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Gosford Central Community News

May 23, 2011

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Holstein seeks resolution

Issue 008

Local members urge government over F3 link ember for Gosford Ms Deborah O’Neill and member for Dobell Mr Craig Thomson have challenged the newlyelected NSW Liberal Government to match Federal Labor’s commitment to the future of the F3-Sydney Orbital link.


ember for Gosford Cr Chris Holstein has announced that a mediator from the State Property Authority will be made available to seek a resolution that could lead to the voluntary acquisition of the land in question at Bambara Rd, predicted on the current discussions between Gosford Council and the national Parks and Wildlife Service.


“We anticipate that the mediator will then be briefed to outline the scope of the project and the services that may be required,” said Cr Holstein. Should it be required, those parties with a financial interest will all be consulted

initially by the mediator including those who own the land and those who have an interest in its purchase, such as Gosford Council, National Parks and Wildlife and the Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council. Former Independent

candidate Mr Jake Cassar has thanked all that supported the marathon sit in protest and said the camp is now packing up. “This camp been strongest action against unreasonable development I have seen on Central

Coast,” he said. “We have survived much slander, abuse, violent attacks on camp i.e bottles, rocks etc thrown at us at night. “It was all well worth it for Bambara. “Campaign doesn’t end until Bambara is finally National Park.” Media Release, 16 May 2011 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

One hundred and fifty million in federal funding for a feasibility study on the longhoped for “missing link” was deferred until 2015-16 in last week’s Federal Budget, after years of inaction at state level to progress the project. However, on a visit to Terrigal on Sunday, May 15, the Treasurer Wayne Swan said the Federal Government would seriously consider any plans put forward by the NSW Liberal Government. “The fact is, the previous State Labor Government and the current Liberal Government haven’t faced up to what their priorities are. “The funds have been sitting there, but it hasn’t been going anywhere,” Mr Swan told a function at Terrigal. “If they want to come forward with a proposal then we will seriously look at it, and in addition to that, we’ll be happy to arrange for them to talk to Infrastructure Australia… but in Parliament last week, the current State Government said that they hadn’t made up their minds about what their priorities were. “Well they ought to make up their mind pretty soon, because I think it’s a really important project,” said Mr Swan. Ms O’Neill and Mr Thomson welcomed the Treasurer’s frank words and said the ball was now

squarely in the NSW Liberals’ court. “Chris Hartcher and co. are in Government now. They are the ones with the power to allocate funding and resources,” said Ms O’Neill. “At present, they’ve contributed nothing. Mr Swan has told them to come forward with a proposal. “Let’s see if Hartcher and co can actually come up with the goods,” said Ms O’Neill. Mr Thomson said the NSW Liberals had a long way to travel before they could match Federal Labor’s economic record on the Central Coast. “Recent research into the Central Coast economy has proven that Federal Labor’s stimulus spending saved many local jobs and businesses while delivering important local infrastructure,” said Mr Thomson. “In last week’s, Budget we took that a step further by setting ourselves on the path of creating 500,000 new jobs. “As the days tick by we are still waiting for this new State Government to spell out its vision for the Central Coast,” said Ms O’Neill. Media Release, 15 May 2011 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

Rental costs increase homeless numbers he shortage of affordable rental properties and the rising cost of living has lead to an alarming increase in the number of homeless families on the Central Coast said Coast Shelter CEO Mr Laurie Maher.


“Recent surveys by Anglicare and Wesley Mission have identified the lack of rental properties for those on low fixed income and the problem is getting worse day by day,” said Mr Maher. The Anglicare Australia Rental Affordability Snapshot identified that of the 689 Central Coast properties advertised for

rent on April 9 only 6 per cent (46) were affordable for people on fixed incomes. Mr Maher said this meant that for our population of 297,956, 94 per cent of rental properties, if accepted, would put families and individuals in housing stress, where they would have to spend at least 30 per cent of their income on rent.

“There were quite a number of areas within our community where the situation is much worse,” he said. “In some areas of particular need some of our families would have to spend 50 to 60 per cent of their household income just on rents. “In a community in which the waiting list for Public

Housing is between 12 and 15 years, it is no wonder that charities are being inundated with requests for assistance. “Although our unemployment statistics can be very misleading, even by the most generous interpretation of the unemployment rate of 7.1 per cent, it is one of the highest in the greater Metropolitan Area,” said Mr Maher. “When we take into consideration the overall shortage of affordable

rental properties, the lack of public transport and a median wage rate, which is $111 less than Sydney for individuals and $269 less for families, no wonder the problem is increasing, rather than getting better.” Australian Council of Social Service representative Dr Cassandra Goldie said “more people are hitting hard times and falling into poverty”. Mr Maher said that although Coast Shelter has been able to increase the level of support as a result of

the assistance provided by local business, community donations and a wonderful band of volunteers, housing is still the most significant need in our community. “If the Governments would focus on addressing housing needs, most of our problems would fade away,” he concluded. Media Release, 6 May 2011 Laurie Maher, Coast Shelter


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Gosford Central directory of services, contacts and support groups

Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organisations

Crisis Services and Helplines Continued

Aboriginal Legal Service 8842 8000 Community Options 4351 3388 Bungree Aboriginal Association 4351 3388 Mingaletta 4342 7515 Aboriginal Home Care 4352 1153 Drug & Alcohol rehab 4388 6360 Respite Care Options 4351 3388 Eleanor Duncan Aboriginal Health 4351 1040 Darkinjung Local Land Council 4351 2930

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

Accommodation Dept. of Housing Gosford 4323 5211 Cassie4Youth 4322 3197 Coast Shelter 4324 7239 Pacific Link Com Housing 4324 7617 Rumbalara Youth Refuge 4325 7555 Samaritans Youth Services 4351 1922 Youth Angle • Woy Woy 4341 8830 Youth Accom Hotline 1800 424 830 Temporary Accommodation 1800 152 152

Animal Rescue Wildlife Arc 4325 0666 Wires 8977 3333

Community Centres Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre 4363 1044 Narara Community Centre 4329 0912 Kariong Neighbourhood Centre 4340 1724 Wyoming Community Centre 4323 7483 Green Point Community Centre 4367 7591 Niagara Park Community Centre 4329 7144 Men’s Shed Cluster Inc 0413 244 484

Family and Relationships Parents Helpline 132 055 Centacare Gosford 4324 6403 Gosford Family Support Service 4340 1099 Horizons (For men with children) 4333 5111 Interrelate - Family Relationships 1300 736 966 Uniting Care Burnside Gosford 4352 3222

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

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

Financial Counselling Service 4334 2304 Central Coast Legal Centre 4353 4988 Legal Aid Commission of NSW 1300 888 529 Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service 4353 5515 NSW Aboriginal Legal Service 8842 8000 Consumer Credit Legal Centre 1800 808 488 NSW Ombudsman 1800 451 524 Community Justice Centre 1800 990 777 Family Law Court 1300 352 000 Law Access NSW 1300 888 529



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

Gosford district: Erina 4365 6725 Gosford 4304 7500 K ariong 4340 1725 Kincumber 4304 7641 Niagara Park 4304 7335 Wyoming 4304 7525


Employment, Education & Training Centrelink Offices 13 2850 - appointments 13 1021 Central Coast Community College 4348 4300 Training and Further Education TAFE Gosford 4348 2222 Ourimbah 4348 4030 Basic & Pre-vocational Studies 4350 2209 Work Skills Program Special Need 4350 2245 University of the Third Age (U3A) 4332 4830

Crisis Services and Helplines Lifeline - 24 hr. 13 11 14 Suicide Helpline 1800 191 919 Kids Helpline 1800 551 800 Parents Helpline 13 20 55 Indigenous Call Centre 136 380 Family Relationship Advice Line 1800 050 321 Family Drug Support 1300 368 186 G-line - Gambling Helpline 1800 633 635 Credit Helpline 1800 808 488

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

Volunteering Volunteering Central Coast 4329 7122 Volunteer Rescue Association 4329 7122 State Emergency Service 4365 4055 Rural Fire Service 4340 2911 Marine Rescue 4325 7929

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Gosford Private Hopsital winner in federal budget eputy prime m i n i s t e r, treasurer Mr Wayne Swan visited the Central Coast in budget week on Sunday, May 15, to discuss his fourth budget at a lunch in Terrigal and to attend the Matildas game at Bluetongue Stadium.


