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Collapse Issue 435 - 25 Dec 2017Issue 435 - 25 Dec 2017
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Liquor and Gaming to review interests at Sporties
Waterfront group asks Council to oppose development
Dredging 'largely ineffective', says residents' group
Christmas petrol prices consistently higher here
Council asks for beach erosion funds
Fitness stations installed by community association
Charge cover 85 per cent of centre costs
Council seeks report on asbestos disposal best practice
Illegal camping and littering targeted
Library work on schedule
Surf club stalwart dies
Council awaits lagoon plan approval
Grants for community groups
Woy Woy masterplan due in 2020
Community carols on Hardys Bay waterfront
Carols at Dusk to be held at Peninsula Village
Community group granted rate relief
Surf club to support Coast Shelter youth cottage
Beach wheelchairs available for disability use
Peninsula works program boosted by $2.2 million
General manager will replace chief executive officer
Council sets up six advisory committees
Apprentice completes jewellery certificate
Holiday reading book sale
Car break-ins investigated
Council offices to close for Christmas
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Too much traffic in Hillview St already
Aerial view is misleading
Why have guidelines if the council doesn't follow them
Jetskis threaten peace of tourist destination
Rates for our roadworks have gone elsewhere
Only system changes could make councillors responsive
Party councillors have been missing in action
ABC Radio Nation is under threat
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New doctor joins skin cancer clinic
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Chris Masters speaks of our forces in Afghanistan
Artist creates Christmas wildlife theme display
Children's activities at Pearl Beach in January
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More than $20,000 raised at Woy Woy
Deadly awards at Woy Woy campus
Building work at Woy Woy over the holidays
Ettalong announces next year's leaders
Teachers leave Umina school
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Jemma and Rachel named for State squad
Surf club to get new tractor
Life membership for services to zone bowls
Last charity bowls day for the year
Jemma takes leader role
Mixed pairs final
Sea kayaker nominated for award

Surf club to support Coast Shelter youth cottage

Killcare Surf Life Saving Club has decided to support Coast Shelter's Woy Woy Youth Cottage.

It has organised "Santa Sacks" for each of the young people in the local shelter.

"Coast Shelter has been doing incredible work with the community's homeless for over 25 years and we're proud to be able to partner with them this Christmas, in particular their Woy Woy Youth Shelter which caters specifically to 14 to 20 year olds," said club president Mr Peter Bagnall.

"Woy Woy Youth Cottage's primary focus for each resident is to work through their crisis in a safe and supportive environment," Mr Bagnall said.

"Where appropriate, residents under the age of 16 will be encouraged to reconcile with their families," he said.

"If other residents also wish to repair family breakdown, they will be supported to do so.

"Where reconciliation is not appropriate, staff will assist residents to find independent housing and provide the necessary supports to ensure their tenancy can be sustained.

"This Christmas, we're organising a 'santa sack' each for the youth in our local shelter and transitional cottages."

The Surf Club encouraged members to help contribute to what the residents living in the college really wanted for Christmas.

"These are real people with real stories so we've spoken to the program director and Killcare locals who are both support officers at the cottage to find out what they would like and need," he said.

Surf club members were invited to donate gifts and attach Christmas cards using the donor's own name to let the recipient know who the gift was from.

"This can be the beginning of the important process of forming real connections between our club's extended family and local youth in need."

Members were also encouraged to donate money via a box at the beach kiosk to go toward nine $50 Killcare Beach Kiosk Credit Cards that they could use when they visited the beach and worked alongside club members to learn new skills and have new positive experiences.

"Just showing people in crisis that someone gives a damn can be a big help."

The young people being accommodated in the Woy Woy Youth Cottage included an 18-year-old young man who and enjoyed rugby league and wanted to learn to surf.

Another was aged 13 and liked watching DVDs.

Another was a 16 year old boy who loved cats and animals.

Another was a 17-year-old girl who said she liked anime.

A 15-year-old girl said she loved clothes (black, size 14).

An 18-year-old young woman said she would love some body care products. Another was into outdoor activities.

A 21-year-old woman said she liked trinkets, small home furnishings, including candles.

A 20-year-old woman said she would like small furnishings to decorate her new accommodation.

"Our small acts of kindness have positive ripple effects," Mr Bagnall said.

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