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Road works receive $1.4 million in government funding
Community events granted $42,000
Working bees weed and mulch Runway Park gardens
Phegans Bay rock climber rescued by helicopter
Funds committed to improve facilities for commuters
Certificate issued for rail tunnel phone tower
Investigation under way after human jawbone found
Council to look into installing soap in public toilets
Soap is the best hand cleaner, student experiment finds
Soap is the best hand cleaner, students show
Water and sewerage maintenance projects announced
Former Member for Gosford dies aged 90
Construction certificate for $2.3 million gymnasium
Application to build three townhouses
Construction certificate for Ettalong multi-dwellings
Council biodiversity strategy to be redrafted
Councillors decide to attend briefings remotely
Landscaping work in Woy Woy town centre
Dedicated team for Woy Woy
Libraries re-open on a limited basis
Progress association launches online fundraising effort
Cenotaph to be restored and featured on website
Planning Panel proves to be more costly, says Tesch
Rate notices to include hardship advice
New Rotary president at Woy Woy
No clear Covid roadmap for tourism, Tesch claims
Support line advertised in shopping centres
MP recognises a Woy Woy business in parliament
One quarter of average rainfall recorded for June
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Someone needed to stand up to buzzword-led invasion
Call to Council to publish a full response
Are public toilets cleaned regularly and well?
Commuter bus could not be booked by phone
Average bloke cannot afford extra tolls
Economic Strategy is same meaningless flummery
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Second edition of Stories from Patonga is planned
Award winner finds success as 'mature model'
Gallery re-opens in Ettalong
Television appearance for 79-year-old 'singing caddie'
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Archaeological dig to be conducted at school
Pick up and drop off rules enforced
Kindergarten information sessions to be held in July
Music bus returns after hiatus
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Bowling greens re-open for normal use this week
Peninsula loses 'all-time great sporting identity'
Woy Woy Lions resume training
Life Saving Club prepares for 100th birthday

Award winner finds success as 'mature model'

A local actress and model has been named International Mature Model of the Year on an entertainment industry website.

Ms Amanda Benson of Umina said: "The industry has embraced the mature model and I am happy to say I get a lot of grandmothers, retirement travel and insurance projects."

She said that, most recently she had done a five-day shoot for travel in the Northern Territory the week before the Covid-19 lockdown.

"It was a crazy time because we were desperately trying to get our son home from New York and I had to leave for the shoot - in the end he got home before I did.

"We spent two nights at Uluru, doing various photo shoots including with some of those amazing dot paintings.

"The main shoot was a mock dinner under the stars - it was absolutely beautiful.

"Then we did a promotional Inspiring Journeys bus trip to Alice Springs and that was fascinating.

"We did so many wonderful things - including a quarry experience with boomerang throwing.

"It was my first time at Uluru and seeing the Field of Light was really something.

"The stars in the Northern Territory are also incredible. I've never seen anything like it."

"One of the best jobs I did was promoting the over-50s resort at Port Macquarie," she said.

"I also did a shoot amongst the berries at Coffs Harbour and a three-day shoot at Wooli which was interesting."

Ms Benson said she was excited to be named mature Model of the Year by the StarNow website and was now concentrating on building up her workload as Covid-19 restrictions continue to lift.

Like most others in the entertainment industry, Ms Amanda Benson of Umina has had a lean time over the past few months of social restrictions.

"My daughter moved out and we have turned her bedroom into a home studio so I am all prepared to do casting tests from home and we'll just see what comes up," she said.

Ms Benson said: "Being an actor these days you have to be versatile and do modelling and presenting as well."

She said the StarNow website had helped her build her profile.

Claiming more than five million members worldwide, StarNow was a website for actors and extras, models, dancers, photographers, crew, stylists, and musicians.

She said the variety of work available through the website was "amazing".

Ms Benson said working through StarNow had taken her to parts of Australia she might not otherwise have seen.

"I have been lucky to have been chosen for some incredible modelling jobs over the years."

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