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Publican says “Thanks” Following three days in John Hunter Hospital and undergoing facial surgery, Snake Gully Hotel’s Brett McGovern is making a strong recovery. Mr McGovern was assaulted when two armed thieves entered his Elder Street Lambton business late one Friday night in mid-December. They left with a sum of money. Police believe they may be part of a gang responsible for a spate of hotel robberies in the Hunter. Brett spoke with Lambton & New Lambton Local recently and was upbeat about the incident, not wanting to focus on the robbery. Instead he was focussed on the busy Christmas new year period ahead for the business.

Brett McGovern, publican at Snake Gully Hotel, is making a strong recovery from his injuries “I’m on the mend. I’ll be left with a few scars maybe. But as they say, that will make me stronger”.

What Brett did want to speak about was the level of goodwill and support he and his family had received” (continued page 2)

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(from page 1) “I’ve been absolutely blown away by the offers of support and well wishes. Not just from friends, staff and customers but by the community generally” Brett said. “I can’t begin to explain how grateful we are for the offers of support and well wishes.” “The hotel has traded as usual since the robbery. This has been due to our fantastic staff and the strength of Donna my wife. She’s been amazing. She’s been there for me, for our kids and for the pub all at the same time.” “To Donna, our staff, friends, family and patrons all I can say is Thanks.” Brett concluded.

Wishing our readers, contributors and advertisers a very Happy New Year! Thanks for your support and encouragement. Regular features such as the Live Entertainment listings and Lucky Letterbox will be back in time for February’s issue.

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“What’s a fiddle muff?” You ask Lambton’s Rosaline Cox and friends have been busy over recent months creating fiddle muffs for patients in the John Hunter Hospital, Dementia and Delirium program. Which of course begs just one question. What is a fiddle muff? “Fiddle Muffs are designed to assist people who need to keep their hands busy and as a distraction tool in hospital or any setting where distraction is beneficial.” Rose told Lambton & New Lambton Local “They’re beautifully simple in design and bring great joy to the user and indeed the maker. Each one is unique and can be created with a particular recipient in mind. Buttons, zippers, pockets, beads and lace are some of the accessories that can be attached to the muff.” Mrs Cox added. Recipients are not charged for the muffs. Rose and her team of volunteers are always happy to accept donations of machine washable wool, 8 ply and up. Craft goods, buttons, zippers, fabric, needles, thread and lace are most welcome as well. To find out how

Rosaline Cox and the ‘Rose Sewing for Charity’ team enjoying their Christmas get together to donate or to join the group please contact Rose on 4952 2710 or 0438 636 513, email rose6513@ or search Rose Sewing For Charity on Facebook.

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Zalia’s life-saving app idea Would you know what to do if you came across someone lying on the ground lifeless and barely breathing? If you knew the person had Type 1 Diabetes and was suffering from Hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose level) and could render them assistance you may well save their life. If 10 year old Zalia Campbell of New Lambton has her way this will become a reality. Zalia is the driving force behind the development of an app to do exactly that. The app will be designed to provide simple step by step instructions to passersby when someone is suffering Hypoglycaemia. The Year 5 student from St Therese’s Primary School, who

suffers from Type 1 Diabetes herself, came up with the idea after seeing another app designed to help people in trouble, the Daniel Morcombe app. With the assistance of Zalia’s dad Michael contact was made with an app developer to discuss the concept and get an idea of what it would cost to develop and maintain the app. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $20,000. To help reach that goal Zalia has set up a Go Fund Me page where so far, over a few months, more than $3,300 has been raised. Zalia has big plans for a number of fundraising events througout 2017 that will all work towards her $20,000 goal. If you would like to contribute

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Dear Lambton & New Lambton Local... First of all thank you for publishing the letter from Clint Coker in the December issue. He is far from alone. There are very few places left for us mountain bikers to enjoy and Jesmond is one of those few left. I credit mountain biking with saving my health, having lost 20kg. It is a great sport that gets people outdoors and having some thrills and some fun. I would probably go a step further and say we should not demonise anyone that has the humanity to still want to go outside and enjoy our bushland. Even....gasp! Motorbikers. (I also have friends who are motorbikers and not in fact Donald Trump destruction machines but just enjoy the bush). The Jesmond Bushland really isn't pristine, but it is still nice and should be enjoyed without having to worry about being garroted by a vigilante. Keep up the good public discourse. Colin Gabriel, Croduace Street, Lambton



