Lambton & New Lambton Local - March 2018

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Residents and business owners with Newcastle Permanent Building Society accounts are aghast at the decision to close the Elder Street branch. “It looks busy enough when I’m in there.” Bede Jarrett of Jarrett’s Quality Meats said. “I think it’s shortsighted of the Perm to leave Lambton. Elder Street is one of the busier local shopping strips around Newcastle and it’s a real shame to think our locally grown building society will be walking away.” (continued on page 2)

L to R: Jason Smith, Bede Jarrett, Warren Irvine and Chris Hil-Smith are just some of the business people who will be left without a local branch to do their banking in the busy Elder Street shopping strip

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(continued from front page) In a statement issued to Lambton & New Lambton Local Newcastle Permanent said: “With the evolution of digital and online banking, there has been a significant shift in the way customers choose to undertake their banking. “This has resulted in a considerable decline in the number of customers choosing to use our branch at Lambton. With this in mind and after careful consideration, our Lambton branch’s last day of trade will be Friday, 16 March. “There are seven branches within a short distance and Newcastle Permanent has the largest owned ATM and branch network in the Newcastle and Lake Macquarie area. “We will be retaining our ATM at Lambton and are looking forward to continuing to serve our customers face-to-face at our nearby branches or online through our convenient digital banking alternatives. “The closure of the branch will result in no job losses or redundancies; all staff will be redeployed within our extensive branch network”.

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WANTED: A small or large financial institution to come and open a branch in the busy local shopping strip in the beautiful village of Elder Street, Lambton. Your branch will be rewarded by the patronage and smiles of many local, small businesses, their employees and their customers, clients, patients and patrons. Unfortunately the bean counters at the head office of the Newcastle Permanent have deemed the Lambton branch to be unviable and are closing it. This will leave the businesses, shoppers and residents nowhere local to bank, thus sending them to neighbouring suburbs or giant shopping centres. It seems the Perm’s slogan of ‘Here for good’ is just an irony. Jason Smith - Lambton Barber Shop

The closure of Newcastle Permanent’s Lambton branch this month will be the fourth time in just over two years that the local shopping villages of Lambton and New Lambton have lost in-branch over-the-counter banking services. The Commonwealth Bank closed its branch in Alma Rd New Lambton in January 2016. This was followed in November the same year by the closure of Greater Bank’s Elder Street Lambton branch. In June last year ANZ closed its branch in Regent Street New Lambton. Is Westpac in New Lambton next? I must say I’m tired of writing and publishing the same story over and again just with the name changed! I can hear a feint voice saying: “Let’s start our own community bank?” Is there appetite for this? Could it be viable? Contact us at Lambton & New Lambton Local if you think it could. Mark Brooker - publisher

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100 million and counting

A Return and Earn reverse vending machine has been installed at Turton Rd New Lambton between the McDonald Jones stadium carpark and the Hockey Centre. Other machines nearby include Jesmond, Mayfield, Edgeworth and Mt Hutton.

A newly installed reverse vending machine near McDonald Jones Stadium has proven popular with locals keen to get 10 cents per item refund. A reverse vending machine is a machine where you can return empty eligible containers like bottles and cans for recycling. When you insert your empty containers into the chute at the front of the machine, it will scan your container to ensure it is eligible for a refund. When you’ve finished depositing the containers, choose your preferred refund option on the electronic screen. Since the Return and Earn scheme began in January 100 million bottles, cans and other allowable containers have been returned for a refund. “100 million returned drink containers is a fantastic milestone to reach. I want to thank everyone who has gotten involved with Return and Earn so far. Every week more sites are rolling out across NSW making it easier for everyone to get involved in the scheme” NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said. For more information go to: au/

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Dear Lambton & New Lambton Local A Letter to the Editor

Old boots (or shoes) for collection In the next few weeks you should find a leaflet in your letterbox asking if you would like to donate an old (useless) pair of boots or shoes to a campaign. This is not a charity to raise money. It is a campaign to raise public awareness and show the Australian Government that Australians don’t want foreign troops in Australia. In fact we want them “booted out”. The foreign troops, US Marines, are stationed in Darwin every year and together with the US spy base in Central Australia, Pine Gap, make Australia an enemy of whoever the United States makes

an enemy and there are plenty. The campaigners, IPAN (Independent and Peaceful Australia Network) in association with the local Hunter Peace Group, believes it is very much in our interests as Australians to seek peaceful relations with all countries . Having another country’s military bases on our soil draws us into conflicts which we don’t want. So the campaign is titled: “Give ‘em the boot”. The old useless boots you donate will be collected at your letter box




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on the weekend after you receive the leaflet. This is happening this year all over Newcastle and in fact in all Australian capitals and major regional centres. The boots (and shoes) collected will be presented to the appropriate Government Authorities with the call to “Give ‘em the boot”. For further information email: or see website Bevan Ramsden, IPAN Newcastle coordinator - Jerrawa Close, Lambton

Pink Frangipani Ball returns The tenacity and spirit of a breast cancer fighter will be celebrated next month at the 7th Pink Frangipani Ball. The fundraising ball honours Sandra Rufo, the late wife of Newcastle councillor Andrea Rufo, who passed away from breast cancer in 2005. Sandra was diagnosed in 1994, at just 29-years-old. “Sandra beat the odds time and time again, demonstrating that the human spirit is an incredibly powerful force – and that she was one very special human being,” Andrea said. “During her courageous 10 year battle with this debilitating illness Sandra would set herself goals. One of these was to celebrate her 40th Birthday, in style, by holding a masquerade party. “Sadly, Sandra fell victim to breast cancer six months shy of her 40th birthday.” Since its inception in 2006 approximately $470,000 has been raised, which has been distributed to groups including the Hunter Medical Research Institute, Cure Cancer Australia and the Hunter Breast Cancer Education and Support Committee.

