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Central Coast Council has approved a new $19.5M four-storey building housing 54 assisted living apartments at Erina’s Tarragal Glen Retirement Village, despite concerns raised by the adjacent medical practice.

The project will also see a two-storey maintenance/staff building erected on the site at 6 Tarragal Glen Ave. Dr Natalie Cordowiner, from the Your Family Doctors practice in Terrigal Dr, told councillors at a public forum prior to the November 11 meeting that the business had concerns over possible disruptions, with eight power disruptions this year already having disrupted vaccine storage.

A submission from the practice said it had no concerns over the larger building, but feared that the ancillary building would be overlooked in the larger part of the Development Application.

“This is a small area in which the ‘maintenance area’ will be sandwiched between our property and the currently being built KFC premises, ” the submission said. “It will overlook the fence at the rear of our property at which there are three consulting rooms, in which patients are seen, that will be affected.

“This will affect privacy as there are proposed secondary story windows on the new building. “In addition, there will be some shadowing and effect on the sun aspect of our building … (and) there will be inevitable disruption to our business during this build as our patients exit via our right of way through to Tarragal Glen Ave cul-de-sac. ”

The practice was also concerned about possible damage to its own building and noise and disruption to power or internet during the build. Councillor Louise Greenaway said she empathised with the medical practice but the development had the right to go ahead and she was sure they would work with the Centre to alleviate any concerns.

Councillors Jeff Sundstrom and Chris Holstein also supported the motion and spoke about conditions of consent which addressed the medical practice’s concerns. Approval was unanimous.

 

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2019/11/four-storey-building-housing-54-assisted-living-apartments-approved/

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The Ourimbah Land Use Strategy and Masterplan has been sent back to the drawing board, because Central Coast Mayor, Lisa Matthews, says “we haven’t got it right yet”.

Ourimbah residents packed Gosford Chambers for the Central Coast Council meeting on October 28, and speakers on their behalf gave comprehensive presentations against the Masterplan.

They say the Masterplan is poorly planned, prerequisite planning is not finalised, community consultation is lacking, feedback and concerns have been ignored, building height and yield bonuses plus parking concessions are unacceptable, bushfire and flooding issues are not addressed and Ourimbah’s character, history and natural beauty is not retained.

Ourimbah Region Residents’ Association (ORRA) is calling for an independent review. “It is flawed and will destroy the village”, says resident Greg McGill, who addressed the meeting. “The key to the whole Masterplan is the extension of Jacques St to the north. “Council says it will not acquire properties but will let development occur as properties are sold and developers choose to develop, this is absurd.

“The whole concept is flawed. “The ink isn’t yet dry on our submissions to the draft Urban Spatial Plan … those submissions should be given a fair hearing. “We know the community is strongly opposed to the plan for Ourimbah. ” McGill said Council had sought submissions from the community but then totally ignored them and that no consideration had been given to existing residents, only to new development and developers. He said planning officers had rejected requests for a public meeting and invitations to attend the ORRA meetings.

“With regards to parking and shops, the devil’s in the detail here, ” McGill said “There’s no specific information about which sites have relaxed parking requirements and there’s no mention about the future of the existing shops that need highway exposure to survive. “Are they going to be demolished or allowed to continue?

“The Masterplan does not include any bushfire maps or proper risk evaluation for several areas, including the village centre. “Council says the character and natural beauty will be preserved but obviously, again, not true. “Please send this illconceived plan back to council staff to reevaluate and prepare a realistic plan. ” Brian Davies also spoke at the meeting against the Masterplan, citing a serious flooding problem not addressed.

“The draft Ourimbah Creek flood plan says that the rail facility (at Kangy Angy) will have no impact on floods but we have photos from residents who live in that area showing floods across that land and testimony to show that the site does flood now, especially since it’s had hundreds of thousands of cubic metres of fill put on the site.

“There are concerns that the whole of Ourimbah basin is going to be badly impacted by the damming of the channel that the floods go through. “Council’s flood plan as it currently stands shows the whole of that Kangy Angy site as a flood storage and so, with the fill on it now, that water has to go somewhere else and we’re concerned it will back up into Ourimbah Creek and back up Burns Rd and effectively back up to the university, ” Davies said.

Davies’ comments prompted further debate later in the meeting on another matter before Council, the report on Wyong River and Ourimbah Creek Floodplain Risk Management Study and Plan, and ultimately those plans were also put on hold for further investigation in order to align them with the Ourimbah Masterplan. (See separate article)

The aim of the Masterplan is to present a 20-year vision for growth while protecting the area’s unique character and sensitive setting, yet it has been met with continuing opposition including a petition organised by The Entrance MP, David Mehan.

He told NSW Parliament in September that he was “surprised” that Council’s Masterplan for the region did not give due regard to the preservation of the heritage of the area and the opportunities for tourism. “Instead, Council’s Masterplan promotes higher density for the area, including four storey buildings throughout the Ourimbah village precinct where there are heritage dwellings, ” he said.

He told Parliament that Council needed to revisit the masterplan because there was an opportunity to preserve the heritage and “do something good for the Coast”. Mayor, Lisa Matthews, told councillors that during a meeting that day “the State Member thought we were on the right track but still has some concerns”. The Mayor gained unanimous support for her Motion to defer adoption of the Masterplan.

“It is clear that the community is seeking more input and for us to revisit some of the issues that they have presented to us”, she said. Council will now review the plan and its correlation to the draft Urban Spatial Plan, the Local Strategic Planning Statement and the Ourimbah Creek Flood Plan.

The history of this plan goes back to 2011 when the former Wyong Council entered into an agreement with the University of Newcastle and TAFE NSW to prepare a masterplan for the future growth of Ourimbah with the view of developing “the town centre into an education, training, research and recreational precinct in order to deliver significant economic and social benefits to the region”.

The Ourimbah Land Use Strategy and Masterplan was a key planning project in the Wyong Shire Strategic Plan 2014-15. A first version of the plan went public in 2016 and following many submissions, the document was significantly revised and the draft final plan went on public exhibition earlier in 2019.

There were 140 formal submissions and about 22,000 online visits through social media or website, with the most common concerns being the town centre heritage and character, building heights, retail, traffic, parking as well as hazards such as bushfire, flood and biodiversity.

Over the years, ORRA has successfully battled various plans for out-ofcharacter developments, most notably, a four storey, 101 room boarding house in 2013 which met with two Land and Environment Court cases and the developer losing on both counts.

 

 

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2019/11/ourimbah-land-use-strategy-back-to-drawing-board/

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The West Gosford Shopping Centre is set to be completely revitalised, with a Development Application (DA) on public exhibition until October 31 outlining a $2.23M revamp of the site.

Bought by Mintus Properties Pty Ltd for a reported $23M earlier in 2019, the shopping centre has languished in recent years, with numerous tenants shutting their doors. But all that is about to change, with the DA lodged with Central Coast Council outlining a three stage redevelopment which will see major alterations to existing buildings and the addition of a childcare centre and a fast food outlet.

Stage one would see the fast food outlet constructed, with 50 indoor seats and a drivethrough, catering for 16 cars. Stage two would see alterations, including demolition of existing walls and fit-outs on the first floor, converting existing office space to an 81 place childcare centre•and a gym. Stage three would see major renovations to the ground level, including the demolition of the existing tavern, resheeting and reconfiguration of the carpark, providing four more parking spaces than at present, making a total of 209, and the introduction of new shade sails.

There would be new car entry points, a play area and forecourt refurbishment with outdoor seating and feature trees. A new mall and shopfront to the Coles supermarket entry would see a pedestrian arcade from Brisbane Water Dve, including a feature ceiling•and upgrades to building facades.

The amenities are also set for an upgrade and there will be landscaping along the boundaries. Documents lodged with the application say it aims to provide a “strong identity” for the Coles supermarket and a significant improvement to the activation of this part of the centre. It also aims to improve access, amenity and accessibility, paving the way for a “strong centre identity”.

