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Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram for community news and info Issue No 70• A community newspaper for Newcastle’s suburbs • February 2020

Community push for old club site

Michelle Crawford (left) and Alexandria Joy are looking to reactivate the Hamilton Bowling Club site in Gregson Park on behalf of the community

A grassroots initiative to reactivate a disused building and associated land in Hamilton as a community asset is starting to take shape. The site, on Samdon Street at the south eastern corner of Gregson Park, operated as Hamilton Bowling Club until five years ago. Since that time the elements and vandals have combined to turn the building and grounds into something of an eyesore. Late last year a proposal to develop the site as a childcare centre was withdrawn by the applicant. Local community members have recently come together to drive what they hope will be a truly community focused, community owned model for the building’s future. (continued on page 5)





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with Mark Brooker Publisher of The Local

Where there’s smoke... As I sit down to write this there is bushfire smoke in the air. It seems to be pretty close too. By pretty close I mean it’s around Newcastle somewhere. It’s fresh smoke, if that makes sense. Not the stale, dirty pall originating on the mid north coast that visited us around new year. I’m not about to put our bushfire survival plan through its paces. It’s not like the fire is that close to us. Just kidding. I won’t be activating our bushfire survival plan because we don’t have one. Yes, I know! I’ve seen the ads. Not having a plan is no plan at all. To be fair, our bushfire risk is relatively low. We don’t live on the bushland fringe. There are literally square kilometres of houses in all directions from here. Then again it is a predominantly timber house in a leafy area, opposite a large park. Who am I kidding? Everyone needs a fire survival plan, whether in a bushfire-prone area or not. For that matter, a general emergency plan covering fire, flood, locusts and pestilence is a smart idea. Both the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW websites offer great tips on how to prepare your home, how to prepare your family and how best to escape a fire’s path. These links www.rfs.nsw. and are very helpful.

Love your water Level 2 water restrictions now apply across the Lower Hunter in response to the worst drought on record. NSW Minister for Water, Property and Housing Melinda Pavey said tighter water restrictions are needed to help conserve the region’s drinking water supplies, with dam levels now at their lowest in almost 40 years. “While it was a very welcome sight to see some rain, the severe drought continues across much of our state, including in the Lower Hunter,” Mrs Pavey said. “The rain has helped wet the ground, but unfortunately due to the prolonged dry conditions, more follow-up rain is needed to significantly boost the region’s dams.

In late January Hunter Water’s storage levels sat at around 53%. “Level 2 water restrictions are now in place and it’s really important everyone continues to make water savings around their homes and businesses.” Under Level 2 water restrictions, outdoor watering is limited to 15 minutes every second day using a hand-held hose fitted with a trigger nozzle. Even street numbers can water on even days of the month, and odd street numbers can water on odd days of the month. No sprinklers or irrigation systems are allowed. Vehicles and buildings may only be washed with a bucket. Showers are limited to four minutes. Hunter Water’s Acting CEO Graham Wood said Hunter Water

was prioritising its efforts to find and fix water leaks, in response to the challenging conditions. “We recognise the community is doing their bit to save water, with usage down 18 percent and I’d like to say thank you for following the water restrictions and loving water,” Mr Wood said. “We’re doing our part by increasing our active leak detection work and bringing in additional crews to repair leaks quicker. We are also in the final stages of developing an assistance program for customers who find and fix leaks on their properties.” For more information on Level 2 water restrictions and handy tips on saving water visit www.

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Gather round green thumbs

Jess Williams from Green Thumbs Social in her element amongst the greenery

A plant swap will be held in the Lambton Branch Library gardens on Sunday 23 February. What’s a plant swap? It’s where you bring your extra plants, cuttings, seeds, pots, produce, eggs, honey, garden or cooking magazines etc to swap and share with like-minded locals. The plant swap day is the idea of Jess from Green Thumb Social. When Nicola Hirschhorn from Lambton Residents Group attended a Green Thumb Social day in Mayfield recently she knew Lambton needed one too. “It was wonderful! It’s simply people who love plants coming together to swap bits and pieces from their gardens with others. It fits so well with community visions for Lambton Library we had to bring it here” Nicola told The Local. The plant swap day will run from 10am to 12 noon and will include the launch of the Newcastle Seed Library, a joint initiative of City of Newcastle Library and Lambton Residents Group. For more information on the plant swap day go to the Lambton Residents Group or Green Thumbs Social Facebook pages or email

