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Gosford Central Community News

May 9, 2011

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New Gosford Commuter car park underway

Issue 007

Back to the future at Gosford Chamber t its recent board meeting, the Gosford Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc unanimously appointed David Humphries to its board of directors.



he NSW Government Transport Construction Authority has announced that a new commuter car park will be established in Gosford with the planning and design phase already in progress.

The Transport Construction Authority bought the Booths Motor Group site on 253 Mann St, Gosford, from Mr Kevin Booth for $2.2 million after being in negotiation for two months. The site was on the market for two years and was previously offered to Gosford Council, who rejected the offer and went on to buy the Gosford Town

Centre for $ 11 million. The site has now been closed off and commuters and shop owners who were previously parking at the site are no longer able to do so. St Vincent de Paul retail supervisor Mr Clyve Moane said his employees were previously parking at the site and said he is now in discussion with the owners about alternate parking

solutions. “When the new owners put their signs up, that’s when we found out,” he said. “We’re parking on the roof above us which is for customers mainly to park, but there’s only a couple of us who can park up there, the rest of us have to park at the Leagues Club or the Town Centre,” said Mr Moane.

The Transport Construction Authority has begun work on the Gosford Commuter Car Park project after recently completing the Woy Woy Commuter Car Park which provided an additional 300 parking spaces, including 17 accessible spaces. Unlike the Woy Woy project, the Gosford Commuter Car Park will include a boutique car dealership on the ground floor level. Kaitlin Watts, 6 May 2011

Mr Humphries, no stranger to the workings of the Gosford Chamber, was for a decade its CEO, but resigned the post in March 2007, to eventually join the then local ALP member for The Entrance, Mr Grant McBride. “I went and worked for Grant McBride the member for the Entrance, I’d done the job for ten years or so and it was time for a change,” said Mr Humphries. “You know what life’s like, you need to move on and do other things.” Mr Humphries said he is pleased with the work the Chamber did in his absence but is glad to be back on board. “Gosford chamber is one of the most important chambers on the Central Coast and they looked in to lots of different projects and they were very interested in what happened in Gosford City itself and we need to keep that coming. On his appointment, Mr Humphries said he is keen

to once again levitate the Gosford Chamber back to where it should be; the leading chamber on the Coast. “I want to make Gosford City the number one place on the Central Coast “At this stage I think we need to look at all ideas, I don’t have one specific idea but there are lots of ways you can encourage businesses for the benefit of the City.” Vice President and long standing board member Ms Deborah Warwick, said of the appointment, “I am very excited on his joining and basically it nicely rounds out the skill base of the board”. “‘I look forward to working with him on this side of the table,” she said. Mr Humphries takes up his post immediately and said he is already working to improve the status of Gosford Chamber within the business community. Val Bridge, 4 May 2011

Gosford police receive state of the art technology risbane Water Local Area Command has received a state of the art mobile police command unit to aid in the fight against crime.


The fully marked mobile police commands were purchased at a cost of $130,000 each as part of a $3.3 million investment by the NSW Government to provide police with the latest technology for law enforcement. The Brisbane Water Mobile Police Command is one of five new vehicles

across NSW which were unveiled by the new Police Minister Mr Mike Gallacher and NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione at Gosford Police Station on Friday, April 15. Superintendent Geoff McKechnie from Brisbane Water Local Area Command said the mobile police command is a welcome

addition to the area, boosting local resources and increasing police mobility. “They are equipped with the latest equipment including data terminals with access to the police database, a TV monitor, interview room and digital message board. “The Mercedes Sprinter

vans can comfortably seat five officers and will allow us to access more remote areas and provide a platform for officers to work out of while in the community. “These new vans are a fantastic resource and add to our ability to get out there and interact with the community,” said Superintendent McKechnie. Media Release, 15 Apr 2011 NSW Police Media

David Humphries Photo: Val Bridge


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Gosford Central directory of services, contacts and support groups

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

Crisis Services and Helplines Continued

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

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

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

Animal Rescue Wildlife Arc 4325 0666 Wires 8977 3333

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

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

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

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

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osford Central News is giving five lucky readers the chance to win a Trad&now Pick of the Crop CD double CD.

The Pick of the Crop CD is valued at $20 and features over two hours minutes of selection of excellent music as a taste of the wide variety of music genres that fit within today’s broad definition of Folk Music and as heard at folk festivals around Australia. Each track is by a different performer and was selected from their latest CD. Artists include Martin Pearson, the Fiddle Chicks, Fred Smith and the Spooky Men’s Chorale and the Lurkers. The Trad&now Pick of the Crop CD is the third in a series of CDs recently added to the Trad&Now online catalogue at To win one of the five Pick of the Crop CDs, write your name, address and phone number on the back of an envelope and send to Gosford News Pick of the Crop competition PO Box 1056 Gosford, 2250, NSW by the close of business Thursday, May 19. The winners of last edition’s Gosford News David Strassman Giveaway are Shane Wall from Gosford and Matt Carroll from Umina.

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Council endorses strategy plan osford Council has endorsed its Community Strategic Plan as the new overarching long term planning document from July 2011, building on the achievements of the Gosford Community’s Vision 2025.


This decision comes following an extensive community engagement program from May to December 2010. The Community Strategic Plan represents the efforts of previous planning activities,

along with aspirations and priorities expressed by the community during engagement activities during 2010 as well as other research and evidence. Council initially endorsed the Plan at their meeting of

Tuesday, February 22, and resolved to place the draft Community Strategic Plan on public exhibition and have a further report bought back to Council. As a result of the public exhibition a number of

changes and additions were recommended and have now been accepted by Council. Preparation of the Community Strategic Plan commenced in December 2009 following Council’s resolution to transition to new Integrated Planning and Reporting Legislation for the financial year commencing July 2011. To support this process a Community Engagement Strategy was prepared and

Residents petition against boat trailer


the gutter and preventing stormwater from flowing freely. Petitioners are concerned that children playing in the street may be harmed if they pulled on any of the hazardously loaded cargo. The property in question also has a backyard which harbours scrap metal on a commercial scale and petitioners believe it to be a

health risk to the community. Petitioners are requesting that Council assist by having the backyard of the property cleaned and all rubbish removed, thus giving the owner room to move his boat onto his own property. Council Agenda P.10, 3 May 2011

were asked to nominate their preferred Community Vision Statement. The new document will be launched prior to July 2011, with a further report being brought back to Council discussing observations and experiences in meeting the new Integrated Planning and Reporting requirements. Email, 12 Apr 2011 Gosford Council Media Council Agenda ENV.26, 12 Apr 2011

Council to borrow $8.7 million

osford Council has received a petition with 31 signatures on it objecting to a boat and trailer parked in Pindari Terrace, Green Point.

