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post mortem has failed to conclusively determine the cause of de ath of a C essnock to ddler. A mbulance p aramedics and police were called to a home in Cumberland Street in the early hours of Wednesday mor ning whe re t hey f ound a 1 9- month- old boy in a serious condition. According t o p olice, t he b oy’s p arents w ere a t home at the time and had been performing CPR. He was t ransported by a mbulance to Cessnock Hospital but later died. Central H unter c rime m anager, D etective Inspector John Zdrilic preliminary autopsy results confirmed pneumonia and cardiomyopathy were contributing f actors t o t he de ath of t he b oy, bu t showed no conclusive cause of death. On W ednesday a fternoon, C entral H unter Superintendent G arry O ’Dell s aid t hat p olice believed the death was not n atural and the boy’s parents were assisting police with their inquiries. Detective Inspector Zdrilic said t he police were continuing their investigations into the incident in light of the inconclusive autopsy result. “The death of a 19-month-old is tragic in anyone’s language,� he s aid. “ That’s why we a re continuing our investigations, not just for the sake of the parents, but for everyone.� The boy’s parents, who are aged in their late 20s, are said to be traumatised by the death. The boy was the couple’s only child.

Specialist forensic officers examine a home in Cumberland Street, Cessnock where a 19-month-old boy became seriously ill and later died in hospital

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Rezoning hitting a raw nerve Councillors and residents split over residential plans for Glebe paddock area MELISSAH COMBER

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16.76-hectare parcel of land in East M aitland w as rez oned a t the Maitland City Council meeting l ast w eek, bu t not w ithout dividing c ouncillors a nd d rawing t he i re of residents. It was standing room only in Council Chambers a s t he Gle be p addock, wh ich is b ordered on i ts w estern a nd s outhern edges by W allis C reek a nd t he h istoric Glebe Cemetery, was subject to a rezoning proposal to allow residential development on the site. It w as t he s econd t ime t he prop osal had come before Council, this time with amendments i n r esponse t o r esidents' concerns. T he bl ock w ill no w b e spl it i nto t wo zones - 4.5ha as R1 General Residential and 12.3ha as E2 Environmental Conservation. Part of the land, owned by the Newcastle Anglican Diocese, will be developed. Father D avid B attrick, of t he E ast Maitland parish, said this would fulfil the land's original purpose. "This w ill s upport th e ch urch thr ough commercial return," Fr Battrick said. "The parish needs the Glebe to work for it, as it was originally envisaged to do."

Residents broug ht f orward a b evy of concerns, including increased traffic, and the destruction of both the historical and ecological en vironment, b ut Co uncillor Bob Geoghegan suggested it was a case of residents not wanting to lose their view. "No one has a right to a view," he said. The proposal also included a minimum lot size of 800-square-metres, but Cr Steve Procter put forward an amendment to see it reduced to 450-square-metres, to br ing it in line with other new developments. "It's fairly obvious that the people adjoining don't want any development," he said. "It's not t heir l and, a nd t he l and o wner has the right - w ithin reason - t o do wh at they want with it." Cr Procter's motion was defeated. The original motion, which included the 800-square-metre lot size with the rezoning, w as p assed, w ith C rs L oretta B aker, Peter G arnham a nd H enry M eskauskas recording votes in opposition. Cr B aker v oiced he r obje ction o ver t he destruction of s ome of t he s iteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s t rees, while Cr Meskauskas said that he had voted a gainst a s imilar prop osal i n 1 993 and d id not b elieve t he s ite h ad c hanged since then. Crs Ni cole Pe nfold, P hilip Pe nfold a nd Ben Whiting declared conflicts of interest and did not vote.

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group o f H unter p arents h ave hit back at media reports stating that w earing b abies in s lings i s unsafe, following the death of a three-week-old girl in Queensland. A c oroner’s rep ort w as re leased l ast month on t he de ath of t he g irl i n M arch, 2013, wh ich f ound t hat a sl ight c old, t he pouch- sling she w as i n a nd t he w ay she was ly ing a gainst he r mot her’s b ody contributed to her suffocation. Elissa Green of Cardiff, Kirryn Hardy of Woodberry a nd A na B atterham of Bl acksmiths are members of the Newcastle and Hunter B abywearers, a nd s aid t hey were concerned t hat rep orts on b abywearing were not giving the full picture and painting it in a bad light. “They didn’t use the T.I.C.K.S guidelines and were vague on the details,” Ms Hardy said. “It’s a n atural i nstinct [ for t he b aby] t o want to be close to you, so I think safe babywearing i s e ncompassed t hrough natural instincts.” Ms B atterham s aid th at b abywearing is not on ly c onvenient, bu t h as ph ysical, emotional and developmental benefits, so long as it is done well.

