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Locals shine on the international stage at Asia Pacific Games Melissah Comber

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t was their time to shine. 2500 athletes converged on the Hunter last week for the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games, participating in nine sports over four days of competition, and the almost 400-strong Australian team had four local stars. The Athletes’ Oath – “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt” – was proudly displayed by Maitland’s Claudia Jackson (basketball), Jarrod Lantry (soccer), Aaron Bartlett (soccer) and Kurri Kurri’s gold medal winner Ranon Holstein (swimming) as they donned the green and gold. The games celebrated athletes with an intellectual disability and had participants from as far away as Japan and Nepal. Special Olympics International CEO, Janet Froetscher said the Games were about creating opportunities of accomplishment for the athletes. “Every day around the world we create opportunities of acceptance and inclusion through our sports, health, education and community building programs,” Ms Froetscher said. More Special Olympics coverage - page 8.

Maitland’s Claudia Jackson in action for Australia


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I just don’t get the whole idea of adults giving each other presents for Christmas. Before I get attacked for being a Scrooge or seeming like Seinfeld's Frank Costanza and his 'Festivus' holiday, let me make perfectly clear that I am totally in favour of children receiving gifts and watching them surrounded by toys and wrapping paper on Christmas morning is one of the happiest scenes a parent can witness. But I shake my head when I see and hear people worriedly stating “I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping” and then rattling off the names of aunts and uncles etc who are “so hard to buy for”. Here’s a simple solution – don’t buy any presents. Save yourself all that stress by letting adults, who in most cases earn their own money, buy what they need and want themselves. Of course, many of you will say that it is more about the idea of giving and receiving rather than the monetary value of the gift. I understand that and as I said earlier, my kids will get plenty of toys – most of which end up forgotten in a cupboard or broken because of fights over someone not sharing their toys. But I honestly would not think any less of anyone in my extended family who decided they were no longer going to buy me a present. I'm often described as one of those 'hard to buy

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for' people. But I'm not. I’d be more than happy if they bought their children another gift with the money they were going to spend on me. A donation to charity would also by fine by me. As you could imagine, my left is left to carry the burden of Christmas shopping in our family. Often as we do the rounds of visiting family on Christmas Day, relatives will thank me for present and card that is from us. Of course, I have no idea what we have bought them, so I often need to find my wife for a quick one-on-one rundown of who got what, to avoid looking clueless if confronted by another grateful relative. While on the subject of Christmas, just a reminder that the Post has set up a Christmas tree in our reception area for readers to leave small gifts for out of home care children in the Hunter region. On Thursday this week (December 12), I will be taking all the donated gifts to the Samaritans Christmas party at Maitland. Please, if you are doing your Christmas shopping around Charlestown and can spare a few dollars to brighten up the lives of kids who, through no fault of their own, can’t spend Christmas with their birth families, come and visit us at 19 Pearson St and we will make sure your donation is passed on to the kids.

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1 of 35.6 per cent of young Australians not in paid employment and looking for work “I worked as a baby sitter for three hours each afternoon during Year 12 but I will definitely need to pick up more hours if I get into uni to pay for text books. It’s so hard when you’re starting out trying to get a job when you haven’t got any experience. 95 per cent of jobs say, ‘experience desireable,’ and it’s like, ‘I’m getting this job for the experience.’ It can be frustrating.

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1 of 67.5 per cent of young Australians who felt positive or very positive about the future. “I am a bit stressed about what my ATAR will be but there are plenty of options available even if you don’t get into the uni course you want. When you’re young you shouldn’t have to worry about things like finance and jobs, just enjoy being young.”

1 of 50 per cent of young Australians who feel there are not sufficient job opportunities locally in their desired field.

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Over a quarter of young Australians worry about the state of the economy and finance, according to a national survey released last week. The Mission Australian Youth Survey asked 14,461 people aged 15 to 19 about their values and issues of concern and identified that 26.2 per cent of young people listed the economy and financial matters as the most important issue facing Australia today – followed by politics and societal values (24.6 per cent) and equity and discrimination (24.1 per cent). The survey also revealed disparity between the availability of local job opportunities for young people generally versus the availability of local jobs in a young person’s desired field of employment. While around 70 per cent felt there were enough opportunities for employment in their local area generally, only 50 per cent felt there were sufficient opportunities locally in an area they would like to work in. Mission Australia said the findings of the report underscore the need for significant policy reform in the areas of youth employment, education and training. “Young people have told us – and the evidence supports – that there is a need for a greater focus and investment in youth education, training and employment,” the organisation stated in its report into the results of the annual survey. “We need to ensure that young adults do not fall through the cracks while trying to transition from school to work, school to training or from training to work.” The Post asked some young Hunter residents about their concerns for the future.

