A Government-sponsored community housing project has been officially opened in Woy Woy on February 22 by Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch.

Talia on Chambers was developed by in a joint venture between local community housing provider Pacific Link Housing, and Evolve Housing, which will see the development of more than 80 new dwellings across three sites on the Central Coast and Western Sydney. Talia on Chambers is the first completed project by Evolve Pacific Developments which contains 31 studio apartments, including two accessible and eight adaptable apartments for people with disability.

The building also contains accommodation for an onsite caretaker. Speaking at the opening, Pacific Link Chairman, Mr David Bacon, said the development model for the provision of new social and affordable housing was an excellent way forward in addressing the chronic shortage of housing for people in need.

Source: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/02/community-housing-project-officially-opened/


CENTRAL Coast doctor Michael Kale challenges anyone to frown while holding fairy floss and wearing a colourful, loud shirt.

“It’s just impossible,” he said.

Mr Kale and fellow Central Coast Local Health District doctor Benji Pfister were promoting the healthcare community through Loud Shirt Fairy Floss Friday last week.

Now in its second year, the event aims to raise awareness around the mental health and wellbeing of healthcare workers.

Mr Kale said the event started as a staff health promotion at Wyong Hospital, and had exceeded their expectations. The initiative has now become a registered national charity.

“It was never meant to be this huge movement, but we are so excited about it,” he said.

“We have expanded it to Wyong and Gosford, and now plan to package the event nationally.”

Mr Kale said the original idea for the event was influenced by his uncle Bruce Kale who lost his life to mental illness.

“My uncle ran an amusement ride business, so that’s where the idea of fairy floss came in,” he said.

“The fairy floss brings back nostalgic memories of childhood and innocence. Fairy Floss Friday encourages all members that make up the healthcare community to stand in solidarity against issues facing those who spend their lives saving the lives of others.”

Dr Pfister said there were other campaigns focused on the mental health and wellbeing of doctors and nurses, but few extended to all levels in the healthcare community.

Central Coast Local Health District chief executive Dr Andrew Montague said Mr Kale and Pfister had done an amazing job.

“One in five people in the community will experience issues with mental health, but this is higher for health care professionals,” he said.

“Rates of suicide are also higher with health care professionals, particularly doctors.”
Mr Montague praised the initiative for including all healthcare staff, from nurses to cleaners and administration workers.

“Mental health doesn’t discriminate, and it’s so important to highlight that it’s an issue which can face us all,” he said.

Source: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/loud-shirt-fairy-floss-friday-celebrated-at-coast-hospitals/news-story/a5ae96567de1bb5a5ef220bc51e57a2f


Central Coast Council has welcomed $3m in funding for Tuggerah Lakes Estuary and Catchment Improvement as part of the Federal Government’s Improving Your Local Parks and Environment Program.
These funds will add to the $7m Council has already invested in Tuggerah Lakes in the current financial year, resulting in significant improvements in the water quality across the lakes system.
Council Group Leader Assets, Infrastructure and Business, Mr Mike Dowling, said the funds would be dedicated to whole-of-catchment issues in an effort to reduce the effects of pollutants, litter and environmental vandalism making their way into the lakes.
“This funding will support the ongoing implementation of the Tuggerah Lakes Estuary Management Plan, through stormwater upgrades, foreshore enhancement and a range of streambank, wetland and saltmarsh rehabilitation activities in the estuary catchment,” Mr Dowling said.
“The project will continue to improve water quality, enhance nearshore areas for recreational use, reduce pollutant loads to the estuary, control invasive species in ecologically sensitive areas, encourage sustainable use, and educate the local community about the estuary,” he said.
The project will build on a decade of estuary planning and management that has resulted in a measurable improvement in water quality and ecological condition of Tuggerah Lakes and the catchment.
Council Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said the funding was a clear indication of the lobbying power the new Central Coast Council has, and he is looking forward to more funding flowing to the Coast for the Lakes and other key initiatives.
“The Tuggerah Lakes estuary is a jewel in the crown of the Central Coast, offering a unique environment which is rich in biodiversity and it must be protected,” Mr Reynolds said.
“Council is pleased to have this Federal Government support and it will help Council to continue to invest in monitoring and improving the health of our catchments and waterways.
“We all have a role to play in protecting our unique environment and waterways and I encourage everyone to get involved.”
Residents are urged to report environmental vandalism to Council.
The project will commence in July and will run over three years finishing in July 2020.


Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/06/3m-additional-federal-funding/



Shakespearean Actor and Director, and Chairman of the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts, Mr John Bell, recently announced the awarding of $24,500 in grants to 13 talented young artists from the Central Coast.

Mr Bell was speaking after a special awards ceremony at Wagstaffe Hall which preceded a fundraising concert featuring the host of the popular ABC Australia All Over radio program, Ian ‘Macca’ Mcnamara and his special guest, Melinda Schneider. “The amount of talent among young artists on the Central Coast is extraordinary,” Mr Bell said. “The Central Coast can be very proud of them.” This is the fi fth year that the Bouddi Foundation for the Arts has announced its grants program. In that time, over 40 grants totalling $96,500 have been made to young artists under 25. “Not only is the depth of talent remarkable, but the range of artistic pursuits undertaken by these young people is both exciting and inspiring,” he said.

We have been able to provide support to dancers, both contemporary and classical, musicians, a writer and, in the visual arts, a photographer, painters and a ceramicist. “The Foundation has adopted a structured approach to its grants program with the aim of both developing the talent of young artists and then supporting them as they consolidate their accomplishments into careers. “It is most gratifying to see that after fi ve years this approach is working well.” The 2016 Bouddi Foundation for the Arts Grants in the Gosford City area were as follows. Jasmine Baric, aged 16 from Narara has been playing the violin for 10 years and will be using the grant for Diploma of Music Course fees and to travel to Melbourne for development with the Australian National Academy of Music orchestra. Kimberly Gilbert, from Erina, also aged 16, is a student at the Central Coast Grammar School where she studies cello, and also studies piano at the Central Coast Conservatorium, where she has earned the conservatorium’s most prestigious piano award.

Her grant will be used for travel to the US for one-on-one and masterclasses with the renowned international Steinway artist, Eugene Alcalay, and other performers at the University of Azusa, Los Angeles. Jacinta Janik from Kariong has been classically trained with the Australian Ballet and is now pursuing contemporary dance at NAISDA. Her grant will be used to attend summer and winter dance intensives overseas. Ms Janik said her goal was to travel the world in dance and that she had been proud to learn more about her Aboriginal background which was shunned by her peers when she was growing up. “I am now proud to dance for my culture as well as being accepted into NAISDA,” she said.

Jessica Pearson, also aged 16, from Point Clare, is passionate about performing musical theatre. She is studying dance, drama and voice at Newtown School for the Performing Arts, and her grant will be used for tuition, workshops and equipment. Locally, she is a Classique Dance student and is undertaking vocal tuition at Erina’s Elite Vocals Academy. Toby Wells, 17 years old, from Holgate, is a student at Narara Valley High School. He is also a seasoned song writer and singer whose ambition is to study contemporary music and become a professional musician. The grant will be used to buy quality equipment to support him in his busy performing and recording life. “My ultimate goal is to sustain a career out of writing, playing and recording my music,” Toby said.

“I hope to make music that people can relate to and connect with; I want to make a difference to someone, anyone through my songs. “The high point for me so far was when my band, Stranger Than Paradise, opened for Thirsty Merc on their 2016 Good Life tour. “The experience cemented in my mind that this was what I really want to do.” Amelia Lynch from Green Point, is 19 and took up pottery in 2012 after achieving notable success in textile arts and related genres. Now studying at the National Art School for a Bachelor of Fine Arts, her grant will be used for fees, workshops and materials. Harley Lynch, also from Green Point, aged 19, is enrolled in National Art School concentrating on photography and digital imaging.

