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Gosford Central Community News

June 20, 2011

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Council to request land ownership

Gosford residents receive OAMs he Gosford Community has been represented in the Queen’s Birthday 2011 Honours List, with three residents awarded the ultimate honour for their contribution to the public.


Green Point resident Ms Judith Gifford has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the general division for service to nursing mothers through the Australian Breastfeeding Association. Dr Howard Bell of Gosford has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal, also, in the general division for his service to the community

Judith Gifford

through social justice and legal organisations. Gosford resident Mr Thomas Bagnat was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal for his “outstanding public service to the National Parks and Wildlife Service in New South Wales”. For the full stories see pages 3 and 5. Elyse Gunner and Kaitlin Watts, 17 Jun 2011

Dr Howard Bell

Discussions still progressing ember for Gosford Chris Holstein has advised that negotiations for the Bambara land in Kariong are still continuing.


“Gosford City Council, who commenced discussions with the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the landowners, are still progressing,” said Mr Holstein. Mr Holstein reconfirmed that, should the current negotiations be unresolved, the Government would honour the election commitment to bring in a mediator. “Unfortunately, rumours are circulating and incorrect information is being put in to the public arena,” he said. “The commitment is still in place and all I need is

formal advice from Council that negotiations have been unsuccessful before further action can take place. “I am finding that these rumours are very distracting to those people who have a genuine care and a passion for preserving this land for public ownership, but they must understand that the negotiations are a matter between the two parties and that they will be conducted with due process and in due course,” Mr Holstein said. Media Release, 6 Jun 2011 Chris Holstein MP



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Aerial view of the land at Green Point

osford Council has resolved to send correspondence to the Minister for Roads and Ports and the Minister for the Central Coast requesting that the ownership of the RTA land at Green Point be transferred to Council ownership for inclusion in the COSS.


According to Council’s report of Tuesday, June 7, Gosford Council received advice from the RTA that remaining bushland from the roadwork undertaken to widen Avoca Dr between Sun Valley Rd and Bayview Dr, Green Point, would not be transferred to Council despite Council’s previous understanding that it

would be transferred at the completion of the works at no cost to Council. The report states that the RTA have advised Council it can either agree to accepting care, control and management of the land or alternatively to purchase the land. Based on verbal and written communication with

the representatives of the RTA in 2010, Council had been of the understanding that the RTA had agreed to transfer the bushland adjacent to the new extension of Lakewood Ave to Council at no cost once the road construction project had been completed. Council said more recent correspondence, received

this year, has seen a change in the RTA’s position on the transfer of the land with the RTA requesting Council agree to accept care, control and management of the land, with the RTA retaining ownership. Council has refused both options proposed to them by the RTA and awaits a response from the ministers. Council Agenda CIT.8, 7 Jun 2011

Masterplan available for public viewing osford Council has placed the Masterplan for the Five Lands Coastal Walkway on public exhibition which will remain available for viewing until July 10.


Gosford Council’s Project officer of Metro Greenspace Mr Chris Lear said the increasing popularity of the annual Five Lands Walk event highlighted the need to establish a permanent coastal walkway that is accessible to the community and visitors all year round. The permanent walking trail will connect the five coastal communities of MacMasters Beach, Copacabana, Avoca, North Avoca and Terrigal. It is expected to enhance the existing Open Space Network in the Gosford Local Government Area and create opportunities to

promote tourism within the region. After several successful community consultation meetings the comprehensive document provides a blueprint for an improved and integrated network of walking tracks linked to lookouts, viewing platforms, local communities and other key visitor sites. It is designed to guide the development of the walkway over the next 10 years. Mr Lear said that walkers will experience a diverse range of landscapes and terrain along the 10.5km journey.

“It provides a picturesque walk through some of the region’s most valuable natural assets including the Captain Cook Lookout at Copacabana, Cochrone Lagoon, a new bush trail to Winney Bay, Avoca Lagoon and the Terrigal Skillion. “Council will also investigate the use of downloadable mobile phone applications to provide walkers with up to date information about the trail and its attractions, ensuring the walk remains a low-tech experience while providing access to hightech information,” said Mr. Lear.

A copy of the draft Masterplan will be on public exhibition at Council’s Customer Service Centres at Gosford, Erina, Kincumber and Woy Woy, and on Council’s website. Any submissions regarding the draft Masterplan are to be received by the general manager by 5pm on Monday, July 25. Once endorsed by Council, the document will be used as a tool to source funding through various State and Federal Government Grants to undertake works identified in the Masterplan. Media Release, 9 Jun 2011 Gosford Council Media


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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 1800 067 967

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

Welfare Services Donnison St. Restaurant 4325 3540 Gosford Family Support 4340 1585 Horizons Family Services 4334 3377 Meals on Wheels Gosford 4367 4333 Department of Community Services Gosford - 4336 2400 The Salvation Army 4325 5733 Samaritans Emergency Relief 4393 2450 St Vincent De Paul Society HELPLINE 4323 6081

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All Good Book store is located in the Imperial Centre Gosford and offers a different and exciting range of books to explore new authors or get the kids reading. To win one of these $25 book vouchers write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send to Gosford News All Good Book store competition, PO Box 1056, Gosford NSW 2251, by the close of business Thursday, June30. The winners of last edition’s Gosford News Mayan Priest book giveaway are Elaine Burrows from Gosford, Lynne Laugesen from Terrigal, S.Binns from Kincumber and Mandy Wheen from Tascott. Kaitlin Watts, 17 Jun 2011

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Queen’s birthday honours

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Gifford receives award for nursing mothers


reen Point resident Ms Judith Gifford has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for service to nursing mothers through the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

Ms Gifford was awarded her medal for her almost 40 years of service to the ABA and said she is not finished yet. Ms Gifford said she was excited about the medal “but you have to keep it secret for more than two months so it was hard not blurting it out to family or other people in our Association”. Ms Gifford joined the Association in June 1972 when she was pregnant with her second daughter. “We were living in Wagga Wagga at the time. I read a small item in a doctor’s column in the Sunday paper,” she said. “I had struggled to feed my first daughter not knowing another single person in Wagga who was breastfeeding.

