And here’s the latest news from Central Coast Newspapers.

Preliminary roadworks have started on Ruttleys Rd, Mannering Park, in preparation for the installation of a huge solar farm.

It is a partnership between Delta Electricity and Enernet Global and is part of a long term plan for the transition of the coal fired Vales Point Power Station to renewable energy.

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate a man wanted on an outstanding warrant on the Central Coast.

Harley Barwick, aged 25, is wanted in relation to an alleged stabbing incident last week.

Officers attached to Brisbane Water Police District have commenced inquiries into his whereabouts.

He is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 190 and 195cm tall with a thin build, blonde hair and brown eyes.

The public is urged not to approach him, but if he is seen, to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.

The Central Coast Local Health District is encouraging residents to take extra precautions against mosquito bites, after recent wet weather events has seen the winged pests’ numbers explode on the Coast.

Acting Public Health Director, Dr Katherine Todd, said mosquitos can transmit Ross River virus and the Barmah Forest virus, both of which had no specific treatment, with the best defence being to not get bitten in the first place.

Central Coast Koalas are holding a koala search day in Dooralong on Saturday and members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The day will be led by local conservationist, Jake Cassar, and will include educational talks about bushcraft and discussion about conservation projects on the Coast as the community comes together to search bushland around Dooralong for signs of koalas.

SBS television will be attending the day to film a feature story on the Coast’s recent push to protect the koala population.

The day gets underway at Dooralong Hall from 10am.

Australians from near and far are descending on Sydney for Saturday night’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and among them are a contingent of Central Coast residents, who’ll be riding the first ever Coastal Twist Central Coast Pride float.

A labour of love and a massive win for LGBTIQ visibility on the Coast, the float and matching costumes were made by the combined efforts of local LGBTIQ community groups and volunteers, with 80 residents set to take part in the parade.

Closer to home, the Naughty Noodle Fun Haus will take over Woy Woy Leagues Club on Saturday night with their Mardi Gras dance party which will include a live cross to the festival courtesy of the SBS.

Meanwhile, Tuggerah’s youth arts theatre company, Jopuka Productions, will also be flying the rainbow flag for the Central Coast in the parade, with their own float set to celebrate their rich history of providing a platform for emerging young LGBTIQ voices from the community.

Both floats will be in the parade at numbers 165 and 166.

To Sport,

Alen Stajcic has named his extended squad for Hyundai A-League Round 21 as the Mariners look to snap a six-game losing streak when they take on Western United.

The Mariners have shown promise the past two weeks in strong performances against Adelaide United and Sydney FC but have gone down 2-0 and 3-0 respectively and need to bounce back in Geelong.

The 18-man group from the loss to Sydney remains intact, with the key additions of Kye Rowles and Dylan Fox to the defensive stocks.

For more on these stories and other local news, pick up a copy of your Central Coast Newspaper from one of hundreds of outlets around the Coast.

I’m Dilon Luke for Central Coast Newspapers.

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