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enator for NSW Deborah O’Neill has described evidence provided at the ICAC hearing on April 28 as an unacceptable abuse of the public trust.
undreds of Central Coast locals paid tribute to Australian servicemen and women, from all wars and conflicts, at ANZAC Day services in the Gosford LGA on Friday, April 25.
Senator for NSW Deborah O’Neill said ANZAC Day is an opportunity for all Australians to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our nation in wars, conflicts and on peacekeeping operations. “It is also a day for us to recall the terrible cost of war and the precious lives lost by those who defended us and the values we share as Australians who believe in
democracy, in freedom, and in equality.” Senator O’Neill said ANZAC Day is one of the most important dates in our commemorative calendar. “We give our eternal gratitude to the sailors, soldiers, airmen and women, past and present, who have given so much for us, in this century and the last. “This year is the first year
where all our servicemen and women who served in Afghanistan will be back with us. “As they settle back in to life at home after many honourable tours of duty, we reflect on their sacrifice and remember those lost in that conflict.” Media release, 24 Apr 2014 Richard Mehrtens, office of Deborah O’Neill
“It is only day one and the State Liberals have already lost another senior member of their government. “After losing a Premier to corruption allegations only two weeks ago, and Chris Hartcher resigning in December last year under the same cloud, it’s about time that the alleged activities of this government were investigated,” Senator O’Neill said. The hearing into Operation Spicer began on Monday, April 28, in Sydney with assertions already mounting against a number of senior Liberal Party figures. “These allegations go right to the core of the Liberal Party and speak volumes about what they see as their role in government”, Senator O’Neill said. Information provided to the hearing contends that senior Liberal Party figures have used private connections to big business and lobbyists to funnel
donations from developers and other entities into a slush fund worth up to $400,000. Under laws introduced by former Premier O’Farrell, these donations are illegal. “If these allegations are correct, they are completely unacceptable, they are against the law, and they fall well below what the community deserves from their elected officials. “This is looking like a root and branch issue of corruption in the Liberal Party, not just a matter of one or two incidents, but an established and organised activity to subvert the Liberal Party’s own donations laws. “The Central Coast deserves a better deal than having four out of six Liberal Members of Parliament called into ICAC,” Senator O’Neill said. “Chris Hartcher, Darren Webber, and Chris Spence faced questions concerning whether they corruptly solicited, received, and
concealed payments from various sources in return for back room support in deals for their mates. “The Coast deserves to know the truth about what went on at these Liberal Party fundraisers,” said Senator O’Neill. “Former Liberal Premier Barry O’Farrell brought in some of the nation’s toughest political donations laws to stamp out corruption in NSW, but already he has been taken down by these laws for not declaring having received expensive gifts. “Now, Central Coast residents have to watch as four of their local Liberal MPs are questioned about their roles in allegedly dodging these new rules and accepting illegal donations. “Anyone found to have acted corruptly deserves to face the full force of the law,” said Senator O’Neill. Media releases, 28 & 29 Apr 2014 Richard Mehrtens, office of Deborah O’Neill
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Former Gosford councillor Lynne Bockholt pledged her support for the proposal. “An underpass as contained in the development application is the best option to eliminate the unsatisfactory level crossing and the underpass in one fell swoop,” states Ms Bockholt’s submission. However, others claimed it would result in further siltation to Correa Bay, and that the new underpass and closure of the crossing would cut people off from the quickest access to Woy Woy town centre, including emergency services. One resident of Woy Woy, who withheld identifying details, stated that they were strongly concerned about the loss of amenity and vehicular access to Woy Woy station, shops and other facilities that would occur as a result of the proposed fencing of the rail corridor at Rawson Rd. The South Woy Woy Progress Association stated in its submission, that it “fully supports” the proposal and “has done so for many years”. Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council lodged a formal objection to the application stating it was concerned because there are a number of recorded Aboriginal sites located within the vicinity of the properties and the area is considered to be very rich in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. Development application 44862/2013, 2 Dec 2013
The Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club has decided to change its trading name to Ettalong Diggers. After nearly 10 years trading as Ettalong Beach Club, the club will change its trading name “to be more in line with the objects
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whom paid the ultimate price with their life.” She said the Board of Directors had decided to change the trading name to Ettalong Diggers “as it identifies the club, its purpose and is a growing tribute to the service men and women of the nation”.
She said the company name would always remain Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Ltd. Media release, 10 Apr 2014 Joy Allan, Ettalong Beach Club
undreds of Central Coast locals paid tribute to Australian servicemen and women, from all wars and conﬂicts, at ANZAC Day services in the Gosford LGA on Friday, April 25.
Senator for NSW Deborah O’Neill said ANZAC Day is an opportunity for all Australians to pay tribute to the men and women who have served our nation in wars, conﬂicts and on peacekeeping operations. “It is also a day for us to recall the terrible cost of war and the precious lives lost by those who defended us and the values we share as Australians who believe in
democracy, in freedom, and in equality.” Senator O’Neill said ANZAC Day is one of the most important dates in our commemorative calendar. “We give our eternal gratitude to the sailors, soldiers, airmen and women, past and present, who have given so much for us, in this century and the last. “This year is the ﬁrst year
where all our servicemen and women who served in Afghanistan will be back with us. “As they settle back in to life at home after many honourable tours of duty, we reﬂect on their sacriﬁce and remember those lost in that conﬂict.” Media release, 24 Apr 2014 Richard Mehrtens, office of Deborah O’Neill
“It is only day one and the State Liberals have already lost another senior member of their government. “After losing a Premier to corruption allegations only two weeks ago, and Chris Hartcher resigning in December last year under the same cloud, it’s about time that the alleged activities of this government were investigated,” Senator O’Neill said. The hearing into Operation Spicer began on Monday, April 28, in Sydney with assertions already mounting against a number of senior Liberal Party ﬁgures. “These allegations go right to the core of the Liberal Party and speak volumes about what they see as their role in government”, Senator O’Neill said. Information provided to the hearing contends that senior Liberal Party ﬁgures have used private connections to big business and lobbyists to funnel
donations from developers and other entities into a slush fund worth up to $400,000. Under laws introduced by former Premier O’Farrell, these donations are illegal. “If these allegations are correct, they are completely unacceptable, they are against the law, and they fall well below what the community deserves from their elected ofﬁcials. “This is looking like a root and branch issue of corruption in the Liberal Party, not just a matter of one or two incidents, but an established and organised activity to subvert the Liberal Party’s own donations laws. “The Central Coast deserves a better deal than having four out of six Liberal Members of Parliament called into ICAC,” Senator O’Neill said. “Chris Hartcher, Darren Webber, and Chris Spence faced questions concerning whether they corruptly solicited, received, and
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as the club’s location,” she said. Ms Allan said there was a “need for the trading name to be easily identifiable with the club”. “Being a War Memorial Club means that the club is one that remembers the men and women who have served in Australia’s combined services, some of
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Ettalong club becomes Ettalong Diggers of the club and become better recognised within the Peninsula community”, according to club secretary Ms Joy Allan. The trading name Ettalong Beach Club “arose as an abbreviation of the club’s company name (Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Ltd) as well
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Rail underpass project open for comment The development application was submitted by Gosford Council with funding from the State Government. The project aims to address safety concerns by closing and removing the existing level crossing at Rawson Rd. The project, which extends from Railway St at the Shoalhaven Dr Underpass to the base of Bulls Hill, includes improved pedestrian and cycleway connectivity under the railway tracks at Shoalhaven Dr, the upgrade and extension of Nagari Rd from Shoalhaven Dr to a new roundabout south of the railway tracks, a 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. According to the council’s project coordinator Mr David Medcalf, the project 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.” A number of submissions were received in response to the advertisement of the development application.
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DCP approved to allow for D 20 storey development fter 30 years of vacancy, the ‘Key Site’ on the corner of Marine Pde and The Entrance Rd is inching closer to realisation.
At its m meeting of Wednesday, March 9, Wyong Council Counc adopted a site speciﬁﬁc D Development Control Plan (DCP) for Key Site addressing development criteria in line with the new Wyong Local Environmental Plan Environ 2013 (WLEP). (WLEP) “This is an exciting occasion because beca the Key Site is the ﬁﬁrst rst of council’s 28 identiﬁﬁeed Iconic d s to reach development sites the there he stage where he w are established design ar eestablish es guidelines g nees for developing the said th site,” sai th aidd mayor Cr Doug Doug Eaton. Eaton on. n. “This hiss is i the proof in the pudding puddin dddin dd dding inn that our iconic iing sites site sit si iites ite tteeess strategy is working and of our a revitalisation revitalisa townships is underway,” he said. “The Key Site DCP was approved tonight as no signiﬁ signiﬁcant ﬁcant issues were raised in submissions during exhibition of the exhibi draft and iti complies appropriately with w the new WLEP. “We’re now no looking forward to receiving a Development Application from the site’s owner, si Pelican Horizons, who Hori
have indicated that this will happen soon.” Mayor Cr Eaton said that the Key Site is a landmark in The Entrance and a quality development on the site is expected to be a huge boost to the local economy. The proposal is for a 20 storey (70m) building with 93 apartments and retail ﬂoor space including restaurants. “This is a $45 million development that combined with two other planned developments at The Entrance is worth more than $500 million,” Mayor Eaton said. “It will see a suite of public beneﬁt contributions from the developer totalling over $1.5 million that will go towards improvements in the Town Centre including Memorial Park,” he said. “It is envisaged that around 250 construction jobs and 120 jobs upon completion will be created through this development.” Media release, 9 Apr 2014 Wyong Council Media
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ABC’s Erina studio to close he ABC Central Coast studio has been told they must vacate their site at Erina Fair by July.
Friends of the ABC (FABC) convenor Mr Klaas Woldring said the ABC appeared to be very much in the firing line with expected budget cuts to the ABC in the upcoming Federal budget. “It would be sad to see 92.5fm ABC closed down at the same time as they are celebrating their 10th anniversary on air,” said Mr Woldring. The station was born in January 2004 under the Howard Liberal Government’s Regional Initiative. The aim was to bring ABC Local Radio services to communities who had missed out on their own local ABC. The locals argued that many regional centres in NSW with smaller populations had an ABC Local Radio service. Population wise the Central Coast, with over
“One would think that Gosford City Council would welcome such a move to the city. “The big question is: Will there be Budget cuts that would prevent the realisation of such a positive move? “It would seem unthinkable that a rapidly growing region like the Central Coast would be without an ABC studio,” said Mr Woldring. Possible ABC Budget cuts will also be discussed on air with FABC guest speaker Andrew Fowler. Fowler, an investigative journalist who started Late Line, will focus on journalistic freedom. The book he wrote on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” is an international best-seller. The FABC guest will also discuss these issues on Friday, May 2, at the Central Coast Leagues Club. 310,000 people, is the third largest region in NSW. “It was perfect timing
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NBN construction underway in Point Clare, Tascott and Koolewong etwork construction for the NBN to connect 2,800 residents and businesses in Point Clare, Koolewong and Tascott began in mid-April.
