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Hieroglyphs reveal hidden history presentation will be held at the Arts Barn in Kariong on Sunday, December 11, from 2-4pm, by Ancient History specialist Mr Steven Strong and former skeptic and accomplished academic Dr Hans Dieter Von Senff.


The presentation will offer the general public access to their controversial and surprising research that identifies close links between Australia and ancient Egypt as well as identifying some 25 separate art stylestechniques of Aboriginal and Egyptian origin. Mr Strong said he believes that the Central Coast region has an ancient history written in stone that has been hidden for thousands of years. Mr Von Senff said he was so taken by the discovery of ancient hieroglyphs in the Kariong area that he has devoted his second PhD entirely to the subject.


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Feedback sought for The Landing eedback is being sought on the key planning controls to support the proposed revitalisation of the Gosford waterfront area, known as The Landing at Gosford.


Introduced to each other by local advocate and respected community member Ms Nina Angelo OAM, the two are now combining forces to present startling evidence that proves the Central Coast has an ancient, completely untold history in its very own backyard. On the morning of the presentation local identity, bush-tucker man and passionate community leader, Jake Cassar will share his knowledge in a hands-on and interactive tour, starting from Kariong and taking the group to the site of the mysterious Hieroglyphs. Media Release, 25 Nov 2011 Kariong Arts Barn

Hieroglyphs found at Kariong

The Department of Planning and Infrastructure is exhibiting the proposed controls which have been submitted by the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation. According to the proposed controls, the Gosford waterfront site has the potential to deliver a wide range of uses, including up to 125,000 square metres for residential premises, at least 60,000 square metres for commercial and retail uses, up to 20,000 square metres for hotel or serviced apartments and at least 15,000 square metres for entertainment and community facilities. The community now has the chance to comment documents comprising a State significant site (SSS) study – which provides the context for, and a description of, the proposed planning controls, a State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) amendment which provides the statutory zoning, height and gross floor area

information and a development control plan which outlines more finegrain controls covering issues such as building alignments and setbacks, parking and the public domain. Overall, some 700 additional residential dwellings and more than 4000 new jobs are proposed to be provided across the 52 hectare waterfront site (including 18 hectares of land and 33 hectares of water). The documents are on exhibition until January 31. The proposed planning controls have been prepared to broadly implement the vision outlined in The Landing at Gosford masterplan. This masterplan was publicly exhibited from September to early November. Media Release, 30 Nov 2011 Laurel-Lee Roderick, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure

The proposed development area on the Gosford waterfront


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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 1300 094 737

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 4363 7111 Woy Woy 4341 6699 Department of Community Services Gosford - 4336 2400 The Salvation Army 4325 5733 Samaritans Emergency Relief 4393 2450 St Vincent De Paul Society HELPLINE 4323 6081

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New CEO for regional development organisation egional Development Australia Central Coast chair Mr John Dawson has welcomed the appointment of new chief executive officer, Mr Andrew Roach to the organisation.


The position became available at the end of last month, with existing executive officer Mr Anthony Dow securing employment on the Sunshine Coast in a move motivated by family commitment. “Andrew’s new role with RDACC comes at a busy time for the Central Coast, with developments such as The Landing at Gosford and Warnervale, improvements to The Entrance, the roll out of the NBN, an increasing education presence and a variety of ecological and social issues on the agenda,” said Mr Dawson. “Few, if any, would dispute that Anthony brought considerable skill and dedication to the position and has done a superb job in building RDACC’s reputation as an efficient and effective body and in creating a true Central Coast Team environment, in a relatively short period. “Given this, the board and I are confident that

Mr Roach can help us to continue to progress the interests of the Central Coast,” he continued. Having lived on the Central Coast for a decade, Roach has a background primarily in urban planning and strategy, with formal qualifications in Environmental Science and Urban and Regional Planning.

Having most recently worked as a consultant in the fields of development and strategy across NSW, he said he is excited to step into his new role at this particularly busy time. “There are significant projects underway and I am looking forward to taking over from the excellent work achieved by the RDACC board, chair John Dawson and existing executive officer Anthony Dow,” he said. “They have established a very strong strategic base for the organisation and have started to implement projects on the ground. “I am eager to continue the good work and add my own knowledge and experience to the mix,” he continued. Roach will commence his position on December 5. Media Release, 25 Nov 2011 Katey Small, Briliant Logic

Poultry farm has no impact on water


osford Council has conducted investigations into a poultry farm in Elwyns Rd, Somersby, after a petition was received with 384 signatures.

Only four of these signatures were from the Somersby-Peats Ridge area. The investigations found that the operations of the poultry farm were in compliance with all relevant standards and guidelines. The petition alleged that the poultry farm was causing water pollution as a result of the activities conducted on the premises. As a result of the water quality concerns raised, Council officers conducted an audit of the local waterway on Thursday, November 17. The samples, collected by qualified environmental staff were analysed by a National Association Accredited Laboratory. Water samples were collected both upstream and downstream of the poultry farm in conditions likely to identify any pollution sources. All sites exhibited good water quality with only one site, used for cattle

agistment, exhibiting elevated nutrient levels. The results indicated that the poultry farm operations did not have any detrimental impact on the quality of the

water within the creek. Media Statement, 1 Dec 2011 John Parkes, Gosford Council

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Community organisations receive funding

Hydroponic cannabis set-up found

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etectives are appealing for information from the public after a large-scale hydroponic cannabis set-up was uncovered in Kariong on Thursday, November 24.


