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January 16, 2012

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Freewater won’t apologise osford Cr Peter Freewater has taken advice from the NSW Council for Civil Liberties and said he would not be apologising for comments he made late last year that allegedly breached the Council’s Code of Conduct.


What the Gosford Waterfront looks like now

group of local residents have created a website which would be used to demonstrate some of the issues associated with the Landing at Gosford.


The group has produced some before and after photographs of the Gosford Waterfront which they believe demonstrate to the members of the public just how much of an impact the proposed development will have on the area. “We intend to further develop this website to keep the community advised of the many issues associated with The Landing Project,” said Gosford Waterfront Action Group spokesperson Mr Peter Carstairs. “Recently, the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation only received 200 submissions in respect of The Landing, we believe this is a clear indication that the

majority of the community have not been properly informed about the proposal and its implications on the future of Gosford’s Waterfront.” The Gosford Waterfront Action Group meets regularly on the Gosford waterfront to discuss the various aspects of the proposal. The members of the group represent a number of different community groups and they all have concerns over the proposed development on the Gosford waterfront. Some of the main issues the group are concerned about include the loss of public open space along the waterfront area, the

environmental impact of high rise apartments over the Brisbane Water, the removal and relocation of the Gosford Public school and the Olympic Pool. “We are not against the redevelopment of Gosford CBD; in fact, we believe that is where the redevelopment should commence,” said Mr Carstairs. “Newcastle is a perfect example where millions of dollars have been spent on the waterfront but this investment has failed to provide any form of benefit to the Central Business District of Newcastle city.” Media Release, 22 Dec 2011 Peter Carstairs, Gosford Waterfront Action Group

What the Gosford waterfront would look like if the Landing proposal goes ahead according to the Gosford Waterfront Action Group More Landing stories on Page 4

Gosford Council general manager Mr Peter Wilson engaged the services of a lawyer to investigate the complaint by some Councillors that Cr Freewater had breached the Code of Conduct by making comments in the media that were disrespectful. This lawyer duly advised Council that Cr Freewater’s comments were indeed disrespectful and were therefore considered to be in breach of the Code of Conduct. It was also determined that the number of disrespectful comments made the breach to be of a “very serious nature”. These comments included Cr Freewater’s suggestion that the councillors may be arrogant because they were not listening to the thousands of community submissions calling for a conservation zoning for the Coastal Open Space System (COSS) instead of the recreation zoning they wanted to apply in the new Local Environment Plan. “The recreation zoning would allow our COSS lands, mostly bushland reserves full of endangered or threatened ecological communities, to be developed for sporting fixtures such as golf courses, hotels or other recreational activities,” said Cr Freewater. The other disrespectful comments were regarding the rate-payer funded councillor Weekend Workshop at a 5-star luxury resort. “I objected to this unnecessary waste of money, labelling the weekend as a “junket” and a “rort”. “The basis of these comments was that, while the Council chambers do not have an 18-hole golf course or bottomless wine cellar, it does have meeting rooms and so they wouldn’t need to spend rate-payers’ money to accommodate and pamper councillors and senior management at a luxury resort to discuss policy issues.” On advice from Council’s

senior management, councillors voted to seek a series of apologies from Cr Freewater including a paid advertisement in local papers, formal censorship and suspension from Council. “I was contacted by the NSW Council for Civil Liberties, who believed that Council’s actions sought to suppress my rights to freedom of political speech, which is an implied right within the Australian Constitution,” said Cr Freewater. “They have advised that if I remain steadfast in my determination not to apologise to Council for my statements, that the current proposals for reforming the standard code of conduct would give firm ground to argue my case, both in terms of abuse of the code of conduct and denial of procedural fairness. “The NSW Council for Civil Liberties indicated that my case is ‘a classic manifestation of the problems the proposed reform is aimed at preventing’.” “I understand that my comments may have upset fellow councillors and senior management, however, they were legitimate criticisms of Gosford Council that were both necessary and appropriate.

“Were it not for my public criticism of the proposed COSS zonings, Council would have proceeded with the recreational zoning for our wildlife reserves. “I brought the debate into the public arena and in doing so I forced Council to seek a conservation zoning for COSS. “This action may have saved these lands from development for generations to come and thus saved a myriad of threatened and endangered plants and animals. “As for calling the councillor weekender at a luxury resort a “junket” and a “rort”, I stand by these comments and call on Council to be more responsible with public funds. “Gosford Council has a very poor track record on managing rate-payers’ money, the recent loss of $52 million on foreign investments is still clanging in our ears. “I hope that by refusing to apologise and by exposing Gosford City Council for their abuse of the code of conduct that they will think twice before they waste thousands of dollars on legal fees to try and silence legitimate criticism again. Email, 9 Jan 2012 Peter Freewater, Horsfield Bay


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A rose by any other name


he first edition of Gosford Central News for 2012 has been published under its new name, Coast Community News.

After publishing the paper for over 12 months, it has become obvious that there is a great deal of confusion caused by the Gosford CBD and the local government area covered by council both having the same name. The paper has covered all news specifically relevant to residents and businesses in post code areas 2250 and 2251, but the name suggests that it only covers the Gosford business district and surrounding homes. Businesses in Erina for example have felt that they were not included even though the paper is hand delivered to them. Coast Community News

is an expanded version and now covers all of the Gosford Local Government area (LGA) not included in the Peninsulas This now takes in Terrigal, Wamberal, North Avoca and Forresters Beach even though their postcodes are not 2250 or 2251. In this way, all of the Gosford LGA will be covered by the two newspapers every two weeks. Distribution will also be extended accordingly to include the new business districts and all businesses in Terrigal will have copies hand-delivered to them in line with what is done in all of the other major retail areas in the Gosford LGA. Advertising rates will

not increase and the current multiple booking and multiple publication discounts will also remain the same. Community news in the Gosford LGA will continue to be our core focus and now all of the LGA will have access to the papers, both to obtain copies with news relevant to them and also as an avenue to have their voices heard within their community. Letters to the editor, photographs and editorial contributions including press releases are welcome. We will continue to be your local independent newspapers on the Coast.

