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11 October 2010

New bus will run to Gosford Hospital Buses will run more frequently and into the night and a new service to Gosford Hospital will be introduced from November 8. They are among the changes to the Central Coast bus network announced by the State Government recently. Bus services to and from Umina will have improved frequencies and hours of operation. The daytime service between the Peninsula and Gosford Hospital will run every 60 minutes on weekdays and Saturdays and 120 minutes on Sundays. Across the network an additional

41 buses will be provided to Central Coast bus commuters increasing the entire region’s fleet by 20 per cent, according to NSW Premier Ms Kristina Keneally. Member for Gosford Ms Marie Andrews said the announcement was a significant boost for the region. “The new seven-day a week bus service between the Woy Woy Peninsula and Gosford Hospital is a great win for the local community,” Ms Andrews said. “Passengers will also benefit from the flexibility of the new services that will not only run more frequently, but also until late at night.”

Minister for Transport and Minister for the Central Coast Mr John Robertson said the new network followed extensive public consultation with the local community. “More than 1400 submissions were received from local residents and public transport users about the proposed changes,” Mr Robertson said. “We have listened to the feedback from the community and the final network announced today has incorporated many of the requests made during the consultation process.” Press release, 1 Oct 2010 Kristina Keneally, NSW Premier

Council investigates business idea Gosford Council has resolved to investigate the formation of a Peninsula Master Planning Committee with key stakeholders, business leaders and property owners to ensure the revitalisation of the three Peninsula town centres. A notice of motion was put forward by Cr Jim Macfadyen at a council meeting on October 5. The proposal comes after the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce called for council to form a special committee to secure the economic sustainability of Woy Woy, Umina and Ettalong town centres. “It has come to my attention that the poor economic conditions prevailing particularly in the Woy Woy CBD are such that urgent action by council would be prudent with the view to investigating ways that council, the

Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, business leaders and property owners can stimulate economic activity,” Cr Macfadyen said. “The timing for such action is opportune especially as the draft Gosford LEP 2009 and accompanying development controls are being reviewed. “These controls include specific planning and design recommendations for the Peninsula town centres of Woy Woy, Umina Beach and Ettalong Beach. “It is noted that Chapter 4.2 – Peninsula Centres especially deals (in part) with the Umina Village Expansion Area – Structure Plan which resulted from consultation with the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce several years ago. “Similar consultations should be held as part of the master planning process for the Woy Woy CBD. “The Peninsula Master Planning Committee could consist of

senior council technical staff, the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, business leaders and key property owners with the view to working collaboratively with these groups. “Its aim should be to address the strategic economic issues facing the Peninsula generally and, more specifically for the Woy Woy CBD, ways to stimulate activity and promote connections between Deepwater Plaza, the traditional town centre and the Woy Woy waterfront.” Cr Macfadyen said considerable focus had been set on Gosford CBD in recent times. “It would be prudent of council to now direct planning and economic resources to the Peninsula such that the Peninsula town centres have similar growth opportunities to that of Gosford,” Cr Macfadyen said. Council agenda NM.19, 5 Oct 2010

Man in court after police blitz A 22-year-old P-plate driver is due to appear in Woy Woy Local Court next month after allegedly returning a breath test reading of 0.170 after being stopped by Gosford police in Umina over the October long weekend. NSW Police ran Operation Slowdown from midnight on October 1 until midnight on October 4 with double demerit points in

effect for speeding and seatbelt offences. Brisbane Water Police charged the Woy Woy Bay driver and suspended his licence after being stopped in his 1996 Toyota Lexcen at around 12.15am on October 2. A licence check revealed the 22-year-old drivers’ licence was suspended due to an earlier offence, and he had two passengers in the vehicle. The man is due to appear in Woy

Woy Local Court on November 16. Brisbane Water Highway Patrol officers detected 22 unregistered and uninsured vehicles in the Woy Woy and Umina area. The vehicles were detected in the Brisbane Water Highway Patrol’s mobile automated number plate recognition vehicle on October 2. Website, 5 Oct 2010 NSW Police Media

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Council to liaise on banner poles Gosford Council will liaise with both the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Ettalong Beach Business Group about the location banner poles in Ettalong and Woy Woy town centres. Council has also resolved to meet with the two groups and gain their commitment to provide banners once the new poles are installed. Last December, a disagreement occurred between the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and Umina District Chamber of Commerce over what banners would feature in West St, Umina. In the end, Umina Chamber erected its banners in West St in conjunction with the inaugural Umina Festival and the Peninsula Chamber of Commerce flew its banners at Ettalong. Funding for the project costing $70,000 will come from funds remaining from the Financial Strategy levied in the two CBDs, according to a council report. The issue of having additional banner poles erected in Ettalong and Woy Woy came from a

question without notice from Cr Jeff Strickson earlier this year. Cr Strickson questioned the feasibility of having additional banner poles installed on the Peninsula for Christmas time this year to ensure all Chambers of Commerce could have their respective banner flown. Council will now look to trial a combination of banner poles, known as Bannerconda and Bannerjib systems, in Ettalong and Woy Woy in time for Christmas this year. Each pole is expected to cost between $1600 and $2000. “In view of the need to advance this project in time for the erection of banners for Christmas 2010, and assuming council wishes to proceed with this trial project as recommended, options for the placement of banners could be discussed with the relevant business community groups in Ettalong Beach and Woy Woy and subject to agreement being reached, the work proceed,” a council report stated. Council agenda CIT.47, 5 Oct 2010

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Gate ‘almost hit’ commuters

The incident occurred at around 11.45am on April 11, when a Pacific National freight train was travelling through Woy Woy station and an unsecured gate on a container became detached after hitting the fencing at the southern end of platform one before striking another fence on the end of platform two, according to the report. “The gate skidded across the platform for approximately 20 metres before smashing a seating bay glass windbreak panel and coming to rest on the platform,” the report stated. “The dislodged gate narrowly missed striking members of the public waiting on the platform but, despite a number of people being showered with broken glass, only one person suffered minor injuries.” The investigation found that the gate became detached from the container because its “locking pins had dislodged from their retaining lugs and it was not adequately restrained from swinging laterally out of gauge”.

The report stated that two transport agencies were involved in transporting the container from where it was loaded at the Melbourne Freight Terminal and to where it was transferred onto a railway wagon. “At no stage was it identified that the side gates of the container were not secured in accordance with the performance standards recommended in the National Transport Commission’s Load Restraint Guide – Second Edition 2004,” the report stated. This was despite roll-by inspections occurring at Uranquinty, Junee, Goulburn, Chullora and Cowan. The investigation also found that a number of inspections had failed to spot the gate, despite CCTV footage showing it open and swinging at 7.02am at Bundanoon, 8.57am at Casula, 10.43am at Eastwood, 11.22am at Cowan and 11.32am at Hawkesbury River before the accident occurred at Woy Woy. The agency has recommended the introduction of pre-departure inspections of all road transport to ensure that the loading complies with the appropriate performance standards as well as ensuring that any load delivered by another agency that requires on forwarding not be accepted unless it complies

CCTV footage of the loose gate onboard the freight train as it passes through Woy Woy station. Inset: the damage caused to a glass window on the station platform at Woy Woy train station

with performance standards. Pacific National conducted an internal investigation and proposed its own 16 safety actions to prevent any further incidents. The Office of Transport Safety Investigations is an independent NSW agency that aims to improve transport safety through the investigation of accidents and incidents in the rail, bus and ferry industries. The agency’s investigations are independent of regulatory, operator or other external entities. Report, 7 Oct 2010 NSW Office of Transport Safety Investigations

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Fines can’t be waived, says report Gosford Council cannot waive parking fines because of a contract it has entered with the State Debt Recovery Office, according to a report presented to the council.