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School Leaders 2017

Lambton Public School Leaders for 2017 Congratulations to our new Prefect Body, Captains and Vice Captains for 2017 Captains - Keeley Smith & Will Sanson Vice Captains - Lily Murphy-Wells & Harry Kearsey Prefects - Stella Lewis, Daniel Lim, Mitchell McLeod & Jordyn Murphy-Wells

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School Leaders 2017

Lambton High School Student Leadership Body for 2017 Back row (L to R): Prefects Hannah Murphy, Chris Holburn, Toby Schmieden and Ben Ellis. Middle row: Prefect Molly Jordan, Vice-Captains James Mace and Emma Shakespeare, Prefect Belle Humby. Front row: Prefects Ruby Maughan, Chloe Doyle, Monique Rosser, Captains Clare Corliss and Jackson Price, Prefects Maya Al Maraee, Yaerhim Shin, Eliza Carey. Absent- Siobhan Pickard and Jane Terry

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Christmas Carols in Lambton Park Clockwise from right: (L to R) Alex McKinnon and Teigan Power from Lambton, Kelly Turner, Dane Gagai and baby Dante from Garden Suburb. Sarah and Sadie Nielsen from Jesmond Carly and Emma Briton from New Lambton

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Clockwise from above: Holly McAlister from Kotara South Jack Laffan from Tomago, Paige Cooper and Sam Riddell from Shortland, Jess Laffan from Tomago, Loren Riddell from Newcastle and Patrick Skippen from Shortland Gilbert, Noah and Taona Afful of Fern Bay with Farai Gonzo who is visiting from Toronto, Canada For more photos from the event go to www. or the Lambton & New Lambton Local Facebook page. Photos by Nadia Waugh Photography

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In the neighbourhood this month... SAVED PARK ACTION: Residents from Regent St, Railway Rd and Lambton Rd came together in December for their annual Christmas party at the neighbourhood’s small corner park. Residents enjoyed a game of touch footy and foot races. The inaugural Lambton Gift (pictured at right), a handicap event over the length of the park was won by Edward. The annual and muchcoveted Lambton Sprint was taken out this year by Alexander. In 2014 residents successfully protested against a move by Newcastle City Council to sell the park for development. VOLUNTEERS THANKED: Newcastle businesses came together recently to ensure that John Hunter Children’s Hospital volunteers were thanked for the crucial role they play. Organised by Insight Wealth Planning, the ‘thank you’ party was held at the Duke of Wellington Hotel, New Lambton. Pictured (L to R) are: Insight Wealth team members Krystle Conicella, Jordan Warren, Tabitha Tworek, Naomi Pope (John Hunter Children’s Hospital), Melissa Wright and Michael Simmons


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Congratulations to last month’s quiz winner, Susan Burbridge of Hobart Rd New Lambton. Your $40 Lambton Grocer voucher has been posted to you. Last month’s mystery photo (below) was the spire of New Lambton Uniting Church.

This month’s quiz questions are below. You’ll find the answers within the pages of Lambton & New Lambton Local... Question 1 Who was Bridges Rd New Lambton named after? Question 2 When is the next Junior Ranger Day at Blackbutt Reserve? Question 3 What is a fiddle muff? Question 4 What fundraising target has Zalia Campbell set herself in order to develop her Diabetes Emergency Services App? Question 5 When are the West Leagues Netball registration days being held? Question 6 Which Church operates Wave Kids Club at Lambton High School?

Question 7 Who are the School Captains at Lambton High School for 2017? Question 8 Where would you find the object below?

