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Ausgrid works depot at Ourimbah recommended

Photomontage of the proposed development as viewed from the corner of Ourimbah Creek Rd and the Pacific Highway.

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yong Council has recommended the Joint Regional Planning room, service facilities Creek Rd and the Pacific news for the Shire, and Panel (JRPP) approve a $16.8 million application for a new including showers and Highway, while the site for employees and job lockers for field staff, will be secured by a three seekers. Ausgrid works depot to be constructed at Ourimbah.

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Council is unable to completely sign off on the development because the value is more than $5 million, which means the JRPP will ultimately determine the application. Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said the development would serve as Ausgrid’s base for the entire Central Coast. “The development will

be home to 288 full time staff and be in operation seven days a week, and 24 hours a day during times of emergency such as a natural disaster,” Cr Eaton said. The site covers 3.9 hectares and is on the corner of Ourimbah Creek Rd and the Pacific Highway, on the F3 side. It has frontages on

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both the Pacific Highway and Ourimbah Creek Rd. The application describes the proposed development as a regional works depot, comprising a total floor area of more than 8,300 square metres. There are four main buildings proposed including an administration facility with a conference

a vehicle servicing area with a wash bay, warehousing and storage and a recycling and waste collection facility. Car parking spaces have been provided for 188 general spots and 215 service vehicle spots. The administration building will be located on the most prominent area of the site, at the front of Ourimbah

metre fence. “The 288 jobs will be broken down into 74 office staff and the rest being field staff,” Cr Eaton said. “This again proves that council is working hard to attract this type of job creating investment to the Shire. “To have the regional base for Ausgrid located at Ourimbah is fantastic

“Council has overwhelmingly supported this development and recommended it for approval by the JRPP. “We will continue to work hard to create jobs for our residents, and bring this type of million dollar investment into the Shire.” Media release, 27 Jun 2013, Wyong Shire Council

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The giant rat-like creature was examined by local environmental activist Mr Jake Cassar and has been described as similar to a brush tailed possum. Mr Cassar said he wasn’t sure it was a brush tailed possum, as it was “a little bit different”. “It has a very elongated skull, very, very long ears, very sharp teeth, much like a rodent and very humanlike hands and a long tail. ‘It is a very powerful, large creature. “I would love to think it’s something unusual or not

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n unidentified creature that washed up on Wamberal beach on Tuesday, June 25, is currently being studied by Quarantine in an attempt to identify it. known, but I’m just really not sure. “There are many different views out there, but whatever happens, I have had a heap of fun and this thing has captured the attention and imagination of thousands,” said Jake. An answer from Quarantine was expected to be received on Monday, July 1, however, it was not available at the time Coast Community News went to press.

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Woy Woy Rehabilitation Unit gym

and to meet this demand we must continue to invest in these services to deliver quality care to the community,” Ms Skinner said. The new unit comprises 30 patient beds including two inpatient rooms, multiple courtyard therapy areas, a gymnasium and a dining room that includes a self-serve beverage bay. The facility also features new kitchen areas, staff facilities, linen

holding areas and waste collection facilities as well as additional parking. Mr Holstein said he was proud to deliver much-needed services for Woy Woy and Central Coast communities. “The NSW Government is delivering on the commitments it has made to the community and our new rehabilitation unit is a wonderful example of this,” Mr

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The Wallabies were defeated 23-21 in front of a new ground record crowd of 52,499. The Wallabies would have won the match had they not missed four kicks at goal, two of which were in

the last ten minutes. The match was lit up by two of the best solo tries in recent memory, to George North for the Lions and Israel Folau for the Wallabies (twice), who scored individual tries as the Lions held on for the nail-biting victory, after the Wallabies were severely disrupted by four injuries to key backline players. Ashley-Cooper was replaced with four minutes to go by reserve scrumhalf Nick Phipps. The teams now move on to Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, June 29, for what is sure to be a thrilling second test of the three.

here in Woy Woy.” Ms O’Neill also thanked the strong community campaign that made bringing this facility back possible. “This is truly a win for the community. “I want to thank people like Ivan Kinney, Marj Cleere and their dedicated team who, alongside the Woy Woy Hospital Ancillary, kept up their petitioning to make this possible. “We are committed to ensuring that all Australians have access to the right health care, at the right time and in the right place – and better integrating it across public hospitals, primary care and aged care. “By investing in the availability of subacute care services, the Government is improving the capacity of our health system to meet the challenges of an ageing population.” Media release, 11 Jun 2013 Samantha Day, Office of Jillian Skinner Media release, 10 Jun 2013 Richard Mehrtens, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

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its escape into natural bushland is devastating to environment and it has now become an invasive weed causing problems on the island,” Mr Henderson said. Coastal saltmarsh is listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act as an endangered ecological community and provides important habitat for marine and terrestrial animals such as crabs, molluscs, insects and spiders. Fish species also use the area during tidal flooding and many migratory wading birds use the areas for roosting and feeding. “Our priority is to rid the island of this weed to help the saltmarsh areas recover and ensure this important habitat is maintained for native species of the Central

Coast. “We will engage bush regeneration contractors to undertake work to remove the weed,” Mr Henderson said. This will involve hand removal of the weed species and include measures to prevent the weed spreading or recolonising. The dumping of garden refuse into natural areas is one way that weeds can disperse, particularly close to waterways. The community is reminded to ensure they use appropriate methods for the disposal of garden refuse including green bins supplied by council. Media release, 21 Jun 2013 Susan Davis, National Parks and Wildlife Service

Rogic features in win over Iraq Source: SHA

yong Council has recommended the Joint Regional Planning room, service facilities Creek Rd and the Pacific news for the Shire, and Panel (JRPP) approve a $16.8 million application for a new including showers and Highway, while the site for employees and job lockers for field staff, will be secured by a three seekers. Ausgrid works depot to be constructed at Ourimbah.

Council is unable to completely sign off on the development because the value is more than $5 million, which means the JRPP will ultimately determine the application. Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said the development would serve as Ausgrid’s base for the entire Central Coast. “The development will

be home to 288 full time staff and be in operation seven days a week, and 24 hours a day during times of emergency such as a natural disaster,” Cr Eaton said. The site covers 3.9 hectares and is on the corner of Ourimbah Creek Rd and the Pacific Highway, on the F3 side. It has frontages on

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both the Pacific Highway and Ourimbah Creek Rd. The application describes the proposed development as a regional works depot, comprising a total floor area of more than 8,300 square metres. There are four main buildings proposed including an administration facility with a conference

a vehicle servicing area with a wash bay, warehousing and storage and a recycling and waste collection facility. Car parking spaces have been provided for 188 general spots and 215 service vehicle spots. The administration building will be located on the most prominent area of the site, at the front of Ourimbah

metre fence. “The 288 jobs will be broken down into 74 office staff and the rest being field staff,” Cr Eaton said. “This again proves that council is working hard to attract this type of job creating investment to the Shire. “To have the regional base for Ausgrid located at Ourimbah is fantastic

“Council has overwhelmingly supported this development and recommended it for approval by the JRPP. “We will continue to work hard to create jobs for our residents, and bring this type of million dollar investment into the Shire.” Media release, 27 Jun 2013, Wyong Shire Council

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ormer Central Coast Mariners’ player Tom Rogic was called on as a substitute in the 60th minute of the Socceroos’ match against Iraq on Tuesday, June 18.

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The match was the final qualification match for Australia’s group with the top two earning direct qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Rogic troubled the Iraqi defence before Josh Kennedy scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory. Needing a win to assure a spot at a third straight World Cup, the Socceroos looked like blowing their chance

as the stubborn visitors held firm for more than 82 minutes. But in his first Socceroos appearance in 19 months, Kennedy came off the bench to nod home Mark Bresciano’s cross seven minutes from time to send the crowd of 80,532 into delirium. Australia boss Holger Osieck received a few boos from the home fans when he opted to substitute favourite son Tim Cahill for Kennedy just a few minutes earlier. But the decision proved a masterstroke as Kennedy did what he does best, giving Iraq ‘keeper Noor Sabri no chance with a wellplaced header from just six

yards out. The nail-biting victory meant the Socceroos finished second in their group behind Japan and avoided going into the lottery of the play-offs later this year. Knowing a win over the inexperienced Iraqi’s would ensure Australia’s berth for a third straight World Cup, there was a sense of excited anticipation amongst the fans before kick-off. Searching for ways to unlock the stubborn Iraqi defence, Holger Osieck introduced young star Tom Rogic on the hour and the Celtic midfielder immediately lifted the tempo. The Socceroos thought

they had the crucial breakthrough 25 minutes from time when a poor headed clearance landed perfectly for Kruse to volley home from just outside the box. But celebrations soon turned to despair as Iranian referee Faghani Alireza had already blown for a foul by Ognenovski in the lead-up. The close call only added to the tension, which soon turned to shock among the home fans as Cahill made way for Kennedy. And the beanpole striker took just six minutes to make an impact, sending his header past Sabri to get celebrations underway. Photo: Paul Barkley-LookPro

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rina’s ACS general manager Mr Warren Hughes raised $2,000 in eight minutes on Thursday, June 20, for 2GO’s Give Me Five for Kids campaign. Mr Hughes joined 2GO’s Give Me Five for Kids bed pan challenge and donned a bright green monster onesie in support of sick kids on the Coast. Mr Hughes elicited a $1,000 donation from ACS, $300 from The Beach

Early Learning Centre, $100 from Central Coast Cleaning Supply Shop, $100 from Living Green Designer Homes and $50 each from Totally Workwear Tuggerah, Goodyear Autocare Gosford, City Plan Services, Outback Plumbing Australia, Greenroom Espresso Cafe, The Sanctuary Cafe (Ken Duncan Gallery), Precision Fire Protection Services, Figtree and Moran Accountants, Power2Grid and KR Jones and Healey. Mr Hughes then ventured

to Westmead Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 21, to accept a thank you gift from Head of the Rehabilitation Unit Ms Mary Claire Doherty for a donation of $9,000 made by Warren and his wife Donna on behalf of ACS. “If ever you think you are doing it tough, come to the kid’s hospital for a day and see the challenge many of these little ones face on a daily basis,” said Mr Hughes. “It brings you back to earth very quickly.”

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Give Me Five for Kids pyjama day a success

new exotic weed has been discovered on Saratoga Island Nature Reserve in Brisbane Water near Davistown.

The invasive weed known as Sicilian Sea Lavender (Limonium hyblaeum) has been known to displace native species in both South Australia and Victoria, but this is the first time it has been found invading natural environments on the Central Coast. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) acting regional manager, Mr Alan Henderson said that the weed was invading the important saltmarsh vegetation communities on the island. “The weed is displacing native plant species and it can lead to the loss of biodiversity and impact on these fragile and important communities. “Sea lavender is used in cultivated gardens, but

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ormer Ourimbah Juniors’ player Adam AshleyCooper was part of the Qantas Wallabies Rugby Union team defeated by HSBC British and Irish Lions in the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour test series match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, June 22.

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Rehabilitation unit is officially opened

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Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein, Minister for Health Ms Jillian Skinner, Central Coast Local Health District Board chair Mr Paul Tonkin, Woy Woy Hospital Auxiliary president Ms Phyllis Thomas, Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill and Woy Woy Hospital Alliance president Mr Ivan Kinny at the official ribbon cutting of the Woy Woy Rehabilitation Unit

Ms Skinner was joined by Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein, Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill, Woy Woy Hospital Auxiliary president Ms Phyllis Thomas, Woy Woy Hospital Alliance president Mr Ivan Kinny and Central Coast Local Health District Board Chair Mr Paul Tonkin. The facility was joint-funded with the NSW Government investing $5 million into the project and the Australian Government, under the COAG New Subacute Beds Guarantee contributing $6.6 million. Ms Skinner said she was pleased to deliver on their preelection commitment to restore rehabilitation services to Woy Woy Hospital, which were relocated to Wyong Hospital in 2008. “It is with great excitement that I can be here today to celebrate the fulfilment of a pre-election commitment to provide enhanced rehabilitative care for patients on the Central Coast. “It’s no secret that this area has a growing and ageing population

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Holstein said. “The Rehabilitation Unit is designed to provide support for patients including coordinated medical, psychological and rehabilitative care tailored to individual needs. “We want to see these patients recover so that they are able to return to the community and live with optimal independence while being supported by communitybased health services. “Provision has also been made for bariatric patients with a specially designed room with a ceiling mounted hoist that also provides access to the ensuite, helping to ensure the safety of both patients and staff,” Mr Holstein said. Ms O’Neill said bringing back the Woy Woy Rehabilitation Ward would make a real and practical difference to local residents needing care and support on the Peninsula. “Anyone can have an accident or a stroke or an illness that puts them in need of rehab services in a dedicated facility,” said Ms O’Neill. “Being near family and friends is part of that healing journey. “I’m very proud to be a part of the Federal Government that has delivered this great new building, and brought this service back to life

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A Give Me Five for Kids PJ Day was held on Monday, June 3, at Ettalong Beach Club which saw over $600 raised from donations. Give Me Five for Kids is a fundraising initiative supported by over 40 radio and TV stations across regional Australia. For almost 20 years, the month of June has been dedicated to raising much needed funds for local community hospitals. All donations received stay local and go directly to the children’s ward in each market to help provide the best possible care for local sick children and their families when they need it most. At Ettalong Beach

Club, not only were staff encouraged to wear their pyjamas to work, but also club members and guests. The club’s staff were given a challenge to raise over $200 which would see the club’s newly appointed CEO Mr Bill Jackson wear his pyjamas for the day, and the staff succeeded in the challenge. Despite having a number of appointments scheduled for the day, Mr Jackson attended the meetings in his pink polka dot pyjama pants and slippers. To further encourage members and guests to wear their pyjamas, Ettalong Beach Club provided free entertainment with an arts and crafts table set up for

the kids. The kids also participated in a disco and face painting as well as a movie showing on the large projector screen. For a gold coin donation, a coffee station was available for the mums and dads while the kids were being entertained. “The fundraising of these funds back into the children’s ward at the local hospitals is one of the most humbling and rewarding days for the club,” said Mr Jackson. “I’m proud to announce at the recent Board of Directors meeting held June 13, the Board resolved to donate a further $5,000 to 2GO’s Give Me Five for Kids 2013.”

