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Cycle path lengthened to Davistown

New freight corridor funding he Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill has welcomed the announcement of the Federal and State Government’s $1.1 billion agreement on the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor.


The Living Choice Kincumber FITS cycle group, dressed in their new cycling shirts


s part of a project to circle the greater Brisbane Waters inlet with a path-cycleway system, Gosford Council recently added another stage when it completed a three kilometre concrete path-cycleway from Kincumber to Davistown. Kincumber resident Mr Roger Miller said the path has proved exceptionally popular with local residents, both with the young and the not-so-young. “Nowhere was this enthusiasm more evident than in the Living Choice Waterfront Estate at Kincumber, which is located right at the start of this pathway. “The wonderful

opportunity for many residents to dust off their cycles and get themselves pedalling again became obvious. “The complex’s regular cyclists no longer had to plough through winter mud and slush along the old Broadwater track, as in the past. “So, residents have accepted the challenge with much enthusiasm, and have

now formed a Saturday morning cycle group called Fun In The Saddle (FITS),” he said. Mr Miller said the initial aspirations were low key and cyclists could ride at their own pace to the cafe in Davistown for coffee, fun, laughter and good fellowship before returning home. “Perhaps the greatest benefit is the prospect

of better health, with added benefits of fresh air, sunshine, wonderful company and that tantalizing coffee aroma.” Currently, the group covers about seven kilometres in total, but will increase the distances as fitness levels improve. The group were also recent recipients of eyecatching cycling shirts provided by Living Choice.

“This is an important national economic reform that will substantially benefit the Central Coast,” said Ms O’Neill. “When completed in 2016, this new rail infrastructure will improve the reliability of rail passenger services for thousands of commuters. “It will also take more trucks off our major roads which is something I know Coasties will all welcome. “Labor is, again, leading the way, providing $840 million in funding for the Northern Sydney Freight Corridor and NSW chipping in $214 million.” The agreement will see the construction of new

passing loops at Gosford, the laying of a third track between Epping and Pennant Hills, and other works. The announcement on Wednesday, December 7, followed three years of detailed planning and preconstruction work. “This is a great result for the Central Coast,” said Ms O’Neill. “And it’s fantastic to deliver on another Labor promise that will improve the infrastructure of our region.” Media Release, 7 Dec 2011 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

Email, 13 Dec 2011 Roger Miller, Kincumber

Gosford train station duty officer and Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill with a freight train

Council requests climate change report osford Council has requested that a report be brought back to Council on the updated status of the climate change mitigation strategy, current climate change mitigation initiatives, including review of electricity and energy contracts in order to incorporate any viable clean energy options and grant funding opportunities.


Gosford Council’s clean energy options and future strategy are currently being assessed and developed in the climate change mitigation strategy.

The development of the climate change mitigation strategy commenced in August last year following the adoption of Council’s climate change policy in

May. A recent report received by Council from the Climate Commission stated that “the risks have never been clearer and the case for

action has never been more urgent.” “Failing to take sufficient action today entails potentially huge risks to our economy, society and way of life into the future. “This is the critical decade for action.” Gosford Council’s report of Tuesday, November 6, said the proposed introduction of a carbon

price by the federal government was a hotly debated political issue and would be a driving force for Australia’s clean energy future. “The cost of electricity is increasing and there is a growing need for Council to investigate energy efficiency and alternative energy sources. “It is important that

Councillors and senior Council management are informed of the current status of Gosford City Council’s climate change mitigation initiatives being undertaken by staff.” Gosford Council Agenda MM.15, 6 Dec 2011


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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

Legal & Financial Help

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

Chance to Win! osford Central News and Webers Circus are giving five readers the chance to win a family pass to attend one of its shows from January 6 until January 22 at Gosford Waterfront.


The family pass is valued at $88 and includes entry for two adults and two children. Webers Circus is owned by Natalie and Rudy Weber. With the famous wheel of death, miniature ponies, performing dogs, Spanish web, lyra, hula hoops, clowns, silks, salsa dancing, Russian swing and much more. To win one of these five family passes write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send to Gosford News Webers Circus competition PO Box 1056, Gosford,NSW, 2250, by the close of business Thursday, January 5. The winners of last edition’s Gosford News DoorMat Designs competition are Bernard Cumming of Bateau Bay, N and K Roberts of Saratoga and Harriette Bonner of Springfield.

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Car pool work to commence


Welcome sign needs relocation

oads and Maritime Services (RMS) will soon start work at the intersection of the Central Coast Highway and Wisemans Ferry Rd, Kariong.


Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein said the work would increase safety and improve traffic flow for motorists. “Queuing at this busy intersection can sometimes extend to the F3 Freeway, causing delays to freeway traffic,” Mr Holstein said. “The upgrade is being planned to improve traffic flow, reduce potential delays and reduce the likelihood of crashes at this important intersection. “The Central Coast Highway is the major road link between the F3 Sydney-Newcastle Freeway and Gosford, Erina and the surrounding coastal suburbs. “As part of the project, RMS is building a car pool car park on the corner of the Central Coast Highway and Kangoo Rd.

“RMS this week (Monday, December 5) will start work to build the car park as the first stage of the project. “Once the car park is completed, the informal parking areas along the side of the road will be closed to allow work to start on the intersection upgrade. “The upgrade will also provide additional turning lanes at the intersection of Wisemans Ferry Rd and northbound F3 Freeway entry ramp,” Mr Holstein said. A community update outlining the final plan for the intersection upgrade is being distributed to local residents. Media Release, 6 Dec 2011 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

osford Council has resolved to advise the RTA that the Welcome to Gosford signage should be relocated to approximately mid way between Wisemans Ferry Rd and Kangoo Rd, Kariong.


The decision to relocate the sign was a result of the proposed upgrade of the Central Coast Highway and Wisemans Ferry Rd intersection at Kariong. Sufficient room will not be available clear of the existing road boundary for the signage to remain in

its current location once the proposed works are completed. As part of the proposed intersection upgrade, the RTA offered to relocate the signage, at its own cost. The RTA offered Council three alternative locations. Options one and two for

the Welcome to Gosford sign were located before and after the Kangoo Rd intersection approximately 500 metres south east of the sign’s present location. Option three proposed to locate the sign approximately mid way between Wisemans Ferry

Rd and Kangoo Rd on an area already cleared of vegetation beside the Central Coast Highway. Option three was considered the preferred location as it was clear of any other distractions such as traffic lights and intersection constraints. Gosford Council Agenda CIT.32, 6 Dec 2011

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Hieroglyphs may be fake Alternative E plan is not an alternative


he alternative plan referred to in the Gosford Central Community News of November 21 raises a number of concerns. Burying Dane Dr along the waterfront has already been independently costed at over $200 million. How will this amount be funded? The proposed relocation to Market Place, of the long awaited iconic Regional Performing Arts Centre, is not a proven viable option. This centre "would stand as a key public building and create a new heart for our regional city". This landmark complex would be to Gosford, as the Opera House is to Sydney. The alternative plans also propose to develop waterfront land for residential purposes. The chosen location is questionable as it is in the Broadwater and is immediately adjacent to the railway line and tidal Fagan's Bay. The existing ferrymooring wharf appears to have been relocated to the wrong (south) side of the breakwater and replaced with a 300 berth marina. By contrast, the fully costed Landing Masterplan

Letters to the editor should be sent to: Gosford News PO Box 1056, Gosford 2250 or See Page 2 for contribution conditions is a genuine community endeavour to capitalise on Gosford's unique asset. This Masterplan already has broad governmentcouncil support and also recent feedback from the public visitation to the recent display. It envisages the creation of 4000 Gosford office jobs and the flow on trades effect during construction would be an enormous boost to the local economy. Having witnessed the boom years leading up to 1985, it is time for the decline of Gosford over the last 25 years to be corrected. Email, 13 Dec 2011 Peter Turnbull, Point Clare

veryone is getting very excited about the engravings in the bush below Woy Woy Rd, Kariong.