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Blackbutt Junior Ranger Day Blackbutt Reserve will come to life on Tuesday 17th January with a feast of school holiday activities including environmental art and craft activities, games, critter encounters and jumping castles at the popular Junior Ranger Fun Day. The theme for the day is Summer Aquatic Action. Kids can cool off on water slides, go dip netting, get up close to reptiles and much more. The event will be held between 10am and 12 noon at Richley Reserve (off Freyberg Street, New Lambton). Bookings are not required, however parental supervision is compulsory and children must wear fully enclosed shoes. Please note that this event is not suitable


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Wave kids goodbye for the week

As each Summer holidays rolls around, a regular event in the Lambton/New Lambton area has been the Wave Kids Summer program which happens at Lambton High School and run by Hunter Bible Church. Now in its 15th year, Wave Kids has grown each year and now regularly sees more than 600 kids each summer. Sam Hilton, who oversees the event, reports that local parents contact the church in the months leading up to the January event because their kids loved attending the previous year. “The kids have a great time, partly because the 100+ section leaders are mainly from our Uni-aged church service who take a week off to put on the whole thing. Plus there’s the Sideline Cafe for parents to relax with a

Catering for kids of all ages, Wave Kids runs 16-20 January at Lambton High School free coffee while their kids are having a ball.” Sam told Lambton & New Lambton Local. Last year, the End-of-Wave Pool Party on the Friday at Lambton Swimming Centre had to be cancelled due to a storm.

Organisers are hopeful it will go ahead this year for all families who attend the week. Wave Kids runs from Monday 16th to Friday 20th January. Go to to register or for more details.

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This month in the news 1879

Extract from: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate of Thursday 30th January 1879; LAMBTON POLICE COURT, TUESDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 1879. (Before H. A. Smith, Esq., P.M.) - William Royal, charged with cruelly ill-treating a goat with a stick, was found guilty, and fined 10s., and costs 4s. 10d. William Royal was then charged with keeping an unregistered dog, and fined 10s., and costs of court, 2s. 6d. Elizabeth Burrowes was charged with being drunk and disorderly at Waratah, on the 2ist inst. Fined 40s, and 4s. 10d. costs, or seven days in Maitland gaol. Thomas Griffiths was charged with making use insulting words to Elizabeth Davis, in a public place at New Lambton, on the 23rd instant, whereby a breach of the peace might have been occasioned. Case dismissed. Martha Griffiths was charged with assaulting and beating one Elizabeth Davis, at New Lambton, on the 23rd instant. The Bench made some very strong

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remarks on the conduct of the parents of the children concerned in this case, in allowing such small children to provocate each other before the court. At the suggestion of the Bench the case was withdrawn on payment of costs by defendant’s father. John Broadbent was charged with stealing threepenny worth of peaohes from the garden of John Pillinger, at New Lambton, on the 23rd inst. Defendant pleaded guilty. Fined 1s; costs of Court , 7s 4d; or, 24 hours in the Lambton lockup. 1928

Extract from: The Newcastle Sun of Monday 30th January 1928 NEW LAMBTON Permits to erect two dwellings and a garage, estimated to cost £1,200 were granted at the last meeting of New Lambton Council. The applicants were: —W. Tickle, residence, and garage, Rae Crescent, £650. W. H. Mitchell, dwelling, Sketchley parade. £550. 1950


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Extract from: Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate of Thursday 19th January 1950; NO TELEPHONE FOR LAMBTON POLICE The cable serving telephone extensions to Lambton was working to capacity, and additional loading was not possible, an officer of the P.M.G.’s Department said yesterday. He was commenting on a statement by Ald. Armstrong, at the Newcastle City Council meeting, that Lambton Police Station, despite repeated requests, had no telephone. “In several instances,” Ald. Armstrong said, “a private phone had to be used. A telephone in a police station is a necessity.” The departmental officer said Lambton Police Station was a No.1 priority, but until a hirer in the area cancelled a phone, nothing could be done about it. There were enough applicants for phones in the Lambton district to justify another cable, but supplies of cable were small, and had to meet the demands of the Commonwealth.

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That was then, this is now Maps

A glance at any map of Lambton and New Lambton shows the area was never traced out in a grand design by a town planner. It grew haphazardly, and the strangely shaped streets abutting at odd angles forms not only a mosaic on the map but a mosaic in history. Each oddity has a story to tell. One of the more curious stories is of Bridges Road, for in an 1893 map of the region produced by Major T S Parrott of the Engineer Corps Sydney, we see not a road, but a line marked “Unused Railway”. This was the rail line of the ill-fated Australasian Coal Company. Having obtained a coal lease in the Hillsborough area in 1873 they spent a vast sum