According to Council’s report on Tuesday, May 3, the boat and trailer occasionally blocks driveways and is dangerously filled with whitegoods and scrap metal for long periods of time. The report states that the boat and trailer is often tied to trees in the street, hindering neighbours from keeping their lawn and edging tidy, blocking

wide ranging community engagement occurred from May to December last year. A new Community Vision Statement has also been adopted to fall in line with this new document, its outcomes and messages. Five Community Vision Statement options were drafted following a review of all engagement information and were listed in a Feedback Survey provided to community members who

osford Council has resolved to take up borrowings of $8.7 million at the best rate proposed by one of five major financial institutions.


The loan will be used for infrastructure works including $2.3 million toward the Gosford CBD Park Program, $2 million toward Council’s Bridge and Wharf Program, $2.4 million toward the Gosford

Town Centre Purchase and $2 million toward Drainage Works. Council has approached the Commonwealth Bank, ANZ Bank, Westpac Banking Corp, National Bank and St George Bank

for quotes on indicative borrowing rates over terms of 20 and 25 years as a principal and interest loan. Council Agenda COR.52, 3 May 2011

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More change is needed T

hank you to all those voters who resolved to exercise their votes.

Local musicians provide extraordinary and uplifting event n the evening of Saturday, April 9, I had the privilege of participating in an extraordinary and uplifting event.

Now we have removed the dead Labor weight from our backs. I hope the thinkers amongst us will continue to reject any politician regardless of party affiliation who tries to roll the way Labor did for the last sixteen years. Voting for change was not enough. I noticed the sister paper of the Gosford Central Community News, the widely read Peninsula News attracted a written response from Peter Wilson, the General Manager of Gosford City Council, defending the councils investments while attacking the failed Liberal Councillor Debra Wales.

Forum I do think he was conflicted and unthinking. I am confident my readers will have the mouse to vote against failed politician’s such as Mr. switch a roo Trevor Drake, Liberal to Labor at such short notice, who told me he had no idea about my community issues at Umina. Trevor has hinted he will stand again for Gosford Council. Consider carefully why Peter Wilson has gone into print on fiscal issues, while restraining Gosford City Council in the face of

published allegations the council misled the coroner during his inquiry into the death of five people in a ditch at Piles Creek Somersby in 2007. I know because I have met them. There is any number of unhappy taxpayers in the electorate of Gosford, why is it they only show their colours in the last few weeks prior to an election, could it be these people are not really fair dinkum? Ready to do business with governments they know to be no good the rest of the time. Email, 8 Apr 2011 Edward James, Umina

Communter carpark ‘sound and logical decision’ ith the Gosford Community having one of the highest per capita number of commuter vehicles, the forecast planned use of the Town Centre as a parking station appears to be a sound and logical decision.


Given we have the Gosford Planning Vision, hopefully to entice more tourists to the CBD and the Gosford waterfront sometime into the future, the Town Centre is strategically placed to cater for the increases in vehicle traffic looking for a parking space close by.

Forum Being in such a position, you don’t have to be an economist to work out the cost savings involved. Our recent correspondents from Umina

seem to have other pithy suggestions for space already catered for visitors to enjoy, in the aforementioned plans afoot.


Although it was almost hidden away in the school hall of Holy Cross Primary in Kincumber, a packed house enjoyed a night of the finest music and performance. This was night when the local shone. It was clear to all those there that the Central Coast can match it with the best of anywhere else on the globe. Under the leadership of the charismatic Phil Rees O.A.M, the C.C. Philharmonia Choir was joined by the St Joseph’s Catholic College Choir and a superb chamber orchestra made up entirely of local and professional musicians. The performance included some of the most popular and inspiring choral music ever written from Bach’s Jesu Joy of Mans Desiring and Handel’s Halleluliah Chorus and Zadok the Priest, to Vivaldi, Mozart, Hayden, Bruckner, Faure and the subversively seductive chants of Carl Jenkins, the Welsh wunderkind known as the mega star of contemporary popular choral spectaculars. Those who attended

Forum were also treated to a sublime performance of the Bach Violin concerto in A minor, featuring the outstanding and sublime Australian virtuoso Vivian Jeffery as soloist. If you missed it, I’m sorry for you. A performance of this standard would fill up halls in any of the major cities of the world. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for more great events later in the year. The Central Coast Philharmonia are just one of many world standard musical and artistic collaborations that the Central Coast seems to breed. But where is the encouragement and organisational support for the creative economy on the Central Coast? Following the work of sociologists and economists such as Richard Florida, it is now established that strong and creative economies


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Art gallery opens as a part of Gosford initiative


This will bring them in line with our well established publication, Peninsula News, and will enable us to include a great deal more news and other information in a more timely manner. We have set up a second team to enable us to work simultaneously on Gosford Central Community News and Central Coast Grandstand. We are very grateful to the response that we’ve had so far, not only from individuals and politicians, but also from many businesses who have continued to advertise as a sign that they are getting a good response from their

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Firearms seized olice have seized two replica firearms and arrested a man after two teenagers reported being threatened with a gun on the in Kariong last week.


About 6pm on Wednesday, April 27, two male teenagers, aged 14 and 19, were walking along Langford Ave, Kariong, when a BMW stopped beside them. The youths told police that the male driver spoke to them before producing a gun and threatening them. There was also a woman in the car. The teenagers ran home and police were contacted. Police have been investigating the incident and on the

afternoon of Friday, April 29, executed a search warrant on a home at Kariong where they located and seized two replica pistols. A 26-year-old Kariong man was arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station before being charged with possess prohibited weapon and two counts of common assault. He was granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on 24 May.

he first project in the Create, Innovate Gosford City initiative opened on Monday, April 18, after more than a year of planning.

The Honeydew Gallery in Mann St, Gosford, features products from local artists, ranging from mineral make up developed on the Coast, a range

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compliments the new colour scheme of green and white. “This has been an exciting project”, said Create Innovate project manager Ms Deborah Lowndes. “The project has attracted great interest from local creative industries. “The Firestick Co, a cartoonist-illustrator who writes and illustrates cartoon books is the second shop to open, and the third called Sommers McCourt Gallery will sit right alongside the Honeydew Gallery and will feature stunning works from local artists,” said Ms Lowndes. “We are also looking for spaces for a local architect who is also a talented artist, and a Gallery that will feature upcycled products and unique sculptures. “So we are keen to hear from local property owners who would like to be part of the project to contact us”.

The Gallery has been transformed from a grey, graffitied building that was overrun by pigeons and squatters to a stylish shop where the ornate ceiling

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in Gosford City GBID welcomes new shops in Gosford City including: Dave’s Pie Palace which opened on Sunday 1 May Honeydew Gallery and exciting new artist’s opening soon at 81 and 102 Mann Street and 91-93 Donnison Street.

Vacant Shops program a huge success!

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entral Coast residents can now discover more about our World War I diggers through Mapping our ANZACS, an online feature developed by the National Archives.


“Mapping our ANZACS provides people with a way to find diggers from their own community who served in World War I,” said Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill.

“By exploring a community on the map, website visitors can view the names of those who were born or enlisted there, with links to individual service records.