The late Sandra Rufo, whose battle with breast cancer is honoured at the Pink Frangipani Ball

The black tie, masquerade ball will be held at Wests City on Saturday, April 21. Tickets are $175 per person and include a three course meal, wine and beer, a live band and entertainment. For more information email Anyone wishing to donate can do so via www.

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Institute grants well spent

The Lambton Mechanics Institute has received its second state government grant in as many years, picking up almost $20,000 last month. A $19,500 cash injection from the Public Reserves Management Fund will all but cover a $23,000 knock down and rebuild of the site’s existing toilets, to see them replaced with an accessible unisex toilet. It comes after the Institute picked up a $45,000 Community Building Partnership in 2016 to paint the main heritage-listed building. The painting work is currently underway, with a contribution from the Trust providing the balance of the $66,000 project.

Kevin Goodwin and Ron Robinson from the Lambton Mechanics Institute trust at the historic Elder Street building The Institute is home to the Newcastle Family History Society and the Hunter MG Car Club, and also has a purpose-built kitchen and distribution centre for Meals on Wheels. “The Trust is very grateful to the government for these grants which have ensured that both essential maintenance can be undertaken and that the toilets can be upgraded to contemporary standards and provide access to those with mobility restrictions,” Institute Chair Ron Robinson said. “The building itself is a historical landmark in Lambton and it is pleasing to see the exterior being brought back to its former glory.” Page 8 > Lambton & New Lambton Local > March 2018

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The Quiz

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Calling local poets Can you write a great poem about Lambton or New Lambton? During 1919, the Newcastle Sun had a column called “Poem on a Postcard”. The newspaper invited submissions for short poetry and one was published with the title “Lambton Loveliness” (see facing page) The Lambton Residents Group invites readers to submit a poem with prizes of book vouchers awarded to winners of the following three categories: children less than 13 years, teenagers, anyone over 19 years of age. Your poem needs to be a maximum of 16 lines, must include the word “Lambton” and of course must be your original work. Poems can be submitted by email to up to 1st April 2018. Poems may be used to make an anthology. The winning poems will be published and the winners announced in Lambton & New Lambton Local in coming months.

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This is the 1919 poem:

Lambton Loveliness

Along the rustic road from Lambton Heights, Adown the grade the morning tram-car jars, The pure peach blossoms bloom, high noonday lights Of pinky hue, soft shimmering as the stars. I do not see the grass-grown drains, or streets Dust-carpeted, that wend their ragged ways To distant hills; for each fond peach tree greets Mine eye with loveliness of pinky rays. A glory of the Springtime tints the blooms, A fragrance that is sweeter than the rose Floats forth; the air a luscious tang assumes, The landscape sweetly blushes its repose. Anon, published in the Newcastle Sun Saturday 27 September 1919

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CAN YOU WRITE A GREAT POEM ABOUT LAMBTON OR NEW LAMBTON? During 1919, the Newcastle Sun had a column called “Poem on a Postcard”. They invited submissions for short poetry and one was submitted and printed, titled “Lambton Loveliness”. The Lambton Residents Group invite readers to submit a poem with prizes of book vouchers awarded to winners from the following three categories: • CHILDREN LESS THAN 13 YEARS • • TEENAGERS • • THOSE AGED OVER 19 YEARS • COMPETITION RULES: • Poem to be 16 lines or less • Must include the word “Lambton” • Poems must be original and the work of the submitter • Must be uplifting or complimentary about the suburb • Poems to be submitted by email, no correspondence entered into • Poems may be used to make an anthology • Winners names and poems to be published in the Lambton/New Lambton Local • Include name and phone number on email (phone numbers will not be published)

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Double boost for rising local tennis star He has a first name synonymous with Australian tennis and local teenager Lleyton Richards is looking to become a tennis star too. The Lambton High student turns 15 this month but is already playing in Under 18s and Open Men’s tournaments to gain experience and to increase his ranking. It is not easy for he and mum Lisa to meet the costs of training, equipment and travel. They have received some good news with a double boost to help Lleyton to realise his dream of becoming professional tennis player, competing on the ATP World Tour. Local social and affordable housing provider Compass Housing has renewed its Grow a Star scholarship. The scholarship will enable Lleyton to continue conditioning training, so vital for him to gain the strength to compete with older opponents and also to prevent injury. He’s also picked up a scholarship from Variety Heart to pay for an extra weekly tennis lesson with Hunter champion tennis player Trudi Musgrave. Lleyton said the scholarships mean the world to him, not just financially but also for the knowledge that

Lisa Richards, Lleyton Richards and Grow a Star co-ordinator Shane Marshall other people are backing him. Roger Federer is one of his heroes and he is aiming to win a grand slam just like his idol. “I love tennis; it is what I want to do so I need to put in the hard work,” Lleyton said. That hard work extends to off the court. Lleyton and his mum deliver the Lambton & New Lambton Local to help pay for tennis expenses. Last year Lleyton received the Ken Rosewell medal for best and fairest in NSW.

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Aged care cottage gets a lift Local community aged care provider NovaCare believes the $315,000 renovation to their Ailsa Craig Cottage means Hunter families now have access to highend, state-of-the art respite care for their loved ones. The Ailsa Craig Cottage offers families from the Hunter region day, overnight, emergency, and planned respite care. “Respite care is essential, not just for the guests, but for caregivers. It provides caregivers an opportunity to rest and recharge while continuing to care for their loved ones,” Joseph McCarthy, CEO NovaCare said. “It was important to us that the end result of this renovation was amazing, beautifully welcoming, as well as functional. We want guests to feel engaged when they come and spend time in this tranquil, home environment,” Joseph said. Kym has been using the services of NovaCare for several years to assist in the care for her mother, “Mum loves spending time at the Cottage, she enjoys the home made meals, social activities and the staff are wonderful – she often comes home with her nails freshly done. It’s a real joy. “For me, knowing mum is happy at the Cottage means I can continue to work and enjoy our

NovaCare’s Ailsa Craig Cottage in Lindsay Street Hamilton has recently been revitalised time together. The Cottage and the support of NovaCare has been the difference between my beautiful mother being in an aged-care facility or living at home with me. They make it all possible,” Kym said. With the generous support of $80,000 funding provided by the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, the Cottage has increased from three to four bedrooms and from two to three bathrooms. “This renovation has meant that we’ve been able to create a respite cottage that is contemporary with all the comforts of home,” Joseph said. It will also result in NovaCare

increasing its availability of respite services to the community by 30%, the equivalent of an additional 2,100 hours of overnight carer support. “The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation assists community initiatives and projects that directly address disadvantage, marginalisation or isolation in health, youth development, and social wellbeing for our communities,” Charitable Foundation Chairman, Phil Neat said. “The Ailsa Craig Cottage project is a stunning example of how our grants can make a significant difference to the lives of those in our community.”

