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14 April 2014

Rail underpass project open for comment The $25 million Rawson Rd Level Crossing Replacement project is currently being advertised with submissions open until May 2. The development application was submitted by Gosford Council with funding from the State Government. The project aims to address safety concerns by closing and removing the existing level crossing at Rawson Rd. The project, which extends from Railway St at the Shoalhaven Dr Underpass to the base of Bulls Hill, includes improved pedestrian and cycleway connectivity under the railway tracks at Shoalhaven Dr, the upgrade and extension of Nagari Rd from Shoalhaven Dr to a new roundabout south of the railway tracks, a new vehicle underpass at the bottom of Bulls Hill under the railway tracks and a new bridge over Woy Woy Creek at the bottom of Bulls Hill. According to the council’s project coordinator Mr David Medcalf, the project would benefit road and rail users with improved safety and efficiency. “The design is being developed to minimise environmental and local heritage impacts and will incorporate input from the community and other stakeholders.” A number of submissions were received in response to the advertisement of the development application.

Former Gosford councillor Lynne Bockholt pledged her support for the proposal. “An underpass as contained in the development application is the best option to eliminate the unsatisfactory level crossing and the underpass in one fell swoop,” states Ms Bockholt’s submission. However, others claimed it would result in further siltation to Correa Bay, and that the new underpass and closure of the crossing would cut people off from the quickest access to Woy Woy town centre, including emergency services. One resident of Woy Woy, who withheld identifying details, stated that they were strongly concerned about the loss of amenity and vehicular access to Woy Woy station, shops and other facilities that would occur as a result of the proposed fencing of the rail corridor at Rawson Rd. The South Woy Woy Progress Association stated in its submission, that it “fully supports” the proposal and “has done so for many years”. Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council lodged a formal objection to the application stating it was concerned because there are a number of recorded Aboriginal sites located within the vicinity of the properties and the area is considered to be very rich in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. Development application 44862/2013, 2 Dec 2013

Works being undertaken as part of the first stage of the project to remove the existing level crossing at Rawson Rd.

Ettalong club becomes Ettalong Diggers The Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club has decided to change its trading name to Ettalong Diggers. After nearly 10 years trading as Ettalong Beach Club, the club will change its trading name “to be more in line with the objects

of the club and become better recognised within the Peninsula community”, according to club secretary Ms Joy Allan. The trading name Ettalong Beach Club “arose as an abbreviation of the club’s company name (Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Ltd) as well

as the club’s location,” she said. Ms Allan said there was a “need for the trading name to be easily identifiable with the club”. “Being a War Memorial Club means that the club is one that remembers the men and women who have served in Australia’s combined services, some of

whom paid the ultimate price with their life.” She said the Board of Directors had decided to change the trading name to Ettalong Diggers “as it identifies the club, its purpose and is a growing tribute to the service men and women of the nation”.

She said the company name would always remain Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Ltd. Media release, 10 Apr 2014 Joy Allan, Ettalong Beach Club

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Research into natural disaster preparedness The Community Centre at Woy Woy Public School will host University of Newcastle researchers on Wednesday, May 7, to undertake a focus group on local government’s preparedness and communication channels around natural disasters. The research is part of the Hunter and Central Coast Regional Environmental Strategy and aims to build knowledge to help identify

and build the preparedness of communities most at risk. The research will be used by Gosford, Wyong and Lake Macquarie Councils as well as the emergency services to help inform emergency preparation in the region to better cater for the needs of specific groups. The research is focused on the specific needs and circumstances of low income households and households with children under

five years. The focus group will run for around an hour and a half from 9:30am until 11am at Woy Woy Public School. Volunteers are invited to attend and help out. Contact Philippa on 0477 317 862 to register. Email, 2 Apr 2014 Philippa Skipper, Schools as Community Centres

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The development application was submitted by Gosford Council with funding from the State Government. The project aims to address safety concerns by closing and removing the existing level crossing at Rawson Rd. The project, which extends from Railway St at the Shoalhaven Dr Underpass to the base of Bulls Hill, includes improved pedestrian and cycleway connectivity under the railway tracks at Shoalhaven Dr, the upgrade and extension of Nagari Rd from Shoalhaven Dr to a new roundabout south of the railway tracks, a new vehicle underpass at the bottom of Bulls Hill under the railway tracks and a new bridge over Woy Woy Creek at the bottom of Bulls Hill. According to the council’s project coordinator Mr David Medcalf, the project would benefit road and rail users with improved safety and efficiency. “The design is being developed to minimise environmental and local heritage impacts and will incorporate input from the community and other stakeholders.” A number of submissions were received in response to the advertisement of the development application.

Former Gosford councillor Lynne Bockholt pledged her support for the proposal. “An underpass as contained in the development application is the best option to eliminate the unsatisfactory level crossing and the underpass in one fell swoop,” states Ms Bockholt’s submission. However, others claimed it would result in further siltation to Correa Bay, and that the new underpass and closure of the crossing would cut people off from the quickest access to Woy Woy town centre, including emergency services. One resident of Woy Woy, who withheld identifying details, stated that they were strongly concerned about the loss of amenity and vehicular access to Woy Woy station, shops and other facilities that would occur as a result of the proposed fencing of the rail corridor at Rawson Rd. The South Woy Woy Progress Association stated in its submission, that it “fully supports” the proposal and “has done so for many years”. Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council lodged a formal objection to the application stating it was concerned because there are a number of recorded Aboriginal sites located within the vicinity of the properties and the area is considered to be very rich in Aboriginal Cultural Heritage. Development application 44862/2013, 2 Dec 2013

After nearly 10 years trading as Ettalong Beach Club, the club will change its trading name “to be more in line with the objects

of the club and become better recognised within the Peninsula community”, according to club secretary Ms Joy Allan. The trading name Ettalong Beach Club “arose as an abbreviation of the club’s company name (Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Ltd) as well

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Works being undertaken as part of the first stage of the project to remove the existing level crossing at Rawson Rd.

whom paid the ultimate price with their life.” She said the Board of Directors had decided to change the trading name to Ettalong Diggers “as it identifies the club, its purpose and is a growing tribute to the service men and women of the nation”.

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he Community Environment Network (CEN) has now received legal advice on the dumping of over one million cubic metres of rubbish at Mangrove Mountain over the past 16 years.

The advice confirms that Gosford Council failed to adequately ensure compliance with legislation and approvals. It also reveals that an Environmental Impact Statement and Development Application is required for any continued dumping. The original approval was for 240,000 cubic metres over 10 years. CEN chairman Mr John Asquith said four times that amount of dumping has occurred in spite of many pieces of legislation that should have protected the environment. This included the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979), the Protection of Environment Operations Act (1997) and the Water Management Act (2000). “Failure to ensure compliance with this legislation has not been explained by Council,” said Mr Asquith. “It is clear that Gosford Council has failed in its duty to the residents of Mangrove Mountain. “Now, instead of providing an explanation and assurances on how council will not let that

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as the club’s location,” she said. Ms Allan said there was a “need for the trading name to be easily identifiable with the club”. “Being a War Memorial Club means that the club is one that remembers the men and women who have served in Australia’s combined services, some of

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happen again, council are restructuring to reduce staff, running a survey on tree removal and supporting the downgrading of environmental protection in the Fair Go campaign.” The Fair Go for the Central Coast Campaign is calling for the elimination of some environmental regulation. “However, experience has shown that the real problem is lack of compliance and lack of enforcement,” said Mr Asquith. “The excessive dumping at Mangrove Mountain Golf Course is a good example. “Recent calls for a reduction in Green tape by Gosford and Wyong Councils are hard to take seriously when Wyong Council has eliminated their Environment Section and Gosford has done little to fix Mangrove Mountain dumping. “If you eliminate the Environment Section, don’t enforce rules and get rid of the highly skilled staff, how will the environment be protected?”

water supplies. “In short, our expert advice is that there is a risk to our water supply. “This is a risk that council and the community should not be forced to accept. “With the State government predicting a population increase of 70,000 over the next 20 years, it is folly for them to approve a mine that risks not being able to supply water to these new residents. “I thank the community for coming out in force today to clearly demonstrate the widespread opposition to this mine proposal.” Media release, 2 Apr 2014 Wyong Council media

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introduce almost identical “The Greens bill would he Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Mr Jeremy Buckingham votes to five. “Labor have stabbed legislation, but it will be have enacted Barry has slammed the Labor Party for putting their short term political the people of the Central too little and too late, as O’Farrell’s promise to interests over the interests of the people of the Central Coast.

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Coast in the back by that passes the parliament (March 25) to vote against deciding it was more will be too late to stop the a motion to urgently important to play politics Wallarah 2 coal mine,” debate and decide on than to pass legislation the Central Coast Water to stop the Wallarah said Mr Buckingham. “Labor joined with the Catchments Protection 2 coal mine,” said Mr Coalition and Shooters Bill 2014. Buckingham. “The motion failed 32 Party this afternoon “Labor intend to


The dumping ground at Mangrove Mountain

She said the company name would always remain Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Ltd. Media release, 10 Apr 2014 Joy Allan, Ettalong Beach Club

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it will not be able to be protect the Central Coast debated until after the water catchment ‘no ifs, Planning Assessment no buts, a guarantee’.” Commission has made Media release, 25 Mar 2014 its decision, expected in Jeremy Buckingham, The April. Greens MLC “The earliest it could be debated is May 6.