Maher is mayor again Cr Laurie Maher has been elected Gosford mayor and Cr Craig Doyle re-elected as deputy mayor. Cr Maher thanked his fellow councillors for their support and said he was grateful for the opportunity to again serve the people of Gosford City for the next mayoral term. “My fellow councillors, council staff and myself have been


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working together for a while now in helping to achieve much success for this city and I am honoured to be leading this team into the next chapter,” Cr Maher said. Outgoing mayor of the past two years Cr Chris Holstein said he was proud of what Gosford council had accomplished over his most recent term as mayor. “I would like to congratulate Cr Maher on being elected as mayor and he has my upmost support for the ongoing job ahead with the

Gosford Challenge and the Draft LEP.” Cr Doyle said he was proud to have been elected to the position of deputy mayor and looked forward to working with his fellow councillors over the next 12 months. “This will be my seventh term as deputy mayor so while the mayoral hat may have changed there is still some continuity in the leadership of our council,” Cr Doyle said. Press release, 27 Sep 2010 Gosford Council Media

Festival for sustainable living A local bush tucker talk and native animal show will be among the activities on offer at the Peninsula’s first sustainable living festival this month. The Woytopia sustainable living festival will be held at Woy Woy South Public School from 10am to 4pm on Sunday, October 31. The family event will feature an Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park native animal show, bush tucker talk with local Jake Cassar, live music and entertainment as well as a number of ways local residents can live and promote sustainable

living. The event will include bike repair and solar cooking demonstrations, an eco-friendly barbecue, global food stalls, homemade organic cakes and talks on climate change, beekeeping, growing your own vegies, and cutting energy bills, according to event publicity officer Mr Stuart Slough. “The festival will begin at 10am with an Aboriginal smoke ceremony with Gavi Duncan, and admission is free. For more information, visit www. Press release, 8 Oct 2010 Stuart Slough, Woytopia

The Recovery Office could do so in some circumstances, but these did not include those resulting from construction of the Woy Woy Commuter Car Park extension, according to the report. Nor did provisions for “exceptional or extraordinary circumstances” cover the situation. Councillors had called for the report after a petition with 600 signatures was tabled in Council in June. Figures released by the State Debt Recovery Office showed a 50 per cent increase in the number of parking fines issued in Woy Woy between May last year and April this year. The month of April recorded 180 parking fines alone around the time the commuter car park was closed and commuters forced to park in a reduced number of car parking allocated for the area during construction. The report prepared by council staff stated: “Due to the contract arrangements with SDRO, council has a standard work practice that has been in place for a number of years that if any verbal or written request is received to waive a fine, then the person is directed to contact the SDRO. “If the SDRO receives a written submission that is outside the SDRO Review Guideline, it may write to council to seek council’s view on any exceptional or extraordinary circumstances.” The report listed 20 extenuating and exceptional circumstances

including a broken down vehicle, medical emergency, deceased person, 10-year clear driving record provided the offence did not occur within a school zone or no previous cautions had been given as well as the sale or transfer of vehicle ownership in addition to other circumstances. The report stated that the only provision to allow council to withdraw fines was if council were to receive a request in writing to review the penalty notice for it to be withdrawn if it fell within a number of specific conditions, which did not apply in this case. These conditions included a mistake in identity, the person to whom the penalty notice was issued has an intellectual disability, a mental illness, a cognitive impairment or is homeless, an official caution should have been given instead of a penalty notice, or having regard to the relevant guidelines under section 19A. “In summary, the Act enables the court, SDRO and an agency such as council the opportunity to withdraw a penalty notice if a written submission is received,” the report stated. “Notwithstanding that the Act enables an agency such as council to withdraw a penalty notice upon receipt of a written submission as mentioned above council has entered into a contract with SDRO who handles all of council’s requests for consideration of waiving a penalty notice.” The issue was introduced by Cr Terri Latella at a council meeting in early June where she tabled more than 600 signatures criticising the availability of parking in the area since construction had began in April. Council agenda ENV.57, 5 Oct 2010



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Pets registered at Woy Woy during amnesty Dogs and cats can be registered at Gosford Council’s customer service centre in Woy Woy during an amnesty period until November 30. Pet owners must microchip and register their dogs and cats or face a $165. During the amnesty, the council hopes to encourage local residents to voluntarily register and microchip their pets. Council’s manager of education and compliance Mr John Parkes said pet registration was a twopart process where cats and dogs needed to be microchipped by a vet at three-months-old and be lifetime registered by council at sixmonths-old. From December 1, normal penalties starting from $165 for non-compliance will apply, according to Mr Parkes. Under the Companion Animals Regulation 2008, lifetime registration of cats and dogs costs $40 for a desexed cat or dog, $150 for an undesexed cat or dog, $40 for an undesexed cat or dog owned by a registered breeder and $15 for a desexed cat or dog owned by a eligible pensioner, Mr Parkes said. Press release, 5 Oct 2010 John Parkes, Gosford Council

Council to oppose surf club rent increase Gosford Council will write to the Minister of Lands in an attempt to ensure commercial rent is not charged by his department for Crown land upon which local surf clubs are built. The Killcare surf club could face an immediate increase of $12,000 a year if the State Government’s proposal to charge commercial rent goes ahead. Gosford Council constructed three surf club buildings at Umina, Ocean Beach and Killcare, offering them 20-year leases with a subsidised rent. As Killcare and Umina surf club buildings are on Crown reserves, with council the reserve trust manager, they are allowed to lease the premises subject to the agreement of the Minister for Lands. Umina surf club has a fixed rent agreement until 2017. Council will submit a case to justify its current rent discount for Killcare surf club to the Land and Property Management Authority in an attempt to save the club from paying commercial rent. If its submission is rejected, council will review alternative rent proposals for lease of Crown land to the clubs. Council has now proposed to lease Killcare surf club 15 years from April next year at $3000 per annum. Current market rent has been assessed at $15,000 per annum for Killcare requiring a $12,000 subsidy by council. Council resolved in 2008, to

have the difference between the actual rent and market rent be shown as a donation to Killcare surf club. Council has now resolved to write to the Minister for Lands seeking support for the appropriate level of lease fees for surf clubs on Crown land, given the voluntary status and contribution they make to the community. “In order to satisfy the concerns of the LPMA relating to the rebate of the rent, it is intended to inform the LPMA that council supports the vital community work carried out by various community group members, including surf life saving club members,” according to a council report. “The rent is subsidised by council because charging of market rent may cause the clubs difficulty to meet that commitment and result in reduced services by club members to the community.

“Thus, any reduction in the service provided may need to be substituted for by council paid life guards. “The rent subsidy should be retained for all surf life saving clubs on council land or Crown reserves managed by council. “This shows the general public council’s appreciation for the community work carried out by groups like surf life saving clubs. “The benefit to the community outweighs the subsidy.” However, the Land and Property Management Authority advised council that: “All reserve Trusts should be mindful of ways to ensure the long term sustainability of reserves under their management.” “The draft document does not provide any justification to a rebate of 95 per cent. “As previously advised, currently the Authority’s community rebate

is capped at a maximum of 50 per cent. “Justification for the 95 per cent rebate is requested to allow the lease to be approved. “On the proviso that the issues are addressed, approval will be given for a 15 year lease term.” Meanwhile, deputy mayor Cr Craig Doyle said the situation could best be described as “bureaucracy gone mad”. “Commercial rent for volunteers. This is nuts,” Cr Doyle said. “This proposal needs to be killed off immediately by the Minister of Lands.” Liberal candidate for the state seat of Gosford Cr Chris Holstein said council had shown its full support of local surf clubs when it completed the surf club rejuvenation project. Clare Graham, 5 Oct 2010 Council agenda SF.33, 5 Oct 2010

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Regatta takes in Woy Woy channel Around 10,000 spectators are expected to watch the annual Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival on Sunday, October 24. The festival will feature the Regatta and Putt Putt Challenge with 60 craft taking a course including several areas around the









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Peninsula including St Hubert’s Island, Daley’s Point, Woy Woy channel and Pelican Island. Event coordinator Mr Darren Isaacs said the event was sure to be an enjoyable day out for all the family. “The course provides the opportunity to view those craft participating in the Challenge or the main event when entrants will pass Woy Woy and Lions Park from between about 10.30am and midday.” Mr Isaacs said he had received expressions of interest from putt putt and wooden boat owners as far north as Nambour and Tweed



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Heads and as far south to Narooma as well as Canberra, Bathurst and Mudgee. “Feedback from visitors and participants from last year’s event indicates that the Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival Inc has firmly established itself as one of the premier wooden boat festivals and this year is shaping up as one of the major tourist draw cards on the Central Coast,” Mr Isaacs said. For more information, visit www. or phone 4369 8111. Press release, 5 Oct 2010 John Hancock, Davistown Putt Putt Regatta and Wooden Boat Festival

Water safety checks made The October long weekend saw the official start of the boating season with NSW Maritime carrying out 45 vessel on-water safety checks in the Hawkesbury and Broken Bay area. According to NSW Maritime figures, only one formal warning was given to local boat users from October 2 to 4 and no infringement notices. Marine Rescue Central Coast publicity officer Mr Ron Cole reminded local boat users to check all safety equipment on board before heading out on Brisbane Water this boating season. Mr Cole said it was important for all boat owners to ensure they had all the necessary safety equipment as NSW Maritime Boating Safety Officers would continue to be out in

full force over the coming weeks. NSW Maritime general manager of maritime operations Mr Howard Glenn said officers would specifically target compliance with lifejacket and powerboat driver licence requirements. “Failure to comply with boating safety equipment requirements is serious because it could put lives at risk,” Mr Glenn said. “On-the-spot fines apply for non compliance.” “There will be a focus on the responsibility of the skipper, as well as the need for an appropriate lifejacket to be on hand and accessible for each and every person on board.” Press release, 6 Sep 2010 Howard Glenn, NSW Maritime Press release, 4 Oct 2010 Ron Cole, Marine Rescue Central Coast



