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New ferry timetable starts The inaugural ferry trip of the new Ettalong to Wagstaffe timetable took place last month on Monday, January 6. Some residents travelled over on earlier ferries, while others took the 10:50am from Wagstaffe to have a coffee at Ettalong and return on the inaugural departure at 12:20pm. Others took advantage of the departure at 4:20pm having enjoyed the movies at Cinema Paradiso. The inaugural trip was celebrated with balloons, tinsel, and much hilarity with bystanders joining in the fun, according to Ms Peta Colebatch from the Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association. She said that the new service was the result of years of lobbying, starting in 2010. The two return trips per day have allowed residents to visit medical services, enjoy the pictures and wider shopping facilities at Ettalong and Umina, she said. Newsletter, 2 Feb 2014 Peta Colebatch, Wagstaffe-Killcare Community Association

Residents celebrate the inaugural ferry trip of the new Ettalong to Wagstaffe timetable

Push for NBN rollout on Peninsula The Central Coast Broadband Alliance will seek to have the NBN rollout continued on the Peninsula. It will make an appeal to the Minister for Communications Mr Malcolm Turnbull, local members of parliament and NSW Senators. The appeal, which was supported by 260 local businesses, organisations and individuals, argued that a continued rollout would be cheaper to implement and offer an excellent cost-benefit analysis for the nation. The Peninsula, together with Wagstaffe, Killcare, Tascott and other areas on the Central Coast,

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

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

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

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

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

Residents celebrate the inaugural ferry trip of the new Ettalong to Wagstaffe timetable

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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aterfront dining and shopping, along with new apartments and jobs, are the future of Gosford’s waterfront under plans finalised by the NSW Government on Monday, February 10. Planning and Infrastructure Minister Mr Brad Hazzard said the NSW Government has approved the rezoning of 9.9ha on Gosford’s waterfront by the Central Coast Regional Development Corporation (CCRDC) to allow: a combination of commercial, residential, hotel and conference facilities stimulating commercial activity and creating up to 2,000 new jobs; new regional community facilities (including a proposed Regional Performing Arts Centre and Conservatorium); public spaces and recreational areas and; new waterside restaurants and retail facilities on an expanded Breakwater. “This is great news for the revitalisation of Gosford’s waterfront and will help boost the Central Coast’s economy by acting as a catalyst for the renewal of the Gosford CBD,” Mr Hazzard said. “As a further bonus, by creating facilities and public spaces that build communities, it will draw more visitors to the area.” Mr Hazzard said the plans effectively split the State Significant Site into

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

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

worthwhile project and would have helped so many young people in the area. “It would have offered support with employment training, skills development, health care, cultural engagement and mentoring. “The Federal Minister claims the project could not go ahead because it was due to be funded through proceeds from the Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT). “But this is simply not true. “When the former Federal Labor Government announced funding for the project last year it was not reliant on money from the MRRT. “The project was fully funded through the budget process with projections that came out of Treasury. “It was also announced prior to the caretaker period. “The Coalition Government has simply chosen not to support this region and to turn its back on services in the northern suburbs of Wyong Shire.” The Gulgul Barang

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Centre was proposed by a community partnership involving the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, the San Remo Neighbourhood Centre, Central Coast Medicare Local, Youth Connections, ET Australia and the local advisory group of Better Futures, Local Solutions. Darkinjung LALC also donated the land where the new centre was due to be built. San Remo Neighbourhood Centre manager Jillian Hogan said she was also disappointed that the centre no longer had government support. “We desperately need this new Gulgul Barang Centre because existing services are already so stretched,” she said. “How can we build our service delivery in the north of the Shire when we don’t have the infrastructure to support it?” Darkinjung LALC CEO Mr Sean Gordon said he was disappointed the centre did not receive funding. “This project was set to bring about much needed infrastructure

Federal Member for Shortland Jill Hall MP, with CEO of Darkinjung LALC Sean Gordon and Manager of the San Remo Neighbourhood Centre Jillian Hogan, discussing plans

to address critical factors within our region including social exclusion, youth dislocation from informal support networks and poor public transport for training and education. “While we feel let down by this latest development, we are

exploring other avenues supports the growing to rectify the situation, demands of the with hope that all is not community in the form of employment, lost. “Clearly the needs of education, training and the community outweigh health,” said Mr Gordon. any political agenda. Media release, 6 Feb 2014 “Given the growing Sean Gordon, population of the North Darkinjung LALC Wyong area, there is a Media release, 6 Feb 2014 huge need for community Lisa McDermott, Office of Jill Hall MP infrastructure that

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Marine Rescue rights capsized boat Volunteers on duty at the Marine Rescue Central Coast Base at Point Clare assisted a boat that had capsized in Paddys Channel on Sunday, February 2. The volunteers received a phone call at 9:45 advising them of the capsize and that there were people in the water. Skipper Mark Sheehan and his crew on Central Coast 21 immediately responded and were quickly at the scene. Other vessels were assisting the two people in the water. The 3.6 metre runabout was righted and towed to the ramp at

Lions Park at Woy Woy. No one was injured in the incident. Around 3pm, another call for help was received from a five metre runabout with mechanical failure at Koolewong. The rescue crew found four people on board who were towed back to the ramp at Gosford. Saturday, February 1, was a special day for 11 new members of Marine Rescue Central Coast when they completed their full day Induction Course. Media release, 3 Feb 2014 Ron Cole, Marine Rescue Central Coast

Gosford Council, at its meeting of May 1, 2012, adopted a Local Traffic Committee recommendation that: “The implementation of a Heavy Vehicle Load Limit of three tonne Gross Vehicle Mass for The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, between Beach St and Norman

Council hires dozer for tip has been sourced through clean fill or excavated material from civil or development works within the council area. However, the increasing charges of the EPA Waste Levy and the combination of the Carbon Tax has resulted in increased landfill charges for this material hence, it is no longer being disposed of at the landfill. In order to comply with the EPA licensing requirement council has had to source cover material from other means. Gosford Council’s director city services Mr Rod Williams said in his report to council that an area existing within the landfill parimeter has a large deposit of sandstone and shale that would be suitable for daily and interim cover material as well as providing operational material for road repair, internal bunding etc. Mr Williams said that to access this material, the use of a large dozer with the minimum size of a D10 and a preferred size of D11

Gosford Council has accepted a tender to hire a D11 dozer for Woy Woy tip.

Load limit for Esplanade A Heavy Vehicle Load Limit of three tonnes Gross Vehicle Mass will be implemented for The Esplanade, Ettalong, between Beach St and Norman St, Umina, two years after it was proposed.

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St, Umina Beach be publicly advertised.” The proposal was advertised in May, 2012, but no responses were received. In order to reduce the number of unwanted heavy vehicles on this road, and considering the scenic nature of the road, the traffic committee recommended, at its meeting of November 5, last year that the load limit be implemented. Gosford Council agenda TR.13.67, 11 Feb 2014

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Government approves new planning scheme Gosford Council’s Local Environmental Plan 2014 was approved by the NSW State Government on Tuesday, February 11. The planning scheme has become Gosford’s main planning document. It is designed to simplify the planning process across the Gosford LGA and was implemented as part of the State Government’s

planning reform to standardise planning processes across NSW, according to council’s general manager Mr Paul Anderson. He said the endorsement of the new plan was another milestone toward increasing development opportunities in Gosford City. “By creating a standard format for all Local Environment Plans to use the same planning language across NSW, there will be less confusion for developers,

landowners and the community. “This is a significant document for our community which will encourage and assist responsible development across our region. “We are continuing to focus on attracting more business to our city and official adoption of this plan will go a long way towards cutting through red tape. “Our council has been working hard to gain this final approval and, combined with other key

Planning gazettal boosts ‘open for business’ mantra, says Chamber The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce president Mr Matthew Wales has welcomed the gazettal of the new Gosford Local Environmental Plan 2014 which came into effect on February 11. “This has been a long time coming but now sets a new path for our local town centres including the expansion of the Umina Beach retail precinct,” said Mr Wales. “The new planning controls follow closely on the heels of the gazettal of the Gosford Waterfront planning controls which combined will act as a major catalyst for business investment in the Gosford local government area. “The gazettal of the LEP boosts Gosford Council’s new ‘open for business’ mantra with these recent announcements further underpinning confidence in the City. “The new controls see some major shifts in building heights and densities in each of the three

Peninsula town centres with a major expansion of the Umina Beach commercial boundaries through to Wellington St. “Building heights are set to increase to generally four stories in the Umina Beach retail centre, five storeys in the Ettalong Beach village centre and six storeys in the Woy Woy CBD. “There will be corresponding increases in floor space ratios to generally 1.8 to one in the Umina Beach retail centre, two to one in the Ettalong Beach village centre and 2.3 to one in the Woy Woy CBD. “This is a marked improvement from the current controls and will provide a much needed boost to developers looking to redevelop the older sections of our town centres. “It is hoped that the new controls will help to stimulate development and investment on the Peninsula and create long term job opportunities. “Whilst we support these announcements, the Chamber

continues to encourage Council to undertake a progressive review of the new planning controls and particularly the development guidelines for medium density housing. “The Gosford LEP has taken years to complete with the accompanying development controls being formulated some years ago. “The business community still retains concerns over the new medium density controls and will be looking to Council to closely monitor the impact on residential development applications and industry investment. “It is important to ensure that planning controls respond to the market place and are tailored to the city’s population targets over the next 10 years whilst protecting the environment but delivering on housing diversity,” said Mr Wales. Media release, 11 Feb 2014 Matthew Wales, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

announcements made recently, we are excited about what the implementation of this new plan will mean for our region,” said Mr Anderson. To assist with the implementation of the plan, council has also established a new standardised Development Control Plan 2013. Council’s director environment and planning Ms Danielle Dickson said the updated Development Control Plan would act as a guide. “It was created by council as a way of further streamlining the planning processes, making them easier for the community and developers to use and understand. “Council identified an opportunity to bring together the different plans that were in place to create one centralised document.” She said the new document was “reflective of our area and provides customers with a more detailed explanation including diagrams and definitions”. “This will ensure that future developments respect our local character, are of a high quality and effectively manage potential

effects on the environment.” Ms Dickson said that council had ensured the Coastal Open Space System (COSS) was protected. “The request for an additional environmental zone to cater for the System has been agreed to by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure. “COSS is unique to our region, with Gosford Council leading the way as the only council in NSW to actively acquire and manage bushland. “Until the changes are made, the current planning regime will remain in place to ensure the continued protection of the COSS,” added Ms Dickson. To implement the new LEP council is required to update all property information changes. This update will take approximately one week and during this time no planning certificates can be issued. Media release, 12 Feb 2014 Paul Anderson, Gosford Council

Churches combine for prayer day The service for all churches in the Peninsula area for World Day of Prayer on Friday, March 7, will be held at St David’s Presbyterian Church in Woy Woy commencing from 10am. This year the service has been prepared by the World Day of Prayer Committee in Egypt. The guest speaker will be Ms Sylvia Siu whose family originated

in Egypt. “A warm invitation is extended to all to attend this very popular day in the Christian calendar,” said St David’s Presbyterian Church World Day of Prayer coordinator Ms Bev Elliott. Morning tea will be served after the Service. Email, 11 Feb 2014 Bev Elliott, St David’s Presbyterian Church

