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Maitland City Council will write to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) about the flooding of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow after flood waters inundated the road earlier this month, leading to its week-long closure. At the recent Council meeting, Councillor Bob Geohegan moved an urgent item of business asking Council to write to the RMS requesting that they urgently consider upgrading the road...

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nions NSW’s ‘Rate Barry’ campaign has continued to build momentum, with a protest and mobile billboard parked outside Maitland train station last week serving as a reminder to the community of the two-year anniversary of the O’Farrell Government. Unions NSW Secretary, Mark Lennon, was in town for the rally and encouraged Maitlandites to fi ll out a report card on the government’s performance to date. “A lot of people think Barry O’Farrell is a ‘do nothing’ premier,� Mr Lennon said. “The message we’re sending here is ‘no, he’s actually doing a lot, but none of it is to the benefit of working people in NSW’.� Mr Lennon listed the cuts to public service jobs, changes to workers’ compensation benefits and funding reductions to health and education, as just some of the flaws of this government, which he claimed needs to “lift its game�, and telling Mr O’Farrell to ask former PM, John Howard, about not taking into consideration the concerns of working people. Newcastle Trades Hall Council Secretary, Gary Kennedy, said the Hunter has experienced a “fairly substantial hit� and he urged locals to fi ll out the report card on the Unions NSW website, so they have specific feedback to present to local State Members. So far, local results from the scorecard (239 respondents) show an overall average rating of 1.7 out of 10 when it comes to Maitland residents’ satisfaction with the Government. When asked specifically about investment in jobs, transport, infrastructure, health, education and public assets, as well as looking after the community more generally, the results also

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hursday’s leadership-spillthat-never-was and the antics of the Federal Labor MPs concerned will go down in history as a farce of epic proportions. But two other events happened on the same day that are worthy of note. In what has become a hallmark of this Government, important and significant achievements tend to be overshadowed by infighting. On Thursday morning, the Prime Minister delivered an historic apology to mothers, children and families who were affected by the practice of forced adoption between the 1950s-70s. And in an exciting development for Hunter families and support agencies who care for people with disabilities, the National Disability Insurance Scheme bill was approved by the House of Representatives on Thursday and will soon become law. Th is means that an independent body will be created to work with people with a disability. For the fi rst time, funding will be provided from an assessment of people’s needs, rather than just what is allocated in a budget. Realistic care and support will be given to around 140,000 people around the State, for the fi rst time in our history. Th is is certainly something to talk about.

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he motocross world is mourning the loss of young daredevil rider, Tyrone Gilks, after an accident whilst practicing for his latest world record attempt claimed the life of the 19-year-old late last week. Gilks was due to appear at the Maitland Bike and Hotrod Show at Maitland Showground on Saturday where he was to attempt to break the current 250cc 2stroke jump record but during rehearsals for the 310-foot jump on Thursday, Gilks sustained serious chest injuries after crashing his bike into the apex of the down ramp. According to Maitland duty officer Inspector Greg Blain, Gilks had already successfully completed the jump that morning but said things went wrong on his second attempt at around 10:40am. Gilks was taken to the John Hunter Hospital where he underwent surgery but he later died of his injuries. Police officers from the Newcastle Crash Investigation Unit are assessing footage of the crash and will prepare a report for the coroner. Tributes began pouring in on Gilks’ Facebook athlete page and on a dedicated ‘R.I.P Tyrone Gilks’ page on Thursday afternoon with many friends and fans taking solace in the fact that the talented teen passed away doing something that he loved. Gilks will be remembered as a skilled rider who claimed his fi rst 65cc distance jump record at 11-years-old, before going on to claim the 85cc and 125cc titles by the age of 16.

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unter MP Joel Fitzgibbon has announced that he will step down from his position as the Federal Government’s chief whip at the next Labor caucus meeting when parliament resumes after the Easter break. The announcement followed last Thursday’s Labor leadership spill which saw its instigator, Simon Crean, sacked from his ministerial positions and MPs Martin Ferguson, Chris Bowen, Ed Husic, Janelle Saffi n, Richard Marles and Senator Kim Carr step down from their portfolios. Defending his actions on his Facebook page on Thursday evening, Mr Fitzgibbon said he had stood up for what he believed was a better option for his electorate and the country. “A bit more than half my colleagues in Canberra expressed a different view,” he wrote. “Fair enough, I’ll just keep holding Tony Abbott to account and continue to ensure our electorate receives the support it deserves.” Mr Fitzgibbon still plans to contest his seat at the coming election. Hunter MP, Joel Fitzgibbon