“My support was my mother living 500kms away in Gosford, long before the days of emails and easy communications. “I loved the information received in the member newsletter and the resources just becoming available. “I helped start a group in Wagga and then began to train as a volunteer breastfeeding counsellor. “I then had a third daughter and started travelling extensively throughout the Riverina, holding meetings and finding other women to train as counsellors and start groups in their town. Ms Gifford said the 1970s was a time of “great growth” for the Association when she started another 10 groups with other women.

“Then in 1979, I was elected to the national Board, based in Melbourne and was a Board member for nine years, the maximum. “So a lot of travelling away from home leaving our by then three primary-aged children at home, cared for by my husband and NMAA friends. “In that period, I was national president for two years, the first non-Victorian to hold the position.” Ms Gifford was then made an honorary member in 1991. “In the nine years on the Board and since, I have been very involved with the many publications we produce and am currently National Publications manager responsible for our many and varied publications -a

professional journal, our member newsletter, our breastfeeding books and booklets, not to mention the information articles on the ABA website. Ms Gifford continues to counsel and support mothers, face to face, over the phone and by email. “I love that I know I have made a difference to the lives of the probably thousands of mothers I have helped, some of whom went on themselves to become counsellors,” she said. “Also, I have a network of like- minded friends throughout Australia. “Two of my three daughters are in turn breastfeeding counsellors and our nine grandchildren have all been breastfed, some still are,” she said. Kaitlin Watts, 16 Jun 2011 Interviewee: Judy Gifford, Green Point

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Bagnat awarded Public Service Medal osford resident Mr Thomas Bagnat has been awarded an Australian Public Service Medal for his “outstanding public service to the National Parks and Wildlife Service in New South Wales”.


Mr Bagnat has demonstrated outstanding commitment to his work, to the community and to the environment throughout his extensive career within the National Parks and Wildlife Service. In his current position as Regional Manager, Central Coast Hunter Range Region, which he has held for over 11 years, Mr Bagnat provides overall leadership, direction and effective management of all parks and reserves as well as the financial and human

resources in the Region. The Region is recognised as being highly complex with numerous stakeholder groups and land management issues. Mr Bagnat has excelled in all aspects of his roles and responsibilities and is highly respected by his peers. With his exemplary leadership skills, Mr Bagnat instilled a strong focus in his Region on developing stakeholder relationships and facilitated opportunities to encourage greater

community involvement in, and responsibility for, conservation of natural and cultural heritage. Among Mr Bagnat’s most notable achievements was his leadership and significant contribution to the development of an emergency response capability within the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

IN GOSFORD CITY Cleaning Up Gosford City We are very pleased to report that our willing workers from the Vacant Shops Program recently helped clean up Gosford even more by painting over illegal graffiti tags. This program was funded by Break Thru People Solutions through GBID and with equipment supplied by ACS, the program was initially implemented to clean up Gosford’s vacant shops. The program was recently expanded to take in many more improvement works around the city.

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The increasing cost of living has resulted in many more families and individuals experiencing financial hardship approaching us for assistance. We are only able to provide the level of service that we do thanks to the generosity of the Central Coast community and through fundraising events such as the quiz night. An overview of our 20092010 statistics shows we

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previous year. The unfortunate statistic is that we were unable to accommodate 58 per cent of homeless men, women, youth and children who came to us for assistance, simply because we had no vacancies. Letter, 14 Jun 2011 Laurie Maher, Coast Shelter

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Carbon emissions call for a fine


he furious debate about a price on carbon goes on and on and vested interests with the most money have the loudest voices.

Putting a price on carbon is not a tax and it is unfortunate that the government is calling it that because the word always triggers emotions. It is fine on big companies for their pollution. Any individual who puts a pile of garbage on the road would be fined but big companies are putting billions of tonnes of carbon into our atmosphere and so far have got away with it free. Putting a price on carbon emissions is fining the biggest and usually richest companies in Australia for

their pollution so that it becomes more economic for them to stop polluting. The money raised will be used to create more jobs in new clean industries and to compensate households for any flow on effect. Tony Abbott is shamefully calling on major companies to spend big money on propaganda against the “tax” and the government is dithering on how much in concessions it should give to the richest polluters.

Meanwhile, mines are eating up our prime agricultural lands and thousands of permits have been issued for exploration for dangerous coal seam gas on farms. Serious scientists consider we should rapidly move to a low fossil fuel economy, economists tell us the longer we leave the change the drearier it will get and while politicians bicker, our life support systems are being trashed. Letter, 8 Jun 2011 Ann Marshall, Holgate

long with tens of thousands of Australians, I was horrified and sickened by what I saw on the ABC’s 4 Corners on May 30.


While slow to respond positively, the Gillard government has announced a six month halt on the export of live animals to Indonesia and this is to be welcomed. However, the manager of Meat and Livestock Australia revealed in this morning’s news that the industry has been aware of the abhorrent conditions and practices in Indonesian slaughterhouses for the past 10 years. While he says the industry has been working to “improve conditions and humane methods of

slaughter”, nothing has changed. What does this say about the live export industry and the Indonesians themselves? Enough to warrant a complete ban on live exports and move to the killing and packaging of meat on Australian soil as is apparently done in New Zealand. If the Indonesians don’t like this, then I believe they

can go without, when they’re hungry enough they’ll eat Halal meat packaged anywhere (apparently they do with meat from N.Z.). But Australians should not become too complacent that the problem has gone away. Government and individuals will need to continuously monitor the situation to see that the ban stays in place until a permanent cessation of the live export trade is achieved. Email, 9 Jun 2011 Ron Lloyd, Narara

Petition against placement of pathway


he petition received by Gosford Council, with 103 signatures regarding this pathway, is not against a pathway to be built at Copacabana, as part of the 5 Lands Walkway Masterplan.