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Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan achievements recognised ember for Dobell Mr Craig Thomson has congratulated former Wyong mayor Cr Bob Graham and hundreds of volunteers for a list of major achievements under the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan.

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Under a $20 million federal Caring for our Country grant towards the management plan which has just ended, several key foreshore and streambank areas of the Lakes have been dramatically improved. “Cr Bob Graham, as well as several hundred volunteers and Wyong Council staff, should feel proud of their achievements,” Mr Thomson said. “We must remember the thousands of work hours put in by a range of volunteer groups around the Lakes, without whose help would have made the work impossible. “I would like to thank the now disbanded Estuary Management Committee for ensuring the $20 million went into a range of projects to

clean up the lakes. “Unfortunately, instead of recognising this valuable assistance, the current council saw fit to

demolish the committee which was responsible for overseeing the great work done on the lakes.” Mr Thomson said

the Caring for our Country grant which he secured in 2007, matched with a further $20 million by the then mayor Cr Bob Graham and council, had been a major environmental program with a number of challenges, mainly

because of population growth around the lakes. “But what we are seeing now is a cleaner Tuggerah Lakes with significant restoration and rehabilitation projects making a huge difference,” he said. “ S t r e a m b a n k

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rehabilitation has progressed well in areas including Ourimbah Creek, Tumbi Creek, Saltwater Creek and Wyong River. “And large areas of saltmarsh rehabilitation can be seen along the foreshores of Budgewoi and Lake Munmorah.” Mr Thomson said he continued to place Tuggerah Lakes at the top of the Central Coast’s funding priority list because of its environmental importance. “I am continuing to fight for further funding for Tuggerah Lakes which can be put into projects in areas such as Canton Beach and Chittaway,” he said. Other areas which have benefitted from the work are North Entrance, Blue Haven and the Porters Creek catchment. Media release, 1 Jul 2013 David Gardiner, Office of Craig Thomson MP

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anwal and Erina played host to two immigration forums on Friday, June 21, presented by Liberal candidate for Dobell Ms Karen McNamara, Liberal candidate for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks and Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Mr Scott Morrison.

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More than 300 residents attended the forums, with voters questioning Ms McNamara, Ms Wicks and Mr Morrison on a variety of issues, including how the Government has blown the budget on illegal boat arrivals by over $10 billion. “Under this Labor government more than 44,000 people have arrived on 729 boats – that’s more than double the amount of people who can fit in Bluetongue Stadium,” Ms McNamara

said. Mr Morrison spoke to the community about the Coalition’s plan for restoring confidence in the nation’s immigration program and border protection. “Many residents raised their concerns about the government’s poor handling of the policy issue, while others said they’d had enough of the Labor government,” Ms McNamara said. “These issues aren’t going to go away and only the Liberal Party

has a plan to stop the boats and to restore hope, reward and opportunity for people in this area.” Ms McNamara said the forums provided an opportunity to learn more about the issues concerning Dobell and Robertson residents. “If I am elected on September 14, I promise to work tirelessly for the people of my electorate,” she said. Media release, 21 Jun 2013, Karen McNamara and Lucy Wicks, NSW Liberal Party

yong Council has endorsed a submission on the White Paper for a New Planning System in NSW.

The framework for the new planning system, which was released by the NSW Government on April 16, proposes a new focus on community participation at a strategic planning level. If the White Paper is adopted, there would be a statutory requirement for planning authorities to comply with a Community Participation Charter and develop their own Community Participation Plans. C o m m u n i t y Participation Plans would be required to include certain mandatory requirements and other forms of discretionary community participation. Councils would not be required to prepare a Community Participation Plan if their Community Participation Strategy made under the Local Government Act sets out the matters to be specified in the Community Participation Plan. The White Paper also outlines the establishment of an online portal to be known as ePlanning, which would replace a paper-based development application assessment and consultation processes. The ePlanning website is proposed to be a one stop shop that

provides a range of services, including 3D visualisations of major development proposals, online lodgement of development applications and payment of fees. It would also see the development of an electronic planning certificate and register of development consents. The types of Land and Environment Court appeals would also be streamed into mandatory conciliation. A “very fast appeal track” is suggested to consider appeals on single residential dwellings and dual occupancies. Legislation would allow simple and straightforward appeals over minor matters to be determined by a Commissioner at the request of the parties. While the existing classes of regional and state significant development will be retained, the White Paper provides for the number of Joint Regional Planning Panels to be increased and changes to be made to the number and composition of the Panels. JRRPs would have the ability to delegate their functions to a council’s general manager to ensure that non-controversial

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CEN disputes Council’s claims on Black Eyed Susan he Community Environment Network has taken issue with Wyong Council’s claims that the tetratheca juncea, or Black Eyed Susan, is stifling development in the area.

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The plant species occurs in the northern part of Wyong Shire and in the south of Lake Macquarie City Council area. It was previously in the area of southern Sydney but became extinct there in the 1970s. The plant is protected by State and Commonwealth legislation. CEN chairman Mr John Asquith said council’s claims were not supported by facts. “The plant only occurs in a limited area of the northern part of Wyong Shire,” Mr Asquith said. “Council has had

the opportunity to prepare a conservation management plan for this plant on many occasions but has chosen instead to take the easy path of accelerating the plant’s extinction by seeking to remove protection.” The plant was listed as an endangered species in 2000 and is unusual in that the pollination is by buzz pollination native bees. There has only been limited success in growing them from seed. “Since the election, this council has declared war on the natural

environment by removing restrictions on tree clearing; reclassifying 399 parcels of community land with 90 earmarked for sale; reduced catchment protection into the lakes through the LEP; eliminated the environment department; and proposed a regional airport which will adversely affect many residents of the Shire with noise,” Mr Asquith said. Media release, 1 July 2013, John Asquith, Community Environment Network

Budgewoi Beach Dunecare received award udgewoi Beach Dunecare has received an achievement award in the 2013 Champions of the Catchments Regional Awards which were announced on Friday, June 21, at Tocal.

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The group was recognised for their work in the landcare community group innovation category. The awards are coordinated by the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) in partnership with the Hunter Region Landcare Network Inc (HRLN). CMA chair Ms Susan Hooke said the awards provided a great opportunity for people

to share their ideas and projects that have helped improve the health of the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchments. “Lots of people are doing great things, but unfortunately we often don’t hear about the work being done and give people a pat on the back for their achievements,” Ms Hooke said. HLRN chair Ms Ruth Hardy said that the term “landcare” referred to all groups that cared for land,

including Coastcare, Bushcare and Friends of Groups. “Our region has nearly 550 landcare groups and many other individuals who are working hard to conserve and restore our land and water resources,” Ms Hardy said. Media release, 21 Jun 2013, Liane Corocher, HunterCentral Rivers Catchment Management Authority

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State budget delivers funds for local infrastructure projects yong Council has welcomed the recent state budget, which travel to Sydney daily for area and across the State to create the right balance has seen the NSW government delivering funds for crucial work will realise just how who pay this tax and will between developer levies vital this link will be to lead to more people being because we want people infrastructure projects in the region.

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Mayor Cr Doug Eaton said he was particularly thrilled that $10 million had been allocated to complete the planning and start construction of the Warnervale Town Centre intersection. “We have been told this vital piece of infrastructure, which is so important to the development of the Warnervale Town Centre, will be finished by the end of next year,” mayor Cr Eaton said. “It involves a lot of work being done on

Sparks Rd to facilitate the start of construction of the Town Centre entry road and is another indication that this long awaited development is a huge step closer to reality.” Mayor Cr Eaton said he was pleased that $5.6 million had also been allocated to Wyong Rd, with planning to start on upgrades of the Pacific Highway, Enterprise Dr and Mingara Dr. A further $2 million has been assigned to continue to progress the planning of the Pacific Highway

through Wyong. “We have been told in relation to Wyong Rd that construction funding will be allocated in next year’s budget and work will start in that financial year, which is a big step in the right direction and something we have certainly lobbied hard for over a number of years,” Cr Eaton said. The mayor said he was also pleased that up to $400 million had been allocated for the F3-M2 Link. “Anyone who has to

avoid the huge gridlock of traffic,” he said. “This is a great result for all Central Coast residents who travel to Sydney.” In addition to infrastructure, the decision to increase the payroll tax threshold will subsequently reduce payroll tax by $3,000, which will assist local business. “We have made it no secret our agenda is to create investment and local jobs in the Shire,” Cr Eaton said. “These changes will assist businesses in our

Wrack removal to double yong Shire councillors had a firsthand look on Wednesday, with the job. “This is the second July 3, at the machinery currently being used to successfully key element of council’s remove wrack from the Tuggerah Lakes system.

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Council resolved to double the amount of wrack being removed from waterways and has been trialling an additional harvester to achieve this. Wrack is the accumulation of dead seagrass and other vegetative matter which floats on the lakes’ surface. Now council is also trialling the use of a small amphibious craft, known

as a Truxor, which works effectively at clearing the wrack that accumulates in the shallow water and pushes it out to the harvester. When it rains, the sediment, organic matter and nutrients coming off the catchment get trapped in the wrack. All of this decomposes in the shallow water and turns into smelly, black organic ooze. Wyong mayor Cr Doug

Eaton said the Truxor is particularly good at clearing the wrack in shallow waters where the harvester cannot reach. “Being able to simply travel from land to water is a great asset in better removing wrack,” Cr Eaton said. “Council has been working with NSW Fisheries on techniques which allow us to operate closer to the foreshore, cut green tape and get on

strategy to remove wrack more effectively and efficiently from our Lakes system.” A number of students from the United States, recruited by International Student Volunteers, have been assisting council’s Catchment Management Team in cleaning up our waterways. “These students have been working hard planting, weeding, mulching and removing rubbish at various streambank, saltmarsh, Dunecare and constructed wetland sites throughout the Shire,” Cr Eaton said.

employed, particularly as payroll tax on new staff is rebated back to the employer.” A further $6.2 million will be invested to progress the upgrade of the Emergency Department at Wyong Hospital, including the development of an Urgent Care Centre and Emergency Department Short Stay Unit. Cr Eaton said this decision would improve the all-round health care of local residents. “We have an ageing population here in the Shire and many new aged care facilities are being constructed around the hospital,” he said. He said this would make the Wyong Shire an even more attractive place to retire to and would create a lot of employment opportunities in the aged care field. Cr Eaton also agreed with a statement from Local Government NSW in welcoming the expansion of the Local Infrastructure Growth Scheme by allocating $99 million to fund the gap between what councils can charge developers in infrastructure levies and what it actually costs councils to build the necessary local infrastructure. “This is particularly important for an expanding area like ours,” Cr Eaton said. “We have worked hard

to invest in the Shire and provide our residents with jobs and affordable housing options.” The Central Coast region will also share in $195 million in funding to improve access to the public transport network, including station upgrades, improved accessibility and modern, integrated transport infrastructure under the Transport Access Program. Another $117 million will be allocated to carry out major reforms to rail maintenance and to improve customers’ journeys. Minister for the Central Coast Chris Hartcher said the 201314 budget continues the process of rebuilding and reinvesting in the Central Coast after years of neglect under the former Labor government. “The Central Coast’s Liberal representatives continue to deliver investment in infrastructure and vital services needed to meet the growing needs of our region, and we will continue working hard to improve essential services for the Central Coast community,” Mr Hartcher said. Media release, 18 Jun 2013, Caroline Hutcherson, NSW government Media release, 21 Jun, 2013, Wyong Shire Council

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Work commences on waterfront redevelopment The first sod at the $5.2 million Ettalong Waterfront redevelopment was turned on Friday, May 24, with Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill, Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein and Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna celebrating the start of the collaborative project. Ms O’Neill said this was a project of great pride for the entire community. “I’m very proud of this Federal Government’s investment in our region and it is a real boost for local residents and businesses in Ettalong. “The redevelopment of the Ettalong Beach Foreshore will help us to showcase the natural beauty of our area and will allow both locals and visitors a better chance to share the great lifestyle we enjoy here on the Central Coast,” Ms O’Neill said. Mr Holstein also welcomed the redevelopment. “This project is long overdue, and will be appreciated by both

locals and visitors alike,” said Mr Holstein. Mayor Cr McKinna said the local community had been very involved in this project and everyone was excited for works to be commencing. “The local community is really getting behind this redevelopment and we are happy to see the project will be consistent with the Ettalong Beach Reserve Foreshore Plan of Management. “Council has undergone consultation with the neighbouring property owners, the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and the Ettalong Beach Business Group, with everyone working together to ensure the redevelopment is reflective of the natural characteristics of the area and meets the needs of the local community,” mayor Cr McKinna said. Scheduled works include a new sandstone seawall, cycleway - footpath, playground, park furniture, carpark realignment, stormwater infrastructure and landscaping in the reserve area between Beach St and the

Gosford Council’s director water and sewer Mr Rod Williams said Gosford Council welcomed IPART’s final report as it would allow Council to get on with the job of maintaining and improving water and sewerage services for the community. The new prices will result in a gradual price increase of 28.0% or $297 over the four year period from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2017, for

a typical residential bill. Mr Williams said the new prices would help council continue to make multi-million dollar system improvements for approximately 70,000 properties currently using its water supply, sewerage and stormwater networks. “These charges cover the cost of harvesting, treating and delivering safe drinking water to over 68,000 properties through 1,000 kilometres of water mains. “During this pricing period council will be delivering major improvements to the water supply system including a $7.9 million Somersby Water Treatment Plant upgrade that involves the replacement and renewal of

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assets to improve their reliability, efficiency, safety and performance. “Plus, there are extensive, ongoing efforts to replace ageing water mains to help reduce main breaks and maintain the quality of the city’s drinking water. “The prices also ensure we transport and treat sewage from over 66,000 properties through 1,500 kilometres of sewerage mains and 185 sewage pump stations to protect public health and the environment. “In the next four years over $36 million will be spent on refurbishments and renewals for aging sewerage infrastructure to minimise sewage overflows and odours and reduce risk to the

Future of Hardys Bay RSL Club to be discussed The future of the Hardys Bay RSL and Citizens Club will be discussed at an extraordinary general meeting from 10am on Sunday, June 16.

