event

Coral Hennessy receives First Australians’ Award



Australia has one of the highest rates of bowel cancer in the world; 1 in 13 Australians will develop the disease in their lifetime. Coast Sport’s Accredited Practising Dietitian, Ms Ali Redman, is highly passionate about this topic and will be delivering an interactive presentation, during the breakfast event, on the impact of bowel cancer, the modifiable risk factors (mainly diet related), and the importance of early detection. Ms Redman will also be preparing a breakfast full of delicious and nutritious food, and will be demonstrating how guests can do this for themselves. The dedicated dietitian chooses to support this

The Glen Chairperson, Ms Coral Hennessy, won a major award at the NSW Drug and Alcohol Conference on June 7. The conference is arranged by Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies (NADA) who are the peak body for nongovernment drug and alcohol services in NSW, and attracts experts from the drug and alcohol field from all over the world. The Glen also presented at the conference, alongside the University of Wollongong, about the benchmarking exercise that has recently compared results of people in treatment at The Glen against the rest of the sector. These results

hysiotherapy and sports medicine hub, Coast Sport, will host a Breakfast for Bowel Cancer event, on June 20, in support of Red Apple Day.

he people behind one of the Australia’s most successful alcohol and drug rehabilitation service, Chittaway’s The Glen, are excited to announce a major award win.

Ms Ali Redman worthy cause as bowel cancer has directly affected those close to her, and she has seen the heart wrenching consequences of those living with it and the people around them, especially as it can affect people who are still so young. Guests will also receive a ‘goodie’ bag with lots of delightful and healthy

treats, kindly donated by some of the sponsors of the event including, Forest Fruit Market, Jalna, Lupin Co, Coles and Jimmy G’s, and there will also be prizes on offer from Central Coast Mariners, Remedy Kombucha and more. Source: Media release, May 22 Leonie Arnebark, Reality Marketing

Coral Hennessy demonstrated the quality outcomes that The Glen is continuing to achieve. The award won by Ms Hennessy was the First Australians’ Award, for improving outcomes for Aboriginal peoples in NSW. “Coral had no idea about the award. “We knew she wouldn’t come to Sydney if she found out. “Coral has been the

rock behind the scene at The Glen for many years, as she continues the work of her brother, Cyril Hennessy, who founded The Glen. “Coral is the leading voice behind the push for a women’s service,” said The Glen’s CEO, Mr Joe Coyte. Source: Media release, Jun 11 Joe Coyte, The Glen

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Upgrades to the established facility include 29 premium rooms for residents, a large open lounge area, as well as modern landscaped courtyards and gardens. The organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Greg Williams, said the event will be a great day for members of the community to come and celebrate this new opportunity for aged care on the Central Coast. “This community Open Day will not only celebrate our brand-new facilities,

but the prosperity for aged care on the Central Coast,” said Mr Williams. “The new extension of our Killarney Court facility will give Central Coast residents the opportunity to experience aged care living in an environment that is familiar to them,” continued Mr Williams. As well as tours of the newly completed facilities, the community open day will feature family entertainment and a barbecue which will raise money for the local Lions Club. “Attendees will get to


experience the comfort of the new premium rooms on offer for our residents, and the tranquil courtyards and gardens for resident recreation time” said Mr Williams. “There will be an animal petting zoo available on the day, which will be a wonderful opportunity for guests and residents to interact with each

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Fundraiser for life changing spinal surgery A

fundraiser to help a Blue Haven family raise the money they need to get their daughter life changing spinal surgery, has almost reached a fifth of its 25,000 goal. The ‘straighten up’ Stephanie campaign was launched on Go Fund Me, on May 27, by Ms Tanya Marie, to help raise the funds she needs to provide Vertebral Body Tethering surgery for her daughter, Stephanie. “In October, 2017, Stephanie was diagnosed with scoliosis. “Early last year, she started having back and neck pain. “The pain was her strong body struggling to fight the onset of idiopathic scoliosis,” Ms Marie said. “Stephanie went from dancing four days a week and athletics two times a week, to nothing.

A campaign to change the life of a Blue Haven family is well underway “Her spine is twisting her whole body and causing many ramifications. “Despite weekly physio and hydro, her body continues to twist, and

changes are found at almost every physio visit. “Her knee now turns in, her rib cage won’t expand to allow her to breathe properly, and her

aches and pains are daily. “Her latest x-rays showed a significant thoracic curve, which warranted a Rigo Chaneau brace to be made for her to wear 20 hours a day, and she went under the care of an Orthotist and Orthopaedic Surgeon at Randwick Hospital. “She received her brace in February, but unfortunately, although she tries to ignore it, she finds it difficult to breath and has panic attacks while wearing it,” Ms Marie said. “Stephanie has always been a strong child, both physically and mentally. “She has been a great support to me and her younger brother and sister, with her younger sister frequently in hospital or at medical appointments for her own medical conditions. “Stephanie never complains, and only looks for how she can help make things better

for everyone. “Now the time has come that she needs help, but doesn’t want to ask for it. “As her mother, it is my job to swallow my pride and ask others to help me help her get this surgery to provide her with the future she deserves,” Ms Marie said. Stephanie is currently a candidate for Vertebral Body Tethering (VBT). This will require up to four visits to Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia (Pennsylvania, USA).

“I appreciate any assistance to help cover costs for the travel and accommodation to make these trips there,” Ms Marie said. Ms Marie’s fundraiser aims to raise $25,000, and as of June 7, the campaign has raised just over $4,000. People can visit the Go Fund Me website and search for the Straighten up Stephanie campaign to donate. Source: Website, Jun 7 Tanya Marie, Go Fund Me Campaign

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Students perform dance spectacular

Model United Nations Assembly to take place

MUNA will return to the University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus this June


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from across the Coast participated in a Central Coast Dance Spectacular during the NRL Round 12 clash between the Roosters and the

Titans, held at Central Coast stadium on May 26. Students from seven schools took to the field and performed before kick-off. Choreographed and produced by Roosters’ Dance Director, Ms Robyn