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owned community buildings. Kariong Neighbourhood Centre received $4147 for the creation of storage for tables, chairs and larger items to increase safety for building users. Wyoming Community received $6375 for the refurbishment and repair of the rear yard including the replacement of the collapsed paved area, deteriorated wooden retaining walls, collapsed soft fall and the removal of the sandpit. The Artsbarn at Kariong received $2695 to build

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information to contact Gosford Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Detectives are also urging members of the public to be vigilant and to contact authorities if they believe a hydro house is being operated in their area. Signs of a hydro house include, but should not be confined to, strange odours, windows or blinds never open and remain covered, lack of occupancy, hoses and pipes for water and ventilation supply, extremely bright indoor lighting at all hours and the erection of ventilation fittings on the roof.

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Cohen launches book ormer member for Robertson Mr Barry Cohen will launch his latest of 10 books “Bringing the House Down” on Monday, December 12, from 6pm to Everglades Country Club along with author Mr Peter FitzSimons, formerly of Peats Ridge.


Mr Cohen published his new book “Bringing the House Down” on Tuesday, November 8, which details a collection of humourous anecdotes about his time as member for Robertson from 1969-1990. Mr FitzSimons, who will also appear at the launch, wrote of how Mr Cohen was his family’s political “Bogeyman” in 1972, in his reflections on growing up in Peats Ridge in his book, “A Simpler Time”. Before entering politics,

Barry ran a menswear shop in St Ives and was later often called on for fashion advice by his parliamentary colleagues. The electoral boundaries for Robertson changed as the Central Coast grew and Barry successfully contested the seat at the 1969 Federal election. Barry, his wife Rae and his three sons lived at Matcham and started the Calga Springs Wildlife Sanctuary (now the Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park).

He was a fierce advocate of the Central Coast and renowned at chasing down all available funding opportunities for his community. He was an energetic marginal seat campaigner which helped him hold Robertson despite national swings and numerous challenges from local councillor Malcolm Brooks. Barry now lives at Bungendore just outside Canberra and continues his contribution to public

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debate with columns in The Australian. Email, 7 Nov 2011 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

Gosford local wins lottery n East Gosford pensioner is now a millionaire after she won a $1.5 million share in Lotto’s $3 million division one prize pool on Monday, November 28.


The winner, a greatgrandmother said that finding out she had won $1.5 million took her breath away. “Oh heck, $1.5 million, I never thought I would see that much money in my entire life,” the winner exclaimed. “I thought that, if I won $10,000, that would be

good, I can’t quite believe this.” The winner scored a share in Monday Lotto’s division one prize pool with a 14 game autopick which cost $6.20. The winning ticket was purchased from East Gosford Newsagency at 53 Victoria St, East Gosford. The winner said that she

will use her winnings to secure a new home and to help her family. “I’d like to buy a little place for myself and also help out my family. “It’s a lot to take in right now so I’ll have to think it over,” the winner added. There were two winners in Monday Lotto’s $3 million draw, along with the winning

ticket sold in East Gosford a winning ticket was also sold in Victoria. The winning numbers from Monday Lotto draw 3090 were 39, 17, 8, 22, 19 and 42, with the supplementary numbers 2 and 16. Media Release, 29 Nov 2011 Una O’Neill, NSW Lotteries Proudly brought to you by and

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Waterfront needs to be Masterplan is ‘deceptive’ revitalised, not lost r Malcolm Brooks proves again that he has truly remained a deserving recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM).


He has accurately described the Lend Lease development as a “concrete curtain” along the waterfront. Brooks has long been a protector of the interests of Gosford citizens. He is passionate about this city’s past, present and future. The interests of Lend Lease are Johnny-comelately, and ipso facto the self-interests of a multinational “Development Giant”. Lend Lease is motivated by Gosford only as a source of profit and return on capital, through the windfall of the proposed filching of waterfront public space. It has as much interest in Gosford as it has in Dubai or Miami. The excellent alternative plan offered by Brooks is a product of civilised thinking and genuine concern for the community. The presented pictures and models of the proposed “The Landing” plan are selectively skimpy and selfflatteringly deceptive. CAD software could reveal a thousand other angles which would more truthfully show the Lend Lease utopia of canyons, shadows, blocked skies and blocked views (except for the buyers of the residential skyscrapers on the waterfront!). Pity the poor public, which is never to see an accurate, clear map showing the monumental shifting of public space into

Letters to the editor should be sent to: Gosford News PO Box 1056, Gosford 2250 or See Page 2 for contribution conditions private hands for private profit. Could Lend Lease be honest with Gosford ratepayers and make public their own calculations of how much public space they plan to privatise, versus the afterthought of how much space they plan to leave to the ratepayers and citizens of Gosford? And not just the trick of showing the footprints of the bits of land, but the space above them which is now to become high- rise residential and offices? Some honest percentages or simple piegraphs would be a courtesy to ratepayers. The Central Coast Regional Development’s plan has presented ratepayers with seductive but deceitful pictures as pretty as watercolours by Raoul Dufy or JMW Turner; with nostalgic hints at the futurism of The Jetsons. This shows how talent and aesthetics have already been co-opted into the whirpool of big business. It is such hypocrisy that the Masterplan repeatedly touts an Arts

