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ISSUE 04. JUNE / JULY 2014



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A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR Welcome to another issue of Gosford City Magazine. We have been extremely pleased once again with the community response to the publication and it continues to grow at a healthy pace. My hope is that as we continue to grow, that GCM will become a platform which is readily available to every member of the community, from business and event organisers to the arts and culture, where the community itself can be actively involved in promoting our great region. After all, no-one knows the community better than the community itself. Our goal is to have GCM as a leading regional publication with 60-80 pages of high quality content, distributing 15,000 - 20,000 magazines coast-wide bi-monthly but this ambitious goal is simply not achievable without the input of YOU, the community. So, if you are a business owner, photographer, writer, community group leader or a member of our community who would love to become actively involved in promoting the area by providing content, we would love to hear from you. We would love to discuss how Gosford City Magazine can be a platform to help YOU promote what ever area of community you are involved in. Drop us a line at or call us on 0487 099 204. We’d love to chat!

Editor-in-Chief Gosford City Magazine

Editor-in-Chief: Joshua Halls Phone: 0487 099 204 Email: All contributors are members of the Greater Gosford City community. If you would like to contribute to Gosford City Magazine drop us a line using the details above. Cover photos by Amelia Grose


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Contents Regular Features Message from the Editor


What’s On Central Coast


People of Interest with Amelia Grose


Picture Perfect


Feature Articles The Health Connection


Heart4Justice 05 600 New Jobs


Local Heroes


Making Dance for All


Deciphering the NBN


Battling Kokoda


Feel Good, Work Smarter


Central Coast Gang Show


Operation Saber


Get a Job in Real Estate


Local Business Imperial Shoe Repairs


Bev Benson Fashions


Phillips Amcal Pharmacy Gosford


Ministry Cafe


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1 hour North of Sydney...

What’s On...

Sat 7 June • Looking Through A Glass Onion, Mingara Recreation Club

Till Wed 25 June • Colleen O’Keeffe: Lake Eyre Revisited, Gosford Regional Gallery Till Sun 13 July • Reconciliation, Gosford Regional Gallery

Sat 28 & Sun 29 June • 12th Mingara Orchid Fair and Show

Sat 7 & Sun 8 Jun • 21st Classical Music Festival, Pearl Beach Thur 12 June • Horse Racing, Wyong

Fri 4 July - Sun 6 July • Coasties Cup 2014 Sat 5 July • Food, Fun & Music Festival, Toukley

Fri 13 June • Trivia Night, Kariong Youth Support Group

Sun 6 July • Whale Dreamers Festival, Norah Head • Winter Blues & Jazz Festival, The Entrance

Sun 1 June 2014 • Lina’s Challenge Fundraiser High Tea & Fashion Parade, Mingara Recreation Club

Sun 15 June • Craft Beer & Cider Festival, Kincumber Hotel • Bay to Bay Fun Run, Woy Woy waterfront

Fri 25- Mon 28 July • Intl Highland Dancing Championships, Central Coast Youth Club

Thur 5 June • Horse Racing, Gosford

Fri 20 June • Horse Racing, Gosford


Sat 31 May & Sun 1 June • Showcase & Scholarship Concerts, The Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

Sat 21 June • 5 Lands Walk, MacMasters Beach to Terrigal. Sun 22 June • A Taste of Avoca Food & Music Festival Fri 27 June • Casey Donovan, Lizottes Kincumber

We’ll take you there... We can help you with: Booking your overnight accommodation or tours and purchasing a permit (or boat mooring) for entry to the Ex-HMAS Adelaide Reserve

For detailed information on Central Coast events visit:

1st & 3rd Saturdays of Month • The Entrance Farmers Markets - Memorial Park, The Entrance 4th Saturday of Month • Shelly Beach Markets - Bateau Bay 4th Sunday of Month • Avoca Beachside Markets - Avoca Beach

KARIONG, MAP 8D  52 The Avenue, Mt Penang Parklands GOSFORD, MAP 7D  200 Mann St, Gosford THE ENTRANCE, MAP 5F  Marine Parade, The Entrance

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HEALTH CONNECTION Photos courtesy of event organisers Fixx Events

A whole family wellbeing event

Saturday June 14th From 10am-2pm @ Brentwood Village Kincumber Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre and Lend Lease present the Health Connection – a free family wellbeing event at Brentwood Village Kincumber Saturday June 14, 10 till 2 . Enjoy live music, food and market stalls plus the courtyard café featuring It’s the Joneses Vintage Caravan . There’s local wellness practitioners on the day including massage, herbalists, Bowen Therapy, naturopath, organic skincare and

superfoods, reflexology, orthopaedics, health providers and even palm reading. There will be interactive life style talks, yoga, tai chi and pilates and plenty of activity’s for the kids with a jumping castle, face painting, petting zoo, circus performers - even MAGIC! Visit Brentwood Village Kincumber for the free Health Connection Event and aid your, and your family’s, wellbeing. Proudly supported by Fixx Events.

“A like minded open day event celebrating community, connection and more”

Heart4Justice is an organisation that is unifying hearts and raising money for one cause: to see justice triumph in the 21st century. At the root of the world’s most complex problems (poverty, sexual assault, human trafficking, child brides), lies a lack of access to education. As seen in the following statistics, this violation of the most basic of human rights, affects predominantly: girls.

