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Hunter residents are speaking out against rail line proposal

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THE THICK BLUE LINE Police mark 150 years of the Force Page 7 SOR President, Joan Dawson, at Wickham Station

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ith rumours rife around the Hunter that a decision on the future of Newcastle’s inner city rail line is imminent, local group, Save Our Rail (SOR), is ramping up its campaign against cutting the line. SOR met with Planning Minister Brad Hazzard’s office last week, to discuss their concerns, including the Hunter Business

Chamber’s recent submission which recommends terminating the line at Wickham and building a new ‘Newcastle Central’ station, with buses shuttling commuters into the CBD. President of SOR, Joan Dawson, said the proposal is “ridiculousâ€? and that the “commuter zone from Maitland to Morisset will sufferâ€? if the rail line is ripped up. “It severs the Hunter Region from Newcastle, which is [‌] the major regional city,â€? she said. “Th is will obviously mean Newcastle will lose relevance in this role and the region will lose direct access to city amenities.â€? Ms Dawson said Mr Hazzard’s office gave the

group a good hearing, as well as the good news that a proposal hasn’t yet gone before cabinet. President of the Hunter Business Chamber, Richard Anicich, denied their submission was Newcastle centric as the proposed bus routes would improve the ability of all Hunter residents to “get to and move around the city�. “There are only a small number of people using that last two kilometres of train line,� Mr Anicich said. “We need to think about the majority of people.� Maitland MP, Robyn Parker, denied any knowledge of announcement timeframes.

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wo of our stories this week touch on an issue that should be of concern to all New South Welshmen: our State’s ailing road, rail and communication infrastructure. Here in the Hunter, residents do battle on a daily basis with an unreliable rail network and mobile network coverage that drops out, even in the centre of Newcastle. Last week, an independent report into NSW’s transport infrastructure recommended reducing the travel time on trains between Newcastle and Sydney by 40 minutes. To date, there’s been little solid indication by the O’Farrell Government as to whether this measure, which will improve the quality of life for thousands of local commuters (not to mention productivity), will be a priority. At the same time, concerned Hunter residents have been lobbying at State Parliament to keep Newcastle’s inner city rail line, which they believe is essential to connecting many Hunter residents to important services only available to them in Newcastle. On a positive note, the Hunter got a taste of high speed broadband when residents of a Rutherford retirement village became the fi rst people in the region to be connected to the Federal Government’s controversial National Broadband Network. The residents have reported the faster internet speeds are improving their basic quality of life communicating with family, paying bills and accessing health services. The moral of the stories? The more we can invest in infrastructure, the stronger our communities become.

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unter biker, ‘Ice’, is the epitome of the phrase, looks can be deceiving. Th is qualified accountant rescues animals in his spare time and is a founding member of the Bikers Animal Rescue Klub (BARK). “I’ve always loved animals,” Ice said. “In my travels [I’ve] witnessed a lot of animal abuse and neglect and it’s just saddening really to see. “You go through life and you think, ‘Why am I on this planet?’, ‘What am I going to do?’, ‘What have I achieved?’, besides breathing, eating and the rest, you know?” Ice is now putting the call out to likeminded bikers in the Hunter. “For membership, you’ve got to be a particular type of person that

follows my sort of mentality. “You’ve got to be a person of good repute in the community, you’ve got to ride a Harley, you’ve got to love riding and you’ve got to love socialising. “If you see a dog walking down the highway, you don’t just stop and ignore it, you stop and grab him and take him to a vet and fi nd out where his owner is.” Ice is also an active anti-pet store/puppy farm campaigner and believes owning pets should require a licence of sorts. He’s looking forward to rallying behind these causes with his future club members and also raising funds for animal shelters. People who are interested in becoming proactive members of BARK can email Ice at barkaust@live.com.au.

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Rutherford residents are the regionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first to connect to the NBN TRICIA MOROSIN

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esidents of a Rutherford retirement village are the fi rst people in the Hunter to be hooked up to the National Broadband Network (NBN) and were visited last week by Member for the Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon. Signature Gardens Retirement Resort had the NBN switched on June and, despite a few teething problems, Project Manager Jo-Anne Dryden said the result has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;fantasticâ&#x20AC;?. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To start off with, we went through a little bit of difficulties because of being the fi rst ones connected,â&#x20AC;? Ms Dryden explained. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think Telstra was actually quite surprised when we had the residents ring up and say weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re connected and they kept saying that we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t and we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be until 2013, 2014. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But now that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re connected [â&#x20AC;Ś] everythingâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fantastic â&#x20AC;&#x201C; fast computer speed and [everyone is] loving it.â&#x20AC;? Residents such as retiree, John Davis, use the high-speed internet for their Telstra T-Boxes, internet banking and to stay in touch with their grandkids via Facebook and Skype. Over the next three years, 31,600 homes in the Hunter will be connected to the network.

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Rutherford resident, John Davis, with Hunter MP, Joel Fitzgibbon

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The NBN will drive a new wave of digital innovation â&#x20AC;&#x201C; changing the way Australians live, do business, receive

services and connect with the world,â&#x20AC;? Mr Fitzgibbon said. In response to being asked when other

Hunter areas could expect the NBN, Mr Fitzgibbon was unsure, but said it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;based on engineering plansâ&#x20AC;?.

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Golden second chance Liver transplant recipient wins seven medals at Transplant Games AMELIA PARROTT

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he Australian Transplant Games may have wrapped up over the weekend but one competitor is keen to keep the message behind the Games alive. “Sixty-two-years-old and eight-yearsnew”, former Novocastrian, Max Mohr, was given a second chance at life eight years ago, when he received a lifesaving liver transplant. During the Games, Mr Mohr won gold in the five kilometre harbour fun run, as well as a slew of medals in swimming, squash, athletics and backgammon. He is using his achievement at the Games and experience with organ donation to inspire others to donate. “I grew up in Newcastle and was 19 when I left,” Mr Mohr said. “I travelled to America and eventually ended up in South-East Asia, where I fell ill and learned my liver was starting to fail. “In 1996, I was told to consider transplantation so, thinking I’d had a good life, I decided to live out my last days on the Gold Coast.” Whilst living on the Gold Coast, Mr Mohr met a “lovely lady” who convinced him to go ahead with the transplant. In 2002, Mr Mohr was put on the transplant waiting list and after 18 months and many ups and downs,

Max Mohr at the Australian Transplant Games in Newcastle

at 54-years-old, he received the liver transplant that changed his life. “I’d had all the money, travel and

successes but I found fulfi lment in giving and I’ve never been happier in my whole life,” Mr Mohr said.

