The Local - December 2019

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Issue No 68• A community newspaper for Newcastle’s suburbs • December 2019

In an exclusive interview with The Local Santa Claus has sent his best wishes to the children of Newcastle. The jolly red man and his reindeer have performed a number of daring daylight practice runs across the sky in recent days just to check the time it will take him to visit local families this Christmas. He

has double-checked his lists and is pretty sure no one will miss out. “It takes some months of planning to fit all my Christmas Eve visits in” Mr Claus told The Local. “Of course I’ve had many helpers along the way. When it comes to the big day however it’s all down to me.” he added. Santa went on to mention quite a

number of local kids by name. He said they had shown great effort with their school work this year. He thinks they are in for a real treat when they open their gifts on Christmas Day. He wished all The Local’s readers a fabulous, family Christmas and a safe and healthy new year.









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with Mark Brooker Publisher of The Local

It’s December baby Okay, I get it. The festivities that engulf this month are all about a certain birthday that’s commemorated on the 25th of December. All that fuss, the parties, the decorations and general craziness, each and every year, is focussed on that one particular birthday. To my mind however, before any of the celebrations attached to that date can happen the youngest member of my household gets to celebrate her coming into being on the 19th. I follow soon after that on the 21st. I know that the daughter of my best friend has hers on the 24th, and we love to celebrate that with her whenever we get the chance. Then I have a niece whose birthday is actually 25th December. Her immediate family generally bump the other event off to the 26th so her birthday can be celebrated properly. I’m a lifelong defender of every December baby’s right to a tinsel-free birthday. My mum is too. Without fail each year she recounts the story of when I was born and how an ‘Aunt’ made her swear an oath that my birthday would never be diminished by its proximity to the 25th December. Credit to you Mum, you’ve done pretty well. And I’m pleased to say my family continue that tradition. A study (that I found with a quick online search and whose bonafides I’m unable to confirm), found that one-third of people born in December feel their birthday is overlooked. On top of that, 27% of people commented that their gifts are often wrapped in the paper that is meant for the 25th — but, surprisingly, that doesn’t bother them. (Just quietly, it does bother me when that happens). Chances are that 1 in 12 of your friends and family have a December birthday. Don’t forget to make a big deal of it before that other big deal inevitably drowns it out.

Lambton Park Carols

Lambton Park will come alive with the sounds, smells, and sights of Christmas on Sunday 15 December. Now in its 7th year, Lambton Park Carols is a free community event for families with local food vendors, activities and rides, special performances for the kids, all your favourite Christmas carols, and a much anticipated fireworks finale. “Christmas is a great time of

year to celebrate together. Each year the volunteers from Hunter Bible Church are excited to bring Lambton Park Carols to our community, because the story of Christmas is about hope, sure hope, grounded in history - and that’s worth celebrating.” said Pete Witt, Pastor HBC. Christmas Carols in Lambton Park is made possible by team at Hunter Bible Church, with the assistance of local community-minded

businesses. Lambton Park Carols kicks off at 5pm with food trucks, amusements and markets. Carols begin from the main stage at 7pm. The night ends with a spectacular fireworks display around 9pm. For more information visit or facebook. com/LambtonParkCarols

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Christmas with Dickens at Adamstown Uniting Christmas with Charles Dickens at Adamstown Uniting Church at 2pm, Saturday 7th December, will be a special part of the festive season just as it was in 2018. Readings from Dickens’ much-loved story, “A Christmas Carol”, will tell how the miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, is transformed by the visits of three Spirits, reminding him of the true joy of Christmas. The readings, presented by Newcastle actors, will be complemented by musical interludes, performed by soloists and a choir, with the audience joining in Christmas carols. Philip Sketchley and Jennifer Barnes have put together the musical program. The readers are local actors most of whom are seen in leading roles with Newcastle Theatre Company and other local companies. Readers include Pamela Whalan, Lindsay Carr, Lee Mayne, Philip McGrath, Brian Wark, Jan Hunt, Claire Williams, John Dickeson and Libby Dickeson. “A Christmas Carol” was first published in London in 1843 and has never been out of print since that time. Dickens began public readings of the story in 1849 and they proved so successful that he continued them until his death in 1870.


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an image from the first edition of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” This presentation of readings from the novella accompanied by Christmas music carries on the tradition of a Dickens Christmas with its emphasis on family gatherings, seasonal food and drink, dancing, games and a festive generosity of spirit. Tickets for Christmas with Charles Dickens will be available at the door, and cost $20 adult, $15 concession, $10 child, with proceeds going to church charities and Newcastle Theatre Company’s building fund. For more information phone 4943 5316 or go to

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The tenacity and spirit of a breast cancer fighter will be celebrated next May at the 8th Pink Frangipani Ball. The gala fundraising event honours Sandra Rufo, the late wife of City of Newcastle councillor Andrea Rufo, who passed away from breast cancer in 2005. Sandra was diagnosed in 1994, at just 29 years of age. “Sandra beat the odds time and time again, demonstrating that the human spirit is an incredibly powerful force – and that she was one very special human being,” Andrea told The Local. “During her courageous battle with this debilitating illness Sandra would set herself goals. One of these was to celebrate her 40th Birthday in style by holding a masquerade party. “Sadly, Sandra fell victim to breast cancer six months shy of her 40th birthday.” Since its inception in 2006, $600,000 has been raised and distributed to groups including the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Cure Cancer Australia and the Hunter Breast Cancer Education and Support Committee.





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The Local Quiz

Congratulations to last month’s quiz winner, Moira Walker of Lambton. Your prize is on its way. Last month’s mystery photo was the former Lambton Fire Station in De Vitre Street. This month’s quiz questions are below. You’ll find the answers within the pages of this issue, except of course for the mystery photo answer. Question 1 When was Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ first published? Question 2 Where is the Mr Perfect meet up barbecue held each month? Question 3 What date will Lambton Park Carols be held this year? Question 4 Which Army was founded by William Booth in London in 1865?

