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Don’t park the issue Questions raised as to parking requirements for developments

moving forward Cessnock Councillors were relieved to find out late Friday that, after some 14 anxious months, the ICAC corruption case against them – put forward by former General Manager, Lea Rosser – had been dropped. Mayor of Cessnock, Bob Pynsent, notified Councillors that the judge presiding over their case had granted leave to ICAC to “discontinue the proceedings against the Council”, reserving the right of either party to seek costs...

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“NO” to burn out Maitland nurses want fairer patient ratios

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aitland City Council will write to the Department of Planning to request that parking requirements under the affordable rental housing State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) be reviewed to more accurately reflect the needs of regional tenants. The decision comes off the back of a development application that

was approved by councillors at last week’s council meeting for a 15 unit medium density residential development in High Street, East Maitland. Under current State planning legislation, the development is required to have only 12 car spaces. Council received four submissions from residents concerned about the lack of parking included in the development. Councillor Bob Geoghegan believes the number of car spaces is not sufficient, considering the

development’s proximity to the shopping strip in East Maitland. “The issue of car ownership is very much linked not just to income but also [to] the availability of public transport, which is very good in Sydney, but not so good around here,” Cr Geoghegan said. “The availability of offstreet parking also becomes a consideration in my opinion. “I would almost guarantee that the majority of adults living [in the development] would have a car.” Cr Geoghegan said the State

Environmental Planning Policy needs to be reviewed to allow Councils to have more of a say on the parking requirements of developments. “The wording of this SEPP now is such that we don’t have any room to move – it is dogmatic,” he said. “I think the wording in the SEPP should be changed to allow a bit of discretion [...] on a case by case basis.” Cr Geoghegan is planning to put forward the motion at the next council meeting.

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What a tremendous week for Aussie sport


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’m sitting in the chair for the next couple of weeks because our editor, Louise Bourke, has jetted off on her honeymoon after getting married last weekend. Louise looked beautiful and I think all of us agree that Simon has managed to score himself an excellent catch. Apparently he was in charge of the honeymoon plans – so wherever they’ve ended up, we here at the Post wish them all the best for a long and happy life together. Driving to work on Monday, it was fabulous to look around in the traffic and watch people’s reaction to the extraordinary sports story that was unfolding at the US Masters Golf. Now my golf swing is about as good as Lindsay Lohan’s track record of Christian worship, so I know very little about the game, but that didn’t stop me – or anyone else, it seems – cheering home Adam Scott in a thrilling playoff hole at Augusta. It took 77 years for Australia to have a US Masters champion, and all of us should bask in the glory of Scott’s efforts this week. Golf experts tell me that it was Scott’s putting that got him home. Some of that Aussie spirit didn’t go astray, either. Like the Soccer World Cup a few years back, we all become experts when Australians find themselves in situations like this – and who could blame us? What a tremendous week for Australian sport – and what a wonderful achievement from a young Aussie on the world stage.

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Maitland nurses rally Premier O’Farrell for fairer nurse to patient ratios tricia morosin


ocal public health nurses have gathered outside Maitland Hospital to lobby the O’Farrell Government for safer hospital staffing levels, as part of their award negotiations. The rally formed part of the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association’s (NSWNMA) statewide “Ratios Put Patient Safety First” campaign. According to the NSWNMA, the nurses’ main frustration is that patients at John Hunter Hospital get more funding for nursing hours, per patient, per day, than patients at Maitland and other regional and rural hospitals. Maitland Branch Delegate and local nurse, Hellen Perkins, said the group is asking for the same ratios currently in place at John Hunter – one nurse to four patients during AM and PM shifts and one nurse to seven patients overnight. “The current ratios, [which can be one nurse to six patients during the day] put a lot of stress and pressure on nurses to look after too many people at one time and I just think people deserve better,” Ms Perkins said. NSWNMA Organiser, Matt Byrne, said the issue was about obtaining “equity for the bush” and questioned why regional nurses would have harsher ratios, given


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“Equity for the bush”

Nurses protest outside Maitland Hospital for new nurse to patient ratios.

“patients aren’t less sick in the country”. A spokesperson from the NSW Ministry of Health said staffing levels were agreed between the Department and NSWNMA

in 2011 and there is a “broad responsibility in the award to provide reasonable workloads for nursing staff”. “Within this framework, nursing

management makes an assessment of staffing requirements, based on a range of factors including previous experience, clinical needs and patient safety.”



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LAURA JAYES Sky News Political Reporter

Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, shows class on the world stage


hilst on an overseas trip in 2010, Julia Gillard quipped that she would rather be at home in a classroom reading to students. What a difference 25 Prime Ministerial trips in 23 different countries makes. She now looks more comfortable on the world stage than she does at home facing domestic politics. Love or hate Julia Gillard, this deal with China is historic. It’s a big deal. The biggest since Gough Whitlam in the 1970s made a bold move and visited the communist controlled state and opened up the dialogue. To this day only three other countries have the same access – Russia, Germany and the UK. I’m told the United States struggle to even get a meeting with the Ministry of Finance (NDC), let alone any kind of partnership. Just one month after the new regime was formally ushered in, Julia Gillard has managed to hold face to face meetings with the number one and number two leader – President Xi Jingping and Premier Li Keqiang. When the world is falling over

Strong performances overseas: Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. Photo: Melinda Jane.

each other to get into the Chinese market, forge deeper ties and latch on to China’s extraordinary growth, Australia has trumped them all. For a former Education Minister more comfortable at home in the classroom, Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, might be best remembered for her achievements overseas. She secured a strategic partnership with India last year and now China. The two most populous countries in the world that will produce 3.5 billion middle class customers over the coming decade. These customers will want to travel, drink good wine, eat good food and have the good life. So for all the medium to small businesses in Australia, whether you operate a small vineyard in South Australia, produce organic food in NSW, or run travel tours in Queensland, there is opportunity for us all. The furthering of these relationships will be one of Julia Gillard’s few great legacies and future governments, both Liberal and Labor, will benefit for decades to come.

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Funding agreement set to stimulate affordable housing in Maitland


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funding agreement between the Federal Government and Maitland City Council may see central Maitland become a hub for affordable homes before 2015, and longtime advocate of affordable housing, Councillor Arch Humphrey, is calling it “the best bet this council has ever had”. Last week Maitland councillors agreed to the terms of the funding, effectively giving the green light to the project, some 10 months after the grant was awarded. In June last year, Federal Member for the Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, Housing Minister, Brendan O’Connor, and former Regional Australia Minister, Simon Crean, announced that Maitland would receive $11.3 million for the realignment and upgrade of Athel D’Ombrain Drive as part of the government’s ‘Building Better Regional Cities’ program. On Tuesday, Councillors agreed to accept a potential $3.6 million financial risk associated

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Councillor Arch Humphrey at the site of future developments in Athel D’Ombrain Drive.

with the reconstruction of Athel D’Ombrain Drive, to stimulate the construction of affordable housing in central Maitland. Under the agreement, 260 new dwellings must be built by

April 1, 2015, or the council will be required to repay the Federal funds, up to $3.6 million. Although some concerns were raised by councillors about the financial risk involved,

Mayor Peter Blackmore urged councillors to see the development potential in the Commonwealth grant. “This is positive news and we’re going to keep it that way,” he said.