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Holiday Village may lose holiday sites Ettalong Beach Holiday Village will no longer have temporary holiday accommodation if a development application before Gosford Council is approved. An extra 31 manufactured homes, each with an attached carport, will replace temporary accommodation, campsites, the manager’s residence and some common facilities. The $1.5 million redevelopment would result in a total of 116 long term sites within the former caravan park. The site currently consists of 22 short term sites, 85 long term sites and eight camp sites as well as a swimming pool, manager’s residence and community facilities. The existing manager’s residence is proposed to be demolished and the existing community building to be refurbished. The additions and alterations to the community building would replace the manager’s residence. Also to be demolished would be the shed, swimming pool, parking spaces and children’s play equipment. A new swimming pool, shed and common areas would be constructed as well as a new entry-exit to the caravan park. The council has been told that buildings on part of the site that were previously used for community purposes have not been used for a number of years and have recently been demolished. Ettalong Beach Holiday Village is currently operated as a permanent residence and tourist accommodation. There are currently

An aerial view of the park as it currently stands

approximately 110 permanent residents and various numbers of short term residents. During peak period, an additional 30 to 40 temporaryshort term residents visit the park, with the numbers being seasonal. Under the proposal, 140 residents are expected to reside permanently at the park. On the other hand, staff numbers and operating hours are expected to be reduced. There are currently five

employees in total, two of which are full time and three part time. Under the proposal, the number of staff would possibly be reduced to three staff and one part time gardener. The existing hours of operation are from 8:30am to 6pm seven days a week with the proposed hours to be 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday. According to the Statement of Environmental Effects, the proposed development is permissible within the RE1


Public Recreation zone with development consent and is consistent with the relevant objectives of the zone. Two submissions have been recorded in the Gosford Council register. One of the submissions noted that there was insufficient usable outdoor recreation area in the proposed development and no provision for a footpath. “The recreation areas described in the plans are made up of small areas that can only

be described as road verges and setbacks from buildings,” states the submission. “This development is in a retirement village and many of the residents have mobility and other health issues that come with age and are unable to take advantage of the adjacent oval or the Ettalong Beach foreshore. “The recreation facilities provided, the community building and the swimming pool, are very good but if you are not a swimmer or are now unable to swim, there is no outdoor area to enjoy such as a garden area with seating to sit and chat and enjoy the day. “I propose that the existing caravan and camping area be retained as a garden with footpaths and seating around the community buildings. “Theoretically, with 116 homes it is possible to have 232 residents in the village, with two people in each home, not the 140 mentioned in the proposal. “There is no provision to separate pedestrian and vehicular traffic on the entry and exit road from the village, and also no paved footpath to join with the path on Memorial Ave. “The addition of these pedestrian paths would make life much safer for people entering and leaving the village on foot,” states the submission. The second submission had a number of objections from residents of the village. Some residents said they were concerned with insufficient size of the pool, the placement of the large rubbish bins and inadequate visitor parking. Development application 45331/2014, 7 Mar 2014

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Bulldozer hired for Woy Woy tip Gosford Council has hired a bulldozer for Woy Woy tip from its second choice after the winning tenderer withdrew its tender. It has now awarded Daracon Plant Hire the tender for the hire of a dozer for Woy Woy Tip for a period of six months. According to the report to council by director city services Mr Rod Williams, council received a number of tenders for the contract with competitive hire rates. “Absolute Earthmoving Repairs was significantly cheaper than the bulk of the contractors and after checking referees the company was awarded the contract.” The report states that Absolute Earthmoving Repairs was notified on the morning of Monday,

February 17, however, the contractor then informed council late Monday afternoon that the company was unable to commit to the hire rates tendered and was withdrawing the tender. “The next available contractor with the best competitive rates was received from Daracon Plant Hire at Wallsend,” states the report. “The dozer is available and the company is committed to the tendered hire rates. “Daracon has extensive experience in earth moving and construction works and has the resources and back up capabilities to meet the requirements of the contract.” Gosford Council agenda CIT.8, 8 Apr 2014

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Fox control program to start National Parks and Wildlife Service will commence its annual fox and wild dog control program on the Central Coast on May 1. The program will continue through until October 31 in Bouddi and Brisbane Water National Parks. National Parks and Wildlife Service regional manager Mr Geoff Luscombe said pest control programs were carried out on a regular basis to reduce the risk to native wildlife from the predation of wild dogs and foxes. “This is a collaborative effort across tenure, which will be delivered by National Parks and Wildlife Service, local council and Local Land Services,” said Mr

Luscombe. Mr Luscombe said the pest control program was aimed at protecting native animals from predation. “Foxes and wild dogs have been shown as a major factor in the decline of many species of Australian wildlife including birds, small mammals and reptiles. “They can also carry diseases which can be harmful to domestic animals and contribute to the spread of weeds, such as bitou bush and asparagus fern.” Mr Luscombe warned that the baits used in the program can be harmful to carnivorous animals, such as domestic dogs. “Warning signs will be placed to advise people about the program and the area to be baited.

“However park visitors and neighbours are reminded that domestic dogs are not permitted in a national park or nature reserve at any time. “It is important that people keep their pets under control and not allow them to stray into the park.” The wild dog and fox baiting program is part of ongoing pest species management in the area both on and off park by various agencies. If landholders wish to participate in control programs or report wild dog incidents they can contact Local Land Services officer Steve Parker on 0408 168 809. Media release, 7 Apr 2014 Susan Davis, Office of Environment and Heritage

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Wicks says oval redevelopment is on track The Woy Woy Oval redevelopment is on track, according to Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks. Ms Wicks has met with key council and sporting representatives. As part of the Coalition’s Growth Plan for the Central Coast, $3.5 million has been committed towards the redevelopment and renewal of Woy Woy Oval, to help provide modern facilities for players, match officials and spectators. “It’s crucial that our infrastructure matches what sports players and fans need,” said Ms Wicks. “One of these major pieces of infrastructure is Woy Woy Oval, a great oval in a wonderful location sorely in need of redevelopment,” Mrs Wicks said. “A renewed Woy Woy Oval will provide much-needed investment in community and sporting infrastructure on the Central Coast. “It could become a civic centrepiece for a suburb that’s adored by locals and visitors, and will contribute to job creation in the area.

Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks and Gosford mayor Cr Lawrie McKinna with representatives of organisations interested in the upgrade

“It will help transform the oval into a place where our sporting folklore can be written for generations to come. “I am working closely with Gosford Council and our

dedicated stakeholders to see this project come to life. “The Abbott Government takes our election commitments very seriously and we will work with the proponents to ensure projects

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local rugby league and rugby union representatives met at the oval to confirm the importance of the project for the Coast. Cr McKinna said the tender for architectural design services closed on April 1, with the successful tender to be awarded next month. The timeframe for design and preparation of DA plans is July with demolition of the grandstand to commence in October and construction to commence thereafter. Should State Government investment be secured through the NSWClubGrant Category 3 Program, Gosford Council said it is anticipated that the redevelopment will be completed by July next year. “In the first few months of being in office, we have outlined more than $10 million in our election commitments,” said Ms Wicks. “This commitment to Woy Woy Oval forms part of that, and I’m honoured to be part of a Government that’s delivering on infrastructure in our communities.” Media release, 9 Apr 2014 Tim Sowden, office of Lucy Wicks MP

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Council approves Ettalong fitness centre Gosford Council has granted approval for a building in Ettalong to be used as a fitness centre, despite no parking being provided for tenancies of the building. The site comprises a two-storey commercial-retail building which contains multiple tenancies. The proposed fitness studio would be located on the first floor toward the southern portion of the building. The fitness studio would operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and would utilise security systems which allow members to come and go as they please using a personal access card. Each card would have a unique identity that allows the business to track the attendance of all members and prevents access to all non-members. The security system would provide a 24-hour CCTV audio and visual remote guard monitoring and communication system for patron safety and security. The gym, which would have a floor area of 260 square metres, would be staffed between the hours of 8am to 12pm from Monday to Saturday and 3:30pm to 7:30pm

Monday to Thursday. It is anticipated a maximum of 16 people at any one time would use the studio during peak times of 6am to 9am and 4pm to 8pm. Usage levels outside these peak times would be approximately three users per day between 10pm to 5am. The internal fit out would include internal partitioning, upgrade of bathrooms and an accessible toilet/shower and new flooring of both timber and rubber materials. While no onsite parking is provided for any tenancies in the building, public parking is provided along Picnic Pde, one block east of the site, which provides in excess of 70 spaces. Seven submissions were received in response to notification of the development application, six of which objected to the proposal and one in support. Two submissions were received from tenants within the commercial building, one submission from an adjoining owner and four submissions from persons who did not receive notification of the proposal. Gosford Council agenda ENV.18, 8 Apr 2014

Easter fete at Patonga The Patonga Easter Fete will this year be held on Saturday, April 19, from 9am to 1pm at the Patonga Progress Hall. There will be a variety of stalls selling arts and crafts, antiques and collectables, jewellery, show bags, children’s toys as well as a selection of homemade cakes, preserves, plants, books, bric-abrac and gifts. The barbecue will be fired up to sell sausage sandwiches and a morning tea with homemade scones and jam will also be on sale. The giant chocolate wheel

will be spinning all morning for a chance to win Easter egg prizes. An Easter egg hamper will be raffled at the end of the fete. “A visit to the Patonga Fete is always a fun day out for everyone and we encourage visitors to make a day of it by coming along to the Fete in the morning then they can head down to beautiful Patonga Beach in the afternoon with a picnic rug to have a swim, a fish or a snooze in the sun,” said Patonga Progress Association secretary Ms Judy Singer. “We can also recommend visitors to the area pop over to the Pearl Beach Progress

Associations Annual Book Fair which is happening on Easter Saturday too. “Both fundraisers have been running for many years and visitors come from all over the Peninsula and beyond to support these two great events. “We hope everyone can make it to Patonga on Easter Saturday to enjoy the quaint village atmosphere and friendly local hospitality and at the same time help keep this wonderful Easter tradition alive,” said Ms Singer. Media release, 1 Apr 2014 Judy Singer, Patonga Progress Association

Cheque for Rural Fire Service The social committee of The Cove Village at Daleys Point handed over a $200 cheque on Saturday, March 29, to head of the NSW Rural Fire Services Kariong branch Mr Roy Owens. The money was raised through a Lovely Legs competition where men were charged a $5 entrance fee per leg. A raffle was also held which helped make up the $200 raised. This was the second cheque the

social committee has presented to the Kariong branch. The Cove holds many and varied social events and trips for their residents and the monies raised are distributed to various charities. “The Kariong branch is one of our favourites,” said social convenor Ms Wendy Whiteman. “Last year for our contribution they sent a fire truck with full a crew in their gear to thank us. “They gave a very interesting talk on fire safety and demonstrated

their firefighting clothing, plus a blast on their siren when leaving,” said Ms Whiteman. The Cove Social Committee made over $2500 last year and gave to many charities. The majority was given to the Cancer Council for which they again hold The Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday, May 22, at 10.30am. Email, 1 Apr 2014 Wendy Whiteman, The Cove Village Daley’s Point


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Bays Community Group holds annual meeting The annual meeting of the Bays Community Group was held on Wednesday, February 19. President Mr Bob Puffett presented the annual report and highlighted a number of issues including the launch of the history book, grants received from various levels of government and the financial position of the group. Elections for committee positions were held. Mr Puffett remained president while Andrew Kophamil and Richard Kirk were named vice presidents, Gwynneth Weir was named secretary, Deborah Frankland the treasurer, Thea Brayshaw the events manager and Anne Taylor, Jim Doe and Michael Magro (alternative Peter Mishenko) were named the community representatives. “I take this opportunity to sincerely thank Greg McMullen, who has been one of the vice presidents for many, many years and who made a difference with his contribution and assistance,” said Mr Puffett. The opening balance of the Bays

