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February 13, 2012

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New policy regarding dogs

Chops and Cino playing in one of Council’s dog exercise areas Photo: Naomi Bridges

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osford Council is in the process of developing a Dogs in Open Spaces Strategy to replace its existing Dog Exercise Areas Policy.

The Strategy would aim to enhance the opportunities for exercising and enjoying dogs while protecting natural environments and

managing the impacts on users of open space areas such as beaches, parks, cycle ways and playgrounds.

It would involve extensive community engagement and Council would make online forums, surveys, workshops and

consultations widely available to the community. Gosford Council’s manager of open space and leisure services Mr Phil Moore said that the strategy would provide equitable directions for dog management in open space areas in the future. “We are encouraging all residents to get involved in our workshops and surveys to ensure the strategy is a balanced document that will meet the needs of our entire community. “With community input, this strategy will assist Council in continuing to provide functional, multipurpose open space that can be utilised fairly by all residents,” said Mr Moore. Community Engagement Workshops for the Strategy will be held in late February with further details being made available soon. Surveys are available on Council’s website or can be picked up from Council’s Customer Service Centres, Community Centres and Libraries. Media Release, 6 Feb 2012 Gosford Council Media

E. coli alert lifted osford Council, in conjunction with the Central Coast Public Health Unit, has lifted the boil water alert that has applied to the drinking water supply in Kariong and Mt Penang since Monday, February 6.

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Recent testing of drinking water quality in the Kariong area indicated that water being supplied through the reticulation system was compliant with the Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Kariong and Mt Penang residents are no longer required to boil their water before consumption and can consume water directly from the tap on their properties. Council has advised that there is no need for residents to flush their property’s water pipes. The water that has been

used in the property for non drinking purposes over the last day will have sufficiently flushed out any potentially contaminated water. Council has been unable to identify the cause of the E. coli at this stage, however, investigations are continuing. Chlorine concentrations in the area are now sufficient to prevent any reccurrence of E. coli. In response to the Kariong incident, Gosford Council undertook broader sampling of the Gosford water supply system. In house testing found

low levels of E. coli in two of the 25 reservoirs sampled, Mt Ettalong and Berrys Head Rd. Council immediately increased chlorination in both sites and has achieved the recommended levels of chlorine to protect the community. As a precautionary measure, and after consultation with the Central Coast Public Health Unit and the Ministry of Health, Gosford Council has embarked on a system wide program to increase chlorine levels throughout the drinking water distribution

system. Gosford Council said it would also increase its monitoring program to ensure the effectiveness of these actions. The results of monitoring will be shared with the Public Health Unit and the Gosford community. Council and the Public Health Unit advised there was no need for action by residents in relation to their drinking water supply. Council said some people may notice an increased taste and odour of chlorine over the next few days but it is not a health concern. Media Release, 8 Feb 2012 Gosford Council Media

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Council approves units despite breaches osford Council has granted consent to the demolition of two existing houses in John Whiteway Dr, Gosford, and the construction of a residential flat building which would contain 41 units.

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The unit would consist of eight one bedroom units, 27 two bedroom units and six three bedroom units on six to seven levels above the basement car parking. The proposal provides for four levels of basement car parking for 70 cars, bicycle storage and waste storage. Gosford Council approved the development, despite a breach of the 18 metre height control. The applicant stated that three of the units were potentially outside the height control due to the difficult site levels and sloping ground. Council’s report, dated Tuesday, February 7, stated that strict application of the

standard was unreasonable given the severe slope of the site and particularly where the aim of the control had been achieved which was to create a six storey building. “In our opinion, there are sufficient planning grounds to warrant a relaxation of the 18 metre height development standard. “Strict application of the control does not lead to a better planning outcome. “Each site must be considered on its own merit and in this instance there are significant site constraints to warrant a relaxation of the control.” Gosford Council Agenda ENV.3, 7 Feb 2012


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Gosford LGA emergency services directory

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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Ken Duncan’s passion for photography and for his country are beautifully revealed in this new book. This new volume invites you to join Ken on a very personal journey to many favourite corners of this diverse island continent. His expansive 5:1 ratio “megapans”, captured on film, are showcased in a series of extra wide gatefold spreads. Some of Ken’s latest digital images - from the original 4:3 ratio to broad, stitched panoramas –

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Family and Relationships Parents Helpline 132 055 Centacare Gosford 4324 6403 Gosford Family Support Service 4340 1099 Horizons (For men with children) 4333 5111 Interrelate - Family Relationships 1300 736 966 Uniting Care Burnside Gosford 1800 067 967

Health

Wildlife Arc 4325 0666 Wires 1300 094 737

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Family Drug Support 1300 368 186 G-line - Gambling Helpline 1800 633 635 Credit Helpline 1800 808 488 Child Support Agency 13 12 72 Australian Injury Helpline 1800 223 363 Veteran Affairs Network 1300 551 918 Mens Domestic Violence 1800 000 599 Sexual Assault Resource 1800 199 888 Gay and Lesbian Counselling 1800 184 527 Gay and Lesbian Support 1800 249 377 Youth Sexuality Network 4320 2856 Vietnam Veterans 1800 043 503 Victims Support Services 1800 633 063 Translation and Interpreting Service 13 14 50

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Gosford Hospital 4320 2111 Cancer Hotline 131 120 Mental Health info Service 1300 794 991 Sexual Health @ Gosford Hospital 4320 2114 Beyond Blue (Depression) 1300 22 4636

Problems, Habits & Addiction G-Line Telephone Counsel 1800 633 635 Gamblers Anonymous 9564 1574 Alcoholics Anonymous 4323 3890 Narcotics Anonymous 4325 0524 Quitline 131 848

Welfare Services Donnison St. Restaurant 4325 3540 Gosford Family Support 4340 1585 Horizons Family Services 4334 3377 Meals on Wheels Gosford 4363 7111 Woy Woy 4341 6699 Department of Community Services Gosford - 4336 2400 The Salvation Army 4325 5733 Samaritans Emergency Relief 4393 2450 St Vincent De Paul Society HELPLINE 4323 6081

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osford Council unanimously adopted the 5 Lands Walkway Masterplan at its meeting of Tuesday, February 7, following its public exhibition.