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Freewater to fight for conservation osford Cr Peter Freewater has announced that he will move a Notice of Motion when Council resumes on Tuesday, January 24, to secure the Bambara Rd lots at Kariong for conservation of threatened and endangered species and for Aboriginal heritage.


Cr Freewater said the aim of the Notice of Motion was to recommend Council urgently begin negotiations with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority for the compulsory acquisition of all the Bambara Rd lots. “However, in the unlikely circumstances that it be necessary, Council should be prepared to purchase the lots without the support of these other authorities and should provide funds from the COSS accounts to pay for the purchases,” said Cr Freewater “These lots are an inholding of Brisbane Water National Park and need to be brought into the Park. “They are in the centre of the largest concentration of aboriginal rock engravings in the world as well as the location of several known endangered or threaten species of animals and

plants. “I believe that the community want this land secured as part of the Brisbane Water National Park and so does Gosford Council and NPWS. “If supported by fellow councillors, this motion will ensure that it happens. “Ultimately, it is a less expensive option than continually defending our rejection of DA’s in the Land and Environment Court. In the Notice of Motion, Cr Freewater said: “The importance of acquiring the Bambara Rd lots is paramount for reasons of local heritage and the protection and conservation of threatened and endangered species.” There are seven recorded Aboriginal sites within the target area which form part of a broader landscape of over 200 Aboriginal sites to the immediate north, south, east and west of the area. Cr Freewater also said

Community bush tucker and hieroglyphs tour at Bambara

that not acquiring the lots would lead to eventual housing development and further fragmentation of the local heritage landscape. “Such development would exacerbate the already significant impact on the continuity of the

cultural landscape that has occurred through the development of the nearby Kariong housing estate and the Somersby Industrial Estate to the north-west,” he said. The struggle to protect Bambara Rd, Kariong, and

to bring the land into public ownership has a long history, beginning in 1931 when Mr Gilford, a landowner at Bambara Rd, had a story published in the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper (January 31st) stating his strong concerns that the

numerous rock engravings “the works of the early inhabitants” as Mr Gilford called them, would be lost if the area were opened up to further development.

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The Landing

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Landing is for developers, not community

Brooks slams Landing

t is very easy to describe anyone who raises concerns about the Landing project as anti development.


The view of Gosford waterfront from the front of Bluetongue stadium

ormer councillor Mr Malcolm Brooks has put together a number of photographs that illustrate how the Gosford Waterfront would be “butchered and a concrete curtain erected five to seven storeys waterside of Dane Dr” as part of the Landing proposal.


Former councillor Mr Malcolm Brooks has put together a number of photographs that illustrate how the Gosford Waterfront would be “butchered and a concrete curtain erected five

to seven storeys waterside of Dane Dr” as part of the Landing proposal. “The photographs are genuine predictions of buildings using the Landing documents publicly

available from CCRDC,” said Mr Brooks. “In the latest plan by the CCRDC now on exhibition until January 31, it shows an increase in height of 10 storeys and 1000 residential



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units instead of 500-600. “There is only one way to describe this and this is corporate greed. “As I have said before, the waterfront needs to be a playground for the people, not a playpen for the rich. “Look at the holiday activities and the New Years Eve crowds to justify that statement. “We all need to make sure this outrageous project does not get government approval by lodging an objection,” said Mr Brooks. Letter, 3 Jan 2012 Malcolm Brooks, Friends of Gosford

However, that doesn’t allow for reasonable debate, which is a valid part of any development. If the proposed development results in a six story high wall of apartment blocks and car park rising above the McGowan Bridge, destroying the view and creating a barrier to the city centre, then that is a matter of concern. If the proposed development results in four large finger wharves jutting out into the water in the area of the sailing club to accommodate 400 apartments, four and six storeys high for wealthy buyers, then that is a matter of concern. One of the pleasures of driving into Gosford is the expansive and beautiful view over Brisbane Water. The view of Brisbane Water is also a feature of the stadium, which would be totally lost with the proposed development. The planned apartments on the waterfront have a southerly aspect which, apart from being cold and unappealing, would create a constantly shaded area over the water and where the public are supposedly enjoying the remaining paved public space. This is not good planning. The Gosford waterfront

Letters to the editor should be sent to: Gosford News PO Box 1056, Gosford 2250 or See Page 2 for contribution conditions and city centre is a natural amphitheatre that could accommodate staggered developments ranging in height from low at the waterfront to taller at the back, allowing everyone to share the view, but the Landing plan turns this upside down and ensures large buildings will create a barrier between the water and the land, ruining the natural beauty. It also cuts the waterfront off from the town centre, instead of providing a natural flow down from the town. This plan has nothing to contribute to the revitalisation of Gosford City centre. We are giving away our beautiful, small green waterfront for private commercial interests with little gain to Gosford citizens. Email, 12 Jan 2012 Carey Buls, Saratoga

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Ausgrid report shows improvement new progress report on Ausgrid’s five year capital works program shows eight major projects were completed on the Central Coast electricity network in the past two years and another eight are currently in construction.


The report titled Supply and Demand outlined where Ausgrid is investing or plans to invest to develop and renew its electricity network on the Central Coast. Ausgrid crews have also carried out almost 53,000 maintenance tasks on the Central Coast last financial year along with the replacement of 9600 streetlights and the installation of 77 streetside substations as part of Ausgrid’s ongoing maintenance program. Projects completed include a new zone substation at Wamberal, sub-transmission substation equipment replaced at Ourimbah, a 721 33kV feeder upgrade and a zone substation feeder upgrade at Lisarow and a 132kV feeder to increase capacity of the Wamberal zone substation Projects currently in construction include the installation of cable ducts along Central Coast Highway to assist with future installation of Wamberal to Gosford 132kV feeder, the replacement of 11kV circuit breakers at Avoca zone substation and an increase in capacity of the existing Peats Ridge 11kV feeders to meet load growth. Ausgrid managing director Mr George

Maltabarow said a major driver for the investment was the replacement of existing electrical infrastructure. “There are about 16 zone substations and 60,000 power poles on the Central Coast with an average age of about 30 years,” Mr Maltabrow said. “It’s now time to replace much of this infrastructure to ensure we continue to provide a safe and reliable supply of electricity.” Mr Maltabarow said the investment was also being driven by a need to meet increasing peak demand for power. “Residential and commercial developments across the Central Coast have made it one of the fastest growing regions across our electricity network,” he said. “The growth in population and commercial development is continuing to push up annual peak demand for electricity on the Central Coast by about 1.7 per cent. “Our specialist crews are focused on providing efficient network services that operate reliably during peak times.” Media Release. 19 Dec 2011 Gareth Trickey, Ausgrid


Resident charged with animal cruelty s Sue Jones of Niagara Park appeared at Gosford Local Court on Wednesday, December 21, and pleaded guilty to aggravated cruelty to her male Rottweiler dog.


