Bulletin February 12

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

A man has now been charged following a police pursuit on the Central Coast on Thursday morning that’s left a police officer with a fractured wrist and facial injuries.

Police will allege in court that at about 11am, police officers attempted to pull over a black Mercedes on the Pacific Highway at Murrays Beach.

The driver failed to stop and a pursuit ensued down the M1.

At Kariong, the Mercedes crashed into two police cars and the driver was taken to Gosford police station.

Central Coast mogul skier, Matt Graham, has found himself ranked number one on the International Ski Federation’s World Cup standings after back-to-back podium placements in events held in Deer Valley, USA.

On February 5, Graham earned his second medal of the season with a third place finish in the Men’s Moguls with a super final jump that was the highest degree of difficulty of his World Cup career.

On the next day, Graham competed in the Men’s Dual Moguls, going in at fourth in the overall standings, with fellow Aussie, Brodie Summers, behind him in fifth.

Graham outdid his previous day’s performance in the snowy conditions, placing second behind Mikael Kingsbury, with Summers finishing eighth for the second day in a row.

On the overall score tally, Graham has now moved into first place, the first time an Australian has taken this position since the world renowned, Dale Begg-Smith in 2010.

A desalination plant could be back on the agenda for the region, but the former preferred site of beneath the Budgewoi dunes is off the table.

Central Coast Council is inviting residents to provide feedback on proposed modifications to existing planning approvals for the possible construction of a drought response desalination plant.

Administrator, Dick Persson, said the project was one of two measures critical to securing the Coast’s water supply for the future.

The existing planning approval for the intake structure would be modified from being located under the sand dunes at Budgewoi Beach, to a direct ocean intake structure off the coast between Jenny Dixon Beach, Noraville, and Pelican Point Beach, Magenta.

Council is trialling new technology using video footage and machine learning to deliver an automated assessment of road conditions.

The system is designed to be easily mounted to Council vehicles used by inspectors and rangers who are already driving across the road network on a regular basis.

The Director of Roads Transport Drainage and Waste, Boris Bolgoff, says this new system could provide a safer and more cost-effective means for monitoring and assessing the 2,200km of Central Coast roads.

A community service organisation promoting inclusion, fairness and social justice is a launching a new program in primary schools to challenge stereotypes about disability.

It’s a free program called Different on the Outside, Same on the Inside, and is aimed at primary school aged children.

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 Charlea for Central Coast Newspapers

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