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Georgina Smyth is a web producer and reporter for Newcastle and the Central Coast. Georgina studied Journalism at Newcastle University and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. She worked in local radio for two years before joining NBN in 2013.

OLSSON MAKING WAVES FOR WOMEN’S SURFING

Central Coast national junior surfing champion, Kirra-Belle Olsson, has caught the attention of World Surf League competitor, Laura Enever. The world number 16 is currently mentoring Olsson and says the future of female surfing looks bright. Read More »

FROM MENACES TO MULCH

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The Central Coast’s fallen storm trees are being put to good use, with Gosford Council offering residents free mulch. Thousands of trees and branches were chipped last week following the wild storm, with large trees closing major roads and shutting off some of the region’s power supply. Residents can help themselves at Hylton (HILTON) Moore Park in East Gosford or Rogers Park in Woy Woy Read More »

O’NEILL URGES PARENTS TO PRESSURE PRESCHOOL PROMISE

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New South Wales Labor Senator, Deborah O’Neill, is urging Central Coast parents to pressure the federal government on its preschool budget promises. The coalition has agreed to continue funding Labor’s early childhood program, but the Senator says they can’t be trusted. Read More »

CENTRAL COAST REPRESENTATIVES SWORN IN

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The Central Coast’s new state government representatives were officially sworn into today, as the 56th parliament sat for the first time. Member for the Entrance David Mehan, Member for Gosford Kathy Smith and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch were among the new faces on Macquarie Street this morning. While Member for Wyong David Harris was sworn in for the second time, after holding the position from 2007 to 2011. Read More »

POLICE HUNT FOR MAN AFTER ERINA FIRE

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Police are hunting a man believed to be linked to a deliberately lit fire at an Erina shopping complex last year. Two CCTV images of the man of interest were released today, he’s described as being of Caucasian appearance and of a medium build. The blaze completely destroyed the centre on Karalta Road in the early hours of November 16, with several businesses badly damaged. Thankfully no-one was injured in the fire. Read More »

MARINERS APPOINT NEW CEO

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The Central Coast Mariners have appointed Shaun Mielekamp as the club’s new Chief Executive Officer. Mielekamp has previously worked with the Western Sydney Wanderers and will start work with the Mariners immediately. He replaces former CEO Bruce Stalder. Read More »

WALMSLEY DEBUTS AS PLAYERS DEPART

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On his first day as the official head coach of the Mariners, Tony Walmsley, has announced five players are departing. The news comes off the back of a so-called ‘new strategy’ for the club, which promises more entertaining football next season. Read More »

CLOSURE OF ABORIGINAL COMMUNITIES PROMPTS PROTEST ON THE COAST

The impending closure of remote Aboriginal communities in Western Australia was the focus of a protest in Umina today. About 100 people gathered to raise their concerns, after the federal and Western Australian government said some communities were no longer viable. The protest was one of several held across the country and saw supporters sign a petition to give to the federal government. AUDIO IN PARTS Read More »

MILLIONS OF DOLLARS OF DEVELOPMENT HANGING IN THE BALANCE FOR GOSFORD

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PHOTO: The future looks bright for Gosford.  The future of two major developments in the Gosford CBD will be decided in two weeks time, following a public meeting. Mayor Lawrie McKinna, says the projects are key to the area’s revitalisation. Read More »

ARRESTS ACROSS CENTRAL COAST FOLLOWING GANG CRACKDOWN

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A senior member of the Bandidos outlaw motorcycle gang and five associates have been charged following a police operation in the Central Coast and Hawkesbury areas yesterday. Officers allegedly uncovered a quantity of ice, cannabis, and drug capsules as well as cash and prohibited weapons, during a search on homes in Fountain Dale and North Richmond. It follows a four month investigation into outlaw motorcycle gangs on the coast. The accused will face Central Coast and Sydney courts in the coming weeks. Read More »

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