A second charge of failure to provide veterinary treatment was subsequently withdrawn by the RSPCA. An RSPCA Inspector responded to a complaint about the dog on January 27 last year. He found the aged dog unable to use his back legs and seized him for urgent

veterinary examination. This found the dog was suffering the severe end stage of cauda equina syndrome, a painful degenerative spinal condition causing hindleg paralysis and incontinence. As no treatment options were considered likely to alleviate the dog’s pain, he

was humanely euthanized. The veterinarian estimated this untreated condition would have been worsening over three to six months prior to presentation. Ms Jones was convicted and placed on a Section 9 good behaviour bond for two years.

The conditions of the bond permit RSPCA Inspectors to undertake inspections of Ms Jones’ animals upon reasonable notice. She was ordered to pay $2000 professional costs and $356.90 veterinary costs. Media Release, 21 Dec 2011 Marianne Zander, RSPCA

Fatality at Peats Ridge report will be prepared for the Coroner following a fatal crash at Peats Ridge on Friday, January 13.


Emergency services were called to the intersection of Peats Ridge Rd and Kilpa Rd about 7.45am today, following a collision between a car and a motorcycle. The rider of the

motorcycle, a 46-year old man, died at the scene. Officers attached to Brisbane Water Local Area Command established a crime scene and attempted to establish the

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olice are appealing for witnesses to a head-on crash in Calga on Monday, January 9.

At 5.20pm emergency services were called to a serious collision involving two motorcycles on the Pacific Highway at Calga. The two riders, a 31-yearold woman and 23-year-old man, were injured as a result. The woman was airlifted to Royal North Shore Hospital with fractures to her wrists, pelvis and right ankle. The man was taken to Gosford Hospital suffering from a concussion and

fractures. A crime scene was established and the highway was closed for a period of time while investigations were carried out. Police are appealing for anyone they have not spoken to who witnessed the crash to contact Brisbane Water Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Media Release, 10 Jan 2012 NSW Police Media

circumstances surrounding the crash. The 48-year-old male driver, and sole occupant of the car, was not injured and underwent mandatory blood and urine testing.

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No vacancies at homeless shelters n Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report showed that almost 60 per cent of homeless people who seek accommodation in refuges run by


Specialist Homeless Services are turned away because there are no beds. “It’s the age-old story,” said Coast Shelter executive officer Mr Laurie Maher. “In spite of the efforts of the State and Federal Governments to prioritise homelessness, provide extra resources and the inclusion of homelessness and housing at the forefront

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New curator appointed risbane Water Historical Society has welcomed a new curator after the resignation of Hannah Atkin.


Kreenah Yelds has been approved by the Society committee for the position and has a number of qualifications comprising Master of Museum Studies and Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors.

Ms Yelds will take over from Elaine Fry who had been filling in as acting curator. Newsletter, 4 Jan 2012 Shirley Rider, Brisbane Water Historical Society

Gosford represented at State osford Public School student Siobhan Seeneevassen recently represented her school in the state final of the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking competition.


Siobhan, along with Patrick Johns and Anastasia Hibbard also recently competed in the Green Point Christian College Public Speaking Competition. Their prepared topic was “If I was a teacher...� and they were required to present an impromptu

speech on the day. Anastasia won the Year 5 section and Siobhan placed second in the Year 6 competition. Newsletter, 9 Dec 2011 Alan Wort, Gosford Public School

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As part of the Summer in the City program, there are thirteen creative workshops aimed at children aged 5 – 12 years, plus five workshops for the under 5s. Workshops will be situated within the Gosford CBD throughout January and February. Gosford Council’s manager of community and cultural development Ms Sue Verhoek said that the workshops aim to encourage creativity as well as educate children in a number of different areas.

“The workshops will see kids using their imagination in a fun and entertaining environment. “They will be able to explore their creative side through the many activities on offer, under the guidance of experienced professionals. “It’s a fantastic school holiday program offering great fun for the kids as well as value for money for parents,� said Ms Verhoek. Children enjoying the holiday workshops Photo: Naomi Bridges

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Great HSC results for Gosford he Department of Education and Communication’s Hunter Central Coast regional director Ms Robyn McKerihan has congratulated Gosford local government school-leavers on their Higher School Certificate (HSC) results.


Ms McKerihan said there were some great outcomes in the results accessed by students, with five Hunter – Central Coast public school students on the First in Course list. “I’m sure plenty of our students are happy their HSC careers are complete, and I recommend a well deserved holiday before they begin the next stage of their lives, whether in the workplace, in training or in tertiary education,� said Ms McKerihan. “They should be proud of their achievements: the Hunter Central Coast produced 23 All Round Achievers, those on the Distinguished Achievers List for courses totalling ten or more units. “We also had 19 Top Achievers by Course, students in the top five, ten or twenty places in each

course, depending on the size of the candidature and provided they also achieved a Band 6 or E4. “We had a total of 631 students on the Distinguished Achievers List (scoring Band 6 or E4). “While our academically selective schools have produced very high results as expected, all our high schools have done well. “Highlights include mentions on the All Rounders list from Brisbane Water Secondary College Woy Woy Campus, Terrigal High, Muswellbrook High and Maitland High as well as the two academic selective

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Kariong mural completed


he Kariong Underpass community mural project has been completed and, it is hoped that it will limit illegal graffiti in the area.

