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January 30, 2012

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Mayor Cr Laurie Maher with Bruce Dent of St Josephs Workshop, Katie Dixon, Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill, Steve Robson, William Fortier, Pat Dell, Ros Greener, Briana Shaw, Con Ryan representing the 5 Lands Walk and Clr Jim Macfadyen


In all, 52 citizens were nominated for a Community Award across the nine categories on offer. This year, local school teacher from St Edwards College Mr Patrick Dell, was named Citizen of the Year for his continued advocacy for social justice and volunteer work for countless organisations. Mr Dell is the social justice coordinator at St Edwards College, East Gosford, a position he said he takes on with great commitment, dedication and enthusiasm. He tirelessly volunteers his time to countless charitable causes within the community. In his position as social justice coordinator, he encourages young men to donate their time and teaches them the benefit of giving to others. He has been the driving force behind the school’s Waterford Project in which students complete 20 hours of community service annually. Patrick has provided

students of the college with the opportunity to give back to their community facilitating volunteering for Donnison St Outreach, Mary Macs Woy Woy, St Vincent De Paul, Red Cross, Legacy, Macquarie Fields Indigenous Program, Caritas K’s, the Heart Foundation and the Haven Education Centre just to name a few. In recent times, Patrick has raised money for the Queensland Flood Appeal, Christian Brothers in the Philippines, the Donnica Clarke Foundation, St Joseph’s Walgett, St Edmunds Wahroonga and Coast Shelter. Pat has volunteered thousands of hours of community work while also encouraging others to get involved, his attitude and enthusiasm for helping others is both infectious and inspiring. His commitment to volunteering, fundraising, advocacy and action over the past 15 years has made a significant impact on past

and present St Edwards’ students and his great work is appreciated by many throughout the wider community. In a ceremony celebrating those achieving great things in the community, audiences enjoyed entertainment from Youth in Performing Art (YIPA) students, with Gosford City Town Crier, Stephen Clarke as Master of Ceremonies. Australia Day Committee chairman Cr Jim Macfadyen said that all of this year’s nominees made a significant contribution to Gosford City. “The residents recognised at today’s ceremony should be proud of the work they do within our community, their enthusiasm and dedication to helping others is what makes our community great. “I would like to congratulate all of our nominees and this year’s category winners for their outstanding efforts, these accolades are truly well deserved,” said Cr Macfadyen.

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ome of Gosford City’s finest were recognised at the Australia Day Community Awards in a ceremony at Laycock St Community Theatre on Sunday, January 22.

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The winner of the Arts Culture and Entertainment category was Patonga resident Jocelyn Maughan while the winner of the Business category was Ocean Beach Surf Life Saver Katie Dixon who is a dedicated cancer researcher. The winner of the Community Event category was the 5 Lands Walk and the Environment award winner was Wires Central Coast volunteer William Fortier. Ros Greener was recognised in the Senior category for her work at the Peninsula Women’s Health Centre, Rachelle King was the winner of the Sport category for her results in Surf Life Saving and the Youth category was won by Steve Robson. The Volunteer organisation category was won by St Joseph’s Workshop and the individual volunteer category was won by Brianna Shaw for her work with the Brain Injury Unit at the Royal Rehabilitation Centre. Media Release, 22 Jan 2012 Gosford Council Media

olf Garda of Springfield has been awarded an Australia Day 2012 Emergency Services Medal (ESM).

He joined the NSW State Emergency Service (SES) at Blacktown as a volunteer in 1987 and transferred to Gosford in 1990. He became Deputy Controller (Administration) in 1992 and was appointed to his current role of SES Gosford Local Controller three years later. Mr Garda has devoted much time to the SES and has participated in many significant SES operations and activities and in many community events including numerous talks and presentations to schools and other community organisations. His key achievements include initiating major renovations to the Gosford Local Headquarters after the Rural Fire Service vacated the building in 1998-99. He instigated and organised the conversion of the cramped and unsuitable premises into an effective SES Unit Headquarters with facilities for training, operations, stores and

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garaging for Unit vehicles. Since his appointment as Local Controller, Mr Garda has taken the Unit from strength to strength, providing exemplary leadership, encouraging all members to participate fully, and ensuring that the Unit delivers a high quality of service to the local community. He is also a highly skilled and sought-after trainer and assessor. Mr Garda’s distinguished career as a volunteer over many years reflects great credit on him, the Gosford SES Unit and the SES in NSW. Email, 16 Jan 2012 Adrian Bey, Government House

Medal for guides trainer arara resident Ms Susan Carr has received an Order of Australia Medal for her service to youth through Girl Guides Australia.


She has been a national training team member of the Girl Guides Association since 1998, a board bember of the Girl Guides Association of NSW and the ACT in 2001 and 2006-2009 and a training adviser since 2009. She has been the chair of the NSW Training Committee since 2009 and a member from 1997-2003 and 20052011. Ms Carr was a member of the NSW Membership Management Committee since 1997-2008 and since 2009. She was also a state support group adviser in 1997-2002, member of the NSW Properties Management Committee from 1998-2001 and a member of the NSW State Council from 19972001. Susan was also a planning committee member and local association adviser in the NSW Local AssociationSupport Group Conferences

from 1982-1995, a region training adviser at Coastal Valleys since 2008, an administrator in the Western Sydney Region in 2007-2008, a region leader on the Central Coast from 2001-2006 and an acting district leader at Warners Bay, Ourimbah and Point Koonarong at various times. She was the district leader for Gosford City from 19982001, district leader at Niagara Park from 1991-1996, support group president from 19821985 and local association adviser for the Central Coast, 1989-1995. Susan was the support group member at Wyoming and Niagara Park from 1980-1991 and has been a teacher at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic School in the Entrance for 23 years and held various positions on the school’s P and F in Wyoming from 1979-1985. Email, 16 Jan 2012 Adrian Bey, Government House


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Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organisations Aboriginal Legal Service 8842 8000 Community Options 4351 3388 Bungree Aboriginal Association 4351 3388 Mingaletta 4342 7515 Aboriginal Home Care 4352 1153 Drug & Alcohol rehab 4388 6360 Respite Care Options 4351 3388 Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health 4351 1040 Darkinjung Local Land Council 4351 2930

Accommodation Dept. of Housing Gosford 4323 5211 Cassie4Youth 4322 3197 Coast Shelter 4324 7239 Pacific Link Com Housing 4324 7617 Rumbalara Youth Refuge 4325 7555 Samaritans Youth Services 4351 1922 Youth Angle • Woy Woy 4341 8830 Youth Accom Hotline 1800 424 830 Temporary Accommodation 1800 152 152

