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Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram for community news and info Issue No 59• A community newspaper for Newcastle’s suburbs • March 2019

Award for 40 year volunteer

Father Nicolaos Zervas, with his family, receiving the Seniors Local Achievement Award from Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp

Father Nicolaos Zervas has been announced as winner of the 2019 Newcastle NSW Seniors Local Achievement Award. Father Zervas has been a volunteer in the Newcastle community for over 40 years. In that time he has volunteered with Meals on Wheels, Northern Settlement Services, Ethnic Communities Council, Lifeline and many community groups. For over forty years, Father Zervas has been the priest at the Skelton Street Greek Orthodox Church. He has taught scripture at many local schools, is a founding member of Greek Day Care and is a life member of Hippocrates Aged Care, Fronditha Aged Care Nursing Home and Hamilton (continued on page 5)

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with Mark Brooker Publisher of The Local

Democracy tastes good

With a State election looming it’s important to remind you dear reader (those over the age of 18 at least), that voting is compulsory. Some might argue it is compulsory that we all traipse down to our nearest polling place and make our mark as it’s vital to maintaining our democracy. I would argue that the most compelling reason to show up at your nearest school, church or community hall on that Saturday is to support the local groups, sports clubs and schools that have a stall there. Dads hunched over a half century old steel plate barbecue while mums do the mental arithmetic on 3 steak sandwiches, 2 trays of toffees and a can of lemonade. Who doesn’t love munching on a sausage sanga waiting to get their name marked off? Or grabbing a cheeky half dozen cupcakes to take home and enjoy with a cuppa? For many groups polling day is fundraising heaven. At what other time does the entire community line up outside your door? The fine for failing to vote and not having a valid reason is $55. It’s worth mentioning here that not knowing about an upcoming election is not a valid reason. The Local’s readership area includes parts of three different electorates, being Wallsend, Newcastle and Charlestown. According to the NSW Electoral Commission when last we voted in a State poll, in March 2015, only 91.6% of eligible voters showed up. That’s almost 14,000 people who copped a $55 fine in the mail. More than $750,000 in fines in these few suburbs alone straight to the Electoral Commission. What a windfall it would be for our local not for profit sports clubs and school P & C associations if those 14,000 voters showed up, bought themselves a democracy sausage and dropped a gold coin in the ‘Guess how many jellybeans in the jar’ competition. Be sure to get out there on Saturday 23 March and put an ‘X’ in the box of your choosing!

Fun for all ages at Carnivale

Hamilton Chamber has announced the details of its annual Beaumont Street Carnivale promising an outstanding lineup of entertainment and festival activities for the young and the young at heart. As one of Newcastle’s largest community festivals, Carnivale will be held in Hamilton on Sunday 10 March expecting to attract about 30,000 to the iconic Beaumont Street celebration. Chamber President, Nathan Errington, announced details of Carnivale as part of the Chamber’s 2019 calendar of events to members recently. “In 2019 Beaumont Street Carnivale focusses on Hamilton’s heritage, culture and its future,” he said. “Carnivale is a free community event that kicks off at 10am with more than 100 vibrant specialty market stalls to complement more than 80 cafés, hotels and retail shops in Beaumont Street,” Nathan said. “This year, for the big kids the Chamber has added a feature act with the iconic Australian band ‘Mental As Anything’ taking to the Kent Stage from about 2pm. The band headlines an impressive list of local and national talent who will perform across the event’s large stages and along the street.

Beaumont Street Carnivale on Sunday 10 March showcases Hamilton’s heritage, culture and future in one community festival The popular Hunter School of Performing Arts Band will also play and many of the cafés, restaurants and pubs will have live music,” he said. “Live music will accompany loads of kids’ activities which will include circus acts, rides and showbags and more than 100 market stalls along Beaumont Street. Children are important to our suburb with a number of schools, playgrounds, parks and living options for families. We have a big focus on fun stuff for the little kids with Marvel characters, camel rides and a visit from our friends at The Llama Collective.” “But of course, Hamilton’s reputation as being Newcastle’s

most cosmopolitan suburb will be highlighted with a mix of multicultural performances, food and cultural offerings. Famous for its variety and abundance of delicious food, Hamilton’s Carnivale will not disappoint with plenty of dining, café and food vendor options,” he said. The event which has been running for more than 10 years is an initiative of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and is made possible with support of the City of Newcastle, and main event sponsors Greater Bank, Hunt Hospitality, Event Cinemas and many more. For more on Carnivale 2019 see pages 24 and 25

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Regent Park football fencing issue A park on Regent Street New Lambton has been the talking point of many in the local community in recent weeks due to the proposal of a fence being erected on the East and West sides. Residents met with Council and members of the New Lambton Football Club on site in February to discuss the proposal. New Lambton Football Club hopes to fund a project to allow the Arnetts to play the game many people love. The Arnetts consists of many children that have intellectual disabilities, such as autism. Currently there are approximately 70 children belonging to this program in 2019. As their needs differ from their mainstream counterparts, the facilities in which they play will also differ. A fenced area where they can play will stop the children running away during a game onto the busy roads either side of the park. This fence has been met with resistance from the community whose homes face the park saying they will feel excluded from their community park if

it were to be fenced. Whilst everyone thought the program was fantastic, they believed other parks would be more suitable. One of the major concerns from the community was that the park would be monopolised by sporting bodies and leave no time for the locals to use it. Residents argue that a temporary fence may be a better solution. After much deliberation, council will draft more options and meet with the locals again in due course to discuss. At this stage Arnetts will not be playing at Regent Park in season 2019.