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pipedream. The funds, from the NSW Government’s Public R eserves Ma nagement F und, w ill refurbish the toilet and shower facilities of the northern side of the ground. Si nce 20 12, t he pr ivately o wned sho wground has received almost $210,000 in S tate Go vernment g rants, in cluding $58,000 to t he Maitland Greyhou nd Club for new seating. Member for Maitland Robyn Parker said that previous grants had been for ground maintenance a nd u pgrades t o t he p ower supply. “ All t hese t hings g o t owards providing better facilities for events which makes it a b etter facility for revenue raising opportunities.” Showground c ommittee T reasurer David Perrott said that applying for grandstand funding was still on the agenda. “Aging infrastructure is a big expense to maintain,” he said. “We can’t ask reasonably f or a bi g c hunk [of f unding whe n i t needs to be shared] so we look at what smaller projects we can do.” Mr Perrott said he hoped private contribution t o a gr andstand u pgrade w ould give leverage to a grant application.

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The first stage of the $45 million Maitland Roundabouts project has been completed, Member f or M aitland Roby n P arker announced last week. On W ednesday t he C essnock Ro ad sl ip lane was opened to traffic, which allows motorists who are making a left hand turn at the roundabout to turn straight away, before merging onto the highway. Ms Parker said that this part of the project will make the roundabout safer. “The s lip l ane w ill improve tr affic f low at th e r oundabout, p articularly d uring peak t imes whe n t he a rea c an b ecome congested,” Ms Parker said. “It i s g reat new s f or ro ad u sers a nd t he local community, who a re keen to the see the project progress.” The stage also included building a U-turn bay o n C essnock R oad a nd cl osing th e Walker Street entry to the roundabout. Ms Parker said that this stage had been completed ahead of schedule and that the NSW G overnment f unded t he M aitland Roundabouts proje ct t hrough t he Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund. The u pgrade w ill i mprove s afety a nd traffic flow at the roundabouts, while also catering for future traffic growth. Work on t he f irst s tage of t he proje ct included th e C essnock R oad U - turn b ay and c losure of t he Walker Street e ntry to the R ailway S tation rou ndabout wh ich was completed in December last year. New t raffic l ights a t t he i ntersection of the New E ngland H wy a nd t he nor thern end of Johnson Street were also switched on l ast m onth. R MS w ill ca ll t enders t o build the eastbound overpass at the Railway Station roundabout mid this year.

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THIRSTY MERC THE DEPOT ON BEAUMONT THURSDAY, MAY 1 break from it all to fill up the wind in the sales again,” he said. To th at e nd, T histlethwaite r elocated t o LA in 2012 (he now splits his time between LA a nd Sy dney) t o pu rsue a s olo c areer. Under t he mon iker of Su n R ai, T histlethwaite h as re leased one E P, ‘ Pocket Music’ and is about to drop the follow-up ‘Escargot’

we recorded a new song and we’ve also been looking at doing some acoustic stuff, but I’d say w e’d b e l ooking t o get s omething ou t there in the last quarter of this year,” he said. “It’s just really nice to be able to keep doing this thing and that there are people out there who want us to keep doing it,” he laughed.

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Irish battle in Maitland Repertory Theatre’s production of The Freedom of the City MELISSAH COMBER

Ms G albraith s aid. “ It’s a s tory t hat Australian audiences should be able to relate to - it’s about people who struggle. “The irony of it is that there is no freedom.” The F reedom o f t he C ity op ens on Wednesday, Apr il 23 a nd r uns f or t hree weeks. Tickets c an b e b ooked at t he M aitland Visitors Information Centre on 4931 2800,

or at www.maitlandreptheatre.org. T o c elebrate t he new pro duction, Th e Post i s g iving y ou t he c hance t o w in a double p ass to t he op ening n ight of The Freedom of the City. To e nter t he c ompetition, e mail y our name a nd c ontact det ails t o e ditorial@ newcastlepost.com.au b y 5 pm on Monday, April 21. Winners will be notified by phone.