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he great American football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.” Confidence is something there isn’t much of in the Federal Labor Party at the moment, and if Thursday’s bizarre events are anything to go by, it will be a long time before confidence returns for Labor both internally and in the minds of the public. In fact, if anything, the “leadership challenge that wasn’t” late on Thursday only further pushes Labor and Julia Gillard down a bottomless pit from which there is seemingly no escape. In short, Simon Crean fi red the gun on Thursday afternoon but the bullet had no venom. Whilst it forced Labor into the inevitable – a Caucus meeting to discuss the leadership – it was clear as the afternoon progressed that Kevin Rudd did not have the numbers to topple the Prime Minister. The result is that Labor MPs missed what I believe is their last realistic chance to change leaders ahead of what most predict will be a bloodbath on September 14. It is difficult now to imagine how changing captains of the ship any closer to the election than now could have any positive impact, and those

who continued to support Gillard on Thursday now must live with their decision, go down with the ship and deal with the consequences. That’s not to say that Rudd would have won the election. But all the discussions behind people’s backs, the whispers in the corridors and the leaks to the media must stop now – for the good of both the party and the nation. Labor had its chance to change jockeys, and it chose not to. It should now be “case closed”. For Labor to have any chance at the September 14 election, the confidence in Julia Gillard must be contagious across the entire party. Labor must be united. The reality is that Thursday’s events have surely done nothing to improve the standing of Labor in people’s minds. In fact, the electorate probably feels more lost and unsure than ever before. As it stands, Labor is a rabble. In history, the events of last Thursday will go down as hurtful, unnecessary and destabilising to Labor during a time of immense crisis. It will also go down as a time in which the Coalition enjoyed one almighty free ride thanks to the other side of politics being a disastrous mess.

Pair attack officers A man and woman will face court next month charged with assaulting two police officers in Woodberry. At about 11.30pm on Saturday, March 23, police were called to Lark Street following reports a number of people were fighting on the street. Police were told two men had entered a building where a party was being hosted and assaulted two men and two women. Officers arrested a 19-year-old man in a nearby licensed premises and placed him in the rear of a police caged truck. Meanwhile, a hotel nearby closed and a number of people started to walk away from the area. A 40-year-old man was issued a move on direction by police but failed to comply and continued to use offensive language toward them and others. Officers attempted to arrest the man, who resisted, and became aggressive toward them. They deployed OC spray to subdue him and a struggle ensued, with both him and a male constable falling to the ground. A second officer attempted to intervene when a 42-year-old woman kicked him to the back. Officers took the pair to Maitland Police Station, where they were granted conditional bail to appear in Maitland Local Court on Monday, April 15.


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Councils continue to urge for upgrade to flood-prone Cessnock Road AMELIA PARROTT

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aitland City Council will write to the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) about the flooding of Cessnock Road at Testers Hollow after flood waters inundated the road earlier this month, leading to its week-long closure. At the recent Council meeting, Councillor Bob Geohegan moved an urgent item of business asking Council to write to the RMS requesting that they urgently consider upgrading the road to reduce the impact of flooding, which regularly results in the closure of the road for extended periods. Cr Geohegan implored Council to act on the issue as the RMS have no plans to upgrade the road, despite their own forecasts suggesting traffic on the road will more than double once the Hunter Expressway is opened later this year, from 8,300 cars per day to 18,000 cars per day.. Cr Geohegan said Cessnock Road was a crucial link between Maitland and the F3 Freeway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cessnock Road was closed in 2007, in that flood event,â&#x20AC;? Cr Geohegan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the time there was no link, except for John Renshaw Drive, to get to Cessnock and the F3.â&#x20AC;? In seconding the motion, Councillor

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spokesperson said they had no plans to raise the section of the road at Testers Hollow, citing that until this month the floodway had not been closed since 2007. Cessnock Mayor, Bob Pynsent, has also requested an urgent meeting with

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aster will be looking a whole lot sweeter for the residents of Maitland-based domestic violence refuge and service provider Carrie’s Place this year, with local gymnasiums Anytime Fitness Thornton and Green Hills planning to donate chocolate eggs and soft toys to children and families. Anytime Fitness Thornton manager, Ellen Davies, said members had got behind the gymnasium’s appeal for donations. “We wanted to help out a local charity for Easter ...and thought Carrie’s Place was a really good charity to support,” she said. “There are a lot of members here who want to do something for the community so this gives them an avenue to be able to do that.” Carrie’s Place manager, Jan McDonald, said the donations would go a long way to helping families in the refuge over the Easter period and the many more that access Carrie’s Place services. “We will have 12 children and five women in the refuge over Easter,” Ms McDonald explained. “The children in our crisis accommodation are our number one priority...and putting a smile on their face is the most important thing. “Many of our women just don’t have the energy emotionally or fi nancially to celebrate Easter, so our children will be very grateful.”

