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There’s big things happening in the Port of Newcastle. While it may be renowned as the world’s largest coal export port, that’s far from the only action happening on its wharves...

A new cruise terminal, V8 Supercars, improvements to sporting facilities and loads of private investment to build places that will accommodate thousands of people and businesses – yes, this is Newcastle! The transformation of Newcastle has been accelerating in the past few years thanks to the investment being made by Newcastle City Council, along with government and corporate sectors. As we head Towards 2020, this month we take a look at the factors making Newcastle an even more appealing destination for businesses, residents and tourists. Jeff McCloy is many things – ambitious, outspoken, generous, and he has undeniable passion for this city of ours. When you take a tour around this city, you can be forgiven for thinking much of it may just be a part of McCloy’s legacy. We caught up with Jeff for a quick chat this month as part of our focus on the future Newcastle. Speaking of future events - don’t miss REBOUND - a fantastic new event to hit Newcastle late this month. It’s the world’s largest inflatable obstacle course that’s set to challenge both the athlete and those who just want to bounce around and have a ball doing it! Artist John Olsen returns to Newcastle this month with his completed new work of art to be unveiled at the launch event for the exhibition John Olsen: The City’s Son. The work will, of course, be on display at the Gallery throughout the exhibition and hopefully for many years to come as The Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation and the Art Gallery Society collaborate to raise the funds needed to acquire the new painting and keep it permanently in Newcastle. Find out how you can lend a hand on page 7. There’s no better example of the saying ‘many hands make light work’ than the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen. Each year the not-for-profit organisation, tucked quietly away behind the Adamstown Uniting Church, cooks, wraps and sells more than 15,000 Christmas puddings to help those in need. With a new gourmet range and Christmas coming up you’d better get out there and place your order now! As we sit here wondering what has happened to 2016, next month’s Festive Holiday edition is already in production with some great Christmas gift ideas and all the best ways to get out and get intouch with local living. Enjoy!

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Fair Share Festival 2016


The World's Largest Inflatable Obstacle Course


A Day Trip Like no Other... Antarctica!


Putting a Comfortable and Fashionable Step Forward


Are Nanoparticles Contributing to the Incidence of Skin Cancers?


Hunter Imaging Group - PET-CT Centre of Excellence


Dealing With Workplace Bullying


Markets Branching out for Christmas Giving


Mercedes-Benz E-Class


Newcastle Towards 2020


Big Things Afloat for the Port of Newcastle!


Jeff McCloy - Making Newcastle a Better Place


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Contributors The Newcastle landscape has been slowly changing during the past few decades, shedding its predominantly industrial past for a more diversified commercial and residential future. This month’s cover story investigates some of the exciting changes happening on our skyline and in our suburbs as we move towards 2020. This beautiful image was taken by Stephen Wark - AKA “Drone Guy.” You can purchase Stephens images at

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THE RAT PACK FROM VEGAS Direct from a sell-out tour of Germany and the UK comes this encore Australian tour - a spectacular live concert production that celebrates the music of one of the most legendary trios in the history of entertainment, simply known as The Rat Pack. Marvel at the dedicated trio who bring to life the original Pack - Robbie Howard, who portrays the Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra, plus original cast mates Johnny Edwards, who portrays the always charming slightly tipsy King Of Cool Dean Martin, and Nicholas Brooks who portrays the multitalented Candy Man himself, Sammy Davis Jr. Catch The Rat Pack at Lizotte’s Newcastle on Friday 25th November. For tickets visit

GAME OF THRONES - Complete Sixth Season Winter has come. Familiar faces forge new alliances and new characters challenge the balance of power as kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men... all play the 'Game of Thrones.' Out on DVD and Blu-Ray from November 15th.

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JOHN OLSEN: The City’s Son Newcastle Art Gallery 5 Nov 2016 – 19 Feb 2017 Celebrate the work of master painter, Australian living treasure, and ‘Newcastle boy’ John Olsen OBE, AO.

ROBINSON CRUSOE: THE WILD LIFE Join Robinson Crusoe on a fun-filled, colourful ride for the whole family and fall in love with this re-imagined classic tale all over again! Taking place on a small exotic island, Tuesday an outgoing parrot, can't stop dreaming about discovering the world outside of the island. One day after a storm, he and his friends wake up to a strange creature on the beach - Robinson Crusoe, who is perhaps his ticket off the island. As the island animals get to know their peculiar new guest, they find him useful when two scheming felines try to take control of their exotic paradise, and soon discover the true power of friendship and the importance of working together.

HUMANOID DISCOVERY Newcastle Museum 14 Oct 2016 – 30 Jan 2017 This interactive exhibition is all about the miracle of the human body and how it works.

Catch Robinson Crusoe: The Wild Life in cinemas now.

ALICIA KEYS - Here “I think I’ve created something timeless, music that could come out today or 30 years from now. It will remain powerful,” says Keys of her new album. “Here” is the upcoming sixth studio album by American singersongwriter and pianist Alicia Keys. It’s scheduled to be released on November 4th via RCA Records.

EMPORIUM Newcastle Museum 4 Nov 2016 – 5 Mar 2017 Experience the glamour of 1950s advertising, merchandise and fashion.

ABBALANCHE - Wests New Lambton Let ABBALANCHE take you back to a time fondly remembered! This award winning tribute band has played sell-out crowds throughout Australia and internationally, and now you can catch them live and in full-swing at Wests New Lambton on November 25th!



Thanks to Rock City Events and Wests New Lambton we have a double pass to give away to one lucky reader to experience ABBALANCHE live on stage on November 25th! Visit for your chance to win. Entries close November 18th.


Events this year will include clothes upcycling workshops for beginner and intermediate sewing levels, making mosaics from old ceramics and tiles, building garden planters with timber pallets, making a guitar from junk, and furniture reupholstery. There will be discussion forums on parenting in a consumer world, how we deal with food and food waste, urban farming, and managing community recycling and waste. There will be a drop-in sewing lounge - where people can learn how to do simple repairs and alterations. Two teenage girls will build a tiny house on a box trailer, using crowd-sourced and scavenged building materials. There will also be a giant clothing and book swap, a community musical jam, and a fashion parade of upcycled garments. “We want people to bring up to 10 items of clothes or books with them when they come to the festival,” said Cathy. “They swap these for tokens on arrival, and on Saturday afternoon, we open our swap shop where they can choose something else. Anything not swapped will be donated to the Samaritans. “If you have good quality clothes not suitable for the swap but with interesting features that you’d like to incorporate into another garment, you can bring them along for the sewing lounge or upcycling workshop, where they can be upcycled into something else,” said Cathy. WORDS LOUISE FRASER The festival will open with a screening of The True Cost, a For the past six months, Lambton resident Cathy Stuart has documentary about the fast fashion industry, and who pays the been channeling her creative energy into helping organise price for cheaply made and expensively discarded clothing. the Fair Share Festival 2016 at Hamilton Public School on Jane Milburn, up-cycler, author and ethical fashion November 12 and 13. advocate, will lead a question and answer session at the film “The aim of the festival is to inspire people, to share ideas, night, at Newcastle Museum on Thursday, November 10 at spark creativity and stimulate better community connections, 7.30pm. for a sustainable, fairer life,” says Cathy. “Clothes are being made, exported and sold at a cost “People are aware that as a society, we waste too many that doesn’t reflect what their real value should be,” Jane resources. And it’s easy to feel that the problem is too big to said. “The reason $2 shirts are so cheap is because workers, do anything about. You can get overwhelmed. So the festival communities and resources are being exploited.” is all about showing practical things that people can do, to Australians buy an average of 27kg of textiles each year share skills and knowledge, to get people talking and learn and discard 23kg into landfill. This can take years to break from one another about what we can do as individuals and as a down because a lot of it is made of synthetic fibres. community, to cut waste and excessive consumption.” “We have to break our addiction to the fast fashion churn. The festival began in 2010 as the world was reeling Even if you can’t sew, you can choose wisely, buy natural fibres, from the unravelling global financial crisis when a group of buy better quality items less often, and look after them better,” Novocastrians decided to hold a community event to consider Jane said. “The greenest clothes are the ones you already the essential ethical alternatives to the “greed is good” own.” and “profits above people and planet” mentality behind the Inspiration on how to upcycle your existing clothes will be disaster. plentiful at the festival. Jane will speak on Fast Fashion, Slow It was organised by Permaculture Hunter with assistance Clothing, and host two workshops. Works by Jane Milburn, from Transition Newcastle and the Permaculture Research Cathy Stuart and participants from the workshops will be Institute, and founded on three permaculture ethics - caring for featured in the festival’s fashion parade on Sunday. the earth, caring for people and sharing fairly. Since then, the festival, organised by Transition Newcastle, For more information, including the full program and has been held every second year, with a different focus details on workshops, visit the Fair share facebook page or selected by the volunteer organising committee.


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EXPERIENCE MICHAEL BUBLÉ (Well Almost!) The Michael Bublé Experience is an authentic reproduction of the sounds of Michael Bublé. With two sets supported by a Swingin' 9-piece band made up of some of Newcastle's finest musicians. This production leaves nothing to the imagination with local performer Mitch Capone paying attention to every nuance of Bublé’s performance, becoming Michael Bublé so much that even the most discerning Bublé fan will absolutely fall in love with his awesome style and the smooth tone of his voice. You will hear Bublé's original hits including Haven't Met You Yet, Home, Cry Me a River, Everything, How Sweet It Is, Quando Quando, Summer Wind, Sway, Spiderman, Moondance, plus many more!

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An Evening with Groucho Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante will recreate his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity – An Evening with Groucho at Lizotte’s on Saturday 12th November, 2016. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho oneliners, anecdotes and songs including Hooray for Captain Spalding, and Lydia, the Tattooed Lady. The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style. Accompanied by his onstage pianist, Ferrante portrays the young Groucho of stage and film and reacquaints us with the likes of brothers Harpo, Chico, Zeppo and Gummo, Charlie Chaplin, W.C. Fields, Greta Garbo, Marx Foil, Margaret Dumont and MGM's Louis B. This is a show perfect for all ages and paying tribute to the history of classic comedy. For tickets visit

JOHN OLSEN: The City's Son John Olsen OBE, AO in front of Life Burst 1964 at Newcastle Art Gallery, 2016 Image courtesy Newcastle Art Gallery.

A Celebration of Newcastle 5 November 2016 - 19 February 2017 at Newcastle Art Gallery Although he is a celebrated master painter and an acknowledged Australian living treasure, John Olsen OBE, AO still describes himself as a 'Newcastle boy.' Born in Newcastle in 1928, Olsen returns home in November to open an exhibition at Newcastle Art Gallery that he says captures the essence of his birthplace. As part of the exhibition, he will also introduce a major new painting created specifically for our city and region. JOHN OLSEN: The City’s Son features works personally chosen by the artist that reflect his affection for Newcastle and the Hunter region’s waterways; the beaches, harbour, lake, river and wetlands. The exhibition will showcase more than 35 works of art from the Gallery’s own Olsen collection including ceramics, prints and paintings spanning 1954 -1992 in addition to selected works on loan from private collections around the world. This is the first time that all of the Gallery's Olsen works will be on display together. In April, Olsen made a helicopter flight over the Hunter region to gain inspiration for the new painting and to "get up in the air to see the marvellous Hunter River with its branches and tendrils feeding the landscape." Olsen has said that identity and a sense of place are equally important in his art and that he sees Newcastle's ‘sense of place’ as firmly tied to its connection to the Hunter River. He says the new painting reflects the uniqueness of his birthplace and its natural beauty, with the sun burning bright and the river a deep, vibrant blue with its sense of flow and motion.

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Charlestown Square! Santa arrives on Saturday 5 November at the largest shopping and entertainment destination in Newcastle and The Hunter. Visit Santa in Centre Court for your chance to win a year’s FREE Entertainment valued at $10,000 at Charlestown Square! How? Simply spend $50 or more on Santa photos and enter online to win a year’s free fun for two at Reading Cinemas, Strike, Timezone and Megamania. Get you entry details at the Santa set until 24 December. M.A.C. Cosmetics is now open on Level 2, near Myer. The fabulous new store is dedicated to the art of make-up, loved by professional make-up artists, glamour queens and beauty lovers of all ages. Located nearby is Mecca Maxima, another well-loved beauty authority with hot brands and exceptional service. Simply there’s no better place to prime, pamper and pout!

Únete a Nosotros - Join us! Friday November 4, Newcastle Art Gallery, Laman Street from 7pm - 10pm. Celebrating the Spanish influence on John Olsen's art practice, come and enjoy an outdoor fiesta on the doorstep of Newcastle Art Gallery. Choose from a range of food vendors and enjoy a plate of Paella or tapas with a glass of Sangria or maybe a Spanish beer. Musical performances by two of the best Spanish music ensembles in Australia will help fill the dance floor. Karavana Flamenco will bring out the gypsy in you, covering a potent mix of Spanish gypsy, Flamenco and Cuban music to start; then Club Havana, playing a hot Latin fusion of musical rhythms and styles from Cuba to Brazil - will get you swinging your hips!

"Newcastle is undergoing a rebirth, and I want Novocastrians to see themselves differently. I want everyone in the Hunter to see in this painting what they already feel and think about the place where they live," he said. The completed new work of art will be unveiled at the launch event for the exhibition on Friday 4 November and will be on display at the Gallery throughout the exhibition. The Gallery, Newcastle Art Gallery Foundation and the Art Gallery Society are collaborating to acquire the new painting to keep it permanently in Newcastle. "The rightful home for what we know will be an iconic work is Newcastle Art Gallery - for future Novocastrians and Australians to view and appreciate the jewel that is the Hunter region," said Newcastle Art Gallery Manager Lauretta Morton. "The community can be a part of this exciting opportunity by making a donation that will help us to keep the painting permanently in our Gallery." For more information about making a donation or purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a framed handsigned limited edition fine art reproduction by John Olsen, visit the Gallery's website at

Look forward to another international brand exclusive to Charlestown Square with trend-led collections, on the pulse styling and the cool, high street attitude that is loved by many celebrities when TopShop and TopMan open at Myer on Thursday 24 November! And this Christmas we’re open longer for you… including Boxing Day, plus until 5pm on Sundays! The Centre will be open longer in the lead up until Christmas, including until MIDNIGHT on Thursday 22 December. Visit for full trading hours and details. Enjoy Charlestown Square during November! Cheers,


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Kilgour Art Prize 2016 Exhibition Newcastle's own Peter Gardiner, the recipient of this prestigious prize, will have his painting Origin - Landscape 2016 on show until November 13th at Newcastle Art Gallery.