“With the Mapping our ANZACS site, people with an interest had to know who they were looking for. “Now they can just dive in and start exploring and they’ll find connections

between people and places. “They can find out the variety of people, dairymen, drapers, printers, orchardists,” said Ms O’Neill. Viewers can also attach mementoes of their own World War I diggers to the online scrapbook. “The entries include newspaper death notices, and photographs of medals and plaques, as well as family pictures of and stories about those who served,” said Ms O’Neill. “These bits and pieces all have special meaning for the people who put them there and they value the opportunity of sharing them with others who are interested.” Media Release, 15 Apr 2011 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

Sewer augmentation tender accepted osford Council has accepted a tender from Milibant Constructions Pty Ltd in Ourimbah for the sewer augmentation, water main extension and recycled water main extension in Baker St and Georgiana Terrace, Gosford.


According to Council, the sewer trunk main through the Gosford CBD requires augmenting to meet future sewer service needs for the Gosford Challenge Project which was identified in the Development Service Plan for augmenting in 2013 and 2014. The project had been delayed with the tender irrevocability offer expected to expire on April 27, however, it was extended until July 1, to accommodate for uncertainty of the final route of the sewer main augmentation. According to Council, augmentations of the carrier


About 2:50am three men, two aged 20, were waiting for a train on the northern platform of Gosford Railway Station when they became involved in a verbal altercation with a group of males and females standing on the southern platform. As a result a male from the group jumped from the

southern platform and ran across the tracks as four other males ran up the stairs and entered the northern platform. One of the 20-year-old men waiting on the northern platform was assaulted by the group. As a result he fell and struck his head on the

ground, knocking him unconscious. The group then assaulted the other 20-year-old man, punching and kicking him after he’d fallen to the ground. The third man was spat on and pushed before the group fled. Several people came to


the unconscious man’s aid before emergency services personnel arrived. Both men were taken by ambulance to Gosford Hospital for treatment. The unconscious man sustained a fractured skull. The other 20-year-old man sustained a fractured nose and blackened eyes. Police established a crime scene and conducted a canvass of the area. Investigators are appealing for anyone with information about the incident to contact Gosford Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Media Release, 10 Apr 2011 NSW Police Media

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have been brought forward so to be completed prior to the road upgrade that will be completed as part of the Gosford Challenge Project. A number of other water main augmentations identified in the Gosford CBD Development Service Plan have also been brought forward in an attempt to have them completed prior to the road upgrade. The construction period will be within a 20 week period and is scheduled to commence in June.

olice have arrested two teenagers in relation to a robbery inside an elderly woman’s home on Karalta Rd, Erina on the night of Tuesday, April 12.


An 18-year-old male was arrested just after 3pm on Wednesday, April 13, and was taken to Gosford Police station. A 16-year-old boy was then arrested around lunchtime the following day. Both boys were charged with aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence as well as a charge of aggravated robbery and deprive person of liberty. Just after 7pm on Tuesday, April 12, the two males allegedly forced entry to the

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90-year-old woman’s home in Karalta Rd, Erina, by cutting a screen. The males confronted the woman and stole her purse containing a small amount of cash and personal items before fleeing the scene. Police attended a short time later and a crime scene was established. The woman was taken to hospital suffering from shock but has since been released. Media Releases, 13 and 14 Apr 2011 NSW Police Media


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Clean up program deemed a success

Truck driver charged truck driver is expected to appear in Gosford Local Court on May 31, after he was charged by police over an incident that occurred on the F3 last month which police allege had the potential to cost lives.


About 10.25am on Wednesday, March 30, a 33-year-old man was driving a semi trailer north on the F3. The truck was travelling in the third lane of the three lane road as it approached the RTA heavy vehicle checking station at Mt White. On drawing level with the checking station, it is alleged the truck came to a sudden stop whilst still in the far lane. Vehicles travelling behind the truck had to take evasive action to avoid crashing into the back of it. The truck remained stationary for about 50 seconds before the driver allegedly began to reverse his vehicle against the flow of traffic, causing many near

collisions. After reversing, the truck began to merge across all three lanes in order to pull into the slip lane to the checking station. It’s alleged many vehicles had to come to a sudden stop to avoid a collision as the truck blocked all three lanes. Following an investigation by officers attached to Brisbane Water Highway Patrol, the truck driver was served a court attendance notice for the offences of drive vehicle recklesslyfuriously and negligent driving. Media Release, 18 Apr 2011 NSW Police Media

Ryan Keft and Stephen Jeffreys cleaning graffiti from a mural.

hat started as a program specifically aimed at cleaning vacant shops in the Gosford CBD, the Vacant Shops Program, has now developed into a far broader clean up of the streets in and around Gosford, gardens, painting and graffiti removal to give a face lift to Gosford’s CBD.


“Initially, two employees were sourced and funded by Break Thru People Solutions in a partnership initiative facilitated by GBID,” said GBID manager Mr Paul Brasch.

“The two youths were employed to clean up the various vacant shops in Gosford, which in turn gave them paid employment. “This objective was quickly achieved with

over 30 vacant shops cleaned and now the team has moved on to general cleaning of Gosford’s streets, graffiti, removing weeds, rubbish and painting of surfaces in the Gosford

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Grant applications encouraged

Gosford resident returns from charity work ustralian ShelterBox Response team leader and Gosford North Rotarian Mr Peter Pearce has returned from Madagascar after working with families affected by Cyclone Bingiza, which tore through the southeast African island in mid February.


Four hundred and four ShelterBoxes were dispatched after the cyclone destroyed over 2000 homes, but the destruction is far from over, as widespread flooding continues to ravage what has been labelled one of the world’s poorest nations. “Southern Madagascar is experiencing its worst flooding in 20 years,” said Mr Pearce, who spent time working alongside local authorities to identify areas of high need. With damage being worst in the south part of the island, Mr Pearce travelled over 1500kms on unsealed roads to deliver his ShelterBoxes to the areas of need. “It is expected that flood waters may take up to a year to subside and in some areas it is feared that a substantial number of the nation’s crops have been spoiled,” said Mr Pearce. “This could have dire consequences for residents, as around 80 per cent of the population cultivates rice,” he said. Many villagers resorted to living in trees for many days until “in-country assistance”

ember for Gosford Cr Chris Holstein is encouraging applications for three Fair Trading industry grant programs worth $700,000.


sent boats to rescue them from the flooded areas. “Although the delivery of 404 ShelterBoxes has provided hundreds of families with essential shelter and survival supplies, there is still a long way to go in the rebuilding of the 13 villages presently under water. “The most vulnerable, like the disabled, elderly and children were living in the open, completely exposed to all the elements,” said Mr Pearce. All materials necessary to rebuild their homes have been washed away or lost in the floods making the help of ShelterBox tents and essential living equipment has been a life saving tool for these affected. “We were able to provide a ShelterBox to a young mum who gave birth to a daughter just one day before we arrived who spent the previous night out in the open,” said Mr Pearce. ShelterBox will continue to assess if any need for further ShelterBoxes is required. Media Release, 27 Apr 2011 Katey Small, Brilliant Logic

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property managers, as well as certificate of registration holders all needed to undertake continuous professional development to have their licenses renewed. “Education programs to improve professional development are therefore a key focus,” he said. The $300,000 home building program will fund training and skills development in energy efficiency and sustainability, as well as general consumer and industry education. The $100,000 motor vehicle industry program will help train and maintain a skilled workforce. Applications close on May 13. Media Release, 29 Apr 2011 Chris Holstein, Liberal

Gosford Residents raise money for fire brigade entral Coast residents have helped a hardware store in Gosford raise over $700 for the Kariong Rural Fire Brigade as part of an annual fundraiser.