Parras, the children had six weeks of preparation leading up to the match to perfect the routine. “Numerous weekly rehearsals held by their school teachers is what it took to perfect the choreography and be ready to perform,” Ms Parras said. “The whole day proved to be a great success. “The performance was a fantastic spectacle to watch, with all children proudly wearing the red, white, and blue to represent the Tricolours. “The students and teachers did an outstanding job in perfecting the routine in a relatively short amount of time. “I couldn’t be prouder,” she said. “The children have told me they are already excited for our game on the Central Coast in 2019,” Ms Parras added. The number featured students from Lisarow High School, St Cecilia’s Wyong, Our Lady of the Rosary Wyoming, St Mary’s Toukley, Somersby Public School, St Peters Catholic College, and Brisbane Water Secondary College, Woy Woy. Source: Media release, May 30 Sydney Roosters Media

entral Coast students are the superheroes that the world needs to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity, according to Terrigal Rotary Club member, Mr David Mylan, and students will have the opportunity to display the thoughtfulness, knowledge and leadership needed to create global change when the Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA) returns to the region in 2018. Students from across the Coast will gather in Lecture Theatre 2 at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah Campus, on June 14, to discuss global politics and the issues of today, and how they can be solved by the leadership generation of tomorrow. “Come listen to our young people debating with each other about global issues that affect them. “Fostering goodwill and an understanding of international issues is the focus of the Central Coast Model United Nations Assembly (MUNA), which is coordinated by the Rotary Clubs of the Central Coast,” Mr Mylan said. MUNA encourages global citizenship in high school students, by asking them to debate issues discussed in the United Nations General Assembly (UN). MUNA simulates the workings of the UN by having teams of students

from Year 9 to 12 represent member countries of the UN and debate resolutions, as a way to develop their research and communication skills, as well as to gain a deeper understanding of important global issues. This year, participating students will devise and debate resolutions on topical issues including international migration regulation, global economic governance, and the eradication of malaria. All teams will address women’s participation in UN Peace Keeping Operations for a separate Peace Trophy. “Teams from most of the Central Coast public, Catholic and Independent High Schools are participating this year. “That is 23 teams from 15 schools, representing 23 countries,” Mr Mylan

said. “The University of Newcastle (UON), Central Coast, has enhanced its now fifth year of sponsorship of MUNA, by providing the students with an online video series, which will help them to grow their research, presentation and critical thinking skills. “UON continues to support the winning Central Coast team to compete at the National MUNA event in Canberra, later this year. “Come and experience the dynamic and colourful atmosphere as 69 students in national costume representing their country’s position and perspective in the debating topics of international relevance that affect all of us,” Mr Mylan said. Source: Media release, Jun 7 David Mylan, Rotary Club of Terrigal






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A Principal and a student receive scholarships W A

Blue Haven Principal and a Northlakes High School student, have both received scholarships to open up new pathways to success and award their excellence in education, during the 2018 Proudly Public Celebrating Excellence in Public Schools Awards Night.

yong TAFE student, Ms Payton Bond, has been honoured for her academic achievement and work ethic, at the 2018 TAFE NSW Excellence Awards in Coffs Harbour.

tomorrow. Ms Renee McBride, TAFE NSW Allied Health

Source: Media release, Jun 5 Skaie Hull, TAFE NSW



where it’s needed most

awards exemplified TAFE NSW’s commitment to training the workforce leaders of


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Ms Payton Bond with Ms Susie George


Ms Bond, who is studying Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance at Wyong TAFE, was announced as the winner of the prestigious school based Apprentice/ Trainee of the Year at the gala awards ceremony. In partnership with the Central Coast Local Health District, Ms Bond undertakes placement one day a week at Gosford Hospital as an Aboriginal Trainee Operations Assistant. The traineeship is a part of Ms Bonds’ Year 12 High School Certificate curriculum. Ms Susie George, Regional General Manager of People and Safety for TAFE NSW, commended the winners for setting a benchmark in their chosen areas of study and helping inspire other students to follow suit. “These awards recognise our most passionate, industrious and skilful students, and the fact that TAFE NSW teachers have endorsed the student’s hard work makes it even more special,” Ms George said. “I have no doubt these students will go on to forge highly successful careers and will be wonderful ambassadors for TAFE NSW”. Ms George said the

and Nursing teacher, praised Ms Bond for her determination and for taking pride in providing outstanding care in patient services and support. “Payton’s role as an Allied Health Assistant is a clinical role that involves working in the operating theatres, and she’s shown nothing but passion for her culture, dedication to her studies and she’s role modelled this commitment throughout the entire course,” Ms McBride said. “I wish Payton all the best as she continues her journey post high school as she works towards achieving her goal of furthering her training in Aboriginal Health Care,” Ms McBride said.


Source: Media release, May 21 Sven Wright, NSW Department of Education

Payton Bond wins trainee of the year award


Tiahla Simpson, of Northlakes High School, received The Harding Miller Education Foundation Scholarship, and Mr Paul McDermott, Blue Haven Public School Principal, received The Public Education Foundation Principals’ Scholarship, for principals of government schools, to undertake a short professional education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. They were among more than 230 public school students and educators from across NSW to receive scholarships, totalling more than $600,000, from the Public Education Foundation, to help them reach their potential by enhancing their learning and professional pathways. The Secretary of the Department of Education, Mr Mark Scott, said the scholarships not only provide financial assistance to the recipients, but also acknowledge their dedication and commitment to the public education system. “These scholarships are about recognising and rewarding student

excellence to encourage high-achieving students to continue to maximise their potential,” Mr Scott said. “At the same time, the scholarships aim to remove those barriers to achievement created by social and economic disadvantage. “It’s encouraging to see that through the generous and ongoing support of its sponsors, the Public Education Foundation is able to support even more richly deserving students each year. “After all, it is the efforts of our students as well as those of our exceptional educators that combine to create the extraordinary public education system we have in NSW,” Mr Scott said. The Public Education Foundation is a charity dedicated to enhancing the value and reputation of public education by providing life-changing scholarships to its students, teachers and principals. The event is sponsored by the NSW Teachers Federation, the NSW Department of Education, Teachers Health, First State Super, and the Teachers Mutual Bank. Support is also provided by the Harding Miller Education Foundation, City of Sydney, Australian Council of State School Organisations, the NSW Secondary Principals’ Council, the NSW Primary Principals’ Association, and the NSW P and C Federation.







