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8 February 2010

Best year yet for college Year 12 Brisbane Water Secondary College Year 12 students achieved the best results ever for the college in the Higher School Certificate last November, according to collage principal Mr Steve Harris.

Last year’s Brisbane Water Secondary College HSC students celebrate their outstanding results

“Fifty of our students have now received first round university offers which is above state and regional averages,” Mr Harris said. “In coming weeks, additional offers will be made to students in the round two university offers. “In excess of 30 per cent of our students will commence university studies. Mr Harris said teaching staff at the college were also extremely pleased at results achieved by Year 10 students in the School Certificate. “Our Year 10 students also excelled in the School Certificate achieving 195 Band 5 and 6 results. “The Year 12 results included 20 Band 6 results (final score 90 and above) and 95 Band 5 marks (final score between 80 and 90). “The most pleasing aspect was the incredibly large number of students who achieved an

Australian Tertiary Admission Rank in excess of 80. Mr Harris said the highest achieving student from the class, Emily Rainer, scored an ATAR score of 96.55 who was recognised as Dux of the College late last year. “Indeed five of our students achieved ATAR’s above 90 which reflects the calibre of the cohort and the quality of teaching and learning provided in our area from preschool through to Year 12,” Mr Harris said. “We were also delighted that very few of our students achieved in the bottom two bands. “Out of the entire cohort of students who studied Biology, Chemistry, Community and Family Studies, Dance, Drama, English Advanced, English as a Second Language, Information Processing Technology, Legal Studies, Music, Society & Culture, Visual Arts, Construction, Business Services, and Hospitality, not a single student achieved a Band 1 or 2. “In other words, every single student in these subjects achieved a result of 60 or above.” Maani Truu, 5 Feb 2010 See Student Profiles P19

Insurance offer reveals flood risk A move by a major insurance company to offer flood cover automatically with its home insurance has revealed that the Peninsula may now be considered an area at high risk of flooding, following climate change studies. NRMA Insurance stated: “Ninetyeight per cent of our customers will receive flood cover automatically with a minimal increase.” However, local residents have reported premium increases of 50 per cent in areas of the Peninsula which do not normally flood. Major insurance company NRMA said it had taken information from a range of sources to work out where flooding was likely, including flood mapping from local councils, State Government terrain data, independent flood experts as well as the industry flood database. It is understood that this includes mapping undertaken by the council in preparation of its policy on sea level rise due to climate change. NRMA stated: “For the two per cent of customers who live in higher risk areas, their premiums

will reflect the increased likelihood and severity of flood in these areas. “Customers in high risk areas have choice. “If they don’t want to pay for the extra cover then we will give them the ability to remove flood insurance to reduce their premium and still have exactly the same cover they do today. “We have used a rigorous assessment process, but accept that it may not be 100 per cent perfect in all instances, so customers charged a flood premium can challenge us and we will work with them on reviewing their premium. “We are trying to make this process easy for customers and what they need to do will vary depending on their circumstances.” According to the Insurance Council of Australia, a National Flood Information Database has been developed and used by insurers to determine the flood risk of individual properties based on flood maps given to them by local councils and state governments

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across the country. The information is used by insurers as one of many factors to inform premium calculations. The national database contains 11.3 million property addresses, overlayed with the known flood risk according to local government and government agency flood mapping. The vast majority of properties in Australia have little or no flood risk, according to information contained on the insurance council’s website. “Around 2.8 per cent of properties have moderate to extreme risks of flooding,” the website stated.” A spokesperson for the Insurance Council of Australia said the database was continually being updated with historical data from local and state governments since it first began in 2006. “The purpose of the NFID is to provide to members of the Insurance Council flood mapping data that is used by insurers for underwriting flood insurance products,” the spokesperson said. “It has made flood insurance products available to consumers

who didn’t have access to this product previously. “The National Flood Information Database is being frequently updated as flood mapping is released or existing flood mapping is improved by governments. “The database was first released in November 2008 and since June 2009 has been progressively updated three times.” It is expected that with the release of new and updated information to the database, house insurance policy holders will start to see cost changes in their premiums as policies are due for renewal over the coming months. Media statement, 4 Feb 2010 Sarah Wise, NRMA Media statement, 5 Feb 2010 Sandra Van Dijk, Insurance Council of Australia Website, 5 Feb 2010 Insurance Council of Australia [The editor of Peninsula News is employed by a locallyowned insurance agency, which offers home insurance among its products.]

Skipper charged A 39-year-old man is expected to appear in Woy Woy Local Court next month after he was arrested and charged with high range drink driving of an unregistered boat on January 30. Officers from the Brisbane Water Target Action Group were conducting an operation with Waterways officials when they stopped the occupants of a boat at Booker Bay. A male Russian National was subjected to a breath test and allegedly supplied a positive result, according to police. Website, 31 Jan 2010 NSW Police media

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Peninsula may lose under strategy, says chamber The Peninsula is likely to lose out under the State Government’s Central Coast Economic Development and Employment Strategy, according to the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. The strategy “will mean nothing” unless Gosford Council’s Draft Local Environment Plan allows adequate provision for the “orderly development” of the Peninsula’s main town centres, chamber president Mr Matthew Wales said. “With a growing population, including another 8000 people on the Peninsula, job creation is vital to stem the daily flow of workers into Sydney which places pressure on our car parks in Woy Woy and strains capacity on the rail link and F3 Freeway,” Mr Wales said. “However, all this will mean nothing unless Gosford Council’s Draft Local Environmental Plan makes adequate provision for the orderly development of our town centres in Woy Woy, Ettalong

Beach and Umina Beach. “The new draft plan will determine land zoning, permitted uses and development controls that will ultimately shape and determine what property owners can build on their land. “In order for the NSW Government to create the necessary jobs to meet the targets in the Central Coast Economic Development and Employment Strategy, it is imperative that the new council planning controls encourage developers to provide new retail, commercial and light industrial floor space for the future so that we can harness the potential employment opportunities.” Mr Wales said more flexible height and floor space ratio controls would make it more viable for developers to renew the Peninsula’s aging commercial centres. “We understand that the Umina Beach retail zones will be extended through to Wellington St which is a