As part of the 2011 Budget, Gosford Private Hospital has benefited, with residents now able to access have more affordable MRI services close to home. “The Government’s $104.4 million Diagnostic Imaging Reform Package means many more locals will benefit from faster diagnosis and early detection of disease,” said Ms Deborah O’Neill. “Better, and more affordable, access to MRI scans is just one part of our Budget that assists locals with cancer,” she said. Mr Swan also discussed the importance of supporting strong employment on the Central Coast and said Ms

Federal treasurer Mr Wayne Swan on the Coast speaking about the 2011 Budget

O’Neill plays an important role in supporting that. “I think everybody understands that when it comes to apprenticeships, too many apprentices drop out,” said Mr Swan.

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country, making sure we do more to assist people to get into the workforce. That’s pretty important as well,” he said. “I think the whole idea of this Budget is to get more

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people into work, and those people who aren’t in work into work,” he said. Mr Swan also emphasised the importance of the health and mental health initiatives that are

present on the Central Coast. “Any Member of Parliament knows when they go around their local community, that mental health issues are really important. “They touch almost every family. So the important initiatives here on the Central Coast are important,” said Mr Swan. Mr Swan said he was keen to come back to the Central Coast for a bit of leisure time with his surfboard. “I tell you what I haven’t been able to get out for a long time now. “I went to the Sunshine Coast where I grew up, in January, but that was cyclonic so I didn’t even get in the water then. “But I tell you what, the waves round here are pretty good - I hear that. “I haven’t been out round here so I’ll have to come back with the Malibu.” Kaitlin Watts, 15 May 2011 Interviewee: Wayne Swan

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Bikies arrested and goods seized

Environment plan to be considered osford Council will hold an Extraordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 31, to consider the adoption of the Gosford Draft Local Environment Plan 2009 (DLEP).


even Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang (OMCG) members and associates have been arrested following a major operation conducted by police from the Gangs Squad, Strike Force Raptor and the Northern Region.


About 7am on Wednesday, May 11, officers from the Gangs Squad, Strike Force Raptor, the Public Order Riot Squad

and police from Tuggerah Lakes and Brisbane Water Local Area Command, executed 11 simultaneous search warrants on the

Central Coast during an operation targeting OMCG related offences. Search warrants were executed by police at locations including three at The Entrance, Tumbi Umbi, Forresters Beach, Terrigal, Buff Point, Bateau Bay, Manning Park, Niagara Park, and Warners Bay. Seven people were arrested during the operation including five members of the Rebels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang, and two associates. During the search warrants police located

and seized an unregistered .22 calibre rifle, a .177 calibre rifle, a .177 calibre pistol, a quantity of ammunition, a quantity of cannabis, steroids, cocaine and amphetamines, 80 Oxycontin tablets, $10,700 cash, prohibited weapons including a stun gun, laser pointer, slingshot, extendable baton, nun chucks, ballistic vest plate, OC spray, and a flick knife, as well as stolen sunglasses valued at $4000, mobile phones and relevant clothing. Media Release, 12 May 2011 NSW Police Media

Once adopted by Council, the DLEP will be forwarded to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for Ministerial approval. The meeting, beginning at 6pm will be open to the public. Once the report on the DLEP is finalised, it will be available on Council’s website. It is anticipated that the report will be available for viewing on the website from Thursday, may 19. Due to the size of the report it is recommended that interested parties view it prior to attending the Council meeting. Director of Environment

olice from Central Hunter Local Area Command have arrested a Kincumber man in connection with a violent breakin on a home in Millfield last month.


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and Planning Ms Colleen Worthy-Jennings said the report and the DLEP is a culmination of extensive research and studies and broad community consultation on the DLEP. “We received over 1500 submissions during our exhibition period on a range of issues,” said Ms WorthyJennings. “The amount of public participation and interest shown during the exhibition period was fantastic to see and this is the opportunity for the community to see the results,” she said.

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A woman was allegedly tied up and threatened by a man armed with a knife in her home in Wollombi Rd shortly before 9am on Thursday, April 14. The man allegedly demanded cash before stealing several bottles of wine and left in the family’s Honda Civic. Police were called to the home, released the woman from her bonds and rendered first aid for injuries to her wrists. Two small children who were home at the time were not harmed. Police initiated an investigation and arrested a 39-year-old man from Kincumber at a campsite off Hayes Rd in Millfield, about midday on Tuesday, May 3. Media Release, 3 May 2011 NSW Police Media

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Community calls for help with street racing problem

Safety buoys sabotaged enior police have expressed serious safety concerns after navigational buoys marking the location of the ex HMAS Adelaide scuttled off Avoca Beach were sabotaged.


The two buoys were cut loose by unknown offenders sometime between Sunday, May 1, and Friday, May 13. Police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command initiated an inquiry after the incident was reported to them early last week. Acting Brisbane Water Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Steve Kentwell, said the dangers of such acts are extreme. “Tampering with or removing navigational buoys not only poses a threat to watercraft and those onboard but anyone in the water as well,” said Acting Supt Kentwell. “The area from which the buoys were removed is now a recreational dive site and there was a real danger of a larger vessel striking the sunken battleship or divers who might have been in the area. “It is an act of stupidity

that had the potential to cause serious injury or death,” he said. Acting Marine Area Commander Acting Superintendent Jim Johnson has also expressed alarm at the incident. “Such buoys are extremely important to allow skippers to safely navigate their vessels around potential hazards,” he said. “Anyone convicted of interfering or removing a navigation aid is liable for a fine of up to $5500,” he said. Investigations into the incident are continuing and police are seeking public help to identify and locate those responsible. Anyone with information is urged to contact Gosford Police Station via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Media Release, 20 May 2011 NSW Police Media

ooney-Cheero Progress Association president Mr Jim Lloyd has called for increased police patrol, particularly at night, on the Old Pacific Highway to combat street racing.


Mr Lloyd said street racing has become an increasing problem in the area, with groups of cars and bikes meeting to race along this isolated section of road. “The residents of Mooney Mooney and Cheero Point are fed up with these hoons who put lives at risk by regularly racing up and down the old road between Cowan and Gosford,” he said.

“It is not unusual to be woken by the sounds of cars and bikes screaming along this road at excessive speed, usually after 11pm at night. “A number of complaints have been lodged with both Gosford and Hornsby police, but because of our geographical isolation, it is difficult for the police to catch the culprits. “The only way would be to have increased patrols

in the area. “Only this weekend, we could again hear the sounds of these cars and bikes racing along the road. “Our community is fearful that some innocent residents could be killed or seriously injured by these street racers who appear to show little respect for road rules or safety. “At last month’s progress meeting a motion

was passed that I write to the Brisbane Water Local Area Commander and the new State Police Minister, Hon Mike Gallagher, seeking their assistance in stamping out this dangerous practice. “We have also invited a Police representative to attend our meeting to hear first hand some of the community’s concerns.” Mr Lloyd concluded. Email, 16 May 2011 Jim Llyod, MooneyCheero Progress Association

Alleged assault in Juvenile Justice Centre


wo juveniles appeared in Parramatta and Woy Woy Children’s Court on Wednesday, May 11, after officers at the Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre in Kariong were assaulted.