It is against the “preferred route” that the council are forcing upon the residents, whose properties back on to the drainage channel, which runs between Del Mar Drive and Ensenada Rd from Del Monte Place to Del Rio Dr. Not just a tiny pathway as the diagram depicts in the June 6 edition, on page 7. The residents and ratepayers of Copacabana,

who live closest to the drainage channel, and whose lives will be affected, prefer to have the proposed footpath to be constructed at the front of their properties, along either, Del Mar Drive, or Del Rio-

Ensenada Rd, to meet up to the existing pathway on Del Mar Drive. The reasons are clear on the petition, as to why the drainage channel pathway, is not the preferred choice for this major cultural event. Email, 11 Jun 2011 Robyn Gibbs, Copacabana

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Bell gets a Gong r Howard Bell of Gosford has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal in the general division for his service to the community through social justice and legal organisations.


Dr Bell is the current convenor for the Central Coast division of Amnesty International Australia, Former Chairman and Foundation Member of the Inner Sydney Catholic Social Justice Group, Committee Member for the Council for Civil Liberties, a member of the United Nations Association of Australia, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney and a friend of the Sydney Peace Foundation among other titles. Dr Bell is a lawyer, soldier, teacher, human rights activist, researcher and social justice campaigner. Dr Bell said the medal was for “helping out in our community” and was “a lovely and unexpected surprise”. “I think a big part of it was the work we do with the Central Coast Group of Amnesty,” he said. “That is really all done by our amazing and hard working local general

secretary Steven Turner, our incredible community campaigner and resident freedom singer Melody Pascoe and the inspired guidance of the wonderful Glenys North and our former convener Dr John McFarlane,” he said. “Words cannot adequately describe the feeling,” he said. “I was speechless (which is rare for me because I am such a chatterbox). “I cried with joy. “I thought about how this great honour can enable us to be of greater service to others – how to give more, to be more, to love more,” said Dr Bell. “None of us do what we do ever expecting to be recognised in such an exciting way. “So when something like this happens it feels almost surreal. “The first thing I wanted to do was share the happy news with my six beautiful grandchildren - six of my best mates,” he said.

Mr Bell said it all started years ago when he was working as a young trade union rep with community groups. “I have always been amazed at how a little bit of advice, help and support to people here and there can make such a difference in their lives, it really can change the world. “I still really want to make a difference and to help create a better world for the future: for my grandchildren and their generation and their children towards a sustainable future of peace on Earth. “I am deeply inspired by the vision of Amnesty International-imagine a world in which every man, woman and child enjoys all of their human rights as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the right not to be homeless. “That’s the world we all need to build,” said Mr Bell. Kaitlin Watts, 16 Jun 2011 Interviewee: Kaitlin Watts Howard with his six grand children

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Shop cleaners revitalise gardens

Time running out for water saving rebates

he former Gosford Town Centre gardens on Henry Parry Drive have been thoroughly revitalised through the conscientious efforts of the Gosford Vacant Shops Cleaners said GBID manager Mr Paul Brasch.


Ryan Keft from the Gosford Vacant Shops Cleaners program is a Horticulture student from Ourimbah Tafe and through his enthusiasm and knowledge, has transformed the gardens with assistance from Stephen Jeffreys. “The gardens were severely overgrown with vines and there was a large amount of rubbish all throughout the gardens,” said Mr Brasch. “There were enough weeds, trees and rubbish to

fill two large skip bins. “We are absolutely delighted with the progress being made and the results. “The only hold up was the horrendous weather we have had lately. “The plan is to finish the gardens with mulch, new plants and paint the light bollards as soon as possible. “We met with Gosford City Council’s Dave Medcalfe who organised all the tools, plants and skip bins needed to complete

the job. “This project has been a win-win for Gosford City Council and GBID,” he said. The Vacant Shops Program initially employed two youths who were funded by Break Thru People Solutions in a partnership initiative facilitated by GBID. The program gave the youths an opportunity to be employed initially to clean up the various vacant shops in Gosford. Once the vacant shops were cleaned up, the program was expanded to include graffiti removal, assisting the Create Innovate tenants to set up their projects in vacant shops and general cleaning within Gosford. The former Gosford Town Centre has now been renamed “Park Central” and Gosford Council is calling for Expressions of Interest for the centre’s use. Media Release, 16 Jun 2011 Paul Brasch, GBID

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still in place and an individual daily water use target of 150 litres, residents should use these rebates to make their household more water efficient. “With the closing of the Australian Government rebate program for rainwater tanks and greywater treatment systems, it is even more important to take advantage of this rebate scheme before it closes,” Cr Maher said. Media Release, 3 Jun 2011 Megan Low, Gosford Council

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During the raid, officers seized a rifle and ammunition, capsules believed to contain MDMA, two Harley Davidson motorcycles and three other vehicles believed to be subject to theft and rebirthing offences. The drugs will undergo

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Council receives disability access grant

Kariong resident enters environment competition nternational deforestation Project Borneo 3D could benefit from the helping hand of environmental enthusiast Cherie Busby.


osford Council will receive $200,000 to improve accessibility for people with disability after they were successful in tow projects under the Australian Government’s Accessible Communities initiative.