General Manager, David Evans, agreed. “Even if we were to pay back the full $3.6 million [...] it’s still a $7.5 million investment from the Federal Government, so we’re not going to lose,” he said.

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Police matters

Senior Constable Kel Boak, Crime Prevention Officer, Central Hunter Police


e want to know. Often when speaking to members of the public, police are told about break and enter offences, stealing and vandalism that occurred in the past. When police ask if it was reported the reply often is: “I didn’t want to trouble you” or “I thought it was a waste of time”. Police want to know what is happening in the area and in a timely fashion. It is important for us to know what is happening so patrolling and crime counter measures can be put in place. Policing is not just a reaction to past events or trying to solve a crime, modern policing is trying to anticipate trends and prevent crime as well as solving it. In every Local Area Command across the state there is a Police Intelligence Unit tasked with monitoring crime trends and happenings in the local area. This unit, in conjunction with police management, then formulates strategies to combat and prevent crime. That is why it is so important that members of the public promptly report matters to us, so we can

attempt to catch the perpetrator or put in place measures to prevent someone else becoming victim. There are various methods of contacting the Police. In an emergency, Triple 000 is the quickest and most appropriate. For other matters, you can contact your local police station by phone or in person. Maitland Police Station can be contacted on 4934 0200 and Cessnock Police Station on 4991 0199. For matters where there is no immediate need for police to attend, such as a theft where the identity of the offender is unknown and it did not just occur, the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 can be utilised. On this service operators will assess your information and may arrange for police to attend. If you have information about any crime or suspicious activity, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 is also on offer and you can leave anonymous information. Please report all crimes to the police and give us a ring if you have any information or suspicions.

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Hunter chefs in food fight

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he gloves are off for the Hunter Chefs & Co. fourth annual ‘Food Fight’ and this year the Hunter region’s most highly regarded chefs will be taking on the next generation of talent. To keep the competition fair and interesting, leading Sydney chefs and passionate Hunter Region supporters Colin Fassnidge of Four in Hand and 4/14 fame, alongside Matt Kemp from The Keystone Group, will assist in the kitchen as mentors to the young guns. Each team will go head to head as they attempt to create a scrumptious three-course lunch, paired with matching wines from leading Hunter region wineries and guests will decide which team’s cuisine reigns supreme. The 2013 teams have just been announced, with the ‘Masters’ team comprising of Robert Molines from Bistro Molines, Troy Rhoades Brown of Muse and Michael Robinson from Margan battling against ‘Young Guns’ Frank Fawkner, Sous Chef

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MAITLAND MATTERS by Maitland City Council Mayor, Cr Peter Blackmore

Another Steamfest has rolled by


teamfest has come and gone for another year and I was very happy to see it unfold as another big success for the city of Maitland. It never ceases to amaze me how supportive and nostalgic the community is about the place steam holds in Maitland’s history – and present. The faces of children as they board the steam trains or enter the Rally Ground are just priceless and show how alive steam still is in our community today. Of course, it’s not just the locals who love the steam culture and riding those majestic trains, we have people come from all over the country – and occasionally the world – to experience this unique festival. Another great facet of the event is the Show ‘n’ Shine, with around five hundred beautiful antique cars filling Maitland Park. Again, this is something that Maitland locals just love to experience – and are so proud to show off to our visitors.

The park is such a nice place to be on any given day. When you throw in the colours and history of the antique cars, it’s just even more spectacular. Like every year, my wife, Robyn, and I experienced the excitement of the Great Train Race. There’s nothing quite like smelling the steam and hearing the old engine as we hurtle along the tracks past the wonderful countryside that our region has to offer. Of course, this festival would cease to exist if it weren’t for the hard work of many people. Councillor Peter Garnham puts his heart and soul into this festival every year and the experience is all the better for it. Maitland City Council’s Events Team also puts in many hours and effort to organise and run the event – along with the help of some of Maitland’s hardest working volunteers. All in all, it’s just another weekend in the year when I am so proud to call myself Mayor of this great city.

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Councillor Cordelia Burcham relieved the ICAC case has been dropped

Case closed: Council relief


fter 14 anxious months, Cessnock Councillors were relieved to find out late Friday that the ICAC corruption case against them – put forward by former General Manager, Lea Rosser – had been dropped. Mayor of Cessnock, Bob Pynsent, notified Councillors that the judge presiding over their case had granted leave to ICAC to “discontinue the proceedings against the Council”, reserving the right of either party to seek costs and “discharging all orders made for the hearing of this matter”.

Cr Cordelia Burcham said the fact that the case had been dropped proved the group’s innocence and she will be seeking legal advice as to her next steps. On Monday, Cr Pynsent told The Post about the relief of Councillors and condemned the case as a “great waste of money” – an estimated $500,000 of ratepayers’ funds. He also said the GM’s resignation, followed by the ICAC case being dropped, had already improved staff morale, with everyone now focused on moving forward. Cessnock Council began the search for an interim General Manager on Saturday.



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The draft amendment can also be viewed and downloaded from Council’s website by following the links to Planning & Development – On Exhibition at

The draft Plan proposes to replace the current works schedule with a revised list of works to support recreation, assets and commercial revitalisation projects and remove projects that are no longer considered to be relevant under the plan.

Further enquiries should be directed to Anne Humphries, Development Contributions Officer, on 4934 9861.

• Maitland City Library 480 High Street, Maitland during ordinary library hours.

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Extension applies to part of Lot 8111

Persons wising to comment on the draft Plan should do so in writing. Submissions should be received no later than 5.00pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2013 and should quote reference number 103/41/9.

• Council’s Customer Service Centre Council’s Administration Building, 285–287 High Street, Maitland, during normal office hours.

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The rezoning of the Glenwood Business Park

Pursuant to Section 94EA of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, notice is hereby given of the public exhibition of proposed draft amendments to Council’s Section 94A Levy Contributions Plan (2006).

The draft Plan will be on public exhibition from Wednesday, 17 April to Wednesday, 15 May 2013. The document may be inspected at the following locations:


• Local Branch Libraries Located at Thornton, East Maitland and Rutherford.