“I’m basically a writer and photographer. I write for a few different online publications…mostly freelancing. I want to go to university and I’m leaning towards a career in marketing or communications but I will probably have to move to Sydney or Melbourne because there aren’t enough opportunities in Newcastle.”

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Motorists urged to be smart with mobile phone uses this holiday season New campaign launched to put a stop to accidents from loss of concentration Melissah Comber

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n the last five years, mobile phone use has been attributed to 216 car accidents, of which 100 resulted in death or injury. The expansion of an online and television campaign hopes to target this, with the ‘Get Your Hand Off It’ video now showing on New South Wales screens, running in conjunction with a police crackdown. The ad, which first began running in June, aims to change the behaviour of motorists who use a phone behind the wheel by assigning a cheeky catchphrase to the behaviour, in a similar vein to the 2007 ‘Little Pinkie’ anti-speeding campaign. ‘Get Your Hand Off It’ has received backing from NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay and Member for Maitland Robyn Parker, and while the ad may be cheeky, the message is anything but. “It’s timely that the campaign is ex-

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panded in time for the holiday season,” Minister Gay said. “We don’t want anything thinking that a quick text behind the wheel or holding a mobile phone while driving is worth the risk of never making it home to your family.” Ms Parker echoed these sentiments. “I’m disturbed by the number of motorists I see on Maitland roads who either have a mobile phone to their ear or are texting while they’re driving and I ask them to please make a commitment not to engage in dangerous mobile phone use while driving. You may never make it home to your family again if you do, and no text message is worth that risk.” In the first four weeks of the June campaign, daily mobile phone offences dropped by 20 per cent, compared to the previous four weeks, but the message is still not getting through. Craig Lindeman of Thornton says he sees this everyday as he drives around the Hunter for work, recalling one incident where he witnessed a man driving with his knee while using two hands on his phone. “I see one or two people everyday on their phone and they’re not even hiding it,” he said. “It affects so many people on the road by way of them not paying attention to what is going on around them.”


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rehash of Maitland City Council’s Off Leash Dog Exercise Area Strategy has recommended three of the city’s six dog parks be decommissioned to make way for seven more. Currently there are off-leash areas in East Maitland, Raworth, Tenambit, Thornton and at two sites in Telarah, but site studies determined that there is a lack of infrastructure at some of these sites and they are not ideally spread across the city. “Extensive consultation was undertaken with the community to ensure the strategy is reflective of the needs of residents’,’ Council’s Manager Community and Recreation Services, Lynn Morton, said. “Seven new sites have been recommended across the city to increase Council’s supply of off-leash areas which

is more in line with neighbouring Council’s and more reflective of dog ownership rates in Maitland.” The sites to be decommissioned are the parks at East Maitland, Tenambit and Telarah Netball Courts. The seven new sites would be at Rathluba Lagoon, Alliance Street in East Maitland, the Belmore Bridge at Lorn, Les Circuit in Gillieston Heights, in the Anambah sports field development at Rutherford and a site on either side of the New England Highway at Lochinvar. Dog owner Bonnie Thorssell supports the move, saying she was unaware Maitland even had off-leash areas. “Everyone wants to socialise their dogs but it’s hard when there aren’t many offleash areas,” Ms Thorssell said. “I think a lack of these areas can contribute to a dog’s aggression, but having them promotes the health of both the dog and owner, and it can also teach safety around dogs. The Off Leash Dog Exercise Area Strategy will soon go on public exhibition.

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Track, close to $10 000 will be spent on improving pedestrian pathways in the recreation area, and $60 000 will be used to repair the Main Pump House. Walka Water Works was constructed in 1887 to supply water to Newcastle and the lower Hunter Valley and closed in 1929. It reopened in 1951 as a coal power station but closed in 1978 and now operates as a recreation and wildlife reserve.