“The first project is for the provision of equitable access to the Captain Cook Lookout at Copacabana - a well-known whale watching spot,” said member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill. “The second project is for a series of improvements to entry and bathroom facilities across the Gosford Local Government Area, at Council’s Rumbalara Youth Hostel, Wyoming Youth Centre and Point Clare Hall. “People with disability deserve the same opportunities as other Australians. “Providing better access to public buildings and community facilities will remove significant barriers for people with a disability accessing services, employment and taking part in the community,” said Ms O’Neill. Accessible Communities is part of an $11 million accessibility package to support the Government’s National Disability Strategy. Parliamentary Secretary for Disabilities and Carers Senator Ms Jan McLucas said the Government was delivering on its election commitment to provide more support for people within their community. “We are working hard to

break down the obstacles faced by people with a disability,” Senator McLucas said. “The Accessible Communities program delivers practical support for local councils to ensure local people with disability, their families, friends and carers can get involved in community life. “Local councils will match the Government dollar for dollar to deliver these projects. “The Gillard Government is working hard to improve accessibility for people with disability. “We’ve introduced new building access standards to ensure all new and upgraded public buildings in Australia are accessible to people with a disability. “In addition, the Gillard Government is providing digital playback devices in public libraries around the country, improving cinema access for people with hearing and vision impairment and encouraging the adoption of Universal Housing Design principles,” said Senator McLucas. Media Release, 6 Jun 2011 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

The 19-year-old Kariong resident has joined the crusade to protect the remaining habitats of Orangutans by entering a renowned contest hosted by the South-East Asian organisation. If selected, Ms Busby will travel to Borneo to help aid the preservation of rainforests and regrowth of destroyed forests. “Orangutans critically need our help. Their forests are being destroyed at an alarming rate due to palm oil plantations, logging, bushfires, drought and human predators” says Ms Busby. “At present 80 per cent of Orangutan habitat has been destroyed. “Without intervention Orangutans face extinction in the wild within 10 years.”

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School celebrates Reconciliation Week

Ministers visit Coast schools he minister for School Education Mr Peter Garrett and member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill have visited Central Coast’s Green Point Christian College to talk with teachers and students about the Australian Government’s vision for the nation’s schools.


hertsey Public School celebrated National Reconciliation Week on the week of Monday, May 30, with a performance by Indigenous performer Tjupurru, a descendant of the Djabera tribe of the West Australian Kimberleys.


A brief history of National Reconciliation Week was also provided on Friday, June 3, which was followed by a flag-raising ceremony. “Special mention should

be made of Year 5 student, Blake’s first ever solo didgeridoo performance whilst the Aboriginal flag was being raised was highly commendable,” said

Chertsey Pubic School principal Mr John Anderson. Newsletter, 7 Jun 2011 John Anderson, Chertsey Public School

Schools prepare for readathon chools in the Gosford area are preparing to participate in the 32nd annual MS Readathon program.


In June and July students from St Patricks Catholic Primary School in Gosford, Lisarow Public, Erina Heights, Avoca Beach Public, St Mary’s, Central Coast Grammar, Wood port Public, and Valley View Public school will read as much as they can for 30 days to help raise money to combat MS. Novels, story books, newspapers and magazines will all be consumed avidly, with readers choosing the materials that interests them the most. And in a new pageturning twist, schools on the Central Coast will be rewarded with Target gift

cards worth 10 per cent of the money raised by their students. Schools with a participation rate of 10per cent or more of student enrolments will go in the draw to win 20 Apple iPads. MS Readathon supporter and 2011 Australian of the Year Simon McKeon, who was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago, said that while most participants would learn a lot from the books they read, the MS Readathon experience would provide other valuable life lessons. “The MS Readathon creates a real enthusiasm for books among its participants. It also

teaches students about the importance and value of supporting causes that bring a change for the better. “My own MS diagnosis really made me aware of all the great work that MS Australia does. “It’s great that so many people become more aware of the disease and its impacts through the MS Readathon.” Last year the top fundraising Central Coast school was Central Coast Adventist who raised $3959. Media Release, 18 May 2011 Lauren Tesolin, MS Readathon

Performing arts students from the College joined their counterparts from local high schools at Terrigal, Narara Valley and Brisbane Water Secondary College Woy Woy Campus to showcase their talents at the College’s new performing arts centre. Green Point’s $3.2 million Creative and Performing Arts Centre was built with funds from the Federal Government’s Building the Education Revolution program. The 2011-12 Budget delivers a range of measures for schools including performance rewards for teachers, more support for students with disabilities and expanding the school chaplaincy program. “We want to make every school a great school, offering kids a quality education that helps them achieve their full potential,” Mr Garrett said. The new More Support for Students with Disabilities initiative provides teachers

and students with resources such as access to speech and occupational therapy, new equipment, for example audio and visual technology and additional support for teachers to improve the learning experience of students with disabilities. The $425 million Reward Payments for Great Teachers initiative, with the first round of payments beginning in 2014, will give Australia’s top performing teachers access to a reward payment based on their performance. Secondary students will have greater access to vocational training through the National Trade Cadetships Scheme. From 2012, students from Year 9 will be offered a new National Trade Cadetship as an option under the Australian Curriculum. The cadetship scheme will provide greater consistency in the delivery of vocational training in schools across Australia,

and a clearly defined pathway through school and into further study, work or a career in the trades. The Government has committed $3.1 million to the initial development of the scheme and an additional $25 million for structured work experience places. Ms O’Neill said the initiatives build on the government’s record of investment and action in education. “Through funding from the Building the Education Revolution and National Secondary Schools Computer Fund Green Point Christian College has 21st century facilities and tools that will be essential for providing students with an education in this fastchanging digital world,” Ms O’Neill said. Media Release, 10 Jun 2011 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

Employment day for young people with disabilities Can Do Day was held in Kariong on Wednesday, June 15, for young people with disabilities.


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Book fair surpasses all goals


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t John the Baptist Catholic Primary School held its first Scholastic Book Fair on the week of Monday, May 30.


The School surpassed its goal of $4500 with a grand total of $5650. “This means we will receive this year’s Children’s Book Council short-listed titles as well as a cash commission of over $1100,” said St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School librarian Ms Ann Hall. “I would like to thank the St John the Baptist school community, and the Parish community, for giving such generous support to the

library. “I would also like to warmly thank Jane Goodwin-Moore, Eleni Georgiadis, Melissa Porter, Stacey Saul, Danielle Curnoe-Cheng and Debbie Tonkin, whose help with book sales was invaluable,” said Ms Hall. Newsletter, 8 Jun 2011 Frank Cohen, St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School

Students set to travel Asia t Philip’s Christian College is again hosting an overseas cultural excursion.