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DP1165631, Lot 1 DP833057 and Lot 37 DP755205, Glenwood Drive and New England Highway, Thornton. The gazetted LEP applies the B6 Enterprise Corridor zone to a portion of the subject land. The rezoning of the Rutherford Enterprise Corridor applies to part of Lot 611 DP867202 and part of Lot 603 DP874384 New England Highway. The gazetted LEP amendment applies the B6 Enterprise Corridor zone to a portion of the subject land. The LEP was made by the Minister for

NOTICE OF GAZETTAL • MAITLAND LOCAL ENVIRONMENTAL PLAN 2011 AMENDMENT NO. 2 • GLENWOOD BUSINESS PARK EXTENSION & RUTHERFORD ENTERPRISE CORRIDOR Pursuant to the relevant provisions of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, notice is hereby given of the gazettal of Maitland Local Environmental Plan 2011 Amendment No. 2 for the rezoning of land known as Glenwood Business Park Extension and Rutherford Enterprise Corridor.

Planning and took effect on 28 March 2013. Further enquiries should be directed to the City Strategy team on 4934 9700.

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COMMUniTY GRAnT PROGRAM – SECTiOn 356 Maitland City Council is seeking applications for the Community Grants Program. The Program aims to provide financial support to local non-profit community-based organisations, groups and individuals to provide projects, activities or participate in events that enrich the lives of residents in our community. Guidelines and Application Forms are available by contacting Council on 4934 9700 or the Council Administration Building located at 285–287 High Street, Maitland. The Closing Date is 4pm on Friday, 3 May 2013.

2013/14 MAiTLAnD LOCAL HERiTAGE FUnD Applications can now be made for grant assistance under the 2013/14 Maitland Local Heritage Fund. Small grants of $500 to $1,000 are available for conservation works to commercial, residential or other places of heritage value within the Maitland Local Government Area. All grants are given on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Applications can be picked up from Maitland Council’s Customer Service Counter, or posted on request (Phone 4934 9700). Two quotes for all works proposed are required, and applications must be submitted to Maitland City Council by 31 May 2013.

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ANZAC DAY MARCH AND CEREMONY SWAN STREET and NORTHUMBERLAND STREET, MORPETH Council wishes to advise that it has approved an application from Morpeth Anzac Day Committee to temporarily close a section of Swan Street and Northumberland Street, Morpeth to hold the annual Anzac Day Ceremony. Details of the temporary closures on Thursday, 25 April 2013 are as follows:

Nominations are invited from interested persons for membership of the Maitland City Council’s Heritage Group. The objectives of the Heritage Group are: • to promote the conservation of the natural, cultural, built and Aboriginal heritage of the Maitland City Council area • to promote a positive image of Council in all heritage initiatives and issues pursued by the Group • to provide constructive support and comment to Council on heritage issues of relevance to the Maitland City Council area The Group membership consists of 12 positions representing the wider community and a range of organisations, including people with varied experience, expertise and backgrounds. In addition to Councillors, the Group’s makeup is as follows: a) A representative from the National Trust (with a nominated representative); b) An Architect (with a nominated alternative representative); c) A representative from the local Historical Groups and Societies (with a nominated alternative representative); d) A representative from the Mindaribba Land Council (with a nominated alternative representative); e) A representative from Landcare (with a nominated alternative representative); f) A representative from the Chamber of Commerce or local business communities (with a nominated alternative representative); g) A representative from Educational Groups (with a nominated alternative representative);

Maitland residents are being warned

Nominations are now sought from interested people who would like to fill all of the above positions. Representatives from the organisations outlined above will be requested from those organisations.

to take extra precaution against mosquitoes, with numbers of the insect on the rise following the recent heavy rains and floods. To avoid bites residents should avoid marshland areas, cover up with loose clothing and use repellent containing either DEET or Picardin. For more information visit

h) Two (2) community representatives from within the Maitland Local Government Area.

Please contact Clare James on 4934 9832 for a nomination form or further information including copies of the Group’s Constitution.

• Swan Street from Northumberland Street to Market Street – 10.00am–12.30pm. • Swan Street from Tank Street to Northumberland Street – 10.30am–11.30am (street march). • Northumberland Street from Swan Street to Close Street – 11.30am–12.30pm. GROOVIN’ THE MOO MUSIC FESTIVAL ANZAC and BLOMFIELD STREETS and PENDER ROAD, SOUTH MAITLAND Council has approved an application from Cattleyard Promotions to temporarily close some streets surrounding the Maitland Showground area to ensure safe movement of pedestrians and traffic associated with the Groovin’ the Moo music festival. Closure details are as follows: Closed between 8.00am and 11.00pm Saturday, 27 April 2013: • Blomfield Street from Anzac Street to Devonshire Street. • Anzac Street from Cracknell Lane to Blomfield Street. Converted to one-way (southbound) movement from 8.00am–11.00pm Saturday, 27 April 2013: • Pender Road – full length to Trappaud Road. • Cultivation Road – full length to Trappaud Road. • Louth Park Road – from Les Darcy Drive to Park Street. Temporary NO PARKING zone from 8.00am Saturday, 27 April 2013 to 12 noon Sunday, 28 April 2013: • Both sides of Louth Park Road from Les Darcy Drive to Trappaud Road;

Nomination Forms can be posted or faxed to:

• North side of Cracknell Lane from Anzac Street to Cultivation Road;

The General Manager, Maitland City Council PO Box 220, Maitland 2320, Fax: 4933 3209.

• Both sides of Cultivation Road from Cracknell Lane to Trappaud Road.

Nominations must be received by Council before 5.00pm on Friday, 31 May 2013.

Access will be provided for local residents within the temporary closure area.

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For more information please contact Clare James, Council’s Heritage Officer, on 4934 9832.

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Hitting the open road

The Caravan Company helps local roadtrippers get a good deal


he long lazy days of summer holidays may be far from the mind of some as we move into the cooler months, but for the team at the Caravan Company in Hexham it’s prime caravanning season. The Caravan Company is gearing up to take 15 of their best caravans on the road to the country’s largest caravan show, the Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow at Sydney’s Rose Hill Racecourse from April 20 to 28. Caravan Company Manager, Rob Surdonic, said despite the winter weather, a large percentage of the company’s caravan sales come from the Rose Hill show and the good news for Hunter residents who can’t make it down to Sydney is that the Caravan Company will be offering the same deals in their Hexham showroom as they will be offering at the show. The Surdonic family has been selling new and secondhand vans for eight years and are the sole NSW retailers of Paramount and Golden Eagle caravans.

Mr Surdonic said being a family business offers customers a real point of difference. “I think being family owned and run, customer service is a big thing for us,” he said. “Our after sale service is a big part of our business. “We also do storage and we have a full caravan workshop, we can rebuild caravans, a little bit of everything really.” In addition to the Caravan Company’s regular services, if you purchase any new Paramount caravan from the Caravan Company before June 30, you will go in the draw to win ‘the loot in the boot’; a prize pack that includes a Waeco compressor fridge, Honda generator, Webber barbeque, 120 watt Solar Panel, Giant bikes, annex walls and more. Visit the Caravan Company at 239A Old Maitland Road, Hexham.

