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Prime Minister marks progress of regional cancer centre

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“Black day” for Gosford t a Gosford City Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCCI) luncheon held on Wednesday, March 14, at the Gosford Golf and Function Centre, Gosford mayor Cr Laurie Maher spoke about the progress of the Gosford Landing project.


rime Minister Julia Gillard and MP Deborah O’Neill together marked another step towards the establishment of a cancer centre at Gosford Hospital on Friday, March 23, with the pouring of concrete for one of three radiation oncology bunkers at the new Central Coast Regional Cancer Service.


The Gillard Government has committed $28.59 million to the project along with a $10 million contribution from the NSW Government. “Today we’ve achieved another milestone in bringing a cancer centre to Gosford and that’s going to make a big difference to this community because at the moment people have to travel for cancer treatment, either in Newcastle or Sydney, with all of the additional stress and strain that means for them, at what is for them already a difficult time of their lives,” Prime Minister Gillard said. “All week in Parliament we’ve been talking about

our labor vision of the future. “Our plan is to make sure our national prosperity is used to benefit the many, not the few. “To make sure that the vast mass of Australians, working people and retirees, get to see the benefits of national prosperity, and that’s one of the things that we can say is being achieved today with this new health infrastructure.” The regional cancer centre will include a comprehensive radiation therapy and an associated cancer service facility at Gosford, and a satellite multidisciplinary clinic and day oncology unit at Wyong Hospital to provide

cancer services, including prevention and screening treatment, palliative and support care for local people. Construction began on the Cancer Centre in July last year and the project is expected to be complete by March next year. “To have seen the bunkers poured today and to know the community support that’s been behind persuading the Federal Labor government to commit $28 million to getting it off the ground is a great achievement,” Member for Robertson, Ms Deborah O’Neill said. The Government has allocated $670 million

to projects to help close the gap in outcomes for patients in regional areas and are in the process of constructing 24 Regional Cancer Centres. Eighteen of the projects are now under construction, have early works underway or are in the design phase. “Labor’s health reforms are also providing more health services closer to home, with more than 60 GP Super Clinics, including the Southern Central Coast GP Super Clinic in Robertson, more than 400 primary health care infrastructure grants, 4600 practice nurses, and telehealth consultations”, Prime Minister Gillard said.. Media Release, 23 Mar 2012 Annie Williams, Office of Julia Gillard PM

He commenced by referring to the previous day as a very black day for Gosford City. He said that as a result of Council’s unanimous decision to progress only stage one of the project to the Minister for endorsement, he visited the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) to discuss the future of the project. He claimed that, at this meeting, the general manager and the chairman both informed him that they believed the project to be “dead in the water”. The mayor went on to say that stage one of the project currently lacked funding, and that he was therefore going to speak to the NSW premier in order to see whether the state government was prepared to provide financial assistance for that part of the project. He went on to criticise the media, by claiming that the project was killed by an aggressively negative campaign against it. According to the mayor, the project was put on display in order to get feedback from the public, however, some of the feedback had been extremely negative and, as a result, the entire project is in doubt. He said that he felt that some people were against all development in Gosford, and that the city

would suffer as a result, citing the failed Spurbest project as an example. The project to which the mayor was referring involved a $105 million proposal submitted to Council in early 2003, authored by property development group Spurbest. If completed, the project would have seen a six-tower mix of residential, hotel, commercial, retail and cinema buildings spread along Mann St and the waterfront, amounting to 18 storeys in a seven storey zone (scaled down from the 24 storeys which were in the initial proposal). Council opposed the development at the time on the basis of its height and proposed aesthetics. The State Government at the time, as overseen by Bob Carr, was supportive of the proposal and employed ex-Sydney City planner and Planning Institute president John McInerney to resolve the issues prior to the upcoming election. However, his efforts, in addition to those of his successors Frank Sartor and Bill Kerr, were unsuccessful. Further information was sought from CCRDC but at the time of going to press a response had not been received Cec Bucello, 14 Mar 2012


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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

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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The events will run over seven days and encompasses two consecutive weekends in March. The championship is expected to attract over 8000 competitors. Central Coast Tourism’s chief executive officer Mr Ollie Philpot said that being the host destination for such a high profile event would provide substantial benefits for the region. “This world-class event will no doubt catapult the Central Coast as a pre-eminent destination for a beach holiday and a serious contender for other State and National events.” He claimed that overall the event would inject an estimated $36 million into the local economy over the two years. “With an influx of thousands of competitors and their families, our local tourism operators and other businesses should see this as a bonanza for their business during a traditionally off-peak period,” continued Philpot. Central Coast Tourism’s business and tourism events manager Mr Chris King said he would be working closely with both Gosford Council and Wyong Council to deliver a successful event which would be key in leveraging the profile of the Central Coast as a host destination for other State and National Championships. Mayor of Gosford Cr Laurie Maher said that hosting the Championships would provide a great boost for tourism and small business in Umina Beach and surrounding areas. “With an influx of visitors before, during and after the competition period, businesses in the area will benefit from a major increase in customers. “Competitors, their families and spectators from around NSW will be utilising short term accommodation and numerous other services during their stay. “It is anticipated that the championships will generate an estimated $18 million [per year] for the host city, an exciting prospect

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Aboriginal community to stand firm on threatened sites

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Olyroos’ scoreless qualification campaign

Aerial view of Calga Sand Quarry


ince the southern extension of the Calga Sand Quarry was that, despite years of first proposed by Rocla Pty Ltd, Darkinjung Local Aboriginal investigation and several Land Council (Darkinjung LALC) and the Mingaletta Aboriginal reports, there was still a Women’s Group have gone to battle with State Government over the lack of response from the government and it needed protection of sites of Aboriginal significance.

Joeys visit fire station Australia and Iraq U23's Line Up at Bluetongue

The Broken Bay Joey Scouts attended the Umina Fire Station on Wednesday, February 22, to learn about fire safety and emergencies. The group took a guided tour of the building, during which they got to sit in the trucks, use the

water hoses, wear the uniforms, see what happens when a 000 call comes through and learn about fire awareness at home and in the community. The firemen showed them the safety equipment used in emergencies and what type of call

outs the fire brigade attend to. The Joeys meet at Umina Scout Hall on Wednesdays from 5pm until 6pm. E-mail, 12 Mar 2012 Kerrie Boxsell, Broken Bay Scouts

Freewater quits Greens Cr Peter Freewater, of Horsfield Bay, has quit the Central Coast Greens and has declared his intention to run as an Independent candidate in the upcoming local government election in September. “My years of work to fight for the community against a questionable Gosford Council have not been supported by certain other local Greens,” he said. “I feel that I can serve the community better as an independent.” Cr Freewater said relationships with fellow Greens had soured in recent months over issues such as the compulsory acquisition of Bambara, the use of Coastal Open

Space System (COSS) funds to buy a quarry, Gosford Public School and the Gosford Landing. Cr Freewater stated that while NSW Greens have supported him, local Greens have not. “Lee Rhiannon helped me fight against sand mining operations, John Kaye has joined the fight against the removal of Gosford Public School and David Shoebridge has slammed Council over their ridiculous Code of Conduct charges,” said Cr Freewater. “It’s the lack of support from members of the Central Coast Greens that has disappointed me and led to my decision to stand as an independent.” Cr Freewater said: “It will be very difficult to get elected without

the support of the Central Coast Greens and the many volunteers that assist the campaign.” “However, I am hopeful that others in the community will support me just as I have supported them and that with this support I can run a successful campaign and be reelected to Council in September. “There are a lot of people in the community that are sick of Gosford Council and appreciate the fact I have the guts to stand up to them and speak the truth. “The community want a strong leader and they deserve an honest and transparent government. “I will be looking for others to join me in my fight to clean up Gosford Council.” Media Release, 16 Mar 2012 Peter Freewater, Horsfield Bay

he Qantas Australian U23s have completed their AFC Asian Qualifiers for the 2012 London Games campaign with a scoreless draw against the Iraq U23s at Bluetongue Stadium on Wednesday, March 14.


On a balmy night at the picturesque bayside arena, an experimental and developmental Qantas Australian U23s outfit couldn’t quite manage to get the better of their rivals who proved to be stubborn opposition. While both teams strung together some neat build up play through midfield, neither side could find the killer pass or strike on goal. The Qantas Australian U23s goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti, and the Iraqi goalkeeper, Jalal Hassan Hachim, had relatively trouble-free matches with much of the contest played out in midfield. The game had a lively opening with chances arriving at both ends in the first ten minutes of play. In the fifth minute, Iraq could, and perhaps should

have capitalised on a defensive error by Australia, while soon after midfielder Mustafa Amini nearly opened the door for Chris Harold. Amini’s pass was just a little too strong for Harold who worked tirelessly upfront throughout the match. Kept at bay by the new Qantas Australian U23s pairing of Brendan Hamill and Zac Anderson, the Iraq U23s were forced to shoot from range and they did so in the 17th minute. Birighitti, however, watched the shot from Ahmed Yaseen fly high of his crossbar. Chris Harold’s pace was proving a menace for the Iraqi backline and his good work drew a foul in the 36th minute of play following a pass from captain Ben Kantarovski. Unfortunately for Vidmar’s men, Dimitrios Petratos’ resulting free kick failed to trouble Hassan Hachim. Perhaps the best chance of the game came just two minutes before referee Yuichi Nishimura’s half-time whistle. Ammar Abdulhussein Ahmed fired a venomous

shot at goal, however, was thwarted by an alert Birighitti who sprung into action to save the goal bound effort. The second stanza was close to a carbon copy of the first, with both teams struggling to create many clear-cut opportunities to break the deadlock. For Qantas Australian U23s, substitute Tomas Rogic and Harold both unleashed efforts from low percentage areas but couldn’t quite force Hassan Hachim into a meaningful save, while Abdulhussein Ahmed whisked a low, curling shot past the woodwork on in the 67th minute. Unfortunately for the 2071 fans that had made the trek to Central Coast Stadium, there were no goals to witness, with referee Nishimura calling time on the game after four minutes of added play. Qantas Australian U23 head coach Aurelio Vidmar said he was pleased with the effort of his players considering the limited preparation. “I thought there were some really strong performances from our goalkeeper, back four, central midfielders tonight.

