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A Pearl Beach restaurant has been awarded a Chef’s Hat in the 2019 Good Food Guide for the fourth year running.

Pearls on the Beach proprietors Scott and Melissa Fox received the Hat at the Good Food Guide Awards held on October 8. “We’re the only hatted restaurant on the Central Coast and we’re really proud to be recognised as one of the best restaurants in the country for the fourth time,” Mr Fox said.

Mr Fox describes Pearls as a contemporary Australian restaurant with an international menu, nestled right on the sand of Pearl Beach. He attributes Pearls’ success to his and his wife’s understanding of what makes a good dining experience, their expert team and a refusal to pigeonhole Pearls into any one box. “Melissa and I moved to the Coast after growing tired of living in Sydney,” Mr Fox said.

“We wanted a sea change and there were no doubts about moving to the Coast,” Mr Fox said. The Foxs’ have been running Pearls ever since and celebrated 16 years as owner-operators back in June. “Melissa and I are both country kids. “We grew up knowing that food tastes better when you pick it out of the ground, not off a shelf, and I think that’s always been refl ected in our menu,” Mr Fox said. Unlike others, their menu is not fixed and instead changes, sometimes weekly, depending on the quality of produce that season.

“We try to build our menu around the best and freshest produce on the market. “We don’t do signature dishes and instead focus on putting out food that inspires us and I think that gives us an edge over other restaurants on the Coast. “We like to keep our menu open and that helps us appeal to more diners.”

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/10/restaurant-wins-fourth-chefs-hat/

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Cowra Business Chamber has been officially announced among the finalists for the 2018 NSW Business Chamber State Business Awards.

The NSW Business Awards celebrates business excellence in entrepreneurship, innovation, export, business growth, sustainability and employment practices.

The State Finalists represent the category winners from 16 regions across NSW.

Winners will be announced at the NSW Business Awards Gala dinner on Friday 23 November 2018 at Luna Park, Sydney.

The finalists in the Local Business Chamber category alongside Cowra are:

Wyong Regional Chamber of Commerce, Central Coast.

Cooma Chamber of Commerce, Far South Coast.

Tomaree Business Chamber, Hunter.

Corrimal Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Illawarra.

Croydon Park Business Chamber, Inner West Sydney.

Campbelltown Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Macarthur.

Port Macquarie Chamber of Commerce, Mid North Coast.

Deniliquin Business Chamber, Murray-Riverina.

Gunnedah and District Chamber of Commerce and Industry, New England North West.

Riverside Business Chamber, North Eastern Sydney.

Evans Head Business and Community Chamber, Northern Rivers.

Double Bay & Districts Business Chamber, South Eastern Sydney.

Sydney Hills Business Chamber, Western Sydney.

 

Source: https://www.cowraguardian.com.au/story/5718479/cowra-business-chamber-named-as-a-national-finalist/

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Young people are being asked to get involved and be a part of developing the first-ever Central Coast Youth Strategy.

As part of developing the Strategy, Central Coast Council wants to hear from young people and local youth services about what they see as important for young people who live, work or study on the Coast.

Throughout October and November, all young people aged 12-24 can complete an online survey which explores their views about life on the Central Coast and what they would like to see for young people, now and in the future.

The online survey will be complemented by face-to-face interviews at popular youth venues, events and schools, including focus groups with youth service providers.

Young people aged 12-24 make up 15.3% of the Coast’s population and Council is committed to shaping the new Youth Strategy so that it the concerns and they face.

To ensure as many young people as possible get involved, everyone who completes the online survey can enter the draw to win an iphone X.
Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/council/news/young-people-to-shape-coasts-first-regional-youth-strategy

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YOUTH in Newcastle and the Central Coast are suffering higher unemployment than the national average, with more than 16 per cent of the region’s young people jobless, the NSW Business Chamber has revealed.

While youth unemployment rates nationally have been suffering since 2014, the Newcastle and Central Coast region’s unemployment rate for people aged 15-24 sits at 16.2 per cent, well above the national average of just over 12 per cent, the chamber said in a statement.

In response to these concerning statistics, Apprenticeship Support Australia (ASA) has commissioned the second Skillsroad Youth Census. The Skillsroad 2018 Youth Census follows on from a successful survey last year and is designed to highlight the hopes, fears and general attitudes of young people as they transition from school to the workforce, with a special focus on regional areas, the chamber said.

In 2017, more than 13,000 Australian youth completed the survey, revealing below-average life satisfaction and sense of well being, as well as significant levels of stress and uncertainty about choosing career pathways.

The 2018 census aims to build on existing knowledge from last year’s report.

“This census comes at a critical time for young people in the Newcastle and Central Coast area … who are facing an employment crisis,” ASA’s Hunter and North Coast branch manager Jeff Cooke said.

“The Skillsroad 2018 Youth Census can provide unprecedented, evidence-based insights for our schools, parents and business into the necessary tools required to properly support our young people.”

The census takes less than 10 minutes to fill out and participating youth will be in the running to win their choice of either a $1000 gift card or travel voucher. Weekly prizes of $100 gift cards will also be released over the duration of the census, and participants increase their chances of winning by referring friends to complete the survey.

The Skillsroad Youth Census is open to all Australian young people aged 15-24 and can be accessed at: http://bit.ly/Youth-Census-2018.

The census closes on September 30, with a report to be released on 15 October.

Source: https://www.theherald.com.au/story/5647189/employment-crisis-newcastle-youth-facing-higher-jobless-rate/

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A $1-million shared pathway at Norah Head, and a $1.5-million cultural hub at Wyong are among six Central Coast community projects to win state government funding.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Scot MacDonald, said $5 million had been granted to Central Coast Council in the second round of the Stronger Country Communities Fund.

The six community projects to win funding on the Central Coast are.-

a shared pathway, Norah Head ($995,700);
outdoor water park at Peninsula Leisure Centre, Woy Woy ($850,000);
establishment of the Wyong Cultural Hub, Wyong ($1,500,000);
construction of a clubhouse at Don Small Oval, Tacoma ($259,000);
a shared pathway, Tuggerawong ($542,269); and
amenities upgrade of Adelaide Street Oval, Tumbi Umbi ($908,616).

Mr MacDonald said he was pleased to see a wide range of recreation activities supported across the Central Coast.

“The establishment of the Wyong Cultural Hub will provide a centralised and accessible space for the Central Coast’s creative sector to flourish,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The funding for two separate footpath and cycleways on Bungary Road in Norah Head and along the Tuggerawong foreshore will support pedestrian safety and encourage greater cycling uptake by the local residents.”

In Thursday’s paper: Community gathers to express concern over Bath Street development

Mayor Jane Smith welcomed the investment in the arts, sporting and recreational opportunities.

“Our community’s vision is for a smart, green and liveable region with a shared sense of belonging and responsibility,” Cr Smith said.

“Working closely with the state government to deliver high-quality infrastructure and opportunities for our growing community is a way we are delivering on that promise.

“We are pleased the State Government have come to the table and delivered such significant funding for major projects that will help create a vibrant and sustainable Central Coast.

“Council has a limited budget, that is why securing funding opportunities is a priority for us and will continue to be.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the roll out of the second round of projects takes Stronger Country Communities funding to $300 million.