But not everyone is happy with the project, with more than 30 submissions already received, many of them critical of the plan to include the fast food outlet. With an outlet of the same fast food chain already located on the Central Coast Hwy at West Gosford, objections have been raised to the extra traffic and loss of amenity that the new one could create. Various submissions call instead for a family restaurant alternative or an up market delicatessen.

 

 

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2019/11/west-gosford-shopping-centre-to-be-completely-revitalised/

Aged care

The sudden closure of two aged care facilities on the New South Wales Central Coast has shocked a large group of vulnerable older residents and their families and renewed concerns about the financial viability of Australia’s private aged care sector.

Key points:

  • The operators of two NSW aged care homes say they do not have the resources to maintain a high standard of care
  • Advocates are calling for reform in the sector, saying the care-for-profit model does not work
  • Residents and their families have been given little more than a month to make new arrangements

By the end of the month, one of the region’s most established homes, the Henry Kendall aged care facility at Wyoming, along with a dementia unit at The Orchards in Lisarow will both close their doors, affecting more than 80 people.

The private operators of each facility have cited financial reasons for the closures as well as the ongoing impact of the Royal Commission into Aged Care.

In correspondence with one affected family, The Orchards operator, the Astoria Group, outlined why its dementia ward will shut down on October 30.

“The new quality standards, the royal commission, staff education and resourcing, and research and advice received with regards to what a well-designed dementia environment looks like,” it said.

“For us to be able to provide this in to the future at the high standard that we set for ourselves, we just don’t have the resources to be able to do that.”

Down the road in Wyoming, operator Allity defended its decision to close the Henry Kendall facility after 34 years because it could no longer be “modified extensively enough to meet the accommodation needs and expectations of residents”.

About $2 million was recently spent on improvements to the aged care home, which has been sanctioned for the past six months over a series of non-compliances.

Five weeks’ notice for five-year resident
Residents from both facilities were given five weeks notice to find and move into alternative accommodation with new carers, neighbours and routines.

Leanne Fitzroy’s 85-year-old mother, Shirley Keenan, suffers from dementia and has been living in The Orchards’ Kumquat dementia ward for the past five years.

Ms Fitzroy said getting news of its unexpected closure was devastating.

“I think it’s the hardest thing that a child can do is to put their parent into an aged care facility and when you do, you do it with trust that you think that this facility is going to look after you, and certainly that is what they indicate they’re going to do at the time,” she said.

“They will bend over backwards to get your money through the door and tell you how wonderful they are but they don’t tell you, ‘oh well we may close down a ward’.

“Five years ago I had to sell my mother’s house and pay a bond to move her into this facility.

“I set it up believing that was going to look after her … I don’t know what people do who can’t make other arrangements.

“It has been so distressing.”

Traumatic for older people
Independent aged care advocacy group Aged Care Crisis said closing homes and forcing residents to find new accommodation can have serious effects on the elderly.

“These closures have really had a detrimental consequence for frail vulnerable people especially those with dementia or at the end of their lives,” spokeswoman Linda Salterelli said.

“Being forced to transfer homes can be quite disorientating and very traumatic at a time when stability and consistency can be really important.”

The Central Coast Federal Member for Dobell and Shadow Assistant Minister for Carers Emma McBride said the sector was being starved of resources.

“We have an ageing population on the Central Coast, and we also have a shortage of particularly dementia specific care,” Ms McBride said.

“This is a crisis in our community and I don’t think the government properly recognises it.

“I don’t think they … properly understood the nature or the scale of the problem in regional centres.”

Ms Salterelli said the sector needs a complete overhaul.

“I think we really need to bring back community responsibility in aged care,” she said.

“I think we’ve just gone too far down the road of making it into a profitable business and I think at the end of the day caring for our loved ones is a community responsibility, and that is being eroded and removed.”

 

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-24/central-coast-aged-care-closures/11634788

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The old Kibbleplex building in the heart of Gosford will be transformed into a $345.4M five tower residential and retail development within 10 years if the Lederer Group is successful with its latest Development Application, lodged with the State Planning Department for consideration as a State Significant Development.

The Lederer Group has developed a masterplan for the site, which would be developed in six stages, with the DA for the first stage, which involves site and vegetation clearing at a cost of $3.6M, on exhibition until November 7.

The plan is a revisited and slim-lined version of Lederer’s initial 2016 Gosford Alive project, which involved redevelopment of the Kibbleplex site and the Imperial Centre and was withdrawn in March 2018, with planning restrictions for the CBD in a state of flux.

In October 2018, planning for the site recommenced, with the core project team of Lederer (proponent), Buchan Group (architect) and Mecone (planning) considering a range of options for the Kibbleplex site.

The preferred option would see five residential towers housing more than 700 apartments sited above and behind layered retail podiums fronting Kibble Park, providing a gradual transition from the park to the ridgeline behind Albany St North.

The towers would range from 20-30 storeys and would be topped by elevated gardens. DAs for the construction of the towers themselves will be lodged in increments following clearing of the site. Documentation lodged with the DA estimates that the project will provide 500 direct and indirect jobs.

Basement and above-ground carparks would provide around 1,014 parking spaces with access points in William St, Donnison St and Albany St North. The masterplan says the project aims to: support the growth of the Gosford CBD; help meet the region’s projected housing demand of 41,500 additional dwellings by 2036; and help create a more attractive and safer city centre.

Great care has been taken to prevent overshadowing of Kibble Park in the design process, with at least 60 per cent of the park to receive four hours of direct sunlight between 9am and 3pm on the winter solstice.

 

 

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2019/10/kibbleplex-to-be-demolished-as-stage-1-of-345m-development/

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An $11 million ING bank call centre has been approved for Wyong, with the potential to house 600 staff.

Central Coast Council has voted in favour of the four-storey development at 4 Dulmison St, north of the Pacific Hwy, opposite the Wyong Golf Club.

The land is currently occupied by a car park, as well as the North Grounds Cafe.

The creation of jobs and attraction of high-profile business to Wyong was the clincher for approval, despite the building exceeding height limit restrictions by 4.1 metres.

ING will relocate the bank’s 350 staff from the existing ING operations in the Tuggerah Business Park, while making room for an extra 250 staff at the premises.

ADW Johnson senior planner Adam Crampton told councillors ING had outgrown the Tuggerah premises it has been based at since 2002.

He said the bank was attracted to the Wyong site due to its space for carparking and the nature of the vertical building was to keep staff close together and ensure tight security.

“They are choosing to remain on the Central Coast providing employment for up to 600 people, an investment of $11 million with an extremely long lease,” he said.

Councillor Kyle MacGregor said the development “is in the public interest” however there needed to be a traffic management plan for the area.

“It’s important that we are attracting high quality businesses, but it is important we are looking at traffic concerns,” he said.

Councillor Greg Best said approving the ING development would ensure council could “land these economic giants”.

The applicant, known as Dulmison Ave Pty Ltd, indicated public art would soften the impact of the height and tell the industrial story behind North Wyong.

The ING office and call centre is intended to operate 24-hours a day in three shifts.

 

Source: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/ing-call-centre-to-house-600-staff-approved-for-wyong/news-story/cd281a2e94bf6a6ede166aa81d6810a6?fbclid=IwAR3PfdSCO4HYINoMa9vewk3C2Bkzy57fLioJMhTHx_QUAJoQLaX1kOiZ5cs

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Central Coast Council has placed its draft Cultural Plan 2020-2025 on exhibition, for the community to have their say.

The draft Cultural Plan supports the Central Coast achieving its potential as a creative destination and provides opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to participate in, and contribute to, the cultural life of the Central Coast.

Council’s Director Connected Communities, Julie Vaughan said that creativity and cultural identity was a large and important part of our region.

“A thriving arts and cultural sector is important for the health and wellbeing of our community and for regional economic development,” Ms Vaughan said.

“The draft Plan is based on the vision of building on our creative strengths across our community and establishing our region as a hub for the wider creative sector.

