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Fast ferry service proposal presented to Premier
Centenarians celebrate birthdays
Gosford by-election to be held on April 8
'Beautiful opportunity' for Liesl Tesch
Woy Woy channel 'worse than halftide rocks'
Memorial erected to lone dolphin
Petrol prices skyrocket to 13 cents more than Gosford
Power interrupted with thunderstorms
Association writes to Premier about jetskis
Council to spend $1 million on Peninsula
Vietnam Vets plan to expand its Ettalong office
Film proceeds donated to Mary Mac's
Senator congratulates Tesch as Labor candidate
Labor candidate selection 'undemocratic', says Crouch
Chamber calls for Liberals to select local candidate
Environment network seeks volunteers
Residents' group opposes home park expansion
Talk about kayak journey inspired by Killcare resident
A week of activities for seniors
Community fair at Hardys Bay
President's position not filled
New set down and pick up area
Attorney-General asked about court closure
Chamber welcomes penalty rate cuts
Pedestrian injured in motorcycle accident
Umina man to face court
Council holds developers' forum
Rotary club recognised at Parliament House
New restaurant opens
Business decision pays off
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Elections must go ahead
Action needed on fuel price fixing
Less opportunity with penalty rate cuts
Rail crossing missing link needs funding
Back to square one
Party heavyweights won't change vote
Don't re-elect Gosford councillors
Traffic blind spots need correction
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Sod turned for hospital redevelopment
Wicks speaks about Peninsula GP shortage
GP 'emergency' a political stunt, says O'Neill
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Williamson play at Little Theatre
George Mann to perform at folk club
Umina singer cast in opera
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School writes to the Council
Kaelan is ACT judo champion
Attention to helmets at Umina
Three students set 10 records
Principal describes school's targets
New sports attire
Push bike donated as prize
Reading Buddies program runs in libraries
Goalball team to be selected
Performing arts groups formed
Softball session at Pretty Beach
School holds swimming carnival
Writers' workshops at lunch time
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Surf clubs each receive almost $10,000
Umina launches new surf boat
Heat interrupts pairs championship
Ocean Beach returns from carnival
Roosters have first hit-out
Charity bowls attracts 50 players
Ettalong dominates Triples finals

'Beautiful opportunity' for Liesl Tesch

Labor candidate for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, has called the chance to represent the people of her electorate a "beautiful opportunity".

The Paralympic champion said her diary already resembled that of a busy politician's so she was not daunted by her new role.

"I am loving it, I really am," Ms Tesch said during her first week of campaigning.

"I love meeting people and I already do all this stuff with the community."

She has already been busy door knocking on the Peninsula and has devised a survey she is hoping residents will complete so she can determine what their needs and priorities are.

Ms Tesch was born in Queensland, spent some time in New Zealand and then lived in Lake Macquarie and Newcastle.

She studied at Newcastle University and then moved to Sydney for teaching before settling on the Central Coast in 1996, settling at Woy Woy.

Ms Tesch was brimming with confidence about her ability to survive the tough life of a politician.

"Through my whole Paralympic career I have worked full time and managed my career, so I have already had a full time job, managed my community commitments and had a Paralympic career so I am already used to going hard,' she said.

Geography is her passion but she also teaches aboriginal studies and business studies.

Ms Tesch has a double degree in geography and science, studied Japanese and has lived in France, Spain and Italy.

In her role as a teacher at the Brisbane Water Secondary College senior campus, Ms Tesch has run a program for aboriginal students, a Best Buddies program to help students transition from the junior to the senior campus and she is the basketball coach, in addition to her usual teaching responsibilities.

"I have officially been in the Labor Party for three years but I have lived with Labor voting my whole life.

"When I sat down with my partner and discussed this he challenged whether the Labor Party would make me compromise my viewpoints and I said these are already viewpoints," she said.

Education is obviously one of her key areas of interest.

"I think, because I have come from public education, the importance of good education at grass roots level, access to quality preschool, and access to tertiary education for our kids so they can go into work, are important issues.

"I have come through the public health system with great support.

"I crashed my bike when I was 19, and I believe the current threat to privatise Wyong Hospital is going impact Gosford."

Ms Tesch said other priorities would include employment and "getting the Coast to move forward".

She said her early foray into campaign doorknocking revealed just how many people are not at home up until 7pm on the Peninsula.

"The commute to Sydney and the compromise to family life because people are on that road for 25 years are also important issues."

As a passionate geography teacher, Ms Tesch said she was also interested in the impacts of climate change on the residents of the Gosford electorate.

"We need as a society an adaptive system and I think our aboriginal elders are going to be part of that conversation; if anyone has adapted in our society it has been the aboriginal community.

"More than anything else I will be listening to the people of the Peninsula and really trying to get a feel for what the people want.

"If I am elected then I am responsible for their priorities; it is a beautiful responsibility but I want to know that people can approach me and tell me what their concerns are," she said.

Mental health advocacy, roads and infrastructure and the changes to Sunday penalty rates are also on her radar.

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