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Show must go on Issue No 63• A community newspaper for Newcastle’s suburbs • July 2019

Newcastle Theatre Company faces costs in excess of $100,000 to become fire regulation compliant

Newcastle Theatre Company has reached out to the community after learning they are in for a six-figure bill to become compliant with new fire regulations. The local theatre group based in De Vitre Street Lambton had been passing their fire safety inspections without issue for many years, but were informed after their inspection in May that the building’s smoke removal system was no longer adequate. Meeting the proper standard has been costed at over $100,000. “This came as a dreadful shock to us,” President Claire Williams told members and supporters recently.

“We’ve been working hard to find a way around.” Put simply, without the upgrades the theatre would have to close. “We need a fire certificate to keep doors open,” Ms Williams said. Ms Williams said the best way to support the 62 year old theatre company was to attend a show. Tax deductible donations are also being sought. The Save NTC – The Show Must Go On appeal has so far raised a little over $13,000. For information about upcoming productions or to donate visit www.newcastletheatrecompany.

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with Mark Brooker Publisher of The Local

Moon landings and other news

There are perhaps only a handful of really, really big news items that happen during each of our lives. The stories so big that you recall where you were and what you felt when you heard the news; so big that you knew in that instant that the world had changed forever. When the world stood still for a moment. Sometimes it is good news but more often than not unfortunately it’s bad news. For me, the first big news item I ‘recall’ was good news. 50 years ago this month Neil Armstrong stepped out of Apollo 11’s lunar module and onto the surface of the moon. I was a preschooler in July 1969, so I won’t claim any true recall of the event in detail. I’m reliably informed that I sat in front of the telly and took in as much of the grainy black and white vision as my four year old concentration span would allow. Those a few years older than me would no doubt remember hearing of the assassination of JFK in 1963. In every decade there’s the sudden and often tragic death of the uber-famous. Elvis Presley and Princess Diana spring to mind. Most readers of The Local are of an age that they will recall not being able to look away as the horror unfolded at the World Trade Centre on September 2001. Many others will remember well precisely where they were when they were ‘in the news’ of the Newcastle Earthquake in 1989, which incidentally was 30 years ago this December. We don’t know when or what the next really, really big news event will be. All we do know is that it is coming. Here’s hoping the next few are good news to settle the above score. Or is big, big news only ever bad?

Men’s Shed seeks new home

Nobody likes moving house, but the 80 members of Newcastle Men’s Shed are about to do it for the third time in less than 5 years – the problem, though, is that they have nowhere to move to. After making a new home in Hamilton North in August last year, fitting out a rundown building with new doors and flooring, repairing holes in the walls and reworking the electrical wiring, they have been told it’s time to move on. It’s another blow for the not-for-profit group, who had only been asked to leave their first home in an old BHP admin building in Mayfield East in late 2016, and had limited means to fund a move and pay high rent. After a long search and interim partnerships with neighbouring sheds, the group secured the space at the Collective Community Hub Precinct in Clyde Street, but have now been told that the improvements they had made to the building now make it possible to rent out a commercial rate – triple what they currently pay. That is simply not possible, and now they are on the hunt for a 250 to 300 square metre space within Newcastle’s inner suburbs, either with rent at a community rate or as part of a partnership. Grants, Sponsorship and Public Officer Paul Schiebaan said that the group was in a desperate hunt to find another new home. “We enable men of all ages to socialise and participate in activities in practical ways that encourage the development of good health, self-esteem and support for each other and the community in general,” he said. “Our aim is to improve the health and wellbeing of




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Kids little library open all hours

Riley Brooker checks out the new little library

The little library in the gardens behind Lambton Branch Library has gained a younger sibling with a version just for kids installed last month. Little libraries or street libraries are small weatherproof boxes full of donated books which can be accessed at any time with no strings attached. Kids are welcome to take books from the library and donate books they have finished with to leave for others to enjoy. Whether you return books you’ve borrowed is up to you. The first little library at the site was installed just under a year ago, and was modelled on its real life counterpart. It was cleverly designed and constructed by Lambton Residents Group members Warwick and Leonie Alexander. Their craftsmanship was called on again, this time to create a scaled down version of the Mechanics Institute building across the road in Elder Street. “A library just for kids may be one of the first of its kind,” Lambton Residents Group Chair Nicola Hirschhorn said. “It’s another beautiful asset for our community.” Nicola added.