The Asian Study Tour will be held in the July break next year. The school is seeking expressions of interest from students who would be interested in participating in the journey. The trip will go for 13 days, and while it is aimed at students in year 10, other grades are welcome to apply. The itinerary includes staying at Home Phu Toi Resort on the Thai River of Kwai. Other activities include visiting the Hell Fire Pass War memorial, elephant rides, visiting a jungle village and experiencing first-hand the Thai culture, before venturing to Vietnam to explore the Cu Chi

tunnels and Vietnamese culture; sharing time with a Vietnamese high school and visiting an orphanage. “Travelling overseas can be an exciting experience but it does require a much higher level of student commitment in terms of behaviour and group expectations”, said principal Ms Michelle Kelly “I believe that the educational value of the trip we are planning will be of enormous benefit to students. “I also believe that the trip will provide wonderful experiences for our students, which can be life changing.” Newsletter, 15 June 2011 Michelle Kelly, St Philip’s Christian College

Chertsey wins first debate

t Philip’s Christian College has again hosted its School Spectacular performance day held on Wednesday, June 8.


“It is so encouraging to see the whole college, students, staff and parents working together to produce something so uplifting and of such high quality” said principal Ms Michelle Kelly of the successful event.

“Our Junior School was just fabulous. “I smiled the whole way through. “Our children certainly showed us what was more precious than gold, with their raps, cheerleading and

fabulous acting,” she said. “Middle School showed us their potential and the dreams that they have that are more precious than gold, with their representation of what they want to be when they are old.”

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he Chertsey Public School Debating Team held its first debate in the Priority Schools Debating Competition in their hall against The Entrance Public School on Thursday, June 2.


The topic argued was cats are better than dogs. Chertsey Public School’s team “came up with some extremely convincing arguments and delivered them confidently to an attentive audience”, said coordinator Ms Joanne Stuckey. The debate was a

closely-fought one, but in the end the adjudicator awarded it to Chertsey. The second debate will take place before the next school holidays. Newsletter, 7 Jun 2011 John Anderson, Chertsey Public School

The students all unleashed their imagination, presenting artworks and craft at the event. “Thank you so much to our incredibly talented musicians and to our staff who made the Spectacular possible”

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School students return from scholarship program enry Kendall High School year 11 student Ms Naomi Baxter will share her hands-on experience of a Vietnam study tour with her peers.

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the annual funding of $230,000 over the next two years would support the professional development of local artists, encourage local engagement in contemporary arts practice and boost the local economy. “This package follows the release of a 2010 report by Lois Randall Creative Consulting which assessed arts infrastructure and resources in Gosford and Wyong,” Mr Hartcher said. “The Central Coast Art and Community 2010 Report recommended that Arts NSW provide a significant injection of funds to boost the region’s creative community over the next two years,” he said. The $230,000 Arts NSW funding package in 2011 may include a twoyear Community Creative Producer, an Artist in Residence Project and a Digital Arts Residencies Project. Mr Spence said the 2012 funding package is likely to be spent on similar initiatives aimed at building on arts programming through exhibitions or performances of music, theatre, visual or

digital works on the Central Coast. The package would also build on existing arts infrastructure in the region such as Gosford Chamber of Commerce’s Create, Innovate Gosford City which links artists with available work and exhibition spaces. “It is also tipped to help establish professional arts networks on the Central Coast with links to business, education, youth and Indigenous organisations,” sad Mr Holstein. Arts minister Mr George Souris said he was delighted that the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has delivered on key findings of the Central Coast Art and Community 2010 Report through this announcement. “With a population of 320,000, the Central Coast is the third largest residential region in NSW,” he said. “A further 100,000 residents are expected to call the region home by 2031. “The NSW Government recognises the importance of supporting the local art sector to meet the demands of this rapidly growing region.” Media Release, 10 Jun 2011 Caroline Hutcherson, Office of Chris Hartcher

Ms Baxter is one of eight year 10 and 11 students who have returned from the tour arranged through the Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship program. They spent two weeks studying the ANZAC tradition at locations central to the Australian role in the Vietnam conflict such as Vung Tau, Nui Dat, Long Tan and Binh Ba. Ms Baxter has been involved in commemoration events such as ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day since before kindergarten. She is a member of the Australian Army Cadets, an interest which has supported her study of Australian military history and enabled her to meet army personnel including Vietnam veteran Major General Warren Glenny. In her application statement Ms Baxter explained her interest in terms of overseas conflict building Australia’s nationhood and continuing to shape relations with other countries.

“These conflicts helped Australia find its place on the world stage as it grew towards being a truly independent nation,” she said. Scholarship recipients are required to submit projects about their experiences, and Ms Baxter will make a presentation about the tour to support the teaching of Indo-Chinese history at the school. The Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship program, which started in 2009, provides an opportunity for secondary students from government and non-government schools to travel to one or more sites associated with the ANZAC tradition. This year’s Vietnam trip from April 21 to May 4 was the first to the country under the program. Twelve other NSW students will visit Turkey, Greece and Crete later this year. Media Release, 9 Jun 2011 Sven Wright, DET

Kincumber holds band night Youth Band Night will be held at Kincumber Youth Centre on Friday, June 24, from 7pm to 10pm.


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Cultural Precinct plan on display


osford Council’s Draft Caroline Bay Cultural Precinct Masterplan and Plan of Management has gone on public exhibition and will remain available until Sunday, July 10.

