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Local members withdraw from NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party he Member for Terrigal Mr Chris Hartcher, the Member for The Entrance Mr Chris Spence and the Member for Wyong Mr Darren Webber have all voluntarily withdrawn from the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party until the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) proceedings relating to them are determined.


The members are still members of Parliament and the Liberal Party, however, they have resigned from the Liberal Parliamentary Party meaning they will now sit on the cross benches with any independents present. The ICAC is investigating allegations of whether corrupt conduct occurred between April 2009 and April 2012, where certain members of parliament, including Mr Hartcher, Mr Webber and Mr Spence, and others are alleged to have corruptly solicited, received and concealed payments from various sources in return for certain members of parliament agreeing to favour the interests of those responsible for the payments. ICAC is also investigating whether between December 2010 and November 2011, certain members of parliament, including Mr Hartcher, Mr Webber and Mr Spence, and others, solicited, received and failed to disclose political donations from companies, including prohibited donors, contrary to the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981

and whether Eightbyfive, a business operated by Timothy Koelma, Mr Hartcher’s former senior advisor, and Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd, through its CEO Mr Nicholas Di Girolamo, (currently a director on the board of the State Water Corporation) entered into an agreement whereby Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd made regular payments to Eightbyfive, purportedly for the provision of media, public relations and other services and advice, in return for which Mr Hartcher favoured the interests of Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd. As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting on Monday, April 28, at Level 7, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney. Mr Hartcher was contacted for comment but declined to comment on the matter. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Alicia McCumstie, Liberal Party of Australia Kaitlin Watts, 19 Feb 2014 Website, 19 Feb 2014 Roy Waldon, Solicitor to the Commission, ICAC

Premier Mr Barry O’Farrell and Member for Terrigal Mr Chris Hartcher at the opening of Service NSW in Gosford


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Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organisations Aboriginal Legal Service 8842 8000 Community Options 4351 3388 Bungree Aboriginal Association 4397 7700 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


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 Net work 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

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

Wildlife Arc 4325 0666 Wires 1300 094 737

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

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

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

Crisis Services and Helplines Lifeline - 24 hr. 13 11 14 Suicide Helpline 1800 191 919 Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 Parents Helpline 13 20 55 Indigenous Call Centre 136 380 Family Relationship Advice Line 1800 050 321 Family Drug Support 1300 368 186

G-Line Telephone Counsel 1800 633 635 Gamblers Anonymous 9726 6625 Alcoholics Anonymous 4323 3890 Narcotics Anonymous 4325 0524 Quitline 131 848

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

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New ferry timetable starts The inaugural ferry trip of the new Ettalong to Wagstaffe timetable took place last month on Monday, January 6.

It will make an appeal to the Minister for Communications Mr Malcolm Turnbull, local members of parliament and NSW Senators. The appeal, which was supported by 260 local businesses, organisations and individuals, argued that a continued rollout would be cheaper to implement and offer an excellent cost-benefit analysis for the nation. The Peninsula, together with Wagstaffe, Killcare, Tascott and other areas on the Central Coast,

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were slated to have their NBN connections constructed this year and next. However, post-election the NBNCo’s new review had pushed the roll out to 2019. Woy Woy was previously next cab off the rank, with plans to begin construction later this year, immediately after Tascott. As it stands these areas are now five years away. The group stresses that they are maintaining a constructive and positive approach. “We claim to have well-reasoned case that shows that it would be cheaper and easier to maintain the

NBN rollout here on the Peninsula as there are many locals currently geared up and installing in and around Gosford and Berkley Vale,” said Central Coast Broadband Alliance’s Mr David Abrahams. “We know the Peninsula and surrounding areas have old, highly stressed telephone and broadband infrastructure and it should be prioritised for the NBN upgrade. “If the area is to attract more high paid jobs, infrastructure is absolutely essential in this day and age. “The NBN infrastructure will also support a high rate of telecommuting and reduce the

dependence on overloaded rail and road networks. “One area that the NBN is already assisting with is inhome care by using so called tele-health initiatives that allow medical specialists to consult and - or monitor people in their homes when they are ill, disabled or frail. “Trials in Queensland have shown a significant increase in the quality of home care and a reduction in the cost of delivery to state and local government,” said Mr Abrahams. Mr Abrahams said the appeal group has approached Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks and is

hoping to convince her to go into bat for the Peninsula on this issue. “It is understood Ms Wicks is considering working with Erina Chamber to advance their roll out as previously published. “We think that the Peninsula is an equally important area for these telecommunications upgrades and the government’s new rollout plan of 2019 will be way too late for many. “No formal reply has yet been received by the Minister,” said Mr Abrahams. Media release, 13 Feb 2014 David Abrahams, Central Coast Broadband Alliance

and whether Eightbyfive, a business operated by Timothy Koelma, Mr Hartcher’s former senior advisor, and Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd, through its CEO Mr Nicholas Di Girolamo, (currently a director on the board of the State Water Corporation) entered into an agreement whereby Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd made regular payments to Eightbyfive, purportedly for the provision of media, public relations and other services and advice, in return for which Mr Hartcher favoured the interests of Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd. As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting on Monday, April 28, at Level 7, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney. Mr Hartcher was contacted for comment but declined to comment on the matter. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Alicia McCumstie, Liberal Party of Australia Kaitlin Watts, 19 Feb 2014 Website, 19 Feb 2014 Roy Waldon, Solicitor to the Commission, ICAC

erious allegations concerning the Liberal Party on the Central Coast suggest that NSW politics is yet to rid itself of the environment of political corruption that damaged the state under Labor, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

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Premier Mr Barry O’Farrell and Member for Terrigal Mr Chris Hartcher at the opening of the Service NSW in Gosford




The members are still members of Parliament and the Liberal Party, however, they have resigned from the Liberal Parliamentary Party meaning they will now sit on the cross benches with any independents present. The ICAC is investigating allegations of whether corrupt conduct occurred between April 2009 and April 2012, where certain members of parliament, including Mr Hartcher, Mr Webber and Mr Spence, and others are alleged to have corruptly solicited, received and concealed payments from various sources in return for certain members of parliament agreeing to favour the interests of those responsible for the payments. ICAC is also investigating whether between December 2010 and November 2011, certain members of parliament, including Mr Hartcher, Mr Webber and Mr Spence, and others, solicited, received and failed to disclose political donations from companies, including prohibited donors, contrary to the Election Funding, Expenditure and Disclosures Act 1981

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Local members withdraw from Lo NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party

he Member for Terrigal Mr Chris Hartcher, the Member for The Entrance Mr Chris Spence and the Member for Wyong Mr Darren Webber have all voluntarily withdrawn from the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party until the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) proceedings relating to them are determined.

Push for NBN rollout on Peninsula The Central Coast Broadband Alliance will seek to have the NBN rollout continued on the Peninsula.

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Some residents travelled over on earlier ferries, while others took the 10:50am from Wagstaffe to have a coffee at Ettalong and return on the inaugural departure at 12:20pm. Others took advantage of the departure at 4:20pm having enjoyed the movies at Cinema Paradiso. The inaugural trip was celebrated with balloons, tinsel, and much hilarity with bystanders joining in the fun, according to Ms Peta Colebatch from the Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association. She said that the new service was the result of years of lobbying, starting in 2010. The two return trips per day have allowed residents to visit medical services, enjoy the pictures and wider shopping facilities at Ettalong and Umina, she said. Newsletter, 2 Feb 2014 Peta Colebatch, Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association

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various sources in return for certain members of parliament agreeing to favour the interests of those responsible for the payments. ICAC is also investigating whether between December 2010 and November 2011, certain members of parliament, including Mr Hartcher, Mr Webber and Mr Spence, and others, solicited, received and failed to disclose political donations from companies, including prohibited donors, contrary to the Election Funding, Expenditure


and Disclosures Act 1981 and whether Eightbyfive, a business operated by Timothy Koelma, Mr Hartcher’s former senior advisor, and Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd, through its CEO Mr Nicholas Di Girolamo, (currently a director on the board of the State Water Corporation) entered into an agreement whereby Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd made regular payments to Eightbyfive, purportedly for the provision of media, public relations and other services and advice, in return for which

raided in September last year with investigators seizing computers and documents. As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting on Monday, April 28, at Level 7, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney. All three members have been contacted for comment but failed to respond by the time Wyong Regional Chronicle went to press. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Alicia McCumstie, Liberal Party of Australia Kaitlin Watts, 19 Feb 2014 Website, 19 Feb 2014 Roy Waldon, Solicitor to the Commission, ICAC

“Operation Spicer suggests that the dark corners of NSW politics are not confined to the Labor party,” said Mr Kaye. “After just three years of Liberal National government, a former senior Minister and two newly-elected MPs are under the corruption watchdog’s spotlight. “The pious varnish has been knocked off the O’Farrell government. “As the state gears up for another election, the promises of clean government and an end to the rorts is to be put to the test before ICAC. “For the past three years, the Central Coast has been alive with rumours surrounding the Eightbyfive company and its involvement in political donations and Liberal party influence peddling. “Allegations of the role Australian Water Holdings has played in influencing both Labor and Coalition governments will at last be rigorously tested. “While no doubt many people in NSW will throw their hands up in despair at the prospect of another scandal-ridden government, there is some

reassurance in knowing that the independent watchdog is on the case. “The allegations give even greater weight to fears that there is something fundamentally wrong with the state’s political processes. “Promises of clean government delivered at elections appear to amount to very little in the face of the temptations of office. “While Mr Nicholas Di Girolamo sits at the centre of allegations in operations Credo and Spicer, he remains on the board of the State Water Corporation. “Treasurer Mike Baird who vigorously defended Mr Di Girolamo’s appointment last year has to respond to these very serious allegations and stand him down until ICAC has made its findings. “Mr Di Girolamo’s continued presence on the board of a state-owned corporation responsible for billions of dollars of water infrastructure will undermine public confidence until this matter is resolved,” Dr Kaye said. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 John Kaye, Greens NSW MP


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Holstein rejects Environment Network assertions n response to recent media reports on the landfill site at Mangrove Mountain, Gosford Council and Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein have provided an update to address any community concerns and dispel any common misconceptions in relation to the matter.