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Bus timetables have changed Timetables for Newcastle bus and ferry services changed on June 30. In an announcement title ‘Service Improvements’, Newcastle Transport has released new timetables for all bus routes in and around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie suburbs. No bus routes have been altered. According to Newcastle Transport, timetables have been adjusted to improve reliability and better meet customer needs. Despite this it is understood that Routes 11, 12, 13 and 23 routes, which cover much of The Local’s distribution area will all see a reduction in the number of services that operate each week. Some school timetables have also been updated at certain bus stops to better reflect congestion and travel times to get students to and from school. The new timetables are now available on the Newcastle Transport website, Trip Planner or your favourite travel app.


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Letters to

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Dear Janine of New Lambton,

Thank you for taking the opportunity to visit our brand new Ritchies Fine Food and Wine Store. After nearly a decade of planning and building, we are finally glad to be able to bring the residents of New Lambton a complete supermarket and liquor offer.

being scanned through registers and how tare weights are recorded accurately as customers own containers will vary in weight and size. We are held to account here by the National Measurement Institute. However, we continue to do our best by ensuring all our cardboard and plastic waste is recycled and food waste is keep to a minimum and diverted from landfill. We have the most energy efficient refrigeration systems available, a 100-kilowatt solar power system and rainwater tank watering system for the gardens. We stopped the supply of free single use plastic bags in 2018.

We acknowledge your request to use your own containers when making purchases. While there is no definitive law that outlaws the use of personal containers, there is a vast array of health and safety requirements we need to comply with to ensure the safe display, storage and packaging of foods in our store. There is always more that we can do, but we have The NSW Food Authority governs these requirements. to manage all this with ensuring that our customers’ To ensure the highest standard of food safety, we safety and wellbeing is maintained. believe customers bringing their own containers We hope that you can understand and appreciate our into a food environment such as ours does begin to position and we look forward to welcoming you into compromise our ability to control our environment, the store soon. thus increase the risk. David Scally - NSW State Manager Further to this, there are potential issues with products

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I moved to New Lambton 30 years ago when my husband and I bought our first home. Five years later we started a family. It was only after the birth of our first child and becoming a stay at home mum with no car that I discovered the benefits of living in a suburb with a local shopping district filled with small family run businesses. The friendliness of the shop owners, always saying hello and genuinely asking “how you are today?” was a huge plus when your day revolved around the cycle of babies, feeding and dirty nappies. My Saturday mornings became Page 12 > The Local > July 2019

a regular routine of visiting the bakery, fruit and vegie shop, deli, butcher and finally, Festival (now IGA). I also witnessed the caring attitude of shop owners to the older locals - helping them with their orders and money, calling taxis, assisting them to their cars, It is with great sadness that I have watched over the years, the decline of the small business, with Jordon’s Bakery moving out, the deli closing down and last week, after ten years in business the fruit and vegetable shop, the Russell Sprout, also succumbed to the change in how people shop.

The opening of the new IGA is filling the void of food items but unfortunately, a large business will always struggle to fill the void of interacting with locals on such a personal level. This is not a criticism of IGA nor New Lambton, as all suburbs are feeling the change, but to highlight the struggles and the benefits of small businesses and that, as locals, we need to support them - they do more than just sell us goods. As they say, if you don’t use it, you will lose it and it certainly has been the case over the past few years. Sally, New Lambton

Tennis teen aces rankings Readers in the New Lambton South area may be familiar with the face of 16-year-old Lleyton Richards who delivers The Local to letterboxes each month. Like all of our wonderful walkers Lleyton is looking to earn some extra cash, but what makes him different is that he is using his earnings to look towards a professional tennis career. The hard work is paying off – at the beginning of 2018 he was ranked just under 1000 in Australian Open Men; as of early June his rank had improved by more than 600 places to 373. Already this year he has made it to the quarter finals of

tournaments in Bathurst and Gosford, and has also recently won a bronze medal for NSW Combined High Schools and silver medal for NSW All Schools. Tournaments in Brisbane and Darwin are next on the agenda, but participation comes at cost. To help, Lleyton has registered with the Australian Sports Foundation, a project which helps promising athletes fund their burgeoning sports careers. He is hoping to be able to participate in an overseas International Tennis Federation tournament. To help out or to learn a little more about Lleyton visit and search for Lleyton Richards.