Allegedly, two male employees of the juvenile justice centre were

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serve. A 54-year-old man suffered a cut to the side of his face, a suspected back injury and bruising to one of his hands. A 52-year-old man

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Gosford resident wins volunteers awards

Alleged armed robbers arrested olice have arrested two men following an armed hold-up at a sports club in Norah Head.


Around midnight, two men entered the registered club on Victoria St and threatened the duty manager with a pistol. They stole a significant sum of cash before fleeing the scene in the victim’s car. Police from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command responded quickly to the incident and secured a crime scene. A description of the stolen car was disseminated via police radio and it was


Dr Macneil was among 15 St John volunteers who were presented with awards by the Governor of NSW Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO. Dr Macneil was promoted to the grade of Commander of the Order of St John. The awards are presented to St John volunteers who demonstrate a long term commitment in providing leadership and a high quality of voluntary service to the community.

Volunteers actively contribute to the mission of helping people in sickness, distress, suffering or danger as outlined in the values of St John. CEO of St John (NSW) Sean Gavin said that volunteers make up an essential part of the organisation and help make communities a better place for all. “These volunteers have made significant contributions to their

communities through their dedication to St John. “We are proud to honour them and recognise their commitment to service.” In 2010, over 4400 volunteers across the state provided an astounding 310,000 hours of community service in the areas of first aid services, training, early literacy, immunisation support and ophthalmic care. Email, 5 May 2011 Louise Millward, St John

are currently assisting with inquiries. A firearm and sum of cash was also seized as evidence. Investigations are ongoing and any witnesses to the armed robbery are urged to contact The Entrance Police Station via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Media Release, 15 May 2011 NSW Police Media

Council holds graffiti clean up day

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osford resident Dr Hugh Finlay Macneil was honoured at Government House in Sydney on Saturday, May 7, in a St John (NSW) Investiture ceremony for volunteers, acknowledging outstanding service to the community.

spotted by highway patrol officers at Warnervale. The car was pursued to the Pacific Highway at West Gosford. However, the pursuit was called off for safety reasons. The vehicle was found abandoned at the Kariong Hill Lookout. With the assistance of Polair and the Dog Unit, the two men were arrested a short time later. They were taken to Gosford Police Station and

Graffiti Action Day was held on Sunday, May 15, in the Gosford area, to help beautify the local community.


Council staff organised cleanup sites at Kincumber underpass and Frost Reserve, Maidensbrush Rd bus shelters in Wyoming and various locations around the Gosford City Centre for the community to get involved. “Illegal graffiti tagging seems senseless and is unsightly. Removal of illegal graffiti comes at a financial cost to residents, businesses and local government each year,” said GBID manager Mr Paul Brasch.

Mayor of Gosford Cr Laurie Maher said the aim of the day was to create awareness about the time, money and energy spent by Council, local businesses and community groups in cleaning up graffiti. “The removal of illegal graffiti from all over Gosford City is a problem faced by many in our community, having a significant social and financial impact on our area. “We have a beautiful environment here in Gosford

and it should be free of illegal graffiti and enjoyed by all members of our community. “Graffiti Action Day is an opportunity for residents to come together and show they are proud to take an active role in helping clean up our community,” said Cr Maher. Media Release, 10 May 2011 Gosford Council Media Media Release, 11 May 2011 Paul Brasch, GBID

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COSS concerns

Council shows no leadership


am concerned about the scarcity of publicity given in print media to the mayor’s Minute to Council on March 22, and subsequent resolution of Council, supporting addition of a special new Environmental Zone to the proposed new LEP tailored specifically for COSS lands. The mayor has strongly espoused this approach in a number of interviews on local ABC, the most recent being on May 11, when he said “our major concern will be how we protect our COSS lands… we have taken the position to say that we will submit our LEP submission [to NSW Planning] on the condition that we get a new E zone for our COSS lands …. We are saying no to RE1 … “ As you will be aware, when the Draft LEP went on exhibition early last year Council proposed that COSS lands be zoned RE1 i.e. as general park land. Submissions on the DLEP universally condemned

this zoning with many requesting E2, the closest available after E1 which is reserved for National Parks. The problem I saw with E2 however was that it permitted development such as Bed and Breakfast accommodation, dwelling houses, roads etc. - almost as much as RE1. As a result our DLEP submission requested that a new National Parks type zoning be created especially for COSS. The last publicity in relation to COSS zoning was

quite negative, surrounding Peter Freewater’s allegations in February regarding Council’s internal discussions (ref Gosford Central Community News Mar 13). Whichever way Council were really heading at that point only Council knows but at least the pot has been stirred and a welcome positive approach has emerged. A letter in your April 18 issue from Margaret Lund against RE1 is great support but indicative of community ignorance of the new developments.

have always believed that the locality belongs to the people that live there.


However, it is obvious now that I am wrong. It is shown by the sinking of the destroyer close to the beach at Avoca. I cannot recall the locals being asked for their consent to the idea and being supplied with the probable environmental effects such as likely traffic problems and car parking problems, if any. I have asked via the columns of the other local paper what financial benefit to the Treasury’s coffers there would be if the boat

was sold for scrap and what government department, sport and recreation, or other, ought to be debited with that loss, but my query was not printed. I get the impression that the authorities, including Gosford Council, have been afraid to look closely at the plan for fear of what they might find. They certainly haven’t been involved in the plan to

the extent that they ought to have been. They have shown no leadership at all. Shame. Letter, 12 Apr 2011 Jack Forward, Wamberal

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Volunteers show thanks thankyou morning tea was held at Woodport Salvation Army Aged Care Plus retirement village in recognition of the village’s 26 volunteers.


Volunteer Ms Coral Hagan said she has loved every minute of her ten years as a volunteer and is looking forward to the years to come. “When I retired, I just wanted to do something to help people. I loved being a nurse and working with people and I wanted to continue using my people skills. “Now I escort residents on the bus with the staff when we go on outings on excursions or for activities like morning teas. “Sometimes, I help out with recreational projects like art and craft,” said Ms Hagan.

Fellow volunteer, retiree Janice Charter, has been volunteering since the centre opened and said she just loves helping people. “I can’t help myself. I love to be able to do things for other people. “Over the years I have been able help with craft activities like knitting and sewing classes. “Recently, we have been making animal pouches which go on to the RSPCA.” “I’d love to be able to volunteer for another ten years,’ said 70-year-old Janice. Twenty-six volunteers, including Coral and Janice were honoured at a special

function held at the village during National Volunteers Week. “Our volunteers are very much a part of our team here at Woodport, ’said Centre manager Ms Alison Scott. “We are fortunate to have these wonderful people who share their time with our residents, and support activities here. “We thought a special morning tea was a great way to say thank you to our wonderful group of volunteers,” she said. Email, 12 May 2011 Victoria Hollick, Salvation Army

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Real estate revival

Holstein calls for community entrants in grants program ommunity organisations in the Gosford electorate are being encouraged to take advantage of the 2012 Community Development Grants Program offered by the NSW Government’s Community Relations Commission (CRC).


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fter trading for 40 years as Gosford Real Estate, Geoff and Susan Tilden have re-established the Raine and Horne brand in Mann St Gosford following, 20 years of trading within the First National Group.


According to Mr Tilden, the vision and values of Raine and Horne fit perfectly with the approach his family has maintained over those 40 years in the Gosford real estate market.