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More money for sports grounds rehabilitation Three sports grounds on the Peninsula which were former waste landfill sites will benefit from extra funding from Gosford Council. The council has six sports grounds which have been constructed on former tip sites, including Austin Butler Reserve, James Browne Oval and Rogers Park, which are located in Woy Woy. Gosford Council has approved additional funding of $400,000 per year to ongoing rehabilitation and maintenance of these sports grounds This additional funding takes the total yearly contribution to $800,000 per year until 2017-2018. Council staff reported to councillors that differing rates of waste decomposition were resulting in significant ground surface subsidence at a number of sports grounds on the former tip sites. This affected not only the sports ground playing fields, but also the integrity of associated sports ground infrastructure including amenity buildings and car parks. Council staff reported that ongoing and consistent representations to council from the soccer, AFL and cricket associations about the increased number of wet weather ground closures has resulted in council being requested to take action to undertake upgrade works on some of the fields, including James Browne Oval Fields one to four. The staff report stated that, historically, there were limited post-closure management

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guidelines and landfill remediation practices for the development and maintenance of playing fields on former tip sites. “The costs associated to meet current rehabilitation standards and procedures are significantly increasing. “Typical of these sports grounds is the increasing rates of playing field undulation and poor drainage resulting in poor turf health and restricted access to sporting groups. “These issues are caused by initial operational site constraints and the historical poor standards of waste compaction and reclaimed landfill rehabilitation practices. “To address this, council implemented the Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme in 1997 as part of the Domestic Waste Management Charge to provide funding specifically for the

rehabilitation of these sports grounds.” The initial amount generated was $200,000 per annum. Council approved the increase to the Landfill Rehabilitation levy of $200,000 for a four year period commencing in the financial year 2004- 2005 in January, 2004, and in February 2008, representatives of council’s open space and leisure services and recreation operations units and Gosford City Sports Council developed a report that prioritised the rehabilitation requirements of all Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme listed sports grounds. A subsequent report was prepared for Council in July 2008 outlining the short and long term requirements for work and associated costings on all sports grounds listed under the Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme.

The report concluded that the current amount of funding was inadequate for the amount of work required to be undertaken across all sites and that consideration be given to increasing the funding from the Domestic Waste Management Charge to $400,000 per annum commencing in financial year 2009-2010. Council then approved, in June 2008, an additional $200,000 per year contribution to the Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme from the financial year 2009-2010 until 2017-2018 funded from the Domestic Waste Management Charge. Council now allocates $400,000 annually to the Open Space and Leisure Services Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme. “Based on Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme expenditure to date and the progressive decompaction and

subsidence levels of the underlying tips, ongoing and increased levels of rehabilitation works will be required at the sites which was not feasible within the existing scheme funding allocation,” the report stated. “Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme funding expenditure is currently only applied to the maintenance of sportsground playing surfaces and does not provide for the undertaking of major drainage installation, amenity building renewal / upgrades, car park remediation, floodlight replacement or works on sportsground surrounds, despite this infrastructure being ancillary to the playing of sport at these facilities. “Due to subsidence, a number of Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme sports ground amenity buildings are showing advanced signs of degradation, have poor or very poor Building Condition Index scores and are in need of renewal or replacement. “As such, Open Space and Leisure Services have held discussions with Waste and Emergency Services regarding the feasibility of increasing the Landfill Rehabilitation Scheme by $400,000 per year. “Waste and Emergency Services has confirmed that this increase is both feasible and sustainable with allocations from both the Waste Facility Reserve and the Domestic Waste Management budget to the projected 2017-2018 financial year.” Gosford Council agenda ECO.4, 11 Feb 2014

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O’Neill meets with local indigenous leaders Senator for NSW Deborah O’Neill met with local indigenous leaders at Mingaletta in Umina on Friday, February 6, to discuss the Closing the Gap report delivered to the Parliament on Wednesday, February 5. The Closing the Gap report charts the yearly progress in reducing the life expectancy gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians. The report is accompanied by an address to the House of Representatives by the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition. “We need to pay more attention to this issue, not less,” said Senator O’Neill. “It is unacceptable that in our country today, an indigenous baby will die 11 years earlier and have a much poorer and unhealthier life than a nonindigenous baby. “Closing the 11 year gap that exists will be the work of many governments, but, it takes all of us to demand it get the attention it deserves,” Senator O’Neill

said. In December, Senator O’Neill moved a motion in the Senate that would increase the status of the report. Senator O’Neill called for a joint meeting of both houses of Parliament to hear the address, for an invitation be sent to indigenous leaders to attend the Chamber, and for time to be set aside in the business of both houses for the matter to be discussed. “I was very proud to be able to move that motion, and for it to pass the Senate,” said Senator O’Neill. “The Government however has indicated that they will vote against it in the House of Representatives. “But let’s face it, Mr Abbott’s record on indigenous affairs is patchy at best – so I am pleased the speeches will continue at all under this government as there was talk that the report was to be sidelined. “Having once described a national apology as ‘a campaign for something that is only going to add to a sense of grievance on one side and guilt on the other,’

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my three years in the House of Representatives, there was a decline in media interest, with only one reporter in the Press Gallery to hear the speech in 2013. “I challenge all journalists in the House on that day to attend, and to report and report fulsomely. “It’s our watch – and we should be watching. “We need to pay attention,” Senator O’Neill said. Media release, 12 Feb 2014 Richard Mehrtens, office of Deborah O’Neill MP

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Beachfront celebration of Australia Day The Pearl Beach Progress Association celebrated Australia Day on the beachfront on January 26. Pearl Beach Progress Association communications officer Ms Lynne Lillico said the day attracted large crowds who enjoyed a variety of activities including beach games and races, rock to rock marathon, a fairground with a number of activities including Bash the Rat; Lucky Wheel; and Hoop-la. “The ever popular sausage sizzle was a sell-out,” said Ms Lillico. “Musical entertainment was provided by the Gosford City Brass Band with the National Anthem and I Still Call Australia Home performed beautifully by Central Coast soprano Lauren Turner. “Pearl Beach father and daughter Dr Andrew Frost and Lily, presented an interesting overview of Why I Live in Pearl Beach,” said Ms Lillico. Lily is eight-years-old and has lived in Pearl Beach all her life. She holds a green belt in

taekwondo, is a member of the Pearl Beach Youth Theatre and likes horses, dogs and interesting places. “I love living here for different reasons; I love the beach, the beautiful scenery and lovely people,” said Lilly in her talk on the day. “I take my dog Alfie for walks on the beach; he loves to dig in the sand. “One of the things I love best about Pearl Beach is all the native animals you can see in your backyard,” said Lilly. Dr Frost is an art critic, writer, curator and broadcaster. His articles have been published in a wide variety of Australian and international magazines and websites. He is the art critic for The Guardian Australia and a regular contributor to The Sydney Morning Herald. Most recently he hosted The A-Z of Contemporary Art on the ABC. Mr Frost’s family were early settlers and he recalled the many houses they owned and occupied in Amethyst Ave, and

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further,” said Mr Frost. “My great grandfather built a house at 12 Amethyst Ave in the late 1920s, and my grandfather built another just a few doors down the street at number four 10 years later. “My great uncle Roy and aunt Dorothy built a house at number 10, and at one time owned the blocks that are now numbers six and eight. “This came about because the sale of land in Pearl Beach in the late 20s and early 30s was done door to door in the north-eastern suburbs, a comfortable middle class area that weathered the Depression and could afford the price of land, and my great grandfather and grandfather could afford to invest. “Back in the 1960s when I was a kid, we stayed at my grandfather’s house on our school holidays. “It was house full of bulky 19th century furniture, mosquito netting over the beds, spooky black and white portraits of long-departed relatives and Boer War tin toy soldiers in the cupboards. “It was all pretty basic, bush showers and duckboards in the laundry slash bathroom, a fuel stove in the kitchen, meals eaten at the dinner table on the wrap-around veranda, and of course, no television. “My abiding memories of Pearl Beach in those days are of its unsealed roads and the white sands of Amethyst Ave that burned your feet if you didn’t put on sandals to walk to the beach,” said Mr Frost. Ms Lillico said: “His presentation was a fascinating insight about his family and his life in Pearl Beach.” Media release, 11 Feb 2014 Lynne Lillico, Pearl Beach Progress Association


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Cigarette butt causes fire A house in Blackwall caught alight on Thursday, February 13, after a cigarette was discarded by the 64-year-old occupant. The man was gardening outside his house in Commonwealth Ave, Blackwall, at about 10:40am, when he discarded a cigarette and assumed it was out. The victim took a break and a short time later became aware that the discarded cigarette had ignited

scrub that he had cut from bushes and caught alight. The man and his neighbours attempted to put the fire out but the fire caught hold of the side of the house. The fire brigade eventually extinguishing the fire. There was some damage to the side of the house. No one was injured. Website, 14 Feb 2014 Brisbane Water LAC Facebook

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Chamber welcomes Gosford waterfront moves The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce president Mr Matthew Wales has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, Mr Brad Hazzard that the Gosford Waterfront has been declared a State Significant Site. “The business community have been waiting for this announcement for some months and it is welcome news as Gosford Council revs up business investment and facilitates development,” said Mr Wales. “The long term success of the city, including the Peninsula is highly dependent on the Gosford Waterfront getting underway and acting as a major catalyst for business investment. “The Chamber also welcomes

the announcement by Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks that a Federal Government agency will be relocated to the waterfront precinct, bringing with it local economic and employment opportunities. “Gosford Council is certainly open for business and these announcements are important in underpinning confidence in the City. “For the first time in over a decade, developers and investors are looking at the city with renewed interest with several major purchases underway in the city centre. “Whilst we support these announcements, the Chamber continues to encourage Council to undertake a progressive review of the new planning controls and particularly the development

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guidelines for medium density housing”. “We are all very conscious that the new Gosford LEP and particularly the accompanying development controls were formulated some years ago. “The market has moved on and it is important to ensure that the new controls promote growth and housing diversity. “The business community still retains concerns over the new medium density controls and will be looking to Council to closely monitor the impact on development applications and industry investment,” said Mr Wales.

Gosford Council has received its investment report for the month of December which states council has a “well diversified portfolio with over 90 per cent of the portfolio spread among the top three credit rating categories”. As at December 13, council’s investment portfolio had a current market valuation of $101,674,486 or the hold to maturity value (face value) of $107,890,105. When compared to the previous month, of the 11 structured securities held, 91 per cent showed an increase in their market value.