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(continued from front page ) Local residents Michelle Crawford and Alexandria Joy are leading the group. They point to successful community-driven activations such as Camperdown Commons and Grounds of Alexandria, both in Sydney, as examples of just what can be achieved by locals in their own community. “We really want to engage with City of Newcastle constructively on this.” Michelle told The Local. “We have a meeting planned with City of Newcastle staff in coming weeks. It’s important they know where we’re coming from. We want to see a successful multifaceted community space, offering many different things to many different people”. To really kick the community engagement along and hear people’s ideas the group is holding a Picnic in the Park from 5 to 8pm on Sunday 9 February. All interested members of the community are welcome to come along to Gregson Park. Bring a picnic, bring a share plate if you can, but most importantly bring your ideas, enthusiasm and energy to share on the night. For more information on the community activation of the Bowling Club site or the Picnic in the Park search Hamilton Village Happenings on Facebook.








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Contemporary take on Australian classic Young People’s Theatre Newcastle and Lindsay Street Players proudly present Picnic at Hanging Rock as their first production of the 2020 season. The tight ensemble of talented senior students and adult members is led by YPT alumni and tutor Anna Lambert. “On a summer’s day in 1900, a group of Australian girls visit the Hanging Rock for a school picnic. Four of the girls and a teacher wander off to explore the beckoning rock - only one girl returns, scared, incoherent and apparently with no memory of what occurred.” Picnic at Hanging Rock plays for eight performances at the YPT Theatre in Hamilton. Performance dates are from 8-29 February. All tickets are $20-25, available at ypt. or by phoning 4961 4895 between 9am-1pm on

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Write to your MP on climate As an Australian Citizen, I am an active voter and take my role in this country seriously. Australia has been burning since October 2019 and we are nowhere near the end of this insane fire season. It’s time for us as voters of the Wallsend, Newcastle and Charlestown electorates to step up and make a change. I have written a letter to my local MP, Ms Sonia Hornery, and I encourage you to do the same regardless of what electorate you’re in. Here’s why it’s important that we not only help with immediate needs (donations to those suffering) but we also look longer term for our country. Climate change is real. We can see that as every year passes summer is getting hotter and hotter. Australian bushfires are a natural occurrence in our country. If you look back on the indigenous community and how they looked after the lands, backburning was part of taking care of our lands and also prevented the raging fires which are occurring right now. Our current Prime Minister was warned that this would be a horrific fire season and was advised of preventative measures to put into place to be prepared. But this was ignored and now look, more than 12 million acres of our land burns and continues to burn, thousands of people displaced and millions of our wildlife gone. I urge you to stay up to date with these fires, to be aware of what is occurring in our country, get the right facts from the right people. The media are only putting news in our faces that causes a stir. I also urge you to write to your local MP asking them to petition for us on making sure we, as a country, are aware of climate change and our future in this country. I especially urge the young people to step up. Our future is at stake, and if we don’t get the right people

in Parliament, there is no future for us here. If you are on social media, look up “Anna Rose Richards”. She has presented us with the facts and with an excellent template letter we can send to our Members of Parliament demanding change. Climate change is real and it is happening now and Australia is not on track to making sure we have a future in our own country. Thank you,

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It’s widely understood that people who sing regularly enjoy extraordinary mental and physical benefits by doing so. Singing strengthens the immune system, improves your posture, helps improve sleep patterns, is a natural anti-depressant, and improves memory and mental alertness. Hunter Women of Note has been entertaining community groups across the Hunter and Central Coast for five years. They open their membership once per year for new singers and welcome new members to the choral group. If you’re a secret “shower singer” here’s opportunity to step out of that shower and sing together in a supportive environment. An open rehearsal will be held on Monday 24 February, 6.00-8.30pm at Mayfield Church of Christ, 31 Gregson Avenue, Mayfield West.

