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Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram for community news and info Issue No 57 • A community newspaper for Newcastle’s suburbs • January 2019

Kids cap year with mural

Sigrid Sorensen, Arabella Smith and Will Stevens with a mural they created with fellow preschoolers at Elder Street Early Childhood Centre in Lambton. The mural depicts their thoughts on rubbish and recycling. The Centre is now looking for a place where it can be exhibited. Turn to page 6 for full story.

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Smell the roses

And just like that, before I had even had the time to think about it, it was 2019. As I wrote the sentence above I wasn’t quite sure what I meant by it. But I know I really meant whatever it is. Last year was in many respects a blur. A mostly pleasant blur, but a blur nonetheless. There were lots of joyous family milestones and happy moments. And there were some sad times too. But that’s okay. The Local has continued to grow and kept me more than a little busy. And that’s okay. I’ve done most of what I had planned. A couple of projects have fallen by the wayside, for now at least, and that’s okay too. But somehow, in a strange way, I feel like I missed out on last year. I was too busy rushing here and there in the time available and forgot to reflect on the time I was having. There’s another of those sentences whose meaning I’m not sure of, but I do mean. I have never been a big fan of new year’s resolutions. To me it all sounds like hard work and the ideal way to set yourself up for disappointment. This year I’m making an exception. For a decade now we have lived across the road from what are perhaps Newcastle’s best public rose gardens (Thanks City of Newcastle Parks and Gardens staff!). In those years I don’t recall ever stopping and actually smelling the roses. In 2019, whenever I am passing the rose beds on foot, I’ll make time to stop, admire them and appreciate the work that goes into maintaining them. And when I do stop and smell the roses I hope I’m reminded to slow down generally let the blur clear, be present and take each day/week/month/year as it comes. Happy 2019!

Slow down, kids around School holidays are a time for family and friends to focus on socialising, travel and time together - but their arrival also means maintaining greater vigilance when walking near, or driving on, Newcastle’s busy roads. That’s the message that the City of Newcastle is spreading this summer as part of a road safety and awareness campaign targeted at holiday makers and the local community. The ‘It’s Holiday Time’ campaign is the brainchild of Little Blue Dinosaur Foundation CEO Michelle McLaughlin, who tragically lost her son Tom at age four to a roadside accident near MacMasters Beach on the Central Coast. Mrs McLaughlin now spends her days proactively partnering with organisations like City of Newcastle to prevent further tragedies from occurring on NSW roads. “The ‘It’s Holiday Time’ campaign incorporates brightly coloured billboard signage with simple messaging to instruct and remind drivers to slow down, and for children and families to remain alert and attentive,” Mrs McLaughlin said.

“The boards are positioned in highly visible public spaces, such as beaches and parks, so that we can best maximise our road safety message.” “Holiday destinations are most often a new and unfamiliar environment for children and their families, and it’s important that parents have a conversation with

further tragedies like the one experienced by Michelle and her family,” Cr Nelmes said. “We’re improving existing pedestrian and road infrastructure by rolling out new raised pedestrian crossings - knowns as Wombat Crossings - at particular points of the City that experience high pedestrian and traffic volumes.

their children and go through how they’re expected to behave when they’re in this new environment.” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said enhancements were continuously being made to roads and footpaths to help prevent tragedies and accidents from occurring. “It’s incumbent on us to ensure that we do everything we can to not only provide safe and suitable access points for pedestrians, but to also upgrade our roads for the benefit of motorists to help prevent

“Recent installations include Platt Street at Waratah, Joslin Street at Kotara and King Street, Newcastle West - all areas which are located close to schools, parks and public transport. Cr Nelmes said while holidays are an important time to reinforce road safety messages, the City will continue to work year-round to ensure that roads and footpaths are maintained to an appropriate standard.


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Kids get creative with new rebate From 1 January parents, guardians and carers of young people can apply for a $100 voucher to use for creative and cultural learning activities outside of the school curriculum. Creative Kids is a new NSW State Government initiative which follows on from the successful Active Kids program launched in early 2018. The Creative Kids program will help more young people access important learning opportunities across a range of creative activities. Research shows creative arts and sport enrich student learning experiences. Kids benefit in a number of ways, including building important social, critical thinking, emotional and physical skills. These skills are central to helping young people make a

successful transition from school to work and other education. The $100 voucher can be used towards the cost of participation in or tuition fees for activities such as music lessons, drama and theatre, language classes, visual arts, coding and design. Every




including those who are home schooled or by distance education, will be eligible for a $100 Creative Kids voucher as well as the $100 Active Kids voucher. Vouchers will be available via the Service NSW website or you can go into a Service Centre and staff can assist at the self service kiosks.

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from page 1 They say you can’t rush creativity, and the artists of the Elder Street Early Childhood Centre at Lambton have proved that wonderful work takes time. Early this year the children started collecting thousands of colourful bottle lids to create their own artwork, donated by the centre’s families and shops along Elder Street. “We were inspired by the large mural at Merewether Beach and also our interest in sculpture, and took the children on excursions to help develop ideas for our own mural creation,” Director Melissa Duffy-Fagan said. “The work is really quite amazing.” The mural represents the children’s concerns about rubbish in the ocean, and depicts a recycle station and a rubbish truck on land, with a boat in the ocean scooping up the waste. The children also wrote a story to accompany the art, and their families assisted in drilling the bottle lids to create a collaborative experience. The centre is now on the hunt for a place to exhibit the mural. If you can assist, call the centre on 4953 9300.


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Winners are grinners in Adamstown

The bingo card promotion by the Adamstown Business Group over recent months has been run and won. The initiative was designed to encourage Adamstown locals to shop locally. Shoppers collected stamps on bingo cards when they shopped locally at participating businesses. Once five stamps had been collected, their cards went into a draw for Adamstown vouchers. Nineteen businesses from all parts of Adamstown participated in the promotion. The Adamstown Business Group is a non for profit group that facilitates business generated initiatives for activating the local area. Meetings are held monthly with all members welcome. The winning shoppers, Ann Edser, Chris Campey and Lin Davis all live within a close radius of Adamstown. They each received $250 of vouchers to spend at the participating Adamstown retailers of their choice. President of Adamstown Business Group Allan Winners of the Adamstown Bingo promotion at Turner from PETstock said initial promotion was front (L to R) Lin Davis, Chris Campey and Anna very successful. “The experience we gained this year Edser with some of the participating retailers will make the next one even better.” Allan said. “People are proud of their suburb and enjoy living here. Residents recognise the relationship between the local business success and the suburb doing well.” Allan added.

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Local School Leaders 2019 The Local invited primary schools within our home delivered distribution area to submit a photo of their newly appointed school leadership teams for 2019. To be elected to that position is a great honour and we’re certain that these young people will do an excellent job representing their schools with enthusiasm and pride. The leadership skills and selfconfidence they will develop during this time will be invaluable, so keep an eye out for these faces in the future!