“I congratulate Central Coast Council and look forward to the local sports and community facility improvements that will make the region an even more attractive place to work and raise a family,” Mr Barilaro said.

Source: https://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/5641490/shared-pathway-and-cultural-hub-part-of-5m-spend/?cs=750

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Over 50 executives, business owners and their staff, swapped their beds for sleeping bags on Friday, August 10, as part of Coast Shelter’s Million Star Executive Sleepout.

Held at Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventure Park, the sleepout is an annual event which coincides with national Homelessness Week (August 6-12). “It is a really positive event that brings in a lot of funds to Coast Shelter each year,” said Coast Shelter’s, Rachel Willis. Over $57,000 in funds was raised, with each sleeper raising $1,000 dollars each. According to Willis, the money raised will be going towards the Community Centre and its kitchen, Laurie’s Table, which provides free meals for the homeless. “The funds raised from the event will be able to provide 50,000 of these meals,” said Willis.

The sleepout involved activities such as team building exercises and a panel discussion about homelessness. Former MasterChef winner, Julie Goodwin, also made her annual visit to cook for the event. “There were client stories from young people who had received services from Coast Shelter, and Star FM sent out some performers for entertainment, which was also great,” said Willis. “Overall, it was a really good turnout with lots of people involved,” she said. Among those sleeping rough as part of the fundraiser, was Central Coast Council CEO, Gary Murphy, and his team, as well as the Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride. McBride said it was no secret that homelessness had become a huge concern on the Central Coast.

“We have pockets in our community, around Wyong and Gosford, where homelessness is twice the state average. “This is something that demands our urgent attention. “Our young people are particularly vulnerable,” she said. The 2016 Census showed that there were 1,000 people who were homeless on the Coast. This shows that the number of homeless people has increased by a third since 2011. This is the eighth year that Coast Shelter has successfully held the sleep out, and the shelter will continue to assist this growing homeless community through such initiatives.

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/08/sleepout-raised-57000-for-coast-shelter/

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Wearing tracksuit pants with a long sleeve top and gloves, Usain Bolt appeared cooler than normal at his first training run with the Central Coast Mariners.

“The first day of training is always the roughest one,” admitted Bolt after his debut training session with the Mariners in Gosford.

The eight-time Olympic gold medallist and 11-time world champion is the personification of speed and power.

But he will now be assessed on technique, dribbling skills, passing accuracy, endurance and coordination.

“For me I am just trying to get over the first hurdle and that is to get a contract and to get fit,” confessed Bolt.

“I have to work on the basics skills.”

His first modified run lasted less than an hour — some run throughs, a few kicking drills and plenty of time watching on as his potential teammates went about a more intensive hit-out.

At times, the world’s fastest man looked slow on his feet and appeared out of place amongst the company of professional footballers.

“The glare was on him,” Mariners coach Mike Mulvey said.

“He wouldn’t be human if he didn’t have a bit of nerves.”

But it is worth remembering this was day one, where every intention was to ease Bolt into his highly publicised trial.

Is he the real deal? Does he have the skills? Is he really trialling for the A-League’s reigning wooden spooners on the day of his 32nd birthday?

“It’s something I want,” Bolt said.

The Jamaican will base himself on New South Wales’ Central Coast indefinitely, as he embarks on his newest sporting profession.

And the world, or at least the global media, is watching.

The standard turn-out for a Mariners training session is often counted on one hand.

Not this time: 100 journalists, camera operators and photographers applied to cover Bolt’s historic first session.

“We got offers from teams in Spain, France [but] it wasn’t the top division,” Bolt explained.

Bolt wants to play top-tier football and he has chosen the A-League.

It is a completely new playing field. From the mostly individual world of athletics, Bolt now must become a dependable, team player.

“His movement’s not of a professional player’s standard at the moment but, obviously, there’s plenty to work with,” observed Ray Gatt, The Australian’s chief football writer.

“I’m sure we’ll see improvement in him.”

Bolt determined to silence the doubters
While work needs to be done in walking the walk, Bolt is talking the talk.

When he landed in Australia last weekend ahead of his much-publicised trial, Bolt said all the right things: this is no gimmick; he’s here for the long haul; he wants to be an A-League soccer player.

Today was no different.

“I’m here, I don’t care what people say,” he said.

Whilst fitness is his current priority, the four-time Laureus World Sportsman of the Year is confident he has what it takes to become a professional footballer.

“My ability to understand very quickly and to learn the game is something that I am very good at,” Bolt said.

And time is on his side. The Mariners have said they would not be rushed into a decision on Bolt’s playing future.

“If it takes 12 months … I am happy for him to be here,” Mulvey said.

“This guy is a winner.”

The club hopes his winning athletics pedigree — and his “great mental capacity” — will leave a lasting impression on the younger players, regardless of whether he secures a playing contract.

“He’s one of the lads; he doesn’t get any special treatment,” Mulvey said.

“That’s not the way a team works.”

Del Piero, Yorke, Fowler, Heskey, Kewell and Cahill have all played their part in the A-League as a marquee player and now Bolt wants to strike his name as the competition’s next main man.

“I think I see the game very well,” Bolt said.

But, for now, even one of the world’s greatest athletes is just an everyday hopeful.

And perhaps for the first time in his career, Bolt knows what it is like be on a level playing field, something his athletics rivals rarely got to experience.

 

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-08-21/usain-bolt-determined-to-make-mark-with-mariners/10149138

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Woolworths had previously indicated that their next priority, following the opening of their Wadalba store, will be the long-awaited project at the proposed Warnervale Town Centre site. The Town Centre site is also currently seeing the construction of planned housing developments and a park being built by Council. The pace of infrastructure development in the area has picked up in the last year, with a long-awaited new ambulance station being built at Hamlyn Terrace, along with a new private Hospital being built at Kanwal. This is being further complemented by the beginning of the $200m upgrade of Wyong Hospital, representing a huge investment in health infrastructure in the area.

Work has also begun on the new Bunnings development at Lakehaven and a series of industrial and commercial developments ongoing at North Wyong, marking a good sign in the battle against the Central Coast’s 18.1 per cent youth unemployment rate.

David Harris said he welcomed the investment and development in the area and committed to continuing to fight for further funding for local road upgrades and infrastructure needs. “After years of what seemed like a lack of interest from Government and the private sector in our area, we are seeing vital community infrastructure being delivered in and around the Greater Warnervale Area,” he said. “These investments will be a significant boost for jobs in our local area and mean residents have access to better services, closer to home. “I look forward to Woolworths hopefully following through and prioritising its long-awaited development at the Town Centre site. “In 2016, we were facing the imminent privatisation of Wyong Hospital and not much in the way of local service development. “We have fought hard to get where we are and it’s great to see the progress.”

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/08/harris-welcomes-new-investment/

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Lake Haven Shopping Centre have thanked their customers and retailers who helped raise $44,000 for Beacon Foundation, as part of their first ever Light the Way campaign.

