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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*



Rotary club raises money for pelican rescue

The Rotary Club of Brisbane Water held a high tea in Ettalong on Saturday, November 25, to raise funds for Central Coast Pelican Rescue and Research.

"The Pelican Lady" Ms Wendy Gillespie spoke to the group about her work rescuing up to three sick pelicans a day, with many suffering the affects of neurotoxins in the water and off-leash dog attacks.

"The costs for rehabilitation of each bird can range up to $150 and two weeks of intensive care is needed once debilitation sets in," said club publicity officer Ms Di Bartok.

"This occurs from significant dehydration, paralysis and then organ failure.

"As supporting the environment is now one of Rotary's seven areas of focus, Wendy's efforts to protect a critical component of our ecosystems is more relevant to us than ever.

"Wendy, who is a science graduate with a life-long passion for wildlife, has been the Peninsula's Pelican Lady for the past 13 years.

"Many of you would have seen her feeding flocks of magnificent pelicans at Woy Woy Fisherman's Wharf.

"Her pelican feeding attracts visitors from near and far.

"For Wendy, the feeding gives her the chance to check out the health of the birds and to administer what help she can."

Ms Gillespie told the group: "It is heartbreaking to see some of the injuries the birds sustain from fishing hooks, and even from unbelievable wanton attacks from knife-wielding people doing it for fun."

Ms Bartok said: "As you can imagine, caring for these wonderful creatures takes a lot of money.

"Wendy funds most of the cost from her own pocket and from donations."

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