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Dunecare workshop held at Patonga Members of the local community have been invited to attend a dunecare workshop at Patonga on Monday, October 18. The event is being held as part of the Community Environment Network’s Investigating and Remediating Coastal Issues in Patonga project and will provide an overview of the diverse dune species at the Patonga Dunecare site including hands-on experience with different restoration and revegetation techniques. “Participants will learn what should and shouldn’t be on the dunes and how they can help in the

restoration efforts,” CEN project officer Ms Jennifer Dwarte said. The workshop will run from 1.30pm to 4pm with afternoon tea provided. Bookings are essential for catering purposes and can be made by calling Marilyn on 4349 4756. This event has been made possible with funding and support from Hawkesbury Nepean Catchment Management Authority and the Australian Government’s Caring For Our Country program. Press release, 27 Sep 2010 Jennifer Dwarte, Community Environment Network

Police seek information Police are seeking information about the assault of a 52-year-old woman who sustained head lacerations and a fractured wrist during a home invasion in Booker Bay on September 27. The woman was injured after a masked man broke into her home and assaulted her with a crow bar at around 8.30pm. The woman was home alone at her residence in Booker Bay Rd when a man wearing a balaclava opened the front door and walked inside the house, according to police. The man, who was armed with a crow bar, struck the woman before

stealing an amount of cash from her purse and fleeing the scene. The woman’s husband returned home to find his wife on the floor bleeding from several deep lacerations to the front and rear of her head. Police canvassed residents of the area and investigations into the assault are continuing. Anyone who was in the area of Booker Bay Rd between 7:30pm and 8:30pm on Monday, September 27, and who saw or heard anything suspicious is urged to contact Gosford Police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Website, 27 Sep 2010 NSW Police Media

One of many traffic incidents to have occured around the Bouddi Peninsula recently

Traffic plan for Bouddi area? The Hardy’s Bay Residents Group is working with Gosford Council to identify traffic risk hotspots and implement an appropriate road management plan, according to group publicity officer Mr Allan Wilson. He said concerns had been expressed over the increased number of traffic incidents on the Bouddi Peninsula. “The marked increase in traffic flow, particularly in holiday periods, is providing a serious problem in this area due mainly to the general narrowness of the roads and a lack of turning opportunities.” Mr Wilson said the latest traffic incident occurred over the recent October long weekend when increased traffic was seen in the area. “When a small car almost overturned on a shoulder of the road and was precariously balanced

Rainfall still down September finished with a rainfall of 61.5mm, just over 10 per cent below the monthly average of 69.1mm, according to figures supplied by Mr Jim Morrison of Woy Woy. However, October has started with more than half its monthly average in the first week of the month.

A total of 40.5mm had fallen in the first seven days compared to an average of 77.6mm for October. Rainfall for the year was well below average at the end of September with only 831.7mm having fallen, down about 15 per cent compared to the average of 974.4mm. Temperatures in September ranged from a minimum of 8.0 degrees on September 17 to a

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maximum of 30.2 on September 27, according to figures from www. Average minimum was 11.8 and average maximum was 22.3. Atmospheric pressure ranged from 1003 to 1028 hPa. The highest wind gust recorded was 30.2 km/h on September 5. In the first week of October, the lowest minimum was 14.1 degrees and highest maximum was 23.5. Spreadsheet, 8 Oct 2010 Jim Morrison, Woy Woy

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Remove ads from buses Busways is a company contacted to NSW Government to provide a subsidised bus service to the community as an essential part of the public transport system. Busways has sold advertising space on buses to gain an extra stream of revenue. The placement of commercial advertising degrades the appearance of the buses. It is an insult to the dignity of passengers and reduces enjoyment of bus travel. The advertising is visual pollution of the environment exploiting members of the public as a captive audience in public streets.

Forum The duties of bus drivers should be restricted to providing safe and efficient transport of passengers. They should not be conscripted by stealth into the service of the advertising industry to drive billboards on wheels around the town. Resentment of this graffiti on buses might expose drivers to hostility they don’t deserve. Common decency and respect for the rights of passengers and the public interest demands the removal of commercial advertising from buses. Letter, 6 Sep 2010 John Collins, Woy Woy

Small trains for big day Cityrail have done it again. I was one of the supporters who went to Sydney for the grand final and, encouraged by the price of train travel, took the train from Woy Woy to Strathfield. To my amazement, CityRail had allocated the 11.58am a four-car set. That’s right: a four-car set on grand final day in school holidays. It was that packed with footy fans and school holidayers you

Forum couldn’t even walk down the aisle to get to the toilet. And it was no different on the way home. We got the train about 9.30pm from Strathfield to be greeted with another packed four-car set that stopped at all stations. Can you believe it? Our trains to the Central Coast

now provide the all stations service between Hornsby and Gosford. Are they complete imbeciles? The Local Member does absolutely nothing about it. I bet she doesn’t get the train every day. Bring on the State election. The sooner we are a swingingindependent seat the better, I say. Online submission, 5 Oct 2010 Mark Smith, Umina

Engineering marvel needed Ed James is to be congratulated on keeping your readers well informed on the many problems affecting the local population on the Peninsula. One issue is the ever present threat of rockfall on the Umina and Pearl Beach point. With regard to rock access to Pearl Beach from Umina, and the subsequent and questionable

Forum recent work undertaken by council, which may, or may not, fix further rock falls, but certainly does nothing to solve the access problems for the residents of Pearl Beach. Engineers can do anything and it has already been done by the Lake Macquarie Council in a very similar situation with a really remarkable

and successful structure, a coastal walk, now pulling the tourists by the busloads. It would be good indeed if the appropriate Gosford council officers could take time to investigate how a similar walkway could be used at Umina Point and also a wharf for a fast ferry and room for car parking and a bus terminal. Letter, 23 Sep 2010 Zoe Russell, Umina

Roof spaces waiting for solar It is exciting to see that Peninsula Law is making such a positive effort towards sustainability. They are certainly setting the bar very high. It’s interesting too that they were able to make a deal with the electricity provider so that they will

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Forum have paid for their solar panels within five years. It would be wonderful if more businesses on the Peninsula could do likewise. There are plenty of large roof spaces just waiting to be used for generation of solar electricity. At a time when we are warned that electricity costs are to keep on rising, it’s amazing that all business people are not trying to cut their costs simply by generating their own power.

A simple way to save power would of course be to follow the example of the Japanese Government which legislated a few years ago that all air conditioning in businesses and office blocks should be re-adjusted, so that people could dress according to the weather instead of having to wear a cardigan inside in summer and summer clothes in winter. This is a chance for the Peninsula to show leadership to the entire shire. Email, 24 Sep 2010 Margaret Lund, Woy Woy Bay

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Premier Keneally, are you and your motley crew ready to be judged on your work product now?

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Is Premier Keneally told to keep her eyes shut when faced with the bleeding obvious? I was the person with my nose pressed against the window while you addressed the Labor Party faithful at Ourimbah after the very ordinary community cabinet meeting on October 30. Your government should be ashamed to have removed the very important public forum where your constituents could be heard to ask the extremely difficult questions and sometimes hear them answered. I know from firsthand experience that your work product as Premier is crap Kristine. After ten years, I am comfortable identifying your Labor Government as an aggregation of gutless time servers unwilling to take action on my years of published allegations. I believe they fear the consequences of exposing members of the Labor Party to adverse consideration by the voting public in the court of public opinion. The Office of Premier and Cabinet is long overdue to consider the failings of successive Ministers of the Planning Ministry, including yourself, Premier Keneally. Under your watch, we found out about enormous land bribes, not money as such, but certainly able to be identified as bribes by the Land and Environment Court. That sort of bad political behaviour on your part as planning Minister, is in step with the way the Minister for Local Government, currently Barbara Perry, conducts herself on behalf of her NSW constituents. She in fact told the General Manager of Canterbury City Council she did not want to be written in on the findings of the Deputy State Ombudsman when the matter of Magda Mallone v Canterbury City Council was to be concluded. Council was found to be malfeasant in its

management of Council matters in respect of Magda Malone’s battle with the owners of a block of flats built in the base of a quarry, issues which I understand have been brought to the attention of members of the Office of Premier and Cabinet. Premier Keneally, is it naive of me to believe that our elected representatives, people like you Premier, would exercise your influence in the best interest of your constituents? Reliance on plausible deniability as a political tool is offensive to honest people, when it is used to disenfranchise constituents if they attempt to exercise their political rights to be represented by honest politicians. There is no doubt Premier Keneally, Peninsula News readers, which include members of the two parties not much preferred and thousands of other political allsorts, are reading my advertisements and looking at my photo journalism. I may be ageing and my father has died waiting on his elected representatives to allow him the protection which he fought for. We are all of us entitled to that protection which flows from the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1901. My often repeated published allegations identifying Gosford Council as corrupt have never been publicly challenged or even debated by your government or the corrupt Gosford City Council itself for that matter. Members of the two parties not much preferred are clearly comfortable working in a corrupt environment and with politicians publicly identified by me as liars. Gosford City Council mislead the Coroner when they allowed him to understand they