TUESDAY 1ST Whitebridge High School Music Showcase Lizottes, Lambton Twinsanity Customs House Hotel Kylie Jane Queens Wharf Hotel WEDNESDAY 2ND Tim Hillberts + Thomas Pichaloff + The Alchemists Lizottes, Lambton FRIDAY 4TH Life Love Regret The Cambridge Hotel This One's For Mum The Small Ballroom Henry Wagons 48 Watt Street SATURDAY 5TH You Am I + Something For Kate + Spiderbait A Day on the Green, Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley This That Newcastle Foreshore Pete Gelzinnis The Rooftop, Westfield Kotara SUNDAY 6TH Live at the Foreshore Newcastle Foreshore THURSDAY 10TH Ronan Keating Civic Theatre Bayside The Cambridge Hotel FRIDAY 11TH All Access 80's The Mezz Bar Zane Penn Duo Mary Ellen Hotel SATURDAY 12TH Anyerin The Rooftop, Westfield Kotara THURSDAY 17TH Phil & Trudy Edgeley + George Washingmachine Lizottes, Lambton Holy Holy The Cambridge Hotel Matt McLaren Honeysuckle Hotel FRIDAY 18TH Wayne Rogers Wests New Lambton Nicole Millar The Cambridge Hotel SATURDAY 19TH The Sugar Man Rodriguez Bimbadgen, Hunter Valley Hartley Duo The Lucky Kaylah Anne Junction Hotel Matt Semmens The Rooftop, Westfield Kotara Matt Mclaren Pippi's at the Point The Michael Buble Experience Wests New Lambton Just a Gent The Cambridge Hotel Caligula's Horse The Small Ballroom WEDNESDAY 23RD The UON Final Recital Showcase Lizottes, Lambton THURSDAY 24TH Ezekiel Ox The Cambridge Hotel FRIDAY 25TH ABBAlanche Wests New Lambton The Rubens Queens Wharf Hotel Zane Penn Duo Warners at the Bay Dean Kyrwood Mavericks on Darby SATURDAY 26TH Band of Skulls The Cambridge Hotel Hope Rocks Hope Estate, Hunter Valley The Andy Show + Brooke Harvey The Rooftop, Westfield Kotara SUNDAY 27TH Love That Hat Lizottes, Lambton Ben Travis The Greenroof

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The Tallis Scholars Praised by critics for their delicate, pure sound, The Tallis Scholars have reset the bar for acappella music! City Hall. Melbourne Cup at NJC The is the place to be this Melbourne Cup for the glamour, fine food, fashion and excitement of the race that stops the nation! General entry is free. Glass: Art Design Architecture This groundbreaking exhibition explores innovative ways in which glass is being used by artists, designers and architects in Australia in the 21st century. Until November 6th, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.


Lawrence Mooney Winner of Best Show at the Sydney Comedy Festival, Lawrence returns with Moonman, an exploration of his comic psyche! Playhouse Theatre.


Swan Lake - Presented by The Imperial Russian Ballet Company The most loved classical ballet of them all! Civic Theatre. Lake Macquarie Philharmonic Following the great success of Opera Hunter’s recent production of The Marriage of Figaro, five featured artists have been invited to sing with the orchestra. 2pm, Warners Bay Performing Arts Centre. For tickets ph 4943 1672.


All in the Timing by David Ives This collection of critically acclaimed one act comedies has been entertaining theatre goers for 20 years! Presented by Stooged Theatre. 9—12 Nov, Playhouse Theatre.


Radical Reels Tour 2016 Catch the steepest and deepest in high-adrenaline outdoor sport films at Tower Cinemas. Tickets at The True Cost A documentary about clothing - the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. Part of the Fair Share Festival, Newcastle Museum 7.30pm.


Sesame Street presents Elmo's Super Fun Hero Show Civic Theatre.



Bitter & Twisted Boutique Beer Festival Celebrating the festival’s 10th anniversary, the weekend includes over 50 craft beers, entertainment and food at Maitland Gaol on 5 + 6 November. Hunter Elvis Festival 2016 A 50's museum, market stalls, Show & Shine car show, best dressed male and female, dancing (with free dance lessons and tips!), plus entertainment! See full program at Friendly Jordies presents Chin up, Stooge After reading over 300 self help books, Jordan Shanks has condensed thousands of years of thought, wisdom and research on personal development into a one hour show! Playhouse Theatre. Valentine Market Day Art, craft, textiles, jewellery, accessories, fashion, homewares, condiments, plus loads more! Valentine Public School, 1pm - 5pm. One to One Race Day Broadmeadow Racecourse. Olive Tree Markets, Civic Park Discover the emerging artists section, take home amazing gourmet artisan produce and sit back and take in the sounds of talented local musicians! 5 + 19 Nov.

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Greater Hunter Makers' Festival The inaugural Makers Festival will bring people and ideas together, showcasing the Hunter Region’s world-class engineering and manufacturing capabilities at NJC. 11 + 12 Nov, 9am - 4pm. Lake Macquarie: Living Cultures The first exhibition in a new ongoing series interpreting and documenting Lake Mac history, culture and the environment. Until January 29, 2017, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery.


Fair Share Festival 2016 Coinciding with National Recycling Week, this Festival focuses on overconsumption and waste in our society. A weekend of speakers, workshops and discussion panels, an up-cycled fashion parade, market stalls, children’s activities and entertainment. 12 + 13 November, Hamilton Public School. Newcastle Lapidary Club Gem and Jewellery Fair Demonstrations of jewellery making, plenty of stalls selling a variety of tools, jewellery, craft and stones. There will also be devonshire teas, a sausage sizzle and drinks. Held at the club rooms at 2 Dora Road, Adamstown. Free parking and entry. 12 +13 November, 9am - 3pm. Ph 4952 9611 for more info.


Adamstown Arts Gala Concert A showcase of brilliant performers, with superstar singers performing numbers from Wicked, The Marriage of Figaro and more. Entry $25, Adamstown Uniting Church. The Impossible Market It's all about the blokes this month in support of Movember. Starting with a 3pm fundraising ride from Butlers Customs & Cafe Racers and circling back to The Edwards by 4pm for fellafriendly retail therapy, food, beers and entertainment. Pacific National & Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Race Day Broadmeadow Racecourse.


An Evening with Matthew Reilly The international bestselling author will speak to Newcastle Writers Festival director Rosemarie Milsom about his brilliant career, hero Jack West and life in LA. Book signing to follow. Newcastle City Hall, tickets $20 at Ticketek.


Hissyfest 2016 Tantrum Youth Arts end of year showcase - a dynamic and diverse festival of original ten-minute plays. 18—19 November, Playhouse Theatre.


King Of Concrete Newcastle Skateboard competition at Bar Beach Skate park. Unders, 16 and Unders, Masters, Open and Girls events. Olive Tree Markets Civic Park, 9am - 3pm. Newcastle Knights Race Day Broadmeadow Racecourse.


Newcastle Jets V Central Coast Mariners McDonald Jones Stadium.


Hunter TAFE’s NEWGEN Fashion Parade Newcastle Museum, 6.30pm.


Rodney Rude - Rude 2016 Tour Belmont 16s.


World's Biggest Car Boot Sale Broadmeadow Racecourse. 2016 PBR Brendon Clark Invitational Professional Bull Riders (PBR) prepare to deliver one huge night of the toughest sport on dirt! Newcastle Entertainment Centre.


Rebound Race Come and experience the 15m high, 85m long slide at Hunter Stadium! Race your mates around this 5km inflatable obstacle course. November 27. Warners at the Bay 10th Annual Beer + Cider Festival 30+ different beer and cider producers from all over Australia, live entertainment, plus food from Nagisa Japanese Restaurant, Hunter Belle Cheese and Supper Lane! Tickets $60, available now from the bottle shop, or Art Bazaar Arts, craft, entertainment and food! Lambton Park, 9am - 3pm. Variety Santa Fun Run Head to Newcastle Foreshore to raise funds for Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Run, walk, push or roll your way around the 5km, flat and fully accessible course and help kids this Christmas! Register today at


Radio Wollombi by Alan Glover & Bob Philippe In the spirit of The Goon Show, Radio Wollombi will present five outlandish episodes of the original serial Raiders of the Lost Aardvark, along with ads, news, sports and music, all live in a recreated radio studio! Lizottes, Lambton.

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Newcastle Toy Run 2016 A Bikers for Kids Charity fundraising event, held annually in Newcastle. Departing Ballast Park in Stockton at 10am sharp, 8,000 bikers (or Santas) will finish at the Newcastle Foreshore Parklands with live entertainment and food!


MONDAY 5TH WOW Fest 2016 A mini performance festival featuring the cream of the Hunters most talented youth. 5—10 Dec, Playhouse Theatre. Bill Bailey Two decades of life as a travelling comedian filtered through what the Daily Telegraph calls ‘the brainest comic of his generation’. Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

THURSDAY 8TH Another Evening With Josh Pyke And Bob Evans at 48 Watt Street.

SATURDAY 10TH WWE NXT Live Newcastle Entertainment Centre. Boy & Bear - Limit Of Love Tour Wests City. Ted Mulry Gang - This One's for Ted Iconic seventies band TMG are hitting the road on tour and will see all original remaining members Les Hall, Gary Dixon and Herm Kovac together for the first time in 25 years! Belmont 16s - Culture Club Hot off the back of a string of sold out shows that received rave reviews, Culture Club are returning for another run of shows supported by 1927, Pseudo Echo, Kids in The Kitchen, Wa Wa Nee and Real Life. Hope Estate, Hunter Valley.

TUESDAY 13TH The Wiggles Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

GLENN SHORROCK With a career spanning over 40 years, Glenn Shorrock is one of the elder statesmen of Australian contemporary show business. A self-confessed child of rock n roll, he began singing in 1962 with a vocal group called the Twilights – achieving a string of hits before disbanding in 1969. Axiom with Brian Cadd followed shortly after that, with hits including Arkansas Grass and Little Ray of Sunshine before Glenn moved to London in 1970. Late 1974, Glenn returned to Melbourne to help form Little River Band as lead singer. Managed by longtime friend, Glenn Wheatley, Little River Band cracked the lucrative United States market in 1976 and began a string of eight Top Ten Hits in the USA and around the world. The band has sold more than 25 million albums, often being credited for opening the door for many Australian acts on the international circuit. Glenn's credentials extend to all fields of show business, notably in theatre and cabaret where he has starred in Evita, The Rocky Horror Show, One for the Money, Go Cat Go and Two Up. He played the role of Johnny Casino in the smash hit Grease: The Arena Spectacular! - which played to full houses across Australia. Glenn also regularly performs on behalf of various charities and continues as an ambassador for Variety. As a testament to his enduring talent, he has been twice inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame first in 1991 in his own right and again with The Little River Band in 2004. "I have been blessed with a long and successful career, and I'm doing some of my best work right at the moment," says Glenn, who intends to begin work on his autobiography after a good lie down!

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Souled Out at Wests Two great nights starring Jacques Renay with the Pussycats on backing vocals and the big sound of a soul band along with a 3-course dinner! 3 + 10 December at Wests New Lambton. Master Builders Race Day at Broadmeadow Racecourse




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The World’s LARGEST Inflatable Obstacle Course! The next wave of obstacle races is here! Rebound Race is the World’s Largest Inflatable Obstacle Course, and it is coming your way when McDonald Jones Stadium comes alive with REBOUND RACE on Sunday 27th November. After you climb, slide, jump and balance your way through the course, finish and experience the exhilaration of “Ready Spready Go,” the 15m high, 85m long slide. Race your mates at top speed as you reach terminal velocity on your way down. Organise your family and friends or challenge your workmates or club and create a team. It will be the best fun you will have this year. Newcastle-based company SwitchBack Events is excited to be bringing this fantastic new fun run to the region for one day only. This event is suitable for anyone – young and young at heart - 7 to 77! “This is the first inflatable fun run of this type that is not only aimed at the elite athlete but includes the whole family. It doesn't matter what level of fitness you are, it’s more about bonding with your mates and having fun with your family,” said Race Director, Liam Benson. SwitchBack are so excited to be bringing this event to their home city of Newcastle before heading around Australia and then off to China.


Greatest Hits Tour 2016 Leo Sayer possesses one of the most distinctive and celebrated voices in modern popular music. His remarkable career has spanned almost four full decades and some 15 albums. From his debut 1973 smash hit The Show Must Go On to his 2006 UK No. 1 remix of Thunder In My Heart, Leo Sayer has carved an incredible worldwide career over four decades including selling 80 million albums and winning a Grammy award along the way. In the international music charts, there have been more than twenty top ten singles and five top ten albums in Leo’s illustrious recording career. His live performances are legendary, and early next month he’ll return to Newcastle! This show will feature his new Australian band

Every competitor will experience 12 massive obstacles including 2 giant inflatable water slides. Liam says that one of the water slides is massive – being 5 stories high and 85 metres long. “This slide will blow your mind as you launch your way down at top speed only to finish in a 30cm pool of water,” said Liam.

Don’t miss this fantastic new event to hit Newcastle. It is affordable for the whole family with Kids tickets only $44 and Adults only $54. Wave times are selling fast, so don’t miss out! Get your tickets online at

performing songs from the new album together with the hits you’d expect such as Long Tall Glasses, You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, When I Need You and More Than I Can Say. You can catch Leo Sayer – Greatest Hits Tour 2016 at NEX Wests City on Saturday 3rd December. Tickets are available from the venue, by phone on 4926 2700 or online at www.


Thanks to Rock City Events and NEX Wests City we have a double pass to give away to one lucky reader to experience Leo Sayer live on stage on December 3rd! Visit the Giveaways page at to win. Entries close November 26th.