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logical and sensible thing to do,” Mr Wales said. “This must be accompanied by a modest increase in floor space ratios and flexible heights of say four storeys otherwise there will be no benefit to property owners to redevelop. “Umina is going through a major transformation with Coles, Woolworths and Aldi all vying for the retail dollar.” Mr Wales said he believed council’s greatest challenge was in the revitalisation of the Woy Woy town centre. “For the NSW Government’s employment strategy to be successful, something must be done to kick start the Woy Woy town centre which is increasingly feeling the pressure of overloaded commuter car parks, traffic congestion and the impending exit of retail dollars to a resurgent Umina,” Mr Wales said. “The hidden nasty for Woy Woy is the going to be the cost impact of higher building floor levels to accommodate climate change, the cost of basement car parking and the pressure of an expanding commuter carpark. “Any potential benefits from Gosford Council’s new planning guidelines may mean nothing if the cost to build in Woy Woy through higher floor levels and possible higher developer contributions materialises.” Council is looking to restrict

building heights and floor space on main areas in Ettalong Beach which could potentially ruin the “good quality” development needed in these locations, according to Mr Wales. “Regrettably, in the Ettalong Beach town centre, we understand that council is to restrict building heights and floor space controls on key sites on the beachfront which may strangle the good quality development that we desperately need at these locations,” Mr Wales said. “If you can’t convince property owners and developers to build high quality retail/residential buildings on these catalyst sites, then the rest of the town will struggle. “By far the greatest worry for the building industry is the development controls that will accompany the new planning instrument. “The Peninsula Chamber is concerned that council will look to limit residential building heights to

eight-and-a-half metres and force developers towards sub-basement parking. “Lower building heights will stifle innovative design and subbasement parking will be cost prohibitive. “These new development controls need to be carefully scrutinised so that they don’t strangle good design and the fledgling recovery in the building industry.” Mr Wales said he urged all business operators, commercial property owners and those in the building industry to read the Draft Local Environment Plan carefully and forward submissions to the council from February 10. He said the chamber welcomed anyone who needed assistance on their submission to contact 4343 1141. Press release, 5 Feb 2010 Matthew Wales, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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Our money used for Terrigal upgrades Just a thought for all readers on the Peninsula – our land and water rates collected by our lovely council come to a sum of $10 million per financial year. What, if any, is spent on our area? Instead of putting a sign up about environmental damage, perhaps council should do the right thing and clear the area of trees that have grown up in the last 40 years, thus giving a clear view over the beach. What a lovely sight that would be. Or have the council, as usual, forgotten about us and used our money for Terrigal upgrades and

Forum others? If council’s excuse is “we lost money on investments”, just perhaps they should arrange to pay it back out of their own pockets seeing as it wasn’t theirs to begin with but ours. If we’d done the same thing, we would have been charged with embezzlement very fast! In the last 40 odd years, council has allowed development to occur and yet they have not improved the road system to cater for all the extra traffic created by their action. So, what would improve the area’s roads? A new road to be built along

the railway line from Point Clare to the new Central Coast Highway thus bypassing West Gosford bottleneck. A cycleway is being considered, so why not a road? Next, another new road to connect the F3 as originally planned all those years ago. Once again bypassing the bottlenecks of West Gosford and Bulls Hill. The cost will be enormous, but the later they leave it the greater the cost will be. Perhaps the Federal Labour Government will help them out? Letter, 30 Jan 2010 Andy Palmer, Umina Beach

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I read the report from the mayor Mr Holstein as featured in your first edition of the year. He forgot to mention some things which your readers should be aware of. For starters, the deplorable state of the Peninsula roads and council’s failure to provide kerbing, guttering and drainage; plus his refusal to apply for Black Spot funding for Lone Pine Ave despite its high accident rate. Then there was his opposition to the dredging of the channel which was only overturned after a battle by Cr Freewater and Cr Macfadyen, and despite the State Member Marie Andrews having secured funds towards the costs of the project. He was quick to claim credit for the CCTV cameras but neglected to say that council did not support that project and it was the intervention and support of the Federal Member Belinda Neal which secured the

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See Page 2 for contribution conditions funds for the Peninsula. Council refused to even make a funding submission. Then there is the loss of ratepayers’ funds, $55 million in total invested and a 79 cents in the dollar loss at the very first redemption. What about the poor state of the parks and beachfronts? The list goes on. Despite his assertions, the fact is the mayor has done very little for

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What a choice What a joke – a “bill” of rights. Anyone with half a brain knows that the only rights we have is to fill in some papers every three or four years. More like – more laws to restrict our freedom even more. As for the Republic and head of state, do we choose someone born to the purple, or some super-toadie who has slithered up the greasy pole of party politics? At least royalty has protocol and tradition. Letter, 21 Jan 2010 Keith Whitfield, Woy Woy

Near the Hawkesbury River In a corner of Broken Bay Lies the Village of Patonga A place they used to say Was a little slice of heaven Perched beside the sea But no longer is Patonga The place it used to be. For the dollar’s come to town And in its usual way It‘s tearing down our memories Getting rid of yesterday The general store is gone Now a pub stands on the site And it’s open every morning And it’s open late at night. The tourists come in droves To sip their Chardonnays And gaze upon the beach Where we spent our childhood days But they don’t know what they’re seeing And they don’t know what was done Or how our town was changed To profit just someone! We said it couldn’t happen The council said it could The Mayor declared it “Progress” And of course that is always good We asked what would happen If our heritage disappeared The council said “Don’t worry” And the developers all cheered. Our town became afflicted By the dreadful “Dollar Grubs” Which have a nasty habit Of turning General Stores into Pubs They said it was the future There was no need to “carry on” But when we turned around Our way of life was gone! Now in amongst the “Beemers” The Mercedes and the like Perhaps you’ll see an old bloke Quietly riding on his bike He thinks he’s going fishing But he is do something more He’s pedalling into history Just like the old Patonga Store.

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Planning document used for economic plan The State Government will use a planning document as the basis of its economic strategy for the Peninsula. The Peninsula Urban Directions Strategy will be used by the government when developing its Central Coast Economic Development and Employment Strategy, according to Minister for the Central Coast Mr Ian Macdonald. The new regional economic strategy, encompassing the entire Central Coast region, was announced by Mr Macdonald and NSW Premier Ms Kristina Keneally on February 3. Mr Macdonald said the new approach aimed to ensure a sustainable economic development in a population expected to increase to 405,000 by 2031. “The Central Coast Economic Development and Employment Strategy covers the whole Central Coast,” Mr Macdonald said. “While the current action plan focuses on some of the major centres – Gosford and Wyong – the plan will be further developed as the implementation process develops. “Recommendations from existing documents such as the Peninsula Strategy will be taken into consideration when planning actions. “This long term strategy provides

the Central Coast. “Our long-term plan for sustainable economic development in the Central Coast, will build jobs, industries, businesses, close to home for people living in this great region,” Ms Keneally said. “We have worked closely with stakeholders, businesses and the community to create this vision for the Central Coast – we have listened to your priorities, and will now begin working to implement this strategy. “The Central Coast is the ninth largest population centre in Australia and the third largest residential region in NSW – we will continue to support and plan for its bright future.”

key areas of focus for the region to facilitate the creation of local jobs and economic development. “The Central Coast Economic Development and Employment Strategy action plan will be a progressive program of implementation over the next 25 years, and the NSW Government is committed to ensuring regionwide economic development.” Mr Macdonald said that Regional Development Australia would ensure the new strategy covered all areas of the region, including the Peninsula. “In addition, a governance structure has been developed that includes an executive group,” Mr Macdonald said. “As chair of the executive group, I will be responsible for providing leadership and monitoring the ongoing implementation of the Regional Economic Development and Employment Strategy.” Ms Keneally said the new strategy would go a long way to support the growing population of