Lemon Grove netball court entry (just south of Bangalow St). A Beach Facilities Building consisting of a café, kiosk and public toilets will also be constructed at the end of Beach St as will a pedestrian walkway - cycleway along Lance Webb Reserve, between Picnic Pde and Ferry Rd. Beach nourishment and restoration will also take place. Construction of the new public toilet facility at Ferry Rd and the demolition of the Schnapper Rd public toilet in November 2011 are also included in the redevelopment project. The Ettalong Waterfront redevelopment has a $2 million dollar funding contribution from the Federal Government, $2.79 million from Gosford Council, $300,000 from the NSW Government’s Metropolitan Greenspace Program and just over $83,000 from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Water rates to increase by seven percent per annum The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has announced new water, sewerage and stormwater drainage prices for Gosford City for the next four years.

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environment and public health. “Major upgrades will be completed at Kincumber and Woy Woy Wastewater Treatment Plants, with $16 million spent to improve the treatment process and ensure we continue treating the community’s wastewater to the required environmental standards. Mr Williams noted that reports from the National Water Commission showed the bill for a typical Gosford household remained below the national average in recent years. “We understand any price increase can be a concern for residents and we will always strive to deliver services that provide value for money,” Mr Williams said.

The meeting will provide an update on the current negotiations to sell the property of the club and enter into an agreement which would allow it to continue to trade at its present location. Should these negotiations be unsuccessful, it is highly likely that the club would be forced to close, according to Hardys Bay Residents Group spokesman Mr Allan Wilson. Whatever the outcome of the meeting, the club will require funds to meet its own current liabilities, including entitlements to the staff who are presently working, he said. The club was built in 1983 and houses an 80-plus seated restaurant, lounge bar, gaming room with 15 poker machines, a covered barbecue area, verandas and car parking for over 40 vehicles. “Over the years, a number of fine chefs have graced the club’s restaurant and added

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their individual imprimatur to their respective menus,” said Mr Wilson. “These have included, for instance, highly respected names such as Alex Herbert, Brian Lizotte and Michael Stride. “In more recent times, the Bay Leaf Bistro, as it is now known, has benefited from a cosmetic makeover, giving it a fresh new appearance,” he said. A fundraising function is also being planned for the club for Saturday, June 29, which will feature a performance from a well-known band.

“It will provide the guests with an opportunity to enjoy the excellent food provided by the restaurateur, Dorothee Meyer, who has injected new flavours acquired from her French background,” said Mr Wilson. “It will also enable the patrons to dance the night away and drink a toast to the health and future well-being of this local symbol which has provided so much relaxation for the public for so long,” he said. Email, 6 Jun 2013 Allan Wilson, Hardys Bay Residents Group

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The Woy Woy Peninsula Community Garden will celebrate its first birthday with a Winter Solstice Workshop on Saturday, June 22, from 1.30pm to 3.00pm. “The group started work on clearing the site just over a year ago, and our first official plantings in the raised garden beds took place on the winter solstice last year,” said garden coordinator Ms Jill Meredith. Thanks to a community builders grant from Gosford Council, the group has been able to build more raised garden beds, build

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Sports camp parking to be monitored The NSW Government has announced it will monitor visitor parking locations for the Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre at Little Patonga and implement changes if necessary. The Brooklyn Community Association had asked the Member for Hornsby Mr Matt Kean “to take steps to relieve parking congestion at Brooklyn” by moving the centre’s adult pick-up point from Brooklyn to Patonga. Announcing the monitoring plan, Mr Kean said the centre had been hosting school and community groups for 75 years. “These visitors are important for the local Brooklyn community as they bring much-needed business to local shops and cafes. “The Centre is an asset to the village’s tourism industry and we’re happy to work together with the community so everyone can enjoy this beautiful part of the Hawkesbury region. “We don’t believe our clients are causing any problems with parking in Brooklyn – the majority are school children who arrive by bus.” However, Brooklyn Community Association president Mr Robert Arnold said there was a “major parking problem in Brooklyn”. “We have a range of people

who utilise parking for a holiday or multi-day holidays. “We want to look at how the longer term parking can be better handled,” he said. Mr Arnold said conversations had taken place with Mr Kean about a study into Brooklyn’s parking issues and a plan was in place to perform the study. “The Broken Bay Sport and Recreation Centre in Patonga is just one of the parking issues of about half a dozen different parking requirements that we have. “We want to provide parking for people who are catching the train as well. “Our goal is that if we have medium-term, long-term parking then we move that off what is now our best short-term visitor parking place. “The parking for people travelling to Patonga is right in the centre of Brooklyn so I understand why it is a big issue for the people involved. “These issues have been in Brooklyn for many years and parking has been an issue for many years and there are quite a few people who are passionate about these issues.” Media Statement, 5 Jun 2013 Matt Kean, Member for Hornsby Kaitlin Watts, 23 May 2013 Interviewee: Robert Arnold

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“Residents can play a role in keeping their bill down by maintaining their commitment to water conservation, which has been a highlight of the commission’s reports for some years now.” IPART has considered the submission made by Gosford City Council, as well as the public submissions to determine the final prices. Following council resolution, new charges will come into effect from July 1.

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a sensory herb circle, provide seating and a colourful mural for the shed. “Our workshop will be on organic and permaculture principles and how to improve the soil,” said Ms Meredith. “It will be led by local horticulturist Adam McCall, who helped design the garden layout,” she said. The workshop is available by gold coin donation, but enquiries and bookings should be made to Jill Meredith on 4344 2704. Email, 3 Jun 2013 Jill Meredith, Woy Woy Peninsula Community Garden

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Dav i d & M a b e l Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein, Minister for Health Ms Jillian Skinner, Central Coast Local Health District Board chair Mr Paul Tonkin, Woy Woy Hospital Auxiliary president Ms Phyllis Thomas, Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill and Woy Woy Hospital Alliance president Mr Ivan Kinny at the official ribbon cutting of the Woy Woy Rehabilitation Unit

Rehabilitation unit is officially opened Woy Woy Hospital’s new $11.6 million 30-bed Rehabilitation Unit was officially opened on Tuesday, June 11, by Minister for Health Ms Jillian Skinner. Ms Skinner was joined by Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein, Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill, Woy Woy Hospital Auxiliary president Ms Phyllis Thomas, Woy Woy Hospital Alliance president Mr Ivan Kinny and Central Coast Local Health District Board Chair Mr Paul Tonkin. The facility was joint-funded with the NSW Government investing $5 million into the project and the Australian Government, under the COAG New Subacute Beds Guarantee contributing $6.6 million. Ms Skinner said she was pleased to deliver on their preelection commitment to restore rehabilitation services to Woy Woy Hospital, which were relocated to Wyong Hospital in 2008. “It is with great excitement that I can be here today to celebrate the fulfilment of a pre-election commitment to provide enhanced rehabilitative care for patients on the Central Coast. “It’s no secret that this area has a growing and ageing population

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and to meet this demand we must continue to invest in these services to deliver quality care to the community,” Ms Skinner said. The new unit comprises 30 patient beds including two inpatient rooms, multiple courtyard therapy areas, a gymnasium and a dining room that includes a self-serve beverage bay. The facility also features new kitchen areas, staff facilities, linen

holding areas and waste collection facilities as well as additional parking. Mr Holstein said he was proud to deliver much-needed services for Woy Woy and Central Coast communities. “The NSW Government is delivering on the commitments it has made to the community and our new rehabilitation unit is a wonderful example of this,” Mr

Holstein said. “The Rehabilitation Unit is designed to provide support for patients including coordinated medical, psychological and rehabilitative care tailored to individual needs. “We want to see these patients recover so that they are able to return to the community and live with optimal independence while being supported by communitybased health services. “Provision has also been made for bariatric patients with a specially designed room with a ceiling mounted hoist that also provides access to the ensuite, helping to ensure the safety of both patients and staff,” Mr Holstein said. Ms O’Neill said bringing back the Woy Woy Rehabilitation Ward would make a real and practical difference to local residents needing care and support on the Peninsula. “Anyone can have an accident or a stroke or an illness that puts them in need of rehab services in a dedicated facility,” said Ms O’Neill. “Being near family and friends is part of that healing journey. “I’m very proud to be a part of the Federal Government that has delivered this great new building, and brought this service back to life

here in Woy Woy.” Ms O’Neill also thanked the strong community campaign that made bringing this facility back possible. “This is truly a win for the community. “I want to thank people like Ivan Kinney, Marj Cleere and their dedicated team who, alongside the Woy Woy Hospital Ancillary, kept up their petitioning to make this possible. “We are committed to ensuring that all Australians have access to the right health care, at the right time and in the right place – and better integrating it across public hospitals, primary care and aged care. “By investing in the availability of subacute care services, the Government is improving the capacity of our health system to meet the challenges of an ageing population.” Media release, 11 Jun 2013 Samantha Day, Office of Jillian Skinner Media release, 10 Jun 2013 Richard Mehrtens, Office of Deborah O’Neill MP

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Council dignitaries meet with Shadow Cabinet members yong Council mayor Cr Doug Eaton and general manager Mr Michael Whittaker met with Federal Opposition Leader Mr Tony Abbott, Shadow Treasurer Mr Joe Hockey and Senator Mr Arthur Sinodinos on Wednesday, June 19, to discuss major plans and funding opportunities for Wyong Shire.

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The meeting, which was held in Canberra, saw the regional airport concept, international university campus and the Chinese theme park and cultural village discussed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was great to be able to meet the likely future prime minister and explain Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vision for the next decade,â&#x20AC;? said mayor Cr Eaton. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Mr Abbott spoke about his priority for creating local jobs and economic development, which aligns very closely with councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strategic direction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was very interested and supportive of our major projects and commented on how good

it was to see a council with vision and a plan for the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In fact, he said it was a refreshing change to the

regular discussions with other councils who are just asking for a handout.â&#x20AC;? Mayor Cr Eaton, Mr Whittaker and several

other councillors were in Canberra attending the Local Government Conference from June 16 to 19. This allowed the mayor to also meet with Shadow Environment Minister Mr Greg Hunt and seek continued funding for the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary.

He also met with the Shadow Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Water Mr Barnaby Joyce to discuss regional development funding, as well as Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Mr Warren Truss to raise support for

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would like to comment on Karen McNamara’s media release dated June 18 published on page 15 of your June 20 edition.

Months ago when I received a flyer in my mailbox ignoring my No Junk Mail sign from Karen McNamara, I noted it seemed identical to the previous candidates. Having not heard of her, I made contact to discuss her experience, direction and vision. After a lengthy conversation, we established Mrs McNamara was out there among the community finding out what people want from a Liberal government. I asked what she had done for her immediate community regarding the Wyong Bypass, Warnervale Town Centre, certain counsellors feathering their nests, just to name a few. Mrs McNamara

believed she would benefit the community if she helped cut the carbon tax and basically recited the Liberal Party’s propaganda. Now I read on page 15 in a media release that she was putting her support behind a high school at Warnervale. Her support – what does that mean? She wrote her name on a piece of paper; it’s so easy to support something. I want to ask the question: what is Mrs McNamara doing about 3km up the road where poor Wyong Grove Public School is going to

be shut at the end of the year. I don’t see her campaigning to stop that from happening. While I don’t have children at the school, I have been there on P and C business and made to feel very welcome by what can only be described as a community driven school. Let me tell you, there are a number of schools with Hitler-like dictators running them who are not community focused. Besides, you can devalue the history behind Wyong Grove Public School. It’s always easier to do nothing than it is to do something. Email, 25 Jun 2013, Russell Clarke, Watanobbi

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live on Robertson Rd, Killarney Vale.

I came home on Friday afternoon to find that 15 tallowwood trees that line one side of the road had been removed. These were healthy trees. After many phone calls to council, letters, emails and a barrage of social media, we have an answer. On a brief door knock, I found people who agreed that the removal would not be so bad had the council maintained the trees in the first place. A range of excuses were: too many leaves falling on driveways, too many small branches falling, too many leaves washing down the storm water drains, etc. You can imagine. Other residents were appalled and upset. On first contact with the council, I was told on a number of occasions

that it was none of my business because a) I lived on the other side of the road and b) it’s Crown land and council can do what it likes on Crown land. So you can imagine my reaction. All weekend my partner and I have worked to gather information and voice our opinion on the lack of transparency of council operations. So far this morning (July 2), construction manager Stewart Baverstock has rung explaining the tallowwood trees would eventually crack curbs etc. and there would be replacement of established trees in the future.

Consultation is still happening regarding which species. Not all trees are being removed, only trees that residents want removed. So I am wondering with the few left outside various houses how council and tree-hating residents are going to control them so they won’t damage infrastructure. Residents were also told to pay for the very new footpath that just went in, before removal of the trees. My issue now lies with the management of council, and the mayor who is okay with a $500 million Chinese theme park but doesn’t warrant expenditure on the maintenance of trees already established. Email, 2 Jul 2013, Cathryn Leacey, Killarney Vale

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page five of the Wyong Regional Chronicle (“Airport proposal looks like a ruse”, June 20) shows the airport straddling the Sydney to Newcastle freeway. The proposed airport is also sited on part of the planned Wallarah 2 coal mine. I’ve heard about multiskilling. But aren’t these three uses – highway, airport and mine – incompatible? Email, 26 Jun 2013, Kevin Armstrong, Tumbi Umbi

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ember for Dobell Mr Craig Thomson has questioned why Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton failed to raise the issue of the proposed Wallarah 2 coal mine during a recent visit to Canberra.

