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Residents to have say in new skate park design
Bowling green and fishing shed to go for 'new concept'
Riding a Harley at 86
Men's shed land lease signals softer approach
Investigation recommends better channel management
Ferry service cancelled during 'severe' weather
Ferry resumption 'is not the end of the problem'
Bravery award for firefighter
Council to close successful community garden
Community group calls for tree policy submissions
Tree policy comment period extended
All council meetings to be held at Wyong
Ettalong and Umina parking surveys planned
Chamber calls for 'smarter' parking strategies
Community support grants approved
Session to discuss Killcare mobile phone tower proposal
Aboriginal group seeks funding for 'community place'
Students speak at Rotary club
Residents wanted for community fire units
Couple recommends batteries use with solar panels
CWA to put on ceramics exhibition
CWA receives $200 flagpole grant
College graduate receives Colombo Plan scholarship
Rotary awards pride of workmanship
Ettalong businesses compete for Christmas prizes
Food drive for Mary Mac's
Postponed Woytopia festival 'a success'
Petition circulated to stop seismic testing
Rotary runs barbecue at waste information day
Collection for drought relief
Signs to be replaced on Woy Woy Bay Rd
Rotary club completes graffiti removal
Council announces green investment
Hotel wins association awards
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Another roundabout - no, no, no, no, no, no
Roundabout is wrong solution
Trusty post lady resigns after 23 years
Take collective action now to reduce global warming
Arts business plans have been submitted
Others take Paris Accord seriously
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Donations sought to assist with cancer treatment
Six new surgeons at hospital
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Initial sales of surf safety book 'promising'
Authors' event at local book shop
Environment group to hold Club Woytopia
Free outdoor film screening
Resident organises online music competition
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Student enterprises raise $700 for Mary Mac's Place
Almost $10,000 raised in fun run
Three classes get pet rabbits
Preschool playground receives design award
Awards for Ettalong school canteen
Grandparents' day
Gymnastics classes see students stretching and twirling
Stage 1 students have local history walk
Children's author visits Year 4 students
Kindergarten orientation was a success
Mini fete raises $1700
Preschool staff win award for program
Students create mural
Lessons focus on cyber safety and responsibility
Young, black and ready for school
White Ribbon Day at Umina campus
Primary students perform at college
Gold award for sporting challenge
Radio station broadcasts from Woy Woy school
Surf fun day at Terrigal
Swim and survive program
Parents and carers supply items for school
School supports wishing tree
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Boxer defeated by top Finnish boxer
Bradman Best trains with the Knights
Netball committee positions vacant
Umina life savers win medals at world championships
Golf day raised $1500 for cancer research
Umina bowling club holds annual competition
Charity bowlers raise $690
Taekwon-do fundraiser
Soccer club elects committee

Bravery award for firefighter

An Empire Bay firefighter has been awarded a 2018 Royal Humane Society Bravery Award.

Mr Jeffrey Morse was awarded a bronze medal for his role in responding to a gas leak in Haymarket on August 25, 2014.

Fire and Rescue NSW crews attended a serious fire at Market City in Haymarket and were advised that a truck had severed a gas main in the basement loading dock and that a large amount of gas was escaping.

The immediate area was evacuated and attempts to locate the gas isolation valves were unsuccessful.

The gas company advised that there was no gas shut off to the building at street level. Power to the building could not be isolated as the main switch room was also in the basement loading dock.

Mr Morse volunteered to enter the basement loading dock area to attempt to locate the main gas valve and shut it off.

Wearing breathing apparatus, he and another officer, made their way to the bottom of the ramp and into the loading dock.

They discovered that their protection hose line was not long enough to reach the location of the leak nor the main valve room.

To further compound their difficulties, painters had removed all signage from the doors in the loading dock area and the keys which had been provided to them did not fit any of the locked doors.

Despite the danger of explosion and the deafening noise caused by the escaping gas, they systematically forced entry into the locked doors and inside the third door they located the valve room and successfully shut off the main gas valves.

NSW Governor General David Hurley presented the awards during a ceremony at Government House on November 8.

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