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he hor ror of I reland’s Blo ody Sunday w ill ta ke c entre- stage when Maitland Repertory Theatre asks the question, “how free are you?” Brian F riel’s The F reedom o f t he C ity opens ne xt w eek, a nd a lthough i t i s s et in 1970, was first staged the year after 14 people died in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, w hen t he Br itish A rmy o pened fire on civil rights protesters and bystanders in 1972. “It’s a pretty dark play, but in saying that there’s a lot of humour,” director Dianna Galbraith said. “When I re ad i t I c ouldn’t pu t i t do wn and I really wanted to tell that Irish story - to me that’s really important.” The pl ay te lls t he s tory of L ily ( Rhiannon M cDonald), Sk inner ( Christopher Briggs) a nd M ichael (A ndrew H all) who inadvertently t ake r efuge in th e t own Mayor’s pr ivate c hambers whe n t hey escape a p eaceful protest that is hit with smoke and tear gas. “Security forces deem their presence an occupation and they find themselves to be the centre of a siege. “There’s a l ot of e motion c oming out,”

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our y outh d isability s ervices came t ogether in th e M aitland Heritage Mall last Wednesday to a c elebrate y oung p eople f or National Youth Week. Mai-Wel's Coordinator for the Transition to Work and Moving On Program, Katrina Lewis, said that the day was about bringing people together. "It provides an opportunity for all young people from all backgrounds to share their talents and have a bit of fun." The event, now in its fourth year, received funding from Maitland City Council.

Wesley Mission’s Mel Roberts, Craig Haidle and Rachel Bradley man the barbeque

Samaritans Youth Development Officer Bron Dyason prepares a canvas for handprints

Mel Nelson leaves her handprint

CRIME

Maitland police happy with latest crime stats

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entral H unter c rime ma nager, Detective Ins pector John Zdr ilic has w elcomed t he l atest c rime data from the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR), which shows do wnward t rends ac ross mo st crime categories. The d ata sho wed mot or v ehicle t heft was down 12.9 per cent and stealing from motor vehicles was down 5 per cent across the s tate i n t he 2 4 mon ths le ading u p t o December 2013, a t rend Detective Inspector Zdrilic said was reflected locally. “Generally speaking we’re seeing a very pleasing d ownturn in crim e a cross cl ose to a ll c ategories a nd t hat’s t he re sult of targeted work by our officers and interaction an d e ngagement w ith th e c ommunity,” he said. “It’s a bout p eople a nd t he c ommunity working together with the police to reduce crime, v iolence a nd fear a nd I b elieve we are doing that well.” The BOSCAR report found stealing from a mot or v ehicle w as do wn 23 .8 p er c ent in the Hunter region, while motor vehicle theft was down 17.6 per cent. Break and enters on non-dwellings were also down 20.1 per cent. Stealing f rom ret ail s tores a nd dwelling rose at a rate of 12.6 per cent and 14.1 per cent, respectively. Statewide t he rep ort i dentified a spi ke in indecent assault, acts of indecency and other sexual offences, up 7.8 per cent, and fraud, up 13.2 per cent.

Maitland Courthouse BOSCAR d irector, D on W eatherburn said th e in crease in s exual as sault a nd other s exual o ffences m ay b e p artly d ue to increased reporting by victims, particularly child victims. The r ise i n f raud w as pu t do wn t o t he unauthorised use of credit cards.

Participants in Mai-Wel’s ‘Moving On’ program perform

Police snapshot Police appeal after Medowie attempted robbery Police have appealed to the public for information after two men tried to rob a hotel at Medowie last week. About 10.10pm on Thursday 10 April, police have been told two men entered a hotel on Ferodale Road where three staff remained at work and approximately 25 people were drinking. The two men, who had their faces covered, and were armed with a firearm and a knife, approached the bar and demanded money. Unable to obtain any cash, the men then fled from the bar empty handed. Police from the Port Stephens Local Area Command attended and established a crime scene. The first offender is described as covering his face with black fabric, wearing a white hooded jumper, black track-pants, white joggers and carrying a firearm. The second offender is described as covering his face with white fabric, wearing a black hooded jumper, cream pants, black gloves and carrying a knife. Police have appealed for anyone with information about the incident to come forward.

Two charged after regionwide crime spree Two men have been charged over a string of firearm and break and enter offences in the Newcastle and Central Hunter regions this month. Police attended a number of break and enter incidents in Waratah, Maitland, and

Singleton, during which jewellery, cigarettes, and other property were allegedly stolen. Officers attended a hotel on Station Street, Waratah on Wednesday, April 9 and arrested two men. An 18-year-old, from Woodberry, was charged with first instance warrants (x5), goods in custody (x3), possess housebreaking implements, possess firearm. Police also located a BB gun in the style of a replica pistol allegedly in the possession of the 18-year-old. The 24-year-old, from Singleton, was charged with domestic violence assault and intimidation, breach AVO, possess prohibited drug and breach of bail.