Question 5 At which local school would you find the mural pictured above? Send your quiz answers by email to admin@ with ‘The Local Quiz’ in the subject line or post them to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 by Friday 13 December for a chance to win a $50 open order to spend at your choice of one local business advertising in this issue.


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Letters to Alexa responds to responder

climate change that will help protect our future. I am so saddened by the current bushfires and drought, and knowing that The World Meteorological Organization highlighted the link between climate change and these bush fires, I fear these “unprecedented” and “catastrophic” events will become the new normal. Alexa Stuart - Lambton I read with interest your response to my open letter to the PM in the November edition. Maybe I should have been clearer in that I was specifically referring to the mining of fossil fuels. And yes, I agree we should value what we mine from the earth, for products we need rather than simply burning these resources for energy production, when we now have so many viable energy alternatives. This is why I am also a strong advocate for repairing and recycling products such as electronics, refrigerators and even solar panels, and for conserving our oil through the I’ve just read the November issue of The Local, and reduction and recycling of single use plastics. These I’m somewhat disappointed that you chose to publish resources should be valued, not burned creating huge Raymond Parkes response to Alexa Stuart’s letter to the PM, given how badly he misrepresented her amounts of greenhouse gas emissions. views. I’m not sure why you say I want to “ban all forms of mining” as I didn’t say this in my speech. We want Alexa’s letter contained a call for the banning of only to reduce our reliance on fossil-fuels because the new fossil fuel (coal, oil, gas) projects. Yet somehow burning of these is directly linked to climate change. Mr Parkes tenuously expanded that into a claim that Most coal, gas and oil mined is used for energy she was calling for the ban of all mining, existing and production. According to figures from the Canadian new, including steel, copper and nickel mines. government, in 2015 66% of all global coal was used In any debate, especially one that arouses strong feeling such as the climate change issue, it is for the production of electricity and heat. This is such a complex issue and as a 16-year-old, I of important that we all engage fairly and honestly with course don’t have all the answers. What I do know is opposing views. Lachlan Wetherall - Lambton that I will never stop fighting for meaningful action on

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Meeting Mr Perfect... Mr Perfect, a grassroots charity that aims to create a judgement free space for men and their mental health, held its inaugural Newcastle Meetup Barbecue in September. Greg Millan, a consultant and founder of Men’s Health Services, is a tireless local advocate for men’s health and is the host for Mr Perfect in Newcastle. When Greg heard about Mr Perfect he knew it was ideal for the region as there are no other grass roots community activities for men like it. “It’s a great way to get men out in the sunshine and meeting others.” he said. “It breaks down isolation and stigma and gives men an opportunity to talk about what’s happening in their lives and any mental wellbeing issues they might have. “There is no pressure at our barbecues to tell your story or stay the whole time. Just come along and have a snag in good company.” Greg said. Mr Perfect Founder Terry Cornick is humbled and delighted that Islington has become the 23rd meetup barbecue location across Australia.

“There is no-one better to help support men and make this a success than Greg. I suspect that this particular location will be one of our most subscribed and it is vital we catch our men earlier, before their mental health hits crisis-point”. Terry said Mr Perfect holds the Newcastle meetup barbecue at Islington Park on the third Sunday of each month from 11.30am to 1.30pm.

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Spring in and Win Adamstown Bingo, an initiative of Adamstown Business Group (ABG), has been run and won for a second year. Local residents received a ‘Spring in and Win’ Bingo card in their letterbox in September. Over the following two months shoppers had their cards stamped at a variety of local retail and service businesses. A total of five stamps is all it took for shoppers to complete an entry. Winners were drawn in November and then chose where they would like to spend their $250 Adamstown shopping vouchers. President of ABG Allan Turner said the group was really pleased with the result. “The number of completed entries was close to double the number we received last year. It really shows that local people took to the idea of spending locally and being rewarded for it.” Allan said. “Supporting local business is what we’re about.” he added Adamstown Business Group meets at 5.30pm on the second Wednesday of the month (February onwards). All local businesses are welcome to join and attend meetings.


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Humans of Newcastle

Local man Damien Linnane has recently launched his novel Scarred which he wrote while in prison

Damien Linnane

Damien Linnane is a former soldier, a former prisoner and now a published author. He lives in Hamilton, where he carries out his day job as a remedial massage therapist. When a female relative was assaulted quite severely in 2015, Damien responded by doing something to her attacker which the magistrate described at the time as ‘vigilante justice’. For that he was sentenced to ten months in prison.

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He spent the first five months writing a crime novel by hand, and the other five months teaching himself to draw. You can check out his art by searching: @embersofretribution on Instagram.

Following his release from prison in September 2016 Damien spent nearly three years searching for a publisher for his novel, gathering 12 rejection letters along the way. His novel, Scarred was ultimately released at a combined book launch and art exhibition held recently at Hudson Street Hum. Damien now looks forward to speaking about the experience of writing in prison at next year’s Newcastle Writer’s Festival. Scarred is available for purchase at Q Books on Beaumont Street Hamilton and other selected book stores. ----------------------------------------If you know a ‘Human of Newcastle’ whose story we should tell please email

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Clear library fines and support needy

Newcastle Region Library members have a chance to clear more than $70,000 in unpaid library overdue fines while supporting people in need across Newcastle this Christmas. Library members with outstanding fees can clear $5 for every nonperishable food item and $10 for every toiletry item they donate, from their overdue fine ledger. Food for Five, Toiletries for Ten, which is being used effectively by libraries across Australia and around the world, runs until Monday 9 December. All items collected under Food for Five, Toiletries for Ten will be donated to local emergency relief agencies Got Your Back Sista, OzHarvest and Baptist Care, who will package up the goods for needy families in the lead-up to the festive season.

