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Premier Gladys Berejiklian declared a statewide state of emergency on Thursday for the next seven days with predicted temperatures into the 40s and high winds expected to wreak havoc with fires burning around the state, including the Gospers Mountain and Three Miles fires, which threaten the Central Coast.
The Gospers Mountain fire was on Watch and Act alert and the Three Mile fire on Advice alert on Thursday morning, with those ratings likely to change as temperatures soar.
A total fire ban continues on the Coast Coast until Saturday evening, and Central Mangrove, Kulnura, Peats Ridge and Somersby public schools were closed on Thursday.
Member for Terrigal, Adam Crouch, has been appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast.
The appointment was formally announced on Thursday morning and came as a surprise to many after the Berejiklian Government axed regional Parliamentary Secretaries in March.
Crouch said he was honoured to take on the role which will provide additional opportunities for the Central Coast’s needs and wants to be aired at the highest level within NSW Government.
School leavers across the Coast are avidly reviewing their HSC results and now so are our local high schools with the NSW Education Standards Authority revealing how schools ranked across the state.
Gosford High School was the Coast’s highest achiever coming in at 52nd in the state, followed by Central Coast Grammar School at 100th.
They were the only two schools on the Coast to crack the top 150 positions.
Gosford Councilor Greg Best has pledged to ask the State Government to take control of Central Coast Water after failing multiple times to convince fellow councillors to take the region to level 2 water restrictions as a matter of urgency.
The NSW Waratahs will be training on the Coast this Friday and the public is welcome to go and watch.
The Waratahs will be at Heazlett Park from 10:30am for training followed by an afternoon team activity which will involve the public.
Several young lifesavers from the Coast have been named to NSW Surf Life Saving’s 2020 Pathway Cup Team.
The Youth Pathway Cup offers the best Under 14 and 15 athletes across beach and water disciplines the opportunity to compete at an elite level alongside the senior NSW Interstate team.
Locals called up for the team are: Wamberal’s Noah Nakagawa, Avoca’s Mia Cracknell and Natalia Drobot, and Terrigal’s Emelyn Wheeler and Aymn Hamilton.
NSW are the reigning Cup champions and will be looking to retain their title when the cup gets underway in January.
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The team at Central Coast Newspapers wish you all a safe and happy holiday. We will be back in the new year to resume delivery of the latest local news on a daily basis, Monday to Friday.
I’m Dilon Luke, signing off for the year for Central Coast Newspapers.