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40 years service to community honoured (continued from page 1) Olympic Soccer Club. He is also a Chaplain to Newcastle hospitals. In 1993, he received an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his services to the community. In making the award to Father Zervas at a ceremony recently Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp MP said “Father Zervas serves on so many community organisations, he must be the lifeblood of volunteering in Newcastle! “I can think of no one more worthy than Father Zervas as the recipient of the 2019 Newcastle NSW Seniors Local Achievement Award.” The Local Achievement Awards celebrate seniors’ achievements in a range of categories, including business, environment, science, agriculture, health and wellbeing, learning and community service. The Awards are run by the Department of Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

















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KATHELLIOTT Theatre tickets to win

The trials and tribulations of visitors to California take centre stage in Newcastle Gilbert & Sullivan Players latest production, Neil Simon’s California Suite. The action takes place in a series of four playlets set in The Beverly Hills Hotel and sees a divorced couple bicker about the best living arrangements for their daughter, a middle-aged businessman hide overnight debauchery from his wife, an Oscar nominee despair about her marriage of convenience, and two couples come to grief after one of the women is hurt during a tennis match. The cast for this local production includes G & S regulars Geoff McLauchlan, Steve McLauchlan, Jen Masson, Sandra Monk and David Murray. Also look out for new recruits to G & S, Ann-Maree Day, Kim Mackay and Renee Thomas, who is a regular actor in the Newcastle theatre scene. Show goers enjoy sherry and canapes on arrival and then are served a three course meal by well known chef Jace Blunden. See the advertisement on page 31 of this issue for show days and times and booking details. The Local has two double passes to give away to California Suite. To enter, text ‘California Suite’ with your name and preferred performance day/time to 0455 210 000 by 15 March.


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Playgroup spans three generations

Although it can be one of life’s most joyful experiences a new baby can also be one of the most difficult, but the Hamilton South Playgroup is helping new parents embrace the experience. For 10 years the group has been affiliated with Playgroup NSW, a not-for-profit organisation that represents playgroups around the state, but it has actually existed for at least three generations, providing a social outlet for parents and bubs alike. Coordinator Lauren Needham joined the playgroup with an 11-month-old, referred by Kaleidoscope community health after she first moved to Newcastle. “I didn’t know anyone,” she said. “I needed to get out of the house.” Her son is now four and they still attend, allowing him to engage in

free play while the parents make use of Henry Park Hall’s fenced outdoor area, sandpit and kitchen facilities. Several playgroups meet at the hall, including a Spanish language group who gather every fortnight. “It’s very isolating to have young

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kids,” Lauren said. “But the kids make friends, and the parents make friends that become invaluable.” For more information about Hamilton South Playgroup visit and search for ‘Hamilton South’.

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Friendship, fellowship, fun at Probus Many retired or semi-retired women find that they need a new network of likeminded women. By joining the Ladies Probus Club of New Lambton they can be as social as they like. See if this sounds appealing: In a typical month you could expect to hear an interesting Guest Speaker, celebrate at a birthday lunch, join two easy walks somewhere around Newcastle followed by coffee, and attend a show or take a bus trip. “Multiply that across 11 other months of the year, and you can see we offer a full schedule,” said Coralie Watson, the Club’s Walking Co-ordinator. “Of course, members pick and choose what they do. They already lead busy retired lives, however they understand the importance of having social contact as a balance.” Coralie is quick to add that Probus is the nonfundraising arm of Rotary, so the ladies are free to mix, interact and enjoy themselves. “Friendship, Fellowship and Fun is us!” Guest Speakers might be authors, musicians or a Newcastle identity. They go to most of the big shows in Sydney and in between there are minibus trips such as Wollombi, Morpeth or down to the Hawkesbury River for the postman’s ferry run.

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Is your letterbox feeling lucky?

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First in best dressed with the choice of vouchers. The vouchers must be claimed by 11 March then redeemed at your chosen retailer by 31 March All three lucky letterboxes were claimed last month. Congratulations to the residents of 32 Collaroy Rd, New Lambton, 32 Boreas St Hamilton North and 32 Gwydir Rd New Lambton who each received a $30 voucher.

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Congratulations to last month’s quiz winner Jen Ruming of North Lambton. We will be in contact regarding your prize. Last month’s mystery photo was the canteen at Smith Park, Hamilton North. 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 When is Hearing Awareness Week? Question 2 On what date was the Municipal District of Adamstown proclaimed? Question 3 Name two community organisations that Father Nicolaos Zervas has volunteered with. Question 4 Who wrote the play ‘Califormia Suite’? Question 5 On which page of this issue is the crossword?

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Raffles support good cause Adamstown’s Nags Head Hotel is going all out this month in support of one staff member’s passion. Jacinda Norman has so impressed her employer that for all of March they are donating all proceeds of their weekly Friday raffle to a cause close to Ms Norman’s heart, Dementia Australia. On Sunday, 31 March Dementia Australia will hold its annual Memory Walk and Jog to promote an active lifestyle and to raise money for dementia support services. “Jacinda has been with us for about 18 months now. She is an amazing member of our team. Sadly her father has been diagnosed with early onset dementia,” Hotel manager Adam Rummery said. “From now until the end of March, to show our support for Jacinda and her family all our Friday raffle money will be going toward her fundraising efforts with the hope of raising more than $2,000.” According to Dementia Australia, someone is diagnosed with the condition every three seconds. At present there is estimated to be more than 436,000 Australians living with dementia, which is the second leading cause of death in our country. And there is no known cure.

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Nags Head staff member Jacinda Norman (centre) with her mum Bernadette and hotel manager Adam Rummery “I have some personal experience with the condition within my family as well,” Adam said. “We really want to support Jacinda because she is just one of those people who will always go above and beyond. She loves our locals. She will always come in when someone’s not available, and she is a highly valued member of our team.

The hotel’s Friday meat raffle prizes are all sourced locally and Jacinda is also on the look out for any businesses who might be interested in donating prizes for a major raffle on Friday 29 March. For more information or to donate you can contact the hotel on 4952 5743.

