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Ferry wharf gets government Gosford Council has been granted $4.3 million by the NSW Government to build a new ferry wharf and terminal at Ettalong to service a high-speed ferry.

Demolition could not be approved for this house at 199 Blackwall Rd, Woy Woy

Nursing complex put on hold Gosford Council has put the development of a five-unit self-care nursing home complex in Woy Woy on hold because it includes demolition. The council will await the outcome of inquiries into the council's ability to allow demolition of structures to make way for development. The concern follows the recent

ruling on the demolition of the Ferry Master's Cottage in Wagstaffe where council lost the case because demolition was not permitted under the planning scheme. The nursing home was to be on the western side of Blackwall Rd between Allfield Rd and Farnell Rd. Cr Lynne Bockholt objected to the style of the buildings.

"I'm not supporting this development because it is a bad design. "We could get the design much better than this," she said. The majority of councillors voted to defer the development until the council's legal position regarding demolition was known. Jonathan Reichard, Council agenda DH.083, July 2

Transport Minister Mr Carl Scully said the grant had been approved on the condition that Fast Ships Ltd were able to demonstrate their capability to commence a service between the Central Coast and Circular Quay. "The management of the grant to Council and the implementation of services by Fast Ships will be overseen by Transport NSW," Mr Scully said. "The approval of this grant builds on the Government's public support for public infrastructure to promote a safe, fast commuter ferry service from the Central coast to Sydney's CBD." The proposal is for a highspeed ferry service from Ettalong beach to Circular Quay. F as t Sh ips Lim it e d is proposing six return ships per day, with a 55-metre catamaran carrying 403 passengers. The time for the trip will be approximately one hour. "This is an exciting proposal that will provide the dual benefit of giving commuters more

transport options, while also providing another avenue for tourists to visit the Central Coast," Mr Scully said. "The NSW Government is supportive of any public transport proposal that increases the opportunities for the people on the Central Coast to access Sydney for employment and recreation. Member for Peats Ms Marie Andrews welcomed the condition set by the State Government for the commencement of a due diligence process to ensure the ferry service was viable. "I am pleased that I have been able to guarantee that a due diligence process takes place," she said. "This will make certain that the funds will only be spent if the proponents of the ferry service are able to demonstrate to Government their financial capability to commence services. "I am also pleased that the Government is providing a conditional grant to Gosford Council, rather than going guarantor to a private company," Ms Andrews said. The proposal for the wharf includes the provision of waiting areas, a café, toilet facilities and an information kiosk. REACTION, see page 7. Press release, July 1

IOOF residents reject $250,000 management fee Residents of the IOOF Homes Centre at Ettalong have rejected a proposed $250,000 management fee, as a ploy by IOOF to close down the centre. Residents successfully sought State Government intervention last year when they learnt of plans by IOOF to sell up the centre for redevelopment. A meeting of residents at the centre on Wednesday, July 10, rejected a statement of proposed expenditure prepared by the IOOF Friendly Society which showed a $290,000 deficit. The annual statement of proposed expenditure was provided to residents of the

centre, outlining how the income from rents would be spent in the coming financial year. Had they approved the statement, residents believed they would be expected to cover the deficit on top of their rents. Members of the residents' committee blamed the deficit on the $250,000 management fee made by the IOOF Friendly Society, $5000 maintenance costs and $15,600 for the Vital Call emergency call system. These were among several items not approved by residents at a vote on May 22. The residents will be asked to vote again this month on the proposed expenditure plan.

Residents' committee secretary Mr Jack Cleere said that he did not believe it could cost so much to run the Homes Centre. “The management fee is excessive,” he said. “Residents are also asked to pay for the Vital Call system which includes the cost of running the system in empty units. “We now have to pay for maintenance when they haven’t done anything for years,” he said IOOF chief executive Mr Hugh Quelch said he did not understand why residents were so concerned over the management fee. “It is a fee which would be appropriate to the centre, but it is

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not charged unless it is approved in the budget,” he said. He said that other expenditure was still a matter under negotiation. “It would be inappropriate to comment at this time.” Mr Quelch declined to comment on what action would be taken should residents reject the expenditure a second time. “W e don’t comment on hypothetical issues,” he said. Mr Cleere said that this action by IOOF was “just another ploy”. “The management can’t afford to run the centre because there aren’t enough people here,” he said. Mr Cleere said that he believed

that apartments left empty should be filled to generate income for the IOOF Homes Centre. “There are so many needing accommodation, it is criminal to leave them empty,” he said. Mr Quelch said that action was going to be taken with the units. “At an appropriate time, we will be looking to fill those properties after appropriate modification,” he said. Mr Quelch said that this modification could be refurbishment or reconstruction. “That depends on what type of modification is appropriate,” he said. Alison Branley, July 12


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Welcome to Edition 46 of Peninsula News We have been greeted by a great deal of good news for the Peninsula over this past fortnight. The news with the greatest impact is, of course, that related to the “fast ferry” and the Ettalong Memorial Club with its accompanying resort complex. We have devoted considerable space to these items in this edition with more to come in future editions. Both of these projects will have a great impact on the Peninsula and are likely to be the saviour of Ettalong as a viable retail centre. They have been much heralded and long awaited and we look forward to their successful completion. Cec Bucello, Manager

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Vegetation loss threatens dunes It’s fantastic to see the energy and revitalisation within the Woy Woy Peninsula, particularly the proposed finalisation of the Ettalong Beach Club Resort and Fast Ferry projects. However as coordinator of The Peninsula DuneCare Group, there must be concern that Gosford Council by-passed the planning and assessm ent process by not directing McGregor & Partners to undertake the required environmental assessment within the Ettalong Beach dune reserves when compiling the Ettalong Beach Reserve Draft Plan of Management (May 2002). The management plan also seems to be puffed up, lacks relevant detail and covertly limits community and various stakeholder input. The proposed unrestrained removal of native vegetation from Ettalong Beach possibly requires assessment under the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979). The ongoing loss of native vegetation within these dune areas threatens the reserve's ecology.

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Community Forum Letters to the editor are welcomed and should be addressed to Peninsula News, PO Box 532, Woy Woy 2256. Contributions in Word format sent via e-mail to mail@pennews.zzn.com or on disk to save us having to retype them. More details on page 4. Dune na ti ve vegeta tio n continues to be heavily disturbed within the Woy Woy Peninsula area, and this has been acknowledged within the Draft Plan of Management 2002. An important ecological component of the area's natural h eri tag e t hat sho uld b e conserved for future generations is now even more under threat. The Peninsula DuneCare Group's input within the area over the past year has seen many community volunteers consistently working very hard within the dunes to identify and restore magnificent native vegetation The group also records plant and animal species, many possibly locally-threatened and unique to this area. An example is the native black cypress pine (callitris endlicheri). A small stand has been identified by the group, existing only on the Ettalong Beach dunes. Our ongoing community native

vegetation restoration project along Ocean Beach also includes the propagation of low-growing indigenous plants and local environmental study to assess native vegetation diversity within the dune areas. The group promotes community environmental awareness, and presents an important universal message of an environmentally responsible community within the Peninsula area. Despite a much-focused contribution valued at many thousands of dollars to the area by community volunteers, requests to Gosford Mayor Cr Robert Bell for project assistance have not been supported. The lack of environmental assessment and conservation value within the Ettalong Beach Reserve Draft Plan of Management represents poor unsustainable urban planning that possibly threatens local environmental health. Tony Whitehead, July 4

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Work stopped on multi-storey development Gosford Council has ordered work be stopped on the three-storey "Riviera" development on Trafalger Ave, Umina, after construction of a fourth storey was started. A nearby resident had noticed the extra floor was being built and alerted council. The council successfully sought an injunction to stop the work on the combined residential

and commercial building. The development was approved to be 15 units, comprising four shops on the ground floor and lift access through a foyer to 11 residences on the first and second floors. Council officers said that there were also other issues of noncompliance to the development application, which needed to be looked at before work could continue. Jonathan Reichard, July 10

The "Riviera" development site at Umina

Government rejects Peninsula rezoning proposal The State Government has rejected a request from Gosford Council to do away with medium density zoning on the Peninsula. The council had sought a redistribution of population densities to achieve greater residential development levels in the Gosford CBD with a corresponding decrease in residential densities on the Peninsula. The Minister for Planning, Dr Andrew Refshauge, said he could not consider the council's request to enter into a statement of joint intent with Planning NSW to redistribute population densities. "Currently, there is insufficient local and sub-regional strategic planning in place to guide council's request that addresses sustainability issues relating to transport, community facilities

and services, employment, and infrastructure issues between the Peninsula, Gosford city centre and the rest of the Gosford Local Government Area." The council was told that the Central Coast Living Centres team needed to be established to develop the necessary strategies before Planning NSW would be able to consider population redistribution. In response to this, the council has resolved to contact Dr Refshauge, asking him to "direct Planning NSW to allocate sufficient resources for the Central Coast Living Centres Team to permit an immediate commencement of a review of the strategic planning direction of both the Gosford CBD and the medium density precincts of the Woy Woy Peninsula." However, Peninsula Chamber

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of Commerce vice-president Greg Sandell has described the move to "de-zone" medium density land as being "completely misguided and stood to disadvantage thousands of Peninsula residents". It "would ha ve had a devastating effect on property values and jobs in the local building industry", he said. "It is now obvious that the NSW Government has got to get moving with the proposed Integrated Planning Strategy for the Peninsula which has been talked about for over a year. "We need to update the planning controls and drag them out of the 1960s." Mr Sandell said that it was the view of the Chamber that design st and ard s for vi llas a nd

townhouses needed to improve with corresponding changes to the planning guidelines to give designers more flexibility. "We need to move away from gun-barrel style development and ensure that flexibility is introduced into the planning controls." The NSW Government's

mooted Integrated Planning Strategy would facilitate this debate. "It must be done as a matter of urgency," he said. Press release, Council agenda DN.087, July 9

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Letters to the editor are welcomed and should be addressed to Peninsula News, PO Box 532, Woy Woy 2256. Contributions in Word format sent via e-mail to mail@pennews.zzn.com or on disk to save us having to retype them. Forum contributors are reminded that full contact details, including phone number, must accompany submissions. Please include a date with all contributions. Name and suburb will be published. Anonymous contributions will not be included. Submissions may be published in an edited form.

Brief experience with the mayor I wish to relate my recent experience with the Gosford mayor. I had made an appointment to speak with the mayor in relation to the loss of material urgently required for a development application which had been couriered to Council. It had not been found for three weeks and I wished to speak about the attitude of council officers to the loss. On receiving a telephone call from the mayor's office with just a few hours' notice, I changed my day's schedule to suit, due to the urgency of the matter. When I arrived, I was kept

waiting in the first floor foyer area, outside the mayor's office for almost an hour. When he did eventually see me, reluctantly as it seemed, it was for under a minute. I didn’t even have a chance to explain the matter at hand. He would have only been able to read the first couple of lines of an email I had sent the previous day, which I gave to him on walking into his office, not even getting a chance to sit on the Mayoral chairs. Within that first minute, he quickly delegated the matter to the general manager, as it was a “management problem". The general manager was

unavailable but I was able to speak to Council director Mr John Murray. The purpose of my meeting with the mayor was that I thought that he should know what was happening in the developmentplanning department of the council, Development applications are being refused and delayed and their treatment, in some cases, is why developers and good quality buildings and structures, suburbs and developments are bypassing the Gosford Council region. I will show my interest again when I vote as a rate payer at the next elections.” Owen Burns, Umina Beach

Stormwater trap a failure I would like to correct the Mayor's misinformed comments regarding the stormwater trap at Ocean Beach. I have inspected the contents of this structure on a nearly twice-daily basis. This unsightly erection has been present for almost three years. It was a total failure for at least 18 months, until the door was secured. Since that time it has collected street litter, road debris, sticks, leaves and sand if less than 3mm of rain fall but in any rain fall greater than that the litter is washed onto the beach including any litter an debris already collected. It also fails because it is not emptied when it contains litter after rain and, further, it is not emptied monthly as the council claims. In fact, it has been emptied on only six occasions in 12 months.

