Group meditation sessions return to Ocean Beach

For many months, I have noticed the deterioration of the painted timber privacy screens outside the front of Gosford Council Chambers.

It is estimated the refurbishment of the building to accommodate Council meetings was at least $1 million.

Yet the budget did not seem to stretch to purchase a small can of paint to maintain the screens.

The refurbished office is now sitting collecting dust unused.

With the neglect of this public facade by Council staff, alternative action was required.

Applying my best citizenship hat, I demonstrated to the Council’s CEO the technique to improve the building entrance, appropriate for a building situated in the main street of Gosford.

Using a small can of sealer undercoat, I started the job, writing “CEO Dulux please”.

Police have questioned my actions and I await further developments.

Will the council spend its money to buy a can of paint, or will it spend its money to prosecute me?

Letter, 4 Aug 2020

Norm Harris, Umi Free group meditation sessions have resumed at Ocean Beach.

The Making Meditation Mainstream sessions are to be held on Saturday mornings at 6:30 am at Ocean Beach, with a coronavirus management plan in place.

The weekly program was moved from the beach to online live streams, at the onset of coronavirus restrictions.

With the easing of restrictions, they have now returned to face-to-face sessions.

Member for Gosford Ms Liesl Tesch said she endorsed the group sessions which were started in response to the growing challenges in maintaining mental health, as well as an increased suicide rate.

“During this pandemic we’ve all had to face unprecedented changes to our everyday lives and I know many locals are also fighting their own personal battles at the moment whether they be financial, social or health-related.

“This program gives us all an opportunity to release our stresses and work on our mental health as well as socialise in a supportive environment with like-minded people.

“It’s always important to pay attention to your mental health.

“I encourage everyone to participate in mindful exercise and take some time out for your own wellbeing.”

SOURCE: Liesl Tesch, Member for Gosford