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27 Nov 2023
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Staff recommend against Austin Butler reserve sale
Surf camp for Nippers in perfect conditions
Christmas lights to raise money for Vision Australia
Lifetime resident awarded life membership
Two Peninsula residents win environment awards
Busy day for Pearl Beach brigade
Bushland fenced for 'ecological burn'
Five Council documents may be open for comment*
Rotary club raises money for pelican rescue
Jayne Mote is a 'voice of volunteering'
Runner to speak to ABC Friends meeting
Older Women's Network raises $1100 for food donation
Christmas Eve Family Mass to be held on school oval
Volunteers sought for Christmas tree sales
Men's Shed thicknesser is reconditioned
Peninsula Men's Shed holds fundraising exhibition
Family history group meets
Book donations wanted
Tennis players have an early Christmas lunch*
Brigade seeks new recruits*
Reid raise petrol price disparity
Progress association elects committee*
Representatives sought for Youth Parliament*
November rainfall is about average
Five units proposed for multi-dwelling development
Planning panel rejects multi-dwelling proposal
Council to tell Minister of planning review intentions
Shopfronts recommended for funding support
The most cumbersome and unfriendly refund process
Outdoor exercise classes stop
IPART highlights need to budget for green infrastructure
Urgent care clinic opens
Volunteer director retires after 30-year tenure
Hospital opens new mental health ward
Bowling clubs thanked for fundraising*
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Art trail to be held at Pearl Beach
Local authors sought for book launch program
Cafe owner welcomes live music survey
Patchwork group has busy month*
Singers announced for Opera in the Arboretum
Monet's birthday celebrated by aged care residents*
Students challenged to super-size everyday objects
Students compete in school chess championship
Dancers take to the stage for Schools' Spectacular*
St John's farewells Year 6 teacher
School issues batches of rapid antigen tests
'Great day' at Umina campus orientation
Visual arts students produce 84 pots*
Students search for solutions to food waste and nutrition
New parents' executive at Woy Woy*
Ettalong takes national bowls title in BPL Cup
Free rescue course for recreational surfers
SEUFC announces new head women's coach
Bridge pairs competition played on Remembrance Day
Charlie named grand champion in karate world cup
Preparing for disabled surfers' season
Charity bowls day raises $2040
Umina Beach wins through to Division Four final
Southern Spirit cricket results
Netball open representative team chosen*
Junior cricket family night planned
Greg Shirley is Major Singles champion
Umina veteran pairs play final*
Woy Woy soccer club elects new committee*



Two Peninsula residents win environment awards

Two Peninsula residents have won awards from the regional environment group, the Community Environment Network.

They are community activist and ACF Central Coast group president Mr Mark Ellis and Mingaletta elder Ms Coral Roberts.

Both won "Be a Team", or BAT, awards at the organisation's annual Networking Night on Friday, November 17.

Mr Ellis won the 2023 Best 12th Man or Woman Award as "somebody who has worked quietly in the background to support others in the from line and help keep them afloat".

Network deputy chair Mr John Asquith said the awards used the terminology of cricket to emphasise the importance of teamwork and showing up when working to protect nature and advocating for sustainability.

Mr Asquith said: "Mark Ellis has been quietly ever-present at community meetings, council meetings, rallies, workshops, drop-in sessions and community consultations.

"His main interest has been the Wamberal seawall, a campaign he has been a part of since the 1990s.

"He is convenor of ACF Central Coast and a member of many other committees, working groups and community environmental initiatives.

"Mark is not a grandstander.

"He works consistently and quietly and is deserving of being this year's 12th Man."

Mr Asquith said the 2023 Rookie of the Year Award winner was Ms Coral Roberts.

He said the award went to a newcomer to the conservation movement who had contributed to the improvement of the region's environment and sustainability.

"Coral has pulled out all stumps to campaign to protect the trees in Austin Butler access at Woy Woy," he said.

"She has letterbox dropped, handed out flyers at train stations, gathered thousands of signatures on a petition, lobbied the local MP, attended events, spoken at council meetings and even spontaneously interrogated the Council Administrator over tea and bickies.

"You name it, she has done it.

"She is truly a Champion of the Austin Butler trees."

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