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Did you know?

- If India enrolled 1% more girls in secondary school, their GDP would rise by $5.5 billion

- Right now, 66 million girls dream of going to school

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- A child born to a literate mother is 50% more likely to survive past the age of 5 - Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to send their children to school

- School is not free in over 50 countries

- A girl who completes basic education is 3 times less likely to contract HIV That’s what this is all about. Education. Standing together - There are 33 million, fewer and fighting for these silent, girls than boys in primary oppressed, uneducated school children. - 63% of the worlds illiterate ALL of the proceeds raised youth are female will go towards a Kenyan - 14 million girls under 18 girl, Rose Mugo, who is in

desperate need and want of an education. We believe that channeling every proceed raised from this event, to the direct root of the problem: an impoverished girl who lacks access to an education, will make a remarkable impact on the world. Join us for this event and make a world of difference in the life of a young girl.

Event Details Monday June 23 2014 Avoca Beach Theatre $20 per ticket Book online at Like our Facebook page heart4justice

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The Commonwealth Government will open a new building on the Central Coast, for 600 employees. In a region with tens of thousands of commuters who leave early in the morning and return home late at night to their families, the construction of a new Australian Tax Office in Gosford CBD is a game-changer for the Central Coast. It will deliver real economic and social benefits to our city.

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We want this to happen as soon as possible, and planning for the purpose-built facility in Gosford has already started. This is a breakthrough in terms of boosting investment, driving more job opportunities, and building a strong, positive future for the Central Coast – just like we said we said we would do in our Growth Plan. These 600 jobs, with the ATO comprising half of this number, will drive even more activity to local cafés, local restaurants and local businesses, and provide an important

link to tertiary training institutions in our region. This is particularly important for our young people and our commuters. The sorts of jobs that may be available could potentially include accounting, information technology, professional services, legal and other opportunities. It also means local graduates from our local university and beyond can benefit from the opportunities that the ATO provides with their graduate program. It’s also a great example of State, Federal and Local Governments working together to drive investment and opportunity on the Central Coast. I’m proud of this Budget and I’m proud of this Government because in delivering on our Growth Plan we are addressing one of the biggest issues on the Central Coast – more local jobs. Lucy Wicks MP Federal Member for Robertson

People of

INTEREST with Amelia Grose

Photojournalist Amelia Grose goes out and about meeting the people of the Central Coast.

Meet John Echiobuche While out and about I had the privilege of meeting John, a friendly and approachable man taking a stroll through Kibble Park. Despite being sick recently and not being able to get out of bed, John still seemed to have a positive outlook on life, especially when it came to our wonderful city. Amongst what he had to say was this; “I love how much Gosford has changed in the past 5 years. Change is anything but impossible” Well said John!

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Amelia Grose is a photographer and photo-journalist with a passion to capture the personalities and identity of the people of the world. Find out more about Amy at


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2013 award recipient Superintendent Daniel Sullivan

The Local Hero Awards is a community event that celebrates the unsung heroes who help keep our region “going and growing” The second annual National Day of Thanksgiving, Gosford, was held recently in Kibble Park. The event began with a free family fun day with something for everyone. There were free rides and activities for kids and free barbeque and morning tea for award recipients and their families. The main focus of the event was to celebrate the unsung heroes in our community who contribute to the community through their work, through acts of service or acts of heroism, making our city such a great place to live. This year there were 66 local heroes awarded from a diverse range of backgrounds and ages including NSW Police personnel, fire fighters, bus drivers, youth and community service workers and general community members. They may come from different backgrounds but the one thing they share in common is passion, passion for helping others and for making a difference. The local heroes were presented with a Certificate of Honour during an official ceremony on Kibble Park Stage with an array of local dignitaries attending the presentation to encourage, support and give their thanks to the nominees. The event was hosted by Liberty Family Church with the support of Gosford City Council. Gosford City Magazine is pleased to feature 4 of the local heroes in this edition along with a full listing of the local hero award recipients for 2014.

Locaol Her Laurie has spent his life trying to improve conditions for others. He worked for 30 years in the welfare system and established the Department of Juvenile Justice in 1991. In 1992 he established Coast Shelter (nee Gosford Emergency Accommodation Services) in response to the growing issue of homelessness in the region. Coast Shelter initially operated out of Rumbalara Youth Refuge and Laurie worked in a volunteer capacity raising funds, making partnerships and establishing a management committee to grow the organization. In recent years and after a long occupation in Donnison Street, Coast Shelter moved into a purpose built facility in Mann Street, Gosford North, thanks to receipt of local, state and federal funding and donations through community fund raising, ensuring the organization a permanent home. Coast Shelter provides 50,000 meals annually and 55,000 overnight beds. Laurie’s other passion is rugby. He is a past president of Country Rugby Union and NSW Rugby Union and is a life member of both organisations. In addition to time dedicated to rugby, Laurie was a director on the board of Central Coast Leagues Club for 27 years, serving as vice chairman and treasurer during that time. He was elected to Gosford City Council in 2004 and spent 8 years as a Councillor with 4 of those years in the role of Mayor of Gosford City. Laurie is a current board member of Regional Development Australia Central Coast branch and Gosford Business Improvement District. In Recent years, Laurie was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in recognition of the years of service to welfare, justice, local government and community. He was awarded the Gosford City Council Senior Citizen of the Year at the Australia Day Awards in January this year and is a recipient of the National Day of Thanksgiving Local Hero Awards 2014. Laurie says his greatest legacy is that of his six children, each of them now hold a senior position in welfare, health and justice ensuring the good work he started will continue through generations to come.

