Bulletin March 25

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

NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has confirmed that NSW now has 1029 confirmed cases of COVID-19, after its biggest ever overnight increase of 211 new cases.

NSW was already the epicentre for the virus in Australia, with the state now making up more than half of all confirmed cases in the country.

Addressing the media on Wednesday morning, the Premier said that while cases continued to rise, the government and NSW Health are taking stringent measures to contain the spread.

She also announced that the government would be hiring an extra 1,000 staff to Services NSW to assist the government as it ramps up its efforts to deal with unprecedented demand for services and information.

Lake Munmorah’s St Brigid’s Catholic College has closed its doors and fully transitioned to online learning.

Assistant Principal, Paul Lynch, confirmed that Wednesday will be the College’s first full day of online learning, with students able to access a virtual classroom where their teachers will be available to provide support as they get on with their learning at home.

Lynch said students would need to be proactive with their learning but believed that this course of action was the best for the College community.

Construction is set to begin on the Terrigal boardwalk project in April, with pedestrian access expected to be available early in 2021.

Despite criticism from Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, that the contract was awarded to Cammeray-based Land & Marine Ocean Engineering, Council’s Unit Manager, Economic Development and Project Delivery, Jamie Barclay, said the company had employees on the Coast and had committed to employing local subcontractors and labourers where possible, as well as sourcing locally supplied equipment and materials.

Tuggerah Lakes Police are investigating another armed robbery at a fast food restaurant, this time at Wadalba on Tuesday night.

At about 10.20pm, a man entered the restaurant on the Pacific Highway, produced a knife and demanded cash.

The employees opened the till and the man grabbed an amount of cash before running from the premises.

There were no customers in the store during the robbery, and no employees were hurt.

The man has been described as Caucasian in appearance about 195cm tall and wearing a cap, a hooded dark coloured jumper with dark coloured knee length shorts and light grey shoes.

He had a bandanna covering his face.

To sport,

The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed until 2021.

The Coast has a handful of athletes that are confirmed for the games and a dozen more on the cusp of qualifying.

For those already qualified, like Tascott high jumper, Nicola McDermott, it’ll be an extra year of training.

But for those still to qualify, like Umina PCYC boxers, Anja Stridsman and Kaye Scott, it will be a tense time as the international sporting community works with the IOC to determine its course of action surrounding Olympic qualifying tournaments.

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

I’m Cec… for Central Coast Newspapers.

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