“Chris Harold also did quite a good job under very tough circumstances. “It was never going to be an easy match. “So considering we had only two light sessions and it was the first time this group had played together I thought we did a decent

job,” concluded Vidmar. However, in the final analysis, the Australian team failed to score a goal throughout the entire campaign and therefore did not win a match. Unlike the Women’s team, the Olyroos have not qualified for the 2012

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Olympics. Issues over the availability of players to be selected for the squad have been partly blamed for this failure and it is expected that the FFA will hold an internal enquiry to decide on how to improve on this result in future Olympic qualification campaigns.

At a recent meeting, Darkinjung LALC and its Members and the Mingaletta Aboriginal Women’s Group officially joined forces to take the fight up with the State Government. In 2010, it was reported that Aboriginal women across the Central Coast of NSW had joined to save a sacred birthing and ceremonial site that was very rare and of extremely high cultural significance, but their pleas seemed to have continually fallen on deaf ears. “This is a sacred birthing and ceremonial site and it’s only 100 metres from the existing mine, so any extension would obviously put the site in danger,” said Mingaletta Women’s Group elder Ms Barbara Grew. “This is very important to us. “It’s a place where we can go and see our history. “It’s a place where we feel we belong. “We’re hoping that, by joining forces with Darkinjung LALC, we’ll finally gain the proper attention and respect of the State Government and stop the quarry extension.” Darkinjung LALC chairperson Ms Jenny

Judo club secures international medals

by Pete Acciari

our Kido Mingara Judo Academy members brought back medals from the Queensland International Open Judo Championships held in Brisbane recently.


Liam Yokoyama, 16, in his U20 junior male division showed his solid judo skills over his opponents dominating the U60kg division by winning gold. In the senior men division, he found the going tougher but impressed his coaches by powering through with his fast ashi [foot] techniques that opened opponents for

his big throws to securing a bronze. Melinda Brown was placed in the 52kg Junior Women U20 category, and had a challenging time with some difficult judging decisions but her solid groundwork and command of submission techniques secured her a bronze medal. Caroline Hain, after an injury break, re-entered the competition side of Judo with a strong showing against some solid opponents. Her winning comeback in the 48kg junior women was only stopped in the finals, having to settle for silver. In the cadet division, she managed a bronze being

edged out on the diaz by her club mate, Angelina. Angelina Yokoyama just moved up from the girl divisions and did a fantastic job to secure a silver in the 48kg cadets. The 15-year-old then backed up in the U20 junior women with a bronze. With their already accumulated selection points Liam Yokoyama as well as his sister Angelina, joined by Caroline Hain and Melinda Brown have all been selected on the National team to compete at the Oceania Championship in Cairns in April this year.

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Umina to host surf life saving championships for the Umina Beach area. “Surf life savers from across the state will be able to see firsthand the significant investment that Council has made into infrastructure to support beach safety and the maintenance of the beautiful beaches we enjoy in the Gosford Local Government Area,” said Cr Maher. Gosford Council’s manager of open space and leisure services Mr Phil Moore said Council would be providing in-kind support during the event. “In partnership with Central Coast Tourism, NSW and Central Coast Surf Life Saving, Council officers will be working to provide a safe and enjoyable event for competitors and spectators. “Council will be providing a number of beach vehicles, fencing, lighting and access services for the event, with Central Coast tourism providing assistance to spectators and competitors in securing accommodation and other services,” said Mr Moore. Surf Life Saving NSW president Mr Tony Haven said Umina and Ocean Beach would provide a world-class venue for the state’s premier surf sports event, which attracts more than 8000 competitors. “Gosford Council has been very supportive of this event and the location is ideal, close to the majority of competitors, with great accommodation options and easy access. “The facilities available to competitors and the overall support from Gosford Council were major factors in selecting Umina and Ocean Beach to host of the event ahead of six other Councils who expressed interest in hosting the event. “Both clubs also have a wealth of experience in conducting successful surf events on a large scale, with the 2005 Championships held here at Umina and Ocean Beach one of our most successful to date with over 800 entrants,” said Mr Haven. Media Release, 12 Mar 2012 Chris Kind, Central Coast Tourism Media Release, 7 Mar 2012 Laurie Maher, Gosford Council

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Hayes said that the position of the Land Council was to object to the proposed southern extension. “There are other significant sites in the area and due to the dense scrub, there is every possibility of undiscovered sites. “The Aboriginal Heritage Assessment commissioned by Rocla into the area states that large sections were unable to be surveyed due to thick undergrowth and other factors, so Rocla simply doesn’t know what’s there. “We suggested a burn off to reveal any other sites, but that hasn’t happened. “In addition, there are other known sites of Aboriginal significance in the area including rock engravings and a cave shelter with art. “The most critical aspect here is that these sites cannot be assessed in isolation from their surroundings, there is a broader cultural landscape that must be considered”, said Ms Hayes. The site has been noted by cultural heritage expert Jo McDonald as “a rare occasion for engraved sites” due to the association of the engraving of the woman

with stone arrangements. McDonald found that only one other rock engraving in the Sydney Basin area including the Somersby Plateau was associated with a stone arrangement. In total, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has 180 Aboriginal objects and places recorded within or near the suggested project zone. Initially, Rocla suggested a 30 meter buffer around the sacred women’s site, but this was rejected by Mingaletta Women’s Group and the Land Council. “Mining at a depth of up to 35 metres anywhere within several kilometres of the site will weaken the rock platform’s substructure and it will never be the same again. “If the mine expands the whole thing will just collapse,” said Ms Grew. Rocla’s own planning submission noted the Department of the Environment, Climate Change and Water had concerns about the company’s proposal to leave the women’s site stranded on a narrow, buffered piece of land. Darkinjung LALC CEO Mr Sean Gordon said

to be resolved. “The Mingaletta women, Darkinjung LALC and all Aboriginal people on the Central Coast deserve to be properly acknowledged on this issue. “We’ve been patient and followed all the right processes. “It’s now time for the State Government to veto the southern extension of the Calga Sand Quarry,” said Mr Gordon. Darkinjung LALC chairperson Ms Jenny Hayes said: “Darkinjung LALC will stand alongside the Mingaletta Women’s Group and fight what would obviously be a mistake and quite simply soul-destroying to Aboriginal people.” “And, if necessary, we will call all Aboriginal women from other communities to stand alongside us. “We’re often happy to compromise and negotiate, but not this time,” said Ms Hayes. The two organisations will form a united front and appeal to the State Government to take action. Media Release, 17 Feb 2012 Sean Gordon, Darkinjung LALC

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Security cameras for Terrigal osford Council will install Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) cameras next month in the Terrigal CBD funded in part by a grant from the Australian Government as part of the Safer Suburbs Program.


As part of this initiative, Council received $70,000 for the provision of CCTV to address issues associated with anti-social behaviour throughout the Terrigal CBD. The CCTV camera images would be relayed to a recording system which would be located at Terrigal Police Station. Gosford mayor Cr Laurie Maher said that the Brisbane Water Local Area Command identified ideal locations for the cameras through crime statistics and consultation with residents. “This is an issue that has a significant impact on the local business community in Terrigal and I would like to thank them for their assistance in providing feedback on issues they feel need to be addressed. “Cameras being installed will provide coverage of the Terrigal Esplanade and Terrigal Surf Club car park. “They will help improve the safety of the Terrigal area and assist police in protecting residents and tourists from anti social behaviour,” said Cr Maher.

The Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill has welcomed Council’s help in delivering another of her 2010 election promises. “Terrigal will be a safer suburb thanks to the work of Gosford Council and the Brisbane Water Local Area Command, made possible with the $70,000 grant from the Gillard Government,” said Ms O’Neill. “I listened to the business owners at Terrigal and took the necessary action to prevent antisocial behaviour and support local businesses and jobs. “Like the shop-owners of Terrigal, the tourists and the locals alike, I look forward to being on hand for the commissioning in March.” The current target date for installation and testing of the Terrigal CCTV system is March with commissioning shortly thereafter.”

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350 job seekers find employment at Job expo ore than 3200 people were connected with employment and skills training opportunities at the Australian Government Jobs and Skills Expo in Gosford on Sunday, March 18.


Minister for Employment Participation Ms Kate Ellis said the Gosford Jobs and Skills Expo was a great success. “While the national unemployment rate remains relatively low compared with developed countries around the world, we know that there’s more work to be done in the Central Coast and Hunter regions,” Ms Ellis said. “Since being introduced in October 2009, 45 Jobs and Skills Expos have been held across the country. “The people who attended yesterday’s expo took full advantage of more than 518 job opportunities, submitting 2087 resumes to the 71 exhibitors. “From feedback received from exhibitors directly after the Expo, as many as 350 job seekers were placed in jobs.” Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill praised local job seekers,

employment services and skills training providers and businesses who worked together at the event to make it such a success. “Yesterday’s Jobs and Skills Expo was a great boost for the region,” Ms O’Neill said. “It is never too late to up-skill, re-skill or engage in the workforce and the Expo helped people from the Central Coast to take the first step. “All Australians should have the opportunity to share in the nation’s success, and the skills shortages affecting many industries means there’s never been a better time to undertake some training to secure a job.” The Expos are part of the federal Government’s $3 billion ‘Building Australia’s Future Workforce’ package. Media release, 19 Mar 2012 Deborah O’Neill MP and Kate Ellis MP

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Freewater starts Central Coast Alliance arlier this month, Cr Peter Freewater left the Central Coast Greens and declared his intention to run as an Independent candidate in the upcoming local government elections.