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Court to inspect Hardy’s Bay site The Land and Environment Court will inspect the site proposed for a seven-storey development in Araluen Dr, Hardy’s Bay, early next month. The inspection is scheduled over four days from March 2 to 5, with a hearing taking place immediately after, according to Hardy’s Bay Resident’s Group publicity officer Mr Allan Wilson. “In the period leading up to the court hearing, an urban planning specialist, Mr George Newbold, will confer with a heritage expert to provide advice as to the effect which could be created on the heritage-listed Old Killcare Store,”

Mr Wilson said. “This will also contribute to a general site inspection by the Commissioner when he also views, from the nearby jetty, the scenic impact of the proposal provided by the large flat masonry wall facing Killcare Rd. “On this occasion, a site inspection will provide an opportunity for a group of about 20 persons, including the Commissioner and the legal teams, to step aboard a suitable vessel, provided by the Hardy’s Bay Residents Group, and evaluate the visual impact from the water.” Mr Wilson said since filing the subsequent appeal to the Land and

Environment Court, the developer had made additional cosmetic changes to the plans. The proposed development comprised four new commercial premises, nine terraced apartments to step up the slope behind the retail sections, and underground parking for 34 vehicles, according to Mr Wilson. The developer appealed to the Land and Environment Court after Gosford Council rejected the application on grounds including the proposal’s scenic impact. More than 700 objections had been lodged to the application. Press release, 3 Feb 2010 Allan Wilson, Hardy’s Bay Residents Group

Agent’s licence under review A Umina real estate agent’s license is under review after being fined more than $52,000 for underpaying an employee almost $9000 in 2007. Ms Marie Lois Jones, currently working in a real estate agency in Umina, was handed down the penalty following a prosecution by the Fair Work Ombudsman. As sole director of Gateway Real Estate, Ms Jones was fined a total of $52,800 for exploiting a real estate salesperson by paying him just $6.58 an hour. Gateway Real Estate paid the sales person a flat rate of $250 per week from April to December, 2007, which equated to $6.58 per hour, according to the Fair Work Ombudsman.

The employee was entitled to be paid at least the federal minimum wage, which was $13.47 to $14.65 at the time. Ms Jones was also involved in failing to pay out the salesman’s accrued annual leave entitlements when his position was terminated. Chief industrial magistrate Mr Gregory Hart, who handed down the penalty, said the contraventions were “deliberate”, “serious” and “constituted a blatant disregard” for the sales person’s entitlements. “It is desirable for a clear message to be conveyed to employers in industry to the effect that industrial instruments are not to be blatantly flouted, and employees exploited, to achieve financial benefit for the employer,” Mr Hart said.

“Where such conduct is detected, the courts will apply heavy penalties in accordance with the legislative framework set by the parliament.” Fair Work Ombudsman executive director Mr Michael Campbell said the case sent a clear message that businesses caught exploiting workers would pay a price. “Every worker has a fundamental right to receive their full legal entitlements and we will consider legal action to protect that right,” Mr Campbell said. A NSW Fair Trading spokesperson said it was aware Ms Jones was currently working in Umina and was reviewing whether the action taken by the Fair Work Ombudsman against her would

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warrant disciplinary action against her current real estate licence. The spokesperson confirmed that this was not the first time Ms Jones’ real estate license had been under review. “On October 24, 2007, NSW Fair Trading took disciplinary action against Marie Jones and her company Gateway Real Estate (Sydney) Pty Ltd for failing to declare that she had previously been the director of a company that had been subject to external administration,” the spokesperson said. “Ms Jones had been the sole director and company secretary for Sydney Harbourside Real Estate Pty Ltd which first came under external administration on May 11, 2006. “As a result of the disciplinary action, Fair Trading cancelled Gateway Real Estate’s corporation licence and Ms Jones’ personal real estate agent licence. “Ms Jones appealed to the Administrative Decisions Tribunal and on May 16, 2008, the Tribunal overturned Fair Trading’s decision. “Ms Jones renewed her licence

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Ettalong faces 40k speed limit Gosford Council will recommend the RTA impose a 40 km/h speed zone in the Ettalong Beach CBD. A report from council’s Local Traffic Committee stated that the plan for a proposed 40 km/h precinct within the Ettalong Beach CBD was displayed for public exhibition from September 9 to 17. “Two responses in total were received and both responses were in favour of the speed reduction however both also recommended that the area of consideration be expanded to include other streets,” the report stated.

“The first response suggested the inclusion of additional sections of road such as Picnic Pde, Pacific Ave, Memorial Ave and Fassifern St. “The second response wished to include the whole of Ferry Rd, up to the public facilities in Schnapper Rd and midway through Bream Rd.” The committee recommended that the plan as publicly exhibited be recommended to the RTA for funding and approval. Council agenda TR.09.81, 2 Feb 2010

Town planner speaks on DLEP Gosford Council’s Draft Local Environment Plan and Draft Development Control Plan will be the subject of two meetings at Wagstaffe this month. The first meeting will feature guest speaker Dr Helen Monks who will talk about the Gosford area planning controls for the next 30 years. Association secretary Ms Gay Bull said Dr Monks was a qualified town planner who has lived in the area for about 30 years. “Dr Monks has worked widely

in town planning as well as with Gosford council before setting up her own planning consulting business here,” Ms Bull said. “She has pointed out that the new regime now proposed will probably apply for the next 30 years.” The meeting will take place at Wagstaffe Hall on Monday, February 15, from 7.30pm. Following council’s public release of the DLEP and DDCP plans on February 10, council will host an information session for the general public at Wagstaffe Hall on

Saturday, March 20, from 10am to 12 noon. “The proposed changes to zoning and other major planning issues are important,” Ms Bull said. “All those living in the area are invited to hear both the professional opinions from Helen as well as the council’s overview. “Submissions to council regarding these changes close on April 8.” Press release, 4 Feb 2010 Gay Bull, Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Association

PROPERTY OWNERS CAN STAY INFORMED Recent reports on the trend in house prices across Australia reflect a confidence in the property market. Indications point to a confident real estate market, says LJ Hooker Woy Woy Principal Betty Donovan. “House prices appear to be on the rise in most centres but the rate of growth can be considerably different between cities and regions. “This illustrates the fact that individual locations are sitting at slightly different positions in the property market cycle,” Betty said. She says local market action suggests healthy buyer confidence. “We are happy with levels of buyer enquiry from first time buyers onwards. This includes people wanting to live or invest in a property.