“Now is the perfect chance to get those fines reduced, do some good for the community and check out the library’s fabulous new resources and programs for everyone in the family.” City of Newcastle’s Manager Libraries Suzie Gately said. If you’re unsure whether you have overdue fines or to what amount you can call the Library on 4974 5342 with your library card handy.

“This is the fourth year that Newcastle Region Library has participated and, given the overwhelming response in previous years, we anticipate another successful campaign.” Ms Gately added. There is no limit to the amount of fines that can be paid off with food and toiletry donations, but they will only be accepted to clear overdue charges.

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THAT WAS THEN This is now

with Lachlan Wetherall

Clash of Armies

Sometimes these articles I write take an unexpected turn. This month, what began as a simple story about a church hall in Lambton led me to a little-known period of rioting in the streets fuelled by anti-religious sentiment. The Salvation Army was founded in London by William Booth in 1865, to preach the Gospel to the poor and underprivileged, and offer aid to the destitute. The Army grew rapidly and arrived in Australia in 1881. On 9 September 1883 they “opened fire” in Lambton with a parade through the streets, followed by meetings in the Music Hall in Dickson Street.

While attracting many followers, not everyone was favourably disposed. With their military designations, uniforms and noisy parading through the streets, some considered the Salvation Army to be a “burlesque of religion” and that “its vulgarities are intolerable to people of refinement.” A semi-organised opposition arose, with a group called the Skeleton Army, also known as the White Ribbon Army. They principally expressed their displeasure by joining the Salvationists’ parades, forming their own musical bands and singing parodies of hymns. The combined noise “made the air hideous”, hideous”, and confrontations in various suburbs boiled over into push and shove and brawling. In a major encounter between the Salvation and Skeleton ‘armies’ on 21 October 1883, the paper reported that over 2000 people gathered in Hunter St in a scene of “riot, obscenity, jostling, and a pandemonium of discord.” Throughout 1884 there continued to be disturbances in the streets, however with vigilant policing, and some of its leaders briefly imprisoned for riotous behaviour, the activities of the Skeleton Army gradually waned. In contrast, the Salvation Army ranks grew. In Lambton, after considering purchasing the Music Hall, in 1886 they erected their own barracks in Grainger Street.



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While no longer in Lambton, 136 years later the Salvation Army remains active in Newcastle, and well regarded for its service to the needy. Thankfully the Skeleton Army and its discord is a long-forgotten footnote to history. You can view these photos and more details at www.

At left: Salvation Army Barracks, at Grainger Street Lambton. February 1898. Photo by Ralph Snowball, University of Newcastle Cultural Collections.

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History with Phil Warren

As one of the college management team I returned to work the next day, along with many others to assess the implications of the damage and to start planning options to allow the college to provide courses to the community in 1990. Assessing the physical damage was carried out be a team from the NSW Department of Public Works (DPW). Within a few days many construction workers appeared at our college to make the accessible areas safe and to barrier off those areas that were considered risky or, indeed, dangerous.

After the Earthquake

Thirty years ago this month, the 1989 earthquake caused lots of physical damage to the cluster of buildings known as Newcastle Technical College. There were no injuries at this location as the event occurred during the Christmas holiday period with the campus being pretty much empty. Had classes been operating there would have likely been many injuries and possibly fatalities as many brick walls toppled, as did the top level brick parapets on the flatroofed buildings. Before development the site was swampy and was described by geologists as having an underlying layer of ‘alluvium’ that may have amplified the damage caused by the earthquake.

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It was an interesting place to be in January 1990 as there was a sense of great purpose in the tasks at hand and a passion to have the options needed to allow classes to restart as usual in February. Repairs were commenced in many locations on the campus and some would be completed rapidly while others were more complex and would take months. A key task was assessing the damage to learning spaces and grading the long-term unusable spaces and those that would likely be ready for use within six weeks or so. A significant shortfall of learning areas led to many demountable buildings being brought to the site to become temporary classrooms. Other locations were found that could be utilised, for example, the disused infants school in Havelock Street Mayfield was pressed into service for business courses with adult sized furniture being moved in. Most classes did resume as usual in February with the College meeting the challenge of the earthquake. The efforts of many were outstanding and the coordination by the DPW was of the highest standard. It took many months for the repairs to be finalised and it wasn’t long before we in technical education had to endure a departmental restructure while the DPW was eventually diminished to what is now - an advisory agency.

Above: Newcastle Technical College Library – post earthquake chaos, 1989. Below: Technical College Chandler Building – a shady spot for lunch in summer, after earthquake, 1989 Opposite page: The Science Building lunchroom– post earthquake damage, 1989

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around an inconvenient truth will often come back to bite you. If you forgot to pay a bill, just own it and be human. My business clients generally want to build ongoing relationships with government. In this case, it is even more important to be honest. It is not worth losing the war to win a battle based on incorrect information. You lose credibility and sacrifice relationships. 3. Be human A few months ago, my credit card was compromised and replaced. I managed to change all my bills over. Except one insurance monthly bill. Every month, I received a robo-email telling me to open and read the attachment, which told me my payment had bounced and my insurance would be cancelled. Every month, I rang and was hung up on, then passed around until someone (supposedly) took my new credit card details. I felt like I was lost in the system. Eventually, several months later, after being hung up on, I rang the company’s switch. By this time, I was in tears of frustration and I said “I just want to pay my bill. I have been hung up and in a robo-loop for months. Please. Please. Put me through to someone who can help!” She felt sorry for me. And it was done. 4. Be helpful Bureaucrats are just people like you and I. Sometimes, you can see something that they can’t. Sometimes, you have access to people or data that they don’t. Ask them how you can help them make the best decision for you and their bureaucracy. Next time I’ll share tips 5 through to 8.

