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COST OF LIVING HURTS THE COAST

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PHOTO: Courtesy of Nine News.  Samaritans is calling for more affordable housing on the Central Coast, after the organisation’s research found rental properties to be out of reach for single parents. The charity says the cost of living is forcing many families into poverty. Read More »

WEATHER: THE LOW DOWN

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The east coast low is still yet to form properly. There are two troughs deepening and both will merge tomorrow to form another intense east coast low. It will hug south east Queensland and north east New South Wales, hitting them the hardest. Gale force winds and huge seas will accompany this storm. The worst of it will be Friday into Saturday, before easing on Sunday. Rain will spin in across the northern ranges to the North West plains. Showers will be heavy at times and will extend south, but the Central Coast and Hunter should largely be spared by this system. Read More »

WOMAN FACES COURT OVER WOY WOY STABBING

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Meanwhile, a 37-year-old woman has been granted bail in Wyong court today, following an alleged stabbing in Woy Woy overnight. Emergency services were called to a house at Melba Street, where they found a 45-year-old man with stab wounds on his leg. The man was taken to Gosford Hospital in a stable condition. The woman was charged with reckless wounding and will face court again next month. Read More »

SECOND MAN CHARGED OVER FATAL STABBING

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A second man has been charged in relation to the murder of a talented Central Coast footballer earlier this month. 28-year-old Greg Gibbons left the Beachcomber Hotel at Toukley on April 5 and headed to a nearby pizza shop, when he was stabbed in the chest. He later died in hospital. 19-year-old Bradley James Brooks was charged with murder. Yesterday detectives also charged a 19-year-old man with wounding a person with intent to cause grevious bodily harm. He’ll face Wyong Local Court today. Another 25-year-old man was stabbed in the confrontation, but has since been released from hospital. Read More »

MAN STABBED ON CENTRAL COAST

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A 45-year-old man is in a stable condition at Gosford Hospital, after being stabbed during a domestic incident. Emergency services attended a home at Umina Beach at around 6:30 last night, where they found the man with a stab wound to his leg. A 37-year-old woman was arrested and later charged with reckless wounding. She’ll appear in Gosford Local Court today. Read More »

KEN DUNCAN LAUNCHES PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION

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Central Coast photographer Ken Duncan is taking a stance against photo-shopping, launching a competition for ‘photo realism.’ Entries in the Real Australia Awards must remain untouched, and there’s an impressive prize up for grabs. Read More »

WYONG COUNCIL SCRAPS PROCESS FOR CUTTING-DOWN TREES

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Wyong Shire Council will tonight approve a resolution that allows homeowners to cut down trees on their property without council approval. The legislation applies to properties that cover less than 1500 square metres of land, and doesn’t include endangered trees. If properties are larger, the trees must be within 12 metres of the home. The issue has been fast-tracked as the region continues to clean up from last week’s storm. Read More »

THE BLIND ASK THE PUBLIC TO SEE GUIDE DOG DISCRIMINATION

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A blind Central Coast man is calling on local businesses to stop discriminating against the visually impaired. Stuart Henderson says he was stunned when asked to leave a West Gosford cafe, because of his guide dog. Read More »

COAST CONTINUES STORM CLEAN-UP

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More than 2,000 residents on the Central Coast have entered their second week without power. Meanwhile Wyong and Gosford Councils say their damage bill could reach the millions. Read More »

SUSPICIOUS FIRES DESTROY HOUSE AND MINI GOLF CLUB

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A house on The Entrance Road and a nearby mini golf course have been badly damaged, following suspicious fires at Forresters Beach overnight. Emergency services were called to the fires on the same road at about 8.40, but couldn’t save the properties. Two people and their animals managed to escape the blaze unharmed. Police believe one of the fires may have started from a pile of rubbish. Read More »

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