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•Issue No. 34 • Est. 2014•HOME DELIVERED FREE•February 2017•

Over recent months many locals will have noticed, at a street corner near them, that the National Broadband Network (NBN) has been under construction. NBNCO’s construction partners have been busy putting the physical infrastructure in place ready for connecting thousands of homes and businesses across our suburbs to the network. According to the company’s website,, the network will be available to the majority of Lambton and New Lambton homes and businesses between February and May. Parts of New Lambton Heights and those areas west of Croudace Street in Lambton are still at planning stage and have estimated availability dates of between July and September this year.

Residents and business owners can check on service availability at their specific address and register for email updates at

There is also a map of the rollout stages and a handy FAQ section which answers many of the questions residents will have.

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The 40km/h speed limit applies during the morning and afternoon hours on gazetted school days even if children cannot be seen

Sonia Hornery MP State Member for Wallsend

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Readers, advertisers and community groups are encouraged to contribute to Lambton & New Lambton Local with news items, community events and any matter of general interest to residents of the area. In contributing news items the contributor accepts that such information may or may not be published in print and/or online using websites and social media channels at the sole discretion of the publisher. No guarantee of publication is implied by this invitation to contribute. Except where otherwise noted herein, all information, photographs, text and images, within ‘The Local’ is subject to copyright. Material may not be reproduced and/or distributed in whole or part in any form without the prior written consent of the publisher. The views expressed within these pages are not necessarily those of the publisher. They might be, but they might not be. Who knows? ABN 48 260 331 896 Page 2 > Lambton & New Lambton Local > February 2017

I will continue to stand up for the issues that are important to you. Telephone: 4950 0955 • Fax: 4950 0977 E: @Sonia_Hornery

Keep kids safe around school With the beginning of the new school year following the quieter summer holiday period it’s important that motorists reacquaint themselves with the special conditions that apply when driving in and around school zones. The 40km/h School Zone rules apply at most schools from 8 to 9.30am and 2.30 to 4pm on all gazetted school days. This speed limit must be observed even if school children cannot be seen. The NSW Centre for Road Safety has released some handy tips to remind parents how to keep kids safe. • Always park and turn legally around schools. • Avoid dangerous manoeuvres such as U-turns and three-point turns. • Always give way to pedestrians particularly when entering and leaving driveways. • Drop children off and pick them up on the school side of the road in your school’s designated drop off and pick up area. . For more information on School Zones go to www.

40 km/h School Zones apply from the first day of term one. This includes any gazetted school day including Staff Development Days (pupil free days)








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Baby Book Time at New Lambton library

You can introduce your baby to the wonderful world of books at a special series of workshops at New Lambton branch library this month. The ‘10 Minutes a Day’ Baby Book Time program uses songs, rhymes, books and music to entertain and enthral your young one. This fun series of workshops, held over four consecutive weeks will provide you with the tools and resources to nurture your child’s love of reading. The program is designed for babies aged 0-2 years and their carers. Each session runs for 30 minutes and is free of charge. There are limited places however so bookings are essential. To book go to: Library/Whats-On/Children-s-Activities/Baby-BookBaby Book Time will be held at New Lambton branch library at 11.30am on Tuesdays 7, 14, 21 and 28 February. The program runs each month at selected Newcastle Council library branches. The program will return to New Lambton branch in May and September of this year.


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NTC starts year with opening night sellout A full house of 140 attended Laughter on the 23rd Floor when the play opened at Newcastle Theatre Company recently. The Neil Simon comedy, set in 1950’s New York, centres on the script writing team for a hugely popular TV variety show. The production continues each Wednesday, Friday and Saturday until 4th February. Tickets are available from www. or the Box Office at 90 De Vitre Street, Lambton.