It currently takes around 12 months from the start of construction until broadband and phone services can be connected over the NBN from phone companies and internet providers. Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks said since the election, the nationwide number of active broadband connections on the NBN has almost doubled. “The fibre build is happening faster than ever since the Coalition Government took office and trials have started to test other technologies which will dramatically lower the cost and time it will take to deliver fast broadband to all Australians,” Ms Wicks said. “The government’s changes to the NBN rollout will save $32 billion, will see upgrades delivered four years sooner than under Labor and avoid internet retail bills increasing by up to $43 a month. “Suburbs and towns with the worst broadband service will get priority under NBN Co’s new rollout strategy,” said Ms Wicks. Almost 2,000 home and business owners have been connected to the NBN, one year after it was first switched on in parts of Gosford. An estimated remaining 1,300 home and business owners in areas of Gosford have around six months before the NBN is scheduled to permanently replace most existing home and business phone, ADSL internet and Telstra cable internet services in the area
when these services are officially switched off from October 5. NBN Co is encouraging home and business owners in the areas scheduled for disconnection to start preparing for the NBN by contacting their preferred phone company and internet service provider to order services over the NBN as soon as possible. NBN Co spokesperson Mr Darren Rudd said: “It’s great to see parts of the community already reaping the benefits of fast broadband a year after we switched on the first areas in Gosford to the NBN.” “We are encouraging the estimated remaining 1,300 eligible home and business owners in the area to follow their lead and put an order in with their preferred telephone company or internet service provider ahead of the scheduled copper switch off from 5 October 2014. “In particular, we want all business owners with Eftpos machines and fax or security alarm systems which operate using a landline connection to contact their banks and preferred phone or internet company to discuss what steps are required to migrate these services over to the NBN.” Media release, 16 Apr 2014 Luke Rix, n2n Communications Media release, 15 Apr 2014 Tim Sowden, office of Lucy Wicks MP
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Council rejects targeted employment policy osford Council Cr Vicki Scott said she was disappointed, but not surprised, after Gosford Council voted on Tuesday, April 8, against a recommendation from the Status of Women Committee that Council develop a targeted employment policy.
The recommendation was moved by Cr Scott, seconded by Cr Hillary Morris and supported by Cr Jim Macfadyen, with all other councillors voting against it. “A targeted employment policy would see council set targets to improve the numbers of women in senior roles,” said Cr Scott. “The evidence supporting a targeted policy is overwhelming. “While many people are against affirmative action in the workplace, research shows that experts are now saying it is the only way we can ensure gender equity in the workplace. “At the current rate, it will take 177 years to achieve equity (Diversity Council of Australia), a period we and future generations should not have to accept. “The merit system is now being termed the ‘merit myth’ by experts, for a number of reasons. “If the merit system worked, why are 60% of university graduates women yet that is not reflected in leadership role occupancy? “If the merit system worked, why are there only 15 female local government general managers in NSW and 137 are men? “If the merit system worked, why do women still have to put their careers into jeopardy because of the
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Roads and Maritime Services contractor Seymour Whyte, who is carrying out the main building work on the $170 million upgrade, is supporting a program called Metal for Mobility. “The Central Coast Highway upgrade at West Gosford has become Seymour Whyte’s first Metal for Mobility site, and will go towards providing support for Central Coast residents with disabilities,” Mr Holstein said. “The program is an initiative of the Cerebral Palsy League, with scrap metal deposited into special ‘Metal for Mobility’ bins installed on site. “The bins are collected
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which will support the local community for many years,” Ms Horgan said. “This contribution has the potential to have a really positive impact on local families and individuals living with cerebral palsy and related physical disabilities.” Cerebral Palsy League CEO Angela Tillmanns said Metal for Mobility would provide enormous benefits to Central Coast families in need. “Metal for Mobility is essentially a recycling scheme with a heart,” Mrs Tillmanns said. “It is a straight forward concept that will make a real difference to people in local communities.” The Central Coast
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Gosford DVA Ofﬁce to close eterans are amongst the first confirmed victims of May’s budget with confirmation the Abbott Government will close nine Veterans’ Access Network (VAN) offices in Victoria and NSW, including one in Gosford.
These offices are the first point of contact for the veteran community and provide advice and support on issues ranging from pension benefits, financial assistance, transport problems and mental health issues. “By shutting down the Gosford DVA Office, Tony Abbott is forcing veterans to travel to Wyong to get face-to-face support, and to queue along with jobseekers at Centrelink,” said Senator for NSW Deborah O’Neill. “And what have the local Liberal MPs had to say about this? “Silence. “They are happy to send out brochures about ANZAC Day with their face on it, all the while ripping services away from local veterans. “Closing the stand-alone local VAN Office, a place dedicated to the care of veterans, is a great slap to those who served their country well and deserve a personalised local service,” Senator O’Neill said. These cuts will also see the end of locally engaged specialist Department of Veteran’s Affairs staff, with the support role now to be added to existing Centrelink staff. “These offices are the
point of contact for the veterans’ community and give advice and support on a range of issues. “They also play an important outreach role by attending local veteran’s organisation meetings and providing valuable, individual attention to local veterans. “With some of our local younger veterans having served as many as eight tours of duty in Afghanistan, an experienced person who understands PTSD and other veteran specific needs is vital,” Senator O’Neill said. Senator O’Neill rebuffed claims that Minister for Veteran Affairs Senator Michael Ronaldson had conducted an extensive review into what services the community wanted, following a number of local veterans declaring they are outraged over the closure. “Our veterans view personal contact as very important,” said Senator O’Neill. “Whether they are seeking help for health issues or updates on payments, the local DVA officer knows them firsthand and understands their issues. “What sort of twisted
budget priorities does the Abbott Government have? “It cuts services and payments that veterans rely on, only to replace them with a phone number or a webpage. “Closures will particularly affect older veterans and war widows with no access to a computer, many of whom have relied on local services for many years. “Most veterans have always felt strongly that rather than line up at a Centrelink office, they want and deserve a unique service for their unique needs due to war service. “That is a disgraceful way to treat veterans, young and old, who have served their country well,” Senator O’Neill said. Media release, 22 Apr 2014 Richard Mehrtens, office of Deborah O’Neill
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osford Council’s efforts to reduce water use and greenhouse gas emissions have been recognised in the latest national annual report card on water supply and sewerage performance.
The 2012-13 National Performance Report for Urban Water Utilities provides an independent and public comparison of the performance of Australia’s water utilities. The report indicates that council has the lowest level of water leakage of similar sized utilities across Australia. Leakage from council’s system decreased by 11% to 32 litres per service connection, per day in 2012/13, compared to the Australian average of 77 litres. Gosford Council’s director water and sewer Mr Rod Williams said that improved metering, pressure management and fewer water main breaks have all helped to reduce water loss from the system.
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“Water savings continued across the Gosford community, with average consumption per household of 157 kilolitres remaining below the national average of 177 kilolitres. “It’s pleasing to see our community’s ongoing commitment to water conservation. “The water wise behaviours displayed by our residents are commendable and an important part of delivering a secure and sustainable water supply,” said Mr Williams. Mr Williams added that the report also highlights council’s significant decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, which were 19% lower than in 2011/12. “Efficiency improvements at council’s sewage treatment plants and
pumping stations have helped to reduce our electricity usage. “The capture of methane and other greenhouse gases from the treatment process has also reduced direct emissions from council’s sewage treatment plants. “The report also highlights that water and sewerage bills in Gosford are lower than those of many other similar sized utilities. “The typical residential bill for water and sewer services in Gosford has increased by 6%, significantly less than other utilities of the same size which have increased by an average of 11%”, said Mr Williams. Media release, 14 Apr 2014 Gosford Council Media
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Terrigal, Narara, Saratoga and Calga have ADSL upgrade any residents and businesses in Calga, Narara, Terrigal and Saratoga can now experience faster internet speeds on their ADSL service following infrastructure upgrades in the local area.
The internet boost will give access to services previously unavailable to residents, including digital TV through Telstra’s T-Box and Telstra’s new Digital Office Technology (DOT). Acting Telstra Country Wide Area General Manager for Hunter and Central Coast, Chris Taylor, said: “We want to make sure our customers have the best experience possible when using our network, and so we’ve invested in improved infrastructure into Calga, Narara, Terrigal and Saratoga”. “We’ve listened to local residents who want more consistent access to higher internet speeds and the opportunity to use some of
our premium products. “The existing infrastructure in the local exchange was struggling to meet the demand in these areas for fast internet at certain times. There may be some individual reasons customers still do not get the internet speeds they expect from their service. These include a customer’s distance from the exchange, their own equipment and whether or not they are served by the specific parts of the exchange that have received an upgrade. Media release, 29 Apr 2014 Janette Henstridge, PR Edge
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he Minister for Justice Greg Smith SC has asked the Department of Attorney General and Justice to review the current use of Kariong Juvenile Correctional Centre and consider if the facility should be reconfigured.
Kariong Juvenile Correctional Centre is currently operated by Corrective Services NSW and is housing juveniles on sentences for serious offences with a higher classification. “The centre is a hybrid - a correctional centre for juveniles, run by Corrective Services to do a job that Juvenile Justice could provide,” Mr Smith said. “The core work and expertise of Corrective Services lies in working with adult inmates, while Juvenile Justice is skilled in looking after young people, from minimum to maximum security classification. “The Kariong facility for juveniles is half empty, while some Juvenile Justice centres have vacant space. “I have asked my department to work with Corrective Services and Juvenile Justice and come up with a proposal to reconfigure our resources in a more effective way and ensure each part of the department can work to its core strengths.” A proposal is due to be submitted to the Minister and staff in both agencies, as well as staff from the Department of Education and Justice Health currently working at Kariong, will be consulted and kept fully informed. “We will be working with staff and unions to determine if we can do things better. “Whatever the final decision, we will ensure juvenile detainees will be housed securely and given the necessary educational resources, support and supervision.” Kariong has a capacity of about 44, but currently houses 25 juvenile detainees. Media release, 9 Apr 2014 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford
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70 to 80 trees at Erina removed without notice large lifestyle village in Erina still has approximately 11 acres of vacant land facing Karalta Rd.
Some five to seven years ago, the owners made overtures to build approximately 150 villas and blocks of flats on the site. Even though the development received approval, the development never took place, presumably because of the GFC. The owners/developers at about the same time were fined for illegally cutting down trees without Gosford Council permission Since then, the same owners applied to Gosford Council to have an extension to the zoning to allow development for relocatable homes or a caravan park Adjoining residents went into shock at the thought of a caravan park in such a prominent and busy location and presented council with a petition to try and stop the zoning extension
Council agreed to the zoning change and a development plan was submitted and approved for approximately 110 relocatable home sites The development plan also included a landscape plan which was approved by Gosford Council. About 70 to 80 pine trees along the side of the road providing entry into the village were shown on the plan to “be retained and protected”. Such trees provided privacy to the rear of residents living in the adjoining property in Karalta Court. All of a sudden, about four weeks ago the trees are gone with no notification to council
or anyone else Letters of concern to the mayor came back with a reply that the trees were considered sick and the developer would replace them with new healthy pine trees Residents on the eastern boundary of the development were alarmed that the pine trees on their rear boundary fences would also disappear overnight. Gosford Council has now set a precedent and made a mockery of any tree preservation rules and laws they previously had in place. No one can substantiate whether all 70 to 80 trees needed removal and Gosford Council is accepting the developer’s excuse. Some might say there is a number of questions that still need to be answered. Email, 10 Apr 2014 Rod Fountain, Erina
Gosford Senior Citizens Centre too hard to get to for seniors
have for the past 20 years attended activities at the Gosford Senior Citizens Centre, now called by another name, but alas, still in the same place up in the hill on Albany St.