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Counselling Mensline - talk with a bloke 1300 789 978 Lifecare Family Services 1300 130 225 Centacare: 4324 6403 Relationship Australia: 1300 364 277 Interrelate: 1800 449 118

Emergency Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 Police Assistance Line 131 444 Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 Woy Woy Police Station 4323 5599 Energy Australia 13 13 88 Gas Emergency 131 909 Gosford City Council 4325 8222 Marine Rescue - Central Coast 4325 7929 SES - Storm and Flood Emergency 132 500

Crisis Services and Helplines Lifeline - 24 hr. 13 11 14 Suicide Helpline 1800 191 919 Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 Parents Helpline 13 20 55 Indigenous Call Centre 136 380 Family Relationship Advice Line 1800 050 321

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Council votes against Council meeting a fiasco compulsory aquisition C

r Terri Latella said she was unimpressed with last Tuesday’s council meeting, claiming she found the whole debate about Bambara “quite a fiasco”.

espite over 100 concerned members of the community turning up to Gosford Council’s meeting of Tuesday, January 24, the council voted against the compulsory acquisition of all Bambara Road lots.


All councillors except Cr Peter Freewater, who put the Notice of Motion forward, put their hand up to vote that Council obtain the land through voluntary acquisition by working in conjunction with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS). West Gosford resident and environmental activist Jake Cassar spoke to the councillors and the gallery and said he was “so proud to call myself a local as I look at this incredible turnout tonight”. Mr Cassar said it was imperative that the sacred land be acquired by Council as it was being “vandalised and used as a dumping ground”. “Council should see the purchase of this land as an investment, not an expense,” said Cassar. Cassar’s emotional speech was received with deafening applause from the gallery.

Cr Freewater echoed Jake’s sentiments and said the land was “one of the most historically rich areas in Aboriginal culture” and it needed to be saved. “Yes, we could have voluntarily purchased this land and yes we’ve been trying,” said Freewater. “The reality is, we have tried and it failed. “Legal advice has told me compulsory acquisition is the only option,” he said. But Cr Chris Holstein labelled Freewater’s comments as misleading and scaremongering. Cr Holstein said he was totally committed to saving Bambara and “the argument is about the process” and “it depends on the disparity between the prices”. Mayor Laurie Maher also spoke up about the Notice of Motion and said that, up until the day of the meeting,

he supported the compulsory acquisition of Bambara but said he had since found out that there would be an additional cost of $800,000 to $1 million for compulsory acquisition. “Because the land is safe, I am going down the path of voluntary acquisition,” said Mayor Cr Maher. Freewater, however, said the reality was that it would only cost around $20,000. “The figure of up to $1M is scaremongering,” said Freewater. The National Parks and Wildlife Service have written to the current land owners providing them with a valuation and offer to purchase within a 12 month timetable and a report will be brought to Council at the conclusion of this offer. Minister for the Central Coast Mr Chris Hartcher and Member for Gosford Cr Chris Holstein will also be contacted by Council regarding their electoral commitments in relation to Bambara.

Cr Latella said that, although the land needs to be protected, using Coastal Open Space System (COSS) funds was not the way to go about it. “There’s a sign outside that says ‘we voted you in, no more spin’; well, I find this evening full of spin,’ said Cr Latella. “You all being here this evening, this is spin!” she said to the 100 plus members in the gallery. Cr Freewater claimed that whether the land was bought through compulsory acquisition or voluntary acquisition, COSS funds would be used, regardless. “The most important

issue is that the money to purchase will come out of the COSS funds no matter what process we use,” said Cr Freewater. “I specifically asked the general manager this question and he confirmed it. “I reiterated this point several times during the meeting, because Latella and others kept saying they didn’t want to use COSS funds. “If we continue to try and buy the lots in partnership with NPWS as we resolved on Tuesday, the money comes out of COSS (including legal fees) if we go through compulsory

acquisition with NPWS, our share still comes out of COSS.” Cr Vicki Scott also voiced her disappointment with the way those at the meeting conducted themselves, claiming it resembled a “boy’s playground”. “We are expected to make important decisions and it is beginning to look like a circus. “Surely we can make adult decisions, because when we do make decisions, it is on behalf of 160,000 people.” said Cr Scott. Kaitlin Watts, 24 Jan 2012

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Citizenship Ceremony in Gosford

Wyoming man charged with child-porn offences Wyoming man will face court next month charged with childpornography offences.


On Wednesday, January 4, South Australian police informed the Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) about a NSW resident they believed to be transmitting indecent material via the Internet. CEIU detectives executed a search warrant at a Wyoming residence on Tuesday, January 10, and seized computers and related equipment for forensic examination. After further investigation,

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CEIU detectives arrested a 45-year-old Wyoming man on Friday, January 20. The man was charged with use carriage service to transmit child pornography, use carriage service to access child pornography and possess child-abuse material. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on February 14. Regular online operations are conducted by detectives at the Child Exploitation Internet

Unit, which is attached to the State Crime Command’s Sex Crimes Squad. Anyone with information to assist police in their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Meanwhile, police are urging parents and children to be mindful of the dangers associated with online grooming.’ Media Release, 23 Jan 2012 NSW Police Media

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he Australia Day Citizenship Ceremony for Gosford City was held on Australia Day at Laycock St Community Theatre, North Gosford.


This year’s ceremony saw 108 people from 28 countries become Australian citizens on Thursday, January 26. The ceremony in Gosford City was just one of the many hundreds across the nation that saw thousands of new citizens welcomed into the country from all corners of the globe. Mayor of Gosford City Cr Laurie Maher said

that the ceremony was a celebration of Australia and an opportunity to welcome our newest residents. “Australia Day is a wonderful time of year, celebrating the things that make our nation great, it’s a pleasure to be able to welcome new citizens to Gosford City. “Through citizenship, we can all celebrate our democratic values and

commitment to a fair go, equality, freedom of speech and religion. “We are home to a diverse range of cultural backgrounds and have created a welcoming and inclusive community here in Gosford. “Australia Day is an opportunity to take pride in our citizenship and reflect on the meaning and importance of being Australian,” said Cr Maher. Media Release, 23 Jan 2012 Gosford Council Media

Courses to help workforce re-entry ourses aimed at men or women who wish to re-enter the workforce or go on to further study are being held at Gosford Tafe this semester.


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Police seize weapons wo men and one woman will face robbery charges after police responded to reports of an attempted robbery at a taxi company on Merindee St, West Gosford, at around 1:30am on Sunday, January 22.