During the exhibition period, 67 submissions were received regarding the Masterplan, with amendments being made to meet the community’s expectations. It will provide a permanent walking trail that will connect the five coastal communities of MacMasters Beach, Copacabana, Avoca, North Avoca and Terrigal. The Masterplan will now be used to source funding to undertake identified works through various State and Federal Government Grants. Council received 42 positive submissions and 25 against specific elements contained of the Draft Masterplan. Of the 42 positive submissions, 12 were in total support for the whole Draft Masterplan not detailing any preferences or improvements. Eighteen submissions were received regarding the proposed routes within MacMasters Beach. Of these, six submissions were against and 12 for the

proposal going over Middle Head. All six objections raised concerns such as vandalism, loss of privacy, trespassing, public safety, waste of council money, clearing of vegetation and that there was no need for an alternate route as access along the beach was always available. Submissions supporting the proposal outlined positives such as access to publicly owned land, whale watching opportunities, clearly defining public land and encroachments by adjoining land owners and the ability to regenerate land that had been unlawfully cleared. Council received five submissions in support for the proposal around Cockrone Lagoon and two submissions raising concerns that needed to be addressed should the Draft Masterplan be adopted. These included warning notices and fencing/barriers to prevent trail bike riders, trip hazards from tree roots, material selection on ground

and trespassing onto private property when Cockrone Lagoon was high. In relation to the drainage reserve proposal at Linear Park, Copacabana, a total of 26 submissions were received with 11 for the proposal and 15 against. Submissions in support of this route expressed the benefits of providing an off road alternate route for school children to access the school-beach and newly constructed skate park. Copacabana Public School supported this proposal as well as the proposed upgrade to Captain Cook Lookout. Objections to this route included the loss of privacy, the need to construct property boundary fencing, safety, maintenance of the area and loss of habitat to existing flora and fauna including sightings of Green and Golden Bell Frog. Submissions against this proposal were in support of alternate routes such as a footpath up Del Monte Place or along Del Mar Drive. There were four

submissions and a petition containing 199 signatures against the proposal to demolish the former Rural Fire Shed at the end of the drainage reserve and the subsequent construction of a car park in its place. Council resolved to remove all references to the former Rural Fire Station and car park. The Captain Cook Lookout upgrade proposal had 16 submissions for and one against. The one submission against highlighted a concern that a disproportionate amount of capital investment was being spent with no attention being concentrated on the foreshore and existing whale watching platform adjacent to the Surf Life Saving Club. One supportive submission raised concerns over the concept design of Captain Cook Lookout itself, highlighting that a solid fencing would restrict viewing opportunities for children and those in wheelchairs. Council received two submissions in support of the connection from Avoca to Copacabana through Endeavour Dr and the

the construction of a grassed amphitheatre at the southern end of The Haven overlooking the Trojans clubhouse and public amenities. Gosford Council Agenda, CIT.4, 7 Feb 2012

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Holstein delivers on Bambara ember for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein has acknowledged that the State Government had delivered on an election commitment by appointing an independent mediator to negotiate the voluntary acquisition of environmentally and culturally sensitive land along Bambara Rd, Kariong.

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Mr Holstein said the State Property Authority (SPA) had completed its job as facilitator and broker working to secure the purchase of the seven lots and it was now up to the property owners to take up the offer. “I call on the owners to reconsider these well researched offers which have been based on fair and accurate market evaluations,” Mr Holstein said. “I believe it is in the best interests of the owners to accept these up front offers while the valuations and the offer still remains valid. “It is vital that sites like the land at Bambara Rd are preserved for future generations and the SPA has come up with a reasonable offer which the owners should decide to take up.” Mr Holstein said

that as independent mediator, the SPA had consulted with community representatives, government departments, Gosford Council and land owners themselves before commissioning fresh market assessments underpinned by independent expert planning advice. “In the end the SPA made offers to all the land owners, or their agents, and the Government is still open to entering into reasonable purchase negotiations should the owners wish to come to the table.” Mr Holstein said he had written to NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker and to the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council in a bid to secure “the amazing Aboriginal heritage” of the local area in Kariong.

“I suggest this could be done through a nomination for an Aboriginal Place Declaration which I am hopeful would be favourably considered by the local Aboriginal community and the Land Council,” Mr Holstein said. He said the initial response from the Darkinjung Land Council had been very positive. “National Parks and Gosford Council will continue to work towards the acquisition of the property through voluntary acquisition,” Mr Holstein said. “Any of the land purchased by the Government would be incorporated into Brisbane Water National Park.” Media Release, 6 Feb 2012 Chris Holstein, Member of Gosford A tour of the “sacred” land at Kariong

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House fire on Mann St

Freewater claims improper use of funds

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osford Cr Peter Freewater has announced that Gosford Council is improperly using Coastal Open Space System (COSS) funds in regard to the purchase of a sandstone quarry.

Cr Freewater said the COSS funds is money that is collected from ratepayers to protect and restore rare and endangered habitats to protect our wildlife from extinction. “However, rather than restore and protect the land, Council have continued to operate the quarry since its purchase, sourcing sandstone and rock for road construction projects,” he said. At the meeting of Tuesday, February 7, Gosford Council moved a motion to rezone the land so that they could also use it as a waste storage and reuse facility. “This change of zoning and land use means that the COSS land will not be conserved or rehabilitated. Cr Freewater stated that he appreciated the savings

that Council, and hence the community, would make by continuing to extract sandstone and use the facility as a waste storage facility. However, he argued that it was an improper use of COSS funds and that given the land would not be conserved or protected, the money used to purchase the land should be refunded to the COSS account. “However, no other Councillor would even second the proposed amendment and therefore it was lost,” said Cr Freewater. “This is another clear case of Council misappropriating ratepayer’s funds. “The COSS money is collected as part of the Environmental Levy and is taken from the community to purchase and protect environmentally sensitive

land and the threatened and endangered wildlife found on these lands. “The money is collected to purchase land such as the environmentally sensitive land at Kariong that is also covered in Aboriginal heritage, known commonly as Bambara. “It is definitely not for the purchase of mines or for the development of waste facilities.” said Cr Freewater. “I will be pursuing this issue with the Department of Local Government and the NSW Ombudsman. “The community are sick to death of this Council and it’s well past time for some higher authority to do something about it,” said Cr Freewater. Media Release, 8 Feb 2012 Peter Freewater, Horsfield Bay

Fatal crash at Mount White report is being prepared for the Coroner following a fatal crash at Mount White on Monday, January 30.

