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Hillary Morris was first name out of the box
Gosford, an electorate since 1950
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Sitting Member last on ballot paper
Terrigal voting at Empire Bay, Wagstaffe and Ettalong
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Developer joins calls against non-compliance
New group calls for compliant development
Group urges residents to use on-demand bus
Geoff Melville honoured for 'local achievement'
John Greenway dies after cycling accident
Bikes, shopping trolleys and phones found under wharf
Mayor lobbies for Peninsula drainage
Lack of election promises dismays Chamber
Service NSW to open cashless centre in Woy Woy
Climate workshop hears Peninsula has hotter summers
Objectors may address planning panel for second time
Hall packed for networking meeting
Complaints about NRMA fence 'being investigated'
Freelancers to meet in Woy Woy
Uniting Church to hold garage sale
Exchange students visit the Peninsula
Dementia advocate speaks at Rotary
Woman praised for baby's rescue
Sausage sizzle for International Women's Day
Rotarians try arm wrestling against a champion
Replica assault rifle seized
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Non-compliance: Find politicians who think like us
Issues with procedures of Joint Regional Planning Panel
Infrastructure catastrophe will follow non-compliance
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Cutting off her hair for charity
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British singer to perform at folk club
Blues and Roots competition to be held in Umina
Sculptor opens her home studio and garden
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Artwork featured in regional exhibition
Warning about double parking
Student selected for wind ensemble
Canteen receives award for sustainability
Forensic science day for Stage 3 students
Life education classroom visits Woy Woy
Students take photos
New furniture bought with money raised through fun run
Students take part in anti-bullying show
Kitchen garden program continues at Woy Woy
Sydney Swans players visit Woy Woy South
School returns incorrect shirts
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Medal-winning result for junior life savers
Southern Spirit wins in girls' league
Five golfers win their way to national championship
Joshua selected for Australia for Arafura Games
Rugby union season set to start on April 6
Pizza and movie night for teenage life savers
Nippers celebrate end of season
Southern Spirit holds Pink Stumps Cricket Day
Umina takes out men's triples
Nippers season ends with presentations
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Woy Woy abattoir history published
Early photos on display at Umina library

Geoff Melville honoured for 'local achievement'

Empire Bay resident Mr Geoff Melville has been honoured with a NSW Government Local Achievement Award for a lifetime of services to the community.

The Rotary Club of Umina Beach publicity officer was presented with the award at a special meeting at the Empire Bay Progress Hall on March 5, attended by about 50 of Mr Melville's family, friends, colleagues.

Mr Melville said he thought he was attending the progress association's annual general meeting and it was "quite the shock" when he arrived to a packed hall.

"It was certainly a surprise.

"I walked in to see people like Member for Terrigal Mr Adam Crouch, Dr John Irvine, Peninsula Villages chief executive Mr Shane Neaves and all my friends from Rotary and I thought what's going on?

"When I saw my sons, I knew something was up.

"I just wish I hadn't worn my slippers," Mr Melville said.

Mr Crouch presented Mr Melville with his award, signed by the Minister for Ageing Ms Tanya Davies.

Mr Melville said he was touched to receive the award.

"Adam read a lovely speech detailing everything that I've done over the years but what made it really special was having it witnessed by all my friends," Mr Melville said.

"When people go out of their way to come to an event like that just to support you, even though you're certain they have plenty of things going on in their own lives and other places they could be, it's very humbling.

"For them to be there for me was very special.

"It's something I'll always remember," Mr Melville said.

Friend Mr Neil Thompson said he could think of no one more worthy of the award.

"Geoff was president of the Empire Bay Progress Association for five straight years and has organised the annual Anzac Day ceremony at the refurbished Empire Bay Cenotaph for 20 years, where he was also the master of ceremonies," Mr Thompson said.

"As an active member of the Umina Beach Rotary Club for 42 years, Geoff has held every board position (including president twice), during which time he has received an unprecedented four Paul Harris Fellowship Awards and a Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation.

"Each week, Geoff publishes a 24-page Rotary Bulletin containing Rotary events, reports and updates, which is an enormous effort for one person.

"Being a business fundraising committee member of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal since 2001, Geoff became zone chairman, raising over $46,000 each year.

"For the past 15 years, Geoff has been an honorary director of Peninsula Village and is currently the chairman of the building committee, overseeing a new 114-bed age care facility valued at over $30 million.

"As a fundraiser, Geoff has many worthy causes (not always through Rotary) where he has helped raised funds for two local schools, Umina PCYC, Mary Macs, Coast Shelter, David Tanare's Mission for Homeless people in Gosford and Woy Woy Peninsula, Top Blokes Foundation and Camp Breakaway, to name just a few," Mr Thompson said.

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