The Cultural Precinct covers 73,000m2 and includes the Gosford Regional Gallery and Arts Centre, Caroline Bay foreshore and a number of surrounding reserves. The Masterplan outlines how the area can be better presented as a cohesive cultural precinct with better vehicle, pedestrian and cycle connections. It also provides design principles, a framework for the suggested upgrades and outlines the conservation of areas with an environmental and heritage value in the precinct over a long term timeframe. A revised Plan of Management is also included with the Masterplan, outlining strategies to implement the Masterplan and suggested means for monitoring and

measuring the performance of the precinct. During its development, a series of community and stakeholder workshops were held at key stages in the planning process. Gosford Council’s Project officer of Metro Greenspace Mr Chris Lear said the consultation process was crucial in establishing issues, opportunities and direction for the Masterplan process. “The contributions from the community consultation process have been incorporated into the plans and the public will be able to see their input in the document. “The exhibition period also provides another opportunity for the community to submit further suggestions or comment on the draft,” said Mr Lear.

A copy of the draft Masterplan and Plan of Management will be on public exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery and Council’s Customer Service Centres at Gosford, Erina, Kincumber and Woy Woy and on Council’s website. Any submissions regarding the draft Masterplan and Plan of Management are to be received by the General Manager by 5pm on Monday, July 25. Once endorsed by Council, the document will be used as a tool to source funding through various State and Federal Government funding programs to undertake the works identified in the Masterplan. Media Release, 9 Jun 2011 Gosford Council Media

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and baby boomers, there is also a trend for them to move into villas and townhouses for lower maintenance, and ‘lock up and leave’ type accommodation. As the family has left home, they don’t need the larger backyard.” She said that many of the people in this category want a different lifestyle – one where they can be closer to transport, restaurants and enjoy cultural activities. “I think because of a sound basis of infrastructure, lifestyle and employment opportunity,

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For events in post code areas 2250 and 2251 Monday June 20 Mental Health forum, Gosford Uniting Church, 7:30pm Central Coast Art Society current members painting exhibition opens, Gosford Imperial Centre Tuesday June 21 Australian Associated Computer Club meet and greet, East Gosford Progress Hall, 12:15-3:15pm Central Coast Leagues Club Camera Club, judging “self portrait”, 7:30pm Wednesday June 22 Central Coast Art Society social meeting, 1:30pm, Gosford Arts Centre Central Coast Orchid Society meeting, Kincumber Hall, 7pm Friday June 24 Catherine Britt and McAlistar Kemp, Central Coast Leagues Club Central Coast Creative Craft Exhibition and sale, Gosford Arts Centre Studio 1 Uniting Productions Play Reading, 7:30pm, Uniting Church Hall, Gosford Youth Band Night, Kincumber Youth Centre, 7pm to 10pm


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Brawl under investigation n inquiry is currently being conducted into the all-in brawl between the Under-17 Umina and Kincumber Rugby League teams at MacKillop Oval, Kincumber, on Sunday, May 29.


“A number of people have been referred to the Central Coast Division Rugby League Judiciary by the Central Coast Division Rugby League Management Committee already to answer to charges of misconduct as a result of the incident,” said Country Rugby League Central Hunter Region Regional Area manager Mr Geoff Todd. “More people have been summoned to appear before the Central Coast Division Rugby League Management Committee next week to assist with their inquiry. “From there the Management Committee will determine if any other people will be summoned before the Management Committee or subsequently referred to the Judiciary Committee,” he said. Mr Todd could offer no information about how long the inquiry would continue for. “The process will take as long as it takes to allow a full and thorough examination of the actual incident and the lead-up to the incident as well as how the posting of

the incident on social media shortly after it occurred came about. “If any charges arise from that examination then whatever time it takes to allow any people charged to receive the opportunity to defend charges will be required to complete the process,” he said. Umina Rugby League Football Club treasurer Mr Kevin Hulls released a media release following the incident stating Umina Rugby League Football Club refused comment on the incident itself. “The incident on Sunday is under investigation by the Umina Beach Rugby League Football Club and Central Coast Division of Rugby League and no comment will be made until that investigation is complete, however all comments made this week in reference to the Umina Beach Rugby League Football Club and its players have not been taken lightly and all have been referred for advice,” he said. “No Under-17s player in 2011, prior to last weekend has been sent off or cited to

appear before the Central Coast Division of Rugby League Judiciary,” he said. “No player at Umina Beach RLFC in 2011 has been suspended or found guilty of any striking, fighting or foul play charges. “No senior player from Umina Beach RLFC has been suspended for any reason in almost three years. “These statistics are fact and furthermore are testament to the character of our club and our players. “For any club on the Central Coast, NSW or in fact Australia, in any football code to field three senior sides, over 50 senior players every week for almost three years and not have a player suspended for any reason is a credit to that club,” he said. “The Umina Beach RLFC, its players, supporters and sponsors are extremely proud of these facts, facts that would be the envy of most clubs around the country.” Kaitlin Watts, 9 Jun 2011 Interviewee: Geoff Todd Media Release, 5 Jun 2011 Kevin Hulls, Umina Beach Rugby League Football Club

Point Clare wins in state knockout comp oint Clare Public School Rugby League team has beaten Ourimbah by 14 points to 6 in the first game of the State wide Classic Shield knockout on Friday, June 3.


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voca Beach broke Gosford’s undefeated record this season when they defeated Gosford by 20 points to 14 at Gosford Showground Field in the deferred Round Three of Central Coast Rugby Union on Saturday, June 11.


“It was a hard fought clash throughout and the scores remained close for much of the 80 minute match,” said Central Coast Rugby Union president Mr Larry Thomson. Avoca got away to a good start and took an early lead as a result. “Avoca went to the break leading by 17 points to 6 and that was a fair indication of the flow of the game,” said Mr Thomson. “Avoca Beach did have the majority of the territorial advantage, as well as most of the possession, it was only dogged Gosford defence that kept them out on several occasions. “Best players for Avoca Beach were forward Emile Thomas, who had one of his best games this season, and he was very well supported by halfback Dave Horton and hooker Matt Hipwell,”

said Mr Thomson. “Gosford had several good performers but the best on the day were fullback David Von Kotze and centre Josh McGlynn,” said Mr Thomson. “This 17-14 score line remained for quite awhile but with Avoca Beach kicking a penalty goal near the end, a win was secured for the visitors. “It was a good hard game of rugby and definitely showed that both these teams will be in the reckoning at semi-final time in September,” he said. Gosford lose the undefeated tag this season but still remain at the top of the competition ladder. In round nine, however, Gosford defeated Ourimbah at Ourimbah Rugby Park on Saturday, June 4, by 41 points to 29. Both teams scored a try

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Residents receive scholarships ix Central Coast residents have received a total of $3000 in sponsorship from the Central Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (CCROC) to participate at regional and international sporting events.