The project has incorporated artwork that represents the Kariong area through community engagement with professional artists. Gosford Council’s manager of community

and cultural development Ms Sue Verhoek said that the mural would create an increased sense of community ownership of the area. “Throughout this project, we have worked with a

number of individuals and community groups within the Kariong area to ensure that this mural reflects the ideas, values and identity of the community. “We placed a special focus on engaging young

people, families and senior members of the community in addition to existing community network organisations in order to best represent the character and composition of the Kariong area. “The mural will increase the visual aspect of the underpass and a protective

coating has been placed over the mural to protect its design from any illegal graffiti. “The mural extends over both entryways and the internal walls of the 30 metre underpass and is a significant piece of artwork. “Our professional artists from the G.A.P program

have done a wonderful job in creating this design in partnership with the Kariong community,” said Ms Verhoek. Media Release, 20 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

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Coast Community News - January 16, 2012 - Page 9

Marine rescue boat being ‘run in’ harp eyed observers may be wondering why the Marine Rescue Central Coast rescue boat, Centaco 20, has been running continuous long loops on Brisbane Water Broadwater between Koolewong, Saratoga and Green Point.


The question has been raised with the organisation whether the volunteers are just “out playing boats”. In mid-December, a new 350HP Diesel engine was installed in the rescue boat. To enable the boat to be ready for rescue operations in all conditions, the new engine has to be ‘run-in’. This involves keeping the engine under load but operating at varying rpm during its first 50 running hours. To achieve the required hours, a programme of time and varying rpm has been

Peats Ridge Festival number 1 on YouTube


he 2011 Peats Ridge Festival brought in the New Year at Glenworth Valley over three days from Thursday, December 29 until Saturday, December 31.

With acts including Xavier Rudd, the Dum Dum Girls, Jim Ward and a stellar finish from Gotye, all broadcast on YouTube for the first time, many said last year’s festival

was the best yet. The live YouTube stream had around 50,000 streams and over 300,000 channel views and, on January 1, the Peats Ridge channel was

the official number one in Australia on YouTube Music. The festival also showcased a number of entertaining installations including Wonderland,

Guerilla projections, the Indigenous program, the New Years Eve Masquerade and Trapezeria. Kaitlin Watts, 12 Jan 2012 Email, 6 Jan 2012 Peats Ridge Team

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The event is being organised by members from a number of Kariong community organisations and schools and funded by a grant, courtesy of Gosford Council. A location site is currently

being negotiated, and will soon be confirmed. The festival would include local musicians and dancers, poetry readings, an art exhibition with local Kariong artists, indigenous activities including face

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Call for public debate

Hieroglyphs are no Egyptian fantasy

r John Taylor of the Central Coast Regional Development Council made a recent statement that 75 per cent of the population of the Central Coast is in favour of The Landing Project.


The Gosford Waterfront Action Group (WAG), in their contact with the community, has found that many people favour development of Gosford, but object to the Landing project. They are opposed to public land being acquired for private use. The Gosford WAG challenge Mr Taylor and members of his team to host a public meeting to debate the Landing project.

We understand that Gosford Council received an award for its ability to communicate and consult with its residents during the process of producing the Masterplan. I believe this debate

would provide Mr Taylor with an additional opportunity to continue that tradition while communicating his vision and getting the community behind him. We agree that a moderator should be appointed and questions should be taken from the floor. Email, 20 Dec 2011 Peter Carstairs, on behalf of Gosford WAG, Gosford

Freight line not worth the money


he promised dedicated rail freight line will be just a patch up job of the original rail line built more than 120 years ago and the patch up job will not be worth the money.

Freight and commuter trains and XPT trains will still share the same track. In contrast, in other States of the Commonwealth of Australia and overseas, there are proper dedicated freight rail lines being built.

line between Sydney and Newcastle? Email, 23 Dec 2011 Fred Beringer, Koolewong

Why is this not possible in NSW, especially on a

Bambara still worth saving hether or not you think the Egyptian Hieroglyphs at Bambara are the real deal or not, it is undeniable that they are internationally known and a very popular tourist attraction.


I work as a youth worker in the Bambara area at Kariong and have enjoyed seeing many children, teenagers, young adults and elders alike amazed by the craftsmanship and the work that has gone into creating these mysterious engravings. I was lucky enough to score a gig on a six part series for the History

Channel (U.K)called Tony Robinson Explores Australia which was shown in dozens of countries around the world. Although I have never

put the Hieroglyphs at the front of the argument to protect this very special place at Bambara, protecting the surrounds of the Hieroglyphs should be seen as an investment not an expense as they attract thousands of people to the site every year. Email, 15 Dec 2011 Jake Cassar, West Gosford

have been researching the story of the Kariong Glyphs and have gathered quite a lot of information over the years.


Firstly the carvings at Kariong are modern day forgeries and badly done ones at that. First documented by a Gosford Council surveyor back in the late 70s, he observed the glyphs being created over a period of 2- 3 years. I spoke to this man by telephone two years ago. He now works as a guide for the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). In 1983, a person contacted the NPWS and they undertook studies of the site and monitored it over the next couple of years. The NPWS took photographs back then showing freshly cut engravings and stockpiles of materials being used to alter a natural fault in the rocks at the site to create an underground chamber or “tomb”. The head of the Deparment of Egyptology at Macquarie University Sydney remarked that the carvings were “the work of amateurs and merely scratches that meant nothing”, tests on the rock surface by experts revealed that the carvings were less than 40 years old. In 1984, a NPWS ranger caught a man adding to the carvings and confiscated his Sidchrome chisel. The NPWS receive so many calls about the glyphs that they have

