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October 24, 2013

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Sixteen structures destroyed but no homes lost he Shire’s north has been left charred and full of debris after a bushfire ripped through thousands of hectares of land on Thursday, October 17. Two hundred and thirty eight fire fighters from the Rural Fire Service (RFS), Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service tirelessly battled the inferno which started at Rutleys Rd near Doyalson.

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The fire broke containment lines and extended north to Catherine Hill Bay, affecting residents in Lake Munmorah and Chain Valley Bay. Two fire fighters were treated for injuries and 36 tankers and three helicopters assisted in fighting the blaze. Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said at times, the fire fighters were faced with shifting winds in the middle of the night while battling flames as high as 40 feet. “It is a remarkable effort they managed to save properties and evacuate people to safety at the same time,” Cr Eaton said. No homes in the Wyong LGA were destroyed as a result of the bushfires; however,

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initial figures indicate 16 other structures were destroyed. Among these structures was the Westside service station at Chain Valley Bay. Only the advertising board for the former site remains, with the Central Coast icon “the Big Prawn” sitting on top. The “Welcome to Wyong Shire” sign on the Pacific Highway at Lake Munmorah now stands blackened like the 2,183 hectares of land around it. Evacuation centres were set up at Doyalson RSL and Swansea RSL

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for those who were unable to get home due to road closures on the Pacific Highway. These centres were attended by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Cr Eaton said a number of people also slept in their cars either on the side of the road or in the Woolworths Lake Munmorah car park, not knowing how their house was faring. “I can also now say that there were plans in place to evacuate 200 disabled

children staying at Point Wolstoncroft, possibly by boat, as the situation worsened overnight and power to the area was cut off,” Cr Eaton said. “Thankfully, the children are all okay.” Properties in Mannering Park, Gwandalan, Summerland Point and Chain Valley Bay lost power during Thursday, October 17. An Ausgrid spokesperson indicated that power returned to these areas progressively, and all power was restored by about 6:40pm the following night.

Cr Eaton has thanked a number of emergency service agencies for their around the clock work to ensure communities were not lost in the fires. The Wyong Shire Emergency Control Centre was activated at the RFS’s Charmhaven Depot on the Thursday, and was staffed with professional emergency services staff while the blaze raged. “Everyone from the RFS, FRNSW, FACS, RMS and council have come together, worked around the clock and pooled their professional

knowledge and resources to stay on top of this terrible fire situation,” Cr Eaton said. “While this has been an awful ordeal for our residents in the Shire’s north to go through, the work of these dedicated professionals has managed to save communities, homes and ultimately people’s lives.” Cr Eaton said the community spirit was also evident during the crisis. “Our social media pages were flooded with offers from the general public to help, while our switchboard also received many calls offering food and clothing to people unable to get home,” he said. The fire further reinforced the need for people to have a bushfire survival plan and obey instructions from emergency services workers. “The public were fantastic in following orders and the emergency services workers were on top of the situation and ensured roads were closed at the right time and people were told to move at the right time. “Ultimately, the work of these people helped save lives.” Lindsey Chu, 22 Oct 2013 Media release, 17 & 18 Oct 2013 Wyong Shire Council Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Anthony O’Brien, Ausgrid

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CSG mining prohibited near Peninsula NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Mr Brad Hazzard said CSG exclusion zones had also come into force across the Lower Hunter and Central Coast regions, including all zoned residential land and rural villages and a two kilometre buffer area around these locations. These exclusion zones reflected community concerns about the conflict over resource development in residential areas, he said. “The NSW Government is now seeking feedback on the precise location of the scheduled stagetwo expansion of CSG exclusion zones into future residential

growth areas in regional NSW,” Mr Hazzard said. He said the Government had appointed a Gateway Panel, which would conduct a scientific assessment to ensure the potential impacts of mining and CSG proposals on strategic agricultural land are identified prior to a development application being lodged. He said the panel, led by chairman Terry Short, were highly regarded experts in their fields and had decades of technical and industry experience. “The panel members we have appointed today deliver expertise across a number of disciplines, meaning each project will be subject to rigorous, balanced and scientific scrutiny.” Mr Short said the establishment of the gateway system was a tremendous step

forward for rural NSW. “It is a voice that rural NSW hasn’t had to date in the planning process,” he said. Mr Hazzard said the mapping being exhibited was to have been the primary component of the proposed Lower Hunter and Central Coast Strategic Regional Land Use Plan. Now this mapping has been released, it is instead proposed to prepare a Regional Growth Plan for the Lower Hunter and Central Coast under the State’s new planning system – rather than a regional plan. He said the Regional Growth Plans would comprehensively cover all strategic planning issues for the region – including housing, infrastructure, economic development, agricultural land and resources and environment – rather than having a focus

Letters to the editor and other contributions are welcomed and should be addressed to: Wyong Regional Chronicle, PO Box 1056, Gosford NSW 2250. Contributions should be in Word format sent via email to: editorial@wyongnews.org, on disks or by handwritten letter if these facilities are not available to you. Contributions must include the date, your name, address and phone numbers. Name and Suburb will be published. Anonymous contributions will not be included. Submissions may be published in edited form.

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mainly on agriculture and resource industry issues. In the Gosford municipality, 654 hectares were identified as Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land. None was on the Peninsula. “This is the first time in the State’s history there has been such extensive mapping and protection for our residential areas and farms,” Mr Hazzard said. “The progress in striking the balance between strategically significant agricultural land and residential properties is the result of extensive community and business consultation and was necessitated by the complete failure of the former State Labor government to address any of these issues despite CSG being extracted for more than 20 years in NSW.

“The changes deliver key elements of the Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy while at the same ensuring a viable and strong mining industry can occur in NSW,” he said. NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ms Katrina Hodgkinson said the land had been mapped as BSAL because it had been identified as highly fertile and productive land. “Once the mapping is finalised, companies wanting to develop major mining or CSG projects within confirmed BSAL in the region will have to go through the independent scientific Gateway process,” she said. Media release, 3 Oct 2013 Julian Luke, Office of Katrina Hodkinson MP

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Dubbed by the NSW Department of Transport as "the biggest timetable change in a generation", the changes aim to generate a number of benefits for NSW TrainLink customers. According to the Transport NSW website, the new timetable has been designed by transport experts based on demand, with the goal being to introduce more trains, reduce journey times, make services more consistent and journeys easier to plan. Coast Community News undertook a comparison of the old timetable and the new timetable, focusing on services between Woy Woy and Wyong from 8-9am and 5-6pm, those times being seen as the local peak hour each week day. The biggest difference in the morning period affects passengers travelling from Wyong to Woy Woy, with there now being only one train running between the two stations in that period of time. Passengers used to have the choice between an 8:25am service and an 8:50am service, with the latter being an all stations

train. However, commuters now have to catch an 8:34am train which stops only at Tuggerah, Gosford and Woy Woy. Passengers travelling to other stations on the line, such as Narara and Niagara Park, will need to consider different services outside the period of 8-9am or find other means of transport. However, for those travelling between Woy Woy and Wyong of a morning,

the timetable change sees the addition of a new service. On the old timetable, the 8:30am train from Woy Woy terminated in Gosford. Under the new timetable, passengers can catch an 8:20am service which runs all the way through to Wyong. For the afternoon period, there remain two services from Wyong to Woy Woy in the period between 5-6pm. However, the new

timetable means commuters who finish work at 5pm in Wyong will wait longer for their train home. The 5:17pm and 5:26pm trains are no longer, replaced instead by a 5:34pm and a 5:50pm service. With the 5:34pm stopping only at Tuggerah, Gosford and Woy Woy, those wishing to travel to any of the other stations on the line will face a wait time of up to 50 minutes from the time they finish work.

If you are travelling directly from Gosford to Wyong in the afternoon, the new timetable means there are six services to choose from between 5pm and 6pm. However, those commuting from Woy Woy to Wyong of an afternoon still only have one train they are able to catch. Irate local commuter, Justin Stanley lives in Ourimbah and commutes each day to Gosford.

Up until October 20, he used to catch the 8:33am service from Ourimbah with the total journey time being approximately five minutes. He now has to catch an 8:47am train from Ourimbah which stops at all stations and takes almost triple the time. It also means he is 15 minutes late to work each day. "They just changed it to affect the people who actually work," Mr Stanley said. The alternative is that he catches an earlier train, which gets him to work an hour early. The afternoon journey is not much better for Mr Stanley who will have to wait 40 minutes if he misses his 5:08pm train from Gosford during peak hour. This means that school children wanting to catch a train to school from Niagara Park to Gosford to be there at 9pm have to be at the station an hour earlier at 8.08am for a 5km trip. Local stations were crowded with school children that had been caught out by the new time table, urgently calling their schools on their mobile phones advising them that they would be at least 15 minutes late. At the time Coast Community News went to press, the NSW Department of Transport had not responded to requests for comment. Lindsey Chu, 21 Oct 2013

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Sixteen structures destroyed but no homes lost he Shire’s north has been left charred and full of debris after a bushfire ripped through thousands of hectares of land on Thursday, October 17. Two hundred and thirty eight fire fighters from the Rural Fire Service (RFS), Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service tirelessly battled the inferno which started at Rutleys Rd near Doyalson.

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The fire broke containment lines and extended north to Catherine Hill Bay, affecting residents in Lake Munmorah and Chain Valley Bay. Two fire fighters were treated for injuries and 36 tankers and three helicopters assisted in fighting the blaze. Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said at times, the fire fighters were faced with shifting winds in the middle of the night while battling flames as high as 40 feet. “It is a remarkable effort they managed to save properties and evacuate people to safety at the same time,” Cr Eaton said. No homes in the Wyong LGA were destroyed as a result of the bushfires; however,

Pacific Highway, Lake Munmorah

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initial figures indicate 16 other structures were destroyed. Among these structures was the Westside service station at Chain Valley Bay. Only the advertising board for the former site remains, with the Central Coast icon “the Big Prawn” sitting on top. The “Welcome to Wyong Shire” sign on the Pacific Highway at Lake Munmorah now stands blackened like the 2,183 hectares of land around it. Evacuation centres were set up at Doyalson RSL and Swansea RSL

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for those who were unable to get home due to road closures on the Pacific Highway. These centres were attended by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), the Salvation Army and the Red Cross. Cr Eaton said a number of people also slept in their cars either on the side of the road or in the Woolworths Lake Munmorah car park, not knowing how their house was faring. “I can also now say that there were plans in place to evacuate 200 disabled

children staying at Point Wolstoncroft, possibly by boat, as the situation worsened overnight and power to the area was cut off,” Cr Eaton said. “Thankfully, the children are all okay.” Properties in Mannering Park, Gwandalan, Summerland Point and Chain Valley Bay lost power during Thursday, October 17. An Ausgrid spokesperson indicated that power returned to these areas progressively, and all power was restored by about 6:40pm the following night.

Cr Eaton has thanked a number of emergency service agencies for their around the clock work to ensure communities were not lost in the fires. The Wyong Shire Emergency Control Centre was activated at the RFS’s Charmhaven Depot on the Thursday, and was staffed with professional emergency services staff while the blaze raged. “Everyone from the RFS, FRNSW, FACS, RMS and council have come together, worked around the clock and pooled their professional

knowledge and resources to stay on top of this terrible fire situation,” Cr Eaton said. “While this has been an awful ordeal for our residents in the Shire’s north to go through, the work of these dedicated professionals has managed to save communities, homes and ultimately people’s lives.” Cr Eaton said the community spirit was also evident during the crisis. “Our social media pages were flooded with offers from the general public to help, while our switchboard also received many calls offering food and clothing to people unable to get home,” he said. The fire further reinforced the need for people to have a bushfire survival plan and obey instructions from emergency services workers. “The public were fantastic in following orders and the emergency services workers were on top of the situation and ensured roads were closed at the right time and people were told to move at the right time. “Ultimately, the work of these people helped save lives.” Lindsey Chu, 22 Oct 2013 Media release, 17 & 18 Oct 2013 Wyong Shire Council Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Anthony O’Brien, Ausgrid

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proposed cinema complex at Lake Haven has moved a step closer with the recent signing of a Heads of Agreement between Wyong Council and Metro Cinemas. The proposed development includes an eight theatre complex to be constructed on council land at Lake Haven, and leased to Metro Cinema. The complex is expected to provide up to 25 jobs. The Heads of Agreement will facilitate

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the completion of detailed studies and design options, and lodgement of a developed consent. “This is great news for our residents in the Shire’s north, who have to travel to Tuggerah to attend the movies,” Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said. “The proposed cinemas will provide a much needed entertainment facility for residents, while also creating jobs. “In particular, jobs for our youth which are much needed.” Fiji’s Coral Coast Sevens’ champions Red Rock

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he Trick or Treat and Midday Monster Mash event is on again in Gosford City on Saturday, October 26. Gremlins and ghoulies are invited to meet at the main stage in Kibble Park by 11am where the children will be given a map to Trick or Treat around Gosford City in a fun, safe way. “This is a great event for the whole family,” said Gosford Business Improvement District (GBID) manager Mr Paul Brasch. “We encourage children from zero to 15 years of age to dress up in their scariest costumes, receive

a printed map which they take to participating stores in the Gosford City Centre and receive a stamp on the map as well as a tasty treat or perhaps a trick.” The Trick or Treat part of the event will only be held between 11am and 12pm. Once finished, the children will take their map to the barrels in Kibble Park to enter the draw for some great prizes. “We have a total of 10 prizes to win plus best dressed,” said Mr Brasch. “The second stage of the event is the Midday Monster Mash Disco from 12pm to 1:30pm where they can dance away on the Haunted Stage.

“Kibble Park will have a spooky theme for the day with a number of props and the gremlins and ghoulies will be entertained by scary characters. “We will have a number of games to play, a jumping castle, Zorb balls to roll around in and food stalls,” said Mr Brasch. Stores in the Imperial Shopping Centre and Gosford City Centre are encouraged to dress up their shop fronts and themselves. The winners will receive a prize. For more information or to download a map before Saturday, October 26, visit www.gosfordcity.com.au.

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Public encouraged to donate o help communities affected by the recent bushfires, disaster welfare officers are asking that the generosity of the broader public and corporate field be focused in a helpful way to assist those in need.