Questions have been raised about the type and volume of landfill materials being placed at the site. Community concern has also arisen regarding the impact this landfill site has on the water catchment area. Mr Holstein said he had received recent advice from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and could confirm that: the license issued by the EPA does not permit the disposal of contaminated waste, such as asbestos and diesel waste; currently the site is licensed to receive non-putrescible general solid waste which includes: building and demolition waste (but not asbestos), paper, timber, asphalt, metal, tyres, bricks and soils; and it is not permitted to accept asbestos, contaminated material, chemical or clinical waste or food waste – and anybody with evidence needs

to report their claims to the EPA so it can be investigated. Mr Holstein also confirmed that the latest environmental monitoring, conducted in 2012/13 as part of the EPA’s licence condition, confirmed that the landfill was not impacting the environment. The joint media release put out by council and Mr Holstein stated that based on this advice, Community Environment Network (CEN) assertions put forward in the media about the Mangrove Mountain Landfill were incorrect and misleading. CEN claimed that the site was approved to only landfill clean soil and that over one million tonnes of waste had been landfilled, but according to council and Mr Holstein, these statements are not correct. Environment Protection Authority reports stated that between January 1, 2000, and November 30, 2013,

555,616 tonnes of waste had been landfilled at the site. Gosford Council has taken action against those responsible for an alleged breach of the development consent by bringing the matter before the Land and Environment Court. The matter is currently in formal mediation and is listed to reappear in the court in March. Mr Holstein said he is supportive of the actions taken by council in relation to this matter. Council’s general manager Mr Paul Anderson said council has been working to negotiate an outcome that meets community expectations and satisfies environmental standards. “Council has met with the operators of the landfill site to negotiate an outcome that will provide environmental safeguards at the site and is in line with community

The landfill site at Central Mangrove

expectations regarding the development of a golf course. “In relation to the concerns regarding the quality of water in this catchment area, independent testing has been carried out in both wet and dry conditions and I can assure people, these results indicate there is no risk to human consumption from the water in this catchment area,” Mr Anderson said. In addition, council has referred several of its

processes in relation to this matter to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) for further investigation. “Several questions have arisen regarding council’s monitoring and management of the landfill site and as such, these processes have been referred to ICAC to investigate further. “I have also called for an internal investigation so we can look at how we can learn

from our mistakes and avoid making similar errors in the future,” Mr Anderson added. Further updates on this matter will be provided once the Land and Environment Court has handed down its ruling. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Gosford Council Media Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

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Environment Network claims community has been badly treated by council and local MPs laims by Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein and Gosford Council in a recent media release that the Community Environment Network (CEN) is providing misleading information have been rejected by CEN.


CEN chairman Mr John Asquith said the CEN believed that the community has been badly treated by council and local MPs with the dumping of unsupervised waste and excess quantities of material on Mangrove Mountain Golf Course. Gosford Council is engaged in a case in the Land and Environment Court over excess dumping above the amount approved in the Development Consent. The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has admitted that they have weighed an amount of 555,616 tonnes of waste according to the local MP. “It is clear from aerial photos and current court proceedings that the actual amount of waste that has been dumped is much greater than the amount stated by the EPA and the MP,” said Mr Asquith. “The excess has occurred by trucks bypassing the weighbridge and therefore not paying the EPA charges. “What the MP is not acknowledging is that

trucks have bypassed the weighbridge and excess quantities have been dumped. “This has happened due to the lack of supervision and general slackness in enforcing procedures. “It is an appalling situation where no one knows what has been dumped. “CEN supports the action of the Gosford general manager in referring this matter to the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).” Mr Asquith said that correspondence held by CEN shows that: in 2002 CEN was advised by council that the waste was to be ‘inert’; in 2005 an internal memo of Gosford Council says “ is apparent that conditions specified have not been complied with and may involve serious complications to water quality in the area.” This memo appears not to have been sent to the Joint Water Authority; and in 2011 the NSW Department of Water, in a letter reviewing the impact

on protected drinking water supply, estimated the volume of waste at 10 times the approved volume. “The landfill was approved for ‘inert waste’ and this is well documented as recently as 2010,” said Mr Asquith. “Why have local residents who witnessed contaminated material being dumped, not been supported by their local MP? “Most recent actions by agencies in this issue have been about selfpreservation, not the public interest. “The dumping is now far in excess of the intent and scale of the original DA approval for 250,000 cubic metres in 1998. “Any new proposals for further dumping should be put on public exhibition before approval and all dumping should cease immediately,” said Mr Asquith. Media release, 24 Feb 2014 John Asquith, CEN


Local Environmental Plan 2014 finally adopted osford Council’s Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 was adopted by the NSW State Government on Tuesday, February 11.


The LEP is designed to simplify the planning process across the Gosford LGA and was implemented as part of the State Government’s planning reform to standardise planning processes across NSW. Gosford Council general manager Mr Paul Anderson said the endorsement of the new LEP was another milestone toward increasing development opportunities in Gosford City. “By creating a standard format for all LEPs to use the same planning language across NSW, there will be less confusion for developers, landowners and the community. “This is a significant document for our community which will encourage and assist responsible development across our region. “We are continuing to focus on attracting more business to our city and official adoption of this LEP will go a long way towards cutting through red tape. “Our council has been working hard to gain this final approval and, combined with other key announcements made recently, we are excited about what the implementation of this new LEP will mean for our region,” said Mr Anderson. To assist with the

implementation of the LEP, council has also established a new standardised Development Control Plan (DCP) 2013. Council’s director environment and planning Ms Danielle Dickson said the updated DCP would act as a guide for the newly adopted LEP. “The DCP was created by council as a way of further streamlining the planning processes, making them easier for the community and developers to use and understand. “Council identified an opportunity to make the LEP even more user-friendly by bringing together the different DCPs that were in place to create one centralised document. “The new DCP is reflective of our area and provides customers with a more detailed explanation including diagrams and definitions on wording used in the LEP. “This will ensure that future developments respect our local character, are of a high quality and effectively manage potential effects on the environment. “We now have one LEP and one DCP for the entire LGA which will increase accessibility and efficiency for our customers,” said Ms Dickson.

Ms Dickson added that council has ensured the protection of Gosford City’s Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is maintained. “Council is pleased that the request for an additional environmental zone to cater for the COSS has been agreed to by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, The Hon. Brad Hazzard MP. “Once the legislation has been amended by the State Government to provide for this new zone, we will be seeking to amend LEP 2014 to cater for our COSS land. “COSS is unique to our region, with Gosford City Council leading the way as the only council in NSW to actively acquire and manage bushland. “Until the changes are made, the current planning regime will remain in place to ensure the continued protection of the COSS,” added Ms Dickson. To implement the new LEP, council is required to update all property information changes. This update will take approximately one week and during this time no planning certificates can be issued. Media release, 12 Feb 2014 Gosford Council Media

Landfill public meeting public meeting will be held at Mangrove Mountain Hall on Thursday, February 27, from 7pm regarding the Central Mangrove landfill.


The meeting aims to add motions and present resolutions to the public. A group of Mangrove Mountain community members are encouraging

residents to write letters and present them to the Land and Environment Court on March 7 when the matter between Gosford Council and Verde Terra will be

heard. Letter, 25 Feb 2014 Margaret Pontifex, Mangrove Mountain





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Mount White re-aligned osford Council has agreed to realign the suburb boundary between Mount White and Wendoree Park to include two lots wholly within the suburb of Mount White.


The decision was made after a property owner who had been encountering problems with services and third parties recognising the location of his property contacted council. The property consists of two parcels of land, one of which is currently identified in the suburb of Marlow and the other in the suburb of Wendoree Park. The only access to the dwelling on this property is via Morgans Rd, Mount White. The Marlow parcel is divided by a cliff and rugged terrain, the northern extremity of the parcel contains the dwelling, well known as Mount White House and is located just south of Morgans Rd. The southern extremity of the parcel is inaccessible from Morgans Rd, however, and can be accessed if you travel along the Hawkesbury River and alight at Marlow. Emergency road access to the property is via Morgans Rd, Mount White only. The Wendoree Park parcel is a closed road providing access through the Mount White Bush Reserve from Morgans Rd to the Marlow lot. The property owner uses

this parcel to access his property. Both lots are the last properties to the west along Morgans Rd, which are associated with the Mount White community. The communities of Mount White and Wendoree Park are separated by approximately a 4km drive along Morgans Rd and Glenworth Valley Dr, traversing the Mount White Bush Reserve. Mount White was originally gazetted on August 29, 1975, and again on January 10, 1997, when Marlow was gazetted at the same time. On November 17, 2000, the suburbs of Wendoree Park and Greengrove were formally gazetted and as a result the suburb boundaries for Upper Mangrove, Mangrove Mountain, Mangrove Creek, Lower Mangrove, Glenworth Valley, Spencer and Mount White were realigned. It appears that during these gazettals and realignments, the access for the Wendoree Park lot and Lot 1 DP823168 and Marlow lot was not taken into consideration. Gosford Council agenda COR.11, 11 Feb 2014

restructure of Gosford Council has been proposed by general manager Mr Paul Anderson which, if adopted, would see 36 positions abolished and the creation of 19 new positions.


The matter went before council on Tuesday, February 25, but at the time Coast Community News went to press a decision had not yet been made. According to the report to council by Mr Anderson, the restructure would help create a “long term sustainable future for the Council and our community”. Council’s current structure has been in place for nine years. During this time, significant advances in technology and community expectations have occurred which Mr Anderson said

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has led to the necessity to make rapid radical change and broad sweeping step changes rather than a more gentle transitional change over a number of years. The proposed changes include the rationalisation of six directorates into four departments to reflect discrete operational and strategic functionality; the reduction of numbers of Business Unit Managers from 23 to 13 Service Unit Managers; the splitting of some existing Business Unit activities across the new departments including Organisational Development, Finance,


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Customer Services and Communications, IM&T, Water and Sewer; and the amalgamation of some existing Business Units including Fleet and Supply, Libraries and Community, Arts and Open Space and Leisure Services, Recreation and Entertainment, Development and Education and Compliance, to create new Divisions. There is also the potential for the creation of 22 new units. “It is my belief that the current organisational structure which has generally been in place since 2005 (with the exception

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of the minor alteration in 2013) has been generally appropriate for the exercise of Council’s functions in the past,” said Mr Anderson. “I consider that the proposed changes detailed within this report will provide the opportunity to enhance Council’s provision and management of its services and facilities to the community, create better alignment of a strategic and operational future and continue the program of continual improvement of our process and ‘open for business’ and now helping our community get on with business,” said Mr Anderson.


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Community pressure against the Tax Office supported by Wicks undreds of residents at moveable home estates have been thanked in Federal Parliament by Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks after the Tax Office withdrew a draft ruling on GST.