So much so, that Express Advocate’s Terry Collins misspelt the word “Hieroglyphs”, not just in the large headline to the article, but throughout the piece, which was advertising the meeting in the Kariong Arts Hall. What makes this even more extraordinary is that your December 5 edition of Gosford Central Community News had front page coverage of this story with the correct spelling! It is now time for me to put a spanner in the works. This is what I believe to be the probable truth about the “Egyptian Hieroglyphs” at Kariong. My family and I have lived in Woy Woy since 1983. Being keen on bush walking, we regularly explored the local bush walks and tracks and, over the years, became very familiar with the local bush areas. Sometime around the late nineteen eighties, my teenage son and his mate returned from a bushwalk in the area below Woy Woy Rd and were very excited about these “amazing carvings” they had come across, which didn’t look like Aboriginal ones, but looked like Egyptian hieroglyphic symbols. The following day, I accompanied him to the site and was equally amazed and curious. I telephoned the Gosford National Parks office and had a long conversation with a gentleman there. He told me that they were aware of these engravings and that a few years prior, someone from the Australian

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Museum had inspected the site, taken photographs, measurements, etc. Apparently, the engravings were estimated to have been made no earlier than 35 years prior, and, in addition, the symbols portrayed were not authentic in style and formation or coherent in meaning. In other words, the verdict was that they had been done in the not too distant past by a person or persons unknown. The culprit would certainly not wish to be identified, as it is a serious offence to deface or damage the rocks in the natural bush. We continued to visit the site now and then as part of a walk and sometimes took visitors there. You could drive along Bambara Rd and park in the clearing below the site, which is on a rocky outcrop above. The rocks were fun to clamber through, as they formed a group of large boulders in an interesting formation, especially the narrow space between the two great slabs of rock, on which the carvings had been made. At that time, there was no gate across the access road. Not many people knew the engravings were there and nothing had been mentioned about them for years. Move a few years on, to an occasion in about 1993, when I spent a brief time in Royal North Shore Hospital. In my ward, I spent a few days in the company of a fellow patient who was a woman in her forties, a New Zealander named Helen, with whom I had some interesting chats.

She was due to be discharged on this particular day, and we exchanged phone numbers, as one does, thinking one might keep in touch, but end up not doing so. I asked her if she had ever been to Woy Woy, and she replied that she had quite a few times, but not for many years. She told me that a very good friend of hers at the time had lived on Woy Woy Rd. She used to visit him, but at some point their relationship had ended and they had not been in touch for many years. She added that he was a very unusual and interesting man and that he was very interested in Egyptology, in fact he had been “obsessed” with the culture of Ancient Egypt. He had even tried to teach her “the Egyptian Alphabet”. He had never visited Egypt, or studied Egyptology formally, but had studied books on the subject, watched documentaries, etc. She said that he had a kind of “spiritual empathy” with their belief system. As soon as she started to tell me about this guy, I had made the connection. I immediately told her about the engravings and she exclaimed something like “Oh, he would have been the one who did them for sure! That’s just the sort of thing he would have done”. She said that he would spend a lot of time in the bush which was “virtually his back yard”. He used to sketch the trees, and used to sit on the top of the rocks and “meditate”. When I returned home, I excitedly related this story to my family. I looked in the local

phonebook and the listing for that surname and initial was listed, at a street number on Woy Woy Rd, Kariong. We decided to keep the knowledge under our hats, as I did not wish to get this person into trouble by blowing his cover. During the intervening years, occasional mention of these engravings started occurring with all sorts of fanciful theories abounding. I used to smile to myself and make wry comments amongst a few friends and family members who knew that I had a theory about who had done them, but wouldn’t say. Recently, when I heard about the documentary and read the latest press articles about the public lectures and PHD’s, I referred to the current telephone directory to see if this man’s name and address were still listed, but it was not. I felt so exasperated that I visited Gosford library and accessed a whole series of past telephone directories to try to verify that listing from the early 1990s. To my surprise and disappointment, I couldn’t find it. Now I wonder if I was mistaken in my memory of the gentleman’s surname. He may have moved or not even be alive by now. Nor could I track down Helen whose phone number I had not kept. I was so frustrated by this that I contacted Mrs Yvonne Hart, an elderly long time resident who used to work in the local post office for many years. I asked her if she recalled a past resident of the area who fitted the description of this man, but she did not. I wonder if anyone recalls this man, or knows of any other details which might fit this story. Email, 12 Dec 2011 Yvette Pritchard, Woy Woy


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Mayor and General Manager on a free trip to japan



Council approves sewerage improvements

osford Council will send a mayoral delegation consisting of the mayor and general manager to its sister cities of Nitra, Edogawa and Friendship City Jinhua in May of next year.

It was recommended that the mayor, general manager and up to two representatives of Gosford visit Nitra to enter into a new agreement, implement the first stage of the development of the Arts and Culture Exchange Program MOU and develop further programs for strengthening the relationship between the councils and the citizens of the two cities. Cr Peter Freewater opposed the motion and

said it would be more beneficial to send a student delegation, however, he was unsuported. Gosford Council’s report of Tuesday, December 6, said previous visits to Nitra had undoubtedly created opportunities for meaningful exchanges, and a further visit to sign a new agreement and implement the Arts and Culture Exchange Program MOU would provide further opportunity to broaden the relationship and enrich the

cultures of both of cities. Gosford Council entered into a Sister City relationship with the City of Edogawa, Japan, and the City of Nitra, Slovakia in September 1988. The Sister City Affiliation Declaration with Nitra was signed by the then mayor of Gosford Dr Patricia Harrison and the mayor of Nitra City Dr Stefan Kochansky. Gosford Council Agenda MM.16, 6 Dec 2011

Parking proposal approved


osford Council has approved the Gosford Chamber of Commerce and Gosford Business Improvement District’s proposal for two hour complimentary car parking in the Baker St car park.

At its Reconvened Ordinary meeting of Tuesday, December 13, Council agreed to a six month trial which would offer free two hour parking at the Gosford City Car Park in Baker St. Parking stays longer than two hours would be charged at the current rate of $3 for every 2-3 hours and $1 for each hour thereafter. The Gosford Chamber of Commerce and GBID put forward this suggestion earlier this year for consideration and as a result, a report was commissioned on the car park usage of both the Baker St and Gosford Town Centre car parks.

The report found that the occupancy rate for the Gosford Town Centre car park was 90 per cent for undercover parking between 9am and 2.30pm and 61 per cent for roof top parking over the same period. The Chair for GBID Ms Deborah Warwick said: “This decision will be a major boost to customers and businesses in Gosford’s CBD.” “The Gosford City Car Park in Baker St car park is so close and convenient to the CBD shops and services. “We encourage customers to try the new arrangements when

implemented in the New Year and see for themselves how easy it is. “We also encourage business operators, commuters and customers to keep using the totally free of charge Gosford Town Centre car park for longer term parking. “We applaud Council for agreeing to our proposal, especially at this festive time of the year. “It is a welcome gift to customers and businesses and we are certain they will benefit from this decision. Media Release, 14 Dec 2011 Paul Brash, GBID

osford Council has granted consent to a development application which would repair and upgrade the North Avoca sewerage system on various allotments around the foreshore of Avoca Lagoon.