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Creative ability on display at a rather arty party in Maitland Park Melissah Comber

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here may not have been cake or pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, but last Tuesday’s ‘pARTy in the Park’ was a grand celebration. The event, which coincided with the International Day of People with a Disability, saw more than 300 people converge on Maitland Park to recognise the creative abilities of the disabled. Steve Burchill, co-founder of 'pARTy in the Park' and coordinator of the Mai-Wel Creative Arts and Life Skills program said that the day also allowed several service providers to collaborate with community groups such as Tantrum Theatre, PerformAbility and Gleeful Performance Group to create a fun and supportive atmosphere. “The arts is such an interactive and inclusive medium,” Mr Burchill explained. “What’s great is that everyone has such fun while doing it.” That can certainly be said for Angela Bell of Cessnock who loves to play the drums and paint. The 26-year-old sold her artworks and proudly displayed her vibrant paintings throughout the day.

Artist Angela Bell with one of her favourite pieces

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Students bridge the age gap Cr Peter Blackmore Maitland City Council Mayor

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All too often our younger generations are given a bad rap in the media so, this week, I want to share with you the outstanding work of local Year 10 students taking part in Maitland Grossman High School’s Adopt-aResident program. During the second semester of the school year, the students are encouraged to form close friendships with residents of local aged care facilities. While attending the school’s seniors concert and Christmas morning tea last week, I was lucky enough to witness firsthand how much joy this successful program brings to both the students and residents. Speaking to the students, it was clear that, through their participation, they gained a valuable insight into what it means to be a volunteer while also receiving a great deal of satisfaction and enjoyment from the program. The students also brought a lot of laughter and fun to the residents’ lives during their regular visits to Benhome Nursing Home and Largs Lodge Aged Care Facility. I must also acknowledge the commitment and dedication shown by the teachers of Grossman High School in offering the students a unique educational experience and, at the same time, providing the community with a wonderful service. Fittingly, the contribution of youth volunteers was recognised through this year’s International Volunteer Day theme of 'Young. Global. Active'. Here in Maitland, we are lucky enough to have so many people willing to put their hand up and help out in the community and it is my hope that these young students will continue to participate in volunteer activities, no matter how big or small.

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Knights in the pink - all for a worthy cause Amelia Parrott

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ewcastle Knights home bouts are traditionally a sea of red and blue but the 2014 season could bring a hint of pink into the mix. The club has just released a new Women in League jersey to celebrate the unique and important contribution women make to the game. The jersey, pink and blue as opposed to the usual red and blue team colours, will be worn by players in the eighth annual Women in League round in 2014. 21-year-old second-rower, Alex McKinnon, was thrilled to hear of the club’s decision to release a new jersey to recognise women. “It will be great to have a Women in League jersey next season,” the Aberdeen-native said. “My partner Teigan, as well as my grandma, will be excited to get on of these new pink jerseys.” The limited edition Women in League jersey is available to purchase now at the Newcastle Knights Superstore, located outside Hunter Stadium, or online at www.newcastleknights.com.au. Meanwhile, the NRL 2014 sea-

Newcastle Knights second -rower, Alex McKinnon, and his partner, Teigan Power, show off the club's brand new Women in League jersey son draw was also announced last week and sees the Knights facing the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium in round one on Satur-

day, March 8. The first Knights home game of the season will be on Sunday, March 16 against the Canberra Raiders.


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SPECIAL OLYMPICS

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There were tears, cheers and plenty of winners across Newcastle last week with thousands competing for glory in the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games. The inaugural event brought more than 2,500 athletes with an intellectual disability to the Hunter region to play for gold in a

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ost of the games may have been held in Newcastle, but Maitland still had its share of Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games glory. In what was described as a coup for Maitland, Superstrike saw close to 150 competitors and carers from countries as far away as Myanmar, Macau and Chinese Taipei converge on the Rutherford facility for four days last week, competing in singles and doubles ten pin bowling events. International camaraderie was on show during the competition, which Special

Olympics’ CEO Janet Froetscher said was important to breaking down barriers. “At Special Olympics, we believe that by bringing together those with and without intellectual disabilities to compete and participate on the same playing field, divisions and barriers are broken down and prejudices and discrimination are eliminated far more quickly,” Ms Froetscher said. The event also provided an economic benefit to the region, with local motels accommodating international guests and tourism operators seeing an increase in business.