Merewether Public School: (left to right) Oskar Johansson, Joe Thompson, Georgie Anderson and Mata Vea

Lambton Public School: (left to right) Henry Boys, Xavier Shaw, Kesslar Stuart-Jurd, Lara Hazel, Rose Cotterill, Lily Campbell and Joe Kearsey (absent Sam Tickle)

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Local School Leaders 2019

Hamilton North Public School: (left to right) Ashleigh Welsh, Joseph Wilcox, Kynan Lascelles and Lainey Conway

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Lodge donates $4000 to Jenny’s Place It has been estimated that Freemasons worldwide contribute two million dollars per day to charitable causes. The Freemasons of Lodge Enterprise No.400, who hold their meetings at the New Lambton Masonic Centre, have played their part to make this grand total by conducting a fund raising project each year in aid of a recognised local charity. This year, as in the previous two years, Jenny’s Place Inc., a refuge for victims of family violence in Newcastle, was the recipient. On Monday 17th December, at the Lodge’s Christmas Party, Ms Jill Evans, the Assistant Manager of Jenny’s Place was the guest of honour. She was present to receive a cheque for $4,000 towards the work of the refuge. The funds raised this year by Lodge Enterprise totalled $2,000.

This amount was matched by MasoniCare, the charity arm of Freemasonry in NSW to make a total of $4,000. V.Wor. Bro. Arthur Rolph, the Worshipful Master of Lodge Enterprise, presented the cheque to Ms. Evans and she thanked Lodge Enterprise for its continued




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If one of the letterboxes pictured above is yours, you’ve won a $30 shopping voucher from one of three great local retailers. Phone us at The Local on 0455 210 000 anytime between 14 and 18 January to confirm your address and choose your prize. Please note that phone may not be monitored before 14 January. There’s one $30 voucher for Jarrett’s Quality Meats at Lambton, one $30 voucher for Q’s Books at Hamilton and one $30 voucher for Spar Express Lambton.

First in best dressed with the choice of vouchers. The vouchers must be claimed between Monday 14 and Friday 18 January then redeemed at your chosen retailer by 9 February. All three lucky letterboxes were claimed last month. Congratulations to the residents of 46 Carrington Parade New Lambton, 72 National Park Street Hamilton East and 206 St James Road New Lambton who each received a $30 shopping voucher.


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Wave your kids goodbye As summer holidays roll around, a regular event in the local area has been the January Wave Kids Program put on by Hunter Bible Church at Lambton High School. Now in its 17th year, Wave Kids has grown each year and now regularly sees more than 500 kids each summer. Pastor Sam Hilton, who oversees the event, says local parents contact the church in the months leading up to the January event because their kids loved attending the previous year. “The kids have a great time, partly because all the section leaders are mainly from our uni-aged church service who take a week off to put on the whole thing. Plus there’s the Sideline Cafe for parents to relax with a free coffee

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The Big Quiz...

Congratulations to last month’s quiz winner Celise Watkins of New Lambton. We will be in contact regarding your prize. This month’s quiz questions are below. You’ll find the answers, except for the mystery photo, within the pages of this issue. Question 1 How much is the new Creative Kids voucher worth to each school age child? Question 2 On what line did the last tram in Newcastle run in 1950? Question 3 To which local charity did Lodge 400 Enterprise donate $4000 recently? Question 4 In what year was James Fletcher born? Question 5 What species of parrot is Allie? Question 6 What did Stephanie Berick take up in 2005?

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THAT WAS THEN This is now

with Lachlan Wetherall

The Lambton to Mayfield tramway

The first tramline in the city, running from Newcastle to Wallsend opened in 1887. Only two other lines opened in the next decade, but tramway fervour increased when Edward William O’Sullivan became NSW Minister for Public Works in 1899. O’Sullivan was a passionate supporter of public transport. He was the visionary in the construction of the ornate Central Railway Station in Sydney, and instigated many other rail and tram projects in NSW. In Newcastle by 1901, Merewether, Adamstown and Mayfield had been added to the tram network, and many other suburbs clamoured to be the next tram destination.

Lambton residents wanted a tram between their town and Mayfield. However the Mayor of Waratah, N. B. Creer, was highly critical, declaring that the proposed route “comprises a variety of pitfalls and the land might subside at any time” and that the income from passengers “would not pay for grease for the rolling stock” Creer’s preference was for Waratah to be connected by a line from Hamilton via Georgetown. The Minister agreed, and O’Sullivan promised that construction would start by 1903. However, drought and a downturn in the London money markets dried up funds, and government spending was reined in. O’Sullivan lost office in 1904 and the Waratah via Georgetown tramline was put on hold. The line eventually opened in 1915, the final extension of the tram network constructed in Newcastle. In 1918, the Lambton to Mayfield route was again advocated, to provide transport for workers in the western parts of the city to the newly opened steelworks. But it was never to be. In the 1920s the rise of motorised bus services led to a decline in tram patronage, and from 1930 tramlines in Newcastle began to close. The last tram service in Newcastle ran on 11 June 1950 on the Waratah line. In 2019, light rail services will return to the city, and the opening of the Newcastle to Wickham line raises the same question asked in 1901, “Where to next?” You can view these photos and more details at www.

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Above: a tram sits at the intersection of Howe and Morehead Streets, Lambton, where the proposed route to Mayfield branched off. University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections.

Map by Ken McCarthy, Trolley Wire magazine October 1982. Sydney Tramway Museum Archives.

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Minton Goes!

By Anna Fienberg and Kim Gamble Reviewed by Ruth Cotton Imagine a happy-go-lucky salamander and a grumpy turtle going around the world on adventures together – what could go wrong? Minton is excited by anything that moves – boats, planes, trucks, submarines – and with his handy toolbox, believes anything is possible. His best mate Turtle always comes along with Minton because he knows he’s going to end up saving his friend from disaster. Minton loves to eat centipede stew, while Turtle prefers earthworm pudding. Yum! The first Minton book I read to my 6 year old grandson was Minton Goes Under. Minton decides he needs a submarine to get home really quickly. They build one from an empty lemonade bottle, a toothpick and a drinking straw. That book was such a success that I bought Minton Goes! – eight adventure stories in one volume. It has neat instructions for the reader to build exactly what Minton did – a plane, a boat, even a hot air balloon. I love Minton because he has a marvellous imagination, and is never discouraged by big challenges. I love Turtle too, because he asks his friend hard questions which in the end, help to keep them both safe. Minton Goes! suits a six year old for both a bedtime story, or stretching their own reading skills. A seven or eight year old will easily read it on their own. And everyone will have fun making the vehicles! Is there a book you would like to review? Please get in touch with us at Q’s Books email:

Natural curiosity key to Cubs Children are naturally curious, interested in how things work and excited by new discoveries. Positive experiences with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) from early childhood helps set the foundations for children’s STEM literacy development. Parents can encourage a lifelong interest and confidence in science by engaging in STEM-related play with their child. This is what led local science presenter and mum of three, Erin Bear, to establish Curious Cubs. “At its heart, Curious Cubs is about fostering natural curiosity. Providing Newcastle’s next generation with stimulating and engaging experiences to set the foundations for a lifelong interest in STEM” Erin said. Launched in April 2018, Curious Cubs offers weekly sessions of fun, interactive experiments and sciencebased activities for 3-5yr olds to experience with a parent or carer. The Adamstown-based business provides opportunities for kids to explore chemistry, coding and robots, slime, the human body, rockets and more. Curious Cubs makes science fun and interesting for young kids. Children develop their observational, logical thinking and problem solving skills through play-based activities. Curious Cubs takes care of the

Erin Bear working on some science fun with a Curious Cub hassle and mess while providing parents with new ideas and inspiration. “Over the next year I’m hoping to reach and inspire many more local children through weekly sessions, holiday workshops and preschool incursions. Sessions designed for 5-8yr olds are also planned for 2019” Erin said. For more information visit www.curiouscubs.




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Hamilton chamber is your business...

Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is a membershipbased organisation that promotes opportunities for people to live, work, dine, shop and play in the suburb. We represent the rich multicultural heritage of our community while helping to showcase the modern flavour of cosmopolitan Hamilton. As a part of the City of Newcastle, the Chamber advocates on behalf of our suburb to make our streetscapes beautiful, safe, accessible and a desirable destination for living and investment. With other chambers and government, we work to create innovative ways to enjoy the inner-city suburbs of Newcastle, including community events such as Beaumont Street Carnivale, Christmas in Hamilton and China Week Festival. For just $25 you can become a member of Newcastle’s most progressive and active Chamber. Member benefits include: • Have a voice in what’s happening • Access priority benefits at major events • Be part of local marketing activities • Receive discounts on monthly and special events

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Chat by Nathan Errington President of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce

It’s all happening in Hamilton

This year will mark a turning point for local Business Improvement Associations. Hamilton Chamber, like organisations in Mayfield, Wallsend, Newcastle and New Lambton, are made possible because of a special rate levy that is applied to business properties in our area. Every year Council provides about $140,000 of this money to Hamilton Chamber. This money is used to advocate, promote and support the businesses in Hamilton and hold events that bring tens of thousands of people to the suburb. Hamilton Chamber represents the business interests of about 358 small businesses and their employees. There is no doubt in our minds, and the minds of the business community funding us, that BIAs provide great value to our community and the city. By 30 June 2019, this current agreement will make way for a new model. As I write this column, we are unsure of what the details of the model look like, or what impact that will have on the Chamber’s ability to hold events, represent the interests of local business or provide business opportunities that promote our place in the city into the future. Chamber Directors are focused on working with Council to progress a model that suits the best outcomes for our community while getting on with the business of Hamilton. In just a couple of weeks, we will be launching details of Carnivale which will be held on Sunday 10 March 2019 and I am pleased to say that preliminary work to develop a masterplan for the improvement of James Street Plaza have begun with Council. The Chamber has also been successful in attracting the attention of NSW Government with Parliamentary Secretary for Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC tabling a petition asking the Government to review the decision by Keolis Downer to take buses out of Beaumont Street. In December NSW Shadow Minister, Jodi Mackay and Newcastle Member, Tim Crakanthorp announced the Opposition would bring buses back if elected this coming March. I look forward to seeing you in cosmopolitan Hamilton.

Women of Note holding open rehearsal Have you ever wanted to learn to sing in harmony? The Hunter Women of Note Chorus is holding a free open rehearsal in January and is inviting along any women who would like to see what the choir does, with opportunities to get involved. Women of Note was formed in 2015 as an a cappella chorus, singing mainly in barbershop style. Barbershop uses four-part harmonies with special features that are ideal for female singers, such as lower notes for those who have trouble going high. It also places a focus on entertaining audiences, making it a great outlet for those who like to sing into their hairbrush! After the open rehearsal there will be an opportunity to register for a six-week learning program which will take place on Mondays, where

participants will learn the basics of a cappella singing and two songs which will be performed as part of International Women’s Day celebrations in March. The open rehearsal will be held on Monday 21 January at 7pm at the Hunter Women’s Centre

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History with Phil Warren

James Fletcher’s lost likeness

James Fletcher is probably the Newcastle district’s best known nineteenth century identity. Born in Scotland in 1834, he started work in 1853 as a miner at the A. A. Company’s Hamilton Borehole pit. By 1860 James Fletcher was showing the attributes of leadership as a union leader and later as a mine manager and finally as a member of parliament from

1880 until his death in 1891. He was for a period the NSW Secretary (Minister) for Mines and then Secretary for Public Works. From 1876 to 1889 Fletcher was the proprietor of the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate. On 10 April 1897 the imposing James Fletcher statue, located opposite the police station in Watt Street Newcastle, was dedicated to the memory of one of the city’s early pioneers. The 2 metre high statue was crafted of Italian Carrara marble to a “clay likeness” that was sent to Italy to allow the sculptors to produce Mr. Fletcher’s features in marble. It is unique in Australia, an imposing public monument funded by public subscription ‘to commemorate James Fletcher as a friend of the miners‘– such was the respect and affection for this pioneer of our city. Prior to the crafting of the complete statue a marble bust of Mr. Fletcher was produced and sent to Newcastle for approval as to its suitability as a likeness of the subject. It was deemed satisfactory and the statue was completed and transported from Italy to Australia. After the unveiling of the statue in 1897 the bust disappeared from view for some 40 years. Seemingly, after the ceremony the bust ended up in the hands of Mr. G. P. Lock. In spite of the bust being valuable it was sold “for a small sum” to Mr. McAuliffe, a horse dealer. Some forty years later The Newcastle Sun reported on 15 February 1937 the bust had been stored in Mr. McAuliffe’s stables for many years. At left: James Fletcher’s bust at Rotunda Park, Wallsend Opposite page, left: sketch of the James Fletcher statute, Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate 12 April 1897 Opposite page, right: the unveiling of the Fletcher memorial statue. Photograph by Ralph Snowball. As reported by The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Reporter Saturday 17 April 1897 After the discovery the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate reported on 25 June 1937 that the marble bust, with the endorsement of Fletcher’s granddaughter, was accepted by Wallsend Council and after deliberation the decision was taken to place the bust in its present location in Rotunda Park, a portion of land that was once owned by James Fletcher. Both statue and bust are now very much part of our region’s historical monuments.