Three charged following fatal assault Three people have been charged with the murder of an East Maitland man last month. About 4am on Sunday 16 March, a 50-year-old man was at a house in Kenneth Street, East Maitland, when he was allegedly assaulted by a number of people, including one of the occupants. The 50-year-old man left the premises without reporting the incident to police. On Wednesday 19 March, the man complained of feeling unwell, and disclosed the alleged assault to a family member before being taken to the John Hunter Hospital for treatment. While in hospital, scans revealed the man had sustained a brain injury and he was placed on life support after his condition deteriorated. The man died in hospital on Wednesday 26 March.


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First principal appointed to school Suzanne F ern h as b een ap pointed a s the f irst p rincipal o f St A loysius C atholic Primary School. Ms Fern will be making the move from St Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Primary School, Armidale. Director of s chools f or t he M aitlandNewcastle D iocese, R ay C ollins s aid t hat Ms Fern is well placed to lead the school in its foundation year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Suzanne i s an o utstanding p rincipal, having worked at several catholic primary schools i n t he A rmidale a nd L ismore regions as w ell as di ocesan curr iculum adviser in the Catholic Education Office,â&#x20AC;? Mr Collins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Her sound background in formal education in cluding a ttainment o f a M aster of E ducation a nd M aster of E ducational Leadership w ill s ee he r s ucceed i n t his exciting new role.â&#x20AC;? Ms Fern said the local lifestyle drew her to the region. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking forward to living and working in s uch a b eautiful r egion - w ith th e coast c lose by a nd t he re gional c entre of Maitland just down the road I think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be getting the best of both worlds,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This i s a f antastic opp ortunity f or both me p ersonally, but also for the team who will be with me to set up the school from s cratch â&#x20AC;&#x201C; d rawing on ou r c ombined experience t o pro vide ou r s tudents w ith a s uperior e ducational e xperience f rom Term 1, 2015.â&#x20AC;? Ms Fern will begin in her role in Term 2 and said she will be meeting with parents before the school opens. St A loysius i s c urrently u nder construction, h aving b een of ficially ble ssed by Bishop Bill Wright earlier this month, and will be open to students from Term 1, 2015. Those interested in enrolling their child in St Aloysius for 2015 should contact the Catholic Schools Office on 02 4979 1207 for an enrolment pack.

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unter M edicare Lo cal is looking f or re sidents t o v oice their o pinions o n p rimary healthcare s ervices ac ross the region as part of its soon-to-belaunched c onsumer a dvisory g roup. The role of the group w ill be to iden tify gaps, barriers, stren gths and poten tial improvements to H unter M edicare Localâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s services, which include GP Access After Hours, Connecting Care and Headspace Newcastle. Hunter M edicare Lo cal C EO, C arol Bennett s aid t he g roup w as op en t o a ll members of the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ideally we would like to hear from the people who are not using our services and tend not to access health services when they need to be,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If p eople w ant q uality s ervices a nd they want to maintain the position in the Hunter a s a le ader [ in pr imary he alth], they need to put their money where their mouth is a hop on board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the end of t he day we are a re source for t he c ommunity, to i mprove t he qu ality of he althcare i n t he l ocal c ommunity where people live and keep people out of hospital and in order to do that we need to have a good handle on where the need is.â&#x20AC;? Ms Bennett said engaging with consumers has proven to be a barrier in the past as many do not u nderstand t he role H unter Medicare Local plays in the community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some of the tasks we do are not easy to describe,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are a f acilitator and a l inkage point

Hunter Medicare Local CEO, Carol Bennett for all the things that create better health in primary healthcare.â&#x20AC;? The c onsumer a dvisory g roup w ill comprise of 12 members from across the wider Hunter region.

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EASTER 2014 ARRANGEMENTS Council operating hours and services will be changed during the forthcoming Easter period. The following arrangements will apply during that period: Č?$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ%XLOGLQJCloses 5.00pm on Thursday, 17 April 2014 and will reopen on Tuesday, 22 April 2014. Č?/LEUDULHVRutherford and Thornton close at 5.00pm and Maitland and East Maitland Libraries close at 7.00pm on Thursday, 17 April 2014 and will reopen Tuesday, 22 April 2014. Č?9LVLWRUÎ&#x2013;QIRUPDWLRQ&HQWUHClosed Good Friday only. Č?0DLWODQG5HJLRQDO$UW*DOOHU\Closes 5.00pm on Thursday, 17 April 2014 and will reopen 10.00am on Tuesday, 22 April 2014.

