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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.

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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

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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

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