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Last month the New Lambton Village Chamber had its first general meeting of 2018. Around 20 members from the business community came together, engaging in a great discussion about all things New Lambton. Some of the key issues identified included street beautification and branding for our Village. Importantly, a plan of events has also been created in response to members looking for effective ways to connect with other members and the business communities of Lambton and other areas in New Lambton. The Chamber will hold its first social networking event from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Wednesday 7 March at The Duke of Wellington. The event will also introduce a new opportunity for members to showcase their news. The ‘Village People’ segment will feature up to three members who will speak for no more than three minutes about information that may be of interest to fellow members. I am pleased to say that the team from Bliss Beauty will kick-off our first Village People. Thanks to the Duke, the cost is just $10 and includes a welcome drink and some nibblies. Bookings are essential and can be made by visiting Chamber representatives also met recently with Greg Fenwick from Newcastle City Council about the Chamber and its priorities particularly in working with Council to identity ways to enhance the profile of our Village within the City of Newcastle. The Chamber has enjoyed a very positive partnership with Council in the past and we look forward to updating you on some exciting plans and information comes to hand. The new year also brought a lot of activity in the village with major renovations underway at Ritchies IGA and a number of new people taking on the business challenge. Congratulations and welcome to the new owners of Chaddies on Regent and the Blind Baker. Each of these businesses as well as the many who have been here for some time, are contributing enormously to the offerings of our Village and its place within our city. See you at the Village,

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That was then, this is now Lambton Council Aldermen

Eighty years ago in March 1938, eleven suburban councils merged to form the City of Greater Newcastle council. Lambton Council was incorporated on 26 June 1871, and a ballot to elect nine aldermen was held on 7 August 1871. The first Council meeting was held the following day in the original Mechanics’ Institute building in Howe St, and Uriah Broom elected as the first Mayor. Over the years Lambton Council had 99 different aldermen, and they were all men. For most of the life of the Council this was by law. Women were only allowed to nominate with the passing of the Local Government Act of 1919, but even then, no women ever stood for election in Lambton.

The Council’s biggest crisis was the failure of the electric light scheme. Switched on in 1890, by the end of the decade it had sent the Council bankrupt. As no one wanted to serve on a financially crippled body, by 1899 the Council effectively ceased, with insufficient aldermen to form a quorum at meetings. In the elections scheduled for February 1902, not a single person nominated. Due to a quirk in the rules of local government, the last man left sitting in the Mayoral chair, Matthew Thornton, retained his position, and for the next two years was the Mayor of a council with no aldermen, not even himself! A total of 28 aldermen held the position of Mayor, and a number



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of streets in Lambton are named in their honour, including Johnson, Charlton, Dent, Croudace, Notley and Noble. Of particular note is J T Johnson, who was elected Mayor on eight occasions in his 24 years on Lambton Council. He was the final Mayor of Lambton, but his municipal honours did not end there. For J T Johnson was elected to the inaugural City of Greater Newcastle council in 1938. He remained as a representative of the Lambton area until 1950, clocking up a remarkable total of 37 years of aldermanic service. Next month we’ll take a look at New Lambton Council. You can view these photos and more details at www.lachlanwetherall. com/then-and-now






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At right: Alderman J T Johnson (right) visiting Lambton Public School in 1943. (Newcastle Morning Herald.) Above: The final meeting of Lambton Council was held in the council chambers on 29 March 1938.



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Easter Sunday at Sydney Junction Hotel The Sydney Junction Hotel is renowned for its family friendly beer garden boasting an undercover playground just made for the perfect family day out. The hotel on Beaumont Street Hamilton will hold the ultimate family fun day on Sunday 1st April as they transform the beer garden and carpark into a kids’ paradise. The action kicks off at 11am with a petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, a giant jumping castle and Easter eggs for the kids. All in a safe and fun environment. The petting zoo will include a calf, alpaca, pony, sheep, goat, rabbit, guinea pigs, chickens and a duck! Professional handlers will assist kids to hold their furry friends. We know that finding affordable activities for the whole family can be tough and entertaining the kids over the holidays is a tiresome

task. Take a day off and leave it up to us! Put your feet up and enjoy the day as the kids are occupied for hours, if they haven’t tired themselves out on the jumping castle, no fear our playground will be open all day! The bistro will be opening early at 11am with great value $10 meals for the kids. Choose from spaghetti and meatballs, chicken nuggets, battered fish or sausage and mash

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potato! Every kids’ meal comes with a complimentary dessert and a fun, interactive activity pack. If you haven’t been to the new look Sydney Junction Hotel this is the perfect opportunity to bring the whole family along, enjoy a meal from the bistro, soak up the sunshine and take part in a whole day of free family fun kids’ activities.

This month in the news Compiled by Sjanie Griffiths using the resources of

Here are some news stories from around the local area for March down through the years: 1. from Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners Advocate 3rd March 1899; 2. from Newcastle Sun 16th March 1927; 3. from Sydney Morning Herald 19th March 1951 1.



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Flintstones Barefoot Bowls Day Supporting the NSW Variety Bash 2018 Come along and help Team Flintstone raise money for the Bash! We need your help assisting disadvantaged kids and their families.