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The Local Quiz

Congratulations to last month’s quiz winner, Jennifer O’Donoghue of Lambton. Your prize is on its way. Last month’s mystery photo was the former gasworks building on Clyde St, Hamilton North. 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 What is the name of YPT’s first production for 2020? Question 2 On what date did classes first commence at New Lambton Public School? Question 3 If I live at No.84 on what days can I water my garden? Question 4 When is the Picnic in the Park to discuss future community use of the old Hamilton Bowling Club site? Question 5 Where would you find the building picture above? And what sporting organisation is it home to?

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THAT WAS THEN This is now

with Lachlan Wetherall

New Lambton Public School

This year marks 140 years of New Lambton Public School. It’s an anniversary that would have been celebrated a decade ago, if not for government inaction, squabbling colliery owners, and construction delays. New Lambton began with a colliery in 1868, and within a year the newspaper reported that “a good Public School will soon be required, there being now scores of children in the township.” Although the need was great, the government took no action until August 1875, when a deputation from New Lambton delivered a petition to the Minister for Education in Sydney, and a school was approved. The New Lambton Colliery initially promised land for the school near Evescourt Rd and Victoria St, but nothing happened while the co-owners of the colliery, Alexander Brown and George Dibbs, engaged in a bitter dispute over control of the mine. After two years of fruitless waiting, the school committee asked for the present site north of Russell Rd, as it belonged to Lambton Colliery whose general manager Robert Morehead was known to be a generous supporter of public education.

A contract for construction was awarded to Edward Constable and the ceremonial laying of the foundation stone took place on 30 November 1878. With an expected construction time of ten months the stone was optimistically engraved with the year 1879. But delays due to contractor disputes and a scarcity of bricks meant that as 1879 drew to a close, the Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners’ Advocate reported, with a dose of dry humour: “There is now no prospect of the Public School being ready for opening at Christmas. Many of the children in whose interest this school was first advocated, are now married, and have large families.”

New Lambton Public School in 2020. The original brick building was demolished in 1954, after suffering damage from mine subsidence. Finally, on 2 March 1880, classes commenced for 270 children. The following Saturday over 400 people gathered for the opening ceremony, where it was remarked that “the lack of this institution for years past has been so apparent as to make it appear strange that its erection was not an accomplished fact far earlier.” You can view these photos and more details at

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Students assembled in front of New Lambton Public School 13 February 1900. University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections.

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Fibre and bowel health The fibre in food helps keep your bowels (intestines) healthy and may protect against bowel cancer. It also helps control your weight, blood cholesterol level and blood sugar level. There are good amounts of fibre in wholegrain breads and cereals, fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. Ask a doctor, your local pharmacist or dietitian for advice. What is fibre? Fibre is found in foods that come from plants. It is also called ‘roughage’ or ‘bulk’. Dietary fibre is the part of plant foods that is not digested or absorbed in your stomach or small intestine. Dietary fibre passes unchanged into the large bowel (large intestine, colon), where bacteria break it down. The breakdown of fibre may produce a lot of gas (wind) in the large bowel. Most dietary fibres are carbohydrates. The main types of dietary fibre are soluble fibre, insoluble fibre and resistant starch. • Some foods with good amounts of soluble fibre are: oats, barley, rye, fruits, vegetables and legumes (e.g. beans, lentils). • Some foods with good amounts of insoluble fibre are: wheat bran, rice bran, wholegrain foods, the skins of fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. • Some foods with good amounts of resistant starch are: unprocessed wholegrain cereals, nuts and seeds, under-ripe bananas, legumes, slightly undercooked (“al dente”) pasta and cooked and cooled potato, rice and pasta. Resistant starch (as Hi-Maize) is added to some breakfast cereals and fibre supplement products. Self-care • Eat a wide variety of high fibre foods. Most adults should aim to eat at least 5 serves of vegetables, 2 serves of fruit, 4-6 serves of wholegrain or wholemeal foods, and some nuts and seeds every day. Limit foods high in fat, sugar or salt. • Increase fibre in your diet gradually, to avoid wind, bloating and cramping.