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range of sports including, swimming, athletics, badminton, bocce and ten pin bowling. Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games director, Chris Heverin, said the Games were an outstanding success. “There is no question that the first-ever Asia Pacific Games have set the bar extremely high for others to follow,” he said. “From the Opening Ceremony, to the atmosphere at the venues, Newcastle has provided a world-class Games for our Special Olympics athletes.”


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NOTIFICATION OF ADOPTION

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chRISTMAS 2013 & NEW YEAR 2014 ARRANGEMENTS

MAITLAND URBAN SETTLEMENT STRATEGY

DRAfT Off LEASh DOG ExERcISE AREA STRATEGY

2012 EDITION AND CONSIDERATION OF A PROPOSED CHANGE TO THE REVIEW CYCLE FROM 2-YEAR TO 5-YEAR REVIEW PERIODS

Maitland City Council has completed a draft Off Leash Dog Exercise Area Strategy. The strategy will be on public exhibition from Wednesday, 4 December 2013 at Council’s customer service centre, High Street and libraries. The strategy will also be available on Council’s website maitland.nsw.gov.au. Exhibition concludes on Friday, 7 February 2014.

• Administration Building: Closes at 1.00pm on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 and will reopen on Thursday, 2 January 2014. • Maitland Regional Art Gallery: Open every day as usual between Christmas and New Year from 10.00am to 5.00pm, except Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. • Libraries: All library branches will open regular hours on Saturday, 21 December 2013. All branches will be closed from 1.00pm on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 and will reopen on Thursday, 2 January 2014. • Swimming Pools: Close at 4.00pm on Tuesday, 24 December 2013. Closed full day Christmas Day only. Open Boxing Day from 11.00am to 7.00pm. Close at 5.00pm New Year’s Eve. Open at 11.00am on New Year’s Day. • Waste Disposal Depot, Mt Vincent: Closed Christmas Day only. • Waste Collection Services: There will be no kerbside waste collection service on Christmas Day. Wednesday (Christmas Day) collection will be carried out on Thursday (Boxing Day). The remainder of the week’s service will be the day after the normal collection day (eg. Friday service will be collected on Saturday). All waste collection operations will resume normal service the week starting 30 December 2013. • Works Depot: Closes at 11.00am on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 and will reopen on Thursday, 2 January 2014. • Visitor Information Centre: Closes at 1.00pm on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 and will reopen Boxing Day from 9.00am to 5.00pm. Open every day between Christmas and New Year from 9.00am to 5.00pm, except New Year’s Day, when opening hours will be 11.00am to 3.00pm. • Maitland Gaol: Closes at 1.00pm on Tuesday, 24 December 2013. Closed 25 December 2013. Open for tours every day between Christmas and New Year from 10.00am to 4.00pm, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

To support and inform the proposed 5-year comprehensive review period of the MUSS an annual report would also be prepared measuring key performance indicators, ie land supply, development approvals, delivery of lots and population growth so that Council could monitor and respond to any changes in the market if required, including progression of Preliminary Investigation Areas, Category 2 and Category 1 sites to accommodate growth and demand where necessary. The annual review would also provide for the consideration of Urban Extension and Infill proposals, which provide for efficient use of existing infrastructure, in a more timely manner rather than every 2 years as currently occurs. The annual review could also prompt a more comprehensive review (including exhibition) should market or other external factors indicate there is a need. The 2012 Edition of the MUSS is available online via Council’s website at maitland.nsw.gov.au Persons wishing to make comment on the proposed change from a 2-year review period to a 5-year review period should do so in writing by 24 December 2013 to: The General Manager Maitland City Council PO Box 220, Maitland NSW 2320

Persons wishing to comment on the draft strategy should do so by 4.30pm on Friday, 7 February 2014. All comments should be directed to Council’s Recreation Planning & Development Officer, Alex Threadgate at alext@maitland.nsw.gov.au

NOTICE OF GAZETTAl MAITLAND LOcAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2011 AMENDMENT NO. 5 AMENDMENTS TO CLAUSE 4.2A TO INCLUDE REFERENCES TO DUAL OCCUPANCY Pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, notice is hereby given of the gazettal of Maitland Local Environmental Plan 2011 Amendment No. 5 for Amendments to Clause 4.2A to include references to Dual Occupancy. The gazetted LEP applies to all zones referred to in Clause 4.2A of the Maitland LEP 2011, being RU1 Primary Production, RU2 Rural Landscape, E3 Environmental Management and E4 Environmental Living. The LEP was made by the Minister for Planning & Infrastructure and took effect on 22 November 2013. Further enquiries should be directed to Council’s Urban Growth Team on 4934 9700.