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About 6:10pm, emergency services were called to a house in Carters Rd and attempts were made to resuscitate 63-year-old Walter Linder at the scene. Mr Linder was taken to Wyong Hospital, where he later died. Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said council sent its condolences to Mr Linder’s family. “Mr Linder was well known in the community, and also known to a

number of council staff and councillors,” Cr Eaton said. “In recent years, he has been instrumental in transforming Toukley Arts and District Society and hosted key events and exhibitions. “He was currently working with council staff on a mural project for Toukley Arts and District Society. “He will be sorely missed by his friends and his family and the

community will be poorer for his tragic passing.” A post-mortem examination will officially determine the cause of Mr Linder’s death and detectives from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command will be examining his medical history as part of their investigations on behalf of the Coroner. Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Wyong Shire Council Media release, 18 Oct 2013 NSW Police Media

NSW director of disaster welfare Ms Allison Rowlands said that past experiences show that the public is extremely generous in their willingness to donate. “To help us help the affected communities and to reduce the amount of unsuitable goods being donated we ask that the following be considered,” Ms Rowlands said. “Goods donated are often expensive to sort, store, distribute and dispose of. “Donated goods also disadvantage local businesses as they reduce the need to purchase locally. “We know from those past experiences that

donations of money are much more useful than goods as they provide choice and independence to affected communities.” If members of the public feel generous and can afford it then money should be donated to the advertised account. Members of the public who wish to donate are asked to do so via the Salvation Army donation appeal on www. salvos.org.au or call the Salvation Army on 137258. Ms Rowlands said the community must remember that recovery takes a long time and assistance will be needed once the needs of affected communities are assessed.

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sthma Foundation NSW is urging the one in 10 adults and children with asthma to be particularly vigilant as a thick cloud of smoke remains present in many bushfire affected areas.

In particular, the Foundation is asking schools to keep a close watch on those children in their care who live with asthma. “While fire can damage property and threaten life, it can also seriously affect the health of people with medical conditions, especially those who live with asthma,” Foundation CEO Ms Michele Goldman said. “Wood smoke is a prime trigger for what could be a potentially fatal asthma attack. “We should always be mindful that asthma claims the lives of over 400 Australians each year. “We are asking that schools keep a special eye on those students who have asthma. “Allowing them to stay indoors, keeping

windows closed and air conditioners off, excusing them from sporting activities and ensuring they are carrying their reliever medication at all times are all particularly important. “If a child is showing signs of distress and their mediation is having no effect call triple zero immediately.” Wood smoke from bushfires contains tiny particles that go deep into the lungs and irritate the airways. “It also contains noxious gases like carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides and a range of organic compounds. “When exposed to intense sunlight, wood smoke and pollution from cars, industrial and domestic activities produce smog. “When the air is still,

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this pollution can become trapped over population areas instead of rising and dispersing as normal. “Smog has been associated with respiratory infection, especially in children and an increase in asthma requiring hospital admissions,” Ms Goldman said. “During this period of hot weather we advise people to consider the places they intend to visit and weigh up the risks carefully. “If undertaking a strenuous activity, such as bushwalking, aim to do it at times when there is a lower risk of bushfire and the Regional Pollution Index (RPI) is medium to low. “People with flexible working arrangements should consider working from home. “It is vital that all asthmatics continue to take their preventer medication with them at all times in case of an emergency. “Everyone with asthma should have a written action plan so they know how to respond if their asthma becomes worse.” Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Nick Bleszynski, Asthma Foundation NSW

Total fire ban until further notice total fire ban is in place for the Greater Sydney area, of which the Wyong LGA is a part of, until further notice due to the large number of uncontained fires and forecast deteriorating conditions.

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The total fire bans are to assist with limiting the potential of new fires starting, while fire fighters deal with the large scale of fire activity

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Federal Member for Shortland Ms Jill Hall said hundreds of people were evacuated from their homes on Thursday, October 17, as bushfires spread through the northern Wyong Shire and lower Lake Macquarie areas. Disaster evacuation centres were established at Doyalson RSL and Swansea RSL. Fire fighters, government agency teams and numerous volunteers worked tirelessly to help with the emergency effort. Ms Hall said the federal government had now activated the Disaster Recovery Payment scheme to people in the local areas around Lake

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Munmorah and Catherine Hill Bay. “This assistance includes a payment of $1,000 per eligible adult and $400 per eligible child,” she said. “It is also available to those whose primary place of residence has been destroyed or severely damaged by bushfire, and to those who have been seriously injured or have an immediate family member who has been killed in the bushfire. “People can access the payment through a Centrelink or Medicare office or by calling 180 22 66. “Claim forms are also available on the Department of Human Services website at www. humanservices.gov.au and clicking on the Help in an Emergency tab. “This has been a terrible time for many people and sometimes it helps to talk through what assistance is available.” Ms Hall spoke to a number of families on Friday, October 18, at the Swansea RSL evacuation centre who were impacted by the fires. “Many people were very concerned about their homes, some had left their important medication behind, and others were concerned about family members,” she said.

“But it was also heartening to see that, at times like these, people really do pull together and show a strong sense of community.” In addition to the government assistance, Telstra is offering relief for home phone, business phone and mobile phone users for Telstra customers affected by the bushfires. This includes free call diversions from an attached fixed home or business phone, assistance with phone reconnection costs and assistance with costs for broadband services. Customers can find out more and register for the relief package by calling 13 22 03 and choosing option one. Ms Hall also encouraged everyone in a bushfire zone to ensure they had developed their Bushfire Survival Plan. A guide to developing this plan is available on the Rural Fire Service website. “The bushfires may have calmed down a little now but it is important that people have a Bushfire Survival Plan to prepare for any further risks that may come,” Ms Hall said. Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Lisa McDermott, Office of Jill Hall MP


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Those affected will need safe havens for their valuable personal items and household goods. This should allow time for the affected

households to at least arrange their possessions and establish a recovery plan for the coming days. Storage King also has a limited number of trucks

and trailers to assist with moving the goods into storage. Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Brennan McLoughlin, Storage King

Fundraising for animals affected by fires ith fires still blazing across NSW, Petbarn has thrown its support behind RSPCA NSW and has launched a NSW Bush Fire Appeal through its charity arm The Petbarn Foundation to help animals affected by bushfires

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Petbarn and RSPCA NSW are calling out to the community to get behind the appeal and help raise funds for animals affected by bush fires. To kick start the appeal, The Petbarn Foundation has donated $10,000, which will go directly to RSPCA NSW. Australians can now make a donation to the NSW Bush Fire Appeal in Petbarn stores across the country or at http://www. petbarn.com.au/bushfireappeal, with 100% of funds collected by The Petbarn Foundation being donated directly to RSPCA NSW. “The bushfires have been devastating for people across the state with more than 100 fires reported, many people losing their homes and fears of lives being lost,” The Petbarn Foundation director Mr Paul Wilson said. “At this time, many animals have also been affected. “We want to offer support to those people who have pets that have been caught in the disaster, as well as the many animals and wildlife that have been lost in the fires.” RSPCA NSW is part of the NSW Government’s emergency response team. Currently, RSPCA

inspectors are working across the state to evacuate pets and livestock and transport sick and injured animals to shelters and vet clinics where they will receive immediate attention. The RSPCA call centre is also at capacity fielding calls from owners in desperate need of assistance and generous supporters offering help. RSPCA NSW CEO Mr Steve Coleman said RSPCA inspectors were working tirelessly to ensure the safety and security of companion animals, livestock and wildlife impacted by bushfires across the state. “We are unbelievably grateful for The Petbarn

Foundation’s generous offer of support, and support from the community, during this particularly challenging time,” Mr Coleman said. The RSPCA has an ongoing commitment to all the wildlife, pets and livestock that need prolonged medical attention and care. In the aftermath of the bushfires, the inspectors will go back into the field to look for survivors and assist owners with treatment, food and shelter for their misplaced animals. Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Catherine Guyder, Professional Public Relations

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The Crisis Map displays current information about where fires are burning, and Public Alerts show people fire information on Google Search and Maps and notifies smartphone users of fire warnings if they are in a fire-affected area. Google Public Alerts provides accurate and relevant emergency alerts when and where people need them. People using Google Maps or Google Search may see relevant bushfire alerts from the NSW Rural Fire Service if they are looking up a related place or term. With Google Now on smartphones, Google can alert people automatically if a bushfire is nearby and provide important information such as evacuation instructions. These notifications became available on

Wednesday, October 23, along with Google Crisis Map, a map that lets people see the location, size and status of any bushfire threats. During and after emergency responses to fires, authorities can add useful information to the map including shelter locations, evacuation areas and where to find vital services. “The web is the first port of call for many Aussies when fire,” Google Crisis Response product manager Mr Nigel Snoad said. “Last bushfire season we saw a five-fold spike in Google searches as people went online to find out where fires were burning and how to stay safe,” Mr Snoad said. “As summer approaches, the need for reliable and easily accessible information is

more important than ever, particularly in regional parts of the state.” Automatic bushfire alerts are available on all Android phones and for people who have the Google Search app on iOS. The Crisis Map is available on all devices and platforms via google. org/crisismap/australia. The Google Crisis Map is also available for bushfire information in Qld, SA, Tas and the ACT. Google Public Alerts is only available in NSW, with Google currently working with other authorities to make as many services available in all states and territories as possible. Media release, 22 Oct 2013 Symon Madry, Haystac

HSC exams interrupted by fire he bush fire emergency caused some disruption to the running of HSC examinations at Lake Munmorah High School on Thursday, October 17, and Friday, October 18.

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All students were evacuated partway through the exam on the Thursday and the school remained closed on the Friday. The HSC exam scheduled for Monday, October 21, took place at Lake Munmorah High School as planned. Students who experience difficulties in attending any exam are asked to contact the school on 4358 1411 as soon as possible. Because of the difficult circumstances endured by Lake Munmorah High School students, a Group

Misadventure Appeal will be lodged on their behalf for each exam. The advice from the Board of Studies is that no student will be disadvantaged due to the circumstances that befell the school. Students may also lodge an individual illness/misadventure appeal to seek consideration for their personal circumstances. The HSC supervisor at each exam can assist with any inquiries about this process. The advice from the Board of Studies

for all HSC students is to check the Board of Studies website at www. boardofstudies.nsw.edu. au for all information regarding the HSC examinations. Lake Munmorah Public School, St Brendan’s Primary School at Lake Munmorah and Gwandalan Public School were also forced to close due to the fires. Website, 21 Oct 2013 Lindsay West, Lake Munmorah High School Website, 18 Oct 2013 Facebook

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SW Police have advised people returning to homes damaged or destroyed by recent fires to take precautions concerning the possibility of asbestos being present.

Deputy State Emergency Operations Controller Assistant Commissioner Clarke said residents should be aware asbestos may be present in homes built prior to 1987. “People should take general safety

precautions,” Assistant C o m m i s s i o n e r Clarke said. “We have been advised the risk is low if debris is not disturbed. “However, I would recommend to residents returning, that if their houses were built

prior to 1987, not to disturb debris. “If you intend on entering, I would recommend wearing a P2 mask and protective clothing as a precaution.” Media release, 19 Oct 2013 NSW Police Media

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Sixty years ago, the Central Coast Leagues Club (CCLC) formed and sponsored the CCYC, an arrangement which continued until some 20 years ago when the sponsorship of the CCLC ceased. A grant/loan allowed a new facility to be built at Terrigal and CCYC split with 2,000 members joining the new Gosford Basketball Club located at Terrigal.

For the following few years, a dedicated small group aided by councillors of the day pushed forward to see council build a new $3 million stadium at Niagara Park. CCYC became the operator of this facility and from 2005 paid a small percentage of commercial rent to enable the services to flourish. Former board member Mr Chris Holstein said he

only hoped that “council has given all due consideration in making their decisions”. “I am not privy to the reasons or rationale on why they have made that decision and can only hope that that decision was made on the best interests of not only the centre but the community as a whole,” he said. According to the report to council by economic and community development

director Ms Colleen WorthyJennings, the costs of running the facility and dwindling income had seen the Board of CCYC unable to meet their financial obligations in recent times. “Council is not convinced that the Board, whose directors are as hardworking and well-meaning as they are, have the capacity and resources to alter the current situation and council must protect this facility and services that need to be provided by this facility for the communities of Narara, Niagara Park, Lisarow and Wyoming,”

said the report to Council by Ms Worthy-Jennings. “After careful consideration of the facts and the latest CCYC Business Plan, council is not confident that protection is afforded by the current lessees”, she said. When contacted by Coast Community News, an official of the CCYC said the club did not accept the cancellation and was seeking further advice and cited lack of assistance from Council and its officers over many years as the reason for the club being in its present situation.

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Sources within the club also stated that a loss of income brought on by two major tenants vacating the club’s premises was seen by Council as a reason to take over the running of the club before the Board had had the opportunity to replace those tenants. The matter was discussed at a strategy and policy meeting at Council with members of the public and the media excluded. Gosford Council Agenda SF.21, 17 Sep 2013 Kaitlin Watts

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f the over 94,000 hectares in the Gosford LGA, nearly 654 hectares have been identified as Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land (BSAL) as part of NSW Government initiatives released on Thursday, October 3, to better regulate mining and coal seam gas (CSG) projects.

“This is the first time in the State’s history there has been such extensive mapping and protection for our residential areas and farms,” NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Mr Brad Hazzard said. “The progress in striking the balance between strategically significant agricultural land and residential properties is the result of extensive community and business consultation and was necessitated by the complete failure of the former State Labor government to address any of these issues despite CSG being extracted for more than 20 years in NSW. “The changes deliver key elements of the Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy while at the same ensuring a viable and strong mining industry can occur in NSW,” he said. NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ms Katrina Hodgkinson said the land had been mapped as BSAL because it had been identified as highly fertile and productive land. “Once the mapping is finalised, companies wanting to develop major mining or CSG projects within confirmed BSAL in the region will have to go through the independent scientific Gateway process,” she said. Mr Hazzard said CSG exclusion zones have also come into force across more than 215,000 hectares in the Lower Hunter and Central Coast regions, including all

zoned residential land and rural villages and a 2km buffer area around these locations. These exclusion zones reflect community concerns about the conflict over resource development in residential areas. “The NSW Government is now seeking feedback on the precise location of the scheduled stage-two expansion of CSG exclusion zones into future residential growth areas in regional NSW,” Mr Hazzard said. The benefits for the Lower Hunter and Central Coast regions are part of a broader NSW Government announcement to provide greater safeguards for more than five million hectares of residential and farming land across the State. This includes the appointment of the inaugural members of the Gateway Panel, which will conduct a scientific assessment to ensure the potential impacts of mining and CSG proposals on BSAL are identified prior to a development application being lodged. The panel, led by chairman Terry Short, are highly regarded experts in their fields and have decades of technical and industry experience. “The panel members we have appointed today deliver expertise across a number of disciplines, meaning each project will be subject to rigorous, balanced and scientific scrutiny.” Mr Short said the establishment of the gateway system was a tremendous

step forward for rural NSW. “It is a voice that rural NSW hasn’t had to date in the planning process,” he said. “Personally, I am honoured to have been asked to make such an important contribution to rural land-use planning as Chairman of the panel.” Mr Hazzard said the mapping being exhibited was to have been the primary component of the proposed Lower Hunter and Central Coast Strategic Regional Land Use Plan (SRLUP). Now this mapping has been released, it is instead proposed to prepare a Regional Growth Plan for the Lower Hunter and Central Coast under the State’s new planning system – rather than a SRLUP. These Regional Growth Plans will comprehensively cover all strategic planning issues for the region – including housing, infrastructure, economic development, agricultural land and resources and environment – rather than having a focus mainly on agriculture and resource industry issues. Further information on the location of the 654 hectares of the CSG exclusion zone was sought from the office of Minister for the Central Coast and NSW Energy and Resources Minister Mr Chris Hartcher, however, a response was not received at the time Coast Community News went to press. Media release, 3 Oct 2013 Julian Luke, Office of Katrina Hodkinson MP Kaitlin Watts

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osford Council has initiated a gateway process for a Planning Proposal for a resource recovery facility at 2180 Kerns Rd, Kincumber.