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Matters by Jonathon Mannion CFP® Senior Financial Adviser at Sandringham Wealth

Breaking down your NY resolution

I keep coming back to a lesson I got a decade or so ago from my father in law, wise man. After a long, hard day of fencing and not much progress, I asked how far we had to go. The answer was “kilometres”. I asked if he found it daunting. His answer was, “Mate, it’s like eating an elephant. One bite at a time”. The same holds for goals, with a slight variation perhaps. The most common goals I hear are around debt reduction or savings. We focus on the end number, but sometimes forget that it’s a big piece of work. I’ve found that breaking that big goal into smaller pieces is more workable. I want to pay my mortgage off or reach $X in savings in ten years is good. Breaking it down in detail is better. Physically write down how much you’ll pay off or save and by when. To get to the ten-year goal, I need to make repayments/savings of $X per month starting now. To check in on progress, break it down again into three month blocks.

Depending on the study you read, by about midFebruary, 80% of all New Year’s resolutions have failed. That’s right about now. Those resolutions we made a few weeks ago were well-intentioned, but sometimes it gets too big and we don’t have a clear way forward.


The beauty of breaking it down into little steps is that it’s easier. All I have to do for the next three months is 1, 2, 3 and it’s achievable. Those little wins provide the sugar hit to keep going for the next three months. The power of those little wins is incredible. Not only do they build on each other, but they cement great money habits.

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Matters by Jessica Benson of Newcastle Legal

Child abuse claims: limitation period removed

The NSW Government has changed the law so there is no limitation period for a victim of child abuse to sue their abuser seeking damages for injuries. The affected types of ‘child abuse’ claims are: (1) sexual abuse; (2) serious physical abuse; or (3) any other abuse connected with the sexual abuse or serious physical abuse of the person. The change in law was made after it was recognised that it is often a very difficult decision for a victim to pursue their abuser for the abuse they suffered as a child; also that victims of child abuse are often not ready to face their abuse or sue for damages in the years immediately following their abuse. Often victims of abuse initially seek to forget what occurred or the full effects of abuse may not manifest until later in life. The effect of this change in law also means: (1) it is possible for a victim to make a claim on the deceased estate of their abuser; and (2) the family of a victim is able to make a claim against an abuser even after the victim has died without having pursued a claim. The open limitation period removes pressure on a victim to bring an action before they are ready. It also allows a victim to move through the claim-making process with their lawyer at their own pace, allowing time for consultation with health professionals and other relevant support organisations. If you suffered child abuse and wish to consider making a claim against your abuser, you can make an appointment with me to learn what your options are.

Making Legal Easy SENSITIVITY FOR SURVIVORS OF ABUSE Jessica Benson is a lawyer with a psychology degree. She understands the special needs of her clients who have suffered physical, psychological or sexual abuse. If you want to discuss a possible claim you may have, give Jessica a call.

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Chat by Ryan Samuels and Lani Stokes

of Poke Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Centre, Lambton

Shoulder pain when sleeping

Has your shoulder problem gone from a niggle to a painful concern? Is your shoulder pain waking you at night because sleeping on that side now makes the pain worse? Have you begun experiencing pain in the shoulder and sometimes the upper arm with regular everyday tasks like: combing your hair, doing up a bra strap or reaching your arms above your head? If this sounds like you then you might be suffering from tendonitis in one of the rotator cuff muscles of the shoulder called the Supraspinatus muscle. Supraspinatus Tendonitis can be a painful and very annoying condition. It often starts gradually and gets worse over time. For many people it is caused by a combination of shoulder instability, poor posture