“We launched Light the Way to support young people living in our communities, and the money raised is going to see an additional 330 students complete Beacon’s career pathway programs,” Mike Cochrane, Centre Manager at Lake Haven Centre said. “Beacon Foundation motivates young people for a successful postsecondary school career. “Their programs help equip students with the skills and confidence required to make the transition from school to work, and reduce the rate of youth unemployment,” Mike Cochrane said. “We are grateful to the many people who donated and gave up their time to make Light the Way such a success, and we look forward to continuing the campaign next year,” he added. Scott Harris, Chief Executive Officer of the Beacon Foundation, said: “I would like to congratulate and thank Lake Haven Centre on the inaugural Light the Way initiative. “Visiting local centres and hearing stories from around the country, it was clear that the Vicinity team was passionate about supporting Australian youth to be the best they can be.”

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/08/lake-haven-shopping-centre-raises-44000/

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The Nexus Smart Hub, Wyong’s next-generation workspace, now houses its own dedicated Wyong Regional Chronicle pocket office and is also home to an array of other businesses and telecommuters working side by side.

At its core, Nexus has always been about creating a collaborative community for the betterment of business and professional practice in the region. The Nexus represents the pinnacle of networking business culture and provides savvy entrepreneurs and motivated self-starters all the tools to grow their businesses by connecting them with creatives, innovators, specialists and other entrepreneurs.

“No matter what industry you’re in, networking can supercharge your business’ success,” said Nexus Smart Hub Manager, Ms Sonia Pansare. “Networking boosts your credibility and authority, lets you access advice and knowledge from a wide range of sources, and opens up new business opportunities,” she added. Ms Pansare encourages all entrepreneurs on the Coast to explore what the Nexus Smart Hub could do for them. “In a shared office space, you never know who you’ll bump into, so take advantage of that opportunity,” Ms Pansare said.

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/07/entrepreneurs-encouraged-to-nexus-hub/

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Central Coast Council will be able to start work on crucial new projects, following an early cash injection of almost $13m, under the Financial Assistance Grants program from the Federal Government.
Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks, said the Federal Government has made an early payment of 50 per cent of the 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grants funding to Central Coast Council, to help support the delivery of essential services and local infrastructure.
“Central Coast Council has already received this early instalment, with an estimated total of $26m to be received by Council through these grants for the 2018-19 financial year,” Lucy Wicks said.
“The Council can spend this estimated $26m in the way they think will serve the Central Coast best,” she said.
“This means that this untied funding can go towards priority projects for the Central Coast community, like up to 1,000 new car spots that could be built by Council at Gosford.
“If Central Coast Council sees Labor’s $15m car parking promise as a priority project for the Coast, they have at their disposal approximately $26m already being delivered by the Federal Government.
“This Federal funding for Central Coast Council’s local priority projects is real money, which is fully funded and will be delivered in full by the end of this financial year.”
Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, Dr John McVeigh, said the Government’s decision to make an early payment of 50 per cent of 2018-19 Financial Assistance Grants to all 546 councils across Australia, would help fast track delivery of priority local projects.
“The Coalition Government recognises the importance of giving councils the power to determine local priorities in their region,” he said.
“These grants are therefore an extremely important means of allowing local governments to invest substantial allocations of federal funds based on local needs.
“The Coalition Government also supports local councils through a range of other targeted funding programs including Roads to Recovery, Bridges to Renewal, the Building Better Regions Fund, and Regional Growth Fund.”
Council issued a statement in response to Lucy Wicks’ announcement.
“Council has planned for this regular funding from the Federal Government’s Financial Assistance Grants within our operating budget for the 2018/19 Delivery Program and Operational Plan,” the Council statement said.
“This funding allows Council to provide services to the community, free of charge, or at a subsidised price, such as play grounds, life guards patrolling our beaches, libraries, sporting facilities, skate parks, parks and reserves,” it said.
“Council’s Operational Plan details delivery of essential services and capital works in the priority areas, which were outlined in the first Community Strategic Plan for the Central Coast.
“The priority areas the community want to see us deliver on are the road network, water and sewer service and infrastructure, protecting and enhancing the local environment, community facilities and open space and recreation.
“We are happy to work with all levels of Government to help make our commuters’ journey from home to work better.
“The 2018/19 operating budget includes an allocation for developing a car parking strategy for the whole of the Coast, because we know that moving around the coast is also important to our residents.”

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/07/council-receives-13m-as-an-early-federal-government-grant/

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THE Central Coast property market continues to speed ahead, as new data reveals it is the only Sydney region forecast for positive growth.

According to Moodys Analytics, based on CoreLogic’s Hedonic Home Value Index, the Central Coast is the only area poised to see growth in the residential property market for both 2018 and 2019.

The data also predicts a divergent national market, with declines in the biggest markets of Melbourne and Sydney.

The Coast is categorised in the survey as a region of Greater Sydney, and it’s the only area to avoid a dismal drop in home value forecasts.

The report indicates that by 2019 Central Coast houses will experience an increase in value of 8.5 per cent, with apartments forecast to do even better at 12.4 per cent.

Millionaire developer Tony Denny, who has spearheaded six Central Coast apartment developments over the past couple of years, said he believed there was still a shortage of quality apartments and houses on the Coast.

He is so invested in the area that he has spent almost half a billion dollars building up his portfolio — and he doesn’t see it ending soon.

“I do believe there will be continued growth on the Central Coast because of those factors,” he said.

“But the Central Coast has never really had big highs and lows – it’s been consistent and just appreciates gradually, which is a nice conservative way to experience capital growth.

Source: https://www.news.com.au/finance/real-estate/sydney-nsw/central-coast-the-only-sydney-region-forecasted-for-positive-growth/news-story/7ceb82978640e107947ee35b3f901cf6

NSW Premier, Ms Gladys Berejiklian, and Health Minister, Mr Brad Hazzard, officially opened Gosford Hospital’s new 11-storey tower on June 23.

“Together with the $200m Wyong Hospital redevelopment, the $348m Gosford Hospital redevelopment is delivering next-generation, first-class health care to the Central Coast,” Ms Berejiklian said. “The technological advancements in the new 11-storey tower block are incredible, including for the first time, a nuclear medicine service which will greatly improve diagnoses for a range of conditions, and speed up scans for emergency patients. “The redevelopment is part of our government’s record $8b health infrastructure spend over the next four years,” Ms Berejiklian said. Mr Hazzard said clinicians and the community contributed to the innovative design.

“The new tower has been designed with patients in mind, with privacy and comfort front and centre,” he said. “The Intensive Care Unit has the largest windows of any public hospital in the state, and a courtyard with oxygen and gas fittings means that some of our sickest patients can be outside,” he added. The new tower features: a Special Care Nursery, with expanded capacity for newborn cots from 10 to 15, and pull-out beds for parents and carers; an Intensive Care Unit with glass screens that can be switched to opaque (instead of curtains); an MRI machine to diagnose stroke, cancer, infection and joint abnormalities; single or double rooms with an ensuite and a patient/relative lounge in each unit; and, dedicated staff and patient lifts to offer more privacy. The complete redevelopment, due to be finished by 2019, also includes a new $35.5m carpark and refurbished spaces for allied health, cancer day unit, emergency short stay unit and cardiovascular services.

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/07/hospital-new-11-storey-tower-opened/

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Pelican feeding at The Entrance has been identified as an activity for review in the development of a Tourism Opportunity Plan, according to Central Coast Council staff.