Sunday 25th March Registration at 9:30am, 10am start Lambton Bowling Club (Behind Lambton pool) Cost: $25 (including lunch) They’ll be trophies for the elite plus a mega raffle and lots of great prizes! Please RSVP by Monday 19th March by contacting Geoff on 0418 450 568 or Maree on 0407 259 796 Donations can be made via the below website:

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So make it a date and come along for a great day! Get some friends together and make up a team. Bring your smile and a bit of generosity > Lambton & New Lambton Local > March 2018 to help the kids smile again!

Lambton High Notes

The school made a tremendous start to the year, with student numbers once again at full capacity. Recent enrolment returns indicated a total 1119 students across years 7 to 12. Students and community finished 2017 in fine fashion, attending award ceremonies for outstanding Academic and Sporting achievement. Once again, it was tremendous endorsement of the quality of our students and their ability. Some of the major award recipients were as follows: 2017 ADF Long Tan Teamwork and Leadership Award: Yr. 12Clare Corliss, Yr. 10- Grace Riley Tim Crakanthorp MP Social Justice Award: Isobel Carr Les Elvin Cultural Award: Kyiesha

Faulkner The Principal’s Award for Academic Excellence : Yr. 11: Gwendolyn Devoy, Yr. 10: Dewmi De Silva, Yr. 9: Jacob Carson, Yr. 8: Alexa Stuart, Yr. 7: Benedicte Slatter Premier’s Sporting Challenge Medal - Chloe Smith Sportswoman of the Year - Kate Hughes Sportsman of the Year - Liam Wilkinson Champion House: SwimmingRafter; Athletics- Rafter Cross Country- Rafter; Overall Champion House: Rafter John Lawler Trophy for the Most Successful KO Team: Open Girls Water Polo Team – NSWCHS Champions Steve Bland Perpetual Medal for Coach of the Year: Mr Ryan Davies (U15 Boys AFL Coach – 4th in NSWCHS) Franklin Award for Outstanding

Sporting Achievement: Kate Hughes OUTSTANDING HSC RESULTS On behalf of the staff at Lambton High School I wish to congratulate Year 12 2017 on their outstanding HSC results. We received 74 distinguished achievements (Band 6 or E4) and 189 Band 5 results. These are almost identical to the record 2016 HSC achievements. The consistent high performance is another affirmation of the development of the teaching and learning practices taking place at Lambton High. Congratulations and thankyou to all staff in the academic and welfare support of our students. All Rounders: Four students achieved the top band 6 result in each of their subjects studied: Clare Corliss, Zac Schofield, Yaerhim Shin and Elaine Wang Peter Riley - Relieving Principal

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Matters with Lisa Macklin of Dalton Partners Real Estate, New Lambton

When to invest, when to resist

Perhaps you’re thinking about bringing your home into the marker – either now or in the coming year. There’s a few odd jobs that you’d like to take care of before you do so, to create a good impression, attract buyer and – hopefully – to assist you achieve an outstanding sale price. Vendor, be warned: whilst there are certainly some basic home improvements which will make your home appealing and marketable, renovating sustainably just prior to selling can be risky (and costly) undertaking. Here’s why. Before selling, it goes without saying that you should

become acquainted with the property market in your area. Attend open inspections, relevant auctions and consult with one of our team to ascertain the potential sale value of your home. Find out if there are any improvement you could make which will substantially influence your sales result. More often than not, the basic improvements are safest to undertake prior to selling. Substantial renovations can swiftly uncover underlying issues within a residence – like a ball of string, you may soon find your “small reno” has turned into a tangled compliance project with a skyrocketing bill. It is very easy to overcapitalise on renovation - diminishing your potential return on investment in the hope that you will convince buyers to pay sustainably more for your home if it has a new oven or chic bathroom. If you’re a fan of TV shows like “The Block”, you might have an overlyoptimistic idea of how swiftly renovations can be completed – and how much value renovation could add in your market. Simple ways to present your property at its best without overcapitalising including painting, decluttering thoroughly or opting to sell your home professionally furnished, taking care if the yard and garden and making repairs to any damaged parts of your home. To discuss more ways to add value to your home prior to sale, please do make contact with our agency.

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So it’s worth stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture with a Financial Adviser by considering where you see yourself in 5, 10 or even 20 years, you’ll be in a better position to work out the right financial strategy to match. Lifestyle goals, not financial ones

by Chris Stevens

The first thing to remember is that your financial strategy isn’t about making money, it’s about creating the lifestyle you want. So instead of saying you want to make X amount of dollars by 2030, think about what you’d like to use that money for. When you’re setting your goals, take into account the various aspects of your personal and professional life. Depending on your situation, that may include your education, career, family plans, creative aspirations, When you’re creating a financial plan, it’s tempting hobbies and passions. to focus purely on the money aspect – for example, how much your weekly budget is, or how much Different goals for different life stages your investments are likely to grow. But if you only plan the ‘how’ without thinking about the ‘why’, the strategy you choose might not be the best option for When it comes to your goals, think about the short, getting you where you want to go. medium and long term. For instance, some of your goals might be achievable in the near future, like taking a holiday or trading in your car, while others might be for further down the track, like buying a new home or setting up a business. You should also think about how your goals might change at different stages of your life. When you’re just starting out, your goals may include moving out of home and finding a job. After that, you may want to start a serious relationship and have a family. And once there are children in ■ Tax & Rental Property Advice the mix, your focus is likely to shift towards paying ■ Small Business Experts for their education and putting savings aside for the ■ Self Managed Super future. ■ Business Set-up and Advice Then later, you’ll want to be well prepared for ■ Negative Gearing & Capital Gains Specialists retirement so you can enjoy the lifestyle you’ve worked hard for. Visit our website for the complete range At GC Accountants we can help ensure your financial strategy is suited to your ever changing lifestyle goals 88 Elder St, Lambton and desired destination. CPA Partner at GC Accountants, Lambton

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Chat with Amanda Heidke of The Tai Chi Centre

Why does Tai Chi sometimes look different?