Police were told that three people wearing gloves and face coverings had entered the premises. Unable to access the area where the cash was kept they left a short time later empty-handed. About an hour later a man entered a newsagency on Mitchell Dr in Kariong and allegedly threatened a 49-year-old staff member with a firearm. The 49-year-old handed over some cash from his wallet before the other man demanded that he open the shop’s two safes. When the staff member said he did not know the combinations, the man allegedly took a number of chocolate bars before fleeing the premises. About 20 minutes later Tuggerah Lakes Highway Patrol officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of a car seen near the taxi company at the time of the attempted robbery. They followed the car to a service station on the Pacific Highway, Ourimbah, where they arrested the three occupants, two men, aged 18 and 26 and a 21-year-old woman, all from Killarney Vale, and took them to Gosford Police Station. During a subsequent search of the vehicle, police seized a loaded rifle and a replica pistol. The woman and two men

were charged with armed robbery with a dangerous weapon (attempted) and armed robbery with a dangerous weapon. The men were additionally charged with possession of a loaded firearm in a public place. All three were refused bail to appear in Gosford Local Court on Monday, January 23. About 2.45pm on Sunday, January 22, detectives attached to Strike Force Blumer executed search warrants at properties in Main St and Avery St, Killarney Vale, as well as Langford St at Kariong and The Entrance Rd, The Entrance. Police seized several items of interest that may be linked to other robbery offences. Strike Force Blumer comprises detectives from the State Crime Command’s Robbery and Serious Crime Squad, Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command and Brisbane Water Local Area Command. It is investigating a number of robberies in the Central Coast and Hunter regions. Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Blumer investigators should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Media Release, 23 Jan 2012 NSW Police Media

Water pipes to be cleaned osford Council has begun flushing and cleaning water mains across parts of Gosford to protect the quality of the area’s drinking water supply.


Crews will make their way through Point Clare, West Gosford and the Gosford CBD over the next month. Flushing and cleaning works will be completed overnight between 9pm and 5.30am to minimise any impacts on local residents. The works may cause discoloured water in these areas and Council has asked residents to check

their water quality before washing clothes during this period. If washing is affected, residents should keep the clothing, linen, etc. wet and contact Council on 4325 8222 to obtain a cleaning solution. Media Release, 13 Jan 2012 Gosford Council Media Water pipes being flushed Photo: Naomi Briges

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t its meeting of Tuesday, January 24, Gosford Council resolved to reconfirm its commitment and support to the existing Landing Masterplan and requested an extension to the exhibition time of one month.


Councillors also resolved to request that the Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein make a formal submission to the Minister of the Central Coast Mr Chris Hartcher and express Council’s concern relating to elements contained within the State Significant Site Study. A presentation from the Chairman and CEO of Central Coast Regional Development Corporation will also be requested to discuss elements contained within the State Significant Site Study and to clarify Central Coast Regional Development Corporation’s ongoing commitment to work in partnership with Council. Since the preparation of the Masterplan, CCRDC

took the lead role in facilitating the waterfront component, and prepared the Landing Masterplan (TLM) specifically to guide and outline the future development of the waterfront. Gosford Council’s agenda stated that its primary concern was that the Landing delivered the outcomes in terms of built form, community assets and economic stimulus that had been embraced by the community. Council’s report recorded “some obvious inconsistencies” with higher building heights recorded in the draft SEPP than what was provided for in the TLM. Cr Peter Freewater stated that the way “this has been shaping up has been

monstrous”. Cr Craig Doyle said that Council has “seen a lot of negative comments, some speculation, some misuse of information to create panic”. “Under whose authority did CCRDC decide to double the exhibited heights? “I start getting doubts about our other business partner. “Is there little wonder people start to get upset? “There’s something definitely wrong if an organisation can do this without consultation. “We need to get back to what the community said ‘yes’ to,” said Cr Doyle. Gosford Council Agenda ENV.2, 24 Jan 2012

Residents not against development of CBD agree wholeheartedly with Peter Carstairs on the Landing project issue when he states “we are not against the development of Gosford CBD, in fact we believe that redevelopment should commence there”.


The centre of Gosford City is an ideal place to be rejuvenated with the inclusion of sympathetic architecture to inspire more business, attractive living and keep our waterfront free for recreational and leisurely pursuits for the public. The buildings sitting out over that waterfront are an obsolete eyesore, not to mention the ugly finger

wharfs. Who could possibly want those on the water, blocking the beautiful scenery? The waterfront is the jewel in our crown so let’s not ruin it by blocking the area with these unattractive buildings. Letter, 20 Jan 2012 E Plimmer, Avoca

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Landing not beneficial for all residents core function of any council is to act on behalf of all residents for the long term, rather than the financial gains of the few in the short.


So, it is with some incredulity, I discover that the council seems hellbent in lining the pockets of developers via the Landing Project. The public might easily assume (correctly or otherwise) that since one good turn deserves another, the very same developers or their agents might have agreed to under-write the future elections of those in council who support the project. And, they will probably need it because, it is near impossible to believe that any members of the public would ever agree to have their waterfront blighted in such a way, unless tempted by a substantial pecuniary interest. There is nothing wrong with development, far from it, but there are better choices available that would

help revitalize the city. The empty Town Centre building, for example, sits like a beacon of desolation. There are also what appear to be long abandoned buildings lining the main street, especially at the Gosford-Wyoming end. The waterfront, however, which these economic opportunists seek to exclude Gosford residents from, will be gone forever, removing from future generations the enjoyment of the expansive Brisbane Water views. Think what will be lost! New Year revellers will no longer be drawn by the waterside nor will people choose to picnic nearby or

take time out to gaze out and reflect on the vicissitudes of life. A city needs those quiet spaces and the loss will not be compensated by the sale of apartments. Why my interest in the issue? We are future citizens of Gosford who are presently coping with the aftermath of the earthquakes in Christchurch. The destruction and uncertainty has given us good reason to decide to leave and I have family here (we have spent the last six weeks here). It is one thing for nature to despoil a city, but to do so intentionally just to satisfy the greed and whims of developers and councillors is an utter travesty. Email, 23 Jan 2012 Marc Alexander, Christchurch NZ

Buildings destroy waterfront aving read the latest copy of “Coast Community News” I am most concerned at the proposed plan for the Landing project.