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Beverly Hopkins and Mars Food Australia receive volunteer awards V

olunteering Central Coast (VCC) has announced the winners of the 2018 Volunteer Awards, on May 30, at their annual Volunteering Expo. The Expo saw 38 community organisations come together to showcase their activities and volunteering opportunities. “The theme for this year’s National Volunteering week was ‘Give a little change a lot’, however, it appears that all the award nominees have given a great deal,” said Ms Fiona Morrison, from VCC. “The people of the Central Coast are very generous with their time, skills and hearts, with

Ms Beverley Hopkins with Central Coast Councillor, Mr Richard Mehrtens a higher percentage of people volunteering here than in Greater Sydney. “Over 46,000 people volunteer on the Central Coast every year, and we get to meet many of



ecent concerts at Pearl Beach Memorial Hall marked the 13th year of the Senior Scholarship Concert and the 6th year of the Junior Showcase Concert. Presented jointly by the Pearl Beach Progress Association, who donated a cash prize of $1,000 and People’s Choice Award of $250, and the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, the concerts allow our students to perform in front of an appreciative and supportive audience. As Artistic Director of the Conservatorium, I would like to congratulate all of the students who performed, as they did a wonderful job. Special congratulations goes to the winner of the Scholarship, pianist and composer, Aaron Carey, who also won the People’s Choice Award. A busy Year 12 student at Central Coast Grammar School, Carey gave a wonderful performance of a work by Australian composer, Philip Johnson, and of an arrangement of Angry Young Man by Billy Joel. These wonderful concerts would not have been possible without the support of the Pearl Beach Progress Association, the Irvine family and a host of dedicated volunteers, and the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music is very grateful for their support and the opportunities that become available to our students as a result.

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them at VCC. “I feel that the real winners are the organisations and communities in which all our nominees volunteer,” she said. Local winners included, Ms Beverley Hopkins, of Toukley Neighbourhood Centre, and Mars Food Australia, from Berkeley Vale. Ms Hopkins was the winner of the Living Legend award. “Bev loves her local community and has been involved in many volunteering positions at Toukley Neighbourhood Centre for over 15 years,” Ms Morrison said. “She has been instrumental in identifying gaps and needs for the disadvantaged and vulnerable and has developed programs like Showers and Laundry for the homeless, and two social enterprises to support the community, the Lakes Food Care Program and the Toukley OP-Shop. “The Lakes Food Care Program provides an affordable place to shop where over 500 clients

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and families a week only pay handling fees for rescued food purchased from Foodbank NSW and ACT. “The OP-Shop provides much needed

funds which support other community programs available at Toukley Neighbourhood Centre. “Bev’s love, energy, innovation and aspirations for this community, and Toukley Neighbourhood Centre, is an incredible contribution by one individual,” Ms Morrison added. Mars Food Australia was the winner of the Excellence in Corporate Volunteering. In August, 2017, more than 160 employees from the Berkeley Vale factory spent a day volunteering at organisations across the Central Coast. “Employees split up across 16 community organisations that included farms, schools for disadvantaged

youth, respite centres, and recovery and rehabilitation centres, to lend a hand: Cooking and sharing meals with community group volunteers and service users; picking fruit; gardening and ground maintenance; setting up an irrigation system at a local school for agriculture classes; creating and planting new vegetable gardens and trending existing community vegetable gardens; refreshing kitchen and dining facilities; and, reinvigorating a sensory trail for children and adults with disabilities,” Ms Morrison said. Source: Media release, May 30 Fiona Morrison, Volunteering Central Coast

Sydney Symphony Orchestra to perform specially crafted concert T

he worldrenowned Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be making an appearance at The Art House, Wyong, for one night only, on July 13.

A dream for classical music fans, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra will be bringing a program of Mozart to Central Coast audiences, as part of, The Art House Presents program 2018. The Sydney Symphony Orchestra are the latest of several internationally-

recognised companies making their way to The Art House. Since opening, the Wyong theatre has hosted Sydney Dance Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Belvoir, Australian Dance Theatre. Following this concert by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the theatre then hosts Opera Australia’s, Madame Butterfly, in August. The Sydney Symphony’s program for the night consists of Mozart’s well-known Linz

Symphony, written by Mozart in just four days, and Horn Concerto No.3, as well as pieces from Schubert and Strauss, all played by Sydney Symphony’s 34-piece orchestra. As this performance is not part of a tour, and is a specially crafted concert put on just for The Art House, it will be a performance that can only be seen by Central Coast Audiences. While the music will be world class, the price-tag will be more affordable. Tickets start at just $25 for children, allowing both devoted classical music fans and those who have never experienced the magic of Sydney Symphony Orchestra on stage, to get their tickets and attend without the hefty price tag. Source: Media release, Jun 5 Emily Miller, The Arthouse Wyong

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Harvest Festival History group celebrates receives $20,000 grant its own history from Destination NSW D obell MP, Ms Emma McBride, has congratulated the Wyong Family History Group on their 35th anniversary.

“Family history is part of our community history, and as a sixth-generation local, I was pleased to attend the 35th birthday of Wyong Family History Group at Wyong Golf Club and congratulate them on a long and proud history,” Ms McBride said. “As well as researching their own family history, group members are helping others do the same, and their work is really beneficial to our community as a whole. “My own family has a long and proud history in Wyong, beginning with pioneer, Joseph Beaven, who features in the wellknown Edward Stinson pictorial histories of Wyong. “Joseph Beaven came to the Yarramalong Valley in 1858, with his father William, and became a timber trader, farmer and grazier. “For a time, he also ran the mail service and the coach service. “Joseph Beaven’s daughter, Dinah, married, Edward Gleeson. “Their daughter, Mollie Day, is my grandmother, and her daughter, Barbara McBride, is my mother.

“I am proud to be a sixth-generation local, and am so grateful for the role that dedicated members of Wyong Family History Group play in bringing to light our local history. “On Sunday, I presented awards in recognition of their long service to founding members, Lynda Smith and Eileen Wheway. “Lynda Smith is Member Number two, and joined the Wyong Family History Group on August 5, 1983, just two months after the inaugural meeting. “Lynda has held the roles of President, Vicepresident, Treasurer, and Assistant treasurer, and was awarded Life Membership in December, 1985,” Ms McBride said. “She was the inaugural editor of the newsletter, Tree of Life, has published transcriptions of Wyong Shire cemeteries, collated information for the Pre1910 Pioneer Register, and taught classes on family history at WEA. “Eileen Wheway is Member Number 6, and is known as the lady who sells raffle tickets at events and meetings and helps prepare the Christmas basket raffles. “She has been Vice president and a committee member, has been a frequent friendly face at the Wyong Family History Group Cottage,

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and has helped on the Palmdale Project. “My colleague, David Harris, Member for Wyong, presented Life Membership awards to John Selwood, Member Number 79, and Michelle Gane, Member Number 174, who I also congratulate on their long membership to the group,” Ms McBride continued. “John Selwood has been a member for 15 years, and has worked on a number of publications, including the Cemetery Books, Simplicity Record Books, Advocate Books, Central Coast Honour Roll, the updated Pioneer Register, and the soonto-released, People of Wyong. “He has been the driving force behind the ANZAC banners and instigated the Jilliby Walk. “Michelle Gane has been a member for 14 years and Treasurer for the past eight years. “She was instrumental in setting up electronic banking and professional book-keeping, and has helped with fundraising events and seminars. “I thank the Wyong Family History Group for its 35 years of service to our community and look forward to their future publications,” Ms McBride said. Source: Media release, Jun 5 Alysson Waters, Office of Emma McBride

Destination NSW is backing the Central Coast Harvest Festival


arliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, announced that Harvest Festival Central Coast received $20,000 in Round One of the NSW Government’s 2018 Incubator Event Fund.

