Bulletin September 18

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

Hardys Bay residents are experiencing problems with a series of water main breaks along a stretch of Araluen Dve.

Locals say there’s been about 22 breaks within 18 months and they were told that the full length of the water main was going to be replaced in 2019, but still nothing has happened.

Central Coast Council say it hopes construction can start by March 2021.

The Bouddi Peninsula Arts Trail is one of the few events that will go ahead this October long weekend.

The trail is a unique way to view artworks and purchase them directly from the creator, with 12 local artists and artisans opening their studios.

The Arts Trail will start in Killcare Heights through to Hardys Bay and then on to Pretty Beach and Wagstaffe.

The ongoing issue of mobility access to The Pavilion at Woy Woy could finally come to an end after representatives from both Deepwater Plaza and The Pavilion met to discuss possible works.

Plans could include a new pedestrian crossing between the two premises as well as a portion of the gutter being levelled for wheelchair and mobility assistance devices to easily access the Pavilion’s pavement.

An additional access point for shopping trolleys and wheelchairs within the carpark is also being considered.

There is currently a ramp from the shop level to the street but no safe means for people with mobility issues to safely travel from the ramp down to the carpark due to the high kerb and guttering.

Central Coast Council’s recent announcement to build a fence on St Huberts Island bridge has angered the community, especially after learning that the Federal Government will put $900,000 towards construction of what the locals call an ugly barrier.

They say it is a misuse of precious public money just to address the complaints of a handful of residents, but will not solve the problem of a narrow footpath across the bridge.

Tuggerah’s Options Theatre Company has commenced pre-production on what the company’s hoping will become a hit television program.

An offshoot of Options Disability Support, the theatre company recently received a $50,000 grant from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation to convert their popular online segment, The Friday Show, to television.

According to Company Artistic Director, Stuart Smith, the segment was launched to keep the company’s 100 strong ensemble connected during lockdown and had grown to be a breakout success.

That same ensemble is now set to feature in the show, which Smith is hopeful will have its pilot episode wrapped up by December.

The Central Coast Crusaders will be looking to make it back to back championships when the finals of the Waratah Basketball League get underway from Saturday.

A first in Crusaders’ history, all four of the club’s teams competing in the league will be on court for the finals series, with the Crusaders’ Women set to face the Hornsby Ku Ring Gai Spiders, while the Youth Men and Youth Women will go up against the Norths Bears and the Sydney Comets respectively.

But all eyes will be on the Crusaders’ Men’s clash with the Sutherland Sharks, with the Crusaders needing to overcome the Sharks in the semi-final to keep their dream of back to back championships alive.

For more on these stories and lots of other local news, pick up a copy of your free Central Coast Newspaper from one of hundreds of outlets around the Coast or read us online at coastcommunitynews.com.au.

I’m Cec Bucello for Central Coast Newspapers.

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