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Emergency services were called to Morgans Rd at about 6.15pm after the driver of a Ford Explorer left the road on a sweeping

bend, causing the vehicle to roll. The sole occupant, a 64year old Glenworth Valley man, was thrown from the

car during the incident and died at the scene. Media Release, 31 Jan 2012 NSW Police Media

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house in Mann St, Gosford, has been significantly damaged after a house fire on Saturday, February 4, at 4:47am.

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Police alleged that a gentleman was cooking in the kitchen of his home when he walked outside. When he returned, his kitchen was on fire, The fire brigade attended the scene and extinguished the fire; however, there was significant damage to the entire house. No one was injured in the blaze.

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Masterplan adopted osford Council has adopted the Caroline Bay Cultural Precinct Masterplan and Plan of Management following its public exhibition.

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he first night meeting of the Gosford Waterfront Action Group was held on Monday, January 30.

Over 60 citizens attended the meeting to express their concern

about the Landing proposal. Attendees said they

Gosford waterfront. Email, 31 Jan 2012 Peter Carstairs, Gosford WAG

were opposed to handing over to developers the public land and water at

Community alliance protests Landing n alliance of community, business and environment groups has joined forces to speak out in opposition to plans for the Gosford waterfront

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The groups have joined to ensure the protection of Gosford foreshore, enhancement of public access and facilities and the orderly development of the Gosford CBD. The members of the group support the following four principles: No multi-storey buildings

over the water on the eastern shore of Brisbane Waters. Retention of the Gosford waterfront and reserves in public ownership; no sell off of public foreshore land. Continued public access to foreshore lands and associated public facilities. The government should focus efforts on

implementing the existing Gosford CBD Plan to revitalise Gosford. “The alliance strongly opposes the current proposals on the basis of economic, social, environmental and planning grounds” said a spokesperson. “The group calls on the

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State government to scrap current plans and focus efforts on the re-vitalisation of Gosford CBD.” “The volume of material on exhibition makes it virtually impossible for the general public to understand what is being proposed; however, we urge Central Coast residents to oppose the proposal based on the key principles listed above and voice their concerns to the State government, local State MPs and Gosford Council.” Media Release, 30 Jan 2012 Community Environment Network

In all, nine written submissions were received, and Council has addressed the issues raised by community members. Two submissions were received regarding the proposed relocation of community user groups to a newly constructed multipurpose building near the Gosford Regional Arts Gallery. One individual raised concerns that the groups may lose their independence by moving into a multipurpose facility, while the second submission requested Council to consider each group’s specific requirements when designing the building in the future. Three submissions were also received regarding the dog-off-leash area. One requested a review of the area, as it was felt that there was a conflict between picnickers and dog owners within this area. The second submission requested fencing for the unleashed area to ensure other users would not feel intimidated by roaming dogs and the third requested the provision of seating due to the high volume of users. A submission regarding 34 Webb St objected to its identification for future land acquisition. Two submissions were received regarding the

streetscape plantings, which identified trees located in Webb and George Sts and requested that they be preserved. The other submission was in support of additional plantings. Two submissions were received regarding the extension of the Friendship Walk past St Edwards College to Point Frederick, one which requested seating along the walkway. Two submissions raised traffic management issues which included the need for traffic calming devices in Webb St as well as greater access from the Central Coast Highway. One submission identified concerns about playground equipment being removed from playgrounds within the local vicinity and the practicality of current equipment and a submission was raised that the Rose Recreation Area was not able to be found on any map. The Precinct includes the Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Caroline Bay foreshore and a number of surrounding reserves. The Masterplan will now be used to source funding to undertake identified works through various State and Federal Government Grants. Gosford Council Agenda CIT.3, 7 Feb 2012

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High speed rail to be discussed

CCRDC appoints acting GM

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egional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC) will discuss the potential for a Very Fast Train from Melbourne to Brisbane via the Central Coast at this month’s Focus on the Coast forum on Thursday, February 16, the University of Newcastle Ourimbah Campus.

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This comes after Phase One of the High Speed Rail Feasibility Study released in August 2011 indicated that the Central Coast could be part of a high-speed rail network along the East Coast. The forum would provide interested Central Coast residents with an opportunity to understand the potential for this project as well as discuss how it could positively affect the region. The event will include presentations from High Speed Rail Policy and Research Division for the Department

ob Hawes has been appointed acting general manager for the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) following the resignation of Brett Phillips.

of Infrastructure and Transport general manager Mr Richard Farmer, as well as RDA Hunter chief executive officer Mr Todd Williams who is part of the RDA Network collaboration on the highspeed rail. Central Japan Railway Company manager Mr Minesaki will also provide information regarding the concept of a high-speed rail network and what it could mean for regional Australia. Media Release, 6 Feb 2012 Katey Small, Brilliant Logic

Mr Phillips, who has been with the Corporation since 2010, has decided to take up renewed challenges with local government. The Department of Planning and Infrastructure director general Sam Haddad thanked Mr Phillips for his valuable contribution to the delivery of services to the State over many years and more recently at the CCRDC. “Brett’s leadership helped to lay a path for the Central Coast’s growth and revitalisation. “I want to thank him and wish him the best in his new endeavours,” Mr Haddad said. Mr Hawes has taken on the role as acting general manager for the CCRDC in addition to his existing role of general manager of

the Hunter Development Corporation, a position he has held since February last year. “As acting general manager, Bob will assist in strengthening the footings for a strong and sustainable operation for the Central Coast region,” said Mr Haddad. Prior to his HDC appointment, Mr Hawes was a department head and senior project manager with ADW Johnson, a multidisciplinary consultancy practise with offices on the Central Coast and in the Hunter region. He has also worked as a consultant on a number of projects on the Central Coast including the Warnervale Town Centre, a range of retail developments providing economic impact

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Landing Forum

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Mayor Maher disappoints s a ratepayer of Gosford City and a Central Coast resident for some 40 years, I am disappointed and disgusted at the intemperance of recent remarks on NBN television by Gosford mayor Cr Laurie Maher.

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Those objecting to The Landing are neither “running a smear campaign” nor “misleading people” as claimed. Their comments have been focused on the significant and adverse impact that multi-storey

buildings along the waterfront and protruding

into Brisbane Water and the loss of public open space and views will have on our community and the environment. Inviting people to have their say then denigrating their comments is hypocritical.

Email, 3 Feb 2012 Kevin Armstrong, West Gosford

feel your pain, Laurie Maher; every time you write about the Coast Shelter and the homelessness on the Central Coast, I can only imagine how hard it must be for you every morning; deciding between putting on the black shoes for the Coast Shelter or the white shoes to hock Gosford’s schools, pools, parklands, beaches or our waterfront.