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The region’s public servants take part in stop work action over cuts TRICIA MOROSIN

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n Monday, 1,500 public servants from across the Hunter stopped work in protest against what the Public Service Association (PSA) of NSW is calling the State Government’s “attacks on wages, jobs and conditions”. PSA Delegate, Keryn Barnett, facilitated the protest at East Maitland Bowling Club, where around 300 workers came out to take part. Ms Barnett said the crowd was both “angry and pumped”, with the biggest issues being education and entitlements. She said workers were concerned not only about the cuts, but what the flow on effects would be for the entire Maitland community. “These changes mean cuts to people’s wages,” Ms Barnett said. “And that money would’ve been spent [within] local businesses, so it affects the whole community.” The Hunter public servants joined thousands of workers across NSW in the stop work action, with the main meeting at Sydney Town Hall broadcast to around 40 other meeting venues. Ms Barnett said the crowd listened attentively as workers from Corrective Services, Community Services, Education and the Department of Crown Lands spoke about the key concerns for

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PSA workers at the stop work action at East Maitland Bowling Club

their industries. The NSW PSA President, Sue Walsh, also addressed the virtual crowd and hit out at Premier, Barry O’Farrell, for

“treating [his] own workforce with contempt”. PSA Regional Organiser (Central Coast and Hunter), Paul James, said the protest

was designed “to send a clear message” to the State Government, with workers across the venues chanting “shame Barry shame”.

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tâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been a year of celebration for cops around the country and last week it was the Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s turn to acknowledge 150 years of our police. Members of the public showed their support as a sea of blue made its way down Watt Street in Newcastle to the foreshore. Around 150 uniformed officers from the Central Hunter, Hunter Valley, Newcastle City, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens local area commands marched to mark 150 years of NSW Police Force. As part of the celebrations, Supervisor Sergeant Maurice Towers was recognised as Central Hunter LACâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longest serving member. Sergeant Towers has been a member of the Force for more than 40 years. Central Hunter LAC duty officer, Acting Inspector Joe Krzanic, said it was a real honour to have someone of

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Sergeant Towersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; calibre in the Central Hunter LAC. In one of the celebrationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more sombre moments, a minutes silence was observed to remember officers who had died in the line of duty over the Forceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 150 year history. The parade, which coincided with the running of the annual Mattara Festival of Newcastle, also gave festivalgoers the opportunity to learn about the work of specialist police squads with the dog squad, rescue squad, water police, highway patrol and bomb squad on display in the foreshore park.

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community runs from it, but police are called upon to run towards it. The experience of marching through the streets of Newcastle and being recognised for the duty we do was an enjoyable experience for the police who participated. The roll up of the public for the march, especially around Shortland Park, was most pleasing. For quite a number of the 150-odd marchers, it had been many years since they had marched in step. To remedy this, drill practise was carried out the day before the march under the eagle eye of two Regimental Sergeant Majors from Bullecourt Army Barracks. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think police will ever get to the high standards of the Army but the RSMs certainly worked some magic. The fi nal word on the march goes to the Central Hunter Police Commander, Superintendent Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Dell, who said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Looking over the parade and not just seeing the police, but recognising the amazing job they do, I could not be prouder to be their commander.â&#x20AC;?

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ast week saw Newcastleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sea of Blue March to celebrate 150 years of policing in the State of NSW. Police from the Hunter region gathered at Newcastle Police Station and marched down to Shortland Park on the foreshores of the Hunter River where they were met by local dignitaries. Police from the Central Hunter Local Area Command were well represented with officers from Cessnock, Maitland and Paterson Police Stations marching. The parade commander, Inspector Timothy Seymour, is stationed at Maitland along with the three police who were the flag bearers on the day. During the speeches and dedication, a presentation was made to the longest serving police officers in the five Hunter region police commands. A poignant moment of the ceremony was the remembrance of police who have died in the performance of their duties. A minutes silence was held to remember the 251 police who have fallen serving the citizens of NSW in the last 150 years. Deputy Commissioner Nick Kaldas, when addressing the parade, made the observation that when danger occurs, the

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MAITLAND MATTERS by Maitland City Council Manager, Development & Environment - David Simm

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s the weather warms up, so too does the urge to venture back into your backyard swimming pool for the fi rst time since last

summer. While many people, children in particular, fi nd it hard to hold off diving straight in, it is important to ensure that the water quality in the pool is at a healthy and acceptable level before use. Testing water quality is quite easy as it can either be assessed using home testing equipment or a sample of your water can be analysed at your local pool supply store by a professional. On a regular basis during the swimming season, it is recommended to give your pool a thorough scrub to guard against the build-up of algae. It is also important to regularly check the skimmer baskets and fi lters to make sure they remain clean. The best way to get your pool ready

for the warmer months is to keep up the maintenance over winter and ensure the water does not turn green by maintaining the pH, chlorine and alkalinity levels. Using a pool cover will also prevent the entry of dirt and leaf debris, and restrict mosquitoes breeding in the water. It is also advisable to use an appropriate algaecide to prevent the growth of algae for the periods of the year when no-one is swimming. Unfortunately if your maintenance hasn’t been up to par and your pool has turned green, it may be necessary to drain your pool and refi ll it. It’s worth remembering that the cost of fi xing these issues far outweighs the cost required for light maintenance during winter. Of course, pool maintenance is important coming into summer but the main message is water safety. Make sure your pool is fenced correctly and supervise small children at all times.

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“Political treachery”: Controversy in Council TRICIA MOROSIN

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he newly-elected Cessnock Council began the new term with controversy last week, with the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) issuing whistleblower protective orders to stop Councillors from being able to dismiss the General Manager, Lea Rosser. The controversy then flowed into the Chamber on Wednesday, when Councillor Suellen Wrightson – elected on a Liberal platform – voted for a Labor Deputy Mayor (Cr Graham Smith), instead of Liberal nominee, Cr Cordelia Burcham. By Thursday, Cr Burcham claimed she was inundated with phone calls from Liberal voters trying to make sense of what she described as an act of “political treachery”. According to Cr Burcham, Cr Wrightson had been “incommunicado” for six weeks, “contributing nothing to the election campaign”, she said. Wednesday’s meeting was the fi rst time Cr Burcham had seen Cr Wrightson since the September 8 election. “It leaves me wondering, was this a calculated affair?” Cr Burcham said. “I want an explanation and the people who voted for her deserve an explanation.” On Friday, Cr Wrightson told the Post she still had “core Liberal values” and that the Cessnock community was sick of Council infighting and furious about the money being spent on court action involving Ms Rosser. “Certain Councillors need to stop wasting time trying to be the headline act,” she said.

“Councillor Burcham has been involved in recent Supreme Court action and as a result had to leave the chamber on Wednesday night due to a confl ict of interest when a motion was up for discussion. “I simply decided to support the one and only other Councillor nominated... who was not currently involved in the Supreme Court action, for the odd occasion that the Mayor is absent. “Cr Burcham should not see this as a personal attack or a defection,” she said.

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Varietyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s weekend â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mini Bashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; is set to wind its way through the Hunter JEAN SOMERVILLE-RABBITT

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variety of cars from many different places will converge on Newcastle this weekend for the annual â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Mini Bashâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, organised by the childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s charity, Variety. Now in its fourth year, the event raises funds for projects to help kids enjoy a better quality of life. Th is year will see drivers travel along back roads from Mayfield to Dungog, explore forestry trails near the Myall River to reach Tuncurry on Saturday night and then fi nishing in Branxton with a family fun day on Sunday. Victor Sheil from Variety in Newcastle said this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event is aiming to raise over $6,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What Variety does is we raise money and then when people come to us asking for help, we buy them what they need, anything the child needs to give them a better quality of life and will help them to learn,â&#x20AC;? he said. One major difference in this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event is that participants are encouraged to bring along their children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re opening it up a little bit more this year as a family weekend,â&#x20AC;? Mr Sheil said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The event is an adventure to explore different places, into an area where we wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t normally drive, through forests

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kick out it,â&#x20AC;? he said. For information, or to register, contact Kim Priestly on 4965 4911 or email kim. priestly@varietynsw.org.au.