“I acknowledge the hard work done by a number of people who worked tirelessly to raise awareness in the local community about our shared concerns,” Ms Wicks said. “Today I rise to express my thanks to the Australian Taxation Office for their sensible decision to withdraw the draft ruling released on October 30 last year regarding GST on moveable home estates. “This draft ruling, were it to have been adopted, would have required operators of these estates to pay GST when a land site was leased to a resident. “While many residents own their own home, they actually pay weekly land leasing costs to the park

operator. “In my electorate of Robertson, more than 2,000 people live in moveable home estates, and the overwhelming majority of them are on the Age Pension or Disability Support Pension. “I understand from conversations with owners and residents that the average weekly leasing cost is about $120 to $150 per week on the Central Coast. “Many park owners I spoke with advised me they would reluctantly need to pass on to residents any GST costs associated with the leasing of such sites, and this would have added an additional $12 to $20 per week to the cost of living for 2,000 residents in my

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electorate, hitting hardest those who can least afford it. “After public discussion, including extensive opposition from residents and park owners across the Central Coast, the ATO quite rightly announced it was withdrawing the ruling, on 20 December last year. “I thank the hundreds of local residents who joined me in lending their voice to oppose this draft ruling. “I acknowledge the hard work done by a number of people who worked tirelessly to raise awareness in the local community about our shared concerns, including Shirley Dalton, Irene Broadhead, Vanya Neus, Graham and Shirley Byrne, William and Maureen Howard, Robyn and Barry Luxford, Maureen Green, Malcolm May and Paul Craig. “Dozens of petitions were sent to me containing many hundreds of signatures. “Public meetings were held in various locations around my electorate, and I was pleased to attend and listen to the concerns expressed by the dozens of people who came to everyone. “In the many hours I spent listening and chatting to residents over the past few months, the number one issue we discussed was their concern about the costs of living. “That is why I am pleased with the decision of the ATO, and I am grateful because it means there is one less area of pressure on so many people in their everyday struggle to make ends meet, not only in Robertson but indeed around Australia. “It is an enormous privilege and responsibility to represent the electorate of Robertson and I am humbled to have stood alongside so many hundreds of my fellow community members in support of their fight to see the ATO’s draft ruling repealed,” said Ms Wicks.

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O’Neill undaunted by Old Sydney Town fire enator for NSW Deborah O’Neill has expressed her disappointment over the fire that destroyed the former entrance building of Old Sydney Town, taking with it a collection of historic memorabilia.


“Old Sydney Town means so much to us Coasties, so I want to extend my great thanks to those dedicated Rural Fire Service workers who got the blaze under control,” Senator O’Neill said. With talks continuing about reviving the iconic attraction, Senator O’Neill said it was important that the community sticks behind efforts to reopen Old

Sydney Town. “Unfortunately, I understand that pieces of historical memorabilia were also destroyed in the blaze, which will be a terrible loss to the park and future plans to open the gates once again to visitors. “While fire has gutted the entrance building, the other buildings remain intact and shouldn’t affect ongoing talks to revive Old Sydney

Town. “We have a real opportunity to continue the fight to reopen this great attraction and I look forward to keeping the community updated with good news as it comes,” Senator O’Neill said. Media release, 20 Feb 2014 Richard Mehrtens, office of Deborah O’Neill MP

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Council re-appoints its own auditor

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fter calling for tenders to appoint a financial auditor, Gosford Council has agreed to keep UHY Haines Norton contracted to audit council’s finances for the next six years.


UHY Haines Norton currently audits approximately 70 councils across Australia, including Gosford. The firm was contracted to the audit of the financial reports for the year ending June 30, 2013. Sections 422 to 424 of the Local Government Act 1993 require council to call tenders before appointing an auditor and provide for the term of office as auditor to be six years. Tenders were evaluated by the Tender Evaluation Committee which included representatives from council’s contract management unit and finance. The evaluation was conducted in accordance with the predetermined criteria and weightings in the Tender Evaluation Plan, including capacity

to service the contract, recent experience and performance, staff resources and skills, systems and procedures and cost. According to the report to council by council’s director corporate services Mr Nic Pasternatsky, the tender received from UHY Haines Norton represented the best value and least risk to Council. The company “specialises in the auditing and servicing of Councils”, “currently audits approximately 70 Councils Australia wide” and “has been actively involved with Councils for over 12 years”. UHY Haines Norton “has developed audit programs and procedures specifically tailored to the audit of Councils”. Gosford Council agenda COR.7, 11 Feb 2014

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he Yattalunga F o re s h o re Reserve was cleaned on Thursday, February 13, as part of the Brisbane Waters Foreshore program Clean4shore.


Mangroves to the south of the jetty were cleaned with eight large black oyster trays removed along with plastic bottles and other litter. Several bags of residential litter were found, thrown from the adjacent street into the bush beside the mangroves. Car tyres, cushions and oyster rubber were also removed. Boats which had been previously broken up by the group were also loaded along with two large bags of litter. An attempt was also made to float a submerged fiberglass hull beside the Yattalunga jetty which locals said had been submerged for over 15 years. Additional demolition equipment is required to lift the boat. The mangroves to the north of Yattalunga remain littered with vast amounts of plastic and will be cleaned on the next outing. All rubbish was transferred to the jetty at Lions Park where a council truck transported it to Woy Woy tip. Nine full bags of small litter were collected and four boat hulls were removed. Email, 13 Feb 2014 Grahame Johnston, Brisbane Water Foreshore Program


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Are we seeing real progress? NSW government has opened itself up for legal redress


013 in Gosford City: A Year in Review (Coast Community News, January 15)

Are we seeing real Progress? No. Do not ask what “you would reasonably see being achieved?” it leads to escapism. In response to the general manager’s report: The dogged over the top report by the general manager has only one purpose and that is to support and promote development and investment. It has almost no connection to progress except in progress towards overdevelopment, high rise and character assault. While the council is obsessed with development and investment it is impossible to think laterally. Questions must be asked about the staff’s involvement in this Open for Business campaign. All staff would be involved and engaged in pursuing potential developers and investors. Has the staff’s job description changed to meet the needs of the campaign? Is it the staff’s duty to assess or to be “working together with applicants to find alternative solutions to challenging development applications”? The fact that they are “challenging” is a warning sign. David Suzuki’s big picture comment on progress is diametrically positioned to the microscopic general manager’s version. It is known as the Genuine Progress Indicator (GPI) referred to in The Legacy

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and states: “The GPI rises more slowly until it peaks around 1970 and from then begins to drop” (p. 53). The general manager is 40 years out of date. There are community based suggestions/ recommendations that the general manager has overlooked conveniently. The Landing is an example of present and future development pressures on the estuary. In 2000, the proposal was: boat harbour/marina/ tourist development and ferry service. Land availability will continue to diminish; there will then be increased pressure to develop the Estuary Zone for marine protection; significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions; improve waste management. Gosford Council is underperforming by 20% with limited options. Rebadge Bluetongue Stadium to Mariners Stadium; this is easier than renaming the estuary and will identify Gosford.

Reinstate the third Council meeting each month into a community forum so that residents can communicate directly with council. My correspondence in November last year remains unanswered, as have two follow up letters. Is this progress? Why have previous councillors attended three meetings a month whereas the sitting councillors deem it necessary for two? Off-set development and investment by adding to the conservation zone and committing to increasing, protecting, maintaining and restoring COSS land. We will need it in the future. If you read David Suzuki’s comments in The Legacy there is obviously more that could be added. The general manager has glorified the council’s development and investment campaign. There are negatives. I prefer to support IGA, Home Hardware, medical centres and clubs all within the Peninsula, which is superior to a planned expedition to West Gosford. The residents in the retirement village behind Gosford RSL must be distraught. All residents should take particular note of the general manager’s comments. Undoubtedly there will be opposition from the council. Indubitably. Letter, 1 Feb 2014 Norman Harris, Umina

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he Calga sand quarry extension could prove to become a legal nightmare for the state government and cost the taxpayer thousands in compensation.

The NSW Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) approved the expansion on an environmentally sensitive area, despite publicly being made aware on November 18, 2013, in front of over two hundred witnesses, of the community opposition to this extension. They were also made aware of the extensive list of concerns including, but not limited to; due process, environmental impacts, Aboriginal heritage destruction, removal of the aquifer, noise and air pollution and the atrocious track record of Rocla’s

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Australia Post shoots itself in the foot o wonder Australia Post is struggling with management decisions like this.


While letter writing is happening more and more by email, some people still like to pay their accounts by cheque or money order and this is possibly the highest usage of individual mail left, apart from bills being sent to customers. So, you’d think that Australia Post would be encouraging people to pay their bills by cheque. Well, you’d be wrong in that. My business has an account with Australia Post because we mail hundreds of papers and magazines to subscribers and advertisers every month and spend

around $1,700 a month there. I was surprised, therefore, to receive a letter from Michael Fromberg, general manager, customer operations, telling me that as I have paid my monthly account at least once in the past few months by cheque, my next bill will include a cheque processing fee. They would prefer the usual direct debit options and even credit card payments,

where they pay the bank a fee, but no cheques, even though their post business relies on people using cheques to pay their accounts by mail. How much do you think a cheque processing fee should be then? $5? $10? NO! It’s an outrageous $100!!! Apparently, it’s in the terms and conditions of my business credit account which, of course, nobody reads. Talk about shooting themselves in the foot. Email, 14 Feb 2014 Cec Bucello, Tascott


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non-compliance with their previous obligations. Despite all of this evidence presented, the PAC and the Minister for Planning (Brad Hazzard) have approved this expansion. The NSW government has opened itself up for legal redress in this case and will find it difficult to argue they were not aware of the risks. Statutory bodies have a

‘duty of care’ to act in the public interest and not put the public at foreseeable risk. It will be impossible for the NSW government solicitors to argue that they were not aware of the public risk. Is this an example of gross negligence on behalf of NSW? If so, I am appalled that I will be footing the legal bill when the class actions begin.

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Couple charged with Niagara Park fatal stabbing

On the Beat

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man and a woman have been charged with murder following a fatal stabbing in Niagara Park on Thursday, February



About 1:45am, police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command were called to a house on Pierce St, Niagara Park, where they found 18-year-old Kieran Priestland with stab wounds to his chest. He was taken to Gosford Hospital for treatment, but died a short time later. An 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were arrested at the scene and taken to Gosford Police Station where they were charged with murder and refused bail. A crime scene was established at the premises and examined by specialist forensic officers. Investigations into the matter are continuing. Tributes flowed on Kieran’s Facebook page with a number of friends posting images of their new tattoos bearing Kieran’s name. “I’ll never forget your laugh and the hilarious memories we shared. “Every time you were around you made sure people were included and having fun. “Every time I saw you, you always had a massive smile and hug to give,” said one of the Facebook posts to Kieran’s wall. Another said: “You will

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always be remembered as a good mate who we all cared for, this is still hard to believe it came to an end like this but we all will remember the good old days.” Media release, 13 Feb 2014 NSW Police Media Facebook, 21 Feb 2014

olice are appealing for information after a fire at Old Sydney Town in Somersby on Thursday, February 20.


At 3:20am, emergency services were called to a business premises on Old Pacific Highway following reports of the fire. The main building as well a number of attached smaller buildings on the same property were completely engulfed in flames. The fire was brought under control by the Rural Fire Service and New South Wales Fire Brigade. There was a caretaker asleep at the location at the time; he was not injured. The cause of the fire is unknown. A crime scene has been established and investigations by Brisbane Water Local Area Command Detectives into the cause of the fire are continuing. Media release, 20 Feb 2014 NSW Police Media

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New ferry timetable starts The inaugural ferry trip of the new Ettalong to Wagstaffe timetable took place last month on Monday, January 6.