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of money building a railway to connect their mine to the port of Newcastle. In October 1877 the first trainload of coal was taken to the port, but within 18 months, as a result of spectacularly bad management, the company went bust and the rail line fell idle. By 1894 it was clear that line would not be used again and the rails were removed. The rail corridor was released to New Lambton council in 1915, and by 1918 a short section of road was constructed south of Russell Road. Initially called South Greta Road, in 1919 it was renamed Bridges Road in honour of Major General

William Throsby Bridges of the Australian Army, who was killed by sniper fire at Gallipoli in 1915. Bridges Road was extended several times towards the south in the following years and revealed a surprise in 1962. When the Bridges Road-Northcott Drive underpass was excavated, workers found buried in the earthworks, still intact, the original 1887 wooden viaduct that carried the Great Northern Railway over the Australasian Coal Company’s line. An unexpected and long hidden reminder of the genesis of Bridges Road. You can view more details at

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Above: An 1893 map of the New Lambton area showing what is now known as Bridges Road as a disused colliery railway. Below: The same area today, courtesy of Google maps, with Bridges Rd running from the railway underpass at Kotara in the south through to the intersection of Lambton and Turton Roads.

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ADF Long Tan Teamwork and Leadership Award- Andrew Gay (Year 12) and Sophie Carson (Year 10)

Tim Crakanthorp MP Social Justice AwardClare Corliss

Creative and Performing Arts Rising Star Award- Amy Mason

Franklin Award for Outstanding Sporting Achievement- Lisa Cochrane

Sportswoman of the Year- Amelia Hughes

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John Lawler Trophy for the Most Successful Knockout Team- Open Girls Water Polo Team (NSWCHS Champions)

Other significant achievements include: 14 students received a Hunter Secondary Schools Sports Award with Amelia Hughes recognised with the Hunter SSSA Female of the Year Award and Lisa Cochrane the Merv Cotteril Award. Amelia Hughes was awarded the prestigious NSWCHS award for successfully representing the school, region and state in elite levels of school sport, and for her achievements and leadership in the sport of Touch. On behalf of the school, I wish all of our community a safe and relaxing holiday break.

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And around we go again

On 1st January each year, our world, planet earth, marks the beginning of a yet another journey around the sun. In its slightly elliptical single orbit, it will travel 940 million km and rotate as it goes on its own tilted axis 365.25 times. It will go through all four seasons and experience all kinds of weather. This year 2017, and every year. Year after year, over and over. I wonder if the earth ever feels a bit like the hamster in the wheel, spinning spinning.

of this year and think, “despite occasional various challenges, this has been a good year and I’ve done my best”! There are several different ways to achieve this. And of course, they are not guaranteed to bring about a life of rose petals and ease, but they do help us feel more connected, both within ourselves and with each other. That connection is one of the most important keys to feel that life is worth living and to feeling upbeat and positive about it. Our relationships figure strongly first. That special person, our families, our friendships. Strong relationships generally mean a happier life. Meaningful activity is another factor. We get bored so quickly, so it is essential to have connections to activities that bring us pleasure or meaning. Looking after our physical and mental health also helps immeasurably: adequate sleep, plenty of water, nutritious food, not too much alcohol and regular exercise. These are the foundation stones of good mental and physical health.

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VET Chat

by Dr Fiona Wallace of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic

Remembering Woody

January is holiday time, and holidays are thinking time. I have been lucky to recently return from a stay on a game reserve in South Africa, where in amongst monitoring the amazing African wildlife, assessing habitats, spotting birds and generally being part of the rich and beautiful country, we discussed a new field of science called Conservation Medicine. The University of Sydney has recently appointed a Professor in this emerging field, which recognises that the health of humans, our pets, our livestock, our native fauna and our environment are inextricably linked, and to understand this properly we need to bring together the collective wisdom of doctors, vets, ecologists, sociologists and others in the quest for planetary health. Ever since the 1960’s and before there has been outcry against the effects of industry, agriculture and commerce on our pristine environments, but with the emergence in recent years of new diseases such as bird flu, Hendra virus and Ebola, mass extinctions of frog populations due to a new fungal disease, and a gain in traction in certain areas of the world with our old enemies tuberculosis and malaria, it is clear that the time has come to reassess our responses to these threats. What can we do? Returning from South Africa has been an inspiration for me to become more involved in this area. As an inner city vet we get our share of wildlife coming through the door – mainly possums, birds and reptiles –who have been injured or are ill for reasons we often do not understand. As local general practice veterinarians we actually stand at the coal face in responding to the ill health of our local fauna. Vets often do not have time – and certainly do not have the funds – to investigate further, and these animals, which may be able to teach us a

