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2020 Speakers


February 25: Peter Brandon

Guest speaker this month is Mr Peter Brandon. Amongst his many talents (one being golf), he played with us once at Breakers Country Club where we meet every Friday at 9:20 am! He also does Camino walks which I feel sure you will find fascinating; so, if he's not careful he could find a few of us joining him.

March 24: Our AGM

April 28: Karen Barret will talk about Home Care.

May 27: Dilini Manthalaka will talk about Macular Disease.


June 23: TBA

July 28: Sophi Doyle a Financial Consultant


August 24: Debate Final.

September 22: We meet with Roland Storm a music Artist.

October 27: A speaker from Gosford Council will talk about weeds.

November 23: Possible  presentation by the Police on SCAMS

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April 28: Karen Barret

Our past speakers

Jan 28 meeting: Our own Denise Lawrence OAM, played her Cello for us.


This November meeting we have something a bit different to titivate and entertain us. Long before the Bondi Vet and Dr Harry we had Dr Rob Zammit, the Vineyard Vet and we are pleased to say he will be in our presence this month so get your animal health questions ready.




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Our speaker was Martin Howe and his assistant Taylor representing Lendlease, the prime builders of the NorthConnex, an underground 9 km tolled motorway linking the M1 Pacific Motorway at Wahroonga to the Hills M2 Motorway at West Pennant Hills.


They gave us an interesting insight into the building of another tunnel for Sydney which may prove to be advantageous for all of us Coasties in our travels. No wonder the tolls are so high with the amount of extra behind the scenes work that goes into the building. It's not just a tunnel and a bit of concrete. It certainly was an eye opener.


It’s expected to open mid-2020.


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Sept 24 speaker.

We were entertained by Mr Chris King a local veteran actor in Australian television productions, including a seven-year stint in the Young Doctors, starring as Dennis. He has also been seen in commercials, and is now manager of Gosford City Council's prime entertainment venues

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Aug 27 Debate Final




It’s been 11 years since Green Point Christian College won the Lerryn Mutton Shield in 2008. The only other time they won in the debate’s 26 years was in 2001. This team was not even able to participate at all last yeardue to the loss of two top debaters to Gosford High School.

Eager students, and great coaching by teacher/coach Matt Cohen – a debater himself in his high school days - made for this impressive turnaround. Even more remarkable as they won against a very skilled team from Central Coast Grammar School which has taken the shield ten times - more than any other competitor - most recently in 2017.

The debate at our August meeting on the hot and locally relevant topic “That Australia’s need for oil outweighs potential harm to its coastal maritime environment” showed solid preparation of the students on both teams. It also showcased the debater’s keen ability to think on their feet in rebutting points made by the opposition. Insightful analysis by skilled adjudicator Sue Macneil showed what factors led to her decision.

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July 23rd Nadia Winsley from the ATO.

The presentation was split into 2 parts:

Home downsizing for retirement and

how to use and access the various Government agencies through the  "myGov" online service.

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  June 25th: David Fisher Dobbin.

David calls himself a mentor, a coach, and a trainer. David likes to challenge people to “live inspired”. He does this by sharing engaging stories.

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  May: We had a most informative presentation by the Engagement Officer for the Energy Ombudsman, regarding the savings available to Seniors with their electricity, gas and water expenses.

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 April: Two of our Life members, Richard Collins and Fred Leake took us on a trip down memory lane, illustrating the fun and fellowship enjoyed by past members and our members today. They brought our Probus banner to life.      Lucy Wicks, our re-elected Federal Member for Robertson was also on hand to help us enjoy our 35th Anniversary, and our recognition of  10yrs of a mixed club.


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January: Our own Member and Past President Arthur, told us of his experiences in  Kenya, a country that has a "special place in his heart".  Arthur was born and spent his early childhood in Kenya, then returned from England as a Doctor and practiced medicine for several years.  He moved to Australia and has returned to

Kenya many times.

Thanks Arthur we all enjoyed your talk!

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Oct: Rookwood Cemetery is reputedly the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. Our speaker today was Operations Manager Mark Bundy, he told us of the history from its establishment some 150 years ago.  It has been linked to our national heritage and has developed from our fledging days of colony to its present standing in our community.

   We heard some fascinating stories and quirky facts about this historic site.

A very informative and interesting talk.

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 September: A diver from Pro-dive Central Coast gave a fascinating illustrated talk about the diving experience on the huge 138 meter long, former guided missile frigate HMAS Adelaide now resting  just off Avoca Beach - the largest naval warship to be sunk off the NSW coast.

The ship was sunk on 13 April 2011 after a detailed and costly remediation of environmental and safety hazards and following a year-long court battle.

   Part of the ship’s preparation included cutting several large access holes in both the sides and the deck to permit safe entry and exit by amateur divers. The former Royal Australian Navy frigate now forms a vibrant artificial reef for the abundant marine life.

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