Gosford Central Community News
January 17, 2011
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Super Clinic to relieve stress on Gosford Hospital
Climate group hosts election forum limate Action Central Coast is hosting an election forum on climate change for the State Candidates for Gosford on Wednesday, February 9, at the Gosford Uniting Church Hall from 7pm to 9pm.
The entrance to Gosford hospital
ember for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill said she is working hard to get the GP Super Clinic up and running after figures on the MyHopsitals website show that Gosford Hopsital patients are waiting longer than the national average in a number of categories for emergency treatment and elective surgery.
Ms O’Neill has welcomed the launch of the Federal Government’s MyHospitals website, saying it confirms how vital it is for both the State and Federal Government to work together in regional health. “Emergency waiting times are all above the national average but close to the mark in most categories,” said Ms O’Neill. “MyHospitals shows that there have been strong improvements in the emergency departments on the previous year, particularly in patients receiving treatment in less than one hour. “The percentage of
patients in these categories improved by 11 per cent to 15 per cent.” “Gosford’s performance in emergency was slightly better than Wollongong, a similar sized regional hospital.” “The figures also show Gosford had more than double the number of nonurgent presentations to emergency as Wollongong. “That reinforces to me the need to get our GP Super Clinic for the southern Central Coast up and running as soon as possible to help take the pressure off the Gosford Emergency Department.” “The recent grant of
$100,000 to the Bridges GP After Hours Service at Erina is one practical example of how the Federal Government is working to secure afterhours access to a doctor for Central Coast residents when they need it,” said Ms O’Neill. Elective surgery records show that patients at Gosford face the longest waits for ear, nose and throat surgery, an average of 254 days, which is four times the national average. “That’s marginally longer than Wollongong hospital,” said Ms O’Neill. “The median waiting time for eye surgery at Gosford is also double the national
average, although the waiting times for vascular and urological surgery are below.” Ms O’Neill said the figures clearly showed that a combined effort was needed to reach the national average in a number of areas, and has called for all candidates at the March State Election to commit to sticking with the Federal Government’s health reform plan. “Health authorities on the Central Coast acknowledge that Labor’s new case-mix funding system will see our local hospitals get a fairer share of national funding,” said Ms O’Neill.
NSW State Election candidates Chris Holstein, Katie Smith and Peter Freewater will answer a number of questions about climate change. Guest speaker will be Founder and Executive Director Beyond Zero Emissions, Mr Matthew Wright who was the the recipient of the 2010 Environment Minister’s Young Environmentalist of the Year award. Spokesperson for Climate Action Central Coast, Ms Mira Wroblewski said, “There has been too much hot air on the issue of climate change. “We want our political representatives to commit to real action.
“Australia’s main contribution to global warming is our use of fossil fuels like coal, gas and oil for energy. “We are the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitters per head of population. “We would like our candidates to commit to a transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energies,” she said. “This is an issue that is directly affecting the lives and homes of Australians. We invite local people from all electorates to come and have their say.” Media Release, 12 Jan 2011 Mira Wroblewski CACC
Media Release, 13 Dec 2010 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill
Guest speaker, Mr Matthew Wright
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Win a double pass to see the Mariners Gosford Central News and the Central Coast Mariners are offering readers the chance to win one of five general admission double passes to the Mariners final round home match against the Newcastle Jets on Sunday, February 13. This match will decide the Mariners’ position on the table as they strive for a top two finish. Newcastle will also be aiming to make the top six and this may be their last chance to do so. To enter, write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send to: Gosford News Mariners’ Competition, PO Box 1056, Gosford NSW, 2250 by the close of business Monday, February 7. Last month’s winners of the Pepper Gets Lost competition were S. Hanzikourti from Lisarow, Janice Proctor from Wyoming, Trinity Elke Ffitch from Kariong, Tyne Spencer from Bensville and S. Hamill from Lisarow. Kaitlin Watts, 14 Jan 2011
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Car crash closes freeway wo lanes of the F3 freeway, near Calga, were closed on Friday, January 7, after a man and woman were trapped in a dual cab utility.
The utility was travelling north on the freeway, just south of the Calga Interchange, when it crashed into a side barrier at around 12:15pm and flipped onto its roof. The occupants of the vehicle, a middle-aged man and woman, were trapped inside the vehicle. Emergency services including the head injury
retrieval team helicopter were on the scene and were able to free the man from the utility, however, the woman remained trapped for some time before crews were able to free her. Both were taken to hospital immediately. Media Release, 7 Jan 2011 Police NSW
Phone delays for waste contractor
esidents in the Gosford area who need to make contact with Council’s garbage collection contractor, Theiss Services, may experience lengthy delays when phoning the centre.
The call centre, located in Brisbane, Queensland, has been affected by the recent flooding in the area and all lines are currently down. The centre is still managing to operate on a remote mobile network,
however customers may experience lengthy delays when phoning the centre on the 1300 126 278 number. Gosford Council has reminded residents that waste services requests including making a booking
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Conservation Foundation calls for true community consultation
he State Government needs to demonstrate substance to the community consultation promised for the Gosford Landing project, according to the Central Coast branch of the Australian Conservation Foundation.
The branch has welcomed statements by the Minister of Planning Mr Tony Kelly and Lend Lease CEO Mr Rod Leaver that a project of this size required extensive community consultation. However, the branch has called for the Government to reveal the consultation process and to give undertakings that community wishes expressed in submissions would be accommodated in the design. Branch president Mr Mark Snell said: “For the consultation to be meaningful, it needs to offer a real opportunity for community wishes to be reflected in the design.” He said the ACF branch supported the objectives for the project, but was disappointed that concept plans proposed to date had not adequately implemented them. “For example, the
development should protect the natural environment and connect it with the city centre. “It should preserve natural vistas and ensure public access to waterfront areas.” Mr Snell said the branch believed that any marina should be located away from the bay between the Brian McGowan Bridge and Iguana Joe’s restaurant site. “The area next to the railway line and Brian McGowan Bridge should preserve the natural amenity of the area and the best vistas across the broadwater, and be free of buildings. “Buildings should not dominate the foreshore, or form a solid line blocking all views. They should be no higher than two storeys.” Mr Snell said any development should be designed so that it did not place further environmental pressure on what was an
The area in Gosford that will be developed as the Landing
already stressed area. If not carefully designed, the project could easily become an overdevelopment which would reduce public access and amenity, destroy the
views and have an adverse environmental impact, he said. “The placement and designs of buildings is critical to maintain an open waterfront.
“Placing buildings along the western and northern shores do not provide an improved public realm or sufficiently accommodate the wide range of formal and informal cultural and
festive events that currently take place around the bay.” Media Release, 15 Dec 2010 Mark Snell, Australian Conservation Foundation
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GBID under new Proposals to be management accepted for Mt Penang land P
aul Brasch has been appointed the new Manager for Gosford Business Improvement District (GBID), and already has plans to co-ordinate the relocation of GBID’s office into the Gosford Visitor’s Information Centre on Mann Street.
Mr Brasch said GBID will be co-located with Gosford Chamber of Commerce and the Visitor’s Information Service, creating perfect synergy for the improvement of business conditions in Gosford. Mr Brasch has taken over from Deborah Lowndes who left recently to pursue her own business interests. He believes his appointment with GBID will bring a new set of skills and passion to the Gosford business community and his inclusive approach will help drive further change for the CBD of Gosford City through working with key stakeholders and all levels of Government. Most recently Mr Brasch
was the general manager of Mantra Ettalong Beach as well as area manager for NSW North. He commenced his career in the retail industry before making the switch to the Hospitality Industry over 19 years ago. Mr Brasch said he has a passion for the local community and has been Vice President of the Ettalong Beach Business Group Incorporated which was formed in late 2007. He said he takes a keen interest in the changing trends of business on the Central Coast and is eager to see the region grow to better service the needs of locals and visitors alike. He has served as the treasurer,
secretary and public officer on the Board of Central Coast Tourism and plans to work closely with Central Coast Tourism for the advancement of Gosford. Joining Mr Brasch as the new GBID administration assistant is Ms Rachael Gooding, who brings her own broad set of skills having worked with the promotions team at Central Coast Radio for several years. GBID plan to be operating out of the new office location in early February following some minor improvements to the building. Media release, 7 Jan 2011 Paul Brasch, GBID
Request for Proposals has been announced for the development of an 8.5 hectare parcel of land at Mt Penang Parklands, and will be open until March 25.
“The site has the potential to be developed for a whole range of uses including retail, commercial and residential,” retiring Member for Gosford Ms Marie Andrews said. “Any future development must add value to the existing Mt Penang site and provide a range of services and retail offerings that can service the demand of adjoining suburbs such as Kariong. “There are many reasons to invest in this site, including its prime position next to the
Central Coast Highway, its proximity to the F3 freeway, and the significant labour supply available on the Central Coast. “This is the first major land development opportunity at Mt Penang to go to the market under the banner of the new Central Coast Regional Development Corporation. “This is a significant achievement considering the Corporation has only been in place for a relatively short time. “The Request for
Man dies in landing attempt
41 year old man from Avoca has died after attempting an emergency landing in his paraglider at Forresters Beach around 2pm on Monday, January 3.
The male launched his paraglider off Cromarty Hill at Forresters Beach and while in the air weather conditions began to deteriorate. The man attempted an emergency landing in a paddock off Bell View Rd at
Forresters Beach and was seen by witnesses to have lost control and plummet to the ground. A report is being prepared by the coroner. Kaitlin Watts, 12 Jan 2011 Interviewee: Insp. George Bradbury
Proposals will close on 25 March 2011 to give any interested parties ample time to respond to this opportunity and to take into account the traditional Christmas and New Year holiday period.” Media Release, 22 Dec 2010 Margaret Paterson Central Coast Regional Development Corporation
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Man arrested over shooting man has been charged with shooting with intent to murder and wounding causing grievous bodily harm after he shot a woman in the neck in her home on Huntly Rd, Bensville on Tuesday, January 11.
Police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command were called to the house around 6pm after reports of a shooting and found the injured woman. She was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Gosford Hospital. The woman, aged 37, is reported to be in a critical
condition. A short time after the shooting, police stopped a white Subaru Impreza hatchback on Empire Bay Dr and arrested the driver. The 59 year old man was taken to Gosford Police Station and appeared in Court later that day. Police are appealling for anyone who might have seen
the car or have information on its whereabouts between 5:30 and 6:15pm to contact Brisbane Water Local Area Command detectives via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Media Release, 12 Jan 2011 Police NSW Media Insp. George Bradbury, Brisbane Water LAC
Labour candidate seeks improved bus services
Greens announce Terrigal candidate L ocal Terrigal r e s i d e n t Mr Dougal Anderson, 36, has been announced as the new Greens candidate for the State Government Seat of Terrigal.