The superimposed photograph showing the buildings lining the waterfront completely destroys the natural beauty of this unique scenic waterfront area. In addition, the destruction of the adjoining parkland would result in families who frequently have picnics in this lovely area

being denied this simple enjoyment. I frequently walk along this waterfront area and I often admire the many families, overseas tourists

and local bus tours which avail themselves of this area of natural beauty. I believe this area should remain as is so that all can enjoy the simple pleasure of relaxing with families in the fresh air. Letter, 24 Jan 2012 Robert Smith

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Residents need to stand against Landing n the front page of the Express Advocate on November 11, there was our mayor pictured on the waterfront advocating a rate rise to “help fund the huge new waterfront development� called the Landing.


He is also reported as being very critical of detractors of the scheme. On January 16 on NBN News there was our mayor again, this time in the face of mounting criticism, claiming that all the plans at this stage are “just a concept�. So, we have gone from the Gosford Challenge to the Landing to the Concept and my nomination for a name for the next stage is the Revelation. When will people realise that they have been duped and that permanent buildings on the old Gosford mud flats are neither economically viable, feasible nor practical while it is impossible to predict rising sea levels or extreme

weather events? It’s time to move on, time for the planners and developers to remove their greedy snouts from the trough, time Gosford Council stopped wasting millions of dollars on “pie in the sky� schemes and time for civic pride to demand that our beautiful iconic waterfront becomes a recreational area of trees, parks and gardens. Letter, 17 Jan 2012 T.W Rodwell, Niagara Park

Council refuses answers y enquiries regarding the ownership of Gosford City Waterfront have not been satisfactorily answered by either Gosford Council or the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation.


The only answer supplied (though not verified) has been that Council may own the land and has “handed administration over to the CCRDC�. CCRDC is yet to reply to my enquiry. If Gosford Council purchased the land several years ago, as I have been informed by other sources, that means we, as rate payers of Gosford City, own the land. Furthermore, if the land is “owned� by Gosford Council, why were the local

citizens not fully consulted before the “hand over�? Ownership of the waterfront should be clearly known when one considers the building controversy over the proposed waterfront development. Email, 24 Jan 2012 Col Hodgson, Mount Elliot

Citizens need to take control f the public unrest surrounding the Gosford Landing project is any measure of the Gosford community’s satisfaction with its council, then the looming Local Government Elections on Saturday, September 8, is shaping up as an ideal time for a referendum on the so called Gosford Challenge.


The Gosford Challenge! What’s that? How can we have a referendum on something that we don’t understand and is essentially meaningless? Except for the fact that our parklands, school and waterfront, that have been entrusted to us from our forbears and that we hope to hand to our children, seem to be forever slipping out of our control and into the hands of people we don’t trust. Why don’t we trust them? It’s because they speak to us in a language that we don’t understand. One word sums it up: ‘Doublespeak’; words and phrases designed to confuse. It’s not that we don’t

know what’s going on, we do! We all do. It’s called sleight of hand. But how do we regain control of what rightly belongs to us? In the lead up to the election, we need to first take control of the language and end the doublespeak from council. By ‘We’, I mean citizens that care about ownership of our schools, parklands and waterfronts and who would like to see a progressive development of our city within the equal playing field of the existing city subdivision

that we inherited, own and participate in and that’s been grossly mismanaged. Let’s start with ‘The Gosford Challenge’; a new competitive master planning process never tried before in Australia, designed to reinvigorate the city centre through a consultation and urban design competition process. Doublespeak! The Gosford Challenge was a tender process. There hasn’t been an urban design competition, and to our understanding the tender process has been deployed by the lead advisor to council within five urban municipalities in greater Melbourne and now Gosford since 2001. Of the five projects, three have been awarded to Lend Lease and the other two to

Grocon. It is now evident that the process was never intended to reinvigorate the city centre; the real Challenge was to excise and carve up the cities prime assets, our parklands, school and waterfront. A tragic loss to every Central Coast resident and property owner as, when you buy into a city, you buy into the parklands as well. The new Gosford Challenge is for us to cherish and protect our parklands in the same way New Yorkers love Central Park and Londoners love Hyde Park, because parklands are the cities best assets and free and democratic playing fields are values that our countries have in common and that our parents and grandparents fought for. Email, 12 Jan 2012 Richard Brew, North Avoca

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vista would be ruined by the building of apartment buildings on our little bay. We look forward, each year, to the Australia Day waterfront activities including the sail past of power and sailboats all decked out in their flags. It is crowded enough as it is. That would spell the end of our Australia Day

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even sites in the Gosford area have so far been registered for Clean Up Australia Day from February 28 until March 6.


The first meeting site will be on Tuesday, February 28, at Heazlett Park, Avoca, from 1:30 until 5:30pm. A number of sites have been registered for Sunday, March 4, including the Pacific Highway in West Gosford adjacent to the netball courts and cycle track at 8:30am until 12:15pm, the Gosford Visitor Information Centre from 10am until 12pm, North Avcoa SLSC from 8-9:30am and the surf club car park at Avoca from 7am until 11am. On Tuesday, March 6, a meeting site will be held at the boat ramp car park in Gosford from 9am until 11am. In 2011, more than 565,000 volunteers across 7400 sites removed an

estimated 16,464 tonnes of rubbish across Australia. Clean Up Australia’s chairman and founder Mr Ian Kiernan AO said he was confident that 2012 would be even bigger. “We’re urging all Australians to take notice of clean up hotspots in your local area and let us know where they are, whether you can help out on the Day or not,” said Mr Kiernan. “Your local park, waterways, beaches, road sides or back alleys are key areas and we are asking you to join the team by letting us know where these areas are. “Everyone can do their bit for Australia, individually or as part of a team. “Clean Up Australia Day is a simple way you can clean up, fix up and conserve our

greatest resource, Australia. “Think of the places that are important to you, your local park, sporting fields, beaches, walking tracks, neighbourhood streets and bike ways and pull together your own team to join Team Clean Up.” In 2012, hundreds of thousands of volunteers will take to the streets with white and yellow bags and don their gloves to clean up their local community. Registrations for Clean Up Sites are now open to join Team Clean Up in 2012. To register go to http:// www.cleanupaustraliaday. Media Release, 24 Jan 2012 Tracey Wigg, Gaia Communications

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he Gosford City Markets will return to Kibble Park on Saturday, February 11, with a Scottish theme.