The land is currently being used as a resource recovery facility which is a prohibited use within the 7 (a) Conservation and Scenic Protection zone. A license by the Office of Environment and Heritage, however, has been issued for the use of such activity. Council had begun but not completed actions to require the use to cease unauthorised activities until the Planning Proposal was determined. The existing unauthorised

use of the land for a resource recovery facility has been taking place sporadically for a number of years. The land forms part of the existing Rexdor Kincumber Quarry landholding, which has been subject to quarrying for more than 60 years and is currently operating under “existing use rights” provisions under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act. The site is accessed through a residential area and, as such, support for

the legalising of this activity could raise issues with local residents regarding the local area roads through concerns with regard to traffic and noise. If the planning proposal is accepted, a development application would be made to allow for the crushing and recycling of inert demolition and construction materials generated by building construction activities. Gosford Council Agenda ENV.48, 17 Sep 2013

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he Residents of Kincumber Association have lodged concerns with Gosford Council about two planning proposals in the area that have been approved to go to the Department of Planning.

The planning proposals would see the rezoning of the sites to allow for the installation of Resource Recovery Facilities. One application is for the Kincumber Sewerage Treatment Plant which was chosen as an alternative site to the Springfield Quarry following opposition from Springfield residents. The second application is from the Kincumber Quarry for the same type of facility. “The Kincumber Quarry has been operating unlawfully for a number of years to the detriment of the residents living in

the area surrounding the quarry,” said Residents of Kincumber Association president Ms Ruth Ross. “The residents of Springfield campaigned that the Resource Recovery Facility that Council was planning was unsuitable in a residential, environmentally sensitive area. “The location of the Kincumber Quarry possesses the same conditions. “The residents in the residential area surrounding Kincumber Quarry are extremely concerned as formalisation of this facility

will increase the activity on the site and has the potential to reduce air quality, noise and dust. “Traffic issues are also of concern with the report to Council quoting 100 heavy truck movements per day through a family orientated residential area. “The intersection with Avoca Dr is also problematic as well as the upkeep to the road not meant for heavy traffic,” said Ms Ross. Email, 26 Sep 2013 Ruth Ross, Residents of Kincumber Association

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he new timetable for NSW trains started on Sunday, October 20, and it appears that for those people not travelling to the major Central Coast stations, the changes are detrimental.

Dubbed by the NSW Department of Transport as "the biggest timetable change in a generation", the changes aim to generate a number of benefits for NSW TrainLink customers. According to the Transport NSW website, the new timetable has been designed by transport experts based on demand, with the goal being to introduce more trains, reduce journey times, make services more consistent and journeys easier to plan. Coast Community News undertook a comparison of the old timetable and the new timetable, focusing on services between Woy Woy and Wyong from 8-9am and 5-6pm, those times being seen as the local peak hour each week day. The biggest difference in the morning period affects passengers travelling from Wyong to Woy Woy, with there now being only one train running between the two stations in that period of time. Passengers used to have the choice between an 8:25am service and an 8:50am service, with the latter being an all stations

train. However, commuters now have to catch an 8:34am train which stops only at Tuggerah, Gosford and Woy Woy. Passengers travelling to other stations on the line, such as Narara and Niagara Park, will need to consider different services outside the period of 8-9am or find other means of transport. However, for those travelling between Woy Woy and Wyong of a morning,

the timetable change sees the addition of a new service. On the old timetable, the 8:30am train from Woy Woy terminated in Gosford. Under the new timetable, passengers can catch an 8:20am service which runs all the way through to Wyong. For the afternoon period, there remain two services from Wyong to Woy Woy in the period between 5-6pm. However, the new

timetable means commuters who finish work at 5pm in Wyong will wait longer for their train home. The 5:17pm and 5:26pm trains are no longer, replaced instead by a 5:34pm and a 5:50pm service. With the 5:34pm stopping only at Tuggerah, Gosford and Woy Woy, those wishing to travel to any of the other stations on the line will face a wait time of up to 50 minutes from the time they finish work.

If you are travelling directly from Gosford to Wyong in the afternoon, the new timetable means there are six services to choose from between 5pm and 6pm. However, those commuting from Woy Woy to Wyong of an afternoon still only have one train they are able to catch. Irate local commuter, Justin Stanley lives in Ourimbah and commutes each day to Gosford.

Up until October 20, he used to catch the 8:33am service from Ourimbah with the total journey time being approximately five minutes. He now has to catch an 8:47am train from Ourimbah which stops at all stations and takes almost triple the time. It also means he is 15 minutes late to work each day. "They just changed it to affect the people who actually work," Mr Stanley said. The alternative is that he catches an earlier train, which gets him to work an hour early. The afternoon journey is not much better for Mr Stanley who will have to wait 40 minutes if he misses his 5:08pm train from Gosford during peak hour. This means that school children wanting to catch a train to school from Niagara Park to Gosford to be there at 9pm have to be at the station an hour earlier at 8.08am for a 5km trip. Local stations were crowded with school children that had been caught out by the new time table, urgently calling their schools on their mobile phones advising them that they would be at least 15 minutes late. At the time Coast Community News went to press, the NSW Department of Transport had not responded to requests for comment. Lindsey Chu, 21 Oct 2013


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Local train services cut in favour of express trains he new timetable for NSW trains started on Sunday, October 20, and it appears that for those people not travelling to the major Central Coast stations, the changes are detrimental.

Dubbed by the NSW Department of Transport as “the biggest timetable change in a generation”, the changes aim to generate a number of benefits for NSW TrainLink customers. According to the Transport NSW website, the new timetable has been designed by transport experts based on demand, with the goal being to introduce more trains, reduce journey times, make services more consistent and journeys easier to plan. The Wyong Regional Chronicle undertook a comparison of the old timetable and the new timetable, focusing on services between Wyong and Woy Woy from 8-9am and 5-6pm, those times being seen as the local peak hour each week day. The biggest difference in the morning period affects passengers travelling from Wyong to Woy Woy, with there now being only one train running between the two stations in that period of time. Passengers used to have the choice between the 8:25am service and the 8:50am service, with the latter being an all stations train. However, commuters now have to catch an 8:34am train which stops only at Tuggerah, Gosford and Woy Woy. Passengers travelling to other stations on the line, such as Ourimbah, will need to consider different services outside the period of 8-9am or find other means of transport. However, for those travelling between Woy Woy and Wyong of a morning, the timetable change sees the addition of a new service. On the old timetable, the 8:30am train from Woy Woy terminated in Gosford. Under the new timetable, passengers can catch an 8:20am service which runs all the way through to Wyong. For the afternoon period, there remain two services from Wyong to Woy Woy in the period

between 5-6pm. However, the new timetable means commuters who finish work at 5pm in Wyong will wait longer for their train home. The 5:17pm and 5:26pm trains are no longer, replaced instead by a 5:34pm and a 5:50pm service. With the 5:34pm train stopping only at Tuggerah, Gosford and Woy Woy, those wishing to travel to other stations on the line will face a wait time of up to 50 minutes from the time they finish work. If you are travelling directly from Gosford to Wyong in the afternoon, the new timetable means there are six services to choose from between 5pm and 6pm. However, those commuting from Woy Woy to Wyong of an afternoon still only have one train they are able to catch. Further north in the Shire, the major change in train services running between Warnervale and Ourimbah in the periods 8-9am and 5-6pm is that trains are now later than was previously the case. Under the old timetable, those travelling between Warnervale and Ourimbah could catch an 8:20am service. Now, if passengers want to travel to Ourimbah during the morning peak period, they will have to catch an 8:33am train. Of an afternoon, commuters used to be able to catch either a 5:12pm or 5:51pm service from Warnervale to Ourimbah.

They now can only catch a train that departs Warnervale at 5:33pm. Ourimbah to Warnervale passengers were able to catch a 5:19pm train on the old timetable. However, to get to Warnervale now, they will have to wait until 5:52pm for the train to arrive at Ourimbah. Irate local commuter Justin Stanley lives in Ourimbah and commutes each day to Gosford. Up until October 20, he used to catch the 8:33am service from Ourimbah, with the total journey time being approximately five minutes. He now has to catch the 8:47am train from Ourimbah which stops at all stations and takes almost triple the time. It also means he is 15 minutes late to work each day. “They just changed it to affect the people who actually work,” Mr Stanley said. The alternative is that he catches an earlier train, which gets him to work an hour early. The afternoon journey is not much better for Mr Stanley who will have to wait 40 minutes if he misses the 5:08pm train from Gosford during peak hour. A NSW Department of Transport spokesperson said the new timetable had been designed to provide a simpler, more consistent product for all customers on the Central Coast and Newcastle Line, while generally reducing journey times between major centres throughout the day.

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“Between 5pm and 6pm, the previous timetable provided three trains from Gosford to Newcastle, one of which operated to an express pattern,” the spokesperson said. “The new timetable also provides three trains from Gosford to Newcastle during this time period, two of which now operate to an express pattern. “This provides customers travelling between these centres with more opportunities to reduce their journey time. “While some departure times may have changed, this is a result of the comprehensive restructuring of services on this line and does not translate to service reductions. “It is important to place the development of the timetable in context. “The Central Coast

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Ombudsman investigates local children’s play centres he Fair Work Ombudsman has visited children’s play centres in the Hunter and Central Coast regions after the national workplace regulator received complaints about the possible underpayment of wages to staff.

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In the week commencing Monday, October 14, Fair Work inspectors visited about half a dozen play centres that also provide out of school hours and short term child care services. They checked that businesses were paying staff correctly, including providing the correct hourly rates, overtime and penalty rates, and keeping accurate records and issuing complete pay slips. Fair Work Ombudsman Ms Natalie James said the visits focused on ensuring employers were aware of their workplace obligations and the tools available to help them comply.

“A key part of the Fair Work Ombudsman’s role is to educate and help businesses, particularly small businesses that don’t have the benefit of in-house human resources expertise, about how to comply with workplace laws,” Ms James said. “Where we identify problems, we’ll work with employers and help them to put processes in place to ensure that they comply in the future.” Ms James said the visits were prompted by information provided by the community about the possible underpayment of wages to staff, including several complaints for play centre workers. “We’re mindful that

this industry employs many young people who can be vulnerable in the workplace because they may not be fully aware of their entitlements or where to go for advice, so it’s important we are proactive about protecting their workplace rights,” she said. In addition to the Hunter and Central Coast play centre visits, the Fair Work Ombudsman will also audit up to 100 child care centres across the state as part of a national campaign focused on improving compliance with workplace laws in the child care industry. Media release, 14 Oct 2013 Tom McPherson, Fair Work Ombudsman

Feedback sought on M1 upgrade oads Minister Mr Duncan Gay, Minister for the Central Coast Mr Chris Hartcher and Member for Mr Wyong Darren Webber have invited community feedback on the proposed upgrade of the M1 Pacific Motorway between the Tuggerah and Doyalson interchanges.

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Mr Gay said the NSW Government provided $3 million toward planning for the upgrade, which aims to improve capacity and safety for all road users. “Roads and Maritime Services is proposing to upgrade a 12 kilometre section of the motorway to three lanes in each direction from Wyong Rd at Tuggerah and the Doyalson Link Rd to improve road safety and reduce travel times,” Mr Gay said. Mr Hartcher said to ensure the NSW Government gets the balance right, community comment on the proposal is being invited via the Roads and Maritime website from Friday, October 18, to Friday, November 29. “The proposal includes rebuilding a nine kilometre section of the motorway between Wyong River and the Doyalson interchange to improve the

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road surface,” Mr Hartcher said. “Stormwater drainage would also be installed to improve road safety in wet conditions.” Mr Webber said all feedback received would be considered by Roads and Maritime when finalising the environmental

assessment and concept design. “Roads and Maritime will continue to work with residents and stakeholder groups as the proposal progresses,” Mr Webber said. Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Office of Chris Hartcher MP

Lions to converge in San Remo he Lions Club of Wyong will host the 50th district 201N3 Lions convention at San Remo’s Camp Breakaway from Friday, November 1, until Sunday, November 3.

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Wyong Regional Chronicle - October 24, 2013 - P9

Greens call on O’Farrell to rule out mine

McNamara pleased with legislation to abolish carbon tax

he Central Coast Greens have called on Premier Barry O’Farrell to honour his 2011 election promise and rule out, absolutely and immediately, the proposed Wallarah 2 long-wall coal mine at Jilliby.

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catchments. “Our drinking water is as important as Sydney’s. “More people live on the Coast than in the Northern Territory. “Imagine the outrage if the water supply for the entire Territory was at risk. “People bought property in Jilliby because they thought the Premier was a man of his word. “They now face years of uncertainty and stress, they cannot sell their properties and they do not know if their house will subside or not. “Residents in the vicinity of the coal mine and proposed stock pile are worried about their health, especially since the mine owners’ own Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) predicts an increased risk of death of 1:100,000, meaning two to three people per year on the Coast are likely to die due to the effects of pollution from this mine.” The current process of assessment for Wallarah 2, if allowed to run its course, could last for years. At the moment,

Kores, the South Korean proponents, are preparing responses to the more than 500 submissions to the mine EIS. Those who made a submission then are given the chance to reply. The Planning and Assessment Committee might then meet or the federal environment minister, having stated that Wallarah 2 has met the criteria for the new water trigger, may intervene. The provisions of the water trigger have not been tested in court which may prolong the process further. “The Central Coast Greens demand that the Premier honour his promise and acts now to end this farce,” Ms da Costa said. “Give everyone certainty by excluding coal mining and coal seam gas drilling from water catchments for major settlement areas, not just the Sydney basin, and let the residents of the Central Coast get a good night’s sleep.” Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Kate da Costa, Central Coast Greens

ederal Member for Dobell Ms Karen McNamara has welcomed news that the government’s first item of parliamentary business will be legislation to abolish the carbon tax.

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“I have had the opportunity over the past 18 months to talk with local residents, households and business,” Ms McNamara said. “One message was constant, that all these groups wanted the carbon tax abolished. “This move will lower costs for local businesses and manufacturers, increase jobs and ease the cost of living pressures on Dobell households. “This is about taking the pressure off electricity

and gas bills. “With the carbon tax gone, household assistance payments already provided will remain in order to help families with cost of living pressures.” On average, households will be around $550 better off in 2014-15 than they would have been with the carbon tax in place. The public has been invited to have their say by providing feedback on specific details of the repeal process.