Alternatively comments can be emailed to strategicplanning@maitland.nsw.gov.au For further information regarding the proposal to amend the review period of the MUSS, please contact Council’s Urban Growth Team on 4934 9700.

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On 22 October 2013, Council resolved to adopt the Maitland Urban Settlement Strategy (MUSS) 2012 Edition. Council also resolved to consult the development industry with regard to the proposed change from a 2-year review period to a 5-year review period for the MUSS.

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MP calls for cut to entry fees to boost numbers at Beresfield pool called on Mr Gouldthorp to consider implementing a two month trial of a flat $2 entry fee at the Beresfield Swimming Centre. “I sent a letter to general manager, Ken Gouldthorp, a few weeks ago asking that the Council implement a $2 flat-fee trial for two months from the beginning of this month but there has been no action,” she said. The cost of an adult admission to Beresfield Swimming Centre is $4.80. A spokesperson from Newcastle City Council told the Post that the current pool entry fees were decided as part of the 2013/14 budget and cannot be changed by the general manager without a resolution from Council.

State Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery, says Newcastle City Council needs to consider introducing cheaper entry fees at its pools if it is serious about increasing patronage. Less than a month after Newcastle City Council general manager, Ken Gouldthorp, caved to community criticism by agreeing to return the weekend opening hours at the Stockton and Beresfield Swimming Centre’s to their usual 5pm closing time during the peak summer season, Ms Hornery has

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Maitland, show us your lights

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ouncillors Philip and Nicole Penfold want to see the brightest Maitland has got. What started in 2011 as a Facebook page celebrating the best Christmas light displays in town has taken off, leading the pair to take over from where Maitland City Council left off - running their own Christmas lights competition. “The interest started out of the thrill our 2 boys (now 5 and 12) got out of Christmas

lights,” Councillor Philip Penfold said. “We often drive around the city at night to see what light displays exist. Listing the best spots on one Facebook page makes it easier for people know where to go see the decorated houses.” The competition will be judged by the Councillors based on Facebook feedback, with assistance from Member for Maitland, Robyn Parker. The winning house will receive a $100

dinner voucher to Maneeya Thai, second prize is a family pass (4) to Reading Cinema Maitland and third prize is a double pass to Reading Cinema Maitland, donated by Mortgage Choice East Maitland. All entrants must be in the Maitland local government area and the winner will be announced by 6pm on December 23. Check out the best Christmas lights at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maitland-Christmas-Lights/196329983784124

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ith their claws and outer shell, you’d think prawns would be ready for anything, yet they shake and twitch. They must be nervous knowing they are high on the list of fresh seafood species Australians will be consuming this Christmas. Atlantic Salmon, the king of Omega-3, stars in first place as the most popular seafood species consumed this year. Like many other oily fish species, salmon is particularly high in long chain Omega-3 oils which have positive effects on the heart, the eyes, brain development in babies and can even help improve your mood. The nervous wild caught prawn is second with oysters third on the list, followed by wild-caught fresh tuna. A large proportion of the tuna we consume is farmed but most of the time these fish are born in the wild, then they are ranched into an aquaculture facility for fattening. Only recently, scientists managed to hatch tuna larvae in captivity, so in the future farmed tuna will come from hatcheries rather than the ocean. Sharks are next. These predators form an important part of our annual seafood selection. To ensure Sharks remain on the menu and in the oceans, research is being done to develop a report card to guide fisheries managers, fishers and consumers alike. Crabs are in sixth place though probably none of the ones consumed in Australia will be the size of Japan’s giant spider crab, spanning nearly four metres from claw to claw… could hug Santa twice over! Farmed Barramundi is next. Eat it guilt-free, as aquaculture is a sustainable activity with proper management and processes in place. Increasingly, standards are being developed to ensure the sustainability of aquaculture operations. Mullet and Flathead are eighth and ninth respectively. Try the flavoursome Mullet baked, grilled or smoked, or make it into a pâté. If a milder taste is what you are after, then choose Flathead and experiment with it on a barbie, or just use it in a classic fish and chips recipe. Farmed Prawns round out the top ten of consumed Australian seafood, but certainly not least with the prawn aquaculture industry providing over 300 full-time jobs in Queensland alone. Prawns take about six months to reach harvesting size and most of Australia’s prawns will end up on local BBQs this Christmas, because Australians love prawns Ho Ho Ho!