Wildlife rescuers wanted The NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (Wires) is calling on Peninsula residents to become volunteer wildlife rescuers and carers. WIRES publicity officer Ms Jilea Carney said volunteers living in Ettalong, Killcare and Pretty Beach were currently in high demand. Chairperson of Wires Central Coast branch Mr Bill Fortier said now was the perfect time to join Wires as a volunteer. “WIRES Central Coast will hold a training course for people wishing to become wildlife rescuers and carers on February 20 to 21 at Berkeley Vale,” Mr Fortier said. “We need people on the Central Coast, including the Peninsula, to join up and help local wildlife. “Our Rescue and Immediate Care Course teaches the basic skills to rescue and provide immediate assistance to orphaned and injured native animals and is the stepping stone to courses which qualify you to care for more challenging species such as raptors, flying foxes and reptiles. “It teaches basic animal handling, housing, transporting and learning how to assess an

animal after injury or rescue.” Mr Fortier said there were other things residents could do if they were interested in protecting wildlife but did not want to become a Wires volunteer. “It is important for all pet owners to be aware of where their beloved cats and dogs are during the day and night,” Mr Fortier said. “Having a native garden which will encourage birds and possums to their garden as well as helping the animals is a great way to help local wildlife. “Place possum boxes in trees and fresh clean water for them. “Another simple idea is to make an area of the garden into a rockery which will encourage lizards of different kinds to inhabit their garden and is a good way to keep snails and slugs away from their vegetable patch. “In simple terms, try to recreate an environment that is safe, provides shelter, natural food and water and will give many hours of enjoyment for local wildlife. To reserve a place at the training course, contact WiresCCMembership@gmail.com or phone 8977 3308. Press release, 21 Jan 2010 Jilea Carney, WIRES

“The people making decisions to sell are contributing to market confidence. “We believe vendors are expecting realistic prices when they first do their research on what is happening with local real estate. These people are having a significant effect on settling the market and attracting genuine buyers,” said Betty The LJ Hooker Woy Woy team, Geoff Trebble, Suzy Rosewarne and Donna Jackson are happy to make themselves available to any property owner wanting to gather information about buyer activity and expectations. “Establishing a relationship with us even if you haven’t yet made any commitment to sell means you can make an ongoing current assessment of the market and have an ‘on the ground’ person to call if you have any questions.”

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To talk of many things … Sea level rising, rate increases and a better community understanding of living a sustainable future were some of the main concerns for Peninsula residents when they attended a community information session on Gosford Council’s Draft Climate Change Policy on January 29. More than 50 local residents turned out for the meeting at Ettalong Beach Club, led by council’s manager of integrated planning Mr Eddie Love. Mr Love said the purpose of the policy was to provide council with guiding principles to manage its climate change risks using a combination of sustainable adaptation and mitigation measures including community stakeholder consultation. Residents were given the opportunity to hear from guest speaker Mr Allen Kearns from the CSIRO Climate Change Adaptation Research Flagship and council officers on climate change and what council is doing to manage the issue. “Thinking about climate change now is a little bit like retirement planning,” Mr Kearns said. “Around 30 or 40 years ago, I saw retirement as a problem I needed to deal with in the future, not as a current challenge. “Unfortunately, we cannot afford to procrastinate and hold off on the issue of climate change. “We need what time we have to start addressing some of the problems and looking at ways

we can live well using less water, materials and energy per person. “I understand climate change has become a more complex debate over the past few years with believers and disbelievers of the issue. “To me the answer is clear and convincing from a science perspective. “But surely having an unprecedented seven billion people on the planet (projected to reach

Interpretation plan is drafted A draft interpretation plan has been developed for the upgrade of the Maitland Bay Centre in Killcare. Killcare Wagstaffe Trust president Mr David Legge said the plan was developed following a successful grant bid to improve the facility. “The initial work covered by the grant funding will involve reconstruction of the window display area, a work station and counter area, and a large photographic wall mural of a Sydney Red Gum,” Mr Legge said. “This also includes some electrical work and internal painting. “Both National Parks and

Wildlife Service staff and external contractors will be employed for this work. “National Parks have purchased a flat-screen television and DVD player to be installed in the new wall of the window display to continually show visual images and information about Bouddi National Park and the area. “It is envisaged to get input into developing a DVD from volunteers with expertise in the area of photography, web and graphic design. “Anyone who can help will be warmly welcomed to the project.” Newsletter, 3 Feb 2010 David Legge, Killcare Wagstaffe Trust

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nine billion this century) with an increased dependency on natural resources, how can that not have some impact on the planet? Sure some sceptics believe climate change is only a naturally occurring cycle the planet experiences every hundred million years with, for example, the extinction of dinosaurs. The earth is undergoing a natural cycle but what is the fundamental difference is the speed at which

the climate is changing, and that is a cause for concern.” Following Mr Kearns’ presentation, residents were given the opportunity to enter into small groups to discuss their thoughts and concerns on the draft policy. While many people were concerned about the community’s response to climate change as an important issue both locally and internationally, other residents suggested ways council could

combat the problem of ignorance and misunderstanding such as community workshops and education awareness campaigns. One resident suggested council introduce a reward-based system where local ratepayers received a discount off their council rates if they implemented a sustainable way of living such as reduced water usage. It was also proposed council build a number of community gardens and utilise local produce to reduce the cost and emissions of transporting food. Gosford mayor Cr Chris Holstein said the community information session were a great opportunity for people to be better informed about the issue and have their voices heard. “Climate change is one of the key issues for council is addressing at present,” Gosford mayor Cr Chris Holstein said. “As a council, we have to be thinking forward to the future and seek out ways we can make a difference to the impact of climate change. “As always the community are invited to give their ideas and suggestions on what policies council should be adopting to tackle the issue.” The Draft Climate Change Policy is open for public exhibition until Thursday, February 18. Details on the draft policy and how the public can make a submission can be found on council’s website at www.gosford. nsw.gov.au Clare Graham, 5 Feb 2010

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Disabled toilets for Umina? Gosford Council is looking into an alternative location for a disabled toilet at Umina Library, according to director of community services and organisation development Mr Terry Thirwell. The Umina Library public toilets have been closed due to nearby construction work and a temporary toilet facility opened in its place. In a question without notice at council’s meeting on February 2, Cr Terri Latella asked Mr Thirlwell, as a matter of urgency, to install a

disabled toilet at the site. Mr Thirlwell said council staff were aware of the issue and were currently looking at the various options that were available. “We cannot put a disabled toilet in the current temporary toilets because there is no space. “Repair work on the library toilets will commence within the next two months. “However, in the meantime, we are looking for an alternative location for the disabled toilet.” Council agenda Q.4, 2 Feb 2010

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request of concerned local residents. The stop sign and line markings will be placed at the eastern exit of an unnamed laneway onto Burrawang St running parallel between Nelson St and Cambridge St, Umina, according to a council report. The report stated that a resident of Cambridge St had written to council regarding the pedestrian safety at the unnamed laneway. “An inspection has confirmed that there is a lack of adequate sight distance for both motorists and pedestrians in the area,” the report stated. “In consideration of these circumstances, it is recommended that a stop sign with relevant line marking be installed at the eastern end exit point of the unnamed laneway running parallel between Nelson and Cambridge Sts. “The cost of the installation of required signage and line marking can be accommodated in existing recurrent budgets.” Council agenda TR.09.83, 2 Feb 2010