Railway underpass proposal is open for comment A Development Application for the Rawson Rd Level Crossing Project is currently being advertised with Gosford Council. It will remain available for public comment until January 31. The $25 million Rawson Rd Railway Level Crossing Replacement Project, which was put up for public exhibition on December 2, aims to address safety concerns by closing and removing the existing level crossing at Rawson Rd. The project extends from Railway St at the Shoalhaven Dr Underpass to the base of Bulls Hill and includes: improved pedestrian and cycleway connectivity under the railway tracks at Shoalhaven Dr; an upgrade and extension of Nagari Rd from Shoalhaven Dr to a new roundabout south of the railway tracks; new vehicle underpass at the bottom of Bulls Hill under the railway tracks; and a new bridge over Woy Woy Creek at the bottom of Bulls Hill. The construction of the project would allow the closure and removal of the existing Rawson Rd level crossing and would benefit road and rail users with improved safety and efficiency. The design is being developed to minimise environmental and local heritage impacts and will incorporate input from the community and other stakeholders. According to council’s Development Application, the need for the application was triggered due to the encroachment

of the proposed works into the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) No 14 – Coastal Wetlands No 947 at the base of Bulls Hill and the western end of Correa Bay, Woy Woy. Council has received a number of submissions One submission expressed concerns regarding further siltation to Correa Bay, stating that the sand bar has been slowly creeping after heavy rain depositing silt from the tip. “It could be worse from these road works without extra care. “Apparently the current sand bar doubled in size after Bull’s Hill was constructed during the 1950s.” Former Gosford Council councillor Ms Lynne Bockholt said she fully supported the proposal in her submission. “Council held an extensive public consultation process several years ago where many options were listed and discussed, and the option currently on display was the one chosen by the great majority to the community. “Over 500 people attended the consultation sessions held on two Sundays in the South Woy Woy Progress Hall and the Everglades Country Club. “The current level crossing is highly dangerous and has been the scene of many major and minor accidents over the years. “Emergency vehicles are currently unable to access Woy Woy Rd or the Bays area in cases of emergency due to the movement of trains.

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“Goods trains are much longer and more frequent than they used to be, therefore the level crossing is closed more often, leading to greater traffic congestion and hold ups for emergency vehicles including ambulances. “The length and frequency of goods trains will increase over the next few years with the boom in coal exports as well as rail being seen as a viable alternative to road transport as road costs increase. “The level crossing is closed for longer periods now as the railways seem to have a policy which sees the level crossing remain closed when a train has passed and another is due within four or five minutes. “I have sat and waited for a second train to pass for many minutes on many occasions. “This would also affect emergency vehicles in cases of fire and accidents. “The current underpass under the railway line is well past its use by date and taller vehicles can become stuck, thus leading to further traffic congestion. “An underpass, as contained in the development application, is the best option to eliminate unsatisfactory level crossing and the underpass in one fell swoop. “There is little to no damage to the environment of national park with this option,” said Ms Bockholt. Website, 17 Jan 2014 DA submissions, Gosford Council

Demonstrators outside Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein’s office in Woy Woy

Council keeps quiet on asbestos ‘spill’ Gosford Council has admitted it has taken more than three weeks to inform Woy Woy residents of a “spill” of asbestos in their area. Corrugated asbestos roofing was found lying in Veron Rd and Hillview St, Woy Woy, on Sunday, December 22. However, residents were not told of the spill until Tuesday, January 14, as the clean-up of asbestos continued. Local resident Mr Jim Morrison, who reported the spill to police on December 22, said the NSW Fire Brigade had been out a number of times to clean it up. He said the NSW Fire Brigade picked up all of the bigger pieces and hosed the rest onto the verge. “The Fire Brigade did what I would call three partial clean-ups,” said Mr Morrison. He said they visited the site on December 22, 24 and 27. “I don’t believe that anyone in the street or affected areas had been notified by council about the problem until we received a letterbox drop on Tuesday, January 14.” Gosford Council’s director environment and planning Ms Danielle Dickson told Peninsula News that the council had the area independently tested and, following on from the initial clean up, affected residents were advised of the spill on Tuesday, January 14.

Mr Morrison said that despite the initial clean-ups, cars were still driving over pieces of asbestos and breaking it up. However, Ms Dickson denied this, saying the asbestos was in a bonded state and could not be broken down as a result of traffic impacts. Ms Dickson said: “The NSW Fire Brigade carried out the initial cleanup which was believed to have resolved the issue, however, testing confirmed further cleanup was required, which council is continuing to undertake until the site is fully cleaned. “Once council received test results confirming the substance at the site was asbestos and determined the nature and scope of the illegal dumping, formal notification was provided to residents to advise them of council’s actions regarding cleanup of the site. “The time taken to clean up the site has been due to the factors outlined above, as well as the engagement of specialist contractors to undertake the work required, once test results were received,” said Ms Dickson. The contractor was continuing to clean-up the area last Friday, January 17. Kaitlin Watts, 17 Jan 2014 Interviewee: Jim Morrison, Woy Woy Media statement, 17 Jan 2014 Danielle Dickson, Gosford Council

Demonstrators protest sand mine expansion About 100 sand mine protesters demonstrated outside the Woy Woy office of Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein on Friday, January 17. Central Coast Greens representative Ms Kate da Costa said a range of community groups and individuals were taking a stand on the Calga sand quarry. “Aunty Beve welcomed us to country and explained the importance of the women’s

fertility initiation area at Calga which is already partly damaged and threatened with almost total destruction under the expansion,” said Ms da Costa. “I spoke on behalf of the Central Coast Greens about our Protecting Our Water campaign. “We acknowledge all the other issues, such as heritage, noise, dust at the site, but we have a particular focus on the impacts of mining and quarrying on our water supplies for the Central Coast. “We are calling on the State

Government to implement a ban on all new sandstone quarrying for building sand, new long-wall or open cut coal mines and any CSG exploration, drilling or fracking anywhere in the water catchments of the Central Coast,” said Ms da Costa. Mr Jake Cassar, representing Save the Sacred Land at Kariong, discussed aspects of the damage being done by Calga, as did convenor of the Camp Quoll protection camp and information booth Mr Ian Sutton.

Greens MLC Mr David Shoebridge spoke about his visit that day with his daughters to the Wildlife Walkabout Park and Treetops. He said he was astounded that the potential for eco-tourism was being put at risk by the threat of extractive industries for a possible overall loss in employment on the Coast. “Despite our written invitation and two phone calls to his office, the local elected representative of Gosford, Mr Chris Holstein,

who had a prior engagement in Newcastle, did not provide a statement or ask his staff to speak on his behalf,” said Ms da Costa. “The community has still not been informed about Mr Holstein’s position on the Calga quarry expansion, nor what he is doing personally to protect water on the Coast, or what he is doing to keep his Water Not Coal promise made at the last State election,” she said. Email, 30 Jan 2014 Kate da Costa, Central Coast Greens

Changes to planning scheme proposed A planning proposal is being prepared by Gosford Council to address issues arising in the draft Gosford Local Environment Plan since its initial adoption and submission to the Department of Planning in 2011. The proposal incorporates amendments to the draft LEP including; temporary land use provisions, information relating to temporary events and activities on public land, name changes, amendments to maps and rezonings.

The Planning Proposal will be sent to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure if no submissions objecting to the proposal are received during a public exhibition period. A number of amendments to the plan’s maps will be included in the proposal including: Lot 1 DP 311853 Wagstaffe Ave, Wagstaffe, which is recommended to change from the existing zone of 2(a)/7(a) to R2 as the 7(a) zoned area would was only 208sqm. Lot 1 DP 348158, Phegans Bay Rd, Phegans Bay would change from existing zone 2 (a) and

exhibited zone RE1 to the proposed zone of R2 as the land is 31sqm in area and in private ownership so should be zoned R2. Lot 102 DP 747829 Kathleen St, Woy Woy, would change from existing zone 5 (a) and exhibited zone R2 to the proposed zone of SP2 as the lot is part of the Woy Woy Hospital site and should be zoned SP2 Health Services Facility as is the rest of the site. Lot 32 DP 717084 Myola Rd, Umina, would change from existing zone 9(c)/Reserve and exhibited zone R2-RE1 to the proposed zone of R2 as the lot has had its

boundaries corrected which means part of the private lot is zoned RE1 and the R2 zone needs to be aligned with the new boundaries. Lot 130 DP 9508 Jacaranda Ave, Patonga, changes from the existing zone of 7(a)/6(a) and exhibited zone of E2 to the proposed zone of E2-RE1 as the lot is shown as being in private ownership. There is also a strip of land 100 feet wide along Patonga Creek which is Crown Reserve and should be zoned RE1. Amendments to heritage maps will also be included in the Planning Proposal including a former house in the vicinity Orange Grove Private

Hospital in Cedar Cres, Blackwall. Council’s amendment states that the house is no longer part of Orange Grove Private Hospital and should be named House of Rock Davis as it was identified in the heritage study. Also proposed to be amended is the Woy Woy Railway Tunnel which was included in the State Heritage Register on June 28 last year and should therefore be included as an item of State significance in Schedule 5. Gosford Council agenda ENV.3, 21 Jan 2014

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Some residents travelled over on earlier ferries, while others took the 10:50am from Wagstaffe to have a coffee at Ettalong and return on the inaugural departure at 12:20pm. Others took advantage of the departure at 4:20pm having enjoyed the movies at Cinema Paradiso. The inaugural trip was celebrated with balloons, tinsel, and much hilarity with bystanders joining in the fun, according to Ms Peta Colebatch from the Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association. She said that the new service was the result of years of lobbying, starting in 2010. The two return trips per day have allowed residents to visit medical services, enjoy the pictures and wider shopping facilities at Ettalong and Umina, she said. Newsletter, 2 Feb 2014 Peta Colebatch, Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association

Residents celebrate the inaugural ferry trip of the new Ettalong to Wagstaffe timetable

Push for NBN rollout on Peninsula The Central Coast Broadband Alliance will seek to have the NBN rollout continued on the Peninsula. It will make an appeal to the Minister for Communications Mr Malcolm Turnbull, local members of parliament and NSW Senators. The appeal, which was supported by 260 local businesses, organisations and individuals, argued that a continued rollout would be cheaper to implement and offer an excellent cost-benefit analysis for the nation. The Peninsula, together with Wagstaffe, Killcare, Tascott and other areas on the Central Coast,

were slated to have their NBN connections constructed this year and next. However, post-election the NBNCo’s new review had pushed the roll out to 2019. Woy Woy was previously next cab off the rank, with plans to begin construction later this year, immediately after Tascott. As it stands these areas are now five years away. The group stresses that they are maintaining a constructive and positive approach. “We claim to have well-reasoned case that shows that it would be cheaper and easier to maintain the

NBN rollout here on the Peninsula as there are many locals currently geared up and installing in and around Gosford and Berkley Vale,” said Central Coast Broadband Alliance’s Mr David Abrahams. “We know the Peninsula and surrounding areas have old, highly stressed telephone and broadband infrastructure and it should be prioritised for the NBN upgrade. “If the area is to attract more high paid jobs, infrastructure is absolutely essential in this day and age. “The NBN infrastructure will also support a high rate of telecommuting and reduce the

dependence on overloaded rail and road networks. “One area that the NBN is already assisting with is inhome care by using so called tele-health initiatives that allow medical specialists to consult and - or monitor people in their homes when they are ill, disabled or frail. “Trials in Queensland have shown a significant increase in the quality of home care and a reduction in the cost of delivery to state and local government,” said Mr Abrahams. Mr Abrahams said the appeal group has approached Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks and is

hoping to convince her to go into bat for the Peninsula on this issue. “It is understood Ms Wicks is considering working with Erina Chamber to advance their roll out as previously published. “We think that the Peninsula is an equally important area for these telecommunications upgrades and the government’s new rollout plan of 2019 will be way too late for many. “No formal reply has yet been received by the Minister,” said Mr Abrahams. Media release, 13 Feb 2014 David Abrahams, Central Coast Broadband Alliance

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New parking restrictions in Gema retain stadium contract without high demand area in Erina No Stopping restriction will be provided for three metres on each side of the driveway at number 4 Illya Ave, Erina, after Gosford Council was contacted regarding vehicles being parked close to the entry to the commercial premises.