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Landing is bad for local economy ho gave Gosford Council the right to virtually give away public land, in this case, precious water front and parklands, t o money making concerns?

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There is no doubt that an injection of money into the Gosford region would be welcome, but that injection is only short term and ultimately would go to organisations that are located elsewhere. If Gosford has to have this Landing why not purchase the land near Rose Recreational Park off Avoca Drive or

as Marc Alexander of Christchurch NZ said in Coast Community News (Jan 30) there are a lot of seemingly abandoned buildings within the Gosford CBD. As Gosford is built on a

swamp-wet area, why not have a Gold Coast style of development with canals into those abandoned sites? Maybe this won’t happen because the same developers have an interest in those properties and want to keep them and use free public land, thus preserving future potential for their benefit.

Mayor needs to focus on homelessness

Like any ratepayer, the mayor is entitled to his views but is not entitled to use his office to denigrate sincere people who happen, after careful consideration, to express views differing from his personal opinions.

The point of this is that there are options that haven’t been explored. I’m sure there are many more than the two I mentioned above. I, for one, don’t want to see council and big business in partnership to strip Central Coast residents of what belongs to them. Email, 31 Jan 2012 Barry Johnston, Bensville

Put on the black shoes Laurie and walk the path. The black shoes will lead to you education opportunities for the kids, to parklands for families and to developing a housing policy for all. Selling Gosford waterfront is not a housing policy Mr mayor. Don’t be confused between hocking parkland and schools and a housing policy that protects human rights. End the turmoil Laurie.

Letters to the editor should be sent to: Coast Community News PO Box 1056, Gosford 2250 or mail@gosfordnews.org See Page 2 for contribution conditions Put on the black shoes. Email, 8 Feb 2012 Richard Brew, North Avoca

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Justice centre donates to hospice tudents and staff from the Girrakool Education and Training Unit and the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre presented a cheque for nearly $1800 on Tuesday, January 31, to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Hospice, Bear Cottage.

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The Bear Cottage is a charity-funded support centre for terminally ill children and their families. Last year, a group of

Girrakool students visited The Bear Cottage through a Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre community program.

These young men were so moved by the activities of The Bear Cottage that they decided to arrange a fundraiser for the last

week of the school year. The students organised the Girrakool Baxter Charity Shield, a charity sports day. The day featured indoor touch football and basketball. Funds were collected through staff and

community donations, raffles and a Baxter charity soccer match. The students also aimed to create greater awareness for The Bear Cottage. The new Girrakool Baxter Charity Shield was such a success that the

school’s Student Values Education Committee will make it an annual event. Media Release, 27 Jan 2012 Sven Wright, DET

GenQ changes to weekly services or the past 15 years, Regional Youth Support Services (RYSS) has offered GenQ (Generation Queer) as a support and information group for same-sex-attracted young people, whether they were gay, bi, lesbian, transgender, gender variant or just questioning their sexuality.

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Previously, GenQ offered access to relevant information and workers for two days every fortnight, however, as of Tuesday, March 6, RYSS has moved to offering GenQ on a weekly basis with the Interlynk Lounge at Gosford open exclusively to those who wish to take advantage of their services. Every Tuesday thereafter will be GenQ afternoon from 2 – 5 pm, with contact to caseworkers, youth workers, information and referrals. “The gap in LGBTQI

services on the Central Coast has been apparent for many years, with few organisations offering tailored services for the LGBTQI community,” said facilitator Jamie McKenzie. “The establishment of the GenQ afternoon is groundbreaking for the Central Coast; we have many youth centres for young people but this will be the first LGBTQI drop in centre on the Coast.”

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Free community forum free Our Water, Our Land, Our Future community forum will be held on Saturday, February 18, at Kantara House in Green Point from 12pm until 10pm.

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A screening of Gaslands will also be shown at 6:30pm with live music, guest speakers and market stalls throughout the day. Our water, Our Land, Our Future is a community forum created to bring Central Coast residents together in an opportunity to inform, educate and share crucial information regarding the potential repercussions of Coal Seam Gas Mining not

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Gosford parents call on parliamentarians to find new location osford Public School P and C has called upon all members of State Parliament to explore and investigate other sites in consultation with parents, teachers and the community in the local area for a suitable location to place Gosford Public School.

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According to Gosford Public School P and C president Mr Stephen Thomas, the move of Gosford Public School into the grounds of Henry Kendall High would disadvantage both schools. “The primary school

is particular concerned with the size of the site, the slope of the site, shared buildings and physical resources, transport issues, traffic management and parking issues,” said Mr Thomas. “While effort has been taken to find better solutions, the on-going problems of the site remain. “Throughout the past few unsettling years, the children, staff and school community have worked hard together to ensure that the students learning is not affected by the political discussions.

“It is the students, teachers and classrooms that are the heart of soul of this great school,” he said. “Gosford Public School is a great school with an excellent reputation. “Its achievements in NAPLAN, academic, sport, music, art and cultural fields is the envy of many schools on the Central Coast. “It boasts award winning teachers, award winning teaching and learning programs and an incredible range of resources to enable children to perform at

their best. Late last year, Gosford Public School Parent and Citizens Association, with the support of the NSW Greens, tabled a petition to the Lower House of over 10,500 signatures testifying that the relocation of the Gosford Primary School into the current grounds of Henry Kendall is the wrong location. In addition, a bill was submitted to the upper house by the NSW Greens call on the government to find an alternative location.

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Over the school break the existing block was refurbished and an entire new building was constructed adjacent to it. This building would house two more labs and three general teaching spaces as well as a lift for disabled access.

During its most intense period, the building work required over 100 tradespeople to attend the site every day for two weeks in the middle of January. Newsletter, 31 Jan 2012 Bill Low, Central Coast Grammar School

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hanks to the new flexibility provided by the removal of external School Certificate examinations, St Philip’s Christian College has moved towards two composite Year 9-10 classes, in addition to one standard Year 9 class.

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all core subjects, looking at the same topics on a two year rotating cycle. Newsletter, 3 Feb 2012 Michelle Kelly, St Philips Christian College

MacBook rollout t Philip’s Christian College has instituted a Macbook rollout for all students between the grades of 9 and 11.

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new technology. Newsletter, 3 Feb 2012 Michelle Kelly, St Philips Christian College

hertsey Primary School principal Mr John Anderson has attributed the reduction in vandalism to the school’s new safety and security fence.

