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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

Investigation under way after human jawbone found

An investigation is underway after a human jawbone was found at Umina Beach on June 11.

Woy Woy resident Ms Toyah Evans, made the discovery while walking her dogs along the beach.

Ms Evans put the bone in a doggie bag before reporting it to Brisbane Water Police.

It was then sent to Newcastle Mortuary for examination where it was confirmed to be a human jawbone.

Police cordoned off the area the following day and a team of specialist police, including a cadaver dog, began scouring the beach for other possible remains.

Brisbane Water police district's Chief Inspector Steve Laksa told media at the scene that it was too early to tell exactly how long the bone might have been on the beach, or where it came from, with the results of further forensic analysis critical to the investigation.

"The jawbone has been conveyed to Newcastle Forensic Medicine where further examination will be conducted to determine how old it is and its possible origins.

"We don't know whether it's 12 months old or 100 years old.

"There are indications that the jawbone has been exposed for a period of time and part of our investigations will include our missing persons registry.

"At this stage, nothing indicates that the location of the bone is suspicious but we're just keeping an open mind in relation to the jawbone.

"The investigation will hinge on the forensic analysis to determine where the jawbone has come from," he said.

Police are hoping dental records and DNA may shed some light on the investigation but, according to Chief Inspector Laksa, it could be weeks before results turn up any concrete leads.

"The jawbone could have potentially washed in from the ocean.

"It could have been unearthed or moved by a dog, but we are not sure.

"We're just keeping an open mind."

Police have urged beachgoers to be on the lookout for other bones.

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