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THE VARIETY SANTA FUN RUN! Dust off your beards and hold onto your bellies, the Variety Santa Fun Run is back! Head to Newcastle Foreshore on Sunday 27th November to raise funds for Aussie kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Variety - the Children's Charity's annual run is one of the brightest, most cheerful events in Newcastle. You can run, walk, push or roll your way around the 5km, flat and fully accessible course, all while making a difference to the lives of kids this Christmas. Your entry fee includes a free five piece Santa Suit to wear as you make your way around the course enjoying entertainment from a live DJ at the start and finish lines, music along the course, snow at the start line and an after party at the Honeysuckle Hotel where you can have your photo taken with Santa! Funds raised by taking part in the Variety Santa Fun Run will go towards helping Aussie kids like Lila Dillenbeck who was born with a rare disease called CHARGE Syndrome. This condition has left her deaf in both ears, with no balance, low muscle tone and vision


impaired. Variety provided Lila with a grant to pay for Occupational Therapy sessions for Lila, and within two months she was up on her feet and walking with the assistance of holding her parents’ hands. Lila’s mum, Natalie Dillenbeck is forever grateful to Variety fundraisers who have made a significant difference to Lila’s life. “Some people don’t realise that there is very little funding available for a child with special needs and without Variety supporters, she wouldn’t be making the leaps and bounds that she is and we are forever grateful. All I can say is thank you,” said Mrs Dillenbeck. Enter the Variety Santa Fun Run now at to help Aussie kids like Lila this Christmas.




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Hot off the back of sold out shows and rave reviews across the USA and Australia, Culture Club are returning to our shores for another run of shows. Australia adores Culture Club – both the mayhem and success of their June tour have cemented our love affair with the iconic 80’s pop band. The tour will feature the original lineup, with singer Boy George, guitarist/keyboardist Roy Hay, bassist Mikey Craig, and drummer Jon Moss. Of all the exciting groups to come out of the alternative music scene in the early 80's, Culture Club became the first to achieve arena headline status. The adulation from around

CUP GLAMOUR and Family Friendly Race Days at Broadmeadow Spring Racing heats up at beautiful Broadmeadow with a host of November event dates and live racing action on the Beaumont Newcastle track. Newcastle Jockey Club is the place to be this Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 1 November for the glamour, fine food, fashion and thrill of the race that stops the nation. FREE general entry offers all the excitement of racing’s biggest day where you can choose from a variety of catering and beverage outlets with full TAB facilities. With prices starting from $35 per person why not book into one of our hospitality areas for an afternoon of serious fun? Show your support for Ronald McDonald House at the One to One Race Day on 12 |


the world as well as soaring record sales that followed the release of their classic single "Do You Really Want to Hurt Me" saw Culture Club explode on a global level. Over the course of their career, they have had 50 million record sales to their name. There is also a stellar line-up of Australian 80’s support acts to turn this tour into a whole other level of fun with 1927, Pseudo Echo, Kids In The Kitchen, Wa Wa Nee and Real Life all taking the stage alongside Culture Club on Saturday 10th December 2016 at Hope Estate, Pokolbin.

Saturday 5 November. See all of the racing around Australia live on the big screen, enjoy a few drinks in The Ascot or a three-course a la carte lunch in Chevals Restaurant from $79pp Members and $89pp non-members. Stay back after the last race to enjoy live entertainment as NJC kicks off its Summer Series of live music. Bring the family along to the Pacific National Race Day in support of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service on Sunday 13 November. The family-friendly day is an all ages event with kids rides and amusements. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy an afternoon trackside complemented by the Summer Series of live music after the last race. Don't miss the inaugural Newcastle Knights Race Day on Saturday 19 November proudly supporting the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Join the team for a fun filled day of racing and entertainment along with a host of kid’s rides, entertainment and your chance to meet the players. Kick back after the races and enjoy the Summer Series of live music. Available each race day - meet at The Newmarket, enjoy a drink in The Ascot or reserve a seat in the Mark Murphy Lounge with great views of the track for $31 per person and pre-order a platter to complement an afternoon of fun. Or why not become a Member and experience the races in the Members Lounge?





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Hop into Warners Bay for the Annual Beer & Cider Celebration The Australian beer landscape continues to evolve, and today the amber fluid has beer lovers all over the world experimenting with new, innovative and exciting varieties from diverse places and even matching them to food. For those of us living in Newcastle and Lake Macquarie, we have had it pretty good for quite some time with Warners at the Bay Bottle-shop boasting one of the biggest collections of beer anywhere in Australia and recognised for being one of the best craft beer stores in New South Wales if not Australia. More than 1,000 beers and around 50 ciders can be found in its fridges and on its shelves, from the most mainstream of local offerings to the most obscure imports from more than 50 countries. You will also find a purpose built beer dispensing system offering five different draught beers to choose from and take home in 2lt “Growlers” or 1lt “Squealers” and no less than 16 taps of fresh beer in the hotel bar. Another way to try some new beers and ciders is to attend their annual Craft Beer & Cider Festival on the 27th of November –




attracting more than 30 breweries and cideries from across Australia and also further afield. Also available will be live music and a few local food suppliers. This year will be their 10th event which has seen significant growth each year - a testament to just how far Newcastle’s taste buds have developed over the years. Craft and boutique beers from local brewers such as Foghorn, Murray’s, Lovedale Brewery, Dusty Miner, Six String Brewery and the Hunter Beer Co. can be tasted alongside beers from Sydney and across Australia. Hop Nation, Wolf of the Willows, Feral, Fixation, Newstead, Exit, BrewCult, Pirate Life and Kaiju! are just some of the interstate offerings that will sit alongside a selection of international beers such as Oskar Blues. Tickets sell out well in advance each year, so make sure you get your tickets early to avoid missing out!

THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING at Adamstown Pudding Kitchen WORDS MICHELLE MEEHAN There’s no better example of the saying ‘many hands make light work’ than the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen. Each year the not-for-profit organisation, tucked quietly away behind the Adamstown Uniting Church, cooks, wraps and sells more than 15,000 Christmas puddings to help those in need. It would be a pretty good effort for a fully-staffed commercial enterprise, so when you consider the Adamstown kitchen only operates from July to December and has just three paid employees, it is nothing short of amazing. The secret to their success – apart from a closely guarded recipe – is the army of passionate volunteers who generously give their time to help out with everything from cooking and wrapping the puddings to manning the shopfront and various stalls where the tasty treats are sold. “We’re making more than 15,000 a year and they’re all handmade – hand mixed, boiled in cloth and wrapped up in

gift boxes or calico,” Adamstown Pudding Kitchen sales and marketing manager Linda Barnier said. “We’re a not-for-profit organisation, and we have just three paid staff including our head chef Sandra Bevan, but there are so many more volunteers who have a hand in it all and we couldn’t do it without them. “It’s really hard to explain to other people the family that it is. They all know each other, they love doing it, and they’re passionate about it because they know the money goes to such deserving causes.” The tradition was established in 1971 when a parishioner, overjoyed by her younger brother’s safe return from the Vietnam War, used her grandmother’s family recipe to make puddings for a church fundraiser. More than 40 years later, charity and community are still the most important ingredients in the operation of the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen, with profits from the burgeoning business used by the church to support a range of charitable causes within the Hunter and further afield. The proof, so they say, has certainly been in the pudding, with more than $1 million donated to worthy projects since its establishment. Chief among the beneficiaries these days is Lifeline Hunter and Central Coast, while the organisation also supports a number of overseas projects to provide fresh water in Africa, school education in the Pacific and community development in East Timor.

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Of course, its charitable efforts wouldn’t be as successful if it wasn’t for the high quality of its culinary offerings – and these are certainly second to none. Tantalising the taste buds of satisfied customers across the Hunter, throughout Australia and around the world, the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen’s core product – the traditional Christmas pudding – is still cooked using the same family recipe. While the ingredients of each pudding are published on their website, Linda said the exact measurements and the method for combining them was a carefully guarded secret. “People come from all over for these puddings. They’re moist and rich - but not too rich - with the right blend of spices, fruit and flour… it’s the taste that people remember from their grandma’s recipes,” she said. The Adamstown Pudding Kitchen has branched out over the years to create low-fat and gluten-free versions, while this year they are also launching a new range of gourmet puddings they hope will allow the business to reach all new heights. “Currently we open from July to December and 80 percent of our sales are done in October, November and December,” Linda said. “But we’re trying to push the business to be able to operate 12 months of the year and so we’ve launched the gourmet range of puddings accompanied by decadent sauces, which we hope will allow us to push into the January to June period. “And we’re already finding that this new gourmet range has turned quite a few heads - people who say they aren’t pudding people for whatever reason simply love these.” With varieties including apricot and ginger, date, lemon and sultana and Linda’s favourite – the double choc cherry pudding (which she claims is absolutely “to die for” when accompanied by the white chocolate and fresh cardamom sauce), we’re sure they’ll end up on dessert menus all year round. The puddings are available for purchase at kitchen shopfront, which is located behind the Adamstown Uniting Church and is open Monday through Saturday each week. Shoppers can also order the puddings online at or check out their stall at the weekly Newcastle City Farmers Market. The Adamstown Pudding Kitchen is also looking for more volunteers – to find out how you can help contact Sandra Bevan on 4952 2724.

Established in 1971 the not for profit Adamstown Pudding Kitchen provides a culinary delight, while returning value to the community through volunteer programs and funding important projects in Australia and around the world. You can both eat well and create good, through suppor�ng the Adamstown Pudding Kitchen. Try the delicious new Gourmet range - Double Choc Cherry, Date, Apricot & Ginger and Lemon & Sultana Puddings.

Luxurious flavour, full of real fruit, real eggs, real brandy - topped off by APK sauces, they have no equal! One piece is never enough! – Jenny Buy these decadent Puddings from 228 Brunker Road Adamstown, the Newcastle Farmers Markets, Bibina’s, Hunter/Central Coast Lifeline stores or online at • For bulk orders or successful fundraising please email or Phone (02) 4952 2724 Fax (02) 4952 2961 | 13




Imagine the excitement of boarding a privately chartered Qantas 747 bound for the last real frontier. Australia is the only country from which you can take a sightseeing flight over the frozen south, and few get the opportunity to lay eyes on the white continent; a continent with no permanent human residents, no currency and no government. Anticipation bubbles over as champagne flows freely and the first icebergs come into view, floating mysteriously in the Southern Ocean. We are now more than 2,500km from home and soon we will arrive over a vast expanse of beautiful landscape that stretches out forever. It is as graceful as it is wild, expansive and remote. As our Boeing 747 soars in a figure eight pattern and we descend to around 10,000ft – close enough to

capture the subtle changes in shadow and the nuances of blue and pink marbled over the dazzling great white. With 19 planned routes to match the day’s weather conditions, everyone on board is ensured optimal viewing. Our captain plots a course for ultimate sightseeing over the endless white landscape while our Antarctic experts provide an enthralling in-flight commentary of life on Antarctica including a live cross to an Antarctic research station below. About halfway through an announcement is made and passengers with a window seat for the first half of the flight happily swap over with those that didn’t. Antarctica Flights operate a handful of one-day sightseeing flights over Antarctica departing from Sydney and Melbourne every summer. Taking around 12 hours, the flights are the easiest way to view Antarctica. No passports are required, and you are kept warm and safe while the privately chartered Qantas 747 glides effortlessly over amazing scenery. You won’t even need to pack your jacket for this visit to the icy continent of Antarctica. For your own seat onboard this truly unique experience contact itravel at The Junction on 4962 1116 or Warners Bay on 4947 1116.

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With Christmas only 8 weeks away (!) so begins the challenge of locating the perfect gift for your loved ones. If the thought of spending hours traipsing through shops and browsing online to find just the right gadget doesn’t appeal to you, then consider the gift of travel. The value of a wonderful travel experience is immeasurable over material items, and travel gifts are limited only by your budget. From an overnight stay and show in Sydney, a Spa Retreat getaway, a family trip to Disneyland or “A Day trip over Antarctica” as featured this month

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in intouch, any of these experiences are sure to delight the recipient and provide lasting memories. For your travel gift we can have a travel date locked in, or if you prefer, keep it open dated (where possible) to allow flexibility. Regardless of your package choice we will provide you with a gift certificate or tickets and brochures to wrap up and pop under the tree! If you are unsure where your loved one may want to travel we can simply issue a gift voucher for an amount rather than lock in a destination and let them research where they may want to go. There is also an added perk to gifting a getaway to your significant other - seeing the joy on their face as they open tickets to “Hawaii” is fabulous… but the fact that you get to go also is icing on the cake! Call us at itravel The Junction or itravel Warners Bay or pop in and see what travel gift ideas would be just right for the special person/people in your life.

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Fashion Students with Designs on Bali A trip to Bali has given twelve Hunter TAFE students unique insights into the international production of fashion. The Advanced Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology students visited several clothing factories, including the Tirtanbulan Factory, where the students’ own fashion range, ‘Notched,' is now in the process of being made. One of the group, 18-year-old Hannah Teale of East Maitland, said the Hunter TAFE organised trip was integral to the students’ knowledge of the fashion supply chain. “It’s important to make the trip to understand where your finished product is coming from,” she said. “It was reassuring to see that there were nice working conditions. We got to hang out with the pattern-makers and although there were language barriers we learned so much.” Ms. Teale, who also stepped in to model the range for a fashion shoot for the range ‘Notched’ while in Bali, said the experience was quite moving. “When we arrived at the factory we were given a traditional Balinese welcome and blessing. We felt so special and honoured,” she said. Sarah Orczy was another student who gained insights from the trip. “To take a collection to production shows you that what you’re learning in class really works,” she said. “We’re not just learning about drawing, pattern making and sewing but also the business side of things too.”

Ms. Orczy is now in the process of designing a collection for her final assessment, which she will then use for her own startup business. Rose Brown, Head Teacher - Design at Hunter TAFE, accompanied the group and said the trip was eye-opening for the students. “For some of the students, it was their first trip overseas, and they were quite overawed by the traffic and the heat,” she said. “It was educational in terms of them learning about mass-production practices and how producing your own range is achievable.” The students are now working on their final collection for the course, which will be shown as part of Hunter TAFE’s NEWGEN Fashion Parade at Newcastle Museum on 23 November.