Cr Holstein said the property services, home building and motor vehicle industry grants would fund education, research and training projects in the three industries, with a focus on raising consumer awareness and industry standards. “Universities, TAFE colleges, industry associations and registered nongovernment organisations can apply,” he said. The $300,000 property services program will improve knowledge of tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities highlight energy efficiency and enhance education in the property services industry. Cr Holstein said real estate agents, strata managing agents, stock and station agents, business agents, buyers’ agents and residential


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Community support needed for tobacco laws

Community facilities to apply for grant

he Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill has asked the Central Coast community to get behind the world’s toughest laws against tobacco following the release of the Gillard Government’s proposed design and legislation for plain packaging.


“Plain packaging is critical to the Government’s fight to reduce the toll on families from smoking related deaths,” said Ms O’Neill. “The chilling reality is that smoking kills 15,000 Australians a year and costs us $31.5 billion – we can’t afford to stand by and do nothing. “This plain packaging legislation is a world first and sends a clear message that the glamour is gone – cigarette packs will now only show the death and disease that can come from smoking. “Everyone on the Central Coast would know someone who has smoked and knows what a dangerous habit it is.


hree community facilities, Rumbalara Youth Hostel, Wyoming Youth Centre and Point Clare Community Hall, will apply for funding from FaHCSIA’s Accessible Communities program to upgrade disability access to and within the buildings, following an audit and discussion with the Contract Management Unit.


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“Husbands, wives, mums, dads and especially kids all worry about their family members that smoke. “I’ve never met a smoker who hopes or wants their child to be a smoker so I’m calling on the Central Coast community to get behind our

efforts to stamp out this killer habit. “We can actually do something that will make a real difference and the Gillard Government will take every step it can to ensure that this is successful. “I would welcome Central

Coast residents who support our efforts to tackle tobacco to contact me and join the battle to save lives,” said Ms O’Neill. Media Release, 7 Apr 2011 Matt Pulford, Office of Deborah O’Neill

The grant would be for $100,000 and Council would be required to dollar match this from the Accessible Buildings program and the Civil Infrastructure Fund. The application comes after eleven community facilities were upgraded for disability access with funding from RLCIP. The Gosford Family Support Services building has also been audited for access, however, according to the Disability Access Committee there are no short term solutions and it would be dependent

upon the upgrade of the intersection of Racecourse Rd and Manns Rd. Discussions will need to take place regarding Macmasters Beach Surf Club applying for funds or other resources to upgrade the amenities in order to make them accessible for the disabled. The Committee stated that Council’s other alternative is to upgrade the public toilets further along the road from the surf club. Council Agenda DA/11/1, 3 May 2011

Hunter Nursing opens in Gosford stablished in 1983 Hunter Nursing, as a small family business, identified gaps in community based nursing and nursing support within the Hunter region and now looks to the Gosford region to expand its services.


Since the inception of Hunter Nursing the organisation has always been guided by this ethos of adding value to its community and providing service delivery to the highest standard. Since 1983 it has lead the private sector in provision of innovative models of

care, increased choice in community care services and increased access to services by providing access and care 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. In 2009 Hunter Nursing was acquired by Healthe Care Australia, also the owner of North Gosford Private

Hospital. After significant consideration and discussion it was decided the future vision of Healthe Care matched the ethos and principles of care established in the culture of Hunter Nursing. The acquisition and collaboration between hospital

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“Our move into the area is not about detracting from what providers in the area are and have already accomplished, said Hunter Nursing CEO Mr David du Plessis. “I believe we bring an offering to Central Coast resident’s which is very unique and in time will give options, opportunities and far better outcomes in health. “The creation of jobs, our ability to train nursing staff through our Registered Training Organisation and the establishment of an office will all benefit the region economically.

“The only way this can be accomplished is through employing, training and developing staff from the Central Coast region,” he said. “To highlight how important this is we are establishing Central Coast Nursing to ensure that residents are aware that the organisation is run, based and operated in the coast to benefit the coast.” Val Bridge, 8 Mar 2011 Interviewees: Sharleen Tighe Healthecare North Gosford Private Hospital David du Plessis CEO Hunter Nursing.

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Gosford schools receive new technology our schools in the Gosford area are among the beneficiaries of the NSW Government’s rollout of new interactive whiteboards.


Chertsey Public School, Gosford East Public School, Kariong Public School and Kulnura Public School are among the 1000 schools that will receive digital whiteboards across the state. “Children in NSW schools should have access to the best technology to aid their learning that, that is why we are installing interactive whiteboards in classrooms in Gosford,” said NSW Premier Mr Barry O’Farrell. “We will prioritise this rollout to schools identified on the basis of student learning needs, where

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hertsey Primary School held its ANZAC Day ceremony on the last Friday of term and principal Mr John Anderson has congratulated students on the respect they showed during the ceremony and towards visitors.


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make the best use of the digital revolution. “Interactive whiteboards transform the learning process and prepare students to work in a connected, digital world. “With this technology teachers can personalise lessons, use a variety of media and access information from online learning programs on sites such as NASA, all without leaving the classroom,” said Cr Holstein.

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the use of interactive whiteboards has the capacity to significantly help education outcomes,” he said. Member for Gosford Cr Chris Holstein said the announcement marks a great start to the new school term for students and teachers in Gosford. “This major investment in Gosford schools means we are giving our students and teachers the best facilities possible to create a great learning environment,” said Cr Holstein. “Interactive whiteboards allow NSW classrooms to

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on April 25. The School’s prefects placed a unique wreath of Australian native wildflowers at the Cenotaph on behalf of the school and the community. Newsletter, 3 May 2011 John Anderson, Chertsey Primary School

Students to take part in dance program tudents in Kindergarten to Year two at Narara Public School will participate in a Nine week Kidansys dance program.


A dance teacher will visit every Wednesday to teach half hour lessons throughout the day. The program covers the dance component of

the physical education curriculum the school is required to provide. Newsletter, 2 May 2011 Rebecca Hills, Narara Public School

Gosford Central Community News - May 9, 2011 - Page 11

Out & About

Billy cart race fundraiser

Lions Hall provides for morning tea Biggest Morning Tea will be held on Saturday, May 28, at the venues associated with the various organisations affiliated with the Russell Drysdale St Arts Precinct.