The Fund, managed by the State’s tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW, assists regional events in their infancy to grow attendance and boost the local visitor economy. This is the second consecutive year the NSW Liberal National Government has supported the Harvest Festival. Mr MacDonald said the Festival helped gaining additional visitors to the Central Coast while showcasing the region’s

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strengths in food and beverage production. “Events play an important role in attracting both new and returning visitors to our regional towns, bringing with them additional business to restaurants and cafes, local tourism operators, attractions and accommodation providers,” Mr MacDonald said. “I congratulate the event organisers and Central Coast Council on this wonderful achievement, and thank Destination NSW for their continued support,” he added. Mayor Jane Smith said that Central Coast Council welcomed the news of the grant for Harvest Festival Central Coast and the continued support of the NSW Government through Destination NSW. “Harvest Festival Central Coast is an

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important event that Council runs for the region and it has been developed to link directly with local farmers and businesses to promote our region’s quality produce and showcase our unique hinterland to visitors,” Mayor Smith said. “The inaugural event in 2017 attracted over 10,000 attendees to the region and brought together a community of food lovers and connoisseurs which positively impacted on our local businesses and economy. “We welcome the continued support of the NSW Government for Harvest Festival Central Coast and praise its efforts in boosting tourism in regional NSW,” Mayor Smith said. Source: Media release, Jun 7 Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald MLC

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Central Coast Opera Children’s Chorus to perform with Opera Australia

Social Justice Group formed to tackle the issue of homelessness t Mary MacKillop Catholic Church, Warnervale, has formed a Social Justice Group to tackle the issue of homelessness on the Central Coast.


Chidrens’ Chorus Leader, Mr Phillip Rewes with Conservatorium children he Art House is enchanted with its beauty Opera Australia.” On the day of the show, giving 20 Central and freedoms. The choir will be taught the choir will rehearse Coast children the opportunity to by Mr Rees in the week with the Opera Australia appear on stage before the show, who will chamber orchestra and alongside the stars work with the children, opera singers, before aged 8-12, to put the their stage debut in front of Opera Australia’s finishing touches on the a full house. Madame Butterfly. pieces and teach them “We’re so excited when it comes to The a wider understanding to be able to offer this Art House on August of opera and live opportunity to these 20. performance. talented local singers”, The Conservatorium The Art House Executive The Central Coast are thrilled to be involved Director, Ms Anne-Marie Opera Children’s Chorus, in this production,” said Heath, said. led by choir leader, Mr Mr Patrick Brennan, “Appearing in a worldPhillip Rees, will learn the pieces from Puccini’s Artistic Director of Central class opera at their local theatre will be an opera over the coming Coast Conservatorium. experience “This is a great incredible months. and one we are sure they opportunity for the Directed by Mr John will enjoy,” she said. Central Coast Opera Bell and sung in English, Opera Australia’s Children’s Chorus and Source: Madame Butterfly follows we are looking forward Media release, Emily Miller, The Arthouse the story of a U.S. Naval to seeing the choir Wyong represent the Central officer B.F. Pinkerton who is ashore in Japan and Coast on stage with


“One in 200 people in Australia are without a home each night, and 15,872 children under the age of 12 years are homeless each night, according to the National Statistics on Homelessness. “189,000 Australians are on Social Housing waiting lists while 1 in 3 people were turned away from homelessness services last year. “These shocking numbers led us to form the group,” said Social Justice Group Chairperson, Ms Margaret Hagan. “Our local area is not represented in any meaningful way in campaigns to reduce these numbers,” she said. In their quest for details, the Group spoke to their

friends and neighbours. These discussions revealed alarming facts about local people. “We heard stories of three generations sharing the same dwelling; youth crowded into small dwellings; parents and children sleeping in cars and then going to school; and, women and children remaining in violent domestic situations because they cannot find safe alternative accommodation. “Because these are local families, the Group felt compelled to act,” Ms Hagan said. The group is focusing on two different issues: Transitional Housing for people homeless and on the streets, and Affordable Housing for families to rent or buy. “Seven percent of Homeless people live on the streets, and immediate housing for them involved, among other ideas, safe supervised car parking facilities with ablution blocks and kitchen facilities.

“Transitional Housing would consist of adapted shipping containers; plastic-brick dwellings; expanding the use of Tiny Houses, and assessment of 3D printed houses of mud or concrete. “These dwellings are already in use elsewhere and some of them are commercially viable. “The longer-term solution is for affordable housing to be available for families to rent or purchase. “The rental market is, at the moment, the most stressed, and solutions to this problem are spelt out on all the main homelessness sites,” Ms Hagan said. The Group’s next step is to commence the process of mounting a local campaign and welcomes any group, be it club, church, or recreation organisation, interested in supporting change. Source: Media release, Jun 1 Margaret Hagan, St Mary Mackillop Catholic Church, Warnervale, Social Justice Group

Gifted and Talented Student gains a high distinction A Lake Munmorah High School student has excelled in her Gifted and Talented Students’ (GATS) Program placement. Year 10 student,

Tegan Jenkins, has been studying the university course, Globalisation and International Management, through an accelerated program.

Jenkins has received a High Distinction for her course work. Source: Website, May 17 Lake Munmorah High School Facebook page

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Social Justice Order of Australia Medal Group formed to for services to conservation tackle the issue of and the environment homelessness B S t Mary MacKillop Catholic Church, Warnervale, has formed a Social Justice Group to tackle the issue of homelessness on the Central Coast.