It has never been emptied specifically after rain events, which is when it is supposed to function. The trap in question has not been emptied since prior to April 2. The other night with the big seas, it was back washed and the litter is once again all along the beach. The quantity claimed, if true, is misleading because most litter is paper or plastic which are comparatively light. Inspection of the drain shows that the predominant content is sand or dirt. When it overflows and the litter spills out onto the beach somewhere between 200 and 800 bits reach the beach, which weigh about 15kg. This drain, which is adjacent to the Ocean Beach SLSC, is the major source of syringes reaching this beach. In fact 39 of the 51 syringes recovered on the beach since September 2000 have been

found in the outflow of the drain. In about one in three rain events of greater than 4mm, syringes have been found. As anybody who goes there regularly knows, Ocean and Umina Beaches are, like many of our beaches, kept litter and danger free by walkers voluntarily picking up the litter. The council's beach cleaning activities are poorly planned, poorly timed, and at times poorly executed and, further, over years they have done considerable damage. With regard to the boast regarding the KAAL award, a significant component of this award has regard to education. I am happy to give $50 to the first person who can produce substantive evidence of a council education program in this matter. Unfortunately, the Mayor is misinformed by his council staff who disregard the facts and pay scant attention to the beaches of the Peninsula. John R Harrison, Umina Beach

How could anyone be appalled? Thanks must go to Robin Norling of Patonga (July 2) for pointing out the evil doings of our local bank. Here I was, simply enjoying our children's marvellous works of art each time I passed by the ANZ Bank at Woy Woy. How could anyone have been appalled by the bank's window display, depicting the hopes and dreams of the young creative minds of our children? How wonderful to see such enthusiasm and community involvement by one of our remaining local banks. How sad that one person's view has lead to the removal of our children's beautiful paintings.

I have lived on the Peninsula for the past 21 years and consider it a privilege, not a tragedy, to be paying off my own home in such a beautiful and thriving part of Australia. It would be interesting to hear from R Norling of Patonga how the average Central Coast family could possibly save one million dollars or purchase a Peninsula property without financial assistance before reaching the ripe old age of 100. Yes, R Norling, this is the year 2002. Prices have risen, people have mortgages and children are far more informed. It is wonderful to encourage our children, not only to dream, but to open their young minds to

t h e r ea l ism o f f i na nc i al understanding in the 21st Century. I refer to an article in the Women's Day, July 17, entitled "Teach your kids about money". Perhaps R Norling would like a copy of this informative and upto-date information. I therefore applaud the bank, not condemn it, for its wonderful display of future dreams, as depicted by our children in living colour. What a pity the rest of our community will not have the pleasure. Thanks again for your views, R Norling of Patonga. Have a wonderful day. Julie Cerulli, Umina Beach

An article in the last edition of Peninsula News outlined the formation and activities of a committee expressly formed to honour and give retrospective appreciation to the work of one of our more infamous Peninsula inmates. I would like to make a submission that I feel would engage, cater for and enrich the broader community from whom the outrageous world of Spike's incisive imagination was primarily forged. It would encourage public access and use of facilities in a landscape that through action and comment he made peculiarly his own. I would like the Spike Milligan Recognition and Celebration Committee to support the naming of a small unnamed island near the Peninsula, Milligan's Island. This would give recognition to the comedian's contribution to Woy Woy's environment and culture and the role he played in protecting another island, Riley's, from a proposed development and becoming a reserve. The island in question, which in the process of being ratified as "terra firma", is within sight of the Milligan home and Spike must have been aware of the island and the vulnerable pelican rookery that it continues to protect.

I would also like to put forward a proposal to hold an outdoor Summer Comedy Festival, Milliganfest, along the proposed bicycle route around the foreshore, past the proposed Milligan's Island to the grassed area adjacent to Blackwall Mountain boat ramp. This would have the added benefit of promoting the usage of the proposed foreshore bicycleway while using the area in much the same way that Davistown and Terrigal use their foreshores for festivals. A Goonfest busking competition might be incorporated with invitations, prizes and incentives given to candidates, wi th sch ool participation and with a special Goon Award for the gooniest act. Milligan's comedy was mobile and unpredictable. So I think that a formal theatre setting would be less appropriate, although comedy acts could well be held in the new theatre com plex in conjunction with the outdoor festival. I suggest that this outside venue and format might meet with Spike's approval, especially if the cycleway to be constructed in the direction of the Milligan home was to be appropriately named Milligan's W ay or Milligan's Row. Paul Burns, Umina

More comments on bicycle use After reading a recent letter in your paper, I am moved to also add a comment on bicycle use on the Brisbane Water foreshore. As I live in Copacabana I have no cycle ways on which to ride my bicycle with my son. I enjoy travelling to Woy Woy to ride in the area between the bowling club and Fishermen's Wharf. On one such occasion a little aggressive man with a little aggressive dog also verbally abused me for riding my bike in the area near the bowling club. He stated that the area was sign posted which made it illegal to ride my bike in that area. I rode to the sign and it did in fact state that no cycles are to be used in that area. I returned home and rang Gosford Council rangers. They stated to me that the sign only meant motor cycles were banned and bicycles were indeed allowed. Not wanting to be stressed by copping a verballing, I have found other areas to ride. I will soon however be returning to ride in my area of choice.

These people need to learn how to share with other ratepayers who assist in maintaining the area by paying their rates. Just because one lives near the foreshores does not mean they have personal use of the area between their house and the shore. These people also need to realise they too have a responsibility to follow council's laws. I have seen them let their dogs run from their gates to play in or near the water unleashed while they hold a leash under their arms. The dogs defecate while the owners look the other way or pretend not to see. Others bring their dogs to the area on leashes, pick up any droppings and t ake t he droppings away. With family groups more often frequenting the area, children can contract diseases because of some selfish person. There is also the nutrient content of the faeces which flows into the water, assisting the chance of algae bloom. Jim Brooks, Copacabana


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Rates to rise by 7.26% Gosford Council's rates will rise by 7.26 per cent, following special Ministerial approval. The council increased its rates by 3.3 per cent, the maximum percentage permitted in line with inflation. Th e Mi n i s t e r o f L o ca l Government also approved council’s application for a special variation in general rates for an additional 3.96 per cent increase. This will be used for the reconstruction of six surf lifesaving buildings and the regional aquatic centre at Woy Woy. The extra rate will be imposed for 15 years. Only Cr Debra Wales was

opposed to the increase. Cr Wales said: "The aquatic centre is a fantastic facility for the Peninsula, but the way the council has gone about it is wrong. "We have not seen the business plan or the cost structure of this $17 million project and I think we have to be careful," Cr Wales said. Cr Chris Holstein said: "All the community will benefit from these projects, not just at present, but future generations as well." Cr Craig Doyle said: "The present surf clubs are beyond their useable life. "We need to start thinking now about our social infrastructure so we are not needing to think about it again in 30 years' time."

Cr Daniel Cook said: "There's no reason why this can't be justified but it should be a 50 metre aquatic facility, not a 25 metre one. "I wholeheartedly endorse the provision of those facilities," Cr Cook said. Cr Lynne Bockholt said: "I get constant complaints about the pool not being properly heated. "We need new pools. "Let it be noted that I have never supported a rate rise before this. "We need to support the community people who are involved with the surf clubs and I strongly support both projects," Cr Bockholt said. Jonathan Reichard, Council agenda FS.089, July2

Cr Wales attacks Minister for Local Government Cr Debra Wales has attacked the Local Government Minister Mr Harry Woods for approving the 7.26% rate hike sought by Gosford Council. “The State Government's support for the rate hike is just another back door tax on the ratepayers of Gosford,” said Cr Wales. The rate hike, in part, is to pay for the upgrade and replacement of Council’s aging surf clubs and the regional aquatic centre at Woy Woy. “Let me be quite clear about this," she said.

"I do not oppose the upgrading of the surf clubs or the Woy Woy Aquatic Centre. "They are both facilities that this city needs. "However, what I do oppose is slugging the ratepayer nearly $100 extra on their rates to pay for an unbudgeted aquatic centre for which I have seen no cost estimates or business plan.” “Don’t forget that the Woy Woy Aquatic Centre started out a $1.5 million pool upgrade and has now blown out to $17 million. "As a councillor, I have an obligation to assess whether this project has been fully investigated.

"To date, I am not satisfied that this has been properly costed and have no compelling advice from council staff as to the ongoing running costs of the facility,” said Cr Wales. “For the mayor to say that this is a $20 million birthday present for the Peninsula hides the fact that it will cost the average Peninsula ratepayer nearly $100 extra a year.” Cr Wales said that she was surprised that the NSW State Government supported a hike of nearly four per cent over the 3.3 per cent rate pegging limit. Press release, July 8

One of the police mountain bikes being demonstrated at an open day in Woy Woy

Police bikes may benefit Peninsula The Peninsula is likely to benefit from the purchase by police of custom-built mountain bikes, according to the Member for Peats Ms Marie Andrews. "Bicycles are ideal for the Woy Woy Peninsula area because the terrain is very flat and the police officers can easily access the network of back lanes, whereas vehicle patrols do not have the same degree of versatility," she said. "Already the Police Cycle Squad working on the Woy Woy Peninsula has made a marked difference in reducing crime in this area." Ms Andrews said that Brisbane

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Water Local Area Command would receive four mountain bikes as part of a "roll-out" of 300 bicycles across the State. The Repco bicycles and associated equipment would further improve the high visibility, frontline response of police, she said. Over the next year, NSW police expected to have 100 officers training for bike patrol. Thirty eight fully accredited instructors would conduct a mandatory education course, which included requirements for extra fitness assessments. The new bicycles would be phased in across the State over the next three months. Press release, July 3


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No evidence of The Manager of Gosford Council's Health Service Unit has told the Coastal Lagoon and Planning (CLP) Committee there is no evidence that "pelican itch" is being suffered at the Woy Woy baths. The manager said that the unit had no knowledge of a reported increased number of incidents of members of the public suffering pelican itch and that the Central Coast Public Health Unit has no evidence to confirm the report. The CLP committee had earlier asked that the occurrence of "pelican itch" the Woy Woy baths adjacent to the fish cooperative

be investigated. The committee has now invited the manager to its next meeting. It also asked its chairman, Cr Geoff Preece, to discuss with the Director of Development and Health the committee's concerns of potential health issues concerning the condition of the public baths immediately after pelican feeding. The committee's main concerns were reported to be discolouration of the water in the last several months immediately after the pelican feeding and scraps of fish floating in the swimming baths. Council agenda CL.010, July 2

The BreastScreen NSW van parked next to Woy Woy Oval

Breast service well received Stroke recovery group A new breast screening service in Woy Woy has been received well by the local community. The breast screening service located in Chambers Place near Woy Woy oval has been providing free mammograms to women over 50 for the month of July. Holly Dewar of Breast Screen NSW said that the response to the service has been fantastic. “It’s almost full booked at the moment. "There’s been really good support,” she said. “It has turned into a local meeting place where women come for a cup of tea and a chat. “The women feel comfortable. "It’s cosy and warm and we look after our patients,” she said.