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Playgrounds to be removed

Several Gosford celebrations cancelled ustralia Day at Gosford Waterfront did not go ahead as planned on Thursday, January 26, due to wet weather conditions.

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s part of the Gosford City Playground Strategy (2009), 10 playgrounds in the Gosford area (LGA) have been identified for removal by the end of June 2012.

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The decision to remove these playgrounds was made to ensure Council would provide better quality, safer, sustainable play areas for the community into the future. Gosford Council’s manager of open space and leisure services Mr Phil Moore said that these removals would allow Council to better service the remaining playgrounds across the LGA.

“There is currently a number of maintenance requirements at a majority of these playgrounds with damaged, declining equipment needing urgent repair or replacement. “These maintenance costs along with safety concerns outlined in the Gosford City Playground Strategy identify playground removal as being in the best interest of the community. “As a result, we will now

be able to better maintain other playgrounds across the LGA. “Whilst these playgrounds will not be replaced, as per the strategy, each park will remain a passive open space for the community to enjoy,” said Mr Moore. The playgrounds that have been scheduled for removal include David St in Green Point, Marangani Avenue in North Gosford,

Terry Oval in Wells Street, Springfield, Warrawilla Rd in Wyoming, Binnowee Reserve in Beveridge Dr, Green Point, Hely St in West Gosford, Benjamin Parker Reserve on Dover Rd, Wamberal, GC Newman Memorial Park on the corner of Henry Parry Dr and Wells St, East Gosford, Bentley St in Narara and Hargreaves Park in Caroline Street, East Gosford. Media Release, 2 Feb 2012 Gosford Council Media

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At around 3:30pm on Wednesday, February 25, Gosford Council called off the celebrations at Gosford Waterfront following thorough inspection of the waterfront area and Leagues Club Field. Organisers decided cancelling the event was in the best interests of patrons. Council said the condition of the field following heavy and continuous rain would not have allowed the event to be appropriately set up for access by the community. This is the fourth recent public event for Gosford

number of community members brought picnic rugs and food to the Rotary Park at Terrigal for the Marine Festival on Sunday, February 5.

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cancelled due to poor weather conditions. The others were the Santa parade, the lighting of the Christmas tree and movie in Kibble Park. The screening of the movie has been rescheduled for February 25. The Australia Day event at Woy Woy did go ahead in fine weather conditions with thousands of spectators lining the waterfront for the fireworks finale.

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2012 poetry season commences

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osford Bush Poets commenced its 2012 season on Wednesday, January 25, at Gosford Hotel with a night of fine poetry, lots of fun and great camaraderie.

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“Unfortunately, the extremely heavy rain did deter some of our regulars from attending, but though we were few, we were game and a great night of good old fashioned entertainment meant the 25 hardy souls who braved the elements shared an excellent night,” said organiser Mr Vic Jefferies. During the evening, the group heard from Mortdale chapter president the

incorrigible Frank Bulgin, Cecil Ashe, Norman Allan, Bob and Shirley Rider, Chris Kessey, Fran Bush, Ron Boughton, Peter Shalless, award winning Jeannie Lawson and Peter Mace. The next Gosford Bush Poets meeting will be at the Gosford Hotel at 7pm on Wednesday, February 29. Media Release, 26 Jan 2012 Vic Jefferies, Gosford Bush Poets

Outdoor movie at Kibble Park ring your picnics and rugs to the first ever outdoor movie at Kibble Park on Saturday, February 25, from 7pm.

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This event was originally scheduled for early January 2012, but was postponed due to wet weather. As part of the Summer in the City program, Cars 2 will be screened courtesy of Screen Hunter Central Coast, who are donating the film to the Summer In the City program. As a prelude to Cars 2, short films selected from the popular short film competition Coasties, conducted by Avoca Beach Theatre will be also be shown. Gosford Council’s manager of community and cultural development Ms Sue Verhoek said that it’s a very exciting opportunity to be able to bring this type of event to Kibble Park. “We are thrilled to be showing the first ever

feature film here in the heart of Gosford, Kibble Park. “The good weather unfortunately didn’t come to the party last time around, but fingers crossed we have some good weather for what will be a fantastic event. “The Summer in the City program has brought creativity and life to the CBD and we are looking forward to a wonderful evening. “The films will look spectacular on the biggest inflatable screen on the market which is eight metres long by four metres high. “It will be a great night for whole family and it’s free,” said Ms Verhoek. Market stalls, food and drinks will also be available on the night. Media Release, 9 Feb 2012 Gosford Council Media

s part of the Summer in the City program, Gosford City Council hosted a Community Spirit event on Saturday, February 4, in Kibble Park, Gosford.

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Residents enjoyed story-telling, interactive drumming, music, dance, night markets and international food stalls all in the heart of the Gosford CBD. Gosford Council’s manager of community and cultural development Ms

Sue Verhoek said that the event helped bring life into the Gosford City Centre. “The Summer in the City program has done a wonderful job in bringing activity and life into the Gosford CBD and Community Spirit is another example of that.

“The Community Spirit event brought interactive entertainment and night markets to Kibble Park in a fun and vibrant environment, offering something for the whole family. “Residents saw a wide range of local performers that represent our diverse

community on the Central Coast including the 5 Lands Band, Taiko Drummers and Chris Taylor. “There was also a traditional Aboriginal Smoking Ceremony, fire twirlers and the Gosford Chinese Performing Art Troupe,” said Ms Verhoek. Media Release, 31 Jan 2012 Gosford Council Media

Community fun festival at Kariong fter 10 months of planning by members of local community organisations the Kariong Community Fun Festival will be held on Sunday, February 19, at the Kariong Mountains High School in the Mt Penang Gardens from 10am to 3pm.

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Craft market moves to larger venue

A capella group to hold fundraiser entral Coast men’s four part a capella harmony chorus, Soundwaves, will hold a fundraiser at the Avoca Beach Movie Theatre on the night of Monday, March 19.

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The night will begin at 6pm, with drinks and finger food on the lawn before the audience moves into the theatre where Soundwaves will start the night off with their harmony singing. The feature film will be The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and other well known actors.

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he Handmade Craft Market, to be held on Sunday, February 19, has been moved to a larger venue at Bridgecoast Stadium in Terrigal.