Upgrade: Cessnock ED Rob Surdonic from the Caravan Company


ork on Cessnock Hospital’s $2 million Emergency Department (ED) upgrade has begun, with the current ED temporarily relocating as of yesterday (Tuesday, April 16) until the refurbishments are completed before Christmas. A temporary emergency reception, waiting and nurse triage area has been set up in the foyer of the hospital’s main entrance, and the ED, with its adjoining special care unit, will occupy the area that has been used for

day surgery. Cessnock Health Service Manager, Jenny Whiting, stressed there would be no disruption to emergency services during the works. Public access and parking will still be available via Foster Street. Alternatively, people can use the main hospital entrance of View Street and come directly to the temporary reception area. The refurbishment will provide additional treatment spaces, improved nurse triage space and an upgraded waiting area, including an accessible public toilet.

Australian Hearing Maitland celebrates 10 years of community service


ustralian Hearing Maitland has celebrated ten years of service and has been thanked for assisting more than 65,000 local people who are hard of hearing. Federal Member for the Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, joined staff and clients at the Maitland centre to mark the occasion. “The staff who work here are dedicated to the local community, going everywhere from veterans’ groups to nursing homes to private houses,” Mr Fitzgibbon said. “It’s inspiring to meet so many people here whose lives have been changed by this service.” Minister for Human Services, Senator Jan McLucas, also honoured the group’s vital work. “Congratulations to Australian Hearing Maitland on this important milestone,” Senator McLucas said. “Hearing loss affects one in six Australians and the numbers are growing. “That’s why the Maitland team provide[s] free hearing services for many of our most vulnerable people.” Maitland resident, Zoe Lambert, spoke of her experience with the service. “The Australian Hearing staff have assisted me to improve my quality of life by being very supportive and providing me with my hearing devices,” Ms Lambert said. “I can come into the centre and receive immediate help from any of the staff, which has always relieved any anxiety I felt.” Senator McLucas said locals concerned about their hearing should contact Australian Hearing Maitland to see if they’re eligible for a free hearing check. For more information visit www.hearing. or call 131 797.

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Praises ring loud and clear

Australian Hearing Maitland client, Zoe Lambert, with Federal Member for the Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon.


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Lest We Forget


ext Thursday, April 25, Australians will pause to recognise ANZAC Day – an occasion of national remembrance. ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. Beginning in 1942, ANZAC Day has been commemorated every year since, and has become a time when Australians reflect on the many different meanings of war. Information courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.



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ANZAC DAY SERVICE DAWN SERVICE, 5.30am Maitland Park Members of the public are invited to a BREAKFAST after the dawn service at MAITLAND PARK BOWLING CLUB for gold coin donation MORNING SERVICE AND MARCH 10.30am from Church St Main service 10.50am


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After the service all are welcome to attend the breakfast at ABERMAIN RECREATIONAL & BOWLING CLUB

ANZAC Day appeal

Send your support to our troops


ember for Paterson, Bob Baldwin, is encouraging Hunter locals to show their support for our troops by sending them a care package or letter of appreciation this ANZAC Day. “As we pause to mark the sacrifices of Australian soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen [...], we should all remember there are over 2,500 personnel currently deployed on operations from Afghanistan to the Solomon Islands and some 60,000 veterans who have fought in wars over the last decade,” Mr Baldwin said. “Australians are proud of their military personnel and ANZAC Day is a perfect opportunity for our local community to rally behind our serving personnel, particularly those currently deployed on overseas operations.” All local Australia Post outlets will accept the care packages and provide free delivery for packages weighing no more than two kilograms. Senders are reminded to include a letter and selfaddressed envelope in their package, so they can receive a return letter. According to Mr Baldwin, this ANZAC Day marks an important period in Australia’s contemporary military operations, as it’s the first ANZAC Day since our troops have withdrawn from Timor-Leste and will be one of the last observed by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

Maitland’s World War I Cenotaph

Darren O’Brien

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

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Beauty is more than skin deep

ne of the biggest motivations to adopt a more nutritious diet is the desire to improve skin health. Many people of all ages struggle with various skin conditions such as acne, rosacea, dry skin, wrinkles, and sun damage, among others. This can be very upsetting for those who have yet to find a solution to their problematic skin. While some conventional medical professionals discount the connection between skin health and nutrition, there is strong evidence to support the influence of our food choices on the health and vibrancy of our skin. The consumption of certain vitamins, minerals, and other beneficial compounds in the diet is one of the most effective ways to treat skin conditions and improve the look and feel of one’s skin. For example, consuming foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (like wild caught fish) helps with smoother, youngerlooking skin and a visible reduction in inflammatory skin conditions like acne and psoriasis. There are several nutrients that are known to play a role in the proper growth and immunity of the skin, and many people have found their skin health has dramatically improved after making purposeful changes to their daily diet.

Liz from the blog CaveGirlEats has a great post about how eating a traditional diet has improved her skin health. As her story suggests, making simple changes to your diet can have a significant impact on skin appearance in a short amount of time. Also remember that skin is used as a detoxification organ, so a gut overloaded by too many toxins (things like alcohol, caffeine, sugar, processed food etc) will show up in bad skin trying to get rid of the waste. I believe that a nutrient-dense, whole foods diet, with particular attention paid to getting whole vitamins, minerals, and other compounds, is a powerful tool in the treatment of skin disease. It’s unfortunate that most mainstream media beauty product advertising typically downplays any connection between diet and skin health, and many people miss the opportunity to make major improvements in their skin simply by changing what they eat. Don’t get too caught up with which particular vitamin or individual mineral. Use nutritious, unprocessed, real food to get you on the right track and healthy at the same time. Because healthy is beautiful and beauty should be more than skin Deep!

Making your winter wardrobe sizzle


y lovely readers, are you beginning to feel the chill in the air? That’s right, it’s time to get those overcoats out; the autumn/winter season is here! It was with great joy that I brought my favourite coat back into the daylight this week, along with my boots and snuggly scarves. Since the A/W fashions first hit the stores I have been itching to wear something wintery so you can imagine how much I have enjoyed the past week. Fashion-wise, this week has been a very good one, because I also had the pleasure of catching up with a real fashion expert, with years of experience in the industry. National Westfield stylist, Donny Gallela, took some time out of his busy schedule to have a chat with me, sharing his wealth of knowledge gained from years of styling the stars. He gave me his top three tips to keep you looking your best this season. Donny’s first tip is to get into the colours of the season. “The key thing in A/W fashion is

Elisha is a Registered Nurse and Midwife, with years of experience working in emergency departments, general wards, maternity and in the community.

that we are guilty of wearing a lot of greys and blacks,” he said and suggested also incorporating some of the beautiful plums, berrys and emeralds trending this season. His second tip is to get out of your comfort zone and try some new shops that might help you find a new look. Donny’s final tip is something a lot of people struggle with. “We say ‘these are current trends’, but don’t be afraid of the word ‘trend’,” he said. “Remember that there are different ways of approaching trends; look at the leather trend, if you are scared of wearing a leather skirt or jacket, why not try a jacket with leather trim?” Donny also shared a couple of warnings. To avoid looking like the “Michelin Man” with all your winter gear on, try wearing fitted layers that will keep your natural body shape. He added that dressing to your body shape is essential and, if you don’t do this, the trend you are trying might turn into a disaster.