Mr Anderson said he has an active interest in the environment, sport and a love of the ocean and has turned his hand to politics with an aim of taking his success in the private sector into repairing state government, providing voters with transparency and reinstating a belief in politics. Mr Anderson claims he is a self-confessed change advocate with a track record of getting things done and a strong interest in helping develop business on the Central Coast. He said he intends to bring some real word skills into state politics
between important facilities such as Gosford Hospital, Gosford Train Station and the Leagues Club. “Local residents, especially young parents and older people, would benefit hugely from bus services that linked up the most important facilities around our community.” Ms Smith said that the NSW Government had an opportunity to make
transport more convenient for the people of Gosford by giving the community more bus services. “The NSW Government has a golden opportunity to make life easier for local residents by putting more buses on the roads around town,” Ms Smith said. Media Release, 14 Jan 2011 Katie Smith, ALP
and consultancy, Mr Anderson has implemented multimillion dollar system changes across the IT, banking, telecom, advertising and internet industries in his professional career. Media Release, 14 Dec 2010 Terri Latella, Greens
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LP Candidate for Gosford, Katie Smith, has approached the NSW Government to deliver more bus services for Gosford.
Ms Smith said Gosford was in need of bus services that linked up important facilities in the area. “Hundreds of local residents access important services around Gosford’s centre every day of the week,” she said. “However, right now local residents have little choice but to hop on and off different services or walk long distances to get
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Group protests bank
Erina Fair and Reptile Park to start saving water rina Fair and the Australian Reptile Park in Somersby will soon be saving water with funding from the NSW Government’s Central Coast Water Savings Fund.
embers of Climate Action Central Coast gathered outside the Gosford branch of the ANZ bank on Tuesday, December 14, demanding the bank come clean on its financing strategy and rule out financing any new coal power stations in Australia.
“The response from passers-by was overwhelmingly supportive,” said member of Climate Action Central Coast, Ms Mira Wroblewski. “A number said they would close their accounts with the ANZ. “One woman said that she was about to open an account with ANZ for her 11 month old son, but she will now go to another bank,” she said. A recent report by Greenpeace revealed ANZ bank is the biggest financier of coal power stations and coal mines in Australia. According to the report, for every $1 ANZ invested in renewable energy over the last five years, it invested $6.40 in coal. ANZ claim they recognise the importance of playing a role in supporting Australia transitioning to a lower
carbon future, however, the transition takes time and will require significant investment in new sources of energy. “Eighty per cent of Australians currently rely on electricity generated from coal-fired power stations to run their households and businesses and tens of thousands of Australians across many metropolitan and regional communities work in the energy industry,” said a spokesperson for ANZ. “Renewable energy projects currently represent a third of our project finance power portfolio and we are a leading renewable energy financier. “Projects we support include wind power as well as landfill gas, waste coal seam methane, hydro and geothermal power stations,” they said.
“Most ANZ customers take pride in the fact their bank ranks so highly for its environmental commitment,” said Ms Wroblewski. “But the fact is ANZ finances more coal in Australia than any other bank. “Coal power is a driving force behind global warming and the ANZ is a driving force behind coal power. “We don’t need another coal mine on the Central Coast and we don’t need coal seam gas drilling in the Hunter Valley. “We don’t need an expansion of Lake Munmorah power station. “We need investment in clean green renewable energy sources,” she said. Media Release, 15 Dec 2010 Mira Wroblewski, Climate Action, Central Coast
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Minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor has announced $1.37 million to 12 projects under Round 4 of the Central Coast Water Savings Fund and invited applications for Round five. Some of the successful projects include $652,000 for the first phase of Erina Fair’s Water Plan to capture and treat rainwater for nondrinkable water use such as car washing, cooling towers and the ice skating rink, saving 16.2 million litres of water a year. A total of $79,000 will go to the Australian Reptile Park to help harvest rainwater for use in the crocodile pool and upgrade all washroom facilities to make them water efficient, saving 3.4 million litres of water a year. $35,500 to Gosford
RSL Club to undertake a water efficiency upgrade in bathrooms and install ozone technology to reduce water and energy use in the motel laundry Member for Wyong and Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, David Harris said, “Our region is increasingly becoming recognised as the watersaving capital of NSW, thanks to the investment in water conservation stimulated by the Central Coast Water Savings Fund. “The good work continues with the announcement today [December 16] of support for major projects at some of our more high profile facilities, including the Australian Reptile Park, Gosford RSL club and Erina Fair.” Member for Gosford,
Marie Andrews also welcomed the news. “The Central Coast Water Savings Fund is helping large and small businesses, clubs, schools aged care facilities, community groups and hospitals save money on bills and conserve precious water. “Since the program began in 2006, more than $8.7 million has been allocated to 78 projects, saving 924 million litres of water every year,” said Ms Andrews. Mr Sartor said Round 5 was now open for applications, offering a further $1.29 million for new projects to save water on the Central Coast. Media release, 16 Dec 2010 Frank Sartor MP, NSW Government
New Constables to serve Gosford our new Probationary Constables have joined the Brisbane Water Local Area Command and have been congratulated for choosing to serve the Gosford community.
Member for The Entrance Mr Grant McBride said the new Probationary Constables were joining Brisbane Water Local Area Command at a great time with the latest crime figures showing that crime was falling or stable in 16 out of 17 major crime categories. “These officers have taken an oath to protect and serve our community in what will often be a difficult and dangerous job,” he said. “I, along with the people of The Entrance thank them for their decision to protect our community.” Member for Gosford,
Ms Marie Andrews also congratulated the officers for choosing to serve the Gosford community in one of the toughest, but most rewarding, career paths of all. “Being a police officer is a terrific career choice that is both challenging and rewarding,” she said. “I encourage those looking for a career choice to consider joining the NSW Police Force.” Minister for Police, Mr Michael Daley said these new police men and women are now members of the fourth largest police force in the English-speaking world,
and the largest police force in the Southern Hemisphere. “The Government is also funding an increase in the authorised strength of the NSW Police Force by 1500 officers since 2007, to bring the strength of the Police Force to almost 16,000 officers by the end of 2011.” The four new officers were among the 711 officers who attested from the NSW Police Force College in Goulburn at the last attestation for 2010. Media Release, 17 Dec 2010 Suzanne King, Office of Marie Andrews
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Country radio station has new home ocal community all-country radio station todayscountry94one has relocated its office to level two at the Central Coast Leagues Club.
The radio station began broadcasting from the new location on Saturday, December 18 with the Saturday Sports Wrap with RJ and Dale from 9am. Directors, staff and volunteers at todayscountry94one are working with newly fitted-out studios and new equipment, much of which has been provided through the station’s recent fundraising efforts. Central Coast Leagues Club Business Development Manager, Ms Belinda Suann said, “We’re excited to welcome todayscountry94one to the Leagues Club. “We regularly host country music dinner shows which are popular with
the huge number of local country music fans, so there is plenty of synergy between the Club, the radio station and the great music acts that play here. “It’s a great opportunity to support a locally-grown sector of the performing arts that is gaining national and international attention,” she said. “The Central Coast Leagues Club is committed to taking an active role in the revitalisation of Gosford. “There are many steps to take before we reach the grand goal of a culturally and economically thriving city which includes the construction of a world class performing arts centre. “Ongoing support of various genres of the
performing arts is one of these steps,” said Ms Suann. C o m m e n t i n g on the relocation, todayscountry94one chairman, Mr Adam Harvey said, “The Central Coast Leagues Club has been a long-term sponsor of the radio station but they have now gone above and beyond to help us out. “Our new premises within the Club is a wonderful step forward for todayscountry94one and we greatly appreciate their continued support.” Media Release, 17 Dec 2010 Jayne Hutchin, Central Coast Leagues Club
Police receive trail bikes
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olice in the Brisbane Water Area have received two, state-of-theart new trail bikes as part of the 2010-11 NSW Police Budget.
Police will use the new $10,000 bikes to assist in search and rescue efforts and to pursue criminals in National Parks and across tough terrain. “It is fantastic that the Local Area Command will have these bikes at their disposal,” retiring Member for Gosford, Ms Marie Andrews said. “They will be a valuable asset and will allow more
police to get out from behind their desks and out into the community and rural areas, keeping our community safer,” she said. Police Minister Mr Michael Daley said, “These trail bikes will be purposebuilt to negotiate almost any terrain and rapidly respond to emergency situations making them a premium crime fighting tool.” “We are now leading the
nation with our state-ofthe-art modern policing, these new bikes will allow officers to adapt to a wide range of police duties and to access and patrol all areas of Brisbane Water LAC,” he said. Media Release, 21 Dec 2010 Suzanne King, Officeof Marie Andrews
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Resident supports fair acknowledgement ongratulations, the front page article by Val Bridge, titled Gosford Waterfront Plans Unveiled was excellent.
Most interesting was the comment: “If the community is to eventually see its own mini Darling Harbour on the Gosford Waterfront, assuming that’s what the community wants…” I know that individuals, including myself have addressed objections to Gosford Council and the Gosford Challenge people,
Forum all of which have been totally ignored. Your article is the first I have seen (apart from letters to the editor in the Express Advocate) that someone might even acknowledge that some members of the
community do not support the destruction of the beautiful Gosford Waterfront to benefit vested interests and wealthy developers. I do hope that you might address some of the objections in future articles. Letter, 2 Jan 2011 Hazel Howells, East Gosford
Studies fuel cnyicism reg Combet and the Federal Government have released studies which detail the impact of rising sea levels on our country.
They hope that this information will help local governments with their planning. (www.ozcoast. org.au) One wonders therefore why Gosford Local Council together with the State Government Planning Department are continuing
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to pursue their plans for Gosford Landing. Is there any wonder that the public is so skeptical and cynical? Email, 18 Dec 2010 Maragaret Lund, Woy Woy Bay
Port for HMAS Adelaide bottle of commemorative port is in the process of being encased for display and will be mounted on the bridge of the ex HMAS Adelaide as a focal point of interest to reef divers once the ship is sunk off Avoca.
“Members of the Central Coast Artificial Reef Project (CCARP) were given a commemorative bottle of port from serving officers of the ex HMAS Adelaide following her visit to Terrigal in 2008 after being decommissioned,” said secretary of CCARP, Ms Sue Dengate. “This port was originally offered to crew when the Adelaide was commissioned in November 1980. “So it is of great sentimental value to those
men and women who served on her. “As the bridge of the ship will be a major draw card for any diver who visits the Adelaide Artificial Reef, the bottle of port will be a focal point of interest and we hope that it will serve to remind visitors, of the Adelaide’s valiant past. “We take pleasure in giving this gift back to the Adelaide in the hope that more awareness of her past endeavours is derived with each visit to what is
soon to be a great asset to the people of the Central Coast,” said Ms Dengate. “We intend to open this when the button is pushed early next year and drink it as the Adelaide sinks to her new home. “This has added significance as it will also be 10 years since CCARP found the site off Avoca/ Terrigal.” Media Release, 21 Dec 2010 Sue Dengate, CCARP
Council explores underlying issues
our advertiser and correspondent Edward James has contributed substantially to the first two Gosford Central Community News issues.