He and others are assembling a team of community leaders to be candidates in a new group they’re calling Central Coast Alliance. “I’ve been contacting outspoken leaders in the community to discuss the concept of running together as a group in the September Local Government Elections and they’re keen,” said Cr Freewater. “I may be the only elected politician that’s fighting for common sense and justice but there are plenty of people out there in the community that are also making a stand against Gosford Council. “These are mostly ordinary people like myself that feel compelled to run campaigns on environmental and social justice issues that are threatening and dividing our community. “Rather than simply

have a “whinge”, they are agitating, they are lobbying, they are protesting and they are garnering support in their opposition to this current Council. “These are the types of leaders we need in Local Government. “Our big party candidates no longer speak for ordinary Coasties. “In fact, they appear to work together to defeat us, to take away our community lands, our heritage, our community services that we pay for and even threaten our freedom to speak out about it.” Cr Freewater went on to say that “Major Political Parties such as Labor and the Liberals are in bed with big mining companies, developers and most media empires”. “They won’t support local issues if they are in conflict with party policy or with the big businesses that spend

more than a billion dollars a year lobbying them and bank-rolling their election campaigns. “Even the Greens are now accepting big donations from the unions and other organisations to fund their political campaigns.” Cr Freewater said that there are several campaigns on the coast that are being led by locals, fighting important battles that threaten our lifestyles and our livelihoods and our children’s future prosperity. According to Cr Freewater, issues of concern include the relocation of Gosford Public School, the Gosford Landing, Sandmining on the Plateau, Coal Seam Gas Mining, Empire Bay Substation, loss of European and indigenous heritage (the Bambara engravings are but one example), sea-level rise warnings on 149 certificates and inappropriate use of

COSS funds. “I have supported these communities and now they want to join me and work together in the fight to clean up Gosford Council and we’ll start by clearing out some of the dead wood. “I’m also calling the community to action, to get up and support us, to please get up and vote for us. “Stay tuned to the local media to find out more about the Central Coast Alliance and who’s involved. “In September, you’ll get a chance to replace the old inactive politicians with real community leaders that will stand up and fight for our community. “I want everyone to join me in this fight to clean up Gosford Council and to usher in a new era in community peace and prosperity and to push for open and transparent governance.” Media Release, 21 Mar 2012 Peter Freewater, Horsfield Bay

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esidents in the Gosford Electorate will be able to enjoy WiFi access at their local public library for the first time.

Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein said it was part of a $2 million NSW Government initiative to roll out WiFi hotspots to 139 country libraries across the State over the next four years. “The service will ensure those in rural and regional areas enjoy the same levels of connectivity offered by public libraries in metropolitan areas,” he said. “I am delighted that Gosford, Kariong, Umina and Woy Woy Library customers with portable wireless devices such as laptops, tablet computers and smart phones can now access the free public wireless network at any of its branches. “An increase in WiFi hotspots means more access to important services provided by public libraries and the State Government, including educational and cultural resources. “It will also enable visitors to take full advantage of the many electronic resources offered by the State Library such as local and international newspapers, full-text journals

and databases.” Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Hospitality, Racing and the Arts Mr George Souris said the implementation of the system was an election promise by the Liberals and Nationals. “This scheme reflects our commitment to regional NSW in generating both work and recreation opportunities,” Mr Souris said. “These hotspots in the safe environment and supported by the staff of public libraries, will greatly benefit communities and individuals across the State. “The State Library’s NSW. net service, which is highly regarded by public libraries and their councils, will manage the implementation of the scheme between 201112 and 2014-15. “I look forward to seeing the many advantages of the NSW Government boosting WiFi access to our rural and regional public libraries.” Media Release, 21 Mar 2012 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

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33,000 extra train seats a week for commuters osford train travellers will benefit from the addition of around 33,000 extra seats a week on selected services as more carriages are added to make them 8-car trains.


Extra carriages were added from Monday, February 5, on 41 selected weekday and weekend services between Newcastle, Gosford and Sydney. “This is great news for Central Coast train customers who will now have a more comfortable trip to Sydney or Newcastle, and a more comfortable return home,” said NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian. “Improving the customer experience is a priority for the NSW Government, and providing extra carriages and extra capacity will deliver a more pleasant journey for passengers. “Local MPs told the NSW Government very clearly their trains needed more capacity, and we have delivered.” A total of 41 train services on the Newcastle and Central Coast Line will have the number of carriages increased from six to eight, with 12 of these services upgraded from an existing older V-set train to a newer Oscar train. Minister for the Central Coast Mr Hartcher said the extra train carriages demonstrated the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering better services to the Central Coast. “An extra 200 seats on each of these train services is a great result for the Central Coast,” he said. “Improving the capacity on our rail links between Sydney

and Newcastle ensures the Central Coast remains a great place to live and work,” Mr Hartcher said. Central Coast MPs welcomed the announcement. “This ensures Wyong train customers have a better chance of getting a seat,” Wyong MP Darren Webber said. Gosford MP Chris Holstein said: “I am delighted to be able to deliver this great news to Gosford because we all know a train trip is more pleasant if you get a seat.” The Entrance MP Chris Spence said the announcement was “a terrific development”. “My colleagues and I have lobbied for this and it’s fantastic to see it delivered.” Ms Berejiklian said the increased number of carriages have been added to both peak and off-peak services, so commuters travelling to and from work as well as families, students and senior citizens making off-peak journeys, would benefit. “We are putting the customer at the centre of everything we do in public transport, and providing increased capacity and more comfortable journeys is something we will continue to focus on.” Media Release, 5 Mar 2012 Sam Fairlie-Cuninghame, Office of Gladys Berejiklian MP

Creative industry businesses needed reate Innovate Gosford City (CIGC) is looking for individuals and collectives to fill empty spaces in the Gosford CBD, with their own creative industry businesses.


“This is a great opportunity to trial your skills in running your own enterprise without having the large commercial costs,” said Gosford Business Improvement District manager Mr Paul Brasch “We have access to over 12 different spaces; with a special thank you to Brendan Byrne-Bates and the team at Coastal Property Agents who have partnered with us, with a common goal of revitalising the Gosford CBD.” Email, 22 Mar 2012 Paul Brasch, GBID

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20 years for Coast Shelter executive oast Shelter executive officer Mr Laurie Maher OAM celebrated 20 years in the position on Tuesday, March 13.


Coast Shelter had its beginnings with Rumbalara Youth Refuge and the old convent where the Gosford parking station now stands. At the time, these programs were run by Gosford City Community and Information Services who were faced with overwhelming adversity and funding restraints. They had no other option but to close these programs. At the final hour, Laurie approached Centacare who agreed to take over the temporary auspice of the refuges. Laurie worked as a volunteer for quite some time to restructure the organisation, obtain additional funds and establish a new local management committee, all of which was completed within eight months, at which time Gosford Emergency Accommodation Services commenced. Through astute lobbying,

Laurie was able to convince the powers that be to allocate additional funding towards programs to assist the homeless of the Central Coast. This ensured the viability of both refuges, allowed for the commissioning of Kara Family Refuge, Coimba Men’s Refuge as well as a number of other cottages provided by the Office of Community Housing. The service then auspiced Maya Young Women’s Refuge and the Ridge which was a special program for behaviourally challenged young children in the care of the State. Under the guidance and leadership of Laurie Maher, Coast Shelter has now grown to include six refuges, a Community Centre, a Homeless Family Brokerage Service and over 60 outreach properties which are spread across the Central Coast accommodating up to 170

egional Development Australia Central Coast (RDACC) has joined several other regional bodies to form the Central Coast Broadband Infrastructure Group (CCBIG).


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persons every night. “Laurie works tirelessly advocating for the homeless and campaigning for the social inclusion of our disadvantaged citizen,” said communications officer Ms Heidi Blyth. “His passion and dedication for social justice

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has earned him numerous accolades and greatly contribute to the social health of the Central Coast community.” Media Release, 14 Mar 2012 Heidi Blyth, Coast Shelter

Missing man found Wyoming man who was missing from Friday, March 9, until Thursday, March 15, was located safe and well.


Edward McLachlan, 34, was seen leaving his home at Wyoming about 1pm on Friday, March 9. It was believed Mr McLachlan visited the

National Australia Bank in Gosford that afternoon. His family contacted police over the weekend after he failed to return home.

Subsequent inquiries by police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command established the missing man had not made contact with any

other family or friends. There were serious concerns for his welfare, as the behaviour was totally out of character. Media Release, 15 Mar 2012 NSW Police Media

CC-BIG is a reestablishment of the National Broadband (NBN) Steering Group which was formed to lobby the government for the early roll-out of NBN. CC-BIG is jointly chaired by RDACC chief executive officer Mr Andrew Roach and the recently appointed RDACC chair Mr David Abrahams. The group will facilitate the rollout of the NBN on the Central Coast and provide information to the community, local businesses, government agencies and other sectors regarding how the NBN is likely to affect operations. “Essentially, CC-BIG aims to tie together all regional efforts to ensure that the NBN is a success on the Central Coast and that the community receives the full benefit of the infrastructure,” said Mr Roach. “RDACC is proud to be a part of this project, which will help to provide high speed fibre connectivity to businesses and residents of the Central Coast, encouraging innovation

and improving community growth in our region.” Other members of CCBIG include NSW Trade and Investment, Gosford and Wyong Council general managers, Member for Shortland Ms Jill Hall, Member for Dobell Mr Craig Thomson and Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill, as well as delegates from the Central Coast business community. Mr Abrahams said he was eager to help implement the NBN on the Central Coast, which he believed would monumentally impact the region. “Early roll out of the NBN will transform the Central Coast into an innovative hub that will attract business from Sydney, Newcastle and beyond. “In addition to creating new job opportunities, the NBN will bring better services and see more people commute to the Coast, not from it,” said Mr Abrahams. Media Release, 12 Mar 2012 Katey Small, Brilliant Logic

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Recommendations for lower water restrictions he Central Coast Water Corporation Board has recommended that Gosford and Wyong Councils ease water restrictions to Level One.


The recommendation follows Mangrove Creek Dam storage rising to the highest level in 10 years and exceeding the Level One trigger level with storage now at 42.5 percent. The Councils will vote on whether to support the recommendation at their Council meetings early next month. If endorsed, the new restrictions will come into effect on April 30. Central Coast Water Corporation chairman Mr John Read said the recommendation was based on scientific modelling of the system, technical advice from Council staff and the completion of a number of key projects including the Mardi-Mangrove Link. “The decision to ease

water restrictions is not taken lightly. “Council staff have analysed a number of factors including current dam levels, predicted average rainfall and the region’s seasonal outlook. “We are very conscious of the support of the entire Central Coast community during this extended term of water restrictions and acknowledge the incredible effort shown by the region in adopting water smart initiatives as an important part of their daily lives. “The community has played a key role with the region’s water use consistently below the weekly consumption target. “The consumption targets have not been exceeded for over 18 months,” Mr Read

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said. “In the past few years, a number of major infrastructure improvements and system upgrades have been completed that will help secure the Central Coast’s water supply into

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he volunteer on radio duty at Marine Rescue Central Coast received a 27MHz radio call from the Saratoga Sailings Club Safety Boat about 2:40pm on Sunday, March 19.

