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Labor's Liesl landslide
Dredging is 'years away' at best, says consultant
Board calls for comment on park name
Certificate issued for seven-storey complex
Former Wyong councillor to stand in local ward
Progress association meeting to focus on plastics
Volunteers receive community service awards
Tesch: 'Strong sense of belonging to the Peninsula'
Tesch to fight for dredging
Chamber congratulates Tesch
Anzac Day ceremony
Wreath-laying at Ettalong
Pearl Beach ceremony
Mary Mac's calls for donations
Action group claims success
Co-ordinator-general appointed
Chamber welcomes coordinator-general appointment
Public help wanted with graffiti attack
Wicks welcomes broadband monitoring
Fish and chip entries wanted
Rainfall returns to average
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Downsizing - not excitement, just sheer hell
Forgotten warriors
Please save our sand
Penalty rates have deleterious effect
Paper clip planning led to flooding?
Government should put money where its mouth is
Community forum needed - without developers
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Church host Biggest Morning Tea
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Grant for library exhibition space
Protest, politics and parody at folk club
Pearl Beach artist was highly commended
Ettalong cafe hosts local artist
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Kayleigh seeks fourth show baking prize
Cultural workshops at Umina
New approaches to maths explored
Barbecue on election day
Softball gala day
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Umina brings home trophies from Australian titles
Dragon boat club to enter World Masters
Excellent showing at State championships
Jemma Smith nails top 10 in Ironwoman
Woy Woy struggles in rugby union
Southern Ettalong defeated
Special activities for 60th anniversary
Umina wins unique bowls competition
Trigg wins major singles
Circle Golf Club in action
Date for 85th birthday

Tesch: 'Strong sense of belonging to the Peninsula'

The newly-elected Member for Gosford, Ms Liesl Tesch, said she had the strongest sense of belonging to a community when she was "home" on the Peninsula.

"To me this is home and this is where I belong and what I stand for," Ms Tesch said.

"I feel confident here because I have chosen to make this my home, I have that connectivity, and I have that web of community through being a teacher at Brisbane Water Secondary College.

"People that I knew through the school said they were so happy when they heard I was running because they knew what I stood for, and above all, through my involvement with disability advocacy internationally, that is about striving to get the best out of people and out of place," she said.

In terms of how she would describe the community of the Woy Woy Peninsula, Ms Tesch recalled that she was living in Paris, France, when she received the offer of employment as a teacher at Brisbane Water Secondary College.

"I was looking at Woy Woy on the map and I noticed that it was surrounded by water on three sides and I think that means we all know down here that we are united in that space because we are all together and surrounded by water and the rest of the Central Coast knows we are separate down here.

"People down here are very proud to say and to be known as being from the Peninsula," she said.

"Even older residents that I met along the way knew me because I taught their grandchildren or their neighbour's children, it has still got that sense of a small town," she said.

Ms Tesch decided to have lunch at Mary Mac's place in Woy Woy on Wednesday, April 12, "because I could and I want to look after the most vulnerable in our community.

"Mary Mac's is an amazing community resource.

"This is not about me. This is about me working with the community to deliver what it needs."

Ms Tesch said: "I believe it is my responsibility in opposition to work with the government and to put pressure on them in parliament to deliver the services the community needs."

She said she encouraged Peninsula residents to make use of the Services NSW "pop up" located in Deepwater Plaza at Woy Woy for a three-month trial.

"I would say use it as much as you can because the Liberal Government is monitoring how much the community uses it and we need to show them that over 15,000 locals want their own Services NSW centre on the Peninsula," she said.

Ms Tesch said the core issues that will remain her highest priorities until the NSW State election in 2019 would be health, education and training and jobs.

As for whether she believed the new Central Coast Council was too big and remote to service the Peninsula community, Ms Tesch said: "I think we are going to find it very hard to get service out of a council that has a geographical area bigger than Sydney; we will be fighting for resources across wards".

She said she would be doing her best to work with the new council was remained concerned about the costs of amalgamation and about the lack of action on many local issues due to the amalgamation and prolonged period of administration.

Ms Tesch said her electoral office would remain in Blackwall Rd in the premises occupied by Ms Kathy Smith.

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