“We are thrilled to be planning our first 2012 at the new venue,” said Handmade Craft Market organiser Ms Melissa Garland. “It allows us to offer a wider variety of stalls and give our visitors a little more room to move. “The parking at our new venue is abundant and level and we know that will make a huge difference to our visitors. “We are excited about growing our boutique handmade market which has already been embraced by the Central Coast, even

more in the future. “We have so many new stallholders, as we continue to support work at home mums and local crafters, artists and designers. “It is fabulous that we now have more space to have even more of our talented individuals on the Coast as stallholders. “We are the best handmade market on the Coast and we are getting even better, and bigger.” said Ms Garland. The Handmade Craft Market will continue to raise money for local

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charities and support the local community. One hundred per cent of the gold coin entry donation for the February 2012 market is going to the Walk for Zoe. “Brodie Donegan is a much loved stallholder at the Handmade Craft Market,” said Ms Garland. “We want to assist Brodie to raise money to get her to London to participate in the London Marathon. “Brodie is attempting this to raise money for Miracle Babies, her legacy for Zoe.” On Christmas Day 2009, Brodie went for a 10 minute walk but did not come home for six months after she was hit by a car driven by a drug affected driver. Brodie sustained significant injuries. Ms Donegan said that the most devastating part of the accident was that

she lost her daughter Zoe. Brodie was 32 weeks pregnant. “Brodie set herself goals so she would be able to look after her family and she has worked hard to be where she is today, she can jog a little and is continuing to work hard to attempt the London Marathon in April,” said Ms Garland. “She is doing it for herself, her family and Zoe. “All our gold coin entry donations are going straight to Brodie and we will also be raffling Handmade Hampers at the market to raise further funds. “Brodie is an amazing and inspiring woman, we sincerely hope the Central Coast will get behind her and support her legacy for Zoe. “We want to do whatever we can to help her achieve her goal.” Email, 9 Jan 2012 Melissa Garland, Handmade Craft Market

“It is your chance to be the first to see it as it is a special Pre-Release Showing thanks to the owners of the theatre, Beth and Norman Hunter,” said Soundwaves publicity officer Ms Nerida White. Email, 5 Feb 2012 Nerida White, Soundwaves

International Women’s Day entral Coast Community Women’s Health Centre will celebrate International Women’s Day on Thursday, March 8.

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osford Council is conducting an Active Seniors Program during the month of February in Kibble Park.

The program aims to provide social and recreational activities in a safe environment and is designed to enable older people to have fun, make new friends and promote health and wellbeing. Gosford Council’s manager of community development Ms Sue Verhoek said that staying active is vital for good physical health and wellbeing, no matter what your age.

“The activities are focused on those aged over 50, but they’re open to all members of the community. “We’ve put together a number of fun activities to try, poi twirling, yoga, qigong, and drumming. “All the activities will be conducted in Kibble Park and are free to attend,” said Ms. Verhoek. Media Release, 31 Jan 2012 Gosford Council Media

Referendum change meeting in Bensville meeting regarding proposed referendum changes to include indigenous Australians in the Constitution will be held in Bensville on Tuesday, February 21.

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Discussions will centre around the specific issues in the report compiled by the expert panel, which was given to the Prime Minister on January 19. “The group fully supports the proposal to delete the offending sections (Sections 25 and 51.26), which deal with race, from our constitution, by referendum at the next election,” said Barbara Kelly on behalf of the Citizens for Constitutional Change (Central Coast). “We also wish to contribute to the wider debate in the future, about a Bill of Rights and a Treaty, as well as considering the possibility of the drafting of a new Constitution. “We believe that meaningful constitutional

change must occur and that local communities have a responsibility to ensure that there is grass roots input into any decision making processes. “The best way to do this is to raise community awareness about the constitution and the referendum proposals, and encourage healthy debate. “It is vital that indigenous Australians are fully involved and are supported to take leadership in community discussions on these and other issues.” With inquiries, phone Barbara Kelly on 0414 747 933. Email, 30 Jan 2012 Barbara Kelly, Citizens for Constitutional Change (Central Coast)

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MAY’S: The May Lane Street Art Project exhibition features 25 large scale graffiti art works, created by some of the most highly commended and internationally renowned street artists in the world. All of the art featured in the exhibition originated at May Lane in St Peters, Sydney, as part of the MAY’S Street Art Project. Beginning in 2005, curator Tugi Balog has been inviting renowned graffiti artists to use the laneway as their canvas. Artists create their works on large wooden panels recessed within the walls of the laneway. As a result, MAY’S has a collection of over 100 panels by celebrated Australian and international street artists. Gosford Council’s

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Directory

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Not for Profit Organisations Directory AACC Computer Club Inc. (33)

welcome. Community playouts with four concerts a year at www.aacc.asn.au Help with all Computing Laycock St Theatre. 0407 894 560 problems - Program demos or 0411 272 640 + Q&A sessions - 7pm (FebNov) - Narara Valley High School - Fountains Road, Central Coast Narara Family History • 2nd Wed night of Month Society Inc. (39) Windows - Supper provided DAY Meetings – 9.30am - All the resources, information (Feb – Nov) - East Gosford and advice needed to study Progress Hall - 10 Henry your family’s history are available through the Society. Parry Drive (cnr Webb Rd) • 3rd Wednesday of month - Visit the Society’s Research Centre at 8 Russell Drysdale Linux • 4th Thur of month - Social St, East Gosford, our website at www.centralcoastfhs. Meeting + Windows org.auMonthly meetings are 12.15pm (Feb – Nov) held on 1st Saturday of each Afternoon tea provided month at 1pm in the Lions 4362 1918 Community Hall, behind the 4324 2740 Society’s Research Centre. Visitors welcome The Australian 4324 5164

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. john.wiggin@acf.ccoast.org

PO Box 547, Woy Woy NSW 2256

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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 publicity@artcentralcoast.asn.au PO Box 4168, East Gosford 2250

Central Coast Concert Band (28)

Central Coast Handweavers, Spinners and Textile Arts Guild Inc (28) Spinning and weaving, patchwork and quilting felting and other fibre and fabric crafts Workshops and Community quiting bees Day and Night Groups www.thecottage.org.au 4325 4743

Coastal Communicators Toastmasters Club

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 info@gosford.com.au 200 Mann Street Gosford 4322 7726

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Our mixed friendly club • Personal development welcomes retired or semi • Community Garden retired people. • Counselling Enjoy friendships, lunches, • Meditation outings, trips etc with our • Support Groups group. New members very • Friendship Groups • Music and Movement for welcome. 2nd Thursday of every month under 5 Narara Community Centre • Rooms for hire 2 Pandala Rd Narara 10am 4363 1044 4362 7227