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to temporarily close a section of Swan Street

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The Hunter Sports Centre is an approved, registered Vacation Care program. Vacation Care is an inexpensive way to keep the kids entertained these school holidays whilst you work. Children have the oppurtunity to make new friends whilst, playing fun and interactive games, participating in sports and gymnastics based activities as well as learning new arts and crafts.

Program Commencing Monday April 14 - Monday April 28

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MAITLAND MATTERS

Last week we were lucky enough to have five delegates from America visit Maitland as part of Rotaryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Group Study Exchange p rogram, w hich o ffers p rofessional m en a nd women the opportunity to take part in a unique cultural and vocational exchange. Prior t o a rriving i n M aitland, t he g roup sp ent t ime i n Newcastle, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie and will make a final stop in Dubbo before heading back home with their new skills in tow. A c ivic c eremony w as he ld a t T own H all t o w elcome t he group to Maitland a nd I re ally enjoyed get ting t he c hance to speak to each member of the group about their experiences in Australia and opinions of Maitland, which to no surprise were all very positive. During their stay in Maitland, members of Ru therford-Telarah Rotary Club graciously opened their homes to the group. It i s s afe to s ay t hat t he G SE pro gram would not b e a ble to continue without the generosity of these people and I hope the experience has been just as rewarding for them as it has been for our visitors. Becky W ilburn, a l ocal g overnment h uman re sources a nd public r elations d irector f rom Ch ristianburg, V irginia s pent some time observing Council during her stay in Maitland. From what I am told this was a real eye opening experience for Ms Wilburn and the Council staff. Before signing off for the week, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Easter. I hope you all enjoy spending time with your loved ones and I look forward to sharing more with you after the break.

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Many people set goals with renewed motivation at the start of the year only to find that as the year moves on it becomes harder and harder to keep the motivation going and stick to the plan. Whether the ultimate goal is to lose weight, stop smoking, or be more active, it has to be REALISTIC, RELEVANT and ACHIEVEABLE. It’s okay to set big goals for yourself, but at the same time you need to be smart about how you are going to achieve that goal and how long you may need. Here a re s ome t ips t o he lp y ou ac hieve y our g oals f or b etter health this year: 1. Identify what your ultimate goal is then decide on the small steps y ou ne ed t o ac hieve a long t he w ay ( weekly or mon thly goals) in order to reach your final goal. Your goals need to be very specific to YOU, so it is important that you understand what your current habits are. 2. Be flexible with your goals - tailor your short-term goals to suit your changing circumstances - there will be times when life gets in the way - little set backs are okay and adjusting your goals to suit a changed situation is also okay. 3. Monitor and review your progress regularly. A great way to do this is to keep a diary of your progress. 4. Find yourself a support person to talk to about your progress and to help keep you on track. Your support person could be a g ood friend, a f amily member, your f amily GP or n urse, or ev en s omeone f rom a n or ganised program, like the team at Get Healthy (which is a free NSW government program offering phone advice and support to people wanting to improve their health - see www.gethealthynsw.com.au for full details). Getting he althy i s a bout m aking l ifestyle c hanges t hat l ast. Making small and realistic changes over time will get you to your ultimate goal. More importantly, it will help you maintain your new lifestyle and the new healthier you.

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Michael Bridges announces retirement after 19 seasons as a professional

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ewcastle J ets f orward Mi chael Bridges h as e nded h is i llustrious p laying ca reer f ollowing the c onclusion o f th e J ets’ 2013/14 Hyundai A-League campaign. The 35 - year- old pl ayed 1 9 s easons a s a professional, competing in all four tiers of the English football league system, before finishing h is c areer i n Au stralia w ith t he Jets. After f ive s easons a t New castle, 65 appearances a nd 1 2 g oals f or t he c lub, Bridges said he felt now was the right time to hang up his boots. “When y ou pl ay prof essionally f or a s long as I h ave you see the highs and lows of football,” Bridges said. “Thankfully I ’ve b een l ucky e nough t o have great support around me throughout my c areer a nd I’ ve l oved a nd c herished every minute of it. “Having the opportunity to play football for a l iving is something that I nev er took for g ranted a nd I’m e xtremely g rateful for a ll t he e xperiences I’ve h ad a long t he way.” The f ormer E ngland U - 21 i nternational started his career with Sunderland, where he made 79 appearances, scoring 16 goals,

Jets forward Michael Bridges has announced his retirement and t wice he lped t he Bl ack C ats g ain promotion to the English Premier League. Bridges was signed by Leeds United ahead of t he 1 999/00 E nglish P remier L eague

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season for a £ 5 million transfer fee. In his first season at Elland Road, Bridges scored 19 pre miership g oals i ncluding a de but hat-trick against Southampton.