At opening night of Newcastle Theatre Company’s production of ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ on 21 January (clockwise from top of page) Janet Nelson and Howard Rawlinson of Raymond Terrace with Beth Preston and Henry Hely both of Lambton; Jan Boyd and Sylvia Heath both of Elermore Vale; Kate Dun of Hamilton and Charlie Jeffery of Bar Beach


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Rose’s Friday 13th birthday surprise Joe Cox and his wife Rosaline of Lambton had been planning her 70th birthday celebrations for some time when bad news struck the couple. “We had booked ourselves on a lovely cruise around the islands, it was going to be like a second honeymoon for us” Joe told Lambton & New Lambton Local. “But in life things happen. Rose was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphoma Leukemia. Our cruise had to be cancelled and replaced with intensive chemotherapy.” he added. Not willing to give up on Rose having a birthday celebration Joe conspired with Rose’s friends to plan a surprise on the day of Rose’s birthday. There was no hiding the joy on Rose’s face when the 16 seat stretch Hummer limousine arrived on Friday 13th January at their Orlando Rd home to transport the Coxs and their friends to a special Black Friday themed birthday dinner at Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club. Happy birthday Rose and best wishes for your recovery.

All smiles: Rosaline and Joe Cox heading off for Rose’s surprise 70th birthday celebrations

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If the letterbox pictured above is yours, you’ve won a $30 open order from Jarrett’s Quality Meats in Elder Street Lambton. To claim your prize simply call in to the shop and show some ID with your address on it to the team at Jarrett’s Quality Meats. You had better hurry though. The prize must be claimed by Friday 10th February or you will miss out. The open order for December was claimed by the lucky residents of 47 Chiplin St, New Lambton.





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Dog owners know all this...Don’t they?

If you own a dog there are a few simple things you need to know to keep your neighbours and your dog safe. Being a responsible dog owner is easy really. Here are six things you can do to ensure you are a responsible pet owner: • Make sure your dog can be identified with a collar, tag and microchip. • Make sure your dog is registered with Council so it can be identified if it becomes lost. • Keep your dog in your yard. • Consider desexing your pet. • Always clean up after your pet. • When outside your own property keep your dog on a leash unless you are in a recognised Off Leash Area. There are a number of Off Leash Areas handy to the Lambton/New Lambton area including Acacia Ave Reserve North Lambton and the Michael Street Reserve Lambton, as well as Braye Park at Waratah, Elermore Vale Park and West End Park at Adamstown. Note that some of these areas are available for limited morning and evening hours • Always clean up after your pet. There is plenty more information and tips on how to be a responsible pet owner at the Newcastle Council website au/Living/Residents/pets-and-animals/


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Newcastle Council has produced a brochure (at left) which details the 17 dedicated Dog Off leash areas across the city and suburbs

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Water wisely as summer sizzles With the number of higher temperature days we’ve experienced in recent weeks it can be easy to reach for the garden hose to cool off. Limited rainfall recently means the garden might enjoy some help from the hose as well. With that in mind Hunter Water would like to remind residents of how to use water wisely around the home. Water Wise Rules came into effect in July 2014 as part of the NSW Government’s Lower Hunter Water Plan, which looks to secure the water supply for 20 years. They will save the region one billion litres of drinking water each year. Essentially the three Water Wise Rules are: • All hoses must have a trigger nozzle attached • No watering of lawns or gardens between 10am and 4pm • No hosing hard surfaces like paths or driveways. Although breaking the rules can lead to fines of up to $220, Hunter Water’s Nicholas Kaiser told Lambton & New Lambton Local the aim was to educate, not punish residents.

“Water Wise Rules are really commonsense water behaviours that Hunter Water is taking a commonsence approach to enforcing. “Hunter Water will look to issue reminder notices to customers who have been observed not abiding by the rules and only ever fine repeat and habitual offenders,” Nick said. But what about the local Bowling Club or Council gardeners you might ask. “There are a number of exemptions to Water Wise Rules, including specific exceptions for businesses and organisations who rely on needing to water at all times of the day.” Mr Kaiser said. “Exemptions can also be granted for health reasons and for special circumstances, like establishing a new lawn or garden bed or to remove mud from a driveway,” he added. For more information on Water Wise Rules, including some exemptions, you can go to www.hunterwater.


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Dear Lambton & New Lambton Local We can’t be everywhere... Lambton & New Lambton Local tries to cover as many local community events and celebrations as we possibly can. The truth is we can’t be everywhere and see everything each month, so we count on you dear reader to let us know. Whether your sporting club has a fundraising event planned, your community group has a member celebrating a milestone or your school has received an award. Whatever it is we want to know. Go to: to leave a message or email: or phone 0455 210 000.