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Matters with Jono Allan

Once upon a time (No. This is not a fable)

Once upon a time, 4.5 billion years ago, a planet was formed amongst the stars. This planet, called Earth, overcame extraordinary odds to exist and gave meaning to the phrase itself: Once upon a time. But what was even more remarkable, living organisms came into being on this planet 3.8 billion years ago. Among this stunning biodiversity, animals called humans emerged just 2.5 million years ago and then, in the ensuing millennia, different human species began to appear and develop. Yet again and against all odds, our species, homo sapiens came onto the scene some 200,000 years ago - and still survive to this day. Add to this stunning happenstance of creation the odds

of your parents meeting with the resultant ballot of procreation, and the odds of you, yourself, even existing are infinitely tiny. Meanwhile, on this, our planet, during this time of homo sapiens, signs were everywhere that the variability of life forms and health of the planet were appearing to decline. There was great debate about the causes of decline and even more rigorous debate on the intervention needed to combat this unwelcome development. Different groups spent time developing complex networks of reports and stories to explain what was occurring. Set amongst the 7 billion voices on the planet, was a young girl from Sweden called Greta Thunberg. She had a strong sense of what she was seeing and what she thought needed to be done and rose above the noise of the planet to make a point and be heard. What are the odds of her doing this? People are benefitting from Nature which has been supporting life on earth for millennia, but her generous resources is diminishing and so too is her ability to support life as we know it. We already have the information we need to repel the worse scenarios. Will we make use of it to ensure our survival? The decision is ours to make. What happens next in this non-fable is up to you. Increase the odds, and make the environment matter in your life.


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and light non‑stick dressing, preferably clean, dry, lint‑free (non-fluffy) material e.g. plastic cling film. • A pharmacist can advise on dressings. Do not: • apply fat, or any lotions, ointments or oily dressings • apply ice • use towels, cotton wool or blankets directly on a by Anthony Piggott burn of Piggott’s Pharmacies: Blackbutt, Branxton, • cool large burn wounds for prolonged periods of Hamilton, Lambton and Merewether time as it can cause the development of hypothermia, especially in elderly or young children. Hydrogel, exposed to air and left in place for long periods, can be associated with hypothermia • remove anything stuck to a burn First aid is one of the most important skills anyone • touch burnt areas or burst any blisters. can learn. It may save a life of a family member, friend or another Community member and/or prevent lasting injury. Below I will outline some basic first • Follow DRSABCD Action Plan. aid advice for a few common events, however, I • Phone 000 for an ambulance (and a fire brigade if cannot emphasise strongly enough the need to learn atmosphere is filled with gas or smoke). more about first aid by enrolling in a first aid course • Listen to the casualty – provide reassurance but not with a registered training organisation. advice. • Try to find out the type, amount and time of poisoning. St John Ambulance recommends using the • Phone the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26. DRSABCD Action Plan to help decide if an injured Do not induce vomiting or give any food or drink. person has any life‑threatening conditions and what first aid is needed. Danger – Response – Send for HELP – Airways – Breathing -- CPR – Defibrillation If you are not familiar with DRSABCD Action Plan please book into a First Aid course ASAP.



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DRSABCD Action Plan

Minor cuts and grazes

• Clean the wound well with clean water or saline solution. • Apply a sterile dressing; put pressure on the wound to stop bleeding and raise the area. • A pharmacist can advise on dressings. Seek medical help if: • a cut is longer than 1 cm – it may need stitches • the wound is very dirty • something is trapped in the wound • there is severe bleeding.

Burns and scalds

• Remove the person from danger. • Cool burnt area with cool running water for 20 minutes. If cool running water is not available, a hydrogel may be used. • Remove clothing and jewellery from burnt area, unless stuck to the burn. • Prevent infection by covering wound with a loose

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Chat by Ryan Samuels and Lani Stokes

of Poke Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Centre, Lambton

Does hip pain affect your sleep?

If this sounds like you then you might be suffering from a condition called hip bursitis. Hip bursitis is a frustrating and painful condition that affects the outside of one or both hip joints. It generally develops over time with pain coming on gradually. The underlying cause of the problem and the pain typically stems from muscle imbalances of the lower back, buttock and thigh muscles. These muscle imbalances lead to irritation and swelling of the small, fluid filled, cushion sacs called ‘bursae’ that are found over the outer hip joint. The swelling of the small fluid sacs is called ‘bursitis’ and is the cause of the pain. So why does the hip pain wake you at night? The reason the hip becomes painful and will wake you at night is due to the fact that when you sleep on the ‘bad hip’ your body weight compresses and irritates the already swollen and inflamed hip bursae (fluid sacs) resulting in more swelling and pain in the area. If you think you might be suffering from hip bursitis enquire today to find out how we can help.

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Matters by Ronnie Wall of Wall Legal, New Lambton

What is an Enduring Power of Attorney ? An Enduring Power of Attorney is created when a person (the “Principal”) appoints another person or persons (the “Attorney”) to assist in managing their legal and financial affairs. This does not include medical, health or lifestyle decisions. The appointment can become effective immediately or at some future time, such as when the Principal has lost their capacity to manage their own affairs. This is where the word “Enduring” comes important. The word “Enduring” signifies that the Attorney’s appointment is to endure or continue, notwithstanding

the fact that the Principal has lost capacity. An Attorney’s powers can range from accessing the Principal’s bank account, paying bills and managing finances, to signing a Contract to sell Real Estate. Therefore, the word that should be at the forefront of the Principal’s mind when creating a Power of Attorney, is Trust. One must trust the intended Attorney(s) completely, and be confident that the Attorney(s) will always act in his or her best interests. We all like to think that we will continue to have capacity to manage our affairs as long as we are alive. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and many of us, due to illness or accident, will lose capacity at some stage of our life. Sometimes this illness or accident will be a sudden event and one may not have sufficient time to create an Enduring Power of Attorney beforehand. This could create significant problems for our loved ones in managing our lives from the date we become ill or have an accident. Without an Enduring Power of Attorney in place, it may become necessary for them to involve NSW Trustee & Guardian, which can be a disempowering and alienating process for our loved ones. Disclaimer: This article is provided for information purposes only. The contents should not be relied on as legal or financial advice. Formal advice should be obtained from a qualified professional

