And here’s the latest news from Central Coast Newspapers:
A man has been charged with high-range drink-driving after allegedly hitting a parked car at Hamlyn Terrace on Saturday night.
The 46-year-old man was arrested and allegedly returned a positive result to a roadside breath test.
He was taken to Wyong Police Station where he returned a breath analysis of 0.363.
Central Coast Council has received a Highly Commended recognition in the 2020 IAP2 Australia Core Values Awards for its excellence in community engagement.
The awards are run by the International Association for Public Participation, and Council was highly commended in the Australasian Organisation of the Year category.
Administrator Dick Persson congratulated the Community Engagement team and said community participation in Council matters was important because it created a shared sense of purpose, direction and understanding of the need to deliver services to the community and to plan for the future.
Community consultation is now open for residents to have their say about two play spaces, one at Gwandalan and the other at San Remo.
The South Eastern Park at Gwandalan is a welcome addition following a long campaign by residents to have a park reinstated after the original one in Rosecorp Residential Estate was deleted from the plans with the approval of Council.
The other playground will be built as part of the Tunkuwallin Oval Recreation Precinct Plan.
Work on those parks should start next May following upgrade work at Pete Howard Reserve, San Remo, to create a larger and safer play space.
Council staff members have led the charge in donating lifesaving blood and plasma, once again topping local workplaces for blood donations to Lifeblood in 2020.
The Red Cross’ Lifeblood Teams program sees staff from more than 150 local workplaces roll up their sleeves and give blood throughout the year.
Council’s team have made over 300 donations so far this year, helping to save over 900 lives.
It also ranked seventh in the national Councils Blood Challenge with 130 donations.
The challenge saw over 200 Councils across Australia encourage their staff to step up to the plate and give blood in a specific time period.
Residents will be able to learn about asbestos safety this week at an event at Kariong, as the Asbestos Diseases Foundation of Australia teams up with local firm About the House Safe Asbestos Removal, to mark Asbestos Awareness Week.
The event will incorporate an information session on the dangers of asbestos and the opening of the new About the House shopfront.
The event will be held at Shop 2, Curringa Rd, Kariong, at 3pm on Wednesday.
Saltmarsh rehabilitation works around Tuggerah lagoon system are being planned by Council as part of the $4.7M Tuggerah Lakes estuary and catchment ecological health project, which received grant funding from the Australian Government.
Key areas will be targeted over the next two years with weeding and mulching undertaken to promote resilience of saltmarsh, improve water quality and prevent foreshore erosion.
Suburbs included in the work are San Remo, Buff Point, Budgewoi, Tacoma, South Tacoma, Toukley, Rocky Point and Lake Munmorah.
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I’m Lucillia Eljuga for Central Coast Newspapers.