Cultural Centre as its first item, posing as if culture, talent, entertainment, and social gathering were its motivations. It is sad that otherwise civic-minded Laurie Maher and Gosford Council have thrown in their lot with Lend Lease. Lend Lease has the upper hand, clearly sensing that Gosford Council is desperate to appear capable of playing with the Big Boys and Out-ofTowners. The name of Lend Lease features minutely in media about their plans. It is all made to seem as though the action is “local” or “Council”. Ratepayers are being corralled to ignore the elephant in the room. Lend Lease seems so important to Gosford Council, yet a Lend Lease website search reveals no entry for the place! Malcolm Brooks and all those supporting this alternative to the Lend Lease, of Gosford land and air-space, need to be cheered and supported by concerned and civicminded citizens. As our civic elder said so succinctly, and so wisely, Gosford waterfront should be developed as a space for the people, not as a playpen for the rich. Brooks deserves another medal. Email, 1 Dec 2011 Michael Fensom, North Gosford

would like to note my objection to the current proposal for The Landing on Gosford Waterfront.


There are several reasons for my objection, but I think the most important one is the loss of lifestyle for so much of the local population. With the current proposal, much of the direct access to the waterfront would be lost. What happens to the morning fitness classes, the fish and chips on the wall, walking the dog, cycling around the waterfront, Australia Day celebrations, family picnics, the best view in the country from an NRL venue? Every time there is a televised match from Blue Tongue Stadium, the commentators make a comment on how exquisite the view is, and we want that taken away? And the boat ramp - move it to an already crowded and congested area on the other side of the sailing club where it will be difficult for people to drive through, and navigate. And where, may I ask, would people leave their cars and trailers while on their boat? Having lived on Masons Pde for 12 months, and coming home to park almost a kilometre away through summer as it is- this will only make things much worse for visitors and local residents alike. I have already seen arguments over parking spaces almost come to blows- I can only imagine what would happen. I work mainly in Sydney and live on the Central Coast because of the lifestyle that is the heart and soul of the area. I agree that, for the Central Coast to grow economically, we really need something done with the whole Gosford CBD area and Waterfront- but to maintain the lifestyle of everyone that already uses the waterfront, and to share that with visitors is surely the way to go. If Dane Dr were to go

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underground, think of how much more could be done with the park areas- it would be safe to have more events at the waterfront without disruptive road closures- we could use the space much like the park at The Entrance is used, which would be fantastic. Imagine waterfront concerts, carols, festivals, markets, marina, and cafes, it could be beautiful

and beneficial- if done in balance while providing economic stimulus to local businesses. We need to revitalize the waterfront- not lose it. I and many others would be very disappointed if the Soul of Gosford was sold. We don’t want something that looks like King St Wharf, or Darling Harbourthat’s why we live here, and not in Sydney. Leave us with a development that can be enjoyed by all. Email, 24 Nov 2011 Anita Kradzins, Gosford

Landing needs rethinking t was reported last week, by the head of the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation, that 75 per cent of people supported the Landing at Gosford.


If this was from submissions received by CCRDC to the proposal, then I would like to see the list of submissions made public. There was a petition from Gosford Primary School of 10,500 signatures against the removal of the school to a site near Henry Kendall High School, which will come before state parliament next year. As this site would comprise of about 25 per cent of the whole project, there would have to be

many thousands of people who voted for the project. Who are these people? I would give conditional support to the alternate proposal, as it would revive more of Gosford than just the foreshore. Email, 1 Dec 2011 John Wiggin, North Gosford

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Bloomfield wins second in art comp


ensville resident Ms Karen Bloomfield has been awarded second place in the Art Toppling Tobacco competition for her drawing “Lost in a Smokey Haze”.

The worldwide competition was founded by Ms Fay Thomson after her father and nephew died due to smoking related illnesses. Judge Mr John Bevins said: “There was not a work without merit among the 80 entries, no lack of art expressing itself, as great art does – from the heart not the pocket.” “Many entries moved me and left me with no doubt that damage will be done to Big Tobacco, through the effect this art has on those it

touches. “Congratulations to Karen for her poignant drawing ‘Lost in a Smokey Haze’. “The eyes say it. “Let’s hope kids can’t help but to look into them and see where smoking would take them were they to choose it. “Let’s hope this work gets shown in every Primary School classroom,” said Mr Bevins. Ms Bloomfield said: “It was a fantastic confidence

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boost and terribly exciting to gain a placing in an international art prize.” “I don’t think I know anyone who has not been affected on some level by the insidious effects of smoking and I am always terribly saddened when I see young people who are

addicted. “It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to make art for as important a cause as this and I am grateful to Faye for having the passion and drive to coordinate this competition.”

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All things Christmas at the Imperial Centre The seasons festivities are alive and well in the Imperial Shopping Centre with over 60 boutique style and major retailers offering a large variety of gifts, childrens wear, toys, shoes, leather goods and much more on offer to the discerning shopper. Fresh vegetables, meat, ďŹ sh, and fruit are in abundance all at realistic prices and served up with a friendly shopping atmosphere; why would you go anywhere else? Santa has been busy trying to make the kids’ wishes come true in his grotto on the ground oor and carolers bring happiness to the shopper as they meander the centre singing seasonal songs. There are plenty of cafÊ’s where you can relax and have a coffee

after wearing yourself out with shopping. The Imperial Centre is the hub of Gosford’s Christmas experience and just outside is Kibble Park a great place for the kids to run around and enjoy the playground or gaze in wonder at the Christmas tree with its presents. With so much on offer there is little need to sit in trafďŹ c trying to get to anywhere else only to ďŹ nd there is no room to park the car once you are there. A breeze in Gosford to park, just pop into the Imperial Centre’s vast car park or drive into the Baker Street car park. All in all you can be assured the Imperial Centre has got it all. A very Merry Christmas to you from everyone at the Imperial Shopping Centre.