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Yvonne Crestani

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Yvonne established the Crestani Scholarship Foundation 8 years ago after her husband, Chris, lost his battle with cancer.

Alan and his brother Warren arrived on the Central Coast in 1985 having seen a need for a ferry and charter service.

Chris was the Chief Radiation Therapist at St Vincent’s Hospital for 40 years before he himself was diagnosed with the disease. He was treated at the very hospital he had served in and travelled for treatment daily from the Central Coast but sadly his treatment wasn’t successful. Given that there was no publicly funded treatment facility on the Central Coast, the Crestani Scholarship Foundation initially raised funds to provide scholarships for new graduates into the program at St Vincent’s Hospital. When the Central Coast Cancer Clinic opened on the grounds at Gosford District Hospital, with the assistance of Professor Back, Yvonne relocated the Foundation to the Central Coast. Fund raising is difficult work and extremely competitive with countless causes vying for desperately needed resources. Yvonne and her small band of helpers spend hundreds of hours organizing an annual garden party which has become a signature event on the Central Coast. Initially held in her garden, the event has grown each year and is now staged in major venues to accommodate the increased attendance. This year’s scholarship provided the opportunity for radio therapist, Rebecca Cone, to travel to Europe for training in the latest technique of stereotactic radiotherapy which uses focused beams over a well-defined tumor, relying on detailed imaging, computerized three-dimensional treatment planning and precise treatment set-up to deliver the radiation dose with extreme accuracy. This reduces treatments from 25 to 30 sessions to just 3 or 4 sessions and there is much less bleed into tissue outside the tumor. Rebecca will then be able to share her skills by training her colleagues in the technique achieving a great outcome for patients of the clinic. These scholarships would not be possible without the support of Yvonne and the Crestani Foundation.

The region’s magnificent waterways were largely untapped with very few opportunities for visitors and locals to experience them except on private vessel. Alan purchased Lady Kendall 1, a 150 passenger ferry and sailed her from her home on Gippsland Lakes in Victoria along the eastern seaboard to Brisbane Water. He established the ferry and charter boat service out of Gosford and a few years later established a second cruise and ferry service on Tuggerah Lake, operating between the Entrance and Wyong.


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Alan’s vision from the outset was to ultimately connect the Central Coast with Sydney via waterway to provide a pleasant, faster and alternate transport mode to road or rail. He founded Fast Ships in the late 90’s in an attempt to pioneer a fast ferry service between Gosford and Sydney and although it didn’t get off the ground his earlier vision remains in his sights. With almost 30 years of cruising on Brisbane Water and the Hawkesbury, there are few who know the waterway as well as he does. He has rescued many stranded vessels who have been lodged onto sand bars or have come into distress. In the 1994 bushfires, Alan took Lady Kendall 1 to the Hawkesbury River and evacuated the residents of Brooklyn to safety. For this he was recognized by state government. Alan has assisted many a novice into the marine industry by partnering with Tafe to provide a deckhand training program achieving an average of 80% participant outcome. Alan has donated many private charters and countless cruises to assist with community fundraising initiatives, which has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for local causes. He has also donated many private cruises for overseas and interstate VIP’s to support the growth of the tourism industry in the region.


Kim McLoughry

Locaol Her For twenty one year’s Kim has held the role as Service Manager at Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS). Born and raised in Gosford, Kim became passionate about safe activities and venues for young people due to the lack of choice when she was growing up. Initially the service operated from the first floor above a tyre business in Gosford. The space was shared with 3 other community services and RYSS employed 4 people in part time and full time work at the time. Through persistent and committed efforts fundraising and gaining sponsorships the service relocated to Baker Street where it ran ‘Labyrinth Café’, a youth ‘call in’ centre, for several years. The café space was limited and with a need to grow the service Kim, with the support Tony Mylan of ET Australia, lobbied Gosford City Council to purchase a former supermarket site and lease the building to like-minded non-government agencies at affordable rents. Council agreed and Parkside was established in 2001 with several agencies co-located in the facility. Kim persistently applied for grants and sponsorships at local, state and federal levels and around $500,000 was raised to fit out the ground floor space while the Youth Arts Warehouse (YAW) was created later on the first floor at a further cost of $500,000. Kim gained support from Gosford North Rotary, local builders and local businesses to see the latter facility realized for the benefit of local youth. The service has grown to 35 staff in various permanent, part time and casual roles and runs over 40 programs to cater for mainstream youth, youth with disabilities and youth at risk. RYSS operates alcohol free events from the YAW and numerous classes in creative arts, computing, and youth awareness programs in conjunction with schools and other partners. The service assists around 4,000 young people per year and around 36 young people are accommodated in housing managed by RYSS with case workers assigned to each. The growth and expanded services of RYSS would not have been achieved without the dogged determination and dedication of Kim.