I’ve written a short, true account of the life of a New Lambton’s wandering peacock who lives at the bottom of our garden. It may interest some readers as probably know his routine also. The day was hot and steamy, tree tops alive with chirps, squawks and tweets from the menagerie of birds tiny to quite large. At the front-door the cat waits to get his dish of tasty bits, his latest taste came from the Christmas ham. Andrew ‘Pecker’ the resident Peacock comes strutting up the wide front driveway stirring up all his tree top rivals to fly off our else! This daunting fanfare of colours and beautiful long feathered tail inches toward anything that is between him and a feed. In his eyes he’s the sole occupant of the house and yard. He has the boys’ sole attention when he pecks and honks while preening himself using the large front window as a giant mirror. Appeasing himself with the dry cat food and bird seed given to him on demand. Andrew ‘Pecker’ Peacock hops down the stairs back down the drive to start his daily routine with the other humans who live around New Lambton An anonymous New Lambton resident

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Congratulations to last month’s quiz winner, Kim Randall of Kings Rd New Lambton. Your $40 Lambton Grocer voucher has been posted to you. Last month’s mystery photo (below) was the clock tower at Alfred Harker Memorial Oval.

Question 7 How many litres of water do the Hunter Water Water Wise rules save our region each year? Question 8 Question 1 Where would you find the structure How many Dog Off Leash areas pictured below? are there within the Newcastle City Council area? Question 2 Lambton High Year 12 leavers of what year are holding a reunion at Lambton Bowling Club in April? Question 3 What is the name of the new bistro at Alder Park Sports Club? Question 4 Who wrote the play ‘Laughter on the 23rd Floor’ which is in season Send your answers in an email at Newcastle Theatre Company ? to lambtonlocal@gmail. com with ‘Big Quiz’ in the Question 5 subject line or post them to What name has been given to the PO Box 130, Lambton 2299 peacock that roams New Lambton? by Wednesday 8th February Question 6 for a chance to win the $40 What month is it at Lambton Lambton Grocer voucher. Grocer? This month’s quiz questions are below. You’ll find the answers within the pages of Lambton & New Lambton Local...

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That was then, this is now Drains

by Lachlan Wetherall

When we think of the major contributors to health in our area, the hospital precinct at the top of the hill comes easily to mind. But another important and overlooked contributor lies at the bottom of the hill, in the stormwater channels that snake through Lambton and New Lambton. Before they existed the flat expanse of Broadmeadow was a major hindrance in draining rainfall to the sea. An inquiry in 1893 noted that … “On account of the defective drainage the water lay on the ground for days and weeks and even months in wet weather. It lay about the houses and became a nuisance not only in the way of locomotion, but was also productive of bad health and disease.” The ill effects of stagnant water included respiratory infections, fungal infections, fevers, and mosquito borne diseases. Because the problem spanned the multiple small local councils of the time, the state government in 1894 surveyed a network of drains across the inner suburbs.

With an estimated cost of £39,500 work began in May 1895 with the long straight channel through Broadmeadow, following the path of the defunct Australasia Coal Company railway. Construction of the drainage channel up to Lambton progressed steadily and was completed by 1899. Work on the New Lambton branch was halted for several years however, because of a dispute with the Waratah Coal Company whose land the channel traversed. The work was resumed in 1901 and completed soon after. A few extensions in ensuing years resulted in the drainage system that has served us for over a hundred years. Today, the stormwater channel running across Broadmeadow carries away the rainfall from 1700 hectares across eleven suburbs. At full flow it can drain the equivalent of an Olympic swimming pool every 30 seconds. So the next time you think one of those ‘ugly’ open concrete drains, give a bit of respect, and a perhaps drink a toast to the health of the community. You can view these photos and more details at

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Above: Construction in 1901 of the stormwater drain in New Lambton, near present day Mackie Ave. On the horizon the rightmost hill is where the hospitals would one day be built. (Photo by Ralph Snowball. University of Newcastle Cultural Collections). Below: Construction of John Hunter Hospital at New Lambton Heights in 1987 (University of Newcastle)