Residents win community awards NEWSTwo Peninsula residents have been recognised for their commitment and dedication to the local community at this year’s Gosford City Australia Day Community Awards. Ms Annette Karton of Woy Woy and Ms Maria Schilt of Umina were presented with their awards at a special ceremony at Laycock St Theatre on January 24. Ms Karton received an award in the Volunteer of the Year category for her work with the Rotary Club of Woy Woy, Woy Woy Public School and on the NSW Health Community Participation Program. Fellow Rotary Club of Woy Woy member Ms Vicki de Carle said Ms Karton was an inspirational role model for all the community. “Annette is a vital member of the Rotary Club of Woy Woy, who quietly goes about volunteering on the Peninsula in an unassuming way,” Ms de Carle said. “We all knew Annette did lots of wonderful things around Woy

Woy, but I was dumbfounded at the breadth of her volunteering. “She is truly inspirational. “The Rotary Club of Woy Woy is incredibly proud of Annette and we treasure her as a club member.” Volunteering for more than 35 years, Ms Karton is legally blind and suffers a debilitating disease known as myasthemia gravis which is similar to multiple sclerosis. Ms Karton said she finds immense joy in helping other people and seeing the impact she has on lending a hand. “I began volunteering as a young girl after following in the footsteps of my parents,” Ms Karton said. “My time as a volunteer continued into my school years and I have not stopped since. “I find it so enjoyable to see other people happy by the care and commitment you show them. “It is an honour and privilege to receive this award especially for doing something in which I love and enjoy so much.” Meanwhile, Ms Schilt, 76, has achieved a community award

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Working bee at centre Members of the Killcare Wagstaffe Trust gathered for a working bee at the Maitland Bay Centre recently. A group of committee members from the Trust along with junior helpers volunteered their time under the supervision of National Parks and Wildlife Service officer and trust member Ms Deb Holloman. “While the basic garden layout and a few remnant ornaments are protected by a heritage order over the centre, there has been a substantial weed invasion through

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The project is expected to improve water quality, prevent runoff and pollution and protect the region’s valuable oyster industry. The Killcare Wagstaffe Trust has been successful in securing two grants for the restoration of endangered ecological communities in Riley’s Bay. Trust member Ms Deb Holloman said $11,000 was granted for the swamp sclerophyll forest in Riley’s Bay and $50,000 for the salt marsh in the same area. According to Ms Holloman, the grants will be used to supplement the outstanding work being done by the local volunteer groups in these areas. Member for Robertson Ms Belinda Neal said: “This funding from the Government’s Caring for Our Country program’s Community Action Grants will help rehabilitate endangered ecological communities in Bouddi National Park and along the Hawkesbury River.

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Homage to the disadvantaged Woy Woy artist Ms Yvette Pritchard will exhibit a selection of works at the Patonga Bakehouse Gallery throughout February. The exhibition will feature oil paintings, pen ink and wash works on paper from Ms Pritchard’s latest collection Cape Town Calling depicting scenes of Cape Town, South Africa, which she escaped in the 1960s only to revisit many years later after apartheid had ended. “The works on display depict local people in their environment and include domestic workers, fishermen and newspaper vendors,” Ms Pritchard said. “I always ask permission to

photograph the people portrayed in my work and I make an effort to note their addresses so I can later mail them photos of my paintings. “From some of these encounters, friendships have grown and we still keep in touch. “Through these paintings, I wish to pay homage to the disadvantaged. “These people represent the many that work hard and usually suffer very difficult lives.” Ms Pritchard’s work is available for viewing at 24 Bay St, Patonga, until the end of the month. Press release, 3 Feb 2010 Yvette Pritchard, Woy Woy

Second exhibition at Anglican Church St Luke’s Anglican Church Artspace in Woy Woy will officially open its second exhibition Shallow Edges Deep Centres on Saturday, February 13. Project coordinator Ms Susie O’Donnell said the success and community feedback from last year’s exhibition Where Earth Meets Sky prompted organisers to continue with regular art displays for the community to enjoy. Ms O’Donnell said the upcoming exhibition would be focused around the theme of water. “The Reverend Penny Jones is offering hanging space for local artists to exhibit and the response has been pleasing,” Ms O’Donnell said. “The project aims at supporting

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Community Organisations Art & Craft Classes Ettalong Beach Art & Crafts Centre Inc (256) Adult Classes in Patchwork & Quilting, Pottery, Folk Art, Silk Dyeing, Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Drawing, Watercolour, Silvercraft and Children’s Art & Pottery Classes Monday to Saturday During School Terms Ph: 4341 8344 info@ebacc.com.au Community Centre Beachside Family Centre (257) A school-based community centre for families with children from birth to 8 years old. Offering a range of group programs and community activities to promote healthy and happy families Ph: 4343 1929 Umina Public School Sydney Ave, Umina Community Group Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Association (256) The Association works to protect and preserve the beautiful environment and low density residential nature of the Bouddi Peninsula area and to strengthen community bonds Monthly Meeting - 3rd Monday, 7.30pm at Wagstaffe Hall Mail: PO Box 4069, Wagstaffe 2257 Tel: 4360 2945 Email : info@wagstaffetokillcare.org.au

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Council was mean-spirited I was somewhat “staggered” myself reading Zoe Russell of Umina expecting a business organisation to supply public toilets when it is Gosford Council’s role to ensure satisfactory services. That’s why we elect councillors isn’t it, to act on our behalf? But I will take the opportunity to clarify matters. The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, which has been operating for over 20 years, represents business interests to all levels of government and does not have a “squabble” with any organisation, business or otherwise. The facts are, trivial as it might seem, that at our request in 2008

Forum for council to purchase Christmas banners for West St, Umina, retail centre was refused once again. Although, council did agree that if our Chamber of Commerce purchased the banners at a cost of $3000, council would install them. They did this in 2008 and they looked fantastic. However, in 2009, Gosford council refused to install them supposedly through “lack of funds”. So that the Christmas banners would not go to waste entirely, the Peninsula Chamber paid out another $1500 for brackets to be attached to light poles in the Ettalong Beach Club car park.

The banners were then installed by our volunteers. As a footnote, I might also add that council’s director of city services also refused to install the Brisbane Water Oyster Festival banners on the purposely designed light poles. This is a community event which raises thousands of dollars for Cancer Council and his reason? Because they had a sponsor logo on the banners. Another waste of community contribution. So the only matter Ms Russell should be “staggered” about is the mean-spirited nature of some in Gosford Council. Letter, 1 Feb 2010 Debra Wales, Umina Beach

Council bin as bad as sign In response to John Collin’s remarks in edition 232 of Peninsula News on a matter of equity, two comments. Footpaths are for the walking public and mothers with prams, not cyclists. They belong on the road. Read the traffic manual. They’re classed as a vehicle.

