AQUATIC: Paddleboard action for all at foreshore festival

FAMILY-FRIENDLY: The paddleboarding fun starts at 10am on Sunday, August 31. Picture: Dean OslandLAKE Macquarie stand-up paddlers are invited to take part in the inaugural Central Coast Saltwater Festival on Sunday, August 31, at The Entrance.
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The event, the opening event of the stand-up paddleboard season, is along The Entrance foreshore. There are two major races, the 6-kilometre race and the 100-metre race. Paddling starts at 10am.

The family-friendly event has multiple categories – male/female, opens, over 40s, over 50s and juniors. Registration costs $55 and includes items such as a T-shirt and dry bag.

The festival will also have market stalls, kids’ activities and entertainment. All proceeds go to Kamira, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility for women with children.

■ Visit centralcoastsaltwaterfestival南京夜网.au.

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LEAGUE: Scorpions climb to second on ladder

MAIN MAN: Macquarie Scorpions would like nothing more than to win the title for inspirational skipper Danny Vaughan. Picture: David StewartMACQUARIE moved into second place on the Newcastle rugby league premiership ladder with a 26-6 win over leaders Western Suburbs at Toronto on Saturday.
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The win locked in a top-three finish for the Scorpions.

The minor premiership is now also a possibility for the Scorpions with just one round to play before the semi-finals.

Halfback Mick Moran scored a try to open the points for Macquarie, and set up a 14-nil lead at the break.

But the news was not all good for Moran, club football secretary Stephen Woodbridge said.

“Unfortunately for the Scorpions, Moran left the field not long after scoring when he suffered a calf injury that could sideline him for the vital clash against Cessnock this weekend,” Woodbridge said.

Coach Barrie Moore was ecstatic after the game. He said it was easily the club’s best win of the season.

“He heaped praise on the team’s defensive display, and said that was the difference between the two teams,” Woodbridge said.

“He said to concede only one try to Wests – and that was from a kick – emphasised just how well they defended across the park.”

Andy Sumner and Randall Briggs were very strong in that department, and a hat-trick of tries to centre Royce Geoffrey was impressive.

Moore said it was a special day for the Scorpions. Not only did they win in front of the Scorpions Old Boys, but it could also have been captain Danny Vaughan’s last game at Toronto.

Moore said it was not the time to get carried away.

“Although we have played some very good football and cemented a top-three spot, we have not won anything yet, and the club needs to lift further leading into the semi-finals,” he said.

The Scorpions travel to take on Cessnock this Saturday. Though a win could have them win the minor premiership, a loss will almost certainly see them finish third on the ladder and forced to play their first semi-final away from home, Woodbridge said.

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Have your say on hospital bus while you still can

SUPPORT: Noleen Robinson, left, collects the latest batch of letters from the Lakes Mail’s Hayley Thurtell. The Lakes Mail is one of several local businesses where locals can leave their letters backing the bus campaign. Picture: David StewartTHE community campaign calling for a public bus service linking Morisset and Wyong Hospital must end next week.
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South Lake Macquarie Public Transport Action Group (SLMPTAG) chairwoman Noleen Robinson said almost 950 signed letters had so far been collected.

She is urging locals to get on board and add their voice to the campaign in the final week.

“Time is now of the essence, as we have only a few days to go before we must close our campaign on Sunday, August 31,” Ms Robinson said.

“Then all letters will be collected from the local collection points in the district, and prepared for the staff at MP Greg Piper’s office to collate and get ready for Greg to take down to Sydney and present to State Parliament and the Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian.”

Ms Robinson said it was clear from letters received so far the service was “desperately needed”.

“So many people explain that they have to ask their families – who are often living in Sydney – to come up here and drive them to the hospital,” she said.

Others have written in detail about the physical and emotional ordeals endured catching a train from Morisset to Wyong, then having to catch a bus from the station to the hospital at Kanwal.

Ms Robinson said the proposed bus service would ease the burden for hundreds of locals.

CAMPAIGN ON THE ROADLOCALS can support the campaign for a bus service linking Morisset with Wyong Hospital in two ways.

(1) Tell your story

Explain to the Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian exactly what was involved in your journey by public transport to and from Wyong Hospital – either as a hospital patient, or as a visitor, or in accessing the specialist services at the hospital campus.

Leave hard copies of your letters at the collection points listed on this page.

Or email them to [email protected]南京夜网

(2) Sign the form letter

A form letter outlining the case for the bus service is available for signing at the listed collection points.

