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Corruption watchdog on the case

Local members withdraw from NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party

erious allegations concerning the Liberal Party on the Central Coast suggest that NSW politics is yet to rid itself of the environment of political corruption that damaged the state under Labor, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

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Member for Wyong Mr Darren Webber

Member for The Entrance Mr Chris Spence

he Member for Terrigal Mr Chris Hartcher, the Member for The Entrance Mr Chris Spence and the Member for Wyong Mr Darren Webber have all voluntarily withdrawn from the NSW Parliamentary Liberal Party until the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) proceedings relating to them are determined.

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The members are still members of Parliament and the Liberal Party, however, they have resigned from the Liberal Parliamentary Party meaning they will now sit on the cross benches with any independents present. The ICAC is investigating allegations of whether corrupt conduct occurred between April 2009 and April 2012, where certain members of parliament, including Mr Hartcher, Mr Webber and Mr Spence, and others are alleged to have corruptly solicited, received and concealed payments from

various sources in return for certain members of parliament agreeing to favour the interests of those responsible for the payments. ICAC is also investigating whether between December 2010 and November 2011, certain members of parliament, including Mr Hartcher, Mr Webber and Mr Spence, and others, solicited, received and failed to disclose political donations from companies, including prohibited donors, contrary to the Election Funding, Expenditure

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and Disclosures Act 1981 and whether Eightbyfive, a business operated by Timothy Koelma, Mr Hartcher’s former senior advisor, and Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd, through its CEO Mr Nicholas Di Girolamo, (currently a director on the board of the State Water Corporation) entered into an agreement whereby Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd made regular payments to Eightbyfive, purportedly for the provision of media, public relations and other services and advice, in return for which

Mr Hartcher favoured the interests of Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd. Spence and Webber both had their offices raided in September last year with investigators seizing computers and documents. As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting on Monday, April 28, at Level 7, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney. All three members have been contacted for comment but failed to respond by the time Wyong Regional Chronicle went to press. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Alicia McCumstie, Liberal Party of Australia Kaitlin Watts, 19 Feb 2014 Website, 19 Feb 2014 Roy Waldon, Solicitor to the Commission, ICAC

“Operation Spicer suggests that the dark corners of NSW politics are not confined to the Labor party,” said Mr Kaye. “After just three years of Liberal National government, a former senior Minister and two newly-elected MPs are under the corruption watchdog’s spotlight. “The pious varnish has been knocked off the O’Farrell government. “As the state gears up for another election, the promises of clean government and an end to the rorts is to be put to the test before ICAC. “For the past three years, the Central Coast has been alive with rumours surrounding the Eightbyfive company and its involvement in political donations and Liberal party influence peddling. “Allegations of the role Australian Water Holdings has played in influencing both Labor and Coalition governments will at last be rigorously tested. “While no doubt many people in NSW will throw their hands up in despair at the prospect of another scandal-ridden government, there is some

reassurance in knowing that the independent watchdog is on the case. “The allegations give even greater weight to fears that there is something fundamentally wrong with the state’s political processes. “Promises of clean government delivered at elections appear to amount to very little in the face of the temptations of office. “While Mr Nicholas Di Girolamo sits at the centre of allegations in operations Credo and Spicer, he remains on the board of the State Water Corporation. “Treasurer Mike Baird who vigorously defended Mr Di Girolamo’s appointment last year has to respond to these very serious allegations and stand him down until ICAC has made its findings. “Mr Di Girolamo’s continued presence on the board of a state-owned corporation responsible for billions of dollars of water infrastructure will undermine public confidence until this matter is resolved,” Dr Kaye said. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 John Kaye, Greens NSW MP

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Some residents travelled over on earlier ferries, while others took the 10:50am from Wagstaffe to have a coffee at Ettalong and return on the inaugural departure at 12:20pm. Others took advantage of the departure at 4:20pm having enjoyed the movies at Cinema Paradiso. The inaugural trip was celebrated with balloons, tinsel, and much hilarity with bystanders joining in the fun, according to Ms Peta Colebatch from the Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association. She said that the new service was the result of years of lobbying, starting in 2010. The two return trips per day have allowed residents to visit medical services, enjoy the pictures and wider shopping facilities at Ettalong and Umina, she said. Newsletter, 2 Feb 2014 Peta Colebatch, Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Mr Brad Hazzard with Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein at the announcement

osford Council has welcomed several major announcements for the Gosford Waterfront that will drive the rejuvenation of the Gosford CBD, with benefits to be felt across the entire LGA.

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were slated to have their NBN connections constructed this year and next. However, post-election the NBNCo’s new review had pushed the roll out to 2019. Woy Woy was previously next cab off the rank, with plans to begin construction later this year, immediately after Tascott. As it stands these areas are now five years away. The group stresses that they are maintaining a constructive and positive approach. “We claim to have well-reasoned case that shows that it would be cheaper and easier to maintain the

NBN rollout here on the Peninsula as there are many locals currently geared up and installing in and around Gosford and Berkley Vale,” said Central Coast Broadband Alliance’s Mr David Abrahams. “We know the Peninsula and surrounding areas have old, highly stressed telephone and broadband infrastructure and it should be prioritised for the NBN upgrade. “If the area is to attract more high paid jobs, infrastructure is absolutely essential in this day and age. “The NBN infrastructure will also support a high rate of telecommuting and reduce the

dependence on overloaded rail and road networks. “One area that the NBN is already assisting with is inhome care by using so called tele-health initiatives that allow medical specialists to consult and - or monitor people in their homes when they are ill, disabled or frail. “Trials in Queensland have shown a significant increase in the quality of home care and a reduction in the cost of delivery to state and local government,” said Mr Abrahams. Mr Abrahams said the appeal group has approached Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks and is

hoping to convince her to go into bat for the Peninsula on this issue. “It is understood Ms Wicks is considering working with Erina Chamber to advance their roll out as previously published. “We think that the Peninsula is an equally important area for these telecommunications upgrades and the government’s new rollout plan of 2019 will be way too late for many. “No formal reply has yet been received by the Minister,” said Mr Abrahams. Media release, 13 Feb 2014 David Abrahams, Central Coast Broadband Alliance

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Mr Brad Hazzard has declared an area of the waterfront a State Significant Site (SSS), an announcement which recognises the site as being of major importance to regional development. On the back of this announcement, Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein has confirmed that the gazettal of the citywide Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 will be imminent. This is expected to simplify planning processes across the LGA. Further support for development in the city has come in the form of an announcement by Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks that a federal government agency would be relocated to the Gosford CBD, bringing with it local economic and employment opportunities.

Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna said the announcements were a major win for the local community. “Development of the waterfront will see positive flow-on effects for our region, enhancing employment and recreation opportunities while also encouraging visitors to our area. “Council has worked together with the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) in submitting the proposal for a SSS, which was guided by feedback from our local community. “With the SSS in place, the CCRDC can now initiate the first stages of the redevelopment of the Gosford Public School site. “Council is supportive of the proposed multi staged development as it will allow each stage to be managed

in consultation with those involved and the broader community,” mayor Cr McKinna said. Gosford Council general manager Mr Paul Anderson said council welcomed the support from all levels of government in positioning Gosford as the capital of the Central Coast. “Declaring the Gosford Waterfront Precinct a SSS is further support from the State Government to position Gosford City as the capital of the Central Coast. “This classification will assist in promoting appropriate development along the waterfront site; stimulating investment in new commercial and retail uses. “The commitment to relocate a federal government agency demonstrates the united vision of all levels of government for the

redevelopment of Gosford,” Mr Anderson said. Mr Anderson added that now is the time to seize the opportunity to reconnect the city with our picturesque waterfront. “These announcements, along with a newly gazetted LEP mean that a number of key factors are now in place to instigate real change in our region. “Council has been proactive about stimulating business and economic activity in the area and has also gone out for Expressions of Interest for use of land along the waterfront not included within the boundaries of the SSS. “I am excited to see these tangible steps being made toward the redevelopment of the Gosford Waterfront in support of our work to restore investor confidence in our city,” Mr Anderson said. Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Gosford Council Media

erious allegations concerning the Liberal Party on the Central Coast suggest that NSW politics is yet to rid itself of the environment of political corruption that damaged the state under Labor, according to Greens NSW MP John Kaye.

a number of new zones, al and allowing residential opment commercial development on the current Gosford etail and Public School site, retail commercial activitiess on an ter and expanded Breakwater public recreation. Minister for the Central allacher Coast Michael Gallacher said CCRDC had significantly revised earlier op the plans to redevelop king on waterfront after taking oncerns board community concerns icc raised during public exhibition. eennsure “These new planss ensure ro rote ottected ot e public space is protected the h and new buildings on the lyy school site are properly se the scaled to minimise ws,” Mr impact on water views,” Gallacher said. Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holsteinn said the community would continue to have a say in the redevelopment of the opment waterfront as development d need applications would to be lodged with Gosford Council. ormation View further information on the rezoning of the Gosford waterfront at www. ccrdc.nsw.gov.au.

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Planning and Infrastructure Minister Mr Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government has approved the rezoning of 9.9ha on Gosford’s waterfront by the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) to allow: a combination of commercial, residential, hotel and conference facilities stimulating commercial activity and creating up to 2,000 new jobs; new regional community facilities (including a proposed Regional Performing Arts Centre and Conservatorium); public spaces and recreational areas and; new waterside restaurants and retail facilities on an expanded Breakwater. “This is great news for the revitalisation of Gosford’s waterfront and will help boost the Central Coast’s economy by acting as a catalyst for the renewal of the Gosford CBD,” Mr Hazzard said. “As a further bonus, by creating facilities and public spaces that build communities, it will draw more visitors to the area.” Mr Hazzard said the plans effectively split the State Significant Site into

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and Disclosures Act 1981 and whether Eightbyfive, a business operated by Timothy Koelma, Mr Hartcher’s former senior advisor, and Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd, through its CEO Mr Nicholas Di Girolamo, (currently a director on the board of the State Water Corporation) entered into an agreement whereby Australian Water Holdings Pty Ltd made regular payments to Eightbyfive, purportedly for the provision of media, public relations and other services and advice, in return for which

raided in September last year with investigators seizing computers and documents. As part of its investigation, the ICAC will hold a public inquiry starting on Monday, April 28, at Level 7, 133 Castlereagh St, Sydney. All three members have been contacted for comment but failed to respond by the time Wyong Regional Chronicle went to press. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Alicia McCumstie, Liberal Party of Australia Kaitlin Watts, 19 Feb 2014 Website, 19 Feb 2014 Roy Waldon, Solicitor to the Commission, ICAC

“Operation Spicer suggests that the dark corners of NSW politics are not confined to the Labor party,” said Mr Kaye. “After just three years of Liberal National government, a former senior Minister and two newly-elected MPs are under the corruption watchdog’s spotlight. “The pious varnish has been knocked off the O’Farrell government. “As the state gears up for another election, the promises of clean government and an end to the rorts is to be put to the test before ICAC. “For the past three years, the Central Coast has been alive with rumours surrounding the Eightbyfive company and its involvement in political donations and Liberal party influence peddling. “Allegations of the role Australian Water Holdings has played in influencing both Labor and Coalition governments will at last be rigorously tested. “While no doubt many people in NSW will throw their hands up in despair at the prospect of another scandal-ridden government, there is some

reassurance in knowing that the independent watchdog is on the case. “The allegations give even greater weight to fears that there is something fundamentally wrong with the state’s political processes. “Promises of clean government delivered at elections appear to amount to very little in the face of the temptations of office. “While Mr Nicholas Di Girolamo sits at the centre of allegations in operations Credo and Spicer, he remains on the board of the State Water Corporation. “Treasurer Mike Baird who vigorously defended Mr Di Girolamo’s appointment last year has to respond to these very serious allegations and stand him down until ICAC has made its findings. “Mr Di Girolamo’s continued presence on the board of a state-owned corporation responsible for billions of dollars of water infrastructure will undermine public confidence until this matter is resolved,” Dr Kaye said. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 John Kaye, Greens NSW MP

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Craig Thomson found guilty ormer Member for Dobell Mr Craig Thomson was found guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday, February 18, for using his Health Services Union credit card to obtain financial advantage.

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According to the ABC, Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg found Mr Thomson dishonestly used his union cards for sexual services and making cash withdrawals while he was national secretary of the union. The ABC reported that Mr Thomson sat quietly in the front row as Mr Rozencwajg delivered his verdicts. Thomson was found guilty of misusing funds for cash withdrawals, prostitutes, cigarettes, travel expenses for his wife at the time and the purchase of firewood, although other personal trips for his then wife and the renting of porn movies in hotels were found not to be a misuse of funds. According to The Australian, Victoria police laid over 140 fraud

and theft charges relating to Mr Thomson’s use of HSU credit cards between 2002 and 2008. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that the Office of Public Prosecutions and Melbourne Magistrates Court have not yet confirmed exactly how many charges Thomson has been found guilty of. The Australian reported that Mr Rozencwajg said evidence before the court showed that union funds, including union-issued credit cards, should be used only for the benefit of union members and Mr Thomson would have known this as national secretary. He said it would be “an affront to common sense” to believe spending union money on escort services fell within any “grey area”.

