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30 Mar 2020
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Beachgoer increase sees 52 rescues at Umina Beach
Fishing operators say they struggle to stay viable
Peninsula fuel 50 per cent higher with crude price drop
Early end to patrols, but beaches remain open
'Character statement' may be developed for Council ward
'Resilience plan writes itself' as needs arise
Rotary president returns to home confinement
New York trip turns to nightmare
Leisure centre and theatre close as council cuts services
Bays Fair won't be held until next year
Italian festival postponed
Rotary club cancels Opera in the Arboretum
Information on government website
Chamber joins in buy-local campaign
Wicks urges residents to remain calm
Council forecasts $32.5 million deficit before virus costs
Council elections postponed 12 months
Council to tender for after hours call service
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The dire trend of planning approvals on the Peninsula
Toilet condition appalling
When the Peninsula relied on bore water
Offers to share toilet paper
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Health District 'as prepared as humanly possible'
Public health service cancels non-urgent surgery
Private hospital offers surgery to 'relieve load'
Woy Woy Hospital changes visiting hours
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Photographers and artists wanted by arboretum group
Art prize winners announced
Benefit concert postponed
Folk club cancels March concert
Theatre group reschedules plays to next year
Collapse  EDUCATION EDUCATION
College campuses transition to online learning
Teachers are designing activities for home learning
School adopts Batlow as 'bushfire buddy'
Schoolwork prepared for online learning
Students take part in photography workshop
Events cancelled, postponed and proceeding
Umina launches Learning at Home portal
School attendance drops to 15 per cent
School subscribes to online learning programs
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Southern Spirit declared runners-up after washout
Women's sevens final played at Woy Woy
Netball association may face tough decisions
Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May
Soccer players wait for news about season's future
Swans season deferred

Woy Woy Lions activities postponed at least until May

The Woy Woy Lions Rugby Club will not be back at Rogers Park until at least the first week of May.

Central Coast Rugby Union has announced that all rugby activities on the Coast have been postponed following directives from Rugby Australia.

Administrator Ms Kate Thomson said the board had discussed the implications of the postponement and would be doing everything in its power to assure that senior and junior competitions went ahead at a later date.

"The shape that the competition takes is to be confirmed and the board will be in regular contact with stakeholders over the coming weeks to devise fair and equitable competitions for all.

"We will look at starting the competition from May 16 to give all clubs two weeks to train in the lead up.

"The format is to be confirmed, but we intend to include at least one full round of competition and finals," Ms Thomson said.

Lions president Mr John Hewett said the club was complying in full with the directives it had received from Central Coast Rugby Union and was doing its best to prepare members for an uncertain year ahead.

"At the moment we're monitoring the situation and while I'm hopeful we'll be back on the field come May 16, I personally don't think that's going to happen," Mr Hewett said.

Mr Hewett said the biggest issues the Lions would face would be player retention and sponsorship when rugby gets the greenlight to return.

"It really is impossible to know where the Lions will be come three or fours months time," Mr Hewett said.

Ms Thomson said the board was already assessing ways it could ease the financial burden on its member clubs and will be looking at affiliation fees and contacting Central Coast Council regarding council ground fees to see if these can be reduced this season.

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