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New home for school Hunter River Community School to be rebuilt on a site in Metford demountables are] in poor condition, with leaking roofs TRICIA MOROSIN and mould and stuff like that.” Hunter River Community aitland MP, School accommodates 50 Robyn Parker, students from kindergarten to announced last year 12 who have moderate to week that State severe intellectual disabilities and Federal funding would and some with secondary be used to build a brand disabilities. new permanent premises Ms Parker said the new for special needs students school would be built using at Hunter River Community leftover BER funding and School. would be located on a vacant It has been 11 years since part of the Metford Public the school left its permanent School, with a Development home in Telarah and took up Application (DA) lodged with demountable accommodation Maitland City Council. in East Maitland, in what “Th is project is working to was meant to be a temporary tight timelines for construction solution. to be undertaken and I ask President of the school’s Maitland City Council to Parents and Citizens (P&C) ensure that there are no delays group, Regina Murdoch, said in processing the DA,” Ms the group was excited to be Parker said. receiving the long-overdue The project will involve funding. construction of 10 classrooms, “We’re ecstatic!” said Ms a multi-purpose hall/special Murdoch, whose nine-year-old program room and improved son, Connor, currently attends administration facilities, with the school. a planned completion date of “It’s going to be fantastic to early 2014. actually have a proper, special Ms Parker said that although purpose-built school for the they will share the same site needs of the children. and their pupils will interact, “Because they’ve been the two schools will retain there for 11 years, [the current their individual identities.

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Local duo takes out the Sidecar Teams Championship at Kurri Kurri AMELIA PARROTT

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ocal rider, Grant Bond, and his passenger, Glen Cox, from Boolaroo are Australia’s newest speedway champions. A loyal crowd of fans braved the cold weather to watch the pair take out the 2012 Australian Speedway Sidecar Teams Championship at Loxford Park Speedway at Kurri Kurri over the long weekend. Bond and Cox were joined in the fi nal by five-time Australian Champion, Darrin Treloar, and Simon Cohrs in the Teams Championship and managed to claim a victory by just one point. Adding to their team win, the local duo also placed second in the individual event held on the Saturday night. Speaking the The Post ahead of the event, Kurri Kurri Speedway publicity officer, Ross Allen, said Grant and Cox were favourites heading into the meeting after podium fi nishes in recent starts. The fi rst stage of the event was held at Maryborough Speedway in Queensland in May but due to poor track maintenance, the event Championship races were postponed. Motorcycling Australia chose Kurri to host the fi nal stage of the event, despite the venue being relatively new. Mr Allen said the Kurri Speedway was fast developing a reputation as one of Australia’s premier motorsport venues

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Grant Bond and Glen Cox racing for the Teams Championship. CREDIT: Paul and Michael Galloway

and he hopes will host more high-profi le races in at the venue in the future. “Although we have only been open 18

months, we’re already known for having one of the best surfaces in Australia,” Mr Allen said.

“Th is makes the conditions all the better for riders and all the more exciting for spectators.”

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ental health issues affect more than one in five Australians every year, with anxiety disorders being the most common mental health challenge, followed by depression. Th is month is Mental Health Month, where the theme of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Celebrate, Connect, Growâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; asks people to celebrate the positive events in their lives, the strengths and values that have helped them through tough times, and a reminder to connect with other people. Hunter New England Health Acting Director of Mental Health Services, Jude Constable, said many events will be held across the region to promote ways to help keep ourselves and our loved ones healthy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is still a lot of stigma about mental health conditions, but the truth is that most people will have at least one family member, friend or co-worker who experiences a mental health condition,â&#x20AC;? Ms Constable said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The activities planned for this month are a perfect opportunity to get together and learn more about how we can all play a part in improving the mental health of our communities.â&#x20AC;? The range of activities planned for around Newcastle include a battle of the bands competition, friendship dinner and art exhibition. In the Hunter, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a free BBQ lunch in Maitland on Wednesday, October 11. For more information, visit www. mentalhealth.asn.au.

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he Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) is urging landholders around the Maitland area to take advantage of new tools available to them to remove woody weeds on their properties. The Tree Popper tools, which extract shrubs like African Olive, Lantana and Privet easily, are available to hire free of charge. CMA Support Officer, Lorna Adlem, explained that the devices can be used by just one person and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t require the use of herbicide application to remove a tree. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the toolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s design, plants are easily levered from the earth pulling up the roots with them,â&#x20AC;? Ms Adlem said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a total of five poppers available for loan and they come in two sizes; large for woody weeds with stems up to 60 millimetres in diameter, and medium for stems up to 40 millimetres in diameter.â&#x20AC;? It is hoped that the devices can stop the spread of the African Olive in particular, a plant originally introduced into the Hunter as a hedging plant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;African Olive is notoriously tough and difficult to kill quickly, even with herbicides, and this popper is another tool in a weedfighting arsenal,â&#x20AC;? Ms Adlem said. The Tree Poppers can be loaned for up to 3 weeks for a refundable deposit of $25. For more information, contact the CMAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tocal office on 4930 1030.

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New funding will allow centre to create jobs and help the environment TRICIA MOROSIN

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unter disability service provider, Mai-Wel, has been successful in obtaining a grant of almost $55,000 for recycling equipment from the Minister for Environment and Member for Maitland, Robyn Parker. Speaking from Mai-Wel in East Maitland – where one of the new machines has already been installed – Ms Parker announced that 19 NSW businesses will share in more than $900,000 worth of grants to buy and operate expanded polystyrene (EPS) recycling equipment. Ms Parker said that Mai-Wel would be able to purchase an EPS compactor machine and pallet cages with lids to collect the EPS, and would also establish an EPS drop-off service for the local community. “These grants will help to reduce that amount by installing compactors, shredders and cages to effectively handle bulky EPS material, so that it can be reused in local manufacturing processes or transported to international markets,” she said. Mai-Wel Executive Manager, Anne Hodgson, explained what the funding would mean for the organisation. “Th is grant [will] provide more varied employment opportunities to people

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The Mai-Wel E-Recycling Services team with MP Robyn Parker

with a disability, as well as contribute to positive outcomes for the environment,” Ms Hodgson said. “We’re looking for the community to

recycle any and all of their polystyrene packaging and will be announcing [how] in the very near future.” The grants have been co-funded by the

Australian Packaging Covenant, with the successful recipients also contributing both fi nancially and in-kind to the initiative.

