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Collapse Issue 471 - 10 Jun 2019Issue 471 - 10 Jun 2019
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Fuel tanks to be replaced to remediate contamination
Council is 'more bureaucratic and less attentive'
Concrete burrows installed for penguin colony
Village resident celebrates 100th birthday
Tesch to continue to campaign for palliative care
Hamper donated to celebrate birthday
Community halls 'not commercial entities'
Peta Colebatch steps down after eight years
Three receive Queens Birthday honours
Small buses not suitable for Phegans Bay, residents told
Marquart attends fewest briefings of ward councillors
Application to construct new warehouse
Submissions to close on proposal next to St Luke's
'No tender' for Correa Bay boat ramp
Two local councillors claim no expenses
Water rates to drop from July
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Councillors give themselves a pay rise
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Sea Shepherd to clean Umina Beach
Chamber president welcomes Farnell Rd approval
Geoff Melville steps back from a lifetime of service
Rotary club hears about youth cottage
Bill would prohibit Woy Woy cash loan machine
Residents with stormwater issues invited to tell council
Italian theme day
Special lunch for volunteers at restaurant
Trainee named as finalist
Papua New Guinea lunch at CWA
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Have efficiency and economies occurred?
Could some councillors up their work rate?
Living next to a weekend party house
Loud minority of older people take selfish attitude
Democratic representatives or government tools?
Decline in non-compliance is deemed to be acceptable
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Defibrillators for Wagstaffe and Killcare
Memory walk for dementia body
Fundraising barbecue
Physiotherapist is outstanding employee finalist
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Winners of music scholarship announced
Folk club puts on two events
Bays art show is planned for July
Colouring competition for aged care residents
Artist launches art classes for adults
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Pretty Beach principal retires
Pacific island group at risk of collapse
Breakfast club to be extended
Three teams in cheer and dance finals
Arts students camp at Cockatoo Island
School reviews both winter and summer uniforms
First debates in debating challenge
Uniform shop seeks donations
Support unit students enjoy arboretum
New lambs at Umina campus
Rotary Club hears about mentoring program
Grant to install bush tucker garden and dreaming trail
Ettalong students take part in simultaneous storytime
Year 2 students visit zoo
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Under-15s captain celebrates 150 games
Southern and Ettalong loses top spot on women's ladder
Woy Woy defeated by Hornsby in rugby union
Gold medal in vision-impaired games
Selected for junior squad
Soccer camp to be held in Woy Woy
Celebrating 50 years of Buckworth Shield
Basketball returns
Volunteers honoured

Rotary club hears about youth cottage

The Rotary Club of Woy Woy's latest guest speaker was Mr Peter Downey of the Woy Woy Youth Cottage.

"Peter was very quietly spoken but extremely passionate about his work," said club publicity officer Mr Vic Deeble.

"Peter's ancestors come from the Hawkesbury region.

"He studied engineering and had an excellent career as a production manager but when he was at school, he was touched by a friend who unbeknown to him was homeless and committed suicide.

"This led Peter into wanting to help the disadvantaged.

"He studied in his own time and completed a diploma in community services.

"He volunteered to help at Coast Shelter Youth Refuge, which he finds both rewarding and educational.

"He has worked beside Laurie Maher for quite some time, who he says is inspirational.

"Peter likes the similarities of Rotary and the work he does, with people being selfless and doing things for others," Mr Deeble said.

"The first question Peter said he always gets asked about homeless youth is 'Are they on drugs?'

"The answer is no.

"Drug use is not tolerated at the Cottage," Mr Deeble said.

Mr Downey told club members that he houses six homeless youths aged between 12 and 24 in his own home at Umina.

"Peter explained how, to young people, appearance was important.

"You would never pick a homeless young person.

"Peter treats them all as individuals.

"He has a high success rate, finding that education leads to employment and then self-sufficiency," Mr Deeble said.

Mr Downey also asked the Rotarians present if any would be interested in mentoring a young person in the future, driver education mentors in particular are extremely sought after.

"He also pointed out that the Central Coast has the fastest growing aboriginal community in Australia, and that the Central Coast also has the highest youth unemployment in the state."





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