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he poor public image surrounding public transport in the Hunter has prompted Maitland City Council to reaffi rm its support for the retention of the Newcastle heavy rail line, despite the decision to cut the line at Wickham having already been made. The move comes more than a month after NSW Minister for Planning, Brad Hazzard, announced that the Newcastle inner city rail line would be cut as part of the State Government’s Urban Renewal Strategy for Newcastle. In their submission to the Walking, Riding and Access to Public Transport Draft Report, Maitland City Council said they had “resolved to support retention of the heavy rail line to Newcastle railway station” because of its importance to Maitland residents commuting to Newcastle. The submission also revealed that the existing bus stop network required significant upgrades. Last month, Maitland MP Robyn Parker announced that Maitland would receive $120,000 funding from the State Government to install nine new bus shelters in Rutherford, Telarah, Maitland, Largs and Metford. Labor councillor and public transport advocate, Ben Whiting, said he was happy to hear about the updates to bus stops across Maitland but said more still needed to be done. “I was pleased to hear about the new shelters but a part of me thinks it may just be to appease the people who aren’t going to be able to catch the train into Newcastle when the rail line gets cut at Wickham,” Cr Whiting explained. “Regardless, I will be continuing to push within Council for increased services and better maintenance of existing shelters.”

TRIM FROM TOP Cessnock Councillor, Cordelia Burcham, says it’s time to trim from the top of Cessnock Council, with the organisation allegedly spending over a million dollars a year on five of its executives’ salaries. The Liberal Councillor will put forward a notice of motion at tonight’s meeting proposing that a committee be formed to review the structure of Council...and will also suggest that the current Executive team be downsized from five to four.

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t was something of a big news week (or half week, more accurately) at the end of last week, when some fairly sizeable announcements took many of us by surprise. Undoubtedly the biggest news story of the week was the naming of the federal election date (September 14), announced by the PM in an address to the nation’s political journalists in Canberra. For many, it’s a relief to know there’s an end date for this current parliament in sight, and time for many businesses and organisations to plan their year ahead, knowing when Australians will go to the polls. We seemed to be just starting to ponder the implications of such a strategy, when news broke that former Labor MP turned Independent, Craig Thomson, had been arrested rather sensationally and charged with 149 fraud offences relating to his time as HSU national secretary. The same day, we learnt that former Jets captain, Jobe Wheelhouse, would be leaving the club immediately, following a decision not to renew his contract for the next season. We wish Jobe all the best as he works out what to do next. And fi nally, we had the announcement of the Groovin the Moo line up, with the Post’s music experts and many people on Facebook and twitter unanimous in their excitement about this year’s line up. We’re looking forward to covering the Maitland music festival in late April.

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Their $400 adoption fee covers the dog’s de-sexing, vaccinations, flea and worm treatments, microchipping, and lifetime registration. Your support allows us to continue saving homeless dogs. There are more than 50 dogs available for adoption on the website: www. dogrescuenewcastle.com.au.

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7-year-old hip hop dancer takes out national championship MELISSAH COMBER

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ip hop dancer, Joseph Dufty, has the world at his 7-year-old feet. A love for dance and a desire to entertain has earned the Thornton Public student a National Champion title at last month’s National Showcase Finals. In the showcase, held at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast, Joseph competed against 170 others in the ‘7 and Under Hip Hop’ category and scored the highest on points. “We certainly weren’t expecting it,� said Joseph’s mother, Lendina Dufty. “We were only going along for the experience.� Joseph is no stranger to accolades, having made it to the fi nals on the international online competition, ‘Dance upon a Dream’ and being chosen to perform at the Fast and Fresh Festival in Sydney last year. He trains in classical ballet, jazz and breakdancing, but hip hop is his favourite. He also participates in street jams – casual get togethers with other hip hop dancers who are twice his age and older. “It’s really fun, and you get to meet new people,� he said. Next year, Joseph hopes to go one better than the National Showcase and win the opportunity to perform in the United States.