Community Group was $6874.11 and its income for the year was $23,057.47 which was made up of grants totalling $7769.95 and income from activities. Expenditure was $22,915.37 which included $4241.38 of hall repairs and improvements and $4433.76 of insurances and utilities which left a carry forward balance of $7016.21. A separate history book account has been established for the proceeds from sales of Our Beautiful Bays, A Collection from the Past by Brian Goodey and Margaret Vidler and has a balance of $5511.22 The group’s Building and Maintenance Fund has a current balance of $1159.03 to provide for ongoing maintenance of the hall. The group received grants from Gosford Council for council rates and community support. Membership of the Bays Community Groups currently stands at 56 life members and 26 ordinary members, a total of 82. The report listed a number of achievements for 2013, including

monthly breakfasts, the Wine, Cheese and Art Evening, kids’ disco, additional plants to gardens, Bunnings’ sausage sizzle fundraiser, launch of the history book, the concrete slab under the verandah; an art and craft day, a new email address and a Federal Government grant for a self-propelled lawn mower. Mr Puffett said the year ahead would be one of consolidation. “It is planned to continue negotiations with government and council to provide an off street parking bay at the hall. “This has started with Gosford Council doing the survey and design work as a contribution for residents. “A major project in 2014 will be to landscape the front entrance to the hall to give a more aesthetic and useful front yard. “It is suggested that the new committee continue with the very popular monthly breakfasts, the kids disco and the Wine, Cheese and Art night and the art and craft days,” said Mr Puffett. Annual report, 18 Mar 2014 Bob Puffett, Bays Community Group

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Man charged with supplying drugs A man has been charged after drugs were allegedly located in his car at Ettalong Beach. Police from Brisbane Water Local Area Command saw a Holden Commodore stopped in a bus zone on Ocean View Rd at about 7:30pm on Sunday, March 30. Officers spoke to the driver, a 31-year-old man, before checks revealed he has never held a driver’s licence. During a subsequent

search of the vehicle, officers located and seized cannabis, methamphetamine, cash and mobile phones. The Booker Bay man was arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station where he was charged with three counts of supply prohibited drugs, possess prohibited drug, goods in custody and never licensed person drive vehicle on road. He was given bail to appear at Woy Woy Local Court on May 20. Media release, 31 Mar 2014 NSW Police Media

Senator hosts Seniors Week concert Senator Deborah O’Neill has hosted her third annual Seniors Week concert for more than 200 locals at the Ettalong senior citizens’ centre on Friday, March 21. “It’s always a wonderful day out for our older Coasties on the Peninsula,” said Senator O’Neill. “This year was no different with acts including The Chorus Girls, the U-Bouddi Big Band and a number of young performers from the former Federal Labor Government’s Creative Young Stars Grants Program, who had received scholarships of $500 in August 2013 to further their creative talents.” Special guest Ms Judy Stone entertained the crowd with stories of her time in the Australian music scene and took the time to answer questions from the audience. “It was so exciting for the attendees to have Judy Stone spend her day at the concert,” said Senator O’Neill. “Sometimes nothing beats hearing again those songs we grew up with.”

Senator O’Neill also presented seven Parliamentary Community Service Awards to hard working local volunteers. “The Seniors Week concert is also an occasion to acknowledge seniors who give so much to our community and make it the caring place it is. “We had so many nominees that it was very difficult to narrow it down to these great volunteers. “The Peninsula and the Coast is so lucky to have a wealth of such generous people,” Senator O’Neill said. Media release, 26 Mar 2014 Richard Mehrtens, Office of Deborah O’Neill

Council awards website development Gosford Council has awarded the contract for its upcoming website redevelopment project to the Vivid Group Pty Ltd. Council general manager said the Vivid Group was one of Australia’s most experienced technology services and digital marketing agencies providing digital marketing, web design, eCommerce solutions, application development, and systems integration services across the full online spectrum to major brands and government organisations. Mr Anderson said that it was an exciting prospect to have a company with Vivid’s experience and national reputation working on this project. “We are looking forward to getting the ball rolling on what is a very important project for our organisation and the wider community. “This website redevelopment will form the basis for how we interact with residents moving forward – improving the way we do business. “We want a website that will meet our community’s needs with easy navigation, eForms, online payments and mobile optimisation,” said Mr Anderson. Vivid Group managing director Mr Piers Hogarth-Scott said: “We’re excited to be working with

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Gosford Council and look forward to leveraging our extensive online experience in the government sector to produce the council’s new website, which is set to become an important platform for community engagement.” Mr Anderson said that the project would be delivered in stages. “With this being such a significant project we’ve broken

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Expecting people to live in glorified cells is uncivilised

Brown water – what is the problem? I live at The Bartizan, Umina Beach. The water has been brown on and off for years, but lately it is weekly I have often called the afterhours number and it is registered but no one ever gets back to me. I have been told it is being cleared and then days later, it is brown again. I have two small children and it really is disturbing and disgusting to have brown water pouring from

Forum our taps so often. A few months ago after the trucks had been clearing the pipes at the bottom of our road, within a week or so, the water was brown again. It is brown today as it was yesterday. When will this stop? What is the problem? Email, 3 Apr 2014 Sarah Williams, Umina

Tick the boxes? For the information of Member for Gosford Chris Holstein and staff, Woy Woy Railway railway tunnel was included in the State Heritage Register on June 28 last year. The Heritage Council advised me of the listing in October. This is the listing that I thought was important enough to make two visits to the Woy Woy office without a response. The staff made it clear that the local member does not take action on every enquiry. Heritage is not important to Mr Holstein. Why is it compulsory to vote?

A quote from the late Patrick White: “When maggots begin to appear on the meat, you have got to look at the fly proof safe.” The people of the Peninsula and Ourimbah are intelligent enough not to think it is right to say nothing while their patch is proposed for degradation, with maggoty boarding houses. We do have compassions. We are more aware of human rights than the “fly proof safes”. The homeless have the right to be housed better than in a slum. The empty shops at Gosford could be refurbished and used for housing, excellent transport,

Letter, 3 Apr 2014 Norman Harris, Umina

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Rally shows community pride

Forum The same question applies to elected councillors. Meeting twice a month for about an hour each meeting does not instil confidence in councillors. The quality of agenda items has diminished significantly to the extent that councillors only consider minor issues without questioning the context of the reports prepared by the staff. It appears that the council meetings are now a tick-the-boxes exercise.


Congratulations to the residents of Ettalong Beach for rallying against a plan to build a three-storey, 30-room boarding house. Just shows how proud we are of our local community when it comes to inappropriate development. However, the Local Member Chris Holstein has suspiciously ‘gone to ground’ when asked many times to attend the public meetings or to publicly support the local residents in Ettalong Beach.

Forum It is high time that he comes out and supports the community. Otherwise we can only assume he supports the boarding house. After all, the boarding house has been lodged under State Government legislation. Where’s Chris Holstein now? Email, 10 Apr 2014 Katie Smith, Woy Woy

disadvantaged by the unsuitable positioning and appearance of these buildings. Macquarie St politicians do not have enough local knowledge. The high-handed attitude in dealing with their long-term tenants at Millers Point was lacking in compassion and regard for human rights. Taxpayers and government monies should not be used to subsidise developers. Expecting fellow human beings to live in a glorified cell is uncivilized. More thought and common sense is needed. Letter, 22 Mar 2014 June Mitchell, Woy Woy


More media coverage Current Affair, Nine Network Australia, came to Ettalong Beach on the morning of Monday, March 24. With only 48 hours’ notice and over a weekend, word of mouth worked very well. There was a great crowd of protesters present to be filmed and interviewed. Camera footage was extensive and many residents were interviewed. I look forward to the day this DA goes before a council meeting. There will be another rally of protesters and more media coverage.

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A thought for Anzac Day Forum When you hear the bugles calling, echoing the falling footsteps of the Diggers as they march along the road: When you see the old flag flying; see the veterans trying to stem the tears that from their hearts have sadly overflowed. When you see their medals gleaming, as through the streets they’re streaming, Proudly marching once again in their ever-thinning ranks; Perhaps you might spare a thought for those who suffered, died and fought And I hope you’ll take the time to say, “God Bless You All and thanks!” Email, 6 Apr 2014 Vic Jefferies, St Huberts Island

Thank goodness for Clive Palmer The federal Liberal Party’s performance since the election has been pathetic. Bronwyn Bishop is a laughing stock as she is totally biased. This is typical of the Liberals. Their attitude has always been “shut up and do as you are told”. Our attitude: We do not take instructions from Liberals. Retail is very slow with buyers cutting right down on indent ordering and only buying minimum amounts as they know interest rates are going up next year under this hopeless party. With rents continuing to escalate,

Forum there is no way retailers will put on anymore staff as business is just ticking over and unemployment will continue to rise, or at best, stagnate. This Abbott-Howard-Murdoch government has no idea. Thank goodness Clive Palmer will be holding the balance of power in the Senate. No new versions of work choices. This government has no mandate to sell Medibank, an asset they do not own. Email, 8 Apr 2014 John Stagg, Woy Woy

All have the right to work If young people want to work then they must be flexible, reliable and have a resume that is legible for employers to read and have deportment and grooming that is presentable. Many jobs offer training and skill opportunities for young people as well as adults. The government offers training incentives for employers while the trainee is receiving Newstart or other Centrelink benefits.

Forum Some employers are sceptical of employing young people because of their lack of performance and reliability especially in the retail industry. As I have realised for some time, everyone has the right to work and have a career for life so they have an income to provide for their families. Letter, 5 Apr 2014 Linda Grindley, Woy Woy


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Independents who believe in Australia Independent politicians have been given a bad name because they were charmed to support the failed Gillard government. However, considering the calibre of such great independents as John Hatton, Ted Mack, Clover Moore, and other dedicated members, it’s the only way to vote. Current events have shown

Forum that the major political parties are cesspots of corruption and their interests are limited, i.e. themselves, the party and big business. Independents who believe in Australia and Australians, that should be your choice. Letter, 2 Apr 2014 Keith Whitfield, Woy Woy

Ignore negative arguments I believe we are entitled to completely ignore Deborah O’Neill’s negative arguments in your March 3 edition against the Fibre to the Node trial as initiated by the Coalition. Her statement “Labor was delivering a ‘free’ fibre connection right to the front door of every home and business on the Coast” is preposterous and a blatant lie. It will cost the taxpayer billions. Her credibility is non-existent. She presided over a campaign at the last federal election based on lies and innuendo.