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THAT WAS THEN This is now

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The Hutton name continued to be associated with printing for much of the 20th century, with Harold Moodie Hutton operating a printery in Regent Street New Lambton for many years. Today our streets still contain butchers, bakers and undertakers, but we now have computer technology and shops to sell us equipment and supplies for printing in our homes. You can view these photos and more details at www.

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Elder Street Lambton in the 19th century included many businesses you would expect in a mining town, including butchers, bakers and undertakers. One business you might not expect is a printery. Printing began in Lambton in 1887 when George Buckley borrowed money from his brother John to set up the Paragon Printing Works in a small building behind the Commercial Hotel in Grainger St. George was a colourful character, but not always astute. In 1894 he became bankrupt after a bad investment in a failed copper mine in Queensland, as well as losing considerable money gambling on horses. Ownership of the business passed back to John Buckley, who also became licensee of the Commercial Hotel in 1895. George continued working as an employee until his sudden death in September 1896 while under investigation for fraud in his role of secretary of a local lodge. Just a few weeks before George’s death John Buckley sold the business to James Moodie Hutton, the foreman of the printing works for many years. A February 1897 photo showcases the business in new spacious premises on the north-west corner of Grainger and Elder Streets, opposite the Commercial Hotel. The front wall spruiks “steam printing”- their modern press was speedily powered by a steam engine, not operated by hand. The side wall promoted “account books of every description kept in stock and made to order”. The accounting we do today in computer software, back then had to be laboriously handwritten on large pages printed with rows and columns, the original spreadsheets. Hutton’s business prospered, and in 1901 he opened new premises in Hunter St, Newcastle West. Page 14 > The Local > July 2019

Above: Hutton Printing & Paper Company at the corner of Elder and Grainger Streets Lambton, February 1897. Photo by Ralph Snowball. University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections. Below: the Paragon Printing Works also in Grainger St in 1893. The Commercial (aka Snake Gully) Hotel is in the foreground

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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy CEO of NovaCare Community Services

Be elder abuse aware

Each year on June 15 the world has a day where we focus on the impact of elder abuse. Dementia Australia has stated that, based on international indicators, it is likely that between 2% and 14% of older Australians experience elder abuse in any given year, with the prevalence of neglect possibly higher. Elder abuse is defined as any act that causes harm to an older person. Typically, this may be carried out by someone they know and trust, such as a family member, friend or informal or formal carer. The abuse may be physical, social, financial, psychological or sexual and can include mistreatment and neglect.

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For older people in your life, including your neighbours, it is okay to ask questions if you are concerned. It can be as simple as a hello to open up communication and ask about something you may have noticed which has changed within their lives. I believe most elderly people wouldn’t mind you checking in with them. People living with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment have a heightened risk of abuse as they may find it difficult to comprehend, recall, or report their abuse. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety currently in progress has increased the discussion and awareness of the issue of elder abuse in our community, largely because of the graphic statements about abuse given by some witnesses who have appeared before it. Formal aged care services like NovaCare offer training, education and support for people working with or caring for someone living with dementia, as this is one strategy to minimise the risk of abuse. If you are concerned that an older person who may be at risk of experiencing elder abuse, you can call 1800 ELDER Help (1800 353 374) or NSW Elder Abuse Helpline and Resource Unit on 1800 628 221 for information, support and referrals.

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Having been in the fitness industry for 10 years now, I’ve seen a lot of success stories but I’ve also seen a lot of people fall short of what they’re capable of and give up on themselves. I think this comes down to one key difference around our mindset in the actions we take. Let me explain. When you have an experience like trying on clothes or another trigger event that makes you declare that you’re going to get in shape, it’s very easy to feel determined and motivated in that moment.