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with Cheryl Shaw of Dogoverboard

Gifts for your dog

Don’t forget your dog this Christmas. Our pets are part of our family and we love to include them on our Christmas gift list and place something special under the tree. Maybe your dog deserves a new soft comfy bed or a special daytime mat. Why not get a lovely designer collar with matching lead and of course a new decorative designed id tag. Gift vouchers for dog grooming are a very popular present particularly for a family member, neighbour or close friend. These can be used during the year to pamper the lucky dog. Toys and special treats are usually very popular. Care must be taken when selecting a play toy or a treat as it

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must be safe for your dog. Do not purchase soft toys that are designed for children. Many of these soft toys have hard eyes and weak outer coverings. Dogs love to concentrate on removing hard eyes and also enjoy removing the stuffing from inside toys. Both are serious hazards to your dog’s health and safety. Always select quality toys that have been designed for dogs. It is very easy for your dog to expose the squeaker and stuffing in cheap dog toys. Again this is a choking hazard. Treats are a very popular Christmas gift but take care to make the right selections. Many common treats are imported from overseas. These treats are potentially dangerous. Be very careful about selection of rawhide treats. Rawhide has no nutritional value and is usually the by-product from tanning processes. They are chemically treated and bleached white. Some treats are dyed in festive colours and often glued together. These treats can also contain harmful chemicals. So be very wary about selecting processed treats as they can cause residual chemical poisoning, a choking hazard and intestinal blockages. Remember to keep your pets safe during this hectic time when visitors are coming and going, as changes to routines can be confusing. Christmas can be fun and rewarding for you and your pet. Make sure that you do not spend it at the emergency Vet. Wishing you and your pet a Merry Christmas from Dogoverboard.






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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy

independent for much longer by arranging this assistance. The Australian Government understands this and funds a number of different options to support people who want to maintain their independence and live in their own home as they age. If you require additional assistance, that can also be arranged based upon what is important to you and how you like to live your life.

It is understandable that many people are resistant to the idea of a stranger coming into their home. You normally only invite your family and friends into your house, so it is important that careful selection occurs to find a good match for you and your personality. Once you get over this initial phase, great relationships can develop. I often see people looking forward to their regular visits and December and Christmas is a great time to contemplate services. If you are just beginning to investigate how to access your needs for the new year. Staying in our own home is the place we all want to services and understand costings it can be quite be. Home is the place where we feel most comfortable, confusing. Organisations like NovaCare are happy surrounded by familiar things, sights, smells and sounds. to have a no cost, no obligation chat to explain your options. NovaCare is a Hunter based Not for Profit In-home care may initially involve a person or carer organisation and you’re welcome to talk to our Home coming into your home to help with daily chores or to Care Specialists on 1300 363 653. go shopping with you. While you may be reluctant to receive some assistance because you’re independent, you The Commonwealth Government also has a website and might be pleasantly surprised. Many people flourish with telephone number you can call. Go to www.myagedcare. just a little bit of support at home and they are able to be or call them on 1800 200 422. Here’s to a happy new year!

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Matters with Sara Knight of The Gut Clinic


Finding balance in the holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching, which means family, food, laughter and joy. It is also the end of the year and the time to slow down and reflect. Some people may start to realise how tired, rundown or even burnt out they are after yet another busy year. A clear sign that it is time to relax and nurture your body and mind. Finding balance this time of year is important. We need to enjoy the festivities of the season but equally take care of ourselves with rest and nourishment.

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Here are some tips to support your body and mind during the holiday season to help achieve this much needed balance. Drink lots of filtered water and herbal teas to stay hydrated and support detoxification processes. This is especially important with the additional food and alcohol that is typical during the holidays. Stick to your healthy sleep patterns for adequate rest and restoration. Maybe sneak in a nana nap or two.

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Aim to have veggies, preferably a variety of colourful and non-starchy, at every meal, even when out. Spend more time outside, moving your body if you can. This is especially important for office workers who spend their days in air-conditioned offices with no natural light. Practice gratitude. Every night before you got to bed, think or write down three things you are grateful for in your life. The more specific the better. This simple activity regulates the stress response allowing for better sleep. These may seem quite basic for some of you, which is great. However, when we get busy, tired or simply change our routine, the basics can be the first to go. At this busy time of year, it is important to achieve a balance amongst the fun, food and friends and family, by honouring yourself with these health foundations.

VET Chat

by Dr Fiona Wallace of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic

Lilly the cat - part II

Do you remember Lilly, the old cat who featured in VetChat last month? Lilly was losing weight and we were finding it very hard to get to the bottom of why this would be. We had tested for diabetes (there was no glucose in her urine so that was out) and hyperthyroidism (she did not have the tell-tale soft slippery lump of an enlarged thyroid gland at her throat and blood tests also ruled this out). She had had some painful infected teeth removed to make it more comfortable for her to eat (that worked for a while!) and we had tried her on a hypoallergenic diet to test for food sensitivity (she wouldn’t eat it!!). Lilly was now 2.6kg (in her heyday she had been a

robust 5.5kg) and as you can imagine she was starting to look very ordinary. Her big eyes were still bright and alert and she was still quite active, but her coat looked rough and lank and her bones had started to stick out everywhere. Now her concerned owners said that her appetite was suffering, she had become quite picky, and she had developed very runny diarrhoea. Time for an ultrasound! When we put the probe on Lilly’s tummy we found that parts of her intestine had noticeably thickened loops. This must have slowly been developing until diarrhoea (which can be hard to observe in an inside/outside cat) had become severe. Thickened intestines to this degree have one of three explanations: (a) severe food sensitivity (b) autoimmune disease (similar to Crohn’s disease in people) and (c) intestinal lymphoma, which is not uncommon in older cats. All three of these conditions do respond (at least for a while in the case of lymphoma) to a drug called prednisolone. Definitive diagnosis depends on surgical biopsy. As a non-invasive alternative, Lilly started taking prednisolone tablets and almost immediately felt better. Over a month or so she has gained nearly a kilogram and is back to her usual lifestyle. We’re not sure how much longer we will have her with us but we do know that she will be comfortable, happy, enjoying her food and be very spoilt while she is here!