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EASTER 2013 ARRANGEMENTS Council operating hours and services will be changed during the forthcoming Easter period. The following arrangements will apply during that period: ȏ$GPLQLVWUDWLRQ%XLOGLQJ Close: 5.00pm on Thursday, 28 March Reopen: Tuesday, 2 April ȏ/LEUDULHV Ȃ5XWKHUIRUGDQG7KRUQWRQ/LEUDULHV Close: 5.00pm; and Ȃ0DLWODQGDQG(DVW0DLWODQG/LEUDULHV Close: 7.00pm on Thursday, 28 March Reopen: Tuesday, 2 April ȏ9LVLWRUΖQIRUPDWLRQ&HQWUH Closed: Good Friday only

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 4.00pm on Friday, 3 May 2013.

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES +817(59$//(<67($0)(67 The annual ‘Steamfest’ is to be held on the weekend of Saturday, 13 and Sunday, 14 April 2013. The following temporary road closures WRYHKLFXODUWUDɝFRQO\ DQGSDUNLQJ restrictions have been approved by Council: ȏ6HWXSDQGSUHVHQWDWLRQRI6WHDPIHVW VWDOOVDQGDPXVHPHQWV Midnight Thursday, 11 April to midnight Sunday, 14 April 2013: – Maitland Railway Station sealed car park;

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– Walker Street between New England Highway roundabout and Elgin Street; – Internal road through Maitland Park between Main Entrance and Swimming Pool. Council also proposes to implement the usual temporary parking restrictions in various streets for Steamfest, to assist with the movement of public transport and public safety around the main Steamfest site in the vicinity of Maitland Railway Station. ‘No Stopping’ restrictions will be placed on both sides of the New England Highway from Church Street to the Trzecinski Bridge, and on both sides of Cessnock Road for 100m from the roundabout. A complete list of the parking restrictions can be obtained by contacting the Service Planning & Regulation Division on 4934 9700.

– Church Street between Ken Tubman Drive and Les Darcy Drive; – Elgin Street between Olive Street and Railway Line; – Olive Street between Church Street and Elgin Street; – Railway Street between Church Street and Elgin Street;

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE &20081Ζ7<*5$176352*5$0Ȃ 6(&7Ζ21 Maitland City Council is seeking applications for the Community Grants Program.

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ast week we celebrated some of our most valuable community members â&#x20AC;&#x201C; senior citizens. To mark Senior Citizens Week, a very special guest came to town â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the talented and astounding Lonnie Lee! Always a favourite of mine, I was happy to hear the sound of his voice and watch our guests singing along and dancing up a storm in the Town Hall. When you close your eyes and hear Lonnieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s voice, his band, the Leeman, playing and the applause of the crowd, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not hard to wind the clock back fi fty years and imagine the Town Hall as it was then, in what is so rightly called â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;the good old daysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. In fact, many of the people there would have met their spouses at that very same place, at one of the many dances held in Maitland Town Hall. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to believe that music we now consider to be old fashioned was considered so outrageous that Lonnie

Lee was once banned from the Town Hall for two years after his audience damaged the furniture they were dancing on! In saying this though, rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; roll dancing is certainly not outdated, with many people now seeking to learn the colourful and expressive style of movement. Gary Hague at the Telarah Bowling Club holds lessons for many keen rock â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;nâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rollers and I certainly hope they keep their practice up because I have made a commitment to the community that I will ensure Lonnie Lee returns in 2014 for another fantastic Seniors Week event. Th is yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Seniors Week theme was â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Living Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s defi nitely what Maitland seniors are all about. As you go about living it up this Easter, I wish you a very safe, happy and holy holiday break. Please donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the true meaning of Easter â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and, please, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t eat too much chocolate!

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Church, 150 Beaumont St, Hamilton. 4963 3482. 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. 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 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 Mensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 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 Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church Hall. 0427 330 771. East Maitland Pine Tree GAPS Support group: (Grandparents as Parents Support) Tue during school terms 10am-12pm. St Petersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. 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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Weeding out the enemy Local landholders encouraged to learn about controlling noxious weeds

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andholders are being encouraged to attend a free field day in the Maitland Vale area to see fi rst-hand the impacts of African olive and lantana and watch practical demonstrations of different techniques to assist in controlling the aggressive weeds. Staff from the Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) and Maitland City Council will be joined by African olive expert, Dr Peter Cuneo, who will speak about the ecology of the African olive and share some of his in-depth knowledge about the noxious weed. CMA Project Officer, Lorna Adlem, said a collaborative and ongoing effort involving local landholders and community members is essential for controlling the species. “Weeds don’t stop at boundary fences…their paths of destruction continue into neighbouring properties, into pasture and along creeks, ridges and slopes across the landscape,” Ms Adlem explained. “The CMA coordinates field days across the Hunter-Central Rivers region to help community members treat infestations in their area.” Recognised as one of the worst weeds in the Hunter, the African olive was originally introduced to the area as a hedging plant and as root stock for the common table olive.

CMA Project Officer, Lorna Adlem, inspects the fruit of an African olive tree

African olive invades native bushland, paddocks and cleared land, growing up to 15 metres high. It also prevents the growth of

understorey species, including both native and pasture grasses. Large infestations can lead to significant soil erosion.