This can be confusing for those new to Tai Chi (Taijiquan), the reason they look different is because there are different styles of Tai Chi and different forms (routines) within each style. The main difference between the styles, with or without a weapon, is in the way the postures are held and the pace that the movements are performed. The five major styles are Chen, Yang, Wu, Wu/Hao and Sun.

Chen Style is the oldest of the major styles which is dynamic and has an emphasis on spiral force and explosive power. Yang Style is the most widely practised in the world today, particularly the simplified 24 form which was created at the direction of the Chinese Government in 1956. Yang style is characterised by gentle graceful and slow movements. Wu/Hao Style has postures and actions that are very compact, and brisk. Wu Style is characterised by a slightly forward leaning posture and many hand techniques. Sun Style is the youngest of the major styles and is characterised by a high stance and agile steps. Whenever one foot moves forward or backwards the other foot follows. Whichever style you choose to learn, whether for martial art, for health improvement or for relaxation, learning the basics well and practising is the key to enjoying the many benefits of Tai Chi. When you begin, it is a good idea to commit to a full term of Tai Chi classes and settle in to the learning process. Usually the benefits of your Tai Chi will be apparent at this point and as you continue, the benefits will increase, your skills will improve and your enjoyment will be enhanced. My advice: be patient and keep going.




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HEALTH Matters with Sara Knight of The Gut Clinic


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Bloating is just one of many digestive issues for my clients. But lately, I am working with clients where bloating is their primary and only major symptom. The erratic nature of bloating makes it difficult to manage... let alone understand. Days, even months, can go by without any issues and then bam! Bloating, off and then on. Then feeling bloated all the time. Many times they have visited their doctor already. They have had investigations and all reports indicate a normal functioning gut. They are tested for H.pylori and coeliac disease - usually negative. Where do we start if all these tests are negative? Usually, not always, bloating is one or a combination of three things: not breaking down food properly; not eating the right foods or; an imbalance in the bacteria in the gut. For long-term and/or more serious cases, I recommend a Complete Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) test. This tells me how well the gut functions in terms of breaking down foods, the beneficial and pathogenic bacteria present as well as ruling out other infections and providing information regarding any inflammation and parasites present. Based on the results, we then start a protocol that looks to address the issues found. This can include looking at digestive enzymes and hydrochloric acid to help break down food; food intolerance test to rule out any foods that are contributing to stress (physical) as well as the bloating and pre and probiotics to restore the bacteria balance in the body. This process can take about three months, provided there are not serious bacteria issues (e.g. SIBO) nor parasites. If bloating is an issue for you, whether alone or in combination with other symptoms, seek help as soon as possible. For many, symptoms continue and get worse. An occasional episode of bloating may not warrant any intervention but a long-standing issue most definitely needs some attention and support


Matters by Chris Hill-Smith

Accredited Specialist-Wills & Estates of Appleton Law, Lambton

Who is going to get your Super?

Superannuation benefits are often a significant asset of a person. So who will get the death benefits when you die? For a regulated fund, how the death benefits are paid out is generally determined by the trustee of the fund. The trustee can only pay the death benefits to one or more ‘dependants’ of the member or to the executor of the estate of the deceased member. A ‘dependant’ is defined to include a spouse, a child or any person with whom the deceased had an interdependency relationship. Broadly speaking two people have an interdependency relationship if they live together and one provides the other with financial or domestic support and personal care. Death benefits can only be paid out as a lump sum (there is some provision for interim payments) or as a reversionary pension to a dependant or a child of the member under 18, or to child under 25 and who is either financially dependent on the member or disabled. For most funds the member nominates a beneficiary when they commence the policy. The initial nomination is generally a non-binding nomination, meaning it is an expression of wishes only and is not binding on the trustee. The nominated beneficiary must meet the definition of

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a dependant. It is not uncommon for young persons to nominate their parents when the policy is commenced but the parents will in most cases not meet the definition of a dependant when the time comes for the fund to be distributed. If there is no person meeting the definition of a dependant the trustee must pay the death benefit to the legal personal representative of the deceased member, the executor of their estate. The death benefits will then be dealt with under the terms of the members will or on intestacy. Most funds have provision for members to make binding death benefit nominations which are required to be renewed each three years. The trustee is bound to abide by a valid binding nomination which can be made to a dependant or to the legal personal representative of the member. So it is important to check who are likely to be the beneficiaries of your super death benefits. Disclaimer: the content of this article is provided for information purposes only. The contents do not constitute legal advice and should not be used as such. Formal legal advice should be sought in particular matters.

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VET Chat

by Dr Fiona Wallace of New Lambton Veterinary Clinic


I was very lucky to be on holidays recently! We’ve been skiing in the alps behind Tokyo, and late one afternoon we were fortunate to see, standing alone in the deep powder snow, a Japanese serow, or in the local lingo, a kamoshika, foraging for something to eat in the almost nothing of the Japanese downhill ski fields. He was large and woolly-coated, and looked like a cross between a large goat and a small antelope. It was a surprise to see him standing alone in the snow when

it seemed as if there would be nothing for him to eat. Kamoshikas, unlike goats and most other antelope, are usually solitary, living on leaves and shoots and acorns, but where our friend was going to find these foods in the deep snow is still beyond me. Kamoshikas are the only wild ruminants in Japan and are endemic to three of the four main Japanese islands (not Hokkaido) although mainland serows who don’t tolerate the snow and colder climates live elsewhere in Asia. Serows were once hunted in Japan to near extinction but are now protected. In some areas they are so numerous that they are regarded as a pest, and difficult decisions regarding controlled culling have to be made, much the same as they have been made in Victoria to curb koala overpopulations. Kamoshikas are said to be the ninjas of the alpine meadows, sprinting uphill and jumping cliff to cliff with agility. Since the extinction of the Japanese wolf their only predators are bears. Serows are called a “living national treasure”, a relic from the ancient days of the formation of the Japanese archipelago, and because they are so sure footed, they are often seen as a symbol of certainty. Students can buy charms (omamori) marked with a serow hoofprint, to help them pass exams.