Media release, 11 Feb 2014 Matthew Wales, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

The net market value increase for the period was $287,450. Council’s investment portfolio return outperformed the bank bill index benchmark during the month (6.28 per cent per annum versus 2.56 per cent per annum). Council’s portfolio is expected to return above benchmark returns if there are no further credit events within its CDO portfolio, which is currently valued at low levels. Without marked-to-market influences, Council’s investment portfolio yielded 3.94 per cent per annum during the month. Gosford Council agenda COR.10, 11 Feb 2014

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Two charged with car theft Police have charged two people following a car theft and pursuit in Umina on Sunday, February 9. At about 2:40am, a teenager and man, aged 17 and 19, allegedly stole a Holden Commodore sedan from Wallaby St, Blackwall. The owner, a 51-year-old man, told police he saw the pair in the car driving away and attempted to stop them. He opened the driver’s door and was dragged a couple of metres before falling to the ground. He contacted police and officers from Brisbane Water Local Area

Command who were patrolling the area, saw the Holden and initiated a pursuit. The car was pursued for a short time before it crashed into a fence in a laneway at the rear of Kourong St, Ettalong. The two occupants allegedly ran from the car but were caught shortly after. They were arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station. The 51-year-old was taken to Gosford Hospital for treatment to a sprained ankle, strained arm and grazes. The 17-year-old was charged

with negligent driving, goods in custody, police pursuit not stop, take and drive conveyance, midrange PCA, unlicensed and drive manner dangerous. He was refused bail and appeared in Woy Woy Children’s court the following day. The 19-year-old was charged with be carried in conveyance, goods in custody and possess house breaking implements. He was given strict bail conditions will appear at Gosford Local Court on Tuesday, March 18. Media release, 9 Feb 2014 NSW Police Media

Patonga discussions continue The Patonga Progress Association continues to be involved in discussions of the Community Reference Panel, established last August to review the Patonga Crown Lands Draft Plan of Management and the Draft Plan of Management for the Patonga Caravan and Camping Area. It has met on five occasions, with the next meeting to be held on February 11. Patonga Progress Association president Mr Dain Simpson said: “The discussions have been robust but fruitful and there has been an

evident willingness to recognise the views of the community on many issues.” The panel consists of two representatives each from Crown Lands, Gosford Council, the Patonga Beach Progress Association and two nominated community representatives. The role of the panel is to consider the wording of the plan and to identify alternative which reflect the strong community concerns expressed after its release. The outcomes of the discussions are available to the public through the Gosford Council website, including the

minutes, management strategies and action tables which are being progressively modified. Mr Simpson said the broader Patonga community had also been kept informed through community meetings and has participated in the discussion of some of the alternative strategies, at the request of Crown Lands. The issues relating to the Dark Corner cottages were resolved early in the process, and discussions are continuing in relation to other areas of Patonga, said Mr Simpson. Email, 17 Jan 2014 Dain Simpson, Patonga Progress Association

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In some sunblessed, timeless, disconnected way Those wild brown things, on their blue day Barefooted, hatless, tangled mops uncombed Over clifftop, and sand dune, the whole day roamed At evening to abide, in a red ember glow Under milky white, in earth’s dreams below Where no tide rose, where no tide fell Even time unattended, ceased its silent knell. Summers will come, summers will go To likewise be numbered, by their ebb and flow Till backward glancing, as memory will To that blue day, when time stood still. Summers children, will they know Their now had begun, to move eternally slow And on that timeless day, of enchantment distracted That by summer, no tithe, was ever extracted. Letter, 11 Feb 2014 Ron Horan, Killcare Heights

The other side of the story The worst of human behaviour does not belong to one particular creed or political party, though one should make an exception for the Nazi party. Recently, in the news, a book was published exposing union bastardry during the last world war. For the other side of the story, I would suggest a left wing academic write a book about how some rich and powerful men were ready to collaborate with the Japanese and

Forum see their fellow Australians as slaves and POWs. These people were never brought to justice, whether because of the humanity of Prime Minister Ben Chifley or that they were just too powerful. In many allied countries, traitors were executed. Letter, 3 Feb 2014 Keith Whitfield, Woy Woy

One could also argue, and most Australians would, that these reasons are not only without justification, but they are unworthy to come from an Australian Prime Minister. It appears to be a ploy to please his benefactor Rupert Murdoch as these comments were prominently printed in a recent Daily Telegraph article under the heading “The ABC of Treachery”. This is not what the public thinks at all. The evidence indicates that an overwhelming majority of people believe the ABC is balanced and even-handed, and quite recently it’s been rated “the most trusted media organisation in Australia”. Newspoll conducts an annual survey for the ABC and asks what people think about the national broadcaster. The most recent survey, a phone poll of 1900 people in June 2013, found 78 per cent of respondents thought the ABC did a good job at being balanced and even-handed. The number of those who think it does a “very good job” is steadily rising and stands at 42 per cent. Just 11 per cent agree with Mr Abbott that it is doing a poor job. And in case the Prime Minister has concerns about bias in the taking of this poll, he can rest assured that Newspoll is half-owned

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Getting into the water is a problem I’m an amputee who has recently moved to the Central Coast from Sydney. At first blush it’s lovely up here, however, getting into the water at Pearl Beach, Ettalong, Umina and Avoca, or anywhere, has proved problematic for me. At the moment I’m three months into a seven month wait for a right hip replacement operation. My prosthetic is on the left leg so with a painful bone on bone right hip (I’ve completely worn away the cartilage) I’m restricting my walking to a minimum as I hugely risk my stump rubbing raw, and if that happens I’m in a wheelchair. I’ve found cycling ok as your weight goes through the seat of the bike and in Sydney I swam at Clovelly a lot. It’s an amputee friendly swimming spot where I can cycle right up to the steps down into the water. On the Central Coast there’s nothing similar I’ve found except a boat ramp or two (easier than getting across sand). At Umina and Terrigal the surf lifesaving clubs have a sand buggy, which one of the surf life savers will wheel you into the water with. Better than nothing but

Forum uncomfortable as everyone stares (I should be used to that by now, but I’m not), you feel a loss of independence, and you are restricted as to the times you can use the facility. So I’ve been in contact with Tanya at Central Coast Disability Network who has suggested I put something in their newsletter and David Skidmore at People with Disability in Redfern has been very supportive and I’m hoping to use him as a sort of ‘Mentor/Helper’ if I try to lobby council to have a universal ramp built at one or two of the beaches. I guess a good first step would be to network with other disabled people in the area to test the water and see what the demand is (and maybe, for example, set up a petition). There are peripheral issues too, such as poor provision of disabled parking and other access issues, although parking is very good at certain places such as Umina. I have been in touch with the Umina Surf Life Saving Club to see if they would host a meeting and I’m looking for other ways to advertise the issues. Email, 4 Feb 2014 Nick Penty, Blackwall

Council should provide examples of poor standards Gosford Council has indicated to Ducks Crossing that it has to change its editorial policy if it is to qualify for advertisements from council (Peninsula News, February 3). The article states that Council claimed that “questions submitted to Council are slanted towards obvious biases”. Readers must be wondering what that means as no examples were provided. The statement forwarded by deputy mayor Cr Bob Ward

Forum also referred to Australian Press Council standards of accurate, fair and balanced reporting which apparently Ducks Crossing did not meet. It seems to me that readers would like to have convincing examples to assess what this means. The success of these free community papers suggests that they are a lot right. Email, 11 Feb 2014 Klaas Woldring, Pearl Beach

Poor driving not limited to any one generation I was concerned and disappointed to read the letter from Linda Grindley (Peninsula News, February 3) advocating tests for “most older drivers”. Not only is the definition of “older drivers” left unhelpfully vague, but Linda then lists a number of examples of what she considers to be bad driving. Among these are driving whilst affected by medication or alcohol, not signalling at roundabouts, and holding the steering wheel with only one hand. I believe that all sensible drivers know that these are illegal and would agree that they are unacceptable. The trouble is that their

Forum Letters to the editor should be sent to: Peninsula News PO Box 1056, Gosford 2250 or mail@peninsulanews.asn.au See Page 2 for contribution conditions practice is not limited to any particular generation as can be evidenced daily by the number of drivers who drive one-handed (or sometimes without touching the steering wheel at all) while using

mobile phones, undertaking personal grooming, drinking and eating, or dangling an arm out of the window. As for instituting a test, I’m afraid that such an examination is nothing more than a scheduled performance at which drivers usually do all they can to display their ability and knowledge of the rules. All too often these are conveniently disregarded shortly afterwards. Tests do not eliminate bad driving. There are many “older drivers” who are highly competent, totally capable and very experienced. Email; 12 Feb 2014 David Williams, Point Clare

What are Council’s reporting standards? Gosford Council has commented to Cr Bob Ward that “Ducks Crossing Publications did not meet Australian Press Council standards of accurate, fair and balanced reporting; of transparent and fair presentation; or of honest and fair investigation”. Mark Snell, editor of the Peninsula News, has responded that he would like more detail than provided in contributions from Gosford Council. Does the council abide by the same reporting standards? The Sustainable Event Management Policy C.208 has a short history listed in the council meeting agenda (May 3, 2011) and only applies to “events organised by Gosford Council with 100 or more participants”. Information on the report should be easily accessible. A checklist is provided for council staff to ensure principles are followed. If the council’s reporting

standards are above those of the Peninsula News, the general manager will willingly provide details regarding the policy. I request the general manager of Gosford Council to compile a history of the Sustainable Event Management Policy C.208 from May 3, 2011, and provide the same to the Peninsula News for publication. The community will then have the opportunity of researching and assessing the accuracy of the report. As one of the very few who provided submissions on this policy

report, I am very interested in its history. I relish the opportunity to compare notes. Is the general manager transparent and fair? Are there double standards? Does the council possess its own obvious biases? Interesting times! Letter, 5 Feb 2014 Norman Harris, Umina

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Drainage tender accepted A tender from Terrigal company Scape Constructions Pty Ltd has been accepted to improve the street drainage system at Pomona Rd, Empire Bay. The project, which aims to improve the street drainage system to eliminate flooding damage to private properties, will include the construction of 220 metres of stormwater pipes, stormwater pits and associated works. The proposed construction

program will be completed by June. The company has completed numerous projects for Gosford Council including Ettalong Foreshore Redevelopment, Hylton Moore Park and Terrigal Stormwater Harvesting and Parry Ave, Terrigal, Road Reconstruction. The total estimated cost of the project (excluding GST) is $304,638. Gosford Council agenda COR.7, 11 Feb 2014

Garden organics promotion Gosford Council has run a second Garden Organics Giveaway promotion, encouraging residents to dispose of their green garden waste appropriately. Eligible residents who took their green garden waste to Woy Woy tip on Saturday, February 1, between 9am and 1pm were eligible to receive two free bags of mulch or compost. Before disposing of their green

waste, residents should ensure that it is not contaminated by other substances such as processed or painted wood. This will allow the green waste to be turned into quality finished products such as compost, soil conditioners and mulches, which will be used on gardens, landscaping and agricultural projects across Gosford City. Media release, 28 Jan 2014 Paul Anderson, Gosford Council


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Health

Umina woman is mother of the week Umina mother of three, Jo Hyndes, been recognised in a Mother of the Year competition. She was declared Barnardos Mother of the Week, after being nominated by her close friend for the title of Barnardos Mother of the Year 2014. Now in its 19th year, Barnardos Mother of the Year, supported by Aldi Australia, allows local communities the opportunity to acknowledge the contribution that mothers make. The Mother of the Week program was started to recognise local mums in the lead up to the Awards.