The Gosford City Lions Hall will provide the venue for the hanging of the Community Quilts and displays and demonstrations of other fibre and textile crafts. The quilts are made by members of the Central Coast Handweavers, Spinners and textile Arts Guild Inc. The quilts are donated to coastal shelters and

charities each year. At the Central Coast Potters studio and Gallery there will be displays and activities and the Central Coast Family History research centre will be open for assistance in tracing family history. Media Release, 20 Apr 2011 Kay Radford, Central Coast Family History

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he Ginger Meggs Billy Cart Derby will be held in Gosford on Sunday, June 19, with all funds raised enabling the United Way Central Coast Community Chest to continue to help people in need on the Central Coast.


The billy cart entries will be assembled in Baker St, Gosford, where they will be scrutinized on building specifications and given approval to race. The race will run from around 9am to 3pm and during that time a number of billy carts will compete in six categories including 5-7 years, 8-11 years, 1215 years, 15 and over,

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Bra decorations to support Breast Cancer Foundation

Central Coast Chorale to give once only performance he Central Coast Chorale is presenting a once only staged performance of Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas in the Gosford High school auditorium on Sunday, May 29, from 3:30pm.


n celebration of its upcoming musical comedy, Breast Wishes, Laycock St Theatre is inviting all Central Coast women to get into the spirit by sending in entries for a special Breast Wishes Bra Decorating Competition.


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The Rotary Gala Concert on May 22nd at the Central Coast Leagues Club supports Central Coast Music and at the same time raises money for Gosford Rotary Clubs. The 14th Annual Rotary Gala Concert “SWING AND SWOON” will bring together over 100 performers from the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra, Gosford City Brass Band, Central Coast Concert Band and Central Coast Philharmonia Choir. The swing era of the 20s and 30s has stayed with us through many genres to the present day. Even Bach has had the “Swing treatment”. ABC presenter Christopher Lawrence created a programme called “Swoon”. These are the melodies that give the “tingle” factor, especially in the back of the neck. We’re sure all concertgoers know one piece that gives that sensation. Our programme will be a mix of the two, allowing you one moment to tap along to the favourites of the swing era, from Duke Ellington to the present day, and the next to sit back and experience the “tingle” factor created by the great ballads and Adagios of three centuries of music. SWING and SWOON will be a true musical experience of contrasts. Bring the whole family there is something for everyone in this concert; a true CENTRAL COAST COMMUNITY EVENT.

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from Estee Lauder, Clinique Aromatics, Mills and Boon and Millers Stores. Council’s Marketing Coordinator for Arts and Entertainment Ms Jan Wells said the competition is about encouraging local women to get together with their sewing kits, sequins, bedazzlers and glue guns, have some fun and raise awareness of a worthy cause. “Whilst a fun and frivolous way to bring women together, The Breast Wishes Bra Decorating Competition is a celebration of women and a timely reminder about the importance of having regular breast checks. “We are asking women to decorate their bras and either post or drop them off at Laycock Street Theatre by Tuesday 24 May 2011. “All entries will go on display in the theatre foyer and the winners will be announced at a special event organised as part of the theatre’s celebrations for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 26 May 2011,” said Ms Wells. Breast Wishes: An Uplifting Musical is the story of four women including sisters Lyn and Carol, their mum Helen and their cousin Sal, who share their experiences about life, love, family and silicone. Added to the mix is a fumbling boyfriend, a wellmeaning husband and a plain speaking bra-fitter who’s seen it all. Breast Wishes will be at Laycock Street Theatre on Tuesday, June 7, at 8pm and Wednesday, June 8, at 2pm and 8pm. Media Release, 4 May 2011 Council Media

Partnerships and community involvement in the presentation of this opera will see the Chorale working with Patti Gleeson’s Central Dance Company (Aus) and lighting and stage professional, Neil Mace. Two guest soloists will star in the show, comprising Amy Corkery as Dido and Alex Knight as Aeneas and will be supported by soloists from within the Chorale. “It should be a great experience and something

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entirely different from other concerts the Chorale has presented,” said Central Coast Chorale publicity officer Ms Pam Warton. “This is a rare opportunity to hear a tale of love, touched by the whims of the Gods, betrayed by a fickle heart and cursed by a sorceress - what more could one want?” said Ms Warton. Email, 12 Apr 2011 Pam Warton, Central Coast Chorale

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Conservation group to promote coastal awareness

Out & About

Gosford to host Scottish themed bush dance

community education program, Project Aware on the Coast, will be held in Erina from Thursday, May 19, and will focus on the intertidal and seagrass environments of the local area.


The program will be run by local marine conservation group, Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives, thanks to a government grant as part of the Caring For Our Country programme. Participants will learn about intertidal and seagrass environments ecology and the creatures to be found in these areas. The free course features four evening sessions and two field excursions, with expert tutors and lots of hands-on learning. It is suitable for ages 10 to

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Central Coast Bush Dance and Music Association’s previous Scottish theme night

entral Coast Bush Dance and Music Association will hold its Scottish Theme Night on Saturday, May 14, at the East Gosford Progress Hall from 7:30pm to 11:30pm.


Many of the dances will be familiar bush dances that have their roots in Scotland, including Strip the Willow and Dashing White Sergeant.

Two Scottish dances featured on the Associations ball programme this year on October 29 will also be taught, comprising Trip to Bavaria, which was on last

year’s programme, and Australian Ladies. “If you enjoyed our Jane Austen Theme Night you will no doubt also get a kick out of our Scottish one,” said

Central Coast Bush Dance and Music Association president Ms Robyn Graylin. “Jacaranda Ceilidh is a new band for us, although some of the faces will no doubt be known to you,” she said. Email, 5 Apr 2011 Robyn Graylin, CCBDMA

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Dutch-born artist exhibited at Gosford


utch-born artist Ms Thea Bourne [Mees] will hold an exhibition of drawings and pastels in the Foyer of the Gosford Regional Gallery from May 20 to June 15, titled Shoes and Shells.

Ms Bourne said the images in the exhibition are inspired by the timelessness and beauty of places where water and land interact. The places hold remnants of Aboriginal middens including fragments of shells buried for thousands of years. The fragments of shells have been the vehicle for Ms Bourne’s artistic expression for over 15 years. The exhibition of works on paper celebrates the fragility of these shell fragments, released by the weather to be reclaimed by the sea, and the beauty of the places where they are found. The inclusion of pastel landscapes in the current exhibition is a deviation from her more usual largescale charcoal drawings of objects or people. Although it was a steep learning curve last year to control tonality with colour, the works in pastel were very well received at her last exhibition, in November last year at the Shoalhaven Regional Gallery. Pastels are now second only to charcoal as her medium of choice. “Shores and Shells� will be officially opened on Saturday, May 21 from 1 to 3pm.