Forum Some of her lies and propaganda including “Coalition would increase GST” and that Abbott would cut pensions. Pensions have in fact increased. I could cite many more falsehoods. Fortunately, in the same publication, you exhibited the endorsement of the trial by the Peninsular Chamber of Commerce, a much more credible authority. Letter, 13 Mar 14 Collin Williams, Ettalong Beach

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Local woman leads health action in Zimbabwe Babies in a rural village in Zimbabwe are being born healthy and HIV-free, with strong mothers to care for them, thanks to the work of Ettalong resident and mother of two Christine Murphy. Christine, who is the executive director of St Leonards-based charity AFAP Action on Poverty, said she was almost moved to tears when she recently visited the maternal waiting home the Australian charity helped to build. “Before we built the maternal waiting home, pregnant women would walk for hours to give birth at a hospital,” said Ms Murphy. “They faced many dangers and some would not reach their destination, either giving birth on the road or in their homes, without proper medical care. “On top of this, HIV infection is a serious problem in Zimbabwe, with around 11 per cent of expecting mothers testing HIV positive during antenatal screening. “We have a small window of opportunity where we can stop the transmission of the virus from mother to child – it is a window of less than 24 hours from birth. “When given Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission medication within this timeframe, babies will not become HIV positive and the next generation of children will have a chance of a healthy future. “This would be virtually impossible to achieve if mums give

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Anxiety sessions at health centre The Peninsula Women’s Health Centre will hold a six session group on managing anxiety. The sessions will start on Thursday, May 15, and end on Thursday, June 19. Using a gentle approach, the group will touch on ways to reduce stress and worry, relieve tension and address negative self-talk that leads to avoidance and phobic situations. The group will provide information and support, and is designed as a guide towards

positive change for women who suffer from generalised anxiety. Childcare is available for this group. While the group is free, a $5 donation is encouraged if participants can afford it. The group will be held each Thursday morning from 10am to 12pm. Bookings are essential and can be made by calling the centre on 4342 5905. Email, 8 Apr 2014 Katherine Bradfield, Peninsula Women’s Health Centre

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Funds raised for helicopter rescue St Huberts Island residents and friends celebrated St Patrick’s Day on Monday, March 17. A fundraiser was held for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service which raised more than $2800 for the service. Neville and Marilyn Smith opened their doors and invited residents and friends to enjoy a

day of celebrations for St Patrick’s Day. Sponsors for the day and the monster raffle included Bendigo Bank Ettalong Beach, Coles Supermarket Woy Woy, Edwards Family Butchery Woy Woy and St Huberts Island Residents Association Inc. and others. All present opened their pockets to donate to the Westpac Rescue

Helicopter Rescue Service. Entertainment for the day was provided by local entertainer Kerry Lewis who donated her time for the enjoyment of those present. A sausage sizzle and home brewed refreshments were the order of the day. Email, 8 Apr 2014 Ron Spratt, St Huberts Island Residents Association

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We all seem to be living increasingly busy lives. So much for the advent of technology which was supposed to make our lives easier. We are filling our lives with a smorgasbord of activities and are faced with the juggling act of balancing friends, family, work, health, lifestyle and more. This constant activity and ‘traffic’ in our lives all adds stress to our already frayed nerve endings. So how do you find the time to relax? It sounds simple, but can be more challenging than you’d expect. When was the last time you treated yourself to some ’me’ time? One thing is for certain, it will only happen if you make it happen. There are some actions you can take to find that extra bit of time you need for balance in your life.

A little bit of planning goes a long way to streamlining your day. Lists can truly be your best friend, especially if you allocate time on your list for relaxation. Here are a few tips to help alleviate the stresses of a busy year: • Plan ahead with as many things as possible to reduce the pressure - shopping, finances, meal preparation and entertaining; • Recognise that you will become stressed unless you remain in control; • Consciously think about enjoying yourself – don’t take things too seriously; • Keep arrangements simple; • Practice deep breathing – it works very well to reduce stress; • Organise a long-term saving routine throughout the year, say $10.00 each week, to go toward unforeseen expenses;

• Work in conjunction with a spouse, family member or friend - don’t try to do everything alone; • Expect little...then what you get will be a pleasant surprise; • Smile if you want to and you feel like smiling – otherwise don’t do it through gritted teeth, the only one you’re fooling there is yourself; and • Maybe it is time for an adjustment to help relieve the stress that builds up in your body. Make sure you make the time to relax. Your Friendly team at the Umina Chiropractic Centre

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Focus on comprehension, writing and maths Umina Public School students have focused their learning on comprehension, writing persuasive texts and mathematics over the past term.

Students learn to lead Twelve Year 5 and 6 students from Pretty Beach Public School participated in the Learning to Lead program at McKillop Oval, South Kincumber, on Wednesday,

March 26. Students from Copacabana, Kincumber and Avoca Beach primary schools also attended. Six sporting activities were led by Year 10 students from

Kincumber High School and comprised touch football, softball, golf, tennis, netball and an obstacle course. Newsletter, 3 Apr 2014 Jane Rees, Pretty Beach Public School

Harmony Day celebrated Students from Woy Woy Public School celebrated Harmony Day on Friday, March 21. “Our students wore something orange and they were able to have a special multicultural lunch from the canteen,” said Woy Woy Public School principal Ms Ona Buckley. “Families joined us for a picnic lunch and all students participated in multicultural activities in their classrooms. “Australia is a multicultural

country and it is so important to live together in harmony and celebrate our diversities. “Isn’t it incredible, if you stop to think for one minute, just what a diverse range of food dishes are available for you to buy and that our everyday diet includes foods and recipes from countries all around the globe?” Newsletter, 31 Mar 2014 Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School

Principal Ms Lyn Davis said the school had been successful in getting two groups of 15 dancers into Star Struck, more than 100 students had been attending the Comedy Club and the school choir was up and running. “Our training band has started their tutorials and all of the school instruments are in use,” said Ms Davis. “We have established a Stage 2 Dance group and our recorder group is busy practicing for its performance at the Opera House later in the year. “Stage 3 students have taken part in bike education training and Kindergarten pupils are preparing for their first excursion. “Students had the opportunity to participate in the school swimming carnival and many went on to zone and regional competitions. “Year 2 is currently participating in Learn to Swim and are making steady progress. “Our P and C ran a very successful Splash-a-thon which was a true community event with more than 70 volunteers. “They are also preparing for the Mother’s Day stall to be held next term. “Planning is underway to host a Spirit of the Peninsula Festival in November with strong support

from parents. “Our students showed that they care about others and raised funds for drought relief through an ice cream day. “Our School Leaders are successfully running assemblies and attended the Young Leaders Day in Sydney. “Staff have undertaken professional learning in preparation for the implementation of a new Maths syllabus and have also undertaken learning in the teaching of reading and the use of technology in the classroom. “We have seven classes where every student has a laptop as a pilot program with a plan to purchase sufficient for a further seven classes after staff undertakes the necessary training over the holidays with funds raised by the P and C. “Our office staff is using the new business management systems as we transition into a new era of fully coordinated management systems. “They are leaders in school administration and will no doubt be called upon to support other schools when they start to implement these systems. “You can see that we are a dynamic school that offers its students many opportunities that supplement their academic learning in partnership with our community,” said Ms Davis. Newsletter, 7 Apr 2014 Lyn Davis, Umina Public School

Enrolment day at St John’s St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School will hold an Enrolment Information Evening on Tuesday, April 29, at 7:30pm in the school hall. All parents and carers interested in enrolling their child, particularly Kindergarten in 2015, are invited to come along. The following morning,

Wednesday, April 30, all 2015 kindergarten children are invited to join the school for a fun morning from 9:30am to 11am. While the children are having fun with the Year 5 students, the Year 6 students will take parents and carers on a guided tour of the school. Email, 8 Apr 2014 Frank Cohen, St John the Baptist Catholic Primary School

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Students visit college Woy Woy South Public School Year 1 Aboriginal students travelled to Brisbane Water Secondary College Umina campus recently on the first of the cultural continuum excursions of the Brisbane Water Learning Community. Excursions linking Aboriginal students with their culture are planned for all grades, from Kindergarten to Year 12 across all member schools. “This was a very positive initiative which was thoroughly enjoyed by all the students who attended,” said relieving principal Ms Kim Whealey. Newsletter, 25 Mar 2014 Kim Whealey, Woy Woy South Public School

School leaders hear speakers Eight elected school leaders from Woy Woy South Public School attended the Young Leaders Day on Monday, March 31, at the Sydney Entertainment Centre. “This is an annual event which features inspirational speakers addressing the leaders of the future,” said Woy Woy South Public School relieving principal Ms Kim Whealey. “This year the speakers included Ita Buttrose, Bob Carr, author Andy Griffiths and Coen Ashton, an inspirational man who has cystic fibrosis and diabetes and is waiting for a double lung transplant. “Coen is raising awareness of organ and tissue donation,” said Ms Whealey. Newsletter, 1 Apr 2014 Kim Whealey, Woy Woy South Public School

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A diverse range of learning experiences Students from Pretty Beach Public School have participated in a diverse range of learning experiences this term. Students have engaged in personal safety, environmental awareness, anti-bullying programs and they have been encouraged to participate in the Premier’s Reading Challenge. “Our whole school participation in the Junkyard Orchestra project continues to develop students’ musical, creative and performance capabilities,” said relieving principal Ms Jane Rees. “Our Strings Program continues to expand and we are very much looking forward to their upcoming performance opportunities. “Other performances we are looking forward to include our K-6 guitar groups and Central Coast Dance Festival troupe who are currently putting their finishing touches for the final submission to adjudicators. “Twenty-three students from Years 3 to 6 participated in a photography workshop, developing skills in composing and developing photos. “Our Garden Club continues to develop student awareness of sustainability and the message of ‘everyone belongs’ was developed through a whole school program in

the lead up to Harmony Day. “Our elected school captains, school vice captains and house and vice captains continue to be positive influences on our students. “They enjoyed the opportunity to attend the National Young Leaders Day on Monday, March 31, and listen to a variety of successful leaders and entrepreneurs from the fields of politics, media, literature and charity, all with the message that everyone can be a leader in some form or another and everyone is somebody who can make a difference. “We are very proud to give our students opportunities to lead both in and out of our classrooms. “Our school’s belief that every student has the capacity to lead is demonstrated by our offering of parliamentary portfolios for every Year 6 student through to our student led assemblies, in

which every student, K-6, has the opportunity to lead the school in a whole school assembly. “The thought of speaking in front of an audience can be a daunting task for anyone, yet our students have thrived in developing their

confidence and building their skills to inform, persuade and entertain an audience through this opportunity,” said Ms Rees. Newsletter, 3 Apr 2014 Jane Rees, Pretty Beach Public School


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Mariners visit after school Over 100 Woy Woy South Public School students stayed back after school on Thursday, March 27, to welcome the Central Coast Mariners. “We were lucky to have five players and coaching staff come along to provide fun activities and give-aways to the participating students,” said Woy Woy South Public school relieving principal Ms

Kim Whealey. “While the Mariners Matt Simon, Nick Montgomery, Liam Reddy, Liam Rose, and Marcel Seip and goalkeeping coach John Crawley were here they autographed a soccer ball for us. “This will now be raffled and all proceeds will be donated to Stewart House. “Children will be able to purchase a raffle ticket from our school leaders near the canteen

each day at recess and lunch time from now to the end of term. “We were very pleased to hear that Woy Woy South Public School was mentioned at the Mariners’ game on Saturday night and that two of our families were lucky enough to win prizes after entering their names at the school kickabout on Thursday.” Newsletter, 1 Apr 2014 Kim Whealey, Woy Woy South Public School