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The Independent Local Government Review Panel released the Future Directions for NSW Local Government report in April, with options for creating a stronger local government in the state. Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said the report provides suggestions for improving the fiscal responsibility and financial sustainability of councils. “Among other recommendations, the report provides options for structures and boundaries in local government which are designed to make councils stronger,” Cr Eaton said. “We are willing to support any initiatives which create jobs, attract investment and provide better value services to our community. “Any proposed large scale changes should also come with an independent cost benefit analysis to allow the community to debate and provide feedback to the proposals because ultimately, it is

our residents who will be affected by any changes.” Part of the review focuses on merging councils, particularly reducing the number of councils in the Sydney basin and creating larger regional councils. “Our position is to be open minded towards change,” Cr Eaton said. “However, we would only be willing to consider initiatives that provide better value services for our community. “We’d like to see a detailed and independent cost and community benefit analysis to allow informed debate.” The discussion paper also outlined proposed boundary changes, which included the possibility of Morisset becoming part of Wyong – or a Central Coast Regional – Council. “Councillors think the northern boundary of Wyong Shire should include Wyee, as it’s already part of the Central Coast in our opinion,” Cr Eaton said.

“But Morisset should stay where it is in Lake Macquarie.” Another point Cr Eaton said was important is the establishment of a county council to oversee water and regional development issues. “This will allow both Central Coast councils to maintain their identity, while major regional issues such as water and regional development can fall under a separate model of management, overseen by both councils,” Cr Eaton said. “Council believes the merger issue with Gosford, boundary adjustment and the possible establishment of a county council to be the major items of our submission. “Overall, we would like a cost benefit analysis provided, and for community engagement to take place to debate any proposals before a final report is issued.” Media release, 28 Jun 2013, Wyong Shire Council

Mr Thomson said despite meeting several opposition members, including the environment spokesperson, Cr Eaton did not raise the most important issue facing the Central Coast. “We are facing what is possibly the biggest threat ever to our water supply, public health and environment on the Central Coast, yet the Wyong mayor has chosen not to even mention the issue while visiting Canberra,” Mr Thomson said. “You have to ask, what is Cr Eaton’s true position on the mine? “On the one hand he makes statements saying

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Federal minister now has power to call halt on coal mine he Central Coast Greens have welcomed amendments to federal environment laws as they believe it may allow the federal environment minister to call a halt on the Wallarah 2 coal mine project.

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The amendments, which have passed the Senate, allow federal climate change and environment, water and heritage minister Mr Mark Butler to intervene in projects which affect water. Central Coast Greens’ member Ms Kate da Costa said the Greens believed this move may end talk of the proposed coal mine due to its potential for irrevocable damage to the Central Coast’s drinking water supply. Ms da Costa said Wallarah 2 would cause subsidence in the Jilliby Valley and surrounds. “This, coupled with mining activities, will cause loss of water to bores, remove up to 740,000 litres of ground water every day, and

risks cracking of creek and river beds as has been seen in the Napean catchment,” Ms da Costa said. “The new water trigger means that coal and coal seam gas projects which have impacts on water can be called in by the federal environment minister. “Kores’ own Environmental Impact Statement shows the level of impact on groundwater, with the very real risk of the loss of the equivalent of 40 in ground pools every day. “The creeks in the mine area flow into the Wyong River, which is now linked by a $125 million pipeline to the Mangrove Mountain dam, the main drinking water supply of the Central Coast.

“Predicted subsidence of between 200 millimetres and 2.6 metres, from Kores’ own figures, has the potential to crack river beds or change the water flow patterns across several valleys. “This alone should be enough for the environment minister to intervene, and protect the Central Coast from water loss. “Putting a halt to this mine will also remove the increased risk of asthma and lung disease from coal dust and fine particle emissions which come from any coal mine,” said Ms da Costa. Media release, 21 Jun 2013, Kate da Costa, Central Coast Greens

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Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said it was very good news that council now had a way to start eliminating its $130 million asset backlog. “At the end of the day, combining the decision with IPART’s earlier determination on water and sewer pricing, means the typical residential ratepayer will actually pay a very modest overall increase of 3.85%,” mayor Cr Eaton said. “In return, they will be able to see much-needed road works, facility upgrades and other capital works which would not have been affordable without this increase.”

Commencing in the 2013-14 financial year, the approval means that a list of additional capital works can proceed. The works include $1.4 million to replace the Bald St Boat Ramp at Norah Head, $1.625 million of road upgrade and renewal at The Ridgeway, Tumbi Umbi, and $1.1 million to upgrade road and drainage at Goorama Ave, San Remo. Other projects include a bushfire protection zone and fire trail upgrades, disabled parking improvements at The Entrance and a new filtration system for Toukley Pool.

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Mayor canvasses further funding for Tuggerah Lakes

Community owned renewable energy meeting to be held

he Central Coast Community Energy Association (CCCE) will he possibility of continued federal funding for Tuggerah Lakes’ hold a meeting on Thursday, July 11, at the Business Incubator improvements has emerged from talks between Wyong mayor Cr on the Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle from Doug Eaton and Shadow Environment Minister Mr Greg Hunt 6:30pm. in Canberra on Tuesday, June 18.

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Members of the public who are interested in finding out about community owned renewable energy are invited to attend. Nicky Ison, from the Community Power Agency, and members of the CCCE executive will outline community owned renewable energy projects from around the world, including the Central Coast. The CCCE is working to establish an investment structure to allow small investors to pool their

finances and own a renewable energy project. It is investigating solar photovoltaic and biogas options and was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to research ways community groups could work with councils on renewable energy projects. Over 600 community owned renewable energy projects currently generate electricity in Germany alone. In the United

Kingdom, Westmill is 100% community owned and generates enough electricity from its windmills to power 2,500 homes. It is one of many similar schemes, including Brixton Energy in South London and the Abergwyngregyn Regeneration Company in Wales. The meeting will be held from 6:30pm Media release, 28 Jun 2013, Kate da Costa, Central Coast Community Energy Association

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heritage committee and identifying heritage items for inclusion in Wyong Local Environment Plan, have been undertaken. Council is in the process of establishing a local heritage fund and has applied for grant funding from the Office of Environment and Heritage to assist with this.

Council further resolved to appoint a councillor to the committee and Cr Lloyd Taylor was chosen to assume this position. The Wyong Shire Council Heritage Committee held its first meeting on May 6 this year. Wyong Council Agenda, 5.5 26 Jun 2013

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Mr Hughes joined 2GO’s Give Me Five for Kids bed pan challenge and donned a bright green monster onesie in support of sick kids on the Coast. Mr Hughes elicited a $1,000 donation from ACS, $300 from The Beach

Early Learning Centre, $100 from Central Coast Cleaning Supply Shop, $100 from Living Green Designer Homes and $50 each from Totally Workwear Tuggerah, Goodyear Autocare Gosford, City Plan Services, Outback Plumbing Australia, Greenroom Espresso Cafe, The Sanctuary Cafe (Ken Duncan Gallery), Precision Fire Protection Services, Figtree and Moran Accountants, Power2Grid and KR Jones and Healey. Mr Hughes then ventured

to Westmead Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 21, to accept a thank you gift from Head of the Rehabilitation Unit Ms Mary Claire Doherty for a donation of $9,000 made by Warren and his wife Donna on behalf of ACS. “If ever you think you are doing it tough, come to the kid’s hospital for a day and see the challenge many of these little ones face on a daily basis,” said Mr Hughes. “It brings you back to earth very quickly.”

the kids. The kids also participated in a disco and face painting as well as a movie showing on the large projector screen. For a gold coin donation, a coffee station was available for the mums and dads while the kids were being entertained. “The fundraising of these funds back into the children’s ward at the local hospitals is one of the most humbling and rewarding days for the club,” said Mr Jackson. “I’m proud to announce at the recent Board of Directors meeting held June 13, the Board resolved to donate a further $5,000 to 2GO’s Give Me Five for Kids 2013.”

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The giant rat-like creature was examined by local environmental activist Mr Jake Cassar and has been described as similar to a brush tailed possum. Mr Cassar said he wasn’t sure it was a brush tailed possum, as it was “a little bit different”. “It has a very elongated skull, very, very long ears, very sharp teeth, much like a rodent and very humanlike hands and a long tail. ‘It is a very powerful, large creature. “I would love to think it’s something unusual or not

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known, but I’m just really not sure. “There are many different views out there, but whatever happens, I have had a heap of fun and this thing has captured the attention and imagination of thousands,” said Jake. An answer from Quarantine was expected to be received on Monday, July 1, however, it was not available at the time Coast Community News went to press.

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The invasive weed known as Sicilian Sea Lavender (Limonium hyblaeum) has been known to displace native species in both South Australia and Victoria, but this is the first time it has been found invading natural environments on the Central Coast. National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) acting regional manager, Mr Alan Henderson said that the weed was invading the important saltmarsh vegetation communities on the island. “The weed is displacing native plant species and it can lead to the loss of biodiversity and impact on these fragile and important communities. “Sea lavender is used in cultivated gardens, but

its escape into natural bushland is devastating to environment and it has now become an invasive weed causing problems on the island,” Mr Henderson said. Coastal saltmarsh is listed under the Threatened Species Conservation Act as an endangered ecological community and provides important habitat for marine and terrestrial animals such as crabs, molluscs, insects and spiders. Fish species also use the area during tidal flooding and many migratory wading birds use the areas for roosting and feeding. “Our priority is to rid the island of this weed to help the saltmarsh areas recover and ensure this important habitat is maintained for native species of the Central

Coast. “We will engage bush regeneration contractors to undertake work to remove the weed,” Mr Henderson said. This will involve hand removal of the weed species and include measures to prevent the weed spreading or recolonising. The dumping of garden refuse into natural areas is one way that weeds can disperse, particularly close to waterways. The community is reminded to ensure they use appropriate methods for the disposal of garden refuse including green bins supplied by council. Media release, 21 Jun 2013 Susan Davis, National Parks and Wildlife Service

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Club, not only were staff encouraged to wear their pyjamas to work, but also club members and guests. The club’s staff were given a challenge to raise over $200 which would see the club’s newly appointed CEO Mr Bill Jackson wear his pyjamas for the day, and the staff succeeded in the challenge. Despite having a number of appointments scheduled for the day, Mr Jackson attended the meetings in his pink polka dot pyjama pants and slippers. To further encourage members and guests to wear their pyjamas, Ettalong Beach Club provided free entertainment with an arts and crafts table set up for

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Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein, Minister for Health Ms Jillian Skinner, Central Coast Local Health District Board chair Mr Paul Tonkin, Woy Woy Hospital Auxiliary president Ms Phyllis Thomas, Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill and Woy Woy Hospital Alliance president Mr Ivan Kinny at the official ribbon cutting of the Woy Woy Rehabilitation Unit

Give Me Five for Kids pyjama day a success A Give Me Five for Kids PJ Day was held on Monday, June 3, at Ettalong Beach Club which saw over $600 raised from donations. Give Me Five for Kids is a fundraising initiative supported by over 40 radio and TV stations across regional Australia. For almost 20 years, the month of June has been dedicated to raising much needed funds for local community hospitals. All donations received stay local and go directly to the children’s ward in each market to help provide the best possible care for local sick children and their families when they need it most. At Ettalong Beach

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from the club. Police were alerted and officers from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command attended and commenced inquiries. A search of the area was conducted, with assistance from the Dog Unit, and the Holden was located outside a motel on nearby Helen St. A 39-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman were arrested at the motel

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Opposition’s plan for an eco-workforce known as the Green Army, which might be available for Tuggerah Lakes’ improvements. Mr Hunt was also briefed about council proposals for a regional airport, an international university and a Chinese Cultural Village theme park.

possible. “He was particularly knowledgeable about Tuggerah Lakes and the funding situation,” Cr Eaton said. “The meeting alone made the visit to Canberra worthwhile.” Earlier this year, a similar meeting was held with Federal Environment Minister Mr Tony Burke. The mayor said talks with the shadow environment minister also touched on the

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Cr Eaton said Mr Hunt has asked for Wyong Council to provide the Opposition with a formal proposal for funding over four years. The current program of federal estuary management funding finished at the end of last month. Mayor Cr Eaton said the Shadow Minister understood the need for the Estuary Management Plan to continue and pledged to help where

Rehabilitation unit is officially opened Woy Woy Hospital’s new $11.6 million 30-bed Rehabilitation Unit was officially opened on Tuesday, June 11, by Minister for Health Ms Jillian Skinner. Ms Skinner was joined by Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein, Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill, Woy Woy Hospital Auxiliary president Ms Phyllis Thomas, Woy Woy Hospital Alliance president Mr Ivan Kinny and Central Coast Local Health District Board Chair Mr Paul Tonkin. The facility was joint-funded with the NSW Government investing $5 million into the project and the Australian Government, under the COAG New Subacute Beds Guarantee contributing $6.6 million. Ms Skinner said she was pleased to deliver on their preelection commitment to restore rehabilitation services to Woy Woy Hospital, which were relocated to Wyong Hospital in 2008. “It is with great excitement that I can be here today to celebrate the fulfilment of a pre-election commitment to provide enhanced rehabilitative care for patients on the Central Coast. “It’s no secret that this area has a growing and ageing population

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and to meet this demand we must continue to invest in these services to deliver quality care to the community,” Ms Skinner said. The new unit comprises 30 patient beds including two inpatient rooms, multiple courtyard therapy areas, a gymnasium and a dining room that includes a self-serve beverage bay. The facility also features new kitchen areas, staff facilities, linen

holding areas and waste collection facilities as well as additional parking. Mr Holstein said he was proud to deliver much-needed services for Woy Woy and Central Coast communities. “The NSW Government is delivering on the commitments it has made to the community and our new rehabilitation unit is a wonderful example of this,” Mr

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Holstein said. “The Rehabilitation Unit is designed to provide support for patients including coordinated medical, psychological and rehabilitative care tailored to individual needs. “We want to see these patients recover so that they are able to return to the community and live with optimal independence while being supported by communitybased health services. “Provision has also been made for bariatric patients with a specially designed room with a ceiling mounted hoist that also provides access to the ensuite, helping to ensure the safety of both patients and staff,” Mr Holstein said. Ms O’Neill said bringing back the Woy Woy Rehabilitation Ward would make a real and practical difference to local residents needing care and support on the Peninsula. “Anyone can have an accident or a stroke or an illness that puts them in need of rehab services in a dedicated facility,” said Ms O’Neill. “Being near family and friends is part of that healing journey. “I’m very proud to be a part of the Federal Government that has delivered this great new building, and brought this service back to life

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The Wallabies were defeated 23-21 in front of a new ground record crowd of 52,499. The Wallabies would have won the match had they not missed four kicks at goal, two of which were in

the last ten minutes. The match was lit up by two of the best solo tries in recent memory, to George North for the Lions and Israel Folau for the Wallabies (twice), who scored individual tries as the Lions held on for the nail-biting victory, after the Wallabies were severely disrupted by four injuries to key backline players. Ashley-Cooper was replaced with four minutes to go by reserve scrumhalf Nick Phipps. The teams now move on to Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, June 29, for what is sure to be a thrilling second test of the three.