The Gosford City Markets will combine events with the Central Coast Highland Dancing Group to transform Kibble Park into “McKibble Park and all things Scottish” for the day. The “McKibble Park” event commences at 8am with markets stalls, entertainment on the William St Mall stage and the Central Coast Highland Dancing Titles on the main stage. The titles are a key event for Highland Dancers from all over Australia and are the first major event on the competitive calendar. Since its inception in 2008, dancers from all over NSW and interstate have challenged the Central Coast’s best in a bid to take the regional title. “The McKibble Park event is a great way to kick off the new year and we are delighted to merge events

with the Central Coast Highland Dancing Group,” said GBID manager Mr Paul Brasch. “We will have entertainment on both stages, market stalls, Scottish merchandise, food and bag pipes aplenty. “This will be a great way to spend a Saturday morning. “The markets are not overly crowded and have plenty of car parking nearby. “Kibble Park Gosford has full wheelchair access as well. “The wonderful playground in Kibble Park keeps the little market goers entertained. “We will have a a haggis throwing competiton, caber toss and a kilted dash for the kids. “The atmosphere will be amazing.” Media Release, 27 Jan 2012 Paul Brasch, GBID

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Marine talk in Terrigal Marine Discovery Talk was held in Terrigal on Thursday, January 19, at the Marine Discovery Centre as part of the Summer Activities program for the year.


The evening involved two outstanding presenters comprising Tim Silverwood who spoke about his journey to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and associate professor Natalie Moltschaniwskyj who presented “Live fast and die young – the life of a squid”. In July of last year, environmentalist Tim Silverwood spent three weeks sailing over 5000km from Honolulu to Vancouver with scientists, environmentalists, artists and filmmakers as part of a research expedition to the North Pacific Gyre (aka Great Pacific Garbaga Patch), coordinated by Algalita Marine Research Foundation. What he discovered was that the description of the Garbage Patch as a “floating island” of trash is far from the truth. “In fact, it’s much worse than that,” said Tim. “If it were a floating island of trash it would be possible for us to go and clean it up but unfortunately it is more like a plastic soup.

“Larger plastic items like bottles, bags, buckets and crates don’t retain their structure for long as the sun’s rays beat down and the waves toss them around, they break apart into millions and billions of plastic fragments that then remain in the ocean. “They don’t biodegrade though, that’s the scary part.” To highlight the harmful effect litter has on marine life, Tim was recognised by Keep Australia Beautiful as an ambassador for its 2011 campaign, “Dropped on Land…Kills at Sea”. He is also a co-founder of ‘Take 3 – A Clean Beach Initiative’, an organization that asks each visitor to beaches and waterways to simply take three pieces of rubbish with them when they leave. Ms Mostschaniwskyj led the Marine Science program at the Central Coast campus of the University of Newcastle. She has extensive experience in biology and ecology of squid.

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Her particular passion and research focus is squid, studying their behaviour, their growth and reproduction and implications for fisheries and aquaculture. “The most amazing things about these animals is that they live for such a short time; they literally grow fast and die young” said Natalie.

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music’s heavyweights including Kasey Chambers as well as playing on a number of Golden Guitar winning albums. Toombs’ most recent success though, comes as video director for his work on Harvey’s video clip You Don’t Know My Love, Nicholson’s video clip Famous Last Words and Storer and Carmody’s video

osford Council has resolved to support and assist the Australian Plants Society (APS) Central Coast Group to encourage greater public appreciation of Rumbalara Reserve by supporting the proposed interpretative walks into Rumbalara and the other educational talks regarding native plants.


The APS was formed in the 1970s with the name Society for Growing Australian Plants. The Society has branches in every state and within each state are District Groups. Presently there are 22 District Groups in NSW. The objectives of APSNSW are to foster and promote appreciation, study and participate in growing and propagating Australian native plants, to foster, support and promote the preservation and conservation of Australian native plants, to encourage the use of Australian native plants in home gardens and

public places, to improve Australian native plants as garden subjects, to interest people in the nursery industry in propagating and supplying Australian native plants to the public and to increase and disseminate general knowledge of Australian native plants. The APS Central Coast Group has 130 members and holds monthly meetings at Phillip House in Old Mount Penang Rd, Kariong. The members are active in various Bushcare activities in Gosford and have had a strong presence at the Springtime Flora Festival over many years. The APS Central Coast

Group would advertise monthly “talks and walks” to take place on the second Saturday of the month to coincide with the monthly Growers’ Market in Kibble Park. Initial activities proposed for Rumbalara include an oration of the history of the eastern side of Rumbalara and a discussion of the plantings at the new entrance and a walk on parts of the Casuarina Track where a list of plants seen along the track would be produced. Gosford Council Agenda NM.3, 24 Jan 2012


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Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein announced the funding for Central Coast Tourism, on behalf of Minister for Tourism and Major Events Mr George Souris. Nine tourism projects across the Central Coast have been granted funding from the NSW Government’s $5 million Regional Tourism Product Development Funding Program. Mr Holstein said the Destination NSW funding would enable Gosford to enhance visitor experiences and boost tourism to the local area. “I am delighted to announce that projects around Gosford have been awarded funding to further develop the visitor experience and increase the range of tourism activities and attractions in the Central Coast. “These projects will have many benefits and will help to attract more visitors to Gosford,” Mr Holstein said. Central Coast Regional Development Corporation will receive $45,000 to install an all weather event structure and centralised power outlets at the Mt Penang Festival Site. PARTY YOURSELF INTO SHAPE

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grow regional tourism and boost the State’s economy.” Mr Souris said the value of tourism in regional NSW was more than $8.7 billion in overnight visitor expenditure based on 17.5 million overnight visitors. “NSW has a natural diversity of landscapes from the Snowy Mountains to the interior’s countryside and the stunning Pacific Coast. “The state has a rich heritage and an abundance of festivals and events which makes NSW a top destination for visitors. “Regional NSW is at the heart of our goal of doubling overnight tourism expenditure in NSW by 2020,” Mr Souris said. Central Coast Tourism CEO Mr Oliver Philpot said: “This tourism development initiative has led to closer working between individual tourism businesses and Central Coast Tourism and has had a positive impact on community support for tourism. “We look forward to the results of the program over the next year.” Media Release, 16 Jan 2012 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

Antigone shown at Uniting Church he first staged play reading of Antigone was held on Friday, January 27, at the Uniting Church Hall in Gosford.


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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.