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This month in the news 1. an extract from: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate of Wednesday 26th February 1879; 2. an extract from Sydney Morning Herald of 27th February 1900; 3. an extract from The Newcastle Sun of 24th February 1951




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Matters by Ronnie Wall of Wall Legal, New Lambton

Some consumer rights questions Does a Retailer have to sell an item at its lowest marked price? No, where an item is marked with two different prices the retailer cannot sell you the item at the higher marked price. However, the retailer may instead chose to withdraw the item from sale rather than sell it at the lower marked price. In practice most retailers will honour the lower marked price.

What is Bait Advertising? Bait Advertising occurs when a retailer advertises a product at a specific price but subsequently only makes available a very limited number of the products at that price. So, rather than providing a reasonable supply of that specific product to the consumer, the reality is that the retailer is instead enticing the consumer into their premises, with the intent of attempting to sell the consumer different products at higher profit margins. This is an illegal retail practice. Must a Retailer provide a Refund? No, a consumer is not automatically entitled to a refund merely because he or she no longer wants the item purchased. However, most retailers will provide a refund in these circumstances even though there is no obligation on them to do so. Conversely, refunds must be provided to consumers in situations where the product was returned because it was either faulty, unfit for purpose or not of sufficient quality. Disclaimer: This article is merely for information purposes only and does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. The Department of Fair Trading NSW is the appropriate Body to instigate consumer complaint matters.

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Stress about overseas menus no longer. Visiting a country where you don’t speak the language can be awkward. Luckily, there’s now a range of translation apps for mobile phones that can help you read those menus and reduce the chance of being misunderstood. The most comprehensive app we’ve come across is Google Translate, mainly because it has a feature called Word Lens. If you’re puzzling at a street or building sign or a menu written in a language that you can’t understand, simply point the phone at it - and the words should change to English. The feature currently supports about 30 languages - and Google says more are increasingly being added. Free to download, the app also has speech translation that converts your words into a language you select from a library of more than 50. For example, if you are visiting France, you can ask for directions in English, hold up the phone, and it will repeat your words in French. If someone replies in French, the app is designed to convert that back to English - and so on. It may sound like something out of Star Trek, but we’ve found that although the translation system understands English, it doesn’t always grasp the Australian accent. And it can also be confused by background noise - and doesn’t seem to grasp tenses. Another drawback would appear to be human nature: not everyone appreciates having a phone pushed toward them - and we’ve heard stories of people simply declining to answer questions. There are alternatives available for those who don’t want a Google app. We have used one called iTranslate, which is free to download from Apple’s App Store in its basic form, but has an impressive word-recognition feature available for a small fee. Other popular apps include SayHi Translate; Universal Translator; Speak Text; and Jibbigo Translator, which doesn’t necessarily require an internet connection to work. For additional travel tips and information, follow Ian and Sue Roberts online at www.memorabledestination. com Ian and Sue Roberts

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Believe or not on the day I am writing this Inspirational Group and Fitness Training turns 3. This got me thinking about all the things I have accomplished over this time and the parallels between running a business and living a fit and healthy lifestyle. There are many but here are just some of the few….. Planning Most people know where they want to be but without a plan it will never happen. Whatever you want to achieve you need to set a clear and then work out what you need to do monthly, weekly and daily to achieve this. Get out of that comfort zone We are so afraid of making mistakes and looking like a fool that it can stop us from taking a chance and having a go. However, this is one of the best ways we grow as people. If you really want something, you need to take a chance otherwise you will never achieve anything which is true failure. You are good enough Even the most successful people have doubts about their abilities to be able to achieve. Believe in yourself and surround yourself with people who believe in you too. There is no magic pill You see things all the time promising to help you lose weight quickly or that you can make a lot a money fast. These tend to be marketing hype. There is no short cut for long term results. You need to do the hard work to achieve what you want. Whether you want to achieve in business, improve your health and fitness or achieve in any other area of your life you can. So now we are well and truly into the New Year have a look at what you want to achieve in 2017 and take the first step towards it today. So until next time, Love life, dream big and become the inspiration... Anne-Marie Adams


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It has always been a dream of ours to open our very own clinic and that time has come! After years of practicing within large multi-disciplinary clinics in Canada, we decided it was time that we created a stand-alone Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine centre to call our own.