Jo was nominated by her friend, Emma Davis, who said Jo was a truly selfless person and always put others before herself. Jo’s son passed away last year after a 15 year struggle with his health - suffering from leukaemia and receiving two double lung transplants. Jo said she found the strength to keep going because of the inspiration she received from her son. “I am truly honoured to have won Mother of the Week, and am so excited to have been recognised for something that I just do every day,” Jo said. Media release, 3 Feb 2014 Lauren Gleecher, Aldi Media

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Fundraising stall for guide dogs The Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Volunteer Support Group will hold a fundraising stall in Woy Woy next month. The stall will be held at Deepwater Plaza on Friday, March 7, from 9am to 2:30pm. Newly-elected president Ms Margaret Grace said last year

was an extremely successful fundraising year and the support group was looking forward to another successful year ahead. Ms Grace also acknowledged the ongoing support provided by local businesses, media, and Central Coast Shopping Centres who allow the group to hold its fundraising stalls in their

centres, and in particular, the local community who continue to visit and support the stalls. Guide Dog’s clients and their Guide Dogs also attend the stalls and answer questions about what it is like to live with impaired vision. Media release, 10 Feb 2014 Lynne Lillico, Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Volunteer Support Group

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Large enrolment at Pretty Beach Pretty Beach Public School welcomed its largest Kindergarten enrolment for a number of years on Wednesday, February 5. “It was a pleasure to see how quickly our new students settled in to ‘big school’,” said Pretty Beach Public School relieving principal Ms Jane Rees. “A special thank you goes to Mrs Simpson and Mrs Harding for all their preparation in making sure this very special day was a relaxing, enjoyable and welcoming one for our new Kindergarten students.

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New app for school zone alerts A new smartphone app that gives school zone alerts will be useful for Peninsula motorists, according to Member for Gosford Mr Chris Holstein. He said it would help motorists avoid speeding, especially at school zones that don’t yet have flashing lights. Of the nine schools in the Peninsula area, three don’t yet have flashing lights.

Flashing lights are proposed to be installed by the end of 2015 for Pretty Beach Public School, Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina campus and St John the Baptist School. Mr Holstein said the best advice to motorists was not to speed but for those wanting additional reminders the new app would lwarn them with an audio alert. “The Speed Adviser app will tell you via an audio warning that you • Adult Ad Drumming Courses Daytime Drumming @ Gnostic Forest •D a •D r ru Drumming Courses in Schools •C o Corporate Team Building •B irt Birthday Drumming Parties - All Ages •C o Community Drum Circles • Holiday Ho Drumming Playshops •W e Weddings, Events and Functions • Qu Quality Drums & Accessories for sale

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are entering a school zone. “It is the only app of its kind and is available free from the App Store, with an Android version also in development for release soon. “The app also alerts drivers when a speed limit changes and warns drivers if they exceed the speed limit. “Motorists on the Central Coast can set it before they leave and it will provide audio alerts. “There is no need to interact with the app at all while driving, in line with laws applying to mobile phones and GPS devices.” Mr Holstein said the NSW Government was calling for tenders to build new flashing lights for all schools in NSW still waiting for a set. “By the end of 2015 every single school in NSW will have a set of flashing lights installed.” Media release, 5 Feb 2014 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

Newsletter, 6 Feb 2014 Jane Rees, Pretty Beach Public School (relieving principal)

Changes while principal takes leave Woy Woy South Public School has a number of staff changes this year with Ms Kim Whealey acting as relieving principal while Mr Terry Greedy is on leave. Mr Steve Collins will act as deputy principal and Ms Justine Kendall will fill Mr Collins’ position as assistant principal. “All of these people have extensive relieving experience as higher executive and will continue to work with our other executive

Mrs Sandra Lappan, Mr Matt Barr and Mrs Sandie Broadhead,” said Ms Whealey. New staff have also joined the school with Mr Mark McKinnon teaching 5M, Miss Phillipa King returning to 4K after teaching in London at the end of last year and Mr Yvette Campbell and Ms Kirsten Shearer have returned after taking leave. Newsletter, 4 Feb 2014 Kim Whealey, Woy Woy South Public School

Practice speaking Spanish A Spanish Conversation Club will begin at Umina Public school on Tuesday afternoons. The club will meet for about one hour so that the children can practice spoken Spanish in a relaxed and informal environment. Each week there will be guided activities including stories, singing games, conversation and some printed activities.

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The Spanish Conversation Club will welcome any students accompanied by a parent or carer to participate in the group. While the aim is not to offer a structured language program, beginners would be encouraged to learn basic vocabulary and speak Spanish. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the time they attend the Spanish Conversation Club. “This is an exciting initiative which I hope will be very successful and well supported,” said Umina Public school principal Ms Lyn Davis. Newsletter, 11 Feb 2014 Lyn Davis, Umina Public School

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Education

New programs at Woy Woy A number of new programs and curriculum changes are taking place at Woy Woy Public School this year. Year 3 to 6 will have the opportunity to be part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program with the school to build a second vegetable growing area and start up a chicken run for egg produce and food scrap recycling. An Environmental Education program will be run throughout the school with senior students taking the lead role in moving the school towards being a green school environment. All classes will go on an excursion to the Rumbalara Environmental Education Centre to participate in curriculum related lesson sessions The school is also in the process of planning a large school performance involving all students from Year 3 to Year 6. There will be opportunities for students to take main character roles, to be involved in dance, rap, singing groups or help with scenery, and prop building, back stage sound, light and stage change management. “We intend to get some of the high school students on board who are studying multi-media to help us with production ideas,” said Woy Woy Public School principal Ms Ona Buckley. The school will also continue with the Literacy, Language and Learning program in Kindergarten and bring it through into Year 1 and 2. Years 3-6 will continue with the Focus on Reading program. “We will once again be involved in the Premier’s Spelling, Reading and Sport challenges and run a Public Speaking competition throughout the school,” said Ms Buckley. “Dance groups will be offered with the aim of participating in the Central Coast Dance Festival.

“As always, we will celebrate Harmony Day, Education and Book weeks, People with a Disability Day and have an Easter Hat parade. “Major class excursions will reflect what we currently study for each year and parents will be sent out information and payment invoices to start the ball rolling next newsletter. “We are in the process of implementing some Early Years Learning Framework discovery learning sessions for Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2. “Many recent studies show the importance of discovery learning through play and socialisation. “Children will readily retain information they have discovered themselves or have cooperatively found out sharing with peers. “The discovery learning sessions will follow curriculum expectations and children’s interests. “We would welcome volunteers to come and be a part of these sessions with the children. “Think about being part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program, too. “We will need help for cooking groups and gardening sessions. “If we work together these programs will benefit and enrich student opportunities and enhance and expand learning perimeters,” said Ms Buckley.

Lollipop ladies are farewelled Lollipop ladies, Kerry Moore and Sueanne Rose, have been farewelled after new pedestrian traffic lights on Ocean Beach Rd, Woy Woy, have made their positions redundant. Member for Gosford, Chris Holstein joined community members on Wednesday, February 12, in thanking the ladies for their part in keeping hundreds of children safe as they made their way across Ocean Beach Rd on their way to and from school. Between them, they have had seven children attend Woy Woy South Public School. Kerry, 65, has been school crossing supervisor for more than 10 years, sharing the role with Sueanne, 61, who has been helping children cross safely at Ocean Beach Rd for nearly 14 years. “On Tuesday morning, February 18, new pedestrian

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traffic lights will be made operational – the final stage in a pedestrian safety upgrade which has included the installation of other safety infrastructure such as a concrete median along the centre of the road and improved access to the carpark near the school,” Mr Holstein said. Kerry said: “Sueanne and I will continue to help the children cross the road and teach them how to cross with the lights until the end of the month.” “The kids are gorgeous. “It’s been a joy to do the job. “I’ve loved every minute of it and I will miss the kids. “I’ve been involved with local schools for 20 years and will continue to help out with things like canteen duty when I finish up on the crossing. Kylie Sullivan, a team member of the Roads and Maritime Services’ school crossing program in the Hunter, said she would miss working with Kerry

and Sueanne. “If I could clone these two ladies and use them at every crossing I would. “They’ve been a pleasure to work with,” she said. Sueanne, who has always lived on the Central Coast said she would miss seeing the children each week but was looking forward to the opportunity to travel. “We have a caravan and we’re going to head off around Australia,” she said. The $425,000 pedestrian safety upgrade on Ocean Beach Road was identified through Roads and Maritime safety audits and consultation with stakeholders, including representatives of the school, following the decommissioning of the speed camera on Ocean Beach Rd. Media release, 12 Feb 2014 Chris Holstein, Member for Gosford

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Template result of business push Does the World Health Organisation have a specific health program for the staff of Woy Woy Library? It is a fair question and comparable to Gosford Council’s standard template for development assessment under Climate Change and Sea Level Rise. “Internationally there is a lack of knowledge on the specifics of climate change and the likely impact it will have on the subject development.� The statement is logical and acceptable to Gosford Council staff, but not to me or the CSIRO. It is highly unlikely that the

Forum statement will change as it interferes with the Open for Business push by Gosford Council. It can be described as in-thenick-of-time management. When the World health Organisation has a specific health program for the staff of Woy Woy Library, I will believe that climate change research has targeted ‘subject developments’ which may or may not be acceptable to Gosford Council. Letter, 11 Feb 2013 Norman Harris, Umina

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Underpass will not address most serious problem Alan Dillon (Peninsula News, February 3, Page 10) rightly points out, as I have before, that the proposed road underpass at Bulls Hill will not address the most serious problem, which is the dangerous alignment of the road down the Bulls Hill escarpment.