Council is working to improve its overall sewage collection and transport systems around Avoca Lagoon, via the design and construction of major new sewer carrier mains and other ancillary works. All these future works

are collectively known as Council’s Coastal Carrier System (CCS) project. Proposed works include valve replacement at chainages 22 and 700 and pipeline construction for the North Avoca Variable Grade Sewer (NAVGS) pipeline

construction. All works are aimed at reducing the risk of sewage pollution occurring within the waters of Avoca Lagoon. Gosford Council Agenda ENV.76, 6 Dec 2011

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Council calls for pool safety

Stay Safe at the Beach Day osford Council, Wyong Shire Council, Northern Settlement Services, Surf Lifesaving Central Coast and Centrelink hosted a Stay Safe at the Beach Day at Avoca Beach on Wednesday, November 30.


Following an early morning session which was open to the public, the day involved a number of workshops for local school, TAFE and university students. The students took part in a rock fishing demonstration and safety talk, a Science of the Surf workshop with Dr Rob Brander, along with some beach and water games and activities. Students were also visited by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, with emergency staff going through a number of training drills and exercises on the

beach. Mayor of Gosford Cr Laurie Maher said the day was a major success and enjoyed by all who attended. “There were a number of interactive activities and presentations, everyone who took part had a great day but also took away some vital beach safety messages. “These messages are important for the protection of our community and I would like to congratulate everyone involved in organising this event for helping to ensure our residents are well informed

about water safety. “We saw over 130 local students from Avoca Public School, 80 students from Gosford and Wyong TAFE and 300 University of Newcastle students take part during the day. “It is fantastic to see local educators putting such a strong emphasis on beach safety, especially in a coastal area such as ours,” said Cr Maher. Media Release, 8 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

s the weather warms up, Gosford Council is urging residents to make pool and water safety a priority this summer.


With approximately 12,000 backyard swimming pools in the Gosford Local Government Area, pool safety is a major community concern. Sadly, drowning is one of the major causes of death for NSW children under the age of five, and many more children suffer brain damage and other serious injuries associated with near-drowning experiences. Pool and spa pool owners have certain responsibilities under the Swimming Pools Act 1992 for ensuring their pool is safe, secure and maintained at all times to meet the requirements of the Act and the Swimming Pools Regulation 2008.

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constantly addressed. “Supervision is the best way to ensure safe swimming and we encourage pool owners and regular users to learn CPR as an added safety measure. “A properly maintained fence or barrier gives added protection by preventing children from accessing a pool unsupervised. “Whenever Council’s building inspectors visit a property with a pool, they ensure that they check to see that the pool fencing meets the relevant standards,” said Mr Parkes. Media Release, 8 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

Summer Beach Safety Campaign

osford Council received a petition with 16 signatures by residents of Bayview Ave, East Gosford. The petition advised that Lantana bush was growing out of control at the rear of their properties. Petitioners said they also believed the overgrown noxious weed could become a fire hazard and a risk to native fauna. They also advised that the odour was unbearable.

While it is important that regular checks of pool fences, gates and latches may assist in reducing drowning in backyard pools, the most effective way to prevent drowning or neardrowning is for children to be adequately supervised by a parent or other responsible adult. Gosford Council’s education and compliance manager Mr John Parkes said that every resident who has a pool should take appropriate measures to ensure that their pool or spa pool is a safe place to swim. “Pools provide great enjoyment to family and friends but unfortunately there is that element of danger that needs to be


ith beach patrols now in full swing, Gosford Council is preparing for another safe season on Gosford City beaches with the launch of its 2011/2012 Summer Beach Safety Campaign.

The campaign aims to encourage beach and water safety for residents and visitors to the area and highlights a number of important key messages. Gosford Council’s coordinator of leisure and

lifestyle Mr Anthony Burling is calling on all residents and visitors to stay safe at the beach and swim between the flags. “It is estimated that close to two million people will visit Gosford City beaches during

the 2011/12 summer season. “It’s really important for people to be aware of potential hazards at the beach such as rips, and read and obey any signs or directions from lifeguards or lifesavers. “Children should always be supervised around the water and only swim at patrolled beaches between the red and yellow flags. “Beachgoers can assist professional lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers in maintaining our proud safety record and ensure another safe and enjoyable season this summer by following the safety messages,” said Mr Burling. Sixty professional lifeguards plus many more volunteer lifesavers from each Surf Club will patrol during the 140 day season. Media Release, 9 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

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DUI with child in the car

andy Brocking will give a talk at Erina Fair Library on February 23 at 3pm on her book Think Smart and Lose Weight.

West Gosford woman has been arrested and charged after drinkdriving with her young daughter in the car at West Gosford in the early hours of Wednesday, December 7.


Just after 1.30am, police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command were called to a disturbance at a house on Grant Close, Narara. Upon arrival at the scene, police found a 43-yearold woman who was wellaffected by alcohol. Residents told officers she’d been making a nuisance of herself by banging on the front door

and ignoring their requests to leave. Inquiries by police revealed the woman had driven her red Mitsubishi Lancer to the location with her four-year-old daughter in the car. She was arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station for the purpose of a breath analysis, which returned a reading of 0.107,

more than twice the legal blood-alcohol limit. The woman was subsequently charged with drive with mid-range PCA (prescribed concentration of alcohol) and will appear in Gosford Local Court on Tuesday, January 10. Media Release, 7 Dec 2011 NSW Police Media

Day care receives funding


Australia’s Future Workforce package. The objective of the fund is to assist individual enterprises increase their workforce capacity by providing existing workers and new workers with the opportunity to enhance their skill levels through formal training. The Fund would also increase the supply of labour and skills in sectors and occupations where there is a current or emerging skills need. Under the National Quality Framework being phased in from 2012 to 2020, early childhood education providers would have to meet certain

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day care provider based in Gosford has announced its success in receiving funding for 330 Certificate III, Diploma and Advanced Diploma places, with a net worth of $1 million.

The family day care sector will receive $650,000 to go towards the training package as part of the Federal Government’s National Workforce Development Fund, with a small percentage to be contributed by successful applicants. “This is recognition of the importance the federal government places on family day care and the valuable service it provides to the community,” Family Day Care Australia chief executive officer Ms Carla Northam said. The National Workforce Development Fund forms part of the Australian Government’s Building


requirements on staff ratios and qualifications, and service quality. Ms Northam said the funding would assist the family day care sector to fulfil the objectives of the National Quality Framework. “The funding will assist educators to work towards achieving the required qualifications in line with the federal government’s new legislation for the early childhood education and care sector which comes into effect on 1 January 2012,” Ms Northam said.

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Point Clare farewells teacher

Environmental awards ceremony


rimary school students within the Gosford local government area recently celebrated their achievements at an awards ceremony for Gosford Council’s Greenhouse Program.


