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CHRISTMAS BACKPACK APPEAL FOR HOMELESS

Pearl Beach residents are working hard to brighten the spirits of those living on the streets this festive season. So far, they’ve already put together 120 backpacks for the homeless community which, for $50 each, contain essential items, non-perishable food and some Christmas goodies. “They always need things to have a shower with, to give them a little bit of comfort food and clean their teeth, have a deoderant. It’s amazing what they don’t have.” If you’d like to help out, head to their website…or alternatively there’s a drop-in session on Saturday at Pearl Beach Memorial Hall. (VISION ONLY IN PARTS)

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SMALL REPRIEVE FOR CENTRAL COAST RESCUE SQUAD

There’s been a small reprieve for the Central Coast Rescue Squad, as negotiations continue over its need for new headquarters. Volunteers say they’ve received notice from Wyong Race Club’s lawyers the squad can stay in its building until the end of February. They were previously told to vacate by November 30, making way for a $6 million race course redevelopment. Central Coast Rescue Squad says the extra time will limit disruptions to its life-saving operations over the busy Christmas period.   Vision only.

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COUNCIL TO ASK FOR CENTRAL COAST AIRPORT PROBE

The state’s Auditor General will be asked to probe decisions over a potential regional airport for the Central Coast. Last night, Council voted to ‘seek transparency’ regarding the aviation hub at Warnervale and the axed Kiar Ridge proposal, among other ideas. The audit would also touch on financial records, development applications and conflicts of interest in a bid to help Council make decisions on a new facility. It’s hoped public submissions will be taken into account.   Vision only.

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ARTIST IMPRESSIONS RELEASED FOR KANGY ANGY RAIL DEPOT

The Berijiklian government has released artist impressions for the controversial $300-million rail depot at Kangy Angy. There will be a ‘noise wall’ running from the western end of the maintenance facility to the intersection of Ourimbah and Turpentine roads. Residents are being asked to provide feedback on the proposed colour schemes for the wall and any ideas they have for public art. “This is your opportunity. People will be living with this for a long time so we want to get this right. We want to get the community as comfortable as possible.” The community consultation period runs until December 17. (VISION ONLY IN PARTS)  

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MARATHON ROW FOR MENTAL HEALTH

While most of us enjoyed a Sunday morning sleep in, 17 teams from Crossfit Minerva at Tuggerah each rowed more than 42,000 metres to raise money and awareness for mental health yesterday. The full marathon effort took more than 3.5 hours, raising more than $5000 for the Black Dog Institute. “We just wanted to get the word out there that it’s okay and let people know that there’s help out there if they need it. We just don’t want to lose anymore friends and family.” (VISION ONLY IN PARTS)

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NBN NEWS SPECIAL SERIES: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ON THE CENTRAL COAST

PART ONE In an NBN News special, we bring you the first in a four-part series on domestic violence on the Central Coast. Sunday is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. We caught up with local police who are on the frontline, battling this sickening crime. PART TWO Tonight, we bring you part two of a four-part series on domestic violence on the Central Coast. In this edition, NBN News takes a look at the different types of abuse. PART THREE “Not all disrespectful behaviour towards women ends in violence…but all violence against women starts with disrespectful behaviour.” This is the message from advocates, as they fight for change. In the third edition of our series on domestic violence on the Central Coast….NBN News looks at what factors lead to violence in the home. PART FOUR …

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LUCKY ESCAPE ON CENTRAL COAST

Two adults and two children have been rescued off the Central Coast near Long Jetty – their catamaran overturning in the water. A rescue helicopter made its way to the scene – the passengers being pulled from the water by Marine Rescue. All four are now back on solid ground, and are said to be safe and well.  

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