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Friends of the ABC coconvenor Mr Klaas Woldring said the FABC committee is pleased to be able to present Professor Schultz as the first guest speaker for the year to members and the general public. Professor Schultz was appointed a Director of the ABC on March 27, 2009, for

a five year term. “Her very considerable experience in the media and distinguished career as an academic at Griffith University fits her particularly well for this position,� said Mr Woldring. Email, 28 Apr 2011 Klaas Woldring, FABC

Writing fellowship invites public he Fellowship of Australian Writers Central Coast is inviting community members who enjoy writing to come along to its meetings.


The meetings are held in Gosford on every third Sunday of the month at 10am. The Fellowship of Australian Writers Central Coast is a not for profit organisation and holds regular meetings for people who are either writers or wish to be. The club is currently

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Marine environment group celebrates


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ocal marine environment group Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives is celebrating World Oceans Day on Wednesday, June 8, by holding two events for the community.


Ocean and Coastal Care Initiatives is this year focusing on sustainable fishing and wishes to highlight the achievements that are being made. The first event will be held in the Erina Room, Erina Fair, from 10am to 3pm, and will feature displays by various groups including the Recreational Fishing Alliance and Oceanwatch and guest speakers. In the evening, Ocean

and Coastal Care Initiatives will celebrate the diversity of ocean life with the free screening of the movie, Beneath The Blue, an inspirational movie of life under the waves of Sydney Harbour. The evening event will be held in the Erina Trust Hall, from 7pm. Email, 4 May 2011 Jeannie Lawson, OCCI

Battle of the Bands our local bands, Static Empire, Room 13, Random Ryde and Modern Day Tragedy, will play in Heat Two of Battle of the Bands on Friday, May 13, at The Hub Youth Entertainment Venue at Erina Fair from 6.30pm.


Battle of the Bands is open to all school students of any skill level. A heat is held at The Hub each month and winners of each heat will go into the Semi Finals to battle it out for a place in the Grand Final, held in November. Thousands of dollars worth of music vouchers sponsored by Macron Music and Gosford Council Youth Services, Better Futures, Caravan Records and Musicians Making A Difference (MMAD), are again up for grabs throughout the competition. Bands can register for the upcoming Battles by picking up a registration form at The Hub, Erina Fair. The Hub at Erina Fair is considered to be among the best youth entertainment venues in Australia and is run by Gosford Council Youth Services. The venue provides a variety of entertainment, performing opportunities and programs for local youth.

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he Gosford North Probus Club held its changeover luncheon at Linton Gardens, Somersby, on Tuesday, April 5, which offered its members opportunities for reflection.

The celebrations enabled members to acknowledge the efforts of the sponsoring Rotary Clubs of Gosford North and Gosford, together with those of various individuals in organising the inaugural meeting in 1986 of the first mixed Probus Club on the Central Coast. The Club’s first meeting was held at Gosford Bowling Club on May 6, 1986, when North Gosford Rotary Club’s president Mr Bob Pye installed the office bearer who launched the club.

Probus clubs were established to provide opportunities for companionship, social interaction and intellectual stimulation for former professional and business people. Members can participate in club activities including organized walking, short trips to places of interest and special luncheons. The changeover luncheon began with reminders of news items from the 1986 period followed by the introduction of the new

management committee. Certificates were given which recognised long term committee service members including Geoff Rodgers, Dulcie McAtamney, Joyce Hodges, Viv Dibben, Neville Boyce, Bruce Gibson and George Humphrey.

The club also acknowledged the attendance of present and former foundation members Les Arndell, George Humphrey, Keith Marshall, Gwen O’Grady, Bruce Stewart, Marty Millar and Phyllis van der Schoor. Email, 6 Apr 2011 Heather Barlow, Gosford North Probus Club

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Youth Club Excels

Moondog Mooney makes waves

t was in 1958 that Ray Maher presided over the first meeting of the Central Coast Youth Club, then known as Central Coast Children’s Community Centre and later to become known as Gosford Boys and Girls Club, and now known as the Central Coast Youth Club.


“The photo you see there ocal surfing identity Andrew “Moondog’ Mooney featured in a stunning photograph in one of Australia’s leading surf magazines, was taken by a photographer who was swimming in Tracks, straddling a colossal wave on Monday May 2.


In a brief story on Mooney, Tracks scribe Col Bernasconi wrote on the magazine’s web page that Mooney “was towed into this green, creature from the deep, at Cape Solander”. A resident of Kincumber, Mooney had surfed at the Cape before and had arrived at the well-known surfing spot at about 6am for what was expected to be a solid swell. “The wind was looking good,” he told Grandstand,

adding that he had been in touch with Swellnet. “It was quite cold, the swell didn’t show up until about 4.30pm and we’d kept our eye on it the whole day,” Mooney said. “Luckily when I asked for the day off I got my boss in a good mood. “That wave was a good one... Dom [Damian Wills] towed me into it, there were guys paddling but it was really hard to get into them. “I didn’t even think this

wave would do anything, but Dom eyeballed it and the closer we got to it, the more it looked like a goer.” “Hippo [Ryan Hippwood] reckons he got the best wave of his life yesterday ... there were long waits, but yes, when they came, they were mental. “There were heaps of photographers and cameras out there; they are usually out there when it’s obvious that there’s going to be a swell.

the water and was quite close. Some of those photographers have 3-D lenses, 50-mm lenses.” Mooney had been involved in heavy competition up until about the age of 21. Dropped by his major sponsor last year, he still surfs on a semi-professional basis and when he is not in the water, he is working on laying vinyl on trains. Iva Tora, 3 May 2011 Interviewee: Andrew Mooney

The existing centre, located at Niagra Park, was officially opened in August 1999 by the then mayor of Gosford Cr Chris Holstein. During its time the centre has produced many sporting champions in basketball, sailing, boxing, and cycling to name but a few. Of particular excellence is the fact that the centre has produced trampolinists for every Australian team that have competed in international events culminating in Jai Wallace gaining a silver medal during the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Permanent activities in the club include badminton, basketball, boxing, martial arts, performing arts, trampoline and the list goes on. The disabled get their opportunities as well with wheelchair basketball and indoor soccer being played

at the centre. Of the special events held, the centre has seen a Chinese New Year spectacular, Scottish Highland Dancing, Hillsong Church, and State Championship Marching. During 2007-08 the club installed a $100,000 lift in the foyer, constructed a new cool room at a cost of $13,000 and kitted out an office suite to accommodate the Baptist Church at a further cost of $50,000. The club continues to be recognized as a high class community venue and has hosted many events, some of which include the Beijing Olympic Performing Arts Celebration, Gosford City Gymnastics Festival, and the Newcastle University Engineering and Technology Challenge. Val Bridge, 6 May 2011

Surfing comp returns


he excitement is already starting to build for the return of a surfing event of the 70s and 80s.

Slime’s Surfarama to be held on the weekend of May 14 and 15 with Avoca or Copacabana the likely venues, depending on swell and wind conditions. The original Surfarama

was the Coast’s biggest surfing event of the late 70s and 80s and its return this year is a massive boost for the local surfing scene. Entries will be limited to just 128 competitors

with 4 divisions comprising Open, Over 35, Under- and Under-15 with an expected rush by local surfers to be part of the new Surfarama. Website, 4 May 2011 Slimes

Fun had by all n Friday, April 29, 14 girls from Chertsey Public School went to Woodport Public for a netball knockout competition.