I’ve always wondered at the wisdom of city fathers in choosing such a ridiculous site as a social hub for the elderly. There is little easy parking for those of us who go by car and it is not close to the transport hub, also the community bus access to the centre is rather difficult. As I’ve seen Gosford slump over that 20 years, with now so many vacant business
premises, surely something better placed could be used for our purposes? The excellent painting on walls of empty buildings does little to inject some life. For several months past, a big refit of the centres’ kitchen
and washroom areas has been going on, so I am now resigned to nothing being changed. Councillors, what a pity, you too aren’t seniors. I have grandchildren who could easily get up to Albany St and it would be a great venue for games, performance, dance, or other worthwhile youth activities. Letter, 18 Mar 14 June Hull, Wyoming
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Gosford Waterfront DCP not to be seen in isolation ehind the technical details and seductive prose of the planners who wrote the Gosford Waterfront DCP referred to on your frontpage (Coast Community News, March 26), lies another narrative which needs to be told.
The DCP also needs to be read in conjunction with another document in the Gosford Waterfront Cycle, it is called the Local Environment Plan (LEP), which includes the now approved Revised State Significant Site Submission for Gosford waterfront. Our group, the Gosford Waterfront Action Group, wants to draw to the public’s attention to details not readily accessible or easy to locate, in the two documents above. The community should be informed that the idyllic picture of Gosford Park featured on your front page will be reduced in size by 20% according to an engineer’s calculations. Twenty per cent of the green space will be occupied by the extension of Baker St to Vaughan St, parking bays and reshaping other roads. We are not sure whether the football clubs and people who use this space are aware of this potential loss. In addition, an approved Performing Arts Centre is to be located over the site of the fountain and time capsule below the Memorial Park, nearly opposite Iguana Joes. The existing Gosford Primary School Site is earmarked for office
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towers, hotel and residential accommodation which can be up to 37.3 m in height (10 storeys). So the setbacks, winter solstice, etc, specified in the DCP, to which you drew attention, will be critical. The Breakwater is to be widened in readiness to accommodate buildings up to 7.5m (2-3 storeys) high and is zoned to include restaurants, accommodation, shops, etc. We are unsure of how high the sails are on Iguana Joe’s but if a straight line is extended from that point to the end of the Breakwater, it will provide a rough estimation of the loss of view of the Broadwater that the public will experience (see View Corridors, Figure 5 in the DCP). Provision has also been
made for a marina/pontoons to be located to the North of the Breakwater. The DCP specifies it wants the Gosford Waterfront to be “vibrant”, “attract people of all ages,” “to enjoy the natural beauty of the Brisbane water,” etc., yet the DCP makes no provision for off-street parking for all these intended visitors/ residents who come to enjoy the amenity that it offers. Parking has been the perennial problem for Gosford and the DCP should have taken this into account with all its “controls”. The Gosford community should be aware that the two documents, DCP and LEP are now the legal platforms to launch significant retail, commercial, entertainment and residential sector development on the waterfront, away from the existing CBD. We would prefer the existing CBD be refurbished/ redeveloped as the focal point of Gosford City centre, with the waterfront retained as a public area, its recreational and scenic attributes enhanced without destruction by inappropriate “development”. Email, 1 Apr 2014 Peter Carstairs, Gosford
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Men charged over stolen BMW and pursuit
Stunning improvement in crime statistics
wo males have been charged following an alleged vehicle theft and pursuit near Gosford on Monday, April 21.
About 3:30am, a man and woman were at a home on Portsmouth Rd, Erina, when they were awoken by noises in the home. A short time later, the couple noticed a door open and a white BMW sedan which had been parked in their garage missing. Police were called and a crime scene was established. Just before 4am, officers conducting a road patrol on Meadow Rd, Springfield, observed a white BMW sedan driven by three men, and attempted to stop it. When the vehicle allegedly failed to stop, a pursuit ensued onto Kurrajong Close and was followed by a short foot pursuit when the men allegedly ran from the vehicle. Police arrested a 17-yearold teenage boy in nearby bushland and he was taken to Gosford Police Station. He was later charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, be carried in conveyance taken without consent and breach of bail. He was refused bail and appeared at children’s court
Anyone with information about these incidents should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 the following day. A short time later, police dogs led officers to a home on Sherwood Dr where they located a 19-year-old man in the home. He was arrested at the scene and taken to Gosford Police Station, where he was charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, be carried in conveyance taken without consent and breach of bail. He was refused bail and appeared at Gosford Local Court the following day. Police located the abandoned car on Barinya Lane. Investigations into the incident continue. Media release, 21 Apr 2014 NSW Police Media
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he latest report from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research show many crimes trending down and many crime statistics at the lowest recorded levels in over 20 years in the Gosford LGA.
Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein said in the two years to December 2013, 15 of the 17 major offence categories have remained stable or are going down. “The NSW Liberal and Nationals Government made a commitment to increase police resources and strengthen their powers and these results show we are delivering. “It is pleasing to see the State’s figures greatly improved, but the figures for Gosford LGA are stunning and the Commander Danny Sullivan and his officers deserve the highest praise and I congratulate them on a fantastic outcome for Gosford LGA. “It is pleasing to see that six offences have shown significant downward trends but the Gosford performance is noteworthy,” said Mr Holstein. In the Gosford LGA, break and enter dwelling is down 28.8%; break and enter non-dwelling is down 22.5%; motor vehicle theft is down 33.3%; steal from motor vehicle is down 30%; steal from person is down 27.5%; and malicious damage to property is down 13%. “It is extremely encouraging to see so many crimes going down and shows the extra 505 police officers this government has delivered is helping to reduce crime,” said Mr Holstein. “It is very pleasing to see that per capita crime rates in 2013 showed significant
drops compared to rates in 1990. “The figures show over the past five years shooting offences in NSW have remained stable when measured across the two, five and 10 year periods leading up to December 2013. “The NSW Police Force has been doing a fantastic job fighting gun crime with officers taking over 8,000 guns, including over 700 handguns, off the streets in
one year. “Fraud and indecent assault are the only two major crimes that have shown an increase over the past two years. “As the latest figures concerning fraud remind us, we all must be vigilant in safeguarding our personal banking accounts and information. “The increases in reports of indecent assault include both contemporaneous and historical incidents, and I
encourage members of the public to continue reporting sexual offences. “This Liberal and Nationals Government has delivered record police numbers and provided police with greater powers and increased resources to crack down on crime,” said Mr Holstein. Media release, 24 Apr 2014 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford
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Ms Hall received news this week that the Abbott Government was refusing to honour a funding commitment to build the Gulgul Barang Youth Support Centre in San Remo – despite the funds being allocated in the budget prior to the last election. “The former Labor Government committed $2.7 million to build the Gulgul Barang Youth Support Centre last year,” said Ms Hall. “This was real money that was allocated in the budget papers and a DA was due to be lodged shortly. “Yet now the Federal Minister Warren Truss is refusing to honour that funding commitment, so the new centre can no longer go ahead. “So many people put so much hard work into the proposal for this project. “It would have been a major boost for the region and a signiﬁcant support centre for young people in the northern areas of Wyong Shire. “I am devastated that this project is not being supported by the Coalition Government. “It was such a
worthwhile project and would have helped so many young people in the area. “It would have offered support with employment training, skills development, health care, cultural engagement and mentoring. “The Federal Minister claims the project could not go ahead because it was due to be funded through proceeds from the Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT). “But this is simply not true. “When the former Federal Labor Government announced funding for the project last year it was not reliant on money from the MRRT. “The project was fully funded through the budget process with projections that came out of Treasury. “It was also announced prior to the caretaker period. “The Coalition Government has simply chosen not to support this region and to turn its back on services in the northern suburbs of Wyong Shire.” The Gulgul Barang
Centre was proposed by a community partnership involving the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, the San Remo Neighbourhood Centre, Central Coast Medicare Local, Youth Connections, ET Australia and the local advisory group of Better Futures, Local Solutions. Darkinjung LALC also donated the land where the new centre was due to be built. San Remo Neighbourhood Centre manager Jillian Hogan said she was also disappointed that the centre no longer had government support. “We desperately need this new Gulgul Barang Centre because existing services are already so stretched,” she said. “How can we build our service delivery in the north of the Shire when we don’t have the infrastructure to support it?” Darkinjung LALC CEO Mr Sean Gordon said he was disappointed the centre did not receive funding. “This project was set to bring about much needed infrastructure
Mayor Cr Doug Eaton, along with technical staff from council, outlined the potential impacts on the water supply system and other key council assets. “Over the past three years, we have invested heavily in the Central Coast water supply system with a plan to secure our water supply for decades to come. “The last thing we need right now is for that to be jeopardised,” he said. “We engaged two independent consultants to look at this proposal and they have found a number of concerning gaps and inconsistencies in the mine’s modelling, underestimating the potential impacts on our groundwater and surface
fter 30 years of vacancy, the ‘Key Site’ on the corner of Marine Pde and The Entrance Rd is inching closer to realisation.
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The crowd at the Wallarah 2 coal mine public hearing of the Planning and Assessment Commission
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Local members withdraw from NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party
Central Coast Drinking Water Catchments Protection Bill introduced
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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.
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. Spence and Webber both had their ofﬁces 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
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
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.
Council to stop mining and exploration in the Central Coast drinking water catchment saying it will test Premier Barry O’Farrell’s credibility.