Council’s Directorate of Connected Communities was responding to a question from The Entrance Ward Councillor, Bruce McLachlan. When Council met on May 7, Clr McLachlan asked: “What options do we have to monetise The Entrance Pelican Feeding, an example would be a photo stand and professional photography linked to a website or a photo next to a giant pelican statue? “This can be leased to an operator or Council run,” Clr McLachlan’s question added. “We have busloads of overseas tourists visiting the site and not adding to the local economy, before heading off to the Hunter Valley to spend their tourism dollars,” he said. In response, Council staff said: “Council endorsed the Central Coast Destination Management Plan 2018- 21 in December 2017. “This strategic document provides a high-level plan to support the growth of the visitor economy of the Central Coast region. “One of the deliverables of this overarching document is the development of a Tourism Opportunity Plan which will aim to identify specific opportunities to support the desired outcomes of the Destination Management Plan.

“Council is committed to exploring, in detail, and in conjunction with the local tourism industry, what greater opportunities can be identified to support the Visitor Economy of The Entrance and the greater Central Coast region. “The status of the Pelican Feed as an iconic and heavily-attended activity for our region, and the interest in it on both a local and international visitor level, has been considered by Council staff, and it is identified as an activity for review on the development of the Tourism Opportunity Plan,” the staff report said. “There are opportunities to improve the visitor experience and to prepare for any future increase in attendance and demand on the activity; including possible infrastructure, product development, revenue streams and marketing needs, and also to engage local businesses to leverage the activity to elevate the opportunities it has on the wider visitor economy. “Council staff would also like to note that the success of this activity to date has relied heavily on the dedication of a group of passionate volunteers, and it is our intention that they are consulted throughout the abovementioned process to ensure the Pelican Feed remains a sustainable activity that supports and contributes to managing the health and wellbeing of the local pelican population,” the report said.
Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/07/pelican-feeding-tourism-the-entrance/

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The Australian Reptile Park is turning 60 years old and is throwing a two-week long birthday extravaganza to celebrate during the school holidays.

July 2018 marks the sixth decade that the park has been open as The Australian Reptile Park, and the milestone is a huge achievement for the Central Coast wildlife sanctuary, which now welcomes over 250,000 visitors a year.

The upcoming school holidays will be all about the celebration of this momentous occasion with the biggest birthday party ever, including a jumping castle, mega slide, face painting, fairy floss and limited edition merchandise that will only be on sale these holidays. Also adding to the celebration,

The Australian Reptile Park’s four new Dingo puppies have reached the perfect age to come out and say hello to visitors. By popular demand, just for the 60th Celebration, there will be the return of daily appearances by our resident Tyrannosaurus Rex, to the delight of visitors, as a small taste of the Dinosaurs Alive! event that the Park runs during the Summer Holidays drawing record crowds. General Manager, Mr Tim Faulkner, said of the celebration: “The Australian Reptile Park is so incredibly special to not only me, but the whole region. “The families that come here, the memories that are made here, it’s all a one-of-a-kind experience. “People remember holding their first snake here, seeing their first huge saltwater croc or even just learning about our life-saving venom programs that save hundreds of lives every year.

“I couldn’t be prouder to see us doing better than ever in 2018. “We’re on track to see our biggest year yet and this holiday event is the best way to celebrate all of the Park’s achievements in tourism, animal education, conservation and venom programs,” Mr Faulkner said. The Australian Reptile Park has faced numerous challenges over the years that are now reflected on as hardships they were able to overcome. The park has faced a fire that destroyed most of the zoo in 2000, theft of various animals over the years, moving locations in 1996 and the death of Eric the Crocodile, a park icon, in 2008.

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/06/reptile-park-to-celebrate-60-years/

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Central Coast Council has won a state award for an educational program about Tuggerah Lakes involving three films and multi-touch books for use on iPads.

The council won the Environmental Leadership and Sustainability award at the 2018 NSW Local Government Awards for its Tuggerah Lakes Digital Resource and Communication Program.

The awards shine the spotlight on excellence in the NSW local government sector.

As part of its Estuary Education Program for Tuggerah Lakes, the council produced new and innovative education resources for the community including two free multi-touch books for iPads – a first for a local council in Australia – and three short films narrated by local children and featuring community members and staff.

The films were screened at local cinemas and have been viewed by more than 121,000 residents.

The council was also highly commended in the Creative Communities category for its work with the community on the Maliga Indigenous Arts and Cultural Showcase.

The Maliga (meaning ‘shine’ in Darkinjung) Indigenous Arts and Cultural Showcase was held at The Art House during Reconciliation Week, and this year included a new category for children aged 3 to 5.

Over the past five years Maliga has enabled more than 200 young indigenous people on the Central Coast to share and interpret cultural stories that lead to their growth and development.

Council’s acting chief executive officer, Brian Glendenning, said recognition at the awards was a great achievement for the council.

“I am delighted that Central Coast Council has received these two awards and been recognised for our dedication to sustainability as well as our excellence in bring together communities through art and cultural creative projects,” Mr Glendenning said.

“Council was also named a finalist in four other categories: Innovative Leadership and Management for Central Coast Future Council; Community Partnerships and Collaboration for The Harvest Festival Central Coast; Special Project Initiative for the Central Coast Community Strategic Plan; and Service Delivery Initiative for ‘Desexing Saves Lives – Responsible Pet Ownership on the Coast’.”​
Source: https://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/5471401/coast-council-wins-state-award-for-lake-films-project/

$52m For Gosford CBD

Posted by | June 2, 2018 | Community, News

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NSW Planning Minister Anthony Roberts has joined local MPs at the Central Coast Leagues Club Field today, to announce an investment of $52 million in funding for infrastructure and public space in Gosford.

Anthony Roberts says they’re looking to shore up public amenities like sewerage and stormwater drains, so they can cope with the influx of current and future developments in Gosford CBD.

“(It’s) $42 million to underpin the jobs and investment that will be coming to Gosford,” Mr Roberts says. “It’s for that key infrastructure that Councils sometimes find difficult to fund. Paying for that means it’s easier for Council and private enterprise to come and invest here.”

“On top of that… we have $10 million for a major upgrade of parks and streetscapes in Gosford, including a regional park (on the Leagues Club field), to make this even more of a destination for people.”

Mr Roberts says the funding will help bring more jobs to the Coast during construction and thereafter.

He’s also confident Gosford will be able to attract tech incubators and startups into the future.

The Minister’s also announced they’re planning to lower developer contributions in Gosford’s CBD from 4% down to 3% to further encourage development.

Today’s revelations coincide with the release of two reports by the NSW Government Architect, suggesting on how to connect the upgraded Gosford Hospital to the northern end of the CBD, and how to link Gosford’s waterfront to Mann Street.

We’ve got until June 18 to leave our feedback on these, though Central Coast Mayor Jane Smith’s called for more time.

“I think the important thing is the community has the opportunity to have a close look at this,” Ms Smith says. “We already have $1.69 billion worth of approved developments, so we need to look at what implications these announcements will have on those.”

“The consultation period in my view needs to be extended… we need longer to really consult with our community. Council needs to be at the centre of planning.”

 

Source: https://www.2gofm.com.au/news/central-coast/52m-for-gosford-cbd

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The first 90 days of your new job are crucial to set yourself up for long-term career success. It’s where you make good on the promises you touted during your interview and set the stage for how people perceive you.