PO Box 547, Woy Woy NSW 2256

4323 1843

Brisbane Water Historical Society (46)

• Coach tours • School educational tours • Coach tours for members • Annual Street Stalls • Participation in History Heritage Week Celebration

Margaret Pearce 4325 2270

Central Coast Art Society (43) Bringing together artists and interested people for lectures, demonstrations and discussion. Weekly paint-outs each Tuesday at varying Central Coast locations 4349 5860 Workshops - 4363 1820 9.30am to 12.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month and Social Meetings 1.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Gosford City Arts Centre, for a demo by Guest artist 4325 1420 PO Box 4168, East Gosford 2250

Central Coast Concert Band (28) Meets every Tuesday 7:15pm

till 9:30pm new members always welcome. Community playouts with four concerts a year at Laycock St Theatre. 0407 894 560 or 0411 272 640

Central Coast Family History Society Inc. (39) All the resources, information and advice needed to study your family’s history are available through the Society. Visit the Society’s Research Centre at 8 Russell Drysdale St, East Gosford, our website at www.centralcoastfhs. org.auMonthly meetings are held on 1st Saturday of each month at 1pm in the Lions Community Hall, behind the Society’s Research Centre. Visitors welcome 4324 5164

Gosford Business Improvement District Inc (33) GBID’s aim is to make Gosford a safer, cleaner, commercially vibrant, attractive regional city. We achieve this through regular festivals and events, monthly markets, beautification and business retention projects. Gosford City Markets held second Saturday of each month, seasonal events throughout the year 200 Mann Street Gosford 4322 7726

Gosford City Toastmasters (38)

Gosford RSL Sub-Branch Women’s Auxiliary

3rd Monday of each month Avoca Beach Bowling Club 4368 6157 or 4384 3741

Invitation to women over 18 years to Join our organisation We raise money for the welfare of veterans and their families in our district RSL Club West Gosford 4th Mon of the month 2pm

Probus Club North Gosford (38)


4323 7336

Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre (49) • Personal development • Community Garden • Counselling • Meditation • Support Groups • Friendship Groups • Music and Movement for under 5 • Rooms for hire

Providing a supportive and positive learning environment to enable individuals to develop 4363 1044 oral communication and leadership skills. Central Coast Meals on Wheels Second and fourth Thursday (46) Handweavers, of each month, Gosford Delivered meals and Spinners and Bowling Club. flexible food options for 4340 1929 Textile Arts Guild people with a functional Inc (28) disability Spinning and weaving, 4382 9401 patchwork and quilting felting and other fibre and fabric crafts Workshops and Community quiting bees Day and Night Groups 4325 4743

Coastal Communicators Toastmasters Club

Gosford RSL Ladies Indoor Bowls (28)

Wanted Women to join our social indoor bowls Fridays 10am to 2pm at RSL Club 4344 5812 or 0412 773 441

Probus Club of Avoca Beach (43) Men and Women are always welcome. Come along and hear interesting guest speakers, make new friends and join us in our social activities. Meetings start at 10am

for most other programs as organised according to the Timetable published on the Club Website. All classes are 10am to 12md or 1 pm to 3pm at Kincumber & District Neighbourhood Centre. PC and Mac Meetings are held at Avoca Beach Bowling Club on the first Monday of the Month with a Guest Speaker

New and older retirees who seek companionship and intellectual stimulus, fun and fellowship through outings such as walking, bus trips, indoor bowls, theatre 4369 2530 attendances are invited to join the above club. Soroptimist 4th Tuesday Monthly Central Coast Leagues Club International (81/38) 10am SI is a dynamic organisation 4324 2493 for professional and 4365 4208 business women, through advocacy, awareness and Probus Club action we strive to improve the lives of women and girls West Gosford (47) Our mixed friendly club 2nd Thursday of each month welcomes retired or semi (except Jan) 6:45pm - Breakers Country retired people. Enjoy friendships, lunches, Club, Dover Road Wamberal outings, trips etc 4365 3121 with our group. New members very welcome. 2nd Thursday of every Wyong Community month Centre (49) Narara Community Centre A local community cente 2 Pandala Rd Narara 10am that provides a wide range 4362 7227 of programs and activities to the local community inc. Tai Seniors Computer Chi, Yoga, Zumba, Blokes Club Central Coast Breakfast’s, Community Markets, Out of School Inc. (83/41) Classes for Beginners Hours Care, Play Groups are held on Mondays or contact the Centre for dates Tuesdays. There are also and times on 4323 7483 classes Monday to Friday


Are you looking for a club that can help you develop confidence by improving your speaking skills - a friendly club that makes fun and encouragement a part of the learning? Whether in the workforce or retired, Coastal Communicators caters for everyone’s needs. Our aim is to help you reach your goal. Meetings are entertaining and educational with an enthusiastic and supportive membership. This club meets 1st and 3rd Saturdays in the Avoca Beach Bowling Club at 11am. 4341 6843

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 Call Jon on 4323 1849

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 Thursday February 2

Wednesday February 8

Sunday February 19

Mobile Phone workshop for seniors, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 10:30am

Belly dancing for 5-10 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre. 3:454:30pm

Kariong Community Fun Festival, 10am-3pm

Friday February 3

Friday February 10

Indian Dancing for 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:344:45pm

Greening Up children’s workshop, Somers McCourt Gallery, 10am

Ocean stories for 5-8 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:455pm

Saturday February 11

Tuesday February 21

Electric Blues Jam, Central Coast Hotel, 2-5pm Summer in the City Festival, Kibble Park, Gosford, 10:30am

Gosford City Markets, Kibble Park, 8am-1pm Central Coast Bush Dance Music Association’s AGM, East Gosford Progress Hall

Pate a Sel with Sile for 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45-5:30pm

Monday February 6

Monday February 13

Monday MeanderersMooney Mooney Magic walk, 12pm Celebrating the Tree of Life for 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45- 5pm

Celebrating the Tree of Life for 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45- 5pm

Saturday February 4

Tuesday February 7 Greening Up children’s workshop, Somers McCourt Gallery, 10am Ceramic painting with Sile for 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45pm-5:30pm Art course, Point Clare Arts and Crafts, 10am

Tuesday February 14 Greening Up children’s workshop, Somers McCourt Gallery, 10am Ceramic painting with Sile for 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45pm-5:30pm

Thursday February 16 Book talk by Sandy Brocking, Erina Fair Library, 3pm

Monday February 20

Monday February 27 Ocean stories for 5-8 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:455pm

Tuesday February 28 Pate a Sel with Sile for 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45-5:30pm

Friday March 2 Aerosol Art workshop, Youth Arts Warehouse, 12-4pm, free

Saturday March 3 Aerosol Art workshop, Youth Arts Warehouse, 12-4pm, free Electric Blues Jam, Central Coast Hotel, 2-5pm

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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Gosford to host Olympic qualifier

Rain doesn’t deter riders

osford has secured the right to host an AFC Asian qualifier for the London 2012 Olympic Games when the Australian U23s plays Iraq U23s on March14.