“Just as we had done in the lead up to the election we are determined to engage in proper consultation, which means that this draft legislation could be further refined before its introduction to the Parliament,” Ms McNamara said. The government invites submissions on the exposure drafts of the carbon tax repeal bills by Monday, November 4. Media release, 16 Oct 2013 Luke Nayna, Office of Karen McNamara MP

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Greens spokesperson Ms Kate da Costa said now that the Sydney Catchment Authority has categorically stated that long-wall coal mining does cause damage to water courses, it is time for the Premier to stop the proposed coal mine. “The risk to the drinking water supply of 350,000 people on the Central Coast is unacceptably high,” Ms da Costa said. “This coal mine will not bring in enough in royalties or create enough new employment to compensate for the risk to our water, the risks to our health, and the risks of property damage. “The Central Coast Greens back the longrunning campaign of the Australian Coal Alliance against this mine, and the current calls by Sydney residents to protect their drinking water supplies. “Our candidates ran on a platform of opposition to the mine during the recent federal election. “The Premier has to recognise that he made a promise to the people of NSW before elected that he would not allow coal mining in water

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Greens support proposal for National Integrity Commission he Central Coast Greens have expressed full support for Australian Greens Senator Christine Milne’s proposal for a National Integrity Commission and Independent Parliamentary Advisor.

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The Central Coast Greens are also calling for further measures related to donations to political parties in NSW to avoid alleged scandals such as the one currently involving Liberal MPs Mr Chris Spence, Mr Darren Webber, Mr Chris Hartcher, Ms Karen McNamara and Wyong mayor and ex-Liberal candidate Cr Doug Eaton. “There are clearly too many politicians who cannot decide for themselves what is appropriate when dealing with public money, or how to legally process donations in an open, transparent and correct manner,� Greens spokesperson Ms Sue Wynn said. “Our papers over the last week have been full of federal politicians who have improperly claimed

tax payers’ money on dubious grounds, and the community is right to be outraged. “We welcome the fact that the NSW Liberal party themselves referred local donation matters to ICAC, but we are concerned that any representatives of the Central Coast would handle matters in such a way that they became a part of an investigation into improper handling of donations. “The Greens campaign Democracy4Sale has been running for years, precisely because donations can lead to perceived or actual conflicts of interest or undue influence. “This is why we were happy to see Barry O’Farrell bring in strict laws in NSW to limit the amount an individual can

donate - $5,000 in a year – and prevent developers from donating to political parties. “The state government has suspended the deputy commissioner for the State Emergency Services (SES) because of an ongoing ICAC investigation, so why should Chris Spence and Darren Webber be treated any differently? “Both SES and Liberal MPs had computers seized and are subject to active investigations. “No charges have been laid, so suspension is entirely appropriate. “The rules should be the same for politicians as they are for public servants.� Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Sue Wynn, Central Coast Greens

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The community grant will enable Blair’s Wish to continue to help local families with children diagnosed with cerebral palsy living on the Central Coast. Blair’s Wish operates a loan pool of vital equipment needed by these families, as these items are often beyond the financial means of the average family. Demand has been

greatest for paediatric special needs strollers, which have made a huge difference to the lives of many Central Coast families with a disabled child. Blair’s Wish also aims to increase public awareness about cerebral palsy and similar conditions. More the 200 community organisations that support the health and

wellbeing of Australian youth will receive individual grants of up to $10,000, as part of the 2013 Commonwealth Bank Community Grants program. This year a total of $2 million has been invested into local communities. Media release, 9 Oct 2013 Georgia Psaltis, Commonwealth Bank

Two retirees honoured

Albert Butler, Bruce Gibbs and Allen Morgan

special luncheon was held on Tuesday, October 8, at The Entrance Diggers Club to honour NSW Justices Association retiring president Allen Morgan and retiring vice president and foundation member Albert Butler.

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Each member was presented with elegant engraved clocks by the NSW Justices Association Area Director and Branch Hon Secretary Bruce Gibbs JP, in appreciation of their dedicated service to the branch. Allen Morgan had served for two years as vice president, three years as treasurer, and 13 years as branch president. Albert Butler, a foundation and committee

member, served for five years as branch president and nine years as vice president. Twenty-four members and their guests attended the luncheon to celebrate the careers of both retiring members. In his speech, Mr Gibbs paid tribute to the important work carried out in the local community by volunteer members of the NSW Justices Association at

various community JP desks on the Central Coast. He also emphasized the importance of the support the branch can provide to all JPs, especially with the new education and online training program being developed by the Association in NSW. Email, 14 Oct 2013 Eunice Wernhard, NSWJA Tuggerah Lakes Branch

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Wyong Regional Chronicle - October 24, 2013 - P11

Police on the lookout Man charged with for man involved in Lake Haven murder Budgewoi shooting I

nvestigators have charged a 53-year-old man with murder following the stabbing death of a woman in Lake Haven on Wednesday, October 16

olice are continuing their investigation to locate a man, believed to be involved in a shooting at Budgewoi on Monday, October 14.

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About 4:20am, a 33-year-old male driver of a vehicle allegedly fired a number of shots at another car on Scenic Dr, before leaving the location. Later that morning, police became involved in a short pursuit with a black Renault sedan in Doyalson. The vehicle was later found near Dooralong Rd at Lemon Tree. Officers attached to Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command

conducted an extensive search of Lemon Tree and Dooralong, but the man was not located. Specialist police from the Dog Squad, PolAir and Tactical Operations Unit also assisted in the search. Detectives are continuing to pursue a number of lines of inquiry to locate the man, who has been described as being Caucasian in

appearance, 33 years of age, about 185cm, with tattoos on both sides of his neck and of a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black hooded jumper and cargo pants. The public are reminded that the man may be armed and if sighted they should not approach him but instead contact Triple Zero immediately.

About 4:50am, police and emergency services were called to an address in Crowe St, Lake Haven, after reports of a domestic incident. On arrival, they found the body of a 60-year-old woman and a 53-yearold man with serious abdominal wounds.

The injured man was airlifted to Sydney for further treatment. Detectives from Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command commenced an investigation and, at

a bedside hearing on Tuesday, October 22, the 53-year-old man was charged with murder. He was formally refused bail until his next court appearance on Tuesday, November 5. Media release, 22 Oct 2013 NSW Police Media

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Concerned about Wyong not Peninsula he last Peninsula News (October 14) featured an article that stated the Peninsula was safe from Coal Seam Gas mining.

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I am not as worried about coal seam gas under the Peninsula as I am about mining in the Wyong valleys. This is a real threat to the water supply for the whole Central Coast. If the river bed is cracked (as happened down south), there may not be water in Wyong River to pump to Mangrove Creek ‘dam’

which is really a pumpfilled reservoir. If the land sinks into an underground mine (as recently happened just north at Newcastle), the pipeline may well be damaged, cutting off our water supply. Email, 19 Oct 2013 Kevin Armstrong, Tumbi Umbi

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After distribution of preferences, she had received 42,658 votes as of Friday, September 12. Former Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill has conceded defeat. At the time Peninsula News went to press, counting of postal and absentee votes for the Robertson electorate had not been finalized and the result of the poll had not been declared. With just a 0.05 per cent increase in the Liberal party vote, Ms Wicks received 43.58 per cent of the first preference votes with a total of 35,133, which was 6574 more than Ms O’Neill received. Ms O’Neill suffered a swing against her of 4.33 per cent and received 35.43 per cent of first preference votes or 36,578 after distribution of preferences. Ms O’Neill, said it had “been a great honour to serve the people of Robertson for the last three years”. Ms Wicks said she was “humbled by the people of Robertson” for choosing her as their representative, and promised that the people of the electorate would no longer be taken for granted. “That stops now and I promise to be the strong voice in parliament that the people of the Central Coast need. “I’m proud that the first thing the Coalition government will do is scrap the carbon tax because it was the biggest issue residents raised with me. “I’m also looking forward to working with my Liberal counterparts on delivering the Coalition’s $21 million growth plan for the Central Coast. “I’d also like to thank everyone for their support. “I couldn’t have done it without the strong Liberal community and volunteers and my family,” said Ms Wicks. However, despite the strong vote for Ms Wicks, she was the preferred candidate at only six of 16 polling places around the Peninsula. Ms O’Neill said she has been overwhelmed with good wishes from locals. “I am proud of the work we have been able to accomplish in three years,” said Ms O’Neill. “Working to make a difference

for the people on the Coast whose voices were so often silenced under the previous Coalition Government. “We have delivered $55 million in health infrastructure for the Coast, $7 million for the GP Superclinic, $28.6 million for the Regional Cancer Centre, and $19.55 million to bring the Woy Woy Rehab back to life. “In the last term of the previous Liberal Government, Gosford Council received only $1 million. “Under Labor, in just three years, we have delivered $58 million for local roads, services and infrastructure. “Our local schools also received a much needed boost of $80 million for new classrooms, libraries and vital refurbishments. “The Labor Government of the 43rd Parliament delivered for the Central Coast. “We as a community need to make sure that the Abbott Government deliver on the few commitments he made and deliver the promises already in the Budget. “The F3-M2 Missing Link and the Kariong exit lane widening is already in the Budget and must be built. “Kibbleplex is in the Budget, and must be built. “And vague promises of a Regional Performing Arts Centre need to be clarified and fought for. “However, John Singleton’s influence is clear, by funding former Independent Lawrie McKinna, who delivered his preferences, secured the seat for the Liberal Party. “Labor stands for a fair go for all, not just for some. “I look forward to continuing to work for the people of the Central Coast, now and into the future. “I once again thank everyone for their support over the last three years,” said Ms O’Neill. As of Friday, a total of 94.13 per cent of the 85,636 votes were formal with 5.87 per cent listed as informal. About nine per cent of the votes were cast at the Woy Woy Pre-poll Voting Centre. Website, 12 Sep 2013 Australian Electoral Commission Media statement, 9 Sep 2013 Mary Doherty, Office of Lucy Wicks Media statement, 9 Sep 2013 Richard Mehrtens, Office of Deborah O’Neill

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Deborah O’Neill remains more popular Labor’s Deborah O’Neill remained the more popular candidate on the Peninsula in the Federal election despite losing the seat of Robertson. Ms O’Neill received 11,811 votes at the Peninsula’s 13 polling booths, 51.87 per cent of the two-party vote of a total of 22,772 counted as of Friday. Ms O’Neill was also the preferred candidate at nine of the 13 booths. At Booker Bay Preschool, a total of 705 formal votes were received with Ms Wicks receiving 56.39 per cent with a total of 397 votes. Ettalong Beach Primary School recorded a total of 2555 formal votes with Ms O’Neill receiving 53.35 per cent with a total of 1363 votes. At Woy Woy South Primary School, Ms O’Neill received 1189 of the 2029 formal votes with 58.60 per cent. Umina Beach Public School recorded a total of 2052 formal votes with 1073 going to Ms

Former Member for Robertson Ms Deborah O’Neill

O’Neill and 979 awarded to Ms Wicks. Patonga Progress Association saw one vote difference between Ms Wicks and Ms O’Neill with Ms Wicks recording 100 votes and Ms O’Neil 101. At Pearl Beach Community

Centre 172 of the 339 votes went to Ms Wicks with Ms O’Neill recording 49.26 per cent. Umina Community Hall recorded 1096 votes with 595 going to Ms O’Neill and 501 to Ms Wicks. Brisbane Water Secondary College’s Umina campus recorded 878 of the 1519 votes to Ms O’Neill and 641 to Ms Wicks. At Umina Uniting Church Community Centre, 926 of 1749 formal votes went to Ms O’Neill and 823 to Ms Wicks. Brisbane Water Secondary College’s Woy Woy Campus saw 829 of the 1547 votes awarded to Ms O’Neill and 718 to Ms Wicks while the Bays Community Hall saw Ms Wicks awarded 146 of the 290 votes and Ms O’Neill 144. Woy Woy Pre-poll Voting Centre saw Ms Wicks receive 4141 of the 7842 votes and Ms O’Neill 3701 while the Woy Woy South Progress Association saw Ms O’Neill receive 445 of the 848 votes and Ms Wicks receive 403. Website, 12 Sep 2013 Australian Electoral Commission

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The CareFlight helicopter that had to land on Woy Woy Rd

Gospel Garden sets $400,000 target The Gospel Garden Sanctuary committee is attempting to raise $400,000 by Christmas to buy the Umina building to avoid it being torn down for commercial development.

Gospel Garden Sanctuary founder Mr Danny DeMoreta said the committee had asked Gosford Council for assistance to buy the building for Umina. “The talks aren’t over. “However, all we’ve received so far are reasons why they may

not be able to help,” said Mr DeMoreta. “For two years now, dedicated volunteers have run the Gospel Garden Sanctuary in Umina Beach, without the aid of any government grants or assistance. “It’s been hard work and it’s

been worth it too. “The Gospel Garden Sanctuary has become a unique open-door social centre in the heart of Umina Beach, where people can come and feel free to enjoy events and social activities.” He said people interested

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in helping could contact the committee by email at uacvumina@hotmail.com.au.

The study, which aimed to prioritise upgrades and identify sites for added infrastructure, has now been adopted by council. One submission nominated improvements to the Blackwall Point boat ramp facility. These improvements included the need for toilets, a longer slipway for low tide launching, double ramp width and the extension of the manoeuvring area to allow for more vehicle waiting capacity. In his report, Council’s director of city services Mr Stephen Glen stated that the site was unsuitable

for upgrading to a regional facility due to difficult road access and site limitations. “The Blackwall Point facility is considered difficult for vehicular access and would require significant improvement before this site would be considered suitable for improvement to a regional facility,” stated the report. Another submission stated that the study should be extended to include commuter user ferry needs and a hierarchy of wharves requiring higher standards. The submission also recommended the relocation of the existing Ferry Rd wharf to the alternative Bangalow St site when the Ferry Rd wharf had reached its useful life and required replacement. Mr Glen responded and said the submission had been noted

regarding the relocation of the wharf, however, the Better Boating Program grant conditions for the study applied only to the assessment of public recreational maritime facilities and could not be extended to commercial activities. One submission identified the need to upgrade Empire Bay’s Kendall Rd wharf as well as the need to improve the Empire Bay Reserve area. Mr Glen reported that this had been identified as a priority to be upgraded. However, grant funding from the Better Boating Program was restricted to providing maritime infrastructure and other funding sources would be required to improve the public reserve area. The report stated that Council was responsible for 23 boat ramps

and 43 public wharves within Brisbane Water. The study, which was publicly exhibited between February 20 and March 20 this year, found most maritime facilities within Brisbane Water were in an average condition. The replacement value of existing maritime assets in the study area was estimated at $6.9 million. A total of 22 wharves and boat ramps were identified as priority for replacement in the near future, at a total cost of $2.7 million. These included Woy Woy Town Centre wharf, Ferry Rd wharf, Kendall Rd wharf and boat ramp, Killcare wharf, Woy Woy cargo wharf, Hardys Bay wharf, Wagstaffe wharf, Lions Park wharf No.2, Woy Woy Bay wharf, Phegans Bay wharf, Oroo St wharf, Pier St wharf and Rawson Rd wharf.