The following people are recipients of the Local Hero Awards for 2014 Aaron Coddington Senior Constable Adam Dipper Senior Constable Alan Draper Alan McBride Senior Constable Alana McCarthy Constable Alex Leishman Andrew Harrison Constable Andrew Jeffrey Detective Senior Constable Angus Mackay – Captain Bob Allen OAM Brad Page Senior Fire Fighter Bruce Binns Bruce Moore Detective Sergeant Brisbane Water Local Area Command, Superintendent Daniel Sullivan Chris King Chris Power Senior Constable Christopher Fuchs Detective Senior Constable Craig Ham Detective Senior Sergeant Cressy McLean Darren Deamer Detective Sergeant Gavin Ashby Detective Sergeant Gerald Green Detective Senior Constable Gerard Pasfield Senior Constable Gosford Fire Station Grant Bates Constable Grant Pride, senior fire fighter Heather Moggs James Kylee Senior Constable James Manuao fire fighter Jamie Conroy Jarrod King - Inspector Jason Yule Constable Jessica Lockett Sergeant John Cowling Senior Constable Julie Anne Driscoll Kim McLoughry Kyle Bowman-Herd Constable Laurie Maher OAM Leanne Marsh Senior Constable Len Sargant Mark Crameri Constable Matt Greenwood Senior Constable Matthew Nicholls Detective Sergeant Michael Sharpe Nicholas Cotterill Nick Baker Constable Nigel Brown Olive Peterson Paul Saunders Constable Peter Alarcon Ray Hetherington Detective Senior Constable Ray Southeren OAM Rhiannon Dooley Rob Crick Senior Constable Rob Macdonald Senior Constable Sarah Alarcon Sarah Pouhila Senior Constable Shayne Silvers Stephen OBrien Steven Brown Senior Constable Terry Kelley Tony Arico Troy Reece Constable Wayne Fuller Wayne Stephenson Yvonne Crestani Gosford City Magazine | June / July 2014




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“I went to buy an engraving machine and ended up buying a business.”


mperial Shoe Repairs is a business that has endured the test of time and proven that while technology is good, there is still a need for good old fashioned craftsmanship and service. The store opened in 1972 when Imperial Centre first opened its doors and has seen an enormous array of shoes and leather goods of all shapes and sizes through the workshop over the years. Owners David and Tammy Wynd purchased the business in 2007 from the original owner, Lindsay Brown. It was like a ‘coming home’ for David as he had learned his craft under Lindsay in the Gosford store as a young apprentice from 1988 to 1992 before moving to Queensland where he continued to hone his leather craft skills and also learnt the art of engraving. After several years David moved back to the Central Coast and was working as a broadband technician for Telstra in 1998 when he met Tammy. They were married

the following year and both commuted to work in Hornsby for a time while looking for opportunities locally. David and Tammy were both born in Gosford Hospital and they shared a desire to remain on the Central Coast and raise a family with the view to one day having their own business.

David agrees and asks “where else can you be home from work in just 5 minutes at the end of a long day?”

In March 2007 David was keen to get back to his earlier craft and had seen an engraving machine advertised for sale. It turned out the machine was being sold by his mentor, Lindsay Brown, so David went to see Lindsay in the shop to buy the machine. He went home that night and said to Tammy “I went today to buy an engraving machine and ended up buying a business.” David and Tammy are excited about Gosford’s future and have seen many changes in the seven years since they received the key to the store. “We love the village feel of Gosford and the friendliness of the people” said Tammy.

Tammy’s bubbly personality is a perfect compliment to David’s experience and skill with leather goods and engraving. They enjoy working alongside each other and are both committed to the revitalization of Gosford. Tammy volunteers on the Gosford Promotions Committee and is a committee member on Gosford Business Improvement District (GBID), a not for profit association which aims to contribute to the revitalization of Gosford through activities and events. David and Tammy’s store is located on the ground floor of Imperial Shopping Centre and has a surprising range of specialty merchandise in addition to the leather good repairs, engraving and key cutting services.