and repetitive shoulder movements over time. These factors can injure the Supraspinatus tendon causing it to become painful and inflamed ultimately resulting in shoulder pain. So why is the pain worse when you sleep? When you sleep on your shoulder the extra pressure and weight on the shoulder compresses and irritates an already inflamed and painful Supraspinatus tendon resulting in more pain which then wakes you and forces you to change sides. If you think you might be suffering from Supraspinatus Tendonitis shoulder pain, here are three things you can do today to help relieve the pain and aid in your recovery. 1. Make a conscious effort to sleep on your back or the unaffected shoulder. 2. Switch up your routine. Start using your other arm for repetitive things like computer work, hanging out laundry, carrying grandkids or gardening. 3. Seek professional help. If your shoulder pain is just not getting better it might be time to seek some help from a healthcare professional that has experience with Supraspinatus Tendonitis. Enquire today to find out how we can help or to arrange a free 15 minute shoulder assessment. Ryan Samuels- Registered Acupuncturist & Herbalist

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Matters with Sara Knight of The Gut Clinic

New school year stress With the new year upon us, our kids are returning or have returned to school for another year. This can be a stressful time for many of the members of the family. Parents may possibly be nervous about a new teacher, feeling the pressure of working out the new activity schedule for the year and the weight of the financial obligations that come with each new school year. It is important to acknowledge that this is a stressful period and look to ways to help your body and mind handle the stress better. Here are some possible indicators that stress is getting the upper hand: • Struggling to fall asleep or waking at night and struggling to get back to sleep • Cravings salty or sugary foods • Muscle tension for unknown causes • Eye twitching • Getting sick easily and for long periods There are times when we can’t avoid the stress and this is one of them – the kids need to go to school, new schedules to be worked out and fees to be paid. But we can soften the impact and support a better stress response through how we sleep, eat and think. Three key areas to focus on are: • Quality sleep – keeping to a routine, avoiding alcohol and caffeine at night and keeping the room cool are good ways to improve the quality of your sleep • Aim to have lots of leafy green vegetables every day for the stress supporting nutrients of B vitamins and magnesium – an afternoon green smoothie is a great idea • Talk it out – have coffee with a friend, ring your spouse to vent or get in contact with a professional to help you gain a healthier perspective and much needed time for yourself. Unmanaged and chronic stress has wide-ranging impacts on health in areas such as mood, cardiovascular health as well as a healthy weight. Making little changes each day is a great way to invest in your short and long term health. Plus, our children are watching and learning so take this as an opportunity to show kids how to acknowledge and manage stress. A great lesson to learn at any age!


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VET Chat

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Recent World Wildlife Fund estimates put the number of wildlife killed in the ongoing bushfires at 1.25 billion so far. The animals have died either directly, from smoke inhalation, from loss of habitat and food in the aftermath of the infernos, or from the influx of predators who are quick to loot the country once the fires have died down. What challenges are the surviving wildlife facing now, and how can we help them? Evidence from Victoria’s Black Saturday fires show that wombats and smaller animals including pythons huddle together inside wombat burrows until the heat of the fire is gone, and re-populate the charred landscape from there. Food resources are scarce and the animals are far more visible

than usual to hungry predators. Human intervention in the form of food drops is vital. Injured animals can be searched out and treated in the field, or brought back to one of the facilities or veterinary clinics that are set to nurse them back to health. Shelters can be erected. Australian native animals have an impressive history of surviving bushfires but with the additional challenge of feral cats, foxes and motor vehicles, the challenges are multiplied. There has never been a better time to keep the cat inside and to drive slowly and observantly through affected areas! The team at Mogo Zoo was able to rescue every single one of their charges during the inferno that hit the south coast earlier this year - not one of those animals died even though the Mogo community itself suffered major losses. How amazing! The zoo is now focussing on a massive rebuild and also the establishment of a veterinary hospital which can care for injured wildlife. Port Macquarie Koala Hospital has been caring for fire damaged koalas and other natives since the North Coast fires before Christmas. Also amazing work! In addition Taronga and Adelaide Zoos and hundreds of volunteers are committing time and money to the cause. Our best response to these fires is to be become meliorists, that is, to focus on the belief we can do much to improve the lot of these animals and their habitat, and that we will devise a way of future proofing our beautiful bush.