According to The Australian, Mr Rozencwajg said he had no doubt that Mr Thomson was fully aware he did not have authority to use union credit cards to pay for escorts. It was also reported that the case heard from a former prostitute who said Mr Thomson had employed her services on a number of occasions. On leaving the court, Mr Thomson was heckled with calls of being a “liar” as he was followed by a media scrum, ignoring questions by reporters, asking him how he was feeling. Website, 19 Feb 2014 Mark Doman, ABC Website, 18 Feb 2014 Pia Akerman, The Australian Website, 18 Feb 2014 Adam Cooper, Sydney Morning Herals

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ember for Wyong Mr Darren Webber inspected construction works at the Sparks Rd, Warnervale Town Centre intersection on Wednesday, February 12.

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“Work is now well underway on this important $23 million dollar project and I was impressed with how much progress has been made since the main works started in early December 2013. “These works are scheduled for completion by mid-2015,” Mr Webber said. “The upgrade includes building a new intersection around 500 metres west of Minnesota Rd to provide safe access to the new Warnervale town centre and the residential and commercial areas, with an intersection controlled by traffic lights, as well

as two traffic lanes in each direction between Minnesota Rd and the new town centre intersection,” Mr Webber said. The work is being carried out by Robson Civil Projects, on behalf of Roads and Maritime Services, and is being delivered in four stages: Stage one will see the building of the new Warnervale town centre access road, the westbound lanes of Sparks Rd, and retaining walls and upgrading the existing Mary MacKillop Dr intersection Stage two will see the building of the new eastbound lanes and

changes to the traffic lights at the Mary MacKillop Dr intersection. Stages three and four will see final asphalting, line marking and completion of the new east and west bound lanes. “Work on stage one will continue in February and March, and includes excavation work in preparation for widening Sparks Rd to provide two lanes in each direction between Minnesota Rd and the Warnervale town centre access road.” Media release, 12 Feb 2014 Jim Lloyd, Office of Darren Webber MP

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Planning and Infrastructure Dept finds no environmental or amenity reasons that prevent Wallarah 2 he NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure has handed its preliminary assessment of the Wallarah 2 Coal Project to the independent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC), ahead of the PAC considering submissions from the community and at public hearings.

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In January the independent PAC was requested by the Minister to review the merits of the project as a whole and hold public hearings to ensure the community continues to have a say on this project. Planning and Infrastructure executive director Mr Chris Wilson said the department’s comprehensive assessment of the project, supported by independent studies, was that there were no environmental or amenity reasons that prevent the project proceeding subject

to strict conditions, particularly around the protection of the area’s water resources. “Managing the impact of resource projects on our water resources is a key priority,� Mr Wilson said. “After careful consideration of all potential environmental, social and economic impacts the department is satisfied that the economic benefits of the mine can be realised without significant adverse impacts. “The department found the company

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has comprehensively addressed those factors which underpinned the refusal of a separate application in 2011.� In relation to water concerns the department found: the project would be in accordance with the NSW Aquifer Interference Policy and have minimal impact on underground water tables; the project would not adversely affect the region’s water supply; all water taken by the project could be licensed under appropriate water legislation; there would be no significant subsidence impacts on the region’s water infrastructure or major watercourses; and any discharges from aboveground facilities would be limited under any environmental protection licence and could be adequately controlled. Recommended consent conditions have been developed in consultation with the NSW Office of Water and a range of other state and federal agencies, and include: performance measures requiring the mine to have negligible or minor impacts on all major streams, creeks and rivers; development of an extensive ground and surface-water monitoring network; a requirement for the mine’s Extraction Plan to be developed in consultation with the NSW Office of Water, the

Environment Protection Authority, the Office of Environment and Heritage and Fisheries NSW; noise and air quality performance criteria. A range of considerations were taken into account when finalising the assessment, including impacts on water, the environment, amenity and the local and State economy. “The Wallarah 2 project would generate a significant number of employment opportunities in the local region, including

300 direct jobs and an estimated 500 flow-on jobs in related industries,� Mr Wilson said. “It would also have direct economic benefits to the State, including an estimated $134 million in taxes and $207 million in mining royalties.� Interested members of the public can make a submission to the PAC and/or register with the PAC to make a presentation during the public hearings, and any concerns raised during the hearings will be considered by the PAC as part of its review of the

merits of the project. Following the public hearings, the PAC will report back to the department on its findings and recommendations and this information will help the department finalise its assessment of the project in light of any issues raised at the hearing. The PAC will ultimately make the final determination on the project, after receiving the department’s final assessment report. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 Mark Worley, Planning and Infrastructure NSW

O’Farrell guarantee undermined he Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Mr Jeremy Buckingham has condemned the O’Farrell Government for breaking a key pre-election commitment that no mining would occur in water catchments by recommending approval of the Wallarah 2 coal mine.

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“This is a complete betrayal of the people of NSW,� Mr Buckingham said. “By saying one thing and then doing another, Barry O’Farrell has undermined any confidence that people had in his government’s ability to protect their communities. “The government won key Central Coast seats in the last election by guaranteeing that they would ensure critical water catchments are not compromised by mining development. “With the approval of this mine, this promise has been trashed and,

if the current ICAC investigations into the previous mining Minister were not proof enough, this demonstrates that the O’Farrell Government is as bad as the former Labor administration. “O’Farrell’s promise to the community was iron-clad,â€? he said. Speaking at a Central Coast campaign rally on February 28, 2008, Barry O’Farrell said: “The next LiberalNational government ‌ will ensure that mining can’t occur in any water catchment area, and will ensure that mining leases and mining exploration permits reflect that

common sense; no ifs, no buts, a guarantee.� “This recommendation should be swiftly and completely rejected and Barry O’Farrell must introduce legislation which will make it clear that mining in drinking water catchments is not permissible,� said Mr Buckingham. “We are talking about the extraction of five million tonnes of coal per year for 30 years from the drinking water catchment of Wyong and this is simply unacceptable.� Media release, 20 Feb 2014 Jack Gough, Office of Jeremy Buckingham MLC

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Section of foreshore to be stabilised yong Council will soon start work to stabilise a 300 metre section of the foreshore between The Entrance Bridge and Picnic Point.

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The work will be undertaken by Council staff and contractors, and is expected to take around five months to complete, with work to be undertaken in four stages which will be fenced to ensure the public’s safety. “Voids have formed beneath the foreshore footpath slab as a result of damage to the seawall and subsequent erosion,” Council’s manager of waterways and asset management Mr Andrew Pearce said. “The work will include the removal of the footpath, repairs to the seawall, backfilling of the voids behind the seawall and reinstatement of a

footpath.” Work will be carried out between 7am and 5pm, and is due to start in early March. Works have been timed to avoid the busy summer period. During the construction period, Council will take steps to ensure locals and visitors are not greatly affected, and the waterfront can still be enjoyed. “We will notify nearby residents and businesses of the works and they may experience a small amount of inconvenience due to limited pedestrian access, reduced parking and potential generation of dust and noise from

machinery,” Mr Pearce said. “The work site will be progressively cordoned off in stages to prevent unauthorised access and signage will be in place to redirect pedestrians and cyclists.” A budget of $450,000 has been allocated for the works. “This is an area that is frequented by locals and tourists alike,” Mr Pearce said. “It is a great location for fishermen and also people enjoying a walk along the lake foreshore.” Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Wyong Council Media

Environmental defenders workshop at Ourimbah he legal rights of the local community and landholders to have their say about decisions impacting the environment will be the subject of a workshop at Ourimbah on Wednesday, February 26, to be conducted by the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) NSW, a community legal centre specialising in environmental law.

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The Community Environment Network will host the free EDO NSW workshop which will explain how the community can influence environmental decision-

making, including decisions about planning and development, mining and coal seam gas (CSG). The workshop will be held at the Staff Common Room in the Science

Offices of the University of Newcastle, Central Coast Campus. Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Jon Walter, EDO NSW

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Local member concerned over Wallarah 2 assessment ember for Wyong Mr Darren Webber said he remains deeply concerned by the Department of Planning and Infrastructure’s preliminary assessment of the Wallarah 2 Coal Project which states that there were no environmental or amenity reasons that prevent the project proceeding, subject to strict conditions.

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“I do however welcome the fact that any decision to finally approve or reject the Wallarah 2 coal mine would be subject to a full review by the independent Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC),” Mr Webber said. “As a result of recommendations from ICAC, the O’Farrell Government has ensured that planning decisions are independent from Ministerial intervention. “In January, the independent PAC was requested by the Minister to review the merits of this project as a whole and hold public hearings to ensure the community continues to have a say on this project. “Prior to the 2011 election, the NSW Coalition supported the Water Not Coal campaign. “Let me make it very clear, my position remains unchanged and I, along with my colleagues, have raised the issue with Premier Barry O’Farrell. “While acknowledging community concerns, the Premier has

determined the need for open and transparent decision making, unlike the decision making process of former Labor Government. “I will be presenting local community concerns to the Planning and Assessment Commission and also directly to the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure. “As part of my submission and to assist in collating those concerns, I am today launching a petition which will be available at my Wyong electorate office to be signed or distributed across the Central Coast. “This will greatly assist me in gauging the level of opposition to any proposed approval of the Wallarah 2 coal mine. “The Planning and

Assessment Commission is tasked with determining whether or not the Kores mine proposal will have any detrimental environmental impacts. “I am not an engineer but have taken on board in good faith, allegations made by the Coal Alliance representatives and will forward those allegations on to the PAC for their consideration. “I will not allow the Central Coast water catchment to be jeopardised in any way and I do encourage people who have any concerns about the proposal to come and sign my petition,” Mr Webber concluded. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 Jim Lloyd, Office of Darren Webber MP

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Yasmine Catley preselected as Busy first week Labor candidate for Swansea for Karen

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asmine Catley has been preselected unopposed as the Labor Member for Swansea and I am thankful for his candidate for the State seat of Swansea.

“I am humbled and grateful for the overwhelming support I have received from branch members in the electorate. “It is an honour to represent the party in this contest. “I’ve been a member of the ALP for 25 years, and I’m proud of Labor’s record in the Swansea electorate. “Labor is the party that invests in public schools and TAFE, supports public hospitals, and protects the pay and conditions of workers, including those in the State sector. “My priorities are health, education and jobs. “As the Labor candidate, I will campaign on: better health services, ensuring equal access for everyone and supporting health care workers; a

fairer education system, making sure Labor’s Gonski education reforms are implemented, in full, which will deliver fairer funding and a better education for every student; and a strong local economy to support jobs, local economies and decision making. “I will work with a

Labor team to ensure NSW is a place that supports local business and local jobs. “I love being part of my community; I grew up in Summerland Point and now live in Swansea with my husband, Robert Coombs, and our three daughters. “Robert is the former

unwavering support for my decision. “I have been an active member of the Australian Labor Party for over 20 years, as it is the party most closely aligned with my values – fairness, justice and equality. “I have worked as a librarian in Local Government and Commonwealth Departments, with the majority of my career being spent at the Refugee Review Tribunal. “For the past decade I have worked in the office of Federal Labor MPs, and feel I am well equipped to represent Labor at the next election,” said Ms Catley. The Swansea electorate spans the area between Jewells and Belmont in the North, to Budgewoi and San Remo in the South. Following a redistribution of boundaries, the Liberal Party hold the seat of Swansea by a margin of 0.3%, making it the second most marginal seat in NSW. The State election will be held on March 28, 2015. Media release, 17 Feb 2014 Yasmin Catley, Labor candidate for Swansea

McNamara uggerah Lakes, local roads and access to fast and affordable broadband were on the agenda as Federal Member for Dobell Ms Karen McNamara spent the first Parliamentary Sitting Week of 2014 fighting for investment in Dobell.

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“I said I would be a strong local voice in Canberra and am pleased at how we are progressing with our election commitments,” Ms McNamara said. Ms McNamara held a series of meetings with Senior Ministers to discuss local projects and the communities’ priorities in Dobell. The Government’s commitment to cleaning up Tuggerah Lakes was reconfirmed when Ms McNamara met with the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP. “The Government will invest $3.25 million to clean up Tuggerah Lakes through foreshore restoration works and investment in vital infrastructure such as gross pollutant traps. “The Minister recognised that the community wants to see practical solutions to improve the health of the lakes.” Other election commitments including the Tuggerah Sporting

Precinct and funding for local road projects were discussed with the Assistant Treasurer, Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos. “The assistant treasurer is a strong advocate for the Central Coast and truly understands the challenges we face. “With his support, we have been able to secure funding for a suite of measures as promised prior to the election designed to increase employment and opportunities for our locals. “I met with the Minister for Communications, the Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP to discuss the need for local businesses to have access to fast and affordable broadband. “The priority for the NBN roll out is providing fast and affordable broadband to local businesses, which will in turn lead to the creation of new local jobs,” Ms McNamara concluded. Media release, 14 Feb 2014 Luke Nayna, Office of Karen McNamara MP

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January 29, 2014

Calga sand quarry expansion approval creates uproar T

he NSW Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) approved the Rocla sand quarry at Calga on Christmas Eve, just hours before they closed up shop for their holidays.

