TRUE BLUE: Former Coast Shelter CEO Laurie Maher (OAM) is the Coast's Australia Day ambassador.
TRUE BLUE: Former Coast Shelter CEO Laurie Maher (OAM) is the Coast's Australia Day ambassador.

Worthy community service man honoured in Coast ceremony

FORMER Coast Shelter CEO Laurie Maher OAM has been named the Central Coast's 2019 Australia Day ambassador for his tireless support of the homeless and those at risk of homelessness.

Central Coast Council Mayor Jane Smith said Laurie's community advocacy and national pride made him the perfect choice to help lead the Coast's celebrations.

"As a former Mayor of Gosford City Council and award recipient for services to the Aboriginal Community, Laurie has demonstrated his commitment to community service on the Coast," she said.

In his role with Coast Shelter Laurie led the development of 10 different programs: Kara, Neleh and Elandra Women and Children's Refuges, Rondeley Domestic Violence Program, Coimba Men's Refuge, Rumbalara Refuge, Maya Young Women's Refuge, Youth Angle, Woy Woy Youth Cottage, Wyong Youth Refuge and Coast Community Centre.

"Laurie is an outstanding ambassador for the Central Coast and I am delighted that he will join me to help present the Australia Day Awards on Friday, 25 January (at The Art House, Wyong) and will also help officiate at our community events at The Entrance and Woy Woy," the mayor said.

At the Entrance, you can celebrate Australia Day from 1.30pm with a mainstage line-up including local artists and headliner, Glenn Shorrock, of Little River Band fame.

There will be a free activities zone with a huge chess set, Mega 4, bowling, sack races and plenty more for the whole family including Vera's Watergarden and amusement rides and activities for the littlies.

In Woy Woy, activities at the foreshore start from 2pm with food and market stalls, community displays, kids' activities and a main stage line-up including headliners, The Nevilles, before a lantern parade and fireworks over the water.

Council's 'Including You' accessibility tent will also be set up as a safe space at Woy Woy to support people with a disability, the elderly people, parents with prams and others with limited mobility.

Australia Day Citizenship Ceremonies will be held at Mingara Function Centre.


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