Information about community services Coast Community Connections will host the annual Peninsula Link Day at the Peninsula Community Centre on Wednesday, April 16, from 10am to 2pm. The aim of the day is to provide information about the community and support services available on the Peninsula. It aims to connect locals with a range of services, including for children and family, youth, ageing and disability, health and

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A celebration of the late comedian Spike Milligan’s birthday will be held at Woy Woy Branch Library on April 16 and 17. Events will include a family history talk from Spike’s brother, Desmond Milligan, as well as a display day featuring recordings of The Goon Show and rare memorabilia from Gosford Library’s collection. Spike Milligan was born on April 16, 1918, and rose to fame as a writer and performer on the radio program The Goon Show. The celebrations will begin at 10am on Wednesday, April 16, with a talk from Desmond and an opportunity for guests to ask questions while enjoying some birthday cake. A Milligan family connections talk will be hosted by local studies historian Mr Geoff Potter at 2pm. A Milligan display will be open from 9:30am to 3pm on Thursday, April 17, where visitors will be treated to rare Milligan memorabilia from Gosford Library’s Collection, listen to old Goon shows on vinyl and reminisce with other fans in the Milligan Lounge. Bookings for talks are essential and spaces are limited. To make a booking phone 4304 7500 or visit au/library/whatson/index_html

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he first designs for the Chinese Cultural Village Theme Park $500 million in a tourism project at Warnervale have now been released, with a giant project very often.” Council is yet to gold Buddha as the centrepiece of an $80 million ‘Thanksgiving receive a Development Temple’. 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


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

Mayor Cr Doug Eaton, along with technical staff from council, outlined the potential impacts on the water supply system and other key council assets. “Over the past three Central Coastyears, and will we inbound tourism invested to NSW have definitely create new jobs will almost double by in becoming the NSW’s Central and flow on heavily benefits for 2020, local retailers and the largest international Coast market water supply hospitality sector. in terms of visitor In-bound Chinese arrivals, visitor nights and system with a plan to tourism to Australia has expenditure. been steadilysecure increasing our “Combined our waterwithsupply in the past few years, with plans for a regional airport 700,000 tourists spending just across the Freeway for decades to come. over $4 billion in 2012, from this site, I can see our according to a report by local thriving “The last economy thing we need Tourism Australia. in the next decade and right now is for thatfuture to be With Chinese tourism providing a brighter growing by an average for our residents. jeopardised,” he said. of 20% each year, Media release, 14 Jan 2014 Destination NSW’s China Wyong Council mediatwo “We engaged Tourism Strategy predicts that the valueindependent of Chinese consultants to look at this proposal and they have found a number of concerning gaps and inconsistencies in the mine’s modelling, underestimating the potential impacts onFREE our groundwater and surface

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ver 200 people attended a rally in Ourimbah on Sunday, March 9, to protest against the proposed four storey, 101 unit affordable boarding house development in Glen Rd. The rally was addressed by Member for The Entrance Mr Chris Spence, Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton, Senator Deborah O’Neill, Member for Dobell Ms Karen McNamara, representative of the developer Ms Katie Gregory and Resident’s Action Group chairman Mr Greg McGill. Mr Spence, Ms McNamara and Ms O’Neill spoke of the need for appropriate development in Ourimbah to maintain the present amenity for residents. Mayor Cr Eaton outlined the planning process involved with this development while Ms Gregory confirmed the development application had been returned to the developer to address the 165 residents’ objections lodged with Wyong Council. Mr McGill said the rally was about saving Ourimbah.

water supplies. “In short, our expert advice is that there is a risk to our water supply. “This is a risk that council and the community should not be forced to accept. “With the State government predicting a population increase of 70,000 over the next 20 years, it is folly for them to approve a mine that risks not being able to supply water to these new residents. “I thank the community for coming out in force today to clearly demonstrate the widespread opposition to this mine proposal.” Media release, 2 Apr 2014 Wyong Council media

The crowd at the Wallarah 2 coal mine public hearing of the Planning and Assessment Commission


Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton speaking at the rally

plus years. “This will also set a precedent for more high rise development to follow. “If this development goes ahead, Ourimbah village will be gone forever,” said Mr McGill. A key provision in the Planning Instrument for Affordable Housing is the “Local Character Test” which takes into account such items

as physical impact, noise, overshadowing, overlooking, parking, traffic congestion, surrounding streetscape, and the visual catchment of the building, including colour, style and size. “Objections about these issues will form the basis of the residents’ presentation to the Hunter/Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel,” said Mr McGill.


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


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

“We want to thank the residents of Ourimbah for their support and we will be keeping everybody informed of progress in the battle to save Ourimbah from inappropriate development.” Media release, 17 Mar 2014 Allan Benson, Stop Glen Rd Development Resident’s Action Group.


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A spokesperson for the residents’ action group Mr Allan Benson said: “This successful rally demonstrates the community concern for the proposed development.” “These are only the first steps of what we think, will be a long and drawn out campaign. “We want to assure the community we will be continuing the fight on their behalf.

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introduce almost identical “The Greens bill would he Greens NSW spokesperson on mining Mr Jeremy Buckingham votes to five. legislation,Issue but40it will be have enacted Barry “Labor- Ph: have has slammed the Labor Party for putting short term political February 21, 2014 theirYour independent community newspaper 4325stabbed 7369 the people of the Central too little and too late, as O’Farrell’s promise to interests over the interests of the people of the Central Coast. he Greens NSW spokesperson on mining


San Remo centre funding ederal Member for Shortland Ms Jill Hall said she was devastated that the Coalition Government would not be funding the new youth support centre at San Remo.

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

“If this four storey boarding house development proceeds, Ourimbah is lost forever,” he said. “In the 150 year plus history of Ourimbah, this represents the largest single threat to our community lifestyle. “Ourimbah is the oldest town on the Central Coast with the post office, railway station, public school and World War I monument all heritage listed. “Ourimbah is a country village servicing the surrounding semirural community and should remain that way to maintain the lifestyle which has attracted us to live here in the first place. “Surely, the views of the 4,000 residents of Ourimbah must take precedence over one entrepreneurial developer. “Ourimbah will be left with the legacy and eyesore for the next 60

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Corruption T the (March 25) towithdraw vote against deciding debated until after Local members from it was more a motion to urgently important to play politics watchdog on Assessment Planning debate and decide on thanParty to pass legislation Commission has made NSW Parliamentary Liberal the case the Central Coast Water Coast in the back by

“Labor’s decision to join with the Coalition to vote down the Greens bill to protect the Central Coast drinking water catchment from mining means that any legislation

that passes the parliament will be too late to stop the Wallarah 2 coal mine,” said Mr Buckingham. “Labor joined with the Coalition and Shooters Party this afternoon


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

Crochet workshop The Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre will hold a crochet workshop for beginners on Saturday, May 17. The workshop will be held from 12pm to 4pm in the art and craft rooms in Kitchener Park in Ettalong. Participants are asked to bring along a four or 4.5mm crochet

hook and a light coloured eight ply yarn. The cost is $40 plus $15 for the annual membership which entitles non-members to attend the other workshops run by Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre for $40. To book, phone 4341 8344. Email, 3 Apr 2014 Sue Sullivan, Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre

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Council opposes Wallarah 2

yong Council has voiced strong opposition to the Wallarah 2 coalmine with Wyong mayor Cr Doug Eaton and senior staff addressing a public hearing of the Planning and Assessment Commission on April 2.


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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

The event will display the creative works of 20 local artists who have come together for the

first time. The revue will open at 3pm at the Olive Grove Gallery in Umina and will conclude on Saturday, April 26. It will be open from 3pm to 3:30pm daily.


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Local artist, publisher, writer and social justice advocate Noel Olive has organised a free Art Revue for the community to open on Monday, April 19.

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

saying it will test Premier Barry O’Farrell’s credibility.

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25 Mar 2014 itsconcerning decision, expected in CoastMedia to stop the Wallarah and therelease, current Member The Central erious allegations the Liberal Mr Chris Drinking Water for Terrigal Buckingham, The Party Mr on the April. Central Coast suggest Catchments Protection Jeremy 2 coal mine,” said Hartcher, wrote a letter to that NSW politics is yet to rid itself of (No ifs, no buts, a residents of Yarramalong Greens MLC “The earliest it couldBill 2014 and Dooralong stating: Buckingham. the environment of political corruption that guarantee) damaged the state under Labor, according to prohibits mining and “If necessary, special “Labor intend to JohnbeKaye. debated is May 6. Greens NSW MP will be exploration activities in legislation



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

reassurance in knowing the seven drinking water that the independent catchments of the Central watchdog is on the case. Coast - the Mangrove “The allegations give Creek Dam, Mardi Dam, even greater weight Ourimbah Creek, Wyong to fears that there is River, Porters Creek, something fundamentally Mangrove Creek Weir wrong with the state’s and Mooney Mooney Dam catchment areas. political processes. bill gives “Promises of clean “This government delivered Premier Barry O’Farrell members of at elections appear to and amount to very little in the his government the face of the temptations of opportunity to fulfil their clear election office. “While Mr Nicholas commitment to the Di Girolamo sits at the people of the Central centre of allegations in Coast that mining and operations Credo and exploration would not Spicer, he remains on the occur there – “no ifs, no board of the State Water buts, a guarantee”. “Before the last Corporation. “Treasurer Mike Baird election Barry O’Farrell who vigorously defended made a clear promise Mr Di Girolamo’s to the people of the appointment last year Central Coast,” said Mr has to respond to these Buckingham. Minister very serious allegations Former and stand him down for the Central Coast, until ICAC has made its former Minister for Energy and Resources findings.

introduced into the Parliament to protect the Wyong water catchment.” Mr Buckingham said: “This will be a test of whether Premier Barry O’Farrell is a man of his word, or whether he’ll say one thing to voters and do another thing in power.” “It goes to the heart of his credibility. “Barry O’Farrell is Premier of this state. “He made a commitment and he can’t now pretend he is powerless to do anything. “This bill provides an opportunity for action instead of excuses,” said Mr Buckingham. The bill was moved by contingency on Thursday, March 6.