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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy CEO of NovaCare Community Services

Talking to parents about Aged Care

It can be quite difficult to talk to your parents about their potential need for some care in their home. Your parents may not feel the need for care, wishing to continue to be independent, maybe with support from their children. Or, your parents may recognise they do need assistance but find the process of getting help confusing. They may not know how to access the aged care system apart from being aware that there will be forms, costs and options. The whole process can be quite daunting to begin. The Government’s numbers released at Christmas

time show that people are waiting over 12 months for a higher-level Home Care Package. There are 63,000 people on the waiting list and 49,000 additional people have been offered an interim package that is lower than their assessed need while they wait for the package at their higher approved level. It is beneficial for your parents to begin the process well before they need to. We find many children do the initial research by talking to an approved government provider like NovaCare so they can begin to narrow the options for Mum and Dad to choose from. Services into older people’s homes aim to keep them active, safe, independent and connected to their community. Support for things around the house like cleaning, bedmaking and laundry will enable them to do other things they enjoy. These services your parents often seek first are accessed via the Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) and are heavily subsidised by the Government. Where there is capacity, these services will cost the customer around $15 per hour. It’s a good idea to take the opportunity to talk to your parents so decisions are not left until an emergency happens. The knowledgeable and friendly team at NovaCare are very happy to talk to you about the aged care process to enable you to gather the information you need. Call 1300 363 654.

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with Cheryl Shaw of Dogoverboard

Nail maintenance a must

Can you hear your dogs’ nails tapping on the floor? If you can then chances are, they are too long. The nails should not touch the ground when your dog is standing. For the health of your dog the nails must be kept short. These days many dogs don’t wear down their nails as they live inside, are sedentary and walking mostly on soft flooring and grass areas when outside. When nails become long, they will damage your skin if the dog jumps on you and can also damage your furniture or upholstery. The main concern is the damage long nails can do to the health of your dog. Overgrown nails can curve around and even grow into the pads, causing pain and often resulting in infections. Nails that are long can split, rip and tear and even get caught on items. Dew claws, those little nails on the inside of the foot, never touch the ground, they continue to grow and are usually

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sharp and pointed. These little rudimentary nails require even more trimming as they don’t wear down and can easily be caught on items, even the dogs own ear hair if scratching. Dew claws can also rip on the dog and cause injury. If dog nails are long and touching the ground when the dog is walking or running, it applies pressure to the dog’s nail bed and the toe joints. This can be very painful, like us wearing ill-fitting shoes and that constant pressure felt when walking. If the nails remain long, over time the joints of the foot can realign, the dogs’ feet can flatten and splay out, which causes the dog to alter its posture and locomotion. In older dogs this can be why they are reluctant to move, due to the foot pain. Cutting long nails can improve the posture and movement of the dog and take away pressure and pain. Some dogs don’t like to have their feet touched due to pain, or if they have had a bad experience with somebody unskilled cutting the nails, they will always remember.If your dog’s nails are overgrown it is important to have really regular nail cutting a little bit at a time to help shorten the nail length. This will get the quick, the small vein inside the nail to recede and shrink back. This can be achieved by regular cutting. Regularly cutting and filing the nails will help achieve good foot health and comfort, not to mention you won’t be able to hear your dog’s nails on the floor boards. Dogoverboard offers nail cutting seven days a week without an appointment. Regular nail maintenance should be part of your dog’s health routine.






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Local Community Group Notices CHILDREN & FAMILIES HAMILTON SOUTH COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP Do you have a child under five and looking for an affordable place to play, meet other kids and carers and relax for a while? Need to get out of the house and into a regular kids’ activity that won’t break the bank? Come check out Hamilton South Playgroup, a local branch of the Playgroup NSW organisation. Hamilton South Playgroup runs sessions every week, even over some school holidays. We currently have three groups running; two during the week and a Spanishspeaking group meets fortnightly on Saturdays. If you’re interested in joining or starting a session of your own, please visit the Playgroup NSW website at and contact the Hamilton South Playgroup coordinator by following “Membership - Find a Playgroup.” 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.