There are no plans at the moment to make the breast screen facility permanent but the Breast Screen NSW van will be regularly visiting the area, returning in two years when it is time for women to be re-tested. “We’re only here till July 26 this year, so women need to make an appointment,” Ms Dewar said. “It’s a really simple procedure. "Our staff are all female and are very experienced and understanding,” “The best way to treat cancer is to detect it early,” she said. “It’s really important that women get tested. "It’s the best test to pick up things when they are really tiny. It gives a clear picture of what’s going on inside." She said that with two radiographers, it was possible to

get a second opinion. The screening service was available to women aged 50 to 69. Women aged 50-69 years who had a regular breast screen every two years may reduce their chance of dying from breast cancer by more than 30 per cent, she said. The new service had been introduced to encourage women who had never been screened before to participate in the program. Breast Cancer is the most common cause of cancer death for Australian women. Bookings are essential and can be made on 4324 6722. Some screening will be available after hours and on Saturday mornings.

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Woy Woy Stroke Recovery Group is in need of volunteers to assist in the superv ision of t heir hydrotherapy classes at Woy Woy Hospital Hydrotherapy Pool. The classes are held every Tuesday and Saturday morning at 10am until 11am and prospective volunteers would be required to be in the water at this time to assist stroke-affected people with their exercises. Prospective volunteers would also need to have a first aid CPR certificate which the Stroke Recovery Club would gladly arrange and pay for.

The club would love to hear from anyone who could assist at either or both of these times. Interested parties could nominate the times that are suitable to them - once a week, fortnightly or another arrangement. People who have had a stroke and whose doctor says that hydrotherapy would assist recovery can contact the club and they will advise how to join the group. Those able to help are asked to please contact June Margaret Parker on 4342 3235 or Malcolm Lette on 4242 3215 for more information. Media release, June 14

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Emergency funding for child abuse service The State Government has provided emergency funding to assist the Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS) at Umina, which had been facing closure due to a fundraising shortfall. Minister Assisting the Premier for the Central Coast, Mr John

Della Bosca, announced an $16,000 emergency grant. “The Child Abuse Prevention Service supports parents under stress and children at risk,” said Mr Della Bosca. “I wanted to ensure this valuable service wasn’t lost to our community.” Funding of $8000 from the

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Department of Community Services portfolio would provide training for volunteers, while the balance from the Minister Assisting the Premier for the Central Coast would cover operating expenses. “I have asked the Department of Community Services to assist the local co-ordinator to access

appropriate professional training in early intervention and prevention.” Mr Della Bosca said representations had been made by Member for Peats Ms Marie Andrews and Gosford Councillors Tony Sansom and Judith Penton. “They made it clear they did not want the end of the financial year

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to bring the end of CAPS,” said Mr Della Bosca. The announcement of the imminent closure of CAPS Umina brought a large public response. Local clubs contacted CAPS and other service organisations rang expressing their regret that the service could not continue. Press release, July 2

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Fast Ferry

Ferry expected early next year Fast Ships Manager Mr Alf Salter said that the launch of the ferry would depend on Gosford Council and the construction of the wharf. “We will be definitely be operational by the first half of next year,” he said. “We have identified a ferry. "We have just made contact with the owner.” “We are currently raising finance and within a month should have an option for a vessel,” Mr Salter said. “We think the ferry will be very popular because it’s a scenic lovely way to travel."

Mr Salter said that ferry tickets were expected to cost $71.50 for a weekly return ticket to Circular Quay. He said that ferry passengers would travel in air-conditioning, with airplane seating, toilets, and a cafeteria for the 55-minute trip to Sydney. He said that it was estimated that there would be only around 12 days a year, including weekends, when the ferry would not be able to travel to Sydney due to bad weather. Booked passengers would be notified of service cancellations by text message in advance. Alison Branley, July 12

Environment issues The issue of environmental monitoring of the fast ferry has been raised at Gosford Council's Coastal Lagoon and Planning ( C LP ) Committee. The Director of Development and Health had previously advised the committee that e n vi ro nm e nta l inf or m at io n requested within 12 months of the deferred development consent was received and considered satisfactory, and therefore the development consent has not lapsed and was current for five years from February 16, 1999. However, committee members expressed concern about the reply as they were of the opinion that the developer was to prepare an environmental monitoring plan. Mr Neil Kelleher, representing the Department of Land and

Water Conservation (DLWC) on the committee, stated that he was not satisfied with the response as he was of the opinion that DLWC had not signed off on the information provided to date. Mr Brian Hill from NSW Fisheries stated that it was his opinion that permits would have to be obtained from NSW Fisheries prior to any commencement of work at the site. The committee asked that Council's senior town planner dealing with the fast ferry proposal be invited to a future meeting of the committee. It also asked committee chairman Cr Geoff Preece to follow up the matter with the Director of Development and Health. Council agenda CL.028, July 2

Exciting development, says Lloyd F e d er a l M em b e r for Robertson Mr Jim Lloyd has congratulated Fast S h i p s o n t h e announcement of funding for a wharf and terminal at Ettalong. “I have been advocating for the introduction of a high speed ferry service for many years and finally with the State Government’s support, this project now appears to be a viable venture,” Mr Lloyd said. “The Federal Government provided $140,000 in Regional Assistance funding back in 1999 to develop and promote a range of tourism packages linked to the Fast Ferry proposal.

“This is an exciting development in the expansion of the fast ferry concept which has the potential to provide another affordable and viable means of transport to and from Sydney,” Mr Lloyd said “This will help to relieve pressure on our road and rail links to Sydney. “The announcement, coupled with the news that the Ettalong Beach Club Resort is to now go ahead, is great news for all Peninsula residents,” Mr Lloyd said “In terms of sustainable growth these projects have the potential to create hundreds of urgently needed local jobs,” Mr Lloyd concluded. Press release, July 10

All in one business

The site for the fast ferry wharf at Ettalong

Chamber applauds grant announcement The Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has applauded the State Government's announcement that it will provide a $4.3m grant to Gosford Council for the fast ferry wharf and terminal. "This is incredibly good news," said Chamber president Mr Matthew Wales. "The backing of the high speed ferry proposal by the State Government is vitally important in that it will provide an immense economic boost to the Peninsula and Central Coast. "The fast ferry project will be a big job spinner and will create

enormous investment opportunities for the region. "It could not have come at a better time in that the Chamber of Commerce is in the middle of its Peninsula Vision Economic Strategy which will focus on tourism based business growth," said Mr Wales. "By providing the funding for the infrastructure, the State Government has now enabled Fast Ships Ltd to secure the purchase of a high speed ferry to commence the run into the Sydney CBD. Mr Wales said that it was important that Gosford Council establish the terms of the

tendering process with the State Government and Fast Ships as quickly as possible so that the construction of the wharf and terminal building was not delayed. "There is a great window of opportunity to get the wharf and terminal constructed before Christmas. "I also understand that Fast Ships have an opportunity to secure an interim vessel that could be operational by the end of the year." Media release, July 9

Bell welcomes 'viable alternative' Gosford mayor Cr Robert Bell has welcomed funding for a ferry terminal at Ettalong as opening the door to "a viable alternative form of transport to Sydney for Central Coast

residents". "This is wonderful news for commuters to Sydney and tourists visiting from Sydney to the Central Coast," he said. "These exciting new developments will lead to the

Derek Britton

provision of hundreds of sustainable jobs for Central Coast residents at the new Ettalong tourist complex. "Many jobs could be available for Peninsula residents. Letter, June 10

Bill Lough


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History

Historic landmarks in Woy Woy The following is information on some of the oldest landmarks in the Woy Woy CBD area is supplied by Mrs Beryl Strom. Brickwharf Rd - Brickwharf Rd leads to the Brick Wharf, the place where most of the 10 million bricks were unloaded for the Woy Woy Tunnel in the 1880s. They were then taken on a small gauge railway along Brickwharf Rd and Railway St to the tunnel portal. Blackwall Rd - Blackwall Rd leads to Blackwall, the early township that grew up around the shipyard of Rock Davis, Blackwall Point near Orange Grove. The historic St Luke's church, now Woy Woy Environment Centre, was built on the outskirts of Blackwall Township in 1902. Woy Woy Council Chambers and Fire Station - The former Woy Woy Council Chambers is the only public building relating to the Shire of Woy Woy which operated from 1928 to 1946. It is now Woy Woy library, with the Council offices in the old "garage and storeroom" behind. These important structures were very nearly demolished in 1979 when the adjoining shopping centre was approved. Only community action, and Government response to that action, saved them.

An early picture of Woy Woy Hotel, now known as The Old Pub Woy Woy Fire Station was built to complement the other two buildings in 1935. It too was nearly demolished in 1979. Old Woy Woy Wharf - The ruins of this old wharf, built in 1899, remind us of an earlier mode of transport around Brisbane Water, when almost all of the holiday-makers and the "weekend population" came to

Woy Woy by rail and completed their journey by launch. When the wharf fell into disuse, the steps over the railway line which provided access to the wharf and to the street were removed in favour of a ramp. Bay View Hotel - The Bay View Hotel was built in 1928 after the commercial centre of Woy Woy moved closer to the railway station.

An earlier Bay View Hotel was located on the corner of Railway and Charlton Sts, within the old Woy Woy township. Noonan's and Nicols Thomas Noonan put his name and the date (1914) on the first shops built in Woy Woy after the subdivision of the land, which now forms the main town centre. His shops have always been a landmark for railway travellers.

