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25 Jul 2022
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Umina loses its last bank branch
Census figures show increased skew to older age
Bruce Judd celebrates 93rd birthday
Brigade members help a neighbour
Dr Reid visits CWA branch
Beekeepers urged to remain vigilant
Missing children found
Trees planted in Lone Pine Ave for National Tree Day
Council plants dune vegetation for National Tree Day
Umina man wins $2.6 million
Retired principal to stand for Legislative Council
Garbage truck dumps its load in Ettalong
Woytopia festival stalls available
Council to discuss including youth in community life
Queen Jubilee grant for mature waterfront fig tree
Clean4Shore removes polystyrene from Patonga
Community spirit shown in beach clean-up
Historic ferry 'in action again'
Greens ask Minister for immediate council elections
CWA branch attends inquiry into homelessness
CWA branch sells jams through local cafe
Take care around schools, Crouch urges
Wettest year recorded in 18 years
Review sought of Paton St refusal
ACF branch calls for Austin Butler sale to be rescinded
Petition started for Ettalong foreshore lighting
Approval granted for 273 Peninsula trees
Feature native vegetation for a better business plan
Council should have started rock pool safety work
Will history repeat itself?
Work at aged care home continues despite rain
Aged care home suffers virus outbreak
Central Coast Health provides boosters at Woy Woy
Mental health sessions offered
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Pearl Beach Singers to hold concert
Little Theatre stages David Williamson's Travelling North
Winners of ephemeral art trail announced
Plenty of patchwork projects at crafts centre
Volunteers wanted for book fair
Teacher has baby girl
School raises seven times heart appeal target
Cheerleading team qualifies for national championships
Replacing lantana with local species
Daisy is Griffin of the Week
Designing and controlling their own models
Grandparents' day at St John's
School creates Year 2 Museum
Savannah is 14th in the state
Target program interviews to be held in August
Students prepare for Laycock St showcase
Preschool takes part in National Pyjama Week
Chickens at community childcare
Picnic lunch at Ettalong for Education Week
School athletics carnival postponed
Parents reminded to observe parking signage
President's Cup attracts 11 bridge pairs
Umina women finally complete Major Singles
Roosters to hold Old Boys Day
League Tag win against Terrigal
Surf clubs hold pool rescue championships
Applications open for netball representative season
Junior basketball season starts
Round one defeats in pennant competition
Presented with reserve champion prizes
Roosters' Reserves win Terrigal game
Softball registrations open
Swans presentation night
Touch coaches wanted for representative season
Soccer presentation postponed until October



Retired principal to stand for Legislative Council

Retired school principal Ms Gab McIntosh, of Woy Woy, has announced she will be standing as an independent candidate for the Legislative Council at next year's state election.

Ms McIntosh said she was motivated by "the dreadful mess that education has become in NSW".

Ms McIntosh was principal of the Eagle Arts and Vocational College, which had a campus at Kincumber.

She said her school for school refusers was closed in 2018, even though it had passed a full inspection in July 2017.

"Thirty kids, school refusers, with no where to go, were simply tossed onto the streets of the Central Coast when Eagle Arts was closed by the NSW Education and Standards Authority. "These were kids trying hard to give schooling a chance.

"Of course none of them ever went near a school again."

She said that Central Coast Members of State Parliament Mr David Harris, Ms Leisl Tesch, and Mr Adam Crouch did nothing to help.

"Research now says 50 per cent of teachers were keen to leave the profession and they cite ridiculous amounts of paper work, as a reason.

"Most people don't know that this paper work has nothing to do with the welfare of their kids.

"It is just bureaucratic nonsense.

"Teachers are the new second class citizens," says Ms McIntosh.

"And then there is TAFE.

"Successive governments have reduced TAFE to a skeleton.

"TAFE used to be a terrific provider of free quality education for both kids and adults, particularly those looking to improve their reading and writing or move to a better job in the work force.

"Not anymore. TAFE has been squashed as private providers have been elevated, but they only do a quarter as good a job," Ms McIntosh said.

"No wonder so many do not want to vote for the major parties anymore.

"They feel betrayed by both Labor and the Liberals."

Ms McIntosh was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2007 for her work in education.

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