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that help people of all backgrounds actively participate and contribute to the broader Australian community. “ C o m m u n i t y organisations use government funds very efficiently because much of the work is done on a voluntary basis and, therefore, these grants represent very good value for money for NSW taxpayers. “Some examples of proposals likely to be approved for funding by the CRC would be a multicultural volunteer program, a multicultural youth partnership, or a contribution towards the employment of a worker to assist a senior citizens group or to meet the needs of socially isolated woman,” said Cr Holstein. The closing date for submissions is Friday, May 27.

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The program provides one million dollars in funding assistance to community organisations across NSW for projects that promote community engagement and cultural diversity. “These grants of up to $18,200 are available to not-for-profit, incorporated organisations who want to increase participation of members of their communities into mainstream life in NSW,” said member for Gosford Cr Chris Holstein. “This could be done through projects that encourage cultural diversity and provide valuable networking opportunities and services for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. “By promoting understanding and awareness of diverse cultures through workshops, exhibitions, festivals and support services, these grants will help us build stronger communities and a more harmonious society. “The whole community benefits from projects

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“Susan and I bought into the family business in 1990 and believe Raine and Horne is a superior, ethical and well recognized brand, which will take our real estate firm to the next level”

said Mr Tilden. “The Gosford real estate market is constantly evolving and caters for all demographics with affordable home units in the $200,000 up to multi-

million dollar acreages and waterfronts. “We have been in the market a long time and are confident the plans for the Gosford Challenge will help attract more investors and owner-occupiers to the town”, said Mr Tilden. Val Bridge, 19 May 2011

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Budget boost for youth health group

Youth grieving seminars free grief seminar, Understanding Grief in Children and Young People, will be held at Green Point’s Greenway Chapel and Gardens on Tuesday, May 24, which will shed light on the grieving process experienced by children and young people when dealing with loss.


ember for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill met with Central Coast staff of youth mental health group headspace on Tuesday, May 17, which received a major boost in last week’s Federal Budget.


The Gosford drop-in centre for young people aged 12 to 24 focuses on early intervention in youth

mental health issues, before they reach a crisis stage. “The Gillard Government is providing $197 million

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“The seminar is designed to provide insight into the complex grieving process of children and young people and aims to provide adults and parents with the necessary tools to support younger members of the family through bereavement,” said The Salvation Army Counselling Service’s Margaret Welch. “The grieving of children and young people can often be overlooked when there is a death in the family,” said Ms Welch. “This seminar will outline the different ways in which children and young people cope with loss and will provide parents and adults with advice on how to explain difficult concepts such as death during the various stages of a child or young person’s life. “Every parent has to help their child to deal with loss at some point in their life and the aim of this seminar is to help them understand their child’s thoughts, behaviours and emotions at this time,” she said. The Salvation Army will also run a professional seminar on Tuesday, May 31, at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Gardens from 10am to 12pm, designed to provide professionals who


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Mother’s day events raise money for school minibus

Chertsey Public opens new classrooms hertsey Public School’s new classrooms and covered outdoor learning area was officially opened on Friday, May 13, by member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill.


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t Philips Christian College PTF raised over $1200 at its High Tea and Mother’s Day stall which will go toward the school’s brand new minibus which is scheduled to arrive within the next two weeks.


“We all know the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child; well, that

community spirit was certainly evident at the Mum’s High Tea provided by

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and we had real tea in real teapots. It doesn’t get any better than that,� said St Philips Christian College principal Ms Michelle Kelly. “This event was a mammoth undertaking and was a huge success. “Our Junior School provided delightful entertainment; and not a dry eye in the house when the choir sang ‘I love you this much!’ “Thank you so much to all the Mums who contributed to the afternoon. “I have to make special mention of Wendy’s magnificent three tiered iced white chocolate mud cake. It was as delicious as it looked and made an impressive centre piece.� Ms Kelly said the school is looking forward to receiving the new minibus. “We are very grateful for the Community Grant from NSW Government’s Community Building Partnership Program, I believe that this will increase our involvement in the community and open up new learning opportunities for our children.� Newsletter, 13 May 2011 Michelle Kelly, St Philips Christian College

Ms O’Neill congratulated Chertsey Primary School on their new facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community. “We have now reached the next exciting phase in Building the Education Revolution,� Ms O’Neill said. “It has been fantastic to see the principal, school staff, parents and tradespeople working together to deliver these important projects. “Now that they are completed, teachers and students in our local schools will be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities that they so richly deserve,� she said. Ms O’Neill said the new facilities are not only a benefit to the school, they are supporting stronger

social networks and community cohesion. “It is tremendous to be here today to celebrate the opening of the new classrooms and covered outdoor learning area and to witness first hand, the impact this has had on Chertsey Primary School and the local community. “I am also delighted that this particular project has supported the employment of approximately 50 workers. “This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan,� Ms O’Neill said. Media Release, 13 May 2011 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

Creative writing competition ear four students from schools in the Gosford area are being invited to submit a 500-1000 word story for a creative writing competition sponsored by Central Coast Fleeters.


Students have the opportunity to win a $50 book voucher for first prize for the story which best reflects the reliving of time. Students can also win a school prize comprising $100 worth of library books and resources by submitting the greatest number of wellwritten entries proportional

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Local students to compete at regional level

Gosford High School students show talent tudents from Gosford High School have joined over 500 musicians from around NSW at the In Concert held at Sydney Town Hall on Monday, May 9.


In Concert, a showcase of choral, jazz and orchestral music, was performed by four of the state’s most gifted youth ensembles with students ranging from years six to 12. The students were joined by acclaimed guest conductor Mr Stuart Davis who lead the choir in a range of a cappella songs including the majestic Gloria by John Rutter. NSW Department of Education and Communities acting director-general Ms Pam Christie said the concert was another opportunity for NSW public school students to perform in a professional setting. “The Department of Education and Communities provides schools and students with access to the best possible arts programs and experiences, helping students to explore and fulfill their potential,” Ms Christie said. “NSW proudly boasts some of the world’s most outstanding musicians. Two of the ensembles participating in Monday’s performance have just returned from a tour of Europe where they performed in Prague,

Hodonin and Vienna. “The students also participated in master classes with world renowned conductors and attended an open rehearsal of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,” she said. “The department is proud to offer NSW public school students access to the best possible arts education. “For some of the regional students participating in Monday’s performance, it may well be their first ever visit to Sydney,” she said. Musical Director of Sydney Philharmonia Choirs Mr Brett Weymark said events such as In Concert are invaluable in developing professional musicians. “If it were not for these concerts, I would not be a professional musician now. “They quite simply changed my life. “It is here, at this age, that the appetite but also the skills are developed to enjoy a lifetime of music,” he said.

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ight students from Point Clare Public School will represent Woy Woy Zone in cross country at the regional carnival on Thursday, June 16, after they performed well at the Zone Cross Country Carnival at Umina Oval on Friday, May 6.


Students who will go onto the regional carnival include Taylem Barnard, Garion Verstegen, Aengus Kenny, Jaid White, Sam

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Record number predicted for 5 lands walk

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record 10,000 people are forecast to take part in Australia’s premier beach walk said NSW 5 Lands Walk president Mr Con Ryan.



wo framed prints by Bensville artist Karen Bloomfield auctioned off in Sydney two weeks ago have raised almost $4000 for the Yalari charity.