“Creativity is a major part of who we are on the Central Coast. The draft Plan will assist us with building a welcoming and lively region to showcase our diverse and inclusive cultural identity.

“This includes the development of dedicated locations to host the creation and showcasing of rich artistic offerings and the telling of the stories of our past and present.”

Mayor Lisa Matthews is calling on residents from across the Central Coast to add their voice to the discussion and help shape the Plan.

“Over many years Council and the community have made a considerable investment in arts and cultural development,” Mayor Matthews said.

“This Plan builds on this substantial platform and provides a framework for further investment around a shared vision.

“It outlines the direction for a vibrant, creative, welcoming community brimming with cultural vitality.

“I encourage everyone to contribute.”

The draft Cultural Plan is available for comment before 15 November 2019.

The community is also invited to register for information sessions on Wednesday 30 October at The Erina Centre and Thursday 31 October at The Art House.

To have your say and to register for an information session visit yourvoiceourcoast.com

 

Source: https://www.centralcoast.nsw.gov.au/council/news/media-releases/central-coast-cultural-plan-draft-on-exhibition

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Tourism expenditure in the Central Coast region has topped $1 billion for the first time ever, a 22% increase on the previous year.

The unprecedented figure was generated through 672,000 extra day trip and overnight visitors, 666,000 additional visitor nights and $185,000 in additional visitor spending.

The latest National Visitor Survey results report that the number of Australian overnight visitors to the Central Coast grew by 15% to 1.618 million visitors for the year ending March 2019, outpacing 6% growth to regional NSW broadly, and outperforming competitor destinations the South Coast, North Coast and Hunter. Similarly, strong growth was seen in the number of day-trip visitors (4.09 million, +12.7%).

Although off a lower base, international visitor nights grew by 34.7% to 974,000, or an average of 14 nights for each of the 69,000 international overnight visitors.

This followed good growth in the Central Coast’s tourism visitation metrics in the year ending December 2018, when a total of 5.3 million day and overnight visitors came to the region, 259,000 more (5.1%) than December 2017.

Since July 17, Tourism Central Coast has set about improving perceptions, intention to travel and tourism spend to the Central Coast among the region’s largest and most accessible market, Sydney.

The Have a Little Adventure campaign ran from 24 June 2018 and finished 10 October 2018. This has been sustained by our “always-on” social and native campaign which started in December 2018.

The proximity of the key Sydney market to the Central Coast makes it much more responsive to marketing messages. Sustained campaign activity from June to March dovetails with the period of growth. This, along with post-campaign research showing increased desirability and intent to travel to the region show that our destination marketing is working to achieve increased visitation and tourism expenditure.

We’ve also worked hard to galvanise and engage the region’s tourism business community with the need to work together to revive tourism growth. That has been demonstrated by over $250,000 in cooperative campaign investment and more and more businesses engaging with us at our monthly industry networking events.

 

 

Source: https://www.tourismcentralcoast.com/news-item/2864/how-effective-marketing-is-reviving-tourism-growth-on-the-central-coast

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Local dental practice, Warnervale Dental has partnered up with mobile dental services provider Teeth N Smiles who deliver free dental care to students at schools. The dental practice will offer continued care for Teeth N Smiles patients requiring further dental treatment following their initial oral health assessment.

Australia’s fastest growing mobile dental services provider, Teeth N Smiles provides on-site oral health assessments for students, workers and aged care residents. Their mobile dental clinics are fully equipped dental surgeries on wheels and comprise of a team of qualified dentists and dental professionals. According to the founder Ramy Morkos, the “Teeth N Smiles team are eager to bring happy smiles to students”. “Our mission is to keep students’ beautiful smiles bright and glowing by providing regular and free-of-charge dental services”, says Morkos.

Warnervale Dental share a similar vision to Teeth N Smiles and are also dedicated to improving the oral health of Australians. Practice Principal, Dr David Bassal is a major contributor in the local community and is delighted to be able to support the Teeth N Smiles Schools program. Bassal and his team are also able to offer free dental care and treatment for eligible children. “For kids who qualify under the Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) we are able to provide up to $1000 worth of dental treatment which can mean the difference between healthy teeth for life” explains Bassal.

Warnervale Dental and Teeth N Smiles considers prevention of dental disease as a priority. The experienced Warnervale Dental practitioners also provide dietary and oral hygiene advice to ensure a healthy oral environment from the start. Bassal explains that “by delivering positive dental visits, we believe your child will become familiar with our team and embrace their visits”.

The Teeth N Smiles van is currently visiting a variety of schools across the Central Coast and is inviting further schools to participate in this fantastic community program. The service is focused on being agile and mobile, which gives greater flexibility. The team can also arrange to visit schools for students, workplaces for employees or even residents at aged care facilities.

 

Source: https://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au/news/mobile-dental-van-keeping-local-kids-smiling/?current-news

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The Food and Wine Festival is a one day festival of fine food, amazing wines and live entertainment for all ages to enjoy!

The annual Festival is held this year on Sunday 4 August at Mt Penang Parklands, Kariong.

The Food and Wine Festival is aimed at young people, adults families who have an interest in gourmet food and wine. You can expect to find a range of food, ciders, beer and wine vendors as well as live entertainment and kids activities.

The upcoming festival is unique as it is a collaboration between a range of local businesses to support business growth and socialisation on the Central Coast.

Source: https://www.tourismcentralcoast.com/news-item/2758/the-annual-food-and-wine-festival-back-at-mt-penang-parklands

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When you’re getting ready for a job interview, it’s always good to try to predict which questions an interviewer might ask. If you’re like most people, you’re fully prepped to field queries about what you know and the experience you have, like “Tell us about your responsibilities in your current job” or “Explain the strategy you used for [project on your resume].”

But don’t stop there! Recruiters and hiring managers also often ask behavioral questions, which can help them get a better idea of your personality and your soft skills. This could include questions like, “What type of work really excites you?” or “Tell us about a time you were frustrated by your colleagues.”

An even more sophisticated example that may not initially seem like a behavioral question is “What do you like least about your job?” Because it can be a bit of a “gotcha” question, you’ll want to craft your response with care. We talked to a few career experts and got their insights to help you avoid the pitfalls and answer it the right way.

Resist the Temptation to Vent
Even for those of us who genuinely love our careers, “What do you like least about your job?” is a question that we could easily wax poetic about over a few rounds of drinks with friends. But an interview is not the time to dish about, for example, how your boss is not nearly as smart as you.

That’s because this question isn’t really about discovering what you dislike, points out Conrad Woody, a partner at Odgers Berndston, an executive search and recruitment firm. More likely, it’s a test of how you would respond to an invitation to vent. “The interviewer wants to know if you’re the type of person who will go negative when given the opportunity,” says Woody.

Your answer should not leave the interviewer believing they could be your next gossip victim if things don’t go well. Speaking negatively of your current employer ends up reflecting poorly on you, not the company. If you must vent, save that for your friends—ideally not ones you work with.

Focus on New Opportunities
A great way to answer this question is to talk about a responsibility or duty you’d get to have at your new job that your current role doesn’t offer. For example, if the job you’re interviewing for requires that you deliver presentations to large groups, you could share that you wish your current job gave you the opportunity to flex the public speaking skills you’ve honed at your local Toastmasters club.

Alternatively, you can speak about a responsibility at your current job that simply isn’t challenging you any longer because you’ve mastered it. Just make sure that whatever it is, it isn’t a duty that’s integral to the job you’re interviewing for!

Frame the Answer in a Positive Way
No matter what you talk about, always take the opportunity to turn the negative into a potential positive with your new employer. “You don’t want to focus too much time on something you hate or don’t like,” says Tamara Rasberry, an HR Manager in Washington, DC. “Even when you briefly mention something you don’t like, highlight that you are well-versed in it but that it simply doesn’t challenge you anymore or utilize all of your strengths.”

By quickly pivoting to how your current role was a necessary and informative building block for your next career move, you show your ability to find the silver lining and do what needs to get done.