Collection pointsTHE locations where locals can access the form letter, or leave their personal letters, include:


GP Super Clinic, Dora St, Morisset

Tristar Medical Group, Short St, Morisset

South Lakes Medical Group, Doree Pl, Dora Creek

Southlakes Medical Group, Alton Rd, Cooranbong

Wyee Medical Clinic, Wyee Shopping Centre, Wyee

Bonnells Bay Surgery, Bay Shopping Square, Bonnells Bay


Morisset Main Street Pharmacy, Dora St, Morisset

Priceline Pharmacy, Morisset Square, Morisset

Dora Creek Pharmacy, Doree Pl, Dora Creek

Bonnells Bay Pharmacy, Bonnells Bay Rd, Bonnells Bay

Wyee Centre Pharmacy, Wyee Shopping Village, Wyee

Cooranbong Pharmacy, Freemans Dr, Cooranbong


Bay Village Estate, Fishery Point Rd, Bonnells Bay

The Grange, Gimberts Rd, Morisset

Lake Macquarie Village, Stockton St, Morisset

Rosedale Gardens, Deaves Rd, Cooranbong

Mecca Village, Rutleys Rd, Wyee Point


The Lakes Mail, Yambo St, Morisset

Morisset Newsagency, Dora St, Morisset

Morisset Square Newsagency, Morisset

Lake Macquarie Hotel, Dora St, Morisset

Bottlemart, Dora St, Morisset

Colin Moore’s Meat Market, Dora St, Morisset

Yummy Thai, Dora St, Morisset

Corlett’s Home Timber and Hardware, Gateway Bld, Morisset

Hunter Office Supplies, Alliance Ave, Morisset

Wyee Mini Market, Wyee Rd, Wyee


Southlakes Carers, Dora St, Morisset

Morisset Neighbourhood Centre, Dora St, Morisset

Salvation Army, Station St, Bonnells Bay

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Sensitivity needed

WHEN it comes to the issue of Troy William’s sacking as a school chaplain Jim Campbell and Claire van Ryn are blind to the facts.
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Firstly under his conditions of employment he is not allowed to express a religious opinion.

Presumably as part of his training he would have been acquainted with the need to deal with issues sensitively.

But more importantly the voicing of a religious opinion which is in conflict with established fact is highly dangerous.

Sexuality, like eye and hair colour, is what you are born with and not subject to personal choice. In consideration of all the factors involved it is absurd to suggest anyone would choose to be gay.

Adolescence is surely one of the most troubling periods in our lives so our young deserve sexuality and relationship issues in the broadest sense to be treated with understanding and sensitivity.

This is gravely important given the shameful suicide figures of our youth in this country.

—RALPH MARSHALL, Launceston.

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Callous robbery

A WHEELCHAIR-dependent man had two disability scooters stolen from his home over the weekend.
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Forty-nine-year-old Colin Edgar (pictured) was asleep in his Cowper Street home in Young when thieves stole the Shoprider scooters at about 1am on Sunday morning.

Mr Edgar said the two scooters, worth about $7500, were under the pergola behind the house.

“I’d say somebody might have known but I don’t know,” he said.

“It’s a bit rotten.”

Mr Edgar, who lives on his own, uses a wheelchair inside his home and the mobility scooters for the yard and outside.

As the robbery took place, Mr Edgar heard the beeping of the scooters as they were put into reverse, but wasn’t fast enough to see the offenders.

“It would have taken me too long to get up and in my wheelchair,” he said.

Mr Edgar phoned a friend, who contacted local police later that morning.

“Don’t know who (it could have been),” he said.

“Probably just to warn other people to try and keep their machines inside or in the shed or locked up.

“Hopefully the police will find out something about it.”

Mr Edgar has lived in his home for nine years and has never had anything stolen before.

Cootamundra Local Area Command (LAC) crime prevention officer Peter Guthrie circulated an email appealing for information.

Mr Guthrie said the offenders detached the charger from the scooters and drove them to the top of Earl Street, leaving tyre imprints on the grass.

“The male victim of this offence suffers from a brain injury which prevents him from the use of his lower limbs,” he said.

“Therefore the mobility scooters are an integral part of his life in enabling him to travel, not only around his house, but to and from town.

“This callous stealing is sickening and police require information from the public in order to bring these criminals to justice.”

Anyone with information should contact Young police station on 6382 8199 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

FOOTNOTE: Thanks to the outrage Don Luff voiced about Colin’s plight on the John Laws show yesterday morning, a new scooter is on its way to Young thanks to the generosity of a mysterious Ocean Shores benefactor and a delivery service offered to deliver the mobility device to Colin.

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