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Speaking at the launch of the sixth annual 5 Lands Walk at Terrigal Mr Ryan said growing support for the event from the state government, business, the arts and ethnic communities and the general public would ensure a record turnout. “A $10,000 grant from Tourism NSW has also enabled us to attract shortstay visitors from further afield, such as Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra and Wollongong,” he said. This year’s Walk, which will take place on Saturday, June 18, was launched today by the Hon David Bradbury MP, Federal Member for Lindsay and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury. The 5 Lands Walk, inspired by southern Italy’s Cinque Terre, traverses a safe, 9km stretch of roads, beaches, footpaths and bush tracks that can be undertaken by any ablebodied adult or child. Linking the beachside communities of MacMasters, Copacopana, Avoca, North Avoca and

Terrigal, it offers coastal scenery and opportunities to witness the annual migration of Humpback whales from Antarctica. Marshals and first aid stations are provided, and walkers can use shuttle buses provided free by Coastal Liner Coaches and Touring to skip between any section of the walk at any time. “The 5 Lands Walk is fulfilling its pledge of Connecting People to People and People to Place by bringing together the diverse ethnic communities of the Central Coast, foremost being the Darkinjung traditional owners, whose totem is the Humpback whale,” said Mr Ryan. “We are also proud to announce that this year’s walk will be dedicated to the memory of the Late Jacko Smith, a eminent Darkinjung Elder who was a passionate campaigner for Aboriginal rights,” he said. Media Release, 9 May 2011 John Kirby, 5 Lands Walk

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The first competition event, to be held at The Hub on Friday, May 27, focuses on the emphasis that music plays in the lives of Central

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“Young entertainers will share the spotlight over three heats, hoping to wow the audience and our special panel of star judges with one polished performance each, to progress through to the next round,” said Mr Knee. “Up to six lucky young people from each heat will be given a golden pass through to the Search for a Star Grand Final in November, where the winner will be crowned 2011 Star of the Central Coast. “Anyone between the ages of 12 and 25 years old can enter and compete for the chance to win up to $10,000 in musical prizes to help kick start their career, ” said Mr Knee. The event will feature young local talent, special guests, free giveaways and lucky door prizes.. Media Release, 18 May 2011 Gosford Council Media

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YIPA concert has 20th anniversary he 20th annual Youth in Performing Arts (YIPA) Variety Concert Series will once again present an ensemble cast of stunning, young musicians, singers, dancers and actors to showcase and celebrate the Central Coast’s own handpicked talent.


This year’s series of five concerts will run from Tuesday, May 31, to Saturday, June 4, from 8pm each night at Laycock St Theatre. Laycock St Theatre Program coordinator Mr Leon Hammond said a YIPA concert is the perfect opportunity to witness stars in the making, catch them before they’re famous and experience the breadth of our region’s dazzling arts and entertainment line-up. “Each concert follows the time-honoured variety entertainment format to ensure that audiences sample new delights, enjoy old favourites and go home with music in their ears, the beat thumping in their chest and the knowledge that the Central Coast is home to Australia’s stars of tomorrow,” said Mr Hammond. One former YIPA performer, now international star, will be on the Central Coast this year to offer his support to the performers. C e l e b r a t e d choreographer, TV personality, dancer and

new Dancing with the Stars resident judge, Mr Josh Horner, will return to Laycock St Theatre, this time as an audience member, to cheer along the young stars of tomorrow. After performing in YIPA, Mr Horner went on to study for five and a half years with the Australian Ballet and played many lead roles on the London West End before returning to Australia in 2007. He has since performed in Billy Elliott both in Sydney and on Broadway and is also an energetic TV host in Los Angeles. Along with Mr Horner, Central Coast celebrityspotters will be able to catch another TV favourite performing at one of the concerts, Liam Burrows, who recently enjoyed a standing ovation on Australia’s Got Talent, will treat YIPA audiences to a beautiful rendition of the same song he sang on the TV show. Media Release, 19 May 2011 Gosford Council Media

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Special guest poet pecial guest artist Mr Martin Pearson will feature at the Gosford Bush Poets meeting on the night of Wednesday, May 25, at the Gosford Hotel


“Martin Pearson, who is normally a resident in Victoria, is currently undertaking a tour of New South Wales and by a stroke of good fortune we have been able to convince him to share one of his rare free evenings of that tour with us,” said Gosford Bush Poets organiser Mr Vic Jefferies. “Martin is renowned as not only a marvellous satirist but also as a wonderful poet, musician, singer and author. “He regularly performs at every major folk music festival and folk venue in the country. “His appearances and performances at the prestigious National Folk Festival are legendary and he always fills the largest venues of that huge festival to overflowing,” he said. Email, 18 May 2011 Vic Jefferies, Gosford Bush Poets Martin Pearson

Scottish Country Dancing beginner workshop for Royal Scottish Country dancing will be held at the Church of Christ hall, Gosford from Wednesday, June 1, at 7pm.


The course will run for six weeks and will introduce beginners to the fundamentals of royal Scottish country dancing and those who attend will receive a dance technique booklet. “Royal Scottish Country Dancing (RSCDS) is a world recognized fun way of keeping fit and healthy for all age groups,” said Gosford Scottish Country Dancers president Mr Jim McMillan. “It contains the three essentials for keeping healthy, viz.; social – you dance with a partner in a set, aerobic, the basic step, called ‘skip change’, provides the needed exercise in an interesting and fun way, memory ,each dance is different, hence the old brain cells get a workout too,” he said.

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Rep player to manage Gosford basketball

Newcastle gala day

entral Coast Academy of Sport programs coordinator Matt Johnston has accepted a position at Gosford City Basketball at Terrigal as its full time basketball manager and will be leaving the Academy.


tudents from St Phillips Christian College participated in the School’s annual Soccer Gala day in Newcastle, with four Gosford teams competing on the day.


“Our wonderful Year 3-4 team had a blast racing around the field,” said St Philips Christian College principal Ms Michelle Kelly. “They were unstoppable,” She continued. “The open girls achieved second place and both of our boys’ teams really challenged their opposition

and displayed great teamwork. “Thank you to Jordan Francis, James Harding and Dracy Brown who gave up their sleep-ins and lunch times to assist with the coaching of our teams. “Several parents also attended the game. We really appreciated their

support. Mrs MacKenzie and Mr Rogers both enjoyed their day and were blessed by the positive attitudes and sportsmanship of all who attended the day,” she said. Newsletter, 13 May 2011 St Philips Christian College, Michelle Kelly

Coastal surfing movie gains release acMasters Beach surfer Andrew Mooney and Avoca filmmaker James Kinnaird have secured a deal with Surfing World magazine to have their film, “Poor Man” released with an upcoming issue of the magazine.


Andrew and James travelled up the East Coast for two weeks with 16-yearold grommet Josh Hay surviving only on what they could earn along the way. “We left our credit cards at the start line so we scammed and scabbed our way into jobs and free meals where we could,” said Mooney. The trio began their trip on the Central Coast before they moved on to Newcastle, Treachery, Forster, Coffs Harbour and then headed home. “Before we’d even had a good session of waves, the car broke down at Treachery. “We were camping in the middle of nowhere but luckily we had a few day’s work before in Newcastle and a few supplies while we were stuck there for a few days until we could get the car fixed. “We had the worst two weeks of waves for the whole year which made it

really hard for the movie because we had to use the surfing sessions we’d usually discard,” he said. Mooney said he found it easy to find jobs despite his previous concerns. “I had no idea if we were going to get enough jobs but we found it quite easy and the great thing was we met so many people along the way, it made the East Coast feel really small. “The more people we met, the more jobs we found and it was much easier than we first thought and claimed we were going to live this way forever. “One of the jobs we did was wash car windows in King St in Newcastle and I was amazed at how we were treated doing that line of work. “We were pretty much treated like…I felt like a bum on the street. “A small number of people praised us and especially Josh, being so young, for trying to make a

dollar. “We earned about $76 from that job, which kept us going for a while, but mostly we just did jobs for free meals.” The “Poor Man” movie is the second Mooney and Kinnaird film. The first, “One Month on the Moon” was released with Waves magazine last year. “We had a premiere at Avoca bowling club for “One Month on the Moon”, our last movie, to raise awareness and some funds for the Blackdog Institute that deals with mental health and mainly depression. “We charged a $10 entry fee to raise funds for the institute and raised about $2000.” Mooney said he won’t be stopping with the “Poor Man” film and is preparing to release a travel documentary next year. Kaitlin Watts, 19 May 2011 Interviewee: Andrew Mooney