At Poke Acupuncture, we offer full Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine services, as well as some other well-known treatments such as cupping, dry needling and soft tissue release. We are passionate about the effectiveness of raw herbal treatments and stock a wide variety of high-quality, clean, lab tested Chinese herbs as well as powdered extracts. Our treatments are centred around our passions: Ryan is passionate about relieving chronic pain and digestive problems, and I gravitate towards treating skin conditions and menopause, however, we both maintain a general practice. Why Newcastle? We love it here. After 16 years away in Canada, I decided it was time to move home to be near family. So we packed up shop in August 2016 and relocated with our then 4 month old baby. It has been quite the whirlwind, but we are excited to open our dream business and share it with the community of Newcastle. We welcome people to drop in and say hi. If we are not in session, we would love to chat and answer any questions you have. .Lani Stokes - Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese Herbalist

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February is pet nutrition month

At Greencross Vets Lambton, February is pet nutrition awareness month. What goes into their bodies from the time they are puppies and kittens through to old age sets the foundations for their health and longevity. We are all healthier when we eat a balanced diet and the same is true for our furry family members. The aim of nutrition month is to ask yourself- what are you feeding your pet and how is this impacting on your pet’s wellbeing and lifestyle? Premium diets and vet recommended diets have a positive impact on health and disease in all animals. Appropriate feeding of these diets through all life stages can help prevent diet-associated diseases, as well as assist in the management of other diseases. For example, foods specifically formulated for kidney disease have been shown to provide significant benefit. So how can we choose the best food for our pets? Like with most things in life, we get what we pay for. Although the premium food may seem expensive, we are paying for high quality and the research behind it. The premium foods are made from good quality ingredients, are a complete balanced diet and promote wellbeing. By feeding a premium diet you will notice increased muscle mass, a softer, shinier coat and improved weight management. You will also actually feed less as the food is more digestible and will therefore produce smaller, well-formed faeces. Visit Greencross Vets Lambton or your local Petbarn store and have a chat about nutrition today. Whichever stage of life your pet is at, we want to help you choose the right food for your best friend!


Matters by Dr Stuart Edser

Principal Psychologist at Newcastle Psychology & Health


If you’re a smoker, then chances are you’ve thought about quitting. You’d be in good company too. Forty years ago in 1977, over a third of Australians, 37%, smoked. Twenty years later in 1995, that figure dropped to 24%. In 2013, it had dropped down to 13% and continues to decline.

totally overblown and overstated. So many seasoned smokers have told me they have found it so much easier to quit with help than they anticipated. Being ready is the most important factor. From a psychological point of view, it is better to think carefully through why you want to quit and how you will go about it, and putting some supportive strategies in place to scaffold your decision, than rushing in on an impulse and stopping temporarily. The research is clear that ‘cold turkey’ without preparation brings the worst results. It often sees people give in after a day or two, followed by feelings of guilt and shame, and then an avoidance of trying again. However, research shows that cold turkey with preparation is often the best way. Psychology helps with that preparation eg., decreasing systematically before ‘action day’, setting up alternatives to smoking etc. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is very useful in this stage and Hypnotherapy is a great support for some people helping them to stay focused and determined.

Quitting is a positive change millions have made, but maybe you’re not sure how to go about it. Many Beating addiction of any kind brings freedom. Life people have told me they would have quit earlier had after smoking is a wonderful thing in so many ways. they known two things: 1) a sensible workable plan Stuart Edser helps; and 2) the horror stories of withdrawal are




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by Anthony Piggott of Piggotts Pharmacies Blackbutt & Lambton