Fabric Price Cutterse

A row of ornamental shops was linked to Noonan's in the 1920s. The Commonwealth Banking Corporation demolished two of them. The survivor is now Nicols' (Keyray) Butchery. Masonic Hall - Woy Woy Masonic Hall, an imposing building near the railway station, carries the date 1926. It has important associations with the social history of Woy Woy. Currently it is not an official "heritage item" of the City. Woy Woy Hotel and "Roma" Woy Woy Hotel and Roma were among the first "accommodation houses" in the Woy Woy area. They were built after the coming of the railway in the 1880s. Woy Woy Hotel is scheduled in the City's Heritage Plan - oddly, "Roma" is not, despite being recognised under the Heritage Act. Neither "Roma" nor Woy Woy Hotel has changed very much over the years. The verandahs on the hotel, seen in old photos, were not part of the original design. These two buildings helped to accommodate some of the "9000 pleasure-seekers [who] visited Woy Woy and Blackwall last holidays season". (An extract from the Gosford Times, September 1897.) Beryl Strom, May 15


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News

Funding for gambling service The Central Coast Problem Gambling Service has received a grant of $113,800 to fund its operation for another year at the P en in s ul a Co mm un it y Centre in Woy Woy. The service has also been told its funding will now be triennial. The grant brings the total allocated to the service from the State Government's Casino Community Benefit Fund to $242,000. The service provides counselling for problem gamblers and their families in Gosford, Woy Woy and The Entrance. The grant was recently announced by the Minister for Gaming and Racing, Mr Richard Face, when he officially opened the new premises for the service in the Peninsula Community Centre. Mr Face said future funding for treatment services would be based on outcomes of regional

planning processes. Regional consultations would seek to do three things: • Identify the needs and issues surrounding gambling related matters for those directly and indirectly affected. • Facilitate the development of three-year regional strategic plans. • Prioritise issues to respond to community needs. "This process will result in triennial funding for treatment services being aligned to regional planning. "This approach will ensure that local stakeholders, including the community, are consulted. "The Polic y Fram e wor k Strategic Plan complements the G o ve r n m e n t ' s r e s p o n s i b l e gaming legislation, and will assist in addressing the needs of problem gamblers and their families. "The Central Coast Problem Gambling Project has played an

important role in the community. "It provides on-the-ground support services for people whose gambling has become a problem. "I am sure that these new premises will greatly assist the Central Coast Problem Gambling Service in its work," Mr Face said. "Gambling and difficulties caused by it have always been with us. "It's just that now it is recognised as an addiction and is being treated seriously to reduce the harm caused. "Funding will allow for increased training of counsellors and the collection of better data. "Dealing with gamblers is a specialist service and NSW is at the forefront, a world trail blazer in the field, with Victoria following suit and even Nevada, USA, looking at what we do," said Mr Face. Cec Bucello, Media release, July 9

Work for the dole to build cycleway A $53,900 Work for the Dole project will construct the cycleway running along the waterfront reserve on the northern side of Brick Wharf Rd, Woy Woy. The project was given the goahead by Gosford Council, despite having earlier called for a report into alternative routes. A report about the project was submitted to council to obtain endorsement of the proposed location and design for the cycleway. The community consultation process had shown that Brick Wharf Rd was "a particularly sensitive location", the council was told. Councillors and staff recently inspected the location as part of

a review of sensitive locations nominated for inclusion in the cycleway network. Council decided to support the cycleway as long as it was positioned as closely as practical to the kerb and gutter in Brick Wharf Rd. The waterfront reserve was continuous between the high water mark and the northern side of the kerb in Brick Wharf Rd. It was proposed that the cycleway vary in distance from the Brick wharf Rd kerb. It would gently curve to slow down cyclists, to avoid removing existing trees and to make room for landscaping. The cycleway would be as close as practical to the kerb within this concept. Another report will be made to

council showing alternative routes at the W oy Woy waterfront, including costs, as a part of a report on the total cycleway network. The report is not expected by late July when the Work for the Dole scheme project is due to begin. It is also proposed that any remaining funding go towards constructing a cycleway behind the kerb on the eastern side of Brisbane Water Dr, from the Victory Parade intersection to the bus stop just south of the Point Clare railway bridge. At the council meeting, councillors also called for a report on the Koolewong to Woy Woy cycleway which will link with the Brick Wharf Rd cycleway. Council agenda EO.025, July 2

Top Liberals to visit the Peninsula Deputy Leader of the NSW Liberal Party Mr Chris Hartcher and Upper House Opposition Leader Mr Mike Gallacher will visit the Peninsula on Wednesday, July 17. Liberal candidate for Peats, Cr Debra Wales, will host a morning tea at the Ettalong Beach Memorial Club at 10.30am in the Seaview Room, giving residents the opportunity to discuss their concerns with the Liberal leaders. "One of the most important issues in the Peats electorate is the lack of police on the beat and the unacceptable high statistics for crime and domestic violence," she said. "Our area has one of the highest rates of domestic violence in NSW and we cannot go on ignoring the figures. "I have always said that unless we can have face-to-face contact

with our parliamentary representatives, they cannot know what our needs are. "W e a r e p r o vi d i n g a n opportunity for local people to meet with the leaders of the

Minister for Gaming and Racing, Mr Richard Face, with member for Peats, Marie Andrews

On-line supermarket for Peninsula The Peninsula now has its own on-line supermarket, Grocery Express. The service is designed for commuters who can arrange to have their grocery shopping delivered after hours when they arrive hom e from wo rk, according to Grocery Express manager Mr Jeremy Spears. "The site is ideal for anyone who is too busy or too ill to shop," he said. "Orders can be placed at any time of the day or night." The site was accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week and orders received before 2pm could be delivered on the same day with three hours' notice. Deliveries were restricted to the 2256 and 2257 postcodes and took place from 9am to 9pm

Monday to Saturday. All deliveries were made in a new refrigerated van The web site listed about 10,000 items and was updated regularly. Items not listed may be specially requested. Deliveries were accompanied by an itemised list of the order, individually priced on a tax invoice showing GST. Payment may be made by credit card on line or cash on delivery. Freshness of produce was backed by a money-back guarantee. The site was developed by local software developer Mark Snell of Open Windows in conjunction with Mr Spears. The site can be found at www.groceryexpress.com.au.

Liberal Party and help them understand our needs." Media release, July 9

Empire bay R/E

Greenway

Cec Bucello, July 11


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Tullipan Homes

40 years of building homes Tullipan Homes is one of the Coast's longest established home builders having been formed in 1963. The company is family owned and operated with David Tullipan the principal, wife Mary looking after administration and accounts, and sons Mark contract manager, and Rodney and Daniel both site supervisors. Daniel's wife, Melissa, is secretary. The three sons have all worked

their way up through the building industry, from apprentice carpenters to completing their Clerk of Works TAFE course. They all hold current builders licences and Mark is also an estimator-draughtsman. Tullipan Homes has three display homes, all in Erina. Two of them, The Coabey and The Vegas, are in Bannister Drive and The Matheson is in Stringybark Place. Tullipan homes are designed

by Barry Kelly of Buildtech Design and Development of Ettalong. "We have literally hundreds of designs on hand with many more to come in the near future", said Barry. Barry is a member and past president of the Central Coast branch of the Building and Designers' Association with over 25 years experience in design for the building and construction industry.

One of Tullipan's "Vegas Series" homes

Central Coast stairs

"The Coabey" by Tullipan Homes

Walkers

Modern wall tiles

Centron

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on the Central Coast medium density residential development, having designed homes with budgets between $100,00 and $800,000, small to major extension and renovations, low rise villas and apartments, and cluster housing", he said. "One design was selected as a finalist in the Master Builders' Association Excellence in Design awards, 1999. "Our speciality is our flexible system which allows us to create a specific design to suit any individual's requirements. "We meet with the client on site at no charge and take into account solar orientation, energy efficiency, location of services, existing vegetation, trees and obstructions, location and restriction of easements, the levels over the site, driveway gradients, access and council requirements." Designs are commenced on drawing boards and then transferred to a computer using the latest computer assisted design programs. Survey information allows for a 3D image with the newly designed building overlaid so that clients can see how their new building will look when it is completed. The Peninsula has many narrow building blocks where the total width is less than 15.24 metres. Tullipan Homes has recognised this and has developed many designs of homes to suit, including some of

the current display homes. Tullipan also design multi units for narrow blocks allowing for many choices of development to include town houses and villas, single or double storey.. The advantage of building through a project builder such as Tullipan Homes, according to Barry Kelly, is that they cannot normally be beaten on price because of their buying power and regular use of subcontractors which keeps their costs down. Cec Bucello, July 10

Boral

Barry Kelly at Buildtech Design and Development

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Tullipan Homes Advertising Feature

Tullipan builds 60 square hacienda A house with a Spanish theme under construction at Daleys Point has proved one of the most challenging for Tullipan Homes, according to principal, Mr Tullipan The house is on a steep block near the Rip Bridge and needed to be designed in multi-levels to suit the site. It is a 60 square home built using concrete slab floors at each level and rendered brick walls, internally and externally.

The owner had many specific requirements, all of which were included in the design resulting in a unique building. The concrete and brick construction necessitated steel girders at all support. In keeping with the theme, roof tiles and capping were imported from Spain at approximately double the cost of local roof tiles. Extensive wrought iron work will complete the rendered brick fence to maintain the Spanish theme. The house has many Tuscan

features inside including a concrete splash pool over two metres deep in the second level, several balconies, a large portico and arched viewing balconies to take advantage of extensive water views facing south. The design required a great deal of ingenuity and Tullipan

Homes used three dimensional imaging software to help visualise the finished home both for the benefit of the owner as well as the builders. Construction also required specialists from many areas to become involved to ensure a high quality finished product and to

Quickies

The house at Daleys Point

Smartbuilt

PGH bricks

Bradways

McNamara's

meet stringent council requirements. The house has taken a long time to complete because of its special needs and is expected to be completed in the near future, said designer, Mr Barry Kelly. Cec Bucello, July 12


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News

Review sought Gosford Council is to explore avenues of appeal or review over the Land and Environment Court's dismissal of charges relating to the demolition of the Ferry Master's Cottage at Wagstaffe. Mayor Cr Robert Bell said that Judge Lloyd "got the judgement wrong" in dismissing charges. He said the judge had dismissed the charges on the grounds that demolition of a dwelling in a residential zone in Gosford was prohibited and the defendants could not be prosecuted for not seeking council consent. Mayor Robert Bell said: "It is our opinion that the judge erred and that council's planning scheme does allow for council to consider a development application for demolition of a dwelling in a residential zone. Cr Craig Doyle said that the judgement made it impossible for council to grant consent for the demolition of any building Gosford Council's senior legal counsel was requested to advise as to any means by which the council may seek a review of the judge's decision not to refer the case to the Court of Criminal Appeal. The request received unanimous support from councillors. It was also resolved that council staff meet with council’s legal representatives to determine the appropriate processes for dealing with development applications that are affected by the decision. In addition, the council resolved that action be taken to review council’s planning scheme to "address the inconsistencies created by His Honour's decision". "The judge's decision has wide ranging impacts and at this stage it would appear council could not approve an application from one of its residents to demolish an old dwelling to build a new house which is a ludicrous situation," said Cr Bell. The Ferry Masters Cottage was demolished while it was awaiting a heritage listing on August 1 last year.