The match is part of the international football package announced by the NSW Government through Destination NSW and Football Federation Australia in August 2011. The international football package includes two Australian U23s qualifiers for the London 2012 Olympic Games, one of which is to be played in regional NSW. The first of these games was played last November at Parramatta Stadium. Member for Gosford, Mr Chris Holstein said the announcement that Gosford would host the Australian U23s v Iraq U23s was a fantastic achievement for the region and an exciting addition to the 2012 NSW Events Calendar. “This is great news for the Central Coast and reflects the NSW Government’s desire to take international football to as many parts of the State as possible. “Pending the outcome of other London 2012 qualifiers during February in Australia’s group, the match against Iraq could be crucial to our hopes of London 2012 qualification. Mr Holstein said the Central Coast Stadium is a fitting venue for the qualifier. “The stadium can hold up to 20,000 spectators and has played host to

Mat Melon, Michael (Rooey) Booth, Knox Hayter and Rob Bray Photo: Naomi Bridges

espite some gloomy weather on Saturday, January 21, the 2012 Bad Boy Summer Sesh Skate, Scooter and BMX Competition was run and won at Narara Skatepark.


Intermittent rain was not enough to deter riders from the Central Coast, Sydney and Hunter from showing off their best moves and putting on a great show for spectators. The event is growing as one of the largest Skate, Scooter and BMX competitions on the Central Coast and is open to all ages from U7s to Opens for both males and females of all abilities. Strong competition was shown in all ten categories causing some tough decisions for the judges. Michael (Rooey) Booth

won the Open BMX event while Knox Hayter won the U17s BMX event. Both boys are sponsored by Hype Classics, an up and coming clothing brand established by 22-year-old Rob Bray, of Niagara Park and 21-year-old Mat Melon of Ourimbah. Other results from the day included Jason Vandersmaght in the Open Skate and Mitchell Ritcher in the Open Scooter. Gosford Council’s coordinator of active open space Ms Karen Tucker said that organisers and sponsors were happy with

the attendance despite the unfavourable weather conditions. “Competitors toughed out the poor weather and put on great performances and really enjoyed themselves. “The standard of competition was fantastic. “Riders gave judges the difficult task of picking a winner in each of our categories. “Aside from the excitement of the age contested competitions, the food, market stalls, music, jumping castle, giant slide, temporary tattoos and face painting created a fabulous

atmosphere”, said Ms Tucker. Presented for the second year by Gosford City Council, Bad Boy, Bikecology Central and supported by Star 104.5, there was a large prize pool of cash, products and giveaways for competitors in all categories. The event also saw many awards of encouragement given to competitors for their efforts. The Bad Boy Summer Sesh is an annual event with planning already underway for the 2013 January event. Media Release, 25 Jan 2012 Gosford Council Media

international rugby union, National Rugby League and Hyundai A-League matches, boxing, motor cross and open-air rock concerts as well as a multitude of local sporting and community events,” he said. Football Federation Australia chief executive officer Ben Buckley said he was greatly appreciative of the support from the NSW Government for this match and other football events within the state. “The support from the NSW Government for these Olympic Games qualification matches and the Qantas Socceroos 2014 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers provides fans with fantastic opportunities for them to support our national teams at top quality stadiums. “The Central Coast area in particular has a great tradition of supporting our national teams when they have played at Central Coast Stadium, and I’m sure that our upcoming match against Iraq will be no different,” concluded Buckley. Ticketing details for the match will be announced shortly. Media Release, 25 Jan 2012 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

Where do you get it? Following is a list of all good outlets in the City of Gosford where you can get a copy of Gosford Central News Avoca Avoca Cinema Avoca Hotel Avoca Shops Avoca Surf Club Avoca Primary School Bottle Shop Service Station Bensville Bensville Shops Coast Christian School Copacabana Copacabana Public school Copacabana Shops Kiosk East Gosford East Gosford Cafes East Gosford Hotel East Gosford Olympic Pool East Gosford Primary School East Gosford Shopping Centre Gosford Regional Gallery Gosford Sailing Club St Edward College High School St Josephs Girls College High School Erina Bob Jane Central Coast Adventist School Central Coast Grammar School Dulux Erina Fair Library Erina High School Erina Leagues Club Erina Mall Fitness 2000 Fountain Plaza Jacks Bar and Grill McDonalds Red Rooster Shell Service Station Singos Meats

Tarragal Glen Village The Bungalows Woodport Inn Woodport Pre School Woodport Retirement village Green Point Aldi Broadlands Green Point Christian College Green Point Community Centre Green Point Village Mr Catering-Greenway cafe Gosford Anaconda Bite Me Take Away Caltex Service Centre Central Coast Leagues Club CRS Australia Ducks Crossing Publications Duttons Tavern Gateway Takeaway Gosford Bowls Club Gosford Court House Gosford High School Gosford Hospital Gosford Hotel Gosford Library Gosford Police Headquarters Gosford Senior Citizen Centre Gosford Showground Gosford Tafe Imperial Centre Monti’s Officeworks RSL Retirement Village and Community Centre Spotlight Tourism Information Centre West Gosford RSL Kariong Central Coast Regional Development Corporation

Chemist Kariong Cafe Kariong High School Kariong Liquor Store Kariong Neighbourhood Centre Kariong Primary School Kariong Supermarkets Kariong Tavern Langford Drive Service Station Mt Penang Tourist information Centre Shell Service Station

Narara Home Central Service Station - Manns Rd/ Merinee Rd

Kincumber Brentwood Village Holy Cross Catholic Primary School Kincumber High School Kincumber Hotel Kincumber Library Kincumber Nautical Village Kincumber Primary School Kincumber Shopping Centre Mitre 10 Multi Purpose Community Centre Shell Service Station South Kincumber Shops Take away Food Outlets

North Gosford Hinterland Real Estate Network Video North Gosford Private Hospital North Gosford Shops

Niagara Park Multi Sports Centre Niagara Park Community Centre Niagara Park Library Niagara Park Primary School Niagara Park Shopping Centre Sara Lee Niagara Park Tavern

Springfield Chertsey Primary School Ozone Express Springfield Shopping Centre Terrigal Surf Club Hotel Library Bowling Club Crowne Plaza High School Wamberal Country Club