great deal, are given first aid, TLC and a big dose of hope before being handed on to the wonderful native animal carers of this city. How would it look if we had more time and more expertise to devote to not only humanely caring for our natives, but to understanding their physiology and pathologies and susceptibilities to disease?? Thus, the “Remembering Woody Project” has been born, and readers of Lambton & New Lambton Local are some of the first to know! As a fundraiser, pet owners are invited to buy a hand painted wooden tile to commemorate their pet, which they can keep, or which can be mounted in a mosaic on the wall of our waiting room. We plan for other veterinary clinics to join in with this concept and that significant funds can be raised from like-minded members of the public, to fund the proper care of our fauna and also provide opportunities for frontline observation and research. When you are next going past us at New Lambton Veterinary Clinic, on Lambton Rd Broadmeadow, please feel free to come in and have a look at our tile wall. All tiles are painted by local artists who are volunteering their time for the project. Fiona Wallace


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Chat by Ryan Samuels and Lani Stokes

of Poke Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine Centre, Lambton

What can Acupuncture treat?

At Poke Acupuncture we are “Chinese Medicine Practitioners”. What this means is that we are trained in and practice all therapies of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Not many people are aware of this but Acupuncture is actually one of the eight therapies that makes up Traditional Chinese Medicine. The other seven therapies might also be a surprise to many people: Chinese herbal medicine, Cupping therapy, Massage, Moxibustion, Nutrition, Gua sha and Qi Gong/Tai Chi. What health conditions do Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine treat? Most patients seek our help for a variety of different reasons, however the most common are: • Chronic pain & sports injuries • Pinched or trapped

nerves • Skin conditions – shingles, eczema, psoriasis • Digestive problems – acid reflux, constipation, diarrhoea, bloating • Menopause –hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, moodiness • Anxiety • Vertigo • Migraines

How does Acupuncture work?

Let’s be honest Acupuncture is a bit of a mystery to most people and it can be hard to understand unless you are an Acupuncturist. Acupuncture helps to improve and maintain health in a number of different ways, but one of the most recognised ways is that it is able to treat illness and improve health by regulating the body’s nervous system. The majority of people spend most of their days in a mild to moderate state of “fight or flight”, which is fine for short periods of time, but when sustained for long periods of time we begin to see health issues starting to arise: poor sleep, anxiety, tight muscles, digestive problems and weight gain around the midsection are just a few. Acupuncture helps to flip the switch between the stressful “fight or flight” state to the healthier and more optimal body state of “rest, digest and repair” where the body is able to enjoy lower stress hormone levels and blood pressure levels, improved digestive function, mood and often, better quality sleep. Ryan Samuels, Registered Acupuncturist & Chinese medical herbalist

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Matters by Chris Stevens CPA Partner at GC Accountants, Lambton

Resolutions for a happily financial new year

Despite the best intentions, many of us will finish this year on a low note financially. Whether it’s the cost of Christmas presents or summer holidays, or unexpected expenses that cropped up during the last 12 months, wouldn’t it be great to be able to start the New Year for once without having to play catch-up? So with 2017 just beginning, now is the perfect time to start planning your financial strategy for the year ahead. Here are our top five New Year’s financial resolutions that you can make right now, so you’ll be in a better position by December. Resolution 1: I will review my household spending A detailed budget can be the most valuable tool you have for managing your finances. So if you find yourself regularly overspending, the beginning of the year is a great time to look at where your money keeps going. Resolution 2: I will manage my debts Clearing your debts might be easier said than done – but whatever you do, don’t stop chipping away at them. Remember, the longer your debts stay with you, the more you’ll have to spend on interest. Resolution 3: I will improve my cashflow Even if you budgeted carefully in 2016, did you find it challenging to keep up with your regular expenses? If you found yourself living from one paycheque