How is your Mental Health? Mental illness describes a number of diagnosable disorders that can significantly interfere with a person’s cognitive, emotional or social abilities. ABS data show that females aged 16–85 years have a higher rate of mental health disorders (22 per cent) than males (18 per cent). A higher rate of anxiety disorders is the main contributor to the higher overall rate for females, who are almost twice as likely as males to report post-traumatic stress disorder. Males were more likely to have had a mental disorder at some stage in their lifetime than females (48 per cent compared to 43 per cent). This was due to a higher proportion that had a substance use disorder. In 2007, 45 per cent of Australians aged 16–85 years reported that they would have met the criteria for a diagnosis of a mental disorder at some point in their life. One in five (3.2 million) Australians had experienced symptoms of mental illness in the previous 12 months. Pharmacies can also provide advice on ways to maintain your mental health, and cope with stress. There is a series of mental health information cards available from pharmacies providing the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia’s Self Care health information program. These cards cover a number of topics such as Anxiety, Depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There are also useful Fact Cards covering a range of related topics such as Relaxation Techniques and Sleeping Problems, all with helpful tips. Any questions regarding yourself, or a loved one, please consult your Doctor or Ask Piggott’s.

Anthony Piggott


Matters by Chris Stevens CPA Partner at GC Accountants, Lambton

Starting young Do you ever wish you started seeing a financial adviser earlier in life? Then consider setting your kids on their own financial advice journey sooner rather than later. As every parent knows, children need to learn from their own mistakes, but that shouldn’t be the case when it comes to their finances. In fact, young people can learn a lot from their parents when it comes to managing money – and this includes understanding the benefits of professional financial advice. Learning to budget Many young people find that money seems to just trickle through their fingers. In fact, 44% of people under 35 say they often buy things on impulse. Your financial adviser can help, by teaching your child how to approach their financial independence responsibly. A careful and realistic budget is your child’s most valuable tool when it comes to staying on top of their cash flow. As the first step, your adviser can show them how to balance their earnings against their expenses like rent, bills and groceries. That way, your child will know when they have money left over for the occasional splurge. Creating a savings plan When kids are just starting out in the workforce and living life to the full, they’re often living from one paycheque to the next – which can make it hard to save for life’s necessities. That’s where your financial adviser can play an important role, by explaining some basic savings strategies that could make a big difference in the long run.

For instance, just say your son or daughter wants to save for a car. By looking at their regular earnings and expenditure, your financial adviser can help them work out how much they can afford to put away each week or month.. Managing debt For many young people, there’s a temptation to think of credit cards as free money. The result? They end up in a debt spiral that can take years or even decades to escape. That’s why it’s important for your children to learn to nip debt in the bud before it gets out of control. Your financial adviser can help your child consolidate their debts – or at least prioritise them so they can focus on paying off the ones with the highest interest rates first. GC Accountants Pty Ltd ABN 46108440768 are authorised representatives of Count Financial Limited ABN 19 001 974 625, AFSL 227232. Lending services are authorised by Finconnect (Australia) Pty Ltd, Australian Credit Licence No. 385888

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Local & Live entertainment this month Blackbutt Hotel

Lambton Park Hotel

Wed 8

Tapestry - The Songs of Carole King feat. Vika Bull & Debra Byrne

Fri 3


Fri 3

Sat 4

Phase III

Sat4 Trancemission

Sun 4

The Good Times

Thu 9

Tapestry - The Songs of Carole King feat. Vika Bull & Debra Byrne

Fri 10

Mark Wells

Sat 11


Fri 17

Captain Risky

Sat 18


Fri 10


Fri 17

Grant Walmsley Duo

Fri 10

The Idea of North A Cappella A La Carte

Fri 24

Richard Ball

Sat 25

Hurricane Fall

Sat 11

An Evening with Lior & String his Quartet

Fri 24

Ryan Daley

Sat 25


Hotel Jesmond Fri 3

Ryan Daley

Fri 10


Fri 17


Fri 24

The Remedy Trio

Audie Franks

Lizotte’s Wed 1

Live N Local

Thu 2

Tony Johns

Fri 3

Dexter Moore

Sat 4

James Southwell Band feat. Charlie Wooton

Sun 5 Aleyce Simmonds (lunch)

Sun 12 Kaylens Rain Wed 15 Live N Local Thu 16 London Klezmer Quartet Fri 17 Lyn Bowtell & Southern Steel / Beth Brown Sat 18 All The Kings Men - A Tribute Sun 19 Karise Eden