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t is a truism of popular music that some bands thrive in the studio environment while others tend to thrive in the wide open expansiveness of the road. If there’s one band that was built to be out there on the highways and byways, espousing an addictively rolling and rambling family hoedown atmosphere, it’s Kiwi outfit, The Eastern. The Eastern describe themselves as a “string band that roars like a punk band, that swings like a gospel band, that drinks like a country band, that works like a bar band, that hopes like folk singers and sings love songs like union songs and wants to slow dance and dance on tables all at the same time.” Anyone that caught a set on the band’s blistering east coast tour last year can certainly attest to the fact that the aforementioned quote is not just mere PR spin. These guys are the real deal. Constantly on the road, The Eastern have shared stages and tours with the likes of Justin Townes Earle, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Barnes, The Jayhawks, Steve Earle, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lil Band of Gold, Jim White, Victoria Williams and Vic Chestnutt – a heady list indeed. The Eastern are currently back in

GIG GUIDE... ALBION, Singleton: Friday, Dave Feint. AVON VALLEY INN: Saturday, Crash. BELMORE HOTEL: Saturday, Maddison Jay. BERESFIELD BOWLING CLUB: Friday, 24 Hours; Saturday, The Years. BRADFORD HOTEL: Saturday, The V Dubs.; Sunday, Steve Edmonds Band. CARDIFF PANTHERS: Thursday, Expo For Carers. CENTRAL HOTEL, Stroud: Saturday, Dave Feint. CESSNOCK SUPPORTERS: Friday, Moonlight Drive Duo; Saturday, Gen R 8. EASTS LEISURE AND GOLF: Saturday, Red Sweat. EAST MAITLAND BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Retro Rockets; Saturday, Skyepoint; Sunday, John Wilson. FAMILY HOTEL: Friday, Graeme Mills; Saturday, Spank N The Monkey. GEORGE TAVERN: Friday, Frank Wakewood. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL: Wednesday, J Smith and Friends; Friday, Regular John, The Owls, The Si Claros; Saturday, Marlow, The Havelocks, The 12th Sleep HAMILTON STATION HOTEL: Saturday, DJ. HARRIGANS IRISH PUB, Pokolbin: Saturday, Bec Willis. KING STREET HOTEL: Friday, The Twins; Saturday, Stereosonic Launch Party; Sunday, Nina Las Vegas. LASS O’GOWRIE HOTEL: Wednesday, Punkfish, Psycho Pucko, Richmond; Thursday, Creative Creatures Open Mic Night; LIZOTTE’S NEWCASTLE: Wednesday, Emmy Rose, Zoe K, The Crawford Brothers, Flight to Dubai. MAITLAND CITY BOWLING CLUB: Friday, HR Duo. MAITLAND LEAGUES CLUB: Friday, Red Alert.

Oz to promote their latest and third long player – the sprawling double album, ‘Hope and Wire’. This massive opus is built to spill over with heartfelt storytelling, lush harmonising and the grand barroom philosophising and old time fury for which the band has become known. Frontman, Adam McGrath, said the band exhibit the same level of passion on stage as they do on the album and that the audience should expect no less at an Eastern show. “We have one job – that is to play like our lives depend on it. If you’re there to see us play then we owe you, not the other way around.” Catch The Eastern when they wrap up their Australian tour at the Grand Junction Hotel on Sunday, October 14.

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aving grown up just a stoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s throw away from the George Tavern, then the George and Dragon Tavern, and not having revisited in more years than I care to remember, the evolution from run-of-the-mill suburban watering hole to a thoroughly modern establishment that could easily mix it with itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;big cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cousins, comes as quite a surprise. As does the bistro. While there were echoes of those classic pub days with a section on the menu titled â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Classic Pub Fareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (chicken schnitzel, lasagne, crumbed lamb cutlets etc), the rest of this rather substantial and eclectic menu - salads, pizzas, pastas and risottos, from the grill and burgers and wraps, features many modern touches. As soon as we entered the packed bistro, my dining partner and I were instantly taken by the specialty mains section of the menu. The basil and pinenut crusted Atlantic salmon with roasted tomatoes, potatoes and Spanish onion tempted, as did the roasted chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto and camembert on a mixed herb risotto, but first things first. Entrees. Tossing up between the tapas plate and the ploughmanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board (ham off the bone, salami, dips, truss tomatoes,

pickled onions, gherkins, aged cheddar and a warm baguette) we decided on the former as it gave a general overview of this tempting entree menu. Everything on this plate was a delight. The parmesan arrancini were light and crisp with the perfect mix of fresh herbs, while the sesame prawns were cooked to perfection and the toasted sesame seeds gave a nice nutty background to the fresh prawns. The house-made pork spring rolls were full of subtle and well-balanced flavours and the tender tandoori beef skewers were quite fiery, but welltempered by a fresh and zesty yoghurt sauce.

On to the mains and, with eyes still firmly on the specialty menu, I finally decided on the tender beef fillet with creamy mash, roasted baby truss tomatoes, baby spinach, sweet potato crisps in a red wine port jus. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t disappointed. Served medium-rare, the beef was cooked perfectly and with the addition of a deep and rich red wine jus, was just stunning. The roasted baby tomatoes added a refreshing sweetness that offset the richness of the jus, while the mash, spinach and sweet potato crisps added even more dimensions to this already complexly-flavoured dish. My dining partner chose the Peking

duck served with white rice, capsicum, choy sum and an orange ginger sauce - yet another winner. The whole duck breast was cooked through until it was melt-in-your-mouth tender while the orange and ginger sauce was the perfect accoutrement as it added an extra depth of flavour to the richness of the duck. The simplicity of the rice and selection of Asian greens worked perfectly, allowing the duck to truly shine. The George Tavern was a thoroughly enjoyable dining experience and, with such a large menu and an everchanging specials board, I think a repeat visit may be in order.

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STAYING HEALTHY

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Give hayfever the heave-ho

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Hayfever is driving me mad at the moment. Any hints on managing it? A. There are many natural treatments that may help alleviate the symptoms of hayfever. A Balanced Diet Eating a clean and balanced diet, rich in good quality protein, fruits and vegetables, may reduce hayfever symptoms by strengthening the immune system. Drink fi ltered water only and avoid foods such as flour, dairy products, salt, sugar, alcohol and anything else highly processed. Other foods that may help: â&#x20AC;˘ Garlic â&#x20AC;˘ Onions â&#x20AC;˘ Ginger â&#x20AC;˘ Honey Vitamin supplements Specific supplements that may reduce hayfever symptoms include: â&#x20AC;˘ Vitamin C â&#x20AC;˘ A good quality multi-vitamin â&#x20AC;˘ Flavanoids â&#x20AC;˘ L-Methionine â&#x20AC;˘ Magnesium Pantothenate â&#x20AC;˘ Quercetin with Bromelain â&#x20AC;˘ Omega 3 fatty acids

Herbs Several herbs help relieve the sneezing, coughing, itching and congestion symptoms associated with hayfever. They mainly work by strengthening and supporting the allergen-fighting immune system. Some of these herbs include: â&#x20AC;˘ Butterbur â&#x20AC;˘ Stinging Nettle â&#x20AC;˘ Luffa complex â&#x20AC;˘ Gingko â&#x20AC;˘ Quercetin â&#x20AC;˘ Perilla frutescens Other Tips include: 1. Stay indoors if the news reports a high pollen count. 2. Avoid the outdoors when possible during spring, on windy days or immediately after thunderstorms. 3. Replace your lawn with paved or bricked areas. 4. Using your fi nger, line the inside of your nose with petroleum jelly (eg: Vaseline) to inhibit pollen from touching the lining of your nasal passages. 5. Wash your eyes out with cold water as often as possible to flush out any pollen.