What This Looks Like
Need some inspiration? Consider these sample answers:

The “It Was Fun While It Lasted” Answer
By concentrating on the positives of the new employer, you can avoid mentioning anything explicitly negative about your current job:

“While I enjoyed working for a large law firm because I was able to gain experience across several subject matters, I’d prefer to bring all those learnings to your firm because I believe that your singular focus on the entertainment industry would allow me to have deeper impact.”

The “I’d Rather Be Doing Something Else” Answer
This answer briefly mentions a current responsibility, but focuses on the opportunity the new job would provide:

“In my current role, I’m responsible for drafting media lists to pitch. While I’ve developed a knack for this and can do it when it is necessary, I’m looking forward to a job that allows me to have a more hands-on role in working with media partners. That is one of the things that most excited me about your Account Supervisor position.”

The “You Asked, So Here Goes” Answer
There is of course, always the bold option, which is to speak more bluntly and directly about something not-so-great about your current role or company. But again, you’ll want to end on a positive note that spotlights your enthusiasm for the new job:

“My current company acquires new business through traditional methods like cold calling and direct mail. I’m impressed with the digital, email, and social acquisition campaigns you have implemented and how they reflect a more modern, innovative approach. While I am flexible enough to succeed in a diversity of work environments, I’m eager to work for a company that embraces change.”
Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/what-do-you-like-least-about-your-job-interview-question-answer?ref=carousel-slide-0

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BRISBANE Waters Private Hospital is celebrating the efforts of its volunteers, who have collectively clocked up 76 years of service.

The acknowledgement coincides with National Volunteer Week from May 20-26, the annual celebration of the outstanding work of our nation’s volunteers.

Hospital CEO Kathy Beverley said: “This year the theme for National Volunteer Week 2019 is ‘Making a world of difference’, such a true statement for our community members who volunteer at our hospital.”

Thousands of events will be held across the country this week to say thanks to the six million Australians who volunteer their time, with Brisbane Waters Private Hospital honouring its volunteers with a special morning tea awards ceremony in the Memorial Gardens at the hospital.

“Encouraging our volunteers to remain with the hospital is important, and providing recognition of their contribution is equally important,” Kathy said.

“We value our volunteers, which is evident in the number of years they have remained with our hospital.”

She said research showed that 96 per cent of those donating their time for the greater good found more happiness in their own lives.

The benefits are numerous, from improving volunteers’ health and happiness to promoting a sense of belonging, boosting mood and making friends.

“Volunteering is a great way to promote strong social networks,” Kathy said.

“Research also suggests volunteering is a beneficial way to connect with your community and build positive relationships through creating social capital, building bonds of trust, cooperation and respect for diversity.”

 

 

Source: https://www.seniorsnews.com.au/news/hospital-volunteers-clock-up-combined-effort-of-76/3733273/

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A handful of Sydney’s who’s who have snapped up high-end holiday homes on the Central Coast in the first months of this year, fuelling local agents hopes that their luxury home market is finally closing the gap on traditional high-end getaway destinations like Palm Beach and Whale Beach.

Upping the Central Coast’s competitive advantage is that the cost of high-end luxury houses comes at a fraction of the price in Palm Beach, where beachfront houses have sold this year for $10.35 million and $18 million last year for surfside homes.
“We are definitely getting more well-known executives and high-profile corporate types from Sydney who want the weekend escape but appreciate that you can buy beachfront here for half what you would pay in Palm Beach,” said McGrath Terrigal’s Mat Steinwede.

Sydney Olympic Football Club president and Forum Group executive chairman Bill Papas and his Forum Group co-director Vince Tesoriero set a Wagstaffe record in January when they paid $5.8 million for a contemporary waterfront home in the San Toy Estate.

“The Central Coast is fast becoming the Palm Beach alternative,” said Belle Property’s Cathy Baker, who sold the Wagstaffe property.

SQM Research analyst Louis Christopher said: “The Central Coast also offers more supply and variation on quality of property.”

But the Central Coast’s success is in large part on the back of Palm Beach, says LJ Hooker Palm Beach’s Peter Robinson, pointing to the hourly ferry service at peak hours between Palm Beach and Ettalong and Wagstaffe, as well as the success of the Boathouse Hotel Patonga run by northern beaches locals Pip and Andrew Goldsmith.

“There’s also a lot more crossover between Palm Beach and Avalon and the Central Coast now in terms of workers commuting and kids going to school here, all who rely on that ferry service,” Mr Robinson said.

Liquor industry veteran Peter Toohey and his wife Phillipa swapped their Newport waterfront home they sold a year ago for $5.42 million to join the likes of billionaire Scott Farquhar, financial analyst Paul Clitheroe and coal baron Peter Freyberg on the North Avoca beachfront in February. They bought for $2.82 million.

Medlab Clinical research facility chairman Michael Hall and his wife Elizabeth Jones, owner of Arida clothing boutique, had no sooner pocketed $12 million from their Point Piper neighbour Mike Cannon-Brookes for their long-held family home than they bought a beachfront cottage at Macmasters Beach in March for $3.55 million.

It was sold by George Brand’s Kyle Brand, who has since sold the contemporary beachfront house next door for $4.5 million on behalf of investment banker Paul Binsted.

Paul Hennessy, who heads up the Australian arm of one of the world’s largest asset managers Capital Group, earlier this year took possession of a clifftop house on Macmasters Beach for $3.5 million.

In Toowoon Bay a company owned by Nitzan Ronen, of the Dolina fashion house family, bought a beachfront house for $4.3 million that has DA approvals to be knocked down and rebuilt at a cost of $2.6 million.

It is next door to a beachfront house the Ronen family have owned since 2011 for $1.5 million, fuelling local speculation the two houses are set for amalgamation.

The high-end sales results come as Domain data shows the Central Coast median house price fell 7.2 per cent to $605,000 in the 12 months to the March quarter.

“At the top end of the market — over $6 million — we haven’t seen much of a downturn, although we haven’t seen much activity either,” Mr Christopher said.

“People who don’t require financing have not been hit by the restrictions on lending so much as the rest of the market.”

 

 

https://www.domain.com.au/news/move-over-palm-beach-the-central-coast-is-stealing-your-buyers-837749/

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While it’s tempting to measure career growth and success solely according to the number of rungs we scale on the corporate ladder, management isn’t the only path to a satisfying career. Being a manager comes with responsibilities that don’t appeal to everyone. Even worse, managerial work could take you away from the aspects of your job you love most.

But just because you don’t have any interest in presiding over a team doesn’t mean that you’re destined to stagnate—or that you have to grudgingly heave yourself up to the next level. In other words, you don’t always have to move upward to move onward.

We asked professionals who’ve blazed a trail off the management track to fill us in on four ways you can continue to evolve professionally—minus the supervisory duties.

1. Look for Opportunities That Offer In-Role Advancement
Not all growth involves taking a step up. Certain roles offer opportunities to stretch yourself within the same position, through a greater variety of projects, more prestigious assignments, deeper work, or more responsibility. When hunting for your next non-managerial job opportunity, consider point-blank asking about what growth looks like within the role rather than what’s beyond it.

While working as a media agency VP, Nathanael Yellis realized managing a team came with some emotional costs. Being on-call as a resource for his direct reports—as well as being beholden to his own manager’s schedule—took away from the time and energy he was able to spend with his family. So he set out to find an individual contributor role that still offered in-role growth.

Yellis ultimately found it within his current position as an Inbound Consultant for HubSpot. There, not only does he have more direct control over his time, but he can still develop his career without stepping up to a managerial role. “I have promotions available to me that come with increased status or customers who are more critical to HubSpot’s success,” he says. “As I continue to grow in the role, I’ll have the opportunity to work with larger companies in a wider variety of industries.”

Because he’s customer-facing, he’s able to establish clear boundaries for when and how he interacts with clients, such as deciding he isn’t available for conference calls between 5 and 8 PM. “Beyond that,” he says, “not having to make the emotional commitment to managing people frees emotional bandwidth I have at home.”

