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Dogs in space

• Issue: 51•A community newspaper for Newcastle’s suburbs•July 2018 •

Newcastle City Council has invited the community to have their say on a strategy to manage dog off-leash areas for the next 10 years. More than 1000 people responded to a Council survey earlier this year to help develop the strategy, which identifies ways in which existing off-leash areas can be improved and where opportunities for new facilities exist. Among others, Lambton Park and Adamstown’s O’Connell Reserve have been identified as future sites as Lambton residents expressed demand for a dog park, while Adamstown residents expressed dissatisfaction with their current facility. The strategy also looks at ways

to improve existing dog park infrastructure, including providing fencing, drinking water and pathways. A 10 year action plan has been established, with potential works prioritised by need. There are currently 17 off-leash areas in Newcastle. In 2016 there were almost 45,000 dogs registered with Council. The strategy is on exhibition until Monday, August 27. The document can be viewed in hard copy at the City Administration Centre, Newcastle City Library and Wallsend Library. It can also be viewed online at www.newcastle. nsw.gov.au/community.

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Advertising bookings for next month’s issue close on Friday 13th The Local is lovingly produced and carefully hand delivered each and every month to more than 21,000 residential letterboxes and businesses in Adamstown, Adamstown Heights, Broadmeadow, Hamilton, Hamilton East, Hamilton North, Hamilton South, Jesmond (parts of), Merewether (parts of), Lambton, North Lambton, New Lambton & New Lambton Heights. You can find back issues of previous editions and check out the latest community news and information at: www.hunterlocal.com.au or on our Facebook or Instagram page. If you enjoy receiving The Local in your letterbox each month please support with your custom the businesses you see advertising on these pages. Without their support your local paper could not and would not happen. Pretty simple really...

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with Mark Brooker Publisher of The Local

Local is the new black...

My best guess is that there are around 53,000 people living in The Local’s new expanded delivery area. From University Drive Callaghan in the north through Lambton, New Lambton and Broadmeadow, across Hamilton and Adamstown, and finishing with Adamstown Heights in the south. That’s not a big area geographically, but it can make a huge difference to locally owned and operated businesses if these local residents support them. If each of us living in this area was to spend just $5 more each week with locally owned and operated businesses instead of the big chain stores or internetbased businesses, we would add more than $13 million per annum to our local economy. How many extra local jobs would that support? 50? 100? 200? Who knows? But it would certainly be good for the local community and for local business if that extra money was flowing through it week after week. It doesn’t have to be an $5 extra spent. Just $5 spent locally that would otherwise be spent with national company-owned stores. It could be getting your milk from the local convenience store once or twice a week. It could be buying the meat and vegetables and other ingredients for just one family meal from the local butcher and fruito. I doubt very much that the chain stores and or online retailers would even notice that your $5 is missing. And I’m positive that local business people would notice the extra $5 and thank you for it! Please support the local businesses that make it possible to bring The Local to you each month. Oh, and please be sure to tell them you saw their advertising here...

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When we began publishing Lambton Local in May 2014 it was soon clear that other suburbs wanted a truly local community newspaper delivered to their letterbox too. So we began New Lambton Local in September 2015. Then in April last year we started Hamilton Local. Thanks to the fantastic support we’ve enjoyed from our readers, contributors and advertisers each


Welcome to your new monthly community newspaper, The Local. For many readers, especially those around the Adamstown and Broadmeadow areas, this is likely to be the first time you’ve seen this publication. So a warm welcome to you. For others, like our ‘old’ readers in the Lambton, New Lambton and Hamilton areas, who’ve been with us for some time now, thanks for continuing to read and support us.

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edition has been a great success in itself. Now we feel the time is right to bring the existing editions together and expand into new suburbs. This expansion now means we have a letterboxed distribution of over 21,000 copies each month! The map below shows the area that we now reach including: Adamstown, Adamstown Heights, Broadmeadow, Hamilton, Hamilton East, Hamilton North and Hamilton South, Lambton, North Lambton, New Lambton and New Lambton Heights. This means more community news over more pages into more homes than ever before. (And while I think of it, we need more letterbox deliverers. Turn to page 63 for more detail if you’re interested) We want you to feel like this is your newspaper. Get in touch with us and tell us what you’d like to read in it. If you’re in business locally and would like to reach more potential customers I invite you to get in touch to talk about advertising in The Local.


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Gates traffic improvements started

Works are underway to improve safety near the Adamstown rail crossing, as Newcastle City Council prepares for the future installation of traffic control signals at the busy intersection. Preliminary works are currently underway, with drainage works in progress across the entire project area. The kerbs on the southwest corners of the St James Road and Park Avenue intersection, and Wood Street and Glebe Road intersection are being reconstructed, as is the pedestrian refuge on Wood Street. Kerb ramps and footpath works are also being undertaken on the southern side of Glebe Road, between Park Avenue and Wood Street. Weather permitting, the works will be completed in August. The second stage of the project will see traffic control signals installed at the intersection of Glebe Road and Park Avenue. This work is expected to commence in early 2019, following community consultation. The project is partly funded under the Federal Government’s Black Spot Program.

Newcastle City Council has begun preliminary works to improve road safety around the Adamstown railway gates intersection

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Trivia fundraiser success for P&C Hamilton Public School P&C Association hosted a Trivia Night fundraiser recently at Gallipoli Legion Club. Over 200 people dressed in “H (for Hamilton)� theme and, with the generous sponsorship of many local businesses organisers raised over $8000. Funds will be donated to Hamilton Public School to help pay for wellbeing programs for the kids. Jason and Kate from Hamilton

Teachers from Hamilton public school Tracey Cresnar, Holly Foot, Kerrie Kelly, Abby Mander marking the trivia answers

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West Leagues Netball celebrates 50 years From four teams to 60 – in 50 years West Leagues Netball Club has come a long way. This year the club celebrates its golden anniversary, although its roots were actually established three years prior. In 1965 six women decided they wanted to start a women’s basketball (as the sport was then known) club, which would cater for girls up to 15-years-old. The first enrolment day saw 37 girls placed into four teams. By 1967 this had grown to nine teams, and in 1968 the Western Suburbs Leagues Club came on board as a major sponsor and has continued its involvement with the netball club to this day. Today, the club has 60 teams participating in the Newcastle Netball Association competition, as well as six lit courts and a

small clubhouse at Kentish Oval. “Over the years we have had many teams in all grades and many winners of grades,” club secretary Stephanie Bortkevitch said. “We are very thankful to the Wests Group as they are still sponsoring our club and are always there to help us in any way.” A celebratory afternoon tea will held on July 22. Invitations have been distributed to past executive members and volunteers, however if anyone thinks they may have been missed they can contact Stephanie Bortkevitch on 0412 525 900. The club will also host a clinic for its 9 and 10-year-old players with Suncorp Super Netball player and Wests junior Sam Poolman in the school holidays.

Sam Poolman of the GWS Giants who played her junior netball with West Leagues Netball Club will hold a coaching clinic for her old club in July.



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Is your letterbox feeling lucky?

If one of the letterboxes pictured above is yours, you’ve won a $30 shopping voucher from one of three great local retailers. All you have to do is phone us at The Local on 0455 210 000 to confirm your address and then choose your prize. There’s one $30 voucher for Jarrett’s Quality Meats at Lambton, one $30 voucher for Q’s Books at

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Hamilton and one $30 voucher for Lambton Grocer. First in best dressed with the choice of vouchers. You had better hurry though. The vouchers must be claimed by Friday 13 July and redeemed by Tuesday 31 July. Last month an open order to Jarrett’s Quality Meats was claimed by the lucky residents of 8 Kendall Street, Lambton.

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Park and Ride improvements

Getting to and from work in the city is about to get even easier with earlier afternoon services added to Newcastle City Council’s Park and Ride service. The afternoon return bus service will start at 3pm from Monday, 2 July - an hour-and-a-half earlier and run every 15 minutes until 6.30pm. Regular Park and Ride user Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said the extra services were a direct result of community feedback. “We have more than 1,500 registered users and know that there have been 30,000 passenger trips since the service began in November,” the Deputy Lord Mayor said. “Like me, hundreds of people are using the park and ride instead of driving into the city centre to save our hard earned. “Following the addition of these earlier services, we anticipate the numbers will grow substantially on six extra buses. “Having car parking across the city centre filled with all-day parkers is not a great outcome for businesses. And it’s time for us as a community to look at how we commute and start changing our habits. “Our Park and Ride service is an easy way to start making these changes.” Other operational changes to improve the service include more convenient car parking from Monday 25 June. Newcastle City Council CEO Jeremy Bath said cars would now park on the southern end of the stadium instead of the northern end - on a better surface closer to the bus stop. “We have now removed the last remaining impediments to enticing more people out of their cars and onto the bus,” Mr Bath said. “The change to the car parking arrangements is a great outcome - it’s closer to the bus stop and on a bitumen surface with clearly marked bays. “We are also changing the way you pay for the park and ride from Monday. Instead of using our EasyPark app, payment will be via a tap and go EFTPOS facility immediately prior to boarding the bus. This will apply to all users, regardless of how you arrive at the bus stop, or whether you choose to park at McDonald Jones Stadium. “Park and Ride will remain at just $2.20 despite the extra buses in the afternoon and the improved

Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes at the launch of Park and Ride late last year services. For those who work 48 weeks a year, this reduces your parking costs by more than $1,000, as well as freeing up valuable car parking for the customers that keep our city businesses alive.”