That’s why asking for feedback during this time is so, so important. It quickly demonstrates to your new boss that you’re invested, you’re committed to excellence, and that you’re in this for the long haul.

Plus, if done well, you can earn major brownie points that may help you get recognized later for opportunities to work on interesting projects or even advance more quickly.

Easy enough, right? Now that you know just how important your first 90 days are, here are some guidelines for how to ask for feedback to ensure you’re on the right path (or how to get on it).

When Should You Ask?

Eliciting feedback in these crucial first few days is a balance between giving your new manager and co-workers enough time to form concrete thoughts and opinions of you, while also being proactive in prompting feedback that will help you as you get onboarded.

Rule of thumb: Don’t expect a formal review by the end of week one. After that, it’s all a judgement call. How much real work have you actually had a chance to do? If you’ve just completed a big project or finished a tougher assignment, now may be the perfect time to ask for some input on how you did. Regardless of the above, don’t let three weeks go by without making the big ask.

A good rhythm for how frequently you continue to check-in will hinge on the volume and involvement of your work. That said, a good best practice is no more than once a week, but no less than once a month.

How Should You Ask?

Don’t pounce at the water cooler or in the bathroom while your boss is washing her hands. Reach out to your manager via email or in person and request a meeting directly. Explain what the meeting is for—people will appreciate having a heads-up so they can prepare ideas ahead of time.

Try something like, “I’d like 15 minutes of your time to talk about how you think things are going so far with me. Are you satisfied with what I’m doing, and the work I’m producing? Is there anything I can be doing differently?”

What Should You Ask?

Give your manager suggestions on what you want to hear, such as, “How am I integrating within the team?” “Am I operating at the speed you need me to?” or “How is the quality of my work? Any development areas you have already identified that I can work on?”

This is also the time to coach your manager on what you need in terms of resources. Would you benefit from regular one-on-ones or additional training? Perhaps a tracking system that you and your manager have access to to share what you’re working on?

Who Should You Ask?

Besides your boss, co-workers are also a great resource for feedback. While it doesn’t need to be as formal as with a manager, try crafting an email along the lines of, Hey, I’m loving it here so far, and would love to get some feedback from you to make sure I’m setting myself up for long term success. It’s really important to me I’m doing a good job and making a good impression.

The reality of soliciting feedback is that it may not always be 100% positive. So, prepare yourself mentally. All your good intentions will immediately be nullified if you go into “defensive” mode. Keep your ego out of this conversation and stay open and non-judgmental.

Then, send a follow-up email thanking your manager or colleague for their time and candor, and briefly outline your takeaways and any next steps you plan to take. Implement any areas of improvement right away and follow-up with your boss to make sure the adjustments you’re making are correct and noticed.

We know there’s a lot to learn in your first 90 days. You’ve got new systems, technologies, faces, and names to remember, and so much more. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

Incorporating this advice displays maturity and commitment on your part, and will also give you a good indication of whether you’re doing well, or need to make some adjustments before its too late. Regardless of what you learn, it will empower you to excel in your new role.

 

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-ask-for-feedback-first-90-days-successful-new-job

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CENTRAL Coast Council has outlined plans for spending almost $200 million on projects in its capital works program for 2018-19.

The plans are detailed in the 2018-19 Draft Delivery Program, Operational Plan including the budget plan and draft resourcing strategy which are now on exhibition for public comment.

Council’s plan will deliver $561.5m in essential services, and $199.8m in capital works in priority areas.

Among the planned projects are.-

$1.3m to deliver the Norah Head Masterplan and deliver key amenity upgrades in the key tourism area;
$2m to construct the Mardi to Warnervale trunk water pipe;
$1.8m to implement a shared pathway and footpath program;
$1.8m for a regional skate park and play space at Lake Munmorah; and
$2.5m to finish construction of the Central Coast Regional Sporting Complex at Tuggerah.

 
Source: https://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/5421397/coast-council-plans-200m-spend-on-works/

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Central Coast Library Service is offering a number of free study workshops for Central Coast high school students undertaking the HSC in 2018.

The workshops aim to create a ‘stress free HSC’ to help calm nerves, and maximise potential and results during this critical time. The free events are open to senior students from years 10 through to 12, and will be led by a series of experts to equip students with the tools they need to succeed. Council Acting Unit Manager Libraries, Ms Beth Burgess, said these events are a fantastic opportunity for students to get hints and tips from professionals without the cost.

“We understand that the senior years of school are an important and often stressful time for many students and we are pleased to offer this special series of events for our community.” Ms Burgess said. “The initiative is part of the Library’s investment to assist with meeting educational needs across the Coast and we encourage all year 10, 11 and 12 students to take advantage of these excellent learning opportunities.”

Events will be held in the Tuggerah, Toukley and Erina libraries as follows: May 19, Activated HSC workshop, The Tempest; May 24, Understanding PIPs and Society and Culture; June 2, A Parent’s Guide to the HSC: Supporting your child through Years 11 and 12; June 7, Decoding HSC English; June 23, Acing the HSC Trials, effective exam preparation workshop; September 1, What you need to do to score top marks.

 

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/05/free-hsc-workshops-central-coast/

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The City of Brisbane Investment Corporation, Brisbane City Council’s future fund, continues its acquisitive streak, emerging as the buyer of the A-grade purpose-built Australian Taxation Office building complex in Gosford in Sydney’s central coast.

CBIC bought the completed property at 99 Georgiana Terrace and 38 Mann Street from Canberra-based developer and owner Doma Group for $43.5 million.

Doma Group was shopping for a buyer prior to the property’s completion last year, as foreshadowed by The Australian Financial Review.

Coinciding with the sale of the 7380sq m office building and two-storey heritage building at 99 Georgiana Terrace and 38 Mann Street, the ATO has also completed its move into the building.

The ATO has been moving into the building progressively since late last year, and completed occupation last week. It will lease the property for 10 years.

The sale of the property, which went through a tender, closed at a 6.9 per cent passing yield.

Colliers International’s Paul Powderly, James Barber and Adam Leacy brokered the deal.

The property drew strong interest given its long government tenure.

With yield compression in commercial property at record lows, local and foreign investors are focusing on quality and tenure of tenant to secure strong long-term cash flows.

The CBIC, which at times drew criticism for its property investment activity, previously invested in commercial property until 2014 until it branched out into ­residential and retail development. It was set up in 2008 by Campbell Newman when he was ­Brisbane Lord Mayor.

Like all investors, the CBIC has traded other buildings as part of a capital recycling strategy such as the sale of the Bowen Hills commercial complex at 41 O’Connell Terrace for $52 million in 2016.

 

Source: http://www.afr.com/real-estate/the-city-of-brisbane-investment-corporation-buys-gosford-ato-for-435-million-20180430-h0zfze

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LAKE Haven Centre will match dollar-for-dollar the money raised by shoppers for an initiative to help alleviate youth unemployment and disengagement in the northern section of the Central Coast.

Lake Haven Centre and Beacon Foundation have launched the Light the Way initiative.

Beacon Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation which motivates young people for a successful post-secondary school career.

It equips students with the skills and confidence required to make the transition from school to work and reduce the rate of youth unemployment.