Letters to the editor should be sent to: Coast Community News PO Box 1056, Gosford 2250 or See Page 2 for contribution conditions produced a facts sheet, which is available if you contact them. So all this happened over 30 years ago and was just a local mystery until the story appeared in an archaeological magazine and then the internet. This began a new wave of speculation by a variety of “experts” who only had dubious reports and scant photos of the site, without conducting any background research, these “experts” suddenly declared the carvings done by shipwrecked Egyptian sailors, lost Sumerians or Phoenicians and even the odd space visitor. It is a little known fact that three farms were in this area for about 50 years and one land owner lived less than 100 metres from the glyphs site up until the 60s. You could also drive your car to within 20 metres of the site up until around 2001. To this day, there are still people who will ignore the facts and persist with the Egyptian myth, mainly to

line their own pockets by conducting tours, holding seminars and selling “sacred fragrances”. There is a real mystery as to who the actual culprit is but evidence suggests that this may be the work of several people over a period of years, possibly starting back in the 60s when students from a local school copied texts from an Egyptian studies textbook onto the rocks at Kariong, and then again sometime in the late 70s early 80s when a person living in an old abandoned farmhouse near the site was thought to be adding more glyphs. In 1983, more work was added, including the Anubis figure and possibly, some of the earlier work was regrooved. My research also uncovered some interesting information which came from two reliable and totally unconnected sources that the original culprit may have been the son of a famous local identity, but was hushed up to avoid embarrassment. So we still have a great little local practical joke and the glyphs are now a famous example of pseudo - archaeology, but definitely no Egyptian fantasy. Email, 19 Dec 2011 Steve Spillard, Umina

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Circus at Gosford

Dance workshops held in Youth Arts Warehouse s part of this year’s Summer in the City program, an epic 12 hour dance event Move, Shake, Dance was held at the Youth Arts Warehouse on Sunday, January 8.


In a celebration of dance and movement, 12 one hour dance workshops for all ages were held at the Youth Arts Warehouse. The workshops covered a range of different genres including highland dance, street funk, broadway jazz, belly dancing, hip hop and contemporary. Gosford Council’s manager of community and cultural development Ms Sue Verhoek said the workshops were coordinated by some of the area’s top performers. “It is wonderful to have such talented and experienced dancers

taking our community through these 12 different workshops. “This event was the result of a fantastic partnership between Regional Youth Support Services and Council, driven by local dancer Lyn Mackay, who has worked tirelessly on this project. “This was an exciting part of our 2012 Summer in the City program and was the beginning of a number of activities within the Gosford CBD,” said Ms Verhoek. Media Release, 29 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

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Not for Profit Organisations Directory AACC Computer Club Inc. (33) Help with all Computing problems - Program demos + Q&A sessions - 7pm (FebNov) - Narara Valley High School - Fountains Road, Narara • 2nd Wed night of Month Windows - Supper provided DAY Meetings – 9.30am (Feb – Nov) - East Gosford Progress Hall - 10 Henry Parry Drive (cnr Webb Rd) • 3rd Wednesday of month Linux • 4th Thur of month - Social Meeting + Windows 12.15pm (Feb – Nov) Afternoon tea provided 4362 1918 4324 2740

The Australian Conservation Foundation Central Coast Branch (28) holds their meetings on the third Tuesday of each month (except January) at 7pm Discussions are focussed on local, state and national environmental issues. The Branch writes submissions, assists at stalls at local events, attends workshops and seminars and lobbys politicians. Location: 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre, cnr Albany St North and Henry Wheeler Place, Gosford.

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Meets every Tuesday 7:15pm Call Jon on 4323 1849 till 9:30pm new members always Gosford Business welcome. Improvement Community playouts with four concerts a year at District Inc (33) Laycock St Theatre. GBID’s aim is to make Gosford a safer, cleaner, 0407 894 560 commercially vibrant, or 0411 272 640 attractive regional city. We achieve this through Central Coast regular festivals and Family History events, monthly markets, beautification and business Society Inc. (39) All the resources, information retention projects. and advice needed to study Gosford City Markets held your family’s history are second Saturday of each available through the Society. month, seasonal events Visit the Society’s Research throughout the year Centre at 8 Russell Drysdale St, East Gosford, our website 200 Mann Street Gosford 4322 7726 at www.centralcoastfhs. org.auMonthly meetings are held on 1st Saturday of each Gosford City month at 1pm in the Lions Toastmasters (38) Community Hall, behind the Providing a supportive Society’s Research Centre. and positive learning Visitors welcome environment to enable 4324 5164

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Fellowship of First Fleeters Central Coast Chapter (88/48) Anyone interested in early history or early family histories are welcome to attend our meetings. You don’t need to be a First Fleeter to attend. Meetings at Wyong RSL Club on second Saturday each month at 10:30am

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The Gosford Diary For events in post code areas 2250, 2260 and 2251 See the Peninsula News for events in post code areas 2256 & 2257 Monday January 16 Art classes for kids, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, 10am-12pm Beginners Snorkelling Adventure, Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, 9-11am Snorkelling Adventure (some experience), Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, 1-3pm Tuesday January 17 East Gosford Skate Clinic, 9am12pm Waterbugs Detective and Dip Netting Adventures for Kids, Brisbane Water National Park, 9am-11am Belly dancing classes, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, 10am-11am Lantern making, Imperial centre, 10am and 2pm Brisbane Water Historical Society meeting, West Gosford Museum, 1pm Ken Duncan master class, Avoca Beach Rockpool, 6pm, free Wednesday January 18 East Gosford Scooter Clinic, 9am12pm Lantern making, Imperial centre, 10am and 2pm

Thursday January 19 Indian Dancing with Jita, 10am11am, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre Camp Rock the musical, Laycock St Theatre, 7:30pm Lantern making, Imperial centre, 10am and 2pm Little Urchins Kids Club, Central Coast Marine Discovery Cen5re, 11am3pm Aerosol Art workshop, Youth Arts Warehouse, 12-4pm, free Friday January 20 Central Coast Arts Society Summer Exhibition opening, Gosford Art Centre, 6:30pm Mini Chefs, Imperial centre, 10:30am and 1pm Central Coast Conservatorium Strings Summer School Aerosol Art workshop, Youth Arts Warehouse, 12-4pm, free Saturday January 21 Bad Boy Summer Sesh, Narara Skatepark, 7am-10am Sea Creature Family Treasure Hunt, Bouddi National Park, 1-3pm Wild Wild World into the Darkness, Bouddi National Park, 7:30-9:30pm

Summer in the City cinema, Kibble Park RA Girls Surf Show, Copacabana/ MacMasters Beach Central Coast Conservatorium Strings Summer School Sunday January 22 Avoca Beachside Markets, 9am2pm Central Coast Jazz Leagues concert, CC Leagues Club, 2-5pm, free Rockpool Discovery, Terrigal, 2-3pm Central Coast Conservatorium Strings Summer School Gosford City Australia Day Community Awards Hike and picnic, Gosford horticultural institute land, Narara, 10:30am Monday January 23 Art classes for kids, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, 10am-12pm Central Coast Conservatorium Strings Summer School Tuesday January 24 Sea Creature Family Treasure Hunt, Bouddi National park, 3-5pm Kids Walk, Art and Craft, Bouddi National Park, 12-2pm

If you’ve got something happening in Gosford LGA area 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.