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here in Woy Woy.” Ms O’Neill also thanked the strong community campaign that made bringing this facility back possible. “This is truly a win for the community. “I want to thank people like Ivan Kinney, Marj Cleere and their dedicated team who, alongside the Woy Woy Hospital Ancillary, kept up their petitioning to make this possible. “We are committed to ensuring that all Australians have access to the right health care, at the right time and in the right place – and better integrating it across public hospitals, primary care and aged care. “By investing in the availability of subacute care services, the Government is improving the capacity of our health system to meet the challenges of an ageing population.”

ormer Central Coast Mariners’ player Tom Rogic was called on as a substitute in the 60th minute of the Socceroos’ match against Iraq on Tuesday, June 18.

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The match was the final qualification match for Australia’s group with the top two earning direct qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Rogic troubled the Iraqi defence before Josh Kennedy scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory. Needing a win to assure a spot at a third straight World Cup, the Socceroos looked like blowing their chance

as the stubborn visitors held firm for more than 82 minutes. But in his first Socceroos appearance in 19 months, Kennedy came off the bench to nod home Mark Bresciano’s cross seven minutes from time to send the crowd of 80,532 into delirium. Australia boss Holger Osieck received a few boos from the home fans when he opted to substitute favourite son Tim Cahill for Kennedy just a few minutes earlier. But the decision proved a masterstroke as Kennedy did what he does best, giving Iraq ‘keeper Noor Sabri no chance with a wellplaced header from just six

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yards out. The nail-biting victory meant the Socceroos finished second in their group behind Japan and avoided going into the lottery of the play-offs later this year. Knowing a win over the inexperienced Iraqi’s would ensure Australia’s berth for a third straight World Cup, there was a sense of excited anticipation amongst the fans before kick-off. Searching for ways to unlock the stubborn Iraqi defence, Holger Osieck introduced young star Tom Rogic on the hour and the Celtic midfielder immediately lifted the tempo. The Socceroos thought

they had the crucial breakthrough 25 minutes from time when a poor headed clearance landed perfectly for Kruse to volley home from just outside the box. But celebrations soon turned to despair as Iranian referee Faghani Alireza had already blown for a foul by Ognenovski in the lead-up. The close call only added to the tension, which soon turned to shock among the home fans as Cahill made way for Kennedy. And the beanpole striker took just six minutes to make an impact, sending his header past Sabri to get celebrations underway. Photo: Paul Barkley-LookPro


Business

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Funding for three local town centres events for the Toukley centre entities. yong Council endorsed funding for The Entrance, Toukley and funding agreements. and Wyong Town Centres It will also ensure The main additions are Wyong town centres at its ordinary meeting of Wednesday, has further been included fairness and probity the waterfront area west June 26.

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The funding will be used to arrange and manage local events, marketing, promotion and maintaining the respective town centres. Annual funding of over $1.5 million for The Entrance, $170,000 for Toukley and $89,000 for Wyong per year was approved for the next four years. The money allocated to The Entrance reflects a slight increase in maintenance funding for The Entrance Town

Centre Management Corporation to cover the extra cost of cleaning the Coral St car parking facility. The approved funding agreements have also seen Greater Toukley Vision and Wyong Regional Chamber of Commerce allocated additional responsibilities for minor maintenance in their town centres. It was considered beneficial for them to take over some maintenance responsibilities due to

their presence in their town centre, proximity to the local community and potential and capability to quickly address minor maintenance issues as they occur. As a result, additional funding has been allocated from the Place Management Unit budget. The boundaries of The Entrance Town Centre Management Corporation’s responsibilities have been expanded by the

of The Entrance Bridge and the Picnic Point recreation area, along with some other parts of the town centre. A new agreement regarding third party engagement agreements has been included in the suite of agreements for all town centre management entities. The purpose of this document is to clarify the arrangements for engaging third parties to undertake works by both council and the town

in the engagement of contractors. An additional requirement for the town centre entities to provide support to businesses in their respective town centres has been included in the new agreements. There is also clarification around what is expected of each of the town centre management entities in working with Central Coast Tourism. Clarification on the split of event funding between nominated

in the funding agreement documents. The opportunity and ability to amend the agreements during the operating period of the agreements has been added. This is an important element as it encourages and allows for new events to be included, which is important to retain interest and growth in each of the town centres. Wyong Council Agenda, 5.6 26 Jun 2013

Sorenson again on Top 100 Real Estate Agents list ocal real estate agent Mr Andrew Sorensen has again been vendors are likely to Western Sydney suburbs. easily maintained three investment “These buyers often bedroom achieve a higher sales honoured as one of Australia’s top 100 real estate salespeople.

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This represents the sixth largest haul by an agent featured on the 2013 list. Raine and Horne Charmhaven is currently selling homes in an average of 26 days, while the local market is averaging 112 days. Mr Sorensen attributed his consistent success to local market knowledge and a commitment to the auction process. “Almost 100% of Raine and Horne Charmhaven’s sales involve the auction process, with most

homes selling before the auction deadline,” Mr Sorensen said. In February, Mr Sorensen was named Raine and Horne’s leading NSW auction agent in 2012. “Last year I listed 145 homes for sale and sold 133 under auction conditions,” he said. “The auction process draws out committed buyers by establishing a deadline and urgency, while it also leaves the price of the home uncapped, meaning

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Mr Sorensen, who is the principal of Raine and Horne Charmhaven, was the only Central Coast agent to make the list, which was compiled by property news site Real Estate Business. The Top 100 Agents 2013 list rated agents on the basis of sales volumes, sales numbers and average sales prices achieved in the 2012 calendar year. Mr Sorensen, who also made the list last year, was ranked 96th, selling 133 properties in 2012.

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result through auction than by private treaty.” Mr Sorensen cites the examples of a three bedroom renovated home at 18 Katoomba Ave, San Remo, sold by Raine and Horne Charmhaven two weeks prior to the auction date for well above initial market expectations. “We had 22 groups through the home in just two weeks,” Mr Sorensen said. “Our initial price guide was around $310,000 and the property sold for $360,000 to a Sydney buyer,” he said. Mr Sorensen also said the Charmhaven region has always had a high percentage of Sydney buyers, particularly from

make the switch to be closer to the beach or because they are tired of the arduous commute into the city every day,” he said. According to Mr Sorensen, investors are also making their mark in suburbs around Charmhaven such as Blue Haven, San Remo, Tuggerah and Warnervale. “For investors looking to purchase a bricks and mortar investment, these regions offer some of the best real estate value and highest returns on the Central Coast,” he said. He also said that affordability and yields are the key drivers for investors and an

property in Charmhaven priced around $280,000 could generate a rental return between $330 and $350 per week. Mr Sorensen, who on average sells just under 12 homes a month, said it was important to win industry recognition from the likes of Real Estate Business. “To make the list again speaks volumes about the excellent work we do, and it is nice to be recognised by your peers and the local community for the quality service and strong results achieved over the last 12 months,” he said. Media release, 25 Jun, 2013, Andrew Harrington, Raine and Horne

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2013 Northern Lakes 18th Annual

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Business of the Year awards presented at Halekulani Toukley optometrist has been named Business of the Year at the 2013 Northern Lakes Regional Business Chamber 18th Annual Business Awards.

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The presentation night was held at the Halekulani Bowling Club on Saturday, June 29, with some proceeds from the evening going to Northern Lakes Tourism Disability Precinct. Wand Optometrist also scored awards for excellence in small business and outstanding customer service. Northern Lakes Tourism Disability Precinct and Budgewoi Dunecare volunteer Trevor Burkett received the Grace Newton Award for outstanding community service. Joleen Cotterill, from Lee Academy Dance and Performing Arts, won the 2013 Business Leaders award, with Massey’s Black Belt Academy’s Kyana Maguire scoring the 2013 Young Entrepreneur Award. The Most Progressive Business award went to Jetts Fitness 24/7 and CTC Toukley was recognised for excellence in business principles. Streamline Air Conditioning and Refrigeration won the

Business Promotion award, Utopia Hair Artistry and Beauty claimed the Disability Accessible Business award and encouragement awards went to Maritime Mining Power Credit Union and Green Bean Cafe. J-Rose Hair received the Greater Toukley Vision

Encouragement Award. Chamber president Ms Robyn Earley said that for a customer to nominate a business for award was a great achievement in itself. “It means that in these tough times you are doing something right and your customers appreciated it by nominating you,” Ms Earley said.

Member for Swansea Mr Garry Edwards also congratulated all the winners and finalists at the event. “It was obvious that those present got to where they are today through plenty of hard work, dedication and team spirit,” Mr Edwards said. The young entrepreneur, business leader and business of the year winners will now progress through as finalists in the Central Coast Business Excellence Awards. Email, 2 Jul 2013, Northern Lakes Regional Business Chamber

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Disability access projects in progress

orthern Lakes Disability Tourism Precinct Group (NLDTPG) will use funds raised from the recent Northern Lakes Business Awards presentation night to help complete projects in the local area.

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In particular, the funds raised from the evening at Halekulani Bowling Club will go towards furthering work on the group’s Lakes Beach Disability Access Project. NLDTPG chairperson Mr Gary Blaschke said the project aimed to turn Lakes Beach into the world’s first fully accessible beach for the disabled. Lakes Beach already has three beach-friendly

wheelchairs available for hire free of charge. The wheelchairs, which were donated by the state government last year, are made out of marine-grade stainless steel and have tyres which float over the sand. Mr Blaschke said there are now plans to build a ramp across the sand dunes on to the back of the surf life-saving club, where an observation deck would also

be erected. He said this would allow even the most severely disabled people to enjoy beach views. “The ocean has therapeutic and rehabilitative value,” he said. Mr Blaschke said he hoped to eventually establish a disability tourism information stall at Lakes Beach, where local businesses would be able to advertise that their

services are accessible for the disabled. “But we don’t wrap the disabled up in cotton wool,” he said. Mr Blaschke, who is also president of the Disabled Surfers Association of Australia, has recently taken a quadriplegic surfing, and said he hoped disabled visitors would be able to really enjoy all the beach has to offer. NLDTPG is waiting for additional funding for the project to come through with work expected to start soon at Lakes Beach. Mr Blaschke said the aim was for the community to take ownership of the project, which is why the project would not solely rely on the work of hired tradespeople. A list has been established for people hailing from all trades backgrounds to volunteer their time to work at Lakes Beach. Once it has

commenced, the project will be broken up into stages so that companies are able to sponsor part of the program. Mr Blaschke said major Sydney construction group Leighton Contractors had already expressed interest in becoming part of the project. NLDTPG’s ultimate goal is to turn Budgewoi and Toukley into fully accessible holiday destinations. Nearby Noraville already has a privatelyowned accessible residence which is able to accommodate up to 12 visitors. “I would love for the whole of the Central Coast to eventually become known as a leading destination in the world for disabled travellers,” Mr Blaschke said. But he said he accepted there was more work to do before this could happen. Steps have already

been taken in the right direction, with the toilet facilities on the F3 currently being redesigned to enable disabled access. Mr Blaschke has also spoken to the NSW manager of Caltex and will conduct an audit into the twin service stations on the F3 in the coming weeks. He said that making it easier for the disabled to travel to the Central Coast would attract more disabled travellers to the area. “We have the second largest ageing population on the Central Coast,” Mr Blaschke said. “And 20 to 30% of the Australian population have a disability. Those interested in volunteering to work on the Lakes Beach project can contact Gary Blaschke on 0424 890 455. Lindsey Chu, 2 Jul 2013, Interviewee: Gary Blaschke

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ARAFMI support worker and educator Ms Linda Weedon said The Hub would be like a dropin tourist information centre, where mental health and wellbeing is the focus. “We’re aiming for The Hub to be an accessible one stop shop for mental health education,

Wyong Hospital Central Coast Local Health District is seeking people able to give a little time to help some of the most sick, frail and aged patients in Wyong Hospital. The Feeding Program: Volunteers to assist patients at meal times, who find it difficult to feed themselves. The Companion Observer Program: Volunteers to offer one-to-one companionship and support to dementia and other special-needs patients. You may wish to offer your services to either program or combine the two roles. Full training will be provided. Interested? Please attend one of our Morning Tea Information Sessions Dates: Monday 15 July and Tuesday 16 July. Place: Wyong Hospital ‘The Common Room’ Level 3 (near the Maternity Ward) Time: 10am (for 1 hour)

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local knowledge, local information and networks, focusing beyond mental health to wellbeing in a nonclinical setting. It will complement Central Coast ARAFMI’s support base and services at Kincumber and will expand on services and opportunities already offered through the Yakkalla recreation program. The Hub grounds and building are currently being upgraded with the support of a Community Matching Funding Grant from Wyong Council. The Hub will hold its opening event on August 7 and members of the public are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Central Coast ARAFMI through its website www.ccarafmi. org.au or phone the Kincumber office on 4369 4233. Media release, 20 Jun 2013, Meredith Gilmore, Central Coast ARAFMI


Wyong Regional Chronicle - July 4, 2013 - P15

Education

All Central Coast schools to have flashing lights

he NSW Government’s decision to accelerate its school zone flashing lights program will see flashing lights installed at every school across the Central Coast by December 2015.

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An increase in funding for the program in the recent state budget from $19.5 million to $32.5 million means the 1,500 schools across the state still without flashing lights will see them installed by 2015. Minister for the Central Coast Mr Chris Hartcher said the flashing lights were one of the most effective tools to slow motorists down near schools. “[They] are a commonsense approach to saving children’s lives,” Mr Hartcher said.

