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Collapse Issue 480 - 14 Oct 2019Issue 480 - 14 Oct 2019
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Peninsula should speak up about planning, says Smith
Dredging of Lobster Beach next, says committee
Tesch urges Premier to deliver underpass not insults
Good Samaritan removes graffiti
Residents urged to keep cars locked
Residents asked about Empire Bay flood management
Three-storey building proposed for Ed James' site
Councillors to inspect three-unit development site
Council approves 'shop top' plan not above shops
Councillors approve five-townhouse development
Boutique boarding house plan resubmitted with changes
Chairlift concept proposed for tourism plan
Beach water quality remains stable, says report
Annual fete at Ettalong senior citizens' centre
Bowling club staff raise money for Rural Aid
Public bins destroyed in Umina
Playgroup started in aged care home
Bring your bills to the Peninsula Community Centre
Building sites to face sediment control blitz
Residents asked to be respectful
Successful grant application
Trivia night for RSPCA shelter
Aged care home opens new tea house
Retirement villages hold open day
Inappropriate developments will destroy local ambience
A 'village' not as attractive to developers
Let's crowd-fund our own pothole-fixing truck
Party politics claim strains credulity
Excellent newspapers
Non-profit started to support domestic violence sufferers
Workshop discusses diverse needs of older people
Bowling club donates $6100 to Gosford Hospital
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Coast Twist festival exceeds expectations
Little Theatre presents Venetian Twins for three weeks
Rotary club to hold youth gala ball
Oyster Festival celebrates 20 years
Hundreds follow Bouddi art trail
Free family movie night
Formal wear thrift shop takes off
Aboriginal smoking ceremony to open bush garden
'Young, black and ready' information session
Morning workshop to help parents talk about divorce
Ethics teachers recognised in volunteer awards
Halloween night disco
Six students attend camp
Parking information given to parents
PCYC provides holiday activities
Woy Woy students to present Wolf's Tale
Oldest former international sports players at trivia day
Bowling club supports RUOK Day

Formal wear thrift shop takes off

The Formal Wear Thrift Shop at the Brisbane Water Secondary College Woy Woy campus was a shining example of community spirit on the Peninsula, according to campus principal Ms Rebecca Cooper.

Originally an initiative of campus staff to help Year 12 students pick up a free suit or dress for their upcoming formal, Ms Cooper said the thrift shop grew into a project for the entire school community.

The project grew after social media posts about the thrift shop gained support from the local business community and donations from businesses and community members began pouring in.

"The community's generosity was amazing.

"We had over 1000 items donated and we had so many kids come through and pickup not just a suit or dress but an entire outfit for the formal," Ms Cooper said.

"The venture proved so popular that staff members ended up heading out and about in the community to pick up donations and we even ended up expanding the shop to also run on the following Monday," she said.

"There was so much donated and not just the big ticket items like suits and dresses.

"We had businesses donating dress shirts, formal shoes, jewellery, ties, cufflinks, hand bags and vouchers for formal hair styling and makeup.

"It was incredible, and it wasn't just last season stuff or clearance items but brand new, current season fashion pieces in a range of sizes and styles.

"Everything the kids needed for the formal was available, even socks," Ms Cooper said.

The thrift shop proved so successful that staff ended up opening it up to Year 10 students for their formal and to business studies students looking to pick up some formal wear for their course interviews.

Ms Cooper said staff had now resolved to make the thrift shop permanent and the school was now planning how it could be expanded next year.

Ms Cooper said the success of the thrift shop showed how good the community on the Peninsula can be.

"Honestly there's no better feeling than seeing your community shine so bright.

"Our school, business and wider community all came together to look after this and every single donation mattered."

The Year 12 formal will be held on November 14.

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