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Online tool shows worldwide air routes We’ve never given much thought to airline points programs. When booking flights anywhere, we have always looked for the best value possible - and the concept of being bound to a particular airline has ranked fairly lowly in that decision. However, there are travellers out there who save points with an almost religious zeal, eyes fixed on a seat up the front of their favourite airline; priority

boarding; or a hot shower in an airport lounge. These people should particularly appreciate a new online travel planning tool called FlightConnections. com. Initially web-based, but soon to appear as an App, is described as a “worldwide flights route map”. Put simply, it shows probably every air route in the world. Users can search from anywhere to anywhere - and quickly work out connecting flights to put together a travel itinerary. For example, rather than booking a long haul route to Europe or the US, you can use this online tool to see if it is feasible and cheaper to catch one flight to an Asian hub and connect there with an entirely separate plane to your destination So what is the particular benefit for points-savers? has a filter that allows users to select a particular airline loyalty alliance - and see a map showing flights by those partners only. The map also shows single and two stop flights over particular routes. Follow Ian and Sue at www.memorabledestination. com and on Instagram at @memorable_destination; @memorable_travels; and @memorable_ hotels

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JUNIORS in SPORT Let’s get Physie Merewether Physical Culture Club made the trip to Sydney in November to compete in the annual teams competition. Physical Culture is a dance sport that combines elements of modern dance, basic ballet and even yoga. In total, MPCC had twelve teams compete throughout November. A team consists of eight girls or women dancing at the same time. Some liken it to synchronised swimming on land. The girls and ladies have been in training hard since February, and this hard work certainly paid off. The competition gets tougher every year. This year MPCC came away with one second place, two third places and one fourth! Physie, as it is commonly known, has the motto ‘Empowering Girls for Life’ and this was truly demonstrated with competitors ranging in age from four to seventy-nine! Congratulations to all the competitors that performed and represented their club in Sydney.

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Local news from another time... From Newcastle Chronicle of Tuesday 9 December 1873

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Local Community Group Notices CHILDREN & FAMILIES


HOME-START FAMILY SERVICES Home-Start is a voluntary service offering support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under 5 where the parents are experiencing difficulty in their parenting roles or are under stress. For information about volunteering or Home-Start services ph 4952 9488 or go to:

NEW LAMBTON GUYS & DOLLS PLAYGROUP New Lambton Guys & Dolls Playgroup is looking for new members! We are a group for parents, carers, babies and children up to school age to meet and socialise. First two sessions free! Uniting Church, 48 Regent St New Lambton, Mondays 9:30-11:30am. Just turn up or email

NEWCASTLE & HUNTER TOY LIBRARY Newcastle and Hunter Toy Library is calling all ‘kids at heart’ to become regular volunteers to assist with the running of the Toy Library sessions on Saturday mornings. The Toy Library is a terrific service based at New Lambton Library and run entirely by volunteers. We are also seeking new members to join our committee. Contact newcastletoylibrary@gmail. com for more information about joining our enthusiastic team. For more information search @newcastleandhuntertoylibrary on Facebook.


DYNAMITES MUSIC Is a program run by Grace Presbyterian Church for children aged 0-5 with their mums, dads or carers, all welcome. We have fun singing, dancing, playing, crafting and eating morning tea. We start the morning with free play in our main area from 9.30am. The music program runs from 10-10.30am. Following our organised program we have morning tea and another session of free play. There is also a related craft activity for all. We are on Wednesday mornings 9.30am during school terms. 6 Callistemon Close, Warabrook, $5 per child or $10 for 2 or more. Check us out on facebook ‘Dynamites Warabrook’, phone 4023 8455 or

LAMBTON RESIDENTS GROUP Residents of Lambton area are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting. You too can be a part of some exciting and worthwhile initiatives and projects for our local area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (excluding January) commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowls, Sports and Recreation Club. No RSVP needed, all residents welcome. Please note that December’s meeting will be held on Tuesday 10th and will be followed by members enjoying dinner together at the Club. For more information email: or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN MEREWETHER Provides a free 3 course meal each Tuesday at 6pm, from February to December to all who are in need of food and companionship. Orange Sky Laundry provide a washing service and food is available to take away. Merewether Uniting Church Hall 178 Glebe Rd, Merewether. Everyone Welcome. Enquiries 0411 133 679

Email your notice to or post it to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations.

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Local Community Group Notices COMMUNITY EVENTS MR. PERFECT BARBECUE Mr. Perfect holds free informal “meetup” barbecues across Australia.We run a free barbecue in Islington Park from 11.30am to 1.30pm on the third Sunday of each month. If you are available for a couple of hours for a healthy barbecue, with meat and vegetarian options available, come along and meet a bunch of top blokes. Soft drink and water supplied but please bring your own preference if you wish. The format is simple, informal and completely inclusive. It is a chance to get out of the house in the sun, socialise and meet some great people and form a supportive community. Friends, family and pets welcome too! Mental health is discussed at times and is purely optional. Please RSVP to Greg at greg@ or txt/phone 0417 772 390 for catering purposes.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS MEREWETHER HISTORICAL SOCIETY You don’t have to live in Merewether to be a member, or a guest, of the Merewether Historical Society, just have an interest in the history and events of the area and a desire to meet like minded people. The society meets at 2pm on the second Tuesday each month (third in November) in St Augustine’s Parish Hall, Winsor St Merewether. A guest speaker attends each each meeting and afternoon tea is provided. A warm invitation is extended to everyone - it is a place where “Friendships are made with a common purpose”. Enquiries 0412 925 918 or email secretary@ KNIT & NATTER Meet new people, make new friends at knit & natter every Monday. Meet at Mayfield Church of Christ, cnr Werribi St & Gregson Avenue at 9.30am. All ladies welcome. Phone Lyn for information. 4952 9324

