Community Urged To Have Their Say On Possible Merger #CoastTimes #CentralCoast #News


Community Urged To Have Their Say On Possible Merger #CoastTimes #CentralCoast #NewsCommunity Urged To Have Their Say On Possible Merger

Central Coast residents now have the opportunity to view both Gosford and Wyong Council’s Fit For The Future proposals and provide comments directly to the Independent Pricing & Regulatory Tribunal (IPART).

IPART, who have been assigned the role of Expert Advisory Panel by the State Government, are accepting online submissions until Friday 31 July.

Council’s Mayor, Doug Eaton OAM, is encouraging residents to read both the proposals and voice their opinions on what they think is best for the community.

“I am certainly making my own personal submission,” Mayor Eaton said.

“Independent surveys in both Wyong and Gosford showed varying opinions towards a merger.

“Those surveyed only make up a small proportion of our community and we need to make sure everyone has their say.”

“We have officially called for a referendum regarding a merger, though have not yet received a response, so lodging an online submission could be our community’s only chance to raise their concerns.”

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Wyong Shire Mayor, Doug Eaton

Message From The Mayor

 

“I’m urging our community to carefully examine both Council proposals so they can make an informed submission that will be taken on board by IPART.

“I am not opposed to a merger or standing alone as long as the outcome determined by IPART and the State Government deliver real and lasting benefits to the community.”

Council’s report outlines it is financially fit for the future and can stand alone having turned a $30 million deficit into a $7 million surplus over the past five years, which is supported by a cost benefit analysis by independent consultants, Third Horizon.

For more information on Council’s proposal and how to make a submission Click Here

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Article compiled by Gaye Crispin, Coast Times


Event

‘Zoo and Snooze’

by Gaye Crispin

This year’s one night Networking Sleepout at the Australian Reptile Park will be held on Friday 7th August 2015.

Zoo and Snooze Executive Sleepout aims to raise funds and awareness of the issues surrounding homelessness on the Central Coast of NSW.

The Sleepout connects executives, business owners and their staff with what homeless people experience every night.

Although a one night sleepout can never truly share what being homeless is like, it can help open our eyes a little.

How You Can Get Involved : ….. read morecoast shelter fundraising

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Members of the Rotary Club of Gosford North

Members of the Rotary Club of Gosford North

Community Project

MORE THAN A BLANKET PROJECT

Read about ‘More Than A Blanket.’

More than a Blanket supports the homeless on the Central Coast by providing warm, safe shelter.

Members of the Rotary Club of Gosford North developed this project to support homeless people on the Central Coast by providing warm, safe shelter.

Money raised provides backpack swags, sleeping bags, blankets and warm bedding, which are distributed through Coast Shelter.

$ 150 will provide a Swag and sleeping bag for someone sleeping rough. A warm comfortable bed is something many of us take for granted. For someone who is homeless this can be a luxury.

However, money raised from the More Than A Blanket project can provide sturdy swags, warm sleeping bags and blankets for local Coasties who are really struggling, especially through winter.

 

 


Competiton

Entries Open – Gosford City Garden Competition

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2015 Gosford Garden Competition

Entries Open

 

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Theme Parks

Ploddy the Dinosaur

Ploddy

Who is Ploddy?

Many Australians and overseas visitors are familiar with some of this country’s famous giant roadside icons such as the Big Banana at Coff’s Harbour, the Big Pineapple on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and the giant merino ram at Goulburn.

 

Ploddy Was First

Few realize, however, that the first of these landmarks to be constructed was ‘Ploddy’.

In 1963 the Australian Reptile Park’s founder, Eric Worrell, decided to put the Park on the map by commissioning the design and construction of one of his most ambitious projects, a 30 metre concrete replica of a giant dinosaur.

Weighing in at almost 100 tonnes, the design was based on a dinosaur called a Diplodicus, hence the name Ploddy was coined.

 

Ploddy the Dinosoar

Ploddy under construction with Eric Worrell

1100 Man-hours and 2 months to construct

A team of talented people were employed to create the icon including designer Ken Mayfield and construction engineer Jim Sullivan.

In all it took two months to build and an investment of over 1100 man-hours.

At its completion, Ploddy stood as a proud guardian at the front of the Australian Reptile Park in Gosford overlooking the busy Pacific Highway from Sydney.

 

Ploddy The Diplodicus

The Diplodicus on which Ploddy is modelled was one of the largest dinosaurs that ever lived, despite having the brain the smaller than a humans. It was so heavy that it spent much of its life during the Jurassic Period partially submerged in water to assist with supporting its huge bulk. It was a placid vegetarian that probably lived in large herds, each individual consuming several tonnes of food each day.

 

 

 

Eric Worrell & Ploddy

Article compiled by Gaye Crispin, Coast Times


Politics

 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Positive About The Future Of The Central Coast #CoastTimes #CentralCoast

Member for Dobell Karen McNamara, Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Member for Robertson Lucy Wicks.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott Positive About The Future Of The Central Coast

 

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said it was great to be with the Member for Robertson, Lucy Wicks and the Member for Dobell, Karen McNamara as he met with business and community leaders across the Central Coast.

We Are Not Just About Creating Jobs

“We are not just trying to create jobs on the Central Coast, we are better connecting the Central Coast to Sydney, we are better connecting the Central Coast to other places where there are jobs through our investment in NorthConnex” said the Prime Minister.

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NorthConnex is twin tunnel motorway linking the M2 M1 under Pennant Hills Road. The link will ease congestion and reduce travel times for commuters.

“NorthConnex would not be happening without a good Coalition state government working with a good Coalition national government to give the Central Coast, along with the rest of Australia, the modern infrastructure that it needs.”

The Prime Ministers attended a fundraising function at Central Coast Leagues Club with Robertson federal Liberal MP Lucy Wicks later in the day.

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Competiton

Entries Open – Gosford City Garden Competition

Competition Blooms Into Season

2015 Gosford Garden Competition

Entries Open

 

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