News in brief: International Women's Day event; Labor promises extra funding for Coast schools; help for new Wyee Fire Station; tour NSW Parliament House



Entrepreneur, speaker and mentor Kim Liddell will speak at The Place: Charlestown Community Centre, on Friday,  March 8, from 1.30pm, at a high tea on International Women’s Day. Mayor Kay Fraser, who will also speak at the event, said attendees were in for an inspiring afternoon. The cost to attend is $10, with all proceeds donated to Barefoot College to help lift women and girls out of poverty.

Council to help with new Wyee Fire Station

LAKE Macquarie City Council will consider providing $2,000 in financial assistance towards the office fit-out of the new fire station at Wyee Road, Wyee. “The rural fire brigade offer so much to our community and are always there to respond to bushfires and emergencies when we need them most,” mayor Kay Fraser said. “It’s great that we can give back a little that will help go to chairs, shelving, lockable storage and a computer for the new station.” The matter will be decided at the full council meeting on February 25.

Four sporting events in live for funding

THE NSW Junior Golf Championship, and the NSW Public School Sport Association’s under-11s rugby league championship are among the local events that Lake Macquarie City Council will consider funding as part of its sponsorship funding program for 2018-2019. Council staff have recommended funding of $22,100 be provided for four events. “We know that these events bring visitors to our city, provide a boost to our local economy, and raise the profile of Lake Mac,” mayor Kay Fraser said.

Labor pledges extra $43m for Coast schools

FEDERAL member for Dobell, Emma McBride, has talked up Labor’s commitment to Central Coast schools. 

“A Shorten Labor Government will invest an extra $43.72 million in the Coast’s public schools over the three years from 2020,” Ms McBride said. 

“It is part of Labor’s plan to deliver the biggest investment in public schools in Australia’s history. In the electorate of Dobell an additional $20.73 million will be shared by 34 public schools during the three years from 2020.”

A look around the House

LAKE Macquarie MP Greg Piper said he enjoyed giving local people and groups a personal tour of Parliament House when time permitted during sitting days. “If you're interested, let me know (phone 4959 3200),” Mr Piper said. Parliament House staff will also conduct free tours from 5pm to 6pm on Tuesday, February 26, and Tuesday, March 12. Bookings are essential and can be made on 9230 2047. 

Succulent Club sales

CENTRAL Coast Cactus and Succulent Club will host its autumn sale day on Saturday, March 2, and its spring sale day on Saturday, September 7. Both will be held from 9am to 1pm at Charmhaven Community Hall, in Narara Avenue, at Charmhaven. Both sale days are open to the public. The club meets on every third Saturday of the month, from 1pm to 3.30pm, at the same venue.