The information on this page was correct at time of printing. Please check all details with the respective venues. Page 28 > Lambton & New Lambton Local > February 2017

Local & Live entertainment this month Wed 22 Live N Local

Thu 23 Winterbourne Fri 24

Girls on the Radio

Sat 25

Don’t Change... The INXS Story

Sat 25

Mike Vee

Wed 8 Jam Night with Ian Papworth & Kerry Miller

Sun 26 The Years

Fri 10

Mick Boogard

Wed 15 Jam Night with Ian Papworth & Kerry Miller

Sun 26 Beccy Cole (lunch)

Fri 17

Adam Gear

Wed 22 Jam Night with Ian Papworth & Kerry Miller

Newcastle Theatre Co.

Fri 24

Snake Gully Hotel

Laughter on the 23rd Floor Written by Neil Simon Directed by Noel Grivas

The Mark Hotel Sat 4

Mick Jones

Sun 5


Sat 11


Sun 12 Hornet Sat 18

Peta Evans Taylor

Sun 19 Love That Hat

Wed 1


Fri 3


Sat 4


Aaron Hood

Sat 4


Fri 10

Kelly Griffiths

Sat 11


Fri 17

Dai Pritchard

Sat 18


Fri 24

Kelly Hope

Northumberland Hotel Wed 1 Jam Night with Ian Papworth & Kerry Miller Fri 3

Brian McVernon

Sat 25 Love That Hat ----------------------------------------Note that some local venues were unable to provide their complete entertainment listings before this month’s issue went to print. Please check directly with those venues. The information on this page was correct at time of printing. Please check all details with the respective venues. Lambton & New Lambton Local > February 2017 > Page 29

Local Community Group Notices NEW LAMBTON SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS Make new friends while enjoying a warm and caring fellowship as well as to partake in the fun games of bingo and chats over a cuppa. Where? The New Lambton Seniors Assocation, located at the New Lambton Community Centre. For more details contact Barry Hoare secretary on 4963 4631 NEW LAMBTON COMMUNITY FRIENDSHIP CLUB We meet every Tuesday 10 am till 2 pm in the Trinity Church Hall corner Regent St and Portland Plc. New Lambton. Come and join other seniors for friendship, cards and musical entertainment as we age we need to get out of our 4 walls and expand our views on life. For more details ring Joy Loas 4952 2664 KNIT & NATTER Meet new people, make new friends at knit & natter every Monday. Meet at Mayfield Church of Christ, cnr Werribi St & Gregson Avenue at 9.30am. All ladies welcome. Phone Lyn for information. 49529324

MARCH STREET COMMUNITY GARDENS GROUP Interested in community gardening? March Street Community Gardens Group at 16 March Street Kotara welcomes new members. Experienced gardeners or beginners welcome. See our website or contact Gwen Ph 49529655 or Diane Ph 49572843

LAMBTON RESIDENTS GROUP All residents of Lambton area are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting. You too can be a part of some exciting and worthwhile initiatives and projects for our local area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except January) commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club, Karoola Rd. No RSVP needed. If you would like more information you can email: or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. THE LADIES PROBUS CLUB OF NEW LAMBTON Our motto is “Friendship and Fellowship”. Activities, which are voluntary and at participant’s own cost, include: Monthly Meetings, Birthday Luncheons, Day Trips, Theatre and a Walking Group. Phone Pat 4957 6629 or Laelia 4951 2939 for further details. NEWCASTLE DIGGERS SWIMMING CLUB Our club swims every Sunday from 8am till 10am at Lambton Pool. New swimmers welcome, all ages catered for. For further information contact Denis on 0414 721822. LAMBTON SENIORS GROUP Offering friendship and support for over 55’s. Meet at the Anglican Church Hall, Morehead St, Lambton every Thursday 9am for canasta, or other card and board games, carpet bowls from 12.30 pm. Cards resume 12th January. Ph Don 4952 8590 or Nola on 4952 3685 for further details. New people always welcome.