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t this time of the year, the weather is always unpredictable and at the moment it seems as though it is more unpredictable than ever. With weather like this comes a need for fashion trends that can get us through this in-between season and luckily, stores are full of clothes and accessories that will get us through to summer. Over the weekend, I was so frustrated with the unpredictable weather that I went out to the shops in the hopes of fi nding something that I could wear no matter what the weather turned out to be like. I was pleasantly surprised to fi nd a number of different items and different trends that were exactly what I was looking for. These trends were perfect for this time of the year and could be worn in both hot and cold weather without leaving you feeling uncomfortable or inappropriately dressed. Here are my top three in-between trends that we will see become more and more popular throughout the season. 1. Denim vests Denim is everywhere in stores at the moment, it is the perfect in-between season fabric but no item of clothing beats the denim

vest. Vests are the ultimate inbetween season addition to your wardrobe because they look great and can add to an outfit whilst providing protection from the breeze but still leaving your arms out to catch the sunshine. In cooler weather, wear a long sleeved shirt with the vest and when it is warmer, a denim vest looks great with a pretty summer dress. 2. ž length pants When I think about summer, I automatically think about pretty summer dresses and skirts but in spring, the weather is so unpredictable and there is often a breeze so wearing a skirt is not ideal. 3/4 length pants, when worn with a singlet, keep you cool in warm weather and when the wind picks up and the weather is cooler, ž length pants keep you warm and protected, especially when worn with a jumper. 3. Mid-length dresses The weather is too unpredictable to wear a short summer dress just on its own but a mid-length dress is perfect for the in-between season. It offers your legs more protection from the wind and those cool days but on a warm day, you will still feel summery.

If you want to see a topic discussed, or have a question answered, email katherine.tweed@mediaview.com.au

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YOUR HOROSCOPE

ARIES

LIBRA

MARCH 21 TO APRIL 20

SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

Your money zone is being highlighted and the coming year could prove surprisingly prosperous, so start making plans as by next winter that nest egg will look bright and shiny. Venus is in your 6th house giving you an energy surge at work, so it’s time to let your creativity shine and to make some overdue changes. The New Moon on the 15th encourages you to verbalise your feelings to your loved ones in a direct and honest way!

SCORPIO

APRIL 21 TO MAY 21

OCTOBER 24 TO NOVEMBER 22

Saturn and Mercury are making you take a more responsible approach to life. Others are looking to you for leadership. Th is is the ideal time to present a new image to the world and to be involved in mentallystimulating projects. Mars clashes with Venus and communicating with others becomes strained, so avoid speaking rashly. The New Moon on the 15th is the ideal time to trust your instincts.

GEMINI

SAGITTARIUS

MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

With Jupiter the money planet retrograde in your own sign, you need to be careful of robbing Peter to pay Paul. The time has come for you to draw up a realistic budget and to stick to it. With the Sun in your creativity zone you’re full of bright ideas! A burst of inspiration could spark some clever decorating ideas. Your youthful outlook will also impress the younger generations. The New Moon on the 15th brightens up your social sector so why not reconnect with some old friends.

Mars moves into your sign on the 8th and life is about to all of a sudden push forward. You’re keen to take decisive action at work but don’t jump in and be too impulsive. Take the time to tune into your inner voice, it will lead you in the right direction. Socially, your stars look busy, but try to factor in some down time. Financially, you need to be careful so avoid expensive shops. The New Moon on the 15th is the ideal time to explore new neighbourhoods.

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DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Your self-discipline is soaring, so write a list of aims and work through them methodically, you’ll be amazed at what you achieve. Th is is also the ideal time to focus on improving your health and a friend’s advice should prove timely. Jupiter is warning you to avoid spending money unnecessarily or you will blow your budget. The New Moon on the 15th sees an urge to redecorate taking shape and power struggles at home subsiding.

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JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

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VIRGO The more organised and thorough you are about money matters, the better your month will be. The Libran Sun helps you to see things from a fresh perspective. Venus clashes with Mars and tensions and emotions are likely to boil over. With so much drama around you, at least life won’t be boring! The New Moon on the 15th is a time to expect maximum cooperation from other people at work and at home making it the ideal time to call in a few favours.

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LEO You need to rein in that extravagant streak! With Mars in your 5th house, travel or entertainment expenses could add up fast, so be careful of over-committing. If you’re holding a party, keep the menu simple and expect more people than you planned for. Saturn is urging you into action at home, motivating you to tackle chores you’ve put in the too-hard basket. The New Moon on the 15th is the ideal time to be adventurous and to step out of your comfort zone.

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TAURUS It’s time for some serious discussions with your partner or family. If someone close to you is in trouble you will be the one rising to the rescue. With Jupiter retrograde in your money sector you need to avoid splurging on unnecessary purchases! It’s also time to teach the family that money doesn’t grow on trees. The New Moon on the 15th in your health sector is the ideal time to start a new fitness routine.

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and ornate cornices. The property has a double garage with a workshop area as well as a four-car carport and a garden shed.

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CESSNOCK 2 HOMES ON 45 ACRES

A landmark property of the Lower Hunter this 3 storey private residence overlooks the 15th hole of the Kurri Kurri golf course and is set on a quiet no through street. Benefiting from a full refurbishment the home enjoys modern comforts whilst reflecting the grandeur of times gone by. Two separate entrances to the main homestead & the downstairs granny flat, this home lends itself to the possibility of housing extended family. The four double bedrooms of the main homestead are located on the top floor, as are a study nook a guest bathroom and an en-suite off the master bedroom. The middle level is the heart of the home with a lovely timber kitchen with pool views, formal and informal dining areas, a bathroom and a very large family room overlooking the golf course. Both the granny flat and the homestead have separate laundry facilities and access to the front and rear of the home. The stunning concrete saltwater pool is complemented by a cabana, accessible toilet facilities and a large pergola. Plenty of room for cars, boat and the caravan with a double garage, double carport and plenty of off street parking. All of this on a low maintenance, beautifully landscaped 809sqm block.

Surrounded by bushland on all sides this great property offers total privacy. Hidden behind a wild life reserve, unseen from the road, it is hard to believe you are only minutes from Cessnock and all conveniences. The whole 45 acres is cleared usable land. currently used for horses, it is well fenced into yards and paddocks, with fantastic water supply incl. 8 dams and under ground irrigation . There is a huge shed/ workshop ideal for any form of use, plus numerous smaller sheds. Offering the perfect setting for anyone wanting to run a business from home, without having to worry about disturbing neighbours Accommodation is plentiful with a weatherboard 3 bedroom home, PLUS a second 2 bedroom flat - giving you the option of renting it out or perfect for the extended family. Enjoy entertaining with a large covered patio beside an in ground pool, with views over the property.