“Our children are our most vulnerable and inexperienced road users and the NSW Government is continuing to put protections in place to ensure their safety.” The acceleration of the flashing lights program will add to lights already installed at more than 60 Central Coast schools. Wyong Creek Public School and St John Fisher Catholic School, Tumbi Umbi, are among the schools in the region to benefit from the roll out. Member for Wyong Mr Darren Webber welcomed

the state government’s announcement. “As a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Road Safety, which recommended an enhanced roll out of this program, I am particularly pleased that the government has acted on this important issue,” Mr Webber said. “Nothing can be more important than ensuring increased road safety around our local schools.” “I am proud to be a member for the government which is ensuring that every

school in NSW, both public and private, has access to improved road safety signage.” Mr Hartcher said the NSW Government was committed to further enhancing road safety and the safety of children around schools. “Flashing lights are a key component to ensuring the safety of our students around the school and are a practical measure to keep our children safe,” he said. Media release, 19 Jun 2013, Caroline Hutcherson, Office of Chris Hartcher MP

Drumbala expands Tumbi students take part in two day hiking test to Charmhaven

eventy Year 10 Physical Activity and Sports Studies (PASS) students from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi campus have participated in a two day hiking and camping trip in the Blue Mountains.

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hildren and adults in the Wyong area can now experience the joy of rhythm as Drumbala prepares to hold classes at the Lakespa Wellness Centre in Charmhaven.

Based on the Peninsula, Drumbala was created by Warren and Katy Loades in October 2005 and has grown continually since then. The duo have experience teaching school children, adult groups and special needs children how to use and experience djembe hand

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The students were required to carry backpacks containing all of the equipment that they needed to be selfsufficient during the activity. During their adventure, the students made their way through sandstone canyons, rainforests and a tunnel. The PASS hike is physically and emotionally demanding, with hundreds of steps and metal ladders on the

cliff faces. Throughout the hike, students were assessed on their bushcraft skills, including campsites, erecting their tents and meal preparation. The assessment is the culmination of the outdoor education strand that is studied in PASS. “The hike tests not only what they have learned through their studies, but also the students’ physical, mental and emotional strength

to overcome adversity and challenge their expectations and limits,” said PASS head teacher Mr Brand. “While most of the students do it pretty tough, they come away with a new sense of personal achievement and lasting memories of a unique experience.” Media release, 25 Jun 2013 Shayne Player, Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Tumbi Umbi campus

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The Entrance Winter Blues and Jazz Festival is back emorial Park Stage will be the site of The Entrance Winter Blues and Jazz Festival to be held on Sunday, July 7.

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Returning after a two year hiatus, the festival is expected to bring in big crowds with free performances kicking off at 10am. Bondi Cigars will headline the event, taking to the stage from 3:15pm. The Australian band has nine albums under its belt and has toured constantly for over 21 years. The New Empire

Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra is another festival highlight and is a re-creation of the Hot Dance Orchestras of the 1920s and early 1930s. It is made up of young talented musicians aged between 15 and 23. Keith Hall, Pat Dow and Band are a national and international blues/ rhythm and blues/roots touring band and will perform at the festival

from 11:20am. The bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 album â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;This Kind of Blueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; debuted at number eight on the Australian Top 25 Blues and Roots Chart. The group were also finalists in the SBS national blues challenge last year. Hitting the stage at 12:30pm will be the Muma Jane Blues Band, a six piece featuring vocals, bass, drums, two

Donnica Clarke Foundation to hold annual gala dinner

guitarists and a blues harp. The band enjoys a reputation for delivering uncompromised authentic slices of Chi Town Blues. Neilson Gough, renowned for his taste and choice of material, will also perform his jazz tunes from 1:45pm. Media release, 21 Jun 2013, Donna Judge, The Entrance Town Centre Management

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The aim of the Foundation is to raise and distribute funds to support young athletes in the form of annual scholarships and one-off payments for those suffering hardship as a result of chasing their sporting goals. Foundation patrons and founders Anthony and Kerrie Clarke said they were humbled by the support of the Central Coast sporting and business community and everyone who had donated prizes, money and their time to the Foundation.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;In particular, we wish to thank our major sponsors Mingara and Eagles Plumbing, who have supported us from day one and are sponsoring the gala dinner again this year,â&#x20AC;? Mr Clarke said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As parents, we understand the sacrifice and cost required to support our childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sporting dreams and we are proud the Foundation has been able to assist the 41 athletes to this date and the countless number who we will assist in the future,â&#x20AC;? Mrs Clarke said.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We sincerely thank the people of the Central Coast, as we would not have achieved this success without them and invite everyone to join us at the upcoming dinner.â&#x20AC;? Since it began in 2007, the Foundation has awarded 41 athletes from 22 different sports a total of 74 scholarships worth over $115,000. Details on the 2013 event can be found at www.donnicaclarke.com. au. Media release, 26 Jun 2013, Garry Mensforth, Donnica Clarke Foundation

success of the Inaugural Equestrian Ball last year, which was held to raise funds for local equestrian rider Amy Blackwood. Ms Blackwood was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in October 2010. After five months of chemotherapy and nine months in Gosford Hospital, Ms Blackwoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s options for treatment in Australia were exhausted. Her friends in the Central Coast equestrian community rallied together to raise funds to pay for treatment in Germany for six months.

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Free workshops on food waste minimisation yong Council will again run free workshops this month to help residents minimise food waste.

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Based on feedback from the community, new workshop topics have been added which look at using finished compost to grow fresh, healthy and local food. Workshops will be held at the Wyong Neighbourhood Centre at the corner of Rankens Court and Alison Rd, Wyong. The first workshop will take place on Saturday, July 20, from 9am until 12pm and is titled “Beyond Compost – Create a No Dig Garden”. The next workshop, which is on organic gardening, is also on Saturday, July 20, running from 1pm to 4pm. On Friday, July 26, another workshop will be held on organic gardening from 10am to 1pm. Organic gardening refers to growing fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds or grains using only natural means. “These enjoyable new

workshops will give you the practical tools and tips to go beyond just recycling your food waste to actually using the materials to grow more fresh food,” said Wyong Council’s senior project officer Mr Michael Neville. “Materials from your compost, worm castings and even chook poo can be used to create slow release fertilisers that you can use in your organic garden. “The ability to grow and eat the healthiest food possible is one of the chief benefits of organic gardening. “No supermarket vegetable can compare in taste, nutrition or cleanliness of a garden grown vegetable. “The health and economic benefits of eating food grown in your backyard from healthy plants grown in healthy soil are enormous.” Limited spaces are

available and bookings are essential. Call council’s waste management team on 4350 5530 to reserve your spot. To find out what else can be done around the home to help reduce household food waste, visit www. lovefoodhatewaste.nsw. gov.au. “Up to 50% of the waste in the red lid bin could be diverted from landfill by composting and worm farming alone,” Mr Neville said. Council will continue to hold workshops on worm farming and composting on a regular basis for the rest of the year. The workshops are funded by the NSW government under its Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment program. Media release, 1 Jul 2013 Wyong Shire Council

Days for pottery workshops change u g g e r a h Lakes Potters’ workshop days have changed and are now held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30am at the Beryl St Community Centre in Gorokan.

Music event raises funds for Variety Bash car he Variety Club will hold a Heart Beat charity event at The Entrance’s Memorial Park on Sunday, July 14.

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In its inaugural year, Craig Woodward and The Lonely Dogs will team up with Emma Beau and Bryce Sainty to provide the Central Coast community and holiday makers with live music performances. The event, which will run from midday to 4pm, will raise awareness and funds for Today’s Country 94oneFM Variety Bash Car number 181. The car is enrolled in the annual Variety Club drive 2013. NSW Police Sergeant Ron Trundle will drive Car 181 in the bash from

Email, 28 Jun 2013, Caroline Bohlsen, Tuggerah Lakes Potters

Bankstown to Ballarat. Sgt Trundle works part time as a presenter - DJ in Today’s Country 94oneFM. The musicians will be around after their performances to meet and greet fans and sell merchandise. For more information about the Variety Club bash, visit www.variety. org.au. Media release, 25 Jun 2013, Donna Judge, The Entrance Town Centre Management

View Club to celebrate 12th birthday ateau Bay View Club is approaching its 12th birthday and will hold a luncheon on Tuesday, August 6, to celebrate the day.

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he inaugural National Day of Thanksgiving was held on Saturday, May 25, in Kibble Park which saw a presentation of local heroes awards.

NSW Police helicopter service, Pol-air, did a flyover of Kibble Park and Fire and Rescue NSW brought along a fire truck while the mounted police delighted crowds. Among the award recipients were officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command, the Central Coast Mariners, members of emergency services and individuals who have performed heroic acts or acts of service. Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna was on hand to help present the

awards to recipients. There were 32 award recipients presented and thanked for their contribution to the community. There was something for everyone with free rides and kids kitchen and craft activities, Kindifarm petting zoo, a vintage fire truck and police display, Harley Davidson motor bike display while Thomas the Tank ferried kids through the park. A free barbeque and morning tea was provided for award recipients and their families. The event was hosted by Liberty Family Church with the support of Gosford Council and, given the success of the event, it will become an annual event in the city. Liberty Family Church

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Gosford Council entered a 24 person team spreading road safety awareness through the Share the Road and the Amy Gillett Foundation’s A Metre Matters messages. Gosford Council’s cycleways and pedestrian safety officer Mr David Gillett said that the event

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Mr Hughes joined 2GO’s Give Me Five for Kids bed pan challenge and donned a bright green monster onesie in support of sick kids on the Coast. Mr Hughes elicited a $1,000 donation from ACS, $300 from The Beach

Early Learning Centre, $100 from Central Coast Cleaning Supply Shop, $100 from Living Green Designer Homes and $50 each from Totally Workwear Tuggerah, Goodyear Autocare Gosford, City Plan Services, Outback Plumbing Australia, Greenroom Espresso Cafe, The Sanctuary Cafe (Ken Duncan Gallery), Precision Fire Protection Services, Figtree and Moran Accountants, Power2Grid and KR Jones and Healey. Mr Hughes then ventured

to Westmead Children’s Hospital on Friday, June 21, to accept a thank you gift from Head of the Rehabilitation Unit Ms Mary Claire Doherty for a donation of $9,000 made by Warren and his wife Donna on behalf of ACS. “If ever you think you are doing it tough, come to the kid’s hospital for a day and see the challenge many of these little ones face on a daily basis,” said Mr Hughes. “It brings you back to earth very quickly.”

Give Me Five for Kids pyjama day a success

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ver 400 riders took part in the Erina Rotary Century Challenge held over the weekend of May 25 and 26, and raised well over $15,000 for Coast Shelter and other local charities.

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Senior Pastor Ps Kim Jones said: “National Day of Thanksgiving is about celebrating groups and individuals who keep our city going and growing.” “It’s our chance to say thank you and honour them for what they do.” Mayor Cr McKinna said National Day of Thanksgiving was a reminder to stop, reflect and say thank you to the wonderful people and places that make Australia, and the Central Coast in particular, such a great place to live. During his presentation on stage mayor Cr McKinna also thanked his wife, Christine, for 32 years of marriage. Plans are already underway for National Day of Thanksgiving in 2014.

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the cycling community and act as advocates for these important safety messages,” said Mr Gillett. Mr Gillett said that while the ride was picturesque, it wasn’t always easy going. “It was a tough course which tested a lot of riders but all in all it was very enjoyable morning for

everyone. “The riders and organisers created a really positive atmosphere – we were able to spread our safe cycling message and raise money for some very worthwhile local charities in the process. “A big congratulations needs to go to Erina

Rotary for their excellent organisation of the Century Challenge. “I would also like to thank Gosford Council Senior Management and the Amy Gillett Foundation for their support of all of our riders and our Share the Road campaign,” said Mr Gillett.

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ore than 20 awards across 10 categories were presented to artists at the Gosford Regional Gallery on Sunday, May 26, as part of the Central Coast Aboriginal Artists Art Competition.

Minister for Fair Trading Mr Anthony Roberts presented the awards and praised the extraordinary level of talent on display in

the competition. “What began in 1999 as an awareness-raising exercise among NSW Fair Trading staff and customers has grown into a major Aboriginal art and cultural event today,” said Mr Roberts. Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein said the high standard of competition would benefit

the entire Central Coast community by promoting a better understanding of Aboriginal culture and heritage. “This exhibition provides an opportunity for Aboriginal artists to gain recognition of their talents and an exposure that can only enhance their opportunity to pursue their dreams,” he said.

“These artists are the people who will carry the traditions and culture of the local Aboriginal community into the future.” A major cultural event of Reconciliation Week, the Central Coast Aboriginal Artists Art Exhibition and Competition is now in its 14th year and features artists ranging from school children to professionals.

In addition to the art competition, the event offers a range of cultural activities including an indigenous arts and craft market with music, dancing, a barbeque and market stalls. Mr Roberts said the success of the event was reflected in the number of organisations that now use it to open communication

links to the Aboriginal community. “We now have a prize pool of $15,000, thanks to the enormous support the competition enjoys from the community. “I congratulate all the winners on their extraordinary achievements and look forward to following their future careers.”

A Give Me Five for Kids PJ Day was held on Monday, June 3, at Ettalong Beach Club which saw over $600 raised from donations. Give Me Five for Kids is a fundraising initiative supported by over 40 radio and TV stations across regional Australia. For almost 20 years, the month of June has been dedicated to raising much needed funds for local community hospitals. All donations received stay local and go directly to the children’s ward in each market to help provide the best possible care for local sick children and their families when they need it most. At Ettalong Beach

Club, not only were staff encouraged to wear their pyjamas to work, but also club members and guests. The club’s staff were given a challenge to raise over $200 which would see the club’s newly appointed CEO Mr Bill Jackson wear his pyjamas for the day, and the staff succeeded in the challenge. Despite having a number of appointments scheduled for the day, Mr Jackson attended the meetings in his pink polka dot pyjama pants and slippers. To further encourage members and guests to wear their pyjamas, Ettalong Beach Club provided free entertainment with an arts and crafts table set up for

the kids. The kids also participated in a disco and face painting as well as a movie showing on the large projector screen. For a gold coin donation, a coffee station was available for the mums and dads while the kids were being entertained. “The fundraising of these funds back into the children’s ward at the local hospitals is one of the most humbling and rewarding days for the club,” said Mr Jackson. “I’m proud to announce at the recent Board of Directors meeting held June 13, the Board resolved to donate a further $5,000 to 2GO’s Give Me Five for Kids 2013.”