You make the plan – “Monday, I’m making it happen!” or “Once the kids go back to school, it’s all about getting healthy!” or “I’m going to start making better choices as soon as I get back from holiday.” What’s happened is that you have felt PAIN in the moment that has led you to know something has to change, but the delayed action – knowing you don’t have to make changes now – has heightened your motivation. But when the day to act comes, it’s your feelings that ultimately rule. You wake up and realise how tired you are, how little motivation you have, how many other, more important things you should really do. The gym shoes and clothes never make it on. A day passes and then a week and then a month. The cycle repeats. Sound familiar to you? Here’s what you need to know: You MUST act on PROMISES you make to yourself in those trigger moments versus how you FEEL when it’s time to follow through with action. So, the next time you feel a trigger moment that leads to a promise for change, take action immediately. Remember, the feelings you experience in the moment when it’s time for action will likely never be the most supportive of the changes you need to make, BUT ACT ANYWAY. This is the only path to change.

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New rules when selling, buying or giving away pets

The rules are about to change in regard to how people can buy and sell animals in NSW. From 1st July anyone advertising that they have for sale or to give away a kitten/cat or puppy/dog, must include an identification number in the advertisement. This will include all breeders, whether they are pure bred or backyard, and also rescue animals. There will be prosecutions and heavy fines for those not abiding with the regulations. The changes are to help people looking to buy a pet. The changes have come as a result of the Parliamentary Inquiry into Companion Animal Breeding Practices. There have been serious problems with puppy farms, backyard breeders and the illegal trade of puppies, including stolen pets.

What will happen now is if you are giving away or selling a companion animal, you must provide an identification number in any advertising you do. The identification number can be either a microchip number, a breeder identification number or a re-homing organisation number. The rules will apply to all advertisements including social media, radio, newspapers, any posters, community notice boards. It applies to all forms of online advertising, including public advertisements on social media sites and websites like Gumtree, EBay and the Trading Post. You will be able to search the NSW Pet Registry to see details of the animals, including breed, sex, age, whether it is desexed, whether it is already registered or whether any annual permit is in place (from 1 July 2019). It will enable buyers to further research the new pet and the seller and make informed decisions. The new regulations are to help promote responsible breeding, reduce puppy farms and irresponsible cross breeding of pets with health issues. It will be used to identify any problems with breeders and allow authorities to enforce animal welfare laws. The new rules come into place 1st July - make sure you are compliant as fines apply. For people wanting to get a new pet ensure that you do not receive a pet from any socalled breeder that do not comply with these new rules. There is more information on the NSW Department of Primary Industries website.

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Matters by Chris Hill-Smith of Appleton Law, Lambton

Can you prevent a challenge to your Will?

There are often reasons why someone might want to exclude a person from their will, but can you stop someone challenging your will? It is commonly thought that if you leave a small sum of money to a person, they cannot then challenge your will. Or, that a legally prepared will can include terms which prevent someone challenging a will. The truth is that there is family provision legislation in all states which provides that certain eligible persons always have a right to make a family provision claim against an estate if they feel they have not been properly provided for. Eligible persons include family members such a spouse and any children. There are other categories of people who may also challenge a will if they can establish dependence on the deceased person and they have not been adequately provided for in the will. So how can you minimise the chances of a claim against your estate? Firstly, if you are planning to exclude someone from your will, or to make minimal allowance for them in your will, you should leave a statement of your reasons for doing so. If there is a later challenge to the will, the statement can provide powerful evidence which a court can take into consideration when deciding whether to disturb the provisions of the will in question. Strategies which may minimise the assets forming part of your estate, and thereby reduce the available property pool for challenge include, to structure the ownership of your assets so that they do not form part of your estate, or to transfer ownership of certain assets while you are alive. There are time limits applicable to transfers and the like so that if the transfers occurred outside the applicable time limits, those assets will not form part of your estate and are therefore not available to be interfered with in any potential challenge. Sound legal advice is important in the drafting of your will and may include for example providing some smaller but reasonable provision for the person who you do not wish to benefit greatly from your estate, thereby making it more unlikely that they would challenge your will and risk an unsuccessful challenge and the associated potential legal costs. 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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Chat by Dr Ben Seckold of Hamilton Doctors