He will be using his grant to invest in upgraded photographic equipment. David Ramsden, aged 25 from Terrigal, graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Hons) from UNSW. Now working in Terrigal as a visual artist, illustrator and portrait artist, he will use the grant to invest in art materials. Claire Welch, aged 17 from Bensville, has explored various art techniques including digital creativity, but fi nds traditional art practice more engaging and creatively satisfying. A student at the Central Coast Grammar School, her grant will be used for workshop and art courses at the National Art School. Claire said her goal was to fi nish her HSC and progress to study fi ne arts at a university level. “There is a wide world of art that I wish to explore; I’m thrilled to already have had contact with artists that love art,” she said. “I’ve worked really hard on my art in the last couple of years and it was amazing to receive such positive feedback and encouragement from the Bouddi Foundation and the panel that spoke with me. “The Bouddi foundation’s assistance will provide access to classes and materials that I would otherwise be without,” she said. Other award recipients came from the Woy Woy Peninsula and from Toukley.

Media release, Nov 5, 2016 Joy Park, Bouddi Foundation

Source: http://coastcommunitynews.com.au/2017/01/24500-awarded-grants-13-talented-young-artists/


The Hon Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia joined with Mrs Karen McNamara MP, Federal Member for Dobell on Saturday to officially launch the 2014 Central Coast Rugby Sevens tournament.

“It was an honour to welcome the Prime Minister to the Central Coast to kick off this year’s tournament,” Mrs McNamara said


“The Prime Minister’s presence demonstrates the Government’s commitment to sport and tourism here on the Central Coast and acknowledges the benefits a tournament such as this brings to our region.”

The Prime Minister presented the match ball to game officials prior to the first contest between the Aussie Pearls and New Zealand Wasps women’s teams before sounding the opening siren.

Mrs McNamara was appointed Ambassador for the Women’s Tournament ahead of this year’s competition and said it was a special moment to have the Prime Minister greet players from two of the best women’s Rugby Seven teams in the world.

“The Aussie Pearls certainly got a boost from having our Prime Minister join them on the field before their first game,” Mrs McNamara said.

“I’m committed to developing the Central Coast as the sports tourism capital of
New South Wales. Tournaments such as this allow us to welcome players and supporters from around the world and showcase our beautiful region.”

“It’s great to see the Central Coast Rugby Sevens continuing to grow and prosper every year. I look forward to welcoming the Prime Minister back to the Central Coast to enjoy our sport and tourism events in the future,” Mrs McNamara concluded.

Safety Response

Safety training and management is like insurance – when you need it, there is no substitute for it.
Safe Response is a safety training and management company with agents and trainers on the Central Coast, in the Hunter and throughout Australia providing risk audits, emergency management procedure documents, pre- and post incident planning, certificates and approvals and business recovery services.
It is the latest company to enter a strategic partnership with JobsOnTheCoast.com.au and JobsInTheHunter.com.au because of shared business values.
Just as the jobs websites are building to become a one-stop site for all things to do with jobs and hiring, Safe Response aims to be a complete package to help with workplace safety and incident management.
Safe Response Pty Ltd Director Jesse McNeilly said there were almost 128,000 work-related accidents in 2010-2011, resulting in 220 deaths and a cost of more than $60 billion or almost 5 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product.
It is impossible for even moderately large companies to have the expertise and experience to train for and manage every potential crisis, and that is where a specialist company is indispensible.
“Our strict benchmark means we have decades of fire, paramedic, policing and military experience, which makes us highly sought-after,” Mr McNeilly said.
JobsOnTheCoast.com.au’s Partnerships Director David Smeeth says there are many intersections where businesses cross paths in modern commerce, and there are many more intersections at which any business can reasonably position itself.
“That’s why careful selection must be made of businesses with which you are linked.
“We are delighted Safe Response has become a partner because workplace safety and employee welfare are important for attracting the best candidates for any job vacancy and for retaining the necessary skills and experience in any business’s workforce,” Mr Smeeth said.
JobsOnTheCoast provides specific services to business wanting to recruit, whether it is through a variety of ‘self-service’ products or requiring a more involved and consultative approach.



