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MAN CHARGED WITH 24 THEFT AND FRAUD OFFENCES

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A man will face court today, charged with 24 theft and fraud offences on the Central Coast. Officers from the Brisbane Water and Tuggerah Lakes commands searched a home at San Remo yesterday morning, where they allegedly found stolen goods, amphetamines and cannabis. A 27-year-old man was arrested and later charged at Wyong Police Station.

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EPA INVESTIGATES BIRD POISONING ON THE CENTRAL COAST

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The EPA is appealing for information after dozens of birds were poisoned on the Central Coast. Over the past two weeks, the environmental watchdog has received reports of dead Corellas at Warnervale and dead magpies at Budgewoi. Testing has found the birds were poisoned with the same pesticide known as fenamiphos, which is not readily available to the public. As part of its investigations, the EPA has obtained video which appears to show the driver of a dark-coloured Ford Ranger throwing an object out of the moving vehicle. “The video footage is distressing – it shows magpies and other birds flying to the meat and then becoming severely affected within minutes of ingesting the poison. Dead magpies are visible on the road verge and birds can be seen falling out of trees as they succumb to the poison,” said EPA …

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TERRIGAL BOAT RAMP UNVEILED

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Terrigal Marine Rescue has received a much needed helping hand following a $20,000 grant, announced by the Premier today. It comes after wild storms wreaked havoc on the body’s equipment. “they had a lot of damage most of it is covered by insurance but the upgraded storage area wasn’t so we’re happy to jump in and give them the help they need.” The news, just part of a celebration in Terrigal today- with the new and improved boat ramp officially opened.  

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BODY FOUND NORTH GOSFORD

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Police are investigating the discovery of a man’s body inside a North Gosford unit complex this morning. Emergency services were called to the Dunbar Way complex at around 9am, where they found the 37 year old man lying in a stair well. A crime scene was established shortly after. The cause of the man’s death is not yet known.  

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AQUATIC CENTRE OPENED

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The school holidays have begun, and with it came the opening of Ocean Beach Holiday Park’s new 1.6million dollar aquatic centre. The local tourism body says caravan and camping holidays that appeal to families attract a lot of visitors to the Central Coast “holiday parks like this one, they are a one stop shop. They have activities for the kids and they keep them busy all day and at the same time they’re close enough within the region to go and visit all the other attractions we have on show.” (Audio in parts)

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CENTRAL COAST ARTIST CLAIMS FIRST PLACE AT GOSFORD ART PRIZE

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Central Coast artist Bronwyn Van De Graaff has claimed first place at the Gosford Art Prize, for her drawing, Cactus. While Clodagh ((CLOUD)) Blackburn’s space rocks took out the best Ceramic category. Growing in popularity, the competition received 566 entries by more than 420 artists – 70 percent of those from the Central Coast. The entries will be on exhibition until December 4 at the Gosford Regional Gallery.   (Note: No Audio)

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