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Collapse Issue 469 - 13 May 2019Issue 469 - 13 May 2019
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Fish kills could come with seismic testing - Abrahams
Dead fish came from commercial fishing
Councillors inspect Farnell Rd site
Public transport scores 65/100
Precinct committees suggested at residents' meeting
Fran turns 101
Ribbon awarded to cookery judge
Fire station opens its doors
Liberals promise $22M in road upgrades
Promises targeting the Peninsula
History of Robertson electorate
Polling booths
Mehrtens concerned about short-term accommodation
Nine-unit proposal referred to Ausgrid
Brewery proposal 'referred to applicant'
Aged care building construction 'on schedule'
Townhouse comment period still open
Approval for five townhouses
Capital works significantly over budget
Council to demolish after-school care building
Council abandons attempts to trap foxes
More attend Anzac events
Children at Anzac service 'encouraging'
Anzac service at surf club
Community association attends Anzac service
Rotary members attend dawn service
In-house Anzac commemoration
Rotary club honours final wishes
Soup and bread night for Rotary
Children learn to swim
Morning tea at Hardys Bay
Program for parents of adolescents
Trash and treasure raises $5000
Rotary hears about men's shed activities
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PUDS aimed to balance growth with infrastructure
Time to think about a different society
Recycling machine - traffic, rubbish, noise and graffiti
Treat wetlands with more respect
Declare property portfolios
Collapse  HEALTH HEALTH
Breast screening available until July
Volunteers sought by dementia services provider
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Woy Woy could become gay-friendly arts precinct
Folk club anniversary attracts 100 guests
Author to speak at Umina library
Arts grants close at month's end
Little Theatre presents Priestley classic
Workshop held for Flash Festival
Greeting cards donated
Artists open new exhibition
Troubadour to host gypsy jazz-makers
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Parents raise $29,000
Rewards for readers of fiction stories
Students offered a taste of beauty therapy course
Parents asked to be considerate
Anzac assembly at Umina campus
School crossing is upgraded
First place at Performing Arts Challenge
Campus shows support for farmers
Donations sought for Junkyard Playground
Parents asked to keep assembly area clear
School oval re-turfed
Aboriginal education worker starts
New gym program at Woy Woy South
Anzac Day special assembly
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Semi-finalists not recorded in official life saving results
Woy Woy beaten in 'most exciting' rugby union match
PCYC boxers win medals in Warsaw
Both parties promise new netball clubhouse
Two flags for Ettalong women bowlers
Floorball women are national champions
Women's soccer teams leave opponents pointless
Joshua wins nine medals at Arafura Games
Long-time member wins first major singles title
Surf club holds Nipper presentations
Favourites defeated in bowls singles championship
Swans to hold Pink Socks Day

Children learn to swim

A group of 55 children aged between five and 14 spent their April school holidays learning to swim at the Peninsula Leisure Centre.

The children spent the school holidays undertaking Royal Life Saving NSW Swim and Survive Program.

"Swimming is a valuable life skill and every child in Australia deserves the right to be able to learn how to swim," according to Royal Life Saving regional manager Ms Tanya Brunckhorst.

"Royal Life Saving NSW believes that the rapid increase in drowning in young adults aged 15 to 24 years of age is undeniably linked to a fall in the swimming and water safety skills of children in the 5 to 14 years' age group.

"Research has shown that many children are leaving primary school without being able to swim 50m or float for two minutes.

"For many of these children, this has been their very first introduction to learn to swim classes.

"The children have come along each day of the holidays and have learnt swimming and survival skills in the water," Ms Brunckhorst said.

"Some of these skills include safe entry and exits from the water and what to do if you get yourself into trouble.

"Their improvement has been remarkable," she said.

The program was made possible by a grant from Central Coast Council

Mayor Cr Jane Smith said the council was pleased to be partnering with Royal Life Saving NSW.

"Nothing is more important than keeping our kids safe.

"The Central Coast is blessed with wonderful waterways, beaches and pools, but too many lives are lost because people don't have the right water skills."

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