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FITNESS Matters with Ali & Dan Marshall of Corefit Newcastle

The cogs that can bring you unstuck

Hi there! We’re Ali and Dan Marshall, co-founders of CoreFit Newcastle. We look forward to sharing some fitness, health and lifestyle tips and guidance with you here each month. This month we are looking at the factors that can make or break lifestyle changes. There are three cogs that drive healthy longevity. Lacking any one of these can make change and body transformation incredibly difficult. Ineffective Plan Have you ever paid for a gym membership only to

use it a handful of times? Or have you paid for that latest piece of home workout equipment only to have it sitting at home collecting dust? If so don’t worry, you’re not alone. People often have the best intentions when it comes to improving their health. However a plan that doesn’t lend consistent motivation, enjoyment, and provide results, can lead to boredom, frustration and giving up. Ineffective Mentality Over 50% of success is down to the way you think. Your thoughts control your choices. Your choices control your actions. And your actions dictate your results. If you don’t understand “why” your goals are important to you it can become easy to throw in the towel if you aren’t armed with the mental muscles to overcome the inevitability of setbacks. No Accountability Keeping yourself on track can be tough, especially when setbacks occur without someone to turn to for help, advice, guidance, or a friendly nudge in the right direction. Instead, it is often easy to wave the white flag and surrender back into old habits. Accountability is more than just someone showing up for a session. It needs to be a complete support system that motivates, encourages, engages, and helps drive you towards where you want to be. Someone that can help you solve problems when you’re stuck.

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Matters by Dr Stuart Edser

Principal Psychologist at Newcastle Psychology & Health

Seeing a psychologist

Why do people see a psychologist? Times have certainly changed. Where in times past, people might have felt there was a stigma attached in seeing a psychologist, that sense of shame in asking for professional help has been diminishing over the years. We have begun to understand that talking to someone who is not a part of the problem, someone objective and understanding, and who can bring a wealth of training and research to the issue, can be

extremely helpful. People of all age groups and from all walks of life come along. As a society, we are now beginning to understand that looking after your mental health is as important as looking after your physical health. People see a psychologist for a huge number of reasons. Perhaps there is anxiety: a generalised low hum of nervousness that’s always around, or episodes of panic that come out of the blue. Perhaps there is some kind of phobia, like dentists, or injections or spiders or flying or restaurants. For some it is a depression, where life feels like a huge struggle and people sometimes ask what’s the point. For others, it can be challenging relationships. Maybe they are fighting with their partner constantly, or they have drifted apart or there is cruelty. Sometimes the parent child relationship is severed, even in adults. Some face difficulties with colleagues or bosses at work. Some feel lost. Some feel like they’ve wasted their lives. Some have sexual difficulties. Some have addictions: alcohol, cannabis, nicotine, other drugs, gambling, pornography. People are discovering that they are not alone and that talking an issue through can help enormously. In most cases, working openly and honestly with the psychologist, will bring better resolution to make life more fulfilling.

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AGE Matters with Joseph McCarthy CEO of NovaCare Community Services

Keeping your independence

It doesn’t matter if you’re 70, 80, 90 or 100, chances are, you want to keep living at home, even if some things start getting a bit difficult. Did you know there are organisations that can take care of some tasks at home, so you can focus on doing the things you want, and can do? Types of assistance include light house cleaning, shopping, meals, laundry, changing beds and keeping your gardens neat and tidy. If your needs are a little higher or complex, you

may be eligible for a Home Care Package which will enable a number of your current needs that are normally coordinated in partnership with an accredited organisation. Home Care Packages are approved for four different levels of support and can include assistance with bathing, showering, medications or nursing assistance. Each package will be different because it will be designed for your specific needs and your goals. Last year, changes introduced by the federal government gave individuals the power of choice. This means that you, the consumer is in charge of choosing the organisation that you feel fits your needs best, and who you want to work with you. You also have the right to change providers if you are not happy with your current one, which I think is a great step forward. Please be aware that they have the right to charge an exit fee but many organisations, like NovaCare, have chosen to have an exit fee of nil. You can check and compare information about various providers on the myagedcare website. The Australian Government subsidises a range of aged care services to keep client fees reasonable and affordable. To find out more about help at home you should call My Aged Care Helpline on 1800 200 422.

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Matters by Lee Clements of Sensom Health & Wellbeing

Does the ‘ Y ‘word scare you?

I’m talking about YOGA. Lots of people think that it means making strange sounds, burning incense and turning yourself into pretzel shapes. Yoga comes in all shapes and sizes, just like people. No one size fits all. Yoga has many different styles and can be found all over the world in gyms, fitness and medical centres to dedicated yoga studios. You may have noticed the increase in yoga pop-ups all over Newcastle teaching everything from kid’s yoga to

Yoga has its traditions from India but it has certainly taken on a new form in many ways since the West has embraced it. Unfortunately a lot of its tradition has been lost in the translation but when taught and practiced correctly its benefits are widely accepted within the medical and wellness sectors for the numerous benefits it offers. Perhaps you’ve tried yoga in a gym, hall or someone’s house and you’d like to explore some other options. At Sensom Health and Wellbeing, we like to keep it simple, uncomplicated and welcoming. Sensom is a non- competitive studio where you’re welcome to wear loose, comfortable clothing or your favourite yoga tights or gym wear. We provide all your equipment including mats at no extra charge (but you can bring your own if you like!). You can start as a beginner and continue with us as your level of confidence, strength and flexibility increases. We offer classes for beginners, Over 50’, Restorative (if you’re recovering from injury or illness) Yin (perfect for post training and sports release) and general Hatha classes which improve flexibility, increase strength, improve focus and decrease stress and anxiety. If you’re not sure where to begin, give us a call and we will be more than happy to discuss the best option for you.