According to Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park general manager Ms Tassin Barnard, the NSW PAC said they considered the quarry’s impact on water, endangered animals, plants and ecosystems, the Aboriginal cultural landscape and ecotourism, and were happy to allow the quarry to proceed anyway. “They have declined a small part of the proposed operation, but approved the rest,” said Ms Barnard. Ms Barnard said that the Planning Department had completely disregarded Walkabout Park’s submissions that detailed the risks to Walkabout Park’s operations, including a $10 million new Gondwana Safari Park that would bring 90 new jobs to the Central Coast. “They think we will just have a good cry and then all get back in our boxes. “Well that’s not the way it’s going to work this time. “We have 28 days to appeal the decision and take it to the Land and Environment Court, and we will. “We have taken legal advice and are confident that the PAC’s decision will not stand up to legal scrutiny. “We understand the time and the financial risks involved but we are sick of the NSW Planning Department acting like it is above the law; it is not.

“It is time that the community took them on to show them that they are as much bound by the law as the rest of us,” said Ms Barnard. The planning process allows for a Land and Environment Court appeal within 28 days of a decision being made. “The PAC conveniently made their decision on December 23, and published it on December 24. “With the PAC closed until January 13, the Environmental Defender’s Office closed until January 6, politicians and lawyers all away on their Christmas breaks, and the community wanting to spend time with their families, the deadline of January 20 for launching an appeal is barely possible. “The NSW Planning Department has destroyed three of the last seven Christmases. “Rocla’s original Development Application in

2009, then their Preferred Project Plan in 2012, both hundreds of pages long, were released for community comment just before Christmas. “Doing this yet again smacks of bully tactics or, at the very least, complete disregard for the rights of the community,” said Ms Barnard. A PAC community meeting was held on November 18 which saw over 200 people attend and heard 33 registered speakers present concerns or opposition to the expansion of the quarry. Our Land Our Water Our Future Inc (OLOWOF) president Mr Paul Robert Burton said if the expansion was approved, the state government would be effectively declaring a civil rights war on its own community. “What is the benefit to the Central Coast Community?” Mr Burton asked. “This decision will have a

massive impact on so many people. “Under the previous Labor government, the planning system related to resources in NSW was dysfunctional and heavily favoured the resource sector; the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has now shown it was corrupt as well. “The current Coalition government that was elected on its promise to rectify this situation has continued to use and expand on this same discredited planning system. “The PAC’s own information about the quarry expansion is a bucket full of holes with many unanswered questions and incorrect information about water allocation licenses. “Rocla’s own statement of ‘a most thorough investigation by competent people’, will most certainly be challenged,” claimed Mr Burton. Following on the back of a merit appeal from the

groups that submitted to the PAC, OLOWOF will also be lodging a court case against the existing quarry. “In matters like these, we have a legal system to determine the truth and I am convinced there are significant issues with Rocla, the NSW Office of Water (NOW) and the state government,” claimed Mr Burton. “As a united community we cannot believe this appalling situation and we have been forced to initiate a massive community campaign. “We know this may be a long hard battle but we are determined to fight for what is right and true and we will win. “We ask that local current Liberal representative Chris Holstein either step up and help the community he was elected to represent or resign from his position. “We also ask that all Central Coast political representatives from all parties actually represent those communities they were elected to represent. “Our political system has failed the people and we have had enough. ‘Not one local MP came to the original PAC meeting about a massive sand quarry that destroys far more than it creates. “If our elected representatives will not help, then the community will have to do their job for them.” Mr Burton announced that Camp Quoll was established on New Years’ Eve as an educational facility and peaceful direct action site in the vicinity of the Rocla Calga quarry. Community groups who

have established Camp Quoll, named after one of the threatened species known to inhabit the area of the proposed quarry expansion, are working in close contact with the police and other social services in this matter and plan to use the highest principles of Peaceful Direct Action (PDA). “A community cannot survive without its water, agricultural land, air, flora, fauna and its cultural connection with each other. “Despite the government’s false claims of significant local economic benefit, there is no long term benefit to the Central Coast community and ultimately there is no economy without an environment. “We invite all the Central Coast community to join this peaceful direct action. “Many are not even aware of the huge level of industrialisation planned for our region. “It’s not just about the sand quarry, it’s also the about Wallarah 2 long wall coal mine (threatening the water supply for over 350,000 Central Coast residents), the Mandalong long wall coal mine and Coal Seam Gas licenses across the entire Central Coast region including the ocean. It is about the entire Central Coast and our fundamental human right to protect our land our water and our future.” Media release, 8 Jan 2014 Paul Robert Burton, Our Land Our Water Our Future Media release, 31 Dec 2013 Tassin Barnard, Australia Walkabout Wildlife Park

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Council welcomes waterfront announcements

Peter Pearce is 2014 Citizen of the Year

Waterfront dining and shopping is the future for Gosford aterfront dining and shopping, along with new apartments and jobs, are the future of Gosford’s waterfront under plans finalised by the NSW Government on Monday, February 10.

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Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Mr Brad Hazzard with Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein at the announcement

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osford Council has welcomed several major announcements for the Gosford Waterfront that will drive the rejuvenation of the Gosford CBD, with benefits to be felt across the entire LGA.

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osford City recognised some of its finest citizens at the annual Gosford City Australia Day Community Awards, held for the first time during official Australia Day celebrations in Kibble Park on Sunday, January 26. Local humanitarian Peter Pearce was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year for his ongoing work helping those in need both in Gosford City and around the world. Mayor of Gosford City Cr Lawrie McKinna said hosting the awards

ceremony on Australia Day made this year’s event extra special. “The Australia Day Community Awards allow us as a community to come together and publicly acknowledge those who go over and above in their respective

fields. “The atmosphere at this year’s awards was fantastic with many people out to enjoy Australia Day celebrations joining the ceremony to show their support for the nominees and winners. “We are privileged to

have such outstanding citizens living in our city making it a better place for us all to live and work and I thank all the nominees for their commitment and passion,” mayor Cr McKinna said. The Australia Day Community Awards have become an integral event on the Gosford City calendar with the 2014 ceremony presided over by Gosford City Council general manager, Paul

Anderson and culminating in a performance by Australian music icon, Christine Anu. Chairman of the Australia Day Committee Cr Jim Macfadyen said that the 2014 award winners represent a cross section of talent, dedication and diversity in our community. “Nominees across all categories have worked hard for causes they believe in which have

significantly contributed to our local community. “Judging the Australia Day Community Awards is never an easy task for our judging panel with this year being no exception. “The calibre of entrants in the 2014 awards is a measure of the wonderful people we have in our community and the pride we should all share to call this city our home,” said Cr Macfadyen. ...continued on page 3

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Mr Brad Hazzard has declared an area of the waterfront a State Significant Site (SSS), an announcement which recognises the site as being of major importance to regional development. On the back of this announcement, Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein has confirmed that the gazettal of the citywide Local Environmental Plan (LEP) 2014 will be imminent. This is expected to simplify planning processes across the LGA. Further support for development in the city has come in the form of an announcement by Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks that a federal government agency would be relocated to the Gosford CBD, bringing with it local economic and employment opportunities.

Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna said the announcements were a major win for the local community. “Development of the waterfront will see positive flow-on effects for our region, enhancing employment and recreation opportunities while also encouraging visitors to our area. “Council has worked together with the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) in submitting the proposal for a SSS, which was guided by feedback from our local community. “With the SSS in place, the CCRDC can now initiate the first stages of the redevelopment of the Gosford Public School site. “Council is supportive of the proposed multi staged development as it will allow each stage to be managed

in consultation with those involved and the broader community,” mayor Cr McKinna said. Gosford Council general manager Mr Paul Anderson said council welcomed the support from all levels of government in positioning Gosford as the capital of the Central Coast. “Declaring the Gosford Waterfront Precinct a SSS is further support from the State Government to position Gosford City as the capital of the Central Coast. “This classification will assist in promoting appropriate development along the waterfront site; stimulating investment in new commercial and retail uses. “The commitment to relocate a federal government agency demonstrates the united vision of all levels of government for the

redevelopment of Gosford,” Mr Anderson said. Mr Anderson added that now is the time to seize the opportunity to reconnect the city with our picturesque waterfront. “These announcements, along with a newly gazetted LEP mean that a number of key factors are now in place to instigate real change in our region. “Council has been proactive about stimulating business and economic activity in the area and has also gone out for Expressions of Interest for use of land along the waterfront not included within the boundaries of the SSS. “I am excited to see these tangible steps being made toward the redevelopment of the Gosford Waterfront in support of our work to restore investor confidence in our city,” Mr Anderson said. Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Gosford Council Media

Planning and Infrastructure Minister Mr Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government has approved the rezoning of 9.9ha on Gosford’s waterfront by the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) to allow: a combination of commercial, residential, hotel and conference facilities stimulating commercial activity and creating up to 2,000 new jobs; new regional community facilities (including a proposed Regional Performing Arts Centre and Conservatorium); public spaces and recreational areas and; new waterside restaurants and retail facilities on an expanded Breakwater. “This is great news for the revitalisation of Gosford’s waterfront and will help boost the Central Coast’s economy by acting as a catalyst for the renewal of the Gosford CBD,” Mr Hazzard said. “As a further bonus, by creating facilities and public spaces that build communities, it will draw more visitors to the area.” Mr Hazzard said the plans effectively split the State Significant Site into

a number of new zones, allowing residential and commercial development on the current Gosford Public School site, retail and commercial activities on an expanded Breakwater and public recreation. Minister for the Central Coast Michael Gallacher said CCRDC had significantly revised earlier plans to redevelop the waterfront after taking on board community concerns raised during public exhibition. “These new plans ensure public space is protected and new buildings on the school site are properly scaled to minimise the impact on water views,” Mr Gallacher said. Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein said the community would continue to have a say in the redevelopment of the waterfront as development applications would need to be lodged with Gosford Council. View further information on the rezoning of the Gosford waterfront at www. ccrdc.nsw.gov.au. Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford


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Lake Haven Oval plan needs a re-think he main purpose of the meeting at Lake Haven Oval on Friday (February 7) night with planners from Wyong Council appeared to be to inform the attendees where the skate park was to be moved so that construction of the Cinema complex can go ahead.

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It must be borne in mind that the oval is in fact a flood water retention basin, therefore any long term planning for that area’s development has to remember what happened in 2007 and can happen again in the future. Just to remind the planners, this area did its job to hold back potentially devastating floodwaters to a surprising depth. Some aged 30-plus users of the skate park spoke well and with feeling. They told the meeting that they travel from Morisset with young families to enjoy the facility. They teach younger folk how to enjoy many tricks. Incidentally, watch the Sochi Winter Olympics and see where the aerobatic competitors have learnt their craft – at

a skate park. They are most dissatisfied that it is proposed to move the facility to the new position near the tennis courts. They work and travel after work to this skate park, even in non-daylight saving times, as there is some light from the tall pole that illuminates the car park near the YMCA. Additionally, security personnel often walk by, which discourages bad behaviour from a minority. The proposed repositioning will be unusable after 5pm in the darker months as there is no possibility of lighting in this area. There will be no security personnel ever. The tennis courts are

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used on many occasions on a number of days. Placing the skate park near to these courts could result in verbal altercations between the different users. Verbal altercations can escalate to physical violence. In regard to the cinema complex, where are patrons supposed to park? Eight cinemas could easily generate the need for up to 200 car parking spots This will cause shoppers and cinema patrons to be in conflict for parking spots. Why isn’t the cinema complex multi-storey? Top floor – four theatres Third floor – also four cinemas. Second floor car parking but half used for the Skate Park – security and lighting issues resolved. Lower level all car parking. Seems much more sensible than having all of the cinema complex on one level. It would also make better use of the ground covered. There would be many more extra parking positions. To provide 120 parking positions between the tennis courts and the high school grounds will mean that cinema patrons could be asked to walk almost one kilometre from the furthest parking into the main entrance assuming it is near the Gravity Centre. Realistically this is not going to happen. It appears to me that a complete re-think outside the square is needed before major areas of conflict are ‘designed’ by accident into facilities at the Lake Haven Shopping Centre and Lake Haven Oval. Email, 10 Feb 2014 Bob Brooks, Doyalson North

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refer to the article “Wallarah 2 Coal Project promoted in wake of Kellogg’s closure” (Wyong Regional Chronicle, February 7).

For Patrick Southam to suggest that the Wallarah 2 will take up the slack of those jobs lost from the Kellogg’s closure with more than 300 local jobs is untrue. Mr Southam is a public relations consultant and is employed by the Wallarah 2 Coal Project to promote their mine proposal, regardless of whether it is true or false. It is a well-known fact that coal mining is becoming highly mechanized resulting in large numbers of miners losing their jobs in the Hunter region. If the Wallarah 2 project was approved, the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) would insist that its trained members took up the positions in the mines, so that any direct local jobs would be minimal at best. The comments in regards to 1,000 jobs provided during the mine’s construction are also misleading. The construction of a coalmine requires highly trained and skilled personnel and the companies that carry out this type of construction are certainly not located on the Central Coast and they already maintain the required skilled personnel.