“One in 200 people in Australia are without a home each night, and 15,872 children under the age of 12 years are homeless each night, according to the National Statistics on Homelessness. “189,000 Australians are on Social Housing waiting lists while 1 in 3 people were turned away from homelessness services last year. “These shocking numbers led us to form the group,” said Social Justice Group Chairperson, Ms Margaret Hagan. “Our local area is not represented in any meaningful way in campaigns to reduce these numbers,” she said. In their quest for details, the Group spoke to their friends and neighbours. These discussions revealed alarming facts about local people. “We heard stories of three generations sharing the same dwelling; youth crowded into small dwellings; parents and children sleeping in cars and then going to school; and, women and children remaining in violent domestic situations because they cannot find safe alternative accommodation. “Because these are local families, the Group

felt compelled to act,” Ms Hagan said. The group is focusing on two different issues: Transitional Housing for people homeless and on the streets, and Affordable Housing for families to rent or buy. “Seven percent of Homeless people live on the streets, and immediate housing for them involved, among other ideas, safe supervised car parking facilities with ablution blocks and kitchen facilities. “Transitional Housing would consist of adapted shipping containers; plastic-brick dwellings; expanding the use of Tiny Houses, and assessment of 3D printed houses of mud or concrete. “These dwellings are already in use elsewhere and some of them are commercially viable. “The longer-term solution is for affordable housing to be available for families to rent or purchase. “The rental market is, at the moment, the most stressed, and solutions to this problem are spelt out on all the main homelessness sites,” Ms Hagan said. The Group’s next step is to commence the process of mounting a local campaign and welcomes any group, be it club, church, or recreation organisation, interested in supporting change. Source: Media release, Jun 1 Margaret Hagan, St Mary Mackillop Catholic Church, Warnervale, Social Justice Group

ateau Bay resident, Mr John Asquith, was awarded a 2018 Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Honour Roll, for services to conservation and the environment.

Mr Asquith said that the award is meaningful for him and his family after being involved with environment and conservation projects for over 50 years. “A large part of my life has been dedicated to volunteering, and that means that I have to make sacrifices, so it’s wonderful that I’ve got this recognition and I’m so proud,” Mr Asquith said. Though he admits he’s had to make sacrifices in order to maintain a high level of volunteering, Mr Asquith believes that volunteering contributes to a full and healthy life. Mr Asquith is currently the Chairman of the Community Environment Network and Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre. Mr Asquith also acknowledged the hard work of volunteers in the community. “Volunteers put in a lot of time into the community and it’s nice to get recognition of that,” he said. Mr Asquith has created a legacy for the younger generation to build upon in regards to environmental conservation in the future, something he argues is made more accessible by the internet. “People are more connected now, due to


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the web, and I think that’s a wonderful thing. “People are much more across issues and are being connected. “The internet has only expanded support, not contracted it,” he said. Despite his optimism about the use of the web for conservation, Mr Asquith also warned about the devastating impact of fake news on environmental efforts. “We also have to acknowledge the impact of fake news, because nothing has suffered more from fake news

than climate change,” Mr Asquith said. Mr Asquith started doing conservation work when he was 21 years old, joining groups trying to stop the sand mining of Myall Lakes in the late 1960’s. “The areas I used to go camping in were under threat and I wanted to do something about it. “It’s a matter of seeing something you don’t like, not standing for it and making a change,” he said. Mr Asquith will continue to be heavily

involved in environmental and conservation efforts ongoing, and has specific worries about water conservation. “What always worries me is water. “Whether it’s for drinking, or cleaning or swimming in, humans can’t live without clean water. “Any threats to our water we’ve got to respond to,” he said. Source: Interview, June 7 John Asquith OAM, Bateau Bay Elizabeth Green, Journalist


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

Bateau Bay Neighbourhood Centre Information, Child & Adult Groups & Services, Youth Worker, Free Counselling, Energy Account assistance (EAPA), Food Assistance (incl. Food Store), Op Shop, Computer Lessons, Equipment (PCs, Laundry Facilities & Lawnmower),Community Events. 4332 7450

Creativity, Community Lounge Area, Free Wifi, or a cuppa and chat, call in and see us at 5/22-32 Pacific Highway (Next to BYO Cellars) Opening hours Mon-Sat 9-4pm 0437 048 815 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

Meetings are interesting, informative and fun. Contact Ron 0419766502 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

Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Gosford) Meet last Fri Terrigal Uniting Church 380 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal 9.30am to 12 noon 4367 9600 Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Wyong) Meet last Mon Toukley RSL Club, Holmes Ave Toukley 10.00am to 12 noon 4356 9300

Wyong Neighbourhood GROW Support Groups Centre Small friendly groups Supporting disadvantaged formed to learn how vulnerable and isolated to overcome anxiety, members of our community depression and loneliness offering a range of and to improve mental community services, events, health and well-being. projects, workshops, arts Anonymous, free and open programs and an open to all. Weekly meetings at community garden. Bateau Bay and Wyong 4353 1750 1800 558 268






2nd & 4th Monday The Entrance Leagues The Creative Club, Bateau Bay Compassion Centre Inc. Improve your confidence in Secondhand Shopping, communication Upcycling Minimalism,

Learn the benefits of hearing aids 4321 0275

Freemasons Lodge Toukley 933 Berkeley Vale Meets 1st Wednesday each Wyong Toastmasters Neighbourhood Centre month - Toukley Memorial Club Information & Referral, Talks Hall Pearce Street Toukley is an encouraging & Information Sessions. John Jenkins 4392 1631 Museum & Hostorical environment - no failures Energy Account Assistance Society Wyong District improve your confi dence in (EAPA), Counselling Friendly Travellers Groups/Schools Welcome communication (concession available), Caravan Club Morning tea/lunch for 10.30am 1st, 3rd & 5th Food Help, & Access to Caracans, Tents, Mobile group bookings, wheelchair Friday PCs, Internet & Printing. Homes, All welcome friendly, Alison Homestead Wyong RSL Anzac Ave Toy Library, Community plus social outings & trips 1 Cape Rd Wyong Wyong Garden & Activities Groups away - New memebers and Open Sun-Thur 10am-2pm 0415 158 733 including Cards, Indoor visitors are invited to attend Bowls, Mah-jong & Berkeley Vale Walking for Pleasure. Wyong Uniting Church School Holiday Activities & Lake Munmorah Senior Sunday Service 9am All welcome - Bible study Soundwaves Citizens Club Workshops. Watanobbi Road Wyong Men’s acapella 4 part Computer Classes, dancing, 4388 5801 Weekly writers group harmony chorus - all exercise, pilates, yoga, craft, 4352 1528 ages 7pm Mon carpet bowls and Tai Chi. Central Coast 4358 8390 Central Coast Leagues Club Caravanners Inc John 0413 276 698 Long Jetty Senior Central Coast Cactus 3rd Sun Monthly Citizens Club and Succulent Club Visitors - New Members Computer classes, line 3rd Sat 1 to 3.30pm Coastal a Cappella welcome, Trips Away, Social dancing, tai chi and zumba Plants for Sale, Raffles, Dynamic award winning Outings, friendship with like gold - M-F, 9am to 3pm afternoon tea women’s a cappella chorus minded senior folk for full list of activities Charmhaven new members Details from Geoff 4332 5522 Community Centre always welcome. 0447 882 150 0401 544 052 Music eduction provided Long Jetty Over 4399 2420 Lots of Performance Central Coast 50s Club opportunities, or hire us Community Legal Indoor bowls, computers, Central Coast for your next event. Centre exercises, yoga, linePermaculture 0412 948 450 Not for profit service dancing, tai chi and more meet friendly like minded providing free legal advice. 9am to 3pm people at our information Monday to Friday 4332 5522 night held at Tuggerah 9am to 5pm Community Hall on the 3rd 4353 4988 Australian Labor Party The NSW Justices Tuesday of each month. Ourimbah/ Narara Association Inc 6:30 for 7pm start Branch Seeking volunteers for Bob on 0412 133 808 Central Coast 50+ Discussion/action added community desks Singles Social Group community issues in Wyong Area Invites Ladies & Gents for 3 levels of Government Free Insurance and dinner, dancing - BBQs & Niagara Park Primary Better Hearing training provided School 7.30pm 1st Mon Socialising each w/e. Australia Central Coast 0418 493 388 0410 309 494 Monthly programme for all Hearing loss management areas of the coast Support and educational 0412 200 571 groups providing practical Tuggerah Lakes Central Coast Greens 0437 699 366 experience and confidence The Central Coast Greens Toastmasters Club

