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BRISBANE WATER DREDGING

Gosford Council has renewed calls for the state government to dredge the entrance to Brisbane Water. It comes after reports the Palm Beach Ferry will stop servicing the region by the end of the year due to safety fears. The service’s General Manager, Matt Lloyd, says the channel has become too narrow and is now dangerous for passengers and staff. Although Gosford Council has no authority over the area, they’re pushing for dredging because of the importance of the ferry service to local commuters, who would otherwise be forced to use trains or the F3 freeway. The ferry has been operating since 1975, but Mr Lloyd says services between Wagstaffe, Ettalong Beach and Pittwater will cease by Christmas unless the entrance is dredged.

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EARLY WARNING FOR FATAL STROKES

Central Coast Health has begun a program to reduce the incidence of fatal strokes, which are now the second most common cause of death in Australia. Recent studies show most people who suffer a major stroke had a warning in the form of a mini-stroke, and doctors are now trying to raise awareness of the symptoms.

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SHORT STACK A BIG HIT

When you hear the words ‘short stack’ you’d be forgiven for thinking of a breakfast order. But this ‘short stack’ is far from it. It’s a band from Budgewoi, who are making a ‘name’ for themselves, before they’ve even released a single.

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IGUANAS MANAGER SACKED

The management of Iguanas Waterfront Bar is still refusing to comment, after its Operations Manager was sacked. Jared Golla’s dismissal comes almost two months after he signed a statuatory declaration, claiming Member for Robertson Belinda Neal and her husband, Labor MP John Della Bosca had been abusive towards staff during a night out. Both have repeatedly denied the allegations. Mr Golla, who’d worked at Iguanas for four-and-a-half years, is now reportedly considering legal action against his former employer.

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