One cannot escape the conclusion that James is deeply disturbed by particular politicians both at the State Government and Gosford Council levels. He suspects the people’s representatives of being corrupt and incompetent. Why are politicians portrayed in the way he presents them? Is it because they are morally bad or incompetent people or is it because we have a system that attracts such people, or is it because the system has turned good moral people, who started out with the best intentions, into devils (the term James uses)? But is James just looking at the symptoms of a much greater problem: dysfunctional governance? I think citizens could turn this politician bashing exercise, which does come across as largely negative, into a positive public inquiry. James generally does not provide solutions or explores the underlying reasons why this is so. Perhaps a start has been made with this by Gosford Council. I recently attended three of the Gosford Council’s community meetings, addressed by “celebrity” speakers. These events were well prepared and attended. The service before and after the speaker sessions was excellent. However, although the speakers were competent generally, they were not specifically focused on Central Coast regional problems. I responded to the Council survey questions with some suggestions. All responses have been processed and summary conclusions are available. It was a worthwhile exercise but the overriding issue of regional and local government underdevelopment was little discussed. The underlying causes were not really canvassed.
Forum The need for (1) revitalising Gosford Central, and (2) regional integration and strengthening of the Central Coast is urgent. These issues need to be approached from the perspective of the Cinderella position of local government and the lack of regional autonomy in Australia all over. A different, regional approach requires discussion in the context of large scale restructuring of governance in Australia. The issue certainly is big but unless we start debating it we’ll continue to be annoyed by the unpalatable symptoms. At present the Central Coast is just an appendix of Sydney and is often treated by Sydney and the NSW Government as a kind of outer suburb and as a spillway for Sydney’s excess population. It is mostly a dormitory region. Until we assert our claims to become a much more autonomous and integrated region, this attitude will linger to the area’s detriment. We cannot just complain about the symptoms of a system that has become dysfunctional. Finding the causes is the first port of call. The current problems associated with the gross imbalance of federal/state revenues nationally, with the local government councils dangling precariously at the very bottom of the structure, require a national re-organisation, both structurally and financially. Right now the centralisation of decisionmaking in the metropolitan cities where most of the political power is concentrated, are inherently detrimental to regions like the Central Coast. We don’t really want more than 310,000 people here but what say do the regional
citizens have in this? Population growth needs to be decentralised to the many regional cities in NSW or other states. There are plenty of such cities (at least 75 - 100 nationally) who actually are often very keen to attract more people but need assistance to encourage and realise that. This policy has been abandoned by state governments long ago. We need to revive it in the context of replacing federation with a system that encourages superior decentralisation of power and population. As the major parties are not at all addressing these issues, regional activism should turn to this question. Furthermore, as Australia’s major parties are so deficient in this (and many other respects) we need to encourage an electoral system that provides much greater diversity of opinion in parliaments. Parliaments that are not dominated by tweedledee or tweedledum are the result of different electoral systems, especially proportional representation which is used in 21 out of 28 European states, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and other countries. If we want major governance changes, resulting in stronger local government and regional autonomy based on clusters of local government, we need Independents and smaller parties with such policies in our parliaments. Only then can the Central Coast look forward to proper regional development and to representatives who are not themselves victims of dysfunctional systems. The issue is no longer “Labor or Liberal” but Renewers of the System versus both major parties as protectors of the status quo. Email, 23 Dec 2010 Klaas Woldring, Pearl Beach
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WHY HAS NSW LABOR PARTY’S INSISTENT CONFLICT OF INTEREST BEEN ALLOWED TO PROTECT SO MANY OF OUR DODGY COUNCILS?
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NSW State Parliament House Sydney Premier Keneally, how would you possibly explain to your constituents across NSW, why the Ministry for the Central Coast has been next to useless to us in the Gosford Local Government Area? It is currently under the oversight of Labor Leader elect John Robertson one of your Cabinet Ministers. I perceive a conflict of interest between John Robertson and the Labor Party members on Gosford City Council. Perhaps he is simply exercising his Ministerial prerogative to do absolutely nothing about the years of “bad politics“ which keeps Gosford City Council in power? Gosford City Council “got off lightly” after being found by the State Coroner to be responsible for the deaths of five innocent people who died in Piles Creek at Somersby. The compensation awarded the surviving family members was never enough to salve my conscience as a responsible ratepayer. I have been complaining for years about the council prior to the deaths for not keeping proper records and not doing its job properly. John Robertson and John Della Bosca, a local, among others have, while responsible
Minister for the Central Coast John Robertson
Ministers, refused to accept as truth the often published allegations made over many years. This culminated in the most instructive allegation that I have made several times, ie: “Gosford City Council misled the Coroner during his inquiry into the deaths of five people at Piles Creek, Somersby” The council claimed it had no knowledge or experience in the use or application of concrete to protect the structural integrity of corrugated steel pipes. My particular allegation was raised with our first law officer, Attorney General John Hatzistergos and supported with often published photographs, on November 30, 2010 at Ourimbah, to his great surprise. (See photo below). There is a sad shortage of good Christian values, personal values and political will to correct these political sins against the people. Labor has fellow party members on Gosford City Council. Taxpayers like me, who are familiar with Section 232 of the Local Government Act, have had a gut full of the obvious conflict of interest which exists every time
NSW First Law Officer John Hatzistergos
a constituent goes to the Minister for Local Government, currently Barbara Perry, with a complaint about a local council conducting the peoples’ public business outside the legislation in place to ensure the council is not guilty of misgovernance. There is no way Minister Barbara Perry will name fellow party members on the floor of State Parliament for fear the Labor Party will black ball her. The Member for Lakemba and Mayor of Canterbury City Council, Robert Furolo is a prime example! It follows that our local member for Gosford, Marie Andrews was not willing to stand up and expose the use of falsified instruments, a misleading development application 11923 / 2001 and the abuse of power Gosford City Council indulged in while it stood over my father in an attempt to have him apply for a change of use on his residential property. All of this justified my complaints of corrupt conduct identifying Gosford City Council, conduct which the Labor Party has accommodated, conduct which I euphemistically identify because it is so widespread in NSW, as political sins against the people. Labor Party members are already out and about seeking voter support for next March, yet they have for years ignored their civic duty to ensure that the business of the people conducted by our elected representatives and their party members is within the law! This is an intentional attempt to combat the spin my taxes pay for each time a politician goes into print
Edward James, P.O. Box 3024 Umina Beach NSW 2257 02 4341 9140 For information, on how and where this started go to: http://gosfordcouncil.tripod.com
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Council closes Town Centre
osford council have closed Gosford Town Centre from January 1, for up to six months, as well as closing all shops, with no compensation to tenants or care for workers’ loss of jobs.
Gosford Council is planning to purchase Gosford Town Centre, formerly Marketplace shopping centre (settlement is due for the end of Jan this year) and turn it into a commuter car park. In taking this action, Council has completely ignored its responsibilities to the community which has elected it, or the affects and consequences of their actions. The minister for local government, Hon Barbara Perry and her chief executive, Mr Ross Woodward, clearly state in recent correspondence, that “councils are ultimately accountable to their electors, for their actions and decisions that they make in relation to local issues”, also “councils should be regarded as representing the overall views of the local community”. The Federal Government, after lobbying from the Central Coast Commuters’ Association (CCCA), agreed through the then member for Robertson, Ms Belinda Neal, that $7 million would be provided to build 400 commuter car spaces, preferably adding to the existing commuter car park at Gosford railway station, or on an alternative and suitable site. Council considered that the Town Centre could be purchased at a “cheap price” of $11 million and would be a desirable site for future council offices and facilities including a regional library. This was the plan, even though Council had purchased the old Broadwater hotel site (now basically derelict) and adjacent properties some 10 years ago to provide these facilities. Sadly, although plans were prepared, nothing has ever been done. It should be noted that Gosford Council has spent considerable amounts of its funds in recent times, upgrading the Council premises in Mann St, both externally and internally. Council plans to destroy a viable shopping centre, which had been recently refurbished
to a high standard and was “not a failed shopping centre”, as stated by Director of city centre development, Ms Colleen Worthy-Jennings, and turning it into a commuter car park, for which it is not suited. This is abundantly clear from statements from the CCCA and virtually the community as a whole. Opposition to and rejection of Council’s plans for the Town Centre have been and still are overwhelming. The plan is unanimously opposed by the CCCA, state and federal MP’s, Member for Gosford, Ms Marie Andrews and Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill. A community petition of over 4000 signatures was prepared by the Gosford Chamber of Commerce and the NSW Government itself, who wanted to join with Council in the provision of extra commuter car spaces, but would not support the Town Centre proposal. Council rejected the initiatives of the NSW government. It is imperative that Council take note and respond to the vast majority of the community and does not destroy a valuable retail asset, of over 40 shops and the associated free parking, adding another nail in the coffin of Gosford CBD, which so many have worked tirelessly to improve and build up, over many years. The manner and actions taken by Council in their plans for the Town Centre are to say the least, misleading, disgraceful, underhand and in every way, totally unacceptable. There has been no public consultation or consideration, just a grab for another property in the CBD, with no clear plan of action or understanding of the implications or ramifications of what is involved. From all independent reports, the Gosford Challenge meetings have been largely a farce, with opinions expressed by attendees being ignored, resulting in no meaningful
community contribution or decisions accepted. Council’s exclusive tendering position from September 2008 to February 2009 saw a continual decline in tenancy numbers with minimal new tenants, as the future of the Centre was unknown, with no owner, coupled with poor management and virtually no worthwhile or effective leasing arrangements. This situation followed on from previous incompetence with regards to ownership, management and leasing arrangements over many years, plus the underhand and disreputable actions of the Beville group. The Beville group had completed a major and high quality upgrade in 2004, but failed to address basic needs, such as a lift to the ground floor, air conditioning, etc. Coupled with this situation were obviously dishonest actions, which included multiple one owner tenancies and rental manipulation. This resulted in the centre being sold at a greatly elevated price of $55 million and with rental income from tenants not being able to service the purchase loan. The property went into receivership in August 2008. At this time commercial interests put a value of $6 to $8 million on the property. But Council, with $7 million promised by the Federal Government bid $11 million, a grossly exorbitant figure, at least $3 million over a fair basic market price. As indicated above, not only has there been no public consultation or input, but the negotiations with the federal government, as well as the handling of the matter by Councillors and senior council staff, has been under a cloud of secrecy, even to the extent that some Councillors were apparently unaware that changes had been made to relevant strategy documents, on which they voted. This was verified in discussions with a number of Councillors, prior to the announcement to buy the