Ambulance paramedics called the CareFlight rapid-response trauma team shortly after 2:30 pm. Police blocked Woy Woy Rd to allow the helicopter to land

near the crash site. CareFlight landed at the scene just before 3pm to allow the crew doctor to team with ambulance paramedics treating the rider.

The CareFlight doctor said the 52-year-old man from Copacabana suffered multiple fractures when he crashed into a steel barrier. After stabilisation, the rider

was flown by CareFlight to Royal North Shore Hospital. Media release, 9 Oct 2013 Ian Badham, CareFlight

CSG mining prohibited near Peninsula

Submissions made about wharves study Three submissions have been received about local maritime facilties after Gosford Council exhibited its Brisbane Water Public Wharves and Boat Ramps Usage Study.

Woy Woy Rd was temporarily blocked on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 9, after a motorbike crash at Kariong.

Media release, 27 Sep 2013 Danny DeMoreta, Gospel Garden Sanctuary

Mr Glen said the need for replacement of public wharves and boat ramps should be given to high priority facilities only, due to the limited funding allocations. “Any decision to replace low priority works or create new infrastructure should be considered against the priority of other capital works items which will result in already identified projects being deferred,” stated Mr Glen’s report. The council was successful in receiving grant funding under the 2010-11 Better Boating Program to undertake a detailed investigation of the existing maritime infrastructure, boat usage patterns and fishing amenities within Brisbane Water. A total of eight submissions were made in response to the study. Gosford Council Agenda CIT.28, 17 Sep 2013

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Coal seam gas (CSG) mining has been prohibited within two kilometers of the Peninsula. NSW Planning and Infrastructure Minister Mr Brad Hazzard said CSG exclusion zones had also come into force across the Lower Hunter and Central Coast regions, including all zoned residential land and rural villages and a two kilometre buffer area around these locations. These exclusion zones reflected community concerns about the conflict over resource development in residential areas, he said. “The NSW Government is now seeking feedback on the precise location of the scheduled stagetwo expansion of CSG exclusion zones into future residential

growth areas in regional NSW,” Mr Hazzard said. He said the Government had appointed a Gateway Panel, which would conduct a scientific assessment to ensure the potential impacts of mining and CSG proposals on strategic agricultural land are identified prior to a development application being lodged. He said the panel, led by chairman Terry Short, were highly regarded experts in their fields and had decades of technical and industry experience. “The panel members we have appointed today deliver expertise across a number of disciplines, meaning each project will be subject to rigorous, balanced and scientific scrutiny.” Mr Short said the establishment of the gateway system was a tremendous step

forward for rural NSW. “It is a voice that rural NSW hasn’t had to date in the planning process,” he said. Mr Hazzard said the mapping being exhibited was to have been the primary component of the proposed Lower Hunter and Central Coast Strategic Regional Land Use Plan. Now this mapping has been released, it is instead proposed to prepare a Regional Growth Plan for the Lower Hunter and Central Coast under the State’s new planning system – rather than a regional plan. He said the Regional Growth Plans would comprehensively cover all strategic planning issues for the region – including housing, infrastructure, economic development, agricultural land and resources and environment – rather than having a focus

mainly on agriculture and resource industry issues. In the Gosford municipality, 654 hectares were identified as Biophysical Strategic Agricultural Land. None was on the Peninsula. “This is the first time in the State’s history there has been such extensive mapping and protection for our residential areas and farms,” Mr Hazzard said. “The progress in striking the balance between strategically significant agricultural land and residential properties is the result of extensive community and business consultation and was necessitated by the complete failure of the former State Labor government to address any of these issues despite CSG being extracted for more than 20 years in NSW.

“The changes deliver key elements of the Government’s Strategic Regional Land Use Policy while at the same ensuring a viable and strong mining industry can occur in NSW,” he said. NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ms Katrina Hodgkinson said the land had been mapped as BSAL because it had been identified as highly fertile and productive land. “Once the mapping is finalised, companies wanting to develop major mining or CSG projects within confirmed BSAL in the region will have to go through the independent scientific Gateway process,” she said. Media release, 3 Oct 2013 Julian Luke, Office of Katrina Hodkinson MP

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Samantha receives Local Carers Award

More input sought on Positive Ageing Strategy yong and Gosford Councils have been working to develop a Positive Ageing Strategy in response to the ageing population of the Central Coast region and are asking for input from residents.

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The aim of the strategy is to help older residents lead healthy, active and independent lives as they age, enhancing participation and quality of life. “More than a quarter of Central Coast residents are aged over 60 years and going by the trends shown in census statistics this number is only going to increase,” Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said. “We have to plan now for this shift in demographics, which will bring with it a range of challenges and opportunities for our community. “By developing this strategy we are providing direction not only to both councils but other levels

Member for Wyong Mr Darren Webber with Samatha Page who cares for her daughter oukley’s Samantha Page has been named a recipient of a Local Carers Award for 2013.

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Member for Wyong Mr Darren Webber presented Ms Page with a certificate on Monday, October 21, and paid tribute to the many Central Coast residents who dedicate their lives to caring for others. Ms Page is the sole carer for her daughter Macy who has Down syndrome and a number of other difficult physical conditions. Macy is unable to walk and requires constant speech and occupational therapy, physiotherapy and early intervention to meet her complex needs. “Ms Page is totally dedicated to her

daughter’s needs and does everything she possibly can to assist her daughter and is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious award,” Mr Webber said. “She is representative of the many other unsung heroes in our community who dedicate their lives to caring for others.” Mr Webber said it was important to honour all those who make an enormous contribution in caring for others. “More than one in 10 people in NSW are carers,” Mr Webber said. “Carers can be anyone including parents, partners, brothers, sisters,

of government and peak groups to guide effective planning and service provision.” As part of this strategy, residents over 50 were asked earlier in the year to provide their ideas on how both councils can collectively work to support older residents. Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna said the next step in the process was creating a community forum to workshop the ideas and discuss how they can be implemented. “We have received over 2,500 submissions in recent months regarding our Positive Ageing Strategy, providing a great insight into issues affecting our ageing population,” Cr McKinna said.

“Now we are looking for residents aged 50 and over to participate in our World Cafe – a community forum that will identify the key needs of our ageing population and determine who within our community can assist in making these outcomes a reality.” Cr McKinna also said that he was looking forward to seeing the working group share ideas in an open forum. “This is a fantastic initiative that sees both councils working together for the benefit of our region and I look forward to seeing the positive results that come from these forums.”

friends, sons or daughters. “They provide regular unpaid support to those who need it because Media release, 15 Oct 2013 of disability, mental Wyong Shire Council and illness, a chronic health Gosford City Council condition, dementia or ageing. “The NSW Carers Award Program acknowledges and celebrates the significant orthlakes Toukley Rotary Club will hold an event on Saturday, contribution carers make October 26, to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. to the person they care for in our community.” NSW Carers Week ran candle massage a buffet lunch, with tickets The event will run a from Sunday, October 13, from 11:30am until 3pm demonstration, a trash for the event costing $50. until Saturday, October and will feature music and treasure handbag 19. Email, 9 Oct 2013 by Dexter Moore, wine raffle, a photo booth and Northern Lakes Regional tasting, a fashion parade the Wyong Drama Group Media release, 17 Oct 2013 Business Chamber Jim Lloyd, and a belly dancing chorus line. There will be Office of Darren Webber MP exhibition. It will also include champagne on arrival and

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Barbara Craig retires from role of president after eight years uide Dogs NSW-ACT’s Central Coast Support Group president Wallace and her guide of eight years Ms Barbara Craig retired from the role at the dog William. “I used to pick her up group’s annual meeting on Monday, October 14.

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Ms Craig, of Killarney Vale, handed over the reins to Ms Margaret Grace During her time as president, Ms Craig has organised 200 fundraising stalls across the Central Coast, helping to raise about $400,000 to help Guide Dogs NSW-ACT provide training programs for people who are blind or vision impaired. “We usually run 20 to 28 stalls a year,” said Ms Craig who will continue to volunteer with the group. “I manage the merchandise, and I convoy everything from my house to the stalls. “From these stalls, we usually raise anything from $40,000 to $60,000 a year.” The stalls are a way to

reach the general public, and not only raise funds, but also to raise awareness about the work of Guide Dogs NSW-ACT. Named Guide Dogs Volunteer of the Year in 2009, Ms Craig said she joined the local group in 2002 out of amazement for how guide dogs provide independence to people with impaired vision. “I just love dogs and it constantly amazes me how guide dogs help people who can’t see to get out and about on their own,” said Ms Craig. “Whenever I have to visit an unfamiliar place I get worried about how I’m going to get there, but people with guide dogs do this all the time without any trouble. “Vision loss is a

challenging disability but Guide Dogs’ services help people realise that it doesn’t have to limit their independence.” During her time volunteering, Barbara has shared a number of achievements and memories with her peers including receiving a well-deserved certificate from Gosford Council, on behalf of the support group, for their hard work and dedication. Though according to Ms Craig, after she retires, her fondest memories will not be of the achievements and awards she received over the years, but rather the relationships she built with the wonderful people she works with. “I worked for six or seven years with Mai

and she would attend so many stalls. “In that time, I remember William raised over $16,000 himself, just through people wanting to come along and talk to him at the stalls, and donating money. “I have really fond memories of those days,” she said. With her term coming to an end, Ms Craig said it has been a fulfilling journey, one which she attributed to the help and support of the other volunteers and the public themselves. “I would like to thank everybody on the Central

Coast for their generosity. “They are just lovely people. “They come to the stall, they talk to us, and they donate money, and

it has been so lovely working with them all.” Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Sally Edgar, Guide Dogs NSW-ACT

Guide Dog stalls in Wyong he Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Volunteer Support Group will hold fundraising stalls in the Wyong Shire during November.

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The fundraising stalls will be held between 9am and 2:30pm and will sell tickets for a Christmas raffle at $1 each. A stall will be held at Chittaway Shopping Centre on Thursday, November 7, with another stall scheduled

for Friday, November 22, at Lake Haven. On Friday, November 29, a stall will be held at Bateau Bay Village. Funds raised from the stalls will be used to enhance the quality of life of people who are blind or vision

impaired by assisting in their achievement of independence through access and mobility. Email, 16 Oct 2013 Lynne Lillico, Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Volunteer Support Group

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hree Wyong schools will receive sets of flashing lights under the next NSW Government rollout to increase school zone pedestrian safety.

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On Friday, October 18, Minister for the Central Coast Mr Chris Hartcher and NSW Minister for Roads Mr Duncan Gay announced that the lights would be installed at Hopetown School, Lakes Anglican Grammar School and Wyong Christian Community School. Mr Hartcher said the NSW Government was delivering on its commitment to ensure every school in the state would have a set of flashing lights by December 2015. He said the flashing lights were one of the most effective tools for slowing down motorists near schools and represented a common sense approach to saving children’s lives.

“Children are our most vulnerable and inexperienced road users,” Mr Hartcher said. “They may also take risks in the traffic environment without realising they are doing so. “School zone flashing lights alert drivers they are entering a 40km per hour school zone and to slow down, reducing the risk and severity of crashes. “Put simply, flashing lights make the roads around our schools safer.” Mr Gay said the installation of these flashing lights was part of a rollout that would see a further 101 schools in the state receive flashing lights before the start of the 2014 school year. “That means 1,255

NSW school zones will have flashing lights which will cover 1,364 schools,” Mr Gay said. “Every school in the state will have a set of flashing lights by December 2015. “Last financial year, 280 sets of flashing lights were installed, the largest number ever installed in a single financial year.” Trials have found flashing lights helped to slow motorists by an average of seven kilometres an hour when they enter a school zone. Roads and Maritime Services will consult with local residents and schools about the timing for the installation of he lights. Media release, 18 Oct 2013 Caroline Hutcherson, Office of Mr Hartcher MP

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As part of this unit, the opportunity class at the Warnervale School, which comprises Year 5 and 6 students, planned and organised a dinner to raise funds for the development of the Ronald McDonald House Family Room at Gosford Hospital. The dinner was held on Friday, October 11, and the students’ efforts resulted in over $13,000 being raised. Student Olivia Roberts was one of the main organisers of the event. “It was very stressful but we pulled together and have managed to

make enough to make a big difference to Ronald McDonald House Charities,” Miss Roberts said. “As well as the planning and making things before the night, we also cooked, cleaned, waited on tables, greeted our guests and much, much more.” Student Deanna Barnes said she had learned a lot about what she could do to help her community from the activity. “We have also learned that helping other people is something you can do no matter what age you are,” Miss Barnes said.

“We know the money will be used wisely and will make a difference to the families of lots of sick children.” Head of the Junior School Mr William Wallace congratulated the students and their teachers for all their efforts in ensuring the evening was a success. The students will present their cheque to a representative of Ronald McDonald House Charities later this month at the Ronald McDonald House in Newcastle. Media release, 21 Oct 2013 Judy White, Lakes Grammar

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yong Christian Community School students are reminded to check the new Red Bus timetables which commenced on Sunday, October 20.

Students who catch a route bus to and from school will need to check the new timetables for the operating times of their buses. Students who catch a dedicated school bus to and from school will

need to signal the driver of their school bus as the regular drivers will no longer be driving them. Timetables and routes can be viewed on the Red Bus website at w w w. r e d b u s . c o m . a u / school-services/school-

bus-timetables and then click on Wyong Christian School. Newsletter, 23 Oct 2013 Ian Liney, Wyong Christian Community School

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tudents and staff from Lakes Grammar have travelled to Sydney to take part in a conference and workshop to enable them to guide the development of a student wellbeing program at the school.

The Youth Empowerment Process, a program developed by Mind Matters and Beyond Blue, aims to promote positive mental health and to build student engagement with schools. It allows students to work alongside other students to promote social and emotional wellbeing, build resilience and to encourage appreciation of the special qualities that make up each person in a community. At Lakes Grammar, it is envisaged that this training will enhance the development of student

leadership opportunities through the Colleges (the basis of the school’s Pastoral Care program) and through the Student Representative Council. Director of student wellbeing at Lakes Grammar Mr Brant Maslen said the social and emotional wellbeing of students was very important if they were to get the best out of their school years and to go on to be contributing members of society. “This training is the first step in enhancing the role of student empowerment for leadership in pastoral care across the school,”

Mr Maslen said. “All teachers at Lakes Grammar will complete similar training early next year and we are aiming for gradual implementation of new student-led initiatives as the program gains momentum. “This is a very exciting time in the life of the school and I am sure that this program will benefit both our current and future students well beyond their years at Lakes Grammar.”

yong Council will conduct a free workshop for the parents of learner drivers on Tuesday, October 29, at Tuggerah Library.