The spleen explained The spleen is the size of a small fist and is situated on the left hand side of the body tucked under the ribs. What is the purpose of a spleen? Your spleen’s main function is to act as a filter for your blood. It recognises and removes old, malformed, or damaged red blood cells. When blood flows into your spleen, your spleen performs “quality control”; your red blood cells must pass through a maze of narrow passages. Healthy blood cells simply pass through the spleen and continue to circulate throughout your bloodstream. Blood

cells that can’t pass the test will be broken down in your spleen by macrophages. Macrophages are large white blood cells that specialise in destroying these unhealthy red blood cells. Your spleen saves any useful components from the old cells, such as iron. Your spleen also plays an important part in your immune system, which helps your body fight infection. Just as it detects faulty red blood cells, your spleen can pick out any unwelcome micro-organisms (like bacteria or viruses) in your blood. Can I live without my spleen? Your spleen is a very useful organ, but it is not vital. Sometimes, a person’s spleen does have to be surgically removed. This may be because the spleen becomes injured, or it may be taken out in the course of an illness. Other parts of your body, like your lymph nodes and your liver, are able to step in and take over many of your spleen’s functions. Because the spleen is so important to your immune system, people without spleens are more vulnerable to infections. This is why your doctor may tell you to take extra precautions, such as getting vaccinations, once your spleen has been removed. Still, it’s not uncommon to be without a spleen, and many people are able to enjoy full lives without one.

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Matters with Sara Knight of The Gut Clinic


Working with clients to improve their gut health requires the collection of puzzle pieces to gain an understanding of their holistic health picture. Pieces include what has gone wrong, what is going wrong, what needs help, what is a symptom, what is the actual cause? A piece of everyone’s puzzle is stress. What differs is: • The stress itself – real, perceived, anticipated, past,present • The impact of that stress on that person • How that person responds to the stress We live in a time and a world that appears to create and thrive on stress. Technology means we may feel we need to respond quickly to messages, comments, posts, emails etc. We need to stream the latest show or podcast, participate in the latest activities, buy the latest fashions, eat at the newest restaurants, follow the latest trends. Everything feels like it has to be done now! With this busyness and need to respond immediately inevitably creates stress. Add an illness, financial problems, or isolation and stress is now a constant, maybe even a normal state of being. If we take the leap that chronic stress is indeed normal and expected, what is the impact? Are we getting more done? Are we healthier? Or are we: • Tired, all the time • Suffering from erratic and unexplained gut issues • Experiencing changes in hormones – thyroid issues, blood sugar imbalances, PMS, etc • Gaining weight – especially around the abdomen • Lacking confidence, unable to make decisions • Anxious or depressed • Addicted to coffee, alcohol, drugs, etc. Stress is the single most consistent, yet underappreciated, factor in a person’s state of physical, mental and emotional health. Awareness is the first step, next is to look at what you eat, drink, sleep, how you move, your mindset and how you breathe. These are all easy areas that you can tweak to ensure you are more stress resilient.


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VET Chat by Dr Fiona Wallace of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic

The ABC of First Aid for pets – Part 1

The next few Vet Chat articles will cover some practical first aid information to treat minor ailments and/or to keep your pet safe until you can get to see us. It’s important to keep our phone number handy and also not to administer any medications without our advice. And remember, the after-hours vet is on duty weekends and at night just across the road from New Lambton Vets and you will be put straight through from our phone system if you happen to ring after hours. Abscesses – Abscesses are often a result of bite wounds but may also be associated with fractured teeth (usually

a swelling forms below the eye). We also commonly see anal gland abscesses, which can be mistaken for rectal bleeding. The first signs of an abscess are usually (but not always) that your pet goes off his food, goes quiet, and may hide away. His temperature often skyrockets to 41oC and above. The affected area may feel swollen and warm. You will be able to feel the abscess as a fluidy swelling under the skin. DO NOT attempt to drain the abscess yourself – it will be very sore and even a loving pet may bite or scratch you. These often require surgical drainage. Sometimes the abscess bursts before you realise that its there, which is actually part of the healing process although it can be very confronting to find it. At home, if an abscess has burst, carefully clean away all the discharge with warm saline and apply a warm compress to the area to relieve inflammation. Then get your pet in for a check up ASAP in case antibiotics or other medication is required, even if the abscess has already burst. Bee Stings and Insect Bites - your pet may yelp unexpectedly with pain or you may notice redness, swelling or itching at the site of the bite. If you can see a stinger, use a credit card or something similar to scrape it out. Apply a cool compress to the area (not ice) and mix up a paste of baking soda and water to neutralise the acidic venom. In worst cases pets may collapse or swelling around the face may obstruct breathing – come and see us as soon as possibe!