Forum Town Centre for commuter parking. This situation is highlighted by council document IR 4878695, which refers to “the Gosford challenge – civic centre including regional library and other facilities” tabled at a council meeting held on February 25, 2009, while at a council meeting held on May 25, last year the same document reference number refers to “Gosford commuter car parking strategy”. Both, the General Manager, Mr Peter Wilson and the Director of city centre development, Ms Colleen Worthy-Jennings, have refused to release the document IR 4878695, even though a number of requests have been made for its release. This bears out the failure of Council to disclose to or consult with the community. The reality of the matter is that Council had no right or authority to enter into a contract to purchase the Town Centre under the circumstances listed above and should not be allowed to complete the purchase and that the balance of the $7 million federal funding be used to support the NSW Government initiative to build a commuter car park on the old Booth Mitsubishi site, which is closer than the existing commuter car park. This is a stated request by the CCCA, highlighted by the chairman, Mr Kevin Parish OAM. Council must be held to account and accept their responsibilities to the community of Gosford and not ride roughshod over the people they are elected to represent. At the same time they should not to be allowed to reverse progress in Gosford, taking back the CBD five to 10 years, if not more, as well as wasting ratepayers’ / public funds. Council have agreed to purchase the Town Centre for $11 million, which is significantly above the commercial valuation. In any case, $4 million
must be provided from Council funds and added to this as this is the estimated cost of reconfiguring the car parking facilities, quoted by council officers at $1.5 million (possibly more). A grand total of at least $5.5 million in wasted money, which Council cannot afford to waste, especially with their losses in investments in the USA market. Gosford Council has caused the loss of key businesses in the CBD, e.g. Coles supermarket, the Asian supermarket (moved to Erina), Sam’s warehouse, Medicare (who were planning to expand services), a viable newsagency and pharmacy, Gloria jeans and many other shops. As well as this, proprietors of businesses in the Town Centre have lost many hundreds of thousands of dollars, with no compensation or consideration of the impact on the proprietors and the staff they employed. Councillors and council staff have lost nothing. Added to this disaster is the closure of the Town Centre car park for six months, as stated by council officers. Gosford CBD cannot afford to have closed down such an important and essential parking facility. Gosford Council has no clear understanding or plans, let alone financial considerations, for the Town Centre’s future. In reality, with Council’s track record, it will become a millstone around its neck, with ratepayers footing the bill. There is only one solution to stop this madness of Council and that is for a rescission motion to be passed by the Councillors, regarding the purchase of the Town Centre, with the acceptance of any financial penalty that may occur. As stated, Council officers had no right to enter into a contract to purchase the Town centre under the circumstances and should be held to account for their actions. If this action is not taken then the community should consider appealing to the minister for local government
to have the Council dismissed and an administrator appointed, as has occurred previously. Gosford Council has made some incredibly bad decisions over the years, e.g. the building and ownership of Niagara Park shopping centre, the failure to develop the Broadwater hotel site, the failure to support the $104 million Spurbest development, the failure to link with the NSW Government’s plans for a commuter car park for the CBD etc., but the plan to purchase the Town Centre would have to be the worst, considering the disastrous effect on Gosford CBD and the enormous waste of public funds, of which $5.5 million would be just the start. Council does not take over the Town Centre until the January 31, and this must be stopped by a groundswell of public opinion. To achieve this, all concerned citizens of Gosford City must take action by some of or all the options open to them, as a matter of extreme urgency. Phone or write to Gosford Central Community News. Gosford Council does not have the knowledge, ability or capacity to successfully own, manage or develop such a property as the Town Centre, clearly evidenced by their track record to date. Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of our city. Act today because tomorrow may be too late. Reliable sources quote the cost of building a car parking station at $15,000 to $16,000 and not $35,000 per car space as quoted in the council publication, “why did council buy town centre”, which contained many other questionable statements. The above represents the decided views and opinion of many prominent business and professional men and women of Gosford city. Letter, 11 Jan 2011 John Phillips, Save Gosford Town Centre Committee
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Where are they now?
ith the recent closure of Gosford Town Shopping Centre, some businesses have managed to relocate within Gosford CBD whilst others have either moved out of the area, or closed down altogether.
The deadline set by Gosford Council for its vacant possession of GTC was set for January 31 after informing tenants on August 20 to vacate by December 31. The short time limit given to traders within the centre to find alternative premises, with little or no assistance, has caused a number of retailers to simply close their doors and walk away from Gosford. The centre is expected to remain closed for around six months whilst work is undertaken for the provision of car parking. Whilst GTC trading leases have been vague over the past few years there was still disquiet at the final axing of the centre as a going retail concern. Much local business opposition to the council purchase for a proposed commuter car park was demonstrated and still reverberates. Controversy over
council’s purchase of the centre continues and part owner of Philips Pharmacy, John Philips, gathered over 4000 local signatures protesting at council’s purchase of the building for the project. It may also be mentioned that his pharmacy cannot locate to another position in town. Mr Philips is calling for a rescission motion to be passed by the councillors, regarding the purchase of GTC, with the acceptance of any financial penalty which may occur. Three councillors are required to to put the rescission motion to council. Council staff have publicly viewed opinions on the centre as a “failed retail operation” whilst retailers within the centre have pointed the finger at bad management practices. Since the birth of Erina Fair, not a lot seems to have occurred to coax people back into the CBD.
Recent times have seen the closure of a cinema complex as well as the family entertainment centre known as Froggys, however, Gosford is still considered the capital city of the Central Coast. The argument for revitalization is the refurbishment of Kibble Park, but residents believe this in itself is only one step along the path to revitalize the city. Bluetongue Stadium has been built and Workcover has moved into the CBD, however, the CBD lost the Mann Street Centrelink call centre and Telstra amongst others. Carbow Arcade and the Waterfall Arcade are both virtually empty and have been for some years. The long standing Gosford Music Centre is also moving out of the CBD. Kerry Jackson, Bev Benson’s daughter and manager of Bev Benson Fashions for the mature
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woman said, “We were formally advised of the sale on the 20th August and moved into the old Newcastle Permanent premises in Mann Street on the 5th October.” “We basically lost the trading period of September but to be fair were given the period free of rent whilst we sorted ourselves out.” Kerry quotes her mother as saying “I am not going to let Gosford City Council beat me.” Cris White, owner of ladies and mens clothing and accessory shop, Poison Ivy, was particularly irritated by Gosford Council’s lack of concern when making enquiries on the sale. “It appeared council were unconcerned whether or not we continued to trade in Gosford,” she said. “After several denials of the purchase and failed promises to return calls from Gosford Council did I learn of the sale from the centre management of GTC
on the Friday prior to the Wednesday edition of the Express Advocate’s article on the sale.” “The only relocation help I got was from GBID and Deborah Lowndes, but in the end had to fend for myself and negotiate lease terms to re-open in Mann St.” Concern has also been raised at the maintenance of premises in Mann St with some businesses forced into expensive repair/ maintenance work prior to moving in or during the term of the new lease. Emily Male, owner of fashion boutique Milly and Tom, relocated to Mann St, said, “I had to completely re-concrete the floor prior to moving in. “The awning over the pavement is in need of repair and basically the property is run down and in a poor state,” she said. Gloria Jeans coffee house has moved to Hornsby whilst long term tenants
such as Philips Pharmacy and the Newsagents, along with others, simply closed their doors. The travel fashions and handbag shop managed to get a vacant space in the Imperial Shopping Centre. Mr Philips even went as far as discussing what options were available to rescind council’s purchase at both the Federal level, as well as the NSW State Minister for small businesses in Macquarie St, Sydney. Unimpressed, Council continues with the project and shrugs off any community concerns. Val Bridge, 12 Jan 2011 Interviewees:Kerry Jackson, manager of Bev Benson Fashions Cris White, owner of Poison Ivy Emily Male, owner of Milly and Tom John Philips, owner of Philips Pharmacy
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High school students release CD
Preschool raises money for charity
taff and children from Erina Baptist Preschool have raised $101.25 by holding a crazy hair day for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Members and supporters of the preschool took part in the fundraising as a way of recognizing services in their community who provide care and support for children and families in an emergency situation and acknowledge those efforts.
The preschool chose to hold a crazy hair day so all children could be involved from six weeks to six years. The preschool took the opportunity to use the Helicopter Hi-Jinx physical activity kit which is provided by the Rescue service and
kids participated in hula hoop rolling races, tunnel ball relays, dunk the dunk with the hacky sacks and an obstacle course. Newsletter, 12 Jan 2011 Richard Jones, Westpac rescue Helicopter Service
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It features 11 original compositions from student songwriters who have collaborated with professional Central Coast musician Mr Mike McCarthy. The school’s music teacher and project coordinator, Ms Sharon McKay, said a composer’s program was established two years ago, and Mr McCarthy’s involvement has been possible through a Creative Partnerships Artists in Schools grant from the NSW Department of Education and Training, The Arts Council of Australia and Communities of Arts NSW. “The program included a two-term project that catered at a higher level for particularly gifted songwriters,” said Ms McKay. “A focus on individual needs was a large part of the Collaborative Composition and CD Creation project. “It helped students through every step of creating a CD of professionally produced quality original compositions. “The students, from Years 7 to eleven, worked
with Mike in crafting songs, professionally recording their pieces, and producing the CD. “Mike and I are very pleased with the results.” Year 11 student Brandon Duff said it has been great fun song-writing with Mike. “He helped me to get my lyrics together and to get some new tunes down. “It’s hard work to do it on your own and it’s good to get some fresh ideas from a professional.” Jessica Lord from Year 9 was also thrilled with the project. “Doing this program was a great experience for me and having the support from Mike was a massive help,” she said. “I learnt so much on how to write and how to put your song out. “There are so many hours that go into it and you don’t realise how much people have to work to be in the music industry and to stay in it. “That has been a big learning experience for me.” Mr McCarthy said it was a real privilege to work
alongside the students. “I was quite shocked by the musical standard of the students. “It was very high and this made working with them a real pleasure.” Mike has also inspired 13-year-old Tom Hutchin to go onto greater achievements. “Mike has taught me lots of new ways to write music, new techniques for writing songs, blues guitar licks. “I really want to become a professional musician,” said Tom. The project included industry experience through the professional recording, live radio interviews, live performances at Lizottes and being involved in every step of the process of making the CD. The CD is available from the school or Makin ’Music, Erina, with proceeds going to the school’s music department. Media Release, 9 Dec 2010 Sven Wright, DET
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The Department of Education and Training’s Hunter Central Coast Relieving Regional Director, Ms Maree Roberts, has congratulated local government school-leavers on their results. Ms Roberts said there were some great results
for the area, with three Central Coast public school students coming first in a subject. “I’m sure many young adults in the Hunter and Central Coast are relieved it’s all over and I hope they get a well-deserved holiday before starting university, an
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Call for donations
Free holiday activities
West Gosford store is taking donations of academic supplies for Indigenous and refugee children from preschool to high school between January 1 and February 28.
Officeworks has partnered with the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) to launch the inaugural “Helping Kids Grow” campaign, which aims to help young, marginalised Australians realise their dreams and fulfil their potential. Customers will be able to purchase selected stationery items at Officeworks West Gosford and donate them to children in need, or make a monetary contribution at the check-out. ALNF is a charity dedicated to raising language, literacy and numeracy standards in Australia. ALNF develops and delivers ground-breaking literacy programs in both English and Indigenous First Languages, for pre-schoolers through to adults. ALNF’s Director of Communications, Gabrielle Kemeny, said that one of the many challenges faced when implementing literacy programs in under-served communities is the lack of basic resources available to students.