COMMUNITY EVENTS ART & JEWELLERY MARKET Newcastle Buddhist Centre Hamilton is holding an Art and Jewellery Market with quality new and pre-loved items available on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th March from 7.30am to 3pm each day. At The Meditation Centre 47 James St, Hamilton. Entry to courtyard via Murray St. For any enquires or donations please phone Marilyn on 0417 676 008.

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COMMUNITY EVENTS HUNTER WOMEN OF NOTE CHORUS Ladies, do something for yourself this year. 2020 could be your year to shine! Start something new and exciting, something you’ve always wanted to do. Start the year with singing! The Hunter Women of Note Chorus, an a cappella group that sings barbershop music, is holding a free open rehearsal this month. Monday, 24th February, 6:00-8:30pm at Mayfield Church of Christ, 31 Gregson Avenue, Mayfield West. This is a free evening- just come, listen and see what you think! Contact Maureen 0404 496 262 or 4957 0125 or maureenrak@gmail. com/ Further information from music director Sandy O’Neill on 0419 639 823, visit Facebook or visit

COMMUNITY GROUPS GAMBLING IMPACT SOCIETY Gambling Impact Society (GIS) has funding from the NSW Government to roll out the very successful Consumer Voices Project in Hunter/ Newcastle area. The aim is to raise community awareness about gambling related problems as a public health issue, to foster primary prevention, active help seeking, and support for affected people through a free presentation, which takes one hour. Speakers include Consumer Voices trained speaker/peer educator who may be a recovering gambler, or someone affected by the gambling of someone close to them. Presentations are aimed at any group where people are interested in learning more about gambling related problems. Lively discussion is assured. For more details contact local Project Officer Joan 0417 194 307 or email:info@ or visit website au Email your notice to admin@hunterlocal. or post it to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations.

Local Community Group Notices COMMUNITY GROUPS 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 commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club. No RSVP needed. For more information email: or call Nicola on 0402 949 854.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS ANTIQUE BOTTLE AND COLLECTORS CLUB If you would like to know more about our club please come along to one of our meetings, held on the second Wednesday of each month February to November, at the Minmi Progress Hall Woodford St Minmi 7.30pm. Phone Tom 0418 403 910 or 4957 5220.

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

SENIORS GROUPS 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.

MEREWETHER RSL DAY CLUB COFFEE POT The club meets every Friday from 10am till 2pm at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Merewether, from Friday 7th Feb. All welcome. Transport can be arranged. For further details please contact Carole on 0411 418 578, Bev on 4963 7540 or John 4962 2668. 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.

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.

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ALUMINIUM BOAT Wanted to buy cheap 3.5mtr tinny, no trailer Ph 4952 8723 RENTAL PROPERTY Family of 4 plus small dog, 3 to 4 bedroom, good size yard, pet friendly, shed/garage, privately rented 20 years been in current rental 14 years. Looking to pay $500 p/w hoping for long lease. Kristy Ph 0410 871 822

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BABYSITTING Reliable and responsible 14 yo female looking for babysitting jobs. Ages 3 to 10. Available weekdays from 4pm and anytime on weekends. Your house only in local area. Phone Shayla 0411 341 672 BRAITH’S PRODUCTS Have you seen Braith’s Products free local delivery dog and carriage recently? We are a local manufacturer of natural cleaning products for home and pet use. We also stock unique greeting cards. 25% of sales is donated to the Hunter Valley Brumby Association. For orders and enquiries please call 4952 2352 CLASSICAL GUITAR TUITION Elizabeth Sutcliffe BMus. GCert Mus Tech (Newcastle). Private, one on one lessons. AMEB syllabus. Current working with children check. Registered Creative Kids provider. North Lambton. Email: classicalguitarlizzy@outlook. Ph 0438 715 653 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 TAI CHI Private lessons, learn Tai Chi/ authentic Okinawan Karate at your own pace and convenience. Contact Indishe Ph 0452 184 218 or THEATRE TRIPS Sydney Shrek The Musical - War Horse, Newcastle A Comedy Tenors - Chess The Musical - 39 Steps Details & Bookings - Don Ph 4952 8590

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