Avoca Beach resident Lachlan Tame is currently representing Australia in the Canoe Sprint Under-23 Team and received $1000 to attend the International Regattas in Slovakia and Germany from May 27. Tame was selected for the team after strong performances in the 2011 National Titles. Alex McIntyre of Bensville was awarded $1000 to

and Alicia Walsh of Killarney Vale each received $250 to attend the NSW State Age Netball Championships to be held in Baulkham Hills and Kellyville from June 11 to 13. The girls were chosen after excellent performances in the selection trials.

participate in the Wildwater Rapid Sprint World Championships being held in Germany and Slovenia from June 11. McIntyre was selected after an exemplary performance at this year’s National Championships held in January at Nymboida River, Coffs Harbour. Karen Campbell and Casey Judge of Bateau Bay, Rowena Leef from Tuggerah

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June 2, 2011

by Val Bridge

ll four Central Coast Mariners currently on tour with the Qantas Young Socceroos in Europe featured in an impressive 1-0 win over global heavyweights Germany in KamenKaiserau at the weekend.


Trent Sainsbury and Mustafa Amini started the match for Jan Versleijen’s side, with striker Bernie Ibini-Isei and defender Sam Gallagher making appearances in the second 45. Former Mariner Marc Warren, who now plays for sister club Sheffield United,


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.

managed a full shift for Australia’s generation next who defeated the Germans on home soil thanks to a 44th minute strike by Kofi Danning. The friendly was the Qantas Young Socceroos’ first international match since the Asian U19 Championships last November, and coach Versleijen was pleased with the test. “It’s always good to start a tour with a win”, Versleijen said. “It was also a challenge for the team to identify the main areas we need to work on leading into Colombia. “The defending was reasonable to good but we still had too many turnovers in the midfield playing teams

of this level.” Versleijen’s men will now make the short journey to the Netherlands to compete in the Terborg Tournament from June 3 to 5. There, Sainsbury, Amini, Ibini-Isei and Gallagher will have the opportunity to compete against some of the brightest young players in world football as they continue their preparation for the forthcoming FIFA U20 World Cup in Colombia. In the group stage the Qantas Young Socceroos will play junior Dutch outfits Ajax Amsterdam and FC Twente Enschede, Mexicans Atlas Guadalajara and Brazilians Botafogo. Elsewhere on the world map, on loan Mariners striker

Liam is Oceania Champion

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.

by Peter Acciari

Adam Kwasnik played the full 90 for Chengdu Blades against Shanghai Shenhua on Saturday, however, couldn’t prevent his side suffering a 4-1 defeat away from home. Lawrie McKinna’s teams next match is in two weeks at home to fifth place Liaoning Hongyun. Mariners captain Alex Wilkinson’s Jiangsu Sainty side had better fortune at home to Shaanxi Chanba last night. Wilkinson played the entire game as his team ran out 1-0 winners at the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre, with his next test on the road to Chinese powerhouse Shanghai Shenhua on Saturday week. In Indonesia, Troy Hearfield also featured for the whole match, however his Pelita Jaya team suffered a 1-0 away defeat to PSPS Pekanbaru. Hearfield’s next game will be in front of the infamous fans of capital club Persija Jakarta – known as ‘The Jak’ – this Sunday. Meanwhile, Mariners midfield maestro Michael McGlinchey departed for Denver, USA, with his New Zealand international

His latest triumph was the weekend of May 7 and 8 at the Auckland International Open, where he again won gold. Yokoyama had just

won a continental title at the Oceania Judo Championships a few weeks before, held in Tahiti. He also recently won both the ACT International Open and the Queensland International Open titles. In June, as part of the NSW state team, he will compete at the national titles in Perth, where a victory will almost certainly assure him a place at the Cadet World Championships, in Kiev, Ukraine, later this year. 18-year-old Melinda Brown, , member of the same

Academy as Yokoyama, fought well in her young women’s 52kg division taking Bronze, although she was unfortunate to suffer an injury to her ankle in golden score of her quarter-final match. After medical treatment and a short rest, she valiantly fought in the bronze medal match and won with a gutsy effort against a tough opponent. She was unable to compete in the senior division due to her injury.


entral Coast M a r i n e r s midfielder Oliver Bozanic has been named in the Olyroos squad that will travel to Japan this week. The aspiring Olympians will play an international friendly against the Japanese U-23 National team at the Tohoku Denryoku Bigswan Stadium, Niigata on Wednesday 1 June, with the match a curtain raiser for the Kirin Cup fixture between Japan and Peru. Following three recent training camps for Australian-

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Five Central Coast rugby players to represent NSW Country in Spain

by Luke Tucker

yron Cullen is one of five Central Coast junior rugby players who will represent NSW Country in Spain during November.


Adam Kwasnik celebrates with Chengdu Blades. teammates late last week. The All Whites will play Mexico at altitude on June 1 before returning to the southern hemisphere to face the Qantas Socceroos in Adelaide on June 5. Finally, fellow Mariners midfield schemer John Hutchinson is currently in Greece preparing for Malta’s UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier. Although 11 points separate group leaders

Greece from Malta on the Group F ladder, only one goal split the sides when they met in March this year. Hutchinson played a full game that day and will undoubtedly be hoping for another strong showing against the 2004 European Champions at the Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium in Piraeus this Saturday.

by Ben O’Neil

Yokoyama throws an opponent in competition

June 16, 2011

by Ben O’Neil

Bozanic in Olyroo squad ocal youngster Liam Yokoyama, 15, has done well at national and international events, where he has dominated the under-66kg division to become the 2011 Continental Oceania Judo Champion.