PRICE $699,000 - $725,000 VIEW By appointment CONTACT Stacey Pethers 0407 011 818

PRICE $739,000 VIEW By appointment CONTACT Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

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THORNTON OWN A SLICE OF PARADISE! You will feel like you are on a permanent holiday . Located in Timberlands estate on almost 2.5ac, or 9885 sqm is this stunning property. Surrounded in privacy & bird life, you can Entertain in style with the landscaped solar heated pool & full sized flood lit tennis court. Enjoy strolling through the beautiful, landscaped grounds, or working in the large shed which is fitted out as a workshop. This spacious architect designed renovated home is a delight to inspect. The main bedroom is a private retreat with lounge/ study, walk in robe, & ensuite consisting of large corner spa bath, dual hand basins etc. High cathedral ceilings, ducted A/C, new carpet & paint are just a few features of the several spacious living areas. From the roomy open plan timber kitchen with it’s own walk in pantry room, you have full view to the pool and gardens, & flow through to living areas with French Doors opening to a gorgeous enclosed solarium which makes you feel like you are in your own botanic gardens.

PRICE $835,000 VIEW By appointment CONTACT Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

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CLIFTLEIGH UNDER 10 MINUTES TO MAITLAND From the outset you will be impressed with the lovely pepper tree lined drive, park-like grounds and stunning wrap-around verandah. With four car garaging (including double garage with internal access) there is ample room for the boat or caravan and options to create a terrific workshop or man cave. All bedrooms have built-in wardrobes and ceiling fans. The large master bedroom enjoys tremendous rural views through large bay windows and its own easy access bathroom perfect for those with limited mobility. The large covered rear deck provides plenty of space for entertaining or the perfect spot for a coffee while you enjoy the serenity over the 3.46 hectare grounds. Gas log heating, ducted air-conditioning and gas hot water ensure year round comfort. With a walk in pantry, plenty of bench space and what could be Maitland’s best view from the sink the Tassie Oak timber kitchen is just another highlight in what is a feature packed home.

PRICE $699, 000 - $725,000 VIEW By appointment CONTACT Stacey Pethers 0407 011 818

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WALLALONG EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST!

PRICE $489,000 VIEW By appointment CONTACT Stacey Pethers 0407 011 818

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Amazing opportunity to secure 1 of 2 grazing blocks, both with prime building sites less than 10 minutes to East Maitland. Both blocks are accessed from the Rosebank Estate and include fantastic views, town water at the gate and all the benefits of the Wallalong community. Properties like this are rare, do not miss this opportunity. Private viewings only. - Lot 270 385.3 acres major holding suitable for a large grazing operation - Lot 260 64.7 acres with a mix of bushland and prime grazing flats. There is also old sheds and a dairy on this block.

PRICE Expressions Of Interest VIEW By appointment only CONTACT Luke Anderson / Jessica Dixon 0408 976 509

4934 2000

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Nestled in the countryside is this beautiful modern home. With stunning rural views from all angles it is easy to forget that you aren’t on a large acreage. All 4 bedrooms are of good size and have built-in wardrobes whilst the master bedroom enjoys the added benefit of a walk in robe and ensuite bathroom. The living and dining areas combine in a fabulous open living space that extends towards the outdoor entertaining area and pool. The kitchen includes high end stainless steel appliances including a gas stove top and large St George oven and has plenty of storage space. Additional features include polished floor boards and ducted air-conditioning throughout. All of this on a 2,025sqm block with plenty of room for the kids, pets and adults alike. A great home for those looking for a low maintenance rural lifestyle within half an hour to Maitland and Singleton.

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MORPETH UNIQUE 3 BEDROOM COT TAGE IN THE VILLAGE $335,000 Move straight in and enjoy the village life. Located in a quiet street, and walking distance to the shops, the cottage boasts 3 bedrooms, renovated timber kitchen, renovated bathroom, and a beaut front verandah to sit and enjoy the day go by. 3

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RUTHERFORD 4 BEDDER NOW COMMENCED CONSTRUCTION $440,000 Landscaping including turf, fences, and driveways. Carpet to bedrooms, tiles to bathrooms and living areas plus blinds. Also a stainless steel oven, cook top, dishwasher, range-hood. 4

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COMMUNITY GUIDE... COMMUNITY Alcoholics Anonymous: Tues 7.30pm, Thurs 8pm, Tarro Community Hall, Northern Ave, Tarro. 4964 1555. Mon 10am Anglican Hall Lang Street Kurry. 4937 2213. Amnesty: Amnesty International Group, 2nd Fri 10.45am to 11.45am Organic Feast, cnr, Lawes and William Streets, East Maitland . 4933 8432. ARAFMI: Counselling, education and support to families, relatives and friends of people with mental illness. 22 Stewart Ave, Hamilton East. arafmihunter.org. Support line, 4961 6717 or admin line 49 612 842. Arthritis NSW Maitland District Branch: 1st Thurs 10am, East Maitland Bowling Club.4966 4649. Aspergers/autism: Information, advocacy, workshops, contact register, referral at Maitland Neighbourhood Centre. 4966 1717. Australian Sewing Guild: Maitland branch meet third Thurs, Rutherford Community Centre, Arthur Street, Rutherford from 9.30am to 3.30pm. 4930 7554. Books: Maitland Book Readers’ Club. 1st Mon, 1pm, East Maitland Library. 4934 1323. Bereaved parents: 4952 3691. Bushwalking: Hunter Area Walkabout Club. Sun. 4943 5073. Carers: Support group for carers of people with memory loss and associated problems, Kurri Community Centre, 4th Thurs, 3.30pm to 5.30pm. 4937 4555.\ Catholic Enquiry Night: Corcoran Centre, Geroge St Morpeth, Wed, Aug 8 from 7.30pm. 4933 7425 or 4932 5601. Childless bonds: Support for women and men who are unable to have children. Phone after 7pm or weekends. 4948 0941. Choir: Maitland City Choir. Seventh Day Adventist Church, East Maitland, Tues, 7pm to 9pm. 4937 5834. Choir: Port Stephens Choir. St Brigid’s hall, William St, Raymond Terrace, Thurs at 7pm. 4951 5064 or 0418 497 536. Computerpals Maitland: 1st Thursday from 10am East Maitland Bowling Club. 4966 3530. Dads in Distress: Call 1300 853 437 or visit www. dadsindistress.asn.au to find your nearest peer support group or local worker. Diabetes: Coalfields Kurri Diabetes support group, last Tues, 10am, Kurri Bowling Club. 4937 2188 or 4930 4626. Maitland Diabetes support group, 2nd Tues, 10am. St Paul’s Church Hall. 4932 7649 or 0418 649 313. East Maitland Social Club: Second Tues Bruce Street Community Hall, East maitland 10-am-1pm. 4934 1456. East Maitland Pine Tree GAPS Support Group: Every Tuesday during school terms. 10a.m.-12noon. St.Peters Youth Centre, E.Maitland 4933 6662 Ecumenical Service: Maitland Uniting Church, High Street, Maitland. 1pm Wednesdays. 4933 9059. Exercise: Lifeball game exercises for any age, Wed, 10am, Maitland Indoor Sports Centre, Rutherford. 4966 2238 or 4933 1885. Family History: Maitland & District Society open Wed &