The safety officer sought help for a five metre trailersailer that had capsized and was upside down in a location between Green Point and Saratoga. Conditions at the time were quite ordinary with a 30knot southerly blowing accompanied by rain and very

choppy seas. The yacht’s two crewmembers were safe on the safety boat but the yacht’s mast was stuck in the mud and the vessel could not be recovered. Skipper Al Morris with his crew, Alan Howes and Mark Sheehan on rescue boat,

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the future. “With the MardiMangrove Link pumping water and the Bureau of Meteorology’s outlook for higher than average rainfall in the region our dam levels should continue to rise. “The Hunter Connection also provides a back-up contingency supply in times of drought,” Mr Read added. The Level One restrictions

mean residents will be able to water their garden with a trigger nozzle hose any day of the week before 10am and after 4pm to avoid the heat of the day. Topping up of existing pools using a hose from the town water supply will be permitted. Hosing of paths and driveways is still not allowed.

More information will be provided about Level One water restrictions following the decision at the Gosford and Wyong Councils’ meetings. Media Release, 19 Mar 2012 Megan Low, Gosford Council

Fundraiser for Guide Dogs undraising stalls for the Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Volunteer Support Group will be held in Gosford on April 26.


Central Coast Support Group president Ms Barbara Craig said she was very dedicated to volunteering for Guide Dogs NSW-ACT and was always looking for new members to assist the enthusiastic efforts by the small group who regularly visit Central Coast shopping centres selling Guide Dog merchandise. The stall will be at the Imperial Centre on

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What happened to our money? e lived in a villa in Brentwood Village until June 2009.


I went to hospital and within six months both of my legs had to be amputated due to peripheral vascular disease. We exercised a claim in our contract and moved to an apartment in the building known as Acacia. We received a payment of $27,000 together with occupancy of the apartment. The management got the villa. When I finished a period of rehabilitation, I had no option but to go to Veronica Nursing Home.

Letters to the editor should be sent to: Coast Community News PO Box 1056, Gosford 2250 or See Page 2 for contribution conditions This was in March 2010. This was the most convenient arrangement that could be made, since Veronica Nursing Home was only about 100 metres from

the apartments so my wife and I could visit. After about a year, my wife’s health deteriorated and she was also admitted to Veronica Nursing Home in June last year. We had been told the final settlements would be $66,405. That was almost nine months ago. What has happened to our money? Letter, 12 Mar 2012 Murray Coutts, Kincumber

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Congratulations to Gosford City Council for unanimously agreeing that phase one of the Landing waterfront redevelopment be progressed to the Minister for endorsement, this will avoid any further delay. We all recognise an early start must occur so why not commence construction of the Baker St Boulevarde linking the CBD with Dane Dr at the waterfront? Stage 1 includes

the Gosford Regional Performing Arts Centre, the new Ferry Wharf and expanded breakwater, park and four waterfront restaurant complexes, upgraded Anzac Memorial Park, hotel, indoor pool and recreation centre, relocation of Rotary Fountain and

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t Philip’s Christian College Year 10 student Chloe McDougall participated in the world’s greatest shave, alongside teacher Mr Osborn and Year 12 student Brenton Field on Monday March 12.


Chloe said she participated in the event because two of her family members have breast cancer and her mother’s friend passed away from cancer. “In the end, I am very happy with how my hair turned out and to support this worthy cause, that is so close to my heart,” Chloe said. “Having no hair is not as bad as I thought, I thought people would look at me differently because I was a girl and it takes a lot for

a girl to shave their hair, because to girls their hair is their main part of their image. “Surprisingly, they haven’t. “They have been calling me beautiful, brave and saying they are very proud of me. The two students and teacher have raised $400 for the cause. Newsletter, 16 Mar 2012 Chloe McDougall, St Philips Christian College

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free community mobile oral health service run by the University of Newcastle was launched on the Central Coast on Wednesday, March 7.

Available to seniors and current Health Care Card holders, the service offers check-ups, teeth cleaning and fluoride treatments, all administered by Oral Health students from the University’s Central Coast campus under the supervision of a certified dentist. The service will appear at various locations on the Central Coast, including Coast Shelter, where it will

operate every Wednesday from April 18 through to May 30, and later every Wednesday from September 12 through to October 3, opening at 9.30am and closing at 4pm each day. University of Newcastle Foundation CEO Ms Louise O’Connell said that without corporate and community support, the service would not have been possible.

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Senior gives talk at Green Point reen Point Christian College Year 11 class was treated to a visit by Mr David Crofts who spoke about his schooling, work and family life.


Mr Crofts was born in 1919, the year after World War I ended. He came from a large family and enlightened students as to what life was like growing up in that era. Head of senior school Mr Peter McLellan said students were captivated by his numerous stories and kind and gentle manner. “David shared some great stories of his schooling and his experience of World War II,” said Mr McLellan. “The students had prepared questions in advance but as the lesson progressed the students were able to think up new questions as the topics he discussed were so interesting. “The students were amazed at his keen sense of

humour and sharp mind. “I must also say that when I was arranging to meet David before the lesson, I questioned whether the walk would be too far. “He replied by asking, ‘How far is it?’ to which I replied, ‘about 150 metres or more’. “His prompt reply was, ‘That’s only a par three!’ “It would be fair to say that David’s visit has been the highlight so far in Year 11 Community and Family Studies. “We are all very thankful to David and the students were greatly blessed and educated through his visit,” he said.

St Philips smart phone app t Philips Christian College have developed a web application made for smart phones called the Skoolbag, which provides an efficient communication tool between the school and parents.


The application delivers notifications straight to the parents such as permission slips, school newsletters, notices and alerts. The benefits of receiving notices via the application include a reduced use of paper and it means parents won’t have to rely on their children remembering to deliver important notices from the school.

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arara Public School teacher-librarian Ms Sandra Jean Smith will launch her book “Teach Baby to Talk ... and Make Reading Fun: The Importance of Speech and Language in Learning to Read” at the school’s hall on Wednesday, March 28.


The book focuses on infant speech and juvenile literacy and touches on topics such as childcare, parenting issues and the library’s role in stimulating children’s interest in reading to counteract the influence of videogames and television. Ms Smith has worked extensively as a teacher in public primary schools, in addition to TAFE colleges where she worked with illiterate adults to examine the possible causes for the ever-growing number of children starting school with speech problems.

The special morning tea will enable the student’s to learn more about leadership. Special guests include Gosford mayor Cr Laurie Maher, Member for Gosford Cr Chris Holstein, Central Coast Mariners representative Mr Damien Brown, deputy principal Mr Bob Cox and Henry Kendall high School

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reen Point Christian College is being visited by its sister school from Japan again this year.

The students from Shizuoka Kita High School are visiting the school for the next two weeks experiencing Australian culture and language.

They were welcomed at an assembly and have since settled in to a busy itinerary. “It is a great opportunity for our students to relate to young people from a


different culture,” said head of senior school Mr Peter McLellan. Newsletter, 22 Mar 2012 Wayne Marks, Green Point Christian College

Point Clare on YouTube oint Clare Public School has set up a test page for Point Clare primary TV on YouTube.


Principal Mr David Harris said the school’s long term aim was to post relevant educational videos to the site for easy access and also create student’s very

own video and post them online. “This is very much in the test stage, so if you could visit the site and make suggestions or comments it

would be appreciated,” said Mr Harris. Newsletter, 20 Mar 2012 David Harris, Point Clare Public School

Father fishing event hertsey Primary School held a “Just Dad and Me” fishing activity recently, where students and their fathers enjoyed competing to catch the biggest fish.


Brock and Ebony Follett walked away with the catch of the day and won a trophy for their efforts.

All kids had a fun time and were rewarded with a lunch of sausage sandwiches and drinks.

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reen Point Christian College student Danielle Craddock represented her school at the Inter Schools Equestrian competition which was held at the Sydney International equestrian centre in Horsley Park.


Danielle said she was pleased that her horse, Knight, behaved and didn’t step out of the arena and said she wasn’t expecting

to come away with a place. She was awarded second place in division 1A against 19 riders and fourth in 1B against 15 riders.

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Nathan Smith has been selected in the Central Coast Aussie Rules team trialled for the Sydney North team on Tuesday, March 20.

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Brian Cook and Fitzroy Boulting from Bilby and Friends Enterprises announced that “with the launch of the third book in our Smallest Bilby series, The Smallest Bilby and the Easter Tale, Bilby and Friends Enterprises has pledged a percentage of each sale as ongoing support for Walkabout Park’s bilby conservation program.” “We consider Walkabout Park’s policy of ‘Conservation through Education’ to be in complete harmony with the ethos and values of [the books’

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protagonist] Billy Bilby,” he added. Bilby and Friends Enterprises is also working with Ambience Entertainment to produce a new children’s television series about Billy Bilby and associated characters. With the support of Government funding, the series is currently in development. “We are thrilled with the news,” said Park owners Tassin and Gerald Barnard. “These two organisations have handed us a cheque for $1000 [which] will go a long way towards the specialised

conservation care that this species needs. “Walkabout Park is especially honoured that our threatened and endangered species conservation program has the active support of Rose-Marie Dusting, well known as the creator of the Easter Bilby concept, who is also a member of Bilby and Friends Enterprises,” added Ms Barnard. Media Release, 19 Mar 2012 Tassin Barnard, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

welve local artists are coming together this Easter weekend to raise funds for MacMasters Beach Surf Club.

The opening night on Thursday, April 5, will feature H G Nelson who will also auction off a few donations of his own.

Oils, pastels, watercolours, acrylics, glass, mosaics, textiles and ceramic lights will be exhibited.

Residents invited to volunteer for art project

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osford Regional Art Gallery is giving local art enthusiasts the chance to be part of a special art performance with internationally acclaimed Indonesian-Australian artist Dadang Christanto.


Christanto is well known for his powerful sculptural installations and performances memorialising the victims of human atrocities and natural disasters. Survivor contemplates loss, history and shared humanity, specifically referring to a catastrophe in East Java, Indonesia in 2006 when volcanic mud started erupting from a gas-drilling bore-hole, wiping out nearby villages. The performance will take place on Sunday, April 1, from 1pm to 4pm at Gosford Regional Art Gallery and will require around 30 volunteers. Volunteers will be covered in mud from the

neck down and will occupy the gallery space holding photographic portraits of the victims of the East Java disaster, maintaining a silent vigil. Participants will attend a workshop prior to the performance from 11am to 12pm to receive instruction from the artist regarding their role in the performance. Gosford Regional Art Gallery curator Mr Tim Braham said that this was a unique opportunity for people to get involved. “Volunteers have a rare opportunity to work with an internationally renowned artist and also help convey a powerful message.