Light the Way will involve a $1-per-ticket raffle for a Hisense 50-inch ultra high-definition ULED smart TV from JB Hi-Fi; and a money spinner in which shoppers (and children) will be invited to drop a coin in and pick up a balloon.

Both activities will be available at the customer service desk at the shopping centre.

Lake Haven Centre manager Mike Cochrane urged locals to support the initiative.

“Light the Way is an opportunity for our community to come together and support the work of Beacon Foundation,” Mr Cochrance said.

“We are proud to work with Beacon to engage young people in the northern Central Coast to achieve careers success and help alleviate issues of unemployment.

“Lake Haven and Vicinity Centres will match every dollar raised during our Light the Way campaign, which will ensure the Beacon programs continue to provide support for young people in our community.”

The raffle tickets and money spinner will be available from 9am on Friday, May 25, to 4pm, on Saturday, May 26.

 

Source: https://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/5376851/lake-haven-helps-tackle-youth-unemployment-video/

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MICHAEL Cassel, it seems, is a man with more titles than Roger Federer.

He was tasked with leading the revitalisation of Newcastle and co-ordinating Newcastle’s light rail delivery. And now Mr Cassel will add another job title to his impressive curriculum vitae: chief executive officer of Central Coast Regional Development Corporation.

Planning and Housing Minister Anthony Roberts announced the appointment on Monday as the government released plans to revitalise and enhance the Gosford city centre.

Mr Cassel said he looked forward to working with Central Coast Council, Coordinator General Lee Shearer and other stakeholders to “help bring the bold vision for the region and its capital to life”.

Mr Cassel, the Revitalising Newcastle program director and chief executive of the Hunter Development Corporation, has overseen the Newcastle light rail construction.

Mr Roberts said Mr Cassel had been “instrumental in leading change and transforming Newcastle”.

Source: https://www.lakesmail.com.au/story/5332428/cassel-to-head-up-gosford-renewal/

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The first-ever Central Coast Festival of Women, held across several venues to celebrate International Women’s Day, was declared a success.

The festival recognised and celebrated the achievements and contributions of women on the Central Coast and raised awareness of gender issues still present in the community. The theme for the inaugural festival was ‘Press for Progress’. The Gosford RSL hosted the launch of the festival on Friday, March 2. The evening showcased the strong support for woman’s equality on the Central Coast, with many infl uential female leaders coming together to speak at the event. Among those present was Mayor, Jane Smith, Member for Dobell, Ms Emma McBride, Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch and Ms Anne Charlton, Labor’s candidate for Robertson. “There is more that unites us than divides us,” Ms Wicks said. “That is how we are going to press for progress, by focusing on the things that unite us,” she said. Mayor, Jane Smith, spoke about new initiatives being taken up by Central Coast Council to press for progress, including working toward becoming a white ribbon accredited workplace.

“That means a commitment from our leaders to update policies and procedures that will ensure a culture of respect and gender equality at all levels of our organisation,” Mayor Smith said. Ms McBride gave her speaking time to a 15-year-old student, Arabella, who overcame an issue of gender disparity at her school with the help of her local MP. Arabella was moved to tears as she described the feeling of empowerment and gratitude toward Ms McBride. “I was really taken back,” Arabella said. “There’s someone who actually cares. “It was incredible to realise that I had a voice and I could speak up,” she said. Ms Tesch reminded the audience that there is still work to be done, particularly in the area of Indigenous affairs. “I encourage everyone to walk alongside all of our Aboriginal sisters, because in that space, as women, we have a long way to go.”

Other events held as part of the festival included the International Women’s Day Lunch, hosted by the View Club Bateau Bay, at the Entrance Leagues Club, on March 6. The International Women’s Day Forum, hosted by Central Coast Community Women’s Health Centre, took place on March 7, followed by several International Women’s Day Breakfasts. The festival fi nished on Sunday, March 11, with the annual International Women’s Day Breakfast at the Reef Restaurant, The Haven, featuring guest speaker, Ms Joanne McCarthy, a Central Coast resident and Newcastle Herald journalist, whose investigation of child abuse in the Catholic church resulted in her winning the 2013 Gold Walkley Award for excellence in journalism. “I certainly hope this will become an annual tradition that we celebrate with great pride,” Ms Wicks said in concluding her remarks at the festival launch.

Source: Media release, Feb 12 Sally Jope, Central Coast International Women’s Day Organising Committee Event transcripts, Mar 2 Central Coast Festival of Women launch Olivana Smith-Lathouris, Journalist

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/04/festival-women-declared-success/

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The Central Coast could be heading for an education crisis as the region’s schools are pushed to beyond capacity by rampant residential development.

Literally thousands of major new residential units are either under construction or approved across the region. Hundreds more are proposed and pending decisions either from Central Coast Council or the Joint Regional Planning Panel.

In Gosford alone, the number of new units — and potential extra students – could be substantial. The Waterside development will contain 500 units when completed. John Singleton’s Bonython Tower will add 56 units. The recently proposed five tower residential complex at North Gosford will contain 400 more if approved. Other unit blocks are underway around Gosford Railway Station and in Hill Street.

All these fall within the catchment of Henry Kendall High School and Gosford Public School and are just one example of the coming major demographic shifts likely to impact on local schools.Central Coast P and C president Sharryn Brownlee warned that existing Central Coast schools would struggle to cope with a major influx of students unless there was a massive investment in permanent new classrooms, buildings and teaching resources, and even in new schools.

Mrs Brownlee said there was a real danger of schools becoming clogged with demountable buildings and outdoor spaces disappearing under “pop up” school buildings as the education department tried to deal with the problem.

She said school bus transport currently could not cope with transporting overflow numbers to nearby schools, adding to major traffic congestion problems.

“Henry Kendall High School as it is now could not accommodate extra children around Gosford without significant investment in new classrooms, buildings and teaching resources — you cannot have a demountable city just plonked down on the site,” Mrs Brownlee said.

“It can’t happen, its not educationally sound. It would destroy the learning environment — that’s the truth of it,” she said.

“Even relocating extra students to other high schools or bussing them temporarily is fraught with problems — Narara Valley High School is a long way from where the developments are and Lisarow High needs a huge upgrade just to cope with the existing students.”

Mrs Browlee said Gosford Public School was already at capacity and limited by the site.

“There was no forward planning around the relocation of that school — no extra land provision or thinking ahead,” Mrs Brownlee said.

LACK OF PLANNING
Mrs Brownlee said planning for development in greenfields sites in the north of the Central Coast had been better with a new primary school planned for that area, and a community consultation process in place.

“The question is — will that one school be enough and what are the department’s plans around high schools for that area?”

“We are concerned there have been no new school builds up here for years and capital investment is really behind where the population is,” she said.

“Wamberal is 20 years overdue for an upgrade, Point Clare is ten years overdue. Gosford Public School was rebuilt but with no future provision.

“The Department of Education demographers fought kicking and screaming to not build Kariong Mountains High School — which now has nearly 800 students enrolled.

“It’s a substantial, functional, quality high school — can you imagine if those 800 students were also added to Henry Kendall and those kids were commuting down there by bus?”

Mrs Brownlee said there should be an education impact statement with every new residential development.

“There is nothing more important than the mandatory 13 years of schooling but the impact of new developments on education is not properly considered in the DA process,” Mrs Browlee said.

