News in brief: Lifesavers make 56 rescues at Soldiers Beach on first Sunday of summer

The lifeguard observation platform at Soldiers Beach. Picture: David Stewart
The lifeguard observation platform at Soldiers Beach. Picture: David Stewart

SURF lifesavers were kept busy across the region on the opening weekend of summer. At Soldiers Beach, a staggering 56 rescues were performed in the surf on Sunday alone. Across the state, lifesavers were involved in 232 rescues over the weekend. Additionally, the State Operations Centre tasked assets to eight incidents while ambulances were dispatched to 23 incidents. Lifesavers again urged beachgoers to swim between the flags, and be aware of surf conditions.

Submission on finances

THE auditor’s reports for the 2017-18 Central Coast Council consolidated financial statements are now available for public inspection. Written submissions from the public will be accepted until Tuesday, December 11. The reports and financial statements show a total income from continuing operations of $651.2 million, a surplus including capital income of $66.2 million and an asset base worth $7 billion. View the statements online at  yourvoiceourcoast.com

Tree policy exhibition extended

CENTRAL Coast Council has extended the public exhibition period for its revised tree policy to January 28. The draft policy requires a land owner to obtain a permit before pruning or removing any tree or vegetation located greater than three metres from their house, where the  pruning or tree removal is not covered by a set of nominated exemptions.

Lorikeets rule yards

Rainbow lorikeets are thriving in backyard gardens because the native plants - including grevilleas and bottlebrushes - are a plentiful food source. Picture: Wayne Taylor

Rainbow lorikeets are thriving in backyard gardens because the native plants - including grevilleas and bottlebrushes - are a plentiful food source. Picture: Wayne Taylor

AUSTRALIANS counted more than 2.7 million birds during the fifth Aussie Backyard Bird Count held during National Bird Week. The rainbow lorikeet remains the most counted, with a total count more than double the second most common bird, the noisy miner. Rainbow lorikeets are thriving in suburbs because of native backyard gardens in which the nectar-loving birds can forage on the flowers of eucalypts, bottle-brushes and grevilleas, a Bird Count spokesperson said.

Coast firm awarded

NORTH Construction and Building, of Tuggerah, has taken out the Medium Employer of the Year category at the 25th annual Australian Training Awards. Regional Development Australia Central Coast’s CEO John Mouland said the company employed 95 staff and delivered outstanding community and commercial developments – including schools, health care centres, sporting and cultural facilities – that raised the reputation of the entire region.​

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