Forum Next, where the sign in question is located, there is a big green garbage bin anchored to the pavement, Does this not impede the progress of walkers, or is this there with council approval? This bin is located near the

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entrance to the shop, which also has concrete steps and a hand rail to enable shoppers to enter. In my view, council is not being reasonable in blocking a sign when they install a rubbish bin in the same area which is nearly as big as the sign in question. Letter, 28 Jan 2010 Andy Palmer, Umina Beach

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Informed debate needed on flag After celebrating another Australia Day, Ray Martin has correctly raised the question again of the suitability of our current flag. According to current polls apparently, more people support it than not. I wonder if the supporters have really thought carefully about how our current flag came to be. Do they know for instance that according to the Ausflag website, it has only been our official flag since Prime Minister Robert Menzies declared it so in 1953? I am older than the official flag and I’m still not a senior yet. This declaration was made well after both world wars had ended. Australians have never been

Forum given a chance to say whether or not we want another nations flag stuck in the corner. Extreme violence against Aboriginals and convicts was carried out under the Union Jack in colonial days so why should this be our symbol? Kevin Rudd needs to do more than say sorry. He needs to have an informed debate on our current flag and find one that truly represents our nation. Only then will I be proud to fly the flag. Email, 26 Jan 2010 David McDougall, Woy Woy

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Population levels cause of climate problem I would like to congratulate the staff of Gosford Council responsible for presenting council’s Draft Climate Change Policy. The guest speaker Mr Allen Kearns from the CSIRO Climate Change Adaptation Research Flagship simply confirmed to me, and many of the others in the audience, what we already knew. Simply that the climate changes we are currently experiencing is cyclic procedure for this planet is normal, but, in this cycle, accelerating at a speed never previously experienced. Why? At no previous time has this planet experienced more than two billion humans. Our current count is in the nine

Forum billions. The solution is obvious, but we are being sent mixed messages by the leaders Obama and Rudd when they gallop off to talk about climate change and then urge their constituents to breed like rabbits! The exponential growth of humanity will simply escalate the climate change situation beyond all else, before the solutions are found and implemented. Thank you Gosford council in your efforts at creating a policy, good luck. Letter, 3 Feb 2010 Zoe Russell, Umina

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History

A Viennese waltz at ‘Ettalong Hall’ Imagine you were back in the early 1900s and you were doing a spot of ďŹ shing one balmy summer’s evening at The Rip. If you listened carefully, you could hear the lovely sound of a Viennese waltz being played by a string quartet, mixed with occasional laughter and polite conversation wafting across the restless current. Curiosity aroused, you would row to the western shore, secure the anchor behind the nearest rock and stealthily climb the embankment towards the music and voices emanating from an imposing residence located on top of the rise and surrounded by beautifully manicured lawns and hedges. Several horse drawn carriages could be discerned in the courtyard. You would undoubtedly also notice the Model T Ford, newly arrived from the States.

Making sure that your presence remained undiscovered by the servants, you would peer through a gap in the heavy drapes covering the cedar framed windows and observe ďŹ nely dressed ladies, some fanning themselves in the warm summer air, and others discussing the latest play seen at Her Majesty’s Theatre. Another room would reveal several waistcoated gentlemen playing billiards and others smoking their pipes and taking occasional sips from their brandy or port lately arrived from the Continent. This splendid building named Ettalong Hall was the residence of Henry Robert Cox and his wife Ethel Cox who were well known in the district. Both were very much involved in amateur theatre and frequently entertained their many friends and fellow actors at lavish balls and soirees. They were also privileged by the occasional visit of world famous

actress Sarah Bernhardt to their former home in Brickwharf Rd. Ms Bernhardt used to regale her adoring audience with tales of the latest plays and tantalizing scandals involving her leading men and potential suitors around the globe. Ettalong Hall took almost two years to build, with most of the stonemasons and other artisans and tradesmen camped nearby. Constructed mainly of local sandstone, it featured numerous ďŹ replaces, high ornate ceilings, servant quarters, stables and a huge sideboard in the billiard room. Stone moon arches surrounded wide verandas, thus giving the home a stately and grandiose appearance and a visible manifestation of wealth and status. To visit Ettalong Hall, even in its autumn days, was to step back in time when elegance, reďŹ nement and good manners were patronised

Centre started as a house The Maitland Bay Centre was originally a ďŹ bro house which is now the downstairs part of the centre. It was built by John and Dulcie Wall in 1945 to house their growing family. From the outset, a steady stream of passersby would drop in to get directions and a drink of water.

This prompted the Walls to build an extension at the front to house a small shop and cafe in 1950 that was known as The Maitland Store. The trustees of the Bouddi Natural Park employed John Wall to do some work on the tracks and camping areas and held their meetings in the store. The building and business was sold to Ron and Thelma Hall in

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1959. Ron continued the relationship with the trustees of the park and was appointed the ďŹ rst full time ranger in the early 1960s. They sold the business in the late 1960’s but by 1970 it had declined and the shop closed. The National Parks and Wildlife Association, established in 1967, bought the building in 1970 and it became the ofďŹ ce and residence of the superintendent of the Bouddi National Park until 1974 when it became empty again and was scheduled for demolition. Fortunately this decision was reversed and the demolition money went towards refurbishment as a visitors’ centre which eventually opened in 1990. Since 1990, the visitors’ centre has been staffed by volunteers, largely from the Killcare Wagstaffe Trust, and has been the site of many memorable exhibitions. The shop window has become a permanent exhibition space. Newsletter, 23 Nov 2009 Killcare Wagstaffe Trust

by those who were blessed by good fortune and hard work. Many locals were aware of the building and it was often the subject of discussion and speculation. I was told by one retired businessman that back in the 50s, he and a few of his mates decided one evening to explore the house which was unoccupied at the time and reputed to be haunted. They also wanted to search for a tunnel rumoured to be underneath the main dwelling. Full of courage and with beating hearts, they prised open one of the windows and one by one they climbed in only to be greeted by total darkness and deathly silence. Whether it was the sound of their whispered voices or the scurrying of a eeing rat, their courage failed them miserably and fear and panic took the place of their adventurous spirit. They all made a dash for the open window and ed from the scene never to return.

Sadly, the home and outbuildings were demolished in 1970 after Gosford Council, in consultation with the RTA, decided in their collective wisdom that Ettalong Hall was in the way of the approach road to the proposed Rip Bridge. It is evident today that a slight re-alignment of the road, together with a modicum of intellectual input from visionaries and heritage minded people, could have saved this valuable historic building from its ďŹ nal and fatal act of vandalism. Where was Jack Munday when we needed him? Some of the sandstone was acquired by the last occupants of Ettalong Hall and subsequently transported to Woy Woy Bay where the stonework was used in the construction of a ďŹ ne dwelling. This was perhaps a ďŹ tting and proper ďŹ nale for what was once a stunning well-proportioned country dwelling. Letter, 13 Dec 2009 Fred Landman, Daleys Point

