CCN Daily News Brief – 4th March, 2021

Thursday 4th March, 2021. Today’s ‘must know stories from across the Central Coast, fresh from the CCN newsroom. Read by Charlea Tonnet.

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

Four firearms were seized from a storage shed at Lisarow on Tuesday.

At about 3.15pm, officers attached to Brisbane Water Police District executed a search warrant at a storage shed on the Pacific Hwy, where they located three rifles, a shot gun, and a large amount of ammunition.

Inquiries are continuing into identifying the owner of the firearms.

Health workers on the Central Coast are furious that they will once more be forced to pay for parking at the region’s public hospitals from April.

Granted free parking in April 2020, as the COVID pandemic escalated, the NSW Nurses and Midwives. Association says that they will once more face parking fees of up to $23.60 a week.

Union General Secretary, Brett Holmes, said the government had been quick to forget the “gold standard” efforts of its own health workforce.

Member for Gosford, Liesl Tesch, said it was “appalling” that the Government wanted to raise revenue by slugging hospital staff for parking.

But a NSW Health spokesperson said free car parking was introduced on a temporary basis in 2020, to ease the burden on hospital staff during a very challenging time.

With the COVID-19 situation now easing, activity in public hospitals has increased significantly and it is critical that patients, families and visitors have easy access to health services.

Saratoga resident, Jennifer Hartich, is doing her bit to keep the community safe, spray painting circles and love hearts around potholes in her neighbourhood as a warning to motorists.

Hartich said unfinished road works on Moonah Ave, Warilda St, Davistown Rd, and further onto Malumba Ave, have caused large potholes to form and left loose bitumen on the road, making it unsafe for the community.

She said her biggest concern is the unsafe environment that the uneven road causes for children and the elderly getting off the bus.

A Central Coast Council spokesperson said works at the intersections of Moonah Ave and Warilda St were concluded in December last year to reduce capital works expenditure due to Council’s financial situation.

A Council crew has been scheduled to inspect the site and arrange for any necessary repairs to ensure the safety of motorists and pedestrians.

Coast Opera Australia has welcomed a new CEO to the team in preparation for some enticing operatic events lined up for the year.

COA founder and artistic director, Angela Brewer, said bringing on new CEO, Monique Cardon, helped her focus on the company’s artistic elements.

Cardon, said she’d been a Coastie for over 30 years and had watched as the community’s artistic and cultural sectors grew.

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 www.coastcommunitynews.com.au.

I’m Charlea Tonnet for Central Coast Newspapers.

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