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Tips for keeping the kilos off

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s Santa’s sleigh draws near, the nation’s leading nutrition experts are spurring Australians to approach their diet with the same rigor as the Christmas shopping. The call to stop weight gain in its tracks comes after latest figures show almost two out of every three Australians are now overweight or obese. ‘Overeating at parties and functions, drinking too much alcohol and cutting back on exercise are common scenarios, which lead to the kilo creep during the silly season’, says Melanie McGrice, Spokesperson for the Dietitians Association of Australia. However, the Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian says good shopping habits can teach us a lot when it comes to festive food. For savvy shoppers, here’s Melanie’s five-step survival guide to keep your weight and health in check this party season.

Step 1. Don’t show up empty handed Arriving at a party when you’re hungry can be a recipe for disaster. It’s all too easy to fill up on ‘extra’ foods like pastries and chips before the main meal even arrives. Say goodbye to the grazing trap by making sure you have a small, but nutritious meal or snack before the main event. Try filling foods like reduced-fat yoghurt with fruit, a handful of almonds, a slice of whole grain toast with peanut butter or a glass of reduced-fat milk.

Step 2. Don’t blow your (energy) budget Christmas is a great time to enjoy some of your favourite

foods. If you do go for a higher-kilojoule treat, make sure it’s a food you really enjoy. Then over the day, choose lots of fresh fruit, vegetables, lean meats, reduced-fat dairy and whole grains to make sure you fit in all the important core food groups.

Step 3. Know your alcohol limits Did you know that 1 in 5 adults exceed Australia’s lifetime risk guidelines? So if you do drink alcohol, stay hydrated, and keep the kilojoules down by alternating alcoholic drinks with water. You could even try mineral water with a slice of lemon, sparkling water with some seasonal berries or a home-made iced tea.

Step 4. Plan ahead Keep up the exercise between parties and functions, to balance your energy (kilojoule) intake with output. Think of opportunities to be active, such as walking instead of driving or taking the kids to the beach during school holidays.

Step 5. Cost cut where you can Making small changes, such as partaking in an extra sliver of cake or glass of wine, can mean a few more kilograms in the New Year. Keep habits in check by establishing some achievable goals. For example, start the day with a healthy breakfast. Research shows 78% of people who successfully keep off weight eat breakfast every day and 75% weigh themselves regularly (at least once per week).

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ot on the heels of his performance at the Special Olympics opening ceremony, singer is returning to Newcastle for two intimate Christmas shows at Lizotte’s and the singer and 2012 ‘The Voice’ runner-up told TE that he couldn’t wait to return.

“I’m absolutely looking forward to coming back and playing Lizotte’s – it’s one of my favourite rooms in Australia,” he said. “We were just in Newcastle for the Special Olympics which was great so, it’s going to be nice to go from playing such a big show to a more intimate one.” Percival said that punters could expect some good old fashioned variety entertainment, with more than a bit of Christmas cheer thrown in. “It’s going to be really fun – there’s going to be a whole lot of new material, some old stuff, some stuff I did on ‘The Voice’ and more than likely some Christmas carols which are always fun,” he said. “I’m also bringing my good mate Tommy Dean along to open the show and he is absolutely hilarious.” While Percival shot into the national stratosphere after his time on ‘The Voice’ that’s not to say he was an overnight sensation. “I’ve actually never had another job – I’ve basically been a professional musician since I was sixteen,” he admitted. “I’ve done back up singing, performed at the Woodford folk festival a bunch of times, I’ve prepared actors for roles, I’ve done vocal training, tried out for musicals, done the corporate circuit and produced albums for folks like Uncle Jed so, yeah there’s not really much I haven’t done.” Percival said his decision to audition for ‘The Voice’ was spurred on by a desire to work with Keith Urban. “The opportunity to work with Keith was the main focus,” he said. “It was basically a three-month meet and greet with him and I learned so much.” Percival said much of his time now was spent finding a work/life balance. “This year has been more about finding a balance – my kids used to think I worked at the airport,” he laughed.

