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MAN CHARGED OVER GOSFORD AGGRAVATED ROBBERY

A man has faced court today, charged over an aggravated robbery outside Gosford train station. Police allege 33-year-old Luke Henderson punched, kicked and stomped on another man, then stole his bag, just after 6:30 last night. The 49-year-old victim suffered minor injuries and was discharged from Gosford Hospital this morning. Henderson will remain behind bars as the matter returns to Gosford Local Court on January 25.   Vision only.

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KIDS CRITIQUE CENTRAL COAST COUNCIL’S DRAFT CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY

While thousands of school students across the country called for federal action on climate change today, Council’s policy was in the hands of Central Coast youth. Mayor Jane Smith hosting a forum to ask what needs to be done, to help council reach zero net emissions by 2050. A community survey is currently running on the ‘Your Voice, Our Coast’ website.   Vision only in parts.  

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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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