Johnston joined the Central Coast Academy of Sport team of staff just over nine months ago with the aim of gaining some experience and establishing himself within the sport and recreation industry. Johnston was originally employed by the academy as development officer before progressing into the programs coordinator role and attracting the attention of a number of other local sporting organisations including Gosford City Basketball at Terrigal, who have offered him a challenging new role as their full-time basketball manager – a position recently left vacant by Glenn Clark, who is taking on a new career path with the NSW police force. “We are supportive of Matt’s decision to take on the new role with Gosford City Basketball and we wish him all the best,” said Central Coast Academy of Sport executive officer Luke Tucker. “The academy is all about developing our local sports administrators as well as our athletes, coaches and

officials, so we feel we have played an important role in Matt’s development in sports administration and we’ll always be here to offer any ongoing support that may be required in his new role. “Matt still has a lot to learn, but this is a great opportunity for him to gain full-time employment in a local setting and within the sport of basketball where his true passion lies,” added Tucker. Away from the office, Johnston is a talented

basketballer who played all his junior representative basketball with the Gosford City Rebels and is now representing the Central Coast Crusaders in the club’s top senior men’s team. Part of his new role will be to oversee the ongoing success of both the Gosford City Rebels junior and Central Coast Crusaders senior representative basketball programs. “It’s an exciting move for me, one that I’ve had to think long and hard about,” said Johnston. “The support of the Central Coast Academy of Sport has been valuable and I thank the Board and staff for the great opportunities they’ve provided me. “I’m looking forward to continuing my involvement as a coach with the academy basketball program and my dealings with the staff through the close association with Gosford City Basketball,” Johnston added. Media Release, 16 May 2011 CCAS Media

New shirts following sponsorship voca Beach Bowling Club pennant players have been gifted with their new pennant shirts following the club’s sponsorship deal with B-Mac Constructions.


This is a three-year sponsorship, which was acknowledged by chairman of the board Mr Dick Love and Men’s Bowling Club president Mr Ashely Ayer who also presented a certificate of appreciation to

company owner Mr David McMillan. “It is people like David that makes our club what it is today and all members should be extremely grateful for the generosity of David and his company,”

said Avoca Monthly Buzz newsletter editor Mr Mark Raynor. Newsletter, 26 Apr 2011 Mark Raynor, Monthly Buzz



he first Surfarama event held since 1987 took place at Avoca Beach over the weekend of May 14 and 15.

Avoca provided two great days of swell for Surfarama, which organisers are hopeful will return again next year and grow to again become the biggest and best annual event on the Central Coast surfing calendar. Central Coast Academy of Sport surfing coach Nick Leslie said he has fond memories of Surfarama back in the day, so he was pleased to be at Avoca

over the weekend providing some valuable advice to our region’s next generation of surfers, who are all looking to progress to the levels that Nick reached as a youngster. “It’s great to see the return of such an iconic event to the Central Coast and even more pleasing to see this new crop of surfers getting the opportunity to compete and further their

development through the Central Coast Academy of Sport program,” said Leslie. “A big thanks goes to major sponsor Grip, who through managing director Charles Hudson – covered all the entry fees of the academy surfers to take part in the event,” added Leslie. Media Release, 19 May 2011 CCAS Media

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Women’s Bowling Club does well


he Avoca Beach Women’s Bowling Club Number five Pennant team has done well this pennant season, not only winning the flag, but going through the season undefeated.

They suffered only three rink losses during the 14 rounds, along with two byes; a total of 57 points out of a possible 60. The last time this was achieved within the Club was when the undefeated Grade One team won the Pennant in 1971-72. “A long time between these two events showing what a difficult feat it is to achieve,” said Avoca


Great surf for boardriding competition

Helen McMillan, Lesley Woodrow skippered by Coral Allenby and Carol Wilkinson, Laurel Hoare, Dorothy Jenkins skippered by Faye Smith. The flag presentation took place on the May 4 at Umina Beach Bowling Club.

Monthly Buzz editor Mr Mark Raynor. “On the 14 April 2011after the last game was played, confirming the Flag was coming to Avoca, the team walked into the club house to be greeted by a guard of honour and rightly so for a team that has carved a small piece of history for themselves,” he said. The winning teams comprised Robyn Schram,

Newsletter, 26 Apr 2011 Mark Raynor, Monthly Buzz

Gosford victorious


osford Rugby Union first grade team defeated Terrigal in round six by 13 points to three at Gosford Showground on Saturday, May 14.

In a game that was intensely fought throughout, and although not high scoring, it still had plenty of movement. Gosford seemed to be able to control many of the set pieces yet it was Terrigal that got to every breakdown quickly and who forced the match into a struggle for the entire 80 minutes. “Terrigal had several excellent performers on

good players. Fullback Peter Miller was always dangerous from the back and gained many metres for the home side. “He was ably assisted by flanker Hugo Pike who had a strong game as well as Tim Hill in the centres,” said Mr Thomson.

the day, but none were better than flanker David Crawford who appeared to be all over the paddock and was in everything,” said Central Coast Rugby Union president Mr Larry Thomson. “He was well supported by five-eight Damien Woods, No.8 Ryan Metcalfe, and fullback Dennis Raft,” he said. “Gosford had several

Email, 16 May 2011 Larry Thomson, Central Coast Rugby Union Photo: Matt Baker

Gosford residents chosen for state Country squad


acMasters Own Boardriders Club (MOB) held its second surfing competition on Saturday, May 14, at MacMasters Beach and is now calling for more junior and female surfers to participate.


he Central Coast Academy of Sport basketball program has capped off another successful season with seven athletes selected in Under-16 NSW Country basketball squads.

In the girls squad, Madison Doorn has been selected in the team for the second year running after her successful involvement as a bottom-aged player last year. Doorn will this year be joined by fellow Gosford City Rebel and Central Coast Academy of

Sport basketball scholarship athlete Matilda Wilson, who will be representing NSW Country for the first time. Both Doorn and Wilson have been in the Central Coast Academy of Sport basketball program for the past two years and credit their involvement

in the academy program as a major contributor to their state team selections. The 2011 Under-16 National Basketball Championships will be held in Kilsyth, Victoria between July 9 and 16. Media release, 6 May 2011 CCAS Media

The competition started off at Corribeg Reserve, but as the tide dropped, MOB president BJ Cilia said the waves were un-surfable. So the MOB went mobile and relocated to the southern end of the beach. “The call was made and it was all hands on deck to move the comp to the surf club area with one bank out the point and the second over on the corner bank,”

said Mr Cilia. “The sun was shining and the surf was pouring in, we knew we were in for a great day,” he said. “The surf at the new location was some of the best we’ve had for a MOB comp. “There was lots of great surfing going down. “I was really impressed by the younger surfers and the girls for getting out

there and giving it ago as there were some big waves coming through,” said Mr Cilia. Stand outs on the day included Joel gribble, Matt McLeod, Aaron foster, the Drennan brothers, the Hogan bros and Mitch Raymond. Email, 19 May 2011 BJ Cilia, MOB

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Nitro rides into Gosford Photos and Story by Jody Mckinnon

NSW Liberals and Nationals Government will commit $3 million to upgrade playing fields and facilities for grassroots football on the Central Coast, NSW Opposition Leader Mr Barry O’Farrell has said.


n the night of Saturday, March 19, the Nitro Circus blazed into Gosford and lit up the sky over Blue Tongue Stadium. They are famous for

their outrageous stunts and didn’t disappoint the sold out crowd. Their motto is “If you ride it, you jump it”. Staying true to this, their antics included launching from the 50 foot jump ramps, on motor bikes to snow skis

and even shopping trolleys. Highlights included the Super Xtreme wheel chair athlete Aaron Fotheringham from the USA who has no fear speeding down the ramp. Representing the Central Coast was X games

medallist Andy Buckworth from Lake Haven. All in all an action packed night left the crowd wondering what crazy stunts the Nitro Circus will come up with next.