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HUNTER ANIMAL WATCH INC. Pensioner pet owners requiring some financial help to desex their pets, please call Hunter Animal Watch between 10am and 3pm on Mondays or Fridays. Tel: 49 616133, or call into our charity shop at 133 Beaumont Street, Hamilton. LAMBTON-WARATAH SCOUT GROUP If you know a boy or girl who likes camping, canoeing, hiking, science, sports, cooking, singing, music, exploring, or any of dozens of worthwhile activities maybe they should give Scouting a go. Meeting nights are: Joeys 6-7 year olds Mondays 6.157.30pm, Cubs 8-10 yo Mondays 6.15 - 7.45pm, Scouts 11-15 yo Thursdays 6.30-8.30pm. Our hall is located at 8 Elder St, Lambton. For more info contact Glenn MacFadyen (Skip) on 0417 421 174 NEWCASTLE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC. Was formed in 1983 and is dedicated to family history studies. The Library will reopen on Thursday 19th January. Library hours are Saturdays 10 am - 3.30pm, Thursdays 1pm - 3.30pm Visitors pay a fee $10 Saturday and $5. Our volunteers are on duty to assist visitors. Thursday. For more information contact 49578296. Community groups & organisations may submit notices for publication free of charge. You can include general information about group as well as details of upcoming events. Email your notice to: or post to PO Box 130, Lambton by 15th of the month. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations.

Local Community Classifieds...

Placing your Local Community Classified is easy! Email: or post the details to PO 130 Lambton 2299 by 15th of the month. Be sure to include your name and contact details for if clarification and/or verification are required.


BEDSPREADS Lovely bedspreads, 1 floral, 1 embroidered. Gorgeous, as new Ph 4957 1625 GENERATOR Brand new generator on wheels, still sealed. RRP $899, sell for $349 ono. Ph 4960 1112 KIDS’ RIDE ONS Bike, scooter, helmet etc for 2-6 year old, $30 the lot. Ph 4957 1625 SEWING CABINET White, very solid, excellent condition $60. Ph 4960 1112 WALKER Half price or near offer. Ph 4956 3734



HALLS FOR HIRE Main Hall and smaller hall called the Green Room, which has separate entrance, kitchen and toilets, off street parking. Available for permanent and casual bookings. Very reasonable rates. Contact Rev Maree Armstrong at St John’s Anglican Church, Lambton. Ph 4957 1073 IRONING DONE $25 per level basket. Drop off my home (New Lambton) in morning, pick up afternoon. Ph Lyn 0432 174 618


CAR DETAILING $30 per car, $40 if you want polished. I come to your home. Ph Mark 0432 174 618

MISSING CAT Cream coloured, neutered, male, Persian cat missing from Sketchley Parade home since 28th December. Elderly ladies’ pet. Any sighting or knowledge of where he is please contact Margaret on 4957 4471. Reward offered for return.

DOMESTIC CLEANING SERVICES Reliable husband and wife team providing house cleaning services, including pantry cleaning, at $25/hour, using own products. Ph Jenny 0412 016 073

PET CARE Jill’s Pet Sitting Service. Live in (your home) or daily visits. Mature, non-smoking lady, police clearances & references. Full time business (5 years) with 30 years experience. Ph 0418 246 384


Over 50’s Back Care Relaxation New Lambton Community Centre Stretch your Body and Mind Wednesdays at 9.30am Details: ph Catherine on 0411358460


For anyone over 15 Heartfulness, Relaxation & Meditation 8.30am every Sunday at New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road, New Lambton. Sessions are free of charge. For details ph 0416 193 005 or newcastle@heartfulness. org

FREE LOCAL CLASSIFIEDS (Private party only) Name ________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________ Phone _________________Email _________________________ Write the wording of your advertisement below. (Max. 25 words) Ad Text: ________________________________________ ______________________________________________________ Classification: _____________________________ Complete this form and post to: PO Box 130, Lambton 2299. We reserve the right to not publish advertising considered inappropriate or not in the spirit of the free classifieds offer. Private party ads only. For business advertising please email:

TAI CHI Fri 9am (beginners) & 10am All Saints Parish Hall New Lambton

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