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Victory go down to Mariners

Slingsby wins World Title

osford sailor Tom Slingsby sailed to his fourth world Laser crown on Sunday, December 18, cruising home comfortably to win the medal race for a 19-point victory at the Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing World Championships.


In the final race of the regatta, Slingsby somersaulted from his boat into the water in front of cheering fans and lifted the host nation to a tabletopping three world titles, leaving a handful of other sailors to battle it out for the other two podium spots. For Slingsby, a winner of six races off Fremantle, it was a fifth visit to the Laser dais having won the crown in 2007, 2008 and 2010 after collecting silver in 2006. Now just the Olympic

way I’m going. “To me, I feel like I’m improving all the time. “I’m a lot better sailor than I was four years ago and I think it’s going to show this time around,” he said. “The start didn’t really go according to plan, I was just a bit too cautious to get up on the line and I got caught between a guy who goes low and a guy who goes high, and just got squeezed out. “As soon as I got clear I felt the shift pattern and got

crown beckons before he heads off to America’s Cup sailing with BMW Oracle. Slingsby said “This is definitely one of the best [races].” “Sailing, you’re often off in the ocean and no one can see, but to have it here and a grandstand all cheering your name chanting ‘Tom’, I haven’t had that happen before so it’s a pretty amazing feeling. “You feel like a real sports star. “I’m really happy with the

in sync. “From there on I sailed well. “I showboated a bit, and I’m not too happy about that. “I was lucky I didn’t capsize.” With Australia finishing the top nation in Perth, Slingsby said “We are such a good team, we are a small team but we bat up the order, we bat well, pull really far above our weight, and we did that here, we did it in front of our home country and home fans.” Silver medallist Nick Thompson (GBR) had nothing but praise for Slingsby. “Tom has sailed a fantastic event, from start to finish, with six firsts and some very good results in all the other races.” “He thoroughly deserved to win the event and I am very pleased for him as well because he is a very good friend of mine. “I couldn’t think of anyone else I would rather lose to.” Thompson said he was rapt with his silver medal. “I’m over the moon. “It would have been almost impossible to beat Tom, and that was the best result that I could have come away with, so I’m absolutely ecstatic.” Website, 18 Dec 2011 Perth 2011 ISAF Sailing

Matt Simon brace, which included a goal within the first twenty seconds of the match has seen the Central Coast Mariners down the Melbourne Victory 2-nil at Bluetongue Stadium on Wednesday, January 4.


As part of the ‘Big Wednesday’ extravaganza, Graham Arnold’s charges extended their unbeaten streak to eleven matches and continued their imposing home record. The Mariners and the Victory played an enterprising match that showcased the skills and talents of the players in Hyundai A-League Season Seven. The scene was set for an emotional and historical evening at the Mariners’ idyllic bayside home of Bluetongue Stadium with club stalwart and former East Gosford player making his final appearance for the club. Popular midfielder John Hutchinson also made his 300th Australian National League appearance, fullback Pedj Bojic continued to impress with durability and made his 200th professional appearance, while Troy Hearfield rounded out an evening of milestones and earnt his first start of the season in his 100th Hyundai A-League match. After the game, Central Coast Mariners tactician lauded his side’s performance in front of the passionate local crowd. “It was a fantastic night

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NAB Central Coast Sportsperson of the Year went to Amy Nurthen for Surf Life Saving. She won 11 Gold and three Silver Medals in

the NSW surf lifesaving Championships, won Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Under 19 Division of the Australian Surf Lifesaving championships and won Round four of the Nutri Grain Ironwoman series at

Portsea Beach Victoria and placed sixth overall in the series. Runner up went to Cobi Morgan for her achievements in rugby and touch football.

he Central Coast Mariners are currently equal first at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder after completing 10 rounds. This weekend will see

a grand final rematch, where the Mariners meet the other top of the ladder team, Brisbane Roar. Brisbane Roar’s recent record breaking run of undefeated matches for any football code came to a sudden end two weeks ago and again last

weekend where they lost two matches in a row. Meanwhile, the Mariners have continued their unbeaten run to be equal first at the top of the ladder. Their most recent win was in the F3 derby against the Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium,

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olunteer of the Year


Lifesaving Education, Youth retention, First Aid Officer and many other volunteer roles.

oach of the Year


Larry Spencer was awarded Coach of the Year for his commitment within athletics. He coached two International Athletics Gold Medallists Kevin Moore (CommonWealth

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where a large cohort of Newcastle supporters were left disappointed by their team’s inability to score a goal. See inside for comprehensive coverage of the last two matches.

The decision was made at Gosford Council’s meeting of Tuesday, December 6. One written submission was received from Gosford City Sports Council in response to a public exhibition of the policy.

The submission made a number of adjustments including minor wording amendments to clarify the early hand back of certain grounds for competition only. The policy objectives include enabling Council to control and manage the use of sports grounds within the local government area, ensuring the allocation of venues and fields is undertaken in a fair and equitable manner, providing additional guidelines that relate specifically to the allocation of Gosford City Council (GCC) sports grounds and ensuring maximum usage of currently available sports grounds without creating overuse of venues or fields.

Steed plays at Sunshine Coast

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he future is looking very exciting for young gun Steel Guiliana of Terrigal after he again signed with R-Tek Motorsport for the 2012 season.