Meals on Wheels Providing a supportive and (46) positive learning environment Delivered meals and flexible to enable individuals to food options for people with develop oral communication a functional disability and leadership skills. 4382 9401 Second and fourth Thursday of each month, Gosford Probus Club of Bowling Club. Avoca Beach (43) 4340 1929 emcloon@bigpond.net.au Men and Women are always welcome. Come along and hear Gosford RSL interesting guest speakers, Ladies Indoor make new friends and join us in our social activities. Bowls (28) Wanted Women to join our Meetings start at 10am 3rd Monday of each month social indoor bowls Fridays 10am to 2pm at RSL Avoca Beach Bowling Club 4368 6157 or 4384 3741 Club 4344 5812 or 0412 773 441 Probus Club Gosford RSL Sub-Branch Women’s Auxiliary

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North Gosford (38) New and older retirees who seek companionship and intellectual stimulus, fun and fellowship through outings such as walking, bus trips, indoor bowls, theatre attendances are invited to join the above club. 4th Tuesday Monthly Central Coast Leagues Club

Rotary Club on Kariong/Somersby (91/50)

This international service club exists to improve lives of communities in Australia and other countries. Why not join us for fun filled activities, fellowship and friendship. Breakfast meetings 7:15am Phillip House 21 Old Mt Penang Road (opposite Shell) 4340 4529 - Kerry Baylis Kersuebay@philliphouse. com.au

Classes for Beginners are held on Mondays or Tuesdays. There are also classes Monday to Friday 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 4369 2530

Soroptimist International (81/38) SI is a dynamic organisation for professional and business women, through advocacy, awareness and action we strive to improve the lives of women and girls 2nd Thursday of each month (except Jan) 6:45pm - Breakers Country Club, Dover Road Wamberal sibrisbanewater@siswp.org 4365 3121

Wyoming Community Centre (49)

A local community cente Soundwaves (90/50) Men’s acapella 4 part that provides a wide range harmony chorus - for men of of programs and activities to the local community inc. Tai all ages, all welcome 7:30pm Monday Nights at Chi, Yoga, Zumba, Blokes Community Central Coast Leagues Club Breakfast’s, Markets, Out of School Contact Ray Hours Care, Play Groups randtbale@bigpond.com contact the Centre for dates Seniors Computer and times on 4323 7483 Club Central Coast manager@wyomingcc.org. Inc. (83/41) au

Invitation to women over 18 years to Join our organisation We raise money for the (41) Are you looking for a club welfare of veterans and their that can help you develop families in our district confidence by improving RSL Club West Gosford 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 For events in post code areas 2250, 2260 and 2251 to help you reach your goal. See the Peninsula News for events in post code areas 2256 & 2257 Meetings are entertaining and educational with an Paul Robert Burton, Kantara House, Saturday March 3 Monday February 13 enthusiastic and supportive Celebrating the Tree of Life for 5-12 Green Point, 12pm Aerosol Art workshop, Youth Arts membership. This club Handmade Craft Market, Warehouse, 12-4pm, free year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood meets 1st and 3rd Saturdays Bridgecoast Stadium, Terrigal Centre, 3:45- 5pm Electric Blues Jam, Central Coast in the Avoca Beach Bowling Hotel, 2-5pm Monday February 20 Tuesday February 14 Club at 11am. Ocean stories for 5-8 year olds, Greening Up children’s workshop, Sunday March 4 4341 6843 Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45Clean up Australia Day Somers McCourt Gallery, 10am jancummings@y7mail.com Ceramic painting with Sile for 5-12 5pm Monday, March 5 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Tuesday February 21 Ocean stories for 5-8 year olds, Fellowship of Centre, 3:45pm-5:30pm Pate a Sel with Sile for 5-12 year Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45-

The Gosford Diary

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

Gosford Business Improvement District Inc (33)

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

Friday February 17 2012 economic outlook presentation, RBS Morgans, Gosford, 8:30am9:30am

Saturday February 18 Our Water, Our Land Our Future Community Forum, Kantara House, 12pm-10pm Forgotten Origins of the Central Coast revisited by Steven Strong, Kariong Neighborhood Centre, 2pm

Sunday February 19 Kariong Community Fun Festival, 10am-3pm

olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:45-5:30pm

Saturday February 25 Outdoor movie, Kibble Park, 7pm

Monday February 27

5pm

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

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Tuesday February 28

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

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

International Women’s Day

Monday March 12

Tuesday March 13 Draw Dragon/Horse workshop with Sile for 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Neighborhood Centre, 3:34-5:30pm

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.


Sport

Page 18 - February 13, 2012 - Coast Community News

Marlins second on Sydney league ladder entral Coast Marlins continued on their winning ways on Sunday, February 5, defeating third placed Canterbury Vikings at Baseball Park, Springfield.

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The win, their fifth consecutive victory, ensured the Marlins remained in second spot on the Sydney Major League ladder. Canterbury opened the scoring and plated an unearned run off Marlins starting pitcher Paul Anderson in the top of the first inning. Marlins replied straight away when Adam Howe led off the bottom of the first inning with a walk. Michael Campbell doubled and Howe scored on Moko Moanaroa’s single to tie it up at 1-1. Canterbury once again took advantage of some poor Marlins defence in the top of the third inning when, with two out, an infield single and an error scored two runs to give the Vikings a 3-1 lead.

Canterburys’ starting pitcher kept the Marlins bats quiet throughout the early and middle innings. Canterbury were again next to score, plating a run in the top of the sixth inning to chase starting pitcher Anderson from game and take a 4-1 lead. Veteran relief pitcher Geoff Brotherton came in to close the inning, minimizing the damage and prompting the Central Coast batters into action. Marlins’ Josh Brierley reached on error to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning. Adam Howe then laid down a bunt single, Campbell again singled to score Brierley to trail 4-2 and Tom O’Gorman had a clutch two out double to

tie the game at 4-4. Central Coast came out swinging again in the bottom of the eighth. Mick Ashton led off walk and after advancing to second base with one out, it was Scott Harrison that came up with the big hit this time, an RBI double to put Marlins in front 5-4. Brierley then singled, and the next batter was Howe - who hustled out ground ball to allow Campbell to score for the 6-4 lead. Brotherton, who threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief, shut the door in the top of the ninth inning to secure the win. Campbell led the way with the bat and collected three hits. Email, 5 Feb 2012 Central Coast Marlins

Water polo results show Gosford’s dominance

osford swimming pool hosted the recent water polo round which saw the Gosford club emerge with honours.