2. Make a Lateral Move Somewhere Bigger or More Prestigious
If you’re not interested in becoming a bigger fish in a small pond, consider bigger ponds, whether that means a larger company, a greater swath of sales territory, or a more prestigious brand. In the case of Danielle Radin, the digital correspondent for NBC San Diego, the puddle-to-lake leap meant a bigger broadcast market.

While Radin had a master’s degree that primed her for the managerial track, she found that she liked being a reporter, and didn’t want to deal with the office politics that came with managing others in the newsroom. Instead of hopping up the ladder, she’s been hopping to larger markets. “In broadcast the goal is to move up to bigger markets, which are ranked by population from 1 all the way down to 209,” she explains. “I started in one of the lowest-ranked markets, 195, and was able to jump to San Diego, ranked 28.”

Of course, few fields offer quite the concrete ranking system by which to measure your growth, but other indicators, both quantitative (think: company size and potential number of clients) and qualitative (think: influence or reputation) can be your guide when you’re looking to make a lateral move.

3. Go Solo as a Consultant
Once you become an expert in your field, you can deploy your skills and experience in a consulting role. That’s what Stacy Caprio, founder of Accelerated Growth Marketing, an SEO/SEM consulting company, did.

Caprio previously worked as the search marketing manager for a finance company, but didn’t like the idea of having to be responsible for anyone else’s work but her own. She tested the waters by consulting as a side hustle and eventually made it her full-time career. When you go it alone, you can chart your own career growth with the same metrics you use to measure your consulting business’ success, such as reach and revenue.

Though the freedom of consulting is a huge perk in itself, Caprio says it’s also been more financially lucrative than her previous position. “I like that it has given me the opportunity to learn so much and be hands on in what I do, instead of just a supervisor who has no idea what her employees are doing,” she says. “It has also allowed me to make a lot more than I would have been able to make in a managerial role.”

4. Deepen or Broaden Your Skill Set to Become an Expert
If you’re not devoting time and energy to cultivating managerial skills, you can focus on honing other skills, whether that means perfecting your sales pitch, becoming a financial-modeling wizard, or mastering every project management tool under the sun.

In addition to having the tangible metric of market size by which to gauge her growth, Radin says her non-management path has given her the opportunity to improve her writing, editing, shooting, and presenting abilities on a daily basis. “Find a niche in your job that you truly thrive in, and improve it as much as you can so that you are considered one of the top in that skill set,” she advises.

While a deeper skill set is satisfying in and of itself, you can also establish a few key performance indicators to assess growth more objectively. Alex Tran, a digital marketing specialist, opted out of management to focus on the more hands-on aspects of her career. Instead of measuring her performance according to how close she’s getting to a head-honcho title, she uses other metrics relevant to her industry.

“In marketing I am measuring our brand visibility and reputation. If we are getting more leads than we can handle, that is great,” she says. “That means we will need to expand and hire more, which is what every growing organization wants. I am a grower, not a leader.”

Stepping outside of management may give you a chance to expand your skills outward as well. When Caprio made her move to consulting, she found that she was able to extend her expertise beyond the parameters of her in-house role. In those 9-to-5 jobs she held, “my focus was 70% running paid Google and Facebook ads,” she explains. “Once I was consulting full-time, I really dove into more than just theoretical SEO, which enabled me to develop a new skill set driving more unpaid traffic to sites.” she adds. “I used this to further expand into buying my own sites and growing them, so one thing led to another.”

 

 

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/grow-your-career-without-becoming-a-manager

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NRMA Parks and Resorts announced it will further expand its portfolio to manage four additional locations across the Central Coast.

The four parks on the Central Coast will see the NRMA Parks and Resorts stable of owned and managed parks grow to 48. The NRMA is one of Australia’s largest tourism providers with a portfolio valued at over $800 million.

The four parks to be managed by NRMA for Central Coast Council are:

– Budgewoi Holiday Park

– Canton Beach Holiday Park

– Norah Head Holiday Park

– Toowoon Bay Holiday Park

NRMA Parks and Resorts CEO Paul Davies said the organisation was committed to providing guests a world-class experience at every one of their owned and managed holiday parks.

“Tourism isn’t just about the traveller, it’s about the communities they visit. Communities like the beautiful Central Coast offer unique experiences for domestic and international travellers and the NRMA is committed to unlocking these experiences for everyone,” Mr Davies said.

“Our philosophy is to provide exceptional holiday experiences, with a combination of fantastic locations, great hospitality and excellent facilities and we are looking forward to working closely with Central Coast Council, local tourism operators, and eateries to attract tourists to the region,”

“The Central Coast is a real hot-spot for holiday makers throughout the year, but local communities still have so much to gain from encouraging more visitors to the area. With kilometres of pristine coastline, cultural events and friendly locals; we’re positive each and every guest will have a fantastic experience in the region.”

NRMA Parks and Resorts already owns and operates NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort at the beautiful Umina Beach. The NRMA also operates Fantasea Cruising, running regular ferry services to the Central Coast between the Ettalong, Wagstaffe and Palm Beach.

 

 

Source: https://www.tourismcentralcoast.com/news-item/2417/nrma-parks-and-resorts-to-manage-council-holiday-parks

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Kariong Neighbourhood Centre has long been recognised as a community hub for Kariong and surrounding suburbs. A not for profit organisation, it not only runs Out of Hours School Care and Vacation Care, but also acts as a meeting place for locals, offering play and craft groups, The Over 50’s Friendship Group, Tai Chi and Yoga, as well as specialised programs.

To further increase their connectivity to the community, Kariong Neighbourhood Centre has retained the team of specialists at One Direct Advisory to assist with general and financial advice on a Board and Management level. This general advice includes Governance, Corporate documentation, legal reviews and Centre management.

“We are already seeing value in working with One Direct Advisory and their team. Their expertise in dealing with matters relating to not for profit organisations has seen an immediate beneficial result to Kariong Neighbourhood Centre,” said Dennis Taylor, relieving Manager of Kariong Neighbourhood Centre.

“Kariong Neighbourhood Centre is a vital resource to locals, and we are keen to welcome One Direct Advisory to our team, so we can further explore how we can assist our community.

“We look forward to learning from and being supported by their expert advisory team,” Mr Taylor said.

One Direct Advisory has a great deal of experience in the not for profit area, being a subsidiary of Meals on Wheels Central Coast. One Direct Advisory is an advisory firm with an underlying philanthropic purpose.

 

 

Source: https://www.centralcoastaustralia.com.au/news/kariong-neighbourhood-centre-engages-advisory-team/?current-news

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A major new private hospital and health precinct is earmarked for Racecourse Rd, Gosford, and should be up and running within a few short years.

A joint project by AA Crown Holdings and Northside Group, the $350m Northside Private Hospital and medical precinct will deliver world class medical services to complement Gosford’s existing public hospital.

It is the brainchild of Northside Group, comprising developers Commercial HQ and the Gibbens Group. “We had a vision for a medical precinct close to the existing public hospital,” Commercial HQ Managing Director, Tim Gunasinghe, said. “There is a growing demand for medical facilities on the Coast, with continued population growth. “We bought the land late last year and hope to be in a position to start construction within 12 months.”

Gibbens Group CEO, Matthew Gibbens, said that as a State Significant Site, the development, on the 3.1HA former Ausgrid site, would not need to go through Central Coast Council for approval.

It will include: 14 state of the art operating theatres; 224 inpatient beds; an intensive care unit; a radiology department; food and retail tenancies; a pathology centre; a pharmacy; physiotherapy and rehabilitation clinics; a geriatric unit; and, a mental health unit.

Gunasinghe said it was possible a nursing home would also be included, as well as an on-site carpark. The project team will include Development Manager, Colliers International, Project Manager, Donald Cant Watts Corke, and architects, Health Project International.