The customer had safety concerns about the restricted sight lines caused by vehicles being parked close to the entry and requested the installation of parking restrictions to address the situation. An on-site investigation found that vehicles were parked very close to both sides of the entry driveway which restricted sight lines to vehicles on Ilya Ave. Parking restrictions at this location would help to improve sight lines and increase safety for customers and staff entering and exiting the site. Parking in this area is in high demand with on-street parking spaces and offstreet carparks at capacity during business hours. Consequently the provision of any parking restrictions would need to be kept to a minimum. Gosford Council Agenda Tr.13.69, 18 Feb 2014

The No Stopping restriction at number 4 Ilya Ave, Erina

going to tender osford Council has resolved not to call tenders for catering services for Central Coast Stadium as Gema Group Holdings Pty Ltd have been providing good services for several years and have invested substantial capital equipment into the stadium for a long term contract.


Gema Group Holdings has been providing catering services through arrangement with Central Coast Stadium since November 2011 and installed the equipment in good faith and on the expectation that the contract would be extended to 2021, being the termination date of the agreement with North Sydney Leagues Club Limited. According to council’s director corporate services Mr Nic Pasternatsky, the delay in calling tenders, appointment of an entity to manage the catering services and the transfer of assets or provision of new assets could take in excess of six months and it would not be in the public interest that a public facility such as Grahame Park be idle pending the completion of the catering entity appointment process, when during that period there

are public events scheduled. Council employees consulted with current stadium management who indicated that the current providers are delivering excellent service and at this point, it would be highly unlikely that a better arrangement would be achieved through tendering. The report to council by Mr Pasternatsky stated that Council, who took over the management of Central Coast Stadium on February 1, does not fully understand the industry, and tendering at this point may expose council to unnecessary risk. Gema Group Holdings will continue to provide food and catering services to the stadium for a period of two years which will allow council to transition existing services to provide catering for scheduled events; allow council to understand the

business of the stadium better; maintain the existing liquor licence; and minimise the risk of capital investment in equipment. The catering contract is for the sole and exclusive right to conduct the business of all food beverage, alcohol and catering services within the stadium. The contract requires the service provider to obtain and maintain all required consents, licences and permits required to conduct the business at the stadium, including a liquor licence. The expected income from the contract depends on the events held and is derived in a form of commission on gross income derived from corporate food, alcoholic beverages and public food sales. Gosford Council agenda COR.5, 11 Feb 2014

37% increase in dwelling approvals


he latest Metropolitan Development Program monitor has shown an increased rate of Central Coast dwellings being approved and completed.

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approvals,” said Deputy Director-General Mr Stephen McIntyre. “We are seeing consistent and significant increases in home approvals- showing that our targeted housing

policies are working.” The increased rate of approvals is evident in Gosford, with 107 dwellings being approved during October 2013 and a further 66 in November. “More housing is

good for everyone and I’m proud to say that we’re delivering,” said Mr McIntyre. Media Release, 7 Feb 2014 NSW Planning and Infrastructure

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Central Coast Big plans for Mangrove Music Studios Business Ink ceases operations usiness news and information website, Central Coast Business Ink, has ceased operating for a review of its options as it has failed to deliver on its initial and revised business plans.


Talking and co-founder of Business Ink director Mr Mark Cleary said it was with heavy hearts and significantly lighter wallets that the team chose to close Business Ink to review their options. “We are just shy of our third birthday and have failed to deliver on our initial, or our revised business plans, and might I say, not for lack of passion for the task. “While our site may not have delivered, the team at Business Ink has delivered above and beyond expectations and obligations, from Bob Fitzgerald providing extraordinary commercial leadership as well as his passion and delivery of all of our out-standing video work, in total around 450 interviews and events,

through Big Click and Dean Collins, the site itself has delivered pretty much all we asked of it, and believe me, we asked a lot. “To all our readers, on the Central Coast and beyond, we thank them for their eyes and minds. “In taking our pause, we hope to be more successful in rebuilding this version of our business plan, and find interested parties who are keen to financially support what we do for businesses on the Coast. “Business Ink has played a unique and growing role in informing, engaging and celebrating the businesses of the Central Coast, and we hope you’ll see us again,” said Mr Cleary. Email, 21 Feb 2014 Mark Cleary, Central Coast Business Ink

he Grove Studios, previously known as Mangrove Music Studios, has been purchased by Scott Horscroft after the iconic studio was put on the market late last year.


The Grove has been in private hands for the past decade although new owner, Scott, wishes to involve the public and get The Grove recognised as one of Australia’s premier recording studios once more. “The grand vision for The Grove is to bring it back up to being a part of the music community and the music industry,” said Scott. “We want the studio and the space to become a big creative hub for people, whether it be to write, record, mix or master, or just to get away. “We want this to be the

place to do that.” Scott has worked previously for Big Jesus Burger studios and, more recently, was the general manager of A&R for EMI Music Australia. Scott has worked with bands such as Empire of the Sun, Silverchair, The Temper Trap, The Presets, 360, Papa Vs Pretty, Birds of Tokyo and Sleepy Jackson. The Grove was built by INXS’ bassist Garry Gary Beers, its world-class facilities hidden away in 25 acres of bushland. At this venue Silverchair recorded Neon Ballroom and Diorama; Delta

Goodrem created Innocent Eyes and Eskimo Joe made Black Fingernails Red Wine. “It’s a fantastic space to make records,” said Scott. Along with its state-ofthe-art recording facilities, The Grove consists of 42 rooms for living, writing and relaxing. A number of Australia’s most celebrated musical engineers and producers will be on hand including Burke Reid, Matt Lovell, Andy Mac and Josh Telford. Some of the artists these names have worked with are Boy and Bear, INXS, The Drones, DZ Death Rays and Eskimo Joe.

In future, Scott aims to establish an audio engineering school on the property, as well as opening the space up to the public with mini-music festivals and other community events. “The response so far has been great considering we are only just getting started,” said Scott. “We just want to get about making it bigger and better than ever. “The vision is to bring The Grove back up to being the number one place for people to come to make music, make art, write and record.” Media Release, 27 Jan 2014 Valerie McIver Public Relations

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Guide Dog fundraising stall at Wyoming

I Want 2 Be Day supports childhood cancer research fundraising u Gosford Children’s Centre is one of the many schools and workplaces across Australia to participate in the inaugural I Want 2 Be Day on Friday, February 28, to raise awareness of childhood cancer and raise vitally needed funds for research programs.


The Kids’ Cancer Project, which supports research to find a cure for kids’ cancer, is hosting the event, which will invite thousands of children across Australia to dress up as what they want to be when they grow up, in support of their friends and peers who might never get that chance. The event is also being supported by celebrity ambassadors Kate Ceberano and Ada Nicodemou. Kate, who stars in a Community Service Announcement being broadcast nationally, said she is delighted to be involved in such a worthy cause. “I got involved because, like any parent, it breaks my heart to think of what these kids and families go through. “I encourage every parent and grandparent to support

the cause in whatever way they can – together we can contribute to a cure,” Kate said. Ada agreed: “Especially now that I’m a mum, I can’t imagine how difficult it is for these brave young kids and their families.” “I got involved because I want to do anything I can to contribute to the cause – finding a cure for good. “No child should have to go through it,” she said. Dean of UNSW Medicine and chair of the Kids’ Cancer Project’s Research Advisory Council Professor Peter Smith said a child’s prognosis can only be improved through research advances. “Unlike adult cancers, for which risks can be modified through lifestyle changes like quitting smoking or losing

weight, there are no such risk factors for childhood cancer,” Prof Smith said. The Kids’ Cancer Project was established in 1993 by former bus driver Col Reynolds, who had a dream of raising $1 million for research. It has since contributed more than $15 million to some of the world’s best childhood cancer research. The quest to find cures for childhood cancer is one of medicine’s greatest success stories; 50 years ago only 2% of children with cancer survived, while the figure today is now approaching 80%. Media Release, 18 Feb 2014 Sema Gunes, The Kids’ Cancer Project

Family Drug Support programme in Kincumber President Margaret Grace, public relations coordinator Lynne Lillico, secretary Sue Cook and treasurer Merran Rudder


he Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Volunteer Support Group will hold a fundraising stall in Wyoming next month.

The stall will be held at Wyoming Shopping Centre on Thursday, March 13. Newly elected president Ms Margaret Grace said last year was an extremely successful fundraising year and the support group was looking forward to another successful year ahead. Ms Grace also

acknowledged the ongoing support provided by local businesses, media, and Central Coast Shopping Centres who allow the group to hold its fundraising stalls in their centres, and in particular, the local community who continue to visit and support the stalls. Guide Dog’s clients

and their Guide Dogs also attend the stalls and answer questions about what it is like to live with impaired vision. Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Lynne Lillico, Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Volunteer Support Group


amily Drug Support (FDS) will run a Stepping Stones to Success program in Kincumber over two weekends in March to assist individuals and families who may be affected by a drug dependency.