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Robyn McLennan had always done things a little differently. At the age of 22 when many women from small country towns were “getting married and starting families,” she was buying her first business – a mini department store in the tiny rural region of Adelong (population 1000). Nine years later, when profits were booming, and business was great, she sold the store and dove headfirst into the previously unexplored world of wholesale footwear, selling nursing shoes to retailers across the country. When the value of the Aussie dollar made the going too tough in the wholesale game, Robyn returned to her first love – retail. With a plan to sell shoes to country women over the age of 35 who were searching for, and failing to find, a range of footwear that combined both fashion and function in one comfortable package, Robyn put her plan into action. While the words "style" and "comfort" are not often uttered in the same sentence when it comes to shoes, Robyn was once

again determined to do things a little differently and fill a glaringly obvious gap in the market. “My philosophy was that even though you live several hours from the city you still want to feel and look fashionable. And regional women like to be a bit more adventurous than the black and nude you always find in other stores – they like a bit of colour too,” she said. Her first Easy Living Footwear store was opened in Bathurst in 2002, followed by outlets in Dubbo, Wagga, Orange, Tamworth and, most recently, Newcastle. Aside from sourcing a range of quality styles direct from Europe such as Ara, Rieker, Waldlaufer and Mephisto, Robyn also ventured into the world of shoe design, taking inspiration from what was on the market to create a line exclusive to her stores. She now makes several overseas buying trips each year, also visiting footwear factories in China to oversee the manufacture of her lines, which is where her passion for style and comfort really comes to the fore. “From day one I envisaged having several stores and using the knowledge I had obtained in wholesale, I knew I could manufacture my own shoe collection specifically for country women,” Robyn said. “I work with family factories in China and we choose all our own leathers, we choose everything right down to the colour of the stitching, the lining and the buckle. A lot of attention is paid to the components; the foam, the type of heels we use, the

leather uppers we use, they all make a little bit of difference. “And while a lot of fashion shoes don’t accommodate things like bunions, we design with those humps and bumps in mind because we believe you can be comfortable and fashionable.” It is this attention to detail, alongside her unwavering commitment to customer service and satisfaction, which have been Robyn’s secrets to success during her 30-year retail career. And she hopes to continue that success during her first foray into the Hunter Region. Easy Living Footwear threw open its doors at the revamped Junction Fair Shopping Centre on September 30 and the foot traffic through the store during the past month has been encouraging. “The reason we came to this area was that in our other stores we’d find almost every week we’d have somebody in from Newcastle, the Hunter or the Central Coast and some people would travel up twice a year to do their seasonal shoe shop. “That’s what gave me the idea of expanding to Newcastle. We opened on September 30, and we’ve had a great response so far. We’re not your stock standard shoe store and if people want a six-inch stiletto, then they won’t come to us. We offer people something they can wear every day – but you don’t have to jeopardise fashion to do it.” Aside from looking good, Robyn said her customers will also leave the shop feeling great, with all staff expertly trained in shoe fitting and foot anatomy. “I heard a customer say once ‘Your shoes are so kind to my feet!’ When I spoke to her she had driven several hours just to visit us. This is what it’s all about for me – happy customers who get so excited when they find the perfect shoe." Tegan and Kylie from Easy Living Footwear at Junction Fair


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The winter layers are off, and now it’s time to take your skin out of hibernation. You’ve begun to update your new season wardrobe with pretty floral dresses, cropped denim, off-the-shoulder tops, midi skirts or even new swimwear, but you're probably waiting for warmer days before wearing your new pieces in this season’s colour palette. It’s the ideal time to prep your body and say farewell to dry skin. To feel a little more confident in baring your skin and stepping out in your new season shoes, add these skin care tips into your beauty regimen:

1. EXFOLIATE - The winter months cause our skin to become dehydrated from long hot showers, heating and the wind. Dry brushing your skin before taking a shower removes any dead skin cells to leave your skin feeling soft and smooth. Pictured: The Body Shop Cactus Brush. 2. MOISTURISE - Summer is the time to switch to lightweight beauty products. Choose moisturisers and foundations with a lighter formulation; they're easily absorbed and help your skin breathe. Pictured: L'occitane en Provence Almond Milk Veil. ►

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Double Denim - The key to this trend is to opt for a darker denim on the bottom and a much lighter denim on the top, a chambray shirt works perfectly for style and comfort. Add some personality to your look by accessorising with some quirky sunnies – think leopard print and reflective! For shoes, keep it simple; an ankle boot in a neutral shade plays up the casual feel of the outfit.

(continued) 3. HYDRATE - To achieve freshlooking skin, it’s important to hydrate from the inside out. We know to drink 1.5-2 litres of water per day, but it can be easily overlooked in our busy schedules. Try adding lemon, mint or cucumber to your bottle to mix it up. For on-the-go hydration, add a mist to your handbag. They rehydrate, make the skin glow, energise and smell amazing! If Miranda Kerr swears by it, we’ll take it. Try Kora Balancing Rose Mist from David Jones. 4. HAIR REMOVAL - Summer does require a little more grooming and hair removal is one of these extra steps. Book in your laser treatment, salon visit or take the time to shave for smooth skin. 5. SELF-TAN - To achieve the sun-kissed glow of summer, the only way to go is a self-tanner. With so many amazing tanning products, there's no point risking the harsh effects of the sun. Make sure you exfoliate

prior to applying and moisturise, moisturise, moisturise! Pictured: Le-Tan Foam Mousse. 6. FRESH NAILS - Excited to wear your new spring shoes? Be ready to accept any compliments on your new mules after a pedicure at your favourite 4. nail salon. Pictured: OPI's Spring 2016 colours (David Jones). ■ Main Picture: Courtesy of Bras N Things. Model wears Maxam one piece.



Sports Luxe - Want to try the sports luxe trend but can’t quite get your head around it? Break it down - the sports factor is the casual vibe of the outfit, like this relaxed-fitting dress paired with sneakers. The luxe-factor is a fun pink suede sneaker. The oversized sunnies, silver necklace and the textured white tote bag (which could totally double as a gym bag) all add to the luxe of this outfit. Pictured top right: Hayley wears David Jones Staple The Label Dress, Colette by Colette Hayman Aria Punchout Tote, Vans Old Skool Sneakers, Colette by Colette Hayman Metal Triangle Cord Necklace, Cotton On Farrah Round Sunglasses. Monochrome - Head to toe is the only way to go when it comes to monochrome. Perfect for long leisurely lunches and coffee catch-ups, wear this trend in a striped shirt dress style. Add a nude block heel to elongate the legs. Hats are the perfect accessory to style up a monochromatic palette, and they CAN be worn indoors! Pictured bottom right: Hayley wears David Jones Country Road Stripe Midi Wrap Dress, David Jones Bondi Beach Bag Co, Betts Shoes Ollie Nude Heel. | 19

So what do we do? Be ‘Sun Smart’ with these following tips:


• If you can, avoid going out in the heat of the day, normally between 11am and 2pm. • If out in the sun wear a hat, sunnies, and clothing to cover your body. Don’t forget to cover your arms and legs. • Try to avoid prolonged periods in the sun and always seek shade. • Wear sunscreen and reapply every two hours, more if you are swimming. Don’t forget to include areas such as ears, back of the neck and tops of hands and feet. • Try to avoid these common toxic ingredients in your sunscreen: oxybenzone, parabens, paraffin, homosalate, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane and 4-methylbenzylidene camphor (4MBC). • Look for sunscreens which do not contain nanoparticles – there are many on the market now. • Choose natural sunscreens where possible, containing natural forms of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. They might give you a ‘ghostly’ look but what is more important – your cool beach look or your long term good health?

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chemicals which may interfere with the normal functioning of the body’s endocrine system and hormones. A study published by The American Environmental Working Group (EWG) in 2014 reviewed 257 brands of sunscreens and found that more than 75% contained chemicals which were toxic, caused allergic reactions, skin irritations, released skin-damaging free radicals and disrupted hormones such as oestrogen. Scary! But what about those nanoparticles we keep hearing about? Nanoparticles of UV light blockers zinc oxide or titanium WORDS SONYA TODD-JONES Dip Health Sciences (Pathology), dioxide are ground down to a very fine size so they don't give Dip Practice Management, Dip RM. Owner & Manager of Mojo our skin a pasty white look when applied - think a Zinc smeared Health Charlestown. nose Old Skool style! Us Aussies love the sun, but as we know, Australia has one of However, while these ingredients are very safe in their the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. We have been normal form, there are concerns that their minuscule size can ‘Slip, Slop, Slapping’ since 1981 so why are we still getting skin penetrate cell walls and cause damage. cancers? Could it be what's IN our sunscreens? According to the Therapeutic Goods Administration Ultraviolet light (UVA and UVB) radiates from the sun causing (TGA), Australia’s regulatory authority for all therapeutic and redness and burning of our skin. Common chemicals used in pharmaceutical goods and medicines, sunscreens containing sunscreens contain compounds which absorb or ‘block’ these nanoparticles are most likely safe and do not pose a risk. UV lights and prevent our skin from burning. However, there However, nanoparticles are only safe as long as they remain on are concerns that these chemicals could be harmful when the surface of the skin which contains non-viable (old dying) absorbed into our skin, leading to skin allergies, irritations and cells and do not penetrate our viable (growing and dividing) skin cellular damage which could contribute to skin cancers. cells which are underneath our outer layer of skin. How can Although more studies are needed in this area, research has we guarantee that these nanoparticles don’t reach our shown that some of these chemicals are endocrine disruptors – viable skin cells? We can’t.

TIME TO FAKE IT NOT BAKE IT! Want to avoid the harsh sun in summer but still want that gorgeous Summer glow? Fake tan has come a long way since orange palms and streaky ankles (well for most people!), and there are plenty of safe fake tans on the market. So what do you look for in a fake tanner? 1. Choose Certified Organic where possible. This means that your tanner will contain organic plant or mineral based ingredients. They will not contain genetically modified ingredients, synthetics or toxic chemicals. 2. Check the ingredients – not just the front label! Many brands will say natural but will still contain dihydroxyacetone (DHA) which is the toxic colour additive in fake tans. DHA is thought to cause DNA damage which may lead to cancer. 3. Look for fake tan brands which use natural ingredients to create the tan – canola oil, glycerine, sugar beets - which, when combined with the amino acids on our skin, produce a tan coloured pigment. If you are faking it at the salon (and they don’t use an organic tanner) make sure you cover your eyes, nose and mouth so you don’t ingest any DHA. Keep in mind that fake tan does not protect you from UV radiation. In fact, high DHA tanners make you more susceptible to free radical damage in the first 24 hours after application. A 2007 study found DHA covered skin had 180% more free radical damage than untanned skin. If you choose to fake tan, you must still protect yourself from the sun!



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Fragranced Products: Risks for People and Profits? A University of Melbourne researcher has found that over one-third of Americans report health problems - from asthma attacks to migraine headaches - when exposed to common fragranced consumer products such as air fresheners, cleaning supplies, laundry products, scented candles, cologne, and personal care products. The study also found that fragranced products may affect profits, with more than 20% of respondents entering a business, but leaving as quickly as possible if they smell air fresheners or some fragranced product. More than twice as many customers would choose hotels and airplanes without fragranced air than with fragranced air. The research was conducted by Professor Anne Steinemann, from the University of Melbourne School of Engineering, who is a

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said. “This continuing success shows Hunter TAFE’s capability to provide winemaking theory and practical delivery that is unique in NSW. Our winemaking students should be very proud of the result.” Winemaker, part-time teacher and technical officer in the Viticulture and Winemaking section of Hunter TAFE, Geoff Broadfield said the Diploma of Viticulture students’ passionate contribution was integral to the quality of the wine. “The students help produce these wines as part of their Diploma of Viticulture course, in two units called ‘Monitor a Winemaking Process’ and ‘Evaluate Wine.' The students’ hard work and commitment make our jobs as teachers easy,” he said.

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Most people don’t expect to be bullied at work and their initial response, on learning that what they have been experiencing is bullying behaviour, can be one of shock and disbelief. So What Can be Done About Workplace Bullying? Personal Awareness - Increased awareness can take away the surprise factor and help you take protective measures if you experience bullying. SOME GENERAL TIPS ARE: • Familiarise yourself with your general workplace rights. The Fair Work Commission has an anti-bullying guide accessible at • Familiarise yourself with your workplace’s policies on bullying. • Seek advice If you think you might be experiencing bullying, particularly if you are experiencing physical or emotional distress. • Your GP can be a good first point of contact. Many workplaces have Employee Assistance Programmes, which provide free, confidential counselling.