Marcelo Ramirez, of Colliers International, said it would employ around 2,200 people during the construction phase. “Once completed, it is anticipated that upwards of 460 permanent jobs will be generated, bringing an economic benefit of $54m per annum to the region,” Ramirez said.

The hospital itself is expected to be completed by 2022, with the rest of the precinct to be added behind it, to the west of Gosford Hospital.

AA Crown is also looking to partner with Australian universities to create training facilities for local students within the medical profession, increasing health research and development opportunities.

 

 

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2019/02/350m-private-hospital-medical-precinct-announced/

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Students at Gorokan Public School are learning new skills in healthy food production and preparation thanks to the support of their school community, volunteers and local business.

On February 22, students, staff, members of the Gwandalan Community Gardening Group and Bunnings staff, finished off the creation of a kitchen garden and covered outdoor kitchen and dining area at the school.

“The school has a well-established veggie garden and chicken pen, and wanted to expand the program to include garden to plate learning opportunities for the students.

“The school paid for the construction of the outdoor kitchen and appliances, and Bunnings have generously provided food preparation benches, furniture and garden supplies,” said Principal, Jesmond Zammit.

“With the help of students, the Gwandalan Community Gardening Group finished planting out the kitchen garden, while Bunnings staff helped to complete the kitchen and dining area.

“Once our crops have grown and our chickens start delivering, students will be learning how to produce healthy food sustainably, and we’ll have a terrific space to enjoy school grown food, as well as somewhere to share with school community members,” Zammit said.

 

Source: http://www.centralcoastnews.net/2019/03/11/garden-to-plate-learning-opportunities-for-students/

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One of the region’s worst bottlenecks will be upgraded to dual carriageway in both directions after the government pledged $387 million for Central Coast Highway.

The 3.8km section of the Central Coast Highway — between Bateau Bay and Wamberal — will be upgraded to two lanes in each direction.

NSW Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Melinda Pavey announced the $387 million upgrade on Tuesday.

This will result in a dual carriageway along the full route between the M1 at Kariong and Bateau Bay.

Ms Pavey said up to 26,000 drivers used this section of the highway daily.

Terrigal state Liberal MP Adam Crouch said initial planning work would include concept designs, geotechnical investigations and utility adjustments.

“The Central Coast Highway has been progressively upgraded to a four lane divided road and the section from Tumbi Rd to Bateau Bay Rd is the missing link we will build,” Mr Crouch said.

Liberal candidate for The Entrance Brian Perrem said the NSW Coalition had invested $4 billion on more than 2,100 road projects across the Central Coast and Hunter regions since March 2011.

“Better roads on the Central Coast are vital for families, whether it is to access schools, hospitals or sporting activities,” Mr Perrem said.

 

Source: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-highways-387m-upgrade-from-bateau-bay-to-wamberal/news-story/b7215ee5b2dad03d040e66802fa26e23

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At Jobs On The Coast we are keen to help our customers find ways to maximise their quality of life and disposable income, which can be achieved through increasing your income (e.g. finding a higher paying job) or reducing your expenses (e.g. reducing the money spent and time absorbed on the daily commute to Sydney).

As a mortgage payment is often our largest financial commitment, many of us also recognise the importance of making sure we regularly check we are getting the best deal from our lender.  A great way to help you do this, is by contacting a Mortgage Broker.

If you’ve ever used a Mortgage Broker to “keep your bank honest”, find the best deal, or navigate the complicated rules to get your loan approved, you may wish to join the campaign to save their business model.

The proposed changes from the Banking Royal Commission mean that you will not have access to a mortgage broker’s advice in the future, without having to pay fees for service.

As the value of a Mortgage Broker’s business is based on their trail commission revenue, the proposed changes will force first-class brokers out of the business, having the opposite effect to what most of us want to see.  Without Mortgage Brokers, the banks will have reduced competition, allowing them to Increase their fees and interest rate margins.  Ultimately resulting in us, the customers paying more!

According to the Credit Industry Ombudsman you are 760% more likely to have a complaint about your bank than about your Australian Credit Licensed Mortgage Broker.

Mortgage Brokers trailing commissions have been portrayed as “ money for nothing” and but here are some important facts:

  1. Trailing commission provides a menu of services that the banks would otherwise struggle to provide – such as rate reviews to ensure you are still getting a competitive deal on your loan, help with ongoing matters such as transactional assistance, removal of guarantees, swapping properties over whilst retaining the same loan when buying and selling, and such forth. These services are hard to leverage from the bank directly and the services are not able to be provided free of charge by brokers as for good brokers it accounts for 25% of their working hours. Trailing commissions pays for these services. Without trailing commission these services will be either be charged for by brokers or we can approach our bank and see how we go with getting through to the right department in the bank to get help with matter at hand.
  2. When a loan goes into arrears, trailing commissions cease until the loan is back in good conduct. Subsequently, the broker makes contact with the borrower and assists with getting the loan back into good conduct. This is an important trigger in our economy – banks are risk-rated according to a number of parameters but most importantly on loan delinquencies. The banks risk rating affects how much it costs them to raise capital to lend to us. The more loan delinquencies, the higher the cost. In summary it’s realistic to expect that more loans will stay in arrears for longer when trailing commissions are removed- and we could all end up paying a higher rate solely due to removal of trailing commissions.

The following graph shows the fall in banks net interest margins since 1989 and a significant contributor to this has been the increased competition brought about by mortgage broking:

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If you want to show your support for the future if Mortgage Brokers, follow this link and it takes less than a minute to sign the petition and send an email to your local MP …

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Going back to work after having a baby is a big career (and life) switch. It isn’t exactly easy, balancing the needs of your child with likely way less sleep than you’re used to, while trying to be the same employee you were before you left. And having a baby changes the way you think about and prioritize your day, and can potentially make you question what you thought you wanted out of your career. It certainly did for me.

Navigating those first few weeks back takes patience, self-care, and boundary setting, both at home and in the office. As I’m transitioning back to work for a second time (I recently took almost six months off in between leaving a long-term role and launching my own company), I’m pulling from my first experience returning from maternity leave three years ago and the community of incredible moms I’ve been blessed to be a part of for advice on making the transition out of parental leave as seamless as possible.

1. Be Patient With Yourself
This is one of the best pieces of advice I got from my boss at the time. You don’t have to be perfect your first day back, your first week back, or really ever. This goes for parenting and your body, in addition to transitioning back to work. The advice is actually pretty universal.

Give yourself some breathing room to get back in the swing of things. Don’t schedule big presentations or client meetings or say yes to big projects right off the bat if you can help it. If you can’t avoid taking on something big, try to find ways to move other items off your plate so you can give that one project your main focus.

Do put blocks of time on your calendar to go through email and catch up on projects, reports, or anything else you missed while you were on leave. Note: You probably won’t get through all your emails in one sitting, and that’s OK. Try tackling the most important stuff first and get to the rest over the next few days.

And schedule individual meetings or coffee dates with your team to hear what they’ve been working on and in general how they’re doing (this will be a nice break from all the work-information overload!).

2. Build Trust in Your Childcare
If you have confidence that your little one is loved and cared for while you’re not there, you’re going to be a better, more relaxed person at work. So start looking for childcare early and take the time to get to know your caregiver(s) before you go back to the office.

If you’re going the nanny route, try to have the person start one to two weeks before you go back, on a reduced schedule if possible. Play and interact with the baby together and run some errands where you’re only gone a couple hours to get used to the idea of being away. And take your nanny to lunch—sans baby—to get to know them outside of their role.

If you’re doing a nanny share, schedule some family hangouts with both families before going back. And if you’re using a daycare, ask to shadow or observe, take advantage of the tour, and ask any and all questions. Again, have the baby start earlier than needed, potentially on a reduced schedule, so both you and baby can get used to the new setting.

3. Set Clear Boundaries With Your Team (and Yourself)
I came back from my maternity leave to a reduced schedule, so I made sure to meet with my team to explain my hours and come up with new normals in our day, including how we could work together in a way that made sense and benefited everyone. The first few weeks I was back, I also started checking in with my team every day an hour before my new “end of work day” to get us all used to the schedule. Even if you don’t have a new routine, make sure your team’s aware of when you are and aren’t available online.