Forum open the future possibility of a bypass route through Brisbane Water National Park to link up with Woy Woy Rd on the plateau. One important piece of traffic infrastructure is probably all that our administration can cope with at a time, so let us have the underpass as soon as possible. Once it is in place, the need for a bypass route will become increasingly apparent, and we can begin the 10-year process of bringing the authorities to accept this fact. Incidentally, the illustration of the underpass proposal published in Peninsula News was one of the worst graphics that I have seen in a lifetime of examining planning drawings. I found it almost incomprehensible and I am sure that a layman would have been able to make nothing of it at all. Peninsula News readers deserve to see something that actually conveys the elements of the proposal, and I think that Gosford Council has a duty to provide the public

However, his suggestion of connecting Ocean Beach Rd to Woy Woy Rd across the Woy Woy Inlet equally does not solve the problem of finding an acceptable route up the escarpment and would involve enormously expensive and difficult works as well as damaging the marine environment. It’s hard to imagine that anyone in the Bays communities would welcome this suggestion. Having expressed my reservations, I believe that construction of the Bulls Hill underpass will be a significant traffic improvement for the area, even though it leaves the Bulls Hill road alignment as an unsolved problem. One reason I say this is that the Bulls Hill underpass leaves

with a transparent graphic that ratepayers will be able to understand and respond to. Email, 10 Feb 2014 Bruce Hyland, Daleys Point

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It’s time to recognise Umina Congratulations are in order to all concerned with the Ettalong Foreshore Development, especially to people such as Paul Anderson in Gosford Council and the architects. It’s going to be a fine amenity and has already proved quite ‘magnetic’ from my experience. I only hope the destructive louts and graffiti vandals in the area show some civic pride for a change and leave it the way it’s intended to be, for all of us, without the need for CCTV and security guards. However, fine though that is, can council recognise Umina Beach for what it is? And what is it? It’s one of the most beautiful beaches and in a lovely setting for sure, but also it’s the most populated single suburb in Gosford Shire. It’s second in population only to the combined Foresters Beach Wamberal - Terrigal - North Avoca region. With nearly 17,000 people, according to council’s own statistics, Umina alone comprises 10 per cent of the whole population council oversees. It needs upgrading, it needs cleaning up, everywhere. West St and Wellington St need to be looked at especially regarding traffic flow and street furniture. The surf clubs are good, as is the precinct, but there’s so much more that could be done. For far too long the affluent

Forum suburbs have gained the lion’s share of makeover money and the Peninsula as a whole has been neglected. Visitors from Sydney, further afield and even from abroad, can’t understand the neglect of this beautiful spot, and the one that is closest to Sydney itself. Big business has moved in quite obviously: Businesses that don’t make strategic mistakes. They can see the potential. But council has not risen to the occasion yet. Ettalong has shown what’s possible. It’s time to get onto Umina when that’s done. I’m aware there are projects in the pipeline. Are they ever going to be realised though? Umina is one of only three beachside suburbs close to a railway station. If you track north from south Sydney, you find Cronulla, then Bondi Junction- Bondi and then Woy Woy-Umina. As such is set to boom with the pressure on housing in Sydney. Time to treat its location, beauty and population the way it deserves. Even the road signs point to huge settlements like Patonga, Wagstaffe and Empire Bay, ignoring Umina Beach. Put it on the map.

Thanks from Ulysses Club On behalf of the Ulysses Club Woy Woy Peninsula Branch, I wish to thank you for your support in regard to promoting the Santa Parade. We are a nonprofit organisation and rely on people like Ed James and others to show their support of our branch and what we

Forum endeavour to achieve which is to raise money for many charities like The Arthritis Research Fund, The Police Legacy, our local NSW RFS, the local PCYC, and other local charities. The Santa Parade has been a

big feature in the Umina area for many years now. Our club members are always very keen to be part of this special event for the Peninsula. The motorcycles we ride always attract a lot of attention. Email, 3 Feb 2014 Phil Bernasconi, Woy Woy

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Out and About

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New actors registered with Little Theatre New actors have registered their interest in being involved in Woy Woy Little Theatre’s latest comedy Straight and Narrow. “There seems to be an avalanche of new acting talent being discovered at Woy Woy Little Theatre,” said marketing manager Mr David Wicks. “Besides a lot of new faces in the company’s previous three plays, more actors have surfaced for the comedy Straight and Narrow, an interesting take on relationship issues between three siblings, their partners and an

interfering domineering mother,” said Mr Wicks. Will Burke and Christine Cherry are both new faces to Woy Woy Little Theatre’s stage. Will plays Jeff, partner to Bob, and is no stranger to the stage having been a part of numerous productions in Gainesville, Florida. Notable roles include Jim Tyrone in Eugene O’Neill’s A Moon for the Misbegotten Horatio in Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Antonio in The Tempest. Encouraged by his girlfriend Sara, Will travelled to Australia and said it has been “one exciting

adventure after another”. Christine Cherry is returning to theatre after a long break from performing due to work and family commitments. Both her parents were dancers so a love of theatre was nurtured from an early age. She has played lead female roles in Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Little Miss Sunshine and The Sentimental Bloke. Woy Woy Little Theatre regulars

in the play include Helen Herridge, Gerard Dunning, John Lusty and award-winning actress Joan Dalgleish. Straight and Narrow will be staged at Woy Woy’s Peninsula Theatre from Friday, February 21, until Sunday, March 9. There are three ways to book tickets for this new Woy Woy Little Theatre production, 24 hours a day through the Woy Woy Little Theatre website, woywoylt.com.

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Out and About

Bands booked at Hardys Bay Hardys Bay Club has a number of bands booked over the coming months with live bands performing each Sunday on the deck from 4pm. The Big Yellow Moon band is booked to play on the nights of Saturday, February 22, and Sunday, March 1, from 7:30pm. St Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17, will be celebrated with

Irish music, food and drinks with the club open from 5pm. The Bay Leaf Bistro is open seven nights and for lunch on the weekends. While the future of the club remains unclear, the support of volunteers is keeping it going. Several functions have also been booked. Email, 12 Feb 2014 John Brown, Hardys Bay Club

Family group plays at folk club Troubadour Folk Club will present family group, The Hollands, at the next Troubadour concert to be held on Saturday, February 22, at the Woy Woy CWA Hall from 7pm.

after bush poet Banjo Patterson, handles percussion, said Mr Fine.

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“Their voices are similar and blend beautifully: The most natural and enchanting harmonies seem to be family harmonies,” said Troubadour Folk Club president Mr Michael Fine. “US-based, The Hollands, are troubadours in the true sense of the word,” said Mr Fine. They travel the world presenting their acoustic compositions accompanied by close family harmony and will appear at the Troubadour Folk Club as part of their 2014 Australian tour. The group comprises Jana Holland who composes for the group and plays banjo, mandolin and guitar, daughter Graciana on ukulele and bass, Craig, a native of Australia, began his music career playing punk including a seven year stint in Ballydowse, a Chicago-based Celtic Punk band recorded by famed indie producer, Steve Albini, and Banjo, the youngest Holland, named

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Umina couple celebrate 70th anniversary Umina couple George and Joan Williamson will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, March 18. The couple married on March 18, 1944 in Cronulla and moved to Gunnedah in 1956 to manage the Gunnedah newsagency. After 18 years, they sold the newsagency to the Sutter family and, in 1963, purchased Greenwood Grange on the Boggabri Rd where they lived until 1983. During their 37 years in Gunnedah they raised five children and were involved with the local community, attending Christ

Church of England. George, being a returned WWII soldier, supported Anzac Day marches and legacy. In 1983 they sold Greenwood Grange and moved to Umina to enjoy their retirement years, where they are involved with the local community and Anglican Church. They are parents of children Susan Williamson-Fritz, Pam Boyd, Judy Baldwin, Michele Streight and Graham Williamson. George and Joan are grandparents to 15 grandchildren and great-grand parents to 17 greatgrandchildren. Email, 10 Feb 2014 Michele Streight, Pyrmont

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Choir sings at eco-garden Woy Woy choir Ecopella will perform at the Four Seasons Art and Film day to be held on Saturday, February 22, at the Kariong Eco Garden from 4:30pm to 9pm. The event will begin with a Love Food Hate Waste performance with Bambara artists and artworks open from 5pm in the Arts Barn. Episodes of dirtgirlworld will also be showing in the Eco Garden and community groups will have information stalls in the hall. The Central Coast Conservatorium Senior Strings

Ensemble will take the stage from 6pm. The Ensemble will perform Summer from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons Concerto. At 7pm, aboriginal elder Gavi Duncan will tell stories of Tiddalik and at 7:30pm the movie Fern Gully - The Last Rainforest will show in the garden. Stories from Camp Quoll at Calga will commence in the hall

at 7:30pm, and Ecopella will perform in the hall from 8pm. Further stories from Our Land Our Water Our Future will be shown until 9pm with some short environmental films shown throughout the evening. Email, 13 Feb 2014 John Wiggin, Kariong Eco Garden

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Council welcomes waterfront announcements

Peter Pearce is 2014 Citizen of the Year

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

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osford City recognised some of its finest citizens at the annual have such outstanding Anderson and culminating significantly contributed Gosford City Australia Day Community Awards, held for the first citizens living in our city in a performance by to our local community. “Judging the Australia time during official Australia Day celebrations in Kibble Park on making it a better place for Australian music icon, us all to live and work and Christine Anu. Day Community Awards Sunday, January 26. Local humanitarian Peter Pearce was named the 2014 Citizen of the Year for his ongoing work helping those in need both in Gosford City and around the world. Mayor of Gosford City Cr Lawrie McKinna said hosting the awards

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

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

I thank all the nominees for their commitment and passion,” mayor Cr McKinna said. The Australia Day Community Awards have become an integral event on the Gosford City calendar with the 2014 ceremony presided over by Gosford City Council general manager, Paul

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Seniors Computer Club Central Coast Beginners classes for PC or Mac Mon or Tues. Classes Mon to Fri for most programs - see website. 10am – 12md or 1pm - 3pm Kincumber Neighbourhood Centre. Monthly Meetings with Guest Speaker at Kincumber Hotel 1st Mon 43692530 The Krait Club Community Centre - Cooinda Village, Neptune St, Umina 10.30am For senior members of community. Gentle exercises, quizzes, games, social activities, guest speakers, entertainment and bus trips - 4344 2992

Umina Beach Men’s Shed Inc. Men share a variety of tools, cctaas@hotmail.com pursue interests and hobbies, Spend time with other men and Community Care Learn new skills Services - Central Coast Darrell 4341 2355 For people with memory loss & their carers. Enjoy a Volunteering Central relaxing coffee morning Coast Rocky Point Café - Ettalong Refers potential volunteers to Beach Memorial Club community orgs. Support both 3rd Wed 4324 4244 volunteers and community orgs. Training for volunteers Central Coast Over 30s & their managers. 4329 7122 vrc@volunteeringcentralcoast.org.au Social Group Inc We offer social contact, Wagstaffe to Killcare entertainment events & new Community friendships for people in their Protect and preserve the 30’s, 40’s, 50’s & 60’s etc. environment & residential Our events range from; nature of the Bouddi Live Music, House Parties, Peninsula and to strengthen Restaurant Nights, community bonds BBQ’s/Picnics, Trips 2nd Mon, 7.30pm Wagstaffe Away & lots more. Hall - 4360 2945 For a FREE calendar call info@wagstaffetokillcare.org.au Sharon on 0432 760 272 cco30s@live.com.au

I AM LOST Deep Conversations & systematic exercises for understanding my self & my place in life. - Gurdjieff Society - Ancient and modern knowledge. 6pm 2nd Thu 0425 296 783 www.gurdjieff.org.au

4341 9333 Ettalong 50+ Leisure & Learning Centre Mon - Fri - Cards, Computer Lessons, Dancing, Indoor Bowls, Fitness, Handicrafts, Leatherwork, Line Dancing, Painting, Scrabble, Table Tennis, Tai Chi, Yoga, Darts 4341 3222

McMasters Road, Woy Woy Discussions, Rumikin, Craft, History, Walkers, Coach trips Tues, Wed, Thur 4341 7785 4341 2142

Mingaletta Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Corporation The Mingaletta community centre provides its members and other community groups a meeting place and referal hub for education, health, well-being and cultural programs through consultative services and community programs. Mon-Fri 9am 4pm 6 Sydney Ave Umina 4342 7515 admin@mingaletta.com.au

Peninsula School for Seniors The Community Centre,

If you would like your Community Organisation listed here, call us on 4325 7369

Disabled Services Riding for the Disabled Horse Riding as a therapy for those with intellectual or physical disabilities Volunteers required. No Previous exp necessary School hours only Mon to Sat 4340 0388 stateoffice@rdansw.org.au