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(council) had no knowledge or experience in the use of application of concrete to protect the structural integrity of corrugated steel culvert pipes. It is long overdue Premier Keneally for you to open your eyes and ears to my years of published allegations and for your party members to start asking how is it possible for anyone, let alone Mr James, to be making and publishing allegations of systemic corruption and cover-up for almost a decade and no one has been called to make a public accounting of their actions and inactions. My readers understand that I explained to our first law officer, John Hatzistergos back in September and I now explain the same to you, since you asked to be judged. I have identified what I can prove to be systemic corruption because I understand there is no statute of limitations on the legal pursuit of corruption allegations in another place. But I identify the substance of my allegations collectively as political sins against the peoples. While Ministers like you Premier may exercise the prerogative to do bugger all, I can only continue to challenge the credibility of all politicians who insist on accommodating systemic corruption by doing nothing when their constituents come to them with legitimate conserns. This is an independent, non partisan statement made by me in the interest of informing the public

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Mary Macs shows community spirit Local charity Mary Macs Place is testament to the goodwill of the Peninsula community, to its generous spirit and high level of participation, according to new project coordinator Ms Christine Burge.

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“Since I have commenced my time with the service I have been impressed by how much Mary Mac’s Place is regarded as a vital part of the Peninsula community,” Ms Burge said. She said the service would not be possible without the support of volunteers, businesses and residents who help out in various ways “Recently wonderful donations have been received from a variety of local organisations such as the residents of Deepwater Court, the students of St Patricks College, Ettalong Baptist Church, Hope Church, Woy Woy Country Women’s Association, Rotary Club of Umina, IGA Ettalong and Woy Woy Lions.

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A Umina father has organised a charity fundraising dinner for the Care Flight Rescue Helicopter after his threeyear-old son was assisted by the air medical service team earlier this year. Mr Andrew Moss said he believes his son Reuben would not be alive today if it wasn’t for Care Flight’s swift response and treatment. “On June 12, this year, a threeyear-old boy was hit by a car on West St, Umina Beach, and that boy was my son, Reuben,” Mr Moss said. “That accident has impacted on not only my life, but many other

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“Mary Mac’s Place volunteers prepare and serve over 1800 nutritious, hot meals each month to homeless and disadvantaged men, women and children in a warm and welcoming environment,” Ms Burge said. “The volunteers at Mary Mac’s Place also provide information and referrals to other community services. “Many more individuals and families are finding it difficult to make ends meet each week and the need for the service provided by Mary Mac’s Place increases each week. “For many people in our community Mary Mac’s Place provides a welcoming respite from the problems they experience in their lives.” If you would like to support Mary Mac’s Place, contact Christine Burge on 4341 0584 or 0417 671 973.

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road to recovery would have been a lot longer.” To raise awareness and vital financial support for Care Flight, Mr Moss has organised a gala charity dinner with the help of his local church Good News Church. The event will be held on Saturday, November 13, at Ocean Beach Surf Club from 7pm. Special guest speaker on the night will be Peter Irvine, cofounder of Gloria Jeans’ Coffee. Guests will enjoy a sit-down two course meal and live entertainment from a big brass band while having the chance to bid for various items at an auction. Tickets are $52, which includes a $20 donation to Care Flight, and can only be ordered online from the Care Flight website at www. Press release, 30 Sep 2010 Ian Badham, Care Flight

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Hospital will be in Central Coast network Woy Woy Hospital will fall under the Central Coast Local Health Network, one of 17 new health regions announced recently by the State Government. The new Network is expected to operate from January 1 and will include Gosford and Wyong hospitals as well as Long Jetty Health Care Facility. Under the plan, the Central Coast will no longer be included as part of Northern Sydney’s health service. The new networks will replace the eight current Area Health Services and will have their own budgets, management and

accountabilities within their local areas. They will be administered by a chief executive and governing council that includes local clinicians, health and health care management experts and community representatives. Shadow Minister for the Central Coast Mr Chris Hartcher has welcomed the change. He said the current Area Health system was “a disaster”, with Labor MPs defending it for years. “I’m just happy they’ve seen the error of their ways.” However, he feared Labor would try and fill the new Central Coast health board with Labor members and affiliates.

When the Central Coast health board last existed in 2004, a third of its members were Labor friends, affiliates and members, he said. “It’s an old Labor tradition to fill boards, committees and advisory councils with ex-Labor politicians, senior Labor staff and factional allies you want to keep quiet. “After 16 years of Labor neglect, Central Coast health services need revitalisation and repair. “We cannot afford to have that process wrecked by meddling Labor MPs.” Press release, 29 Sep 2010 Kristina Keneally, NSW Premier Press release, 1 Oct 2010 Chris Hartcher, Member for Terrigal

Health group runs second course Not-for-profit community group Health Connections will run its second course to help people improve their health and wellbeing. Getting Clear is an eight-week course that will be held at St Andrew’s Anglican Church Hall in Umina from October 21. “Much disease and disability can be prevented and reversed as they are caused by our Western diet and lifestyle – for example, obesity, heart disease and diabetes,” course presenter Ms Shirley Hotchkiss said. “In non-Western cultures that follow a traditional diet and lifestyle, these diseases are rare, and people live long, healthy and productive lives. “But our typical medical approach of treating symptoms with drugs stops us using our natural healing abilities. “Also, we stop using our commonsense as these profitbased industries encourage us to give up responsibility for our health. “They promote the idea that disability and disease are inevitable, a normal part of growing older. “People often don’t know they can make changes to improve their health.

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“For example, a plant-based diet clears blocked arteries and reverses diabetes. “In Getting Clear, people will learn skills to reduce stress, clarify thinking, heal emotions, support others unconditionally and take charge of their lives. “In this way, they discover a range of health options to explore. “People can have fun and grow, in a positive, supportive environment.” The eight-week course will run on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm

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Peninsula New Invaluable contribution

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Congratulations on the 250th edition of Peninsula News. Thank you for publishing local news specifically targeted to Peninsula residents. In addition to providing local news, the Peninsula News also informs the community of upcoming events for the benefit of our local community groups and residents alike. The growing directory, classifieds and sports sections make an invaluable contribution to strengthening the community spirit and goodwill on the Peninsula. I am aware of the fact that the staff and management of the paper are supportive of young people who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and I commend them for that commitment. Email, Marie Andrews, Member for Gosford

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This publication has become a vi on local and regional news and even issues, community events, local busin opinion. We live in a time when publications held accountable for accurate reportin fair go for all. The Peninsula News has exceede become a favourite publication for bot community. Congratulations Peninsula News, community service and doing a great j

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ews ws turns 250! Congratulations from Pearl Beach

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The Pearl Beach Progress Association has congratulated Peninsula News on reaching its 250th edition.

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“Congratulations on achieving such a milestone in a competitive market,” Association president Mr David Denton said. “Peninsula News has provided the Pearl Beach community with regular local new items and information on Peninsula and Central Coast activities, as well as informing its readers of activities and fundraising events being held in Pearl Beach and for this we thank you.” Association spokesperson Ms Lynne Lillico said the local newspaper had always provided a great source of news and information for the Peninsula while supporting the Pearl Beach community with promoting its various news and activities. “Pearl Beach promises to continue presenting unique and interesting fundraising events and we look forward to the support of Peninsula News.” “We have maintained a warm and friendly relationship with Peninsula News which we hope will continue,” Ms Lillico said. Press release, 6 Oct 2010 Lynne Lillico, Pearl Beach Progress Association

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Reliable and well-read May I add my congratulations to Peninsula News on the occasion of its 250th edition. As Federal Member from 1996 until 2007, I welcomed the creation of the Peninsula News in 1999. The Peninsula area is such an important part of the Central Coast, with unique opportunities and challenges, and it was important to have a reliable and well-read local publication which focused directly on issues of importance to the residents of the Peninsula area. I could always rely on the Peninsula News to print stories that were of interest and importance to the region and often their articles would generate significant community debate, which provided important feedback I wish the Peninsula News every continuing success in the future and I’m sure that as a community we will be able to watch this important local newspaper continue to grow for many many years to come. Letter, 8 Oct 2010 Jim Lloyd, Member for Robertson (1996 to 2007)