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YPT nose holiday fun The timeless tale of Pinocchio, the puppet that came to life, will be presented by Young People’s Theatre next month. In the Carlo Colodi story, Pinocchio begins life as a wooden marionette who desires to be human and is known for his misbehaviour, falling into all kinds of mischief as he disobeys the wood carver who brought him to life. “This production of Pinocchio will be a wonderful experience for everyone from grandchildren through to their grandparents,” Young People’s Theatre’s Chelsea Willis said. “The combination of theatrical elements, including fantastical designs and wonderful puppetry, will delight audiences from beginning to end.” Pinocchio opens on July 9 and runs until August 18. Tickets can be booked at www.ypt.org.au. The Local has a double pass to see Pinocchio on stage at Young People’s Theatre to give to a lucky reader. To enter simply text the word ‘Pinocchio’, your name and preferred session day and time to 0455 210 000. The winner will be drawn on July 6 and advised by telephone. The name will be published in next issue.


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Brickfest is back Newcastle Jockey Club will be a LEGO lovers paradise this school holidays, with the fifth annual Newcastle Brickfest coming to town. The event will bring exhibitors together from across New South Wales in support of Hunter schools and charities. The centrepiece will be a large city

layout, which will include working trams, trains and Monorail. This year there will also be a Lego version of the Newcastle 500 Supercar race. There will be many interactive activities available, including a build area, a speed building competition and a colouring in competition.


Additionally, cosplayers from 501st Legion will be in attendance, whom people will be able to take photos with. Newcastle Brickfest will be held on Sunday, July 15 from 9:30am to 5:30pm. It costs $5 per person if pre-booked at www.trybooking. com.au/365706 or $8 at the door. Children under two are free.


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Six months of Return and Earn Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has thanked the Hunter community for their participation in the Return and Earn scheme which has recovered more than 367 million containers across NSW collection points in the first six months of operation. “The Hunter has embraced the container deposit scheme and returned more than 41 million containers to our local reverse vending machines which is a great result for the community and the environment,” Mr MacDonald said. “Communities across NSW have also embraced Return and Earn as a fundraising opportunity for local groups and schools, and even for the Tathra Bushfire Appeal where more than $8,000 was raised in donations from people using reverse vending machines.” “New donation partners on the reverse vending machines from this week include: Red Cross, WIRES Animal Rescue, Take 3 for the Sea and Clean Up Australia as well as 12 local Hunter groups across 24 machines.” “Any Hunter groups wanting to fundraise through the scheme can collect donations of eligible containers through their networks, or can apply to be listed as a donation partner on a reverse vending machine if one is nearby and they meet the eligibility criteria.” NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said that in addition to collection points, over 380 million containers have been collected and claimed through the kerbside recycling system for the period December 2017 to March 2018. “Figures from the Scheme Coordinator Exchange for Change show that during the first quarter of this year, 61 per cent of all eligible containers supplied in NSW were refunded through the scheme across the network of collection points and through household kerbside recycling collections.” “Their figures also show that this is a significant increase on the 33 per cent of containers recovered through household kerbside recycling prior to scheme commencement on 1 December last year, representing an additional 196 million containers that may have ended up as litter. “This is an outstanding result for the environment and we expect this number to grow as more collection points are rolled out.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC and Steve Morris at a Reverse Vending Machine at Jesmond




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Crafty holiday fun at Blackbutt Creative kids will be able to get their hands dirty these school holidays, with Blackbutt Reserve offering a chance to explore arty imaginations. The Reserve will host a Crafty Creatures activity, where kids of all ages will be able to make their own clay creature. The clay workshop will be held every weekday of the school holidays in Wildlife Arena, from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. It costs $2 per child. Bookings are not necessary.

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Hamilton Chamber event The Hamilton Business Chamber hosted a special event recently titled ‘Keep Your Customers Coming Back For More’. Guest speakers included Joel Goodsir from Inspiration Paints, Meg Purser from Purser Corporate Communication and Neil Slater of Scratchley’s on the Wharf who shared their personal insights to what makes for great repeat business. The event was held at Hudson Street Hum in Hamilton. Top of page: (L to R) Jim Garis of Garis Group, Suzie Galway of Hudson Street Hum and Neil Slater of Scratchley’s on the Wharf; Middle: Kate Taylor and Chad Ramage of TAFE NSW and Holly Rickard of Holly & Co; Below right: Nicholas Beddgood of Citadel Insurance and Phillip Swan of Crawford Real Estate; Below left: Mark Brooker of The Local, Lachie MacBean of Grainfed Brewery and Paul Newey of Newey Printing Company Photos courtesy of Hamilton Business Chamber / Martin Sully Design

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President of Hamilton Chamber of Commerce We are pleased to announce that Tess Borg has joined the Chamber Board. Tess, and her husband James, own the Hamilton based businesses - Mockingbird café, Fennel & Co Catering and Cranky Chef Catering. On behalf of the Board, we welcome Tess and look forward to her valuable contributions. In June we asked members and the public to take a survey seeking input to guide the Chamber’s annual plan of work. Based on the survey results we are delighted to report that ‘local business representation’ and combining efforts with others to provide ‘marketing and promotion to improve business opportunity’ were what was most valued. These two areas have been primary programs for us during the past few years and will continue to be key activities moving forward. On Tuesday 10 July the Chamber is holding an event in the Gold Class Lounge at Event Cinema’s in Kotara. Past Board member, Dana Pichaloff, Marketing Manager at Event Cinemas, has kindly organised this exciting event where our guest speaker will be Terry Kennedy from Sensis Yellow Pages. Terry is a digital guru with 10 years’ experience and he will be sharing social and digital tips and hints on how to drive your social success. His presentation will be simple, interactive and engaging and he welcomes questions from the audience. Tickets can be purchased via: https://www. e v e n t b r i t e . c o m . a u / o / h a m i l t o n - c h a m b e r- o f commerce-11424428091. The Chamber is also excited to welcome China Week Festival back to Hamilton. The Festival, which is hosted by the University of Newcastle’s Confucius Institute, is a three-day event which starts on Friday 21 September with the Newcastle China Business Forum and is followed by the Hawker Night Food Market on Saturday in Gregson Park and the China Cultural Festival on Sunday in Beaumont Street. I look forward to seeing you around Hamilton. Nathan Errington - President

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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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What’s on at your local branch Hamilton Library Holiday Story Time Tuesday 10 July & Tuesday 17 July 2018 11am - 11:45am. Come along and join us for wild storytimes at Hamilton Library! Suitable for ages 3 - 7 with parental supervision. Free. Bookings essential. Sessions: Tuesday 10 July, 11am - 11:45am------------------------------------Go Crazy! - Stories of wild animals not quite behaving as you would expect! Tuesday 17 July, 11am - 11:45am Wild and Wacky Stories - Get ready for a laugh as we read some of our favourite wild and silly stories. ----------------------------------------

Go Wild with LEGO Tuesday 17 July 2018, 2:30pm 3:30pm Get ready to dazzle with your wild and wacky LEGO® creations. Suitable for ages 5 - 12. Free. Bookings essential. ----------------------------------------New Lambton Library Amazing Mazes Tuesday 10 July 2018, 10am 11am. Are you ready for an engineering challenge? Construct your own maze using recycled materials. Suitable for ages 7 - 12. Free. Bookings essential. ----------------------------------------Holiday Story Time Thursday 12 July, Thursday 19

July 2018 11am - 11:45am Come along and join us for wild storytimes at New Lambton Library! Suitable for ages 3 - 7 with parental supervision. Free. Bookings essential. Sessions Thursday 12 July, 11am - 11:45am ----------------------------------------Wild and Wacky Stories - Get ready for a laugh as we read some of our favourite wild and silly stories. Thursday 19 July, 11am - 11:45am ----------------------------------------Go Crazy! - Stories of wild animals not quite behaving as you would expect! ----------------------------------------Go Wild with LEGO

Hamilton Clocktower Markets

The Markets will be taking a short break from Saturday June 30 until 18th July

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libary these school holidays Thursday 12 July 2018, 2:30pm 3:30pm. Get ready to dazzle with your wild and wacky LEGOÂŽ creations. Suitable for ages 5 12.Free. Bookings essential. ---------------------------------------Go Wild with Flight Tuesday 17 July 2018, 10:30am 11:30am The ultimate paper plane workshop - not to be missed! Suitable for ages 7 - 12. Free. Bookings essential. ---------------------------------------Adamstown Library Holiday Story Time Wednesday 11 July Wednesday 18 July 2018 11am - 11:45am. Come along and join us for wild storytimes.

