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Young people are being asked to get involved and be a part of developing the first-ever Central Coast Youth Strategy.

As part of developing the Strategy, Central Coast Council wants to hear from young people and local youth services about what they see as important for young people who live, work or study on the Coast.

Throughout October and November, all young people aged 12-24 can complete an online survey which explores their views about life on the Central Coast and what they would like to see for young people, now and in the future.

The online survey will be complemented by face-to-face interviews at popular youth venues, events and schools, including focus groups with youth service providers.

Young people aged 12-24 make up 15.3% of the Coast’s population and Council is committed to shaping the new Youth Strategy so that it the concerns and they face.

To ensure as many young people as possible get involved, everyone who completes the online survey can enter the draw to win an iphone X.


LAKE Haven Centre will match dollar-for-dollar the money raised by shoppers for an initiative to help alleviate youth unemployment and disengagement in the northern section of the Central Coast.

Lake Haven Centre and Beacon Foundation have launched the Light the Way initiative.

Beacon Foundation is a national not-for-profit organisation which motivates young people for a successful post-secondary school career.

It equips students with the skills and confidence required to make the transition from school to work and reduce the rate of youth unemployment.

Light the Way will involve a $1-per-ticket raffle for a Hisense 50-inch ultra high-definition ULED smart TV from JB Hi-Fi; and a money spinner in which shoppers (and children) will be invited to drop a coin in and pick up a balloon.

Both activities will be available at the customer service desk at the shopping centre.

Lake Haven Centre manager Mike Cochrane urged locals to support the initiative.

“Light the Way is an opportunity for our community to come together and support the work of Beacon Foundation,” Mr Cochrance said.

“We are proud to work with Beacon to engage young people in the northern Central Coast to achieve careers success and help alleviate issues of unemployment.

“Lake Haven and Vicinity Centres will match every dollar raised during our Light the Way campaign, which will ensure the Beacon programs continue to provide support for young people in our community.”

The raffle tickets and money spinner will be available from 9am on Friday, May 25, to 4pm, on Saturday, May 26.




A man who has given countless hours to those less fortunate has been named the inaugural Central Coast Citizen of the Year.

Mr Lester Pearson of Fountaindale received the honour tonight at Central Coast Council’s 2017 Australia Day Awards ceremony.

Lester has been volunteering for more than 30 years with his latest passion focused on helping local youth.

Council’s Administrator, Mr Ian Reynolds, said Lester was a great example of how volunteering can make a difference in a community.

“Lester is a deserving recipient for the first Central Coast Citizen of the Year award, showing that his work in the community isn’t going unnoticed and it is truly appreciated,” Mr Reynolds said.

“He’s been instrumental in setting up a number of foundations to support our youth in crisis as well as those overseas.”

Lester and his wife, Sue, established ‘Coats for Kids’ through their dry cleaning business, collecting and cleaning more than 5000 coats, jackets and jumpers for Youth off the Streets programs to help keep young ones warm in winter.

His most recent achievement, the establishment of Save Our Kids (SOKS) has saved more than 190 young lives across the Coast since it started in 2013.

Lester conceived the idea of SOKS to address the issue of youth suicide on the Coast, through raising funds for Lifeline. The program has now grown to also provide young achievers with opportunities to attend leadership programs.

“Lester is truly one of the unsung heroes in our community,” Mr Reynolds added.

“He and his mates have now formed the Gosford North Rotary Benefactors Club to help raise funds and continue to support the kids on the Coast.

“I would like to personally thank Lester for all the time he has given to improving young people’s lives and also congratulate him and all the other winners of this year’s inaugural Central Coast Australia Day Awards.

“I would also like to thank the independent panel who had the hard job of considering all the nominees for our Awards and coming up with the winners. Thanks to Sarah King, Andrew Church and Ron Sharpe.”

Other Australia Day Award winners announced tonight at the first Central Coast ceremony include:

  • Youth of the Year – Miss Courtney McDermott
  • Community Volunteer of the Year – Mr Peter Hurley
  • Community Volunteer of the Year (Highly Commended) – Mr Michael Sharpe
  • Community Activity and Service Award – Mrs Meg Champness
  • Arts, Culture & Entertainment Award – Ms Meredith Gilmore
  • Arts, Culture & Entertainment Award (Highly Commended) – Mrs Vivien Sale
  • Environmental Award – Ms Carol Long
  • Environmental Award (Highly Commended) – Mr Ian Carr
  • Sportsperson of the Year – Mr Keenan Derry
  • Business Connecting Communities Award – Mr George Abourizk

Congratulations to the 2017 inaugural Central Coast Australia Day Award winners.