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Beresfield

Good Friday, 10am, 3pm, Saturday 7pm

Cessnock

Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 11am, 3pm, Saturday, 7pm, Easter Sunday, 8am, 10.30am

East Maitland

Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 10am, 3pm, Saturday 9am, 7pm, Easter Sunday 6am, 8.30am

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Good Friday 10am, 3pm, Easter Sunday 9.30am, 10am

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Thursday, 7pm, Good Friday 10am, 3pm, Saturday 7pm, Easter Sunday 9am

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Easter Sunday, 9.30am

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Thursday 7pm, Good Friday 10am, 3pm, Saturday 7pm, Easter Sunday 8.20am

Morpeth

Good Friday 3pm, Easter Sunday 7.15am

Rutherford

Good Friday 10am, 3pm, Easter Sunday 8am

For more information, visit www.mn.catholic.org.au/news-events/special-events/easter-2013

An Easter message from acting Bishop Peter Stuart

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am not entirely sure who reads the Easter reflections in our newspapers but I am glad that you are. Perhaps you are a Christian who is looking for encouragement from a church leader. Perhaps you are a person who is thinking about spiritual things and wondering if Christianity has the answers you are looking for. This year I am writing to those who are searching or enquiring. If you were to walk into most Anglican churches on Good Friday you would be struck by the barrenness before your eyes. The flowers and decorations have been removed or covered. You might see a bare wooden cross at the front of the church. If you were to return on Easter Day the space is quite different. The brass will be shining and there will be lots of flowers. With these simple actions we move from the sombre to the joyful. There is no real doubt that Jesus existed. This view is supported by most modern scholars of ancient times including people who would not describe themselves as Christian. The vast majority affirm that Jesus was crucified by order of the local Roman leader - Pontius Pilate.

From here, Christians point to the amazing movement that occurred in which people who had been despondent and fearful spoke about the tomb being empty and seeing Jesus again. The witness of Christians is that all of this did happen and they point to the records of the early church in the New Testament. They testified that love and hope could not be quenched and that evil and hurt would not prevail. They proclaimed that death is not the end. Christians say that the New Testament accounts are reliable. They are accounts written in the language and styles of the day. They help us understand what occurred and the difference it made in peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. Jesus spoke about forgiveness for people weighed down by their wrongdoing and mistakes. He encouraged people to treat others with dignity. He confronted religious authorities that caused harm. He invited people to know God more deeply. God who they sensed and who they had heard about. If you are spiritually searching you may find hope in the worship of Good Friday and Easter Day with

its movement from death to life. You may find in the Christian Scriptures the way of understanding God and life that gives you new direction. My prayer is that you will find God in your searching and my pledge is that our churches will take your pilgrimage seriously. Easter Greetings Bishop Peter Stuart, Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

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Sugar under the microscope

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ou may have heard there was a bill proposed in America to ban huge ‘buckets’ of soft drink being sold at some shops. But the trillion dollar sugar industry fought it through the courts and got it thrown out. According to the New York Times, on May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called ‘Sugar: The Bitter Truth’, which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed over 3 million times. Lustig is a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders and the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California. Lustig is willing to insist publicly and unambiguously, when most researchers are not, that sugar is a toxic substance that people abuse. In Lustig’s view, sugar should be thought of like cigarettes and alcohol, as something that’s killing us. If Lustig is right, then our excessive consumption of sugar is the primary reason that obesity and diabetes has skyrocketed in the past 30 years. But his argument implies more than that. If Lustig is right, it would mean that

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sugar is also the likely dietary cause of several other chronic ailments widely considered to be diseases of Western lifestyles – heart disease, hypertension and many common cancers among them. It’s one thing to suggest, as most nutritionists will, that a healthy diet includes more fruits and vegetables, and maybe less fat, red meat and salt. It’s entirely different to claim that one particularly cherished aspect of our diet might not just be an unhealthy indulgence but actually be toxic, that when you bake your children a birthday cake or give them lemonade on a hot summer day, you may be doing them more harm than good, despite all the love that goes with it. Suggesting that sugar might kill us is what zealots do. But Lustig, who has genuine expertise, has accumulated and synthesised a mass of evidence, which he fi nds compelling enough to convict sugar. His critics, of course, consider that evidence insufficient, and wish he would shut up, but we need to at least be allowed to have an open discuss about the issue.