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New Moon In Aries Sextiles Jupiter In Gemini; April 10 - 25


March 21 to April 20

Your mind starts buzzing today and you’ll be in a very inquisitive mood for the next few weeks. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends and catch up on all the gossip. Your curiosity will be massively stimulated as Venus enters the area of learning and communication. If you’re a student or involved with studies of any kind you will find that you’re able to grasp the subject matter extremely quickly.


april 21 to may 21

The planets are encouraging you to spend more time by yourself during the next two weeks. This is especially important if you’re usually trying to divide yourself into lots of little pieces in order to meet everyone’s demands. This is also a period of time when secrets are likely to emerge, yours as well as others, and if you think you know a certain person inside out, get ready for a few shock revelations or surprises.


may 22 to june 21

With Jupiter in your sign, your bank balance is going to start looking a lot healthier and you’re going to be looking good, feeling good and the centre of attention. This is the ideal time to put a new savings plan in place, or to work a strategy to get on top of debts and bills. Those in a steady relationship may consider making some special plans with your beloved. If you’re single you’ll have many chances over the next few weeks to meet people. Some encounters may lead to romance, whilst others result in friendship.


june 22 to july 22

If you want to get ahead, make sure you’re on the right side of people who can help you during the weeks ahead. That doesn’t mean you should butter them up purely because of what they can give you, but it may help to oil the wheels a bit or do some networking. This is a period of time when you need to attend to your diet, start a new exercise routine, to rest up and not allow your nerves or anxieties to get the better of you!

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You’re in a wonderfully optimistic mood and will wish to make the most of it. It’s a perfect time for arranging something that you can look forward to, such as a long distance trip. Alternatively you will be busy planning a forthcoming social event. This is a super time for doing things on the spur of the moment, especially if that means being less cautious than usual and doing things you haven’t done before.

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The time has come to sort out your finances and any difficulties you’re currently having with loved ones or a close partner. It’s also an excellent time to examine, in close detail, provisions that have been made for your financial future, such as retirement or funding further education for your children. There is going to be good news for your future career prospects and a female will be of great benefit to you.

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September 24 to OctOBER 23

The planets are encouraging you to make a fresh start in your love life and to take steps that will improve the connection with the important people in your life. For example, if you’ve fallen out with someone recently, this is the perfect time to extend the olive branch. This is also the ideal time to plan a trip, travel overseas, or explore new venues and neighbourhoods. It’s a good time for studies and easily grasping difficult subject matters.



This is the ideal time to start a new business venture. Also your physical relationships come in to sharp focus as Jupiter heats up the area of your chart connected to passion and intimacy. This should be a sizzling time romantically! However, if the intense physical side of life doesn’t appeal, you can always turn your attention to important financial matters. The planets are firing you up with enthusiasm about making fresh starts at work and changes to your job, health or diet regime.


november 23 to december 21

This is the ideal time to start a new business partnership or joint project with a lover or partner. Pin back your ears because you’ll hear some good news about a loved one during the next fortnight. You may hear about the birth of a child or the start of a new love affair. If you’re waiting for love to come along and hit you between the eyes, you won’t have to wait much longer. Despite certain frustrations in your life, many of you will start to relocate your sense of humour, which may have been absent lately!



The New Moon and Jupiter are throwing a rosy glow over your working relationships and therefore you will find colleagues and clients far easier to get along with. Many of whom will be appreciative of the dedication and hard work that you always put into whatever task you undertake. This is a marvellous chance to make amends if you’ve fallen out with a loved one. Pleasurable times will be spent with your mother or older females.


JANUARY 21 TO february 19

This is a wonderful time to act on your ideas and inspirations. You might decide to get a new project off the ground or you could pluck up the courage and say something that’s been on your mind for ages. You’re the soul of tact now, so make the most of it! Your partner, and loved ones, will be enchanted by your joke making and close friends and family will truly appreciate your talent for solving puzzles.



A lot of time and attention shall be focused on your home, property and family. Furthermore there will be a great deal of social activity at home and you’ll also be busy helping certain loved ones achieve their aims and objectives. This is a favourable time to sort out your budget and for going over complex forms or statements with a fine tooth comb, as if you spot discrepancies you will be quick to pounce on them!

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fter losing their powerful frontman to throat cancer in 1998, pretty much everyone had relegated Aussie/Kiwi pub rock stalwarts Dragon to the annals of Aussie rock’s back pages. However, in a case of you can never keep a good band down, in 2006, Dragon took to the road once again, re-invigorated and re-energised, and they haven’t looked back since. Now, the band are about to kick off the Australian leg of their 40th anniversary tour and singer Mark Williams told TE that arguably the best band that Australia never produced couldn’t wait to get back to Oz. “Yeah it’s going to be really exciting,” he said. “The New Zealand shows were just great so we’re hoping that things will go just as well over there. People are going to get the chance to hear a few older Dragon songs that may’ve slipped off the radar and we’re also going to be playing a few newer tracks which is good for us because it keeps things fresh, y’know?” Williams, who has had quite a successful solo career in his own right said his inclusion into the Dragon lineup, of which he

has been a part since 2005, had come as quite a surprise, albeit a pleasant one. “That was totally out of the blue,” he said. “Alan Mansfeild, who played keyboards for Dragon, asked me to sing at a memorial for Marc Hunter - the whole family was there and it was a massive event so that, in and of itself was a huge honour. “Anyway after the memorial, Todd [Hunter]rang me out of the

blue and asked if I wanted to be in the band. I didn’t have to be asked twice.” After solidifying the new lineup of Todd Hunter on bass, Mark Williams on vocals, Bruce Reid on guitar and Pete Drummond on drums, the band wasted little time getting back into the swing of things, releasing the studio album Sunshine To Rain in 2006 and have since gone on to release three more EPs in ‘Happy I Am’, ‘It’s All Too