Environment

Peninsula Environment Group Talks, films, social events, workshops, renewable energy and recycling projects, organic food buying group www.peg.org.au

Meals on Wheels Delivered meals and flexible food options for people with a functional disability 4382 9401 Mary Mac’s Place Providing hot, freshly cooked meals - Mon to Fri 11am-1pm with support, info & referrals 4341 0584 marymacs@woywoycatholic.org.au

Overeaters Anonymous (OA) 12-step fellowship for those with eating disorders. No dues, fees, or weigh-ins. Peninsula Corn. Cntr, cnr. Mc Masters Rd & Ocean Beach Rd. Woy Woy, Fri 8pm www.oa.org - 0412 756 446 Pink Butterfly Breast Cancer Support Group First Sunday 10.00am -12.00 Shop 71 Schnapper Road Ettalong Markets 0428 712 251 Peninsula Village Wellness Centre Offering holistic and complementary therapies including aromatherapy, massage and music therapy 4344 9199 Peninsula Village Meals Delivered daily to your door Nutritious, great for the elderly 4344 9199 Peninsula Village Carer’s Support Group For carers of loved ones with dementia - 1st Wed - 10 to 11.30am Paula 4344 9199 Peninsula Women’s Health Centre Clinic sister; counselling; alternate therapists; groups and community education; drop-in; support for women in crisis; 4342 5905 Wed & Thur 9.30am-3pm 20a McMasters Rd, Woy Woy www.ccwhc.com.au

Prostate Cancer Support Group (Gosford) Meet last Friday Terrigal Uniting Church, 380 Terrigal Drive, Terrigal 9.30am to 12 noon 4367 9600 www.pcfa.org.au

Wellness Group A small group of people with a serious illness to share and support unfolding journeys Free at The Clearing, 2/31 Chambers Place Woy Woy 2nd Mon 9:30am 4341 0464

Health Groups

lizmacnamara@bigpond.com

Alcoholics Anonymous If you want to drink, that’s your business. If you want to stop, that’s our business. Every Sat - Progress Hall Ronald Ave, Wyoming 8pm 4323 3890

Woy Woy Public Hospital Alliance To restore medical services previously available & upgrade to a standard that meets with local needs. 2pm 2nd Sat St Lukes Church Hall, Blackwall Rd Woy Woy 4344 4811

Arthritis NSW 3rd Tues Peninsula Community Centre, Cnr McMasters Rd and Ocean Beach Rd, Woy Woy 4341 5881 Gambling Solutions Gambling help counsellors providing free confidential professional service to

Woy Woy Stroke Recovery Club Peninsula Community Centre 2nd Tues 11.30am Company, up-to-date info, hydrotherapy, bus trips 4341 7177

Marine

Central Coast Rescue Unit Marine Education Courses. Radio Licences, Boat Safety & Boat Licence & PWC Licence Tests, Navigation, Seamanship and Meteorology. g 4325 7929 www.vmrcc.org.au

Music Gosford Musical Society Minstrels Entertain at various venues on the Coast seeking new members Thur Night Laycock St North Gosford 4341 4210 Soundwaves Men’s acapella 4 part harmony chorus - all ages 7pm Mon Central Coast Leagues Club Ray 0405 030 945 randtbale@bigpond.com

Troubadour Central Coast Inc Folk, Traditional & Acoustic Music and Spoken Word Inc Ukulele meets, Concerts and Sessions 4th Sat 7pm CWA Hall Woy Woy 4341 4060 mail.info@troubadour.org.au

Political Group

experience and skills of members and the general public. Running classes, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and social events - Annual exhibitions in May and December info@ccpotters.org

4324 5343

Sport

Deepwater Dragon Boat Club Woy Woy Come try this fantastic sport! Paddling sessions available Sunday mornings & Wednesday afternoons. Adults & juniors over 12 years welcome. First 3 training sessions free. 0414 974 743. deepwaterdragons@hotmail.com

Woy Woy Judo Club Classes for adults, juniors & seniors. Tues & Fri Ettalong 50+ Leisure and Learning Centre 0434 000 170 www.wwjc.org.au

Travel Friendship Force Central Coast Travel in small groups and stay with friends in 370 clubs around the world & host small groups. 4388 9435 www.friendshipforcecentralcoast.asn.au

Veterans

Australian Labor Party Umina Ettalong Branch Political discussions, national, state and local government issues 2nd Mon Umina Beach Bowling Club 7.30 4342 3676

National Malaya Borneo Veterans Association 1st Sat (except Jan) 2pm Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club, 51-52 The Esplanade. 4342 1107

Central Coast Greens Active regarding ecological sustainability, social & economic justice, peace & non-violence, grassroots democracy & gettingGreens elected 3rd Thur,

Vietnam Veterans’, Peacekeepers’ and Peacemakers’ Assist all Veterans & families with pension & welfare Mon & Wed 9am-1pm 4344 4760 Cnr Broken Bay Rd & Beach St Ettalong.

centralcoast.nsw.greens.org.au centralcoastgreens@gmail.com

Peninsula Day Branch ALP Meeting 1pm 2nd Mon monthly CWA Hall Woy Woy Federal, State, Local Government and Community matters under caring discussions 4341 9946

Service Groups Lions Club of Woy Woy 1st and 3rd Mon at Everglades Country Club 4326 1996 Make new friends and have fun while serving your community. Northern Settlement Services Provides socialisation for migrants. Volunteers assist with home visits, shopping and social days. Every Thur Peninsula Community Centre 93 McMasters Rd Woy Woy - 4334 3877 Rotary Club of Kariong/Somersby International service club improve lives of communities in Aust. & o/seas. Fun-filled activities, fellowship and friendship. Phillip House, 21 Old Mount Penang Rd, Fri 7.15am 4340 4529 kersuebay@philliphouse.com.au

Rotary Club of Umina International service organisation of business leaders improving lives of youth & those in need. Weds. Everglades Country Club

centralcoastveterans@bigpond.com.

Woy Woy Ettalong Hardy’s Bay RSL Provide help with pensions and welfare etc. Shop 5/382 Oceanview Rd Ettalong. Tues & Thurs 9am to 1pm 4341 2594

Women’s Groups Country Women’s Association Woy Woy Opposite Fisherman’s Wharf Craft & Friendship 1st and 2nd Wed 10am Meetings 4th Wed 10.30am 4324 2621 Country Women’s Association Umina Craft and Friendship: • Mon 6pm; Wed 9am; 1st Sun 12.30pm • Branch meeting: 1st Wed 10am CWA Hall, Cnr West and Sydney St, Umina 4341.5404 The Endeavour View Club, Woy Woy Lunch 1st Mon Everglades Country Club 10.30am. Friendship days, 3rd Wed Uniting Church Hall, Picnic Pde Ettalong 10.30am 4342 2283 Gosford RSL Women’s Auxiliary For women over 18 years. Raise money for welfare of veterans and their families RSL Club West Gosford 4th Mon 2pm 4323 7336

Rotary Club of Woy Woy International service club improve lives of communities in Aust. & o/seas. Tues 6pm Everglades Country Club. Don Tee 0428 438 535

WOWGIRLS Wave of Wisdom Inc WOWGIRLS Wave of Wisdom connects women and local businesses around a common theme of wellbeing. to share wisdom and explore lifes potential. Regular Powwows, WOW Wisdom gatherings, WOW days and WOW courses check our website for activities.

Special Interest

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curleys@ozemail.com.au

0409 245 861

Central Coast Potters Society Dedicated to increasing the ceramics knowlede,


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Sport

Bowling green named after Bill Raper Umina Beach Men’s Bowling Club’s second green has been named after long serving welfare officer Mr William ‘Bill’ Raper. Bill, who was a life member and had been welfare officer at the club for a couple of decades, passed away last year from cancer. Bill was awarded the OAM just prior to his passing in recognition of his work with the bowling club, St Vincent de Paul, the Catholic Church and other organisations over the years. “His dedication to his work and generosity to the people he assisted was clearly shown by the

people who attended his service at the Catholic Church at Woy Woy,” said Umina Beach Men’s Bowling Club publicity officer Mr Ian Jarratt. “Bill served in the navy and was always included in the guard of honour at the Club’s Anzac Day ceremony. “Bill will always be remembered for his wearing of shorts on all occasions and long white socks where he would stick his pen. “On the day of unveiling, many of the members dressed accordingly in recognition of Bill. “Bill’s family attended the ceremony and assisted in the unveiling of the plaque and his

son, John, spoke of his father’s devotion to his work. “He said he did not realise how highly regarded he was in our community,” Mr Jarratt said. Umina Beach Men’s Bowling Club president Mr Robert King also praised the work that Bill had carried out in his role and said it would be difficult to find a more dedicated person to fill his shoes. After the presentation, the family joined with the men’s and ladies’ committee members and friends for a light lunch and reminiscing. Email, 11 Feb 2014 Ian Jarratt, Umina Beach Men’s Bowling Club

Sherriff edged out Ettalong’s Aron Sherriff was edged out in the Bowls Central Coast Bowler of the Year 2013 award by Terrigal’s Miro Perovic at the Bowls Central Coast Management Meeting on Thursday, January 16. Sherriff has won the coveted award eight times in the past 10 years but was defeated by Perovic who won the Central Coast championship Senior Singles and Pairs along with the Open Triples

championship last year. Ettalong’s John Roberts’ record in representing the Bowls Central Coast Zone side on more than 150 occasions over the past 17 years and as side captain in recent years was recognised with the presentation of a suitably-inscribed pewter salver. Roberts has chosen to stand down from open competition to concentrate on State and Zone Senior selection. It was also announced that new Bowler of the Year categories

would be introduced for 2014 to complement the prestigious nature and importance of these awards across all age groups of bowlers. The Wal Rainbow Shield remains the pinnacle award for Open championship events and will be complemented by new awards for the Senior Bowler of the Year, the Rookies Bowler of the Year and the Under 18 Bowler of the Year. Email, 20 Jan 2014 Kevin Dring, Bowls Central Coast

For events in post code areas 2256 and 2257 Beach – Umina Beach Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks tribute show, Club Umina, 8pm

Bays Community Group annual meeting, Bays Community Hall The Monuments Men charity preview screening, Cinema Paradiso, Ettalong, 7:30pm

Sunday February 23

Friday February 21

Breakfast in the Bays, Bays Community Hall

Straight and Narrow opening performance, Peninsula Theatre

Tuesday February 25

Saturday February 22 Veterans March, Dedication Service and Welcome Home Function, Ettalong, 10am AC/DC tribute show - Dirty Deeds, Woy Woy Leagues Club Troubadour Folk Club concert featuring The Hollands, Woy Woy CWA Hall, 7pm Big Yellow Moon, Hardys Bay Club, 7:30pm 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships begin, Ocean

Vitality and Energy Management group, Peninsula Women’s Health Centre, 10am12pm, free

Friday March 7 Central Coast Guide Dogs NSW-ACT Volunteer Support Group fundraising stall, Deepwater Plaza, Woy Woy, 9am-2:30pm World Day of Prayer church service, at St David’s Presbyterian Church, Woy Woy, 10am