The aim of the program was to foster understanding of environmental issues and commitment to positive environmental behaviour within schools. The theme for this year’s program was Biodiversity: here today, gone tomorrow. Over 850 students from 29 participating schools submitted projects through the program, and responded to the challenge of undertaking initiatives within their schools and homes to improve biodiversity. Another component of this year’s Greenhouse Program was a student leadership project, which was sponsored by the CMA,

at the Australian Reptile Park. Using the Kids Teaching Kids model, 120 children from 20 schools took part in environmental activities, such as bird watching, macro invertebrate testing, playing the food web game, learning about Tassie Devils, marine debris, feral animals and more. The students then returned to their schools and taught the activities to their fellow students and passed on the knowledge they acquired on the day. The Greenhouse Program has been running successfully for over 10 years and has given

She had been working at the school for five years as a hearing itinerant support teacher. “Lynda’s skills are too numerous to list, and we will miss her warm willingness to take on any task at a moment’s notice,” said relieving principal Ms Karen

students the opportunity to discover biodiversity in their back yards. The program has led participating schools to create habitats in their school grounds through the creation of native gardens and wildlife boxes, frog ponds and rockeries.

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he Valley Schools Learning Community has been recognised for its outstanding achievement and contribution in promoting a cohesive community and developing social harmony and unity.

The NSW Department of Education and Communities director-general Dr Michele Bruniges congratulated the Learning Community on its receipt of a Special Commendation in the 2011 Cohesive Community School Award. Dr Bruniges said the award was open to schools across NSW, both government and non-

government, and focused on the role schools can play in promoting harmonious communities. “The Valley Schools Learning Community has received this award in recognition of the diversity of programs implemented by it to promote a cohesive community, and due to the strong links they have established with local community groups,” Dr

Bruniges said. The Learning Community received its commendation for its Aboriginal Education Network, its learning support through two support units, Glenvale Special School and North Gosford Learning Centre, its tailored support for individuals, its varied community connections and its promotion of unity through the VSLC’s many functions.

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Point Clare Public School student has had her artwork selected in the member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill’s Christmas Card Collection.


Georgi Rudd of Year 3 was selected out of 300 entries from Year 2 and 3 students. She has been invited to a special afternoon tea with

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oint Clare Public School farewelled teacher Ms Lynda Russo on Monday, December 12.

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Farewell Funday for Point Clare oint Clare Public School Year 6 students held a Funday on Friday, December 2, to celebrate their last seven years at Point Clare.


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Point Clare wins Environment award

School community support better targeted upport for young Central Coast families through Schools as Community Centres (SaCCs) will be better targeted following a re-assessment of different areas’ needs.


Community and government agencies work in partnership with the SaCCs to support families with children from birth to eight years old, with a particular focus on the years before school. A re-assessment of areas’ socio-economic status, children’s health, public housing needs, and literacy and numeracy among children will bring a number of changes to the SaCCs next year and in 2013. The Hunter Central Coast regional director Ms Robyn McKerihan said it was critically important that the resources go to the families

that need them most. “As communities change, so do their needs and the agencies supporting families in those communities must keep up to date and deliver their services accordingly,” said Ms McKerihan. “That’s why the Department of Education and Communities, as the lead agency in the Schools as Community Centres projects, will be re-organising arrangements from the start of next year to better meet community needs. “I would like to thank all the representatives of the agencies operating through the SaCCs for their

support in the assessment and drawing up of recommendations.” The Central Coast’s school areas were assessed by senior officers from the Department of Education and Communities, Family and Community Services, Health, school principals and SaCC facilitators. As a result of the changes, Chertsey SaCC will operate for two days a week from the start of 2012, moving to Wyoming Public School from the start of 2013. Media Release, 12 Dec 2011 Sven Wright, DET

Anderson pays tribute hertsey Public School principal Mr John Anderson has paid tribute to SaCC facilitator Ms Nada Potter as it is unknown what her role would be in the new year.


Mr Anderson said she has committed an incredible amount of time and effort to support the school community, staff and students. “I recognise and acknowledge Nada’s work at Chertsey. “As I said at last week’s 3-6 Presentation Day assembly, there are not too many people or houses in Springfield that are unknown

to Nada. “She has not only provided excellent programs for the 0-8 year age group, but has also supported families in crisis and provided across school activities that have done so much to build Chertsey’s reputation as a genuine community focused school. “Nada is a big part of what Chertsey is and stands for, and I know for nearly the

last 20 years Chertsey has played an enormous part in Nada’s life. “Whatever the future holds for Nada, I know that I speak for our school community when I say that our gratitude is heartfelt and sincere,” said Mr Anderson. Newsletter, 13 Dec 2011 John Anderson, Chertsey Public School

Free play at Uniting Church free play reading of Antigone will be held on Friday, January 27, at the Uniting Church Hall, in Gosford, from 7:30pm.


The play was adapted and directed by local actordiretor-writer Ms Annie Bilton. Those included in

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The award was announced at a prestigious ceremony held at Laycock St Theatre on Monday, November 21. “This award is an

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School presents awards number of students received School Awards at the Narara Public School presentation assembly held on Wednesday, November 30.


Matthew Wiggins was awarded Dux, while Bayden Singh was awarded the Citizenship award, and Bianca Mena the Spirit of Narara. Matthew Walgers was presented with the Creative and Performance Arts award, Ryan Kennerley with the Ausgrid Australia

Bright Future Awards: Mathematics, Danielle Gennari with the Ausgrid Australia Bright Future Awards: Environment award and Jacqueline Summers with the Ausgrid Australia Bright Future Awards: Science award. Emma Hogan, Kyle Jeanpierre, Samuel Hobson

and Matthew Wiggins were awarded the Purdy Whitlock award and Kane Allan, Jack Crowther, Chloe GentleWilson and Daniel Scott were presented the Tim Robb Memorial award. Newsletter, 5 Dec 2011 Greg Frohlich, Narara Public School

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GBID employee offered council apprenticeship edication and hard work reaped true rewards recently for Vacant Shops Program employee Ryan Keft, who has recently been offered an apprenticeship with Council’s Parks and Gardens

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Ryan was initially employed by the Gosford Business Improvement District (GBID) as part of the Vacant Shops Program in April this year. The program was an initiative of GBID and Break Thru People Solutions with assistance from ACS to clean up vacant shops in the Gosford CBD. Once the vacant shops had been cleaned up, Ryan helped paint over graffiti and worked on various improvements around Gosford. Ryan said one of his passions is gardening which really came to the fore when he assisted with clearing the overgrown gardens at the former Gosford Town Centre. GBID manager Mr Paul Brasch said: “The gardens needed a complete overhaul, mulching and replanting.” “Ryan persevered with the project and worked with Gosford City Council representatives to coordinate the necessary tools, mulch and new plants to rejuvenate the gardens. “Being a Horticulture Student with Ourimbah

Tafe, Ryan also learnt on the job and used various aspects of his work to base his assignments on. “Following the conclusion of the 15 week program in July 2011, GBID supported Ryan’s application to Gosford City Council for an apprenticeship position with Council’s Parks and Gardens Unit. “We have just heard that Ryan was successful in his application and has been offered a position with Gosford City Council to

commence in Janaury. “We are absolutely thrilled about this outcome and GBID is pleased to have given Ryan the opportunity to further his skills and passion. “We certainly wish Ryan every success with his new job. “Persistance and hard work do pay off,” said Mr Brasch Media Release, 15 Dec 2011 Paul Brasch, GBID

Funeral records to go on exhibition osford City Library has placed the Creightons Collection on public exhibition, a compilation of never-before published funeral records dating back to the 1900s.


