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The Peninsula avoids very intense rain
Meditation for International Women's Day
Residents' association calls for limits to housing growth
Tickets still available for Opera in the Arboretum
Greens announce Robertson candidate
Two vessels removed by low loader
'Keep out of the water', surf chief warns
Arboretum boardwalk collapses due to 'wash-away'
Group urges help with beach clean-up
Flood warning for Woy Woy with high tide
Roads closed over three days
Lions club hosts a free sausage sizzle
New CWA member brings joy to branch
Tesch calls for more open space for dogs
Woy Woy carpark project remains while others scrapped
More than the usual channel activity
Dementia cafe to be held next Monday
Time to fix West Gosford drainage, says Tesch
Tribute to Bill Jackson
Ettalong Diggers donates $5000 for flood relief
Fundraisers for Mingaletta
Bingo session cancelled
Food swap at community garden
Good weather for ... fungi
Coastal Twist at Sydney Mardi Gras
Women MPs hear of Pathways to Politics program
PCYC committee annual meeting
PCYC to be part of Star Jump Challenge
The wisdom of age
February rainfall second highest in 18 years
Residents' association supports early say on rezonings
Application for detached dual occupancy
Townhouse proposal justified as affordable housing
Pearl Beach call for complying development moratorium
Plenty of off-leash beach
IPART should decline additional seven-year increase
Simple desire for liveable and sustainable environment
Wicks quiet about rail carpark. What next?
March4Justice one year on - working towards change
What's reason for flooding at traffic lights?
Survey needed of climate change vulnerabilities
Land use conflict signalled long ago
Recreational space demands still not addressed
Builders' award for aging-in-place development
Cases decline to half their peak
Celebrating her 105th birthday
Aged care virus outbreak declared closed
Major project starts at aged care home
Mental health sports fund now available
Hospital opens up visiting hours
Film night raises $600 for polio campaign
Tesch calls for drug for cystic fibrosis
Free mental health workshops offered
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Folk club concert was first in many months
Didge and dance group returns
'Arboretum' exhibition at the Botanic Gardens
Arboretum plans second ephemeral art trail
Table runners and rings produced at craft centre
Crafts centre annual meeting
Dancers to compete in Sydney Eisteddfod
Detectives in the library
A day full of twos
Educational pathways
Hospitality students prepare for breakfast
Ettalong introduces online information system
Aboriginal studies project recognised with award
Max become lifeguard
Students complete Best Start assessments
Leadership and passion for the environment wins award
Patting pet python Pebbles
Whole school assembly is held online
Nice to have morning assembly
'Heart-warming' to see children together again
PCYC to run Easter holiday activities
Parents and visitors back on site
Four relaxed rides planned around Brisbane Water
Lachlan Cork is player of match in T20 final
Peter Springett is on the mend
Bridge club results
Open Girls have soccer victory over Erina
Netball reps attend development day
Autumn pairs event brings tied result
Under-12s win bronze in board relay
Junior rugby league club seeks more coaches
Netball meet and greet
Netball meet and greet postponed
Responding to flood call
Runners avoid the rain
Call to donate to flood relief
Touch football feedback sought
More soccer players wanted
Open singles champion



March4Justice one year on - working towards change

As the one year anniversary of March4Justice approaches, a movement sparked by Brittany Higgins following allegations of systemic sexual assault and harassment at Parliament House, I am reflecting on the Gosford event.

The dozens of marches held across Australia certainly did send a message to the Prime Minister.

Last year women from all walks of life in our community came forward to march for the same cause. It was an event that resonated with so many."

One of the most impactful conversations I had that day was with a 76-year-old member of our community who had participated in the event to protest for the injustice she suffered at the hands of men.

That day for the first time in her life she participated in a protest, representing not only herself but also her granddaughter who had experienced sexual violence at the hands of a man as well.

It was stories like this that reflected just how widespread this issue is and how overdue our actions were.

There is still a long way to go for Australia with NSW alone recording sexual assault reports rising 30 per cent in the last three years.

For the Central Coast the figures are confronting with sexual assault reports jumping from 276 sexual assault reports in 2019 to 391 in 2021.

The Central Coast also recorded the highest number of assaults when compared to other NSW local Government areas between January and September.

This reality is hard to comprehend.

This is a devastating result for the Central Coast and I cannot begin to imagine the trauma so many local women are carrying with them every day.

It goes to show why we all, here on the Central Coast and Australia-wide need to fight for justice and have tangible action by our leaders, not just meaningless words.

Local gender-equality activist, school student Phoebe Sheridan, spoke at the March4Justice last year.

She says: "The nationwide march for justice movement helped raise significant awareness for gender in a quality especially for women.

"The Central Coast March grew a crowd of 500 with only a few days' notice highlighting the passion from people in our local area in regards to advocating for change."

One year later people are still burning with passion.

I've received multiple messages asking about the next Central Coast March4Justice and what they can do to help make a difference.

Although there hasn't been an instantaneous culture shift, the awareness of the issue of consent with the recent passing of the consent education act and a general gain in recognition of the issue highlights the positive effect of march for justice and the Australian of the Year Grace Tame and the brave courageous women who have stood up and spoken about their stories.

Having the opportunity to be a key note speaker at the Central Coast March4Justice was such an honour as I was able to represent a myriad of young people who are facing gender discrimination and sexual assault.

The plethora of girls in my school alone that have suffered from this is substantial and our voices deserve a chance to be heard, which they were at last year's March4Justice - alongside grandmothers, fathers, mothers, children, other students.

I'm so appreciative to have collaborated with a range of women in speaking at the event last year and I'm talking-chanting-marching with such a loud crowd.

It was truly inspirational.

With the number of people still talking about the event one year later, it clearly highlight its effect and the need for events like it where people of the Central Coast can express their passion together as a community and to work towards change.

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