Workplace Culture - There is a fundamental principle regarding a person’s right to safe and quiet enjoyment of work. Many organisations recognise this and have systems and policies to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. However, dealing with bullying is challenging. Bullies can be good at “managing upwards” and it is easy to put relationship issues down to differences in personality. As a result, reports of bullying behaviour should be taken seriously and investigated. Organisations can be pro-active by ensuring that checks and balances are in place, including:


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and AC/DC blaring on the smoke-filled dance WORDS CHLOE floor. It wasn't a good night unless you got I grew up in a town that is often the butt of home after 5am wreaking of cigarettes and jokes. Dubbo has been made fun of during Southern Comfort, neither of which you had the Logies, on radio and in print. There have actually consumed. It graduated to a great been memes about Dubbo all of which point night if, in addition to the above, you scored to a town full of barefoot banjo players with pastry goods, fresh from the oven, at the a packet of smokes conveniently rolled up in Village Hot Bake on the way home. Winner of their t-shirt sleeve. Australia's best pie not once but twice. Nothing could be further from the truth, Having been to The Commercial recently, and for those of us who grew up there, the it is the perfect metaphor for this event. town is like an annoying relative. We can New owners took over several years ago and make fun because it's ours but if outsiders while the bones of the building remain, it has join in, we get very protective. been totally renovated into this charming, For those who have never lived inside sophisticated space with mouth-watering food the city limits, the things that draw them to and a very chic cocktail list. Kind of like us, it's Dubbo are the Zoo and Old Goal. However, for all grown up. ex-locals, we come back to friends, family and School, for some, was the best years of the occasional funeral. My most recent visit their lives. For some, the worst years. For was for my school reunion. Cue the ominous most though it's a combination of both. I read organ music. through old diaries when getting ready for this Like most parents, I over think everything. trip. Parts made me laugh out loud, and in Is my kid making friends, is she coping with parts, there was genuine heartbreak about school and God, I hope she doesn't make names that I can no longer even put a face to. all the mistakes I made! Let me tell you, If I'm honest, my first thought about the nothing will take you from minor obsession reunion was that I would rather take out my to full-blown panic like a school reunion. The eye with a rusty butter knife. A little dramatic, memories of your own school years coming I grant you. I finally decided to go for two sharply into focus. reasons. To add to this wave of slightly terrifying Firstly, I wanted the Kid to know that nostalgia, we had this little shindig at The whatever your experience at school, it doesn't

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SUCCESS AT THE OLYMPICS Over its 29 years of developing talented athletes, Hunter Academy has groomed some of Australia’s finest athletes including Jenni Screen, Aaron Royle, Simon Orchard, Alison Broadbent, Clint Newton and Phillipa Anderson. This year’s Olympic Games in Rio were no different when ten Hunter Academy graduates competed for the Green and Gold bringing home one gold (Tom Burton) and two silver medals in sailing (Will Ryan and Nathan Outteridge). NEW PROGRAMS FOR GIRLS On the heels of an Olympic gold for the Australian women’s rugby 7s team, the Hunter Academy of Sport and NSW Waratah Rugby 7s have teamed up to bring an elite rugby 7s program to the Hunter for both boys and girls – preparing them for state teams and national/international competition. In addition to the rugby 7s program, an Australian Rules football program for girls launched last month at The Academy providing another opportunity for women to become involved in WORDS ANDREA CIOTTI what has previously been a male dominated sport. Hunter Academy of Sport Hunter Academy CEO Brett O’Farrell stated, “I still think The Hunter Academy is one of eleven regional academies of there is a long way to go in equity in sport, but two more sport that identify, educate, develop and provide opportunity to women’s programs in junior sport is a great thing to see. They emerging junior athletes. Today, most state programs require will join our already successful gender equal programs that the young sportsmen and women to have gone through a regional Hunter Academy is so proud of. Those being hockey, basketball, academy of sport (or Sydney equivalent) in order to earn a place sailing, tennis, golf, triathlon and surfing.” on a state or national representative team. The Hunter Academy educates and equips over 400 elite A DAY FOR ATHLETE EDUCATION junior athletes each year with the skills and education needed Three times per year, Hunter Academy holds an orientation to compete at the top level in 18 different talent development day, inviting the newest athletes and parents to join them at programs. The aim of The Academy is to be a proactive leader the University of Newcastle for a day of education and training.

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Last month over 200 new academy athletes and their families attended a full day of programming offered by The Academy in an athlete development day. “It’s an exciting time for the talented youth of the Hunter. Many dreams begin right here for our athletes, and it’s our job to provide the opportunity. The beginning of these new programs will see the start of what we hope is a long journey to life in sport for these future stars,” O’Farrell said. Speakers from Ethos Health, Defence Force Recruiting, Innovative Sport Specific Conditioning and the Central Coast Mariners presented on topics ranging from social media, nutrition, leadership and injury prevention. THE COMMUNITY FOCUS Last month Hunter Academy of Sport hosted their inaugural SportFest a free community event where over 20 different sports set up activity stations at Speers Point Park providing children and families the opportunity to try a sport they have never done before and sign up for new sports programs. An estimated 5,000 attendees enjoyed the day by trying out fitness classes hosted by Planet Fitness and Genesis Fitness, competing in the Cancer Council 5k and 10k Fun Runs and learning how to play some lesser known sports including baseball, lacrosse and gridiron. WANTED: TALENTED ATHLETES The Hunter Academy of Sport is currently accepting nominations for the 2016/17 netball program. The program, sponsored by Greater Bank sits within the elite pathway into state representative teams. The netball squad competes at the Academy Games and Australian Invitational Youth Games each year in front of state selectors and influencers. Nominations for baseball, softball, tennis and surfing will open in the new year - visit

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EVERYONE NEEDS TO EAT! WORDS SCOTT WEBSTER A new cruise terminal, a major community event, improvements to sporting facilities and loads of private investment to build places that will accommodate thousands of people and businesses – yes, this is Newcastle! I am, some might say, old enough to remember our town as being a place dominated by waterfront activity, steelmaking and coalmining. In 2016, I am proud to say that we still honour our heritage and we are generally very proud of our role in powering the world through our magnificent Port. However and perhaps more importantly, I also recognise that we have created a place that anchors a vibrant culture, business community and

education hub. A place that attracts interest and investment – a place where people want to be and a place to which people want to come. Over the past few years, our region has been successful in attracting events including the Asian Pacific Special Olympics, the International Children’s Games, International Rugby tests and of course, the Asia Cup let alone the dozens of homemade events and festivals including This is Not Art and the Newcastle Writers’ Festival. Most recently, our town was chosen as the venue for a major motorsport event. Why? Because despite ourselves, we know how to welcome people into our region. You might ask ‘why is a chef talking about tourism?’ The answer is simple. Everyone needs to eat. Terms like ‘visitor economies’ rightly identify that modern tourism is much more than hotels, fun parks and attractions. It’s about creating places and experiences for visitors, and a big part of this is about being able to grab a good coffee and enjoy a great meal. This is not a new view of mine, but I will say it again. Our region is home to some of the world’s best restaurateurs. Our valley is of course on the ‘foodies’ radar winning many accolades in Australia’s top food guides and awards. But, don’t underestimate the quality coming out of the lower Hunter. These people consistently serve up food that is of great quality in places that appeal to locals and visitors alike. Take a look at some of the fine dining experiences like Subo, Rustica, Restaurant Mason and to be a little cheeky, Carrington Place.


Then have a look at the exciting new mix of a pub that is a restaurant that is a coffee house, located in a converted space that used to house storage areas, garages and halls. Then think about the hundreds of cafes and coffee houses that brew some of the country’s finest blends for our morning and afternoon rituals. Not only are these people consistently creating ‘great grub’ for locals, but they also employ thousands of people and create their own economies through supply chains and purchasing activities. But importantly, the role of local restaurants and cafés is increasingly becoming important to the way our region puts its best visitor economy foot forward. I can assure you that, like me, many of these people have the V8 Supercars event and a new cruise terminal firmly in their sights as business opportunities. They will get creative, and they will get competitive. In turn, this will drive up quality and innovation, and I suggest that we are about to see the next step-up in local food. So, get your taste buds ready Newcastle, because everyone needs to eat and may as well eat well. Image top left: Craig Lowndes and Jamie Whincup racing at the Supercars Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint, August 2016. Image Credit VUE Images/Red Bull Content Pool.

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Welcome back to the Eastern Tiger Restaurant! Located at Cardiff RSL Club, the Eastern Tiger Restaurant is one of Newcastle’s favourite all-you-can-eat Asian restaurants with a long standing reputation for providing a delectable buffet menu which now includes a delicious new Sushi Bar. Open every day of the year for lunch and dinner with mid-week Member discounts available, the Eastern Tiger Restaurant’s menu can also be incorporated into private and corporate function bookings and is a popular venue of choice for weddings, birthdays, family get-togethers, special celebrations and Christmas Day. We look forward to welcoming you to the best value restaurant in the Newcastle where you will be treated to quality, variety and freshness like no other.

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Mouth watering BBQ Ribs...

Most master grillers prepare their ribs well in advance of cooking them on the grill (either charcoal or gas). Usually, at a BBQ event, guests see the ‘chef’ placing the ribs on the grill, never knowing that work was done beforehand to get the ribs ready. Those new to grilling assume that the cook is just brushing sauce on the ribs, and then cooking them until done directly on the grill and this isn’t always so. To prepare your ribs, first bring a large pot of water to a boil. You should do this the day before your BBQ event or dinner. Add a bit of salt to the water, and then bring it down to a low simmer. Add your ribs, cover and simmer them for an hour and then carefully remove Summers on its way and it’s time to dust off them from the pot. Your ribs should be tender and fire up the BBQ for some lazy afternoons and juicy now, but you shouldn’t place them on with family and friends. Making a resurgence the grill just yet! on the BBQ Menu is the good old rib (did it Place them in a large bowl, add your BBQ ever leave the menu you ask – probably not!) sauce (check out our tasty Honey & Dijon If you're new to barbecuing ribs – or perhaps recipe on the right), cover and refrigerate you’ve experienced a few disasters along overnight. This provides ample time for the ribs the way then maybe you need to review your to marinate in the sauce and to produce that technique! delicious BBQ flavour that everyone loves. Perfect, tender ribs with meat falling off the The next day, light your BBQ and let the bones take preparation – and preparing your coals die down to warm glowing embers (for ribs in advance of placing them on the barbie charcoal bbq’s) or turn down low on a gas BBQ. might just be the solution to cooking perfect You should never BBQ your ribs over an open ribs. If you just throw the ribs on a grill, without flame; this can burn the sauce and ruin the preparing them first, then your ribs will be very flavour of your ribs. tough and not very good no matter what type Once the flames have died down, brush of sauce is used. some more sauce on your ribs and place them

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directly on the grill. Cook for 10 minutes, brush some more sauce on the top of the ribs, turn and cook the other side for 10 minutes. Continue cooking the ribs in this fashion until they are fully done, turning your BBQ ribs every 10 minutes while adding fresh sauce at every turn. Once your ribs are done, place them on a serving platter and serve while they are still hot. Your guests will go crazy over your delicious, juicy and tender ribs. The BBQ sauce is used to add flavour, not to cover up inferior cooking. Don’t you owe it to yourself and to your dinner guests to go that extra mile, ensuring that your ribs are not only tasty but also mouth watering tender? You’ll be known as the best BBQ rib griller in your area (well at least your street!) - especially if you combine your juicy and tender ribs with your very own homemade BBQ rubs, sauce or marinades instead of using pre-bottled sauces.

HONEY & DIJON RIB SAUCE Sweet and tangy, this Honey Dijon Barbecue Sauce recipe is perfect when you feel like a tasty break from the usual tomato-based barbecue sauce recipes. Makes about 2 1/2 cups Honey Dijon Barbecue Sauce. Ingredients: • 1 cup Dijon mustard • 1/3 cup honey • 1/2 cup cider vinegar • 1/4 cup light brown sugar • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper • 1/2 teaspoon salt Method: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Whisk together thoroughly. Use as a basting sauce, but be careful with a direct flame so not to burn the honey. Also excellent brushed on after barbecuing, with additional sauce served on the side.

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One of Newcastle’s original artisan markets is preparing to spread its branches a little wider in the lead-up to Christmas. The monthly Olive Tree Market will double its dates during November and December, giving shoppers twice as many opportunities to find the perfect stocking filler or gorgeous handcrafted gift for friends, family or work colleagues this festive season. Organiser and co-founder Justine Gaudry said that with more than 160 stallholders expected to show off their wares in Newcastle’s Civic Park on the first and third Saturdays of November and December, the market’s “Summer Christmas Series” is an event not to be missed. “We have lots of great new artists coming for these four market dates,” she said. “We will have over 160 of the region’s most talented artists, designers and food producers all in the one location, with thousands of distinctive, exclusive handmade goods for sale. Each market will feature the work of different artists and designers over this period, so no two markets will be the same. “For those who place a value on ethical production, quality, unique and handmade goods, these are markets not to miss!” While Justine is not one to play favourites when it comes to her stallholders, she said the upcoming markets would feature a number of real highlights for visitors including beautiful handprinted homewares from designer Fiona Budzynski of 4 Leaf Clover, ceramic homewares from The Forty-Nine Studio featuring the work of artists Ben Elbourne, Sarah Spackman and Harriet Watts and women’s fashions from Harriet Jane Design, whose clothing line is created from organic, recycled or natural fabrics and features with her own photographic works.

Those looking for a one-of-a-kind family portrait this Christmas should also make sure they check out Strip of a Life Time’s new travelling Photo Booth, set up in a very cool repurposed horse float. The Olive Tree Markets are known for featuring some of Newcastle’s best and brightest artists, and the Summer Christmas Series will be no different, with limited edition works from artists Trevor Dickinson and Sophia Emmett giving you the chance to take home your own little slice of Newcastle and the Hunter. Trevor’s humorous drawings capture predominantly Newcastle urban landscapes, local signage and architecture, while Sophia’s jewellery pieces are intimate, wearable constructions that feature local materials such as coal sourced from the Hunter Valley. While a number of stallholders also come from outside of the region, one of the most crucial elements in the formation and success of The Olive Tree Market is its focus on and commitment to showcasing local artisans. “I started The Olive Tree Market in 2008. At that time there really was very little opportunity for local makers, artists and designers to have a forum for their work… to showcase their art and products in a public arena,” Justine said. “It is so important to have the ability to sell their work, to get feedback from customers on what works commercially and what people respond to and to be in a supportive community of other makers.