The Council, at its meeting on August 7, resolved to prosecute the persons who destroyed the cottage without consent. Council staff believed that the demolition of a dwelling house in a residential zone required the consent of Council. The defendants were charged with demolition of the building without consent. The offence, it was claimed, was a breach of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act Section 76A. The defendants argued that demolition of the dwelling was either exempt development and consent was not required, or that it was prohibited development. In each si tuation , th e defendants did not have a charge to answer because they were charged with the offence of not obtaining consent for demolition. The Court held that council did not have the power to consent to the demolition of the dwelling and therefore the defendants did not commit the offence for which they had been charged. The judge commented that the Defendants had breached s76B of the Act in that they had carried out prohibited development but held that there was no case to answer because the development they carried out (ie demolition of a dwelling in the 2 (a) zone) was not development to which Council had the power to consent, which was the offence with which they were charged under s76A. The Court dismissed charges against Mr Hall and Aliton Pty Ltd, and ordered the council to pay the costs of the defendant. The legal costs of the defendants were not available for the council meeting, but the council’s costs were estimated at $20,000. The council is prevented from commencing fresh prosecutions under s76B of the Act for carrying out prohibited development because the time limited for doing so is only six months as opposed to 12 months for the s76A offence of carrying out development without consent where consent is required. Jonathan Reichard, Media release, Council agenda FS.096, July 2

Man appears on stabbing charge A 20-year-old man has appeared in Gosford Local Court charged over a stabbing incident which has left a man fighting for his life in hospital. Shortly after midday on Wednesday June 26, police were called to a Warwick Ave home in Blackwall after reports a 47-yearold man had suffered a stab wound to the stomach following an altercation. The injured man was conveyed to Gosford District Hospital where he underwent surgery for

his injuries. He was later flown by helicopter to Royal North Shore H o s p i t a l wh e r e h e w a s understood to be in a critical and unstable condition. A 20-year-old Blackwall man was taken to Gosford Police Station where he was interviewed before being charged late last night with malicious wounding causing grievous bodily harm. He was remanded in custody and is due to appear in Gosford Local Court on Thursday. Press release, June 27

The Umina information centre behind the library

Cafe saved from closure The Umina Beach Café and Information Centre has been saved from closure by a sponsorship of $5000. The sponsorship from the Sanitarium Health Food Company was announced at a special presentation held at The Corner Table restaurant in Woy Woy on June 28. The café and information centre has been in operation for 15 years, run by volunteers on behalf of the local community and co-ordinated for the last 12 years by volunteer Bill Scott. It has been managed by ET Australia for the last five years,

which has used it as a hospitality training facility. Funding has come from ET Australia, who will continue to manage the centre, and Tonkin Drysdale Partners. When word of the centre's likely closure got out, a petition was prepared and very quickly received 772 supporting signatures in an attempt to keep the centre open. The Sanitarium sponsorship has meant that the centre can continue to operate for another 12 months. Sanitarium general manager Mr David Woolley said that

supporting community ventures such as the Umina centre was part of his company's mission in their attempt to be a "responsible and compassionate member of the community". The company received between 5000 and 6000 requests every year for sponsorship but saw the centre as particularly deserving. ET Australia chairman Mr Graham McGuiness thanked Sanitarium and the many volunteers who had worked at the centre for lengthy periods, some for more than 10 years.

Woy Woy Leagues

Cec Bucello, July 10


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What’s on in and around the Peninsula

Compiled by Winsome Smith Following is a comprehensive listing of events planned for the Peninsula over the next three weeks. To have information about your group's events and activities included, let us know by fax, email, or post, or drop in to our office. Contact details and deadline date are shown on page two. DAILY EVENTS Visitor Information Centre, Watersedge Gifts and Souvenirs, 1822 The Boulevard, Woy Woy. Enq: 4341 2888 Woy Woy Pelican Feeding, 3pm Pelican Park, Fishermans Wharf. WEEKLY EVENTS

EVERY FRIDAY Old Wags Bridge Club, Wagstaffe Hall each Friday except 4th 130pm Enq 4360 1820 or 4360 1612 Woy Woy Leagues Club, free entertainment, Players Lounge 5.30pm. Men’s 18 hole Golf event, Everglades Country Club. Active over 50s classes, Aquafitness, Woy Woy Pool, 9:30am. Enq: 4341 4150 Active Over 50’s Exercise Class Ettalong Progress Hall 9.15am Enq 4342 9252 Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre Line Dancing– 9am; Bridge– 12 noon; Painting– 9am Enq: 4341 3222. Peninsula Pastimes Ettalong Baptist Church, Barrenjoey Rd. 10 am, (in school terms), $1.50 incl. Morning tea. Creche Enq 4323 2493 Grocery Grab Game Show, Ettalong Memorial Club, 1.30pm Enq: 4341 1166 Brisbane Water Bridge Club Ocean Beach Surf Club. 12.30pm Enq. 4341 0721 14+ yrs Boxing/sparring (gym) 5.30pm PCYC Enq 4344 7851 Alcoholics Anonymous Woy Woy Group 6pm at John the Baptist Hall, Cnr Victoria St & Blackwall Rd., Woy Woy Enq Phillip 4342 7303 Silk Painting Sue Saunders, Ettalong Beach Arts & Crafts Centre 1.30pm – 3.30pm Enq Penny Riley 4360 1673 EVERY SATURDAY Free bike tours every Saturday. 2pm Ettalong Bike Shop, your bike or hire a bike. All fitness levels catered for. Enq: 4341 3906 Cash Housie St Mary's Hall, Ocean View Rd Ettalong 7.30pm – 10.15pm Free Tea and Coffee. Cash Prizes Enq: 4369 0626. Social Bingo Progress Hall, Woy Woy Rd at 12 noon Snooker Ettalong War Memorial Club at 8.30am Enq 43417307 Cabaret dance & floor show, 8pm free, Everglades Country Club, Dunban Road, Woy Woy Dance Club Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club at 1pm Enq: 4341 2156 Classic Night Spot – over 30’s, free 8pm, Live band plus Dj, Woy Woy Leagues Club Men’s 18 hole golf event; Men’s triples bowls 1pm; Everglades Country Club. Old Time & New Vogue Dancing; 1pm, Pat Walsh organist, Ettalong Beach Memorial Club Enq: 4341 2156 Dancing Mod, Seq Dancing 2pm, Ettalong Senior Citizens Club, Enq: 4341 3222 Brusbane Water Bridge Club, Woy Woy Leagues Club 12.30pm, Ocean Beach Surf Club Enq: 4341 0721 Patonga Bakehouse Gallery. Every Weekend 10.00 am— 4.00 pm EVERY SUNDAY Junior Snooker Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club at 9am Coast Community Church

Services 9am and 5pm Enq 4360 1448 Patonga Bakehouse Gallery. Every Weekend 10.00 am— 4.00 pm Children's entertainment Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club 11.30am Clowns, jumping castle, disco, $2. Children must be chaperoned. Free Jazz or duos 4pm, Players Lounge, Woy Woy Leagues Club. Mixed and men’s 18 hole golf; men’s bowls pairs-9.30am; mixed triples bowls-1pm; Everglades Country Club. Champagne Breakfast, 9am, Game Show 10am, Ettalong Memorial Club, Enq: 4341 1166 Blue Swimmers Male only swimming club Pearl Beach Rock Pool. 9am

EVERY MONDAY Old and Bold Snooker Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club at 10am Enq 4341 7307 Yoga Wagstagffe Hall 9.30 am Enq 4360 1854 Bowls Ettalong Memorial Club at 1.30pm Enq 4344 1358 Outreach Crisis Recovery Group 7.30pm Rear Hall, Anglican Church 151 Blackwall Rd W oy W oy. Addiction, dependency & crisis help. Enq: 4325 3608. Free Punters Choice Race Game, Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club, 12.30pm, Enq: 4341 1166 Free Bingo Woy Woy Leagues Club 11am. Mahjong Pearl Beach Progress Hall, 3pm Enq: 4341 1243 Aquafitness, Active over 50s classes, Woy Woy Pool, 1.15pm. Enq: 4341 4150 Gentle Exercise, Ettalong Fitness City, 10.30am & 11.30am, Enq: 4341 3370; Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre, 1pm, Enq: 4341 3222. Strength Training 11.30am Fitness City Ettalong Beach Club Enq 4343 0130 Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre activities; Dancing-9am; Indoor Bowls-9am Mahjong-1pm; Fitness 1pm Enq: 4341 3222. Boxing/fitness training, 3.45pmU14, 4.30pm 5.45pm-14yrs+,Tae Kwon Do 7pm Circuit Boxing (girls) PCYC, Enq: 4344 7851 Child and Parents Support Service (CAPS), coffee and chat, 10am, 50 Neera Rd, Umina 24 hour Enq: 4343 1911 Brisbane Water Bridge Club Ocean Beach Surf Club. 12.30pm Enq. 4341 0721 Fairhaven Cash Housie Umina Beach Bowling Club, Melbourne Ave., Umina 7.30pm Enq: 4325 3608 Bingo Umina Beach Bowling Club Melbourne Ave., Umina 11am Enq 4341 2618 Evening Bowls Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club at 6pm Enq 4341 9656 Card Club 500 1pm Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Enq 4341 1166 EVERY TUESDAY Boxing/fitness training U/14 yrs 4.30pm 5.30pm 14+ boxing/fitness (gym) PCYC Enq 4344 7851 Free Bingo, Woy Woy Leagues Club 11am. Ettalong Pelicans Masters Swimming Club Woy Woy Indoor Heated Pool, 7.45pm Enq: 4360 1220 Ladies Golf, 18 hole stableford, 8am; Ladies outdoor bowls, 9.30am; Everglades Country Club. Active over 50s classes, Gentle Exercise Level 3 Ettalong Fitness City, 8am, Enq: 4341 3370. Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre activities; Ladies Indoor Bowls-9am; Handicraft-9am; Cards-12.30pm; Tai Chi-9am.Enq: 4341 3222. Have-a-chat meeting 10am, Discussion Group, 11am, Rumikin or cards, 1pm, School for Seniors, Peninsula Community Centre. Enq: 4341 9333, Judo, Seniors/Women, 6.30pm $3 Enq: 4342 4121. Car Club Euchre 7.30pm Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club 4341 1166

Chess Club Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club 1pm Enq 4341 1166 Alcoholics Anonymous Woy Woy Group 6pm John the Baptist Church Hall, Cnr Victoria St & Blackwall Rd Enq Julie 4379 1132 Tai-Chi classes Wagstaffe Hall 12pm except school holidays Enq 4360 2705 Rotary Club of Woy Woy 6pm Everglades Country Club, Dunban Rd., Woy Competition Darts , Ettalong Bowling Club, 7pm Enq: 4341 0087 EVERY WEDNESDAY