The region’s leading provider of vocational education and training has renewed its partnership with JobsOnTheCoast.com.au.
Hunter TAFE is the major provider of quality vocational education and training in the Central Coast Region, with more than 13,000 students enrolled in 180 programs, from short courses and certificates to diplomas, advanced diplomas and associate degrees.
A reputation for quality has led to the expansion and demand of Central Coast training on three campus locations at Gosford, Wyong and Ourimbah and Centres of Excellence in Hair and Beauty and Accounting.
Hunter TAFE has been a partner with JobsOnTheCoast.com.au since the site launched in 2011.
JobsOnTheCoast.com.au has more than a hundred job vacancies listed at any one time and has had almost 3000 listed in the past financial year. It also has 8500 social media followers, almost 7400 email subscribers and has had 656,000 page views in the financial year.
A presence on what is fast becoming the premier jobs website in the region, JobsOnTheCoast.com.au was a natural affiliation for TAFE, said the website’s Partnerships Director David Smeeth.
“Any part of career selection is a combination of researching what sectors with promise are hiring and what skills will be needed to secure a position or advancement,” Mr Smeeth said.
“Now, one website is the portal to those answers at a regional level.”
Hunter TAFE CEO/Institute Director Phil Cox says the partnership will ensure people looking for employment have access to vocational education and training support through Hunter TAFE.
“Hunter TAFE provides the highest quality and broad choice of programs and courses to meet the best interests of students and their future employment prospects,”
“We continue to meet the skill needs of the Hunter and Central Coast region,”
“JobsOnTheCoast.com.au engages daily with employers from across the region, so it is developing into an on-line community of shared business values.”
It also provides specific services to business wanting to recruit, whether it was hiring or the primary selection management of applicants.
“Yes, we are trying to be all things to all people when it comes to jobs – finding them, filling them, displaying them and getting a better one.”
The website can be viewed at www.jobsonthecoast.com.au


There is much in common between a prestige motor dealer and an on-line jobs website.

And it’s these qualities in common that has prompted Worthington Prestige, on the corner of the Central Coast Highway and Kangoo Road at Kariong, to become a business partner with JobsOnTheCoast.com.au.

“We realise that many people who go to a jobs website are not just looking for a job but for a position to improve themselves,” said General; Sales Manager at Worthington Prestige Joel Rees.

“Cars are like jobs – they say a lot about who we are and what we aspire to be,” he said.
Mr Rees said the decision was based on sound business statistics, too.

“JobsOnTheCoast.com.au has high volume web traffic and we like to be in front of as many people as we can be.”

The dealer’s presence on the site will be a mix of institutional or signature advertising together with some product display.

The dealership has BMW and Mini brands as well as motorcycles and used cars. It has a service department for these brands and for other makes.

Dealer principals Brad and Vanessa Worthington are the second generation of the family to be in the dealership, following on from Brad’s parents, Kevin and Helen, who had their first dealership on Parramatta Road in Sydney.

The Gosford showroom has been on its site for 12 years.

JobsOnTheCoast.com.au’s Partnerships Director David Smeeth said jobs and cars were two marketplaces that were once dominated by newspapers but they had now moved to the internet.

“It makes sense for these two popular interests to be together because they account for enormous amount of web traffic,” he said.

Just as motor dealer’s seek to build long-term relationships with their clients, JobsOnTheCoast.com.au strives to be the one-stop jobs website for the Central Coast, whether it’s looking for a new or better job or in the market to hire new talent and experience.

JobsOnTheCoast provides specific services to business wanting to recruit, whether it be through a variety of ‘self-service’ products or requiring a more involved and consultative approach.

“Yes, we are trying to be all things to all people when it comes to jobs – finding them, filling them and displaying them.”

The website can be viewed at www.jobsonthecoast.com.au and businesses that want to find out more can contact David on 0419 168 177 or by email on david.smeeth@jobsonthecoast.com.au