The Central Coast Drinking Water Catchments Protection (No ifs, no buts, a guarantee) Bill 2014 prohibits mining and exploration activities in the seven drinking water catchments of the Central Coast - the Mangrove Creek Dam, Mardi Dam, Ourimbah Creek, Wyong River, Porters Creek, Mangrove Creek Weir and Mooney Mooney Dam catchment areas. “This bill gives Premier Barry O’Farrell and members of his government the opportunity to fulﬁl their clear election commitment to the people of the Central Coast that mining and Media release, 18 Feb 2014 exploration would not John Kaye, Greens NSW MP occur there – “no ifs, no buts, a guarantee”. “Before the last election Barry O’Farrell made a clear promise to the people of the Central Coast,” said Mr Buckingham. Former Minister for the Central Coast, former Minister for Energy and Resources
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and the current Member for Terrigal Mr Chris Hartcher, wrote a letter to residents of Yarramalong and Dooralong stating: “If necessary, special legislation will be introduced into the Parliament to protect the Wyong water catchment.” Mr Buckingham said: “This will be a test of whether Premier Barry O’Farrell is a man of his word, or whether he’ll say one thing to voters and do another thing in power.” “It goes to the heart of his credibility. “Barry O’Farrell is Premier of this state. “He made a commitment and he can’t now pretend he is powerless to do anything. “This bill provides an opportunity for action instead of excuses,” said Mr Buckingham. The bill was moved by contingency on Thursday, March 6. Media release, 4 Mar 2014 Max Phillips, Ofﬁce of Jeremy Buckingham
Cr Doug Eaton, Senator Deborah O’Neill, Member for Dobell Ms Karen McNamara, representative of the developer Ms Katie Gregory and Resident’s Action Group chairman Mr Greg McGill. Mr Spence, Ms McNamara and Ms O’Neill spoke of the need for appropriate development in Ourimbah to maintain the present amenity for residents. Mayor Cr Eaton outlined the planning process involved with this development while Ms Gregory conﬁrmed the development application had been returned to the developer to address the 165 residents’ objections lodged with Wyong Council. Mr McGill said the rally was about saving Ourimbah.
forever,” he said. “In the 150 year plus history of Ourimbah, this represents the largest single threat to our community lifestyle. “Ourimbah is the oldest town on the Central Coast with the post ofﬁce, railway station, public school and World War I monument all heritage listed. “Ourimbah is a country village servicing the surrounding semirural community and should remain that way to maintain the lifestyle which has attracted us to live here in the ﬁrst place. “Surely, the views of the 4,000 residents of Ourimbah must take precedence over one entrepreneurial developer. “Ourimbah will be left with the legacy and eyesore for the next 60
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Let the assessment commission decide ormer Minister for the Central Coast and Energy and Recourses Mr Chris Hartcher has responded to inquiries made by Wyong Regional Chronicle.
“I am, and always have been, committed to the protection of the Central Coast water catchment. This protection is best
achieved by proper scientiﬁc analysis. The Government has established a completely independent process- the
Planning Assessment Commission- to evaluate all scientiﬁc evidence relating to mining proposals.
Unless the mining proposals are safe, especially in respect of water catchments, they will not be granted permission to proceed.” Media statement, 6 Mar 2014 Chris Harcther, Member for Terrigal MP
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“The Greens bill would have enacted Barry O’Farrell’s promise to protect the Central Coast water catchment ‘no ifs, no buts, a guarantee’.” Media release, 25 Mar 2014 Jeremy Buckingham, The Greens MLC
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Ourimbah protest rally well attended
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
water supplies. “In short, our expert advice is that there is a risk to our water supply. “This is a risk that council and the community should not be forced to accept. “With the State government predicting a population increase of 70,000 over the next 20 years, it is folly for them to approve a mine that risks not being able to supply water to these new residents. “I thank the community for coming out in force today to clearly demonstrate the widespread opposition to this mine proposal.”
At its meeting of have indicated that this Wednesday, March 9, will happen soon.” Wyong Council adopted a Mayor Cr Eaton said site speciﬁc Development that the Key Site is a to address critical exploring other avenues supports the growingfor Control Plan (DCP) landmark in The Entrance introduce almost identical he Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Mr Jeremy Buckingham votes to ﬁve. factors within our to rectify the situation, demands of the “Labor have stabbed legislation, but it will be has slammed the Labor Party for putting their short term political Key and a quality development region including with hope that all is not Site community addressing in the the people of the Central too little and too late, as interests over the interests of the people of the Central Coast. social exclusion, lost. form of employment, Coast in the back by it will not be able to be development on the site is expected to youth dislocation “Clearly the needs of education,criteria training and in “Labor’s decision to that passes the parliament (March 25) to vote against deciding it was more debated until after the from informal support the community outweigh health,” said Mr Gordon. join with the Coalition will be too late to stop the a motion to urgently important to play politics Planning line with the new Wyong be a huge boost to the local Assessment networks and poor any political agenda. to vote down the Greens Wallarah 2 coal mine,” debate and decide on than to pass legislation Commission has made Media release, 6 Feb 2014 public transport for “Given the growing Local Environmental Plan economy. the Central Coast Water to stop the Wallarah its decision, expected in bill to protect the Central said Mr Buckingham. Sean Gordon, training and education. population of the North Darkinjung LALC Protection 2 coal mine,” said Mr April. “Labor joined with the Catchments Coast drinking water “While we feel let Wyong area, there is(WLEP). a 2013 The proposal is for a Media release, 6 Feb 2014 catchment from mining Coalition and Shooters Bill 2014. Buckingham. “The earliest it could down by this latest huge need for community Lisa McDermott, Ofﬁce of “The motion failed 32 this afternoon means that any legislation Party “Labor intend to be debated is May 6. Hall MP is an Jillexciting 20 storey (70m) building development, we are infrastructure “This that occasion because the Key with 93 apartments and Site is the ﬁrst of council’s retail ﬂoor space including 28 identiﬁed Iconic restaurants. development sites to reach “This is a $45 million the stage where there development that are established design combined with two other FREE FREE guidelines for developing planned developments the site,” said mayor Cr at The Entrance is worth Doug Eaton. more than $500 million,” “This is the proof in the Mayor Eaton said. pudding that our iconic “It will see a suite sites strategy is working of Issue 40 public beneﬁt Your independent community newspaper - Ph: 4325 7369 March 21, 2014 Your independent community newspaper - Ph: 4325 7369 Issue 42 and revitalisation of our contributions from the FREE townships is underway,” developer totalling over Corruption he said. $1.5 million that will go “The Keywatchdog Site DCP on towards improvements in was approved tonight as the Town Centre including thewere case Memorial Park,” he said. no signiﬁcant issues erious allegations concerning the Liberal 7, 2014 that Your independent community newspaper - Ph: 4325 7369 Issue 41 raised in Partysubmissions is March envisaged on the Central Coast“It suggest that NSW politics is yet to rid itself of during the exhibition ofpolitical the corruption aroundthat250 construction environment of damageditthe state under Labor,jobs according to 120 jobs upon draft and complies and Greens NSW MP John Kaye. appropriately with Spicer the new completion will be created “Operation reassurance in knowing suggests that the dark that the independent ver 200 people attended a rally in WLEP. corners of NSW politics watchdogthrough is on the case.this development.” Ourimbah on Sunday, March 9, to are not conﬁned to the “The allegations give protest against the proposed four “We’re now saidlooking Labor party,” Mr even greater weight storey, 101 unit affordable boarding house Media release, 9 Apr 2014 Kaye. to fears that there is forward “After to just receiving a development in Glen Rd. three years something fundamentally Wyong Council Media of LiberalApplication National wrong with the state’s Development government, a former political processes. 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yong Council has voiced strong opposition to the Wallarah 2 coalmine with Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton and senior staff addressing a public hearing of the Planning and Assessment Commission on April 2.
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plus years. “This will also set a precedent for more high rise development to follow. “If this development goes ahead, Ourimbah village will be gone forever,” said Mr McGill. A key provision in the Planning Instrument for Affordable Housing is the “Local Character Test” which takes into account such items
as physical impact, noise, overshadowing, overlooking, parking, trafﬁc congestion, surrounding streetscape, and the visual catchment of the building, including colour, style and size. “Objections about these issues will form the basis of the residents’ presentation to the Hunter/Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel,” said Mr McGill.
A spokesperson for the residents’ action group Mr Allan Benson said: “This successful rally demonstrates the community concern for the proposed development.” “These are only the ﬁrst steps of what we think, will be a long and drawn out campaign. “We want to assure the community we will be continuing the ﬁght on their behalf.
“We want to thank the residents of Ourimbah for their support and we will be keeping everybody informed of progress in the battle to save Ourimbah from inappropriate development.” Media release, 17 Mar 2014 Allan Benson, Stop Glen Rd Development Resident’s Action Group.
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A new Vinnies in West Gosford
24 hour diner to operate on Gosford waterfront osford Council has accepted the offer of Central Global Holdings Pty Ltd (CGH) to operate a cafe/fast food outlet adjacent to the boat ramp car park in Gosford.
Expressions of Interest were called for proponents to submit proposals to facilitate the revitalisation of the Gosford Waterfront adjacent the Gosford boat ramp car park The outlet is expected to assist in the revitalisation and deliver economic and social benefits to the area. CGH have advised
that the business will be operating within four to six weeks of all consents and development approvals being obtained. The outlet will trade as Eat Street Diner and will sell gourmet pies and savoury pastries, gourmet hot dogs and sandwiches. Refreshments will include the full complement of hot
and cold drinks. The intent is to operate 24 hours a day for seven days a week; however, this will depend on DA conditions. The licence term will be for five years plus a five year option. Gosford Council agenda ECO.9, 22 Apr 2014
new Vinnies shop opened its doors in West Gosford on Monday, April 14.
Vinnies Central Coast Centres’ manager Mr Phil Coyte said that Vinnies was very eager and excited to work with the local community for this new store opening. “Working with our other Central Coast shops, Vinnies
West Gosford will provide great quality, affordable items as well much needed financial, material and emotional support to people experiencing poverty and disadvantage in the local area,” said Mr Coyte. Vinnies West Gosford
is located in the Coles shopping centre and is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Email, 9 Apr 2014 Sophie Bawden, St Vincent de Paul Society
New employment guide for small business
mall businesses in the Gosford LGA will be able to hire new employees more easily with the release of a new employment guide.
Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks said the guide was the latest measure in a suite aimed at assisting small business by reducing red-tape and cutting taxes to keep and generate more jobs. “The guide will help small business owners understand the process and conditions around hiring staff. “The Coalition Government is working to build a stronger, more
prosperous economy with more jobs by making it easier for small businesses. “An interactive online learning course has also been developed to help employers improve their skills in hiring and inducting new staff.” Ms Wicks said the new guide added to measures to assist small businesses including a priority Small Business Hotline inside the Fair Work Ombudsman’s office.
“The hotline has already fielded 50,000 calls in four months and is helping small business owners to get speedy and accurate advice so that they can get back to running their business,” Ms Wicks said. The guide offers step-bystep processes, as well as best practice recruitment tips. Media release, 27 Mar 2014 Tim Sowden, office of Lucy Wicks MP
New gym at West Gosford
osford Council has agreed to imitate the Gateway planning process to permit a new gym on the Central Coast Highway in West Gosford.
The subject land forms part of the Settlers Arms retail complex which has been developed and subdivided for retail/ commercial purposes over the last 15 years. The development currently includes a number of retail/commercial uses including The Settlers Hotel; The Flipout Indoor Sports centre; Autopro Parts and Professionals (subject premises); Metro Service Station; Local Liquor Bottle Shop; Hungry Jacks; and Red Rooster. It is proposed to insert an enabling clause
into the Gosford Local Environmental Plan (2014) so as to allow indoor recreational facilities as a permitted use on the subject land with the consent of council while retaining the underlying B6 – Enterprise Corridor zone. According to the applicant’s submission to council, it is anticipated that the enabling clause would be incorporated into Schedule 1 – Additional Permitted Uses of the Gosford LEP 2014. The insertion of the enabling clause would permit the approval, with
the consent of Council, of the proposed fitness gym which may include: a refit of the existing premises to accommodate the gym facility on a 24/7 operation with swipe card access. Gosford Council agenda ENV.19, 22 Apr 2014
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Green Options retain stadium contract for another two years osford Council has accepted a tender for Turf and Landscape Asset Maintenance Service at Central Coast Stadium from Green Options for the sum of $184,320.