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THAT WAS THEN This is now

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Adamstown Council Chambers

In 1869 Thomas Adam purchased 54 acres of Crown land south of Glebe Rd, subdivided it, and began selling lots to the public. Adamstown was born. In the next 15 years the population grew to about 1000, and the residents began petitioning for a local council to be formed. Their principal concern was the poor state of roads in the town. A counter petition was led by the coal mining companies, principally objecting to the rates they would have to pay. The arguments for local government won the day, and on 31 December 1885, the NSW Governor officially proclaimed the “Municipal District of Adamstown”. The election of nine aldermen took place on 6 March 1886. For the next few weeks, the Council met in

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local halls and hotels while they quickly arranged the erection of a small weatherboard building in Victoria St to use as Council Chambers. Six years later, in April 1892, they commissioned larger and grander chambers. Designed by architects Bennett and Yeomans in the Renaissance style, the building was erected on the corner of Narara and Kyle Roads. With construction not fully completed, 500 people gathered for the official opening on 22 August 1892. The Postmaster-general John Kidd declared the chambers open, and the fire brigade then “christened the building with a copious stream of water.” The building was used for the next 46 years until Adamstown Council ceased to exist with the formation of the City of Greater Newcastle Council in March 1938. It was subsequently leased to the Returned Soldier’s League in 1941. From 1947, the building was used for a number of purposes, including at one stage as emergency housing for a homeless family. As the building aged, it gradually fell into disuse and disrepair. Curiously, while the grand council chambers in Narara Road was demolished over 50 years ago, and the site is now used by Hunter Health, the initial modest building in Victoria St survived, and is now used for a medical practice. You can view these photos and more details at www.

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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

What cosmopolitan looks like in Hamilton in 2019

The Board of Hamilton Chamber launched its 2019 calendar of events at the beginning of February which provides a mix of business networking and information functions and major community street festivals as well as work behind the scenes that will improve visitation and experience in our suburb. Hamilton’s business community seems to be gearing-up for a big year ahead. Our year really kicks into action with the Beaumont Street Carnivale which showcases the suburb’s unique and cosmopolitan culture and lifestyle, rich multicultural heritage, fabulous food options and our love of great live music. We expect more than 30,000 people to take advantage of the line-up of about 100 retail outlets and cafes as well as more than 100 market stalls. Other key events for our community will include welcoming back to Hamilton the China Week festivities and the Supercars Start-up. Importantly, Hamilton will remember 30 years since the earthquake when three people tragically lost their lives and most of the businesses in Beaumont Street were severely damaged. Behind the scenes, the Chamber will be working with the City of Newcastle to begin the masterplan process for the revitalisation of James Street Plaza and the surrounding streetscapes along Beaumont Street. Additionally, work is expected to begin on activating space in the park area near the train station. The Chamber also looks forward to working with Council to determine a new framework for the association as part of the decision to cease the current funding model. Our approach to the new model is about ensuring that businesses in Hamilton will have the right support to enhance our reputation as Newcastle’s most cosmopolitan suburb offering a great place to live, work and play into the future. Nathan Errington - Chamber president

Humans of Newcastle by Melissah Comber

Alyssa Slack and son George of Adamstown

Alyssa Slack

to volunteering as secretary for Hamilton South Playgroup, Alyssa has become a familiar face in the area.

She said that the career allows her to explore her creative side without needing a strong artistic ability.

“I like designing because you can She has been in the role for two be creative but not be too artsy,” years, taking the reins only six Alyssa said. months after joining the playgroup. “I can’t draw and I can’t paint!” “A friend was coming here so I ----------------------------------------joined as well,” she said.

After growing up in Eleebana, “They were looking for a secretary Alyssa Slack moved to Adamstown and I just put my hand up.” a year ago and hasn’t looked back. When she isn’t playing with “Everywhere I drive it’s 10 George or preparing for the minutes – shops, the beach, for imminent birth of her second groceries, you can find nice coffee child, Alyssa works for McDonald on Brunker Road,” she said. Jones Homes a couple of days each week in drafting and 3D rendering, “It’s a really nice place to be.” From spending time at Henderson after studying architecture in the Park with four-year-old George University of Newcastle.

If you know a ‘Human of Newcastle’ whose story we should tell please email mel@hunterlocal.

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History with Phil Warren

Rediscovered photos evidence the past

This month it is a little personal. Some years ago I was working at a well-known Newcastle enterprise and I was shown some old photographic negatives. They were ‘glass-plate’ negatives, taken around 1930 by Sydney based photographer, Milton Kent, and they were special as they were aerial photos of Newcastle, the harbour and some of the local industries. Being a keen photographer I was eager to ensure that

the images would be seen by a wider audience than the few who had access to the bottom drawer of the filing cabinet. Borrowing the fragile glass negatives, I scanned them and I then shared them with Greg and Sylvia Ray who, after producing higher quality scans, in turn saw the value in the images being accessible in the University of Newcastle’s Hunter Living Histories on-line archive. In my history searches I’ve spotted some of the photos in publications promoting our city during the 1930s and 1940s. For example, one of the views of the harbour is in the 1935 Jubilee Edition of the BHP Review. Let’s check out a 1935 view of Hamilton North, where Milton Kent’s aerial photo has Goninan’s works in the foreground with the rear of the Sunnyside Hotel visible at the mid-left, while the trees on Chatham Road near the Donald Street bridge are at the top left, moving to the right we have the showground with the old ‘Hall of Industry’ building to the right of the oval. After more than 80 years Google’s view reveals a few still discernible landmarks as much has changed with many new roads and buildings in the area.

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Above: Newcastle Showground, Australia Road and, Thorn Road, Broadmeadow Road, Hartley Vale branch railway, Goninan & Co. Workshop, Lambton Coal Company Railway, Caledonian Collieries Ltd railway. (Photograph by Milton Kent Airplane Photographs, Sydney. 1935) Below: Newcastle Showground, Entertainment Centre, Griffiths (formerly Australia) Road, Thorn Road, Broadmeadow Road and UGL Group (formerly Goninan & Co.) Workshop. (Imagery ©2019 Google, Map Data © 2019 Google)


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Matters by Ronnie Wall of Wall Legal, New Lambton

Informal Wills

An “informal Will” is a document which claims to outline the testamentary intentions of a deceased person, but one which has not been executed in accordance with the formal requirements for a valid Will. Some, but not all, of the formal requirements for a valid Will include that the Will must be in writing, must be signed by the person making the Will and must be witnessed and signed by two adult witnesses.