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Matters by Brett Plumb Pharmacist at Piggott’s Pharmacy Lambton

Flu vaccine; who really needs it?

Each year in Australia, influenza causes an estimated 3,000 deaths in older people. There are also the economic costs to the community of more than one and a half million lost work days, 300,000 doctor visits and 18,000 people admitted to hospital. However, it’s not just older people who are affected by the flu. The fact is, rates of flu infection are highest among young children; although children under the age of five are less likely to show typical symptoms of the flu - the fever and the cough – so you may not know that your child has contracted the infection. Most children cope pretty well with the flu but young children are especially vulnerable to new strains of the flu such as the “swine flu” which was first identified in 2009. Their underdeveloped immune systems can’t manage the invading virus. So the flu virus picks its victims, singling out those people least able to resist the adverse effects. The greatest concern for doctors and patients alike is the danger, not just of the flu itself, but of severe complications such as pneumonia and the effect of influenza on existing medical conditions. People with chronic heart, kidney or lung disease, diabetes or other long-term illnesses are particularly at risk. The stress caused by influenza can worsen these conditions and even cause premature death. Today, prevention is our major weapon against influenza. You can help protect yourself by making sure your lifestyle is healthy with regular exercise you enjoy and a daily diet that includes the widest possible variety of foods. And, of course, annual vaccination against the flu is recommended for all people in high risk categories. Everyone 65 years or older should have the flu vaccine. As well, at any age, you should be vaccinated if you have an ongoing illness such as diabetes, kidney disease, asthma, heart or circulation problems, or

compromised immunity as a result of HIV, cancer or longer-term steroid use. Now there is also a special effort to ensure people who might spread the infection to the above groups are vaccinated. This includes health workers – doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, carers and even children. There is mounting evidence that widespread vaccination of children against influenza slashes infection rates in both children and the more vulnerable elderly. This year, once again, only certain brands of flu vaccine are recommended for children under 10 years of age (following evidence of some adverse effects in young children a couple of years ago with a particular brand of vaccine). Your doctor or pharmacist can give you more details. As in previous years, the Australian Government will provide flu vaccine free of charge to everyone 65 years plus; and those people qualifying for the “free allocation” also include pregnant women, indigenous people 15 years and over, and anyone six months of age and over with a condition “pre-disposing to severe influenza illness” – such as heart or lung diseases. You can get more advice about whether the flu vaccine is right for you from pharmacies around Australia providing the Self Care health information. Phone the Pharmaceutical Society (PSA) on 1300 369 772 for the nearest location, or visit the website at au or Ask Piggotts!

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TRAVEL Matters by Ian and Sue Roberts

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Travelling with only a smartphone One of the more intriguing developments in travel has been the world-wide move toward replacing credit cards, passports and phones with a single device — the smartphone. A colleague, Gary Arndt, recently suggested that the smartphone could do it all in five-10 years. For a start, services like Apple Pay are altering the way credit cards are used. It’s becoming common to see people holding their

phones or watches next to card reader at shop checkouts while their identity is verified. Hotels world-wide are gradually setting up keyless entry where a smartphone will open and lock room doors. And using a phone as a boarding pass is now common at airports. The latest smartphones are charged wirelessly and cheap international roaming is now common in much of the world. The European Union recently made it mandatory. Passports stored on phones are in the wings, but are a way off yet - although there are now automated security booths at the departure area of many airports. Depending on destination and hotel, it’s currently possible to: • board a plane using a pass stored on our phone. • pay for your hotel using a credit card on your phone • enter your room using your phone • pay for meals and purchases using your phone • possibly use a passport control booth on your way home. For travel tips and information, follow Ian and Sue Roberts online at

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Little Locals... This month in Little Locals we feature Central Newcastle Swimming Club. Established in 1962, the Club meets at Lambton Swimming Centre Friday evenings from October through to around Easter. With more than 100 members ranging in age from 5 to 80+ plus years this is truly a family club. Swimmers of all abilities are encourgaed to enjoy both the social and competitive aspects of swimming. Apart from the end of the season Club Championships, kids are encouraged to race for themselves and against their own time, rather than each other. For more information about the club go to www.centralnewcastle. or email: centralnewcastleswimming@gmail. com


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Local & Live entertainment this month Duke of Wellington Hotel

Sat 3


Newcastle Theatre Co.

Fri 2

Michael Hawke

Sat 3

Phonic Duo

Sun 4 Travellin Still - the songs of Slim Dusty (lunch)

Fri 9

Zane Penn

Wed 7

Live N Local

Sat 3


Sat 10

Jackson Broadway

Thu 8

Burlesque Idol

Sun 4


Fri 16

Greg Bryce


Bobby C

Fri 9


Fri 23

Matt McLaren

Don’t Dream Its Over - Tribute to Crowded House & Split Enz

Wed 7

Sat 17

Fri 9

Sat 24

Dave Carter

Sat 10

Damien Leith

Sat 31

The Levymen

Hotel Jesmond Fri 2

The New Cool

Fri 9


Fri 16


Fri 23

Crawfish Stew

Lambton Park Hotel Fri 2

Nicko Duo

Sat 3

Sun Hill Drive

Fri 9


Fri 16

Grant Walmsley Freebird Unplugged

Fri 23


Thu 29 Ryan Daley Sat 31

Hurricane Fall

Lizotte’s Thu 1

The Necks

Fri 2 Tribute to Vanda & Young

Sun 11 Rick & John Brewster present The Angels Book Tour Wed 14 Live N Local Thu 15 Jordan Christie Music Showcase Fri 16

Tapestry - The songs of Carole King

Sat 17

George Michael Relived

Fri 23

Steely Dan Tribute

Sat 24


A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

Sat 10

2pm & 8pm

Wed 14


Fri 16


Sat 17


Northumberland Hotel Fri 2

Pap and That

Fri 9

Aaron Hood

Fri 16

The Instigators

Fri 23 Jim Overend Sun 18 Mike McClellan (lunch) Wests New Lambton Gordie Mackeeman & His Rytham Boys Fri 2 Phonic Trio (Canada) (dinner) Sat 3 2GoodReasons Tue 20 Ryan McMullan (IRE) Fri 9 Josh & Liv Wed 21 Steve Poltz (USA) Sat 10 Rubber Bullet Thu 22 Gord Bamford Fri 16 Loko Band