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ast year I booked a trip to Europe and at the time, it hardly seemed real because the trip was more than six months away. Now, it is the end of March and my trip seems a whole lot closer. As it is my fi rst overseas trip in a while, I am beginning to feel the pressure of being unprepared. My Nan, Gill, is a very experienced traveller so I have been asking her advice to try and gauge what I still need to do before I leave. With the help of my wonderful Nan, I have put together a list of tips to remember when packing or preparing for a holiday, as I am sure that I am not the only person who is unprepared for an upcoming trip! 1. Always take a very small sewing kit with you because you never know when you will need to make some emergency repairs, especially if it is on something that can’t be replaced! 2. Take a small amount of clothes for the opposite season to the one that you will be in, especially if you are travelling to the other side of the world, because you never really know

what the weather is like over there and might fi nd that their summer is a little cooler than ours. 3. Be thoughtful when packing shoes. I am the kind of person who will pack as many shoes as possible but Nan assures me that less is best! Limit it to one comfy pair and one pair for going out (I think this is a rule that I am destined to break...) 4. When thinking about underwear, people often try to pack as much as possible, but you only really need three pairs of lightweight, easy to dry undies that you can wash regularly. 5. Pack one or two bits of jewellery because Nan says it will “bring that outfit up” and can change an outfit completely, which is great if you need to re-wear something! 6. After being jammed in a suitcase, it is likely that you will have more than a couple of creases in your clothes, so packing a travelling iron is an essential. 7: Make sure you leave some space in the suitcase as you will defi nitely need room for all the extra clothes, handbags and shoes that you will buy when you are away!

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

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

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With so much activity in your own sign, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be looking good, feeling good and ready to explore new possibilities. You can fi nally push forward with all that is important to you, but that doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean you have carte blanche to be selfish. From here on in you have a chance to be more in control of your emotions and your life. You are certainly going to be irresistible, so why not let your hair down!

LIBRA SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 23

There are a lot of little things that could seem quite comfortable, but at the same time little niggles, mainly to do with family issues, could arise. Originality is the key to ultimate success and you might also be anxious to get things done in and around your home. The past exerts a powerful influence and many happy memories shall come floating back of your childhood and of times gone by.

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You need to draw on your intuition and instincts rather than try and work things out rationally. You may also feel like spending more time alone, especially if you have a relationship issue to work out or your energy levels are low and need recharging. Use this quiet time to fi nd out more about yourself and any hidden agendas or motivations that you might have. Walks by the sea and listening to music will uplift you.

GEMINI MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

The Sun will be moving through the area of your chart devoted to team effort, friends and acquaintances, so you can confidently look forward to lots of good advice and support. Hopefully you are not too proud to accept the counsel of others and will take it in the spirit in which it is given. If you work as part of a team youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be in your element as this is defi nitely a time for co-operation and fi nding ways of motivating everyone.

CANCER JUNE 22 TO JULY 22

You are entering into a period when your one-on-one relationships take paramount importance and you will be doing everything in your power to make your loved ones feel special and cared for. Try not to be too pushy or too sensitive for your own good, instead be more aware of the high regard that others have for you. It should be easy to bring others around to your point of view in a subtle way.

LEO JULY 23 TO AUGUST 23

VIRGO It is important to believe in yourself and not to allow little failures to fi ll your mind. If things do go wrong, your best response at present is to pick up the pieces and start again immediately. Th is is the perfect time to turn your mind to romantic and social trends which are going to be rather excellent. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to leave practical jobs alone and to focus on having some fun with your children or family.

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SAGITTARIUS NOVEMBER 23 TO DECEMBER 21

Whilst this is an action-packed time, you need to be careful of becoming stressed out by trying to take on too many tasks at the same time, which is why pacing yourself would be a very good idea. Remember what your strengths are and concentrate on them. Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the needs of someone you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see too often, but for whom you have the greatest regard. Financially there will be opportunities to make extra money.

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Th is is going to be a great time for pushing forward; the planets are offering new incentives,and even if you are still feeling quite thoughtful, you can come to terms with issues that confused you in the past. You have all the right ingredients to impress others when it matters most as energy, enthusiasm and optimism are there to help you get ahead. You are also exuding mysticism, which is highly attractive.

AQUARIUS JANUARY 21 TO FEBRUARY 19

Beware of possible deception, which could come from any direction. It might be that you are being misled by people who are themselves in the dark, and some investigation is clearly called for. Periods of enjoyment could come from the strangest of places or directions. You will be very drawn to the religious or spiritual aspects of life at the moment. Allow extra time for rest and recuperation.

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You shall be tackling several different tasks at the same time and with so many planets in your third house, you will be very chatty to neighbours. Th is is the ideal time to take a short break or to visit loved ones who live in the country or on the coast. There is a lot of paperwork for you to handle at the moment and you will also be taking several short distance trips around your local neighbourhood.