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Exceptional growth in passenger numbers has underpinned the next phase of expansion at Newcastle Airport.
Provision will be made in the new terminal for Customs and Immigration inspections, enabling overseas flights to and from the terminal.
The expanded terminal will be more than 50 per cent larger.
Work started a few weeks ago on the $11.1 million expansion that will make the airport more attractive to many on the Central Coast who now choose to fly from Sydney.
As well as expanded arrival and departure spaces, the new terminal will have a transport hub constructed for buses, taxis and hire cars.
Almost 1.2 million passengers passed through the terminal at Williamtown, which had its last major expansion almost 10 years ago at the time of low-cost domestic airlines were introduced.
Passenger numbers have grown from 406,000 annually at that decade and have been consistently above a million a year for the past five years.
The NSW Government has funded the project through its Regional Infrastructure Development Scheme and it’s expected to be completed in the second half of 2015.
More than 80 direct jobs will be created directly as well as hundreds of jobs indirectly through manufacturing off-site.
The airport employs 42 people, not including the numbers working for retain and food outlets at the terminal.
The airport is jointly owned Newcastle City and Port Stephens councils, but it is about to open up to private equity up to 40 per cent.
David Nye, the airport’s manager of aviation and airport development, said negotiations with airlines could see direct interstate flights from Newcastle to Adelaide and Perth as well as the existing routes to Brisbane and Melbourne.
Brisbane and Melbourne routes account for 80 per cent of passengers through Newcastle and the Gold Coast service has had almost 30 per cent growth mainly from an increase in flights by Jetstar on this route.

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Local jobs website JobsOnTheCoast.com.au has expanded to make it more useful to look for specific skills and provide a forum for those who want to advertise their skills.

SkillsOnTheCoast.com.au was launched for the Central Coast region on Thursday to let employers know there are those with skills and experience or in training and they are on the jobs market.

The value for employers is they can “shop” for the skills they want to recruit for free on the same website.

“Employers looking to recruit usually have to advertise a position then sort through many hopefuls as well as those who have the experience or skill in demand,” said JobsOnTheCoast Founder Tim O’Brien.

“This new site will allow them to see who is out there looking for work, advancement or a career change based on their abilities.”

Mr O’Brien said the changing jobs climate meant that some industries were retrenching people with experience and skills. These people can now list individually on SkillsOnTheCoast to be seen by potential employers.

The site has been developed because of feedback from employers and from those who want to “put themselves out there” to potential hirers.

As it gains momentum, it has the potential to save the money and time normally associated with recruitment, especially when specialised experience and skills are involved.

It has drawn support from NSW Trade and Investment, Regional Development Australia, Central Coast and HunterNet.

Negotiations are proceeding with other partners including service providers (employment and training) who are interested in a presence on the site.

Mr O’Brien said the same philosophy behind the success of the jobs website would apply, namely that people want to work in the region where they live so they look to find work, advancement or skills improvement locally.

“By bringing people with skills together on the one site, it affords those individuals and their potential employers more scope” he said.

These people have skills and experience that the Central Coast needs to retain, in order to be competitive with regions and to ensure there is a speedy return to prosperity when the economy turns around, he said.

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The success of locality-based jobs website JobsOnTheCoast.com.au has prompted expansion interstate to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

The founder of the now three websites, Mr Tim O’Brien, launched the Queensland operation at a ceremony on the TAFE campus at Mooloolaba attended by 100 people from government, industry, training and recruitment sectors.

The Queensland operation is headed by Regional Manager Anthony Dow, who was CEO of Regional Development Australia on the NSW Central Coast before a move to Queensland two years ago.

“After being at the launch on the Central Coast while CEO of Regional Development Australia, it is such a pleasure to be leading the rollout of this third site,” said Mr Dow.

Mr O’Brien started the first website on the NSW Central Coast more than three years ago and replicated the operation in the Hunter about 21 months ago.

“The success is built on a simple premise,” Mr O’Brien said, “People choose where they want to live for all sorts of lifestyle reasons – and they want to work as close to home as possible.”

Illustrating the success of the two sites has been the growth in the number of on-line jobs, with the Central Coast site topping out at more than 300 and to Hunter listing about 450 vacancies in its peak season.

The site is supported by business partners who provide services for jobseekers and employers as well as training and skill development.

The aim is to make it the definitive site for advice and guidance for all matters related to finding work or recruiting.

Mr O’Brien said as well as expansion to the third region there was a continuous process of refinement to improve the websites for those looking for work or advancement and those seeking to hire.

 “Feedback from the growing army of users is monitored so we can make adjustments and improvements,” he said.

TAFE Central Coast Campuses have teamed up with JobsOnTheCoast.com.au, a new job search website and marketing campaign which is dedicated to connecting Central Coast residents with local job opportunities.