Joseph Dufty performing at last month’s National Showcase Finals

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ederal MPs and candidates across Newcastle and the Hunter signalled their readiness for this year’s federal election campaign, following the Prime Minister’s announcement last week that Australians will go to the polls on September 14. In announcing the date, the Prime Minister said: “It should be clear to all which are the days of governing, and which are the days of campaigning.� Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott, welcomed the announcement of the date, saying that the choice between the two parties “could not be clearer.� Over the weekend, prominent Labor Ministers, AttorneyGeneral Nicola Roxon and Senate Leader, Chris Evans, announced they would not be recontesting their seats. What did you think of the PM’s strategy to name the election date so early? Email your thoughts to editorial@newcastlepost. com.au.

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Resolution a pipe dream Frustration for man fighting Council over a drainage pipe on his block AMELIA PARROTT

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he excitement of getting onto the property ladder has turned to frustration for 23-year-old Darby Franklin after an 80-year-old Council drainage pipe was found to be running across the Greta Street, Telarah lot he purchased at auction two years ago. The location of the drain was incorrectly documented on Council plans and on numerous occasions, Council staff denied the drain existed, leaving Mr Franklin with a mortgage for a block of land that at present cannot be built on as it does not meet Maitland Development Control Plan requirements for stormwater management. Mr Franklin, who works in Melbourne as a mortgage broker, was unable to attend last week’s council meeting where his DA for a two-storey dwelling with engineer designed footings was refused despite Council at one point recommending the $4,000 footings as a means of addressing the drainage issues. Mr Franklin’s mother, Wendy Franklin, represented her son at the meeting. She believes Council should be willing to compromise as a sign of good faith. “Everybody makes mistakes, even Councils, and Maitland Council should be taking responsibility for theirs,” Mrs Franklin said. “My observation as a result of my

The Greta Street property and owner Darby Franklin (inset)

experience...is that there seems to be no communication across the levels at Council, which has sent us on a two-year journey around in circles.” Mr Franklin said the experience had been “very frustrating” and cost him an additional $18,000 in building and interest costs but hoped a compromise

could be made. “Ideally [Council] would move the drain into the street so we can build on the land,” he said. Maitland City Council have offered to purchase the land at its current value of $85,000, however both Mr Franklin and his mother do not believe this is fair as

the land was worth $105,000 before the Council drain was discovered. In a statement, Maitland City Council General Manager David Evans said: “Council staff have and will continue to work [to a] resolution of this matter in a manner acceptable to both the applicant and the Council.”

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Executive salaries under the spotlight in Cessnock Council debate TRICIA MOROSIN

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essnock Councillor, Cordelia Burcham, says it’s time to trim from the top of Cessnock Council, with the organisation allegedly spending over a million dollars a year on five of its executives’ salaries. At tonight’s Council meeting, the Liberal Councillor will put forward a notice of motion proposing that a committee be formed to review the structure of Council – a requirement of the Local Government Act. She will also suggest that the current Executive team be downsized from five to four “Group Leaders”, including the General Manager, pending a review by legal and fi nancial advisors. “I just think for a city of this size we have a top-heavy Executive,” she said. “We need to figure out how we can most wisely structure our Council [and] how it can most efficiently run without a top-heavy bureaucracy that’s just getting paid for the sake of it, meanwhile the community goes lacking.” Cr Burcham expects the current term’s “proactive” Councillors will endorse her motion and look for ways to improve the council’s dire fi nancial situation by making some structural changes. “In the last term of Council there was a restructure that was initiated by the current General Manager [Lea Rosser] and

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it was passed with a very slim majority and it had no fi nancial implications whatsoever for this community – it’s cost us over $1.5 million and I believe that experiment has failed,” Cr Burcham said. “Th is newly elected Council, I believe, is of a different mind [and] we’ve been

elected with a mandate to cut wasteful spending. We have to... spend wisely the money that we have.” General Manager, Lea Rosser, said the existing structure of Council was not “an experiment”, as suggested by Cr Burcham, and was supported by a strong majority of

Councillors. “The existing structure has worked very well...however I will be happy to provide alternative structure suggestions for the Councillors to consider, in line with legislative requirements,” Ms Rosser told the Post.

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re you or members of your family getting into cars with drivers who have been drinking? In 2002 I had the horrific experience of attending a motor vehicle collision in a small rural NSW town where two local young people were killed and one was severely and permanently injured The driver, who was found to be well in excess of the legal alcohol limit and speeding, was slightly injured in the collision and eventually spent some time in prison. Apart from attending the collision scene I also had the melancholic experience of informing the parents of the death of their children. Every year, NSW passengers die in motor vehicle collisions where the driver has been drinking alcohol prior to getting behind the wheel. All too often it is young people in an unguarded moment behind the wheel and in the passenger’s seat.