He has also just signed a new three year management deal with industry leader, Titus Day of 6 Degrees Management. Following on from a successful 2011 season with the Guiliana/R-Tek pairing taking the Australian Formula 3 National Class title and the $50,000 Forpark Australia Scholarship, the conversation about the 2012 season was straight forward,

with both Steel Guiliana and R-Tek’s managing director Ian Richards putting pen to paper a few weeks before Christmas. “It was a great feeling to be able to commit for another season, stepping up into the Championship class with R-Tek and also committing to Australian Formula 3,” said Steel. “I am very happy that we made the decision to race the National Class for 2011 as it provided me with some exceptional experiences on important tracks, inside of a great Australian Championship. “I am looking forward to a rewarding 2012 racing season!”

ack Steed, one of Everglades Country Club’s junior golfers, travelled to the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday, November 22, for a trip of a lifetime.

Games – 400m) and Lisa Spencer (Oceania Pacific Championships 400m hurdles) He also coached five State Gold Medallists, two International Invitational athletes and six National Qualifiers. Runner up went to Paul Broadbent for his commitment to coaching within Surf Life Saving.

Winning the Pump Golf Shootout earlier this year helped him be one of 80 juniors chosen from Australia and New Zealand to participate in a three day golf event held at Twin Waters; one of the best courses on the Sunshine Coast. Safe hands Mariners goalkeeper Matt Ryan safely collects the ball

There, he participated in clinics taught by golfing stars, including big hitting American Bubba Watson and Australians Adam Scott, Stuart Appleby, Nick O’Hern and Marc Lieshman. He also went to the PGA Championship at Coolum. He came third in the Nett competition over two days shooting eight and six under his handicap. His said his main highlight was watching Stuart Appleby hitting his driver 210 metres on his knees and watching Bubba Watson’s drive. Ian Richards and Steel Guiliana

Championship operations manager Richard Craill said: “The Formula 3 Australian Drivers Championship team are all pleased to hear that Steel has firmed his plans for the 2012 season.” “Steel’s fantastic season in the Forpark Australia F3 National Class has given him the experience and, thanks to the Forpark Scholarship prize, significant funding, which will assist him to step up and be competitive in his quest to win the Gold Star and the Formula 3 Championship next year. “From our perspective, Steel is a great young personality and has been fantastic to work with in the promotion of Formula 3

racing in Australia. “He has a positive, cando attitude and is fantastic in dealing with fans and media at each round. “I am already looking forward to watching Steel battle for the championship next year and to join the growing number of drivers who have used the F3 Australian Drivers Championship to progress their careers forward to the next level.” Steel said he has always believed in his ability as a racing driver. “My dream of becoming an Australian Formula 1 World Champion and an Australian Ambassador to F1 Internationally has finally become achievable. “Six Degrees Management will launch me into a professional career in Australian F3 Motor Racing in 2012 with a plan to springboard me onto the European GP Circuit in 2013. “I wish thank my mother Lynnette and father Stephen for both their support since I started Kart racing at 7 years of age. “They have put my motor sport ability, competitiveness, and the possibility of a motor racing career before almost everything else in their lives. “There are so many other great people who have given so much to me on my journey over the years. “Thank you all so very much and a very special thank you to Hawkes Media for all of their recent assistance and guidance and for having sufficient faith to introduce me to the best manager in the country,” said Steel. Six Degrees managing director Titus Day said: “I’m thrilled to have Steel join 6 Degrees.” “As one of Australia’s rising stars in the world of motor sport and possibly the future of F1 racing Steel is in good company and joins the likes of Guy Sebastian, Stephanie Rice and Grant Denyer as one of our clients.”

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Katie Dixon was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award for her achievements in Surf Life Saving. She received a nomination for her volunteer work across a broad range of areas with Ocean Beach SLSC. Along with completing over 100 patrol hours Katie also commits her time to

osford Council has adopted a policy for the seasonal use of sporting facilities that allocates fields on an equitable basis but which provides for maximum use of sports fields when they are not in use by seasonal sports or are required for renovation works by Council.




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Stuart Gyngell was awarded the Masters Sports Person of the Year award for his achievements in athletics He won four Gold medals (Discus, Shot, Hammer and Weight throw) in the NSW Masters Championships, five Gold medals (Discus, Shot, Javelin, Weight throw and Throws Pentathlon) and one Silver medal (Hammer) in the Australian Masters Championships and one1 Gold (Shot), two Silver medals (weight throw and throw pentathlon) in the World Masters Championships. He is currently ranked number one in the world for Masters Shot and number one in Australia for Shot, Discus, Weight Throw and Throw Pentathlon. Paul Lemon was announced runner up for his achievements in Surf Life Saving and swimming.

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A crowd of over 250 people celebrated the best of the best in Central Coast sport for 2011 at the 2GO Central Coast Sports Federation Sportstar of the Year Awards on Saturday, November 19. Competition was fierce in each category, with all of the finalists very deserving of recognition for their achievements. The judges had to make extremely tough decisions.



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he Central Coast Mariners have extended their unbeaten streak to a dozen matches, picking up three very valuable points on the road with a 1-nil victory over Sydney


FC on January 8.


They are unbeaten at home this season and their unbeaten streak of 12 matches is their highest ever.

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McShane to box for NSW at nationals by Chris Hodder

yan Mcshane has won at a boxing night held at Woy Woy Leagues Club on Friday, December 16, and has been picked to represent NSW at the Australian titles in Tasmania in February.


Last year, the Umina local won the NSW ABL Bantam Weight Title and the NSW ABL Far North Coast Super Bantamweight title. Both titles were above his weight. “His win on the weekend was very impressive, outpointing Jarrod Manning from Penrith in a very tactical match, where both fighters used their skills and experience,” said organiser

Mr Chris Hodder. “They were both cautious of one another and it was a great fight.” Woy Woy’s Lorenzo Sposito took on Australia’s first ever Amateur World Champion Jai Opetaia. Opetaia used more speed and landed some clean blows which won him the match. Eden Sardi showed his potential in the ring and landed clean punches for the entire three rounds. Rose Kelly gave away ten kilos and showed she was all heart against a much stronger opponent. Luke Martin will be one to watch in the future after he took another win and impressed the audience with his evasive skills and quick hand speed.