Historically, for a Will be valid it had to be executed in strict compliance with the formal requirements. There have however been some legislative changes to recognise the validity of ‘informal Wills’. It is important to note however, that where an informal document is determined by the Supreme Court to be a valid Will, the legal costs associated with making the relevant application to the Court can add substantial cost and delay to the administration of a deceased person’s estate. There could also be a need to present a significant amount of evidence, sometimes including expert forensic evidence, to the Court and this can be a very expensive process. So, the most prudent way to ensure one’s testamentary wishes are adhered to is to make a valid formal Will. The short term financial saving of drafting a homemade Will or purchasing an off-the-shelf Will Kit and not executing it properly, could be greatly diminished by the potential significant financial costs, time costs and emotional costs, incurred by your estate and your loved ones in attempting to have the Will validated. This could ultimately mean a delay with, and reduction in the gifts available to your loved ones which can create additional stress and anxiety during an already difficult period.

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FITNESS Matters with Ali & Dan Marshall of Corefit Newcastle

The excuse that always baffles us

There are generally two reasons as why people object to stepping up and making a commitment to their health. #1 is financial and # 2 is time. Number 1 is understandable, especially if funds are tight or a particular service doesn’t fit the budget. Number 2 however, always leaves us baffled. Some of us work longer hours, there are kids to care for, and life can be hectic to the point where we feel like we can’t take a breath. But the truth is you don’t manage time, time just ticks

along the same each day for all of us. Only you have the ability to manage your focus and activities. Which requires planning. Good planning isn’t just thinking about what you plan to do, but involves committing blocked time to make it happen. This will force you to review the other commitments and constraints on your calendar and in your life. It will mean reviewing your priorities and adjusting your schedule to be in-line with them and having to make some tough calls about how you SPEND your time. Unlike money, when we spend time we don’t get it back. Not even Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, can buy back time. So really it comes down to this… How can we expect to change the outcome of our health, unless we make time? And more importantly, what’s the alternative? For us, time is really just an excuse. But at the end of the day, excuses are just justifications we make to ourselves to make ourselves feel better. It gives us a justified out. So how do you succeed? 1. Eliminate time as a justified excuse 2. Block YOU time each week for regular activity 3. Make your health a priority and you can’t fail

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Matters with Sara Knight of The Gut Clinic


If digestive symptoms are still present after 4-8 weeks on a diet based on food intolerance results, then other factors need to be considered. Equally, if the improvement is less than expected, usually around 60-80%, then again there is some other factor at play beyond food. One of the factors is overgrowth, of either pathogenic bacteria or parasites. Others include SIBO, stress and candida (yeast) overgrowth. We recommend a faecal PCR test with activity assessment to determine if any parasites are indeed present. Due to the life cycle, which is not well known, of most parasites, a visual inspection of a sample is not enough to conclusively rule put parasite growth. Furthermore, a faecal PCR, a gene identification process, is not enough to determine if the parasite is active. The test is sensitive enough to pick up any genetic material of the parasites tested, which means a past, opposed to a current, overgrowth may be detected. Hence the importance of the activity assessment. The most common parasites detected, at The Gut Clinic, are Blastocystis species and, to a lesser extent, Dientamoeba fragilis. An additional three parasites and 6 pathogenic bacteria are tested. Once confirmed present and active, treatment is focused on: 1) Decreasing the overgrowth – not necessarily eradicating the parasites or bacteria as this approach can cause a great deal of damage, some irreparable, to the microbiome. Both pharmaceutical and natural options are considered. 2) Rectifying the environment that allowed the overgrowth to occur – issues might be a lack of commensal or beneficial bacteria, acidity levels of the gut and of course food 3) Ruling out any other conditions that may be contributing to the overgrowth such as SIBO, candida overgrowth, Gilberts syndrome Treating parasite overgrowth usually takes a bit of time, in some cases up to 3 months. Therefore, perseverance and dedication are important. Equally so, treatment needs to be carefully considered to ensure the health of the microbiome of the gut is supported and nurtured.


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Matters by Anthony Piggott

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

Keeping skin looking good

Skin – it’s our largest and most visible organ; and generally it does a pretty good job of keeping all our other organs neatly packaged inside our body and out of harms way. However, as a result of exposure (often over exposure), to unfriendly “elements” and occasional (sometimes frequent) neglect by its owner, skin can become quite traumatised. And the result: a dry, inflamed, irritating, itchy redness of the skin known as eczema. Dermatitis is another term used to describe an inflammation of the skin. In fact, the two words eczema and dermatitis, both of Greek origin, can be used interchangeably; but the term eczema is also

