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30 Oct 2023
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Consultation about Austin Butler Reserve opens
'Most pot-holed road' is repaired
Grant funding to repair Woy Woy baths and foreshore
Ettalong Uniting Church closes
Ferries diverted to Patonga
Phegans Bay foreshore plan forwarded for comment
Bill Jackson awarded life membership
Ettalong Bowling Club announces $1.9 million profit
New 'cell' could extend tip life by seven years
Council denies telling farmers' market to close
Police lay murder, drugs, and break and enter charges
Older women's network to hold fashion parade
Trivia night for Top Blokes Foundation
Donation of Christmas ingredients
Kingfisher takes refuge at Mary Macs
Koala song meter survey resumes
Busy weekend for Marine Rescue*
Working bee at Pearl Beach hall*
Pump training ahead of the bushfire season*
Hopes for positive response to road safety concerns*
Improving public transport accessibility*
Second highest daily rainfall in six months
Two-storey childcare centre proposed for Lagoon St
Dual occupancy plan has concrete instead of street tree
Two-storey dual occupancy proposed for Woy Woy Rd
What are the implications of 'modern planning'?
Op shop relies on passing trade
Rik Hart may not be around to keep his promises
Aged care provider reports $8.45M deficit
Event held at Woy Woy for Carers Week
Free clinic at women's health centre
Return to exercise class for new mums
Aged care staff raise $669 for breast cancer month*
Training in suicide prevention offered at library*
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Mural project gains backing of Rotary club
Starting a sewing project with Ghanian fabric
Arts and crafts centre closes for structural repairs
Short films about solving environmental challenges
Movie matinee at Pearl Beach features Caddie
Concert attracts 650 Beatles fans
CWA members attend Wyong theatre production*
Asbestos find leads to oval closure and remediation plan
Rotary club visits college campus farm
Year 6 students complete First Aid training
Crazy sock day raises money for Timor Leste
Grand opening for cricket clubhouse
Lions club donates sun cream dispensers to surf clubs
Leading the October bridge pointscore competition
Bad weather for Ducks
Two sessions to run in state-wide bridge championship
Charity bowls day held in spring sunshine
Eric Tweedale dies aged 102
Major Triples final contested in difficult conditions
Council sponsors surf life saving clubs
Veteran singles to be played on Sunday
Paddleboarders hold Halloween charity parade
President has great opening knock
Help with storage
Little aths initiates barbecue roster



Bill Jackson awarded life membership

The annual general meeting of Ettalong Diggers has elected its former chief executive Mr Bill Jackson to life membership of the club.

The meeting was told that the board had received two nominations for his life membership.

The first nomination was proposed by Mr Eric Daniels, seconded by Mr Kenneth Rowe.

The second nomination was proposed by Dode Simpson, seconded by Mr David Anderson.

The Board approved and supported the nomination and recommended that the members vote in favour of the resolution.

He was presented with his badge, as an acknowledgment of his loyalty, outstanding service, and measurable contribution providing benefit to our organisation during his tenure, by Club chairman Mr John Wood.

"We thank Bill for his significant contribution to Ettalong Diggers," he said.

"Over a decade, he led instrumental change necessary for the future of this club.

"We are eternally grateful for everything he accomplished, and the honour of Life Membership is well-deserved."

The annual meeting also heard that the club had made a profit "from operating activities ... after income tax" of $2,055,489 for 2022-23, compared with $1,350,620 the previous year.

Loan repayments paid for the year totalled $3.9 million.

"Taking the cash operations net profit, adding back depreciation of $1,671,652 and interest paid of $213,868, along with income tax credit of $12,185, our earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) comes in at $3,928,824 or 17.12 per cent," said chief executive Mr Col Murphy.

He reported the club had supported 43 community organisations contributing $345,000 in cash and in-kind donations.

Through the ClubGrant Scheme, $268,000 was distributed to local charities, service clubs and sporting groups.

Bar sales for the year totalled $2,736,465, an increase from 2022 of $1,028,889 (60.25 per cent).

The trading gross profit of $1,628,884 showed an increase of $628,641, a net profit increase of $319,216.

Net poker machine takings for the year totalled $14,928,536, an increase from 2022 of $4,080,842 (37.62 per cent).

The trading profit of $8,2021,487 showed an increase of $2,304,085 (39.07 per cent).

Total catering sales for the period were $3,782,387.

"The trading gross profit was $2,608,432 and Catering generated a net profit of $224,381 which amounted to an increase of $249,922," according to the directors' report.

Pictured is chairman Mr John Wood, with Ms Anola Jackson and Mr Bill Jackson.

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