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It will also address supervising drivers working with the learner driver and planning for success. Bookings are preferred as light refreshments will be provided and there are limited spaces. The workshop is

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New program for Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras

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ue to dwindling numbers in previous years, the Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras will see a new program of entertainment at The Entrance on Saturday, December 7.

The all new Tuggerah Lakes Mardi Gras Summerfest is free and is aimed at families and enjoyment for the younger members of the community. It will see entertainment from the band, Baxter’s Revenge, dance performances and a guest DJ. There will also be a Big Air School Action Sports show with some of Australia’s top athletes performing demonstrations for all to enjoy, including scooter, skate and BMX demonstrations. Some of the traditional activities from prior events will remain in place, such as the Tuggerah Lakes Show Band, a visit from Santa, the lighting of the big Christmas tree and the fireworks display.

The community can expect to see activities such as this at The Entrance Media release, 9 Oct 2013 Tuggerah Lakes Donna Judge, The Entrance Gras Summerfest Town Centre Management

The Mardi will be held from 4pm to 9pm at Memorial Park.

Local tourism operators are award finalists hree tourism operators in the Wyong Shire have been named as finalists for the 2013 NSW Tourism Awards.

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The Mercure Kooindah Waters, Norah Head Lighthouse and Tree Top Adventure Park Central Coast were all revealed as finalists for the highly contested awards on Tuesday, October 8. The awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement throughout the year, with the program supported by Destination NSW. Tourism Industry Council NSW awards organiser Mr Andrew Jefferies said this year’s results were reflective of not only the excellence and high standard of tourism products on offer across the state, but also of the entrant’s ability to evolve their products and services to remain competitive. “I’m confident that

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“The new entries really took the calibre of entrants to a whole new level this year, making our job as judges quite difficult,” Mr Edwards said. “We look forward to celebrating with the finalists and winners at the gala ceremony in November.” The winners of the 24th NSW Tourism Awards will go on to compete for the state at the QANTAS Australian Tourism Awards in February next year. The judging process was conducted by a panel of highly experienced tourism professionals and checked and verified by specialist auditors Bell Partners. Media release, 4 Oct 2013 Diana Spencer, Zadro Communications

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the quality of this year’s finalists will go on to be reflected at the national level,” Mr Jefferies said. “To see so many of our state’s tourism operators grow and challenge themselves by entering the awards showcases the strength and resilience of our industry. “Overall, this year’s results have a common theme. “It seems that operators now understand the role sustainability plays in their business. “Entrants across the board have also shown they are more innovative in their services and have focused on what more they can provide their clientele.” This year, Mr Reg Edwards, chair of the judges, was extremely pleased to see so many new entrants.

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Wyong Regional Chronicle - October 24, 2013 - P17

The audience is the jury in “The Accused”

Electric barbecue added to Joshua Porter memorial

yong Drama Group will open its final production of the year “The Accused” on Thursday, November 7, at the Wyong Memorial Hall.

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“The Accused” is a tense, contemporary, court room drama and is the third play former British MP and wellknown author Jeffrey Archer has written. Directed by Pollyanna Forshaw, the Wyong group’s production features a strong cast

– Brendon Flynn and Andrew Thomson spar as the opposing barristers, many of the group’s new members keep the Old Bailey running smoothly and Laszlo Weidlich is Justice Cartwright. An array of colourful witnesses, for and against the accused, will keep

audiences guessing until the end of the show. However, there is an extra twist. The audience, cast as the jury, will decide the verdict of the accused. Media release, 17 Oct 2013 Ros Ellis, Wyong Drama Group

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hain Valley Bay Progress Association Inc has installed a covered electric barbecue as the latest addition to a memorial at Joshua Porter Reserve.

The late Mr Porter was a resident of Chain Valley Bay who tragically died in an accident near Fiji as part of his role in the Australian SAS. A plaque already displayed at the reserve records the detail of the accident involving a helicopter and a vessel in extremely stormy seas. The latest enhancement was made possible by a seed grant from

Delta Electricity, which matched with a grant from Wyong Council. It was officially opened on Saturday, September 21, with a traditional Aussie sausage sizzle, Australian country music and the cutting of the ribbon. The ribbon was cut by the president of the Chain Valley Bay Progress Association Inc Ms Lyn Axford, Delta

Electricity’s Mr Glenn Page and Wyong Cr Doug Vincent. Existing children’s play equipment, benches and tables, the very busy boat launching ramp, toilet facilities and the new barbeque have made this spot now even more enjoyable for a picnic. Email, 18 Oct 2013 Bob Brooks, Chain Valley Bay Progress Association Inc

Wyong residents encouraged to get involved in McHappy Day s the countdown begins to McHappy Day, Wyong residents are encouraged to purchase a Helping Hand and display it at their local McDonald’s restaurant to help raise much needed funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

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Over 580,000 Helping Hands were sold last year and this year, the McHappy Day team is hoping to beat this record to help raise a total of $3.4 million on the day. To date, over 80,000 people have visited a Ronald McDonald Family Room, which provides a relaxing haven within hospitals to give families a break from the stress of many hours spent at their child’s bedside. This year’s fundraising target could equate to covering the cost to keep a Family Room open for more than 60,000 days. Helping Hands will be sold at McDonald’s restaurants across the

country for $1 from Wednesday, October 23, up until McHappy Day on Saturday, November 9. All proceeds will be donated to RMHC to help seriously ill children and their families. Corporate Helping Hands will also be available for businesses to purchase in $10 increments. McDonald’s Wyong licensee Ms Raylee McLeod said Helping Hands were a fantastic way for the community to show their support for McHappy Day and make a real difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their

families. “Not only do they form an amazing visual display in each restaurant; they also represent the community coming together – communities who are always so generous in showing their support,” Ms McLeod said. $132 raised could fund one nights’ accommodation for a family at a Ronald McDonald House; $60 could cover the cost of one educational tuition session for one child through the Ronald McDonald Learning Program; and $56 could help keep one Ronald McDonald Family Room

open each day. Since 1981, RMHC has helped more than 100,000 families and over the next few years,

RMHC is aiming to build five new houses as well as open 12 more Family Rooms. It also hopes to extend

the Learning Program to help more children catch up on their schooling. Media release, 9 Oct 2013 Fiona McGill, Professional

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ow in its third year, the Central Coast Chinese Cultural Festival, held on Sunday, September 15, in Memorial Park at The Entrance, was deemed a success with thousands of locals turning out to celebrate the multicultural event.

The event, which was organised by the China Australia Friendship Association, aimed to promote harmony and embrace both the strong Chinese community on the Coast as well as provide a platform for other local cultural groups living in the area to get together. The success of this event each year relies heavily on in-kind support and grant funding. In offering a hand to the China Australia Friendship Association, the Wallarah 2 Coal Project provided funding to support the weekend’s event by way of its Community Foundation grant program. The grant was received by China Australia Friendship Association and festival conveyor president

Ms Ruby Eaton. “We are very thankful for the support proffered by Wallarah, it played an important role in enabling us to make this year’s festival bigger and better,” Ms Eaton said. “There is a strong sense of community on the Central Coast and our festival aims to embrace this, creating a shared sense of identity and celebrating our multiculturalism and diversity.” Wallarah 2 environment and community manager Mr Peter Smith said he also saw the importance of celebrating the Coast’s multiculturalism. “Events such as this are important in sharing the unique characteristics of the varied cultures and backgrounds of locals in

our communities,” Mr Smith said. “Our grant aims to bolster programs and initiatives such as this which benefit the wider Wyong community. “It was wonderful to see the myriad of cultural offerings at the festival as locals joined together experiencing Chinese dancing and cultural performances, art showcases, amazing food and stalls displaying modern and traditional wares.” With the Wallarah 2 Community Foundation grant application process now closed, nine grants in total have been presented to support organisations that benefit the Wyong LGA.

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he new playground at Elizabeth Ross Park in East Gosford was officially opened on Sunday, September 8.

The young and young at heart were treated to a range of fun activities including community stalls, face painting, a sausage sizzle and a display from council’s Family Nature Club. Designed in conjunction with the community, the playground incorporates a Japanese design element featuring Cherry Blossoms, overall complementing its location alongside the Gosford-Edogawa Commemorative Gardens. Gosford Council’s coordinator parks,

playgrounds and foreshores Ms Kim Radford said the new playground facility caters for people of all ages. “The new Elizabeth Ross Park playground provides a great outdoor area for the whole family to explore and it was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying the facility on opening day. “The playground is as picturesque as it is functional with plenty of open space to kick a ball and picnic facilities including a barbecue and

tables so people can come along and make a day of it. “Young ones can enjoy a flying fox and an enchanted garden in the grove of lemon scented gums where they will find a magical rainbow surrounded by mushrooms, toadstools and a large fallen log. “There is also a special area for toddlers, complete with a pint size ladybird slide and sunflower swing which provides a comfortable area for younger children to explore and play,” said Ms Radford.

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inners of the 2013 Gosford City Garden Competition were announced on Thursday, September 19, at an awards ceremony held in the Erina Room, the Erina Centre. Barbara and Laurie Smith’s garden at Mount White edged out stiff competition to win the Champion Garden over 1,000 square metres while Point Clare’s Val and Terence Taylor took out the Champion Garden under 1,000 square metres. Best Waterwise Garden went to Brendan Gulson, The Coast Christian School received the Best Eco Friendly School Garden and Best Commercial Garden was won by Somersby Gardens Estate. Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna said that the 2013 Gosford City Garden Competition uncovered some truly spectacular outdoor spaces in our city. “I am continually amazed by the dedication and talent of our local gardeners and this year’s competition was no exception. “It was wonderful to see a large number of new competitors right across Gosford City entering a diverse range of gardens, from large manicured acreages to small and colourful courtyard displays. “The 2013 competition was fierce and the calibre of entries was stronger than

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ever, prompting judges to include an additional three encouragement awards in recognition of this high standard. Mayor Cr McKinna added that the popularity of Gosford City Garden Competition had not wavered in over three decades. “The garden competition has been ingrained in Gosford City’s history for over 30 years and is showing no signs of

slowing down with entry numbers continuing to grow each year. “As always, the support from our local community has contributed to another successful competition and I hope to see this support continue well into the future. “Congratulations to all of this year’s entrants, finalists and deserving winners. “Your hard work and dedication is to be

commended and serves to create a more beautiful and interesting landscape for the whole city to enjoy,” said mayor Cr McKinna. Winners of the 2013 Gosford City Garden Competition were: Champion Residential Garden over 1,000 square metres – Barbara and Laurie Smith of Mount White Champion Residential Garden under 1,000 square metres – Val and Terence Taylor of Point Clare

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proposed cinema complex at Lake Haven has moved a step closer with the recent signing of a Heads of Agreement between Wyong Council and Metro Cinemas. The proposed development includes an eight theatre complex to be constructed on council land at Lake Haven, and leased to Metro Cinema. The complex is expected to provide up to 25 jobs. The Heads of Agreement will facilitate

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he Trick or Treat and Midday Monster Mash event is on again in Gosford City on Saturday, October 26. Gremlins and ghoulies are invited to meet at the main stage in Kibble Park by 11am where the children will be given a map to Trick or Treat around Gosford City in a fun, safe way. “This is a great event for the whole family,” said Gosford Business Improvement District (GBID) manager Mr Paul Brasch. “We encourage children from zero to 15 years of age to dress up in their scariest costumes, receive

a printed map which they take to participating stores in the Gosford City Centre and receive a stamp on the map as well as a tasty treat or perhaps a trick.” The Trick or Treat part of the event will only be held between 11am and 12pm. Once finished, the children will take their map to the barrels in Kibble Park to enter the draw for some great prizes. “We have a total of 10 prizes to win plus best dressed,” said Mr Brasch. “The second stage of the event is the Midday Monster Mash Disco from 12pm to 1:30pm where they can dance away on the Haunted Stage.

“Kibble Park will have a spooky theme for the day with a number of props and the gremlins and ghoulies will be entertained by scary characters. “We will have a number of games to play, a jumping castle, Zorb balls to roll around in and food stalls,” said Mr Brasch. Stores in the Imperial Shopping Centre and Gosford City Centre are encouraged to dress up their shop fronts and themselves. The winners will receive a prize. For more information or to download a map before Saturday, October 26, visit www.gosfordcity.com.au.

the completion of detailed studies and design options, and lodgement of a developed consent. “This is great news for our residents in the Shire’s north, who have to travel to Tuggerah to attend the movies,” Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton said. “The proposed cinemas will provide a much needed entertainment facility for residents, while also creating jobs. “In particular, jobs for our youth which are much needed.”


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P18 - Wyong Regional Chronicle - October 24, 2013

Best-selling authors at Bateau Bay Library

Ber Carroll, Diane Blacklock and Liane Moriaty will visit Bateau Bay Library on November 7

hree of Australia’s best-selling authors will visit Bateau Bay Library on Thursday, November 7, at 7pm.

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Dianne Blacklock, Ber Carroll and Liane Moriaty are internationally published authors whose books directly appeal to women of all ages. Council’s regional library supervisor Ms Lynda Smith said she was thrilled the women had agreed to come to the library. “This is the first time we have held an evening event at the library and I am hoping those who usually work nine to five will be able to come along,” Ms Smith said. “The authors will be talking about what inspires them to write, the

secrets of their success and how they juggle family life with their writing careers. “It promises to be an interesting evening.” Dianne Blacklock has written nine books about modern women and the complexity of relationships, with the latest one called “The Best Man”. Ber Carroll writes about the modern day woman, relationships, family dynamics, ambitions and conflicts. Her latest book is titled “Less Than Perfect”. Liane Moriaty writes about families,

relationships and the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. She has written five books and her latest book “The Husband’s Secret” reached number one on the New York Times Bestseller list in August this year. “There is no cost to attend this event, refreshments will be provided and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions,” Ms Smith said. Media release, 14 Oct 2013 Wyong Shire Council

Sculptures on the Greens entral Coast sculptor Col Henry is driving the vision and new direction of Sculpture on the Greens in 2014, including launching a mentor program and primary schools awareness scheme in the Wyong LGA to promote art and culture.