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Education

Bus drivers wanted Brisbane Water Secondary College is looking for volunteer bus drivers to run its shuttle bus service between Woy Woy and Umina campuses. The shuttle bus service is required for senior agriculture and prime industries students who need to be transported to Umina Campus to study at the school farm. Service organiser Mr Matt Marker said the college required at least six drivers to adequately fulfil student demand for the service. “We currently have a pool of three drivers however we would ideally like to at least six to cover the 10 trips made per fortnight,” Mr Marker said. “This would allow permanent time slots to be allocated and reserves to cover runs when drivers are unable to complete a

run due to other commitments. “The complete shuttle run takes approximately 20 minutes and there are three different timeslots on various days over a two-week cycle (9.20am, 12.20pm and 1.20pm).” Mr Marker said volunteers would need a medium rigid bus license (former class C) to undertake a position. “There is a certain amount of satisfaction that the role offers including staying in touch with the local community high school and the wonderful students who study agriculture, and contributing to the educational needs of the Peninsula,” Mr Marker said. “Volunteer drivers also receive a certificate of appreciation each year and are invited to the end of year volunteers Christmas party held by the college. “This is a gathering of community members from the

various programs conducted at the college which utilise the skills and experience of volunteers and involves a buffet style feast prepared by the college’s hospitality and food technology department.” College bus driver Ms Deborah van Breugal has been a volunteer for the past three years and said she enjoys the contact with the college and the students. “The kids are great. They really enjoy agriculture and always show their appreciation,” Ms van Breugal said. “I’ve been helping out for three years now and it something that I enjoy being involved in.” For more information about becoming a volunteer bus driver with Brisbane Water Secondary College, contact Matt Marker at the Woy Woy Campus on 4341 1600. Press release, 4 Feb 2010 Matt Marker, Brisbane Water Secondary College

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getting anywhere. “The four sessions with Geoff (Ms Cormie’s Saver Plus project worker) made me think about where my money was leaking out,” Ms Cormie said. “I knew what the big spends were, but I wasn’t keeping an eye on the other amounts coming out of my account. “I have definitely changed my spending habits and now I’m conscious of where all my money is going. “Saver Plus has made me more confident with money and with my ability to control it.” Since starting the program, Ms Cormie has got rid of her credit card and a store card and she now feels more in control of her own finances. She has now set her sights on saving for a new car. “It wasn’t until I started this course that I realised I needed to buy a new car instead of paying for all of the repairs on the old one, like I had been doing,” Ms Cormie said. Saver Plus project worker Ms Nang Martin said getting kids back to school at the start of each year didn’t have to be so financially tough. She said many families found it difficult to afford back-to-school costs particularly after an expensive holiday period. “Saver Plus prepares families by encouraging them to save small amounts of money throughout the year using simple techniques such as budgets, spending diaries and prompting people to consider ‘needs’ versus ‘wants’,” Ms Martin said. “By the end of the year participants often feel they are more in control of their spending and are motivated to save on a regular basis.” The program was developed by Brotherhood of St Laurence and ANZ Bank. Families interested in applying to join Saver Plus can visit www. thesmithfamily.com.au or phone 6283 7606.

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Flashing lights at Woy Woy campus Brisbane Water Secondary College Woy Woy Campus will have flashing school zone lights installed along Rawson Rd, according to Member for Gosford Ms Marie Andrews. “This is great news for local families because nothing is more important than the safety of the students,” Ms Andrews said. “There is absolutely no excuse

for speeding and these flashing lights will remind motorists to slow down because there are school students about. Ms Andrews said flashing lights were installed at schools on a priority basis using strict criteria including crash history and risk, traffic and pedestrian volumes, speed limits, road environment and visibility. “Most motorists are doing the right thing, but to save young

lives we need to get the message across that speeding, especially in a school zone, is not acceptable,” Ms Andrews said. “Driving at just five kilometres per hour over the speed limit can double your risk of having a crash – it’s not a risk anyone should take in areas where children are about.” Press release, 27 Jan 2010 Marie Andrews, Member for Gosford

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Bank sponsors the Roosters Woy Woy Roosters Rugby League Football Club has announced the Bendigo Bank in Ettalong Beach as its major sponsor for the coming season. According to club president Mr Geoff Staunton, this is the second year in a row the Ettalong Beach community bank has financially supported the club. “It is becoming harder each year to find sponsors,” Mr Staunton said. “So to have an organisation such as the Bendigo Bank prepared to support us to the level that they are is great, and we are very grateful. “After linking with the Roosters for 2009, the Bendigo Bank Ettalong Beach has enjoyed a strong beneficial relationship with

us, initially through former branch manager Tony Gravas and now with new branch manager Paul McEwen.” Mr Staunton said to acknowledge and thank Bendigo Bank’s support and commitment to the club a special framed jersey was presented on behalf of Woy Woy Roosters. “We are very happy to be a major sponsor of the Roosters,” Bendigo Bank Ettalong Beach secretary Mr Brian Wright said. “The Bendigo Bank is a community-minded bank, so an affiliation with a club like Woy Woy can only benefit both us and the Roosters.”

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Basketball Australia has named five-time Paralympian Ms Liesl Tesch of Woy Woy a member of the Australian Women’s Wheelchair Basketball team to compete at this year’s Osaka Cup in Japan. Ms Tesch will join four other team members from NSW, six from

Nominated for community awards Three Mary Mac’s Place volunteers have been nominated for their contribution to the local community at this year’s Gosford City Australia Day Community Awards. Nominated under the senior category at the awards were volunteers Ms Margaret Pyne, Mr Phillip Gleeson and Mr Graham Kinross who contribute every week at the Woy Woy charity. Mary Mac’s Place project coordinator Ms Robyn Schact was also nominated for an award under the business category. “These volunteers are representative of the 70 exceptional women and men at Mary Mac’s who devote one day each week to assisting our companions –

those who are disadvantaged, marginalised and struggling with severe difficulties in their lives,” Ms Schacht said. “In 2009, our volunteers prepared and served over 18,000 meals. “Over 150 festive meals were served on December 21, at our Christmas lunch.

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Victoria and one from Western Australia as the final line-up for the February 18 competition in Japan. The Gliders are the defending title-holders of the Osaka Cup, having won the tournament last year against the same opponents they will face in this month’s tournament including Beijing gold medallist USA, Canada and host nation Japan.

Coach Mr John Triscari will head the Australian team, including 10 athletes from the Australian bronze medal-winning team at the Beijing Paralympic Games of which Ms Tesch was a part. Two-time Paralympian Ms Tina McKenzie will captain the Gliders. Press release, 31 Jan 2010 Noel Rowsell, Photo Excellence

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Rookies compete in Coast Challenge Six members of the Umina Surf Life Saving Club took part in the Central Coast Rookie Challenge at Toowoon Bay on January 22.

