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6 Sep 2021
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Peninsula residents have 17,000 jabs in a month
Three more residents test positive
Sorrento replaces Saratoga for ferry service
ABC Friends postpone evening function for second time
Mingaletta Aunties 'spread happiness and joy'
Clean4shore seeks new members
Car boot sale cancelled again
Pleased with footpath library
Donations of old phones and laptops collected
Men's Shed sets meeting date, but not method
Complete tree survey, group urges
Raffle for youth leadership program
Albert Quilkey dies
Tesch joins anti-PEP meeting
Running maintenance
Two days of rain brings month's total close to average
Double storey dual occupancy proposal for Booker Bay
Two-storey dual occupancy proposed for Norman St
Noticeable change expected on the Peninsula
Sale of Austin Butler reserve land is unacceptable
Problem exists when poll results in contrary actions
Reclassify reserve as 'community land'
The importance of ABC local radio
Fire up the chainsaws
Tesch criticises suspension of Breastscreen services
Vaccinations now offered at Woy Woy pharmacy
Community commended for helping others
MP hopes our lockdown will end sooner than Sydney
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Festival moves to January with many ways to participate
Competition to create book covers
Acknowledgement of Country sign installed at school
Thriving community under electronic sign
St John offers transition to kindergarten program
Cricket club brothers in car rally for cancer research
Representative netball team interest sought
Bowling club cancels RU OK Day
Softball club hopes to field men's team
Surf club registration days cancelled

The importance of ABC local radio

Along with the rest of the country, from 2019 onwards the Central Coast has been affected by the disasters of bushfires and the Covid-19 pandemic.

In these situations, it is essential that the community is provided with current and accurate information, for example, about the localities of fires or infections and the numbers of people affected.

At a time when local newspapers have been confronted with closure or reduced coverage through loss of revenue a trusted local radio service becomes vital.

ABC Radio Central Coast provides the local community with invaluable information concerning testing and vaccination rates, locations where infections have occurred as well as the consequences of the lockdown and other restrictions for Central Coast residents.

I have been asked to contribute a small segment My Community each week as a social scientist, after I led the successful campaign during the Covid-19 pandemic to get soap installed, Operation Soap in Public Toilets.

The Breakfast Team was most responsive to my concern about soap and invaluable in giving me a voice, and Scott Levi's knowledge of the local people and culture, leaders, Council and processes is incomparable.

With media organisations under continued pressure from online platforms such as Google and Facebook, the maintenance of local media outlets has become increasingly difficult.

Given the likelihood that communities will continue to face emergencies on a greater scale and frequency the importance of local media such as ABC Local Radio is more apparent than ever.

We need producers, researchers and journalists with the contacts, knowledge and expertise to provide local audiences with an awareness and understanding of the events and issues that are affecting them.

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