Rock’n’Roll Dance Class Ettalong Bowling Club 7pm Enq 4341 0087 Just Company Social Group Everglades Dining Room 12n singles welcome 30’s – 70’s Enq 4369 0131 Table Tennis Ettalong Memorial Club at 7.30pm Enq 4341 9263 Bridge Ocean Beach Surf Club. 9.30am and 7.30pm Enq 43410721 Social Bingo Progress Hall, Woy Woy Rd at 12 noon. Peninsula Choir rehearse 7.30pm St Andrews Hall Umina. Men welcome Pearl Beach Play Group 10am Pearl Beach Progress Hall Enq: 4342 7182 Brisbane Waters Scrabble Club, Woy Woy Meals on Wheels Hall, 6pm - 10pm New players welcome.Enq: 4341 9929 Men’s 18 hole golf event; Men’s triples bowls, 1pm. Everglades Country Club. Dancelot Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club at 7pm Enq 4341 1166 Active over 50s classes, Gentle Exercise, Ettalong Fitness City, 8.00am, Enq: 4341 3370, Seniors fitness Ettalong Progress Hall, 9am, Enq: 4385 2080; 4Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre activities; Indoor Bowls-9am;Fitness 1pm Leatherwork-9am; Table Tennis-9am; Bridge– 12 noon. Scrabble 1pm Enq: 4341 3222. Social Darts , Ettalong Bowling Club, 7pm Enq: 4341 0087 Oil Painting, 9am Multi-craft needlework 10am, School for Seniors, Peninsula Community Centre, Enq: 4341 9333 Ladies BJP School of Physical Culture, 8.30pm, $3.50, Peninsula Community Centre, Enq: 4342 3747. Playgroup 10am Boxing/fitness training, 4.30pm U14, 7pm circuit boxing (girls) PCYC, Enq 4344 7851 Mega Raffle, Ettalong Memorial Club, 2.30pm, Enq: 4341 1166 Leatherwork Classes Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre Enq 4341 3222 Bowls Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club 10am Enq 4341 5293 St Johns Ambulance meets at Umina PCYC Osborne Ave from 79pm. Enquiries phone 4341 3341 Killcare Wagstaffe Playgroup at Wagstaffe Community Hall every Wed morning in school terms. 9.30 – 12pm Enq 4360 2065 4360 2757 EVERY THURSDAY Free entertainment Ettalong Bowling Club 6.30pm – 9.30 pm Enq 4341 0087 Senior Snooker Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club at 8.30am Enq 4341 7307 Fitness Wagstaffe Hall 9.30 am Over 60’s welcome Enq 4360 1971 Drumming – Bouddi Women’s Drumming 1.45 – 3.00 91 The Scenic Rd $5. Enq 0408 794 083 Scrabble Progress Hall, Woy Woy Rd 12.30pm. Tai Chi, Pearl Beach Progress hall, 9.30am Enq: 4341 1243 Ettalong Pelicans Masters Swimming Club Woy Woy Indoor Heated Pool, 7.45pm Enq: 4360 1220 Ladies 18 hole golf event; Everglades Country Club.Enq 4341 1866 Active over 50s classes, Ballroom Dancing, 10am. Ettalong Beach Bowling Club Enq: 4340 1057, Gentle

Exercise, Ettalong Fitness City, 10.30am & 12 noon, Enq: 4341 3370. Gentle Exercise Senior Cits Centre, Broken Bay Rd, 1pm Enq 43413222 Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre Activities; Dancing-9am; Indoor Bowls-9am; Table Tennis-12.30pm; Fabric Painting-9am; Cards 12 noon. Enq: 4341 3222 Australiana, 10.30am, School for Seniors, Peninsula Saturday June 29 Community Centre, Enq: 4341 9333, Judo seniors/women $3, 6.30pm, Enq: 4342 4121 Female Boxfit class, 9.30am: (child minding): 10.30am Tap Dancing, 5.30pm 14+ Boxing/fitness 7.15pm: Circuit Boxing PCYC, Enq: 4344 7851 Bingo Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club, 9.30am, Enq: 4341 1166 Brisbane Water Bridge Club Ocean Beach Surf Club. 12.30pm Enq. 4341 0721 Bridge Ocean Beach Surf Club. 12.30pm Enq 4341 0721 Line Dancing Umina Beach Bowling Club, Melbourne Ave., Umina 9.30am. Enq 4341 2618 PCYC Doubles Pool Comp 5pm 14+ boxing/fitness (gym) 5.30pm. Girls boxing class 7pm. Card Club Euchre 1pm Ettalong Beach War Memorial Club Enq 4341 1166 Card Group Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre Enq 4341 3222 Killcare Wagstaffe Playgroup at Wagstaffe Community Hall every Wed morning in school terms. 9.30 – 12pm Enq 4360 2065 4360 2757 EVENT CALENDAR

Tuesday July 16 Mobile breast cancer screening (July 2 – July 26) , Chambers Place near Woy Woy Oval. Bookings essential 4342 6722 For an interpreter Phone 13 14 50 Buffalo Lodge Knights Chapter No 9 (3rd Tue) Umina Community Hall 7pm Woy Woy Peninsula Arthritis Branch (3rd Tue) Meals on Wheels Hall) 10am Enq 4342 1790 Thursday July 18 Gala Day Everglades Country Club, (1st & 3rd Thurs) Dunban Rd Woy Woy Enq4341 1866 Seniors Social Games (3rd Thur) Presbyterian Church Hall, 120 Blackwall Rd., Woy Woy. 9.30am – 12n. Enq 4342 5061 Library Bookmobile Daleys Point, Peridon Village Fortnightly Thursdays 10.15am Peridon Retirement Village Hall 10.30am.Empire Bay Opposite Post Office & bottle shop 11am Near park & local shop Bensville local shop 11am Friday July 19 Legacy Ladies Ettalong Memorial Club 10am (1st & 3rd Fri) Enq 4343 3492 Sunday July 21 Vietnam Vets Ettalong Memorial Club (3rd Sun) at 11am Bootscooters Ettalong Memorial Club (3rd Sun) at 2.30pm Ettymalong Creek Landcare group. Etta Rd., Umina (3rd Sun) for bush regeneration. 8am Enq: 4342 2251. Monday July 22 Labor Party Peninsula Day Branch, 1pm, (4th Mon) CWA Hall, Woy Woy. Carer’s Support Group, 10am, (4th Mon) Group Room, Health Services Building, Woy Woy Hospital. Enq: 4344 8427 CW A meeting at W agstaffe Community Hall (4th Mon) 1.30pm Enq: 4360 2504 Deepwater View Club Luncheon Meeting, Woy Woy Leagues Club 11am (4th Mon.) Visitors welcome Enq 4341 0272 Tuesday July 23 Combined Pensioners Association meeting, games, dancing, afternoon tea (2nd & 4th Tuesdays) Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre 1pm. Enq

4341 3222 Toastmasters Ettalong Memorial Club (4th Tue) at 7pm Enq 4341 6842 Wednesday July 24 CC Cancer & Palliative Care Fund Inc. meeting (4th Wed) Grevillea Cottage 19 Kingsley Ave., Woy Woy Enq 4341 6309 Library Bookmobile Fortnightly Weds Patonga Near Community Hall 9.45 am. Pearl Beach Near Community Hall 10.55am Umina Nursing Home, Arras Ave., 11.40 am Friday July 26 Ballroom Supper Dances. 7.30pm, Ettalong. All ages. Professional teaching available (4th Fri) Enq 4344 5432 South Bouddi Peninsula Community Association Wagstaffe Hall (4th Fri) 1.30pm Enq 4360 1002 Civilian Widows meeting Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre (Last Fri) 1pm Saturday July 27 Wagstaffe Bushcare Group Half tide rocks sign, cnr Albert and Bulkara Sts (4th Sat) 8am Saturday Supper Dance 8pm – 12am. BYOG & nibblies. (Last Sat) Woy Woy Masonic Hall, Railway St., Woy Woy Enq 0407 207 918 Melaleuca Wetland Regeneration Group – help with regeneration of one of our last Peninsula wetlands, meet 8am at end of Boronia Ave., Woy Woy (2nd & 4th Sats) Sunday July 28 Buffalo Lodge, Woy Woy 381 Umina Community Hall, 11am (2nd & 4th Sun) Buffalo Lodge Gosford No 63 (2nd & 4th Sun) 1pm Umina Community Hall Dancing Old Time/New Vogue, 1pm – 4pm (4th Sun) Ettalong Senior Citizens Centre. Enq: 4341 3222. Burrawang Bushland Reserve Bushcare Group 9am (4th Sun) corner of Hillview and Railway Sts, Woy Woy. Meet in the Nambucca Dr playground. Phone 4341 9301. Tuesday July 30 Library Bookmobile, Killcare Heights. Fortnightly Thursdays Cnr Scenic Rd & Beach Drv 10.35am; Wagstaffe Community Hall 11am Wednesday July 31 Umina Progress Association Umina Community Hall. 1.30pm (last Wed) Thursday August 1 Library Bookmobile Daleys Point, Peridon Village. Fortnightly Thursdays 10.15am Peridon Retirement Village Hall 10.30am.Empire Bay Opposite Post Office & bottle shop 11am Near park & local shop Bensville local shop 11am Gala Day Everglades Country Club, (1st & 3rd Thurs) Dunban Rd Woy Woy Enq 4341 1866 Friday August 2 Legacy Ladies Ettalong Memorial Club 10am (1st & 3rd Fri) Enq 4341 3492 Free first release movie, 8pm (1st Fri) Everglades Country Club Ballroom supper dances, 7.30pm, Ettalong, all ages. Professional teachers available. (1st Fri) Enq: 4344 5432 Bus trip, (1st Fri), School for Seniors, Peninsula Community Centre Enq: 4341 9333 Saturday August 3 Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade’s Produce Stall Killcare Cellars (1st Sat each month)

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Arts and Entertainment

Rotary awards Woy Woy Rotary has presented eight community service awards. The club's community service director Kay Williams of Pearl Beach told a gathering of more than 80 people at the Everglades Country Club that Woy Woy Rotary wanted to honour people and organisations who had served their communities for a long period of time without recognition. “After a call for nominations from our community, we received nine nominations across a range of community services from the S c o u t s t o e n vi r o n m ent a l protection and service to young people," Kay said. Daphne Dick of Patonga received an award for consistent long-term commitment to the Patonga Community. Daphne has raised funds for the Red Cross, worked in pensioner organisations, assisted local children, run the bush fire canteen, visited the sick and created a children’s garden in the grounds of her home. “I just love people," Daphne said on receiving her award. The First Woy Woy Sea Scouts received an award. The Sea Scouts are celebrating their 80th year on the Peninsula providing activities for and support to young people. The award to this organization was for the many volunteers who have contributed over that time. It was accepted by Angela Fairburn, Jackie Ellison and Kevin Ellison. Jan Brazel received an individual award for her longterm and unstinting support to Wildlife ARC, the local wildlife rescue service. Jan has been involved since Wildlife ARC was established 15 years ago. She has run the emergency p h on e co nt ac t li n e an d maintained the volunteers’ database. She has rescued wildlife, cared for flying foxes and taken part in round-ups of venomous snakes. Denise Usher was awarded for her nine years of voluntary work for the Umina Public School. Denise has quietly committed years to the school and its students, assisting in the library. School principal John Blair

said volunteers were vital to the work of the school. He praised Denise’s contribution saying she had made a huge difference to the school with her co-operative and organised approach to assisting students and staff. Lois and Phil Westlake both received an award for contributions to the environment of Pearl Beach, especially for their work at the arboretum for more than 30 years. Lois has been on the management committees of a number of community groups and activities, including the progress association and the Australia Day jazz concert. Phil has captained the volunteer bush fire brigade, been involved in Scouts, and served on local committees aimed at improving the life of the community and the environment around it. Roy Kable received his award for service to the disabled and Scouts. Roy has spent the past 12 years assisting local mother Jenny Haughton with her disabled daughter Christy. He has helped Christy ride her bike and has regularly given Jenny a rest from the constant demands of motherhood. Roy has also been a long term volunteer with Meals On Wheels, served in Lions and been a Scout since 1934. Penny Riley was awarded for 18 years of commitment to the Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre. Penny is described as the backbone of the centre, a person who quietl y goes about organising the Centre’s many activities like, pottery, patchwork quilting and many more. Kay Williams congratulated the winners for the service to the community. “What is most pleasing is the wide range of community activities supported by volunteers that are represented by these awards,” Kay said. “We all know Rotary does a lot for the community, but we want to recognise the many others who contribute to the life of the community and the well-being of the people who live here.” Kay Williams, June 4

Photography course Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre will hold a photography workshop in August over two and a half days. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday, August 10 and 11, from 9am to 3pm and on August 16 from 9am to 12 midday. Th e wo r ksh op wi ll be conducted by local photographer Darren Redman who has 15 years' experience in the industry. He works for The Camera House at Erina where he specialises in training people to correctly use their cameras. Darren is known on the Coast for his sporting photography. The workshop is essentially for

SLR users and is designed to ensure that participants learn the necessary skills to make better use of their camera. The course will focus on shutter speeds, apertures, lenses, filters, camera types, depth of field, film types as well as composition. The full cost of the course will be $60 per person. Enquiries and registrations are now open for third term classes at Ettalong Beach Arts and Crafts Centre. Classes begin the week of July 22 and run for nine weeks until September 20. Enquiries may be directed to Penny Riley on 4360 1673. Brian Lourey, June 26.