Saturday 9.30am – 3pm Maitland Heritage Research Centre 17 Lindesay St East Maitland. 4905 1878(Wed-Sat) 4937 5301(AH) or mdgs01@tpg.com.au. Gems: Hunter Valley Gemology Club, Wed, 9am to 3pm, Tues, 7pm and Sun 12pm to 5pm. 1 Maize St, East Maitland. 4932 3130. Girls’ Brigade: Tues, 6.15pm to 8pm, Maitland Church of Christ. 4987 3301. Grossman House: Friends of Grossman House, Church St, 4th Mon, 5pm. 4933 6452. Grow: GROW Worldwide Australian Mental Heath Group, Maitland meets Mon 10.30am at Rutherford Community Centre, Arthur St, Rutherford. 1800 558 268. Investors Club: Meetings and information about property investing held monthly at Charlestown, Kahibah, Raymond Terrace and East Maitland. 4942 3009 or 0409 423 020. Kiwanis: East Maitland. 1st and 3rd Mon, Bank Hotel, Melbourne Street, East Maitland. info@eastmaitlandkiwanis.org. LETS: Local Exchange Trading System – exchange a wide variety of goods and services. 0407 945 401. Maitland and District Historical Society: 1st, 3rd Tue 3 Cathedral St, Maitland. maitlandhistorical@gmail.om or 0438 623 299. Maitland Bereaved by Suicide Support Group: 4th Thurs month at 7pm, Real Life Church Cinema Complex Ken Tubman Dr Maitland. 0407001525. Maitland Creative Writers: East Maitland Library, 2nd Saturday from 10am. 4988 6988. Markets: Raymond Terrace 3rd Saturday from 9am-12pm Hunter Street, Raymond Terrace (by the river). 0412 721 723. Maitland Women’s Cancer Support Group: Third Monday, St Christopher’s Anglican Church Hall, Rutherford. 4930 1792. Mediation: Unifam counselling and mediation for families experiencing family law disputes. 4943 9186. Medieval Dance Classes: Maitland and Newcastle. 4936 6220. Meditation For All: Introductory & Continuing Courses, including courses for those with cancer and other life threatening diseases. Jane, 4934 2327. Mental health support, education and resource groups: Newcastle, Cessnock, Morisset, Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay. 4960 3225 or email nadine@sfnsw.org.au. Morpeth CWA: Meeting 2nd Fri, School of Arts hall, High Street Morpeth from 10am. 4932 7451. Morpeth Uniting Church Friendship group: Meets fortnightly for singing and entertainment followed by afternoon tea. 4933 1017. Music: Walka Water Works, Sun, 1pm to 4pm. 0407 919 821 or 4930 7598. National Service: Maitland and District National Service and Combined Forces Association of Australia, East Maitland RSL, sub-branch hall, 4th Thurs, 10am. 4932 8100 or 4937 4927. Origin Newcastle: Support group for those separated by adoption or through the stolen generation. Last Sat,

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Supporters Club, Mon (except public holidays), 6.45pm. 4990 4581. Maitland. Easts Leisure & Golf Club, East Maitland, Tues, 7pm. 4955 8286. VIEW: Maitland Club, 4th Wed, East Maitland Bowling Club, 10am. 4933 5749. Beresfield Club 1st Wed, Beresfield Bowling Club 10.30am. Hoy morning 3rd Wed Beresfield Seniors Hall 10am. 4966 4649. Yacht: Southern Cross Model Club, Sun, 12pm Walka Water Works. 4932 8948. PARENTING Dads in Distress: Mon, 7.30pm, St Paul’s Church Hall. 0427 330 771. East Maitland Pine Tree GAPS Support group: (Grandparents as Parents Support) Tue during school terms 10am-12pm. St Peters’ Youth Centre, East Maitland. 4933 6662. Lone Fathers Association: 4932 5549 or lonefathers. com.au. MyTime Woodberry: A program for parents and carers of children 0-16 years with a disability or chronic medical condition. Tues, 10am to 12pm. FREE sessions are held at Woodberry Public School at the Place of Friends. 0407 556 854 or 4964 2174. Playconnect Raymond Terrace: A play-based learning opportunity for children six and under with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or like symptoms. Thurs, 9.30am to 11.30 am. Irrawang Public School. 0417 500 886 or 4987 4666. Playgroups: Allergy Aware Playgroup Tue 9.30am-11.30am during school terms. Ashtonfield CommunityHall. 0405 420 011.Ashtonfield Shamrocks Playgroup, Thurs 10am to 12pm and 12pm to 2pm, 1800 171 882. Bolwarra, Wed, 10am to 12pm, St Augustine’s Hall, 4930 3388. East Maitland Playgroup, Tues 10am to 12pm, Tenambit Community Hall, 4933 5272. Kupcakes Disability Integrated Playtime, 10am to 12pm, East Maitland Uniting Church, 4933 2602 or 4995 6041. Little Fish Playschool, Wed, 9.30am to 11.30am, Presbyterian Church Hall, George St, East Maitland, 0421 934 884. Maitland Playgroup, Guides Hall, St Andrews St, Maitland Thurs 10am to 12pm, 4932 9974 or 0423 618 175. Metford Community Playgroup, Wed, 10am to 12pm, Metford Community Hall, 4934 6654 or 4932 1771. Metford/Ashtonfield Mums and Tots, Mon, 10am to 12pm, Metford Community Hall, 4934 4268. Mini Muzos Playgroup, Tues, 10am to 12pm, the Salvation Army youth hall, 1a Bunning Ave, Rutherford 4932 6682. St Peter’s Playtime, East Maitland, Fri, 10am to 12pm, 4934 3431. Morpeth Uniting Church Mon 10-11.30am Church hall cnr High and Cumberland Streets Morpeth. 4933 6653. If you know of something going on in Maitland or surrounding areas, please contact us at least two weeks before the date of publication. This is a free community calendar and is for not-for-profit and community organisations. Strict guidelines apply to inclusion in this section. Write to us at The Post PO Box 2321, Dangar, NSW 2309 or email stephen@newcastlepost. com.au.

