Bulletin May 25

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

Public life on the Central Coast is getting a jumpstart, with pubs, clubs, cafes and restaurants to be allowed to have up to 50 customers, from June 1.

The decision is the latest in a series of announcements by the NSW Government geared towards restoring the economy and recovering jobs.

The one person per four square metre rule will still apply, as will a booking cap of 10 people, among other restrictions, but overall, the move has been welcomed by Central Coast business owners who struggled to turn a profit with the previous open for business restrictions of 10 seated guests only.

A search is underway to locate the driver of a vehicle after a police car was rammed on Sunday night.

At about 9:30pm, officers from Brisbane Water Police District were patrolling Erina when they noticed a Nissan Elgrand driving erratically.

When police attempted to stop the vehicle on Sherwood Dve, Springfield, it stopped momentarily, before reversing into the front of the police vehicle.

The Nissan drove forward, before reversing into the police car a second time.

The Nissan drove a short distance and conducted a U-turn, before reversing into the front of the police vehicle a third time and fleeing the scene.

The two male senior constables in the vehicle were uninjured and called for assistance.

The Nissan was located nearby on Willow Rd a short time later.

A perimeter was established, and with assistance from the Dog Unit and PolAir, a search commenced to locate the driver of the vehicle.

A major operation by Greater Sydney Local Land Services (GSLLS) has culled large numbers of wild dogs in the Kulnura area, following increased reports of attacks on livestock in recent months.

GSLLS biosecurity officer, Gareth Cleal, led the campaign, enlisting the support of landholders and public land managers in the Mangrove Creek catchment area, including Central Coast Council, Forestry Corporation NSW and Hanson Quarry.

Meanwhile, the annual autumn baiting program conducted throughout the Central Coast concludes on May 29.

A Central Coast woman is beaming from ear to ear and looking forward to treating herself after winning one of the top prizes of $50,000 on an Instant Scratch-Its ticket on Friday.

The top prize winning $4 ticket was purchased at Charmhaven Newsagency.

The woman said she buys an Instant scratchie every week or two, as a treat.

The Australian Reptile Park is to reopen to the public on June 1, in line with the easing of social restrictions due to the coronavirus.

Park Director, Tim Faulkner, says the park will celebrate the reopening with the launch of free guided tours to be included in the price of general admission, and offering glimpses behind the scenes as well as animal encounters.

The Australian Surfing Awards were announced over the weekend, with two locals taking out top honours.

North Shelly’s Molly Picklum was named Rising Star of the Year for her phenomenal results over the summer, while her coach, Glenn Hall, took out Coach of the Year.

For more on these stories and 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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