Friday March 14 Seven Harp Ensemble, Ettalong Beach Club, 7pm

Saturday March 15 Wednesday February 26 Triple P Parenting Workshops begin, Woy Woy Public School, 10am-12:30pm

Sunday March 1 Big Yellow Moon, Hardys Bay Club, 7:30pm

Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 Emergency

The Peninsula Diary of Events Wednesday February 19

Peninsula directory of services, contacts and support groups

Peninsula Environment Group annual meeting, Woy Woy Environment Centre

Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 Police Assistance Line 131 444 Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 Woy Woy Police Station 4379 7399 Energy Australia 13 13 88 Gas Emergency 131 909 Gosford City Council 4325 8222 Marine Rescue NSW Central Coast 4325 7929 SES - Storm and Flood Emergency 132 500

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Organisations Mingaletta 4342 7515 Aboriginal Home Care 4352 1153 Drug & Alcohol rehab 4388 6360

Accommodation Dept. of Housing Gosford 4323 5211 Cassie4Youth 4322 3197 Coast Shelter 4324 7239 Pacific Link Com Housing 4324 7617 Rumbalara Youth Refuge 4325 7555 Samaritans Youth Services 4351 1922 Youth Angle • Woy Woy 4341 8830 Woy Woy Youth Cottage 4341 9027

Poisons Information 131 126 Ambulance Text Mobile 106 Ambulance GSM 112 Gosford Hospital 4320 2111 Woy Woy Hospital 4344 8444 Sexual Health @ Gosford Hospital 4320 2114 After Hours GP Help Line 1800 022 222

Legal & Financial Help Financial Counselling Service 4334 2304 Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service 4353 5515 Woy Woy Court 4344 0111

Libraries Gosford district: Umina Beach 4304 7333 Woy Woy 4304 7555

Problems, Habits & Addiction Alcoholics Anonymous 4323 3890 Narcotics Anonymous 4325 0524

Wildlife Arc 4325 0666 Wires 8977 3333

Transport

Community Centres Peninsula Community Centre 4341 9333 Men’s Shed Cluster Inc 0413 244 484

Counselling

Opera in the Arboretum, Pearl Beach, 3pm-5:30pm

Centacare: 4324 6403 Relationship Australia: 1300 364 277 Interrelate: 1800 449 118

for events in post code areas 2250, 2251 & 2260 and the Wyong Regional Chronicle for events in post code areas 2258, 2259, 2261, 2262 & 2263

Health

Animal Rescue

Saturday March 29

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. See the Coast Community News

Horizons (For men with children) 4333 5111 Uniting Care Burnside Gosford 1800 067 967

Family and Relationships Centacare Gosford 4324 6403 Gosford Family Support Service 4340 1099

Taxi 131 008 Busways 4368 2277 City Rail 131 500

Welfare Services Gosford Family Support 4340 1585 Meals on Wheels 4341 6699 Department of Community Services Gosford 4336 2400 The Salvation Army 4325 5733 Samaritans Emergency Relief 4393 2450 St Vincent De Paul Society HELPLINE 4323 6081


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Classifieds Bores and Spears

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Phone: 4325 7369 Fax: 4321 0940 E-mail: manager@duckscrossing.org or Download a form from www.duckscrossing.org

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Adult Services

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Antennas

Install high quality pumps and maintenance free spears, existing systems reconditioned, all work guaranteed. lic No. DL1960

Builder

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Building Design

The Central Coast Bush Dance & Troubadour Acoustic Music Association

Experience Folk Music Club Music at its best at meets at the East Gosford CWA Hall, Woy Woy Progress Hall @ 7.30pm Floor Spots Henry Parry Drive available March 8 February 22

Bush Dance with Snake Gully Admission $18 incl. supper Folk Fed Affiliates & Pensioners $15,

Students 13 to 18 $8

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Carpentry

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Bathrooms

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Bi-Fold, French & Wardrobe Stainless Steel Security Door & Window Systems, Security Grilles, Fly Screen Doors and Fly Screens, Dog & Cat Doors

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Regular House Cleaning we also do

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Lights - Fans Power - Reno's Switchboards Security lights No job too small Call Ben on

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• Reg No. AB16YJ • Acquired new Nov 2009 • Current KM’s 72,000 • Immaculate condion • Lease now expired • One owner, fully serviced

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All colorbond, lattice, pool and garden fencing. All gates No job too small We will beat any written quote Operating on the Coast for 10 years Fully licenced and insured "We work with the customer" Call Craig 24/7 for all your fencing needs on 0405 620 888 or 4344 1363

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All Interior & Exterior Paint work

All aspects of Lawn & Garden Maintenance

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Pergolas Rubbish Removal

Tree Trimming General Carpentry

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Stump Removal

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Have a reversing camera supplied & installed by a qualified mechanic at your home from as little as $250. After hours / Saturday appointments available

Chrysler Voyager 2008 Touring V6

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Your total acoustic blues/roots package, top to toe, and then some. Minnie the Moocher to Eagle Rock and on into indie roots, beatnik jazz, backhills bluegrass and prog folk. Available as duo, trio or band negotiable for your party, event or venue.

Motor Vehicle

Cant’ see what is behind U While Reversing?

7PM Tickets $12 Concession $10 Members $8

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Electrical Services

Blinds

Express 1 week

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Classifieds Photography

Public Notices

Tuition - Dance

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Gosford Scottish Country Dancers

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Removals

Gyprock, Renovations Small Jobs, Free Quotes Reliable Service

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Plumbing

Umina Beach Plumbing All aspects of plumbing: Drainage and Gasfitting, Domestic and Maintenance Works Installation of rainwater tanks

Deliveries & Removals, Local Sydney, Newcastle & Country. Single items or a house full. Competitive rates.

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Roofing

Avoca Beach Metal Roofing

0402 682 812

• Re-Roofing

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Woy Woy Peninsula Lions Club

February 24, 9am to 1pm

Great variety of stalls ~ BBQ, Tea & Coffee. Vendors Welcome ~ $15 per car Now at Dunban Road Car Park NB stall sites not open until 6.30am Cnr. Ocean Beach Road Woy Woy Always Last Sunday

(Except December)

Enq: 0439 514 723

Cost $5.00 per week Contact Janice on 4388 2253

Tuition - Music

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Umina Beach Women’s Bowling Club played its Major Pairs game on Friday, February 7. It was eventually by Leila Gilmour and Saggus. Leila and Jean, played against Chris

won Jean who Cole

Tuition - Music

Frank Russell Guitar Lessons All Ages Beginner to intermediate Umina

0417 456 929 or 4341 4060

Cash paid for good quality swords & knives. War & movie memorabilia also shop display units

and Cherie Johnston, led 10-3 at the 10th end. Chris and Cherie started to catch up, scoring a five against their opponents, only to then loose that gain a few ends later when Leila and Jean regained the five they lost. The long ends continued throughout the game, with Leila and Jean winning the game on the 18th end. Email, 11 Feb 2014 Eve Phillips, Umina Beach Women’s Bowling Club

For large collections home visit available

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hold a intermediate class on Wednesdays from 7 to 10 pm at Wyoming Beginners Tuesdays 7.30 to 9 pm at Kariong It’s an excellent for of excersice which brings men, women and young people together socially, learning new and old

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• Depp Studios - Formerly of Umina

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Sport

Surf club competes at carnival Umina Surf Club competed in the Zane Holmes Wave Warrior Carnival held in Newport on Saturday, February 1, and was represented by Kieran, Harry and Lachlan Braddish.

A previous floorball team

Floorball to be played at Leisure Centre Floorball will be played this year at the Peninsula Leisure Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Floorball is described as indoor ice hockey without the ice and is played all year round during term time. The sport is suitable for all abilities, is non-contact and is a

great team sport from age five to adults, according to the coordinator Ms Tanya Watson. No experience is necessary as basic skills are practised each week before the game, and all equipment. other than court shoes, is supplied. The club has three age groups this year.

Juniors, ages five to nine years will meet on Tuesdays from 5pm to 7pm with adult seniors following from 7pm to 9pm. Intermediates, ages 10 to 13 years, will meet on Thursdays from 5pm to 7pm with youth, aged four years and over, to meet from 7pm to 9pm. Please contact juniors,

Red points LAT 33° 51’ S - LONG 151° 14’ E - TIME ZONE - 1000 Times and Heights(m) of high and low waters

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Brisbane Water Bridge Club celebrated Australia Day on Tuesday, January 28, with a Red Point event at the Peninsula Community Centre. The event was contested by 50 club members and visitors. The winners were Robin and Ed Vaughan with 64 per cent followed by Jack and Lorraine Lindsay in second place with 58.50 per cent and Gwen White and Kerryn Murray in third place with 58.20 per cent. Email, 31 Jan 2014 Jenny Buckley, Brisbane Water Bridge Club Photo: Barry Foster

intermediates, youth co-ordinator Tanya on 0449 761 886 or seniors coordinator Mitchell on 0424 605 780 for more information. Email, 4 Feb 2014 Tanya Watson, Peninsula Floorball

Wave Warrior is an initiative by Ironman Zane Holmes and is held in every state over the summer season. Lachlan won gold in the under-12 ironman event and surf race and silver in the sprint. Harry won gold in the under-14 sprint and placed fourth in the board event. Kieran managed fourth in the under-15 sprint and seventh in the board final. Lachlan also competed in the 2014 Cole Classic Ocean Swim the following day in Manly and won the under-12 1km course in a record time of 12:25 against 90 competitors. Lachlan, who trains at the Peninsula Leisure Centre for Woy Woy Swim Club, also won the under-10 1km event in 2010. Rachel Wood, also from Woy Woy Swim Club and Umina Surf Life Saving Club, swam in the 9km event and came runner-up in the female division. Email, 4 and 5 Feb 2014 Richard Braddish, Umina

Recycling introduced at children’s triathlon Recycling was introduced at an annual triathlon held which attracted 3000 children to Woy Woy over the holidays. An education campaign at the event aimed to inspire families to participate in environmentallyfriendly habits and take responsibility for the impact of their actions. A recycling team was on hand at the event to help the children make

sure their rubbish went in the right bin. The team from waste and recycling company Veolia Environnment Australia hoped to increase understanding and awareness around what can be recycled to reduce the waste sent to landfill at the events and at home. Media release, 11 Feb 2014 Alicia Alford, Veolia Australia and New Zealand

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Sport

Ocean Beach under-19s place fifth in Open Rowers League Series which consists of 25 events around Australia from September 2013 to February 2014 and are held on some of the country’s premier beaches. The 2014 Navy Australian Open is the culmination of the series. The Australian Surf Rowers League was born in NSW in 1992 as the International League of Australian Surfboat Rowers Inc. and currently has over 3000 members from over 260 clubs which make up over 550 crews competing nationally each year.