It’s becoming more and more common for new parents to have flexible schedules in those first few weeks back to help ease the transition back to work. But in having more flexibility to work from home, I also had to navigate how to work from home. I experienced, and have heard from quite a few of my fellow parents, that it’s tough to be in both “parent” and “work” mode at the same time, so even at home I set boundaries with myself to try not to be both at once.

When I was commuting, I always checked my email and handled anything that needed immediate attention before walking into my apartment so I could be fully tuned into my family when I stepped through the door. My phone and computer go in another room so I’m not checking them in front of my child or trying to respond to a client while making dinner (and so words like “fart” don’t end up in work emails—yes, I learned that from personal experience). If you’re looking for more tips, here’s advice for working from home as a parent.

4. Advocate for Your Needs (and Your Child’s)
This advice, of course, transcends parenting and applies in all aspects of life, but it’s especially important after having a child. It’s simple: Ask for what you need and don’t assume people know what it is. You’d be surprised how much people will give you if you simply ask for it.

Do you need a meeting moved so you can make pickup time at daycare? Present an alternative solution in your ask, but ask nonetheless. Are you not as available for after-hour client events? Advocate for a colleague to take your place, or suggest other creative ways to get in front of clients that fit into your schedule. Who knows, there could be other working parents who will appreciate your ingenuity.

5. Manage Expectations
I don’t have to tell you that when you have a baby to get home to, you figure out quickly what’s actually important to get done—and that you need to set expectations in order to get those important items done on time.

So when someone asks you to step in on a project, don’t be afraid to ask: When do you need this by? Is this a priority? How much time do you expect this to take?

Then spell out exactly what you can and can’t do for them, clearly and directly: “I’d love to work on that, but since I have X to get done by the time I leave today and it’s not a huge priority, I won’t be able to get that to you until the end of the week. Does that timing work for you?”

While you may not be able to please everyone, by being direct you cover your bases and show you’re proactive and dedicated to doing your job well.

6. Schedule Time to Pump
If you need to pump breast milk at work, block off time on your calendar to do so, and add a 10-15 minute buffer to ensure you stick to your schedule. By slotting it into your day and really making it nonnegotiable (remember those boundaries we talked about earlier?), you can help keep it from being a point of stress. (And it’s not just about emotional distress: Skipping a pumping session can become physically painful, and you can end up wearing the consequences down your shirt.)

If possible, get a second pump to leave at work to minimize lugging the gear back and forth, and make sure you have a comfortable space to pump in your office. If one’s not apparent in your workplace, explicitly ask HR or an office manager about a “lactation room.”

Federal law states that an employer must provide both break time and “a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public” for nursing employees. Specifics can differ from state to state and based on office size, which is why it’s important to first determine what your office has in place before advocating for what you need.

7. Find Your Support Team
Working parent guilt is real, and it comes in all shapes and sizes—guilt for being away from the baby, guilt for not feeling guilty for not being with the baby, guilt for saying “no” to a colleague so you can leave early to get back to the baby…the list goes on.

When these thoughts start to creep in, repeat this to yourself: You are enough.

And, find your community (whether inside or outside the office). Talk to other parents who have been through it and create a safe space to talk about how you’re feeling. A quick Google search of local parenting and mom groups will at the very least hook you up with Facebook groups where you can start connecting. (These groups can also be a good source for nanny shares.) Also, some hospitals put together parenting groups based on when your baby was born. Take advantage of “Baby and Me” classes in your neighborhood or town, too, from swimming lessons to local library reading sessions to group walks.

I randomly ended up at a “mommy and me yoga” class, and after that class I went to lunch with three incredible women with babies the same age as mine. To this day (three years later) I still text with them weekly to talk about all things parenting, working, and babies.

8. Make Time for You—Just You
While it may seem impossible to carve more time out of your day outside of family and work, you can’t be the parent or employee (or really insert anything here) you want to be if you don’t take care of yourself. When I take time for myself, I’m more present in every aspect of my life. I’ve learned that a present moment (even a short one) is worth a million hurried moments.

Here’s how you can realistically make time for yourself during the week:

Actually put lunch on your calendar—and step away from your desk (or turn off your computer) to eat.
Keep up with that once a week yoga (or Pilates, or barre, or whatever) class—you’ll be grateful you did.
Wake up an hour before you actually need to (and an hour before the baby) so you can do something just for you. It’s not for everyone (if you’re not a morning person please sleep in), but for me this way I can take my time drinking my coffee and curl up reading a good book.

Above all remember: There are countless parents out there right now who’ve felt exactly how you feel and may still be trying to figure out how to do what’s best for them and their families. It’s a big deal going back to work after a baby, so hopefully it helps to know that you’re not alone, everything you’re feeling is valid, and it’s okay to be patient with yourself.

 

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/tips-parents-going-back-to-work-after-a-baby?ref=the-muse-editors-picks-0

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Central Coast residents are set to be part of the biggest Seniors’ Festival in the southern hemisphere, with Coast OnScreen receiving a share of $200,000 in NSW Government funding for events and activities across the State.

Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, announced that Coast OnScreen has received $5,000 to bring the NSW Seniors’ Festival (February 13-24) to the Central Coast in 2019. “The annual Seniors’ Festival brings people together on the Central Coast and encourages older people to try something new and foster a strong community spirit,” Crouch said. “I’m delighted that the State Liberal Government is supporting seniors through the Seniors’ Festival, particularly with a Seniors’ Film Course and Film Festival to be hosted by Coast OnScreen in our region,” Crouch said. Minister for Ageing, Tanya Davies, said the 2019 NSW Seniors Festival theme is.

Love Your Life, which encourages seniors to participate in the community and live active, healthy and social lives. “The Festival will give seniors the opportunity to participate in exciting activities with friends and family, meet others, and share their insights and experiences,” Davies said. The seniors’ filmmaking series workshop, entitled Silver Screen, will take place in four parts and culminate in the Film Festival. Persons aged 50 plus who would like to learn how to create a short film will have the opportunity to participate in the series of half day workshops, which will cover short film basics, film editing and production, and storytelling.

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2019/01/coast-onscreen-to-feature-at-seniors-festival/

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I am so tired.

So today I decided, six years into being a mom, to invest in a little thing called “self care.” I went to get my makeup done and when the girl at the counter asked me what look I was going for, I told her, “I want to look like a person who didn’t spend all night googling Coxsackie symptoms through the cries of a screaming two year old while also panicking about a big client presentation.”

Basically, what I’m trying to say is, I get it. As a working parent you experience tons of feelings you’re not properly prepared for. Sure, you’ll get the, “Sleep now while you can”, but once that baby comes, it’s up to you to figure out how to manage it all (and make it look easy). But don’t worry, the 70% of working mothers with children under 18 years old get it, too.

We get it in the way the girl at the counter did when she picked out the heaviest concealer they had.

So, remember, you’re not alone in this. Here’s how to navigate the feelings that come with this crazy, beautiful thing called parenting.

Feeling #1
Exhaustion

Yesterday, my new babysitter started. I came home at 7PM to unfed children, one with a leaking diaper, and a house that looked like my boys had used crayons and Play Doh to get vengeance for any parenting mistake I’ve ever made.

And this was after a day of back-to-back meetings and an inbox ticking towards the triple digits.

So here’s what I did:

I ordered takeout. Immediately and without hesitation.

I put my phone in my bag and stopped looking at it (work panic avoided).

I told the kids I had to go to the bathroom, screamed into the shower curtain, and then came down smiling.

I asked my kindergartener what the best part of his day was.

I did NOT clean the house. And I was OK with that.

That last sentence is very important. Sometimes, as moms, we think that we need to do everything at once.