Water polo success The Woy Woy Wombats Water Polo Club has competed in local and regional competitions over the past two weeks. Woy Woy dominated the pool in competition at Wyong pool on January 20, taking out wins in all five divisions. Club publicity officer Ms Jan Sillato said it was a “much better night” for the local club than in the previous week. The following week saw Woy Woy take to the pool at the Peninsula Leisure Centre against

Gosford. Woy Woy Men’s C and A division defeated their respective opponents as did the Woy Woy Ladies A division team. However, the Ladies and Men’s B division saw defeat against Gosford. Meanwhile, the Woy Woy club competed in the Country Club Championships in Lambton across the Australia Day weekend, making it into the final against Lake Macquarie. “The boys played seven games over three days to make it into the

final,” Ms Sillato said. “They came up against Lake Macquarie who had a very strong side and played well to beat Woy Woy by 11 to three.” Ms Sillato said a team of women from Woy Woy Water Polo travelled to Raymond Terrace recently. “The girls endured six games over three days to make it through to the final and met Blue Mountains who narrowly beat them by three points to two,” Ms Sillato said. Email, 29 Jan 2010 Jan Sillato, Woy Woy Water Polo Club

After the preliminary rounds, a team skipped by stalwart Steve Stead (including ex-Ettalong bowlers Joe Ednie, Bob Penson and Ian Hillhouse) as well as that led by Roger Ford (ex- Everglades) lined

up in the semis,” club president Mr Ian Jarratt said. “When the semi dust settled, it was Roger who took forward his team of Terry Forbes, Billy Ogg (replacing the ill Ray Ransome) and Barry Hicks to test the combination of Brian Burrows (skip), Alan Rhodes, Graham Vale and Steve England.”

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“Brian’s side grabbed a strong early advantage (9-1 after four ends). “Roger’s team tried hard to fight back but their opposition held strong to their lead and with only five ends remaining had retained the eight-point gap (19-11). “Not to be denied, they came again to win four of the last five ends. “When the 21st end brought a close to proceedings, the score had narrowed to 20-18, with Brian Burrows team taking the championship.” Press release, 27 Jan 2010 Ian Jarratt, Umina Beach Men’s Bowling Club

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Roosters plan for trial match The Woy Woy Roosters will commence its field preparations for this coming season with a trial match against the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Under-20s side at the end of the month.

Umina holds bowls championships Umina Beach Men’s Bowling Club held its Club Fours Championships on January 23.

Aiden Arnold, James Rooke, Mitchell Seamen, Oliver Shepherd, Nicola Stone and Maddie Whyte were chosen to represent the club at the event, according to club publicity officer Mr Carl Krucler. “Rookies are Under-13 and Under-14 members of Central Coast Surf Lifesaving clubs who participate in patrol activities on a regular basis as an introduction to the role of volunteer surf lifesaving for future years,” Mr Krucler said. “Umina selected six members from the Under-14 age group based on those with the highest number of patrol hours so far this season and who do not regularly

compete at State Championship level.” Mr Krucler said the challenge involved six activities including signals, a trivia quiz based on the surf life saving manual, relay run, rescue relay, tube swim and board rescue, lifesaver relay and the body board relay involving all six team members. “Umina finished a credible 10th considering they were up against state representative competitors and medallists from some other clubs,” Mr Krucler said. “They won the club two CPR kits, rescue tube and a resuscitation mask – all aids to further enable the club to protect the public on our local beach.”

The Sea Eagles, who were last season’s National Youth Competition minor premiers will host the Woy Woy Roosters on Saturday, February 27. The Roosters have been training since November, which has given new coach Mr Les Lowe an opportunity to assess which players fit what is becoming an “interesting first grade puzzle”. “We have had a core of players training since before Christmas so I am happy going into what will be a tough trial against a good squad,” Mr Lowe said. “I expect some of our new

signings such as Adam Tippett, Tim Bovis, Matt Riddle, Ryan Drew, Mick Maryska and Aaron Hardman to be available, and young guys like Jake Morris, DJ Markham, Alex Baxter and Chris Bainbridge have been training the house down and will get their opportunity.” The club also expects other experienced players such as Jade Mason, Ryan Varley and Scott Wilesmith to figure in the squad, along with the talented McLellan brothers, Glenn and Troy. The trial match will commence at 10am at the Narrabeen Sports Academy. Any supporters interested travelling by coach with the club to the match should contact Peter Read on 0417237882 to secure a seat.

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Soccer players selected for Australia Three junior members of the Southern and Ettalong United Football Club have been selected for the Australian Under-15s team. Club president Mr Gary Fish said Alec Sproule and Ryan Berg were selected while Mark Horgan was chosen as first reserve for the team. “The boys competed in the national titles with the NSW team in Canberra recently and their talents have been deservedly recognised

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with selection in the national team,” Mr Fish said. “The next challenge for the boys is a trip to Spain with the Australian team for international competition where their talents will hopefully be noticed by big name talent scouts. “Alec, Ryan and Mark are all a part of SEU’s junior football academy and junior development programs within the club and all have the talent to progress to a high level in the sport. “The club is extremely proud of their efforts.” Meanwhile, junior players from the ages of eight through to 16 will again have the opportunity to be selected for the club’s Junior Development Football Academy. “Players selected for the academy receive state of the art training with coaching programs designed to develop them technically, tactically, physically and physiologically,” Mr Fish said. “The academy, together with junior team development programs, provide a pathway for all SEU players to reach their football potential.” Press release, 5 Feb 2010 Gary Fish, Southern and Ettalong United Football Club

just eight heats. “Both Shelly and Wallarah closed the gap slightly by each winning two of the remaining four general heats. “After 12 heats Ocean Beach’s lead was reduced to 11 points, with the two champions’ heats yet to be surfed.” Mr Coulton said it was at that point in the competition each club had the chance to nominate its top four surfers who would contest the final two heats. “With Wallarah scoring a first and second in the first champions’ heat, Ocean Beach’s lead was now whittled down to six points leading into the final heat,” Mr Coulton said. “But the Wallarah boys couldn’t maintain the pressure with Shelly Beach placing first, then Calyn Wilkinson and Matt Sing taking out second and third places respectively, securing the first place trophy for Ocean Beach for the second consecutive year.” Mr Coulton said Ocean Beach Malibu Club finished first with a total of 108 while Wallarah Long Board Club gained 97 and Shelly Beach Malibu Club 89 points.

Ocean Beach Malibu Club dominated the waves for the second consecutive year at the Three-Way Charity Challenge on January 17. Ocean Beach contest director Mr Craig Coulton said the event proved to be a great success attracting more than 70 surfers and $1044 in donations to the Melanoma Foundation. “A lack of swell at Umina Beach saw the second annual ThreeWay Charity Challenge between the Ocean Beach Malibu Club, Wallarah Long Board Club and Shelly Beach Malibu Club moved up the coast to Catherine Hill Bay,” Mr Coulton said. “The event is a charity fundraiser, the beneficiary being nominated by the host club each year. “The decision to move the contest proved correct, with ‘Catho’ bathed in glorious sunshine while providing consistent two to three foot waves which lasted the whole contest. “Wallarah raced to an early lead, winning the first two heats but it was to be short lived as Calyn Wilkinson, Garry Halliday, Matt Sing, Hayden Emery, Luke Cousins and Brett Wakelin proceeded to win the next six heats in succession, giving Ocean Beach a commanding 14-point lead after

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