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ove him or hate him, there’s no denying that Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson is an Australian comedy icon. For the past 29 years, Wilson has been waging war against the wowsers with his unique and utterly crude larrikin humour and he is showing no signs of slowing down, embarking on a 12-date tour that will bring him to both Hexham Bowling Club and Charlestown Bowling Club next month. “I just f***ing love touring, mate,” Wilson enthused in his typical ‘Strine drawl. “It doesn’t really matter where I’m playing, I always have a bloody ball – the best part of what I do, what I’m all about, is live performance.” Joining Wilson on the tour will be his daughter, with the risqué stage name of Jenny Talia, and he said he was as proud as punch that his daughter could match the comedy legend in the bawdy stakes. “It’s bloody wonderful that she’s on the road with me,” he said. “She was actually a very good country singer and she was based in Nashville for two years. “I was doing a pretty big tour in the UK and she saw my dates on my website and called me up and said ‘Dad, you need a support act, you can’t do all those shows yourself’ and I said ‘I’d love to, but I just can’t find anyone’

and then she replied ‘Dad, I’ve been f***ing your songs up for years’ which I had no idea about. She also had a bunch of other songs – party pieces – that she would pull out for her friends that are just bloody hilarious.” Wilson’s career started out more as a hobby, playing a selection of bawdy songs at pubs, football clubs and for mates. In 1984, he made the leap into the recording world with ‘Your Average Australian Yobbo’ – a cassette that was sold via mail order and at gigs. Songs like ‘The Festival of Life’, ‘Country Bumpkin’ and his hilarious reworking of Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ obviously resonated with the inner yobbo in the Australian music buying public as the album sold 22,000 copies before being transferred to LP, where it went on to sell thousands more and launch a career that has seen Wilson release 14 albums and carve himself into the fabric of Australian culture. He has travelled the world with his music and his fan-base stretches from Broken Hill to Buckingham Palace (the likes of Kerry Packer, Prince Charles and John Laws all fans). “When I started doing this, I had no idea that there was a career in it, so I’m constantly amazed that I’m still doing it,” he said. “Because of that I’ve never been dollar-driven, it’s all about fun. So, when it stops being fun, that’s when it’s time for me to f**k off.” Wilson, who has been doing battle

with political correctness for his entire career, with the DILLIGAF (Do I Look Like I Give A F**K) slogan his clarion call, said that while there seems to be a never-ending line of wowsers, he’s still having fun sticking it to them. “Yeah, they keep sending the troops to enforce this f***ing political correctness bulls**t, and it really does make me laugh,” he said. “Phrases like holy war or police service just break me up. There’s a line in my song ‘Common Sense’, which says ‘What starts out as jargon ends up as f***ing law – ’cause common sense ain’t that common anymore’. “And I think really, deep down, most people have enough common sense to see through the crap.” Now in his 65th year, Wilson is about to add another feather to his cap, that of documentarian, with a new series that explores the etymology of various music genres called ‘Rhythms and Roots’. “I’ve been playing music for 50 years now in various forms and music has always been the bedrock of everything I’ve done,” he said. “I’ve always been fascinated by it so

I wanted to have a look at some of the music that inspired me and find out where it came from.” Set out in 12-parts, the doco will see Wilson and his daughter travel the globe to discover various musical histories. As a kicker, each episode will see Wilson write a song that remains true to each genre. “Mate, it was a brilliant experience – we went to Nashville and worked with Charlie Pride, we were with the Soweto Choir in South Africa and in Scotland we found a brilliant pipe and drum band called The Red Hot Chili Pipers. It was such an eye-opening experience and I can’t wait for it to hot the TV screens.” Catch Kevin ‘Bloody’ Wilson when he plays at Hexham Bowling Club on Tuesday, April 19.


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of getting a covers set together and we went into the studio to record some snippets of covers to use for promotional purposes,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had been writing a fair bit of stuff on acoustic guitar that wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really suitable for the other projects I was involved in and we ended up laying down five original tracks during that session.â&#x20AC;? Listening back to the sessions, the trio discovered that while covers sounded good, it was the original tracks that had the real legs so they set about giving the already recorded tracks a polish as well as writing a few more to complete â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Under The Wireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201C; and the end result is an alluring mix of hookier than Rex Huntâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tackle box guitar lines, a bit of soulful funk, blues and even the odd ballad for good measure. Catch The Hot Yogis when they play at the Wickham Park Hotel on Thursday, March 28.

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Located in the main street of Greta this lovely home offers the astute buyer A variety of opportunities. With excellent road exposure it is a perfect location for professional rooms or offices, or to live in and enjoy. Full of charm and character, it has high ceilings, air conditioning, fresh paint and carpet through out, a new kitchen and more. The floor plan is wonderfully flexible, giving you choices of having 5 separate offices plus waiting/ reception area or 3 bedrooms with 2 living areas plus a study or 4 bedrooms with a variety of living & study area. Set on a large block of 870m you have wide side access to the spacious yard and extra large double garage & tool shed. The yard is securely fenced making it ideal for children and pets. For a professional it offers lots of room for onsite parking but also plenty of street parking.