According to the report to council by general manager Mr Paul Anderson, the playing area of the stadium is a Prescription Athletic Turf (PAT) system and the preparation and maintenance for international standard fixtures requires appropriate equipment, qualifications and experience. “The current playing surface is highly regarded by National and International sporting codes,” states the report. Turf and Landscape Asset Maintenance services are currently being completed by The Green Horticultural Group (Green Horticultural). Green Horticultural was awarded a three year contract in 2010, which expired in November last year. “Green Horticultural have been performing well under the contract and have maintained the playing surface to an exceptional level,” states the report to council. The scope of the proposed contract remains generally unchanged with the exception of the inclusion of fertilizer application, pruning of palm trees and some other minor adjustment to the specification. The new contract is for a period of two years commencing July 1. A two year extension
option may be executed, upon approval of the general manager and agreement of the service provider. Tenders were evaluated by the Tender Evaluation Committee in accordance with the predetermined criteria and weightings in the Tender Evaluation Plan. “The tender from Green Options is considered to provide the best value to council,” states the general manager’s report. “Their submission scored well across all non-price and price criteria. “Green Options have extensive experience in managing sports fields of a similar standard and are currently responsible for turf care and ground maintenance at Remondis Stadium (Shark Park) and Redfern Oval. “In addition to providing a competitive offer, Green Options demonstrated they have the physical resources and technical capacity to meet the contract requirements. “A meeting with Green Option representatives and subsequent reference checks confirmed that Green Options have the capabilities and commitment to maintaining a high quality playing surface.” Gosford Council agenda GEN.13, 22 Apr 2014
ustralian cricket legend Mark Waugh joined the local Bunnings team to celebrate the official opening of the new Bunnings Warehouse West Gosford on Tuesday, April 15, together with Bunnings Warehouse complex manager Graeme Champion and Bunnings managing director John Gillam.
Mr Champion said team members of the new West Gosford Warehouse were pleased to welcome local residents to the store as well as lending a helping hand in the local community. “Our team members have already rolled up their sleeves to support local organisations including installing new garden beds at Evergreen Life Care and creating a new safe play area at Valley View Public School,” said Mr Champion. “We will also be returning to Valley View Public School after Easter to lay grass and install a sandpit. “Bunnings is always looking for opportunities to contribute to local causes and we look forward to providing assistance to more Gosford community groups in the future,” continued Mr Champion. Team members from
Bunnings Warehouse West Gosford have been hard at work giving Brisbania Primary School a much needed makeover and installing a garden bed and kitchen at Naisda Aboriginal Dance School. Additionally, every weekend, team members will continue to provide free
D.I.Y. Workshops for adults and kids, as well as provide advice and inspiration for D.I.Y. projects in the home and garden. “Our team members have worked extremely hard to prepare the store for opening and are looking forward to continuing to help customers with their home
improvement projects,” said Mr Champion. Bunnings Warehouse West Gosford has parking for over 400 cars. Bunnings Warehouse West Gosford will also assist local charity organisations and community groups to raise funds for a variety of causes by hosting Bunnings Sausage Sizzles. Media release, 15 Apr 2014 Francesca Holt, Professional Public Relations
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Feeling Good course for women at Kincumber
Bends sufferer ﬂown to hospital
incumber Neighbourhood Centre will host a Feeling Good course for women each Tuesday from May 13.
Course facilitator Ms Nicole Turner said for many women, looking after other people comes naturally, but when it comes to nurturing and caring for themselves, they may not know even where to start. “Inspiration and learning to tap into our own resilience is often needed to develop the art of self-healing,” said Ms Turner “A smorgasbord of ‘wellness’ or ‘feeling good’ practices are presented over a period of four, twohour sessions weekly. “Feeling Good is an opportunity to learn important new skills for mind, body and spirit
through gentle yoga, meditation and simple personal development techniques. “No prior knowledge or experience in yoga or meditation is required to take part. “In spite of the broadening of gender roles, nurturing often remains women’s business. “Small changes in our life can and do make a difference to how we feel and behave. “But many of us need guidance and support to provide it for ourselves, especially in ways that are ongoing, that become integral to our lives.
“That’s what the Feeling Good course is all about,” said Ms Turner. Nicole is a certified Yoga teacher, with many years of experience in the women’s health field and currently co-manages Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre. No experience of yoga is necessary to participate and the course is suitable for women of all ages, health and physical condition, including those with injuries and/or chronic illness, anxiety or depression. A gold coin donation is requested each week. Media release, 15 Apr 2014 Nicole Turner, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre
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A CareFlight medical team landed at The Haven beside the Terrigal waterfront shortly before 1pm following a request by ambulance paramedics treating the woman. The CareFlight doctor said the 42-year-old woman surfaced quickly after diving on the former HMAS Adelaide resting
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Pink ﬁnger buns to raise funds osford bakers are rolling up their sleeves
to help raise $1.5 million for Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) in this year’s Pink Bun Campaign.
The annual fundraising campaign will see almost 600 Bakers Delight bakeries donate 100% of the sale of more than one million pink finger buns to BCNA. Chasing a record-breaking fundraising target in 2014, BCNA are encouraging Bakers Delight customers to buy a bun and help provide much needed support for Australian women and families living with breast cancer. This year the campaign concludes just after Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11. BCNA CEO Maxine Morand, herself a breast cancer survivor, said Mother’s Day can be a difficult time for families affected by breast cancer. “For many Australians affected by breast cancer, Mother’s Day takes on a special significance. “My mother and I were both diagnosed. “For some families it is a time to appreciate a loved one affected by breast cancer, while for others it is a time to reflect on the good memories of those we have lost,” Maxine said. The money raised by Bakers Delight customers will support BCNA’s information resources
provided to Australians affected by breast cancer such as the My Journey Kit, a free resource for women newly diagnosed with breast cancer. “Last year 81% of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia received a My Journey Kit,” said joint CEO of Bakers Delight Lesley Gillespie. “We are proud to assist BCNA in helping to make these kits available to Australian women and their families.” Local Bakers Delight bakeries at Gosford, Woy Woy and Umina Beach hope to make this the most successful Pink Bun campaign ever, aiming to do their bit to better the $1.2 million raised in 2013. Bakers Delight customers are also encouraged to leave a personal message for women in their community on a ‘Pink Lady’ paper silhouette purchased for a gold coin donation. Messages of support or in memory of a loved one with breast cancer will be displayed in each local bakery during the campaign. Media release, 16 Apr 2014 Claudia Innes, Breast Cancer Network Australia
Computer-assisted diagnosis created in Gosford entral Coast father and daughter duo, Dr Rodney Beckwith and Sarah Beckwith, have created an online medical company, Doctus, which aims to provide Australians with a convenient, cost effective solution for simple, low-risk medical conditions.
Reliance GP Super Clinic director Dr Beckwith, along with his daughter Sarah, created the concept for Doctus, a computerassisted diagnosis system whereby patients can have an efficient online platform for dealing with simple diagnostic problems and which also offers patients an online prescription service. Doctus provides an online doctor’s consultation from the comfort of a patient’s own home or workplace. An online questionnaire is completed at the patient’s convenience which is then reviewed by Doctus’ Australian registered doctors. The medication is then delivered, or patients can choose for a paper prescription to be posted to use at the pharmacy of their choice.
“We believe there should be more efficiency in health care,” said Dr Beckwith. “Computer technology should be able to make the process easier and cheaper for patients, more time efficient for doctors and support patient safety. “I call the concept ‘ c o m p u t e r- a s s i s t e d diagnosis’. “The computer helps to facilitate the doctor’s assessment. “The patient completes a questionnaire about their medication and their condition. “The questionnaire covers aspects that a regular GP would ask the patient in a face-to-face consultation. “The doctor can then ask more questions of the patient, if necessary, by secure electronic systems if
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NAISDA students graduate Gosford PS open but not ready n unfinished build and no functioning before or after care – this is the start of Term 2 for Gosford Public School, according to Central Coast Greens spokesperson Ms Kate da Costa.
entral Coast based Indigenous Dance College, NAISDA, held its graduation ceremony for its 2013 students on Thursday, April 10, at the NAISDA Academy, with key note speaker Frances Rings.
The ceremony honoured the college’s graduating students and also featured cultural performances from Moa Island in the Torres Strait and Elcho Island in North East Arnhem Land. The graduates were addressed by Frances Rings, one of Australia’s leading Indigenous Choreographers and currently Bangarra’s Artist in Residence.
Frances joined Bangarra Dance Theatre in 1993 after graduating from NAISDA Dance College. NAISDA’s executive director Mr Kim Walker said he was thrilled to have Frances as part of the ceremony this year. He said he believed that the ceremony was the perfect opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the college’s students.
ETTALONG BEACH ARTS & CRAFT CENTRE Inc Announcing good news week! Children’s art classes are back on our agenda. Beginning at the start of Term 2. The class will be held on Thursdays from at 4pm to 5.30pm We are lucky to have secured the services of Belinda Linhardt a prominent artist on the Central Coast The Term Fee is $60.00 and bookings are being taken now. Don’t delay – call today. Our other classes commence 28th April MONDAY - Patchwork, Quilting & Pottery MONDAY - Childrens afternoon Pottery TUESDAY - Folk Art & Silk painting WEDNESDAY - Oils, Acrylics, Pastels & Drawing THURSDAY - Art & Silvercraft- Social stitchery THURSDAY - Childrens afternoon Art FRIDAY - Watercolour painting SATURDAY - Workshops as requested All sessions are held at the centre located in Kitchener Park on All sessions are held at the centre located in Kitchener Park on the corner of Maitland Bay Drive and Picnic Parade Ettalong Beach. Please direct your enquiries/suggestions to: 43418344 or visit our web site at www.ebacc.com.au
“We have had such a wonderful year of dance in 2013. “All the students have worked exceptionally hard and the graduation ceremony is the pinnacle of each dancer’s time here with NAISDA. “It is great for them to be able to share such a special event with family, friends and loved ones,” continued Mr Walker. NAISDA was also hoping that the graduation ceremony would serve as a platform to enlist some much needed Home Stay families. “We are seeking local families who would be interested in welcoming young Indigenous students into their homes, under the NAISDA Home Stay Program. “Each year a new group
of students from around the nation commence their Certificate II qualification in Dance with NAISDA “These students come from a range of regional cities and remote communities around Australia and require accommodation in our area so they can complete their studies. “Our program would not be possible without the generosity of these families, not only will you be contributing to the growth of an artist, but you will be introduced to new cultural experiences and learn about life in other parts of the country,” added Mr Walker. The students will need to have their own room and in return the families will be given compensation and offered cultural training programs, as well as ongoing support from NAISDA staff. Media release, 16 Apr 2014 Sheree Foley, NAISDA
“Reports from parents visiting the site recently for the ‘open’ day indicate missing railings on a walkway, no shelter, insufficient fixed play equipment and other inadequacies,’ said Ms da Costa. “Parents were also advised last thing on Thursday (April 24) that the before and after care provider had not had their accreditation paperwork approved for the new site. “Confusion still exits surrounding the route young children will be expected to walk from the station to the school. “Council was not given funding to upgrade the new route from the Department of Education. “The Central Coast Greens have supported, for some years, the attempts by parents of Gosford Public School to have their children provided with safe and quality premises. “Having lost the battle to keep the school in the heart of the CBD – where council is now trying very hard to entice a different educational facility – parents were able to obtain 10,000 signatures on a petition against relocating the primary school to the grounds of Henry Kendall High School. “Since this process began under the previous Labor government, there has been a high-handed approach from the
Department of Education and Education Ministers. “Clearly, this process is all about selling the waterfront land before the state budget, rather than taking the time to ensure that the move to the new site is orderly. “Henry Kendall High School is already at capacity. “Cramming the primary school on the grounds over the wishes of the local community means that as soon as children arrive at school for Term 2, the site will be at capacity. “Very soon, if the projected increase in city population is achieved, the Department will have to buy a new school site, as the high school will not be able to expand. “This government is more concerned with asset sales than providing quality education in the public school system,” said Ms da Costa. Media release, 28 Apr 2014 Kate da Costa, Central Coast Greens
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Students to participate in the Kokoda Challenge
Zali the Zebra is the new road safety mascot
hree students from the Gosford LGA will participate in the 2014 Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge thanks to sponsorship by Gosford RSL Club.