Beautiful’ and ‘Chase The Sun’. Williams said while he did feel a bit of pressure stepping into Mark Hunter’s shoes, he reiterated that his main aim wasn’t to emulate the iconic frontman, but rather to throw a fresh interpretation over such legendary Dragon tracks as ‘Are You Old Enough’, ‘Dreams of Ordinary Men’ and ‘April Sun in Cuba’. “It was really daunting for me at the start because I really didn’t know Todd at all,” Williams

explained. “Then, after the first couple of rehearsals, I realised that what Todd wanted to do this time around was strip everything back, take a lot of the production out of things and really let the songs speak for themselves which allowed me to really do my own thing. What was really interesting for me, especially in the first couple of shows, was how the crowds seemed to have forgotten a lot of the songs and when we started playing them there was like this wave of recognition and appreciation which came flooding back which was pretty awesome.” For now, Williams said Dragon would continue doing what Dragon does best – touring, but added that fans could expect a new release sometime in the not-too-distant-future. “We’re just so excited and happy about where things are at the moment,” he said. “We’re just really in love with touring and we pretty much look after ourselves and we’re quite a straightforward band – we carry all of our own guitars to the airport. I will say that we are definitely due for another release, though. We’ve put out a few EPs over the last few years so we’d love to get back into the studio and have a crack at another one.” Catch Dragon when they play at Cessnock Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, April 27.

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Ordinary men still dreaming

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AVON VALLEY INN: Saturday, The Brazilian Brothers BELMORE HOTEL: Friday, Hayden Johns; Saturday, Grand Theft Audio. BERESFIELD BOWLING CLUB:Friday, Rock Factor; Saturday, Mick Jones. BERESFIELD TAVERN: Saturday, Matt Gaudrey. BRADFORD HOTEL: Saturday, Flying Mare; Sunday, Hummdinger. CAMBRIDGE HOTEL: Friday, Let the Number Be X; Saturday, Silverstein. CARDIFF PANTHERS: Saturday, The Doors Experience. CENTRAL HOTEL, Stroud: Thursday, Boulderdash; Saturday, Open Mic Night. CESSNOCK SUPPORTERS: Thursday, Time Warp Rocky Horror Picture Show Tribute; Friday, Paul Robert Burton Duo; Saturday, Karaoke; Sunday, Kids’ Disco & Karaoke, Ruby the Clown. DENMAN HOTEL: Sunday, Kirsty Larkin. EAST CESSNOCK BOWLING CLUB: Thursday, Talk of the Town; Saturday, Showtime. EAST MAITLAND BOWLING CLUB: Friday, True Lies; Saturday, 24 hours; Sunday, Peter Stefanson. FAMILY HOTEL: Friday, Graeme Mills GEORGE TAVERN: Saturday, Cash and Co; Sunday, Pete G. GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL: Wednesday, Dubray; Thursday, Goldsmith; Friday, The Hunters, Gang of Youths, Holly Who; Saturday, Ainslie Willis, Kira Puru and the Bruise, Post Paint, Grace Turner; Tuesday, Open Mic Night. HAMILTON STATION HOTEL: Thursday, Madhouse DJs. HARRIGANS IRISH PUB, Pokolbin: Saturday, Pistol Pete, Karen O’Shea. KING STREET HOTEL: Friday, Marlo, Dexi, Rossco; Saturday, Nukewood; Sunday, Any Given Sunday. KURRI BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Kristen Lane Band; Saturday, Mark Harragon. LASS O’GOWRIE HOTEL: Wednesday, The Double Shadows; Thursday, Creative Creatures Open Mic Night; Friday, The Seabellies, Dan Southward; Saturday, Adeline Pines, Isaac Graham, Ben David, Hamish White; Sunday, Loose Lucy, Milli Casey. LIZOTTE’S NEWCASTLE: Wednesday, Mama Kin, Spender; Thursday, Jordan Miller & Jack Carty; Friday, Christine Anu- Rewind: The Aretha Franklin Songbook; Saturday, Ray Beadle, Peter Northcote & Stuie French; Sunday, Tex Perkins & Charlie Owen. MAITLAND CITY BOWLING CLUB: Friday, HR Duo.

MAITLAND LEAGUES CLUB: Friday, Red Alert; Saturday, Fabba. METROPOLITAN HOTEL: Friday, Dave Feint. NEATH HOTEL: Saturday, Kellie Cain. NEWCASTLE PANTHERS: Thursday, Grinspoon; Saturday, DJs. PEDENS, Cessnock: Friday, Allon; Saturday, Covering Ground POTTERS BREWERY: Friday, Peta Evans Taylor. QUEENS ARMS HOTEL: Friday, Loose Bazooka. QUEENS WHARF BREWERY, Wharf: Saturday, Troy, Kim and Mik; Sunday, Little Black Book. ROYAL FEDERAL, Branxton: Saturday, Jack Daniels and Co. RUTHERFORD HOTEL: Saturday, Crawford Brothers SHENANIGANS, Maitland: Friday, Karaoke; Saturday, Solid Gold. SINGLETON DIGGERS, Alroy Park: Friday, Karaoke. SINGLETON DIGGERS, York Street: Saturday, Kelly Hope. TELARAH BOWLING CLUB: Friday, Karaoke; Saturday, Juke Box. WICKHAM PARK HOTEL: Wednesday, Flash Jam; Thursday, Gleny Rae Virus Trio; Friday, Milestones; Saturday, Transvaal Diamond Syndicate, Collins Class, Marshall O’Kell Duo; Sunday, Jungle Kings, John Larder. WINDSOR CASTLE HOTEL: Friday, Daley Holliday; Saturday, Luke Austen Duo. SEND YOUR FREE ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS FOR THE GUIDE TO: or FAX: (02) 49 611 540

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et on five-acres in the heart of Luskintyre, this architectdesigned house makes the most of the picturesque location. The house has an open plan living area

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with tiled floors and sliding doors that open to a patio and a gourmet kitchen with granite bench tops gas cooking and a walk-in pantry. Three of the four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes while

there is his and hers walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite with corner spa in the master bedroom. The property has underground irrigation and a double garage with internal access, a 15m x 6m


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This warm & inviting brick home is on a level 1/4 acre block with rear lane access. Recent refurbishment includes new Colorbond roof, new kitchen with dishwasher, new carpet & fresh paint throughout. With wide shady full length verandahs front & back & a north facing aspect the home has full enjoyment of winter sun & summer shades. There are 3 generous bedrooms, 2 with built-ins & new curtains. The rear yard is fenced & a double garage with adjoining carport provides plenty of room for boats or caravans. This property has the benefit of being solar heated for the water & a cosy open fireplace. With good side access & also a rear lane there is easy entry to the large 1083sqm block. Low maintenance gardens, several mature fruit trees & bush outlook at rear creates a very relaxed family lifestyle. 3 BED 1 BATH 2 CAR

Seated on 4.4 ac is this majestic architect designed, master built home. Designed to maximise the usage of space, wonderful floor plan perfect for families. Parents retreat w/ ensuite, a whole room as a wardrobe / dressing room & sliding doors to a private verandah. 4 huge bedrooms w/ large built-in robes + 3 bathrooms! High decorative ceilings, w/ several large A/C living areas all open onto verandahs. Lots of natural light. Generously sized country kitchen, walk-in pantry, & lots of space. Quality inclusions, fireplace, ceiling fans, ducted vacuum & more! Open & level land with great water storage, 5 bay shed (18x7m), 2 stables, & lots of room for storing floats, caravans etc, plus a lock up garage & carport.