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commonly used to describe the specific condition known as atopic dermatitis (AD). Dermatitis or eczema can be acute, that is occurring somewhat suddenly and of short duration, or it can be chronic, that is long lasting and difficult to treat effectively. It can also be classified as exogenous, where the condition is triggered by external factors such as irritants or allergy causing substances; or it can be classified as endogenous – that is, due to internal factors or an inherited tendency – and it is this form which is generally known as atopic dermatitis (AD generally begins in infancy or childhood; with 60% of cases occurring in the first year of life and 30% between the ages of one and five years). People who are pre-disposed to atopic dermatitis nearly always have a family history of eczema, asthma or hay fever. If both parents have eczema, there’s an 80% chance the children will too. In fact, if you sniffle, sneeze and wheeze, there’s a good chance you’ll itch and scratch as well. Allergic or contact dermatitis is common and sometimes severe; but if the external cause can be identified a cure is much more achievable. Chemical irritants – soaps, detergents, wool, oils and so on – can often be avoided, or gloves used to protect the hands from direct contact. Nickel in jewellery is a well recognised allergen, as is lanolin in cosmetics and toiletries. In any event, in many cases of eczema, the cause is a combination of both internal and external factors. And regardless of the type or cause of eczema, the management principles are much the same. If infection is present, that needs to be treated; then the aim is to relieve the symptoms – the itch, redness and inflammation. So-called corticosteroid (cortisone-like) preparations are the main topical treatment. The weaker strength steroid creams and ointments are available without prescription, but the stronger products should only be used under medical supervision. Non-prescription products containing tar or ichthammol might be suitable for less severe cases. Once the condition has been stabilised, keeping the skin well hydrated is essential in the overall control of eczema and the prevention of “flare-ups” of the acute phase. Regular use of moisturisers and non-soapy cleansers is important. The recently revised Fact Card titled Eczema and Dermatitis is now available from pharmacies providing the Pharmaceutical Society’s Self Care health information. Phone 1300 369 772 or Ask Piggotts!

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Perhaps the most exciting move in workplaces more recently has been to look beyond the walls and work routines to the health of individuals. Corporate gym memberships were introduced to encourage employees to get moving and over time, we’ve learnt personalised programs that foster leadership, allow for consultation and call for a long-term commitment to improving health are the ones that generate change. Ethos Health’s Reshape Program enables businesses by Trent Watson and their employees to assess the level of risk and CEO of Ethos Health then develop and integrate behavioural changes in nine health domains. By understanding the current attitude of employees to nutrition and obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption, exercise, stress and mental health, injury, fatigue and social factors, Ethos Health helps organisations support their employees to optimise Many of us spend about a third of our lives at work and individual health. in recent history, employers have begun to recognise the Managing these health risks can improve productivity importance of looking after their most valuable asset, and business culture. Employees that have engaged in their people, by implementing health and wellbeing programs such as the Ethos Health Reshape model are two and a half times more likely to be a best performer programs. In Australia, it has been calculated that employees with and about three times more likely to be more productive poor overall health take up to nine times more sick leave at work and encourage innovation. Businesses also find than their healthy colleagues and that healthy employees the program improves employee retention and innovation are nearly three times more productive than employees while reducing workplace injury and bottom line costs. with poor health. The financial cost of poor health A healthy, happy workforce is a productive one – so and wellbeing is estimated at over $7 billion per year, it’s important for businesses to get to know their team members’ health habits and what makes them thrive. nationally.

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with Cheryl Shaw of Dogoverboard

Dangers of retractable leads

There are many different styles of dog leads, retractable leads are popular with some dog owners believing that they give their dog some sense of freedom when walking the dog. Usually dogs on retractable leads are not at all under the control of the walker. The dog is doing its own thing. Most dog owners don’t realise the problems and serious injuries to both the dog and walker caused by using a retractable lead. So I thought that I would share the downside of using them. Retractable leads allow the dog to learn pulling behaviour as the dog knows that pulling on the lead will extend the distance from the owner. Because the dog is not under control of the owner, the dog can get into all sorts of trouble particularly meeting with other dogs. Quick movements to other dogs can be interrupted as aggressive posture and the other dog may decide to defend itself. This will create a problem for owners trying to separate

fighting dogs as the long lead can get very tangled. Often owners get bitten when intervening. It is common for this to happen upon arrival at a park due to the excitement of the dogs. Other problems arise when owners give too much lead length which allows the dog to wander haphazardly across the path. The dog can do circles around any person or object in its path. The lead can tangle around people’s legs and even knock them over. Jerking or jolting on the lead when pulling the dog back can cause injury to the dog’s neck and back and even lacerations to the trachea. Serious hand injuries to owners are very common. The long thin rope style leads are very dangerous particularly to the walker. The lead has been known to cause cuts, deep gashes and rope burns. There are instances of people having fingers amputated due to pulling on the thin lead. It is common for leads and locking buttons to break which results in injuries to the walker from burns and whip lash. If the handle is dropped, dogs will be freaked out by the noise and immediately run in panic. The dog will think that it is being chased by the noise of the handle hitting the ground behind the dog. Dogs will often run terrified onto roads and can be hit be cars. If you must use a retractable lead, you should also keep a close eye on the dog. Keep the dog close by and under control. Do not allow the dog to sniff and smell everything around it. The dog becomes the master when using a retractable lead. These leads should be reserved for walks far away from roads, crowds of people and other dogs. Never allow children to use retractable leads.

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Matters by Gary Croses B.Bus (Acc.), CPA, FPS Principal of GC Accountants

Goals first, strategy second When you’re creating a financial plan, it’s tempting to focus purely on the money aspect – for example, how much your weekly budget is, or how much your investments are likely to grow. But if you only plan the ‘how’ without thinking about the ‘why’, the strategy you choose might not be the best option for getting you where you want to go.

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So it’s worth stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture with a Financial Adviser by considering where you see yourself in 5, 10 or even 20 years, you’ll be in a better position to work out the right financial strategy to match. Lifestyle goals, not financial ones The first thing to remember is that your financial strategy isn’t about making money, it’s about creating the lifestyle you want. So instead of saying you want to make X amount of dollars by 2030, think about what you’d like to use that money for. When you’re setting your goals, take into account the various aspects of your personal and professional life. Depending on your situation, that may include your education, career, family plans, creative aspirations, hobbies and passions. Different goals for different life stages When it comes to your goals, think about the short, medium and long term. For instance, some of your goals might be achievable in the near future, like taking a holiday or trading in your car, while others might be for further down the track, like buying a new home or setting up a business. You should also think about how your goals might change at different stages of your life. When you’re just starting out, your goals may include moving out of home and finding a job. After that, you may want to start a serious relationship and have a family. And once there are children in the mix, your focus is likely to shift towards paying for their education and putting savings aside for the future. Then later, you’ll want to be well prepared for retirement so you can enjoy the lifestyle you’ve worked hard for. GC Accountants can help ensure your financial strategy is suited to your ever changing lifestyle goals and desired destination. 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

