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ELITE CYCLISTS TO HIT THE COAST FOR SUPER CRIT

The Central Coast Cycling Club is busy training for its annual Super Crit races. Elite cyclists will line up at the University of Newcastle’s Ourimbah campus on December 10 for a chance to win $1500 in prize money. Newcastle’s Cameron Ivory took out last year’s race, and the 2017 edition promises more thrills. (audio in parts)

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FUNDING SECURED FOR CLEANER WATERWAYS

A $70,000 federal funding boost has been announced to help keep Central Coast waterways clean. Robertson MP Lucy Wicks says the money will be put to good use, with community groups signing on to monitor plastics in our lagoons, protect marine life and teach school children the importance of conservation. (audio in parts)

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SANTA CATCHES THE TRAIN TO RICHMOND VALE

There was some early – but much-needed – Christmas cheer today, at Richmond Vale Railway Museum. Santa arrived by steam train, together with Mrs Claus and the elves, delighting kids and parents. It’s the first time the trains have been up and running since a bushfire tore through the area in September, destroying rolling stock and forcing the museum to close. The money raised today will go towards the rebuild. (audio in parts)

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BOOMERANG PARK LIT UP FOR ‘ILLUMINATE’

Boomerang Park at Port Stephens was shining last night, for the very first Illuminate festival. The free event featured night-skateboarding and lantern-making, all to celebrate the park, which dates back to the late 1800s. There was fun for the whole family, especially the little ones. The festival ended with a fireworks display – the first in Raymond Terrace for more than 20 years. (audio in parts)

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COUNCIL PUTS UP FENCE FOR LITTLE TERNS

Beachgoers will notice little terns have returned to nest for the summer at The Entrance. The birds are a threatened species, with only 400 pairs breeding in New South Wales each year. Central Coast Council has fenced in their breeding ground to keep them out of harm’s way. The fence protects other migratory species like the red-capped plovers. Birdwatchers will monitor their nests throughout the summer. (audio in parts)

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