Suitable for ages 3 - 7 with parental supervision. Free. Bookings essential. Sessions: Wednesday 11 July, 11am - 11:45am ----------------------------------------Wild About Nature! - Snuggle up in the warm as we enjoy stories of the outdoors, complete with a special nature craft. Wednesday 18 July, 11am 11:45am ---------------------------------------Go Crazy! - Stories of wild animals not quite behaving as you would expect! ----------------------------------------Go wild with LEGO Wednesday 11 July 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Get ready to dazzle with your wild and wacky

LEGOÂŽ creations. Suitable for ages 5 - 12. Free. Bookings essential. For more information go to www. newcastle.nsw.gov.au or pick up a copy of the School Holidays activity brochure at your nearest library.

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Humans of Newcastle by Melissah Comber

Dr David Hancock will retire later this year after almost 50 years of dentistry

David Hancock

David Hancock never wanted to do anything other than dentistry. After nearly 50 years on the job the Hamilton dentist will hang up his drill at the end of the year, closing the book on a local career that has put smiles back on the faces of thousands of people, seen him donate his time to rural communities, and even save a life. Dentistry was Dr Hancock’s first choice at university, allowing him to indulge a love of working with his hands and desire to help people. “I like to do manual things,” he said. Page 22 > The Local > July 2018

“But you’ve also got to be able to relate to people and having feelings for their pain.” That empathy was what kept patients coming back, with Dr Hancock’s work spanning three and four generations of families. His surgery walls are adorned with pictures drawn by happy young clients – pictures that are still on display, even though some of the patients are now in the 20s. His work hasn’t been limited to Beaumont Street’s Care Dental though, also spending several weeks each year, with his wife, volunteering with the Royal Flying Doctor Service, providing dental work to rural and remote communities. Dr Hancock’s initial involvement with the service was just as a donor, as his daughter was working as a shearer and participating in rodeo in Central Queensland.

“Given her occupation and the things she does on weekends, we thought there was a very good chance she would need the flying doctor,” he said. He soon realised that the service was in need of dentists and signed up, which he plans to continue doing through his retirement. Also on his highlights reel is saving a life, after a patient suffered a cardiac arrest during a root canal and he performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. Dr Hancock sees it all as a winwin. “You get a lot of pleasure from helping other people,” he said. “You get as much back as you give.” If you know a ‘Human of Newcastle’ whose story we should tell please email mark@ hunterlocal.com.au

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Have a say on regional sport plan Community members and sporting groups across the Hunter are invited to have their say on key local strategies developed to improve the delivery and planning of grassroots local sport over the next five years. Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said the plans will assist grass roots sport participation across the region by providing targeted sports program and facility development for all community members to enjoy. “This is a great opportunity for Hunter locals to have their say, and I encourage everyone to view their plans and give their feedback on what they would like to see prioritised,” Mr MacDonald said. Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the plans draw on concepts

developed by the Australian Sports proposed initiatives specific to each Commission. of the regional areas.” “The plans will support participation across the state, through improving accessibility to sports facilities and ovals and supporting programs that foster community involvement.” Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres said key proposals in the plans like the ‘stay in your sport’ coach education program will encourage promising Scot MacDonald MLC Parliamentary Secretary your stars to continue with their for the Hunter chosen sport. “This is an important first step in “We are also looking to attract more the process of gathering community valued sporting events to regional feedback to ensure that we invest NSW, plan female-friendly sporting in the right mix of sports facilities facilities and establish hubs to that meet the needs of unique support multi-purpose sports.” communities,” Mr Barilaro said. Feedback is invited by Thursday “Nine Sport and Active Recreation 19 July 2018 at the Office of Sport plans have been developed with website: https://sport.nsw.gov.au/ 30 - 40 strategies, inclusive of regionalplans


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THAT WAS THEN This is now

with Lachlan Wetherall

Rankin Park Hospital

The peaceful lawns that surround Rankin Park hospital now are a stark contrast to the tumultuous time of war in which it was built. In 1923 the Newcastle Hospital Board purchased “Lambton Lodge”, the former residence of Thomas Croudace, to use as a convalescent home. At the official opening in 1926, Archie Rankin, chair of the board, announced that a further 60 acres of land had been purchased with a view to expansion. The plans remained but a dream until the nightmare of a second war came to the world. The government intended to build a hospital on the site to cater for evacuees in the event of an emergency. On 5 December 1941 during a visit to Newcastle, the Minister for National

Emergency Services said that the hospital was “still in the planning stage.” Two days later Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and entered the war. There was now an urgent need for an inland emergency hospital, out of range of Japanese battleship guns. The government quickly allocated £20,000 to erect a temporary structure. However, with an eye to a post-war future, Rankin pressed for a permanent brick structure, promising that he could have a 100 bed hospital ready in just ten weeks. The government agreed. The Newcastle hospital authorities wasted no time. They gave the architects 36 hours to complete plans, and told them a start would be made on the foundations without plans if they were not ready. The brickwork commenced on 6 February 1942, less than two months after the Pearl Harbour attack, and true to the ambitious promise the building was erected in just 10 weeks. Patients were being tended at the hospital by May 1942, although conditions were initially very primitive. In 1943 it was announced that the facility would be used as a chest hospital for the treatment of tuberculosis. Now part of Hunter New England Health, the Rankin Park Centre provides rehabilitation services for patients recovering from injuries and stroke. You can view these photos and more details at www.lachlanwetherall.com/then-and-now

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Above: Rankin Park Hospital, c1950. University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections. Below: the familiar rounded frontage of the Rankin Park Centre of Hunter New England Health, 2018.

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Court support for victims, witnesses

A service to help victims and witnesses of crime prepare for court will be rolled out in Newcastle, Attorney General Mark Speakman and Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced recently. “Many criminal cases hinge on the evidence of victims and it’s vital they’re properly supported – not only to ensure justice is served but also to prevent them from being re-traumatised by the court process,” Mr Speakman said. Mr Speakman said Victims and Witnesses of Crime Court Support (VWCCS) will complement existing services available in Newcastle, including the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Witness Assistance Service and the Victims of Crime Assistance League. “We want victims and witnesses of crime to feel comfortable and confident so they can give their evidence clearly and effectively,” Mr Speakman said. VWCCS President Pieta Thornton OAM said the voluntary organisation provides a range of services to victims and police witnesses, including informing them of their rights, demystifying court procedures and legal terminology, accompanying them to court and helping them to prepare a Victim Impact Statement. “VWCCS has been helping vulnerable people navigate the justice system since 2006, but until now its services have only been available in Sydney, Orange and Bathurst. We are thrilled that we’re now able to extend those services to Newcastle” Ms Thornton said. The NSW Government will provide more than $28,000 for VWCCS to train volunteer court support officers for both new locations. The officers will be available five days a week to deliver face-to-face help to victims and people who have witnessed crime and are submitting evidence in court. Mr MacDonald welcomed the announcement as an important and effective way to help vulnerable people at court. “Having a friendly face to explain court processes will greatly reduce stress for victims and witnesses in the Hunter,” Mr MacDonald said. VWCCS is now recruiting for new volunteers. People interested in this rewarding role are invited to find out more information and apply via the website www. vwccs.org.au or by call phoning (02) 9287 7671. Successful applicants will attend an induction training program to be held in Newcastle from 30 July to 3 August.

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History with Phil Warren

Safe water in 1887

type shown in on the facing page. Hamilton Municipal Council Alderman Williams moved two years earlier, after similar work had been performed, “That the council clerk write to the Commissioner for Roads calling his attention to the unfinished state in which Beaumont-street has been left after laying down of the water-pipes.” Ald. Williams stated that no less than six drays had been bogged in that part during the last week. The motion was carried, as reported in the Newcastle Morning Herald & Miner’s Advocate on Saturday 23 May 1885. The branch pipeline in the photo was likely serving water to Tighes Hill, while a reservoir located in the far distance on Lake Macquarie Road, in the then suburb of Glebe (now Merewether West), was also served from the same branch from the main pipeline that was laid into the city to supply the No. 1 Reservoir near The Obelisk. The Glebe Reservoir (see map) would in turn supply water to Merewether, The Junction, Hamilton and parts of Adamstown.