Ms Stevie Norton from Lisarow High School, Mr Joshua Meyer from Henry Kendall High School and Mr Jack Warr from Gosford High School were successful in their applications for sponsorship by Gosford RSL Club. All high schools in Gosford City are invited to participate in the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge. The cost per student is approximately $6,000. Entering into its fifth year of sponsorship, Gosford RSL Club has committed over $59,800 to the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge. The Challenge is an annual program administered by ClubsNSW and the RSL and Services Clubs Association which offers young people between the age of 16 and 22 the opportunity to walk
the Kokoda Track. The program was originally developed by the RSL and Services Clubs Association 10 years ago, and involved NSW RSL Clubs sending a young person from their local community to walk the track. Expenses covered by the Club include the cost of flying to Kokoda, as well as accommodation, food, camping equipment, boots and track permits. The intention of the Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge is to identify young people within the community who are potential leaders, and who have an ability to both inspire and educate other young people within their local communities. The program has now been adopted nationally. Candidates are expected
to walk the entire Kokoda Track, which at 155km is 59kms longer than the more popular eco-tourist track. ClubsNSW believes that by walking the entire wartime track, young people have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding about a campaign that is rarely discussed in the classroom. More than 2,000 Australian soldiers are buried at the Bomana War Cemetery near Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea. Each group visits the cemetery at the conclusion of their 10 day trip, an experience that is said to be as emotionally draining as the walk is physically. Media release, 14 Apr 2014 Maureen Horne, Gosford RSL Club
osford Council has introduced its new road safety mascot, Zali the Zebra.
Children encouraged to join brass band osford City Brass Band (GCBB) will hold a free open day and barbecue from 11am on Saturday, May 3, in West Gosford.
GCBB has a tradition of providing opportunity outside of the school environment to learn a brass or percussion instrument and to participate in a community based brass band. The band is now offering
primary school aged children a chance to join its Beginners Band. Lessons and rehearsals are held in the band hall at 8 Racecourse Rd, West Gosford. Instruments are available on loan from the library
for a nominal hire fee and all group tuition is free of charge. Learners aged between nine and 12 years are encouraged to get involved. Email, 14 Apr 2014 Norman Austen, GCBB
Zali is a Plains Zebra hailing all the way from Tanzania in Africa and, while she usually lives in grasslands, savanna and shrubland habitats, Zali has relocated to the sunny Central Coast to promote road safety in the Gosford LGA. Bringing Zali to Gosford was the brainchild of council’s infrastructure planning unit to help endorse road safety messages for both adults and children. Council’s road safety officer Ms Deborah Batey said she believed that Zali’s friendly approach and sunny disposition would help educate people of all ages about important road safety
messages. “Teaching children from an early age about road safety awareness is vital. “We’re so happy that Zali could join us to help encourage our local kids to think about the importance of road safety. “Council has many road safety initiatives, not just aimed at children. “Zali will be helping us to promote a range of programs for youth, seniors, bicycle and road education, child restraints and seatbelts, speeding and drink driving. “So look out for the friendly Zebra,” Ms Batey said. To hit the ground running
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and meet everyone, Zali will visit as many local schools and events as she can. Zali is available to visit schools from the start of term two this year to remind everyone that with the commencement of the term, school zone speed limits and parking restrictions are back in force and children will be out and about going to school. Council will also hold a number of events in the lead up to Fatality Free Friday later in May, where Zali will make guest appearances. Media release, 16 Apr 2014 Gosford Council media
Out & About
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Plenty to see and do at the 127th Gosford Regional Show
he 127th Gosford Regional Show will be held over the weekend of May 3 and 4 at Gosford Showground.
The show has a number of competitions on offer for kids, pets, musicians and offers “wholesome family fun at realistic family prices for the entire Central Coast”, said organiser Ms Robyn Edmonds-King. An under-18s talent quest will be held for singers, dancers, musicians, actors,
bands, small troupes, soloists, duos, magicians and comedians. Heats will be held over the whole weekend with the grand final to be held on the Sunday afternoon. A carnival pet parade will be held on Saturday, May 3, with all tame animals welcome.
Animals must be dressed to gain entry. Prizes will be awarded for Best Carnival Theme, Best Central Coast Theme, Best Owner-Dog Lookalike and Best Superhero theme. Media release, 16 Apr 2014 Robyn Edmonds-King, Gosford Regional Show
Dances from the British Isles with live music a feature
he Central Coast Bush Dance and Music Association’s (CCBDMA) Second Saturday Night bush dance, to be held on May 10, will celebrate dances that have their roots in another country.
The evening will be themed Dances from the British Isles. Bon Accord will provide the music and three Guest Dance Callers; Arthur Kingsland (English and Irish); Bill Propert (Welsh); and Fran Bucello (Scottish) will present the dances. Experience is not
necessary and beginners are welcome. Most of the dances are easy and all will be taught, walked through and called as they are danced. Commencing at 7:30pm and finishing at 11:30pm, the bush dance will be held at the East Gosford Progress Hall.
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The Gosford Diary
For events in post code areas 2250, 2260 and 2251 If youâ€™ve got something happening in Gosford LGA area over the next few weeks, let us know about it and weâ€™ll list it here for you, for free. Contact details are on page 2.
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Thursday May 15
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Friday May 2 Friends of the ABC (FABC) Central Coast branch meeting with Andrew Fowler, Central Coast Leagues Club, 6pm Weâ€™re Bringing Retro Backâ€Śat Breakers, Breakers Country Club, 8pm-11pm
Saturday May 3 Brisbane Water Breakfast Toastmasters Club, Speechcraft course, Erina Centre, 8:30am10:30am Johnny Devilseed and The Birdman, Six Strings Brewery, Erina Gosford City Brass Band open day and barbecue, 8 Racecourse Rd, West Gosford, 11am Drumming night, The Rhythm Hut, Gosford, 4pm-6pm, free Gosford Regional Show, Gosford Showground
Sunday May 4 Central Coast Blues Society Jam Session, Breakers Country Club, Wamberal, 4pm Gosford Regional Show, Gosford Showground
Tuesday May 6 Spirituality in the Pub, Grange Hotel function room, Wyoming, 7:30pm9pm
Wednesday May 7 Connecting with Carers through Education, Gosford Mental Health Unit, Gosford Hospital, 6pm-8pm
Saturday May 10 Brisbane Water Breakfast Toastmasters Club, Speechcraft course, Erina Centre, 8:30am10:30am Australian Plants Society Central Coast Group meeting, Phillip House, Kariong, 2pm Central Coast Creative Craft Group Mothersâ€™ Day stall, Gosford Regional Gallery, 9:30am-4pm Buddy Holly tribute concert, Laycock St Theatre Central Coast Bush Dance and Music Associationâ€™s bush dance, East Gosford Progress Hall, 7:30pm
Tuesday May 13 Feeling Good course, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, 10am-12pm
Wednesday May 14 Central Coast Blues Society AGM, Breakers Country Club, Wamberal, 7:30pm
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Out & About
Century Challenge Cycle Ride to help families in crisis
Saturday May 17 Brisbane Water Breakfast Toastmasters Club, Speechcraft course, Erina Centre, 8:30am10:30am Rotary Clubs of Gosford and Gosford City Gala Variety Concert, Central Coast Leagues Club, 2:30pm Grizzlee Train and Blue Eyes Cry for Ball in the Hall, Mangrove Mountain Hall, 6:30pm
Sunday May 18 Cello Diva (Sally Maer) performance, Central Coast Conservatorium, 2:30pm Socceroos Fan Day, Central Coast Stadium, Gosford Century Challenge Cycle Ride, Mt Penang
Monday May 19 Managing Stress and Increasing resilience, Narara Community Centre, 10am-3:30pm
Tuesday May 20 M u l t i c u l t u r a l Cooking Class, Kariong Neighbourhood Centre Feeling Good course, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, 10am-12pm
Wednesday May 21 International family day barbecue and information day , Kariong Neighbourhood Centre
Saturday May 24 Brisbane Water Breakfast Toastmasters Club, Speechcraft course, Erina Centre, 8:30am10:30am In May We March In Gosford, Gosford Waterfront
Tuesday May 27 Feeling Good course, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, 10am-12pm
he Rotary Club of Erina has organised another Century Challenge Cycle Ride through the Central Coast on Sunday, May 18, to raise funds to provide free meals to families in crisis.
The Rotary Club volunteers have worked with traffic and police agencies to set up four rides to cater for all ages and levels of fitness. There are 100km and 50km rides for serious cyclists, a 20km ride for beginners, and a Kids Challenge in the Mt Penang Gardens for those aged four to 12 years. The event will start and finish at Mt Penang. The Cycle Ride funds are used to support Rotary community projects, including Coast Shelter, which provides accommodation to over 150 people every night, and over 1,000 free meals every week as part of its mission to end homelessness on the Central Coast. Coast Shelter executive
officer Mr Laurie Maher said Coast Shelter was the leading provider of accommodation services to homeless people on the Central Coast, and in order to keep up the provision of such services, events such as the Century Challenge Cycle Ride were vital fundraising opportunities. Century Challenge Cycle Ride spokesperson Ms Gillian Winchester, said that the 2014 ride would be the best ever, with terrific support from cycle shops and other corporate sponsors who help to make sure that the ride is fun and safe for everyone. The Cycle Ride includes refreshments and a sausage sizzle to all who register, with registration costs ranging from $10 for the Kids Challenge to $55 for
Thursday May 29 Partners in Depression, Narara Community Centre, 10am-4pm
Free open drumming night
Saturday May 31 Brisbane Water Breakfast Toastmasters Club, Speechcraft course, Erina Centre, 8:30am10:30am National Day of Thanksgiving Local Hero Awards, Kibble Park, Gosford
Tuesday June 3 Feeling Good course, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre, 10am-12pm
free open drumming night will be held at The Rhythm Hut on Saturday, May 3.