“We also invite anyone interested in seeing this unique performance to come to the Gallery between 1pm and 4pm and watch the unfolding event. “It’s a privilege to have Dadang bring his work to Gosford Regional Gallery,” said Mr Braham. A subsequent Survivor exhibition will be on display at the Gallery from Monday, April 2, until Sunday May 20, featuring photographs and videos from the performance. Media Release, 22 Mar 2012 Gosford Council Media

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Mortimer Art Prize

Coastal a Cappella turns 20 oastal a Cappella, formerly Central Coast Harmony Chorus, will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Saturday, April

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Sound Celebration, a concert to mark the anniversary, will begin at 3pm in the Performing Arts Centre at the Central Coast Grammar School in Erina Heights. The concert will feature the chorus, quartets and special guest artists Big Band Theory. Coastal a Cappella has grown from a small group of eight who rehearsed in the home of one of the members

in 1989, received its official charter with Sweet Adelines in 1992 to the dynamic and award winning Chorus of 40 members today. Coastal a Cappella were the 2010 Australian Small Chorus champions and the 2011 Show Choir winners at the City of Sydney Eisteddfod. Email, 14 Mar 2012 Jennie Harrison, Coastal a Capella

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he Kincumber School of Arts will hold the Mortimer Art Prize from April 5-16.

The exhibition is Australasia’s leading Realism Art Prize and will show work from some of the Central Coast’s leading artists. The exhibition will also be

Family History Society


he Central Coast Family History Society will hold its next monthly meeting on Saturday, April 7, at 1pm.

Rather than a guest speaker on Easter Saturday, three members of the society will speak briefly about an interesting story from their family history and answer questions on their

research journey. The meeting venue is the Lions Community Hall and visitors are most welcome at the meetings. Email, 19 Mar 2012 Warwick Forrest, CCFHS


he Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre will hold a multicultural coffee morning at the Wyoming Centre on Wednesday, May 16, from 10am-12pm.

The multicultural coffee morning will include a talk by Northern Settlement Services, dancing and craft. The centre offers clinic and pelvic floor chair, counselling, group work, a safe drop in centre,

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Local author releases book

Chemical Cleanup success

acMasters Beach author Steve Black has released his new adventure fantasy novel, Barden’s Foe.


The novel follows the land of Barden, a world inhabited by magical creatures; one of which aims to rule Barden and subject its people to his control. The people of Barden must form an allegiance to defeat this creature and regain control of their land. The main character is Aramok, a warrior from the Koutan Jungle bent on revenge, who formed an unlikely allegiance with a phouton and an elf. When they are captured by the enemy, they must escape and flee. “When I was writing it, I was working in a large office and many people read it hot off the press,” Black said. “Regardless of their age or sex, they were all eager to read the next part of the tale.

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Media Release, 15 Mar 2012 Stephen Black, MacMasters Beach

For events in post code areas 2250, 2260 and 2251 See the Peninsula News for events in post code areas 2256 & 2257 Tuesday March 27

Mortimer Art Prize, and Friends, East Gosford Progress Hall, 7:30-11:30pm Tie Dying with Sile for Kincumber School of Arts, Brisbane Water Historical 5-12 year olds, Kincumber Society Festival, Henry Neighbourhood Centre, Saturday April 7 Easter Saturday Kendall Cottage and 3:45-5:30pm Electric Blues Jam, Historical Museum, 10amGosford Council Meeting, 6:46pm, Council Chambers Central Coast Hotel, 2-5pm 3pm

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Wednesday April 18

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Wish I’d said that Easter Sunday performance, Laycock St Community Theatre, 8pm Tuesday April 10 Easter Monday

Saturday March 31

Wish I’d said that performance, Laycock St Tuesday April 10 Gosford Council Meeting, Community Theatre, 2pm 6:46pm, Council Chambers and 8pm. Sunday April 22 Earth Hour, 8:30-9:30pm Kariong Eco Garden Thursday April 12 working bee, 1-4pm Seascape in acrylics Sunday April 1 Barbs, Kincumber, 1-5pm workshop, Survivor performance, painting Gosford Regional Art Gallery, Kincumber Arts Centre, Tuesday April 24 9:30am-4:30pm 1pm-4pm, Gosford Council Meeting, 6:46pm, Council Chambers

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Triple P Parenting Saturday April 22 Program-Raising Resilient Youth week 2012 Children, Chertsey Primary Friday April 13 School, 12:30-2:30pm, free Drawing workshop, Tuesday April 3 Kincumber Arts Centre, Gosford Council Meeting, 9:30am- 4:30pm 6:46pm, Council Chambers

Wednesday April 25 Anzac Day

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Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Central Coast Support Group, Gosford Imperial Friday April 13-April Centre, 9am-3pm

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MacMasters Easter Art 2012 Clubs NSW Saturday April 28 Sound Celebration, Show, MacMastes Beach Academy Games, Illawarra Central Coast Grammer Surf Club Academy of Sport, School, 3pm,

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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.

“I believe it will make a great movie, if I can get it in front of a film producer one day,” Black said. Mr Black said that, when the publisher initially suggested using a photograph from the library for the cover, he had visions of them showing a picture of a sword or another inanimate object. “I have to have a go at doing this myself,” Black said. Black chose local identities to portray his characters on the cover of the novel. The character of Corrie is Year 6 Woy Woy student Kai Renshaw. Black said Renshaw was exactly how he had imagined the character of Corrie when he wrote the book 25 years ago. He said the other two characters on the cover live with him at MacMasters Beach.


he results are in from the recent Household Chemical Cleanup held at Gosford Showground on Saturday, March

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Over 1000 cars visited the showground with organisers collecting 39 tonnes of hazardous chemicals for recycling. Chemicals safely collected and recycled on the day included paints, pesticides, gas bottles, fire extinguishers and pool chemicals. Gosford Council’s senior waste officer Mr Sanchaya Parajuli said that the response from residents was overwhelming. “It is great to see so many people utilising this service and recycling their household chemicals in a safe manner. “To collect 39 tonnes of chemicals for recycling is a wonderful effort and I would like to thank the Gosford

community for their support of this initiative and also to the NSW State Government for their sponsorship. “Keep an eye out for an announcement on the next Household Chemical Cleanout; in the meantime, fluorescent lamps, motor oil, batteries and aerosol cans can now be recycled at the Woy Woy and Kincumber landfills for free,” said Mr Parajuli. All chemicals were securely collected by Transpacific Industries Pty Ltd, who will appropriately recycle and dispose of the chemicals. Media Release, 14 Mar 2012 Gosford Council Media

Variety concert to replace rescue vessel variety concert has been arranged to raise funds for the replacement of a recently decommissioned Marine Rescue Central Coast (MRCC) volunteer rescue vessel.


In December last year, the MRCC’s primary rescue vessel was determined to require replacement due to excessive wear, which came at a cost of $50,000 and has put a significant strain on the financial resources of volunteer members. The concert will take place at Gosford RSL on Thursday, March 29, beginning at 7:30pm. The entertainment will include comedian Toni Stevens from Aunt Molly’s at Morisset, vocalist, impressionist and actor Elizabeth Taylor, who is

winner of eight Mo awards, vocalist Lillian De Los Reyes and international country performer Wayne Horsburgh, who is a winner of four Mo awards. MC for the evening will be vocalist Lambeth Bennet. The performers will be accompanied by the Andrew Swan Trio, who will be followed by dancing with the Hardly Jazz Band, a five-piece band which performs a wide range of musical genres, including popular, blues, soul and country numbers with some classic jazz tunes, latin and

swing thrown in. MRCC spokesman Mr Ron Cole said that the MRCC was grateful to the variety concert artists and to Gosford RSL for their support. Despite being unable to attend the evening, Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club Fishing Club president Mr Cliff Thompson has already donated $1000 towards the cause. Media Release, 6 Mar 2012 Ron Cole, Marine Rescue Central Coast

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Research into historical artefacts he Brisbane Water Historical Society has extended its gratitude to Ms Joan Patrick, who researched an old painting found in a storeroom.


The painting was revealed to depict the old Liverpool Hospital, which is now Liverpool TAFE. Other insights provided by Ms Patrick’s research include unearthed structures at Ettalong Beach which were thought to be part of an old wharf, and the revelation that an artefact the society

long believed to be an animal feeding trough was actually a slopstone used in old country sculleries. Several pages of Ms Patrick’s documentation are available in the Society’s museum. Newsletter, 7 Mar 2012 Shirley Rider, Brisbane Water Historical Society

Toddlers’ drumming classes

oddlers, kids and parents can join in on a music and drumming class called Percussion Playground on Thursday mornings from 10-10:45am at the Rhythm Hut in Gosford.


The class provides a time for parents to share a sense of play with their toddler in an interactive and engaging music group. Parents will learn songs, movement based activities, rhymes and rhythms to connect and communicate with their toddler. The class is for children aged 0-5yrs and the music and song choice is specifically chosen to enrich toddler stages of development. A second Percussion Playground will commence

on Tuesday mornings from May 1. Media Release. 7 Mar 2012 Imogen Murphy, Rhythm Hut

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One man play at Laycock ollowing on from his success in “Halpern and Johnson” and “Mother and Son”, Henri Szeps returns to the Laycock St Community Theatre this March with his latest one man play, “Wish I’d Said That” showing on Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31.