parliamentary representation Developing a new economy Protecting our environment Peaceful conflict resolution Community participation We meet monthly every 3rd Thu - Details and info:

For a fairer, more transparent and accountable government based on democratic principles Local, state-wide, national and international issues and campaigns - Council and

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


The Rotary Club of the Entrance Inc. A small, friendly and effective club supporting many local organisations, and international Rotary Activities. Meetings 6.30 pm Tues Mingara Recreation Club 0409 449 498

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 Toowoon Bay Probus Club Marine Rescue Morning tea, guest speakers Tuggerah Lakes talking on topics relevant to Volunteers wanted, Seniors, as well as regular challenging conditions, exciting social events. 4th interrupted meals, early Thur 10am. starts, breathtaking Anglican Church Hall, Tuggerah Lakes views. Cnr Brooke Ave & Eastern Rewards: - Saving Rd., Bateau Bay distressed boaters or maybe 4334 3979 saving a life 0488 442 051 Tuggerah Combined Probus Club Inc Meet new friends and enjoy SPECIAL INTEREST social events. Biz Plus Networking 2nd Thur., 10:30am, guest Association speakers. Grow your business Social outings 3rd Thur. and in the process build Woodbury Park Community worthwhile relationships. Hall, Mardi Biz Networking breakfasts 4351 0450 Every Thur 7:15- 9am Erina Leagues Club Geoff Neilson Inner Wheel Club Wyong Central Coast Tenants’ Women’s club with the Advice and Advocacy common interest of giving Service back to the community Free telephone advice and while developing lasting advocacy for all tenants friendships. as well as residents in 7.00 pm 3rd Wed Wyong residential parks Uniting Church 4353 5515 4393 2755


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

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

Central Coast Lapidary Club Minerals & Gems Learn silverwork, Cabochons, Faceting, Enamelling, Stone Fieldtrips & fossicking Weekly Workshops Tues and Thurs 8.30am-2.30pm Thurs 6-10pm 10 Ourimbah Creek Rd Ourimbah 4362 2246 Central Coast Soaring Club Inc Gliding Club, Learn to fly, Instruction FREE to members. 14 Y/O and up for Training Thur, Sat, Sun (weather permitting) Bloodtree Rd Mangrove Mountain 0412 164 082 0414 635 047

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

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

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

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

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Vale Kevin Stanford OAM S

urf Life Saving Central Coast (SLSCC) President, Mr Stuart Harvey, has reflected on the life of Surf Life Saving Australia Life Member and local legend, Mr Kevin Stanford OAM, who passed away on May 27. “It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Kevin Stanford,” Mr Harvey said. “The Shelly Beach, Central Coast Branch, and Surf Life Saving Australia Life Member, provided outstanding contribution to Surf Life Saving over 70 years, and he will be sadly missed. “Kevin joined the movement in 1946, obtaining his Bronze Medallion in 1947 with the South Curl Curl SLSC, where he later held positions including Assistant Secretary, Vice Captain, Club Captain and Instructor. “He was also a surf boat rower, winning silver medals in the A Division at

the NSW and Australian Championships, and was a member of the clubs senior R&R and march past teams. “He was a founding member of the North Entrance SLSC in 197778, and joined his beloved Shelly Beach SLSC in 1978, where he became a Life Member in 1985. “At Shelly Beach SLSC he held the positions of President (1986-1993), Secretary, Registrar and Chief Instructor, and continued to train and assess training courses,

compete, coach and officiate in Surf Sports competitions,” Mr Harvey said. “Kevin was also a highly regarded Surf Sports Official throughout Australia. “He was a key official locally and officiated at State, Australian and World Championships, including being a member of the Australian Delegation at World Championships in Vancouver, Canada, Southport, Australia, Lubeck, Germany, England and Wales. “He was awarded the Surf Life Saving Australia National Medal in 2005, and in 2017, was awarded his Surf Life Saving Australia 70 Years’ Long Service Medal, the only Surf Life Saver from the Central Coast to achieve this honour. “SLSCC offers our deepest sympathy to Kevin’s immediate and extended family,” Mr Harvey said. Source: Website, May 28 Stuart Harvey, SLSCC Facebook page

The Wyong Diary Wednesday, Jun 13 NDIS Small Business Training Day, The Business Centre Wyong, 9:30am to 3:30pm, tickets essential

Thursday, Jun 14 Spit Syndicate Orbit Tour, Long Jetty Hotel, 7:00pm to 11:00pm, ticketed event

Friday, Jun 15 Jack and the Beanstalk, The Art House Wyong, 7:30pm to 9:00pm, tickets essential

Saturday, Jun 16 2018 NSW State Women’s Minor Snooker Championships, Club Toukley RSL, 10:00am to 7:00pm, ticketed event

Thursday, Jun 21 Sunday, Jun 17 Australian Dance Theatre Workshop, The Art House Wyong, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, tickets essential Brian and Shirley Appleyard for the Central Coast Country Music Association Round Up, Toukley Golf Club, 12:30pm to 4:00pm

Monday, Jun 18 Australian Dance Theatre: The Beginning of Nature, The Art House, Wyong, 8:00pm, ticketed event

Wednesday, Jun 20 Central Coast Try a Skill 2018, Hunter TAFE Ourimbah Campus, 8:30am to 2:30pm

Daniel Lawson has played the most grade games for the Roos


yong Roos’ veteran player, Daniel Lawson, played his 400th game for the Roos in May.