The open night will feature a tester Djembe class, and a tester Taiko class to help participants figure out which style they prefer. A 10% discount will be offered if participants book
the 100km Challenge. â€œItâ€™s wonderful to see how everyone can join in to provide a great day out, get some exercise, and help those in need in the community all at the same time,â€? said Ms Winchester.
â€œSince 2003, this event has enabled us to donate over $100,000 to Coast Shelter,â€? she added. Riders can also help support Coast Shelter directly by asking friends and family to sponsor their ride. Media release, 9 Apr 2014 Annona Pearse, Rotary Club of Erina
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National Portrait Gallery exhibition at regional gallery
wo new exhibitions, ‘Paul Kelly and the Portraits’ and ‘Moving House’ are now open at the Gosford Regional Gallery.
‘Paul Kelly and the Portraits’ arrives directly from the National Portrait Gallery and celebrates one of Australia’s most loved singer/songwriters, Paul Kelly. Gosford Council’s manager arts and entertainment Mr Chris King said the exhibition showed a different side to the musician whose lyrics have captured the Australian culture and landscape for over 30 years. “‘Paul Kelly and the Portraits’ provides a unique insight into one of Australia’s best known musicians. “Regarded by many as the Australian people’s poet, these portraits feature paintings, photographs, a lithograph and a new screen based portrait commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery. “The exhibition also includes a collection of short films which explore the relationship and connection between Paul Kelly and three iconic Australians: Donald Bradman, Archie Roach and Vincent Lingiari. “Visitors to this superb exhibition are promised a rare glimpse into the complexities behind the man who is Paul Kelly,” Mr King said. A collaborative exhibition between artist couple Peter and Susan O’Doherty entitled ‘Moving House’ has also opened at the gallery. Mr King said that the exhibition uses a combination of mixed mediums and paintings to depict the artist’s childhoods living in families
that were perpetually on the move. “The artists have skilfully played with techniques such as scale and size and used found objects to examine their childhood homes and create a link between memory and identity. “While the exhibition is about the personal experiences of the artists, it also presents visitors with a shared image of growing up in suburban Australia,” Mr King said. ‘Paul Kelly and the Portraits’ is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians. ‘Paul Kelly and the Portraits’ and ‘Moving House’ will be on exhibition until Sunday, May 18. Gosford Regional Gallery is open daily and admission is free. Media release, 14 Apr 2014 Gosford Council Media
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Cello Diva to play Bach, Vivaldi, Bon Jovi, and Beyonce ally Maer, or Cello Diva as she is known, will perform at the Central Coast Conservatorium on Sunday, May 18.
Ms Maer said her lifelong love affair with the cello was one that started early on. “I fell head over heels at age four, and it’s been something of a rollercoaster ride since then”, said Maer, who is a Central Coast resident and teaches cello at Central Coast Conservatorium as well as assisting in the Conservatorium’s schools program. Maer grew up in London, won an honours degree from The Royal Academy of Music, then shot off to the opposite side of the world to have a busy music career in Sydney playing with the Sydney Symphony, the Australian Opera Ballet Orchestra, and on TV for Australian Idol. Eventually she was signed to ABC Classics as Cello Diva, “a coup for a cellist”, she said. “Everybody loves the cello, but not everyone thinks of it as a foreground instrument. “But the cello is perfect for that, it has such a human quality.” With a repertoire spanning across centuries, Cello Diva will perform in the Central Coast
Conservatorium’s Robert Knox Hall, along with some of the people who are special to Maer. Pianist Alice Hanna, whom Maer met while working at a school in Asquith and immediately connected with over her dedication to her students, and Maer’s husband, saxophonist and flautist JP Fleury, will also perform at the concert. Maer met her FrenchCanadian husband while travelling around the world continuously for three years when she was a headline act on luxury cruise ships including the Queen Mary II, where she once shared the bill with Desmond Tutu. “It’s quite a long walk from the wings to the centre of stage on that ship, you want to be wearing the right frock and shoes. “It’s slightly less of a hike at the Conservatorium,” said Maer. Cello Diva will play Bach, Vivaldi, Bon Jovi, and Beyonce. Media release, 22 Apr 2014 Lisa Kelly, Central Coast Conservatorium
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Historical Society has successful celebration ver 1,000 visitors are estimated to have attended the Brisbane Water Historical Society’s Quartoseptcentennial celebration recently.
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Collaborative online platform to promote and support artists new online platform to promote and support artists on the Central Coast has been granted funding under round one of the 2014 Art Central initiative.
Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna said the project would foster the professional development of artists across the region. “I would like to congratulate Central Coast design studio, Treehouse Creative, on their successful application to create a collaborative online platform. “The project will bring together a wide variety of artists including musicians, storytellers, photographers, poets and performers to work together in an online space. “This is an interactive process and Treehouse Creative will be calling on creative practitioners across the Central Coast to get involved with the project
by registering to work collaboratively with other local artists. “Members of the public can also get involved, as the project will also feature a social media element where the site’s audience will vote on which works are commissioned and developed further. “This is an exciting and unique opportunity for artists across the region to work collaboratively while also developing their own professional profile,” said mayor Cr McKinna. Art Central is a regional partnership between Gosford City Council, Arts NSW, Wyong Shire Council and Regional Development Australia Central Coast. The Art Central
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Coast Conservatorium youth group, and later on, the bright fun music provided by the Wheeze and Suck Band was really enjoyed by our visitors. “Poetry was read by Central Coast Poets and Bush Poetry by Peter Mace, of Gosford Bush Poets. “NBN televised our cottage and interviewed some of our members, and we were very pleased to see it featured on their 6pm news. “The Power House Museum very kindly loaned to our society, just for our special day, one of their very valuable items, the Cantata written expressly for the opening of the Sydney International Exhibition in 1879. “This was composed by Paola Giorza and the lovely words were written by Henry Kendall. “We were so fortunate in obtaining this short loan, arranged by our curator, Kreenah Yelds. “The Cantata is so precious that it travels in its own special cabinet, accompanied by Power House employee, Katrina Hogan, who lives on the
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Gosford Town Crier Mr Stephan Clarke kicked the day off with his stentorian announcements with Master of Ceremonies Mr Chris King looking after proceedings and president Edith Campbell delivering an Acknowledgement to Country. Senator for NSW Deborah O’Neill officially opened the event with a speech demonstrating her love of local history. “Our Meet and Greet stall was beautifully set up and operated and the mini street stall was very successful,” said Brisbane Water Historical Society vice president Ms Shirley Rider. “Tracey Dixon created lots of attention with her spinning wheel and Jay Sider had a fascinating display with the copy of the nine mm film he unearthed in our museum. “It was run a few times throughout the day and created quite a bit of interest. “Interesting and entertaining historical speakers were Tracey Howie, from the Guringal Tribal Land Corporation. “Tracey is a descendant of the legendary Bungaree and informed us of the Aboriginal Heritage of the Brisbane Water area. “Professor Waterhouse, of The History Council of NSW, spoke on Henry Kendall; Gwen Dundon, local historian, told us about the Fagan Family; and Geoff Potter, local studies librarian, covered Garnet Adcock. “Lovely music was performed by the Central
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Battle of the Bands registrations now open
Comedian Col Elliott to entertain at Davistown ol Elliott will visit Davistown RSL Club on Saturday, August 23, as part of his Australian tour.
The tour is promoting both the recent re-release of the double CD set ‘Col-Fessions’, and the forthcoming release of his book ‘In Between The Laughter’. For Col, everything he does, hears and sees in everyday life provides fodder for his humorous stories. The result of these stories is his memoir ‘In Between
the Laughter’ which is due for release in the next couple of weeks. The shows are always offthe-cuff, with Col sourcing inspiration from everyday life – and the quirkier angle of current affairs. “Comedy to me is a work in progress,” he said. “There is always new material spliced with classics, but my shows often change from night to
night. “I am not politically correct and I know that is a bonus in my type of show. “No one is sacred, but I take the mick out of myself more than anyone… except our pollies. Media release, 24 Apr 2014 Anna Gilfillan, Hot Off The Press Publicity
2013 winners Ambient Wake
ocal bands can now register for this year’s Battle of the Bands competition, which will be held at Gosford Council’s youth entertainment venue, The Hub.
Battle of the Bands is open to students of any skill level who are between 11 to 24 years of age.
The competing bands will be in the running for a range of prizes including vouchers sponsored by Macron
LAT 33° 51’ S - LONG 151° 14’ E - TIME ZONE - 1000
Music Erina and council’s Youth Services team, as well as artist development opportunities. Starting with the first heat on Friday, June 20, the winners of each heat will go forward to the semi-finals, where they will compete for a place in the grand final later this year. The bands will be scored on their originality, musical ability, stage presence and crowd interaction.
Times and Heights(m) of high and low waters Time - Height(m)
Time - Height(m)
Time - Height(m)
Add one hour to the times below when Daylight Saving is in force
WED - 30 0258 - 0.35 0900 - 1.51 1448 - 0.46 2112 - 1.86 SAT - 3 0510 - 0.48 1111 - 1.33 1643 - 0.66 2310 - 1.69 TUE - 6 0039 - 1.54 0732 - 0.62 1340 - 1.25 1912 - 0.81 FRI - 9 0339 - 1.44 1011 - 0.59 1636 - 1.40 2235 - 0.74 MON - 12 0016 - 0.58 0611 - 1.50 1215 - 0.48 1841 - 1.69
THU - 1 0343 - 0.38 0944 - 1.45 1526 - 0.53 2151 - 1.82 SUN - 4 0555 - 0.54 1156 - 1.28 1725 - 0.72 2352 - 1.61 WED - 7 0134 - 1.48 0827 - 0.63 1442 - 1.27 2021 - 0.82 SAT - 10 0435 - 1.45 1056 - 0.56 1721 - 1.49 2330 - 0.67 TUE - 13 0100 - 0.49 0655 - 1.51 1253 - 0.45 1919 - 1.79
FRI - 2 0427 - 0.42 1028 - 1.38 1604 - 0.59 2230 - 1.76 MON - 5 0642 - 0.59 1245 - 1.25 1814 - 0.77 THU - 8 0236 - 1.44 0921 - 0.62 1543 - 1.32 2131 - 0.80 SUN - 11 0525 - 1.47 1136 - 0.52 1802 - 1.59 WED - 14 0145 - 0.41 0740 - 1.52 1332 - 0.44 2000 - 1.87
APPROX. TIME LAG AFTER FORT DENISON Ettalong 40 min, Rip Bridge 2hrs - Wisemans Ferry 2 hrs 30 min, Koolewong 2 hrs 10 min
In view of the variations caused by local conditions and meteorological effects, these times are approximate and must be considered as a guide only. They are not to be relied on for critical depth calculations for safe navigation. Actual times of High and Low Water may occur before or after the times indicated
Media release, 8 Apr 2014 Gosford Council Media
Country music at Lizottes ustralian Country music singer and Golden Guitar award winner Tamara Stewart will perform at Lizottes Kincumber on Thursday, May 1, as part of her six-date tour around NSW.
