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Samantha Long is a journalist for NBN News on the Central Coast. Samantha completed a Bachelor of Communication from the University of Newcastle in 2015 and joined NBN at the end of 2015.

QUOKKA JOEY BUNDLE OF CUTENESS ON COAST

There’s a new member of the Australian Reptile Park family, with keepers spotting a baby quokka inside the pouch of mum, Coco. It’s the first joey to be born after a breeding program started less than twelve months ago. Mum and bub are said to be doing well, with the joey set to wander out from the comfy pouch over the next few weeks. Coco’s grin says it all…with Quokka’s described as the happiest animals on the planet. (VISION ONLY)

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SURFERS MAKE HISTORY IN PERFECT WAVES

Avoca’s Adrian Buchan certainly wasn’t phased by the artificial surf conditions, placing third at the Ranch in California. Surfers had to ride both a right and a left-hander… Buchan was chasing a seven on this chance… In the end falling just short. But that’s not to say he didn’t have fun – posting barrels upwards of 10 seconds on his two rides. Matt Wilkinson also took part. (VISION ONLY)   An extended video will be posted on NBN News also

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LAST NOBLE DAY AT CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL

Today marks the final day for Rob Noble as the head of Central Coast Council. He held the CEO position for two years, overseeing the amalgamation of the Gosford and Wyong Councils. He will now hand over the reins to former Lake Macquarie General Manager Brian Bell. Mr Noble will return to his home in Queensland. (VISION ONLY)

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REVITALISE GOSFORD CBD ON RIGHT TRACK

Gosford’s CBD is on track for a major transformation, with the state government enlisting the help of the government architect to revitalise the city. The goal is to create a dynamic and vibrant city centre, while also embracing the waterfront’s beauty. A design team will be recruited by the end of the month to work alongside the Central Coast’s coordinator general. A report will be prepared before work hopefully starts in the new year. (VISION ONLY)

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FEEDBACK NEEDED ON COAST FERRY FARES

Central Coast Ferry commuters could be charged more, after an independent review into private ferry fares across the state. Central Coast Ferries which operate between Woy Woy and Empire Bay could increase its maximum fare by 20 cents. While the top price for a Palm Beach Ferry ride will remain unchanged at $11.60. The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal is wanting locals to have their say on the changes. The submission period will be open until late October. (VISION ONLY)

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UNDERGROUND COAL MINE’S FUTURE IN COMMISSION’S HANDS

The future of a proposed underground coal mine near Wyong is now in the hands of the state’s Planning Assessment Commission. The Department of Planning has referred its report on the Wallarah Two Coal Project to the independent body. It believes it’s in the public interest that the multi-million dollar project is approved, subject to conditions. It’s unclear how long the commission will take to hand down its findings. (VISION ONLY)

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