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Leather Goods

Key Cutting


Repairing shoes and leather goods since 1972

House keys

Trophies and award products

Electronic car keys

Nurses watches


Business card holders

Novelty keys incl NRL

Key cases

Key cases and accessories

Special occasion giftware

Custom belts Leather care products including Joseph Liddy Innersoles

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Bev Benson Fashions

nson Fashions arrived in Gosford in 1994 to cater for a sadly neglected of the fashion industry – the mature woman. Bev and her invaluable staff pend the next 17 years providing quality clothing for all occasions. Sadly Bev lost her long fought battle with Breast Cancer and the business was taken over by Bev’s daughter Kerry Jackson. Bev Benson y started in the fashion industry in 1973 when she was still at school, ng weekends in Bev’s store at Eastwood. Kerry took overinthe Eastwood Bev Benson Fashions arrived in Gosford Town Centre created, but in 2010 a move 1994 to cater for a sadly neglected market became necessary with the sale of the premises. 1993 when Bev moved to the Central Coast and kept the business going of the fashion industry – the mature woman. Bev Benson Fashions is now firmly established and herBev invaluable staff would spend until 2001 when she Bev joined at Gosford. at 163 Mann St with it’s main street location the next 17 years providing quality clothing attracting a new and varied clientele. While the all occasions. in 2011 Bev when lost her Bev’s illness ft the business to pursue other foravenues inSadly 2003, but fashions may have changed over 20 years, the long fought battle with Breast Cancer and the F A SinH2006 I OtoNhelp S look Bev Benson commitment to friendly , personal d she returned after the by then, 2 stores, Gosford & business was taken over by Bev’s daughter Kerry service has never wavered. Jackson.saw the superstore at Gosford Town t. The closure of the Morisset store Bev Benson Fashions caters for a wide range of Kerry started necessary in the fashion industry 1973 sale of the e created, but in 2010 a move became withinthe sizes and age groups, with classic, affordable when she was still at school, working weekends fashion being the concept of the store. premises. in Bev’s store at Eastwood. Kerry took over the enson rs B v e Eastwood store in 1993 when Bev moved to the B Iconic brands such as Slade, Ricki Renee, Maglia, s catefirmly ionnow enson Fashions established at 163 St with main Central Coast and kept the Mann business going until it’s ge Black Pepper and Jillian can be found side by n a Fashis r e wid d age 2001 when she joined Bev at Gosford. a side with newer styles from Kita Ku, Sportswave, r o f location attracting may es aannew and varied clientele. While the fashions La Dame just to name a few. of siz roups Kerry left the business to pursue other avenues g anged over 20 years, the Bev Benson commitment to friendly , Call personal in 2003, but when Bev’s illness occurred she in and meet our friendly, helpful staff and returned in 2006 to help look after the by then, be surprised by the wonderful variety of styles service has never wavered. 2 stores, Gosford & Morisset. The closure of the available. Morissetof store saw the superstore Gosford with classic, son Fashions caters for a wide range sizes and age atgroups, affordable fashion being the concept of the store. rands such as Slade, Ricki Renee, Maglia, Black Pepper and Jillian can be ide by side with newer styles from Kita Ku, Sportswave, La Dame just to name a few. and meet our friendly, helpful staff and be surprised by the wonderful Wintervariety fashions the mature woman of styles for available.



BEV BENSON FASHIONS Bev Benson Fashions offer a wide selection of Fashions for all ages, but specialise in providing classic, affordable fashion for the Mature Woman We have a stunning range of knitwear in brilliant colours, and team them with our wide array of pants or skirts for a great look for the cooler days ahead. We also carry a range of jeans for the mature lady. Come and see our range of plus size fashions up to size 24

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L A Y C O C K In the famous words of Dave Barry, “Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance”, he said. Since opening its doors in January 2014, Laycock St Dance encourages everyone to dance, offering various styles of dance to all ages, in an environment where they can feel safe and happy. They have adopted three main principles that guide the philosophy of the studio; tradition, technique and passion. Owners of Laycock St Dance Douglas McFarland and Joshua Lucas believe in creating awareness and education on understanding why people dance, the health related benefits of dancing, removing stereotypes that exist in the dancing world and most importantly using dance to make people feel good about themselves. How do you define dance? Why do people dance? There is no singular definitive answer; the answer is best taken from one’s dancing. People dance for a number of reasons, some dance for fun and recreation, some dance in a competitive nature, others dance in celebration or through their cultural traditions. Whatever the reason, dance brings joy to their lives “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful...This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking” (Agnes de Millie). Involvement and participation in dance lessons is beneficial for people of all ages. Three main benefits are health, social and behavioural. By attending regular dance lessons, there should be significant changes in the individual’s overall health: improved condition of your heart and lungs, increased muscular strength, endurance and motor fitness, increased aerobic fitness, weight management, stronger bones, better coordination, agility and flexibility, improved balance, increased


physical confidence, improved general and psychological wellbeing, greater self confidence and better social skills. Dancing is a very social activity. It helps children to improve social and communication skills. Children learn to work as part of a team, and work towards a higher level of trust and coordination, whilst making new friends in their dance class. Dance lessons are a great way to reduce anxiety, it is placing both children and adults in a new environment with unfamiliar people, thus making them interact with others that share a similar passion. Dancing is an extremely disciplined sport, with importance placed on focus and other skills that can be used in other areas of their life. The ability to fit dance into a busy schedule promotes the ability to manage time better and also enhances academic performance. Laycock St Dance promotes the importance of dance having the ability to improve an individual’s self esteem and self confidence. It is important for people to leave a dance lesson feeling good about themselves and their bodies. Jacques D Amboise said “Dance is your pulse, your heartbeat, your breathing. It’s the rhythm of your life. It’s the expression in time and in movement, in happiness, joy, sadness and envy”. Laycock St Dance is all about creating a safe and comfortable environment for dancers to be involved in. Our goal is for every student to feel excited when they enter and fulfilled when they leave the studio. Whether it be through limiting the number of students in each class, their renowned methods of working with male dancers (of which there are over 30 male dancers enrolled in the studio already), the strong



equal opportunity programs that provides equal floor space and teaching time for EVERY student or their raw passion for genuine development in our students, Laycock St Dance has the environment that provides the ultimate in technical performance art education. Located in North Gosford is a multi genre performing arts centre offering classes in Highland, Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Glee Club and Hip Hop. With an extensive timetable they offer lessons in a group environment, or one on one. Building and branding Laycock St Dance is a dream come true for both its Directors. It was an opportunity to create a safe place for children and adults. A dance environment where anyone would feel comfortable to dance, regardless of their dancing background and ability. They strongly believe all of their goals can be achieved if they focus on technique, tradition and passion. Laycock St Dance makes dancing a sport available for everyone, children and adults, whether it be for recreational or competitive purposes, they provide equal opportunities for all of their students, they also cater for Pre-School aged children and adults, they strongly encourage males to dance, as two male directors they have their own stories to tell in how they got to where they are in the dance world, they have dance exam classes available to give students future qualifications, they limit their class sizes to fourteen students, they have an appropriate costume policy, they use a variety of media channels to communicate with their parents and students, they take the time to listen to others feedback and most importantly they want their students to leave with a smile on their face and a sense of fulfillment. Laycock St Dance makes dance for all so that everybody is free to dance. Gosford City Magazine | June / July 2014