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HEALTH

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Some discomfort in a joint may be normal but swelling is a bad sign

Don't fear damage to your joints

Dressing for your work party

If you have throbbing knees, aching hips and sore ankles it’s easy to assume a lifetime of activity is to blame but that is simply untrue. Plenty of older people who’ve been active all their lives never develop osteoarthritis. And this misguided view can lead to people avoiding exercise, which has an important role in keeping joints healthy. “I think it’s a myth to make the general statement that exercise is bad for your joints or actually wears your joints out. There’s no evidence for that,” said rheumatologist Professor Patrick McNeil. Exercise doesn’t just help keep joints healthy, it’s one of the best treatments for joints that are already damaged. While it’s natural that when joints hurt, you want to avoid moving them, the movement actually performs an important job. Cartilage is living tissue but it has no arteries to deliver blood to it. Instead it relies on movement of the joints to create a pumping action that circulates fluid containing oxygen and nutrients. Exercise also: • decreases pain. • helps maintain the mobility and flexibility of joints. • improves muscle strength, which can help hold joints in their correct alignment, taking pressure off sore spots. Regular exercise can also help you maintain a healthy weight, reducing stress on joints. And of course it has enormous general health benefits. It’s much better to be physically active than to hold back because of your joints. Generally speaking, your joints will let you know if your exercise is causing harm. But if you have been diagnosed with joint damage, or have pain that suggests damage, it’s possible the wrong sort of exercise could make your arthritis worse. Some discomfort in an affected joint is normal but substantial increased pain or swelling during or after activity may be a sign you need to modify your program.

December is finally here and I say: bring on the mountains of food, holidays spent lazing by the beach, lovely catch-ups with family and parties galore! Family parties and gatherings with friends are ‘no dramas’ but there is one kind of party that always causes a stir around this time of year... the annual office party. Your work mates might be the people who you spend most of your time with but for most, they are only your friends in the office. In a professional setting there are things that you can and can't wear but when it comes to an after-hours work party, nothing is off-limits. Viewing your end of year office party with an “anything goes” attitude is a recipe for disaster. Yes, it should be a time to let your hair down and have a ball with your workmates but it is important to keep in mind that in addition to the girl you share a desk with, you are also partying with your boss, his boss and her boss too. Choosing the right outfit to wear to the Christmas party can get you off to a good start, the rest (meaning your actions/how much alcohol you consume) is up to you. When I get ready for my work Christmas party I always try to wear something different – something that my workmates either haven’t seen before or something that I don’t generally wear to the office. This year, I’ll be wearing a pair of tailored shorts; they are a good length and as I usually wear trousers to the office, will give me a different look. The second thing that I try to remember is to keep my outfit classy, modest and to the dress-code. Save your plunging necklines and super short minis for a night out on the town with the girls and opt for something on the nicer side. I find that if I aim to look ‘pretty’ rather than ‘hot’, I am still dressing to impress but manage to hit just the right look. If you are really doubting what to wear, a good idea is to consider what you would wear to a family birthday dinner.

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Toronto Private Hospital and Maitland Private Hospital have recently established new and exciting Mental Health Services for the Newcastle and wider hunter region. The brand new facilities offer high quality care in fresh and modern surroundings for patients requiring treatment for a range of mental health issues. Toronto Private Hospital is located 35 minutes from Newcastle and 10 minutes from Warners Bay.

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The specialist psychiatrists, therapy and nursing staff are highly experienced and committed to providing quality mental healthcare and support to the wider community and referring general practitioners in the Newcastle and Hunter region. A comprehensive outpatient therapy service is also available for patients requiring support whilst remaining at home, with programs such as:

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Moles on shoulders and constant sneezes risk of melanoma is increased if you have had a previous melanoma or if you have a family history of melanoma. Other risk factors include having multiple moles or whether you have had other types of skin cancers. If you have red hair, blue eyes and have a tendency to freckle then you are also at risk. And of course a history of sun exposure or solarium use will increase your risk. So remember to protect yourself from the sun with sunscreen, hat, shirt sunglasses and avoiding the hottest part of the day and if you are concerned see your GP for a skin check My daughter always seems to be sick. She wakes every morning with a runny nose and sneezing attacks. She then sounds like her nose is blocked. I am expecting her to develop a cold, but it doesn’t turn into anything. What could this be? (Vicki, 48) Vicki, it could be that your daughter actually has a condition called allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (commonly known as Hay Fever) rather than a cold. The symptoms

Dr Tony Isaac MBBS RACGP admin@kotarafamilypractice.com.au www.kotarafamilypractice.com.au 4956 0888

If you have a medical question you would like to ask Dr Tony you can email the Post at editorial@newcastlepost. com.au. Include your age and gender with your question, too. Dr Tony will try to respond to your questions, but if it is something you think is urgent or concerning please be sure to seek advice from your GP.

