Bulletin November 19

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

Total fire bans have been declared on the Central Coast until further notice due to the large number of uncontained fires and forecasted deteriorating conditions in coming days.

The Department of Environment has warned Central Coast residents of a massive drop in air quality as the Coast woke up to yet another thick, haze this morning.

The smoke is a result of the Gospers Mountain bushfire, with the Department labelling the level of air pollution as on par with New Delhi, a city infamous for its smog.

Coasties are advised not to engage in outdoor activity until the smoke dissipates.

The Rural Fire Service has done a significant amount of ground and aerial work, with backburning around Webbs Creek and the lower Mangrove areas, to contain the fire which is creating the smoky blanket.

The CEO of Central Coast Council says there is absolutely nothing to hide in the council’s financial statements and people should not read anything into the fact that the auditors are still working on them, even though it was unusual for them to be so late. The financial statements should be ready by  February or March to go on public exhibition.

The NSW Labor Opposition has said they stand alongside the nurses at Wyong and Gosford hospitals who say the situation has now reached crisis levels.

Nurses from the over-stretched emergency department rallied out the front of the Wyong Hospital, with support from the four Central Coast Labor MPs and the Shadow Minister for Health, Ryan Park.

They say waiting lists for surgery have soared and more than 35 percent of patients in the ED are waiting more than four hours to be attended to.

The nurses say they are over-stretched and over-worked and are calling on the Liberal Government to keep its election promise of employing more nurses.

To sport,

Lisarow-Ourimbah remain undefeated in Central Coast Cricket Association’s First Grade Competition following their latest win over Kincumber-Avoca.

In the Women’s T20 Competition Northern Power Orange sit alone atop the ladder as the only undefeated side still in contention after a blockbuster clash with Southern Spirit over the weekend.

Both teams went into the match undefeated and both were as keen to retain that status as they were to secure the competition points.

To boxing, where Watanobbi’s Jai Opetaia has cemented himself as Australia’s best Super Cruiserweight after he recorded his 19 th straight win during the Tasman Fighters National Boxing Series over the weekend.

Opetaia toppled Queensland’s Mark Flanagan via TKO after eight rounds.

The win sees Opetaia set his sights firmly on breaking into the world’s circuit.

For more on these stories and other local news, pick up a copy of your Central Coast Newspaper at one of hundreds of outlets around the Coast.

I’m Lucillia etc for Central Coast Newspapers.

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