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Mariners’ players continue international endeavours

Enthusiastic fans see Matildas win


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each in the final 10 minutes of the half but Gosford ran out winners by 41 points to 29. “Best players for Gosford were centre Tim Hill who was strong all day both in attack and defence, while he was very well supported by five-eight Adam Carlisle and lock Luke Hennig,” said Thomson. “Ourimbah had several good players but none were better than prop Peter Friend, No.8 Jordan Deaves and five-eight Joel Wagner. “This was an exciting game of rugby from start to finish and one which kept the spectators on their toes for the entire match.”

based players – all of which Bozanic has been involved in – Qantas Olyroos coach Auerilo Vidmar is looking forward to testing his team against Japan. “We finished our local camps well and made plenty of progress but we still have a little way to go in terms of our match fitness,” Vidmar said. “This match against the Japanese, who are a quality team, will show us where we are at and what we need to work on.” Mariners mentor Graham Arnold expressed his delight at the news Bozanic had maintained his place within

the squad, and wished one of his star midfielders well during the tour. “Oli is a good kid and he deserves these types of rewards for the effort he puts in day in day out,” Arnold said. Following the friendly match, Bozanic and his Qantas Olyroos teammates, will return to Australia to prepare for the upcoming 2012 London Olympic Games Asian Qualifiers. Australia will face Yemen on the 19th and 23rd June 2011 with the venues to be confirmed by the AFC shortly.

Cullen, Jack Booker, Tyrone Flemming, Pat Hines and Brennan Wanstall have all progressed through the Central Coast Academy of Sport rugby program and were recently selected in the NSW Country under-18 team after impressive performances as part of a combined Central Coast / Hunter side at the NSW Country Championships in Tamworth. The Central Coast/ Hunter team made history by becoming the first ever Barbarians outfit to win the Country Championships. “The team for Spain has been selected from all under-18 players across NSW Country areas, so for us to have five Central Coast boys announced in the final side is a pretty good effort,” said Cullen. “We all know each other well and we’ve played together in the academy and more recently in the Barbarians team at the Country Championships, so we’re looking forward to this trip to Spain, which should be a great experience for us all,” Cullen added. It certainly will be a great experience for the five

Tyron Cullen is looking forward to the experience of representing NSW Country in Spain. Photo by Kendell Marjanovic

Central Coast players, but it’s also an expensive one for them and their parents. A fundraiser dinner will be held on Saturday 10 September at Woy Woy

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orld number three Aron Sherrif of Ettalong will return alongside teammate Nathan Rice to the international arena


for the first time in almost four years after being selected to represent Australia at the upcoming Asia Pacific Merdeka Indoor

Championships Kuala Lumpur.

by Anthony McVicker

eninsula Touch Association enjoyed a successful weekend during the NSW Touch Association Country Championships held at Dubbo on May 28 and 29.


The Piranhas entered two teams; Men’s Over 45’s and Mixed Open, who were last years Mixed Open winners, with both teams finishing runners up and very unlucky not to win their respective divisions. The Men’s Over 45’s team played solidly all weekend and found themselves up against Nelson Bay in the semi-final. Always a danger team, Nelson Bay made the Piranhas work hard for their victory, running out 3-2 winners. The semi-final victory resulted in a grand-final match-up against archrivals Wollongong, and after leading for most of the match and seemingly in control, eventually went down 2-1 in a tense struggle. Team spokesperson Tony Harris said, “While it was a great weekend it was disappointing to finish as bridesmaids again, we were so close to winning that final – it could have gone either way but unfortunately it didn’t go ours.” Meanwhile in the Mixed Open division, the Piranhas

representatives. NSW Country will play Madrid, Valencia, Barcelona and Zaragoza while in Spain.

Aron Sherrif to return to international arena

more than two disciplines. Australian assistant coach Robbie Dobbins will also travel with the line-up and will take the reins during the series.

were looking to defend their 2010 title and went through their five round games undefeated. In the quarter final, the Peninsula outfit easily disposed of Moruya 9-2 and then suffered a slight scare in the semi final against Jerrabomberra eventually winning 6-5 after setting up an early 5-0 lead. The Mixed Open final saw the Peninsula team pitted against the Victorian State Mixed Open representative team, who were invited to participate in the tournament as a means of developing the game in the southern state. Victoria took an early 2-0 lead but the Piranhas fought their way back to be on level terms through some great work by young gun Ben Nichols and the experienced Joel Weekes. In a see-sawing match that went touchdown for touchdown the gallant Piranhas eventually succumbed to the Victorian State Mixed Open team 6-5. “It was a fantastic effort by our guys and girls, “said Peninsula Mixed Open Captain Jeff Smith. “We played well throughout the weekend and really stepped up during the finals. “It was disappointing to lose the final because we had the team to win it – but there is some consolation in the fact that it took a State representative team to beat us,” said Smith

AFL Dream getting closer by Val Bridge

ifteen year old Josh Barty has been selected to play in the NSW All Schools State AFL National by Richard Goodbody Championships in pairs and triples, with no this coming July in player permitted to play Canberra.

Staged at the Bayuemas Indoor Bowls Stadium from October 3 to 8, the US$30,000 tournament will feature men’s and women’s singles, as well as mixed

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Barty recently competed in the NSW All Schools U15 AFL championships in May and has also played at a rep level for the Northern U13’s heats in Sydney.

Josh first began his AFL career with the Gosford Tigers in 1999 and has never looked back. Currently Josh is a member of the Sydney Swans U15’s squad training with the red and whites two nights a week. Of his dream, Josh says he wants to eventually become a professional AFL player but completing his schooling at St Phillips Christian College is a high priority.


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