“Lawson arrived at Wyong from Ourimbah as a teenager in the early ‘90’s, and it was only fitting that he played his 400th grade game for the Roos against the Magpies,” said Wyong Roo’s Intrust Super Premiership Coach, Mr Rip Taylor. Lawson started with Wyong as a flying winger, but in recent seasons has found himself in the

middle of the park, doing battle with the big boys. Lawson is one of the few players still running around whose career has spanned the Club’s pre and post Newcastle Tooheys Cup period (2003-2012). “Whilst his record shows only one try since Season 2014, for Lawson, it was about performance, pride in the jumper, looking after your team mates and enjoying every moment,” Mr Taylor said. “So here is Danny, 400 games and 1,600 penalties down the track,

ET Australia Aged Care Training Program, Young Parents’ Hub Wyong, 9:00am, tickets essential Central Coast School Leavers Expo for Students with Disability, Mingara Recreation Club, 9:00am to 1:00pm

a handful of premierships in hand, looking a little worse for wear but with plenty of great footy memories, still out there banging away. “Congrats Lawso on becoming a 400 game player with Wyong Roos. “No one has played more grade games for the Club, and that is an achievement which must be acknowledged, and is certainly something in which you and your family can take great pride,” Mr Taylor said. Source: Newsletter, May 31 Rip Taylor, Wyong Roos


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


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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

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Wires 1300 094 737

Inaugural Coast Shelter Golf Day, Kooindah Waters Golf Club, 7:00am to 4:00pm, tickets essential Veronika Lawson, The Dam Hotel Hamlyn Terrace, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

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

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

Saturday, Jun 23 Johnny Cash The Concert, The Art House, Wyong, 8:00pm,

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.


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

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Josh Mifsud, Tim Oosterhoff and Scott Reed were all named in the squad. AFL Canberra are arguably the toughest representative opponent the BDAFL have played to date, according to Football Operations Manager, Mr Garry Burkinshaw.

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Matt Ikuvalu makes his NRL debut T

he Wyong Roos h a v e congratulated, Matt Ikuvalu, who made his NRL debut with the Sydney Roosters on June 3.

“A confluence of circumstances resulted in Wyong Roos’ very own Matt Ikuvalu making his NRL debut for the Roosters,” said Wyong Roo’s Intrust Super Premiership Coach, Mr Rip Taylor. “Many a young boy’s dream came true for Matt when he took his place on the right wing in the famous No.5 red, white and blue jersey. “Matt’s irresistible form in Season 2017 not only earned himself a spot in the ISP Team of the Year, it also earned

Matt Ikuvalu with family, friends and fans at his debut game him an invitation from, Trent Robinson, to train with the Roosters over Summer,” Mr Taylor said. “Because of his talent

and commitment, the training was extended to the point that Matt has become a regular at Roosters HQ.

“With, Latrell Mitchell and James Tedesco, on Origin duty, Matt got his chance at Allianz on June 3, facing the human

hairdo, Mahe Fonua. “The Roosters squeaked home 16-14. “Matt was trampled early by Big Mahe, but

recomposed to resolve some scary defensive situations. “Matt’s carries were first rate and his postcontact metres excellent. “Apart from sustaining an ankle injury, all in all, it was a very good debut. “In keeping with Roosters’ tradition, Matt was given that No. 5 jersey, uniquely embroidered, to mark the occasion,” Mr Taylor said. Mr Taylor had the pre-match honour of presenting Matt with that jersey. “Congratulations Matt on an outstanding achievement. “Wyong Roos could not be prouder,” he added. Source: Website, Jun 6 Rip Taylor, Wyong Roos RLFC


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Mariners sign Australian Youth International

Alan Baró to return to Spain

he Central Coast Mariners have announced the signing of 20-yearold attacker, Mario Shabow, on a twoyear deal.


The Australian Youth International arrives from the Newcastle Jets, and can be deployed as a creator in the number 10 role or as a wide attacking threat. Shabow was born in Baghdad, and moved to Australia with his family at six-years-of age. Still only early in his Hyundai A-League career, Shabow broke onto the Australian football scene with the Western Sydney Wanderers. After impressing with the Wanderers’ Academy

Mario Shabow as a Young Socceroo set up, Shabow earned seven Hyundai A-League desire is exactly what is his maiden professional appearances with the required, because we contract in 2016, when he Jets last season and already know he has the was called into the club’s is looking forward to a talent. Hyundai A-League outfit. fresh start on the Central “I look forward to He went on to make Coast. seeing how he makes the “I’m really excited to get most of this opportunity two appearances in the Hyundai A-League and started at the Mariners,” at the Mariners,” Mulvey one in the AFC Asian Shabow said. said. Champions’ League. “It was a tough season Shabow, Simon, Clisby, Shabow then managed for me in regards to Aspropotamitis and game time, so I am so Gameiro will report to the motivated to get out there Central Coast Mariners and show everyone what Centre of Excellence I’m capable of. in the coming weeks “This is a new challenge to link up with their FORT DENISON for me and that’s what I’m new teammates and LAT 33° 51’ S - LONG 151° 14’ E - TIME ZONE - 1000 commence the Hyundai Times and Heights(m) of high and low waters looking forward to. Times are in local standard time (UTC +10:00) or daylight savings time (UTC +11:00) when in effect. “I want to work hard at A-League 2018/19 pretraining, be a consistent season. Time - Height(m) To date, Mulvey has starting player and do 0229 0.27 0322 0.22 0137 0.35 assembled a squad everything I can to take 0828 1.54 0924 1.52 0733 1.54 consisting of Adam WED 1323 0.40 THU 1413 0.41 FRI 1504 0.43 the team forward. Pearce and Ben Kennedy “I’ve heard so many 2044 2.07 2134 2.08 1954 2.01 0416 0.22 0513 0.25 0610 0.30 good things about the as goalkeepers, Jonathan 1020 1.49 1118 1.47 1217 1.45 club and the Central Aspropotamitis, Antony SAT 1559 0.47 SUN 1655 0.53 MON 1755 0.59 Coast, so I can’t wait to Golec, Jake McGing, Kye 2228 2.04 2321 1.96 get there and meet all the Rowles, Jack Clisby as defenders. 0018 1.85 0117 1.72 0220 1.60 boys. 0707 0.36 0803 0.42 0858 0.47 Midfielders signed “I’m ambitious, I’m very TUE 1318 1.44 WED 1420 1.46 THU 1520 1.50 or retained to date are hard working, and most 1900 0.64 2009 0.68 2121 0.69 Adam Berry, Tom Hiariej, importantly, I’m a winner,” 0324 1.50 0426 1.43 0522 1.39 Jacob Melling, Danny De Shabow said. 0948 0.50 1036 0.53 1120 0.54 Central Coast Mariners’ Silva and Mario Shabow. FRI 1617 1.56 SAT 1709 1.62 SUN 1756 1.68 Attackers in Mulvey’s Head Coach, Mr Mike 2231 0.67 2334 0.62 lineup so far are Andrew Mulvey, is looking forward 0029 0.57 0114 0.52 0155 0.48 to working with Mario at Hoole, Connor Pain, 0613 1.36 0700 1.35 0742 1.35 Corey Gameiro, and Matt the Mariners. MON 1201 0.55 TUE 1241 0.56 WED 1318 0.57 “Mario is an impressive Simon. 1839 1.73 1918 1.76 1955 1.79 young man,” Mulvey said. APPROX. TIME LAG AFTER FORT DENISON Source: Ettalong 40 min, Rip Bridge 2hrs - Wisemans Ferry 2 hrs 30 min, Koolewong 2 hrs 10 min Media release, Jun 7 “He is very determined In view of the variations caused by local conditions and meteorological effects, these Tyson Scott, Central Coast times are approximate and must be considered as a guide only. They are not to be to be a success as a Mariners relied on for critical depth calculations for safe navigation. Actual times of High and football player, and that Low Water may occur before or after the times indicated