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Providing comprehensive coverage of the Peninsula When the first issue of Peninsula News was published in April 1999, it was the first newspaper exclusively covering the Peninsula for more than 25 years. At the time, it was clear as we stated in our first edition, that “momentous things are happening on the Peninsula, all of which will have significant effects on our lives”. Some had already received publicity: The planned redevelopment of the Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club, the fast ferry proposal and the new cinema at Ettalong, and plans by Gosford Council to spend $8 million on a new community centre and theatre, a new youth club, redevelopment of the pool and streetscaping.. However, we felt that without our own newspaper, the Peninsula would not be fully informed. There was certainly enough to report. We started out with plans to

be a 12-page monthly paper. By the start of 2001, the newspaper had grown to the point where we could justify publishing fortnightly. By 2004, Peninsula News was published regularly with full colour pictures. Over the years, we reported on many developments on the Peninsula. They included major retail building projects such as The Pavilion and the extension of Deepwater Plaza at Woy Woy, the Ettalong Hotel redevelopment, the Patonga Tavern and the recent Woolworths supermarket at Umina. They have included projects at public facilities such as the dental clinic at Woy Woy hospital, new classrooms and facilities at Brisbane Water Secondary College, the railway station upgrade and the replacement of Housing Department houses with duplex villas. There have been projects that have faced obstacles that have

meant they have not proceeded or that they have dragged on over a number of years. The Fast Ferry, the Ettalong Foreshore plan, the redevelopment of the Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club, and a proposed retirement village at Veron Rd, Woy Woy, are among them. Gosford Council was not immune, as projects such as the redevelopment of the Woy Woy pool grew from a project of less than $2 million to one that was ultimately more than $20 million. Peninsula News has followed changes to the character of the area, the appearance of speed cameras and of traffic lights. It has covered infrastructure issues: the collapse of the road at Bulls Hill; designs to address drainage through absorption pits as well as conventional means; of water quality and supply ith mains cleaning and groundwater extraction; as well as waste disposal as the limited life of the tip became evident.

Our policy has always been to keep our focus on activities occurring on the Peninsula, providing unrivalled comprehensive coverage. Even during the newspaper war of 2002 and 2003 when the regional newspapers were published daily and even metropolitan papers had daily Central Coast inserts, Peninsula News was able to publish more news items about the Peninsula than all the other media combined. When we started in 1999, we said: “The Peninsula News aims to inform the community of these vital developments, to provide a forum for discussion and to engender pride and involvement in our community.” We have fulfilled these aims for more than 11 years and are committed to continue to do so. 8 Oct 2010 Mark Snell, Editor

Newspaper is owned by a community group Peninsula News is unusual in that it is owned by a voluntary non-profit community group, the Woy Woy Community Media Association Inc, and is run in conjunction with a commercial publisher, Ducks Crossing Publications. Essentially, the association takes responsibility for the news content of the paper, while the publisher runs the commercial operation and produces the newspaper.

The association welcomes community involvement, both through voluntary participation in contributing to the news content of the paper, and through involvement in association activities, such as serving on the committee. The newspaper was founded to give the community a voice and to serve its interests. It was started at a time when coverage of the Peninsula in other media was often negative, based on police and court reports, and

when communicating with other sections of the local community was difficult. The association was formed to ensure the newspaper was inclusive, helped develop a sense of community and promoted participation and pride in community achievements, at the same time as providing information and the opportunity for residents to have a voice in their community. As well as appointing the newspaper’s voluntary editor,

the association maintains the associated website which contains an archive of items which have appeared in the newspaper. Anyone interested in contributing to Peninsula News in a voluntary capacity or becoming involved in the association’s activities and its meetings is encouraged to inquire through the newspaper office on 4325 7369. 8 Oct 2010 Mark Snell, Editor

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Latino playgroup grows steadily The Latino Playgroup held at Beachside Family Centre has been beneficial for local Spanish-speaking families and is steadily growing, according to coordinator Ms Susana Mostraj.

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Guests included Gosford mayor Cr Chris Holstein, Member for Terrigal Chris Hartcher, Cr Terri Latella and Community Services NSW representative Ms Shauna Walliker. A welcome by president of the Pretty Beach Preschool Volunteer Management Committee Mr Angus Kell was followed by the Welcome to Country ceremony led by Aunty Barbara Grew of the Mingaletta Aboriginal Corporation. Cr Holstein was joined by former president of the preschool committee Mr Hans Egger, preschool director Ms Kim Chippindale and architect Mr Milos Obradovic in giving speeches on the day. “The sun shone on the celebrations and the delighted smiles on the faces of children really told the story,” preschool committee member Ms Helen Tinson said. “The day kicked off with Naomi

Jones, a former Walsingham preschool student, and Elissa Koppen, both students from the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music, playing for the crowd of around 200 people that had gathered for the official proceedings. “Special presentations of Wollemi pines were made to several individuals who had played a key role in the project. “The crowd of past and present preschoolers, their families, staff and committee members were then invited to look through the preschool building and grounds and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment.” Members of the Hardy’s Bay Residents Group welcomed the new facility. Group publicity officer Mr Allan Wilson said: “After the numerous tireless hours of work from staff, volunteer management committees and community members, the preschool realised its dream when, in May 2010, it commenced operations in a new, purpose-built preschool building.” Press release, 24 Sep 2010 Helen Burchell, Pretty Beach Community Preschool Press release, 5 Oct 2010 Allan Wilson, Hardy’s Bay Residents Group

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After almost two decades, the Bouddi Peninsula community saw more than 200 residents and community stakeholders attend the official opening of Pretty Beach Preschool on September 19.

“Since we started in January this year, our playgroup has worked well,” Ms Mostraj said. “We have a core group of adults and children who enjoy it very much, and who have benefited in many ways. “Spanish-speaking parents and carers have been able to share language, culture and customs through stories, songs and games, as well as during unstructured play with the children. “We encourage any Latino families with children up to six years of age to join us for the last term this year.” The Latino Playgroup meets from 9.30am to 11am every Monday during school terms at the Beachside Family Centre in Sydney Ave, Umina, in the grounds of Umina Public School. Contact Debbie Notara of Beachside Family Centre with any enquiries on 4343 1929. Press release, 4 Oct 2010 Debbie Notara, Beachside Family Centre

Medal winners at this year’s Commonwealth Games themed Woy Woy Public School junior athletics carnival

Games theme for athletics The Commonwealth Games was this year’s theme for Woy Woy Public School’s junior athletics carnival at the end of term three. The theme saw students from the school dress up and represent a different Commonwealth country

while the day was officially opened by “the Queen”, according to school principal Ms Ona Buckley. “It was a glorious sunny day with parents, staff and students enjoying a picnic lunch.” Newsletter, 20 Sep 2010 Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School

New classrooms opened soon New classrooms at Woy Woy Public School are expected to be opened early next term, according to school principal Ms Ona Buckley. Ms Buckley said the spacious and modern classrooms were originally expected to have been finished by the end of term three however minor delays had been experienced.

“We thought that they would be ready and we could have moved into them at the end of this term,” Ms Buckley said. “However it will take a little longer to finish off details and I will be doing the hand over inspection during the holidays. “Moving is set to take place on October 12, with much help from the building team themselves.”

Ms Buckley said six classes will move into the new classrooms once they have been completed. “They will be the first classes to experience these wonderful new learning environments,” Mc Buckley said. “The two classroom special education unit will be ready too.” Newsletter, 14 Sep 2010 Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School

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Out and About Talk about quilts Killcare author and historian Dr Annette Gero will be guest speaker at The Bouddi Society’s next Afternoon by the Bay event later this month.

Art day at Village Residents of Peninsula Village held a special art and craft show on October 1. Leisure and lifestyle manager at Peninsula Village Ms Paula Newman said the event was a way for residents to show off their wonderful skills and abilities while being rewarded in the process. Ms Newman said residents were awarded ribbons for first, second and third place in painting, jewellery, embroidery, wood/paper,

handcraft and photography “It was a fun day for all and the event raised $1257 for the residents of Peninsula Village,” Ms Newman said. “The winners in each category were Elizabeth Fletcher for painting, Ruth Edwards for jewellery, Ron Dive for embroidery, Charles Pearce for wood/paper, Margaret Hiscox for handcraft and Lucy Roy for photograph.” Press release, 5 Oct 2010 Paula Newman, Peninsula Village

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As one of Australia’s leading quilt historians, Dr Gero will make a presentation on Australia’s quilt heritage and social history at the Wagstaffe Hall from 2.30pm on Saturday, October 23. Author of the recently published book The Fabric of Society, Australia’s Quilt Heritage from Convict Times to 1960, Dr Gero has lectured in the USA, Canada, France, Germany, England, Australia and New Zealand.