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The two programs, the Wallarah 2 Community Foundation Mentorship Program and the Wallarah 2 Community Foundation Schools Program, have been funded by the Wallarah 2 Coal Project’s Community Foundation. They will focus on fostering the arts and artists across the Wyong Shire. Mr Henry heads the non-profit incorporated association, alongside treasurer Krystyne Henry, in running Sculpture on the Greens. He has a goal of putting a greater focus on the arts and most importantly, the artists who make the show. He also said this would involve supporting artists, developing talent and creating a platform for cultivating the arts. “The support of Wallarah 2’s Community Foundation means we are able to run two important programs to ensure we continue to raise the

calibre of this event and encourage community participation. “The Mentorship Program has allowed us to fund and support an emerging local artist. “We are providing sculpture classes, assisting in the development, design and planned installation of a sculpture, so that the artist can showcase their work at the 2014 Sculpture on the Greens.” The Schools Program will see Mr Henry visit five local primary schools next April to run workshops with year five and six students, sharing his secrets to develop drawing skills. Mr Henry said he hoped to capitalise on children’s natural love of art through the schools program. “These projects play an important role in our larger plan to continue to grow and nurture Sculpture on the Greens, linking into other world

renowned sculpture exhibitions held across Australia,” he said. These exhibitions include Sculpture in the Vineyards along the Wollombi Valley Wine Trail, Sculpture by the Sea held annually at Bondi and Cottesloe, and the Nelson Bay Sculpture Festival. Wallarah 2 environment and community manager Mr Peter Smith said Sculpture on the Greens had put arts and culture on the events calendar in Wyong for close to 40 years. “The new look Sculpture on the Greens is set to build on this foundation to deliver a bigger and better event attracting talented and diverse artists to our area,” Mr Smith said. “Sculpture on the Greens is an important cultural asset to the Coast. Media release, 16 Oct 2013 Nerissa Magee, Brilliant Logic

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Regatta at Budgewoi in honour of Ashley Chapman

Not for Profit Organisations Alcoholics Anonymous If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s our business. Meet every Sat - Progress Hall Ronald Ave, Wyoming 8pm 4323 3890 Bateau Bay Scrabble Club For all levels and ages. Come and relax and play SCRABBLE at Bateau Bay Sports Club Bias Avenue, Bateau Bay. Every Wednesday 10am-2pm Contact Sandra 4388 6134 Central Coast Cactus and Succulent Club Meets on the 3rd Sat each month from 1pm to 3.30pm Charmhaven Community Centre Plants for Sale, Raffles, afternoon tea 0401 544 052 4399 2420

Young sailors been given instruction on sailing

udgewoi Sailing Club will hold a regatta called Calling All Skippers on November 2 and 3 in honour of Ashley Chapman, a veteran sailor who passed away last year aged 99.

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Mr Chapman was the founder and a life member of Budgewoi Sailing Club and received an outstanding citizen achievement award from the Commonwealth Trust, Central Coast Branch in 1990. “Ashley had a passion for sailing and sailed for more than 80 years,” said

Budgewoi Sailing Club’s Doreen Vandersteen. “His most memorable sailing moment was when he crossed the Gulf of Papua to Yule Island in 1942 in a double hulled Papuan sailing canoe being strafed by fighters – after escaping from the Japanese invasion of New Guinea.

“For 40 years he loved teaching generations of new sailors the basics of good seamanship and enjoyment of the art of sailing. Email, 14 Oct 2013 Doreen Vandersteen, Budgewoi Sailing Club

Friday October 25 Chrome Fest, Memorial Park, The Entrance Saturday, October 26 Fitness First Central Coast Rugby Sevens International Rugby Festival, Wyong Rugby League Club Chrome Fest, Memorial Park, The Entrance The Old School Art Day, The Entrance Community Centre, 10am-3pm Roller derby event, Bateau Bay PCYC

Ovarian Cancer Fundraising Luncheon, Halekulani Bowling Club, 11:30am Waste wise workshops, Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Sunday October 27 Fitness First Central Coast Rugby Sevens International Rugby Festival, Wyong Rugby League Club Chrome Fest, Memorial Park, The Entrance Tuesday October 29 Learner driver workshop, Tuggerah Library Friday November 1 Summerland Kings, Wyong RSL, 8pm

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Saturday November 2 Maori Family Fun Day, Watanobbi Community Centre, 10am-2pm

Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Wyong) Meet last Monday Month Wyong Golf Club Pacific Highway Wyong 10.30am to 12 noon 4356 9300

Thursday, November 7 Talking with Kids workshop, Warnervale Family and Community Centre, 9:30am12:30pm David Naseby exhibition, Bobbie P Gallery, Wyong Author visit, Bateau Bay Library, 7pm The Accused opening night, Wyong Memorial Hall

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Saturday November 9 St James Spring Fete, St James Wyong Anglican Church, 8:30am

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Contact the Club 4332 5522 M-F, 9am to 3pm for full list of activities Soundwaves Men’s acapella 4 part harmony chorus - for all ages, all welcome. 7.00pm Monday Central Coast Leagues Club 0405 030 945 randtbale@bigpond.com

Diggers@ The Entrance Toastmasters Conventient daytime meetings 2nd and 4th Monday 10.30-12.30pm Creating opportunities to overcome nerves when speaking on your feet. Gain confidence and meet new friends. 4365 2751 Friendship Force Central Coast A travel club with a difference! Travel in small groups and stay with friends in 370 clubs around the world. See a country from the inside and change the way you see the world. We in turn host small groups from other Friendship Force clubs in our home. Rae 4399 3625 Deidre 4388 9435 www. friendshipforcecentralcoast. asn.au

Gorokan Probus Club We promote fellowship, friendship and fun for active senior members of the community. We have guest speakers each month and interesting activities are organised. We meet at the Toukley RSL Club on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 10am. New members welcome. 0438 380 137 4392 9106

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For events in post code areas 2258, 2259, 2261 2261, 2262 2 and 2263 Thursday October 24 Research Information Session, Tuggerah Library, 5:30-6:30pm

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Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Gosford) Meet last Friday Month Terrigal Uniting Church 380 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal 9.30am to 12 noon 4367 9600

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Gurdjieff Society I AM LOST Deep conversations and systematic exercises for understanding my self and my place in life Ancient and modern knowledge 6pm every 2nd Thu 0425 296 783 www.gurdjieff.org.au Long Jetty Senior Citizens Club Beginner classes being held in computers, line dancing, tai chi and zumba gold.

Tuggerah Combined Probus Club Inc New to the Coast? If you would like to meet new friends and enjoy social events, a welcome awaits you at Tuggerah Combined Probus Club each 2nd Thursday of the month, where you will have the opportunity to hear various guest speakers and also join us in a social outing on the 3rd Thursday. We meet at Woodbury Park Community Hall, Mardi. 4388 1841 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, Old Berkeley Vale School, Shannon Parade, Berkeley Vale 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 Wyong Neighbourhood Centre Supporting disadvantaged vulnerable and isolated members of our community offering a range of community services, events, projects, workshops, arts programs and an open community garden. Contact Jane 4353 1750, 0408 640 155

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Sport

Unfurling ceremony celebrates wins he Entrance Bowling Club celebrated wins in the number two and number four 2013 Bowls Central Coast Pennant Grades with an unfurling ceremony attended by members of the winning sides.

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President John O’Connell welcomed over 60 players and officials who stood by the club flag pole for the unfurling of the flags by Bowls Central Coast president Max LeGuier and State Cr Kevin Dring. Players then made their way to the green where a friendly game of bowls was played followed by drinks and a luncheon. Members of the Grade two side were Graeme Canobie, Glenn Coleman, Dave Denniss, John Edwards, John Ellison, Michael Gibbons, Mark Jennings, Ross McGaw,

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Surf Life Saving Central Coast celebrates 75 years

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“As Surf Life Saving urf Life Saving Central Coast celebrated its 75th anniversary with Central Coast celebrates a Gala Dinner on Saturday, October 12.

Federal Member for Dobell Ms Karen McNamara presented a letter of congratulations from Prime Minister Mr Tony Abbott to Surf Life Saving Central Coast president Mr Stuart Harvey. “For 75 years Surf Life Saving Central Coast has been keeping the beaches of the Central Coast safe for local residents and tourists.

“The Central Coast is well known as a tourist destination because of our magnificent beaches. “As thousands of beach goers enjoy the Australian summer it is the countless hours of volunteer patrols that keep our beaches safe and save lives,” Ms McNamara said. “The prime minister himself has a long association with Surf Life Saving and knows

firsthand the difference their presence makes on our beaches,” Ms McNamara said. In the last patrol season (2012-13) Surf Life Saving Central Coast conducted 555 rescues, 25,259 preventative actions, 2,822 first aids and compiled 95,843 volunteer hours. “During this time some 1.3 million people visited Central Coast beaches.

75 years they are already back out on the beaches patrolling for another season. “I would like to personally thank the 2,373 patrolling members who give up their time so thousands can enjoy our beaches over summer,” Ms McNamara concluded. Media release, 14 Oct 2013 Luke Nayna, Office of Karen McNamara

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The competition took place at Umina Beach Bowling Club and saw Ourimbah-Lisarow beat Bateau Bay Bowling Club with a 63-45 finish.

Umina Beach Bowling Club president Bob King congratulated the organisers and the players for their friendly spirit that was evident

throughout the eight weeks of the competition. The club was presented with a winner’s plaque and each player presented with a Bowls Central

Coast winners badge by secretary Doug Rose and vice president Peter Arnold to commemorate their success. Email, 20 Oct 2013 Kevin Dring, Bowls Central Coast


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Wycliff Palu visits Central Coast for awards presentation

Pat Martin and Wycliff Palu

he current NSW Waratah and Wallaby number eight Wycliff Palu made a trip to the Central Coast on Saturday, October 12, to present the major club awards for the Warnervale Wildcats Rugby Union Club.

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Popularly known as “Cliffy”, Palu, who stands at 194cm, was an imposing figure as he presented Pat Martin (U14s) with the Greg Hulme Junior Club Player of the Year. He also presented Colts’ Ben Butler with the Mick Martin Junior Representative Player of the Year award. To top an historic season for the Wildcats – after getting all four senior teams into the semi-final series – the Wildcat’s Afele Tongia has also been presented with the Sid Noble Medal as the Central Coast’s senior player of the year. Warnervale is the youngest rugby club on the Central Coast and is now seen as one of the strongest sides. Catering for the youth in the Warnervale, Woongarah and Hamlyn Terrace areas, the Wildcats are proud of the work it does in giving youth an outlet for the energies and developing many junior and senior sportsmen and sportswomen. Email, 18 Oct 2013 Warren Butler, Warnervale Rugby Union Club

Mariners National Youth League squad finalised entral Coast Mariners Foxtel Youth League (NYL) head coach Patrick Zwaanswijk has finalised his squad for the 2013/14 season, with a host of locally groomed youngsters set to don the Coast’s colours this campaign.

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No less than seven players who featured in the club’s academy system in 2013 have been re-signed or promoted to the Mariners’ Foxtel NYL ranks. Speedy utility Dillon Vorster, goalkeeper David Bradasevic, defender Joshua Forbes and midfielder Steve Whyte will again play for the club’s second side in season six of Australia’s premier youth competition. Meanwhile, locals Liam O’Dell, Nathan Verity and Daniel McFarlane are set for their first season with the Mariners in the Foxtel NYL. Zwaanswijk said he was pleased with the way his 15 player squad had taken shape ahead of the junior Mariners’ first game of the new Foxtel NYL season against Adelaide United Youth in Tuggerah on Sunday, October 27. “Our main focus has been on signing as many

young local players as possible, so we have the best chance to develop them into Hyundai A-League professionals over the next few seasons,” he said. “We are taking a three to four year approach with a number of these boys, so it’s really up to them to apply themselves and try to make the most of the chance they have earned.” The Mariners’ Foxtel NYL side will also feature attacker Patrick Dixon, formerly of the Australian Institute of Sport, and winger-striker Joshua Bingham. Bingham won the Wollongong Wolves’ Grade 20 player of the year and Golden Boot Award this year. Midfielder Jesse Curran, right fullback Jacob Esposito and attacking midfielder Adrian Vlastelica will also play for Mariners Youth, as will versatile midfielder Dominic Ferguson, goalkeeper

Tonu Liiband and 16-year-old former Sydney Olympic player Lachlan Everett. “We’ve put a team together that is full of boys who are eager to learn, and who we believe are very strong mentally,” Zwaanswijk said. “We don’t head into this Foxtel NYL season with many experienced players; however, while we will naturally aim to win matches, the primary key performance indicator for us is the development of the boys.” Zwaanswijk has a further 11 train on players he utilises for sessions on the Central Coast and in Sydney’s northern suburbs. Currently, the Mariners Foxtel NYL side trains twice a week in Tuggerah, and once at Knox Grammar School in Wahroonga. Media release, 16 Oct 2013 Central Coast Mariners

Students represent Central Coast at futsal titles

Timothy Hopkins and Elijah Ross

wo year 4 students from Wyong Christian Community represented the Central Coast at the Australian Futsal Titles in Penrith during the last school holidays.

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Timothy Hopkins and Elijah Ross had been selected in the U11’s team for their performance within their school’s team at the state titles. The boys played nine games over four days against teams from all

over Australia. They won four, drew one and lost two games throughout the tournament. Their team made it through to the grand final but were unfortunately beat by Queensland.

Timothy and Elijah have now been selected to represent Australia on tour to the United States next year. Newsletter, 23 Oct 2013 Ian Liney, Wyong Christian Community School


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Sport

Cameron and Ben selected in union representative team

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ameron McNamara and Ben Butler of the Warnervale Rugby Union Club were recently selected to represent NSW Country Schools against the touring Fijian Schoolboys XV.

The game was held at The Armidale School (TAS) and was the first game on tour for the Fiji boys before they play Australian Schools, New Zealand Schools, and Australia A Schools in the Tri-Nations Tournament. The fixture attracted some notable rugby figures, with NSW Waratah and Wallaby Paddy Ryan, former Wallaby and current Northern Suburb’s coach Scott Fava and ARU’s general manager of development Ben Whitaker making the trip to Armidale to attend a dinner and cheer on the Country boys. “This was a great

opportunity for all the boys to play a quality international game, and it was a privilege for TAS and Armidale to host such a high-calibre fixture,” NSW Country Schools Team manager Mr Jim Pennington said. The NSW Country Schools team held the Fiji international schools side to 17-10 until just before half-time, but the Fijians showed their talent by running away with the match in the second half. “For Ben (fullback) and Cameron (hooker) this was a dream come true, and the experience of playing international rugby against such a very strong team will be

long remembered,” said Warnervale Rugby Club’s Warren Butler. “The boys were earlier selected to play the strong Tongan College side at Newcastle Grammar School as a warm-up, so a rugby future for the two players seems to be on the cards.” The international Tri-Nations tournament finishes at Knox Grammar School when Australia A play Fiji, followed by the match between the Australian Schoolboys and New Zealand. Media release, 4 Oct 2013 Warren Butler, Warnervale Rugby Club Ben and Cameron

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ocal golfing pairs are invited to register for the 2013 Auto Club Golf Championship tournament at Magenta Shores Golf Club on Saturday, January 25.

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ine students at the Kido Mingara Judo Academy brought home 11 medals from the Sydney International Open Championships on Sunday, October 13.