So what actually is the National Broadband Network and what does it mean for Gosford and our region. We asked NBN advocate Dave Abrahams. So, (in every day language) what actually is the National Broadband Network? The NBN is simply an important national upgrade of Australia’s old and ailing telecommunication system. Essentially replacing the old system with high quality infrastructure that is designed for the internet age we live in. The planning of the system goes back to 2004 where telco industry players helped design a series of new plans and policies to make that happen in conjunction with politicians, economists and public servants. The NBN is more than cables, it is also designed to increase competition in the telecommunication market place and thus drive down prices and increase innovation. In this regard the NBN is a wholesale only network, in that it sells access to it’s infrastructure on an equal basis to retail service providers (RSP), like iinet, Telstra, Optus, AAPT and over 50 others that in turn sell a service to customers. This new arrangement breaks the virtual monopoly held by Telstra and gives competitive access to a broad range of new retailers. This arrangement alone is helping keep prices for broadband and telephony down. 14

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Who does this benefit and what does it mean for those connected? The NBN is vastly beneficial to those people that have already connected. The most important aspect is reportedly the increases in quality, reliability and of course the speed of the network. This relates to both normal telephone calls as well as to internet based activities like email, Skype and web surfing. The vastly superior network enables new services to be accessed in education, in-home health care and working from home. Another residual effect has been the increased desirability in properties connected to the NBN, resulting in increased property values for these premises. Experiences from overseas indicate this will be between $5-10,000. How will the NBN benefit business in the region? The NBN offers business users a series of immediate benefits in speed, reliability and reduced cost, though it is perhaps the future uses of the NBN for regional businesses that will be most telling. With vast increases in internet quality and speed many capital city based businesses are beginning to adopt more flexible work practices, enabling commuters to travel less

and work more often at home or in local offices. This will bring a huge benefit for the region in returning the 10s of thousands of commuters to the region each day. All of these people will spend locally and need local services during the day. Another major opportunity exists for the Gosford CBD, West & East Gosford as early NBN rollout zones. Gosford could begin to attract business, research and educational organisations based primarily on the superior NBN fibre optic infrastructure it has had installed over the last 2 years. Indeed there have been a number of private and public organisations that have or are in the process of moving to the city based on the NBN infrastructure. This will accelerate in the next few years as an appreciation of the superior NBN fibre optic capabilities in the city becomes more widely known. A little known fact too is that a series of local manufacturing and installation businesses were successful in winning contracts for rolling out the NBN here and elsewhere in the country. This has bought very real new employment to many locals, young and old and helped maintain local business capacity.


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Is the NBN to be rolled out region wide? The Central Coast did receive a significant boost by securing an early rollout schedule for the NBN in 2011, thanks in a large part to a successful team effort by a key team of local businesses, organisations, local politicians and both Wyong and Gosford councils. Indeed the Central Coast succeeded in having the most significant NBN investment schedule on mainland Australia, covering 80% of the premises to be completed by 2016. While this region wide investment schedule is under review at the moment by the new government, it remains a significant investment and will undoubtedly benefit many businesses in the region, particularly those with so called fibre to the premises installations. Personally I think that the NBN opens up exciting opportunities for innovation and access to new markets. Parts of the Central Coast like Gosford could become great places for such entrepreneurial activity. Dave Abrahams @digitdave

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David Phillips is the 13th Pharmacist on his family tree and is a man of many talents and surprises David Phillips calm, unhurried and reassuring approach with customers belies the hectic and demanding life that he leads in and outside of the pharmacy. David is the senior pharmacist and partner of Phillips Amcal Pharmacy Gosford. He is the thirteenth Pharmacist in his family tree and was raised on the Central Coast with his three younger sisters, attending school locally and helping in the family business. His father John was a Pharmacist with a love of the land so spare hours were split between the Pharmacy and running a 400acre farm with crops and around 100 head of cattle. Farm life is hard work and as a result David was competent driving cars, tractors and bull dozers on the property at 11yrs of age. Before leaving home for university David travelled with his family around Asia for 7months visiting Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, The Philippines and New Guinea. This gave David a love of backpacking through Asia, which he did several times in the ensuing years. In 1975 David commenced his pharmaceutical degree and joined Sydney University Regiment of the Army Reserves. While studying full time, he trained as an infantry rifleman, scout and gunner and was promoted to Corporal in 1977. David instructed troops in all current infantry weapons and enjoyed working as an Infantry Section Commander. David spent up to 3mths a year in the bush with the Army Reserves where he trained Infantry recruits and took soldiers through Infantry Soldier Initial Employment Training