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Chat by Dr Ben Seckold of Hamilton Doctors


Asthma is a disease of the airways – which are the breathing tubes that carry air into our lungs. Sometimes it is harder for a person with asthma to breathe in and out, but at other times their breathing is normal. It is important to understand that asthma is a long-term (chronic) disease. Although there is currently no cure, with the right knowledge and good management, most people with asthma can lead full and active lives. Who develops asthma? • Over 2.5 million Australians have asthma – about 1 in 10 adults and about 1 in 9 or 10 children. • Indoor and outdoor pollution (including moulds, gases, chemicals, particles and cigarette smoke) can increase the risk of developing asthma.

The most common symptoms of asthma are: wheezing; shortness of breath; a feeling of tightness in the chest and coughing You do not need to have all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with asthma. Asthma symptoms can be triggered by different things for different people. Common triggers include colds and flu, allergies, and cigarette smoke. The two main types of asthma medicines are relievers and preventers. These are usually in inhalers or puffers. There is also a preventer which is a tablet, used by some people. Some other medicines (e.g. prednisone tablets) are only used for severe asthma flare-ups. • Relievers: everyone who has asthma needs a reliever (e.g. a ‘puffer’) to use when they have asthma symptoms. (Ventolin) • Preventers: many people with chronic asthma need to take a low dose of an ‘inhaled corticosteroid’ preventer medicine every day, as well as taking their reliever when they have symptoms. Examples include – Pulmicort, Seretide, Flixotide Adjusting treatment Each person’s asthma medicines may be adjusted up and down if necessary to achieve the best possible control of symptoms and avoid flare-ups. The aim is to use the lowest doses that control symptoms. This means that you or your child needs regular checkups to assess asthma – not just a visit to the doctor during asthma symptoms.

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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy CEO of NovaCare Community Services

Home Care Packages – Approved or Assigned it can be confusing? Last month the Federal Government announced it had agreed to fund an additional 10,000 Home Care Packages that will help to reduce the waiting time for those on the home care wait list. The last published data from the Government at 30 September 2018 stated there were 127,732 people on the national queue awaiting allocation of a home care package at their approved level. At that time there were also 78,632 people on this queue who were not in receipt of an interim Home

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Care Package and had instead been offered lower level care through the Commonwealth Home Support Program. After the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT) visit you at home you will receive a letter that includes the words “you are approved as eligible” which means that you have been approved for a Home Care Package (HCP). This unfortunately does not mean you can start your package yet. Once you receive a letter like this it is a good time to contact your preferred provider of services e.g., organisations like NovaCare on 1300 363 654 and they will be able to guide you on the next steps. There are a number of options to assist you while you wait. There is a waiting period between the time you receive this letter to when you are assigned a Home Care Package. For high level packages you can wait for up to 12 months. The next letter you will receive is to advise you that a Home Care Package is now available to you and you can begin services with the organisation of your choice. This is called a letter of assignment, and it will also include a referral code. Need more assistance or are feeling a bit confused about acquiring Government Aged Care Services? Contact NovaCare on 1300 363 654 and we will explain the process to you!

VET Chat by Dr Fiona Wallace of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic

Cruciate disease

Chances are if you are reading this column that you have owned, or know someone who has owned, a dog who has developed cruciate disease. It was the first lesson in pet ownership that I learned with my old kelpie Kutzbah, who loved jumping high for the ball and landing on her two straight back legs – ugh! the worst biomechanics we could have thought up for her! She went on to have surgery on both stifles (knees in dogspeak) before she even turned four, and even though the surgery improved life a lot for her, she suffered painful arthritis as a teenager. Luckily surgical techniques have advanced since those days. A ruptured cruciate ligament is the most common knee injury of dogs. There are four main ligaments holding the stifle together, two on each side called

collateral ligaments and two inside which cross each other, called cruciate ligaments. Dogs with straight knees, young active dogs, and also commonly older overweight dogs are at risk of rupturing their cranial cruciate. Avoiding cruciate disease involves limiting over-athletic exercise in young dogs of at-risk breeds, and keeping older dogs fit and active (but not over-athletic!). A diagnosis of hyperadrenocorticism can also predispose to cruciate rupture, and prompt treatment of this ligament weakening syndrome is always advised. Typically cruciate rupture happens suddenly, and the dog is unable to weight bear on the affected hind leg although no specific accident was observed. Surgery is the best option as it will eliminate inappropriate movement of the knee joint which will cause the development of arthritis. There are a few different approaches to cruciate surgery, which is best performed by a very experienced highly trained surgeon. Cats and smaller dogs under 15kg can undergo a DeAngelis suture technique while larger dogs benefit from more complicated surgery which levels the tibial plateau and changes the weight bearing pattern of the stifle. Medical treatment of cruciate rupture consists of anti-inflammatories, weight control, steady exercise and other approaches to arthritis. Unfortunately while ever there is inappropriate movement in the stifle arthritis will be progressive.


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Matters with Jono Allan

The sands of time

There’s something different in that show compared to Newcastle, and I’m not referring to the flawless beachrunning of the bronzed Bondi lifesavers. It’s the sand the sand in Newcastle is a different colour to the rich deep gold shown in Bondi Rescue, which is so often depicted on Australian beach posters. The sand in Newcastle is a paler gold to light grey. You’ll also see pale gold beaches on the north and south coast. And the beaches around Jervis Bay have a reputation for being among the whitest in the world. I caught up with a passionate expert on our coastline, geomorphologist Pam Dean-Jones, to learn why these differences occur? Pam explained that beach sand tells the story of the old and the new - catchment geology, coastal landforms and active coastal processes.