“At that time there were only a handful of high-end commercial galleries and a few local retailers, like Blackbird Corner and High Tea with Mrs Woo that supported the work of local makers. “Olive Tree launched in the same year as Renew Newcastle and I believe we have been as important for the local art and design community as an incubator for innovation and creative businesses. I think it was a real impetus to educate some of the wider community about just how many amazingly creative people we have in Newcastle and the Hunter. “Our community has really developed its understanding of supporting and shopping locally over this time. And I wanted to really support sustainable, non-mass produced, ethical business,” she said. For the first six years of its life, The Olive Tree Market was held on the grounds of The Junction Public School. It moved to its current location in Civic Park at the start of 2015 and in May that year branched out to hold its first event at the Maitland Regional Art Gallery. The market is now held in Maitland four times each year, with the final instalment for 2016 taking place on November 26 from 3pm to 8pm. According to Justine, both moves have been positive milestones in the evolution of the market. ►

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“We had to move from our original location and went through a successful tender process with Newcastle City Council to operate in Civic Park,” she said. “Civic Park is a fantastic location. It’s in the cultural precinct, beside the soon-to-be-growing University (of Newcastle) campus and near other great areas of the burgeoning inner city. “I had always wanted to travel with Olive Tree in the Hunter as well, there are a lot of amazing artists and designers in the area, and when the opportunity came up to collaborate with Maitland Regional Art Gallery it was an exciting concept to work on,” she said. “It’s a wonderful gallery and location and the team at the gallery are amazing to work alongside. Their exhibitions are fantastic, as are their public programs and community engagement. The community of Maitland has also been very supportive of the event. It’s been a very positive experience. “When we started Olive Tree we had around 60-70 stallholders. We now have on average 140 per market, but this increases in the warmer months and in the lead-up to Christmas.” But it’s not just the number of artisans at the market that swells during the silly season. Crowd numbers also rise as people look for that truly unique gift. Justine said that with such a huge variety of products on offer there was sure to be something for everyone. “The variety of work

at the market is really vast. Everything from homewares, fashion, ceramics, jewellery, leather accessories, skin care, textiles design, illustration and printmaking, photography, lifestyle and kids products,” she said. “Since Olive Tree was launched in 2008, there has been massive growth both locally, and nationally, in the understanding of the importance of supporting locally made, ethical, small business. “There has also been a massive increase in the maker movement and the number of bespoke artisan businesses has really flourished over this time. The Olive Tree audience has also really evolved and grown over the years.” “We were the first regular art and design market in Newcastle, and the only one for almost five years, and we obviously proved that the audience was here in Newcastle for well-produced exciting regular events on the local stage. “People love coming to the market to meet the makers, to hear the stories behind the art and products, and to buy work straight from the hands of the creator.” ■

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Premium Hunter Valley wines Cellar Door Open 10am - 5pm Daily Beautiful farm fresh olive and providore products for tasting and sales Fabulous accommodation overlooking the vines Emersons Café & Restaurant and Hunter Valley Reflections Day Spa on-site Centrally located 3 minutes from M15 Hunter Expressway (Lovedale exit) ADDRESS 492 Lovedale Road, Lovedale OPEN Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am - 5pm PH (02) 4930 7473 W | 33

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WE ARE FAMILY Christmas is coming! Make sure you get your Mistletoe Wines in plenty of time for the Festive Season. Only available direct from the winery! Christmas is fast approaching and what better time is there for having Mistletoe Wines on hand to help you, your family and friends, celebrate the Christmas Season and Summer. Why not reward your loyal staff, customers or suppliers with some great Mistletoe Wines for Christmas? Friends and family are certain to appreciate them as well. Mistletoe can assist with quality gift packaging, include personal messages from you and offers direct to recipient deliveries as a time saving and hassle free option. We also offer special pricing for volume purchases. Mistletoe’s comprehensive range of more than 20 different wines guarantees something to suit everybody’s taste. Quality wine is a gift that is always appreciated! To ensure timely delivery please place your order as soon as possible. We also invite you to visit the Mistletoe Cellar Door to taste the wines. Open every day between 10am and 6pm. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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IN THE VINEYARDS Oishii Japanese Thai Restaurant Australia’s only Asian restaurant in a winery! Located at the Tempus Two winery, in the heart of the Hunter Valley, Oishii has become a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Whether dining inside the minimalist Asian themed dining hall or on the outside undercover terrace overlooking the vines encircling the architecturally designed amphitheatre, Oishii has become a “must dining experience”. Oishii’s Asian chefs have composed an extensive menu of lightly prepared fragrant dishes showcasing regional produce. In true Asian style dishes are perfect for sharing and ideal for families and friends. The fast take away options are also delicious.

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Discover the unique blend of eclectic art and fine wines at the annual Sculpture in the Vineyards, on now through to December 4. Held along the picturesque Wollombi Valley Wine Trail and at selected locations in the historic Wollombi Village, take in the beautiful backdrop of the vineyards as the valley is transformed by contemporary outdoor sculptures. Perfect for lovers of art and wine! Returning for its fourteenth year, Sculpture in the Vineyards has exhibited an accumulated 500 artists throughout the event's history, providing the perfect opportunity for emerging and current artists to showcase their creations and draw new audiences to their work. The free public exhibition displays over 60 sculptures along the scenic countryside with

5 boutique vineyards, including Undercliff Winery and Gallery, Stonehurst Cedar Creek Wines, Wollombi Village Vineyard, Noyce Brothers Wine and Wollombi Wines, all taking part. Join in all the festivities the event has to offer with a range of programs for children and families, including guided tours and artist-led workshops. In addition to the outdoor sculpture exhibition, there will also be a curated exhibition of contemporary sculptural practices called Eriegnis at Cessnock Regional Art Gallery until December 4th and an exhibition of small-scale works at Wollombi Arts Council's Old Fire Shed Gallery from 5th to 27th November. Also available is a twilight picnic tour of Aboriginal rock carvings in partnership with Ngurra Bu Aboriginal Corporation. Visitors will be able to view rock carvings at Mt Yengo and learn about one of the most significant ceremonial locations in NSW, with a local indigenous elder as a guide. And why not try an Art, Food & Wine degustation dinner to savour everything the Hunter Valley has to offer! Take a tour of the exhibition with a four-course dinner on the 5th November, 19th November and 3rd December. For more information, visit

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James Halliday - TOP 100 WINERY Meerea Park is considered to be in the top echelon of boutique wineries, not only in the Hunter Valley, but Australia as well, carrying the rare and prestigious 5 Red Star and Red Name rating from James Halliday. Established in 1991, Meerea Park has built a reputation on producing high quality Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Many of these wines are from ‘Individual Vineyard’ origin. Visit the cellar door located within the Roche Estate complex to sample and purchase from the highly awarded range of wines. ADDRESS Roche Estate Complex, Pavilion B, 2144 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320 OPEN 7 days 10am - 5pm PH (02) 4998 7474 W


We are very pleased to announce that our newly renovated dining space is now open! Zaih’s offers a unique dining experience. The concept is simple. Diners can enjoy the best quality produce used to create food which is memorable, delicious, and presented with care. For reservations call 0427 666 526. Zaih's Opening times: Friday – Lunch and dinner Saturday – Lunch, and dinner | Sunday – Breakfast and lunch

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Mercedes-Benz E-Class Masterpiece of Intelligence WORDS CHRIS HYDE Hunter Star Motors Mercedes-Benz takes a big step into the future with the 10th generation E-Class. The E-Class is the ultimate multi-role sedan. A taxi to some, luxury car to others and the all-new E-Class marks the world premiere of numerous technical innovations, in particular, a new dimension of driver assistance systems.

An intuitive new infotainment system, larger cabin and smooth transmission are the embodiment of the “Modern Luxury” claim. The E-Class breaks the most ground in offering a bewildering amount of technology features. To briefly recap, the list includes semi-autonomous driving with Drive Pilot and Active Lane Change Assist and driver-supervised autonomous parking. Mercedes-Benz auto-braking system has been enhanced to operate under more scenarios, including pedestrian avoidance, while a new evasive steering assistance system can add a calculated amount of steering torque during emergency manoeuvres. Utilising radar sensors fitted in the front bumper, the stereo camera positioned behind the windscreen and highperformance sensors, Active Brake Assist can warn of the risk of accident, assist with emergency braking and if necessary automatically brake the vehicle. It recognises vehicles ahead that are driving more slowly, stopping or at a standstill, as well as crossing traffic at an intersection, vehicles at the tail end of a queue and pedestrians in the danger area. If a dangerous situation is recognised, the brake support system calculates the braking pressure required in this situation to avoid a collision. If the driver fails to react to visual and audible warnings by braking or swerving, the system can automatically initiate autonomous braking. In the event that the car is about to be involved in a side impact, PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side inflates the front seat side bolsters to move the occupant more than two inches away from the impact zone – all this within a fraction of a second. The human ear is exposed to high levels of noise and sound pressure if you’re involved in an accident. Mercedes-Benz has developed a technology that can provide vehicle occupants’ inner ears with an advance warning: PRE-SAFE® Sound. Upon the vehicle’s sensors detecting an impending hazardous

situation, a short noise signal is output via the vehicle’s audio system. This triggers a reflex in the inner ear: the stapedius muscle contracts, briefly reducing the ear drum’s level of contact with the inner ear. As a result, the inner ear is prepared for the threatening situation and thus protected more efficiently from high sound pressure levels. And perhaps most significantly, the E-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz to come to market with Car-to-X Communication, a system that is able to report accidents and road hazards to a central information platform, which in turn can warn fellow motorists with compatible systems. With new drive technologies such as diesel engines that are even more efficient and at the same time more agile and powerful and power that can be applied even more precisely and gently with the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission and refined motoring that becomes a highly individual experience with the five Dynamic Select transmission modes. The new widescreen cockpit with flat-screen look consists of two 31.2 cm (12.3-inch) high-resolution displays. At night, the interior comes even more alive with ambient lighting throughout, which can be changed between 64 different colour options to suit your mood. The E-Class fully upholds Mercedes-Benz’s reputation for comfort and luxury, though. Even in its sportiest setting, the optional air-spring suspension never becomes harsh. On a winding road, you’ll notice how tightly the seat hugs you before you’re aware that the steering is wholly unexceptional. As novel as its technology is and as competent as its mechanicals are, the E-Class is perhaps best bought for its sumptuous interior, optional beautifully quilted and perforated leather. To arrange your test drive, contact Hunter Star Mercedes-Benz on 4974 4244 or visit their showroom located at 1 Pacific Highway, Bennetts Green.

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The remarkable all new Mercedes-Benz E-Class takes automotive technology into a new realm of intelligence. Over 100 million lines of code drive technical advancement like never before. Advanced safety features including PRE-SAFE® Impulse Side, PRE-SAFE® Sound and Evasive Steering Assist constantly monitor the world around you reacting to and anticipating potential hazards in the blink of an eye. While a widescreen cockpit provides astounding levels of technical innovation and luxury. As a masterpiece of intelligence, the all new E-Class stands alone.

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The Newcastle landscape has been slowly changing during the past few decades, shedding its predominantly industrial past for a more diversified commercial and residential future.

innovation, build an international profile and attract investment into the city. One of the first elements of this unveiled to the public is the $17.8 million Hunter Innovation Project (HIP), which is a collaboration between the Council, the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Now and Hunter DiGiT. Heralded as “a giant leap forward for the Hunter Region into This transformation has been accelerating in the past few years the digital age”, the HIP will include the installation of smart thanks to the investment being made by Newcastle City Council, technology and free Wi-Fi throughout Newcastle’s CBD and the along with government and corporate sectors. establishment of an innovation hub for researchers, industry As we head towards 2020, we take a look at the factors and entrepreneurs on the corner of King and Auckland Streets making Newcastle an even more appealing destination for to commercialise ideas and promote economic development. businesses, residents and tourists. It is being funded via a $9.8 million commitment from the NSW Government, with the project partners chipping in the BUSINESS remaining $8 million. The economic direction of Newcastle has been undergoing Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said the “smart a transformation since the closure of the BHP Steelworks city” infrastructure will allow businesses and local innovators in 1999. to leverage the region’s strengths in advanced manufacturing, For almost two decades the city has been transitioning away health technology, renewable energy and education, while also from a primarily industrial base to one with a diverse framework acting as a real driver for greater business investment in the of business and commercial pillars. CBD. And while Newcastle’s past may lie in its blue collar “The Hunter Innovation Project is a collaborative effort and reputation as a “steel city,” the key to its ongoing economic a key component of Council’s Smart City strategy to provide strength is ensuring it embraces a “smart city” future. physical spaces, digital connectivity and city-data to increase A core group of stakeholders are working together to drive opportunity for entrepreneurs and businesses to thrive in the this revitalisation, with Newcastle City Council at the forefront of digital century,” Cr Nelmes said. the change. “It will provide smart city infrastructure like Wi-Fi, smart The Council has been preparing the Newcastle Smart parking and lighting, and an innovation hub where sharp City Initiative, a multi-pronged approach designed to improve thinkers can put their minds together to make our city and livability, sustainability and economic diversity, develop local region a better place to live, work, visit and invest. 38 |

“The Council’s role is actually hard-wiring the city, we’re looking at a precinct that is fibre to the premise as opposed to fibre to the node. “Every other business area or CBD area that has been able to do that immediately attracts a level of investment because people can work on the fastest internet speeds from that particular precinct. “It’s almost like the modern day version of laying a good highway, except that it’s a super highway of fibres and cables.” But creating a fibre backbone for the city isn’t the only infrastructure priority the Council is concerned about as part of its push to encourage more investment into Newcastle, according to Interim CEO Frank Cordingley. “The other thing is to make the infrastructure that people use when they get into the city better,” he said. “One of the issues we do have is that we are a very old city, the second oldest in NSW and that means there’s a lot of infrastructure, particularly in the CBD area, that has to be renewed mainly to support growth. “We’ve been ramping up our spend on infrastructure, the backlog for a while has been sitting at about $94 million and over the last five years we’ve ramped up our spend just on ►

INTOUCH COVER FEATURE STORY NEWCASTLE ROSS NOBLETOWARDS 2020 (continued) major maintenance items from about $15 million a year to $40 million a year this year. “We spent another $40 million on top of that on new infrastructure, so the $40 million I’m talking about is just to renew what exists. Some of that is things like the sandstone building next door, the Town Hall, that’s our number one backlog item and that’s going to cost us about $20 million ultimately to refurbish the outer skin. “Now it’s excellent that other owners of sandstone buildings in the city like the University of Newcastle at Nesca House next door are doing the same sort of thing. So in a year or so, when those two buildings are finished, and the new University campus opens next year, this precinct is going to look marvellous compared to what it looked like previously.” Upgrading roads and footpaths in the CBD is also high on the infrastructure backlog list, as is renewing the century-old drainage in areas such as Council Street in Cooks Hill, which causes flooding in surrounding streets as well as upstream in the Darby Street commercial precinct during heavy downpours. Around $1 million will be spent on that project alone during 2016-2017, overhauling the streetscape and replacing the fig trees, whose roots are causing damage to the road surface and the drainage system, with more suitable varieties. Mr. Cordingley said completing these projects helped provide business with a greater level of confidence to invest in the area. Among those investing heavily in the city centre is the University of Newcastle. Aside from their involvement in the HIP, the University will cement its clear commitment to the future of the CBD when it opens its NewSpace campus on Hunter Street next year.