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Local students and their families celebrated the culmination of the program with an Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 21 at Laycock St Theatre, North Gosford. Gosford Council’s Schools Environmental education officer Ms Anni Griffiths said that students had been exploring the reasons for the importance of biodiversity, and how to prevent its decline through projects and performance. “They have been able to gain an understanding of the current pressures on our ecosystem and the impact it has on biodiversity on the Central Coast and around the world. “The program has been focused on our local community and its endangered and threatened

species and in some cases has shaped the environmental education programs for students throughout the year. “They have learnt of ways of helping to improve biodiversity in their school grounds and home back yards and have worked hard doing so,” said Ms Griffiths. Gosford Council has been running its School Environment Program for 22 years. It is popular with teachers and students and each year the topic is different. Past years have seen schools address issues including waste management, water use, climate change and recycling. This year, the program had 29 registered schools and Council received over

850 individual projects from students throughout the region vying for the major awards. Winners from the year’s ceremony were Point Clare Public School, The Coast Christian School and Somersby Public School as the large, medium and small Environmental School of the Year respectively, Copacabana Public School for Most Student Projects, Holgate Public School for Best School for Biodiversity, Ettalong Public School for Mayoral Award for Performing Arts and Copacabana Public School received the Special Visual Art Award. Media Release, 21 Nov 2011 Gosford Council Media

Schools enter music competition our schools in the Gosford Local Government area have entered into the MySchoolAct competition and are in the running to receive up to $50,000 of recording and marketing from Sony Music, up to $15,000 from Sony-ATV Publishing and a spot at the Big Day Out 2012.


Central Coast Grammar School have entered its act Sons of Alamo and Erina High School has entered Valley of Kings. Gosford High School has entered three acts comprising Two Steps Twice, Tess Green and One Minute of Living. Narara Valley High School has also entered

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local radio station recently held the party of the decade to celebrate its 40th birthday at its studio in Gosford Forum on Saturday, November 19, and invited the Central Coast public to join in on the fun.


History was made as hundreds of listeners flocked to the 2GO studio car park to be entertained by the talented Diesel, Mark Gable (Choirboys), Altiyan Childs and an assortment of other local artists. In addition to the live entertainment, the public were invited into the studio for a behind the scenes tours run by announcers and programming staff to give guests an inside look at the workings of a radio station. Along with a free barbeque, fairy floss, ice cream and kid’s activities, it

was a great day out for the whole family. All the children who attended the day were given a birthday present to unwrap and keep. 2GO staff said they were overwhelmed with the support from the local community. The radio station has supported hundreds of local events over the past 40 years and look forward to Forum spending the next 40 doing the same. Media Release, 21 Nov 2011 Carly Carmichael, Southern Cross Austereo

osford Council launched its new and improved Bookmobile at the Erina Library, Erina Fair on Friday, November 25.


To celebrate, acclaimed author and journalist Peter FitzSimons attended the launch. FitzSimons, who grew up in the Peats Ridge area, spoke on the day and said he has fond memories of the Bookmobile. He joined Gosford mayor

Cr Laurie Maher who said the new Bookmobile would ensure that the wider community continue to enjoy this service. “Our branch libraries do a wonderful job in providing residents with a massive range of books, articles and documents both fiction and

non-fiction,” said Cr Maher. “This is an extension of that service, enjoyed by so many within our area. “It is essential that those residents who are unable to access our libraries can still enjoy what it has to offer – this new Bookmobile is a great resource for our

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Wand wins Conservatorium scholarship

Copacabana residents up for Golden Guitar he finalists for the 40th Jayco Country Music Awards of Australia have been announced with Central Coast musicians including Adam Harvey of Bateau Bay and Beccy Cole, Shane Nicholson, Katrina Burgoyne and Kasey Chambers, all from Copacabana, all up for a coveted Golden Guitar.


The CMAA Awards are the longest running awards ceremony in Australia and the 2012 event is due to celebrate its 40th birthday marking it to be a huge night for country music. Popular finalists Beccy Cole and Adam Harvey co-hosted the launch and finalists announcement and carved up with 14 finalist places between them. Adam topped the tally board by walking away with an astounding eight finalist nominations including Male Artist of the Year, Single of the Year and Album of the year. Vocal Collaboration of the year could also be Harvey’s for his work with Cole on A Good Woman Can. The poster girl of country music, Cole, also dominated this year’s announcement with six places for her album Songs and Pictures including Female Artist of

the Year and APRA Song of the Year. Kasey Chambers’ album Little Bird is up for Top Selling Album of the Year; however, it was her husband Shane Nicholson who shined with seven finalist nominations for his critically acclaimed album Bad Machines. The young and talented Katrina Burgoyne is up for Female Artist of the Year with her album White Flag. The 40th Jayco CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia will be staged on Saturday, January 28, at the Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre (TRECC). Media Release, 30 Nov 2011 Katey Small, Brilliant Logic

Elizabeth Woolnough performs during the adjudication Photo: Val Bridge

even young musicians vied for the annual Trevor Haines and Frank Streather scholarship at the Central Coast Conservatorium on Sunday, November 20, with Jasper Wand of Gosford High School claiming the scholarship prize for his performance with the oboe.