After some difficult periods of drought, clean, drinkable water was a big issue in the 1870s. To access clean water, the plan was to draw water from the Hunter River west of Maitland using a new facility called Walka Water Works. The coal city and its suburbs had been relying on bores and rainwater tanks, with an officially commissioned report in 1876/77 providing damning In 1886 the NMH&MA (Wednesday 26 May) published evidence of the rate of water-borne illnesses. a detailed explanation of the construction of the The design of Walka Water Works and all of its reservoir, from site excavation through construction to associated pipelines, pumping stations and feeder completion. The article demonstrated a pride in these reservoirs took some years. The whole system was important works: “A fence enclosing the site only indeed a major public works. The new local reservoirs remains to be erected to complete another of our great were constructed at high points to gravity feed water to public undertakings, and assist in supplying a long felt homes and industry. After treatment the river water was want in Newcastle.” pumped to Newcastle using large cast iron pipes of the

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Above: Pipe-laying crew pose for Ralph Snowball’s camera, near the corner of Beaumont and Lindsay Streets, Hamilton in 1887. UoN Cultural Collections Below: Extract from the 1910 Newcastle surrounds map showing the location of the reservoir and other landmarks. UoN Cultural Collections




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Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell

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Historical novels don’t usually appeal to me, but after reading this one I need to find more of Cornwell’s work. Warriors of the Storm is set in northern Englaland (England) in the reign of Alfred, 871899AD, and based around the exploits of Uhtred of Bebbanburg who is battling to gain back his land. It’s a rollicking good tale with interesting, complicated characters, love-hate relationships, pagans, Christians, Saxons, Irish, Scots and others, all out to grab what land they can to create their own dynasties. Uhtred’s daughter is married to the brother of one of Uhtred’s worst enemies and she’s under siege in Ireland. Can Uhtred take the risk of going to save his daughter while his arch foe Ragnall runs amok in Englaland amassing a great army? Will Uhtred’s son-in-law side with him or with Ragnall? Will the Christians help the pagans or leave them to battle things out among themselves? Cornwell’s characters are believable; his writing style carries you along, the living conditions he describes helps you understand how brutal and cruel life was in those days. There’s a bit of blood and guts but it’s written with style and consideration. There’s also underlying humour in places, including between the pagan Uhtred and his dealings with overly pious Christians. Warriors of the Storm is ninth in the Saxon Series by Cornwell, so I’m now looking for more. This once committed crime novel enthusiast is drifting off into another genre; maybe I’ll even find a science fiction book one day that maintains my interest to the end.







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Matters Is a fixer-upper right for you? with Sue Odgers

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‘Renovator’s delight’. ‘Unlimited opportunity’. There are certain catch phrases in real estate copy which mean the same thing: here’s a house that’s going to need some work. For some people, a property in dilapidated condition means nothing but hard work. For others, they represent a world of possibilities. But before you take on that fixer-upper, consider whether it really will work out for you. Here are three of the main things to consider before committing yourself to a renovation project. It might be the most satisfying and rewarding thing you’ve ever done. It might also prove to be too much. Affordability: a fixer-upper tends to be priced lower

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than a newer house in the same suburb, meaning that it serves as a good entry point for those on a lower budget. For many, a shabby kitchen or peeling paintwork is a small price to pay to be in the catchment zone for that desirable school, or to shorten your commute to work. Character: fixer-uppers are often older homes, which means that they have a lot of character. Period features can’t be replicated, only reproduced. An old house with a beautiful stained glass window or a lacework verandah offers something unique and worth preserving. That will reward the hard work necessary for the house to become liveable once more, and recreate something that you cannot get from a new build. Logistics: minor renovations and cosmetic changes can be done while you stay in the home. Restoring the footings, or replacing the roof, will require you to live elsewhere. If you’re planning to live in the house while you restore it, you may need to consider other alternatives. That also means considering the extra costs of a short term rental, or financing the build while you still live in your previous home. All in all, a fixer-upper can offer the chance to create the true home of your dreams. As long as you truly understand what that will take, and allow a margin of error in both your money and time budgets, it may be the best decision you ever make.

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Keeping your dog warm

Welcome to winter and my first pet care article for The Local. With the arrival of winter we need to take a look at our dogs comfort and protection during the cold and wet weather. Does your dog need a jacket? Coats are not just a fashion statement. For many dogs it is essential that they are kept dry and warm. Puppies, senior dogs, dogs with arthritis, and any dog with compromised health or suffering from a medical condition or diseases that impair hair growth like Cushions Disease, will benefit from additional warmth over winter.

Some specific breeds really feel the cold. Short haired, lean or underweight dogs need extra covering. These include Chihuahuas, Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, Greyhounds, Staffys, Beagles, most toy breeds, and, of course, if your dog has had a short haircut. You can even see them shiver when cold. Not all dogs need to wear apparel. Some breeds naturally keep warm. Their coats are genetically designed to protect them. Hairy dogs such as Siberian Huskies, Samoyeds, Malamutes, Pomeranians and Saint Bernards all have insulated coats to protect them from the elements. When selecting a jacket make sure to consider the natural movement of your dog and that the coat fits correctly and is not too loose. It is best to avoid bulky straps and buckles as these can be uncomfortable for the dog when lying down. Remember to remove the jacket everyday and to check your dog for any irritations or chaffing on the skin. The jacket compresses long hair and also restricts hair shedding, which results in matting of the coat. Long haired dogs will require more brushing at home as well as professional grooming through winter. If the dog is an outside dog or goes for regular walks, a waterproof jacket would help to keep the dog dry and comfortable. Be sure to keep your dog warm and dry. If using a coat don’t think you are being anthropomorphic. Just know that you are looking after your loved dog.

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Matters by Chris Hill-Smith

Accredited Specialist-Wills & Estates of Appleton Law, Lambton

of the gift and the overall financial circumstances of the separating partners. Being named in a will as a beneficiary does not amount to the person having any property in the estate because the testator can always change their will. A gift received from a will during a relationship by one of the parties will generally be treated as property of the relationship and therefore split with the rest of the property if the partners separate.

A gift received very late in the relationship or postseparation may be treated as property if there are no other assets available to satisfy a property split, but more likely will be treated as a ‘financial resource’ of the receiving person. In other words, not property to be split between the parties, but a financial source which can be taken into consideration in determining the appropriate property split between the separating Have you ever wondered how a gift received from a parties. will is treated when partners separate? So is there a way to prevent a partner from benefiting Parents often do not want their children’s partner to from a gift by will to your child in the event of their benefit from their estate in the event of a separation. separation? If your will contains absolute gifts to Under family law, gifts received from a will may your children, a so called simple type will, the above be treated in different ways for the purposes of a general principles apply. property split depending on the timing of the receipt If however your will is a discretionary testamentary trust type of will, there is the ability to protect the gifted assets to a greater extent. If a testamentary discretionary trust is set up such that your child does not effectively control the trust it is likely the trust assets will not be considered to be property of the relationship and therefore not divisible in the event of a property settlement. The assets may still s ate Est ed be considered to be a financial resource of a party if eas Dec ■ Wills and es put Dis l Wil that child may potentially receive income or property ■ ey orn Att ■ Powers of minal Law Cri ■ by way of a distribution from the trust. Much will ion vis Pro ily Fam ■ Probate ■ depend on the particular facts of the matter. or we Appointments at our office Disclaimer: the content of this article is provided for urs information purposes only. The contents do not constitute offer mobile and out-of-ho legal advice and should not be used as such. Formal legal appointments to suit you. advice should be sought in particular matters. -Smith, Principal solicitor, Chris Hill Accredited Specialist in Have you tried Local Classifieds? Wills & Estates.

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SPINAL Column with James Cobb of Total Balance Chiropractic

Is the daily grind giving you a headache?

Headaches are becoming increasingly common and often we just pop some painkillers and ignore underlying the problem. But whatever form your headache takes, such as migraines or tension headaches, it can greatly impact quality of life. Headaches can be caused by various reasons, including poor posture, stress, sleeping patterns and poor nutrition. Here are some tips which might help decrease the severity or frequency of headaches: Get enough sleep - adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle. Sleep plays an important role in your physical, mental and emotional health.