Umina Beach Rotarian Peter Doherty receives his Excellence Award from District Governor Barry Philps and President Colin Keane

Change-over dinner held The annual Change-over Dinner of the Rotary Club of Umina Beach has celebrated raising of more than $48,000 for community service projects under the leadership of President Colin Keane. The dinner was told that the major beneficiaries were The Web Youth Service at Woy Woy, Brisbane Water Secondary College, The Salvation Army, Operation Hope, Rotary Bowelscan, Ocean Beach Surf Club, the Head and Neck Cancer

Institute, Camp Breakaway, Umina Surf Club, Australian Rotary Health Research Fund, Religious Education Ministries and the Rotary Foundation. In recognition of their efforts for the club, special awards were presented to Rotarian Peter Doherty and Past President Geoff Melville. Incoming President Mike Curley introduced his new board and outlined the club's plans for the next Rotary year. Special guests on the night included Governor of Rotary District 9680 Barry Philps and his

wife Jennifer, Web Youth Service co-ordinator Dion Richardson and his wife Cassandra, Brisbane W ater Secondary College Principal Pat Lewis and his wife Olwyn. A special award was made to Mr Norton Whitmont of Ocean Beach Holiday Park in recognition of the assistance and support of their new management team to both Rotary and the community since taking over management of the Park last year.

Woy Woy Leagues

Geoff Melville, July 12


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Education

Woy Woy students in speaking finals Woy Woy Public School students attended the Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Finals held in Manly in June. Blake Dawson, Aaron Flynn, Shannon Blackledge and Courtney McAndrew took part in the finals, competing in the p r epa re d an d i m p rom p t u categories. In the impromptu category,

senior students were given the topic “Actions speak louder than words” and junior students “Things nobody knows” and in the prepared category “You can’t judge a book by its cover” and “What is a good friend”. The competition included students from four Sydney schools. School newsletter, June 26

Students join district art project Nicholas Wilkinson with director of employee relations, Michael O'Shaughnessy

Part-time employer awards scholarship A local university student has been awarded a $1500 scholarship by his part-time employer. Nicholas Wilkinson of Woy Woy received the award from McDonald's Woy Woy owner operator Mr John Ursino. Nicholas is currently studying for a double degree consisting of a Bachelor of Commerce Actuarial Studies and a Bachelor of Economics at Macquarie University in North Ryde. "I never realised the extra benefits I could get from working at McDonald's," Nicholas said. "The experience I have gained at McDonald's has been invaluable, such as learning time management skills and discipline, which has helped me with my school work. "It has also improved my communication skills and given me greater confidence. "I intend to continue working at McDonald's throughout university, and will use the funds from the scholarship to help cover my university expenses. "The double degree that I am currently enrolled in at Macquarie University is, although rewarding, very challenging and time

consuming - especially as I travel from the Central Coast to North Ryde to attend tutorials and lectures," said Nicholas. "This Scholarship will ease the pressure of university and travel costs." Mr Ursino said he had been very impressed with Nicholas's attitude and work manner. "Combining study, work and outside commitments can be tough, but over the two and a half years that Nicholas has worked in our restaurant he has continued to excel in all of these areas through his exceptional determination and motivation," Mr Ursino said. Nicholas is currently a crew trainer at McDonald's Woy Woy. In this capacity he is responsible for on-shift training of new and existing staff. He is also a member of the restaurant's occupational health and safety committee, which completes store audits fortnightly to ensure that the workplace is a safe one. Nicholas's achievements at school include being a school prefect in years 11 and 12 and excellent academic results in English, Mathematics and Sciences.

In Year 10, Nicholas undertook accelerated learning in the area of Mathematics. Through this program, Nicholas sat for his 2 Unit HSC Mathematics Exam at the end of that year and was placed 24th in NSW. "In all my years as a McDonald's licensee, I have never had a more reliable, dedicated and conscientious crew person than Nicholas," said Mr Ursino. Nicholas's community achievements include involvem ent in num er ous charities, including the Red Cross Door Knock Appeal. "Nicholas is an outstanding employee and community citizen, and I am delighted he has been recognised from the many applications received for the Crew Scholarship program and rewarded for his efforts. "He epitomises all that McDonald's looks for in a crew member." McDonald's developed the Crew Scholarship program to help employees further their education and pursue the careers of their choice. Press release, June 27

Schools and government share construction costs Two local schools have raised $37,450 between them and have attracted m a t c h i ng g ov e r n me n t funding to construct covered walkways. Ettalong Public School raised $29,165, while Woy Woy Public School raised $8285. Member for Peats Ms Marie Andrews said the matching funding was provided under the

NSW Governm ent 's Joint Funding Program. "This is a unique partnership where the NSW Government matches funds raised by schools and local communities on a dollar-for-dollar basis," she said. "This helps school improvements to be built twice as fast. "Schools have a sense of ownership because they choose

and help to fund the improvements they want." Schools raise their own funds through their P&Cs, through fetes and raffles and other activities. "Local people, including our P&Cs, should be congratulated for the contribution they have made to local schools," Ms Andrews said. Press release, July 12

Year Seven art students at Brisbane Water Secondary College are taking part in a district art project titled "Beyond the Frame". Students are working with a local artist and students from Umina Public School and Woy Woy Public School to produce a series of artworks for the project. Visiting artist Greg Somers has

spent some time discussing and showing his work with the students who took part in an excursion on Friday, June 7, to Wyrrabalong National Park to collect visual information for their artworks. The Central Coast Regional Art Gallery is holding an exhibition for selected works in September. School newsletter, June 18

Students in conservatorium choir The Central Coast Conservatorium Children’s Choir participated in an Eisteddfod at Dubbo on June 15 and 16. The choir won first prize in the folk song section and second prize in the championship section at the Eisteddfod.

Woy Woy South Public School students, Pheobe Rhodes and Tamara Sexty, members of the choir, performed for their school assembly recently and the Conservatorium Choir has been featured on Prime News singing at Wellington caves. School newsletter, June 19

Canteen break-in The canteen at Umina high school was broken into on Saturday, June 1. Police attended the scene at Veron Rd, Umina, at around 2pm

on Saturday afternoon. A suspect has since been charged with break and entering. Alison Branley, June 11

Parents workshop A workshop for parents was held on Monday June 24, at Woy Woy South Public School. The workshop focussed on problem solving and behaviour management of children at home

and was a repeat of a session held recently as part of a behaviour management course run by Nick Urie. The workshop, run by Jo Booth, aimed at providing useful and practical strategies. School newsletter, June 18

Spectacular to be held Woy Woy Public School students will perform in the NSW Schools Spectacular to be held at the Sydney Entertainment Centre later this year.

Sixteen Woy Woy Public School dancers have been selected for the schools spectacular, the largest annual schools event in NSW. School newsletter June 19


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Education

Mrs Pilarski retires Woy Woy Public School teacher, Mrs Pilarski (1P/V) has retired. Mrs Pilarski was teaching on a permanent and casual basis for 38 years. She has been associated with the school since 1978 having spent her entire time in the K-2 area. In that time, she saw many changes, not only in the school, but in the education system generally. Her love for children, her warmth, sincerity and dedication have endeared her to all who have been associated with her, according to school principal Mr Warwick Hannon. "While always gentle and calm, Mrs Pilarski also took no fuss and many a student discovered who was boss when crossing her. "Her active involvement in school affairs and her confident views on the way the school functioned enabled Mrs Pilarski to be a wonderful resource for all staff members. "Many of the school's staff sought advice and guidance from her, knowing her vast experience would always provide the school with the right answer.

"Mrs Pilarski developed some very strong and close friendships with school staff over the years and, despite imminent retirement, she rem ained extremely active having recently travelled to China on a very expansive and exhaustive tour. "In a time when teacher shorta ges abo und, it is unfortunate that the school loses teachers of the quality of Mrs Pilarski. "She will be extremely difficult to replace. "Up until her retirement, she maintained her love of teaching, h e r m o t i va t i o n a n d h e r enthusiasm. "Although she leaves the school as a permanent teacher, Mrs Pilarski may return occasionally on a casual basis. "The school wishes Mrs Pilarski all the best in her retirement. "The stresses and demands of teaching will be only fleeting thoughts for her in the future where she can spend more time with her husband, her children and her grandchildren, as well as her dog." Mrs Vaughan will return to school in term 3 to teach 1PV. School newsletter, July 3

Reminisce-a-thon to be held Pretty Beach Public School is to hold a "reminisce-athon". As part of the Pretty Beach Public School's 75th birthday celebrations, the school is holding an event where students will get to take part in 18 games and activities reminiscent of the late 1920s. Activities include egg and

spoon races, skipping, marbles, spinning tops, sack races and hoops and sticks. Children are expected to dress up in clothes from this era, and parents may also join in the fun by dressing up. Students will take home a sponsorship form to allow plenty of time to gather sponsorship from family and friends.

The course is open to all members of the public. It aims "to educate, empower and equip parents to address the ever-present drug problem surrounding their children". "How to drug proof your kids" is provided as six two-hour sessions over six weeks. Session one begins the course with "Drugs! How bad is it?" The following weeks deal with why kids take drugs, how to educate kids and make good choices, prevention tools for parents, learning to intervene and where to get help, ending with a parents' guide to handling relapses. Mr S t e ve n K n o x f r o m Peninsular Community Services said that the program had been very successful in the two years it has been running. "It's about helping the older generation becom e more informed and understanding about the array of drugs and the

Peninsula contributes to Gang Show Peninsula Scouts and Guides will take part in the Central Coast Gang Show to be run from Wednesday to Saturday, July 17 to 20, at Laycock Street Theatre, Wyoming. The show is billed as an energetic mix of comedy, song and dance with colourful costumes and sets. Peninsula resident Lynne

Clarke has been involved in Gang Show productions for the past 16 years. The Gang Show tradition began in England in 1932 and has a long history of participation on the Central Coast, she said. She praised the hard work and dedication of the 69-strong cast, “All the participants put in such an effort," she said. "They come from different

backgrounds and different areas." Evening performances will be held at 7.30pm on each of the days, as well as a Saturday matinee beginning at 2pm. Ticket prices for adults $13, concession $11 and children $8. They are available from Lesley Anderson who may be contacted by phone on 4342 4511. Amy Hoban, June 27

School newsletter, July 4

Drug proofing course for parents and care givers Peninsular Community Services will hold a sixweek program on "How to drug-proof your kids" from August 13.