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of a watery runny nose, repeated sneezing and nasal congestion fit, but you may also notice that she has red itchy eyes or a nasal itch. Some people may also develop an irritation at the back of their throat causing them to regularly throat clear. Others may develop dark circles or puffy skin under their eyes. The peak time in the Newcastle/Hunter region for the condition to occur is November, but continues through until March. The common triggers are pollens in our environment from trees, grasses and flowering plants. Other triggers include moulds, household dust, certain foods or wine, and cigarette smoke. Your daughter may need to have some blood tests or skin prick tests to investigate her condition. Allergies are usually treated by avoiding the trigger, once it is known, but antihistamine medication and steroid based nasal sprays can also be useful. Your family GP will be able to advise you on this, so you should encourage your daughter to see her doctor to discuss her condition and the find the best treatment for her symptoms.

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My partner noticed a mole on my shoulder and is hassling me to get it checked out, but it has been there for a while and it hasn’t changed much. Do I really need to get it checked out? (Stephen, 32) A skin lesion check is a common reason to see your GP and it is appropriate to address now, at the beginning of summer and with the school holidays just around the corner when most of us in Newcastle are heading out to enjoy our lovely beaches, the lake and the outdoors. However the reality remains that Australia has the highest incidence of melanoma in the world and in 2012 it was the fourth most common cancer diagnosed in Australia. Stephen, it is a good idea to get your mole checked by your family doctor because survival rates from melanoma are directly related to lesion thickness, so early diagnosis is essential. Even for doctors it can be difficult to tell a melanoma from other coloured skin lesions just by using the naked eye and so it would be worthwhile getting your GP to check your mole using a special hand held microscope called a dermatoscope. Your

Dr George Angus an Obstetrician Gynaecologist from Wagga Wagga with over 20 years experience is now consulting from Newcastle. Choosing your Obstetrician is a big decision and Dr Angus would love to meet you. Feel free to contact his practice for a free meet and greet consultation.

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ing current Australian Diamonds Caitlin Thwaites and Sharni Layton, and Australian 21/U goal shooter Gretel Tippett. “There is a great sense of anticipation and excitement throughout the entire Club and playing group ahead of the new season,” said Rob Wright, who takes the reins after four seasons as the Club’s Assistant Coach. “During the off-season, seven of the 2014 roster represented Australia in either the Diamonds or Fast5 Flyers, giving NSW Swifts supporters a taste of what to expect in 2014.”

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ame times for the NSW Swifts 2014 regular season have today been announced by the ANZ Championship. On making the announcement, the ANZ Championship confirmed all matches will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS in Australia and SKY Sport in New Zealand throughout the 17-week season including the ANZ Championship Finals Series which concludes at the end of June. Additionally in Australia one match per week will be simulcast live from 12pm each Sunday on free-to-air television via SBS 2. The NSW Swifts returned for pre-season training on Monday 2 December under new Head Coach Rob Wright. In addition to a new look coaching team, there are six (6) fresh faces in the playing roster for season 2014, includ-

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ix home games in the final eight rounds could see the Newcastle Knights set for another charge into the finals in 2014 after the NRL released next season's draw last week. For fans who enjoy Sunday afternoon football at Hunter Stadium, there will be at least five matches played in that timeslot in the first 20 rounds next year, with exact start times for rounds 21 to 26 not determined until deep into next season. Feature matches at home for the Knights, include a clash with the Brisbane Broncos on Good Friday, taking on the Sydney Roosters on a Friday night in July and the Old Boys Day meeting with St George Illawarra in round 26. The Knights have a substantial amount of travel to contend with during the Origin period, but get some relief by having both byes during that time (rounds 11 and 17).

Halfback Michael Dobson is one of the new faces for the Knights in 2014 Newcastle's first game of the season will be against the Penrith Panthers at Centrebet Stadium at 4.30pm on Saturday, March 8. The first home game will be in round 2 against

the Canberra Raiders at 6.30pm on Sunday, March 16. See page 23 for the Knights season draw and next week's Post for a pull-out wallchart of the season draw for all matches.


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