Funeral service R.H Creighton commenced in the 1800s with a base in Mann St, Gosford. They were re-branded and coined Creightons Funeral Service in the mid 1980s. A team of volunteers have recouped historic records in order to offer local residents and historians these resources. The collection has been drawn from a number of original registers recovered from R.H. Creighton

Gosford, at the time of closure of the Mann St funeral parlour. “While the records are possibly incomplete and sometimes quite limited in the years that they cover, they will be very valuable and useful to families, or those looking to locate ancestors,” explained Creighton Funeral Service’s Lee Caddis. “Creightons has a proud history on the Central Coast and has touched the lives of many families in the region.

“For those same families to have the opportunity to investigate and explore their ancestry is a real bonus,” said Ms Caddis. While the records are not inclusive of every funeral, they do provide a startling reminder of the history of the Central Coast and of the occupants who stamped their mark on our region. Media Release, 13 Dec 2011 Katey Small, Brilliant Logic

Two more bilbies for wildlife park


he Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park in Calga has two more reasons to be excited this festive season, with “Nikita” the Greater Bilby successfully giving birth to twin joeys.

Nikita and Otis are already the proud parents of one joey. The twins are now proving to be a handful for mum, reported park ranger Karen Anderson. A total of three young Bilbies have now been born at Walkabout Wildlife Park and are all destined to be released into the wild in South Australia and Western Australia where feral predators do not dominate. These are the first bilby

joeys on record to be born in captivity in NSW. Ms Anderson said “This endangered species is slowly coming back from the brink of extinction thanks to the collaborative efforts of a number of dedicated organisations.” Greater Bilbies were once found across 70 per cent of Australia, until the effects of habitat loss, competition for food and burrows, and feral predators pushed these cute animals onto the

endangered species list 50 years ago. Nikita and her young can be seen on display these Christmas holidays, and all they want for Christmas from visitors to Walkabout Park is a name, so take part in the naming competition to win free passes for your next visit. Media Release, 14 Dec 2011 Tassin Barnard, Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park


International band to play at Kantara nternationally renowned six piece band, Mountain Mocha Kilimajaro, will perform at Peats Ridge Festival over the New Year and in Green Point at Kantara House on Friday, January 13.

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Volunteers needed for festival eats Ridge Festival organisers are calling for volunteers for the 2011 festival to be held over three days from December 29 until January 1.


Volunteers will earn a free ticket to the 2012 festival and will receive an invite to the staff party to be held in Syndey. The Packdown Crew would work seven half days restoring Glenworth Valley to its pre-festival beauty, while making new friends and enjoying evening entertainment each day. The Packdown Crew enjoy a full week of camping after the festival to relax and unwind after a madcap three days enjoying all the Festival has to offer. Those with a keen eye for style can join the Decor Crew and be an integral part of designing the feel of the festival. Join the Green Team and be an ambassador for sustainability, or for the stronger ones out there, why not consider being a part of the set up and construction crews and help build the

festival - one tee pee at a time. Peats Ridge is also on the lookout for Masterchefs to help feed the masses – from dish pigs to those with culinary master skills, the Hospitality Crew will man the various kitchens throughout the festival site. Festival director Mr Matt Grant said volunteering for the Festival is not all hard work and sweat. “With shifts at the Festival lasting only five to six hours each, there is still be plenty of time for volunteers to soak up the atmosphere and check out some great acts. “They can even nominate when they’d like to do their shifts so they can plan around what they want to see over the three days.� Media Release, 5 Dec 2011 Amber Forrest-Bisley, Cardinal Spin

Henry Kendall Poetry Award


he Central Coast Poets Inc (CCPI) has announced the launch of its 2012 Henry Kendall Poetry Award.

This biennial competition is regarded by the literary world as one of Australia’s most prestigious poetry awards. It not only guarantees the winner $500 but also publication in the CCPI’s anthology. The competition attracts entries from established

poets to humble first timers and is this year judged by one of Australia’s most respected poets, David Musgrave. The closing date is February 14. Email, 6 Dec 2011 Vic Jefferies, Central Coast Poets Inc

Sons of Alamo to play Big Day Out ormer Central Coast Grammar School student band Sons of Alamo will play at Sydney’s Big Day Out on Thursday, January 26, after they were named runners-up in the grand final of the 2011 My School Act Competition held on Sunday, December 11.


At the end of the My School Act competition, the band, made up of Rohan Fleming, Will Hunt, Bryce Gleeson and Jordan Fleming, was among the final five acts Australia-wide. The state winners got together in Sydney for a weekend of industry talks before the grand final. “We had such a brilliant weekend hanging out with other bands and industry guys, learning about the business and getting lots of great advice, said band member Rohan Fleming. “They picked us up from our houses, we stayed in a Sydney hotel over the weekend and played two songs in the grand final at the Metro Theatre on Sunday night. “It would have been crazy to have won the final, the recording contract and everything but to get to play Big Day Out is awesome. “The nerves haven’t kicked in yet, but they will soon I guess.� They will be sharing the stage with a stellar line up of international talent including Soundgarden, Foster the People and Noel Gallagher. Media Release, 12 Dec 2011 Christine Hodgkinson, Central Coast Grammar School

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ountry music crooner Bill Chambers of Kariong will lead an impressive list of Central Coast artists at the Gulgong Folk Festival next month.


He will be joined by folkpop trio Racz and Waters and the rockabilly sounds of Summerland Kings in a stellar line- up of country, rock, folk, blues and roots performers. The Festival is a threeday event, held in the historic goldmining town of Gulgong in the Mudgee Region. The Region is wellknown for its great food and award-winning wineries, as well as an emerging music destination. Recent highly soughtafter performers include Cold Chisel, Suzi Quatro, James Reyne, Kate MillerHeidke and even The Wiggles.

With acts coming from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and as far afield as Canada and Glasgow, Festival organiser and musician Richard Lawson said he has gone to great lengths to ensure a diverse, action-packed program for the event. In its 26th year, the upcoming Festival has embraced social media, with Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and a blog dedicated to sharing information about the Festival and interacting with fans. This, combined with edgy, young performers, will help the Festival appeal to all generations.

Folk acts are increasingly taking on mainstream music charts and event organisers are embracing this trend. The 2012 Festival lineup features an extensive list of artists, ranging from country music headliners Anne Kirkpatrick and Allan Caswell to Blues artist Big Erle and guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne. Music performances will be held on stages across Gulgong, as well as Irish dancing, street theatre, bush craft, instrumentmaking workshops, poets’ breakfasts and markets. Media Release, 14 Dec 2011 Louise McLean, Odyssey Marketing Solutions

Children’s film night children’s film night, promoting harmony and diversity, was held on Friday, December 9, at The Hub, Erina Fair.


Hosted by Gosford Council Youth Services and the Northern Settlement Services’ Central Coast Multicultural Family Support Program, the event followed the successful Film Global nights held over the past few years that celebrated a different culture each month.

Film nights held previously showcased Mexican, African, Italian, Indian, Turkish, Chilean, Chinese, Greek, African, French and Iranian-Persian cultures and saw an overwhelming response. Animated film Rio (2011), directed by Carlos Saldanha, has been a recent

family favourite that follows Blu, a domesticated Macaw from small-town Minnesota taking off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams. Media Release, 8 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

a selection of gifts that we have wrapped and placed under the tree,” she continued. Rod Dibley from The Salvation Army on the Central Coast said that every act of generosity was gratefully received by the people who frequented the Salvo’s refuges and facilities. “We have an established relationship with the Palmdale Group and enjoy their support on a number of levels. “This campaign is special to us because it allows the members of the community


he Sea FM Discovered winner for 2011 has been announced, with Jess Green impressing the crowd and the judges on Grand Final night to take out the top prize.

