…and now for some local news from Central Coast Newspapers
Detectives have charged a man following investigations into an armed robbery perpetrated almost 20 years ago.
In 2001, two men robbed a jewellery store in Karalta Rd, Erina, firing a shot at an off-duty police officer who chased them on foot as they made their getaway in a Holden Commodore.
A separate armed robbery at Richmond in 2014 is believed to be linked to the Coast incident.
No one was injured during either incident.
A 47-year-old man was arrested at Camperdown on Thursday and charged with two counts of robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon and shooting at a person with intent to inflict grievous bodily harm.
He was refused bail to appear at Newtown Local Court.
Central Coast Council will welcome 20 students and teachers from Edogawa City High School, our sister city in Tokyo, at a special morning tea at the Wyong Council Chamber next week.
Also, on hand will be 20 students from Narara Valley High School.
Mayor Jane Smith said the sister-city relationship stretched back 30 years and had provided wonderful opportunities for friendship and cultural exchange.
The touring Edogawa students are studying English, while their Narara Valley counterparts are studying Japanese.
Good news for swimmers and surfers today, with possible pollution predicted for Oceab Beach only. The rest of our beaches have been given the all clear.
A 59-year-old man was flown to John Hunter Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter following a single vehicle rollover this morning at Dooralong.
He sustained multiple injuries and is in a serious condition.
The RMS has advised of changed traffic conditions from next week on the M1 as upgrade work continues between Tuggerah and Doyalson.
Motorists will be diverted onto new lanes from Tuesday at two locations southbound and one location northbound.
The Anglican Parish of Woy Woy has unveiled its church’s new stained glass windows.
The windows, which depict biblical scenes and theological concepts, were created by artist Alexandra Banks, and have been installed in blocks at St Luke’s Church over the past two years.
There are 44 panels in total with the final pieces being unveiled during a special ceremony.
The windows are designed to dazzle and are capable of refracting light on even the darkest of days.
The Parish hopes that, in time, the windows will grow to become a Woy Woy icon.
The ongoing debate between Council and the Woy Woy Football Club regarding a community of homeless people at Austin Butler Oval has come to an end.
The group had set up a number of tents on the oval’s grounds at the beginning of this year and quickly came into conflict with the Football Club based at the oval.
Club officials say the group had created a public health and safety issue with drug related crime and domestic violence rampant amongst the group.
After seven months of back and forth with Council, local homelessness services and local politicians, the group was moved on from the site.
The 2019 My Community Project program is on now.
There are around 50 projects currently listed for the Central Coast with a breakdown of each available in your relevant Central Coast Newspaper.
The program is unique in that the community, via their electorate, can vote for which project they want to see funded via the State Government.
This year’s projects can be viewed on the My Community Project website.
Voting is open until August 15.
And in sport,
The Peninsula Thunder Floorball Club’s Under 11’s are the national champions for their age division after taking out the title at the 2019 Australian Junior Floorball Open.
The Club’s Under 14’s and Under 16’s also contested the event, with the Under 14’s the national runners up for their division and the Under 16’s just missing out on a finals berth after being eliminated in their semi-final.
Shelly Beach surfer, Molly Picklum, has won her fifth Pro Junior event for the year after taking out the Women’s 2019 Skullcandy Oz Grom Open at Lennox Head on Wednesday.
The result puts Picklum at a nigh untouchable position in the Women’s rankings for this season.
The result sees Picklum following in the footsteps of Copacabana pro surfer, Macy Callaghan, who also took out five Pro Junior titles before working her way up to the World Surf League Championship Tour.
Three Mariners Academy players have been called up for Australian Representative duties.
Dylan Ruiz-Diaz and Mikey Katsoulis have both been selected to take part in the upcoming Young Socceroos camp.
15-year-old, Zac Waddell, has also been called up to the seven player train on squad that will train with the 23 players selected for the Australian Joeys.
Read more about these stories and other local news in your local Central Coast Newspaper
Dilon Luke, Central Coast Newspapers