What's on: Central Coast
UNTIL May 30, you have your chance to have a say on the Draft Gosford CBD Heritage Interpretation Strategy. It's part of Central Coast Council's revitalisation plan, aiming to change people's perception of the CBD by "repositioning it as an attractive destination for tourists and visitors". It includes a series of innovative, inclusive and interactive ways of engaging and connecting residents with the city's past.
"Well known heritage assets do attract tourism and there are plenty of those in the CBD to make the most of," Mayor Jane Smith said of the 64 potential heritage locations identified, which will replace the scattering of existing faded old and outdated signs.
Residents can make a submission on the Draft Strategy online, go to yourvoiceourcoast.com/ GosfordCBDHeritage.
FREE SUPERANNUATION WORKSHOP
WITH the election over, many people will be wondering what's in store for the policies that influence the way we manage our business and personal finances. Changes are proposed to taxation, superannuation, and financial governance. On Wednesday, May 29 you can join Robson Partners directors David Evers and Troy Marchant to look "at who's who in the zoo post-election and what this means for your business and personal financial strategy". It's from 5.30-7.30pm at Robson Partners Boardroom, Level 1, 207 Albany Street North, Gosford.
Phone 02 4320 0500 to book a place.
FAMILY HISTORY COURSE
WYONG Family History Group is running an advanced family history course over five weeks from Friday, June 7. It will include an introduction to Family Search, Convict Connections, Trove, Military Matters, research in the UK, plus how to search in parts of Europe. With most of us having at least some ancestors from overseas, this course will help you better trace your family origins. Sessions are 10.30am and 12.30pm Fridays at Wyong Family History Group, Building 9, 6 Rankens Court.
Go to wyongfamily history.com.au or phone the cottage Tues, Wed and Thurs 10am-3pm on 02 4351 2211.
Bookings essential. Cost is $15 per day, $65 for the course for non-menbers ($10 and $45 for members).
IN ITS third year, the Harvest Festival over June 8 and 9 of the long weekend is just going to get bigger and better. Last year's event showcasing the hinterland attracted over 16,000 people and boosted the Central Coast economy by $3.7 million. Enjoy views, live music, free entertainment and celebrate produce from around the region.
For the full program, google Harvest Festival Central Coast. In the event of wet weather, check the Facebook page @harvestfestcc. But in the meantime, here's a taste: At Calga - Somersby, there are bush tucker tours, Glenworth Grazing Food and Wine Festival and Winter Feast, pick your own pecans, and an open day at Somersby Gardens Estate; At Peats Ridge - Mangrove Mountain, check out the local farmers' market, the Royal Orchid and Central Coast Soaring Club open days, "foot golf", farm tours and delicacies galore including the Eat Like an Eco Warrior workshop and the Little White Church Café at Mangrove Mountain Union Church;At Kulnura, pick your own oranges, enjoy fruit picking and packing tours or a day on the farm, the Kulnura Arts and Craft Exhibition, and explore Paradise Gardens; At Yarramalong - Wyong Creek - Dooralong and Jilliby, there's edible flower and pickled pepper workshops and farm tours, and a Full Circle Farm Tour based around regenerative agriculture, and more.
BAY TO BAY
GET your running shoes on folks, because it's time for the annual Terrigal Trotters' Bay to Bay Running Festival on Sunday, June 16. Both the half marathon and the 12km fun run take you around some of the most beautiful scenery on the Central Coast, and you are promised a hero's welcome as you cross the line at Central Coast Stadium. There's also 5km and 2km events (but the latter is just for the kids!) Last year $90,764 was raised for local charities.
Go to baytobay.org.au for details and registration.
FIVE LANDS WALK
ON SATURDAY June 22, enjoy walking 10km of our spectacular coastline from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal Beach, via Copacabana, Avoca Beach and North Avoca.
It won't be a lonely walk, with about 24,000 people expected to join the fun. The idea was inspired by Italy's Cinque Terre, but aims to connect people and place - "a place where no one is excluded; a place where family, friends and the wider community are encouraged to celebrate life and have fun. In doing so, take a step to create a more harmonious and inclusive society on the Central Coast and beyond". It takes 4-6 hours to cover the entire route, and allow time to enjoy the free cultural events and exhibits.
Go to 5landswalk.com.au.
PREPARE FOR CARNEVALE 2019
THIS is an early call-out for artists to get to work on their pieces for the second annual Carnevale, themed Beauty...Is in the Eye of the Beholder. Each artist can enter two masks and two artworks (with the cost for the second significantly reduced). Entry forms have to be in by June 28 for the exhibition from August 3-29. It is presented at The Art House Wyong by Tuggerah Lakes Art Society. An Artisans Market will also run on August 3.
For details, email email@example.com, phone 0425 205 849 or go to carnevale.org.au.