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Sport

Socceroos training held in Tuggerah

Arts Day at The Entrance

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yong Council will hold an Arts Day at The Entrance Community Centre on Saturday, July 20.

Kicking off at 10am, the event is free to the public and includes a vintage craft and art supplies market, a pop-up theatre, craft demonstrations and live music.

It will also feature a community cafe, playground, sausage sizzle and garage sale. The day’s activities are expected to wrap up at 3pm.

Over the next year, the Arts Day will become a quarterly event supported by Wyong Council. Email, 1 Jul 2013, Ellen Bridge, Wyong Shire Council

antas Socceroos head coach Holger Osieck has selected 20 Australian-based players to participate in a training camp on the Central Coast which began on Monday, July 1, and will conclude on Friday, July 5.

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The training camp, which is being held in Tuggerah and Gosford, is part of the Qantas Socceroos preparation for the upcoming EAFF East Asian Cup 2013 in Seoul. It is the first of three

camps in Australia to be held in the lead up to the East Asian Cup. The Cup will take place in the Korean Republic from July 20 to 28. Central Coast Mariners Joshua Rose, Mitchell

Duke and Trent Sainsbury are part of the training camp squad. Media release, 28 Jun 2013, Football Federation Australia Media

The Entrance wins two pennant flags he Entrance Bowling Club has scored not one, but two pennant flags at the 2013 Bowls Central Coast - Zone 15 Pennant Finals held at Bateau Bay Bowling Club on Saturday, June 1, and Saturday, June 15.

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In the final round of the Grade Four round robin on Saturday, June 1, The Entrance defeated Mingara 51 to 44 to win their first pennant flag. The Entrance won their second pennant flag of the competition by taking out the grade two flag from the Toukley

The Entrance Bowling Club Grade 2 winners

District Bowling Club on Saturday, June 15. The Entrance had a convincing master scoreboard total of 62 to 42, with Peter Whitfield (The Entrance) scoring 16 shots to 12 over Peter Hamill (Toukley District). The Entrance’s

Michael Gibbons scored 24 shots to Toukley District’s Rick Orchard’s 17, and John Ellison (The Entrance) scored 22 shots to 13 over Barry MacFetter (Toukley District). Email, 19 Jun 2013, Bob Bourke, Bowls Central Coast-Zone 15

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Ourimbah and Gosford to meet in Rugby match of the round

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In second and third round 11 and will be keen ound 13 of the Central Coast Rugby Union competition, to be get on to the field. grade, Terrigal and to put in an improved They are meeting a played on Saturday, July 6, will see a return to rugby after the Northlakes will meet at effort for this round. team which have had round 12 washout on Saturday, June 29.

The match of the round will see Ourimbah host Gosford at Ourimbah Rugby Park. Both teams are definite premiership contenders this season, with this match set to reveal the prospects of the teams in the latter stages of the competition. Gosford were relatively easy winners in the first clash against Ourimbah this season. However, Ourimbah have played consistently good rugby in recent weeks and are expected to be far tougher in this match. Being at home will also ensure they will go into this game confident

of victory. The struggle in the forwards will be the key to victory for both teams. Ourimbah will have Bradd Sheridan back on board as he was missing on NSW Country duties in the first match against Gosford. The Ourimbah back row of Sheridan and Clint Guyatt, and number eight Brett Merchant, is most powerful and their tussle with Gosford’s Hugo Pike, Andrew Moseley and Unuoi Vaenuku will be one of the highlights of the game. The clash between Ourimbah’s Brenton Law and Gosford’s Tim Hill will also leave nothing

for the faint hearted. These two players have been the form centres in the competition this year and both have made an impact in all of their games. This is an important match for both teams and the result is not expected to be decided until the final minutes. It is very difficult to predict a winner and the home ground advantage may be the only difference. The Entrance will also play host to Avoca Beach at Joseph Banks Oval on Saturday, July 6. Avoca Beach has not had a game for several weeks so will be keen to

The Wyong Diary For events in post code areas 2258, 58, 2259, 2 2261, 26 261 61, 1, 2 22 2262 26 and 2263 262 26 Lighthouse, Central Coast Friday July 5 10am-2pm Community Energy Author talk: Melanie Lee ‘Girl in the World’, Winter Blues and Jazz Association meeting, Festival, Memorial University of The Entrance Library, Park The Entrance, Newcastle Ourimbah 10am-11:30am, Free. 10am-4:30pm, Free. Campus, 6:30pm Author talk: Melanie Monday July 8 Lee ‘Girl in the World’, Saturday July 13 NAIDOC Week Flag Tuggerah Library, Trivia Night fundraiser, Raising Ceremony & 2pm-3pm, Free. Shelley Beach Golf Morning Tea, Civic Saturday July 6 Club, 6pm-10pm Centre Wyong, 10am, Food, Fun and Music Trivia Night Free. Festival, Village Green FUNdraiser, Wyong Tuesday July 9 Main Road Toukley, Neighbourhood 11am-6pm, Free. Business Developing Centre, 6pm-10pm, and Networking $15 per person. Concert, Long Jetty Event, Halekulani and District Senior Saturday July 20 Bowling Club, 5:30pm Citizens Club, 1pm The Old School: Art Thursday July 11 Day, The Entrance Concert, Long Jetty Sunday July 7 Community Centre, and District Senior Whale Dreamers 10am-3pm, Free. Citizens Club, 1pm Festival, Norah Head

See the Peninsula News for events in post code areas 2256 & 2257 and the COAST Community News for events in post code areas 2250, 2260 and 2251 If you’ve got something happening in the Wyong Region 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.

some very good results this year, but their effort last time around did not do them justice. They were defeated by Ourimbah quite easily in

Avoca Beach will also be fighting to put in a good performance and will no doubt be hoping to return to the top of the competition ladder.

Slade Park.

Email, 2 Jul 2013 Larry Thomson, Central Coast Rugby Union

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Tumbi Vale Garden Club A cheerful group of interesting gardeners’ get together at a well organised meeting once a month to display their plant growing efforts, listen to a variety of guest speakers and socialise over afternoon tea. Monthly meetings 1st Tues at 1pm, Tumbi Community Hall, Roberta St, Tumbi Umbi. Contact Adriana Smith, publicity officer 4332 7680 Wyong Drama Group Inc A friendly group, presenting 3 major productions a year. We welcome anyone interested in being involved in any area of production Acting; Back-stage; Front of House; Lighting/Sound etc Monthly meetings 1st Tues 7.30pm - Green Room Wyong Memorial Hall 1300 665 600 rosellis13@hotmail.com

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Roos beat Bulldogs 26-24 yong Roos faced bottom placed Canterbury Bulldogs at Kanwal on Sunday, June 30, in round 16 of the VB NSW Rugby League Cup.

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Roos. The Bulldogs travelled almost 90m on their first set in possession. The Roos responded by working the ball up field and opening the scoring. Johnno Ford threw a long ball to Etu Uiasele on the outside of the compressed Bulldogs’ defensive line. Etu tiptoed down the eastern touchline to score unopposed. Matt Nelson failed with his conversion attempt, leaving the Roos 4 to Bulldogs 0.

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convert another try, this time scored by Molan. On the back of another Bulldogs’ try, the halftime score was Roos 26 to Bulldogs 14. The Roos’ defence was lacking in the second half, allowing Canterbury to score twice more. It was the Wyong team, though, who emerged victorious, with the final score being Roos 26 to Bulldogs 24. On Sunday, July 7, the will Roos host North Sydney Bears who boast plenty of players from the Rabbitohs NRL Squad.

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by 14 points. The Bulldogs managed to fight back, with wing Brett Lane travelling down the eastern touchline to earn the team a try. Canterbury scored their second try of the game, with former Wyong junior Paul Carter crashing over the line. Bulldogs’ centre Tim Lafai managed to convert the try, with the score board now reading Roos 14 to Bulldogs 10. However, the Wyong team played hard, with Roos’ back rower Todd Wilson scoring and Nelson converting the try. Nelson proceeded to

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The Roos again worked their way into a scoring position, with left-wing Arthur Brown taking the ball over the line. Nelson again missed the conversation. An excellent carry by Roos’ lock Brock Molan, followed by a late tackle penalty, allowed the Roos to secure good field position. Ford attacked the Canterbury side’s left edge, dummying wide then stepping left to create space for fullback Grant Nelson to squeeze through to score. Nelson converted his younger brother’s try, bringing the Roos ahead

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ianne Edwards has become the new Bateau Bay Women’s Bowling Club Major Singles winner for 2013 after she won the final played on Sunday, May 19.

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Dianne began bowling in 1999 at Blacktown City Women’s Bowling Club and transferred to Bateau Bay in June 2008.

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Tuggerah Tuffs to host winter swimming titles

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he Tuggerah Tuffs will host the Northern Districts Winter Swimming Titles at The Entrance Ocean Pool on Sunday, July 7.

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Over 200 male swimmers aged from 18 to 90 years of age will compete in the event, with competitors hailing from winter swimming clubs from Umina to Port Macquarie. The competitors swim every Sunday from the start of May through until

mid-September, when the Australia Winter Championships are held. This year, Western Australia’s Cottesloe will play host to the national championships. The Tuffs, which were founded in 1967 by members of The Entrance Surf Club, is one of the

strongest clubs in the Association. It has over 100 active members, including 16 juniors who are sons or grandsons of members. The Tuffs have a regular Sunday attendance of 60 or more swimmers regardless of the weather.

They retire to The Entrance Surf Club for the presentation of awards for the morning’s swim and then enjoy breakfast together. Media release, June 19 2013, Jim Maher, Tuggerah Tuffs Winter Swimming Club


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Tall Timbers wins at Wyong Interclub Day

Tigers sit in top four after win over Burwood

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ne hundred and eleven riders turned out to compete at the Wyong Pony Club’s annual interclub event held on Sunday, June 16, at Jilliby Park Equestrian Grounds.

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Riders from the eight Zone 24 pony clubs took part in the day, with a number of participants competing in their first pony club competition. The Zone 24 pony clubs comprise Wyong, Tall Timbers, Bouddi, Toronto, Cooranbong, Matcham Valley, Mangrove Mountain and Watagan. The day got underway with four hacking events. Equestrian hack, rider, pony club mount and bare saddle classes all tested the rider and horse combinations before the four guest judges.

The show jumping competition was an accumulator event, where the jumps increased in difficulty as the course progressed. The course, designed by the Zone Chief Instructor Peter Petherbridge, proved to be a challenging and enjoyable course for all grades, E to B. The afternoon saw sporting events held including barrells, post a letter, square yard race and right angle bounce. All four events were hotly contested, with many decided by tenths

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of a second and a number of riders registering state qualifying times for barrells. At the end of the day, it was the Ourimbah-based Tall Timber Pony Club whose 21 riders closely edged out Wyong’s 20 riders to be crowned Champion Club of the day. The next interclub day on the program will see riders heading down to Holgate to Matcham Valley Pony Club on Sunday, July 21. Media release, 26 Jun 2013 Simon Wood, Wyong Pony Club

Scott Jones takes on the Burwood pack Photo: Andrew Stark

he Entrance Tigers have consolidated their top four ranking in this season’s Massey Cup rugby league competition following a 30-6 victory over Burwood North Ryde United on Saturday, June 23, at the TG Milner Field.

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Three minutes in, Tigers’ five eight Jake Fitzpatrick bombed into the corner for Jordan Tongahai and Scott Peachey to fly high. The ball was scooped up by former Sydney Roosters’ top grader Rhys Pritchard for the opening try of the afternoon. Centre Mason Harrison secured the Central Coast team’s second try which took the Tigers ahead by eight. Immediately beyond this early flurry of points,

the game settled into a slip and slide slog as conditions deteriorated, making ball control near impossible. Thirteen minutes shy of the break, Pritchard nabbed his second try, with the conversion pleasing the touch judges and placing The Entrance in the lead 14-0. Worse was to follow for Burwood when, from the kick-off return, Tigers’ winger Harley Ridge was lifted and back slammed in an

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awkward looking tackle that saw referee Kasey Badger send United pivot Joshua Phillips off for the duration. Joe Rokoqo lifted the home crowd’s spirits just before half time, however, when he scored the team’s first try of the game. A mighty sideline conversation from BJ Nathan left the mid game score at 14-6. But Tigers’ hooker Troy Woodley pushed The Entrance further ahead when he dived through the ruck for a well taken try. A brace of Tigers’ tries followed in the final 10 minutes and were scored through a tiring Burwood North Ryde defence which had battled on gamely despite being a man down. The first of these tries went to skipper Alan Munro and the final points of the afternoon fell to right winger Scott Peachey. Email, 24 Jun 2013, Andrew Stark

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Peninsula Clubs win four Zone Pennant Finals at Bateau Bay

Sport

Pelicans is junior club of the year

he Central Coast Pelicans Netball Club from Wyong has been named the 2013 ANZ Junior Club of the Year.

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netball clubs around Australia. ANZ Ambassador and Australian netball legend Sharelle McMahon said the Central Coast Pelicans’ entry was a stand-out. “All 14 finalist’s entries were shining examples of grassroots netball throughout Australia,” Ms McMahon said. “I was particularly impressed by the Central Coast Pelicans who had a wonderful message surrounding young women in sport. “I’m incredibly excited for the Club and I know they will love the opportunity to present the Championship medals on grand final day.”

provide a supportive and positive environment for all our junior players,” Ms Shaw said. “We’re really honoured to be named the ANZ Junior Club of the Year and we’re grateful to ANZ for the wonderful support they provide to the sport we love so much.” The Pelicans entered the ANZ Junior Club of the Year program in round 10 and, upon nomination, received a $2,000 cash grant and equipment to the value of $1,000. The Club told ANZ they would use the funds to help provide the best possible resources for their players and coaches. Now in its third year, the ANZ Junior Club of the Year program has provided more than $100,000 in prizes to

As the Junior Club of the Year, the Wyong junior netballers will receive VIP treatment at the 2013 ANZ Championship Grand Final in Adelaide where they will present the Championship medals. Selected from a group of 14 ANZ Junior Club of the Year finalists, the Central Coast Pelicans’ entry impressed the judges through a strong focus on encouraging young women’s participation in sport as part of a healthy and active lifestyle. Pelicans Club president Mandy Shaw said the club was excited to receive the accolade. “Our club truly believes participation in sport is an essential component of every young girl’s development and we endeavour to

Media release, 28 Jun 2013 Hannah Toy, ANZ Junior Club of the Year

Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club Grade 3 winners

ttalong Memorial Bowling Club won three pennant flags in grades one, three and seven at the 2013 Bowls Central Coast Pennant Finals held at Bateau Bay Bowling Club on Saturday, June 15.

