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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/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Respect Each Other’s Methods

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

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

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

Work as a Team

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

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

Be Gentle With Each Other

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

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

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

Put Away Your Pride and Get Help if You Need It

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Catholic school open days

Primary Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Secondary Schools

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

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

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

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

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

1. “Is a Good Coach”

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

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

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

2. “Empowers Team and Does Not Micromanage”

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

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

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

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

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

4. “Is Productive and Results-Oriented”

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. “Supports Career Development and Discusses Performance”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

9. “Collaborates Across Google”

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

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

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

10. “Is a Strong Decision Maker”

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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