Jess also topped the voting for the People’s Choice Award after great performances during the heats and grand final. Judges awarded second place to Karise Higgins and third place to Bradley Quaife. In a spectacular night of entertainment at The Hub, the audience and judges were amazed by the talent of some our local singers and songwriters. Sea FM Discovered offers young aspiring

singer-songwriters-talented vocalists between the ages of 12 and 25 years the opportunity to share in $10,000 in prizes to help kick-start their career. Coordinator of The Hub Mr Steve Knee said this year’s competition unearthed some of the region’s most talented musicians. “Everyone who entered this year gave 110 per cent, and put on some really great performances; the talent was outstanding.

“This competition would not have been possible without our many great supporters and sponsors who have worked so hard in making Discovered such a success. “We have had great interest from the public and are excited about discovering more local performers in 2012,” said Mr Knee. Media Release, 14 Dec 2011 Gosford Council Media

eats Ridge Festival in Glenworth Valley is taking a major step forward by being the first Australian Festival to stream in entirety on the web.


he Palmdale Group are holding a local gift appeal to add festive cheer to the lives of those who will do it tough over Christmas and are asking for community support to aid them in their efforts.

“Simply drop off a wrapped gift with a tag, noting the appropriate gender and age bracket of the recipient, and we will deliver all of the packages to the Salvation Army to distribute locally in time for Christmas,” said the Palmdale Group community liaison officer Ms Lee Caddis. “It doesn’t have to be too expensive, but something new that will bring a smile to the recipient’s face on Christmas morning. “The staff and management have kicked off the campaign with

Mary Dyson from the Department of Education, Gina Jeffreys, Karise Higgins, Jess Green, Rod McCormack of RMP-The Music Cellar Studios, Bradley Quaife, Danny of Macron Music and Erin Corbett

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who visit Palmdale to join with us in spreading a little goodwill,” said Rod. To contribute to the appeal and help make someone else’s Christmas merry, just drop a shoebox sized gift-wrapped present to reception at Palmdale Lawn Cemetery and Memorial Park at Ourimbah or Greenway Chapel and Memorial Gardens at Green Point. Media Release, 2 Dec 2011 Katey Small, Brilliant Logic

All the live action from the festival will be streamed on YouTube over the three days. “Working with our partners Unseen TV we’ll have cameras all over the Festival, recording the music, the arts and all of the amazing performers, people and highlights of our unique event right up until the New Year,” said the Peats Ridge team. “It’s a huge feat and we’re really looking forward to seeing it all from the camera’s eye. “Even better, you’ll be able to watch edits from the Stream on our YouTube channel, long after the Festival has finished.” Newsletter, 15 Dec 2011 Peats Ridge Festival team

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Not for Profit Organisations Directory AACC Computer Club Inc. (33)

Central Coast Concert Band (28) 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

Meets every Tuesday 7:15pm till 9:30pm new members always welcome. Community playouts with four concerts a year at Laycock St Theatre. 0407 894 560 or 0411 272 640

Central Coast Family History Society Inc. (39)

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

Gosford City Toastmasters (38)

Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre (24)

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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Brisbane Water Historical Society (46)

• Coach tours • School educational tours • Coach tours for members • Annual Street Stalls • Participation in History Heritage Week Celebration

Margaret Pearce 4325 2270

Central Coast Art Society (18) Bringing together artists and interested people for lectures, demonstrations and discussion. Weekly paint-outs each Tuesday at varying Central Coast locations 4349 5860 Workshops - 4363 1820 9.30am to 12.30pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month and Social Meetings 1.30pm on the 4th Wednesday of each month at Gosford City Arts Centre, for a demo by Guest artist 4325 1420 PO Box 4168, East Gosford 2250 4325 4743

Coastal Communicators Toastmasters Club Are you looking for a club that can help you develop confidence by improving your speaking skills - a friendly club that makes fun and encouragement a part of the learning? Whether in the workforce or retired, Coastal Communicators caters for everyone’s needs. Our aim is to help you reach your goal. Meetings are entertaining and educational with an enthusiastic and supportive membership. This club meets 1st and 3rd Saturdays in the Avoca Beach Bowling Club at 11am. 4341 6843

Gosford Business Improvement District Inc (33) GBID’s aim is to make Gosford a safer, cleaner, commercially vibrant, attractive regional city. We achieve this through regular festivals and events, monthly markets,

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• Personal development • Community Garden • Counselling • Meditation • Support Groups • Friendship Groups • Music and Movement for under 5 • Rooms for hire

3rd Monday of each month Avoca Beach Bowling Club 4368 6157 or 4384 3741

Probus Club North Gosford (38) 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 4324 2493 4365 4208


Delivered meals and flexible food options for people with a functional disability 4382 9401

Probus Club of Avoca Beach (43) Men and Women are always welcome. Come along and hear interesting guest speakers, make new friends and join us in our social activities. Meetings start at 10am

Classes for Beginners are held on Mondays or Tuesdays. There are also classes Monday to Friday for most other programs as organised according to the Timetable published on the Club Website. All classes are 10am to 12md or 1 pm to 3pm at Kincumber & District Neighbourhood Centre. PC and Mac Meetings are held at Avoca Beach Bowling Club on the first Monday of the Month with a Guest Speaker 4369 2530

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Meals on Wheels

Seniors Computer Club Central Coast Inc. (83/41)

Probus Club West Gosford (87) Our mixed friendly club welcomes retired or semi retired people. Enjoy friendships, lunches, outings, trips etc with our group. New members very welcome. 2nd Thursday of every month Narara Community Centre 2 Pandala Rd Narara 10am 4362 7227

Soroptimist International (81/38) SI is a dynamic organisation for professional and business women, through advocacy, awareness and action we strive to improve the lives of women and girls 2nd Thursday of each month (except Jan) 6:45pm - Breakers Country Club, Dover Road Wamberal 4365 3121

The Gosford Diary

For events in post code areas 2250 and 2251 See the Peninsula News for events in post code areas 2256 & 2257 Monday December 19 2GO Christmas Bluetongue Stadium

Sunday January 1 Carols,

Tuesday December 20 Davistown RSL Charity Markets, 9:30am-2pm

Wednesday December 21 50+ Monthly members meeting, Gosford RSL, 6pm

Wednesday, December 28 Sea Creature Family Treasure Hunt, Bouddi National Park, 4:30 Wild Wild World into the Darkness, Bouddi National Park, 7:30pm-9:30 Peats Ridge Festival, Glenworth Valley

Thursday December 29 Peats Ridge Festival, Glenworth Valley Kids Walk, Art and Craft, Bouddi National Park, 9am-11am

Friday December 30 50+ Dinner and dance, Gosford RSL, 6:30pm Sounds of Summer, Bouddi National Park, 9am-11am

Saturday December 31 Mars Food Australia New Years Eve Festival, Gosford waterfront, 5:30pm

Central Coast Jazz Leagues concert, CC Leagues Club, 2-5pm, free

Tuesday January 3 Kid Walk, Art and Craft, Brisbane Water National park, 9am-11am

Thursday January 5 Waterbugs Detective and Dip Netting Adventures for Kids, Brisbane Water National Park, 9am-11am Puppetry for children, Youth Arts Warehouse, 10am-1pm

Friday January 6 Tuba Skinny, Youth Arts Warehouse Gosford Summer in the City, Regional Youth Arts Warehouse, Gosford, 7pm Puppetry for children, Youth Arts Warehouse, 10am-1pm Laycock St Theatre 7pm A Puppeteer’s Secret World

Saturday January 7 Kids Walk, Art and Craft, Bouddi National Park, 11am-1pm Sounds of Summer, Bouddi National Park, 9am-11am Sea Creature Family Treasure Hunt, Bouddi National Park, 2-4pm

Sunday January 8

Youth Art Warehouse Move Shake Dance - all ages 10am.