Fix your sleeping posture - an awkward sleeping position affects the alignment of your spine and can cause stiffness in the morning. Avoid sleeping on your stomach and try to sleep on your back or side, to maintain the natural shape of the spine. Be mindful of your posture - whether it’s during your commute or at the office, maintaining a good posture is very important for spinal health. Improve your nutrition - having a nutritious breakfast can make you feel good as you go about your day. Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated, and cut down on alcohol and caffeinated drinks. Chiropractors regularly help headache sufferers. Studies have reported on the effectiveness of chiropractic care in helping migraine pain and other issues that arise from neck problems. An Australian study published in the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapy showed how chiropractic helps migraine. The Macquarie University study followed 127 volunteers who suffered from migraines aged from 10 to 70 years. It found that more than 80% reported improvement in migraines under chiropractic care.1 1. Tuchin PJ1, Pollard H, Bonello R., 2000, A randomized controlled trial of chiropractic spinal manipulative therapy for migraine, J Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2000 Feb;23(2):91-5

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Matters by Lee Clements of Sensom Health & Wellbeing

No need to feel SAD during winter!

I have previously written in The Local about how winter can be a challenging time mentally and physically, and suggested meditation as one way of helping cope with the ‘mid-winter blues’. Indeed there is now much evidence to show that the winter months can indeed affect our mood. Identified as ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder’ (SAD) common indicators include a lack of energy or feeling tired, wanting to sleep more rather than less, an increase in appetite and as a result weight gains. I do have to admit that I am not a fan of dark and cold mornings and evenings, and often plummeting temperatures,

and do find there are occasions when ‘getting going’ requires a bit more effort than in the warmer months. I also know from chatting to my clients that I am not alone in that respect! And given that much of the animal kingdom goes into ‘hibernation’ during the winter period it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to us. So what can we do to overcome the lethargy, restore the ‘get up and go’, and re-establish some balance in our lives? Let me give you some suggestions to gently revive and restore. Yoga can be a gentle and supportive way to keep your body supple, flexible and relieve feelings of stress and anxiety. Participating in yoga classes such as Restorative Yoga can help you feel calm, centred and relaxed. Massage therapies that include relaxation, remedial massage and reflexology tap in to the body’s amazing ability to self-heal, releasing tension, re-balancing, re-tuning and restoring. Floatation therapy increases dopamine and endorphin levels elevating mood and leaving feelings of calmness for days. Without the stimulus of light and sound, you’re likely to experience the deepest relaxation ever. Adopting these modalities as a regular part of your lifestyle can work wonders, making sure that you not only banish the winter blues but that you retain clarity of mind with a greater sense of self awareness and consciousness, become stronger, more flexible and supple, and are less prone to injury and illness.


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Constipation - it’s no fun

It’s no fun to talk about and it’s no fun to experience, but most people, at some time in their lives, experience constipation. Defined as the inability to have regular bowel movements, the reality is discomfort, pain and a general feeling of sluggishness and toxicity. These occasional bouts of constipation are usually brought on when we stop looking after ourselves - high stress is usually the cause. We stop eating right, moving our bodies, drinking enough fluids and overall relaxing. It is important to get things moving again as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the tougher it can be to become regular again. Here are some tips: 1) Drink plenty of water – when constipated, you need to increase your water consumption. Aim for at least two litres a day, if not a bit more when constipated. Remember that herbal teas count too. Fennel, marshmallow, licorice, chamomile are all good calming teas for the gut. 2) Increase your fibre, preferably through foods such as grains, vegetables and fruits. You should be aiming for at least 25-40 grams of fibre daily. Increase your amount of fibre slowly to avoid bloating and wind. Some high fibre sources include inulin, psyllium and chia seeds. 3) Gentle movement is great to stimulate the bowel. Walking for at least 30 minutes a day is one of the best ways to get your bowels moving. Another great option is yoga, especially those poses specifically targeting sluggish bowels and constipation. Check out YouTube for some great tutorials. If constipation is more your normal than an occasional bout, then it is time to consider other factors; such parasites, bacterial imbalanceor motility issues, to name a few. The point is to act – increase your fibre and water, move more and get help if you need it. Then the fun can begin again.

VET Chat

by Dr Fiona Wallace of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic

Brachycephalic syndrome

Anaesthetic emergencies in veterinary practice are both uncommon and statistically inevitable, and this is why at New Lambton Vet Clinic we will always, where possible, perform pre-anaesthetic blood evaluation, a thorough auscultation of heart and lungs, intravenous catheterisation and IV fluids during surgery, and careful monitoring of heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, temperature and close observation of the patient during surgery. All of this is performed by our highly trained and darned amazing veterinary nurses who also are an endless source of cuddles and reassurance to your furry family members both pre- and post- surgery. This month at the clinic despite all this we have had two unusual

anaesthetics that involved whole team mobilisation to pull our patients through, and both involved patients of brachycephalic breeds. Brachycephalic (short-muzzled) dogs are generally winners as far as temperament and “cute value” go. Breeds such as Aussie Bulldogs, Frenchies, Pugs, Pekingese and Boston Terriers are affectionate, attentive and happy-go-lucky, and they tend to be crowd stoppers in the park, with everyone wanting to stop and talk to them. Vetchat this month wants to recognise these breeds for the loving, rewarding pets that they are, while also drawing attention to so called brachycephalic syndrome in dogs. Brachycephalic dogs, because of their short faces, have a set of upper airway abnormalities that include narrow airways, elongated soft palates, and everted laryngeal saccules (pouches inside the larynx which turn inside out). When these guys have an anaesthetic, or get puffed, or get too hot, especially if they are overweight, they run the risk of suffocating because their airways become too narrow for enough air to get to their lungs. Treatment is surgical removal of excess pharyngeal tissue, strict weight control, and making sure that they do not over-exert or overheat. If you have, or are considering purchasing, a brachycephalic dog, please come and talk to us about especial risks that they have in their day to day lives.


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Chat by Dr Ben Seckold of Hamilton Doctors

Prostate cancer and PSA testing

Prostate cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men (after skin cancer) and accounts for 33% of male cancers diagnosed each year. The risk of being diagnosed with prostate cancer increases with age. For Australian men the risk of being diagnosed by age 75 is 1 in 7, and by age 85 this increases to 1 in 5. Compared to other cancers, prostate cancer has one of the highest five year survival rates. In the period 2006 to 2010, Australian men who were newly

diagnosed with prostate cancer had a 92% chance of surviving for at least 5 years, compared to the general population. The two tests that are commonly used to find prostate cancers early are a blood test to measure the level of prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and digital rectal examination. Neither of these tests are very accurate. A man’s PSA test result can be abnormal when he does not have prostate cancer, or his PSA result may be normal even though he has prostate cancer. For men without symptoms of prostate cancer, choosing whether or not to have a test to find prostate cancer early is often a hard decision. This is because it is hard to tell whether a cancer found after having a test will spread or not, and whether it will cause problems during the man’s lifetime. For those who decide to have prostate cancer tests, the general recommendation is to have a PSA blood test every 2 years from age 50 to age 69. For men whose risk of prostate cancer is higher than average (e.g. with a brother diagnosed with prostate cancer), regular testing can start earlier. Digital rectal examination by primary care doctors (e.g. GPs) is not recommended as a standard test for men who do not have symptoms of prostate cancer. Any patient with urinary symptoms, difficulty voiding and pain should consult their local GP.

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Matters by Anthony Piggott of Piggotts Pharmacies Blackbutt & Lambton

Diabetes - are you at risk?

In Australia 280 people develop diabetes every day. That’s one person every five minutes. Diabetes is recognised as the world’s fastest growing chronic condition. The number of people with type 2 diabetes is growing in each country. Diabetes is the epidemic of the 21st century and also the biggest challenge confronting Australia’s health system. More than 100,000 Australians have developed diabetes in the past year. The total annual cost impact of diabetes in Australia is estimated at $14.6 billion. National Diabetes Week is held 7-14 July to raise awareness and understanding about this condition. Diabetes occurs when there is too much glucose in the blood. This happens if the body is not producing insulin or if insulin is not working properly. Glucose is a particular type of sugar – it is needed to provide energy for the body. Insulin is required to enable glucose to enter the body’s cells and be converted to energy. Insulin also allows glucose to be stored in muscle, the liver, and other tissues. There are a number of different types of diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is a condition in which the pancreas does not produce insulin. This type represents 10–15% of all cases of diabetes and is one of the most common chronic childhood diseases in developed nations. Type 1 diabetes is not caused by lifestyle factors. There is no cure and it cannot be prevented. Type 2 diabetes is the most common, with 85-90% of cases being type 2 diabetes. People with type 2 still produce insulin but it does not work as well or the pancreas does not make enough insulin. Less well known is gestational diabetes – a form of diabetes that occurs in pregnancy and mostly disappears after the birth. This type may be caused by the woman’s body

not being able to make enough insulin or not being able to use it correctly during pregnancy. It is usually found by having a blood test between 24 and 28 weeks of pregnancy. A balanced diet and regular physical activity are key elements of preventing and managing diabetes. Being overweight or obese increases the chance of getting diabetes. Pharmacies can offer a range of resources and support for diabetes including: • diabetes screening tests with referrals to your doctor • diabetes management services including monitoring of blood glucose levels, weight and diabetes medicines • advice on diabetes medicines • review of diabetes medicines • weight management services • blood glucose monitoring devices • supply of blood glucose test strips as part of the National Diabetes Services Scheme • quit smoking products and services • health information including Self Care Fact Cards. You can get more advice on diabetes from pharmacies providing the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Self Care health information, or ask Piggotts!