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The $95 million landmark education precinct will predominantly be used for the delivery of its business and law programs and is ideally situated down the road from the $90 million Newcastle Courthouse development opened by the State Government this year. Helping to facilitate both these projects was also part of the Hunter Street Revitalisation Strategic Framework, a shared community vision endorsed by the Council in 2010. It included 44 priority actions that were identified to help drive the revitalisation of the Newcastle city centre, with 75 per cent of those either underway or already completed. Of course the major projects within the Strategic Framework centre on collaboration with other stakeholders such as the State Government. It is these actions that will have the greatest impact on changing the face of the city centre and include projects such as the Newcastle Light Rail and Wickham Transport Interchange, redevelopment of the Hunter Street Mall precinct and the Urban Growth NSW Rail Corridor Planning Proposal. Cr Nelmes said collaboration was the key not just to these projects, but to the whole process of revitalising the Newcastle CBD. But not surprisingly, many of the other priority actions within the Hunter Street Revitalisation Strategic Framework are Council-centric initiatives designed to encourage greater business investment in the city. This includes everything from reducing costs and fast tracking the approval process to enable additional outdoor dining areas, to encouraging more than $650,000 worth of facelifts to be completed by private landowners and government stakeholders on CBD buildings as part of a façade improvement program.

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INTOUCH COVER FEATURE STORY NEWCASTLE ROSS NOBLETOWARDS 2020 The Council has also worked on a number of policies and plans to facilitate business growth, including a business retention scheme and a night time economy strategy. “The best thing we can do (to encourage growth) is make life easier… in terms of establishing a business,” Mr Cordingley said. “Within the CBD area we have a lower section 94 contribution than we have in the rest of the LGA to encourage business to come here. We’ve had over $3 billion of DAs (development applications) come in (across the LGA) over the last five years and in the last couple of years that’s really ramped up. “That’s challenged us in moving them through the system quickly, and we’ve had to put on extra staff to make sure we keep facilitating that process so it makes it easier for business to actually establish here.”

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RESIDENTS Of course, many of those DAs have actually been for residential projects, with the city centre in the midst of an apartment building boom. Mr. Cordingley said there were 30 residential projects worth around $1.6 billion in the pipeline at the moment, with the developments either approved or in construction. These equate to an addition of around 3000 apartments within the city’s east and west ends, ensuring a huge influx of residents into the CBD area for many years to come. This in itself is crucial for the future of the city centre, which needs to continue attracting a mix of workers, residents and tourists to ensure it not only survives but thrives. “When it’s only a commercial district you have people coming into the city in the daytime that then go home at night,” Mr. Cordingley said. “But because more people are living here now, they are there 24 hours a day and so it makes better use of the infrastructure that you already have. It also puts pressure on it, so you have to keep maintaining it and making it look attractive. “One of the key aspects of the Hunter Street Revitalisation is to make our streetscapes look attractive and a key thrust of that is to get more trees on the streets, get wider footpaths, get outdoor dining and facilities for cyclists, bike racks so people can store their bikes when they come into the city and safe routes to get in here. “They’re the sort of things driving us to do more of that urban renewal type of work, to make the streetscapes more attractive. “The increase in residential developments attracts businesses to the city too because when you’ve got people living here they want places to eat, they want places to entertain themselves, they want to be able to get coffees and all that really livens up the city and gives you your 24-hour economy.” Among the developers entrenched in the Newcastle residential building boom is the locally-owned Stronach Property. The company has a strong track record of delivering high-quality residential developments in the heart of the city including the City Extra apartments on part of the former Newcastle Herald site and the Arvia Apartments on the corner of Watt Street and The Esplanade. Stronach’s current projects include the highly popular Arena Apartments, located on part of the former Royal Newcastle Hospital site overlooking Newcastle Beach. The 227-apartment development is worth around $100 million, with the final stage expected to be completed by early to mid-2017. Other major apartment developments on the way for Newcastle include Miller Property Corporation’s $130 million 40 |

Verve Residences on King Street. Comprising of 197 units, the showpiece of the development will be two 19-storey, 66m-high towers, which offer harbour views from the seventh storey up. Across the road will be the $40 million Spire Apartments, comprising of 161 units across three residential towers constructed on top of Marketown East by the shopping centre’s owners Gennie Holdings Pty Ltd. The most recent residential development to be unveiled will take pride of place on harbourside land at Honeysuckle and will be the first construction within the waterfront precinct in more than a decade. Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) announced last month it had selected the Doma Group to redevelop the prime 7300 square metre Lee Wharf site, with the concept plan including three residential buildings and some ground floor commercial spaces. HDC Acting General Manager Valentina Misevska said the development would be a “significant contributor to the Government’s broader urban revitalisation program in the Newcastle city centre.” “The Doma Group’s concept, being designed by SJB Architects, provides for a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments and individual townhouses with some retail activation at ground floor. We expect a development application for this project to be submitted in the coming months. Subject to development approval, it is anticipated that construction could commence on site in the later part of 2017.”

TOURISM But it’s not just an influx of residents on their way to make the most of Newcastle’s city centre. Attracted by its beautiful beaches and cosmopolitan lifestyle, the area continues to be a hot spot for travellers – a situation the Council and other stakeholders are keen to build upon with a range of initiatives. One of the most impressive of those is the Council’s 6km Bathers Way project. Once the upgrade is complete, the 4-6m wide path will stretch from the Merewether Ocean Baths through to Nobbys Beach, linking the city’s world-famous

beaches and forming part of the Great North Walk from Merewether to Sydney. With sweeping views of the coastline, it is the perfect place for both residents and tourists alike to truly appreciate one of the most popular features of Newcastle, enhanced by a series of new viewing platforms, seating and shade structures also installed by the Council. The project, which is halfway complete, also connects to the popular Newcastle Memorial Walk that links Newcastle’s Strzelecki Lookout to Bar Beach. Another permanent addition to the Newcastle coastline designed to increase visitor numbers in the city is the recently announced multi-purpose cruise terminal facility at the Port of Newcastle. With a $12.7 million commitment from the State Government, the project will secure the long-term future of the city’s burgeoning cruise economy at Carrington. Since ships began berthing there in 2010, the city has played host to 66 cruise liners, bringing thousands of new visitors to the city. And thousands more are expected to converge on Newcastle for a very different reason in coming years thanks to a collaboration between the Council and Destination NSW. Newcastle has won the right to host the final round of the Australian Supercar Championships for five years from 2017, with the track to be set up around the inner city and Newcastle foreshore. Cr Nelmes said securing the event, which is watched by millions of people around the world, will provide a massive boost to the local hospitality and tourism industries and showcase the region to potential tourists, investors and even future residents. “The Championships are an international event that represents a massive economic win and major accolade for Newcastle on the world stage,” she said. “Supercars will provide an enormous boost to the local hospitality and tourism industry of up to $50 million each year and generate incredible exposure for our region. “With a potential international TV audience in the millions, the event will showcase the city and our beautiful coastal setting in full glory at a beautiful time of year.” ■

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established home. To secure your home site at Potter’s Lane all you need is a 5% deposit payable upon exchange with no more to pay until settlement. GOVERNMENT GRANTS - Several financial rewards from the state government come in the form of Government Grants, which could save you tens of thousands of dollars. To see if you’re eligible, visit EQUITY - According to RP Data (as of 15 August 2016), Raymond Terrace has experienced strong capital growth of 5.5% over the past 12 months, so there is a good chance that you could have instant equity in your new property. If the housing market is rising – as it appears to be doing in the local area – this will mean that by the time the property is built it could already be worth more than you paid for it. MODERN LIVING - Because you are buying a property before it has been built, you will be able to ensure that the house will meet your family’s needs. You can liaise with the builder on the design so that you get the features and spaces you need, having an input on everything from the initial floor plan to the finishes, fixtures and fittings. You can also decide which proportion of the land is devoted to a yard or garden. MAINTENANCE - The other benefit of a new-build property is that maintenance costs will usually be lower than those associated with an established property. New builds will take advantage of the latest technology and design innovations, meaning they will have up-to-date heating and water systems that are less likely to break down. Often the building, fixtures and fittings will be covered by a builder’s guarantee, which can often last for up to 10 years. Potter’s Lane is located at 42 Rees James Road in Raymond Terrace. Visit for more information.

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A concept drawing of a cruise terminal. The design will be further developed during the detailed design phase. From the ship, passengers enjoy sweeping views of the Newcastle Foreshore, the city skyline and Stockton Beach.


There’s big things happening in the Port of Newcastle. While it may be renowned as the world’s largest coal export port, that’s far from the only action happening on its wharves. Just last month it took delivery of the largest wind turbine blades ever shipped to Australia, each one measuring a mammoth 59.5m in length. Now that’s big. The shipment was the first of eight that will arrive between October 2016 and May 2017, with the wind turbines bound for the Goldwind White Rock Wind Farm, located 20km west of Glen Innes in the New England Tablelands. Port of Newcastle CEO Geoff Crowe said the shipment demonstrated the harbour facility’s capability to import large and heavy cargoes for developments happening across the state. “The Port of Newcastle will handle 70 wind turbines for Goldwind’s White Rock Project and is well placed to handle more large cargo imports to support wind farm, property, rail and road developments happening around the state,” he said. “The Port’s shipping channel is currently only 50 percent utilised, and we have plenty of large parcels of portside land for cargo storage and preassembly, which reduces the number of times cargo is handled, generating cost savings for cargo owners. “Previous project cargo imports through the Port of Newcastle include a tunnel boring machine for the Sydney northwest rail link, locomotives, rail and passenger wagons, mining machinery, large tanks and boilers, transformers and prefabricated structures.” 42 |

But the arrival of the wind turbines – as impressive as they were – is far from the biggest news coming out of the Port in recent months. The State Government announced at the end of September it would commit $12.7 million towards the construction of a permanent multi-purpose cruise terminal facility within the Port’s Carrington Precinct. The project, worth $13.5 million in total, will strengthen Newcastle’s position as an international cruise destination, secure the long-term future of cruise shipping in the Hunter and help cement a truly diversified future for the Port. It will include the construction of a 3000 square metre purpose-built terminal, dedicated car park, enhanced wharf infrastructure and improved accessibility for ship provisioning. The funding also builds on an earlier State and Federal Government commitment of $800,000 for the upgrade of

mooring bollards at the Channel Berth, which will enable the port to host larger, heavier ships carrying up to 3500 passengers. This upgrade will commence later this year and is due to be completed in mid-2017. Construction of the cruise terminal is expected to commence next year and will be completed in 2018. The growth of cruise ships during the past decade have meant the industry outgrew Newcastle’s previous berthing point at Throsby Wharf. Navigational constraints also apply to the area between Dyke Point and Honeysuckle, which means vessels over 265m in length are unable to reach Throsby. Many of the cruise ships that visit the port exceed this length, including some of the most popular and impressive vessels to have visited the city this year including the Celebrity Solstice (317 metres), Queen Elizabeth (294 metres) and Radiance of the Seas (293 metres). The Channel Berth at Carrington, which is suitable for berthing vessels up to 320m in length, was first used as an alternate berth for cruise ships in 2010, with 66 liners from a variety of cruising companies welcomed into the harbour since that time. Mr. Crowe said the cruise shipping industry currently injected around $11 million into the Hunter’s economy each year – a figure that is likely to grow once the new terminal is complete. The development also had the potential to transform Newcastle from a simple stop-over destination into a “home port.” “The cruise terminal will enable the Port to attract more cruise ships... Purpose-built facilities will provide a professional welcome for passengers and will position Newcastle as a home port where ships can start and finish their destination in Newcastle,” Mr Crowe said. “Homeporting has the potential to deliver additional economic value to the region via more cruise ships, more interstate and international visitors and an opportunity for local businesses to supply goods and services for the provisioning of ships. Additionally, it complements the growing capacity of Newcastle Airport.” The cruise season in Newcastle generally runs from late spring to late autumn. Eleven ships containing nearly 18,000 passengers docked at Channel Berth during 2015/2016, with five of those making their maiden visits to the region. While the full season schedule had not been officially released at the time intouch Magazine went to print, cruise ships already listed to arrive early next year according to the Port of Newcastle website include the boutique liner Silver Whisper on February 4, the luxurious Celebrity Solstice on March 14 and the ever popular Radiance of the Seas on April 11. For more information, visit

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MAKING NEWCASTLE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE Jeff McCloy WORDS QUENTIN VON ESSEN Jeff McCloy is many things – ambitious, outspoken, generous, passionate, a little eccentric and determined to make Newcastle a better place to live.  When you take a tour around this city that is undergoing significant change and development, you can be forgiven for thinking much of it may just be a part of McCloy’s legacy. Despite the apparent success and controversy surrounding his every move - largely created by the media, no-one can deny that McCloy has the courage of his convictions, a passion for this city that is fast coming to life and the money to make it happen. But Jeff takes none of his success for granted. "My grandfather Francis McCloy was a builder and father to 11 children, survived the depression, ran his own chooks, fished in Lake Munmorah and too proud to accept charity or be on the dole" says Jeff. Similarly, the next generation of the McCloy clan would also stubbornly resist the boom and busts of the building industry with money being a constant cause of family arguments and Jeff’s father having to head out each day in search of work. A photograph of a small cottage in Belmont, hanging in the McCloy Group reception area, is a daily reminder of where he’s been, and the enviable list of assets and development projects is a clear indication of where he wants to go. "Think Big" – that’s the title of a framed article hanging on the wall in his office alongside the proudly displayed collection of cartoon drawings depicting Jeff’s often controversial political and business career created by editorial cartoonist Peter Lewis. Having left Belmont High 43 years ago for Newcastle University and the civil engineering degree that took him into 44 |

the Sydney high-rise construction game via a brief stint with Lend Lease, Jeff returned to Belmont in the late 1970s to work for and eventually run D.F. McCloy, the building company founded by his father, Don. Throughout the 1980’s and ‘90s, the business delivered John Hunter Hospital, Green Point residential development, Jewells Tavern and shopping centre and the Mattara Hotel. For the McCloy’s, their first break came in the late 1980s when the then Belmont-based business tendered for the construction of the proposed John Hunter Hospital campus and won. Encouraged by the John Hunter success, the company set its sights on the Sydney market and subsequently lost a great deal of money in the process. As a result, Jeff decided on a change in direction, switching from construction to property development and putting the focus of operations on Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. "I learned some valuable early lessons back then and also from my father," said Jeff. "Think big and go in expecting the best but also know the importance of being able to manage the worst" says Jeff. "Just as important is the need to never be afraid to make decisions. If you fail, own it, fix it and try again." From 2006 to 2008, McCloy made a number of inner-city Newcastle acquisitions - purchasing the Blackwoods property in Wickham and the former Hunter Water headquarters on Hunter and King Streets. McCloy also purchased and subsequently redeveloped the former Churchill’s site, the former Toymaster’s building and the rambling 1860’s Lucky Country Hotel on Hunter Street now renamed the Lucky Hotel. The $6m redevelopment which was completed in August 2014 included the full restoration of the external façade and brand new fit-out including a restaurant, central bar, alfresco gaming room, hotel reception and 28 boutique suites across two levels. 