to the next, it might be time to take a look at your incomings and outgoings to see if there’s a way to smooth out your cash flow. Resolution 4: I will start saving Once you’ve got your cashflow and debts sorted, it’s much easier to create a realistic savings plan and stick to it. To stay motivated, remind yourself that every bit you put away adds up – and could make an enormous difference in the long run. Resolution 5: I will focus on the future By getting your finances under control for 2017, you’ll be in a better position to start thinking about your long-term investment strategy. Depending on your situation, you might prefer to focus on either your super or your non-super investments, or a mixture of both. If you’re not sure, we can give you the guidance you need. 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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• 2017 SEASON • Persons wishing to play football (soccer) in 2017 can register online commencing from MONDAY 9TH JANUARY. Please go to and follow the prompts for the 2017 season. Lambton Jaffas Junior Football Club caters for all age groups from O/35’s, Ladies, All Age and 6 to 18 years of age players. Children turning 5 years in 2017 can register to play in under 6’s.

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by Anne-Marie Adams

Owner/Personal Trainer at Inspirational Group & Fitness Training

A challenge to you for 2017

Too many times we think that the number on the scale defines how healthy we are and although it can be used as tool it is not the end of the conversation. The problem with relying on just this information is that it does not always tell us the full story especially when it comes to what’s happening in our bodies. This year challenge what you are being told is healthy. If you watch TV, look on the internet, etc you can’t be blamed when you think that to be healthy you need be toned with a great bikini body. Now if you want to go for that look please do but what I am saying is that you don’t have to look like that to be healthy. What I am very big on is creating healthy habits that will last you a lifetime. Let’s change the conversation from weight loss to being healthy. You do not need miracle shakes, harsh eating plans or to slog it out at the gym for hours each day. I know because I tried all of that before I lost my 20kg and none it worked for me. What did where 3 simple things….. 1. Moving my body doing exercise I liked to do 2. Rediscovering healthy food 3. Changing my mindset from wanting the perfect body to wanting to do the right thing by my body which does so much for me by keeping me alive and functioning each day So this New Year, let us look at what healthy actually looks like for you. I want you to become more active, start making healthy meals and to remember to appreciate our bodies for the amazing work they do. I am looking forward to continuing to bringing you more information to make 2017 your healthiest year yet. So until next time......Love life, dream big and become the inspiration Anne-Marie Adams


Matters by Chris Hill-Smith of Appleton Law, Lambton

Who should be the Executor of my will? In your will you appoint one or more executors whose task it is to obtain a grant of probate of the will and to administer the estate in accordance with the terms of the will. Commonly the executor appointed would be the person whose has the greatest interest in dealing with the estate. If the estate is not complicated and there is a spouse or adult child as sole beneficiary they would be the appropriate choice. The executor, having an interest in the estate will be keen to have the estate administered without undue delay and as is the usual situation, they can seek professional help to facilitate the process. But the choice of executor should be given careful thought. It should be someone you trust to carry out your wishes and when it is anticipated that more than one executor might be appointed, it is important that they get along and can work together to carry out your wishes. For instance if there are three children and all are proposed to be executors, majority decision making may mean that there is an impasse in making important decisions. Delays, excessive costs and disagreements can result. In more complicated estates the executor may be required to carry out more onerous tasks such as carrying on the operations of a business or acting as a trustee of family trusts. In those situations, consideration should be given to appointing an institutional or professional trustee.

When a sole executor is appointed it is wise to appoint a substitute executor to take the place if necessary. Importantly executors carry the burden of significant duties and obligations which they are required by law to comply with. If there is a breach of those duties personal liability can be brought home to them. The position of executor, unless carried out by a profession trustee, is generally a gratuitous position. They do not get paid but in limited circumstances can seek an award of commission from the court. Therefore you should obtain their agreement to act before appointing them.

