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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 »

WEATHER: EAST COAST LOW LATEST

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We are now entering the worst period, as the east coast low reaches its peak and begins to track south along the coast. Heavy rain causing flooding, strong to gale force winds and huge dangerous seas and swell will track south overnight into tomorrow. It’s expected to reach the Hunter by Saturday afternoon. Once the centre of the low passes, conditions will ease quickly in the north. The system will clear during Sunday. Boating and surfing is not recommended, until the centre of the low passes. Read More »

BANDIDOS MEMBER CHARGED ON CENTRAL COAST

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A senior member of the Bandidos motorcycle gang, as well as numerous associates, have been charged following a police operation on the Central Coast and Hawkesbury. As part of their investigation into an alleged kidnapping at The Entrance last month, officers attached to Strike Force Badminton searched three properties. They allegedly seized amphetamine powder, methylamphetamine, cannabis, a replica pistol and other weapons from a property at Fountain Dale. A 34-year-old man, believed to be the president of the Bandidos Central Coast chapter, was charged with kidnapping and commercial drug supply. A 27-year-old man was also charged with kidnapping. Meanwhile police allegedly found LSD tabs, knuckle dusters and a rifle at two properties at North Richmond. A 41-year-old man will face Penrith Local Court today. Read More »

SHOT FIRED DURING HOME INVASION

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Police are appealing for information after a gun shot was fired during a home invasion on the Central Coast. Police say two men, armed with a knife and shotgun, entered the home at Gorokan at around 6:30 last night. An altercation took place, before one of the men fired a shot at the home. The pair then fled, taking some property with them. A number of people were home at the time, but thankfully no-one was injured. The first man is described as being Caucasian, in his 40s, about 160-centimetres tall with a large build. The second is also believed to be Caucasian in appearance, about 185-centimetres tall, with a skinny build. Read More »

LISAROW SPORTS PRECINCT OFFICIALLY OPENED

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Despite the wet weather, Lisarow’s new sporting complex was officially opened to the public today. The precinct includes three new grounds, with advanced drainage and floodlights, and will host local cricket and AFL matches. “The big thing we’re short of in Gosford is quality playing fields, so with the drainage and that on these you’re going to be able to play more times.” The project cost $5-million, with Gosford Council and the federal government each contributing $2.5-million, while the state government pledged $50,000. Read More »

GYMNASTICS PROGRAM AIMS TO GET KIDS MOVING

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Gymnastics New South Wales has launched a new health program targeted at developing children’s cognitive skills. ‘Launchpad for kids’ will be implemented in schools across the state. Read More »

“WIN FOR COMMUNITY” AFTER OURIMBAH TRAIN YARD SCRAPPED

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Member for The Entrance, David Mehan, is hailing Transport New South Wales’ decision to abandon its plans for a train-maintenance yard in Ourimbah, as a win for the community. The plans were met with strong opposition from some locals, as the yard would’ve been built close to homes. “That’s the way we want to assess projects on the Coast. Whether they’ll enhance the area, or give us jobs. This one was not going to do either of them, so it’s good to see it moved away.” Transport New South Wales has instead opted to upgrade existing yards in Sydney and the Hunter. Read More »

WYONG COUNCIL OPTS FOR TREE CHANGE POLICY

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Recent storm activity on the Central Coast has prompted Wyong Council to bring forward changes to the shire’s tree removal process. Under changes made last night, landowners in the shire will now be able to remove any trees or vegetation on properties less than 1500 metres squared, without council approval. The changes do not apply to endangered species. It comes after months of backlash from the Trees Bateau Bay Group, which believes the changes will result in a so called ‘chain-saw massacre’ of native trees.   Read More »

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