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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/

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Workplace social media apps might make our work life easier, but similar programs can have detrimental effects on our personal lives. So, should we really be using them at work?

Organisations work hard to create connections and collaboration between their employees. Firms are increasingly embracing social media platforms to encourage this with tools such as Yammer’ and ‘Workplace’ becoming ubiquitous. But as there’s an increasing body of research showing the negative effects of social media usage in our personal lives, it might be time to consider whether using these tools at work is similarly damaging?

Social media is a fact of life in most workplaces. Thirty-thousand companies around the world use Workplace by Facebook in the hope it will “promote openness, feedback and diversity to engage employees and drive cultural change”.

Subscribers to Yammer, Microsoft’s rival platform, are harder to spot as the platform is integrated into Office 365, but a 2012 McKinsey Global Institute study found that 72 per cent of companies were using some form of internal social media to promote communication and collaboration.

The plus side

There are plenty of advocates who point to the benefits social media has brought to our workplaces. In the Harvard Business Review, researchers found that employees who used such platforms were 31 per cent more likely to find colleagues with relevant expertise to complete a task, as well as using the platforms to “make faster decisions, develop more innovative ideas for products and services, and become more engaged in their work and their companies”.

Impressed? It gets better: the McKinsey study, which looked at just four industry sectors, argued that maximising the use of social media technologies at work could unlock $1 trillion in value annually.

The benefits are not just clear, they are substantial, inarguable even. Workplace social media platforms are designed on the same principles as their non-work counterparts. Engaging and user-friendly, they provide a constant stream of news, video clips and updates from colleagues across the organisation. Posts can be liked and shared just as they can outside of work.

The dark side

While the above research argues the productivity benefits of social platforms in the workplace, there is an increasing amount of evidence that these exact same features can be very damaging to users in their personal lives.

A 2014 study from the University of Toledo demonstrated the impact Facebook can have, finding an inverse correlation between time spent on the platform and self-esteem; the longer you spend on Facebook, the less likely you are to feel good about yourself.

This is in part because we compare our lives and experiences to those we see online; photos of a friend on holiday can reinforce the fact that we are on the sofa at home, and eating our reheated pasta in front of an Instagram feed of Ottolenghi delights has the same effect.

This in turn is proven to lead to feelings of envy and social isolation, which can be hugely damaging both mentally and physically. And then there’s the productivity issue: social media is addictive – it’s designed that way – and users can easily spend hours on the platforms, feeling genuine symptoms of withdrawal when they eventually log off.

Those cravings can also be accompanied by a fear of missing out, physical fatigue and depression. These are hardly feelings you want to cultivate in your employees.

To cap it all off, a 2018 study demonstrated that the reverse is true; reducing participants’ exposure to social media to ten minutes a day led to a decrease in loneliness and depression.

So, if there is such a large body of research demonstrating the negative impacts of social media, surely it’s time to consider all of these findings in a workplace context?

It’s not hard to imagine employees spending too much time on social media at work just as they do at home, particularly when many companies encourage the creation of online social groups alongside work-related content.

Anxiety can quickly be generated by looking to see whether or not your boss has “liked” your latest post, or when you notice that peers in your team have more followers or connections than you do.

Work platforms are often used to share positive news about promotions, team achievements or company successes. Managers might, post something to provide updates, or to create a sense of shared success and community. But if you’ve missed out on a role you applied for, or feel that your pay rise doesn’t reflect the wider performance of the firm, then this sort of celebration could easily feel smug and self-congratulatory.

Perhaps your colleague has posted a selfie from their trip to the New York office that you see while you’re sitting on the bus on your way to work. Are you going to ‘like’ that? The main social media platforms had a long honeymoon period before academics seriously studied the potential downside of this new phenomenon that was sweeping the world, and it’s only in recent years that this has been comprehensively analysed.

So now it’s time to cast an analytical eye onto workplace social media. Much of the writing to date has focused on the potential upside and benefits it brings – like that trillion-dollar McKinsey bounty – and we are still arguably in that same honeymoon phase.

But if we know beyond doubt that social media can be damaging and dangerous to users in their personal lives then surely it’s time to think twice about how far we should encourage its use in our workplaces?