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School holiday fun There’s lots of fun to be had around Newcastle these summer holidays, with plenty of activities on offer whether you’re outdoorsy, crafty or love science. At Newcastle Region Library there will be a gamut on offer ranging from unicorn parties to Star Wars challenges, and book clubs to sewing. For those who like to build The Curious LEGO challenge will be on again, or you can get your hands dirty by modelling clay. Some activities will incur a cost, and bookings are essential for all. Visit www. or call 4974 5300. The Newcastle Museum will be holding the summer of science, with workshops involving slime, fizz and plastic. Wildlife shows

will also be hosted featuring reptiles, insects and bird-eating spiders. Some programs require a booking. Visit newcastlemuseum. or call 4974 1400. Newcastle Art Gallery will be exploring colour, shapes and patterns, inspired by the works of artists Louise Olsen and Stephen Ormandy, and the exhibition The Erskine Pledge Some bookings are required. Visit or call 4974 5100. The city’s natural environment will also be showcased, with plenty to discover in rockpools, endangered grasslands and the Hexham Swamp. Phone 4974 2733. For the full program visit www.

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Happy New Year! The team at Dalton Partners New Lambton are here to

help over the holidays… Statistics show that real estate advertising sites report the highest amount of views per property over the summer break? Though this is a busy time of year, when regular work and school commitments slow down, motivated buyers can search the market and request viewing of available properties.

estate goals for 2019 by working with you through the summer holiday period. If you want the first move advantage for 2019, contact Lisa and the Team at Dalton Partners New Lambton to discuss the right strategy for your home.

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Humans of Newcastle by Melissah Comber

Steph Berick believes setting her son and another two young men living with disabilities up in their own home is one of her greatest achievements

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Broadmeadow’s Steph Berick is not a household name, but she’s something of a trailblazer. With two other families, and in pre-NDIS days, Steph established a sharehouse for her son and two other young men - all of whom are living with a disability. The home is owned by the families, with support provided by Samaritans Foundation. At the time group homes were the more common option for people who needed supported accomodation, making this house the first to do so. “This is one of my greatest achievements, doing that,” Steph said. “It’s worked brilliantly - it’s their own home so it can’t even be taken Page 26 > The Local > January 2019

away from them. “They all love living there.” Endeavour Foundation in Queensland caught wind of what they had done and invited the families to speak at a few parent forums. They ended up spending three years travelling the east coast talking about what they had achieved. “We met some fabulous people,” Steph said. “They could talk to us because we weren’t official or from service providers. “We talked about our kids and they could relate to that, and we could relate to them.” With a background in special education, Steph had some experience in the sphere before her son was born. She attained a diploma in special education in 1974, the first year the course was available, mainly

teaching in hospital schools and Schools for Special Persons around Sydney and Albury before coming to Newcastle in 1990. “It was just so rewarding,” she said. “You had your bad days, but most of them were pretty good. “It was a great atmosphere to work in.” Now retired and with all her children out of the family home, Steph picked up a paintbrush in 2005 and hasn’t stopped since. She is now a member of the Society of Artists, Hunter Women Artists and Painters Ink, and has recently started learning printmaking. Much of her art now adorns the walls of her son’s sharehouse. ---------------------------------------If you know a ‘Human of Newcastle’ whose story we should tell please email mel@hunterlocal.

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VET Chat by Dr Fiona Wallace of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic We have loved hosting Molly, a veterinary science student from the University of Sydney, for her preclinical work experience recently. We hope she learned a lot! This Vetchat is written from Molly’s desk:

I’ll never forget the day Apollo landed

It was an unusually quiet afternoon at New Lambton Veterinary Clinic. And as some superstitious folk may say, once the “Q word” is declared, chaos will

inevitably ensue. So with 30 minutes before closing time, like clockwork, Apollo, a boisterous nine month old German Shepherd, tumbled into the clinic with an open wound in his left shoulder following a runin with the metal handle of a Hills Hoist clothesline. Although, upon initial examination, a seemingly small wound, it required thorough cleaning and wound exploration. This needed surgery under general anaesthesia to immobilise the area and minimise pain and stress. The following day Apollo underwent exploratory surgery. On the surface, the injury masqueraded as a small wound 5 cm long, however wound exploration revealed havoc deep beneath the skin. Lacerations extending through the skin and subcutaneous fat layer were found to have created dead spaces. These cavities are potentially spaces for fluid and blood to accumulate, which further separate tissue planes, delay healing and increasing risk of infection. Beneath the subcutaneous layer, adjacent muscle was also lacerated. Further exploration revealed the true injury over 20 cm away from the initial shoulder wound. This was only centimetres from the ribs, which if penetrated, may have potentially had disastrous consequences. Apollo’s wound serves as a reminder that you cannot judge a traumatic wound by its superficial appearance. Two vets, one vet nurse and one excitable vet student (who got to scrub in for the first time) later, the wound was flushed, muscle fascia was sutured, subcutaneous layer was sutured to close dead spaces, and finally the wound was closed with skin sutures.


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The wound repair will allow damaged tissues to heal faster, reduce risk of secondary infections and ensure full function of muscles are restored. Apollo has had several bandage changes since. The wound is healing well and there are no complications such as secondary infection, seroma formation or wound breakdown. Apollo wears a T-shirt over his bandage as an additional protective layer. So although it was a longwinded journey, Apollo managed to get his T-shirt off the washing line in the end.


Matters with Jono Allan

Confessions of an environmentalist

Warning: This article contains confessions some readers may find distressing. Welcome to ‘Environmentalists Anonymous’. Have you ever contemplated selling all your possessions to live in a tree – just to be closer to nature? If you have, then look away now because this corner of the print universe is not for you! I’m an environmental scientist living in New Lambton with almost 20 years of experience and have a confession to make: I sometimes forget to separate

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my recycling; I’ve never rescued a turtle; I don’t own a single tie-dye t-shirt and I drive a car with a catastrophic fuel economy rating. All these things make me feel guilty because as the heading suggests, the environment matters and I believe it really does. We can all contribute to the environment in different ways, but sometimes reporting on the environment condemns us for not doing enough, or it’s presented as an ‘ugly truth,’ or worse still, ridiculed for being ‘fake’. But it need not be this way. I’m very fortunate to be part of a national environmental and social consulting company and my job brings me in contact with people who have dedicated their working career to learning stuff about the environment that matters. Through this column, I’ll explore a range of guilt-free topics on the environment focused on our little patch of earth here in Newcastle. So, as we roll into the New Year overloaded with resolutions to turn our will and lives over to everything from a personal trainer to a self-help guru, let me help you out with an environmental resolution: Read and share this column each month with your family, children, and friends and you’ll learn something about our local environment and by doing so you’ll be saying, “the environment matters”, too. Good luck with the personal trainer! See you soon.

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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy CEO of NovaCare Community Services

Staying home in 2019

Do you want to stay at home in 2019 and beyond? If so you need a plan now. Maybe you are contemplating your needs this year for help with daily life as you age, or perhaps you are trying to help your parents? We all know staying in our own home is the place we want to be. Home is a place where we feel most comfortable, surrounded by familiar things, sights, smells and sounds. While you may not want to think about getting some assistance because you see yourself as independent, many people flourish with just a little bit of support at home and they are able to be independent for much longer.