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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy CEO of NovaCare Community Services

How to be a dementia friend

An estimated 425,000 Australians are living with dementia. It impacts both on the person living with this condition as well as their loved ones, who often provide the support and care. 1,700 additional Australians are currently being diagnosed each week. People living with dementia can find it challenging to participate actively in the community. They tell me one of their biggest issues is the social isolation and lack of understanding they face after being diagnosed.

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Dementia is a challenging condition because of the impact it can have on memory, but those diagnosed are the same unique person today as they were yesterday, or last week. It could be your parent, your grandparent, your neighbour or your partner. It is vital that people understand that the right support can make the world of difference to anyone impacted by dementia. Recently, Dementia Australia launched a new social movement to encourage all Australians to become Dementia Friends. I encourage you to go to www.dementiafriendly.org. au to register, follow the prompts to complete the first learning module and register to become a Dementia Friend. I have, and I encourage you to do the same where you can earn a Dementia Friend certificate and badge. This activity will increase your understandings and you will be introduced to people living with dementia and hear their stories. I am sure you will also learn some things that you can do to help support people living with dementia to remain included, accepted and connected with their community. Home care packages are an important practical way to provide support to people with dementia and their carers to stay living in their own homes and connected to our community.


Chat by Ryan Samuels and Lani Stokes

of Poke Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Centre, Lambton

Lower back pain in pregnancy

A pregnant woman’s body undergoes a myriad of changes. While some of these changes are unnoticeable, others become symptomatic as pregnancy progresses. One of the most common issues of pregnancy is lower back pain. As the abdomen expands with the weight of baby, placenta and extra body fluids, a woman’s lower back and hips are forced to compensate for the heavy front body, with back muscles becoming shortened and tight. The stimulation of hormones, such as relaxin, that assist in relaxing ligaments in preparation for childbirth, can lead to increased laxity in the spine and contribute to instability and lower back pain. Lower back pain in pregnancy can range from a mild aching across the lower back and hips, to more severe back pain and spasm that makes it hard to walk or weight bear. Very often, the extra spinal compression and tension can result in sciatica-like pain that shoots down the back of the leg. What can you do to help support your lower back during pregnancy? Wear low supportive footwear. High heeled shoes increase lower back pressure. Support your spine in bed. Sleep on your left side to encourage optimal blood flow and use supportive pillows. For some, this is a pillow between the knees,or a full body pillow. Maintain exercise throughout pregnancy to keep supporting muscles active and strong (consider a qualified prenatal yoga, or pilates class). At Poke Acupuncture we address pregnancy lower back pain as follows: assessment of lower back and hips; acupuncture to assist in reducing muscle spasm/inflammation and decrease pain response; cupping to improve local blood flow and release tight muscles. The growing pressure on the back throughout pregnancy does not let up until after childbirth, and that is why lower back pain in pregnancy does not typically go away by itself. This is why we recommend getting on top of it quickly, so that a pregnant woman can progress through her pregnancy with minimal discomfort and full mobility. Lani Stokes, Registered Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist

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Matters by Chris Stevens CPA Partner at GC Accountants, Lambton

Make the most of your tax refund

Here are four ideas for making the most of a windfall this end of financial year. 1. Clear your debts Having some extra cash on hand could help you knock your debts on the head once and for all. For starters, consider paying off your credit cards sooner rather than later, so you can break the debt cycle before the interest charges get out of control. And if you’re forever playing catch-up on your mortgage repayments, it might be a great opportunity to get ahead. 2. Boost your super Every bit extra that you put into your super could make a big difference when the time comes time to retire – especially when you take into account the effects of compounding returns. So even if retirement seems like a long way off, you might consider putting all or part of your windfall directly towards your nest egg. But before you make any major financial decisions, speak to us or your financial adviser.

If the tax man brings you a present this year, don’t blow it all at once. There are plenty of ways to put this extra cash to good use. If you’re expecting to receive a tidy lump sum this year, it can be tempting to treat it like “free money” and splurge on things you don’t really need. But here’s the thing – it’s not free money 3. Create a stock portfolio at all. You earned it. And while the tax man has held on to it this past year, If you feel confident that your finances and super are on track, you might look at investing in other you haven’t earned any interest on it. assets outside the super environment. By building a diversified investment portfolio, you could turn your one-off payment into a long-term strategy for growing your wealth. If you’re new to investing, it can be tricky to navigate all the options available – so it’s best to speak to us or your financial adviser first.

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4. Spruce up your property If you already own your home, getting some extra cash could be a golden opportunity to increase its value through renovating. The same goes for your investment property – and what’s more, any amounts you spend on improving the property could help reduce your capital gains tax liability when you sell. So if some extra cash does come your way this year, talk to us. We can help you plan for the best by putting your money to work on achieving your short, medium and long-term goals.

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Matters by Dr Stuart Edser

Principal Psychologist at Newcastle Psychology & Health

Relationship challenges

One of the two most common relationship difficulties is fighting. You disagree on something, start arguing and before you know it, you’re in the middle of a major storm. As often as not, it can be over something really trivial or banal. Yet still, we fight. Conflict is inevitable. When two people are in relationship, we have to accept that we are not going to agree on everything all of the time. If you think about it, how possibly could we? We come from different

families, with different values, we have different early childhood experiences, different adolescent experiences, we have different temperaments and different personalities. We have different coping styles and different levels of reactivity. There’s an awful lot of difference there, so it is inevitable that we will not agree on everything. When we fight, we typically forget about the issue that started it and tend to go to older or deeper hurts that are brought to the surface when we feel vulnerable. We get defensive and start engaging well-established patterns of behaviour and emotion that invariably entrenches our position even deeper. Our physiology gets involved as our heart rate increases and we move into fight flight mode with all its adrenalin and cortisol flooding the bloodstream and effecting our behaviour. It is a complex area to work in. A first step is to agree with each other that whenever you have a disagreement, you will both try to remain calm. Literally, turn the volume down. If you can remain calm, you can think more clearly and will be able to listen to each other instead of talking over the top of each other. Being calm sounds trite, but it can mean the difference between a giant blue and a disagreement you can resolve.

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TRAVEL Matters by Ian and Sue Roberts

of Memorable Destination www.memorabledestination.com

Iris scanning keeps us safe

We recently tasted the future of travel when we encountered expanded eye-scanning systems at international airports. It’s all part of Biometric E-gate changes being introduced or trialled at some airports around the globe. Thanks to the Apple iPhone, most people seem comfortable with fingerprint identification - and we’d come across this technology at US border checks for many years. But, in the past year, we noticed a variety of other biometric screening systems appearing at some airports in Europe and the UK, to verify the identity of travellers.

The systems we encountered seemed to work handin-hand with boarding passes and passport checks by airlines themselves, but some of the trials have apparently tested whether scanning could replace such traditional systems altogether. At the same time, iris scanning is appearing at more and more airport security lines - sometimes on a voluntary basis as an alternative to lengthy passportchecking queues. From our experience, the use of biometric systems seems a fairly unobtrusive extension of automation at airports. Things do seem to move faster, which is always a big plus. Logically, the scans should also help improve security. The downsides? Like every new system, there are hiccups. We came across scanners that didn’t work and others that were confusing to use. And, we heard the occasional grumble among fellow travellers about data security and privacy. However, that aside, it looks like biometrics is the way airports and possibly even airlines are moving, with the aim of improving and speeding up the experience for travellers. Now, if only they could find a way to replace the queue at airport baggage carousels! For additional travel tips and information, follow Ian and Sue at www.memorabledestination.com or on Instagram at @memorable_destination or @ memorable_travels

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FITNESS Matters with Ali & Dan Marshall of Corefit Newcastle

I’ve hit my goal! What’s next?

