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20 Mar 2023
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Varroa mite found on the Peninsula
Bus catches alight in Brisbane Ave
Italian Weekend planned for Ettalong in April
Happy ending for extended magpie family
First prizes to CWA branch members
Clean-up program 'uncertain' after trailer failure
Minister says koala translocation budget is exhausted
Fire brigade holds information night
Residents asked to complain about phone reception
The attraction of arboretum working bees
Fire fighters visit pre-schoolers
House fire in Booker Bay
Greens would introduce free public transport
Four election candidate join to protect Kariong land
Six groups receive Community Building funding
New kitchen opens at aged care home
Award for Latvian dresses doll
'Creative building fun' at library
Meditation to celebrate International Women's Day
Progress association wins top Tidy Towns award
Inner peace at Woy Woy library
Peninsula groups raise money through monster raffle
Painting workshop at Woy Woy library
CWA branch holds annual Easter raffle
Marine Rescue members receive new ratings
Brigade removes tree branch from road
Rotary club plants peace poles in Uganda
Restaurant celebrates five years of trading
Another dry month for the Peninsula?
Dual occupancy 'complies with planning provisions'
Parking and open space not compliant in three-unit plan
No greater disservice than to disenfranchise the voters
Where's the 'fair go' in this election?
When 'all Australia' does not include New South Wales
Gosford waterfront may stall at the drawings stage
Active case numbers triple in Woy Woy
Hospital phones temporarily out of action
Super-hero gift packs prepared for Gosford Hospital
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Opera was 'great success with beautiful weather'
Keith Potger to pay tribute to the Seekers at Troubadour
Cushion covers completed over two weeks
Organist wanted by nursing home
Student leaders attend young leaders conference
Music students to present a Night Under The Stars
Splashathon to be held on the last day of term
Fostering an intergenerational relationship
Donations made to Ettalong Public School
Under-14s team makes Buckley Shield final
Harmony Day to be celebrated on Friday
Parent-teacher interviews to require internet access
Kiera is Griffin of the Week
Students produce their own podcasts
Breakfast club serves 300 slices of bread
Boys water polo team plays in championships
St John's holds open days
Three Ettalong bowlers play in senior zone final
Swampies golf club donate to Kids in Need
Rugby club seeks players with 'transferable skills'
Top tennis results in junior state championships
Ducklings make it to grand final
Turn Around Triples attracts 28 teams
Bridge competition attracts less experienced players
Upside Down Pairs held at bridge club
Netball association holds meet and greet for umpires
Junior touch club holds presentations
First round of triples championship
Our 24th birthday - and another election
Pre-polling and polling booths on the Peninsula
GREENS - Hilary van Haren
LIBERAL - Dee Bocking
LABOR - Liesl Tesch
INDEPENDENT - Lisa Bellamy
Questions for the candidates: Do you support?
How responsive are our candidates to local concerns?
Two residents are Upper House candidates



LIBERAL - Dee Bocking

N I am a long term resident of the Central Coast and as a child spent every school holidays at Ettalong, before eventually moving here in 1992.

I worked for (then called) 2GO radio station where I worked to improve small business revenue streams.

I then went to work for the Australian Red Cross as the Regional Fundraiser.

I organised volunteers for the annual Red Cross Calling Appeal, as well as raising vital funds for the service via Art Unions.

I left this vital work to concentrate on being a mother to my two small children. ANSWERS TO RESIDENTS' QUESTIONS

I joined several local organisations and volunteered my time with projects such as Clean-Up Australia and the Community Christmas Party as well as Anzac Day and school events.

In 2006 I started work with Weight Watchers in Woy Woy as a leader, later coach, to hundreds of members.

I facilitated their learning on health as well as mentored and supported members through an often difficult journey.

I went on to coach at several other venues and well known for this work.

I was a councillor at Gosford City Council from 2012 - 2016 (pre-amalgamation).

This role brought me into contact with many residents and I worked tirelessly to assist them with their concerns and issues.

Most notably I supported the local community of Ettalong when they opposed the Ferry Rd boarding house development.

Despite Council staff and other councillors recommending approval, I undertook to support residents' rights and eventually the project was relocated away from the beach.

I put the residents first and was always open to hearing their issues.

In 2015, I also opened my own small business in East Gosford.

I became acutely aware of the challenges of operating a business with regulations, staff issues and financial viability.

I have an understanding and empathy for small business employers and employees.

Currently I support the community as an at home NDIS and Aged persons' Support Worker.

I feel strongly about their right to access services that support their independence.

This includes being able to traverse the roads safely for exercise and travel, home care and daily personal needs assistance and pain reduction.

I support the Liberal Government that is assisting families with over $950 per child available to parents through the five vouchers as well as the pre-school fee relief up to $4220 per year.

I am very happy that the Liberal Government has announced that three fee-free pre-Kindergarten schools will be in the Gosford Electorate - at Ettalong, Kariong and East Gosford public schools, so that four-year-olds get the best start to schooling in a play-based learning environment.

Gosford will have a new university at one end of Mann St and a new TAFE at the other.

This will mean our school leavers will not have to travel very far for world class education.

One of my biggest wishes is for Council to put footpaths in every local street, so that people don't have to traverse the road.

If elected, I will work with State and Local Governments to ensure that grant funding is available to Council to fix our roads and that the work gets done.

I will also work with Council and State Government to secure funding for social housing and the protection of environmentally-sensitive lands.

Our beautiful coast is full of opportunities to add land to the Coastal Open Space Scheme.

However I acknowledge that housing must be built, especially for those with low incomes and front line workers.

I supports the great work done by many agencies in trying to lower the incidence of homelessness on the Coast, especially those fleeing from domestic violence.

The health of our residents is also important and if elected will advocate that parking at Gosford Hospital is free.

The 38 new doctors who have just started at Gosford will be just the beginning, with a push to hire more nurses, midwives, and paramedics of utmost importance.

I am also proud that the Liberals are taking the load off GPs by empowering pharmacies to provide some scripts to patients, saving them having to wait to see a GP or go to a local hospital.

In conclusion, I am empathetic, action driven individual who has an understanding of the needs of a wide variety of people and am not afraid to stand up for them in seeking government funding, advocacy and support.

Service to others is in my blood.

That's why I want to be the Member for Gosford.

To serve you.

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