In a touching and humorous production, Henri plays Joe Bleakley a ‘retired’ actor who reached for the stars but never got much further than mediocrity. A recent arrival at Foggadieu Retirement Village, Joe decides to put on a performance for the other residents of his favourite speeches from some of the great roles he never got to play. Throughout the show, viewers are treated to excerpts from King Lear, Teahouse of the August Moon and nuggets of wisdom from Neil Simon, Eugene O’Neill and Oscar Hammerstein II. You also begin to learn more about Joe, his joys, triumphs and disappointments, his difficult relationship with his daughter and his irrepressible hope. Arts Culture and Entertainment acting manager Ms Tina Davies said this production was one that everyone could relate to and not to be fooled into thinking this great piece of theatre was just for senior audience members. “This is a unique opportunity for everyone to see a celebrated Australian actor at the top of his game. “This is a very funny play about growing older, family relationships, career commitments and dashed expectations. “It is packed with wonderful anecdotes, showbiz gags, jokes, songs, energy and comedy. “We are delighted to be welcoming Henri back to the Laycock St Community Theatre. “Henri will also chat with the audience in the foyer following the performance promising to make Wish I’d Said That an event not to be missed,” said Ms Davies. Media Release, 21 Mar 2012 Gosford Council Media

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Women’s Day march cancelled

Project for young and old caretakers osford Council in partnership with Central Coast Family Support have been coordinating a new community development project.



he International Women’s Day March, scheduled for Thursday, March 8, was cancelled due to heavy rain.

The march was to take place in Mann St, Gosford, with an official ceremony held in Kibble Park.

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Sole Connect, held at the Gosford 50+ Leisure and Lifestyle Learning Centre is designed for grandparents raising grandchildren and parents under 24 years of age. A Community Builders funded project, Sole Connect provides a range of skill development and stress management activities while also assisting participants building support networks within the community. Gosford Council’s Youth and Seniors Services team leader Ms Fiona Morrison said the program focused on a number of key parenting skills. “We have looked at computer technology, online social networking, cyber safety and a range of fun activities including laughter yoga, zumba, tai chi and art. “With such a mix of ages across generations,

each member of the group has brought their own knowledge and expertise to the program which they have been able to share. “As part of the program, the young mothers taking part will receive a TAFE qualification for their mentoring during the computer course. “In a special surprise for our participants, Masterchef Julie Goodwin will be conducting a cooking workshop, which everyone has been very excited about. “We have also organised a weekend camp at Myuna Bay Recreation Centre with a variety of fun outdoor adventures,” said Ms Morrison. Inaugural Masterchef winner and Central Coast resident Ms Julie Goodwin said that she had some great low-cost, easy-to-make recipes for

the workshop. “I’ll be demonstrating how to cook using fresh, healthy ingredients, that are easy to prepare, budget conscious and most importantly, tasty. “Coming up with a nutritious meal every night can be a real chore so hopefully I can provide some new ideas and inspiration. “The Sole Connect program is a wonderful project that I’m really pleased to be involved with and am looking forward to a great day,” said Ms Goodwin. Sole Connect is a Community Builders funded project and has been proudly supported by Gosford Council, Central Coast Family Support, Hunter TAFE Institute and Myuna Bay Recreation Camp. Media Release, 21 Mar 2012 Gosford Council

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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 (Feb-Nov) - 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 Point Clare Arts & Crafts (93/51) Wed - Adult Class Approaches to Visual Arts, supported by History of Art, to develop your own style Wed & Frid - Adults Bunka Embroid, Cards, Crotchet, Cross Stitch or bring your own $3/session Point Clare Community Hall 10am - 12noon 4325 5007

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. 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 w w w. c e n t r a l c o a s t f h s . Monthly 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

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. john.wiggin@acf. Central Coast Handweavers, PO Box 547, Woy Spinners and Textile Woy NSW 2256 Arts Guild Inc (28) 4323 1843 Spinning and weaving, patchwork and quilting Brisbane Water felting and other fibre and Historical Society fabric crafts - Workshops (46) and Community quiting • Coach tours bees • School educational Day and Night Groups tours www.centralcoasthsguild. • Coach tours for members 4325 4743 • Annual Street Stalls • Participation in History Coastal Heritage Week Communicators Celebration Toastmasters Club Margaret Pearce (41) 4325 2270 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 jancummings@y7mail. com 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 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 RSL Sub-Branch Women’s Auxiliary (28) 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 4323 7336 Indoor Bowls Mixed Social (28/52) Central Coast Leagues Club 5 sessions weekly New Players welcome 4363 2360 or 43686811 Inner Wheel club of Gosford North (92/51) Women making a difference with friendship, personal service and international understanding. Many social activities combined with fund raising for local, national and international projects New members very welcome 2nd Wed each month 7pm Phillip House Kariong au 4324 7176

Come along and hear interesting guest speakers, make new friends and join us in our social activities. Meetings start at 10am 3rd Monday of each month Avoca Beach Bowling Club 4368 6157 or 4384 3741 Probus Club 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 10am 4324 2493 4365 4208 Probus Club West Gosford (47) Our mixed friendly club welcomes retired or semi retired people. Enjoy friendships, lunches, outings, trips etc with our group. New members very welcome. 2nd Thursday of every month Narara Community Centre 2 Pandala Rd Narara 10am 4362 7227

Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre (49) • Personal development Rotary Club of • Community Garden Kariong/Somersby • Counselling (309) • Meditation This international service • Support Groups club exists to improve lives • Friendship Groups of communities in Australia • Music and Movement and other countries. Why for under 5 not join us for fun-filled • Rooms for hire activities, fellowship and 4363 1044 friendship. We meet for breakfast at Meals on Wheels (46) Phillip House 21 old Mount Delivered meals and Penang Road (opp Shell) flexible food options for Fridays 7:15am people with a functional Gosford City 4340 4529 disability Toastmasters (38) kersuebay@philliphouse. 4382 9401 Providing a supportive and positive learning Probus Club of Avoca environment to enable Soundwaves (90/50) Beach (43) individuals to develop Men’s acapella 4 part Men and Women are oral communication and harmony chorus - for men always welcome. leadership skills. of all ages, all welcome Second and fourth Thursday of each month, Gosford Bowling Club. 4340 1929

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

7:30pm Monday Nights at Central Coast Leagues Club Contact Ray 0405 030 945 Seniors Computer Club Central Coast Inc. (83/41) 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 that provides a wide range of programs and activities to the local community inc. Tai Chi, Yoga, Zumba, Blokes Breakfast’s, Community Markets, Out of School Hours Care, Play Groups contact the Centre for dates and times 4323 7483 manager@wyomingcc.

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St Philips excel at zone swim meet Zone swimming team consisting of 21 students from St Philip’s Christian College competed at Lambton swimming pool, New Lambton, on Tuesday, March 13.


Myles Bailey won every event he entered, being overall 12 years male age champion. He won the 12yrs male division and broke the 15 year standing record for 12 years male 50m freestyle now set at 30.61 seconds. Rhys Williams received age champion for 18 years male, earning a number of

first place titles. All students competed well, earning the school a total of 749 points, overall fifth in the division two Zone carnival. Newsletter, 16 Mar 2012 Erin Peters, St Philips Christian College

Group calls for banning of the whip he Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses (CPR) is joining the call from the RSPCA to have the whip banned in thoroughbred horseracing, as it has been in Norway for 30 years.


Last year, Professor Paul McGreevy of Sydney University analysed 15 races at Gosford track using a slow-motion camera in order to observe the full impact of the whip. The study by Professor McGreevy and the RSPCA revealed that there were 28 breaches of the whip rules within the 15 races studied, though the stewards reported only one. Infractions included hitting the horse’s head, use of the non-padded portion of the whip resulting in clear indentations on the horse’s skin, striking the horse’s flank or abdomen, and in some instances the groin and raising the arm above shoulder-height prior to administering a strike. “If this wasn’t taking place on a race course, it would be a prosecutable offence,” said Professor McGreevy. “It would be an act of

cruelty.” “Whip abuse in thoroughbred horseracing is rife and, while jockeys are permitted to whip a horse, they will continue to abuse the horse,” said CPR communications manager Ward Young. “This study reveals what advocates have long been stating: that the current whip rules are ineffective and do not serve as a deterrent. “The rules themselves are weak, as are the penalties, and the horses pay the price. “If the Australian Racing Board really believes that the welfare of the horse is ‘paramount’, as it has stated, then the only option is to abolish the whip. “Anything less indicates otherwise,” he concluded. Media Release, 21 Mar 2012 Ward Young, Coalition for the Protection of Racehorses

he Minister for Sport and Recreation Mr Graham Annesley MP cheered on students with disabilities from across NSW, including Henry Kendall High School, in Northcott Disability Services’ annual Interschool Senior Swimming Carnival at Ryde Aquatic Leisure Centre on Wednesday, March 14.


orthcott’s Swimming Carnival provided children with disabilities from across the state with the opportunity to compete with their peers in an accessible carnival environment adapted especially for children with physical disabilities.

Students participated in a variety of races, like freestyle and backstroke, and novelty events like the annual noodle race and ping pong event. The carnival accommodated all levels of abilities with children competing against each

other according to their age and disability. This year, students from schools including Bossley Park High School, Cranebrook High School, Henry Kendall High School, Balmain High School, Hills Grammar High School, Riverside

Girls High School, and Robert Townson High School participated, as well as a combined schools team. No government funding was received to operate and run Northcott’s Swimming Carnival. Media Release, 13 Mar 2012 Nikki Beltran, Northcott Disability Services

Academy teams up with Terrigal Bowling Club lub Terrigal Bowling Club has further enhanced its support of the development of junior lawn bowlers on the Central Coast by formalising a program partnership with the Central Coast Academy of Sport.


With Club Terrigal’s Miro Perovic already on board as coach of the Academy lawn bowls program, there has always been a natural link, which has now been formalised through an agreement that will see Club Terrigal promoted alongside Mingara Recreation Club as lawn bowls program partners. “The support of Club Terrigal will assist us in offering more opportunities for the young bowlers within our program,” said Academy programs coordinator Ms Sammy Armstrong. “There is a genuine interest to assist in

developing young bowlers from all clubs across the Coast, and the confirmed support of Club Terrigal further demonstrates this,” added Ms Armstrong. The Central Coast Academy of Sport is calling on all local bowling clubs to get behind the initiative which is helping to develop the next generation of lawn bowlers on the Central Coast. Club Terrigal and Mingara are leading the way in regard to support of the program from a local club level with both clubs putting the challenge out for others to join the cause.