“We don’t know what the education plans for the Central Coast are because there is a complete lack of transparency and no cohesive plan.”

Source: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/development-boom-could-lead-to-schools-crisis-says-central-coast-pc-council/news-story/c71403fee2c8d82360dfb7b645649b03

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Unemployment or changing jobs or being stuck in a career rut is stressful no matter how you look at it, but when you multiply it by two, it can really take a toll on you and your relationship.

When my husband and I lost our jobs within six weeks of each other, we were in shock—and found ourselves spending a lot of time together, for better or for worse. During that harrowing period, we attempted to reinvent ourselves as professionals without losing who we were as a couple.

Now that we’re both collecting paychecks again, it’s easy to see many of the mistakes we made as we navigated the rocky road back to full-time employment together. The following is my hard-won wisdom on how to handle joint career stress without losing your peace of mind or your relationship in the process.

Respect Each Other’s Methods

Remember the old “opposites attract?” Well, my husband and I approached our job searches from completely different angles. I regarded it as a numbers games, sending my resume far and wide, while my husband was more strategic, cultivating connections and networking with everyone he’d ever met.

When I tried to convince him to give my way a go when some of his leads didn’t pan out, he insisted his strategy would eventually bear fruit. Likewise, when he suggested I get back in touch with people I hadn’t spoken with in years, I hesitated. Though we were skeptical of each other’s methods, neither of us was right nor wrong.

Respect your partner’s approach to their career, and if you can borrow what’s working for them and incorporate it into your own game plan, all the better. Because, ultimately, both tactics led us to new positions.

Work as a Team

During a rough career patch, you can definitely feel isolated and alone. If there’s an upside to facing it as a couple, it’s that you’ve got a partner who is attempting to overcome the same hurdle, which means your relationship has probably never been filled with more empathy. Use that compassion to cheer each other on and be encouraging on those dark days when your inboxes seem to overflow with rejection emails.

In addition to providing emotional support, you can benefit from having a ready and willing interview partner. Trust me, it’s a lot better to make mistakes in a mock interview with your significant other than with your would-be boss.

Be Gentle With Each Other

When you’re feeling raw and vulnerable during this time, something as small as a sideways glance can feel like a devastating slight.

Though it might be tempting to offer advice, sometimes your partner may just want to vent and know that their feelings are heard and valid. It’s important to keep communication open and figure out what makes each of you feel supported.

When my husband was passed over for a position we were almost certain he’d get, I found myself saying things like, “I don’t understand. How could you not have gotten it?” This ultimately wasn’t helpful for either of us. People process these life events in different ways, so treat each other with care.

Put Away Your Pride and Get Help if You Need It

There’s no denying that a career bump can cause your confidence to plummet while your stress level skyrockets. These factors can wreak havoc on even the most rock-solid relationship. Just remember, you’re not alone.

From career counseling to marriage counseling, if this period is taking a toll on your mental health or your relationship, seek help. Having a professional third party provide strategies for navigating this difficult period can assist you in getting back on track.

Though it may not feel like it while you’re in the thick of it, you will come out on the other side, and when you do, your relationship may be stronger for having weathered this challenging period nobly together.

 

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/how-to-deal-relationship-rough-career-change?ref=recently-published-0

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The Central Coast is the first region listed on the NSW Government’s new Regional Investment Prospectus, according to Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch.

Mr Crouch said he believed the recently-launched Regional NSW Investment Prospectus could attract national and international investment to the Central Coast. Launched by the Deputy Premier, Mr John Barilaro, the prospectus highlights the benefits and opportunities associated with domestic and international investment across regional NSW. Mr Crouch said the Investment Prospectus was an interactive online tool designed to attract national and international investment in regions across NSW, including the Central Coast. “The aim of this new Investment Prospectus is to highlight to investors the huge number of benefits associated with doing business and creating businesses in regional areas, including my electorate of Terrigal,” Mr Crouch said.

“Indeed, I am very pleased that the Central Coast is the first region listed on the new Investment Prospectus website,” he said. “With our region expected to grow by 75,000 people over the next 18 years, attracting investment is vital to ensuring that the Central Coast community has job opportunities on offer, and becomes an even more vibrant place to live.” Mr Barilaro launched the prospectus in the company of Consuls General and Trade Commissioners from 15 different countries. Mr Barilaro said he was thrilled to launch the website in front of a trade delegation of such size and stature as they toured regional NSW. “We want people from overseas to look at regional NSW and think, what a great place to start or grow a business, and that is what the Investment Prospectus is all about,” Mr Barilaro said. The Investment Prospectus will focus on supporting businesses that are expanding and developing new market opportunities, setting up greenfield operations, or planning to relocate to regional NSW.

 

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/03/investment-prospectus-features-central-coast/

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A GROUP of young secondary school students on the Central Coast are finding out that small actions can make a big difference to the community.

MacKillop Catholic College in Warnervale launched a new community service program called JUMP (Josephites Undertaking Mission Projects) with its Year 7 students last year and it is already seeing a change in attitudes.

While some previous programs at the school had been seen as a chore, students are going above and beyond to get involved in this program, clocking up many more hours of volunteering than the required 15 hours annually.

Samuel Wolscher, 14, and now in Year 8, has already clocked up 40 hours since last term.

One of his key activities has been helping cook meals for the homeless at Coast Shelter in Gosford.

“Also, last year I did a food drive and packed baked goods and sent them to the shelter,” he said.

“You get to see what other people’s lives are like and it really puts things in perspective.

“You see how many people actually need help, and you feel really good that you’re making a difference.”

Another student, Charlotte Hannan, 13, has been painting office walls and murals at the Oasis Youth Centre in Wyong, and preparing for an upcoming ANZAC Day service on the Coast.

“I think it’s a good idea,” she said. “It gives you so many opportunities to reach out and help in the community.

“There are so many things out there you can step out and help with.”

School outreach co-ordinator Michelle Baxter said the program showed students that no matter their background, or whether they were sporty or academic, they could get involved.

“I think for them to hear the stories of other people is important,” she said.

“Another great thing with this program is that our students all get to be a part of it.

“This program is for everybody — everyone can contribute, everyone can make a difference.”

Mrs Baxter said the program would be rolled out as each new cohort of Year 7 students started at the school.

MacKillop Catholic College has been taking part in Catholic Schools Week.

The school is holding a Kinder and Year 7 enrolment information night for existing and prospective parents on Wednesday, March 21 at 6.30pm.

Upcoming Catholic school open days

Primary Schools

St Patrick’s, East Gosford, Monday, April 9, 6.30pm

St Brendan’s, Lake Munmorah, Tuesday, March 27, 9am – 10.15am & 6pm – 7pm

Our Lady Star of the Sea, Terrigal, Tuesday, March 27, 6.30pm

Our Lady of the Rosary, The Entrance, Tuesday, March 13, 9.30am – 11am & 7pm – 8.30pm

St Mary’s, Toukley, Monday, March 26, 7pm

St John Fisher, Tumbi Umbi, Tuesday, May 1, 10am – 11am & 7.30pm
St John the Baptist, Woy Woy, Tuesday, April 3, Enrolment information, 7pm, Wednesday, April 4, Under 6 Morning, 9.30am

Our Lady of the Rosary, Wyoming, Friday, March 9, 4.30pm – 7pm, Tuesday, March 20, Kindy Parent Information Evening, 7pm – 8pm, Wednesday, March 21, Under 6 Fun Morning, 9.15am – 10.45am

St Cecilia’s, Wyong, Tuesday, April 10, 7pm, Wednesday, April 11, Open Day/Fun Morning, 9.15am

Secondary Schools

St Brigid’s Catholic College, Tuesday, March 13, 1pm – 5.30pm

St Peter’s Catholic College, Monday, March 12, 4pm
Source: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/year-7-students-make-a-change-in-the-community/news-story/88016b23226a38b2a9d98839c24b8d1b

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20 years ago, you probably would’ve laughed if someone said your life would one day be irrevocably changed by a company called Google. What’s a google?