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Sixteen government agencies, including Wyong Shire Council, NSW Health and the Office of Environment and Heritage, condemned the Wallarah 2 coal project as having unacceptable impacts on the region’s drinking water catchment, resulting in the loss of drinking water, and the reduced health of residents from increased coal dust exposure. They concluded that the proponent’s mine plan was lacking in detail and science, and relied on supposition and untested assumptions. These reports can be found on the Department of Planning’s website, major projects section, and listed under Wallarah 2. Kores, the South Korean Governmentowned mining company behind the Wallarah 2 Coal Project, has an

appalling environment record. They left Rapu Rapu, in the Phillipines, a wasteland, with dead fish stocks and starving people. Their efforts to buy the local community caused polarization in fighting and deaths. They have already polarized the Central Coast community by throwing around vast sums of money in an attempt to buy community loyalty and to hoodwink people into believing that they are good corporate citizens. The economic benefits of the Wallarah 2 project are also doubtful and expert economists have also challenged their claims. We need jobs on the Central Coast, but at what cost? Can we afford to put our major drinking water district at risk of being lost forever? Can we put the health of the Region at risk from coal dust exposure? NSW Health is concerned about the increased morbidity and mortality that this project would cause. Email, 14 Feb 2014 Alan Hayes, Dooralong Valley

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Charges to be New cameras for Lake upgraded following Macquarie Marine Rescue victim’s death olice will lay additional charges in court following the death of 56-year-old Graeme Wilton, who was allegedly assaulted in Mannering Park last year.

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About 7:30pm on Thursday, December 12, police attended a home on Griffith St in Mannering Park following reports of an assault. It has been alleged a 22-year-old man was driving a white utility along Griffith St when he stopped near Mr Wilton. He got out of the vehicle and allegedly punched Mr Wilton in the head, causing him to fall to the ground, and then fled the scene. A number of witnesses attended to Mr Wilton and contacted emergency

services. Police and NSW Ambulance Paramedics attended the scene and he was taken to Wyong Hospital before being transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition. He remained in hospital where he passed away on Monday, February 10. Strike Force Mooneye, comprising officers attached to Tuggerah Lakes Local Area Command, was

established in December to investigate the assault. On Friday, January 17, a 22-year-old man was arrested in Coonabarabran and charged with cause grievous bodily harm with intent. He was refused bail and remanded in custody to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Wednesday, March 12. Police expect to upgrade the charges against the man during his next court appearance. Media release, 12 Feb 2014 NSW Police Media

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Member for Swansea Garry Edwards presenting the Go Pro cameras to Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue Unit Commander John Hatton and Deputy Unit Commander Roger Evans at the Pelican Rescue Base.

ake Macquarie Marine Rescue has received Go Pro cameras as part of the NSW Government’s roll out of sophisticated training cameras for the volunteer organisation.

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Member for Swansea Mr Garry Edwards welcomed the delivery of the cameras to Marine Rescue Lake Macquarie, whose members operate on some of the State’s most popular boating waterways. “$30,000 in funding is being used to roll out 70 Go Pro cameras to Marine Rescue crews across the state and I was pleased to present several cameras to Lake Macquarie Marine Rescue,” Mr Edwards. “This new equipment will be of great benefit not only in training but also in promoting the skill and experience of the MRNSW volunteers, whose work usually goes unseen because it takes place off shore, away from the public view. “This will not only help raise public awareness of the great work of MRNSW members but also assist

in the organisation’s recruitment activities to ensure it can provide a sustainable rescue service into the future,” Mr Edwards said. Minister for Police and Emergency Services Mr Michael Gallacher said the operational footage from the video cameras, which will be installed on the frontline rescue fleet, would be invaluable in providing the members with realistic training scenarios and rescue debriefings. “No rescue operation and no day at sea is ever the same and these volunteers are frequently called on to place their own safety at risk rescuing or assisting boaters in trouble in terrible conditions,” Minister Gallacher said. “The advantage of these cameras is that they can operate automatically after being set, allowing the

volunteers to concentrate on the rescue operation, which obviously is the first priority. “There are always lessons to be learned in a process of continual improvement and this vision will be of significant value in helping volunteers learn from their colleagues’ experience. “No textbook exercise can ever replace seeing for yourself the difficulties of coming alongside a stricken vessel, transferring an ill passenger on board and taking the vessel under tow in a rolling three to four metre swell.” Mr Gallacher said the cameras also would be used for the organisation’s public boating safety education courses and activities. Media release, 14 Feb 2014 Gerald Cowan, Office of Garry Edwards MP

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Outdoor holiday activities for children A number of outdoor activities for children aged five to 12 will be held in Brisbane Water National Park and Bouddi National Park throughout January as part of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service’s school holiday program.

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Mary Mac’s Place holds Christmas lunch celebration Mary Mac’s Place celebrated Christmas with over 180 people attending its lunchtime Christmas celebration on Friday, December 20. “Many residents from the Peninsula and further afield enjoyed a wonderful Christmas lunch of ham, turkey, chicken, salads and all the usual Christmas trimmings,” said Mary Mac’s Place project officer Ms Christine Burge. “Santa Claus attended the lunch and all children left with a gift, due to generous donations of toys from members of our community. “The atmosphere at the celebration was very warm and relaxed with volunteers and our companions all enjoying the day.

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“We are fortunate to live in such a generous community with so many individuals and groups thinking of others at this time of the year. “Donations for this year’s Christmas celebration came from all areas of our community. “Many individuals dropped off hams and dry goods for hampers after they had done their shopping,” said Ms Burge. Members of the Mongols Motor Cycle Club delivered desserts for the luncheon and wished those attending a Merry Christmas. The members of the club said that coming to Mary Mac’s Place was a reality check for those becoming complacent with their lives and the day-to-day things so many take for granted.

On Tuesday, December 24, Mary Mac’s distributed hampers to those who attended for lunch. “In another example of our community thinking of others, children from the Avoca Beach Art Markets distributed sweets they had made to all those who attended,” said Ms Burge. Mary Mac’s Place is located at 100 Blackwall Rd, Woy Woy, and is an initiative of the St John the Baptist Parish at Woy Woy and supported by CatholicCare and local businesses, clubs and individuals. If you can donate or assist by volunteering please ring Christine at Mary Mac’s Place on 4341 0584. Media release, 24 Dec 2013 Christine Burge, Mary Mac’s Place

National Parks and Wildlife Service community relations officer Ms Susan Davis said that children can find out all about the coastline, discover the magic of the bush and learn about Aboriginal bush tucker on these activities. “We are very excited about our action-packed WilderQuest summer program with activities to be held in in Bouddi and Brisbane Water National Parks and Munmorah State Conservation Area throughout January. “WilderQuest is designed for kids aged five to 12 years and is supported by an iPad app. and online games, and encourages kids to combine outdoor exploration with technology,” said Ms Davis. There are five different WilderQuest activities which will be running over the school holidays in

the Gosford LGA. The Special Sea Creature Treasure Hunt will be held in Bouddi National Park on January, 10, 15 and 24 while the Special Waterbugs Detectives will be held in Brisbane Water National Park on January 9 and 21. Kids Beachcombing, art and craft will be held in Bouddi National Park on January 14 and 20, the Enchanted Forest will be also be held in Bouddi National Park on January 15 and the Aboriginal Bush Tucker and Tools will be held in Brisbane Water National Park on January 8, 17 and 22. Another activity for children is the Sounds of Summer on January 11 where they can explore the world of cicadas in Bouddi National Park. Cost is $15 per child with a discount for more children with the same adult. The meeting place will be given on booking, which can be made by phoning 4320 4205 by 12pm the day before. Email, 23 Dec 2013 Susan Davis, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

Eight people rescued on the water Eight people were able to return home safely thanks to the help provided by the volunteers from Marine Rescue Central Coast on Sunday, December 22. The volunteers responded to a call for help at around 10am from a five metre Halverson ski boat with an electrical fault in Waterfall Bay with four people on board. Marine Rescue skipper Roger

Palmer and his crew on rescue boat Central Coast 21 provided a battery to enable a jump-start but this proved unsuccessful, so the disabled vessel was towed to the ramp at Lions Park, Woy Woy. The Radio Room at Point Clare Base received a call at around 2pm from a 4.85m half-cabin runabout with a mechanical problem near The Rip Bridge. There were four people on board and the owner sought

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assistance to return to the boat ramp in Erina Creek. Marine Rescue skipper Bob White and his crew on rescue boat Central Coast 21 towed the vessel to Caroline Bay where it was passed on to the smaller Central Coast 12 to complete the tow under the Punt Bridge and the shallow waters in Erina Creek. Media release, 22 Dec 2013 Ron Cole, Marine Rescue Central Coast

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Railway underpass proposal is open for comment A Development Application for the Rawson Rd Level Crossing Project is currently being advertised with Gosford Council. It will remain available for public comment until January 31. The $25 million Rawson Rd Railway Level Crossing Replacement Project, which was put up for public exhibition on December 2, aims to address safety concerns by closing and removing the existing level crossing at Rawson Rd. The project extends from Railway St at the Shoalhaven Dr Underpass to the base of Bulls Hill and includes: improved pedestrian and cycleway connectivity under the railway tracks at Shoalhaven Dr; an upgrade and extension of Nagari Rd from Shoalhaven Dr to a new roundabout south of the railway tracks; new vehicle underpass at the bottom of Bulls Hill under the railway tracks; and a new bridge over Woy Woy Creek at the bottom of Bulls Hill. The construction of the project would allow the closure and removal of the existing Rawson Rd level crossing and would benefit road and rail users with improved safety and efficiency. The design is being developed to minimise environmental and local heritage impacts and will incorporate input from the community and other stakeholders. According to council’s Development Application, the need for the application was triggered due to the encroachment

of the proposed works into the State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) No 14 – Coastal Wetlands No 947 at the base of Bulls Hill and the western end of Correa Bay, Woy Woy. Council has received a number of submissions One submission expressed concerns regarding further siltation to Correa Bay, stating that the sand bar has been slowly creeping after heavy rain depositing silt from the tip. “It could be worse from these road works without extra care. “Apparently the current sand bar doubled in size after Bull’s Hill was constructed during the 1950s.” Former Gosford Council councillor Ms Lynne Bockholt said she fully supported the proposal in her submission. “Council held an extensive public consultation process several years ago where many options were listed and discussed, and the option currently on display was the one chosen by the great majority to the community. “Over 500 people attended the consultation sessions held on two Sundays in the South Woy Woy Progress Hall and the Everglades Country Club. “The current level crossing is highly dangerous and has been the scene of many major and minor accidents over the years. “Emergency vehicles are currently unable to access Woy Woy Rd or the Bays area in cases of emergency due to the movement of trains.

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“Goods trains are much longer and more frequent than they used to be, therefore the level crossing is closed more often, leading to greater traffic congestion and hold ups for emergency vehicles including ambulances. “The length and frequency of goods trains will increase over the next few years with the boom in coal exports as well as rail being seen as a viable alternative to road transport as road costs increase. “The level crossing is closed for longer periods now as the railways seem to have a policy which sees the level crossing remain closed when a train has passed and another is due within four or five minutes. “I have sat and waited for a second train to pass for many minutes on many occasions. “This would also affect emergency vehicles in cases of fire and accidents. “The current underpass under the railway line is well past its use by date and taller vehicles can become stuck, thus leading to further traffic congestion. “An underpass, as contained in the development application, is the best option to eliminate unsatisfactory level crossing and the underpass in one fell swoop. “There is little to no damage to the environment of national park with this option,” said Ms Bockholt. Website, 17 Jan 2014 DA submissions, Gosford Council

Demonstrators outside Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein’s office in Woy Woy

Council keeps quiet on asbestos ‘spill’ Gosford Council has admitted it has taken more than three weeks to inform Woy Woy residents of a “spill” of asbestos in their area. Corrugated asbestos roofing was found lying in Veron Rd and Hillview St, Woy Woy, on Sunday, December 22. However, residents were not told of the spill until Tuesday, January 14, as the clean-up of asbestos continued. Local resident Mr Jim Morrison, who reported the spill to police on December 22, said the NSW Fire Brigade had been out a number of times to clean it up. He said the NSW Fire Brigade picked up all of the bigger pieces and hosed the rest onto the verge. “The Fire Brigade did what I would call three partial clean-ups,” said Mr Morrison. He said they visited the site on December 22, 24 and 27. “I don’t believe that anyone in the street or affected areas had been notified by council about the problem until we received a letterbox drop on Tuesday, January 14.” Gosford Council’s director environment and planning Ms Danielle Dickson told Peninsula News that the council had the area independently tested and, following on from the initial clean up, affected residents were advised of the spill on Tuesday, January 14.

Mr Morrison said that despite the initial clean-ups, cars were still driving over pieces of asbestos and breaking it up. However, Ms Dickson denied this, saying the asbestos was in a bonded state and could not be broken down as a result of traffic impacts. Ms Dickson said: “The NSW Fire Brigade carried out the initial cleanup which was believed to have resolved the issue, however, testing confirmed further cleanup was required, which council is continuing to undertake until the site is fully cleaned. “Once council received test results confirming the substance at the site was asbestos and determined the nature and scope of the illegal dumping, formal notification was provided to residents to advise them of council’s actions regarding cleanup of the site. “The time taken to clean up the site has been due to the factors outlined above, as well as the engagement of specialist contractors to undertake the work required, once test results were received,” said Ms Dickson. The contractor was continuing to clean-up the area last Friday, January 17. Kaitlin Watts, 17 Jan 2014 Interviewee: Jim Morrison, Woy Woy Media statement, 17 Jan 2014 Danielle Dickson, Gosford Council

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Demonstrators protest sand mine expansion About 100 sand mine protesters demonstrated outside the Woy Woy office of Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein on Friday, January 17. Central Coast Greens representative Ms Kate da Costa said a range of community groups and individuals were taking a stand on the Calga sand quarry. “Aunty Beve welcomed us to country and explained the importance of the women’s

fertility initiation area at Calga which is already partly damaged and threatened with almost total destruction under the expansion,” said Ms da Costa. “I spoke on behalf of the Central Coast Greens about our Protecting Our Water campaign. “We acknowledge all the other issues, such as heritage, noise, dust at the site, but we have a particular focus on the impacts of mining and quarrying on our water supplies for the Central Coast. “We are calling on the State

Government to implement a ban on all new sandstone quarrying for building sand, new long-wall or open cut coal mines and any CSG exploration, drilling or fracking anywhere in the water catchments of the Central Coast,” said Ms da Costa. Mr Jake Cassar, representing Save the Sacred Land at Kariong, discussed aspects of the damage being done by Calga, as did convenor of the Camp Quoll protection camp and information booth Mr Ian Sutton.