The RTA and police are constantly trying to get the message out in relation to drink driving and its consequences. Education and random breath testing has reduced alcoholrelated road deaths from 350 in 1982 to 70 last year. But 70 is still way too many. Now, as it always has been, is the time for passengers to say no to riding with intoxicated drivers. Parents should also be having this conversation with their children. On Saturday past, a 19-year-old man was detected driving erratically in Elgin Street, Maitland by local police. When stopped, the driver, who was on his P Plates ,and as such had a nil alcohol condition on his licence, was found to be over the alcohol limit for a fully licensed driver. At the time there was another young person in the car. Police are calling on passengers to also have a Plan B to get home, one that does not involve sitting next to a drunk driver.

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olice officers from the Central Hunter Local Area Command have been recognised for their commitment and bravery in an awards ceremony held in Cessnock last Wednesday. The ceremony, held at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre, commended 19 police officers and three civilians, spanning certificates of appointment, awards for going above and beyond their duties and recognition of long service. Two officers who were recognised for long service were Sergeant Maurice Towers and Sergeant Steve Bragato, who received the National Police Service Medal.

The medal is a new award, established in 2010, to acknowledge an officer’s past and future commitment to ethical and diligent service. Sergeant Towers and Sergeant Bragato are the fi rst in the Central Hunter to receive the medal. Sergeant Towers has served for 40 years and Sergeant Bragato for 35. Other award recipients at the ceremony included Senior Constable Peta Holbert, who received a citation for administering CPR to an injured person, Sergeant Brett James, who received a Certificate of Appointment as a Sergeant of Police and Detective Inspector John Zdrilic, who received a Certificate of Appointment to Inspector. The ceremony also recognised Karen Maher and Neil Burns, security guards who responded to a robbery with bravery.

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hile Australia Day is now behind us, I am continually surprised by the Aussie spirit I see all around Maitland on a daily basis. Last week I attended the Central Hunter Police medal ceremony, honouring those police men and women who have gone above and beyond their line of duty to protect our city and serve the force. It is not often members of the public and, indeed, members of police officer’s own families get to hear the many frightening situations facing our force each day. It certainly increases your appreciation for the many men and women who take on the daunting task of policing our streets. I heard of one young woman who, on her day off, recognised a man who had been evading arrest. She immediately stood from where she had been having coffee with a friend and arrested the man – despite the physical violence

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Cr Humphrey said. “For the largest inland city in Australia to not offer inner city development is ridiculous.� Although councillors voted to go ahead with plans to seek the input of developers, not all were in agreement that the Council’s DCP was restrictive. Weighing into the debate, Mayor Peter Blackmore said he had never been given an indication that the DCP was limiting development. “I feel like I’ve been living under a bush – hearing things like we’ve missed out on $20 million in development, that’s rubbishing our city,� Cr Blackmore said. “I’ve not had any developers approach me to say we are being unreasonable.� General Manager David Evans said Council were in the process of working out a DCP for Central Maitland.


