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Collapse Issue 461 - 14 Jan 2019Issue 461 - 14 Jan 2019
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Mayor criticises non-complying development approvals
Measles alert issued for the Peninsula
Station building may become retail space
Change of faces at Peninsula News
Chamber reports strong Christmas trade
Peninsula Tourism Partners claim council neglect
West St development attracts 40 submissions
Peninsula properties deleted from heritage list
Nursing home proposal to go before planning panel
Council staff sum up Woy Woy plans in two paragraphs
Peninsula won't reach potential without plan - Mehrtens
CWA branch joins tourism campaign
Short-term rental strategy deferred
Mayor calls residents' views on planning controls
Council reject 'mystery shopper' for service assessment
Council forms social issues committee
Former mayor named as Australia Day ambassador
Lantern parade returns for Australia Day
Lantern-making workshops
Chamber outlines agenda for 2019
Free cooking workshop
Technology workshops at library
Gamer tournament comes to Woy Woy
Euchre school makes $500 donation
Juggling demonstration held for local children
Christmas lunch held for volunteers
Mehrtens asks: Is development leading to lower quality?
Record fair to be held at bowling club
Ask residents first about apartment blocks
No more free passes to the races
Zoning changes usually come after a plan not before it
Read draft climate change policy
Determine climate policy before planning review
Council should take a stand against whale slaughter
Where are the wharf and mooring levies going?
Why single out dual occupancies in new standards?
Tidy up the Peninsula
Reorientation follows resident traffic observations
Golf enthusiast raises funds for Cancer Council
Hospital staff raise money for mental health support
Big year at local hospital
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Association revives Dancing by the Water
Beach gathering for full moon
Folk club concert
Blues and beers
Brent Walker decides to move on
Changes to bus zone in Sydney Ave
Aboriginal education centre has new sign
Aboriginal cultural enrichment day
Alternatives offered with religious education
Class placements may change at Woy Woy
Principal warns of impact of online game
End-of-year excursion
Student leaders elected
Christmas concerts
Jemma Smith named in State life saving team
Woy Woy player named Star of 2019
Lachlan is finalist for gymnastics awards
Surf club scatters ashes of former member
Membership milestone
Social golf club makes presentations
Surprise gift

Former mayor named as Australia Day ambassador

A four-term Gosford mayor and former chief executive of Coast Shelter, Mr Laurie Maher, has been named the 2019 Central Coast Australia Day Ambassador by Central Coast Council.

In this role, he will officiate at Woy Woy's waterfront celebrations on Australia Day.

Mr Maher was chosen as the 2019 Ambassador for his tireless work providing for the homeless and those at risk of homelessness across the Central Coast.

During his time at Coast Shelter, Mr Maher was an integral part of the establishment of 10 different programs that tackled homelessness across the Coast including the establishment of the Woy Woy Youth Cottage.

Central Coast mayor Cr Jane Smith said Mr Maher's community advocacy and national pride made him the perfect choice for the role of Australia Day ambassador.

"Laurie's leadership at Coast Shelter has helped provide accommodation to over 150 men, women, families and youth every night, as well as the provision of over 1000 free meals every week through the Coast Community Centre." Cr Smith said.

"As a former Mayor of Gosford City Council, and award recipient for services to the Aboriginal Community, Laurie has demonstrated his commitment to community service on the Coast.

"This service and commitment saw him honoured with the Order of Australia Medal in 2010 and we are pleased to bestow Australia Day Ambassador honours on him," she said.

"Laurie is an outstanding ambassador for the Central Coast and I am delighted that he will join me to help present the Australia Day Awards on January 25 and will also help officiate at our community event at Woy Woy."

Mr Maher described the ambassadorship as "a great honour and a buzz for my family".

Now retired, Mr Maher is recovering from knee-reconstruction surgery.

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