The Ocean Beach Headmony surfboat team placed fifth in the under-19 men’s division at the Australian Open held in Stockton from February 7 to 9. The Australian Open has a race distance of 400 metres with wet starts and finishes. Crews rowed three round robin races before they moved to an elimination round and raced off in the finals of each division. The Australian Open brought 3500 rowers, officials, friends, family and supporters to the Newcastle area. The 2013-14 Australian Surf

Media release, 9 Feb 2014 Darren Saffin, Progressive PR

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Ocean Beach Malibu Club wins charity challenge The Ocean Beach Malibu Club kicked off the 2014 season winning the annual Three Way Charity Challenge against the Wallarah Longboard Club and Shelly Beach Malibu Club on Sunday, January 19. The victory gives Ocean Beach five wins from the six years the event has been re-established as a tri-club contest. The contest was held at Shelly Beach in small, inconsistent surf and hosted by the Shelly Beach

Ocean Beach Headomy under-19 men in action at the Navy Australian Open at Stockton

club. For the second consecutive year the Ocean Beach Malibu Club had totalled enough points to secure victory prior to the final heat being surfed. Heat winners for the club were Ben Scully-Hawkins, Mark Williams, Tom Payne, Hayden Emery and Matt Sing. Peter Wellington, John Payne and Richard McClelland surfed well to claim second place in their heats while Craig Coulton, Brent Olsson, Hayden Wellington and Chris Irwin managed to place third

in their respective heats. Ocean Beach Malibu Clubs Angi Smith was the best performer of all the ladies who surfed. All proceeds from the day are to be donated to the charity nominated by the Shelly Beach Malibu Club. The final contest results were Ocean Beach Malibu Club on 101 points, Wallarah Longboard Club on 82 points and Shelly Beach Malibu Club on 69 points. Email, 12 Feb 2014 Craig Coulton, Ocean Beach Malibu Club

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The 27-year-old was Guildford, one was in olice have arrested and charged three members of ‘Brothers group. He was refused bail, charged with: Attempt Auburn and one was in for Life’, two of which were from the Wyong LGA, following a proactive operation throughout Sydney and the Central Coast on appeared at Wyong Local to possess unauthorised Kellyville. Attempt to The operation was Court on Thursday, pistol; Wednesday, January 8.

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West Metro, North West Metro and Northern Regions, in executing seven search warrants at properties in Sydney and the Central Coast. As a result of the operation, three men were arrested including alleged gang leader 31-year-old Farhad Qaumi from Chittaway Bay; a 29-year-old man from Wyong; and a 27-year-old man from Auburn. The three men were

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charged with a variety of offences, before being refused bail to appear before court on Thursday, January 9. Quami was charged with two counts of possess unauthorised pistol; possess unauthorised prohibited firearm; two counts of supply prohibited drug (Large Commercial Quantity); supply prohibited drug (Indictable Quantity); and knowingly direct criminal activities of

January 9, with the case adjourned to March 7; he was again refused bail. The 29-year-old was charged with: possess unauthorised pistol; possess unauthorised prohibited firearm; two counts of supply prohibited drug (Large Commercial Quantity); supply prohibited drug (Indictable Quantity); and knowingly direct criminal activities of group. He was also refused bail.

possess unauthorised prohibited firearm; Two counts of supply prohibited drug (Large Commercial Quantity); Supply prohibited drug (Indictable Quantity); and Participate in criminal group. He was refused bail and appeared in Parramatta Local Court on Thursday, January 9. Of the seven search warrants executed by police, three were in Wyong, one was in Villawood, one was in

part of an ongoing investigation by Strike Force Sitella, which was formed by MEOCS to investigate a number of shootings in Sydney during the second half of 2013. Strike Force Sitella has resulted in police arresting eleven people and preferring 73 charges, as well as seizing three handguns, two shotguns and quantities of illicit drugs.

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he first designs for the Chinese Cultural Village Theme Park $500 million in a tourism Central Coast and will inbound tourism to NSW definitely create new jobs will almost double by project at Warnervale have now been released, with a giant project very often.” Council is yet to and flow on benefits for 2020, becoming NSW’s gold Buddha as the centrepiece of an $80 million ‘Thanksgiving receive a Development local retailers and the largest international Temple’.

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The Temple is one of seven major sections planned for the 15 hectare theme park, expected to open in 2015, with other themed sections being the China City Gate Tang and Song Cultural Academy, Water towns, Panda paradise, Wyong Theatre, and Royal Villa. Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton attended the launch of the ‘Thanksgiving

Temple’ in Shanghai on December 28, where the Temple project was officially blessed by Taiwanese Buddhist Monk Abbott Zeng. “It is incredibly exciting to start seeing the vision for the Theme Park, and I think now that people can see the images, they will start to appreciate the scale of the proposal and what it could mean for our

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Shire,” said Cr Eaton. “The developers have long been telling us that this Theme Park will be up there with the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge in terms of tourist attractions. “There is no doubt it is unique, being the first time a part of China has been recreated overseas. “You certainly don’t see an investment of

Application for the Theme Park, but sold the land, which is adjacent to the Warnervale Airport, to the Australian Chinese Theme Park Pty Ltd in 2012 for $10 million. “This project represents a huge boost to Wyong in terms of tourism and economic development,” said the mayor. “It will be one of the only major manmade attractions on the

hospitality sector. In-bound Chinese tourism to Australia has been steadily increasing in the past few years, with 700,000 tourists spending over $4 billion in 2012, according to a report by Tourism Australia. With Chinese tourism growing by an average of 20% each year, Destination NSW’s China Tourism Strategy predicts that the value of Chinese

market in terms of visitor arrivals, visitor nights and expenditure. “Combined with our plans for a regional airport just across the Freeway from this site, I can see our local economy thriving in the next decade and providing a brighter future for our residents. Media release, 14 Jan 2014 Wyong Council media

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Ms Hall received news this week that the Abbott Government was refusing to honour a funding commitment to build the Gulgul Barang Youth Support Centre in San Remo – despite the funds being allocated in the budget prior to the last election. “The former Labor Government committed $2.7 million to build the Gulgul Barang Youth Support Centre last year,” said Ms Hall. “This was real money that was allocated in the budget papers and a DA was due to be lodged shortly. “Yet now the Federal Minister Warren Truss is refusing to honour that funding commitment, so the new centre can no longer go ahead. “So many people put so much hard work into the proposal for this project. “It would have been a major boost for the region and a significant support centre for young people in the northern areas of Wyong Shire. “I am devastated that this project is not being supported by the Coalition Government. “It was such a

worthwhile project and would have helped so many young people in the area. “It would have offered support with employment training, skills development, health care, cultural engagement and mentoring. “The Federal Minister claims the project could not go ahead because it was due to be funded through proceeds from the Mineral Resource Rent Tax (MRRT). “But this is simply not true. “When the former Federal Labor Government announced funding for the project last year it was not reliant on money from the MRRT. “The project was fully funded through the budget process with projections that came out of Treasury. “It was also announced prior to the caretaker period. “The Coalition Government has simply chosen not to support this region and to turn its back on services in the northern suburbs of Wyong Shire.” The Gulgul Barang

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Centre was proposed by a community partnership involving the Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, the San Remo Neighbourhood Centre, Central Coast Medicare Local, Youth Connections, ET Australia and the local advisory group of Better Futures, Local Solutions. Darkinjung LALC also donated the land where the new centre was due to be built. San Remo Neighbourhood Centre manager Jillian Hogan said she was also disappointed that the centre no longer had government support. “We desperately need this new Gulgul Barang Centre because existing services are already so stretched,” she said. “How can we build our service delivery in the north of the Shire when we don’t have the infrastructure to support it?” Darkinjung LALC CEO Mr Sean Gordon said he was disappointed the centre did not receive funding. “This project was set to bring about much needed infrastructure

Federal Member for Shortland Jill Hall MP, with CEO of Darkinjung LALC Sean Gordon and Manager of the San Remo Neighbourhood Centre Jillian Hogan, discussing plans

to address critical factors within our region including social exclusion, youth dislocation from informal support networks and poor public transport for training and education. “While we feel let down by this latest development, we are

exploring other avenues to rectify the situation, with hope that all is not lost. “Clearly the needs of the community outweigh any political agenda. “Given the growing population of the North Wyong area, there is a huge need for community infrastructure that

supports the growing demands of the community in the form of employment, education, training and health,” said Mr Gordon. Media release, 6 Feb 2014 Sean Gordon, Darkinjung LALC Media release, 6 Feb 2014 Lisa McDermott, Office of Jill Hall MP

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Terrigal defeats Ettalong bowls team Last year's event

Surf life saving championships are launched The 2014 NSW Surf Life Saving Championships were launched at Ocean BeachUmina on Wednesday, February 12. Set to be held over four weekends from February 22 to March 16, Surf Life Saving has formally announced a new partnership with ClubsNSW as the major partner for the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships for the next three years. The NSW Championships provides a platform for up to 9000 of the state’s lifesavers to perform

at the highest level across multiple disciplines as well as offering grassroots level support to the lifesavers of the future, the Nippers, to stay engaged and involved with the movement. The 2014 NSW Championships is also expected to attract more than 800 officials and more than 15,000 spectators during the three major weekends of Age, Seniors and Masters competitions, bringing an estimated boost of more than $15 million to the Central Coast region. Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie

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McKinna said council was excited to once again be hosting the NSW Surf Life Saving Championships. “Following the success of last year’s event we are proud to be hosting the 2014 championships featuring some of the best surf life savers from across the country. “The championships provide a great boost for local tourism and will showcase our world class venues including the Peninsula Recreation Precinct and Peninsula Leisure Centre. “Beach safety is very important to Gosford City. “Over the last few years, council has made significant investments towards improving and maintaining our stunning beaches and waterways, as well as supporting beach safety on the Central Coast,” mayor Cr McKinna said. Media release, 12 Feb 2014 Matt Miller, NSW Surf Life Saving

The Terrigal bowls team of Jeff Watson, Grant Spurway and Darren Morrison, skipped by former Victorian State player Bruce Jewell, defeated a highly fancied Ettalong team led by Aron Sherriff in the semi-final of the Bowls Central Coast Fours championship played at Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club on Saturday, February 8. The more experienced Diggers combination of Stephen Edwards, Brian Pandelis and Matt Watts, skipped by Neil Dell, had an easy win over the Ettalong young guns skipped by Duncan Moore in the other semi-final. With former world champion and current Australian and NSW State player Aron Sherriff watching from the sidelines, the 2014 Central Coast Fours title was up for grabs with the winner progressing to the State play-offs later in the year. Twice Terrigal looked as if it was gaining the upper-hand with mini-breaks at 5-2 and 12-7 on the

scoreboard only to be hauled back in by the Diggers foursome and at 17 all, after 17 ends, it was gameon. Terrigal picked up a five on the 18th end and then one shot on the 19th end to make it 23-17 which looked to be enough for victory, but once again the Diggers clawed their way back with four shots over the closing ends to just fall short 21-23 in the final. At the post game presentation Bowls Central Coast president Mr Max LeGiuer congratulated Ettalong Memorial Bowling Club on hosting the championships over two weekends and the 176 players (44 teams) that contested the event. “Terrigal and Diggers’ presence in the final demonstrated the depth of talent in the Zone and both teams were to be congratulated on the high standard of the game watched by an appreciative spectator crowd,” said Mr LeGiuer. Email, 10 Feb 2014 Kevin Dring, Bowls Central Coast

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