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young boy is in a stable condition in a Hunter area hospital with the fi rst confi rmed case of meningococcal disease in the Hunter New England Health region this year. Close contacts of the child have been prescribed clearance antibiotics, and there are no known links between this case and any previous cases. Public Health Physician, Dr Tony Merritt, said seeking medical attention quickly may prevent the development of serious complications from the disease. “Meningococcal disease may be very severe and the community needs to be on the alert for its symptoms,” Dr Merritt said. “If anyone suspects meningococcal disease, they should seek medical attention immediately.” Up to 10 per cent of patients with invasive meningococcal disease in Australia die as a result of the infection, with the fi rst symptoms of the disease including pain in the legs, cold hands and feet and abnormal skin colour. Later symptoms may include high fever, headache, neck stiff ness, dislike of bright lights, nausea and vomiting, a rash of reddish-purple spots or bruises and drowsiness. Babies with the infection can be irritable, not feed properly and have an abnormal cry. “Meningococcal infection does not spread easily,” Dr Merritt explained. “It is actually spread by secretions from the nose and throat of a person who is carrying it and close and prolonged contact is needed to pass it on. “It does not appear to be spread through saliva or by sharing drinks, food or cigarettes,” Dr Merritt said. He stressed that while meningococcal disease could be serious, in most cases, early detection and treatment resulted in a complete recovery. The two main strains of meningococcal disease in Australia are the B and C strains. A vaccine is effective against the less common meningococcal C strain, but there is currently no Australian vaccine for the B strain of the disease. Th is means that young people who have had the meningococcal C vaccine should still be on the look out for symptoms. “The number of cases of this rare disease has been falling over the past 10 years due in part to the success of the meningococcal C vaccination program,” Dr Merritt said. “It’s also important to be aware that the vaccine does not protect against the B strain of the disease, so watch out for the symptoms even if you have been vaccinated,” he said. Most cases of meningococcal disease are seen in infants, young children, teenagers and young adults, although people of any age can be infected. Where suspected or confi rmed meningococcal disease has been diagnosed, public health officials will arrange for information and clearance antibiotics to be provided to close contacts, like the other members of the person’s household. The purpose of clearance antibiotics is to eradicate any meningococcal bacteria the contacts may be carrying to prevent further transmission of the disease.

Last year, there were 9 confi rmed cases of meningoccocal in the Hunter New England Health region,

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hile most people live in fear of shark attacks, Ambulance Service of NSW figures reveal it is the animals with which we share our homes and properties that are more likely to cause harm and even serious injury. In the five months from September 1, 2012, to January 31, 2013, paramedics treated at least 237 people across NSW for dog bites and attacks, and 22 people for incidents involving cats. Guinea pigs also came in for mention, with two people treated for bite wounds. Outside the home, horses accounted for 15 responses where the animal has either bitten, kicked or rolled on a person, while farmers had their share of grief with nine incidents involving people being either trampled, charged or kicked. More obscure attacks involved stingrays, two attacks by sharks, one by a water buffalo and one blue-ringed octopus envenomation. Paramedics advise that the puncture wound caused by an animal should always be assessed and cleaned by a health care professional. Cleaning is important because animals come into contact with undesirable bacteria and germs, and this can be transferred through their claws and teeth, and cause serious health issues. If injured by an animal, people are advised to alert family, coworkers or if necessary, emergency services, for assistance.

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unter Water has renewed its ground maintenance contract with a local fi rm, Kurri Contracting Service, the organisation has announced. Part-funded by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, Kurri Contracting Service is an Australian Disability Enterprise which provides work opportunities for people with disabilities. The company has signed on for another three years to undertake mowing and tidying the parks and public areas which make up the drinking catchment for Hunter Water. The area covered extends from Port Stephens down to Swansea, and west to Branxton. Kurri Contracting Service supervisor, Jarrod O’Brien, said that the crew is made up of people with a range of disabilities who are undertaking training and who take pride in what they do. “The three to four-man crews work from 6:30am to 1:30pm and take whatever the day brings,� he said. “They also have a great time doing it.� A Hunter Water spokesman said that Kurri Contracting Service proved that it can deliver value. “The fi rm has won many of our contracts over the years for almost 600 different sites,� the spokesperson said. Mr O’Brien said the team is shaping up to have a busy 2013. “We’re pretty flat out with Hunter Water at the moment, we mow about 20 to 30 lawns a day, but there’s certainly a sense of pride when we see what a good job we’re doing.�

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On song for new tracks After recent success, Kurri muso readies to launch her debut album STEPHEN BISSET

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t looks as though the Gods of good timing are well and truly smiling on Kurri-based singer-songwriter, Melody Pool. With the launch of her debut album ‘The Hurting Scene’ slated for later this month, Pool has defi nitely generated more than a fair amount of interest in her songwriting prowess after taking out the best songwriter category at the recent Telstra Road to Discovery competition in Tamworth. “Yeah, the win really couldn’t have come at a better time, with the album about to be released,� a clearly ecstatic Pool told The Post. “It’s getting pretty hectic here at the moment, but that’s okay because I really like being busy.� While the main prize for the Tamworth win is a trip to Nashville, Pool is already familiar with the songwriting mecca, having recorded ‘The Hurting Scene’ there in September last year. Pool enlisted the help of Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Butterfly Boucher) and Jace Everett (best known for writing the theme for the hit HBO vampire soap, ‘True Blood’) to oversee production duties on the album and she said both the people she was working with and the location helped with the overall