FDS have been providing a range of support services for over 17 years specifically designed for family members of alcohol and drug dependents. Stepping Stones to Success is FDS’ award winning program. FDS have delivered this course over 120 times in the last 10 years providing reality based support to over 1,200

family members. The mother of a drug dependent son had this to say about the program: “Stepping Stones helped me accept that staying connected does not mean I have to remain helpless and lose myself.” “Like many others, I thought I was all alone. “Having a safe and nonjudgmental space to be with others and share in

the collective wisdom and experience was a powerful and life changing experience.” The course aims to increase people’s confidence and competence in managing drug issues. It provides a reality based approach that includes selfcare and valuing self. Media Release, 5 Feb 2014 Family Drug Support

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International Women’s Day annual celebration

Volunteers sought to support special needs patients entral Coast Local Health District is seeking volunteers to assist some of the most sick, frail and aged patients at Gosford Hospital.


patients who are lonely really appreciate having someone to lend a caring ear,” she said. The positions would suit people who are capable, caring, patient and friendly. Executive director of nursing and midwifery Ms Jan-Maree Tweedie said the volunteers would not have to work long hours. Their contribution can be as little as a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week. “You may offer your services to either program or combine the two roles. “We will provide full training,” Ms Tweedie said. People who are interested in volunteering and would like to find out more can register to attend an information morning tea being held at Gosford Hospital. Media release, 20 Feb 2014 Donna Bowers, Central Coast Local Health District

Status of Women Committee chairperson and Australian Local Government Women’s Association NSW Branch secretary Cr Vicki Scott leading last year’s march Photo: ValsPix


o celebrate International Women’s Day, a march and celebration will be held in Kibble Park on Saturday, March 8.

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Guest speakers at the event include Deputy Leader of the Opposition Linda Burney and Erin Chew who will speak about “Driving Change from a Multicultural Perspective”. The march will run from Gosford Station to Kibble Park, with participants to assemble at 9:45am on the corner of Burns Cres and Mann St. Following the guest speakers there will be entertainment and the Gosford City markets. The theme for the day is ‘Women Driving Change’.


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Three art works included in Artexpress


hree Central Coast HSC art students have had their major works selected for inclusion in the 31st Artexpress.

Their works will be on display at The Armory at Sydney Olympic Park from March 4 until April 27. The work of 225 students will be on show from government and nongovernment schools. Sineadh Boccalatte from Gosford High School, Paula Formosa from Kincumber High School and Brodie O’Brien from Terrigal High School will be flying the Central Coast flag at this exhibition. Sineadh describes her drawing ‘Feral Invasion’ simply as “intense pencil, ink, watercolour and pen on paper”. Paula describes her drawing ‘Like Yesterday’ as depicting the effect the

death of her father had on his mother, and if not letting go can keep a moment present. Brodie described his sculpture ‘Capturing Sins’: “Cloth and bone are metaphors for strength and weakness in our moral fibre: our inhumanity to our fellow humans raises questions about the state and flux of what lies beneath inside the human soul...” The remaining 250-odd selected works will be on display in venues across the state, including the Art Gallery of NSW, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, and a number of regional galleries, for the remainder of 2014. The aim of the Artexpress

exhibitions is to display both the quality and the diversity of the works completed by these students. The range of expressive forms represented includes ceramics, collections of works, documented forms, drawing, graphic design, painting, photomedia, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and fibre and timebased forms. Artexpress is a joint venture between the Board of Studies NSW and the NSW Department of Education and Communities, and is managed by the Department’s Arts Unit. Media Release, 24 Feb 2014 Sven Wright, NSW Government Education and Communities

Brodie O’Brien’s sculpture ‘Capturing Sins’

New “Kiss and Drop” area at Narara PS 19 metre No Parking 8-9.30am to 2.30-4pm School Days restriction will be installed on the southern side of Newling St, Lisarow, west of the existing bus zone.


The decision to implement the restriction was made after Gosford Council received representations from Narara Public School P and C to provide a morning Kiss and Drop area in Newling St, Lisarow, in front of the Public

School for an initial trial period of one school term. The existing traffic conditions in front of the school in Newling St have existed since the school was built. The kerb space on the

southern side of Newling St is taken up by a No Stopping restriction over the wombat crossing followed by a 60m Bus Zone within the indented bus bay. The school has asked that Traffic Committee consider


making part of the rear of the Bus Zone No Parking in the morning from 8am to 8.45am so that parents/carers can drop off students adjacent to the school. Staff from the Road Safety and Traffic unit inspected the area and an investigation showed that a change to the current Bus Zone within the indented bus bay in front of the school was not favourable. According to council’s Local Traffic Committee,

past experience in similar situations has shown that parking restrictions that are different in the AM and PM create confusion and lead to increased parking infringements and anxiety. Currently, the No Stopping restriction over the Wombat Crossing and a dedicated Bus Zone within the bus bay are considered the most appropriate restrictions for this location. Following consideration of the P and C Association’s

request, the existing available kerb space and the lack of any drop-off pick-up area, it was recommended that a No Parking restriction for school times be provided on the southern side of Newling St west of the Bus Zone to the driveway of number 72. The P and C has been advised of the reasons for the recommendation differing from their request. Gosford Council Agenda Tr.13.72, 18 Feb 2014

APPLICATIONS ARE OPEN for students to apply for the 2015 selective class at Kariong Mountains High School This class provides an enriching curriculum for students, with a focus on bioscience/technology options. KMHS a bioscience/technology specialist school offering courses in computer technology, exercise and sport science, food and nutrition, forensics, horticulture, marine studies and zoology. Interested families from the Central Coast and surrounds are welcome to attend our information evening on Wednesday March 12th from 6.30pm at Kariong Mountains High School, Festival Drive, Kariong P: 43400246 E: W:

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Koori Connect has evolved to become Bara Barang


Student’s inspirational stories being filmed

new Aboriginal organisation, Bara Barang has been formed in Kariong, to focus on education, training and employment.


Formerly known as Koori Connect, a program of Youthconnections., Bara Barang has moved to become its own Aboriginal Corporation with an Aboriginal Board of Directors and its own constitution. Bara Barang general manager Ms Denise Markham said: “The decision to change Koori Connect into its own organisation, Bara Barang, was about independence and self-empowerment for Aboriginal people.” “Having our own Board of Directors and constitution gives us the scope to determine our own destination, as well as increases community inclusion, with all Board

members being active members of the Aboriginal community,” she added. Bara Barang offers an Indigenous Skills Centre, The Coolamon cafe, Nyanga Walang Aboriginal Tours and Cultural Education Training, providing opportunities for Aboriginal people. Cultural Affirmation Programs are also run in schools with Aboriginal students who are at risk of disengaging, as well as sports programs for Aboriginal youth. The organisation will also begin delivering Financial Literacy Education to the Aboriginal community. “We’re filling a gap that’s missing, there are other Aboriginal organisations on the Coast but they focus on

health, land management, aged care and housing. “We focus on education, training, employment and community,” said Ms Markham. Bara Barang chairman Mr Andy Grauner said: “Bara Barang is a new exciting and innovative organisation ensuring cultural synergies are embedded in our youth programs and services.” Bara Barang would like to acknowledge the support of au and the help of Jawun Indigenous Corporate Partnerships. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 Gabrielle Tawyer, Youthconnections

Isabella makes the NSW CIS cricket team t Philip’s Christian College student Isabella Fitzgibbon has been selected to play in the NSW Combined Independent Schools Open Girls Cricket team.


Isabella was chosen as an opening batsman, wicketkeeper and first change bowler at a trial on Friday, February 14, at the Sydney

Cricket Ground. Isabella will compete at the NSW School Girls Cricket Championship from March 17 to 19 in Newcastle where she

could go on to be selected in the NSW school girls’ team. Newsletter, 21 Feb 2014 Michelle Kelly, St Philip’s Christian College

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ow do students see their world around them and what inspires their learning?

That’s the question being asked in a new collaboration between local filmmaker Jason van Genderen and Central Coast Grammar School (CCGS). “As a film maker, I’m inspired by so many different things and by sharing my stories around the world,” said Jason. “But there’s nothing like coming home and discovering a real inspiring story right here on my doorstep… that’s how ‘Student Voices’ evolved.” ‘Student Voices’ asked CCGS students to nominate an element of school life that inspires them to excel, to push beyond. Jason visited CCGS and addressed students during assembly to launch the challenge, with students asked to initially submit a

100 word outline of their inspiration. Six students would then have the opportunity to not only see their story made into a short documentary, but to work alongside van Genderen in making their story into a film. Each student would also receive their very first ‘Executive Producer’ credit for their contribution. “They were so enthusiastic that we received 122 entries,” said Christine Hodgkinson who works in community relations at the school. “It’s so humbling and uplifting to experience the school through their eyes. “Each voice captures something of the positive, caring, creative and talented individuals who learn and teach here.

“You’ll get a genuine inspirational top up if you spend a few minutes in the company of these students.” Eleven-year-old Skye Norton’s story was the first to be filmed and was launched on the school’s website recently. Documenting the work and teachings of local environmental artist Judith Price (exhibiting currently in 4+1 = 1+4 at Gosford Regional Gallery), Skye’s story is an uplifting look at caring for the environment through clever recycling. More stories will follow in the coming weeks. Media release, 14 Feb 2014 Christine Hodgkinson, Central Coast Grammar School

Music education workshop/concert Thirsting to expand your musical experience? Join Ensemble Offspring at Central Coast Conservatorium for an engaging workshop & concert with musicians Jason Noble (clarinet), Lamorna Nightingale (flute) and Claire Edwardes (percussion) Open to students of any age, with any musical background.

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Conservatorium’s music tuition programme underway he Central Coast Conservatorium is back in full swing this year with lessons happening in all programs from the Children’s Music Program to the Musical Theatre Course for school students to adults.


The Conservatorium is hosting a free class for beginner string students so they can get a feel for the cello and violin before committing to one-to-one lessons. The classes, presented

by string tutor Paula Scott, are aimed at students in the middle to upper primary school ages, around seven to 10-years-old. The Conservatorium will provide instruments

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for students to practice on during lessons. The class, called String Pops!, runs on Thursdays until the end of term. Drum tutor and Taiko enthusiast Sean Steele will host a percussion party in The Garage at the Conservatorium on Saturday, March 1. The workshop is free and provides the opportunity for students who are involved in their school band program and have some experience with percussion to try out different percussion instruments, have a bit of fun, bring some party food to share or form a percussion ensemble with likeminded drummers. HSC Music Examiner, mentor and teacher Pamela Benton will host a workshop at the Conservatorium on Monday, March 10, from 9am to 3pm, for students in Years 11 and 12 who are studying music for their HSC. Pamela will give the students tips on how to maximise their outcomes using her strategies for solo and ensemble preparation, composition,

and how to prepare for written and practical exams and Viva Voce. The workshop will include a performance by an Encore nominated student. Ensemble Offspring, a trio of musicians known for their ‘living music’, will present a concert in the Robert Knox Hall on Sunday, March 23, featuring Lamorna Nightingale (flute), Claire Edwardes (percussion) and Jason Noble (clarinet). The ensemble will also present a workshop for musicians of all ages and levels. At the workshop, participants can expect to participate as an audience member, a performer, an improviser and a composer, and each participant will take away a piece of music which they have written, along with new ideas to inspire future creative gestures. The compositions featured in the workshop and the others being played at the concert are ideal for the mandatory topics in stages 5 and 6 of the NSW music curriculum.