Greens MLC Mr David Shoebridge spoke about his visit that day with his daughters to the Wildlife Walkabout Park and Treetops. He said he was astounded that the potential for eco-tourism was being put at risk by the threat of extractive industries for a possible overall loss in employment on the Coast. “Despite our written invitation and two phone calls to his office, the local elected representative of Gosford, Mr Chris Holstein,

who had a prior engagement in Newcastle, did not provide a statement or ask his staff to speak on his behalf,” said Ms da Costa. “The community has still not been informed about Mr Holstein’s position on the Calga quarry expansion, nor what he is doing personally to protect water on the Coast, or what he is doing to keep his Water Not Coal promise made at the last State election,” she said. Email, 30 Jan 2014 Kate da Costa, Central Coast Greens

Changes to planning scheme proposed A planning proposal is being prepared by Gosford Council to address issues arising in the draft Gosford Local Environment Plan since its initial adoption and submission to the Department of Planning in 2011. The proposal incorporates amendments to the draft LEP including; temporary land use provisions, information relating to temporary events and activities on public land, name changes, amendments to maps and rezonings.

The Planning Proposal will be sent to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure if no submissions objecting to the proposal are received during a public exhibition period. A number of amendments to the plan’s maps will be included in the proposal including: Lot 1 DP 311853 Wagstaffe Ave, Wagstaffe, which is recommended to change from the existing zone of 2(a)/7(a) to R2 as the 7(a) zoned area would was only 208sqm. Lot 1 DP 348158, Phegans Bay Rd, Phegans Bay would change from existing zone 2 (a) and

exhibited zone RE1 to the proposed zone of R2 as the land is 31sqm in area and in private ownership so should be zoned R2. Lot 102 DP 747829 Kathleen St, Woy Woy, would change from existing zone 5 (a) and exhibited zone R2 to the proposed zone of SP2 as the lot is part of the Woy Woy Hospital site and should be zoned SP2 Health Services Facility as is the rest of the site. Lot 32 DP 717084 Myola Rd, Umina, would change from existing zone 9(c)/Reserve and exhibited zone R2-RE1 to the proposed zone of R2 as the lot has had its

boundaries corrected which means part of the private lot is zoned RE1 and the R2 zone needs to be aligned with the new boundaries. Lot 130 DP 9508 Jacaranda Ave, Patonga, changes from the existing zone of 7(a)/6(a) and exhibited zone of E2 to the proposed zone of E2-RE1 as the lot is shown as being in private ownership. There is also a strip of land 100 feet wide along Patonga Creek which is Crown Reserve and should be zoned RE1. Amendments to heritage maps will also be included in the Planning Proposal including a former house in the vicinity Orange Grove Private

Hospital in Cedar Cres, Blackwall. Council’s amendment states that the house is no longer part of Orange Grove Private Hospital and should be named House of Rock Davis as it was identified in the heritage study. Also proposed to be amended is the Woy Woy Railway Tunnel which was included in the State Heritage Register on June 28 last year and should therefore be included as an item of State significance in Schedule 5. Gosford Council agenda ENV.3, 21 Jan 2014

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Business

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McDonalds restaurant and 7-Eleven service station approved for Wyong yong Council has unanimously granted consent to an application to construct a service station, a 24-hour McDonalds restaurant and four light industrial units on the corner of the Pacific Highway and London Dr, Wyong, on the site of an existing hardware business.

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The $3.5 million development is expected to create between 90 and 120 full time and casual positions. The development would be carried out in two stages, subdivision first then building construction works. The McDonalds Restaurant incorporates a McCafe and standard McDonalds’ service areas and kitchen, a children’s party room and play area, staff rooms, amenities (including accessible facilities), loading and garbage storage areas. The restaurant would operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week. The main internal dining area would accommodate 75 seats and the external terrace would provide seating for 26 people. The drive-through

facility would accommodate 15 vehicles with two waiting bays. The proposed building would be single storey in height (maximum height of 5.5 metres) and clad in painted fibre cement sheeting and compressed fibre cement with an applied finish. Servicing requirements for the proposed McDonalds would be undertaken using heavy rigid vehicles and a 14 metre long articulated vehicle. The proposed restaurant would provide employment for 80 to 100 people in part time, full time and casual positions. The service station would include a 7-Eleven convenience store, service yard, office, store room, cool room and amenities. There are 15 parking spaces proposed to be

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located around the service station building and facilities. The service station building is to be constructed of pre-cast concrete panels with colorbond roof sheeting. Four bowsers are proposed under a fuel dispensing area canopy (352m² in area) which is 4.5 metres in height. Fuel tankers will enter the site via London Dr and egress the site directly onto the highway. The service station, and convenience store, will operate 24 hours per day, seven days a week and would employ a number of people on a full time and part time basis, however, only one to two people would be on site at any time. The four attached light industrial units vary in size with a total GFA of 1,296m² and specific unit sizes being: unit one 288m² , unit two - 360m²; unit three- 360m²; and unit four- 288m². Each unit has been designed to face eastwards with internal accessible amenities, a west facing, rear internal loading area and an east facing, glazed entry with future signage above the doors.

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The building would be constructed from precast concrete panels with glazing and metal features to the façade. The unit building would be a maximum height of 6.5 metres with a skillion roof. It is anticipated that each unit would employ around two to four staff. The units have been designed to be serviced by a small rigid vehicle.

Deputy mayor Cr Lynne Webster said: “It’s great to be able to approve a practical employmentgenerating development like this which will see much-needed jobs for young people in the Shire’s north.” Cr Lloyd Taylor agreed and saw it was “absolutely fantastic”. “It’s what we need in that area which is significantly lacking that

type of facility. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for the Wyong Shire to be moving forward. ‘We need the community wealth to remain in the Shire, so I’m all for it,” said Cr Taylor. Cr Adam Troy said it was a “big moment in Wyong”. Kaitlin Watts, 12 Feb 2014 Wyong Council Agenda 2.1, 12 Feb 2014


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Business

Commercially zoned sites open for development

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yong Council is progressing the development of three Councilowned sites in the town centres of Toukley, The Entrance and Wyong.

Council is calling for expressions of interest from the private sector for mixed use development proposals for the three sites which are commercially zoned. “We’re ready to move on these sites now and are serious about getting them up and running,” said mayor Cr Doug Eaton. “We are looking for quality development outcomes that complement the town master plans and help create jobs.” It is expected that each site will be a mixeduse project potentially including a combination of retail, office, hotel, retirement living and apartments.

was a magnificent view of the lakes. “This could include one or two buildings including retail at ground level and other uses above. “All concepts must have adequate car parking for the area, consider existing users and link into the masterplan for the rejuvenation of the Toukley town centre,” Mr Mann said. “Upgrading works to

paving, street furniture and landscaping within the town centre will be starting soon and Council is also continuing to focus on improving the quality of the water along the lake frontage at Canton Beach. “We want to reassure residents that existing community facilities will not be lost and there may even be opportunities to provide new and better facilities for the

community.”

The Entrance The second site is the Short St car park at The Entrance covering 3,700 square metres. “We see this as suitable for retail or a supermarket at the ground floor, and car parking will be an important consideration,” said Mr Mann. “Above that we would be looking at possibly tourist accommodation or apartments or a combination of the two, with the Iconic Site providing for

development up to 50 metres on this site enjoying good views of The Entrance channel.” It’s close to parks and The Entrance foreshore which is due to undergo a facelift this financial year with Council replacing old paving with a new modern look.

Wyong The third site is a 4,800 square metre block on the corner of Hely St and Anzac Rd in Wyong. Close to the Wyong Railway station and the planned new ALDI

Toukley The Council car park at Toukley is 12,800 square metres and is located in the middle of the town centre between The Toukley Village Green and Coles supermarket. “This is an exciting opportunity to create more choice for the retail sector in Toukley, with some apartment or retirement living options under review,” said council’s property development manager Mr Steve Mann. Mr Mann said that as an Iconic Site it could be developed up to 30 metres and from this height there

supermarket, this site could cater for a number of uses. “Our early proposal is for mixed use with two seven story towers but we would be open to other proposals,” said Mr Mann. “Ideally we would like to see proposals that incorporate facilities for some of the existing users on this site.” The site is within the Wyong Civic and Cultural precinct, and close to the new $12m Art House Performing Arts and Conference Centre due to start construction this year. There are also plans to develop Frank Ballance Park, just one block away, into a modern play and recreation area. Infrastructure improvements in the area include $7million worth of stormwater remediation works over the next three years and the planned upgrade by Roads and Maritime Services to the Pacific Highway through Wyong by 2020. Council has retained a consultant team to prepare a Staged Development Application (83B) for each site and any sale is expected to be post DA. Proposals may be for a combination of one, two or all three sites and development will be subject to the provisions of the Wyong Local Environment Plan 2013.

Jonathan Luke, Senior Strategic Planner, (left) and Steve Mann, Property Development Manager at Toukley car park

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Health

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Guide dog stall in Lake Haven

Wyong Hospital seeks volunteers

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President Margaret Grace, public relations coordinator Lynne Lillico, secretary Sue Cook and treasurer Merran Rudder

he Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Volunteer Support Group will hold a fundraising stall in Lake Haven Shopping Centre on Thursday, February 27.

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Newly elected president Ms Margaret Grace said last year was an extremely successful fundraising year and the support group was looking forward to another successful year ahead. Ms Grace also acknowledged the

ongoing support provided by local businesses, media, and Central Coast Shopping Centres who allow the group to hold its fundraising stalls in their centres, and in particular, the local community who continue to visit and support the stalls. Guide Dog’s clients

and their Guide Dogs also attend the stalls and answer questions about what it is like to live with impaired vision.

requirements of the NSW Environment Protection Authority. This latest exercise involved Delta working with local emergency services to respond to a fictional scenario that put into practice first aid

responses, site evacuation, some community alerts and environmental containment procedures. Newsletter, 19 Feb 2014 Julia Harvey, Delta Electricity

patients or just some encouragement to full feeding assistance. The companion observer program provides patients, particularly the frail elderly who may be alone, with companionship or someone to talk to. Some of our volunteers play cards with patients. “We find many of our patients, who are lonely, really appreciate having someone to lend a caring ear. “At Wyong Hospital, we have been running the program in three wards and it has been such a success we are planning to roll it out in our Geriatric

Rehabilitation Ward.” The positions would suit people who are capable, caring, patient and friendly. Nursing and Midwifery executive director Ms Jan-Maree Tweedie said the volunteers would not have to work long hours. “Their contribution can be as little as a couple of hours a day, once or twice a week. “You may offer your services to either program or combine the two roles. “We will provide full training,” Ms Tweedie said. Media Release, 17 Feb 2014 Donna Bowers, Central Coast Local Health District

Household CleanOut at Bateau Bay

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elta Electricity’s Vales Point Power Station at Mannering Park successfully staged an emergency exercise on February 18.

Delta Electricity conducts emergency exercises internally every year, and in conjunction with emergency service agencies every two years, to test its emergency systems and response times and meet the

Wyong Hospital director of nursing Ms Sue Evans said volunteers are needed for two programs which support special needs patients at Wyong Hospital: The Companion Observer and the Feeding Program. “These programs are designed to improve the wellbeing of our frail and special needs patients to assist in their recovery,” Ms Evans said. “The volunteer feeding program involves volunteers helping those patients who have difficulty feeding themselves. This might involve opening packages for

Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Lynne Lillico, Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Volunteer Support Group

Emergency exercise at power station

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entral Coast Local Health District is seeking volunteers to assist some of the most sick, frail and aged patients at Wyong Hospital.

yong Shire together with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will be holding a Household “Chemical” CleanOut event at Bateau Bay on Sunday, March 2.

Council’s waste coordinator Mr Matthew Collins is encouraging residents to bring their old, unwanted or leftover household chemicals (and other related items that cannot be put in rubbish bins) to the Long Jetty Depot (at Bateau Bay). “These chemicals can be dropped off for free and is a great way to dispose of a range of

household chemicals that would cause harm to the environment if put into regular garbage collections or tipped into drains,” said Mr Collins. “Materials accepted include paints, pesticides, motor oils and pool chemicals and other wastes such as batteries, fluorescent tubes and gas bottles which can be recycled.”

Traffic management systems have been put in place to deal with high volumes of cars and ensure minimum waiting times. “Residents can drop off household quantities of chemicals with a maximum container size of 20 kilograms or 20 litres,” said Mr Collins. Media release, 13 Feb 2014 Wyong Council media

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Social and recreational classes for adults with disabilities

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Health

Invitation to health centre opening

entral Coast Community College has received funding to assist adults with disabilities by delivering social and recreational classes.