(IET). He further trained in Jungle and Conventional Warfare in all phases, at section, platoon, company and battalion level of operation. David has held many postings with the Army Reserves throughout his working life and has managed to juggle this with work and family commitments. He took a break from the Army between 2000 and 2004 due to work demands with a second pharmacy established, making it impossible for him to attend weekly parading as was required with the posting. Currently David is the Chief of Staff of the Director of Health Services Army Reserves East Region and the Chief of Staff of the Surgeon General Australia Defense Force Reserves. He is married and has eight children – four boys and four girls with ages ranging from 16 – 28yrs. He is a partner in two pharmacies and is involved in the day to day running of these while also a partner in Phillips & Phillips Pharmacy Computers, where he writes, maintains and develops pharmacy hardware and software. In partnership with the Department of Health and Aging, Medicare Australia and the Pharmacy Guild, David has completed a number of large software development projects, such as Online Claiming, Improved Entitlement checking, Closing the Gap, 4th and 5th Pharmacy Government Agreement projects. In his ‘spare time’ David enjoys archery, surfing and flying remote controlled planes. It’s certainly not a life for the feint hearted and David says he wouldn’t swap it for quid’s. David Phillips is another ‘little known about’ treasure of Gosford City.

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Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge

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The Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is an annual program administered by ClubsNSW and the RSL and Services Clubs Association which offers young people between the age of 16 and 22 the opportunity to walk the Kokoda Track.


The program was originally developed by the RSL & Services Clubs Association ten years ago, and involved NSW RSL Clubs sending a young person from their local community to walk the Track.

Candidates are expected to walk the entire Kokoda Track, which at 155km is 59kms longer than the more popular eco-tourist track. ClubsNSW believes that by walking the entire wartime track, young people have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding about a campaign that is rarely discussed in the classroom. More than 2,000 Australian soldiers are buried at the Bomana War Cemetery near Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Each group visits the cemetery at the conclusion of their ten day trip, an experience that is as emotionally draining as the walk is physically.

Expenses covered by the Club include the cost of flying to Kokoda, as well as accommodation, food, camping equipment, boots and track permits. The intention of the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is to identify young people within the community who are potential leaders, and who have an ability to both inspire and educate other young people within their local

The program has now been adopted nationally, with state club associations in NSW, West Australia and South Australia all funding the cost of at least one young person to walk the Kokoda Track.

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Work Smarter Are you trying to achieve a better balance between your work and home life, but can’t quite find the energy? Well, the solution may lie between the trees of your local area - all you have to do is take a walk outside. The perfect balance between work and life seems to have been placed in the realm of the unachievable. More and more people are commuting to work every day, and the little time that we do have for our family and friends is usually dominated by our ‘i-gadgets’ and social media. It’s clear that, in many cases, our inability to find a happy medium between work and life is affecting our health, well-being and work performance. However, a simple walk outside or a look to nature could help address some of the lifestyle issues faced by today’s workforce.

Research shows that green spaces are extremely beneficial for our mental, physical and social health. Fresh air and ventilation reduces stress, while walking during a meeting may increase our productivity. The perks of nature are not only hidden treasures known to those who venture outside their homes and offices in search of fresh air. Everyone can benefit from nature and use green spaces to help them a better achieve work/life balance. To help you enhance your lifestyle, we have come up with five easy ways that you can benefit from the COSS:

Are you feeling stressed at work? Go for a walk at lunchtime. Research shows that your stress levels are greatly reduced within the first three-to-five minutes of any contact with nature.

Living and working in the Gosford Local Government Area gives you a unique advantage to help improve your health, wellbeing and work performance at no cost. Put simply - you just need to spend a little more time in nature.

Whether you venture in or view them from a distance, the picturesque COSS reserves will have you relaxed and thinking clearly in no time. To boost the benefit, you can even increase intensity of your walks to improve your fitness and help stay in shape.

Surrounded by natural beauty, our coastal city is nestled within the Coastal Open Space System (COSS). This system of natural reserves provides stunning views and opportunities to socialise with your family and friends in the outdoors.

Feeling disconnected from your coworkers? Create a Bushcare team - a social

one day a month and provides the perfect opportunity for office groups to socialise and bond over a common cause.

Need more time for family? Join the COSS Family Nature Club. They’re groups of parents and friends who aim to teach their children problem-solving and life skills, while enhancing their creativity through nature. You could even improve your work relationships by joining a Club with other families in your workplace.

Having trouble focusing? Ditch the desk and have your lunch outside. Due to our evolutionary connection with nature, elements such as trees and moving clouds have been shown to reduce fatigue and restore focus.

Feeling a little run down? Open a window, or work with your boss to see how you can increase the flow of air around your workplace. Fresh air in the workplace can reduce sickness in the office by up to 56 per cent. So what are you waiting for? We’ve got one of the most beautiful backyards in the world, so why not take a step outside during your nine-to-five. The COSS may just change your life!

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You recently completed a successful kick starter program to help you into your new space. Ministry cafe has been something that I’ve wanted to do Tell us about it. for years and with a combination Well we ran into a number of of right location, right space and hurdles when it came to fitting timing we opened the cafe in out the new space so we had to October 2013. For a while the come up with a way to creatively space was shared with another explore funding for the project. business but we have recently Because we had already been moved next door into our new open for 6 months and people and permanent home. had got to know us, we found You seem to have gained quite a our customers were more than following in quite a short time. willing to help fund the new How? space simply because they believed in what we were Well, a cafe is more than just doing. We had already proven a shop. It becomes part of ourselves so people knew they a person’s life and routine. were investing into quality. By focusing on forming relationships with our customers in addition to providing great food and amazing coffee, we have managed to build a healthy customer base very quickly. The heart of the cafe is not just about coffee but forming community.