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Matters by Anthony Piggott

of Piggott’s Pharmacies: Blackbutt, Branxton, Hamilton, Lambton and Merewether

Pain relievers (also known as painkillers or analgesics)

Different types of pain-relieving medicines are available for treating different types of pain. Pharmacists and doctors can advise you on the best pain relievers for your pain. When an area of the body is damaged or stressed, nerves from the affected area carry a message to the brain, which we call pain. Pain is an unpleasant sensation or feeling that may be mild or severe, sharp or dull, and acute or chronic. Acute pain Acute pain is pain that starts suddenly and lasts for a short time. It may be mild or severe and may last a few minutes, hours, days or weeks. The cause of acute pain is usually known. Causes include bites, burns, headaches, broken bones and surgery. Chronic pain Chronic pain is pain that occurs on most days of the week for longer than 3 months. It can be due to a long‑lasting medical condition (e.g. arthritis, cancer), or it can be pain that continues long after healing has occurred. Sometimes the cause of a person’s chronic pain cannot be found. Pain that continues after healing may be due to changes in the nervous system. Medicines for pain relief Pain‑relieving medicines don’t always stop all pain, but can reduce pain to a level that does not affect daily life. There are a number of different types of pain relievers that suit different types of pain. The choice of a pain reliever and how well it reduces the pain depend on a number of things. Non-prescription pain relievers Some pain relievers do not need to be prescribed by a doctor. You can buy them, and get advice about their use, from a pharmacy. Non-prescription medicines that can relieve pain include paracetamol, some antiinflammatory pain relievers and some complementary medicines.

Prescription pain relievers If your pain is not controlled by a non-prescription pain reliever, you may need a different type of painrelieving medicine. A doctor can prescribe stronger pain relievers and medicines for nerve pain. Stronger pain relievers may be opioids such as codeine, tramadol, oxycodone, and morphine. Medicines for nerve pain include amitriptyline, pregabalin, gabapentin, and duloxetine. It’s important to always ask a Pharmacist or Doctor for advice about the best pain reliever for your pain, and about the best way to use it. Using pain relievers the wrong way can be harmful. • High doses or constant use of some pain relievers can lead to serious kidney, liver or stomach damage. • Daily use of codeine and other opioid pain relievers can cause physical and psychological dependence (addiction). • Some pain relievers interact with other medicines. • Repeated use of pain relievers for headaches can cause medication overuse headache. • Aspirin may cause serious side effects in children. It should not be used by children under 16 years of age unless advised by a Doctor. For further health related advice ask your nearest Piggott’s Pharmacist.

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Little Locals...

This month we feature three local junior football clubs. To the right and below we caught some of the action from Unders 7’s Hamilton Azzurri v Lambton Jaffas. At the bottom of the page we have Under 11’s Adamstown Rosebud v Lambton Jaffas.


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• JUNIOR - 15 YEARS & UNDER • ADULT - 16 TO 60 YEARS • SENIORS - 60 YEARS & OVER • PEOPLES CHOICE Photographs to depict any aspect of life in Lambton and to be submi�ed as 12” x 8”(30cm x 20cm) print - in colour or black and white

Entries close 5pm Thursday August 22, 2019

Judging will include but not be limited by the following: camera skills, ar�s�c impression, print quality and presenta�on, mee�ng the objec�ve of the compe��on which is to show any aspect of life in Lambton.

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Local Community Group Notices CHILDREN & FAMILIES DYNAMITES MUSIC Is a program run by Grace Presbyterian Church for children aged 0-5 with their mums, dads or carers, all welcome. We have fun singing, dancing, playing, crafting and eating morning tea. We start the morning with free play in our main area from 9.30am. The music program runs from 10-10.30am. Following our organised program we have morning tea and another session of free play. There is also a related craft activity for all. We are on Wednesday mornings 9.30am during school terms. 6 Callistemon Close, Warabrook, $5 per child or $10 for 2 or more. Check us out on facebook ‘Dynamites Warabrook’, phone 4023 8455 or 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. NEW LAMBTON GUYS & DOLLS PLAYGROUP New Lambton Guys & Dolls Playgroup is looking for new members! We are a group for parents, carers, babies and children up to school age to meet and socialise. First two sessions free! Uniting Church, 48 Regent St New Lambton, Mondays 9:30-11:30am. Just turn up or email Email your notice to by 15th of the month to or post it to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations Page 26 > The Local > July 2019