We had a lot of fun and it was a great match. We gained a lot of experience and confidence. In the first half our players were Aithne, Emerson and rep players Jessica, Lizzy, Natalie, Stephanie and Tamara. They all showed great sportsmanship and played great.

Woodport shot 25 hoops and we shot none but that didn’t matter because we had fun and played excellently. In the second half our players were Calisto , Carina, Chantelle, myself, Emily, Jasmine, Skye and our captain Krystal. We had an amazing time and shot 2 hoops but

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voca Beach Women’s Bowling Club Grade 5 Pennant Team has Woodport shot four hoops. won the Grade 5 Pennant Flag. We had a fantastic time, showed great sportsmanship and did our Coral Allenby, Helen with 57 points and a loss of The last Avoca Beach best. McMillan, Lesley Woodrow, only three points. team to go through Robyn Schram, and Faye “A great honour for our undefeated was the Grade 1 Newsletter, 2 May 2011 Smith, Laurel Hoare, Dorothy club which will be celebrating Pennant Team in 1972. Student submission Jenkins and Carol Wilkinson their 50th birthday this year,” Chantelle Crawford Email, 28 Apr 2011 John Anderson, Chertsey all with fewer than four said Avoca Beach Women’s Carol Wilkinson, Avoca years experience fi nished Bowling Club publicity Public School Beach WBC the competition undefeated officer Ms Carol Wilkinson.



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Netball coaches change roles

Rugby premiers defeated in nail biter

auren Fahey has stepped down from her position as head coach of the Central Coast Academy of Sport netball program to focus on leading the new Central Coast state league program, which is a combined initiative between the region’s three netball associations Gosford, Woy Woy and Wyong.


urimbah first grade Rugby Union team caused a minor upset when they defeated the reigning premiers, Avoca Beach at Heazlett Park on Saturday, April 30, by 17 points to 16.


As the scores indicates, it was a closely fought game throughout and both teams had their chances of victory. The win marks a great start to the season for Ourimbah who now remain undefeated and have accounted for both the Grand Finalist teams from last year in their first two games of the 2011 season. Ourimbah kept the play totally in the forwards for the first 40 minutes. The forwards conducted a pick and drive format and this got them over the advantage line continuously. It was almost all Ourimbah in the first half with Avoca Beach rarely able to get out of their own half. There was only a short time when they did get into Ourimbah’s half and it was during that time they were able to kick a penalty goal. Ourimbah did the same, and their penalty goal made the score three points all at the half time break. Ourimbah had the better of the first half but the score was still all square. Flanker Brett Marchant was all over the paddock in defence and attack and

was well supported by prop Brett Cunningham. Cunningham was strong in the set pieces and also made his mark in general play. To Avoca Beach’s credit they defended well. It was a game almost totally played by the forward packs of both teams. Avoca Beach gained control early in the second half and were able to jump to a very handy 13 points to three early in the second stanza and it seemed they would continue on to victory Their try was scored by a charge down and the general play was very close. Ourimbah got back into the match on the scoreboard when they scored a converted try to make the score 13-10 to Avoca and then scored another converted try to take the lead. Avoca Beach were best served by five-eight Justin Staben, flanker Rhys McLuckie and centre Tom Murphy.

The combined state league program now forms part of the pathway for Central Coast Academy of Sport netball scholarship athletes to continue their development and active involvement in the sport of netball right here on the Central Coast as opposed to having to move or travel elsewhere to gain quality competition. Fahey originally took on the state league head coach role in addition to her commitments with the Central Coast Academy of Sport, but after ongoing discussions with the academy, Ms Fahey’s decision to focus her full attention on the state league program opened the door for assistant coaches Ms Amber Cross and Ms Megan Sharpe to gain further experience and ownership of the academy netball program with promotions to co-coach roles. Inaugural Central Coast Academy of Sport netball head coach Ms Marion Van Munster has continued her involvement in a mentor coaching role and will again become more actively

Media release, 1 May 2011 Larry Thompson, Central Coast Rugby Union

involved offering handson support and guidance to Amber and Megan as they move into their new leadership coaching positions. Trainee coach Ms Amy Phillips has also been promoted to an assistant coach role to continue to offer support to Amber and Megan, while this will also create an additional opportunity for a new trainee coach to come through the academy’s successful coach development system. “A lot of people look at the academy and think we’re just all about developing athletes, but the truth is that we’re just as focused on our coach, official and administrator developments as we are with our athletes,” said academy executive officer Mr Luke Tucker. “Without quality coaches, our athletes don’t receive the professional training and support that is required to assist them in further progressing to the next level

in their sport. “This is why we insisted on keeping Marion (Van Munster) involved as a mentor coach when she made the decision to retire from the head coach role. “Marion’s experience and

knowledge of the game has provided extremely valuable support to the other coaches involved in our program and has assisted former head coaches Dianne Brown and Lauren Fahey in their progression to higher appointments. “We’re obviously disappointed that we’ll be losing Lauren (Fahey) as our head coach, but at the same time, we can be proud that we’ve played a part in her coach development and we are excited to continue the coaching development opportunities for Amber, Megan and Amy with the support of Marion,” Mr Tucker said. Media Release, 14 Apr 2011 Luke Tucker, CCAS

Kariong scores win ariong first grade Rugby Union team recorded a win over Warnervale at Woongarrah Oval in round four on Saturday, April 30, scoring 33 points to seven.


Kariong led by 12 points to seven at the halftime break, but the further the game went, the more dominant they became. Kariong ran in five tries, and it was their backline that was the difference. Best for Kariong were backs Derek Peachey

and John Malu, who each scored two tries apiece, while Jarryd Lees and Josh Holman were in everything for the Warnervale side. Media Release, 1 May 2011 Larry Thompson, Central Coast Rugby Union

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Mariners fail to Roar he Central Coast Mariners will take plenty of heart into Saturday’s return leg of the Major Semi Final tie with Brisbane Roar, despite a 2-nil loss in the opening leg at Bluetongue Stadium on Saturday, February 19.


Two goals in twenty minutes in the second half were enough to give the Roar the advantage going into the second match, but not before the home side created a plethora of chances. Head coach Graham Arnold said he couldn’t fault the effort and commitment of his players, but could only lament on how not taking chances can hurt in big games. “It was a game of chances,” he said. “We had more than they did in the first half in particular. “In big games you have to convert the chances you get. “They were just more ruthless in front of the goal,” said Arnold. “It was frustrating, we did move the ball to

Tense moments at Bluetongue where it needed to go but our finishing let us down. “It’s Brisbane, you can’t afford to slacken off at any time against them, because they will find a way to punish you. “They’re a very good

side,” he said. Always keen to look for positives, Arnold said he felt that his charges can take confidence out of their performance, particularly their ability to cope with the rapid

Academy calls on young surfers he Central Coast Academy of Sport is calling on local boardriders clubs to nominate junior surfers who are looking to gain additional coaching and support towards their further development in the sport.