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PRICE INSPECT CONTACT

$345,000 By Appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

4 BED 1 BATH 2 CAR

Surrounded by quality homes is this level 581sqm corner block on the high side of the street. One of the last in the area, and in the new land release it presents as great buying in the ever popular township of Heddon Greta. Perfectly positioned to capitalise on the new Hunter Expressway it is within easy reach of the vineyards & Maitland and will be ideal for those working in the mining industry. The vendor is ready to sell and is willing to listen to offers. The adjoining block is also for sale.

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IDEAL FAMILY HOME This warm and inviting brick home is on a level 1/4 acre block with rear lane access. Recent refurbishment includes new colourbond roof, new kitchen with dishwasher, new carpet and fresh paint throughout. With wide shady full length verandahs front and back and a north facing aspect the home has full enjoyment of winter sun and summer shades. There are 3 generous bedrooms, 2 with built ins and new curtains. The rear yard is fenced and 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 and a cosy open fireplace. With good side access and also a rear lane there is easy entry to the large 1083sqm block. Low maintenance gardens, several mature fruit trees and bush outlook at rear creates a very relaxed family lifestyle.

Surrounded by quality homes is this level 451sqm block on the high side of the street. One of the last in the area, and in the new land release it presents as great buying in the ever popular township of Heddon Greta. Perfectly positioned to capitalise on the new Hunter Expressway it is within easy reach of the vineyards & Maitland and will be ideal for those working in the mining industry. The vendor is ready to sell and is willing to listen to offers. The adjoining block is also for sale.

PRICE INSPECT CONTACT

For more information, phone PRD Nationwide Hunter Valley on 4934 2000 or listing agents Luke Anderson or Jessica Dixon on 0408 976 509. Inspect: By appointment.

$129,000 By Appointment Stacey Pethers 0407 011 818

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LOCHINVAR A RARE FIND

Set on 30 level acres with creek frontage, and fantastic road exposure. A wide bitumen driveway leads you to a fully surfaced carpark for 28 cars. You can then choose between 2 homes. The main house is designed to encompass the lovely relaxing views from all angles of the home. It has 5 enormous bedrooms, of which the master suite has an ensuite with spa bath, a dressing / make up room, & walk in robe room. There are several open plan living areas, with A/C, & wood heaters, opening to the wide verandah. A modern timber kitchen makes cooking a breeze. Outdoors you have a sparkling in ground pool, full sized tennis court and a separate room, currently used as a billiard room. Sitting privately away from the main home, the second home is only 4 years old, with 2 bedrooms, A/C open plan kitchen and living & sliding doors opening to gorgeous front and rear covered patios. Each home is surrounded with secure child and pet friendly fencing. Water is plentiful with several tanks, plus a 2 meg PID, plus unlimited pumping rights from the creek. Located in the heart of the vineyards only a short drive to Cessnock, Maitland or Singleton, it also has a Lifetime DA for a mini golf & driving range, or can even be used for tourist accommodation, or business purposes.

Located in Lochinvar surrounded by rural peace and beauty is this lovely Fully renovated home. It is rare to find such a property in this area. Seated on 7000sqm (almost 2 acres) of totally level land with wide road frontage the home is full of quality inclusions. Consisting of 4 queen sized bedrooms PLUS a study. The main bedroom holds a king sized bed comfortably & features 3 built in robes and wonderful ensuite with spa bath. Storage is a big feature throughout the home. All of the bathrooms are newly renovated, plus new tiled floors, new carpet,fresh paint etc all through the home. An incredible 1 month old gourmet kitchen is to die for ! You have a gourmet gas stainless steel stove & range hood, dishwasher, large walk in corner pantry and granite bench tops. Wide kitchen windows offer peaceful rural views over the property and beyond. There is loads of room to build that dream shed or pool, or to own a pony. Secure dog proof fencing surrounds the property. Local schools, post office & doctor are only minutes away, plus you have school bus at the front gate.

PRICE INSPECT CONTACT

$1,195,000 By Appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

AUCTION

POOL 7 BED 4 BATH 5 CAR

INSPECT CONTACT

4th April, 6pm 107 Newcastle Rd, East Maitland By Appointment Cathy Cattell 4934 2000

4 BED 2 BATH 2 CAR

LOCHINVAR CHECK THIS OUT!

Set on 1024sqm with an ENORMOUS back yard which offers the possibility of rear access and 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 and 4 spacious bedrooms allows room for all the family.

Set on a fantastic 2 acres, corner position, in the heart of Lochinvar, is this great opportunity.

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 and the rural scenery at the rear of the property. The double garage gives you security with internal entry. With a park reserve at the rear and seated at the end of a cul-de-sac, peace and quiet is assured.

This is the first time this property has been offered for sale.

AUCTION

AUCTION 4 BED 2 BATH 2 CAR

Nestled in one corner of the block is a cute weatherboard 3 bedroom home. It is roomy, has high ceilings, air conditioning, ceiling fans and in good order. With a coat of paint and new floor coverings the home offers you a nice place to live or a rental potential of $350 - $380 per week. There is an extra large lock up shed and town water. Situated in a quiet street only minutes from schools, local shop & public transport.