“This presents a significant barrier in helping these children develop the literacy skills vital for a successful and satisfying life. “Through the Helping Kids Grow program, West Gosford Officeworks customers can empower communities and young minds with the tools required to actively participate in the school environment. “As a community, it’s up to us to help bridge the gap and open up the world of literacy for everyone,” said Ms Kemeny. Officeworks West Gosford Store Manager, Belinda Quinton, said the company is committed to supporting the education needs of Australia’s children. “At Officeworks, we believe in every child’s right to literacy, because being able to read and write is vital to accessing education and employment. “That’s why it’s number one on our list of community priorities,” she said. “We hope that Officeworks’ customers will support this outreach and
help us to provide crucial education tools to children across Australia.” In 2010, Officeworks provided 200 literacy packs to marginalised children, and will be contributing an additional 200 packs for the back-to-school period in 2011. In addition, from December 2010 West Gosford Officeworks will be selling reusable, natural fibre jute bags as a plastic bag alternative. One dollar from the sale of each bag will be donated to the ALNF. The stationery and schooling materials collected throughout West Gosford Officeworks will be delivered to students participating in ALNF programs throughout Australia, including Wagga Wagga, Western Sydney, Palm Island, Groote Eylandt, Tennant Creek, Kempsey and more. Media release 16 Dec 2010 Fiona Mcgill, Professional Public Relations
incumber Youth Centre is providing kids on school holidays with a school holiday programme to keep them occupied until school resumes.
The Youth Centre has a range of programmes, activities and games taking place until Friday, January 28 including badminton, art
and craft, speedpool, music jam, tennis, soccer, frisbee football and a movie night and barbecue. The program is free of
charge and is open for children aged 11 to 17. Email, 6 Jan 2011 Jonathon Clarke, Kincumber Youth Centre
Security fence for Chertsey onstruction on a $184,000 security fence at Chertsey Public School in Springfield has started over the school holidays and will be completed by the middle of the year.
Member for Gosford, Ms Marie Andrews said once completed, the new fence will be a significant boost to the school’s security. “Schools are community assets and the Keneally Government is working hard to protect them,” she said. “That’s why we included this project at Chertsey
Public School in the 2010/11 Education Budget. “In fact, since 1995, Labor has built 715 fences at NSW public schools. “The new security fence at Chertsey Public School will be used in conjunction with a number of other measures to keep it safe, this may include
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guard patrols, electronic surveillance and alarms. “When security fences are built at schools, we see a marked decline in security incidents, like vandalism and break-ins. “The incidents of malicious damage on government school premises in NSW is falling, from 2005 to 2009, it dropped by more than 43 per cent. “The number of incidents of malicious damage on all premises in NSW grew by 10.3 per cent from 2000 to 2009.
“The Keneally Government is building security fences at public schools through the Building Better Schools program, the largest state-funded public education and training capital works program ever undertaken in NSW. “From 2007 to 2011, $2 billion will be spent to improve and build new school facilities. “Through Building Better Schools, $39 million will be spent to build 200 fences.” Ms Andrews said the NSW Government is working hard to provide students and teachers with the best facilities possible. “NSW public schools will receive $1.9 billion for upgrades and $270 million for maintenance this year
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New transport service for cancer patients
he first group of passengers travelled to Royal North Shore Hospital from Gosford on Thursday, January 13, on the new transport service for cancer patients.
The service is run by Cancer Voices NSW in partnership with the Cancer Transport Action Group for cancer patients who need to travel to either Newcastle or Sydney for no cost to patient cancer related appointments. The service was provided through funding that came about as a result of a campaign spearheaded by Ms Kathy Smith, the Central Coast Representative for Cancer Voices NSW (CVN). The campaign has been running since early 2007 and included two petitions calling for public radiotherapy facilities. Ms Smith said the campaign ensured that when the Federal Government made the decision to go down the path of Integrated Cancer Centres around Australia, the Coast was well positioned to receive funding. “The Integrated Cancer Centre is more than we could have hoped for and is very welcome icing on the cake of our campaign for public radiotherapy
treatment,” said Ms Smith. “However, we at CVN were only too well aware of the gap in access to public treatment for Central Coast cancer patients between now and when the Centre opens for business late 2012/early 2013. “We decided this gap needed plugging and looked at various options and the transport to treatment option was the most viable and quickly activated method of ensuring Central Coast patients reach public cancer treatment as soon as possible.” “The great thing about this service is that it will be door to door. “We will pick up patients from their homes and take them back there following treatment. “All patients will need to do is ensure they have a confirmed consultation or treatment booking at Royal North Shore Hospital (for Gosford area patients) or the Mater in Newcastle (for Wyong area patients) and then phone and book the appropriate service.
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“It is imperative for patients to have a confirmed booking at the relevant public hospital and it is important for patients to realize they have a right to ask their doctor for referral to the treatment centre of the patient’s choosing. “However, patients should bear in mind that there could be medical reasons why a doctor would recommend referral to a certain treatment centre that may not be of the patients choosing.” “CVN joined forces with CTAG and approached David Harris, Member for Wyong, who agreed to the merit of the proposal and, together with Marie Andrews, Member for Gosford, pushed this proposal for funding through the system.” The CTAG committee includes community and health representatives from Gosford Community Transport, Wyong Community Transport, the Area Health Service, Department of Transport, Cancer Council NSW, Cancer Voices NSW, CCROC and others. Media release, 12 Jan 2011 Owen McKay, Coastwide Community Transport
Central Coast doctor publishes book Central Coast doctor has drawn on his knowledge of microbiology and infectious diseases to write a fictional novel which links influenza pandemics to bioterrorism and the Russian mafia.
Dr Deo de Wit is the Director of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at Gosford Hospital and runs an infectious diseases practice seeing patients in the public hospital, Gosford Private and Brisbane Waters. Dr de Wit’s thriller The Antarctic Code follows three siblings across four continents as they track clues linking recent influenza pandemics to bioterrorism and the Russian mafia. Dr de Wit’s motivation to
write the novel stems from his involvement with the swine influenza, the Asian bird flu pandemics and the equine influenza. He has trained in the UK as well as in South Africa where he was actively involved in tuberculosis research and has resided on the Central Coast for 18 years. Email, 18 Nov 2010 Deo de Wit, Gosford Hospital
Clothing donations to be sent to Queensland onated clothing items will be sent to Queensland flood victims thanks to the initiative of Central Coast Leagues Club.
The club will be used as a collection point for quality used clothing items and West Gosford Express Lube have donated the use of their trucks and drivers to courier the donated clothing. “At times like these our sense of community extends much wider than the Central Coast,” said Business Development
Manager at Central Coast Leagues Club, Ms Belinda Suann. “We all have a few excess items of adult’s and children’s clothing in our homes that would be appreciated by the people whose homes have been devastated by the floods. “Central Coast Leagues Club is proud to be able to assist in getting these items
to those in need.” Items can be delivered to the Dane Drive foyer of Central Coast Leagues Club. At this stage only donations of clothing can be accepted. Media Release, 13 Jan 2011 Jayne Hutchin, CCLC
More funding for in-home care ot for profit Christian aged care provider Baptist Community Services (BCS) Central Coast in Kariong will receive funding from the Federal Government in the latest Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR) to offer 11 more packages for elderly residents in need of care in their own homes.
BCS will offer a further three Community Aged Care Packages (CACP), six Extended Aged Care in the Home packages (EACH) and two Extended Aged Care in the Home Dementia packages (EACH D). The BCS Care Centre already serves 450 older Australians across the Wyong and Gosford local government areas, offering in-home care services including a transitional aged care program for older people transitioning from hospital to home. CACP packages provide older Australians with a range of flexible services designed to meet individual
needs, including personal care, shopping, housework, light gardening and transport. EACH packages support people in their own homes, by providing a range of high level care services, individually tailored to meet the client’s care needs. As well as assistance with day to day activities, EACH clients are also provided with nursing services. EACH D packages offer similar services, but are specifically aimed at those living with dementia. BCS Chief Executive Officer Mr Ross Low said BCS was delighted to be further expanding in-home
aged care services on the Central Coast. “These packages allow older people to stay in their own homes for longer periods of time and provide a greater sense of security, safety and well-being, plus a greater peace of mind for loved ones and carers,” Mr Low said. “We were one of the first organisations in Australia to develop in-home aged care services and it is exciting to now see how such services are growing. “More and more people recognise that with the right type of support, they can remain in their own homes.” “In this most recent
funding round, BCS successfully applied for and won 163 packages, equating to over $6m in annual funding across NSW and the ACT, and we believe this will make a very real difference in the lives of older Australians.” As well as its in-home services, BCS also operates residential aged care centre BCS Orana Centre in Point Clare. The organisation also provides a variety of local community services such as youth residential program BCS Pathways for 12 to 16 year olds and BCS LifeCare Relationship Services, offering counselling to individuals, couples and families. Media release, 10 Jan 2011 Elizabeth Byrne, BCS
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Store workshops to entertain children
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Holiday fun for kids
local hardware store is offering parents the opportunities to keep children entertained this school holidays with free Kids School Holiday Workshops.
The workshops will run at Bunnings warehouse from Tuesday, January 18 to Thursday, January 20. Bunnings Warehouse Gosford Complex Manager Mr David Thaw said the workshops are a fantastic way to engage kids and encourage their creative abilities. “It’s amazing to see the delight on the children’s faces when they’ve made something special which they can take home and proudly show their parents,” said Mr Thaw.
Summer fun and Australia Day themed workshops will have the kids busy, with a range of activities including sustainability, gardening and build it workshops as well as Australia Day crafts. The workshops are suitable for children aged from five through to 13. All children under five must be accompanied by a guardian at the workshops. Media Release, 4 Jan 2011 Mitchell Fox Professional Public Relations
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Gosford shopping centre is providing kids with school holiday fun until Friday, January 28, with activities including mini golf, a jumping castle and plaster toys.
free food hygiene education seminar will be held at Erina Fair on Monday, January 31, to assist food shop operators and their staff to enhance their skills and understanding of food safety hygiene.
The seminar will be held between 9am and 12:30pm in the Erina room in the Hive. Gosford Council’s Acting Coordinator of Environmental Health and Protection, Mr Michael Ebert said previous seminars have proved extremely popular for staff working in or looking to enter the food or hospitality industry. “Topics to be covered include personal hygiene, food handling, preparation and storage and cleaning
and maintenance of equipment and premises.” All participants will receive a personalised Certificate of Attendance on the day. Seating is limited and allocations will be made on a ‘first in, first served’ basis. Enquiries: 4325 8222. Media Release, 11 Jan 2011 Alison Hood, Gosford Council media
The Gosford Imperial Shopping Centre will erect a jumping castle in the centre court, which will be open to kids from Monday, January 17 until Wednesday, January 19, from 10am to 2pm. The Centre will then provide kids with a mini golf facility from Thursday, January 20 to Friday, January 21 from 10am to 2pm. Children are also able to make their own masterpiece by painting plaster toys until Friday, January 28 from 10am to 4pm at Centre Court. Email, 5 Jan 2011 Deborah Warwick, Imperial Shopping Centre
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Gallery exhibits Central Coast artists
Plays of love production called Love, Gloves and a Guidebook: Stories for Surviving Valentine’s Day, created by a new company of actors, directors and writers will perform on Valentine’s Day and the days leading up to it.