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aerial masters THROUGHOUT the 5,000 years of Chinese civilization, martial arts techniques—tempered on the battlefield—were incorporated into classical Chinese dance in what has become a vast repertoire of jumps, spins, and tumbling techniques. Over the centuries, each dynasty instilled profound wisdom and different aesthetic principles into classical Chinese dance. Today, authentic classical Chinese dance is one of the most demanding and expressive art forms in the world. Experience what dance can be. Watch videos about classical Chinese dance:


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Community Groups ABC - “The Friends” Support group for Public Broadcaster. Aims. safeguard ABC’s independence, funding, & standards. Meetings through the year + social afternoons Well-known guest speakers 4341 5170

Central Coast Over 30s Social Group Inc We offer social contact, entertainment events & new friendships for people in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s & 60’s etc. Our events range from; Live Music, House Parties, Restaurant Nights, BBQ’s/ Picnics, Trips Away & lots more. For a FREE calendar call Sharon on 0432 760 272 or email Community Care Services - Central Coast Memory lane - Doing things together Café For people with memory loss & their carers to enjoy a relaxing coffee morning with others experiencing similar circumstances 10am to 11.30am Caroline Bay Brasserie - East Gosford 2nd Wednesday 4324 4244 Gosford 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre Handicraft, Painting, Knitting, Tai Chi, Scrabble, Darts, Table Tennis, Indoor Bowls, Patchwork, Yoga, Fitness, Gentle Swimming, Line Dancing, Cards, Variety Social, Womens Group, Zumba, Crochet, Computers 4324 4749 Gosford Politics in the Pub Come and solve the problems of the world over a friendly drink and a bite to eat. Guest speakers. First Thurs 6pm Dutton’s Tavern 161 Mann St, Gosford 0438 363 108 I AM LOST Deep Conversations & systematic exercises for understanding my self & my place in life. Gurdjieff Society - Ancient and modern knowledge. 0425 296 783

Mingaletta Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Corporation The Mingaletta community centre provides its members and other community groups a meeting place and referal hub for education, health, wellbeing and cultural programs

through consultative services and community programs. Mon-Fri 9am 4pm 6 Sydney Ave Umina 4342 7515

culture with our singing, also performing for charity fund raising. 4369 3378

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Out & About

Festival a reflection of the complete unification of the community he Wetlands not Wastelands festival held on Saturday, February 8, at the Walkabout Wildlife Park saw over 350 people attend.

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Our Land Our Water Our Future president Mr Paul Robert Burton said the event was a fantastic reflection of the complete unification of the community in opposition to the Rocla Sand Quarry Expansion. “It was absolutely wonderful to see such a huge demographic from the community all celebrating life together,” said Mr Burton. “I was particularly moved by the performances from the Young Ganang Spirit Dancers just after nightfall. “The Walkabout Park has always been about the flora, fauna and cultural heritage. “To see this manifesting as people hugged koalas, sat with kangaroos, listened to Aboriginal stories from elders and watched the indigenous youth re-enact stories from their fathers and forefathers, was just awe inspiring. “There where beautifully encouraging speeches from Ian Sutton (Equilibrium Solutions), Jeremy Buckingham (The Greens), Steve Philips (Lock The Gate Alliance) and several

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Wednesday Feb 26 Sam Buckingham, The Rhythm Hut, Gosford Gosford Bush Poets Meeting, Gosford Hotel, 7pm

Country Club, Wamberal, 5pm Baby and Kids Market, Scholastic Sports Stadium, Terrigal, 9am-12pm

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Staged play reading, Uniting Church Hall, Gosford, 7:30pm transformARTive officially opening, Art Studios Gallery, North Gosford, 6pm-8pm

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Saturday Mar 1 Cinema in the Park screening Despicable Me, 5pm, Kibble Park Central Coast Family History Society Seniors Week celebration, Gosford City Lions Hall, East Gosford, 11am-3pm

Saturday Mar 8 Open day, Wamberal Buddhist Centre, 10am-3pm Creative Craft Group monthly sale day, Gosford Regional Gallery, 9:30am4pm

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Home Grown Acoustic Awards, Mangrove Mountain, 10am-4pm Dustin Thomas performance, The Rhythm Hut, 5pm

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Thursday Mar 13 Central Coast guide Dogs

NSW/ACT volunteer Support Group fundraising stall, Wyoming Shopping Centre, 9am-2:30pm

Friday Mar 14 Friends of the ABC meeting featuring Margaret Pomeranz, Central Coast Leagues Club, 5:30pm

Saturday Mar 15 The Mountain Sounds Festival, Mount Penang Parklands, Kariong Gosford March in March, Gosford waterfront, 10:45am Bonsai Society of the Central Coast annual exhibition, Erina Room, Erina Fair, 9am-4pm

Sunday Mar 16 Bonsai Society of the Central Coast annual exhibition, Erina Room, Erina Fair, 9am-4pm

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impromptu speeches from local community members including Graeme Ausburn (Calga Quarries) and Colleen (a Ewen woman from down south), all supporting the community in its campaign to stop the quarry expansion. “There were children’s performances, puppet shows and some great musicians including Jake Cassar, Dr Goodvibe, Rick Taylor, Josh Watkins, Chris Mackenzie and I even had the opportunity to perform myself. “I have never seen such a sense of community on the Central Coast in all my years frequenting this area. “I almost feel compelled to thank Rocla, by threatening the desecration of cultural heritage, destruction of the flora and fauna, removal of the aquifer and damage to the socio economic fabric of the region, they have actually made the community much stronger than it has ever been. “We all now realise we have something far more precious than we have ever previously been aware of, we have each other, the sense of community was just amazing. “Rocla has given us something to believe in and fight for. “What is a community without water, without respect for its cultural heritage, without flora and fauna, without businesses that are sustainable with long term visions for our future and for our children and grandchildren? “What kind of future will a sand quarry leave? “There is no comparison, and no government or legal system can change this undeniable truth. “Following the highly successful festival, Our Land Our Water Our Future Inc also helped arrange a Peaceful Direct Action (PDA) Workshop with about 40 dedicated individuals. “Two lovely members of the Wilderness Society, Emma Wasson and Nicola Paris conducted an all day workshop on the Sunday following the festival with the idea and intent of the PDA workshop being to help empower individuals and communities. “They taught about our legal rights to protest, how we all think differently, how to operate as a group, being respectful, well informed, educated and effective methods to stop corporations when both the government and the legal system no longer represent the best interests of the community.

Paul Robert Burton at the Wetlands not Wasteland Festival

“The workshop was engaging and many of the community found it of immense benefit having already blockaded at the gates of Rocla on two occasions. “The festival raised several thousand dollars towards the Walkabout Park’s legal challenge against the Rocla Sand Quarry, and created an amazing growing sense of community and unification. “It also brought many new people to Camp Quoll, the activist living community based on the Walkabout Park perimeter.

“Overall a huge success, but just a small step on a long road to save the Central Coast’s water, cultural heritage, agricultural land, flora and fauna and socio economic fabric from the greed of multi-national extractive industry corporations and a government both labor and liberal, that has lost both its moral and ethical compass,” said Mr Burton. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 Paul Robert Burton, Our Land Our Water

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Sporting Precinct Plan of Management adopted

Wet weather halts Avoca pre-pennant carnival

ollowing a public exhibition period, a Draft Plan of Management for the Narara Valley Sporting Precinct has been adopted.


The precinct will provide additional recreational facilities for both local and regional communities and will be partly funded by the Federal Government. Council received one submission for the Narara Valley Sporting Precinct Draft Plan of Management detailing a resident’s concerns with the naming of the site as Narara Valley Sporting Precinct as the

facility is located in Lisarow. The report to council by director economic and community development Ms Colleen WorthyJennings stated that as the suburb of Lisarow fell within the Narara Valley planning precinct, it was deemed appropriate to name the new facility Narara Valley Sporting Precinct. Council officers intend to undertake a process that

will see the naming of the individual senior fields in conjunction with Lisarow High School. It is anticipated that names that are likely to be considered will reflect the history and character of the Lisarow area. Gosford Council agenda ECO.3, 11 Feb 2014

Five Coasties selected for 2014 Barras leven Central Coast competitors took part in the three day 2014 Royal Life Saving Pool Rescue Championships held at the Australian Institute of Sport Aquatic Centre in Canberra recently.


Tom Simpson, Daniel Smith, Tim Schofield, Rachelle King, Elyssia Gasparotto, Alessandra Gasparotto, Brad Woodward and Jessica Collins were selected and competed in the NSW team along with Erin Robertson, Paul Lemmon, Megan King, Corey Fletcher competing for The Hills Life Saving Club. All are members of The Hills Life Saving Club and regularly travel to Sydney for training. Races are all simulated rescue events, from the 200m obstacle race, manikin carries and manikin tows, CPR competition and Simulated Emergency

Rescue Competition (SERC). At the conclusion of the event, Brad Woodward was named Men’s U 16 Individual Overall Champion, winning the George F. Stacey Memorial Trophy, Men’s Junior Australia Cup – Dr Ian Mackie Memorial Trophy and Lifesaver of the Meet award. Tim Schofield won the Men’s Open Individual Championship – Trenchard Millar Trophy, Paul Lemmon won the Men’s over 45 Individual Overall Championship – Cyril Crollick Trophy and the NSW team took out the Interstate U19 Championship – Northern Territory Trophy,

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The winning team of Jan Jones, Loraine Cross, Jan Agar and Beth Quinlan

voca Beach Women’s Bowling Club hosted the two-day PrePennant Carnival on February 3 and 4.


Twenty-two teams entered the carnival with entries from Everglades Country Club, Gwandalan Bowling Club and The Entrance Bowling Club. The ladies played under hot and breezy conditions on the first day and under sunny skies on the morning of the second day. The wet weather then set in and the game was abandoned with only four ends played. The winning team for the carnival was a composite team from St Johns Park and Everglades, comprising Beth Quinlan (s) Jan Agar, Loraine Cross and Jan Jones with three wins and a margin of 47. In second place was Lesley Aarsen (s), Angela White, Bev Byrne and Judy Ahearn from Avoca with three wins and a margin of 40. In third place was Jan Hiron (s), Julie Grant, Sharon Croke and Norma Wright from The Entrance with three wins and a margin of 28. In fourth place wad Elaine Vincent (s), Jeannine Vigar, Lyn Morton and Bev Harvey from Everglades with three wins and a margin of 27. Media release, 17 Feb 2014 Carol Wilkinson, Avoca Beach Women’s Bowling Club

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Sports grounds rehabilitation and maintenance costs double again


osford Council has approved an additional funding allocation of $400,000 per year to ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance of a number of its sports grounds

This additional funding takes the total yearly contribution to $800,000 per year until 2017-2018. Council has six sports grounds which have been constructed on former landfill sites, including Garnet Adcock Memorial Park in West Gosford, Frost Reserve in Kincumber and Hytlon Moore Park in East Gosford. Typical of these sports grounds is the increasing rate of playing field undulation and poor drainage resulting in poor turf health and restricted access to sporting groups. These issues are caused by initial operational site constraints and the historical poor standards of waste compaction and reclaimed landfill rehabilitation practices. To address this, council implemented the Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme in 1997 as part of the Domestic Waste Management Charge (DWMC) to provide funding specifically for the rehabilitation of these sports grounds. The initial amount generated was $200,000 per annum.