sound of the record. “Nashville was defi nitely an inspiring place to record the album, but it wasn’t just Nashville but also, I think, the fact that I was doing everything with people I didn’t know. I was kind of out of my comfort zone and it was good to push myself that way. “Working with Jace and Brad was fantastic, though. The album was a completely different challenge to the last two EPs [‘Heart To Heart Talk’ and ‘Awake, You’re All Around Me’] in that everything was tracked completely live in three days and then all of the overdubs were done in another three days – it was great to see everything go so smoothly. “Jace and Brad were just really respectful of what my vision was for the record – they were such a great audience.� Pool, who played her fi rst gig at age eight alongside her father, Alby, said after the album launch she is keen on striking while the iron is hot with a small east coast tour in the works. “I really can’t imagine doing anything else. I really love playing and I just hope people leave one of my shows with a sense of empowerment.� Catch Melody Pool when she launches ‘The Hurting Scene’ at Club Azzuri, 16 George Street, Highfields on Saturday, February 23. Tickets are on sale now via www. moshtix.com.au.

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yelonephritis is a type of bacterial urinary tract infection (UTI) that affects one or both kidneys. It can be serious because of the important function of the kidneys. The urinary tract is the body’s drainage system for removing wastes and excess water. It includes two kidneys, two ureters, a bladder, and a urethra. The kidneys are located near the middle of the back, just below the rib cage, one on each side of the spine. Urine flows from the kidneys to the bladder through tubes called the ureters. The bladder stores urine until releasing it through urination. When the bladder empties, urine flows out of the body through a tube called the urethra at the bottom of the bladder. Bacteria can move to the kidneys from the bladder or can be carried through the bloodstream. If pyelonephritis isn’t treated straight away, it can result in sepsis. People most at risk for pyelonephritis are those who have a UTI and those with a structural or anatomic problem in the urinary tract. Urine normally flows only in one direction – from the kidneys to

the bladder. However, the flow of urine may be blocked in people with a structural defect of the urinary tract, a kidney stone, or an enlarged prostate. Urine can also back up, or reflux, into one or both kidneys. Th is is called vesicoureteral reflux (VUR), and it occurs when the valve mechanism that normally prevents backward flow of urine is not working properly. Most people with pyelonephritis do not have complications if treated with appropriate antibiotics. Occasionally, pyelonephritis may cause kidney scarring, which can lead to chronic kidney disease, high blood pressure, and kidney failure. However, these problems usually occur in people with a structural problem in the urinary tract, kidney disease, or repeated episodes of pyelonephritis. Symptoms range from mild to severe, but include fever, chills or sweats, abdominal or back pain, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, dysuria (pain or discomfort when you urinate) or having a frequent urge to urinate. Though you may only present with a couple of these symptoms, they should not be ignored. If you have any of the symptoms, see your GP straight away.

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ave you ever noticed that as you walk in and out of different clothing stores, you can be one size in the fi rst store and three sizes bigger in the next? Th is week I was in desperate need of some retail therapy so, as anyone would do, I dashed to the shops after work hoping to pick up something in the hour that I had to spare. Shopping in a rush is never ideal however, it was just one of those days – I needed something to put a smile on my face. Not knowing what exactly I was looking for, I browsed around for a while (noting the 4 item limit on the change room door), before picking out a few lovely pieces to try on. I left the change room disappointed. Not one of the items that I had picked up, all the one size, had fit me, so I just assumed that I had put on weight and walked to the next store in shame. Here, I picked clothing that was one size larger and waltzed off to the change rooms,

confident that I would have a perfect fit. I left in a state. Too big? How could those clothes have been too big when I could barely squeeze into the smaller size in the last shop. I continued browsing until I fi nally came out with a top that fitted perfectly, though not the size that I was expecting, and left the shops pondering this frustrating experience. It makes no sense to me that an industry so big and so necessary can’t get the basics right! With talks of new technologies, like the virtual change room, that can scan an item of clothing and show you how it will look on your body, surely it will be all the more important to ensure that every brand, every store, every label will have their sizing exactly the same, down to the last arm hole. If we don’t have it right soon, how can the fashion industry take on these new and exciting programs? On a happier note, if your dress size is something that you aren’t proud of (like many of us out there), a little retail therapy trying on smaller dress sizes might be just the ticket.