HOBBIES & INTERESTS NEWCASTLE SPINNERS AND WEAVERS GUILD INC. Meets 1st Saturday and 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Masonic Centre, Cromwell Street, New Lambton 10.00am-2.00pm. Beginners very welcome. For more info Ph: 0490 110 542, email

EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD NSW INC. NEWCASTLE BRANCH Meets each Monday at New Lambton Community Centre, Cnr Alma Road and Cromwell Street. 9.30am. Visitors and beginners very welcome. Email : newcastleembroiderersguild@gmail. com

REUNION LAMBTON HIGH SCHOOL REUNION YEAR 10 1979 At Lambton Bowling Club Saturday 14th December from 6.30pm. All welcome. RSVP Contact Mara 0425205990 or Peggy 0413880365

SENIORS GROUPS ADAMSTOWN COMBINED PENSIONERS Seniors. Are you stuck at home? Would you enjoy some company but don’t have any transport? Would you like to play carpet bowls, euchre or dominoes on a Thursday or bingo on a Friday? Well come along and join us at the Adamstown Combined Pensioners Association. We pick and drop you back home for only $5 in the following areas: Adamstown, The Junction, Hamilton, Lambton, Kotara, Garden Suburb, Waratah and Georgetown. We also have monthly bus trips to many interesting places. Ring us on 0431 303 524.

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Local Community Group Notices SENIORS GROUPS ADAMSTOWN MENS PROBUS CLUB The Club meets at 9.45am on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Newcastle United Sports Club. For enquiries and further information contact David on 0432165878. THE JUNCTION COMBINED PROBUS CLUB Probus South Pacific stands for Friendship, Fellowship and Fun. If these ideas appeal to you why not join our Probus Club. We are looking for New members and we meet on the first Monday of each month at St. Augustine’s Church Hall in Windsor Street Merewether 9.45am. For details contact the Secretary, Lyndie Barrkman on 0419 410 248 or NEW LAMBTON SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION Make new friends while enjoying a warm and caring fellowship as well as to partake in the fun games of bingo and chats over a cuppa. Where? The New Lambton Seniors Assocation, located at the New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road, New Lambton. Handy to bus stops! Contact Barry Hoare on 4963 4631. PROBUS CLUB OF CHARLESTOWN Probus Club of Charlestown Inc. meets on the first Monday of the Month from 10.15am at Central Leagues Club, 8 Bulla Street Charlestown. Enjoy friendship, interesting guest speakers, bowls, organised walks, luncheons and other outings throughout the year. New members welcome. Phone or text John 0400445748 or email for information. Email your notice to au or post it to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations

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SENIORS GROUPS MEREWETHER SEASIDE PROBUS CLUB We are looking for new members. Come and join us at our Monthly Meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of each month commencing at 10.30am At Merewether South Leagues Club, 46 Llewellen Street. Contact Jacki on 49 611714 or leave a message or email: jackijeayes@hotmail. com LAMBTON SENIORS GROUP Offering friendship and support for over 55s. Meet at the Anglican Church Hall, Morehead St, Lambton, every Thursday at 9am for Canasta, or other card and board games till 12.30pm. Phone Don 4952 8590 or Nola 4952 3685 for further details. New people always welcome.

SPORTING CLUBS LAMBTON PARK TENNIS CLUB It is easy to book and pay for a court at our club. 1. Just Google “lambton park tennis” and click on “Lambton Park Tennis Club-NSW-Australia” ( 2. Fill in the date and time you want to book. 3. Click on “Register”, fill in your details and create an account. 4. Click on “Sign up”. 5. Book and pay for your court - and you are all set. Next time you book it will be just a few keystrokes. Any problems phone 0401 193 411. SENTOKI ALLIANCE MARTIAL ARTS With over 25 years experience, we teach Taekwondo, Muay Thai, Karate, Kick Boxing, Boxing and Self Defence. We are family friendly and welcome you to our all ages classes, from school age and up. We are a not for profit Inc. Association, fully insured, Working with Children clearance and providers of NSW Active Kids. One month free training, Wednesday and Friday nights 6.00-7.30pm, Lambton/Waratah Scout Hall 8 Elder St Lambton. For more info or Facebook @ SentokiAlliance.

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Donations of clothing, manchester, bric-a-brac and other collectible items are always welcome! You can deliver items directly to any of our Retail Stores. STORES & OPENING HOURS

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• Digital antenna installations & repairs • Poor reception area specialist • Digital TV fault detection • External outlets • Free quotes servicing all areas • All work guaranteed



Looking for quality blinds and shutters? Give us a call, you’ll be glad you did!


Hot Water Pressure Washing Mould Removal Driveway & Pathway Cleaning Window Cleaning Balcony & Patio Cleaning Pool Surrounds & MORE!

PHONE 0408 491 820

Locally owned and operated Phone: 4957 4945 or 1800myshutters




CALL ALAN WRIGHT ON 0412 782 202


Dogoverboard The fun and healthy place for dogs

The most comprehensive dog care centre in NSW!