The program is available for people who live in the Gosford and Wyong LGAs and have a family member or friend caring for them. The program involves weekly classes in cooking, arts and crafts, games and drama. Program coordinator Ms Jean Ardley said these classes have helped expand the community

involvement of many students, while providing respite to their carers. “In addition to providing increased selfconfidence, meaningful social connections and enhanced life skills, the program has opened other doors,” said Ms Ardley. “Since its inception, students from this program have gone on to study mainstream

courses at the College and elsewhere. “We have an experienced team of tutors and support workers who encourage the participants; it is their dedication and enthusiasm that makes the classes run so well.” Media Release, 13 Feb 2014 Pip Wilson, Central Coast Community College Jorge Chavez chiropractor and Carol Campbell massage therapist

Move It or Lose it free Move It or Lose it seniors’ event will be held on Friday, March 21, at Tuggerah Lakes Community Centre as part of Seniors Week celebrations.

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The event will feature guest speakers and exhibitors on topics including: the changes in your diet as you age; brain health and keeping your mind active; physical movement and the importance of regular and gentle exercise; Australian Hearing

Screening; The Dementia Care Support Team; and a Tai Chi demonstration and workshop. NSW Seniors’ Week is the largest celebration for people aged over 60 in the southern hemisphere. It’s also for people aged 50 and older who have a lifelong disability

or are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent. The theme Live Life! celebrates active, healthy, independent seniors involved in their communities. Media release, 12 Feb 2014 Kristin Whitney, Adssi HomeLiving

yong families and individuals are invited to the official opening of the new Chavez Health Centre on Friday, February 28, to enjoy complimentary cocktails, mocktails, food, healthcare information and a head and neck massage.

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The new Health Centre will house Chavez Chiropractic, official chiropractor to the Central Coast Academy of Sport, and Feather Touch Massage and Wellness, both already well-established in Erina. “Families, individuals and sportspeople in Wyong can now enjoy easy access to one place that looks after them and all their wellness needs,”

owner Mr Jorge Chavez said. “We’re particularly excited about new treatments for headaches and migraine that haven’t been available locally up until now because upper cervical spine chiropractors are rare in Australia.” The opening event on February 28 will be informal and relaxed, with free health

information and limited spots available for a free seated head and neck massage. Jorge will also be offering complimentary scoliosis (curvature of the spine) checks at the event and during the first week of March at the Centre. Media release, 17 Feb 2014 Carol Campbell, Feather Touch Massage and Wellness

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED Wyong, Gosford and Woy Woy Hospitals Central Coast Local Health District is seeking people able to give a little time to help some of the most sick, frail and aged patients in our hospitals. The Feeding Program: Volunteers assist patients at meal times who find it difficult to feed themselves. From opening packages, to full feeding assistance. The Companion Observer Program: Volunteers offer one-to-one companionship (card games, quiet activities, conversation, support) to dementia and other special needs patients. You may offer your services to either program, or combine the two roles. Full training provided. Information Sessions will be held at: Gosford Hospital on Monday 10 March at 10am. Wyong Hospital on Tuesday 11 March at 10am Woy Woy Hospital on Tuesday 18 March at 10am. Please bring ID: Passport or Birth Certificate PLUS Drivers Licence and Medicare Card. Registration is essential. Contact Donna; Phone: 4320 2182 Email: donna.bowers@health.nsw.gov.au

Special Olympics Central Coast Registration

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Education

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Better futures for eleven students

TAFE on the brink of collapse reens MP and Education spokesperson Mr John Kaye joined teachers, students and community members at the Gosford TAFE campus on Wednesday, February 12, for the Central Coast launch of the Greens’ Save TAFE bill.

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Mr Kaye was also joined by representatives of the NSW Teachers Federation, the Public Service Association and the TAFE Community Alliance for the launch of the bill which aims to save TAFE from becoming the victim of budget cuts, rising fees, and job losses. Dr Kaye said: “The O’Farrell government’s $800 million budget cuts and its determination to force TAFE into unwinnable competition with low quality, low cost private providers is driving TAFE to the brink of collapse. “Institutes across NSW are shedding staff, rationalising or closing courses, reducing faceto-face teaching hours and support services and massively increasing fees. “The Central Coast has felt the brunt of cuts to Hunter TAFE Institute. “At the Gosford campus, teachers in Maths and metal fabrication and welding have been made redundant and student

contact hours in metal fabrication and sport and recreation courses have been cut. “Wyong campus no longer offers courses in tourism and hospitality and IT, while fees for Fine Arts at Ourimbah campus have been increased up to $14,000. “This is not the time to be cutting investment in TAFE on the Central Coast. “According to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, the region is expected to grow at around 4% per annum and there are not enough jobs around as it is. “In December 2012, the 12-month average for the teenage full-time unemployment rate was 27.8%. “The Central Coast relies on manufacturing, retail and tourism to generate job opportunities. “These are sectors that require a skilled workforce or they will disappear. “TAFE is too important

for the region to allow it to collapse. “The Greens bill is designed to put a hold on TAFE budget cuts, job losses and fee rises. “We want to give the O’Farrell government time to think again and do what is right for the people of the Central Coast. “Without a strong public provider of vocational education and training, the Central Coast will face even higher levels of youth unemployment, increasing levels of inequality and disadvantage and an economy that is unable to grow. “If the Central Coast Liberal MPs care about the social and economic future of their communities, they will vote for the Greens Save TAFE bill when it is debated in parliament,” Dr Kaye said. Media release, 12 Feb 2014 Kelly Marks, Office of John Kaye MP

For FITNESS, FUN and FRIENDSHIP GOSFORD SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCERS hold a intermediate class every Wednesday from 7 to 10pm at the Church of Christ Hall, Henry Parry Drive, Wyoming

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These students have achieved their Certificate III in Children’s Services qualification and will attend the graduation ceremony on Monday, February 24 at the Better Futures Hub. Seven of these students have identified that having completed the Certificate III qualification; they now wish to continue with their studies to complete the Diploma qualification

which will also provide them with a pathway to university. Many of the students have also been offered casual work as a result of their successful program completion and work placements. ET Australia is a community based not for profit organisation that has been operating on the Central Coast since 1977 and actively engages with

local businesses, local community organisations, schools, individuals and government to develop innovative, place based, approaches to improving employment opportunities, helping people find and maintain jobs. Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Liz McMinn, Better Futures Hub

Natural therapies courses move to Ourimbah

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entral Coast Community College has relocated its natural therapies courses from Holgate to its main campus in Ourimbah.

Executive director Mr Jonathon Davis said the move was a strategic decision. “We felt our customers would have greater

access to our courses. “We offer a range of short courses and full qualifications in massage therapy, remedial massage and

aromatherapy,” said Mr Davis. Media release, 6 Feb 2014 Pip Wilson, Central Coast Community College

Correction

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n the last edition of Wyong Regional Chronicle, an article titled ‘School proud of its HSC results’ on page 14, incorrectly stated that Elana Kilpatrick-Coles received an ATAR of 92.5.

Miss Kilpatrick-Coles actually received an ATAR of 95.2.

The editorial staff at Wyong Regional Chronicle apologise for

this error. Kaitlin Watts, 18 Feb 2014

Weekly Art Classes and One day Workshops

No partner necessary No special clothes - just soft shoes Lively music

Contact Janice on 4388 8 2253 3 Contact Sandra on 4392 8716

he Better Futures Hub is celebrating the successful completion of 11 ET Australia students who have graduated from the new facility at Wyong.

Come to a light-filled studio and enjoy learning a new skill or increasing those you have in a friendly positive atmosphere.

For details go to www.zoefletcher.com or call Zoe Fletcher on 0497 766 522


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Sydney Roosters visit Budgewoi

Volunteer mentors sought

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Out & About

oung Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of NSW is looking for volunteer mentors on the Central Coast who can give up two days in March to help mentor young people.

“You might not think it, but two days can really make a huge difference in a young person’s life,” said YWCA NSW New Beginnings mentoring program project manager Ms Mara Greenwood. “We’re looking for up to 15 adult volunteers of any age, whether they’re a University student, parent, retiree or a local business looking to give something back to the community and share their knowledge.”

The volunteers will participate in an interactive two day workshop that will give up to 15 young people from Wyong the opportunity to develop their leadership skills and learn from positive adult role models. “The workshop, which takes place in school hours, is all about volunteers and young people working together to strengthen the community, supervised

and supported by a YWCA NSW staff member,” said Ms Greenwood. Interested Volunteers don’t need any special skills, just enthusiasm and a willingness to work with young people. Full training will be provided and all volunteers will undergo a standard screening process. Media Release, 17 Feb 2014 Nicola Reeves, YWCA NSW

Free Resourceful Adolescent Program for Parents

udgewoi Public School was visited by three members of the Sydney Roosters on Friday, February 14, to promote the NRL’s Anti-bullying campaign.

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Players Mitch Aubusson, Taane Milne and Jack Siejka showed a short DVD to students in Years 3 to 6. They gave prizes to students who answered

o help parents and teenagers through stressful adolescent years, Warnervale Family and Community Centre is offering a Resourceful Adolescent Program for Parents (RAP-P), a free workshop designed to get teenagers to adulthood safely and happily.

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Parents will learn how to help teenagers develop healthy self-esteem, gain independence while still feeling safe, manage stress and conflict and

promote harmony in the family. The workshop is being held on Thursday, March 6, from 9:30am until 2:30pm, with lunch

New after school program udgewoi Public School has implemented a free Active After-school Communities program which began on Monday, February 17.

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The first term of 2014 saw students participating in gymnastics on Monday afternoons from 3pm to

4pm. The program is open to students in Years 3 to 6.

Newsletter, 10 Feb 2014 Kerry Moore, Budgewoi Public School

and Roosters’ items for staff and students. Newsletter, 17 Feb 2014 Kerry Moore, Budgewoi Public School

International student exchange open day

provided. Email, 11 Feb 2014 Tricia Carlson, Warnervale Family and Community Centre

questions in a quiz and took questions from the students to conclude their visit. The players had photos taken; they also signed footballs for the school

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n open day for American Field Service (AFS) Intercultural Programs Australia will be held on Sunday, February 23, at Mackillop Catholic College in Warnervale from 10am to 1pm.

Every year AFS Intercultural Programs Australia provide opportunities for hundreds of young people to live for a few months or a whole year in another country, where they are immersed in a different culture, living with host families and attending local high schools. “These intercultural learning opportunities

change people’s lives,” said AFS Intercultural Exchange sending coordinator Ms Debra Boyd. “Immersion in another culture challenges our own cultural values - the software of our minds. “The personal growth and learning that results for both hosted students and their new families is often profound and long-

lasting. “Students gain increased maturity and skills, which make them more successful in their academic and working lives,” said Ms Boyd. The program is open to all students between 15 and 18 years of age. Email, 29 Jan 2014 Debra Boyd, AFS Intercultural Exchange

Music education workshop/concert Thirsting to expand your musical experience? Join Ensemble Offspring at Central Coast Conservatorium for an engaging workshop & concert with musicians Jason Noble (clarinet), Lamorna Nightingale (flute) and Claire Edwardes (percussion) Open to students of any age, with any musical background.

Ask us about our FREE String Pops! classes in February/March - an introduction to the cello & violin for middle to upper Primary School beginners. We supply the tutor and the instrument. Your children will fall in love with the sound of these two instruments. Thursdays 4.30-5.15pm

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Out & About

P16 - Wyong Regional Chronicle - February 21, 2014

Drumming festival at Lake Haven

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rumFEST 2014 will be held at the Gravity Community Park, Lake Haven, on Sunday, February 23.

DrumFEST is the Central Coast’s premier drumming event featuring world class local and international drumming, cultural and performance groups. Wyong Council mayor Cr Doug Eaton said

he was pleased to be supporting such a vibrant cultural and community event. “DrumFEST is more than just a drummming festival, it is a real celebration of community and a chance for families

Markets in the Wyong Shire Every Saturday The Entrance Waterfront Art & Cra Markets Waterfront Plaza 9am– 4pm

Every Sunday The Entrance Lions Club Markets The Entrance Cinema car park 8:30am–12:30pm Toukley Sunday Markets Coles car park off Yaralla Rd 7am –1pm

Saturday February 22 Church on the Hill Markets Anglican Church The Entrance 8am-1pm

Saturday March 1 The Entrance Farmers Markets Memorial Park, The Entrance 9am – 1pm If you would like your Markets listed here call 4325 7369

to experience the rich culture and diversity we have right here on the Central Coast, “said mayor Cr Eaton. “There will be plenty of free family activities including face painting, hula hooping, belly dancing, body percussion, drumming and gypsy markets.” Council’s manager of community partnerships and planning Ms Julie Vaughan said she was well aware that drumming has a huge following on the Central Coast and is pleased that the wider community can get to experience it as well. “This is one of my favourite local events. “It generates a real buzz in the community. “This festival brings the community together to celebrate life and music“. We are proud to host this event. “It just keeps getting bigger and better every year.” The event will feature live entertainment and workshops all day with cultural performances, fire twirling and circus acts and world class local and international drumming performers. Media release, 13 Feb 2014 Wyong Council media


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Out & About

P18 - Wyong Regional Chronicle - February 21, 2014

Mural completed despite council’s non-contribution

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enator for NSW Deborah O’Neill unveiled a new mural in Berkeley Vale on Tuesday, February 18, depicting the first contact between the local indigenous population and English settlers.

