Police close in on killers of Gosford car enthusiast Laurie Starling

Emma Partridge He was an innocent businessman shot dead on a street known as a popular haunt for Rebels bikie gang members on the state's central coast.

Gosford Anglican Church's Father Rod Bower and his signs of the times

Father Rod Bower at Gosford.

Damien Murphy The leadership of Australia’s mainstream churches may sometimes seem slightly silent on the issue of boat people but a Gosford Anglican priest is at the forefront of a grass roots movement...

Man dead after suspected drive-by shooting in Gosford

Killed: Laurie Starling, right, with his brother Jamie.

Rachel Olding, Rose Powell A man has been shot dead inside a car in Gosford.

Gosford moves to sidestep holiday rental ruling

Rhonda Bennic and her Terrigal weekender.

Natasha Wallace, Paul Bibby The Central Coast woman at the centre of a court case that has effectively banned short-term rentals in the area says she is devastated by the decision and will have to sell.

Gosford uses a new take on consultation for its city challenge

Harvey Grennan EVERY public authority pays lip service to community consultation. Often it is just a couple of news releases, a few advertisements in the weekly paper and some dusty display boards doing the rounds...

Man charged with indecent assault on schoolgirl north of Sydney

Nick Ralston A man has been charged with the indecent assault of a school girl girl on a train travelling north of Sydney.

Ex-ALP boss John Della Bosca demands investigation of Auburn branch stacking claims

Barbara Perry.

Sean Nicholls Former NSW ALP general secretary John Della Bosca has called for a delay in the preselection ballot for the state seat of Auburn so branch stacking allegations can be fully investigated.

Chappypie China Time: a 'Chinese Disneyland' for the central coast

The Forbidden City in Beijing, China, may be recreated on the Central Coast

Leesha McKenny Bruce Zhong’s dream for Australia is one of the biggest tourism projects NSW has ever seen – a $500 million Chinese cultural theme park.

Sydney region's first new plant find in decades

Julian's Hibbertia in full flower in the Ku-ring-gai Council region.

Peter Hannam Andrew Robinson, a bushland officer with the Ku-ring-gai Council, was on his first visit to a nature reserve back in 2006 when his eyes fixed on a “straggly little thing” less than a...

Live: Severe storms heading for Sydney


Eryk Bagshaw and Sophia Phan The Bureau of meteorology has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for NSW. The storms are likely to produce large hailstones, heavy rainfall that may lead to flash flooding and damaging winds in the...

Breakthrough in suspected murder of central coast man Ronald Penn, missing for 19 years

Ronald Penn was last seen at a house in Bateau Bay on Thursday, October 12 1995.

Melanie Kembrey There's been a breakthrough in the case of missing former railway worker Ronald Penn, who vanished from NSW's Central Coast 19 years ago.

Teen girl bitten by shark while surfing at Avoca Beach

Kirra-belle Olsson

Melanie Kembrey The shark that bit teenage surfer Kirra-belle Olsson has been identified as the usually docile wobbegong.

Damaged by ICAC hearings, Chris Hartcher announces his retirement from Parliament

Chris Hartcher leaves the Independent Commission Against Corruption after giving evidence on September 2.

Sean Nicholls Chris Hartcher, the former Liberal Party minister alleged to have masterminded a scheme to funnel illegal political donations to candidates before the last NSW election, has announced his...

Woman dies after scuba dive at HMAS Adelaide wreck in Terrigal

A diver at the HMAS Adelaide wreck

Megan Levy A Sydney woman has died after falling ill while scuba diving off the HMAS Adelaide dive wreck off the coast of Terrigal on the NSW central coast, police say.

Diver with the bends flown to hospital from NSW beach


A female diver has been airlifted to hospital after she went into cardiac arrest while diving off NSW's central coast.

Councils threaten home owners with $1 million fine for renting rooms

Sydney's planning controls have yet to catch up with new accomodation services offered by companies such as Airbnb.

Leesha McKenny Sydney property owners are being threatened with fines of more than $1 million for renting out rooms in their homes through short-term accommodation sites like Airbnb.

Celebrated principal Jihad Dib to be parachuted in as ALP candidate despite John Robertson's democracy claim

Jihad Dib.

Sean Nicholls Celebrated school principal Jihad Dib will be installed as Labor's candidate for the state seat of Lakemba amid accusations the move undermines opposition leader John Robertson's commitment to...

Teenager dies after 6-storey balcony fall


Daisy Dumas A 19-year-old has died after plunging six storeys from a balcony in Terrigal on the Central Coast.

Circus monkey escapee prompts debate about exotic animals under the Big Top

Portrait of the monkey who escaped from the Lennon Brothers Circus in Castle Hill, Sydney.
24th July 2014
Photo: Janie Barrett

Tim Barlass It is a scene from a byegone era. A big top tent, lions walking along planks, a performing monkey (rhesus macaque) riding on a miniature horse and camels doing a turn.

'Everyone loved you': Teen balcony victim Jarrod Samson-Hills remembered

Jarrod Samson-Hills.

Stephanie Gardiner He was a baby brother with an "amazing heart", an adventurer, and "one in a million".