In 1986, she was elected a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts in London in recognition of her work on Australian quilt history. Dr Gero said her talk for the Bouddi Society would trace Australia’s rich and diverse heritage in patchwork quilts, reflecting not only the quilts found in this country but also the social history of countless ordinary people; histories which otherwise would never have been written, each story includes the making of a quilt, rich in memories embedded in its cloth. “Quilts were made by convict women, by Governors’ wives, Gold Rush immigrants, wealthy shop owners, WWI and WWII

Bouddi Society launches book The Bouddi Society will launch its book The Bouddi Peninsula: A Very Special Place just before Christmas. The Society embarked on the project In 2007, capturing stories and images of people and places that are part of the history of the Bouddi Peninsula. They include the Bouddi National Park and the suburbs of Killcare Heights, Killcare, Hardy’s Bay, Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe. The project was launched at a special History-Making Day at Wagstaffe Hall when local residents contributed more than 200 photographs, a collection that rose during the next two years to 2000. A team of more than 50 volunteer contributors and editors produced more than 100 stories and biographies of people and life on the Peninsula, culminating in the production of a DVD-CD entitled The Bouddi Peninsula: Voices and Images from a Colourful Past that

was released earlier this year. The book is designed to take readers through the evolution of the Bouddi Peninsula and its marvellous National Park to what it is today, featuring the people, places, scenery and events that have shaped the area over the years. Present day photographs have been added to the historical collection, many of them drawn from the remarkable photo library created by Killcare Heights resident Mr Manfred Gottschalk. The 192-page publication includes 380 photographs and illustrations and will be available for $69 or $56 for Bouddi Society members. A special pre-publication price of $50 is offered for orders placed before November 15. To pre-purchase your copy of the book, contact Dianne Lewis for more information on 4360 1276 or visit Newsletter, 6 Oct 2010 The Bouddi Society

diggers, people who lived during the Depression, rabbit trappers, and by mothers who made all their children’s clothes and never threw anything away,” Dr Gero said. Dr Gero is recognised for her quilt collection and will display examples of quilts displayed in her book The Fabric of Society, with signed copies available for sale after the talk. Participants are also encouraged to bring along their own old quilt or wagga rug to the talk. The cost of the afternoon is $15 for non-members, $12 for Bouddi Society members and $5 for children (refreshments included). Website, 6 Oct 2010 The Bouddi Society

Artists were finalists Several artists from the Bouddi Peninsula were selected as finalists in the Gosford Gallery Art Prize recently. Mr Piers Jones of Killcare was chosen as a finalist for his sculpture work while fellow Killcare artists Ms Jean Scott, Ms Denise Hoffman, Ms Gabrielle Richter and Ms Lisa Haymes were selected for photography. Ms Jennifer Mangold Weine of Wagstaffe was also chosen as an art prize finalist for her photography work. The Gosford Gallery Art Prize is an annual competition open to all residents of NSW with the standard of competition very high. More than 500 artists entered and were competing for $18,000 in prize money. The Gosford Art Prize exhibition at Gosford Regional Gallery runs until November 21, with artist talks every Saturday at 2pm. Clare Graham, 6 Oct 2010


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Out and About Vocal workshop for songwriters ASC Songwriters Assist will host a vocal workshop for songwriters at the Peninsula Community Centre next month. The evening will be led by guest speaker and singer Ms Doreen Van Bree from 7.30pm on Thursday, November 11. ASC Songwriters Assist president Ms Lisa Butler said the event would be a great opportunity for anyone thinking about or with a passion for song writing to help them get started. “What does singing have to do with the art of song writing,” Ms Butler said. “Whether you are performing or non-performing songwriter, you need to understand the vocal mechanism and how it works. “Knowing how the vocal instrument is used to its best

advantage can help you create exciting and singable vocal melodies and optimal placement of certain vowel-sound woeds in your songs.” The vocal workshop will run for around one hour followed by supper and a question and answer time with Ms Van Bree and Ms Butler about the voice and the process of creating melodies and lyrics that help the singer and the song “shine”. The workshop costs $8 for ASCSA members and $15 for nonmembers, and includes supper. Ms Van Bree has had a successful musical career appearing on Brian Henderson’s Bandstand several times in the 1960s and performing at clubs around NSW.

Tunisian crafts at Killcare The Bouddi Gallery in Killcare will display some of the handmade pieces discovered on a trip to Africa by Central Coast art collector Mr Mourad Nafti. The Tunisian national recently returned to his homeland, a small coastal country situated on the Mediterranean coast midway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Nile Valley. While there, Mr Nafti met the artisans who produce traditional crafts. “The Bouddi Gallery in Killcare has some fine pieces from this trip such as hammam towels, handpainted ceramics, pouffes and woven furniture,” Mr Nafti said. “All items are handmade and reflect the diverse cultural background of Tunisia. “We are attentive to the long term development and preservation of the traditional arts of Tunisia. “In supporting the Tunisian

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artisans by buying from them directly, they receive their rightful payment directly from us. “If there is no market for the products, the artists must find other employment and cease their craft.

“We encourage the preservation of the traditional skills by finding new markets for the products.” Press release, 8 Oct 2010 Jane Tryon, The Bouddi Gallery

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Golden Oldies meet again A group of 30 “Golden Oldies” will meet for their annual get-together at Ettalong Bowling Club on Wednesday, November 10. The group of Peninsula women who attended local schools before 1960 or worked locally are also inviting other members of the public to reminisce their pre-1960s days, according to event organiser Ms Marjory Cleere. “As our numbers are around 30, suggestions have been made to include men so why not come on down and remember the good old days. “You can enjoy a nice lunch with everyone, share stories of the past and look back on old photos and information.”


“To assist is in fine-tuning the day, please register your intention to attend by calling me on 4344 7442 or Pam Tyrell on 4344 4192. “If you are unable to attend, phone anyway to be remembered

to those who are attending.” The reunion lunch will begin from 11am at the club located on Springwood Ave, Ettalong. Press release, 5 Oct 2010 Marjory Cleere, Golden Oldies

Special market day Umina Uniting Church will host a special market day to celebrate the season of spring. Organiser Ms Mary Stewart said the market day would have something for everyone including stalls selling cakes, jams, crafts, plants, second hand books, cards, trash and treasure, hot scones,

jewellery, paintings and other food and refreshments. The event will be held on Saturday, October 16, from 8am to 12.30pm at the Umina Uniting Church on Ocean Beach Rd, Umina. Press release, 14 Sep 2010 Mary Stewart, Umina Uniting Church

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Out and About Spider’s Web at Little Theatre Agatha Christie’s Spider’s Web will be performed at the Peninsula Theatre from October 29 until November 14 and will be the final play of the year for Woy Woy Little Theatre. Woy Woy Little Theatre publicity officer Ms Patrice Horne said the prolific English “queen of crime” Dame Agatha Christie enjoyed a successful career that spanned over 50 years with her works now sold in the billions. “Spider’s Web centres on Clarissa, an engaging young woman married to a diplomat in the foreign office,” Ms Horne said. “As a new-found step mother and away from London, Clarissa adjusts to her situation well, while confessing to spicing up her life with the odd tall tale and playing an ongoing game of, ‘supposing’, such as, ‘supposing I wake up one morning to find a dead body in the library’.

“What happens when Clarissa’s supposing becomes fact and consequently she is torn between working with the truth or using her superlative story-telling skills to keep everyone out of trouble?” Woy Woy Little Theatre productions are now online with Laycock St Theatre booking system and tickets are on sale now via the Laycock St Theatre box office and website at www. “Patrons can also book at the Peninsula Theatre directly from October 18 between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday, or can click on the link on our website www. to be directed to for online ticketing.” Ticket prices are $23 for adults, $20 for concessions and $6 for children aged 15 and under. Press release, 27 Sep 2010 Patrice Horne, Woy Woy Little Theatre The cast of Woy Woy Little Theatre’s Spider’s Web

Audition for farce Woy Woy Little Theatre will hold two audition dates next month for Steve Martin’s The Underpants due to be performed early next year. Written by Carl Sternheim in

1910 and adapted by comedian and actor Steve Martin, this is a farce that is full of laughs, according to Woy Woy Little Theatre’s publicity officer Ms Patrice Horne. “The story focuses on Theobald Maske who has an unusual

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problem: his wife’s underpants won’t stay on,” Ms Horne said. “One Sunday morning they fall to her ankles right in the middle of town. “Mortified, Theo swears to keep her at home until she can find some less unruly undies. “Meanwhile, he’s trying to rent a room in their flat. “The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own.” Auditions will be held at the Peninsula Theatre on November 2 and 4 from 7.30pm. Director Mr John Hickey requires five men and two women aged from around 25 to 80 to fill various roles. Audition material can be obtained from the Peninsula Theatre during box office hours from October 18, or by calling 4341 2931 for further information. The play will be performed at the Peninsula Theatre across various dates in February next year.