Tuesday January 10 Kids Walk, Art and Craft, Bouddi National Park, 9am-11am

Wednesday January 11 The Magic of Enchanted Forest, Brisbane Water National Park, 9am Kite making, Imperial centre, 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Thursday January 12 Indian Dancing with Jita, 10am11am, Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre Aboriginal Painting, Imperial centre, 10am, 12pm, 2pm

Friday January 13 Adventures of a Bush Detective, Brisbane Water National Park, 9am11am Jewellery making, Imperial centre, 10am, 12pm and 2pm Mountain Mocha Kilimajaro, Kantara House, Green Point

Saturday January 14 Family Film in Kibble Park 7pm

Sunday January 15 Central Coast Jazz Leagues concert, CC Leagues Club, 2-5pm,

If you’ve got something happening in Gosford area (2250 and 2251) over the next few weeks, let us know about it and we’ll list it here for you, for free. Contact details are on page 2.

Sport State Tennis Finals held in Gosford

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Students raise funds for Chalker oint Clare Public School students held a fundraiser on Wednesday, December 14, to support student Liam Chalker.


Liam was selected for the NSW ice-hockey team to play in Quebec, Canada, in February.

Students brought in a gold coin donation in exchange for wearing their favourite sporting team shirt

and or socks. Newsletter, 6 Dec 2011 Karen Morrow, Point Clare Public School

Point Clare compete in basketball challenge


The tournament was a culmination of the 2011 Junior Development Series, where the best players from each region within the state compete for each age title. In the U16 girls event, Rebecca Stewart, using her home court advantage, almost upset top seed Rhiannon Marlin from Camden, coming from a set down, but Rhiannon prevailed 6-3, 2-6,10-6 (super tie break). In the U14 Girls, Maddison Blick from Newcastle also put in a great performance downing Gosford local Rebecca O’ Farrell in a close fought Semi final 3-6, 7-5, 10-6 (Super tie break).

oint Clare Public School’s girls’ basketball team competed in the Grahame Browne Memorial Basketball Challenge held at Niagara Park Youth Centre on Thursday, December 1.


The girls played three games against Valley View Public School, Kariong Public School and the Central Coast Adventist School. “This was the first time many of our team had ever played a proper game of basketball, and although they were beaten in all three games, they are to be congratulated for their excellent effort and positive attitude during the entire day,” said coordinator Ms Ingrid Hasler. “The girls all participated with enthusiasm and were happy to have the opportunity to experience the tournament and join in the fun. “Well done girls, for playing your very best and being excellent representatives for our school,” said Ms Hasler.

Unfortunately, Maddison was on the wrong side of the super-tie break in the final against no.1 seed Kayla Wicks, going down 3-6, 6-0,10-5. Another Northumberland standout was Rhys Searant, U12 Boy’s singles semifinalist. Others to confirm their

potential in the consolation events were Brianna Blick, U12 Girl’s singles winner, Talia Herbert, U14 Girl’s singles runner-up and Bradley Simpson, U12 Boy’s singles runner-up. Newsletter, 12 Dec 2011 Maurice Murphy, Northumberland Tennis NSW

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“The Kid” Collins joins the winners at Gosford Speedway J 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

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


Newsletter, 6 Dec 2011 Karen Morrow, Point Clare Public School

he 2011 Medibank State Tennis Finals were held in Gosford from October 22-24.

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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Collett wins in Homebush


asters Sports Person of the

Jets support strong despite 2 nil loss


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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

Mariners on top of the ladder he Central Coast Mariners are currently equal first at the top of the Hyundai A-League ladder after completing 10 rounds.


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.

This weekend will see

a grand final rematch, where the Mariners meet the other top of the ladder team, Brisbane Roar. Brisbane Roar’s recent record breaking run of undefeated matches for any football code came to a sudden end two weeks ago and again last

weekend where they lost two matches in a row. Meanwhile, the Mariners have continued their unbeaten run to be equal first at the top of the ladder. Their most recent win was in the F3 derby against the Newcastle Jets at Bluetongue Stadium,

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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

The decision was made at Gosford Council’s meeting of Tuesday, December 6. One written submission was received from Gosford City Sports Council in response to a public exhibition of the policy.

The submission made a number of adjustments including minor wording amendments to clarify the early hand back of certain grounds for competition only. The policy objectives include enabling Council to control and manage the use of sports grounds within the local government area, ensuring the allocation of venues and fields is undertaken in a fair and equitable manner, providing additional guidelines that relate specifically to the allocation of Gosford City Council (GCC) sports grounds and ensuring maximum usage of currently available sports grounds without creating overuse of venues or fields.

Steed plays at Sunshine Coast

by Rebecca Cartwright


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

by Cec Bucello Photos: Val Bridge

where a large cohort of Newcastle supporters were left disappointed by their team’s inability to score a goal. See inside for comprehensive coverage of the last two matches.

ack Steed, one of Everglades Country Club’s junior golfers, travelled to the Sunshine Coast on Tuesday, November 22, for a trip of a lifetime.

Stuart Gyngell


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Gosford Council Agenda CIT.30

osford Council has adopted a policy for the seasonal use of sporting facilities that allocates fields on an equitable basis but which provides for maximum use of sports fields when they are not in use by seasonal sports or are required for renovation works by Council.



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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Photo: Naomi Bridges

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.

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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.

Winning the Pump Golf Shootout earlier this year helped him be one of 80 juniors chosen from Australia and New Zealand to participate in a three day golf event held at Twin Waters; one of the best courses on the Sunshine Coast. Safe hands Mariners goalkeeper Matt Ryan safely collects the ball

There, he participated in clinics taught by golfing stars, including big hitting American Bubba Watson and Australians Adam Scott, Stuart Appleby, Nick O’Hern and Marc Lieshman. He also went to the PGA Championship at Coolum. He came third in the Nett competition over two days shooting eight and six under his handicap. His said his main highlight was watching Stuart Appleby hitting his driver 210 metres on his knees and watching Bubba Watson’s drive.

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Avoca wins High Commendation

Grant for Bar Point wharf osford Council has won a grant under the Better Boating Program to upgrade maritime facilities in the area.


A grant of $226,000 was awarded for the upgrade of Bar Point wharf. The work would include the upgrade of the wharf and the removal of the head which would be replaced with a gangway and floating pontoon. Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein welcomed the grant and said the work was important for the region. “The grant is part of more than $4.5 million in grants to provide new and improved boating facilities across

statewide.� “It is estimated that more than 1.5 million people go boating in NSW each year and making access to our waterways safer and more convenient is good news for the community, “Mr Gay said. “This grant funding recognises the important role boating has to play in our communities and the economy.�

NSW. “The $4.53 million in funding under the Roads and Maritime Services Better Boating Program (BBP) will support 52 projects in regional NSW and four boat ramp developments in Sydney Harbour,� Mr Holstein said. Minister for roads and ports Mr Duncan Gay said: “By supporting new and improved boating facilities, Roads and Maritime Services is putting customers first in our boating communities

Media Release, 7 Dec 2011 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

Kincumber cricket in quarter ďŹ nals voca SurfCom has won a Maritime High Commendation award for its contribution to the maritime community.