INSPECT CONTACT

18th April, 6pm 107 Newcastle Rd, East Maitland By Appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

4934 2000

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18th April, 6pm 107 Newcastle Rd, East Maitland By Appointment Cathy Cattell 0414 697 424

It offers you a number of choices - build your dream home, live in the existing Original 3 bedroom home OR invest and wait for the future development of the area.

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Hotly contested matches in the semis

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his week at ECBC we had the Club Championship Fours Semi-Finals. In two hotly contested matches, Keith Lucas, Danny Mathieson, Steve Fairfull and Captain Brilliant Phil Cornford downed the defending champions Ken Hallam, Sam Clough, Jon Dimopoulos and Simon Mitchell 19-7. The other semi-fi nal went down to the wire and Troy Burton, Marc Bender, Clint Doust and Mick Cronin snuck home 22-21 over John Ross, Bob Mills, Glen See and Ross Patterson. All members of ECBC would like to wish Troy Burton and Clint Doust good luck when they contest the fi nal of the Hunter District Pairs against Nathan Dawson and Aaron Appleby from Kurri. The Friday Evening 2 Bowl Singles is off and running at ECBC. Th is popular competition kicks off at 6pm every 2nd Friday evening and is played in round robin sectional play format. The entry fee is $10 per head and all entry fees go back into the prize pool, with the winner on the night taking home 75 per cent and the runner-up 25 per cent.

In the fi rst competition we ran, Simon Mitchell defeated Jon Dimopoulos and last week we saw Jesse Herbert edge out Ian Jackson for the prize money. With Easter fast approaching, ECBC is staging 2 Bowls Galas totalling $1,000 prize money. On Easter Saturday, March 30 at 1pm, we will have Mixed Off the Board Triples: one game of 21 Ends Pointscore, $500 prize money. Then on Easter Monday, April 1, we have Open Nominated Pairs starting at 9.30am, with 2 Games of 10 ends wins margins to decide the $500 prize money. On both days the dress code will be mufti. Entries to Paul Wesche on 4990 1444. Come and enjoy some good bowls at ECBC. In Pennant news, ECBCs sides have had mixed results with all teams having had two wins and two losses. Th is coming week’s Round is crucial in the No1 Grade competition with a top of the table clash at ECBC between East Cessnock on 14 points and Maitland City on 16 points. More reports on this game next week. That’s all for this week’s column, may you all play to your potential and enjoy your time on the greens.

Here to stay: Bennett to remain at club, CEO says

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ewcastle Knights CEO, Matt Gidley, has responded to reports that coach Wayne Bennett is looking to break his four-year deal with the club, halfway through his contract, to return to take the reigns at his former team, the Brisbane Broncos. Gidley was forced to deny the reports that Bennett is considering a return to Brisbane, saying the only conversations he has had with Bennett about the

future concern the team and the 2013 season. Gidley confi rmed that Bennett was committed to the club and to Newcastle. The rumours of Bennett’s departure were fi rst aired in the Daily Telegraph, the Knights’ official newspaper, last week. The report cited the club’s fi nancial concerns and a desire to return home to family as the reasons behind a possible move.

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Shining performance Knights emerge with a win over the Vulcans in NSW Cup

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he Newcastle Knights NSW Cup team celebrated a 3010 win over the Auckland Vulcans at Cessnock Sportsground on Saturday. Late changes to the Knights line-up saw Will Smith move to the centres from five-eighth, Marvin Filipo switch to the second row from the centres and Matt Hilder join the team at lock. The Knights came out flying in the fi rst half with Filipo scoring down the left edge, with Mantellato converting to make it 6-0. Zane Tetevano, who returned to the NSW Cup this week after recovering from a hamstring injury, showed some great strength to stop the Vulcans from scoring in the corner. Newcastle continued to fi nd success down the left edge, next through Peter Mataâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;utia. Mantellato added the extras to make it 12-0. Fullback Kevin Naiqama showed some great pace to extend his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead by 18-points. With fi rst half winding down, Tupou forced his way over the line. Mantellato converted from out front to fi nalise the half time score 24-0. Just like they did in the fi rst

The Newcastle Knights NSW Cup team Photo: CHRIS BEAVON

half, the Knights dominated possession in the second and were rewarded with an early try to former under 20â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s player, Will Smith. Mantellato converted his fi fth goal of the match to take the score to 30-0. With the match nearing the end, Herman

Retzlaff found the line for the Vulcans, 30-6. Siosiua Taukeiaho followed Retzlaff â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead, with a try in the corner seconds from the bell. The Knights will next take on the Mounties at Hunter Stadium on Sunday. Kick-off is at 2pm.

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