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The first stop for anyone thinking about home support is to visit the website or call them on 1800 200 422. The Australian Government provides subsidised services for older people who are finding day-to day activities a challenge. It is important to start this process before you really need it because it can take some months to access services and there is a long waiting time for those requiring a high level of care at home. People who require assistance shopping, housekeeping and cleaning, or social assistance to do fun things, may be approved to access the Commonwealth Home Support Program where services are provided to you at a subsidised rate at, for example, $15 per hour. If your needs are higher, you may be approved to receive a Home Care Package. Home Care Packages have four levels, starting from a Level 1 Package for basic care needs that provides a government yearly subsidy of approximately $8,250. A top Level 4 Package for high care needs provides a government yearly subsidy of $50,250. People who have an assigned Home Care Package have control over how the funds are used and which home care provider they choose to support them at home. It’s really important to find the right fit. If you are unhappy with your current home care provider, you can give us a call on 1300 363 653. We are happy to have a no obligation discussion about your options.


Matters by Anthony Piggott

of Piggott’s Pharmacies Blackbutt, Lambton, Hamilton and Glebe Road

Kidney health

Did you know it is possible for a person to lose up to 90% of their kidney function before experiencing any symptoms of kidney disease? Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing public health problem. In CKD, the kidneys slowly stop working over a period of months or years. The kidneys have many important functions in the body, including filtering the blood and adding excess water to other wastes to produce urine. The kidneys also produce and regulate several hormones that are important for heart, blood and bone health. People with CKD are at increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and death, as well as anaemia and bone disease. Typically, early CKD has no symptoms and many people are not even aware that they have kidney problems. You may be at increased risk of developing CKD if you: have diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart problems (heart failure or heart attack) or have had a stroke, a family history of kidney disease, are obese, are a smoker, are over 60 years of age, are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. If you are worried about your kidney health you should speak to your doctor. Symptoms indicative of kidney health concerns may include (but not be limited to): a change in the frequency and quantity of urine passed, especially at night (usually an increase at first), blood in the urine (haematuria), foaming urine, puffiness around the eyes and ankles (oedema), pain in the back (under the lower ribs, where the kidneys are located) or pain or burning when passing urine. Your doctor may order tests to check for kidney disease, determine the degree of damage, and identify treatment options. Early detection of kidney disease is important. When detected early, medicines and

other lifestyle changes can be used to manage CKD to prevent or slow progression. Patients with severe CKD, or kidney failure, need dialysis treatment to filter their blood (a key function of the kidneys), or a kidney transplant. Your local pharmacy offers professional services to help you control your diabetes or blood pressure, reduce your weight, or stop smoking. Managing these conditions can improve your kidney health and reduce your risk of developing CKD. Many medicines, including commonly used medicines for pain, can affect kidney health too. Pharmacists are medicines experts – if you have kidney problems or are at increased risk of developing CKD, pharmacists can provide advice on medicines you should avoid, and medicines which are excreted by the kidneys. Each year in March is Kidney Health Week and Kidney Health Australia invites people to hold a Big Red BBQ fundraiser anywhere at any time. Registration is free, and Kidney Health Australia will send a free event pack in the mail. Proceeds raised from Big Red BBQ will go towards programs to promote good kidney health through education, advocacy, research and support. Further information is available at

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Matters by Chris Stevens CPA Partner at GC Accountants, Lambton

Healthy and wealthy new year

Save this somewhere so it’s easily accessible next year, and you’ll have a simple and effective way to measure your progress against a set goal. Include all of your assets (property, cash etc.) and liabilities to calculate a final figure. Next, pick a couple of items from your financial portfolio, whether they be credit card or mortgage, superannuation accounts or insurance policies etc, and do some research to find out whether you’re getting the best possible deal. Interest rates, fees and risk profiles should be checked at least every few years for each of your accounts. Just as compound interest can be enormously effective over time, so too higher fees and costs can result in far less wealth at the end of your investment period. Spend some time getting to know your investments. How much is in your super? How is it invested? Are you on target to achieve your final goal? What difference could you make by re-balancing certain investments? Ask questions and seek clear and relevant answers as if you’re looking after the world’s most important retirement nest egg …because you are!

New Year’s resolutions have a bad reputation, and for good reason. So let’s agree up front that we won’t think of financial preparations for the year as “resolutions”. Instead this is a great opportunity to set things in order, re-group and look back to ensure things are on track, and of course to re-balance and plan for the year ahead. Up to 40 years old Best practice around reviewing your finances for the Consider maximising the effects of compound interest and perhaps even saving a little tax by salary sacrificing New Year begins with a calculation of your net worth. a small amount – perhaps $20 to $50 a week – into your super. A little now adds up to a lot later. Be wary not to exceed contributions caps though. From 40 to 60 years old It’s time to start knocking down that bad debt, so make that a priority for the next few years and track your success using your net worth document.

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Insurance is vital at this stage of life as you’ll likely have dependants and major responsibilities, such as a mortgage. Check you are insured to the right level Pre-retirees and retirees How long will your retirement wealth last? How are your investments performing? This is perhaps the most important period of life to ensure your portfolio and retirement income stream are suited to your lifestyle. Planning for the best To revisit your financial plan and ensure you’re on track to achieving your goals, or to put new plans in place for the year ahead, speak to your financial adviser. GC Accountants Pty Ltd ABN 46108440768 are authorised representatives of Count Financial Limited ABN 19 001 974 625, AFSL 227232. Lending services are authorised by Finconnect (Australia) Pty Ltd, Australian Credit Licence No. 385888


Chat by Dr Ben Seckold of Hamilton Doctors

Is your new year’s resolution to quit smoking? • Every year over 19,000 Australians die of smoking related diseases. • Cigarette smoke contains more than 4000 chemicals including tar, carbon monoxide and nicotine. • Smoking causes lung cancer (20 times the risk of nonsmokers), chronic bronchitis, and emphysema, and is a major risk factor for ischaemic heart disease (10 times the risk of non-smokers), peripheral vascular disease and stroke. • Smoking is associated with many other cancers including oral, laryngeal and oesophageal, pancreatic, bladder and cervical cancer. • Smoking is a factor in gum disease (gingivitis) which can lead to loss of teeth. • In men smoking can lead to erectile dysfunction. • In women smoking is associated with earlier menopause

and is a risk factor for osteoporosis. • Smoking in pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, premature birth and low birth weight babies. • Children exposed to environmental tobacco smoke are more likely to get respiratory infections such as bronchiolitis, and middle ear infection. They are at increased risk of SIDS. Health Benefits of Stopping Smoking - most adverse health effects from smoking decline dramatically after quitting. 12 hours - almost all the nicotine has been metabolised 24 hours - blood levels of carbon monoxide have dropped dramatically 5 days - most nicotine by-products have been removed and sense of taste and smell improve 6 weeks - risk of wound infection after surgery substantially reduced 3 months - cilia begin to recover and lung function improves 1 year - risk of coronary heart disease is halved after one year compared to continuing smokers 10 years - risk of lung cancer is less than half that of a continuing smoker and continues to decline 15 years - risk of heart disease the same as a non-smoker 10 to 15 years after quitting the all-cause mortality in former smokers declines to the same level as people who have never smoked. There are many aids to quitting smoking, including counselling, pharmacotherapy (medication) and Nicotine replacement therapy. See your doctor about quitting smoking today!