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TRAVEL Matters

Yes, there are certainly variations in seat width and legroom between international airlines and between different types of aircraft. No, the variations are not great. And, any reduction in seat padding sounds a bit like an urban myth. by Ian and Sue Roberts To get particularly good legroom you may have to of Memorable Destination pay more, but there are a few tips that you can follow to help get a a more comfortable seat without having to shell out a lot of hard earned. When planning a trip, we always check a website called seat As well giving advice on the best seats on a plane, seat also offers charts that show, among other things, seat width and seat pitch on both domestic and long-haul aircraft used by the various airlines. For example, it shows that the distance between the Uncomfortable plane seats are one of the main travel armrests on long-haul Economy seats tends to range complaints we hear. between 16 inches and 19 inches. Many people are convinced that seats in long-haul For example, the economy seat width on Airbus economy class seem to be getting narrower and have planes operated by Qantas is 17 inches to 17.5 inches. less padding and legroom. On Boeing aircraft operated by Qantas the seat width From our experience, the answer is ‘Yes’ and ‘No’. is 17.5 inches. The current chart on seat shows that Canadian operator, WestJet Airlines, offers the widest economy class seats at 20 inches on a Boeing 767300ER. Boeing Dreamliners flown by low cost carrier, Scoot, have the second widest economy seats at 18.9 - 19.7 inches. The seat also includes information about legroom on the various aircraft. Use a website called to check whether ❂ Home and Commercial window tinting: your plane is heavily booked -if you may have space ✹ Heat ✹ Fading ✹ Privacy ✹ Security to spread out. ❂ 30 years experience You can also ask at the gate about a free upgrade to ❂ Servicing the local community the bulkhead (the first row of economy class) or the ❂ Professional job guaranteed exit row, which both tend to have more legroom. ❂ Honest and reliable ❂ Obligation free quote And finally, realise that many airlines now charge for seat selection and ask you to do it at the time of booking your ticket. It is always wise to check whether this is the case - and also smart to find out the cost of seat upgrades, should you fail to get one free of charge. For more travel tips and information, please follow us Call Leo Borg on 0407 469 650 online at or email Ian and Sue Roberts

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by Anthony Piggott of Piggotts Pharmacies Blackbutt & Lambton


Constipation is one of the most common bowel problems experienced by Australians and this condition can be distressing and debilitating.




Constipation is the term used to describe when your bowel motions are less frequent and you have trouble passing them as they are often hard and dry. At times you may only be able to pass small amounts or have difficulty passing anything at all. Other signs of constipation may include pain, cramps or swelling in the abdominal area, or perhaps you leave the toilet feeling your bowel is not completely empty.


One of the common causes of constipation occurs because the colon (part of the digestive system) absorbs too much water from your food. If the food moves through the digestive system too slowly, too much water may be absorbed. The bowel contents at the end of the digestive process are then too dry and hard.

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Local Community Group Notices

HUNTER ANIMAL WATCH INC. We raise funds through our Op Shop at 139 Beaumont St Hamilton to assist pensioners to desex their pets. Since we began in 1998 we have helped around 30,000 people in the Lower Hunter. Pensioner pet owners requiring help with the cost of desexing their pet are encouraged to call 4961 6133 between 10am & 3pm Monday to Friday 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. 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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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 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 6.15-7.30pm, Cubs 8-10 yo Mondays 6.15 - 7.45pm, Scouts 11-15 yo Thursdays 6.308.30pm. Our hall is located at 8 Elder St, Lambton. For more info contact Glenn MacFadyen (Skip) on 0417 421 174 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 Community groups & organisations may submit notices for publication free of charge. Include general information about group as well as details of upcoming events. Email your notice to: lambtonlocal@gmail. com or post to PO Box 130, Lambton by 15th of the month. Notices may be edited or omitted due to space limitations.

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BASKET OF IRONING You drop off and pick up for $25. Efficient, reliable and cheap Ph Sadie 0423 849 408

PINE DRESSER Pine dresser for dining room. Leadlight windows, very good condition. $200 o.n.o. Ph 4952 3385

CLOTHES REPAIRS & MENDING Men’s trousers, men’s T-shirts, women’s pants, curtains, hemming, attaching patches etc. Phone Julie on 0413 875 954

RECLINER ROCKER Custom made reclining rocker chair. Oyster colour $400 Ph 0427 426 277 TIMBER TV CABINET Stained pine, 2 door corner TV and DVD cabinet $150 Ph 0427 426 277 TOYOTA COROLLA SECA 1992 Automatic, very low ks at only 130,000, seller is only the second owner, air conditioner recently re-gassed. Rego WXY-120 (exp. May 2017) $2,500 Ph 0405 795 311 WEBER BBQ $200 Ph 0427 426 277

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 KOREAN MARTIAL ARTS AND SELF DEFENCE New Lambton Community Centre 14 Alma Rd., New Lambton. Wednesdays & Fridays 6:00-7:30 pm First month’s training free. For further information. Call Don on 0438 789 619

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