To go one step further, if a manager insisted their employees perform activities that were proven to have negative physical and mental side-effects then they would be negligent at best, and at worst, culpable. Social media does exactly that, so we should reconsider how we use it at work.

 

 

Source: http://www.hrmonline.com.au/topics/communication-and-social-media/is-there-a-place-for-social-media-workplace/

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The days when you had to put on a mask for work in the name of corporate conformity are over. They died with the wide-and-shiny neck tie, “kitchens” that looked like your dentist’s office, and other bad memories from yesteryear’s workplace.

Today’s workplace trades on inclusivity, empowerment, teamwork, and—in a word—realness.

Whatever your race, ethnicity, gender or sexual identity, it’s not only yours to embrace, but your employer’s. According to Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report, 69% of executives say diversity and inclusion is an important issue. And that’s smart—because it’s good for business.

Recent research from Diversity Council Australia found that employees who work on inclusive teams are 10 times more likely to be highly effective than workers who don’t. They were also found to be more satisfied in their work, and studies have proven that happy employees are more productive.

So, it looks like it’s the perfect time to get real. Here are a few tips to make sure you can thrive as you at work.

Ask Upfront for a Diversity Onboarding

If you don’t identify as a white male (no shade if you do), chances are you have questions when entering a new workplace. What’s the policy to ensure women are paid as much as their male counterparts? Is there a mentorship program here and how can I find a mentor whose values align with my own? How can I help this company cultivate and hire diverse talent like myself?

Many reputable organizations will answer these as part of new-employee onboarding in the form of policies, videos, training, and general information. The goal should be to equip you with the knowledge and resources to work freely as your true self and ensure others can do the same.

If your new-hire briefing falls short of these expectations, don’t let your questions stew. Ask them. Doing so doesn’t mean you’re anticipating some sort of institutionalized discrimination (why would you join the company in that case?), it just means you’re curious and you’re looking forward to being part of progressive solutions to today’s workplace challenges.

Phrase questions to show that you’re curious about something meaningful to you and it’ll be easier to start the conversation: “I’m really passionate about women’s issues, I’d love to know what you do here to make sure women have access to leadership opportunities and equal pay?”

Join an Organization, or Start One

Whether you’re underrepresented at work or just have a really niche interest, joining a club—or starting one—is a great way to create space for the parts of you that don’t fit neatly into your job description.

Find groups that empower you—whether they’re creative or career development-oriented. The best part, clubs can fill voids if something you feel passionate about is not already reflected in your workplace. For example, if ladies aren’t exactly running the show (yet), a women’s group can be a great way to find support and mentorship. If people seem clueless when Pride rolls around, an LGBT+ alliance can change that.

If the group you’re looking to join doesn’t exist, consider starting it. Talk to HR or your manager and ask whether there’s a formal process in place to secure funding.

Be Aware of Your Biases, and Wake Others Up to Theirs

For better or for worse, we all carry unconscious biases. They’re woven into our minds from childhood and continue to proliferate in popular culture. These biases can affect our interpretations of and interactions with coworkers.

One of the best ways to be more self-actualized in the workplace is to help others be the same by granting them freedom from even small stereotypes and assumptions. Look into ways you can become more aware of your biases and spread the word to co-workers.

A few places to start: browse YouTube for bias exercises like this one, ask your colleagues for honest feedback, and pay close attention to your thoughts and reactions in groups (are you responding to hard facts and values, or assumptions and emotions?).

Grow Your Social Circle

Finally, it’s easier to be yourself if you’re among friends.

You can find them, but you may have to work for it. That means going to company events, grabbing coffee with new co-workers, switching your lunch crowd every so often, or hopping in new channels on Slack.

And try to connect with a range of coworkers, not just your immediate peers. You can learn from others who are different from you and who are in more senior or diverse roles. You may have to leave your comfort zone, but it’s well worth it—you’ll be more relaxed at work if you have a group of people supporting you.
Work should be inviting—not just because you like your work (although that’s a big plus), but because you can be yourself while you’re there. Whether your workplace is super progressive and has all the diversity and inclusion boxes checked, or you have to do some work to help get it there, use these tips to make your workday—and that of your coworkers’—more real.

Source: https://www.themuse.com/advice/bring-your-whole-self-to-work?ref=recently-published-1

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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/

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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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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/