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instrumental departments selected from the annual scholarship assessments held at the Central Coast Conservatorium. The 2011 holder of the Trevor Haines scholarship, Elizabeth Woolnough played during the adjudication and will attend National Music Camp in January 2012 as well as seeking to continue

her studies at Sydney or Newcastle Conservatoriums next year. Scholarship winner Jasper learns the oboe from Rachel Tolmie at the Conservatorium and is a year 10 student at Gosford High school. Olivia Bell on violin and Alexander Davidson on flute placed second and third respectively. Val Bridge, 1 Dec 2011


osford film maker Jason Van Genderen was chosen as one of 14 finalists for the 11th annual Bondi Short Film Festival held on Saturday, November 26.

The Bondi Short Film Festival is considered a launch pad for up-and-coming indie filmmakers and over the last 11 years has received more than 3000 film submissions. Jason’s confronting story looked at the filmmaker’s personal journey as he reaches out to his dying father through a filmic letter. Not wanting to leave anything unspoken, the film shines a light on a lifetime of invisible affirmations between a father and his son. Bondi Short Film festival director Francis Coady said: “Each year we are blown away by the exceptional quality of submissions and 2011 is no different.” “It was really difficult to choose just 14 finalists from so many amazing films. Media Release, 6 Nov 2011 Audndrea Silva, Kabuku Public Relations

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Not for Profit Organisations Directory Help with all Computing problems Program demos + Q&A sessions Night Meetings - 7pm to 10pm • 2nd & 4th Wed – Windows • 3rd Wed - Linux Narara Valley High School Fountains Road, Narara Supper provided Day ‘meet & greet’ Social Meetings 12.15 – 3.15pm • 3rd Tuesday of month East Gosford Progress Hall 10 Henry Parry Drive (cnr Wells St) Afternoon tea provided 4362 1918 4324 2740

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beautification and business retention projects. Gosford City Markets held second Saturday of each month, seasonal events throughout the year 200 Mann Street Gosford 4322 7726

18 years to Join our organisation We raise money for the welfare of veterans and their families in our district RSL Club West Gosford 4th Mon of the month 2pm

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New and older retirees who seek companionship and intellectual stimulus, fun and fellowship through outings such as walking, bus trips, indoor bowls, theatre attendances are invited to join the above club. 4th Tuesday Monthly Central Coast Leagues Club 10am

Providing a supportive and positive learning environment to enable individuals to develop oral communication and leadership skills. Second and fourth Thursday of each month, Gosford Bowling Club.

All the resources, information and advice needed to study your family’s history are available through the Society. Visit the Society’s Research Centre at 8 4340 1929 Russell Drysdale St, East Gosford, our website at The Australian Gosford RSL auMonthly meetings are Conservation Ladies Indoor held on 1st Saturday of each Foundation month at 1pm in the Lions Bowls (28) Community Hall, behind the Wanted Women to join our Central Coast Society’s Research Centre. social indoor bowls Branch (28) Visitors welcome Fridays 10am to 2pm at holds their meetings on 4324 5164 the third Tuesday of each RSL Club month (except January) at 4344 5812 7pm Central Coast or 0412 773 441 Discussions are focussed Handweavers, on local, state and national Gosford RSL Spinners and environmental issues. The Sub-Branch Textile Arts Guild Branch writes submissions, assists at stalls at local Women’s Auxiliary Inc (28) (28) events, attends workshops Spinning and weaving, and quilting Invitation to women over and seminars and lobbys patchwork felting and other fibre and politicians. Location: 50+ Leisure and fabric crafts Learning Centre, cnr Albany Workshops and Community St North and Henry Wheeler quiting bees Day and Night Groups Place, Gosford.

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Tuesday January 17

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Saturday December 17

East Gosford Skate Clinic, 9am12pm

Friday December 9 Brackets and Jam concert, Kincumba Mountain, 7:30pm

Saturday December 10 Niagra Park Market Day, Niagra Park Shopping Centre, 9am-2:30pm MacMasters Own Boardriders presentation, MacMasters Beach Gosford City Markets, Kibble Parl, 8am-1pm

Sunday December 11 50+ Live jazz night, Central Coast Leagues Club, 2-5pm Hieroglyphics presentation, Kariong Artsbarn, 2-4pm

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Christmas Party Picnic Race Day, Gosford Race Course

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Friday January 27

Davistown RSL Charity Markets, 9:30am-2pm

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Saturday December 31

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Gosford Central athletes scoop award nights Gosford Rebels win Team of the Year

Spencer wins Coach of the year arry Spencer of Wyoming was awarded the Coach of the Year at the Central Coast Sports Federation Awards for his contribution to athletics.


Larry coached two international athletics gold medallists; Kevin Moore in the Commonwealth Games 400 metres and Lisa Spencer in the Oceania

Pacific Championships 400 metre hurdles. He has also coached five state gold medallists, two international invitational athletes and six national

he Gosford Rebels U16 men’s basketball team was named the winner of the Team of the Year award at this year’s Sports Federation Awards Night held at Mingara on the night of Saturday, November 19.


qualifiers. Email, 29 Nov 2011 Mardi Love, Central Coast Sport and Recreation

Freestyle skiing wins award arara athlete Matt Graham was awarded the Junior Sports Person of the Year at the Sports Federation Awards on Saturday, November 19, for freestyle mogul skiing.