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and I think the performance of the season. “A fairytale finish for Matty, and the crowd enjoyed it. “It was great to play in front of a good crowd,” Arnold said. Arnold added that the win highlighted the depth he has in his squad. “It’s not a rotation system at all. “We want to look after the youngsters. “The kids have done fantastic, but three games in a week is a very heavy workload for them. “Both Musti and Bernie pulled up sore after the Gold Coast game. “One thing we have really focused on this year is to play the game not the scoreboard, and it’s a message I will keep telling them now. “Play each game, not the table. “Win the game and it will all sort itself out. “It was a dream start, a crazy start. “Defensively we were very strong, another clean sheet was pleasing. “Young Sainsbury fitted in with no dramas,” said Arnold.

pplications for Gosford Council’s annual Recreation Assistance Program are now open for the 2012-2013 funding round.


The program offers grants of up to $5000 to sporting and recreation clubs within the Gosford Local Government Area. Projects are funded on a dollar for dollar basis, up to 50 per cent of the total project cost, with a total funding pool of $50,000 available. Projects eligible for funding include the upgrade or development of buildings such as clubhouses and amenities, fencing, floodlighting, irrigation or

ground improvements, studies or investigations leading to a capital project, the purchase or maintenance of equipment, sun protection or sun awareness projects and hard-court facility developments or improvements. Applications close Friday, March 16, with successful applicants to be announced by June 30. Media Release, 4 Jan 2012 Gosford Council Media

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Amini voted best under 21 player for December

NYE draws record crowds to Gosford races record crowd of over 8000 patrons converged on Gosford Racecourse for Saturday’s New Year Eve Raceday.


“We have shown what we can achieve at Gosford Race Club with regular and consistent programming,” said Gosford Race Club chairman Mr Michael Cusick. “The New Years Eve Raceday at Gosford is now in its sixth year and continues to go from strength to strength. “We have made no secret of our desire to move more of our race meetings into time zones that have the capacity to attract larger on course patronage, particularly through the summer months when the local population swells significantly with the hordes of holiday makers enjoying the sunshine on the Central Coast. “We have also applied to Racing NSW to conduct a metropolitan status stand alone Saturday meeting at Gosford through the summer period. “We would like to

consolidate our four listed feature races onto the one day and could offer $1 million in total prize money on this day. “We don’t need any additional funding, we just need a date,” he said. The Gosford Race Club now kicks off its Twilight Season, with the running of the $125,000 Gosford Quarries Gosford Gold Cup as a Twilight Meeting on Thursday, January 12. Australian band Mental as Anything will perform straight after the last race at 7pm. “We will conduct all of our meetings in January, February and March 2012 as twilight events, and will leave no stone unturned to ensure that we continue the momentum created by our tremendous New Years Eve Raceday,” Cusick enthused. Media Release, 1 Jan 2012 James Heddo, Gosford Race Club

entral Coast Mariners player Mustafa Amini has been announced the third nominee for the 2011/12 NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.


Amini from was voted as the most outstanding U21 player for the month of December following standout performances in five matches. Amini netted twice in December, one in the Yellow and Navy’s 4-0 triumph in Adelaide and the other in his teams’ 2-1 win over Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium on December 17. Determined by a panel of football experts, the NAB Young Footballer of the Year December nominee, Amini said he was elated to be

recognised as one of the Hyundai A-League’s elite young performers. “It’s fantastic for the club and for me as well also to be recognised as one of the Young Players of the Month,” Amini said. “It’s good for the club having two (nominees) in a row.” Amini is the third nominated player to be announced for the NAB Young Footballer of the Year award following James Brown’s October nomination and teammate Bernie Ibini’s

November nomination. The crafty, diminutive midfield maestro will be joined by a further three players in future months to qualify to be named the NAB Young Footballer of the Year at the Hyundai A-League Awards in 2012. The overall winner will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services and the NAB

Young Footballer of the Year Award. Central Coast Mariners head coach Graham Arnold said the recognition was no less than Amini deserved for his contribution to his side’s stellar December form. Arnold added that it is fantastic that Amini’s performances would ultimately aid the development of future football stars via the $3000 equipment pack NAB will provide to Amini’s chosen junior football institution, Westfield Sports High. “It’s where they learn all their football and enjoy all their football,” Arnold said. “When they’re youngsters they have coaches who are volunteers and put a lot of work in with the kids; it’s a just reward for them.” With his nomination in the NAB Young Footballer of the Year competition secured, Amini will look to enjoy his final five months as a Mariners player before he links with BVB Borussia Dortmund of the German Bundesliga. Media Release, 13 Jan 2012 Ben O’Neill, CC Mariners

Marlins win he Central Coast Marlins have moved into fourth position on the ladder after an impressive 3-2 win over Baulkham Hills Kookaburra’s at Baseball Park, Springfield, in their final game before the Christmas Break on the weekend of December 17 and 18.

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Marlins starting pitcher Paul Anderson was outstanding throwing a complete game and kept one of the league’s best offensive teams to only two runs. The Sydney side opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Solid defence from the home side minimised the damage as the Hills side threatened to score more runners. Anderson then settled into the game nicely and kept the Baulkham Hills hitters off balance, which gave the home side a chance to make inroads into the deficit. The home side levelled the scores in the second inning, after a hit to Michael Ashton which was later scored by Todd Bowden and some poor defence from the Kookaburra’s. The home side hit the lead after Adam Howe

led off with a hit that was moved over by a sacrifice from Michael Campbell. Howe then stole a base and scored on a hit to Tom O’Gorman. The Kookaburra’s battled back to tie the game in the sixth inning but the Marlins took the lead in the seventh when Campbell hit safely. The game was eventually scored with a crucial two out hit to Michael Ashton which was enough for Anderson as he shut the Hills side out for the remainder of the game. The win put the Marlins side in real contention for a finals berth in the second half of the season. They will return on the January 18 against Manly and hope to continue their winning streak and solidify a spot in the top four. Media Release, 19 Dec 2011 Central Coast Marlins publicity

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