McCloy then spent a small fortune renovating the historic Egmont House, later selling the Church Street property in November 2014 after he quit City Hall. In 2009, he bought a half-share in the former NIB offices, followed in 2014 by two properties next to The Lucky. "I like getting hold of old and dilapidated buildings that no one sees any value in and turning them into a useful asset" says Jeff.  "At the end of the day – the city’s landscape has been improved which is really what we are all about." Today the McCloy Group’s commercial assets include the City Exchange and Telstra Civic – both of which are 100% occupied, reflecting the current optimism for the ongoing revitalisation of the Newcastle CBD. The residential division has a fast growing number of residential projects with 8 active communities totalling 3,591 home-sites located at Cameron Park, Teralba, Rutherford, Muswellbrook, Tamworth and Armidale. The Group also expanded into Port Stephens for the first time with the launch of two new residential projects, Potters Lane in Raymond Terrace and The Bower in Medowie.   A further 6 residential projects are planned for future development making a total of 2,076 home sites. On the Leisure side of the business is the Mystic Tide – a long range expedition style yacht that is berthed in Queensland and can accommodate 8 guests and has a range of 3000 nautical miles.   Of course, it’s not all beer and skittles – the risks are high, and the bureaucratic red tape surrounding development applications can be frustrating as the McCloy Group found with the purchase of the NIB site on Hunter Street. After trying every avenue and almost $400,000 spent, the McCloy Group walked away from the $12 million development proposal and sold the property. Never-the-less, McCloy is bullish about the future of Newcastle with the CBD currently undergoing a much-needed transformation after more than 30 years of neglect. "My vision is for Newcastle to become the preferred and even trendy place to live and visit with cruise ships, national and international sports events and a growing number of tourist attractions. I see increased investment, development and people coming to our City as well as a growing cultural diversity. "All the signs are there to indicate that this trend is only going to continue with developments that include the new Law Courts and the new University Campus, the much needed increase in inner city residential development, the  coastal revitalisation and Bathers Way project, the Light Rail project (which is now in the advanced planning stage), the development of a permanent cruise terminal and the V8 Supercars 500 championships planned for late 2017." After almost fifty years in the building and property development game that made, ended and then re-made his family fortune, McCloy has one eye on retirement and the other overseeing the interests of the McCloy Group as Chairman of the business. His generosity, guidance and support of charities, education and welfare groups, medical research, sports teams and clubs is also well recognised.

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SHEARWATER at WARNERS BAY It’s all About Lifestyle! When was the last time you rode a bicycle? Walked or jogged around a beautiful lake while the dolphins swam beside you and you thought to yourself, ‘are they trying to race me? Oh my goodness – they are!’ - or sat on the edge of a jetty fishing, maybe with the grandchildren? Maybe it’s time to take a good look at your lifestyle right now. Is it where you want to be in 1 or 10 years’ time? The home you may now have has all those rooms. Yes, it’s a lot of space, but the stairs are getting tiresome, and the yard and pool have become constant work. If we all had more time, it wouldn’t matter that our lives are restricted by all our STUFF! But we don’t have more time. We only have what we have now. How are you going to spend your time? Construction of the Shearwater prestigious premium apartments on the corner of King and Howard Streets has commenced in the heart of beautiful lakeside Warners Bay. Only metres from the waters edge and with many restaurants, coffee shops, supermarkets and boutique shopping at your fingertips you won’t waste any time on travel because Shearwater Apartments is all about lifestyle.

Retail and commercial businesses are situated on the ground level of the complex which also boasts five levels of luxury apartments. Studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments are still available. Half the apartments are already sold so you can’t afford to wait. Make your future full of fresh air, beautiful morning walks and coffee with a friend. It’s time to enjoy your life, have some fun, for yourself, your family and friends. The Parklands, secure children’s playgrounds, and sporting fields are not only for the young but retirees who want a home where their families and grandchildren will enjoy visiting. Warners Bay lakeside paths form part of the ‘Great Northern Walk’ from Sydney Cove to Newcastle Harbour and are host to many travellers walking through. It’s just magic walking, running, cycling or pushing the pram around the lake and parklands, and watching water skiers, windsurfers and paddle boarders. This is an environment for everyone with plenty to do as a family and even more ideal if you’re on your own as there’s always company if you want (or maybe you just want to chill out and throw a line in!) Need some additional retail therapy? Westfield Kotara and Charlestown Square are only minutes away and both offer fabulous city shopping, and the beautiful City of Newcastle offers a great change of scenery with its working harbour and gorgeous beaches. If you’re thinking of downsizing, investing, are a first home buyer, or a family who wants low, low maintenance, visit our display suite and meet our development team to gain more information about these soon to be completed luxury apartments! Phone Brooke on 0438 998 803, Berenice on 0418 405 515 or visit Alternatively, visit the Display Suite with full display kitchen, fixtures and fittings. All plans and information available - located end of Howard Street, Warners Bay.

Living the LAKESIDE LIFESTYLE The small village of Teralba located at the northern end of Lake Macquarie is emerging from its sleepy past as a hidden gem on the shores of Lake Macquarie. The renaissance of the township is being attributed to the increasing popularity of the impressive, Billy’s Lookout, a new residential community located at the end of Pitt Street. Perched up high on a hill that locals fondly refer to as ‘Billy Goat Hill,' Billy’s Lookout offers new homebuyers an enviable lifestyle on the doorstep to Lake Macquarie’s natural playground, just 25 minutes from Newcastle. Since its launch in August 2015, nearly 20% of the 485 home sites have already sold. Whether it be lake views, retained and level blocks, small or large that you’re looking for, there is a diverse range of home sites available. The Fisherman’s Release (Stage 5) has just been released to the market offering just 15 home sites ranging in size from 532m2 to 722m2 and priced from $215,000. To secure a home site, purchasers just need to pay a 5% deposit upon exchange of contracts with no more to pay until settlement. Award-winning developers, McCloy Group are crediting its success to the quality and positioning of the development but say it’s also helping to fulfil a high demand for new housing in Lake Macquarie.

“This is a premium land release that showcases the real advantages of living in this beautiful part of the world,” said McCloy Group’s Managing Director Brian Swaine. “If you’re looking at building or buying a new home in Lake Macquarie, this is a unique opportunity to secure a home site so close to the lake, and an array of facilities such as schools, shops and parklands.” The Hunter-based developers pride themselves on placing an emphasis on creating exceptional living environments, and Billy’s Lookout will be no exception boasting vibrant public art, a future children’s playgrounds, 18 hectares of open space and aesthetically serene streetscapes lined with mature trees. Mr. Swaine said the project helps boost much-needed housing supply in the area. “Despite the enormous demand for

new housing in Lake Macquarie, there are no major new land releases on the western side of the lake from Cooranbong to the north end of the lake. Billy’s Lookout is not only helping to fulfil this need, but we’re creating a high-quality community in which people can build their ideal family home,” he said. House and Land Packages are available from a range of reputable builders such as McDonald Jones, Montgomery Homes, Simonds Homes and GJ Gardner, although purchasers have the freedom to choose whichever builder they’d like to work with. A builder display village will open mid- 2017 showcasing home designers from builders including McDonald Jones, GJ Gardner, Mojo, Simonds Homes, Montgomery Homes, GR Homes and Graph Homes. | 45

Hat-Trick for BEST FESTIVAL & EVENTS CITY Newcastle has won a prestigious international award for great festivals and events for the third year running. The city was recognised best in the world for community leadership and festival and event partnerships at the annual International Festivals & Events Association Convention in Tucson, Arizona. Newcastle outranked cities of a similar population tally to be named the 2016 recipient of the IFEA's World Festival & Event City. "This award marks a hat-trick for the city," Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said, "and again

confirms that the work being undertaken by Newcastle City Council in the festival and event sector is world class. "Newcastle is now a thriving cultural and events city, which is clear from the range and quantity of exciting events on the annual calendar and the cultural initiatives the city has been able to achieve. From sporting events to arts and cultural festivals, markets, conventions and exhibitions, Newcastle offers a bevy of experiences for visitors and locals to enjoy.” In 2014/2015, Newcastle hosted a range of events that resulted in increased visitation to the city and development of local event facilities and tour products, and that looks set for continued growth moving forward. Newcastle also won the gong in 2012, meaning it has won the award in four out of the past five years.

Proposed Velocity development with adjacent upgraded cycleway and walkway at Maryville

Purpose Living Project on Track with Community Needs A new development planned for Hall Street at Maryville will provide the ideal living space for those seeking ‘cycle-friendly’ inner city housing to suit their lifestyle. Mavid Group has submitted a Development Application following extensive collaboration with Newcastle City Council’s planning department, along with an independent expert cycling consultant, to ensure the project meets the needs of residents and the surrounding community. Located alongside Throsby Creek the proposed Bicycle Oriented Development (BOD), Velocity, has been designed by local award winning architects CKDS Architecture and will contain 33 two-storey townhouses intended to fit with the natural environment and existing profile of the site. The dwellings include efficient bicycle access to front entry and kitchen service zones, dedicated and controlled cycleway access points, on-site bicycle parking, along with private and shared outdoor spaces. Development Manager for Mavid Group, Peter Childs, says Maryville, Wickham and Islington are fast becoming places of choice for people wanting to integrate their lifestyle with recreational activities such as cycling, 46 |

rowing, canoeing and paddle boarding. “During the design phase, we worked closely with the council and internationally respected cycle design expert, Dr. Steven Fleming.” Mr. Childs said. “This project has been described as a model for future inner-city developments as it not only encourages and supports less vehicular activity for residents but also embraces, capitalises and improves on established cycleway infrastructure used by the wider community.” In conjunction with the new development, the existing cycleway is proposed to be widened to 3 metres with an additional 2.5 metre dedicated walkway installed. “Velocity is a shining example of how architects and developers can work together to design modern urban and purpose built living spaces,” Mr Childs said. The Mavid Group is a Newcastle/Hunter based property investment, development and construction company investing in communities throughout NSW. The company is committed to undertaking projects that have a positive impact on the social, environmental and economic fabric of growing communities.


Legendary Craftsmanship Inspiration for IVALDI In Norse mythology the sons of Ivaldi are the master craftsmen who built Skidbladnir, the finest Viking ship ever, as well as Gungnir, the spear of Odin. Ivaldi Furniture was established by Karl Fiskerstrand in 2016 and named in honour of this legendary craftsmanship. Karl’s mission is to provide Novocastrians with top quality furniture, skillfully designed and crafted to last a lifetime. For Karl, quality means not cutting corners. The materials for each item are carefully selected, then worked by dedicated craftsmen and women who have served apprenticeships in their chosen fields and take pride in their work. “Cheap furniture is cheap because of what is taken out it, whereas quality is about everything that goes in,” Karl told intouch Magazine. “At Ivaldi you can be sure that nothing has been taken out and the utmost care and attention have gone into every piece. This commitment to traditional craftsmanship produces furniture that represents excellent value and is built to last. The results can be seen in the Griffiths Road showroom in Lambton, where the Ivaldi team will be happy to help you find the perfect addition to complete your home. The furniture on display in the showroom cannot fail to inspire, from dining suites to shelving and occasional tables. The pieces are drawn from the best of Australian and Scandinavian brands, including Cityside, Tasmanian Timber, and Stressless. In fact, it was owner Karl’s parents who brought the first Stressless recliner from Norway to Australia in 1973, and it is still going strong! “I have literally grown up on Stressless furniture, and I am very proud to be able to introduce the exceptional comfort and quality of Stressless furniture with the people of Newcastle.” For lovers of classic timber furniture, Ivaldi is a Tassie Timbers showroom stocking an exclusive range of Australian Made Tasmanian timber furniture.

“My relationship with Tassie Timbers spans more than 20 years. Having visited the workshop and seen the craftspeople in action, I have confidence in the quality of every item produced. I really enjoy working with my customers to convert design ideas into a classic, unique piece of furniture”. As well as Stressless and Tasmanian Timber, Ivaldi carries the Cityside media range. “Cityside is an incredibly popular range, giving people access to the very latest in sleek, modern design at an affordable price,” said Karl. The Cityside media range is an edgy and glamorous addition to the showroom, including entertainment units, coffee and occasional tables, wall hung storage and floating shelves. Beyond the extensive range on display in the showroom, Ivaldi can source thousands more exclusive items because they are part of the Furniture One Co-op. “Being part of the Furniture One group means that I can bring a much bigger range of products into the showroom with very competitive pricing that comes from our combined purchasing power,” said Karl. When a more original piece is required, customers can work with the Ivaldi team to design something tailored to their unique taste and style. The team will ensure the piece that will fit seamlessly into the family and can be passed down through the generations. Whether you choose to buy a piece from an established brand, or a custom item, when you buy at Ivaldi you can always rely on continued service and care from the passionate team. As a locally owned and operated business Ivaldi is invested in the community of Newcastle and the Greater Hunter, and strives to exceed the expectations of every individual customer. Add this to their constant focus on quality and value, alongside the latest designs, and we are sure Ivaldi will meet all your furnishing needs. The Ivaldi team looks forward to welcoming you to the showroom and providing you with the highest quality furniture for your home.

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A new cruise terminal, V8 Supercars, improvements to sporting facilities and loads of private investment to build places that will accommoda...