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he Member for Terrigal Mr Chris Hartcher, the Member for Mr Hartcher favoured the The Entrance Mr Chris Spence and the Member for Wyong Mr interests of Australian

supports the growing Darren Webber have all voluntarily withdrawn from the NSW demands of the Parliamentary Liberal Party until the Independent Commission Against community in the Corruption (ICAC) proceedings relating to them are determined. form of employment, education, training and The members are still various sources in return and Disclosures Act 1981 health,” said Mr Gordon. members of Parliament for certain members of and whether Eightbyfive, and the Liberal Party, parliament agreeing to a business operated by they have favour the interests of Timothy Koelma, Mr Media release, 6 Feb 2014 however, Sean Gordon, resigned from the Liberal those responsible for the Hartcher’s former senior Darkinjung LALC Parliamentary advisor, and Australian Party payments. Media release, 6 Feb 2014 ICAC is also Water Holdings Pty Ltd, Lisa McDermott, Office of meaning they will now sit whether through its CEO Mr Jill Hall MP on the cross benches with investigating December Nicholas Di Girolamo, any independents present. between The ICAC is 2010 and November (currently a director on investigating allegations 2011, certain members the board of the State Corporation) of whether corrupt of parliament, including Water conduct occurred between Mr Hartcher, Mr Webber entered into an agreement April 2009 and April 2012, and Mr Spence, and whereby Australian Water where certain members of others, solicited, received Holdings Pty Ltd made parliament, including Mr and failed to disclose regular payments to Hartcher, Mr Webber and political donations from Eightbyfive, purportedly including for the provision of Mr Spence, and others are companies, donors, media, public relations alleged to have corruptly prohibited solicited, received and contrary to the Election and other services and Expenditure advice, in return for which concealed payments from Funding,

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it will not be able toMr be Central Coast Jeremy protect Buckinghamthe has introduced legislation into the NSW Legislative water catchment ‘no ifs, Council to stop mining and exploration in the Central Coastno drinking catchment buts,water a guarantee’.”

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

“Mr Di Girolamo’s continued presence on the board of a state-owned corporation responsible for billions of dollars of water infrastructure will undermine public confidence until this matter is resolved,” Dr Kaye said. Media release, 18 Feb 2014 John Kaye, Greens NSW MP

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Let the assessment commission decide

Unless the mining ormer Minister for the Central Coast and Energy and Recourses Mr Chris Hartcher has responded to inquiries made by Wyong proposals are safe, especially in respect Regional Chronicle.


“I am, and always have Media release, 4 Mar 2014 been, committed to the Max Phillips, Office of protection of the Central Jeremy Buckingham Coast water catchment. This protection is best


achieved by proper scientific analysis. The Government has established a completely independent process- the

Planning Assessment Commission- to evaluate all scientific evidence relating to mining proposals.

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A free belly-dancing demonstration and talk will be from 1:30pm on Saturday, April 26. The demonstration and talk will be held at the Hidden Courtyard Cafe by Anne Miller of the Dark Flower Bellydance School. After the dancing, questions about belly-dance and its costumes will be answered. “Belly-dancing is an ancient art and has existed in Egypt and other areas within the Middle East for

thousands of years, both as a form of entertainment and as a dance of the people performed within the home and at weddings and other occasions,” said Ms Miller. “It came to the western world in Victorian times and has been taught in Australia since the 1970s. “Australia’s belly-dancing communities remain lively and are friendly to new dancers. “Costumes range from the classic top and skirt, through harem pants to tummy-covering folkloric frocks and other costumes.

“Various props are also used, including veils, fans, canes and the Wings of Isis. “Some dancers like to perform cabaret numbers and those costumes will also be discussed,” said Ms Miller. Entry to the cafe is through Flowers By Marianne at 18a Railway St, Woy Woy, opposite the station. Email, 10 Apr 2014 Anne Miller, Dark Flower Bellydance School

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Little Theatre holds auditions Woy Woy Little Theatre will hold auditions for its third production this year, Insignificance, at 7:30pm on April 28 and 30 at the Peninsula Theatre. Insignificance centres around on one of America’s greatest baseball players, Joe DiMaggio, who played for the New York Yankees, and Marilyn Monroe. “Some say his most famous achievement was his recordbreaking 56-game hitting streak in 1941, a record that still stands,” said Woy Woy Little Theatre marketing manager Mr David Wicks. “Others say his most famous achievement was marrying Marilyn Monroe. “The story takes place in New York in late 1954, only hours after a huge row between the married couple which occurred during the filming of the famous skirt-blowing scene in Billy Wilder’s The Seven Year Itch. “Wilder had turned the shoot into a media circus which angered DiMaggio. “Author Johnson picks up on the incident and fantasizes about what might have happened next – Marilyn disappears into the Waldorf Hotel, travels to the top of the building to meet her idol Albert Einstein and DiMaggio finds her there about an hour later,” said Mr Wicks. In looking for an actor to play the baseball star, director Gavin Critchley said the important thing

to think about with DiMaggio here was his energy. “He walks through most of the play as a coiled spring, often hitting out (verbally) as he fights to contain his natural way of dealing with stuff he doesn’t understand,” said Mr Critchley. “The character admits he’s not very ‘smart’ but spends a great deal of time trying to match wits with those around him. “Later in the play he lets that hard exterior slip and we see the genuine caring gentleman as he tries in vain to win Marilyn back by promising to give up everything for her. “DiMaggio is a challenging role because it’s the ‘hidden’ man we really need to see. “DiMaggio was about to ask Monroe to marry him for the second time only days before her suicide. “If you think you can playJoe DiMaggio in this Woy Woy Little Theatre production of Insignificance in August this year, please contact Gavin Critchley at or on 4323 4004 or 0419 022 666.” Auditions for the four characters (DiMaggio, Monroe, Einstein and Senator Joseph McCarthy) will be held on April 28 and 30 at the Peninsula Theatre. The play itself will be staged at Woy Woy’s Peninsula Theatre in August. Media release, 9 Apr 2014 David Wicks, Woy Woy Little Theatre

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Wharf hosts three performances The Wharf at Wagstaffe will host three performances on Saturday, April 26, from 4pm to 11pm for its Half-a-Ton celebration, Entertainment will include Mr Percival, Harry Brus Band and the Greg Nunan Band. Darren Percival has achieved a reputation in Australia as an accomplished entertainer, recording artist, musician, vocal coach and singer with natural talent, imagination and skill. Darren is best known to audiences around the country for his performances on the first season of The Voice Australia, where he was coached by Keith Urban and became the 2012

runner up. The Harry Brus band has over 40 years of experience in the Australian music scene. Harry is on the A list for countless Australian artists from Billy Thorpe and Jimmy Barnes to Renee Geyer, Russell Morris and Kevin Borich to name a few. The Greg Nunan Band consists of vocals, a mini guitar and two drummers. Greg Nunan is a blues musician who has fronted bands across Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore over two decades. Email, 1 Apr 2014 Rob Payne, The Wharf at Wagstaffe

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Opera held at arboretum The Rotary Club of Woy Woy held its ninth Opera in the Arboretum in Pearl Beach on Saturday, March 29. A capacity crowd of over 800 were treated to a celebration of some of the most popular arias by Rossini, Verdi and Puccini as well as other composers. Topping the bill was internationally acclaimed baritone Jose Carbo, rounded off by sopranos Taryn Fiebig and

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Money raised for cystic fibrosis Almost $1000 was raised as a result of a fundraiser for cystic ďŹ brosis on Saturday, March 1, at the Patonga Beach Hotel. Singer-songwriter Terry Ann Maxwell performed on the night as part of the launch of her ďŹ rst Australian album.

Terry Ann, who has recorded with some of country music’s greats such as Merle Haggard and his band The Strangers, as well as Buck Owens’ band the Buckaroos, has now made her home in Umina after moving from Nashville. She has been writing country ballads for more than 30 years and brought with her a long list of

songs which had not previously been released. She is currently receiving air play on many radio stations, even as far away as the Netherlands, with the release of her current single Sheila’s Song which traces the growth of her niece from childhood to womanhood. “I just love living on the Central

Coast and being so close to the ocean and the beach,â€? said Ms Maxwell. “It’s a far cry from Tennessee where the closest ocean is almost a day’s drive away “I ďŹ nd time to sit by the water and the thoughts this evokes seems to work magic with the lyrics.â€?

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Animal Care Animal Welfare League Animal Welfare League gives aid and fi nancial assistance to sick and injured animals as well as fi nding homes for dogs and cats. Meetings 2nd Wednesday of each month, Spike Milligan Room of Woy Woy Library 12 noon

P.O. Box 376, Woy Woy Debra 4344 4435 RSPCA Assist with desexing for cats, dogs & small animals. Veronica 0407 295 655

Art Ettalong Beach Art & Crafts Centre Adult Classes in Patchwork & Quilting, Pottery, Folk Art, Silk Dyeing, Oils, Acrylics, Pastels, Drawing, Watercolour, Silvercraft and Children’s Art & Pottery Mon - Sat 10am - 3pm 4341 8344 Central Coast Art Society Weekly paint-outs Tues 4369 5860. Workshops 9.30am 1st & 3rd Wed Gosford City Art Centre 4363 1820. Social Meetings 1.30pm 4th Wed for demonstrations

4325 1420 Point Clare Art & Craft Wed - Adult Art Class Wed & Fri - Adult Crafts Bunka Embroid, Cards, Crotchet, Cross Stitch $3 Point Clare Community Hall 10am - 12noon 4325 5007 Hospital Art Australia Meet every Tue and Fri 9am-2pm - 109 Birdwood Ave, Umina - Painting and Canvas drawing. Volunteers welcome 4341 9920

Bushwalking National Parks Association Central Coast Twice weekly bush walks on the Central Coast and further afield, varying distances and grades of difficulty. Explore, enjoy scenery, fauna, floral, history. Keep fit and make friends. 4389 4423 & 4332 7378

Community Centres Peninsula Community Centre Cnr Ocean Beach Rd & McMasters Rd Woy Woy Activities, programs and support groups for children, teens, adults and seniors including occasional care, playgroups, dance classes, karate, fitness classes, youth services, gambling solutions, internet kiosk and social groups.

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

Community Groups ABC “The Friends” Support group for Public Broadcaster. Aims: Safeguard ABC’s independence, adequate funding, high standards. Meetings through the year + social afternoons Well-known guest speakers

4341 5170 Bridge Duplicate Bridge Mon Tue Thur Fri Sat-12.15pm & Wed 9.15am Brisbane Water Bridge Club Peninsula Community Centre 93 McMasters Rd.Woy Woy

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Cash Housie 50 Games every Sat night Peninsula Community Centre, McMasters Rd, Woy Woy, 7.30pm. Proceeds to Woy Woy Catholic Parish.

Central Coast Handweavers, Spinners and Textile Arts Guild Spinning, weaving, patchwork, quilting, felting & other fibre & fabric crafts Workshops & community quilting bees - Day & night groups - 4325 4743

Central Coast Family History Society Inc. Resources, information & advice to study your family’s history. 1st Sat 1pm Lions Community Hall, 8 Russell Drysdale St, E. Gosford.