Council approved the increase to the Landfill Rehabilitation levy of $200,000 for a four year period commencing in the financial year 20042005 in January, 2004, and in February 2008, representatives of council’s open space and leisure services and recreation operations units and Gosford City Sports Council developed a report that prioritised the rehabilitation requirements of all Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme listed sports grounds. A subsequent report was prepared for Council in July 2008 outlining the short and long term requirements for work and associated costings on all sports grounds listed under the Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme. The report concluded that the current amount of funding was inadequate for the amount of work required to be undertaken across all sites and that consideration be given to increasing the funding from the DWMC to $400,000 per annum commencing in financial year 2009-2010. Council then approved,

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in June 2008, an additional $200,000 per year contribution to the Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme from the financial year 2009-2010 until 2017-2018 funded from the Domestic Waste Management Charge. Council now allocates $400,000 annually to the Open Space and Leisure Services Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme. It has become evident that differing rates of waste decomposition is now resulting in significant ground surface subsidence at a number of Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme sports grounds, affecting not only the sports ground playing fields, but also the integrity of associated sports ground infrastructure including amenity buildings and car parks. Ongoing and consistent representations to council from the soccer, AFL and cricket associations regarding the increased number of wet weather ground closures has resulted in council being requested to take action to undertake upgrade works on some of the fields, including fields one to four on Frost Reserve and fields three to seven on Adcock Park. Historically, there were limited post closure management guidelines and landfill remediation practices for the development and maintenance of playing fields on former tip sites. However, the costs associated to meet current rehabilitation standards and procedures are significantly increasing. Based on Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme

expenditure to date and the progressive decompaction and subsidence levels of the underlying tips, ongoing and increased levels of rehabilitation works will be required at the sites which are not feasible within the existing scheme funding allocation. Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme funding expenditure is currently only applied to the maintenance of sportsground playing surfaces and does not provide for the undertaking of major drainage installation, amenity building renewal/upgrades, car park remediation, floodlight replacement or works on sportsground surrounds, despite this infrastructure being ancillary to the playing of sport at these facilities. Due to subsidence, a number of Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme sports ground amenity buildings are showing advanced signs of degradation, have poor or very poor Building Condition Index scores and are in need of renewal or replacement. As such, Open Space and Leisure Services have held discussions with Waste and Emergency Services regarding the feasibility of increasing the Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme by $400,000 per year. Waste and Emergency Services has confirmed that this increase is both feasible and sustainable with allocations from both the Waste Facility Reserve and the Domestic Waste Management budget to the projected 2017-2018 financial year. Gosford Council agenda ECO.4, 11 Feb 2014


Premier League domination remier League clubs have continued their domination of the 2014 Men’s Central Coast Cup winning seven and drawing three of the matches against their Division One opponents in round two held from February 19 to 23.


In the only match to date between two Premier League clubs, The Entrance sprang the first upset of the Cup defeating Wyoming 4-2 in their Wednesday night match at Pluim Park. Former Central Coast Mariners Academy (CCMA) U18 player Brad Blackman led the way with a hat trick for the young The Entrance team that will return to Premier League this season after one year in the lower division. They confirmed their form with a comfortable 6-0 win over Kariong on Sunday to guarantee progression to the quarter-finals. In the other Pool C matches, Umina followed a 9-0 win over the luckless Kariong in another midweek match but were then held to a 3-3 draw in their derby match against Southern-Ettalong. In the two Pool A matches, played on Sunday at Bloodtree Oval, Berkeley Vale notched up their second successive 6-0 win easily accounting for Wyong while East Gosford were stretched by a tenacious Woongarrah team winning 2-1. The two Premier League clubs will meet on Sunday, February 2, with East Gosford needing a win to ensure a place in the playoffs. Bloodtree Oval also hosted the Pool B matches where Gosford City continued their impressive early season form with a 3-1 win over Kanwal while Avoca bounced back from their big loss to Gosford in the first round to hold local rivals Kincumber to a 2-2 draw. Again the two top tier teams will meet next weekend with a draw enough

Media release, 24 Feb 2014 Alistair Kennedy, Central Coast Football

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for Gosford to proceed. In Pool D, Toukley forfeited their midweek match against Killarney District, giving the 2013 League Champions a 3-0 victory which they followed up with an impressive 6-0 win over Tuggerah at Pluim Park on Saturday. Toukley then caused a big surprise by holding Budgewoi to a 3-3 draw in their weekend derby match at Frank Millington Field. The scheduled Wednesday night Pool D match between Budgewoi and Ourimbah was postponed until Tuesday, February 25, meaning that the newly-promoted Ourimbah played three matches in five days. Following midweek and weekend matches the quarter-final teams will be determined with the top team in each pool automatically qualifying together with the next four highest ranked teams based on the average of points. In the Women’s Cup, The Entrance defeated Kariong 1 in Pool A while Wyoming bounced back from their opening round loss to Kanwal to easily account for Wyong 6-0. In the four-team, Pool C Umina were narrow 2-1 winners over East Gosford with Budgewoi thrashing Woongarrah 13-0. The winner of each of the three pools in the Women’s Cup will qualify for the semifinals together with the next highest ranked team.

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Mariners to participate in FFA Cup ootball Federation Australia (FFA) has confirmed the format of the inaugural FFA Cup in 2014, with draw principles that give grassroots clubs a chance to be giant-killers against the elite of the Hyundai A-League.


“The FFA Cup has taken on an almost mythical status among football fans who have longed for a national knock-out cup competition to fill a void in the football calendar,” said FFA CEO David Gallop. Preliminary matches involving over 600 clubs across Australia have commenced this month ahead of the national knock-out FFA Cup Round of 32 kicking off in late July. That is the stage when the 10 Hyundai A-League clubs will join the 22 clubs who will have qualified from feeder cup competitions in eight states and territories – Queensland, NSW, Northern NSW, Victoria, ACT, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. Each state and territory is to decide upon its own qualification routes for its teams. In NSW the Waratah Cup will decide which seven teams progress through to the round of 32. This gives State League 2, State League 1, SUPA IGA NSW Mens 2 and IGA NPL NSW Mens 1 clubs an opportunity to take on their heroes. It is unclear whether any Central Coast amateur clubs will be involved as Central Coast Football had no knowledge of their involvement apart from an indication that two clubs have applied to compete in the Waratah Cup.

Every cup tie must be decided on the day, with extra time and penalties being used if the match is drawn after 90 minutes. A live Round of 32 draw will occur in late June this year and will see four Round of 32 matches in which Hyundai A-League clubs will be the away team against semi-professional or amateur clubs at suburban or regional venues. The draw principles will ensure the “giant-killer” interest will run throughout the competition, with a minimum of one non Hyundai A-League club reaching the Semi-Finals stage, a minimum of three in the Quarter-Finals and a minimum of nine in the Round of 16. At the launch on Monday, February 24, at the home of National Premier Leagues club Rockdale City Suns, Gallop unveiled the FFA Cup trophy, an impressive piece of footballing silverware that will be up for grabs at the Cup Final on 16 December. “Today, the FFA Cup comes to life as a very tangible link between community football and the professional tier. “It’s a unique sporting link from the locals to the legends. “We all grew up with the romance of the English FA Cup and well remember the history of upsets. “I’m sure the FFA Cup will

bring the same fascination to fans across Australia.” FFA also announced that Fox Sports has been appointed as the Official Broadcaster of the FFA Cup. The Fox Sports coverage will include a minimum of 10 matches from the Round of 32 onwards, including all Quarter-Finals, both SemiFinals and the FFA Cup Final. Media Release, 24 Feb 2014 Kyle Patterson, Football Federation Australian Email, 24 Feb 2014 Mark Stavroulakis, Football NSW Cec Bucello, 25 Feb 2014


Gosford lifeguards win inter council challenge again osford Council lifeguards continue to dominate the annual Inter Council Ocean Lifeguard Challenge after winning their sixth title in 10 years.


The eight member team competed against other NSW councils in the 30-year-old event held at Bondi on Wednesday, February 12. Gosford Council’s beaches superintendent Craig Healy said the lifeguards’ determination, drive and skill is what got them over the line. “Gosford Lifeguards once again showed their tremendous depth of talent and great team spirit throughout Wednesday’s challenge. “It is the teamwork and exceptional surf skills from our lifeguards which ensure our beaches are enjoyed safely by

everyone each summer season. “In a repeat of previous wins, the Gosford team held a leading position throughout the majority of the challenge with impressive performances from all team members. “These results are testimony to the hard work our lifeguards put in right throughout the year. “We are very proud of the team and are thrilled with this result,” said Mr Healy. Lifeguards competed in the eight leg relay which included a swimming, coolite paddle, rescue board and running leg. Team members

included team captain Andrew Oakley, Daniel Willis, Brad McCloughy, Tim Schofield, Chris Memsforth, Riley Fitzsimmons, Teague Robinson and Trent Martin. This win builds on the success of council’s victory against Wyong Shire in the Lifeguard Challenge held in January. Other councils competing at the event were Warringah, Waverley, Sutherland, Randwick, Wollongong and Kiama. Media release, 17 Feb 2014 Gosford Council Media

Terrigal Avoca in grand final re-match he 2014 Black Diamond AFL (BDAFL) Fixture has been released with the competition set to begin on Saturday, April 5, and the Grand Finals to be played on Saturday, September 2014


This season, 26 teams will compete across the three competitions and will also see Muswellbrook and The Entrance Bateau Bay field teams for the first time. This year will also see Nelson Bay return to the Black Diamond Cup competition for the first time since 2008. Football operations manager Mr Garry

Burkinshaw said he was happy with the fixture and also praised the clubs. “Under the Divisionalisation system the completion of the fixture is quite a task, however I believe the 2014 fixture is fair to all teams,” Burkinshaw said. “The aim of the fixture is to eliminate the number of times the clubs are separated, however,

the clubs are very understanding of these requirements and it is their support which enables the Divisionalisation structure to work,” he added. Round One of the Black Diamond Cup competition will see reigning premiers Terrigal Avoca take on Newcastle City at Hylton Moore Oval, in a repeat of the 2013 Grand Final while Killarney Vale will travel to

Nelson Bay to take on the newly promoted team. Wyong Lakes are at home when they host Maitland in the First Division competition, while The Entrance Bateau Bay travel to Muswellbrook in the battle on the newcomers in Second Division. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Garry Burkinshaw, Black Diamond AFL (BDAFL)


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