Bridges a lso helped h is side f inish t hird in the Premiership, qualify for the Champions League and reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. Bridges went on to have stints at Newcastle United, Bolton Wanderers, Bristol City, Carlisle Un ited, Hull C ity, Sydney FC a nd Milton K eynes D ons b efore s igning w ith the Jets. “I’ve h ad f ive f antastic years at t he Jets and that’s a credit to all the fans, the players I’ve played alongside and the staff who have b een he re a long t he w ay,” B ridges said. “Everybody has made me feel so welcome and this is a place I c an now call home.” Jets CEO Robbie Middleby paid tribute to Bridges and thanked him for his contribution during his five seasons as a Newcastle Jets player. “Michael h as e njoyed a d istinguished playing ca reer in b oth En gland a nd Australia and on behalf of the club I’d like to congratulate him on his achievements,” Middleby said. “Since joining the Jets, Michael has been a huge asset to the Club both on and off the field.”

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2 DAY FUN DANCE WORKSHOP Get a taste of dance on this 2 day fun day workshop. Run by National College of Dance Diploma Graduates, each student will attend a ballet, contemporary, jazz and hip hop class over the 2 days. Designed for Grade 4 and 5 level. Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd April $50 for 2 days To book 2 day fun dance workshop - http://www.trybooking.com/EPIV

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Rochow's ready to rise up Knights backrower aims to put an end to inconsistent start to 2014 season MATT LOGUE

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obbie R ochow kno ws the Knigh ts haven’t lived up to expectations thus far in 2014, but the har d w orking back- rower remains confiden t the team has wha t i t tak es to turnaround their season. R ochow admitted he had been surprised b y the club’s sluggish start to the year. The Mai tland- born for ward concedes the Knights let themselv es do wn w ith a poor display against North Queensland in round 5. “It has been a tough start and I didn ’t see i t coming,” Rochow said. “But we’ve definitely got a side that can turn it around and I’m, not too worried about it. “It wasn’t the pret tiest of rev iews (after tha t match). We kno w w e didn’t perform the wa y that we should, so we had time to reflect. “You can’t play that good one week and then like that. It’s not too much that we need to fix.” Rochow said coach Wayne Bennett had made his e xpectations clear to the pla ying group after that loss. “I’ve seen W ayne angrier, but he was pret ty disappointed,” he said. “H e didn ’t ha ve too

Knights backrower Robbie Rochow much to say to us and I guess there isn’t much.” He kno ws tha t some indi viduals are not performing as w ell as others and he ’ll mak e sure they are a ware of tha t and they ha ve to better themselves.” When i t comes to performin g, R ochow

believes he hasn’t reached his poten tial in the opening rounds. “I don ’t feel lik e I’ ve pla yed m y best footy , no,” he said f rankly. “I don’t think there is too much tha t I need to chan ge, i t’s more about attitude and intent from me.”

“Now I’ ve g ot to do more a t trainin g to make sure I’ m consistently playing better and making sure my contact is better.” Having travelled extensively in the past tw o rounds, the Knights return to H unter Stadium on Good Friday for the clash against the Brisbane Broncos at 7.30pm. Meanwhile, the Knigh ts' team son g 'L ong Live the New castle Knigh ts' CD is a vailable now for f ree a t the H unter Sports Superstore and the Locker Room. For Morgan Evans, the thought of performing the Club’s team song ‘Long Live the Newcastle Knights’ in f ront of an elec tric home c rowd at Hunter Stadium gives him goose bumps. Anticipation is buil ding for the acclaimed country music sin ger/songwriter who is g earing up to perform the team an them live at this Friday’s blockbuster Knigh ts v Broncos game at Hunter Stadium. The proud No vocastrian wan ted to c reate a club son g tha t w ould inspire and c apture a stadium, as the pla yers, M embers and fans celebrated a win. “I'm really lookin g for ward to performin g i t for the first time at a game,” Evans said. “It’s a song that’s totally meant to be sung by 20,000 people, not just one, that’s for sure.”

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