4324 5164

Central Coast Tenants’ Advice and Advocacy Service Do you have issues with your landlord or real estate agent? Free telephone advice and advocacy for all tenants and residents in residential parks. 4353 5515

Community Care Services - Central Coast For people with memory loss & their carers. Enjoy a relaxing coffee morning Rocky Point Café - Ettalong Beach Memorial Club 3rd Wed 4324 4244

Central Coast Over 30s Social Group Inc We offer social contact, entertainment events & new friendships for people in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s & 60’s etc. Our events range from; Live Music, House Parties, Restaurant Nights, BBQ’s/Picnics, Trips Away & lots more. For a FREE calendar call Sharon on 0432 760 272

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

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

Peninsula School for Seniors The Community Centre, McMasters Road, Woy Woy Discussions, Rumikin, Craft, History, Walkers, Coach trips Tues, Wed, Thur 4341 7785 4341 2142 Peninsula Village Playgroup Carers, Grandparents, parents & children ‘Intergenerational Playgroup’ Every Tues 10-11.30am Paula Newman - 4344 9199 Probus Club of Umina Friendship, fellowship and fun Advancing intellectual, cultural and social interests for active retirees 55yrs+ Non Political and Non Sectarian - 2nd Wed 10am, Everglades Club

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, pursue interests and hobbies, Spend time with other men and Learn new skills Darrell 4341 2355 Volunteering Central Coast Refers potential volunteers to community orgs. Support both volunteers and community orgs. Training for volunteers & their managers. 4329 7122

Wagstaffe to Killcare Community Protect and preserve the environment & residential nature of the Bouddi Peninsula and to strengthen community bonds 2nd Mon, 7.30pm Wagstaffe Hall - 4360 2945

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

Environment Peninsula Environment Group Talks, films, social events, workshops, renewable energy and recycling projects, organic food buying group

Health Groups 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 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 gamblers, family and friends Available Woy Woy, Kincumber, Gosford and The Entrance 4344 7992 GROW - Free Weekly 12 Step Mental Health Self Help Group - Helping thousands to recover from mental health challenges for more than 55 years to find a GROW group near you call 1800 558 268 or visit

GROW Groups meet weekly all year round 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

Thur Night Laycock St North Gosford 4341 4210 Soundwaves Men’s acapella 4 part harmony chorus - all ages 7pm Mon Central Coast Leagues Club John 0413 276 698

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 - 0412 756 446

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

ParaQuad Specialist healthcare products delivered to your door, for all your continence, wound care and respiratory and nutrition requirements - Professional Clinic Support available 1300 886 601

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

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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

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

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

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 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. 4325 7929 g

Music Gosford Musical Society Minstrels Entertain at various venues on the Coast seeking new members

Australian Labor Party Woy Woy Branch Discuss policies of fairness and support our communuity views and intents 7.30pm on the 2nd Mon each month 0412 517 520 Central Coast Greens Active regarding ecological sustainability, social & economic justice, peace & non-violence, grassroots democracy & gettingGreens elected 3rd Thur,

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 0439 514 723 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

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

0409 245 861 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

Special Interest Central Coast Potters Society Dedicated to increasing the ceramics knowlede, experience and skills of members and the general public. Running classes, workshops, demonstrations, exhibitions and social events - Annual exhibitions in May and December

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Central Coast Lapidary Club Minerals & Gems Learn silverwork, Cabochons, Faceting, Enamelling, Stone Fieldtrips & fossicking Weekly Workshops Tues, Thurs, & occasionally - Sat 9-2.30pm - Thurs 7-10pm 10 Ourimbah Creek Rd Ourimbah 4362 2246

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.

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

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

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

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 Branch meeting 1st Wed 10am - Craft and Friendship Wed 9am (except 1st Wed) 1st and 3rd Sunday 12.30pm 0438 033 039 - 4344 1070 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 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.

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Men, women and children celebrate Women’s Day The Peninsula Women’s Health Centre hosted an International Women’s Day event on Thursday, March 6.

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Pottery workshop for school students, Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre, 1pm-4pm Aladdin and his Magic Lamp, Ettalong Beach Club, 10:30am and 4:30pm

Easter Family Service, Ettalong Baptist Church,10am

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Tuesday April 22

Pottery workshop for school students, Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre, 1pm-4pm Peninsula Link Day, Peninsula Community Centre, 10am-2pm

Thursday April 17 Pottery workshop for school students, Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre, 1pm-4pm

Saturday April 19 Pearl Beach Easter Saturday Book Fair, 9am-5pm, Pearl Beach Memorial Hall Peninsula Easter Art Revue opens, Olive Branch Gallery, Umina, 3pm Trash ‘n’ Treasure, Wagstaffe Hall The Rewbies, Patonga Beach Hotel, 7:30pm Patonga Easter Fete, Patonga Progress Hall, 9am1pm

Monday April 21 Easter Egg Hunt, Hardys Bay RSL and Citizens Club, 3pm Pottery workshop for school students, Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre, 1pm-4pm

Friday April 25 Dawn service Anzac march, Woy Woy train station, 5:15am Anzac dawn service, Memorial Park, 5:30am Anzac Day service, Memorial Park, 10:30am Anzac Day service, Empire Bay Cenotaph, 11am Anzac Day Memorial Service and morning tea, Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, 10am Vietnam Veterans’. Peacekeepers’ and Peacemakers’ Association of Australia, Central Coast SubBranch wreath laying ceremony, Vietnam Veterans’ memorial, Ettalong Foreshore, 8am Anzac Day Memorial Service, Hardys Bay RSL and Citizens Club, 11am

Saturday April 26 Festival of Fun, Mary Mac’s Place, 9am-3pm Belly dancing demonstration and talk, Hidden Courtyard Café, Woy Woy, 1:30pm Half-a-Ton celebration, Wharf at Wagstaffe, 4pm-11pm

Monday April 28 Insignificance auditions, Peninsula Theatre, 7:30pm

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Ambulance, Police, Fire 000 Emergency 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


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

Health 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

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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

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Wednesday April 30 Insignificance auditions, Peninsula Theatre, 7:30pm

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Thursday May 15 Managing Anxiety workshops begin, Peninsula Women’s Health Centre, 10am-12pm

Saturday May 17 Crocket workshop, Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts centre, 12pm-4pm

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 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

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

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

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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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Ducks Crossing Publications has a very liberal credit policy for advertisers and realises that from time to time, people, businesses and organisations get into financial difficulty and may need assistance and time to get things back on track. However, some people, businesses and organisations take advantage of this generosity they use advertising but simply don’t pay their account after several months and need to be taken to court to do so. From time to time, as necessary, we will name these people, businesses or organisations as a warning to our readers so that they will be wary when dealing with them. • Affordable Roof Solutions - • High Thai-d Restaurant of Umina Beach Brad Sedgewick Ettalong • Sharon Martin - Devine Image • Bob Murray of Vetob P/L • Marilyn Clarke - Formerly of trading as Browse About of Skippers Take Away Seafoods Woy Woy • Depp Studios - Formerly of • Mal’s Seafood & Charcoal Chicken of Ettalong Beach Umina • Stan Prytz of ASCO Bre • Simon Jones - All external cleaning and sealing services Concreting • Andrew and Peter Compton

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The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the announcement by Federal Member for Robertson Ms Lucy Wicks that action has been taken to cut red tape as part of the Federal Government’s plan to help small business. “The Peninsula Chamber welcomes this announcement particularly when these promises were part of the Coalition’s election platform and were promised by the then Shadow Minister

for Small Business Bruce Billson when he was our guest in April 2013,” said Peninsula Chamber of Commerce president Mr Matthew Wales. “It’s great to see this promise delivered and that two days of Parliament each year will be dedicated to removing red tape. “We understand that on March 26, 10,000 regulations and pieces of legislation are being removed which will save $700 million and release small businesses from countless hours of paperwork. “This is a great start to

streamlining small business processes especially when we are experiencing improved retail conditions and an upswing in business confidence. “The Carbon Tax was a big issue during the election and, since its introduction, has had a marked impact of electricity prices and direct costs to small business. “The business community will be looking forward to this legislation being repealed as part of the overall cutting of red tape,” said Mr Wales. Media release, 20 Mar 2014 Matthew Wales, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

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Gosford Council received advice from a local resident regarding safety concerns at the intersection of Victoria Rd and Park Rd, Woy Woy. The intersection is directly opposite Woy Woy Public School and raises several road safety and traffic issues during pick up and set down

times on school days, the council was told. The resident requested that council consider the implementation of a No Parking zone along Victoria Rd, for 50m starting from its intersection with Park Rd. An on-site investigation during school set down and pick up times showed cars parked on both sides of Victoria Rd near its intersection with Park Rd. It was observed that the statutory 10m metre No Stopping at intersections was being abused at this

location. Cars turning into Victoria Rd from Park Rd were involved in several near misses due to limited sight distance. The Local traffic Committee’s report to council said signposting of the statutory 10 metre No Stopping restriction on both sides of Victoria Rd would eliminate this issue and improve sight distance. Gosford Council Agenda TR.14.08, 11 Mar 2014

Charged for assault A man from the United States has been charged after allegedly assaulting a boy and two girls in Ettalong on Wednesday, March 12. Police were called to Ferry Rd at Ettalong about 5pm following reports a man was acting aggressively. Officers from Brisbane Water Local Area Command attended and

were told a man had been abusing children on the wharf. It is alleged the man walked up to a 13-year-old boy before kicking him in the back, causing him to fall into the water. The boy received minor injuries to his back and feet. It is further alleged the man then approached and physically assaulted two 14-year-old girls.

Witnesses intervened and the man ran into a nearby toilet block where he was arrested by police a short time later. The 40-year-old man was taken to Gosford Police Station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, three counts of common assault, affray and offensive behaviour. Media release, 13 Mar 2014 NSW Police Media

Call for short-term rentals A petition with 47 signatures has been received by Gosford Council in support of Short Term Holiday Rental being included in the Gosford City Local Environmental

Plan. Petitioners said they believed that Short Term Holiday Rental was a vital sector of the Gosford visitor economy. They said they also believed that the provisions in DLEP2009, considered

by the community and Council as part of the public exhibition of the DLEP2009, provided an appropriate middle ground for providing land use support where dwellings are permitted. Gosford Council agenda P.9, 25 Mar 2014

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Festival committee seeks members The Spirit of the Peninsula organising committee is seeking members of the community to help prepare the festival to be held on Sunday, November 30, at Umina Public School. It is being organised by the school’s P and C Association. The festival’s theme is embracing and enhancing community spirit on the Peninsula and aims to raise funds to enable

Umina Public School to upgrade technology and complete grounds beautification projects. The festival will include music and entertainment, market stalls, amusement rides, activities for the kids, competitions and more. “We are seeking interested members of the community to join our organising committee to help bring the Spirit of the Peninsula alive,” said event manager Ms Lisa Butler.