But I’ve let this go, and you can, too. Let. It. Go. All of it. Or at least, try to. I’ve spent way too much time comparing myself to friend’s cute Facebook photos of children in matching outfits in clean houses. It’s not real. They might have gotten it right this week, but next week they will have a messy house and unruly children. And it will be OK because we are all in this together.

The truth is, I recently realized that I spend too much time thinking about how tired I am and not enough time sleeping. So, I did something I don’t think I’ve done since my children were born. After I put my boys to sleep, I went to bed, too.

And although I didn’t do any work the night before, the next morning I felt like I accomplished more. I was more focused. It was so much better.

So, relax when you can. I’ve started listening to music and reading books on the way home from work instead of answering emails. It’s for my own sanity. Cherish those fleeting moments of “you” time and grab hold of them as tight as you can.

Feeling #2
Loneliness

Being a working parent comes with a feeling I never thought I’d have, but one I’ve heard repeatedly: loneliness. Yes, you’re constantly around kids, co-workers, and clients but the connections just aren’t the same as they used to be.

Here’s my hypothesis: Parenting is hard. You often can’t do a lot of the things you used to (like those fun girl’s trips or romantic weekend getaways). Making friends at work can be difficult (it’s not exactly easy to go out for happy hour). And many of us don’t want to admit when we need help, especially if you never had to wave the white flag before having children.

Here are some ways to combat it:

Find your fellow work parents: You know who gets it? Other parents who work at your company. Here at The Muse, we have a #museparents Slack channel. Do some digging to find your fellow moms and dads.

Put yourself out there, even just a little bit: Attend activities that match your family’s schedule. Make awkward conversation, rinse, and repeat, until you find a mom or dad friend.

Pick one day a month to be kid-less: Get a babysitter once a month to do a whole day of socializing. Maybe that means seeing an old friend, taking a day with your spouse, or attending that co-worker thing that you always say no to. Just make sure it’s something that will leave you feeling good and socially replenished.

Join a networking or support group: I believe in this so much, that I started one. With my hectic schedule I never have time for more than a few minutes of socialization, but through my online social circle, I’ve discovered that plenty of moms and dads are going through the same things I am.

Feeling #3
Overwhelmed

This is probably the most common. Why? Because as working parents we have a lot of stuff going on. And there’s studies that show being a working parent is the equivalent of working more than two full-time jobs (but you didn’t need a study to tell you that).

So, here’s how to to keep your head above water:

Accept help: From pretty much anyone who will give it. Your mother-in-law just offered to come over for an hour so you can stay late and grab a quick cocktail with friends? Let her. Your direct report said he would pitch in so you can pick up your children from childcare? Let him do it. Bottom line: Be honest with others about what you need.

Make lists: Buy yourself a notebook or planner and write everything down. Cross it off as you accomplish it. For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than manually crossing something off, but do what works for you.

Say no, but not sorry: Even superheroes need a break. It’s OK to decline when a non-essential 6 PM meeting encroaches on family time. It’s OK to turn down a work event because it is just too much this week. It’s OK to take a rain check on the girl’s trip because you can’t find sitters or can’t afford it. It’s OK to not have your child in six activities and always wearing matching outfits. Do what feels right for your family, not anyone else’s.

In short, you are not alone. I know it can feel that way at the end of one of those long, hard days. But remember, even when you think you are failing, your children see a hero… and your co-workers are likely in awe of how you do it all, and make it look easy.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/feelings-you-experience-working-parent-how-to-manage?ref=recently-published-0

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Woy Woy Bowling Club’s registered club The Sporties at Woy Woy will rebrand itself as The Greens Woy Woy.

Club chief Mr Kevin Jenkins said the club had drawn a line under its past and was determined to reinvent itself over the summer and beyond. He said the club would no longer seek redevelopment but would start a new weekly attraction, called Weekend on the Greens, from the end of the year. Two local event organisers Mr Chris Farnon and Mr Sam Perry would run the weekends, aiming to offer the best from local farmers, food suppliers and musicians. A variety of food will be served from local food trucks and restaurants in a park-style setup. Entertainment will be provided by up and coming local talent and will include buskers.

“The key for us is to work with all of the great producers and vendors based here and provide a platform for them to showcase their products and services in one central, family-friendly location,” Mr Perry said. “We really feel there is a gap in the market here for a family- friendly space where people can relax and let their kids run around, while sitting back to enjoy a local beer and a great feed in beautiful surroundings,” he said. Mr Jenkins said the club was officially changing its name to The Greens Woy Woy “to reflect the new and exciting future ahead”. “We want everyone to come and enjoy what the club will have to offer,” he said.

“This is the community’s opportunity to help us to make the club a success,” he said. “The new concept will mean the club can thrive with the community’s support.” “We will always be a bowling club at heart, but this is no longer just a sports club. “We want people to catch the ferry from Saratoga, Davistown and Empire Bay and we are easily accessible by train. “We are really excited about what Chris and Sam are bringing to the club and urge our local community to get behind the events and bring their families and friends.” Mr Jenkins said the outdoor area would be available for the community to use and would function as a beer garden during the week with new furnishings to be delivered over Christmas.

“We also want to hear from community groups who would be interested in using The Greens for yoga or boot camp and we welcome any other suggestions the community might have for other uses and events in the new space,” he said. Weekend on the Greens will take place every Saturday, from 12pm to 9pm, and Sunday, from 12pm to 8pm, starting from December 29 and 30. Event organisers have set up a website called weekendonthegreens.com.au , as well as social media pages.
Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2019/01/sporties-determined-to-reinvent-itself-over-summer/

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The NRMA has bought Fantasea Cruising, operators of the Palm Beach to Patonga, Ettalong and Wagstaffe ferry service.

NRMA Group chief Mr Rohan Lund announced the acquisition on Thursday, October 25, as part of the NRMA’s aim to become Australia’s largest provider of transport and tourism services. “Today’s announcement of NRMA’s acquisition of Fantasea Cruising, 12 months after we bought Manly Fast Ferry, sees our fleet of vessels grow to 31 and boosts our capacity to unlock the potential of Sydney’s waterways, offer fantastic experiences to people wanting to enjoy our city and connect the Central Coast with Palm Beach,” Mr Lund said.

“When Sydney was born the majority of its transport needs were met by our sprawling harbour and network of waterways; 200 years later and the NRMA wants the city to again realise the potential of its waterways,” he said. Fantasea provides a range of transport and tourism services, harbour cruises, ferry services and yellow water taxis across Sydney Harbour in addition to the Palm Beach to Central Coast service.. The Fantasea fleet comprises 10 ferries and 10 water taxis.

“Fantasea has a diverse and modern fleet of vessels and their operational approach to customer service aligns with the NRMA,” Mr Lund said. “We welcome their staff to the NRMA family and look forward to working to deliver unique experiences to our customers in Sydney and the Central Coast,” he said. “As the NRMA group of businesses grows so too does our capacity to provide much-needed transport solutions to a community keen to get around faster and provide membership value to our 2.6 million members.” NRMA members currently get 20 per cent discounts on selected Fantasea services and the organisation will look to provide further member-exclusive offers and specials, Mr Lund said.

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/11/nrma-buys-palm-beach-ferry-service/

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The Australian Reptile Park has blitzed the Central Coast NSW Regional Business Awards, taking out four awards at this year’s ceremony.

The park took out the Excellence in Business and Regional Business of the Year Awards. The park’s, Amanda Woodbine and Tim Faulkner, also took out individual awards, with Woodbine picking up the Outstanding Young Employee Award, and Faulkner the Outstanding Business Leader Award. Other local businesses who took home honours on the night included: East Gosford corporate marketing firm, Milestone-Belanova, which took out the Employer of Choice Award;

The Start Up Superstar Award went to The Opportunity Collective, a Central Coast not-for-profit that supports young people and women to empower their careers and lives; Gosford Private Hospital took out the Excellence in Innovation Award; and, Gosford’s, Laura Prael, took out the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur Award, for her work with LEP Digital.

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/11/reptile-park-wins-four-regional-business-awards/

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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/