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Central Coast Gang Show will be performing at the Laycock Street Community Theatre from Wednesday 9th July to Friday 7.30pm & Saturday 12th July 2014 at 1pm & 7pm. The variety show is suitable for all ages and will entertain you and your family with skits, songs, colourful costumes and lots of fun. The cast are local scouts and guides who look forward to seeing you in the audience and supporting them with their performing arts. Tickets are $23, $21 and $17 available from the Laycock Street Community Theatre on 43233233 or online Further information please phone 0414 991 868.

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SABER Operation Saber successfully targets drug, alcohol and anti social behaviour offences in the Brisbane Water LAC


olice have made more than 134 drug detections and charged 266 people during a six month long operation targeting alcohol, drugs, and anti-social behaviour. Operation Saber was an initiative of Brisbane Water Local Area Command, specifically designed to improve community safety. The operation commenced on Saturday 19 October 2013 and concluded on Wednesday 16 April 2014. The overall objective was to reduce drug and alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour. Operation Saber also focused on bail compliance, warrant enforcement, highrisk offender targeting, licensed premises compliance, and street-level drug offences. Proactive resources from the Brisbane Water Targeted Action Group (TAG) Unit, in conjunction with seconded officers from General Duties, were deployed across local crime hotspots.

Operation Saber resulted in: - 134 drug detections - 266 people arrested, including 17 people charged with possession of stolen goods - 340 charges laid - 337 people given move-on directions - 17 cannabis cultivation locations identified - 118 cannabis plants seized, with an estimated total street value of more than $250,000 - Seven people charged with possession of Prohibited Weapons/Articles -Seven people charged with Cultivation of a Prohibited Plant - 10 search warrants executed and seven people charged with Supply Prohibited Drug - 56 offenders with outstanding warrants issued by the court and State Parole Authority arrested and placed back into custody - 405 bail compliance and suspect offender checks conducted, resulting in eight offenders having their bail revoked - 949 persons and vehicles searched under LEPRA provisions Brisbane Water Local Area Commander Superintendent Danny Sullivan said the operation sent a strong message to the community. “Operation Saber targeted people who allowed alcohol to result in reckless, criminal behaviour, and people who supplied and used illicit drugs,” Superintendent Sullivan said. “We will continue to target those who feel they’re above the law. “Key to the success of the operation was the high visibility of Brisbane Water TAG officers working alongside General Duties police. “Following the success of Operation Saber, Brisbane Water Local Area Command will be commencing Operation Saber 2 in October this year,” Superintendent Sullivan said.

It’s Official Brisbane Water Local Area Command is making a difference to the Gosford LGA The Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR) has release it’s annual report into crime in NSW and its Clear the Brisbane Water Local Area Command is making a difference to the community. Break and enter dwelling down by 28.8 per cent in Gosford compared with 13.3 per cent statewide; Break and enter non-dwelling down by 22.5 per cent in Gosford compared with 10.5 per cent statewide; Motor vehicle theft down by 33.3 per cent in Gosford compared with 12.9 per cent across the state; Stealing from motor vehicles down by 50 per cent in Gosford compared with 5 per cent across the rest of the state; Stealing from a person is down 27.5 per cent compared with 11.8 per cent and malicious damage to property is down 13 per cent competed with 8.1 per cent statewide. Got information about crime in your area and want to let us know about it? Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Gosford City Magazine | June / July 2014



A free service that helps real estate job seekers test the waters & find a job l A loca ss e busin an with try indus t firs

Leading national real estate training company, Real Estate Academy (REA) has launched a free online service designed to help real estate career hopefuls get a job while alleviating one of the greatest concerns of real estate principals today – recruitment. The East Gosford based company has designed an online learning portal,, which gives people considering a career in real estate the chance to test the waters. This could be anyone from impending school leavers to mature age workers or jobseekers looking for a career change. An industry first, the free online service also gives real estate career hopefuls the opportunity to submit their details and connect with agency principals who are looking to take on new recruits.

How does it work? Candidates simply register their details to have free access to a host of information and self paced learning resources. They can watch an introductory video, download relevant information about what it takes to work in the industry and work through Module 1 of The Complete Real Estate Success Program (REA’s online guided learning portal for everyone from new recruits to sales agents and business owners). Once completed, their results can be accessed by principals looking to hire employees in their selected postcode when registering. This gives real estate principals access to a pool of enthusiastic, ready to go candidates and real estate career hopefuls a potential head start to gaining employment.


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About Real Estate Academy Real Estate Academy (REA) is a national training and systems development company that services thousands of real estate businesses throughout Australia and New Zealand. The company supports and educates new recruits to business leaders from all major franchises and independently owned agencies. CEO Lee Woodward is well known and respected nationally and internationally for his innovative work within the real estate training industry. He has earned widespread acclaim for delivering interactive, professional and highly relevant training that has resulted in great people entering and doing well in the industry. To find out more, contact Real Estate Academy on 1300 367 412 or head to

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