‘First Contact, Tuggerah Lakes’ was a labour of love for artist Paul Haggith and Berkeley Vale Liquor Stax owner Robert Webber, who spent months developing this community art project and funding the full cost after Wyong Council declined to contribute. “This mural embodies the commitment and love of community that people have across the Coast. “It can take just one or two people to come up with such a simple way to make their suburb an even better place to live,”

Senator O’Neill said. Artist Paul Haggith and shop owner Robert Webber were taken aback by the community support. “It was amazing. “People would be getting out of their cars just to come over and thank us for turning one of the ugliest walls in Wyong Shire into this beautiful work of art,” Mr Haggith said. “Locals were in tears when they saw what we had done. “It’s a very well-known wall here in Berkeley Vale, so everyone was

happy to see it get this complete facelift,” Mr Webber said. Despite initial vandalism, the mural has remained untouched following local community actions to track down those responsible. Silhouettes of the settlers were taken from Berkeley Vale locals, and NAISDA Dance College students provided the silhouettes for the indigenous people. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Richard Mehrtens, office of Deborah O’Neill MP

Where do you get it? Following is a list of all good outlets where you can get your free copy of Wyong Regional Chronicle Bateau Bay Amity (BUPA) Bay Village Information Desk Bay Sports Club Bateau Bay Square Blue Lagoon Caravan Park Library Community Centre Eldersee Village Golden Hind Bowls Club Kiah Lodge Karagi Court McDonalds Men’s Shed Nareen Gardens Nareen Lodge Red Rooster Reynolds Court Hostel Sun Valley Tourist Park Ten Pin Bowling Alley The Entrance Campus The Entrance Leagues Club Berkeley Vale Berkeley Vale Campus Village Civic Video Caltex Service Station Medical Centre Principal Aged Care Primary School Private Hospital Shelley’s Takeaway Swim Centre Blue Bay Caravan Park Takeaway Blue Haven Community Centre

Primary School Budgewoi Body Beat George’s Barber Shop Halekulani Bowling Club Lakes Beach Cafe Primary School Soccer Club Tourist Park Walu Caravan Park Buff Point IGA Canton Beach Heritage Village Holiday Park Lakefront Village Sports Club Vietnam Vets Hostel Chain Valley Bay General Store Charmhaven Fitness Centre Curves Chittaway Bay Bottleshop Pharmacy Public School Doyalson RSL Club Forresters Beach 360 Fitness Club Caltex Service Station Retirement Village Gorokan Primary School

Medical Centre Shell Service Station Wallarah Bay Rec Club Gosford CC Mariners home games Ducks Crossing Publications Imperial Shopping Centre Gwandalan Bowling Club Corner Shop The Vegie Pot Hamlyn Terrace Palm Springs Village Primary School Uniting Retirement Centre Warnervale Family & Community Centre Kanwal Amcal Pharmacy BYO & Bottle Shop Fill & Carry Fruit Medical Centre Village Pharmacy Oasis Caravan Park Community Centre Hall Wyong Leagues Club Killarney Vale Primary School Killarney Court Hostel Long Jetty Health Care Centre Our Lady of the Rosary School Principal Aged Care & Assisted Living Apartments

Lake Haven Aged Care Hostel Eagle Boys Masonic Village High School KFC Library McDonalds Pizza Hut Red Rooster Lake Haven Castle Lake Munmorah High School Primary School Lakeside Leisure Village Jamaica Blue & Chemist Senior Citizen’s Hall St Brendan’s Catholic Primary School Lisarow High School McDonalds The Orchards Retirement Home Long Jetty Caltex Service Station Chips@The Jetty Hotel Senior Citizens Centre Our Lady of the Rosary School Mannering Park Newsagency Mardi Community Centre Magenta Shore Golf Course & Resort

Norah Head Mitchell Street shops Rockpool Retreat Tourist Park Bowling Club Ourimbah Big Flower Chemsave Community College Admin Building “The Lodge” CRT Gabs Gourmet Takeaway Gardenworld Newsagents Ourimbah Campus Public School Student Essentials Tall Timbers Hotel Tennis Courts Tuggerah Village Caravan Park Thai Takeaway United Service Station University Campus The Hub University Campus Library University Campus Student Essentials San Remo Northlakes Pharmacy Newsagent Northlakes High School Northlakes Primary School Neighbourhood Centre Northlakes Tavern Neighbourhood Centre Shelley Beach Golf Club

Surf Life Saving Club Cafe Tacoma Hopetown Special School Kooindah Waters The Entrance 7-11 Service Station Browse About Community & Neighbourhood Centre Centrelink Diggers Lakes Hotel Library Newsagent Oaks Waterfront Resort Public School The Greens Bowling Club Tourist Information Centre Waldorf Apartments The Entrance North Dunleith Caravan Park Toowoon Bay Bottle Shop Newsagency Surf Life Saving Club Takeaway Shop Tourist Park Toukley / Noraville All Over Beauty and Nails Amcal Pharmacy Art Gallery Aquatic Centre Beachcomber Resort East Toukley Newsagency

K-Cee’s Cafe Library Green Bean Cafe Hopes Pharmacy Primary School Nachel’s Takeaway Noraville General Store & Takeaway Noraville Pharmacy Retirement Village RSL St Mary’s Public School Senior Citizens Community Hall Toukley Family Practice Tuggerah Anytime Fitness Cafe Pennoz Caltex Service Station Caravan Park Club Tuggerah High School Hungry Jacks Loot Homewares Library McDonalds Medical Centre Metro Service Station PRP Pacific Diagnostic Imaging Romi’s Cafe RSPCA Coffee Shop St Peter’s Catholic High School Supacheap Auto The Edge Tuggerawong Cadonia Road Metro Caravan Park\ Don Small/ Tuggerawong Retirement Village Service Station

If you would like your outlet added to this list please let us know - see contact details Page 2

Tumbi Umbi BP Service Station Chemist Outlet Pharmacy Clare Mace Metro Service Station Clare Mace Takeaway Glengara Retirement Village KBT Neighbourhood Hub KFC McDonalds Mingara Recreation Club St John Fischer Catholic School Tumbi Campus of Tuggerah Lakes College Wadalba Bottlemart Casualty Wyong Hospital Dam Hotel Palm Springs Village Wyong Hospital

Wyongah Newsagents General Store Wyong Alberts Cafe Blooms Chemist Bowling Club Carmichaels’ Corner Store Harrisons Health and Beauty Pharmacy High School Hooked on Flowers IGA (Cutler Centre) Legends Bakery Meander Village Pride Mowers Public School

Warnervale See Hamlyn Terrace

RSL Club St Cecilia’s Catholic

Watanobbi BP Service Station Community Centre Pet & Produce Wyong Golf Club

School

Woongarrah Hockey Fields Warnervale Gardens

Museum

Tennis Club Race Course Wyong District Wyong Family History Group Cottage

Wyee Nursery Mini Market

Wyong North Cellars Wyong Village Centre


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Sport

Gina Jeffreys to headline Country Music Festival he 14th annual Central Coast Country Music Festival will be held and Pay The Fiddler on the weekend of March 8 and 9 at The Entrance and venues featuring Shawn Lidster and Tom Beasley. across the Wyong Shire.

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The event will see 40 artists performing over three stages with Gina Jeffreys being the headline act. This Central Coast Country Music Festival is a free event

with activities and entertainment for all ages. Jared Porter is another big act on the bill, out to prove why he was crowned the 2014 Toyota Star Maker

winner at the Tamworth Country Music festival. Further acts include Adam Toms, Round Mountain Girls, Tamara Stewart, The Viper Creek Band, Baylou, Jackie Dee, Kate Cook

Show rides, face painting and many more stalls will be on offer for children. Media release, 9 Feb 2014 Donna Judge, The Entrance Town Centre Management

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

Gina Jeffreys

The Wyong Diary For events in post code areas 2258, 2259, 2261, 2262 and 2263 Saturday Feb 22 Summerland Kings, Tall Timbers Hotel, Ourimbah, 8:30pm

Sunday Feb 23 AFS Intercultural Programs Australia open day, Mackillop Catholic College, Warnervale, 10am-1pm StormCellar, Catherine Hill Bay Pub, 2pm DrumFEST, Gravity Community Park, Lake Haven, 10am-3pm

Wyong, 10am Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Volunteer Support Group, fundraising stall, Lake Haven Shopping Centre, 9am to 2:30pm

Friday Feb 28 Summerland Kings, Wyong RSL, 7:30pm

Sunday March 2 Household Chemical Cleanout, Long Jetty Depot, 9am-3:30pm Clean Up Australia Day

Tuesday Feb 25

Monday March 3

Free hearing check, Amcal Max Toukley, 9:30am-3:30pm

Toukley and Districts Art Society general meeting, Federation Gallery and Information Centre, 10am

Wednesday Feb 26 Free hearing check, Guardian Toowoon Bay Pharmacy, 9:30am1:30pm

Thursday Feb 27 W y o n g Neighbourhood Centre Community Morning Tea, Village Central,

Tuesday March 4 Bateau Bay VIEW Club International Women’s Day luncheon, Bateau Bay Sports Club, Free hearing check, Amcal Max Kanwal Village, 9am-1pm

See the Peninsula News for events in post code areas 2256 & 2257 and the COAST Community News for events in post code areas 2250, 2260 and 2251 If you’ve got something happening in the Wyong Region over the next few weeks, let us know about it and we’ll list it here for you, for free. Contact details are on page 2.

National Parks Association Central Coast Twice weekly bush walks on the Central Coast and further afield, varying distances and grades of difficulty. Explore, enjoy scenery, fauna, floral, history. Keep fit and make friends. 4389 4423 & 4332 7378 C Central Coast Cactus and Succulent Club Meets on S the 3rd Sat each month from 1pm to 3.30pm Charmhaven Community Centre Plants for Sale, Raffles, afternoon tea 0401 544 052 4399 2420

Central Coast Cat Care $20 Desexing Special Cats only No Pedigrees 4388 6448 4325 3163 Central Coast Campus Friends Inc Promoting post school learning to improve life for individuals and the Central Coast community Advocacy, Dinners, Discussions, Speakers, Awards, Newsletters and special projects 4342 0023 sonhopk@bigpond.net.au PO Box 6227 West Gosford 2250 www.ccampusfriends.org

Central Coast Over 30s Social Group Inc We offer social contact, entertainment events & new friendships for people in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s & 60’s etc. Our events range from; Live Music, House Parties, Restaurant Nights, BBQ’s/ Picnics, Trips Away & lots more. For a FREE calendar call Sharon on 0432 760 272 or email cco30s@live.com.au 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 www.pcfa.org.au Central Coast Community Legal Centre The Central Coast Community Legal Centre is a non-profit organisation located in Wyong that provides free legal advice to people within the Wyong / Gosford area. Intake times for legal advice Tue 10-12pm, Wed 10-12pm, Thur 2-4pm Ph 4353 4988 Fax 4353 4680 admin_cclc@clc.net.au PO Box 246 Wyong NSW 2259 Central Coast Potters Society Dedicated to increasing the ceramics knowlede, experience and skills of members and the general public. Running classes, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and social events. Annual exhibitions in May and December Open Day in Sept info@ccpotters.org 4324 5343 PO Box 4043 East Gosford NSW 2250 Central Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group (Wyong) Meet last Monday Month Toukley RSL Club, Holmes Ave Toukley 10.00am to 12 noon 4356 9300 www.pcfa.org.au Central Coast Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service Do you have issues with your landlord or real estate agent? Free telephone advice and advocacy for all tenants and residents in residential parks. 4353 5515 cctaas@hotmail.com Community Care Services - Central Coast Memory lane - Doing things together Café For people with memory loss & their carers to enjoy a relaxing coffee morning with others experiencing similar circumstances Wallarah Bay Recreational Club 4th Tuesday 4324 4244 Diggers Bridge Club Bridge players can enjoy a game of social bridge at Diggers The Entrtance (downstairs) on Tuesdays, 10am-1pm with or without a partner. Len 4332 6989 David 4392 0606

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. 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 GROW - Free Weekly 12 Step Mental Health Self Help Group - Helping thousands to recover from mental health challenges for more than 55 years to find a GROW group near you call 1800 558 268 or visit www.grow.net.au GROW Groups meet weekly all year round 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. 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 Mingaletta Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Corporation The Mingaletta community centre provides its members and other community

groups a meeting place and referal hub for education, health, well-being and cultural programs through consultative services and community programs. Mon-Fri 9am 4pm 6 Sydney Ave Umina 4342 7515 admin@mingaletta.com.au

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, Tumbi Umbi Uniting Church, Beckingham Road (off Wyong Rd). Contact Margaret Mitchell 4334 5610 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. 4353 1750

If you would like your Community Organisaon listed here, see www.duckscrossing. org/publicaons.html for the forms or contact Wyong Regional Chronicle on 4325 7369


Classifieds Classified

P20 - Wyong Regional Chronicle - February 21, 2014

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Cyclones win again

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oyalson played host to a six run win by Central Coast Cyclones Over 60s cricket team versus Quirindi on Sunday, February 9.