FAMILY OWNED BUSINESS Lawn, Garden and General Maintenance Handy Man Services ✤ General Household Tasks Preparation of House for Sale or Rental Holiday Maintenance Services ✤ Gutter Cleaninq Rubbish Removal ✤ Quality Service Guaranteed For a FREE quote call Brett 0484 698 955 EMAIL: @premiumedgemowingandmaintenance





Phone 4957 8500 Open 7 Days 10 William Street Adamstown Follow us on /Dogoverboard



Lic #: 94942C


PHONE: 0467 682 017



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● Lawn Mowing ● Edges ● Fertilize ● Spray for Weeds ● Reliable Service


Making legal easy • Traffic • Criminal • Family • Wills • Litigation • Commercial • Employment • Conveyancing

1800 003 004

• • 17 Beaumont St, Hamilton


PHONE 4965 5016 OR 0439 403 751

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Top Notch Detailed preparation and quality finish to beautify your property Over 30 years experience Satisfaction guaranteed Reasonable rates


Lic: 70694C


0475 412 866 PLUMBER

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CAMPING BED Single fold-up bed and mattress. Excellent condition, $50 Ph 4952 2030 CARGO BARRIER Cargo barrier to suit Toyota Hiace SLWB 9.8 van $225 Ph 0431 901 143 FREEZEPOP 14 CDs, not in shops, some autographed, some extras, $100 Ph 0422 275 883 LOUNGE SUITE Three piece lounge, two x recliners, 1 x 3 seater couch, suede-like fabric, blue. $50 Ph 4957 1578 SOFA 6 SEATER Gold velvet cover, not new but in good condition $50 Ph 4969 1149

Your Local Plumber Servicing New Lambton, Lambton and surrounding suburbs… ➤ Plumbing ➤ Drainage ➤ Gas Fitting ➤ Blocked Drains ➤ CCTV pipe inspections ➤ Friendly and Reliable Service 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE, ALL WORK GUARANTEED


Phone Jon on 0400 603 545





M: 0434 359 855

E: Lic. No. L14074

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TRAMPOLINE New trampoline, still in box. Paid $200, will sell for $120 Ph 0409 675 697 WASTE BINS Two 240 litre waste bins. Good condition, one for garbage, one for recycling (yellow top). Collect from Wallsend. Only $45 for the two. Ph 4951 5563


ANIMAL TRANSPORT Fetch Animal Transportation for small, medium animals to vets, groomers, kennels, airport and home again. Prices start from $40. Ph 0479 042 656 TWENTY-4 CHEESECAKES Scrumptious hand-made, no bake cheesecakes. Made locally to order. Choice of flavours including berries, chocolate, green tea, whatever you like! Large & small sizes from $12. Perfect for special occasions, or anytime. Facebook Twenty-4 Cheesecakes. Call Evie Ph 0490 475 045 LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS They are free and they work!


DAY COACH TRIPS Christmas Shopping Sunday 8/12/19. Visit Homebush Warehouse & Flemington Markets. Details & bookings, Phone Don Ph 4952 8590 IRONING No time for ironing $25.00 level basket. Drop off my house New Lambton in morning pick up in afternoon. Call Lyn 0432 174 618 KASZAZZ SCRAPBOOK AND CARD CLASSES Make new friends while you learn the techniques to make beautiful albums for your precious photos or make cards for special events. Call Ruth for details on 4952 6209 NATURAL HEALTH SALES I am currently expanding my Natural Health direct sales business. I need two key people to work with in the Newcastle area. Call Denise 0434 110 771 PEST CONTROL Guaranteed. Average home $150, units/town houses $80, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter Valley areas. German Cockroaches a specialty. Ph 0418 637 990 Solution to crossword on page 28 G



































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GUITAR TUition • ESTABLISHED 2001 • WWC 1233165E •

• Accredited tutor • Patience assured with beginners • Bass guitar & keyboard also available • Various levels & styles • Very reasonable fees

brad graysTon


PHONE 0432 485 487

THEATRE TRIPS Sydney - Billy Elliott the musical, Meet Me In St Louis, Shrek - musicals. Newcastle Shows - CONDA Awards, Love, Life & Musicals plus Cavalleria, Rusticana. Details & bookings Don Ph 4952 8590

VIOLIN TUITION Learn classical, pop, Irish, folk, composition etc violin from an experienced teacher. All ages welcome. Contact Yvette’s Violin Studio Hamilton Ph 0499 453 556 LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS They are free and they work!

Chair based Yoga Beginners Yoga General Yoga Suitable for seniors & those seeking to promote wellness. Breath awareness, stretching, strengthening, relaxation & meditation. Feel the benefits. Classes Mondays at Merewether Golf Club King St, ADAMSTOWN Classes Fridays at St Johns Church Hall, LAMBTON Small group bookings available. Enquiries or further details: Michelle Pirie 0400 790 479 (Dip. Yoga Teaching IYTA) Yoga Australia & International Yoga Teachers’ Assoc. member SOMETHING TO SELL? E:

Something to sell or to tell? Try our FREE Local Community Classifieds. They work! Name _____________________________ Address ________________________________ ____________________________________________ Phone ________________________ Email_____________________________________________________________ Write the wording of your advertisement below. (Max. 25 words please) Text: _______________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ Classification (eg. For Sales, Notices, Garage Sales, Wanted etc):__________________

Complete this form and post it to: ‘Local Classifieds’ PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 or email: admin@ by 15th of the month. We reserve the right to not publish advertising considered inappropriate or not in the spirit of the free classifieds offer. Private party ads only. For business classifieds advertising please email The Local > December 2019 > Page 47





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ts …just by purchasing selected produc

ember! at Piggott’s Pharmacy until 24th Dec

$9.4 120ML



$ 64.95 1 LITRE

ARBORVITAE JOINT HEALTH Provides relief from the symptoms of mild arthritis/mild osteoarthritis and mild joint pain, soreness and stiffness.


To keep healthy over Christmas Anthony Piggott and all his team would like wish the Newcastle Community a very Merry Christmas and to thank you for allowing Piggott’s Pharmacy to care for your families.

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY BLACKBUTT 58 Orchardtown Rd, New Lambton Phone: 4957 2474

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY HAMILTON 83 Beaumont Street, Hamilton Phone: 4961 3179

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY MEREWETHER 400 Glebe Road, Merewether Phone: 4969 1978

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY LAMBTON 117 Elder Street, Lambton Phone: 4957 3630

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