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Uniting Church, 150 Beaumont St, Hamilton. 4963 3482. Palliative Care: Friends of Palliative Care 1st Mon, 10.30am. 4933 4494 or 4934 2253. Rail: Maitland Branch of Save Our Rail, 2nd Wed, 7pm, St Peter’s Hall, East Maitland. Roses Heritage Group: Meeting Aug 18. Lovers of all roses welcome. Ph Ruth – 4933 2304 – for details. Rotary: Maitland Sunrise Rotary Club, Tues, 7.15am to 8.30am, Imperial Hotel, Maitland; Green Hills, Thursday, 7.15-8.30am George Tavern, Greenhills. Scrabble: Maitland Park Bowling Club, Tues, 10am to 4pm. 4932 9696 or 4933 7404. Seniors: National Seniors Australia, Hunter Valley Branch. 4th Tue, East Maitland Bowling Club from 9.30am. 4938 5314. 1st Thurs, Maitland Salvation Army, 1a Bunning Ave, Rutherford, 11am. 4932 0391. Sids and Kids Hunter Region: Support group. Maitland City Motel, 258 New England Highway, Rutherford First Mon. 4969 3171. Sing Australia: Singing for fun Mon from 7.30pm CWA Hall Church St, Maitland. 4936 6403. Singles: Over 50s, Hunter Valley Singles Social Club, 1st Sun, 10.30am, Polish Hall, Maitland. 0428 166 867 or 4966 0545 hvssclub@yahoo.com.au. Singles: Party at the Pub. Fun, safe, affordable way to meet new friends, 30+. 4994 5197 or partyatthepub.com.au. Slimmers: Beresfield Waratah Slimmers, Tues, 6pm. Beresfield Bowling Club. 4966 4649. Theatre: Maitland Repertory Playhouse, High St, Maitland. Maitland Junior Repertory (8 to 16 years), Sat afternoons, 0422 691 363. Reamus Youth Theatre (16 to 25 years), Mon evenings, 0407 306 004. Hunter Impro Network (all ages), 1st Sun. 0401 170 364. Romulus Players (all ages) Tues. 4934 5519. Walking. Heart Foundation Walking groups. 4915 8003. CLUB Business Professional Women, Maitland: 4th Tues. 0415 214 709 or bwpmaitland@gmail.com. Coin club: Maitland & District Coin Club Inc, meets 7.30pm 2nd Mon. 4933 8961, maitlandcoinclub@gmail.com. Maitland and Coalfields District Orchid Society: Meeting, 2nd Thursday Masonic Hall, George Street East Maitland from 7.30pm. 4932 8220. Maitland/Beresfield Lioness Club: 1st Mon. Beresfield Bowling Club, 6.30pm. 49661751. Maitland Region Society of Artists: Art exhibition opening Fri, Aug 10 6-8pm. Masonic Hall, Grant Street Maitland. Maitland Table Tennis: Tues and Thurs from 9.15 am, Fri from 6pm, Polish Hall Grant St Maitland. 4966 1478. National Service & Combined Forces Association Maitland Branch: 4th Thurs 10am, East Maitland RSL Hall. 4933 1629 or 6337 8378. Probus: Rutherford/Telarah Mens’ 2nd and 4th Tuesday, Maitland City Bowling Club from 9.30am. Rutherford Lioness Club: 1st Tues, Maitland Park Bowling Club, 7pm. 4930 1643. Toastmasters: Cessnock Toastmasters, Cessnock

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espite not going into the game under the best conditions, Adelaide United got their ALeague season off to a flying start, downing the Newcastle Jets 2-0 in front of a 14,868-strong crowd at Hunter Stadium on Sunday. All eyes were on former Aston Villa striker and England international, Emile Heskey, who made his debut for the Jets, but it was the already battle-hardened Adelaide who took home the spoils. United were left heartbroken last week in their Asian Champions League quarter fi nal, 3-2 extra-time loss to Uzbek side, FC Bunyodkor in Tashkent. Travelling halfway around the world for Sundayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s clash (25,000 kilometres in seven days), the Adelaide side was determined to take home the three points in round one. United made their intentions known right from the off when forward, Jeronimo Neumann, found enough space on the right flank to supply Dario Vidosic with an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;on a stringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; pass, who put it neatly past Mark Birighitti to make it 1-0 inside the fi rst two minutes. The Jets then seemed to fi nd their rhythm, dominating the possession for the majority of the fi rst half, but were unable to capitalise.

Their best chance came in the 14th minute via a Jobe Wheelhouse corner, however Unitedâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s backline remained steadfast until the half-time whistle. Despite Heskey almost fi nding the end of a Scott Neville cross and Ruben Zadkovichâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ambitious shot from 30metres out, things went from bad to worse for Newcastle in the second half. Jets goalkeeper, Mark Birighitti, was sent off in the 58th minute after he handled another goal-bound effort from Visosic outside the penalty box. United soon capitalised on the oneman advantage with Vidosic catching the Jets defence unawares and playing a square ball to Iain Ramsay, who netted Adelaideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second. In other results, Melbourne Heart beat Melbourne Victory 2-0, Wellington were too good for Sydney in a 2-0 win, Western Sydney and Central Coast played out a 0-0 draw and Perth edged out Brisbane 1-0. The Jets take on Sydney FC on Saturday.

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he need for adequate hydration in active people (particularly youngsters and particularly as our weather gets warmer) is crucial for the prevention of heat stress. Th irst is regarded as a late indicator of poor hydration, and in fact once thirst is apparent, dehydration has already begun and may be quite advanced in some cases. Coaches and parents should note the following tips in order to ensure that youngsters do not dehydrate when involved in physical activity. 1. Remind children and adults to take a drink bottle with them to work, school, training or sport. It may be necessary to have two bottles for long sessions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; one with flavoured fluid and one with water. 2. If you are the coach, take an extra supply of drink bottles and a large container of water for refi lling bottles on carnival days. Encourage each athlete to bring their own bottle as sharing is not hygienic. 3. Keep fluids cool in summer and not frozen in winter! Cool fluids are more palatable and refreshing and are more likely to be drunk in adequate amounts. 4. Be prepared to rest players if they show signs of heat stress or dehydration. It may even be necessary to postpone or delay

activity until the weather conditions improve on very hot days. 5. Plan activity time to avoid the hottest part of the day to optimise player safety. 6. Use time off from activity to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;top upâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on fluids and cool down in very hot weather. 7. Actively remind kids to drink as they often become â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;too busyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to think about drinking and will wait until they are thirsty to take in fluid. Th is may be too late. 8. Be prepared to vary fluid intake depending on the environmental conditions. 9. Run some checks on fluid losses during activity by weighing the kids before and after training. Teach them how to estimate fluid needs on different days by calculating loss against intake. One litre of fluid roughly equates to one kilogram of weight loss. 10. Remind them to check the colour of their urine to assess their level of hydration during the day and after activity. 11. Practice hydration at training â&#x20AC;&#x201C; this will develop good habits and an increased awareness of their needs. 12. Aim to get kids drinking enough to satisfy their thirst plus another one or two mouthfuls in the rehydration phase.

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ot on the heels of their male counterparts the Newcastle Cobras’ reinstatement to the state gridiron league, a Newcastle ladies gridiron team is beginning to take shape. The new team, called the Newcastle Vipers, will form part of the freshlyminted Ladies Gridiron League (LGL) which kicked off in March this year. Managing director of the LGL, Adrian Brown, said the decision to start a ladies league in Australia was inspired by the burgeoning lingerie football, which is enjoying a great deal of popularity in the US and the same is expected here in Australia. “We started the league earlier this year in response to the Lingerie Football League (LFL) starting here in 2013,” he said. “There will be defi nite similarities with what we’re doing and what happens in the LFL in that it will be a seven-a-side league across Australia... the uniforms will also be a bit different, too.” Mr Brown said the aim at this stage is to create a league in each

State containing four teams, with representative teams chosen on the strength of performances in each state grand fi nal. Mr Brown added that the LGL had recently reached an agreement with the LFL that will provide opportunities for the players and the growth of the LGL. “We have a really good relationship with the LFL and we want to work together and share resources for the benefit of the sport in Australia,” he said. “So, there could also be the opportunity in the future for LGL players to be selected to play in the LFL, which is pretty exciting.” An information session was held in Newcastle earlier this month to gauge interest and Mr Brown said he was encouraged by the response. “It’s still early days in Newcastle, but we did get a lot of girls turn up for the information session,” he said. “We need around 20 girls to field a team but we’ll probably need around 30 for a training squad, so we’re always on the lookout for more interested girls.” Anyone who wants to fi nd out more about the Newcastle Vipers can email players@lglau.com.

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