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he Central Coast Mariners have advised that Alan Baró will return to Spain with his family to pursue other opportunities.

Baró signed a two-yeardeal with the Mariners in May, 2017, but agreed to a mutual termination of his contract with the Club, which will allow him to return to his homeland. Announced as the Club’s fifth Captain last September, Baró led the team into battle 24 times. Baró thanked the Central Coast Mariners for their ongoing support and welcoming his family with open arms. “I feel sad to be leaving,” Baró said. “I have nothing but positive things to say about this Club, the Coast, the community and all of the fans. “My family and I were treated so well here on the Central Coast, and I leave Australia with many close friends, because

the Central Coast is one of the best places we’ve ever lived. “It was a difficult season and we didn’t get the results we deserved, but at the Mariners, there are a fantastic group of people who I am confident will take this club forward,” Baró said. “Despite those results, the support of the Mariners’ fans and community was amazing, and I can’t thank them enough for that. “I want to take this opportunity to thank the fans, the club and the Central Coast community for their ongoing support and making our time on the Central Coast very enjoyable,” Baró said. The Central Coast Mariners thank Baró for his efforts and wish him all the best on his future endeavours. Source: Media release, Jun 5 Tyson Scott, Central Coast Mariners Media

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Order of Australia Medal for Morrie Breen orokan’s Mr Maurice Breen received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List, for services to rugby league and industrial relations.


Mr Breen has been involved with the Wyong Rugby League Club since 1963, and has held various team positions with the club, including captain and coach over the years. Mr Breen has also been involved in the club’s leadership and management, holding the position of Club Secretary for three years, along with various other board positions. Mr Breen is the club’s inaugural life member, and the Morrie Breen Oval was named in his honour. Mr Breen was involved in industrial relations initiatives throughout the 70’s and 80’s, including being an activist for the NSW Trade Union Movement, with Mr

t was a tough game for Wyong Lakes when they faced off with Nelson Bay, at Don Small Oval, during Round 9 of the Black Diamond Cup.

Nelson Bay showed that they want a piece of finals action, with a thrilling 2-point win over their hosts. The Marlins, who were 22 points down before waking from their slumber with an explosive six goal second quarter, edged home with a last-minute goal to, Mark Spencer, to win 10.14.74, to Wyong Lakes’, 10.12.72. With the teams amazingly locked dead even at both half time and then three-quarter time, Spencer’s last-gasp goal with 25 seconds left on the clock gave the Nelson Bay faithful a rare away win. Wyong Lakes’ stalwart, Justin McPhan, showed

Order of Australia medal for netballer Vicki Kerr N

etball Hall of Fame star and Bateau Bay resident, Ms Vicki Kerr, received a 2018 Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, for services to netball and the community.

Morrie Breen Jack Munday and the Green Ban Movement; Secretary of the Central Coast Trades and Labour Council (10 years); Secretary of the Save Riley’s Island Committee (5 years); Committee member of the Coastal

Residents Against Pollution Committee (70’s) and leader of the Save the Red Gum Society. Source: Media release, Jun 4 Queen’s Birthday Honours ListAvercente quast esse

Wyong Lakes go down in a last minute nailbiter I


that he is finally getting over a myriad of injuries, with an excellent fourgoal display for his beloved Magpies, who are rarely beaten at home, and will be very disappointed at letting four points slip away to close rivals, Nelson Bay. The loss saw Wyong Lakes drop out of the top

7. Wyong Lakes were best served by Brayden Tos, fullback, Carter Jones, Gavin Stokes, and Nathan Doyle. Killarney Vale had the bye. Source: Media release, Jun 11 Garry Burkinshaw, Black Diamond AFL

Ms Kerr began playing netball as a child in 1964, and went on to captain the NSW team in 1973. “I’m over the moon. “I don’t know how to explain it because I’m so excited. “You feel like shouting it out to the world,” Ms Kerr said regarding her OAM. Her love and dedication to the sport led her to coaching after her professional retirement in 1978, and she went on to be the most successful coach for the NSW Under 21 team to date, from 1982 to 1990. “I just think that people put in so much time with me as a player, and I’m trying to pay it back by coaching. “I just love seeing young kids reach their goals,” Ms Kerr said. Ms Kerr believes that netball is a great sport for young girls to be involved in. “I think it’s a tremendous sport and the comradery is incredible. “It’s great for young girls’ development to be involved in it,” she said. Ms Kerr was inducted into the NSW Netball Hall of Fame in 2014, which

Vicki Kerr she described as a great honour. During her professional career playing for the NSW Open Team, from 1971 to 1978, she played centre position. Ms Kerr has been a life member of the Sutherland Shire Netball Association since 1985

and has no plans to stop coaching local and junior netball. When she’s not on the court, Ms Kerr spends time volunteering with Camp Quality. Source: Interview, Jun 7 Vicki Kerr, Bateau Bay Elizabeth Green, Journalist

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