The show will play at the Avoca Beach Picture Theatre which was recently awarded Australia’s Best Regional Cinema and is a collection of six short plays ranging from 10 to 25 minutes that delve into the themes of love and romance. The Hurlyburly company is aiming to address the gap between regular theatre and the broader audience who
The launch of the exhibition will be held at 2pm on Saturday, February 26. Sip Martin from Buff Point and Karen Bloomfield from Bensville were drawn together last year when they chose to pursue their
passion for careers as artists by enrolling in Fine Art at Ourimbah TAFE. Both drawing on life experiences, they utilize their different backgrounds yet similar life situations to support and spur each other on.
Drawn Together is an inaugural joint exhibition and focuses on the human spirit and spirit of humanity through change and union. Email, 13 Jan 2011 Karen Bloomfield,
Computer club caters for elderly
monthly day meeting is being added to the Australian Associated Computer Club Inc. to cater for elderly members who are unable to drive at night.
The meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of every month from 12pm to 3pm at the East Gosford Progress Hall with the first meeting held on Tuesday, February 15. The meeting will begin as a social meet and
greet over afternoon tea with demonstrations and problem solving for visitors. The club is a not for profit organisation and has been operating since 1995 as the first computer club on the Central Coast. Night meetings at
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some of the region’s best known and awarded actors, including Mr Trent Baines and Ms Melinda Arnold, from the recent Short and Sweet festival in Newcastle. The evening will also feature the original and quirky sounds of local musician Mr Marcus Child. Media Release, 6 Jan 2011 Kate Buckland, Hurlyburly
Gosford celebrates Australia Day
merging Central Coast artists Sip Martin and Karen Bloomfield will be presenting a combined exhibition entitled Drawn Together, at the Gosford Regional Studio Gallery from February 25 to March
want a good night out, with high quality entertainment. According to the company, all plays, which include a number of recent Australian works, have been carefully selected to deal with the full spectrum of relationship issues, from first dates through to postmarriage crisis, and the not-so-simple art of staying together. The show features
osford’s annual Australia Day celebrations at the Gosford Waterfront will kick off at 8:30am with a number of activities for the whole family.
Activities on offer include the Australia Day Sail Past, Great Aussie Raft Race, Dunny Derby Races, thong and boot throwing, market and food stalls and children’s activities. Entertainment for the day will include the Brisbane Water Brass Band, Central Coast Concert Band, Jake Cassar and youth band No Pressure. There will also be a number of cultural presentations as well as a performance from local World Champion Juggler,
Cody Harrington. Gosford City’s Official Australia Day Ambassador, Masterchef Julie Goodwin will also be attending to join in on the festivities and celebrations for the day. Mayor of Gosford City, Cr Laurie Maher said that the day provides us with an opportunity to come together and celebrate why it’s great to be Australian. “This is a fantastic community event full of fun filled activities for the whole family and great entertainment all while
celebrating the things we love about Australia and living in Gosford City. “I would encourage everyone to come down and get involved in what is sure to be a fantastic day of celebrations,” added Cr Maher. Australia Day activities at Gosford Waterfront will begin at 8.30am and conclude at 1pm. Media release, 11 Jan 2011 Gosford Council media
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Summer in the City caters to many
he second annual Summer in the City festival will be held in Kibble Park until Thursday, January 20, offering creative workshops to budding artists, kite enthusiasts and puppet makers.
Artists Sarah Monteith and Sue Godwin will be running workshops aimed at children of all ages. Participants will have the opportunity to try their hand at jewellery making or learning how to draw, starting with the plants and objects in the park. Five Lands Walk kite making aficionado John Murray will join in the festivities on Friday, January 21 to host two lunchtime drop-in workshops from 12pm to 2pm.
Participants can make and decorate their own kite for $5 each. Fresh from workshops at the Peats Ridge Festival, International Master Puppeteer, Gary Friedman and LearningMovement Consultant and Occupational Therapist, Sharon Gelber, take movement and story-telling to elaborate ends, with A World of Paper puppetry workshops. Gosford Council’s Cultural Development
Officer, Ms Darlene Cole said A World of Paper puppetry workshops have been run in communities throughout the world, with 2010/2011 marking their first appearance on the Central Coast. “The acclaimed workshops are for family members from 9 to 99 years old and focus on enhancing lateral thinking, encouraging originality and resourcefulness, boosting self-confidence, improving concentration, developing
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Tour with the devils
he Australian Reptile Park in Somersby has launched a two hour behind the scenes tour with the endangered Tasmanian Devil called A Devilish Encounter.
listening skills and teaching relaxation techniques,” said Ms Cole. As a part of the Summer In the City festival, the A World of Paper puppetry workshops will be held on Wednesday January 19 from 10am to 2 noon (recommended for children 10 years and under) and from 1pm to 4pm (recommended for families, groups and all ages) at the Youth Arts Warehouse, Regional Youth Support Services, Gosford. Inquiries: 4325 8846 Media Release, 12 Jan 2011 Gosford Council Media
The tour takes visitors into the breeding facility at the Australian Reptile Park, which is usually not open to the public and are given a 30 minute educational presentation on Tasmanian Devils, including natural history, Devil Facial Tumour Disease, status, insurance population, reproduction, how to combat extinction, success to date and the future. Guests are also able to
meet a Tasmanian Devil up close, feed and hold a joey as well as play tug-o-war with a Tasmanian Devil in a specially made enclosure. The Australian Reptile Park currently houses over 50 Tasmanian devils and 17 joeys were born in 2010. Media Release, 22 Dec 2010 Libby Bain, Australian Reptile Park
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Club to host introduction
Dance program provides range of styles
f r e e introductory morning to the card game Bridge will be held on Tuesday, March 1, for anybody interested in taking up the game.
The introduction will be held at the Central Coast Leagues Club in the Drake room between 10am and 12pm. Following the introduction, lessons will begin on Tuesday, March 8, and will be held every Tuesday for six weeks from 9:30am to 11:30pm. The club meets every afternoon excluding Sunday, and also offer a Monday evening session to cater for workers. Games are also played on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at a number of other central Coast venues. Enquiries: 43249701
free dance program will be visiting 26 different locations around the Central Coast, providing people of all ages with the opportunity to take part in a range of dance styles.
Email, 11 Jan 2011 Dianne March, CCLC Bridge Club
Society celebrates 60th birthday
he Brisbane Water Historical Society held their 60th birthday celebrations on Tuesday, December 14, at the Yellow Piano in Wyoming and members have been praised for their contributions.
The celebrations kicked off with a welcome speech by President Ms Shirley Rider who acknowledged the original custodians of the land, the Darkinjung people. Senior Vice President and longest serving member
of the society, Ms Elaine Fry spoke about the long history of the society. Ms Fry’s long service was acknowledged along with her sons Kelvin and Darryl for their long service since 1972 by vice president, Ms Margaret Pearce.
Certificates of appreciation were presented on behalf of the society by Ms Pearce to retiring members Fred and Joan Koch, Marion Browne and Barbara Elmes for their dedication and contribution to the society and Henry
Kendall Cottage. Liberal candidate Mr Chris Holstein gave a presentation and proposed a toast to conclude the occasion. Newsletter, 12 Jan 2011 Shirley Rider, Brisbane Water Historical Society
Dance Moves the Central Coast is offering a number of different dance forms including Highland, HipHop, Ballroom, Belly dance, Chinese, Indian, Greek and Contemporary. The aim of the program is to engage and unite everyone with a passion for movement and dance as an art form, a dynamic performance experience, or as an enjoyable form of exercise. iDance Central Coast will be presenting a Hip Hop for beginners workshop at Kincumber School of Arts from 2pm to 3pm on Monday, January 17 and is available for children aged five to 12. Also on Monday, January 17, is a Social Latin and Ballroom Danceshop for all ages at the Kariong progress Hall. The workshop will be presented by Helen Donald’s Ballroom Dance-in Studio and will run from 6pm to 8pm. Musicians Making a Difference will present a
MMAD Moves Hip Hop in the Park workshop on Tuesday, January 18, in Kibble Park, Gosford from 3pm to 4:30pm for ages 15 and over. The Hub Youth Entertainment Venue will host two workshops on Friday, January 21, called Compose Yourself, presented by Rachelle Hickson. The workshops will run from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, for ages 10 to 15 and ages 16 and over respectively. A Torres Strait Islander Family workshop will also be held on Friday, January 21, for all ages from 11am to 2pm at NAISDA Dance College in Kariong. The Dance Moves the Central Coast Finale will be held in Kibble Park, Gosford from 5pm on Saturday, January 22, and will showcase performances from over 20 workshops and 12 genres of dance. Newsletter, 7 Jan 2011 Fusion Arts
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New Year’s Eve celebrations attract many
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he 2011 Gosford Waterfront New Year’s Eve celebrations attracted over 25,000 people in its fifth year, fast becoming a popular place for families and boaties to welcome the New Year.
The evening was full of live entertainment, rides, food stalls, fire twirlers, and fun for the children that culminated in a fireworks display at 9pm choreographed to music. “The Gosford City Council sponsored race meet attracted over 6000 people, and the Central Coast Mariners, unfortunately losing to a crowd of over 12,000 people, continue to be two key components of this very successful festival,” said Ms Deborah Lowndes of goneDote events and marketing. “It was the perfect event to complete on my last day at GBID’, said Ms Lowndes. “I knew the day was going to be big with the phone running hot with calls from local people, and visitors making their way to the event arriving either by train, boat or ferry’. “The festival continues to grow each year with fireworks featured in our event seen three hours later in the Sydney display,” she said. Crowds were also visiting the Central Coast leagues Club as a way to bring in the New Year, said Business
Development Manager of the Central Coast Leagues Club, Ms Belinda Suann. “New Year’s Eve revellers quickly realised Central Coast Leagues Club was the ultimate place to welcome 2011 with plenty of free entertainment options and spectacular views of the waterfront fireworks. “The rooftop Blue Water Terrace provided the best vantage point with guests making the most of the summer evening outdoors. “The dining areas were all very busy and there was entertainment to suit everyone with Elton John piano classics in the Kendall Bar, party band Jellyfish in the Scenic Lounge and the popular Kelly’s Bar disco. We had plenty of security staff working and there were no major incidents all night. “Overall, a great crowd enjoyed the night safely in a fun celebration atmosphere,” she said. Email, 11 Jan 2011 Deborah Lowndes, goneDote events and marketing Email, 12 Jan 2011 Belinda Suann, Central Coast Leagues Club
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ocal Bensville resident, Ms Kylee Legge aka the Publishing Queen is preparing to release the final three volumes of her series of 6 books The Publishing Queen Reveals All at her Dymock’s book launch in Sydney on Thursday, January 20.