Sun 25 Bluesfest Sideshow w/ Canned Heat (lunch and dinner)

Sat 17

Snape Trilogy

Fri 23

Marissa + 2

Sat 24

Big Night Out

Fri 30

The Smarts

Sat 31

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Local Community Group Notices CHILDREN & FAMILIES HOME-START FAMILY SERVICES Home-Start is a voluntary service offering support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under 5 where the parents are experiencing difficulty in their parenting roles or are under stress. For information about volunteering or Home-Start services ph 4952 9488 or go to: LAMBTON RUG-RATS PLAYGROUP Meets Mondays from 9.30-11.30am at St John’s Anglican Church 18 Morehead Street Lambton. Ages 12 months and under. For more information please email MAINLY MUSIC Mainly Music is a music program for 0-5 yr olds and their caregivers. It runs Wednesdays 9:3011:30 am during school terms at the Anglican Church Hall, cnr Oxford & Cromwell Street, COMMUNITY GROUPS New Lambton Cost is $5 per family. Call Beck Bishop 0416149633 for more info.

COMMUNITY GROUPS LAMBTON RESIDENTS GROUP All residents of Lambton area are welcome to come along to our monthly meeting. You too can be a part of some exciting and worthwhile initiatives and projects for our local area. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month commencing at 5.30pm at Lambton Bowling Club. No RSVP needed. For more information email: lambtonresidents@gmail. com or call Nicola on 0402 949 854. ATTENTION COMMUNITY GROUPS Free community notices should be submitted by 15th of the month by email to: lambtonlocal@ or post to PO Box 130 Lambton 2299. Please note that notices may be edited.

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

HOBBIES & INTERESTS ALPHA TOASTMASTERS CLUB Come along to a meeting and learn how you can speak with confidence and improve your communication skills. Meetings are each Monday night at 6 for 6.15pm start Alder Park Sports Club, 132 Bridges Road New Lambton. More details are available at www.alphatoastmasters. Email: au You’ll be amazed at how your leadership and confidence will grow. NEWCASTLE FAMILY HISTORY SOCIETY INC. Was formed in 1983 and is dedicated to family history studies. The society welcomes visitors to their library in the Mechanics Institute Building at 68 Elder Street Lambton which is open each Thursday 1 pm - 3.30 pm and Saturday 10.00am 3.30 pm (exc public holidays). The next meeting of Family History Society will be held on meeting of the Society will be held on Tuesday 6th March at 7.30 pm at the Lambton Mechanics Institute 68 Elder St Lambton. Guest speaker is Glen Amies and his subject is Sandgate Cemetery. All members and interested visitors are welcome. For more information contact 4957 8296.

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Local Community Group Notices HOBBIES & INTERESTS KNIT & NATTER Meet new people, make new friends at knit & natter every Monday. Meet at Mayfield Church of Christ, cnr Werribi St & Gregson Avenue at 9.30am. All ladies welcome. Phone Lyn for information. 4952 9324

SENIORS GROUPS NEW LAMBTON/HONEYSUCKLE PROBUS CLUB is a mixed club enjoying monthly meetings with a Guest Speaker and regular monthly outings. The aim of Probus is for retired or semi retired people looking for friendship, fellowship and fun. We meet at the Kotara Bowling Club at 10am on the 4th Friday of each month. Please contact the President, Alvan Cummings on 4948 8839 NEW LAMBTON SENIOR CITIZENS & PENSIONERS ASSOCIATION Make new friends while enjoying a warm and caring fellowship as well as to partake in the fun games of bingo and chats over a cuppa. Where? The New Lambton Seniors Assocation, located at the New Lambton Community Centre, 14 Alma Road, New Lambton. Handy to bus stops! Contact Ph 4963 4631. NEIGHBOUR AID SOCIAL SUPPORT We offer companionship to those over 65 years, transport to appointments, assistance with shopping, social interaction, activities and lunch at our centres. We also have day bus trips every month. Volunteers also needed to help with transport for the elderly a few hours a fortnight. For more details contact Gayle Grayson on 4960 8248 or 0425 090 670

LAMBTON SENIORS GROUP Offering friendship and support for over 55’s. Meet at the Lambton Anglican Church Hall, Morehead St, Lambton every Thursday 9am to 12.30 pm for canasta, or other card and board games. Monthly coach outing 3rd Tuesday each month. Next outing Tuesday 20 March to Nelson Bay & Tea Gardens. Ph Don on 4952 8590 or Nola on 4952 3685 for further details. New people always welcome. MEALS ON WHEELS LAMBTON A delicious meal and a friendly face to your door. Meals on Wheels helps make it possible for you to stay independent in your own home. It’s easy, just sit back, relax … and let us cater for you. Our Lambton branch operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Lambton Meals on Wheels delivers to: Jesmond, Lambton, New Lambton, New Lambton Heights, North Lambton, Rankin Park and Waratah West. To apply for this service phone the general enquiries line 4957 7097 or the Lambton branch on 4957 0482 or email

SPORTING CLUBS LAMBTON PARK TENNIS CLUB It is easy to book and pay for a court at our club. 1. Just Google “lambton park tennis” and click on “Lambton Park Tennis Club-NSW-Australia” ( 2. Fill in the date and time you want to book. 3. Click on “Register”, fill in your details and create an account. 4. Click on “Sign up”. 5. Book and pay for your court - and you are all set. Next time you book it will be just a few keystrokes.We even have complimentary racquets and balls which any hirer can use if you don’t have your own. Any problems phone 0401 193 411. So start goggling and have a quick game of tennis whenever you like it at Lambton Park Tennis Club

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