But, as you know, Google’s become the largest entity in one of the biggest tech companies in the world. And it’s giving you a glimpse inside its robust research on what makes a great manager.

It’s no secret that being a good manager can make all the difference in how happy your team is and how well it performs. Google not only proved this to skeptics years ago, but also identified eight (later updated to 10) behaviours of its best managers. So why not learn from one of the most successful data-driven companies out there?

1. “Is a Good Coach”

Employees need and appreciate a manager who takes time to coach and challenge them, and not just when they’re behind.

As Muse contributor Avery Augustine put it, “When it comes to clients, the squeaky wheel usually gets the grease.” The same is true, she said, of employees you manage.

But “I realized that every employee needs to be managed—star performer or not,” she wrote. “And simply leaving some employees to do their jobs without any type of feedback or guidance was detrimental to their career development.”

2. “Empowers Team and Does Not Micromanage”

Micromanaging’s a common mistake managers make without even realizing it, one that discourages and frustrates employees.

But Google’s research found that its best managers don’t, instead offering the right balance of freedom and advice, showing they trust their direct reports, and advocating for the team, according to a sample breakdown from an internal presentation included in a 2013 Harvard Business Review article.

3. “Creates an Inclusive Team Environment, Showing Concern for Success and Well-Being”
In the first iteration of the list, this was described as “expresses interest in and concern for team members’ success and personal well-being.”

Several years later, the company’s updated this entry to reflect research on psychological safety that allows for risk-taking—which Google identified as an important characteristic of effective teams—and unbiasing, or the process of becoming aware of and combatting unconscious biases.

It’s not enough just to have a diverse team, good leaders and managers strive to create an inclusive environment every day.

4. “Is Productive and Results-Oriented”

Employees don’t want to work for a lazy boss. They’d rather be part of a team that’s productive and successful, and that’s hard to do if the leader doesn’t set the tone.

Former Muse editor Adrian Granzella Larssen explained that becoming a boss means you have to be on model behavior.

“As a manager, you’ll be looked to as a role model,” she wrote. “You can’t expect people to give their best at work if they don’t see you doing it, so be sure you’re always on your A game.” That means putting in the effort and getting results.

5. “Is a Good Communicator—Listens and Shares Information”

Communicating effectively is one of the basics of being a good manager (or a good employee for that matter). But it’s also important to remember that great managers prioritize listening.

“Focused, curious listening conveys an emotional and personal investment in those who work for us,” according to Muse contributor Kristi Hedges. “When you listen to people, they feel personally valued. It signals commitment.”

6. “Supports Career Development and Discusses Performance”

Google recently added the “discusses performance” component to this behaviour. The company pointed to research from Gallup that found only half of employees know what expectations they should be fulfilling at work.

“To free employees to take initiative and inspire high performance,” Gallup concluded, “managers need to set clear expectations, hold employees accountable for meeting them and respond quickly when employees need support.”

In other words, managers should not only help their team develop skills and advance their careers, but also be clear about expectations and give honest feedback about performance.

7. “Has a Clear Vision/Strategy for the Team”

Stephanie Davis, who won one of Google’s Great Manager Awards, told HBR that feedback reports helped her realize how important it was to communicate team vision in addition to company vision.

“They wanted me to interpret the higher-level vision for them,” she said. “So I started listening to the company’s earnings call with a different ear. I didn’t just come back to my team with what was said; I also shared what it meant for them.”

A clear and shared vision can also help members of your team work well together.

 

8. “Has Key Technical Skills to Help Advise the Team”

When Google first released its list of behaviors, the findings were somewhat anti-climactic. “My first reaction was, that’s it?” Laszlo Bock, then the Vice President of People Operations, told The New York Times in 2011.

The entries on the list may’ve been obvious, but their relative importance wasn’t, as Bock’s team found out when it ranked the behaviours.

“In the Google context, we’d always believed that to be a manager, particularly on the engineering side, you need to be as deep or deeper a technical expert than the people who work for you,” he said. “It turns out that that’s absolutely the least important thing. It’s important, but pales in comparison.”

So all hope isn’t lost if you find yourself managing people who know more than you.

9. “Collaborates Across Google”

Google recently extended its list by two when its employee survey found that effective cross-organization collaboration and stronger decision-making were important to Googlers.

Whether you’re at a large corporation, an early-stage startup, or a nonprofit, managing your team and leading it to success can depend at least in part on how well you can work with other teams.

Muse contributor Rebecca Andruszka gave some tips for improving communication with other departments for “the collective betterment of the company” (and, as she wrote, to avoid feeling like you work in Congress).

10. “Is a Strong Decision Maker”

Google’s last addition is a reminder that while it’s important for a manager to listen and share information, employees also appreciate one who can make decisions.

Muse Founder and President Alex Cavoulacos urged managers to go one step further and tell their teams not only what decision they’ve made, but also why they’ve made it. The small extra effort helps the team understand context and priorities, improve their own future decision-making, and stay engaged as well as informed.

One of the reasons this research was so effective was that it used internal data to prove what makes managers great at Google (and the company’s re:Work website provides some first steps for others who want to try to replicate its approach).

But that doesn’t mean the list isn’t helpful for people who don’t work there. After all, Google did go from being a made-up word to a household name in just a few years. People and companies now look to it as an example, not only in innovation, but also in its approach to management.

 

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/10-behaviors-make-great-google-manager?ref=recently-published-2

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The NRMA has applied to upgrade a number of its cabins at its Ocean Beach holiday park. The cabin upgrades will involve three new elevated cabins each with two bedrooms.

They will be located on six dwelling sites (numbers 34 to 39) that will be amalgamated to form three new sites, according to the application lodged with Central Coast Council. The NRMA has asked that each cabin is permitted to have two ensuites, a living room, kitchen and deck. “In total, the proposal intends to add 10 toilets, 10 shows and 10 sinks for the use of temporary guests at the holiday park,” said a report submitted with the application.

“As the land slopes slightly in this location, there may be the need for a 600mm high retaining wall parallel to the road. “The installation of the retaining wall is exempt development and does not form part of this application,” the report said. The applicant has argued that the proposed development would be minor and does not require any removal of trees or earthworks, it claimed there would be no impact on the natural or built environment. “The development will have a positive social and economic impact as it will improve the park’s facilities for guests and potentially attract more tourists to the area. “In addition, the works will provide short-term employment.”

SOURCE: Gosford DA Tracker, 20 Feb 2018 DA53741/2018, Central Coast Council

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/02/nrma-applies-upgrade-cabins-ocean-beach/