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Friends and acquaintances are going to have a powerful influence on your future prospects and Uranus gives you added optimism and vitality. Your social life will increase in importance and obstacles that have irritated you on the work front will be swept away. Neptune encourages you to indulge in pampering yourself, however you need to take a responsible approach to all fi nancial affairs, so don’t let that extravagant streak lead you astray.

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You will have the urge to change your career or to simply demand recognition for past efforts. No matter how this ambitious phase manifests itself you can be sure that your prospects are considerably boosted from now on. A serious attitude is likely re your relationships as Neptune is making you feel rather suspicious about certain people and you may have a vague suspicion about a friend’s motives, but don’t do anything without knowing the full facts of the situation.

GEMINI MAY 22 TO JUNE 21

You’ll discover inner resources that you never knew you had and this is the ideal time to open up and talk to others about fi nancial and family worries. Neptune is creating a lot of rumour mongering and back stabbing at work and you are best advised to keep to yourself and not get involved in anything that doesn’t feel right. If an old health complaint keeps flaring up it’s the right time to seek the advice of a professional. The New Moon on the 10th is the ideal time for an adventure.

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Variety is the spice of life and unusual people or places will exert a powerful pull, therefore it’s time to indulge that adventurous streak with a crazy day out. If you have to deal with awkward, demanding children or even adults who insist on acting like children, you will be able to defuse the most troubling situation by the use of empathy while still maintaining a position of authority. The New Moon on the 10th is the ideal time to turn your attentions to shared fi nancial resources or taxation matters.

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It is going to be necessary to deal with difficult situations both at work and at home, however facing your feelings will allow you to move forward. If a separation is on the cards, make an extra effort to show your feelings. Women will be especially supportive so chase up old friends for love and support. The New Moon on the 10th falls in your party sector and you will feel an overwhelming urge to kick up your heels. It is important that you take a serious attitude to all monetary affairs.

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It’s the ideal time for you and your partner to review your fi nances, the secret of success lies in clarity so make sure you are aware of all the pros and cons in any fi nancial dealings. Speak up about property and domestic issues, but be constructive. The past may come back to haunt you or to cause you embarrassment, perhaps you forgot to do something or you did something in an inefficient manner and this problem now reveals itself.

CAPRICORN DECEMBER 22 TO JANUARY 20

Your focus is on economic security and a cost cutting drive becomes your new obsession. Everyday expenses, health and education all come under the microscope. You might even decide to downsize your home. Th is is an ideal time to focus on getting fitter. There is no doubt that issues surrounding friendships and trust are very important, therefore you need to be as straightforward as possible and don’t try to evade any responsibilities. The New Moon on the 10th is a good time to review your credit.

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Happy Birthday Aquarius! 2013 will see you climbing the ladder of success and other people looking to you for leadership. With Saturn in a difficult aspect to your sign you’re ready to confront any unfi nished business both personally and professionally, even if this means having a few confrontations. The New Moon in your sign on the 10th sees you using your famous sense of humour to win friends and influence people.

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It’s all about you this month. Mars in your sign gives you a boost of confidence and it’s time to break old habits and take up new ventures. You are always there for everyone else and it’s time to start saying ‘no’ more often and to let yourself unwind. The travel bug is likely to bite so take yourself to your local travel agency and look through a few brochures. You are likely to be feeling emotionally drained and warn out so do your best to get some rest.

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It’s the ideal time to fi ll your cupboards with healthy foods, to haul out your exercise gear, get a few early nights and give up negative habits. Th is will work wonders for your energy levels. You are going to be a little too critical for your own good as you are likely to fi nd colleagues and neighbours being difficult to get on with. New projects at work will also be difficult to launch. On the home front this is the ideal time to replace a washing machine or dishwasher.