Matt was the winner of the Australian Junior National Championships and came second in the Australian Open Freestyle Mogul Championships. He also won the ABOM Mogul Challange at Mt Buller and beat Olympic

and World number Alexandre Bilodeau.


Email, 29 Nov 2011 Mardi Love, Central Coast Sport and Recreation

The team were the undefeated Country Junior League champions and Country Champions with a record of three wins and one loss. They were also the State Champions with a record of five wins and two losses, competing against teams from across the state and the ACT.

Robson wins with golf achievements teve Robson of Narara was awarded the Sports Person with a Disability award at the Sports Federation Awards for his achievements in golf.

Email, 29 Nov 2011 Mardi Love, Central Coast Sport and Recreation


Steve was the gold medallist in division one at the Special Olympics State Golf Championships and the gold medallist at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. He was also voted Most Valuable Player of the Australian team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games. Email, 29 Nov 2011 Mardi Love, Central Coast Sport and Recreation

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by Peter Baker

entral Coast hotshot Sean McLellan was the standout performer at the 2011 Honda/ Tumut Motorcycle Accessories A u s t r a l i a n Junior Dirt Track Championships meeting staged at Somersby on the weekend of October 30 – 31, winning all three of his classes of racing.


Ten other riders claimed an individual victory at the end of a weekend of highquality racing action, four of them adding minor placings to their victory, but none got close to matching the efforts of McLellan. For a number of riders, the championship marked the end of their junior racing days and none signed off in a more stunning manner than McLellan who will focus on speedway racing from later this month. It was not all plain sailing for McLellan, who top scored in the heats in one class, he was second in the others and had to work hard and have some luck go his way in the finals. But he was good enough and close enough to take advantage of the breaks that came his way. In the final of the MX

Sean Mclellan, Australian Junior Dirt Track Champion and slider class, there were two restarts before Queenslander Zachary Levy fell leaving McLellan in front, in the 100 -150cc 2 stroke class McLellan was supreme, winning all his heats and the final, while in the 200 – 250cc 4-stroke class, it took McLellan half of the 6 lap final to overtake West Wyalong rider Hunter Anderson who had top scored in the heat races of two classes.

While Anderson will get another crack at the juniors next year, Tumut based rider Brayden Elliott also signed off from the juniors with deserved rostrum places in two of the classes. There were also some farewells in the girl’s classes, as several will now move into senior competition. Mackenzie Tricker, an accomplished motocrosser, again got rewarded for an infrequent outing on the dirt

tracks with an unbeaten run to take out the 4-stroke class ahead of Sally Smith, the latter also finishing runnerup to Tayla Jones in the other girl’s class. Tricker was also delighted with her effort in the MX and Slider class where she won the repechage race and then finished a creditable fifth in the final behind McLellan. Besides the two girl’s classes, three of the open classes were also decided

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over five rounds, but none of the winners could match Tricker’s clean-sweep. Caleb Clifton emerged on top in the 65cc 7 – U9 years class when Caleb Porter fell in the last round and was relegated to third overall, while the victories by Max Whale (85cc 4-str. Modified 7 – U10 years class) and Max Croker (85cc 4-str. Modified 10– U14 years class) were both only resolved in the final round.

Mitchell Cluff (85cc 2 str. / 150cc 4-str. Std. Wheel 9 – U / 11 years class), Zaine Kennedy (85cc 2-str. / 150cc 4-str. Big Wheel 11 – U/13 yrs class) and Ben Cook (85cc 2-str. / 150cc 4-str. Std. & Big Wheel 13 – U/16 years class) all won finals after having been top scorers in the heats. The closest points battle after the heats was in the 65cc 9 – U13 years class and fittingly it produced a close final with Broc Pearson triumphant. Remy Gardner showed that he had not forgotten how to ride the dirt and proved that standings after the heats can be inconsequential as he was only the fifth top scorer, but won the final of the 85cc 2-str./ 150cc 4-str. Std. Wheel 11 – U13yrs class ahead of the two riders who had been equal top scorers. As another rider who has performed with great distinction in European road racing these past two years, Matthew Davies also looked set for a successful return to the dirt before a fall sidelined him with an ankle injury. Unfortunately that was one of several incidents where riders were injured chasing national championship glory, but hopefully all will be back in action soon.

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Central Coast rider wins at nationals

by Kierah Hawkins

hris “The Kid” Collins, driving the #72 GPS Motorsports Sponsored Omega Chassis, scored his first feature win and first place over all in the competitive KT Heavy class at the Central Coast Speedway Kart Club on Sunday 12th November.