Gang show peformers

issues that are out there," he said. "We have had some very positive feed back in the past as the course has helped parents make the right decisions when it comes to their children and drugs. "The issues are very different today for young people than they were for 40 and 50 years ago," Mr Knox said. Issues addressed in the course include why the drug problem is getting worse, "reading" your child, understanding drugs and drug abuse, identifying abuse, the intervention process and parent power. Registrations for the course must be in by Monday, August 5. The total cost for the six-week course is $16.50 and the course will be held at Umina. Mr Knox said it was preferable that both parents attended unless the participant was a single parent. Free child minding will be available at the venue. For more information, contact Ross Clark on 4344 2509. Alison Branley, July 5

Raymond dreams of composing Raymond Leonard of Empire Bay is starting a course in sound production at Newcastle TAFE to fulfil his dream of becoming a composer. He is now hoping to raise over $2000 to start a career in composing dance music. Raymond, 17, has entered a competition aimed at young people with good ideas who need a cash injection to help them get started on the first big break of their working lives. Raymond has studied music industry skills and worked at

Macron Music at Erina to earn money to buy the equipment he needs to start his career. The only thing standing in his way is the cost of courses and equipment. If Raymond wins a prize in the Nescafe Big Break competition he will use the money to by a sampler and other equipment. Not yet old enough to get into the clubs which plays his type of music, Raymond has had to rely on the good feedback he receives at TAFE on the music he composes. He passed every subject in his music industry skills course.

Theft and vandalism at Woy Woy P.S. Woy Woy Public School had property stolen and buildings vandalised in a break-in over the weekend of June 15 and 16. Thieves stole power tools from storage areas and damaged doors and buildings.

Among the items stolen were a circular saw, trimmer, vacuum blower, drills, bolt cutters, a sander, a socket set and trolleys. Several schools on the Central Coast have recently suffered similar losses. School newsletter, June 19

He describes his music as, "a mix of break-beat and electronic with influences from film scores, classical, Celtic and orchestral music". "I've played it for some people who don't even like dance music and they have liked it," he said. The Nescafe big break competition is open to anyone aged 16 to 24 in Australia or New Zealand. For entry details, information and stories on past winners visit www.nescafebigbreak.com.au or phone 1800 630 630 for an entry form. Alison Branley, July 5

New crossing signs Gosford Council will install fluorescent-backed pedestrian warning signs at the school crossing in Ocean Beach Rd, near The School Mall in Woy Woy. The recommendation was made after a request from a local resident. Council agenda TR O2.105, July 2


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Death Notices Molin, Robert Albert, July 11, 2002, aged 70 years, late of Booker Bay, Normanhurst and Pyrmont passed away suddenly at home. Loving husband of Pat, loving father of Carl, Jefferey (Dec.), Robert and Adam and their families. The funeral service for Rob will be held at: St John the Baptist Church, 10am July 18 followed by a burial service at Macquarie Cemetery

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DCP prepared Gosford Council has resolved to prepare a development control plan (DCP) to preserve the current building density on the Wagsaffe foreshore. Council decided to prepare a DCP in relation to Lots M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U and V Wagstaffe Ave, W agstaffe, in consultation with the owners, to maintain the current d e ns i t y of development and establish a foreshore building alignment. Council Agenda NM.014, July 2

Lane may be closed Gosford Council will investigate the possibility of closing a laneway between houses 41 and 43 Wellington St, Umina. The council's traffic committee reported it had no objections to the proposal on traffic. The matter was referred to council's property section to investigate the legal aspects of the closure, regarding the retention of access for residents fronting the laneway. Council agenda TR O2.108 July 2

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Rugby league win Brisbane Water Secondary College open boys Rugby league team defeated Kincumber High 26-22 at Woy Woy Campus oval on Thursday, June 6, in round three of the University Shield. The boys went into their first home game of the season with two key players missing due to representative commitments, resulting in junior players being called up for the squad. Coach Mark Cribb said that the youngsters did extremely well and "played well beyond their years". "As coach, I asked our senior players to lead by example and they did just that," he said. In the forwards, captain Ian Willis and stand-in hooker Justin "The Axe" Maskill dominated

while in the backs Nathan Anderson was always scheming. Chris Wood was as steady as a rock in defence with Vili Nuku and Lachlan Hardwick proving a c o n s t a n t d a n g e r t o th e Kincumber defence. The score was locked at 10-all at half time. Spurred by a vocal home crowd, BWSC came back to lead 26-10. With seven minutes remaining, Kincumber brought the score up to 26-22 but BWSC held out to win the game. Vili Nuku scored two tries and two conversions, while Morrick Counsel, Ben Pagett, Nathan Anderson all had one try each. BWSCs next game will be the Sydney North Divisional Final against the winner of the Balmain Hornsby sector. School newsletter, July 5

Calling for new Mudlarks One of the Peninsula's oldest social tennis clubs, the Mudlarks, formed in 1945, is calling for new members. Current Mudlark organiser Lyn Connors is determined to continue the Mudlark tradition which today is a happy but small band of women who play each Thursday morning at the Woy Woy tennis complex next to Woy Woy oval. The original courts were clay and older players and long standing residents may recall

caretaker Mr O'Leary bagging and rolling the often soft and soggy surface from which the club name arose. Foundation Mudlark Mona Ford, now aged 93, and her sister "Bobby" Bryce were just two of the many who have graded the courts during the last 57 years. An invitation is extended to anyone who has an interest in social tennis and would like to be part of a local tennis institution. Call Lyn on 4341 2991 or visit on any Thursday. Bruce McDonald, July 8

Umina bowlers in district play-offs Umina Beach Women's Bowling Club Grade 2 and Grade 12 Section Pennant Players have won their sections and went into the play-offs for the District Flags. Grade 2 had a bye in the playoffs and went straight in to the finals on Wednesday, May 15, where they met Ettalong Memorial. They had a terrific game and were the eventual winners. Grade 2 players were Rita Ogg, Nola Horsley, Irene HewittDutton, Marj Forbes, Daphne Patten, Bev Bartle, Yvonne Gordon and Elaine Manning. Grade 3 had to get through a play-off round on Tuesday, May 14, against Gosford City. They played a tremendous game under very wet and trying conditions and defeated Gosford

City by a large margin to go into the finals on Wednesday, May 15, where they came up against a very strong Toukley Memorial side. They played well but were beaten on the day by Toukley Memorial. Grade 3 players were Carol Hawkesworth, Dorothy Craber, Elaine Gould, Betty Cusack, Julia Haigh, Marie Ward, Helen Lawson and Fay Edwards. The men's club won the Grade 3 Zone Flag. The club's combined gala day raised $2271.60 to go towards the purchase of new shades for the greens. Group play-offs for Umina's Grade 2 Pennant Side were held at Charlestown Bowling Club in the Lake Macquarie District on Monday, June 17.

The review of the location of the spaces was made after a

Rate rise for surf club welcomed Gosford councillor and patron of two local surf clubs, Lynne Bockholt, has welcomed a council rate rise that will pay for six surf clubs to be rebuilt. She has rejected a private proposal to build the surf clubs at no cost to council because it would privatise the clubs and take beachfront land from the community. “As patron of two surf clubs, I am delighted that Gosford councillors decided to support the rebuilding of the surf clubs by way of a small rise in the annual water safety levy," Cr Bockholt said. "Shorelink Investments' proposal to rebuild the six Gosford surf clubs at no cost to Council might be initially attractive until the other side of the equation is realised. "To get the free building program council must agree to further development, including restaurants, holiday and residential units in and around the surf clubs. "I believe this to be little more than privatisation of the surf clubs," she said. “I can see the attraction for the developer getting access to beachfront community land but private development of the type

complaint was made to Council that drivers without disabled permits often used the existing disabled parking spaces. The complaint was made through the NSW Police Service and a member of the public. Council agenda TR.02.099 July 2

proposed could alienate the community from the beach front areas. "Local residents are already complaining about too much development and the last thing they need is residential development of one kind or another surrounding Umina and Ocean Beach surf clubs,” she said. “Another type of development mentioned is permanent, large restaurants or other activities being based in and around surf clubs. "I do not support this option as I believe the community service which the surf clubs provide should remain the primary purpose of the club buildings," said Cr Bockholt. "How can the needs of surf club members be reconciled to the needs of a restaurateur who needs consistent opening hours to allow the business to be successful? "How would restaurants in surf clubs affect the businesses of other eateries in the affected towns? “If we agree to a large restaurant or club how long would it be before poker machines and other gaming devices would be requested? "This is exactly what has happened to the Queensland surf

clubs so now they are little more than licenced clubs on the beach with poker machines and all other club facilities. "How would the already struggling club movement on the Coast feel about this? "The developer will say that of course this will not happen but how can anyone be sure? "My experience on Council has shown me that everything can always be renegotiated down the track when new councillors with different agendas are elected," said Cr Bockholt. “In this day and age when it seems that everything is for sale, I believe the Surf Life Saving movement is a beacon of light in the community. "Surf Lifesavers are volunteers who give up their time to protect their fellow citizens on the beaches at weekends. "The surf clubs are always full of young people who are learning by example that community service is worthwhile. "We throw this away at our peril. “I believe the community is happy to support the upgrading and maintenance of the surf clubs because of the value people place on the work carried out by surf life savers," Cr Bockholt said. Letter, July 12

Ocean Beach Surf Club

Bulletin, June 20

Car spaces to be relocated Gosford Council will relocate the disabled parking spaces next to Killcare Surf Club from the eastern side to the western side of the beach car park.

Umina Beach Surf Club

Missing golf ball mystery solved A nest discovered full of golf balls near the car park at Everglades Country Club is believed to be that of a male satin bower bird. Some Work for the Dole participants, who were tidying up

and helping to upgrade the part of the wetlands adjacent to the carpark, discovered 62 golf balls along with various pieces of blue plastic, paper and glass. The male satin bower bird collects blue objects to decorate its display area or bower in its

quest to attract a mate. The birds are found all along the coast from the Queensland border down to Victoria and sightings have been reported around the Everglades wetlands. Jonathan Reichard, July 11


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$18,000 grant for child care centre Woy Woy Peninsula Community Co-operative Society Ltd has received an $18,000 grant to upgrade the child care centre's kitchen facilities to enable it to make children's lunches. Member for Robertson Mr Jim Lloyd recently announced the Federal Government funding. Mr Lloyd said the funding, approved by Federal Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Mr Larry Anthony, would allow the community-based group to continue to provide high quality child care to families in the region. "Parents can be reassured that their children will be receiving care that is safe and professional, as these improvements are vital to maintaining quality care," he said. "This funding will allow the centre to upgrade essential facilities such as bathrooms, kitchens and playgrounds. "The introduction of Child Care Benefit from July 2000 has simplified payments and made child care more affordable for Australian families." Families requiring more information about child care should call the Commonwealth Government's national Child Care Hotline on 1800 670 305. Media release, July 9

Member for Robertson, Mr Jim Lloyd, with children from the Woy Woy Peninsula Community Child Care Centre

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