“We have seen first hand the great benefits being offered to these young bowlers in the Academy program, so we are delighted to now be on board as a program partner and we look forward to sharing the privilege with Mingara and eventually more clubs around the Coast,” said Club Terrigal manager Bruce Jewell. The Illawarra Academy of Sport will host the 2012 ClubsNSW Academy Games between Friday, April 13 and Sunday, April 15, with the Central Coast lawn bowls squad looking forward to the putting their

training into action. “The boys are ready to go, they can’t wait to represent their clubs, the Academy and their region at the Games,” said coach Miro Perovic. “They’re a great group of boys who have bright futures ahead of them if they remain committed and work together with us coaches to further develop their games. “Without the Academy, they wouldn’t have this opportunity, so they are very aware of this and know how lucky they are to be involved,” added Perovic, who will oversee the squad along with program manager Kristy Flaxman at the ClubsNSW Academy Games. Media Release, 22 Mar 2012 CCAS Media


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Mariners stay on top

Gosford City Fours decided

47th minute headed goal by young-gun Bernie Ibini sealed the Central Coast Mariners a vital 1-0 win over Adelaide United at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday, March 17.


Harley, Ray, Mark and George with the bowl that won the day

he Gosford City Club Fours Championship was decided in an entertaining game with Harley Boyd, Ray Matuscha, Mark Tyler and George Clark against Warwick Ellis, Joe McElhone, Lex Lamont and Selva Panchadcharam.


Scores were even up until the eleventh end, when they changed to 11-10 in favour of Selva’s team. George’s team failed to score on ends 12, 13 and 14 so Selva’s team led 17-10. Selva’s team looked to have the title in the bag,

leading 19-16 in the last end. Selva played his first bowl defensively before George let go a monstrous drive which failed to connect with anything. Selva’s second bowl was also defensive and George

let fly with another drive into the head. Bowls and jack went everywhere and resulted in George’s team scoring the four shots required for a win. Email, 15 Mar 2012 Rex Brown, Gosford City Bowling Club

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Latching on to a precise cross from right-back Pedj Bojic, Ibini nodded past Eugene Galekovic to give Graham Arnold’s team the decisive goal they needed to ensure they maintained their two-point buffer atop the Hyundai A-League ladder. The talented marksman’s sixth goal of the season proved critical as Brisbane Roar scored a late winner from the penalty spot against Newcastle Jets in the simultaneous Hyundai A-League fixture to ensure the race for the Premiers’ Plate will go down to the final day of the regular campaign. After a hectic period of travelling, training, and matches across two continents, two weather systems and three stadiums, Arnold elected to start

with a fresh attacking trio including Bernie Ibini with John Sutton, with Mustafa Amini playing in behind the two strikers. After the match, Arnold said he didn’t fear an away trip to Wellington in the final round of the competition to secure first place and added that he wouldn’t need to motivate his players for the momentous match. “We’ve got a great record in Wellington, a fantastic record against them and a very good record over there since I’ve been here so we’ll go there very, very confident to get what we need,” he said. “At the start of the year, our goal was to get in the top six. “To replicate what they’ve done last year already and get second spot guaranteed, it’s been

a phenomenal performance by the players.” He also said that the way his players performed in the second stanza against the Reds was testament to the character of his group. “The will to win within this group is great,” he said. You never win anything by passing on responsibility and I felt that in the first half it was quite flat but the second half was an excellent performance. “I think that was the best that we’ve played in the second half with our brains. “The boys did exceptionally well in the second half.”

Media Release, 17 Mar 2012 Ben O’Neill, Central Coast Mariners


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One all draw with Nagoya Grampus Photo: ValsPix

he Central Coast Mariners have drawn 1-1 with J-League giants Nagoya Grampus at Central Coast Stadium in match day 2 of the AFC Champions League on Wednesday, March 21.


Japanese defender Markus Tulio Tanaka had given Nagoya Grampus the lead in the 21st minute, following a freekick awarded on the edge of the penalty area. Patrick Zwaanswijk’s 28th minute header helped earn the Mariners the draw and ensured that the team remained undefeated in this year’s version of Asia’s premier club competition. After the game, Mariners head coach Graham Arnold said he

was delighted with his teams’ effort against one of Asia’s most respected football clubs. “I cannot be prouder,” he said. “We had four or five kids out there, 18, 19-year-olds and they were superb. “We challenged the kids tonight and they came through with flying colours,” he added. Media Release, 21 Mar 2012 Ben O’Neill, Central Coast Mariners

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oe Marston of Umina is among eight football players of various codes to have his visage placed on Australia Post’s latest series of commemorative stamps, naming him an Australian Legend.



Australia Post CEO Mr Ahmed Fahour said the 2012 Legends were chosen for their contribution to Australian sporting culture and for playing a vital role in shaping Australia as a great sporting nation. Upon receiving the phone call informing him that he had been selected for the honour Mr Marston said “I really didn’t know what to say”. “I thought I must have done something right and thought ‘well it’s a great honour to be selected in that category’.” As the first Australian to not only play for, but also reach the FA Cup finals with a British football club (Preston North End, 1954), FIFA considered Mr Marston to be a pioneer and standardbearer of Australian soccer. Seeking to revitalise Preston North End FC after their relegation to the second division of English football in 1949, a talent scout for the club had seen Mr Marston playing for Leichhardt-Annandale in Division 1 of the NSW State League, and said he was impressed enough to offer to fly both Mr Marston and his wife Edith to England in order to trial for the team. The club’s fortunes began to change in 1951 when Mr Marston was moved from the reserves into their starting lineup, eventually reclaiming their spot in the first division in 1952 when they finished behind Arsenal. After 196 consecutive matches and five years with Preston North End, despite an offer of £80,000 to transfer to Arsenal, Mr Marston returned to his homeland in 1956, where he continued his pioneering

streak as the first man to both captain and coach the Australian team, playing for the squad on 37 occasions in total. Mr Marston was presented with a 24-carat gold replica of the 60 cent stamp on which he appears at the official Australia Day lunch in Sydney. Other accolades received by Mr Marston include the Order of the British Empire,

the Alex Tobin Medal, inductions into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame, the Football Federation Australia Hall of Fame and the NSW Hall of Champions. Mr Marston’s achievements are acknowledged by the A-League annually, when the Joe Marston Medal is awarded to the player of the match in that year’s grand final.

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Sherriff wins national awards

Joe Marston an Australian Legend

he Central Coast Marlins won their eighth consecutive game 5-3, defeating the Cronulla Sharks at Baseball Park, Springfield, on the weekend of February 18 and 19.

The win reassured the Marlins of their top spot on the ladder.

The Cronulla side jumped out to an early lead when they scored two runs in the first inning, though this would be the only offense the Sydney-siders would mount, as Marlins’ starting pitcher Paul Anderson settled in to the game nicely. Anderson threw for five innings, striking out eight hitters along the way. Returning from his duties

with the Sydney Blue Sox, recently named Rookie of the Year in the ABL, Aidan Francis took to the hill and dominated the Sharks’ hitter, completing four innings of work and striking out eight batters along the way. The Marlins’ offense was slow to get started, scoring a lone run in the second inning to cut the deficit in half.

by Joel Keegan

mina PCYC boxing student, Satali TeviFuimaono has returned from the National Amateur Boxing Titles in Tasmania, held in the first week of February, with his second Australian gold medal and his eyes firmly fixed on the World Championships in Kansas later in the year.


nation secure an overall victory against old enemies England and Scotland. The performances assured Sherriff of a position in the Australia v South Africa test series, with the green and gold contingent producing a whitewash of the series, dropping only four of the 24 games played against one of its fiercest rivals, after the Springboks ended Australia’s gold medal hopes twice at the Delhi Commonwealth Games. The defining moment in

Sherriff’s stellar year came at the 15 nation biennial Asia Pacific Championships where a powerful showing on the international stage saw him skip his fours team to gold and his triples to silver medals, in the process ensuring Australia of the overall winners’ and overall men’s trophies. In a testament to his outstanding year, Sherriff secured 44 votes to finish 27 clear of his nearest rival, as voted by his peers.

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Satali is Australian boxing champion again


The Australian superstar captured not one but two of the night’s major accolades, while state and national teammate Natasha Van Eldik secured the third. After Van Eldik edged out Cabramatta’s Karen Murphy to be crowned Female Bowler of the Year, Sherriff claimed the first of his trophies when he was announced as the Male Bowler of the Year. Moments later, the 26-year-old was back on stage after securing the BCiB International Bowler of the Year award over Van Eldik and last year’s inaugural winner Mark Casey. Having ended 2010 by claiming the World Champion of Champions title, the world number five continued his rich vein of form on the international stage in 2011 with a dominate display against New Zealand at the Trans Tasman. This was followed by a sublime performance at the Moama International series that assisted the home

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by Aidan Davis

t t a l o n g Memorial’s Aron Sherriff has been rewarded for a standout year during Bowls Australia’s Awards Night at the Park Hyatt, Melbourne, on Saturday, February 18.

Designated hitter, Scott Harrison, hit a single home run to tie the game in the fourth inning. The game stayed level until the Marlins’ hitters started to fire in the seventh inning, with a two-run home run to Moko Moanaroa, followed by consecutive hits to Tom O’Gorman, Dan Smith, Michael Ashton and Scott Harrison, who added

another run to take the score to 5-3, where it remained. Offensive standouts were Scott Harrison and Tom O’Gorman, who each collected three hits. It was a successful day for the Marlins Club as they won first, second and third grade, as well as U18s and women’s.



The 14-year-old was the youngest boxer in the Under-16 age group, however, his march toward the 63kg (junior welterweight) belt could not be stopped, said Satali’s coach Mr Joel Keegan who is also the PCYC Boxing director. “Matched in the semifinal against defending champion Luke Pilarinos from Victoria, TeviFuimaono put on a great display of tactical boxing to beat his highly credentialed opponent,” said Mr Keegan. Pilarinos was trained by former world champion Barry Michael and has just returned from last year’s World Championships in Kazakhstan. Mr Keegan said he was widely expected to be too much for the young Umina boxer but Tevi-Fuimaono was undeterred. “This bout in particular proves the maturity of Satali,” he said. “He goes up against a kid he knows has runs on the board, but still fights smarter than him. “Skill is one thing, but to be so switched on is impressive,” he said. The final brought Honi Hone, Queensland’s hot prospect and a convincing semi-final winner, up to the plate. “The bout looked like it might have been one of the most memorable of

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Olyroos’ scoreless qualification campaign

Australia and Iraq U23's Line Up at Bluetongue

he Qantas Australian U23s have completed their AFC Asian Qualifiers for the 2012 London Games campaign with a scoreless draw against the Iraq U23s at Bluetongue Stadium on Wednesday, March 14.