PrICe InSPeCt ContaCt

$605,000 - $645,000 By appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424



Set on 1913m 2 with wide side access. Full of character & style having been fully renovated. Internal staircase leading up to 2 spacious bedrooms w/ built-ins, large federation style bathroom, full kitchen, A/C, living areas & french doors opening to a wide verandah, views of the mountains. Downstairs has enormous living areas w/ polished timber floors, A/C, fans, & doors opening to wide patios on both sides. Large modern kitchen, stainless steel appliances! 3 or 4 bedrooms, main has his/her robes & ensuite. Well designed floor plan - both levels are fully self contained. Solar system. Above ground pool, LOTS of yard space, large shed with power & drive thru access to the rear of the yard, chook pen & fruit trees. This wonderful home needs to be seen.

Nestled in a quiet rural environment this lovely & stylish 6 yr old home has all the size you need. The floor plan offers you the flexibility of choosing how many bedrooms you need. Choose between 4, 5, or 6 bedrooms - & still have multiple living areas. All bedrooms are spacious with built in robes, fans, & the main being king sized with ensuite & walk in robe. A Wide tiled entry entices you to walk through to impeccable formal living & dining. In the heart of the home is a stylish modern kitchen with near new stainless steel appliances & HUGE pantry, opening onto family living areas with sliding doors to the yard & patio, perfect for entertaining. Currently the 5th bedroom is used as a study & the 6th room has sliding doors off the rear living area, so has also been used as a rumpus room/bedroom. Inspection of this home, full of quality inclusions, will delight you.

$605,000 - $645,000 By appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424



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$499,000 By appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

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barn-style shed with power and a concrete floor. For more information, phone PRD Nationwide Hunter Valley on 4934 2000 or listing agent Cathy Cattell on 0414 697 424. Inspect: By appointment.


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Set on 1024sqm with an ENORMOUS back yard which offers the possibility of rear access & lots of room to build a shed or pool, this stylish 2 year old home will delight you. A wide hallway with tiled floors greets you at the door. The study & 4 spacious bedrooms allows room for all the family. The main bedroom is at the rear of the home & has walk in robe & ensuite. An open plan kitchen makes cooking a breeze with stone bench tops, stainless steel cooking appliances, dishwasher, & walk in pantry. Air conditioned open plan tiled living area has sliding doors opening to a lovely alfresco area with views over the whole yard & the rural scenery at the rear of the property. The dble garage gives you security with internal entry. With a park reserve at the rear & seated at the end of a cul-de-sac, peace & quiet is assured.


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MAITlAND VAlE RENOVATIONS COMPlETED This home has just been renovated with a brand new ceaser stone kitchen, new carpet, paint, down lights & the lounge room is now open plan living. This is a rare opportunity to secure an exceptional semi-rural property set on 7 acres in beautiful Rosebrook. Sweeping views from every angle this is the perfect hideaway to create your dream haven. There is a superb balance of country with easement to the Hunter River with undulating grazing country ideally suited to horses & cattle with separate paddock & dam with established trees & new fencing. Set amidst established trees & gardens overlooking the valley this one owner country homestead has amazing views. The home has 3 bedrooms, brand new kitchen with ceaser stone & electric stove & dishwasher, airconditioned open plan formal dining & family room that open to the sparkling in ground pool. For the handy man there is a dble garage + single carport. Located just 10 km from Maitland this beautiful property has something to offer all the family. If you are looking for a country life-style you need to inspect this outstanding property.

Positioned at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by quality homes & views of Rosebrook. This architect designed home is set on 5391m 2 of rural country side. Main has ensuite with dble spa, shower, walk-in robe, a/c & views forever. All these are on the north side where you can sit in the dble spa & enjoy the view. 4 dble size bedrooms all with XL wardrobes & 1 dble bedroom has a walk-in robe & ensuite. Children’s ent. room, toilet, powder room, bathroom w/ shower & bath. Sunken formal lounge room & home theatre room. Separate study or home office. Gourmet kitchen, quality European appliances, induction cook-top, pyroletic wall oven, microwave & dishwasher. Granite bench tops & splash back, island sink/work area, walk-in pantry & view through large dble sliding doors. Ducted vacuum system. Porcelain tiles throughout. Ceiling height is 2.7m & the family/kitchen has a cathedral style ceiling. Triple garage w/ dble access to inside & 2 remote doors. Solar hot water. Established veggie gardens. All the hard work has been done. Plenty of room for an extra-large workshop, pool or tennis court.

BUY NOW OR AT AUCTION NEGOTIATION RANGE $749,000 to $829,000 AUCTION 2 May 6pm 107 Newcastle Rd, East Maitland 5 BED By Appointment INSPECT 3 BATH CONTACT Charlie lund 0429 139 260 3 CAR

BRANxTON FUll OF CHARACTER & SIZE This charming home has become too big for its owners & they want to downsize. Set on 1169 sqm with wide concrete driveway giving you access to several large sheds at the rear of the land, makes it ideal for a tradie or the man who wants room & his sheds. The sheds offer secure lock up, concrete floors, power & toilet. Inside this character filled home the size will surprise you! The floor plan allows you to have 3 or 4 bedrooms, Large spacious airconditioned living areas at the front & rear, an enormous original country style kitchen with walk-in pantry, a wonderful fuel stove which acts as a heater during winter + a modern electric stove.

Buy Now or Auction. Negotiation Range $549,000 - $599,000

For convenience you have 2 bathrooms, for relaxation or entertaining there is a quiet, & private entertaining area under a shady full length verandah which is accessed through sliding doors from the rear living area. For the astute buyer this large home offers fantastic opportunity to put your own touches to it & bring it to a more modern style.