“This is very exciting as the series covers everything from an overview of the
self-publishing process to planning your book, express writing, designing your own
book, making money online and gaining credibility via bookstore distribution,” said Ms Legge. “The series is an economical way to ensure everyone has access to the correct information to ensure as many people as possible can publish their dream book for profit and/or credibility,” she said. Ms Legge’s idea evolved after being in the business for four years and frustrated at seeing people who had chosen to selfpublish rushing into things and emptying their bank accounts, now two years later she has her own series of books. “In an attempt to follow their dreams they were instead emptying their bank accounts to fill up their garages. “As such I decided to address this issue by releasing a series of books
that would go through all seven stages of the publishing process in a simple, easy to understand manner to show people the easiest, most efficient, most economical and most effective ways to selfpublish. “My aim is to help as many people as possible fulfil their publishing dreams,” she said. Ms Legge said that once the book has been launched, she will hold a Free Publishing Seminar in February named after book three, How to Bring your Book to Life. Ms Legge will then release all six books in DVD format based on the seminars and boot camps that she has run over the last two years. Kaitlin Watts, 6 Jan 2011 Interviewee: Kylee Legge
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For events in post code areas 2250 and 2251 Monday 17 January Lantern Making Workshop, 10am-1pm, Kibble Park Jumping castle, Imperial shopping centre, 10am-2pm, Free Badminton, Kincumber Youth Centre Holiday Programme, 124pm, free Hip Hop for Beginners Workshop, 2-3pm, Kincumber School of Arts, Free Social Latin and Ballroom workshop, Kariong Progress Hal, 6pm-8pm, Free
Tuesday 18 January, Art and Craft Canvas design, Kincumber Youth Centre Holiday Programme, 12-4pm, free MMAD Moves Hip Hop in the Park workshop, Kibble Park, Gosford, 3-4pm, Free Bunnings warehouse kids school holiday workshops, Bunnings warehouse Gosford, Free
2pm, Kibble Park Music Jam, Kincumber Youth Centre Holiday Programme, 124pm, free Kevin Borich’s Party Boys, Central Coast Leagues Club Compose Yourself dance workshop, 10am-1pm and 2pm5pm, The Hub Youth Entertainment Venue, Free Torres Strait Islander Family workshop, NAISDA Dance college, Kariong, 11am-2pm, Free Brackets and Jam, Kincumba Mountain Five Lands Walk Kite Making workshops, Kibble Park, 12pm-2pm
Saturday 22 January Dance Moves the Central Coast 2011 Workshops finale, Kibble Park, Gosford, 5pm
Sunday 23 January Lyrics for Literacy concert, the Rhythm Hut, Gosford, 1pm-8pm
Wednesday 19 January Puppet Making Workshop, 10am12noon and 1pm-4pm, Kibble Park Speedpool, Kincumber Youth Centre Holiday Programme, 124pm, free
Thursday 20 January A Walk to Mt Pleasant at Saratoga – Rating EASY, 9am-11am Mid Week Coast Walk Series – Maitland Bay Store to Copacabana, rating HARD, 8:30am-3pm, Bouddi national Park Art in the Park Workshop, 11am2:30pm, Kibble Park Mini Golf, Imperial Shopping Centre, 10am-2pm
Friday 21 January Kite Making Workshop, 12 noon-
Monday 24 January Tennis, Kincumber Youth Centre Holiday Programme, 12-4pm, free
Wednesday 26 January Australia Day Gosford celebrations, Gosford waterfront, 8:30am-1pm
Thursday 27 January Frisbee Football, Kincumber Youth Centre Holiday Programme, 12-4pm, free
Friday 28 January Movie Night BBQ, Kincumber Youth Centre Holiday Programme, 12-4pm, free
Sunday 31 January Food Hygeine education seminar, Erina Fair, 9am-12:30pm, Free
Monday 1 February Creating, developing and Funding Arts and Cultural Projects, Youth Arts Warehouse, Gosford, 10am-2pm
Wednesday 3 February Create, Innovate Gosford launch
Friday 5 February McKibble Park and all things Scottish, Kibble Park, Gosford
Wednesday February 9 Election Forum on Climate Change, Gosford Uniting Church Hall, 7pm-9pm
Thursday 10 February Gosford City Markets, Kibble Park, Gosford,
Saturday 12 February Chinese New Year festivities, Kibble Park, Gosford Love, Gloves and a Guidebook: Stories for Surviving Valentines Day, Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, 8pm
Sunday 20 February Handmade Craft market, Erina High school
Tuesday March 1 Introductory Bridge morning, Central Coast Leagues Club, 10am12pm, Free
Tuesday March 8 Six week Bridge Course, Central Coast Bridge Club, Central Coast leagues Club, 9:30am-11:30am
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Historian calls for information
Python piles on weight eticulated python, Atomic Betty, at Australian Reptile Park in Somersby, undertook her annual weigh in on Thursday, January 6, and a four kilogram increase in her weight was recorded from last year.
The weigh in took five keepers almost 30 minutes to catch, bag and weigh the Australian Reptile Park’s heaviest creature. Atomic Betty weighed in at 135kg and 6.6 metres long compared to 6.5m last year. Australian reptile Park spokesperson, Libby Bain, said the growth is completely normal for the python and keepers were happy with the result. The world’s longest
snake, the reticulated python is the only snake able to swallow a human and Atomic Betty regularly feasts on goats weighing up to 25kg. At last year’s weigh-in, she had gained weight and tipped the scales at 131kg which was 11kg heavier than the previous year. Her maximum weight could reach 150kg. She measured 6.6 metres this year and is expected to keep growing, even though
at 12, she’s approaching middle-age. The reticulated python can live for 25 to 30 years in captivity. Atomic Betty was imported from the United States in 2001 as a young adult and is one of the most popular exhibits at the Australian Reptile Park. Her profile has been especially high this year, following her appearance on the popular prime-time series, Bondi Vet.
ocal historian Ms Merril Jackson is urging local residents to come forward with information they may have about burials at the historical Bradys Gully cemetery at North Gosford.
Many gross misunderstandings and misrepresentations within the community exist regarding it, claims Ms Jackson. Ms Jackson said that suggestions that the site only had a handful of burials and no bodies remain within the NSW education Department land known as North Gosford Learning Centre or that Bradys Gully cemetery was never a burial ground, are all incorrect and over 500 burials have been recorded. “Both Point Frederick and Brady’s Gully Cemeteries lost visual evidence of the graves over time and their delineation were lost with neglect, as were the headstones which had sadly been obliterated,” said Ms Jackson. “Burials of deceased people of the Gosford district prior to the 1880s, from Aboriginals, pioneers, early settlers, through to the contracted workers, or the people dying whilst holidaying on the Central Coast had long been limited by choice in regards to burial grounds,” said Ms Jackson. She claims this was due to the cemeteries being predominantly associated with a particular denomination, with no general cemetery being offered as an alternative,
however, an influx of immigrants to the Brisbane Water district changed this between 1870 and into the 1880s. Ms Jackson said the Brady’s Gully Cemetery is the first gazetted multifaith burial ground for the township of Gosford from its official date in 1882, however, burials are believed to have taken place prior to this official date. This cemetery was once large in size being bounded by what is now known as Henry Parry Drive, Dwyer Street, Jarrett Street and Burrabil Avenue, North Gosford. According to Ms Jackson, Long Nose Point Cemetery (now known as Point Frederick Pioneer Park) is documented as having been Gosford’s original burial ground and has been documented in old newspapers as the Protestant Graveyard. Burials at the end of Point Frederick are believed to have taken place before it was officially gazetted in 1847. Ms Jackson said many people over the Central Coast chose Bradys Gully as their final resting place. “Some Woy Woy residents had coffins travel within steamers across the Brisbane Water to the Gosford Wharf (now near
Iguana Joe’s). “The Funeral cortège would formally proceed from the wharf, or likewise from the Railway station, Funeral Parlour or the place of residence with a procession of people travelling behind the hearse sometimes by foot, or by horse and buggy to the burial ground,” she said. Ms Jackson said the names of people buried at Bradys Gully cemetery were sparse but local historians and their investigations, have uncovered a total of 500 burials that is continuing to grow. Whilst other past historians have specifically researched Gosford Death Registers, Ms Jackson has found that many people were missed from previously recorded documentation due to many having died in other parts of NSW. “As an example many people died whilst in hospitals in Sydney then were transported back to Brady’s Gully Cemetery for burial. “For these people, their names have been registered at their place of death which officially was Sydney,” said Ms Jackson. Email, 16 Dec 2010 Merril Jackson, Gosford Historian
Reptile Park collects alligator eggs
he Australian Reptile Park have raided a number of American Alligator nests to gather eggs for incubation.
Gator-raiding requires up to six Reptile Keepers. Three keepers restrain the female alligator while the other keepers raid the nest, removing up to 60 eggs. The mother is in a high maternal state and is keen to guard her eggs, sometimes aggressively, so extreme
care must be taken. . Once the eggs are harvested, some will be selected for incubation. The sex of an alligator can be determined by the heat of the incubation and baby gators will hatch 60 to 100 days later. The Australian Reptile
Park is the only zoo in Australia that breeds American alligators and supply zoos with American Alligators both in Australia and internationally. Media Release, 30 Dec 2010 Libby Bain, Australian Reptile Park
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Gosford Race Club replaces rails
NBN sponsors sports academy he first ever sponsor of the Central Coast Academy of Sport, NBN, have confirmed its continued sponsorship on Thursday, January 13, as a major business partner for a further four year period.
osford Race Club became the first Club in NSW to utilise a plastic running rail at its scheduled race meeting on Tuesday, December 28 after installation of the Fornell’s brand rail was completed on Wednesday, December 22.
The new rail will ensure increased safety for jockeys and horses at all Gosford race meetings. “The Gosford Race Club is well aware of the safety improvements for jockeys
and horses that a plastic running rail can provide,” said Gosford Race Club Chief Executive Mr James Heddo. “The installation of plastic running rail has been
a success in Victoria and has already shown its safety potential.” “The Fornell’s company and its Managing Director David Hawke have been of great assistance through
Mariners support flood relief
he Central Coast Mariners have joined with the rest of the nation in an attempt to provide relief to victims of the devastating floods across Queensland.