Amini to gain European experience by Glen Lauder


entral Coast M a r i n e r s midfielder Mustafa Amini’s footballing education will receive a massive boost over the next two weeks, as he heads off to train with German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. Amini will spend a fortnight training at the club where former Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak has made a name for himself in recent weeks, and whilst there, will head to Munchengladbach to watch on as the Qantas Socceroos take on Germany on March 29. “They are leading the Bundesliga ahead of Bayern Munich and other teams in the UEFA Champions League so it’s going to be a

great experience, I’m really looking forward to it, so it should be good,” said Amini. The 17-year-old will then return home for a Qantas Young Socceroos training

camp in Canberra in early April, as the squad prepares for the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Colombia at the end of July. “I had a great experience

at the Asian Cup last year and the World Cup would be awesome if I got selected. “I’m sure the organisers in Colombia will look after all the teams and it will be a great tournament,” Amini said. Amini will then return to the Mariners following the World Cup, where he will rejoin his teammates for pre-season training as they embark on the Hyundai A-League 2011-12 season. “Musti has been fantastic for us this season, he’s still only a kid, and heading to Germany to train with one of the biggest clubs there will be a fantastic experience for him,” said Mariners head coach Graham Arnold. “Hopefully he does well for Australia at the World Cup in Colombia, and can come back full of confidence before the new season starts.”

May 5, 2011

Liberals commit to Pluim Park upgrade A

Mr O’Farrell said the upgrade of Pluim Park to a state of the art regional sports facility would encourage increased participation in sport for people of all ages and abilities and enable the venue to host more events. “This is great news for grassroots football and great news for the Central Coast,” Mr O’Farrell said. “Central Coast Football is booming, with over 13,000 members of all ages and 23 affiliated clubs. “Central Coast Football has nurtured grassroots football on the Coast since 1963 and every weekend it stages more than 600 games. “With this upgrade, Pluim Park will be firmly established as the home of football on the Central Coast, increasing the number of events it can cater for and improve the match day experience for players and spectators.” The $3 million funding will provide for a full upgrade of playing surfaces on three fields including soil profile, drainage, irrigation and returfing, an extended car park, including drainage for water harvesting, new office space and amenities including a kiosk and change rooms and upgrades to the grandstand, seating, lighting, fencing, scoreboards and

other facilities. Shadow Minister for the Central Coast Mr Chris Hartcher said the NSW Liberals and Nationals were committed to providing community infrastructure for the region. “The NSW Liberals and Nationals strongly support local communities and we’re proud to announce this investment for grassroots sport on the Central Coast,” Mr Hartcher said. “Despite the best efforts of members, there has been little capital maintenance or investment at Pluim Park in the past decade, rendering the facilities inadequate. “Our commitment is in stark contrast to the Labor Party which has taken this region for granted.” Liberal Candidate for Wyong Mr Darren Webber said the upgrade of Pluim Park would confirm it as the home of football on the Central Coast. “Central Coast Football has been serving the community for almost 50 years and with this upgrade they will have a home base at Pluim Park they deserve,” Mr Webber said. “The success of the Central Coast Mariners has heightened interest in soccer in the region and this commitment can only help build participation in grassroots sport,” Liberal Candidate for the Entrance Mr Chris Spence said. “This announcement shows the NSW Liberals and Nationals are committed to providing this fast growing region with the community infrastructure and services it needs,” said Liberal Candidate for Gosford Cr Chris Holstein.

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Future talent finds form in Central Coast Championships

Main - Bowls Central Junior 4’s champions 2011 (l/r) - Harley McDonald (skip), Zach Robertson (3rd), Dolton Wilson (2nd) and Jacob Casswell (lead) Inset 1 - Bowls Central Coast Junior Pairs champions 2011 (l/r) Luke McBeatty (skip) and Jacob Casswell (lead) Inset 2 - Bowls Central Coast Junior Singles finalists 2011 (l/r) – Dolton Wilson (runner-up) Aron Sherriff (marker) and Harley McDonald (winner) he future of not accurately reflect the levelled the score at 21-21. either way but Harley just Luke and Jacob scored edged out Dolton 31-28 lawn bowls on closeness of the competition the Central Coast as both teams displayed fine two shots on the next end to claim the title of Bowls was on display at drawing skills and a wide and were holding one shot Central Coast Junior Singles on the last end for match Champion for 2011. range of shot selection. Ettalong Memorial Bowls Central Coast This was the sixth year in leaving Harley with no other Bowling Club a row that Harley McDonald option than to try and kill Junior Manager Garry featuring the Junior has been in the winning the end. Harley drove hard MacFadyen commented Fours Championship Junior Fours team. and took out the shot bowl after the event that the and competing After the game skipper but the jack stayed in place standard of play over the over three days of Harley praised his 13-year- giving Luke and Jacob a three days was exceptionally the April school old lead Jacob Casswell narrow 23-22 victory and high and the winners will now progress to the NSW State who has cerebral palsy and their first title. holidays. Wednesday afternoon’s Junior Championships held The contest held on plays with callipers on his Monday April 11 featured legs using a short “bowling Junior Singles Final between at Warilla from Mon July11 Harley McDonald and to Sat July 16 2011. Junior Champion Harley arm”. Garry also complimented Tuesday afternoon saw Dolton Wilson was a thriller McDonald, steered his team Central Coast of Jacob Casswell (lead), the final of the Junior Pairs as these two top contenders Bowls Dolton Wilson (2nd) and Championship and the duo went “toe to toe’ in a match Junior Coach and Ettalong Zach Robertson (3rd) to of Luke McBeatty (skip) marked by the 2010 World Memorial Bowls Coordinator a 33 -12 victory over Matt and Jacob Casswell (lead) and Australian Singles John Roberts for the professional manner in McGaw’s composite team jump out to an early lead Champion Aron Sherriff. With both boys displaying which the championships of Caleb Peck (lead), Cody over Harley McDonald (skip) McDonald (2nd) and Luke and Zach Robertson (lead) a full range of draw, drives were conducted. and held on until the 19th and positional shot play McBeatty (3rd). Bob Bourke The final score did end when Harley and Zach the match could have gone


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$47 million regional sport funding he NSW State Gover nment has committed $47 million to regional sports funding, $3 million of which has been allocated to the upgrading of Pluim Park at Lisarow and $3 million for Central Coast Bears Headquarters.