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HEALTH Matters with Dr Jane Watson of Ethos Health

How super are ‘superfoods?’

berries have all been labelled superfoods. Some foods have even been claimed as ‘brain boosting’ and ‘cancer fighting.’ Many of the so-called superfoods contain specific nutrients or good fats, however, these few health qualities are advertised as the saviour to good health, with no real evidence to back the ‘superfoods’ claims. The truth is, no single ‘superfood’ is effective enough to outweigh the benefits of a diet full of a variety of whole foods. That includes vegetables, fruit, wholegrain breads and cereals, low fat dairy and meat. Superfoods are good additions to diets but shouldn’t be relied on solely or eaten in excess, as all food groups in moderation make up a balanced and healthy diet. All foods have positives and negatives, regardless of whether they’re labelled as a superfood or not, it’s important to consume what is best for your body. If you’re not sure what that may be, Ethos Health can help you with Accredited Practising Dietitians. Ethos Health is dedicated to delivering the best health solutions for individuals and organisations. Book an appointment today for assistance personalised to your health needs.

Superfoods. There’s a new one every year that claims to be the healthiest and quickest way to superior health, or to help achieve the mysterious ‘summer body.’ They’re marketed as being able to protect your organs from dangerous toxins, improve digestive health, stop cancer and heart disease all while lowering your cholesterol. It sounds too good to be Ethos Health provides expert physiotherapy, dietician, exercise physiology and health and wellbeing true… and it is! Almonds, spinach, avocado, quinoa, acai and goji programs for the individual and workplace.







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FITNESS Matters with Ali & Dan Marshall of Corefit Newcastle

Wants vs desires

“Wanting” something… and “doing the work” to actually get it… are two very different things. Too often people get stuck “wanting” things to change and sit back hoping one day things will… and unfortunately they don’t. In order to get what you want, you’ve gotta have the “desire” to go get it. Without desire, there is no drive. And lack of drive is tough! Wanting something that you don’t desire will often lead to frustration and disappointment. For example when I was younger “I wanted” to get into bodybuilding and build my body up to 100kg.


However I wasn’t prepared to commit myself to the cause and put in the work necessary to get me there. I enjoyed my social life too much and wasn’t prepared to make the compromises necessary, therefore I could never achieve my goal. In contrast last year, I had a goal to complete the Le Tape cycling event in December. One of my good mates had his bucks show in the Gold Coast in November and I had to choose whether or not this weekend away of debauchery will affect my training towards my goal. It was a tough choice to make, and I chose not to attend the bucks show. Why…? Because the desire to achieve my goal is greater than the urge to go for a weekend away, however fun it may be. Without the desire, I would have just said yes to the bucks show and therefore my training would have gone backwards but I wouldn’t have really cared. Ask yourself, is what you say you want, TRULY what you want? Are you prepared to make the choices and put in the work necessary to achieve your goals? If you want something enough...then you’ll undoubtedly have the DESIRE and drive to go get it… even when roadblocks get in your way. Setting goals is good but it’s the desire and purpose that allows you to go get it done.

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Matters with Sara Knight of The Gut Clinic



With the beginning of a new year, many of us are making new year’s resolutions. This practice is based on the foundation of wanting to make improvements, wanting something better. This is where growth happens but can also be a time of uncertainty and stress, which can be challenging on the mood and gut. To offset stress and an unhappy gut, a practice that should simultaneously occur is gratitude. Yes, there are areas of your life, your health that you want to change and improve. Equally, there are aspects of your life that are already going well, people that make your life enjoyable if not easier, goals you have already achieved. Some ways to practice gratitude include:

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1. Once a day, I do so right before bed, think of three very specific things for which you are grateful. More than just “I am grateful for my family”, instead something concise such as “I am grateful my husband made dinner tonight.” 2. Tell someone you are grateful for them – tell your colleague that you appreciated their efforts on the project or bringing you a coffee from the local café. 3. Reach out to someone you have lost touch with and reconnect- life can get busy so making the time to connect with our friends and family is a simple and amazing way to be less stressed


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4. Find the learning or the benefit in a tough situation – find the positive and shift it to become an opportunity Our health is something we need to constantly support and work at, so a new year is as good as time as any to get started. At the very same time, implement gratitude practices in your daily life to offset the stress of change and increase your mental and emotional wellbeing. You will most likely be more successful at the changes. Plus, your gut will thank you!


Matters by Chris Hill-Smith of Appleton Law, Lambton

Who are the ‘children’ in a Will?

When a will is written, it is usual to make gifts to the will maker’s children as beneficiaries. A gift ‘to my children’ is a class gift and all persons who fall within the class at the date of your death will take a share of the gift, including children born after the date of the will. It is important to remember that a class gift to your ‘children’ includes all of your children, biological, adopted or ex-nuptial. However step children and foster children would not usually be included in a class gift to ‘children’ and therefore if it is intended that foster or step children are included, there needs to be specific

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provision for that to happen. You are able to name your children specifically in your will and that will exclude any children not named, but if you later have more children, they too will be excluded. Under legislation an adopted child becomes the child of the adopting parents and ceases to be the child of their natural parents. The inheritance rights of the adopted child in regard to their natural parents also terminate. A gift to my children includes all children living at the date of death of the mother, including a child or children not yet born but who subsequently survive, generally for 30 days which is the statutory survival requirement. Children born through artificial or reproductive technology are treated as the natural children of the parents under the NSW Status of Children Act. Other types of class gifts may also be included in a will and the timing of the closure of the class will determine exactly who will take the gift or share in the gift. It is important to discuss the above matters when having your will drafted to ensure that your will reflects your personal circumstances and sets out your testamentary wishes accurately. Disclaimer: the content of this article is provided for information purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice and should not be used as such. Formal legal advice should be sought in particular matters.