2 May 6pm, 107 Newcastle Rd, East Maitland By Appointment Charlie lund 0429 139 260


By Appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

4934 2000

107 Newcastle Rd, East Maitland

East Maitland


Anna Bay



Over 650m2 of land! This 4 bedroom home comprises of double carport, double garage, room for a boat or caravan, separate lounge and dining. Entertainment area overlooking the salt water pool. Walk to beaches! CONTACT ANDREW DOUGLASS m: 0418 974 262

Tanilba Bay


Nelson Bay


$335,000 Soldiers Point

Owner of this 3 bedroom duplex needs it sold! After renovating the property, job opportunities force the sale. Comprising of open plan living, separate kitchen, laundry, ensuite and huge roof top entertainment deck. Double garage, fenced yard, some waterviews. CONTACT ANDREW DOUGLASS m: 0418 974 262


$649,000 Anna Bay

Tranquility, serenity, location plus the advantage of an income. This magnificent home is located in the quietest street on the peninsula. Across from Cromarty Bay and nature reserve. Run as a profitable B & B at the moment with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and beautiful landscaped yards! CONTACT ANDREW DOUGLASS m: 0418 974 262




Free standing low maintenance level home - ideal for investors, 1st home buyers or retirees - 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 separate living areas - walk to ocean & Birubi surf beach - fishing, swimming surfing & 4W driving. CONTACT ANDREW DOUGLASS m: 0418 974 262

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Five bedrooms, three bathrooms, study, sewing, rumpus, games room, timber kitchen, separate dining and lounge, fire place, water views, garage, wine cellar, work room and storage, covered pergola.

Commercial unit situated in the popular Shearwater Estate at Taylors Beach. 3 car spaces, office, kitchen, bathroom, shop front window and roller door. Call now to arrange an inspection!



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Currently used as a holiday home. Comprising 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, lounge, dining, covered pergola and double remote control garage. Only a short walk to the popular Fingal Bay. Perfect for the retired couple or those who are looking for an investment property. CONTACT ANDREW DOUGLASS m: 0418 974 262



Popular Horizons Golf Course in Salamander Bay is this four bedroom, four bathroom house. Comprising two living areas, open plan kitchen, double remote control garage and a screened in entertainment/BBQ room for those relaxing afternoon & nights. CONTACT ANDREW DOUGLASS m: 0418 974 262

This four bedroom, strata title waterfront duplex occupies a $320,000 stunning waterfront position - views from inside and outside. Anna Bay “SANDCASTLES AT ANNA BAy” to park/playground/skatepark for the kids, safe The kitchen features strong lines and high quality surfaces. Close swimming beach and rock pools to explore at Birubi Point, great surfing and enjoy a coffee or lunch at This property must be seen. Birubi Beach café. 3 bedrooms, lounge and dining, galley kitchen and courtyard for BBQ’s.


Shoal Bay


$360,000 Shoal Bay



$450,000 Nelson Bay

This three bedroom duplex is within walking distance to Shoal Bay shops and beach. Open plan living, newly renovated kitchen, with side and rear yard. Walk to Shoal Bay School. Reduced!!!

Great position, great location and great potential. This is your chance to seize this 974m2 block and make it your own. Renovate the existing 4 bed, 2 bath, open plan home or re-develop the block and design 2 or 3 new homes to council regulations!



6 Yacaaba Street, Nelson Bay NSW 2315



Indoor/outdoor spacious living area, salt water pool for the large family, the kitchen space provides the focus of the house, an island bench connects the cooking and dining area. The master suite also includes a large wardrobe with built-in cabinetry and a limestone bathroom. CONTACT ANDREW DOUGLASS m: 0418 974 262

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Two bathrooms, large outdoor entertainment deck area, access from main bedroom or lounge room. Split air conditioning and kitchen is central to the dining/ lounge. Security parking, internal security and within walking distance to clubs, restaurants, shops and transport. Live in, holiday rent or permanently rent. CONTACT ANDREW DOUGLASS m: 0418 974 262

Opportunity to own rural land so close to Anna Bay. Approximately 4.5 acres. The current cottage has three (3) bedrooms, family and dining room, 1 bathroom and double lock up garage. Potential to re-develop subject to Council approval.

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e had a great start to the season last weekend, leading in to to what should be a hotly contested second round this weekend. On Saturday at 3pm, Wests will travel to Maitland to take on the Pickers. The Rosellas showed real resolve to overcome Cessnock last Sunday, whilst Maitland indicated enough in a loss to South Newcastle to suggest they will pose problems. Also at 3pm Saturday, in the ‘Match of the Round’, Cessnock is set to take on Macquarie Scorpions at Cessnock Sports Ground. Cessnock will be stinging from the late match stealer Wests managed last Sunday, whilst Macquarie will be fresh from the first round bye. At 5.30pm on Saturday, Lakes United will play host to Kurri Kurri. Both teams suffered defeats last weekend and will be looking to bounce back quickly to get their 2013 seasons going. At 3pm Sunday, the resurgent Port Stephens Sharks will clash with South Newcastle. Both first round winners, this clash should provide some quality footy, as they look to build on successful starts to their campaigns. Don’t forget to log on to our website

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ast Cessnock Bowlers have once again come to the fore in the Hunter District Championships. Troy Burton and Clint Doust are through to the final of the District Pairs, where they will take on Kurri’s Nathan Dawson and Aaron Appleby. Simon Mitchell and Clint Doust have advanced to the semi-finals of the District Singles event and will also take on Nathan Dawson and Aaron Appleby in this round. Mick Parkinson will represent ECBC in the semi-finals of the Hunter District Senior Over 60s Singles Championship.

East Cessnock Ladies Bowling Club member, Shirley Sneesby, will represent our club in the Australian Deaf Championships in Melbourne and we wish her well. The Australian Indoor Singles Qualifiers will again be held this June long weekend. Players are asked to check the RNSWBA website or call into ECBC for an entry form. ECBC will also be staging the Hallam Pairs Mens Tournament on August 24 and 25, with $4000 prize money. Interested players can call Paul Wesche on 4990 1444 for more information.


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aitland Grossman High School student, Nicola Blatchford, will soon be pounding the wild trails of Europe with map and compass in hand, after being selected to represent Australia at the Junior World Orienteering Championships (JWOC) in the Czech Republic this July. The 17-year-old Ashtonfield resident finished a respectable sixth out of 19 competitors in the Elite Junior Women’s class at the Gold ‘n Ponds orienteering event in Bendigo over Easter to qualify for the international event. Miss Blatchford said she was looking forward to competing at the top level, having watched her older brother, Josh, take part in previous JWOC events in Italy and Poland. “It’s really exciting,” she said. “I probably would never think of going to the Czech Republic normally.” As well as competing at the JWOC in the city of Hradec Králové in the Czech Republic, Miss Blatchford will travel with her parents and older brother – all keen orienteers – to the World Orienteering Championships in Finland to compete in spectator races. The family will also take part in another competition in Northern Sweden before returning to Australia. Miss Blatchford said she would love to continue orienteering in the future and is

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considering joining her older brother – now living in Sweden – in Europe to be closer to the elite competition circuit. “I hope to keep on doing it and maybe I

can go to the World Champs when I get older but it would be really good to go overseas and to compete there,” Miss Blatchford said. The JWOC is on from June 29 to July 6.


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