The Mariners and Brisbane Roar teams both wore black armbands in the Hyundai A-League clash at Bluetongue Stadium held on Wednesday, January 12, as a mark of respect for those who have perished as a result of the natural disaster, a moment’s silence was also observed before the game. Along with this, the Mariners support group, Yellow Army conducted a bucket collection both in the Central Coast Leagues Club and at various locations in and around Bluetongue
Stadium raising $7000. One hundred per cent of the proceeds donated will go to the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund. Donations collected by the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal will be disbursed to the people affected by flooding in Queensland Communities in December 2010 and January 2011. Along with these gestures at the match, Head Coach Graham Arnold and Mariners Football and Commercial Operations Manager Lawrie McKinna have kindly agreed to
donate their time to a dinner for four people at Hungry Wolf’s Italian Restaurant at Terrigal. This dinner, along with entry to the Chairman’s Lounge as a guest of Mariners Chairman Peter Turnbull for four people and a Mariners Merchandise pack, forms part of an online auction to help raise money for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Fund. Website, 13 Jan 2011 Glen Laudner, Central Coast Mariners
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the Central Coast Academy of Sport with a vehicle to further promote business partners, community partners, sponsors and supporters of the organisation. NBN Television is now involved as a sponsor of four regional academies of sport including Northern Inland, Hunter, Gold Coast and of course Central Coast, whilst they are also an official media partner for the annual ClubsNSW Academy Games event, which will be held this year in Armidale during April. “We’ve been involved with the Central Coast Academy of Sport since its inception back in 2004 and to now be working alongside three other academies shows that we do see a great value in these relationships and we look forward to being a part of their future success,” said NBN promotions manager, Mr Mike Rabbitt. “The opportunities the academies offer to young sports men and women are so valuable and it’s great to support such positives initiatives within the community,” he said. Media release, 13 Jan 2011 Luke Tucker, Central Coast Academy of Sport
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Young Mariners goalkeeper nominated
$30,000 Gold Cup won by Tuiaki
large crowd attended Gosford Showground Tuesday, January 4, to witness the final of the Woy Woy Poultry Supplies Gosford Gold Cup over 515m worth $30,000 to the winner, Mr Neville Brown and his greyhound, Tuiaki.
After drawing favourably in box eight, Tuiaki went to the boxes as an even money favourite. Fourth on the outside at the first turn, Tuiaki steadily made ground to be second at the 600m boxes, reached the lead approaching the home turn and came away to score by three and a half lengths with a time of 29.91. Tuiaki has now recorded
19 wins from a 48 start career and has amassed over $107,000 in prize money for his owner/trainer Mr Brown. Woy Woy Poultry Supplies owner Laurie Refalo was on hand to make the presentation and retiring Member for Gosford, Ms Marie Andrews placed the rug on the winning greyhound.
“The Gosford club is certainly very appreciative of the sponsorship of Woy Woy Poultry Supplies, who have been associated with this event for some 16 years,” said spokesperson for Gosford Greyhound Racing Club, Mr Kevin Keys. Media Release, 6 Jan 2011 Kevin Keys, Gosford Greyhound Racing Club
Success for Central Coast kids entral Coast kids have had success in the Wahu Surfer Groms Comp in Cronulla on the weekend of December 18 and 19 in the under 11 boys, under 11 girls and under 9 parent assisted divisions.
C he Central Coast Mariners investment in youth is continuing to pay dividends, with young goalkeeper Mathew Ryan today named the December nominee for the 2010/11 NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award.
Mr Ryan’s nomination comes hot on the heels of teammate Mustafa Amini’s anointment as the November nominee for the prestigious award, and Mr Ryan says he’s honoured to have been recognised. “I’m privileged to have been thrown into the category of players to have won that award and I’m stoked, over the moon,” said Mr Ryan. “I wasn’t really too focused on winning any awards, I was just concentrating on playing here and playing well.” Determined by a panel of experts the NAB Young Footballer of the Year December nominee, Matthew Ryan, was judged on his performance over weeks 17 to 20 of the Hyundai A-League 2010/11 season. Since making his Hyundai A-League debut in week four against Sydney FC, Mr Ryan has already earned 10 clean sheets in his 19 appearances for the club, equal with Brisbane’s Michael Theoklitos and just one behind the all-time record of 11, held by former Sydney gloveman Clint Bolton. But the teenager is keen to share the credit with the rest of the Mariners squad. “Arnie has got the structure of the defence very solid and the boys are doing well in keeping clean sheet after clean sheet.
“The boys have been brilliant, from the front two getting behind the ball to the midfield and the back four, they are all getting behind and making a defensive block which is difficult for other teams to break down,” said Mr Ryan. Mr Ryan is the fifth nominated player to be announced, in a list that includes North Queensland Fury’s Chris Payne, Adelaide United’s Mathew Leckie, Brisbane Roar’s Luke DeVere and November’s winner and Ryan’s team mate, Mustafa Amini. These five players will be joined in future weeks by two more Under 21 players to qualify to be named the NAB Young Footballer of the Year at the Hyundai A-League Awards.
The overall winner will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking and financial services, and the inaugural NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award. To acknowledge the vital role junior football clubs play in the development of today’s young stars as they strive to reach their potential, NAB will also present a $3000 equipment pack to Westfield’s Sports High School, the school Mr Ryan nominated for assisting most in his junior development.
Mitchell Raymond of Macmasters Beach was awarded first place in the under 11 boys division and Sandon Whittaker from Avoca Beach came in second. Under 11 girls also performed well at the competition with Macy Callaghan of Terrigal placing
first, Isabella Wheatley of Avoca second and Tyla OTool from Copacabana placing third. Lennox Chell from Avoca placed third in the under 9 Parent Assisted and Zayne Ollson from Copacabana placed fifth. The comp saw over 100 male and female
surfing, competing in seven separate divisions The event will now move on to the Sunshine Coast for the seventh instalment of the National Series. Website, 12 Jan 2011 Global Surf News
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We was robbed!
O’Farrell promises support for Bears SW Opposition Leader Mr Barry O’Farrell visited a Mount Penang site on Tuesday, January 11, and announced the Liberal Government planned to secure the site for the establishment of a Central Coast Bears headquarters if elected in March.
he Central Coast Mariners and the Brisbane Roar have played out one of the games of the season, in a six-goal thriller in the Hyundai A-League Week 22 encounter at Bluetongue Stadium on Wednesday, January 12.
The match finished at 3-all, but not before providing 90 minutes of twists and turns that had the Bluetongue faithful riding every minute. Goals from Adam Kwasnik, Matt Simon, and Patricio Perez were not enough to end Brisbane’s long standing unbeaten run. Mariners coach Graham Arnold felt that his side had let an opportunity slip. “It was a fantastic game, but I thought we were the better side and should have gone on to win it,” said Arnold.
“Two dead moments killed us tonight which is better to happen tonight than in a semi (final). “It was disappointing to concede from a corner and then a really soft throw in. “Overall though I think our performance was fantastic. “When the boys are sitting in the dressing room disappointed after a 3-all draw with the team leading the competition it shows how far we’ve come,” said Arnold. Mariners captain Alex Wilkinson was proud of the
efforts of his teammates after coming off a three-day break. “We’re gutted at the moment to be honest, disappointed that we didn’t pick up the three points, but as Arnie said we can be proud of our performance. “I thought the boys in midfield and upfront put in an enormous shift, especially backing up after the break,” said Wilkinson. “We will gain confidence out of our performance, and I think we’ve learned that we can compete with anyone in the competition.
“The best thing for us to do now is put that behind us and look forward to the game against Newcastle on Sunday.” Despite the amount of entertainment on show, Graham Arnold summed it up succinctly following the devastating floods ripping through Queensland this week. “Football has taken a back seat today, the floods have proven to us that this is only a game of football,” said Arnold. Media Release, 13 Jan 2011 Liam Howitt, Central Coast Mariners
Mariners score new teammate he Central Coast Mariners have added a 23rd player to their Hyundai A-League 2010/11 squad with ex-Perth Glory striker Michael Baird joining the club for the remainder of this campaign as well as for the 2011/12 season.
Six years after first inquiring about his services, the Mariners will finally see the 27-year-old in the team colours. “When I started in the first season with the Roar, the Mariners were keen to have me here and I was looking at it. “The Mariners have always been a club that have been developing and now when I’ve been away and come back I can look at the Mariners as a big club in Australian football. “They are only going to go up in leaps and bounds and I want to be a part of that,” said Mr Baird.
Mr Baird is no stranger to the Hyundai A-League, having been among the very first players to sign with his hometown club Queensland (now Brisbane) Roar in the first season, where he scored goals in both the club’s first and final games of the maiden Hyundai A-League season. He was rewarded with a four-year deal with Romanian club, Universitatea Craiova, where he lined up alongside his new Mariners teammate Joshua Rose, and made 67 appearances for the Romanians before ultimately linking with Perth Glory this
season. The 27-year-old says he’s excited about the opportunity that lies ahead on the Central Coast. “From what Arnie has been telling me, and from what he wants in the team, I think I’ll bring some pace and directness toward goal. “I’d like to think I’m good in the air but I’m probably not as good as Matty Simon or someone like, he’s a good battler. “I’d like to think I’ve got pace and I could be the man that Perez or whoever is playing in behind can find,” he said. Mariners Head Coach
Graham Arnold is excited about the arrival of Baird. “I coached him in the Under 20’s national team back in 2003 so I know what Michael is all about. “He gives us something totally different to what we have got up front. “We’re always looking to strengthen and I’m very happy with where we are at, we’re in a good position. “We have a great opportunity to get second place and to add a bit of freshness into the squad at this time of year is great timing I feel, just before a heavy program,” said Mr Arnold.
Under the proposal the site, owned by the NSW Government, would be reserved as a special sporting precinct to be developed with administrative and training facilities should the Central Coast Bears consortium be successful in securing an NRL franchise license in 2013. Mr O’Farrell met with Bears representatives, including CEO Greg Florimo, Head of Football Operations David Fairleigh and Director Ken Sayer at the site along with Liberal Candidate for Gosford Chris Holstein, Liberal Candidate for The Entrance Chris Spence, Liberal Candidate for Wyong Darren Webber, and Liberal Member for Terrigal Chris Hartcher. Mr O’Farrell said the proposal will allow the Bears to approach the NRL with a comprehensive plan for a new Rugby League team for the Central Coast. “The Central Coast loves its sport and the group behind the Central Coast Bears bid has been working hard to develop a strong supporter base on the Central Coast,” Mr O’Farrell said. “The State Government has a role to play in that process and a NSW Liberals
and Nationals Government will work with the Central Coast community and the Bears proponents to push for a local NRL team,” he said. “This proposal ensures that the Central Coast Bears consortium will be able to present the NRL with a strategic plan in March 2011 that includes provisions for training and administrative facilities. “The Bears will be subject to the same commercial lease conditions as others at the Mount Penang site but this proposal gives the consortium an option over that lease while they prepare their submission to the NRL. “If the bid proposal is successful then the land will be immediately available for the construction of new facilities. “The local Liberal Central Coast team have made it clear to me how important a rugby league team would be here and I’m prepared to do everything I can to back it in.” Mr Florimo welcomed the support of the NSW Liberals and Nationals to establish the NRL’s newest team on the Central Coast. Media Release, 11 Jan 2011 James Boland-Rudder, NSW Parliament
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