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Collapse Issue 466 - 25 Mar 2019Issue 466 - 25 Mar 2019
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Mabel turns 101
Vehicle-activated speed signs to be trialled in Hillview St
Ethan organises student strike for climate action
Shepard St flooding expected to improve in 18 months
Ettalong to get recycling bins
Responsible development group forms with 80 people
Strata subdivision is approved
Bouddi Foundation seeks grant applications
Law firm welcomes new partners as others retire
Action group founders step aside
Fishing club closes after 30 years
Channel needs State planning, says committee chair
Dredged sand to replenish Ocean and Umina beaches
Specific dredging plans still needed, says committee
First class in permaculture held at Killcare
Salvos at Bring Your Bills day
Euchre club donates to local schools
Community fair held at Phegans Bay
Church publicises Easter festival events
Easter fete at Patonga
School holiday activities announced
Another fire at community garden
Unit fire in Warwick St
Three grants from Council
Retirees help charities distribute food
Activities for St Patrick's Day
Parking fines to be reduced
New playground for Empire Bay
Preschool celebrates 30 years in August
CWA bakes vegan scones for festival
Woy Woy residents targeted for heritage walk
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Planning controls were result of exhaustive consultation
Council decisions will destroy the Peninsula
Flood was 27th in five years
More thought needed for pre-polling venue
We didn't win
Put Peninsula ahead of political ambitions
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Aged care organisation celebrates 30 years
Brothers celebrate 50 years in medicine
New book compiled as breast cancer resource
Ground-breaking ceremony for 114-bed extension
Suicide prevention briefing to be held in Woy Woy
Geriatrician writes book on medical care for older people
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Opera in the Arboretum despite difficult five weeks
Troubadour president to speak at regional seminar
Rotary club pledges $40,000 for music program
Artist holds exhibition in Botanic Garden
Local pair produce TV program on men and their sheds
Children's film in Woy Woy
Meet the authors at library talks
Artists' collective moves to Ettalong
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Principal stresses importance of reading program
Robotics to be taught at primary school
Assembly for day against violence and bullying
Year's first Interact meeting at Umina campus
Scholarship will help pay for university studies
Garden bed restored
Harmony Day held at Pretty Beach
Ettalong misses out
Swimmers qualify for zone carnival
Teddy Bears' Picnic at Woy Woy South
Students compete in zone swimming carnival
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Umina was top-performing surf life saving club
Roosters have first loss of season
Premier League competition starts without Umina
Champions emerge in Handicap Pairs
Netball club seeks players
New oxygen kits for surf clubs
Retired international to develop SEU juniors
Southern Spirit wins champion player awards
Ettalong wins Seniors Triple title

Troubadour president to speak at regional seminar

Troubadour Folk Club president Mr Michael Fine will be keynote speaker at the Central Coast Regional Creativity and Wellbeing Seminar being held in Erina on March 27.

Mr Fine of Woy Woy is a sociology professor at Macquarie University and a published author and researcher.

Mr Fine will give a talk entitled Liberating Creative Ageing - breaking through the barriers of old age and artistic creation.

"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 21 per cent, or more than one in five of the 327,723 people who live on the Central Coast, was aged 65 and over in 2016," Mr Fine said.

"This demographic profile is very much like the one predicted for the rest of the country in about 20 years' time and helps make the Central Coast an exciting area in which to live and work.

"With extended years of life, we have the opportunity to become a showcase for new and innovative approaches to growing old, such as creative ageing," he said.

"Creative ageing impacts a person's meaning and quality of life, it builds social capital and reduces isolation.

"Liberating creativity has the potential to make people feel more alive and less reliant on medical remedies.

"Those who practice creativity may not just enjoy a richer and more fulfilling life, there may be other health and social benefits, as research is beginning to explore," Mr Fine said.

As part of his presentation Mr Fine will discuss the need for more research on the topic, including a proposal for a new National Centre of Excellence on Creative Ageing in which Macquarie and Newcastle Universities would partner with The University of Melbourne and The University of Queensland.

Mr Fine said that, with the increase of life expectancy, seniors today have new and liberating opportunities for growth and development.

"Often retirement is the first chance many people have had to learn new skills such as to play the ukulele, create films, dance, or to become a poet, sing in a choir, perform with others, paint or draw.

"These are all things that many people explore in their 60s, 70s and 80s that they didn't pursue in their youth," Mr Fine said.

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