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This property offers great opportunity for the investor or first home buyer. Situated at North Rothbury, only 5 min from Branxton, 15 min from Singleton, 20 min from Cessnock. This brick home is Neat and wellpresented, it gives you dual street frontage for easy access. The front living area is family friendly with open plan living featuring ceiling fans, A/ C, & sliding doors opening to the back yard. The three bedrooms are spacious, with the main being king sized, with built-in robes, ceiling fans and A/C. The other two bedrooms are double sized. A three-way bathroom is conveniently located between all 3 bedrooms. The single car garage is well sized , has drive through double roller doors at each end plus a carport.The fully enclosed yard is great for young children and pets. For the investor it offers the rental potential of $350 per week.

Located on 10 stunning and private acres, only minutes from Cessnock and the famous Hunter Valley vineyards, this home will delight the fussiest of buyers. You’ll feel the warmth and character as you walk up the sandstone steps and enter the home to find magnificent timber Cathedral ceilings, polished timber floors and ducted air conditioning. The main bedroom is king-sized with a walkin robe and spacious en-suite. The 4 other bedrooms are all queen-sized with built-ins, fans and views. Open plan living areas have wood fire and open to a delightful, private enclosed verandah. A stunning feature of this home is the chef’s kitchen - it was crafted and built by a chef with a love for food and cooking. You’ll find a massive walk-in pantry, Caesarstone benches, stainless steel Blanco appliances, including dishwasher and gas cooking. A landscaped garden and in-ground pool with new fencing allows for easy maintenance and more fun for the family! There is loads of room to build your dream shed. 5 BED

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

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COMMUNITY GUIDE... COMMUNITY Alcoholics Anonymous: Tues 7.30pm, Thurs 8pm, Tarro Community Hall, Northern Ave, Tarro. 4964 1555. Mon 10am Anglican Hall Lang Street Kurry. 4937 2213. Amnesty: Amnesty International Group, 2nd Fri 10.45am to 11.45am Organic Feast, cnr, Lawes and William Streets, East Maitland . 4933 8432. ARAFMI: Counselling, education and support to families, relatives and friends of people with mental illness. 22 Stewart Ave, Hamilton East. arafmihunter.org. Support line, 4961 6717 or admin line 49 612 842. Arthritis NSW Maitland District Branch: 1st Thurs 10am, East Maitland Bowling Club.4966 4649. Aspergers/autism: Information, advocacy, workshops, contact register, referral at Maitland Neighbourhood Centre. 4966 1717. Australian Sewing Guild: Maitland branch meet third Thurs, Rutherford Community Centre, Arthur Street, Rutherford from 9.30am to 3.30pm. 4930 7554. Books: Maitland Book Readers’ Club. 1st Mon, 1pm, East Maitland Library. 4934 1323. Bereaved parents: 4952 3691. Bushwalking: Hunter Area Walkabout Club. Sun. 4943 5073. CARE for Pets: enables incapacitated people to remain living at home with their companion animals. Volunteers are required to assist with dog walking and at-home care for pets. 0416 962 273 and check out our webpage at www. canineworld.org.au. Carers: Support group for carers of people with memory loss and associated problems, Kurri Community Centre, 4th Thurs, 3.30pm to 5.30pm. 4937 4555. Childless bonds: Support for women and men who are unable to have children. Phone after 7pm or weekends. 4948 0941. Choir: Maitland City Choir. Seventh Day Adventist Church, East Maitland, Tues, 7pm to 9pm. 4937 5834. Choir: Port Stephens Choir. St Brigid’s hall, William St, Raymond Terrace, Thurs at 7pm. 4951 5064 or 0418 497 536. Computerpals Maitland: 1st Thursday from 10am East Maitland Bowling Club. 4966 3530. Dads in Distress: Call 1300 853 437 or visit www. dadsindistress.asn.au to find your nearest peer support group or local worker. Diabetes: Coalfields Kurri Diabetes support group, last Tues, 10am, Kurri Bowling Club. 4937 2188 or 4930 4626. Maitland Diabetes support group, 2nd Tues, 10am. St Paul’s Church Hall. 4932 7649 or 0418 649 313. East Maitland Social Club: Second Tues Bruce Street Community Hall, East Maitland 10-am-1pm. 4934 1456. East Maitland Pine Tree GAPS Support Group: Every Tuesday during school terms. 10a.m.-12noon. St.Peters Youth Centre, E.Maitland 4933 6662 Ecumenical Service: Maitland Uniting Church, High Street, Maitland. 1pm Wednesdays. 4933 9059. Exercise: Lifeball game exercises for any age, Wed, 10am,

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