With over 40 per cent youth unemployment on the Central Coast, the TAFE campuses at Gosford, Ourimbah and Wyong are eager to connect their students with local businesses through this innovative new website, which offers NSW Central Coast employers and recruiters the opportunity to post job ads for free.

TAFE Institute Director, Phil Cox, said “TAFE has a proven track record in connecting individuals with industry and a partnership with JobsOnTheCoast.com.au will further assist in connecting students with employment opportunities in the Central Coast region”.

“We are proud to support the Central Coast industry and community through the delivery of programs for multiple career choices. Our highly qualified and specialised staff ensure students have the skills required for the local industry and contribute immediately to the productivity of that business,” Mr Cox said.

JobsOnTheCoast.com.au was established to dispel the myth that there are no good job opportunities in the region and the website already has hundreds of Central Coast job listings for a wide range of industries.

Founder of the website, Tim O’Brien, is excited to see support from TAFE Central Coast Campuses and is hoping that this new association will be highly beneficial for students looking for employment in the region.

“The Central Coast has a skilled and ready workforce but many people entering the job market are unaware of the local employment opportunities available to them,” said Tim.

“JobsOnTheCoast.com.au aims to connect these job seekers with local businesses who are looking for eager and capable workers.  We are delighted that TAFE Central Coast Campuses have decided to become a main sponsor of the Jobs On The Coast initiative,” he added.

With other local supporters including Job Centre Australia, 104.5 Star FM, Regional Development Australia Central Coast, NSW Business Chamber Central Coast, The Salvation Army and Coast Shelter, many organisations have already demonstrated their support for this unique new initiative.

For jobs and careers on the NSW Central Coast visit the Jobs On The Coast website at www.jobsonthecoast.com.au

Jobs On The Coast will connect local businesses with skilled employees

The Jobs On The Coast website has been developed to extinguish the perception that there are no good job opportunities available for skilled workers on the Central Coast and respond to the growing employment demands in the region.  Jobs On The Coast aims to:

• Create a highly accessible employment hub, dedicated to jobs and careers on the NSW Central Coast
• Become the first choice for local employers and job seekers
• Develop an opportunity for progressive local businesses to be part of the solution to a significant regional issue.  It is a high profile PR, advertising & marketing initiative

Distinct and unique features of the website include:

• Free job advertisements, removing any financial risk for potential employers
• Simple to use and navigate, with a focus on accessibility, efficiency and ease
• Site security, with integrity, privacy and confidentiality assured

Significant progress so far

The site is already live and initial planning, development and implementation has been successful, with over 200 job advertisements already posted as of July 1. It is anticipated that the website will gain a minimum of 300 new job ads per month from July to December 2011. The official launch of Jobs on the Coast is on track for the end of August 2011.

Sponsoring Jobs On The Coast

Jobs On The Coast is currently recruiting sponsors (three main sponsors and category sponsors) to partner with the website.

Sponsorship is exclusive, with only one representative per industry/specialism able to become a sponsor. This gives your business a major competitive advantage over its competitors, allowing you to:

• market your products and services directly to relevant site visitors for a full year
• build your reputation as a leading enterprise within your field on the Central Coast
• advertise your products/services directly via live radio promotion twice per year
• become recognised as a supporter of local employment growth
• attract relevant skilled talent for your own job vacancies
• enhance your profile as an employer of choice

Category sponsors will receive the following features:

• Your logo to be featured on the Jobs On The Coast home page, with a link to your website
• 250×250 sidebar advertisement on the results page of all searches in your category, with a link to your website
• Two live radio promotions, solely regarding your products/services per annum
• Significant discounts, free featured job ads and radio mentions
• Direct marketing sent to all advertisers and applicants in your category
• Editorial about your products and services featured in the Jobs On The Coast blog and your logo featured in the monthly newsletter, distributed to the entire database
• Networking opportunities at events with other sponsors, key opinion leaders and supporters

If you are interested in benefiting from a category sponsorship with Jobs On The Coast, contact Tim O’Brien, Founder on 02 4365 7565 or email tob@jobsonthecoast.com.au