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U12s Gosford White defeated Wyong 4-3 U14 Girls defeated Wyong 11-1 U14 Boys defeated Wyong 12-2 U16 Boys defeated Wyong 12-2 U16 Girls defeated Wyong 8-5 U16 Girls lost to Woy Woy

4-5 February 12-14 will see Central Coast players compete at a regional level in Tamworth with the coast fielding both an U14 boys and girls squad. The Gosford club will provide a good 50 per cent of players for this regional event. U14 Boys Gosford

Representatives are Hugh Margin, Ryan Mulligan, Corey Allan, Angus Margin and Ethan Hodgson. U14 Girls Gosford Representatives are Rosie Stimson, Kaitlyn Clague, Sophie Heard, Elyse Heaps, Nicole Chaney and Tegan Bugden. Val Bridge, 7 Feb 2012

New season for Dragons

s over a billion Chinese people rang in their traditional New Year with the prerequisite fanfare, closer to home, the Gosford City Dragons were quietly planning an assault on Central Coast Football in 2012.

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After five years of moulding the club’s Women’s Premier League side into one of the most successful teams in the state, Mark Yule has been given the chance to guide the Men’s First Division team into the Premier League in time for the club’s 50th season. Recruitment has been impressive, with former Wyoming and Umina Premier League striker Marc Tarring signing on as playerfitness coach and, under the watchful eye of Yule, has been putting the mix of youth and experience, through an arduous pre-season since before Christmas. “I’ve had a wonderful five years with a great bunch of girls, and I’m really excited about that success hopefully continuing with the guys,” said Yule. “I’ve been really impressed with their commitment and attitude to training and, while the

squad is still very much a work in progress, I’m delighted where we are at the moment.” In moving on, Yule passed the Women’s Premier League baton over to Rob Farthing, who, along with assistant Bill Birch, will be looking to replicate the success the team has created since winning the League and Grand Final double in 2010. Farthing was behind the team’s Premier League promotion in 2006, and has also had experience as head coach of the club’s Men’s senior squad. Gosford City president Peter Huxley said it is not only the club’s flagship sides that would be taking high hopes into the new season. “We have a wonderful crop of juniors, right through from U5s to U16s and everyone involved has subscribed to what the club is all about.

“There’s also a great culture in all of our All Age and Over Age teams, and off the field, we’ve been kicking goals to prepare for a successful season both on and off. The club has formed partnerships with several well-known local businesses as sponsors, including new Overall Club Sponsor 3S Lighting, Men’s First Division Major Sponsor The Valley Tavern, Niagara Park and Women’s Premier League Major Sponsor Enviroarch Australia. “We are delighted to have such wonderful partners off the field, they are instrumental in helping us achieve the success we are aiming for, and hopefully our success can benefit them. “We are hoping to make these long term relationships,” said Huxley. Media Release, 9 Feb 2012 Glen Lauder, Gosford City Football Club

Avoca Fours Championship

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he Avoca Beach Women’s Bowling Club Fours Championship was held on Thursday, January 12.

Winners were Jan Kenny, Jennifer Leek, Anne Bates and Del Ayre who defeated Margaret Guthrie, June

Castle, Colleen Winder and Dot Maynard 22 – 19 in trying weather conditions with light rain and humidity.

Email, 2 Feb 2012 Noelene Hopper, Avoca Beach Bowling Club

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Coast Community News - February 13, 2012 - Page 19

Gosford crews to race at Stockton Beach

Sport

Bowlers battle through weather

ourteen surf boat crews from the Gosford area will race in Australia’s biggest surf boat carnival from Friday, February 10, until Sunday, February 12 at Stockton Beach.

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The Terrigal TJ’s will contest the Open Men’s event while the MacMasters NBAM will compete in the Open Women and the Avoca Silvertails, MacMasters Beach and Terrigal Titans will compete in the Reserves. MacMasters Beach will compete in the U23 Men’s event, Avoca Havoc in the U23 women’s and the Avoca Crabs and Avoca Grease Monkeys in the U19s.

The Avoca Silvertails will compete in the Masters 160 Men event while the Avoca Zulus will contest the Masters 160 Women event and the Terrigal Tofts in the Masters 180 Women event. The Avoca Zippers will compete in the Masters 200 Men event and the Avoca Tweakers in the Masters 260 Men event. Email, 6 Feb 2012 Darrin Saffin, Progressive PR Avoca Beach Bowling Club Australia Day bowlers

nclement weather did not stop 19 women and 10 men from participating in the Avoca Beach Bowling Club Australia Day bowls event.

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voca Beach Bowling Club’s president Ashley Ayre has welcomed two overseas bowlers, who will arrive in time for the start of the coming Zone 15 Pennant Season. The English and Welsh internationals will play for the club, hopefully winning Avoca the flag for the first time. Avoca has played in the No1 Pennant Final for three of the past five years but has yet to win the flag. Phil Downs from Plymouth, Devon, has previously played for Avoca and is a former England player with the strong Devon County Side, the most successful County Side of England’s thirty two counties. Phil has won major tournaments in Hong Kong,

South Africa, USA, Europe and in the UK. While here, Phil will also play in the Australian Open in Melbourne. An outstanding team player, Phil will be warmly welcomed back by all club members. Malcolm Bishop has represented Wales 67 times in both indoor and outdoor events since 1980, is a winner of the British Isles Pairs and five Welsh national titles, has represented Wales in Internationals against Australia and last year won the USA National Pairs and Fours at Laguna Beach, California. Avoca’s chairman of selectors Lex Gemmel said ”The two long time friends will strengthen Avoca’s chances in the club’s quest for a No1 Pennant.” Email, 6 Feb 2012 Dick Love, Avoca Beach Bowling Club

Everyone sported their Aussie t-shirts, shorts, caps, facial tattoos, wrist bands, mad hatters hats and artificial hair.

Tables were decorated with Aussie balloons and serviettes, all adding to the complete Australian atmosphere.

A huge Australian flag was hung on the wall. For many, it was their first attempt at indoor bowls and bowls flew in all directions,

some landing on the next rink. Winners on the day were Neville Hillyard’s team which drew with Noeline Smith’s team. Email, 2 Feb 2012 Noelene Hopper, Avoca Beach Bowling Club

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