Chris had a consistent run with a top 3 in all the heats throughout the day, setting him up perfectly for the final. Fellow team mate Graham Keats looked certain to win the final and the day until a broken chain ended his chances and this allowed Chris to take the chequered flag first. Other standout performers for the day were

Mitch Brien driving the #63 Dave Brien Automotive Benson Chassis entry, placing first in two classes, in KT Light and Clubman Light. Mitch drove to perfection, never finishing outside the top 3 in his heat races. Cameron Ware placed 2nd and Jade Pollock Finishing in 3rd Position. KT Light was almost a mirror image for Mitch, with 3 Heat wins and a 2nd Place in the Final. State Title holder Dan Morris finished a strong 2nd and Phill Gibson rounding out the top 3. Sportsman 125cc class saw an interesting situation with the yellow flags coming out with a lap to go in heat 2. Four drivers pulled off the track before greeting the chequered flag, handing the heat win to the only remaining driver still

circulating Kierah Hawkins. Luke Storey took 1st place while Stuart Bond was runner up and Kierah Hawkins finishing in 3rd place. The youngest competitors, the mighty Midgets were the biggest field of the day, with a total of 11 kids from the ages of 7. Jake Donaldson was 1st, Brandon Moore 2nd and Andrew Sayre 3rd. Rookie driver John Gillespie held off NSWSKC members Luke Sayre (2nd) and Lachlan Caunt (3rd) for a well earned 1st place on the day. The old fox Les Green was back in form in Clubman Heavy, holding off young Matt Bond and State Title holder Steve Omeley, Steve suffered a DNF in the final but that still saw him claim 3rd place on the podium.

Woy Woy union presentation day

by Bill MacLean

Dawson to attend New basketball academy sponsor announced national hockey camp by Warwick Whitmore

by Trish Dawson


illarney Vale local Matthew Dawson has been selected to attend the National Futures Camp for hockey in Canberra from December 13 – 20.

The theme for the camp is ‘Learning & Preparing to

Compete’. All the activities at the camp will be focused around the detail of preparing, competing and recovering from performance. There will be three official matches against a New Zealand U18 team between 16 and 19 December. Identification for the

camp was determined by National Junior Coach Paul Gaudoin in consultation with feedback from the National Training Centre Coach’s network. Inclusion was based on performance at National U18 & U21 Championships.


BX was officially announced as the new naming rights sponsor of the Central Coast Academy of Sport basketball program at a function held at Central Coast Adventist School on the evening of

Monday, October 31. A squad of 22 scholarship athletes (11 boys and 11 girls) has recently been selected and was formally inducted into the 2011/12 BBX basketball program at the function. Squad members are - Boys: Tom Akamarmoi, Branden Ferris, Tom Hoare, Jayden Hodgson, Warren Jiang, Matthew Kenyon,

Hunter Murray, Joshua Pallot, Oliver Robilliard, Jared Walker, Richmond Whitmore; Girls: Madison Crowe, Taylor Ferris, Madison Goddard, Jasmine Forcadilla, Rebecca Hayes, Amy Leavy, Muffi Loader, Aroha Malby, Alana McCoy, Taylah Thomas, Hannah Turrise.

oy Woy Lions Junior Rugby Union held their presentation day under sunny skies at the junior’s home ground Ettalong Oval on October 23.


The club players of the year for each team were U11s’ Lachlan Shelly, U12s’ Jack Alipate, U13s’ Max Edwards, U14s’ Jive Johnston, U15s’ Joss Morrison, U16s’ Damien Fleming, U17s’ Jake Harding & Connor Stanton. “The Pride of the Lions” awards are given to people who help the club in an “unofficial” capacity.

This year they were presented to Neil “Pa” David and Jurgen Hundt. Jurgen was up very early every Saturday morning to help ground manager Mick Dean set up and he would then help pack up at the end of the day. Neil, or “Pa” as he’s known to all at the club, has been chief BBQ man for many years due to his grandsons, Pat and Liam Hines playing. “As the two boys will now be playing as a part of the seniors at Woy Woy Oval, “Pa” is expected to be moving on with them and will be very much missed

not just for his work, but everyone loves having him around,” said publicity officer Bill MacLean “Having said that and knowing “Pa” I’m sure we will see him around Ettalong Oval during the season next year with a pair of tongs in his hand at some stage.” The club’s major award, “Club Person of the Year” went to canteen and clothing manager Cathy MacLean for all her hard work during the year. “You do these things for the kids, not the awards, but it’s nice to be recognised by the clubs committee.” Cathy said.

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Sportstars of the year announced

by Warwick Whitmore

ackson Collett has continued to dominate the track in his favoured 800m event, winning gold at the recent New South Wales All School Athletics Championships.

The All Schools Championships were held in Homebush Bay, the same venue where Collett won gold medals in the 400m and 800m at the NSW Combined Catholic Colleges titles recently. Collett faced a much tougher field of competitors at the All Schools championships and had to push hard in the final 100m of the two-lap race to win the gold medal. “The first lap was run at a pretty good pace and I tagged onto the back of the leader to gain a slip-stream into the head wind. “With 400m to go, I made a move into first place and had to battle hard to hold off the other boys down the home straight”, said Collett. His winning time of 2:02.13 minutes was only slightly quicker than the second placed runner, Edward Penrose of Newington College, who ran a 2:02.38 to edge out Sam Porter (The Kings School) by one-hundredth of a second for the silver medal. Collett then backed up his strong 800m performance by winning the bronze medal in the 400m. It was another tight finish for Collett in the 400m, running a time of 52.09sec, just three-hundredths of a second behind second placed runner Ben Allen from Carinya Christian College. In the same race,

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A crowd of over 250 people celebrated the best of the best in Central Coast sport for 2011 at the 2GO Central Coast Sports Federation Sportstar of the Year Awards on Saturday, November 19. Competition was fierce in each category, with all of the finalists very deserving of recognition for their achievements. The judges had to make extremely tough decisions. asters Sports Person of the

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Stuart Gyngell was awarded the Masters Sports Person of the Year award for his achievements in athletics He won four Gold medals (Discus, Shot, Hammer and Weight throw) in the NSW Masters Championships, five Gold medals (Discus, Shot, Javelin, Weight throw and Throws Pentathlon) and one Silver medal (Hammer) in the Australian Masters Championships and one1 Gold (Shot), two Silver medals (weight throw and throw pentathlon) in the World Masters Championships. He is currently ranked number one in the world for Masters Shot and number one in Australia for Shot, Discus, Weight Throw and Throw Pentathlon. Paul Lemon was announced runner up for his achievements in Surf Life Saving and swimming.

