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Collapse Issue 418 - 01 May 2017Issue 418 - 01 May 2017
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Peninsula exhibitors win at Royal Easter Show
Flying fox colony established near the Everglades
Sandstone steps to be installed on coastal walk
Free morning activities
Fox bait warning
New president for community group
Rotary presents Opera proceeds
Council website lists 60 Peninsula projects
Council waits for details while Woy Woy channel silts up
Rotary provides early morning tea and biscuits
Medals reunited with family
Association life member dies
Volunteer lifesavers carry out double rescue
Application for adult shop in Woy Woy
Beach erosion and shoaling addressed at Patonga
Identified for temporary protection
Council adopts coastal management plan
Roads to be included in council condition assessment
Townhouses proposed for Ettalong
Ridge walk is featured
Comment wanted on planning notice changes
Independent members appointed
Council webcast to continue
Dry month after a wet start
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NBN so poor telephone connections are lost
Sewerage and water is overpriced
Another tree goes with a developer-friendly decision
Dawn service special at Patonga
Wrong colour
We deserve our fair share
Where is the evidence for sustainability?
Is letterhead next in displacement operetta?
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Coast Shelter starts awareness campaign
Rotary club back campaign for palliative care facility
Retirement village commemorates Anzac Day
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School to celebrate Star Wars Day
Suiting up for science at Empire Bay
Pacific Island group performs
Dance group selected
Easter hat parade
Students and staff attend Anzac march
Students join veterans
Students in Anzac ceremony
Naplan advice at Ettalong
New teacher at Woy Woy South
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Coach is confident of successful season
Woy Woy players selected for Barcelona tour
Silver medals for aquatic rescue

Coast Shelter starts awareness campaign

Coast Shelter, which runs refuges for women and children, has started a domestic violence campaign to "let people, who might be suffering in silence, know that there is help available".

Chief executive officer Mr Laurie Maher said: "So far this year, 69 per cent of clients accommodated in Coast Shelter's Women and Children's Programs sought our assistance because of domestic violence and just over half of these clients were children."

Mr Maher said Woy Woy was one of four hot spots for homelessness on the Central Coast and that homeless numbers were higher than he had ever seen.

"Forty to 50 per cent of those who are homeless are women and children and domestic violence is the major cause," he said.

In addition to Coast Shelter's own three refuges for women and children, one for domestic violence victims, one for men and five youth refuges, Mr Maher said Mary Mac's Place at Woy Woy was currently serving over 100 hot meals per day.

Mr Maher said women who were victims of domestic violence often relied on New Start allowance as their only income.

"Average private rentals on the Peninsula are now around $300 a week and New Start doesn't come near covering that so women have to decide whether to pay for the roof over their head or for the essentials like food and clothing.

"They know they can't cover both," he said.

Coast Shelter's Marie Lowndes Charitable Foundation provides domestic violence prevention, education and response programs.

It has supported the awareness campaign.

Mr Maher said that the campaign would take the form of a "coffee cup campaign".

The concept of a coffee cup campaign came out of discussions within Coast Shelter about the best ways to bring the problem of domestic violence to the community's attention.

The idea was to put wrap-arounds on takeaway coffee cups, displaying the 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) helpline.

The helpline provides counselling, information and support to those experiencing domestic and family violence.

Mr Maher said a request was made to Mr and Mrs Ron and Sandra Musalli, who owned 14 McDonald's stores across the Central Coast, selling more than 100,000 coffees a month.

They agreed to deliver the message on coffee cups distributed throughout May, through their outlets, including at Woy Woy and Umina.

"This is a very exciting opportunity for Coast Shelter and it is wonderful to have a number of local McCafes take part," said of Coast Shelter.

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