Local coaches Nick Leslie and Sandra English will

oversee the Central Coast Academy of Sport’s 2011 Grip surfing program, which will commence in early March with a weekend orientation camp at Norah Head. To be eligible for a scholarship position within the 2011 Grip surfing program, athletes must be male or female aged 13 to 18 years in 2011, a resident of the NSW Central Coast region and a current financial member of both a local boardrider club and Surfing NSW.

Scholarship athletes will receive expert coaching and support both in and out of the water with beach sessions and educational seminars scheduled throughout the seven month program. The program will also include regular surf fitness sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist along with the orientation squad camp at Norah Head and an end-of-program squad camp at Port Macquarie.

interchange of passes that Brisbane prefer to employ. “At the end of the day what we can take out of the game is our performance. “The boys can be proud of the effort they put in, and they’re disappointed obviously. “The game could’ve gone differently if we took those chances, but the two sucker punches really hurt us. “For the most part I thought we dealt with the Brisbane attack quite well,” said Arnold. The Mariners will now head to Queensland’s capital on Saturday needing to score three goals to advance to be the first side into the season’s decider. Striker Adam Kwasnik said he is confident that anything is possible within the squad. “They were great days back in season three and I definitely think we have the squad to do it again. We’re going to go up

there full of confidence and give it a shake. “The pressure is really on them, they are in front of 25 to 30 thousand people and they will want to produce, but we just have to go about our own game and if we get one early then I’m sure the panic stations will start to creep into their game,” said Kwasnik. Kwasnik, Alex Wilkinson and John Hutchinson are the only surviving members from the side which famously secured a 3-nil win over the Jets at Bluetongue Stadium in the return leg of their Major Semi Final three seasons ago, and Kwasnik said while it’s an important experience to take into Saturday’s tie in Brisbane, it’s all about keeping a familiar pattern in the build-up. “The boys that have been there from the very beginning know what is at stake and know these things can be achieved, but as a playing squad the boys are going about

their week as usual, and as I said we are quietly confident going up there to give it a real go,” said Kwasnik. The Mariners have little to lose as they throw caution to the wind this Saturday night, if they fail to score three goals, or force extra time with a 2-nil victory inside 90 minutes, they would host a Preliminary Final against either Gold Coast United or Adelaide United at Bluetongue Stadium next weekend, two teams the Mariners have already dispatched during the regular campaign. “At the moment they are the top team in the league but we are just going to worry about ourselves and we know what we have to do. “It is a big task and we’re just worrying about ourselves, we’ll prepare right and leave nothing in the tank at the end of 90 minutes,” Kwasnik said. The Yellow and Navy’s attacking triumvirate of Kwasnik, Daniel McBreen and Matt Simon have produced 24 goals so far in this campaign and attacking midfield dynamo Patricio Perez has chipped in with six from just 13 starts, but Kwasnik knows that three this Saturday night could prove the most crucial of the season so far. “Don’t forget, it’s a team game and there are 11 players out there plus subs, so we are very confident that as a team in general (we) can do a job, it doesn’t matter who scores the goals – of course strikers love to score goals – but the most important thing is the result and we’re going to go up there and give it a real shake,” said Kwasnik. A strong travelling contingent of Mariners Members and supporters are expected at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, and the Mariners are desperately hoping to give them a happy trip home.

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Nitro rides into Gosford Photos and Story by Jody Mckinnon

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

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


They are famous for

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

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

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

Amini to gain European experience by Glen Lauder

entral Coast M a r i n e r s midfielder Mustafa Amini’s footballing education will receive a massive boost over the next two weeks, as he heads off to train with German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.


Amini will spend a fortnight training at the club where former Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak has made a name for himself in recent weeks, and whilst there, will head to Munchengladbach to watch on as the Qantas Socceroos take on Germany on March 29. “They are leading the Bundesliga ahead of Bayern Munich and other teams in the UEFA Champions League so it’s going to be a

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

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

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

May 5, 2011

Liberals commit to Pluim Park upgrade A

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

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

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Future talent finds form in Central Coast Championships

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


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


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

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

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


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

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

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HMAS Adelaide attracts sea life ince the Adelaide’s scuttling, she is already proving herself” said Central Coast Artificial Reef Project secretary Ms Sue Dengate.

Axles of Evil defeated he first bout of the Central Coast Girls Roller Derby saw Little Goodie Two Skates edge out the Axles of Evil by three points in their inaugural clash held in the Central Coast Youth Club at Niagra Park last Saturday night.


The final score was Little Goodie Two Skates 130 points to the Axles of Evil’s 127 points. In front of over 300 spectators some 30 odd skaters from the two teams competed for honours in round one.

Each team member has their own nickname and there is quite a degree of creative thinking going into deciding what to call one’s self. Some examples are ‘Thunderslut’, ‘AllurenKill’, ‘Slagwagon’ and so on.

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Their story started in October 2010 with a Facebook page and the hope that it will generate interest in starting a Roller Derby League for the Central Coast. The page caused a stir and soon enough there


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were a group of keen girls ready to help out. The next clash is yet to be decided but judging by the support from this event it won’t be too far away. There will be a social skate event on Friday, May 13,from 9am till noon at the Central Coast Youth Club. Val Bridge 2 May 2011


Ms Dengate said that she is surprised by how quickly the ship has attracted life. “On the second survey dive, only a few hours after the scuttling there was one fish, a Yellow Tail spotted by the survey divers,” said Ms Dengate. “And on the second day they spotted a school of about 200 Yellow Tail swimming over the forward deck and one Cuttlefish. “They also spotted a small goby and a tiny leatherjacket taking up residence in the top of the mast structure” said Ms Dengate. “We didn’t expect this so soon after the scuttling and professors at the University are very excited about it. “The Adelaide has also defied critics of the project and we can tick off several of the claims already. “They said she wasn’t seaworthy enough to make it past Manly, however, she arrived on the Central Coast without incident and in very quick time,” said Ms Dengate. “They said she would go

600 metres towards shore during sinking, however, she gently settled exactly where she was planned to be, 1.8 kms from the beach, they said she might fall over but she is bolt upright and the helicopter hangers are intact and without the slightest sign of damage. “The crowds on the beach were testimony to the level of support that this project has had and although the dolphins meant a delay, this too was a great sign. “Dolphins had escorted the Adelaide from Perth on her last voyage (seen as a good sign by sailors) and their appearance before the scuttling seemed to farewell her life above the waves and welcome her to her new home,” said Ms Dengate. “And the delay also meant that the “SHAME” of No Ship Action Group was blown away before The Adelaide eventually disappeared beneath clear skies and beautiful blue waters,” she said. Media Release, 17 Apr 2011 Sue Dengate, CCARP

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