Wellbeing committee meets Woy Woy Public School held its first Wellbeing Committee meeting for the year on Thursday, March 13. This committee now combines the Student Welfare, Anti-bullying task force and the Positive Behaviour Learning Committee. It is represented by both school staff and the parent community. Committee members were updated on student welfare and the support and programs put

into place to help students with expected behaviour and learning needs. They talked about the Positive Behaviour Learning initiatives for the year and the Learning Support Team processes that identify students in need. A range of strategies to best support the individual students are then put in place. Newsletter, 18 Mar 2014 Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School



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“We are also seeking sponsorships from small businesses, particularly on the Peninsula, to assist with some of the costs and services required. For information on how to get involved with the organising committee, request sponsorship information or book a stand space at the festival, contact Lisa on 0412 149 094 or lisabutler@masonia. net. Email, 18 Mar 2014 Lisa Butler, Spirit of the Peninsula

Staff at Woy Woy Public school updated their training in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Tuesday, March 11. “It is extremely important for staff to be trained in CPR and necessary to have a staff member who is trained on all school

excursions,” said principal Ms Ona Buckley. “The training is updated each year by a professional trainer. “The safety of our students is our priority.” Newsletter, 18 Mar 2014 Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School

Radio station broadcasts from school A Central Coast radio station has broadcast from Woy Woy Public School on Friday, February 28, Woy Woy Public School principal Ms Ona Buckley said that, despite the teeming rain, it was a “great morning of fun”. “Star 104.5FM radio started broadcasting live at 6am and the sausage sizzle brekkie was in full force by 7:30am. “It was just the sort of weather for warm hot chocolates. “Our students were given balloons, some of which clung to our covered outdoor learning area roof or floated happily off into the yonder grey sky but most managed

to go home with students attached to their school bags. “Students had great fun drumming up thunder with the drumming group, collecting stickers and information and Woy Woy Dental kits with Spiderman and Dora toothbrushes, supplied with toothpaste and dental hygiene information. “By 8:15am our covered outdoor learning area was packed with students and parents and it was a hive of activity. “We had our partner Brisbane Waters Secondary College representatives join us as well as former students from the Umina campus with their principal Mr Brent Walker.

“It was fantastic to see them there as part of our learning community. “We had a couple of super stars who were very brave and read the weather reports live on radio. “ Jenna Quennelle and Tasha Oberlander did an expert job. “The rain prevented us from doing our rubbish pick up for Clean Up Australia Day, but we will be able to catch up on that over the next week. “The funds raised, which I believe to be approximately $700, will go to support our garden program,” said Ms Buckley Newsletter, 3 Mar 14 Ona Buckley, Woy Woy Public School

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College wins rugby sevens tournament games Brisbane Water Secondary College won three categories, and finished second in another, at the NRL 7’s tournament held at Morrie Breen Oval on March 19. The talk of the day was the girls’ under-16 team, which took the tournament out through a combination of speed and skill. “The girls really enjoyed the day,” said coach Ms Lisa Spencer. “They are a talented group who have had success at Oztag and touch football previously, and these skills translate well in rugby league.” The College boys under-16 and under-15 teams were also successful on the day. “The under-16 team are a much

improved team, and are really hungry for success this year, and are definitely a team to watch,” said coach Mr Matt Marker. Under-15 coach Mr Pat Crouch said: “The under-15 team were state champions last year, and they are motivated for another good year in 2014.” “They competed well all day, and deserved their status as Central Coast champions. “The under-13 team were outstanding all day, and were defeated by a classy St Edwards team in the final. “This is a team loaded with potential, and we are looking forward to a big year this year,” said Mr Crouch. Email, 28 Mar 2014 Pat Crouch, BWSC Umina

Woy Woy players compete in country Two senior rugby union players from Woy Woy Rugby Union Club and one Colts player, also from Woy Woy, competed in the NSW Country Championships in Mudgee over the weekend of March 29 and 30. Sione Toki and Fokolulu Taumalolo were part of the Senior XV team that won all three matches, including the Richardson

Shield Final on Sunday, March 30, by 19 points to 15 over the Far North Coast. Toki has also been selected in the seniors NSW Country Team. He was among two senior players to be selected from the Central Coast. The Colts team, with Woy Woy’s Corey Fleming, reached the Tier 1 Final with a win over arch rivals Newcastle on the Saturday before going down in the Final to Central

West by 15 points to five. “Both the Senior team and the Colts team put in outstanding performances over the two days of the Championships,” said Central Coast Rugby Union president Mr Larry Thomson. “The performances by both teams were tremendous, and with the success of both teams augurs well for next few years.”

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Mid-week games change day Everglades Men’s Bowls has changed its social mid-week games from Wednesdays to Tuesdays. This has resulted in increased participation and also prompted an increase in the jackpot to a minimum of $200. On the last Tuesday of each month, a two-match tournament is

The Peninsula team started the game off slowly and were down 1 – 4 to the Northern Beaches team at the end of the first period. The Peninsula side looked disjointed and continually turned the ball over in pressure situations. In the second period, the Peninsula team started with

greater intensity and played with a high forward pressure. They managed to continually trap the Northern Beaches team at their defensive end. The goals started to come and, by the end of the second period, they had closed the gap 4 – 5. In the last period, the Peninsula changed their playing formation. The tactics of playing three sets of forwards applying high pressure to the Northern Beaches defence in the first two periods had worked. The Northern Beaches outfit could not match the intensity of the Peninsula in the final term.

Email, 2 Apr 2014 Ray Benton, Everglades Men’s Bowls

Soccer match unaffected by rain

Peninsula Thunder wins floorball championship The Peninsula Thunder Youth Team became the NSW Junior Floorball Champions in a Grand Final that had a large crowd of supporters on the edge of their seats on Saturday, April 5.

contested with a $150 prize for the winner of the day. The March winners were Peter Green, Stan Johnson and Len Haddock. The next tournament is scheduled for Tuesday, April 29.

The Peninsula ran out the winners with a final score of 9 – 6. Scorers for the Peninsula team were Reece Wallace (two goals +two assists), Andrew Laznik (two goals + one assist), Alec Morison (two goals + one assist), Zane Drennan (two goals), Thomas Laznik (one goal) and Nick Delaney (one assist). The grand final team consisted of Patrick Delaney, Steven Collins, Madison Boland, Saige Engelbrecht, Lucas Carpenter, Nick Delaney, Thomas Laznik, Jack Nash, Zane Drennan, Emma Brandham, Reece Wallace, Claudio Lucini, Miguel CullenGreen, Alec Morison, Andrew Laznik and Alex Tuthill. Nicholas Clunes was unable to play in the Grand Final.

The soccer match between Umina and Gosford was unaffected by rain which disrupted two of the five opening round matches of the 2014 Central Coast Men’s Premier League competition on the weekend of April 5 and 6. After years of playing their home matches on the worst field on the Central Coast, Umina United made the most of the newly-surfaced

Umina Oval to easily account for Gosford City 5-0. The final scoreline was somewhat misleading with three of the goals coming in the final 10 minutes of the match. Josh Schumann scored the only goal of an even first half but Umina dominated the second half with Todd Beckman (2), Nathan Young and debutant Daniel Sotelo all finding the net. Media release, 7 Apr 2014 Alistair Kennedy, Central Coast Football

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TUE - 15 0205 - 0.41 0807 - 1.58 1408 - 0.40 2028 - 1.75 FRI - 18 0416 0.36 1019 - 1.48 1605 - 0.47 2232 - 1.82 MON - 21 0015 - 1.73 0705 - 0.45 1308 - 1.33 1846 - 0.64 THU - 24 0339 - 1.64 1016 - 0.42 1632 - 1.48 2228 - 0.58 SUN - 27 0030 - 0.43 0635 - 1.65 1245 - 0.35 1904 - 1.78

WED - 16 0246 - 0.37 0848 - 1.56 1445 - 0.41 2106 - 1.80 SAT - 19 0507 - 0.38 1110 - 1.42 1652 - 0.53 2321 - 1.78 TUE - 22 0118 - 1.67 0812 - 0.46 1417 - 1.33 1959 - 0.67 FRI - 25 0444 - 1.65 1111 - 0.38 1728 - 1.59 2331 - 0.50 MON - 28 0122 - 0.37 0725 - 1.62 1328 - 0.37 1948 - 0.84

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Selected for State team Two sisters from Ettalong, Maddison and Rebekah Dallinger, have gained selection in the Australia Indigenous Budgies under14’s netball team and will compete at the Nationals on the Gold Coast in July. Both girls were part of the NSW Echinda’s teams that played in January and were selected based on their performances in the tournament. They have also been selected to represent Gosford Netball, with Maddison playing in the under-14 team and Rebekah in the under-13 team. Both girls also attend the academy at Narrabeen Sports

High School. Rebekah also plays basketball, having been chosen to represent North Sydney Division 1, 14’s Basketball team, which is considered one of the best in the state. This on the back of representing NSWPSSA girls basketball in Perth and coming home with a bronze medal. The Dallinger family is hoping to gain sponsorship for the girls and run a raffle to raise the funds needed. If any businesses feel they are able to help, contact Kristy Dallinger at au. Email, 4 Apr 2014 Kristy Dallinger, Umina

Charity bowls raises $980 Woy Woy Bowling Club’s March Charity Bowls event was held on Sunday, March 16, and raised a total of $980, bringing the total funds raised this year to $4000. The total included more than $250 which was raised through the raffle of the patchwork quilt donated by Sue Marchant of Vincentia. The Charity Bowls Day saw 38 bowlers in attendance, including new bowler Helen Newmark. The Speedykeys Spider Glass was won by Dave Bowman and John Hughes won the Lucky Rink Draw by getting over the top of Bill

Jarrett. The team skipped by John Hughes won by 11 shots, the team skipped by Bob Irvine won by 17 shots and John Fishers’ side won by 32 shots. The next Charity Bowls Day will be held on April 27. All funds go to Central Coast Kids in Need which raises money to assist families who have seriously ill children with prolonged illness. Most of these children are cancer patients, others with organ transplants and premature babies with life threatening issues. Email, 18 Mar 2014 Ken Dixon, Woy Woy Bowling Club

Surf club youth host exchange students Youth members of Umina Surf Life Saving Club hosted a group of international students from Europe, South and Central America and Asia at an annual Umina Rotary Youth Exchange afternoon on Saturday, March 22. The aim of this annual event is to give overseas students an insight into the activities of Australian surf club members around the same age. With fine, warm weather and calm seas, the visitors had an exemplary day to sample a part of traditional Australian culture. Seventeen young people were divided into small groups of four or five and participated in activities including IRB rescues, rescue board paddling, tube rescues and a beach flag competition. Each activity had a focus of fun while remaining instructional to some degree. After all groups had rotated through the activities, they divided into two teams for beach volleyball followed by another team competition unique to Umina Surf Life Saving Club called Hugo-ball, which is vaguely similar to netball in the water with human goal posts instead of goal rings. “All participants embraced all

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activities enthusiastically with some favouring the board activity whilst many commented they liked them all equally,” said Umina Surf Life Saving Club’s Peter Talty. Later that evening the overseas students socialised with the youth members from Umina Surf Life

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Round 6 20th April 2014 OCEAN VIEW RD

19s 10am 3rds 11:30 2nds 1pm 1st grade 2:30

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Peninsula News 341  
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Issue 341 of Peninsula News - 14 Apr 2014