Bulletin September 17

Here’s today’s local news bulletin from Central Coast Newspapers;

A suspected gas leak has been blamed for an explosion at Somersby over the weekend which left two people with serious flash burns.

Emergency Services were called to the Girrakool Picnic Area at Somersby around 4:30pm on Saturday.

It’s understood two members of the Terrigal Trotters running group, who were taking part in the Great North Bushwalk running event, were injured after a gas cylinder connected to a barbecue exploded.

Woy Woy based homelessness meal service and charity, Mary Mac’s Place, received a donation of $5,740 and an estimated $10,000 worth of donated groceries and toiletries on Tuesday.

The donations were the result of a community donation drive at Deepwater Plaza Shopping Centre with funds and items being collected at the Centre throughout August.

The winners of the 2019 Gosford Art Prize have been unveiled.

Taking out the top prize this year was Patonga’s Jocelyn Maughan with her work ‘Ken in Grisaille’, oil on paper, which received excellent reviews from the judging panel.

David van Nunern was awarded second place, while Asahi So took out the ceramics category.

One of the highlights for 2019 was the inclusion for the first time of an Aboriginal Art Award, sponsored by Safework NSW.

The inaugural winner was Joshua Muir with his work ‘DATO’ a digital print on aluminium.

A selection of entries will be exhibited at Gosford Regional Gallery until November 3, with the public encouraged to vote for their favourite to win the People’s Choice Award.

A $32 million expansion and redevelopment of Gosford Private Hospital is set to begin with a Sod Turning Ceremony on-site on Friday.

The redevelopment will ultimately deliver 12 theatres, additional beds, an expanded day surgery unit/recovery chairs, a new maternity ward and more, to meet the growing demands of the Central Coast community.

And in sport,

The Gosford City Dragons have triumphed over the Southern and Ettalong United Lionesses in the grand final of Central Coast Football’s Unity Bank Women’s League.

The Dragons secured an impressive 2-nil victory to claim the 2019 premiership, an impressive feat given their player turnover from last year.

The win sees the Dragons secure back to back premierships.

Mountain biking on the Central Coast has received a major boost with the Central Coast Mountain Bike Club successfully being awarded $110,000 by the NSW Government to upgrade the Ourimbah Mountain Bike Park.

The park is the only location on the Coast where mountain bikers can ride formally approved trails and is one of the most popular tracks in the State.

Mountain Bike Club Vice President, Deanne Watkins, said the funds would be used to expand the existing park by adding a new flow trail and will also cover the cost of a new purpose built amenities block on the site.

Read more about these stories and other news in your local Central Coast Newspaper

I’m Terry Collins for Coast Community News

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