The confirmation was made by the Minister for Sport and Recreation, Graham Annesley who encouraged local councils and sports bodies to take advantage of the opportunity to secure NSW Government funding. “As a former official, I understand the importance of supporting the behindthe-scenes participants who make sport possible,” said Mr Annesley, who, as a former NRL Chief Operating Officer, is keen to improve facilities and nurture current and future champions. The $3 million commitment had been reported in Grandstand as an election promise by the NSW Liberals and Nationals while still in Opposition. A former rugby league referee, Mr Annesley has decades of industry experience

combined with a solid corporate background. “I am honoured to use my lifelong experience in the sports sector to serve the needs of the whole of the State’s sporting community,” he said. “The O’Farrell Government is dedicated to developing sport and recreation at all levels throughout NSW. After first picking up the whistle at age 13, Mr Annesley went on to referee more than 200 first-grade matches and six finals matches including the 1994 State of Origin and international Test Matches in the UK, France and the Pacific. “Our world-class sporting venues and facilities are more than just elite sport grounds; they are hubs of sport and recreational activity which bring people together from all walks of life,” he said. “A strong focus of my portfolio is to increase participation in sport in the general community by ensuring that good quality sporting infrastructure is available throughout the State. “Applications are now open for the Sport and Recreation Facility Grants Program and I encourage local councils and sporting bodies to take advantage of this opportunity to secure NSW Government funding.”

Sincero wins osford Race Club was delighted with the turnout for the Gosford 3YO Guineas despite inclement weather which forced a postponement of the meeting from its original April 17 schedule to Monday April 25.


Club CEO James Heddo said the meeting on Anzac Day attracted more than 3,000 people which he described as a “tremendous result considering the wet conditions”. “The club was very pleased with the day although we continue to hope for fine weather on this day in 2012,” Mr Heddo said. The Gosford Guineas was

won by Sincero, the local galloper trained at Wyong, by Stephen Farley. Sincero was ridden by Gosford jockey Chris O’Brien who rode the horse perfectly to win by four lengths. “The large group of owners present were thrilled with the win which has a prizemoney of $250,000,” Mr Heddo said. “And the horse will now head to the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival in early July The main race he is aimed at is the $1 million Stradbroke Handicap. Second placegetter at the Gosford Guineas was Happy Patrick and the third placegetter was Celts. The Gosford Guineas has been run in various formats since 1979 but this year’s event was the first time it was offering a $250,000 prize.

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Issue 004

Enthusiastic fans see Matildas win

by Val Bridge

he Matildas continue their winning streak with a hard-fought 2-1 victory in the final home match before next month’s World Cup in Germany.


Played last Sunday at the Central Coast Bluetongue Stadium, the win followed a confident 3-0 win over the Football Ferns three days earlier - also at Bluetongue Stadium. The Matildas’ World Cup planning has already been hit by injury to Kate Gill, with the prolific

striker ruled out with a knee injury. The Matildas were without numerous other players against New Zealand, with Heather Garriock, Sarah Walsh, Thea Slatyer, Caitlin Foord and Teigan Allen all recovering from injury. Australia started well with Catherine Cannuli grabbing her debut international goal in her second outing just ten minutes in from the start with the Sydney FC forward heading home a Sam Kerr cross from close range. The goal only served to inspire the visitors, who were centimetres from equalising when a corner

caused havoc in the penalty area, with Matildas goalkeeper Melissa Barbieri grabbing a half-hit effort on the goal line. The Kiwis were rewarded on 26 minutes with an equaliser their first goal against Australia in five meetings - with striker Hannah Wilkinson converting from close range. Australia started to find some cohesion late in the opening half of a fiery trans Tasman contest in front of 2,866 spectators, when Collette McCallum hit the crossbar from a corner. McCallum then provided

a moment of inspiration nine minutes after the interval to break the deadlock curling the ball into the back of the Ferns net from one of her trademark free kicks. Prior to the game brought the news that Lisa De Vanna had been evicted from the Matildas camp in Gosford for disciplinary reasons on the morning of their World Cup farewell game against the Kiwis, thought immediately turned to whether Australia’s most potent weapon would be among coach Tom Sermanni’s 21 player squad in Germany next month.

With Kate Gill missing out on the World Cup due to a knee injury and Sarah Walsh still in rehab after a long term injury, suddenly, it seemed, the entire Matildas first choice attack for much of the past five years mightn’t be involved at the world’s showpiece. While Sermanni suggested after Sundays’ match at a sundrenched Bluetongue Stadium that De Vanna might still be selected if the rest of the squad accepted her back, there’s no doubt a wind of change is sweeping through the Matildas attacking line-up.

Photos: Val Bridge

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Athletes head to Samoa Bowls champion named after close match


eter Coombes has been named the Avoca Beach 2011 Major Singles Bowls Champion after he battle with Damien Lenkovic on Sunday, April 17, for the title.

Peter won with a close battle of scores finishing at 31 to 23. “A good game of bowls after a fairly sodden pitch from overnight rain but the green was very true,” said Montly Buzz editor Mr Mark Raynor. “What a championship,


Central Coast Academy of Sport athletics program and train regularly at Mingara’s Gatorade Regional Athletics Centre – the home of the academy, under the guidance of coach Larry Spencer. Powell will compete

semi finals produced some excellent bowls and on a day where the sun shone and the greens were running very well there were only two players who could make it to final,” he said. Newsletter, 26 Apr 2011 Mark Raynor, Monthly Buzz

Gosford Tennis hosts Bowrey Cup

isa Spencer and Madeline Powell have been selected by Athletics Australia in a team of fourteen athletes to represent their country at the Oceania Regional Championships to be held in Apia, Samoa between June 21 and 23.

Descending on the island nation’s capital for three days of competition, the Australian team will join athletes from the 22 IAAF federations scattered across the Pacific. Both Spencer and Powell are current members of the

unavailable players due to cross commitments, upset results according to the sideline experts and long battles for the chance to move on that extra round with a view to lifting the trophy on presentation night. “The quarterfinals and

in the women’s 100m hurdles, whilst Spencer is the defending champion in the women’s 400m hurdles event. Media Release, 18 May 2011 CCAS Media

Council grants for local Reps our Central Coast residents have received a total of $3000 in sponsorship from the Central Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (CCROC) to participate at both national and international sporting events.


Avoca Beach residents Andrew and Kieran Spivey each received $500 to attend the 2011 National BMX Championships recently held in Cairns from April 23 to May 1. Both were selected after strong performances in the 2011 State Titles. Brandon Stokes of Umina Beach was awarded $1000 to participate in the Vikings International High School Cup being held in Rhyl, Wales

from April 13. Brandon was selected after an exemplary performance at this year’s National Championships. Wamberal’s Troy Akhurst has received $1000 to attend the Ice Hockey Friendship Games to be held in Wisconsin USA from June 14 to 25. He was selected for the NSW team after strong performances in the qualifying try-outs. A joint initiative of Gosford

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City and Wyong Shire Councils, CCROC provides sponsorship to residents who have been selected by a national, state or regional body to participate in a recognised sporting or cultural event. In return for sponsorship, the recipients promote the Central Coast in the local, interstate and international arenas. Email, 5 May 2011 Gosford Council Media


he Northumberland Girls Team took out the Lesley Bowrey Cup. at the Gosford Tennis Centre in the 14 and under State Team Championships on the first weekend of May.

Talented tennis juniors were invited to represent their region with six country and six metro teams competing for the Lesley Bowrey Cup, and the Ken Rosewall Cup. The first day of play was interrupted by the rain, however, the teams battled on around the conditions.

On the second and final day the rain held off with all matches being completed. The aspiring youngsters had a brush with fame during the weekend as Ken Rosewall was kind enough to drive up to Gosford to check out all of the action. The Metro Deuces were the winners of the Ken

Rosewall Cup comprising of Alexander Bourgeois, Jack Whittaker and Anuraj Talati, and managed by current pro tour player and Central Coast resident Adam Feeney. Newsletter, 17 May 2011 Maurice Murphy, Tennis NSW



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