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TRAVEL Matters by Ian and Sue Roberts

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New app lists airfare deals We’ve been getting questions about ‘I Know the Pilot’, another online service for saving money on airline bookings. This is a notification service which says it is based in Melbourne and can operate either as an app on your mobile device; or as an email alert system; or a website. The service is also on several social media channels. It draws your attention to airfare sales - and leaves the booking to you. The service shows flight prices and dates on which the sales apply. ‘I Know the Pilot’ offers a list of partner booking sites. However, if you wish, there’s nothing to stop

you going straight to the website of the airline said to be offering the deals. But are the sales found by ‘I Know the Pilot’ really cheap? I must stress that we are yet to use the service, but many of the offers do look attractive indeed. For example, the App recently drew attention to return flights being offered by Air Asia between Sydney and Hong Kong next March - from $463. The flights left Sydney on March 18 and Hong Kong on March 26. However, it also clearly stated that 20 kilogram of checked baggage would add an additional $90.31 and seat selection carried a $34.12 fee. This took the total price to at least $587. In the same alert, ‘I Know the Pilot’ drew attention to return flights with Qantas on the same days for a total of $501, including baggage. Even that sounded like a remarkably good price on that particular route. Despite checking 26 other online booking sites, we couldn’t find a deal to match it. So it seems the proof of ‘I Know the Pilot’ may be in the booking. If we try it, we will let you know. Meanwhile, registering for the email alerts doesn’t cost you a cent. Follow Ian and Sue’s travels on www. or on Instagram at @ memorable_destination, @memorable_travels or @ memorable-hotels.

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with Cheryl Shaw of Dogoverboard

No hot dogs this summer!

Heat stroke is life threatening for your pets. January is usually a very hot summer month and we need to remember heat related dangers to our dogs. Hot cars are a particular danger as most heat stroke deaths in pets are caused by owners leaving their dogs in cars. Even with the windows open, the interior of cars can heat up quickly to over 50ºc in a matter of minutes. Whilst most dogs love a car ride, never risk leaving your dog in the car even for a couple of minutes. Every summer many dogs loose their life by being left in cars. It only takes a matter of minutes for the dog to be effected. Is your yard cool? Check your yard for shade during

the day and make sure there are cool areas as the sun changes direction. Dogs must have areas where they can get out of direct sun light. Avoid dehydration; make sure your pets always have ample water bowls and access to clean water. Sometimes dogs tip over their bowls or dig in them – especially Labradors. Use large ceramic bowls for larger dogs. Add frozen water blocks to the pets water which allows cooling but also licking. The use of a children’s clam pool topped with fresh water can offer a cool dip or drink on hot days. By very careful when exercising your dog on hot days. Try to walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when it is a lot cooler both in the air and on pavements. Some pavements can heat up to over 80ºc which will severely burn the pads of dogs. Avoid asphalt and even sand on the beach can get burning hot. Remember you have shoes for protection, but your dogs footpads are exposed and will be uncomfortable, painful and easily burnt. Some breeds are more susceptible to heat stroke from exercise especially short nose breeds with the tendency for obstructed airways. They show signs of excessive panting, drooling and being unsteady on their feet. Enjoy your dog over the holiday break and make sure it is safe from the dangers of heat stroke.

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Local Community Group Notices CHILDREN & FAMILIES PLAYGROUP MULTICULTURAL NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE Operates in partnership with KU Childrens Services, Northern Settlement Services and Mission Australia. A playgroup that is held for children aged 0-5 years accompanied by a parent or guardian each Tuesday during school term. A second playgroup is held on Fridays. Both operate from 10am to 12 noon and places are currently available. Each playgroup follows normal playgroup practices with a range of childrens activities including craft, painting, storeytelling, singing and free play. The playgroups are nondenominational and appreciate cultural diversity. Come along and enjoy the Playgroup experience in a safe and friendly environment- no cost. Ph 4965 5291 for more information. MAINLY MUSIC Mainly Music is a music program for 0-5 yr olds and their caregivers. It runs Wednesdays 9:3011:30 am during school terms at the Anglican Church Hall, cnr Oxford & Cromwell Street, New Lambton Cost is $5 per family. Call Beck Bishop 0416149633 for more info. 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:

ATTENTION COMMUNITY GROUPS Please email your notice to: admin@ or post it to PO Box 130, Lambton by 15th of the month. Note that submissions may be edited or omitted to fit available space.

CHURCH NOTICES REACH CHURCH We would like to invite you to a brand new church called Reach Church. Reach Church is a contemporary bible believing church. We have a heart to serve in our community. We exist to reach people with God’s love. We meet in the Elermore Vale Community Centre, 129 Croudace Rd, Elermore Vale 10am on Sundays. Everyone is welcome. Email: Facebook: @ReachChurchAU

COMMUNITY GROUPS COMMUNITY GARDEN MULTICULTURAL NEIGHBOURHOOD CENTRE Members of the Community Garden grow a range of plants in the garden bed they manage. We have several garden beds looking for members of the community to nurture and care for them. Membership of the community garden is available for a nominal fee and a willingness to support the garden through adherence to our garden agreement policy and membership document. We also have monthly meetings and several working bees. Come along grow and enjoy. To join please call 4965 5291. 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 Bowling Club. No RSVP needed. For more information email: lambtonresidents@gmail. com or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. GRANDMOTHERS AGAINST THE DETENTION OF REFUGEE CHILDREN Join our vigil every Thursday 5pm. Civic Park. Help us free the children. Bring them here. The Local > January 2019 > Page 41

Local Community Group Notices HOBBIES & INTERESTS JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY HUNTER meets every two months for talks by members and guests, discussion and special events. Next meeting Wednesday 20 February 2019. Ethnic Communities Council John Gebhardt Centre, 2a Platt St Waratah. Entry $5, afternoon tea included. For details about our exciting program for 2019, register for our newsletter. Find us on Facebook, contact 4929 1353 or margste@wix. EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD NSW INC. NEWCASTLE BRANCH Meets each Monday at New Lambton Community Centre, Cnr Alma Road and Cromwell Street. 9.30am –-9pm. Visitors and beginners very welcome. Email : newcastleembroiderersguild@

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS ROTARY CLUB OF WARATAH Our Rotary Club is keen to welcome all new members and visitors, and encourages “Service above Self” – our Rotary motto. Our primary focus is through service to the local community and our youth. Join us for dinner and meet our active members. Meetings are held each Monday from 6:15pm to 8pm at Memories Function Centre, Harris Street, Wallsend. Contact President Madeleine Atkins on 0447 523 221 or email for more information. NEW LAMBTON/HONEYSUCKLE PROBUS CLUB Is a mixed club enjoying monthly meetings with a Guest Speaker and regular monthly outings. The aim of Probus is for retired or semi retired people looking for friendship, fellowship and fun. We meet at Kotara Bowling Club at 10am on the 4th Friday of each month. Please contact the Secretary, Andrew Wilson, on 0412 016 515

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CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS HUNTER M.G. CAR CLUB Enjoy your sports car more and join our car club. The Hunter M.G. Car Club located at 37 Elder Street Lambton, in the Mechanics Institute Building, was established in 1987. Currently enjoying a membership of around 150 Hunter car enthusiasts, members meet at the Clubroom on the second Tuesday evening each month at 7.30 p.m. A guest speaker is often present at the meeting. Although most members own and drive a range of M.G.s, including the ever popular M.G.B. owners of other make sports cars are welcome and encouraged to join. We are after all a social Car Club. Hunter M.G. Car Club has many activities including monthly Sunday and mid week car runs as well as an annual show n shine in Lambton Park (opposite the Clubroom). If you are keen to enjoy your sports car more with like minded friends, you are invited to attend a monthly meeting as our guest. Please contact Ian Ashton on 0429 592 823 for further information or visit

SENIORS GROUPS RSL COFFEE POT DAY CLUB MEREWETHER Looking for something to do on a Friday? RSL Coffee Pot Day Club Merewether meets at St Augustine’s Church Hall, Windor St Merewether between 10am and 2pm. We offer morning tea, luncheon, guest speakers, games, entertainment, light exercise, mental stimulation, bus trips and a general all round good time. Transport can be arranged if needed. For further information contact Bev Bennett on 4963 7540 or Carole Seymour on 4957 8495. All welcome.