Kicking off in April, Tamara’s ‘Planting The Apple Seed Tour’ will visit Newtown, Lambton, Kincumber, Dee Why, Bellingen and Armidale. In her two-hour intimate live show, Tamara will perform songs off her latest album ‘Apple Seed’, along with a selection of country music classics that have
inspired her career. Fans will hear her single, ‘Butterfly’ from ‘Apple Seed’, that hit number one on the ARIA Country Music Chart in 2012. The album’s success secured Tamara a Golden Guitar win at the 2013 Country Music Awards, giving her the opportunity to work with country music’s
most notable hit makers in Nashville. Tamara is the ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, contributing $1 from every sale of her latest album Media release, 15 Apr 2014 Lucy Fay, Flourish Public Relations
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Mariners end their season in a blaze of glory
Socceroo fan day at Central Coast Stadium he Socceroos will hold a fan day and open training session at the Central Coast Stadium in Gosford on Sunday, May 18, in a bid to unite fans behind the team before they depart for Brazil for the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Socceroos will spend two weeks on the Central Coast and Sydney as Coach Ange Postecoglou starts preparations on home soil before fine-tuning the squad in Brazil ahead of the first match against Chile on June 13. The Socceroo squad will assemble on the Central Coast on May 15 and spend seven days training at Central Coast Stadium before shifting to Sydney on May 22 where they will prepare for the farewell match against South Africa on May 26. “The Socceroos have the ability to unite all Australians like no other National team and the Fan Days give football supporters an opportunity to wish them well and show their support before the team departs Australian soil,” said FFA CEO David Gallop. “The Socceroo fans days have been organised on
the weekends to give fans on the Central Coast and Sydney the best chance to get behind their heroes as we all look forward to the World Cup with a sense of pride and unity.” Postecoglou also declared that Socceroo Fan Days were an equally important way for the players, coaches and staff to feel the support of Australian football fans before they leave for Brazil. “The Socceroos are a team for all Australians, not just the 30 players and staff, and inspiring the next generation of players and fans is an important part of being a Socceroo,” Postecoglou said. “We want the fans to feel part of the team and we also want the players to feel the energy and support behind them.”
Media release, 9 Apr 2014 David Mason, Football Federation Australia
he Central Coast Mariners secured a 1-0 win over Adelaide United in Gosford on Saturday, April 19.
A strike from attacker Bernie Ibini in the 67th minute proved enough for the yellow and navy to record their second win against Josep Gombau’s side this campaign, and elevate Phil Moss’s men into a sudden-death Grand Final qualifier against Western Sydney Wanderers. After a relatively even first half at Central Coast Stadium, Central Coast Mariners turned up the heat on Adelaide United in the second stanza to book their place in week two of the 2014 Hyundai A-League playoffs. Mitchell Duke was straight into the action after the break as he struck an effort at goal that Eugene Galekovic saved. The pacey pair of Duke and Ibini combined in the 58th minute.
Duke played in Ibini, however, the on-loan Shanghai SIPG man’s shot was collected by the sometimes Socceroo’s custodian. But Galekovic could do little to prevent what would prove to be the game’s only, and thus decisive goal in the 67th minute of play. After a combination between Anthony Caceres and Duke, Ibini thundered an effort beyond Adelaide’s number one to send the vast majority of the 9,045-strong crowd into raptures. While Adelaide threw men forward as the clock wound down, Central Coast remained cool, to seal yet another finals date with the Wanderers. The Mariners met the Wanderers the following Saturday night in the grand final qualifier at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium but were defeated 2-0.
Their AFC Champions League campaign also came to an end in Japan on Wednesday, April 23, when they suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat against back-to-back J.League winners Sanfrecce Hiroshima. While it wasn’t to be for the Mariners in Hyundai A-League season nine, Moss said he believed a positive future existed for the Club on and off the field. “I said to someone the other day that our transfer market was done and dusted in January – we had enough player turnover in one month to last us a couple of years,” he said. “I am pretty happy with the nucleus that we’ve got and we’re pretty settled for next year which is a big thing because we’ve had a massive five months with five new additions in January and obviously my first year as head coach.
“I only see bright days ahead … there’s a lot of positives to come out of this season.” After a few deserved days off, Central Coast Mariners will return to training throughout May. The squad will then go on annual leave throughout June, before the team of 2014/15 reconvenes to commence preparations for season 10 of the Hyundai A-League in July. The Central Coast Mariners were named the Club of the Year by the Football Media Association at Football Federation Australia’s A-League Awards night on Monday, April 28. The award is given in recognition of a club’s relationship with, and responsiveness to, the football media. Media releases, 19 & 27 Apr 2014 Central Coast Mariners media
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Jackson is NSW Male Junior Lifesaver Of The Year
Terrigal and Gosford still both unbeaten after Union round 3
errigal Surf Life Saving Club’s Jackson Heinze has been awarded the title of NSW Male Junior Lifesaver Of The Year (JLOTY) at the recent 2014 JLOTY development camp and awards in Sydney.
The award recognises and rewards outstanding younger members of the surf lifesaving movement who show an advanced level of maturity and leadership potential. During the camp the finalists from each branch were involved in a wide range of fun, challenging and teamwork-based activities requiring great leadership and communication from the participants. “The JLOTY camp is a fantastic opportunity to recognise our most promising young lifesavers as well as further develop their skills and attributes
and show them the amazing opportunities within Surf Life Saving,” said SLSNSW member services manager Ms Kate Higginbotham. Jackson said he had an unforgettable experience. “It’s so great to win such a prestigious award and I did not expect to win it,” he said. “The camp has been really fun and I’ve made so many amazing friends. “I came here just to have fun and this has put the icing on the cake.” Media release, 17 Apr 2014 Matt Miller, Surf Life Saving NSW
East Gosford win while Kincumber lose in Men’s Premier League ound three of the 2014 Men’s Premier League was held over the weekend of April 26 and 27.
A strong second-half fightback saw Budgewoi, under new coach Damian Raica, record their first win of the season, coming from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Kincumber 3-2 in one of the two matches that were switched to Pluim Park. After going behind courtesy of an own goal in the 25th minute, Kincumber bounced back with goals to Aaron Beehag and Nathan Ward seeing them go to the break with 2-1 lead. A curling free-kick by Billy
Lockley early in the second term turned the game in Budgewoi’s favour with Troy Runge then scoring what proved to be the matchwinner in the 60th minute with both goalkeepers making a number of saves. The win capped an excellent afternoon for the Budgewoi club, winning all three grades for the first time in several seasons. East Gosford’s offseason recruitment drive is paying dividends with new signings Scott Marriott and
Michael Simmonds each scoring twice as the Rams ran out comfortable 4-1 winners against Ourimbah in their match on the main field at Pluim Park. East Gosford were never headed after striker Marriott gave them the lead in the fifth minute. The Englishman doubled the lead early in the second half with Michael Simmonds extending it to 3-0 in the 75th minute. Luke Vandenberg gave Ourimbah a glimmer of hope
with a goal three minutes later before ex-Avoca playmaker Simmonds sealed the win with his second goal. The local derby between Gosford City and Wyoming was called off after a pitch inspection found the sodden field unfit for play. It continues a frustrating start to the season for Wyoming who have played just one match following their Round One match against Killarney also being washed out. Media release, 28 Apr 2014 Alistair Kennedy, Central Coast Football
Avoca Beach Red Cross Charity Golf Day on again
he Annual Avoca Beach Red Cross Charity Golf Day will be held at Shelley Beach Golf Course on Monday, May 5.
Now in its seventh year, the event has raised about $25,000 to support the everyday work of Red Cross. “People on the Central Coast love their golf, especially with such a beautiful local golf course at Shelley Beach - and we love being able to use our passion for golf to help raise much needed funds for Red
Cross,” said Red Cross member Michael Hook. “It’s a fun and social day. “We work hard to make sure it’s good value for the players, including putting on a great lunch,” said Mr Hook. Participants will be helping Red Cross improve the lives of vulnerable people while enjoying a day of golf with food, drinks and
entertainment. The money raised goes toward the everyday work of Red Cross, which includes ensuring older people living alone receive a daily phone call to check that they’re okay, to providing breakfast to hungry school children who might otherwise go without. The Golf Day will be playing Ambrose in teams of
n round three of the Central Coast Rugby Union competition held on Saturday, April 26, Terrigal defeated Warnervale 29-5 and Gosford defeated Kariong 56-12.
Terrigal maintained their unbeaten season with their win over Warnervale at The Haven Oval. Terrigal led throughout the match but it was not until well into the second half that the match was secure. Terrigal led by 10-5 at the halftime break and both teams knew they had the opportunity to win. However, it was Terrigal who finished the stronger, scoring a total of four tries in the match to one by Warnervale. Best players for Terrigal were flankers Sam Kenny and Ben Heaton who were well supported by Guy Schofield and Rob Heads. Warnervale’s best performer was No.8 Afele Tongia, who scored Warnervale’s only points in the match when he crossed for a try. Gosford also remain unbeaten this season when they convincingly defeated
Media release, 22 Apr 2014 Katie Isaac, Red Cross People
Media release, 27 Apr 2014 Larry Thomson, Central Coast Rugby Union
Bar Point Wharf upgraded
four, with at least one player with a handicap. There will be prizes for the winning individual, longest drive and nearest the pin. A raffle will also be held on the day to support the work of Red Cross with fantastic prizes to be won.
at Kariong Oval. Gosford got away to a good start and went to the halftime break leading by 25 points to 12. They continued this standard of rugby and ran away with the match in the second half. They scored eight tries to two in the match. Best players for Gosford were centre Tim Hill who was almost unstoppable, lock Sam Kearney who crossed for three individual tries and flanker Hugo Pike who was all over the paddock. Kariong gave it their all. They kept the scores tight in the first half but could not maintain that momentum. Best players for Kariong were flanker Gus Long and five-eight Jake Holwill.
oaters are advised that work to upgrade Bar Point Wharf at Gosford is now complete.
The NSW Government provided $113,000 towards the project under the Better Boating Program (BBP). Work included replacing the existing wharf head and low level landing with a new pontoon and gangway. The upgraded pontoon will ensure easier access to the wharf, particularly for the elderly and disabled members of the local maritime community. Work on the project took five months to complete. The upgrade provides
improved access for recreational vessels, ferry and charter vessels, greater ease of access during tidal movements, environmental benefits by keeping watercraft in deeper water and away from the rocky foreshore and extended wharf life with reduced upkeep and maintenance costs. Media release, 28 Apr 2014 Clare Keogh, office of Chris Holstein MP