T the tournament,” said Mr Keegan. Te v i - F u i m a o n o took the fight from the Queenslander right away by shooting out to a 7-0 lead at the completion of the first round. With a final score of 143, it was the widest margin of the tournament for all junior bouts. “It’s always good to see Satali put the foot down and put up a score on a weekend when most boxers struggled to score effectively,” said Mr Keegan. Plans for Tevi-Fuimaono to take on the world’s best in Kansas, USA, later in the year are in full swing and Umina PCYC boxing coach said he was optimistic. “No Australian boxer has ever won the Ringside World Championships, but I’d like to think Satali would give it a real shake. “His combination of skill and power, dedication and

desire make him a special 14-year-old. “Having said that, Kansas is full of kids like Satali, and we are fully aware of just how tough the assignment will be.” Key to Tevi-Fuimaono’s preparation will be his participation in the inaugural Australian Fitness and Health EXPO Invitational Titles at Darling Harbour in April. “This will be a very prestigious event, and to be extended one of the few invites as a junior boxer is wonderful recognition of his hard work and promise,” said Mr Keegan. The recognition continues with TeviFuimaono’s placement in a series of television commercials promoting the PCYC’s 75th anniversary. Tevi-Fuimaono was chosen on the back of being awarded Young Achiever of the Year 2011 throughout all PCYC’s in NSW.

Efforts to improve Bluetongue Stadium by Kaitlin Watts


osford Council has hired a sports turf consultant in an effort to improve the playing surface at Bluetongue Stadium. Council issued a response to an article written by Julia de Meyrick in football publication Four Four Two on February 22, stating that Bluetongue Stadium was the “worst pitch in the A-league”. Ms de Meyrick said the

pitch was in an “appalling state” and Gosford Council “apparently [have] scant regard for the needs of their only permanent tenant [Central Coast Mariners]”. Gosford Council’s open space and leisure services manager Mr Phil Moore said Council was always striving to have the best playing surface possible on Bluetongue stadium. “As this is a community facility, we don’t have the option of high cost turf replacement that other

stadiums have. “An independent specialist consultant in sports turf has been engaged and we are utilising their experience to assist in constantly improving the playing surface through reviewing all the practices associated with it. “We are aiming to provide the best surface possible for all users of the facility, including the Central Coast Mariners,” said Mr Moore.

On a balmy night at the picturesque bayside arena, an experimental and developmental Qantas Australian U23s outfit couldn’t quite manage to get the better of their rivals who proved to be stubborn opposition. While both teams strung together some neat build up play through midfield, neither side could find the killer pass or strike on goal. The Qantas Australian U23s goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti, and the Iraqi goalkeeper, Jalal Hassan Hachim, had relatively trouble-free matches with much of the contest played out in midfield. The game had a lively opening with chances arriving at both ends in the first ten minutes of play. In the fifth minute, Iraq could, and perhaps should

have capitalised on a defensive error by Australia, while soon after midfielder Mustafa Amini nearly opened the door for Chris Harold. Amini’s pass was just a little too strong for Harold who worked tirelessly upfront throughout the match. Kept at bay by the new Qantas Australian U23s pairing of Brendan Hamill and Zac Anderson, the Iraq U23s were forced to shoot from range and they did so in the 17th minute. Birighitti, however, watched the shot from Ahmed Yaseen fly high of his crossbar. Chris Harold’s pace was proving a menace for the Iraqi backline and his good work drew a foul in the 36th minute of play following a pass from captain Ben Kantarovski. Unfortunately for Vidmar’s men, Dimitrios Petratos’ resulting free kick failed to trouble Hassan Hachim. Perhaps the best chance of the game came just two minutes before referee Yuichi Nishimura’s half-time whistle. Ammar Abdulhussein Ahmed fired a venomous

shot at goal, however, was thwarted by an alert Birighitti who sprung into action to save the goal bound effort. The second stanza was close to a carbon copy of the first, with both teams struggling to create many clear-cut opportunities to break the deadlock. For Qantas Australian U23s, substitute Tomas Rogic and Harold both unleashed efforts from low percentage areas but couldn’t quite force Hassan Hachim into a meaningful save, while Abdulhussein Ahmed whisked a low, curling shot past the woodwork on in the 67th minute. Unfortunately for the 2071 fans that had made the trek to Central Coast Stadium, there were no goals to witness, with referee Nishimura calling time on the game after four minutes of added play. Qantas Australian U23 head coach Aurelio Vidmar said he was pleased with the effort of his players considering the limited preparation. “I thought there were some really strong performances from our goalkeeper, back four, central midfielders tonight.

“Chris Harold also did quite a good job under very tough circumstances. “It was never going to be an easy match. “So considering we had only two light sessions and it was the first time this group had played together I thought we did a decent

job,” concluded Vidmar. However, in the final analysis, the Australian team failed to score a goal throughout the entire campaign and therefore did not win a match. Unlike the Women’s team, the Olyroos have not qualified for the 2012

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Olympics. Issues over the availability of players to be selected for the squad have been partly blamed for this failure and it is expected that the FFA will hold an internal enquiry to decide on how to improve on this result in future Olympic qualification campaigns.

Judo club secures international medals

by Pete Acciari


our Kido Mingara Judo Academy members brought back medals from the Queensland International Open Judo Championships held in Brisbane recently. Liam Yokoyama, 16, in his U20 junior male division showed his solid judo skills over his opponents dominating the U60kg division by winning gold. In the senior men division, he found the going tougher but impressed his coaches by powering through with his fast ashi [foot] techniques that opened opponents for

his big throws to securing a bronze. Melinda Brown was placed in the 52kg Junior Women U20 category, and had a challenging time with some difficult judging decisions but her solid groundwork and command of submission techniques secured her a bronze medal. Caroline Hain, after an injury break, re-entered the competition side of Judo with a strong showing against some solid opponents. Her winning comeback in the 48kg junior women was only stopped in the finals, having to settle for silver. In the cadet division, she managed a bronze being

edged out on the diaz by her club mate, Angelina. Angelina Yokoyama just moved up from the girl divisions and did a fantastic job to secure a silver in the 48kg cadets. The 15-year-old then backed up in the U20 junior women with a bronze. With their already accumulated selection points Liam Yokoyama as well as his sister Angelina, joined by Caroline Hain and Melinda Brown have all been selected on the National team to compete at the Oceania Championship in Cairns in April this year.


Japanese cuisine comes to the Imperial Centre, Gosford Gosford’s newest restaurant, Kapu Japanese restaurant, opened in the Imperial Shopping Centre this month. Owner Neng Zhao and executive chef Peter Zhu seek to offer high-end, high-quality, affordable sushi to customers on the Central Coast. “We cater to people who love sushi,” Zhao said. “We take pride in all of our different specialty rolls and what we like to promote is that we produce high end meals and our quality is impeccable”. Born and raised in China, Zhao has lived in Australia for the past 6 years, since he was 15 Years old. Kapu is his first restaurant. “I enjoy[sushi], my friends enjoy it and it seems the more I eat, the more I want to learn about it,” he said. It’s that love that led to Kapu, situated in the Imperial Centre close to Woolworths. “I think Kapu is the perfect match for the location” Zhao said. “Me being new to the area and knowing a few people and seeing the community, I just felt like it would work.” Kapu’s executive chef,

James Stevean, Neng Zhao, Peter Zhu

Peter Zhu, comes to Kapu following almost 10 years in the Sydney restaurant industry and before that, five years as a sushi chef in Japan. Zhao met Zhu through a mutual friend. “Zhu was looking to relocate; I met him in Chinatown in Sydney and we hit it off really well and I knew he had the same vision as me. “He’s the inspiration behind this place-- him and all his dishes,” Zhao said. Zhu personally inspects

all the fish used at Kapu before it enters the restaurant to ensure that it is fresh and top quality. He uses a variety of vegetables to complement many of his sushi dishes. “We never store any meat or vegetables in the shop. “We always get fresh vegetables from Woolworths and fresh meat from the butcher next door every morning. “It’s more costly than from wholesale suppliers but we insist on getting the

best quality ingredients every day.” “Kapu is very different from what you’re used to seeing at a typical sushi restaurant, it’s a different flavour”, Zhao said. Kapu’s menu features 12 types of rolls most of which are priced between $1.80 and $3.80, and seven different specialty rolls priced between $4.80 and $7.80. These include Zhao’s favourite, the Rainbow roll which consists of raw salmon, raw tuna, roasted sesame, crab

stick, cucumber and avocado with Japanese Mayonnaise and is only priced at $5.80. Another favourite and one of Zhu’s specialties, is the Feta roll which consists of avocado, cucumber, egg cake, roasted sesame and Feta cheese and is only $4.80. The menu also includes a variety of cold and hot appetizers like Takoyaki ($5.80), Gyoza dumplings ($5.80), shrimp cake ($5.80) and our most popular product, Tempura ($9.80) for “that one person in a

group who doesn’t like or doesn’t want to try sushi,” Zhao said. All items are available for eat-in or take away. The restaurant is aiming to keep prices affordable, particularly with its lunch specials. From Monday through to Friday, Kapu offers two rolls of your choice, plus soup or a soft drink and a seaweed salad for $9.95, and a chicken katsu bento box plus soft drink for $12.95. “Our hope is that you will like the the food here and come back regularly,” Zhao said. “Kapu had a soft opening on the last Wednesday of March”, Zhao said. “There will be a grand opening in the very near future.” “We’re always striving to improve our meals-- to make it the best quality, so we’re happy to receive feedback from the community. “When people come in here, we want to wow them, to love our food, to love the service; our goal is high end, not just in the neighbourhood, but also in the county; we feel we’re there and we want to be known for high quality,” Zhao said.

Japanese cuisine

Kapu Japanese restaurant is open for lunch Monday to Saturday. The me menu nu includes a varied selection of sushi and bento, using fresh meats, poultry, seafood and vegetables for all dishes. In addition to sushi and bento, the menu features hand rolls, special rolls, hot and cold appetizers, entrees, salads, soups and combination lunch specials. Choice selections are specialty rolls such as the Rainbow roll, Spider roll, Aussie roll, Chicken teriyaki

Hours: Ho urs: Monday- Friday, 10:30-18:00. Saturday, 10:00-15:00

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