West Gosford Bakery - Manns Rd Point Clare Bazzas Pet Shack Aldi Beacon Lighting Acorn Garden Centre Blockbuster Aubrey Downer Bunning Warehouse Chemist Caltex Service Station Fairhaven Services Chemist Meat Discounter Clearview Glass Liquor Shop Coles Point Clare Community Hall Domain Point Clare Public School Drummond Golf Point Clare Real Estate Formulae 1 Motel Point Clare Shopping Centre Golf Club Lisarow Point Clare Thai Takeaway Gosford Carpet Warehouse B.J Howes Metal land Gosford Motor Inn Lisarow High School Gosford Palms Motor Inn Lisarow Plaza Shopping Centre Saratoga/Yattalunga/ Davistown Gosford Tools Narara Alloura Waters Village Henry Kendall High School Narara Community Centre Brisbania Primary School Hungry Jacks Narara Public School Davistown Bottle Shop Husqvarna Narara Service Station - Parsons Davistown RSL Indoor Sports Centre Rd Saratoga Shopping Centre/Cafe/ KFC Narara Valley Nursery Newsagent Lin Brothers Narara Valley shops Saratoga Community Hall Master Builders Narara Valley High School Saratoga Shell Service Station McDonalds Narara Take Away Yattalunga Shopping Centre Metro Service Station

Michel’s Patisserie Mobil Service Station Newsagent Red Rooster Settlers Tavern Subway Supercheap auto West Gosford Motel West Gosford Tavern Zanziba Cafe Wyoming Adelene Village Aldi BP Service Station Brisbane Water Legacy Nursing Chapmans Fruit Shop Community Centre Fitness Centre Wyoming Grange Hotel Henry Kendall Village Image Motorcycles J&B Noodle Bar KFC Laycock St Theatre McDonalds Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School Recreational Car Accessories Ten Pin Bowling Westpac Bank-City gate Willows Hotel Woolworths Service Station Wyoming Caravan Park Wyoming Medical Centre Wyoming Public School Wyoming Shopping Village Wyoming Shops corner of Maidens Brush Rd and Warrawilla Wyoming Youth Centre Valley View Public School

Sport Records broken at Gosford pool

Coast Community News - January 30, 2012 - Page 15

osford swimming pool was awash with competitors from 33 clubs across NSW, ACT, and VIC all vying for points in the NSW Branch BPS [Branch Points Score] meet held on Saturday, January 21.

G Late goals secure win oals from Daniel McBreen, Adam Kwasnik and Josh Rose helped the Central Coast Mariners defeat Adelaide United 3-2 in a seesawing game at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday, January 21.


The win extended the Mariners streak to 15 games unbeaten, and increases their lead at the summit of the Hyundai A-League. Graham Arnold made several changes to the side that did battle with the Melbourne Heart on on the night of Wednesday January 18, most notably handing a starting debut to teenage recruit Tomas Rogic. Backing up for their third game in a week, the home side was full of running in a frantic opening few minutes that saw them win several corners. However, Adelaide were themselves in the middle of a hot run of form and absorbed the pressure before calmly beginning to counter-attack. John Kosmina injected a steeliness and ruthlessness into the Adelaide United defensive structure, and it showed as they pressured the Mariners into errors. Post match, Mariners’ tactician Arnold lauded his side’s capacity to earn a result against a resolute Adelaide outfit. “To come back the way they did is mind-blowing,” Arnold said. “I just stayed positive at half-time because I believe so much in the boys, I just told them to play the way we play and stay positive. “The wonderful thing about this group of players is they take the game plan and they go with it, and they believe in it. “Pushing Rosey (Josh

Rose) into midfield meant that he got closer to the game as well,” he said. Match-winner Rose put his goal down to timing and anticipation, and felt that the Mariners returned to some of their best form in the second stanza. “You’ve just got to anticipate things and if your lucks in it will fall for you,” Rose said. “I think the most important thing tonight was that we played some great football in the second half.” “The belief in the squad is very high at the moment.” Media Release, 21 Jan 2012 Ben O’Neill, Central Coast Mariners

A highlight of the meet was an attempt by 75-yearold Tony Goodwin from Manly to break the 200 metre breaststroke world record for the age group 7579 currently standing at 3.20 minutes. Tony’s time recorded was 3 minutes and 7.5 seconds coming 2.5 seconds under the current record. Tony is waiting on the world swimming governing body, FINA, to ratify the result before celebrating his achievement. The local teams of Gosford City Seagulls, Ettalong Pelicans and Wyong Wobbygongs had the following results.

Gosford City Seagulls 35 – 39 Men-Mike Stringfellow 2nd 65 – 69 Men-Col Hodgson 2nd 85 – 89 Women-Val Lincoln 2nd The other swimmers were Colin Bullard, Rob Lewis, Peter Ray and Neil Keele.

85 – 89 Women-Opal Eddy 3rd

Wyong Wobbygongs 25 – 29 Women-Tabitha Sayer 1st 25 – 29 Women-Jennifer White 3rd 30 – 34 Women-Jade Mifsud 3rd 35 – 39 Women-Natalie Jeffries 2nd 50 – 54 Women-Pam Martin 1st Other records, which are also pending until ratified, are 85 – 89 Women-Liz Wallis 200 M Freestyle 280 – 319 Women-Liz Wallis, Kay Burton, Sue Wiles and Nerida Murray 4 x 100 M Freestyle Relay 60 – 64 Men-Stuart Ellicott 100 M Breaststroke and 50 M Breaststroke 75 – 79 Men -Tony Goodwin 100 M Breaststroke and 50 M Breaststroke Val Bridge, 23 Jan 2012

Ettalong Pelicans 65 – 69 Men-Bill Cook 1st

BBoat Building and Maintenance Chandlery • Hempel Paints and Antifouling, • Stainless Steel nuts, bolts and screws • Bote Cote epoxy resins, fillers, fibreglass cloth, Purbond polyurethane adhesives, Aquacote 2-pack clear finish and other Bote Cote products. • Copper and silicon bronze boat nails

• Oakum and Caulking Cotton • Anglomoil marine and automotive oils • Anchoring, chain and cordage • Electrical fitout, navigation lights, bilge pumps • Nautical Gifts • Marine Art Gallery • Fishing Tackle • Bait

On our side My office can assist you with queries about the following Federal Government services:

• Anniversary messages • Centrelink • Family support payments • Veterans Affairs

• Medicare • Aged pension • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme • Immigration

For help with these or any other Federal Government issue, please contact my Gosford Office on 4322 1922 or email me at Deborah.O’

This material has been produced by Deborah O’Neill MP using her printing and communications entitlement.

4342 9018 - 0432 598 270 210 Memorial Avenue - Ettalong Beach

Drop in to any one of the following participating Bowling Clubs: Avoca Beach, Davistown RSL, Gosford City, Ourimbah-Lisarow RSL, Terrigal, Wamberal.

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