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Stall volunteers wanted Pink Ribbon Day volunteers are needed to help on the Cancer Council’s breast cancer awareness stall at Deepwater Plaza at the end

of the month. Volunteers are needed between 9am and 4.30pm on Thursday, October 21, to help sell Pink Ribbon Day merchandise with

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11 October Peninsula News edition 250 is distributed Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre’s term four classes begin School term 4 commences 16 October Umina Uniting Church Spring Market Day, Umina Uniting Church, 8am to 12.30pm Junior Soccer Competition starts, Peninsula Leisure Centre, Saturday mornings Wheeze and Suck band, Randalls on the Beach, Killcare, 6.30pm 17 October That’s That live performance, Randall’s on the Beach, Killcare, Free Season 2010/2011 Registration Day, Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club, 10am-12 noon 18 October Patonga Dunecare Workshop, Patonga, 1.30pm – 4pm, Free 20 October Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Funerals seminar, Peninsula Women’s Health Centre, Woy Woy, 10am – 12noon, Free 21 October Health Connections’ Getting Clear eight-week course begins, St Andrews

Anglican Church Hall, Umina, 6.30pm – 8.30pm Pink Ribbon Day stall, Deepwater Plaza, Woy Woy, 9am – 4.30pm The Usual Suspects live performance, Randall’s on the Beach, Killcare, 7.30pm Free

23 October The Fabric of Society author presentation, Wagstaffe Hall, Wagstaffe, 2pm 24 October Blues Angels live performance, Randall’s on the Beach, Killcare, 12.30pm Free Season 2010/2011 Registration Day, Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club, 10am-12 noon Davistown Putt Putt Regatta, Brisbane Water, from 8.30am 25 October Next edition of Peninsula News published Pink Ribbon Day Disease Proof Your Life movie screening of Making A Killing, Cinema Paradiso, Ettalong, 7pm 29 October Woy Woy Little Theatre’s performance of Spider’s Web by Agatha Christie begins and runs until November 14, Peninsula Theatre

30 October Jewellery-making workshop, Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre, 10am 31 October Woytopia sustainable living festival, Woy Woy South Public School, 10am – 4pm, Free That’s That live performance, Randall’s on the Beach, Killcare, Free Car Boot Sale, Rogers Park, Woy Woy, 9am – 1pm, Free 2 November Woy Woy Little Theatre auditions for The Underpants, Peninsula Theatre, Woy Woy, 7.30pm 3 November Triple P Positive Parenting Program begins, Beachside Family Centre, Umina, 10am – 12noon, Free 4 November Woy Woy Little Theatre auditions for The Underpants, Peninsula Theatre, Woy Woy, 7.30pm 6 November Salvation Army Fete and Harvest Festival, 9 Sydney Ave, Umina, 10am – 3pm, Free 10 November Golden Oldies pre-1960s reunion, Ettalong Bowling Club, 11am

If you’ve got something happening on the Peninsula 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.

Charity Barometer 2010/2011

The Peninsula community is renowned for its generosity. Time and time again, you’ll read articles in this paper about funds raised for charity, but nobody knows how large a sum this is every year. The Charity Barometer is an attempt by us to publicly record the extent of the Peninsula’s generosity over the current financial year and to see what the grand total will be, come this time next year. If you’re part of an organisation that has raised and donated funds to charity, please let us know. Contact details are on page 2. $10,172

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Ettalong Public School P&C $10,172 for Ettalong Public School Peninsula Village $1257 from its annual art and craft show Pearl Beach Progress Association $4000 for Umina PCYC Pearl Beach Progress Association $9800 for Central Coast Lifeline and the Pearl Beach hall fund Mingaletta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation raised $7000 from its last month’s fundraising activities to purchase new items Rotary Club of Umina Beach $4300 for Religious Education Ministries at Brisbane Water Secondary College Ettalong Beach Club $1000 for Blackwall Guides Support Group NRMA Insurance $7950 for Umina PCYC Football Federation of Australia and NAB $3000 for Umina United Football Club Woy Woy P&C $600 for Woy Woy Public School library Ettalong Beach P&C $2164 for Ettalong Beach Public School School Fun Run $1304 for Wallaby St Weenies Preschool Umina Junior Cricket Club and Woy Woy Junior Rugby Union $2600 for McGrath Foundation Pretty Beach P&C $700 for Pretty Beach Public School Peninsula Village $400 for Lifeline Australia Ettalong 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre $400 for Arthritis NSW Ettalong Public School P&C $1588 for Ettalong Public School Empire Bay Public School $7000 for MS Read-athon Woy Woy McDonald’s $6900 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Council holds bike week ride Gosford Council hosted an information workshop and bike ride in Woy Woy as part of NSW Bike Week celebrations from September 18 to 26. The activities planned for the area gave local cycling enthusiasts the opportunity to “get into the spirit” and learn about how to get involved in cycling. Council held the information

workshop at Deepwater Plaza, Woy Woy, which included bike maintenance demonstrations, bike set-up tips, product advice from retailers and information on local cycleways. Council also hosted a Park to Park Ride on September 26 from Gosford Sailing Club to Fishermans Wharf at Woy Woy. Press release, 6 Sep 2010 Stephen Glen, Gosford Council

Umina wins surf carnival Umina Surf Lifesaving Club has won the Forster Weekend of Surf carnival for the second consecutive year.

New adventures for Sea Scouts First Woy Woy Sea Scouts are getting out on new adventures as part of Scout Australia’s new slogan “Be prepared for new adventure”. Scout leader Mr Damien Stables said members were enjoying Cuboree and Jamboree events as well as water activities, construction, camping, and the new experiences they are having locally. Mr Stables said: “I see the major driver behind Scouts being to help the kids develop skills that help them cope in the real world. “As part of this, we teach them to take risks and learn how to make good decisions in a controlled and safe environment. “We also at times put the youth members outside their comfort zone (whether it’s doing an activity they are nervous about or just staying away from home) and help them learn how to cope in that type

of situation.” Mr Stables said 15 cubs and five cub leaders recently attended the region Cuboree at Mt Penang. “There were a lot of different activities for the youth members to do. “For example on Gosford base, the activities were aerial sock wrestling, tattoos, water sock wrestling and rob the treasure. “The sixers and seconders had a special dinner on Saturday night. “By Sunday afternoon all the cubs and leaders were really tired, sore and ready to go home for a nice warm shower and a comfortable bed. “First Woy Woy Sea Scouts cub pack will have eight cubs and four leaders attend the state Cuboree for five nights in January next year.” Press release, 4 Oct 2010 Julie Crowhurst, First Woy Woy Sea Scouts

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Umina has been travelling to Forster for many years and has now won the trophy five times surpassing the Lakes Surf Club’s previous record of four wins. In testing conditions, members of Umina Surf Life Saving Club competed in the two-day carnival on the Mid-north Coast over the October long weekend. There were 47 other NSW surf clubs in attendance and every year the numbers have been increasing due to the event’s popularity, according to club secretary Ms Christine Lavers. “Due to dangerous surf, the water events were cancelled for many of the younger competitors so it was up to the Opens and

Masters to try even harder,” Ms Lavers said. “The juniors were able to compete in the beach events and with their great results this gave Umina a comfortable lead of 150 points overall taking out first place. “If this is just a taste of what is to come for the start of the season, we hope with all the training and coaching during the off-season that these results carry through the summer months. “This also proves that our dedicated lifesavers are ready in their fitness for their patrol duties.” On Saturday’s endurance iron person event, Umina started off the carnival with some great results with Teigan Miller taking our first place in the Under-15s female event, Steve Murphy first in the Over-30s male event followed by second places for Lachlan Braddish, Keisha Bovill,

Mick Magurran, Dave Gaffney and Kerry Armstrong in each of their respective races. Rick Boylan, Craig Ballard and Bill Cook also did their local club proud by taking out third places in each of their races on the day while Helen Krucler achieved a fourth place in the Under-15s female event. In Sunday’s age champion results from the best performers in all events, Shannon Addams and Harry Braddish were age champions in the Under-11s male category and Sidney Healey in the Under-11s female group. Meanwhile Teigan Miller took out the Under-15s female division, Holly Spender the Over-30s female and Kerry Armstrong the Over-40s female category. Press release, 6 Oct 2010 Christine Lavers, Umina SLSC

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Boardriders have swell day

Umina Boardriders saw some of the best waves of the past two years as the club took to Umina Beach for its monthly contest on September 19.

