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Central Coast Council is bringing an acclaimed writer, Andrew Patterson, to Tuggerah Library in November to share his debut novel ‘Harry’s World.’

This award winning author will inspire his listeners to fall in love with crime fiction as he chats about his novel of corruption, crime, and politics.

Council’s Library Services Manager, Ms Andrea Edwards said, she is excited to present such a fascinating and award winning author who has released his novel with much acclaim.

“Crime fiction lovers will be enthralled as Andrew’s passion for writing and knowledge of crime really jumps out as he talks about ‘Harry’s World,’ said Ms Edwards.

“Andrew’s experience as a Detective Sergeant in the Police Force and as a Chief Investigator with the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption has given him a vast amount of knowledge that really shines through this fascinating read.

Harry’s World’ is running hot off the press and if you haven’t bought your copy yet, the book will be available for purchase on the day with the author on hand to personally sign each copy.”

Andrew Patterson is an independent author who has won five awards including Outstanding Mystery at the 2016 Independent Author Network Book of the Year Awards in Canada and the Bronze Medal Winner at the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards in Australia.

Andrew will be at Tuggerah Library on 23 November at 10am until 11.30am to share his work with readers.

“All of our libraries are great places to meet up with friends, catch an event or just be inspired by the dynamic learning spaces we have created”, Ms Edwards added.

“So drop in to one of your local libraries on the Coast and you will be amazed at what they have to offer for all ages of the community.”



Local chef Cameron Cansdell hopes to see the Central Coast become a regional dining destination of the future after he picked up the 2016 Electrolux Young Restaurateur of the Year award.

Mr Cansdell, head chef and co-owner of Bombini at Avoca Beach with wife Hayley, finished ahead of two Victorian restaurants in the nationally-acclaimed award.

He said the award was nothing to do with his cooking; rather his overall vision, innovation and community involvement.

“It was a self-analysing of myself in the business and how I run it, combined with what I am to the industry,” Mr Cansdell said.

“It entailed a lot of writing about philosophies of cooking, the business, my interaction with people in the business, as well as day-to-day runnings and future ambitions.”

Mr Cansdell’s wife Hayley Hardcastle said judges gauged how nominees ran their businesses as a whole.

“But it is based on the foundation of how you went from the day you opened to now, and then even further into the future,” she said.

“They consider your training, things you might run differently to other businesses and how you plan to grow.”

Bombini offers modern yet traditional Italian food based upon an a la carte menu with shared antipasto options.

Mr Cansdell said his passion for Italian cooking started at a young age.

“Those fundamental principles of simple and quality cooking are what originally drew me to Italian cooking and are what I still love about Italian cooking now,” he said.

“A lot of food now which is created by chefs are new form techniques and combinations and styles, and it doesn’t necessarily attach itself to much history in terms of cultures. At Bombini, we don’t go along that line so much. I’m more interested in creating food which has a sense of place, a sense of memory and is very nostalgic.”

The pair are preparing to attract a new style of foodies, with a casual pizza bar beside the main dining area opening over the weekend — almost two years to the day after they took over the former Rojo Rocket site.

“I think this was always on the cards for us. It’s something that we wanted to do. Running a restaurant is like buying a house — you have a vision for it and over time, you value add,” Mr Cansdell said.



Central Coast Council’s own Misbah Khan was crowned the Newcastle Professional Engineer of the Year at the recent Engineering Excellence Awards.

These Awards, sponsored by Engineering Australia, celebrate and recognise engineering accomplishments of individuals and companies Australia wide.

Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds said, this recognition highlights the standard of talent working at Council and the innovative ways staff are delivering original and creative projects for the community.

“Misbah is Council’s Senior Asset Systems Engineer and was recognised for his research in improving road assets allowing Council to improve the sustainability of our roads,” Mr Reynolds said.

“Winning the Newcastle division of Engineer of the Year is well deserved by Misbah and is a prestigious achievement.

“The $3.6 million Mooney Mooney Raw Water Pump Station power supply project was also recognised at the awards night as one of 13 finalists for engineering excellence.

“This innovative project supplies water to the Somersby Water Treatment Plant that services our community in conjunction with Mardi Water Treatment Plant at Wyong.

“These innovations in engineering are helping us deliver the essential infrastructure our growing community needs.

“We are proud of the quality of excellent staff that have contributed to this success and it is awards like these that recognise the home grown talent we have here on the Coast.”

Misbah Khan has also been nominated for the Australian Professional Engineer Award 2016, held in November this year.