Community groups & not-for-profit organisations can submit notices for publication free of charge. Email to: or post to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 by 15th of month

Local Community Group Notices SENIORS GROUPS LAMBTON SENIORS GROUP Offering friendship and support for over 55’s. Meet at the Anglican Church Hall, Morehead St, Lambton every Thursday 9 am for canasta, or other card and board games to 12.30 pm. Ph Don on 4952 8590 or Nola on 4952 3685 for further details. New people always welcome. ACTIVEMOVES Friendly group exercise classes for seniors in Adamstown Uniting Church, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.30am to 10.15am. The classes are designed to improve strength, cardio health and focus on falls prevention. Run by accredited exercise professionals trained in managing safe, low impact programs. Exercises are modified to suit the individual who can excercise at own pace in a social environment. Everyone welcome. More information at www. or phone Jess 0402 931 226.

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 Ph 4963 4631.

COMPUTERPALS FOR SENIORS NEWCASTLE Located at 15 Hubbard Street, Islington ComputerPals Newcastle offers lessons and activities to help seniors with their mobile phones, tablets and computers in a friendly environment. Free classes are available through the ‘Be Connected’ network at our clubroom. Ph: 4961 6576 (during business hours). Email contact@ or web

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.We even have complimentary racquets and balls which any hirer can use if you don’t have your own. Any problems phone 0401 193 411. NEWCASTLE PETANQUE CLUB Do you have a set of Boules and rarely play with them? Then come along to Newcastle Petanque Club and enjoy the game under expert tuition. Come and try days are held on second Sunday of each month at the Club based in Nesca Park Cooks Hill (Corner Brooks St & Nesca Parade) commencing 9.30am and running for 2-3 hours. Newcomers and experienced players welcome. Other playing days are Wednesday afternoon from midday and Saturday afternoon from midday. Contact Jim for further details 4960 0945. 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. Community groups and not-for-profit organisations are welocome to submit notices by email to: admin@ by 15th of month The Local > January 2019 > Page 43

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Local Classifieds... FOR SALE

BOAT 3.75m, 6 years old, good condition, trailer, 15 hp motor, oars, 3 x life jackets, fish finder. $5,500 Ph 0499 100 376 CROCKERY & CUTLERY Crockery and cutlery for sale, mostly unused Ph 4953 9267 EARPHONES Beats Powerbeats 3 wireless earphones, under warranty til March 2019, unwanted raffle prize. Value $250, sell for $180 Ph 0438 266 559 HONEY 100% pure raw organic honey $13 per kg Ph 0423 050 778 SURFBOARD Mal, 9’3” good condition, with cover and leg rope $550 Ph 0499 100 376



SEA KAYAK VFT 3 4.6m long 15kg Kevlar construction. Includes spray covers, back rest and paddle, in good condition. Good touring boat, suit lady paddler, colour pink. $750 ono Ph 4952 4064 LADIES CRUISER BIKE Never used, excellent condition $150 Ph 4952 2030

ROWING MACHINE Rowing machine wanted to modify slightly for disabled man. Phone Colin Ph 0459 093 925

VARIOUS ITEMS Small gas heater suitable for bottled gas $20. Urn, still in box, used once $10. Mirror with stand, unopened $10. Floral leadlight lamp $15 Ph 0478 397 502

KELLIE’S AT HOME BEAUTY SERVICES ADAMSTOWN Females only please. Massages 30 mins $25. 60 mins $50, facials 30 min $25 - 60 mins $50. Other services available. for appointment Ph 0439 448 588.

WOMEN’S FASHION Designer wallets, purses, handbags, new makeup kits and brushes. New clothes, fashion jewellery and more. Nothing over $5. Please phone Sat/Sun only Ph 0403 673 439


DAY COACH TRIPS Lunch on the Lake cruise 8 & 22 January. For details & bookings phone Don on Ph 4952 8590

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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 ( ie 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

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HALLS FOR HIRE AT LAMBTON Morehead Street Lambton, Main Hall and smaller hall called the Green Room, which has separate entrance, kitchen and toilets, off street parking. Available for permanent and casual bookings. Very reasonable rates. Contact Rev Maree Armstrong at St John’s Anglican Church, Lambton. Ph 4957 1073



HOUSE CLEANING Reasonable rates with insurance. Reliable and Eco friendly products used. Weekly, fortnightly, monthly or one off jobs Ph Shannon 0404 087 475 IRONING Need help with ironing? Drop off my house New Lambton in morning, pick it up in afternoon. $25.00 level basket. Call Lyn Ph 0432 174 618 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 RELAX AND MEDITATE For everyone over 15. New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road New Lambton. Every Sunday from 8.30 to 9.30am. Sessions are free of charge, sessions. Not run on Public Holidays. Ph 0416 193 005 THEATRE TRIPS Charlie & The Chocolate Factory from January, Quartet by R Harwood DeVitre St Theatre from 18 January, Peter Pan Goes Wrong Sunday 17 February Sydney. Phone Don 4952 8590

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JILL’S PET SITTING SERVICE Live in (your home) or daily visits. Mature, non-smoking reliable lady, police clearances and references. Full time business (6 years) with 30 years experience. Ph 0418 246 384 YOGA OPTIONS FOR EVERYONE! For ladies, for gents, for those restricted in movement after injury or illness, new to yoga or simply seeking a healthier life choice. Chair Classes, Beginners Classes & General Balanced Classes, focussing on optimal alignment with gentle stretching, strengthening, breath awareness, relaxation & more! Diploma qualified teacher (IYTA). Express your interest for upcoming classes in your local area. I invite you to experience the benefits of regular yoga practice & feel the difference. Gift vouchers available - a worthwhile gift for someone you love. Phone Michelle Pirie 0400 790 479 The Local > January 2019 > Page 47

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The Local is a monthly community newspaper letterbox delivered free of charge to more than 21,000 homes across Adamstown, Adamstown Heights...