What happens next once you’ve hit your goal? It’s something many of us who achieve a goal struggle to comprehend. That’s because goal setting is primarily short-term in nature, whereas the ‘what happens next’ part alludes to the long-term sustainability of our health. Setting goals is good. It helps you focus and brings clarity to what you want to achieve. It’s in our nature to set goals and takes some guts and

determination, and the rewards can be life changing! However it is only one half of the puzzle. The other half is the part that most struggle with. It’s our why. Understanding why we do what we do is crucial to our long term success. It lays an emotional platform for continuing to look after ourselves, even when motivation dips. That’s the question that drives ‘what happens next’ and has everything to do with our longterm health. We’ve seen clients get down after achieving their goal as the fuel that drove them to hit their goal is replaced by a sense of emptiness. This is because it’s our ‘why’ that drives fulfilment, not the ‘what’. As humans, it’s our sense of purpose that drives happiness. The first question we ask our clients is what is it you want to achieve? Then we ask why are these goals important to you? Why am I doing this? is the question we must answer if we are to live at our goal instead of just reaching our goal. We are all for setting goals as it makes us feel good in that we are exhibiting the best version of ourselves. But until we dig deeper and understand why we do it, we will always be pursuing happiness with our health.

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Little Locals... Rosebud v Jaffas


This month’s Little Locals feature two Under 7s junior football teams, the Adamstown Rosebud and the Lambton Jaffas. With the FIFA World Cup currently underway soccer is on everyone’s mind at the moment. These local players proved that a love for soccer starts at an early age. Both teams played an exhilarating game where they showed off their skills and had so much fun. Friends and family came out to cheer on the teams and were treated to a great game. At right: Lambton Jaffas Under 7’s back row (L to R) Acacia, Harper, Paige; front row Harlow, Layla and Georgia, (absent: Claire)

Adamstown Rosebud Under 7’s (L to R) Ava-Bluebell , Georgia, Lotte, Millie, Stella and Sarah Page 52 > The Local > July 2018

Little Locals...


Above: Millie heads for the goal; Below left: Georgia showing her ball skills; Below right: Acacia has her eye on the ball

If you’d like to see your junior sports team featured in ‘Little Locals’ next month ask your coach or team manager to get in touch with Mark at The Local on 0455 210 000 or by email at mark@hunterlocal.com.au The Local > July 2018 > Page 53

Little Locals...

Above: Harry takes the ball up for Hamilton Hawks


Hamilton Hawks Junior Rugby

The Hamilton Hawks under 11’s Junior Rugby took on the Nelson Bay Gropers on a chilly Saturday morning at Hawkins Oval Wickham. The team had a great warm up and came out ready to make their club proud. The family and friends of the team are very passionate and supported them from the sidelines. A few early tries by both teams set it up to be an interesting game. The Hawks put their best foot forward and had the upper hand for most of the match. Ultimately Hamilton defeated the Gropers 26-22 in a close game. Congratulations Hawks, keep up the good work!

Hamilton Hawks Under 11’s: back row: Gus, Salesi, Tony, Hugo, Loui, Daniel, Harry and Cage. Middle row: Ryan, Finn, Nick, Kaelen and Eden. Front: Rex Page 54 > The Local > July 2018

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Hamilton Hawks Junior Rugby under 11’s were at home to Nelson Bay Gropers at Hawkins Oval recently. At right: Nelson Bay show strong defence to stop Gus Below left: Hugo is ready to run on as sub Below right: Daniel kicks off Bottom of page: Gus converts the Hawks first try

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Local & Live entertainment this month Blackbutt Hotel

Fri 6 Sat 7 Fri 13 Sat 14 Fri 20 Sat 21 Fri 27 Sat 28

Phonic Trio The Associates Paparazzi Captain Risky 2 Good Reasons Hornet Hot Box Shivoo

Duke of Wellington Hotel Fri 6 Sat 7 Fri 13 Sat 14 Fri 20 Sat 21 Fri 27 Sat 28

Dean Kyrwood Redline Matt McLaren FricknOrson Matt Scullion Greg Bryce Duo Dave Carter Jamie Martens Duo

Exchange Hotel Sun 1 Sat 7 Sun 8 Sat 14 Sun 15 Sat 21 Sun 22 Sat 28 Sun 29

The Years Hummingbirds Melboune Street Loko Love That Hat Lithium Hornet Search Party Anthology

Gallipoli Legion Sun 1 Mustang Sun 8 Witchery Sun 15 Marriah

Sun 22 Shivoo Sun 29 Pam & Les + John Bond

Lambton Park Hotel

Fri 6 Sat 7 Hamilton Station Hotel Fri 13 Thu 5 The Devours Sat 14 Belle Haven + Casey + Fri 20 Fri 27 Stateside Sat 28

Hotel Jesmond Fri 6 Sat 7 Fri 13 Fri 20 Fri 27

Shivoo Mardmax Chad Shuttleworth Duo The DuoTones Ryan Daley

Kent Hotel Sun 1

Dan Granero Band

Wed 4

Dean Kyrwood

Fri 6

V Dubs

Sat 7

Pocket Aces

Sun 8


Wed 11 Zane Penn Fri 13

Code Red

Sat 14

Train Wrek

Sun 15 Finn Wed 18 Wed Nite Live Fri 20


Sat 21 Loose Bazooka Sun 22

Annie O Dee + Hotshots

Wed 25 Greg Bryce Fri 27


Sat 28

Project X

Sun 29 Thread

Little Cents Floyd Vincent & Dave Marsalis Holly Mae AQWA Tom Buckley Brien McVernon Band

Lizotte’s Sun 1 Best of CCR Neil Young & Tom Petty (lunch) Tue 3 Charlton Christian College Showcase Wed 4 Live N Local Fri 6 Diesel Sat 7 Diesel Sun 8 The Voice Studio Juniors Mon 9 The Voice Studio Seniors Wed 11 Live N Local Thu 12 Mario Millo Band Fri 13 Blues and Boogie Showdown Sun 14 Burlesque The Circus Wed 18 Live N Local Thu 19 Isaac Butterfield Fri 20 My Friend the Chocolate Cake Sat 21 Jeff Martin Sun 22 Aleyce Simmonds & Brad Butcher Wed 25 Thu 26 Fri 27 Sat 28 Sun 29

Live N Local Lez Zepplin Unlocking the Doors Ray Beadle Wendy Matthews (Lunch)

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Local & Live entertainment this month Nags Head

Sat 7 Sat 14 Sat 21 Sat 28

Mick Jones Joel Procter Kevin O’Hara Pap & That

Newcastle Ent. Centre

Disney on Ice 100 Years of Magic Fri 13 3pm & 7pm Sat 14 10am, 1.30pm & 5.30pm Sun 15 10am, 1.30pm & 5.30pm

Fri 20 Sat 21 Fri 27 Sat 28

Northumberland Hotel Fri 6 Fri 13 Fri 20 Fri 27

by Isabel Wright Directed by Pearl Nun Sat 14 8pm Sun 15 2pm Wed 18 8pm Fri 20 8pm Sat 21 2pm & 8pm Wed 25 8pm Fri 27 8pm Sat 28 8pm

Northern Star Hotel Sun 1 Dean Kyrwood Fri 6 Tim Rossington Sat 7 Allon, Wesley’s Edge Fri 13 John Larder Sat 14 Mark Wood, Josh Callaway

Aaron Hood Aaron Hipwell Craig Thomson Greg McKew

Wests New Lambton

Newcastle Theatre Co.

Peep Show

Jack Derwin Rooney West, Nano Codi Kaye John Larder, TK

Starlight Room Sun 15 Bay City Rollers feat. Les McKeown Fri 20 Marina Prior & David Hobson

Perils of Wisdom Sat 7 Sunhill Drive, Yes Commissioner Sun 8 Greg Bryce, The Lamplighters Fri 13 DV8 Sat 14 Sound of Sunday, The Ride Ons Sun 15 Mick n Josh Wed 18 Growing Pains Presents Fri 20 Mark Cashin & The Lil Hussy’s Sat 21 Lachlan’s Show - Fundraiser Sun 22 John Larder, Rose Carleo + Len’s Theory Fri 27 Amigos Sat 28 Toy Run 2018 - Launch Event , Papa Polko & The Bin Rats Sun 29 Helena, GW Freebird Blues Band

Young People’s Theatre

Marble Bar Fri 6 Sat 7 Fri 13 Sat 14 Fri 20 Sat 21 Fri 27 Sat 28

The Years Phonic Trio Mark Wells Duo The Remedy Trio The Rattle Cruzers Snape Trilogy Gen-R-8

Wickham Park Hotel Sun 1 Ghost Road, Phoenix Pritchard Fri 6 Driver 8 + Kingy Shakey + Badges +

Pinnochio by Carlo Collodi Directed by Michael Nolan Mon 9 Tue 10 Wed 11 Thu 12 Fri 13 Sat 14 Sat 21 Sun 22 Sat 28 Sun 29

11am 11am 11am & 7pm 11am 11am 2pm & 7pm 11am 11am 11am 11am

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Local Community Group Notices CHILDREN & FAMILIES MAINLY MUSIC Mainly Music is a music program for 0-5 yr olds and their caregivers. It runs Wednesdays 9:3011:30 am during school terms at the Anglican Church Hall, cnr Oxford & Cromwell Street, New Lambton Cost is $5 per family. Call Beck Bishop 0416149633 for more info. HOME-START FAMILY SERVICES Home-Start is a voluntary service offering support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under 5 where the parents are experiencing difficulty in their parenting roles or are under stress. For information about volunteering or Home-Start services ph 4952 9488 or go to: www.homestartaustralia.org/

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

CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS ROTARY CLUB OF WARATAH Our Rotary Club is keen to welcome all new members and visitors, and encourages “Service above Self” – our Rotary motto. Our primary focus is through service to the local community and our youth. Join us for dinner and meet our active members. Meetings are held each Monday from 6:15pm to 8pm at Memories Function Centre, Harris Street, Wallsend. Contact President Madeleine Atkins on 0447 523 221 or email madeleineatkins@bigpond.com for more information. Page 58 > The Local > July 2018

COMMUNITY GROUPS LAMBTON RESIDENTS GROUP All residents of Lambton area are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting. You too can be a part of some exciting and worthwhile initiatives and projects for our local area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club. No RSVP needed. For more information email: lambtonresidents@gmail. com or call Nicola on 0402 949 854.