If you look closely at the grains on the beach, you’ll notice that different minerals are present and the amount of iron coating the sand grains also varies a lot. Catchments of sandstone, igneous and metamorphic rocks affect the mix of minerals. Sydney beaches have quartz grains from the sandstone rocks, but there’s also a lot of orange-gold iron coating the grains. Newcastle beaches are also mostly quartz sand, but their different catchment geology means less iron. The shape of the coastline and wave energy matter too. Small beaches with big headlands can develop a unique sand colour, linked to local conditions. On the NSW north coast, long sandy bays and our southerly swell allow sand to mix over long distances, creating a more uniform colour. Then there is the impact of local landform features such as old coastal dunes with deep soil profiles of bleached sand. Fine white sand is added to the mix on the beach when storm erosion or recession bites into these dunes. Sand colour can also be affected by the amount of shell present. For instance, rocky coasts provide habitat for diverse often robust shellfish species and sandy beaches have lots of pipi. Pam will share more about the fascinating features of rock platforms on our coast another time. But next time you’re out enjoying our beautiful beaches, pause for a moment to consider the environmental story those sand grains have to tell.

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Local & Live entertainment this month Blackbutt Hotel

Fri 1 Sat 2 Fri 8 Sat 9 Fri 15 Sat 16 Fri 22 Sat 23 Fri 29 Sat 30

The Way Captain Risky Brazilian Brothers The Associates Morning Glory Loko Eddie Rockefeller Duo Hornett Love That Hat The Amigos

Exchange Hotel Fri 1 Thank u, Next Sat 2 Back To The 80s Sat 9 90s RnB House Party Sat 16 The Black Parade Emo Party Sat 23 Newy Night Fever: A Tribute to 70s and 80s Disco Sat 30 Hoedown Throwdown: Country Pop Dance Party

Hamilton Station Hotel Sat 9 Solid Effort Sun 10 Melodie Jade Sat 16 UNI/VS Wed 20 Tapestry Thu 21 Sasquatch (USA) Sat 23 Last Ride Showcase 2019 Fri 29 Mason, Panik, PurEnvy, Chambers of Insanity

Hotel Jesmond Fri 1 Fri 8

Michael Mills The New Cool duo

Fri 15 Fri 22 Fri 29

Shaka Crawfish Stew Kaylens Rain duo

Kent Hotel Fri 1 The 3 Sat 2 Stiletto Sun 3 Greg Bryce Band Tue 5 Tuesday Night Live Wed 6 Matt McClaren Fri 8 The Beau Hatch Band Sat 9 Pocket Aces Sun 10 Beaumont Street Carnivale: GenR8, The Years, Kristy J, Jungle King Tue 12 Tuesday Night Live Wed 13 Ryan Daley Fri 15 Gen-X Sat 16 The Core Sun 17 St. Patrick’s Day: Brendan & Meaghan, Crawfish Stew Tue 19 Tuesday Night Live Wed 20 Zane Penn Fri 22 The Smarts Sat 23 Misbehave Sun 24 Thread Tue 26 Tuesday Night Live Wed 27 Greg Bryce Fri 29 Rubber Bullet Sat 30 Overload Sun 31 Grant Walmsley & Friends

Lambton Park Hotel Fri 1 Sat 2 Sun 3 Fri 8 Sat 9 Sun 10

Danny & Jake Tim Rossington Michael Peter Nicko Duo Benson Casey Bellamy

Fri 15 Sat 16 Sun 17 Fri 22 Sat 23

Prahlad Little Cents Sarah Christine Kellie Cain Gerda + 1

Lizotte’s Fri 1 Vika and Linda Bull Sat 2 Burlesque Idol Sun 3 Lunch with Bob Bongo Starkie Skyhooks Show Sun 3 J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) Tue 5 Alejandro Escovedo Wed 6 Lachy Doley Album Launch Thu 7 Luka Bloom The Refuge Tour Fri 8 The Pigs Sat 9 Mr Soul 50 Years of Tom Jones Sun 10 Lazy Sunday Lunch with Blues Brothers Rebooted Sun 10 Ross The Boss Wilson Wed 13 Live N Local Thu 14 Luke Kidgell - The Tabourine Tour Fri 15 Damien Leith Sat 16 Monterey Pop Festival Sun 17 Lunch Music and Stories with Ronn Moss Sun 17 Sara Storer Wed 20 Live N Local Thu 21 Seven 2 One (Macquarie College) Fri 22 Mark Wilkinson Sat 23 The Aretha Franklin Songbook Sat 24 Mick Thomas Wed 27 Live N Local

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Local & Live entertainment this month Thu 28 Lez Zepplin Fri 29 Jon Stevens (SOLD OUT) Sat 30 Brothers in Arms - The Dire Straits Tribute Sun 31 The Voice Studio 5th Birthday Bash

Nags Head Fri 1 Sat 2 Fri 8 Sat 9 Fri 15 Sat 16 Fri 22 Sat 23 Fri 29 Sat 30 Fri 22 Sat 23

ROX Mick Jones Anyerin Pete McCredie Anthony Lee Robbie T Karen O’Shea Wayne Dufty Max Jackson Pap & That Mike Vee Pap & That

Newcastle Theatre Co. Dogfight The Musical Directed by Adelle Richards Fri 8 8pm Sat 9 8pm Sun 10 2pm Wed 13 8pm Fri 15 8pm Sat 16 2pm 8pm Wed 20 8pm Fri 22 8pm Sat 23 8pm