The Championships, held at Blacktown Leisure Centre, was a “National points” tournament for those seeking selection for 2014 International events. The team took home

six gold medals, won by Yasue Fujita, Caroline Hain, Neeson Naidoo, Elyshia Jackson and Daniel Villani. Other successful contenders included, Kasiea Naidoo, Harrison

Lambley, Bryce Leckie, Danny Vojnikovich who were awarded with either silver or bronze medals. Media release, 8 Oct 2013 Pete Acciari, Kido Mingara Judo Academy

The winning pair from each regional event receives travel, accommodation and golf costs for three days to compete in the Championship Final to be held from March 26 to 28 at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast. The Auto Clubs (NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RAC, RACT, AANT) and sponsors

including Thrifty, Bolle, and RACV Resorts have increased the prize pool to provide a bounty of regional event prizes. All regional players also have the chance to win a brand new Suzuki car in the Suzuki Hole in One. NRMA Group CEO Mr Tony Stuart said the tournament was a great community

event that would bring people together and, as Australia’s largest Member organisation, NRMA wanted to encourage people to take part in the event. The 2013/14 Auto Club Golf Championship is open to all amateur golfers, the minimum age is 16. Media release, 8 Oct 2013 Lisa Kable, NRMA

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October 3, 2013

he first grade grand final of the Central Coast Rugby Union competition saw Avoca Beach defeat Terrigal at Woy Woy Oval by 22 points to 10.

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no points scored in the first half, the opening 40 minutes was not without excitement as both teams went close to scoring on several occasions. Both teams did not take a close range shot at penalty goal in the first half and either decided to take the tap or the scrum option. Terrigal took a scrum close to the line rather than a penalty but the resulting play broke down with no result. Later in the half Avoca Beach took a quick tap right in front of the posts but saw the resulting backline line play held up over the line. Both teams went into the halftime huddle with high expectations, however, the second half continued much in the same vein. Both teams had periods of attack with no result, and the play was an even affair, however as the second half opened up, if anything, Avoca Beach gained a little more control. They opened the scoring

with a penalty goal in the seventh minute to take the lead in the grand final by three points to nil. Terrigal were quick to reply and, within three minutes, had squared the score at 3-3 with their own penalty goal. Avoca Beach then took a huge piece of the ascendancy when, three minutes later in the 10th minute, they crossed for the first try of the match. Their captain and lock Peter Steele crashed over close to the line after a strong maul. The conversion of this try had taken Avoca Beach to a handy 10 points to three lead early in the second half. The game then became a real battle in the forwards. Terrigal knew they almost had to score next to get back into the game, while Avoca Beach knew that seven points was not enough to lead by at this stage. Avoca Beach prop Luke Sheridan made two

successive runs which put his team on the go forward. At the 21st minute Avoca Beach scored their second try. A break down the sideline saw winger Matt Anderson cross in the corner for an unconverted try and Avoca Beach had jumped to a lead of 15 points to three. This remained the score for the next quarter of an hour. In those 15 minutes both teams tried everything. Just as time was getting away, Terrigal made a late surge and, in the 36th minute, their lock Phil Heard crossed for a try after a strong run. The conversion of this try by Rob Richardson made the score 15-10 and the match was on in the final few minutes remaining. But in typical Premiership winning form, Avoca Beach responded quickly. Within two minutes they crossed for the match winning try.

Halfback Julian Bacigalupo capped off a great game by crossing for the try and the conversion by Matt Maloney took Avoca Beach to a 22-10 lead and to the First Grade Premiership. As Avoca Beach captain Peter Steele said in his premiership acceptance speech, it was their “toughest game of the season by far”. Avoca Beach had won their ninth premiership in the last 11 years, and their second on the trot. Terrigal will take a lot out of the match, and although disappointed, they know they will be a force in Central Coast rugby in the years to come. In the second grade grand final, Avoca Beach defeated Terrigal by 32 points to 29. In what proved an exciting and close grand final, the match was won after the fulltime hooter.

Terrigal led by 29 points to 25 at the hooter but a try by Avoca Beach after fulltime secured them the premiership in this grade The score changed continually throughout the match and both teams knew they could win it. Terrigal scored five tries to four so the close loss was even more upsetting. Avoca Beach half back Mitch Ward directed play well throughout, while Terrigal’s number eight Sam Kearney made many strong runs. The third grade grand final saw Terrigal defeat Northlakes by 27 points to 19. Terrigal got away to a good lead and early in the second half led by 27-7, and it seemed it was all over bar the shouting. But Northlakes made a real contest of it late in the match with two tries to get within eight points of Terrigal. Both teams scored three tries each but Terrigal always appeared to be in control. The win saw the Terrigal third grade team go through the season undefeated. The U19 grand final was a hard fought and close contest throughout. Terrigal won the match by the single point, defeating The Entrance by 6-5. The Entrance scored the only try in the match in the first half and went to the halftime break leading by 5-3 It was typically dour grand final rugby with neither team able to make the break on the scoreboard. Terrigal fullback Alex Herridge kicked the only points of the second half, with his second penalty goal, and this took them to the U19 premiership.

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In a match played before a record crowd, the winner was only decided late in the game. In typical grand final rugby, both teams gave it their all in a spirited and totally committed performance. There was nothing between the two teams in the first 40 minutes. Both teams had lengthy periods of attack but it was the defence of both teams that was the feature of the opening stanza. Whenever one of the teams went on the attack it was the great defence of the other, especially from their respective backlines, that nullified any of these attacking raids. The first half developed into a concerted arm wrestle. Possession was maintained for long periods but the teams just could not penetrate. There were a couple of missed penalty goal attempts and the scoreboard did not move in the first half. At halftime both teams were locked at nil all and the match was up for grabs. Both teams had several good performers in the first half. Terrigal were best served by lock Phil Heard, fullback Rob Richardson and centre Mitch Hirst. The best players for Avoca Beach were lock Peter Steele, halfback Julian Bacigalupo, and flanker Sam Fortey. Even though there were

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Fiji’s Coral Coast Sevens’ champions Red Rock

International Rugby Festival at Gorokan Craig Morgan, Central Coast Sevens

powerhouse line up of teams is set to contest the 2013 Fitness First Central Coast Sevens International Rugby Festival to be held on the weekend of October 26 and 27 at Wyong Leagues Club.

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wo sailors hailing from the Central Coast were among the Oracle Team USA crew who recently took out sailing’s biggest trophy, the 34th America’s Cup.

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Tom Slingsby and Darren Bundock both grew up on the Central Coast, where

their passion for sailing began. Their sailing careers recently hit another highlight when their crew, Oracle Team USA, managed to create what has been labelled one of the greatest comebacks in the history of sport, when they defeated their challenger Emirates Team New Zealand by 44 seconds in the final of 17

America’s Cup races. Tom Slingsby joined Oracle Team USA in October 2011 as a tactician and currently serves as strategist onboard with the race crew. His sailing career has skyrocketed in the past 12 years with six world championships under his belt, as well as winning the 2012 Australian Institute of

Sport Co-Athlete of the Year. Slingsby also won gold in the Laser class at the 2012 Olympic Games. Gosford-born Darren Bundock started sailing at the age of eight and joined Oracle Team USA in 2011 as a coach and helmsman. His sailing career has seen him win two Olympic medals in the Tornado catamaran class, 14

world championships, five European championships and four Australian Male Sailor of the Year awards. Oracle Team USA is made up of 24 members from various international countries, eight of whom are Australian and seven who come from New Zealand. Surprisingly, only two

crew members on the Oracle Team USA crew were from the United States. Other Australian crew members include captain James Spithill, Will McCarthy, Sam Newton, Joe Newton, and Kyle Langford, the youngest sailor of the crew who grew up in Lake Macquarie.

Five Fijian teams are set to fly in to contest this year’s event alongside teams from Samoa, Japan and New Zealand in both men and women’s events playing for a total prize pool of $50,000. A weekend of entertainment is planned for families with all the on-

field action surrounded by a family friendly carnival with amusement rides, face painting, market stalls, cultural performances, international food, an appearance by the NSW Waratahs, music, dance crews and a special performance by X Factor contestant Tee. On-field in the men’s tournament, Flying Fijians Tokatoka Westfield Barbarians are returning to defend their title after sweeping through the 2012 Central Coast event followed on by blitzing the 2012 Fijian domestic circuit. The Babas will rightfully start favourites for this

year’s event, however, several teams are expected to challenge strongly for the title including Australian powerhouse teams Sunnybank from Queensland and Randwick Rugby Club regarded as one of Australia’s most famous rugby clubs. The women’s tournament will be also be fiercely contested with defending champions Sunnybank set to face off against the might of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty in pool rounds. The tournament will see one of the strongest fields in the Southern Hemisphere forming to contest this year’s event including Japan’s

Kanto Champion Rugirl 7 who have been preparing for the tournament for several months. International Invitational side The Mamas feature International and Provincial level players from around the world including Norway, Germany, Australia, Uganda amongst the nationalities that will group together to compete at the event showcasing that by being a mother it does not mean having to give up being an elite athlete. The Te Whanau team semi-finalists in 2012 are expected to feature a number of the World Cup winning Australian Rugby

League team the Jillaroos. The weekend will feature over 80 explosive matches of rugby sevens and a full weekend of family fun and entertainment with the cultural performances set to be a feature of the weekend

including a traditional Haka and Maori Hangi Feast available at the event. The tournament is offering free passes to children aged 13 and under via their official Facebook page.

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Rugby teams ready for Central Coast Sevens nternational rugby teams are ready to converge on the Central Coast in preparation for the 2013 Fitness First Central Coast Sevens International Rugby Festival which will take place at Wyong Rugby League Club over the weekend of October 26 and 27.

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A mass of teams were expected to arrive from Wednesday, October 23, onwards in the lead up to the tournament. Fiji’s Nabua Rugby Club were expected to be the first arrival on the Coast, followed by Japan’s Kanto Champion women’s team Rugirl7. The tournament will feature premier men’s and women’s events with a number of international players expected to be on show over the weekend. Sevens is known for its high energy, with a focus on speed, end to end tries, big collisions and heart-stopping action and upsets. Sydney premier clubs Randwick, Northern Suburbs, Southern Districts and Manly

Jake selected in NSW cricket squad illiby’s Jake Scicluna has been selected in the 13-man NSW U19 squad that will compete at the Cricket Australia U19 National Championships in Hobart from December 2 to 12.

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will join Queensland’s premier club Sunnybank as the Australian teams in the competition. International teams include defending champions Fiji’s Westfield Barbarians, Fijians Yamacia and Nabua Rugby Club and Fiji’s Coral Coast Sevens Champions Red Rock. Local invitational team Damnation is set to feature a number of Central Coast premier players and a total of 16

teams will contest the men’s tournament. In the women’s event, New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty will be joined by Japan’s Rugirl 7s in taking on some of Australia’s strongest female teams. These teams include defending champions Sunnybank, Tribe 7s and the Central Coast Academy of Sport side. The weekend is set to offer the Central Coast explosive rugby action, with the off-field

festivities set to equal the on-field action with an appearance by some of the NSW Waratahs, amusement rides, face painting, market stalls, cultural performances, international food and music. Eighty matches will take place over the weekend. Media release, 15 Oct 2013 Craig Morgan, Fitness First Central Coast Sevens International Rugby Festival

The NSW squad was selected following an extensive Statewide selection process the recent U19 State Challenge held from September 24 to 26 which featured four regional teams and two city teams in three days of matches. From this, selectors chose the U19 City and Country teams with the NSW squad named at the end of this two match series. Jake was a member of the NSW team which finished fifth at last season’s championships. NSW U19 coach Mr Michael Maclennan said the squad was well balanced and experienced. “We are fortunate to have four Australian U19 players in this squad in

Damien Mortimer, Riley Ayre, Jake Doran and Jeremy Maher, while Damien has also had significant captaincy experience at that level. “Steve Birch and Daya Singh have also returned in excellent form after spending the winter in England,” he said. “Singh, Scicluna, Maher, Jagot, Doran, Fallins and Mortimer also play in the Sydney First Grade competition. “Playing at this level against experienced and hardened cricketers is an ideal opportunity for these guys to develop their skills further ahead of the U19 Championships,” he added. Media release, 3 Oct 2013 Sudesh Arudpragasam, Cricket NSW

2-2 draw for Mariners referee again to give the Mariners Fitzgerald’s miss was remaining, wo cool, calm penalties from Argentine ace Marcos Flores ensured Central Coast Mariners claimed a 2-2 drawn with Melbourne capitalised on by Heart Ben Williams spotted hope of snatching victory. The final 10 minutes less than 60 seconds later a Heart infringement Heart at AAMI Park on Saturday, October 19.

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After a goalless first 45 minutes, the game between Melbourne and the Mariners came to life in the second stanza with Heart attacker David Williams netting in the 52nd and 60th minutes to give John Alosi’s side a handy lead. However, Graham Arnold’s men showed fighting spirit to earn a competition point from their trip to the Victorian capital, with Flores firing beyond Heart custodian Andrew Redmayne from 12 yards in the 71st and 77th minutes respectively

to restore parity to the contest. The first half was a largely scrappy affair with both sides struggling to find fluency in their play early in the new season. However, either side could well have gone to the break at least a goal to the good, with Iain Ramsay striking the side netting for the home team and Trent Sainsbury hitting the woodwork for the Mariners with a lopping header. But it was in the second period that the 8,734

attendees at Melbourne’s AAMI Park got their money’s worth. Seven minutes into the second stanza, former Socceroo Williams made the most of an opportunity from close range after Mariners custodian Justin Pasfield could only manage to parry Golgol Mebrahtu’s powerful shot from outside the box. Nick Fitzgerald could have put the Mariners level in the 59th minute, however, his shot from Storm Roux’s centre whizzed over Redmayne’s bar.

as Mebrahtu and Ramsay combined to open another chance for Williams. The ex Brondby Copenhagen man made no mistake from close range, lashing his shot into the back of the net. Since the start of the Hyundai A-League 2012/13 season, the Mariners have conceded the first goal in a match nine times, but only lost four of those fixtures. The club’s determination not to lose was on display again on a near perfect playing surface in Melbourne. With 20 minutes

from a Mariners’ corner, subsequently awarding Arnold’s charges a spotkick. Keeping his strike low, Flores guided the hall beyond Redmayne to make the score 2-1. And just five minutes later Flores would be given another chance to score from the spot. Mitchell Duke’s cross struck the arm of Melbourne substitute Patrick Gerhardt, with referee Williams again awarding a penalty. Flores stayed composed to send the ball beyond Redmayne once

of the encounter saw both sides keen on securing a late win. Mariners’ left back Joshua Rose struck a shot from another Roux cross over the bar, while Pasfield pulled off a wonder save from point blank range to deny Williams his hat-trick and Heart the win. After three minutes of additional time, Ben Williams called time on a contest which after a relatively bland opening transformed into a tense four goal thriller. Media release, 19 Oct 2013 Central Coast Mariners


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