HOBBIES & INTERESTS JOHN COXON MEMORIAL PHOTOGRAPHIC AWARD The John Coxon Memorial Photographic Award is a not for profit organisation whose aim is to promote photography within the region, especially to students and emerging photographers. We are calling for entrants to participate in the 2018 photographic competition. For more information please visit us on Facebook. HUNTER FELLOWSHIP OF AUSTRALIAN WRITERS Hunter Fellowship of Australian Writers welcomes Guest Speaker Magdelena Ball, noted writer and poet on Wednesday 4/7/18 at SJ’s Hotel Beaumont street opposite Hamilton Railway station commencing at 10am till 12 noon. Cost: $2 Members $10 Visitors. GRANDMOTHERS AGAINST THE DETENTION OF REFUGEE CHILDREN Join our vigil every Thursday 5pm. Civic Park. Help us free the children. Bring them here.




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Local Community Group Notices SENIORS GROUPS


NEW LAMBTON/HONEYSUCKLE PROBUS CLUB is a mixed club enjoying monthly meetings with a Guest Speaker and regular monthly outings. The aim of Probus is for retired or semi retired people looking for friendship, fellowship and fun. We meet at the Kotara Bowling Club at 10am on the 4th Friday of each month. Please contact the President, Alvan Cummings on 4948 8839

HOPEFLOATS Hopefloats is a Newcastle based social support network for widowed people from any background or relationship dynamic. Events organised are aimed to connect the widowed men and women of Newcastle in a safe, supportive and compassionate environment. Contact Julie on 0410057580 or email julie_hamilton1@ bigpond for upcoming events.

NEW LAMBTON SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION Make new friends while enjoying a warm and caring fellowship as well as to partake in the fun games of bingo and chats over a cuppa. Where? The New Lambton Seniors Assocation, located at the New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road, New Lambton. Handy to bus stops! Contact Ph 4963 4631.

NEIGHBOUR AID SOCIAL SUPPORT We offer companionship to those over 65 years, transport to appointments, assistance with shopping, social interaction, activities and lunch at our centres. We also have day bus trips every month. Volunteers also needed to help with transport for the elderly a few hours a fortnight. For more details contact Gayle Grayson on 4960 8248 or 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 4952 8590 or Nola on 4952 3685 for further details. New people always welcome. MEALS ON WHEELS HAMILTON A delicious meal and a friendly face to your door. Meals on Wheels helps make it possible for you to stay independent in your own home. It’s easy, just sit back, relax … and let us cater for you. Our Hamilton branch operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Hamilton Meals on Wheels delivers to Hamilton, Broadmeadow, Adamstown (north of Glebe Road), Georgetown and Waratah West. To apply for this service phone the general enquiries line 4957 7079 or the Hamilton Branch 4969 4292 or email: hamilton@mow.net.au

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” (www.tennis.com.au/lambtonpark). 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. So start goggling and have a quick game of tennis whenever you like it at Lambton Park Tennis Club

Community groups and other not-for-profit organisations are invited to submit notices for publication free of charge. Email your notice to: admin@hunterlocal.com.au or post to PO Box 130, Lambton by 15th of the month. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations. The Local > July 2018 > Page 59

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WEEKLY GROCERY BUDGET? THEN COME INTO THE FOOD WAR Talk to out staff and let us make your grocery costs a little easier on your pocket.

NOW OPEN AT 4 HASSALL ST, HAMILTON We have low cost food for people on a Government Benefit Card. Our selection includes basic food items, fresh fruit and vegetables, personal and laundry items and even food for your pets!

FREE BREAD WITH EVERY PURCHASE! PageFood 60 > War The Local 2018 The Inc. >isJuly a not-for-profi t organisation.

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Advertising your trade or specialised service business in ‘The Local’ puts oldfashioned value back into your marketing. Reach more than 21,000 households from North Lambton to Adamstown Heights and from Hamilton East to New Lambton Heights for less than one cent per letterbox on the LOCAL TRADES & SERVICES page. Call ‘The Local’ on 0490 701 411 today to find out how effective, easy and inexpensive advertising in your local community newspaper can be... The Local > July 2018 > Page 61

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Placing a Local Community Classified is easy! Email: admin@ hunterlocal.com.au or post to PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Be sure to include your name and contact details in case clarification or verification are needed. Or simply complete the coupon at the bottom of page. We reserve the

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1984 MERCEDES 190E Very rare 5 speed manual, excellent original condition. Genuine 155,000km, midnight blue $7500 o.n.o MGB 71G (plates not included in sale) Ph Peter 0434 066 125. BUFFET Modern white buffet, lots of storage, frosted sliding glass doors, very good condition $100. 1.8m L x 0.4m W x 0.68m H. Ph 0423 849 408 CHILD BOOSTER SEATS 2 x child booster seats, $8 and $5 Ph 4952 5262. COLOURBOND GATE Solid double-sided brown colourbond arch-shaped gate. 1800mm H x 1200mm W $50. Ph 4969 6775 CONVECTION COOKER Easy Cook turbo convection glass multi cooker. Excellent condition $130 Ph 0422 172 260 LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS They work and they’re free! Email The Local today!


ELECTRIC WALKER Electric walker, Proteus, excellent condition $400, can deliver Ph 0409 125 923. GOLF CLUBS Ladies R/H golf clubs, PGH bag & buggy, good condition, hardly used. $85 o.n.o Ph 0409 125 923. GPS In car GPS navigation, Go Cruise brand, new condition, hardly used, $50 Ph 0412 561 878. ROYAL ALBERT SET Royal Albert coffee set $150 o.n.o Ph 4952 9646. WEDDING GOWN Elegant, size 8-10, champagne coloured taffeta, embossed bodice with marquis crystals, full round skirt, excellent condition, sell $550 cost $3500. Ph 0423 849 408 WOMENS CLOTHES & ACCESSORIES Brand new womens clothing, purse, wallets, handbags, fashion jewellery, rings, necklaces, bangles, watches and more. Nothing over $4. Ph 0403 673 439

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HALLS FOR HIRE AT LAMBTON Morehead Street Lambton, Main Hall and smaller hall called the Green Room, which has separate entrance, kitchen and toilets, off street parking. Available for permanent and casual bookings. Very reasonable rates. Contact Rev Maree Armstrong at St John’s Anglican Church, Lambton. Ph 4957 1073 IRONING DONE $25 a basket. Drop off my house (New Lambton) in morning, pick up afternoon Ph Lyn 0432 174 618 IRONING HELP Mature local resident , very experienced, $25 an hour. Can drop off if local Please call Michelle 0432 798 203

LAWN MOWING Lawn mowing, gardencare & rubbish removal look no further. 10% pensioner discount. Free quote. Ph Michael 0413 340 725 PEST CONTROL Guaranteed. Average home $150, units/town houses $80, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Hunter Valley areas. Service for German Cockroaches also.Ph 0418 637 990. CHAIR BASED YOGA Is your movement restricted? Enjoy the benefits of staying active with safe yoga practices using a chair for extra support. Learn techniques to reduce stress & release tension, while strengthening & keeping social! Supportive & professional guidance with Diploma qualified teacher (IYTA). Classes commencing soon in the Adamstown area, Tuesdays, 1.30-2.30pm. Cost: $12. Further details ph Michelle Pirie 0400 790 479




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

PIGGOTT’S PHARMACY ON GLEBE 400 Glebe Road, Hamilton South Phone: 4969 1978

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

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The Local - July 2018  

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

The Local - July 2018  

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