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Ettalong made the finals of four of the five grades to be played on the day but it was Woy Woy in grade six that stopped the Eagles claiming a clean sweep of four divisions. In the blue ribbon grade one event, 2011 winners Ettalong were determined to take home the number one flag from last year’s title holder Avoca Beach. Ettalong’s World Champion Aron Sherriff and team had a toe-to-toe battle with Avoca Beach’s Colin Passfield’s team, who levelled the score

on at least two occasions before Ettalong pulled ahead to win their rink 20 to 15. Lee Trethowan (Ettalong) had it easier against Avoca’s Justin Shelley, posting a 23-9 rink win. Ettalong bowler John Roberts scraped a narrow 19 to 17 win over Avoca’s Tony Shoebridge to give Ettalong a win on all three rinks and a master scoreboard victory of 62 to 41. A narrow master scoreboard win of 64 to 59 in grade three gave Ettalong their second

flag of the day, with rink victories by Allan Quinn (Ettalong) 23 to 22 over Brian Burrows (Umina Beach) and Jeff Kelly (Ettalong) 24 to 16 over Alan Rhodes (Umina Beach). The Ettalong Eagles were back in the winners’ circle in grade seven with their third pennant win for the day. They took out Umina Beach with another three rink victory by Brandon Fraser, Douglas Gordon and Robert Conklin.

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Adam Ashley-Cooper stars in Wallaby performance

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ormer Ourimbah Juniors’ player Adam AshleyCooper was part of the Qantas Wallabies Rugby Union team defeated by HSBC British and Irish Lions in the DHL Australia 2013 Lions Tour test series match at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, June 22.

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The Wallabies were defeated 23-21 in front of a new ground record crowd of 52,499. The Wallabies would have won the match had they not missed four kicks at goal, two of which were in

the last ten minutes. The match was lit up by two of the best solo tries in recent memory, to George North for the Lions and Israel Folau for the Wallabies (twice), who scored individual tries as the Lions held on for the nail-biting victory, after the Wallabies were severely disrupted by four injuries to key backline players. Ashley-Cooper was replaced with four minutes to go by reserve scrumhalf Nick Phipps. The teams now move on to Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday, June 29, for what is sure to be a thrilling second test of the three.

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Matt Graham qualifies for Winter Olympics

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Ryan’s transfer to Club Brugge complete

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arara freestyle mogul skier Matt Graham will represent Australia at the XXII Winter Olympiad in Sochi Russia in February.

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Graham’s qualification followed his fourth placing in the FIS Freestyle Mogul Skiing World Championships held in March. He was beaten by the world number one, two and three skiers who finished in the current world rank order. Matt’s fourth placing at the World Championships at VOSS, Norway, back

in March capped off a successful northern winter for the 18-year-old. He managed three personal best performances along the way, which included a 10th place in a round of the World Cup in Deer Valley, USA; a seventh place at the Olympic Test Event - World Cup round at Sochi, Russia (the venue and course for the 2014 Winter Olympics) followed by the fourth place at the World Championships. Matt’s scholarship level with the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia (OWI) is now at Level A and he has

qualified for Tier 1 funding with the Australia Sports Commission. Only a few Central Coast Athletes have gone on to represent Australia and the Central Coast at Winter Olympic Games competition; including Paralympian skiers James Patterson in 1994 and 1998 and Shannon Dallas in 2006 and 2010 and an ice hockey representative, Rob Dewhurst in 1960. Matt will be the first individual able bodied athlete to represent Australia from the Central Coast.

Spinks plays in AFL curtain raiser in Melbourne Garry Burkinshaw, Black Diamond AFL

arners Bay AFL player Matthew Spinks played in the curtain raiser to the AFL Dreamtime game between Richmond and Essendon at the MCG on Saturday, May 25.

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Matthew is a member of the Rio Tinto Footy Means Business Program which links young indigenous men with employment and

education opportunities. Now in its fourth year, the program selects 50 participants aged between 18 and 24 from around Australia based on their football ability, community engagement and potential to serve as role models. The program gives young men a chance to gain exposure to elite AFL training and corporate networking opportunities to strengthen their leadership and teamwork skills.

The first part of the program involved Matthew travelling to Perth last November, with a second camp to be held in Melbourne. Spinks, 18, was part of the Southern side coached by former Brisbane Lions Premiership player Chris Johnson. “There are plenty of good players in the program with players coming from State Leagues across Australia,” Spinks said

Rogic takes part in Socceroo win

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he Jan Br eydelstadion is the new home of goalkeeper Mathew Ryan after the 21-year-old custodian completed his transfer from the Central Coast Mariners to Belgian Pro League heavyweights Club Brugge on Thursday, May 30.

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After flying to Europe earlier in the week to undergo a medical, Ryan put an end to speculation surrounding his playing future by penning a three-season contract with the Blue and Blacks. Ryan becomes the third summer signing for Club Brugge, with the Club’s Sporting Director Arnar Grétarsson labelling the twotime NAB Young Football of the Year as a goalkeeper with “huge potential”. “He [Ryan] has been playing three years for the Australian top team Central Coast Mariners,” Grétarsson said. “Despite his young age he has gathered a lot of experience and he has been elected twice as best goalkeeper of Australia. “This year he has celebrated the title with his team in the A-League. ‘Another asset of Ryan is his attitude and mindset.” Despite Ryan being due to come off contract two days after his signing, the Mariners still managed to negotiate a sizeable transfer

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ormer Central Coast Mariner Tom Rogic was part of the Qantas Socceroo squad that defeated Jordan 4-0 on Tuesday, June 11 in Melbourne.

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fee for the 2013 Hyundai A-League Championship winner. The Club has confirmed the transfer also included a sell-on clause. Central Coast Mariners Group general manager Mr Peter Turnbull thanked Ryan for his exemplary service to the Mariners. “Today is a proud day for our Football Club,” Turnbull said. “Club Brugge are one of the most respected Clubs in Europe. “They have a long, proud history and a strong record, like us, of taking players to the next level in their

careers. “We commend Mathew for his effort, professionalism and performances while at the Mariners and wish him great success in the Belgian Pro League and with the Qantas Socceroos in the future.” Ryan joins a distinguished list of former Australian internationals to have played with the 13-time Belgian Champions. Current Sydney FC Head Coach, Frank Farina, and Qantas Young Socceroos mentor, Paul Okon, both spent fruitful spells in West Flanders.

Tom Rogic was given an opportunity when coach Holger Osiek sent him on as a substitute for Brett Holman in the final 10 minutes of the match. Rogic had an immediate impact when he headed the ball to team captain, Lucas Neil who in turn scored the fourth goal for Australia and Lucas Neil’s first for his country, Rogic also showed his ball dribbling skills when he was able to skirt around opposition players to create chances around the box. After the match, Rogic said: “The match probably had the perfect outcome”. “That’s my first game at home so, to get on the park in front of the Australian crowd is very pleasing and I’m happy to get any game time. “I think we dominated the game from start to finish and I think the result showed that. “We got through the game 4-0; a clean sheet with no yellow cards picked up, so I

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think on all accounts, it was a very good result for us. “But in saying that, it was only half the job for us and we have a very big game next week,” said Rogic. The Socceroos are now on ten points standing second in their group, but need to do well against Iraq in Sydney on Tuesday night to ensure direct qualification for the World Cup in Brazil in

2014. “It’s a massive game, but at the same time, it’s just another game of football. “I think we have a good combination of experience and youth to see us through these matches. “So I think everyone is preparing quite well and it’s only the start of what is a very big week,” he said.

ormer Central Coast Mariners’ player Tom Rogic was called on as a substitute in the 60th minute of the Socceroos’ match against Iraq on Tuesday, June 18.

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The match was the final qualification match for Australia’s group with the top two earning direct qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. Rogic troubled the Iraqi defence before Josh Kennedy scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory. Needing a win to assure a spot at a third straight World Cup, the Socceroos looked like blowing their chance

as the stubborn visitors held firm for more than 82 minutes. But in his first Socceroos appearance in 19 months, Kennedy came off the bench to nod home Mark Bresciano’s cross seven minutes from time to send the crowd of 80,532 into delirium. Australia boss Holger Osieck received a few boos from the home fans when he opted to substitute favourite son Tim Cahill for Kennedy just a few minutes earlier. But the decision proved a masterstroke as Kennedy did what he does best, giving Iraq ‘keeper Noor Sabri no chance with a wellplaced header from just six

yards out. The nail-biting victory meant the Socceroos finished second in their group behind Japan and avoided going into the lottery of the play-offs later this year. Knowing a win over the inexperienced Iraqi’s would ensure Australia’s berth for a third straight World Cup, there was a sense of excited anticipation amongst the fans before kick-off. Searching for ways to unlock the stubborn Iraqi defence, Holger Osieck introduced young star Tom Rogic on the hour and the Celtic midfielder immediately lifted the tempo. The Socceroos thought

they had the crucial breakthrough 25 minutes from time when a poor headed clearance landed perfectly for Kruse to volley home from just outside the box. But celebrations soon turned to despair as Iranian referee Faghani Alireza had already blown for a foul by Ognenovski in the lead-up. The close call only added to the tension, which soon turned to shock among the home fans as Cahill made way for Kennedy. And the beanpole striker took just six minutes to make an impact, sending his header past Sabri to get celebrations underway. Photo: Paul Barkley-LookPro


P24 - Wyong Regional Chronicle - July 4, 2013

Sport

Ashley-Cooper plays pivotal role in Wallabies’ win ormer Ourimbah Rugby Union Juniors’ player Adam Ashley-Cooper played a pivotal role in the Qantas Wallabies’ victory over the British and Irish Lions on Saturday, June 29, at Melbourne’s Ethiad Stadium.

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The Wallabies scored the only try of the match, with outside centre Ashley-Cooper crossing over in the 75th minute to give his side the one-point lead they maintained for the rest of the match. The final score was

Qantas Wallabies 16 to British and Irish Lions 15. Christian Leafi’ifano converted AshleyCooper’s try and was also responsible for the Wallabies’ three penalty goals.

A record-breaking sports crowd of 56,771 attended the match, the second game in the Lions’ tour of Australia. The Wallabies will now face the Lions in the final match of the tour at ANZ Stadium in Sydney

on Saturday, July 6. The game is sure to be a thriller, with both sides still in the running to claim the coveted Tom Richards Cup. Website, 3 Jul 2013, Australian Rugby

Sohier Park facilities upgrade near completion he start of construction of new cricket nets at Ourimbah has continued Wyong Shire Council’s quest to provide top class sporting and recreational facilities for local residents, according to mayor Cr Doug Eaton.

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Mayor Cr Eaton said he was proud of the work council had been doing to upgrade a number of recreational facilities in the Ourimbah area. “Last month, Chris Spence and I jointly opened a new amenities block at the Ourimbah soccer field, where council

had also spent money on new floodlights, drainage and levelling the playing field,” Cr Eaton said. “The upgrade at the soccer club started four years ago by fully funding the floodlights to the value of $150,000 and working on drainage on the playing field.

“All up, with funding from council and the state government, almost $500,000 was spent over four years to improve this facility. “We are also nearing completion of the new state-of-the-art playground at the Sohier Park sporting complex,

which includes a flying fox. “The new cricket nets at Sohier Park are just the latest in close to $1 million worth of recreational improvements in the area,” he said. Council contributed $30,000 from the Councillor Local Project Fund, and the state government has contributed $31,500 through the Community Building Partnership

Program towards the construction of the nets. In addition, the club itself chipped in $5,000. “This project is an excellent example of the community coming together and how two levels of government can work together for the benefit of the community,” Cr Eaton said. “The old nets were nearing the end of their use by date and it’s great

Spicer is National Sports Turf Graduate of the Year

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yong Council apprentice Andrew Spicer has been named the National Sports Turf Graduate of the Year.

Mr Spicer was one of three apprentices in the country in the final running for the top award after he became the NSW Sports Turf Association Graduate of the Year in April. As the winner of the national award, Andrew will have the chance to travel to Melbourne and the United States to check out the quality of some of the top sporting fields to further develop his skills and knowledge. This opportunity was the result of the longstanding partnership between Wyong Council

and Central Coast Group Training (CCGT). The CCGT apprentice works in council’s open space section and helps maintain a range of sporting fields across the Shire. C o u n c i l ’ s organisational development partner Ms Linda Sutton said Mr Spicer, who has been with council for three years, should be very proud of his achievements. “This is a great acknowledgement of Andrew’s hard work,” Mrs Sutton said. “It’s also great

recognition for our council staff who work with Andrew and provide day to day coaching for him. “Council and CCGT strongly support apprenticeships as a great opportunity for young people to start their careers. “We look forward to offering more training and career opportunities to our local youth as we continue our partnership with CCGT,” said Ms Sutton. CCGT manager Ms Alison Cook said Mr Spicer is a fine example of the high standard

of enthusiastic young apprentices and trainees that work with CCGT and Council. “Andrew is exceptionally talented in his chosen field of horticulture,” Ms Cook said. “He epitomises what the youth of the Coast can do when given the support and guidance that come through industry partnerships and the Central Coast Group Training model.” Media release, 28 Jun 2013, Wyong Council and Central Coast Group Training

to see the new nets, which are probably the best on the Coast and should help the club attract new members. “I know the club’s members are excited about these new facilities and they will be delivered on time for the start of training for the next summer season.” Media release, 21 Jun 2013, Wyong Shire Council

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