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out for 202 with Gosford’s Ron Durrant the pick with 2-37. Skipper Gordon Ives from Umina took a catch to seal victory.

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Wyong Regional Chronicle - February 21, 2014 - P21

Marlins favourites

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Cage fighting at Halekulani

he Central Coast Marlins have qualified for the semi-finals and are set to face off against third placed Ryde Hawks in a three game series.

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The Marlins are in fine form, having won 11 of their previous 15 matches. Lending them even more confidence is their record against the Hawks, beating them substantially both times throughout the regular season. The Marlins’ final game of the season was supposed to take place on Sunday, February 16, but was rained out. This resulted in the Marlins finishing fourth in the league. Prior to this, the Marlins defeated first placed Baulkham Hills Kookaburras 8-1 on Wednesday, February 12. This result guaranteed them a spot in the semi-

finals. Craig Anderson stood out in this match, pitching eight innings and keeping the Kookaburras offence quiet all night. By the conclusion of the first innings the Marlins were already on their way to a convincing win, leading by four runs to none. On Sunday, February 9, Marlins hosted Blacktown Workers at Baseball Park, Springfield, where they won 5-3. The Marlins were down 3-0 in this fixture and had to fight back to come out on top. Emails, 9, 12 & 16 Feb 2014 Central Coast Marlins

Black Diamond AFL Fixture released he 2014 Black Diamond AFL (BDAFL) Fixture has been released with the competition set to begin on Saturday, April 5, and the Grand Finals to be played on Saturday, September 2014

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This season, 26 teams will compete across the three competitions and will also see Muswellbrook and The Entrance Bateau Bay field teams for the first time. This year will also see Nelson Bay return to the Black Diamond Cup competition for the first time since 2008. Football operations manager Mr Garry Burkinshaw said he was happy with the fixture and also praised the clubs. “Under the Divisionalisation system, the completion of the fixture is quite a task, however I believe the 2014 fixture is fair to all teams,” Burkinshaw said. “The aim of the fixture is to eliminate the number of times the clubs are separated, however, the clubs are very understanding of these

requirements and it is their support which enables the Divisionalisation structure to work,” he added. Round One of the Black Diamond Cup competition will see reigning premiers Terrigal Avoca take on Newcastle City at Hylton Moore Oval, in a repeat of the 2013 Grand Final while Killarney Vale will travel to Nelson Bay to take on the newly promoted team. Wyong Lakes are at home when they host Maitland in the First Division competition, while The Entrance Bateau Bay travel to Muswellbrook in the battle of the newcomers in Second Division. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Garry Burkinshaw, Black Diamond AFL (BDAFL)

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Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) cage fighting event will be held at Halekulani Bowling Club on Saturday, March 15.

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The event, which will be hosted by Kyoshi MMA Cage Fights, will see local boy’s from MMA gyms around the Charmhaven, Lake Munmorah and Wyong area testing their skills against fighters from around the state and from New Zealand for a last man standing title knockout. MMA/cage fighting requires fighters to have multiple skills in their repertoire, mainly consisting of jujitsu, wrestling, boxing and kickboxing/Muay Thai. The cage is considered a safer arena for this type of fighting as it contains the fight and stops fighters from falling out, which can happen in a boxing ring. All rounds are three by three minute rounds with the fight only being stopped by submission, referee stoppage if the fighter isn’t intelligently defending themselves and by knock out. If the fight goes all three rounds without a winner, a 10 point per round system is used where the more dominate fighter scoring the most effective strikes wins the fight. Kyoshi Amateur Cage events was started to give amateur MMA fighters an entry level in to cage fighting.

Kyoshi MMA originally started as a MMA fighting school embracing styles such as karate, kickboxing, judo and jujitsu. The school is led by

Kyoshi Matt Travers who holds four World titles and 36 years’ experience in the arts; he is currently the Austral captain coach of the Australian Team in MMA.

In April 2010 Kyoshi MMA started its own cage fighting series moving away from its regular Open Mat and boxing ring competitions and has now run 23 cage fight nights around the state. Media release, 19 Feb 2014 Matt Travers, Kyoshi MMA

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P22 - Wyong Regional Chronicle - February 21, 2014

Mariners lose three in a row irst half goals to Marcello Carrusca and Fabio Ferreira helped Adelaide United to a 2-0 victory over Central Coast Mariners at Coopers Stadium on Friday, February 14.

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The win by Josep Gombau’s charges meant the Reds rose to third on the Hyundai A-League ladder, while Phil Moss’s Mariners slipped to fifth on goal difference after 19 of 27 regular season rounds of Australia’s top flight. Despite the Reds enjoying much of the early possession, the Mariners had a chance to take the lead in the match just before the 10 minute mark. Young attacker Bernie Ibini found himself oneone-one with sometime Socceroo Eugene Galekovic, but pushed his shot over the bar. Powerful Adelaide marksman Bruce Djite tried his luck from range 17 minutes into the contest, before skilful Argentine playmaker Carrusca found the net shortly after the half hour. Following some sloppy Mariners defending, Carrusca kept his calm to stroke his shot beyond Liam Reddy to give the Reds the lead. The home side doubled their advantage just before

the half time break when goalscorer Carrusca turned provider for Ferreira. The Portuguese attacker made the most of Carrusca’s neat layoff following swift transitional play, squeezing his shot on the angle through the legs of Reddy. Soon after the break, Ibini had another chance to score for the Mariners after he created a yard of space before unleashing a curling left foot strike at goal. Ibini’s effort was far better than his first of the night, however, Galekovic proved up to the task as he dove to his right to deny the on loan Shanghai SIPG star. Spaniard Sergio Cirio should have made it 3-0 for Adelaide in the 58th minute, however, he blasted an effort from six yards over the bar. Later on, Reds’ substitute Michael Marrone dashed through the Mariners’ backline but his final effort was saved by Reddy. And while the Mariners toiled and tried until the

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final whistle, opportunities involving Matt Simon, Nick Fitzgerald, Zac Anderson, and second half substitute Kim Seungyong, couldn’t quite be converted as the clock wound down, ensuring the yellow and navy left the sodden Coopers Stadium surface pointless. The loss to Adelaide was the Mariners’ third in succession -- an unwanted run that the Club hasn’t had since the Hyundai A-League 2009/10 campaign. Central Coast will be out to return to the winners’ list when Wellington Phoenix arrives in Gosford on Friday, February 21. However, the yellow and navy will have to take on Ernie Merrick’s outfit minus regular left back Joshua Rose and marksman Matt Simon -– both players picked up their fifth yellow cards of the season against Adelaide and will subsequently be suspended for the clash with the men from the land of the long white cloud. After the game, Central Coast Mariners boss Moss said: “No one wants to lose matches, let alone three in a row –- it’s not something that we’re used to at the Mariners.” “We have to accept that we are going through a tough spell (and) we have to fight. “Myself and my staff will work around the clock to turn this around, and I know I have got a bunch of players with a lot of pride.” “We’ve got to work hard to turn things around, but I am looking forward to what’s ahead.” Moss said that his team must stop shipping cheap goals if it expects to match the league’s top sides as the race to the finals heats up. “Two moments of sloppiness in the first half cost us two goals,” he said. “At this level if you don’t take your chances, you don’t win games (and) we gave them two sloppy goals.” Media release, 15 Feb 2014 Central Coast Mariners media

Kim cleared in time for Adelaide fixture

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entral Coast Mariners’ recently recruited South Korean attacking ace Kim Seung-yong received his International Transfer Clearance (ITC) on Thursday, February 13.

Kim traveled with the Mariners’ squad to the city of churches on Thursday, with the Club at the time confident that the former FC Seoul and Jeonbuk Motors man would be cleared in time for Friday’s Hyundai A-League round 19 clash against Josep Gombau’s Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium. Central Coast Mariners boss, Phil Moss, expressed his delight the following morning that one of his key transfer window signings had been cleared to take the field for the yellow and navy. “It is very pleasing to have Kim now eligible,” Moss said. “He’s a player of high quality, and has great experience in Asian football through his time in the K-League and J.League.” “Over the last 10 days he has shown some very promising signs in training. “He has looked very sharp on the ball and has fitted into the group very easily. “He is an extremely humble guy, and believes in our culture that everything is about

the team rather than the individual.” While Moss would have originally liked Kim to be available for the Club’s round 18 meeting with Melbourne Victory in Gosford on Saturday, February 8, he said that the former Ulsan Hyundai and Gamba Osaka gun may ultimately benefit from having spent his first week as a Mariner on the sidelines. “In hindsight, the time it has taken for him to get cleared may have in fact helped him settle in,” Moss explained. “He watched the game

last weekend from the stands, and that gave him an understanding of what he can expect in Australia in terms of the pace, style and physicality of the league. “People will also need to appreciate that Kim hasn’t played 90 minutes since early December, so it will take a little time for him to reach his best. “(But) we’re sure that over the coming month, Kim will show his qualities,” he said. Media release, 14 Feb 2014 Central Coast Mariners media

$60,000 grant for Lake Munmorah Netball Club ake Munmorah Netball Club has been presented with $60,000 in NSW Government funding through the Community Building Partnership grant program.

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Member for Swansea Mr Garry Edwards said the grant funding would assist the Club to, amongst other things, construct two new netball courts. “Lake Munmorah Netball Club is one of the largest sporting organisations in the Swansea electorate with well over 400 registered players using its facilities,” Mr Edwards said. “To have the Minister

for Sport here in my electorate for this funding announcement shows the confidence this Government has in the Club and is an acknowledgement of the Club’s importance in the local region. “This much-needed funding will allow for the construction of brand new netball courts. “The completed courts will provide muchimproved facilities for players and will have

many benefits for Lake Munmorah and the community,” he said. “I congratulate Lake Munmorah Netball Club on their success in securing this funding,” Mr Edwards said. Mr Edwards also secured $10,000 in funding through the NSW Premier’s Discretionary fund for the project. Media release, 13 Feb 2014 Gerald Cowan, Office of Garry Edwards MP


Wyong Regional Chronicle - February 21, 2014 - P23

Race Club administrator appoints new CEO and course manager

Sport

Sporting assistance grants for fourteen sports stars

yong Race Club temporary administrator Mr John Rouse has announced Mr David Jewell as the new CEO of Wyong Race Club.

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Mr Jewell was the selected applicant of the Wyong Race Club Board, whose powers were suspended by Racing NSW on February 6 pending the determination of a Show Cause Notice to the Club requiring it to show cause why an Administrator on a more permanent basis should not be appointed. Mr Jewell is an Australian and is currently the general manager, Racing and Operations, for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing. He visited Wyong during the week of February 10 and, during the visit, Mr Rouse held further discussions with Mr Jewell, as well as undertaking a detailed assessment of his candidature. Mr Rouse determined that Mr Jewell would be an outstanding appointment. Terms of an employment contract were negotiated, agreed

and signed with Mr Jewell. Mr Rouse said Mr Jewell has had a long and successful career in racing administration. In his current role as general manager, Racing and Operations, for New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR), Mr Jewell manages NZTR’s relationship with 52 racing clubs as well as stakeholder organisations. Previously Mr Jewell was chief executive of the RACE Group of Clubs in New Zealand for 15 years, with management responsibility for six individual clubs and three major racecourses – Awapuni, Otaki and Trentham, which collectively run 44 meetings each year, including seven of New Zealand’s 22 Group One race days. Mr Jewell will commence his new role at Wyong on or before March 31. Mr Rouse said he was

also pleased to announce the appointment of former Warwick Farm Racecourse manager Mr Dale Jeffs as the acting racecourse manager for Wyong. Mr Jeffs commenced work at Wyong on Monday, February 17, and is responsible for the day to day maintenance of the Wyong course proper and training tracks until the Club appoints a permanent new racecourse manager. Mr Jeffs will work 20 hours per week at Wyong. The Wyong Race Club Board had previously advertised for a new racecourse manager. Mr Rouse said the Club was delighted to be able to appoint such an experienced and respected manager as Mr Jeffs as acting manager to work with the management team at Wyong Race Club. Media release, 14 Feb 2014 Racing NSW

ourteen young local sporting champions and the Mingara Aquatic Swimming Club have been recognised by Federal Member for Dobell Ms Karen McNamara for their outstanding achievements at national sporting events.

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A presentation ceremony was hosted by Ms McNamara at the Mingara Recreation Club on Monday, February 17, where the recipients received a certificate and grant cheque. “It is fantastic to be able to recognise and support the many achievements of our young local sporting champions,” Ms McNamara said. “The recipients excelled in many sports including hockey, netball, surf lifesaving, touch football, BMX riding, skiing and horse riding.”

The objective of the Local Sporting Champions program is to provide financial assistance to young people aged between 12 and 18 years who are competing, coaching, umpiring or refereeing in national sports events. Individuals are eligible to receive $500 and sporting teams can receive $3,000 to assist with equipment, uniform, travel and registrations costs. “As a mother of two sportsmen who have played at the

regional and state level, I fully understand the costs associated with participating at this level,” Ms McNamara said. “It can be expensive for our young sportspeople to participate in national sporting competitions with some of our recipients traveling as far as Darwin and Western Australia to compete.” Details of the grant recipients will be featured in the next edition. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 Luke Nayna, Office of Karen McNamara MP

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