Avoca SurfCom handles all radio communications from Surf Life Saving patrols and lifeguard services from the Lower North Coast down to the Central Coast.

Skilled surf life saving volunteers also coordinate all lifesaving service responses to emergency situations involving inshore boaters, kayakers,

beneath the stars january - february - march i 6th January 7 - 10pm i Laycock Street

i 4th February 5.30pm i Kibble Park, Gosford

Community Theatre A Puppeteer’s Secret World

Community Spirit - Family

A renowned Melbourne based puppeteer will guide you into the secret art of making things come alive with... a lot of magic and a bit of imagination! $20pp | Ages 18+ | Max. 20 people. ph: 4325 8362

i 8th January 10am i Youth Arts Warehouse

Move Shake Dance - All Ages This epic event is a 12 hour dance marathon comprising 12 x 1 hour workshops teaching routines in a variety of dance styles. You get to participate in any number of workshops that you like, from one hour and up to 12 hours. ($30 for the day or $5 per      All ages welcome. Proceeds go towards professional creative develop programs for disadvantaged Young People For more information contact: 2374 or moveshakedance2012@ or ph: 0407 438 177

i 14th January 7pm i Kibble Park, Gosford

Film in the Park - Family Come and witness the FIRST EVER featured film shown in Kibble Park! Local short films will also be shown on the night! Explore the market stalls. Bring your own picnic and rug! ph: 4325 8362

This is an interactive evening for EVERYONE featuring improvised music, dance, songs, storytelling, market stalls and fire twirlers‌.. and DRUMS!!! ph 4325 8362

rock fishermen crossings.


Kincumber batted first and amassed 214 for the loss of seven wickets thanks mainly to an undefeated 94 from Steve McCabe and 42 from Shaun Robertson. Lisarow’s innings were

reduced to 39 overs with a target of 167, but they were bowled out for 143. Kincumber will now represent the Central Coast in the quarter finals, which are to be held on December

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to 9 December i Robert Knox Hall Central Coast Conservatorium End of Year Concerts

i 24th February 6pm i Youth Arts Warehouse

Metrodome - Youth

i 15th December

i 2nd March 6.30pm i Kibble Park, Gosford


Media release, 15 Dec 2011 Donna Wishart, SLS NSW

Central Coast Conservatorium end of year concerts. Free Concerts in Robert Knox Hall - Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Clarinet & Saxophone. For further details visit: www. centralcoastconservatorium. or ph: 4324 7477

The Metrodome is a non-stop musical experience providing young musicians and fans with a drug and alcohol free venue. Premiere headline touring artists, DJ’s and Local bands will perform in the Youth Arts Warehouse. ph: 4323 2374


incumber-Avoca Cricket Club has progressed to the quarter finals of the SCG Country Cup by defeating Lisarow in a rainaffected match at Erina Oval on Sunday, December 4.

i 19th December i Bluetongue Stadium

2GO Christmas Carols 2GO Christmas Carols. The 2GO Carols are back and bigger than ever hosted by 2GO’s Sarah & Dwayne. Following some incredible performances from Damien Leith, Nathan Foley & The Looney Tunes Xmas Show, the evening will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display. For more information contact: 2GO on ph: 4324 2400

10.30am - 12.00pm

i Gosford City Library

Christmas Santa Story time Christmas Story time. Free event. Children’s stories told in the gallery along with activities. Times at all other libraries also available. For all info and bookings contact Gosford Library, ph: 4304 7013

i 5th January 10am - 1pm i 6th January 10am - 1pm i Youth Arts Warehouse

i 11th January

Making with a Difference. International Master Puppeteer Gary Friedman take movement and storytelling to the most elaborate ends. Their work using paper puppetry is designed to activate the brain and tantalise senses! Workshops $5 per person, pre-registrations essential. ct: For more information contact: au or ph: 4325 8362

Creative Kids - Kites in the Park. $5 Workshop! Create, make and decorate your own kite. A workshop for all ages. Just Drop in or register in advance by contacting: or ph: 4325 8362

10am, 12pm & 2pm

i Imperial Centre Puppetry - Children 5 - 12* Kite Making Children 5 - 12 * A World of Paper – Puppet

28 and 29 with games at Mt Penang Main Oval, Sohier Park, Baker Park and Woongarrah Oval. Email, 5 Dec 2011 Aiden Cuddington, Central Coast Cricket i 20th January

i 12th January 10am, 12pm & 2pm

i Imperial Centre

Aboriginal Painting - Children 5 - 12 *

Mini Chefs Little Kids / Under 5 *

- Join this authentic Australian Aboriginal Art experience for kids aged 5 - 12 years. Using traditional techniques kids will have the opportunity to paint a variety of items from boomerangs to canvas. For more information contact: or ph: 4325 8362

All budding little chefs welcome! Kids aged 5 and under welcome to join these interactive workshops where cooking stories will be told and hands on cooking experience gained. For more information contact: or ph: 4325 8362

i 20th - 28th January i Central Coast

i 13th January 10am, 12pm & 2pm

i Imperial Centre

Jewellery Making - Children 5 - 12 * Come to Kibble park and try your hand at Jewellery making and beading. Aimed at children of all ages these affordable activities will make a trip to Gosford fun for the whole family. For more details contact: or ph: 4325 8362

Rockin’ it Loud, in the Park - Youth

i 17th January

A showcase of a selection of artists who performed in the 2011 Battle of the Bands and the 2011 Sea fm DISCOVERED competitions. Rockin’ it Loud guarantees to entertain with a diverse range of young emerging musical talent from the Central Coast. Explore the market stalls. ph: 4325 8362

i 18th January

10am - 1pm & 2 - 5pm 10am - 1pm & 2 - 5pm

i 19th January 10am - 1pm & 2 - 5pm

i Imperial Centre

i 31st December - All day long i Gosford City & Bluetongue Stadium

Gosford New Years Eve Festival & Fireworks Spectacular lar A day at the races, A night at the football, An evening on the waterfront. Enjoy a spectacular New Years Eve right here on the Central Coast. Family Race Day – 11am. The Central Coast Mariners V Gold Coast United – 6.15pm, pm, Waterfront Fireworks – 9pm. For full details go to:

10.30am & 1pm

i Imperial Centre

Lantern Making - Children 5 - 12 * Creative Kids - Lantern Making. Free workshop for 5 - 12 year olds. Make and decorate your own lantern. Register in Advance by contacting: or ph: 4325 8362

Conservatorium Central Coast Conservatorium Strings Summer School Central Coast Conservatorium Summer School. Includes the Strings Summer School, Contemporary Music Studies, & Woodwind Courses. For further details visit: www. centralcoastconservatorium. or ph: 4324 7477

i 26th January 7am i Gosford Waterfront

Australia Day - Gosford Celebrations Australia Day - Gosford Celebrations. Join in the fun. 2 stages packed with live entertainment, market and food stalls, Bush Tucker Show, The Great Aussie Raft Race and much more. For more information visit: w.gosford.nsw.go g v.a v.auu

Downloadable brochure is here: mygosford facebook page:


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Issue 023 of Gosford Central News