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Stephen Eaton (The Shore School, North Sydney) broke the meet record for the U14 boy’s 400m with an outstanding time of 51.17sec. It was not just Collett who impressed his peers at the All Schools championships, with fellow Central Coast Academy of Sport athlete Rob Dredge also winning gold at the state titles. Dredge’s first place performance also came in the 800m, where he ran a comfortable 1:57.40 to earn his place on top of the dais in the U17s’ event.

“It wasn’t the best time that I’ve run, but we unexpectedly had to run a straight final with no heats. “With that kind of preparation, where I was thinking I’d just have to run a qualifying time for the final, I decided to run more of a tactical race and it paid off”, said Dredge. Both Collett and Dredge will now compete for National glory at the Australian All Schools Championships to be held in December, before the busy Australian domestic season gets into full swing.

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Gold medals at judo championship - P3 Mariners remain unbeaten at home - P5 & P6 World baseball tournament on the Coast - P10 Three Mariners in Olyroos squad - P16

Stuart Gyngell


olunteer of the Lifesaving Education, Youth Games – 400m) and Lisa retention, First Aid Officer Spencer (Oceania Pacific Year

Katie Dixon was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award for her achievements in Surf Life Saving. She received a nomination for her volunteer work across a broad range of areas with Ocean Beach SLSC. Along with completing over 100 patrol hours Katie also commits her time to

and many other volunteer roles.


oach of the Year

Larry Spencer was awarded Coach of the Year for his commitment within athletics. He coached two International Athletics Gold Medallists Kevin Moore (CommonWealth

Championships 400m hurdles) He also coached five State Gold Medallists, two International Invitational athletes and six National Qualifiers. Runner up went to Paul Broadbent for his commitment to coaching within Surf Life Saving.

Amy Nurthen


portsperson the Year


NAB Central Coast Sportsperson of the Year went to Amy Nurthen for Surf Life Saving. She won 11 Gold and three Silver Medals in

the NSW surf lifesaving Championships, won Gold, Silver and Bronze in the Under 19 Division of the Australian Surf Lifesaving championships and won Round four of the Nutri Grain Ironwoman series at

Portsea Beach Victoria and placed sixth overall in the series. Runner up went to Cobi Morgan for her achievements in rugby and touch football.

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Sponsorship for Jamie Carr and Joshua Barty

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Gosford locals win academy awards wo athletes from the Gosford area have taken out the Male and Female athlete of the Year awards announced at the seventh annual Central Coast Academy of Sport Award’s Night held at Mingara Recreation Club showroom on Monday, November 28.


Joshua Barty

Jamie Carr

wo residents from the Gosford area have received a total of $1500 in sponsorship from the Central Coast Regional Organisation of Councils (CCROC) to participate at both national and international sporting events.


A joint initiative of Gosford 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. Copacabana resident Jamie Carr has been awarded $500 and will represent NSW at the Australian All Schools Championships to be held in Brisbane from December 3-4.

She was selected for the NSW team after qualifying first in the under-15 years 200 Hurdles and under-15 years 200 Sprint during the NSW All Schools Championships earlier this year. Kincumber resident Joshua Barty will receive $1000 to attend the 15 and

under AFL International Tour to be held in South Africa from January 16-29. While playing for the NSW State Team at the National carnival in Canberra in July, he was named as an emergency replacement for the side to South Africa. Due to some unavailable players, he was elevated into the side in September. Media Release, 24 Nov 2011 Gosford Council Media

Hosted by CCAS chairman Mark Holton, the Award’s Night recognised each individual athlete’s participation in their respective CCAS program, and also highlighted outstanding achievements by athletes through the presentation of Encouragement awards and Athlete of the Year awards for each squad. The major awards for the night went to Jack Booker of Kincumber, who received the Male Athlete of the Year award, and Maddie Powell of Mount Elliott, who was awarded the Female Athlete of the Year award. It capped off a breakthrough year for Powell on the international stage, as she won two gold medals and a silver medal at the Oceania Games, held in Samoa. “This is amazing, and so unexpected. “We all do this [play sport] because we love what we do, and it’s great that the academy recognises our achievements”, said Powell.

Booker, who won the 2011 CCAS Male athlete of the Year award, was unable to attend the awards ceremony as he is currently touring Spain as the captain of the NSW Country Rugby Union U18s side. In a recorded speech, Booker thanked the academy of sport, its coaching staff and his family for supporting him in his pursuit for success as a Rugby Union player. CCAS managing director Mr Ian Robilliard closed the night by thanking all of those whose contributions allow the academy to function, congratulating the athletes on all of their successes for the past twelve months, and also acknowledging the athlete’s parents, who sacrifice so much in order for their children to pursue a career as a sportsperson. Media Release, 29 Nov 2011 Warwick Whitmore, CCAS

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