COMMUNITY GROUPS DO IT FOR CANCER GENTLE FLOW YOGA FUNDRAISER Together, let’s unite and foster wellbeing while raising funds to support the Cancer Council in their mission for a cancer free future. You are warmly invited to come along to a 90 minute Gentle Flow Yoga class, suitable for beginners, seniors and those that enjoy a gentle stretch, recharge and relax. Monday, July 22. Venue: Merewether Golf Club 40 King Street Merewether. Time: 9.45 for 10am start. Cost is $20 for 90 minutes. Further enquiries to Michelle Pirie 0400 790 479 or All funds raised on this date will be directly donated to the Cancer Council to support cancer research and vital services for Australians living with Cancer. Together we can free the future from cancer.

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.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS MEREWETHER HISTORICAL SOCIETY You don’t have to live in Merewether to be a member, or a guest, of the Merewether Historical Society, just have an interest in the history and events of the area and a desire to meet like minded people. The society meets at 2pm on the second Tuesday each month (third in November) in St Augustine’s Parish Hall, Winsor St Merewether. A guest speaker attends each each meeting and afternoon tea is provided. A warm invitation is extended to everyone - it is a place where “Friendships are made with a common purpose”. Enquiries 0412 925 918 or email secretary@

Local Community Group Notices HOBBIES & INTERESTS JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY HUNTER Registrations are now open for the Jane Austen Society Hunter’s third one day conference, Saturday 7th September 10am-4pm, Harbourview Function Centre. With the overall theme of Jane Austen: ‘In Sickness and In Health’, it is sure to be popular and pre booking is required. There is a full program of engaging speakers and activities, including Walter Mason, Joanna Penglase, Dr Sara Fernandes, Zoe Dorrity and Cerilea Baker. Dramatic interludes will be provided by a troupe of actors and there will also be a fun quiz in the Conference theme. For information and to be placed on the email list to receive registration forms, contact Margaret or 4969 5778. You can also purchase raffle tickets for the chance to win a place at the conference (or your registration fee refunded) tickets available now $2 each or 3 for $5. 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 Feb to November, Minmi Progress Hall, Woodford St Minmi 7.30pm, to see what we do. Phone Tom 0418 403 910 or 4957 5220. KNIT & NATTER Meet new people, make new friends at knit & natter every Monday. Meet at Mayfield Church of Christ, cnr Werribi St & Gregson Avenue at 9.30am. All ladies welcome. Phone Lyn for information. 4952 9324 NEWCASTLE SPINNERS AND WEAVERS GUILD INC. Meets 1st Saturday and 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Masonic Centre, Cromwell Street, New Lambton 10.00am-2.00pm. Beginners very welcome. For more info Ph: 0490 110 542, email

SENIORS GROUPS MEREWETHER SEASIDE PROBUS CLUB We are looking for new members. Come and join us at our Monthly Meetings held on the 3rd Thursday of each month commencing at 10.30am At Merewether South Leagues Club, 46 Llewellen Street. Contact Jacki on 49 611714 or leave a message or email: jackijeayes@hotmail. com 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. 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. 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. Email your notice to au or post it to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations The Local > July 2019 > Page 27


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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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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

T’RIFFIC TOUCH REMEDIAL MASSAGE Offers remedial massage 1 hr $59 and Reiki now $69. Fully qualified. Health fund rebates. Phone Sue Ph 4952 2352

IRONING SERVICE $2 per item, minimum 10 items. Pick up and delivery within 5km radius of Broadmeadow. Kathy Ph 4957 7470 MASSAGE At home with Kellie, feeling stressed, tired or just need some time to relax. 1/2 hour $25, 1 hour $50. Ladies only please. Call 0439 448 588 MATHS TUTORING Child struggling with maths at school? Qualified maths teacher, tutoring K-10, $50/hour lesson in Lambton. Ph Ian 0428 207 986. 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 TAI CHI Take control of your health. There’s a class near you. The Tai Chi Centre. Email: web: Ph 0410 181 498 THEATRE TRIPS Charlie and the Chocolate Factory & Muriels Wedding, Sydney Theatres July 2019. Ph Don 4952 8590


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