Northern Star Hotel Fri 1 Sat 2 Fri 8

Jack Evans Allon, Rooney West Paula & Owen

Sat 9 Michael Peter, TK Stylz Wickham Park Hotel Sun 10 Beaumont Street Carnivale: Fri 1 Milestones Little Scallywags, The Sat 2 Sneaky Freakers, Spy V Amazing Jonathan, Spy + Urban Guerillas Ignite Team, Holly Mae, Sun 3 Chikarma, Floyd Brien McVernon & Vincent & The Temple The Rockets From Oz, Dogs Mental as Anything Wed 6 Luna Umbra Fri 15 Murph Fri 8 DV8 Sat 16 John O’Reilly Sat 9 Little Cents, The Sun 17 St Patrick’s Day Lamplighters Fri 22 Elisa Kate Sun 10 One Man Dan, Carter & Mighty Rock Sat 23 Codi Kaye, Craig Thomson Wed 13 Morton Choppers Fri 29 Jack Derwin Thu 14 Centre Stage Dinner Show with Brien Sat 30 Brent Murphy, McVernon and Ngariki John Larder Fri 15 Mal Eastick Northumberland Hotel Sat 16 Nano, Karen Lee Andrews + Jay Power Sun 17 Codi Kaye, Fri 1 NANO Hurricane Fall Fri 8 Craig Thomson Fri 15 Pap & That Wed 20 Live in The Music Bar Sat 16 TJ Simpson Thu 21 GW Freebird Jam Night Fri 22 Michael Peter Fri 22 ViAgro Fri 29 TK VIBEZ Sat 23 Rosie’s School of Rock, Kellie Cain, Morning Glory Wests New Lambton Sun 24 Mick n Josh Wed 27 Live in The Music Bar Fri 1 Phonic Trio Fri 28 Shivoo Sat 2 Rubber Bullet Sat 30 Holly Mae Band, The Fri 8 Loko Years Sat 9 The Hot Yogis Sun 31 Greg Bryce Solo, Blues Fri 15 Snape Trilogy Exile Sat 16 Anthology Fri 22 The Years Sat 23 2GoodReasons Fri 29 Gen-R-8 Sat 30 Mark Wells Duo

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Local Community Group Notices COMMUNITY GROUPS


LAMBTON RESIDENTS GROUP Residents of Lambton area are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting. You too can be a part of some exciting and worthwhile initiatives and projects for our local area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (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.

ANTIQUE BOTTLE AND COLLECTORS CLUB If you would like to know more about our club, please come along to one of our meetings, held on the second Wednesday of each month February to November, at the Minmi Progress Hall in Woodford Street Minmi 7.30pm. to see what we do members collect a varied lot of items. Phone Tom 0418 403 910 or 4957 5220.

THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN MEREWETHER Provides a free 3 course meal each Tuesday at 6pm, from February to December to all who are in need of food and companionship. Orange Sky Laundry provide a washing service and food is available to take away. Merewether Uniting Church Hall 178 Glebe Rd, Merewether. Everyone Welcome. Enquiries 0411 133 679

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

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EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD NSW INC. NEWCASTLE BRANCH Meets each Monday at New Lambton Community Centre, Cnr Alma Road and Cromwell Street. 9.30am. Visitors and beginners very welcome. Email : newcastleembroiderersguild@gmail. com JANE AUSTEN SOCIETY HUNTER Jane Austen Society Hunter will soon open applications for their third One-Day Conference, on Saturday 7 September from 10am to 4pm, at Harbourview Function Centre situated right on beautiful Newcastle Harbour. With the overall theme of ‘Jane Austen: In Sickness and In Health’, it is sure to be popular and prebooking is required. There is a full program of engaging speakers and activities, including Walter Mason, Joanna Penglase, Dr Sara Crouch, Zoe Dorrity and Cerilea Baker. Dramatic interludes will be provided by a troupe of actors and there will also be a fun quiz on the Conference theme. JASHunter’s two previous conferences in 2015 and 2017 attracted participants from Sydney, the Southern Highlands, South Coast, Central Coast, Central West, the Blue Mountains and the Sunshine Coast, as well as the wider Hunter area, so this year’s event should book out quickly. For further information and to be placed on the email list to receive registration forms, contact Margaret at 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 are available now for $2 each or 3 for $5.

Local Community Group Notices SENIORS GROUPS LADIES PROBUS CLUB OF NEW LAMBTON We have vacancies now for women who are retired or semi-retired from work! Monthly activities include a Guest Speaker, day trips, theatre, walking group and birthday luncheons. We are a non-fundraising social group based at the fabulous Wests New Lambton. Our Values are: Friendship, Fellowship and Fun. For an information pack and application form, please email: newlambtonladies56733@probusclubs. 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 NEIGHBOUR AID VOLUNTEERS Hunter Multicultural Communities is seeking volunteers to assist seniors with transport to medical appointments or shopping. If you would like to help call Gayle Grayson on 0425 090 670 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. 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. CARDIFF HOCKEY CLUB Have you ever thought about playing hockey? Don’t know how to play? Don’t worry. Our club caters for those new to the sport and those that may have played before and wish to get back into the game. We are looking for both males (14+) and females (13+) to join our teams.nWe are also looking for a female goalkeeper. We will provide fitness and skills training every week, free of charge. Eligible players under 18 can use their $100 Active Kids voucher to reduce fees. Adults who have not played before may also be eligible for a discount. All training and games are held at the International Hockey Centre at Broadmeadow. Our club focuses on having fun and enjoying the sport of hockey. For more information email cardiffhockeyclub@hotmail. com 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. The Local > March 2019 > Page 43

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SPORTING GOODS Treadmill Pro Form Performance 950 $150. Table tennis table Dragon Fly 1000 Series (full size) $150. Both purchased brand new from Rebel Sport (3 and 5 yrs ago respectively). Pick up Lambton only. Ph 0422 471 445 TENOR SAXOPHONE Professional made in France Dolnet. Like New $1800. Ph 4957 0352 or M 0425 316 412. TOILET AID Over toilet seat/aid with handles and adjustable legs. Limited use. Excellent condition $60 ono. Ph 0404 018 735 TRAIN SET N Gauge model electric train set with brand new Kato.N.Unitrack master set M.2, plus one Kato Bullet train set and one Tomix train set. Sell for $400 ono. Ph 0418 490 580


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