Central Coast News

COAST SHELTER CEO RETIRES AFTER 26 YEARS

CEO of Coast Shelter Laurie Maher has announced that he will retire this year. After 26 years on the job, the OAM recipient will leave his much loved charity organisation in July. Mr Maher has been a long time advocate for the homeless on the Central Coast, working by the philosophy that ‘everyone deserves to have a roof over their head’. Coast Shelter says it’s aiming to recruit a new CEO by the end of June.

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DARKINJUNG FAREWELLS LONG-TIME CEO

Darkinjung Aboriginal Land Council has parted ways with its long-time CEO, Sean Gordon. In his nine years with the council Mr Gordon has spearheaded a number of projects, including the establishment of Darkinjung College and a Land and Environment court battle to prevent the extension of a sand quarry at Calga. In a statement, the group says it was a mutual decision. (no audio)

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LOCAL LOVE BLOOMING SWEET

Local produce has been the winner this Valentine’s Day, with customers buying up big at rose farms around the region. Customer numbers have been up on 20-17 with the day falling on a more favourable Wednesday for florists than last year’s Tuesday. Growers say the day before is always the busiest, but peak sales hit late this afternoon. The red roses were the obvious choice, but strawberries also made an appearance for a crimson favourite. But the real sweet spot came in the traditional chocolates- the love heart variety the real cream of the crop.

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