Club secretary Ms Verity Roser said it was great to finally have some good waves at Umina on the day of the club’s monthly meeting. “Finally we had swell on the actual Umina Boardriders day,” Ms Roser said. “With a one to two metre swell running, the waves were the best we’ve had in a couple of years and the standard of surfing was outstanding from all members. “There were a few casualties with the most spectacular being

Surf life saving starts Hundreds of spectators gathered at Ocean Beach Surf Club to mark the start of the surf life saving season on September 25. The local surf club commemorated the official start of the season with a flag raising ceremony and open day for members and the wider public to enjoy, according to director of marketing Mr Aaron Camp. “The day was a massive success and began early with Gosford mayor Cr Chris Holstein, and Wyong mayor Cr Bob Graham officially opening the surf lifesaving season with the ceremonial raising of the flags,” Mr Camp said. “The ceremony attracted hundreds of spectators to see rookie lifesavers march onto the beach under their club flags, before raising the red and yellow for the first time in season 2010/11. “Rookies, dignitaries and

members of the public alike then had the opportunity to have some fun on the giant inflatable slide, have their face painted, get a sausage sizzle or some fairy floss, and enjoy what was a fantastic warm, blue-sky day. Mr Camp said that while there was plenty of fun with live music, Zumba dancing and free massage, there was also a serious side to the day’s activities. Ocean Beach manager of rescue services Ms Katie Dixon said: “Lifesaving is our core activity and we want to ensure that locals and visitors to Ocean Beach Surf Life Saving Club have access to surf safety and other lifesaving information. “We had a number of lifesaving demonstrations throughout the day including CPR, simulated rescues and surf sports. “All the demonstrations were performed by some of Australia’s

strongest lifesaving and surf craft competitors, including NSW first aid and patrol competition medallists Shelley Smith and Richard Grimmond, along with the ever-dominant Keelan Bridge, Ellyssia Gasparotto, Matt Hurst, Wade Hannell, and Blake Arahill in the water. “A definite highlight was having a whole swag of new members sign up on the day after getting involved with the demonstrations and the general atmosphere around the club. “We are always looking for new members to help us keep our community safe.” Anyone who would like to join the team at Ocean Beach SLSC, should visit www.oceanbeachslsc. com, email ad-dir-obslsc@hotmail. com, or drop into the club. Press release, 1 Oct 2010 Aaron Camp, Ocean Beach SLSC


Newsletter, 23 Sep 2010 Verity Roser, Umina Boardriders

Two girls win nine pool medals Two 14-year-old members of Umina Beach Surf Life Saving Club won nine medals between them in the recent NSW Pool Rescue Championships held at the Peninsula Leisure Centre recently. “Competing for the first time in an event of this nature and against the best clubs across the state, Teigan Miller and Helen Krucler amassed enough points between them over the two days to place Umina 13th out of more than 29 clubs in the club point score,” publicity officer Mr Carl Krucler said. “When most clubs consisted of more than 10 competitors the results are surprising. “They each gained medals in many events and at times in events against competitors in an older age group.” Overall Teigan won seven medals including gold for Under14s female 50 metre freestyle, two silver for Under-14s female 100 metre obstacle swim and Under14s female 50 metre swim with fins and four bronze medals for the Under-14s 100 metre manikin carry with fins, Under-15s super lifesaver, Under-15s 50 metre freestyle and


Wicksy’s brand new board being broken into three pieces.” Results for the day saw Col Wright win the Masters while Greg Power came in second and Brian Cook in third spot. In the Opens division, Mark Wrice came out on top while second place went to Duane Artis, Jason Ralph in third and Col Wright in fourth. B Grade saw Zach Makepeace take out first place, second to Jye Jewiss, third for Billy Davis and fourth to Maddie Cook. The club will next meet on October 17.

Under-15s line throw. Meanwhile, Helen gained two bronze medals in the Under-15s female 50 metre manikin carry and Under-15s female line throw. “On top of these results, the girls placed in the top six in many events to gain the club valuable points for the club point score,” Mr Krucler said. “This was the first time either has competed at this level in a competition of this type. “In these events, they must demonstrate ability to carry a manikin filled with water and so weighing in excess of 40 kilograms at times above the water line so that it doesn’t drown all the while trying to complete the course in the fastest possible times. “Other events required them to swim then duck dive under barriers placed across the pool, or put fins on their feet halfway through a race and complete the event with the fins on. “The club hopes this amazing achievement will encourage more members to participate in subsequent years and congratulates both girls on these fantastic results.” Press release, 24 Sep 2010 Carl Krucler, Umina Beach SLSC

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State title boxing wins The Umina PCYC boxing team has ended two months of competition winning medals in the state titles, according to boxing director and coach Mr Joel Keegan. Mr Keegan said the team of six local boxers came away from the NSW State Titles, held at Brighton Le Sands last month, with one silver and five gold medals. “Cliff Harris, Willis Meehan, Louis Meehan, Ryan McShane and Jordan Bunder all won gold medals, with Jai Opetaia taking out the silver medal in a hotly-disputed decision,” Mr Keegan said. “This was a fantastic effort from a team that has been performing outstandingly well all over the past 12 months. “The highlights were probably Jordan Bunder’s second round stoppage of the incredibly tough Cessnock boxer Ian Hindmarsh, to win the 81 kilogram Open Seniors belt, as well as Cliff Harris’s toughdecision win over Zaid Aity of Wollongong to win the 60 kilogram intermediate division. “This follows some outstanding results by the Umina team at the National Golden Gloves held in Caboolture, Queensland, a fortnight earlier.” Mr Keegan said the Golden Gloves event was the biggest amateur boxing tournament in Australia, with teams from every state and some from New Zealand and other Oceania countries taking

part. “In what was an indication of what the Peninsula can look forward to, boom youngster Satali TeviFuimuono was able to claim his first national title with a first round stoppage of his older and much more experienced Queensland opponent,” Mr Keegan said. “Satali’s speed, power, and commitment to training has seen him stop his six opponents, and at the tender age of 12 anything could be possible for this impressive young man. “Satali ticks every box – super skilled, loads of power, mentally tough, and keen to learn. “It is so rare to be this good, this early. “In another head turning performance, Jai Opetaia dominated Blake Reis to claim the 81 kilogram youth title. “It was a polished performance, full of class and plenty of power that has this kid in great position for a shot at next year’s World Junior Championships. “Willis and Louis Meehan, sons of heavyweight contender Kali Meehan, gave a glimpse of what could be a new dynasty, with a gold and silver medal respectively. Mr Keegan said he had his eyes set on next year’s World Championships for several members in the Umina PCYC boxing team. Press release, 22 Sep 2010 Joel Keegan, Umina PCYC Boxing Academy

Soccer junior plays for Olyroos Former Umina United junior Chris Payne and his team mates from the Australian Under-23s Olyroos soccer team have finished third in the Four Nations International Tournament in Hanoi recently.

squad that travelled to Vietnam for the 10-day four nations contest between Australia, Kuwait, Korea and Vietnam at the end of last month. The Olyroos finished in third spot after a nil-all draw against Kuwait in the final match of the competition last night.

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College makes State grand final Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina Campus’ rugby league team have been the first Central Coast high school to make it into the grand final of the Buckley Shield in 35 years, according to team coach Mr

Pat Crouch. Mr Crouch said the team put in a fantastic effort despite going down 18 to eight at fulltime. “They made it into the grand final of the Buckley Shield, the first school from the Central Coast to do so since 1975. “The Buckley Shield is contested

Annual bowling carnival Five local bowling clubs competed in Woy Woy Women’s Bowling Club’s annual Waterview Carnival last month. The carnival was supported by bowlers from Umina, Ettalong, Everglades and Terrigal clubs, according to publicity officer Ms Miriam Cotton. “There were many closely fought games and many friendships were renewed and new ones forged,” Ms Cotton said. “The luncheon served on both days was most appreciated and thanks were given to the hard working social committee. “Through the sponsorship of several local businesses and individual sponsors, the club was


able to give a generous prize money pool to the top five teams as well as prizes to the winners of the morning games on both days. “The overall winners were from Everglades while runners up came from Terrigal and the third placed team from Umina. “These three teams all won the four games and were very close in ends and score. “In other news, our minor singles competition was played out between Dianne Elsom and Linda Pointing in a very hard fought game with Linda the overall winner on the day.” Press release, 22 Sep 2010 Miriam Cotton, Woy Woy Women’s Bowling Club

by over 400 schools state-wide and to make it into the last two is a mighty effort. “They travelled far and wide, played in front of big, noisy, hostile crowds but never lost their nerve.” Mr Crouch said he had no doubts that the team’s achievement would be talked about in years to come and they had “done their school proud”. Newsletter, 5 Oct 2010 Pat Crouch, BWSC Umina

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